I've finally had some time to work on things other than school because of Thanksgiving. I haven't done a lot of work on Newt OS for quite some time, and though I really haven't put much time in this week either, I've managed to meet some goals that have been tantalizingly out of reach for some time.
The first of these goals is that I have discovered how to make Newt OS identify as Newt OS and not openSUSE! Thank you Mr. Ryan Alexander for your tip.
The second piece of news is that Newt OS LXDE has been updated (16.0.1) While still not finalized, it is nearly ready to replace its older brother based on openSUSE 13.2.
Third, I am oh so happy to announce that Newt OS Gnome has finally, after something like 6 attempts, been updated to openSUSE 42.1!!! Without getting into detail, I can tell you that this update was not anywhere as easy as I had hoped it would be. I had problems with software selection, configuration, and booting issues, but that has been resolved simply by waiting. I'm not sure what changed, I'm just thankful that it works. A download will be available later today, the live cd .iso is taking a long (long... long...long) time to build.
By this point you might be wondering, What is the future of the ageing releases based on 13.2? I personally am happy with where these builds are. They aren't perfect, but I would be happy using them, which tells me others would too. According to the openSUSE website, 13.2 will be supported until sometime next spring, probably late April or early May. As long as they are still receiving updates, I will have them available for download. However, all development will be focused on the upcoming releases, so the old appliances will not receive any updates outside of what openSUSE provides.
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