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Linux Top 3: Tails 1.1.1, RoboLinux 7.6.2 and Gentoo 20140826

  • September 8, 2014
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Tails 1.1.1

Tails - The Amnesic Incognito Live System - rose from anonymity thanks to National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden allegedly relies on Tails as his Linux distribution of choice for maintaining privacy.

The Tails 1.0 release debuted on April 29 and Tails 1.1 came out on July 22. The Tails 1.1.1 update was released on September 2 and provides bug and security fixes.

The security fixes include elements of the Iceweasel browser which is based on the open-source Mozilla Firefox browser

Following is the full list of security updates:

  • Iceweasel and its bundled NSS: MFSA:s to be announced.
  • cups: Debian Security Advisory 2990
  • linux: Debian Security Advisory 2992
  • tor: Debian Security Advisory 2993
  • nss: Debian Security Advisory 2994
  • openssl: Debian Security Advisory 2998
  • krb5: Debian Security Advisory 3000
  • libav: Debian Security Advisory 3003
  • gpgme1.0: Debian Security Advisory 3005
  • python-imaging: Debian Security Advisory 3009

2) RoboLinux 7.6.2

While there are multiple Linux operating system distributions that are all trying to help Windows users move to Linux, RoboLinux has a very unique take.

"Since support for XP has expired many Windows XP Users around the world are migrating from WindowsXP to Linux because they don't want to to be forced to spend hundreds of dollars or throw away their PC or laptop that is in perfectly good working condition. Since Robolinux invented "Revolutionary Stealth VM" inside our Debian Operating System we decided to create specific versions that work on all Linux Operating Systems so now anyone can run Windows XP or 7 inside Linux Mint, all Ubuntu versions & derivaives and all RPM based operating systems virus Free"

The new 7.6.2 release includes several new and improved features including: Remote Desktop Sharing and new Intel WiFi drivers. The 7.6.2 release is available in multiple editions including one with an XFCE desktop and another with Gnome. The project is now working on LXDE and KDE versions for future release.

3) Gentoo Iron Penguin

Gentoo is a rolling release distribution but every so often the project will release a milestone update. That's what the Gentoo Linux 20140826 release is about, provided updated media for new users to get up and running with Gentoo.

Packages included in this release: Linux Kernel 3.15.6, Xorg 1.16.0, KDE 4.13.3, Gnome 3.12.2, XFCE 4.10, Fluxbox 1.3.5, LXQT Desktop 0.7.0, i3 Desktop 2.8, Firefox 31.0, LibreOffice, Gimp 2.8.10-r1, Blender 2.71-r1, Amarok 2.8.0-r2, Chromium 37.0.2062.35 and much more ...

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

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