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Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 17.12.2

Thursday 22nd of February 2018 02:17:13 PM
Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based rolling release distribution which is available in several desktop and server editions. The project's latest version, Calculate Linux 17.12.2, features fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs, restores functionality for LXC containers, permits renaming of network interfaces and makes it possible to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 751

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:11:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: DietPi 6.1News: Nitrux packages AppImage, OpenIndiana upgrades compiler, Canonical explores collecting hardware data, Solus experiments with WaylandTechnology review: KDE's Plasma MobileReleased last week: Zevenet 5.0Torrent corner: Bluestar, Container, IPFire, Live Raizo, Manjaro, ZevenetOpinion poll: Getting software not in a distro's official repositoriesNew....

Development Release: Porteus 4.0 RC4

Thursday 15th of February 2018 05:36:57 AM
Jay Flood has announced the availability of a development build of the upcoming Porteus 4.0, a set of portable Linux distributions based on Slackware Linux, with a good choice of desktop environments. Although labelled as "release candidate 4", this is actually the first public development release of the....

Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 Beta

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 12:48:08 AM
Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian which features the SysV init software instead of systemd. The Devuan team has announced the availability of a new development release which carries the codename ASCII: "The long-awaited release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta (minor planet number 3568) is here. What's....

Distribution Release: Zevenet 5.0 "Community"

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 05:34:37 PM
Zevenet is a load balancer and application delivery system based on Debian. The Zevenet team has announced the release of Zevenet 5.0 "Community" edition. The new version is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the following changes: "A new web GUI frontend in Angular. New API JSON+REST....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 750

Monday 12th of February 2018 12:24:25 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Solus 3 and the Budgie desktopNews: NetBSD reports on security work, elementary OS exploring AppCentre changes, Ubuntu 18.04 to include Snap packages, run-time kernel protection for LinuxOpinion: Packages not flowing upstream into DebianReleased last week: Peppermint OS 8-20180203, Kali Linux 2018.1, Quirky....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.3.10

Saturday 10th of February 2018 08:55:27 PM
Endless OS is a Linux-based operating system which provides a simplified and streamlined user experience using a customized desktop environment forked from GNOME 3. The project has released a new version, Endless OS 3.3.10, which features automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications and some Flatpak programs will....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 9.1

Saturday 10th of February 2018 12:48:34 AM
Robolinux is a desktop operating system and one of the project's more interesting features is the availability of a pre-configured virtual machine support pack with Windows XP, 7 or 10. The project's latest release, Robolinux 9.1, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and includes support for UEFI, Secure....

Distribution Release: Quirky 8.4

Friday 9th of February 2018 03:12:25 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the Quirky distribution. Quirky is a lightweight distribution and a sister project to Puppy Linux. It is assembled using a custom tool called Woof. The new version, Quirky 8.4, is built using the latest available packages from....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.1

Tuesday 6th of February 2018 11:23:40 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution that includes a collection of security and forensics tools. The Kali developers have released a new version, Kali Linux 2018.1, which features an updated kernel and two new security features: "Kali Linux 2018.1 has a shiny new 4.14.12 kernel. New kernels always....

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS 8-20180203

Monday 5th of February 2018 07:01:09 PM
Peppermint OS is a lightweight distribution based on Lubuntu. The Peppermint team has released a new minor update to the project's version 8 release. The new installation media features bug fixes and an updated version of the Linux kernel. "This is a security refresh of the Peppermint 8....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 749

Monday 5th of February 2018 12:19:47 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Freespire 3 and Linspire 7.0News: Red Hat acquiring CoreOS, Korora slows release schedule, the OSI turns 20Myths and misunderstandings: Wayland, X.Org and MirReleased last week: Linux Lite 3.8, Emmabuntus 9-1.01, OPNsense 18.1Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Archman, Emmabuntus, KDE neon, Lite, Manjaro, OPNsense, Pardus....

Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC4

Thursday 1st of February 2018 02:41:30 AM
Andrew David Wong has announced the availability of the fourth release candidate for Qubes OS 4.0, un upcoming new version of the project's Fedora-based, security-oriented desktop Linux distribution: "We're pleased to announce the fourth release candidate for Qubes 4.0. This release contains important safeguards against the Spectre and....

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.8

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:49:55 PM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 3.8, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the lightweight Xfce desktop. "Linux Lite 3.8 Final is now available for download. There have been a number of changes since the 3.6 release. This is the last release for Series 3.x. Linux Lite....

Development Release: openSUSE 15.0 Beta (Build 109.3)

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:31:39 PM
Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of a new testing snapshot for the Leap branch of the openSUSE distribution. The new snapshot, openSUSE 15.0 (Build 109.3), is part of a rolling release series of development snapshots and considered a beta release. "Leap 15 finally got a fresh look....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs 9-1.01

Monday 29th of January 2018 08:58:31 PM
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based on based on Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project's latest release is based on Debian and includes several....

Development Release: Q4OS 3.1 Testing

Monday 29th of January 2018 06:20:31 PM
Q4OS, a Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, has launched a new development branch. The project's new testing branch, Q4OS 3.1 Testing, carries the code name "Centaurus" and uses packages from Debian's Testing "Buster" branch. "We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version....

BSD Release: OPNsense 18.1

Monday 29th of January 2018 03:17:11 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. The latest release, OPNsense 18.1, is built on FreeBSD 11.1 and includes PHP version 7.1. The new release also features strict interface binding for OpenSSH connections and a new Realtek network....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 748

Monday 29th of January 2018 12:26:18 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: siduction 2018.1.0News: openSUSE 42.2 reaches EOL, SolydXK releases 32-bit community editions, building an Ubuntu robot, Ubuntu 18.04 to use Xorg by default, Mint improves testing processQuestions and answers: Desktop-friendly Debian and systemd boot timesReleased last week: Proxmox 5.0 "Mail Gateway", Netrunner 2018.01....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.11

Sunday 28th of January 2018 11:27:26 PM
Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing and computer forensics. The project's latest release, Parrot Security OS 3.11, includes fixes for Metasploit and PostgreSQL as well as a new automobile hacking menu which includes tools for testing real....

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GNU: GLIBC and GCC News

  • Recent GNU* C library improvements
    As technology advancements continue, the core technology must be updated with new ideas that break paradigms and enable innovation. Linux* systems are based on two main core technologies: the Linux Kernel project and the GNU C Library (GLIBC) project. The GLIBC project provides the core libraries for the GNU system and GNU/Linux systems, as well as many other systems that use Linux as the kernel. These libraries provide interfaces that allow programs to manipulate and manage files, memory, threads and other operating system objects. The release of GLIBC version 2.27 marks a new step on the Linux technology roadmap, with major new features that will allow Linux developers to create and enhance applications. This blog post describes several key new features and how to use them.
  • What Makes GLIBC 2.27 Exciting To The Clear Linux Folks
    Released at the beginning of February was Glibc 2.27 and it's comprised of a lot of new features and performance improvements. But what's the best of Glibc 2.27? One of the Clear Linux developers at Intel, Victor Rodriguez Bahena, put out a blog post this week outlining some of the most exciting features for this GNU C Library update. While most Linux distributions tend to be conservative in rolling out new GLIBC updates, Clear Linux is already on v2.27 and even had back-ported some of the performance patches prior to the official 2.27 debut.
  • GCC 8 Will Let You -march=native Correctly On ARM/AArch64
    Linux developers and enthusiasts on x86_64 have long enjoyed the ability to use the -march=native option for having the GCC compiler attempt to auto-detect the CPU and set the appropriate microarchitecture flags. That support is finally being offered up for ARM with GCC 8. This week -march=native now works on AArch64 as well as for ARM in general too.

Open Source Color Management is broken

Since I am now in the business of photography and image processing (see my travel photography blog here), I thought it was time to finally get proper monitors and calibrate them. I wanted to do this with Open Source tools and use the calibration data for my Linux desktop, so I ordered a ColorHug2 colorimeter, which is Open Hardware compliant and all the tools are FOSS licensed. And from then on everything just went downhill. Read more

Devices: Microchip and TinyFPGAs

  • Microchip Introduces Tiny Cheap Linux Modules
    Linux is in everything these days, and that means designers and engineers are crying out for a simple, easy-to-use module that simplifies the design of building a product to do something with Linux. The best example of this product category would probably be the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, followed by the C.H.I.P. Pro and its GR8 module. There are dozens of boards with Allwinner and Mali chips stuffed inside that can be used to build a Linux product, and the ‘BeagleBone on a Chip’ is a fantastic product if you need Linux and want to poke pins really, really fast.
  • The Next Generation of TinyFPGAs
    Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have come of age. Once viewed as exotic and scary there are a number of FPGA boards targeting the maker market and among them is a new range of open source TinyFPGA boards. The latest TinyFPGA board is the TinyFPGA BX board, an updated version of their B2 board, and it’s arriving soon on Crowd Supply.

Spectre and Meltdown Mitigations Now Available for FreeBSD and OpenBSD Systems

More than a month since their public discloser the nasty Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerability have now been fixed for various BSD operating systems including FreeBSD and OpenBSD. FreeBSD announced last month that it was made aware of the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities discovered by various researchers from Google's Project Zero, Graz University of Technology, Cyberus Technology, and others in late December 2017 to have time to fix them for their BSD-powered operating system. Read more Also: Pledge: OpenBSD’s defensive approach to OS Security