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Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 06:33:15 PM
Red Hat has announced the availability of new testing images for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers. The new images for RHEL 6.7 beta include a number of bug fixes and new features, such as base images to facilitate moving services from traditional environments into application containers. "We....

Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 6.2

Tuesday 5th of May 2015 03:13:43 AM
The developers of Tiny Core have announced the release of Tiny Core Linux, version 6.2, the new stable build from the project that attempts to build the world's smallest Linux distribution with a graphical desktop: "Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core 6.2. Changelog....

Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 9 "Xfce"

Monday 4th of May 2015 02:59:44 PM
Jacque Montague Raymer has announced the launch of a new version of MakuluLinux. The new release, MakuluLinux 9 "Xfce", is available in two flavours, Normal and Lite. "MakuluLinux kicks off the 9 series with Xfce, which comes in two flavors. A Normal edition and a Lite edition. The....

Distribution Release: Superb Mini Server 2.0.8

Monday 4th of May 2015 05:56:48 AM
Superb Mini Server (SMS), a Slackware-based distribution for servers, has been upgraded to version 2.0.8. This is a maintenance and security release. "Superb Mini Server version 2.0.8 released (Linux kernel 3.14.40). It has been almost a year and SMS 2.0.8 comes with LTS Linux Kernel 3.14.40 and many....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 608

Monday 4th of May 2015 12:44:54 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Fun with Debian 8.0 "Jessie"News: Ubuntu experiments with Snappy packages, Bodhi forks Enlightenment, a new version of Debian GNU/Hurd released, OpenBSD re-implements file utility and FreeBSD publishes quarterly reportQuestions and answers: Distribution release frequencyTorrent corner: deepin, OpenBSD, SimplicityReleased last week: BackBox 4.2,....

Development Release: PC-BSD 10.1.2-RC1

Friday 1st of May 2015 04:27:37 PM
Dru Lavigne has announced the availability of a new PC-BSD release candidate. PC-BSD 10.1.2-RC1 can now be downloaded and installed for testing purposes. The release candidate offers users a number of interesting security features, such as the ability to store all personal files on an external (and encrypted)....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 7.9.1

Friday 1st of May 2015 09:55:17 AM
John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 7.9.1, the new stable version of the project's Debian-based distribution which comes with an optional virtual machine pack capable of running Windows and Windows applications: "The new Robolinux 7.9.1 release, 'Apex X12 Privacy & Security!', which has two more privacy....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 5.7

Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:38:04 PM
Stefan Sperling has announced the availability of OpenBSD 5.7. "We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 5.7. This is our 37th release on CD-ROM (and 38th via FTP/HTTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes....

Distribution Release: Simplicity Linux 15.4

Thursday 30th of April 2015 02:48:43 AM
David Purse has announced the release of Simplicity Linux 15.4, a set of lightweight Puppy Linux-based distributions for desktops and netbooks - now available in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours: "Simplicity Linux 15.4 is now available for download in Netbook and Desktop editions, both available in 32-bit and....

Distribution Release: Chromixium OS 1.0

Wednesday 29th of April 2015 01:12:41 PM
The Chromixium project has announced the release of Chromixium OS 1.0, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that attempts to recreate the look and feel of Chrome OS while providing a complete Linux system with the ability to install popular desktop applications: "I am extremely proud to announce that Chromixium....

Distribution Release: deepin 2014.3

Tuesday 28th of April 2015 08:43:47 AM
The deepin development team has announced the release of deepin 2014.3 which brings new updates to the project's Ubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution, together with a new website domain ( and a new product name - now spelt with a lower-case "d". From the release announcement: "deepin 2014.3 is....

BSD Release: MidnightBSD 0.6

Tuesday 28th of April 2015 12:03:11 AM
Lucas Holt has announced the release of MidnightBSD 0.6, a new stable version of the project's FreeBSD-derived operating system designed primarily for desktop use: "MidnightBSD 0.6-RELEASE. This release is primarily a security fix and mport package tool release. Security: OpenSSL - the receipt of a specifically crafted DTLS....

Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.2

Monday 27th of April 2015 12:41:26 PM
Raffaele Forte has announced the release of BackBox Linux 4.2, the latest stable build of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution dedicated to penetration testing and forensic analysis: "The BackBox team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, version 4.2! This release includes features such as Linux....

Development Release: Mageia 5 RC

Monday 27th of April 2015 08:30:08 AM
Rémi Verschelde has announced the availability of the release candidate for the upcoming stable release of Mageia 5 - now complete with support for UEFI systems and improved installer: "And we've all waited long enough for Mageia 5 RC - go grab it! While you wait for the....

Development Release: Skolelinux 8.0 Beta 1

Monday 27th of April 2015 04:30:22 AM
Holger Levsen has announced the availability of the first beta build of Skolelinux 8.0, the upcoming stable release of the Linux distribution known also as "Debian Edu" and designed for schools. This is the project's first test release based on the new Debian "Jessie". From the release announcement:....

More in Tux Machines

Ubuntu Touch to Get Improved Desktop Mode with Next Update

Canonical is preparing a major new update for Ubuntu Touch, but it will take a while until it's going to be ready. From the looks of it, the devs are preparing some interesting improvements and updates. Read more

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 Will Reach End of Life on June 14 to Make Room for Parsix 8.0

The Parsix Project has recently announced that their Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 (Nestor) distribution will reach the end of its life support in the coming weeks, urging users to upgrade to Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5 (Rinaldo) as soon as possible. Read more

Leftovers: Software

  • 3 Open Source Python Shells
    Python is a high-level, general-purpose, structured, powerful, open source programming language that is used for a wide variety of programming tasks. It features a fully dynamic type system and automatic memory management, similar to that of Scheme, Ruby, Perl, and Tcl, avoiding many of the complexities and overheads of compiled languages. The language was created by Guido van Rossum in 1991, and continues to grow in popularity.
  • Google Chrome 44 (Dev) Brings Interesting New Features
  • CodeWeavers CrossOver 14.1.3 has been released
    I am delighted to announce that CodeWeavers has just released CrossOver 14.1.3 for both Mac OS X and Linux. CrossOver 14.1.3 has important bug fixes for both Mac and Linux users.

today's leftovers

  • Consumers Continue to Buy Chromebooks as Secondary PCs, Enterprise Still Uninterested
  • Video: LXD containers vs. KVM
    Since I'm such a big container fan (been using them on Linux since 2005) and I recently blogged about Docker, LXC, and OpenVZ... how could I pass up posting this? Some Canonical guys gave a presentation at the recent OpenStack Summit on "LXD vs. KVM". What is LXD? It is basically a management service for LXC that supposedly adds a lot of the features LXC was missing... and is much easier to use. For a couple of years now Canonical has shown an interest in LXC and has supposedly be doing a lot of development work around them. I wonder what specifically? They almost seem like the only company who is interested in LXC.. or at least they are putting forth a publicly noticeable effort around them.
  • Ubuntu's LXD vs. KVM For The Linux Cloud
    LXD is usable with Ubuntu 15.04 albeit not many have yet fully experimented with this new technology from Canonical given its early state. The LXD Linux container hypervisor allows for rapid provisioning, very fast performance, a REST API, and other functionality. If you're wishing to learn more about LXD, this week at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver was a talk about LXD vs. KVM for Linux hypervisors.
  • Cloud Driving HP's Server Business Forward
    HP announced is second quarter fiscal 2015 earnings on May 21, with company executives enthusiastic about the company's upcoming split, and continued prospects in the cloud.
  • The Latest Linux Kernel Git Code Fixes The EXT4 RAID0 Corruption Problem
    An EXT4 file-system corruption problem was uncovered with Linux 4.0 that turned out to be an MD RAID0 issue with the Linux kernel in the latest stable series. This RAID corruption issue has now been fixed in the latest kernel Git code.
  • Interview with Mary Winkler
    LOVE the blending tools. I’m used to those of Paint Tool SAI, and finding a program whose brushes are far more customizable and can do more is digital art heaven. Especially an open source one!
  • Reminder: Evolving KDE survey milestone on May 31st
    Evolution is a powerful concept and tool. When harnessed properly, humans have been able to tailor and adapt crops and domesticate animals. We’ve been able to grow the Dutch unnecessarily tall and create beautiful and consequence-free theme parks as shown in the Jurassic Park documentary series on the BBC. However, when not monitored closely or left to nature’s own devices, the result is the terrifying land based sharks that have caused such recent devastation across most of Australia.
  • GNOME Shell It is!!
    It’s been a while since my last post, I was busy with my university exams and didn’t get much time to work on my GSoC project. But during whatever time I got I tried to get myself familiar with GNOME Shell coding style and get a hang of the way it works, since GNOME Shell is the main module I will be working with in this project. But things weren’t as simple as I initially thought them to be. It has been a struggle trying to find out some structured documentation for GNOME Shell code-base mainly the JavaScript part.
  • Attention Fedora 22 prerelease users
  • Fedora 21 chrooted on an aarch64 Nexus 9
    A while back I bought a Nexus 9, mainly because it has a weird processor that emulates a 64 bit ARM (aarch64). Google seem to have abandoned this platform entirely, just 6 months after I got it, so fuck you too Google. Anyway …
  • Meet SparkyLinux, a Debian-based Linux distribution
    SparkyLinux features customized lightweight desktops (like E19, LXDE and Openbox), multimedia plugins, selected sets of apps and own custom tools to ease different tasks.
  • Is Canonical going to have an IPO?
  • Mozilla shifts gears: $25 phones out, Android apps in
  • Linksys NSLU2 adventures into the NetBSD land passed through JTAG highlands - part 1
  • GCC 6 Gets Support For The IBM z13 Mainframe Server
    The latest GNU Compiler Collection code now has proper optimization targeting/tuning support for the IBM z13.
  • News for open source virtual reality, popular Linux game distros, and more