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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 571

Monday 11th of August 2014 09:00:12 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: HandyLinux 1.6 - a handy distribution to have News: Ubuntu seeks documentation writers, FreeBSD releases updated package manager, Mint's Debian edition to be based on Debian "Stable", Debian re-opens default desktop discussion, EFF recommends new password manager Questions and answers: Running out....

Distribution Release: DEFT Linux 8.2

Sunday 10th of August 2014 05:45:41 PM
Stefano Fratepietro has announced the release of DEFT Linux 8.2, an updated build of the project's Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a collection of open-source utilities for digital forensics and penetration testing: "Hello, it's hot here in Italy as well as in other countries, and a lot of people are....

Distribution Release: Slackel 1.0 "Fluxbox Live"

Saturday 9th of August 2014 08:41:26 PM
Dimitris Tzemos has announced the release of Slackel 1.0 "Fluxbox Live" edition, a Slackware-based live CD featuring the lightweight Fluxbox window manager: "Slackel 1.0 Live Fluxbox includes the latest 3.14.13 kernel and the latest updates from Slackware's 'Current' tree. Slackel is based on Slackware Linux and Salix. The....

Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4

Saturday 9th of August 2014 07:41:34 AM
Chih-Wei Huang has announced the release of Android-x86 4.4, an unofficial port of Google's Android mobile operating system to Intel and AMD x86 processors: "Android-x86.org is glad to announce the 4.4-r1 release to public. This is the first stable release Android-x86 4.4 (KitKat-x86). The 4.4-r1 release is based....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 12.04.5

Friday 8th of August 2014 08:12:51 AM
Stéphane Graber has announced the release of Ubuntu 12.04.5, a new set of live and installation images that include all recent security and bug-fix updates for the project's older LTS (long-term support) release, supported until April 2017. From the release announcement: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce....

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 7.4.0

Thursday 7th of August 2014 09:13:53 AM
Klaus Knopper has released version 7.4.0 of KNOPPIX, a Debian-based live CD/DVD with a choice of LXDE (default), GNOME 3.12 and KDE 4.13.3 desktops: "Version 7.4.0 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks from Debian 'Stable' and newer desktop packages from Debian 'Testing' and 'Unstable'. It uses....

Development Release: GhostBSD 4.0-RC1

Thursday 7th of August 2014 07:13:16 AM
Eric Turgeon has announced that the first release candidate for the upcoming GhostBSD 4.0, a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop, is now ready for testing: "The GhostBSD team is pleased to announce the availability the fist RC build of the 4.0-RELEASE release cycle which is available on....

Development Release: Qubes OS 2 RC2

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 10:11:35 PM
Joanna Rutkowska has announced the availability of the second release candidate for Qubes OS 2, a Fedora-based desktop Linux distribution with integrated Xen virtualisation designed for improved security: "Today we release the second release candidate for Qubes OS R2. There are currently no more open tickets for the....

Distribution Release: Porteus 3.0.1

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 09:17:46 PM
Jay Flood has announced the release of Porteus 3.0.1, a set of lightweight Slackware-based distributions and live CDs in five editions (with KDE, LXDE, MATE, Razor-qt or Xfce): "The Porteus community is elated to announce the release of Porteus Desktop edition 3.0.1, as well as Porteus Kiosk edition....

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