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Distribution Release: Qubes OS 3.2

Thursday 29th of September 2016 01:53:17 PM
Joanna Rutkowska has announced the release of Qubes OS 3.2, a new stable release of the Fedora-based desktop Linux distribution whose main concept is "security by isolation" by using domains implemented as lightweight Xen virtual machines. From the release announcement: "I'm happy to announce that today we're releasing....

Distribution Release: Chapeau 24

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 05:20:00 PM
The Chapeau project develops a Fedora-based distribution which includes software not permitted under Fedora's licensing policies. Chapeau also strives to present users with a more beginner-friendly desktop environment and applications. The Chapeau project has released a new version, Chapeau 24, which is derived from Fedora 24 "Workstation" and....

Development Release: Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 07:14:54 AM
Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second (and final) beta build of Ubuntu 16.10: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 16.10 Desktop, Server and Cloud products." Here is the standard release announcement, with a useful list of new features....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 4.3 "Virtual Environment"

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 05:28:19 PM
Proxmox "Virtual Environment" (VE) is a Debian-based platform for running and managing virtual appliances, containers and virtual machines. The latest version of the distribution, Proxmox 4.3 "Virtual Environment", includes a number of upgrades to the project's documentation and improvements to the graphical interface. "The new reference documentation is....

Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3

Monday 26th of September 2016 01:42:23 PM
Black Lab Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The developers of the project have announced a new testing release, Black Lab Linux 8 beta 3. The new beta shifts the distribution's base from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 and features three desktop flavours: GNOME, LXDE and MATE.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 680

Monday 26th of September 2016 12:02:55 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Uruk GNU/Linux 1.0 News: Snappy Ubuntu Core finds home on Nextcloud Box, Linux users have more video streaming options, Lenovo controversy Questions and answers: Blocking applications at the firewall Torrent corner: Apricity OS, SystemRescueCd, Tails Released last week: Absolute Linux 14.2, Tails....

Development release: PrimTux 2 Beta 2

Saturday 24th of September 2016 09:06:02 PM
The PrimTux distribution is a French-language, Debian-based project designed for school teachers and other professionals working in an educational environment. The project has released a new development snapshot, Primtux 2-2016-09-23-beta-2, which is now available for testing. The beta is based on Debian's Stable branch and features mostly changes....

Distribution Release: Apricity OS 09.2016

Friday 23rd of September 2016 11:58:56 PM
Alex Gajewski has announced the availability of a new release of the Arch Linux-based Apricity OS. The new version, Apricity OS 09.2016, includes a few new features. This release includes builds for 64-bit and 32-bit computers. The new 32-bit builds use Firefox as the default web browser and....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 8.6

Friday 23rd of September 2016 02:03:50 PM
Robolinux is a Debian-based desktop distribution which features many security and entertainment packages. The Robolinux project has released an update to the distribution's 8.x series: Robolinux 8.6. The new version is available in four editions (Cinnamon, LXDE, MATE and Xfce) and can be run on 32-bit and 64-bit....

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Beta 2

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 02:45:33 PM
The openSUSE project has announced the availability of a new beta snapshot for the project's upcoming openSUSE 42.2 "Leap" release. The new beta provides a preview of the Plasma 5.8 desktop environment along with an update to GTK, bringing the toolkit to version 3.20.9. "The release of openSUSE....

Distribution Release: Tails 2.6

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 11:36:05 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) project has released a new version of the Debian-based privacy oriented distribution. Tails allows the user to direct network traffic through the Tor anonymizing network and provides a number of privacy utilities. The latest release, Tails 2.6, includes such security features as....

Distribution Release: Absolute Linux 14.2

Tuesday 20th of September 2016 08:41:17 AM
Paul Sherman has announced the release of Absolute Linux 14.2, a new version of the project's Slackware-based distribution featuring the lightweight IceWM window manager as the default desktop user interface: "Absolute Linux 14.2 released, based on Slackware 14.2. It comes in a 32-bit and a 64-bit variants. Same....

Development Release: Zorin OS 12 Beta

Monday 19th of September 2016 01:36:30 PM
The Zorin OS project has announced the availability of a new beta snapshot. The new version, Zorin OS 12 beta, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and features version 4.4 of the Linux kernel. The beta offers users a preview of the project's many changes to the look and....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 679

Monday 19th of September 2016 12:04:00 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 News: openSUSE updates, KaOS adds first run wizard Questions and answers: 32-bit vs 64-bit performance Torrent corner: deepin, Linux Mint 18 "KDE" Released last week: deepin 15.3, Slackel 6.0.7, Androix-x86 6.0-r1 Opinion poll: What is in a name? Upcoming....

Development Release: Chapeau 24 Beta

Sunday 18th of September 2016 04:21:37 AM
Vince Pooley has announced the availability of the initial beta release of Chapeau 24, the upcoming new version of the project's Fedora-based distribution that includes some useful third-party software applications (e.g. PlayOnLinux, Steam, Flash) that are, by default, not available in Fedora due to licensing restrictions: "Today a....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC3

Sunday 18th of September 2016 12:12:03 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD, an unscheduled build of the upcoming (and delayed) 11.0-RELEASE: "The second RC build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since RC2 includes: a boot issue affecting booting from large....

Distribution Release: Android-x86 6.0-r1

Saturday 17th of September 2016 06:47:13 PM
The developers of Android-x86, a desktop operating system based on Android, have announced the first stable release of Android-x86 6.0. This version carries the code name Marshmallow and ships with version 4.4.20 of the Linux kernel. This release also includes F2FS support, fixes suspend/resume bugs related to wi-fi....

Distribution Release: Slackel 6.0.7 "Openbox"

Friday 16th of September 2016 09:40:38 PM
Dimitris Tzemos has announced a new release of Slackel, a Slackware- and Salix-based distribution. The new version, Slackel 6.0.7 "Openbox" supports booting on UEFI-enabled systems when the 64-bit build is used. The 32-bit build of Slackel now supports booting on both PAE and non-PAE computers. "Slackel 6.0.7 Live....

Distribution Release: deepin 15.3

Tuesday 13th of September 2016 07:12:22 AM
Melody Zou has announced the availability of an updated release of deepin, a Debian-based, desktop Linux distribution with a custom desktop environment and several in-house applications: "deepin 15.3 brings a highly customizable dock, while the wallpaper setting is more visual and convenient. Meanwhile, this version includes Deepin File....

Development Release: NethServer 7.2 Beta 2

Monday 12th of September 2016 02:28:11 PM
NethServer is a server distribution based on CentOS. The developers of NethServer have released a new development version, NethServer 7.2 Beta 2. The new beta features Nextcloud, a fork of ownCloud and a new module for monitoring network usage. This beta also replaces Fetchmail with Getmail for better....

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