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Distribution Release: Neptune 6.5

6 hours 48 min ago
Neptune is a Linux distribution for desktops. It is based on Debian's Stable branch, except for a newer kernel, some drivers and newer versions of popular applications. The project has published an update to its current version, Neptune 6. The new 6.5 release offers security updates, a newer....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.12

Tuesday 7th of July 2020 02:26:08 PM
SparkyLinux, a Debian-based distribution with multiple desktop editions, has published a new release based on Debian's Stable branch. The new version, SparkyLinux 5.12, updates the kernel and several desktop packages. The Otter web browser has been removed in favour of Epiphany. "Changes between 5.11 and 5.12: System upgraded....

Distribution Release: NomadBSD 1.3.2

Monday 6th of July 2020 07:14:39 PM
NomadBSD is a 64-bit live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD. The project's latest release updates the operating system to be up to date with FreeBSD 12.1 and fixes the filesystem layout to allow tools like bectl to snapshot the boot environment. " We are pleased....

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.6.7-28

Monday 6th of July 2020 03:39:43 PM
Clonezilla Live is a Debian-based live CD containing Clonezilla, a partition and disk cloning software. The project's latest release, Clonezilla Live 2.6.7-28, introduces a number of new package updates. The exfat-fuse modules has been removed since support for exFAT is now available in the kernel. "The underlying GNU/Linux....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 873

Monday 6th of July 2020 12:08:44 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Mint 20News: Project Trident updates its installer, Haiku improves filesystem support, Ubuntu 19.10 nears its end of lifeTips and tricks: Rescuing encrypted home directory dataReleased last week: openSUSE 15.2, Tails 4.8, Zenwalk Linux 15.0-200701Torrent corner: Arch Linux, CoudReady, GParted Live, IPFire,....

Distribution Release: SolydXK 10.4

Sunday 5th of July 2020 04:16:29 PM
SolydXK is a Debian-based distribution that offers two main editions: KDE and Xfce. The project's latest release is SolydXK 10.4 which is based on Debian 10.4 "Buster" and offers improved privacy settings for the web browser. The release announcement reports: "SolydXK 10 point release 10.4. The SolydXK team....

Distribution Release: GParted Live 1.1.0-3

Friday 3rd of July 2020 04:16:47 AM
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 1.1.0-3, an updated build of the project's specialist live CD/USB image that ships with an assortment of disk management and data rescue utilities, all compiled from software present in Debian's "unstable" branch: "The GParted team is pleased to announce....

Distribution Release: Zenwalk 15.0-200703a

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 03:43:58 PM
Zenwalk Linux is a Slackware Linux-based, desktop-origented distribution. The project's latest release provides users with the Xfce 4.14 desktop and Flatpak support. PAM support, imported from Slackware's development branch, is available available. "Once a year, Zenwalk Current is considered stable enough for a "milestone" release, here's Zenwalk 15....

Distribution Release: openSUSE 15.2

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 12:54:03 PM
The openSUSE team have announced the release of openSUSE 15.2. Th new release updates desktop packages, improves detection of other operating systems at install time, and includes a number of new container and machine learning tools. "Several exciting Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning packages are added in....

Development Release: Mageia 8 Alpha 1

Thursday 2nd of July 2020 12:24:11 AM
The Mageia project has announced the availability of a new development release, Mageia 8 alpha 1. The new snapshot introduces a new version of the Linux kernel along with cutting-edge versions of desktop environments. New filesystem support has been added to the kernel and default packages no longer....

Distribution Release: Tails 4.8

Tuesday 30th of June 2020 09:10:09 PM
Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest release, Tails 4.8, focuses on security updates. "Tails 4.8 is out. This release fixes many security vulnerabilities. You should upgrade as soon as....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 872

Monday 29th of June 2020 12:17:30 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: GoboLinux 017News: OpenBSD adopts WireGuard, UBports coming to more devices, Fedora plans to set default text editor, KISS gets new package managerQuestions and answers: Controlling access to the kernel and understanding software development licensesReleased last week: Linux Mint 20, Grml 2020.06Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 20

Saturday 27th of June 2020 02:47:10 PM
The Linux Mint team have announced the release of Linux Mint 20. The new version is based on Ubuntu 20.04 and provides five years of support. The new release is available in three flavours: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. Linux Mint 20 offers support for different scaling on HiDPI....

Distribution Release: Grml 2020.06

Wednesday 24th of June 2020 10:50:24 PM
Michael Prokop has announced the release of Grml 2020.06, a new version of the project's Linux distribution designed for system administrators, based on Debian's "testing" branch: "Grml - new stable release 2020.06 available. This Grml release provides fresh software packages from Debian testing ('bullseye'). As usual it also....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 871

Monday 22nd of June 2020 12:13:24 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Devuan GNU+Linux 3.0.0News: Fedora to make upgrades more secure, DragonFly BSD automates HAMMER2 snapshots, openSUSE warns of wireless issues in kernel updateQuestions and answers: BSD versus Linux distribution developmentReleased last week: CentOS 8.2.2004, FreeBSD 11.4, Emmabuntus DE3-1.02Torrent corner: Absolute, Calculate, CentOS, Emmabuntus,....

Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 20.6

Sunday 21st of June 2020 10:32:01 AM
Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 20.6, a new version of the project's Gentoo-based, rolling-release distribution set available in KDE Plasma, Cinnamon, LXQt, MATE and Xfce editions: "To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Calculate Ltd, we are pleased to unveil the new Calculate Linux 20.6....

Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.2

Sunday 21st of June 2020 03:09:15 AM
Oracle Linux, an enterprise-class server distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has been updated to version 8.2. The announcement was actually made on 6th May, but the product's installation ISO image only appeared on public download servers yesterday. This release is the first....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 11.02

Friday 19th of June 2020 01:48:30 AM
John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 11.02, an upgraded build of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution which integrates VirtualBox to run various guest operating systems within the main host. Despite the bump in the version number, the new release of Robolinux is still based on Ubuntu 18.04;....

Distribution Release: Rescuezilla 1.0.6

Thursday 18th of June 2020 02:13:31 AM
Shasheen Ediriweera has announced the release of Rescuezilla 1.0.6, developed by a project which has given a new life to the abandoned "Redo Backup & Restore" distribution. The 64-bit edition of Rescuezilla 1.0.6 is based on Ubuntu 20.04, while the 32-bit variant is still derived from Ubuntu 18.04;....

BSD Release: FreeBSD 11.4

Tuesday 16th of June 2020 11:03:16 PM
Glen Barber has announced the release of FreeBSD 11.4, the latest (and final) stable update in the product's legacy branch. It will continue receiving security support until September 2021. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 11.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth and....

More in Tux Machines

Linux, Twitter look remove ‘blacklist/whitelist’ from code

Coding terms like ‘master’, ‘slave’, ‘blacklist’, and ‘whitelist’ could soon be a thing of the past as the likes of Linux, Twitter, Git, and IBM’s Red Hat begin purging non-inclusive phrases from their code. Twitter Engineering announced last week that it wanted to “move away from” certain phrases that the social media company said was not reflective of its values. “There is no switch we can flip to make these changes everywhere, at once,” the company said. “We will continue to iterate on this work and want to put in place processes and systems that will allow us to apply these changes at scale.” Along with terms like ‘blacklist’ and ‘whitelist’, Twitter said it wants to move away from gendered pronouns and even ‘dummy value’. Read more

GNOME 3.36.4 released

Hello, GNOME 3.36.4 is now available. This is a stable bugfix release for 3.36. All distributions shipping GNOME 3.36 are advised to upgrade.The GNOME 3.36 flatpak runtimes have been updated as well. If you want to compile GNOME 3.36.3, you can use the official BuildStream project snapshot: https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.36.4/gnome-3.36.4.tar.xz The list of updated modules and changes is available here https://download.gnome.org/core/3.36/3.36.4/NEWS The source packages are available here https://download.gnome.org/core/3.36/3.36.4/sources/ Regards, Abderrahim Kitouni GNOME Release Team Read more Also: GNOME 3.36.4 Released With Faster Mutter Fix Back-Ported

Python Programming

  • Python import: Advanced Techniques and Tips

    In Python, you use the import keyword to make code in one module available in another. Imports in Python are important for structuring your code effectively. Using imports properly will make you more productive, allowing you to reuse code while keeping your projects maintainable. This tutorial will provide a thorough overview of Python’s import statement and how it works. The import system is powerful, and you’ll learn how to harness this power. While you’ll cover many of the concepts behind Python’s import system, this tutorial is mostly example driven. You’ll learn from several code examples throughout.

  • Python 101 – Learning about Dictionaries (Video)
  • Writing docs is not just writing docs

    I joined the Spyder team almost two years ago, and I never thought I was going to end up working on docs. Six months ago I started a project with CAM Gerlach and Carlos Cordoba to improve Spyder’s documentation. At first, I didn’t actually understand how important docs are for software, especially for open source projects. However, during all this time I’ve learned how documentation has a huge impact on the open-source community and I’ve been thankful to have been able to do this. But, from the beginning, I asked myself “why am I the ‘right person’ for this?” Improving Spyder’s documentation started as part of a NumFOCUS Small Development Grant awarded at the end of last year. The goal of the project was not only to update the documentation for Spyder 4, but also to make it more user-friendly, so users can understand Spyder’s key concepts and get started with it more easily.

  • A Hundred Days of Code, Day 000 - Begin Again

    This probably is the fourth (or is it fifth) time, I’ll be attempting to learn how to program. And probably the same number of attempts at #100DaysOfCode.

  • A Hundred Days of Code, Day 001 - Beginning With Classes

    Notes I’ve taken from the videos I watched, today. This is my attempt at Feynman-ing (below), what I learnt so far. Classes and Object Oriented Programming started to come together for me, when I saw Kushal using them. To use my father’s carpentry analogy, I could in theory just hammer nails into wood to join them. But to make a really strong joint, I could use other methods. I could screw pieces of wood together, which is markedly better than just nailing them. I could chisel wood and create a dovetail or mortise joint.

  • Object Oriented Programming in Python: Complete Tutorial

    Python is a powerful programming language used for web application development. It is also a widely popular programming language used for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. With Python, complex programming problem-solving becomes simpler. There are several approaches to problem-solving in Python. OOP is one of those approaches. In this article, I will introduce you to some fundamental OOP principles in Python development.

  • PSF GSoC students blogs: Weekly Check-In #6
  • PSF GSoC students blogs: Week 3 Blog Post

Games: Black Ice, BOMBFEST, Albion Online

  • Black Ice: Early Access Impressions

    Enter a futuristic, TRON-like environment, where your goal is to try and save your friend’s daughter from…something. From getting hacked, perhaps? Who knows. Per the press sheet, Black Ice is inspired by cyberpunk novels from the 80s and 90s, including Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and Neuromancer by William Gibson. It’s a game developed by Garrett Cooper and Eric Ford. Their company name is Super Duper Game Company and is based in Austin, Texas.

  • Like sumo wrestling with explosions, BOMBFEST is pretty amusing

    BOMBFEST, an explosive party game that released last year seems to have been missed by most and it's seen very few user reviews which is a shame due to how fun it actually is. Note: key provided by the developer. The developer says it's like 'sumo wrestling with explosives' and that's hilariously accurate. Four players run around a small map, while throwing around blocks and bombs to attempt to knock the other players off. Simple, highly accessible as it only needs a few buttons and it's also hilarious. A sweet style too, with everything made to look like children's toys as you battle across wooden forts, on folding chairs, and inside the kitchen sink.

  • Albion Online's upcoming Corrupted Dungeons sound fun

    With the next massive update 'Rise of Avalon' coming to Albion Online in August, Sandbox Int have started giving out more in-depth details about the new features coming to this MMO. Some big new features are arriving and one of these are the Corrupted Dungeons, finally giving solo players something truly interesting to play with as Albion has somewhat lacked dedicated content aimed at solo players. I'm genuinely excited about them too! As you explore the world, you will come across entrances that appear like regular dungeons but they look 'a good deal more sinister' with plenty of demons and corrupted creatures inside.