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2019-02-15 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.2
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 18.04.2, a set of updated builds of the project's flagship Linux distribution with long-term support. Most of the official Ubuntu sub-projects, notably Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and Xubuntu, have also been updated to version 18.04.2: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server and Cloud products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. Like previous LTS series, 18.04.2 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." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download links: ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,904MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,835MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,078MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,581MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,689MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,958MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,407MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-02-13 NEWDevelopment Release: Fatdog64 Linux 800 RC
The Fatdog64 Linux team has announced a new development snapshot of the project's lightweight desktop distribution. The new release candidate previews features coming to Fatdog64 Linux 800, and offers fixes to the update utility and many package upgrades. "Fatdog64-800 RC was released 13 February 2019. The Fatdog64 team is pleased to announce the final test release of the next generation Fatdog64 GNU/Linux system. If this release is deemed good enough it will be renamed as 800 Final. Compared to the previous beta release, this release has the following changes. Changes from 800 Beta: The following list of updates, new features and changes is only partial. Updates: linux-4.19.20; Evince CVE-2017-1000083 fixed; fatdog-updater fixed; miscellaneous fixes for Fatdog help documentation; rox-filer-jun7 updated to latest, misc memory leak fixes, add -z option; various hidden 'install/get' scripts now visible in Control Panel 'Updates'; /etc/profile fixes to enable LibreOffice 6.2 to run; qemu-3.1.0 (devx); flash-plugin-; vlc-3.0.6; sven-2019.02, misc fixes; new and faster Control Panel." Further details can be found in the release announcement. Download: Fatdog64-800.iso (432MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-02-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 801
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-02-10 NEWDistribution Release: MX Linux 18.1
Dolphin Oracle has announced the release of MX Linux 18.1, an updated build of the project's desktop Linux distribution (with Xfce, based on Debian's "stable" branch) built as a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. This version is an "ISO refresh" release, featuring bug fixes and application updates: "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 18.1 official releases ISO image for your use. MX Linux 18.1 is a refresh of our MX Linux 18 release, consisting of bug fixes and application updates since our original release of MX Linux 18. Note: existing users do not need to reinstall, all bug fixes and additions will come through the regular update channel. Updated packages: the latest updates from Debian 9.7 'Stretch', antiX and MX repositories; Firefox 65.0; VLC 3.0.6. New and updated mx-apps: mx-installer (based on gazelle-installer) received fixes to address crashes during grub install; mx-repo-manager now lists many many more repository mirrors; miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements to MX-PackageInstaller and MX-Conky." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: MX-18.1_x64.iso (1,381MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist), MX-18.1_386.iso (1,396MB, SHA256, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-02-09 NEWDevelopment Release: OpenMandriva 4.0 Beta
The OpenMandriva distribution is a full-featured Linux desktop and server, sponsored by the OpenMandriva Association. The project has published a new development snapshot, OpenMandriva 4.0 Beta, which offers several improvements and package upgrades. "Our first release in 2019 is OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Beta, a close preview of the upcoming final release. Since Alpha1, OMLx 4.0 got a huge number of fixes and improvements. You may already be aware of some of them having read OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Alpha1 follow-up, some more came afterwards. Live mode: ISO menu new entries for language and keyboard preference. Upon user's request, KPatience card games have been included in ISO (live mode only). Calamares new features: Easy swap partition option; Calamares log copied to successfully installed system; Automagically removing all unused languages at the end of installation; Calamares now checks whether system is installed in VirtualBox or in real hardware. If in real hardware it removes unneeded VirtualBox packages." Further details can be found in the distribution's release announcement and release notes. Download (MD5): OpenMandrivaLx.4.0-beta-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,041MB, torrent, pkglist).
2019-02-09 NEWDistribution Release: Linux Kodachi 6.0
The rapid development of Linux Kodachi continues with the release of version 6.0. This is the latest stable build of the project's Xubuntu-based distribution and live DVD with focus on preserving the privacy and anonymity on the internet through various specialist tools, including integrated Tor and Virtual Private Networks (VPN): "Version 6.0 based on Xubuntu 18.04 LTS. Linux kernel upgrade from 4.18 to 4.19; storage tools with: USB persistence (capsper-rw), mount storage device as read-only, wipe disk-free memory, nuke LUKS-encrypted storage device, add additional swap file, encrypt swap files, display advance disk information; memory tools kept all in one place with, normal memory clean-up, force memory clean-up, memory wipe, memory watch; new applications - Stacer Linux tuner and Grsync; with Tor you can exclude countries with a single click; added Tor obfuscation; added LUKS nuke feature for storage devices; new GRUB items to help assist booting, including Terminal boot, Full OS on RAM, forensic mode, fail safe and eth0 for networking names; added Quad 9 DNS to the DNS list; added wmctrl DuckDuckGo command-line search tool...." See this long (if somewhat cryptic) changelog for further information and notes. Download link: kodachi-6.0-64.iso (2,322MB, SHA512, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-02-08 NEWDistribution Release: Refracta 9.0
Version 9.0 of Refracta, a desktop Linux distribution based on the systemd-free Devuan distribution and featuring an Xfce 4.12 desktop, has been released. The new version comes with several improvements, including the ability to create a live ISO image from an installed Refracta system: "Refracta GNU/Linux has a new stable release (9.0) and a new home page at Refracta 9.0 is based on Devuan 2.0 (Ascii) and provides a lightweight desktop with software for most home computing needs. Features: Linux kernel 4.9, SysVInit, eudev, elogind, Xfce 4.12.3; the desktop is installed as individual parts rather than from a metapackage, making it easier to remove individual parts; utilities for diagnosis, rescue and repair; Refracta Snapshot and Refracta Installer allow you to easily make your own custom live ISO image from the installed system; boot to high-contrast accessibility theme with second item in boot menu; all free and open-source software installed; non-free wireless firmware packages are included in case you need to install them." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download (SHA512, signature, pkglist): refracta9_xfce_amd64-20190206_1724.iso (708MB), refracta9_xfce_i386-20190206_1742.iso (717MB).
2019-02-08 NEWDistribution Release: Redcore Linux 1812
Redcore Linux is a desktop-oriented distribution based on Gentoo. Redcore's latest release, version 1812, ships with KDE Plasma and LXQt editions as well as many package updates and a few new features: "Changelog: resync with Gentoo portage tree (2019-01-31); new GRUB theme, new Plymouth theme; Firefox browser updated to 65.0, Opera browser updated to 58.0.3135.53; Opera and Vivaldi browsers received some attention in the form of additional codecs, you'll now be able to install opera-ffmpeg-codecs and vivaldi-ffmpeg-codecs to be able to playback h264 web content; KDE Frameworks updated to 5.54, KDE Applications updated to 18.12.1, KDE Plasma updated to 5.14.5; VLC media player updated to 3.0.6; vasile (versatile advanced script for ISO and latest enchantments) gained a new function '--adapt', it will detect how many CPU cores are active and adjust Portage's MAKEOPTS variable - while this feature has been implemented since Redcore Linux 1806, it wasn't exposed directly and you had to reset and set up the whole Portage configuration using vasile --setup." Further details can be found in the release announcement and in the earlier changelog for the alpha release. Download (pkglist): Redcore.Linux.Hardened.1812.KDE.amd64.iso (2,866MB, SHA256), Redcore.Linux.Hardened.1812.LXQT.amd64.iso (2,770MB, SHA256). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-02-06 NEWDistribution Release: IPFire 2.21 Core 127
The IPFire project creates a Linux distribution for firewalls which offers a range of security tools and is designed to be easy to set up. The project has published an update, IPFire 2.21 Core Update 127, which improves web proxy speed and removes some old features in order to enhance security. "We have dropped some features that no longer make sense in 2019: Those are the web browser check and download throttling by file extension. Since the web is migrating more and more towards HTTPS, those neither work for all the traffic, nor are they very reliable or commonly used. We have also removed authentication against Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 domains. Those authentication protocols used back then are unsafe for years and nobody should be using those any more. Please consider this when updating to this release. We have also mitigated a security issue in the proxy authentication against Microsoft Windows Active Directory domains." The distribution's release announcement offers further details. Download (SHA256): ipfire-2.21.x86_64-full-core127.iso (254MB, torrent, pkglist).
2019-02-04 NEWBSD Release: MidnightBSD 1.1
MidnightBSD is a FreeBSD-derived operating system. A critical goal of the project is to create an easy-to-use desktop environment with graphical ports management, and system configuration using GNUstep. The project's latest release, MidnightBSD 1.1, mostly focuses on security updates and improving hardware support. "I'm happy to announce the availability of MidnightBSD 1.1 for amd64 and i386. This is a minor release to fix a few hardware and security issues that have come up since the 1.0 release. It is strongly recommended that you upgrade, particularly if you have newer Intel hardware. This release also includes a new version of OpenSSL. This is a move from 1.0.1 to 1.0.2p in base. Many mports are built with a package and will likely not be affected. It is still recommended that you rebuild any mports using SSL or update the packages as appropriate. OpenSSH was also updated and removes support for older SSH v1 connections." Further details can be found in the project's release notes. The project can be downloaded in a dozen different builds: for UEFI machines, legacy BIOS machines, for 32-bit and 64-bit builds, and for USB thumb drives or optical media. Download (SHA256, pkglist): disc1.iso (638MB), uefi-memstick.img (683MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-02-04 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 800
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-02-02 NEWDistribution Release: LibreELEC 9.0
LibreELEC is "just enough OS" to run the Kodi media centre. LibreELEC is a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular hardware. The project's latest release, LibreELEC 9.0, includes a number of security improvements. "Changeable SSH passwords and a default firewall configuration have been added to combat the increasing number of HTPC installs that can be found on the public internet. The increase is partly due to simple maths; our userbase has grown so the number of users inappropriately exposing their HTPC to the internet has also grown. The static password for libreelec is present on most/all password dictionary lists so it’s important we start encouraging users to change it (the first-run wizard will prompt when SSH is enabled). More people are using VPN services for privacy without realising this exposes SSH/SMB/Web services. To combat this problem we have added simple firewall configurations for Home/Public networks; the Home configuration blocks inbound connections from non-private networks, e.g. traffic from the Internet to the public IP address used with the VPN connection." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-9.0.0.img.gz (240MB, SHA256). Also available from OSDisc.

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