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Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.5.1

An updated version of Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), a privacy-oriented Linux live CD developed in the USA by Software Protection Initiative, is now available for download: "Version 1.5.1 of LPS is now available. Changes: fixed DNSCrypt feature; fixed printing; added power management controls; added support for Express Card....

Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

An anonymous reader writes "For the last 6 weeks the Debian developers have had an election to determine the new Debian Project Leader. The election is now over and Lucas Nussbaum was re-elected. As always in Debian, the result of the voting was found using the Condorcet method." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 554

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Setting up storage with FreeNAS 9.2.1.3 News: Ubuntu refines dash searches, OpenSSL bug found and patched, Fedora.next explained, CentOS update, Robolinux Stealth VM software for Ubuntu, DPL elections result Tips and tricks: Measuring memory and getting rid of useless cats Released last....

Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 6.0 "MATE"

Jacque Raymer has announced the release of MakuluLinux 6.0 "MATE" edition, a Debian-based distribution featuring the recently-released MATE 1.8 desktop environment: "The first release in our new 6 series dubbed 'Imperium' (Latin for 'power to command'), also our first dual-mode solo MATE build. This release allows users to....

Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

An anonymous reader writes "The Linux 3.15 kernel now in its early life will be able to suspend and resume much faster than previous versions of the Linux kernel. A few days ago we saw ACPI and Power Management updates that enable asynchronous threads for more suspend and resume callbacks. Carrying out more async operations leads to reduced time for the system suspend and then resuming. According to one developer, it was about an 80% time savings within one of the phases. On Friday, work was merged that ensured the kernel is no longer blocked by waiting for ATA devices to resume. Multiple ATA devices can be woken up simultaneously, and any ATA commands for the device(s) will be queued until they have powered up. According to an 01.org blog post on the ATA/SCSI resume optimization patches, when tested on three Intel Linux systems the resume time was between 7x and 12x faster (not including the latest ACPI/PM S&R optimizations)." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: SME Server 9.0 Beta 4

Ian Wells has announced the availability of the fourth and final beta release of SME Server 9.0, an upcoming new release of the project's CentOS-based specialist distribution for servers: "The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of SME Server 9.0 beta 4 which is....

Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.18.0-2

Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 0.18.0-2, the latest stable version of the popular Debian-based live CD designed for disk management and data rescue tasks: "The GParted team is proud to announce another stable release of GParted Live. This live image fixes a bug with....

Development Release: Oracle Linux 7.0 Beta 1

Oracle has announced that the initial beta build of Oracle Linux 7.0, a distribution built from source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 and enhanced with an "unbreakable" Linux kernel, is ready for testing: "We are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta build for....

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

An anonymous reader writes "Recently my boss has asked me about the advantages of Linux as a desktop operating system and if it would be a good idea to install it instead of upgrading to Windows 7 or 8. About ten boxes here are still running Windows XP and would be too old to upgrade to any newer version of Windows. He knows that i am using Linux at work on quite outdated hardware (would have gotten a new PC but never requested new hardware — Linux Mint x64 runs quite well on it) and i always managed to get my stuff done with it. I explained to him that there are no licensing issues with Linux, there is no anti-virus software to deal with and that Linux is generally a bit more efficient on old hardware than operating systems from Microsoft. The boss seems interested." But that's not quite the end; read on for this reader's question. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 8 "Lite"

The "Lite" edition of Zorin OS 8, an i386-only variant of the beginners-friendly distribution that features the LXDE desktop, has been released: "The Zorin OS team is pleased to release Zorin OS 8 Lite and Business. Zorin OS 8 Lite is the latest evolution of the Zorin OS....

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