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Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 6.9

2 hours 41 min ago
Oracle has announced the release of an update to the company's Oracle Linux 6 distribution. The new version, Oracle Linux 6 Update 9, includes multiple updated kernels, including two new "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" packages and a "Red Hat Compatible Kernel" package. The new update to the 6.x series....

BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.0

Monday 27th of March 2017 08:32:53 PM
The DragonFly BSD operating system is a former fork of FreeBSD which is now independently developed. DragonFly BSD is well known for its performance and advanced HAMMER file system. The project's latest release, DragonFly BSD 4.8.0, supports booting on UEFI-enabled computers, improves kernel performance and includes updated Intel....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 705

Monday 27th of March 2017 12:22:16 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Minimal Linux LiveNews: New KaOS features, Uplos32 forked from PCLinuxOS, openSUSE 42.1 approaches its end of lifeQuestions and answers: Sharing control of the operating systemReleased last week: Emmabuntus 8-1.02, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9, ExTiX 17.2Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Clonezilla, Emmabuntus, ExTiX, ....

Development Release: Proxmox 5.0 Beta 1 "Virtual Environment"

Saturday 25th of March 2017 03:07:22 PM
Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE) is a Debian-based commercial distribution for running containers and virtual appliances. The Proxmox company has announced the release of a new development snapshot for the distribution, Proxmox 5.0 Beta 1 "Virtual Environment", which is based on Debian 9 "Stretch". "We are proud to announce....

Distribution Release: Plamo Linux 6.2

Saturday 25th of March 2017 01:06:37 AM
Plamo Linux, which was launched back in 1997 as a Japanese language extension for Slackware Linux, is one of the world's oldest surviving distributions of Linux. Its development continues two decades later with the release of version 6.2. Originally tagged at the Open Source Conference (OSC) Tokyo Spring....

Development Release: NuTyX 9.0 RC1

Friday 24th of March 2017 12:11:15 PM
Thierry Nuttens has announced the launch of a new release candidate for the NuTyX distribution, version 9.0. NuTyX is a Linux distribution built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch which features a custom package manager called "cards". The new development snapshot features support for booting....

Development Release: deepin 15.4 RC

Friday 24th of March 2017 04:00:01 AM
Nearly a month after the last development build, the deepin team has announced the availability of the release candidate for the upcoming deepin 15.4, a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution featuring Deepin Desktop Environment as well as a range of custom applications and usability improvements: "After the public test....

Development Release: Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 11:03:33 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the availability of a new development release for Ubuntu and the project's many community flavours. The snapshot, Ubuntu 17.04 beta 2, features up-to-date software packages and it also introduces installation media for the latest community member, Ubuntu Budgie. "The Ubuntu team is pleased....

Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.9.0

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 04:43:17 PM
Rockstor is a CentOS-based Linux distribution designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS) and private cloud storage solutions. The Rockstor team have announced the release of a new version of their distribution, Rockstor 3.9.0. The new release mostly focuses on bug fixes and improving existing features. "We've just wrapped....

Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 11:30:23 PM
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9, the latest version of the distribution's legacy branch which was originally launched in November 2010 and which will be supported with security updates until late 2020: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 delivers new hardware support....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 17.2

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 12:30:07 AM
ExTiX is a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu which features alternative desktop environments. The project's latest release, ExTiX 17.2 features the lightweight LXQt 0.10.0 desktop environment and provides version 4.10 of the Linux kernel. "News about ExTiX 17.2 build 170320 with the LXQt desktop environment: 1. ExTiX....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus 8-1.02

Monday 20th of March 2017 09:33:11 PM
The Emmabuntus project has announced the release of a stable version of the distribution's Debian Edition. The new release is based on Debian 8.7 and features the Xfce desktop environment. The new Debian Edition of Emmabuntus uses the Lilo search engine by default and includes support for running....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 704

Monday 20th of March 2017 12:09:34 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: ToaruOS 1.0.4News: Mint publishes updated install media, Debian packages Android SDK and starts Project Leader election, Ubuntu 12.04 reaches its end of life, fixing an expired MX Linux signatureMyths and misunderstandings: Linux Mint's security recordReleased last week: Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0, Chakra GNU/Linux....

BSD Release: FreeNAS Corral

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:20:38 PM
The developers of FreeNAS, a FreeBSD-based operating system for network attached storage devices, have announced the release of FreeNAS Corral. The new release (which previously carried the version label 10 during the development phase) provides users with a friendly web-based interface for managing storage, includes ZFS support out....

BSD Release: NetBSD 7.1

Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:34:15 PM
The NetBSD project develops a lightweight operating system which runs on a wide range of hardware architectures. The project's latest release, NetBSD 7.1, features support for running on the minimal Raspberry Pi Zero computer and includes initial KMS support for NVIDIA video cards with the nouveau open source....

Distribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.03

Tuesday 14th of March 2017 10:39:48 PM
The Chakra GNU/Linux project, a semi-rolling desktop distribution, has received an update. The developers have announced a new version, Chakra 2017.03, which carries the code name "Goedel". The new snapshot features the Calamares 3.0.1.91 system installer which includes support for installing the distribution on Btrfs and LUKS encrypted....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0

Monday 13th of March 2017 04:56:31 PM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the availability of a new version of Porteus Kiosk, a lightweight Gentoo-based Linux operating system which has been downscaled and confined to allow the use of one application only - a web browser. The new release, Porteus Kiosk 4.3.0, features Firefox 45 ESR, Google....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 703

Monday 13th of March 2017 12:17:24 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: SolydXK 201701 - Satisfactory and solidNews: Solus announces new features, KDE Connect sends SMS messages, openSUSE's YaST gets Let's Encrypt moduleDistribution review: CloudReady - focused on the webReleased last week: siduction 17.1.0, Manjaro Linux 17.0, ROSA R8.1Torrent corner: Antergos, Kwort, Manjaro Linux,....

Development Release: Elive 2.8.6 (Beta)

Friday 10th of March 2017 11:50:00 PM
The Elive developers have announced the availability of a new beta snapshot of their Debian-based desktop distribution. The new development release, Elive 2.8.6, offers several performance improvements, an updated application menu and easier access to removable media. "This release includes a good amount of performance optimizations, raising the....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.5

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 10:15:30 PM
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.5, the latest update of the Debian-based distribution providing an array of specialist tools for penetration testing and computer forensics: "I am proud to announce the official release of the new Parrot 3.5 ISO files. This update took....

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