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Article from Issue 169/2014

Oracle Linux 7 and KaOS 2014.08

Two Terrific Distros

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Oracle Linux 7

Oracle Linux 7 bills itself as "an operating platform to support business-critical applications across the data center and into the cloud." Oracle 7 is compiled from Red Hat Enterprise Linux  7 source code and comes free to use or with paid support.

Oracle Linux includes XFS, Btrfs, Linux Containers (LXC), and support for emerging technologies, such as OpenStack. Version  7 includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release  3, a tested and optimized operating system kernel for x86_64 platforms.

All bug fixes and security errata are published to Oracle's public yum servers, and zero-downtime updates are possible via Ksplice, which obviates the need to reboot during the update process. The operating system comes with a 10-year production lifecycle.

KaOS 2014.08

KaOS is a modern desktop with a rolling release that focuses on one desktop environment (KDE), one toolkit (Qt), and one architecture (x86_64). The distro is geared toward finding the best software and building it from scratch; that is, every package is built specifically for KaOS. The KaOS developers maintain an active package repository, and users are encouraged to contribute additional packages to KaOS Community Packages.

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