Saturday, October 31, 2020

Linux Lite 5.2


Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 5.2. The project's latest release is based on Ubuntu 20.04.1 and introduces a number of small changes and improvements. The firewall can now be managed through a module in the settings panel, old GTK2 software and themes have been removed, Adobe Flash is no longer included in the distribution, and new packages have been added to the Lite Software package manager. The distribution also includes some package updates: "Details: kernel: 5.4.0-52 ( custom kernels also available via our Repository for versions 3.13 - 5.9); Firefox: 82.0; Thunderbird: 68.10.0; LibreOffice:; VLC:; GIMP: 2.10.18; Base: 20.04.1. Known Issues: No prompt to eject Media at the end of the Legacy install, prompt is available at the end of the UEFI install. Release Notes - not working on first installer slide. Desktop icons - English support only. GRUB - holding shift down whilst booting in UEFI mode does not bring up the GRUB menu (works in Legacy mode), waiting for Ubuntu fix. GRUB menu shows Linux Lite as 'Ubuntu'. After you install Linux Lite, you can change GRUB to show 'Linux Lite'." Further information and screenshots can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (SHA256): linux-lite-5.2-64bit.iso (1,365MB, torrent, pkglist).

Friday, October 30, 2020

Fedora 33

The Fedora project has announced the release of Fedora 33. The project's latest version ships with Btrfs as the default filesystem (on the Workstation edition) and runs GNOME 3.38. Each edition now enables the EarlyOOM service to free up memory when heavy processes consume too much RAM and swap space. The project has also made nano the default command line text editor, replacing vi. "No matter what variant of Fedora you use, you're getting the latest the open source world has to offer. Following our 'First' foundation, we've updated key programming language and system library packages, including Python 3.9, Ruby on Rails 6.0, and Perl 5.32. In Fedora KDE, we've followed the work in Fedora 32 Workstation and enabled the EarlyOOM service by default to improve the user experience in low-memory situations. To make the default Fedora experience better, we've set nano as the default editor. nano is a friendly editor for new users. Those of you who want the power of editors like vi can, of course, set your own default." Further information can be found in the project's release announcement. Download (pkglist): Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-33-1.2.iso (1,954MB, SHA256, torrent), Fedora-Server-dvd-x86_64-33-1.2.iso (1,980MB, SHA256, torrent).

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Xubuntu 20.10


 Xubuntu 20.10, the latest stable version of the project's official Ubuntu variant featuring the Xfce desktop, has been released: "Xubuntu 20.10 was released on Thursday, October 22, 2020 and will be supported for nine months until Thursday, July 22, 2021." The project has yet to publish an official release announcement, but the release notes do provide some information, including a list of known issues: "Installer issues: grub-installer chooses which drive to install to with no user input. Graphical issues: AMD graphics - block staircase display with side-by-side monitors of different pixel widths (fixed upstream, SRU expected for 20.04.1). General issues: GNOME Font Viewer - crashes in the live environment; Xfce PulseAudio plugin - multiple notifications displayed if multiple PulseAudio plugins added to panel; Xfce Screensaver - password required twice when switching users; Xfce Settings daemon - sometimes does not run after logging in, resulting in appearance and configuration issues. This was a less active development cycle for our team, though we did make some significant improvements for our contributors." Download link: xubuntu-20.10-desktop-amd64.iso (1,731MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).