Calamares 2.4.3 Linux Installer Supports Early Debian Initramfs LUKS Unlocking

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The developers behind the Calamares universal installer framework designed for GNU/Linux distributions have updated the open source software, recently, to version 2.4.3.

Calamares 2.4.3 is here two weeks after the previous maintenance update, versioned 2.4.3, and promises to add multiple improvements to the LUKS-based full-disk encryption, such as the ability to support early unlocking with Debian initramfs and Dracut, using the new initramfscfg and dracutlukscfg modules respectively.

Furthermore, it includes several bug fixes that should further improve LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) support on Debian GNU/Linux operating systems and derivatives by adding better handling of /etc/crypttab, as well as to address an issue that could have cause a LUKS encrypted installation to fail if other similar partitions were present.

“The partitioning module of Calamares 2.4.3 requires KPMcore 2.2 or 2.2.1. Further distribution-specific deployment adjustments may be needed for f… (read more)

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Salix Xfce 14.2 Live Edition Is Almost Here, First Release Candidate Is Out Now

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Salix OS developer Dimitris Tzemos announced this past weekend the availability for download and public testing of the first Release Candidate (RC) development version of the upcoming Salix Xfce 14.2 Live Edition.

The Salix Xfce 14.2 operating system landed on the last day of August, exactly two months ago, but it’s only distributed as installable-only ISO images for 64- and 32-bit hardware architectures, so live mediums are always delivered a few weeks later after the official release of the Slackware-based GNU/Linux distribution.

The Salix Xfce 14.2 Live Edition has been in development since then, and it looks like it’s getting closer to a final release. The first RC build is now available for final testing, and, if now major blockers will be found during its test period, it will become the final, production-ready version of the distribution.

“I hope no problems will be reported and this will be renamed to the final release,” said Dimitris Tzemos in the read more)

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Kodi 17 “Krypton” Media Center Gets One More Beta, Adds Android Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

This past weekend, the Kodi development was quite busy, and it looks like they’ve pushed yet another Beta towards the upcoming and highly anticipated Kodi 17 “Krypton” open source and cross-platform media center.

Kodi is the number one media center application right now, and not because it’s free, open source, and supported on so many popular platforms, including GNU/Linux, Android, iOS, macOS, and Microsoft Windows, but because it offers a wide range of powerful settings and it’s easy to set up and customize to your liking.

The fifth Beta of the forthcoming major Kodi 17 “Krypton” series is here one week after the Beta 4 build, and it promises to polish the Android support for addressing a possible crash that could have occurred when Android apps had missing icons, as well as to add back seeking to a certain time on… (read more)

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SystemRescueCd 4.9.0 System Rescue & Recovery Live CD Lands with GParted 0.27.0

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

SystemRescueCd, a popular Gentoo-based Live GNU/Linux distribution designed for system rescue and recovery operations, was updated the other day to version 4.9.0, a maintenance release adding new technologies and components.

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4.28 kernel, available for both 32- and 64-bit platform and fully patched against the “Dirty COW” vulnerability, SystemRescueCd 4.9.0 ships with the recently released GParted 0.27.0 partition editor and e2fsprogs 1.43.3 for better handling of EXT2, EXT… (read more)

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Linux Lite 3.2 Released with a Focus on Security, Based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

A day early than expected, the final release of the Linux Lite 3.2 Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution has been officially announced today, October 31, 2016, by developer Jerry Bezencon.

Based on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and shipping with the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel, Linux Lite 3.2 arrives today with a focus on security, as the developer implemented support for fetching the latest Linux kernel security updated as soon as they become available in the repositories. These will be distributed to users via the Install Updates tool.

Also new and exciting in the Linux Lite 3.2 release is an optional feature called Lite Desktop Widget, which promises to offer users basic system information about the installed distribution right on their desktops. GRUB bootloader support for booting Linux Lite alongside other GNU/Linux distributions has been implemented as well in Linux Lite 3.2. Moreover, Lite Welcome now lets users upgrade from the g… (read more)

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