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2018-07-15 NEWDistribution Release: ArcoLinux 6.9.1
ArcoLinux (formerly known as ArchMerge), is an Arch-based project developing several ready-to-use distributions that feature a number of popular desktop environments. ArcoLinux 6.9.1 was pre-announced earlier this week, but the main Xfce edition was only made available yesterday. From the release announcement: "We decided to trim down our ISO images and remove elements we either don't use or which might be considered a security liability. You can install them if you want them after the installation of the ISO image. Our goal is to stay around 2 gigabytes for the ArcoLinux ISO image. Improvements: new logo has been included in the logos of the conkies; font display has been improved and resized to 11; added VMware configuration file to include 1920x1080 resolution; Neofetch has been upgraded from v4 to v5, we follow the official configuration and change it to our own ArcoLinux configuration; 000- script to use all cores now also includes 6 cores; new alias vbm to mount the Public folder when on VirtualBox; old alias 'update' is now 'sudo pacman -Syyu'...." Here are the links to download ArcoLinux (live DVD with Xfce, Openbox and i3) and ArcoLinuxD (the project's minimalist, but customisable variant): arcolinux-v6.9.1-2018.07.11.iso (1,986MB, pkglist), arcolinuxd-v6.9.1-2018.07.11.iso (933MB). Community editions with many desktop environments are also available. Also available from OSDisc.
2018-07-11 NEWDistribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.10
Pat Riehecky has announced the availability of Scientific Linux 6.10, the final build of the Red Hat-based distribution's legacy branch, supported until November 2020: "Scientific Linux 6.10 i386/x86_64. According to the upstream lifecycle guide, 6.10 is expected to be the final release of EL6, with only important security errata or critical bug fixes going forward. Please run yum clean expire-cache. Major Differences from SL 6.9: sl-release - updated to use the 6.10 repositories; OpenAFS - updated to Changed compared to Enterprise 6: httpd - changed the default index.html to remove upstream's branding; Plymouth - removed the red colors for text mode; redhat-logos - changed all trademarked icons and pictures from upstream, changed styles of items such as background, GDM and KDM to change the tradedress style; Anaconda - add the Scientific Linux install classes, DVD installs do not ask for the network unless needed; redhat-rpm-config - changed to recognize Scientific Linux as an Enterprise Linux; xorg-x11-server - changed to remove TUV's support URL...." See the release announcement and release notes for further information. Scientific Linux 6.10 is available either as a full 5.8 GB ISO image or two smaller DVD images; download links (SHA256, pkglist): SL-610-x86_64-2018-07-03-DVD-DL.iso (6,008MB), SL-610-x86_64-2018-07-03-DVD1.iso (4,240MB), SL-69-x86_64-2017-04-11-DVD2.iso (1,767MB).
2018-07-09 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 771
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2018-07-06 NEWDistribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.15.0
Guix System Distribution (GuixSD) is a Linux-based, stateless operating system that is built around the GNU Guix package manager. The project's latest release, version 0.15.0, includes improvements to the Guix package manager and expands support for ARM-powered devices, though ARM ports will need to be built by the user; installation images for ARM are not provided. "The unloved guix pull command, which allows users to upgrade Guix and its package collection, has been overhauled and we hope you will like it. We'll discuss these enhancements in another post soon but suffice to say that the new guix pull now supports rollbacks (just like the guix package) and that the new --list-generations option allows you to visualize past upgrades. It's also faster, not as fast as we'd like though, so we plan to optimize it further in the near future. guix pack can now produce relocatable binaries. With '-f squashfs', it can now produce images stored as SquashFS file systems. These images can then be executed by Singularity, a 'container engine' deployed on some high-performance computing clusters. GuixSD now runs on ARMv7 and AArch64 boxes." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: guixsd-install-0.15.0.x86_64-linux.iso.xz (186MB, signature, pkglist).
2018-07-05 NEWDistribution Release: AryaLinux 1.0
Chandrakant Singh has announced the release of AryaLinux 1.0, a source-based distribution built using the Linux From Scratch book, but with a Python-based package management utility, graphical installation tool and a customised GNOME 3.28 desktop: "We are proud to present AryaLinux 1.0 'Aranya'. This is the first release of our built-from-scratch GNOME spin and also the first release using a new versioning system. This release features the GNOME 3.28 desktop environment, a new alps package installer scripts rewritten from scratch to be more flexible with dependencies, the latest stable kernel and a bunch of package upgrades. Also going forward, the default desktop environment that will be shipped with AryaLinux will be GNOME 3. We spent the last year and half in prefecting the build scripts that build a GNOME 3 desktop with ease and perfection. We have also made a lot of changes to the builder scripts so that more flexible options are presented before the build process starts and packages that are a part of the base system have also been updated." Visit the project's home page to read the brief release announcement and see also the release notes for further details. The live DVD image is available for download (MD5) from SourceForge: aryalinux-gnome-1.0-x86_64.iso (2,200MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-07-04 NEWDevelopment Release: elementary OS 5.0 Beta 1
Daniel Foré has announced the availability of the initial public beta build of elementary OS 5.0, the upcoming major new update from the project that develops an Ubuntu-based distribution with a custom desktop environment (Pantheon) and a number of applications built in-house: "Developer preview 'Juno' beta 1 is here. Beta is a special release intended for our 3rd party developers and highly technical users. Developers need a pre-release in order to test and take advantage of new platform features and to publish their apps so that we don't release with an empty store. We also invite highly technical users to test Beta in non-production environments to find major regressions and show-stopping issues. In other words. AppCenter is empty in this release and it is not safe to use in production environments. This is not a release. This is a pre-release. All that being said, we're extremely excited and proud to reach this milestone. elementary OS 5.0 is right around the corner. Let's get that store filled back up, squash some bugs, localize all the things, and release an operating system. Juno is still under active development and we’re expecting to land even more fixes and optimizations before its big debut." Read the full release announcement for more details. Download: elementaryos-0.5.0-stable-amd64.iso (1,360MB, pkglist).
2018-07-03 NEWDistribution Release: CentOS 6.10
CentOS is a Linux distribution based on the source code from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The project's latest version, CentOS 6.10, offers an update to the project's 6.x series and includes mostly bug fixes along with a few minor upgrades. "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS Linux 6.10 and install media for i386 and x86_64 architectures. There are various changes in this release, compared with the past CentOS Linux 6 releases, and we highly recommend everyone study the upstream Release Notes as well as the upstream Technical Notes about the changes and how they might impact your installation. All updates since the upstream 6.10 release are also on the CentOS mirrors as zero day updates. When installing CentOS-6.10 (or any other version) from any of our media, you should always run 'yum update' after the install to apply these. Users consuming our CentOS-CR repositories will already be running most of the packages that make up CentOS 6.10 and all updates released since." More information can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download (SHA256, signature, pkglist): CentOS-6.10-x86_64-bin-DVD1.iso (3,807, torrent), CentOS-6.10-x86_64-LiveDVD.iso (1,947MB, torrent), CentOS-6.10-x86_64-netinstall.iso (229MB, torrent).
2018-07-03 NEWDevelopment Release: NetBSD 8.0 RC2
Martin Husemann has announced the availability of the second (and probably final) release candidate for NetBSD 8.0, a highly portable operating system available for dozens of processor architectures. The new release candidate fixes a number of issues that existed in the previous snapshot and includes kernel security fixes for CPU bugs. "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0 RC 2, the second (and hopefully final) release candidate for the upcoming NetBSD 8.0 release. Unfortunately the first release candidate did not hold up in our extensive testing (also know as eating our own dog food): many NetBSD.org servers/machines were updated to it and worked fine, but the auto build cluster, where we produce our binaries, did not work well. The issue was tracked down to a driver bug (Intel 10 GBit Ethernet), only showing up in certain configurations, and it has been fixed now. Other security events, like the new FPU related exploit on some Intel CPUs, caused further kernel changes, so we are not going to release NetBSD 8.0 directly, but instead provide this new release candidate for additional testing. " More information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA512): NetBSD-8.0_RC2-amd64.iso (716MB), NetBSD-8.0_RC2-i386.iso (677MB).
2018-07-02 NEWDistribution Release: Pinguy OS 18.04
Pinguy OS is an Ubuntu-based distribution which offers a customized GNOME desktop environment intended to be easy to use for new Linux users. The project's latest release, Pinguy OS is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and includes GNOME 3.28. Support for 32-bit computer has been dropped from this release. The project's release announcement lists several new changes: "Tweaked Gnome 3.28.2. OpenGL version string: 3.1. Mesa 18.1.1. File Manager: Nemo 3.8.3. Kernel 4.15.0-20. Downgraded the DRI driver for Xorg to DRI2, this fixes RetroArch. Included Winepak's repo so it will be easy to install Window games. Enabled exFAT support. Removed Docky and replaced it with Simple Dock & Places Status Indicator. Audio levels can go past 100% by default. Fixed Shutter but will only works under Xorg. Some of the default Gnome apps have been replaced with MATE versions. I really did not like the new Gedit so replaced it with Pluma. If you use the Gedit command it will open Pluma. That is so all the guides on the forum and other sites that use Gedit in their guides will work fine." Pinguy OS is available in Full and Mini editions. Download (pkglist): Pinguy_OS_18.04_Full-LTS_x86-64.iso (2,932MB, SHA256, torrent), Pinguy_OS_18.04_Mini-UEFI-LTS_x86-64.iso (1,616, SHA256, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-07-02 NEWDistribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 28-10234
Network Security Toolkit (NST) is a bootable live disc based on the Fedora distribution. The toolkit was designed to provide easy access to best-of-breed open source network security applications. The project has released NST 28-10234 which is based on Fedora 28. The new version includes Bluetooth improvements and proactive security testing and scanning tools. "Here are some of the highlights and new tools added for this release: Sguil - The Analyst Console for Network Security Monitoring has been integrated into NST for access and display of realtime IDS events and raw packet captures. A new NST WUI page for Snort IDS Management is shown below with Sguil access. The new web-based Sguil RealTime Console is also depicted below using Proofpoint ET (Emerging Threats) Pro Rulesets. A new Bluetooth Scan page was added to the NST WUI to help find nearby discoverable Bluetooth and BLE devices. You can use the Bluetooth Scan page under the Network|Wireless and Security|Active Scanners menus. The high-speed network authentication cracking tool Ncrack is used to help companies secure their networks by proactively testing all their hosts and networking devices for poor passwords is now part of the NST distribution." More information on this release can be found on the project's home page. Download (MD5): nst-28-10234.x86_64.iso (3,440MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2018-07-02 NEWDistribution Release: SolydXK 201807
SolydXK is a Debian-based desktop distribution which is available in KDE Plasma and Xfce editions. The project's latest release, SolydXK 201807, features a number of security enhancements, including the activation of AppArmor in the default configuration. The distribution's release announcement reads: "The new 201807 ISO images have been released. These are some of the highlights: Firefox's default configuration has been further restricted and the provided plugins, Privacy Badger, HTTPS Everywhere and uBlock Origin, help to improve your privacy; these restrictions were also implemented for Thunderbird; AppArmor is now installed by default, this will improve security by binding access control attributes to programs rather than to users; all SolydXK applications now use pkexec to get elevated permissions; many new features and bugs have been solved in our SolydXK applications. You can download the ISO images from our community site. Do not forget to verify your download before you use it. Enjoy this new release!" Download (pkglist) the new SolydX and SolydK variants from here: solydx_9_64_201807.iso (1,570MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), solydk_9_64_201807.iso (1,936MB, SHA256, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.

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