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Development Release: Q4OS 3.7 Testing

Friday 14th of June 2019 02:45:54 PM
Q4OS is a Debian-based distribution which runs either the Trinity or KDE Plasma desktop environments. The project has published a new development snapshot, Q4OS 3.7 which is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit builds. "We are entering the final phase of the Q4OS 3 Centaurus development, so it's....

Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 1

Thursday 13th of June 2019 10:59:20 AM
The first beta build of antiX 19, a fast, lightweight and systemd-free distribution based on Debian "Buster", is now ready for testing. This new version of antiX features the very latest IceWM window manager, version 1.5.5: "Our first beta build of the upcoming antiX 19 release, based on....

Distribution Release: CRUX 3.5

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 10:18:05 AM
Matt Housh has announced the release of CRUX 3.5, a new stable version of the project's lightweight, x86-64 optimised Linux distribution featuring a simple tar.gz-based package system, BSD-style init scripts, and a small collection of trimmed packages: "The CRUX team is happy to announce the release of CRUX....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.6.0

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 05:36:50 AM
Will Thompson has announced the release of Endless OS 3.6.0, an updated build of the project's Debian-based distribution featuring a streamlined and simplified desktop environment forked from GNOME. This release upgrades the underlying operating system to the upcoming Debian 10 "Buster", with a 5.0 Linux kernel and GNOME....

Distribution Release: Untangle NG Firewall 14.2

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 02:32:39 AM
Untangle Inc. has announced the release of Untangle NG Firewall 14.2, the latest update of the company's Debian-based firewall and network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications. It is designed primarily for small to medium-sized businesses. From the release announcement: "Untangle NG Firewall 14.2 includes significant enhancements....

Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 6

Tuesday 11th of June 2019 09:58:43 PM
BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. It is designed to be fast and easy to use and features the Xfce desktop environment. The project's latest release is BackBox Linux 6 which features an updated kernel, UEFI support, and offers several....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 818

Monday 10th of June 2019 12:13:53 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: openSUSE Leap 15.1News: openSUSE 42 approaches end of life, FreeBSD's status report, DragonFly BSD reduces media sizeQuestions and answers: Improving boot timesReleased last week: NetBSD 8.1, Zorin OS 15, Enso OS 0.3.1Torrent corner: ArchBang, ArcoLinux, AUSTRUMI, Clonezilla, Condres, Enso, HardenedBSD, IPFire, NetBSD,....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.3-BETA3

Saturday 8th of June 2019 01:26:26 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third, and final, beta build of FreeBSD 11.3: "The third BETA build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA2 includes: support for the IPV6_NEXTHOP option has been restored; warnings for IPsec algorithms deprecated....

Distribution Release: Enso OS 0.3.1

Thursday 6th of June 2019 03:19:27 PM
Enso OS is a Linux distribution based on Xubuntu. Enso features the Xfce desktop with Gala, imported from elementary OS, as the default window manager. The project's latest release, Enso OS 0.3.1, is based on packages from Ubuntu 18.04 and features improvements to the software manager. "Built on....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 15

Wednesday 5th of June 2019 08:42:45 PM
The Zorin team have announced a new version of Zorin OS, an Ubuntu-based distribution with a Windows-theme desktop environment. The project's new version, Zorin OS 15, ships with Zorin Connect (based on KDE Connect) for sharing information between devices, improved performance, and scheduled theme changes: "We've designed the....

BSD Release: NetBSD 8.1

Wednesday 5th of June 2019 05:50:22 PM
NetBSD is a free, secure, and highly portable UNIX-like open source operating system available for many CPU platforms. The project's latest release is NetBSD 8.1 which provides minor improvements and enhancements over NetBSD 8.0. The project's release announcement reports: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.1,....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Beta

Wednesday 5th of June 2019 03:10:42 PM
Red Hat has published a development snapshot of the company's updated Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x series. The new beta, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.7 Beta, includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements, along with fixes for the MDS/ZombieLoad vulnerabilities. "RHEL 7.7 Beta includes a....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 817

Monday 3rd of June 2019 12:19:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Manjaro Linux 18.0.4 News: Ubuntu presents Security Podcast, Dell and System76 unveil powerful Linux laptops, Condres OS introduces new control centre, SparkyLinux adds QtFM file manager Hardware review: Entroware Apollo Released last week: MX Linux 18.3, GParted Live 1.0.0-1, 4MLinux 29.0 Upcoming....

Distribution Release: 4MLinux 29.0

Sunday 2nd of June 2019 10:15:23 PM
Zbigniew Konojacki has announced the release of 4MLinux 29.0, a new stable version of the project's independently-developed distribution for desktops (32-bit with JWM) and servers (64-bit with a complete LAMP stack). The new version comes with updated Linux kernel version 4.19.41, updated desktop and server packages (LibreOffice 6.2.4,....

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....

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Programming: Rust and Python Miscellany

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  • Python 3.8 support in PyCharm

    The release of Python 3.8 brought new features to the Python coding realm. The language is evolving according to its community’s needs by addressing cases where new syntax or logic become necessary. From new ways of assigning expressions to restriction of usage of function declarations, calls, and variable assignations, this latest release presents new options to code. Of course, PyCharm couldn’t get behind, so we now support some of the major features coming with this new version. This article will walk you through the features currently supported by our latest PyCharm release. To try them out, get the latest version of PyCharm and download the current beta release of Python 3.8 from here. From there you will just need to switch to Python 3.8 as your interpreter in PyCharm (if you’re not sure how to switch the interpreter, jump into our documentation for help).

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Mozilla: WebAssembly Interface Type, Bryce and Brady, FPR16

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  • FPR16 delays

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Games: Loria, Dota Underlords and Steam in China

  • Classic inspired RTS Loria is now available DRM-free on GOG

    If you're like me and you enjoy a good real-time strategy game, Loria is actually pretty good. It added Linux support on Steam earlier this year and now it's also available on GOG. While it's inspired by titles like Warcraft II, it's not just a retro RTS. There's a few RPG-like elements including hero units, item collection, quests and more.

  • The Underlords are actually coming to Dota Underlords, plus a new Duos mode

    Valve continue to push out changes rapidly to their auto-battler Dota Underlords, with some of their upcoming plans now being detailed in a fresh update. One big new feature planned to be available in a few weeks is a new Duos game mode. Valve say it's a new way to play cooperatively with a friend. You party up and battle against other teams and it will support both Casual and Ranked play. The actual Underlords are going to be making an appearance soon too. This feature Valve said they're "excited" about, as they're a "core part of the game". They haven't said how they will work but they will "add a layer of fun and strategy to every match" so I'm very curious to see what happens.

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