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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 793

Monday 10th of December 2018 12:08:36 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: openSUSE Tumbleweed (2018)News: Debian struggles with usrmerge, Void provides technical tips, Hyperbola gets FSF approvalQuestions and answers: Finding and removing non-free packagesReleased last week: DragonFly BSD 5.4.0, Scientific Linux 7.6, CentOS 7-1810Torrent corner: Antergos, AUSTRUMI, CentOS, DragonFly BSD, ExTiX, FreeNAS, GuixSD, HardenedBSD,....

Development Release: Mageia 7 Beta 1

Saturday 8th of December 2018 02:00:47 AM
Donald Stewart has announced the availability of the initial beta release of Mageia 7, an upcoming major version from the project that forked the then defunct Mandriva Linux in late 2010: "Everyone at Mageia is very happy to get the first step towards Mageia 7. There is still....

Distribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-6

Friday 7th of December 2018 05:11:00 PM
UBports is a community project which continues the development of Ubuntu Touch, a mobile operating system originally started by Canonical. The UBports team has announced the release of a new update, 16.04 OTA-6. The new version brings fixes and stability improvements, as well as several enhancements to the....

Distribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.16.0

Thursday 6th of December 2018 06:18:27 PM
Guix System Distribution (GuixSD) is a Linux-based, stateless operating system that is built around the GNU Guix package manager. The operating system provides advanced package management features such as transactional upgrades and roll-backs, reproducible build environments, unprivileged package management, and per-user profiles. The project's latest release is GuixSD....

Development Release: Linux Mint 19.1 Beta

Thursday 6th of December 2018 02:13:07 PM
The Linux Mint team has announced the availability a new development release, Linux Mint 19.1 Beta. The new snapshots - available in Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce editions - improve the speed of the Nemo file manager, the Update Manager has been adjusted to show alternative mainline kernel versions....

BSD Release: FreeNAS 11.2

Thursday 6th of December 2018 04:04:04 AM
Ladislav Sirovy has announced the release of FreeNAS 11.2, the latest stable version of the project's specialist FreeBSD-based operating system designed for computers providing Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services. The new release brings a completely redesigned web interface, among many other changes: "FreeNAS 11.2-RELEASE introduces a ton of new....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 5.3 "Virtual Environment"

Tuesday 4th of December 2018 04:32:05 PM
Proxmox is a commercial company offering specialised products based on Debian GNU/Linux. The company's latest release is Proxmox 5.3 "Virtual Environment" which includes several improvements for storage and containers. "Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH today unveiled Proxmox VE 5.3, its latest open-source server virtualization management platform. Proxmox VE is....

Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1810

Tuesday 4th of December 2018 08:50:08 AM
Karanbir Singh has announced the release of CentOS 7-1810, the latest update in the CentOS 7 series, built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6: "We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 (1810) for the x86_64 architecture. Effective immediately, this....

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.6

Tuesday 4th of December 2018 01:53:16 AM
Pat Riehecky has announced the release of Scientific Linux 7.6, a new update of the entereprise-class Linux distribution rebuilt from source packages provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux and sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, USA. The new release comes with several minor updates and a....

Development Release: MX Linux 18 Beta 1

Monday 3rd of December 2018 06:36:15 PM
MX Linux is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Debian's Stable branch and is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS Linux communities. The project has released a new development snapshot, MX Linux 18 beta 1. "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 18 beta 1....

BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.4.0

Monday 3rd of December 2018 03:15:24 PM
The DragonFly BSD project has announced a new version of their operating system. The new version, DragonFly BSD 5.4.0,includes a number of performance improvements, ships with version 8.0 of the GNU Compiler Collection, and HAMMER2 file system bug fixes. "Big-ticket items: Better support for asymmetric NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 792

Monday 3rd of December 2018 12:09:32 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: GhostBSD 18.10 - Changing the baseNews: DragonFly BSD improves wireless support, Fedora plans temporary pause in development, Fedora 27 reaches EOL, Redcore changes ports management tools, interview with GhostBSD founderQuestions and answers: When to use swap spaceReleased last week: Calculate Linux 18....

Distribution Release: 4MLinux 27.0

Sunday 2nd of December 2018 04:07:09 AM
4MLinux 27.0 has been released. 4MLinux is a project building a set of Linux distributions for desktops (with JWM, 32-bit only) and servers (with the complete LAMP stack, 64-bit). The new version comes with assorted improvements on the multimedia and gaming fronts: "The status of the 4MLinux 27.0....

Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC3

Saturday 1st of December 2018 07:32:59 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD 12.0. Unless there are any unexpected showstopper bugs, this should be the last release candidate before the final release on 11th of December: "The third RC build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available.....

Distribution Release: BlackArch Linux 2018.12.01

Friday 30th of November 2018 11:14:16 AM
A new version of BlackArch Linux, an Arch Linux-based distribution with a collection of over 2,800 penetration-testing and security tools, has been released: "Today we have released a new BlackArch Linux ISO and OVA images. Here is the changeLog: added more than 150 new tools; enabled wicd service....

Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 18 "LXQt"

Thursday 29th of November 2018 09:15:48 AM
Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 18 "LXQt" edition, a new variant of the project's Gentoo-based set of distributions with LXQt as the default desktop: "We are happy to announce the release of a new Calculate Linux Desktop flavour, featuring the LXQt desktop and therefore....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 791

Monday 26th of November 2018 12:08:45 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Haiku R1 beta 1News: Slax and Kodachi update their download media, dual booting DragonFly BSDTips and tricks: Default passwords on live mediaReleased last week: FreeBSD 12.0-RC2Torrent corner: Bluestar, Clonezilla, Kodachi, Pisi, Slax, SmartOS, Ultimate EditionUpcoming releases: FreeBSD 12.0-RC3Opinion poll: Does Haiku suit....

Development Release: FreeBSD 12.0-RC2

Sunday 25th of November 2018 04:00:46 AM
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the second release candidate for FreeBSD 12.0, the project's upcoming major version currently scheduled for final release on 11 December: "The second RC build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Please note that the 12.0-RC2 armv7 RPI2 build failed,....

Development Release: FreeNAS 11.2-RC2

Tuesday 20th of November 2018 09:58:31 PM
FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS). The project has published a new release candidate, FreeNAS 11.2-RC2. "We are pleased to announce the general availability of FreeNAS 11.2-RC2. This final release candidate for the 11.2 series is considered to be feature-complete and ready....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 790

Monday 19th of November 2018 12:10:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: NetBSD 8.0News: Fedora networking benchmarked against FreeBSD, Ubuntu team makes plans for 19.04, Ubuntu 18.04 to get extended support, Endless OS offers improved desktop performanceTips and tricks: Bash command line shortcuts and tipsReleased last week: Void 20181111, deepin 15.8, Slax 9.6.0Torrent corner:....

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KDE4 and Plasma 5 for Slackware

  • KDE4 and Qt4 deprecation in FreeBSD
    This is a reminder — for those who don’t read all of the FreeBSD mailing lists — that KDE4 is marked deprecated in the official ports tree for FreeBSD, and will be removed at the end of this year (in about 20 days). Then Qt4 will be removed from the official ports tree in mid-march. Since both pieces of software are end-of-life and unmaintained upstream already for several years, the kde@ team at FreeBSD no longer can maintain them. Recent time-sinks were dealing with OpenSSL 1.1.1, libressl, C++17, .. the code is old, and there’s newer, nicer, better-maintained code available generally by replacing 4 with 5.
  • KDE Plasma 5 for Slackware – end of the year edition
    I just uploaded a whole new batch of packages containing KDE Plasma5 for Slackware. The previous batch, KDE 5_18.10 is already two months old and has some library compatibility issues. The new KDE 5_18.12 for Slackware consists of KDE Frameworks 5.53.0, Plasma 5.14.4 and Applications 18.08.3. All this on top of Qt 5.11.3. Compiled on the latest Slackware -current, it’s running smoothly here on my laptop. I decided against upgrading to QT 5.12.0. This is a new LTS release, but I will wait for the other distros to find bugs in this new software. Next week, KDE will release KDE Applications 18.12.0 and that too is something I want to check a bit before releasing Slackware packages. Therefore it’s likely that a new batch of packages containing Qt 5.12 and KDE Applications 18.12 will see the light shortly after the New Year.

Programming: GCC, LLVM, Rust, Ruby and Python

  • GCC 9 Guts Out The PowerPC SPE Support
    It should come as no surprise since it was deprecated in this year's GCC 8 release, but the PowerPC SPE code has been removed. This isn't to be confused with conventional POWER/PowerPC but rather PowerPC SPE that is for the "Signal Processing Engine" on older FreeScale/IBM cores like the e500. It's not all that important these days and doesn't affect newer versions of the 64-bit Power support.
  • LLVM's OpenMP Runtime Picks Up DragonFlyBSD & OpenBSD Support
    Good news for those using the LLVM Clang compiler on OpenBSD or DragonFlyBSD: the OpenMP run-time should now be supported with the latest development code.
  • Nick Cameron: Rust in 2022
    In case you missed it, we released our second edition of Rust this year! An edition is an opportunity to make backwards incompatible changes, but more than that it's an opportunity to bring attention to how programming in Rust has changed. With the 2018 edition out of the door, now is the time to think about the next edition: how do we want programming in Rust in 2022 to be different to programming in Rust today? Once we've worked that out, lets work backwards to what should be done in 2019. Without thinking about the details, lets think about the timescale and cadence it gives us. It was three years from Rust 1.0 to Rust 2018 and I expect it will be three years until the next edition. Although I think the edition process went quite well, I think that if we'd planned in advance then it could have gone better. In particular, it felt like there were a lot of late changes which could have happened earlier so that we could get more experience with them. In order to avoid that I propose that we aim to avoid breaking changes and large new features landing after the end of 2020. That gives 2021 for finishing, polishing, and marketing with a release late that year. Working backwards, 2020 should be an 'impl year' - focussing on designing and implementing the things we know we want in place for the 2021 edition. 2019 should be a year to invest while we don't have any release pressure. To me, investing means paying down technical debt, looking at our processes, infrastructure, tooling, governance, and overheads to see where we can be more efficient in the long run, and working on 'quality of life' improvements for users, the kind that don't make headlines but will make using Rust a better experience. It's also the time to investigate some high-risk, high-reward ideas that will need years of iteration to be user-ready; 2019 should be an exciting year!
  • A Java Developer Walks Into A Ruby Conference: Charles Nutter’s Open Source Journey
    As a Java developer, Nutter began looking for an existing way to run Ruby within a Java runtime environment, specifically a Java virtual machine (JVM). This would let Ruby programs run on any hardware or software platform supported by a JVM, and would facilitate writing polyglot applications that used some Java and some Ruby, with developers free to choose whichever language was best for a particular task.
  • Good ciphers in OpenJDK
  • Don’t delete the same file in its own directory
  • Create a home button on the pause scene

Audiocasts/Shows: Going Linux, Linux Thursday and More

  • Going Linux #358 · Listener Feedback
    This month we have voice feedback from Paul, suggestions on alternatives for G+, a question on OpenVPN, feedback and problems moving to Linux. Troy provides a Going Linux story on software for Linux users.
  • Linux Thursday - Dec 6, 2018
  • Gnocchi: A Scalable Time Series Database For Your Metrics with Julien Danjou - Episode 189
    Do you know what your servers are doing? If you have a metrics system in place then the answer should be “yes”. One critical aspect of that platform is the timeseries database that allows you to store, aggregate, analyze, and query the various signals generated by your software and hardware. As the size and complexity of your systems scale, so does the volume of data that you need to manage which can put a strain on your metrics stack. Julien Danjou built Gnocchi during his time on the OpenStack project to provide a time oriented data store that would scale horizontally and still provide fast queries. In this episode he explains how the project got started, how it works, how it compares to the other options on the market, and how you can start using it today to get better visibility into your operations.

Best Lightweight Linux Distros for Older Computers

Don’t throw away that old Pentium III tower and CRT monitor just yet! While that old laptop in the closet may not be able to run Windows 10 or macOS Mojave, it doesn’t mean it’s destined for the dump. Many Linux distributions are made specifically for utilizing the ancient, underpowered hardware found in older machines. By installing these lightweight distros, you can breathe new life into an old PC thought to be long past its prime. Here are the best lightweight Linux distros that we’ve picked out from the pile. Read more