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Distribution Release: Wifislax 4.12

Saturday 6th of August 2016 04:13:15 AM
Wifislax is a specialist a Slackware-based Linux distribution with a set of tools and utilities for performing wireless connection analyses and related security tests. The brand-new version 4.12, the first stable release in 12 months and based on the recently-released Slackware Linux 14.2, comes with numerous improvements and....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 14.04.5

Friday 5th of August 2016 12:57:59 AM
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 14.04.5, code-named "Trusty Tahr", the fifth maintenance update of the distribution's long-term support version originally released in April 2014 and supported with security updates until April 2019: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS....

Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.11.0

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 03:18:41 PM
Ludovic Courtes has announced the launch of version 0.11.0 of the Guix System Distribution (GuixSD). The distribution is based on the Linux-libre kernel and uses the Guix software manager. The new release features a number of new support services and over 480 new packages. "It is a....

BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 4.6.0

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:25:51 PM
The DragonFly BSD project, a former fork of FreeBSD which is now independently developed, has released a new version: DragonFly BSD 4.6.0. This new release offers a series of incremental updates, including improved accelerated video, better SMP performance and enhanced networking performance under heavy loads. "DragonFly version 4.6....

Distribution Release: Tails 2.5

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 05:39:46 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Linux distribution which is designed to route Internet traffic through the Tor network. The Tails distribution also provides users with a number of privacy tools which help to secure files and strip meta data from documents. The latest version of....

Distribution Release: Linux Mint 18 "Xfce"

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 12:21:34 PM
Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of Linux Mint 18 "Xfce" edition. Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will receive security updates through to the year 2021. The Xfce edition is a lightweight alternative to Linux Mint's Cinnamon and MATE editions. The new release....

Distribution Release: ROSA R8

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 10:49:22 AM
ROSA R8 has been released. ROSA is a Russian Linux company, previously cooperating with Mandriva and now building various Linux solutions for individual users and enterprises alike. Unlike the previous versions of ROSA, this one is delivered in four separate variants featuring, the GNOME 3.16, KDE 4.14, KDE....

Development Release: Pentoo 2015.0 RC5

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 06:53:08 AM
As has become a tradition, every new DEF CON (the world's largest annual hacker convention) means a new release of Pentoo, a Gentoo-based live DVD featuring an extensive set of security utilities designed for penetration testing and forensic analysis. This year is no exception: "Another DEF CON, another....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 672

Monday 1st of August 2016 12:10:15 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Ubuntu Phone - the Meizu Pro 5 News: Solus embraces rolling release model, upgrading Fedora from desktop, interview with Jane Silber, Ubuntu 15.10 reaches end of life, FreeBSD's quarterly report Myths and misunderstandings: The massive memory myth Torrent corner: OPNsense, Parabola GNU/Linux-libre,....

Distribution Release: Simplicity Linux 16.07

Sunday 31st of July 2016 09:50:10 PM
The Simplicity Linux project is based on LXPup and antiX and ships with LXDE as the default desktop environment. The project has announced a new release, Simplicity Linux 16.07. The new version is available in three editions: Desktop, Mini and X. "We are pleased to announce the release....

Distribution Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10

Sunday 31st of July 2016 10:37:14 AM
Alan Baghumian has announced the release of Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10. This new version is still based on Debian's current stable branch, but it comes the very latest GNOME 3.20 desktop, as well as a specially compiled Linux kernel 4.4. From the release announcement: "Hello everybody, we are pleased....

Development Release: Rescatux 0.40 Beta 7

Sunday 31st of July 2016 08:17:16 AM
Adrian Gibanel has announced the availability of a new development snapshot of Rescatux, a Debian-based live CD with specialist utilities designed for rescuing broken Linux systems and fixing boot problems: "Rescatux 0.40 beta 7 has been released. This release provides minor fixes on UEFI boot. Some people had....

Distribution Release: LXLE 16.04.1

Sunday 31st of July 2016 06:15:45 AM
Ronnie Whisler has announced the availability of LXLE 16.04.1, a new major release from the distribution project that builds a lightweight Ubuntu-based variant with LXDE as the default desktop. This is the distribution's first stable release based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS: "LXLE 16.04.1 'Eclectica' released. LXLE is built....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.1

Sunday 31st of July 2016 03:02:08 AM
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.1, an updated version of the Debian-based distribution featuring a set of utilities for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy and cryptography. This new version, released barely six weeks after the 3.0 build, comes with the....

Distribution Release: Endian Firewall 3.2.1

Sunday 31st of July 2016 01:01:26 AM
Endian has announced the release of Endian Firewall 3.2.1, the first stable build in the 3.2 series of the project's CentOS-based Linux distribution designed for firewall and routers. Besides improvements in hardware support and, the new release also brings a number of security updates: "The Endian team is....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA3

Saturday 30th of July 2016 10:46:19 PM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third beta build of FreeBSD 11.0, the project's new major release scheduled for final release in September: "The third BETA build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 11.0-BETA2 includes: improvements to libunwind; updates....

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....

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Linux Kernel News and Microsoft Breaks PowerShell

  • Coherent Accelerators, FPGAs, and PLD Microconference Accepted into 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference
    It has been more than a decade since CPU core clock frequencies stopped doubling every 18 months, which has shifted the search for performance from the "hardware free lunch" to concurrency and, more recently, hardware accelerators. Beyond accelerating computational offload, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and programmable logic devices (PLDs) have long been used in the embedded space to provide ways to offload I/O or to implement timing-sensitive algorithms as close as possible to the pin.
  • Linux's brilliant career, in pictures
    Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more. Though its beginnings were humble, Linux has become the world’s largest and most pervasive open source software project in history. How did it get here? Read on for a look at some of the notable events along the way.
  • Quarter Century of Innovation – aka Happy Birthday Linux!
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    You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell.

Android Leftovers

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unveiled in China, priced at $135
    Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag. The Redmi Note 4 retains the premium full metal unibody construction that was introduced with its predecessor, but now comes with a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges that looks and feels even better. The design language is quite similar as well, with the Redmi Note 4 also coming with a fingerprint scanner on the back. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display that is covered with a 2.5D curved glass panel. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, that is backed by the Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM. 16 GB or 64 GB are the on-board storage options available, which also dictates how much RAM you get, and you also get expandable storage via microSD card to cover all your needs. Keeping everything running is a huge 4,100 mAh battery.
  • New study finds iPhones fail far more often than Android phones
    Apple customers are generally a shockingly loyal bunch. The company’s high repeat customer rate can be attributed to a combination of factors that concern iPhones themselves as well as Apple’s industry-leading customer service. Dealing with Apple’s customer care department has always been a pleasure compared to dealing with rival companies, and iPhones themselves have historically been very reliable, offering a consistently smooth user experience that people love.
  • Relax, Spire can now connect to Android phones
    Spire, the wearable that promises to help you with healthy breathing and mindfulness, was previously only available for iOS devices. But that should change with an update rolling out now.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat: Small changes that make a big difference in UX
    The seventh iteration of Android (Nougat) has finally been released by the mighty Google. If you happen to be the owner of a Nexus device, you might see this update very soon. Everyone know the drill. So after an extended period of waiting for the update to trickle through your carrier and onto your device, what can you expect to happen to your Android device once its center has become a creamier shade of Nougat?
  • Two Nokia Android smartphones show up in benchmark
    Nokia is definitely coming out with a few Android smartphones later this year, but today's Nokia has little in common with the company that ruled the mobile phone industry for years. For starters, the devices that will be released this year, or the next, will be made by a third-party company. Nokia won't be manufacturing phones anymore and most likely it won't manage the way they are sold through retailers and authorized resellers.
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Comparison of the Samsung Z1 vs Z2 vs Z3 Tizen smartphones

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