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