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2017-06-29 NEWDistribution Release: Linuxfx 8.0
Rafael Wagner has announced the launch of a new version of Linuxfx, a Brazilian distribution based on Ubuntu and featuring the KDE Plasma desktop. The new release, Linuxfx 8.0, is based on Ubuntu LTS packages and features the Plasma 5 desktop environment. Linuxfx also includes the WPS productivity software which offers strong compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. An English translation of the release announcement reads: "The latest news of the most advanced Linux system with all the stability and security of the LTS version. Fully compatible with programs developed for Debian and Ubuntu and always with the latest stable versions of KDE. All this is updated automatically, without the need of any technical knowledge! Install programs with the Discover facility, surf the internet with Chromium, or edit your documents and spreadsheets with the WPS Office. Meet Plasma, the most beautiful high-end Linux desktop, why we believe your computer must be unique just like you. For OEM integrates, the Sentinel ctOS - access control platform for biometrics, vehicle license plate reading and virtual concierge - is already shipped." Download (MD5): linuxfx-ctos-lts-8.0-amd64.iso (2,639MB, pkglist).
2017-06-29 NEWDistribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.5.2-17
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.5.2-17, an updated build of the Debian-based live CD with specialist utilities for disk cloning and backups: "This release of Clonezilla Live (2.5.2-17) includes major enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements and changes: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system has been upgraded, this release is based on the Debian 'Sid' repository as of 2017-06-26; Linux kernel has been updated to 4.11.6; Partclone has been updated to 0.2.91; languages file de_DE, es_ES, fr_FR, hu_HU, it_IT, ja_JP, sk_SK, and tr_TR have been updated; add SMB version selection when mounting CIFS; add brltty and espeakup packages; add sshpass and keychain packages; a lite server has been added to Clonezilla Live, it can be used as Clonezilla server, with limited features, but should work in most scenarios; re-arrange the main menu of Clonezilla live as 'device-image', 'device-device', 'remote-source', 'remote-dest', 'lite-server', 'lite-client'; boot parameter 'ocs_litesrv_mode' has been added for lite server pre-setting - use-existing-dhcpd, start-new-dhcpd, auto-detect, no-dhcpd." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download (SHA512): clonezilla-live-2.5.2-17-amd64.iso (204MB, pkglist), clonezilla-live-2.5.2-17-i686.iso (203MB), clonezilla-live-2.5.2-17-i686-pae.iso (204MB).
2017-06-26 NEWDevelopment Release: SolydXK 9 Beta
Arjen Balfoort has announced the availability of a beta release of SolydXK 9, a desktop-oriented Linux distribution (now based on Debian 9) with a choice of Xfce 4.12 and KDE Plasma 5.8 user environments: "Debian Stretch has been released and it's time for us to do the same for SolydXK. Before we release our ISO images there is still a lot to do. Our repository needs changing, we must describe the steps to upgrade a SolydXK 8 system to SolydXK 9. The ISO images need testing and the applications need testing as well. I could use some help with describing the upgrade steps or even creating a script to aid users in process of upgrading their systems. So, if you have some spare time, install SolydX 8 and SolydK 8 (201701 version) in a virtual machine and describe/script the best way to upgrade the system. System changes: new themes for SolydX and SolydK, you can choose a light or dark theme; SolydXK systems has a GUI now where you can encrypt partitions, localize your system, select the fastest repositories, hold back packages and cleanup your system." See the release announcement for further information. Download (pkglist): solydx_9_64_201706.iso (1,555MB, SHA256, torrent), solydk_9_64_201706.iso (1,946MB, SHA256, torrent).
2017-06-26 NEWDistribution Release: Manjaro Linux 17.0.2
Philip Müller has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 17.0.2, an updated build of the project's "Gellivara" set of distributions featuring KDE Plasma 5.10, GNOME 3.24 and Xfce 4.12: "Manjaro Gellivara was a great release. Now we are proud to announce 17.0.2 which fixes a lot of issues we had with our original release of Gellivara. It took us almost three months to finish this updated version. We improved our hardware detection, renewed our installer (Calamares), added the latest packages available to our install media and polished our release as a whole. Everyone who used older install media than this release should also read this announcement about password weakness and follow its advice to secure your systems. Features of this updated release Gellivara: latest LTS kernel from the Linux 4.9 series; latest X.Org stack from the 1.19 series; latest KDE Plasma 5, Applications, Framework and Qt; updates to our graphical package managers; enhancements and improvements to our Manjaro Tools and Profiles...." Here is the brief release announcement with a screenshot. Download (pkglist): manjaro-kde-17.0.2-stable-x86_64.iso (1,922MB, SHA1, signature), manjaro-gnome-17.0.2-stable-x86_64.iso (1,359MB, SHA1, signature), manjaro-xfce-17.0.2-stable-x86_64.iso (1,557MB, SHA1, signature).
2017-06-26 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 718
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2017-06-25 NEWDistribution Release: Voyager Live 9
Rodolphe Bachelart has announced the release of Voyager Live 9, a brand-new version of the project's desktop Linux distribution featuring a highly customised Xfce desktop with many user-friendly enhancements. This release, based on Debian 9, is built around the Xfce 4.12 desktop, coupled with Linux kernel 4.9.30. The entire Voyager structure has been re-coded and cleaned up, while the scripts have been modified to accommodate the Xfce 4.12 desktop and its components. This is a version which aims to provide the latest Xfce on Debian for both recent and old machines, with new ergonomics which are already part of the (Ubuntu-based) Voyager 16.04.2, as well as new themes, software and scripts. GParted is now included in the live image so users who have a problem using the Debian installer's disk partitioner, can perform manual partitioning before installation. A tutorial is provided in Thunar live in both French and English. Three editions will be available - two x86_64 image with EFI and non-EFI support (labelled as "gpc") and an i686 PAE variant (not yet released at the time of writing)." See the release announcement (in French) for further information and screenshots. The distribution supports both French and English; download (MD5) links: Voyager-9-Debian-efi-amd64.iso (1,730MB, pkglist), Voyager-9-Debian-gpc-amd64.iso (1,730MB).
2017-06-25 NEWDistribution Release: Ultimate Edition 5.5
Ultimate Edition developer "TheeMahn" has announced a release of a new build of Ultimate Edition. Version 5.5, featuring the KDE Plasma 5.9.5 desktop, is based on Kubuntu 17.04, which is a distribution supported for nine months only (until January 2018). From the release notes: "Ultimate Edition 5.5 was built from the Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' tree, using a combination of Tmosb (TheeMahn's Operating System Builder) and work by hand. Tmosb is also included in this release (1.9.9), allowing you to do the same; it can build more then 3,000 operating systems. This release is NOT a long-term supported (LTS) release; it was built in anticipation of the Ryzen build, same as Ultimate Edition 5.4, both rock on an AMD Ryzen. I can almost promise your days of waiting for a releases are gone minus LTS. Polishing releases takes time and I do not care how fast your computer is. I will only invest so much time on a non-LTS. Does not mean it will not rock out on Intel; however, deliberate support has been added for Ryzen. I am going to let this release become what it will be and what it is a non-LTS. Enjoy!" Download (MD5) the installable live DVD image from SourceForge: ultimate-edition-5.5-x64.iso (4,081MB, pkglist).
2017-06-24 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 11.1-BETA3
Glen Barber has announced the availability of a new beta snapshot of the FreeBSD operating system. The new development version, FreeBSD 11.1-BETA3, is available for x86, ARM, PowerPC and Sparc64 architectures. Several fixes and improvements have been introduced since the previous beta, including: "The mlx4en driver has been updated to use static device numbering instead of dynamic numbering. The patch(1) utility has been updated to fix an infinite loop when failing to read the specified input. The bsdinstall utility has been updated to use consistent EFI partition configuration across all supported platforms. A system panic when booting a single CPU system has been corrected. The vmxnet3 driver has been updated to fix a system crash when LRO (large receive offloading) was enabled. An issue where an ethernet adapter would not report 'no carrier' after disconnecting the network cable has been corrected. The qlnxe driver firmware has been updated to version" Information on testing and providing feedback for this beta release can be found in Barber's release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-BETA3-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,193MB, SHA512).
2017-06-23 NEWDistribution Release: Raspbian 2017-06-21
Simon Long has announced the release of Raspbian 2017-06-21, an updated build of the project's distribution designed for the Raspberry Pi. In case you are wondering, this version is still based on Debian 8 "Jessie" (and not on the just-released Debian 9 "Stretch"). From the release announcement: "Today we've released another update to the Raspbian desktop. In addition to the usual small tweaks and bug fixes, the big new changes are the inclusion of an offline version of Scratch 2.0 and of Thonny (a user-friendly IDE for Python which is excellent for beginners). Scratch is one of the most popular pieces of software on Raspberry Pi. This is largely due to the way it makes programming accessible - while it is simple to learn, it covers many of the concepts that are used in more advanced languages. Scratch really does provide a great introduction to programming for all ages. Raspbian ships with the original version of Scratch, which is now at version 1.4. A few years ago, though, the Scratch team at the MIT Media Lab introduced the new and improved Scratch version 2.0, and ever since we've had numerous requests to offer it on the Pi." Download: (1,582MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-06-22 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.6
The SparkyLinux distribution is a Debian-based project which typically tracks Debian's Testing branch to provide a lightweight, friendly desktop operating system. Following the release of Debian 9, the SparkyLinux team has announced the launch of SparkyLinux 4.6 which is built using software from Debian's Stable branch. "There are new live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 4.6-STB 'Tyche' available to download. This is the first Sparky edition based on Debian Stable line 9 codename 'Stretch'. Sparky 'Home' edition provides fully featured operating system with two lightweight desktops: LXDE and Xfce. Sparky 'MinimalGUI' and 'MinimalCLI' let you install the base system with a minimal set of applications and a desktop of your choice, via the Sparky Advanced Installer." The new version ships with Linux kernel 4.9 (with newer kernels available in SparkyLinux's Unstable repository) and the Icedove e-mail client has been replaced by Thunderbird. The release announcement for SparkyLinux 4.6 offers further information and a list of changes since the previous 4.5 release. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-4.6-x86_64-lxde-stb.iso (1,303MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-4.6-x86_64-xfce-stb.iso (1,318MB, SHA512, signature, torrent).
2017-06-21 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.2-1
Nico Gulden has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2-1, a new build of the Debian-based server distribution featuring a web-based management system for central administration of servers: "We are pleased to announce the availability of UCS 4.2-1 for download, the first point release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.2. It includes all errata updates issued for UCS 4.2-1 and provides various improvements and bug fixes especially in the following areas: forwarding of emails can now be set per mail user in the management system; changing the password to log on to the UCS management system has been improved, this allows users from a Microsoft Active Directory domain to change their expired password; when logging on as root user, a hint now appears, since for root the domain modules are not available; the IPv6 configuration capabilities of various services have been improved, for example in the Nagios or proxy server configuration and in the management system; the App Center docker integration has been improved, so it reacts better to errors." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download: UCS_4.2-1-amd64.iso (1,123MB, MD5, pkglist).
2017-06-20 NEWDistribution Release: OpenMandriva Lx 3.02
The OpenMandriva project is a fork of the Mandriva family of Linux distributions. The project's latest release, OpenMandriva Lx 3.02, features a number of package updates, including the Plasma 5.9.5 desktop environment, Wayland 1.12.0, systemd 233 and version 4.11 of the Linux kernel. OpenMandriva's kernel uses the BFQ scheduler for improved desktop performance. The project's release announcement declares: "The distribution ISO is bootable in BIOS or UEFI from USB stick or DVD and uses the Calamares installer to guide you through installation with the minimum of effort. The ISO also offers a means of booting EFI partitions should they become inaccessible because of boot order changes. This distribution has been successfully installed and run on a dual-graphics chip notebook using Bumblebee. A working i586 image is available however this will only install on genuine i686 boxes. If your machine is 64-bit please use the relevant 64-bit image. Main features in this release: KDE - Frameworks 5.33.0, Plasma 5.9.5, Applications 17.04, Qt 5.8.0; display subsystem - X.Org Server 1.19.3, Wayland 1.12.0, Mesa 17.1.1; core - Linux kernel 4.11.3 (with BFQ as default I/O scheduler and UKSM enabled), systemd 233, LLVM/Clang 4.0.1, GCC 6.3.1, glibc 2.25...." Additional information and updated package versions can be found in the release notes. Download (MD5): OpenMandrivaLx.3.02-PLASMA.x86_64.iso (2,050MB, torrent, pkglist).
2017-06-19 NEWDistribution Release: Debian Edu/Skolelinux 9
Hot on the heels of the new Debian release comes Debian Edu/Skolelinux 9, a new version of the project's Debian-based distribution tailored to educational institutions, computer labs and school networks. Donald Norwood announced the release yesterday: "The Debian Edu developer team is happy to announce Debian Edu 9, the first Debian Edu / Skolelinux release based on the Debian 9 'Stretch' release. Debian Edu, also known as Skolelinux, is a Linux distribution based on Debian providing an out-of-the box environment of a completely configured school network. Immediately after installation a school server running all services needed for a school network is set up just waiting for users and machines to be added via GOsa2, a comfortable web interface. ... These are some items from the release notes for Debian Edu 9: Plymouth is installed and activated by default, except for the 'Main Server' and 'Minimal' profiles; Icinga replaces Nagios as monitoring tool; LTSP now uses NBD instead of NFS for the root filesystem; a Japanese translation of the manual is now available." Here is the full release announcement. Download (SHA256) options include a 5.5 GB file meant for USB devices as well as a single-CD "netinstall" image: debian-edu-9+edu0-USB.iso (5,578MB, pkglist), debian-edu-9+edu0-CD.iso (647MB).

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