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2018-01-22 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 747
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2018-01-20 NEWDistribution Release: KaOS 2018.01
KaOS is an independent, rolling Linux distribution featuring a polished KDE Plasma desktop and the Pacman package manager. The KaOS project has released a new snapshot, KaOS 2018.01, which features fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs. "It is with great pleasure to present to you a first KaOS ISO for 2018. The policy is, once a first pacman -Syu becomes a major update, it is time for a new ISO so new users are not faced with a difficult first update. With the exceptional large amounts of updates the last six weeks most systems will see 70-80% of their install replaced by new packages so a new ISO is more than due. All currently available patches and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in modern processors are included. The Linux 4.14.14 kernel is built with Retpoline enabled, latest AMD aand Intel ucodes are also built into this kernel. As always with this rolling distribution, you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.42.0, Plasma 5.11.5, KDE Applications 17.12.1. All built on Qt 5.10.0." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): KaOS-2018.01-x86_64.iso (1,811MB, signature, pkglist).
2018-01-17 NEWDistribution Release: NuTyX 10.0
NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called cards. The project has published a new release, NuTyX 10.0, which is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds. There are two editions, one is a base image without a desktop and the other ships with an Xorg graphical environment. The new release also features a graphical front-end for package management called Flcards. "No need to used command line to search, install or remove packages. Flcards is able to install directly a graphical interface. You can choose between LXDE, LXQt, MATE, KDE5 and Xfce4. The Xorg ISO can be used to make an entire post-installation in graphical mode via Flcards application. Flcards uses administrator rights without password. If you're against this rule, get rid of the Flcards package and use the CLI or edit the /etc/sudoers to fit your needs. xorg-app, xorg-font, xorg-proto and xorg packages are now split. The Xorg meta package is removed. All the Xorg packages are now in separated packages. The documentation is updated." Further information can be found on the project's news page. Download: NuTyX_x86_64-xorg-10.0.iso (579MB, SHA256), NuTyX_x86_64-10.0.iso (266MB, SHA256).
2018-01-16 NEWDistribution Release: SolydXK 201801
SolydXK is a Debian-based, desktop distribution which offers two main flavours, with one edition featuring the KDE Plasma desktop and the other featuring the Xfce desktop. The SolydXK project has released a new snapshot which features fixes for the Meltdown CPU flaw and a number of new configuration tools. "All SolydXK ISOs are fully updated, including the latest kernel release with the Meltodown vulnarability patch. The ISOs come with a system configuration tool called SolydXK System Settings. Following is a list of features added since the 201707 releases: Device Driver Manager (DDM) has been integrated. Debian Plymouth Manager has been integrated. Add new partitions to fstab. Safely remove old kernel packages. After installation you can choose additional packages from the Welcome Screen but unfortunately, I had to remove the business application LetoDMS (document management system) as installable from the Welcome Screen. It installs just fine but I haven't been able to get it to work. I've removed the package from our own repository but if you need an Open Source DMS, I recommend to take a look at SeedDMS." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): solydx_9_64_201801.iso (1,566MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), solydk_9_64_201801.iso (1,928MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-01-15 NEWDistribution Release: Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0
Tomasz Jokiel has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0, a new update of the project's specialist Gentoo-based Linux distribution designed for web-only kiosks. This version is predominantly a security update: "I'm pleased to announce that Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0 is now available for download. Major software upgrades in this release include Linux kernel 4.14.13, Mozilla Firefox 52.5.3 ESR and Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132. Packages from the userland are upgraded to portage snapshot tagged on 20180114. This release fixes the Meltdown attack and partially mitigates the Spectre vulnerability through updated CPU microcode and on the application level. Firefox 52 ESR browser is less affected by Spectre while Chrome 63 needs experimental Site Isolation security feature enabled. More patches to be merged as Meltdown/Spectre bugs are still a work in progress. Please consider enabling automatic updates service for your kiosks to receive latest fixes and patches as soon as they become available." See the release announcement and changelog for further details. Download: Porteus-Kiosk-4.6.0-x86_64.iso (82.0MB, MD5, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-01-15 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 746
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2018-01-14 NEWDevelopment Release: Redcore Linux 1801 Beta
Ghiunhan Mamut has announced the availability of a new development version of Redcore Linux, a desktop-oriented distribution based on Gentoo. The new version includes many new packages, new artwork and requires less RAM to install. The installer now supports setting up the distribution with full disk encryption. "It is our pleasure to announce that Redcore Linux 1801 Intercrus beta ISO image is now ready and available for download from the usual place. This cycle we focused mostly on the look-and-feel of the distribution, completely overhauling the artwork. You may notice some rough edges though, as we're not finished yet. In addition we packed some new features in, and we really hope you will like it. Here is a brief changelog since Redcore Linux 1710: re-sync with Gentoo portage tree (13.01.2018); Linux kernel LTS 4.14.13 with MuQSS and UKSM enabled by default for maximum desktop performance; Linux kernel LTS 4.9.76 with MuQSS, BFQ and UKSM enabled by default available in the repository; toolchain updated with GCC 6.4.0, flibc 2.25, Clang 5.0.1; default Python 3 interpreter is now Python 3.5; elogind is now the default session tracker, replacing good old consolekit." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: Redcore.Linux.1801.LXQT.BETA.amd64.iso (2,564MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2018-01-12 NEWDevelopment Release: Absolute Linux 15.0 Beta 1
Paul Sherman has announced the availability of the initial beta build of Absolute Linux 15.0, a major update of the project's Slackware-based distribution featuring the IceWM window manager. This version drops support for the x86 processors and introduces the Kodi media player application: "Absolute 15.0 beta 1 released, based on Slackware64-current. Releasing as beta, giving the opportunity to get extra testing and feedback prior to final. Also to help mitigate the current Meltdown and Spectre security problems, of which the current Slackware kernel (4.14.12) takes care of 2 out of 3 vulnerabilities. Other changes: PaleMoon is the default browser, but is Firefox also installed (if PaleMoons default page search gives you problems, just go to the search page you want, then drag and drop the page icon onto the homepage button); Python 3 (and wxpython/GTK+ 3) and Qt 5 are included, as well as Python 2.7 and Qt 4; includes Kodi home theater 17.6; most everything recompiled." Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5) the installation DVD images from SourceForge: absolute64-15.0b1.iso (1,960MB, pkglist).
2018-01-11 NEWDevelopment Release: OPNsense 18.1 RC1
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based operating system designed for firewalls and routers. The project has released a new release candidate for OPNsense 18.1. "We humbly present to you the sum of another major iteration of the OPNsense firewall. Over the second half of 2017 well over 500 changes have made it into this first release candidate. Most notably, the firewall NAT rules have been reworked to be more flexible and usable via plugins, which is going to pave the way for subsequent API works on the core firewall functionality. For more details please find the attached list of changes below. Meltdown and Spectre patches are currently being worked on in FreeBSD, but there is no reliable timeline. We will keep you up to date through the usual channels as more news become available. Here is the full list of changes against version 17.7.11: disabled AHCI MSI to prevent early mount failures with removable media; use correct crypto library to gather GUI SSL ciphers; added 'save and go back' button to user edit page...." Further details and a list of changes can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): OPNsense-18.1.r1-OpenSSL-dvd-amd64.iso.bz2 (258MB, signature)
2018-01-10 NEWDistribution Release: OSMC 2017.12-1
OSMC (formerly Raspbmc) is a Debian-based minimal Linux distribution that brings the Kodi media centre software to a Raspberry Pi, Apple TV and Vero devices. The OSMC project has released a new version featuring a Debian 9 "Stretch" base and version 17.6 of the Kodi media centre. This release also introduces OpenVPN support. "As you may have noticed, we didn't release an OSMC update in November. After a lot of hard work, OSMC's slightly belated December update is here with Debian Stretch and Kodi 17.6. This yields a number of improvements, and is one of our largest OSMC updates yet: Better performance. A larger number of software packages to choose from. More up to date software packages to choose from. We'd like to thank everyone involved with testing and developing this update." A full list of changes and fixed can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download (pkglist): OSMC_TGT_rbp1_20180109.img.gz (175MB, MD5), OSMC_TGT_rbp2_20180109.img.gz (176MB, MD5), OSMC_TGT_vero3_20180109.img.gz (170MB, MD5).
2018-01-09 NEWDistribution Release: Tails 3.4
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 developers have released Tails 3.4 which includes kernel fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, updates uBlock Origin and includes fixes for package installation. "Tails 3.4 is out. This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible. In particular, Tails 3.4 fixes the widely-reported Meltdown attack, and includes the partial mitigation for Spectre. Changes: update Linux to 4.14.12 which fixes Meltdown, Spectre (only partially) and many other issues; fix an issue that made Tails start very slowly, in particular on DVD; don't delete downloaded Debian packages after installing them, this is mostly relevant for users of the APT Packages persistence feature; fix an issue that prevented some Debian packages to install properly with the Additional software feature; update uBlock Origin to restore its icon in Tor Browser and make its settings dashboard work again." Additional information and known issues can be found in the project's release announcement and in the changelog. Download: tails-amd64-3.4.iso (1,160MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-01-08 NEWDistribution Release: Parted Magic 2018_01_08
Parted Magic, a Linux distribution run from a live disc for managing hard drives and partitions, has been updated. The new version, Parted Magic 2018_01_08, introduces a new kernel with better support for a range of video cards. File system tools, such as those used to manage Btrfs and ZFS volumes, have been upgraded too. "The Linux kernel has been updated to 4.14.11. I have received a lot of glowing reviews of the newer video cards it supports and it's stability. The 2017_09_05 release was our most successful release to date with very little complaints. Instead of changing a bunch of stuff for the sake of changing a bunch of stuff, we basically kept it the way it was. We only addressed the little issues and updated relevant software. GParted has been updated to 0.30.0. I would like to do something different with the artwork though. If anybody out there would like to create something new, contact us. Other updates: e2fsprogs 1.43.8, Mozilla Firefox 52.5.3esr, MESA 17.2.8, X.Org Server 1.19.6, OpenSSL 1.0.2n, Samba 4.4.16, NetworkManager 1.8.4, wget 1.19.2, Python 2.7.14, Ruby 2.2.8, cURL 7.56.1...." A list of new and changed packages can be found on the project's news page and in the distribution's changelog. Parted Magic can be purchased for $11 from the project's online store.
2018-01-08 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 745
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

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