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2020-01-16 NEWDistribution Release: CentOS 8.1.1911
CentOS, which builds its distribution's packages from upstream sources provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has published a new release, CentOS 8.1.1911. The new version is derived from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 source code. "Release for CentOS Linux 8 (1911): We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 8. Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 8 and is tagged as 1911, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Source Code. As always, read through the Release Notes - these notes contain important information about the release and details about some of the content inside the release from the CentOS QA team. These notes are updated constantly to include issues and incorporate feedback from the users. This release supersedes all previously released content for CentOS Linux 8, and therefore we highly encourage all users to upgrade their machines." Further information was provided by Brian Stinson in the release announcement. Download (pkglist): CentOS-8.1.1911-x86_64-dvd1.iso (7,205MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), CentOS-8.1.1911-x86_64-boot.iso (597MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2020-01-13 NEWDistribution Release: Raspberry Slideshow 13.0
Raspberry Slideshow is focused on being a quick-to-set-up platform for displaying image and video files. The distribution is built for the Raspberry Pi exclusively. The distribution's latest release is Raspberry Slideshow 13.0 introduces some significant configuration changes, more logging options and the default media folder has been moved. The project's release announcement lists the latest changes: "New features for the v13 release: media.conf now replaces all the .txt files for configuring the system behaviour. It’s a breaking change; upon timeout reached, only remote changed sources’ media are fetched again (previously, all media of all remote sources were downloaded); Web/P images added to whitelisted images’ file formats; better logging and printer debugging output; refetching hashes improved and better handling of connection issues (Dropbox improved); USB device is unmounted as soon as media have been copied to the internal SD card for a safer USB key removal, idea thanks to Francois Audirac; default MEDIA_FOLDER moved to /var/lib/rs; the underlying operating system has been updated." Download (MD5): (729MB, pkglist).
2020-01-13 NEWDistribution Release: Linux Lite 4.8
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 4.8, a new stable version of the project's beginner-friendly distribution based on Ubuntu 18.04 and featuring the Xfce desktop: "Linux Lite 4.8 final is now available for download and installation. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all Windows 7 people who have come here to find a simple, fast and free alternative to Windows 7 which has reached its end of life and no longer provides security updates. Linux Lite makes the transition to a Linux-based operating system by offering a full, Microsoft-compatible office suite, familiar software like Firefox, Chrome, Teamviewer, VLC as well as full system back-up tools, a comprehensive and easy-to-follow help manual to guide you on your journey, Steam so you can keep playing your Windows games and so much more familiar software. Our desktop is laid out just like it is in Windows with a Start Menu to the left and a tray to the right with volume, network and calendar options, with familiar desktop icons that take you exactly where you want to go on your system." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download (MD5): linux-lite-4.8-64bit.iso (1,466MB, torrent, pkglist).
2020-01-13 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 848
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2020-01-11 NEWDistribution Release: SuperGamer 5
David Nickel has announced the release of SuperGamer 5, a brand-new version of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution designed for gamers. Although the live image does not come with any pre-installed games, it includes scripts for downloading and installing a number of popular gaming platforms, such as Steam, Lutris (an open-source gaming platform for Linux) and PlayOnLinux (a Wine software compatibility layer for installing Windows-based video games and other software on Linux). The new release of SuperGamer is based on Ubuntu 19.10, featuring a recent Linux kernel (version 5.3) and an Xfce 4.14 user interface with a Whisker menu. "The SuperGamer version 5 has arrived. It is based upon the Ubuntu 19.10 base, is 64-bit ONLY, and it has the 5.3 kernel and Xfce 4.14. I have included installers for Steam, Lutris and PlayOnLinux as well as cleaned up the look and feel of it. UEFI support is still hit and miss with the new GRUB, but it does work in Live mode." Visit the project's home page to read the brief release announcement. The zipped ISO image is available for download from this Google Drive account. The compressed file (1,308MB) includes the ISO image (1,331MB, pkglist) as well as MD5 and SHA256 checksums. SuperGamer 5 can be installed onto the hard disk via a standard graphical installer.
2020-01-10 NEWDevelopment Release: OpenMandriva 4.1 Beta
The OpenMandriva team has published a new development release, OpenMandriva 4.1 Beta. The new development snapshot offers an updated kernel, Clang as the default compiler, and a new version of the KDE Plasma desktop. "Major changes: The kernel has been updated to 5.4.7. Qt has been updated to 5.14.0. Plasma has been updated: Frameworks 5.65, Plasma Desktop 5.17.4, Applications 19.12.0. More alternative desktops are available for testing. We also provide the OpenMandriva Clang-compiled kernel, named kernel-release-clang. User can install same version of kernel-release and kernel-release-clang for comparison. Clang is the default compiler in OpenMandriva, but only recently the kernel was made compatible with it. For now, this is experimental. We also provide Zypper as alternative package manager. For the less tech-savvy, photographers and digital artists may have fun in participating to the new wallpapers contest Bright and Shiny. We are looking forward to see your nice pictures to be included in wallpapers-extra collection in final OMLx 4.1 release." Further details can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (MD5): OpenMandrivaLx.4.1-beta-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,552MB, torrent, pkglist).
2020-01-09 NEWDistribution Release: AryaLinux 2.1
AryaLinux is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution that has been put together using Linux From Scratch (LFS) as a guide. The AryaLinux distribution uses a source/ports style of package management and a custom package manager called 'alps'. The distribution's latest release, AryaLinux 2.1, is available in four desktop editions: GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE, and Xfce. "Listed below are some of the changes that have made it to this release of AryaLinux. Apart from package updates and upgrades, there are several things that make this release different from our other releases. Release for all supported desktop environments: Xfce, MATE, KDE and GNOME. Linux kernel major version update from 4.x to 5.x. All package versions in line with package versions of LFS and BLFS stable book version 9.0. A complete rewrite of AryaLinux took place before this release which resulted in few regressions. We are working on the same. Please click here for known issues in this release." Further information can be found in the release notes. Download (MD5) (pkglist): aryalinux-2.1-xfce-x86_64.iso (2,169MB), aryalinux-2.1-mate-x86_64.iso (2,357MB), aryalinux-2.1-kde5-x86_64.iso (2,741MB), aryalinux-2.1-gnome-x86_64.iso (2,286MB).
2020-01-09 NEWDistribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 139
IPFire is a lightweight Linux distribution for use on network devices such as firewalls. The distribution is managed through a web interface for easier access. The project's latest update is IPFire 2.23 Core Update 139 and the project's release announcement provides an overview of available improvements: "It is time for the first release of the year, IPFire 2.23 - Core Update 139. It is packed with improvements, software updates, and many many bug fixes. Improved booting & reconnecting: Dialup scripts have been cleaned up to avoid any unnecessary delays after the system has been handed a DHCP lease from the Internet Service Provider. This allows the system to reconnect quicker after loss of the Internet connection and booting up and connecting to the Internet is quicker, too. Improvements to the Intrusion Prevention System: Various smaller bug fixes have been applied in this Core Update which makes our IPS a little bit better with every release. To take advantage of deeper analysis of DNS packets, the IPS is now informed about which DNS servers are being used by the system. TLSL: IPFire is configured as securely as possible." Download: ipfire-2.23.x86_64-full-core139.iso (281MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2020-01-08 NEWDistribution Release: Archman GNU/Linux 2020-01
Demiray Muhterem has announced the release of Archman GNU/Linux 2020-01 "Xfce" edition, the latest stable build of the project's Arch-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop. This release introduces an alternative package installation program called tkPacman: "Archman Xfce 2020-01, code name 'Lake Van' stable release is ready to use. As of this release, Archman repositories use packages with the extension tar.zst. In this release you will see a 70% centered panel at the bottom of the screen. With this panel's smart hiding feature, the entire screen will be available for use. We also grouped window tasks as icons only in the panel. We have made many other cosmetic changes. We set the Papirus icon set aside and decided to use the Surfn Arc icon set. In Sample Files, we place information and visual files about Lake Van which we introduce in this release. We've fixed many bugs you've detected in earlier release. As an alternative package installer, we have added tkPacman to Archman repositories and we recommend you to try it." See the full release announcement for more details and screenshots. Download (MD5) link: Archman_Xfce_20200107.iso (1,658MB, pkglist).
2020-01-07 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 4.2
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 project has released a new version of the distribution, Tails 4.2, which makes several improvements to the upgrade process: "We worked on important improvements to the automatic upgrade feature, which is still one of your major pain points when using Tails: Until now, if your version of Tails was several months old, you sometimes had to do two or more automatic upgrades in a row. For example, to upgrade from Tails 3.12 to Tails 3.16, you first had to upgrade to Tails 3.14. Starting with 4.2, direct automatic upgrades will be available from all prior versions to the latest version. Until now, you could only do a limited number of automatic upgrades, after which you had to do a much more complicated 'manual' upgrade. Starting with 4.2, you will only have to do a manual upgrade between major versions, for example to upgrade to Tails 5.0 in 2021. We made automatic upgrades use less memory. We optimized a bit the size of the download when doing automatic upgrades." Additional information on Tails 4.2 can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-4.2.iso (1,098MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2020-01-06 NEWDevelopment Release: Project Trident Void Beta
The Project Trident team have published their second development snapshot which uses Void as its base. Past versions of Project Trident have been based on TrueOS and this new beta snapshot expands the features Trident can provide on its new base. "What is new since the alpha image? Boot environment support for fully-separate datasets and snapshot rollback for boot environments. This is provided by the new zfsbootmenu utility created by Zack Dykstra. It is only configured for EFI-based bootloader support. Legacy-boot systems cannot use boot environments at the present time. User accounts - A single user account is created at installation. For EFI-booted systems, this user home directory is encrypted. It is configured so that logging in to the user account also decrypts the dataset for that user. Logging out locks the user dataset. Encrypted datasets are not supported on legacy-boot systems. Encrypting any ZFS datasets breaks the ability for GRUB to support booting the ZFS pool. A new trident-mkuser utility has been created for making additional user accounts. This utility supports creating encrypted home directories and will be included later as part of the trident-core package. Installer changes... lots of them." Additional information on the new snapshot can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): Trident-BETA-netinstall-x86_64.iso (515MB, signature, pkglist).
2020-01-06 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 847
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