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Distribution Release: Parabola GNU/Linux-libre 2016.07.27

Friday 29th of July 2016 01:02:31 AM
André Fabian Silva Delgado has announced the release of a new version of Parabola GNU/Linux-libre, a distribution built from Arch Linux, but repackaged to include "libre" software only. The new release, version 2016.07.27, comes in three variants - "Main" (CLI-only installation medium), "MATE desktop" (a live DVD featuring....

Development Release: Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2

Thursday 28th of July 2016 12:31:46 PM
Simon Quigley has announced the availability of a new alpha snapshot for participating Ubuntu community editions. The new alpha, 16.10 Alpha 2, is intended for testing purposes only and is not recommended for general use. "The second alpha of the Yakkety Yak (to become 16.10) has now been....

BSD Release: OPNsense 16.7

Thursday 28th of July 2016 08:54:20 AM
Jos Schellevis has announced the release of OPNsense 16.7, a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system designed for firewalls and routers: "It is time for the next major iteration in open-source security. After 6 months and 20 minor releases we hereby declare the general availability of OPNsense 16.7, nick-named 'Dancing....

Development Release: Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 06:07:28 AM
Jeff Hoogland has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of Bodhi Linux 4.0.0, an upcoming major release of the Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a modified variant of the Enlightenment desktop called Moksha. This alpha build is available for 64-bit computers only: "Not only is our first 4.0.0....

BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.2

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 12:47:05 AM
Chris Buechler has announced the release of pfSense 2.3.2, a new stable version in the 2.3 branch of the project's FreeBSD-based operating system for firewalls and routers: "We are happy to announce the release of pfSense software version 2.3.2. This is a maintenance release in the 2.3.x series,....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA2

Monday 25th of July 2016 02:01:53 AM
The development of the upcoming major version of FreeBSD, whose final release is scheduled for early September, continues at a fast pace. Although delayed by a week, the 11.0-BETA2 build was finally announced yesterday: "The second BETA build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 671

Monday 25th of July 2016 12:06:46 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: The saga continues with Slackware 14.2 News: OpenBSD disables usermount, KaOS releases significant updates, Fedora 22 reaches end of life Distribution Review: Point Linux 3.2 Torrent corner: Bluestar Linux, Korora Released last week: Ubuntu 16.04.1, Korora 24 Opinion poll: What was your....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.07

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 10:41:16 PM
The KaOS project, which provides a rolling release distribution with the latest available KDE software, has released a new snapshot. KaOS 2016.07, provides fresh installation media for the rolling-release distribution. The new snapshot features KDE's Plasma 5.7 desktop environment and packages built with version 5 of the GNU....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.1

Thursday 21st of July 2016 04:32:50 PM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 16.04.1, the first maintenance update of the distribution's latest long-term support branch. This version is provided for users performing new installations of Ubuntu 16.04 (or any of the official Ubuntu flavours) while existing Ubuntu 16.04 users can gain the same....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu DesktopPack 16.04

Wednesday 20th of July 2016 08:42:11 PM
The Ubuntu DesktopPack distribution is a remix of the Ubuntu distribution by UALinux. The Ubuntu DesktopPack features software updates and multimedia support on the installation disc. The Ubuntu DesktopPack, version 16.04, is available in six editions for both the 32-bit and 64-bit x86 architecture. "Available to download images....

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 3

Wednesday 20th of July 2016 12:48:56 PM
Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of the third alpha build of openSUSE 42.2, the upcoming new stable release from one of the oldest Linux distributions that's still going strongly today: "openSUSE 42.2 alpha 3 is on the mirrors. The merge of SLE 12 SP2 core components is....

Development Release: OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 03:18:41 PM
Kate Lebedeff has announced the release of a new development snapshot for the OpenMandriva distribution. The new release candidate, OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1, introduces Chinese and Japanese translations, offers 32-bit (i586) support and fixes bugs in the GnuPG package. "Work for the RC1 has further improved stability and performance.....

Distribution Release: Korora 24

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 12:35:03 PM
The Korora distribution is a desktop oriented operating system built on Fedora. The Korora project has announced the availability of Korora 24 which is based on Fedora 24. The new version of Korora is available in four editions: Cinnamon, GNOME, MATE and Xfce. "Changes in Korora 24: Images....

Development Release: Tanglu 4.0 Beta 1

Monday 18th of July 2016 11:49:43 AM
Matthias Klumpp has announced the availability of the first beta release of Tanglu 4.0, an upcoming new version of the project's Debian-based distribution with a choice of GNOME or KDE Plasma desktops: "We are pleased to announce the release of the second development version of Tanglu 4, which....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 670

Monday 18th of July 2016 12:03:01 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Lite 3.0 News: Bodhi team plans for 4.0.0, pfSense changes license, interview with FreeDOS's founder, Linux Mint offers upgrade path, Ubuntu's forums breached Questions and answers: Getting software to work across distributions Torrent corner: IPFire, NAS4Free Released last week: IPfire 2.19....

Development Release: elementary OS 0.4 Beta 2

Saturday 16th of July 2016 11:32:37 PM
Development Release: elementary OS 0.4 Beta 2^Daniel Foré has announced the availability of the second beta build of elementary OS 0.4, the project's upcoming new release of the Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a custom desktop called "Pantheon": "Loki beta 2 is here. Even though it has only been a....

Development Release: NethServer 7.2 Beta 1

Thursday 14th of July 2016 12:10:45 PM
Alessio Fattorini has announced the first beta release of NethServer 7.2. The new version, NethServer 7.2 beta 1, offers a number of changes, including improving and streamlining the network settings pages in the distribution's web interface. "The first beta release of NethServer 7 will bring numerous goodies: a....

Distribution Release: Untangle NG Firewall 12.1

Wednesday 13th of July 2016 03:51:35 PM
The Untangle NG Firewall distribution is a firewall solution based on Debian. It offers pluggable modules for network applications, including spam blocking, web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention and VPN. The latest release, Untangle NG Firewall 12.1, offers a number of interface updates as well as geolocation data....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.19 Core 103

Tuesday 12th of July 2016 09:37:29 PM
The IPFire project has announced a new update to the distribution's 2.19 series. The new version, IPFire 2.19 Core 103, features updates to the Squid proxy service, ClamAV anti-virus software and Tor networking software. "The web proxy Squid has been updated to the 3.5 series and various improvements....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 669

Monday 11th of July 2016 12:09:35 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Mint 18 News: Merging LibreSSL into FreeBSD, Ubuntu discusses phasing out 32-bit support, pfSense publishes status report Questions and answers: Proving the system is secure Torrent corner: PCLinuxOS, Zenwalk Linux Released last week: NST 24-7977, KDE neon 5.7 Opinion poll: Finding....

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    For the past year, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Only days ago, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines. And now, Apache Twill has graduated as well. Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed Hadoop applications, allowing developers to focus more on their application logic.
  • Spark 2.0 takes an all-in-one approach to big data
    Apache Spark, the in-memory processing system that's fast become a centerpiece of modern big data frameworks, has officially released its long-awaited version 2.0. Aside from some major usability and performance improvements, Spark 2.0's mission is to become a total solution for streaming and real-time data. This comes as a number of other projects -- including others from the Apache Foundation -- provide their own ways to boost real-time and in-memory processing.
  • Why Uber Engineering Switched from Postgres to MySQL
    The early architecture of Uber consisted of a monolithic backend application written in Python that used Postgres for data persistence. Since that time, the architecture of Uber has changed significantly, to a model of microservices and new data platforms. Specifically, in many of the cases where we previously used Postgres, we now use Schemaless, a novel database sharding layer built on top of MySQL. In this article, we’ll explore some of the drawbacks we found with Postgres and explain the decision to build Schemaless and other backend services on top of MySQL.
  • GNU Hyperbole 6.0.1 for Emacs 24.4 to 25 is released
    GNU Hyperbole (pronounced Ga-new Hi-per-bo-lee), or just Hyperbole, is an amazing programmable hypertextual information management system implemented as a GNU Emacs package. This is the first public release in 2016. Hyperbole has been greatly expanded and modernized for use with the latest Emacs 25 releases; it supports GNU Emacs 24.4 or above. It contains an extensive set of improvements that can greatly boost your day-to-day productivity with Emacs and your ability to manage information stored across many different machines on the internet. People who get used to Hyperbole find it helps them so much that they prefer never to use Emacs without it.
  • Belgium mulls reuse of banking mobile eID app
    The Belgium government wants to reuse ‘Belgian Mobile ID’ a smartphone app for electronic identification, developed by banks and telecom providers in the country. The eID app could be used for eGovernment services, and the federal IT service agency, Fedict, is working on the app’s integration.
  • Water resilience that flows: Open source technologies keep an eye on the water flow
    Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of global climate change, these events will only become more frequent and intense. Water variability, at its worst, can threaten the lives and well-beings of countless people. Sadly, humans cannot control the weather to protect themselves. But according to Silja Hund, a researcher at the University of British Columbia, communities can build resilience to water resource stress. Hund studies the occurrence and behavior of water. In particular, she studies rivers and streams. These have features (like water volume) that can change quickly. According to Hund, it is essential for communities to understand local water systems. Knowledge of water resources is helpful in developing effective water strategies. And one of the best ways to understand dynamic water bodies like rivers is to collect lots of data.