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2018-02-19 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 751
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2018-02-15 NEWDevelopment Release: Porteus 4.0 RC4
Jay Flood has announced the availability of a development build of the upcoming Porteus 4.0, a set of portable Linux distributions based on Slackware Linux, with a good choice of desktop environments. Although labelled as "release candidate 4", this is actually the first public development release of the new 4.0 series: "After a long wait, team Porteus is blithely impelled to announce the immediate availability of Porteus 4.0 release candidate 4. This release is larger than the previous releases and contains more firmware and base packages to aid in a smoother more solid user experience. We have also patched for Spectre and Meltdown. Major changes include: Linux kernel 4.15.2; core is based on Slackware 'Current'; seven desktop options to choose from; new update-browser feature to update or download your preferred browser...." Read the full release announcement further details. Download (MD5, pkglist): Porteus-CINNAMON-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (301MB), Porteus-KDE-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (346MB), Porteus-LXDE-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (270MB), Porteus-LXQT-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (281MB), Porteus-MATE-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (294MB), Porteus-OPENBOX-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (265MB), Porteus-XFCE-v4.0rc4-x86_64.iso (274MB).
2018-02-14 NEWDevelopment Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 Beta
Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian which features the SysV init software instead of systemd. The Devuan team has announced the availability of a new development release which carries the codename ASCII: "The long-awaited release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta (minor planet number 3568) is here. What's new? OpenRC is installable using the expert install path; eudev has replaced systemd-udev; elogind has been added as an alternative to ConsoleKit; desktop users can choose among fully functional Xfce (default), KDE, Cinnamon, LXQt, MATE and LXDE desktops; CLI-oriented users can select the 'Console productivity' task that installs a full-featured set of console-based utilities and tools; a .vdi disk image is now provided for use with VirtualBox; ARM board kernels have been updated to 4.14 and 4.15 for most boards." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Devuan's beta is available in several editions, including net-install, live discs and full DVD install. There are also images for ARM single board computers and a separate set of notes for using the ARM images. Download (pkglist): devuan_ascii_2.0.0-beta_amd64_DVD.iso (4,438MB, SHA256, signature), devuan_ascii_2.0.0-beta_amd64_NETINST.iso (297MB, SHA256, signature), devuan_ascii_2.0.0_beta_amd64_desktop-live.iso (1,002MB, SHA256, signature).
2018-02-13 NEWDistribution Release: Zevenet 5.0 "Community"
Zevenet is a load balancer and application delivery system based on Debian. The Zevenet team has announced the release of Zevenet 5.0 "Community" edition. The new version is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the following changes: "A new web GUI frontend in Angular. New API JSON+REST capabilities for processes automation. New networking section for a better management and configuration of interfaces. New LSLB module (Local Service Load Balancer) which manages both L4xNAT and HTTP/S profiles. Two different maintenance modes (cut and drain) for HTTP[S] and L4xNAT profiles. Improved HTTPS profile with new options to enable/disable SSL/TLS protocols... Faster response based on REST API. Improved look and UX. Enhanced logs management. Support save options for better troubleshooting and support. Linux Kernel based in a common Debian Stretch. Easier upgrade by modules and transitions to Enterprise. Improved the backup and recovery procedure." Further information can be found on the company's Timeline page. Download (MD5): zevenet-ce_v5.0.iso (463MB, torrent, pkglist).
2018-02-12 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 750
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2018-02-10 NEWDistribution Release: Endless OS 3.3.10
Endless OS is a Linux-based operating system which provides a simplified and streamlined user experience using a customized desktop environment forked from GNOME 3. The project has released a new version, Endless OS 3.3.10, which features automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications and some Flatpak programs will be downloaded from the Flathub community repository rather than Endless's custom repository. "Automatic App Updates: Apps will now automatically update in the background when the system is connected to an unmetered network connection. This can be turned off in the App Center by pressing the icon in the top left hand corner of the window and unticking 'Automatic updates'. Migrating older apps to Flathub: With this release, some of the apps in the App Center that were previously provided by Endless will now be provided by the Flathub community. Users will see upgrades and better quality since the Flathub community will be able to provide more support for the apps than Endless alone. Improved app launch speed: Many apps were slow the very first time they were started after installation, as they detected the fonts available on the system. This has now been considerably sped up." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Endless OS can be downloaded in a variety of languages using torrents from the project's Download page. Also available from OSDisc.
2018-02-10 NEWDistribution Release: Robolinux 9.1
Robolinux is a desktop operating system and one of the project's more interesting features is the availability of a pre-configured virtual machine support pack with Windows XP, 7 or 10. The project's latest release, Robolinux 9.1, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and includes support for UEFI, Secure Boot and disk encryption. "Robolinux has really listened carefully to its user base and is extremely excited to release its first Robolinux 64-bit 9 series version MATE 3D which is based upon the 4.13 Linux kernel. This first of many Robolinux 9 series versions with a focus on privacy was built with a flawless crash free balance of the best current but highly stable Debian and Ubuntu source code, delivering exactly what our Users wanted in a Linux OS that runs Windows XP, 7 and 10 natively inside it, with blazing fast speeds which is a hallmark of all Robolinux operating systems built since 2011. Here are just a few of the major improvements: massive open source and proprietary WiFi, video and Printer driver support with automatic discovery of drivers plus the ability to install or uninstall drivers; USB stick installer finally works; use WiFi during install...." More information can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (MD5): robolinux64-mate3d-v9.1.iso (1,479MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-02-09 NEWDistribution Release: Quirky 8.4
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the Quirky distribution. Quirky is a lightweight distribution and a sister project to Puppy Linux. It is assembled using a custom tool called Woof. The new version, Quirky 8.4, is built using the latest available packages from the Ubuntu 16.04 repositories: "Version 8.4 has many architectural improvements and package upgrades, including new packages Sakura, Refind, EasyApps, PupControl, VTE and EasyShare. EasyShare is a simple 'one stop shop' for network file sharing and printing, using Samba and SSHFS. Upgraded applications include Pclock (0.8.2) and SeaMonkey (2.49.1). The Linux kernel is now version 4.14.17. Xerus 8.4 has retained the theme of 8.2; however, the desktop has a simplified icon layout, with new 'apps' and 'share' - 'share' launches EasyShare and 'apps' launches radky's EasyApps. There is an introduction to EasyShare here. Note that EasyShare works in EasyOS 0.7.1 and Quirky 8.4, but is designed to be able to be ported to other Puppy distributions." Further information on Quirky 8.4 can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: xerus64-8.4.iso (413MB, MD5, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-02-06 NEWDistribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.1
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution that includes a collection of security and forensics tools. The Kali developers have released a new version, Kali Linux 2018.1, which features an updated kernel and two new security features: "Kali Linux 2018.1 has a shiny new 4.14.12 kernel. New kernels always have a lot of new features and the 4.14 kernel is no exception, although two new features really stand out. AMD Secure Memory Encryption Support - Secure Memory Encryption is a feature that will be in newer AMD processors that enables automatic encryption and decryption of DRAM. The addition of this features means that systems will no longer (in theory) be vulnerable to cold-boot attacks because, even with physical access, the memory will be not be readable. Increased Memory Limits - Current (and older) 64-bit processors have a limit of 64 TB of physical address space and 256 TB of virtual address space (VAS), which was sufficient for more than a decade but with some server hardware shipping with 64 TB of memory, the limits have been reached. Fortunately, upcoming processors will enable 5-level paging, support for which is included in the 4.14 kernel." More details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256, pkglist): kali-linux-2018.1-amd64.iso (2,888MB, torrent), kali-linux-light-2018.1-amd64.iso (846MB, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-02-05 NEWDistribution Release: Peppermint OS 8-20180203
Peppermint OS is a lightweight distribution based on Lubuntu. The Peppermint team has released a new minor update to the project's version 8 release. The new installation media features bug fixes and an updated version of the Linux kernel. "This is a security refresh of the Peppermint 8 ISO images to include all updates to date (as of 3rd Feb 2018), including the Meltdown and Spectre mitigations such as the new HWE kernel 4.13.0-32 and the latest Chromium web browser version 64. The new ISO also contains bug fixes for flash content in ICE SSB's, and Chromium not remembering user selected xdg-open preferences for magnet and mailto links. There is no need for Peppermint 8 or Peppermint 8 (first) Respin users to reinstall this version, the mitigations and bug fixes have already been pushed as automatic updates to the earlier Peppermint 8 versions. Peppermint 8 Respin-2 is still available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions, with the 64-bit edition having full UEFI and Secureboot support." A list of changes and fixes can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download (SHA256): Peppermint-8-20180203-amd64.iso (1,272MB, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-02-05 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 749
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-02-01 NEWDevelopment Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC4
Andrew David Wong has announced the availability of the fourth release candidate for Qubes OS 4.0, un upcoming new version of the project's Fedora-based, security-oriented desktop Linux distribution: "We're pleased to announce the fourth release candidate for Qubes 4.0. This release contains important safeguards against the Spectre and Meltdown attacks, as well as bug fixes for many of the issues discovered in the previous release candidate. A full list of the Qubes 4.0 issues closed so far is available here. The Qubes VM Manager is back by popular demand. The returning Qubes Manager will be slightly different from the 3.2 version. Specifically, it will not duplicate functionality that is already provided by the new 4.0 widgets. Specific examples include attaching and detaching block devices, attaching and detaching the microphone, and VM CPU usage. In addition, the default TemplateVMs have been upgraded to Fedora 26 and Debian 9." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download: Qubes-R4.0-rc4-x86_64.iso (4,350MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-01-31 NEWDistribution Release: Linux Lite 3.8
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 3.8, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the lightweight Xfce desktop. "Linux Lite 3.8 Final is now available for download. There have been a number of changes since the 3.6 release. This is the last release for Series 3.x. Linux Lite 4.0 Final will be released on June 1st, 2018. The changes for Linux Lite 3.8 include: more support for LibreOffice; regional support for DVDs; a font viewer and Installer; we now have our own Google-based search page as the home page in Firefox. We've also added TLP for Laptops to Lite Tweaks. We've added a Thesaurus (synonyms) to LibreOffice for the US English language. If you have DVDs that are from a region other than your own, you can now easily change the region so that the DVD will play in VLC. Insert your DVD, open a terminal and type 'regionset', then follow the on-screen instructions." Further information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): linux-lite-3.8-64bit.iso (1,027MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.

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