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2019-05-22 NEWDistribution Release: openSUSE 15.1
The openSUSE team have announced the release of openSUSE 15.1. The new version introduces updated graphics support, Network Manager will handle network connections on desktop computers by default and YaST now offers more options for handling services, taking advantage of systemd features. "An entirely new graphics stack update is available for this stable community- and enterprise-based open-source GNU/Linux distribution. Graphics hardware supported by the 4.19 Linux Kernel were backported for the release of Leap 15.1, which uses the 4.12 Linux Kernel and supports additional graphics drivers for Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and improved support for AMD Vega chipset. GPU virtualization has become quite popular among vendors like AMD, Intel and NVIDIA and Leap 15.1 helps to delivers these implementation and support solutions for virtualized and cloud environments. Leap 15.1 will now use Network Manager by default for both laptops and desktops - previously only laptops defaulted to Network Manager. Server installations will continue to default to Wicked, the openSUSE advanced network configuration system. The release adds a few popular WiFi drivers for more modern wireless chipsets." Further details can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. Download (pkglist): openSUSE-Leap-15.1-DVD-x86_64.iso (3,869MB, SHA256, torrent), openSUSE-Leap-15.1-NET-x86_64.iso (120MB, SHA256, torrent).
2019-05-21 NEWDistribution Release: Kali Linux 2019.2
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The distribution has published a new update, Kali Linux 2019.2, which includes updated tools and changes to the project's ARM builds: "Welcome to our second release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.2, which is available for immediate download. This release brings our kernel up to version 4.19.28, fixes numerous bugs, includes many updated packages, and most excitingly, features a new release of Kali Linux NetHunter. Tool updates - this release largely features various tweaks and bug fixes but there are still many updated tools including seclists, msfpc and exe2hex. For the complete list of updates, fixes and additions, please refer to the Kali bug tracker changelog. ARM updates - for our ARM users, be aware that the first boot will take a bit longer than usual, as it is requires the reinstallation of a few packages on the hardware. This manifests as the login manager crashing a few times until the packages finish reinstalling and is expected behaviour." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256, pkglist): kali-linux-2019.2-amd64.iso (3,197MB, torrent), kali-linux-light-2019.2-amd64.iso (952MB, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-05-21 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.14
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB image with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client and instant messenger, all pre-configured with security in mind and with all traffic anonymised. The distribution's latest release is Tails 3.14 which includes fixes for various CPU hardware bugs, updates the kernel and streamlines the live disc. "Tails 3.14 is out. This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as possible. Upgrades and changes: update Linux kernel to 4.19.37, update most firmware packages - this should improve the support for newer hardware (graphics, Wi-Fi); enable all available mitigations for the MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) attacks and disable SMT (simultaneous multithreading) on all vulnerable processors to fix the RIDL, Fallout and ZombieLoad security vulnerabilities; update Tor Browser to 8.5; remove the following desktop applications - Gobby, Pitivi, Traverso. Thanks to the removal of these less popular applications and the removal of some language packs in 3.13.2, Tails 3.14 is 39 MB smaller than 3.13." Further details and a list of known issues can be found in the release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.14.iso (1,129MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-05-20 NEWDevelopment Release: NetBSD 8.1 RC1
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of a new release candidate for NetBSD 8.1. The new release candidate ships with CPU vulnerability workarounds, a new wireless driver and several performance improvements. Husemann writes: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1 RC1, the first (and hopefully final) release candidate for the upcoming NetBSD 8.1 release. Over the last year, many changes have been made to the NetBSD 8 stable branch. As a stable branch the release engineering team and the NetBSD developers are conservative with changes to this branch and many users rely on the binaries from our regular auto-builds for production use. Now it is high time to cut a formal release, right before we go into the next release cycle with the upcoming branch for NetBSD 9. Besides the workarounds for the latest CPU specific vulnerabilities, this also includes many bug fixes and a few selected new drivers. For more details and instructions see the 8.1 RC1 announcement." Additional details can be found in the CHANGES-8.1 file. Download (SHA512) links: NetBSD-8.1_RC1-amd64.iso (722MB), NetBSD-8.1_RC1-i386.iso (684MB).
2019-05-20 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 815
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-05-19 NEWDistribution Release: Robolinux 10.5
Robolinux is a user-friendly and desktop operating system based on the latest long term support release of Ubuntu. The project's latest release of Robolinux 10.5 which includes many security fixes, including a patch for the Zombieland CPU vulnerability and an updated kernel. The project's release announcement reports: "The Robolinux 10 Series Cinnamon, MATE 3D, Xfce, LXDE and GNOME 64-bit Raptor versions have been upgraded with new kernels, hardware drivers, a new installer version and over five hundred fifty security and application updates. We had to rebuild the Cinnamon version from scratch which reduced the ISO and RAM significantly. We also patched the latest Intel chip vulnerability called Zombieland in all five versions of our Robolinux 10 series. All current Robolinux 10.4 users can upgrade to version 10.5 in just one click by using the built in Robolinux Auto Upgrade button in the main menu. Cinnamon Users will need to manually update their extensions." Download (MD5) (pkglist): robolinux64-cinnamon-v10.5.iso (3,146MB), robolinux64-mate3d-v10.5.iso (3,017MB), robolinux64-lxde-v10.5.iso (1m735MB), robolinux64-gnome-v10.5.iso (2,929MB), robolinux64-xfce-v10.5.iso (1,936MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-05-18 NEWDistribution Release: Peppermint OS 10
Peppermint OS is a lightweight, desktop distribution based on packages from Ubuntu which merges components of the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. Peppermint OS also tries to integrate web-based applications into the desktop, using site-specific browsers, and local programs. The project's latest version, Peppermint OS 10, is built from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS packages and features improved hardware support. It also includes an updated copy of Ice for managing web-app short-cuts. "Peppermint 10 main changes: Linux kernel 4.18 which is now on the rolling HWE-18.04 track so will eventually roll onto the 5.xx kernel automatically as the HWE is updated upstream. Updated X.Org stack, again via the rolling HWE-18.04 track. Proprietary NVIDIA graphics drivers now installed automatically if 'Install third party drivers/software' is selected as part of the installation routine, this includes automatic configuration of NVIDIA Optimus setups up to the NVIDIA 390 drivers. If you intend to install the later drivers from the 'Proprietary GPU Drivers' PPA, it would probably be best not to select this option during install and add them manually post-install. Ice now has support for isolated profiles for Chromium, Chrome and Vivaldi SSBs (Firefox SSBs are always isolated)." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): Peppermint-10-20190514-amd64.iso (1,493MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2019-05-17 NEWDistribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 131
Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.23, a major update of the project's specialist Linux distribution for firewalls. The new version brings a brand-new intrusion detection system: "Finally, we are releasing another big release of IPFire. In IPFire 2.23 Core Update 131, we are rolling out our new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS). On top of that, this update also contains a number of other bug fixes and enhancements. We are finally shipping our recently announced IPS - making all of your networks more secure by deeply inspecting packets and trying to identify threats. This new system has many advantages over the old one in terms of performance, security and it simply put - more modern. We have put together some documentation on how to set up the IPS, what rulesets are supported and what hardware resources you will need. Your settings will automatically be converted if you are using the existing Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and replicated with the new IPS." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download (SHA256, pkglist): ipfire-2.23.x86_64-full-core131.iso (256MB, torrent), ipfire-2.23.i586-full-core131.iso (251MB, torrent).
2019-05-15 NEWDistribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.05.2
ArcoLinux is an Arch-based distribution which is available in three main branches, which provide a range of complete solutions, minimal editions designed to be customized by the user, and community flavours. The ArcoLinux project has published a new update, version 19.05.2, that adds some short-cuts and trims out features that were causing problems. "Redshift was included in the last ISO image. During testing Redshift gave no issues. After the launch some of our users reported it was not working. Since reports were partially negative, we have decided not to include it on the ISO image. You can install in later, if you want to have it. Software that gives our users frustrations is out as a rule of thumb. Super + q - from the development of Qtile we have learned to use the keyboard shortcut super + q to close a window. We were so used to this shortcut that we have implemented it also in Xfce, Openbox, i3, Awesome, bspwm, Qtile and xmonad." Further details and screenshots can be found in the release announcement. Download (pkglist): arcolinux-v19.05.2.iso (Xfce, 2,051MB, MD5), arcolinuxd-v19.05.2.iso (no desktop, 1,053MB, MD5). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-05-13 NEWDistribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.04
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project has published an update to its Debian-based branch, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2-1.04, which is based on Debian 9.9. "This update of our distribution is taking over the improvements we implemented in our recent Emmabuntüs DE 3 beta release, based on Debian 10 Buster, and brings an improvement in the size of the ISO by the rationalization of the current software, and the removal of unsupported languages. In addition, it supports pkexec instead of gksu in all our post-installation and customization scripts. We hope that this new version will further facilitate the repackaging work made by the various associations using Emmabuntüs, and the task of our friends JerryClan from France and Africa." Further details and a list of changes to the default software can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: emmabuntus-de2-amd64-strecth-1.04.iso (3,168MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2019-05-13 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 814
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-05-12 NEWDevelopment Release: OpenMandriva LX 4.0 RC
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the release candidate for OpenMandriva LX 4.0, a desktop Linux distribution with KDE Plasma as the preferred desktop environment: "OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 RC released. We are almost there. The final step before the long-awaited OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is the release candidate that we are happy to release today. This milestone got another turn of bug fixing, fine-tuning and several updates including Plasma 5 desktop, KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications, LLVM/Clang, Java. Core packages updated: Linux kernel 5.1, KDE Plasma 5.15.5, KDE Frameworks: 5.57.0, KDE Applications: 19.04.1, Qt Framework 5.12, systemd 242, LLVM/Clang 8.0.1, Java 12. Main packages updated: LibreOffice 6.2.4, Firefox Quantum 66.0.5, Krita 4.1.8, digiKam 6.0, X.Org Server 1.20.4, Mesa 19.0.3, Calamares 3.2.7. A big thank-you goes to QA testers and all users who keep reporting bugs at Issue Tracker System or at Forum, and all our devoted high-skilled developers." See the release announcement and release notes for further information and screenshots. The project provides two live ISO images for download - the "znver1" image is a special build for the current AMD processors, while the generic image is designed for all other x86_64 platforms; here are the download (MD5) links: OpenMandrivaLx.4.0-rc-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,487MB, torrent, pkglist), OpenMandrivaLx.4.0-rc-plasma.znver1.iso (2,476MB, torrent).

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