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Distribution Release: Finnix 121

3 hours 3 min ago
Finnix is a small, self-contained, bootable Linux CD distribution for system administrators, based on Debian. The latest release migrates from Debian's Stable branch to Debian Testing and adds several new packages. "Today marks the release of Finnix 121, the LiveCD for system administrators. This release expands upon Finnix....

BSD Release: GhostBSD 20.08.04

6 hours 38 min ago
GhostBSD, a desktop operating system based on the development branch of FreeBSD has published a new version. The project now includes the option to automatically take filesystem snapshots (called boot environments) prior to performing package updates. This allows the administrator to recover in situations where package upgrades break....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 878

Monday 10th of August 2020 12:12:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Zentyal Server 6.2News: CentOS shares survey results, Linux Mint gives version usage overview, IPFire shares DNS security tips, UBports updates list of working devicesQuestions and answers: Pros and cons of dynamic linking versus static linkingReleased last week: BSD Router Project 1.97, Ubuntu....

Development Release: Porteus 5.0 RC2

Sunday 9th of August 2020 01:56:46 PM
It took more than a year for Porteus to get from RC1 to RC2 for its upcoming 5.0 release, but the new version of the project's Slackware-based distribution is finally ready for testing: "After nearly 14 months and a lot of developments (circumstantial and technical), team Porteus is....

Development Release: Mageia 8 Beta 1

Saturday 8th of August 2020 12:52:20 AM
The Mageia team have published a new development snapshot of the upcoming Mageia 8 release. The first beta build includes a number of improvements to the installer, such as a new filesystem support, along with better support for the ARM architecture. "Some of the major improvements include improved....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 20.04.1

Thursday 6th of August 2020 07:20:15 PM
Łukasz Zemczak has announced the release of Ubuntu 20.04.1, along with the distribution's community editions. These new builds mostly contain bug fixes for packages, reducing the amount of time required to update new installations. "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Long-Term....

BSD Release: BSD Router Project 1.97

Wednesday 5th of August 2020 02:07:59 AM
Olivier Cochard-Labbé has announced the release of BSD Router Project (BSDRP) 1.97, the latest stable build of the project's free and open-source software router distribution based on embedded FreeBSD. This release is upgrades the underlying operating system to FreeBSD 12.1: "BSDRP 1.97 is online. Based on a FreeBSD....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 877

Monday 3rd of August 2020 03:37:55 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Haiku R1 beta 2 News: DragonFly BSD gets updated ext2 driver, GRUB security update renders Red Hat and CentOS systems unbootable Questions and answers: Evaluating available Linux mobile phones and checking system identification Released last week: OPNsense 20.1, GeckoLinux 999.200729.0, ALT Linux....

Distribution Release: BunsenLabs Linux Lithium

Sunday 2nd of August 2020 11:09:13 PM
The BunsenLabs development team has announced the release of BunsenLabs Linux Lithium, a major new version from the project that offers a lightweight and customisable Linux distribution based on Debian's "stable" branch and featuring the Openbox window manager: "BunsenLabs Linux is pleased to announce Lithium, the latest release....

Distribution Release: ALT Linux 9.1

Sunday 2nd of August 2020 01:37:16 PM
Michael Shigorin has announced the release of ALT Linux 9.1, an updated version of the project's independently developed distribution for workstations, servers and educational institutions: "BaseALT Ltd announces the availability of an update to its family of Linux distributions, ALT 9.1. The stable Platform 9 repository supports 8....

Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 999.200729.0

Friday 31st of July 2020 03:39:28 AM
The GeckoLinux "Rolling" edition, which is a desktop-oriented distribution based on openSUSE's "Tumbleweed" branch, has been updated to version 999.200729.0. It brings a new set of installable live images with a choice of Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE, LXQt and IceWM desktop environments. From the release announcement:....

BSD Release: OPNsense 20.7

Thursday 30th of July 2020 03:04:23 PM
Jos Schellevis has announced the release of OPNsense 20.1, the latest stable version of the project's open-source, easy-to-use, HardenedBSD-based firewall and routing platform. This version is based on HardenedBSD 12.1 and it ads several interesting enhancements to its web-based user interface: "For five and a half years, OPNsense....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Beta

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 02:44:15 PM
Six months following the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2, Red Hat is publishing a beta for the upcoming release of version 8.3. The new beta offers updated development and hosting tools: "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 introduced Application Streams, where software components used for application development....

Development Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.2 Alpha 1

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 04:16:15 AM
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of OpenMandriva Lx 4.2, the forthcoming new release of the project's Linux distribution optimised for desktop use. The new release updates the Linux and all KDE/Qt applications to their latest versions. "Here we have the alpha milestone....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 876

Monday 27th of July 2020 01:00:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Artix Linux 20200125News: IPFire shares security tips, Fedora offers guide for switching from scp to rsync, Manjaro user tests kernel power consumptionQuestions and answers: Updating a rolling release versus a fixed release distributionReleased last week: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2, GeckoLinux 152,....

Distribution Release: REMnux 7

Thursday 23rd of July 2020 03:04:07 AM
Lenny Zeltser has announced the release of REMnux 7, a major update of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution with a toolkit for reverse-engineering and analysing malicious software. The new version continues to be delivered as an OVA virtual appliance, but is now based on Ubuntu 18.04: "Ten years after....

Distribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2

Tuesday 21st of July 2020 02:34:53 PM
The SUSE team has announced the release of a new service pack (SP) for SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). The new update, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP2, offers security improvements, techniques to reduce downtime, and improvements to ARM platforms. "Greater security for federal government and public sector organizations as....

Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 152

Monday 20th of July 2020 05:59:35 PM
GeckoLinux is a desktop-oriented distribution based on openSUSE. The project's latest version includes updated desktop environments and enables several third-party software repositories. "GeckoLinux continues to be focused on eliminating pain points and polishing its unique out-of-the-box configuration on top of the stable and flexible openSUSE base. Proprietary media....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 875

Monday 20th of July 2020 12:42:16 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Linux Lite 5.0News: ReactOS hires storage developer, UBports fixes Wi-Fi issues on PinePhone, FreeBSD publishes status report, Debian updates install mediaQuestions and answers: Easy access to VeraCrypt packagesReleased last week: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-5, EndeavourOS 2020.07.15Torrent corner: Archman, Bluestar, EndeavourOS, KaOS, KDE....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.07

Saturday 18th of July 2020 10:00:07 PM
KaOS is a rolling release distribution that focuses on one desktop (KDE Plasma) and one toolkit (Qt). The distribution's latest snapshot provides a series of package updates, more configuration options, and additional firmware for wider hardware support. "You will find Plasma 5.19 on this ISO. Highlights of 5.19....

More in Tux Machines

Darktable 3.2 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Released with Major New Features

Darktable 3.2.1 is now available and it’s the first major update to the application since the introduction of the 3.0 series. If you’re asking, there wasn’t a 3.2.0 release, nor a 3.1 release. The development team jumped straight to the 3.2.1 version number from version 3.0.2, which you’re probably using right now on your GNU/Linux distribution, because of a last minute bug in the 3.2.0 release. But don’t let the version number fool you, because Darktable 3.2.1 is a massive update with lots of goodies for amateur and professional photographers alike. Highlights include support for up to 8K screen resolutions thanks to the complete rewrite of the Lighttable View and the revamped Filmstrip. Read more

Kernel: EULA, Linux 5.8 and Linux 5.9

  • A "Large Hardware Vendor" Wants A EULA Displayed For Firmware Updates On Linux

    The open-source Fwupd firmware updating utility paired with LVFS as the Linux Vendor Firmware Service has seen explosive growth for vastly improving the BIOS/firmware updating experience on Linux. Many major hardware vendors distribute their firmware updates on LVFS for consumption by Fwupd and more than 17 million firmware files have been served. Now though there is a new "large hardware vendor" willing to distribute their firmware updates this way but they want a end-user license agreement (EULA) added.  Fwupd/LVFS lead developer Richard Hughes of Red Hat noted today that "A large hardware vendor wants to join the LVFS, but only on the agreement that every user has to agree to a English-only EULA text when deploying their firmware updates. This is the first vendor that's required this condition, and breaks all kinds of automated deployment." 

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  • Linux 5.8 released: Bootlin contributions

    Linux 5.8 was released recently. See our usual resources for a good coverage of the highlights of this new release: KernelNewbies page, LWN.net article on the first part of the merge window, LWN.net article on the second part of the merge window. On our side, we contributed a total of 155 commits to Linux 5.8, which makes Bootlin the 19th contributing company by number of commits according to Linux Kernel Patch Statistic. 

  • SD Times news digest: New Relic and Grafana Lab on open instrumentation, Atlassian TEAM Anywhere, and Linux 5.8 rc-1 released [Ed: No, Linux 5.8 rc-1 released ages ago]

    The Linux working group stated that 5.8 looks to be one of the project’s biggest releases of all time, including a lot of fundamental core work and cleanups, as well as filesystem work and driver updates.  Within the 5.8 merge window, about 20% of all the files in the kernel source repository have been modified.  In total, the release includes over 14k non-merge commits (over 15k counting merges), 800k new lines, and over 14 thousand files changed.

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  • Linux 5.9 HID Has Improvement For Faster Probe/Boot Time

    The HID changes for Linux 5.9 aren't too many but there are a few worth mentioning for improving input device support on Linux. 

  • XFS Is Packing Many Improvements With Linux 5.9

    The XFS file-system has many improvements ready for the Linux 5.9 kernel.  The main XFS feature pull was sent in on Friday for Linux 5.9 and includes a wealth of improvements for this mature file-system...

Beaker Browser – A P2P Browser for Web Hackers.

Beaker is a free and open-source web browser built to enable users to publish websites and web apps themselves directly from the browser without having to set up a separate web server or hosting their content with a 3rd party. To quote one of the project devs, it has been built to “to give users more control over the Web”. We’ve covered several projects based on similar technology (e.g. PeerTube) but this one has a little more icing on the cake. [...] The Dat protocol is favoured over HTTP for Beaker for 5 main reasons. It can sync archives from multiple sources; the URLs remain the same even when the archives can change hosts. All updates have checksums; changes are written to an append-only version log, and any archive can be hosted on any device. Although it uses Dat by default, Beaker supports connecting to traditional servers with HTTP so you can equally visit typical websites. Read more

Beaker Browser – A P2P Browser for Web Hackers.

Beaker is a free and open-source web browser built to enable users to publish websites and web apps themselves directly from the browser without having to set up a separate web server or hosting their content with a 3rd party. To quote one of the project devs, it has been built to “to give users more control over the Web”. We’ve covered several projects based on similar technology (e.g. PeerTube) but this one has a little more icing on the cake. [...] The Dat protocol is favoured over HTTP for Beaker for 5 main reasons. It can sync archives from multiple sources; the URLs remain the same even when the archives can change hosts. All updates have checksums; changes are written to an append-only version log, and any archive can be hosted on any device. Although it uses Dat by default, Beaker supports connecting to traditional servers with HTTP so you can equally visit typical websites. Read more