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2019-06-24 NEWDistribution Release: SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1
The SUSE team has announced the release of a new service pack (SP) for SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). The new update, SUSE Linux Enterprise 15 SP1, offers security improvements, techniques to reduce downtime during security patches, and a smoother transition from openSUSE Leap to SUSE Linux Enterprise: "Improved hardware-based data security - This release offers full support for AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) technology. SEV enables guest virtual machines to run in encrypted memory, helping to protect them from memory scrape attacks from the hypervisor. Enhanced Arm server support - In SP1, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Arm 15 has doubled the number of supported System-on-a-Chip (SoC) processor options. Reduced downtime for updates - Transactional updates (a tech preview with SP1) offer a significant reduction in the maintenance window for updates, providing more production uptime. Simplified installation with enhanced Modular+ - The Unified Installer can now be used to install more portfolio products, including SUSE Manager, SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time and SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service. Faster and easier transition from community Linux to enterprise Linux - It now takes just a few clicks for developers and operations to move a openSUSE Leap system to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server." See the release announcement for further details. A 60-day free trial can be obtained through the company's download site.
2019-06-24 NEWDistribution Release: Raspbian 2019-06-20
Eben Upton has announced the release of a major new version of Raspbian, a Debian-based distribution for the Raspberry Pi single-board computers. The updated build, version 2019-06-20, is the first image based on the upcoming release of Debian 10 "Buster". Information about the new Raspbian was provided as part of today's blog post announcing the brand-new Raspberry Pi 4: "To support Raspberry Pi 4, we are shipping a radically overhauled operating system, based on the forthcoming Debian 10 'Buster' release. This brings numerous behind-the-scenes technical improvements, along with an extensively modernised user interface, and updated applications including the Chromium 74 web browser. ... Some advice for those who are keen to get going with Raspbian Buster right away: we strongly recommend you download a new image, rather than upgrading an existing card. This ensures that you’re starting with a clean, working Buster system. If you really, really want to try upgrading, make a backup first." As usual, Raspbian is available in both "standard" and "lite" editions; here are the download links: (1,096MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), (406MB, signature, SHA256, torrent).
2019-06-24 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 820
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-06-19 NEWDistribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.10.0
Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. The C library used is musl and the base tools are all provided by BusyBox. The project's latest release is Alpine Linux 3.10.0 which introduces new hardware support and makes the LightDM display manager available in the distribution's repositories. Some key packages have also been dropped, removing legacy support and unmaintained items. The removed items are Qt4 (replaced by Qt5), TrueCrypt and MongoDB. "We are pleased to announce the release of Alpine Linux 3.10.0, the first in the v3.10 stable series. New features and noteworthy new packages: Support for Pine64LTS; iwd, a modern alternative for wpa_supplicant (EAP is not working yet); serial and Ethernet support for ARM boards; ceph, a distributed object store and filesystem; LightDM, a cross-desktop display manager." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): alpine-standard-3.10.0-x86_64.iso (112MB, SHA512, signature), alpine-extended-3.10.0-x86_64.iso (407MB, SHA512, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-06-17 NEWBSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.6.0
The DragonFly BSD team has published a new stable version of the project's operating system. The new version, DragonFly BSD 5.6.0, introduces improved video driver support, performance improvements for the HAMMER2 advanced filesystem, and speed improvements for virtual machine environments. "Version 5.6.0 released 17 June 2019. DragonFly version 5.6 brings an improved virtual memory system, updates to radeon and ttm, and performance improvements for HAMMER2. HAMMER2: the filesystem sync code has been rewritten to significantly improve performance; sequential write performance also improved; add simple dependency tracking to prevent directory/file splits during create, rename and remove operations, for better consistency after a crash; re-factor the snapshot code to reduce flush latency and to ensure a consistent snapshot; attempt to pipeline the flush code against the front-end, improving flush versus front-end write concurrency; improve umount operation; fix an allocator race that could lead to corruption; numerous other bugs fixed; improve verbosity of CHECK (CRC error) console messages." Further details can be found in the release announcement. Download: dfly-x86_64-5.6.0_REL.iso (720MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-06-17 NEWDistribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2019.06
The developers of PCLinuxOS have announced the release of the project's latest stable build, version 2019.06. This systemd-free and beginner-friendly distribution features the just-released KDE Plasma 5.16 and the very latest Linux kernel 5.1.10: "PCLinuxOS 2019.06 KDE Full Edition has been released and is now available for download. Linux kernel 5.1.10, KDE Applications 19.04.2, KDE Frameworks 5.59.0, KDE Plasma 5.16.0. This ISO image comes with the standard compliment of KDE applications plus LibreOffice. Some additional applications include: Timeshift - backup and restore utility; Bitwarden - a free and open-source password management solution; Darktable - photo manipulation software; GIMP - image editing software; digiKam - image management software; Megasync - store your files in the cloud; Teamviewer - control another computer from yours; Rambox - store many applications in one place; Simplenotes - a note-taking application with markdown support; Kodi - a multimedia center; Kazam - a screen capture utility; Calibre - the one stop solution for all your e-book needs; Skrooge - banking software...." Here is the brief release announcement. Download: pclinuxos64-kde5-2019.06.iso (1,850MB, MD5). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-06-17 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 819
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2019-06-16 NEWDevelopment Release: Porteus 5.0 RC1
The Porteus team has published a new release candidate for Porteus 5.0. The new development snapshot of this Slackware-based distribution is available in seven desktop flavours. The distribution has migrated from Python 2 to Python 3 and offers an updated kernel and hardware support. "Neko is now generating the official kernel which you may also upgrade through his awesome kernel update tool. The Intel microcode is available directly from the server in the kernel folder. This is for people that would like to patch the Intel processor debacle. Other changes: Slackware updated the pkgtools package which moved all package info files to /var/lib/pkgtools/packages; a symlink was left at /var/log/packages. Major version updates have been made to icu, glibc, GCC, MESA, X.Org Server; we have finally managed to completely replace Python 2 with Python 3 for all desktops; pauth now acts as our authorizing agent in place of the various other graphical su applications; Meson and ninja are now in 05_devel; all ISO files are now hybrid ISO images...." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): Porteus-CINNAMON-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (315MB), Porteus-KDE-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (373MB), Porteus-LXDE-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (297MB), Porteus-LXQT-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (311MB), Porteus-MATE-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (310MB), Porteus-OPENBOX-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (294MB), Porteus-XFCE-v5.0rc1-x86_64.iso (299MB).
2019-06-16 NEWDistribution Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.0
OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 has been released. OpenMandriva Lx is a cutting-edge, desktop-oriented Linux distribution with KDE Plasma as the default desktop environment. This version introduces the Linux kernel 5.1.9, Plasma 15.5.5, LibreOffice 6.2.4, the latest version of the Calamares installer and many under-the-hood improvements: "OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 final release is out now. OpenMandriva Lx is a cutting-edge distribution compiled with LLVM/clang, combined with the high level of optimisation used for both code and linking (by enabling LTO, and profile guided optimizations for some key packages where reliable profile data is easy to generate) used in its building. OMLx 4.0 brings a number of major changes since 3.x release: KDE Plasma has been updated to 5.15.5 (with Frameworks 5.58 and Applications 19.04.2, Qt 5.12.3); LibreOffice is now working with complete Plasma integration...." Read the release announcement and the release notes for detailed information and screenshots. As usual, OpenMandriva provides two live ISO images for download - the "znver1" image is a special build for the current AMD processors, while the generic image is for all other x86_64 platforms; download (MD5, pkglist): OpenMandrivaLx.4.0-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,504MB), OpenMandrivaLx.4.0-plasma.znver1.iso (2,511MB).
2019-06-16 NEWDistribution Release: Kwort Linux 4.3.4
David Cortarello has announced the release of Kwort Linux 4.3.4, the latest stable version of the project's CRUX-based distribution featuring the Openbox window manager and custom package manager called kpkg: "Yes, it's that time again, Kwort 4.3.4 is out. We included PulseAudio which is now very stable and it has been working very well, including with bluez5 (which has also been included in this release for the first time). So let's jump now to the technical highlights of this release: Linux kernel 4.19.46 (sorry folks, there's no long-term relase of 5.x branch yet); new toolchain including glibc 2.28, GCC 8.3.0 and Binutils 2.32; kpkg 130; latest browsers including Google Chrome 75.0.3770.90 and Mozilla Firefox 67.0.2, Brave 0.68.50 is available from the mirror; Kwort-choosers package has been replaced with kwort-tools including the old browser and custom xdg-open and the new kwort-mixer to support both sound backends (ALSA and PulseAudio); new UI shortcuts are now fully documented; we found a good graphical music player called Museeks which is now included in the system." Visit the distribution's home page for further information. The Kwort distribution, designed for more advanced Linux users, does not come with an automated installation program or script, so users need to follow these instructions to install the system manually. Download link: kwort-4.3.4.iso (874MB, MD5, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-06-15 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 11.3-RC1
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 11.3: "The first RC build of the 11.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 11.3-BETA3 includes: bug fix in the mxl5en(4) driver; minor fix to ipfilter; miscellaneous USB fixes; fix for prio versus nonprio tagged traffic in RDMACM; several zfsboot and bectl(8) fixes; OpenPAM has been updated to the latest upstream version; a system panic when using VIMAGE has been fixed. A list of changes since 11.2-RELEASE is available in the stable/11 release notes. Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete and will be updated on an ongoing basis as the 11.3-RELEASE cycle progresses. VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386 and aarch64 architectures. The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK and raw disk image formats. The image download size is approximately 135MB and 165MB respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21GB sparse image. Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the virtual machine images." Here is the full release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.3-RC1-amd64-disc1.iso (697MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.3-RC1-i386-disc1.iso (592MB, SHA512).
2019-06-14 NEWDevelopment Release: Q4OS 3.7 Testing
Q4OS is a Debian-based distribution which runs either the Trinity or KDE Plasma desktop environments. The project has published a new development snapshot, Q4OS 3.7 which is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit builds. "We are entering the final phase of the Q4OS 3 Centaurus development, so it's now officially frozen. On this occasion we have released a brand new 32-bit Q4OS 'Centaurus' installation media designed for older computers, as well as 64-bit media cumulative update. Users can now easily deploy the Q4OS 3.7 testing release, if they want to become early adopters or just help with the testing. Please download 64-bit, as well as 32-bit ISO images on the dedicated Testing releases webpage. The Freeze phase is now in effect for Q4OS 3 'Centaurus', which means that no new features, nor significant changes are permitted, exception being only critical bugs and anything else, that might block the final release." Q4OS 3.x should transition to being a stable release around the same time Debian 10 is published in the first half of July. After that, Q4OS 3.x will receive five years of support. Details can be found on the distribution's news page. Download (MD5, pkglist): q4os-3.7-x64.r1.iso (869MB), q4os-3.7-x64-tde.r1.iso (638MB).

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