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2020-06-02 NEWDistribution Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 3.0.0
Mark Hindley has announced the release of Devuan GNU+Linux 3.0.0, code name "Boewulf". Devuan is a Linux distribution originally forked from Debian in order to provide alternative init software to systemd (SysV, OpenRC or runit). This version of Devuan is based on Debian 10: "Devuan developers are delighted to announce the release of Devuan 'Beowulf' 3.0.0 as the project's new stable release. This is the result of many months of painstaking work by the team and detailed testing by the wider Devuan community. What's new in Beowulf 3.0.0? Based on Debian Buster (10.4) with Linux kernel 4.19; support for ppc64el in addition to the existing i386, amd64, armel, armhf and arm64 architectures; runit optional alternative /sbin/init; openrc optional alternative to sysv-rc service and runlevel control; standalone daemons eudev and elogind to replace aspects of monolithic systemd; new boot, display manager and desktop theme." See the release announcement and release notes for further details. Devuan 3.0.0 is available in the form of live ("Minimal" or "Desktop" with Xfce) or installation images ("Desktop", "Server" and "Netinstall"); here are the download links for the x86_64 architecture: devuan_beowulf_3.0.0_amd64_desktop-live.iso (1,155MB, SHA256, signature), devuan_beowulf_3.0.0_amd64-desktop.iso (3,641MB, SHA256, signature), devuan_beowulf_3.0.0_amd64-server.iso (620MB, SHA256, signature), devuan_beowulf_3.0.0_amd64-netinstall.iso (308MB, SHA256, signature).
2020-06-02 NEWDistribution Release: Greenie Linux 20.04
Greenie Linux is a Slovak desktop distribution based on Ubuntu and optimised for users in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The project's latest release is based on Ubuntu 20.04 and ships with the KDE Plasma desktop, version 5.18. Previous versions of the distribution used the MATE desktop. An English translations of the original release announcement reads: "Greenie 20.04 with KDE Plasma. New in 20.04: change environment to KDE Plasma; new, current versions of programs; Linux kernel 5.4, KDE Plasma 5.18. Changes compared to Kubuntu 18.04: presence of Slovak and Czech language packages; a number of added fonts with full support of Slovak and Czech characters; popular tools for any activity; aliases for quick program installation; added missing keyboard shortcuts in LibreOffice and GIMP; removed Asian and various specific fonts and documentation; tools for working with translations, reading and editing books; more software installation options (classic Synaptic); added a few Bash aliases; added tools like Focuswriter and Calibre to work with e-books; switch from Chromium to Firefox (Chromium is available for installation as a SNAP package)." Download (MD5) the live ISO image from SourceForge: greenie-20.04.iso (2,326MB, pkglist).
2020-06-02 NEWDistribution Release: MX Linux 19.2
The MX Linux development team has announced the release of MX Linux 19.2, a new stable version of the project's desktop Linux distribution based on Debian (stable) and antiX. This release includes bug fixes and software updates: "We are pleased to offer MX 19.2 for your use. MX 19.2 is the second refresh of our MX 19 release, consisting of bug fixes and application updates since our original release of MX 19. If you are already running MX 19, there is no need to reinstall. Packages are all available through the regular update channel. The standard MX 19.2 releases (32-bit and 64-bit editions) feature the latest Debian 4.19 Linux kernel and, unlike in the past, the kernel will now auto-update along with Debian sources by default. The AHS (Advanced Hardware Support) ISO image features a Debian 5.6 Linux kernel, MESA 20, as well as a new updated firmware package. As usual, this release includes the latest updates from Debian 10.4 and MX repositories: Xfce 4.14, GIMP 2.10.12, MESA 18.3.6 (20.0.7 ahs), updated firmware, Firefox 76, VLC 3.0.10, Clementine 1.3.1, Thunderbird 68.6.1, LibreOffice 6.1.5 (plus security fixes)." Read the complete release announcement for more information. Download (pkglist): MX-19.2_x64.iso (1,535MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), MX-19.2_386.iso (1,548MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), MX-19.2_ahs_x64.iso (1,658MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2020-06-01 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 868
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2020-05-31 NEWDistribution Release: Linux Lite 5.0
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 5.0, a lightweight desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The project's latest release features the Xfce desktop and is based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The new version improves UEFI support and swaps out the old firewall utility for FireWallD. The project's release announcement offers further information: "Linux Lite 5.0 final, code name 'Emerald', is now available for download and installation. This is the most feature-rich, complete Linux Lite release to-date. UEFI is now supported out of the box. It is recommended that you disable Secure Boot even though it will work, it's just a huge hassle to have it enabled. See the new inbuilt Help Manual for ways to do this on the Start page. No hidden telemetry: Integrity Check during live boot (an Ubuntu implementation) Crtl+C cancels check. GUFW has been replaced by the highly configurable FireWallD (disabled by default). Please read the full guide in the Help Manual under Tutorials. New Updater notifier: Enabled by default to check for updates twice per day, and only notify when there are updates. To disable, Menu Settings, Session and Startup, Application Autostart tab, untick Package Update Indicator. Latest WhiskerMenu with new default sort (Install Updates is now at the top of Favorites)." Download (SHA256): linux-lite-5.0-64bit.iso (1,340MB, torrent, pkglist).
2020-05-30 NEWDistribution Release: EasyOS 2.3
Barry Kauler has announced the release of EasyOS 2.3, the latest stable version of the project's experimental Linux distribution derived from Puppy Linux. The new release continues to draw packages from the Debian 10 "Buster" repositories, although it uses a newer kernel (version 5.4.40): "Version 2.3 is built with 10.4 DEBs, and there are significant infrastructure and utility/application improvements: built with Debian 'Buster' 10.4 DEB packages; Linux kernel version 5.4.40; Gpptp VPN network connection tool fixed; improvements and fixes for EasyDD; major overhaul of Ethernet connection logic; SeaMonkey version 2.53.2, with ChatZilla, profile workaround; ffplay-gtk media player improved; mtPaint version 3.49.27 and bug fixes; MoManager updated, translation separation from EasyPup; Rxvt-unicode instability fixed; extra b43 firmware. EasyOS uses NetworkManager by default and one user of 2.2.16 reported Ethernet not being detected and no IP lease obtained at first boot-up. This has resulted in considerable redesign of Ethernet detection, with, hopefully, fallbacks to catch situations where NetworkManager seems to be failing." Read the release announcement and the release notes for further information. Download: easy-2.3-amd64.img.gz (515MB, MD5, pkglist). Separate images with support for French and German languages are also available.
2020-05-30 NEWDevelopment Release: openSUSE 15.2 RC
Douglas DeMaio has announced that the most recent openSUSE development snapshot, build 665.2, has become the release candidate for the upcoming version 15.2 (scheduled for release on 2 July 2020): "The openSUSE community, contributors and release engineers for the project have entered into the release candidate phase today, after the Build 665.2 snapshot was released for the upcoming openSUSE Leap 15.2 version. The release candidate signals the package freeze for software that will make it into the distribution. Among some of the packages that are expected in the release are KDE's Plasma 5.18 long-term-support version, GNOME 3.34 and Xfce 4.14. New package for artificial intelligence and data scientist will be in the release. The release will also contain the Sway tiling Wayland compositor which is a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11. The dnf package manager has been re-based to version 4.2.19 which brings many fixes and improvements. In addition, a lightweight C implementation of dnf is now included." See the release announcement and the release notes for additional details. This development snapshot is available (mirror list) in the form of an installation DVD and NET image; download links: openSUSE-Leap-15.2-DVD-x86_64-Build665.2-Media.iso (4,077MB, SHA256, pkglist), openSUSE-Leap-15.2-NET-x86_64-Build665.2-Media.iso (138MB, SHA256).
2020-05-29 NEWDistribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.12.0
Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. The project has published a new version of their lightweight distribution, launching Alpine Linux 3.12.0. The new version introduces initial support for the mips64 architecture and the D programming language. A number of package upgrades have also been provided: "We are pleased to announce the release of Alpine Linux 3.12.0, the first in the 3.12 stable series. New features and noteworthy new packages: initial support for mips64 (big endian); initial support for D programming language. Significant updates: Linux kernel 5.4.43, GCC 9.3.0, LLVM 10.0.0, Git 2.24.3, Node.js 12.16.3, Nextcloud 18.0.3, PostgreSQL 12.3, QEMU 5.0.0, Zabbix 5.0.0. Upgrade note - after upgrading to OpenSSH 8.2p1 and higher, the server will not accept new connections until it is restarted. Thanks to everyone sending in patches, bug reports, new and updated aports, and to everyone helping with writing documentation, maintaining the infrastructure, or has contributed in any other way. The full list of changes can be found in the wiki, git log and bug tracker." Further details and upgrade tips can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: alpine-standard-3.12.0-x86_64.iso (124MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist).
2020-05-29 NEWDistribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2020.06.01
BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. The project's latest release, BlackArch Linux 2020.06.01, features many additional tools, disables the iptables and VirtualBox services, and introduces several package upgrades. The distribution's release announcement states: "Today we released the new BlackArch Linux ISO and OVA images. Many improvements and quality assurance went through all packages and tools Blackarch Linux offers. This is a high-quality release. Here's the changelog: added more than 150 new tools; disabled iptables/ip6tables service; remove unneeded VirtualPC services (drag-n-drop, vmsvga-x11); replace wicd with wifi-radar (GUI) and wifi-menu (curses - netctl); updated blackarch-installer to v1.1.45; included linux kernel 5.6.14; QA'ed and fixed a lot of packages (runtime exec, missing dependencies); updated all vim plugins and improved vim config options; updated all blackarch tools and packages including config files; updated all system packages; updated all window manager menus (Awesome, Fluxbox, Openbox)." Download links (SHA1, pkglist, username: root, password: blackarch): blackarch-linux-live-2020.06.01-x86_64.iso (14,719MB, torrent), blackarch-linux-netinst-2020.06.01-x86_64.iso (500MB, torrent).
2020-05-25 NEWDistribution Release: Linux Kodachi 7.0
Warith Al Maawali has announced the release of Linux Kodachi 7.0, an updated version of the project's privacy-focused Linux distribution that also includes a number of forensic tools. Despite a major change in version number, this release is still based on Xubuntu 18.04. From the changelog: "Linux kernel upgrade from 5.0 to 5.4; added FDN DNS; added Next DNS; added Cloudflare Family malware and adult content filtering; added Neustar Family malware and adult content filtering; added exfat file system support; added Enigmail plugin for Thunderbird; added Tilix; added USBGuard; added USBKill; added proxychains; Conky improved new display items like Torrify IP country and font size; added MPV player; added new options to IP source control and system log scripts; Jaxx wallet remove; Exoduse wallet removed; Xelcore wallet removed; Bisq exchange removed; Tox chat removed; Ring chat removed; VLC removed; full system update; removed Tenta and Fourth estate DNS - slow and dead. Kodachi browser changes: DuckDuckGo plugin removed; disable JavaScript plugin removed; BP Privacy Block All Font and Glyph Detection replaced with trace; Canvas Defender replaced WITH trace; Canvas Blocker replaced WITH trace...." Download: kodachi-7.0-64.iso (2,757MB, SHA512, signature, pkglist).
2020-05-25 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 867
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2020-05-24 NEWDistribution Release: Redcore Linux 2004
Redcore Linux, a Gentoo-based distribution featuring the KDE Plasma desktop environment and pre-built binary packages, has published a new version. The latest release is Redcore Linux 2004 "Neptune" which features new kernel versions, rebuilt packages with an updated tool chain, and swaps out SysV init for OpenRC's init software. "After 9 months of development, I'm happy to announce Redcore Linux Hardened 2004 (codename Neptune) is finally here. Alongside hundreds of package updates and way to many bugfixes to count, this release will make the maintenance of the system much more easy. Many previously over-complicated tasks have been greatly simplified. As an example, the installation of NVIDIA proprietary drivers is now only 1 step process, down from 8. Changelog:resync with Gentoo testing tree on 14.05.2020; Linux kernel 5.6.13 hardened, as default (with Wireguard enabled); Linux kernel LTS 5.4.41 hardened available in repository; Linux kernel LTS Legacy 4.19.123 hardened available in repository; toolchain has been updated with glibc 2.30, gcc 9.3.0, binutils 2.34, llvm 10.0.0; a mass rebuild has been triggered, all packages have been rebuilt with the new toolchain; OpenRC-init is now PID1, replacing SysV init." Further details can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: Redcore.Linux.Hardened.2004.KDE.amd64.iso (3,430MB, SHA256, pkglist).

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