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So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

It is with a heavy heart that I write this message. As awesome as it has been developing and maintaining Cucumber Linux, unfortunately the project has grown too large for me to properly manage. The amount of work involved has steadily increased, and as I move forward with my life the amount of time I have available to work on personal projects has been decreasing. Therefore (barring any major changes), this project has come to an end and this will be the final anouncment.

It's been a great run. I will always be greatful for the learning experiences and connections this project has formed. To see what I'm up to in the future, take a look at my GitHub and my personal website.

So long.

- Scott

Posted January 4, 2021

Cucumber Linux 2.0 Alpha 1 has been Released

The first alpha for Cucumber Linux 2.0 is now available. Several packages have been updated from Cucumber Linux 1.1, including Linux, GCC, glibc, binutils, OpenSSH, MariaDB, Rsync, Perl and PHP. Additionally, LibreSSL and Neovim make their debut. This release is intended for early testing purposes as it contains only a subset of the packages that will be included in the final release. New packages will be installable via pickle as they become available.

The installable ISO files are available for download at the download page. Starting with this release, we will no longer be providing basic ISO images; users will need to use a DVD or USB flash drive to install. The full list of changes can be found in the CHANGELOGs and on GitHub.

Posted November 13, 2018

Cucumber Linux 1.1 has been Released

After six months of development, version 1.1 of Cucumber Linux has been released. This is a minor update, so only the few packages that needed to be updated for continued upstream support have need updated: PHP (updated to 7.2), Perl (updated to 5.26) and Bind client (updated to 9.11). Additionally, this release adds a few new daemons: VSFPTD 3.0.3, OpenSMTPD 6.0.3, Dovecot 2.2 and Bind server 9.11.

This version of Cucumber Linux will be fully supported until December 31, 2019 and will then receive at least three months of selective support, putting the end of life date at March 31, 2020. For more information see the supported versions page.

Originally, it was stated that Cucumber Linux 1.1 would be released at least three months before the end of full support for Cucumber Linux 1.0. To keep this promise, the end of full support date for Cucumber Linux 1.0 has been pushed back from the original date of May 31, 2018 to September 30, 2018, and the end of life date has been pushed back from September 30, 2018 to November 30, 2018. This should allow plenty of time for users of Cucumber Linux 1.0 to upgrade to Cucumber Linux 1.1. We've also created a handy upgrade guide at

Go grab the Cucumber Linux 1.1 installation ISOs at the download page. The full list of changes can be found in the CHANGELOG.

Posted April 4, 2018

Cucumber Linux 1.1 Release Candidate 1 is now Available

The first release candidate for Cucumber Linux 1.1 has arrived. Being a release candidate, this version has the potential to become the official 1.1 release if no critical bugs are found in it. If you find any last minute bugs, make sure to get the reports in quickly.

Starting with this release, we will no longer be providing MD5 checksums of the installation ISOs. We are doing this to encourage people to switch to using the more secure SHA256 or PGP signatures to verify the integrity of the images, since it is well known that MD5 is broken.

As always, you can get the installable ISOs at the download page and the full list of changes can be found in the CHANGELOG.

Posted March 20, 2018

Click here for Important Information Regarding the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-5754, CVE-2017-5753 & CVE-2017-5715)

The Meltdown vulnerability has been fixed in the Linux kernel packages version 4.9.75. This update is known to break certain systems and setups, and may require manual intervention. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and would not do this if this vulnerability was not extremely critical. Ths Spectre vulnerabilities were originally addressed and mitigated against in version 4.9.77 of the Linux kernel. The Spectre 2 vulnerability (CVE-2017-5715) was further mitigated against in versions 4.9.79 and 4.9.81 of the Linux kernel. These patches are known to cause a drop in system performance. While this can reportedly this can be up to a 30% decrease in speed, some systems will experience a greater drop than others; not all systems will experience this drastic a of drop. Details about these vulnerabilities and what to do can be found on our security tracker at and our security mailing list at

Posted January 6, 2018
Revised February 2, 2018
Further Revised February 21, 2018

Introducing the Cucumber Linux IRC Channel

Cucumber Linux now has an IRC chnnal on #cucumberlinux. Come join us on IRC to talk about all things Cucumber Linux related. As a convenience, we also have a webchat client set up for you to use at See you on there!

Posted January 3, 2018

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