Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 released

The Ubuntu development team has announced availability of Ubuntu 16.10 Yaketty Yak for testing. This release announcement is also applicable for  other official community flavors of Ubuntu like Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin,and Ubuntu MATE.

Ubuntu 16.10, second development version of upcoming stable Ubuntu release includes fixes for several bugs reported in previous development release and it includes updated packages for testing. Since this a development release at early stage of development, it is likely to find some issues with this release and hence it is not recommended for people who are looking for a stable operating system.

Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing  stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into ccasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for buntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, eporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider esting. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some ugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in he release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the akkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available, ystem installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be erified against the current daily image before being reported in aunchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already een fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy rying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your ystem is up to date before reporting bugs.
You can find official release announcement in Ubuntu developer mailing list.

Download Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2

Download Ubuntu Kylin 16.10 Alpha 2

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 2

OPNsense 16.7 released with UEFI support

The OPNsense team has released OPNsense 16.7, latest stable version of FreeBSD based, open source, user friendly firewall and routing platform. OPNsense 16.7 is a major release after 6 months. Within this 6 months, project has released 20 minor releases.

OPNsense 16.7 which named as Dancing Dolphin comes with several updated packages and some new features. Following are some notable highlights of this release.
  • Suricata 3.1.1 with Intel Hyperscan support
  • NetFlow-based reporting and export
  • Traffic shaping using CoDel / FQ-CoDel
  • Two-factor authentication based on RFC 6238 (TOTP)
  • HTTPS and ICAP support in the proxy server
  • FreeBSD 10.3 with full integration of HardenedBSD ASLR
  • UEFI boot and installation modes
  • Substantial updates tour language packs: Japanese, Russian, German, French, Chinese
For more information on this release, checkout release announcement published in OPNsense forum.

Deepin File Manager v1.0 released - Simple but sophisticated

The Deepin Technology has unveiled Deepin File Manager v1.0, first release of simple, easy to use, advanced file manager. This file manager is functionally similar to other file managers, but additionally it provides sophisticated features like clean navigation bar, intelligent search feature, different views, improved user experience ..etc.

Credit : Deepin Technology
Some notable highlights of Deepin file manger includes:
  • Offers a simple and refreshing user experience - Traditional side bar facilitate easier navigation between different directories and partitions. Different file listings are available
  • Intelligent search feature to locate files easily - Navigation bar combined with search feature which will allow easy switching between file navigation and search.
  • Context menu options to perform all common operations - Context menu includes all common operations like open, open with, send to desktop, add bookmark, open in terminal, copy, move, delete, properties, rename, compress ..etc
  • Better status information, clear progress information for tasks like file copy, file move ..etc
For more information and screen shots, see release announcement published in Deepin blog.

Canonical joined Document Foundation project advisory board

The Document Foundation - team behind popular open source office suite LibreOffice - has announced joining of Canonical - team behind Ubuntu - on project advisory board of document foundation.

LibreOffice productivity suite is an integral part of Ubuntu since it's first release on 2011. Also, LibreOffice will be one of the first applications that make use of snap - universal package management system introduced by Canonical which will make it easier to maintain LibreOffice packages.

Canonical is one of the well wisher of Document Foundation projects since it's beginning and is one of the major sponsor. Canonical as member of project advisory board can help to share it's insights and experience in making of LibreOffice to take into another level - Said Marina Latini, Chairwoman of The Document Foundation.

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading operating system for cloud and the Internet of Things. Most public cloud workloads, new smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced humanoid robots are running on Ubuntu. Additionally, Canonical leads the development of the snap universal Linux packaging system for secure, transactional device updates and app stores.

“Canonical has been an active member of the LibreOffice community since the early days, and one of the most frequent sponsors of the LibreOffice Conference. By becoming a member of the project Advisory Board, Canonical will provide the experience and the insights necessary to improve the presence of free software – and LibreOffice – inside enterprises and public administrations worldwide”, says Marina Latini, Chairwoman of The Document Foundation.

“We are extremely pleased to become a member of the LibreOffice Project Advisory Board and having the opportunity to provide our guidance and insights to help improve LibreOffice for users around the world,” said Will Cooke, Desktop Engineering Manager for Canonical. “At Canonical, we believe in the power of open source software. We are committed to developing it, and will support projects and initiatives that help to promote its benefits to a wider audience.”
See original press release published by Document Foundation for more insights on this news.

Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha released for testers

Mr Jeff Hoogland of Bodhi Linux has announced availability of Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha, first development release of upcoming stable Bodhi Linux 4.0.0. The team expects that, if everything goes well a stable image can be made available by September of this year.

Being a development release at early stage of it's development, Bodhi Linux team clearly mention that, this release is not meant for people who are planning to write a review or users who don't have purpose of testing distribution to find issues. The primary goal of this development release is to integrate Moksha Desktop with Ubuntu 16.04 and hunt for issues.

Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha is only available for 64 bit architecture, however the team promises that final release will be available both in 32 bit and 64 bit varieties and also a PAE variation will be available. May be, the next development release will be available in other variations.

Not only is our first 4.0.0 alpha release here – but it is here relatively on schedule. If all goes according to plan we will have something stamped as stable before September hits. I would just like to be clear that this is far from a polished / finished product. I would encourage anyone wanting to write a review to wait to do so until our stable release. If you are not someone who is interested in helping find issues please wait as well.

This release is also only coming in 64bit flavoring. Hopefully with the beta release early next month I will have these other variations put together, but for now just 64bit is included with this alpha release. The primary purpose of this release is to start testing the Moksha desktop on the new Ubuntu 16.04 base to ensure there are not any unforeseen issues with this.
You may see original release announcement published in Bodhi Linux blog.

Point Linux 3.2 - Simply stable & productive : Review

Point Linux is a Debian based, desktop oriented GNU/Linux distribution that offers traditional user experience with MATE desktop environment. It is based on stable branch of Debian. Even though MATE is primary desktop environment offered by Point Linux, it also offers an Xfce variation.

Point Linux is nothing much more than Debian combined with MATE. However, being a desktop oriented operating system, it comes with some extra optimizations and tweaks to improve productivity. This includes default sudo user, extended hardware support and localization of applications during installation.

Latest issue of distrowatch weekly(24/07/2016) has published a review of Point Linux 3.2, latest stable release of Point Linux. This review observes that Point Linux is much professional comparing to many other distributions, is extremely stable, simple and easy to customize.

I do not want to make Point Linux into something that it is not. It is Debian with MATE (or Xfce) and not much more. The full featured desktop includes Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Pidgin, Remmina, Brasero, VLC, Transmission, non-free multimedia codecs and hardware drivers. The desktop with core components ships with free multimedia codecs and drivers only. The beauty of Linux, and Debian, is that I can usually make it into anything I want to. Debian can have a few more difficulties than Ubuntu when attempting to add software and find things, but that is because the developers at Debian maintain stability is the most important feature. All of this means that I could have done whatever I wanted to Point Linux to make it into a distro that matches my liking a little more, but then it would no longer be Point Linux at its core. I have a tendency to change a distro so much that it may as well be my own, and I think many Linux users probably do the same. With that being said, I aim to review Point Linux, not some monstrosity Franken-Linux that is of my own creation.
Continue reading this review in distrowatch weekly.

Slackware 14.2 continues it's heroic journey - Review

Slackware is one of the oldest, long running GNU/Linux distribution. Recently released Slackware 14.2 places another golden feather on the crown of Slackware. Similar to it's predecessors, Slackware 14.2 also maintains saga of providing stable, consistent and conservative GNU/Linux distribution - A review published by distrowatch Weekly observes.

However, Slackware is not a good choice for newbies as it has outdated packages in official repositories, there is no automatic dependency resolution and lack of configuration tools. But, it is a good choice for people who prefer to keep same system for years and like to stick with slackware policy of not fixing anything if it is not broken - distrowatch review continues.

Source : Distrowatch Weekly
Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distribution and has been maintained since its birth by Patrick Volkerding. Slackware has a well deserved reputation for being stable, consistent and conservative. Slackware is released when it is ready, rather than on a set schedule, and fans of the distribution praise its no-frills and no-fuss design. Slackware adheres to a "keep it simple" philosophy similar to Arch Linux, in that the operating system does not do a lot of hand holding or automatic configuration. The user is expected to know what they are doing and the operating system generally stays out of the way. The latest release of Slackware, version 14.2, mostly offers software updates and accompanying hardware support. A few new features offer improved plug-n-play support for removable devices and this release of Slackware ships with the PulseAudio software. PulseAudio has been commonly found in the audio stack of most Linux distributions for several years, but that is a signature of Slackware: adding new features when they are needed, not when they become available. In this case PulseAudio was required as a dependency for another package.
Read complete review of Slackware 14.2 published in distrowatch weekly.

Solus project withdraws release schedule of Solus 1.2.1

Brining an end to uncertainties, Solus project has officially informed that they are withdrawing release plan for Solus 1.2.1 which was expected to release last week. This was following the decision of project to switch to a rolling release model. The decision of Solus to switch to a rolling release model also invalidates plan for all future releases.

An official announcement published by Solus project regarding change of plans also highlight following points:
  • There is no longer a concept of separate major releases. You will always run on the current “distribution version”.
  • Support, therefore, does not end for the current, and only, series. Note however you are still expected to update your system. We’ll introduce some changes to make this simper to manage, of course.
  • There is no longer a concept of “1.3”, “2.0”, etc. Future ISOs will follow the internal versioning system
  • Future ISOs will land both features and package refreshes. Whilst you can always configure your installed Solus to match that of the ISO, through package selection, installer features are only ever available in reinstalls (This is the only time you ever see the installer)
  • The internal versioning system at present is based on the concept of major releases, so it will therefore be dropped. For example, the 1.2 release is internally referred to as: 1.201629.7.0. At minimum, we’ll drop the major version, and use this scheme in future ISO updates.
Continue reading original blog post in Solus blog.

Ubuntu based budgie-remix 16.04.1 released

The budgie remix team has announced availability of budgie-remix 16.04.1, latest stable release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS based GNU/Linux distribution featuring budgie desktop environment. The budgie-remix is an unofficial flavor of Ubuntu. However, in near future this project is planning to be an official community flavor of Ubuntu.

In addition to all updates from Ubuntu, budgie-remix also ships latest stable versions of budgie-desktop as soon as it is available. This is somewhat different from tradition of Ubuntu. Ubuntu never ship a major software update for any release. At the same time, budgie remix let it's users to have latest budgie desktop as soon as one is available from upstream project.
Credit : budgie-remix team.
Looking at the biweekly newsletters of budgie-remix, we can see that following are changes made in budgie-remix after previous release, budgie-remix 16.04.
  • budgie desktop 10.2.6 - Latest stable release of budgie desktop
  • Updated plymouth theme which is looking much better now.
  • budgie-welcome - A Welcome App for budgie-remix that will introduce budgie-remix to new users and provide easy options to perform different tasks.
  • Updated Moka and Faba themes.
  • Fix for encryption and locale bug present in installer.
  • A new set of beautiful wall papers.
Download budgie-remix 16.04.1

Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1 is available now

The Manjaro team has announced availability of Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1, first development image prior to release of next stable Manjaro release. This release will be known by the code name Ellada.

Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1 comes with all updated packages till date, more improvements and bug fixes.
Our KDE edition gained Plasma 5.7, Framework 5.24 and Apps 16.04. We struggled much with QT 5.7, which changed the handling of GTK theming, however this we were able to solve more or less. Our Manjaro Settings Manager gained some apperance fixes for low resolutions and updated translations. Within Pamac we fixed some smaller issues, updated drivers, kernels and regular packages.

Another notable highlight of Manjaro 16.08 development release is introduction of Clamares installer v2.3 which comes with support for end-to-end lucks encryption and other fixes.
  • A long standing and hard to debug issue with occasional unwanted resize operations being executed got fixed
  • A partitioning module configuration option for showing partition labels in the manual partitioning interface got added
  • support for NVME devices in fstab got improved
  • mke2fs and e2fsck handling, which fixes a multitude of random (but not very frequent) install failures got much improved
  • A type to search support in the keyboard module got implemented
  • A partitioning module configuration option for selecting the default filesystem type got added
  • Countless other bug fixes
For further details and discussions on this release, see release announcement published in Manjaro blog and forum.

Download Manjaro 16.08 Preview 1
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Elive 2.7.1 beta released

The Elive team has announced availability of Elive 2.7.1 beta for testing. Elive is a Debian based, live CD distribution that comes with well customized enlightenment window manager.

Being a development release, Elive team takes a disclaimer that, beta releases are less optimized as it will include development flags and debugging options. So it is not meant for end users who prefer to have stable, beautiful operating system.

Following are some notable highlights of Elive 2.7.1 beta release.
  • Audacity (audio wave editor) included by default
  • Timezone detection improved
  • Detector of systems improved and updated to detect last windows installed systems
  • Linux Kernel updated with a lot of new patches for new hardware, bugfixes and improvements
  • Google Voice search on internet using your microphone
A release announcement on availability of Elive 2.7.1 is available on projects portal.

Download Elive 2.7.1 beta

KaOS 2016.07 is available with updated packages

The KaOS team has announced availability of KaOS 2016.07, latest stable build of independently evolved, rolling GNU/Linux distribution that offers a straight forward KDE experience out of the box.

Being a rolling distribution, KaOS has no need to provide ISO in regular basis. However, the policy of KaOS project is to deliver a new stable ISO, when package updates exceeds certain limit. This will help new users to not deal with time consuming update process. Following the same policy, KaOS delivers a new ISO, as almost 80-90% of packages have got updates and almost all packages are rebuilt against GCC 5.

The Plasma Desktop includes Frameworks 5.24.0, Plasma 5.7.2, KDE. Changes in Plasma 5.7 include improved workflows, the return of the agenda view in the calendar, the Volume Control applet gained the ability to control volume on a per-application basis & allows you to move application output between devices using drag & drop, new System Tray & Task Manager, plus huge steps towards a Wayland-based windowing system

With the move to the Linux kernel 4.6, it is now possible to fully automate the Early Microcode update. This new kernel has all needed ucode build-in, thanks to commits like these. For users, this means no need to install any ucode package, no need to adjust bootloaders or have an extra initrd just for Microcode loading. Many modern CPUs require loading microcode before everything else, as the update causes system instability otherwise.
For more information on this release of KaOS, checkout release announcement and release notes published by project.