New releases: ZevenOS 1.9 and Puppy 4.2.1

ZevenOS has announced the release of ZevenOS 1.9 that is a beta release for version 2.0. The new release has been updated to Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04) which according to the release notes brings speed improvements and new hardware support. The release version is a not meant for production use, as it is recommned for developers and techgeeks. Newbies should rather install version 1.1

In addition, Puppy Linux 4.2.1 has been released. According to the release notes, this is a bug fix release with few changes in the applications.

e3 is an editor with many faces

A few days ago, I learned about a lighweight console editor I had never used before. E3 is a very small and lightweight editor that can emulate the most important keyboard shortcuts used by VI, Emacs, Pico, Nedit and even Wordstar.

I think I haven't used Wordstar since 1980's and I doubt there are many geeks around who still want to use Wordstar's keyboard combinations. I would rather have an editor that emulates WordPerfect 5.1 but I suppose that running WordPerfect in Dosemu is the only way to get a decent console mode word processor.

In case you are not looking for a console word processor but a simple text editor to quickly edit a few configuration files or maybe a LaTeX source you might find that e3 provides everything you need.

Cheat sheets in one place

Cheat sheets are practical for all of us who cannot remember the keyboard shortcuts of editors, command line arguments of Unix applications or basic rules for Bash scripting. Fortunately for us, there are some nice collections available:

* provides heat sheets, round-ups, quick reference cards, quick reference guides and quick reference sheets in one page.
* Scott Klarr has released a Linux-Unix cheat sheets - The ultimate collection

These two collections are a valuable aid for us who just cannot remember everything.