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2019-03-20 NEWDevelopment Release: Zorin OS 15 Beta
The Zorin OS team has published a new beta release which offers enhanced performance and a preview of features to come in Zorin OS 15. The beta is based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 and includes a night mode, the ability to connect to Android devices to sync notifications, share files and send text messages between the two devices. Flatpak support has also been added to the distribution and is available by default. "After a long development cycle, we're excited to introduce the beta of the next major version of our operating system: Zorin OS 15. Creating a Linux desktop operating system that's designed for everyone - not only the engineers and power users - has always been the mission of Zorin OS, ever since the first release nearly 10 years ago. Zorin OS 15 takes this decade-long effort and amplifies it to the next level. Every aspect of the user experience has been re-considered and refined in this new release, from how apps are installed, to how you get work done, to how it interacts with the devices around you. The result is a desktop experience that combines the most powerful desktop technology with the most user-friendly design. This is a pre-release beta version which we have created to get your feedback and bug reports on what we've built so far." Further details and screenshots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): Zorin-OS-15-Core-Beta-64-bit.iso (2,249MB, pkglist).
2019-03-19 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.13
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB 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 project's latest release is Tails 3.13 which includes localization fixes, prevents the software centre from downloading packages which are already available on persistent storage, and upgrades several packages. "Fixed problems: Prevent Additional Software from downloading packages that are already saved in the persistent storage. Fix the localization of Tor Launcher, the application to configure a Tor bridge or a local proxy. Fix accessibility when opening Tor Browser from a desktop notification. Fix WhisperBack crashing when additional APT repositories is configured." Further details and a list of known issues can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.13.iso (1,168MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-03-18 NEWDistribution Release: Solus 4.0
Joshua Strobl has announced the release of Solus 4.0, an independently-developed desktop Linux distribution featuring the simple but efficient Budgie desktop (separate editions with GNOME and MATE desktop environments are also available) and a custom package management called eopkg. From the release announcement: "We are proud to announce the immediate availability of Solus 4 'Fortitude', a new major release of the Solus operating system. This release delivers a brand new Budgie experience, updated sets of default applications and theming, and hardware enablement. All our editions feature: Firefox 65.0.1, LibreOffice 6.2.1, Rhythmbox 3.4.3 with the latest release of the Alternate Toolbar extension, Thunderbird 60.5.2. Our Budgie and GNOME editions ship with GNOME MPV 0.16 and our MATE Edition ships with VLC 3.0.6. This release of Solus ships with Linux kernel 4.20.16, enabling us to provide support for AMD Picasso and Raven2 APUs, AMD Vega20 and broader Vega10 enablement, as well as improved support for Intel Coffee Lake and Ice Lake CPUs. Furthermore, Linux kernel 4.20 expands our support for other hardware devices, such as touchpad support for the Lenovo IdeaPad 130-15IKB and 330-15ARR." Download links (pkglist): Solus-4.0-Budgie.iso (1,430MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, Solus-4.0-GNOME.iso (1,446MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), Solus-4.0-MATE.iso (1,405MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-03-18 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 806
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-03-16 NEWDistribution Release: ROSA R11
Svetlana Savelyeva has announced the release of ROSA R11, a new stable version from the project that develops a set of desktop-oriented distributions (originally forked from Mandriva Linux). The new release is available in four variants featuring KDE 4, KDE Plasma, LXDE and Xfce desktops. Some of the improvements in this release include: updated Linux kernel 4.15; updated desktops - KDE Plasma, LXQt 0.14.0 and Xfce 4.13.2; added support for installing system on M.2 and NVME SSD storage devices; added file system support for FfFS flash drives to the ROSA installer; improved graphic subsystem when ROSA is used as a guest system in virtual machines based on KVM and Hyper-V; added firmware to installation images to support Epson scanners; the system now creates a universal initrd instead of a hardware-specific one by default; the new btrfs-progs 4.19.1 now includes support for zstd compression algorithm.... See the release announcement and release notes (both links in Russian) for further information. Download (pkglist): ROSA.FRESH.PLASMA5.R11.x86_64.iso (2,204MB, MD5, torrent), ROSA.FRESH.KDE4.R11.x86_64.iso (2,055MB, MD5, torrent), ROSA.FRESH.LXQT.R11.x86_64.iso (1,564MB, MD5, torrent), ROSA.FRESH.XFCE.R11.x86_64.iso (1,680MB, MD5, torrent). Separate ISO images with support for booting on computers using the UEFI firmware implementation are also available.
2019-03-12 NEWDevelopment Release: NuTyX 11 RC2
NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called "cards". The project's latest snapshot is a release candidate for version 11 that includes a complete rebuild of packages with the GNU compiler. "I'm very please to announce the new NuTyX 11 RC2 release (also known as the 10.98 version). The NuTyX 11 RC2 snapshot is a complete recompilation of all the available binaries on NuTyX. Since everything has been recompiled, most of the packages have been updated as well. The base of NuTyX comes with the new kernel LTS 4.19.28 and the very new kernel 5.0.1. The toolchain is completely rebuilt around glibc 2.29, gcc 8.3.0 and binutils 2.32. The graphical server is now in xorg-server 1.20.4, the mesa library in 18.3.4, GTK3 3.24.3, Qt 5.12.1. The Python 3.7.2 and 2.7.16 packages are updated as well. he MATE Desktop Environment comes in 1.22 the very last version as well. The KDE Desktop plasma in 5.15.2, Framework in 5.56.0 and applications in 18.12.3." further details can be found on the distribution's news page. Download: NuTyX_x86_64-10.98.iso (314MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2019-03-12 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-0
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The project's latest release is Univention Corporate Server 4.4-0, which is based on Debian 9 "Stretch". "Univention is pleased to announce the availability of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.4-0, the fourth minor release of UCS 4. It provides several feature improvements and extensions, new properties as well as various improvements and bug fixes. Here is an overview of the most important changes: With this release the new app Admin Diary is available, with which administrative events of all UCS instances of a domain can be viewed and evaluated centrally. Changes to users, groups or other objects in the directory service can be tracked just as easily as updates to servers or (de-)installations of apps. The Admin Diary is delivered as two components: a backend for data storage in an SQL database and a frontend for integration into the UMC. Recording of events is part of UCS 4.4 and is automatically activated when the backend is installed. The self-service app has been enhanced in two areas: End users can now use the self-service web interface not only for changing passwords, but also for editing their own contact information." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: UCS_4.4-0-amd64.iso (1,229MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-03-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 805
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-03-07 NEWDistribution Release: ExTiX 19.3
ExTiX is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution which experiments with alternative desktop environments. The project's latest release, ExTiX 19.3, is based on a snapshot of Ubuntu 19.04's development branch and features a similarly early preview of the Xfce 4.13 desktop. "A new extra version of ExTiX is ready. This version is based on upcoming Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo. ExTiX 19.3 uses the Xfce Desktop 4.13 and kernel 5.0.0-exton. Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This version of ExTiX Xfce4 is for non-UEFI computers. Kodi 18.2 Leia is also pre-installed in this version of ExTiX. Just start Kodi like any other program while logged in to the Xfce4 Desktop as the ordinary user live. I have enabled a few addons in Kodi. Most important the Netflix addon. NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver 418.43 is pre-installed in ExTiX 19.3. It will automatically be used if your computer has support for it." Further information is available through the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): extix-19.3-64bit-non-efi-xfce4-refracta-calamares-kodi18.2-2180mb-190307.iso (2,180MB, pkglist).
2019-03-07 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 14.04.6
The Ubuntu team have announced the release of new install media for Ubuntu 14.04, a long-term support release. The new media provides security fixes for a vulnerability in the APT package management software. "The Ubuntu team is happy to announce the release of Ubuntu 14.04.6 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop and Server products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. Unlike previous point releases, 14.04.6 is a security-targeted release for the purpose of providing updated installation media which protects new installations from the recently discovered APT vulnerability (USN-3863-1). Many other security updates for additional high-impact bugs are also included, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.6 LTS is also now available. More details can be found in its individual release notes." Additional details can be found in the release announcement. Download: ubuntu-14.04.6-desktop-amd64.iso (1,104MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-14.04.6-desktop-amd64.iso (1,241MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2019-03-07 NEWDistribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-8
UBports is a community-developed fork of Canonical's Ubuntu Touch operating system for mobile devices. The project's latest release is UBports 16.04 OTA-8 which introduces stability improvements, extends the dark theme to the web browser and opens the door for more text to be translated. "OTA-8 is appearing as a staged rollout for all supported Ubuntu Touch devices over the next five days, completing on Sunday, March 10th. You can skip to How to get OTA-8 to get it right away if you're impatient, or read on to learn more about this release. What's new? OTA-8 is primarily a stability improvement release as we continue to work on using upstream technologies in Ubuntu Touch, increasing our project output. Morph Browser: Chris has continued his work to make the Morph Browser better, bringing the following improvements. Ubuntu Touch has an experimental system-wide dark theme that is supported by most of the core apps and many of the apps in the OpenStore. Since it is experimental, it can only be enabled using the UT Tweak Tool (though some apps such as Weather, FluffyChat and TELEports have it as a built in option). This update completes support for the dark theme in the browser." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. The project maintains a list of supported devices which can run the mobile operating system. Installation instructions and tools are also available.
2019-03-07 NEWDistribution Release: antiX 17.4
The developers and antiX, a systemd-free distribution based on Debian's current "Stable" branch, have published an updated build, version 17.4. This is primarily a security and bug-fix release, with an updated and patched Linux kernel to mitigates several vulnerabilities: "antiX-17.4 'Helen Keller' released. This is primarily a point-release upgrade of antiX 17.3 'Helen Keller' with a newer L1TF and Foreshadow, and Meltdown, Spectre and CVE-2019-8912 patched kernel, a few bug fixes, updated translations, and some upgraded and new packages. As usual we offer the following completely systemd-free flavours for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. antiX-full, antiX-base, antiX-core, antiX-net. The 32-bit edition uses a non-PAE kernel. So what has changed since antiX-17.3 release? New 4.9.160 kernel; all packages upgraded to Debian 9.8; Firefox ESR upgraded to 60.5.1 'Quantum'; further improvements to localization of applications; more consistent icons and theme; includes tomb file encryption app." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Quick links to download the "Full" editions: antiX-17.4_x64-full.iso (952MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist), antiX-17.4_386-full.iso (990MB, SHA256, signature). Also available from OSDisc.

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