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Linux Top 3: Tails 1.4, 4MLinux 12 and TinyCore Linux 6.2

  • May 12, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) Tails 1.4

Nearly a year after Tails 1.0, and the Tails 1.4 release is now available. Tails - short for The Amnesic Incognito Live System  and is a privacy focused Linux distribution. In Tails 1.4 there are a number of security updates that provide newer version of multiple packages including:

  •     Tor Browser: Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-46, Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-47, Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-48, Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-51, Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-54, Mozilla Foundation Security Advisory 2015-57
  •     Linux: Debian Security Advisory 3237
  •     curl:Debian Security Advisory 3232, Debian Security Advisory 3240
  •     dpkg: Debian Security Advisory 3217
  •     gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad: Debian Security Advisory 3225
  •     libgd2-xpm: Debian Security Advisory 3215
  •     openldap: Debian Security Advisory 3209
  •     LibreOffice: Debian Security Advisory 3236
  •     libruby1.9.1: Debian Security Advisory 3246
  •     libtasn1-3: Debian Security Advisory 3220
  •     libx11: Debian Security Advisory 3224
  •     libxml-libxml-perl: Debian Security Advisory 3243
  •     libxml2: Fixup on CVE-2014-3660 for Debian Security Advisory 3057
  •     OpenJDK 7: Debian Security Advisory 3235
  •     ppp: Debian Security Advisory 3228
  •     tor: Debian Security Advisory 3246


Tails 1.4 isn't just about security updates, it also includes Disconnect as a new default search engine and paperkey which enables users to print out OpenPGP secrets.


2) 4MLinux 12.0

4MLinux is a multipurpose Linux distro with the four M's in its name stand for maintenance, miniserver, multimedia and mystery.
The big new features in 4MLinux 12 include:

  • GNU C Library 2.21.
  • PAE support has been enabled in the Linux kernel.
  • Asunder (CD-ripping program),
  •  aTunes (audio player), and
  • Chrome (web browser).


3) Tiny Core Linux 6.2

Tiny Core LInux is a minimalist Linux distribution and has now been updated.

Changelog for 6.2:

  •  tce-audit: similar speedup patch from aswjh
  •  tc-config: nfs4 mount changes from gerald_clark
  •  tce-load: 2% speedup from aswjh
  •  tce-size: apply patch from Greg Erskine for no-deps files
  •  tce-remove, rc.shutdown: update copy2fs name
  •  tce-ab: convert to a symlink
  •  tce-load: awk recursion changes changed to a subshell, so exit status needs to be passed
  •  tce-setup: wait for slow CD drives





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

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