9 Linux Distro Released this week : 25th-30th September

09/29 Qubes3.2
09/28 Alpine3.4.4
09/28 Clonezilla2.4.8-10
09/28 Chapeau24
09/28 Ubuntu Studio16.10-beta2
Ubuntu MATE16.10-beta2
Ubuntu Kylin16.10-beta2
Ubuntu GNOME16.10-beta2
09/27 Proxmox4.3 “VE”
09/26 Black Lab8-beta3
09/26 NuTyX8.2-rc2
09/25 SliTaz5.0 “Rolling”

A. Black Lab

blacklab-logo-osblacklab-8beta-desktop-osBlack Lab Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The developers of the project have announced a new testing release, Black Lab Linux 8 beta 3. The new beta shifts the distribution’s base from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 and features three desktop flavours: GNOME, LXDE and MATE. “The development team is pleased to announce the new Beta release of Black Lab Linux 8 – our latest OS offering to bring the best Linux desktop distribution currently on the market. This release moves the kernel and application set away from the prior LTS 14.04 base to the new 16.04 LTS base. Black Lab Linux 8 will showcase 3 desktop environments : MATE, LXDE and GNOME 3.” The release announcement includes a list of package updates and features. The announcement also mentions a few known issues, such as the installation process stalling when the computer has an active network connection. Download (pkglist): bll-8-x86_64-lxde.iso (1,141MB, MD5), bll-8b3-x86_64-MATE.iso (1,430MB, MD5), bll-8b3-x86_64-GNOME.iso (1,318MB, MD5).

B. Proxmox

proxmox-logo-osproxmox-4dot3-desktop-osProxmox “Virtual Environment” (VE) is a Debian-based platform for running and managing virtual appliances, containers and virtual machines. The latest version of the distribution, Proxmox 4.3 “Virtual Environment”, includes a number of upgrades to the project’s documentation and improvements to the graphical interface. “The new reference documentation is created like the former Proxmox technical documentation: man pages are auto-generated based on the code, help content itself is written by the developers via comments in the code. Then for generating the docu the Proxmox VE project uses asciiDoc. To participate in the documentation project users can send a patch to the open source project for proposing new content. The former documentation, the Proxmox VE wiki, stays public, links to the reference documentation, and hosts all the how-tos, use cases, etc. The updated vertical GUI structure is one of the main advancements made to the GUI of Proxmox VE 4.3. Proxmox developers re-arranged some of the horizontal menus in the GUI framework Sencha ext JS 6 introduced with Proxmox version 4.2 and they are now vertical.” Further information is available in the project’s release announcement. Download: proxmox-ve_4.3-e7cdc165-2.iso (510MB, MD5, pkglist).

C. Ubuntu

ubuntu-logo-osubuntu-16point10beta2-desktop-osSteve Langasek has announced the availability of the second (and final) beta build of Ubuntu 16.10: “The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 16.10 Desktop, Server and Cloud products.” Here is the standard release announcement, with a useful list of new features available in the release notes: “The GPG binary is now provided by gnupg2; LibreOffice has been updated to 5.2, Ubuntu now uses the GTK+ 3 version by default; Update Manager now shows changelog entries for PPAs too; apps provided by GNOME have been updated to at least 3.20, many apps have been updated to 3.22….” The beta 2 images of Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Studio are also ready for testing. Download links: ubuntu-16.10-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,619MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-16.10-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,584MB, SHA256, torrent, release notes, pkglist), lubuntu-16.10-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (933MB, SHA256, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntu-gnome-16.10-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,471MB, SHA256, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntukylin-16.10-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,670MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-16.10-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (1,688MB, SHA256, torrent, release notes, pkglist), ubuntustudio-16.10-beta2-dvd-amd64.iso (2,938MB, SHA256, torrent, pkglist).

D. Chapeau

chapeau-logo-os chapeau-24-desktop-osThe Chapeau project develops a Fedora-based distribution which includes software not permitted under Fedora’s licensing policies. Chapeau also strives to present users with a more beginner-friendly desktop environment and applications. The Chapeau project has released a new version, Chapeau 24, which is derived from Fedora 24 “Workstation” and features the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment. Chapeau 24 also provides support for the WINE compatibility software for running Windows applications, Steam, DVD playback and LibreOffice 5. “Compared to Chapeau 23 the following custom features have changed in Chapeau 24: Transmission is bundled as the default torrent client. nmap now included by default. Includes 5 more lightweight games: Chess, Mines, Reversi, Neverball & Neverputt. Moving on from 23, Wayland is no longer explicitly disabled in GDM’s config. More Chapeau wallpapers.” Additional features and known issues can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download (MD5): Chapeau_24_x86-64.iso (2,849MB, pkglist).

E. Qubes OS

qubes-logo-os qubes-desktop-3dot2-osJoanna Rutkowska has announced the release of Qubes OS 3.2, a new stable release of the Fedora-based desktop Linux distribution whose main concept is “security by isolation” by using domains implemented as lightweight Xen virtual machines. From the release announcement: “I’m happy to announce that today we’re releasing Qubes OS 3.2. This is an incremental improvement over the 3.1 version that we released earlier this year. A lot of work went into making this release more polished, more stable and easier to use than our previous releases. One major feature that we’ve improved upon in this release is our integrated management infrastructure, which was introduced in Qubes 3.1. Whereas before it was only possible to manage whole VMs, it is now possible to manage the insides of VMs as well. The principal challenge we faced was how to allow such a tight integration of the management engine software (for which we use Salt) with potentially untrusted VMs without opening a large attack surface on the (complex) management code.Download the new Qubes OS release from here: Qubes-R3.2-x86_64.iso (4,050MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist).

F. Alpine

alpine-logo-osAlpine Linux website announced the immediate availability of version 3.4.4 of its Alpine Linux operating system. Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for x86 routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. It was designed with security in mind; it has proactive security features like PaX and SSP that prevent security holes in the software to be exploited. The C library used is musl and the base tools are all in BusyBox. Those are normally found in embedded systems and are smaller than the tools found in GNU/Linux systems. The latest 3.4.4 release consist of rebuilds and upgrade of packages for Linux-4.4.22 kernels. PHP5, open ssl,  Security upgrade has been done for py-django, zabbix, wireshark, libgcrypt, gd, flex, owncloud, openssh, postgresql, busybox, expat, python3, phpmyadmin, bzip2.

G. Clonezilla

clonezilla-logo-os clonezilla-desktop-osClonezilla Live is a Debian-based live CD containing Clonezilla, a partition and disk cloning software similar to Norton Ghost. It saves and restores only used blocks in hard drive. With Clonezilla, one can clone a 5 GB system to 40 clients in about 10 minutes.

Linux kernel was updated to 4.5.4-1. Partclone was updated to 0.2.88. Some segfault issues have been fixed. Add support for boot parameter ocs_preload*. It can be used to fetch tarall/zip/sh files from http(s), ftp, tftp, and local URL then extract to /opt/. Added package dos2unix, watch ocs-scan-disk for local block device in prep-ocsroot. Make ocs-install-grub work on Opensuse leap 42. Add an error routine to makeboot.bat and makeboot64.bat. Add new program ocs-match-checksum to match checksum in the image and files in the block device. Live-boot was updated so that its toram parameter can be assigned as  multiple modules (e.g. “live,syslinux”) . Added supporting for grub on EBR (Extended Boot Record) imaging and cloning.
* Failed to mount OpenStack swift image repository.
* Failed to restore the boot loader on EBR (Extended Boot Record).
* MBR (executable code area) data should be restored even it’s GPT disk.

H. NuTyX

nutyx-logo-osnutyx-desktop-osNuTyX began as a French Linux distribution which has added multi-language support. The distribution is created from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called “cards”. The package manager can install individual binary packages, a group of related binary packages (e.g. desktop packages, such as KDE or Xfce), and compile source packages from “ports”. The distribution is designed for intermediate and advanced Linux users.

I. SliTaz

slitaz-small-5-0SliTaz GNU/Linux announced 5.0 rolling release on 2016-09-25 AD. The distro is very comfortable for Desktop, Live Medium, Old Computers and Raspberry Pi systems. The new release is available for downloaded at slitaz.org.

SliTaz is a free operating system which is light, speedy and fully installable on a hard drive or boot completely in memory from removable media such as a CD-ROM or USB key. When the system is running you can eject the Live CD and use your CD drive for other tasks.

The Live system provides a fully-featured, working graphical distro and lets you keep your data and personal settings on persistent media. The system can be extended with the Tazpkg package manager and security updates are provided for the cooking and stable versions.

It is designed to run speedily on hardware with 256 MB of RAM. SliTaz uses BusyBox, a recent Linux kernel and GNU software. The SliTaz ISO image fits on a less than 30 MB media and takes just 80 MB of hard disk space.

It boots with Syslinux and provides more than 200 Linux commands. It comes with the lighttpd web server, SQLite database, rescue tools, IRC client, SSH client and server powered by Dropbear, X window system, JWM (Joe’s Window Manager), gFTP, Geany IDE, Mozilla Firefox, AlsaPlayer, GParted, a sound file editor and more.


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