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2018-11-13 NEWDistribution Release: Void 20181111
Void is an independently-developed, rolling-release Linux distribution with a number of interesting specifics, such as its own package management system (called XBPS), a native init system (runit), integration of LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL and support for several popular ARM-based devices. The latest release, version 20181111, provides a large number of updates and fixes: "New x86 and ARM images are now available. The x86 images come with multiple flavours: Base system, Enlightenment, Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, LXDE and LXQt. As usual we also have a supply of ARM images including: BeagleBone and BeagleBone Black, Cubieboard 2, Odroid U2/U3, RaspberryPi (armv6), RaspberryPi 2/3 (armv7). Void also comes in musl C flavors, which use the musl C library, a lightweight alternative to the popular glibc library." Here is the brief release announcement. The project's download page lists a large number of ISO and IMG files for various architectures; here we link to the standard (using glibc) x86_64 live ISO images with various popular desktop environments (SHA256, pkglist): void-live-x86_64-20181111-cinnamon.iso (727MB), void-live-x86_64-20181111-enlightenment.iso (649MB), void-live-x86_64-20181111-lxde.iso (612MB), void-live-x86_64-20181111-lxqt.iso (652MB), void-live-x86_64-20181111-mate.iso (806MB), void-live-x86_64-20181111-xfce.iso (693MB).
2018-11-12 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 789
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-11-10 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.9
SparkyLinux is a Debian-based distribution featuring three different development branches and multiple editions. The project has released a new update, SparkyLinux 4.9, to its Stable branch, based on Debian 9 Stretch. "New ISO images feature security updates and small improvements, such as: full system upgrade from Debian stable repos as of November 8, 2018; Linux kernel 4.9.110 (PC); Linux kernel 4.14.71 (ARM); added key bindings of configuration of monitor brightness (Openbox); added key bindings of configuration of system sound (Openbox and LXDE); added cron configuration to APTus Upgrade Checker. Added packages: xfce4-power-manager for power management; sparky-libinput for tap to click configuration for touchpads; xfce4-notifyd for desktop notifications; sparky-artwork-nature package features 10 more new nature wallpapers of Poland." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-4.9-x86_64-lxde.iso (1,340MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-4.9-x86_64-minimalgui.iso (859MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-4.9-x86_64-minimalcli.iso (473MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2018-11-10 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA4
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the (originally unscheduled) fourth beta release of FreeBSD 12.0. This means that the stable 12.0 release gets another reschedule - to 11 December. From the release announcement: "The third beta build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 12.0-BETA3 includes: the number of fans supported from 8 to 12 for the powerpc architecture; a VIMAGE fix to correct carpstats; the bectl(8) utility has been added to rescue(8), as well as a fix to prevent an error when attempting to activate the currently active boot environment; the dvd1.iso pkg(8) as well as the default pkg(8) configuration file has been updated to use the quarterly package set (note to armv6, armv7 and aarch64 users - packages against the quarterly ports branch (2018Q4) are in progress, and should be complete over the next few days); the icwhd(4) driver has been updated to add TCO watchdog timer support in Lewisburg PCH (C620) chipsets; a local_unbound_tls variable has been added to the default rc.conf(5), set to "NO" by default; a fix to detect "stolen memory" not properly reserved in some Intel device BIOSes has been added; fixes to lualoader...." Download links: FreeBSD-12.0-BETA4-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,705MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-12.0-BETA4-i386-dvd1.iso (3,190MB, SHA512).
2018-11-10 NEWDistribution Release: CAINE 10.0
Nanni Bassetti has announced the release of a new major version of CAINE (which stands for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment), an Ubuntu-based distribution with a collection of utilities for forensics and incident response. Version 10.0 is based on Ubuntu 18.04: "CAINE 10.0 "Infinity" is out. Linux kernel 4.15, based on Ubuntu 18.04 64-bit, can boot on UEFI, UEFI with Secure Boot, Legacy BIOS, BIOS. The important news is that CAINE 10.0 blocks all block devices (e.g. /dev/sda) in read-only mode. You can use a GUI tool named BlockOn/Off which is present on CAINE's desktop. This new write-blocking method assures that all disks are really preserved from accidental writing operations because they are locked in read-only mode. If you need to write to a disk, you can unlock it with BlockOn/Off or by using 'Mounter' to change the policy to writable mode. New tools, new OSINT, Autopsy 4.9 on-board, APFS ready, Btrfs forensic tool, NVME SSD drivers; SSH server disabled by default; OSINT - Carbon14, OsintSpy added; mobile - gMTP and ADB added; added Recoll, Afro, Stegosuite; many fixes and software updates; CAINE has Windows IR/Live forensics tools; new release of Arsenal Image Mounter and HibernationRecon...." Visit the project's home page to read the full release announcement. Download: caine10.0.iso (3,643MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2018-11-07 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.6
Avi Miller has announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 6, the latest version of the company's enterprise-class Linux distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6: "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 6 for the x86_64 and Arm architectures. You can find the individual RPM packages on both the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server. ISO installation images will soon be available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Notable new features in this release: Pacemaker now supports path, mount, and timer systemd unit files. Although previous releases of Pacemaker supported service and socket systemd unit files, alternative units would fail. Pacemaker can now manage path, mount and timer systemd units. Package installation and upgrade using rpm can be tracked using audit events. The RPM package manager has been updated to provide audit events so that software package installation and updates can be tracked using the Linux Audit system. Software installation and upgrades using yum are also tracked." Further details on new features can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. ISO files can be downloaded through the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.
2018-11-06 NEWOS Release: ReactOS 0.4.10
Colin Finck has announced the release of ReactOS 0.4.10, the latest version of the project's open-source operating system which is developed with the goal of running Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment. The new release allows booting from a Btrfs file system and there are also various front-end and stability improvements: "The ReactOS project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.4.10, the latest of our quarterly cadence of releases. The project has seen an increasing emphasis on consistency and stability over the past few months, an emphasis the rapid release schedule helps re-enforce to provide a better end-user experience. Even as new pieces of functionality are added, all this would be for naught if a user could not access them reliably. The headline feature for 0.4.10 would have to be ReactOS’ ability to now boot from a Btrfs formatted drive. Parallel to this effort was more basic work needed to expose the option to use Btrfs in the ReactOS installer and boot loader. The combined effort proved fruitful indeed and users are invited to try out Btrfs support in 0.4.10." Read the release announcement with screenshots for full details. As always, ReactOS is available in Live and Install builds; download links (MD5): (75.0MB), (109MB).
2018-11-05 NEWDistribution Release: Neptune 5.6
Leszek Lesner has announced the release of Neptune 5.6, the latest stable version of the project's Debian-based desktop Linux distribution featuring the KDE Plasma 5.12 desktop: "We are proud to announce version 5.6 of Neptune. This update represents the current state of Neptune 5 and renews the ISO image so if you install Neptune, you don't have to download tons of updates. In this update we have improved hardware support further by providing Linux kernel 4.18.6 with improved drivers and bug fixes. Updated the DDX drivers for AMD/ATI and Intel as well, providing Mesa 18.1.9. The X.Org Server has been updated to version 1.19.6 which fixes several bugs and brings speed improvements. Other main changes in this version are the update of systemd to version 239 and KDE Applications to version 18.08.2. Network-Manager has been updated to 1.14 to improve WiFi network stability and speed. Plasma Desktop has been updated to 5.12.7 to provide bug fixes. It includes fixes for Krunner to allow setting the web shortcuts and spell-checking options for its plugins. connections with sftp via KIO are now more stable and reliable even after reconnecting to a device." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download: Neptune5-Plasma5-20181103.iso (2,142MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-11-05 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 788
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-11-04 NEWDistribution Release: Parrot 4.3
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot 4.3, a new stable build of the project's Debian-based distribution with a collection of utilities for penetration testing, digital forensics, programming and privacy protection: "Parrot 4.3 is now available for download. This release provides security and stability updates and is the starting point for our plan to develop an LTS edition of Parrot. Changes: Linux kernel has been updated to the 4.18.10 version; Firefox 63 provides noticeable security and privacy features, but it is no longer available for 32-bit systems, so we switched to Firefox ESR on all the unsupported architectures. WINE menu - we have fixed a bug in the Parrot menu configuration that prevented several menu categories to show up; the Parrot .bashrc file has been updated, now it provides better snap support, the ll alias now shows the size in a human readable format and it does no longer overwrite some global settings as it used to do before; OpenJDK 11 is now the default Java provider; Anonsurf has received important stability upgrades and now it does not mess up the DNS configuration; new Parrot icons...." Continue to the release announcement for more details and upgrade instructions. Download (SHA512, pkglist): Parrot-security-4.3_amd64.iso (3,786MB, torrent), Parrot-home-4.3_amd64.iso (1,764MB, torrent). A new (experimental) KDE Plasma edition is now also available: Parrot-variant-kde-4.3_amd64.iso (1,698MB).
2018-11-04 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA3
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third beta build of FreeBSD 12.0: "The third beta build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 12.0-BETA2 includes: SPE exception handling was implemented for the powerpcspe architecture (the powerpcspe build failed for BETA3 for reasons unrelated to source code changes and is being investigated); the localedef(1) utility was updated to add '-b' and '-l' options to specify output endianness, and now used when building share/ctypedef and share/colldef; the uplcom(4) driver has been updated to add support for formula-based arbitrary baud rates; the cxgbe(4) driver has been updated to use automatic cidx updates with ofld and ctrl queues; backwards compatibility for the geli(8) 'attach' subcommand has been added, allowing older geli(8) binaries to attach newer geli(4)-backed devices; the timezone database files have been updated to version 2018g; Bhyve has been updated to allow the VNC server to listen for incoming IPv6 connections; various fixes and updates to lualoader...." Read the release announcement for more information. Download: FreeBSD-12.0-BETA3-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,705MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-12.0-BETA3-i386-dvd1.iso (3,192MB, SHA512).
2018-11-04 NEWDistribution Release: Pardus 17.4
Pardus has announced the release of Pardus 17.4, an updated build of the project's Debian-based distribution set for desktops and servers. Like the previous releases in the 17.x series, this one also comes in two desktop variants featuring either Xfce or the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE). It offers various improvements as well as stability and security updates for more than 300 packages. Updated software include Firefox 60.3.0, Thunderbird 60.2.1, VLC 3.0.3 and LibreOffice 6.1.3. The OpenSSH server package in now installed by default. Other changes include: improved performance due to package optimisations; fixes to various bugs that some users encountered in graphical interfaces; fixes to installation without Internet that previously resulted in post-installation corruption of resource lists; changed the default background of the start-up screen. Existing Pardus users do not need to download this release as all updates have already been applied to their systems. See the release announcement and release notes (both resources are in Turkish only) for further information. The new Pardus release, which supports both Turkish and English languages, is ready for download (SHA512, pkglist): Pardus-17.4-XFCE-amd64.iso (1,325MB), Pardus-17.4-DDE-amd64.iso (1,387MB), Pardus-17.4-SERVER-amd64.iso (521MB).

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