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2019-07-19 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.0
Simon Coter has announced the release of Oracle Linux 8.0, the first stable version of the project's enterprise-class server distribution built from the source code of the recently-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8: "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 8. With Oracle Linux 8, the core operating environment and associated packages for a typical Oracle Linux 8 server are distributed through a combination of BaseOS and Applications Streams. BaseOS gives you a running user space for the operating environment. Application Streams provides a range of applications that were previously distributed in Software Collections, as well as other products and programs, that can run within the user space. Oracle Linux 8 introduces numerous enhancements and new features. Highlights include Application Streams, where multiple versions of user space components can be delivered and updated more frequently than the core operating system packages." See the release announcement and the release notes for further information. At the time of writing, the ISO images of the x86_64 edition of Oracle Linux 8.0 have not been released to public servers, but they are available from Oracle Software Deliver Cloud after a compulsory registration. The size of the full installation ISO image is 6.7GB, but a much smaller (532MB) network installation image is also provided.
2019-07-17 NEWBSD Release: OPNsense 19.7
OPNsense is a HardenedBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. The project's latest release is OPNsense 19.7 carries the codename "Jazzy Jaguar" and offers several new features. "For four and a half years now, OPNsense is driving innovation through modularising and hardening the open source firewall, with simple and reliable firmware upgrades, multi-language support, HardenedBSD security, fast adoption of upstream software updates as well as clear and stable 2-Clause BSD licensing. 19.7, nicknamed "Jazzy Jaguar", embodies an iteration of what should be considered enjoyable user experience for firewalls in general: improved statistics and visibility of rules, reliable and consistent live logging and alias utility improvements. Apart from the usual upgrades of third party software to up-to-date releases, OPNsense now also offers built-in remote system logging through Syslog-ng, route-based IPsec, updated translations with Spanish as a brand new and already fully translated language and newer Netmap code with VirtIO, VLAN child and vmxnet support." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): OPNsense-19.7-OpenSSL-dvd-amd64.iso.bz2 (291MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-07-17 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.8
SparkyLinux is a lightweight, Debian-based distribution. The project has switched its 5.x branch over from Debian Testing to Debian Stable, making the 5.x branch a more static release. SparkyLinux 5.8 is the first new snapshot based on the Stable branch. The release announcement states: "There are new live/install media of SparkyLinux 5.8 'Nibiru' available to download. This is the first release of the new stable line, which is based on the Debian 10 'Buster'. Changes: based on Debian 10 stable Buster now; repositories changed from Testing to Stable; system upgraded from Debian stable Buster repos as of July 14, 2019; Linux kernel 4.19.37-5 (i686 and amd64); Linux kernel 4.19.57-v7+ (ARMHF); the Calamares installer updated up to version 3.2.11; apt-daily.service disabled; sparky-tube installed as default; removed old third-party repositories." Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-5.8-x86_64-lxqt.iso (1,330MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), (1,214MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.8-x86_64-minimalgui.iso (958MB, SHA512, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-07-16 NEWDistribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 30-11210
Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a bootable live CD based on the Fedora distribution. The toolkit was designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications. The project's latest release is based on Fedora 30 and offers a number of enhancements. "Here are some of the highlights for this release: The NST WUI now supports geolocation of photos or videos that have embedded geotagged information. This provides the security professional with potential location and speed discovery when conducting a forensic analysis. The combination of using the ExifTool utility for metadata extraction with the NST Mapping Tools provides this geolocation capability. The NST WUI Directory Browser page has been enhanced to facilitate the entry point for photo and video geolocation. At first, if many images appear to overlap at the same location on the Google Map, a thumbnail representation will be presented. One can then zoom in to provide better image location separation to reveal individual photo or video detail. If a video image can be geolocated (e.g., One generated by a Garmin Dash Cam 55), one can view and control the video with a new NST Map Data Layer Editor tool." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): nst-30-11210.x86_64.iso (3,672MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-07-16 NEWDevelopment Release: Linux Mint 19.2 Beta
The Linux Mint team has published a new development snapshot, Linux Mint 19.2 beta, which is available in three editions - Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. The new beta offers the ability to see how long specific kernels will be supported in the update manager and multiple kernel versions can be installed or removed at once. The System Reports tool makes it easier for users to find and share information on forms and other on-line mediums. In addition, Cinnamon desktop resource usage has been improved: "Although the amount of RAM consumed by Cinnamon largely depends on the video driver, Cinnamon uses significantly less RAM than before. On a test VirtualBox virtual machine, Cinnamon 4.2 uses approximately 67MB RAM (compared to 95MB RAM for Cinnamon 4.0). Many optimizations were done in the Muffin window manager. These changes aim to reduce input lag and make windows feel smoother and lighter. The ability to switch VSYNC on or off no longer requires restarting Cinnamon. A combobox was added to the general preferences so you can choose your VSYNC method." Additional information can be found in each edition's release announcement. Download (pkglist): linuxmint-19.2-cinnamon-64bit-beta.iso (1,916MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release announcement), linuxmint-19.2-mate-64bit-beta.iso (1,992MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release announcement), linuxmint-19.2-xfce-64bit-beta.iso (1,873MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, release announcement).
2019-07-16 NEWDistribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-1
Univention Corporate Server (UCS) is an enterprise-class distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. The project's latest version is an update to the distribution's 4.4 release, bringing with it performance improvements and application recommendations based on what administrators have installed previously. "The most obvious change is certainly the new app suggestion system in the Univention App Center. Based on the apps already installed in the UCS environment, administrators receive recommendations for suitable supplementary apps. These recommendations are based on the most common already existing combinations, e.g. the combined use of apps like Nextcloud or ownCloud with the Let's Encrypt application. Another improvement was the handling of interruptions during updates in the App Center. UCS 4.4-1 also brings a whole range of improvements to the area of Windows Services. Thus there are changes in the integration of Samba when dealing with server-side Windows profiles, in that the respective paths are now hidden in the file share, so that users no longer damage their profile unintentionally." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: UCS_4.4-1-amd64.iso (1,230MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-07-16 NEWDistribution Release: Proxmox 6.0 "Virtual Environment"
Proxmox is a commercial company offering specialised products based on Debian GNU/Linux, notably Proxmox Virtual Environment and Proxmox Mail Gateway. Proxmox Virtual Environment is an open-source virtualisation platform for running virtual appliances and virtual machines. The company's latest release is Promox 6.0 "Virtual Environment" which is based on Debian 10 "Buster" " Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH, developer of the open-source virtualization management platform Proxmox VE, today released its major version Proxmox VE 6.0. The comprehensive solution, designed to deploy an open-source software-defined data center (SDDC), is based on Debian 10.0 Buster. It includes updates to the latest versions of the leading open-source technologies for virtual environments like a 5.0 Linux kernel (based on Ubuntu 19.04 'Disco Dingo'), QEMU 4.0.0, LXC 3.1.0, Ceph 14.2 (Nautilus), ZFS 0.8.1, and Corosync 3.0.2. Proxmox VE 6.0 delivers several new major features, enhancements, and bug fixes." Further information can be found in the company's release announcement. Download: proxmox-ve_6.0-1.iso (741MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2019-07-15 NEWDevelopment Release: Emmabuntüs DE3 RC
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution featuring the Xfce desktop and based on Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The distribution's latest development snapshot (Debian Edition 3 RC) is based on Debian 10 and is available for 32-bit and 64-bit computers. "The Emmabuntüs Collective is happy to announce the release of the new Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3 RC (Release Candidate, 32-bit and 64-bit etitions), based on Debian 10.0 'Buster' distribution and featuring the Xfce desktop environment. This new version of our distribution is based on Emmabuntüs DE2 under Debian 10 Buster, after we were able to manage a drastic ISO size reduction in its Alpha version. This RC version finalizes the streamlining of the embedded applications, brings some new fixes, like the boot speed-up in live mode, compare to the Alpha version, improvement in the dark/light theme handling, support of the language and localization in live mode." further details, with screenshots and a full changelog, can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: emmabuntus-de3-amd64-buster-rc.iso (3,084MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).
2019-07-15 NEWDistribution Release: Q4OS 3.8
Q4OS is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Debian. The distribution's latest release is Q4OS 3.8 which is available in two desktop editions: KDE Plasma and Trinity. "Q4OS Centaurus is based on Debian Buster 10 and Plasma 5.14, optionally Trinity 14.0.6, desktop environment, and it's available for 64-bit and 32-bit/i686 PAE computers, as well as for older i386 systems without PAE extension. We are working hard to bring it for ARM devices too. One of the Q4OS specific goals is the ability to have Plasma and Trinity desktop alongside each other installed. Users can switch back and forth between more advanced Plasma or efficient Trinity desktop. Both desktops can independently coexist side by side and don't interfere with each other. Plasma is being the logical primary choice for most of users, so it's considered to be the default option, which is also obvious from the Q4OS downloads site. Q4OS 3.8 will receive five years of security updates. Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5) (pkglist): q4os-3.8-x64.r1.iso (869MB), q4os-3.8-x64-tde.r1.iso (638MB).
2019-07-15 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 823
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2019-07-14 NEWDistribution Release: Feren OS 2019.07
Feren OS is a desktop Linux distribution based on Linux Mint's main edition. The project has published a new quarterly snapshot which introduces new themes, a new icon set, and a new splash screen at boot time. On a more technical note, this snapshot fixes an issue with repository signing keys: "Unfortunately, another smaller change had to be made to all the ISOs in this snapshot, due to a mess up on my part with deleting the original package signing keys for the Feren OS repositories by accident. The old signing keys had to be replaced with new ones, and so current users ended up getting 'NO_PUBKEY' errors on APT Package List Updates. While the ISOs for the previous snapshot were updated first to include the new signing keys out of the box, this snapshot is technically the first snapshot to do so too. If you're suffering from that issue, go here to get instructions on how to fix it. Because of the fact that the old boot screen broke on the Feren OS HWE-included ISO image, I decided to completely re-do the boot screen, basing it on the 'Breeze' Plymouth Theme that KDE neon uses by default." A complete list of changes can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): Feren OS x64 Linux 4.15.iso (1,876MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2019-07-13 NEWDevelopment Release: antiX 19 Beta 2
The antiX team have published a new development snapshot of the distribution's antiX 19 branch, based on Debian 10 "Buster". The snapshot offers a new tool, called App Select, for finding installed applications and introduces new themes and icons. The release announcement provides further details: "antiX 19 beta 2 (64-bit and 32-bit) available. Our second beta build of the upcoming antiX 19 release, based on Debian 'Buster' and free of systemd. Changes since beta 1: Inclusion of connman-bluetooth-firmware; new application App Select - quickly find all installed applications; Linux kernel 4.9.182 patched with 'Sack Panic'; new 'antiX' category added to menu; new themes, icons and wallpaper; various bug-fixes. For a full list of what is on antiX 19, see this post." antiX 19 Beta 2 is available for 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (x86) machines. Interested beta testers can download the live images from SourceForge: antiX-19.b2_x64-full.iso (1,084MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist), antiX-19.b2_386-full.iso (1,127MB, SHA256, signature). Bugs can be reported on the project's Bugzilla bug tracker.

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