Roundup (2019-02-04 – 2019-02-10)

Refracta is a Devuan-based distribution which uses XFCE as the default desktop environment, and has now reached version 9.0. With this release, the various packages used have been updated to their latest versions.

Window manager dwm has been updated to version 6.2. The changes with this release are minimal and mostly focus on code cleanup.

MX Linux has released an update to the current version with 18.1 now available. This refresh release updates various packages including core applications.

Roundup (2019-01-28 – 2019-09-03)

SystemRescueCd has made a new major version release with the arrival of 6.0.0. The major changes with this release are the dropping of the 32-bit edition, and the base system switching from Gentoo to Arch Linux.

With the release of Kodi 18.0 this week, LibreELEC 9.0 has also arrived. The multimedia distribution features a number of security-related changes such as improvements to firewall rules to prevent accidental leakage of shares over VPN.

Lutris, the game manager for Linux-based systems has made it to version 0.5.0. The application makes one-click installation of various games easy and supports a wide range of emulators.

AwesomeWM has seen version 0.4.3 released to the public, with a number of fixes and behavioural improvements. Change include a separator widget being included, a new GTK colour palette based theme, and better DPI handling.

Roundup (2018-01-14 – 2018-01-20)

Video conversion software Handbrake has been updated to version 1.2.0. The key change sees the switch from using libav to ffmpeg as the backend. Numerous legacy presets have also been removed while new ones have been added.

Debian-based distribution deepin has been updated to version 15.9. Notable features of this release include improved touch screen support, better power management and several desktop performance enhancements.


Roundup (2018-01-07 – 2018-01-13)

Anypaste, a command line tool for sharing content to a file or pastebin hosting service has made it to version 1.1.

Reaching three billion downloads, VLC has made it to version 3.0.6. This fixes a regression introduced in the previous release with regard to DVD subtitles, and adds support for HDR in AV1.

System information tool Neofetch has seen the release of version 6.0.0. The release adds support for a number of new distributions including Bedrock Linux and OpenMandriva Lx.

GWE, a relatively new application for users with an NVIDIA graphics card which provides information such as temperature as well as control fans and overclock the card. This has now reached version 0.5.1.

Clonezilla Live has been updated to version 2.6.0-37, where it continues its history of frequent incremental improvements. Two key additions are the inclusion of both cURL and Network-Manager.

Roundup (2019-01-01 – 2019-01-06)

tar 1.31 has been released, with a new compression method (zstd) being enabled. The release also fixes a security issue reported in 2018.

sjfonts (also known as Some Juicy Fonts) has been updated for the first time in eleven years, with the 2.1 release. The font pack includes two typefaces – Delphine and SteveHand – and are handwritten style fonts.

Book management software Calibre has seen a new release with 3.37 being made available. A number of bug fixes and minor improvements have been made including a resolution to an issue logging in to Google Books.

GNU ed 1.15 is now available and resolves a few minor bugs to both the code and the manual.

youtube-dl 2019.01.02 has been made available with a few fixes for various sites. The release comes just two days after a previous release which fixed a number of YouTube download issues.

A new non-linear video editor has been released. Olive is made available under the GPL v3 license and is cross-platform to Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.