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Distribution Release: Slackel 6.0.8 "Openbox"

Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:02:08 AM
Dimitris Tzemos has announced the release of Slackel 6.0.8 "Openbox" edition, the latest version of the project's lightweight distribution based on Slackware Linux and Salix: "Slackel 6.0.8 Openbox has been released. Includes the Linux kernel 4.4.29 and latest updates from Slackware's 'Current' tree. There are four ISO images....

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 12

Friday 18th of November 2016 08:33:24 PM
Zorin OS is a Linux distribution which strives to provide a familiar desktop experience for former Windows users and which uses Ubuntu as a package base. The project has announced the launch of Zorin OS 12 which features many changes to the desktop interface and utilities. "We have....

Development Release: Tails 3.0 Alpha 1

Friday 18th of November 2016 12:54:47 PM
The developers of Tails, a Debian-based live DVD designed for anonymous web browsing using the pre-configured Tor Browser, have announced the availability of the initial development build of Tails 3.0. Based on the upcoming Debian 9.0 "Stretch", the new version is only available for the x86_64 architecture while....

Development Release: NethServer 7.2 RC2

Thursday 17th of November 2016 02:24:33 PM
Alessio Fattorini has announced a new, and probably final, release candidate for NethServer 7.2. NethServer is a CentOS-based server distribution which is administered primarily through a web interface. The new development snapshot, NethServer 7.2 RC2, supports both long (with domain suffix) and short user names, blocks guest users....

OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.3

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 11:15:01 PM
ReactOS is an open source operating system which strives to provide an environment which is binary compatible with the Microsoft Windows operating system. The ReactOS project has published their fourth release of 2016 with ReactOS 0.4.3. The new version includes improvements to the winsock networking library and offers....

Distribution Release: openSUSE 42.2

Wednesday 16th of November 2016 01:22:52 PM
The openSUSE team has announced the availability of a new version of the distribution's Leap edition. openSUSE Leap provides a stable base, similar to SUSE Linux Enterprise, with the addition of community-provided software packages. The latest version, openSUSE 42.2, features KDE's Plasma 5.8 desktop, version 4.4 of the....

Distribution Release: Tails 2.7

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 08:30:23 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based, live distribution with the goal of providing Internet anonymity for its users. The distribution accomplishes this by directing Internet traffic through the Tor network and by providing built-in tools for protecting files and scrubbing away meta data. The project's....

Distribution Release: Salix 14.2 "Live Xfce"

Tuesday 15th of November 2016 02:36:42 AM
George Vlahavas has announced the release of Salix 14.2 "Live Xfce" edition, a live distribution based on Slackware Linux 14.2 and featuring the Xfce desktop environment: "After a long round of testing, Salix Live Xfce 14.2 is released. This is the first Live release for the 14.2 series....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 687

Monday 14th of November 2016 12:05:32 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Storing files with NAS4Free 10.3.0.3 News: Managing Fedora repositories, Fedora to offer MP3 playback, budgie-remix becomes Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu flavours compared, ReactOS works on application compatibility Rolling release trial #2: Week threeReleased last week: KaOS 2016.11, Univention Corporate Server 4.1-4, SUSE Linux....

Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.3

Friday 11th of November 2016 02:03:25 PM
Oracle has announced the release of a new version of Oracle Linux. The new version, Oracle Linux 7.3, represents an incremental update to the company's 7.x series. The new version supports booting on UEFI-enabled computers and will run on machines with Secure Boot turned on. Oracle Linux provides....

Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 8.0

Thursday 10th of November 2016 03:37:16 PM
Black Lab Linux is a desktop operating system based on software provided by Ubuntu packages. The Black Lab Linux project has announced the availability of a new version, Black Lab Linux 8.0. "Today our development team is pleased to announce the release of Black Lab Linux 8.0, the....

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