Manjaro 16.08 Pre-6 released, next release is expected to be stable

One week after fifth preview, the Manjaro team has announced availability of Manjaro 16.08 pre6, possible the last preview release before the stable Manjaro 16.08 Ellada. With this release, Manjaro developers were able to track down almost all known bugs and possibly the next release would be tagged as stable.

Manjaro 16.08 pre-6 has finalized some changes that need to be included in final release. This includes a polished QT5 theming for Xfce edition. Also the final Calamares installer was added to this release and it will remain the same in stable release as well.

Source : Manjaro Forums

As per current preview release, Manjaro has several updated packages such as Plasma 5.7.3, Firefox 48.0, Nvidia 370.23, LibreOffice 5.1.5, Systemd 231, Octopi 0.8.3 and Pacmac 4.1.2. The Linux Kernel was reverted to 4.4 series as there were some issues observed with 4.6 series. This release also includes Calamares installer 2.4 which has following highlights.
  • added support for reusing an existing /home partition if detected in the /etc/fstab file of an already installed operating system
  • new netinstall module which offers a choice of packages to install
  • rewritten large portions of the locale module, with new locale and timezone autodetection functionality and smarter management of locale.conf values
  • added support for an already mounted loop filesystem as source for the unpackfs operation
  • improved handling of partition colors in the partitioning interfacewhen operating on logical partitions
  • fixed a user name validation issue which could in some specific situations cause a failed installation
  • improved defaults in several configuration files
  • improved bootloader deployment on EFI systems with an existing EFI system partition
  • countless other bug fixes
For more information on this release,  see release announcement and discussions in Manjaro Forums.

Download Manjaro 16.08 Pre6 Xfce Edition

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KDevelop 5.0.0 released with better support for C/C++, Python, PHP, JS and QML
Saturday 27 August 2016 01:14 PM

The KDevelop project has announced availability of KDevelop 5.0.0, latest stable release of full featured, extensible, cross platform supported, open source IDE(Integrated Development Environment) that mainly focus on support for  the C++, Python, PHP and JavaScript/QML programming languages. KDevelop 5.0.0 is a result of 2 years of development effort after previous stable release, KDevelop 4.7

First beta releases are available for 6 Ubuntu 16.10 community flavors
Friday 26 August 2016 09:27 AM

Ubuntu 16.10 is gradually approaching it's expected delivery date. As a part of development cycle, 6 Ubuntu community flavors has announced availability of first beta release prior to upcoming 16.10 stable release. These community flavors includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Studio. The beta 1 release includes several updates those are ready for wider

Tor 0.2.8.7 released with critical bug fixes
Thursday 25 August 2016 08:12 PM

Keeping the commitment to provide a more secure way to use internet, the tor project has announced availability of Tor 0.2.8.7, latest bug fix release of tool to guide your internet traffic through dedicated servers to provide more anonymity and security while using internet and associated services. The Tor 0.2.8.7 release brings fix for an important bug associated with ReachableAddresses

What would you like to see most in minix? 25 year old messge of Linus Torvalds
Thursday 25 August 2016 07:10 PM

It was on 25st August 1991, Mr Linus Torvalds appeared first time on public, sharing his hobby of developing a free operating system. The operating system was mostly inspired by minix operating system and some tools from GNU project were already ported to this. Linus was trying to collect some opinion on his project also wanted to know the features that user's would like to have. That was the

FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 released with few more bug fixes
Thursday 25 August 2016 06:43 PM

Continuing the development of FreeBSD 11.0 cycle, FreeBSD project has announced availability of FreeBSD 11.0-RC2, second release candidate in projects 11.0 series. People who are interested to test this distribution can get installer images and usb images from projects download server. FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 provides a default user account with password freebsd for ssh access. This is to make things

Manjaro 16.08 pre 5 is available now
Tuesday 23 August 2016 08:59 PM

Continuing the development of upcoming Manjaro 16.08 stable release, Manjaro project has announced availability Manjaro 16.08 pre 5. Even though, a release candidate is expected as the project is approaching its dead line, developers has decided to provide another preview considering the need for a little more polish work. This development release has reverted to Linux Kernel 4.4.x as some

Fedora 25 is ready to feature wayland as default
Tuesday 23 August 2016 08:46 PM

Finally Fedora project has decided to use Wayland display manager by default in Fedora 25. Wayland is a new generation protocol for a compositor to talk with it's client, and also it denotes a C library implementation of protocol. It is supposed to be a simple replacement for current X display manager. Fedora project is experimenting with Wayland for last few years. It used to ship both Wayland

KDevelop 5.0.0 released with better support for C/C++, Python, PHP, JS and QML

The KDevelop project has announced availability of KDevelop 5.0.0, latest stable release of full featured, extensible, cross platform supported, open source IDE(Integrated Development Environment) that mainly focus on support for  the C++, Python, PHP and JavaScript/QML programming languages.

KDevelop 5.0.0 is a result of 2 years of development effort after previous stable release, KDevelop 4.7.x and within this two years the project has made a lot achievements. These achievements includes better support for C/C++, Python, PHP and QML/JS languages. Also, the project code has refractored thoroughly to make it more maintainable and extensible.

Credit : KDevelop Website

The most important highlight of KDevelop 5.0.0 is improved support for C/C++ languages. The project has replaced custom C/C++ code analysis engine with clang.
  • Even the most complex C++ code constructs are now parsed and highlighted correctly and reliably. In the end there's a compiler in the background -- KDevelop will complain exactly if it wouldn't compile.
  • Diagnostics are a lot more accurate and reliable.  For example, KDevelop can now detect whether or not there is an overload of a function available with the parameters you are passing in.
  • For many problems (e.g. misspelled variable names, missing parentheses, missing semicolon, ...), we get suggestions on how to correct the problem from clang, and offer the user a shortcut key (Alt+1) to apply the fix automatically.
  • There is now a C parsing mode, which enables the analysis engine to correctly parse C code.
  • In contrast to the C++ support, the Python support has not undergone any significant refactoring, but has instead seen further stabilization and polishing. The same is true for the PHP and QML/JS language support components.
  • KDevelop 5 has of course been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5. This will for the first time enable us to offer an experimental version of KDevelop for Microsoft Windows in the near future, in addition to support for Linux.  Additionally, we offer experimental stand-alone Linux binaries, which make it much easier for you to try KDevelop 5 before upgrading your system-wide installation.
For more information on KDevelop 5.0.0, you can refer release announcement and a blog post made Kevin, which gives a detailed explanation of new features in this release.

First beta releases are available for 6 Ubuntu 16.10 community flavors

Ubuntu 16.10 is gradually approaching it's expected delivery date. As a part of development cycle, 6 Ubuntu community flavors has announced availability of first beta release prior to upcoming 16.10 stable release. These community flavors includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Studio.

The beta 1 release includes several updates those are ready for wider testing. However, being a development release, it is highly likely to find some bugs in this release. In release announcement, Ubuntu developers also encourages to use latest daily images before reporting any bug as it possible that the bug may be fixed in a newer daily image.

Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. These images are still under development, so you should expect some bugs.  While these Beta 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Yakkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Beta 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.
For more information and download links, you can see official release announcement and release announcement published by Ubuntu MATE project.

Tor 0.2.8.7 released with critical bug fixes

Keeping the commitment to provide a more secure way to use internet, the tor project has announced availability of Tor 0.2.8.7, latest bug fix release of tool to guide your internet traffic through dedicated servers to provide more anonymity and security while using internet and associated services.

The Tor 0.2.8.7 release brings fix for an important bug associated with ReachableAddresses option in previous point release and also it replaces retiring bridge authority. The tor project strongly recommends this update for people who use ReachableAddress and all bridges.


Currently tor project does not provide binary packages for 0.2.8.7 release. It is expected that binary packages will be available over the week. Those who are curious to use this feature can download source code from projects home page.

Following are some notable highlights of Tor 0.2.8.7 release:
  • The "Tonga" bridge authority has been retired; the new bridge authority is "Bifroest". 
  • Only use the ReachableAddresses option to restrict the first hop in a path. In earlier versions of 0.2.8.x, it would apply to every hop in the path, with a possible degradation in anonymity for anyone using an uncommon ReachableAddress setting. Fixes bug 19973; bugfix on 0.2.8.2-alpha.  
  • Update geoip and geoip6 to the August 2 2016 Maxmind GeoLite2 Country database. 
  • Remove an inappropriate "inline" in tortls.c that was causing warnings on older versions of GCC. Fixes bug 19903; bugfix on 0.2.8.1-alpha.  
  • Avoid logging a NULL string pointer when loading fallback directory information. Fixes bug 19947; bugfix on 0.2.4.7-alpha and 0.2.8.1-alpha. Report and patch by "rubiate".
You can find Tor 0.2.8.7 release announcement in projects blog.

What would you like to see most in minix? 25 year old messge of Linus Torvalds

It was on 25st August 1991, Mr Linus Torvalds appeared first time on public, sharing his hobby of developing a free operating system. The operating system was mostly inspired by minix operating system and some tools from GNU project were already ported to this. Linus was trying to collect some opinion on his project also wanted to know the features that user's would like to have. That was the beginning of Linux Kernel project that we see today.

25 years has passed since the first message sent by Linus. Over the years Linux has become a full featured Kernel that support a wide range platforms, and give life to most of the facilities that we use today. Its application ranges from small embedded systems to high speed servers that support critical research activities. All these are made possible by the power of so called open source. Thousands of developers across the world has contributed towards this mission and still they continue to contribute.


Linus Benedict Torvalds was a college student when he started developing the Kernel. Even after 25 years, he is a main contributer and maintainer of this project. It is his ultimate authority to decide, what should be included in this project and what should not.

When Linux Kernel celebrates it's 25th birthday, it would be interesting to go through the message shared by Torvalds on telnet.
Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready.  I'd like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.

This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and
I'd like to know what features most people would want.  Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)
               
Linus (torv...@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS.  Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.
 You can continue reading this chat thread in a google group named comp.os.minix.

FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 released with few more bug fixes

Continuing the development of FreeBSD 11.0 cycle, FreeBSD project has announced availability of FreeBSD 11.0-RC2, second release candidate in projects 11.0 series. People who are interested to test this distribution can get installer images and usb images from projects download server.

FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 provides a default user account with password freebsd for ssh access. This is to make things easier for testers without console access. Also the default password of root account is set to root and it is highly recommended to changes these passwords after accessing the system.


Second release candidate of FreeBSD 11.0 includes fixes for certain bugs discovered in  first release candidate. These bugs includes
  • Support for 'nat global' has been restored in ipfw(4).
  • A hang in vtnet(4) when max_virtqueue_pairs > VTNET_MAX_QUEUE_PAIR has been fixed.
  • Detection bridges that are not really HotPlug capable has been fixed.
  • Various clang fixes.
  • L2 caching for UDP over IPv6 has been disabled.
  • Various build fixes.
  • Various other fixes since RC1.
For more information on this development release, check release announcement published in mailing list and release notes.

Download FreeBSD 11.0-RC2

Manjaro 16.08 pre 5 is available now

Continuing the development of upcoming Manjaro 16.08 stable release, Manjaro project has announced availability Manjaro 16.08 pre 5. Even though, a release candidate is expected as the project is approaching its dead line, developers has decided to provide another preview considering the need for a little more polish work.

This development release has reverted to Linux Kernel 4.4.x as some problems were discovered with Linux Kernel 4.6.x series which  was provided earlier. This release also includes updated packages like Plasma 5.7.3, Firefox 48.0, Nvidia 370.23, LibreOffice 5.1.5, Systemd 231, Octopi 0.8.3 and Pamac 4.1.1.


Following are some notable bug fixes made by developers after previous release:
  • Fixed an issue in the users module which could cause failed installs when entering and then deleting a name (validation kicks in correctly now).
  • Fixed Portage dependency management in the packages module (contribution by V3n3RiX).
  • Configuration defaults fixes (contribution by Philip Müller).
  • Internet connection status is now written into GlobalStorage so it’s available to all modules (the key is “hasInternet”).
  • Added support for GeoIP in the locale module, this relies on freegeoip which is open source, and can be used both as a service (freegeoip.net) as well as self-hosted. Geolocation is used to pre-select the timezone (same as Ubiquity). While this feature only performs a single `HTTP GET` and sends no user data, it has potential privacy implications. We have enabled this feature by default on Manjaro. Maintainer may want to disable it. Simply comment the line in `locale.conf`.
For more information and discussions on this release, see release announcement and forum post.

Fedora 25 is ready to feature wayland as default

Finally Fedora project has decided to use Wayland display manager by default in Fedora 25. Wayland is a new generation protocol for a compositor to talk with it's client, and also it denotes a C library implementation of protocol. It is supposed to be a simple replacement for current X display manager.

Fedora project is experimenting with Wayland for last few years. It used to ship both Wayland and X window manager in all recent releases with wayland being optional. Over the years wayland has become mature enough to replace X and Fedora project has decided to use it by default in upcoming fedora 25 which is expected to release on november 2016.


A ticket raised to use wayland by default can be read as:
Filing this on behalf of the Workstation WG. This feature was proposed for F24, and at the critical decision point, the Workstation WG elected to hold off for one more release to have Wayland more ready for being the default session. F24 was reverted to Xorg, and Rawhide stayed set with Wayland as default. However, the Change was not moved to F25 along with that decision, which was a process failure.

There are still some bugs that are important to solve. However, there is still time to work on them. And the legacy Xorg session option will not be removed, and will be clearly documented how to fallback in cases where users need it, such as a11y users. It is likely there will be additional bugs/issues to solve during F26 development and beyond, but it's unlikely we can get the level of exposure and testing desired without keeping Wayland as the default.

The WG would like FESCo to consider granting an exception that allows the WG to continue on with Wayland as the default, rather than reverting to Xorg as default for the F25 release.
This ticket was discussed in in FESCo meeting hold on 19th August 2016 and was approved to use wayland by default. The meeting has also decide to document all known issues and to provide X11 as a fall back option.

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SparkyLinux 4.4 Tyche released in 5 different flavors
Saturday 20 August 2016 11:16 PM

The SparkyLinux team has announced release of SparkyLinux 4.4 Tyche, latest stable release of Debian testing based GNU/Linux distribution that features customized, lightweight desktop environments to provide best user experience. SparkyLinux 4.4 Home edition - the fully featured operating system of project -  offers 5 different desktop environments to choose from. These desktop environments

New installation images are available for BlackArch Linux
Saturday 20 August 2016 12:09 PM

The Black Arch team has released a new set of installation media with updated packages and more than 100 additional tools. Black Arch is an Arch based GNU/Linux distribution with more than 1500 tools that facilitate penetration testing and security assessments. The latest images of Black Arch includes several updated packages like Linux Kernel 4.7 - which will provide extended hardware support,

Windows binary compatible ReactOS 0.4.2 released
Thursday 18 August 2016 11:21 PM

Sticking to the plan of rapid release cycle, ReactOS project has announced availability of ReactOS 0.4.2, latest development image of windows binary compatible, independently evolved open source operating system inspired by windows 9x architecture. ReactOS 0.4.2 is coming 3 months after previous development release, and this strengthens the hope that, project can continue rapid release cycle in

Illumos based OpenIndiana MATE 2016.08.16 released
Thursday 18 August 2016 11:08 PM

Linux Kernel is core for most of the open source operating systems. But, open source is all about choice of user and it does not force users to Linux Kernel only. There is another open source kernel project which is known as Illumos. The OpenIndiana project has announced availability of OpenIndiana MATE 2016.08.16, latest snapshot of Illumos based community driven operating system featuring

Zenwalk Linux 8.0 - A more focused flavor of Slackware : Review
Tuesday 16 August 2016 09:53 PM

Zenwalk is a Slackware based GNU/Linux distribution which mainly focuses desktop users. It is more usable flavor of Slackware which is well known for it's conservative nature and stability. When slackware requires few extra command line configuration to get a working system, Zenwalk offers a simplified graphical approach for installation and configuration. Latest issue of Distrowatch weekly(

KDE Neon based Maui 1 released
Tuesday 16 August 2016 09:32 PM

The Netrunner team has announced release of Maui 1.0, first most release of KDE Neon based GNU/Linux distribution that offers a semi rolling operating system. Maui Linux is a continuation of Netrunner Desktop edition which was based on Kubuntu. Since Maui Linux is based on KDE Neon, which is in turn based on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial, this distribution will be supported till end of 2018. This support

Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 1 is available now
Monday 15 August 2016 01:16 PM

The Black Lab Linux project has informed availability of Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 1, latest development build of upcoming stable Black Lab 8 Onyx. This development release of Black Lab will be open for user collaboration and feedback for over 6 months. Black Lab Linux is custom GNU/Linux distribution built over Debian and the goal of the project is to provide a stable, high performing operating

MidnightBSD 0.8 released
Monday 15 August 2016 01:01 PM

The MidnightBSD team has announced availability of MidnightBSD 0.8, latest stable release of FreeBSD based operating system targeting desktop users. MidnightBSD ships all day-to-day software packages like web browser, media player, email client ..etc in default installation. This helps MidnightBSD to be a BSD distribution oriented towards end users. MidnightBSD 0.8 is coming with several

Elive 2.7.2 beta released with improved look and feel
Monday 15 August 2016 01:17 PM

The Elive team has announced availability of Elive 2.7.2 beta, latest development release of upcoming Elive project. Elive is a Debian based beautiful GNU/Linux distribution featuring highly customized Enlightenment Desktop environment. Elive is mainly targeting people who can appreciate it's core design principles. Elive 2.7.2 beta is coming with a refined look and feel, which is contributed

SparkyLinux 4.4 Tyche released in 5 different flavors

The SparkyLinux team has announced release of SparkyLinux 4.4 Tyche, latest stable release of Debian testing based GNU/Linux distribution that features customized, lightweight desktop environments to provide best user experience.

SparkyLinux 4.4 Home edition - the fully featured operating system of project -  offers 5 different desktop environments to choose from. These desktop environments are LXDE, LXQt, Xfce, KDE and MATE. In addition to these flavors, SparkyLinux also facilitate installation of other desktop environments and windows managers like awesome, bspwm, Budgie, Cinnamon, Enlightenment, Fluxbox, GNOME Flashback, GNOME Shell, i3, IceWM, JWM, KDE Plasma 5, Lumina, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, Openbox, Pantheon, PekWM, Trinity, Window Maker, Xfce.


Following are some major highlights of SparkyLinux 4.4 comparing to 4.3 release.
  • full system upgrade as of August 15, 2016
  • Linux kernel 4.6.4 (4.7.1-sparky is available in Sparky repos, see howto)
  • firefox 45.3.0.ESR (firefox 48 is available in Sparky repos)
  • calamares is available (but not default yet) in our repos
  • new default theme called ‘Numix-SX’
  • added new desktops to MinimalISO and APTus: Lumina, Trinity and PekWM
  • ‘tint2’ panel replaced by ‘fbpanel’ in the MinimalGUI iso images
  • added ‘rootactions-servicemenu’ to the Dolphin file manager in the KDE edition
  • added short key which runs a terminal emulator in the MinimalGUI edition (Super+t)
  • added an option which lets you install a PDF viewer, to the ‘sparky-office’ tool
  • Midori web browser replaced by NetSurf in the MinimalGUI edition
  • the ‘sparky-firstrun’ which lets you fully upgrade the system and install missing language packages has been fixed
  • the ‘sparkylinux-installer’ – a part of ‘sparky-backup-core’ tool refreshes package list itself and installs the latest desktop settings in the MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI editions
  • added Vivaldi and NetSurf web browsers to Sparky repos
  • improved Wiki pages
For more information, see release announcement published in project's website.

New installation images are available for BlackArch Linux

The Black Arch team has released a new set of installation media with updated packages and more than 100 additional tools. Black Arch is an Arch based GNU/Linux distribution with more than 1500 tools that facilitate penetration testing and security assessments.

The latest images of Black Arch includes several updated packages like Linux Kernel 4.7 - which will provide extended hardware support, new version of installer, and other updated tools.

Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISOs. The new ISOs include over 1500 tools. For more details see the ChangeLog below.
Here's the ChangeLog :
  • include linux kernel 4.7.1
  • updated BlackArch Linux installer
  • added more than 100 new tools
  • updated all blackarch tools
  • updated all system packages
  • updated menu entries for window managers (awesome, fluxbox, openbox)
The Black Arch team has published a brief release announcement in their blog on availability of new images.

Download Black Arch Live ISO

Download Black Arch Netinstall ISO