Upcoming Linux Distributions in Pictures

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Upcoming Linux Distributions in Pictures

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The GNOME 2.24 graphical environment that ships with all three releases now sports a file manager, Nautilus, with tabbed browsing functionality.

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All three distributions ship with Network Manager 0.7, which enables users to share their wireless connections.

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In addition to the connection sharing, Network Manager allows for management of 3G (GSM/CDMA) and DSL (PPP and PPPOE) connections, management of multiple active devices at once, management of devices with static IP configurations, and configuration of custom device routes.

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There is improved management and handling of printers for ease of setup and use--Fedora and Ubuntu both use the same printer setup tools.

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The reworked, YaST-based printer setup tool in OpenSUSE 11.1 is a bit more complicated than those in Fedora and Ubuntu, but it works well nonetheless.

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OpenSUSE 11.1 will ship with basic SELinux support, but AppArmor remains Novell's primary enhanced-security option.

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Fedora's new audit utility, which Red Hat is calling Sectool, provides a set of system tests for detecting configuration issues regarding permissions, firewall rules and the status of other system security features.

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OpenSUSE 11.1 boasts its own security audit tool.

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In Ubuntu 8.10, the User Switcher panel applet now provides an option for launching a session for a temporary passwordless user account with restricted privileges.

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Ubuntu 8.10 comes with a plug-in for fetching free digital content from the BBC, in addition to the previously available plug-in for watching YouTube videos.

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