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Distribution Release: NomadBSD 1.2

7 hours 49 min ago
NomadBSD is a 64-bit live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD. The project's latest release, NomadBSD 1.2, is based on FreeBSD 12.0. The new version includes on-disk documentation, enables TRIM support and fixes a number of issues related to video drivers. "We are pleased to announce....

Distribution Release: Netrunner 2019.04 "Rolling"

Saturday 20th of April 2019 08:09:47 PM
The Netrunner project has announced the availability of a new snapshot of the distribution's Arch Linux-based "Rolling" branch. The new snapshot, Netrunner 2019.04 "Rolling", features KDE Plasma 5.15.3 and runs on version 4.19.32 LTS of the Linux kernel. There have also been changes to the distribution's look and....

Distribution Release: Pop!_OS 19.04

Saturday 20th of April 2019 02:36:56 PM
Pop!_OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed by System76. The company's latest release is Pop!_OS 19.04 which ships with GNOME 3.32 and offers a number of visual enhancements. "It's spring again! Leaves are budding and updates are blooming for Pop!_OS. Here's what's new in Pop!_OS 19.04: The Slim Mode....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Kylin 19.04

Friday 19th of April 2019 06:10:25 PM
The team behind Ubuntu Kylin has published a new version of their distribution which introduces a new visual style. The project's new release, Ubuntu Kylin 19.04, introduces transparency effects to the application menu, adds a preview function to the file manager and provides nine months of support. "In....

Distribution Release: Xubuntu 19.04

Friday 19th of April 2019 04:07:21 PM
The Xubuntu developers have announced the release of Xubuntu 19.04. The new version ships with version 5.0 of the Linux kernel and provides nine months of support. This release ships with some components from Xfce's development branch to improve the desktop experience. The project's release announcement states: "Highlights:....

Distribution Release: Lubuntu 19.04

Friday 19th of April 2019 12:52:49 PM
The Lubuntu team has published a new version of their distribution. Lubuntu 19.04 provides nine months of support and ships with version 0.14.1 of the LXQt desktop environment. Unlike most other community flavours of Ubuntu which use the Ubiquity installer, Lubuntu uses the Calamares system installer. "This is....

Distribution Release: Kubuntu 19.04

Friday 19th of April 2019 12:37:34 AM
The Kubuntu team has published Kubuntu 19.04, a new release which ships with KDE Plasma 5.15, Qt 5.12 and Linux 5.0. The new version includes nine months of security updates. The release announcement states: "Kubuntu 19.04 has been released, featuring the beautiful Plasma 5.15 desktop from the KDE....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Budgie 19.04

Thursday 18th of April 2019 10:01:13 PM
The Ubuntu Budgie team has announced the release of Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 which received nine months of support. The new version includes a number of bug fixes and swaps out the Nautilus file manager for Nemo. "19.04 is supported for 9 months; our 18.04 LTS is supported for....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Studio 19.04

Thursday 18th of April 2019 06:57:30 PM
The Ubuntu Studio team has published a new release, Ubuntu Studio 19.04. The new release is supported for nine months and ships with a new audio plugin host called Carla. "Officially released on April 15, 2019, Carla 2.0.0 has been added to Ubuntu Studio to replace the outdated....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 19.04

Thursday 18th of April 2019 04:16:27 PM
Martin Wimpress has announced the launch of Ubuntu MATE 19.04 which ships with version 1.20 of the MATE desktop and updated video drivers. "Ubuntu MATE 19.04 is shipping with MATE Desktop 1.20. Albeit, the latest maintenance release of MATE Desktop 1.20 with some of the bug fixes and....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 19.04

Thursday 18th of April 2019 01:45:09 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 19.04, codename "Disco Dingo". The new release ships with GNOME 3.32, version 5.0 of the Linux kernel, and offers fractional scaling through both X.Org and Wayland desktop sessions. "Codenamed "Disco Dingo", 19.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest....

Distribution Release: Feren OS 2019.04

Wednesday 17th of April 2019 11:06:07 PM
Feren OS is a desktop Linux distribution based on Linux Mint's main edition. The project's latest snapshot introduces new wallpapers, new themes and a new installer for the 64-bit build. "Feren OS 64-Bit with Cinnamon now has a new installer and a new OEM Setup Experience. Both now....

Development Release: Mageia 7 Beta 3

Wednesday 17th of April 2019 03:14:41 PM
Donald Stewart has announced the release of Mageia's new development snapshot, Mageia 7 Beta 3. This is expected to be the final beta version prior to the release of Mageia 7. "There is still lots to be done before the final release, and the more tests that we....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 810

Monday 15th of April 2019 12:15:13 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: SolydXK 201902 "Xfce"News: Fedora continues to prune Python 2 packages, KDE Plasma running on the PinePhone, NetBSD's virtual machine monitor arrivesTechnology review: Bedrock Linux 0.7.2Released last week: MX Linux 18.2, NixOS 19.03, Proxmox 5.4 "Virtual Environment"Torrent corner: Alpine, ArchBang, ArcoLinux, Bluestar, Clonezilla,....

Distribution Release: Bedrock Linux 0.7.3

Sunday 14th of April 2019 05:29:16 PM
Bedrock Linux is a meta distribution which allows users to utilize features from other, typically mutually exclusive distributions. The project has published an update to its 0.7.x series, Bedrock Linux 0.7.3. The new update fixes some potential network issues, added the ability to fetch instances of Clear Linux....

BSD Release: GhostBSD 19.04

Saturday 13th of April 2019 08:54:33 PM
GhostBSD is a rolling release TrueOS-based desktop operating system which features the MATE desktop (a community edition that offers the Xfce desktop is also available). The project's latest release is GhostBSD 19.04: "Finally, GhostBSD 19.04 is out! GhostBSD 19.04 has several improvements from the volume controller to the....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 5.4 "Virtual Environment"

Thursday 11th of April 2019 04:34:30 PM
Proxmox is a commercial company offering specialised products based on Debian GNU/Linux. The company's latest release is Proxmox 5.4 "Virtual Environment" which is based on Debian 9.8 and offers improved flexibility in high availability environments. "The new features of Proxmox VE 5.4 focus on usability and simple management....

Distribution Release: NixOS 19.03

Thursday 11th of April 2019 03:11:27 PM
NixOS is an independent Linux distribution which uses and showcases the Nix package manager. Using Nix, the operating system can install snapshots of packages and manage software and services through a central configuration file. The project's latest release, NixOS 19.03, features iprovements to Kubernetes and offers a UEFI-enabled....

Distribution Release: MX Linux 18.2

Monday 8th of April 2019 12:56:41 PM
MX Linux, a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian's Stable branch, is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. The project's latest update is MX Linux 18.2, which provides security updates, improvements to the installer, and an updated set of MX tools. "We are....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 809

Monday 8th of April 2019 12:06:19 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: PCLinuxOS 2019.02News: Ubuntu speeds up Snap package load times, Mint offers daily test builds, elementary OS integrating Flatpak support, Fedora experiments with building Flatpak packagesTips and tricks: A journey to get Falkon 3.1.0 running and problems with portable packagesReleased last week: AV....

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NomadBSD 1.2 released!

We are pleased to announce the release of NomadBSD 1.2! We would like to thank all the testers who sent us feedback and bug reports. Read more

Review: Alpine Linux 3.9.2

Alpine Linux is different in some important ways compared to most other distributions. It uses different libraries, it uses a different service manager (than most), it has different command line tools and a custom installer. All of this can, at first, make Alpine feel a bit unfamiliar, a bit alien. But what I found was that, after a little work had been done to get the system up and running (and after a few missteps on my part) I began to greatly appreciate the distribution. Alpine is unusually small and requires few resources. Even the larger Extended edition I was running required less than 100MB of RAM and less than a gigabyte of disk space after all my services were enabled. I also appreciated that Alpine ships with some security features, like PIE, and does not enable any services it does not need to run. I believe it is fair to say this distribution requires more work to set up. Installing Alpine is not a point-n-click experience, it's more manual and requires a bit of typing. Not as much as setting up Arch Linux, but still more work than average. Setting up services requires a little more work and, in some cases, reading too since Alpine works a little differently than mainstream Linux projects. I repeatedly found it was a good idea to refer to the project's wiki to learn which steps were different on Alpine. What I came away thinking at the end of my trial, and I probably sound old (or at least old fashioned), is Alpine Linux reminds me of what got me into running Linux in the first place, about 20 years ago. Alpine is fast, light, and transparent. It offered very few surprises and does almost nothing automatically. This results in a little more effort on our parts, but it means that Alpine does not do things unless we ask it to perform an action. It is lean, efficient and does not go around changing things or trying to guess what we want to do. These are characteristics I sometimes miss these days in the Linux ecosystem. Read more

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Linux v5.1-rc6

It's Easter Sunday here, but I don't let little things like random major religious holidays interrupt my kernel development workflow. The occasional scuba trip? Sure. But everybody sitting around eating traditional foods? No. You have to have priorities. There's only so much memma you can eat even if your wife had to make it from scratch because nobody eats that stuff in the US. Anyway, rc6 is actually larger than I would have liked, which made me go back and look at history, and for some reason that's not all that unusual. We recently had similar rc6 bumps in both 4.18 and 5.0. So I'm not going to worry about it. I think it's just random timing of pull requests, and almost certainly at least partly due to the networking pull request in here (with just over a third of the changes being networking-related, either in drivers or core networking). Read more Also: Linux 5.1-rc6 Kernel Released In Linus Torvalds' Easter Day Message