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Development Release: Mageia 7 RC

Sunday 2nd of June 2019 11:58:14 AM
Donald Stewart has announced the availability of the release candidate for Mageia 7, the last test build before the upcoming final release: "The Mageia community is very happy to announce what will hopefully be the last release before Mageia 7 is final. We all hope that this release....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA2

Saturday 1st of June 2019 02:33:20 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the second beta build of FreeBSD 11.3: "The second BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA1 includes: the fsck_readdir() and dircheck() functions have been rewritten for clarity and correctness; contrib/zlib has been....

Distribution Release: GParted Live 1.0.0-1

Friday 31st of May 2019 02:46:36 AM
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 1.0.0-1, a milestone release from the project that develops the GParted partition management tool as well as this bootable CD/USB image that also contains various disk management and data rescue utilities. From the release announcement: "The GParted team is....

Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.3

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 01:38:42 AM
An updated build of MX Linux, version 18.3, is out. MX Linux is desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian 9.9 and featuring a customised Xfce desktop. The new version is a minor release, bringing updated MX applications and an improved MX manual: "We are pleased to offer MX....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 816

Monday 27th of May 2019 12:09:51 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0News: Void discusses security, Guix publishes path fix, Antergos closes doors, Matthew Miller answers questions about FedoraQuestions and answers: Setting up a firewall and finding service portsReleased last week: openSUSE 15.1, Tails 3.14, Kali Linux 2019.2Torrent corner: ArchBang,....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA1

Saturday 25th of May 2019 02:16:40 PM
Glen Barber has announced the release of new testing media for FreeBSD. The new development snapshot, FreeBSD 11.3-BETA1, contains mostly minor fixes and improvements for the FreeBSD 11.x series and makes it easier to remotely access ARM-based systems. "The first BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is....

Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2019.06.01

Friday 24th of May 2019 09:59:01 AM
The developers of BlackArch Linux, an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers, and containing a large collection of penetration-testing and security utilities, have announced the release of version 2019.06.01. As usual, the new release updates the underlying Linux system and brings several new tools:....

Distribution Release: openSUSE 15.1

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019 02:33:26 PM
The openSUSE team have announced the release of openSUSE 15.1. The new version introduces updated graphics support, Network Manager will handle network connections on desktop computers by default and YaST now offers more options for handling services, taking advantage of systemd features. "An entirely new graphics stack update....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2019.2

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 07:46:16 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The distribution has published a new update, Kali Linux 2019.2, which includes updated tools and changes to the project's ARM builds: "Welcome to our second release of 2019, Kali Linux 2019.2, which is available....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.14

Tuesday 21st of May 2019 05:02:10 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB image with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client and instant messenger, all pre-configured with security in mind and with....

Development Release: NetBSD 8.1 RC1

Monday 20th of May 2019 03:20:04 PM
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of a new release candidate for NetBSD 8.1. The new release candidate ships with CPU vulnerability workarounds, a new wireless driver and several performance improvements. Husemann writes: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1 RC1, the first (and hopefully final)....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 815

Monday 20th of May 2019 12:11:37 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Sabayon 19.03News: Clear Linux outlines features for developers, Red Hat explains MDS flaws, developers patch Linux networking vulnerabilityTips and tricks: Overview of options for running open Linux distros on mobile devices (2019 edition)Released last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.04, ArcoLinux 19.05.2, Peppermint OS 10Torrent....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 10.5

Sunday 19th of May 2019 03:06:32 PM
Robolinux is a user-friendly and desktop operating system based on the latest long term support release of Ubuntu. The project's latest release of Robolinux 10.5 which includes many security fixes, including a patch for the Zombieland CPU vulnerability and an updated kernel. The project's release announcement reports: "The....

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS 10

Saturday 18th of May 2019 12:14:53 AM
Peppermint OS is a lightweight, desktop distribution based on packages from Ubuntu which merges components of the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. Peppermint OS also tries to integrate web-based applications into the desktop, using site-specific browsers, and local programs. The project's latest version, Peppermint OS 10, is built....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 131

Friday 17th of May 2019 01:03:30 AM
Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.23, a major update of the project's specialist Linux distribution for firewalls. The new version brings a brand-new intrusion detection system: "Finally, we are releasing another big release of IPFire. In IPFire 2.23 Core Update 131, we are rolling out....

Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 19.05.2

Wednesday 15th of May 2019 02:25:40 PM
ArcoLinux is an Arch-based distribution which is available in three main branches, which provide a range of complete solutions, minimal editions designed to be customized by the user, and community flavours. The ArcoLinux project has published a new update, version 19.05.2, that adds some short-cuts and trims out....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs DE2-1.04

Monday 13th of May 2019 09:41:59 PM
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project has published an update to its Debian-based branch, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2-1.04, which....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 814

Monday 13th of May 2019 12:29:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Fedora 30 Workstation and Fedora 30 SilverblueNews: Distributions publish fixes for Firefox, Fedora launches new community platform, CentOS team reveals roadmap to 8.0, Debian plans to use Wayland by default, Endless creates educational gamesQuestions and answers: Why distributions ship with different kernel....

Development Release: OpenMandriva LX 4.0 RC

Sunday 12th of May 2019 07:13:53 PM
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the release candidate for OpenMandriva LX 4.0, a desktop Linux distribution with KDE Plasma as the preferred desktop environment: "OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 RC released. We are almost there. The final step before the long-awaited OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 is the release candidate....

OS Release: OpenIndiana 2019.04

Sunday 12th of May 2019 12:11:51 PM
Alexander Pyhalov has announced the release of OpenIndiana 2019.04, the latest stable build of the project's open-source operating system, originally forked from the discontinued OpenSolaris project. This version integrates VirtualBox packages into the operating system and updates many packages, including the MATE desktop and the Firefox browser: "We....

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