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2019-11-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 840
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2019-11-10 NEWDevelopment Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Alpha 1
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the first alpha release OpenMandriva Lx 4.1, the upcoming new stable version of the project's desktop-oriented Linux distribution. An interesting new feature of this release is an experimental Linux kernel built with the Clang compiler: "The first OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 release cycle milestone is available for download and testing. Major changes since 4.0: the toolchain has been updated - everything has been built with glibc 2.30 and Clang 9.0; the Linux kernel has been updated to 5.3.9; Qt has been updated to 5.14.0-beta2; Plasma has been updated - Frameworks 5.64, Plasma Desktop 5.17.2, Applications 19.08.3; more alternative desktops are available for testing. We also provide an OpenMandriva Clang-compiled kernel, named kernel-release-clang. User can install the same version of kernel-release and kernel-release-clang for comparison. It is built from the same sources as the regular kernel package, but has been built using the Clang toolchain instead of GCC. Clang is the default compiler in OpenMandriva, but the kernel has been made compatible with it only recently - for now, this is experimental." See the release announcement and release notes for further details. Interested testers can download the standard or "znver1" (a special build optimised for AMD processors) variants from SourceForge: OpenMandrivaLx.4.1-alpha1-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,563MB, MD5, torrent), OpenMandrivaLx.4.1-alpha1-plasma.znver1.iso (2,566MB, MD5, torrent).
2019-11-08 NEWBSD Release: XigmaNAS
Michael Zoon has announced the release of XigmaNAS, the latest stable version of the project's embedded, open-source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD. This version upgrades the underlying FreeBSD base system to version 12.1: "We are pleased to announce the release of XigmaNAS version - Ingva. The 12.1 series does replace and upgrade the series which are now unsupported. We suggest to upgrade your servers to or latest series. Changes for release upgrade FreeBSD to FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE; WebGUI code and framework improvements; update translations; add sesutil, sas2ircu, sas3ircu and Aquantia AQtion (Atlantic) AQC107 Network Driver; upgrade arcconf to 3.02.23600; upgrade PHP to 7.3.11; upgrade VirtualBox to 5.2.34; upgrade sudo to 1.8.29; upgrade Samba to 4.10.10; upgrade pecl-APCu to 5.1.18; upgrade syncthing to 1.3.1. Notes: make a new backup of your system configuration and store this on safe location, the system config.xml could be upgraded; clear your browser's cache to avoid display issues after upgrade when coming from older releases." Here is the complete release announcement. Download: XigmaNAS-x64-LiveCD- (559MB, SHA512).
2019-11-07 NEWDevelopment Release: Project Trident Void Alpha
The Project Trident team has published their first development snapshot which uses Void as its base. Past versions of Project Trident have been based on TrueOS and this alpha snapshot demonstrates some of the features Trident can provide on its new base. "What does this image provide? A full ZFS-on-root installation of Void Linux. A full walk-through of the installation procedure in an easy-to-use fashion. No experience with disk formatting or partitioning is required. Hybrid EFI and BIOS-boot capabilities. Both for the ISO and for the system post-install. Encrypted swap on ZFS (if swap space is selected). Support for both glibc and musl versions of Void packages in a single installer. Support for detecting and connecting to Wireless networks in an easy-to-use series of prompts (DHCP only). These settings get transferred over to the new installation for out-of-box network support. Due to the constant flow of updates to the Void Linux package repositories, this image is a complete net-install implementation. This means that all installed packages are always the current version from the repository, and result in a system which is fully up to date after the install is completed." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: Trident-netinstall-ALPHA-x86_64.iso (502MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2019-11-07 NEWOS Release: OpenIndiana 2019.10
OpenIndiana is a continuation of the OpenSolaris operating system. OpenIndiana is part of the Illumos Foundation, and provides a true open-source community alternative to Solaris 11 and Solaris 11 Express, with an open development model and full community participation. The project's latest release, OpenIndiana Hipster 2019.10, migrates some tools from Python 2 to version 3 along with several package updates: "During this development cycle we've worked on updating IPS, migrating remaining OpenIndiana-specific applications to Python 3, rewriting some DDU closed binary blobs. Desktop software and libraries: VirtualBox was updated to 6.0.14. Xorg fonts, tools and libraries were updated. FreeType was updated to 2.10.1. GTK 3 was updated to 3.24.12. LightDM was updated to 1.30. mpg123, x265, and mpack packages were added, x264 was updated. Powerline, the nice status line, was added and integrated with Bash, tmux, and Vim. Supplementary x11-init service was added to create necessary directories with root permissions prior to X11 applications startup." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement and release notes. Download: OI-hipster-gui-20191106.iso (1,640MB, SHA256, signature), OI-hipster-text-20191106.iso (723MB, SHA256, signature), OI-hipster-minimal-20191106.iso (431MB, SHA256, signature).
2019-11-06 NEWDistribution Release: NethServer 7.7
NethServer is a CentOS-based Linux distribution for servers. The product's main feature is a modular design which makes it simple to turn the distribution into a mail server and filter, web server, groupware, firewall, web filter, IPS/IDS or VPN server. The project's latest release is NethServer 7.7 and the new version improves on the integration of Cockpit introduced in 7.6. "Already introduced in version 7.6, Cockpit is now complete and available by default on new installations. It makes the server administration easier providing a modern looking and user-friendly interface. We didn't only redesigned the web interface but also improved usability and added new features. What's new? This release marks a big step forward for communication, collaboration and security, introducing: New interface and stats for VPNs. New interface for firewall panel and dashboard. New interface for fail2ban and Web Proxy. New dashboard for fileserver, stats on shared folders and audit integration. New way to manage multiple backups and restore. New NextCloud panel. Webtop 5.7.3. Mattermost 5.15 and NextCloud 16.0.5. New panel for UPS and NUT. New system reports. New Apache integration and welcome page." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download (MD5): nethserver-7.7.1908-x86_64.iso (1,110MB, torrent, pkglist).
2019-11-05 NEWDistribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1
Red Hat has announced the availability of the first update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x series. The new release, 8.1, introduces a new, predictable update cycle with minor releases every six months. It also provides better SELInux controls for dealing with containers. This release also focuses on providing longer uptime with live kernel patching: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 adds full support for live kernel patching to help IT operations teams keep pace with a shifting threat landscape without incurring excessive system downtime. Kernel updates can now be applied to remediate Critical or Important Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) while reducing the need for a system reboot, helping to keep critical workloads running more securely. Additional security enhancements include enhanced CVE remediation, kernel-level memory protection and application whitelisting technologies. Container-centric SELinux profiles are included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1, making it possible to create more tailored security policies to control how containerized services access host system resources." The release announcement and in the release notes. The new release can be downloaded through Red Hat's Customer Portal.
2019-11-04 NEWBSD Release: FreeBSD 12.1
Glen Barber has announced the release of FreeBSD 12.1. The new version includes BearSSL, the Clang compiler has been updated to version 8.0.1, and OpenSSL has also been updated. The 12.x series of FreeBSD is expected to receive support through to June 2024. The release announcement states: "The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/12 branch. Some of the highlights: BearSSL has been imported to the base system; yhe clang, llvm, lld, lldb, compiler-rt utilities and libc++ have been updated to version 8.0.1; OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.1.1d. The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE to the memory of Kurt Lidl. FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, sparc64, armv6, armv7 and aarch64 architectures." Additional information on FreeBSD 12.1 and the changes since 12.0 can be found in the project's release notes. Install and upgrade instructions are also available. Download (pkglist): FreeBSD-12.1-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso (867MB, SHA512), (728MB, SHA512).
2019-11-04 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 839
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-11-01 NEWBSD Release: MidnightBSD 1.2
Lucas Holt has announced the release of MidnightBSD 1.2, the latest stable version of the project's FreeBSD-derived operating system with a goal to create an easy-to-use desktop with graphical ports management and system configuration. This version is mostly a security and bug-fix update: "I'm happy to announce the availability of MidnightBSD 1.2 for the amd64 and i386 architectures. This release focused on updating base system libraries and security. A significant effort has been put into updating various mports. Portsnap is now included in the base system. You can use it to fetch mports. As this is a relatively new feature, please report any issues. Bug fixes: fixed spell(1) by bringing back deroff(1); fixed a bug with the mdnsd startup script (/etc/rc.d/mdnsd) where it wouldn't modify the /etc/nsswitch.conf properly when enabling mDNSresponder. Security fixes: the kernel driver for /dev/midistat implements a handler for read(2) - this handler is not thread-safe, and a multi-threaded program can exploit races in the handler to cause it to copy out kernel memory outside the boundaries of midistat's data buffer...." See the release announcement and release notes for further details. Download (SHA512, pkglist): MidnightBSD-1.2--amd64-uefi-disc1.iso (666MB), MidnightBSD-1.2--amd64-disc1.iso (663MB), MidnightBSD-1.2--i386-disc1.iso (562MB). "Memstick" (*.img) files are also available.
2019-10-31 NEWDistribution Release: KaOS 2019.10
The KaOS team has published a new snapshot of the distribution's rolling desktop operating system. The project is removing Python 2 packages and is publishing cutting edge packages for KDE Plasma 5.17. "Quite a few big changes for this release, probably the biggest news for this release is for the first time the default install is Python2 free. Python2 will be depreciated by the end of this year, so it is time to get this distribution ready for this change. The repositories still contain Python2 packages, but those are in the process of being phased out too. Next change is a new GCC 9.2.0/Glibc 2.30 based Toolchain. Normally KaOS stays about one year behind major new GCC versions, but the changes between 8 and 9 are not as big as usual and all in the repositories have caught up to GCC 9, thus it is now available six months after the initial release. A big part of the core repository was rebuild in this new Toolchain, plus the whole Glib2 and Boost stacks were updated. This meant moving to Glib2 2.62.2, Boost 1.71.0, Gobject-Introspection 1.6.20 among the many moved to their latest version. Systemd is now also available in the most recent release, 243. Libarchive gained ZSTD support, a needed feature for upcoming Pacman changes." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): KaOS-2019.10-x86_64.iso (2,160MB, pkglist).
2019-10-30 NEWDistribution Release: Zentyal Server 6.1
Zentyal Server is a commercial unified network server that offers easy and efficient computer network administration for small and medium-size businesses. The project's latest release, Zentyal Server 6.1, is a minor update to the 6.0 release and is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS. "Zentyal development team today announced the availability of Zentyal Server Development Edition 6.1, a new minor release of the Zentyal Linux Server. Important enhancements to Zentyal Server Development Edition 6.1 include: based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS; integration of SOGo 4.1; pagination of users (domain and directory) - with a large number of users it was difficult to manage the 'Users and Computers' section and the GUI load increased significantly and we have now added pagination of users to avoid these issues; search option is also available; shared roster bug (ejabbered) - you can now see the groups and users in ejabbered; dynamic DNS bug - dynamic DNS updates work now; OpenVPN upgrade bug - OpenSSL update broke OpenVPN, this has been fixed now." Additional details can be found in the distribution's release announcement and in the changelog. Download: zentyal-6.1-development-amd64.iso (957MB, MD5, pkglist).

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