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2017-09-21 NEWDistribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.2
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's latest version, Kali Linux 2017.2, introduces a number of new security and penetration tools, as well as package updates from Debian's Testing branch. "In addition to all of the standard security and package updates that come to us via Debian Testing, we have also added more than a dozen new tools to the repositories, a few of which are listed below. There are some really nice additions so we encourage you to 'apt install' the ones that pique your interest and check them out. hurl - a useful little hexadecimal and URL encoder/decoder; phishery - phishery lets you inject SSL-enabled basic auth phishing URLs into a .docx Word document; ssh-audit - an SSH server auditor that checks for encryption types, banners, compression, and more; apt2 - an Automated Penetration Testing Toolkit that runs its own scans or imports results from various scanners, and takes action on them..." A complete list of new utilities and their functions can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256, pkglist): kali-linux-2017.2-amd64.iso (2,880MB, torrent), kali-linux-light-2017.2-amd64.iso (858MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-20 NEWDistribution Release: Endian Firewall 3.2.4
Endian has announced the release of Endian Firewall 3.2.4, an updated build in the 3.2 series of the project's CentOS-based Linux distribution for firewall and routers: "The Endian team is proud to announce an updated image for the 3.2 release. Check out the new release today by downloading the latest ISO image. If you already have an installed community with at least a 3.2.0beta1 version you could just register and run the updates. The registration procedure is much easier now - follow the initial wizard and just with an email address you can keep the system updated. Don't forget to give us a feedback or report the bugs to JIRA. Here's a short list of changes compared to the latest 3.2.2 released ISO image: updated Squid to 3.5.25; updated Dnsmasq to 2.76; updated OpenVPN to 2.4.3; security improvements to certificates management and OpenVPN; extended support for hardware raid; extended support for network interfaces; security fixes; added hourly graphs. No need to say, this new image includes a lot of improvements and bug fixes as well." Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5) the installation CD image from SourceForge: efw_community-x64_3.2.4.iso (350MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-18 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 730
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-09-17 NEWDistribution Release: ArchLabs 2017.09
ArchLabs is an Arch-based Linux distribution featuring the Openbox window manager. The project's latest snapshot, ArchLabs 2017.09, introduces several new changes, including a welcome script which runs when the user first logs in: "Mínimo has under-gone some fine tuning, mainly with the addition of a brilliant Hello/Welcome script written by Nate. Known as AL-Hello, this script will aid in (for those of you who are in a hurry, or just can't be bothered installing one by one) the addition of extra software that we don't include out of the box. You can install up to 60 different apps and utilities, including image and video apps, web browsers, editors office apps and many more. As well as installing apps with the new AL-Hello script you can choose your default panel, be it Tint2 or Polybar. Install NVIDIA or Bumblebee drivers as well. Super easy." A detailed list of changes, along with screen shots showing off new features, can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): archlabs-minimo-2017.09.iso (912MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-17 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC1
Marius Strobl has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 10.4, an upcoming new stable release in the project's legacy 10.x branch: "The first RC build of the 10.4-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Noteworthy changes since 10.4-BETA4: an upstream fix for zlib compression has been merged, the bug had caused the embedded Tomcat web server of UniFi Controllers to send out incorrectly compressed responses; the Linux statfs ftype is now aware of ZFS; abug in bsdinstall(8) causing ifconfig_$INTERFACE lines to be added to /etc/rc.conf for unsuccessful DHCP attempts has been addressed; the usermod command of the pw(8) utility now correctly handles empty secondary group lists and its useradd command will no longer add entries with invalid user names, e. g. ones containing spaces; the zfs(8) error message displayed when rejecting a checksum selection now no longer suggests unsupported hash algorithms itself." See the full release announcement for further information. Here are the download links for the amd64 and i386 architectures: FreeBSD-10.4-RC1-amd64-dvd1.iso (2,901MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-10.4-RC1-i386-dvd1.iso (2,683MB, SHA512).
2017-09-13 NEWDistribution Release: CentOS 7-1708
CentOS is a distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The CentOS project has announced the availability of a new update to the distribution, releasing CentOS 7-1708 which is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4. The list of changes in this update to version 7 is fairly conservative: "Since release 1503 CentOS 7 can report bugs directly to You can find information about that feature at this page. Various new packages include among others: python-gssapi, python-netifaces, mod_auth_openidc, Pidgin and Qt 5. SSH1 support has been removed from the SSH server. Along with this move, all cryptographic protocols and algorithms which are considered insecure have been deprecated. OpenSSL now supports DTLS (TLS via UDP) and ALPN. NVMe Over Fabric is now supported in the NVM Express kernel driver. There have been various changes and enhancements to cryptographic abilities of various packages - Sendmail now supports ECDHE, OpenSSH now uses SHA2 for public key signatures, among others." The release announcement and release notes contain further information. Download (pkglist): CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1708.iso (4,312MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), CentOS-7-x86_64-NetInstall-1708.iso (422MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-13 NEWDistribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.8
Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing and computer forensics. The project's latest release, 3.8, is based on Debian's Testing branch ("Buster") and includes support for working with ZFS storage volumes. "I am proud to announce the official release of Parrot 3.8, that introduces many new features and updates. A quick look at our changelog will immediately spot the most important changes: First of all, the new Parrot 3.8 is now based on Debian 10 Buster (current Debian Testing release) with Linux 4.12, ZFS support, better wireless drivers support and the introduction of the new MATE 1.18, GCC 6.4 and 7.2, Java 9 and so on, and all the Parrot flavors now include Electrum, a lightweight bitcoin client. We have not only fixed the previous DNS resolution issues, but also introduced a new round-robin model between both the default DNS servers provided by DHCP and our new OpenNIC DNS nodes hosted on our servers to prevent DNS censorship. Our OpenNIC nodes were not yet added to the OpenNIC server list but we would love to add them in the future." Additional information can be found in the project's release notes. Download: Parrot-full-3.8_amd64.iso (3,574MB, SHA512, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-11 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.2-2
Nico Gulden has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2-2, a new build of the Debian-based server distribution featuring a web-based management system for central administration of servers. "We are pleased to announce the availability of UCS 4.2-2 for download, the second point release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2. It includes all errata updates issued for UCS 4.2-1 and provides various improvements and bug fixes especially in the following areas: The portal is now also easily usable in cloud setups. The services installed on UCS, for example, are directly accessible without further configuration steps. For this purpose, the portal converts existing links into relative links. For portal entries with multiple links, heuristic procedures are used to determine the best link. The usability of the management system has been further improved. This allows users and groups to be copied, the error handling has been improved in several places, as did the performance." There have also been improvements to help app providers quickly create UCS appliances. Additional information can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. Download: UCS_4.2-2-amd64.iso (1,053MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-09-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 729
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-09-10 NEWDevelopment Release: Rocks Cluster Distribution 7.0 Beta
Philip Papadopoulos has announced the availability of the initial beta build of Rocks Cluster Distribution 7.0, the project's specialist CentOS-based operating system for deployments as computer clusters. This is the distribution's first release based on CentOS 7.x: "It has taken a while, but Rocks 7 is ready for beta testing. Not all rolls are ready for beta testing, but a number of them are. I'm looking for constructive testing, bug hunting and bug fixes. The purpose of the beta is to improve Rocks to support CentOS version 7. This should not be used on production hardware. Getting started: view the YouTube video of Rocks 7 installation, it's very different from Rocks 6; download the kernel ISO image; burn the image to either a DVD (not tested) or a USB stick (tested), it is the same process as copying a CentOS installer image to a USB device; boot the installer and follow the steps shown in the video. What's NOT available? There is no 'scheduler' roll, it's on the to-do list; restore rolls are completely untested (and probably don't work, so don't try); ethernet device names are completely different...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Interested beta testers can download the above-mentioned ISO image from here: kernel-7.0-0.x86_64.disk1.iso (1,070MB, MD5).
2017-09-09 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.4
Scott Lynn has announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 4, an updated build of the company's enterprise-class Linux distribution built from the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 but featuring its own "unbreakable" kernel. This version was announced last month, but it was only yesterday that the installation DVD images appeared on public mirrors. From the release announcement: "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 for x86-64 servers. What's new? Enhancements to Oracle Linux 7 included in this update are included for several key areas, including security, support for Cloud and Container environments, and performance. Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 continues to enhance your security stance with several new capabilities. UEFI Secure Boot - a system in Secure Boot mode loads only those boot loaders and kernels that have been signed by Oracle. Oracle has updated the kernel and GRUB 2 packages to sign them with a valid Extended Validation (EV) certificate. The EV certificate has been compiled into the shim binary and has been signed by Microsoft. OpenSSH now uses SHA-2 - by default, the algorithm for public key signatures that is used in this release is SHA-2." See also the release notes for technical details. Download: OracleLinux-R7-U4-Server-x86_64-dvd.iso (4,710MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-08 NEWDistribution Release: Zorin OS 12.2
Zorin OS is a desktop Linux distribution which is designed to be user friendly and features a desktop environment familiar to people who are coming from the Microsoft Windows platform. Zorin OS features a Windows-like theme and the WINE compatibility software that allows users to run many Windows applications. The project has released an update to the distribution's 12.x series, Zorin OS 12.2. "We're pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.2. This version brings new innovations from the open source community together with a familiar user interface, requiring nearly no learning curve for PC users. We have focused on refining the desktop environment and core technologies, readying the system for new classes of users seeking a faster, more powerful, and secure computing experience. The Zorin desktop environment has been upgraded with speed and stability optimizations to the software and more responsive user interaction. When using the default desktop layout, you can now hover over window previews in the panel to get a full-size peek, making it quicker to find what you're looking for. These improvements help make the Zorin OS desktop easier and more intuitive for newcomers." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5, pkglist): Zorin-OS-12.2-Core-64.iso (1,479MB), Zorin-OS-12.2-Lite-64.iso (1,384MB), Zorin-OS-12.2-Education-64.iso (2,516MB), Zorin-OS-12.2-Lite-Education-64.iso (2,458MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-09-07 NEWDistribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3
SUSE has announced the release of a new service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise. The new update, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 3, runs on x86, ARM, PowerPC and z Systems architectures. The release announcement states the new update includes a number of improvements to virtualization and security: "SUSE Linux Enterprise has always been part of any 'zero downtime' solution. Now you can further enhance uptime with: Improved geo recovery management with a geo cluster bootstrap kit that simplifies cluster implementation. The ability to increase visibility and improve management of the high availability environment with an updated graphical user interface. Faster time to value with quick start guides for the High Availability and Geo Clustering extensions to help you get up and running quickly. Faster data access, increased database performance and optimized SAP applications all help drive agility, performance and security." Further information can be found in SUSE's Highlights (pdf) document. SUSE Linux Enterprise is a commercial product and is available with a 60 day free trial, available from the company's Download page.

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