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2019-08-21 NEWDistribution Release: Netrunner 19.08
The Netrunner development team has announced the availability of Netrunner 19.08 (code name "Indigo"), the project's first release based on Debian 10: "The Netrunner team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Netrunner 19.08 Indigo, a 64-bit ISO image. This version is based on Debian 10 'Buster' and comes with a few new and updated software versions: KDE Plasma 5.14.5, KDE Frameworks 5.54, KDE Applications 18.08, Qt 5.11.3, Linux Kernel 4.19.37, Firefox 60.8.1, Thunderbird 60.7.2. Switching from Firefox to Firefox ESR allows our users to enjoy a stable long-term supported version which gets regular security updates provided by the Debian security team. KDE Plasma 5.14.5 provides a stable and advanced desktop environment that you can tweak to your needs. Netrunner 19.08 ships with a brand-new theme called Indigo which features the identically named color as main attraction. The mixture of darker blue and lighter blue together with classic white-like gray creates a pleasent-to-the-eye look that matches the Breeze icon theme perfectly." Continue to the release announcement for more details and screenshots. Download (SHA256): netrunner-desktop-1908-64bit.iso (2,462MB, torrent, pkglist).
2019-08-19 NEWDistribution Release: Runtu 18.04.3
Runtu is a Russian desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's LTS (long-term support) releases. It features full support for Russian and a variety of extra applications, tools and media codecs. The project's latest release is an update to its 18.04 branch. An English translation of the project's release announcement (with screenshots) in Russian states: "The 64-bit version of the Runtu Xfce 18.04 distribution is presented, based on the Bionic Beaver 18.04.3 LTS package release base. The release includes improvements backported from Ubuntu 19.04: the Linux kernel version 5.0 and the graphics stack components and the package database has been updated; the distribution kit is built using debootstrap, the base system and the working environment of Xfce 4.12 are installed; the software includes tools for playing audio and video files, the office suite LibreOffice 6.3.0, the graphic editor GIMP 2.10 and the printing subsystem; to work with the Internet, Firefox 68 browser, uGet download manager, Transmission torrent client and Thunderbird email client are preinstalled." Download (MD5) the live image from SourceForge: runtu-xfce-18.04.3-amd64_20190819.iso (829MB, pkglist).
2019-08-19 NEWDevelopment Release: LXLE 18.04.3 Beta
LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. The project has published a new development release, based on Lubuntu 18.04 LTS. "LXLE 18.04.3 Beta is now available in 64-bit or 32-bit versions. This one was a long time coming as my life got very busy with the new addition to the family. News themes had to be tracked down as the updates to GTK broke the old ones yet again. The distro has been slimmed down considerably, removing some of the more infrequently used programs. Many versions of LXLE with a localized SearX search engine were built but was abandoned due to memory use. More polish has gone into Seamonkey along with fixing annoying interface issues, additional bookmarklets and security has been enhanced. Seamonkey remains the default browser due to its memory use, speed and additional components. It's awesome. The terminal weather remains although they seem to be running out of queries often which may need addressed." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: lxle-18043-64beta.iso (1,431MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2019-08-19 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 828
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-08-18 NEWDistribution Release: Redcore Linux 1908
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based, rolling release distribution which ships with two editions featuring pre-configured desktop environments: KDE Plasma and LXQt. The project's latest release, Redcore Linux 1908, is based on Gentoo's Testing branch to provide more up to date packages: "Starting with this release, Redcore Linux is based on Gentoo Linux's Testing branch and as such it is now a cutting edge distribution. However, to avoid the cutting part as much as possible we have our own Testing branch and Testing binary repository. We do our resync with Gentoo on a weekly basis, in our Testing branch, then after a while of Testing we push the changes to our Master branch. This works under the following scheme : Gentoo Testing -> Redcore Testing -> Redcore Stable. One can ride on our Testing branch (sisyphus can change the branch for you), and if you do so, please report any issues you find so we fix them before merging to master." A complete list of changes can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (pkglist): Redcore.Linux.Hardened.1908.KDE.amd64.iso (3,493MB, SHA256), Redcore.Linux.Hardened.1908.LXQT.amd64.iso (3,455MB, SHA256).
2019-08-18 NEWDistribution Release: KNOPPIX 8.6
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 8.6, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based live CD with a choice of LXDE (default desktop), KDE Plasma 5.14 and GNOME 3.30. Interestingly, the distribution comes with a custom init system called "knoppix-autoconfig" which replaces systemd present in earlier public releases. (There is no mention of this in the release notes; however, the author's rationale is explained in this article of the April 2019 edition of Germany's Linux Magazine.) "Version 8.6 of KNOPPIX is based on Debian 10 'buster', with some packages from Debian 'testing' and 'unstable' for newer graphics drivers or desktop software packages. It uses Linux kernel 5.2.5 and X.Org 7.7 (core 1.20.4) for supporting current computer hardware. Both 32- bit and 64- bit kernel supporting both old and new computers, the 64-bit edition also supporting systems with more than 4GB of RAM and chroot to 64-bit installations for system rescue tasks. The bootloader will start the 64-bit kernel automatically if a 64-bit-capable CPU is detected." Here are the download links to the English and German language editions of KNOPPIX 8.6 (pkglist): KNOPPIX_V8.6-2019-08-08-EN.iso (4,429MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), KNOPPIX_V8.6-2019-08-08-DE.iso (4,429MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2019-08-18 NEWDevelopment Release: antiX 19 Beta 3
The third beta release of antiX 19, a lightweight, desktop-oriented Linux distribution featuring the IceWM window manager, is now available for testing. This major new version is based on Debian 10: "antiX 19 beta 3 'full' and 'base' editions (64-bit and 32-bit) are available. Our third beta build of the upcoming antiX 19 release, based on Debian 'Buster' and free of systemd. The main changes since beta 2: Linux 4.9.189 kernel patched for 'swapgs mitigations' patched; qpdfview replaces Evince; a bit more polish added; various bug fixes. Known issues (reported): sisimedia driver for SiS video cards does not work; connman does not connect to sdio bluetooth controller (rtl8723bs) on Intel Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC; the presence of /etc/asound.conf causes repeated second long gaps in HDMI sound. Hopefully, users will be able to upgrade from this beta to full." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and see also this earlier announcement for a complete list of changes between antiX versions 17 and 19. Those interested in testing the release can download the live images from OSDN: antiX-19.b3_x64-full.iso (1,092MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist), antiX-19.b3_386-full.iso (1,133MB, SHA256, signature). Bugs can be reported on the project's Bugzilla.
2019-08-17 NEWDistribution Release: Neptune 6.0
Leszek Lesner has announced the release of Neptune 6.0, the distribution's first stable release based on Debian 10, featuring the KDE Plasma desktop with assorted desktop improvements: "We are proud to announce the release of Neptune 6.0. This new version is based upon Debian 10 "Buster" and it comes with the typical Neptune tweaks and configurations. The base of the system is Linux kernel in version 4.19.37 which provides the necessary hardware support. Plasma 5.14.5 features the stable and flexible KDE-made desktop that is loved by millions. New in this version is an improved display handling which allows switching between different output methods and can be handy for presentations. The lockscreen is now invoked when changing users. Plasma Discover is now able to upgrade firmware and features a more modern and polished look and feel. New improved desktop effects and handling of compositing in the KWin window manager result in a better and more fluid user experience. In terms of applications, version 6.0 uses Chromium 76 as the default web browser." Continue to the release announcement for further details. Download: Neptune6-Plasma5-20190816.iso (2,462MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist).
2019-08-12 NEWDistribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05
Emmabuntüs is a lightweight, Debian-based distribution designed to run on older computers. The project has published a new update to its Debian 9 "Stretch" branch, Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05. The new release works to reduce install media size, makes it easier to work with light and dark themes, and fixes UEFI mode in VMWare virtual machines. "The Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.05 (32-bit and 64-bit editions), based on Debian 9.9 'Stretch' and featuring the Xfce desktop environment. It includes the following fixes and enhancements: based on Debian 9.9 'Stretch'; added Redshift; added the ClipIt utility; added the management of a dark or light theme; added support for languages and localization in the GRUB live mode; fixed automatic partitioning issue during installation; fixed the disconnection by user change within the Xfce action buttons; fixed boot UEFI mode under VMWare Workstation; updated HPLip to 3.19.6, Multisystem to 1.0432, TurboPrint to 2.48-2, Firefox ESR to 60.8.0." Additional information and a screenshots can be found in the release announcement. Download: emmabuntus-de2-amd64-stretch-1.05.iso (3,174MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2019-08-12 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 827
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-08-10 NEWDistribution Release: Voyager Live 10
Rodolphe Bachelart has announced the release of Voyager Live 10, a major update of the project's desktop Linux distribution branch based on Debian 10 and featuring a customised GNOME desktop: "Voyager Live 10 is based on Debian 10 'Buster', with 3 edition. A unique, free and open-source, 64-bit GNOME for the purists and two non-free variants with GNOME (amd64 and i386) with all firmware installed for those who have problems with hardware compatibility using the free edition. All editions are built around the new GNOME 3.30 and the Linux kernel 4.19. Warning: Voyager 10 is only a variant of Debian Buster. All the internal structure of Debian 10 is left by default to avoid problems with security and packages and all updates come from official Debian repositories. It is also an international version, with all languages and translations preserved. Among the new Debian Buster features, security is in the spotlight with support for Secure Boot; this means that users will no longer have to disable support for Secure Boot in the firmware configuration. There is also the activation of AppArmor on new installations, the choice of Wayland as the default GNOME display server for the Linux kernel 4.19." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download (MD5): Voyager-10-Debian-amd64.iso (2,723MB, pkglist), Voyager-10-Debian-i386.iso (2,776MB), Voyager-10-Debian-free-amd64.iso (2,338MB).
2019-08-08 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.3
Adam Conrad has announced the release of new install media for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The new media carries to the version number 18.04.3 and contains minor updates and package fixes. Ubuntu community editions, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin have also published updated media. "Like previous LTS series, 18.04.3 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures and is installed by default when using one of the desktop images. Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel; however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader. As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation." Further details can be found in the release notes. Download links: ubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,986MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,857MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,104MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,716MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,910MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-18.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,432MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).

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