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The beta testing version of Calculate Linux 13 was released.
Meta-packages are no longer used to manage default dependencies
Each CL edition is now featuring its own appearance theme
Portage files will be unpacked when booting for the first time
New Calculate Utilities features:
New events were added for Calculate Console, namely: configuring user sessions; changing user passwords; joining host to a Calculate Directory Server domain; viewing and editing variables' values for Calculate Utilities; world update
New configuration events were added: Portage update and package removal
Meet a new tool, calculate-update: for the time being, it only handles the world file, but is hoped be able to do much more soon
More functionality for configuration templates
KDE was updated to 4.9.4
GNOME was updated to 3.4
AxeMenu replaced the standard menu
the Parcellite clipboard will be used from now on
a modified Adwaita theme is now used as the default one
Elementary comes as the default icon theme
the Geany IDE was added
switched to SMplayer as the default video player
Claws-Mail now comes with the Address Keeper plugin for address auto-completion
All dictionary packages were removed, for a slimmer distribution.
now able to run Jabber services with StartTLS
SMTP authentication will be added in the final release
To cut the long story short: it's very fast and flexible (as any Gentoo system is) but quickly installed and quite user-friendly (as popular distributions such as Ubuntu are). A good compromise between two extremes, I should say.