his list is prepared with the inputs from different Linux distro developers and the official release notes. But, before going ahead and taking a look at latest releases, don't forget to check out our useful lists of best Linux distros of 2017:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tBest Linux Distro For Beginners\r\n \tBest Linux Distro For Gamers\r\n \tBest Lightweight Linux Distros\r\n \tOverall Best Linux Distributions\r\n \tMost Beautiful Linux Distros\r\n \tBest Linux distros for kids\r\n \tBest Linux Distros For Programming &\u00a0Developers\r\n \tBest Operating Systems For Ethical Hacking\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (December 2017)\r\nDebian 9.3\r\nRelease Date: December 9, 2017\r\n\r\nMarking the third update of Debian "stretch," Debian 9.3 was released with tons of security updates, bug fixes, etc. To be precise, 9.3 was shipped with 68 bug fixes and 56 updates. Find more information here.\r\nBodhi Linux 4.4.0\r\nRelease Date: December 8, 2017\r\n\r\nRanked #1 on the best lightweight Linux distro list of Fossbytes, latest Bodhi Linux 4.4.0 was released 3 months after version 4.3.1. It was a normal update release to keep all packages updated. Find more about Bodhi 4.4.0 here on Fossbytes.\r\nPeppermint 8 Respin\r\n\r\n\r\nRelease Date: December 8, 2017\r\n\r\nThe latest version of Peppermint OS was shipped in the form of Peppermint 8 Respin. Based on Lubuntu 16.04 LTS, it ships with a hybrid LXDE-Xfce desktop with LXDE desktop and Xfce bottom panel. This release is powered by Linux 4.10.0-40 kernel from HWE. Find more information here.\r\nPuppy Linux 7.5\r\n\r\n\r\nRelease Date: December 6, 2017\r\n\r\nPuppy Linux 7.5 was released in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Based on Ubuntu 16.04 base, this lightweight distro runs entirely in RAM. Find more information here on Fossbytes\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (November 2017)\r\nParrot 3.9\r\nUbuntu 18.04 Daily Builds\r\nFedora 27\r\nTails 3.3\r\nKali Linux 2017.3\r\nBlackArch 2017.11.24\r\nLinux Mint 18.3\r\ndeepin 15.5\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (October 2017)\r\nFind the information on the October releases here on:\r\nFeren OS 2017.10\r\nTails 3.2\r\nFedora 27 Beta\r\nDebian 9.2\r\nUbuntu 17.10\r\nPop!_OS 17.10\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (September 2017)\r\nUbuntu 17.10 Beta 2\r\nRelease Date: September 28, 2017\r\n\r\nThe final beta of Ubuntu 17.10 was released and it witnessed the participation of all official flavors. Find the detailed information about the same on Fossbytes.\r\nTails 3.2\r\nRelease Date: September 28, 2017\r\n\r\nThe updated ISO of this operating system for anonymous and private browsing was released with security updates and Linux kernel 4.12. New support for PPPoE and dial-up internet connections\u00a0was also added. Find more information on this page.\r\nSparkyLinux 5.1\r\nRelease Date: September 27, 2017\r\n\r\nThe new installation\/Live ISO images of SparkyLinux 5.1, codenamed Nibru, were released. For those who don't know, Sparky 5 is based on Debian testing branch "Buster" and follows a rolling model. This release comes with lightweight desktop options like Xfce, MATE, and LXQt.\r\n\r\nFind more information here.\r\nKali Linux 2017.2\r\nRelease Date: September 20, 2017\r\n\r\nRead about Kali Linux 2017.2 ethical hacking Linux distro in detail here on Fossbytes.\r\nKorora 26 "Bloat"\r\nRelease Date: September 16, 2017\r\n\r\nMore information on Korora 26 can be found in this dedicated article on Fossbytes.\r\nArchLabs 2017.09\r\n\r\n\r\nRelease Date: September 17, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about ArchLabs 2017.09 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nCentOS 7 (1708)\r\nRelease Date: September 13, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about\u00a0CentOS 7 (1708)\u00a0here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nParrot Security 3.8\r\nRelease Date: September 12, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about Parrot Security 3.8 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nZorin OS 12.2\r\nRelease Date: September 8, 2017\r\n\r\nZorin developers released the Zorin OS 12.2 with various improvements. This version comes with Zorin Desktop environment upgrade and stability optimizations. With Wine 2.0, the users get better Windows app support. Zorin OS 12.2 Lite also includes the Disk Usage Analyzer out of the box.\r\n\r\nFind more details about\u00a0Zorin OS 12.2\u00a0here.\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (August 2017)\r\nLinux Lite 3.6\r\nRelease Date: August 31, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about Linux Lite 3.6 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nBlackArch 2017.08.30\r\nRelease Date: August 30, 2017\r\n\r\nBlackArch 2017.08.30 was released with more than 50 new tools. This version shipped with Linux kernel 4.12.8. The BlackArch installer had been updated to version 0.5.2.\r\n\r\nFind more details about BlackArch 2017.08.30\u00a0here.\r\nBodhi Linux 4.3.0\r\nRelease Date: August 29, 2017n\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about Bodhi 4.3.0 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nRaspbian Stretch\r\nRelease Date: August 17, 2017\r\n\r\nDebian runs their releases over a 2-year cycle. After the release of Debian Stretch, Raspbian has also moved to the next version. In the new Raspbian Stretch, there's Sonic Pi 3.0.1, Chromium 60, etc. The\u00a0Bluetooth audio support\u00a0too\u00a0has been improved.\r\n\r\nFind more on Raspbia Stretch\u00a0here.\r\nSolus 3\r\nRelease Date: August 15, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about Solus 3 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nTails 3.1\r\nRelease Date: August 8, 2017\r\n\r\nTails 3.1 Linux distro for anonymity was released with Tor Browser 7.0.4 and Linux 4.9.30. Issues with Thunderbird were fixed and other miscellaneous improvements were made.\r\n\r\nFind more on Tails 3.1\u00a0here.\r\nUbuntu 16.04.3\r\nRelease Date: August 3, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about Ubuntu 16.04.3 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nRHEL 7.4\r\nRelease Date: August 1, 2017\r\n\r\nRed Hat, Inc. announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4. It brings a new set of automation capabilities to limit IT complexity which making sure that workplace security and performance are met.\r\n\r\nFind more information on RHEL 7.4\u00a0here.\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (July 2017)\r\nUbuntu 17.10 Alpha 2\r\nRelease Date: July 28, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about Ubuntu 17.10 Alpha 2 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nopenSUSE 42.3\r\nRelease Date: July 26, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about openSUSE 42.3 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nBackBox Linux 5\r\n\r\n\r\nRelease Date: July 21, 2017\r\n\r\nFind detailed information about BackBox 5 here on\u00a0Fossbytes.\r\nSparkyLinux 5.0\r\nRelease Date: July 16, 2017\r\n\r\nSparkyLinux follows rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch Buster. The new\u00a0\u00a0SparkyLinux 5.0 \u201cNibiru\u201d Home edition images were released with lightweight desktops like LXQt, MATE, and Xfce.\r\n\r\nRead more about SparkyLinux\u00a0here.\r\nMageia 6\r\nRelease Date: July 16, 2017\r\n\r\nThe developers of Mageia Linux distribution was released after its longest release cycle. In this release, KDE Plasma 5 replaces KDE SC 4 desktop environment. As an alternate package manager, DNF has been added. There's a new brand new icon theme for all tools.\r\n\r\nRead more about Mageia\u00a0here.\r\nExTiX 17.7\r\nRelease Date: July 12, 2017\r\n\r\nThe ExTiX project has released the new version of their Ubuntu-based desktop distro. This\u00a0version\u00a0is based on Budgie desktop and comes with the minimum of installed packages. ExTiX 17.7 is powered by Linux kernel 4.11 and based on Ubuntu and Debian.\r\n\r\nRead more about ExTiX here.\r\nFedora 26\r\nRelease Date: July 11, 2017\r\n\r\nThe latest version of Fedora Linux distro was released with the default GNOME 3.24 desktop environment. This release also makes the release of new LXQt desktop edition. For more information and features, read this article on Fossbytes.\r\nZorin OS 12.1 Lite\r\nRelease Date: July 4th, 2017\r\n\r\nZorin has called its 12.1 Lite release as the biggest leap forward in their endeavor to build a lightweight Linux distro for old and low specs computers. This release also marks a shift from LXDE to XFCE desktop environment for creating more familiar experiences for the users. This release is powered by Linux kernel 4.8 and based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.\r\n\r\nRead more this lightweight Zorin release here.\r\nLinux Mint 18.2\r\nRelease Date: July 2nd, 2017\r\n\r\nYou can read about Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya in detail on Fossbytes.\r\n4MLinux 22.0\r\nRelease Date: July 1st, 2017\r\n\r\n4MLinux 22.0 is the latest stable release. It comes loaded with LibreOffice 126.96.36.199, GIMP 2.8.22, Dropbox 28.4.14, Firefox 54.0, Chromium\u00a059.0.3071.86, etc. The biggest change comes with 4MLinux Server, which is a lightweight and fast server Linux distro.\r\n\r\nYou can read more about 4MLinux 22.0 here.\r\nNetrunner 17.06\r\nRelease Date: July 1st, 2017\r\n\r\nNetrunner 17.06, codenamed Daedalus, has been released with an upgraded\u00a0stack of KDE Plasma, Apps, and Frameworks. This release is powered by Linux kernel 4.9, Plasma 5.10, Frameworks 5.34, Qt 5.7.1, etc. This release also includes a new set of default wallpapers.\r\n\r\nRead more about Netrunner 17.06 here.\r\nCalculate Linux 17.6\r\nRelease Date: July 1st, 2017\r\n\r\nMarking the 10th anniversary of Calculate Linux, version 17.6 was released. The new release comes in multiple desktop environments.\r\n\r\nFor more information about Calculate Linux 17.6, visit this link.\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (June 2017)\r\nManjaro Linux 17.0.2\r\nRelease Date: June 26th, 2017\r\n\r\nRead more about Manjaro 17.0.2 here on Fossbytes.\r\nUltimate Edition 5.5\r\nRelease Date: June 24th, 2017\r\n\r\nUltimate Edition 5.5 Linux distro was based on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Please note that it isn't a Long Term Support release. It's powered by Linux kernel 4.10 and KDE Plasma desktop environment.\r\n\r\nRead more about Ultimate Edition 5.5 here.\r\nOpenMandriva Lx 3.02\r\nRelease Date: June 21st, 2017\r\n\r\nThe latest release of OpenMandriva Lx was released with new features. OpenMandriva Lx 3.02, a quick to boot and fast Linux distro, features KDE Frameworks 5.33.0, Plasma 5.9.5, Applications 17.04, and Qt 5.8.0. It also ships with Xorg 1.19.3, Wayland 188.8.131.52, and Mesa 17.1.\r\n\r\nRead more about OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 here.\r\nDebian 9\r\nRelease Date: June 17th, 2017\r\n\r\nKnow more about Debian 9 Stretch\u00a0here on Fossbytes.\r\nantiX 16.2\r\nRelease Date: June 16th, 2017\r\n\r\nantiX 16.2 release came loaded with all updates from Debian Jessie and security patches to Linux kernels. It promises to come loaded with great LiveUSB features. You can download its 3 flavors both in 32 and 64-bit versions.\r\n\r\nKnow more about antiX 16.2 here.\r\nTails 3.0\r\nRelease Date: June 13th, 2017\r\n\r\nThe anonymity-focused Tails 3.0 Linux distro was released as the first version of Tails based on Debian 9 Stretch. This release comes loaded with a new startup and shutdown experience. It also features efforts to polish the desktop experience and security. It goes without saying that updates have been provided to major software packages.\r\n\r\nKnow more about Tails 3.0 here.\r\nFedora 26 Beta\r\nRelease Date: June 13th, 2017\r\n\r\nKnow more about Fedora 26 Beta here on Fossbytes.\r\nMX Linux 16.1\r\nRelease Date: June 8th, 2017\r\n\r\nMX 16.1 Linux distro, available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, comes with installer improvements and tweaks to the default user interface. It also comes with updates to Jessie 8.8 base.\r\n\r\nRead more about MX 16.1 here.\r\nKaOS 2017.06\r\nRelease Date: June 5th, 2017\r\n\r\nThe latest KaOS 2017.06 release features Qt 5.9.0 and Plasma 5.10.0. As a result, the new changes and features of these releases are reflected in the KaOS release. Please note that installing this release on RAID or LVM isn't possible.\r\n\r\nKnow more about KaOS 2017.06 here.\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (May 2017)\r\nBodhi Linux 4.2.0\r\nRelease Date: May 31st, 2017\r\n\r\nRead about Bodhi Linux 4.2.0 here on Fossbytes.\r\nPeppermint OS 8\r\nRelease Date: May 28th, 2017\r\n\r\nPeppermint OS 8, which comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 code base. It's powered by Linux kernel 4.8. With Mesa 17.0.2, Peppermint OS 8 also promised to deliver an improved performance.\r\n\r\nRead more about Peppermint OS 8 here.\r\nDevuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0\r\nRelease Date: May 25th, 2017\r\n\r\nRead more about Devuan GNU+Linux 1.0.0 here on Fossbytes.\r\nAlpine Linux 3.6.0\r\nRelease Date: May 25th, 2017\r\n\r\nAlpine Linux is a lightweight Linux distribution with a focus on security. Alpine Linux 3.6.0, the first in v3.6 stable series, comes with the newly added support for ppc64le and s390x machines. This release also features Rust 1.17, Cargo 0.18.0, GHC 8.0.2, Julia 0.5.2, GCC 6.3, PHP 7.1, Go 1.8, Python 3.6, etc.\r\n\r\nRead more about Alpine Linux 3.6.0 here.\r\nParrot OS 3.6\r\nRelease Date: May 18th, 2017\r\n\r\nRead more about Parrot OS 3.6, an ethical hacking operating system, here.\r\nelementary OS 0.4.1\r\nRelease Date: May 17th, 2017\r\n\r\nThe first point update to elementary OS 0.4 was released with a newer Linux 4.8, Ubuntu 16.04.2 core, and a better support for 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake chips. This release also brings new hardware enablement stack and a new App Center.\r\n\r\nYou can read more about elementary OS 0.4.1 here.\r\nBlack Lab Linux 11\r\nRelease Date: May 7th, 2017\r\n\r\nBased on Linux kernel 4.8 LTS, Black Lab Linux 11 promises to balance a cutting edge performance with the stable GNOME desktop experience. Built for small to medium sized businesses, this release features KDE Runtime for QT apps, LibreOffice 5.3, Google Chrome 58, and Skype.\r\n\r\nRead more about Black Lab Linux here.\r\nNethServer 6.9\r\nRelease Date: May 3rd, 2017\r\n\r\nNethServer 6.9, a server Linux operating system, was released with improved security features like Let's Encrypt, Shorewall version 5, etc. This release is based on CentOS 6.9 Linux distro.\r\n\r\nYou can read more about NethServer 6.9 here.\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (April 2017)\r\nLakka Linux 2.0\r\nRelease Date: 28th April, 2017\r\n\r\nLakka Linux 2.0, a popular gaming Linux distro, was released after 6 months of community testing. The new version is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. It features tons of updated packages. It also ships with RetroArch 1.5.0.\r\n\r\nKnow more about Lakka 2.0 here.\r\nKali Linux 2017.1\r\nRelease Date: April 25, 2017\r\n\r\nKnow more about Kali Linux 2017.1 here on Fossbytes.\r\nTails 2.12\u00a0\r\nRelease Date: April 19, 2017\r\n\r\nThe anonymity-focused Tails 2.12 was released with Linux kernel 4.9.13. It features the GNOME Sound Recorder application and improved hardware support. This release also removed I2P.\r\n\r\nKnow more about Tails 2.12 here.\r\nDeepin 15.4\r\nRelease Date: April 19, 2017\r\n\r\nKnow more about deepin 15.4 here on Fossbytes.\r\nScientific Linux 6.9\r\nRelease Date: April 17, 2017\r\n\r\nBased on RHEL 6.9, Scientific Linux 6.9 comes with a new\u00a0Scientific Linux End User License Agreement (EULA), which contains information about the U.S. Government contract under which it's produced. It also comes with many updated packages.\r\n\r\nRead more about Scientific Linux 6.9 release here.\r\nUbuntu 17.04\r\nRelease Date: April 13, 2017\r\n\r\nKnow more about Ubuntu 17.04 here on Fossbytess.\r\nKaOS 2017.04\r\nRelease Date: April 11, 2017\r\n\r\nThe latest snapshot of KaOS\u00a0is released in two flavors. While one version is Plasma Wayland, the other one is regular X-based. The Plasma Wayland is smaller in size and ships with limited applications. This release is also the first for KaOS to include all needed modules to automatically change scale according to resolution. It's based on Systemd 233, Mesa 17.0.3, Xorg-Server 1.19.3, Linux 4.10.9, GCC 5.4.1\r\n\r\nKnow more about\u00a0KaOS\u00a02017.04 distro here.\r\nTinyCore 8.0\r\nRelease Date: April 9, 2017\r\n\r\nTinyCore 8.0, a minimalist distribution built from scratch, has been released. The changelog for Tiny Core 8.0 includes Linux kernel 4.8.17, glibc 2.24, GCC 6.2.0, etc. For this release, most of the extensions have been copied from 7.x repo and Xorg 7.7 extensions have been updated.\r\n\r\nRead more about TinyCore 8.0 in this post.\r\nOpenELEC 8.0.0\r\nRelease Date: April 9, 2017\r\n\r\nOpenELEC, an open source media and entertainment software built around Kodi, witnessed its new release in the form of OpenELEC 8.0.0. As it's a feature release, it comes loaded with many changes like\u00a0new platform, WeTek Play 2Play 2, supported with its own build.\u00a0Raspberry Pi Zero W supported by Raspberry Pi (1) builds.\r\n\r\nRead more about OpenELEC 8.0.0 here.\r\nLXLE 16.04.2\r\nRelease Date: April 7, 2017\r\n\r\nBased on Ubuntu 16.04.2, LXLE 16.04.2 lightweight Linux distro was released. Codenamed Eclectica, this release comes with changes to menu layout and control menu, theme tweaks, driver updates, etc. There are other extensive set of changes too, which can be accessed on the release page.\r\n\r\nRead more about LXLE 16.04.2 here.\r\nCentOS 6.9\r\nRelease Date: April 5, 2017\r\n\r\nCentOS 6.9, built from the source code for the recent RHEL 6.9, was released. It's the project's legacy branch which will be supported until November 2020.\r\n\r\nYou can read more about CentOS 6.9 and its features here.\r\nFedora 26 Alpha\r\nRelease Date: April 4, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter multiple delays, The Fedora Project released Fedora 26 Alpha after a few delays. This release shipped with GNOME 3.24 and Python 3.6. As it was an early development snapshot, the users were expected to try out the upcoming release and submit bugs. The release covered\u00a0Alpha versions of Fedora Desktop, Fedora Server, Fedora Spins, Fedora Laps, and Fedora for ARM\r\n\r\nFind more information about his release here\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (March 2017)\r\nLinux Lite 3.4\r\nRelease Date: March 31, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe final release of Linux Lite 3.4 was shipped by the Linux Lite developers. Apart from focus on updates and minor improvements, Linux Lite 3.4 also arrived with a new application Lite Updates Notify. The users can use this application for setting Update reminders as per their convenience.\r\n\r\nRead more about Linux Lite 3.4\u00a0here.\r\nOracle Linux 6.9\r\nRelease Date: March 28, 2017\r\n\r\nOracle announced the release of Oracle Linux 6.9, which was also the final update release of Oracle Linux 6. It came\u00a0with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Red Hat Compatible Kernel. The other features of the release were TLS 1.2 support, cpuid utility, improved SSSD support for active directory, etc.\r\n\r\nRead more about Oracle Linux 6.9 here.\r\nUbuntu 17.04 Beta 2\r\nRelease Date: March 23, 2017\r\n\r\nCanonical announced the final beta release of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Apart from the flagship Unity edition,\u00a0Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavors. It comes with updated versions of most packages and Linux kernel 4.10.\r\n\r\nFind more information on Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta here.\r\nRed Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9\r\nRelease Date: March 21, 2017\r\n\r\nRed Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9 was released as the last point release of RHEL 6. RHEL 6.9 updates the TSL 1.2 protocol for strengthening communication security. It's now compatible with modern apps designed for the\u00a0cloud. The updated image also makes it easier for the users to shift their RHEL 6 workloads into container-based applications.\r\n\r\nMore information can be found here.\r\nChakra GNU\/Linux 2017.03\r\nRelease Date: March 14, 2017\r\n\r\nThe first Chakra release of 2017 was codenamed Goedel after the mathematician and philosopher Kurt Goedel. Chakra GNU\/Linux 2017.03 was released with two noteworthy changes. The installer, Calamares, was updated to version 184.108.40.206 and the homegrown Heritage theme for Plasma got a refreshing facelift.\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit this link.\r\nParrot Security OS 3.5\r\nRelease Date: March 8, 2017\r\n\r\nThe popular ethical hacking Linux distro and Kali Linux alternative Parrot Security witnessed a big release in the for of Parrot Security OS 3.5. This release was a result of hard work of 2 months. The developers tested many Debian packages, added new features, and dropped some obsolete packages. The Linux kernel was updated to the latest 4.9.13.\r\n\r\nFind more information, visit this link.\r\nTails 2.11\r\nRelease Date: March 7, 2017\r\n\r\nTails 2.11 release came as the last version to included the alternative anonymizing network I2P. This step was taken due to the lack of developers who could maintain I2P. The latest release of this anonymity-focused Linux distro features the Tor Browser 6.5.1, number of bug fixes, and security fixes.\r\n\r\nRead more about the release here.\r\nManjaro Linux 17.0\r\nRelease Date: March 7, 2017\r\n\r\nManjaro Fringilla was followed by the release of Manjaro 17.0 Gellivara. Available in Xfce and KDE desktop environments, Manjaro 17.0 came with Linux kernel 4.9 LTS, Xorg v1.19, and various updates. The KDE edition featured\u00a0Plasma 5.9 desktop with KDE Apps 16.12.3, and KDE Framework 5.31. The Manjaro 17.0 Xfce edition came with version 4.12. You can know more about Manjaro 17.0 release here.\r\nPCLinuxOS 2017.03\r\nRelease Date: March 2, 2017\r\n\r\nThe KDE Plasma 5 ISO images of popular Linux-based operating system PCLinuxOS were updated. In new images included all the recent updates and bug fixes. It came with Linux kernel 4.9.13, KDE Plasma 5.8.6 LTS, KDE Frameworks 5.31.0, and KDE Applications 16.12.2.\r\n\r\nRead more about this latest release here.\r\nBlackArch Linux 2017.03.01\r\nRelease Date: March 1, 2017\r\n\r\nThe popular ethical hacking operating system BlackArch Linux witnessed its latest release. BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01 came loaded with more than 1700 penetration testing and forensic analysis tools. This release added 50 new tools, updated BlackArch installer, several fixes, Linux kernel 4.9.11, etc.\r\n\r\nYou can download the latest release and know more about BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01 here.\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (February 2017)\r\nZorin OS 12.1\r\nRelease Date: Feb 27, 2017\r\n\r\nThe latest release of popular user-friendly Linux distribution Zorin was released. Zorin OS 12.1 brought latest software updates, new desktop features, bug fixes, performance improvements, and better support. It came\u00a0with new Linux kernel 4.8 and updated X server graphics stack.\r\n\r\nKnow more about Zorin 12.1 release here.\r\nLinux From Scratch 8.0\r\nRelease Date: Feb 26, 2017\r\n\r\nThe Linux From Scratch community announced the release of Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) 8.0. The team called it a major upgrade to this DIY Linux distro. The LFS release brought updates to glibc 2.24, Binutils 2.27, and GCC 6.2.0. Overall, in LFS release, 29 packages witnessed updates. In BLFS version, about 775 updates were made.\r\n\r\nRead more about LFS and BLFS 8.0 here.\u00a0here\r\nRebellin Linux 3.5\r\nRelease Date: Feb 21, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRebellin Linux 3.5 was released with a choice of two desktop environments GNOME and MATE. This latest Linux distro release was based on the Debian Sid and its developers called it the "e best Debian Sid-based distribution you can get." The GNOME Shell was upgraded to 3.22.2, MATE to 1.16.1, kernel to 4.8-liquorix.\r\n\r\nMore information about Rebellin Linux 3.5 can be found here.\r\nDEFT Zero Linux 2017.1\r\nRelease Date: Feb 13, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDEFT (Digital Evidence & Forensics Toolkit) developers have created a new and lightweight version of their operating system. Called DEFT Zero, this release is based on Lubuntu 14.04.02 LTS. Shipping with three different boot modes, the operating system needs lesser RAM to run.\r\n\r\nFind more information about this Linux distribution release here.\r\nCrux 3.3\r\nRelease Date: Feb 11, 2017\r\n\r\nCRUX 3.3, the lightweight Linux distribution designed for experienced users, arrived as the first stable release of the distro in 15 monhts. It came with glibc 2.24, GCC 6.3.0, Linux kernel 4.9.6, X.Org 7.7, etc. The users can download the image and burn it on a CD on load it on a USB drive\r\n\r\nKnow more about this Linux distro release here.\r\nNethServer 7.3\r\nRelease Date: Feb 8, 2017\r\n\r\nNethServer developers have announced the release of NethServer 7.3. It's a CentOS-based Linux distro that's designed for servers. It's now able to act as a Samba Active Directory Controller that can replace a Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controller.\r\n\r\nMore information on NetServer 7.3 can be found here.\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (January 2017)\r\nBodhi Linux 4.1.0\r\nRelease Date: Jan 28, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\nBodhi Linux 4.1.0 is the first scheduled update release of Bodhi Linux 4 branch. This release comes with Linux kernel 4.8, EFL 1.18, and new Moksha Theme based on the Arc Dark theme. This release is shipping in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.\r\n\r\nGet more information and download links here.\r\nScientific Linux 7.3\r\nRelease Date: Jan 26, 2017\r\n\r\nBased on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Scientific Linux 7.3 was released. This release ditches the 4.7GB install disk of Scientific Linux 7 and retains the dual-layer install media. OpenAFS has been updated to version 1.6.20. There's also a new\u00a0Scientific Linux End User License Agreement (EULA).\r\n\r\nFind more about Scientific Linux 7.3 here.\r\nTails 2.10\r\nRelease Date: Jan 24, 2017\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe new version of The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails), i.e., Tails 2.10, was released with Tor 0.2.9.9 and Tor Browser 6.5. Tails 2.10 also comes with with OnionShare file sharing utility. The Linux kernel shipping\u00a0with this release of\u00a0privacy-focused Linux distribution is kernel 4.8.\r\n\r\nGet more information anout Tails 2.10 here.\r\nAryaLinux 2017\r\nRelease Date: Jan 13, 2017\r\n\r\nAryaLinux 2017 was released only in 64-bit format and there's no 32-bit ISO available for download. This release comes with Linux kernel 4.9 and MATE desktop environment 1.17. The other major applications and packages have also been updated.\r\n\r\nKnow more about AryaLinux 2017\u00a0here.\r\n\r\nUltimate Edition 5.1\r\n\r\nRelease Date: Jan 13, 2017\r\n\r\nUltimate Edition 5.1 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus. It comes loaded with KDE Plasma desktop environment. It also features Tmosb\u00a0is also included in this release. It's an LTS release that'll remain supported until 2019. The Linux Kernel is shipping with this release is 4.4.0-30-generic.\r\n\r\nGet more details here.\r\n\r\n \r\nParted Magic\u00a02017_01_08\r\nRelease Date: Jan 8, 2017\r\n\r\nThe new version of Parted Magic was released with Xorg Server 1.19.0 and updated drivers. This live CD\/DVD Linux distro for working with disk partitions and\u00a0getting back data now ships with ZFS on Linux kernel drivers. The Linux kernel has been updated to Linux 4.9.1\r\n\r\nFind more details and downloads here.\r\nKaOS\u00a02017.01\r\nRelease Date: Jan 5, 2017\r\n\r\nThe KaOS development started the new year with the first KaOS ISO for 2017. KaOS 2017.01 is the latest stable release of this rolling release distro. It features KDE Plasma 5.8.5,\u00a0Frameworks 5.29.0, and KDE Applications 16.12.0. It's based on Linux kernel 4.8.15.\r\n\r\nFind downloads and more details here.\r\nLinux Mint 18.1 Xfce Beta\r\nRelease Date: Jan 5, 2017\r\n\r\nThe Mint Project has released Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Xfce Beta. Mint 18.1 is a long term release that'll be supported until 2021. This release is shipped with the\u00a0latest software, bug fixes, and refinements. It features Xfce 4.12, MDM 2.0, Linux kernel 4.4, and Ubuntu 16.04 base.\r\n\r\nFor more information and downloads, visit here.\r\nArch Linux 2017.01.01\r\nRelease Date: Jan 1, 2017\r\n\r\nBy working hard during the holidays, the developers of Arch Linux were able to ship the latest version of their popular operating system. Arch Linux 2017.01.01 was released with Linux kernel 4.8.13. While the new users can download the ISO file from the website, the existing users can simply update their systems.\r\n\r\nFind the downloads and further details here.\r\nSolus 2017.01.01\r\nRelease Date: Jan 1, 2017\r\n\r\nOn the first day of 2017, the first ISO snapshot of the Solus Linux distro was released. It came with the latest stable Linux kernel 4.8.15, better multilingual support, Brik Menu for MATE, and latest NVIDIA drivers. Also, all major packages have been updated and improved.\r\n\r\nFor further information and downloads, visit this link.\r\n\r\nLinux Distribution Releases (December 2016)\r\nLinux Kodachi 3.5\r\nRelease Date: Dec 30, 2016\r\n\r\nLinux Kodachi 3.5, the latest version of the privacy-focused Linux distribution, was released. This release was based on Debian 8.6 Xfce. Apart from tons of minor updates and fixes, a major addition came in the form of Refracta Installer, which allows you to install Kodachi permanently on a PC. A new VPN was also added.\r\n\r\nFind more information and downloads here.\r\nOpenELEC 7.0.0\r\nRelease Date: Dec 29, 2016\r\n\r\nOpenELEC 7.0 version has been released by the developers and the users running OpenELEC 6.95.1 or later can update their distros. The users of the older versions need to manually update their systems. The major changes in the OS come in the form of support for Bluetooth Audio, OpenVPN, and a new platform WeTek Core.\r\n\r\nFind more information and downloads here.\r\nParrot Security OS 3.3\r\nRelease Date: Dec. 25, 2016\r\n\r\nFrozenbox Network has unveiled a minor release in the form of Parrot Security 3.3, which is supposed to be "a working snapshot of the bigger work.\u201d This ethical hacking Linux distro is based on Debian GNU\/Linux 9 Stretch and Linux kernel 4.8. It also makes a switch to PHP 7 and GCC 6.2.\r\n\r\nFor more information and download links, visit here.\r\nAlpine Linux 3.5.0\r\nRelease Date: Dec. 22, 2016\r\n\r\nThe Alpine Linux project has released Alpine Linux 3.5.0. This embedded systems and security-focused release switches from OpenSSL to LibreSSL. Now ZFS file system is supported as the root file system. This release also features updated xorg-server 1.18.4 and LibreOffice 220.127.116.11.\r\n\r\nFind more information about Alpine Linux 3.5.0 in its release announcement.\r\nBlackArch Linux 2016.12.20\r\nRelease Date:\u00a0Dec. 20, 2016\r\n\r\nBlackArch Linux 2016.12.20 was released with new Linux kernel 4.8.13. The addition of more than 100 new tools takes the overall count to 1605. The users have the option to use the live ISO, convert the exisiting Arch Linux installtion into BlackArch, or install this ethical hacking Linux distro from the scratch.\r\n\r\nFor more information and download, visit here.\r\nLinux Mint 18.1\r\nRelease Date:\u00a0Dec. 16, 2016\r\n\r\nThe Linux Mint Project released the second point release of Linux Mint 18, i.e, Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena.' Based on Ubuntu 16.04 package, Mint 18.1 ships with Linux kernel 4.4. While Cinnamon Edition ships with Cinnamon 3.2, the MATE Edition comes with MATE 1.16. Overall, Mint 18.1 ships with updated packages, polished desktop, and bug fixes. This LTS release will remain supported until 2021.\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit this link.\r\nCentOS 7 1611\r\nRelease Date:\u00a0Dec. 12, 2016\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe CentOS Project released CentOS 7 1611, the fourth major update to its RHEL-based Linux distro for servers. The new release now supports 7th generation Intel Core processors, Bluetooth LE, etc. As expected, CentOS 7 1611 comes with updated drivers for graphics, network, and storage. Also, gnome-terminal-nautilus has replaced nautilus-open-terminal.\r\n\r\nFor more information, visit this link.\r\nKDE Neon User LTS Edition\r\nRelease Date:\u00a0Dec. 9, 2016\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKDE Neon User Edition, with Plasma 5.8 LTS, has been announced. This release is intended for the users who don't want new features on their desktop frequently. It'll track KDE Plasma 5.8, the first LTS release of Plasma 5.8 series, and get bug fixes for 18 months. KDE Neon User LTS Edition also ships with latest KDE technologies and Qt 5.7.\r\n\r\nFor more information and download, visit this link.\r\nManjaro\u00a0Deepin\u00a016.10.3\r\nRelease Date: Dec.\u00a09, 2016\r\n\r\nManjaro Linux has announced the availability of the another updated Community Edition in the form of Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3. It comes with latest Manjaro stable update 2016-12-07, latest Deepin Desktop v15.3, Linux kernel 4.4.36, installer Calamares 2.4.5, Chromium 54.0, LibreOffice 5.2.3, and other updated packages.\r\n\r\nFind more information and download, visit this link.\r\nKorora 25\r\nRelease Date: Dec. 7, 2016\r\n\r\nThe Korora Project has unveiled the version 25, codenamed Gurgle. Due to popular demand, a KDE Plasma release has also been added. The version 25 has been released with a focus on making the look more vanilla. The users can also grab other flavors with Cinnamon 3.2, GNOME 3.22, MATE 1.16, and Xfce 4.12.\r\n\r\nYou can read the release announcement and find the download links here.\r\nBackBox Linux 4.7\r\nRelease Date: Dec. 6, 2016\r\n\r\nBackBox Linux 4.7 has been released by the BackBox project with updated hacking tools. It's based on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus and Linux kernel 4.4. This popular Kali alternative comes with the updated version of hacking tools--beef, metaspoilt, openvas, setoolkit, sqlmap, and wpscan. The existing users of BackBox Linux 4.4 version can easily upgrade to the new release by running few commands in terminal.\r\n\r\nRead the release announcement and find the download links here.\r\nSparkyLinux 4.5\r\nRelease date: Dec. 3, 2016\r\n\r\nAn update of SparkyLinux 4.5 "Tyche" was made available for download. This Debian-based Linux distro comes loaded with many desktop environments for more choice. The Deepin and Common Desktop Environment has been added and Pantheon has been removed. The 4.5 update arrives with Linux kernel 4.8.7, Firefox 45.5.0 ESR, Icedove 45.4, and LibreOffice 5.2.3-rc1.\r\n\r\nFind the download links and release announcement here.\r\n4MLinux 20.1\r\nRelease date: Dec. 2, 2016\r\nAs a minor maintenance release, 4MLinux released with Linux kernel 4.4.24. It restored the previously "disappeared" PAE support. All the major programs,\u00a0Double Commander, Dropbox, Firefox, Java RE, Opera, PeaZip, Thunderbird, Wine, have been updated. Just in case you're already running 4MLinux, simply run zk\u00a0update to launch the update.\r\n\r\nFind the download link and further information here.\r\nMageia 5.1\r\nRelease date: Dec. 2, 2016\r\nMageia 5.1 was released in continuation of the Mageia release. It's just an updated version of Mageia 5. It shipped with including LibreOffice 4.4.7, Linux kernel 4.4.32, KDE 4.14.5, GNOME 3.14.3 and other updates.\r\n\r\nFind more information on the release notes and downloads page.\r\nLinux Mint 18.1 Beta\r\nRelease date:\u00a0Dec. 1, 2016\r\n\r\nPrior to the final release of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, the developers of Linux Mint released the beta version to show off what's coming later this December. Flavored with Cinnamon 3.2, Mint 18.1 Beta was based on Linux kernel 4.4 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The final release of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena will remain supported until 2021.\r\n\r\nYou can find the download links and release notes here.\r\nArch Linux 2016.12.01\r\nRelease date: Dec. 1, 2016\r\n\r\nThe powerful and lightweight Linux operating system Arch Linux got a sweet refresh in the form of Arch Linux 2016.12.01. It's based on the latest Linux kernel 4.8.11. If you're an existing Arch Linux user, you don't need to download a new ISO file.\r\n\r\nThe new users can find the download links here.