Linux Release Roundup: Applications and Distros Released This Week

This is a continually updated article that lists various Linux distribution and Linux-related application releases of the week.

At It’s FOSS, we try to provide you with all the major happenings of the Linux and Open Source world. But it’s not always possible to cover all the news, specially the minor releases of a popular application or a distribution.

Hence, I have created this page, which I’ll be continually updating with the links and short snippets of the new releases of the current week. Eventually, I’ll remove releases older than 2 weeks from the page.

This page will be visible on It’s FOSS homepage. You can also bookmark it, if you want so that you can see what’s new in Linux world this week.

If you come across interesting new release that is not listed here, please let me know and I’ll add it.

New Linux Apps & Distro Released This Week

Linux distro and app release roundup

GhostBSD 20.11.28 Released

GhostBSD is based on the development branch of FreeBSD featuring MATE desktop. With the latest release, you will find a new live system with ZFS and compression support along with numerous other OS improvements.

You can check out more details in their official announcement post.

EasyOS 2.5 Released

EasyOS is an experimental Linux distribution that includes a lot of technology from Puppy Linux. With the new update, packages and the kernel have been updated.

You can find more details in their announcement post.

Kali Linux 2020.4 Released

With the latest release, Kali Linux has finally made the switch from Bash to ZSH shell. There’s also a makeover for Bash, to appear more like ZSH.

You will find several other updates, explore more about it in their announcement blog post.

Guix System 1.2.0 Released

A stateless Linux distribution based on GNU Guix package manager. The latest update does not introduce anything major but improves a couple of things from a security point of view.

You can take a look at their blog post for more interesting information.

AV Linux 2020.11.23 Released

AV Linux is a multimedia-oriented distribution which comes pre-installed with essential audio/video software.

The latest release is based on MX Linux and comes with several other changes. For more information, take a look at their blog post.

GNU Octave 6.1 Released

Octave is a scientific programming language. With the new update, you may find several improvements and new functions.

Check out the details in their blog post.

Blender 2.91 Released

The latest release for Blender may not be a huge overhaul but it brings in some interesting and useful features along with some much-awaited support.

You can read more about it in their release page.

Font Manager 0.8 Released

A simple font manager which is a GTK-based app has now come up with a new version.

The latest version includes integration with Google fonts along with some minor improvements. You can read more about the changes in its GitHub releases section.

New releases of the previous week

Here are the Linux apps and distributions that were released the previous week.

BleachBit 4.1.1 Released

BleachBit is a useful cleaning utility to free up disk space. With the latest 4.1.1 release, it now supports cleaning up Slack messenger and Chromium (snap package).

You can learn more about the changes in their official changelog.

Photoflare Image Editor 1.6.6 Released

Photoflare is a basic image editor fit for a lot of things. The latest update comes with several bug fixes and stability improvements as well.

You can also find Russian translation added with this release. For more information, you should take a look at their GitHub releases section.

OpenRazer 2.9 Released

If you have any Razer peripherals, you will be happy to know that with the latest update the open-source driver and daemon to manage the device has several new additions.

The additions include Kraken Ultimate (headphone), Viper Mini (mouse), Basilisk X HyperSpeed (mouse) and a couple more. You can check out their GitHub releases section for the full list of new device support.

IPFire 2.25 Core 152 Released

IPFire is a Linux-based distribution tailored for routers and firewalls. With the latest update, you will find new protocols and encryption options.

You can read the official blog post to get all the details.

PrimTux 6 Released

A French Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu. PrimTux is tailored for teachers and students (for educational environment). With this new release, you will find two different editions available (32-bit and 64-bit).

For more information, you can check out its blog post.

MidnightBSD 2.0 Released

A FreeBSD-based distribution with both 32-bit and 64-bit support. The latest release introduces the improvements derived from FreeBSD 11.x along with some package updates/changes.

You can learn more about it in their official release notes.

ArcoLinux 20.11.9 Released

A new stable version of Arch-based distribution is here. This release introduces a new window manager “dwm”.

You can check out their release announcement to learn more about it.

MX Linux 19.3 Released

MX Linux 19.3 is a minor release with bug fixes and package updates. You can learn more about the changes in their blog post.

Oracle Linux 8.3 Released

Built on the source of Red Hat enterprise Linux, Oracle Linux 8.3 is finally here. It is based on the mainline kernel 5.4, you can learn more about the changes in their official announcement post.

What have we missed?

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