Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 released

The Porteus team has announced the release of Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0, latest stable release of custom GNU/Linux distribution optimized for embedded systems like display boards, ATM devices, ..etc. This Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 release comes with a collection of updated packages and other improvements to provide a secure & smooth user experience. This release also brings the fix for Spectre vulnerability with updated microcode.

Other highlights from Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 release includes:
  • Its possible to explicitly set the shutdown options which should be present in the kiosk shutdown menu. You can allow the users to e.g. reboot the kiosk or restart the session but they wont be able to shutdown the PC fully.
  • Added support for refreshing browser webpage with defined time interval. This is useful for digital signage purposes.
  • Screen rotation function has been split from more complex 'screen_settings' parameter. Handy if you want to just rotate the screen on different kiosk setups and want to avoid providing other screen attributes like vide output name, screen resolution, refresh rate or position.
  • Enabled "DRI3" and "TearFree" features on Intel DDX driver by default which should result in a smooth video playback and scrolling on rotated screens.
  • USB devices (e.g. smart cards) are redirected to Citrix session by default.
  • 'Wake On LAN' function should also wake the kiosks which are in different subnets than Porteus Kiosk Server.
  • Implemented 'Send notification' action in the server's Administration Panel so its possible to send a message to multiple clients.
  • Added 'History' function to the 'Send custom command' action in the Administration Panel so its possible to easily rerun previously executed commands.
  • Other bugfixes and improvements.
For more information, see Porteus Kios 4.7.0 release announcement published in project's website along with the detailed change logs. You can also read about Porteus GNU/Linux in our gallery page.

openSUSE launches Leap 15 images for Raspberry Pi and Armv7 devices

Following the release of openSUSE Leap 15 for desktops and servers, openSUSE team has unveiled Leap 15 images for Raspberry Pi and Armv7 devices like Beagle Boards, Arndale board, CuBox-i computers, OLinuXino. These releases support the Build to Scale theme initiated by openSUSE team with the Leap images.

openSUSE has plenty of supported arm boards to allow makers to simply create. openSUSE is providing makers the tools to start, run and grow a project on microdevices to large hardware.

The new, fresh and hardened code base that supports modern hardware is stable and offers a full scope of deployments.

Makers can leverage openSUSE Leap 15 images for aarch64 and Armv7 on the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded devices. Since openSUSE Leap 15 shares a common core  SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 sources, makers who find success with a project or device can more comfortably transition to an enterprise product in the future should certifications become a requirement. Currently, the only IoT platform supported by SLE is the Raspberry Pi 3. However, currently, there is no migration support from Leap 15 to SLE 15 with the Raspberry Pi. The barrier to entry in the IoT/embedded markets is lowered when a developer starts a project with Leap 15. Plus, the many supported arm boards can help developers circumnavigate future obstacles that might hinder project’s growth in a developing market.
For more information on openSUSE images for Raspberry Pi and other devices, watch official release announcement published in openSUSE blogs.

OnlyOffice Desktop Editors 5.1 released with a tabbed interface

Mr. Michael, on behalf of OnlyOffice project, has announced the release of OnlyOffice Desktop Editors 5.1, the latest stable release of enterprise quality office productivity suite. This release introduces multiple fresh features including a tabbed interface to access various tools & configuration options easily.

The tabbed interface is adopted into the desktop application from the online version of the product and offers the same experience as the online version. The tabbed interface will make the application more accessible and familiar to the newbies. It also helps to accommodate the growing list of features.
With the new toolbar, we have updated many capabilities of the editors and added several useful features distributed among the tabs:

Document editor. In the References tab, you can find a new Table of Contents Feature, next to Hyperlinks and Footnotes. For better navigation around the document ( based on Table of Contents), we added a Navigation button located on the left side panel.

All collaboration features have been moved to Collaboration tab (Comments, Version History, Sharing, etc.). Besides the toolbar updates, we also added export to RTF in the document editor.

Spreadsheet editor. We have added 11 new formulas and improved cell formatting with new date formats and regional presets.

Presentation editor. Presentations now support special paste, and presentation-level comments.
The OnlyOffice Desktop Editor 5.1 is available as AppImage for GNU/Linux distributions and it can be installed in any distribution without any additional dependencies.

You can read OnlyOffice Desktop Editors 5.1 release announcement in project's blog.

OnlyOffice Documents 2.0 is now available on Play Store

The OnlyOffice team has announced the availability of OnlyOffice Documents 2.0 on Google Play Store. It is a stable release of enterprise document processing application for Android devices.

In addition to managing documents stored in the corporate or personal portal, OnlyOffice Document 2.0 also facilitates
  • The document, spreadsheet and presentation editing.
  • File sharing with different types of access rights: viewing only, reviewing, editing.
  • Real-time co-editing.
  • Connecting third-party cloud storages (Google Drive, Dropbox, ownCloud, Nextcloud and others supporting WebDAV).
The OnlyOffice 2.0 beta version would not be supported since the availability of stable version and it is recommended to grab the stable version if you already own the beta release.

You can read more about OnlyOffice Documents 2.0 in project's blog and download it from Google Play Store.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII released with multiple desktop choices while installation

The Devuan project has announced the release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII, latest stable release of Universal Operating System without SystemD. Devuan GNU+Linux is fork of Debian without the systemd init program. The ultimate aim of Devuan is to provide a base operating system for other distributions to evolve from.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII provides option to choose from Xfce, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon and LXQt. The other desktop environments can be installed after installation. As a universal operating system, Devuan is available for a wide range of architectures and devices ranging from ARM processors to chromebooks. In expert mode installation, Devuan provides option to choose SysVinit or OpenRC as default init system.
Devuan 2.0 ASCII runs on several architectures. Installer CD and DVD ISOs, as well as desktop-live and minimal-live ISOs, are available for i386 and amd64. Ready-to-use images can be downloaded for a number of ARM platforms and SOCs, including Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, OrangePi, BananaPi, OLinuXino, Cubieboard, Nokia and Motorola mobile phones, and several Chromebooks, as well as for Virtualbox/QEMU/Vagrant.

The Devuan 2.0 ASCII installer ISOs offer a variety of Desktop Environments including Xfce, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, LXQt, with others available post-install. The expert install mode now offers a choice of either SysVinit or OpenRC as init system. In addition, there are options for “Console productivity” with hundreds of CLI and TUI utils, as well as a minimal base system ideal for servers. The minimal-live image provides a full-featured console-based system with a particular focus on accessibility.
Please find more information on Devuan 2.0 ASCII release announcement published in Devuan portal.

4MLinux 25.0 STABLE release is available now

The 4MLinux team has announced the availability of 4MLinux 25.0 STABLE, the latest release of independently developed minimal GNU/Linux distribution. In addition to various proprietary and free applications that find use in day to day life, 4MLinux 25.0 includes features like better handling of CA certificates, full support for Zstandard data compression algorithm used in 4MLinux backup scripts, ability to disable login screen ..etc.

A Preview of 4MLinux 25.0 STABLE release
As always, a new major release comes with some new features: better handling of CA certificates (no need to accept them manually), full support for Zstandard data compression algorithm (4MLinux Backup Scripts), login screen can now be disabled (it's a response to user requests), GIMP 2.10 with full support for scanners and digital cameras, Python3 with Meson and Ninja (this is now, de facto,  the main build system in GNOME/GTK+ ecosystem).

The default media player in 4MLinux is now mpv (with GNOME MPV). Other players (MPlayer, SMPlayer, xine and VLC) are available as downloadable extensions. Good news for modern computers: all these applications are now able to make use of hardware video acceleration (via VA-API and VDPAU). Good news for old computers: MPlayer, xine and VLC can play videos without X Window System (use Midnight Commander to select files to play).
For more information, read 4MLinux 25.0 release announcement published in projects blog. You can also refer our gallery page to know more about 4MLinux.

TrueOS is becoming a Core Operating System

Bringing an end to the curiosity spread in TrueOS communities for a while, Mr Josh Smith on behalf of TrueOS project has announced their plan to make TrueOS as a Core operating system. This means, going forward, TrueOS will be developed as desktop agnostic operating system with the aim of providing a solid base for other distributions to evolve on.

TrueOS banner
The ultimate aim of TrueOS would be to provide a modular, functional and stable core based on FreeBSD and OpenZFS. It will be evolved as downstream fork with latest technologies like OpenRC & LibreSSL. The TrueOS is planning to be an ideal choice for advanced users and do-it-yourself people.

While the TrueOS is evolving as a Core operating system, the desktop BSD idea will be taken forward by Project Trident. It will provide a simple desktop BSD with Lumina Desktop.
The TrueOS Project has some big plans in the works, and we want to take a minute and share them with you. Many have come to know TrueOS as the “graphical FreeBSD” that makes things easy for newcomers to the BSDs. Today we’re announcing that TrueOS is shifting our focus a bit to become a cutting-edge operating system that keeps all of the stability that you know and love from ZFS (OpenZFS) and FreeBSD, and adds additional features to create a fresh, innovative operating system. Our goal is to create a core operating system that is modular, functional, and perfect for do-it-yourselfers and advanced users alike.

TrueOS will become a downstream fork that will build on FreeBSD by integrating new software technologies like OpenRC and LibreSSL. Work has already begun which allows TrueOS to be used as a base platform for other projects, including JSON-based manifests, integrated Poudriere / pkg tools and much more. We’re planning on a six month release cycle to keep development moving and fresh, allowing us to bring you hot new features to ZFS, bhyve and related tools in a timely manner. This makes TrueOS the perfect fit to serve as the basis for building other distributions.
For more information on TrueOS evolution, see original announcement published in TrueOS blog. You can also read about TrueOS in our gallery page.

Linux Mint 19 Xfce, MATE & Cinnamon beta releases are available now

The Linux Mint team has released Linux Mint 19 Tara, latest development release of upcoming Linux Mint 19 stable release. This beta release includes Xfce, MATE & Cinnamon releases.

A preview of Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon beta edition
The main highlights in Linux Mint 19 includes Timeshift a tool to backup and restore your system, improved update manager which suggests to install all available updates instead of holding may break updates and relies on timeshfit to restore the stable system in case of any issues. This release also includes a brand new Welcome Screen, redesigned Software Center with Flatpak support, Cinnamon 3.8 and more.
In Linux Mint 19, the star of the show is Timeshift. Although it was introduced in Linux Mint 18.3 and backported to all Linux Mint releases, it is now at the center of Linux Mint's update strategy and communication.

Thanks to Timeshift you can go back in time and restore your computer to the last functional system snapshot. If anything breaks, you can go back to the previous snapshot and it's as if the problem never happened.

This greatly simplifies the maintenance of your computer, since you no longer need to worry about potential regressions. In the eventuality of a critical regression, you can restore a snapshot (thus canceling the effects of the regression) and you still have the ability to apply updates selectively (as you did in previous releases).

Security and stability are of paramount importance. By applying all updates you keep your computer secure and with automated snapshots in place its stability is guaranteed.

The Update Manager no longer promotes vigilance and selective updates. It relies on Timeshift to guarantee the stability of your system and suggests to apply all available updates.

Updates are sorted by type, with security and kernel updates at the top.

A new type was introduced for updates originating from 3rd party repositories and/or PPAs. Hovering your mouse cursor over these updates shows their origin in a tooltip.

In the past automatic updates were reserved to advanced users. It was assumed that if somebody was experienced enough to set a cron job, they would be experienced enough to parse APT logs and work around regressions. Thanks to Timeshift, which makes it easy for anyone to work around regressions by restoring snapshots, automatic updates can now be enabled easily, in the preferences.
For more information on each releases, see separate release announcement and release notes for each flavor in Linux Mint blog. You can also read more on Linux Mint in our gallery page.

Q4OS 2.5 Scorpion offers option to install Plasm Desktop

The Q4OS team has announced the release of Q4OS 2.5, latest stable release of GNU/Linux distribution offering familiar desktop experience with Trinity Desktop. The Q4OS 2.5 offers option to install KDE Plasma Desktop along with current Trinity Desktop.

Despite the inclusion of KDE Plasma support, Q4OS installer will continue as usual, and after installation, if there is enough resources, the installer will offer option to install Plasma Desktop. It can coexist with Trinity Desktop.
A significant update to the Q4OS 2 Scorpion stable LTS is immediately available for download. The new 2.5 series brings an essential change adding KDE Plasma to be an equal option to the Trinity desktop, as Q4OS is now pre-configured for both desktops to coexist alongside each other. System installer configures the system the usual way, but decides afterwards to offer additional installation of the KDE Plasma desktop, if sufficient hardware resources detected. So a user can login and switch forth and back between lightweight efficient Trinity desktop and more advanced KDE Plasma desktop environment according to his choice.

Other changes include PulseAudio better system integration for easier audio management, Q4OS installer improvements, Firefox 60 and LibreOffice 6 installers, important security and bug fixes as well as cumulative upgrade covering all changes since the previous Q4OS 2 Scorpion stable release.
For more information, refer the release announcement published in Q4OS website.

Linux Lite 4.0 Diamond released with fresh icon theme, Timeshift backup tool & more

The Linux Lite project has announced the availability of Linux Lite 4.0, latest stable release from Ubuntu based, lightweight GNU/Linux distribution offering a pleasant desktop experience with a fairly tweaked Xfce Desktop environment. This release marks the beginning of the 4.x series.

The main highlights of Linux Lite 4.0 release includes a fresh icon theme, inclusion of Timeshift backup tool, shotwell image manager, and other Linux Lite specific applications like Lite Desktop, Lite Sounds, redesigned splash screen ..etc
  • Faenza icons were dropped as it had not been maintained in some time (albeit there is a fork) and the same for the Arc theme, development seems to have stalled there. Most of our approach to theming in Series 4.x follows the popular Flat design focus. We also now use the Openzone mouse theme.
  • Lite Desktop is a convenient way for you to get to frequently accessed locations on your computer.
  • The help manual has been majorly updated. All content and images have been updated. This was a massive undertaking (nearly 3 weeks of continuous full time work), so please take advantage of our easy to follow guide.
  • For the first time in Linux Lite we now have working system sounds. Head to Menu, Settings, Lite Sounds and configure sounds the way you want. By default, the start up and log out sounds are enabled by default, the rest of the system sounds are disabled by default. To enable system wide sounds, simply click on the Enable System Sounds button at the top. There is still some work to do here, but this is a great start.
  • Timeshift replaces Systemback for system backups. If you intent to use Timeshift you should have at least a 125gb HDD/SSD or larger storage device to accommodate up to 5 snapshots. 
For more information, see Linux Lite 4.0 release announcement published in project's forums. You can also refer our gallery page to learn more about Linux Lite.

Linux Mint 19 BETA is scheduled to release on 4th June, final release will arrive on June end

In latest news letter (May 2018), Linux Mint team has shared plan for upcoming Linux Mint 19 release. The Linux Mint 19 BETA is scheduled to release on 4th June and after the beta testing, the final release will be shipped by the end of June.
All 3 editions of Linux Mint 19 (Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce) are currently in QA. The various bugs which were found were fixed and we’re expecting them to pass QA tomorrow. We’re planning the BETA release for Monday the 4th.

We hope you’ll enjoy testing these BETAs and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

The BETA phase for Mint 19 will be longer than usual, with a stable release planned for the end of June. A lot of code was ported to python3, gksu was removed and replaced with pkexec, MATE now supports HiDPI automatically, we’re using a brand new package base, the theme engine in GTK 3.22 is very different than in GTK 3.18 and might cause a few issues in Mint-X, and we’ve switched to Mint-Y and its new set of icons so we’re expecting many little bugs and paper cuts.
You can read the official news letter in Linux Mint blog. You can also read about Linux Mint in our gallery.

openSUSE Leap 15 released based on SUSE Enterprise Linux 15

The openSUSE community has unveiled openSUSE Leap 15, the latest stable release of community driven GNU/Linux distribution built on top of SUSE Enterprise Linux. This release brings a plethora of new features like various updated packages, transaction updates, easy migration to enterprise edition and highly scalable cloud images.

openSUSE Leap 15.0 banner
Today’s major release of openSUSE Leap 15 is offering professional users, entrepreneurs and ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) a new, fresh and hardened code base for their workloads that supports modern hardware, based on a stable, community- and enterprise-based open-source GNU/Linux distribution – but developed with a modern, more secure, better tested and much more open open-source build system unique to SUSE and openSUSE.

openSUSE Leap 15 now allows migration to SLE, brings a new partitioner, integrates the Groupware Kopano, moves to Firewalld – and also comes distributed by Linode (for Cloud and infrastructure setups) and on high-end hardware like Tuxedo Laptops (other Cloud and hardware vendors will follow). On top of that, Leap 15 introduces a system role selection with classic “server” or “transactional server” role with transactional updates and a read-only root file system. This brings in all the benefits of atomic updates to the full scope of deployments, from the Internet of Things (IoT) and embedded devices to classical server and desktop roles. Apart from that, Leap 15 has been continually optimized for cloud usage scenarios as virtualization guest and at the same time offers a great variety of desktops, including KDE and GNOME and features the return of Live images for simple test-driving.
You can find a complete list of features introduced in openSUSE Leap 15 in official release announcement. You may also refer our gallery page for openSUSE to know more about this enterprise quality GNU/Linux distribution.