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2018-10-21 NEWDistribution Release: Feren OS 2018.10
A new stable version of Feren OS, called "October snapshot", has been released. Feren OS is a desktop-oriented Linux distribution based on Linux Mint, shipping with Cinnamon as the default desktop environment. The latest release comes with a number of desktop tweaks and it is also available for 32-bit computers: "Changes-wise, there isn't that much to talk about regarding the Feren OS frontend, as most of the work has been done improving the backend of many applications Feren OS has of its own. Here are a few of the noticeable changes: new background set and a new desktop environment supporting the easy viewing of this and newer background sets; Feren OS is now upgradable to non-LTS Ubuntu versions; the Feren OS theme has also seen some noticeable tweaks - gradients are now colour-neutral, using some transparency tweaks and scrollbars are now designed after the Breeze theme using the code from the Breeze GTK+ 3 and GTK+ 2 themes; theme colouriser will now support community-made theme colouriser scripts; backend fixes and changes." Besides providing detailed information and screenshots, the release announcement also hints at continued development of a new "KDE" edition of Feren OS (currently available as an "experimental" release). Download (SHA256) the latest Feren OS from SourceForge: Feren OS x64.iso (1,879MB, pkglist).
2018-10-21 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 12.0-BETA1
Following ten alpha releases and several schedule adjustments, the development process of FreeBSD 12.0 is back on track with the arrival of the first beta build. The supported architectures include amd64, i386, aarch64, armv6, armv7, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe and sparc64. Documentation, such release notes or changelogs for the new release, are largely non-existent at this time, but the release announcement provides some information for beta testers, including a note about bug reporting: "If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR system or on the -current mailing list. If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing system, use the "stable/12" branch. Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be updated on an ongoing basis as the 12.0-RELEASE cycle progresses." One known issue affecting those who'd like to upgrade from FreeBSD 11 is also mentioned: "Please note, freebsd-update(8) binary upgrade bits are still in progress and not yet available. A follow-up to this email will be sent when they are available." Installation ISO images and virtual machine disk images are available for download from FreeBSD mirrors; here are two quick links to the amd64 and i386 installation DVDs: FreeBSD-12.0-BETA1-amd64-dvd1.iso (1,869MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-12.0-BETA1-i386-dvd1.iso (1,339MB, SHA512). The final release of FreeBSD 12.0 is scheduled for 4 December 2018.
2018-10-20 NEWDevelopment Release: GhostBSD 18.10 RC1
The GhostBSD project develops a user-friendly, desktop-oriented flavour of the FreeBSD family. Past versions of the operating system were based on FreeBSD, but the project's new release candidate, GhostBSD 18.10 RC1, is based on TrueOS. "This first release candidate of GhostBSD 18.10 is the first official release of GhostBSD with TrueOS under the hood. The official desktop of GhostBSD is MATE, in the future there might be some community release like XFCE, but for there is no community release yet. What has changed since 11.1: GhostBSD is now built from TrueOS instead of FreeBSD. OpenRC is our main init system. LibreSSL is in base. GhostBSD base system can now be upgraded to the next release via TrueOS packages base. We removed GRUB from the ISO in favor of the new FreeBSD hybrid loader. NetworkMgr now supports the option to manage multiple network card connection. Unionfs was removed from the live session. The live system has been rewritten to fix many issues. GhostBSD boots directly to MATE session. GhostBSD supports ZFS BE by default. FreeBSD ports and packages are incompatible with GhostBSD 18.10. GhostBSD uses TrueOS ports to build packages." Further information and screenshots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: GhostBSD18.10-RC1.iso (2,535MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-20 NEWDistribution Release: Pop!_OS 18.10
Following the release of Ubuntu 18.10 earlier this week, Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu-based distribution which ships on desktops and laptops built by Linux hardware specialist System76, has also been updated to version 18.10: "Your favorite Pop!_erating system has leveled up with Pop!_18.10. Most of the new updates will also be rolled into Pop!_18.04. Here's what we've been working on since our last Pop!_OS announcement. New kernel, graphic stack, and GNOME desktop environment for Pop!_18.10: 18.10 will have lots of updated packages from upstream Ubuntu that 18.04 won't get; theme changes and visual tweaks to widgets give your favorite OS some extra Pop! Pop!_Shop: application previews now load faster; improvements to the UI to prevent it from freezing, like a down jacket sewn from phoenix feathers; oh, and before we forget, there's also some resolutions for outstanding memory leaks. CUDA and TensorFlow: we keep CUDA and TensorFlow up to date and easy to use, now, you can take CUDA + cuDNN + TensorFlow installation from 100 lines of code to a single command." Continue to the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download (SHA256, pkglist): pop-os_18.10_amd64_intel_3.iso (2,046MB), pop-os_18.10_amd64_nvidia_3.iso (2,290MB).
2018-10-20 NEWDistribution Release: Lubuntu 18.10
We conclude the Ubuntu release day with Lubuntu, a popular Ubuntu variant which, until recently, featured the lightweight LXDE desktop. Starting with version 18.10, the distribution has finally completed its intended switch to LXQt: "Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 18.10 has been released. This is the first Lubuntu release with LXQt as the main desktop environment. The Lubuntu project, in 18.10 and successive releases, will no longer support the LXDE desktop environment or tools in the Ubuntu archive and will instead focus on the LXQt desktop environment. You can find the following major applications and toolkits installed by default in this release: LXQt 0.13.0, with many bugfixes and improvements backported from upstream; Qt 5.11.1, which is the first point release in the Qt 5.11 series; Mozilla Firefox 62, which will receive updates from the Ubuntu security team throughout the support cycle of the release; the LibreOffice 6.1.2 suite with the Qt 5 frontend; VLC 3.0.4 for viewing media and listening to music; Featherpad 0.9.0 for notes and code editing....." Read the detailed release announcement which contains a long list of interesting changes. Download (SHA256, signature, pkglist): lubuntu-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1.616MB, torrent), lubuntu-18.10-desktop-i386.iso (1,632MB, torrent).
2018-10-19 NEWDistribution Release: Xubuntu 18.10
The Xubuntu development team has announced the release of Xubuntu 18.10, the latest version of the official Ubuntu variant with Xfce as the preferred desktop environment. This is Xubuntu's first release that uses a development build of Xfce 4.13, an upcoming version that will deploy GTK+ 3 as the default toolkit: "The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 18.10. Highlights: several Xfce components and applications were updated to their 4.13 development releases, bringing us closer to a GTK+ 3-only desktop; elementary Xfce icon theme 0.13 with the manila folder icons as seen in the upstream elementary icon theme; Greybird 3.22.9 which improves the look and feel of our window manager, alt-tab dialog, Chromium and even pavucontrol; a new default wallpaper featuring a gentle purple tone that greatly complements our GTK+ and icon themes. Known issues: at times the panel could show two network icons - this appears to be a race condition which we have not been able to rectify in time for release; in the settings manager, the mouse fails to scroll applications in settings manager (GTK+ 3 regression)." Read the release announcement and release notes for further information and screenshots. Download: xubuntu-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,437MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-19 NEWDistribution Release: Kubuntu 18.10
Continuing the Ubuntu release day news, here is the announcement of the release of Kubuntu 18.10, an official Ubuntu flavour featuring KDE Plasma 5 desktop: "Kubuntu 18.10, featuring the beautiful Plasma 5.13 desktop from KDE, has been released. Code-named 'Cosmic Cuttlefish', Kubuntu 18.10 continues our proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open-source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.18-based Linux kernel, Qt 5.11, KDE Frameworks 5.50, Plasma 5.13.5 and KDE Applications 18.04.3. Kubuntu has seen some exciting improvements, with newer versions of Qt, updates to major packages like Krita, Kdeconnect, Kstars, Peruse, Latte-dock, Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to KDE Plasma. In addition, Snap integration in Plasma Discover software center is now enabled by default." And some good news for the disappointed users who had hoped for the inclusion of Plasma 5.14 in Kubuntu 18.10: "Users who wish to test the latest Plasma 5.14.1 and Frameworks 5.51, which came too late in our release cycle to make it into 18.10 as default, can install these via our Backports PPA." Read the release announcement and the release notes for more information. Download: kubuntu-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,781MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-19 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu Budgie 18.10
David Mohammed has announced the release of Ubuntu Budgie 18.10, a new and improved version of the distribution that features the Budgie desktop (originally developed by the Solus project): "We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of our distro, the fourth as an official flavor of the Ubuntu family. Based on 18.04 experiences, feedback and suggestions that we have received from our users, the new release comes with a lot of new features, fixes and optimizations. Here is what you can expect in the new release: showcasing the latest Budgie desktop developments, re-working some of our most used applets to be more efficient and faster; adding new productivity applets; integrating all of this together with the major GNOME developments of GTK+ 3.24 and Mutter 3.30. New features and enhancements: Budgie Desktop 10.5 (almost) - we are pleased to promote the latest available capabilities made available by the Solus project; due to overwhelming vote (75%), Firefox now becomes our default browser; we have dropped TLP from the default install as power savings in kernel 4.18 are significant for newer computers...." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Download: ubuntu-budgie-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,600MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-19 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu Kylin 18.10
The development team behind Ubuntu Kylin has announced the availability of a new version of the project's official Ubuntu flavour designed specifically for users in China. The new version comes with updated MATE 1.20 desktop and it also provides a number of desktop improvements: "We are glad to announce the release of Ubuntu Kylin 18.10 'Cosmic Cuttlefish' which comes with a series of updates in kernel, basic services, desktop environment and software to provide a newer and better desktop experience. Ubuntu Kylin 18.10 ships with a brand-new Login and Lock programs, adding functions, fixing bugs and providing a cozier and easier user experience. Notable features include: new Login and Lock programs supporting biometric identifications technologies; Start Menu - modify the loading mode of Normal Menu and support a third-party category, support special characters, add feedback; Sessions - add a new Setup wizard; Notifications - add U disk management; Panel - redesign task layout when opening too many tabs on the panel...." Read the full release announcement (available in Chinese and English) for more information and screenshots. Download: ubuntukylin-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,787MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-19 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu Studio 18.10
The Ubuntu Studio team has announced the release of version 18.10 of their multimedia-focused distribution. The new release enables the automatic use of JACK for removable USB audio devices and introduces PikoPixel for editing pixel part. "Ubuntu Studio Controls has historically been the app to run to get initial audio configuration set for your system. This release, Ubuntu Studio Controls has undergone a major rewrite, and has the following features: Option for changing the CPU governor; configuration of JACK, including any attached USB audio devices; configuration of the JACK-PulseAudio Bridge; configuration of the JACK-ALSA MIDI Bridge. Ubuntu Studio Controls now, for the first time ever for any JACK configuration GUI, configures JACK to automatically detect hot-plugged USB audio devices and allows you to use more than one audio device at a time. This is something you will find in no other such utility. Future plans for Ubuntu Studio Controls includes configuration of WACOM Tablets, which is something currently not available in our default Xfce desktop environment." Additional details and future plans can be found in the distribution's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: ubuntustudio-18.10-dvd-amd64.iso (3,002MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-18 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 18.10
Martin Wimpress has announced the release of Ubuntu MATE 18.10. The new version ships with version 1.20.3 of the MATE desktop environment and will receive nine months of support. "Curiously, the work during this Ubuntu MATE 18.10 release has really been focused on what will become Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2. Let me explain. The upstream MATE Desktop team have been working on many bug fixes for MATE desktop 1.20.3, that has resulted in a lot of maintenance updates in the upstream releases of MATE desktop. The Debian packaging team for MATE Desktop, of which I am member, has been updating all the MATE packages to track these upstream bug fixes and new releases. Just about all MATE desktop packages and associated components, such as AppMenu and MATE Dock Applet have been updated. Now that all these fixes exist in the 18.10 release, we will start the process of SRU'ing (backporting) them to 18.04 so that they will feature in the Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 release due in February 2019. The fixes should start landing in Ubuntu MATE 18.04 very soon, well before the February deadline. Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 will include a hardware enablement stack (HWE) based on what is shipped in Ubuntu 18.10...." Additional information can be found in the distribution's release announcement. Download: ubuntu-mate-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (2,006MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2018-10-18 NEWDistribution Release: Ubuntu 18.10
Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 18.10, a version which will receive nine months of security updates and support. The project's new version ships with several key package updates: "The Ubuntu kernel has been updated to the 4.18-based Linux kernel, our default toolchain has moved to GCC 8.2 with glibc 2.28 and we've also updated to OpenSSL 1.1.1 and GnuTLS 3.6.4 with TLS 1.3 support. Ubuntu Desktop 18.10 brings a fresh look with the community-driven Yaru theme replacing our long-serving Ambiance and Radiance themes. We are shipping the latest GNOME 3.30, Firefox 63, LibreOffice 6.1.2 and many others. Ubuntu Server 18.10 includes the Rocky release of OpenStack, including the clustering enabled LXD 3.0, new network configuration via netplan.io and iteration on the next-generation fast server installer. Ubuntu Server brings major updates to industry-standard packages available on private clouds, public clouds, containers or bare metal in your data centre." Further details can be found in the release announcement and in the release notes. Download (pkglist): ubuntu-18.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,906MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), ubuntu-18.10-live-server-amd64.iso (881MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).


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