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Distribution Release: EndeavourOS 2019.09.15

15 hours 18 min ago
EndeavourOS is an Arch Linux-based distribution featuring a pre-configured Xfce desktop and the Calamares graphical installer. The project's latest snapshot, 2019.09.15, features many package updates, a more complete Arch-x icon set and the NVIDIA driver installer is included by default. "The September release has arrived. As of today....

Distribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2019.09

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 09:11:48 PM
The PCLinuxOS project has published new install media. The rolling release distribution's latest snapshot carries version number 2019.09 and is available in editions featuring the KDE Plasma, MATE, and Xfce desktop environments. "The KDE versions both full and the minimalistic Darkstar contain kernel 5.2.15 plus a fully updated....

Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1908

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 06:23:19 PM
Johnny Hughes has announced the release of CentOS 7-1908, the latest update to the project's 7.x series. The new version provides Python 3 packages as well as updates to chrony and the bind software. The release announcement states: "Release for CentOS Linux 7 (1908) on the x86_64 architecture.....

Development Release: Fedora 31 Beta

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 03:46:09 PM
Matthew Miller has announced the release of Fedora 31 Beta. The new development snapshot includes a preview of GNOME 3.34, several package updates, and builds for multiple architectures. For this beta the i686 (x86) installation media has been dropped. This beta also introduces a new Internet of Things....

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.6.3-7

Tuesday 17th of September 2019 06:59:22 AM
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.6.3-7, an updated stable build of the useful live CD based on Debian "Unstable" and shipping with the Clonezilla disk imaging and cloning application as the principal utility: "Stable Clonezilla Live 2.6.3-7 released. This release of Clonezilla live includes....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus DE3-1.00

Monday 16th of September 2019 06:41:51 PM
The Emmabuntüs team has announced the release of a new version of their Debian-based distribution, featuring the Xfce desktop. The new version, Debian Edition 3-1.00, uses Debian 10 "Buster" as a base and features version 4.12 of the Xfce desktop. "On September 16th 2019, the Emmabuntüs Collective is....

BSD Release: GhostBSD 19.09

Monday 16th of September 2019 02:31:03 PM
GhostBSD is a desktop-oriented, rolling release operating system based on TrueOS. The project's latest release, 19.09, shifts its base from TrueOS's cutting edge development branch to the slower moving, but still rolling, Stable branch. "GhostBSD 19.09 has some considerable changes happened, like moving the system to STABLE instead....

Distribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0

Monday 16th of September 2019 10:17:50 AM
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0, the latest stable build of the project's Gentoo-based, specialist distribution designed for web kiosks: "I am pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.9.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include: Linux kernel 4.19.68,....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 832

Monday 16th of September 2019 12:10:23 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: BlackWeb 1.2News: Fedora to use nftables with firewalld, Debian publishes updated media, DragonFly BSD makes resolving DNS more flexible, OpenBSD disables DoH in FirefoxQuestions and answers: Checking for Wayland and Wayland applicationsReleased last week: LXLE 18.04.3, OSGeoLive 13.0, Funtoo Linux 1.4Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.6.3

Saturday 14th of September 2019 02:11:18 PM
The Endless OS team has published an update to their distribution's 3.6 series. The new update offers a few new key features to help the computer's owner lock down the system and also fixes some issues with booting and logging into the desktop. "Endless OS 3.6.3 was released....

Distribution Release: Manjaro Linux 18.1.0

Thursday 12th of September 2019 09:25:24 PM
The Manjaro Linux team has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 18.1.0. The new version includes a graphical front-end for managing Snap and Flatpak packages through a tool called "buah". This version also presents an install-time option to include LibreOffice or FreeOffice. "After six months of development, version....

Distribution Release: Funtoo Linux 1.4

Thursday 12th of September 2019 06:07:28 AM
Daniel Robbins has announced the release of Funtoo Linux 1.4, a source-based distribution created by the original founder of Gentoo Linux in 2009. This version is probably the last one in the 1.x series as the author of the announcements suggests that work on Funtoo Linux 2.0 will....

Distribution Release: OSGeoLive 13.0

Wednesday 11th of September 2019 06:58:45 AM
Astrid Emde has announced the release of OSGeoLive 13.0, an important new release from the project that develops a specialist Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a large collection of open-source geospatial software and free world maps: "Version 13.0 of the ​OSGeoLive GIS software collection has been released at the International....

Distribution Release: LXLE 18.04.3

Monday 9th of September 2019 07:34:10 AM
Ronnie Whisler has announced the release of LXLE 18.04.3, a new version of the project's Lubuntu-based distribution targeting primarily older and low-specification desktop computers. This release brings various changes to the default application set, including a switch from LibreOffice to AbiWord/Gnumeric: "After many weeks of tweaks, adjustments and....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 831

Monday 9th of September 2019 12:16:59 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Adélie Linux 1.0 Beta News: Linux Mint team polishes system tray, PinePhone coming soon with Plasma Mobile and UBports, elementary OS gives a preview of desktop features, Manjaro takes "the next step" Tips and Tricks: Command line tips - using ffmpeg, awk....

Development Release: MX Linux 19 Beta 2.1

Sunday 8th of September 2019 01:00:27 PM
The development of MX Linux 19 continues at a rapid pace as the second public beta enters the testing phase. This build, labelled as "beta 2.1", imports security fixes from the just-released Debian 10.1 and includes various usability improvements: "We are pleased to offer MX Linux 19 beta....

Distribution Release: Archman GNU/Linux 2019-09

Thursday 5th of September 2019 11:36:52 AM
Archman GNU/Linux is an Arch Linux-based distribution featuring the Calamares system installer, Pamac package manager and a selection of pre-configured desktop environments. The just-released version 2019-09 comes with a customised Xfce 4.14: "In this release you will see a 70% centered panel at the bottom of the screen.....

Distribution Release: Tails 3.16

Wednesday 4th of September 2019 11:38:58 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client and instant messenger, all pre-configured with security in mind and with all....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 135

Wednesday 4th of September 2019 09:15:20 PM
Michael Tremer has announced the available of a new release of IPFire, a Linux distribution often used on firewalls and routers. The distribution's latest release is IPFire 2.23 Core Update 135: "This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.23 - Core Update 135, which is packed with....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2019.3

Monday 2nd of September 2019 10:25:33 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's latest snapshot is Kali Linux 2019.3 which includes updates kernel packages, improved ARM support and meta-packages for better control over which tools are installed in an environment. "We are pleased to announce....

More in Tux Machines

Samba 4.11

  • Samba 4.11.0 Available for Download
    Samba 4.11 has changed how the AD database is stored on disk. AD users should
    not really be affected by this change when upgrading to 4.11. However, AD
    users should be extremely careful if they need to downgrade from Samba 4.11 to
    an older release.
    
    Samba 4.11 maintains database compatibility with older Samba releases. The
    database will automatically get rewritten in the new 4.11 format when you
    first start the upgraded samba executable.
    
    However, when downgrading from 4.11 you will need to manually downgrade the AD
    database yourself. Note that you will need to do this step before you install
    the downgraded Samba packages. For more details, see:
    https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Downgrading_an_Active_Directory_DC
    
    When either upgrading or downgrading, users should also avoid making any
    database modifications between installing the new Samba packages and starting
    the samba executable.
    
  • Samba 4.11 Released With Much Better Scalability While Disabling SMB1 By Default

    Samba 4.11 is out as the latest big feature update to this SMB/CIFS/AD implementation for offering better Windows interoperability with Linux and other platforms. The changes in Samba 4.11 are aplenty that we are a bit surprised it wasn't called Samba 5.0. Perhaps most exciting is Samba 4.11 having big scalability improvements to the point that it should be able to scale to 100,000+ users.

CPU/GPU/Graphics Stack: AMD EPYC, NVIDIA and Mesa Radeon Vulkan Driver

  • AMD EPYC 7H12 Announced As New 280 Watt Processor For High Performance Computing

    From Rome, Italy this afternoon AMD not only announced more than 100 world records have been broken with their new EPYC "Rome" processors, but there is also a new SKU! Meet the EPYC 7H12. The EPYC 7H12 doesn't quite follow the naming convention of the rest of the EPYC Rome line-up announced back in August as it's a special part. The EPYC 7H12 is more akin to Intel's Cascadelake-AP line-up but with more broad availability and just a higher clocked / higher power part as opposed to tacking on extra dies. But it carries the same focus on delivering maximum HPC performance.

  • Nvidia Open Sources Its Deep Learning Compiler

    System architects and software teams now have the complete source for the fully open software and hardware inference platform.

  • NVIDIA Bringing Up Open-Source Volta GPU Support For Their Xavier SoC

    While NVIDIA doesn't contribute much open-source Linux driver code as it concerns their desktop GPUs (though they have been ramping up documentation), when it comes to Tegra/embedded is where they have contributed improvements and new hardware support to Nouveau and associated driver code in the past several years. NVIDIA's open-source Tegra/embedded contributions come as a result of customer demand/requirements. Their latest work is preparing to finally bring-up the "GV11B" Volta graphics found within last year's Tegra Xavier SoC.

  • Valve's ACO Shader Compiler Under Review For The Mesa Radeon Vulkan Driver

    The RADV "ACO" shader compiler announced by Valve back in July for the fastest compilation speeds and best possible code generation may soon be hitting mainline Mesa for the open-source AMD Linux graphics stack. The ACO shader compiler as an alternative to the existing AMDGPU LLVM shader compiler back-end has shown quite promising results for Linux games. ACO has become more featureful over time and is now largely at feature parity to the existing shader compilation support while generally offering some performance advantages, thanks to the effort and funding by Valve.

Audiocasts/Shows: FLOSS Weekly, Python Shows and Noodlings

  • FLOSS Weekly 547: OggCamp

    OggCamp is an unconference celebrating Free Culture, Free and Open Source Software, hardware hacking, digital rights, and all manner of collaborative cultural activities and is committed to creating a conference that is as inclusive as possible.

  • Talk Python to Me: #230 Python in digital humanities research

    You've often heard me talk about Python as a superpower. It can amplify whatever you're interested in or what you have specialized in for your career. This episode is an amazing example of this. You'll meet Cornelis van Lit. He is a scholar of medieval Islamic philosophy and woks at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. What he is doing with Python is pretty amazing.

  • Cultivating The Python Community In Argentina

    The Python community in Argentina is large and active, thanks largely to the motivated individuals who manage and organize it. In this episode Facundo Batista explains how he helped to found the Python user group for Argentina and the work that he does to make it accessible and welcoming. He discusses the challenges of encompassing such a large and distributed group, the types of events, resources, and projects that they build, and his own efforts to make information free and available. He is an impressive individual with a substantial list of accomplishments, as well as exhibiting the best of what the global Python community has to offer.

  • Episode #148: The ASGI revolution is upon us!
  • Noodlings | Commander X16, BDLL and openSUSE News

    The mission of the computer. Similar to the Commodore 64 but made with off the shelf components. As far as the architecture goes, it is actually closer to the VIC-20 on board design but far, far more capable. I am rarely excited about new things, I like my old computers and really existing technology. I tend to drag my heels at the very thought of getting something new. This, for whatever reason gets me excited and I can’t exactly put my finger on it. This all started out as a kind of pondering in 2018 and in February 2019 with a video from David Murray, the 8-bit Guy’s Dream Computer. the discussion started by the 8-bit Guy The initial design started with the Gameduino for the video chip which had some technical hurdles and was based on an obsolete, as in, no longer supported, chip that doesn’t have a large pool of developers and hackers working on it. After some discussions and planning, it was decided to base it largely off of the VIC-20 as most of the chips are still available today and it is a known working design. Some of the changes would be a faster processor, better video and better sound components.

Mozilla: The Rust Programming Language and Firefox Releases

  • The Rust Programming Language Blog: Upcoming docs.rs changes

    On September 30th breaking changes will be deployed to the docs.rs build environment. docs.rs is a free service building and hosting documentation for all the crates published on crates.io. It's open source, maintained by the Rustdoc team and operated by the Infrastructure team.

  • Flatulence, Crystals, and Happy Little Accidents

    The recording of my Rust Conf talk on algorithmic art and pen plotters is up on YouTube! [...] I really enjoyed giving this talk, and I think it went well. I want more creative coding, joy, surprise, and silliness in the Rust community. This talk is a small attempt at contributing to that, and I hope folks left inspired.

  • You'll get a new Firefox each month in 2020 as Mozilla speeds up releases

    Mozilla will turn the Firefox crank faster in 2020, releasing a new version of its web browser every four weeks instead of every six. If you're using the browser, the change should deliver new features to you faster since there will be less waiting between when developers build them and when they arrive. "In recent quarters, we've had many requests to take features to market sooner. Feature teams are increasingly working in sprints that align better with shorter release cycles. Considering these factors, it is time we changed our release cadence," Firefox team members Ritu Kothari and Yan Or said in a blog post Tuesday. "Shorter release cycles provide greater flexibility to support product planning and priority changes due to business or market requirements."