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2018-12-16 NEWDistribution Release: GParted Live 0.33.0-1
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 0.33.0-1, the latest stable version of the project's specialist live CD with a collection of disk partitioning and data rescue tools: "The GParted team is pleased to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted 0.33.0, updated packages and other improvements. Items of note include GParted 0.33.0 which adds the following enhancements: support copying and moving of unsupported partition content; add MINIX file system support; recognise APFS Apple file system; GTK+ 2 code modernisation; based on the Debian Sid repository as of 2018-12-14; Linux kernel updated to 4.18.20. This release of GParted Live has been successfully tested on VirtualBox, VMware, BIOS, UEFI and physical computers with AMD/ATI, NVDIA and Intel graphics. Note that the default boot options does not display an X desktop on old Acer Aspire laptops. The workaround is to select 'Other modes' of GParted Live and choose 'GParted Live (Safe graphics setting, vga-normal)'. If this issue occurs on a 64-bit computer with UEFI then try the amd64 image." Here is the full release announcement. Download (SHA512, signature, pkglist): gparted-live-0.33.0-1-amd64.iso (318MB), gparted-live-0.33.0-1-i686-pae.iso (310MB), gparted-live-0.33.0-1-i686.iso (309MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-12-15 NEWDistribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP4
Raj Meel has announced the availability of the fourth service pack for SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, the current legacy branch of the company's commercial, enterprise-class distribution with long-term support of over 10 years: "SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 4 is now generally available. Service Pack 4 marks the fourth generation of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, a major code stream and product foundation with a lifecycle from 2014 to 2024 plus long-term support (10 + 3 years). This release consolidates all fixes and updates introduced since SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 3. Key features of this release include: persistent memory enhancements - Intel Optane DC persistent memory (NVDIMM) with SAP HANA is supported for faster recovery from planned and unplanned outages; new hardware support - latest Intel processors, AMD's 'Zen 2' core processor generation, IBM Z14, IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, IBM POWER9 (Little Endian) enhancements, Arm SoC/ODM support for selected vendors including Raspberry Pi devices...." See the brief release announcement and the detailed release notes for further information. A 60-day trial edition of both SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 SP4 (pkglist) are available from SUSE's download page (registration required).
2018-12-12 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.3-3
Stefan Gohmann has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.3-3, the latest update of the project's Debian-based distribution for servers with a web-based administration system: "Third point release for Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.3 is now available. It includes a number of important updates and various new features. The portal is the starting point for many UCS users and administrators. As described in the blog article Design the UCS Portal with Drag & Drop, you can adapt it very easily to your needs. The 'Applications' and 'Administration' categories were static until now. We have extended the portal so that you can now define your own categories. In addition, you can add static links to the portal. In many environments different users should be shown different tiles. To do this, the group members for whom a particular tile is displayed are stored in the tiles. Previously, you could only assign each tile to one group. With UCS 4.3-3 you can now assign several groups to each tile. As soon as a user is a member of one of these groups, the corresponding tile will be displayed." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download: UCS_4.3-3-amd64.iso (1,225MB, MD5, pkglist).
2018-12-11 NEWBSD Release: FreeBSD 12.0
The FreeBSD team has announced the project's first release in its 12 series. FreeBSD 12.0 features a number of software updates, including OpenSSL 1.1.1, OpenSSH 7.8, and the Clang compiler has been updated to version 6.0.1. TRIM support has been improved for the UFS filesystem and the bhyve virtualization software can now be run inside a jail. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE. This is the first release of the stable/12 branch. Some of the highlights: OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.1.1a (LTS). Unbound has been updated to version 1.8.1, and DANE-TA has been enabled by default. OpenSSH has been updated to version 7.8p1. Additional capsicum(4) support has been added to sshd(8). Clang, LLVM, LLD, LLDB, compiler-rt and libc++ has been updated to version 6.0.1. The vt(4) Terminus BSD Console font has been update to version 4.46. The bsdinstall(8) utility now supports UEFI+GELI as an installation option. The VIMAGE kernel configuration option has been enabled by default." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: FreeBSD-12.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso (851MB, SHA512, signature), FreeBSD-12.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso (722MB, SHA512, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-12-11 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.11
A new version of Tails has been released. Tails is a Debian-based live distribution whose goal is to help its users to browse the Internet anonymously and to circumvent censorship. This version is a standard minor upgrade and bug-fix release: "Upgrades and changes: Add a confirm dialog between downloading and applying an automatic upgrade to control better when the network is disabled and prevent partially applied upgrades. When running from a virtual machine, warn about the trustworthiness of the operating system even when running from a free virtualization software. Disable Autocrypt in Thunderbird to prevent sending unencrypted emails by mistake. Update Linux to 4.18.20. Update Tor Browser to 8.0.4. Update Thunderbird to 60.3.0. Fixed problems: Fix the opening of Thunderbird in non-English languages. Reduce the logging level of Tor when using bridges. For more details, read our changelog." Further information is available in the project's release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.11.iso (1,168MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-12-10 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 793
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-12-08 NEWDevelopment Release: Mageia 7 Beta 1
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 a lot of work to come before Mageia 7 is ready - a big Qt and Plasma update, fixes for MATE and more checks on 32-bit hardware, as well as the artwork for Mageia 7. This release will see the return of the Classical installer as well as live images, with the standard lineup of architectures and desktop environments - 32-bit and 64-bit Classical Installers; 64-bit Plasma, GNOME and Xfce live DVDs and a 32-bit Xfce live DVD. Here are a few release highlights and package versions: Linux kernel 4.19.6, RPM 4.14.2, Plasma 5.14.2,GNOME 3.30, Xfce 4.13.4, Firefox 63, Chromium 70, LibreOffice 6.1.3." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download links: Mageia-7-beta1-Live-Plasma-x86_64.iso (2,742MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-7-beta1-Live-GNOME-x86_64.iso (2,346MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-7-beta1-Live-Xfce-x86_64.iso (2,232MB, SHA512, signature, torrent). A standard installation DVD is also available: Mageia-7-beta1-x86_64.iso (4,219MB, SHA512, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-12-07 NEWDistribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-6
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 Morph web browser. "OTA-6 brings a number of fixes and improvements to Ubuntu Touch. In this release, we primarily focused on bug fixes and stability improvements. Half of the confirmed closed tickets for OTA-6 affected the Morph browser. This got to be so high, in fact, it swayed the decision to start the release process! A number of high-visibility issues were fixed: Unable to restore previous session at startup. No way to accept self-signed certificates. Webapps cannot access local content on device. ReCaptcha says "browser not supported". Media playback does not stop when a tab is closed. Scrollbar theme does not match the system theme." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download instructions for supported devices can be found on the project's Get UT page.
2018-12-06 NEWDistribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.16.0
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 0.16.0 which includes several new packages and improvements to the package manager. "On GuixSD, 'guix system reconfigure' will now always load replacements of system services. That way, when you deem appropriate, you can run 'herd restart service' to start the upgraded service. As usual, 985 packages were added and 1,945 were upgraded, notably the GNU C Library now at version 2.28 (which, incidentally, allowed us to get rid of our Hurd-specific glibc variant, at last!). Today Guix provides 8,715 packages. The manual is now partially translated into German. The French translation is now 90% complete. You can help translate the manual into your native language by joining the Translation Project." Further details are available in the release announcement. Download: guixsd-install-0.16.0.x86_64-linux.iso.xz (190MB, signature, pkglist).
2018-12-06 NEWDevelopment Release: Linux Mint 19.1 Beta
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 and Mint-Y themes were given more contrast. Some new changes are coming to Cinnamon too: "As you go through the "First Steps" section of the Linux Mint 19.1 welcome screen, you'll be asked to choose your favourite desktop layout. Cinnamon 4.0 ships with a brand new panel layout and thus with a new workflow. With a click of a button you'll be able to switch back and forth between old and new and choose whichever default look pleases you the most. The new panel ships with a window list with app grouping and window preview, a feature which has become the norm in other major desktop operating systems, whether it's in the form of a dock (in macOS), a panel (in Windows) or a sidebar (in Ubuntu). The panel looks more modern but it's also much more configurable than before." Further information can be found in the release announcements and release notes for each edition. Download (pkglist): linuxmint-19.1-cinnamon-64bit-beta.iso (1,880MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release announcement, release notes), linuxmint-19.1-mate-64bit-beta.iso (1,934MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release announcement, release notes), linuxmint-19.1-xfce-64bit-beta.iso (1,840MB, SHA256, signature, release announcement, release notes).
2018-12-06 NEWBSD Release: FreeNAS 11.2
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 features, including a major revamp of the web interface, support for self-encrypting drives, and new, backwards-compatible REST and WebSocket APIs. This update also introduces iocage for improved Plugin and Jail management and simplified Plugin development. FreeNAS 11.2 introduces an updated web interface. Based on Angular and Javascript, the web interface has been modernized to be more user-friendly, snappier and aesthetically pleasing. The redundant top bar has been removed and most FreeNAS configuration menus can be accessed by clicking the appropriate item in the left column. The new design streamlines the layout with cleaner dropdown menus, while maintaining the same functionality and workflow you’ve grown familiar with while using FreeNAS." See the release announcement and release notes for further information and screenshots. Download: FreeNAS-11.2-RELEASE.iso (575MB, SHA256). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-12-04 NEWDistribution Release: Proxmox 5.3 "Virtual Environment"
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 based on Debian Stretch 9.6 with a modified Linux Kernel 4.15. Ceph Storage has been updated to version 12.2.8 (Luminous LTS, stable). Proxmox VE 5.3 brings many improvements in storage management. Using the Disk management it is possible to easily add ZFS raid volumes, LVM and LVMthin pools as well as additional simple disks with a traditional file system. The existing ZFS over iSCSI storage plug-in can now access LIO target in the Linux kernel. Nesting is enabled for LXC containers making it possible to use LXC or LXD inside a container. Also, access to NFS or CIFS/Samba server can be configured inside containers. For the keen and adventurous user, Proxmox VE brings a simplified configuration of PCI passthrough and virtual GPUs (vGPUs such as Intel KVMGT) - now even possible via the web GUI." Further details can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: proxmox-ve_5.3-1.iso (641MB, SHA256, pkglist).

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