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Distribution Release: NixOS 17.09

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 02:02:41 PM
NixOS is a Linux distribution which is assembled using the Nix package manager. Nix features package snapshots, rollbacks and the ability to manage the configuration of the operating system and its services. The NixOS project has released a new update, NixOS 17.09. The new version offers updated desktop....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs 9-1.00

Monday 2nd of October 2017 08:40:24 PM
Emmabuntüs is a Debian-based desktop distribution which strives to offer a beginner-friendly desktop experiencing while requiring few resources. The distribution ships with the Xfce desktop environment. The project's latest release is the second version to be based on Debian and uses Debian 9 "Stretch" packages at its core.....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 732

Monday 2nd of October 2017 12:05:55 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Managing virtual environments with ClonOS 12News: Reducing Snap size, Ubuntu Desktop to drop 32-bit media, FreeBSD's Quarterly Status ReportQuestions and answers: Partitioning disks for ZFSReleased last week: SparkyLinux 5.1, KNOPPIX 8.1, Tails 3.2Torrent corner: 4MLinux, feren OS, KNOPPIX, Nitrux, SparkyLinux, SystemRescueCd, TailsUpcoming....

Development Release: Ubuntu 17.10 Beta 2

Friday 29th of September 2017 04:10:16 AM
Lukasz Zemczak has announced the availability of the final beta build of Ubuntu 17.10, code name "Artful Aardvark", together with the rest of the Ubuntu family of distributions - Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu. From the release announcement: "The Ubuntu team....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.2

Thursday 28th of September 2017 11:29:00 PM
Version 3.2 of Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user, has been released. This is mostly a security update, although it also comes with some component upgrades, including Linux kernel 4.12: "Tails 3.2 is....

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 8.1

Thursday 28th of September 2017 08:27:48 AM
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 8.1, the latest stable version from he project that pioneered the concept of an easy-to-use Linux live CD with complete hardware support. This release comes with LXDE (default desktop), KDE Plasma 5.8 and GNOME 3.24: "Version 8.1 of KNOPPIX is....

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.1

Wednesday 27th of September 2017 10:29:14 PM
SparkyLinux is a Debian-based lightweight and fast Linux distribution designed to run on both old and new computers. The project's latest release, SparkyLinux 5.1, is based on Debian's Testing branch, codename Buster and offers a rolling release upgrade path. "Changes between version 5.0 and 5.1: full system upgrade....

Development Release: NethServer 7.4 Beta 1

Wednesday 27th of September 2017 01:22:19 PM
NethServer is a CentOS-based Linux distribution for servers. The project provides many optional modules and a web-based administrator interface to make setting up services more convenient. The project has released a new development snapshot, NethServer 7.4 Beta 1. This update features mostly small changes and bug fixes from....

Development Release: LibreELEC 8.1.2 Beta

Monday 25th of September 2017 06:32:55 PM
LibreELEC is a minimal operating system designed to simply run the Kodi media software on a range of popular hardware platforms. The LibreELEC project has released a new development snapshot, version 8.1.2 Beta. The new development release fixes the Blueborne vulnerability in Bluetooth and corrects some issues with....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 731

Monday 25th of September 2017 12:13:04 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: BackSlash Linux OlafNews: Mint makes reporting bugs easier, Canonical adds Wayland support to Mir, Debian experimenting with AppArmorOpinion: The W3C, encrypted media and software freedomReleased last week: Kali Linux 2017.2, Endian Firewall 3.2.4, Korora 26Torrent corner: ArchBang, Clonezilla, Kali, Korora, Manjaro, NuTyX,....

Distribution Release: NuTyX 9.1

Sunday 24th of September 2017 07:41:38 PM
NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language supporti) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called "cards". The NuTyX project has released a maintenance update, version 9.1, for the distribution's 9.x series. "The NuTyX team is please to announce....

Development Release: Subgraph OS 2017-09-22 Alpha

Sunday 24th of September 2017 03:09:40 PM
Subgraph OS is a Debian-based Linux distribution which provides several security, anonymous web browsing and hardening features. The project has released a new development version, Subgraph OS 2017-09-22 Alpha. The alpha snapshot includes initial support for multiple named bridges which can be attached to application sandboxes. In addition,....

Distribution Release: Korora 26

Sunday 24th of September 2017 10:28:17 AM
Jim Dean has announced the release of Korora 26, a brand-new version of the project's desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Fedora, but with many user-friendly enhancements: "The Korora project is pleased to announce the release of version 26 (code name 'Bloat') which is now available for download. Korora....

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.4-RC2

Sunday 24th of September 2017 01:39:45 AM
Less than a week after the first release candidate (RC) was made available, the second RC build of FreeBSD 10.4 is now also ready for testing. Some of the recent noteworthy changes include: "Given that the amd64 disc1 image was overflowing, more of the base components installed into....

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Servers: Containers, 'Cloud', Microservices, and Hyperledger

  • How to Choose a Linux Container Image
    A comparison of Linux container images talks about the best-practices in choosing an image. Architecture, security and performance are among the factors, while commercial users would also look for support options. A Linux container allows separate management of kernel space and user space components by utilizing cgroups and namespaces, which are resource and process isolation mechanisms. Solaris and BSD also have abstractions similar to Linux containers but the article's focus is on the latter only. The host running the container has the operating system kernel and a set of libraries and tools required to run containers. The container image, on the other hand, has the libraries, interpreters and application code required to run the application that is being distributed in the container. These depend on underlying system libraries. This is true for interpreted languages too as the interpreters themselves are written in low level languages.
  • The Four Pillars of Cloud-Native Operations
    As organizations shift their application strategies to embrace the cloud-native world, the purpose of the cloud transitions from saving money to delivering and managing applications. Platforms such as Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, and Docker redefine the possibilities for application environments that utilize the cloud. It’s time for us as operations professionals to rethink how we approach our jobs in this new world. We should be asking, how do our organizations take advantage of cloud-native as a new mode of application delivery?
  • How to align your team around microservices
    Microservices have been a focus across the open source world for several years now. Although open source technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Swarm make it easier than ever for organizations to adopt microservice architectures, getting your team on the same page about microservices remains a difficult challenge. For a profession that stresses the importance of naming things well, we've done ourselves a disservice with microservices. The problem is that that there is nothing inherently "micro" about microservices. Some can be small, but size is relative and there's no standard measurement unit across organizations. A "small" service at one company might be 1 million lines of code, but far fewer at another organization.
  • Hyperledger Stitches in Another Blockchain Project
    The Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Project, which works on blockchain technologies, added a sixth sub project — this one dubbed Quilt. Hyperledger Quilt started around 18 months ago and is an implementation of the Interledger Protocol (ILP), which helps facilitate transactions across ledgers.
  • Chinese Search Giant Baidu Joins Hyperledger Blockchain Consortium
    Chinese search engine giant Baidu has become the latest member of the Linux Foundation-led Hyperledger blockchain consortium. In joining the group – which focuses on developing blockchain technologies for enterprises – Baidu will assist the project's efforts alongside other member companies including Accenture, IBM, JP Morgan, R3, Cisco and SAP, among others.

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Canonical on Path to IPO as Ubuntu Unity Linux Desktop Gets Ditched

In October 2010, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu open-source operating system and CEO of Canonical, announced his grand plan to build a converged Linux desktop that would work on mobile devices, desktops and even TVs. He called the effort "Unity" and poured significant financial resources into it. Seven years later, the Unity dream is dead. On Oct. 19, Ubuntu 17.10 was released as the first Ubuntu Linux version since 2010 that didn't use Unity as the default Linux desktop. In a video interview with eWEEK, Shuttleworth details the rationale behind his decision to cancel Unity and why he has now put his company on the path toward an initial public offering (IPO). Because Ubuntu has moved into the mainstream in a bunch of areas, including the cloud, he said some of the things his company had been doing were never going to be commercially sustainable. Read more Also: Ubuntu 17.10 delivers new desktop and cloud enhancements

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