October 24, 2016

Linux Top 3: Apricity, Tails 2.5 and Guix

  • August 10, 2016
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Apricity OS 07.2016

Among the new release in the last week is the first stable release of Apricity OS, tagged officially as 07.2016. Apricity is an Arch Linux based distro with a unique system configuration tool called Freezedry.

With a simple TOML configuration file, many aspects of a system may be configured, including Gnome and Cinnamon themes and settings, installed packages, enabled systemd services, and enabled vim plugins (installed through Pathogen). Freezedry is built with modules, each in charge of controlling a specific aspect of a user's system.

2) TAILS 2.5

TAILS 2.5 is the latest incremental update of the Linux distribution first made famous by NSA whistelblower Ed Snowden. The new 2.5 update is largely a bug fix and incremental performance improvement update. Fixed problems include:

  •     The automatic account configuration of Icedove used to freeze when connecting to some email providers. (#11486)
  •     In some cases sending an email with Icedove used to result in the error: "The message could not be sent using Outgoing server (SMTP) mail.riseup.net for an unknown reason." (#10933)
  •     A spurious error message used to sometimes appear when creating an account in Icedove and providing its password. (#11550)
  •     Fix some time synchronization problems, by replacing obsolete and unreliable servers, and decreasing a timeout. (#11577)
  •     KVM virtual machines with QXL video: vastly improve graphics performance and fix visual artifacts in Tor Browser. (#11500, #11489)

3) GNU Guix SD 0.11

The latest release of the GNU Guis Software Distribution (SD) is now out including a new emacs mode that enables users to browse package definition locations. The new release now also has expanded support for RAID storage arrays.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Linux Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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