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2017-07-21 NEWDistribution Release: BackBox Linux 5
BackBox Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution designed for penetration testing and security evaluations. The Backbox distribution is designed to be fast and easy to use with a wide collection of security utilities. It provides a minimal yet complete desktop environment The BackBox project has announced the release of a new version, BackBox 5. The new version features Linux 4.8, several updated tools and builds for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 computers. The release announcement shares the following details: "The BackBox Team proudly announces the major release of BackBox Linux version 5. It took long due to several development processes, but we worked hard and got through it. In this major release we made some structural changes, we removed outdated tools and added new ones. What's new? New logo and identity; updated Linux kernel 4.8; updated all hacking tools. System requirements: 32-bit or 64-bit processor; 1,024 MB of system memory (RAM); 10 GB of disk space for installation; graphics card capable of 800×600 pixel resolution; DVD-ROM drive or USB port (3 GB)." Download (SHA256) the BackBox Linux 5 live DVD image from here: backbox-5-amd64.iso (2,186MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-07-21 NEWDistribution Release: deepin 15.4.1
The deepin team has announced the availability of a new release of the project's Debian-based distribution. The new version, deepin 15.4.1, provides mostly minor updates over the previously released 15.4 branch. "deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to providing beautiful, easy to use, security and reliable system for global users. As a revised edition, deepin 15.4.1 added Launcher mini mode, application start animation and window preview effect, optimized 2-D mode of window manager, fixed bugs that forum users submitted and updated Deepin applications to the newest version. Launcher mini mode is added, back to the classic operating way. Two modes are provided for user to switch freely. Well-designed application start animation increased the interest to run application. It’s more efficient to drag and drop file to the application on Dock for opening. Window preview effect is back to make your desktop more vivid. Rebuilt Deepin Screenshot, really can start in one second. Newly designed the toolbar and marquee, added the function to directly capture context menu." Additional information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): deepin-15.4.1-amd64.iso (2,558MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-07-20 NEWDevelopment Release: Elive 2.9.5 (Beta)
The Elive team have announced the release of a new beta snapshot of the project's Debian-based distribution. Elive 2.9.5 (Beta) introduces a number of bug fixes and visual improvements as well as a new short-cut for vim users. The release announcement lists the new changes: "The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.9.5 Designs: Great improvements in the designs for the stable release! Overall cleanup, lots of transparent elements, logo animated at start, shadows 3D effect, clock design. Unique features: The borders have now 4 buttons instead of 3, and there's a hidden one that appears if a window cannot be closed. Effects: The visual effects stability is improved specially in the Live mode and there's a fix for the locked desktop when using it. Eltrans: Our translator tool has the counter for translated sentences fixed and there's a fix in the grammar checker. Please be a translator before the stable release! Extra: you can use Ctrl+s in vim to save files now, tagbar feature also recognizes EDC source files which makes them very handy to browse elements!" Download: elive_2.9.5_beta_hybrid.iso (2,996MB, MD5, signature, torrent, pkglist).
2017-07-19 NEWDistribution Release: Quirky 8.2
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of Quirky, a close relative to Puppy Linux that is built using a tool called Woof. The new release, Quirky 8.2, runs on 64-bit x86 computers and offers mostly incremental improvements over previous 8.x releases: "Quirky Linux 8.2 x86_64 is codenamed 'Xerus' and is built using the woofQ Quirky Linux build system, with the help of Ubuntu 16.04.2 binary packages. Thus, Xerus has compatibility with all of the Ubuntu repositories. Quirky is a fork of Puppy Linux, and is mainly differentiated by being a "full installation" only, with special snapshot and recovery features, and Service Pack upgrades, though recently there is limited support for live-CD session-saving and "frugal" installation. Version 8.2 has many architectural improvements and package upgrades, including new packages JWMDesk, UrxvtControl and Take-a-Shot. Among architectural improvements, the overlay file system has been dumped in favour of aufs, mime-handling fixes, and network-connection refinements. A significant change in application selection is VLC dumped in favour of Xine. The Linux kernel is version 4.11.11 and SeaMonkey is upgraded to version 2.48b1." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download: xerus64-8.2.iso (410MB, MD5, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-07-18 NEWDistribution Release: Netrunner 2017.07 "Rolling"
The Netrunner team has announced a new snapshot of the project's rolling release edition, which is based on Manjaro Linux. The rolling release, which was last updated about 18 months ago, includes package updates across the board. The new snapshot, Netrunner 2017.07, features the KDE Plasma 5.10.3 desktop environment, Firefox 54 and version 4.11.8 of the Linux kernel. "Yes, it's back: An up-to-date Netrunner Rolling ISO has been released today after 18 months from the last release. That means Netrunner is now available again as part of the two biggest non-commercial, community-driven distributions since our split from Maui: Debian and Manjaro/Arch. While it would have been possible to simply update the previous system due to its inherent rolling nature, we recommend a fresh install. Our plan is to release an updated install medium regularly 2-3x times a year. What's new? Compared to the 2016.01 version which featured KDE Plasma 5.5.4, Qt 5.5.1 and Firefox 44 at that time, here is what's changed: KDE Plasma 5.10.3, KDE Frameworks 5.35, KDE Applications 17.04.2, Qt 5.9.0, Linux Kernel 4.11.8, Firefox 54.0.1, Thunderbird 52.2.1, LibreOffice 5.2.7." Additional information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): netrunner-rolling-2017.07-64bit.iso (2,389MB, torrent, pkglist).
2017-07-17 NEWDevelopment Release: OPNsense 17.7 RC1
Jos Schellevis has announced the release of a new development snapshot of the OPNsense operating system, a firewall platform based on FreeBSD. The new release candidate for OPNsense 17.7 includes security and stability improvements as well as several updated translations: "We are writing to you today to announce the first release candidate for version 17.7, which, over the course of the last five months, includes highlights such as SafeStack application hardening, the Realtek re driver for network stability, a Quagga plugin with broad routing protocol support and the Unbound resolver as the new default. Additionally, translations for Czech, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and German have been completed during this iteration. Focus in OPNsense has shifted to improving and streamlining its various systems and providing continuous updates, which amounts to over 300 individual changes made in 17.1 so far." Further details can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: OPNsense-17.7.r1-OpenSSL-dvd-amd64.iso.bz2 (225MB, SHA256).
2017-07-17 NEWDistribution Release: SparkyLinux 5.0
The SparkyLinux team has announced the release of SparkyLinux 5.0. The new release is based on Debian's Testing branch and is available in three editions: LXQt, MATE and Xfce. "Sparky "Home" edition provides fully featured operating system with lightweight desktops: LXQt, MATE and Xfce. As usually, Sparky MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text based) lets you install the base system with a minimal set of applications and a desktop of your choice, via the Sparky Advanced Installer. Changes between version 4.5 and 5.0: full system upgraded from Debian Testing repos as of July 14, 2017; Linux kernel 4.11.6 as default (4.12.x is available in Sparky Unstable repo); new theme 'Sparky5'; new theme of LXQt edition; new default wallpaper created by our community member 'barti'; new set of wallpapers of the Nature category, with a few nice landscapes from Poland; Calamares 3.1.1 as the default system installer; new tool for checking and displaying notification on your desktop about available updates." More information on SparkyLinux 5.0 can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): (1,173MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.0-x86_64-mate.iso (1,421MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), sparkylinux-5.0-x86_64-xfce.iso (1,292MB, SHA512, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-07-17 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 721
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2017-07-16 NEWDistribution Release: SolydXK 9
The SolydXK project has announced the availability SolydXK 9, which is based on packages from the recently released Debian 9. Apart from the new base, SolydXK has removed the Backports repository by default (though it can be re-enabled), added a tool to assist in encrypting partitions and introduced new desktop themes. "In the past three weeks we have been testing, improving, developing and exercising parts of our vocabulary that our mothers didn't even know we had but finally we are satisfied with the result. It is time to release the new SolydX and SolydK version 9. Changes: New themes for SolydX and SolydK. You can choose a light or dark theme. SolydXK Systems has a GUI now where you can encrypt partitions (and your USB flash drive), localize your system, select the fastest repositories, hold back packages and cleanup your system. The encryption part of this application is functioning but still in beta. Use at your own risk! The backport repository was removed by default but can be enabled in the new SolydXK System application. The solydx/k-info packages were integrated in the solydx/k-system-adjustments packages and are now obsolete." More details on SolydXK 9 can be found in the project's release announcement. The project's two editions can be acquired from their respective download pages (SolydX, SolydK). Download (pkglist): solydx_9_64_201707.iso (1,564MB, SHA256, signature, torrent), solydk_9_64_201707.iso (1,950MB, SHA256, signature, torrent).
2017-07-16 NEWDistribution Release: Mageia 6
Following several delays during the development cycle, the Mageia project has announced the release of Mageia 6. The new version includes the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, the DNF package manager is now available alongside urpmi and Mageia 6 includes live test media for the Xfce desktop environment: "The extra time that has gone into this release has allowed for many exciting additions, here are a few of the major additions and key features of Mageia 6: KDE Plasma 5 replaces the previous KDE SC 4 desktop environment. The new package manager DNF is provided as an alternative to urpmi, enabling a great packaging ecosystem: Support for AppStream and thus GNOME Software and Plasma Discover; support for Fedora COPR and openSUSE Build Service to provide third-party packages for Mageia 6 and later; dnfdragora, a new GUI tool for package management inspired from rpmdrake. Brand new icon theme for all Mageia tools, notably the Mageia Control Center. Successful integration of the ARM port (ARMv5 and ARMv7) in the build system, allowing to setup ARM chroots. Installation images are not available yet but will come in the future. GRUB2 as the default bootloader. New Xfce Live images to test Mageia with a lighter weight environment." Additional information on Mageia 6 can be found in the project's release announcement and in the release notes. Download (pkglist): Mageia-6-LiveDVD-Plasma-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,505MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-6-LiveDVD-GNOME-x86_64-DVD.iso (2,072MB, SHA512, signature, torrent), Mageia-6-LiveDVD-Xfce-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,915MB, SHA512, signature, torrent). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-07-15 NEWDevelopment Release: FreeBSD 11.1-RC3
Glen Barber has announced the availability of a new development snapshot for the FreeBSD operating system. The new snapshot, FreeBSD 11.1-RC3, will likely be the project's final release candidate before 11.1 is published. The snapshot features mostly small adjustments and fixes: "A summary of changes since 11.1-RC2 includes: A rare truncation case has been fixed in the runtime linker. Signatures of several pthread stubs have been corrected. Deprecation notices have been added to gdb, kgdb, sicontrol, wlconfig, as well as several drivers that have been removed from 12.0. Loop termination in vm_map_find_min() has been fixed. The layout of the vm_map_entry struct has been restored. The Heimdal KDC-REP service encrypted ticket usage has been fixed. An issue where some Intel SDHCI/eMMC controllers can fail on the first attempt after a D3 to D0 transition has been fixed. Capsicum support has been added to bhyve." Additional information can be found in the release announcement and in the project's release notes. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-RC3-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,194MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.1-RC3-i386-dvd1.iso (2,867MB, SHA512).
2017-07-12 NEWDistribution Release: ExTiX 17.7
The ExTiX project has announced the release of a new version of the Ubuntu-based desktop distribution. The new version, ExTiX 17.7, ships with the Budgie desktop environment and features Refracta Tools for remastering the operating system. "I've made a new extra version of ExTiX with the Budgie Desktop. Budgie is focused on simplicity and elegance. Designed with the modern user in mind. Only a minimum of packages are installed in ExTiX Budgie. You can of course install all the packages you want, even while running ExTiX Budgie live. i.e. from a DVD or USB stick. All four ExTiX systems are based on Ubuntu and Debian. While running ExTiX Budgie 17.7 live or from hard drive you can use Refracta Tools (pre-installed) to create your own live installable Ubuntu system." Additional details on ExTiX 17.7 can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): extix-17.7-64bit-budgie-refracta-1450mb-170712.iso (1,450MB, pkglist).
2017-07-11 NEWDistribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.7
The Parrot Security team have announced a new update to their Debian-based, security and penetration testing distribution. The new release, Parrot Security OS 3.7, introduces mostly small improvements and fresh package versions, compliments of Debian's Testing branch: "Of course the release of Debian 9 as the new Stable branch brought many important changes in Debian, but for those distributions based on Debian Testing, the main change was the introduction of many many updated packages that remained locked in the Unstable branch because of the pre-release testing freeze. We decided to not introduce significant changes on our side in this new release, and we just wanted to focus on making existing things better. The most evident change is the introduction of the ARC theme, while also the auto-updater received an important change to show the progress of system upgrades. The old Linux 4.9 kernel was replaced with the new 4.11 branch, and this introduced a better support for many devices." Further details can be found in the project's release notes. Download: Parrot-full-3.7_amd64.iso (3,593MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.

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