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Trisquel 7.0 LTS Belenos

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Linux

Version 7 of the Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution, codenamed Belenos after a Celtic sun god, has been released. Belenos is a Long Term Support release that will be maintained until 2019. Relevant new packages and features include:

Kernel Linux-libre 3.13 with lowlatency and bfq scheduling by default.
Custom desktop based on GNOME 3.12 fallback.
Abrowser 33 (a free Firefox derivative) as default browser.
GNU IceCat 31 available as single-click optional install from Abrowser's homepage. Complete with many extra privacy features.
Electrum Bitcoin Wallet preinstalled.
Moved to DVD format, now with 50+ languages and extra applications.
Improved accessibility by default.

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Manjaro Works To Make Calamares A Distribution-Independent Installer

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The Arch-based Manjaro crew has been developing Calamares, an open-source installation framework they hope will basically lead to being a universal Linux distribution installer.

The Manjaro camp has been developing Calamares as a distribution installer framework they'll be using for Manjaro 0.9+ and they also hope other Linux distributions will adopt it so it can become somewhat of a universal Linux installer so each distribution camp no longer keeps needing to write their own installer.

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Neptune OS 4.2 Features a Refreshing KDE Desktop

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KDE

ZevenOS-Neptune 4.x branch is called "It's all about you" and it was initially made available back in June. This is the second update for the distribution and the devs have refined some of the features and have added some new packages into the mix.

The system is based on KDE, but don't expect to find a regular stock version implemented. It's clear that the devs have put a lot of effort into making the DE experiences unique. Users can immediately recognize what distribution they are looking at just with a glance, and that's always a good sign.

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Parsix OS Is an Interesting GNOME and Debian 7.0 "Whezzy" Blend

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The Parsix operating system uses only the GNOME and Debian packages from the stable branches. The developers aim to provide a complete and bug free Linux distribution, at least as much as humanly possible. The fact that the OS is based on Debian "Wheezy" helps a lot, especially because it's now a Long Term release and it comes with all the latest security updates.

The developers seem to be follow a specific schedule and this latest version comes just a month after the previous Test. It's not clear just how many of these Testing releases will have, but it does look like the system is getting more stable.

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IPFire 2.15 Core 84 Firewall OS Gets Fixes for Shellshock and Other Issues

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Linux

A developer of the ipfire.org team, Michael Tremer, has announced that the IPFire 2.15 Core 84 Linux-based firewall distribution has been released and comes with a long list of fixes, some of them for the latest security issues.

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Zen Web to Join Firefox OS Phone Players in India

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Moz/FF

Mozilla seems to be staying very focused on the low end of the smartphone market with its Firefox OS platform, despite the high-end evolution of iOS and Android. Recently, Firefox OS phones have been arriving in India, priced well under $50, and promising to put phones in the hands of users who have never had them before.

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elementary OS Freya Devs Want Your Photos for Wallpapers

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The elementary OS Freya developers are now looking to get some wallpapers from the community, which will eventually be added to the final version of the operating system.

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4MLinux Allinone Edition 10.0 Is Out, Features Touch Screen Support

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4MLinux Allinone Edition is a Linux operating system built from scratch that aims to be one of the smallest distros in the world that still retain much of the regular functionality of a normal OS. The developer has just released version 10.0 and it comes with some very important features.

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Announce: OpenSSH 6.7 released

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Software
BSD

OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol version 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0 implementation and includes sftp client and server support.

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DARPA joins math-secured microkernel race

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OSS

In a discussion that will sound familiar to Australian readers, US military development agency DARPA wants to create provably-secure software.

According to Threatpost, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar told a Washington Post security conference that embedded systems are among the kinds of applications for which it's feasible to create such OSs.

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In July of this year, NICTA open-sourced the code for its seL4 microkernel, identifying DARPA among the software's users.

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