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Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.2

Thursday 21st of September 2017 01:49:22 AM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's latest version, Kali Linux 2017.2, introduces a number of new security and penetration tools, as well as package updates from Debian's Testing branch. "In addition to all of the standard security and....

Distribution Release: Endian Firewall 3.2.4

Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:54:05 PM
Endian has announced the release of Endian Firewall 3.2.4, an updated build in the 3.2 series of the project's CentOS-based Linux distribution for firewall and routers: "The Endian team is proud to announce an updated image for the 3.2 release. Check out the new release today by downloading....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 730

Monday 18th of September 2017 12:13:13 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Mageia 6News: Manjaro coming pre-installed on laptops, KDE's Plasma on Purism's phone, HAMMER2 coming to DragonFly BSD's installerQuestions and answers: Benefits and drawbacks of using completely free operating systemsReleased last week: CentOS 7-1708, Parrot Security OS 3.8, Univention Corporate Server 4.2-2Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: ArchLabs 2017.09

Sunday 17th of September 2017 10:20:36 PM
ArchLabs is an Arch-based Linux distribution featuring the Openbox window manager. The project's latest snapshot, ArchLabs 2017.09, introduces several new changes, including a welcome script which runs when the user first logs in: "Mínimo has under-gone some fine tuning, mainly with the addition of a brilliant Hello/Welcome script....

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC1

Sunday 17th of September 2017 12:46:16 AM
Marius Strobl has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 10.4, an upcoming new stable release in the project's legacy 10.x branch: "The first RC build of the 10.4-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Noteworthy changes since 10.4-BETA4: an upstream fix for zlib compression has....

Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1708

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 09:44:54 PM
CentOS is a distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The CentOS project has announced the availability of a new update to the distribution, releasing CentOS 7-1708 which is derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4. The list of changes in this update to....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.8

Wednesday 13th of September 2017 12:14:34 AM
Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing and computer forensics. The project's latest release, 3.8, is based on Debian's Testing branch ("Buster") and includes support for working with ZFS storage volumes. "I am proud to announce the official....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.2-2

Monday 11th of September 2017 01:44:25 PM
Nico Gulden has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2-2, a new build of the Debian-based server distribution featuring a web-based management system for central administration of servers. "We are pleased to announce the availability of UCS 4.2-2 for download, the second point release of Univention....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 729

Monday 11th of September 2017 12:58:24 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Parabola GNU/Linux-libreNews: Tails publishes updated roadmap, DragonFly BSD previews new ports system, new features coming to MINIXTips and tricks: Running Plex Media Server on a Raspberry PiReleased last week: Tiny Core Linux 8.1, Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0, Zorin OS 12.2Torrent corner: Antergos, Bluestar,....

Development Release: Rocks Cluster Distribution 7.0 Beta

Sunday 10th of September 2017 02:06:57 AM
Philip Papadopoulos has announced the availability of the initial beta build of Rocks Cluster Distribution 7.0, the project's specialist CentOS-based operating system for deployments as computer clusters. This is the distribution's first release based on CentOS 7.x: "It has taken a while, but Rocks 7 is ready for....

Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.4

Saturday 9th of September 2017 04:00:54 AM
Scott Lynn has announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 4, an updated build of the company's enterprise-class Linux distribution built from the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 but featuring its own "unbreakable" kernel. This version was announced last month, but it was only....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12.2

Friday 8th of September 2017 05:33:49 PM
Zorin OS is a desktop Linux distribution which is designed to be user friendly and features a desktop environment familiar to people who are coming from the Microsoft Windows platform. Zorin OS features a Windows-like theme and the WINE compatibility software that allows users to run many Windows....

Distribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP3

Thursday 7th of September 2017 10:13:08 PM
SUSE has announced the release of a new service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise. The new update, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 3, runs on x86, ARM, PowerPC and z Systems architectures. The release announcement states the new update includes a number of improvements to virtualization and....

Distribution Release: Untangle NG Firewall 13.1.0

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 05:06:22 PM
Untangle NG Firewall is a Debian-based distribution for network gateways with pluggable modules for blocking spam, filtering websites, and providing firewall and VPN services. Untangle inc has unveiled a new version of the lightweight distribution, Untangle NG Firewall 13.1.0. "The v13.1 release features a new app, Tunnel VPN,....

Distribution Release: Parted Magic 2017_09_05

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 06:05:28 PM
Parted Magic is a live CD/USB commercial distribution which is designed to work with hard drives and disk partitions. The Parted Magic live disc can be used to manage partitions via GParted as well as rescue lost file with TestDisk. The project's latest release, Parted Magic 2017_09_95, ships....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0

Monday 4th of September 2017 04:52:16 PM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the availability of a new release of Porteus Kiosk, a Gentoo-based distribution used for exclusively running a web browser. The project's latest release, Porteus Kiosk 4.5.0, includes several package upgrades, including Linux 4.12, Firefox 52 ESR and Chrome 60. In addition, the distribution now....

Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 8.1

Monday 4th of September 2017 01:29:09 PM
Tiny Core Linux is a very minimalist, independent distribution which can use extensions to increase its functionality. The latest version of the distribution, Tiny Core Linux 8.1, features mostly smaller updates and bug fixes. The short release announcement states: "Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 728

Monday 4th of September 2017 12:08:33 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Nitrux 1.0.2News: SUSE creates new community software repository, remote desktop tools coming to GNOME on Wayland, Bodhi publishes updated media, Mint rewrites backup tool, Manjaro dropping 32-bit supportTips and tricks: Void source packagesReleased last week: Redcore Linux 1708, Emmabuntus 8-1.03, Bodhi Linux....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 113

Sunday 3rd of September 2017 04:03:38 PM
IPfire is an independent Linux distribution for use on firewalls and routers. The project has released a new update, IPFire 2.19 Core Update 113. The new version includes the "Who Is Online" utility to assist administrators is viewing which network devices are connected. "This is the official release....

Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 17.0.3

Sunday 3rd of September 2017 01:00:00 PM
Philip Müller has announced the release of an update to the Manjaro Linux distribution, a desktop-focused derivative of Arch Linux. This update, Manjaro Linux 17.0.3, brings a number of bug fixes and newer packages. It is also likely to be the last version of Manjaro Linux to support....

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LWN (Now Open Access): Kernel Configuration, Linux 4.14 Merge Window, Running Android on a Mainline Graphics Stack

  • A different approach to kernel configuration
    The kernel's configuration system can be challenging to deal with; Linus Torvalds recently called it "one of the worst parts of the whole project". Thus, anything that might help users with the process of configuring a kernel build would be welcome. A talk by Junghwan Kang at the 2017 Open-Source Summit demonstrated an interesting approach, even if it's not quite ready for prime time yet. Kang is working on a Debian-based, cloud-oriented distribution; he wanted to tweak the kernel configuration to minimize the size of the kernel and, especially, to reduce its attack surface by removing features that were not needed. The problem is that the kernel is huge, and there are a lot of features that are controlled by configuration options. There are over 300 feature groups and over 20,000 configuration options in current kernels. Many of these options have complicated dependencies between them, adding to the challenge of configuring them properly.
  • The first half of the 4.14 merge window
    September 8, 2017 As of this writing, just over 8,000 non-merge changesets have been pulled into the mainline kernel repository for the 4.14 development cycle. In other words, it looks like the pace is not slowing down for this cycle either. The merge window is not yet done, but quite a few significant changes have been merged so far. Read on for a summary of the most interesting changes entering the mainline in the first half of this merge window.
  • Running Android on a mainline graphics stack
    The Android system may be based on the Linux kernel, but its developers have famously gone their own way for many other parts of the system. That includes the graphics subsystem, which avoids user-space components like X or Wayland and has special (often binary-only) kernel drivers as well. But that picture may be about to change. As Robert Foss described in his Open Source Summit North America presentation, running Android on the mainline graphics subsystem is becoming possible and brings a number of potential benefits. He started the talk by addressing the question of why one might want to use mainline graphics with Android. The core of the answer was simple enough: we use open-source software because it's better, and running mainline graphics takes us toward a fully open system. With mainline graphics, there are no proprietary blobs to deal with. That, in turn, makes it easy to run current versions of the kernel and higher-level graphics software like Mesa.

Beautify Your KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Environment with Freshly Ported Adapta Theme

Good morning! It's time to beautify your KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, and we have just the perfect theme for that as it looks like the popular Adapta GTK theme was recently ported to Plasma 5. Read more

Roughing it, with Linux

I have been traveling for about two weeks now, spending 10 days camping in Iceland and now a few days on the ferry to get back. For this trip I brought along my Samsung N150 Plus (a very old netbook), loaded with openSUSE Linux 42.3. Read more

Red Hat: Ansible Tower, Patent Promise, and Shares Declining

  • Red Hat’s automation solution spreading among APAC enterprises
    Red Hat recently shared revealed its agentless automation platform is spreading among enterprises in APAC countries like Australia, China, India and Singapore. The company asserts its Ansible Tower helps enterprises cut through the complexities of modern IT environments with powerful automation capabilities that improve productivity and reduce downtime. “Today’s business demands can mean even greater complexity for many organisations. Such dynamic environments can necessitate a new approach to automation that can improve speed, scale and stability across IT environments,” says head of APAC office of technology at Red Hat, Frank Feldmann.
  • Red Hat broadens patent pledge to most open-source software
    Red Hat, the world's biggest open source company, has expanded its commitment on patents, which had originally been not to enforce its patents against free and open source software.
  • Red Hat expands Patent Promise
    Open-source software provider Red Hat has revised its Patent Promise, which was initially intended to discourage patent aggression against free and open-source software. The expanded version of the defensive patent aggregation scheme extends the zone of non-enforcement to all of Red Hat’s patents and all software under “well-recognised” open-source licenses. In its original Patent Promise in 2002, Red Hat said software patents are “inconsistent with open-source and free software”.
  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) AO Seeing a Consistent Downtrend
  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) noted a price change of -0.14% and RingCentral, Inc. (RNG) closes with a move of -2.09%