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2018-09-22 NEWDistribution Release: Quirky 8.7.1
Barry Kauler has announced the availability of a new version of Quirky, a lightweight Linux distribution and sister project to Puppy Linux. The new version changes the base packages of the distribution from Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04. "The transition has been made to building with Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04.1 DEBs, and now codenamed 'Quirky Beaver', first release is version 8.7.1, for x86_64 PCs. Some announcement blurb: Quirky Linux 8.7.1 is the first in the 'Beaver' series, binary-compatible with x86_64 Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, though built with woofQ and architecturally very different from Ubuntu. Quirky is an experimental distribution, that forked from Puppy Linux a few years ago, and has followed a different path, exploring some new ideas. Continuing the Puppy tradition, Quirky has a 'complete' suite of applications, drivers and utilities, in a very small size. Version 8.7.1 is very similar to 8.6, but with a complete upgrade of package versions. The kernel is now 4.18.9." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: beaver64-8.7.1.iso (461MB, MD5, pkglist).
2018-09-21 NEWDevelopment Release: Q4OS 3.4 Testing
The Q4OS team has published a new development snapshot of the distribution's Testing branch, code name Centaurus. The new release is based on Debian Testing and features the Trinity desktop environment and the Calamares system installer. The release announcement states: "This release brings quite significant changes and improvements, the most important one is that Q4OS switched to the Calamares installer. That offers nice new installation features, for example fully encrypt target system, easy disk drive partitioning and many others. Another important change is move to the new Trinity 14.0.6 development version. All dependencies from the current stable Q4OS Scorpion has been removed, so the Centaurus now becomes fully independent getting its own repositories and dependencies. Secure Boot support has been improved too. The Calamares installer detects, if Secure Boot is active and adjusts the target system accordingly. If Secure Boot is switched off in the firmware, no Secure Boot stuff is installed. Q4OS Centaurus 3.4 is based on the current Debian 'Buster' and Trinity desktop 14.0.6 development branches. Q4OS Centaurus will be in development until Debian Buster becomes stable, and will be supported at least five years from the official release date." Download (MD5): q4os-3.4-x64.r2.iso (664MB, pkglist).
2018-09-21 NEWDevelopment Release: elementary OS 5.0 Beta 2
Cody Garver has announced the availability of the second beta release of elementary OS 5.0, a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and featuring a custom desktop environment called Pantheon: "It's that time again: another beta release. Since beta 1, we've fixed over 200 issues and got back up to over 50 apps in AppCenter built specifically for 'Juno'. We fixed a few issues around Gala, the Greeter, HiDPI and related refinements during the beta 2 cycle. A new Gala daemon provides better native GTK+ context menus for apps. This means that context menus scale properly on HiDPI, plus non-native apps with title bars now also get a menu. Picture-in-picture mode also scales better on HiDPI now. The login and lockscreen greeter is now more crisp on HiDPI. This is because we now have a simple compositor, which also provides things like shadows beneath the shutdown window and indicators. We also now use the same panel on the greeter as in the logged-in session, meaning indicators work more consistently, and you can scrub between them. We fixed an issue in AppCenter where new apps were not properly being displayed on the home page due to a package ID format deprecation." Read the detailed release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download: elementaryos-5.0-beta2.20180920.iso (1,406MB, pkglist).
2018-09-18 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.5
SparkyLinux is a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution based on Debian. The project's latest release, SparkyLinux 5.5 "Rolling", is based on Debian's Testing branch. The new version includes mostly minor package updates, and makes the leap from using GCC 7 to GCC 8 for the default compiler. "There are new live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 5.5 Nibiru available to download. Sparky 5 follows a rolling release model and is based on Debian testing Buster. Changes: system updated from Debian Testing repos as of September 17, 2018; Linux kernel 4.18.6 (4.18.8- & 4.19-rc4-sparky are available at Sparky unstable repos); the Calamares installer updated up to version 3.2.1; Thunar daemon is deactivated in the MinimalGUI Live (Openbox), due to problem of automounting new partitions created by Calamares; GCC 7 compiler has been removed, the system uses GCC 8 as default; removed packages: libpam-gnome-keyring, vim, imagemagick, systemd-ui, sparky-gexec, xterm (Openbox); also removed from LXQt media: lxtask, leafpad, notepqdqq." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-5.5-x86_64-lxqt.iso (1,440MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.5-x86_64-minimalgui.iso (927MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.5-x86_64-minimalcli.iso (520MB, SHA512, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-09-17 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 781
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-09-11 NEWDistribution Release: OSGeoLive 12.0
Cameron Shorter has announced the release of OSGeoLive 12.0, a major new update of the project's specialist Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a large collection of open-source geospatial software and free world maps. This version updates the underlying operating system to Lubuntu 18.04: "Version 12.0 of the OSGeoLive GIS software collection has been released. It was distributed at the International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Highlights for this release include: updated to Lubuntu 18.04 long-term support (LTS) release; adopted Transifex Translation tool and made our documentation generation process more efficient; version updates to many of the included packages. OSGeoLive 12.0 includes: includes: close to 50 quality geospatial open-source applications installed and pre-configured; free world maps and sample datasets; project overview and step-by-step quick-start for each application; Lightning presentation of all applications, along with speaker’s script...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and related links. Download: osgeolive-12.0-amd64.iso (4,074MB, MD5, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-09-11 NEWDistribution Release: Parrot 4.2.2
Lorenzo "Palinuro" Faletra has announced the release of Parrot 4.2.2, the latest stable version of the project's a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian's "Testing" branch and focused on penetration testing, digital forensics, programming and privacy protection: "We are proud to announce the release of Parrot 4.2. It was a very problematic release for our team because of the many important updates under the hood of a system that looks almost identical to its previous release, except for a new background designed by Federica Marasà and a new graphic theme. Parrot 4.2 is powered by the latest Linux 4.18 Debianized kernel with all the usual wireless patches. A new version of the Debian installer now powers our 'netinstall' images and the standard Parrot images. Firmware packages were updated to add broader hardware support, including wireless devices and AMD vega graphics AppArmor and Firejail profiles were adjusted to offer a good compromise of security and usability for most of the desktop and CLI applications and services." Read the release announcement for more information and screenshots. The distribution is available in "Security" and "Home" editions; download links (SHA512, pkglist): Parrot-security-4.2.2_amd64.iso (3,689MB), Parrot-home-4.2.2_amd64.iso (1,752MB). A network installation image is also available: Parrot-netinst-4.2.2_amd64.iso (44.0MB).
2018-09-10 NEWDistribution Release: Elive 3.0.0
Samuel F. Baggen has announced the release of Elive 3.0.0, a major update of the project's Debian-based distribution with a customised Enlightenment 17 desktop user interface. This version is based on the 32-bit variant of Debian 7 "Wheezy" and, unlike the previous stable version (2.0, released more than eight years ago), Elive 3 is free of charge and unlimited in any way: "After 8 years of silent development, the third stable version of Elive is out. The result is simply amazing and the integration is gorgeous; it is not even possible to describe every inside feature. The new website only contains a small portion of its characteristics. Unfortunately not everything is rainbows and perfection and the lack of resources delayed the release being too much. This has lead to old packages and drivers, but despite that, the final result is really worth it. Elive 3.0 is the most useful system ever made, perfect for the daily use, rock solid, beautiful and full of hidden features, with every effort to make it usable for any user level. This version is most powerful, maintaining its lightness in resources and a blazing fast responsiveness. And even better, the final stable version is entirely cost-free and limitless, with all its features." See the release announcement for further information. Download (MD5, pkglist): elive_3.0.0_stable_hybrid.iso (3,133MB), elive_3.0.0_stable_usb.img (3,271MB).
2018-09-10 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 780
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-09-07 NEWDistribution Release: Q4OS 2.6
Q4OS 2.6 has been released. Q4OS is Debian-based Linux distribution which ships with the Trinity desktop (a continuation of the KDE 3 desktop environment) or KDE Plasma 5.8.6 (a version found in Debian 9). This version is a routine update that brings the latest Trinity, version 14.0.5: "An update to the Q4OS 2 'Scorpion' stable LTS is available for download. The new 2.6 release is based on and upgrades to the latest stable versions of the Trinity 14.0.5 desktop and Debian 9.5 'Stretch' projects. Q4OS-specific fixes and patches are revised and provided as well. All the updates are immediately available for existing Q4OS users from the regular Q4OS repositories. Q4OS Scorpion LTS release (supported for 5 years) is based on Debian 9 Stretch and it features the Trinity 14.0.5 and KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environments. It's available for 64-bit and 32-bit (i686-pae) computers as well as i386 systems without PAE extension. ARM 64-bit (arm64) and 32-bit (armhf) ports are provided as well. Q4OS offers its own exclusive utilities and features, specifically the 'Desktop profiler' application for profiling your computer into different professional working tools...." Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5, pkglist): q4os-2.6-x64.r1.iso (572MB), q4os-2.6-x64-kde.r1.iso (815MB), q4os-2.6-i686pae.r1.iso (577MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-09-05 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.9
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live distribution with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project's latest version, Tails 3.9, makes it easier to install additional software when the distribution boots. The new version also supports working with VeraCrypt encrypted storage volumes, along with reading news feeds in Thunderbird. "You can now install additional software automatically when starting Tails. When installing an additional Debian package from Tails, you can decide to install it automatically every time. To check your list of additional software packages, choose Applications->System Tool->Additional Software. The packages included in Tails are carefully tested for security. Installing additional packages might break the security built in Tails, so be careful with what you install. To unlock VeraCrypt volume in Tails, choose Applications->System Tool->Unlock VeraCrypt Volumes. The integration of VeraCrypt in the Files and Disks utilities was done upstream in GNOME and will be available outside of Tails in Debian 10 (Buster) and Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish)." Further information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: tails-amd64-3.9.iso (1,168MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-09-04 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.3-2
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is a Debian-based server distribution that offers an integrated management system for central administration of servers, Microsoft Active Directory-compatible domain services, and functions for parallel operation of virtualised server and desktop operating systems. The Univention team has published a point release update for the distribution's 4.3 series, Univention Corporate Server 4.3-2. The new version contains mostly bug fixes and minor updates as listed in the distribution's release announcement: "During the upgrade to new UCS release- or patchlevel versions, the Univention Management Console is put into maintenance mode. While the maintenance mode is active, the progress of the update is displayed on a simple web page. Samba has been updated to version 4.7.8. For security reasons, authentication with NTLMv1 is no longer allowed. If there are still old systems or applications in use that absolutely need NTLMv1, this can be reactivated via the Univention Configuration Registry. The AD connector has been enhanced with tools to synchronize individual objects or entire subtrees again and to specifically remove rejects. Various security updates have been integrated into UCS 4.3-2, e.g. Apache2, the Linux kernel and Samba4." The release notes contain further details. Download: UCS_4.3-2-amd64.iso (1,232MB, MD5, pkglist).

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