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Distribution Release: deepin 15.1

Friday 29th of January 2016 04:25:01 PM
The deepin project has published an updated release of the distribution's 15 series. The new version, deepin 15.1, includes several updates and fixes. The latest version also features a new application, Deepin Cloud Print. "deepin 15.1 is a correction emphasizing bug fixing from users' feedback, optimizing the system....

BSD Release: OPNsense 16.1

Thursday 28th of January 2016 09:46:49 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based operating system for firewalls and routers that was originally forked from pfSense. The OPNsense project has released a new version, OPNsense 16.1 "Crafty Coyote", which is based on FreeBSD 10.2. The new release features several improvements to the firewall, dashboard and translations. The project....

Distribution Release: Tails 2.0

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 04:16:13 AM
The developers of Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), a live Linux distribution made specifically for anonymous web browsing via the Tor network, have released Tails 2.0. This is a major new version based on Debian's current stable branch, 8.0 "Jessie". From the release announcement: "We are especially....

Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.5

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 12:10:16 AM
The BackBox development team has announced the release of BackBox Linux 4.5. BackBox is an Ubuntu-based distribution developed to perform penetration tests and security assessments. The new release features an updated Linux kernel (version 4.2) and security tools such as Automotive Analysis and OpenVAS. "The BackBox team is....

Distribution Release: ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh"

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 05:16:48 AM
ROSA R7 "Desktop Fresh", a desktop Linux distribution featuring a customised KDE 4.14.8 desktop, has been released: "The ROSA company gladly presents ROSA Desktop Fresh KDE R7 - a distribution from the ROSA Desktop Fresh family with the KDE 4 desktop environment. Technical changes in comparison to the....

Development Release: Zenwalk Linux 8.0 Beta

Monday 25th of January 2016 07:25:51 PM
Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the availability of a beta release for the upcoming launch of Zenwalk Linux 8.0. Zenwalk Linux is based on Slackware Linux and it provides its users with the Xfce desktop environment and a focused collection of applications. "The main recent change at user level....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 645

Monday 25th of January 2016 12:06:14 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Mint 17.3 "Xfce"News: Chromixium changes its name, Ubuntu tablets coming soon, Network Manager to offer tracking protectionQuestions and answers: Comparing Linux and BSDTorrent corner: GParted Live, Guadalinex, KWort LinuxReleased last week: Kali Linux 2016.1, ExTiX 16.1, GParted Live 0.25.0-1Upcoming releases: Tails....

Distribution Release: HandyLinux 2.3

Sunday 24th of January 2016 03:04:05 PM
The developers of HandyLinux have released a new version of their beginner-friendly, French language distribution. The new release of HandyLinux, version 2.3, is based on Debian "Jessie" and features a number of updates and improvements. The Handy menu will now provide users with a list of recently accessed....

Development Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 Test 3

Sunday 24th of January 2016 01:06:14 PM
Alan Baghumian has announced the availability of the third - and likely last - development build of Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5, a desktop distribution based on Debian's stable version, but featuring the latest GNOME 3 desktop: "Hello everybody, the third and last testing version of Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5, code....

Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r4

Saturday 23rd of January 2016 09:51:21 PM
The Android-x86 project develops and distributes a port of the Android operating system for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 processors. This allows users to run the Android operating system on consumer desktop and laptop computers. The Android-x86 project has announced a new release in the Android-x86 4.4 series. The....

Distribution Release: Rockstor 3.8-11

Saturday 23rd of January 2016 01:55:16 AM
Suman Chakravartula has announced the release of Rockstor 3.8-11, a new stable version of the CentOS-based specialist Linux distribution designed for Network Attached Storage (NAS): "I am happy to announce the release of Rockstor 3.8-11. There are two significant changes I'd like to highlight. We made several improvements....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2016.1

Thursday 21st of January 2016 05:41:51 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution that ships with a collection of security and forensics utilities. The distribution recently shifted from issuing fixed releases to a rolling release model. The project has announced the launch of Kali Linux 2016.1, the first version of the distribution's new rolling release....

Distribution Release: Kwort Linux 4.3.1

Thursday 21st of January 2016 02:03:04 PM
The Kwort Linux project, which develops a CRUX-based distribution that strives to maintain a minimal operating system, has released an update to its 4.3 series. The new version, Kwort Linux 4.3.1, includes a number of security fixes and improvements to the bootloader installation process. "This is minor fix....

Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.25.0-1

Thursday 21st of January 2016 02:26:52 AM
Curtis Gedak has announced the availability of GParted Live 0.25.0-1, the latest stable version of the project's Debian-based live CD with a collection of disk management and data rescue utilities: "The GParted team is proud to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This live image contains....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 16.1

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 03:16:58 PM
Arne Exton has announced the launch of a new version of the ExTiX distribution. ExTiX is based on packages from the Ubuntu repositories and offers alternative desktop environments, such as LXQt. The latest version, ExTiX 16.1, features LXQt 0.10.0, the Google Chrome web browser and the recently released....

Development Release: Zorin OS 11 Beta

Tuesday 19th of January 2016 03:48:34 AM
Artyom Zorin has announced the availability of the first development build of Zorin OS 11, an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution made for Linux beginners. This release, based on Ubuntu 15.10, features improved artwork and several new applications: "We're excited to announce the release of the Zorin OS 11 beta.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 644

Monday 18th of January 2016 12:01:30 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Back to basics with Kwort 4.3 News: Sabayon tests ARM images, Slackware adopts PulseAudio, Fedora considers dropping 32-bit support for servers and Linux offers 3-D acceleration in virtual machines Questions and answers: Linux without GNU software Torrent corner: KaOS, Tiny Core Released....

Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8 Alpha 1

Saturday 16th of January 2016 05:27:06 PM
The Black Lab Linux development team have announced the launch of a new development release of their Ubuntu-based distribution. The new test release, Black Lab 8 Alpha 1 "Onyx", includes a document migration utility and a device driver manager for installing third-party drivers. "Today PC / Opensystem LLC....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.01

Friday 15th of January 2016 05:20:24 AM
Anke Boersma has announced the release of KaOS 2016.01, a new version of the project's desktop Linux distribution featuring KDE's Plasma 5 desktop: "It is with great pleasure to present to you a first KaOS ISO image for 2016. As always with this rolling distribution, you will find....

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