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Linux Top 3: Manjaro, Webconverger and Tails

  • September 29, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Manjaro 15.09

The Manajro Linux distribution is now at its 15.09 milestone, providing a new graphical installer called 'Calmares.'

Beyond the typical suite of open-source tools in many Linux distributions, Majaro developers emphasize the broad support for multiple Linux kernels in the 15.09 release.

The Manjaro Settings Manager now provides an easy-to-use graphical interface for installing and removing the many series of kernels we offer. Manjaro's selection of readily available kernels remains the most extensive of all Linux distribution we know of. At the time of this 15.09 release, ten series of kernel are available directly from our binary repositories, ranging from the mature & rock-solid 3.10 series to the latest 4.3 release. Such a wide array of available kernel options results in extensive hardware support, getting the most out of your system for you, be it old or new.

2) Tails 1.6

The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) version 1.6 is now out providing an incremental update to the Linux distribution allegedly favored by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.  The two biggest update in the TAILS 1.6 release include the new Tor Browser 5.0.3 update and the I2P 0.9.22 release.

Beyond that there are some interesting fixes on the MAC address spoofing side:

    If MAC address spoofing fails on a network interface and this interface cannot be disabled, then all networking is now completely disabled.
    A notification is displayed if MAC address spoofing causes network issues, for example if a network only allows connections from a list of authorized MAC addresses.

3) Webconverger 31

The Webconver distro is Debian based distro specifically about provider users with a web kiosk, making use of an optimized Linux operating system with the Mozilla Firefox browser on top. The new Webconverger 31 release updates to the Firefox 41 browser and doubles down on user privacy.

In the course of comparing privacy defaults with our Windows competitors such as Kioware and SiteKiosk, we did notice disturbingly they have features to log where kiosk users surf to.

We don't and by design can't log user activity from our end for privacy reasons.

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

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