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Distribution Release: Quirky 8.7.1

Saturday 22nd of September 2018 01:21:19 AM
Barry Kauler has announced the availability of a new version of Quirky, a lightweight Linux distribution and sister project to Puppy Linux. The new version changes the base packages of the distribution from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04. "The transition has been made to building with Ubuntu Bionic Beaver....

Development Release: Q4OS 3.4 Testing

Friday 21st of September 2018 08:08:17 PM
The Q4OS team has published a new development snapshot of the distribution's Testing branch, code name Centaurus. The new release is based on Debian Testing and features the Trinity desktop environment and the Calamares system installer. The release announcement states: "This release brings quite significant changes and improvements,....

Development Release: elementary OS 5.0 Beta 2

Friday 21st of September 2018 05:25:30 AM
Cody Garver has announced the availability of the second beta release of elementary OS 5.0, a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and featuring a custom desktop environment called Pantheon: "It's that time again: another beta release. Since beta 1, we've fixed over 200 issues and got back....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.5

Tuesday 18th of September 2018 10:58:01 PM
SparkyLinux is a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution based on Debian. The project's latest release, SparkyLinux 5.5 "Rolling", is based on Debian's Testing branch. The new version includes mostly minor package updates, and makes the leap from using GCC 7 to GCC 8 for the default compiler.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 781

Monday 17th of September 2018 12:10:04 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Mint 3 Debian Edition (LMDE 3)News: Arch developers answer questions, a tutorial for getting around keyring password prompts, MX makes installing Flatpaks easier, next Mageia release to have fewer download optionsQuestions and answers: File systems for solid state drives (SSDs)Released last....

Distribution Release: OSGeoLive 12.0

Tuesday 11th of September 2018 05:38:48 AM
Cameron Shorter has announced the release of OSGeoLive 12.0, a major new update of the project's specialist Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a large collection of open-source geospatial software and free world maps. This version updates the underlying operating system to Lubuntu 18.04: "Version 12.0 of the OSGeoLive GIS software....

Distribution Release: Parrot 4.2.2

Tuesday 11th of September 2018 01:20:31 AM
Lorenzo "Palinuro" Faletra has announced the release of Parrot 4.2.2, the latest stable version of the project's a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian's "Testing" branch and focused on penetration testing, digital forensics, programming and privacy protection: "We are proud to announce the release of Parrot 4.2. It was....

Distribution Release: Elive 3.0.0

Monday 10th of September 2018 04:38:50 AM
Samuel F. Baggen has announced the release of Elive 3.0.0, a major update of the project's Debian-based distribution with a customised Enlightenment 17 desktop user interface. This version is based on the 32-bit variant of Debian 7 "Wheezy" and, unlike the previous stable version (2.0, released more than....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 780

Monday 10th of September 2018 12:10:22 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Netrunner 2018.08 "Rolling" editionNews: Fedora improves language support, how to customize Kali, FreeBSD 11.1 nearing end of lifeQuestions and answers: Finding video drivers and switching init implementationsReleased last week: NetBSD 7.2, Univention Corporate Server 4.3-2, Tails 3.9Torrent corner: Antergos, IPFire, KaOS, KDE....

Distribution Release: Q4OS 2.6

Friday 7th of September 2018 09:03:19 AM
Q4OS 2.6 has been released. Q4OS is Debian-based Linux distribution which ships with the Trinity desktop (a continuation of the KDE 3 desktop environment) or KDE Plasma 5.8.6 (a version found in Debian 9). This version is a routine update that brings the latest Trinity, version 14.0.5: "An....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.9

Wednesday 5th of September 2018 05:02:13 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live distribution with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest version, Tails 3.9, makes it easier to install additional software when the distribution boots. The new version also supports working with VeraCrypt encrypted....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.3-2

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 03:38:54 PM
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is a Debian-based server distribution that offers an integrated management system for central administration of servers, Microsoft Active Directory-compatible domain services, and functions for parallel operation of virtualised server and desktop operating systems. The Univention team has published a point release update for the....

Distribution Release: Nitrux 1.0.15

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 07:15:50 AM
Nitrux is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, with an innovative desktop called "Nomad". Nomad attempts to extends KDE's Plasma with a special blend of aesthetics and functionality. The distribution's developers have addressed many of the issues reported in early reviews and believe it is now a....

BSD Release: NetBSD 7.2

Monday 3rd of September 2018 07:08:21 PM
The NetBSD project develops a lightweight operating system which runs on a wide range of hardware architectures. The project's latest release in the 7.x series is NetBSD 7.2, which offers USB 3.0 support, enhancements to Linux emulation, support for running on the Raspberry Pi 3 computer and updated....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 779

Monday 3rd of September 2018 12:09:25 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Redcore Linux 1806News: Lubuntu makes Calamares more flexible, Ubuntu contributes performance improvement to GNOME, upgrade options for Linux Mint Debian EditionQuestions and answers: Keeping ISO downloads safe from tamperingReleased last week: Linux Mint 3 "LMDE", 4MLinux 26.0, Linux From Scratch 8.3Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 8.3

Sunday 2nd of September 2018 02:00:40 PM
Bruce Dubbs has announced the release of version 8.3 of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS). LFS is a book that provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch. BLFS expands on the LFS book by giving further lessons....

Distribution Release: 4MLinux 26.0

Saturday 1st of September 2018 11:07:31 AM
Version 26.0 of 4MLinux, a minimalist distribution for desktops (with JWM) and servers (with the complete LAMP stack), has been released. The project's latest stable build comes with upgraded packages as well as support for modern image and video encoding: "The status of the 4MLinux 26.0 series has....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 3 "LMDE"

Friday 31st of August 2018 03:05:48 PM
The Linux Mint team has published a new version of the distribution's Debian-based branch. The new version, Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 3, is based on Debian 9 "Stretch" and features the Cinnamon desktop environment. "LMDE is a Linux Mint project and it stands for Linux Mint Debian....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 778

Monday 27th of August 2018 12:57:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Guix System Distribution 0.15.0 and ReactOS 0.4.9News: Steam supports Windows games running on Linux, Haiku plans first beta, Parabola replaces archive manager, NetBSD 6 reaches end of lifeQuestions and answers: Merging partitions, an alternative to Tails, the differences between su, su -....

Distribution Release: UBports 16.04

Sunday 26th of August 2018 07:50:55 PM
The UBports project maintains a community-developed continuation of Canonical's Ubuntu Touch operating system for mobile devices. The UBports team has published a new major release, based on Ubuntu 16.04. The new release, UBports 16.04 (also known as UBports OTA-4), includes new power saving features, new keyboard layouts for....

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Elementary OS Juno Beta 2 Released

Elementary OS June beta 2 is now available to download. This second beta build of the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution touts a number of changes over the elementary OS june beta released back in July. Due to the shifting sands on which Juno is built the elementary team advise those planning on testing the release to do so by making a fresh install rather than doing an upgrade from beta 1 or (worse) an older version of elementary OS. Read more

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Linux - The beginning of the end

You should never swear at people under you - I use the word under in the hierarchical sense. Colleagues? Well, probably not, although you should never hold back on your opinion. Those above you in the food chain? It's fair game. You risk it to biscuit it. I say, Linus shouldn't have used the language he did in about 55-65% of the cases. In those 55-65% of the cases, he swore at people when he should have focused on swearing at the technical solution. The thing is, people can make bad products but that does not make them bad people. It is important to distinguish this. People often forget this. And yes, sometimes, there is genuine malice. My experience shows that malice usually comes with a smile and lots of sloganeering. The typical corporate setup is an excellent breeding ground for the aspiring ladder climber. Speaking of Linus, it is also vital to remember that the choice of language does not always define people, especially when there are cultural differences - it's their actions. In the remainder of the cases where "bad" language was used (if we judge it based on the approved corporate lingo vocab), the exchange was completely impersonal - or personal from the start on all sides - in which case, it's a different game. The problem is, it's the whole package. You don't selective get to pick a person's attributes. Genius comes with its flaws. If Linus was an extroverted stage speaker who liked to gushy-mushy chitchat and phrase work problems in empty statements full of "inspiring" and "quotable" one-liners, he probably wouldn't be the developer that he is, and we wouldn't have Linux. So was he wrong in some of those cases? Yes. Should he have apologized? Yes, privately, because it's a private matter. Definitely not the way it was done. Not a corporate-approved kangaroo court. The outcome of this story is disturbing. A public, humiliating apology is just as bad. It's part of the wider corporate show, where you say how sorry you are on screen (the actual remorse is irrelevant). Linus might actually be sorry, and he might actually be seeking to improve his communication style - empathy won't be part of that equation, I guarantee that. But this case - and a few similar ones - set a precedence. People will realize, if someone like Linus gets snubbed for voicing his opinion - and that's what it is after all, an opinion, regardless of the choice of words and expletives - how will they be judged if they do something similar. But not just judged. Placed in the (social) media spotlight and asked to dance to a tune of fake humility in order to satisfy the public thirst for theatrics. You are not expected to just feel remorse. You need to do a whole stage grovel. And once the seed of doubt creeps in, people start normalizing. It's a paradox that it's the liberal, democratic societies that are putting so much strain on the freedom of communication and speech. People forget the harsh lessons of the past and the bloody struggles their nations went through to ensure people could freely express themselves. Now, we're seeing a partial reversal. But it's happening. The basket of "not allowed" words is getting bigger by the day. This affects how people talk, how they frame their issues, how they express themselves. This directly affects their work. There is less and less distinction between professional disagreement and personal slight. In fact, people deliberately blur the lines so they can present their business ineptitude as some sort of Dreyfuss witchhunt against their glorious selves. As an ordinary person slaving in an office so you can pay your bills and raise your mediocre children, you may actually not want to say something that may be construed as "offensive" even though it could be a legitimate complaint, related to your actual work. This leads to self-censored, mind-numbing normalization. People just swallow their pride, suppress their problems, focus on the paycheck, and just play the life-draining corporate game. Or they have an early stroke. Read more Also: Google Keeps Pushing ChromeOS and Android Closer Together