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2018-04-22 NEWDistribution Release: Smoothwall Express 3.1 SP4
Smoothwall Express, is a specialist Linux distribution for firewalls and routers, featuring a custom web-based configuration interface. The project's origins date back to the year 2000 and it still continues to evolve today - the developers have just announced an update to their 3.1 product line: "The Smoothwall Express team announce the release of Update9/SP4. This update and service pack should address most of the problems you encountered with Update8/SP3. We resolved a number of bugs, updated a number of packages, and re-released all of the Update8 packages. Of particular note, we made a number of improvements in the UI, added packages that will allow you to use a wireless IF for RED (manual only; not yet integrated into the system), and switched from Openswan to Libreswan. We also locked the kernel headers (used for glibc, klibc and a few other packages) to those of 3.4.104 to ensure a consistent Linux API going forward. Update8 switched to 3.16 kernel headers for some packages; this may have been the source of inexplicable problems some people reported after applying Update8." Here is the full release announcement as published on the distribution's user forums. Download (MD5): Express-3.1-SP4-x86_64.iso (241MB), Express-3.1-SP4-i586.iso (233MB).
2018-04-22 NEWDistribution Release: AV Linux 2018.4.12
A new version of AV Linux, a Debian-based distribution featuring a collection of audio and video applications, has been released. Version 2018.4.12 comes with various bug fixes, software updates and firmware additions: "AV Linux 2018.4.12 has been released. Bug fixes: updated 4.9.76 real-time kernel with KPTI 'Meltdown' security patch; KPTI can be disabled at boot; numerous important fixes to compatibility with KXStudio repositories; updated and fixed outdated Cin 5.1 and Spotify repositories; WineASIO now works properly; removed GRUB Customizer because it doesn't work on UEFI installations. New additions: ISO files now have accompanying MD5 and SHA256 files; optional 'lowlatency' kernels (required for proprietary video drivers); optional 'SGFXI' proprietary video driver install; UEFI install; Wine-Staging replaces Debian's Wine packages, WineHQ repositories have been added; added firmware for Echo audio devices; dynamic CPU frequency adjustment (in 'Settings' menu); real-time quick configuration scan to check system tuning...." Read the rest of the release announcement for a full changelog. Download: isotester-avl64-2018.4.12.iso (3,536MB, SHA256, pkglist, username: isotester, password: avl64).
2018-04-18 NEWDistribution Release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 8.0
Trisquel GNU/Linux is an Ubuntu-based desktop distribution which features free and open source software exclusively. The project's latest release, Trisquel 8.0 "Flidas", is based on Ubuntu 16.04 and includes support through to the year 2021. "The biggest internal change to the default edition is the switch from GNOME to MATE 1.12. The main reason for this change was that GNOME dropped support for their legacy desktop, which retained the GNOME 2.x user experience and didn't require 3D composition -- a feature that in many computers would still need non-free software to run at full speed. MATE provides a perfect drop-in replacement, it is very light and stable and it retains all the user experience design that we are used to from previous Trisquel releases. The next most important component is Abrowser 59 (based on Mozilla Firefox), which is not only fully-featured and quite faster than before, it has also been audited and tweaked to maximize the user's privacy without compromising on usability." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): trisquel_8.0_amd64.iso (2,512MB, MD5, signature, torrent), trisquel-mini_8.0_amd64.iso (940MB, MD5, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-18 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.5
Avi Miller has announced the release of Oracle Linux 7 Update 5, the latest version of the company's enterprise-class Linux distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5: "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 for the x86_64 architecture. Notable security-related features in this release: support for Memory Protection Keys on recent Intel processors - CPUs provide this support through a new user-accessible register (PKRU) that contains two separate bits; ability to unlock encrypted devices connected to a network during the boot process; SSLv3 disabled in mod_ssl, this change also restricts the use of certain cryptographic cipher suites; KASLR (kernel address-space layout randomization) for KVM guests added. Btrfs continues to be fully supported in Oracle Linux 7.5 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK). Btrfs support is deprecated in the Red Hat Compatible Kernel." See the release announcement and the release notes for further information. Download: OracleLinux-R7-U5-Server-x86_64-dvd.iso (4,235MB, SHA256, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-16 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 759
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-04-15 NEWOS Release: ReactOS 0.4.8
ReactOS is an open source operating system which strives to provide binary compatibility with Microsoft windows applications and drivers. The ReactOS project has released a new version, ReactOS 0.4.8, which brings many improvements to the desktop interface. "Taskbar settings and dialogs have been rewritten by Giannis so now the auto-hide, toggle lock and always on top options work. These settings were visible before but as you might have noticed they've never been working at all. Meanwhile, David fixed several bugs and glitches of the notification area. Thanks to him, Giannis and Hermès, now balloon notifications are properly supported, queued and shown while a range of tooltip problems have been solved. Talking about the notification tray, due to Ged’s work, icons of killed and finished process are now automatically removed, even when apps crash. This is something that Windows doesn't even provide with Win10, and many Windows users may have noticed." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. ReactOS is available in two editions: a live disc and an installation disc. Download (MD5): (103MB), (73MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-12 NEWDevelopment Release: SparkyLinux 4.8 RC
SparkyLinux is a Debian-based distribution which is available in Stable and Rolling editions. The project has published a new release candidate for the distribution's Stable edition. The new candidate, SparkyLinux 4.8 RC, is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the Calamares cross-distro installer. "There is a new, testing live/install ISO image of SparkyLinux 4.8 RC 'Tyche' available to download. Sparky 4.x is based on Debian Stretch. Sparky 4.8 RC is a release candidate to upcoming next 4.8 stable release. Changes between 4.7 and 4.8 RC: Full system upgrade from Debian Stable repos as of April 11, 2018. Linux kernel 4.9.82. Calamares 3.1.12 with an option of installing system on an encrypted disk. Added new option of live system booting which lets you choose a localization (via kernel parameter) and keyboard layout (via a new script). Sparky tools which need root access use pkexec now instead of gksu/gksudo/kdesudo/etc. Added packages: xinit (provides startx command) and BleachBit (for cleaning the system). Temporary removed gscreenshot and replaced with sparky-screenshot." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: sparkylinux-4.8-rc-x86_64-minimalgui.iso (811MB, SHA512, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-04-12 NEWDistribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.5.5-38
Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.5.5-38, the latest stable release of the project's specialist utility live CD, based on Debian's "unstable" branch, designed for disk cloning and backups: "This release of Clonezilla Live (2.5.5-38) 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 2018-03-30; Linux kernel has been updated to 4.15.11; Partclone has been updated to 0.3.11 with some libraries also updated; new image format is used in this release, it is different from the one saved by Partclone 0.2.x; new massive deployment mechanism BitTorrent was added; Clonezilla has to convert the original image to the special format when BitTorrent mode is used and this will require more disk space in the image repository; switch keymap configuration method from console-data to keyboard-configuration." See the full release announcement for a complete list of changes and other technical notes. Download (SHA512): clonezilla-live-2.5.5-38-amd64.iso (235MB, pkglist), clonezilla-live-2.5.5-38-i686.iso (230MB), clonezilla-live-2.5.5-38-i686-pae.iso (230MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-04-10 NEWBSD Release: DragonFlyBSD 5.2.0
The DragonFly BSD project, which is an independent fork of FreeBSD, has released a new version. The new stable release, DragonFly BSD 5.2.0, includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre CPU attacks, improvements to the project's HAMMER2 file system and better graphics acceleration. "DragonFly version 5.2 brings Meltdown/Spectre mitigation, significant improvements to HAMMER2, ipfw, and graphics acceleration.... Big-ticket items: Meltdown and Spectre mitigation support; Meltdown isolation and Spectre mitigation support added. Meltdown mitigation is automatically enabled for all Intel CPUs. Spectre mitigation must be enabled manually via sysctl if desired, using sysctls machdep.spectre_mitigation and machdep.meltdown_mitigation. HAMMER2 - H2 has received a very large number of bug fixes and performance improvements. We can now recommend H2 as the default root file system in non-clustered mode. Clustered support is not yet available." More information can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: dfly-x86_64-5.2.0_REL.iso.bz2 (266MB, MD5, pkglist).
2018-04-10 NEWDistribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.5, the latest update of the company's enterprise-class Linux distribution. The new version includes several performance improvements and easier access to system administration functions through the cockpit management system. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 can help reduce the overall learning curve for new Linux systems administrators, troubleshooters, and developers by making complex tasks, like systems management, easier through enhancements to the cockpit administrator console. Provided as a simplified web interface, these enhancements are designed to eliminate many of the complexities involved with managing Linux-based systems, including network and storage set-ups. Additionally, new functionality and integration with Windows-based infrastructure is offered in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, including improved management and communication with Windows Server implementations, more secure data transfers with Microsoft Azure, and performance improvements for complex Microsoft Active Directory architectures." See the company's press release and the technical release notes for further information. A 30-day evaluation edition of RHEL 7.5 is available from Red Hat (registration required).
2018-04-09 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 758
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2018-04-06 NEWDevelopment Release: Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 2
Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second and final beta build of Ubuntu 18.04, including all official Ubuntu sub-projects. This is a long-term support (LTS) version the final release of which is scheduled for April 26: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop, Server and Cloud products. This beta release includes images of the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. Bionic final beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 4.15 kernel." See the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download links: ubuntu-18.04-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,748MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-18.04-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,803MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist), lubuntu-18.04-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,033MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-18.04-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,519MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-18.04-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,624MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-18.04-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,907MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntustudio-18.04-beta2-dvd-amd64.iso (2,845MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist), xubuntu-beta-2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,364MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release notes, pkglist).
2018-04-04 NEWDistribution Release: NixOS 18.03
NixOS is an independently developed Linux distribution which is configured and managed using the Nix package manager. The NixOS project has released a new version, NixOS 18.03, which includes version 2.0 of the Nix package manager minor upgrades to the GNOME and KDE Plasma desktops along with several new services. "In addition to numerous new and upgraded packages, this release has the following highlights: End of support is planned for end of October 2018, handing over to 18.09. Platform support: x86_64-linux and x86_64-darwin since release time (the latter isn't NixOS, really). Binaries for aarch64-linux are available, but no channel exists yet, as it's waiting for some test fixes. Nix now defaults to 2.0; see its release notes. Core version changes: Linux kernel 4.9 to 4.14, glibc 2.25 to 2.26, gcc 6 to 7, systemd 234 to 237. Desktop version changes: GNOME 3.24 to 3.26, (KDE) Plasma Desktop 5.10 to 5.12. MariaDB 10.2, updated from 10.1, is now the default MySQL implementation." Further information can be found in the distribution's release notes. NixOS is available in a full Graphical edition running KDE Plasma and a Minimal edition which features a command line interface. Download (pkglist): nixos-graphical-18.03.131768.a74969256b0-x86_64-linux.iso (1,011MB, SHA256), nixos-minimal-18.03.131768.a74969256b0-x86_64-linux.iso (415MB, SHA256). Also available from OSDisc.

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