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2018-08-17 NEWDistribution Release: Quirky 8.6
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the lightweight Quirky distribution. The new version, Quirky 8.6, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and contains mostly bug fixes and minor improvements over previous 8.x releases. "Quirky Linux 8.6 is the latest in the 'Xerus' series, binary-compatible with x86_64 Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS, though built with woofQ and architecturally very different from Ubuntu. Quirky is an experimental distribution, that forked from Puppy Linux a few years ago, and has followed a different path, exploring some new ideas. Continuing the Puppy tradition, Quirky has a 'complete' suite of applications, drivers and utilities, in a very small size. Version 8.6 is an incremental upgrade from 8.5, with package upgrades and architectural improvements. The SeaMonkey web browser is now 2.49.4 and the Linux kernel 4.14.63. EasyShare, simple network file and printer sharing, continues to evolve, and now supports connection to an Android phone." Further information can be found in the distribution's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: xerus64-8.6.iso (422MB, MD5, pkglist).
2018-08-13 NEWDistribution Release: Zorin OS 12.4
Zorin OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution which strives to provide a desktop interface that will look familiar to Windows users. The project has published an update to the distribution's 12.x series, offering improved hardware support and bug fixes. The release announcement for Zorin OS 12.4 states: "We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.4. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, performance enhancements and hardware support out of the box. Zorin OS 12.4 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.15, as well as an updated X server graphics stack, add compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS. In addition, new patches for system vulnerabilities are included in this release, so you can have the peace of mind knowing that you're using the most secure version of Zorin OS ever. After installing Zorin OS 12.4, you will have the latest versions of the pre-installed packages. That means fewer software updates will need to be downloaded after installing Zorin OS onto your computer. All editions of Zorin OS 12.4 - Core, Lite, Ultimate, and Business - are available to download immediately." Download (MD5, pkglist): Zorin-OS-12.4-Core-64.iso (1,571MB), Zorin-OS-12.4-Lite-64.iso (1,476MB), Zorin-OS-12.4-Education-64.iso (2,610MB).
2018-08-13 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 776
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2018-08-12 NEWDevelopment Release: SparkyLinux 5.5 RC
The SparkyLinux team has announced a new development snapshot of the project's SparkyLinux 5.5 Testing branch. The new release candidate is based on Debian Testing, features an updated kernel, fixes issues with setting up Btrfs in the installer and language support has been improved. "There are new ISO images of SparkyLinux 5.5 Release Candidate available to download. Sparky 5 follows rolling release model and is based on Debian Testing 'Buster'. ISO images of Sparky 5.5 RC provides bug fixing found in the 5.5 dev20180725 release. Changes: system update from Debian Testing repos as of August 10, 2018. Linux kernel 4.17.8 (Sparky's kernel 4.17.14 and 4.18-rc8 is available in Sparky 'Unstable' repos). Older Linux kernel 4.16.12 is still available from live menu, which can be used in a case of any problem with the newest one. A couple of fixes around the Btrfs setting in the Advanced Installer. Fixed mount option for Calamares and Advanced installer which lets you install Sparky on UEFI machines (off-line grub-efi debs installation)." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-5.5-rc-x86_64-lxqt.iso (1,457MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.5-rc-x86_64-minimalgui.iso (1,083MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.5-rc-x86_64-minimalcli.iso (658MB, SHA512, signature, torrent).
2018-08-06 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 775
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2018-08-05 NEWDistribution Release: Netrunner 2018.08 "Rolling"
The Netrunner team has published a new snapshot of the distribution's Manjaro-based Rolling edition. The new snapshot, Netrunner 2018.08 "Rolling", features updated KDE Plasma packages, improves GTK+ application integration into the default Plasma desktop and upgrades the Krita drawing software. "GTK Apps now use Kwin borders integrating nicely with the rest of the Plasma desktop environment. Krita is shipped as 4.x release, which got some nice overhauls and features compared to previous version. System Settings - Plasma Tweaks: Using the new sidebar Layout, we sorted all the revamped UI-related KCM modules into one section called 'Plasma Tweaks' for easy configuring Plasma to your liking. 2018.08 comes with some new Plasma Theme that has some transparency built in to allow for experimenting with the new Blur options. It also features a new default wallpaper style, because why not." The release announcement includes a list of key package upgrades and screen shots. Download (SHA256): netrunner-rolling-2018.08-64bit.iso (2,508MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-08-03 NEWDevelopment Release: LibreELEC 9.0 Alpha
LibreELEC is a minimal Linux distribution for running the Kodi media centre. The LibreELEC project has published a new development snapshot, LibreELEC 9.0 Alpha (which also carries the build number 8.90.003). The new alpha release introduces changes to hardware support and is available for generic x86 personal computers and Raspberry Pi computers. "The LibreELEC 9.0 Alpha cycle has started! and releases for Generic (x86_64) and Raspberry Pi hardware have been published. At this stage there are still some important technical decisions to make and work to complete before we start Alpha releases for Amlogic, Rockchip and Slice hardware (August is also holiday season). There are no plans to release LibreELEC 9.0 images for NXP/iMX6 hardware as support was removed from Kodi some months ago. Support will be reinstated in a future LibreELEC release and we will update you on progress with the next-generation Kodi video pipeline (which makes that possible) soon." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.90.003.img.gz (226MB).
2018-08-02 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.5
The Ubuntu team has announced the availability of a new point release for the distribution's 16.04 long term support branch. Ubuntu 16.04.5, along with its community editions, features updated packages, security fixes and additional hardware support. "Like previous LTS series', 16.04.5 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures except for 32-bit PowerPC, 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. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: ubuntu-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (1,573MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (1,589MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (923MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (1,603MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (1,686MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (1,325MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-16.04.5-desktop-amd64.iso (1,312MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-07-31 NEWBSD Release: OPNsense 18.7
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system designed for firewalls and routers. The project has released OPNsense 18.7 which introduces better IPv6 support, improved routing, a pluggable backup framework that features an Nextcloud option, and the ability to boot from a ZFS root volume. "These are the most prominent changes since version 18.1: improved WAN DHCPv6 and SLAAC connectivity and tracking; functional IPv6 Rapid Deployment (6RD) support; improved default route handling and gateway switching; OpenVPN default setup improvements for IPv6 and RADIUS attribute support; Dpinger gateway monitoring integration; password policies for local authentication and coupled TOTP; Monit core integration to eventually replace the legacy notifications; OpenSSH access via group and shell selection instead of privilege; pluggable backup framework with new Nextcloud option; sytem tunables are now also used as loader tunables; unrestricted VLAN usage for e.g. Xen; QinQ interface removal; firmware GUI speedup, improved error parsing and console reboot hint; ZFS on root boot support (installer support is pending, but opnsense-bootstrap works)..." Further details can be found in the release announcement. Download (SHA256): OPNsense-18.7-OpenSSL-dvd-amd64.iso.bz2 (250MB, signature).
2018-07-30 NEWDistribution Release: IPFire 2.21 Core 122
IPFire is a Linux distribution for firewalls which offers a range of security tools and is designed to be easy to set up. The distribution's developers have released IPFire 2.21 Core Update 122, which features an upgraded Linux kernel and a corresponding removal of the grsecurity patches. "The distribution was rebased from our old long-term supported kernel to the new kernel 4.14.50. Most importantly, this kernel improves the security of the system, increases performance and makes the core of IPFire more up to date and modern again. This update also enables mitigation against Meltdown and Spectre on some architectures. On Intel-based platforms, we update the microcode of the CPUs when the system boots up to avoid any performance penalties caused by the mitigation techniques. Unfortunately, grsecurity is incompatible with any newer kernels and has been removed. This is connected to the decision of the grsecurity project to no longer open source their patches. Luckily the kernel developers have backported many features so that this kernel is still hardened and secure. ARM systems won't be able to install this update due to the kernel change which also requires changes on some bootloaders." Further details can be found in the release announcement. Download (SHA1): ipfire-2.21.x86_64-full-core122.iso (210MB, torrent, pkglist).
2018-07-30 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 774
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-07-28 NEWDistribution Release: TurnKey Linux 15.0
Jeremy Davis has announced the release of TurnKey Linux 15.0, a large set of single-purpose server appliances for various specialist tasks: "I am overjoyed to announce stage 1 of the TurnKey 15.0 stable release is now available. Stage 1 includes nearly half the library (47 appliances to be precise), albeit only in ISO format so far. We are busily preparing updated Hub builds, as well as Amazon MarketPlace builds which I hope to announce very soon too. All the other build types (i.e. VM/OVA, OpenStack, Proxmox/LXC, Xen and Docker) will follow soon after. The relevant 15.0 ISOs are all available for download via the '15.0' links on their respective appliance pages. Updated appliances for this stage include Core LAMP, WordPress, Joomla 3, Drupal 7, Drupal 8 and more. 15.0 changes worthy of particular note include a new Debian base operating system, inclusion of PHP 7, MariaDB replaces MySQL, a new Webmin theme, Reproducible Packages and website upgrades...." Read the comprehensive release announcement for a full list of changes. The 47 server appliances currently available can be downloaded from the project's download server; here are the quick links to the "Core" and "TKLDev" (TurnKey Development Toolchain and Build System) editions: turnkey-core-15.0-stretch-amd64.iso (252MB, SHA512, signature, pkglist), turnkey-tkldev-15.0-stretch-amd64.iso (301MB, SHA512, signature).

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