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2017-04-25 NEWDistribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.1
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution which features several security and forensics tools. The project has adopted a rolling release approach to new versions. The new release, Kali Linux 2017.1, features drivers for RTL8812AU wireless chipsets, improved GPU support and there are now Azure and AWS images of Kali Linux for cloud instances. "Finally, it's here! We're happy to announce the availability of the Kali Linux 2017.1 rolling release, which brings with it a bunch of exciting updates and features. As with all new releases, you have the common denominator of updated packages, an updated kernel that provides more and better hardware support, as well as a slew of updated tools - but this release has a few more surprises up its sleeve. A while back, we received a feature request asking for the inclusion of drivers for RTL8812AU wireless chipsets. These drivers are not part of the standard Linux kernel, and have been modified to allow for injection. Why is this a big deal? This chipset supports 802.11 AC, making this one of the first drivers to bring injection-related wireless attacks to this standard." A summary of available features in version 2017.1 can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): kali-linux-2017.1-amd64.iso (2,664MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-04-25 NEWDistribution Release: Android-x86 6.0-r3
The Android-x86 project is a port of the Android operating system for consumer desktop and laptop computers. The Android-x86 project has announced a third update to the project's x86 port of Android 6.0 "Marshmallow". The new release includes the ability to auto-mount optical media, includes a fix for running in VMware virtual machines and features an updated Linux kernel (version 4.4.62). "The Android-x86 project is happy to announce the 6.0-r3 release to public. This is the third stable release of Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86)... The updates since 6.0-r2 include: CD/DVD auto-mount. Fix VMware broken since 6.0-r2. A qemu-android script to launch Android-x86 in QEMU (only available in RPM installation). Update to latest Android Marshmallow-MR2 release (6.0.1_r79). Update kernel to 4.4.62 with more patches from AOSP. Update Mesa to 17.0.4. More updates from upstream projects (libdrm, ntfs-3g, exfat, bluez)." Further details and known issues can be found in the project's release notes. The Android-x86 operating system is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds. Download (SHA256): android-x86_64-6.0-r3.iso (677MB), android-x86-6.0-r3.iso (572MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-04-24 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 709
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2017-04-21 NEWDevelopment Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0 RC
The Devuan GNU+Linux distribution is a fork of Debian which strives to provide a Linux distribution without systemd software. The project is now approximately two years old and has published its first release candidate. It can be adopted as an upgrade path from Debian "Wheezy" or Debian "Jessie". "This Devuan 'Jessie' release candidate is as close as we can get to a 'long term support' universal base distribution free from systemd, in the original spirit of Debian. The final Devuan 'Jessie' release will follow shortly and then we will turn our attention to 'Ascii', the current testing branch. What has improved in Devuan 'Jessie': the WiFi auto-detection problems present in the beta release series have been fixed; the problem that prevented Samba from installing has been fixed; Devuan now directly provides different base distribution flavours - desktop live, embedded, minimal live and installer ISO; Devuan's Simple Distro Kit (SDK) is rapidly approaching maturity...." Further information, along with a list of changes, is available in the release announcement. Download the desktop live image (with Xfce) or the full installation DVD: devuan_jessie_1.0.0-RC_amd64-live.iso (803MB, SHA256, signature), devuan_jessie_1.0.0-RC_amd64_DVD.iso (4,456MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist).
2017-04-21 NEWDevelopment Release: RISC OS Open RC15
Steve Revill has announced the release of a new development build of RISC OS Open, a special edition of RISC OS designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. RISC OS, developed by the inventors of the ARM processor architecture, is not based on UNIX, Linux or any other existing system. The freely available Raspberry Pi variant uses its own desktop environment (called Pinboard) and applications. This is the project's first release in over two years: "It has been long anticipated after the record success of our previous hit (RC14) in February 2015, but the wait is over. Right up-to-date support for the latest ARMv8 in the main OS ROM, bundled with hundreds of fixes and improvements to the OS. The previous release was based on RISC OS 5.21 which was current at the time. There are new and updated applications on the disc too, as well as significant improvements completed thanks to donations in the form of updated JPEG support, EDID monitor detection and the first few pieces of USB work. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been busy creating new models at an astonishing rate, so the list of different Pi boards supported has grown too." Here is the full release announcement. The compressed SD card image is available for download (MD5) from here: (119MB).
2017-04-20 NEWDistribution Release: ROSA R9
Vladimir Potapov has announced the release of ROSA R9, a major update of the distribution which started as a fork of Mandriva Linux and which retains many of Mandriva's tools. The new version comes in two desktop variants - KDE 4 or Plasma Desktop 5.9: "ROSA R9 is the first release based on the new package platform 2016.1. The distribution is targeted mainly at Linux advocates eager to try new software. According to the updates policy, the R9 version of the ROSA distribution will have 4 years of technical support. Technical changes compared to ROSA R8: most of the system libraries, compilers and system/user software were updated to their new and latest versions (glibc, boost, GCC, Clang); a new additions to the repositories were made, e.g. LDC (the D language compiler), Meson (a powerful open-source build system); added a glibc patch, drastically boosting the load speed of the dynamic shared objects (DSO)...." Here is the brief release announcement, with additional technical details and changelog provided in the release notes. Download (pkglist): ROSA.FRESH.KDE.R9.x86_64.iso (2,064MB, MD5), ROSA.FRESH.KDE.R9.x86_64.uefi.iso (2,075MB, MD5), ROSA.FRESH.PLASMA.R9.x86_64.iso (2,085MB, MD5), ROSA.FRESH.PLASMA.R9.x86_64.uefi.iso (2,098MB, MD5).
2017-04-19 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 2.12
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (better known as Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The Tails project has announced the release of Tails 2.12 which features the GNOME Sound Recorder application and version 4.9.13 of the Linux kernel. Tails uses the Tor network to redirect network traffic and this release saw the project remove the alternative I2P anonymity network from the distribution. "We installed again GNOME Sound Recorder to provide a very simple application for recording sound in addition to the more complex Audacity. Sound clips recorded using GNOME Sound Recorder are saved to the Recordings folder. We removed I2P, an alternative anonymity network, because we unfortunately have failed to find a developer to maintain I2P in Tails. Maintaining software like I2P well-integrated in Tails takes time and effort and our team is too busy with other priorities. Upgrade Linux to 4.9.13. This should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi, etc.)." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: tails-i386-2.12.iso (1,090MB, signature, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-04-19 NEWDistribution Release: deepin 15.4
The deepin project, which develops a Debian-based Linux distribution with a custom desktop environment and several applications developed in-house, has announced the release of deepin 15.4. Despite a minor increment in the version number (from 15.3 to 15.4), this is a major release with many improvements and package upgrades: "deepin 15.4 has brand new design for Control Center and desktop. It adopted new blur and transparent style, new interactions for hot corner and window manager, along with selective wallpapers, full-screen installation interface, latest stable kernel version and original Deepin applications. It has added traditional Chinese (Hong Kong) and Amharic language support. The Control Center has brand-new design and interactions; the homepage shows quick-access icons for common settings to make the operation easier and faster. The newly designed installer has full-screen interface, fuzzy background, smart detection, friendly reminder and 'scan QR code for feedback'; you can experience the incredible pleasure of deepin just after drinking a cup of coffee." See the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download (also available from Google Drive): deepin-15.4-amd64.iso (2,491MB, MD5, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-04-18 NEWDevelopment Release: Rescatux 0.41 Beta 1
Rescatux is a Debian-based distribution that features desktop tools for recovering broken Linux distributions. The project has released a new development version, Rescatux 0.41 Beta 1. The new development snapshot features several improvements to help users work with UEFI systems. "I couldn't have released a stable Rescatux without UEFI options so I had to add them. So here there are. Please test them and give us feedback either on the mailing list or in the bugs. Depending on how these new options replace Boot Repair functionality I will remove it from Rescatux. Many people, somehow, are using Boot Repair inside Rescatux while we don't support it and that should be fixed in the next Rescatux stable release." While Rescatux can now work with UEFI-enabled systems, the distribution does not support booting on computers where Secure Boot is enabled. The Secure Boot feature should be disabled prior to trying to boot into Rescatux. Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: rescatux-0.41b1.iso (672MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-04-18 NEWDistribution Release: Solus 2017.04.18.0
Joshua Strobl has announced the availability of an updated release of Solus, an independent, desktop-focused Linux distribution. Besides the standard edition featuring the Budgie desktop (developed in house), this version also comes in a MATE variant as well as a brand-new GNOME 3.24 flavour: "We're proud to announce our second ISO image snapshot, 2017.04.18.0, across our Budgie and MATE editions, as well as our new GNOME edition. This snapshot is the culmination of months of work across nearly every aspect of our operating system, ranging from multiple under-the-hood upgrades and changes to improvements to our desktop experiences. This snapshot is the first to deliver bulletproof boot management out-of-the-box, leveraging clr-boot-manager to enable the maintenance and garbage collection of kernels, as well as configuration of the bootloader. Furthermore, clr-boot-manager enables the retention of known-working kernels, so you can always roll back to a prior kernel." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download (pkglist): Solus-2017.04.18.0-Budgie.iso (1,145MB, SHA256, signature), Solus-2017.04.18.0-GNOME.iso (1,158MB, SHA256, signature), Solus-2017.04.18.0-MATE.iso (1,181MB, SHA256, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-04-17 NEWDistribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.9
Pat Riehecky has announced the release of Scientific Linux 6.9, the latest build of the distribution's legacy branch, compiled from source package for the recently-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9. As is the case with the upstream distribution, this branch of Scientific Linux will be supported until November 2020. "Scientific Linux 6.9 i386/x86_64. Scientific Linux 6.x users please run 'yum clean expire-cache'. Major differences from Scientific Linux 6.8: sl-release - there is a new Scientific Linux End User License Agreement (EULA), the EULA now contains information about the U.S. Government contract under which Fermilab produces Scientific Linux; sl-release-notes - updated for Scientific Linux 6.9. Along with the changes noted in the upstream release notes." Here is the brief release announcement, with much more details, including a complete list of changes compared to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9, provided in the release notes. Scientific Linux 6.9 is available either as one complete 5.8 GB ISO image or two fit-on-DVD ISO images; download links (SHA256, pkglist): SL-6.9-x86_64-DVD.iso (5,982MB), SL-69-x86_64-2017-04-11-DVD1.iso (4,242MB), SL-69-x86_64-2017-04-11-DVD2.iso (1,740MB).
2017-04-17 NEWDistribution Release: Devil-Linux 1.8.0
Heiko Zuecker has announced the release of Devil-Linux 1.8.0, a major update of the project's independently-developed distribution that runs directly from the live CD and is designed primarily for server, firewall and router deployments: "Devil-Linux 1.8.0 has been released. This is a major overhaul of Devil-Linux. Most programs and libraries have been updated and the unmaintained ones have been removed. The main file system has been switched to Squashfs, to further reduce the ISO image size." Here is the brief release announcement. Some of the more interesting items from the changelog include: "Build system - Python now compiles all available modules from src/python-modules; added haveged and haproxy; added Google Authenticator for PAM; added Dovecot Pigeonhole; mounting of bootcd.iso from another storage devices is not supported any more, use bootcd.squash; added a new init script post_init.local to help with some initializations scripts that need to run after everything else is up; replace Bacula with Bareos, manual migration is necessary; removed Linux-HA and moved to Corosync 2.x with Pacemaker...." Download (checksums are included within the compressed files): devil-linux-1.8.0-x86_64.tar.xz (325MB), devil-linux-1.8.0-x86_64-server.tar.xz (324MB), devil-linux-1.8.0-i686.tar.xz (322MB), devil-linux-1.8.0-i686-server.tar.xz (316MB).
2017-04-17 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 708
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