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2017-10-16 NEWBSD Release: DragonFly BSD 5.0.0
The DragonFly BSD project has announced the release of a new version of their operating system. The new version, DragonFly BSD 5.0.0, introduces a number of new features and improvements. In particular, version 5.0.0 features the advanced HAMMER2 file system, updated video drivers and the IPFW firewall has gained improved performance. "Preliminary HAMMER2 support has been released into the wild as-of the 5.0 release. This support is considered experimental and should generally not yet be used for production machines and important data. The boot loader will support both UFS and HAMMER2 /boot. The installer will still use a UFS /boot even for a HAMMER2 installation because the /boot partition is typically very small and HAMMER2, like HAMMER1, does not instantly free space when files are deleted or replaced. DragonFly 5.0 has single-image HAMMER2 support, with live dedup (for cp's), compression, fast recovery, snapshot, and boot support. HAMMER2 does not yet support multi-volume or clustering, though commands for it exist. Please use non-clustered single images for now. IPFW has gone through a number of updates in DragonFly and now offers better performance. pf and ipfw3 are also still supported." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: dfly-x86_64-5.0.0_REL.iso.bz2 (246MB, MD5, torrent, pkglist).
2017-10-16 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 734
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-10-12 NEWBSD Release: pfSense 2.4.0
pfSense is a free, open source customised distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. Jim Pingle has announced the release of pfSense 2.4.0 which uses FreeBSD 11.1 as the base operating system and supports running on ZFS. "We are excited to announce the release of pfSense software version 2.4, now available for new installations and upgrades! pfSense software version 2.4.0 was a herculean effort! It is the culmination of 18 months of hard work by Netgate and community contributors, with over 290 items resolved. According to git, 671 files were changed with a total 1,651,680 lines added, and 185,727 lines deleted. Most of those added lines are from translated strings for multiple language support. Version 2.4.0 includes a long list of significant changes in pfSense software and in the underlying operating system and dependencies. Changes for pfSense 2.4.0 include: FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE as the base operating system; new pfSense installer based on BSDInstall, with support for ZFS, UEFI and multiple types of partition layouts (e.g. GPT, BIOS)...." The 32-bit build of pfSense is no longer available in the 2.4 series. The release announcement offers further information. Download (SHA256): pfSense-CE-2.4.0-RELEASE-amd64.iso.gz (300MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-10-12 NEWDistribution Release: ExTiX 17.8
ExTiX is an Ubuntu-basd distribution featuring up to date software and a modern, custom kernel. The project's latest release, ExTiX 17.8, features the LXQt desktop environment. "ExTiX 17.8 LXQt DVD 64-bit is based on Debian 9 Stretch and Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, to be released 171019. The original system includes the desktop environment GNOME. After removing GNOME I have installed LXQt 0.11.1. LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment. It is the product of the merge between the LXDE-Qt and the Razor-qt projects: A lightweight, modular, blazing-fast and user-friendly desktop environment. The system language is English. Used kernel: my special kernel 4.13.0-15-exton corresponding kernel.org's stable kernel 4.13.4." Information on the tools which ship in ExTiX 17.8 and some of this version's key featres can be found in the project's release announcement. Download: extix-17.8-64bit-lxqt-refracta-nvidia-1540mb-171012.iso (1,540MB, MD5, torrent, pkglist).
2017-10-11 NEWDevelopment Release: Lakka 2.1 RC5
Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a computer into a game console. The project has announced the availability of a release candidate, Lakka 2.1 RC5, which is now available for testing on a wide variety of platforms. "Lakka 2.1 RC5 released with improved Dolphin support and experimental ASUS TinkerBoard support. We are proud to announce the release of Lakka 2.1 RC5! This version required a lot of team work. We merged LibreELEC 8.2 Beta changes in Lakka. RetroArch also got updated, as well as all the emulators and other libretro cores. Ntemis added support for some Rockchip boards, including the ASUS Tinkerboard. These new images are still experimental." A complete list of changes, including Samba, kernel and RetroArch updates, can be found in the project's release announcement. The announcement also features a screen shot and upgrade instructions for people with existing installations of Lakka. Download: Lakka-Generic.x86_64-2.1-rc5.img.gz (320MB, SHA256).
2017-10-09 NEWDistribution Release: Q4OS 2.4
Q4OS is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Debian and featuring the Trinity desktop environment. The distribution has released a new stable branch, Q4OS 2.4, based on Debian 9 Stretch. The release announcement states: "We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the brand new stable Q4OS 2.4 version codenamed 'Scorpion'. This is a long-term support LTS release, to be supported for at least five years with security patches and software updates. Q4OS Scorpion is based on Debian Stretch 9.2 and Trinity 14.0.5 desktop environment and it is available for 64-bit and 32-bit/i686 PAE computers, as well as i386 systems without PAE extension. We are working hard to release Q4OS Scorpion editions for 64-bit and 32-bit ARM architectures as soon as possible. Q4OS offers its own exclusive utilities and features, especially the 'Desktop profiler' for profiling your computer into different professional working tools, 'Setup utility' for the smooth installation of third-party applications, a 'Welcome Screen' with several integrated short-cuts to make system configuration easier for novice users, KDE5, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon and LXQt alternative environments installation option and many more." Q4OS is available in Live and Install editions. Download (MD5, pkglist): q4os-2.4-x64.r1.iso (606MB), q4os-2.4-x64-instcd.r1.iso (333MB). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-10-09 NEWBSD Release: OpenBSD 6.2
OpenBSD is a lightweight operating system designed with code correctness and security in mind. The project has released OpenBSD 6.2 which features many new drivers, particularly for the ARM architecture, and network packet handling performance improvements. Some key features have been added to the system installer too, including checking for security updates on the system's first boot: "Installer improvements: The installer now uses the Allotment Routing Table (ART). A unique kernel is now created by the installer to boot from after install/upgrade. On release installs of architectures supported by syspatch, "syspatch -c" is now added to rc.firsttime. Backwards compatibility code to support the 'rtsol' keyword in hostname.if(5) has been removed. The install.site and upgrade.site scripts are now executed at the end of the install/upgrade process. More detailed information is shown to identify disks. The IPv6 default router selection has been fixed. On the amd64 platform, AES-NI is used if present." Further information on OpenBSD 6.2 can be found in the project's release notes. Download (pkglist): amd64/install62.iso (330MB, SHA256, signature), i386/install62.iso (320MB, SHA256, signature). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-10-09 NEWDistroWatch Weekly, Issue 733
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
2017-10-08 NEWDistribution Release: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.10
The Chakra GNU/Linux project has announced the release of a new snapshot of the semi-rolling release distribution. The new installation media carries the version number 2017.10 and offers several package upgrades as well as an updated system installer. "The 2017.10 ISO is a maintenance release. As always, it is a snapshot of our stable repositories and includes all the package upgrades and changes that have happened in Chakra since the previous ISO release. Noteworthy changes include: New versions of the Linux kernel, Xorg server, and graphics drivers. Support for mesa libglvnd1. Dropping support for catalyst. The installer, Calamares, has been updated to version 3.1.5. Our home grown Heritage theme for Plasma received several improvements in the logout screen and icons. This release also ships with the following package versions that already available in our repositories..." A list of updated packages, along with screen shots of Chakra running the Plasma desktop environment, can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): chakra-2017.10-goedel-x86_64.iso (1,976MB, torrent, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-10-08 NEWDistribution Release: Network Security Toolkit 26-9267
Ron Henderson has announced the availability of a new version of the Network Security Toolkit (NST) distribution. NST is a bootable, live CD based on Fedora. The toolkit provides easy access to open source network security applications. The latest version, NST 26-9267, is based on Fedora 26 and includes several new features. "The Ntopng Hosts page has been enhanced for the geolocation of top active traffic flow connections. The Map below depicts top flow connections emanating from a site in Albany, N.Y. to web and compute cloud services data centres located in Ashburn, Va. (Amazon - AWS) and Cambridge, Ma. (Akamai - Cloud Delivery Platform). A host marker spreading feature allows one to expose flows to load balancing servers at those locations. The combination of host marker spreading with the superimposition of flows is similar to the Etherape application but with the enhancement of geolocation. Flows can be filtered for fine-grained analysis. Each host marker has an associated information window pop-up that includes nDPI - Ntop Deep Packet Inspection protocol detection, traffic flow rates and the accumulated data sent and received totals." More information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (MD5): (3,303MB, pkglist). Also available from OSDisc.
2017-10-07 NEWDevelopment Release: antiX 17 RC1
The antiX project has released a new development snapshot, leading up to the project's final release of antiX 17. The new release candidate includes a number of small changes and users are being asked to test a number of specific features. In particular connecting to networks, hot plugging both wired and wireless networks and Xorg configurations. "We are almost there! 32- and 64-bit ISO files of the 'full' version are available for further testing. NOTE: Wicd wireless option in F4 of live boot menu. Wicd is tuned off by default. As well as checking that all works as expected on an installed system, we would also like feedback on the following, in particular. Console fonts: console fonts (should never be less than 80 characters across). If kernel VGA menu appears are you asked if you want to save? Is the proper VGA resolution always saved with "F8 Save"?..." The release announcement provides further details along with ten specific features people can help test. Download (MD5) (pkglist): antiX-17.rc1_x64-full.iso (814MB), antiX-17.rc1_386-full.iso (829MB).
2017-10-03 NEWDevelopment Release: Fedora 27 Beta
The Fedora team has announced the availability of a new test release. The new development snapshot, Fedora 27 Beta, offers many package upgrades and improvements. New software packages include GNOME 3.26 and LibreOffice 5.4. The Fedora Media Writer utility now makes it possible to create Fedora images for SD cards that can be run in ARM devices such as Raspberry Pi computers. "The Workstation edition of Fedora 27 Beta features GNOME 3.26. In the new release, both the Display and Network configuration panels have been updated, along with the overall Settings panel appearance improvement. The system search now shows more results at once, including the system actions, and also the antiquated system tray has been removed to reduce visual clutter and confusion. The Topicons extension is available for use with any applications that have not yet updated. GNOME 3.26 also features color emoji support, older sharing in Boxes, and numerous improvements in the Builder IDE tool. Many thanks to the GNOME community for their work on these features." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-27_Beta-1.5.iso (1,563MB, SHA256, torrent), Fedora-Workstation-netinst-x86_64-27_Beta-1.5.iso (511MB, SHA256).
2017-10-03 NEWBSD Release: FreeBSD 10.4
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the availability of a new update to FreeBSD's 10.x production series. The new version, FreeBSD 10.4, includes support for eMMC storage and expands Wake-On-LAN support for Intel networking cards. In addition, the GNOME desktop has been updated to version 3.18. "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce availability of FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth release of the stable/10 branch, building upon the stability and reliability of 10.3-RELEASE and introducing new features. Some of the highlights: 10.4-RELEASE is the first FreeBSD release to feature full support for eMMC storage, including eMMC partitions, TRIM and bus speed modes up to HS400. Please note, though, that availability of especially the DDR52, HS200 and HS400 modes requires support in the actual sdhci(4) front-end as well as by the hardware used. Also note, that the SDHCI controller part of Intel Apollo Lake chipsets is affected by several severe silicon bugs. Apparently, it depends on the particular Apollo Lake platform whether the workarounds in place so far are sufficient to avoid timeouts on attaching sdhci(4) there." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement and release notes. Download: FreeBSD-10.4-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso (2,899MB, SHA512, signature), FreeBSD-10.4-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso (2,682MB, SHA512, signature). Also available from OSDisc.



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