Nitrux 2.9.1 Available and Uses a Newer Linux Kernel

Aug 07, 2023

If you’re looking for a Linux distribution that shrugs off systemd and ships with a newer kernel, Nitrux 2.9.1 might be just what you want.

The developers of the systemd-free Linux distribution, Nitrux, have released a new version of the operating system (version 2.9.1) which includes kernel 6.4. This Debian-based distribution is immutable and uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment as a base to form its own unique desktop, called NX Desktop.

Although this is just a point release, it shifts to the Liquorix Linux kernel, version 6.4.8, the latest KDE software (including KDE Frameworks 5.108 and KDE Gear 23.04.3), and is built against Qt 5.15.5.

You’ll also find a few new bits, such as the Kernel Boot tool that simplifies the process of booting different kernels.  Another addition is the Hardware Probe Tool, which makes hardware detection easier and more reliable. As well, fuse-overlayfs has been added for rootless containers. Finally, you’ll enjoy built-in support for AppImages and a suite of convergent applications (called Maui Apps), such as Index, Nota, Station, VVave, Pix, Clip, Buho, and Shelf.

Other software highlights include the latest NVIDIA proprietary drivers (version 535.86.05), the latest MESA stack (23.3), an updated patch for the AMD Zdnbleed vulnerability, and Firefox 116.

You can read the full release announcement here and download an ISO from the official download page.

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