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BSD Release: NetBSD 8.0

7 hours 43 min ago
The NetBSD team has announced a new version of their project's highly portable operating system. The new version, NetBSD 8.0, included support for USB 3, reproducible builds, in-kernel audio mixing and address layout randomization for improved security. "USB stack rework, USB3 support added. In-kernel audio mixer (audio_system(9)). Reproducible....

Distribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15

Thursday 19th of July 2018 12:43:28 PM
SUSE has announced the availability of a new version of the company's SUSE Linux Enterprise distribution. The latest release, which was originally announced on June 25 with the trial download becoming available on July 17, is version 15 and includes a focus on lowering the barrier for transitioning....

Development release: FreeNAS 11.2-BETA1

Wednesday 18th of July 2018 03:26:26 PM
The FreeNAS project has published a new development snapshot, giving users a chance to test new features in the FreeBSD-based network attached storage system. This development snapshot includes a new user interface style, the Jails framework has migrated from Warden to iocage, and the boot loader has been....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 772

Monday 16th of July 2018 12:16:53 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre 0.2.4News: UBports running desktop applications, Arch reacts to AUR malware, OpenBSD gaining ability to auto-join wireless networks, Debian publishes new install media, Tails makes it easier to work with encrypted volumesTips and tricks: Managing boot environments with zedenvReleased last week:....

Distribution Release: ArcoLinux 6.9.1

Sunday 15th of July 2018 01:16:49 AM
ArcoLinux (formerly known as ArchMerge), is an Arch-based project developing several ready-to-use distributions that feature a number of popular desktop environments. ArcoLinux 6.9.1 was pre-announced earlier this week, but the main Xfce edition was only made available yesterday. From the release announcement: "We decided to trim down our....

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.10

Wednesday 11th of July 2018 02:08:17 AM
Pat Riehecky has announced the availability of Scientific Linux 6.10, the final build of the Red Hat-based distribution's legacy branch, supported until November 2020: "Scientific Linux 6.10 i386/x86_64. According to the upstream lifecycle guide, 6.10 is expected to be the final release of EL6, with only important security....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 771

Monday 9th of July 2018 02:13:28 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Lite 4.0News: SUSE being acquired by EQT, upgrade instructions for Mint, Gentoo responds to mirror breach, Ubuntu 17.10 reaching end of lifeQuestions and answers: Checking for CPU bugs and configuring GRUBReleased last week: SolydXK 201807, Pinguy OS 18.04, CentOS 6.10Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.15.0

Friday 6th of July 2018 04:45:31 PM
Guix System Distribution (GuixSD) is a Linux-based, stateless operating system that is built around the GNU Guix package manager. The project's latest release, version 0.15.0, includes improvements to the Guix package manager and expands support for ARM-powered devices, though ARM ports will need to be built by the....

Distribution Release: AryaLinux 1.0

Thursday 5th of July 2018 03:35:25 AM
Chandrakant Singh has announced the release of AryaLinux 1.0, a source-based distribution built using the Linux From Scratch book, but with a Python-based package management utility, graphical installation tool and a customised GNOME 3.28 desktop: "We are proud to present AryaLinux 1.0 'Aranya'. This is the first release....

Development Release: elementary OS 5.0 Beta 1

Wednesday 4th of July 2018 03:22:06 AM
Daniel Foré has announced the availability of the initial public beta build of elementary OS 5.0, the upcoming major new update from the project that develops an Ubuntu-based distribution with a custom desktop environment (Pantheon) and a number of applications built in-house: "Developer preview 'Juno' beta 1 is....

Distribution Release: CentOS 6.10

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018 10:24:05 PM
CentOS is a Linux distribution based on the source code from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The project's latest version, CentOS 6.10, offers an update to the project's 6.x series and includes mostly bug fixes along with a few minor upgrades. "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability....

Development Release: NetBSD 8.0 RC2

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018 01:01:14 AM
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of the second (and probably final) release candidate for NetBSD 8.0, a highly portable operating system available for dozens of processor architectures. The new release candidate fixes a number of issues that existed in the previous snapshot and includes kernel security fixes....

Distribution Release: Pinguy OS 18.04

Monday 2nd of July 2018 10:54:14 PM
Pinguy OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution which offers a customized GNOME desktop environment intended to be easy to use for new Linux users. The project's latest release, Pinguy OS is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and includes GNOME 3.28. Support for 32-bit computer has been dropped from this....

Distribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 28-10234

Monday 2nd of July 2018 08:06:17 PM
Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a bootable live disc based on the Fedora distribution. The toolkit was designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications. The project has released NST 28-10234 which is based on Fedora 28. The new version includes Bluetooth improvements and....

Distribution Release: SolydXK 201807

Monday 2nd of July 2018 05:02:29 PM
SolydXK is a Debian-based desktop distribution which is available in KDE Plasma and Xfce editions. The project's latest release, SolydXK 201807, features a number of security enhancements, including the activation of AppArmor in the default configuration. The distribution's release announcement reads: "The new 201807 ISO images have been....

Development Release: Bodhi Linux 5.0.0 RC

Monday 2nd of July 2018 04:00:12 AM
Jeff Hoogland has announced the availability of the release candidate for Bodhi Linux 5.0.0, an upcoming major new version of the Ubuntu-based distribution that features the Enlightenment-based Moksha desktop environment: "Today I am very pleased to share the hard work of the Bodhi team with our latest 5.0.0....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 770

Monday 2nd of July 2018 12:09:11 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Mint 19News: SUSE's reproducible packages, Solus polishes the desktop experience, new Fedora changes, the new MintBox Mini 2 computerQuestions and answers: Rise of Manjaro and the future of PCLinuxOSReleased last week: Linux Mint 19, KaOS 2018.06, Tails 3.8Torrent corner: Alpine, AV....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1806

Sunday 1st of July 2018 07:17:38 PM
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution designed to be easy to set up for desktop use. It ships with the LXQt desktop environment and provides a repository of pre-built binary packages. The project's latest snapshot, Redcore Linux 1806, includes many package upgrades from Gentoo along with improvements with....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 19

Friday 29th of June 2018 02:45:43 PM
The Linux Mint team has released a new version of the project's Ubuntu-based editions. The new version, Linux Mint 19, is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and receives five years of security updates. New changes in version 19 include the Timeshift operating system snapshot tool, the update manager....

Distribution Release: Raspbian 2018-06-27

Friday 29th of June 2018 12:24:04 PM
Simon Long has announced the availability of a new build of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution for the Raspberry Pi single-board computers. The 2018-06-27 version brings a brand-new setup wizard, a Recommended Software utility and a much improved PDF viewer called qpdfView: "It's time to release another update to....

More in Tux Machines

Wine and Games for GNU/Linux

  • Wine 3.13 is out as well as DXVK 0.63 for D3D11 with Vulkan
    First of all the latest Wine development release is out with Wine 3.13 and on top of that DXVK for Vulkan-based D3D11 in Wine also release version 0.63.
  • Feral's GameMode 1.2 Released For Optimizing Linux Gaming
    For what just started out as a tool to ensure you are using the "performance" frequency scaling governor when running Linux games, Feral's open-source GameMode system tool has slowly been picking up some extra functionality. Out this weekend is Feral GameMode 1.2 as the newest release. GameMode 1.2 adds configuration options about the default and desired governors, now supports soft real-time scheduling on kernels with SCHED_ISO support and will then use renice to boost games to a higher priority, the GameMode service is now D-Bus activated than needing to be explicitly enabled by systemd, and the GameMode libraries are now properly versioned.
  • Stardew Valley multiplayer just got a PC release date
    Since the moment Stardew Valley launched back in 2016, multiplayer has been one of the most anticipated additions to the games. After a period of beta testing, it’s nearly ready to roll out on PC, Mac, and Linux. While it probably isn’t going to look a lot different from the beta that’s currently available, this is exciting news for more reasons than one.
  • Multiplayer is coming to ‘Stardew Valley’ on PC, Mac and Linux
    According to a tweet from Eric Barone (@ConcernedApe), the sole developer behind Stardew Valley, the feature is coming to the lighthearted farming game on August 1st. Along with the release date, the game’s developer also released a new trailer for the feature (see it above).
  • 'Stardew Valley' multiplayer arrives on PC, Mac and Linux August 1st

Android Leftovers

Jonathan Dieter: Small file performance on distributed filesystems - Round 2

Last year, I ran some benchmarks on the GlusterFS, CephFS and LizardFS distributed filesystems, with some interesting results. I had a request to redo the test after a LizardFS RC was released with a FUSE3 client, since it is supposed to give better small file performance. I did have a request last time to include RozoFS, but, after a brief glance at the documentation, it looks like it requires a minimum of four servers, and I only had three available. I also looked at OrangeFS (originally PVFS2), but it doesn’t seem to provide replication, and, in preliminary testing, it was over ten times slower than the alternatives. NFS was tested and its results are included as a baseline. I once again used compilebench, which was designed to emulate real-life disk usage by creating a kernel tree, reading all the files in the tree, simulating a compile of the tree, running make clean, and finally deleting the tree. The test was much the same as last time, but with one important difference. Last time, the clients were running on the same machines that were running the servers. LizardFS benefited hugely from this as it has a “prefer local chunkserver” feature that will skip the network completely if there’s a copy on the local server. This time around, the clients were run on completely separate machines from the servers, which removed that advantage for LizardFS, but which I believe is a better reflection on how distributed filesystems are generally used. I would like to quickly note that there was very little speed difference between LizardFS’s FUSE2 and FUSE3 clients. The numbers included are from the FUSE3 client, but they only differed by a few percentage points from the FUSE2 client. Read more

GNOME 3.30 Desktop Environment to Enter Beta on August 1, GNOME 3.29.4 Is Out

With a two-day delay, the GNOME Project through Javier Jardón announced today the release of the fourth and last development snapshot of the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment before it enters beta testing next month, GNOME 3.29.4, which continues to add improvements to various of GNOME's core components and applications. However, due to the summer vacation and the GUADEC conference, GNOME 3.29.4 isn't a major snapshot as many would have expected. It only adds some minor changes and bug fixes to a handful of components, including GNOME Shell, Mutter, Evolution, GNOME Photos, GNOME Builder, GNOME Online Accounts, Polari, Bijiben, Evince, Epiphany, Baobab, GNOME Control Center, and File Roller. Read more Also: GNOME 3.29.4 Released As Another Step Towards GNOME 3.30