Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Beta
Red Hat has announced the availability of a beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.3, the third update to the stable RHEL 5 series: "Red Hat is pleased to announce the availability of the beta release of 5.3 for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 family of products. This beta release includes the following improvements: support for up to 126 CPUs in the x86_64 Hypervisor; support for up to 1 TB memory per host on x86_64; cluster mirror support (2-leg mirrors only); NetworkManager 0.7; updated graphics drivers; re-based CUPS (print server), now with full Kerberos support; initial implementation of userspace tracing; root and swap encryption support in the installer; hibernate / resume support with encrypted disks; SELinux enablement of new NetworkManager and audit functionality; re-based samba from 3.0.28 to 3.0.32 which supports Windows Vista...." Read the detailed release announcement for a comprehensive list of changes and known issues. This beta release is available to existing RHEL subscribers as an update via the yum update utility or as an ISO image download from Red Hat Networks.
Development Release: Ulteo Application System 2.00 Alpha
Gaël Duval has announced the availability of the first public development release of Ulteo Application System 2.00, a Kubuntu-based distribution with mobility tools, content synchronisation features and hundreds of desktop applications: "The new Ulteo Application System 'Polaris' is available for download as alpha software. Many applications are provided with the base-install (CD-R size) which includes Firefox and OpenOffice.org. Additional 'application balls' (desktop applications, games, etc.) can be added from the Ulteo panel once authenticated. They will download automatically from Ulteo servers. Extra language support can be added this way as well. Do not install the system with a separate /home or /boot partitions or it won't work." See the release announcement and release notes for more details. Download: ulteo-polaris-2.00alpha-2-install-i386.iso (694MB, MD5).
Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Beta 4
Warren Woodford has announced the availability of the fourth beta release of SimplyMEPIS 8.0, a beginner-friendly desktop Linux distribution based on Debian's testing branch: "ISO files of the fourth beta of SimplyMEPIS 8.0 are available for 32-bit and 64-bit processors. In this release the kernel has been updated to the upstream version 188.8.131.52 and the Broadcom wl driver is now available for wireless network cards. The MEPIS Network Assistant has been updated to address the incompatibility between the open source b4x drivers and the wl or NDISwrapper drivers." Here is the brief release announcement. Interested beta testers can download the live CD images from here: SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.91-beta4_32.iso (660MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.91-beta4_64.iso (678MB, MD5).
Released last week: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r5, PC-BSD 7.0.1
Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.10, OpenBSD 4.4
New additions: AsteriskNOW
Distribution Release: Debian GNU/Linux 4.0r5
Alexander Reichle-Schmehl has announced the availability of the fifth revision of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 "Etch", a security and critical bug-fix update of the project's current stable release: "The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (code name 'Etch'). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems. Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated. Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the Aptitude (or APT) package tool to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors." Read the full release announcement for a detailed list of changes and upgrade instructions.
The Dreamlinux development team has announced the fourth release candidate for Dreamlinux 3.5, a Debian-based distribution with a Mac OS X-like user interface: "After a lot of hard work and testing we are proud to announce the release candidate 4 which moves us one step closer to the end-of-the-year final release of Dreamlinux 3.5. There has been one major change and a few smaller changes, and a whole heap of updates. Dreamlinux is known for being slick and very fast, and unfortunately, GNOME appears to become slower and bulkier every release so it has been omitted. Main components: Xfce 4.4.2, wicd network manager, Linux kernel 2.6.27, X.Org 7.2, Compiz Fusion, OpenOffice.org 2.4, GIMP 2.6, Iceweasel 3.0.2, Flash Player 10. A few extra ideas are still being thrown around for the final release, so keep an eye out for more updates." Visit the project's user forum to read the full release announcement. Download: DL3.5-RC4_211008.iso (697MB, MD5).
Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3
Christoph Thiel has announced the third beta release of openSUSE 11.1: "The openSUSE project is proud to announce the availability of beta 3 of the 11.1 release. It's a few days late, but much better for the delay. Beta 3 is now available for immediate download and testing. Major changes in this release include: live CDs for x86 and x86_64 GNOME and KDE; OpenOffice.org 3.0; Mono 2.0 Final; Linux 184.108.40.206 (fixes e1000e issue); parts of 11.1 branding are now in place; GNOME 2.24. Installing openSUSE 11.1 beta 3 on Mac OS X machines should work fine. KVM is broken in this release due to a kernel configuration change before beta 3. OpenOffice.org 3.0 integration continues and should be much better in this release." Here is the full release announcement. Download: openSUSE-11.1-Beta3-KDE4-LiveCD-i386.iso (682MB, MD5, torrent), openSUSE-11.1-Beta3-GNOME-LiveCD-i386.iso (693MB, MD5, torrent). Full installation DVD images are only available via BitTorrent: openSUSE-11.1-Beta3-DVD-i386.iso (3,766MB), openSUSE-11.1-Beta3-DVD-x86_64.iso (3,952MB).
Alan Baghumian has announced the availability of the second revision of Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5, a desktop distribution and live CD based on Debian's testing branch: "The second maintenance release of Parsix GNU/Linux 1.5, code name 'Viola', is available now. Viola r2 is synchronized with Debian testing repositories as of July 24, 2008. This version contains several bug fixes, several updated packages and updated kernel drivers. Highlights: GNOME 2.22.3, GNU Iceweasel 3.0.3, Pidgin 2.4.3 and OpenOffice.org 2.4.1. Viola officially supports Compiz Fusion, VirtualBox-OSE and GNU Flash Player." Read the release announcement and release notes for more information. Download: parsix_1.5r2-i386.iso (684MB, MD5), parsix_1.5r2-amd64.iso (695MB, MD5).
Clement Lefebvre has announced the final release of Linux Mint 5 "Fluxbox" edition: "Linux Mint is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 5 'Elyssa' Fluxbox Community edition. This edition, maintained by Shane Joe Lazar, brings you the best and most essential tools from the Main and Xfce editions on top of an extremely thin desktop and the lightweight Fluxbox window manager. New features: auto-generated and auto-updating Fluxbox menu, multimedia compatibility with all available codecs and plugins pre-installed, Thunar custom actions, better language and localization support, and attractive themes with a predominant green bias." Read the release announcement and release notes for further details. Download: LinuxMint-5-Fluxbox.iso (562MB, MD5).
Paul Cutler has announced the release of Foresight Linux 2.0.5, the first stable distribution featuring the recently released GNOME 2.24: "Foresight Linux 2.0.5 released. It features the latest GNOME 2.24 desktop environment, OpenOffice.org 3.0, and the latest X.Org server release, version 1.5.1." Some of the other new features in the distribution include a new time tracker applet, the Ekiga audio and video conferencing client 3.0, miscellaneous file manager improvements, an improved GNOME deskbar with new plugins, new screen resolution controls, Compiz Fusion 0.7.8 with new effects and translation updates, PulseAudio 0.9.12 with numerous bug fixes, and many other features. For more information please see the release announcement and release notes. Download (SHA1): foresight-2.0.5-x86-dvd1.iso (1,299MB, torrent), foresight-2.0.5-x86_64-dvd1.iso (1,398MB, torrent).
BSD Release: PC-BSD 7.0.1
Kris Moore has announced the release of PC-BSD 7.0.1, the first bug-fix upgrade of the new 7.0 series: "After much hard work and testing the PC-BSD Team is happy to announce the availability of PC-BSD 7.0.1, the first upgrade in the 7 series, with FreeBSD 7.0 under the hood. Version 7.0.1 contains a number of bug fixes and improvements. Some of the changes are: KDE 4.1.2; AMD64 edition; NTFS write support; Adobe Flash 9 support (Linux -flashplugin9); better WiFi support; updates to the System Updater. This version of PC-BSD can be downloaded and installed as a fresh install or, alternatively, it can be updated to from PC-BSD 7.0 via the System Update tool." Read the release announcement and changelog for further information. Download (MD5): PCBSD7.0.1-x86-DVD.iso (1,615MB), PCBSD7.0.1-amd64-DVD.iso (1,638MB).
Development Release: SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Beta 3
Warren Woodford has announced the third beta release of SimplyMEPIS 8.0: "The third beta of SimplyMEPIS 8.0 has been released for 32-bit and 64-bit processors. The only major change for this release is a switch to the recently released 2.6.27 kernel. Warren Woodford of MEPIS explains this unexpected move, 'In general, the 2.6.26 kernel was working well, but we knew of a couple of problems. The Intel e01000 series drivers needed to be updated and Aufs seemed to be a bit unstable. In 2.6.27 the Intel and kernel teams have addressed several Intel driver issues and, in my personal experience, Aufs seems to be stable again. As a bonus, 2.6.27 enhances support for IPv6, which we think will become more and more important during the life cycle of the 8.0 release.'" Here is the release announcement. Download: SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.90-beta_32.iso (659MB, MD5), SimplyMEPIS-CD_7.9.90-beta_64.iso (676MB, MD5).