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2017-12-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 742
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-12-09 NEWDistribution Release: Bodhi Linux 4.4.0
Jeff Hoogland has announced the release of Bodhi Linux 4.4.0. Bodhi Linux is based on Ubuntu LTS and features the Moksha desktop environment, a fork of Enlightenment. The new version of Bodhi Linux features several package updates, including version 4.13 of the Linux kernel. The project's release announcement states: "Today I am pleased to announce the release of Bodhi Linux 4.4.0. This is a normal update release and it comes three months after the release of Bodhi 4.3.1. Existing Bodhi 4.x.y users do not need to reinstall as the primary goal of this update release is to simply keep the current ISO image up to date. This release image includes EFL 1.19.1, Terminology 1.1.0, Ephoto 1.5, and Linux kernel 4.13. As with every release in the 4.x.y Bodhi series it is built on top of the rock solid foundation that is Ubuntu 16.04." Bodhi Linux is available in three editions: Standard, AppPack (with additional applications), and Legacy for older computers. Download (pkglist): bodhi-4.4.0-64.iso (737MB, MD5, torrent), bodhi-4.4.0-apppack-64.iso (1,342MB, MD5, torrent), bodhi-4.4.0-legacy.iso (691MB, MD5, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-12-08 NEWDistribution Release: Peppermint OS 8-20171130
Mark Greaves has announced the release of an updated build of Peppermint OS 8, a lightweight distribution based on Lubuntu (the long-term support branch) and featuring the LXDE desktop: "Team Peppermint is pleased to announce the latest iteration of our operating system, Peppermint 8 Respin, which still comes in 32-bit and 64-bit variants, with the 64-bit variant having full UEFI and Secureboot support. Whilst a respin is generally a minor release intended as an ISO image update, the Peppermint 8 Respin does contain some significant changes: Nemo 2.8.7 updated to 3.4.7 which seems more stable during large file operations and now has a separate process for controlling the desktop; OpenVPN updated in the repository to version 2.4.4 to support mixed mode IPv4/IPv6 VPNs; switched to slick-greeter, a much prettier login screen and a GUI utility in the menu called 'Login Window' for login screen settings, including the ability to add, change, remove an auto-login user; added a desktop right-click 'Open Peppermint Settings Panel' context menu item...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of changes. Download (SHA256) links: Peppermint-8-20171130-amd64.iso (1,266MB, signature, torrent, pkglist), Peppermint-8-20171130-i386.iso (1,189MB, signature, torrent).
2017-12-06 NEWOS Release: ReactOS 0.4.7
ReactOS is an open source operating system which strives to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows and is capable of running many Windows applications. The project has released ReactOS 0.4.7 which introduces improvements to application skins, better disk usage reporting and a smoother experience when sending files to the Recycle Bin. "James Tabor has put in a great deal of effort into getting the ReactOS painting process as close to Windows as possible. Furthermore, Katayama Hirofumi MZ has fixed the anti-aliasing text when a button was grayed out (and which was impossible to read before this fix). Another major achievement brought to you by Giannis has been to solve the Clipboard and Recycle Bin bugs. Now, in 0.4.7, ReactOS won't crash due an invalid/empty clipboard as it did previously, copy/pasting multiple files and pasting folders in the background should work well and now follows the Windows specs more closely. In 0.4.7, ReactOS now correctly manages file deletions when dragging them to the Recycle Bin." Further details and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. ReactOS is available in two editions, one for installing the operating system and a LiveCD edition for testing. Download (MD5): (101MB), (71MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-12-06 NEWDistribution Release: ROSA R10
Vladimir Potapov has announced the release of ROSA R10, the latest stable build of the desktop-focused distribution with support for KDE 4 and Plasma 5 desktop environments: "ROSA Desktop R10 is the second release based on the ROSA 2016.1 platform. The distribution is targeted mainly at the Linux advocates eager to try new software versions. According to the updates policy, the ROSA 2016.1 platform will have four years of technical support. Technical changes in comparison with ROSA R9: many system libraries, system and software packages were updated to their latest versions; Linux kernel 4.9.60 LTS is used by default, other kernel versions and variants are available in special repositories; the proprietary NVIDIA drivers have been updated to new versions - 384.90 and experimental 387.12 for the relatively new video cards, 340.104 for GeForce 8 and 9, 304.137 for GeForce 6 and 7; MESA has been updated to version 17.1.6 with OpenGL support up to version 4.5...." See the release announcement (in Russian) and release notes (in English) for more details. Download (pkglist): ROSA.FRESH.KDE.R10.x86_64.iso (2,004MB, MD5, torrent), ROSA.FRESH.KDE.R10.x86_64.uefi.iso (2,022MB, MD5, torrent), ROSA.FRESH.PLASMA.R10.x86_64.iso (2,030MB, MD5, torrent), ROSA.FRESH.PLASMA.R10.x86_64.uefi.iso (2,043MB, MD5, torrent).
2017-12-05 NEWDistribution Release: Uruk GNU/Linux 2.0
Uruk GNU/Linux is a completely free-software distribution based on Trisquel GNU/Linux and featuring the MATE desktop. The project's latest release, version 2.0, includes an updated Linux-libre kernel, version 7 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), MATE 1.12 and a new welcome screen. "We grew up and the project grew up with us. At this time we worked a lot and we made great changes. The big change came today - it's Uruk GNU/Linux 2.0 "lugalbanda". We use "lugalbanda" as the code name for this release. Lugalbanda is a character found in Sumerian mythology and literature in ancient Iraqi history. It comes with many changes: build new repository for Uruk GNU/Linux 2.0; Linux-libre kernel 4.9.66 LTS, GCC 7, MATE 1.12.1, Abrowser 57; new welcome screen; replaced MDM with LightDM as the default display manager; new control center; Guix installer; new customization with new themes, cursor and wallpapers; comes with many useful applications by default, including Thunderbird, Deluge, FF Multi Converter, VLC, LibreOffice, Rose Crypt, Uruk Cleaner, AIA, Diskman Indicator, LightDM setting, GIMP, upms...." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download the live DVD image from SourceForge: uruk_2.0-amd64.iso (1,367MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-12-05 NEWDistribution Release: Puppy Linux 7.5
Philip Broughton has announced the release of a new version of Puppy Linux. The new version is Puppy Linux 7.5, code name "Xenialpup". The new version of the lightweight distribution is built using packages from Ubuntu's 16.04 "Xenial" release and Puppy maintains binary compatibility with Ubuntu packages. "Puppy Linux is small, runs in RAM, is lightning fast, very versatile and good fun! It has everything a novice will need while allowing full control to the experienced user. It comes in both 32-bit & 64-bit versions that can boot in both BIOS and UEFI enabled computers. The 32-bit version has kernel 4.4.95-noPAE for better compatibility with older hardware while the 64-bit has kernel 4.9.58 for better modern hardware support. True to Puppy Linux tradition both versions come with a full range of communications, productivity and entertainment applications as well as a wide range of the unique puppy-specific utilities and applications. The 330MB ISO includes: JWM window manager and ROX file manager. Palemoon browser and Claws mail client. FTP, torrent and chat applications. MPV media player, Simple Screen Recorder and Deadbeef audio player. Abiword word processor and Gnumeric spread sheet application." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download links for 32-bit and 64-bit builds can be found on the project's home page. Download: xenialpup64-7.5-uefi.iso (330MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2017-12-04 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 741
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-12-03 NEWDistribution Release: Rocks Cluster Distribution 7.0
Philip Papadopoulos has announced the release of Rocks Cluster Distribution 7.0, a major new update of the project's specialist operating system for easy deployments as computer clusters. Rocks Cluster 7.0 is based on CentOS 7.4: "The latest update of Rocks, code name 'Manzanita', is now released. Manzanita is a 64-bit only release and is based upon CentOS 7.4. The Rocks-supplied OS rolls have all updates applied as of December 1, 2017." The brief release announcement doesn't give many details about the release, but the distribution's user guide has been updated to include notes about the "significant differences" compared to Rocks 6: "This section describes how to install your Rocks cluster frontend for Rocks 7. It is significantly different than Rocks 6. The minimum requirement to bring up a frontend is to have the following rolls: Kernel, Base, Core, CentOS, Updates-CentOS. Rocks 7 supports a network-only installation. All rolls must be located on a roll server on a network that is accessible by your frontend." Here are the links to download the essential Rocks 7.0 rolls (MD5, pkglist): kernel-7.0-0.x86_64.disk1.iso (1,171MB), base-7.0-2.x86_64.disk1.iso (349MB), core-7.0-2.x86_64.disk1.iso (122MB), CentOS-7.4.1708-0.x86_64.disk1.iso (7,791MB), Updates-CentOS-7.4.1708-2017-12-01-0.x86_64.disk1.iso (1,562MB).
2017-12-02 NEWDevelopment Release: Fatdog64 Linux 720 Beta
The Fatdog64 Linux distribution is a descendant of Puppy Linux for 64-bit x86 computers. The Fatdog64 project has announced the release of a new development snapshot, Fatdog64 Linux 720 Beta. The new beta features many package updates, the "spot" user's home directory has been moved and some changes have been made to Samba shares. "Fatdog64 720 beta is the next iteration of Fatdog64. It is still built on the same base as Fatdog64 710 so it has high-degree of compatibility with 710 packages; however, it has been expanded, improved and modified to meet today's challenge. Much of the improvements in this release are from SFR and step. As usual, we neither support nor recommend carrying over your savefile and savefolder from older versions of Fatdog (Fatdog does not update from any previous versions); however, if you do, there are a few gotchas that you definitely need want to know in this version. Spot's home directory has been moved from /root/spot to /home/spot - this has repercussions, please read the details here." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: Fatdog64-720b.iso (377MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-12-01 NEWDistribution Release: Raspbian 2017-11-29
Simon Long has announced the release of an updated build of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board computers: "We're pleased to announce that we are releasing the latest version of Raspbian 'Stretch' for your Pi today. This new release is mostly bug fixes and tweaks over the previous Stretch release, but there are one or two changes you might notice. The file manager included as part of the LXDE desktop (on which our desktop is based) is a program called PCManFM and it's very feature-rich; there's not much you can't do in it. However, having used it for a few years, we felt that it was perhaps more complex than it needed to be - the sheer number of menu options and choices made some common operations more awkward than they needed to be. So to try to make file management easier, we have implemented a cut-down mode for the file manager." Read the full release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download the standard build or the "lite" edition from here: (1,683MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), (348MB, signature, SHA256, torrent).
2017-11-30 NEWDistribution Release: deepin 15.5
deepin is a Debian-based distribution featuring a custom desktop environment, called Deepin Desktop. The latest version of the distribution, deepin 15.5, introduces several important features, including HiDPI support, fingerprint scanner, wi-fi hotspot sharing and support for installing Flatpak packages. "deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to providing beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. deepin 15.5 mainly added HiDPI, fingerprint scanning and Flatpak application format. It migrated Deepin Crosswalk to the new web application framework, pre-installed Deepin Clone and Deepin Recovery, newly added touchpad gesture, wi-fi hotspot sharing and color temperature adjustment as well as comprehensive optimization of network module and desktop environment. Applications in Deepin Family and applications related to Deepin Wine have been upgraded to the latest version. Details of these new features, a video of the Deepin desktop in action and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: deepin-15.5-amd64.iso (3,266MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-11-30 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.2-3
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. It features an integrated management system for central administration of servers. Univention has released an upgrade to their 4.2 series, Univention Corporate Server 4.2-3. The new version features diagnostic tests to help trouble-shoot server and domain issues, along with various improvements to the web-based interface. The release announcement reports: "We are pleased to announce the availability of UCS 4.2-3 for download, the third point release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2. It includes all errata updates issued for UCS 4.2-2 and provides various improvements and bug fixes especially in the following areas: For the UMC diagnostic module, a large number of additional functional tests have been added to help the administrator check the health of the server and the entire domain. The usability and configurability of the management system were further expanded. The design of the assistants and dialogues of the management system was revised with regard to usability aspects. Additional configuration options for the single sign-on of the management system have also been added, e. g. the configurability of the certificate used." Further information can be found in the release notes. Download: UCS_4.2-3-amd64.iso (1,053MB, MD5, torrent, pkglist).

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