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2017-02-27 NEWDistribution Release: Zorin OS 12.1
The Zorin OS team has announced a new release of the project's Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Zorin OS is designed to provide a familiar interface for people transitioning from a Windows environment. The newest version, Zorin OS 12.1, is a minor update to the project's 12 series and includes mostly bug fixes and improved hardware support: "We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.1. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, new desktop features, performance enhancements and hardware support. Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.8 as well as an updated X server graphics stack adds compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS. One of the new desktop features is an easy way to add app icons to the desktop. Simply open the Zorin menu and right-click on an app to view the option to add it to the Desktop or to Favorites." People who are already running Zorin OS 12 can update to version 12.1 using the distribution's Software Updater application. Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Zorin OS 12.1 is available in three editions (Core, Business and Ultimate). The Core edition is free to download while the other two are commercial products. Download: Zorin-OS-12.1-Core-64.iso (1,570MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2017-02-27 NEWDevelopment Release: deepin 15.4 Beta
deepin is a Linux desktop distribution based on Debian's Unstable branch. The deepin project develops the custom Deepin Desktop Environment, along with a collection of graphical application for playing media and installing software. The deepin project has announced the availability of a new development snapshot, deepin 15.4 Beta. The new testing snapshot includes a revamped control panel and updated kernel for improved hardware support. "deepin 15.4 Beta has the newly designed Control Center, and it includes a series of Deepin Original Applications. It is easy to use with great beauty and has improved the user experience a lot. Besides, the kernel version has been upgraded to the latest stable version, it has improved the stability and compatibility. Due to the active feedback from alpha test users, deepin 15.4 beta has an outstanding improvement on completeness and compatibility." Further information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: deepin-15.4-amd64.iso (2,325MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-02-27 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 701
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-02-26 NEWDistribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.0
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 8.0, a major update of the do-it-yourself books providing instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch, then compile and configure many popular software applications on top of it: "The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS 8.0, LFS 8.0 (systemd), BLFS 8.0 and BLFS 8.0 (systemd). This release is a major update to both LFS and BLFS. The LFS release includes updates to glibc 2.24, Binutils 2.27 and GCC 6.2.0. In total, 29 packages were updated, fixes made to bootscripts, and changes to text have been made throughout the book. The BLFS version includes approximately 800 packages beyond the base Linux From Scratch version 7.10 book. This release has over 775 updates from the previous version including numerous text and formatting changes." Here is the full release announcement. The books are available in two variants depending on the preferred init system (SysVInit or systemd); download links: LFS 8.0 (pkglist) - 8.0 (HTML), 8.0 (PDF), 8.0-systemd (HTML), 8.0-systemd (PDF). BLFS 8.0 (pkglist) - 8.0 (HTML), 8.0-systemd (HTML).
2017-02-24 NEWBSD Release: TrueOS 2017-02-22
TrueOS is a rolling release operating system based on FreeBSD. The TrueOS team has released a new snapshot of the operating system's Desktop and Server editions. The new snapshot includes several bug fixes, a few new services and package updates. TrueOS 2017-02-22 also includes support for automounting devices and a new jail management utility: "Automounting - This new feature allows auto-detection and mounting of inserted USB devices. It also automatically unmounts USB devices when the user ceases accessing the device. See the blog post on automounting for more details about this useful new feature. New jail utilities jbootstrap (requires being run once to fetch base packages), jinit, and jdestroy are available. These support OpenRC development and add other functionality. See the blog post on these new jail utilities for more details." The release announcement has further information. Download (pkglist): TrueOS-Desktop-2017-02-22-x64-DVD.iso (2,320MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), TrueOS-Server-2017-02-22-x64-DVD.iso (1,530MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-02-24 NEWDevelopment Release: Kubuntu 17.04 Beta 1
The first beta release of the upcoming version 17.04 of Ubuntu and its sub-projects is now ready for testing. As usual, Ubuntu itself is absent and Ubuntu MATE has also skipped this round of testing, but Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu are all providing ISO images for download and testing. Kubuntu was the first to publish a release announcement: "Today the Kubuntu team is happy to announce that Kubuntu Zesty Zapus (17.04) beta 1 is released. With this beta 1 pre-release, you can see and test what we are preparing for 17.04, which we will be released in April. Note: this is beta 1 release. Kubuntu beta releases are not recommended for: regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues; anyone who needs a stable system...." This set of test releases is the first following a feature freeze effected a week ago. Interested beta testers can download the beta images from here: kubuntu-17.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,661MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-17.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (906MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-17.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,534MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-17.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,432MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-17.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,566MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntustudio-17.04-beta1-dvd-amd64.iso (2,973MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-17.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,280MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-02-22 NEWDistribution Release: Zenwalk Linux 220217
The Zenwalk Linux distribution is a desktop operating system built on the foundation of Slackware Linux. The project has announced a new rolling release snapshot of Zenwalk Linux which carries the version number 220217. The new snapshot reintroduces the Firefox web browser in the default installation and offers a number of updated packages. "The main change is the comeback of Firefox, built with GTK+ 3 and multi-threading enabled by default: This build of Firefox starts and reacts nearly as fast as Chromium, and with many tabs opened: scales much better in terms of responsiveness and memory footprint. You will also notice some improvements around FFmpeg, and MPV which is from now the main media player in Zenwalk. GStreamer has been dropped from ISO but is still available from Slackware repositories. Of course this ISO image contains many updated packages." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: zenwalk-current_220217.iso (1,049MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-02-21 NEWDistribution Release: Rebellin Linux 3.5
Utkarsh Sevekar has announced the release of Rebellin Linux 3.5, a set of two distributions with a choice of GNOME or MATE desktop environments, both based on Debian's "unstable" branch: "Rebellin Linux 3.5 released. Built on the goodness of Debian and the previous Rebellin, it's the best Debian Sid-based distribution you can get. Know why? Cos it comes with email support! Download Rebellin now and end your search for the perfect Linux distro! The big news is our tiny WhatsApp client for Linux. Nothing fancy, it just works. List of updates: GNOME Shell upgraded to 3.22.2; MATE upgraded to 1.16.1; Linux kernel upgraded to 4.8-liquorix; brand-new Material Design theme now completes the look; plenty of package and driver updates; MTP support added; Rebellin now works perfectly with AMD APUs, tested on a tiny AMD A4-1200 (Temash, 1 GHz) processor and Rebellin just ploughs through...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download (MD5, pkglist): RebellinGnome-64bit.iso (1,773MB), RebellinMate-64bit.iso (1,838MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-02-21 NEWBSD Release: pfSense 2.3.3
Jim Pingle has announced the release of pfSense 2.3.3, an updated build of the FreeBSD-based specialist operating system designed for firewalls and routers: "We are happy to announce the release of pfSense software version 2.3.3. This is a maintenance release in the 2.3.x series, bringing numerous stability and bug fixes, fixes for a handful of security issues in the GUI, and a handful of new features. The full list of changes is on the 2.3.3 New Features and Changes page, including a list of FreeBSD and internal security advisories addressed by this release. As always, you can upgrade from any prior version directly to 2.3.3. The Upgrade Guide covers everything you'll need to know for upgrading in general. While, nearly all of the common regressions between 2.2.6 and 2.3-RELEASE have been fixed in subsequent releases, the following still exist: IPsec IPComp does not work, this is disabled by default; IGMP Proxy does not work with VLAN interfaces and possibly other edge cases; those using IPsec and OpenBGPD may have non-functional IPsec unless OpenBGPD is removed." Continue to the release announcement for more information. Download: pfSense-CE-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.iso.gz (307MB, SHA256), pfSense-CE-2.3.3-RELEASE-i386.iso.gz (292MB, SHA256). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-02-20 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 700
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-02-19 NEWDistribution Release: GParted Live 0.28.1-1
Curtis Gedak has announced the availability of a new version of the GParted Live Linux distribution. GParted Live provides users with a Debian-based live CD with which to manipulate, rescue and rescue disk partitions from within a graphical user interface. The latest version, GParted Live 0.28.1-1, features version 4.9.6 of the Linux kernel and offers the ability to work with LUKS encrypted file systems. "The GParted team is pleased to announce another stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted 0.28.1, patches for libparted for FAT file system operations, and other improvements. This release includes partial read-write support for LUKS encrypted file systems. GParted can't create, open or close LUKS encryption volumes; however it can copy, resize and manipulate file systems inside open LUKS volumes and move closed LUKS volumes. (Resizing requires Linux kernel >= 3.6 and libparted >= 3.2 for online partition resizing)." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): gparted-live-0.28.1-1-amd64.iso (273MB, pkglist), gparted-live-0.28.1-1-i686-pae.iso (274MB), gparted-live-0.28.1-1-i686.iso (274MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-02-17 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.2
The second maintenance update of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (long-term support) release is now ready for download: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS for its Desktop, Server and Cloud products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. Like previous LTS series, 16.04.2 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware." The above comes from the release announcement published by Adam Conrad. The change summary page offers a detailed description of all the bug fixes since Ubuntu 16.04.1. As usual, updated images for Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Studio are also provided. Download links: ubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,482MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,498MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,239MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), mythbuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,389MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,260MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (880MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,466MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,618MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntustudio-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (2,691MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-02-16 NEWOS Release: ReactOS 0.4.4
ReactOS is an open source operating system which seeks to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows, capable of running Windows applications. The project's latest release, ReactOS 0.4.4, introduces printing support and offers several visual improvements and graphical fixes. "Today marks the fifth release of the ReactOS 0.4.x series, as well as the fifth following the 4 month release cycle started by 0.4.0 itself. Progress has continued steadily, with a great deal of work going on in the background to improve ReactOS' general usability and stability. Many of these improvements were on display at the FOSDEM convention in Brussels that took place on the 4th and 5th of this month. Certainly one of the more notable albeit less visible additions was the incorporation of basic printing support by Colin Finck. At present ReactOS is only capable of sending print commands to a parallel port printer, but this is the first step towards universal support and Colin should be applauded for his effort." Further details and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. ReactOS is available in two editions, the first provides an installation disc while the second offers a live desktop environment. Download (MD5): ReactOS-0.4.4.zip (102MB), ReactOS-0.4.4-live.zip (68MB). Also available from OSDisc.

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