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The deepin community announced release of deepin 15.1, latest stable release of Ubuntu based elegant, user friendly and safe GNU/Linux distribution from China.

deepin 15.1 is a bug fixes release. In addition to bug fixes, it also comes with certain optimizations, and evolved application repository.



According to official release announcement, following are major highlights of this release.
Dock
  • Optimized Dock display interface when mounting mobile device
  • Fixed an issue that hidden status on Dock may be incorrect
  • Fixed an issue that some system tray can not be displayed on Dock
Launcher
  • Fixed an issue that after opening a new App in Launcher, the little blue dot can not disappear normally
  • Fixed an issue that after uninstalling an App, the App icon is not timely deleted in Launcher
Control Center
  • Fixed an issue that Control Center can not auto-hide under certain conditions
  • Fixed an issue that avatars are not displayed in Control Center homepage in some machines
  • Fixed an issue that the current logged in user is not highlighted in User Accounts module
  • Optimized Default Applications module, newly added display of default program icons
  • Optimized Personalization module to accelerate its first start
  • Fixed an issue that some settings can not be saved in Network module
  • Fixed an issue that some wireless network cards are unable to normally function
  • Optimized Sound module, removed continuous sound effect when setting sound
  • Fixed an issue that Sound module is blank for some machines
  • Fixed an issue that Power Management module can not be correctly set under some language environment
  • Fixed an issue that shortcuts user set be reset to none in Keyboard Shortcuts module
Others
  • Fixed an issue that hidden files are displayed on some Desktops
  • Fixed an issue that memory leak can happen under certain conditions
  • Fixed an issue that Android Apps can not be used in 32-bit system
Read complete release announcement in deepin blog.

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The BackBox team announced release of BackBox Linux 4.5, latest stable release of Ubuntu based penetration testing and security assessment distribution featuring latest ethical hacking tools and a lightweight, yet user friendly interface.

BackBox Linux 4.5 comes with Linux Kernel 4.2 pre installed. Existing users of BackBox Linux can directly upgrade to this release using regular distribution upgrade commands.



As per official release announcement, following are some notable highlights of this release.
  • Preinstalled Linux Kernel 4.2
  • System improvements
  • Upstream components
  • Bug corrections
  • Performance boost
  • Improved Anonymous mode
  • Predisposition to BackBox Cloud platform
  • New and updated hacking tools: wpscan, knockpy, nmap, zaproxy, set, guymanager, sqlmap, apktool, hashcat, can-utils, binwalk, openvas, phishing-frenzy, etc.
Find more information BackBox blog.
The Tails team announced availability of Tails 2.0, latest stable release of Debian based GNU/Linux distribution shipped with special tools and packages which helps to protect your anonymity and privacy while browsing internet.

Tails 2.0 is first release in Tails 2.x series, also this is first Tails distribution based on Debian 8.x branch. This release is shipped with GNOME shell which makes a lot of changes in traditional Tails desktop.



According to release announcement, following are major highlights of this release.
  • Tails now uses the GNOME Shell desktop environment, in its Classic mode. GNOME Shell provides a modern, simple, and actively developed desktop environment. The Classic mode keeps the traditional Applications, Places menu, and windows list. Accessibility and non-Latin input sources are also better integrated.
  • Based on Debian 8.x Jessy, which implies availability of a lot of updated software packages
  • Tor Browser 5.5 which is based on Firefox 38.6.0 ESR
  • Removed the Windows camouflage which is currently broken in GNOME Shell.
  • Update most firmware packages which might improve hardware compatibility.
  • Replaced Claws Mail with icedow.
Find more information in official release announcement.

The ROSA company announced release of ROSA Desktop Fresh R7, latest stable release from ROSA Desktop Fresh family featuring KDE 4 as default desktop environment. This release of ROSA Desktop is based on ROSA 2014.1, which is expected to provide support for two years, till autumn of 2016.



From official release notes of ROSA Desktop Fresh R7.
As always, the distro presents a vast collection of games and emulators and the Steam platform package along with standard suite of audio and video communications software including the newest version of Skype. All modern video formats are supported. The distribution includes the fresh LibreOffice version, the full TeX suite for true nerds as well, along with best Linux desktop publishing, text editing and polygraphy WYSISYG software. The LAMP/C++/… environment packages are waiting to be installed by true hackers.
Find more information in ROSA wiki portal.

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The Kali Linux team announced availability of Kali Linux 2016.1, latest stable build of Debian testing based , penetration testing and security distribution. Kali Linux has switched to a rolling release model, after release of Kali Linux 2.0 and this is the first release in this model.



According to official release announcement of Kali Linux 2016.1:
Our automated notification system of updated penetration testing tool releases has been working well over the past 5 months and has ensured that the kali-rolling repository always holds the latest stable releases of monitored tools. This usually leaves a gap of around 24-48 hours from notification of a new tool update, to its packaging, testing, and pushing into our repositories. We would also like to introduce our new Kali Linux Package Tracker which allows you to follow the evolution of Kali Linux both with email updates and a comprehensive web interface. The tracker can also help in identifying which versions of various tools and packages are in our repository at any given moment. As an example, the screenshot below shows the timeline of the nmap package in Kali and tracks its repository versions.
See more information in Kali Linux Blog.
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Kali Linux 64 bit Light ISO Torrent 0.8G
Kali Linux 32 bit Light ISO Torrent 0.8G
Kali Linux 64 bit mini ISO Torrent 30M
Kali Linux 32 bit mini ISO Torrent 30M
Kali Linux armel Image Torrent 0.7G
Kali Linux armhf Image Torrent 0.7G
The Debian project announced availability of Debian 8.3, latest update to Debian 8.x 'Jessy' series of GNU/Linux distributions. This release comes with some security fixes, and few other serious bug fixes.



From release announcement:
The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were published separately and are referenced where applicable.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old jessie CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.
Read complete release announcement in Debian website.
The Zorin Project announced availability of Zorin OS 11 Beta, development release of distribution's upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 based stable release. This release includes Linux Kernel which comes with a lot of bug fixes, improved hardware support and performance improvement.



From release announcement:
With Zorin OS 11, we’ve focused on improving the overall desktop user experience, from the smallest details to the bigger picture. In addition to shipping new and improved versions of our standard pre-installed applications, we’ve included new applications to help you get more done in Zorin OS in a faster, better and more fun way. These apps include a built-in Contacts manager, Clocks – which allows you to set alarms, a timer, stopwatch as well as view the time in different parts of the world – and a simple and beautiful new video player.
See complete release announcement and more screen shots in Zorin OS blog.

Android operating systems are getting a lot of attentions in these days. Today, a major share of hand held devices such as mobile phones, tablets ..etc are powered by android operating system.

Over the time, there were a lot of attempts to develop different remakes of android operating system. In fact, most of the mobile companies rolls their own customized version of android. Companies like Xiomi has made extensive change in user interface to attract more users.



In addition to different remixes made available, there are some varieties, which works in PC's as well. This includes Android x86 project, Remix OS ..etc. Phoenix OS is a new member to this family. It can be installed in mobile devices, tablets, and also in PC's.

If we borrow words of Phoenix OS team to describe it, it will be like this.
Phoenix OS is a flexible, powerful and more importantly familiar operating system designed for tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

Phoenix OS team claims that, Phoenix OS is an art over android platform, and it is enhanced for larger screens also includes components to improve productivity. This so called components includes, start-menu like menu, task bar..etc. It also provides support for ordinary keyboard and mouse.

The vision of Phoenix OS is to combines good ideas from both Android and Windows, and evolve an operating system which can be more user friendly, flexible and revolutionize software industry by having tie ups with partners in both software and hardware ecosystem.

More information on this amazing operating system can be found in an official published brochure.  

4M Linux 16.0 BETA Released
01/16/2016 11:10 PM

The 4MLinux team announced availability of 4MLinux 16.0 BETA, latest development release of upcoming stable 4M Linux 16.0 distribution series. 4MLinux is an independently evolved, small sized GNU/Linux distribution. From release announcement: 4MLinux 16.0 is ready for testing. Create your documents with LibreOffice 5.0.4.2 and share them using DropBox 3.12.6, surf the Internet with

Black Lab Linux 8 'Onyx' Alpha 1 Released
01/16/2016 11:01 PM

The PC / Opensystem LLC announced availability of Black Lab Linux 8 Alpha 1,  development release of Ubuntu LTS/Debian based GNU/Linux distributions version 8.x series. From release announcement: Since this is a consumer-focused release we focused on issues that end-users bring to our attention. First and most important : migration tools, built into the installer, for the growing crowd

KaOS 2016.01 Released
01/15/2016 09:14 PM

The KaOS developers announced availability of KaOS 2016.01, latest stable build of independently evolved, semi rolling GNU/Linux distribution featuring KDE as default desktop environment. According to official release announcement: As always with this rolling distribution you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.18.0, Plasma 5.5.3 and KDE

9 GNU/Linux distributions to watch in 2016
01/14/2016 09:33 PM

The network world portal has published a list of 9 Linux distros to watch in 2016, with a brief description of each distribution. This list includes featured, high quality, and actively developed GNU/Linux distributions. Last year, right about this time, I listed my top Linux distributions to watch during 2015. Not which ones would be the best. Nor which would be the worst. Simply which

10 Reasons for Ubuntu's popularity in cloud platforms
01/14/2016 09:00 PM

Ubuntu is one of the widely used multi platform supported open source operating system. It has made significant impact in platforms like mobiles, tablets, pc's, laptops, servers ..etc. An article published in Forbes magazine looks into the reasons, that made Ubuntu a popular operating system in cloud platforms. Microsoft MSFT -0.12% might have set an ambitious goal of pushing Windows 10

Tails Linux 2.0 RC1 Released
01/13/2016 09:13 PM

The Tails Project announced availability of Tails 2.0 RC1, first release candidate for upcoming Tails 2.0 series of GNU/Linux distributions. Tails is a Debian based GNU/Linux distribution that offers you anonymity and privacy while surfing internet. According to release announcement, following are changes made after since release of Tails 2.0 Beta 1. Fixed passphrase strength indicator of

Manjaro 15.12 GNOME Edition Released
01/12/2016 09:36 PM

The Manjaro community announced availability of Manjaro GNOME 15.12, latest stable build Manjaro 15.12 based GNU/Linux distribution featuring GNOME as default desktop environment. This release includes all updated packages till 5th of January. From official release announcement: This release keeps to the style of the 15.12 release being that it is highly vanilla, but of course is

Investigating Solus 1.0 : Review
01/11/2016 10:17 PM

Latest issue of distrowatch weekly features a review of recently released Solus 1.0, an independently evolved GNU/Linux distribution that offers simplicity, elegance and security. Solus make use of eopkg package manager and budgie desktop, a lightweight, powerful and modern desktop environment. The reviewer concludes that, he is disappointed with this release. He observes that, despite of
The 4MLinux team announced availability of 4MLinux 16.0 BETA, latest development release of upcoming stable 4M Linux 16.0 distribution series. 4MLinux is an independently evolved, small sized GNU/Linux distribution.



From release announcement:
4MLinux 16.0 is ready for testing. Create your documents with LibreOffice 5.0.4.2 and share them using DropBox 3.12.6, surf the Internet with Firefox 43.0.4 and Chrome 47.0.2526.106, stay in touch with your friends via Skype 4.3.0.37 and Thunderbird 38.5.1, enjoy your music collection with Audacious 3.7 and aTunes 3.1.2, watch your favorite videos with MPlayer SVN-r37557 and VLC 2.2.1, play games with Xorg 1.18.0/Mesa 11.1.0 support enabled. You can also setup the 4MLinux LAMP Server (Linux 4.1.13, Apache 2.4.18, MariaDB 10.1.9, and PHP 5.6.16). Perl 5.22.0 and Python 2.7.11 are also available.

See complete release announcement in 4MLinux blog.

The PC / Opensystem LLC announced availability of Black Lab Linux 8 Alpha 1,  development release of Ubuntu LTS/Debian based GNU/Linux distributions version 8.x series.



From release announcement:
Since this is a consumer-focused release we focused on issues that end-users bring to our attention. First and most important : migration tools, built into the installer, for the growing crowd moving from Windows and Mac OS X, and even other Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Mint) to the unparalleled stability of Black Lab. For that type of migration we now have the Aptik application bundled in;it can help move the most critical system settings from another distribution over to your new BL installation. Next : improved device driver management and a new built-in device driver manager to assist in loading third party binary drivers for proprietary hardware

See more information in Black Lab Linux Blog.


The KaOS developers announced availability of KaOS 2016.01, latest stable build of independently evolved, semi rolling GNU/Linux distribution featuring KDE as default desktop environment.


According to official release announcement:
As always with this rolling distribution you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.18.0, Plasma 5.5.3 and KDE Applications 15.12.1. Plasma 5.5 has brought new features in the Widget Explorer, expanded options in the Applications Launchers, new widgets including Color Picker & Disk Quota, restored support for legacy system tray icons, default font has moved to Noto and Desktop Tweaks for different handling of widgets plus option to disable the desktop toolbox. Among the new Applications in 15.12 are Spectacle, the new screenshot capture program. Many more are now fully ported to Frameworks 5 and are part of the stable tar release in their frameworks version.
See more information in KaOS blog.