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New Google Chrome beta available for Linux

Get the latest Google Chrome beta for Linux with new bug fixes, and check out some of the latest news and notes on Linux distros.

Google announced yesterday that the latest version of the Google Chrome beta for Linux includes some important bug fixes, although unlike the new Mac beta, it already included support for extensions and bookmark syncing. The Chrome for Linux beta supports 32 and 64-bit versions of Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE.

In other Linux news, Linus Torvalds has put his seal of approval on Google's Nexus One phone, calling it a "beautiful piece of hardware" with its killer app of Google Maps + navigation capabilities.

Distro news and notes

The Top 7 Best Linux Distributions for You

Blogger Brian Proffitt:

All too often, Linux aficionados will tend to list the distributions they like as the best, which is fair, but if they are not aware of their audience, they could suggest something that does not meet that person's needs. Finding a good Linux distribution is like finding a good match in an online dating service: good looks aren't the only quality upon which to judge a Linux distro.

Proffitt offers his suggestions for the best distros in each of these categories:

  • Best Desktop Distribution
  • Best Laptop Distribution
  • Best Enterprise Desktop
  • Best Enterprise Server
  • Best LiveCD
  • Best Security-Enhanced Distribution
  • Best Multimedia Distribution

Linux Mint 8 KDE CE

The Linux Mint team announced the final release of Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE Community Edition. Based on Kubuntu 9.10, Linux 2.6.31, KDE 4.3.4 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 8 KDE CE boasts improved OEM installation, as well as "ignore updates" and multiple software selection features.

How to Choose the Best Linux Live CD

...there's a Linux for everybody, from novices to power users and developers. Through the Live CD system, anyone can give Linux a try.

Guy Lecky-Thompson offers a tutorial, aimed at beginners, that helps guide users to the right Live CD distro version for them with tips on how to download it and get started.

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