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Distribution Release: EasyOS 2.1

Sunday 25th of August 2019 02:23:36 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of EasyOS 2.1. EasyOS is an experimental Linux distribution which uses many of the technologies and package formats pioneered by Puppy Linux. The distribution features custom container technology called Easy Containers which can run applications or the entire desktop environment in a....

Development Release: Simplicity 19.10 Alpha 1

Friday 23rd of August 2019 04:51:39 PM
Simplicity Linux is a Puppy Linux derivative with Xfce as the default desktop environment. It comes in three editions: Desktop, Mini and an experimental X flavour. The project's latest development snapshot is Simplicity Linux 19.10 Alpha1: "We're proud to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 19.10. It is....

Distribution Release: Netrunner 19.08

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 02:22:12 AM
The Netrunner development team has announced the availability of Netrunner 19.08 (code name "Indigo"), the project's first release based on Debian 10: "The Netrunner team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Netrunner 19.08 Indigo, a 64-bit ISO image. This version is based on Debian 10....

Distribution Release: Runtu 18.04.3

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:13:14 PM
Runtu is a Russian desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's LTS (long-term support) releases. It features full support for Russian and a variety of extra applications, tools and media codecs. The project's latest release is an update to its 18.04 branch. An English translation of the project's release....

Development Release: LXLE 18.04.3 Beta

Monday 19th of August 2019 03:42:05 PM
LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. The project has published a new development release, based on Lubuntu 18.04 LTS. "LXLE 18.04.3 Beta is now available in 64-bit or 32-bit versions. This one was a long time coming....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 828

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:05:58 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2News: UBports testing Unity8 desktop changes, Debian getting FreedomBox desktop spin, Slackware tries more direct method of fundraising, FreeBSD phasing out GCC, Fedora project presents new Enterprise Linux channelQuestions and answers: Concerns regarding non-free firmwareReleased last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.05, Neptune....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1908

Sunday 18th of August 2019 05:56:40 PM
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based, rolling release distribution which ships with two editions featuring pre-configured desktop environments: KDE Plasma and LXQt. The project's latest release, Redcore Linux 1908, is based on Gentoo's Testing branch to provide more up to date packages: "Starting with this release, Redcore Linux is....

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 8.6

Sunday 18th of August 2019 04:50:06 AM
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 8.6, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based live CD with a choice of LXDE (default desktop), KDE Plasma 5.14 and GNOME 3.30. Interestingly, the distribution comes with a custom init system called "knoppix-autoconfig" which replaces systemd present in....

Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 3

Sunday 18th of August 2019 01:26:11 AM
The third beta release of antiX 19, a lightweight, desktop-oriented Linux distribution featuring the IceWM window manager, is now available for testing. This major new version is based on Debian 10: "antiX 19 beta 3 'full' and 'base' editions (64-bit and 32-bit) are available. Our third beta build....

Distribution Release: Neptune 6.0

Saturday 17th of August 2019 01:24:25 PM
Leszek Lesner has announced the release of Neptune 6.0, the distribution's first stable release based on Debian 10, featuring the KDE Plasma desktop with assorted desktop improvements: "We are proud to announce the release of Neptune 6.0. This new version is based upon Debian 10 "Buster" and it....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05

Monday 12th of August 2019 02:51:43 PM
Emmabuntüs is a lightweight, Debian-based distribution designed to run on older computers. The project has published a new update to its Debian 9 "Stretch" branch, Emmabuntüs DE2-1.05. The new release works to reduce install media size, makes it easier to work with light and dark themes, and fixes....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 827

Monday 12th of August 2019 12:08:57 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Q4OS 3.8News: Ubuntu works toward ZFS on root, Haiku team improves performance, OSDisc shuts downTips and tricks: How to find filesReleased last week: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7, Ubuntu 18.04.3, Voyager Live 10Torrent corner: AUSTRUMI, BeeFree, Endless, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, KDE neon, OSMC,....

Distribution Release: Voyager Live 10

Saturday 10th of August 2019 12:13:49 PM
Rodolphe Bachelart has announced the release of Voyager Live 10, a major update of the project's desktop Linux distribution branch based on Debian 10 and featuring a customised GNOME desktop: "Voyager Live 10 is based on Debian 10 'Buster', with 3 edition. A unique, free and open-source, 64-bit....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.3

Thursday 8th of August 2019 02:46:10 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of new install media for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. The new media carries to the version number 18.04.3 and contains minor updates and package fixes. Ubuntu community editions, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Kylin have also published updated....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 09:47:34 PM
Red Hat has announced a new update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. The new release, 7.7, is expected to be the final feature update to Red Hat's 7.x series as the platform is now shifting into its maintenance phase. "Beyond new capabilities, Red Hat Enterprise Linux....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 826

Monday 5th of August 2019 12:13:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Resilient Linux, PrimeOS and BlueLightNews: Librem 5 hardware finalized, Manjaro introduces new package manager, Trident warns of video driver issue, NetBSD reveals 9.0 featuresQuestions and answers: Flagship distributions for desktop environmentsReleased last week: Linux Mint 19.2, SparkyLinux 2019.08, Pardus 19.0Torrent corner: 4MLinux,....

Distribution Release: Pardus 19.0

Saturday 3rd of August 2019 07:35:29 PM
Pardus is a GNU/Linux distribution jointly developed by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and National Academic Network and Information Centre (ULAKBİM). The distribution is built on Debian, with the latest version, Pardus 19.0, being based on Debian 10. The project's release announcement is available....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 2019.08

Friday 2nd of August 2019 11:59:08 PM
The SparkyLinux team have published the first new release of the project's semi-rolling branch, which is based on Debian Testing, also known as "Bullseye". The new snapshot, SparkyLinux 2019.08, ships with updated kernels, new compiler options and is available in LXQt, Xfce and two minimal editions. "There are....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 19.2

Friday 2nd of August 2019 02:38:27 PM
The Linux Mint team has published an update to the distribution's 19.x series. The new version, Linux Mint 19.2, is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, offering five years of support. The new update offers several user interface improvements. For instance, it is now possible to configure the width....

Development Release: Linux Lite 4.6 RC1

Monday 29th of July 2019 05:12:50 AM
Jerry Bezencon has announced that the first release candidate for Linux Lite 4.6 is now ready for public testing. Linux Lite is a beginner-friendly distribution featuring the Xfce desktop, based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (long-term support). Besides upstream updates, this version also brings a number of cosmetic improvements....

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