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2019-11-18 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 841
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2019-11-17 NEWDevelopment Release: Rescatux 0.72 Beta 4
Rescatux is a Debian-based GNU/Linux live distribution that includes a graphical wizard for rescuing broken GNU/Linux installations. The available rescue options include restoring the GRUB boot loader after a Windows installation, Linux and Windows password resets, and Linux file system checks. The project has published a new development snapshot, 0.72 beta 4, which introduces new checks and documentation. "This is another beta version of Rescatux. The last Rescatux beta was released on October 2019. That's about three weeks ago. This new version checks for GParted, Photorec and Testdisk before running them. A new option called System Info Script based on Inxi has been added. In order to improve usability a generic documentation page for non-documented options has been added. Finally bootinfoscript has been updated to use Debian's package instead of the outdated custom embedded bootinfoscript. Note: if you don't like the current background please contribute to the 2019 background should be improved issue." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: rescatux-0.72-beta4.iso (719MB, MD5, pkglist).
2019-11-17 NEWDistribution Release: Oracle Linux 8.1
Simon Coter has announced the release of Oracle Linux 8.1, the first update in the new 8.0 series of the project's enterprise-class server distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1. This release deprecates the Virtual Machine Manager application (virt-manager), among many other changes: "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 8 Update 1. Individual RPM packages are available on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server. Notable new features: udica package added - you can use udica to create a tailored security policy, for better control of how a container accesses host system resources, this capability enables you to harden container deployments against security violations; SELinux user-space tools have been updated to release 2.9; SETools collection and libraries have been updated to release 4.2.2; new boltd_t SELinux type added (used to manage Thunderbolt 3 devices); new bpf SELinux policy added (used to control Berkeley Packet Filter); SELinux policy packages have been updated to release 3.14.3...." See the release announcement and the release notes for more details. Download: OracleLinux-R8-U1-x86_64-dvd.iso (7,365MB, SHA256, pkglist), x86_64-boot.iso (580MB, SHA256).
2019-11-16 NEWDistribution Release: PCLinuxOS 2019.11
The PCLinuxOS distribution has released updated install media which carries the version number 2019.11. The new media feature kernel and desktop environment updates for each edition. The project's release announcement offers further details: "The KDE versions both Full and the minimalistic Darkstar contain kernel 5.3.10 plus a fully updated KDE Plasma desktop. Plasma desktop 5.17.3, Plasma Applications 19.08.3 and Plasma Frameworks 5.64.0. The MATE ISO was refreshed with kernel 5.3.10 and the applications and libraries were updated to their most recent stable versions from the previous release. The Xfce ISOs were updated to kernel 5.3.10 including Thunar updated to 1.8.10, xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin to 2.3.4, xfce4-screenshooter 1.9.7 and xfburn-0.6.1 and fully updated from the software repo from the past month. All ISOs received a theme update across the board from GRUB, bootsplash and the desktop. Bluetooth got some work this month and may work better." Download (pkglist): pclinuxos64-kde5-2019.11.iso (2,060MB, MD5), pclinuxos64-MATE-2019.11.iso (2,068MB, MD5), pclinuxos64-xfce-2019.11.iso (1,812MB, MD5).
2019-11-15 NEWDistribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 137
IPFire is a Linux distribution that focuses on easy setup, good handling and high level of security. It is operated via a web-based interface which offers many configuration options for beginning and experienced system administrators. The project has released a new stable update, IPFire 2.23 Core Update 137, which includes improved Quality of Service performance and updates the Linux kernel. "We are happy to announce the release of IPFire 2.23 - Core Update 137. It comes with an updated kernel, a reworked Quality of Service and various bug and security fixes. Development around the Quality of Service and tackling some of the bugs required an exceptional amount of team effort in very short time and I am very happy that we are now able to deliver the result to you to improve your networks.... As explained in detail in a separate blog post from the engine room, we have been working hard on improving our Quality of Service (QoS). It allows to pass a lot more traffic on smaller systems as well as reduces packet latency on faster ones to create a more responsive and faster network. To take full advantage of these changes, we recommend to reboot the system after installing the update." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: ipfire-2.23.x86_64-full-core137.iso (268MB, pkglist).
2019-11-11 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 840
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2019-11-10 NEWDevelopment Release: OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Alpha 1
Cristina Sgubbi has announced the availability of the first alpha release OpenMandriva Lx 4.1, the upcoming new stable version of the project's desktop-oriented Linux distribution. An interesting new feature of this release is an experimental Linux kernel built with the Clang compiler: "The first OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 release cycle milestone is available for download and testing. Major changes since 4.0: the toolchain has been updated - everything has been built with glibc 2.30 and Clang 9.0; the Linux kernel has been updated to 5.3.9; Qt has been updated to 5.14.0-beta2; Plasma has been updated - Frameworks 5.64, Plasma Desktop 5.17.2, Applications 19.08.3; more alternative desktops are available for testing. We also provide an OpenMandriva Clang-compiled kernel, named kernel-release-clang. User can install the same version of kernel-release and kernel-release-clang for comparison. It is built from the same sources as the regular kernel package, but has been built using the Clang toolchain instead of GCC. Clang is the default compiler in OpenMandriva, but the kernel has been made compatible with it only recently - for now, this is experimental." See the release announcement and release notes for further details. Interested testers can download the standard or "znver1" (a special build optimised for AMD processors) variants from SourceForge: OpenMandrivaLx.4.1-alpha1-plasma.x86_64.iso (2,563MB, MD5, torrent), OpenMandrivaLx.4.1-alpha1-plasma.znver1.iso (2,566MB, MD5, torrent).
2019-11-08 NEWBSD Release: XigmaNAS
Michael Zoon has announced the release of XigmaNAS, the latest stable version of the project's embedded, open-source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD. This version upgrades the underlying FreeBSD base system to version 12.1: "We are pleased to announce the release of XigmaNAS version - Ingva. The 12.1 series does replace and upgrade the series which are now unsupported. We suggest to upgrade your servers to or latest series. Changes for release upgrade FreeBSD to FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE; WebGUI code and framework improvements; update translations; add sesutil, sas2ircu, sas3ircu and Aquantia AQtion (Atlantic) AQC107 Network Driver; upgrade arcconf to 3.02.23600; upgrade PHP to 7.3.11; upgrade VirtualBox to 5.2.34; upgrade sudo to 1.8.29; upgrade Samba to 4.10.10; upgrade pecl-APCu to 5.1.18; upgrade syncthing to 1.3.1. Notes: make a new backup of your system configuration and store this on safe location, the system config.xml could be upgraded; clear your browser's cache to avoid display issues after upgrade when coming from older releases." Here is the complete release announcement. Download: XigmaNAS-x64-LiveCD- (559MB, SHA512).
2019-11-07 NEWDevelopment Release: Project Trident Void Alpha
The Project Trident team has published their first development snapshot which uses Void as its base. Past versions of Project Trident have been based on TrueOS and this alpha snapshot demonstrates some of the features Trident can provide on its new base. "What does this image provide? A full ZFS-on-root installation of Void Linux. A full walk-through of the installation procedure in an easy-to-use fashion. No experience with disk formatting or partitioning is required. Hybrid EFI and BIOS-boot capabilities. Both for the ISO and for the system post-install. Encrypted swap on ZFS (if swap space is selected). Support for both glibc and musl versions of Void packages in a single installer. Support for detecting and connecting to Wireless networks in an easy-to-use series of prompts (DHCP only). These settings get transferred over to the new installation for out-of-box network support. Due to the constant flow of updates to the Void Linux package repositories, this image is a complete net-install implementation. This means that all installed packages are always the current version from the repository, and result in a system which is fully up to date after the install is completed." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: Trident-netinstall-ALPHA-x86_64.iso (502MB, SHA256, pkglist).
2019-11-07 NEWOS Release: OpenIndiana 2019.10
OpenIndiana is a continuation of the OpenSolaris operating system. OpenIndiana is part of the Illumos Foundation, and provides a true open-source community alternative to Solaris 11 and Solaris 11 Express, with an open development model and full community participation. The project's latest release, OpenIndiana Hipster 2019.10, migrates some tools from Python 2 to version 3 along with several package updates: "During this development cycle we've worked on updating IPS, migrating remaining OpenIndiana-specific applications to Python 3, rewriting some DDU closed binary blobs. Desktop software and libraries: VirtualBox was updated to 6.0.14. Xorg fonts, tools and libraries were updated. FreeType was updated to 2.10.1. GTK 3 was updated to 3.24.12. LightDM was updated to 1.30. mpg123, x265, and mpack packages were added, x264 was updated. Powerline, the nice status line, was added and integrated with Bash, tmux, and Vim. Supplementary x11-init service was added to create necessary directories with root permissions prior to X11 applications startup." Additional information can be found in the project's release announcement and release notes. Download: OI-hipster-gui-20191106.iso (1,640MB, SHA256, signature), OI-hipster-text-20191106.iso (723MB, SHA256, signature), OI-hipster-minimal-20191106.iso (431MB, SHA256, signature).
2019-11-06 NEWDistribution Release: NethServer 7.7
NethServer is a CentOS-based Linux distribution for servers. The product's main feature is a modular design which makes it simple to turn the distribution into a mail server and filter, web server, groupware, firewall, web filter, IPS/IDS or VPN server. The project's latest release is NethServer 7.7 and the new version improves on the integration of Cockpit introduced in 7.6. "Already introduced in version 7.6, Cockpit is now complete and available by default on new installations. It makes the server administration easier providing a modern looking and user-friendly interface. We didn't only redesigned the web interface but also improved usability and added new features. What's new? This release marks a big step forward for communication, collaboration and security, introducing: New interface and stats for VPNs. New interface for firewall panel and dashboard. New interface for fail2ban and Web Proxy. New dashboard for fileserver, stats on shared folders and audit integration. New way to manage multiple backups and restore. New NextCloud panel. Webtop 5.7.3. Mattermost 5.15 and NextCloud 16.0.5. New panel for UPS and NUT. New system reports. New Apache integration and welcome page." Additional details can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download (MD5): nethserver-7.7.1908-x86_64.iso (1,110MB, torrent, pkglist).

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