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Development Release: Lubuntu 10.04 Beta 2
Lubuntu Julien Lavergne has announced the availability of the second beta release of Lubuntu 10.04, an Ubuntu-based distribution integrating the LXDE desktop: Lubuntu ‘Lucid’ beta 2 is now available. We passed feature freeze – that means that most of the features should now be available. It’s now time for testing and fixing bugs. New stuff since beta 1: auto-login at install time; support for encrypted home directory; up-to-date LXDM, libfm and PCManFM2. Lubuntu still contains modifications not available in the official repository: new PCManFM2 and libfm; lubuntu-default-settings with PCmanFM2 support; fix for blurry shutdown icon from elementary icons; auto-login support in Ubiquity; new LXDM. I’ll appreciate some feedback about the followings recent additions: PCManFM2 – the new file manager is still in beta state; the new LXDM may have fixed some issue regarding keyring and PAM support, but it needs more tests.” Here is the full release announcement. Download: lubuntu-lucid-beta2.iso (398MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-04-11 Distribution Release: SystemRescueCd 1.5.2
SystemRescueCd François Dupoux has released SystemRescueCd 1.5.2, a Gentoo-based live CD containing tools for data rescue and disk management tasks. What’s new? Enabled framebuffer console to fix extended VGA modes; moved modules to embedded kernel initramfs to reduce memory requirement; use LZMA compression instead of gzip for initramfs.igz to save space; updated alternative kernels to 2.6.33.02 (altker32 + altker64); updated standard kernels to 2.6.32.11 (rescuecd + rescue64); fixed the ‘dostartx’ option that startx X.Org automatically; fixed the X.Org auto-configuration script used by “wizard”; the default isolinux boot screen is now based on a menu; updated Squashfs to version 4.0 with LZMA compression.” The complete changelog can be found on the project’s Changes page. Download the live CD image from here: systemrescuecd-x86-1.5.2.iso (257MB, MD5).
2010-04-10 Distribution Release: MOPSLinux 7.0
MOPSLinux MOPSLinux 7.0, a Slackware-based desktop Linux distribution with a custom package management tool, has been released. According to the release announcement (in Russian), this is a major upgrade and a very different system from the earlier version 6.2.2. Some of the notable changes include: a completely rewritten system installer; a much more powerful and complete package management utility; availability of several desktop environments for selection; availability of several installation modes; first release with support for 64-bit systems. Major components: Linux kernel 2.6.32.10, X.Org Server 1.7.6, KDE 4.4.2, Xfce 4.7.0-git, Openbox 3.4.11, LXDE 0.5.0, OpenOffice.org 3.2.0, Firefox 3.6.2. The installation DVD images (with support for English, Russian and Ukrainian languages) are currently available from only one (very slow) download site, but other mirrors should start providing the files shortly. Download: MOPSLinux-7.0-x86.iso (2,919MB, MD5), MOPSLinux-7.0-x86_64.iso (2,424MB, MD5).
2010-04-09 Distribution Release: Salix OS 13.0 “Live”
Salix OS Salix OS is a lightweight, Slackware-based distribution with Xfce. The project’s first live CD edition was released yesterday: “After a few months of development we are pleased to release the final version of Salix Live 13.0 (32-bit). It faithfully replicates Salix 13.0.2 from which it adopts its full choice of application (Xfce, Firefox, the full OpenOffice.org suite, GIMP, Exaile, etc.). Salix Live offers a complete working desktop which can be used in a completely nomadic but customizable environment. The ‘Persistence Wizard’ will enable to easily preserve any work and modifications. Alternatively, Salix Live can be used as a fully-fledged demo of Salix OS that can easily be installed with the help of our brand new graphical installer.” For further information please see the release announcement. Download (MD5): salixlive-13.0.iso (644MB, torrent).
2010-04-09 Development Release: MCNLive Kris RC1
MCNLive Michel Hoogervorst has announced the availability of the first release candidate for MCNLive Kris, a small Mandriva-based live CD with the KDE desktop: “Here we are with the release candidate of MCNLive Kris. All problems found in the betas should be fixed by now. If no new problems are found this one will simply be renamed to final. A small introduction for the people who didn’t follow the betas. It won’t have all the nice features you might remember from MCNLive, but the most important things are there. Copy2ram is present, remastering on-the-fly is possible again and even booting from USB is no problem at all! Note that the way MCNLive is put on an USB stick has slightly changed. There is no wizard for this any more, but you can simply dd the ISO image to your stick, just like Mandriva One. You should even be able to use Mandriva Seed to put the image on your stick.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: mcnlive-kris-rc1.iso (381MB, MD5).
2010-04-08 Development Release: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2
Ubuntu The second beta release of Ubuntu 10.04, code name “Lucid Lynx”, is out and ready for testing: “The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the second beta release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) Desktop and Server editions and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon’s EC2, as well as Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook edition.” The release announcement is almost an exact copy of the beta 1 announcement, while the release notes are also largely identical except for a few resolved known issues and one new known bug: “Activating a RAID 1 array in degraded mode is reported to lead to RAID disks being reported as in sync when they are not, resulting in data loss.” Download the live CD images from here (SHA256): ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-i386.iso (696MB, torrent), ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent). Also released today were 10.04 beta 2 CD/DVD images for Kubuntu (download, release notes), Xubuntu (download), Edubuntu (download), Mythbuntu (download, release announcement) and Ubuntu Studio (download).
2010-04-08 Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 10.4
Calculate Linux Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 10.4, a Gentoo-based distribution set for desktops and servers: “Calculate Linux 10.4 released. Features: out-of-the-box client-server solution for small and medium businesses; 100% compatible with Gentoo; interactive system build and configuration process allows to make changes in the distribution; can be installed on USB Flash drive or USB hard disk. Main changes: added new Calculate Linux Desktop with GNOME desktop environment; added ‘cl-passwd’ that allows to change user’s domain password in CDS authentication facility; reduced system’s footprint….” Here is the full release announcement. Quick links to download the desktop editions with KDE (CLD) or GNOME (CLDG): cld-10.4-i686.iso (1,727MB, MD5, torrent), cldg-10.4-i686.iso (1,379MB, MD5, torrent), cld-10.4-x86_64.iso (1,846MB, MD5, torrent), cldg-10.4-x86_64.iso (1,496MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-04-06 BSD Release: DragonFly BSD 2.6.1
DragonFly BSD Matthew Dillon has announced the release of DragonFly BSD 2.6.1, a BSD operating system originally forked from the FreeBSD 4.x code base: “The DragonFly 2.6 release is here! Three release options are now available for 32-bit: our bare-bones CD ISO image, a bare-bones bootable USB disk-key image (minimum 1G USB stick needed), and a GUI bootable USB disk-key image with a full X environment. The GUI USB image replaces the DVD ISO image we had in the previous release, to work around issues with DVDs simply being too slow to boot an X environment from. Two release options are available for 64-bit: our bare-bones CD ISO image and our bare-bones bootable USB disk-key image. The 64-bit release is now fully supported.” Read the full release announcement which includes a complete list of changes and improvements. Download (MD5): dfly-i386-2.6.1_REL.iso.bz2 (218MB), dfly-x86_64-2.6.1_REL.iso.bz2 (232MB).
2010-04-05 Distribution Release: IPFire 2.5 Core 37
IPFire Jan Paul Tuecking has announced the release of IPFire 2.5 Core 37, a specialist firewall distribution with a web-based configuration interface and a custom package manager: “Today we are going to release IPFire 2.5 Core 37. It brings the following changes: update of OpenSSH to 5.4p1, OpenSSL to 0.9.8n, Apache to 2.2.15; update of sslh to current stable; update of MadWiFi to latest stable; update of lm_sensors to current stable; enabled identd lookup for Squid; fix Cyrus SASL autorun; fix Pakfire ping test to use ICMP again; fix ath5k (no txbuf available); fix disk (media/hardware) graphs with Xen; fix temp readings for some Atom boards; fix urlfilter wasting much memory; add eject command-line tool; add possibility to change the SSH port from 222 back to standard port 22…. Because of the security updates of SSH and SSL, we recommend that all users install this core update.” Please find further details in the release announcement. Download: ipfire-2.5.i586-full-core37.iso (77.7MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-04-04 Development Release: TinyMe 2010 RC1
TinyMe The first release candidate for TinyMe 2010, a Unity-based Linux distribution for older computers, is out and ready for testing: “TinyMe 2010 ‘Acorn’ i586 Release Candidate 1 has shipped. This release largely consists of bug fixes and package upgrades. TinyCC, the desktop configuration tool from TinyMe 2008, has made a reappearance. Every issue on the issue tracker, except one very minor issue, has been cleared for this release. TinyMe features: Linux kernel 2.6.31.12; SLiM logs you in; Pragha – an audio player; AbiWord – a light and fast yet powerful word processor; Midori – a web browser; Ayttm, an instant chat client, handles IRC, AIM-ICQ, Jabber, LiveJournal, MSN, Yahoo, and even can send emails via SMTP; Osmo -a personal information manager; Sylpheed – an email client; Viewnior – an image viewer; Recorder – a disk burner; Asunder – a CD ripper; MtPaint – a basic image editor (also takes screenshots)….” Here is the full release announcement. Download: TinyMe-2010-Acorn-RC-1b.i586.iso (199MB, MD5).
2010-04-03 Development Release: Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Beta 1
Mandriva Linux The first beta release of Mandriva Linux 2010.1 is ready for testing: “The time has came for the first beta release of the 2010.1 version of Mandriva Linux. It’s now available as 32-bit and 64-bit DVD images, as well as live CD images with GNOME or KDE. This release includes GNOME 2.30 and a preview edition of GNOME-Shell, which will be part of GNOME 3 (which is planned for release in September 2010). Of course, KDE 4.4.2 is also available, as well as various updates for many programs in the distribution. As usual, your feedback is really important to help with improving the quality of distribution. You can report improvement proposals and/or bugs in Mandriva Bugzilla.” See the release announcement and release notes for a detailed list of changes and new features. Download the installation DVDs (i586 or x86_64) or the live CDs (i586 only) from here: mandriva-linux-free-2010-spring-i586.iso (4,206MB, MD5), mandriva-linux-free-2010-spring-x86_64.iso (4,366MB, MD5), mandriva-one-2010-spring-beta1-KDE4-i586.iso (697MB, MD5), mandriva-one-2010-spring-beta1-GNOME-i586.iso (676MB, MD5).
2010-04-02 Distribution Release: Puredyne 9.11
Puredyne Dan Stowell has announced the release of Puredyne 9.11, an Ubuntu-based distribution with real-time kernel designed primarily for music production and video editing: “Announcing the new release of Puredyne: Puredyne 9.11. After an intensive 3-day development sprint in Helsinki, this release made possible thanks to Pixelache and HIAP. Problems fixed in this release: amSynth loading crash; terminal dircolour theme; Fluxus menu entry; WhySynth menu entry; locale generation; Mixxx jack interface; booting without hard disks; appearance with two monitors; removed default Emacs key bindings for GTK+ applications; Emacs appearance improved; application launch keyboard shortcuts; coding style for build hooks; Irssi default intro text.” Here is the full release announcement. Download: puredyne-911-DVD-i386.iso (1,157MB, MD5), puredyne-911-DVD-amd64.iso (1,145MB, MD5).
2010-04-01 Development Release: Astaro Security Gateway 8.0 Beta
Astaro Security Gateway Astaro has announced the availability of a beta release of Astaro Security Gateway 8.0, a specialist Linux distribution for firewalls and gateways: “Astaro would like to invite you to join us in testing our next major version of our Security Gateway product. Over the past 18 months our developers have been hard at work – Astaro Security Gateway version 8 introduces a new Linux kernel, 64-bit support, IPv6, a refreshed WebAdmin, new reports, and many other exciting things designed to solve problems and secure your network. A public beta of Astaro Security Gateway 8 is available immediately, allowing you to test our current progress of this release and refine/shape its development during the next months along its path to general availability.” See the release announcement and feature overview if you need more information about the product. Download: asg-7.900-7.1.iso (303MB).
2010-03-31 Development Release: Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Beta 2
Nexenta OS Anil Gulecha has announced that the second beta release of Nexenta Core Platform 3.0, an OpenSolaris-based server distribution, is now available for testing: “On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of the Nexenta Core Platform (NCP) 3.0 Beta 2, the final beta release in the NCP3 cycle. Starting with this release of NCP3, there will be a small charge for all users of NCP. This is required for security upgrades, and usage of apt-clone functionality. Developing and maintaining a distribution the size of NCP takes a lot of resources, and we need your help to sponsor continued development of your favourite OpenSolaris distribution. To learn more about the upcoming pricing policy, visit this page.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download (MD5): nexenta-core-platform_3.0-b134-beta2_x86.iso.zip (543MB).
2010-03-31 Distribution Releases: Linux Mint 8 “Xfce” and “LXDE”
Linux Mint Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of two new community editions of Linux Mint 8 – with Xfce and LXDE desktops: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 Xfce Community edition. Based on Xubuntu 9.10 ‘Karmic Koala’, Linux 2.6.31, Xfce 4.6.1 and X.Org 7.4, Linux Mint 8 Xfce CE features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the open-source world. Featured improvements in this release: OEM installation, possibility to ignore updates, configurable menu places, multiple selection in the Software Manager, new system tray File Uploader with support for drag and drop and multiple files uploads. Based on Linux Mint 8 Main edition, Openbox 3.4.7.2 and PCManFM 0.5.2, Linux Mint 8 LXDE edition features a complete and familiar desktop experience while being low on resource usage and is suitable for a good variety of older hardware.” Here are the two release announcements – Mint 8 “Xfce” and Mint 8 “LXDE”. Download (MD5): LinuxMint-8-Xfce.iso (695MB, torrent), LinuxMint-8-LXDE.iso (669MB, torrent).
2010-03-31 Distribution Release: Untangle Gateway 7.2
Untangle Gateway Untangle 7.2, a Debian-based network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications, has been released: “We are pleased to announce general availability of Untangle 7.2. Our latest version includes a new free application for Internet access control, as well as a host of enhanced features and improvements.” These include updates to Captive Portal, Directory Connector and Reports: “Captive Portal supports a wide array of authentication mechanisms, from basic local directory-based authentication (on the Untangle server) to authentication through an Active Director server or RADIUS server when coupled with Untangle’s Directory Connector. Untangle’s AD Connector has been renamed Directory Connector. This is because it now supports both Microsoft Active Directory server, and RADIUS server.” See the release notes for additional remarks about the many improvements in this release. Download (MD5) the installation CD images from here: untangle_720.iso (449MB), untangle_720_amd64.iso (435MB).
2010-03-31 Distribution Release: Vyatta 6.0
Vyatta Vyatta has announced the release of Vyatta 6.0, a Debian-based distribution for firewalls and routers: “Vyatta today announced Vyatta 6.0, the latest release of the company’s open network operating system containing complete routing and network security software. Vyatta version 6.0 includes the new Vyatta Remote Access API which enables customers to control Vyatta systems using in-house and third-party network management and provisioning systems. This version of Vyatta includes more than 30 enhancements for both the Vyatta Core and Vyatta Subscription edition, and introduces the first Vyatta Plus enhanced services. The Vyatta Remote Access API dramatically simplifies network management for large deployments of Vyatta systems within enterprises and cloud-based service providers.” Read the full press release and download the detailed release notes (in PDF format) for further information. Download (MD5): vyatta-livecd_VC6.0_i386.iso (158MB).
2010-03-30 Distribution Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Red Hat, Inc. has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5, the fifth update of its commercial, enterprise-class Linux distribution: “Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the latest update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, release 5.5. Highlights of the release include hardware enablement for the Intel Boxboro-EX platform, AMD Magny-Cours processor and IBM Power 7 processor. Virtualization is improved, with support for multiple 10 GigE SR-IOV cards, and automatic usage of hugepages for virtual guest memory when enabled on the system. Interoperability improvements include updates to OpenOffice.org for Microsoft Office 2007 filters, Samba for Windows 7 compatibility and boot support for virtual machines using Microsoft-based PXE services.” See the release announcement, press release and release notes for a detailed list of changes and improvements. Installation ISO images for RHEL 5.5 are available to existing subscribers via Red Hat Networks, while new customers can download a 30-day trial edition from here.
2010-03-30 Distribution Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.5
MEPIS Linux Warren Woodford has announced the release of SimplyMEPIS 8.5, a beginner-friendly desktop Linux distribution with KDE 4, based on Debian GNU/Linux: “For SimplyMEPIS 8.5 we started with the stable Debian ‘Lenny’ core and then selectively introduced updated packages that make SimplyMEPIS 8.5 a more timely operating system. Specifically, 8.5 uses a 2.6.32 kernel for up-to-date hardware support. It has the new KDE 4.3.4 desktop, yet retains much of the familiar MEPIS/KDE look and feel, so users can slowly become familiar with the new features in KDE 4.3. The new MEPIS Welcome Center guides users through their first steps with MEPIS including finding documentation, connecting with the community, and optionally installing additional applications and language packs.” Read the full release announcement for further information. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.5.01-rel1_32.iso (694MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.5.01-rel1_64.iso (692MB, MD5).
2010-03-30 Distribution Release: PC/OS 10.1.1
PC/OS Roberto Dohnert has announced the release of PC/OS 10.1.1, a bug-fix update of the Ubuntu-based desktop distribution: “We are pleased to announce the delivery of PC/OS OpenWorkstation 10.1.1 PC/OS GNOME 10.1.1 as well as PC/OS WebStation 10.1.1. With this release we bring many bug fixes and enhancements to the platform. This release is a bug fix and precursor to the release of PC/OS 11. Some of the highlights of this release include: Linux kernel 2.6.31 PAE, with physical address extensions, users of 32-bit PC/OS can now use more RAM on 64-bit systems; Gigolo is replaced with pyNeighborhood; FileZilla is now included; Empathy has been upgraded to version 2.29.93; Empathy has been replaced with Meebo; GNOME Games has been replaced with FlashChess3….” Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: pc-os-openworkstation-10-1-1.iso.zip (1,077MB), pc-os-gnome-10-1-1.iso (1,198MB, MD5).
2010-03-30 Distribution Release: PureOS 2.0
PureOS Marc Poirette has announced the release of PureOS 2.0, a Debian-based distribution and live CD featuring the KDE 4 desktop: “PureOS 2.0 2010 is available, it’s built with the Linux-Live scripts 6.2.9. What’s new? Linux kernel 2.6.33 with Squashfs 3.4 and LZMA; KDE 4.3.4, Iceweasel 3.5.8 with Strata aero theme and Icedove 2.0.0.22 with Lightning 0.9; OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 (Calc, Draw, Math and Writer) with help; GIMP 2.6.8 with help, Gwenview with KIPI plugins and Okular; Akregator, FileZilla, qBittorrent, Kopete and wicd; K3B, VLC and Songbird 1.4.3; smxi/sgfxi scripts and scripts for module management; GParted, Krusader….” See the release announcement for additional details together with a list of all included packages. Screenshots of the desktop can be seen here. The 700 MB live CD images in English or French are available for download from FreeTorrent (BitTorrent only).
2010-03-30 Development Release: Jolicloud 0.9 (Pre-Final)
Jolicloud A new version of Jolicloud, a netbook-oriented Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, has been announced. Labelled as “pre-final”, this is expected to be the last development build before the project’s inaugural stable release. From the announcement: “Following a number of important updates we announced last week, including our new HTML 5 ready web application platform, a new network manager with 100+ 3G card models supported, and a new desktop mode, today we are shipping Jolicloud ‘Robby’ Pre-Final. It’s now available on our download page. Our Windows installer, Jolicloud Express, has been translated into English, German and French; additional languages are coming. Jolicloud is not in beta any more, spread the word to your friends, they can install safely this latest version. If you encounter any issues, don’t hesitate to contact our support team, we are here to help.” Download the Jolicloud CD image via BitTorrent: Jolicloud-PreFinal.iso (698MB).
2010-03-30 Development Release: Zenwalk Linux 6.4 Beta
Zenwalk Linux Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the availability of the first beta release of Zenwalk Linux 6.4, a Slackware-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop: “Zenwalk 6.4 Beta is ready for testing. Zenwalk 6.4 provides many enhancements at system and application levels. The brand new 2.6.33.1 kernel features the new BFS scheduler, designed for the best desktop interactivity on multi-core CPUs while taking the most of lower-specification machines. You’ll notice better responsiveness of graphical applications, better real-time performance of sound applications (very low latency), and efficiency of ‘niced’ commands. Like its predecessor, Zenwalk 6.4 features ext4 as main file system, and latest versions of most applications and desktop environments. Here’s a summary of the important changes: updated version of Xfce 4.6.1; new artwork; udev 151 (faster boot); OpenOffice.org 3.2.0 (fast, optimized version); X.Org 7.5….” Here is the full release announcement. Download: zenwalk-6.4beta.iso (516MB, MD5).
2010-03-29 Development Release: Chakra Alpha 5
Chakra Phil Miller has announced that the fifth alpha release of Chakra, an Arch Linux-based distribution and live CD with the latest version of the KDE desktop, is now available for testing: “After lots of testing and rebuilds we are finally there. Chakra Alpha 5 ‘Panora’ left the building and is ready to get a new home on your boxes. We focused our efforts on two aspects. Tribe, our installer, now includes an easy and advanced mode to partition the target, also the installation speed has been much approved and supports lower screen resolutions. The usability of the Chakra live CD, we added support for some important features – print, and configure printers; complete management of optic drives; drop-down Konsole technology with Yakuake; management of dial-up modems and broadband USB 3g/HSDPA. Features: Linux kernel-2.6.32.10 with LZMA support, KDEmod 4.4.1, X.Org Server 1.7.5.902….” Read the rest of the release announcement for additional notes and a link to a new beginner’s guide. Download (MD5): chakra-i686-panora-alpha5.iso (702MB), chakra-x86_64-panora-alpha5.iso (702MB).
2010-03-29 Development Release: Calculate Linux 10.4 Beta 1
Calculate Linux Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the availability of the first beta release of Calculate Linux 10.4 “KDE” edition, a Russian, Gentoo-based desktop distribution: “A new cycle of development of Calculate Linux – Calculate Linux Desktop 10.4 beta 1 KDE released. Features: KDE updated to version 4.4.1; added utility ‘cl-passwd’ to change passwords, authorized by CDS server; expanded support for HP, Epson and other printers; OpenOffice.org ‘Oxygen’ style, added support for KDE menu, open and save files; new parallel installation of packages; changed user profile template generation and added ability to customize application updates the $HOME/.calculate/ini.env. Package versions: KDE 4.4.1, Amarok 2.3.0, Firefox 3.6, GIMP 2.6.8, Linux kernel 2.6.32.9, OpenOffice.org 3.2.0, X.Org 7.4.” For more information and a screenshot please see the release announcement in Russian or in English. Download: cld-10.3.91-i686.iso (1,711MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-29 Development Release: Dragora GNU/Linux 2.0 RC2
Dragora GNU/Linux Matias Fonzo has announced the availability of the second release candidate for Dragora GNU/Linux 2.0, an independent, general-purpose distribution containing free software only: “I am pleased to announce the release candidate 2 of Dragora GNU/Linux 2.0. Dragora is a powerful and reliable GNU/Linux distribution created from scratch with the intention of providing a stable, multi-platform and multi-purpose operating system. Built with 100% free software. In this version many programs have been upgraded, including the Linux-libre kernel 2.6.32.10, GCC 4.4.3, Binutils 2.20.1, Bash 4.1.2 and more. The major changes are: the implementation of LVM2/RAID devices, added Python 2.6.5, git 1.7.0.3 + security updates, bug fixes with code correction for the init system and the package system.” Here is the complete release announcement with a changelog. Download: dragora-2.0RC2.iso (131MB, MD5).
2010-03-28 Distribution Release: SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0
SliTaz GNU/Linux Christophe Lincoln has announced the release of SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0, a minimalist (but extensible) and fast desktop Linux distribution with Openbox as the default window manager: “The SliTaz team is proud to announce the release of the SliTaz GNU/Linux 3.0 operating system. It’s simpler, faster, customizable, mightier and yet incredibly tiny. The new SliTaz stable version is now out after one year of development. The core desktop provides a full-featured desktop powered by X.Org 7.4, Openbox, LXDE components and home-made tools. It lets you easily connect to the Internet to surf the web with the Midori web browser, listen to music or manage your pictures. The default core system fits into a 30 MB ISO image and live CD flavors start at 8 MB. This stable version has been built by a new toolchain including GCC 4.4.1 and uses the Linux kernel 2.6.30.6.” Read the release announcement and release notes for more details. Download: slitaz-3.0.iso (30.0MB, MD5).
2010-03-28 Distribution Release: Element 1.1
Element Kevin Thompson has announced the release of Element 1.1, an Ubuntu-based distribution for home theatre or media-centre personal computers: “We are pleased to announce the release of Element 1.1, which is available immediately for free download. This is the first service pack for the Element 1 series operating system; it includes several requested features, general package upgrades, upstream bug fixes, and visual enhancements to our themes. Notable additions in this release include: Element ‘Glassy’ default theme is a little quicker now and uses fewer pixmaps, it also includes new scrollbars; Jockey-Gtk ‘Hardware Driver’ utility has replaced EnvyNG as the default means for managing proprietary video and device drivers; over-scanning on NVIDIA cards is much easier; Gigolo remote file system browser has been added….” Here is the full release announcement. Download: element-1.1.0-release.iso (652MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-26 Distribution Release: Sabayon Linux 5.2
Sabayon Linux Fabio Erculiani has announced the release of Sabayon Linux 5.2, a Gentoo-based desktop Linux distribution with GNOME/KDE and with a custom (binary) package manager: “The best, refined blend of GNU/Linux, coming with bleeding edge edges, is eventually here. Say hello to Sabayon Five-point-Twoh, available in both GNOME and KDE editions. Dedicated to those who like cutting-edge stability, out-of-the-box experience, outstanding desktop performance and beauty. You will find outstanding amount of new applications and features, like XBMC 9.11, KDE 4.4.1, GNOME 2.28. Features: based on new GCC 4.4.1 and glibc 2.10; shipped with desktop-optimized Linux kernel 2.6.33; installable in 10 minutes; faster boot time and lightweight default system….” Read the rest of the release announcement for additional details. Download the GNOME (G) or KDE (K) edition from here: Sabayon_Linux_5.2_x86_G.iso (1,680MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_Linux_5.2_x86_K.iso (1,944MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_Linux_5.2_amd64_G.iso (1,791MB, MD5, torrent), Sabayon_Linux_5.2_amd64_K.iso (2,038MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-26 Distribution Release: NexentaStor 3.0
NexentaStor Anil Gulecha has announced the release of NexentaStor 3.0, an OpenSolaris-based storage appliance with a web-based administration interface: “On behalf of the NexentaStor team, I’m happy to announce the release of NexentaStor Community edition 3.0. This release is the result of the community efforts of Nexenta partners and users. With the addition of many new features, NexentaStor CE is the most complete, and feature-rich gratis unified storage solution today. This is a major NexentaStor release, with many new features, improved hardware support, and many bug fixes. Quick summary of features: ZFS additions – deduplication (based on OpenSolaris b134); free for up to 12 TB of used storage; Community edition supports easy upgrades; many new features in the easy-to-use management interface; integrated search.” Read the release announcement and visit the project’s web site for further information. Download (MD5): NexentaStor-Community-3.0.0.iso.zip (576MB).
2010-03-25 Development Release: openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 4
openSUSE Andreas Jaeger has announced the availability of the fourth milestone release of openSUSE 11.3: “The fourth of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 4 focuses on switching to upstart as init daemon. Here’s what you may find interesting in the new release: OpenOffice.org has been updated to 3.2.1 Beta1 with new features; NetworkManager has been updated to version 0.8 with fixes to better support Bluetooth and GSM; CUPS has been updated to version 1.4.2, it adds over 67 changes and new features, including improved Bonjour/DNS-SD support; the conntrack network filtering system has been added; the Mono stack has been updated to the bug-fix release 2.6.3 together with MonoDevelop 2.2.2….” Here is the complete release announcement. Download (mirrors): openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0515-i686.iso (683MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0515-i686.iso (694MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0515-x86_64.iso (690MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0515-x86_64.iso (693MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-24 Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 1.2.4-28
Clonezilla Live Steven Shiau has announced the availability of a new version of Clonezilla Live, a Debian-based live CD containing free disk-cloning software: “This release of Clonezilla Live (1.2.4-28) includes major enhancements, bug fixes, and language translation updates: new file system support – UFS of FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD, it has been tested successfully for imaging FreeBSD 8.0, OpenBSD 4.6 and NetBSD 5.0.2; new file system support – VMFS of VMware ESX; i686 kernel is available in this release, so multi-core CPUs are supported; xz/lzip compression, and parallel compression, pxz and plzip, were added, you can choose “-z5”, “-z5p”, “-z6” or “-z6p” in the expert mode; if your machine has multi-core CPU, please use the i686 version of Clonezilla live then the -z5p and -z6p options are available in the expert mode; now both syslinux and isolinux are included in Clonezilla Live ISO image and ZIP file.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further details and a list of bug fixes. Download: clonezilla-live-1.2.4-28-686.iso (118MB, MD5).
2010-03-23 BSD Release: FreeBSD 7.3
FreeBSD FreeBSD 7.3, the latest update of the project’s older, legacy series, has been released: “The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces a few new features. There will be one more release from this branch to allow future improvements to be made available in the 7-STABLE branch but at this point most developers are focused on 8-STABLE. Some of the highlights: ZFS updated to version 13; new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS; hwpmc enhancements; new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely-used RAID controllers; NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation; BIND updated to 9.4-ESV; GNOME updated to 2.28.2, KDE to 4.3.5 and Perl to 5.10.” See the release announcement and release notes for a complete list of new features. Download (torrents): FreeBSD-7.3-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso.gz (1,929MB, SHA256, torrent), FreeBSD-7.3-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso.gz (2,000MB, SHA256, torrent).
2010-03-23 Distribution Release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 3.5
Trisquel GNU/Linux Rubén Rodríguez Pérez has announced the release of Trisquel GNU/Linux 3.5, a completely “libre” distribution (as defined by the Free Software Foundation) based on Ubuntu: “Trisquel GNU/Linux 3.5, code name ‘Awen’, is ready. This release is a fully free Ubuntu 9.10 derivative that includes extra software, better multimedia support, more translations and faster configuration. For this release we used ext4 for the root file system and XFS for the home one, to have a balance between speed and usability. Some important features include a much faster boot process and the ability to encrypt the home directory. All packages were updated, including: Linux-libre kernel 2.6.31, X.Org 7.4, GNOME 2.28, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, a Mozilla-based web browser 3.5.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further information and screenshots. Download: trisquel_3.5_i686.iso (690MB, MD5, torrent), trisquel_3.5_amd64.iso (694MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-21 Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 2.10
Tiny Core Linux Robert Shingledecker has announced the release of Tiny Core Linux 2.10, a minimalist graphical distribution in 10 MB: “Tiny Core v2.10 is now posted. Changelog: updated Appbrowser / tce-load – recursion now fully supported; updated Appbrowser, no pop-ups, GUI redesign, dropped menu for buttons, added status area; updated flwm_topside moved location and look of iconize button; updated appsaudit, added wait cursor during selective updates; updated cpanel cursor support and removed full paths; updated flwm ondemand, now fully automatic; updated tc-functions for additive home setup support; new hsetroot replaces Esetroot for logo PNG support; updated Backgrounds / wallpaper for hsetroot support; updated exittc to not call exitcheck, backup occurs within exittc; added missing rule for mmc support; added directory indicator for improved appsaudit ‘On Boot’ selection….” Here is the full release announcement. Download (MD5): tinycore_2.10.iso (10.1MB, MD5).
2010-03-21 Distribution Release: Parted Magic 4.9
Parted Magic Patrick Verner has announced the release of Parted Magic 4.9, a small Linux-based live CD/USB with a collection of hard disk partitioning and data rescue utilities: “Parted Magic 4.9. Although this is mostly a bug-fix release, some other major changes were made. People didn’t like that we were using Chrome, so we switched to Chromium. All the old IDE drivers were removed from the kernel and only the new framework is used now. The major difference most people will notice is that devices that used to be labeled /dev/hd* will now be /dev/sd* and all CDROMs will be /dev/sr*. Three new programs were added – mhdd, elinks, and zsync. Some changes were made to the kernel configuration and initramfs so Virtio hard disks could be used to boot Parted Magic. The fstab daemon was also fixed to support Virtio hard disks. Many other small fixes were made to the network scripts and the system in general.” Visit the project’s home page to read the full release announcement. Download (MD5): pmagic-4.9.iso.zip (73.6MB), pmagic-usb-4.9.zip (73.6MB).
2010-03-20 Development Release: Lubuntu 10.04 Beta 1
Lubuntu Julien Lavergne has announced the availability of the first beta release of Lubuntu 10.04, an unofficial Ubuntu variant with the lightweight LXDE as the default desktop environment: “Lubuntu ‘Lucid Lynx’ beta 1 released. New stuff since alpha 3: new logo; addition to the seed – gnome-disk-utility and simple-scan. Specific Lubuntu changes: new PCMan File Manager 2 and libfm; Lubuntu artwork with new logo; LXSession 0.4.3; LXTerminal 0.1.7; auto-start GNOME authentication (for polkit support); fix for blurry shut-down icon from elementary icons; don’t auto-start print applet. Known bug: if you test on a USB, the first screen will freeze for a moment when you click on ‘Try Lubuntu’ – just wait, it will continue as normal. If you want to create a bootable USB system, please use the USB Creator directly on Ubuntu.” Read the complete release announcement for additional details. Download: lubuntu-lucid-beta1.iso (396MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-20 Development Release: CrunchBang Linux 10 Alpha 1
CrunchBang Linux Philip Newborough has announced the availability of the first alpha release of CrunchBang Linux 10. A lightweight distribution featuring Openbox and Xfce, CrunchBang is now based on Debian GNU/Linux, rather than Ubuntu. From the release announcement: “The first alpha release of CrunchBang 10 is now available. Code-named ‘Statler’, this release is, for the first time, built using Debian sources. The alpha 1 is available to download in two main flavours, those being Openbox and Xfce. Both the Openbox and Xfce editions currently feature the same line-up of applications and the new Xfce edition has had its session set-up to mimic that of previous CrunchBang Openbox sessions.” Read the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download (MD5): crunchbang-10-alpha-01-openbox-i686.iso (530MB), crunchbang-10-alpha-01-openbox-amd64.iso (526MB), crunchbang-10-alpha-01-xfce-i686.iso (543MB), crunchbang-10-alpha-01-xfce-amd64.iso (539MB).
2010-03-19 Development Release: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1
Ubuntu Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the first beta release of Ubuntu 10.04, code name “Lucid Lynx”, a long-term support (LTS) version: “The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop, Server, and Netbook editions and of Ubuntu 10.04 Server for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon’s EC2. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop and Netbook editions continue the trend of ever-faster boot speeds, with improved start-up times and a streamlined, smoother boot experience. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server edition provides even better integration of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, with its install-time cloud setup.” Read the release announcement and release notes for further details. Download (SHA256): ubuntu-10.04-beta1-desktop-i386.iso (675MB, torrent), ubuntu-10.04-beta1-desktop-amd64.iso (679MB, torrent). Also release today were 10.04 beta 1 builds of Kubuntu (download, release notes), Xubuntu (download), Edubuntu (download), Mythbuntu (download, release announcement) and Ubuntu Studio (download).
2010-03-18 Distribution Release: SystemRescueCd 1.5.0
SystemRescueCd SystemRescueCd 1.5.0, a Gentoo-based live CD with a collection of data rescue and disk partitioning utilities, has been released. From the changelog: “initramfs – udevd used to load kernel modules that corresponds to the hardware; initramfs – /init bootscript rewritten; initramfs – added firmware required for Ethernet and disk controller devices; initramfs – ability to boot systems with SELinux enabled using root=/dev/xxx; initramfs – kernel modules are gzipped to save memory used by the initramfs; initramfs – print error when chrooting to a 64-bit system from a 32-bit kernel; updated the standard kernels (rescuecd and rescue64) to Linux kernel 2.6.32.10; updated util-linux to 2.17.1 (adds support of hard drives with 4K blocks); updated parted to version 2.2 (standard text based partitioning tool); updated GParted to version 0.5.2 (graphical partitioning tool); updated NTFS-3G to 2010.3.6 (driver that provides read-write access to NTFS)….” Download: systemrescuecd-x86-1.5.0.iso (248MB, MD5).
2010-03-18 Development Release: MOPSLinux 7.0 RC1
MOPSLinux After four beta releases, the first release candidate for the upcoming MOPSLinux 7.0, a Russian distribution based on Slackware Linux, is now ready for testing. Compared to the last beta release, these are some of the most important changes in RC1: several packages have been rebuilt to add support for Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM); the LXDE desktop has been added to base system; fixed error in mpkg related to handling dependencies; added NetworkManager; added Plymouth; upgraded the KDE desktop to version 4.4.1; miscellaneous bug fixes. The final release of MOPSLinux 7.0 is expected “soon”, therefore the development team is asking all interested parties to test this release candidate extensively. Currently only the x86 edition is available for download; the x86_64 build will arrive shortly. For additional information please see the release announcement (in Russian). Download the installation DVD image from here: MOPSLinux-7.0-rc1.iso (1,852MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-03-18 Development Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 3.5 Test 1
Parsix GNU/Linux Alan Baghumian has released the first development build of Parsix GNU/Linux 3.5, a desktop distribution and live DVD based on Debian’s testing branch: “The first set of Parsix 3.5 ‘Frankie’ testing ISO images are out. Although this is the first testing ISO, the system stability is very good and there shouldn’t be any strange errors or problems. This version is synchronized with Debian testing repositories as of March 7, 2010, bringing tons of updated packages. These ISO images are compiled using Squashfs 4.0 with LZMA compression and, for the first time, we are using GRUB 2 as the default bootloader. The kernel build system has been modified and improved vastly to produce better kernel packages. Our brand new 2.6.32.9 kernel with improved configuration is patched using the latest TuxOnIce and Con Kolivas’s BFS performance patches.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download: parsix_3.5-test-1-i386.iso (839MB, MD5), parsix_3.5-test-1-amd64.iso (844MB, MD5).
2010-03-17 Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 RC3
MEPIS Linux Warren Woodford has announced that the third release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 8.5 is ready for testing: “MEPIS has released SimplyMEPIS 8.5.00, RC3 of MEPIS 8.5, now available from MEPIS and public mirrors. We’ve updated the kernel to 2.6.32.10. The release notes from the Linux kernel team indicated that they have been hard at work making improvements. We have changed the live media to use isolinux. This gave us the opportunity to add a hardware exploration tool to the boot options. Also we’ve expended the number of languages that can be selected at live boot. Soon we expect to take advantage of this to build a larger international Live media release, that will have appropriate KDE localizations built-in. There have been a number of improvements to the MEPIS Assistants.” See the remainder of the release announcement for additional notes. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.5.00-rc3_32.iso (698MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.5.00-rc3_64.iso (695MB, MD5).
2010-03-17 Development Release: PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 2
PCLinuxOS The second beta release of PCLinuxOS 2010 is now available for download and testing. What’s new? “Linux kernel updated to 2.6.32.10 – updates, bug fixes and suggestions based on community feedback over the past week were implemented on the live CD. In addition to the KDE 4.4.1 version, we now have GNOME, Phoenix Xfce, PCLXDE and GNOME Zen Mini ISO images available which showcase the various desktops available on PCLinuxOS. An Enlightenment desktop ISO image is also in the works and should be available sometime this week. PCLinuxOS 2010 was built from the ground up using the packages in our repository. This weeks changelog: fixed menu translations; dropped most of PulseAudio out of system, KDE now gets ALSA analog and digital devices by default; temporarily removed admin functions from system settings menu until I can package it in to an RPM….” Read the full release announcement for a complete list of changes since the release of beta 1. Download: pclinuxos-2010-beta2.iso (683MB, MD5).
2010-03-17 Distribution Release: Berry Linux 1.01
Berry Linux Yuichiro Nakada has announced the release of Berry Linux 1.01, a Fedora-based Japanese distribution and live CD (with support for English) for the desktop, featuring the KDE 4 desktop environment. This is the project’s first release based on Fedora 12. From the changelog: “Berry Linux 1.01 released. Based on Fedora 12; Linux kernel 2.6.32.9 SMP + ndev/udev + bootsplash, glibc 2.11.1, GCC 4.4.3, BusyBox 1.15.3; KDE 4.4.0 (Fedora 12 stable); AIGLX/X.Org 1.7.5; SLiM login manager 1.3.1; SRWare Iron 4.0.275.2 (based on Google Chrome); Mozilla Firefox 3.6 (Japanese and English); Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0.3 (Japanese and English); Samba 3.4.7; WINE 1.1.38; LXTerminal 0.1.6; removed Sylpheed 2.5.0 (Japanese and English); removed rxvt-unicode 9.06.” Read the complete changelog for additional information. Download (MD5): berry-1.01.iso (602MB).
2010-03-16 Distribution Release: Mandriva Enterprise Server 5.1
Mandriva Linux Mandriva has announced the release of Mandriva Enterprise Server 5.1, a commercial Linux distribution with 5-year maintenance support: “The first update of Mandriva Enterprise Server (MES) 5, the simple and innovative Linux server, is available today. Coming with plenty of technology enhancements, hardware support scope and software list have been increased. Mandriva Enterprise Server 5 aims to be innovative in order to make infrastructure management even easier. The main focus of MES 5.1 is on virtualization. MES 5.1 improves integration of KVM technology (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) together with an administration tool for a simple management. MES 5.1 also includes an installation wizard and Mandriva Directory Server (MDS).” See the release announcement and visit the product page for further information. Mandriva Enterprise Server 5.1 is available for purchase from the company’s online store (starting at €299 with one year of support); a trial edition is available for download from here (registration required).
2010-03-15 Development Release: openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 3
openSUSE Henne Vogelsang has announced the availability of the third milestone of openSUSE 11.3: “The third of seven scheduled milestone releases for 11.3 was completed and released on schedule. Milestone 3 focuses on using GCC 4.5 as the default compiler, leaving a great deal of the work in the hands of the openSUSE Build Service after a few issues (such as kernel panics) were resolved. Here’s what you may find interesting in the new release: a bug in Milestone 2 prevented mounting of encrypted home folders – this has been resolved; zypper can now interrupt PackageKit, via D-Bus, eliminating a major annoyance during updates and additional installs; a Milestone 1 issue with starting X.Org on i915 hardware has finally been resolved….” Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download (mirrors): openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0476-i686.iso (676MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0476-i686.iso (659MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0476-x86_64.iso (691MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0476-x86_64.iso (659MB, MD5, torrent).
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2010-03-13 Development Release: GeeXboX 2.0 Alpha 2
GeeXboX The second alpha build of GeeXboX 2.0, a Linux mini-distribution for Home Theatre PCs (HTPC) and media centres, is available for testing: “It has already been one month since 2.0-alpha1 release so here is alpha2. This release fixes many bugs that have been encountered by our users on this first 2.x series preview: normalize LIRC configuration by providing generic binding for each and every remote control; initial port to ARM architecture; restoration of UPnP/DLNA feature with a brand new stack; restoration of internationalization support; upgrade of NVIDIA drivers – proprietary, legacy one and addition of nouveau; add Kernel Mode Settings (KMS) for ATI, Intel and NVIDIA drivers; upgrade to Linux kernel 2.6.33 kernel; fix live CD and win32 installers; fix OGG files playback issue….” Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download (MD5): geexbox-2.0-alpha2-en.i386.eglibc.iso (43.0MB), geexbox-2.0-alpha2-en.x86_64.eglibc.iso (60.0MB).
2010-03-12 Distribution Release: eBox Platform 1.4-1
eBox Platform José Antonio Calvo Fernández has announced the release of eBox Platform 1.4-1, an Ubuntu-based server distribution for small and medium-size businesses: “eBox 1.4-1 installer released. I just wanted to let you know that we’ve done a lot of bug fixing and small improvements since the release of the first 1.4 release. Those all enhancements have now been included on a new installer. The installer itself contains some bug fixes and improvements, this is the changelog: X11 UI tweaks; added console-cyrillic package; install l7-protocols if traffic shaping is selected in advanced mode; quote passwords to avoid problems with strange characters; do not allow to enter ‘root’ or any other existing system user as admin user to avoid conflicts. Note that this installer includes also the fixes and improvements from the 1.4-proposed repository.” Here is the full release announcement. Download: ebox_installer-1.4-1.iso (622MB, MD5).
2010-03-11 Distribution Release: PC/OS 10.1
PC/OS Roberto Dohnert has announced the release of PC/OS 10.1, a Xubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution: “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of PC/OS OpenWorkstation 10.1 as well as PC/OS WebStation 10.1. With this release we bring many bug fixes and enhancements to the platform. This release is the last release before the LTS release of PC/OS 11. Some of the highlights of this release include: Linux kernel 2.6.31, OpenOffice.org 3.2, Firefox 3.5.8, Amazon MP3 downloader, Empathy for IM, GnomeBaker for burning CDs and DVDs, VLC as the default video player, WINE 1.2, Google Gears, new simplified menu structure, USB Creator can now be used to create a bootable USB drive, UI design is now unified with the GNOME release. With the last release we introduced the Developer Kit and Office Kit which proved popular and they are available for this release as well.” Refer to the release announcement for further details. Download: pc-os-openworkstation10-1.iso (1,082MB, MD5).
2010-03-10 Distribution Release: VortexBox 1.2
VortexBox Andrew Gillis has announced the release of VortexBox 1.2, a Fedora-based Linux distribution with the goal of turning an unused computer into an easy-to-use music server or jukebox: “VortexBox 1.2 released. The VortexBox community has been working hard on this release. We have added a lot of new features to make VortexBox the best NAS for SqueezeBox. These include adding the new SqueezeBox Server 7.4.2 and fixing some critical bugs in VortexBox Player. VortexBox Player is now the highest resolutions (192/24) player available that is compatible with SqueezeBox Server (SBS). The new package manager allows new software packages to be installed from the GUI. The Sonos web GUI can now be installed from the GUI making VortexBox the best NAS for Sonos players. We have fixed the MP3 encoding with better support for genre and cover art that works well in all applications.” Consult the complete release announcement for additional information. Download (MD5): vortexbox-1.2.iso (537MB).
2010-03-10 Development Release: Unity Linux 2010 RC1
Unity Linux Matthew Dawkins has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Unity Linux 2010, a minimalist distribution and live CD based on Mandriva Linux: “The Unity Linux project is pleased to announce its first candidate for release, 2010 RC1. We have taken the last nine weeks to provide many needed fixes and continual updates to the core offering of our software. Changelog: updated X.Org to 1.7.5; new kernel version 2.6.31.12; filetriggers and other minor bugs were fixed for rpm5; Smart 1.3 and the addition of smart-utils for mirror automation. The repositories now contain many up-to-date desktop environments which can be installed with the use of the ‘task’ meta-packages. Recent additions include KDE 4.4.1, GNOME 2.28.1, Openbox 3.4.11, Xfce 4.6.1, Enlightenment 0.16.999.063.” Read the rest of the release announcement for additional notes. Download: Unity32-2010-RC1.iso (238MB, MD5), Unity64-2010-RC1.iso (238MB, MD5).
2010-03-09 Development Release: Fedora 13 Alpha
Fedora Jesse Keating has announced the availability of the first alpha release of Fedora 13: “The Fedora 13 ‘Goddard’ alpha release is available. Among the top features for end users, we have: automatic print driver installation so when you plug in a USB printer, Fedora will automatically offer to install drivers for it if needed; automatic installation of language packs; redesigned user management interface; color management to better set and control your colors for displays, printers, and scanners; NetworkManager improvements include CLI; experimental 3D extended to free Nouveau driver for NVIDIA cards.” See the release announcement and release notes for further details. Download (torrents): F13-Alpha-i686-Live.iso (835MB, SHA256, torrent), F13-Alpha-i686-Live-KDE.iso (714MB, SHA256, torrent), F13-Alpha-x86_64-Live.iso (842MB, SHA256, torrent), F13-Alpha-x86_64-Live-KDE.iso (705MB, SHA256, torrent).
2010-03-09 Development Release: MCNLive Kris Beta 1
MCNLive MCNLive, a Mandriva-based distribution and live CD, has been resurrected by the members of the Dutch Mandriva Club. The first beta of the brand-new MCNLive Kris, is now available for download: “After a few years of silence around MCNLive, here we are again with a brand new MCNLive release, based on Mandriva 2010.0. It won’t have all the nice features you might remember from MCNLive, but the most important things are there. Copy2ram is present, remastering on-the-fly is possible again and even booting from USB is no problem at all. MCNLive Kris is based upon a fully updated Mandriva 2010.0 release, with KDE SC 4.3 as desktop environment. SMPlayer is added for your multimedia needs and since we do have a ‘remaster’ option, we added K3b to enable you to burn the remastered image directly. Firefox is the default web browser but you can use Konqueror from the menu if you wish.” Here is the full release announcement with a screenshot. Download: mcnlive-kris-beta1.iso (377MB, MD5).
2010-03-09 Development Release: PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1
PCLinuxOS The first beta build of PCLinuxOS 2010 has been released: “PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1 features 2.6.32.8 kernel using the BFS scheduler for maximum desktop performance on i686 computers. This kernel supports up to 4 GB of memory. A PAE kernel is available from the Synaptic package manager providing up to 64 GB of memory support. In addition, ext4 support is also available. A nicely customized KDE 4.4.1 desktop that is both beautiful and very fast with the latest KDE applications. A unified KDE/GTK+ theme included to provide a consistent look and feel between KDE and GTK+ applications. Firefox also uses KDE dialogs. Reworked menu system with less subcategories to make it easy and fast to find your applications. Plymouth bootsplash available on installed system for cool graphic effects. Additional themes available from the software repository.” Read the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of new features and download links. Get the installable live CD image from here: pclinuxos-2010-beta1.iso (694MB, MD5).
2010-03-08 Development Release: SME Server 8.0 Beta 5
SME Server Ian Wells has announced the availability of the fifth beta release of SME Server 8.0, a CentOS-based server distribution: “The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 8.0beta5 which is based on CentOS 5.4 and will be the next major release of SME Server. Major changes in beta 5. The policy is to stick with upstream updates unless there are compelling reasons not to. The number of customers unable to run the software they want because of the Samba and PHP versions constituted a compelling reason. Samba 3.4.3 – has been updated from sources provided by ClearOS. This version of Samba provides support for Windows 7 domain logins. PHP 5.2.10 – is provided by the Red Hat Application Stack v2. 5.2 is needed by recent web applications such as OScommerce.” Read the complete release announcement for a detailed list of changes. Download: smeserver-8.0beta5-i386.iso (643MB, MD5). Also released today was the first release candidate for SME Server 7.5.
2010-03-08 Distribution Release: Frugalware Linux 1.2
Frugalware Linux Miklós Vajna has announced the release of Frugalware Linux 1.2, a general-purpose, community-built distribution for intermediate Linux users: “The Frugalware developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 1.2, our twelfth stable release. No new features have been added since 1.2rc2, but 62 changes have been made to fix minor bugs. If you didn’t follow the changes during the pre-releases, here are the most important changes since 1.1: up to date packages – Linux kernel 2.6.32.8, GNU C library 2.11.1, X.Org 7.5, GNOME 2.28, KDE 4.3.5; KMS (Kernel Mode-Setting) is now enabled by default for Intel and Radeon cards; PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) is now part of the base system; introduced devtmpfs – you can now exclude /dev from backups, along with /proc and /sys; upgraded KDE (and related) packages to the 4.x branch….” See the full release announcement for further information. Download (SHA1): frugalware-1.2-i686-dvd1.iso (4,283MB, torrent), frugalware-1.2-x86_64-dvd1.iso (4,290MB, torrent).
2010-03-07 Distribution Release: NuTyX 2009.3
NuTyX GNU/Linux Thierry Nuttens has announced the release of NuTyX 2009.3, a French desktop Linux distribution with custom package management. This is the fourth update in the 2009 series; while the base system, the C library and the compiler remains unchanged throughout the 2009.x releases, a number of small problems have been corrected. For example the Mozilla browser is now in French and the Xfce, GNOME (2.28.2) and KDE (4.4.1) desktops have all been updated to their latest versions. Other important package updates include OpenOffice.org 3.2.0, KOffice 2.1.1, Pidgin 2.6.6 and CUPS 1.4.2. The default Linux kernel has also been upgraded to version 2.6.33. Read the rest of the release announcement (in French) for further details. Quick download links to the four desktop-oriented editions: NuTyX_i686-2009.3-LXDE.iso (336MB, MD5), NuTyX_i686-2009.3-XFCE.iso (483MB, MD5), NuTyX_i686-2009.3-GNOME.iso (592MB, MD5), NuTyX_i686-2009.3-KDE.iso (631MB, MD5).
2010-03-06 Development Release: Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Beta 1
Nexenta OS Anil Gulecha has announced the availability of the first beta release of Nexenta Core Platform 3.0, a free and open-source operating system combining the OpenSolaris kernel with GNU application userland, Debian utilities and Ubuntu software packages: “On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of Nexenta Core Platform (NCP) 3.0 Beta 1, the sixth release in the NCP 3 cycle. The main changes over the alpha 5 release include: move from OpenSolaris b133 to b134; nexenta-on-source changes; bug-fix list (libm.a is missing; libusb, libuuid missing a pkg-config file; profile.dpkg-dist leftover after installation; rsync daemon enabled by default; problem with libgcc1 version mismatch; libsunw-perl short description typo; keyboard layout not set; user created during install is member of group ‘staff’; Squid fails to install; 3.0a4 – installation fails on unpartitioned USB stick; cupsys init script tries to load Linux kernel module ‘lp’….).” Here is the complete release announcement. Download (MD5): nexenta_3.0-b134-beta1_x86.iso.zip (526MB).
2010-03-05 Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 RC2
MEPIS Linux The second release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 8.5, a beginner-friendly, Debian-based desktop Linux distribution, is ready for download and testing: “Warren Woodford has released SimplyMEPIS 8.4.99, RC2 of MEPIS 8.5, now available from MEPIS and public mirrors. Warren reported: ‘In the past week, we’ve fixed some bugs reported by the community and updated the MEPIS assistants. And we’ve updated some packages containing bug fixes – Digikam 1.1.0, ghostscript 8.71, kdebase-workspace 4.3.4-5 and wl-modules 5.60.48.36. The community is hard at work on translations, updated manual, and a couple of new utilities. I expect RC3 to be ready in a week or so. It should be the last RC before we go final with 8.5.’ ISO images of MEPIS community releases are published to the ‘released’ subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber’s Site and at MEPIS public mirrors.” Read the full release announcement for more details. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.99-rc2_32.iso (696MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.99-rc2_64.iso (693MB, MD5).
2010-03-04 Distribution Release: Elive 2.0
Elive After a long development period lasting more than two years, Samuel Baggen announced today the release of Elive 2.0, a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution featuring an optimised Enlightenment 17 window manager with plenty of desktop eye candy: “The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the Stable version 2.0 Codename Topaz. The new stable version of Elive has a huge list of improvements. Its ease of use makes it suitable for any kind of user along with a totally new Linux experience for those who have not tried Elive before. Changelog: autolaunchers – entirely rewritten with better stability and more features; user configurators – many user configurators added to configure anything; drivers – Linux kernel 2.6.30.9 with support for special hardware and other features like TuxOnIce (hibernation), Reiser4FS, ext4….” Visit the distribution’s updated home page and read the detailed changelog for further information. Download: elive_2.0_Topaz_new-kernel.iso (690MB, MD5).
2010-03-04 Development Release: FreeBSD 7.3-RC2
FreeBSD Ken Smith has announced the availability of the second release candidate for FreeBSD 7.3: “The third and what should be last of the test builds for the 7.3-RELEASE cycle, 7.3-RC2, is available for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. The target schedule, as well as the current status of the release is available here. The schedule has slipped by a bit over a week so the actual target for the release announcement is really about a week and a half from now. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the freebsd-stable mailing list. There are known issues with the Radeon video driver that have caused some people problems. The problems have been nebulous enough that we have decided to not hold up the release due to that specific issue.” Read the rest of the release announcement for additional notes. Download: FreeBSD-7.3-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso.gz (1,927MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-7.3-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso.gz (1,998MB, SHA256).
2010-03-03 Distribution Release: PC/OS 10.1
PC/OS Roberto Dohnert has announced the release of PC/OS 10.1 “OpenWorkstation GNOME” edition, an Ubuntu-based distribution for the desktop: “The developers of PC/OS are excited to bring you this new installment in the PC/OS family. Users and customers have demanded it so we have now delivered it. This release is based on the GNOME desktop. We are targetting this release at a more high-performance crowd. What’s included? GNOME 2.28, Linux kernel 2.6.31, Empathy replaces Pidgin, OpenOffice.org 3.1, Exaile, Gambas 2, WideStudio, full multimedia codecs, Sun Java 6, Evolution groupware suite, GnomeBaker, Exaile, VLC, GIMP (with all plugins), Google Chrome, Nimbus GTK+ theme and Metacity. As we continue to improve this release we will continue to add software and tools for everyone.” Here is the full release announcement. Download: pc-os-10-1-gnome.iso (1,110MB, MD5).
2010-03-03 Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 2.9
Tiny Core Linux Robert Shingledecker has released Tiny Core Linux 2.9, a minimalist Linux distribution in 10 MB: “Tiny Core Linux 2.9 is now posted. Change log: upgraded udev to 151 with several rule adjustments and new rules added; updated libstdc++ 6.0.9 to support exceptions; updated glibc 2.9 to support i486; updated wbar – eliminated background relics; updated appbrowser – added ‘Provides’ to search for ‘What provides’, also error handling and speed improvements; updated appsaudit – added ‘Display All Not Depends On’; updated tc-config – persistent home and/or opt; improved language support by auto-loading locale support extension(s); added functions checkroot and checknotroot for improved user handling; new ‘Set TCE Drive’ in control panel to setup TCE directory, optional and mydata.tgz from cloud mode….” Read the full release announcement for a complete list of changes. Download: tinycore_2.9.iso (10.1MB, MD5).
2010-03-02 Development Release: EasyPeasy 1.6 Beta 1
EasyPeasy Jon Ramvi has announced the availability of the first beta release of EasyPeasy 1.6, an Ubuntu-based distribution optimised for netbooks: “The team has been working hard to bring you the best netbook experience. The 1.6 beta 1 is the first release of EasyPeasy 1.6, bringing with it the earliest new features for the next version of EasyPeasy. Features: new interface; social by default – we now feature built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel; all packages are upgraded; default search engine has been changed to Yahoo!; includes the 2.6.32 kernel based on 2.6.32.8; sports full removal of the HAL package, making EasyPeasy faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend; new default open-source driver for NVIDIA hardware; improved support for NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver….” Read the rest of the release announcement for further details and known issues. Download: easypeasy-1.6-beta1.iso (830MB).
2010-03-02 Development Release: openmamba GNU/Linux 2.0 Pre 1
openmamba GNU/Linux Silvan Calarco has announced the availability of the first test release of openmamba GNU/Linux 2.0, a user-friendly Linux distribution with KDE 4 and RPM package management: “I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of openmamba milestone2 2.0pre1, the new version of the GNU/Linux operating system for laptop, desktop and server PCs. The second milestone of the openmamba development project has been reached thanks to the integration of the modern KDE 4 desktop environment, the most recent improvements to the Linux kernel and system software and the best open source applications. After months devoted to development and testing, this release is for the users who look for an optimal combination of innovation, reliability and stability. The use of stable repositories with few massive upgrades scheduled, give the user the needed reliability for most purposes.” Here is the full release announcement. Download (MD5): openmamba-2.0pre1.i586.iso (672MB).
2010-03-01 Distribution Release: Linux From Scratch 6.6
Linux From Scratch Matthew Burgess has announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) 6.6, a free e-book that gives step-by-step instructions on how to build a base Linux system by compiling source code of the Linux kernel, GNU utilities and other basic components: “The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of Linux From Scratch version 6.6. This release includes numerous changes to LFS 6.5 (including updates to Linux kernel 2.6.32.8, GCC 4.4.3, glibc 2.11.1) and security fixes. It also includes editorial work on the explanatory material throughout the book, improving both the clarity and accuracy of the text.” Other important updates in this release include the GRUB bootloader 1.97.2, udev 151, Coreutils 8.4 and gzip 1.4. Read the brief release announcement and the detailed changelog for further information. The complete 318-page book is available for download in HTML, XML and PDF formats, and it can also be viewed online.
2010-03-01 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 343
2010-03-01 Distribution Release: SystemRescueCd 1.4.0
SystemRescueCd François Dupoux has announced the release of SystemRescueCd 1.4.0, a major new update of the popular Gentoo-based live CD designed for data rescue and disk management tasks: “SystemRescueCd 1.4.0 introduces two new options that allow you to boot from NFS v3 or NBD. Basically, if the computer on which you work had no CD-ROM drive, or if you just want to boot SystemRescueCd from the network for any other reason, you can install network services somewhere else on your network (DHCP server, TFTP server, HTTP/NFS/NDB server) and you will be able to boot SystemRescueCd from the network.” Other updates include: “Updated the standard kernels to version 2.6.32.9, the alternative kernels to version 2.6.27.45, updated Mozilla Firefox to version 3.6, added zfs-fuse 0.6.0 file system, updated FSArchiver to 0.6.8….” See the release announcement and changelog for more details. Download (MD5): systemrescuecd-x86-1.4.0.iso (245MB).
2010-02-28 Distribution Release: NetSecL 2.6
NetSecL Iuri Stanchev has announced the release of NetSecL 2.6, a Slackware-based distribution enhanced with GCC stack smashing protection and other security features: “NetSecL 2.6 released. In the new release you will find QEMU, servers and new penetration tools. We took our time to separate the usual network utilities and penetration tools and add them in a new section. Also, you will find that now we have a section called ‘srv’ with some server packages in it. There are many updates to the libraries and additional bindings to Perl and Python that we hope will be useful for future programs included with the distribution. You will also find in the distribution ISO a VMX file created with VMmanager which you can use for creating a virtual machine – mount the ISO copy the VMX folder, unmount the ISO (that you just copied), move it to the VMX folder and start it with VMware Player.” Here is the brief release announcement. Download: netsecl-2.6-install.iso (739MB, MD5).
2010-02-27 Development Release: MOPSLinux 7.0 Beta 4
MOPSLinux The fourth beta of MOPSLinux 7.0, a Russian Slackware-based distribution, is now available for download and testing. According to the release announcement (in Russian), this is the last beta – next on the developers’ agenda is a first release candidate. This release doesn’t include many major new features, with the focus being on bug corrections rather than feature enhancements. Still, there are a few interesting new updates in this release: the installation DVD now uses GRUB 2 instead of isolinux; there are a number of visual and functional improvements in system installer; initrd has been completely rewritten and is now based on the minimal system installation option; KDE has been updated to version 4.4.0; the openldap-client package has been renamed to openldap which also includes the server part; XMMS has been removed; Linux kernel has been updated to 2.6.32.9. Interested beta testers can download the installation DVD image from here: MOPSLinux-7.0-beta4.iso (1,728MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-26 Distribution Release: Vine Linux 5.1
Vine Linux Daisuke Suzuki has announced the release of Vine Linux 5.1 (code name “Cheval Blanc”), a Japanese general-purpose community distribution available for the i386, x86_64 and PowerPC architectures. This is a minor update in the Vine 5.x series that integrates all the bug-fix and security updates announced since the 5.0 release, but otherwise provides no new major features and only a few package version updates. The product’s base system remains unchanged. This update was compiled as part of the project’s preparation for the two-day Open Source Conference 2010 which starts today in Tokyo, Japan. Read the brief release announcement (in Japanese) and consult the release notes for additional information. Download the installation DVD images from here: Vine51-i386-DVD.iso (1,037MB, SHA1), Vine51-x86_64-DVD.iso (1,027MB, SHA1).
2010-02-25 Development Release: Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3
Ubuntu Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the third alpha release of Ubuntu 10.04, code name “Lucid Lynx”: “Welcome to Lucid Lynx Alpha 3, which will in time become Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.” New features: “The default search engine has been changed to Yahoo! The default home page will use either Google or Yahoo! depending on user setting. Alpha 3 includes the 2.6.32 kernel based on 2.6.32.8. Alpha 3 of Kubuntu features the new KDE SC 4.4. The nouveau video driver is now the default for NVIDIA hardware, this driver provides kernel mode setting, which will give improved resolution detection. We now feature built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel.” See the release announcement and release notes for further information and known issues. Download (SHA256): lucid-desktop-i386.iso (686MB, torrent), lucid-desktop-amd64.iso (689MB, torrent). Also released today are new alpha CD/DVD images of Kubuntu (download, release notes), Xubuntu (download), Edubuntu (download), Mythbuntu (download) and Ubuntu Studio (download).
2010-02-24 Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 RC1
MEPIS Linux Warren Woodford has announced the availability of the first release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 8.5, a new version of the Debian-based desktop distribution, now with KDE 4: “SimplyMEPIS 8.4.98, release candidate 1 of MEPIS 8.5, is now available from MEPIS and public mirrors. Major packages have not changed since beta5, but we have made a number of minor tweaks to improve the user experience. We still have work to do on MEPIS components and the community is in the process of finalizing an updated user manual. ISO images of MEPIS community releases are published to the ‘released’ subdirectory at the MEPIS subscriber’s site and at MEPIS public mirrors. To support the ongoing development of MEPIS community editions, users are encouraged to go to become MEPIS subscribers at the MEPIS store.” Here is the brief release announcement. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.98-rc1_32.iso (696MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.98-rc1_64.iso (693MB, MD5).
2010-02-23 Distribution Release: PapugLinux 10.1
PapugLinux Sylvain Balbous has announced the release of PapugLinux 10.1, a minimalist, Gentoo-based live CD with the Fluxbox window manager and a number of mostly lightweight desktop applications: “PapugLinux release 10.1 is now available for download. Version 10.1 is a major release of PapugLinux in terms of package update and hardware support. The latest version of X server will allow you to enjoy PapugLinux at the best capacity of your hardware. Updated packages – X.Org 7.4 X Window server, Firefox 3.5.6 browser, Sylpheed 2.6.0 mail client, Pidgin 2.6.3 instant messenger client, AbiWord 2.6.4 word processor, Gnumeric 1.8.4 spreadsheet processor. Added packages – XTux multi-player Gauntlet-style arcade game.” Read the brief release notes on the project’s Content page. Download the live CD image from here: papuglinux-10.1.iso (279MB, MD5).
2010-02-23 Development Release: TEENpup 2010 Beta
TEENpup Linux John Van Gaans has released the first beta of TEENpup 2010, a Puppy-based distribution with IceWM and KDE 3 applications, designed primarily for netbooks: “TEENpup 2010 Beta has been released. This release of TEENpup will find a number of new friends with netbooks. Originally I started developing this release of TEENpup for use on my Eee PC as I wasn’t happy with the choices available at time. I also still wanted TEENpup 2010 to be usable for all PCs not just netbooks. Anyone looking for a fast version of Linux with a good selection of applications that only takes up about 1.1 GB of space installed on their Eee PC’s hard drive should give TEENpup 2010 a try. What’s included? K3B, Amarok, SMPlayer, Digikam, Kooka, Kontact, KWord, KSpread, KPresent, Konqueror, KTorrent, Krusader, Kolourpaint, kPDF, Opera 10 with Flash 10, AbiWord, Gnumeric, Scribus, Inkscape, Skype….” Visit the distribution’s home page to read the release announcement; there is also some extra information in this forum post. Download: TEENpup2010minibeta.iso (344MB).
2010-02-22 BSD Release: PC-BSD 8.0
PC-BSD Kris Moore has announced the release of PC-BSD 8.0, a major new version of the user-friendly FreeBSD variant designed for the desktop: “The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.0 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2, and KDE 4.3.5. PC-BSD 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements over the 7.x series. Some of the notable changes are: brand new system installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD; run in Live mode directly from DVD; updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly; support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64.” For more information please see the release announcement, release notes and changelog. Download the live/installation DVD images from here: PCBSD8.0-x86-DVD.iso (3,287MB, MD5, torrent), PCBSD8.0-x64-DVD.iso (3,354MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-22 Distribution Release: Igelle 1.0.0
Igelle Markku Kero has announced the release of Igelle 1.0.0, an independent desktop Linux distribution featuring a custom desktop, package management and other unique characteristics: “We are happy to announce the release and immediate availability of a distinct flavor of Igelle, Igelle DSV 1.0.0 for personal computer desktops. Igelle DSV provides a general-purpose desktop operating system for desktop computers, laptops, netbooks and the like, and is in this release made available to personal computers using Intel-compatible processors (x86). In summary, this release is characterized by the following: pleasurable and simple end-user experience; small, fast, light and powerful; introducing the Esther desktop; innovative system and package management; easy application installation and packaging; integrated developer tools; cutting-edge open-source technology.” Read the rest of the release announcement to learn more about Igelle. Download the installable live CD image from here: igelle-dsv_i686_1.0.0.iso (587MB, MD5).
2010-02-22 Development Release: Frugalware Linux 1.2 RC2
Frugalware Linux Miklós Vajna has announced the availability of the second release candidate for Frugalware Linux 1.2, a general-purpose community distribution designed for intermediate Linux users: “The Frugalware developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 1.2rc2, the second candidate of the upcoming 1.2 stable release. Here are some of the major improvements and changes since 1.2rc1: this release comes with X.Org 7.5, see the upstream list of new features; we’ve updated our bluez userspace stack to the 4.x branch, which allowed us to improve both GNOME and KDE bluetooth support; package updates: Linux kernel 2.6.32.8 + fixes, OpenOffice.org 3.2.0, libopensync 0.3x (the old 0.2x branch did not support KDE 4), git 1.7.0, more than 500 other package updates, more than 40 new packages.” Here is the short release announcement. Download: frugalware-1.2rc2-i686-dvd1.iso (4,277MB, SHA1).
2010-02-22 Distribution Release: Epidemic GNU/Linux 3.1
Epidemic GNU/Linux Epidemic GNU/Linux 3.1, a user-friendly Brazilian distribution (with support for Portuguese and English) based on Debian’s testing branch, has been released. The focus of this minor update was on correcting bugs and polishing the system, but there have been also some important additions, such as a new boot option that allows booting directly from an ISO image located on a hard disk, speed improvements in the boot process with elimination of text messages, integration of ESU (a user-friendly authentication module developed in-house) with KNotification, switch to GRUB 2 as the default bootloader, update to KDE 4.3 with Compiz Fusion available directly from the live DVD, major system installer enhancements and other improvements. Please read the complete release announcement (in Portuguese) for further details. Download the live DVD image from here: epidemic-3.1-1-i686.iso (1,692MB, MD5).
2010-02-21 Development Release: SliTaz GNU/Linux Cooking 20100221
SliTaz GNU/Linux Christophe Lincoln has released a new development build of SliTaz GNU/Linux, the last testing version before the final 3.0 release expected at the end of March: “The SliTaz contributors are proud to announce a new Cooking version of the live CD. This is the last Cooking RC before 3.0 release. The core ISO image is at 27 MB and comes with many changes and improvements. This Cooking uses X.Org as X server instead of Xvesa and provides full UTF-8 support. Within a clean desktop environment, it also provides many applications for daily usage and common tasks. Netsurf replaces Firefox as a default web browser. Nevertheless, a Firefox flavor at 29 MB with sound and WiFi support can also be downloaded from official mirrors. On the updates and improvements side: tazpkg is faster; boot-scripts are updated and home-made toolboxes are improved.” Visit the distribution’s home page to read the full release announcement. Download: slitaz-cooking.iso (27.0MB, MD5).
2010-02-20 Development Release: PC/OS 10.1 Beta 2
PC/OS Roberto Dohnert has released the second beta build of PC/OS 10.1 “OpenWorkstation”, a Xubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution: “We have released beta 2 of PC/OS 10.1. With this release we have updated to the Ubuntu 9.10 base. We have removed Xsplash and GDM 2.28 and went to GDM 2.20; this is until GDM 2.28 has its many bugs fixed and becomes more stable. The beta has a better install success rate; we had some complaints on beta 1 where install was hit or miss. Inconsistent icons have been fixed. Broadcom drivers have been included. Firefox 3.5.8 has been included; users and customers have stated that they like Firefox with OpenWorkstation since Moonlight and other plugins work better with Firefox vs Google Chrome. Most Ubuntu branding has been removed for more consistency.” Read the rest of the release announcement for additional notes and a list of known issues. Download: pc-os-openworkstation10-1b2.iso (1,096MB, MD5).
2010-02-19 Development Release: Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Alpha 5
Nexenta OS Anil Gulecha has announced the availability of the fifth alpha release of Nexenta Core Platform 3.0, a minimal, server-oriented distribution based on the OpenSolaris base system with Ubuntu software packages: “On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of the Nexenta Core Platform (NCP) 3.0 Alpha 5, the fifth release in the NCP3 cycle. The main changes over the Alpha 4 release include: move from OpenSolaris b131 to b133; nexenta-on-source changes; bug fixes. We’ve been working on a COMSTAR VTape driver to virtualize SCSI tapes over for ZFS Zvols. The code is now beta quality, and available under the CDDL license. Other features: first release with ZFS deduplication support; Crossbow support; over 13000 packages in the repository….” Read the brief release announcement for further details. Download (MD5): nexenta-core-platform_3.0-b133-alpha5_x86.iso (528MB).
2010-02-18 Development Release: openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 2
openSUSE Henne Vogelsang has announced the second milestone release on openSUSE‘s journey to version 11.3: “Milestone 2 is part of the milestones where we track new releases in the open source universe and test the building of our various distribution images with them. While milestone 1 introduced various pre-release versions of free and open source projects (KDE 4.4 RC1, OpenOffice.org 3.2 Beta 4 or VirtualBox 3.1 beta 1) into our development distribution openSUSE Factory, this milestone is characterized by final releases of those projects. We are also preparing everything to switch to GCC 4.5.0 as the default compiler.” Check the release announcement to read about the detailed changes that happened in the various areas. Download the installable live CD images from the mirrors: openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0447-i686.iso (676MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0447-i686.iso (659MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-KDE-LiveCD-Build0447-x86_64.iso (691MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0447-x86_64.iso (659MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-17 Distribution Release: MilaX 0.5
MilaX Alexander Eremin has announced the release of MilaX 0.5, an OpenSolaris-based mini-distribution which runs completely off a CD or a USB pendrive: “MilaX 0.5 released. Based on OpenSolaris snv128a. JWM as WM, system monitor – conky, keyboard layout switcher – SCIM. Now with fastest browser Midori – Twitter, Facebook and other sites are working well. Fast start: boot live CD (live USB), configure network (Menu -> Setup -> Net Setup), run zfsinstall, reboot and enjoy. Two add-ons are available for this version… MilaX is released under the CDDL license version 1. Version 0.5 requires at least 256MB RAM and a Pentium or Celeron to boot into an X desktop. 128MB RAM is sufficient for booting into command-line mode. MilaX is fast (about 14secs from GRUB to fully functional desktop on SSD drive). Login to system as alex with password alex. Access for root – through su with password root.” Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5): milax05.iso (93MB).
2010-02-17 Distributions Release: Element 1.0
Element After many months of testing and experimentation, the final release of Element version 1.0, an Ubuntu-based distribution designed for home theatre or media centre personal computers, is available for end users: “This version is based on and thus binary compatible with Ubuntu 9.10. Featured software in this release includes Linux kernel 2.6.31, Xfce 4.6.1, XBMC 9.11, Firefox browser 3.5.7, Transmission 1.75, AllmyApps.com 9.10 integration, custom GTK+ themes, and version 1.0 of the Element App Finder (based on Xfce-App-Finder).” Check the download page for more information like username and password for the live CD. Get Element: element-1.0.0-release.iso (638MB, MD5). A recent short review with screenshots of this new distribution and other less-known Ubuntu derivatives can be found on Linux Magazine.
2010-02-17 Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Beta 5
MEPIS Linux Warren Woodford has announced the availability of the fifth beta version of SimplyMEPIS 8.5, a beginner-friendly distribution based on Debian’s stable branch featuring the latest KDE 4 desktop: “MEPIS has announced SimplyMEPIS 8.4.97, the fifth beta of MEPIS 8.5, now available from MEPIS and public mirrors. Deltas, requested by the MEPIS community, are also available. Warren Woodford reported: ‘We are coming down the home stretch on the development of SimplyMEPIS version 8.5. There is some work to be done on MEPIS components, but the major packages are locked in to what may be their final versions. We’ve been asked to make more package updates, but we can’t go much further without switching to a Debian Squeeze base.'” Here is the full release announcement. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.97-b5_32.iso (696MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.97-b5_64.iso (693MB, MD5).
2010-02-16 Development Release: FreeBSD 7.3-RC1
FreeBSD Ken Smith has announced the release candidate of FreeBSD 7.3, a new version of the project’s legacy branch: “The second of the test builds for the 7.3-RELEASE cycle, 7.3-RC1, is now available for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. The schedule has slipped by about a week but so far it looks like we are on track for just having one more public test build (7.3-RC2) followed by the release itself. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the freebsd-stable mailing list. There have been some significant changes to the ports that are not incorporated in this set of pre-built packages (e.g. the default version of Perl has been updated to 5.10). If you are using csup/cvsup methods to update an older system the branch tag to use is now RELENG_7_3. The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.” Here is the full release announcement with details on how to upgrade existing systems like FreeBSD 6.x and 7.x. Download: FreeBSD-7.3-RC1-i386-dvd1.iso.gz (1,931MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-7.3-RC1-amd64-dvd1.iso.gz (2,001MB, SHA256).
2010-02-15 Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 10.2
Calculate Linux Alexander Tratsevskiy announced the availability of Calculate Linux 10.2, a Gentoo-based distribution from Russia for desktops and servers: “What’s new in Calculate Linux 10.2: Added support for creating Live USB system using UNetbootin; Support to create a binary kernel package from calculate-sources; New installation options – scheduler choice (–set-scheduler) and choice of UUID partition labels (–set-uuid); Reduced requirements for RAM when installing the system; In CLD Firefox changed under the style of ‘Oxygen’, added spellchecking dictionary; Add e-book reader FBReader in CLD/CLDX; Add OpenOffice Thumbnail plugin in the CLD; In CDS accelerated samba server, overcome 2TB limit in share; New tool cl-kernel for compilation kernel; Add support for Canon printers; Add support for 16-bit PCMCIA cards (modems and Serial cards) and Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller.” The release announcement in Russian and in English. The various Calculate editions are available for download from a number of mirrors; here are the quick links to the CLD edition: cld-10.2-i686.iso (1,702MB, MD5, torrent), cld-10.2-x86_64.iso (1,811MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-15 Development Release: GeeXboX 2.0 Alpha 1
GeeXboX The first alpha version of GeeXboX 2.0, a standalone, LiveCD-based Linux distribution for home theater or media center purpose, has been released: “This has been announced for years but we’re finally stepping forward to the so long awaited 2.0 release of GeeXboX. Today, we’re proud to let you have a first try at this new version, based on the Enna Media Center application that we have developed. Enna is a standalone application that one can use on any Linux distribution that replaces the old and dying MPlayer OSD interface we’ve been using for so long. The GeeXboX distribution you all know about will then become the Enna Live-CD project, but with all optimizations, configuration and tweakings that one may be able to do on his regular computer. New features that have been added or enabled by default: the proprietary NVIDIA video driver has been integrated; the VDPAU hardware decoding engine has been integrated; for non-NVIDIA users, the multi-threaded decoding feature now has been enabled by default…” Read the full release announcement. Download MD5: geexbox-2.0-alpha1-en.i386.eglibc.iso (39MB), geexbox-2.0-alpha1-en.x86_64.eglibc.iso (53MB).
2010-02-13 Development Release: Linux From Scratch 6.6 RC1
Linux From Scratch Linux From Scratch (LFS) 6.6 RC1 was recently released. Linux From Scratch isn’t a distribution in the traditional sense, but a book containing a set of tutorials for building a base Linux system from source code. From the project’s news page: “The Linux From Scratch community is pleased to announce the release of LFS Version 6.6-rc1. This release includes numerous changes to LFS-6.5 (including updates to Linux-2.6.32.7, GCC-4.4.3, Glibc-2.11.1) and security fixes. It also includes editorial work on the explanatory material throughout the book, improving both the clarity and accuracy of the text.” Besides the above-mentioned updates, the new version of Linux From Scratch also includes Bash 4.1, module-init-tools 3.11.1, udev 151, GRUB 1.97.2 (follow this thread for more information), and many of the very latest GNU packages. The complete book is available either as an online resource or as a single downloadable package in HTML (175KB), XML (509KB), and PDF (1,443KB) formats.
2010-02-12 Development Release: PC-BSD 8.0 RC2
PC-BSD Kris Moore has announced the availability of the second release candidate of PC-BSD 8.0, a user-friendly, FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop: “The PC-BSD Team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.0-RC2 (Hubble Edition). PC-BSD 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements over the 7.x series. Some of the notable changes are: FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2; KDE 4.3.5; Brand new System Installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD; Run in Live mode directly from DVD; Updated Software Manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly; Support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64.” Read the release announcement, changelog and release notes for further details. Download: PCBSD8.0-RC2-x86-DVD.iso (3,309MB, MD5), PCBSD8.0-RC2-x64-DVD.iso (3,378MB, MD5).
2010-02-12 BSD Release: NetBSD 5.0.2
NetBSD NetBSD 5.0.2, the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.0 branch, was released today: “The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.0.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons. Please note that all fixes in critical/security updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.1, 5.0.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.1, 5.2, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements.” See the detailed release announcement. Installation CD images for 42 processor architectures are available for download from the project’s ISO image mirrors; quick links to the i386 and amd64 CD images (SHA512): i386cd-5.0.2.iso (229MB, torrent), amd64cd-5.0.2.iso (242MB, torrent).
2010-02-12 Distribution Releases: Linux Mint 8 “Fluxbox” and “KDE64”
Linux Mint Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint 8 “Fluxbox” edition: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 ‘Helena’ Fluxbox Community Edition. This release has been built with the emphasis on a lightweight and yet fully functional desktop centered on the Fluxbox window manager. Even though we strive to provide out-of-the-box readiness for all your hardware and common computing tasks, Linux Mint Fluxbox CE is easily configurable to run on lower-spec hardware with the tools needed for doing so readily available.” See the release announcement, what’s new page, and the release notes. Download (MD5): LinuxMint-8-Fluxbox.iso (656MB, torrent). Also released is Linux Mint 8 “Helena” KDE64 Community Edition, which “is identical to the KDE Edition but compiled for 64 bit processors (Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, AMD Athlon X2 64 and all x86-64 compliant processors.” Check the release announcement. Download (MD5): LinuxMint-8-KDE64.iso (1210MB, torrent).
2010-02-10 Development Release: Yoper Linux 2010 RC1
Yoper Linux Tobias Gerschner has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Yoper Linux 2010, a desktop-oriented distribution with KDE 4 optimised for speed: “We’re happy to announce the first release candidate of Yoper Linux 2010, code name Dresden, an i686 Linux distribution optimized for simple desktop use. This is one step closer to a simple, yet powerful Linux desktop for the enthusiastic Linux user, that just works, but still leaves you in control. Release highlights are a recent 2.6.31 kernel with the zen-kernel patch set and X.Org Server 1.7.4 with the nouveau driver instead of the older nv driver. The simple, but refined installer will allow you to install a full KDE 4 desktop environment in less than 10 minutes. A slim installation can be done in less than 2 minutes.” Please refer to the release announcement for additional details. Download: yoper-2010-kde4-rc1.iso (681MB, MD5).
2010-02-10 Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 Beta
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Red Hat, Inc. has announced the availability of the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5, a new update of the enterprise-class Linux distribution with long-term support features: “Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the beta release of 5.5 (Linux kernel 2.6.18-186.el5) for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 family of products. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 introduces many bug fixes and enhancements to the system installer (anaconda). The interactive installer has been enhanced, adding the ability to specify additional Network File System (NFS) mount options when installing from an NFS source. Additionally, install sources (e.g. kickstart files) located on password protected File Transport Protocol (FTP) servers can now be retrieved during installation.” Read the release announcement and release notes for a comprehensive list of all changes and improvements. As always, existing RHEL 5 installations can be updated through the usual update mechanism, while subscribers to Red Hat Network (RHN) can download the full set of installation ISO images to perform a clean installation.
2010-02-10 Distribution Release: Skolelinux 5.0
Skolelinux Holger Levsen has announced the release of Skolelinux 5.0, a Debian-based distribution for schools also known as “Debian Edu”: “The Debian Edu team is proud to take the next step in making free software suitable for educational purposes by releasing Skolelinux 5.0. Skolelinux is based on Debian 5.0 ‘Lenny’. As usual, it comes with predefined installation profiles ranging from the main server to workstations and thin clients. It is supported and used by many regional and national projects, the most active ones being in Norway, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Taiwan and Japan. Skolelinux 5.0 uses kernel 2.6.26, KDE 3.5.10, and GNOME 2.22.2. This is first Debian Edu release which has been merged with the highly successful LinEx GNU/Linux educational project from the region of Extremadura in Spain.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download (MD5) the installation CD or DVD image from here: debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-CD.iso (610MB), debian-edu-5.0.4+edu0-DVD.iso (4,480MB).
2010-02-09 Distribution Releases: PC/OS 10a “Open64 Workstation”, 8.5 “OpenServer”
PC/OS Roberto Dohnert has announced the availability of two special editions of PC/OS, a Xubuntu-based distribution – “Open64 Workstation” and “OpenServer”: “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of PC/OS Open64 Workstation 10a, as well as PC/OS OpenServer System 8.5. PC/OS Open64 Workstation 10a is our release of PC/OS for the 64-bit platform. This release is targeted at the end user and is geared towards simplicity. Some of the differences from the first offering include: all applications and core system bug fixes have been applied; we now bundle Google Chrome as the default browser; full multimedia codec support is included; user interface for the 32-bit and 64-bit releases are now common. For PC/OS OpenServer System 8.5, which is our release targeting small business and home office users, we have made incremental changes.” Here is the complete release announcement. Download: pc-os-open6410.iso (1,750MB, MD5), pc-os-openserver.iso (639MB, MD5).
2010-02-09 Distribution Release: MINIX 3.1.6
MINIX MINIX 3.1.6, an updated version of the small, modular and open-source operating system, has been released: “The current stable MINIX release is 3.1.6. Major Features: new drivers – Atheros L2, Intel E1000, Realtek 8169, DEC Tulip; VirtualPC Network Support (DEC Tulip); PipeFS – removed pipe handling from file system drivers; HGFS – support for mounting VMware shared folders as file system; FPU support; System Event Framework (SEF); experimental APIC support (disabled by default); more ports – more recent QEMU, BSD utilities, benchmarks. Known issues: VirtualBox 3.1 cannot boot MINIX, please use VirtualBox 3.0 for now; QEMU/KVM 0.12 cannot boot MINIX, please use QEMU/KVM 0.11 for now; VirtualBox – MINIX 3.1.6 cannot be installed w/o hardware acceleration support (VT-x, AMD-V).” Visit the project’s release page to read the brief release note. Download (MD5): minix_R3.1.6-r6084.iso.bz2 (465MB).

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2010-02-08 Development Release: Frugalware Linux 1.2 RC1
Frugalware Linux Miklós Vajna has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Frugalware Linux 1.2: “The Frugalware developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 1.2rc1, the first candidate of the upcoming 1.2 stable release. A short and incomplete list of changes since 1.2pre2: we finally upgraded our KDE (and related) packages to the 4.x branch, the work started back in April 2009 and now we thought it’s a good move to merge that testing repository; updated artwork; package updates: KDE 4.3.5, GNU C Library 2.11.1, Mozilla Firefox 3.6, Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0.1, more than 400 other package updates, more than 100 new packages.” For more information please see the full release announcement. Download: frugalware-1.2rc1-i686-dvd1.iso (4,279MB, SHA1), torrent).
2010-02-07 Distribution Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0r2
Parsix GNU/Linux Alan Baghumian has released a revised build of Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0, a desktop distribution and live CD based on Debian’s testing branch: “The second update version of Parsix GNU/Linux 3.0 ‘Kev’ is available for immediate download. This version merges all security, bug-fix and feature updates published in the APT repositories. It also fixes remaining minor bugs such as mounting an NTFS formatted drive in live mode and X.Org configuration error and represents a new experimental USB installer that enables users to run Parsix from USB keys and pen drives. Parsix ‘Kev’ brings GNOME 2.26.3, a brand new kernel based on Linux 2.6.29.6 with extra patches and drivers, updated installer system that supports separate /home partition, ext4 file system and GRUB 2.” Here is the brief release announcement. Download: parsix_3.0r2-i386.iso (690MB, MD5), parsix_3.0r2-amd64.iso (696MB, MD5).
2010-02-07 Distribution Release: Linux Mint 8 “KDE”
Linux Mint Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Linux Mint 8 “KDE” edition: “The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 8 ‘Helena’ KDE Community edition. The KDE Community edition aims to provide a version of Linux Mint which uses the KDE desktop. This edition is based on Kubuntu 9.10, Linux 2.6.31, X.Org 7.4 and it comes with the latest KDE 4.3.4 and Amarok 2.2.1. Featured improvements in this release: OEM installation, possibility to ignore updates, multiple selection in Software Manager. Software Manager’s graphical interface is now easier to use and it shows more content. The layout was changed and by putting the screenshots in the corner of the application you can now see more software and more reviews at once. You don’t need to manually refresh Software Manager any more. When new data is available you get notified by Update Manager.” See the release announcement, release notes and what’s new pages for further details. Download: LinuxMint-8-KDE.iso (1,108MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-06 Distribution Release: Gibraltar Firewall 3.0
Gibraltar Firewall Rene Mayrhofer has announced the release of Gibraltar Firewall 3.0, a major new version of the Debian-based firewall distribution: “This is a major new release, updating into kernel 2.6 and Debian 5.0 ‘Lenny’ as base system and splitting the web interface into front-end and back-end parts in preparation of centralized management tools. Full support for IPv6, in both routing, firewall rules, and application level proxies/daemons, including automatic 6to4 and static 6in4 tunnels. Adding globally reachable IPv6 addresses to a local network is now a simple procedure by simply enabling an automatic 6to4 tunnel with almost no manual configuration. Policy routing setup via web interface with support for multiple default-routes in fail-over as well as load-balancing configurations.” Read the detailed changelog for a full list of changes and new features. Download: gibraltar-3.0.iso (493MB, SHA1).
2010-02-06 Development Release: Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Alpha 2
Mandriva Linux The second alpha release of Mandriva Linux 2010.1 is now available for download and testing: “The time has come for the second alpha release for the 2010.1 version of Mandriva Linux. As this is an early pre-release, major changes are mostly in the area of included third-party software. Planned changes to Mandriva’s own tools and systems are not ready for inclusion in this public pre-release. Major new features: many improvements in guest account management – use of restricted shell, restricted access to other user’s files, prevent access to most of Mandriva administration tools; desktop environments – GNOME 2.29.6, KDE 4.4 RC3; desktop applications – Firefox 3.6, OpenOffice.org 3.2 beta 3, Google Chromium; X Server – Nouveau driver is now used as a free driver for NVIDIA graphics cards instead of nv….” See the release announcement and release notes for a detailed list of changes. Download: mandriva-linux-free-2010.1-i586.iso (3,792MB, MD5), mandriva-linux-free-2010.1-x86_64.iso (3,715MB, MD5).
2010-02-04 Distribution Release: eBox Platform 1.4
eBox Platform eBox Technologies has announced the release of eBox Platform 1.4, an Ubuntu-based server distribution that offers easy and efficient computer network administration for small and medium-size businesses: “eBox Technologies is proud to announce the general availability of eBox Platform 1.4. Besides incorporating a range of new features and improvements, the eBox Platform 1.4 release features SaaS options, such as remote backup and low-cost VoIP calls to mobile phones and land-lines. Two of the most important new features of eBox Platform 1.4 include support for master-slave LDAP servers and Microsoft Windows Active Directory synchronization. Moreover, new features include new webmail module, PPPoE support, Multi-WAN support for DHCP and PPPoE configured gateways, new Samba (3.4.5) version, dynamic DNS updates via DHCP and new RADIUS module.” Read the full press release for more details. Download: ebox_installer-1.4.iso (600MB, MD5).
2010-02-04 Distribution Release: Toutou Linux 4.3.1
Toutou Linux Toutou Linux is a variant of Puppy Linux designed for French-speaking users. The project’s latest version of the fast, lightweight distribution is 4.3.1, released earlier today. Compared to Puppy Linux 4.3.1, the new Toutou comes with a new “golden” desktop theme, the network is set up automatically during boot (for wireless networks one only needs to set any security parameters), and there is a new menu grouping all the assistants and utilities. The distribution now has three separate menus listing programs, services and sessions – all of these are modifiable via a new menu manager. Other changes include user-friendly extensions to context menus, new tool for automatic loading of selected partitions, a tool for launching applications at start-up, and new functionality of the Pmount tool which can now mount partitions in either read-only mode or in read/write mode. There is more, please read the complete release notes (in French) for further details. Download: ToutouLinux-431.iso (114MB, MD5).
2010-02-03 Distribution Release: Absolute Linux 13.0.8
Absolute Linux Paul Sherman has announced the release of Absolute Linux 13.0.8, a lightweight, Slackware-based desktop distribution featuring the IceWM window manager and solid multimedia playback support: “Absolute Linux 13.0.8 released. Multimedia installer fix. Only a few packages changed, but the multimedia installer was not properly updated and this could lead to some confusion and lack of functionality for users who chose to install the media enhancements. Kernel bump – version 2.6.32.7 and all January Slackware updates. Lots of updates to synchronize with Slackware -current and some multimedia scripts updated to keep pace with new kernel device nomenclature. It turned out a lot less painful than expected. Brasero (CD burning) is back, DVDStyler added. Aside from kernel, a lot of multimedia capabilities were updated and tweaked.” Visit the project’s home page to read the brief release announcement. Download: absolute-13.0.8.iso (689MB, MD5).
2010-02-03 Development Release: PC/OS 10.1 Beta
PC/OS Just one week after a new stable release, the developers of PC/OS, a user-friendly desktop distribution based on Xubuntu, present a new development version to their users: “This beta offers a look at what PC/OS 10.1 will look like. With this release there are several enhancements: Linux kernel is updated to version 2.6.29; core applications have been updated; OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 is included. This beta is nowhere near ready for a production environment. Things like simple installation to a hard disk could fail. As always, if you install this beta but suffer from data loss or hardware failure, we are blameless.” Here is the brief release announcement. Interested beta testers can download the live DVD image from here: pc-os-openworkstation10-1beta.iso (1,113MB, MD5).
2010-02-03 Development Release: Elive 1.9.60 (Unstable)
Elive A new development version of Elive, a live CD featuring a customised Enlightenment 17 window manager based on Debian stable, has been released: “The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the development version 1.9.60. We are very close to the next stable version of Elive 2.0. These are the last development versions coming so you are more than welcome to report bugs now. If you are an Elive translator this is the moment to finish all the remaining messages to be translated. Changes: an entirely different system rewritten for auto-launchers containing features which are more handy and less annoying, entirely configurable; Touchpad configurator added; added a new driver for CD-ROM drives needed to boot into live mode; misc bugs fixed, features added, and a few informative messages added; Linux kernel version 2.6.30.” Read the release announcement here. Download the live CD image from here: elive_1.9.60_unstable.iso (687MB, MD5).
2010-02-02 Distribution Release: ArtistX 0.8
ArtistX Marco Ghirlanda has announced the release of ArtistX 0.8, an Ubuntu-based live DVD containing a large number of free multimedia software packages for audio, graphics, and video production: “ArtistX 0.8 includes the 2.6.28 Linux kernel, GNOME 2.26 and KDE 4.2, Compiz Fusion and about 2,500 free multimedia software packages, nearly everything that exists for the GNU/Linux operating system. Main features: based on Ubuntu 9.04, Compiz Fusion for 3D desktop effects; most of Ubuntu multimedia packages. A partial list of software included on the DVD: 2D graphics software – GIMP, Inkscape, Nip2, Krita, CinePaint, Synfig, Rawstudio, Skencil, Hugin; 3D graphics software – Blender, Wings3D, KPovModeler + POV-Ray 3.6, K3D; video software – Cinelerra, Kino, Open Movie Editor, Kdenlive, PiTiVi, Avidemux, DeVeDe….” Visit the project’s home page to read the release announcement. Download: artistx_0.8_live_dvd.iso (3,727MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-02 Distribution Release: VortexBox 1.1
VortexBox Andrew Gillis has announced the release of VortexBox 1.1, a Fedora-based distribution that easily converts an unused computer into an audio server or jukebox: “VortexBox 1.1 released. I am very excited about this release of VortexBox. We are moving from being just a media server to a music player as well. This version of VortexBox includes VortexBox Player. You can use your internal sound card or external USB DAC to play your music. VortexBox Player supports music recorded at up to 24-bit / 192 kHz. This is higher then most players support including the Sonos and SqueezeBox line of hardware players. We have also added a lot of other great features requested by the VortexBox, SqueezeBox, and Sonos communities: VortexBox Player as the default software player; covers are added to all MP3 files for easy use in iTunes and XBMC; option to have MP3 or AAC mirror updated after ripping.” Here is the full release announcement. Download (MD5): vortexbox-1.1.iso (537MB).
2010-02-02 Development Release: MOPSLinux 7.0 Beta 3
MOPSLinux The third beta of MOPSLinux 7.0, a Russian Slackware-based distribution, has been released. New features since beta 2 include: a mechanism for providing different package versions and switching easily between them; ability to choose from a list of conflicting packages in case they cannot be installed simultaneously; ability to choose alternative packages during system installation; addition of Memtest86+ to the DVD boot menu; package updates – GCC 4.4.3, Linux kernel 2.6.32.6 (two variants – one general kernel, the other patched with BFS and BFQ); new installation classes with Fluxbox, Openbox or a minimal system. Major components include glibc 2.11.1, Qt 4.6.1, GTK+ 2.18.5, Mozilla Firefox 3.6, X.Org Server 1.7.4. Please read the release announcement (in Russian) for further information. Download the installation DVD image from here: MOPSLinux-7.0-beta3.1.iso (1,740MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-01 Development Release: openSUSE 11.3 Milestone 1
openSUSE The development of a new version of openSUSE is now under way as Henne Vogelsang announces the availability of the first milestone release of version 11.3: “It’s here! The first openSUSE 11.3 milestone. The most important goal of this first milestone is to test the build interactions between newly added features in openSUSE Factory, also known as ‘get the snapshot to build’. It is in no way feature complete or ready for daily usage. There is no code freeze for any component yet, so many major changes are still to come. This 11.3 Milestone build will give you a first glimpse of the direction we are pushing the distribution.” The release announcement has detailed information on many of the new features expected to appear in the distribution’s next release. Interested alpha testers can download the live CD images from here: openSUSE-KDE4-LiveCD-Build0412-i686.iso (645MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0412-i686.iso (630MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-KDE4-LiveCD-Build0412-x86_64.iso (659MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-GNOME-LiveCD-Build0412-x86_64.iso (648MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-02-01 Development Release: Skolelinux 5.0 RC2
Skolelinux Holger Levsen has announced the availability of the second release candidate for Skolelinux 5.0, a Debian-based distribution for schools also known as Debian-Edu: “I’m very happy to announce the second release candidate (rc2) of the Lenny-based Skolelinux version. Please test these images as much as you can and report back. Except for documentation and translation updates, this is intended to become the Lenny release. Here are the most notable changes since the last test release (rc1): updated manual and updated translations to German, Italian and Norwegian; updated translations of the installer for German, Swedish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Portuguese, Chinese, Norwegian, French, Japanese and Czech; optimisations for running cfengine, resulting in a faster install; usplash is disabled on specific hardware where it is known to break….” Read the full release announcement for additional details. Download the multi-architecture (i386 and amd64) installation DVD image from here: debian-edu-lenny-dvd-rc2.iso (4,480MB, MD5).
2010-01-30 Development Release: FreeBSD 7.3-BETA1
FreeBSD Ken Smith has announced that the first beta release of FreeBSD 7.3, a new version of the project’s legacy branch, is now available for testing: “FreeBSD 7.3-BETA1, the first test build of the 7.3-RELEASE cycle, is now available for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. For now we plan on BETA1 being followed by two release candidates, then the release itself. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the freebsd-stable mailing list. For this BETA build no packages were included on any of the ISO images. An initial pass at providing packages will be done for the first release candidate. If you are using csup/cvsup methods to update an older system the branch tag to use is RELENG_7.” Here is the full release announcement with details on how to upgrade existing systems. Download: FreeBSD-7.3-BETA1-i386-dvd1.iso (950MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-7.3-BETA1-amd64-dvd1.iso (1,045MB, SHA256).
2010-01-29 Distribution Release: Ubuntu 8.04.4
Ubuntu Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the fourth update to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, the current long-term support Ubuntu version that is supported with security updates until April 2011 on desktops and April 2013 on servers: “The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS, the fourth maintenance update to Ubuntu’s 8.04 LTS release. This release includes updated server, desktop, and alternate installation CDs for the i386 and amd64 architectures. This is the final maintenance release of 8.04 LTS. In all, some 70 updates have been integrated.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Existing installations of Ubuntu 8.04 can be updated using the distribution’s standard update tools. For new installations, here are the quick links to the desktop live CD and server installation images (SHA256): ubuntu-8.04.4-desktop-i386.iso (700MB, torrent), ubuntu-8.04.4-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent), ubuntu-8.04.4-server-i386.iso (568MB, torrent), ubuntu-8.04.4-server-amd64.iso (567MB, torrent).
2010-01-27 Development Release: PC-BSD 8.0 RC
PC-BSD Kris Moore has announced the availability of the release candidate for PC-BSD 8.0, a user-friendly, FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop: “The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.0-RC, running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE-P2, and KDE 4.3.4. PC-BSD 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements over the 7.x series. Some of the notable changes are: brand new system installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD; runs in live mode directly from DVD; updated software manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly; support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64.” Read the release announcement, changelog and release notes for further details. Download: PCBSD8.0-RC-x86-DVD.iso (3,387MB, MD5), PCBSD8.0-RC-x64-DVD.iso (3,540MB, MD5).
2010-01-27 Distribution Release: PC/OS 10
PC/OS Roberto Dohnert has announced the release of PC/OS 10, a user-friendly desktop distribution based on Xubuntu: “We are proud to announce that we have just released the newest release of PC/OS. PC/OS OpenWorkstation and PC/OS WebStation are the two editions released. These replace PC/OS 2009 OpenWorkstation and WebStation. This release is based on the Ubuntu 9.04 series. Some of the highlights are: 2.6.28 kernel series; Skype client on both the OpenWorkstation and WebStation release; Google Chrome is the default browser for WebStation; all security and bug fixes applied; updated OpenOffice.org in OpenWorkstation; support and recovery tools for the BFS file system; aTunes is the default media player on OpenWorkstation.” Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download: pc-os-openworkstation10.iso (1,129MB, MD5, torrent), pc-os-webstation10.iso (686MB, MD5, torrent).
2010-01-27 Distribution Release: SystemRescueCd 1.3.5
SystemRescueCd François Dupoux has released SystemRescueCd 1.3.5, a Gentoo-based live CD containing a variety of disk and data management utilities. Here is the summary of changes since the previous release: “updated the standard kernels to Linux 2.6.31.12 with btrfs update from 2.6.32; updated FSArchiver to 0.6.5 (bug fixes, progress info, ‘–exclude’ option); Updated GParted to version 0.5.1 (with workaround for partition resizing problems); added missing codepages (especially CP850) required by mtools / syslinux; implemented boot option ‘dhcphostname’ which is used by the DHCP client; updated LVM to 2.02.56 (Logical Volume Manager version 2); downgraded mtools to version 3.9.11 to fix problems; updated NTFS-3G to 2010.01.16 (bug fix release).” See the full changelog for further details. Download: systemrescuecd-x86-1.3.5.iso (242MB, MD5).
2010-01-25 Distribution Release: MoLinux 5.2
MoLinux MoLinux 5.2, an Ubuntu-based Spanish distribution developed in cooperation between the Spanish regional government of Castilla La Mancha and Centro de Excelencia de Software Libre, has been released. Some of the more important new features in this version include: addition of the XMBC media centre for controlling music, videos and photos in one central application; new design of the boot, splash and GDM login screens; addition of transparencies to window edges of open applications; hardware compatibility improvements; ext4 as the default file system; version upgrades of most included software programs; addition of MolinuxSync, a tool for synchronising group work data; inclusion of Psychosynth, an interactive and modular music synthesiser…. Read the rest of the release announcement (in Spanish) for further information. Download: Molinux_5.2_Montesinos.iso (1,163MB, MD5).
2010-01-24 Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 2.8
Tiny Core Linux Robert Shingledecker has announced the release of Tiny Core Linux 2.8, the world’s smallest graphical distribution: “Tiny Core Linux 2.8 is now posted. The theme for this release is to have a single directory for extensions and dependencies. This greatly improves systems resources by having a single copy of dependencies and it also greatly improves flexibility in ‘moving’ applications present upon boot, dependency auditing, and both batch and selective updating. Change log: updated FLTK to 1.1.10; updated FLWM with more traditional close button layout; updated appbrowser to support new onboot.lst and extension support structure; updated appsaudit – new menu section OnBoot to support maintenance of onboot.lst; updated and reorganized cpanel, added ‘OnDemand’, ‘TCE Update’, ‘USB Install’, ‘Run Command’, ‘Xkill’, and ‘Xvesa Setup’….” Read the rest of the release announcement for a more detailed list of changes. Download: tinycore_2.8.iso (10.0MB, MD5).
2010-01-20 Development Release: Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Alpha 4
Nexenta OS The fourth alpha release of Nexenta Core Platform 3.0, a server-oriented distribution based on the OpenSolaris base system and Ubuntu software packages, is now ready for testing: “On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of Nexenta Core Platform (NCP) 3.0 Alpha 4, the fourth release in the NCP3 cycle. The main changes over the Alpha 3 release include: move from OpenSolaris b130 to b131; nexenta-on-source changes; fixes to various packages (ssl-cert, vsftpd). Features: first release with ZFS deduplication support; Crossbow support; over 13,000 packages in the repository; based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS repository; includes latest dpkg/apt, GCC, Binutils, Coreutils, Perl, Python, Ruby, Qt and GTK+ libraries; SMF support added for server applications like Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Exim….” Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5): nexenta-core-platform_3.0-b131-alpha4_x86.iso.zip (558MB).
2010-01-19 Distribution Releases: Càtix 1.5, 1.6
Càtix Càtix is a Debian-based distribution and live DVD with complete support for the Catalan language. The project has announced two new releases – Càtix 1.5 is the last Càtix featuring the KDE 3 desktop while Càtix 1.6 is the distribution’s first version that defaults to KDE 4 (version 4.3.4). The GNOME desktop is also available for selection from the boot menu. The KDE desktop and applications represent the only difference between the two versions; the rest of the system is based on Debian’s unstable branch with many of the latest applications included on the DVDs. Both releases use Linux kernel 2.6.32.3, glibc 2.10.2, GCC 4.4.2 and X.Org Server 1.7.3.902. Read the complete release announcement (in Catalan) for further information. Quick download links: catix-1.5-586.iso (2,301MB), catix-1.5-amd64.iso (2,399MB), catix-1.6-586.iso (2,573MB), catix-1.6-amd64.iso (2,625MB).
2010-01-16 Distribution Release: Pardus Linux 2009.1
Pardus Linux Onur Küçük has announced the final release of Pardus Linux 2009.1: “The latest stable release of the 2009 family, Pardus Linux 2009.1 is ready. Pardus Linux 2009.1 comes with the latest stable KDE release, enhanced hardware support, and bigger software archive with up-to-date packages such as KDE 4.3.4, Linux kernel 2.6.31.11, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, Mozilla Firefox 3.5.7, GIMP 2.6.8, X.Org Server 1.6.5, Python 2.6.4 and many more in just one CD. With the 2009.1 series, the Pardus ISO files are generated as hybrid images which can be burned to a CD, DVD or dumped to a hard disk-like media, such as a USB stick. The Pardus team thanks to you all who have developed, tested, translated and supported Pardus Linux.” Here is the brief release announcement. Download the installation CD image from here: Pardus_2009.1.iso (683MB, MD5). A live CD with support for English and Turkish languages is also available: Pardus_Calisan_2009.1.iso (697MB, MD5).
2010-01-16 Development Release: TinyMe 2010 Beta 2
TinyMe Kaleb Marshall has released the second beta build of TinyMe 2010, a lightweight, desktop-oriented mini-distribution based on Unity Linux: “TinyMe 2010 beta 2 is here. TinyMe is a Unity-based distribution targeted at older computers and people who want a very light and fast desktop environment. This release offers many upgrades, bug fixes, and new features. You’ll find that the look and feel of TinyMe is smoother than ever. Changelog: update to kernel 2.6.31.9; update to X.Org Server 1.7 (the ATI proprietary driver for X.Org Server 1.7 is not yet available; live CD asks user to set up time zone and keyboard; on first boot after install, user is asked to set root password and create a new user; various packages added to enable networking; VirtualBox mouse and keyboard integration seemed to magically start working with the kernel upgrade….” Read the rest of the release announcement for a complete list of changes and new features. Download: TinyMe-2010-Acorn-Beta-2.i586.iso (199MB, MD5).
2010-01-15 Development Release: Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2
Ubuntu Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second alpha release of Ubuntu 10.04, code name “Lucid Lynx”: “Welcome to Lucid Lynx Alpha 2, which will in time become Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. New features: updated packages, Linux kernel 2.6.32, KDE 4.4 RC1; full removal of the HAL package, making Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend; Likewise Open package, which provides Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux, has been updated to version 5.4; improved support for NVIDIA proprietary graphics drivers; new features for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud….” Read the release announcement and release notes for further information and known issues. Download (SHA256): lucid-desktop-i386.iso (668MB, torrent), lucid-desktop-amd64.iso (677MB, torrent). Also released today were 10.04 alpha 2 CD or DVD images for Kubuntu (download, release notes), Xubuntu (download), Edubuntu (download) and Mythbuntu (download).
2010-01-13 BSD Release: Frenzy 1.2
Frenzy Frenzy, a FreeBSD-based live CD featuring a variety of security, system testing, networking and penetration tools, has been resurrected. After being formally put to sleep by its creator, Sergei Mozhaisky, a developer community headed by Egor Vershinin has taken over the work. The just-released version 1.2 is the first fruit of their labour: “Frenzy 1.2 ‘reincarnation’ (community release) is out. It’s based on FreeBSD 8.0 and available in 2 editions – lite and standard. This is a first version of Frenzy that isn’t made by me – the author of this build is Egor Vershinin.” The developers have set up a new web site at frenzy.bspu.ru, with some documentation and a changelog, but it’s currently in Russian only. The project’s original web site at frenzy.org.ua also has some information about the new release. The “lite” edition of Frenzy only includes command line tools, but the “standard” edition comes with X.Org and Fluxbox. Download the English variant from here: frenzy-1.2-reincarnation-en-release.iso (332MB, MD5).
2010-01-13 Distribution Release: PelicanHPC 2.0
PelicanHPC GNU Linux Michael Creel has announced the release of PelicanHPC 2.0, a Debian-based live CD which makes it simple to set up a high performance computing cluster: “PelicanHPC 2.0 is available. Features: based on Debian testing instead of stable – this means that most packages have newer versions, in particular, the kernel is at 2.6.30 and Open MPI is at 1.3.3; has new MPI bindings for GNU Octave; the new MPI bindings allow use of Octave 3.2.x instead of 3.0.x, which gives some important performance gains; the new bindings are less complete than MPITB, but they provide all MPI calls used in the examples for GNU Octave; the Monte Carlo and kernel examples have been adapted to use these new bindings; Open MPI is now the only MPI implementation installed; the Ganglia monitoring system is installed and pre-configured for up to 4 hosts.” Visit the project’s home page to read the brief release announcement. Download: pelicanhpc-32bit-v2.0.iso (463MB, MD5), pelicanhpc-64bit-v2.0.iso (479MB, MD5).
2010-01-12 Distribution Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.0.15
MEPIS Linux Warren Woodford has announced the release of SimplyMEPIS 8.0.15, a new update of the beginner-friendly distribution based on Debian’s stable branch: “MEPIS LLC has released SimplyMEPIS 8.0.15, an update to the community edition of MEPIS 8.0. SimplyMEPIS 8.0 uses a Debian stable foundation enhanced with a long-term support kernel, key package updates, and the MEPIS Assistant applications to create an up-to-date, ready-to-use system providing a KDE 3.5 desktop. This release includes recent Debian security updates as well as MEPIS updates which include Linux kernel 2.6.27.43, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, Firefox 3.5.6, and BIND 9.6.1-P2. Also available are Skype 2.1.0.47 and Mono 2.4.2.3. The MEPIS installer was updated to fix a recently discovered bug that sometimes interfered with installing MEPIS as the only operating system on a hard drive.” The full release announcement. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.15-rel_32.iso (685MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.0.15-rel_64.iso (684MB, MD5).
2010-01-12 Distribution Release: BackTrack 4
BackTrack Offensive Security has announced the release of BackTrack 4, an Ubuntu-based live DVD containing a large collection of tools for security audits, computer forensics and penetration testing: “BackTrack 4 final is out and along with this release come some exciting news, updates, and developments. BackTrack 4 has been a long and steady road, with the release of a beta last year, we decided to hold off on releasing BackTrack 4 final until it was perfected in every way, shape and form. This release includes a new kernel, a larger and expanded toolset repository, custom tools that you can only find on BackTrack, and more importantly, fixes to all major bugs that we knew of. This release has received an overwhelming support from the community and we are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of this release.” Here is the full release announcement. Download (MD5) the live DVD image via BitTorrent: bt4-final.iso (1,497MB).
2010-01-11 Development Release: Frugalware Linux 1.2 Pre 2
Frugalware Linux Miklós Vajna has announced the availability of the second pre-release of Frugalware Linux 1.2, a general-purpose distribution for intermediate Linux users: “The Frugalware developer team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 1.2pre2, the second technical preview of the upcoming 1.2 stable release. A short and incomplete list of changes since 1.2pre1: introduced devtmpfs – you can now exclude /dev from backups, along with /proc and /sys; removed several large games from the install images (CD/DVD) which means one fewer DVD or four fewer CDs; package updates – Linux kernel 2.6.32 + fixes, GNU C Library 2.11, Mozilla Firefox 3.5.7 and Thunderbird 3.0; more than 800 other package updates and more than 100 new packages.” See the brief release announcement for more information. Download (SHA1): frugalware-1.2pre1-i686-dvd1.iso (4,275MB, torrent).
2010-01-09 Development Release: Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Alpha 1
Mandriva Linux Anne Nicolas has announced the availability of the first alpha release of Mandriva Linux 2010.1: “The Mandriva team is proud to announce the first alpha release of 2010.1. Many improvements and new functionalities are planned for this new version – your desktop will be smart and connected. You will also find easy home encryption so that your personal data are secure wherever you are. Also planned is work on our tools to manage software installation and updates to give more useful information and help user to choose the best software. Desktop environments are also part of our main focus. Finally, work is also in progress to add cloud functionalities in your favorite desktop.” Read the release announcement and release notes for more details. Download: mandriva-free-2010.1-alpha1-i586.iso (4,339MB, MD5), mandriva-free-2010.1-alpha1-x86_64.iso (4,343MB, MD5).
2010-01-09 Development Release: Pardus Linux 2009.1 RC
Pardus Linux Onur Küçük has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Pardus Linux 2009.1, now also available as a live CD: “A release candidate of Pardus Linux 2009.1 is ready. Starting with this release, Pardus Linux ISO files are generated as hybrid images. The same hybrid image can be burned to a CD, DVD or dumped to a hard disk-like media, such as a USB stick. Pardus Linux 2009.1 RC comes with the latest stable KDE release, enhanced hardware support, and bigger software archive with up to date packages such as KDE 4.3.4, Linux kernel 2.6.31.9, OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, Mozilla Firefox 3.5.7, GIMP 2.6.7, X.Org Server 1.6.5, Python 2.6.4 and many more on just one CD.” Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download: Pardus_2009.1_RC.iso (680MB, SHA1). A live CD image with support for English and Turkish languages is available from here: Pardus_Calisan_2009.1_RC.iso (700MB, SHA1).
2010-01-08 Development Release: Elive 1.9.56 (Unstable)
Elive Samuel Baggen has released a new development build of Elive, a live CD featuring a customised Enlightenment 17 window manager based on Debian stable: “The Elive Team is proud to announce the release of the development version 1.9.56. Changes: 3G phones – more than 300 new operators added; Internet module – if you connect with a 3G phone, the configuration will be saved and you can set it to automatically connect at boot; Icedove – when installing Icedove, it contains by default a very nice-looking Elive-style template; Flash updated to version 10.0.42.34; installer – some fixes regarding the boot of Windows systems; Linux kernel version 2.6.30. Note that this is a development version.” Read the brief release announcement here. Download the live CD image from here: elive_1.9.56_unstable.iso (681MB, MD5).
2010-01-07 Development Release: VLOS 2.0 Beta 1
VLOS The first beta of VLOS 2.0, a Gentoo-based desktop Linux distribution, is now available for download and testing: “We are proud to announce the first beta release of the upcoming VLOS 2.0 live DVD. Changelog: NVIDIA and ATI drivers now automatically detected and configured; VLOS now mounts NTFS drives automatically; Compiz enabled when 3D card is available; updated to Linux kernel 2.6.32; Flash and Java plugins now installed by default; Gwibber Twitter client, Pitivi video editor, OpenOffice.org, WINE, Hulu desktop, Inkscape and GIMP now installed by default; synchronize your iPod Touch and iPod 3G with latest gtkpod + iFuse; instant messengers – Skype, Emesene, Empathy or Pidgin; manage your photos with F-spot.” Here is the complete release announcement. Interested alpha testers can download the live DVD images via BitTorrent: Vidalinux_2.0_beta1_i686.iso (1,301MB, MD5), Vidalinux_2.0_beta1_amd64.iso (1,400MB, MD5).
2010-01-06 Development Release: Nexenta Core Platform 3.0 Alpha 3
Nexenta OS Anil Gulecha has announced the availability of the third alpha release of Nexenta Core Platform 3.0, an OpenSolaris distribution for x86/x64 servers, with a fast and easy-to-install regular releases and a selection of tightly-integrated applications: “On behalf of the Nexenta project, I’d like to announce the availability of Nexenta Core Platform (NCP) 3.0 alpha 3. This is the third release in NCP3 cycle. The main changes over the alpha 2 release include: move from OpenSolaris b129 to b130; many additional network drivers; nexenta-on-source changes. From the release of NCP3, all sunw* packages are natively built on Nexenta. The complete sources are available in the repository, along with Sun Studio 12 and other tools to roll your own kernel.” Read the release announcement for additional information. Interested alpha testers can download (MD5) the installation CD image from here: nexenta-core-platform_3.0-b130-alpha3_x86.iso.zip (556MB).
2010-01-06 Distribution Release: Toorox 01.2010
Toorox Joern Lindau has released Toorox 01.2010, a Gentoo-based distribution and live DVD with the latest KDE 4, a graphical system installer, and advanced networking capabilities: “With the beginning of this new year it’s time for a new release. With the release of Toorox 01.2010 you can get a 64-bit edition, too. It contains the 2.6.32 kernel and the KDE was updated to version 4.3.4. The Toorox installer is now able to set up your /home folder on another partition and you can install the bootloader into a single partition or a floppy disk. There’s a new entry in Systemconfig – Mobile Broadband, where you can configure your mobile UMTS connection and bring it up. All packages for a PPTP VPN connection were included and you can configure it via NetworkManager and the nm applet. KFTPgrabber was replaced with gFTP and there is a new audio mixer – mixxx.” See the full release announcement for further details. Download: Toorox_01.2010_32-Bit.iso (1,886MB), Toorox_01.2010_64-Bit.iso (1,861MB).
2010-01-05 Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Beta 4
MEPIS Linux Warren Woodford has announced the availability of the fourth beta release of SimplyMEPIS 8.5, a beginner-friendly distribution based on Debian’s stable branch, but featuring the latest KDE 4 desktop: “SimplyMEPIS 8.4.96, the beta4 of MEPIS 8.5, is available from MEPIS and public mirrors. Warren said: ‘Even though the past two weeks were a holiday time, we have been busy. In this beta I did a lot work on the look and feel of the KDE 4 desktop. There have been many suggestions and contributions from the community, but in the end, someone had to make some decisions and integrate it all together. This took a lot of time. It isn’t final, but I think it’s very close. Otherwise, Firefox was updated to version 3.5.6.'” Here is the full release announcement. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.96-b4_32.iso (699MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_8.4.96-b4_64.iso (694MB, MD5).
2010-01-04 Development Release: Unity Linux 2010 Beta 2
Unity Linux Matthew Dawkins has announced the availability of the second beta release of Unity Linux 2010, a minimalist, base operating system with Openbox and Smart package management, based on Mandriva Linux: “The Unity Linux project is pleased to announce its second beta release, 2010 Beta 2. We have taken the last four weeks to provide many needed fixes and continual updates to the core offering of our software. Changelog: updated X.Org Server to 1.7.3; fixed Aufs for GVFS support; new kernel version 2.6.31.9; additional firmware; NDISwrapper module is fixed and working with kernels 2.6.30 and higher; overall there are about 200 updates since beta 1. Known issues: RPM 5 filetriggers feature is not fixed yet; X.Org Server 1.7.3 is not yet supported by the ATI proprietary driver….” Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: Unity32-2010-Beta2.iso (235MB, MD5), Unity64-2010-Beta2.iso (271MB, MD5).
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2010-01-02 Distribution Release: Kahel OS 01-01-2010 “Light”
KahelOS Meric Mara has announced the release of Kahel OS 01-01-2010 “Light” edition, an Arch Linux-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop: “Today let us introduce to you Kahel OS ‘Light’ edition 01-01-2010, designed for netbooks with limited storage capacity. Just like the Kahel OS ‘Desktop’ edition, the ‘Light’ edition has 32- bit and 64-bit installers. What describes Kahel OS ‘Light’ edition 01-01-2010? Lightweight – the light desktop operates on Linux 2.6.32 and uses Xfce 4.6 which is suitable for PCs with low memory and resources; power-packed – the installer is compressed and the standard install is just 1.8 GB; SSD-friendly – Kahel OS ‘Light’ includes Btrfs and NILFS file systems; bundled with lightweight applications – includes Claws email client, Midori web browser, gThumb image viewer and organizer, and Exaile music player.” Read the rest of the release announcement to learn more. Download: kahel-light-desktop-010110-i686.iso (409MB, MD5), kahel-light-desktop-010110-x86_64.iso (419MB, MD5).
2010-01-01 Development Release: PC-BSD 8.0 Beta
PC-BSD Kris Moore has announced the availability of the first beta release of PC-BSD 8.0, a desktop operating system (with KDE) based on FreeBSD: “The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 8.0-BETA, running FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE, and KDE 4.3.4. Version 8.0 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. Some of the notable changes are: brand new system installer, allows the install of PC-BSD or FreeBSD; run in live mode directly from DVD; updated software manager, allows browsing and installing applications directly; support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64. Version 8.0-BETA of PC-BSD is available for download from our mirrors. Also, our Pootle translation page has been updated with the latest strings.” See the release announcement, changelog and release notes for further details. Download: PCBSD8.0-BETA-x86-DVD.iso (3,269MB, MD5), PCBSD8.0-BETA-x64-DVD.iso (3,546MB, MD5).
2010-01-01 Distribution Release: Zorin OS 2.0
Zorin OS Happy New Year! The first release announcement of 2010 belongs to the Zorin OS team which has just announced the release of Zorin OS 2.0, an Ubuntu-based distribution designed primarily for Linux newcomers: “We are proud to announce that Zorin OS 2.0 has been released. Zorin OS 2.0 is available in five different flavours: Zorin OS ‘Core’ which is the regular desktop edition; Zorin OS ‘Gaming’ which includes over 40 of the best open-source games; Zorin OS ‘Multimedia’ which includes over 40 extra multimedia applications; Zorin OS ‘Educational’ which includes many educational programs; and Zorin OS ‘Ultimate’ which has some of the best open-source programs around. Zorin OS Core is available to download and the other releases are available for purchase from the Store page.” Here is the full release announcement. Download: zorin-os-2-live-32.iso (1,379MB), zorin-os-2-live-64.iso (1,201MB).
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