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2017-05-23 NEWDistribution Release: BitKey 14.2.0
With the current craze surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, here is a timely release of BitKey - a specialist, Debian-based distribution and a Swiss-army knife designed specifically for Bitcoin users and fans. The live CD image comes with a range of useful utilities to perform highly secure air-gapped Bitcoin transactions as well as tools for the most paranoid among the Bitcoin users. This updated build ads a new paper wallet generator as well as printer and scanner support (via CUPS and SANE). The included Chromium browser has also been updated. "Changelog for BitKey 14.2.0: upgraded base distribution to Debian 'Jessie' 8.8; new Bitcoin application - Bitcoin Paper wallet; added printer support; added on-screen keyboard; manually verified and signed integrity of upstream components." This brief changelog can be found on the project's GitHub page, but see also BitKey's website at BitKey.io for a full list of features and security guidelines. The live CD image, which is generated by the TurnKey Linux project, is available for download from here: turnkey-bitkey-14.2.0-jessie-amd64.iso (519MB, SHA512, signature, pkglist).
2017-05-22 NEWDistribution Release: Guix System Distribution 0.13.0
The Guix System Distribution (GuixSD) is a GNU/Linux distribution which showcases the Guix advanced package manager. GuixSD runs on the Linux-Libre kernel and features the GNU Shepherd init software. The latest version of GuixSD, 0.13.0, supports booting on UEFI-enabled computers and can be installed on the Btrfs advanced file system. "The GuixSD installation image now supports UEFI. GuixSD can also be installed on Btrfs now. GuixSD has support to run system services (daemons) in isolated containers as a way to mitigate the harm that can be done by vulnerabilities in those daemons. See this article from April. A new guix pack command to create standalone binary bundles is available. We presented it in March. Guix now runs on the brand-new 2.2 series of GNU Guile. The transition led to hiccups that we have been addressing, in particular for users of guix pull. Among other things though, the noticeable performance improvement that comes for free is welcome!" A list of package upgrades and new features can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: guixsd-usb-install-0.13.0.x86_64-linux.xz (190MB, signature, pkglist).
2017-05-22 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 713
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2017-05-21 NEWDevelopment Release: Tails 3.0 RC1
The first release candidate for Tails 3.0, a Debian-based live DVD specially designed for anonymous web browsing using the included Tor Browser, is now ready for testing. This major update of Tails is based on the soon-to-be-released Debian 9.0 "Stretch" and it features GNOME Shell 3.22 as the preferred desktop: The first release candidate for the upcoming version 3.0 is out. We are very excited and cannot wait to hear what you think about it. Tails 3.0 will be the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 (Stretch). As such, it upgrades essentially all included software. Changes since Tails 3.0-beta4 include: important security fixes; upgrade to current Debian 9 (Stretch); upgrade Tor to 0.3.0.7; upgrade Tor Browser to 7.0a4; migrate from Icedove to Thunderbird (only cosmetic). We will provide security updates for Tails 3.0-rc1, just like we do for stable versions of Tails. But keep in mind that this is a test image. We tested that it is not broken in obvious ways, but it might still contain undiscovered issues." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download: tails-amd64-3.0~rc1.iso (1,161MB, signature, torrent, pkglist). The final release of Tails 3.0 is scheduled for 13 June 2017.
2017-05-19 NEWDistribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.6
Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.6, an updated build of the project's Debian-based specialist distribution featuring useful tools for penetration testing, forensic analysis, hacking, privacy, anonymity and cryptography: "After some months of hard work we were finally able to release Parrot Security OS 3.6. In this new version we didn't want to introduce new features and functionalities; we have worked instead on making the existing environment better, more reliable and less memory-hungry by applying many minor fixes to our build platform and packages and by tuning our startup daemons management system (Parrot 3.6 'Lite' 32-bit can use less than 200 MB of RAM). Anonsurf was improved too, and now the section dedicated to anonymity and privacy is very reliable and well tested, and some nightmares of the previous Anonsurf versions now belong to the past. We also wanted to give more attention to our 'Lite' and 'Studio' editions." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download: Parrot-full-3.6_amd64.iso (3,345MB, SHA512, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-05-18 NEWOS Release: ReactOS 0.4.5
ReactOS is an open source operating system which strives to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows and features the ability to run many Windows applications. The project has released ReactOS 0.4.5 which features several improvements to the system's graphics, including better application and font rendering. The ReactOS team has also reported their operating system can run Microsoft Office 2010 and several stability improvements have been added to this release: "The ReactOS Project is pleased to release version 0.4.5 as a continuation of its three month cadence. Beyond the usual range of bug fixes and syncs with external dependencies, a fair amount of effort has gone into the graphical subsystem. Thanks to the work of Katayama Hirofumi and Mark Jansen, ReactOS now better serves requests for fonts and font metrics, leading to an improved rendering of applications and a more pleasant user experience." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. ReactOS is available in a Live edition and an installation edition. Download (MD5): ReactOS-0.4.5-live.zip (73MB), ReactOS-0.4.5-iso.zip (103MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-05-18 NEWDistribution Release: elementary OS 0.4.1
Daniel Foré has announced the release of elementary OS 0.4.1, the first point update of the project's "Loki" series. The new version is based on Ubuntu 16.04.2: "We're proud to announce the release of a major update to elementary OS Loki - version 0.4.1. This release brings a new hardware enablement stack, all of the updates to Loki thus far, plus a brand new AppCenter. Thanks to the wonderful work of the folks at Canonical and Ubuntu, Loki 0.4.1 ships with a newer kernel and X.Org server as part of the Ubuntu 16.04.2 core. This means Linux 4.8 and better support for 7th generation Intel (Kaby Lake) chipsets, among other hardware compatibility and performance improvements. Notable updates include a significant upgrade to Epiphany, several fixes in Files, a redesigned metadata sidebar for Photos, new Bluetooth settings, a microphone indicator and bluetooth device controls in the sound indicator, a brightness slider in the power indicator, the ability to start an AppCenter search from the applications menu, look & feel updates, better support for CJK input methods, better translations, and more." See the release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download: elementaryos-0.4.1-stable-amd64.iso (1,293MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-05-17 NEWDistribution Release: OBRevenge OS 2017.05
OBRevenge OS is an Arch Linux-based desktop distribution featuring a custom desktop environment based on the Openbox window manager and an easy-to-use system installer (Calamares). A new version 2017.05 was announced earlier today: "New release, OBRevenge OS 2017.05. Changelog: updated to newest Calamares; fixed bug with hotkeys when changing desktop settings; Bluetooth support; updated software install tool; added more support for multimedia keyboard keys; added GUI screenshot tool; added more touchscreen drivers; Linux kernel 4.10.13; updated compositing configuration for better hardware support; removed Compiz (still available in the repository)." Here is the brief release announcement as published on the distribution's news page. Download (MD5): obrevenge-2017.05-x86_64.iso (1,202MB, pkglist). Besides the "Openbox" variant, the project has recently diversified to also build two other editions featuring KDE Plasma 5 (KRevenge) and MATE (MATE Revenge) desktop environments. Both are available from their respective project pages at SourceForge (64-bit only): krevenge-2017.05-x86_64.iso (1,581MB), materevenge-2017.05-x86_64.iso (1,181MB).
2017-05-16 NEWDistribution Release: Untangle NG Firewall 13.0.0
Untangle NG Firewall is a Debian-based network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications like spam blocking, web filtering and anti-virus. The company behind this distribution, Untangle Inc., has announced the release of Untangle 13.0.0. The new version introduces MAC-based device tracking, user tracking (via multiple methods) and the ability to override Untangle's OpenVPN settings. This release also introduces two new features: Tags and Triggers. "Tagging is a new feature that allows administrators to tag a host, device or user to quickly create policies based on entities that have a specific tag associated with them. Tags can be applied manually by an administrator or automatically based on conditions. Triggers allow administrators to tag hosts, devices, and users when specific events occur. The admin can then create policies and rules to manage behaviour. Similar to alert rules, trigger rules evaluate all events and can be configured to tag or untag entities based on the rules applied. Once tags and triggers are configured, they proactively manage hosts, devices and users without intervention by the network administrator." Further information can be found in the company's release announcement and in the changelog. Download (MD5): untangle_1300_x64.iso (550MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-05-15 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 712
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2017-05-09 NEWDevelopment Release: Grml 2017.05 RC1
Grml is a Debian-based live disc for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 computers. The Grml distribution's latest development snapshot, Grml 2017.05-rc1, is based on Debian's Testing branch (code name "Stretch"). This release offers a number of small changes along with a transition from using file-rc to systemd for the distribution's init software. "Switch from file-rc to systemd as init system. grml-live (the build system for creating Grml (based) Linux live systems) still supports non-systemd systems using file-rc, though we don't plan to maintain this in the long run. For the reasons why we actually switched to systemd please visit the FAQ. Due to the change to systemd some boot options in the current release might not work as before and some further issues might have been unnoticed yet. Please let us know if you should stumble upon any such issues. New features: grml2usb - support usage of grml2usb on EFI systems, ew option --skip-usb-check to skip check whether target looks like a USB device, new option --rw-blockdev for usage with read-only/forensic like devices; grml-live - systemd support, providing backwards compatibility (non-systemd using file-rc) via FILE_RC class...." A complete list of changes can be found in the release notes. Download: grml64-full_2017.05-rc1.iso (589MB, signature, pkglist).
2017-05-08 NEWDistribution Release: Black Lab Linux 11
Black Lab Linux is a commercial distribution based on Ubuntu. The Black Lab team has announced the availability of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11. The new release features editions with the GNOME or Xfce desktop environments, version 4.8 of the Linux kernel, Skype and support for Flatpak packages. "This is a milestone release for PC/OpenSystems LLC. Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 balances cutting-edge performance with the most stable GNOME desktop experience available. There are four versions tailored to the enterprise, educational sector and studio professional. IoT (Internet Of Things) is a core operating system experience built around the Xfce desktop environment for embedded, single-board systems and low-resource systems provided by Intel. Features: Linux kernel 4.8 LTS, Flatpak package management, LibreOffice 5.3, Google Chrome 58...." Further information, support options and download links for the four editions of Black Lab Linux can be found in the company's release announcement. Download (pkglist): bll-ent-11-x86_64.iso (1,558MB, MD5), bll-edu-11-x86_64.iso (2,229MB, MD5), bll-11-studio-x86_64.iso (2,596MB, MD5), bll-11-iot-x86_64.iso (1,448MB, MD5).
2017-05-08 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 711
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