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June 9, 2021

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Dzongkha Linux

Dzongkha Linux was a Debian-based distribution developed in Bhutan by the Department of Information Technology at the Ministry of Information and Communications. Dzongkha Linux was created with the sole aim of providing complete Dzongkha computing capability, free of cost.

Status: Discontinued

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2021-06-08 NEW • Distribution Release: GeckoLinux 153.210608


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GeckoLinux is a Linux spin based on the openSUSE distribution, with a focus on polish and out-of-the-box usability on the desktop. The project’s latest release is based on openSUSE 15.3 which offers binary compatibility with SUSE Linux Enterprise. “GeckoLinux is pleased to announce the 153.210608 update to its full range of STATIC and NEXT editions. These updated editions are now based on the new openSUSE Leap 15.3 release, which in turn is built from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) packages. The Linux kernel is still at version 5.3.18, but additional backports are included for better compatibility with newer hardware. GeckoLinux in turn continues to refine its package selection and unique configuration to provide a simple, clean system that works out of the box. For this GeckoLinux STATIC release, the Calamares installer is now at version 3.2.36, and has been configured to use the Btrfs filesystem with LZO transparent compression by default for the guided partitioning options, although of course all other modern Linux filesystems are also available with the custom partitioning option.” Additional information can be found in the distribution’s release announcement. Download (MD5, pkglist): GeckoLinux_STATIC_Cinnamon.x86_64-153.210608.0.iso (1,412MB), GeckoLinux_STATIC_XFCE.x86_64-153.210608.0.iso (1,409MB), GeckoLinux_STATIC_Gnome.x86_64-153.210608.0.iso (1,426MB).
2021-06-07 NEW • DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 920
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2021-06-04 NEW • Distribution Release: CentOS 8.4.2105


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Johnny Hughes has announced the availability of an updated release of CentOS, a Linux distribution compiled from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The new version is labelled as CentOS 8.4.2105 and is derived from RHEL 8.4: “We are pleased to announce the general availability of the latest version of CentOS Linux 8. Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 8 and is tagged as 2105, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4 source code. Updates released since the upstream release are all posted, across all architectures. We strongly recommend every user apply all updates, including the content released today, on your existing CentOS Linux 8 machine by just running ‘dnf update’. Of particular note, this release adds the following new versions of software in optional module streams: Python 3.9, SWIG 4.0, Subversion 1.14, Redis 6, PostgreSQL 13, MariaDB 10.5. Several rolling AppStream have been rebased to newer versions: LLVM Toolset 11.0.0, Rust Toolset 1.49.0, Go Toolset 1.15.7.” See the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download (mirrors, SHA256, signature): CentOS-8.4.2105-x86_64-dvd1.iso (9,469MB, torrent, pkglist), CentOS-8.4.2105-x86_64-boot.iso (723MB, torrent).
2021-06-03 NEW • Distribution Release: Rescuezilla 2.2


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Rescuezilla is a specialist Ubuntu-based distribution designed for system rescue tasks, including backups and system restoration. The project’s latest version is Rescuezilla 2.2 which introduces, among other features, support for working with virtual machine disks. “Flash the Rescuezilla image to a USB stick using balenaEtcher (this will erase all data on your USB stick). Reboot your PC and boot from USB. Rescuezilla v2.2 adds the highly-requested ‘cloning’ feature, support for virtual machine images and more. Here is a partial list of what’s changed: Implemented cloning (direct ‘device-to-device’ mode). Added ability to restore and explore all virtual machine image formats supported by qemu-nbd. (VirtualBox’s VDI, VMWare’s VMDK, Qemu’s QCOW2, HyperV’s VHDx, raw .dd/.img and many more). Added ability to restore and explore images created by all remaining open-source imaging frontends. (Redo Rescue, Foxclone, FSArchiver, Redo v0.9.2 and very-early handling of FOG Project images). Added ability to customize compression format (gzip, zstandard, uncompressed) and compression level. Implemented remaining Clonezilla image restore logic to improve handling of many corner cases.” Additional details can be found in the project’s release announcement. Download (SHA256): rescuezilla-2.2-64bit.hirsute.iso (903MB, pkglist).
2021-06-02 NEW • Distribution Release: NixOS 21.05


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NixOS is an independently developed GNU/Linux distribution that aims to improve the state of the art in system configuration management. In NixOS, the entire operating system, including the kernel, applications, system packages and configuration files, are built by the Nix package manager. The distribution’s latest release is NixOS 21.05 “Okapi” features significant upgrades to the Linux kernel and GNU Compiler Collection, along with the GNOME, Cinnamon and KDE Plasma desktops. “Support is planned until the end of December 2021, handing over to 21.11. In addition to numerous new and upgraded packages, this release has the following highlights: Core version changes: GCC 10.3.0, glibc 2.32, default Linux kernel 5.10 – all supported kernels available, MESA 20.1.7 21.0.1; desktop environments – GNOME 3.40, Plasma 5.21.3, KDE Applications 20.12.3, Cinnamon: 4.8.1; programming languages and frameworks – Python optimizations were disabled again; builds with optimizations enabled are not reproducible; optimizations can now be enabled with an option; the ‘linux_latest’ kernel has been updated to the 5.12 series – it currently is not officially supported for use with the ZFS filesystem” The release announcement and release notes provide more details. Download (pkglist): latest-nixos-plasma5-x86_64-linux.iso (1,401MB, SHA256), latest-nixos-gnome-x86_64-linux.iso (1,890MB, SHA256), latest-nixos-minimal-x86_64-linux.iso (665MB, SHA256).
2021-06-01 NEW • Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2021.2


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Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The distribution’s team have released Kali Linux 2021.2 which includes two new significant tools: Kaboxer and Kali-Tweaks. Kaboxer allows the developers to package troublesome software in containers which are presented in a transparent fashion to the user like any other package. Kali-Tweaks helps the user customize the distribution. “Announcing Kali-Tweaks! This is our little helping hand for Kali users, with the idea to help customize Kali to your own personal taste quickly, simply, and the correct way. This should help you to stop doing repetitive tasks. Currently Kali-Tweaks will help out with: Meta packages – Installing/removing groups of tools, which may not have been available while installing Kali if you did not use the installer image. Network Repositories – Enabling/disabling ‘bleeding-edge’ and ‘experimental’ branches. Shell and Prompt – Switch between two or one line prompt, enable/disable the extra line before the prompt, or configure Bash or ZSH as the default shell…” Further information is available in the project”s release announcement. Download (SHA256, signature, pkglist): kali-linux-2021.2-live-amd64.iso (3,693MB), kali-linux-2021.2-installer-netinst-amd64.iso (378MB).
2021-06-01 NEW • Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38


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Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38, a new stable version of the project’s Debian-based utility live CD for partitioning, backups and disk-cloning tasks: “Stable Clonezilla Live 2.7.2-38 released. This release includes major enhancements and bug fixes. Enhancements and changes since 2.7.1-22: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system has been upgraded – this release is based on the Debian ‘Sid’ repository as of 2021-05-30; Linux kernel has been updated to 5.10.40; the systemd package was updated to 248.3 and this might have fixed this issue; added ‘VGA with large font and To RAM’ (using nomodeset) to the boot menu and moved ‘KMS with large font and To RAM’ to submenu – this can be an alternative solution for jfbterm not working in KMS mode for some VGA cards; added ocs-park-disks before rebooting or halting in Clonezilla Live; improved to process the volume header of Veracrypt; added ‘–force’ for vgcfgrestore to force metadata restore even with thin pool LVs; added boot parameter echo_ocs_repository, so that when it’s assigned as ‘no’, the prompt about mounting image repository can be hidden….” Read the rest of the release announcement for a full changelog. Download (SHA512, signature, pkglist): clonezilla-live-2.7.2-38-amd64.iso (305MB), clonezilla-live-2.7.2-38-i686.iso (294MB), clonezilla-live-2.7.2-38-i686-pae.iso (294MB).
2021-05-31 NEW • Distribution Release: JingOS 0.9


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JingOS is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution for tablet computers. It can run desktop Linux applications like VS Code and LibreOffice. The project’s latest release is JingOS 0.9 which features a number of key interface changes: “JingOS v0.9 updates: . Adaptive layouts: JingOS can now run perfectly on different resolution devices with adaptive layouts. Users can adjust resolutions in the Settings app. 2. Preview version of Sogou Input Method with virtual keyboard support. 3. Wallpaper settings. 4. Complex password settings: support character+number+symbol mixed password. 5. Gaussian blur effect of Notification Center and Control Panel. 6. The superposition and fusion mode of status bar and window, and solved the problem of status bar flashing when switching between apps. 7. The Files app adds support for compression and decompression (support zip, tar, 7zip, AR), also support tag, collection, sorting, OTG, etc. 8. Charging process will show on the lock screen. 9. System pop-up frame for Volume and Brightness adjustment. 10. Multi-languages support, including Chinese and English.” Further details can be found in the project’s release notes. Downloads can be request free of charge by visiting the download page. (ISO image size: 3,017MB, pkglist).
2021-05-31 NEW • DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 919
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2021-05-30 NEW • Distribution Release: ALT Linux 9.1 “Simply”


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Michael Shigorin has announced the release of ALT Linux 9.1 “Simply” edition, a variant of the project’s independently-developed distribution aimed at home desktop and available for several popular processor architectures. It comes with the Xfce 4.14, desktop and Linux kernel 5.10. The supported architectures include x86_64, i586, aarch64, armh (armv7a), mipsel, riscv64, e2kv4/e2k (beta). The i586 flavour can be used on systems with just 512MB of RAM. The 9.1 release has Vulkan support on x86 and UEFI compatibility on ARM boards (e.g. Raspberry Pi 3 and 4), while OBS Studio is available as an installation option. The system comes with version 4.13 of the RPM package manager, systemd 246.13, Chromium 89 on x86, Firefox ESR 52.9.0 on e2k* and 78.10.0 on other architectures, Thunderbird 78.8.0, LibreOffice 7.0.5, GIMP 2.10.18, Audacious 3.10.1, Pidgin 2.13.0, VLC 3.0.11.1, Wine 5.20, X.Org Server 1.20.8 and Mesa 20.3.5. See the release announcement (in Russian) for further information. Here are the download links to the installation and live DVD images for the x86_64 architecture (SHA256, signature, pkglist): slinux-9.1-x86_64.iso (5,312MB), slinux-live-9.1-x86_64.iso (1,741MB).
2021-05-27 NEW • Distribution Release: VzLinux 8.3


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VzLinux is the latest of the growing numbers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones and another potential alternative for those thinking to migrate away from the abandoned CentOS 8 distribution. It is a completely free and open-source product developed by Swiss-based Virtuozzo International GmbH and it compliments its range of specialist commercial solutions based on VzLinux. Yesterday, the company announced the release of VzLinux 8.3 to the general public: “Virtuozzo, a global leader in high-efficiency virtualization and hyperconverged software solutions, today released its latest VzLinux operating system (VzLinux 8) to the general public. VzLinux – an enterprise distribution – has been used by Virtuozzo as a base OS for the company’s OpenVz virtualization solution and other commercial products as well as a guest OS for more than 20 years. Web hosting service providers and other end customers deploying the technology gain the immediate benefits of a stable, long-term supported Linux distro maintained by the open-source community. VzLinux 8 is a free, multi-purpose distro optimized to run in containers, virtual machines or on bare-metal servers.” Here is the full press release. Download: vzlinux-iso-8.3-7.iso (4,327MB, pkglist), vzlinux-iso-min-8.3-53.iso (1,577MB).
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