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Open Letter To All GNU/Linux and Unix Operating System Vendors

This is an open letter to all GNU/Linux and Unix operating system vendors.

Please provide some sort of RSS or Atom feed for just new releases. Nothing else. No package updates. No "community" posts. No extra fluff. It shouldn't include news about being included in the Google Summer of Code. It shouldn't provide a list of package security advisories. It shouldn't include why you think dropping one package for a fork is a good idea.

Did you just release "H4x0rz Linux 13.37"? Great! Publish that release news to a central spot, where only releases are posted, and give me a feed to parse. Still confused? Let me give you an example:

Perfect. Includes alpha releases, which are fine. But it focuses only on the new releases. No community news; that's what planets are for. No package updaets; I can figure those out in the OS itself. Just releases.

Here's a list of vendors that I would like to put in my feed reader, that I cannot find any such centralized feed source:

  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • Linux Mint
  • OpenBSD
  • OpenSUSE
  • Scientific Linux
  • Slackware

I know some projects have web forums, of which there may be a subforum dedicated to releases only. If that forum provides an RSS feed, perfect. I know some mailing list managers also provide RSS feeds for archives. That works too. I don't care where it comes from, just so long as there is a reliable source where I can get reliable, up-to-date news on just the latest release, nothing else.

If such feeds exist for these operating systems, please help me in the comments.


{ 6 } Comments

  1. Distrowatch | October 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I think what you are loking for is Distrowatch (

  2. Yuvraj Sharma | October 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink


    Check out

  3. tja | October 25, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    also, the release blog is badly out of date..

  4. Aaron Toponce | October 25, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    I don't want a feed of every operating system rolled into one. I also don't want to rely on a 3rd party vendor.

  5. Parménides GV | October 26, 2013 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    The Ubuntu Releases feed is not updated, 13.10 is already out!

  6. avj | November 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    For OpenBSD, one can simply answer the following question:

    What is today's date?

    a. May 1
    b. November 1
    c. neither
    d. both

    If the answer is a or b, there is a new OpenBSD release; if the answer is d, the nanomites have reached your brain and it's too late to turn back.

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