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Old 04-06-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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LXLE 14.04.2 Screencast and Screenshots

LXLE 14.04.2 - Boot and Desktop

The next incremental update of LXLE has been released, ticking it up to 14.04.2 along with the last 32bit version of LXLE ever, which is based on 12.04.5. The 32bit closely mirrors the changes to the latest 64bit edition of the OS.

As announced in our beta release LXLE now sports a highly customized version of the SeaMonkey Internet Suite. A fairly lengthy article was written on why this decision was made and that it wasn't something taken lightly. To add to that the other underlying reason was we wanted the distribution to showcase an excellent community driven browser to help spur support and perhaps encourage developers to join the project and lend a hand to the overworked small team of Mozilla volunteers still moving forward with Netscape's original suite idea. We understand it will be more challenging to provide support to our users and keep up on our modifications to the browser but we think overall it's very worth it, both for users and the continued development of the project itself. The extended effort just feels like the right move.

Before continuing I'd like to address why LXLE uses the software it does like uTox instead of Skype, Marble instead of Google Earth etc. We pick open-source solutions first and foremost each time, every time. We also try to stay away from Google products or services as much as possible, we feel it's a bit like throwing our users to the wolves when pushing Google stuff. Also, just like with Microsoft, putting all your eggs in one basket is not a good idea. In computers it leads to vendor lock in, whether it's open-source or not. A common trait as of late is hook them with open-source then end the open-source product/service and replace it with a proprietary solution. The old embrace, extend, extinguish tactic. Granted if no open-source solution is available one has to submit to utilizing proprietary software but for us only as a last possible solution.

As far as this new release is concerned without going into a bunch of boring stuff like this thing went from 1.0.1 to 1.0.2 reporting, it's a bit easier to stipulate that all packages have been updated to their latest stable version through the repositories and PPAs enabled within the system. What is a little more informative, at least from a user's perspective, is what has been added, replaced or removed, and why.

Both the 32bit and 64bit saw the following changes in this release.

Firefox, Claws Mail, Filezilla, Osmo, Xchat have been replaced by the standard components of SeaMonkey with the addition of Lightning and FireFTP. HTMLVideoElement, H.264, WebM VP8, HTML5 video codecs are fully supported as well.

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