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Development Release: FreeBSD 12.1-BETA1

Saturday 21st of September 2019 07:33:09 PM
Glen Barber has announced the first beta snapshot of FreeBSD 12.1. The new beta offers mostly minor updates and fixes over the previous 12.0 release: "The lockf(1) utility has been updated to return EX_UNAVAILABLE if the -n flag is used and the lock file does not exist. The....

Distribution Release: Lakka 2.3.1

Saturday 21st of September 2019 02:28:31 PM
Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full blown game console. The distribution is based on LibreELEC and runs the RetroArch console emulator. The project has published a new version, Lakka 2.3.1, which supports running on the Raspberry Pi 4 computer as....

Distribution Release: Parrot 4.7

Friday 20th of September 2019 06:31:02 AM
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot 4.7, the new stable version of the project's Debian-based distribution set designed for penetration testing, digital forensics and privacy protection: "We are proud to announce the release of Parrot 4.7, which represents an important step forward for our project. The....

Distribution Release: EndeavourOS 2019.09.15

Wednesday 18th of September 2019 03:32:05 PM
EndeavourOS is an Arch Linux-based distribution featuring a pre-configured Xfce desktop and the Calamares graphical installer. The project's latest snapshot, 2019.09.15, features many package updates, a more complete Arch-x icon set and the NVIDIA driver installer is included by default. "The September release has arrived. As of today....

Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2019.09

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 09:11:48 PM
The PCLinuxOS project has published new install media. The rolling release distribution's latest snapshot carries version number 2019.09 and is available in editions featuring the KDE Plasma, MATE, and Xfce desktop environments. "The KDE versions both full and the minimalistic Darkstar contain kernel 5.2.15 plus a fully updated....

Distribution Release: CentOS 7.7.1908

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 06:23:19 PM
Johnny Hughes has announced the release of CentOS 7.7.1908, the latest update to the project's 7.x series. The new version provides Python 3 packages as well as updates to chrony and the bind software. The release announcement states: "Release for CentOS Linux 7 (1908) on the x86_64 architecture.....

Development Release: Fedora 31 Beta

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 03:46:09 PM
Matthew Miller has announced the release of Fedora 31 Beta. The new development snapshot includes a preview of GNOME 3.34, several package updates, and builds for multiple architectures. For this beta the i686 (x86) installation media has been dropped. This beta also introduces a new Internet of Things....

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.6.3-7

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 06:59:22 AM
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.6.3-7, an updated stable build of the useful live CD based on Debian "Unstable" and shipping with the Clonezilla disk imaging and cloning application as the principal utility: "Stable Clonezilla Live 2.6.3-7 released. This release of Clonezilla live includes....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus DE3-1.00

Monday 16th of September 2019 06:41:51 PM
The Emmabuntüs team has announced the release of a new version of their Debian-based distribution, featuring the Xfce desktop. The new version, Debian Edition 3-1.00, uses Debian 10 "Buster" as a base and features version 4.12 of the Xfce desktop. "On September 16th 2019, the Emmabuntüs Collective is....

BSD Release: GhostBSD 19.09

Monday 16th of September 2019 02:31:03 PM
GhostBSD is a desktop-oriented, rolling release operating system based on TrueOS. The project's latest release, 19.09, shifts its base from TrueOS's cutting edge development branch to the slower moving, but still rolling, Stable branch. "GhostBSD 19.09 has some considerable changes happened, like moving the system to STABLE instead....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0

Monday 16th of September 2019 10:17:50 AM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0, the latest stable build of the project's Gentoo-based, specialist distribution designed for web kiosks: "I am pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.19.68,....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 832

Monday 16th of September 2019 12:10:23 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: BlackWeb 1.2News: Fedora to use nftables with firewalld, Debian publishes updated media, DragonFly BSD makes resolving DNS more flexible, OpenBSD disables DoH in FirefoxQuestions and answers: Checking for Wayland and Wayland applicationsReleased last week: LXLE 18.04.3, OSGeoLive 13.0, Funtoo Linux 1.4Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.6.3

Saturday 14th of September 2019 02:11:18 PM
The Endless OS team has published an update to their distribution's 3.6 series. The new update offers a few new key features to help the computer's owner lock down the system and also fixes some issues with booting and logging into the desktop. "Endless OS 3.6.3 was released....

Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 18.1.0

Thursday 12th of September 2019 09:25:24 PM
The Manjaro Linux team has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 18.1.0. The new version includes a graphical front-end for managing Snap and Flatpak packages through a tool called "buah". This version also presents an install-time option to include LibreOffice or FreeOffice. "After six months of development, version....

Distribution Release: Funtoo Linux 1.4

Thursday 12th of September 2019 06:07:28 AM
Daniel Robbins has announced the release of Funtoo Linux 1.4, a source-based distribution created by the original founder of Gentoo Linux in 2009. This version is probably the last one in the 1.x series as the author of the announcements suggests that work on Funtoo Linux 2.0 will....

Distribution Release: OSGeoLive 13.0

Wednesday 11th of September 2019 06:58:45 AM
Astrid Emde has announced the release of OSGeoLive 13.0, an important new release from the project that develops a specialist Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a large collection of open-source geospatial software and free world maps: "Version 13.0 of the ​OSGeoLive GIS software collection has been released at the International....

Distribution Release: LXLE 18.04.3

Monday 9th of September 2019 07:34:10 AM
Ronnie Whisler has announced the release of LXLE 18.04.3, a new version of the project's Lubuntu-based distribution targeting primarily older and low-specification desktop computers. This release brings various changes to the default application set, including a switch from LibreOffice to AbiWord/Gnumeric: "After many weeks of tweaks, adjustments and....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 831

Monday 9th of September 2019 12:16:59 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Adélie Linux 1.0 Beta News: Linux Mint team polishes system tray, PinePhone coming soon with Plasma Mobile and UBports, elementary OS gives a preview of desktop features, Manjaro takes "the next step" Tips and Tricks: Command line tips - using ffmpeg, awk....

Development Release: MX Linux 19 Beta 2.1

Sunday 8th of September 2019 01:00:27 PM
The development of MX Linux 19 continues at a rapid pace as the second public beta enters the testing phase. This build, labelled as "beta 2.1", imports security fixes from the just-released Debian 10.1 and includes various usability improvements: "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 19 beta....

Distribution Release: Archman GNU/Linux 2019-09

Thursday 5th of September 2019 11:36:52 AM
Archman GNU/Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution featuring the Calamares system installer, Pamac package manager and a selection of pre-configured desktop environments. The just-released version 2019-09 comes with a customised Xfce 4.14: "In this release you will see a 70% centered panel at the bottom of the screen.....

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