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2019-12-13 NEWDistribution Release: Zorin OS 15.1
Artyom Zorin has announced the release of Zorin OS 15.1, an updated version from the project that develops a set of beginner-friendly Linux distributions based on Ubuntu's latest LTS (long-term support) release: "Today, we're excited to announce that Zorin OS is getting even better with the release of version 15.1. We've paid close attention to your feedback and worked hard to make the desktop experience better for work, learning, playing and everything in between. We've focused on making the desktop feel even more familiar and user-friendly to new users, especially those moving away from Windows 7 leading up to the end of its support in one month. Zorin Connect has been upgraded to make the experience between your computer and Android phone even more seamless. The Slideshow remote feature now includes a pointer that responds to your phone's movement." See the complete release announcement for more information and screenshots. Zorin OS 15.1 is available in "Core" (with Zorin Desktop) and "Lite" (with Xfce, both 64-bit and 32-bit) editions; here are the download links (MD5, pkglist): Zorin-OS-15.1-Core-64-bit.iso (2,231MB), Zorin-OS-15.1-Lite-64-bit.iso (2,259MB), Zorin-OS-15.1-Lite-32-bit.iso (2,070MB).
2019-12-12 NEWDistribution Release: Robolinux 10.6
John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 10.6, the latest update of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution with integrated VirtualBox for running non-Linux operating systems. The current release targets the users of Microsoft Windows 7, the support of which will end next month: "Since Windows 7 expires on January 14th, 2020, Robolinux is anticipating a massive number of new Linux users who do not want to upgrade to a newer version of Windows. This is exactly what happened back in April 2014 when XP expired. This time Robolinux will offer screen sharing in order to support these new users who do not want to go through a Linux learning curve. In order to get ready for this massive number of new Linux users we have made sure that all five of our 10 series versions - Cinnamon, Mate 3D, Xfce, LXDE and GNOME are as rock-solid as possible with new kernels, hardware drivers and over five hundred security and application updates. VirtualBox was upgraded to version 5.2.34 and we added the privacy Brave browser to our free App installers." Here is the full release announcement. Download (MD5, pkglist): robolinux64-cinnamon-v10.6.iso (3,310MB), robolinux64-gnome-v10.6.iso (3,060MB), robolinux64-lxde-v10.6.iso (1,896MB), robolinux64-mate3d-v10.6.iso (3,044MB), robolinux-xfce-v10.6.iso (2,058MB).
2019-12-12 NEWDistribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.12.15
Erik Dubois has announced the release of ArcoLinux 19.12.15, a new stable version of the project's Arch-based distribution featuring Xfce as the default desktop. This release brings the latest Calamares installer with several new modules: "Calamares 3.2.16 - beginning of November 2019 Calamares released a new version, we are using this version on our 19.12 release. We have added the possibility to install the NVIDIA driver to the ISO image. If you select the box on the NVIDIA page with an internet connection it will install nvidia, nvidia-settings, nvidia-utils. There is currently no support for the 390x driver. This needs to be installed manually. We had a separate script to build LTS ISO images - this resulted in 64 ISO images. Because of the new module we went from 64 to 35 ISO images. Every ISO image can potentially install an LTS kernel. You will need internet to get it installed. If there is no internet, the LTS kernel will not be installed and installation will finish with the standard Linux kernel." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download (pkglist): arcolinux-v19.12.15.iso (1,970MB, MD5). Additionally, ArcoLinuxD (a minimal distribution with scripts that enable power users to install any desktop and application) and ArcoLinuxB (a set of community editions with many popular desktops and window managers) are also available.
2019-12-10 NEWBSD Release: NomadBSD 1.3
Marcel Kaiser has announced the release of NomadBSD 1.3, a new stable version of the project's FreeBSD-based, desktop-oriented operating system featuring the Openbox window manager: "We are pleased to present the release of NomadBSD 1.3. Changes since 1.2: the base system has been changed to FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE-p1; due to a deadlock problem, FreeBSD's Unionfs has been replaced by Unionfs-fuse; the GPT layout has been changed to MBR - this prevents problems with Lenovo systems that refuse to boot from GPT if 'lenovofix' is not set, and systems that hang on boot if 'lenovofix' is set; support for ZFS installations has been added to the NomadBSD installer; the rc-script for setting up the network interfaces has been fixed and improved; support for setting the country code for the WLAN device has been added; auto configuration for running in VirtualBox has been added; a check for the default display has been added to the graphics configuration scripts - this fixes problems where users with Optimus have their NVIDIA card disabled; NVIDIA driver version 440 has been added...." Continue to the release announcement for more information. NomadBSD 1.3 is available in the form of IMG files for amd64 and i386 architectures as well as Apple computers. Here are the download links: nomadbsd-1.3.img.lzma (2,296MB, SHA256, pkglist), nomadbsd-1.3.i386.img.lzma (2,193MB, SHA256), nomadbsd-1.3.img.lzma (2,296MB, SHA256).
2019-12-09 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 844
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-12-08 NEWDevelopment Release: Elive 3.8.1 (Beta)
Samuel F. Baggen has announced the availability of Elive 3.8.1, a new development snapshot of the project's desktop-oriented distribution based on Debian 10 and featuring the Enlightenment 16 desktop. This is Elive's first release labelled as "beta": "The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 3.8.1. This new version includes: system updated to the last Debian 'Buster' base; reduced RAM resources usage; build improvements - these new ISO images include persistence, UEFI and SecureBoot all in a single build, we no longer require the special USB build to have only the persistence feature; language and keyboard improvements and an own tool included; Thunar features - admin mode fixed, the feature to set an image as wallpaper now works with E16 too; browsers updated, Firefox is now available with the Quantum features, Netsurf is included again as an extremely light alternative, Palemoon is available optionally in the repositories; kernel updates in the installed system are more reliable now." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. The 32-bit edition of Elive 3.8.1 is available for free, while the 64-bit variant is a "donationware". Download (MD5) link: elive_3.8.1_alpha_hybrid_i386.iso (2,484MB, pkglist).
2019-12-04 NEWDistribution Release: Proxmox 6.1 "Virtual Environment"
Proxmox is a commercial company which offers specialized products based on Debian. The company has launched Proxmox Virtual Environment version 6.1 which is based on Debian 10.2 "Buster". The release announcement covers the highlights of the new version: "It is built on Debian Buster 10.2 and a specially modified Linux kernel 5.3, QEMU 4.1.1, LXC 3.2, ZFS 0.8.2, Ceph 14.2.4.1 (Nautilus), Corosync 3.0, and more of the current leading open-source virtualization technologies. This release brings new configuration options available in the GUI which make working with Proxmox VE even more comfortable and secure. Editing the cluster-wide bandwidth limit for traffic types such as migration, backup-restore, clone, etc. is possible via the GUI. If the optional package ifupdown2 of the Debian network interface manager is installed, it’s now possible to change the network configuration and reload it in the Proxmox web interface without a reboot. We have improvements to 2-factor authentication with TOTP and U2F. The HA stack has been improved and comes with a new 'migrate' shutdown policy, migrating running services to another node on shutdown. In the storage backend, all features offered by newer kernels with Ceph and KRBD are supported with version 6.1." Further details can be found in the release announcement. Download: proxmox-ve_6.1-1.iso (776MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2019-12-04 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-3
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The project's latest release is an update to the distribution's 4.4 series: 4.4-3. "With this release, we have found a solution to three challenges: first, we fixed problems with upgrading Docker which occurred in older UCS installations. These had led us to delay the update to UCS 4.4-2 for some environments and to extend the maintenance of UCS 4.4-1 in order to give all users sufficient time to perform updates. Less common, but all the trickier were two other cases. With some Samba 4 shares, newer versions of Windows Explorer could crash when accessing the security settings. This was caused by extended file system permissions in connection with local user accounts not stored in LDAP. From this Samba generated status codes unknown to Windows. The second and similarly difficult to pinpoint case in an Open Source software used by us was a startup problem of OpenLDAP, which only occurred with a very rare constellation of contents at the end of the database file. We were able to isolate both problems, solve them in UCS and make patches available to the OSS projects." Additional information can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: UCS_4.4-3-amd64.iso (1,278MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-12-03 NEWDevelopment Release: Linux Mint 19.3 Beta
The Linux Mint team has published a new beta version of the project's upcoming 19.3 release. The beta offers a preview of some new features, including a more advanced System Reports tool which will try to proactively let the user know about potential problems: "You'll notice something new in your system tray after you install Linux Mint 19.3. A little warning icon tries to catch your attention and indicates there are a few things for you to review. In the past, we worked on improving documentation (such as the Installation Guide) and the welcome you get when you first log in (the first steps section of the Welcome Screen for instance). In Linux Mint 19.3, we're going a step further and we're trying to detect potential issues in your computer. If you're missing a language package, a multimedia codec, if a hardware driver or a new version of Linux Mint is available, this little icon will let you know and provide solutions. In the documentation, the release notes and to some extent the welcome screen, we document broad issues which affect all users in general." Further details can be found in the project's release announcements (Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce) and in the What's New document. Download (pkglist): linuxmint-19.3-cinnamon-64bit-beta.iso (1,942MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), linuxmint-19.3-mate-64bit-beta.iso (2,004MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), linuxmint-19.3-xfce-64bit-beta.iso (1,900MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2019-12-03 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 4.1
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 project's latest release is Tails 4.1 which switches the default key server, updates the Tor Browser application and Thunderbird mail client, and adds newer hardware support. "Use keys.openpgp.org as the default OpenPGP key server. keys.openpgp.org is more trustworthy than other OpenPGP public key servers because it only references an OpenPGP public key after sending a confirmation email to the email addresses listed in the key. keys.openpgp.org does not distribute third-party signatures, which are the signatures on a key that were made by some other key. Third-party signatures are the signatures used to create the OpenPGP Web of Trust. keys.openpgp.org prevents OpenPGP certificate flooding attacks, which can make your OpenPGP keyring unusable and crash your computer. Update Tor Browser to 9.0.2. Update Thunderbird to from 60.9.0 to 68.2.2. Replace the TorBirdy extension with custom settings and patches in Thunderbird that provide equivalent privacy. Update Enigmail to 2.1.3, which has a simplified setup wizard that automatically creates an OpenPGP key for new email accounts." The project's release announcement offers further details. Download: tails-amd64-4.1.iso (1,098MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2019-12-03 NEWDistribution Release: elementary OS 5.1
elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. Some of its more interesting features include a custom desktop environment called Pantheon and a custom software centre. The project's latest release is elementary OS 5.1 "Hera", which introduces many package updates, a refreshed login screen, and an onboarding application to guide new users through available features. "The newly redesigned login and lockscreen greeter looks sharper, works better, and fixes many reported issues with the previous greeter including focus issues, HiDPI issues, and better localization. The new design in Hera was in response to user feedback from Juno, and enables some nice new features. It now always shows usernames for all users, shows users' backgrounds as cards so you can more easily find users who maybe haven't set differentiating avatars, notifies when Caps or Num Lock are on, and makes 'Log In as Guest' more distinct when it's enabled. The new Onboarding app that ships with Hera introduces key features to users and handles common first-run tasks like managing privacy settings." Further details and screenshots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: elementaryos-5.1-stable.20191202.iso (1,399MB, pkglist).
2019-12-02 NEWDevelopment Release: NetBSD 9.0 RC1
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of the first release candidate for NetBSD 9.0. The new development snapshot features kernel address space layout randomization (ASLR), update ZFS support, and support for AArch64 processors. "Here are a few highlights of the new release: Support for Arm AArch64 (64-bit Armv8-A) machines, including "Arm ServerReady" compliant machines (SBBR+SBSA). Enhanced hardware support for Armv7-A. Updated GPU drivers (e.g. support for Intel Kabylake). Enhanced virtualization support. Support for hardware-accelerated virtualization (NVMM). Support for Performance Monitoring Counters. Support for Kernel ASLR. Support several kernel sanitizers (KLEAK, KASAN, KUBSAN). Support for userland sanitizers. Audit of the network stack. Many improvements in NPF. Updated ZFS. Reworked error handling and NCQ support in the SATA subsystem. Support a common framework for USB Ethernet drivers (usbnet)." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): NetBSD-9.0_RC1-amd64.iso (465MB, torrent), NetBSD-9.0_RC1-i386.iso (569MB, torrent).


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