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Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 17.04

Thursday 13th of April 2017 06:57:05 PM
Martin Wimpress has announced the launch of Ubuntu MATE 17.04. The new release, which features nine months of support, ships with MATE 1.18 as the default desktop environment. With this release, the distribution's MATE desktop has completed the transition from using GTK+ 2 libraries to GTK+ 3. "This....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu GNOME 17.04

Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:01:45 PM
Jeremy Bicha has announced the availability of Ubuntu GNOME 17.04. The new version of the distribution ships with version 3.24 of the GNOME desktop environment and will receive security updates for nine months. "The Ubuntu GNOME developers are proud to announce our latest non-LTS release 17.04. For the....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 17.04

Thursday 13th of April 2017 01:27:32 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 17.04. The latest release of Ubuntu features nine months of support and security updates. The new release includes version 4.10 of the Linux kernel as well as driverless printing to supported devices. Support for 32-bit PowerPC computers has been dropped....

Distribution Release: Baruwa Enterprise Edition 6.9

Thursday 13th of April 2017 04:43:55 AM
Andrew Colin Kissa has announced the release of Baruwa Enterprise Edition (also called BaruwaOS) 6.9, the latest update of the project's commercial server distribution built from the source code of the recently-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9: "Today we are issuing Baruwa Enterprise Edition release - BaruwaOS 6.9.....

Distribution Release: RancherOS 1.0.0

Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:11:22 AM
Rancher Labs has announced the release of RancherOS 1.0.0, a major release of the company's minimalist Linux distribution designed for running Docker containers: "Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, today announced the general availability of RancherOS, a simplified Linux distribution built from containers, for containers. RancherOS....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2017.04

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:23:02 PM
The KaOS development team has announced the release of new installation media for their KDE-focused, rolling release distribution. The new snapshot, KaOS 2017.04, features an improved installer with the ability to use GPT disk layouts on legacy BIOS systems. The project has also introduced a separate Wayland edition....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 6.1

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 06:03:40 PM
The OpenBSD developers have announced the availability of a new stable release of their security-oriented operating system. The new release, OpenBSD 6.1, introduces bug fixes, several new or improved hardware drivers and security enhancements to the system installer. "We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD....

Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 8.0

Monday 10th of April 2017 09:00:06 AM
Tiny Core Linux 8.0 has been released. Tiny Core Linux is a minimalist (but extensible) distribution, built from scratch, with a focus on being as small as possible - the 32-bit "TinyCore" edition with a graphical window manager (flwm) is a 16 MB download. This major new release....

Distribution Release: OpenELEC 8.0.0

Monday 10th of April 2017 04:09:23 AM
Stephan Raue has announced the release of OpenELEC 8.0.0, a new feature release of the project's specialist, Linux-based distribution built around Kodi, an open-source media and entertainment software: "The OpenELEC 8.0 (internal version 8.0.0) release has been published. Users running older OpenELEC releases or with auto-update disabled will....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 707

Monday 10th of April 2017 12:19:25 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: PCLinuxOS 2017.03News: Canonical pulls plug on Unity and convergence, Tanglu seeks additional developers, Chakra's infrastructure changes, OpenBSD on Raspberry PiQuestions and answers: Setting up VPN connectionsReleased last week: Vine Linux 6.5, Univention 4.2-0, CentOS 6.9Torrent corner: CentOS, GoboLinux, NuTyXUpcoming releases: Ubuntu 17.04Opinion....

Distribution Release: LXLE 16.04.2

Sunday 9th of April 2017 05:12:32 AM
Ronnie Whisler has announced the release of LXLE 16.04.2. As the name and version number suggests, this is a distribution based on Ubuntu's latest LTS (long-term support) release while featuring a customised LXDE desktop environment. From the release announcement: "LXLE 16.04.2 'Eclectica' released. What's new? Menu layout -....

Distribution Release: TalkingArch 2017.04.04

Saturday 8th of April 2017 01:27:46 AM
TalkingArch is a re-spin of the Arch Linux live ISO image, modified to include speech and Braille output for blind and visually-impaired users. The project's latest release, version 2017.04.04, is the first build that limits hardware support to the x86_64 processor architecture: "The TalkingArch team is pleased to....

Distribution Release: NuTyX 9.0

Thursday 6th of April 2017 12:27:09 AM
Thierry Nuttens has announced the availability of a new version of the NuTyX distribution. NuTyX is based on Linux From Scratch (LFS) and features a custom software manager called "cards". The new release, NuTyX 9.0, features some of the latest software (Linux 4.10, Plasma 5.9, GNOME 3.22, MATE....

Distribution Release: CentOS 6.9

Wednesday 5th of April 2017 10:00:03 PM
Johnny Hughes has announced the release of CentOS 6.9, a Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution built from the source code for the recently-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9. This is the project's legacy branch supported until November 2020. From the release announcement: "We are pleased to announce the....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.2-0

Wednesday 5th of April 2017 02:04:25 PM
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is a Debian-based Linux distribution for enterprise server environments. The Univention team has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server 4.2-0. The new version shifts the distribution's base from Debian 7 to Debian 8 which also transitions UCS from using SysV init to....

Distribution Release: GoboLinux 016.01

Wednesday 5th of April 2017 04:38:14 AM
Lucas Villa Real has announced the release of GoboLinux 016.01, an updated build of the project's independently-developed distribution with a custom file system hierarchy: "We are pleased to announce GoboLinux 016.01 after roughly 3.5 months since the release of 016. While it features some essential package upgrades, this....

Development Release: Fedora 26 Alpha

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 02:41:46 PM
The Fedora project has announced the availability of an early development release of Fedora 26. The new development snapshot, Fedora 26 Alpha, includes GNOME 3.24, a preview of version 7 of the GNU Compiler and Python 3.6. "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of....

Distribution Release: Vine Linux 6.5

Monday 3rd of April 2017 10:34:09 AM
Daisuke Suzuki has announced the release of a new version of Vine Linux, a general-purpose Japanese Linux distribution with RPM package management. Code-named "Poupille", Vine Linux 6.5 upgrades the Linux kernel to the long-term supported 4.4 branch and provides updates to many popular applications, but it continues to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 706

Monday 3rd of April 2017 12:06:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Super Grub2 DiskNews: Snap packages of deepin applications, Subgraph OS routes a single application's traffic through VPN, Linux Mint announcementsTips and tricks: Advanced file systems, network traffic, running a script at login/logoutReleased last week: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0, NixOS 17.03, Linux Lite 3.4Torrent....

Distribution Release: Netrunner 17.03

Friday 31st of March 2017 10:56:45 PM
Netrunner is a Debian-based Linux distribution which features a customized KDE Plasma desktop environment. The Netrunner project has announced the release of an update to their distribution, Netrunner 17.03 "Cyclotron". The new release features KDE's Plasma 5.9 desktop, version 4.9.0 of the Linux kernel and the extended support....

More in Tux Machines

Microsoft Begs, Bugs, and Bug Doors

  • Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft
    Microsoft has urged non-tech-savvy people – or anyone who just wants a stable computer – to not download and install this year's biggest revision to Windows by hand. And that's because it may well bork your machine. It's been two weeks since Microsoft made its Creators Update available, and we were previously warned it will be a trickle-out rather than a massive rollout. Now, Redmond has urged users to stop manually fetching and installing the code, and instead wait for it to be automatically offered to your computer when it's ready.
  • Microsoft Word flaw took so long to fix that hackers used it to send fraud software to millions of computers
    A flaw in Microsoft Word took the tech giant so long to fix that hackers were able to use it to send fraud software to millions of computers, it has been revealed. The security flaw, officially known as CVE-2017-0199, could allow a hacker to seize control of a personal computer with little trace, and was fixed on April 11 in Microsoft's regular monthly security update - nine months after it was discovered.

FOSS Licensing (and Lack Thereof)

  • Portugal to harmonise usability of govt portals
    All of the code, information and tools are made available for reuse.
  • JRC: ‘Releasing code without a licence hinders reuse’
    Projects that publish source code without a licence weaken the reusability of their code, warns Stefano Gentile, a copyright and trademark specialist working for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Currently just 20 % of all projects published on GitHub, one of the most popular source code sharing platforms, have selected a licence for their work - down from about 60% in 2008, Gentile said, quoting numbers published in 2015 by GitHub.
  • React to React
    The Additional Grant of Patent Rights is a patent license grant that includes certain termination criteria. These termination criteria are not entirely unprecedented when you look at the history of patent license provisions in OSI-approved licenses, but they are certainly broader than the termination criteria [or the equivalent] in several familiar modern licenses (the Apache License 2.0, EPL, MPL 2.0, and GPLv3).
  • BetConstruct declares the source code for its front-end as open source
    The project is distributed under MIT license.

Automotive Grade Linux Adds New Members

Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat Bets on Innovation in the Channel
    Red Hat has launched the Red Hat Application Partner Initiative, working with partners to build a practice around core platforms for emerging use cases. IT solution providers tend to focus more on technologies that are just hitting the top of the bell curve in terms of mainstream adoption. But Red Hat is making a case for partners to place more focus on emerging technologies.
  • Huawei takes on servers, HPC and cloud with Red Hat, Intel and GE
    Company unveils plans to build high performance computing centres in in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China, and in Munich, Germany. Chinese ICT company Huawei has unveiled a series of agreements and collaborations with some of the world’s largest companies to advance cloud and high performance computing (HPC). Firstly, Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Intel to cooperate in HPC.
  • Red Hat Unveils JBoss AMQ 7
    Red Hat, Inc. (RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today introduced Red Hat JBoss AMQ 7. The latest release of Red Hat's messaging platform combines the performance and efficiency of reactive programming with a more flexible architecture, giving customers a strong foundation for building distributed, reactive message-driven applications.
  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT): What’s the Story?
  • FCAIC in the House, part III
    Ok, not that “Hello”. I’ve been writing quarterly updates on what I’m working on to help the Fedora Community. If you’re new to the party, welcome. I have the privilege of being the current Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator. I wrote last week on the Red Hat Community blog about what this role means and how it interacts with the world.