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Development Release: Vine Linux 6.5 Beta 1

Sunday 7th of August 2016 01:00:04 PM
Daisuke Suzuki has announced the availability of the initial beta build of Vine Linux 6.5, an upcoming new version of the popular Japanese distribution whose origins date back to 1999 when it evolved from Project Japanese Extensions (PJE) into a Japanese operating system based on Red Hat Linux.....

Distribution Release: Apricity OS 07.2016

Sunday 7th of August 2016 08:34:03 AM
Alex Gajewski has announced the release of Apricity OS 07.2016, the first stable build of the project's Arch Linux-based distribution offering a choice of GNOME and Cinnamon desktops: "The Apricity OS team is incredibly happy to announce the release of Apricity OS 07.2016 'Aspen', the first-ever stable release....

Distribution Release: blackPanther OS 16.1

Sunday 7th of August 2016 04:12:06 AM
Károly Barcza has announced the release of blackPanther OS 16.1, a major new version of the project's distribution originally forked from Mandriva Linux, but which is now under independent development. This new release is the project's first that uses the KDE Plasma 5 desktop: "blackPanther OS release 16.1....

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA4

Sunday 7th of August 2016 12:09:57 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the fourth (and likely final) beta build of FreeBSD 11.0. This will be followed by a series of release candidates until the stable build scheduled for 9 September in the recently-revised release schedule. From the announcement: "The fourth BETA build of....

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....

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    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels. First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.
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    The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware. The developers have been making progress and yesterday they published their initial patches that add a V4L2 decoder driver for the VPU found on Allwinner's A13 SoC.
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  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
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