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2017-06-22 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.6
The SparkyLinux distribution is a Debian-based project which typically tracks Debian's Testing branch to provide a lightweight, friendly desktop operating system. Following the release of Debian 9, the SparkyLinux team has announced the launch of SparkyLinux 4.6 which is built using software from Debian's Stable branch. "There are new live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 4.6-STB 'Tyche' available to download. This is the first Sparky edition based on Debian Stable line 9 codename 'Stretch'. Sparky 'Home' edition provides fully featured operating system with two lightweight desktops: LXDE and Xfce. Sparky 'MinimalGUI' and 'MinimalCLI' lets you install the base system with a minimal set of applications and a desktop of your choice, via the Sparky Advanced Installer." The new version ships with Linux kernel 4.9 (with newer kernels available in SparkyLinux's Unstable repository) and the Icedove e-mail client has been replaced by Thunderbird. The release announcement for SparkyLinux 4.6 offers further information and a list of changes since the previous 4.5 release. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-4.6-x86_64-lxde-stb.iso (1,303MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-4.6-x86_64-xfce-stb.iso (1,318MB, SHA512, signature, torrent).
2017-06-21 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.2-1
Nico Gulden has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2-1, 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 4.2-1 for download, the first 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: forwarding of emails can now be set per mail user in the management system; changing the password to log on to the UCS management system has been improved, this allows users from a Microsoft Active Directory domain to change their expired password; when logging on as root user, a hint now appears, since for root the domain modules are not available; the IPv6 configuration capabilities of various services have been improved, for example in the Nagios or proxy server configuration and in the management system; the App Center docker integration has been improved, so it reacts better to errors." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download: UCS_4.2-1-amd64.iso (1,123MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-06-20 NEWDistribution Release: OpenMandriva Lx 3.02
The OpenMandriva project is a fork of the Mandriva family of Linux distributions. The project's latest release, OpenMandriva Lx 3.02, features a number of package updates, including the Plasma 5.9.5 desktop environment, Wayland 1.12.0, systemd 233 and version 4.11 of the Linux kernel. OpenMandriva's kernel uses the BFQ scheduler for improved desktop performance. The project's release announcement declares: "The distribution ISO is bootable in BIOS or UEFI from USB stick or DVD and uses the Calamares installer to guide you through installation with the minimum of effort. The ISO also offers a means of booting EFI partitions should they become inaccessible because of boot order changes. This distribution has been successfully installed and run on a dual-graphics chip notebook using Bumblebee. A working i586 image is available however this will only install on genuine i686 boxes. If your machine is 64-bit please use the relevant 64-bit image. Main features in this release: KDE - Frameworks 5.33.0, Plasma 5.9.5, Applications 17.04, Qt 5.8.0; display subsystem - X.Org Server 1.19.3, Wayland 1.12.0, Mesa 17.1.1; core - Linux kernel 4.11.3 (with BFQ as default I/O scheduler and UKSM enabled), systemd 233, LLVM/Clang 4.0.1, GCC 6.3.1, glibc 2.25...." Additional information and updated package versions can be found in the release notes. Download (MD5): OpenMandrivaLx.3.02-PLASMA.x86_64.iso (2,050MB, torrent, pkglist).
2017-06-19 NEWDistribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 9
Hot on the heels of the new Debian release comes Debian Edu/Skolelinux 9, a new version of the project's Debian-based distribution tailored to educational institutions, computer labs and school networks. Donald Norwood announced the release yesterday: "The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 9, the first Debian Edu / Skolelinux release based on the Debian 9 'Stretch' release. Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux, is a Linux distribution based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school network. Immediately after installation a school server running all services needed for a school network is set up just waiting for users and machines to be added via GOsa2, a comfortable web interface. ... These are some items from the release notes for Debian Edu 9: Plymouth is installed and activated by default, except for the 'Main Server' and 'Minimal' profiles; Icinga replaces Nagios as monitoring tool; LTSP now uses NBD instead of NFS for the root filesystem; a Japanese translation of the manual is now available." Here is the full release announcement. Download (SHA256) options include a 5.5 GB file meant for USB devices as well as a single-CD "netinstall" image: debian-edu-9+edu0-USB.iso (5,578MB, pkglist), debian-edu-9+edu0-CD.iso (647MB).
2017-06-19 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 717
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2017-06-18 NEWDistribution Release: Debian 9
The Debian project, which develops the world's largest Linux distribution, has announced the release of Debian 9, code name "Stretch". The usual long-development cycle and conservative, well-tested nature of the product is a consequence of the distribution's support for a number of processor architectures (i386, amd64, arm64, armel, armhf, mips, mipsel, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x) and a wide range of deployment scenarios, including desktops (GNOME 3.22 as default, with KDE Plasma 5.8, LXDE, LXQt 0.11, MATE 1.16 and Xfce 4.12 also provided) and servers. Debian 9 comes with over 51,000 binary packages, a new record for a stable Debian release. "After 26 months of development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 9 (code name Stretch), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team." Read the release announcement and see the what's new section of the release notes for further information. Debian 9 is available in several variant, including a full DVD set and a separate set of live DVD images with popular desktop environments, among other options. Here is the download link to the amd64 installation DVD image: debian-9.0.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso (3,628MB, SHA512, torrent, pkglist). The live images are also ready (SHA512): debian-live-9.0.1-amd64-cinnamon.iso (2,006MB, torrent), debian-live-9.0.1-amd64-gnome.iso (2,224MB, torrent), debian-live-9.0.1-amd64-kde.iso (2,466MB, torrent, debian-live-9.0.1-amd64-lxde.iso (1,872MB, torrent), debian-live-9.0.1-amd64-mate.iso (1,929MB, torrent), debian-live-9.0.1-amd64-xfce.iso (1,853MB, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-06-17 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA2
Glen Barber has announced the release of a new development snapshot of FreeBSD. The new snapshot, FreeBSD 11.1-BETA2, is available for x86, AMD64, PowerPC and ARM architectures and includes several fixes and improvements since the previous beta release. "The pcib driver has been updated for Hyper-V virtual machines to use device serial numbers instead of the GUID for persistent devices. A possible null pointer reference has been corrected. A buffer length issue in RPC code has been corrected. SMBFS has been fixed with saved passwords longer than 18 characters. Various swap pager fixes. top has been updated to change the way the ZFS ARC compression ratio is calculated, and remove overhead statistics, already included in other counters. bsdinstall has been updated to make ZFS min_auto_ashift adjustment persistent, as well as support Auto ZFS mode for ARM64. Possible transmission breakage of files longer than 4GB on 32-bit architectures has been fixed." Additional information, including the default account names and passwords for embedded devices, can be found in the release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-BETA2-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,191MB, SHA512).
2017-06-16 NEWDistribution Release: antiX 16.2
The antiX team has announced the availability of a new point-release of the project's lightweight, Debian-based operating system. The new release, antiX 16.2, is based on Debian 8.8 "Jessie" and features a customized 4.4.10 LTS kernel running SysV init. "antiX 16.2 (Berta Cáceres) point release is available. Bug-fix version including all updates from Debian 'Jessie' and security-patched kernels. Existing users of antiX 16 or antiX 16.1 do not need to download and install. Simply update via the repositories. Debian 8.8 'Jessie', but systemd-free. And it fits on a CD. Great live USB features. As usual antiX comes in three flavours for both 32-bit and 64-bit processors. New net edition - antiX-core-net (140 MB), no X. Just enough to get you connected (wired) and ready to build. No localisation set, no GRUB. Uses antiX kernel, customised 4.4.10 LTS kernel with fbcondecor splash. antiX has been designed to be fast, light on resources and flexible." The new release features several package upgrades, including LibreOffice 4.3.3, Firefox 52.2.0 ESR, Claws Mail 3.13.0, SMTube 17.1.0 and several more. The News section of the antiX project's wiki page contains a more complete list and information on the available editions. Download (pkglist): antiX-16.2_x64-full.iso (685MB, MD5, signature), antiX-16.2_x64-base.iso (508MB, MD5, signature), antiX-16.2_x64-core-libre.iso (203MB, MD5, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-06-14 NEWBSD Release: FreeNAS 11.0
Joon Lee has announced the final release of FreeNAS 11.0, a new version of the project's specialist FreeBSD-based operating system designed for computers serving as Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices. This version replaces Coral (which suffered from serious bugs following its release) as the current stable FreeNAS: "After several FreeNAS release candidates, FreeNAS 11.0 was released today. This version brings new virtualization and object storage features to the world’s most popular open source storage operating system. FreeNAS 11.0 adds bhyve virtual machines to its popular SAN/NAS, jails, and plugins, letting you use host web-scale virtual machines on your FreeNAS box. It also gives users S3-compatible object storage services, which turns your FreeNAS box into an S3-compatible server, letting you avoid reliance on the cloud. FreeNAS 11.0 is based on FreeBSD 11-STABLE, which adds the latest drivers and performance improvements. Users will benefit from the overall systematic, architectural, and performance improvements. Testing indicates that the kernel of FreeNAS 11.0 is 20% faster than the kernel of FreeNAS 9.10." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download: FreeNAS-11.0-RELEASE.iso (549MB, SHA256). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-06-14 NEWDistribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 111
Michael Tremer has announced a new update to the IPFire distribution for firewalls. The new version, IPFire 2.19 Core Update 111, features a number of security improvements which allow IPFire to connect to wireless networks and drops older (potentially vulnerable) cryptography functions for newer, stronger ones. Quality of Service (QoS) handling now uses multiple CPU cores when available in order to offer better performance. "The firewall can now authenticate itself with a wireless network that uses Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). These are commonly used in enterprises and require a username and password in order to connect to the network. IPFire supports PEAP and TTLS which are the two most common ones. They can be found in the configured on the 'WiFi Client' page which only shows up when the RED interface is a wireless device. This page also shows the status and protocols used to establish the connection. The index page also shows various information about the status, bandwidth and quality of the connection to a wireless network. That also works for wireless networks that use WPA/WPA2-PSK or WEP." Further details can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (SHA1): ipfire-2.19.x86_64-full-core111.iso (173MB, torrent, pkglist).
2017-06-14 NEWDistribution Release: OpenMediaVault 3.0.79
Volker Theile has announced the release of OpenMediaVault 3.0.79, a major update and the first stable build in the 3.x version series. OpenMediaVault is a specialist Debian-based distribution designed for network-attached storage (NAS) systems: "After a long development phase I am happy to announce the release of OpenMediaVault 3 'Erasmus'. The main features at a glance: using Debian 8 'Jessie'; use kernel/firmware backports by default using Sencha ExtJS 6.2 framework for the WebUI; adapt backend to systemd; complete re-factored backend; support LVM snapshots; add SAN (Subject Alternative Name) to self-signed SSL certificates; file systems will be mounted according to FHS below /srv now; outsource TFTP into a plugin; introduce omv-confdbadm command to manage the database via CLI; add more UI translations, e.g. Catalán; enable SSH service by default; use predictable device files everywhere; improve statistic graph colors for color blind users; set SMB/CIFS file/directory masks to values for collaborative workflows...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a detailed list of new features. Download: openmediavault_3.0.79_amd64.iso (407MB, SHA256, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-06-13 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.0
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live disc which offers several tools to assist its users in being anonymous while working on-line. The latest version of this Linux distribution, Tails 3.0, is based on the upcoming release of Debian 9 "Stretch". "Tails 3.0 works on 64-bit computers only and not on 32-bit computers anymore. Dropping hardware support, even for a small portion of our user base, is always a hard decision to make but being 64-bit only has important security and reliability benefits. For example, to protect against some types of security exploits, support for the NX bit is compulsory and most binaries are hardened with PIE which allows ASLR. Update Tor Browser to 7.0 (based on Firefox 52 ESR) which is multi-process and paves the way to content sandboxing. This should make it harder to exploit security vulnerabilities in the browser." This release also features a new welcome screen called Tails Greeter. This welcome screen assists the user in selecting a preferred language, configuring the keybaord and setting up persistent, encrypted storage. These changes and several screen shots are presented in the Tails 3.0 release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.0.iso (1,153MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-06-13 NEWDevelopment Release: Fedora 26 Beta
The Fedora team have released a new development snapshot of their Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution. The new development release, Fedora 26 Beta, features updated versions of the GNU Compiler Collection and Go language. There is also a new partition manager for the Fedora system installer. "Fedora, always in the path of innovation, will ship with the latest version of the GNU Compiler Collection, also known as GCC, bringing the latest language features and optimizations to users and to the software we build. Also the Go Language is updated to the latest version, 1.8, which includes 32-bits MIPS support and speed improvements. One of the most important changes is the addition of 'blivet-gui' to the installer. This provides a 'building-blocks' style partitioning GUI for sysadmins and enthusiast users who are familiar with the details of storage systems." Additional information can be found in the release announcement on Fedora Magazine and in the Fedora 26 change set. Fedora is available in Workstation, Atomic Host and Server editions as well as several other spins. Download (pkglist): Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26_Beta-1.4.iso (1,449MB, SHA256, torrent), Fedora-Server-dvd-x86_64-26_Beta-1.4.iso (2,903MB, SHA256, torrent).

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