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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 830

Monday 2nd of September 2019 12:11:17 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: deepin 15.11News: Endless partners with GNOME in coding competition, elementary OS gets a new greeter, exFAT support coming to LinuxQuestions and answers: Working with AppArmor to protect the operating systemReleased last week: Bedrock Linux 0.7.7, Proxmox 6.0 "Mail Gateway", BlackArch Linux 2019.09.1Torrent....

Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 9.0

Sunday 1st of September 2019 05:58:36 PM
The Linux From Scratch (LFS) project has announced the availability of a new stable release of LFS and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS). LFS is a book that provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system from scratch (using a standard Linux live system). BLFS....

Distribution Release: 4MLinux 30.0

Sunday 1st of September 2019 02:51:07 PM
4MLinux is a small Linux distribution focusing on four capabilities: maintenance (as a system rescue live CD), multimedia (for playing video DVDs and other multimedia files), mini-server (using the inetd daemon) and mystery (providing several small Linux games). The project's latest release, 4MLinux 30.0, provides OpenGL support and....

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 4.6

Saturday 31st of August 2019 02:25:56 PM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 4.6. The project's new version is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and makes it easier to switch between light and dark themes, introduces new documentation, and adds a new CPU monitor widget. "Linux Lite 4.6 Final is now available....

Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2019.09.01

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 01:39:52 PM
BlackArch Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution designed for penetration testers and security researchers. It is supplied as a live DVD image that comes with several lightweight window managers, including Fluxbox, Openbox, Awesome and spectrwm. It ships with over a thousand specialist tools for penetration testing and forensic....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 6.0 "Mail Gateway"

Tuesday 27th of August 2019 05:26:29 PM
Proxmox is a commercial company which offers specialized products based on Debian. The company recently launched Proxmox Mail Gateway version 6.0 which is based on Debian 10 "Buster". The release announcement covers the highlights of the new version: "Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today has released Proxmox Mail Gateway....

Distribution Release: Bedrock Linux 0.7.7

Tuesday 27th of August 2019 02:37:17 PM
Bedrock Linux is a meta Linux distribution which allows users to utilize features from other, typically mutually exclusive distributions. Essentially, users can mix-and-match components and packages as desired from multiple Linux distributions and have them work seamlessly side-by-side. The project's latest release is Bedrock Linux 0.7.7 which adds....

Distribution Release: Super Grub2 Disk 2.04s1

Monday 26th of August 2019 08:56:16 PM
Super Grub2 Disk is a live CD that helps the user to boot into almost any operating system even if the system cannot boot into it by normal means. This allows a user to boot into an installed operating system if their GRUB installation has been overwritten, erased....

Development Release: MX Linux 19 Beta 1

Monday 26th of August 2019 12:17:30 PM
The first public development build of MX Linux 19 is ready for testing. The upcoming release of what is currently the "number one" distribution on DistroWatch is now based on Debian 10 and includes the recently-released Xfce 4.14 desktop: "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 19 beta....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 829

Monday 26th of August 2019 12:10:35 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Drauger OS 7.4.1, and EndeavourOS 2019.07.15News: NetBSD gets its first Wayland application, UBports publishes updates, Kali updates meta-packages, boot environments for DragonFly BSD, GhostBSD changes base repository, FreeBSD status updateTips and tricks: How to check the licenses of kernel modulesReleased last week:....

Distribution Release: EasyOS 2.1

Sunday 25th of August 2019 02:23:36 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of EasyOS 2.1. EasyOS is an experimental Linux distribution which uses many of the technologies and package formats pioneered by Puppy Linux. The distribution features custom container technology called Easy Containers which can run applications or the entire desktop environment in a....

Development Release: Simplicity 19.10 Alpha 1

Friday 23rd of August 2019 04:51:39 PM
Simplicity Linux is a Puppy Linux derivative with Xfce as the default desktop environment. It comes in three editions: Desktop, Mini and an experimental X flavour. The project's latest development snapshot is Simplicity Linux 19.10 Alpha1: "We're proud to announce the release of Simplicity Linux 19.10. It is....

Distribution Release: Netrunner 19.08

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 02:22:12 AM
The Netrunner development team has announced the availability of Netrunner 19.08 (code name "Indigo"), the project's first release based on Debian 10: "The Netrunner team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Netrunner 19.08 Indigo, a 64-bit ISO image. This version is based on Debian 10....

Distribution Release: Runtu 18.04.3

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:13:14 PM
Runtu is a Russian desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's LTS (long-term support) releases. It features full support for Russian and a variety of extra applications, tools and media codecs. The project's latest release is an update to its 18.04 branch. An English translation of the project's release....

Development Release: LXLE 18.04.3 Beta

Monday 19th of August 2019 03:42:05 PM
LXLE is an easy-to-use lightweight desktop Linux distribution based on Lubuntu and featuring the LXDE desktop environment. The project has published a new development release, based on Lubuntu 18.04 LTS. "LXLE 18.04.3 Beta is now available in 64-bit or 32-bit versions. This one was a long time coming....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 828

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:05:58 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: AcademiX GNU/Linux 2.2News: UBports testing Unity8 desktop changes, Debian getting FreedomBox desktop spin, Slackware tries more direct method of fundraising, FreeBSD phasing out GCC, Fedora project presents new Enterprise Linux channelQuestions and answers: Concerns regarding non-free firmwareReleased last week: Emmabuntus DE2-1.05, Neptune....

Distribution Release: Redcore Linux 1908

Sunday 18th of August 2019 05:56:40 PM
Redcore Linux is a Gentoo-based, rolling release distribution which ships with two editions featuring pre-configured desktop environments: KDE Plasma and LXQt. The project's latest release, Redcore Linux 1908, is based on Gentoo's Testing branch to provide more up to date packages: "Starting with this release, Redcore Linux is....

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 8.6

Sunday 18th of August 2019 04:50:06 AM
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 8.6, a new stable version of the project's Debian-based live CD with a choice of LXDE (default desktop), KDE Plasma 5.14 and GNOME 3.30. Interestingly, the distribution comes with a custom init system called "knoppix-autoconfig" which replaces systemd present in....

Development Release: antiX 19 Beta 3

Sunday 18th of August 2019 01:26:11 AM
The third beta release of antiX 19, a lightweight, desktop-oriented Linux distribution featuring the IceWM window manager, is now available for testing. This major new version is based on Debian 10: "antiX 19 beta 3 'full' and 'base' editions (64-bit and 32-bit) are available. Our third beta build....

Distribution Release: Neptune 6.0

Saturday 17th of August 2019 01:24:25 PM
Leszek Lesner has announced the release of Neptune 6.0, the distribution's first stable release based on Debian 10, featuring the KDE Plasma desktop with assorted desktop improvements: "We are proud to announce the release of Neptune 6.0. This new version is based upon Debian 10 "Buster" and it....

More in Tux Machines

Security: Updates, Mozilla AMO and Reproducible Arch Linux Packages

  • Security updates for Monday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (ampache, chromium, djvulibre, firefox-esr, gdal, and ruby-haml), Fedora (chromium, file, gd, hostapd, nspr, and rssh), openSUSE (bcm20702a1-firmware, firefox, gdal, libtomcrypt, php7, python-ecdsa, python3, samba, and thunderbird), SUSE (apache2-mod_auth_openidc, libssh2_org, and rsyslog), and Ubuntu (bash).

  • Security improvements in AMO upload tools

    We are making some changes to the submission flow for all add-ons (both AMO- and self-hosted) to improve our ability to detect malicious activity. These changes, which will go into effect later this month, will introduce a small delay in automatic approval for all submissions. The delay can be as short as a few minutes, but may take longer depending on the add-on file. If you use a version of web-ext older than 3.2.1, or a custom script that connects to AMO’s upload API, this new delay in automatic approval will likely cause a timeout error. This does not mean your upload failed; the submission will still go through and be approved shortly after the timeout notification. Your experience using these tools should remain the same otherwise.

  • Reproducible Arch Linux Packages

    Arch Linux has been involved with the reproducible builds efforts since 2016. The goal is to achieve deterministic building of software packages to enhance the security of the distribution. After almost 3 years of continued effort, along with the release of pacman 5.2 and contributions from a lot of people, we are finally able to reproduce packages distributed by Arch Linux! This enables users to build packages and compare them with the ones distributed by the Arch Linux team. Users can independently verify the work done by our packagers, and figure out if malicious code has been included in the pristine source during the build, which in turns enhances the overall supply chain security. We are one of the first binary distributions that has achieved this, and can provide tooling down to users. That was the TL;DR! The rest of the blog post will explain the reproducible builds efforts, and the technical work that has gone into achieving this.

  • Arch Linux Updates Its Kernel Installation Handling

    Arch Linux has updated the behavior when installing the linux, linux-lts, linux-zen, and linux-hardened kernel options on this popular distribution.  The actual kernel images for their official Linux, Linux LTS, Linux Zen, and Linux Hardened flavors will no longer be installed to /boot by default. By not having the actual kernel reside on /boot should help those with separate boot partitions that are quite small and avoid running out of space when keeping multiple kernels installed. 

Sparky 2019.11 Special Editions

There are new live/install media of Sparky 2019.11 “Po Tolo” Special Editions available to download: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue. The live system is based on the testing branch of Debian “Bullseye”. GameOver Edition features a very large number of preinstalled games, useful tools and scripts. It’s targeted to gamers. Multimedia Edition features a large set of tools for creating and editing graphics, audio, video and HTML pages. The live system of Rescue Edition contains a large set of tools for scanning and fixing files, partitions and operating systems installed on hard drives. Read more

The Many Features & Improvements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Desktop Environment

With the KDE Plasma 5.17 release out the door last month, it's time to take a closer look at the new features and improvements coming to KDE Plasma 5.18, which will be released early next year as the next LTS (Long Term Support) version of open-source desktop environment designed to run on GNU/Linux distributions. Among the enhancements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS desktop environment, we can mention the ability to select and remove multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously, support for KSysGuard to display stats for Nvidia graphics hardware, and a new "Home" button in System Settings that will take users back to the main page. Read more

Open-spec, dual-port router offers a choice of Allwinner H3 or H5

FriendlyElec’s Linux-driven, $20 “NanoPi R1S-H3” router uses a modified version of the Allwinner H3-based NanoPi R1, upgrading the second LAN port to GbE while removing a USB port. There’s also a similar, $23 “NanoPi R1S-H5” with a quad -A53 H5. Back in February, FriendlyElec launched the community-backed NanoPi R1 router SBC, which still sells for $29. Now it has followed up with two more affordable NanoPi R1S routers based on upgraded versions of the NanoPi R1 that that give you dual GbE ports instead of 10/100Mbps and 10/1000/1000Mbps. The mainboards are smaller than the R1 at 55.6 x 52mm, and the board and the case have been entirely redesigned. Read more