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2017-11-17 NEWDistribution Release: Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0
Raspberry Digital Signage (RDS) is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi. It displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified (web) resource. The project has released a new version, Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0, which is based on Raspbian "Stretch". The release announcement reports: "Marco Buratto has released Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0 today, which comes with the latest and greatest Chromium build (featuring advanced HTML5 capabilities, Adobe Flash support and H264/AVC video acceleration), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily. System parameters are set by a web interface which wraps lower terminal commands. SSH and VNC remote management systems are available as well. Changelog for version 10.0: The underlying operating system has been moved to Raspbian Stretch; the overall performance is sensibly better and HTML5 videos play a lot smoother; some improvements on code and bug fixes (the most important ones concern WiFi networks' discovery and local WordPress virtual host, which remains disabled if unused)." Download (MD5): (674MB, torrent, pkglist).
2017-11-16 NEWBSD Release: GhostBSD 11.1
GhostBSD is an easy to use, FreeBSD-based desktop operating system. The project has released GhostBSD 11.1 which is available in MATE and Xfce flavours. The new version features easy ZFS configuration the Whisker Menu for the Xfce edition, keyboard layout fixes and an independent GhostBSD software repository. "After a year of development, testing, debugging and working on our software package repository, we are pleased to announce the release of GhostBSD 11.1 is now available on 64-bit (amd64) architecture with MATE and Xfce desktop on direct and torrent download. With 11.1 we drop 32-bit i386 support, and we currently maintain our software packages repository for more stability. What's new on GhostBSD 11.1: GhostBSD software repository. Support VMware Workstation Guest Features. New UFS full disk mirroring option on the installer. New UFS full disk MBR and GPT option on the installer. New UFS full disk swap size option on the installer. Whisker Menu as default Application menu on Xfce. All software developed by GhostBSD is now getting updated." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): GhostBSD11.1-mate-amd64.iso (2,397MB, SHA256, torrent), GhostBSD11.1-xfce-amd64.iso (2,267MB, SHA256, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-16 NEWDistribution Release: Slax 9.2.1
Following a long absence, the Slax project has returned and the new version, Slax 9.2.1, features several significant changes. Slax no longer uses Slackware as its base, the project is now built using Debian packages. With this migration to Debian, Slax will also adopt the APT package management tools and the systemd init software. "After several years of inactivity Slax project has been brought to life again. For those who did not hear about it yet, Slax is a little distribution of GNU/Linux (in 200MB), which runs on your computer without installing, and makes no changes to it (unless you tell it to do so). This time, Slax uses Debian stretch as its base, and thus it can offer all the wonders of the mighty 'apt' command. If you are missing any software in Slax, use 'apt install SOFTWARENAME' to get it in an instant. I've decided to go for Debian because it made my life much easier and I believe that it will make yours too. Graphical desktop uses Fluxbox window manager and xLunch, which was written especially for Slax and with Slax needs in mind. Furthermore the development of xLunch continues independently." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download links and MD5 checksums can be found on the project's home page. Download: slax-64bit-9.2.1.iso (208MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-15 NEWDistribution Release: KaOS 2017.11
KaOS, a rolling KDE/Qt-centric Linux distribution, has been updated to version 2017.11. Besides the very latest Plasma Desktop (version 5.11.3), the new release also introduces Elisa as the default music player: "KaOS is pleased to announce the 2017.11 release. Just days after Plasma 5.11.3, KDE Applications 17.08.3 and Frameworks 5.40.0 where announced, you can already see these in this new release. Highlights of Plasma 5.11.3 include making sure passwords are stored for all users when KWallet is disabled, synchronize XWayland DPI font to Wayland dpi, notifications optionally store missed and expired notifications in a history, the new Plasma Vault offers strong encryption features presented in a user-friendly way, Window title logic has been unified between X and Wayland windows, default X font DPI to 96 on Wayland. All built on Qt 5.9.2. This release introduces Elisa as the default music player. KaOS users have chosen this option during a recent poll. It has been a few years, but the Juk music player is finally ported to KF5, thus available again in the KaOS repositories." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information, screenshots and known issues. Download (SHA256): KaOS-2017.11-x86_64.iso (1,762MB, signature, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-15 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.3
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The Tails project has released a new update, Tails 3.3. The new version features reduced bandwidth usage via Tor, the Tor Browser version 7.0.10 and version 4.13.0 of the Linux kernel. Several bugs have been fixed too: "Fix UEFI support for USB sticks installed using Universal USB Installer. Fix errors on file system creation in Tails Installer when the target USB stick is plugged before starting Tails Installer. Fix Tails Installer on Debian Sid and recent versions of udisks2. Fix the screen reader and screen keyboard in Tor Browser and Thunderbird. Make the configuration of the keyboard layout more robust when starting a session. For more details, read our changelog. Known issues: due to an issue in Tor Browser, the documentation shipped in Tails doesn't open in Tor Browser any more and lacks our sidebar. the warning page of the Unsafe Browser also lacks graphical design; starting Tails 3.3 from DVD takes more than twice as long as earlier releases." More changes and known issues are listed in the release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.3.iso (1,160MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-14 NEWDevelopment Release: Linux Mint 18.3 Beta
The Linux Mint team has announced the availability of a new development snapshot for Linux Mint. The new testing snapshot, Linux Mint 18.3 Beta, features several overhauled applications. The software manager and backup utilities in particular have been given a new look. Linux Mint now makes it easier to install third-party software, such as Google Earth and Steam, and Flatpak packages can be installed through the software manager. The new beta also features operating system snapshots using Timeshift. "Linux Mint 18.3 features Timeshift, a tool dedicated to system snapshots. Timeshift is the perfect companion to the Linux Mint Backup Tool. It doesn't save your personal data, it saves everything else. Thanks to Timeshift you can create backups of the operating system itself. You deleted system files by mistake? You can recover them. You upgraded to a newer release and something isn't working well anymore? You can go back in time." Further information can be found in the project's release announcements for the Cinnamon and MATE editions. Download (pkglist): linuxmint-18.3-cinnamon-64bit-beta.iso (1,815MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes), linuxmint-18.3-mate-64bit-beta.iso (1,836MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes).
2017-11-14 NEWDistribution Release: Fedora 27
The Fedora team has announced the release of a new version of their cutting edge Linux distribution. The new version, Fedora 27, ships with GNOME 3.26 which features a new settings panel and a more comprehensive search page. The Boxes virtual machine utility now supports shared folders and LibreOffice documents can be signed with OpenPGP keys. "The Workstation edition of Fedora 27 features GNOME 3.26. In the new release, both the Display and Network configuration panels have been updated, along with the overall Settings panel appearance improvement. The system search now shows more results at once, including the system actions. GNOME 3.26 also features color emoji support, folder sharing in Boxes, and numerous improvements in the Builder IDE tool. Many thanks to the GNOME community for their work on these features. For more information refer to the upstream release notes at GNOME 3.26 Release Notes." Further details can be found in the release announcement and in Fedora's release notes. While Fedora's Workstation edition has been released, the Server edition of Fedora 27 is not expected to be launched until January of 2018. Additional Fedora editions can be found on the project's Spins page. Download: Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-27-1.6.iso (1,556MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-13 NEWDistribution Release: VyOS 1.1.8
Daniil Baturin has announced the release of VyOS 1.1.8, an updated version of the Debian-based distribution for firewalls and routers born in 2013 from the ashes of the discontinued Vyatta project: "VyOS 1.1.8 is now available for download. It breaks the semantic versioning convention; while the version number implies a bug-fix-only release, it actually includes a number of new features. This is because 1.2.0 number is already assigned to the Jessie-based release that is still in beta, but not including those features that have been in the code base for a while and a few of them have already been in production for some users would feel quite wrong, especially considering the long delay between the releases. Overall it's pretty close in scope to the original 1.2.0 release plan before Debian Squeeze was EOLed and we had to switch the effort to getting rid of the legacy that was keeping us from moving to a newer base distribution." See the release announcement and the changelog for further information. Download (SHA1, pkglist): vyos-1.1.8-amd64.iso (230MB, signature), vyos-1.1.8-i586.iso (220MB, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-13 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 738
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2017-11-11 NEWDistribution Release: SharkLinux 4.13.0-17
SharkLinux is an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the MATE desktop environment. The project has released new installation media labeled SharkLinux 4.13.0-17. "This release comes with several system changes from previous builds which aim to increase system efficiency and allow greater control for user configuration. The more significant upgrades include changes to package management and the new 'pkg' command which significantly reduce install times and provide fallbacks in the event of mirror outages, configurations at startup are no longer network dependent and finish in 50% of the execution time from previous builds and tools added to allow easy toggling of both the automatic system maintenance and default sudo behaviour. As well SharkLinux has adopted the 'edge' variant of Ubuntu's HWE kernel and now features the 4.13 series kernel." Further details on the new features and package updates can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): SharkLinux-4.13.0-17.iso (1,551MB, pkglist).
2017-11-08 NEWDistribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.9
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.9, an updated build of the project's specialist distribution featuring a collection of tools for penetration testing and forensic analysis, based on Debian's "Testing" branch. This release brings a major new feature - an introduction of application sandboxing via Firejail: "Parrot 3.9 is now ready and it includes some important new features that were introduced to make the system more secure and reliable. The most important feature is the new sandbox system, introduced to protect many applications from 0-day attacks out of the box. The sandbox is based on Firejail, a suid program which is very easy to configure and customize to protect many critical applications in a quick and effective way (if an application does not work as expected, customize the corresponding Firejail profile to be more permissive). The other characteristic of this release is a long list of little details we wanted to fix to make the system look better, and the new Debian updates we have introduced to include the latest technologies." Read the brief release announcement for further information. Download: Parrot-full-3.9_amd64.iso (3,645MB, SHA512, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-07 NEWDistribution Release: Redcore Linux 1710
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution featuring the LXQt desktop environment. The project has released a new update of its rolling release distribution, Redcore Linux 1710. "Hey there Redcore lovers. It is my pleasure to announce that Redcore Linux 1710, code name 'Helvetios', ISO image is now ready and available for download from the usual place. This one is very special as Redcore Linux just turned one year old. We packed it with plenty of new features and we did our best to make it the best Redcore Linux release to date. Here is a brief change log: Resync with Gentoo ebuild tree (03.11.2017). Linux 4.9.53 LTS kernel with BFQ and UKSM enable by default, Linux 4.12.14 kernel available in the repository. Graphics stack is once more on the edge with mesa 17.2.4, LLVM 5.0.0, libdrm 2.4.87, X.Org Server 1.19.5. LXQt is now at 0.12.0 and I'm proud to say we are the first distro to release it to the masses; we built it and played with it since the release day. Printer drivers are now pre-installed and pre-configured, so everything should just work. Sisyphus package manager received much love this cycle, it is now better than ever." More information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: Redcore.Linux.1710.R1.LXQT.amd64.iso (2,511MB, SHA256, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-06 NEWDevelopment Release: MX Linux 17 Beta 1
MX Linux is a desktop distribution based on Debian's Stable branch. The distribution ships with the Xfce desktop environment and swaps out the systemd init software provided by Debian for the SysV init implementation. The project has released a new development snapshot, MX Linux 17 Beta 1. "MX-17 Beta 1 images are now available for download and testing. The Beta 1 features the following: latest live system changes and fixes from the antiX project; the latest updates from Debian (Stretch); 4.9 Linux kernel; the 32-bit ISO image has a PAE kernel and the non-PAE has been removed; updated packages, including LibreOffice 5.4.1 new and updated mx-apps; mx-tweak replaces mx-defaultlook and provides one-stop spot for simple compositor (Xfce or Compton), panel, and other 'tweak' type changes; mx-conky provides a method for doing simple edits to Conky files (color changes, etc.); mx-network-assistant replaces mx-broadcom-manager as a general purpose network troubleshooting tool; mx-tools now has a larger interface; changes to the update manager (apt-notifier), including new themes available in preferences; misc changes to most of the other mx-apps." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: MX-17.b1_x64.iso (1,170MB, MD5, signature, pkglist).

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