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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 577

5 hours 41 min ago
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: First impressions of SymphonyOS 14.1 News: FreeBSD drops pkg_add, MINIX gains ARM support, Fedora to test three-product releases, openSUSE and Attachmate merger Tips and tricks: Moving running programs to different terminals Released last week: OpenMediaVault 1.0, MINIX 3.3.0, KNOPPIX 7.4.1 Upcoming releases:....

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.1-BETA2

Sunday 21st of September 2014 09:33:49 PM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the second beta build of FreeBSD 10.1: "The second beta build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. Changes between 10.1-BETA1 and 10.1-BETA2 include: UEFI-capable....

Distribution Release: Window Maker Live 0.95.6-1

Saturday 20th of September 2014 01:09:54 AM
Paul Seelig has announced the release of Window Maker Live 0.95.6-1, a Debian-based Linux distribution featuring the latest version of the Window Maker window manager: "ISO images of Window Maker Live 0.95.6-1 for both amd64 and i386 are now available from for immediate download. What is new since....

Distribution Release: Webconverger 26.0

Thursday 18th of September 2014 05:01:19 AM
Kai Hendry has announced the release of Webconverger 26.0, a new update of the specialist distribution designed for web-only computers - now with Firefox 32.0: "Webconverger 26 release. Highlights of this 26.0 signed and tagged snapshot: revised boot menu, helping you get started with Neon, our web signage....

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 7.4.1

Thursday 18th of September 2014 12:23:01 AM
Klaus Knopper has released KNOPPIX 7.4.1, a bug-fix update of the project's Debian-based live CD/DVD that provides the LXDE (default), GNOME 3.12 and KDE 4.13.3 desktops, as well as a separate "ADRIANE" edition designed for visually impaired users: "Version 7.4.1 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks....

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.2.4-12

Wednesday 17th of September 2014 04:44:12 AM
Steven Shiau has released a new stable version of Clonezilla Live, a Debian-based specialist live CD designed for disk cloning and backup tasks: "This release of Clonezilla live (2.2.4-12) includes major enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements and changes: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system has been upgraded, this release....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 10:47:35 PM
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.11, the final update in the distribution's 5.x branch: "We are pleased to announce the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11, the final minor release of the mature Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 platform. In....

OS Release: MINIX 3.3.0

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 02:16:52 PM
Andy Tanenbaum has announced the release of MINIX 3.3.0, a major new version of the UNIX-like operating system based on a microkernel architecture - now also with support for the ARM processor: "We are pleased to present the MINIX 3.3.0 stable release. The major new features and improvements....

Distribution Release: Raspbian 2014-09-09

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 09:09:11 AM
Eben Upton has announced the availability of an updated release of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board mini-computer: "If you head over to the downloads page, you’ll find new versions of our Raspbian image and NOOBS installer. Alongside the usual firmware and kernel improvements,....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 3.3 "Virtual Environment"

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 05:04:18 AM
Martin Maurer has announced the release of Proxmox 3.3 "Virtual Environment" edition, a Debian-based distribution providing an open-source virtualization management solution for servers: "Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH, developer of the open-source server virtualization solution Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE), today released version 3.3. The series of new features focus....

Distribution Release: OpenMediaVault 1.0

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 01:43:24 AM
Volker Theile has announced the release of OpenMediaVault 1.0, a major new release of the specialist Debian-based distribution for network-attached storage (NAS): "Today we are happy to release OpenMediaVault version 1.0 (Kralizec). The main features at a glance: OMV 1.0 is based on Debian 7 'Wheezy'; better support....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 576

Monday 15th of September 2014 09:00:05 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Initial impressions of PCLinuxOS 2014.08 News: Mint improves documentation, Debian contributes to hardware database, PC-BSD introduces CD media, openSUSE reports on Factory interest, Ubuntu gains adoption in Europe, Bodhi project leader quits Questions and answers: Running applications across Linux distributions Released last....

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.1-BETA1

Sunday 14th of September 2014 10:47:50 PM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the initial beta release of FreeBSD 10.1: "The first beta build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are....

Distribution Release: Slackel 6.0.2 "Openbox"

Sunday 14th of September 2014 11:59:45 AM
Dimitris Tzemos has announced the release of Slackel 6.0.2 "Openbox" edition, an updated build of the project's lightweight Slackware-based Linux distribution: "Slackel 6.0.2 Openbox has been released. This is an update release. Includes the Linux kernel 3.14.18 and latest updates from Slackware's 'Current' tree. Slackel 6.0.2 Openbox 32-bit....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.15 Core 82

Thursday 11th of September 2014 11:47:25 PM
Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.15 Core 82, a new stable release of the specialist distribution designed for firewalls: "This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.15 Core Update 82. This Core Update's main features are the inclusion of the crowd-funded Windows Active Directory....

Distribution Release: Q4OS 0.5.18

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 11:52:51 AM
Q4OS is a lightweight and minimalist desktop Linux distribution featuring the Trinity desktop (a fork of KDE 3.5), based on Debian's stable branch. Version 0.5.18, a minor update with some security fixes, was announced yesterday: "New update of the Q4OS distribution, version 0.5.18, is available. The new version....

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.0.3

Tuesday 9th of September 2014 05:17:57 AM
Kris Moore has announced the release of PC-BSD 10.0.3, the latest quarterly update of the desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD 10: "The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD quarterly package update, version 10.0.3. This update includes a number of important bug....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 575

Monday 8th of September 2014 09:11:01 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Exploring Porteus 3.0.1 News: Fedora gains Icecat packages and introduces new partition manager, Red Hat works to secure Docker containers, FreeBSD gains ASLR, Mint plans roadmap for LMDE Questions and answers: Distributions not adopting systemd Released last week: Gentoo Linux 20140826, Calculate....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 3.5 "LXDE", "Razor-qt", "E18", "E19-dev"

Saturday 6th of September 2014 01:00:09 PM
Paweł Pijanowski has announced the release of SparkyLinux 3.5, a set of Debian-based distributions that come with a choice of LXDE, Razor-qt or Enlightenment desktops: "SparkyLinux 3.5 'Annagerman' LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, Enlightenment 18 & 19-dev is out. New live/install ISO images provide up-to-date packages and a few changes.....

Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 14

Friday 5th of September 2014 12:53:13 PM
Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 14, a major new update of the project's Gentoo-based distribution with separate editions for desktops (KDE or Xfce), servers and media centres: "We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 14. Major changes: a user-friendly update tool....

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