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2023-12-06 NEWDistribution Release: Kali Linux 2023.4
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's latest snapshot is Kali Linux 2023.4 which features a number of usability improvements, many of them courtesy of GNOME 45: "With GNOME 45 hot off the press, Kali Linux is now supporting it! And is looking pretty in the process! For people who opt to use GNOME as their desktop environment, GNOME 45 is now here! If you do not read their changelog, below is a quick summary mixed with some of our tweaks: Full-height sidebars in many updated apps; highly improved speed of search in nautilus file manager; unfortunately the update for Nautilus was not ready for this release, but it will arrive as a later update soon; improved settings app (gnome-control-center); updated color-schemes for gnome-text-editor; updated themes for shell, libadwaita, gtk-3 and gtk-4; updated gnome-shell extensions; shell updates, including a new workspace indicator, replacing the previous Activities button; it is also possible to scroll your mouse wheel while hovering over the indicator to switch between workspaces." Additional information is provided in the distribution's release announcement. Download (SHA256, pkglist): kali-linux-2023.4-installer-amd64.iso (4,040MB, torrent), kali-linux-2023.4-installer-netinst-amd64.iso (472MB, torrent).
2023-12-04 NEWDevelopment Release: Zorin OS 17 Beta
Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed especially for newcomers to Linux. It has a Windows-like graphical user interface and many programs similar to those found in Windows. The project has published a new beta snapshot to preview features coming to Zorin OS 17. "As the starting point of your Zorin OS experience, the Zorin Menu has been overhauled to make it even faster for you to get where you want. Search for files, calendar appointments, contacts, apps from the Software store, world clocks, and even use the menu search as a calculator. You can adjust which search providers are enabled from the Settings -> Search panel or by right-clicking on the menu and selecting Search Settings from the new context menu here (which also includes a link to the Edit Menu app and other system shortcuts)." A long list of new features with screenshots can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: Zorin-OS-17-Core-Beta-64-bit.iso (3,515MB, pkglist).
2023-12-04 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1048
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2023-12-03 NEWDistribution Release: Mabox Linux 23.12
Daniel Napora has announced the release of Mabox Linux 23.12, an updated build of the project's lightweight Linux distribution that features a customised desktop based on the Openbox window manager. The new release updates the Linux kernel to the long-term supported (LTS) version 6.6: "The December 2023 release of refreshed ISO images brings the latest 6.6 LTS kernel. Of course, there is still an ISO image available with the slightly older 5.4 LTS kernel version which may be a good choice for some older hardware. The Tint2 panel and Jgmenu are known for offering advanced users incredible capabilities and customization options. We use these possibilities in Mabox. One of the unique features of the Tint2 panel is the ability to connect your own actions (commands or scripts) to events such as left, middle or right click, mouse wheel up or down on panel elements. Conky in Mabox has been equipped with additional features that you will not find in any other Linux distribution. Here again, the wonderful Jgmenu was used with the addition of excellent glue - Bash scripts." Read the rest of the release announcement, with many screenshots, for further information. Download: mabox-linux-23.12-Istredd-231201-linux66.iso (2,332MB, MD5, pkglist), mabox-linux-23.12-Istredd-231201-linux54.iso (2,242MB, MD5).
2023-11-30 NEWDistribution Release: Murena 1.17
Murena has announced a new stable update to the project's 1.x branch. The new version, Murena /e/OS 1.17, updates the web browser and the microG compatibility software, and introduces a number of bug fixes. "We are excited to bring you /e/OS 1.17 with significant improvements. Stay updated with refreshed browser and microG, ensuring a more secure online journey. Bug fixes include functional bookmarks, smooth SMS experiences and improved settings visibility. Device highlights feature firmware upgrades for Fairphone 5 and Teracube 2e, with improved functionality and fixes. Important note: this version marks the final version for Android Q; please consider upgrading for continued support if your device is compatible with a more recent Android version. Exciting news for Samsung Galaxy S7 users: an upgrade to Android 11 is on the horizon, expected to arrive in early 2024. Update your phone now in 'System updates' in your phone settings menu to /e/OS 1.17 and enjoy an even better, more secure mobile experience. As always, make sure you have the latest update running on your phone." Additional details can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. A list of compatible devices can be found on the devices page.
2023-11-30 NEWDistribution Release: NixOS 23.11
NixOS is an independent distribution based around the Nix package andsystem manager. The project's latest release is NixOS 23.11 which upgrades the LLVM build software and introduces GNOME 45, along with several other package upgrades and new modules. "In addition to packages the NixOS distribution also features modules and tests that make it what it is. This release brought 113 new modules and removed 18. In that process we added 1565 options and removed 362. GNOME 45 - GNOME has been updated to version 45 "Rīga", which introduces a new image viewer, a new camera app, and more changes. Refer to the release notes for more details. Default LLVM version - The default version for the LLVM package set has been updated to 16 (from 11) on both Linux and Darwin, which introduced lots of new features and improvements. The full lists of changes are available here (LLVM) and here (Clang)." Additional information is available in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): latest-nixos-gnome-x86_64-linux.iso (2,385MB, SHA256), latest-nixos-plasma5-x86_64-linux.iso (2,555MB, SHA256).
2023-11-30 NEWDistribution Release: 4MLinux 44.0
The 4MLinux project develops a lightweight distribution with a focus on four key areas (gaming, multimedia, servers, and maintenance. The project's latest release is version 44.0 which introduces some new features. The release announcement reads: "The status of the 4MLinux 44.0 series has been changed to STABLE. Edit your documents with LibreOffice 7.6.3 and GNOME Office (AbiWord 3.0.5, GIMP 2.10.34, Gnumeric 1.12.55), surf the Internet with Firefox 119.0.1 and Chrome 119.0.6045.123, send emails via Thunderbird 115.4.2, enjoy your music collection with Audacious 4.3.1, watch your favorite videos with VLC 3.0.20 and SMPlayer 23.6.0, play games powered by Mesa 23.1.4 and Wine 8.19. You can also setup the 4MLinux LAMP Server (Linux 6.1.60, Apache 2.4.58, MariaDB 10.6.16, PHP 5.6.40, PHP 7.4.33, and PHP 8.1.25). Perl 5.36.0, Python 2.7.18, Python 3.11.4, and Ruby 3.2.2 are also available. As always, the new major release has some new features. Mesa3D drivers providing system-wide support for Video Acceleration API (VA-API) have been added. QMMP (audio player), Media Player Classic QT (video player), Capitan Sevilla (platform video game) are now available as downloadable extensions. Additionally, the new stable release offers improved support for SPL printing as well as wireless networking." Download (MD5, pkglist): 4MLinux-44.0-64bit.iso (1,197MB), 4MServer-44.0-64bit.iso (1,269MB).
2023-11-30 NEWDistribution Release: Armbian 23.11
Armbian is a Linux distribution designed for ARM development boards. The project's latest release is Armbian 23.11 which is based on Debian 12 "Bookworm". "Key Improvements in This Release: Addressing numerous bugs for improved functionality for Banana Pi CM4. Mainline Kernel for RK3588 with experimental HDMI support. Fixed Display Managers across all desktops. Experimental EDK2/UEFI Support for RK3588 boards. Introducing Ubuntu Mantic and Debian Trixie as daily image builds. Enhancing quality control through automated tests. Highlights of completed actions: closed projects - In this version, we've successfully closed several projects, including switching the default login manager, enabling artifacts creation at pull request, and adding support for Hikey 960. Additionally, we've updated the edge kernel to v6.6 and introduced new Armbian wallpapers. The support for various boards like NanoPi R6S/R6C, TI SK-TDA4VM, Xiaomi-elish, and more has been added, enhancing the range of compatible devices." Additional information is provided in the project's release announcement. The project's download page provides a lists supported devices.
2023-11-29 NEWDevelopment Release: Univention Corporate Server 5.2-0 Alpha
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The distribution is transitioning to a new base, using Debian 12 as its foundation, and Unvention has published a new alpha snapshot to test the new technologies. "UCS 5.2 will be based on the latest stable Debian version: Debian 12 “Bookworm”. This includes new versions of PostgreSQL and MariaDB, Docker and OpenLDAP, among others. The Alpha version has already completed this step, all packages from Debian have been adopted and partially rebuilt with our enhancements. Especially for application providers it is worth to have a look already today. Early testing ensures that the app will be available in the App Center on the day UCS 5.2 is released. UCS 5.2 now also comes with Keycloak as our single sign-on solution. We have already described the long road to this here. Keycloak is already functional in the Alpha version and will be even more integrated in the final version." Additional information is provided in the release announcement. Download: ucs_5.2-0-alpha-amd64.iso (1,488MB, SHA512, signature, pkglist).
2023-11-28 NEWDistribution Release: Nitrux fefc905b
The Nitrux team have published a new version of the project's Debian-based distribution. The project's latest release, which is labelled "fefc905b" and referred to as 3.2.0 in the release announcement updates the kernel, key desktop applications, and enforces strict password checks in the Calamares system installer. "Nitrux 3.2.0 build.301123.fx uses Linux 6.6.2-1 (Liquorix). We’ve updated the following components of the distribution. Firefox to version 120.0. KDE Gear version 23.08.3. Updates to our Calamares settings include the following. Calamares will now enforce a stricter user password quality check by using libpwquality to increase user account security. When creating the main user account, i.e., the 'system administrator,' users must use a password over eight characters long, including uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols, when creating their user accounts during installation. We recommend using a password generator application or website. Otherwise, the password quality check will be too low, and the installation will not continue." Download (MD5): nitrux-nx-desktop-plasma-fefc905b-amd64.iso (3,224MB, pkglist).
2023-11-27 NEWDevelopment Release: Qubes OS 4.2.0 RC5
Qubes OS is a security-focused operating system which isolates key system components and tasks from each other. The project's latest development snapshop, Qubes OS 4.2.0-rc5, includes the following changes and developments since the 4.1.0 release: "We're pleased to announce that the fifth release candidate (RC) for Qubes OS 4.2.0 is now available for testing. Dom0 upgraded to Fedora 37; Xen upgraded to version 4.17; default Debian template upgraded to Debian 12; default Fedora and Debian templates use Xfce instead of GNOME; SELinux support in Fedora templates; several GUI applications rewritten, including Applications Menu (also available as preview in R4.1), Qubes Global Settings, create New Qube Qubes Update; unified grub.cfg location for both UEFI and legacy boot PipeWire support; fwupd integration for firmware updates; optional automatic clipboard clearing; official packages built using Qubes Builder v2; split GPG management in Qubes Global Settings; Qrexec services use new qrexec policy format by default." Additional details can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. Download: Qubes-R4.2.0-rc5-x86_64.iso (6,157MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2023-11-27 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1047
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

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