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2023-09-25 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1038
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2023-09-22 NEWDistribution Release: KaOS 2023.09
KaOS is a rolling release, desktop distribution which is independently developed. The project places a strong focus on providing KDE/Qt software, running on the Plasma desktop. The latest snapshot of KaOS, version 2023.09, will likely be the penultimate release shipping with Plasma 5. "It is with great pleasure to present to you the September release of a new stable ISO. As you will note in this release announcement, work in KaOS is really shifting toward Plasma 6. This ISO is still Plasma 5 based and includes all the latest updates, but Plasma 5 & Qt5 are not where upstream development is anymore. Plan is to have this or the November ISO be the last Plasma 5 based stable ISO, after that, it will be Plasma 6 only. Major updates to the base of the system included a move to OpenSSL 3.1.3, fully updated Boost 1.82.0/ICU 73.2 stack, Alsa packages 1.2.10, kernel moved to Linux 6.4.16, Systemd 253.10, Python 3.10.13, Util-Linux 2.39.2, IWD 2.8, OpenEXR 3.2.0, and Libarchive 3.7.2." Additional information is provided in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): KaOS-2023.09-x86_64.iso (3,315MB, pkglist).
2023-09-22 NEWDevelopment Release: Ubuntu 23.10 Beta
Utkarsh Gupta has announced that the beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu 23.10 (code-named "Mantic Minotaur"), together with most of Ubuntu's official sub-projects, is now available for testing: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the beta release of the Ubuntu 23.10 Desktop, Server and Cloud products. Mantic Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 6.5 kernel and much more. The default Ubuntu Desktop installer is now a Flutter snap backed by Subiquity. The legacy installer is still available in case of issues with the new installer. This Ubuntu Server image features the next generation Subiquity server installer, bringing the comfortable live session and speedy install of the Ubuntu Desktop to server users." See the full release announcement for moret details. Download links: ubuntu-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (4,912MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), edubuntu-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (5,699MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (3,739MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (3,180MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntucinnamon-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (3,919MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (3,396MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntustudio-23.10-beta-dvd-amd64.iso (5,427MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-unity-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (3,320MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-23.10-beta-desktop-amd64.iso (3,006MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2023-09-19 NEWDevelopment Release: Fedora 39 Beta
The Fedora project has announced a new beta release of the Red Hat-sponsored distribution. The new beta snapshot, Fedora 39 Beta, is a relatively minor upgrade with a number of proposals (such as an upgrade for the DNF package manager) not completing in time to make it into this release. However, the GNOME desktop and LibreOffice have received significant updates: "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora Linux 39 Beta, the next step towards our planned Fedora Linux 39 release at the end of October. Fedora Workstation 39 Beta brings us GNOME 45 (itself also in beta). For everyone who needs a free and open source desktop suite, there’s LibreOffice 7.6. Fedora Cloud images for AWS now default to less-expensive gp3 storage volumes. We also have an update to the GNU Toolchain (GCC 13.2, Binutils 2.40, glibc 2.38, gdb 13.2). Of course, developers appreciate that we include the latest tools, but these updates also include improvements to security and performance that will benefit everyone who uses Fedora Linux." Additional details are provided in the release announcement. Download (pkglist): Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-39_Beta-1.1.iso (2,038MB, SHA256, torrent), Fedora-Server-dvd-x86_64-39_Beta-1.1.iso (2,424MB, SHA256, torrent).
2023-09-19 NEWDevelopment Release: deepin 23 Beta 2
The second beta snapshot of the upcoming deepin 23, a desktop Linux distribution featuring the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE), is now ready for testing: "deepin 23 beta 2 officially released. The existing problems of the previous versions were fixed, further optimized the functional experience, including the new kernel power endurance which was increased by 30%, the use of white-box solution to optimize the secret key ring pop-up window, officially integrated release mirrors. This makes deepin a more modern and efficient operating system and is better able to meet the needs and expectations of users. New features and improvements: Control Center, Network - provides default file name when exporting VPN configuration; redefined default avatar for new installations; integrated deepin ID module into Control Center; adjusted 'Account' to 'User' in managing system users in Control Center; optimized the style of mouse scroll speed display; supports password plain text display during login and unlock; optimized system scrollbar display logic, improving user perception of scrollable windows...." The release announcement, available in Chinese and in English, provides a detailed list of changes, improvements and bug fixes. Download (mirrors): deepin-desktop-community-23-Beta-amd64.iso (4,293MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2023-09-18 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1037
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2023-09-14 NEWDistribution Release: Peropesis 2.2
Peropesis (personal operating system) is a small-scale, minimalist, command-line-based Linux operating system. The project has published a minor update to its 2.x series. Peropesis 2.2 feautres five new additions to its default package along with several updates. The release announcement states: "Peropesis 2.2 Linux OS is released. In the new edition part of the old software was updated and a few new packages was installed. The newly installed tools are mainly intended for software development purposes. New software installed: 1. bison 3.8.2. GNU bison, is a parser generator, that generates LALR parsers. It can also generate canonical LR, IELR and GLR parsers. 2. gettext 0.22. GNU gettext is a software package, that containing tools, that commonly used for writing multilingual programs. 3. gperf 3.1. GNU gperf is a program that generates perfect hash functions for sets of key words. 4. texinfo 7.0.3. The GNU texinfo software package contains programs for writing, reading and converting info pages. Note. In the Peropesis 2.2 filesystem there is not distributed the GNU software documentation, available as info pages (/usr/share/info). 5. linux GPU drivers (drivers/gpu). These drivers are designed to serve for graphics processing units." Download: Peropesis-2.2-live.iso (229MB, MD5, pkglist).
2023-09-13 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 5.0-5
Univention Corporate Server is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The distribution has received a minor update, Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 5.0-5 which introduces new functionality to the management console along with a number of bug fixes. "Univention Corporate Server 5.0-5 is the fifth point release for Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 5.0. It contains all erratas released since version 5.0-4 for bug fixes, performance improvements and security updates for Samba, Linux, OpenSSH, Bind and Python, among others. UCS 5.0-5 is available in the 'Software Update' module and can be found in our download area. In total, the new point release includes 28 security updates that we have provided since the last UCS point release, such as those for Samba, Linux, OpenSSH, Bind, and Python. We have also implemented various bug fixes in the Univention Management Console (UMC) environment and upgraded some UMC modules to the new capabilities that have been available with the UMC server since the fundamental change from UCS 5.0-4. In the future, we will be able to significantly reduce the memory consumption of UMC during operation in certain cases. Also worth mentioning is the new option of explicitly setting an empty value or deleting the value in the UMC module for the Univention Config Registry (UCR)." Addiitonal information is provided in the release announcement and in the release notes. Download: UCS_5.0-5-amd64.iso (1,011MB, MD5, pkglist).
2023-09-13 NEWDevelopment Release: Linux Mint 6 Beta "LMDE"
The Linux Mint team maintains two key branches of its distribution. Mint's main edition is based on Ubuntu while a second branch, Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), is based on Debian 'Stable'. The Linux Mint team has published a new development snapshot of LMDE. "LMDE is a Linux Mint project which stands for 'Linux Mint Debian Edition'. Its goal is to ensure Linux Mint would be able to continue to deliver the same user experience, and how much work would be involved, if Ubuntu was ever to disappear. LMDE is also one of our development targets, to guarantee the software we develop is compatible outside of Ubuntu. LMDE aims to be as similar as possible to Linux Mint, but without using Ubuntu. The package base is provided by Debian instead. Tips: in the live session, the username is 'mint' and the password is empty (i.e. just press Enter if asked for a password); if your screen resolution is too low, some windows might not fit in the screen; while pressing the ALT key, you can grab any part of a window with the mouse and move it across the screen; to guarantee compatibility with non-PAE processors, the 32-bit versions of Linux Mint Debian come with a 686 non-PAE kernel by default." The project's release announcement and release notes offer additional information. Unlike Mint's main branch which offers three desktop editions, LMDE is available in a single edition featuring the Cinnamon desktop. Download: lmde-6-cinnamon-64bit-beta.iso (2,640MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2023-09-12 NEWDistribution Release: Fatdog64 900
Fatdog64 Linux is a small, desktop, 64-bit Linux distribution which has its origins in the Puppy Linux family. The project has published version 900 which is based on Linux From Scratch 11.3. The release notes share highlights from Fatdog64 900: "The Fatdog64 team is pleased to announce the first release of Fatdog64 GNU/Linux 900 series. Release 900 is based on LFS (Linux From Scratch) 11.3, replacing the LFS 8.2 used in the 800 series, with packages updated to BLFS (Beyond LFS) of the same version (11.3) or newer. At the time of release there are more than 2400 packages and more will be added as time permits. Changes from Fatodg64 814: new base, updates are too numerous to list; rudimentary HiDPI support; Basesfs/savefile on 9p filesystem (mainly on QEMU); xscreenshot now supports copying to clipboard - press Ctrl-Print to activate; dconf gsettings backend to enable application settings persistence in Evince; touchegg - convert multi-touch gesture to actions; numerous bug fixes and fine tunings. Known issues: suspend/resume does not always work with certain machines; certain Radeon-based machines may require the 'radeon' module to be pre-loaded using 'loadmodules' boot parameter, otherwise the kernel might stall during the boot process, causing unnecessary delays." Download: Fatdog64-900.iso (620MB, MD5, pkglist).
2023-09-12 NEWDistribution Release: SysLinuxOS 12.1
Franco Conidi has announced the release of SysLinuxOS 12.1, an updated build of the project's Debian-based distribution designed for system administrators and system integrators, offering a choice of MATE and GNOME desktops. This release updates the Linux kernel to version 6.4: "SysLinuxOS 12.1 brings some improvements and bug fixes. By default, it includes the latest kernel 6.4 directly from the backports repository, replacing the removed 6.3.8 version. Additionally, VMware Player 17 has been added. Other changes relate to some system icons and further adjustments have been made in preparation for the upcoming integration of new custom repositories for SysLinuxOS. The changes apply to both editions, GNOME and Mate. Features: USB bootable; Mate and GNOME desktops; Calamares installer; Linux kernel 6.4 amd64; Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, Edge and Tor Browser; Teamviewer, Anydesk, Remmina, Zoom, Skype; Wireshark, Packet Tracer 8.2.1, GNS3, Nmap, Lssid, Etherape, Ettercap, PackETH; Packetsender, Angry Ip Scanner, Sparrow Wifi, Fast-cli, Speedtest-cli, ipcalc, iperf3...." See the release announcement, the release notes and the changelog for more details. Download (MD5, pkglist, username: admin, password: root): SysLinuxOS_12.1-Mate_amd64.iso (4,966MB), SysLinuxOS_12.1-Gnome_amd64.iso (4,828MB).
2023-09-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1036
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