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2023-06-09 NEWDevelopment Release: Proxmox 8.0 Beta "Virtual Environment"
Proxmox is a commercial company offering specialised products based on Debian GNU/Linux, notably Proxmox Virtual Environment. The company has published a beta snapshot of the upcoming Proxmox 8.0 "Virtual Environment" release. "We are pleased to announce the first beta release of Proxmox Virtual Environment 8.0! The 8.x family is based on the great Debian 12 "Bookworm" and comes with a 6.2 kernel, QEMU 8.0.2, LXC 5.0.2, OpenZFS 2.1.11. Note: The current release of Proxmox Virtual Environment 8.0 is a beta version. If you test or upgrade, make sure to first create backups of your data. We recommend Proxmox Backup Server to do so. Here are some of the highlights of the Proxmox VE 8.0 beta version. Ceph Server: Ceph Quincy 17.2 is the default and comes with continued support. There is now an enterprise repository for Ceph which can be accessed via any Proxmox VE subscription, providing the best stability for production systems. Integrate host network bridge and VNet access when configuring virtual guests into Proxmox VE's ACL system. Add access realm sync jobs to conveniently synchronize users and groups from an LDAP/AD server automatically at regular intervals. Countless GUI and API improvements." The release announcement and release notes offer additional information. Download: proxmox-ve_8.0-BETA-1.iso (1,137MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist).
2023-06-08 NEWDistribution Release: Ultramarine Linux 38
Ultramarine Linux is a Fedora-based distribution featuring extra package repositories such as RPM Fusion. The project's latest release, Ultramarine Linux 38, introduces a new desktop scheduler, GNOME 44 and faster shutdown times. "We're sure you've noticed that Ultramarine takes a long time to shut down, but not any more, We've limited how long services can take to stop, getting you powered down faster. Noto fonts have been fixed. Our Thai and Khmer speaking users should feel more at home now. Ultramarine 38 comes with System76's scheduler. It prioritizes certain processes to make your device snappier. All editions include it, but only the GNOME edition will automatically detect the app currently in use (for now). Ultramarine now features GNOME 44, get ready for improved quick settings and a new file picker. Ultramarine 38 comes with a familiar and powerful KDE experience." Additional details and screenshots can be found in the release announcement. Download (pkglist): ultramarine-flagship-x86_64.iso (1,962MB, SHA256), ultramarine-gnome-x86_64.iso (1,932MB, SHA256), ultramarine-pantheon-x86_64.iso (1,804MB, SHA256), ultramarine-plasma-x86_64.iso (2,239MB, SHA256)
2023-06-07 NEWDistribution Release: openSUSE 15.5
The openSUSE team has announced the release of openSUSE 15.5 Leap, a minor update to the project's 15.x series. The new version mostly offers small updates and security fixes for the 15.x branch of the distribution. "This release brings newer packages like Mesa and others, but Leap 15.5 is a non-feature release. Some of these newer packages to highlight include KDE Plasma 5.27, which is a Plasma Long Term Support version until the next one rolls out in 2024. Konqi lovers will enjoy a new welcome wizard, dynamic customization of desktop workspaces and more functionality with KRunner that includes a full desktop search, unit and currency exchange rate conversions, dictionary definitions, calculator features, and it shows graphical representations of mathematical functions. The Color Picker had a few improvements and added the possibility of displaying another preview color circle. KDE Gear 22.12.3 will be a new package in the release and complement the use of Plasma 5.27. The update fixes bugs with the Desktop Environment applications and highlights the enhancement of compression/decompression utility ark, improvements to text editor Kate and fixes some crashing of the video editor Kdenlive. Qt 5.15 LTS is available with the KDE Qt 5 patch collection." Additional information can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (pkglist): openSUSE-Leap-15.5-DVD-x86_64-Build491.1-Media.iso (4,209MB, SHA512), openSUSE-Leap-15.5-NET-x86_64-Build491.1-Media.iso (203MB, SHA512).
2023-06-07 NEWDistribution Release: postmarketOS 23.06
postmarketOS is an Alpine-based Linux distribution for mobile devices. The project offers three mobile interfaces: Phosh, Plasma Mobile, and Simple Mobile X Interface (Sxmo). The project's latest release is version 23.06 introduces the GNOME Mobile interface, a mobile version of GNOME Shell. "For the first time, this stable release includes GNOME Mobile! If you haven't followed the amazing progress that was made to bring GNOME to phones and tablets, see Towards GNOME Shell on Mobile, GNOME Shell on mobile: An update and GNOME Mobile Show & Tell (video). Lots of improvements to GNOME Software. Translations (lang) is installed by default now, and the default locale is en_US.UTF-8 instead of C.UTF-8. USB tethering is now functional. Minimum password length in installer images has been changed from 8 to 6. PineBook Pro: backlight control and audio works by default." Additional information is provided in the project's release announcement. The project provides a list of supported mobile devices and download options.
2023-06-05 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1022
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2023-06-01 NEWBSD Release: TrueNAS 13.0-U5 "CORE"
Pee Jay Latombo has announced the release of TrueNAS CORE 13.0-U5, an updated build of the project's specialist, FreeBSD-based software designed for NAS (Network-Attached Storage) computers. The new release brings improvements in ransomware protection: "Building on the Enterprise quality of prior versions, the third update of TrueNAS 13 was released today. In addition to greater maturity and test coverage, Globally Distributed Storage provided by iX-Storj is also now included in this release. Compared to TrueNAS 12, TrueNAS 13 includes significant new components and has improved performance, scalability, and reliability in subsequent releases. In the two months since TrueNAS 13.0-U2 was released, it has already become the 2nd most deployed version of TrueNAS. TrueNAS 13.0-U5 builds on the maturity of the prior version with 30 bug fixes and security updates. It also includes enclosure management updates for the TrueNAS R50 Gen3, which was announced two weeks ago." See the release announcement and the release notes for detailed information about the product. Download: TrueNAS-13.0-U5.iso (999MB, SHA256, signature).
2023-06-01 NEWDistribution Release: NixOS 23.05
NixOS is an independently developed GNU/Linux distribution that aims to improve the state of the art in system configuration management. The project's latest version, NixOS 23.05, mostly provides updates desktop enviroments and a newer Linux kernel. "In addition to numerous new and upgraded packages, this release has the following highlights: Core version changes: default linux: 5.15 -> 6.1, all supported kernels available. systemd has been updated to v253.1, see the pull request for more info. It’s recommended to use nixos-rebuild boot and reboot, rather than nixos-rebuild switch - since in some rare cases the switch of a live system might fail. glibc: 2.35 -> 2.37. Cinnamon has been updated to 5.6, see the pull request for what is changed. GNOME has been upgraded to version 44. Please see the release notes for details. KDE Plasma has been updated to v5.27, see the release notes for what is changed. Python implements PEP 668, providing better feedback to users that try to run pip install system-wide. nixos-rebuild now supports an extra --specialisation option that can be used to change specialisation for switch and test commands. libxcrypt, the library providing the crypt(3) password hashing function, is now built without support for algorithms not flagged strong. This affects the availability of password hashing algorithms used for system login (login(1), passwd(1)), but also Apache2 Basic-Auth, Samba, OpenLDAP, Dovecot, and many other packages." Additional details are offered in the pojrct's release notes. Download (pkglist): latest-nixos-gnome-x86_64-linux.iso (2,384MB, SHA256), latest-nixos-plasma5-x86_64-linux.iso (2,436MB, SHA256), latest-nixos-minimal-x86_64-linux.iso (812MB, SHA256).
2023-05-31 NEWDistribution Release: Armbian 23.05.1
Armbian is a Linux distribution designed for ARM development boards. It is usually based on one of the stable or development versions of Debian or Ubuntu and it supports a wide variety of popular ARM-based devices. The project's latest release is version 23.05.1 which adds the i3 window manager as a graphical user interface options. The project's release announcement offers additional details: "We are pleased to announce several improvements and enhancements at the user level: Armbian Bookworm based images: We are introducing Armbian Bookworm-based images, providing the latest features and updates from Debian community. i3 supported: i3 has been added as the fourth officially supported desktop environment, expanding the options available to our users. Fixes and Enhancements: We have addressed issues in key tools such as armbian-installer, armbian-config, and armbian-firstrun, ensuring a smoother user experience. Streamlined Packages: We have optimized our package base, making it nearly identical across different underlying package bases and desktop choices. This standardization improves predictability and enhances security. Consistent Application Packages: Regardless of the chosen package base or desktop environment, the application packages remain the same. This ensures consistent functionality and ease of use." Further details can be found in the changelog. The project's download page lists available supported devices.
2023-05-29 NEWDevelopment Release: MX Linux 23 Beta 1
Following two unannounced alpha releases, the first beta of MX Linux 23 has been officially released. It is based on the upcoming Debian 12 and features Xfce 4.18, KDE Plasma 5.27 and Fluxbox 1.3.7. "MX Linux 23 beta 1 is now available for testing. MX Linux 23 is built from Debian 12 'Bookworm' and MX repositories. As in past releases, the MX will default to SysVInit but systemd remains an option for installed systems. As well as a ton of under-the-hood work, here are some items that are new in MX Linux 23 beta 1: the installer now supports swap files as well as swap partitions; the 'regular' auto installation will default to swap files; there are many other installer changes, including GUI adjustments, setting of some debconf values to make legacy grub-pc updates more seamless, various fixes for GRUB install functions and cleanup of 'dump' entries that might be clogging up a user's nvram; there is also additional help guidance right in the installer GUI...." Read the complete release announcement for a detailed list of changes and known issues. Download: MX-23_beta1_x64.iso (2,009MB, SHA256, signature), MX-23_KDE_beta1_x64.iso (2,444MB, SHA256, signature), MX-23_fluxbox_beta1_x64.iso (1,734MB, SHA256, signature).
2023-05-29 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 1021
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2023-05-26 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 9.2
Simon Coter has announced the release of Oracle Linux 9 Update 2, the stable version of Oracle's distribution built from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9.2 source code but optionally using a custom-compiled "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK)": "The latest releases of Oracle Linux enhance the user experience across on-premises, cloud and edge deployments, with a focus on operational consistency and improved efficiency, to accelerate time-to-market for critical infrastructure assets. Oracle Linux now supports offline upgrades. Offline upgrades can help protect a system during upgrades by performing package installations after a reboot and before libraries that might be affected by package updates have loaded. With this enhancement, running services won't be impacted by operating system updates. With offline upgrades, DNF does not apply the updates directly, but it notifies the systemd process that updates need to be applied." Read the release announcement and the detailed release notes for more information. Download (pkglist): OracleLinux-R9-U2-x86_64-dvd.iso (9,792MB), OracleLinux-R9-U2-x86_64-boot.iso (881MB), OracleLinux-R9-U2-x86_64-boot-uek.iso (908MB). Oracle Linux 8, the distribution's legacy branch, has also been updated, to version 8.8.
2023-05-26 NEWDevelopment Release: Mageia 9 Beta 2
Yves Brungard has announced that the second beta build of Mageia 9 is now available for download and testing. The new development snapshot upgrades the Linux kernel to version 6.3.3 and KDE Plasma desktop to version 5.27.4. "We are proud to announce the second beta of Mageia 9. Since the release of beta 1 in February 2023 the Mageia team has worked to solve a number of stubborn issues and to provide security fixes and new updates. The following features stand out: Linux kernel 6.3.3, glibc 2.36, GCC 12.3.0, RPM 4.18.0, Chromium 110, Firefox ESR 102.11, LibreOffice 7.5.2, KDE Plasma 5.27.4, GNOME 44, Xfce 4.18.1, LXQt 1.3.0, Mesa 23.1.0. We continue to offer (as few do) installation media for 32-bit and 64-bit systems, 64-bit live images for Plasma, GNOME and Xfce, as well as a 32-bit live image for Xfce." Continue to the release announcement for further details. Download (mirrors): Mageia-9-beta2-x86_64.iso (4,422MB, SHA512, signature, torrent, pkglist), Mageia-9-beta2-Live-GNOME-x86_64.iso (3,876MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-9-beta2-Live-Plasma-x86_64.iso (4,003MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-9-beta2-Live-Xfce-x86_64.iso (3,593MB, SHA512, signature, torrent).

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