Latest Linux Distribution Releases (The Always Up-to-date List)

Linux Distribution Releases (March 2017)

Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2

Release Date: March 23, 2017Ubuntu 17.04

Canonical announced the final beta release of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Apart from the flagship Unity edition, Kubuntu, 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.

Find more information on Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta here.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Red 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 cloud. The updated image also makes it easier for the users to shift their RHEL 6 workloads into container-based applications.

More information can be found here.

Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.03

Release Date: March 14, 2017

The 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 and the homegrown Heritage theme for Plasma got a refreshing facelift.

For more information, visit this link.

Parrot Security OS 3.5

Release Date: March 8, 2017parrot os 3.5

The 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.

Find more information, visit this link.

Tails 2.11

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Tails 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.

Read more about the release here.

Manjaro Linux 17.0

Release Date: March 7, 2017manjaro 17.0 Gellivara

Manjaro 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 Plasma 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.

PCLinuxOS 2017.03

Release Date: March 2, 2017pclinuxos 2017.03 kde pictures 3

The 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.

Read more about this latest release here.

BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01

Release Date: March 1, 2017

The 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.

You can download the latest release and know more about BlackArch Linux 2017.03.01 here.

Linux Distribution Releases (February 2017)

Zorin OS 12.1

Release Date: Feb 27, 2017zorin-os-12-core-and-ultimate

The 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 with new Linux kernel 4.8 and updated X server graphics stack.

Know more about Zorin 12.1 release here.

Linux From Scratch 8.0

Release Date: Feb 26, 2017

The 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.

Read more about LFS and BLFS 8.0 here. here

Rebellin Linux 3.5

Release Date: Feb 21, 2017

Rebellin Linux 3.5 MATE

Rebellin 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.

More information about Rebellin Linux 3.5 can be found here.

DEFT Zero Linux 2017.1

Release Date: Feb 13, 2017

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DEFT (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.

Find more information about this Linux distribution release here.

Crux 3.3

Release Date: Feb 11, 2017

CRUX 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

Know more about this Linux distro release here.

NethServer 7.3

Release Date: Feb 8, 2017nethserver 7.2

NethServer 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.

More information on NetServer 7.3 can be found here.

Linux Distribution Releases (January 2017)

Bodhi Linux 4.1.0

Release Date: Jan 28, 2017

Bodhi 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.

Get more information and download links here.

Scientific Linux 7.3

Release Date: Jan 26, 2017

Based 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 Scientific Linux End User License Agreement (EULA).

Find more about Scientific Linux 7.3 here.

Tails 2.10

Release Date: Jan 24, 2017

Tails 2.7

The new version of The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails), i.e., Tails 2.10, was released with Tor and Tor Browser 6.5. Tails 2.10 also comes with with OnionShare file sharing utility. The Linux kernel shipping with this release of privacy-focused Linux distribution is kernel 4.8.

Get more information anout Tails 2.10 here.

AryaLinux 2017

Release Date: Jan 13, 2017

AryaLinux 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.

Know more about AryaLinux 2017 here.

Ultimate Edition 5.1

Release Date: Jan 13, 2017

Ultimate Edition 5.1 is based on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus. It comes loaded with KDE Plasma desktop environment. It also features Tmosb is 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.

Get more details here.


Parted Magic 2017_01_08

Release Date: Jan 8, 2017

The 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 getting back data now ships with ZFS on Linux kernel drivers. The Linux kernel has been updated to Linux 4.9.1

Find more details and downloads here.

KaOS 2017.01

Release Date: Jan 5, 2017kaos-2017-01

The 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, Frameworks 5.29.0, and KDE Applications 16.12.0. It’s based on Linux kernel 4.8.15.

Find downloads and more details here.

Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce Beta

Release Date: Jan 5, 2017linux-mint-18-1-xfce-beta

The 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 latest software, bug fixes, and refinements. It features Xfce 4.12, MDM 2.0, Linux kernel 4.4, and Ubuntu 16.04 base.

For more information and downloads, visit here.

Arch Linux 2017.01.01

Release Date: Jan 1, 2017

By 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.

Find the downloads and further details here.

Solus 2017.01.01

Release Date: Jan 1, 2017solus-snapshot-budgie-main

On 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.

For further information and downloads, visit this link.

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.

For more information, visit this link.

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.

For more information, visit this link.

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.

For more information and download, visit this link.

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.


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