Based on the latest ROSA 2014.1 platform, the ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 Linux distribution ships with new flavors featuring the KDE 4, KDE Plasma 5, GNOME, and MATE desktop environments, and two years of extended support, which means that you’ll receive software updates and security patches until fall 2018.
Unfortunately, ROSA Desktop Fresh R8 doesn’t ship with the latest software versions and GNU/Linux technologies that are now popular amongst various distros. All four editions ship with the long-term supported Linux 4.1.25 kernel (the latest version is Linux kernel 4.1.29 LTS), but kernels from the Linux 4.4 LTS and Linux 4.6 series are installable from the main software repositories.
Among other components included in ROSA Desktop Fresh R8, we can mention Mesa 11.2.2 3D Graphics Library, PulseAudio 8.0 sound server, NetworkManager 1.2.2 network connection manager, Chromium 51.0 and Mozilla Firefox 46.0.1 web browsers, Mozilla Thunderbird 38.6 email and news client, LibreOffice 5.1.4 office suite, Qt 5.6.1 GUI toolkit, as well as the FFmpeg 2.8.7 and GStreamer 1.6.3 multimedia frameworks.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht