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2018-04-27 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 18.04
Martin Wimpress has announced the release of Ubuntu MATE 18.04, the latest version of the popular Ubuntu variant featuring the MATE desktop environment. This new version comes with the new MATE 1.20.1: "The MATE Desktop has transitioned from the GTK+ 2.24-based MATE 1.12 to the very latest MATE 1.20.1 based on GTK+ 3.22. This migration has been several years in the making, and most of 2016 and 2017 was spent refining the GTK+ 3 implementation. The move to GTK+ 3 has made it possible to introduce many of the new features you'll read about below. Support for libinput has been added and is now the default input handler for mouse and touchpad, which has resulted in much improved responsiveness and support for multi-finger touch gestures. Thanks to our friends at, accessibility support (particularly for visually impaired users) has seen continued development and improvement. MATE Desktop is proud to provide visually impaired users the most accessible open-source desktop environment. MATE Desktop 1.20 supports HiDPI displays and if you have one then Ubuntu MATE will automatically enable pixel scaling, presenting you with a super crisp desktop and applications." See the detailed release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download: ubuntu-mate-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso (1,909MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-04-26 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04
Adam Conrad has announced the availability of Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver". The new version is a long term support (LTS) release featuring the GNOME Shell desktop and version 4.15 of the Linux kernel. "The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce our seventh long-term support release, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core. Codenamed "Bionic Beaver", 18.04 LTS continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. The Ubuntu kernel has been updated to the 4.15 based Linux kernel, with additional support for Linux security module stacking, signing of POWER host and NV kernels, and improved support for IBM and Intel hardware enablement from Linux 4.16. Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS brings a fresh look with the GNOME desktop environment. GNOME Shell on Ubuntu is designed to be easy to use for people upgrading from 16.04 LTS and presents a familiar user interface. New features for users upgrading from 16.04 LTS include assistance with logging in to public Wifi hotspots and the Night Light feature to reduce eye strain in the evenings." Further details can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. Download (pkglist): ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso (1,832MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), ubuntu-18.04-live-server-amd64.iso (806MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2018-04-26 NEWDevelopment Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Beta
Red Hat has announced the availability of a development release for the company's Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x product series. The new development version, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Beta, includes tools for migrating existing services into containers for migration to newer Red Hat platforms. The release announcement gives an overview of the new improvements to Red Hat's main product line: "With a focus on stability and security features that maintain hardware, application, and management tooling compatibility, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Beta is designed to support the next generation of cloud-native applications through an updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 base image. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Beta base image enables customers to migrate their existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 workloads into container-based applications - suitable for deployment on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. In addition, a Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription gives our customers the freedom to choose which supported major release to deploy; therefore, existing customers may also elect to update their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 infrastructure to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 at any time, free of charge." Further information can be found in the company's release notes. Technical details for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Beta can be found in the technical notes.
2018-04-24 NEWDevelopment Release: NetBSD 8.0 RC1
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of the first release candidate for NetBSD 8.0, a highly portable operating system available for over 50 processor architectures: "On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the first release candidate of NetBSD 8.0. Many changes have been made since 7.0. Here are a few highlights: USB stack rework, USB 3 support added; in-kernel audio mixer; reproducible builds; PaX MPROTECT (W^X) memory protection enforced by default on some architectures with fine-grained memory protection and suitable ELF formats - i386, amd64, evbarm, landisk, pmax; PaX ASLR enabled by default on i386, amd64, evbarm, landisk, pmax, sparc64; MKPIE (position independent executables) by default for userland on: i386, amd64, arm, m68k, mips, sh3, sparc64; added can(4), a socket layer for CAN busses; added ipsecif(4) for route-based VPNs; made part of the network stack MP-safe NET_MPSAFE kernel option is required to try; WAPBL stability and performance improvements...." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download (SHA512) the installation images for the amd64 and i386 architectures from here: NetBSD-8.0_RC1-amd64.iso (563MB), NetBSD-8.0_RC1-i386.iso (573MB).
2018-04-23 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 760
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2018-04-22 NEWDistribution Release: Smoothwall Express 3.1 SP4
Smoothwall Express, is a specialist Linux distribution for firewalls and routers, featuring a custom web-based configuration interface. The project's origins date back to the year 2000 and it still continues to evolve today - the developers have just announced an update to their 3.1 product line: "The Smoothwall Express team announce the release of Update9/SP4. This update and service pack should address most of the problems you encountered with Update8/SP3. We resolved a number of bugs, updated a number of packages, and re-released all of the Update8 packages. Of particular note, we made a number of improvements in the UI, added packages that will allow you to use a wireless IF for RED (manual only; not yet integrated into the system), and switched from Openswan to Libreswan. We also locked the kernel headers (used for glibc, klibc and a few other packages) to those of 3.4.104 to ensure a consistent Linux API going forward. Update8 switched to 3.16 kernel headers for some packages; this may have been the source of inexplicable problems some people reported after applying Update8." Here is the full release announcement as published on the distribution's user forums. Download (MD5): Express-3.1-SP4-x86_64.iso (241MB), Express-3.1-SP4-i586.iso (233MB).
2018-04-22 NEWDistribution Release: AV Linux 2018.4.12
A new version of AV Linux, a Debian-based distribution featuring a collection of audio and video applications, has been released. Version 2018.4.12 comes with various bug fixes, software updates and firmware additions: "AV Linux 2018.4.12 has been released. Bug fixes: updated 4.9.76 real-time kernel with KPTI 'Meltdown' security patch; KPTI can be disabled at boot; numerous important fixes to compatibility with KXStudio repositories; updated and fixed outdated Cin 5.1 and Spotify repositories; WineASIO now works properly; removed GRUB Customizer because it doesn't work on UEFI installations. New additions: ISO files now have accompanying MD5 and SHA256 files; optional 'lowlatency' kernels (required for proprietary video drivers); optional 'SGFXI' proprietary video driver install; UEFI install; Wine-Staging replaces Debian's Wine packages, WineHQ repositories have been added; added firmware for Echo audio devices; dynamic CPU frequency adjustment (in 'Settings' menu); real-time quick configuration scan to check system tuning...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a full changelog. Download: isotester-avl64-2018.4.12.iso (3,536MB, SHA256, pkglist, username: isotester, password: avl64).
2018-04-18 NEWDistribution Release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 8.0
Trisquel GNU/Linux is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution which features free and open source software exclusively. The project's latest release, Trisquel 8.0 "Flidas", is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and includes support through to the year 2021. "The biggest internal change to the default edition is the switch from GNOME to MATE 1.12. The main reason for this change was that GNOME dropped support for their legacy desktop, which retained the GNOME 2.x user experience and didn't require 3D composition -- a feature that in many computers would still need non-free software to run at full speed. MATE provides a perfect drop-in replacement, it is very light and stable and it retains all the user experience design that we are used to from previous Trisquel releases. The next most important component is Abrowser 59 (based on Mozilla Firefox), which is not only fully-featured and quite faster than before, it has also been audited and tweaked to maximize the user's privacy without compromising on usability." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): trisquel_8.0_amd64.iso (2,512MB, MD5, signature, torrent), trisquel-mini_8.0_amd64.iso (940MB, MD5, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-18 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.5
Avi Miller has announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 5, the latest version of the company's enterprise-class Linux distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5: "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 for the x86_64 architecture. Notable security-related features in this release: support for Memory Protection Keys on recent Intel processors - CPUs provide this support through a new user-accessible register (PKRU) that contains two separate bits; ability to unlock encrypted devices connected to a network during the boot process; SSLv3 disabled in mod_ssl, this change also restricts the use of certain cryptographic cipher suites; KASLR (kernel address-space layout randomization) for KVM guests added. Btrfs continues to be fully supported in Oracle Linux 7.5 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK). Btrfs support is deprecated in the Red Hat Compatible Kernel." See the release announcement and the release notes for further information. Download: OracleLinux-R7-U5-Server-x86_64-dvd.iso (4,235MB, SHA256, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-16 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 759
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-04-15 NEWOS Release: ReactOS 0.4.8
ReactOS is an open source operating system which strives to provide binary compatibility with Microsoft windows applications and drivers. The ReactOS project has released a new version, ReactOS 0.4.8, which brings many improvements to the desktop interface. "Taskbar settings and dialogs have been rewritten by Giannis so now the auto-hide, toggle lock and always on top options work. These settings were visible before but as you might have noticed they've never been working at all. Meanwhile, David fixed several bugs and glitches of the notification area. Thanks to him, Giannis and Hermès, now balloon notifications are properly supported, queued and shown while a range of tooltip problems have been solved. Talking about the notification tray, due to Ged’s work, icons of killed and finished process are now automatically removed, even when apps crash. This is something that Windows doesn't even provide with Win10, and many Windows users may have noticed." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. ReactOS is available in two editions: a live disc and an installation disc. Download (MD5): (103MB), (73MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-12 NEWDevelopment Release: SparkyLinux 4.8 RC
SparkyLinux is a Debian-based distribution which is available in Stable and Rolling editions. The project has published a new release candidate for the distribution's Stable edition. The new candidate, SparkyLinux 4.8 RC, is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the Calamares cross-distro installer. "There is a new, testing live/install ISO image of SparkyLinux 4.8 RC 'Tyche' available to download. Sparky 4.x is based on Debian Stretch. Sparky 4.8 RC is a release candidate to upcoming next 4.8 stable release. Changes between 4.7 and 4.8 RC: Full system upgrade from Debian Stable repos as of April 11, 2018. Linux kernel 4.9.82. Calamares 3.1.12 with an option of installing system on an encrypted disk. Added new option of live system booting which lets you choose a localization (via kernel parameter) and keyboard layout (via a new script). Sparky tools which need root access use pkexec now instead of gksu/gksudo/kdesudo/etc. Added packages: xinit (provides startx command) and BleachBit (for cleaning the system). Temporary removed gscreenshot and replaced with sparky-screenshot." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: sparkylinux-4.8-rc-x86_64-minimalgui.iso (811MB, SHA512, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-04-12 NEWDistribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.5.5-38
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.5.5-38, the latest stable release of the project's specialist utility live CD, based on Debian's "unstable" branch, designed for disk cloning and backups: "This release of Clonezilla Live (2.5.5-38) includes major enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements and changes: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system has been upgraded, this release is based on the Debian 'Sid' repository as of 2018-03-30; Linux kernel has been updated to 4.15.11; Partclone has been updated to 0.3.11 with some libraries also updated; new image format is used in this release, it is different from the one saved by Partclone 0.2.x; new massive deployment mechanism BitTorrent was added; Clonezilla has to convert the original image to the special format when BitTorrent mode is used and this will require more disk space in the image repository; switch keymap configuration method from console-data to keyboard-configuration." See the full release announcement for a complete list of changes and other technical notes. Download (SHA512): clonezilla-live-2.5.5-38-amd64.iso (235MB, pkglist), clonezilla-live-2.5.5-38-i686.iso (230MB), clonezilla-live-2.5.5-38-i686-pae.iso (230MB). Also available from OSDisc.

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