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2017-03-27 NEWBSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0
The DragonFly BSD operating system is a former fork of FreeBSD which is now independently developed. DragonFly BSD is well known for its performance and advanced HAMMER file system. The project's latest release, DragonFly BSD 4.8.0, supports booting on UEFI-enabled computers, improves kernel performance and includes updated Intel video drivers. "The installer can now create an EFI or legacy installation. Numerous adjustments have been made to userland utilities and the kernel to support EFI as a mainstream boot environment. The /boot filesystem may now be placed either in its own GPT slice, or in a DragonFly disklabel inside a GPT slice. DragonFly, by default, creates a GPT slice for all of DragonFly and places a DragonFly disklabel inside it with all the standard DFly partitions, such that the disk names are roughly the same as they would be in a legacy system. The i915 driver has been updated to match the version found with the Linux 4.6 kernel. Broadwell and Skylake processor users will see improvements." Further information can be found in the project's release notes. Download: dfly-x86_64-4.8.0_REL.iso (743MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-03-27 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 705
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2017-03-25 NEWDevelopment Release: Proxmox 5.0 Beta 1 "Virtual Environment"
Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) is a Debian-based commercial distribution for running containers and virtual appliances. The Proxmox company has announced the release of a new development snapshot for the distribution, Proxmox 5.0 Beta 1 "Virtual Environment", which is based on Debian 9 "Stretch". "We are proud to announce the release of the first beta of our Proxmox VE 5.x family - based on the great Debian Stretch. With the first beta we invite you to test your hardware and your upgrade path. The underlying Debian Stretch is already in a good shape and the 4.10 kernel performs outstandingly well. The 4.10 kernel for example allows running a Windows 2016 Hyper-V as a guest OS (nested virtualization). This beta release provides already packages for Ceph Luminous v12.0.0.0 (dev), the basis for the next long-term Ceph release. In the coming weeks we will integrate step by step new features into the beta and we will fix all release-critical bugs." Additional information can be found in the company's release announcement. Download: proxmox-ve_5.0-c155b5bc-1.iso (549MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-03-25 NEWDistribution Release: Plamo Linux 6.2
Plamo Linux, which was launched back in 1997 as a Japanese language extension for Slackware Linux, is one of the world's oldest surviving distributions of Linux. Its development continues two decades later with the release of version 6.2. Originally tagged at the Open Source Conference (OSC) Tokyo Spring last month, it was finally published yesterday in the form of installable ISO images for three architectures. The most important change in Plamo Linux 6.2 is the switch from mkisofs to GNU xorriso while building the DVD images; this means support for booting on UEFI-enabled systems as well as the ability to transfer the ISO file to USB devices with dd or cat. The distribution offers three desktop environments - KDE 4.14.3, MATE 1.12.1 and Xfce 4.12.0. Some of the most important software upgrades in this release include: ALSA 1.1.1, Firefox 51.0, LibreOffice 5.2.5, OpenSSH 7.4p1, PHP 7.1.1, Samba 4.4.2 and Thunderbird 45.7.0, among others. Here is the brief release announcement, with further information available in the changelog (both links in Japanese). The installation DVD images are available for arm, x86 and x86_64 architectures; download links: plamo-6.2_x86_64_dvd.iso (3,395MB, MD5, pkglist), plamo-6.2_x86_dvd.iso (3,374MB, MD5), plamo-6.2_arm_sd.img (768MB, MD5).
2017-03-24 NEWDevelopment Release: NuTyX 9.0 RC1
Thierry Nuttens has announced the launch of a new release candidate for the NuTyX distribution, version 9.0. NuTyX is a Linux distribution built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch which features a custom package manager called "cards". The new development snapshot features support for booting on UEFI-enabled computers, a new long term support release kernel and the installation media can be loaded entirely into a computer's RAM, freeing up the DVD drive or USB port. "The new ISOs can be launched on UEFI machines; if you have a UEFI-compatible computer, you can now install NuTyX in UEFI mode. If it's your case, the installer will guide you to make the correct choices during installation and the UEFI will take care of booting the machine; no other boot manager is needed by default. It's up to the end user to decide whether to choose one if needed. The ISO image can be loaded in RAM if the target computer has more then 1GB of RAM. The USB key can then be removed, making the single USB port available again. Useful when you want to install NuTyX on a tablet that has a single USB port." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: NuTyX_x86_64-9.0-RC1.iso (247MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-03-24 NEWDevelopment Release: deepin 15.4 RC
Nearly a month after the last development build, the deepin team has announced the availability of the release candidate for the upcoming deepin 15.4, a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution featuring Deepin Desktop Environment as well as a range of custom applications and usability improvements: "After the public test of deepin 15.4 beta, we have received a lot of suggestions and feedback, we adopted some of them and fixed many problems. Here are update details of deepin 15.4 RC: pre-installed brand new desktop wallpapers; optimized keyboard layout function so it can be switched by shortcut keys; optimized interaction experience of desktop hot corner; optimized details of system user interface; fixed blurred screen issues for Intel integrated graphics card users; fixed issues with the wallpaper thumbnails where they did not match the set wallpaper; added custom weather location in Control Center; added controls for playing music; added custom settings for multi-screen setups...." See the detailed release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download: deepin-15.4-rc-amd64.iso (2,495MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-03-23 NEWDevelopment Release: Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2
Adam Conrad has announced the availability of a new development release for Ubuntu and the project's many community flavours. The snapshot, Ubuntu 17.04 beta 2, features up-to-date software packages and it also introduces installation media for the latest community member, Ubuntu Budgie. "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 17.04 Desktop, Server and Cloud products. This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. We're also pleased with this release to welcome Ubuntu Budgie to the family of Ubuntu community flavours." Further information on the latest Ubuntu beta can be found in the release announcement. Download: ubuntu-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,541MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,664MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (681MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,564MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,624MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,437MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,561MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntustudio-17.04-beta2-dvd-amd64.iso (2,980MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-17.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,284MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-03-22 NEWDistribution Release: Rockstor 3.9.0
Rockstor is a CentOS-based Linux distribution designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and private cloud storage solutions. The Rockstor team have announced the release of a new version of their distribution, Rockstor 3.9.0. The new release mostly focuses on bug fixes and improving existing features. "We've just wrapped up a fun release cycle, and it's my pleasure to announce Rockstor 3.9.0. Our community has been really active and we've prioritized nicely to improve on a few different areas. Five contributors have come together for this release and besides working on new features and bug fixes, we made significant improvements to code quality. phillxnet has made a big enhancement to the disk management subsystem. I've made large code quality improvement to backend Python stack. MFlyer collaborated with me on that and took upon himself to do the same for all of Javascript stack. He made several ninja style contributions and helped fix many bugs. I'd say this is a nice release with some new stuff and a bunch of useful maintenance updates." A list of changes in Rockstor 3.9.0 can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): Rockstor-3.9.0.iso (790MB, torrent, pkglist).
2017-03-21 NEWDistribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9, the latest version of the distribution's legacy branch which was originally launched in November 2010 and which will be supported with security updates until late 2020: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 delivers new hardware support developed in collaboration with Red Hat partners which helps to provide a smooth transition of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 production deployments to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 environments. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 adds updates to TLS 1.2 to further enhance secure communications and provide broader support for the latest PCI-DSS standards." The release announcement also contains a note about the upcoming change in the product's support status: "Note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 enters Production Phase 3 on May 10, 2017, meaning that subsequent updates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will be limited to qualified critical security fixes and business-impacting urgent issues." See also the release notes for more information. As always, existing RHEL clients can update to this version free of charge, while potential new customers should consider downloading the 30-day evaluation edition of the product's 7.x branch instead.
2017-03-21 NEWDistribution Release: ExTiX 17.2
ExTiX is a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu which features alternative desktop environments. The project's latest release, ExTiX 17.2 features the lightweight LXQt 0.10.0 desktop environment and provides version 4.10 of the Linux kernel. "News about ExTiX 17.2 build 170320 with the LXQt desktop environment: 1. ExTiX LXQt is based on Ubuntu 16.10 'Yakkety Yak'. LXQt 0.10.0 is used as the desktop environment. All packages have been updated to the latest version by 2017-03-20, Linux kernel 4.10 is used. ('s kernel 4.10.3). 2. Google Chrome is used as the web browser, which makes it possible to watch Netflix movies. It is not possible in Firefox (on Linux). 3. I have also installed BlueGriffon 2.3.1 web editor. BlueGriffon is a new WYSIWYG content editor for the world wide web. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it's a modern and robust solution to edit web pages in conformance to the latest web standards. 4. Other included important/useful packages are: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GParted, Brasero, SMPlayer, GCC and other compilation tools so that you can install packages from source. Furthermore all multimedia codecs." Additional information on ExTiX 17.2 can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): extix-64bit-17.2-lxqt-nvidia-1480mb-170320.iso (1,480MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-03-20 NEWDistribution Release: Emmabuntus 8-1.02
The Emmabuntus project has announced the release of a stable version of the distribution's Debian Edition. The new release is based on Debian 8.7 and features the Xfce desktop environment. The new Debian Edition of Emmabuntus uses the Lilo search engine by default and includes support for running on computers with UEFI enabled. "This new version support our efforts even more efficiently, thanks to this three improvement axis: the solidarity, with the Lilo search engine, the reuse, by supporting the new UEFI standard during the installation, the closure of the digital divide, by giving to the beginners the opportunity to discover an accessible GNU/Linux operating system, in this case based on Debian, with the appropriate documentation. In fact, 'The beginner's handbook' published by our friends of the 3HG Team, are included in this distribution. Starting immediately and by default, Emmabuntüs uses Lilo, the alternative search engine on the web. This decision was taken for two good reasons: the actions taken by the engine to respect the privacy of the web users, and the possibility to redistribute to different associations the incomes generated by the advertising." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: emmabuntus-de-amd64-jessie-1.02.iso (3,704MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-03-20 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 704
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-03-15 NEWBSD Release: FreeNAS Corral
The developers of FreeNAS, a FreeBSD-based operating system for network attached storage devices, have announced the release of FreeNAS Corral. The new release (which previously carried the version label 10 during the development phase) provides users with a friendly web-based interface for managing storage, includes ZFS support out of the box and allows the administrator to run containerized applications. "The FreeNAS Development team is very happy to announce the launch of FreeNAS 10 RELEASE and, at the same time, the renaming of 10 to Corral, a new name befitting what is also a radically new version of FreeNAS! With all of the new features in FreeNAS 10, as well as its entirely new look, we decided that just slapping a '10' into the release string simply didn't do justice to the giant evolutionary step we took with this release, nor has the version numbering scheme we've been using been increasingly accurate, since we stopped basing our release numbers on that of the underlying FreeBSD OS." The project's release notes contain further information on FreeNAS Corral and the life cycle of FreeNAS 9. Download (SHA256): FreeNAS-Corral-RELEASE.iso (806MB). Also available from OSDisc.

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