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2018-03-18 NEWDistribution Release: antiX 17.1
antiX is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Debian. The antiX project has released an update to the distribution's 17 series, antiX 17.1, which features fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs. "So what has changed since antiX-17 release? New 4.9.87 patched for Meltdown/Spectre kernel; all packages upgraded to Debian 9.4; elogind now included on full and base flavours; eudev updated from 3.2 to 3.5; Firefox-ESR upgraded to 52.7.1; LibreOffice version 5.2.7-1; xf86-video-sisimedia-antix - latest version for sis graphics; improved localization including new languages offered eg Amharic. New: repo-manager - ported from MX Linux - GUI to easily set up default repositories; antix-viewer - ported from mx-viewer - very simple viewer to display an URL; live-usb-maker-gui-antix - ported from MX Linux as a front end to the antiX live-usb-maker application." The release announcement has more details. Download (pkglist): antiX-17.1_x64-full.iso (785MB, MD5, signature), antiX-17.1_x64-base.iso (635MB, MD5, signature), antiX-17.1_x64-core.iso (313MB, MD5, signature), antiX-17.1_x64-net.iso (160MB, MD5, signature).
2018-03-16 NEWDistribution Release: Zorin OS 12.3
Artyom Zorin has announced the release of Zorin OS 12.3, an updated version of the project's beginner-friendly distribution based on Ubuntu. Among a plethora of other improvements, this release also comes with Wine 3.0, the latest stable version of the compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications under Linux: "We're excited to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.3. This version focuses on strengthening the fundamentals of the operating system that contribute towards Zorin OS's unique user experience: simplicity, security, and functionality. The latest version of the Wine compatibility layer for Windows applications has been built into Zorin OS 12.3. This means more Windows applications run faster and with better reliability than ever before. Amongst a myriad of other upgrades, the Wine developers have focused on improving how Windows games run thanks to the introduction of Direct3D 10 and 11 support. That means you'll have access to an even larger library of games to play in Zorin OS." Read the full release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download (MD5, pkglist): Zorin-OS-12.3-Core-64.iso (1,514MB), Zorin-OS-12.3-Lite-64.iso (1,418MB), Zorin-OS-12.3-Education-64.iso (2,552MB), Zorin-OS-12.3-Lite-Education-64.iso (2,494MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-15 NEWDistribution Release: Raspbian 2018-03-13
Simon Long has announced the release of an updated build of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution for the Raspberry Pi single-board computers. This new version improves compatibility with large monitors and provides a way to set a default screen option depending on the size of the monitor: "You may have noticed that we released a updated Raspbian software image yesterday. While the main reason for the new image was to provide support for the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, the image also includes, alongside the usual set of bug fixes and minor tweaks, one significant chunk of new functionality that is worth pointing out. ... The Appearance Settings application was a good place to start regarding support of different screen sizes. One of the features I originally included was a button to set everything to a default value. Now, there is no longer a single defaults button, but a new Defaults tab with multiple options." Read the full release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download either the standard build or the "lite" edition: (1,694MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), (349MB, signature, SHA256, torrent).
2018-03-15 NEWDistribution Release: MX Linux 17.1
The MX Linux project has announced the release of MX Linux 17.1, a desktop distribution based on Debian and featuring the Xfce desktop environment. This version delivers a recent Linux kernel, new and improved "MX apps" and updated applications, including Firefox 58 and LibreOffice 6: "MX LInux 17.1 released. This release is a roll-up of all updates since the initial release and features the following highlights: 4.15 kernels for both 32-bit and 64-bit ISO images (the 64-bit ones are patched for the Meltdown/Spectre issues)l the 32-bit ISO image has a PAE kernel for RAM usage above 4 GBl easily change kernels, e.g to the latest Liquorix kernel or downgrade to Debian Stable kernel (4.9) via the MX package installer; the latest updates from Debian, antiX and MX repositories; updated packages - Firefox 58.0.2 (59 hitting repository soon), VLC 2.2.8 (3.0 in test repository), Clementine 1.3.1; Thunderbird 52.6.0, LibreOffice 6.0.1, LuckyBackup 0.4.9, Passwords and Keys 3.20.0, Xfce Terminal 0.8.3; MX-Updater now has an 'auto-update' option in preferences that enables unattended upgrades...." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download (MD5): MX-17.1_x64.iso (1,262MB, pkglist), MX-17.1_386.iso (1,279MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-14 NEWDistribution Release: LibreELEC 8.2.4
LibreELEC is a minimal operating system designed to run the Kodi media centre. LibreELEC runs on desktop computers, laptops and ARM-powered devices such as Raspberry Pi computers. "Team LibreELEC celebrates its second birthday (and international Pi-Day) with the release of LibreELEC (Krypton) v8.2.4 which brings minor bug-fixes and new firmware to support the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ hardware announced this morning. Highlights of the new Pi hardware include: A 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU; dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2; faster Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0); power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT); improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting; improved thermal management. Improvements to WiFi stability and performance on the 3B+ are noticeable. In private testing over the last two months we have been able to stream typical HD media over a 5GHz network at 105Mb/sec without the buffering and dropouts seen with the previous (2.4GHz only) model, and even 2.4GHz speeds reached 50Mb/sec where the 3B struggled to reach 35Mb/sec." Further information is available in the project's release announcement. Download: LibreELEC-Generic.x86_64-8.2.4.img.gz (212MB, SHA256, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-14 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.3-0
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The developers have published a new release, version UCS 4.3-0. The latest version is based on Debian 9 and now uses an unmodified Debian kernel. The distribution also features new Samba packages and improved SAML authentication. "We are very happy to announce the availability of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.3. Considerable highlights are: UCS 4.3 is based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 (Stretch). More than 20,000 source packages have been updated and some have been adapted to the needs of UCS users. The Linux kernel of Debian GNU/Linux is now used unmodified. This greatly improves compatibility to hardware and software which has been certified for Debian 9. Also new in UCS 4.3 are e.g. MariaDB and Nagios 4. The portal pages introduced with the UCS 4.2 gave users a simple way to access applications relevant to them. With UCS 4.3, administrators can easily build and manage these portals in visual composer mode and via drag and drop. It is now also possible to show different content to different users, depending on their group membership, permissions, department, branch or school. With UCS 4.3, SAML authentication is linked to the Kerberos login." Additional details can be found in the company's release announcement. Download: UCS_4.3-0-amd64.iso (1,217MB, MD5, pkglist).
2018-03-13 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.6
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 project's latest version, Tails 3.6, makes it easier to lock and unlock the desktop and improves persistently installed applications, allowing software to be set up in the background without blocking the launch of the GNOME desktop. The distribution now provides command line tools for removing meta data from PDF documents. "You can now lock your screen by clicking on the [lock] button in the system menu. If you set up an administration password when starting Tails, you can unlock your screen with your administration password. Otherwise, you can set up a password to unlock your screen when locking your screen for the first time. We improved a lot the backend of the Additional Software persistence feature. Your additional software is now: Installed in the background after the session starts instead of blocking the opening of the desktop. Always installed even if you are off-line. Install pdf-redact-tools, a command line tool to clean metadata and redact PDF files by converting them to PNG images. An error message indicating the name of the graphics card is now displayed when Tails fails to start GNOME." Additional information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.6.iso (1,168MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-12 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 754
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-03-11 NEWDistribution Release: Netrunner 18.03
Netrunner is a Debian-based Linux distribution featuring the KDE Plasma desktop. The project has launched a new version, Netrunner 18.03, which builds on Debian's Testing branch and includes the Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop, version 4.14 of the Linux kernel, LibreOffice 6 and Firefox 58. "The Netrunner team is happy to release Netrunner 18.03 'Idolon' 64bit ISO image. Netrunner 18.03 ships the latest packages from Debian's Testing snapshot repository. From 18.03 onwards, we also decided to include even more packages directly from upstream, so it will be most compatible when enabling the continously updating testing repo. Compared to the previous 17.10 release, 18.03 comes with the following updates: KDE Plasma 5.12.2, KDE Frameworks 5.42, KDE Applications 17.08.3, Qt 5.9.2, Linux Kernel 4.14, Firefox Quantum 58.0.1, Thunderbird 52.6.0, LibreOffice 6.0.2. We now ship Yarock, a Qt-based music player which also happens to greatly support a wide selection of free online radio stations." Additional details and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): netrunner-1803-64bit.iso (2,310MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-10 NEWDistribution Release: Neptune 5.0
Neptune is a Linux distribution based on Debian's Stable branch. The project's latest release, Neptune 5.0 "Refresh", is based on Debian 9 Stretch and includes KDE's Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop. Version 4.14 of the Linux kernel has been backported to provide additional hardware support: "This version marks a new iteration within the Neptune universe. It switches its base to the current Debian Stable "Stretch" version and also changes slightly the way we will provide updates for Neptune. We will no longer strive to bring in more recent versions of Plasma, kernel or other software on our own. With Snaps, Flatpaks and AppImages being more and more popular and mature these days we strongly believe these are the ways to go if you want to try out bleeding edge software. We on the other hand strive to provide the most stable and best desktop user experience out there. This is why we decided you to provide the latest LTS release of Plasma version 5.12 together with KDE Applications 17.12 as well as KDE Frameworks 5.43." Further information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): Neptune5-Plasma5-20180310.iso (2,112MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-10 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.3
SparkyLinux is a Debian-based distribution featuring many editions and desktop flavours. The project's latest release is SparkyLinux 5.3, which is a rolling release platform based on Debian's Testing branch. "Changes: Full system upgrade from Debian Testing repositories as of March 7, 2018; Linux kernel 4.15.4 as default (4.15.8 is available in Sparky 'unstable' repository); the default system installer, Calamares, updated up to version 3.1.12; added packages to support Btrfs and XFS file systems; cleaning out old file and configurations; added new tool for cleaning the system from old files and configurations - BleachBit; missing language package installer (a part of APTus) has gotten GNOME, KDE and Qt language package installation option; gdebi has been removed; local-stored debs can be installed via APTus, Install, Install package; CLI edition has been re-configured, it uses sudo as default after installing it on a hard drive as well." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-5.3-x86_64-mate.iso (1,523MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.3-x86_64-xfce.iso (1,411MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.3-x86_64-lxqt.iso (1,295MB, SHA512, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-03-09 NEWDevelopment Release: Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 1
Dustin Krysak has announced the availability of a beta snapshot for participating Ubuntu Community Editions. The beta includes several package updates and refreshed desktop packages. "The first beta of the Bionic Beaver (to become 18.04) has now been released, and is available for download! This milestone features images for Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu. Pre-releases of the Bionic Beaver are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavour developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready." Additional information can be found in the release announcement and each edition's respective release notes. Download: kubuntu-18.04-beta-1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,753MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntukylin-18.04-beta-1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,616MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-18.04-beta-1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,888MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-18.04-beta-1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,609MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-beta-1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,316MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist).
2018-03-09 NEWDistribution Release: siduction 18.2.0
Ferdinand Thommes has announced the release of siduction 18.2.0, a set of rolling-release distributions based on Debian's "unstable" branch and featuring the latest versions of a number of popular desktop environments: "Today we are proud to release siduction 2018.2.0 with the KDE, LXQt, GNOME, Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, X.Org and noX flavours. The released images are a snapshot of Debian 'unstable' from 2018-03-04. They are enhanced with some useful packages and scripts, an installer based on Calamares and a custom-patched version of the Linux kernel 4.15.7, accompanied by X.Org Server 1.19.5 and systemd 237. KDE Plasma stands at version 5.12.2, while GNOME comes in at 3.26 with some packages still at 3.24. LXQt ships at 0.12.0 and Xfce at 4.12.4, while Cinnamon comes in at 3.4.6 and MATE at 1.20.0." Here are the full release notes. Download (pkglist): siduction-18.2.0-cinnamon-amd64.iso (1,750MB, SHA256), siduction-18.2.0-gnome-amd64.iso (2,090MB, SHA256, siduction-18.2.0-kde-amd64.iso (2,288MB, SHA256), siduction-18.2.0-lxde-amd64.iso (1,603MB, SHA256), siduction-18.2.0-lxqt-amd64.iso (1,666MB, SHA256), siduction-18.2.0-mate-amd64.iso (1,868MB, SHA256), siduction-18.2.0-xfce-amd64.iso (1,720MB, SHA256).

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