Article from Issue 241/2020

In the news: New Emperor-OS Linux Distro Released; Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla Beta Available; Lenovo Offering anUbuntu 20.04 Option; Linux deepin 20 Released; and Zorin OS 15.3 Now Available.

New Emperor-OS Linux Distro Released

There's yet another Linux distribution available for the masses to try. This time around, it's an operating system focused primarily on developers and those who work with data science. The operating system in question is Emperor-OS ( Created by Hossein Seilany, the aim of the operating system is to provide the best tools and software for various types of programming.

Emperor-OS is a 64 bit-only version of Linux that includes five different desktops, supports numerous programming languages, and is distributed as a Live ISO image that can be easily installed.

Emperor-OS is a noncommercial distribution designed for both beginning and power Linux users, who can select from the Xfce, LXDE, Openbox, KDE Plasma, or MATE desktops, while enjoying plenty of preinstalled applications (such as WPS Office). Emperor-os also includes 600 preinstalled fonts, 22 different development tools, 260 modules, 270 installed themes, 40 icon sets, 40 games, and support for 2,533 scanners and 2,500 cameras.

Recommended system requirements for Emperor-OS are:

  • Hard disk for full setup: 45GB
  • RAM: 2GB minimum, 4GB or more recommended
  • Video: 1GB VGA NVidia, ATI, or Intel
  • CPU: Any Intel, AMD, or VIA x86_64 processor

Download an ISO of Emperor-OS ( and give this new distribution a try.

Ubuntu Groovy Gorilla Beta Available

Canonical has released the first beta version of the upcoming 20.10 release, named Groovy Gorilla, a non-long-term support release (LTS). The support window for Short Term Releases (STR) is only nine months. After that nine months expires, users of STR releases will receive no updates. So keep that in mind, when installing these non-LTS versions of Ubuntu.

That being said, if you want the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu, the STR releases are a good choice.

The features and improvements to be found in Ubuntu 20.10 include the newest Gnome release (3.38). With Gnome 3.38, you'll enjoy the ability to manually arrange icons in the Applications grid, as well as folder support in the grid, scale-aware application grid sizing, a new Restart option in the System menu, WiFi sharing QR codes, a much-improved sound recorder and screenshot app, and new parental controls in the Settings app. For more information on the GNOME 3.38 release, check out the official release notes (

Ubuntu 20.10 also features dramatically improved support for fingerprint logins. Plus, the Ubuntu installer now has Active Directory integration, Firefox finally includes high precision touchpad scrolling, and Linux kernel 5.8 is running under the hood.

To download an ISO image for Ubuntu 20.10, head over to the official download page ( and grab yourself a copy.

Microsoft Finally Set to ReleaseEdge Browser for Linux

Back in 2019, Microsoft teased that it was going to bring its Edge browser to Linux. And then, all went silent. Many of the Linux faithful assumed it would be the latest vaporware promise made to the Linux community. However, it seems Microsoft is making good on that promise.

The release of Edge for Linux will be sometime in early October and will be made available via Microsoft Edge Insider. Once the browser is released, users can head over to the Insider page, download the installer package for their distribution, install, and start testing.

Of course, Edge on Linux is being positioned as a browser for IT pros and developers, not as a web browser for the average user. That doesn't mean, of course, that every-day Linux users won't be able to install and work with the Chromium-based browser.

According to the Microsoft press release, "When it's available, Linux users can go to the Microsoft Edge Insiders site to download the preview channel, or they can download it from the native Linux package manager. And just like other platforms, we always appreciate feedback--it's the best way to serve our customers."

Why would you want to use Edge on Linux? The possible benefits might include the ability to use Microsoft's xCloud gaming service and full HD or Ultra HD modes on Netflix (which are only available on Microsoft Edge).

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