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2017-08-18 NEWDistribution Release: feren OS 2017.08
The feren OS distribution is a desktop operating system based on Linux Mint that ships with the Cinnamon desktop environment. The project has announced that it is moving forward as a rolling release distribution, based off Linux Mint 18.2. The new snapshot features a number of other improvements, including making optional components available through the Welcome screen. "After a long time, lot of blood, sweat and tears put into it, and lots of password entering, feren OS is a rolling-release operating system built on the foundations of Linux Mint, designed to be stable. This Snapshot is based on Linux Mint 18.2, and is a defining point for feren OS as a distribution. Changes in this release: Linux Mint base upgraded to 18.2; some applications were removed and are now available for installation from the Welcome screen, Recommended Applications; alternative theme utility Themes is now download-only; feren Welcome has received a huge upgrade, now resizable, movable, themeable; the USB boot issue has now been fixed...." Further information, along with instructions for dealing with incompatible video drivers can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): feren OS 2017 August Snapshot x64.iso (3,057MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-08-17 NEWDistribution Release: Raspbian 2017-08-16
Raspbian is a special build of the Debian operating system for Raspberry Pi computers. The Raspbian project has released a new version of their operating system which is now based on Debian 9 "Stretch". "It's now just under two years since we released the Jessie version of Raspbian. Those of you who know that Debian run their releases on a two-year cycle will therefore have been wondering when we might be releasing the next version, codenamed Stretch. Well, wonder no longer - Raspbian Stretch is available for download today! Debian releases are named after characters from Disney Pixar's Toy Story trilogy. In case, like me, you were wondering: Stretch is a purple octopus from Toy Story 3. Hi, Stretch! The differences between Jessie and Stretch are mostly under-the-hood optimisations, and you really shouldn't notice any differences in day-to-day use of the desktop and applications. (If you're really interested, the technical details are in the Debian release notes." A list of important changes and screen shots can be found in the Raspbian release announcement. The distribution is available in full and Lite editions. Download (SHA256, pkglist): (1,677MB, signature, torrent), (348MB, signature, torrent).
2017-08-15 NEWDevelopment Release: LibreELEC 8.1.0 Beta
LibreELEC is a multi-platform, minimal operating system for running the Kodi media centre. The project has released a new development snapshot, LibreELEC 8.1.0 Beta. The new snapshot swaps out the LibreSSL security library for OpenSSL, introduces SMB3 protocol support via Samba 4.6, and introduces several driver and firmware upgrades. "This is a beta of our 8.2 release; a mid-year bump to enhance hardware support and capabilities. It adds 10-bit HEVC support for recent Intel GPU generations, Samba 4.6 which brings support for SMB2/SMB3, and several SSL issues are resolved in a switch to OpenSSL. We continue to refine firmware we embed; removing old and unused files to reduce image size while adding new drivers and firmwares based on team findings and user reports. Kodi is updated to 17.4-RC1 with minor bug fixes since v17.3." Additional information and a list of download links for LibreELEC's supported devices can be found in the release announcement. Download: LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.1.0.img.gz (212MB, SHA256).
2017-08-15 NEWDistribution Release: Solus 3
Solus is an independently-developed desktop Linux distribution. While the distribution is available in three editions (Budgie, GNOME and MATE), the project is perhaps best known for its work showcasing the Budgie desktop environment on a rolling-release platform. The project's latest release, Solus 3, features Firefox 55, LibreOffice 5.4, and a cutting-edge version of the Linux kernel: "This new major version of Solus is now based on the latest stable branch of the Linux kernel, 4.12.7. This switch enables various hardware improvements for the latest AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA hardware. Users of the existing Linux-LTS kernel will continue to receive updates indefinitely, with the next major update to this branch scheduled to land in or around September. Furthermore, we've enabled AppArmor LSM by default to provide functionality for snapd confining, as well as the introduction of a fully functioning Linux Security Module within our kernel builds." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): Solus-3-Budgie.iso (1,174MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, Solus-3-GNOME.iso (1268MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), Solus-3-MATE.iso (1,280MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-08-14 NEWDevelopment Release: NuTyX 9.0.93
NuTyX is a French distribution built from Linux From Scratch and featuring the cards package manager. The latest development snapshot, NuTyX 9.0.93, features a new release of cards, version 2.3.93, and version 4.12.7 of the Linux kernel. "The NuTyX team is please to announce the 9.0.93 release of NuTyX. NuTyX 9.0.93 comes with Linux kernel 4.12.7, Linux LTS kernel 4.9.43, glibc 2.26, GCC 7.2.0, Binutils 2.29, Python 3.6.2, X.Org Server 1.19.3, Qt 5.9.1, MATE 1.18.0, Xfce 4.12.3, Firefox 55.0.1. More then 4,000 commits since the 9.0 version. A new 64-bit ISO image is available. Since all the collections are in compilation progress, they are no graphical interface available yet. ... Cards can install a package, a collection, a file or a mix of all three. It can also remove a family of packages - means a set of packages that start with a common name. If the found package is already installed, it will be printed in green in the result. New generic post-install actions are now automatically generated when needed. A new web site is covering the complete documentation of cards." Other updates include switching from version 6.3 of the GNU Compiler Collection to version 7.2 and updating the Firefox web browsers from 52 to 55. Further details and a list of key package upgrades can be found on the project's news page. Download from here: NuTyX_x86_64-9.0.93.iso (249MB, SHA256, torrent).
2017-08-14 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 725
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-08-10 NEWDevelopment Release: GhostBSD 11.1-ALPHA1
Eric Turgeon has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of GhostBSD 11.1, an upcoming new release of the project's desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD 11.1 and featuring MATE and Xfce environments: "This first alpha development release of GhostBSD 11.1 is ready for testing. All MATE and Xfce images are available for the i386 and amd64 architectures. We hope to see a lot of people helping to test this release. New features: our own software repository; all software updated; Whisker menu as default application menu in Xfce. Issues fixed: Xfce and MATE live session shutdown, suspend and hibernate; xf86-video-intel; MATE desktop fails on initial boot for install; clicking 'GhostBSD Bugs' item in the Main menu in 'System Tools' brings up 'Server not found' page; Xfce installation - incorrect keyboard layout; ZFS setup appears to be incomplete." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download (pkglist): GhostBSD11.1-ALPHA1-mate-amd64.iso (2,396MB, SHA256), GhostBSD11.1-ALPHA1-xfce-amd64.iso (2,267MB, SHA256).
2017-08-09 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.1
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The Tails project has released a new version, Tails 3.1, which is based on Debian 9 "Stretch" and contains mostly minor changes and bug fixes. The release announcement states: "Upgrades and changes: update Tor Browser to 7.0.4; update Linux to 4.9.30. Fixed problems: make sure that Thunderbird erases its temporary directory, containing for example attachments opened in the past; fix translations of the time synchronization and 'Tor is ready' notifications. For more details, read our changelog. Known issues: none specific to this release. To upgrade, automatic upgrades are available from 3.0 to 3.1. Due to the #13426 bug, automatic upgrades from 3.0.1 are disabled. If you cannot do an automatic upgrade or if you fail to start after an automatic upgrade, please try to do a manual upgrade." A list of known issues is available. The release announcement mentions that while automatic upgrades from Tails 3.0 to 3.1 are enabled, upgrades from 3.0.1 to 3.1 are not. Though manual upgrades are still possible. Download: tails-amd64-3.1.iso (1,153MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-08-09 NEWDistribution Release: OSGeo-Live 11.0
OSGeo-Live is a live desktop distribution based on Lubuntu that allows the user to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software. The project's latest release, OSGeo-Live 11.0, introduces several changes and strips out a number of default applications: "This release has been a major reboot, with a refocus on leading applications and emphasis on quality over quantity. Less mature parts of the projects have been dropped with a targeted focus placed on upgrading and improving documentation. Dropped: Windows-only applications/installers; Overviews of OGC Standards; Some applications that did not meet our review criteria; We now only support a 64-bit distribution (32-bit is built but not officially supported). Added: Support for isohybrid ISO images with UEFI." Additional information on the changes and a list of features in OSGeo-Live 11.0 can be found in the project's release announcement. Known issues can be found in the project's errata. Download (MD5): osgeo-live-11.0-amd64.iso (3,761MB, pkglist).
2017-08-09 NEWDistribution Release: GParted Live 0.29.0-1
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 0.29.0-1, the latest upgrade to the popular live CD with a collection of specialist tools dedicated to managing disk partitions and rescuing files. This release includes the new GParted 0.29.0 software and fixes a couple of bugs: "The GParted team is pleased to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted 0.29.0, patches for libparted for FAT file system operations, and other improvements. Items of note include: includes GParted 0.29.0 which adds the following enhancements since the last stable release - add support for UDF file system, fix segmentation fault on disk with corrupted FAT file system, fix snap-to-alignment of operations creating partitions; based on the Debian 'Sid' repository as of 2017-08-08); Linux kernel updated to 4.11.11-1; package udftools added; includes patched version of libparted which fixes check FAT32 crashes an resized FAT32 not recognized by Windows." Here is the complete release announcement. Download links (SHA256): gparted-live-0.29.0-1-amd64.iso (267MB, pkglist), gparted-live-0.29.0-1-i686-pae.iso (270MB), gparted-live-0.29.0-1-i686.iso (269MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-08-07 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 724
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-08-03 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.3
Adam Conrad has announced the release of a new maintenance update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and the Ubuntu Community Edition projects. The new version, Ubuntu 16.04.3, provides fresh installation media with bug fixes and minor updates, but does not represent a new version of the open source operating system. "Like previous LTS series, 16.04.3 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware. This support is offered on all architectures except for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one of the desktop images. Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel, however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader. As usual, this point release includes many updates." Additional information can be found in the release announcement and in the change summary. Download: ubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,525MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,525MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (890MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), mythbuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,425MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntustudio-16.04.3-dvd-amd64.iso (2,722MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,577MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,648MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,288MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,271MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-08-02 NEWBSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.8.1
Justin Sherrill has announced the availability of a new update to the DragonFly BSD operating system. The new release, version 4.8.1, includes a number of kernel performance improvements, better Intel video driver support, and installing in UEFI environments with GPT disk layouts is now supported. "The installer can now create an EFI or legacy installation. Numerous adjustments have been made to userland utilities and the kernel to support EFI as a mainstream boot environment. The /boot file system may now be placed either in its own GPT slice, or in a DragonFly disklabel inside a GPT slice. DragonFly, by default, creates a GPT slice for all of DragonFly and places a DragonFly disklabel inside it with all the standard DFly partitions, such that the disk names are roughly the same as they would be in a legacy system. The i915 driver has been updated to match the version found with the Linux 4.6 kernel. (Linux 4.7 in the DragonFly 4.8.1 release.) Broadwell and Skylake processor users will see improvements." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: dfly-x86_64-4.8.1_REL.iso.bz2 (245MB, MD5, pkglist).

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