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2020-01-23 NEWDistribution Release: Lakka 2.3.2
The Lakka development team has announced the release of Lakka 2.3.2, a lightweight Linux distribution (based on LibreELEC) which promises to transform a small computer into a full-blown game console. The new release comes with an updated RetroArch user interface: "The Lakka team wishes everyone a happy new year as it welcomes 2020 with a new update and a new tier-based releases system. This new Lakka update, version 2.3.2, contains RetroArch 1.8.4 (was 1.7.2), some new cores and a handful of core updates. This new version of RetroArch adds some welcome features - the most interesting is the manual content scanner. You read it right - no database is required any more to build your playlists. Whether it's because the database is missing or your platform has little memory to handle big scans, you now have the choice to do a manual scan to build playlists on your Lakka box. This new scanning method simply takes all files ending with a known extension in a folder and adds them to the playlist for that system." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. At present, the new Lakka release is available for generic x86_64 computers and Raspberry Pi boards. Download links: Lakka-Generic.x86_64-2.3.2.img.gz (442MB, SHA256), Lakka-RPi.arm-2.3.2.img.gz (324MB, SHA256), Lakka-RPi2.arm-2.3.2.img.gz (376MB, SHA256), Lakka-RPi2.RPi4.arm-2.3.2.img.gz (384MB, SHA256).
2020-01-22 NEWBSD Release: GhostBSD 20.01
GhostBSD is a user-friendly desktop operating system based on TrueOS (which is, in turn, based on FreeBSD's development branch). The project's latest release, GhostBSD 20.01, introduces some fixes to the installer and ships with version 1.22.2 of the MATE desktop environment. A community edition featuring the Xfce desktop is also available. "I am happy to announce the availability of GhostBSD 20.01 with some improvements made to the installer, mainly improvements to the way the installer UI deals with custom partitions involving GTP and UEFI. Also, some system and software has been updated. GhostBSD 20.01 ISO has some minor improvements over 19.10. It provides an up to date ISO with the latest packages and system updates for new installation with a simple installation process to get you going quickly. For current installation, no need to re-install. What has changed since 19.10: System got updated to 12.1-STABLE. MATE is now at 1.22.2. Added a warning when an incorrect password is used in Software Station. Fix the UI installer limitation with GPT and UEFI." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): GhostBSD-20.01.iso (2,233MB, torrent, pkglist).
2020-01-22 NEWDistribution Release: GParted Live 1.1.0-1
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 1.1.0-1, the latest stable version of the project's Debian-based CD/USB image with a collection of disk management and data rescue utilities: "The GParted team is pleased to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted 1.1.0, updated packages and other improvements. Items of note include: fix error when moving locked LUKS-encrypted partition; switch to faster minfo and mdir to read FAT16/32 usage; calculate JFS size accurately; recognise ATARAID members and detect their busy status; based on the Debian 'Sid' repository as of 2020-01-21; Linux kernel updated to 5.4.13; fix an issue about which failed to run. Note that the default boot options did not display an X Desktop on old Acer Aspire laptops. The workaround is to select Other modes of GParted Live and choose GParted Live (Safe graphics setting, vga-normal). Note also that a problem on a test computer with GParted stuck displaying 'Scanning all devices...' turned out to be an mdadm command waiting forever for a floppy_read_block." Read the full release announcement for more details. Download (SHA512, signature, pkglist): gparted-live-1.1.0-1-amd64.iso (355MB), gparted-live-1.1.0-1-i686-pae.iso (338MB), gparted-live-1.1.0-1-i686.iso (338MB).
2020-01-21 NEWDevelopment Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 Beta
Two months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1, Red Hat is publishing a beta for the upcoming release of version 8.2. The new beta offers a streamlined subscription process and more monitoring options to better help administrators keep track of their Red Hat systems: "To streamline how new and existing users register a RHEL subscription, RHEL 8.2 Beta makes subscription registration a step in the installation process. This eliminates the need to do a YUM update immediately after installation to confirm a registered RHEL subscription. Additionally, Red Hat Insights, Red Hat’s proactive management analytics service that helps to keep RHEL systems running at a high level, can be enabled during the installation process. This capability delivers Insights monitoring immediately after the installation is finished. RHEL 8.2 Beta also adds new capabilities to help IT operations teams and administrators better control the lifecycle of their RHEL estate. While the benefits of a RHEL subscription apply regardless of the version of the operating system installed, as technology and business needs change, moving to newer RHEL releases may be required." Additional information can be found in the release announcement. The new beta can be downloaded through the company's Customer Portal.
2020-01-20 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 849
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2020-01-16 NEWDistribution Release: CentOS 8.1.1911
CentOS, which builds its distribution's packages from upstream sources provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has published a new release, CentOS 8.1.1911. The new version is derived from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 source code. "Release for CentOS Linux 8 (1911): We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 8. Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 8 and is tagged as 1911, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Source Code. As always, read through the Release Notes - these notes contain important information about the release and details about some of the content inside the release from the CentOS QA team. These notes are updated constantly to include issues and incorporate feedback from the users. This release supersedes all previously released content for CentOS Linux 8, and therefore we highly encourage all users to upgrade their machines." Further information was provided by Brian Stinson in the release announcement. Download (pkglist): CentOS-8.1.1911-x86_64-dvd1.iso (7,205MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), CentOS-8.1.1911-x86_64-boot.iso (597MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2020-01-13 NEWDistribution Release: Raspberry Slideshow 13.0
Raspberry Slideshow is focused on being a quick-to-set-up platform for displaying image and video files. The distribution is built for the Raspberry Pi exclusively. The distribution's latest release is Raspberry Slideshow 13.0 introduces some significant configuration changes, more logging options and the default media folder has been moved. The project's release announcement lists the latest changes: "New features for the v13 release: media.conf now replaces all the .txt files for configuring the system behaviour. It’s a breaking change; upon timeout reached, only remote changed sources’ media are fetched again (previously, all media of all remote sources were downloaded); Web/P images added to whitelisted images’ file formats; better logging and printer debugging output; refetching hashes improved and better handling of connection issues (Dropbox improved); USB device is unmounted as soon as media have been copied to the internal SD card for a safer USB key removal, idea thanks to Francois Audirac; default MEDIA_FOLDER moved to /var/lib/rs; the underlying operating system has been updated." Download (MD5): (729MB, pkglist).
2020-01-13 NEWDistribution Release: Linux Lite 4.8
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 4.8, a new stable version of the project's beginner-friendly distribution based on Ubuntu 18.04 and featuring the Xfce desktop: "Linux Lite 4.8 final is now available for download and installation. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all Windows 7 people who have come here to find a simple, fast and free alternative to Windows 7 which has reached its end of life and no longer provides security updates. Linux Lite makes the transition to a Linux-based operating system by offering a full, Microsoft-compatible office suite, familiar software like Firefox, Chrome, Teamviewer, VLC as well as full system back-up tools, a comprehensive and easy-to-follow help manual to guide you on your journey, Steam so you can keep playing your Windows games and so much more familiar software. Our desktop is laid out just like it is in Windows with a Start Menu to the left and a tray to the right with volume, network and calendar options, with familiar desktop icons that take you exactly where you want to go on your system." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download (MD5): linux-lite-4.8-64bit.iso (1,466MB, torrent, pkglist).
2020-01-13 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 848
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2020-01-11 NEWDistribution Release: SuperGamer 5
David Nickel has announced the release of SuperGamer 5, a brand-new version of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution designed for gamers. Although the live image does not come with any pre-installed games, it includes scripts for downloading and installing a number of popular gaming platforms, such as Steam, Lutris (an open-source gaming platform for Linux) and PlayOnLinux (a Wine software compatibility layer for installing Windows-based video games and other software on Linux). The new release of SuperGamer is based on Ubuntu 19.10, featuring a recent Linux kernel (version 5.3) and an Xfce 4.14 user interface with a Whisker menu. "The SuperGamer version 5 has arrived. It is based upon the Ubuntu 19.10 base, is 64-bit ONLY, and it has the 5.3 kernel and Xfce 4.14. I have included installers for Steam, Lutris and PlayOnLinux as well as cleaned up the look and feel of it. UEFI support is still hit and miss with the new GRUB, but it does work in Live mode." Visit the project's home page to read the brief release announcement. The zipped ISO image is available for download from this Google Drive account. The compressed file (1,308MB) includes the ISO image (1,331MB, pkglist) as well as MD5 and SHA256 checksums. SuperGamer 5 can be installed onto the hard disk via a standard graphical installer.
2020-01-10 NEWDevelopment Release: OpenMandriva 4.1 Beta
The OpenMandriva team has published a new development release, OpenMandriva 4.1 Beta. The new development snapshot offers an updated kernel, Clang as the default compiler, and a new version of the KDE Plasma desktop. "Major changes: The kernel has been updated to 5.4.7. Qt has been updated to 5.14.0. Plasma has been updated: Frameworks 5.65, Plasma Desktop 5.17.4, Applications 19.12.0. More alternative desktops are available for testing. We also provide the OpenMandriva Clang-compiled kernel, named kernel-release-clang. User can install same version of kernel-release and kernel-release-clang for comparison. Clang is the default compiler in OpenMandriva, but only recently the kernel was made compatible with it. For now, this is experimental. We also provide Zypper as alternative package manager. For the less tech-savvy, photographers and digital artists may have fun in participating to the new wallpapers contest Bright and Shiny. We are looking forward to see your nice pictures to be included in wallpapers-extra collection in final OMLx 4.1 release." Further details can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (MD5): OpenMandrivaLx.4.1-beta-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,552MB, torrent, pkglist).
2020-01-09 NEWDistribution Release: AryaLinux 2.1
AryaLinux is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution that has been put together using Linux From Scratch (LFS) as a guide. The AryaLinux distribution uses a source/ports style of package management and a custom package manager called 'alps'. The distribution's latest release, AryaLinux 2.1, is available in four desktop editions: GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE, and Xfce. "Listed below are some of the changes that have made it to this release of AryaLinux. Apart from package updates and upgrades, there are several things that make this release different from our other releases. Release for all supported desktop environments: Xfce, MATE, KDE and GNOME. Linux kernel major version update from 4.x to 5.x. All package versions in line with package versions of LFS and BLFS stable book version 9.0. A complete rewrite of AryaLinux took place before this release which resulted in few regressions. We are working on the same. Please click here for known issues in this release." Further information can be found in the release notes. Download (MD5) (pkglist): aryalinux-2.1-xfce-x86_64.iso (2,169MB), aryalinux-2.1-mate-x86_64.iso (2,357MB), aryalinux-2.1-kde5-x86_64.iso (2,741MB), aryalinux-2.1-gnome-x86_64.iso (2,286MB).

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