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2019-09-16 NEWDistribution Release: Emmabuntus DE3-1.00
The Emmabuntüs team has announced the release of a new version of their Debian-based distribution, featuring the Xfce desktop. The new version, Debian Edition 3-1.00, uses Debian 10 "Buster" as a base and features version 4.12 of the Xfce desktop. "On September 16th 2019, the Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 1.00 (32- and 64-bits), based on the ebian 10.1.0 Buster distribution and featuring the Xfce desktop environment.... This new version of our distribution is based on the Emmabuntüs DE2 under Debian 10 Buster, with some noticeable improvements which were implemented during the development of the Alpha and RC versions: ISO file size significantly reduced, streamlining and consistency of the embedded software, better handling of the light/dark theme, localization support in live mode, etc. This final version additionally supports the installation in UEFI Secure boot mode, the simplified installation via Calamares in live mode, allows to run under VMware Workstation, and brings some improvements in terms of security and ergonomics." Further details and a screenshot can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: emmabuntus-de3-amd64-buster-1.00.iso (3,184MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2019-09-16 NEWBSD Release: GhostBSD 19.09
GhostBSD is a desktop-oriented, rolling release operating system based on TrueOS. The project's latest release, 19.09, shifts its base from TrueOS's cutting edge development branch to the slower moving, but still rolling, Stable branch. "GhostBSD 19.09 has some considerable changes happened, like moving the system to STABLE instead of CURRENT for ABI stability with the integration of the latest system update developed by TrueOS. This also means that current users will need to reinstall GhostBSD unless they were running on the development version of GhostBSD 19.09. GhostBSD 19.09 marks the last major changes the breaks updates for software and system upgrade. What has changed since 19.04: GhostBSD 19.09 is built from TrueOS/FreeBSD 12.0-STABLE. OpenRC is updated to 0.41.2. GhostBSD now use TrueOS packages base from ports. NetworkMgr CPU usage got improved. A lot of unnecessary software got removed. Exaile got replaced with Rhythmbox. GNOME MPV got replaced by VLC. XFburn got replaced by Brasero. Vim got replaced by Tiny Vim." Further details and screenshots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): GhostBSD19.09.iso (2,503MB, torrent, pkglist).
2019-09-16 NEWDistribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0, the latest stable build of the project's Gentoo-based, specialist distribution designed for web kiosks: "I am pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.19.68, Google Chrome 76.0.3809.100 and Mozilla Firefox 68.1.0 ESR. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 2019-09-08. We have finally migrated to Firefox 68 ESR release and that means the NPAPI plugins (except of Flash) and legacy add-ons do not work any more with this browser. Java module has been removed from additional components selection while Citrix Receiver works as an associated application. Silent printing is still not fixed so if you need this function in your kiosk then please use the Chrome browser instead of Firefox. Short changelog for 4.9.0 release: added support for setting default zoom level in the Firefox and Chrome browsers; session idle function can lock the session instead of restarting it...." See the release announcement and changelog for more information. Download (MD5, pkglist): Porteus-Kiosk-4.9.0-x86_64.iso (97.0MB), Porteus-Kiosk-Cloud-4.9.0-x86_64.iso (97.0MB), Porteus-Kiosk-Server-4.9.0-x86_64.iso (98.0MB), Porteus-Kiosk-ThinClient-4.9.0-x86_64.iso (115MB).
2019-09-16 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 832
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-09-14 NEWDistribution Release: Endless OS 3.6.3
The Endless OS team has published an update to their distribution's 3.6 series. The new update offers a few new key features to help the computer's owner lock down the system and also fixes some issues with booting and logging into the desktop. "Endless OS 3.6.3 was released to existing users today. Images for new installations will be available soon. It is now possible to restrict users’ access to web browsers via parental controls. This will prevent the user from running the built-in web browser, or any of the browsers available through the app centre (including Chrome and Firefox). It is now possible to apply parental controls to administrator users, as well as standard users. This allows you to (for example) hide violent games from the app center, or prevent yourself from running certain installed apps (similar to 'digital wellbeing' features on other platforms). If your administrator user has a password set, the password is required to change these settings. Startup and login errors fixed: Between 3.6.0 and 3.6.2, there were two known issues which could prevent you from booting or logging into your computer. Both are addressed in this release." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: eos-eos3.6-amd64-amd64.190910-121905.base.iso (2,081MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2019-09-12 NEWDistribution Release: Manjaro Linux 18.1.0
The Manjaro Linux team has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 18.1.0. The new version includes a graphical front-end for managing Snap and Flatpak packages through a tool called "buah". This version also presents an install-time option to include LibreOffice or FreeOffice. "After six months of development, version 18.1 of Manjaro Linux is now available. Juhraya offers numerous improvements, especially with regard to Office productivity applications and package management. Until now, only LibreOffice has been preinstalled. The latest version of Manjaro give you now a choice during installation. With the latest stable version 18.1 of the operating system, you can opt for the no-cost Office suite FreeOffice 2018 from the German software developer SoftMaker, still go for LibreOffice or even skip to install any Office Suite at all. The FreeOffice suite targets users who value seamless compatibility with Microsoft Office. It uses the current Microsoft file formats DOCX, XLSX and PPTX natively." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): manjaro-xfce-18.1.0-stable-x86_64.iso (2,261MB), SHA1, signature, torrent), manjaro-kde-18.1.0-stable-x86_64.iso (2,423MB, SHA1, signature, torrent), manjaro-gnome-18.1.0-stable-x86_64.iso (2,232MB, SHA1, signature, torrent).
2019-09-12 NEWDistribution Release: Funtoo Linux 1.4
Daniel Robbins has announced the release of Funtoo Linux 1.4, a source-based distribution created by the original founder of Gentoo Linux in 2009. This version is probably the last one in the 1.x series as the author of the announcements suggests that work on Funtoo Linux 2.0 will begin shortly: "Funtoo Linux 1.4 is now to be considered officially released. Some changes in the last several weeks include: updating to GCC 9.2.0 to address an upstream compilation bug; additional testing/fixing of dependencies; new debian-sources and debian-sources-lts kernels; debian-sources-lts will now default to using 'custom-cflags' USE by default - this will give you a more optimized kernel; -march settings from your subarch mix-in will be applied to your kernel compilation as well - this appears to result in a noticeable performance improvement. I will continue to update documentation on the wiki relating to 1.4, and of course, 1.4 development continues with pull requests and issues reported to I hope to start 2.0 development in about a month." Here is the brief release announcement, with further technical details provided in the release notes. As usual, the Funtoo project does not provide bootable live or installation ISO images; potential users need to boot a live CD/DVD image to initiate the Funtoo Linux installation process. See the project's installation guide for further information.
2019-09-11 NEWDistribution Release: OSGeoLive 13.0
Astrid Emde has announced the release of OSGeoLive 13.0, an important new release from the project that develops a specialist Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a large collection of open-source geospatial software and free world maps: "Version 13.0 of the ​OSGeoLive GIS software collection has been released at the International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) in Bucharest, Romania. It was handed out to delegates and used in many workshops. Highlights for this release include: new applications -​MapCache, GeoExt, t-rex, actinia; additional Python modules like Fiona, rasterio, cartopy, pandas, geopandas, mappyfile; improved documentation and four new translations, now supporting English, German, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Japanese and Hungarian; version updates to many of the included packages. Version 13.0 has improved the Python experience a lot. With the introduction of Jupyter, OSGeoLive can be used in Python training, which supports the rising usage and relevance of Python in geospatial architectures." Here is the full release announcement with links to talks and presentations of the new version. Download: osgeolive-13.0-amd64.iso (4,126MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-09-09 NEWDistribution Release: LXLE 18.04.3
Ronnie Whisler has announced the release of LXLE 18.04.3, a new version of the project's Lubuntu-based distribution targeting primarily older and low-specification desktop computers. This release brings various changes to the default application set, including a switch from LibreOffice to AbiWord/Gnumeric: "After many weeks of tweaks, adjustments and issues addressed the final version of LXLE 18.04.3 is being released for public criticism. This release concentrated on slimming down the distribution; providing computing essentials with a focus on low system resource usage while maintaining ease of use. Issues addressed: GParted launcher fixed; driver manager updated; simple image reducer fixed; keyboard input method updated; PPA library additions corrected; Xarchiver contextual menu fixed. Replaced applications: GIMP replaced with Pinta; Htop replaced with Lxtask; Sakura set as default terminal; FBreader replaced with Bookworm; OpenShot video editor replaced by PiTiVi; Libreoffice replaced with Abiword/Gnumeric/Spice-Up. Removed applications: PulseAudio Equalizer; Lubuntu Software Center; Java OpenJDK." Read the complete release announcement for further details. Download (pkglist): lxle-18043-64.iso (1,279MB, MD5), lxle-18043-32.iso (1,345MB, MD5).
2019-09-09 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 831
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-09-08 NEWDevelopment Release: MX Linux 19 Beta 2.1
The development of MX Linux 19 continues at a rapid pace as the second public beta enters the testing phase. This build, labelled as "beta 2.1", imports security fixes from the just-released Debian 10.1 and includes various usability improvements: "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 19 beta 2.1 for testing purposes. The latest updates from Debian 10.1, antiX and MX repositories. Xfce 4.14, GIMP 2.10.12, MESA 18.3.6, updated firmware, latest Debian 4.19 kernel, Firefox 69, VLC 3.0.8, Clementine 1.3.1, Thunderbird 60.8.0, LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes), AppArmor 2.13.2. New and updated mx-apps: mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) fixes pertaining to automount issues; MX Date & Time - to make clock setting chores easier; formatusb - for formatting USB storage devices; mx-packageinstaller now displays version number for Flatpak applications; mx-alerts package for sending emergency messages to users; mx-updater no longer requires a password to check for updates (still required for installation of updates); new wallpaper artwork (mx19-artwork package); updated themes; tons of miscellaneous updates to the MX tools; most help files are now available on the ISO image." Here is the complete release announcement. Download links (pkglist): MX-19beta-2.1_x64.iso (1,420MB, SHA256, signature), MX-19beta-2.1_386.iso (1,435MB, SHA256, signature).
2019-09-05 NEWDistribution Release: Archman GNU/Linux 2019-09
Archman GNU/Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution featuring the Calamares system installer, Pamac package manager and a selection of pre-configured desktop environments. The just-released version 2019-09 comes with a customised Xfce 4.14: "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 Archman Sample Files, we put information and visual files about Şanlıurfa - Lake With Fish (Balıklıgöl) which we introduced in this release. We've fixed many bugs which you detected in earlier releases. We have also considered your recommendations and we tried to include your suggestions in this release. As an alternative package installer, we have added TkPacman to Archman repositories and we recommend that you try it." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download (MD5) the live DVD image from SourceForge: archman-1909_x86_64.iso (1,640MB, pkglist).

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