Linux Distribution Releases (December 2016)

Linux Kodachi 3.5

Release Date: Dec 30, 2016

Linux 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.

Find more information and downloads here.

OpenELEC 7.0.0

Release Date: Dec 29, 2016

OpenELEC 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.

Find more information and downloads here.

Parrot Security OS 3.3

Release Date: Dec. 25, 2016

Frozenbox 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.” 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.

For more information and download links, visit here.

Alpine Linux 3.5.0

Release Date: Dec. 22, 2016

The 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

Find more information about Alpine Linux 3.5.0 in its release announcement.

BlackArch Linux 2016.12.20

Release Date: Dec. 20, 2016


BlackArch 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.

For more information and download, visit here.

Linux Mint 18.1

Release Date: Dec. 16, 2016


The 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.

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CentOS 7 1611

Release Date: Dec. 12, 2016

CentOS 7

The 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.

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KDE Neon User LTS Edition

Release Date: Dec. 9, 2016

KDE Neon 5.8

KDE 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.

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Manjaro Deepin 16.10.3

Release Date: Dec. 9, 2016

Manjaro 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.

Find more information and download, visit this link.

Korora 25

Release Date: Dec. 7, 2016korora-linux

The 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.

You can read the release announcement and find the download links here.

BackBox Linux 4.7

Release Date: Dec. 6, 2016

BackBox 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.

Read the release announcement and find the download links here.

SparkyLinux 4.5

Release date: Dec. 3, 2016sparkylinux-4-5

An 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.

Find the download links and release announcement here.

4MLinux 20.1

Release date: Dec. 2, 20164mlinux-2016

As a minor maintenance release, 4MLinux released with Linux kernel 4.4.24. It restored the previously “disappeared” PAE support. All the major programs, Double Commander, Dropbox, Firefox, Java RE, Opera, PeaZip, Thunderbird, Wine, have been updated. Just in case you’re already running 4MLinux, simply run zk update to launch the update.

Find the download link and further information here.

Mageia 5.1

Release date: Dec. 2, 2016mageia-kde

Mageia 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.

Find more information on the release notes and downloads page.

Linux Mint 18.1 Beta

Release date: Dec. 1, 2016linux-mint-18-1-serena-cinnamon-features-3

Prior 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.

You can find the download links and release notes here.

Arch Linux 2016.12.01

Release date: Dec. 1, 2016

The 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.

The new users can find the download links here.