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GNOME Firmware App Launches Officially to Make Updating Firmware Easier on Linux

Monday 16th of September 2019 01:10:00 PM
Just two weeks after its initial unveiling, the GNOME Firmware utility has been officially released as part of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment series.

Promising to make firmware updates easier to deploy, GNOME Firmware is a graphical application for power users that lets them check for new firmware for their devices, update or downgrade current firmware, as well as to install new firmware. GNOME Firmware is designed as an optional utility for GNOME users, as well as users of other desktop environments.

"GNOME Firmware is designed to be a not-installed-by-default power-user tool to investigate, upgrade, downgrade and re install firmware," said Richard Hughes in a read more)

Linux Kernel 5.3 Officially Released, Here's What's New

Sunday 15th of September 2019 11:07:00 PM
Linus Torvalds announced today the release of the Linux 5.3 kernel series, a major that brings several new features, dozens of improvements, and updated drivers.

Two months in the works and eight RC (Release Candidate) builds later, the final Linux 5.3 kernel is now available, bringing quite some interesting additions to improve hardware support, but also the overall performance. Linux kernel 5.3 had an extra Release Candidate because of Linus Torvalds' travel schedule, but it also brought in a few needed fixes.

"Even if the reason for that extra week was my travel schedule rather than any pending issues, we ended up having a few good fixes come in, including some for some bad Btrfs behavior. Yeah, there's some unnecessary noise in there too (like the speling fixes), but we also had several last-minute reverts for things that caused issues," said Linus Torvalds.

Here's what's new in Linux kernel 5.3read more)

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here's What's New

Thursday 12th of September 2019 05:27:00 PM
The GNOME Project announced today the release and general availability of the highly anticipated GNOME 3.34 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

GNOME 3.34 is dubbed "Thessaloniki" after the host city of the GUADEC (GNOME User and Developer European Conference) 2019 event and it's a major release that adds numerous new features and improvements. It's been in development of the past six months and comes as a drop-in replacement for the GNOME 3.32 "Taipei" desktop environment series with many new features. 

"The latest version of GNOME 3 has been released today. Version 3.34 contains six months of work by the GNOME community and includes many improvements, performance improvements and new features," reads today's announcement. "Highlights from this release include visual refreshes for a number of applications, including the desktop itself. The background selection settings also re... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.18 Desktop Environment Will Be Next LTS Series, Lands February 2020

Thursday 12th of September 2019 03:10:00 PM
The KDE Project announced that the next LTS (Long Term Support) series of their acclaimed KDE Plasma desktop environment for Linux-based operation systems will be KDE Plasma 5.18.

The current LTS (Long Term Support) series of the KDE Plasma desktop environment is KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS, which recently got its last scheduled maintenance update, KDE Plasma 5.12.9, which means that it actually reached end of life and will no longer receive point release except only if critical security issues or bugs need to be addressed.

Therefore, the KDE Project talked with various GNU/Linux distribution vendors about which next LTS series of the KDE Plasma desktop environment will suit them, and two of the biggest distros requested that the next long-term supported KDE Plasma series will be KDE Plasma 5.18, which was slated for rel... (read more)

KaOS 2019.09 Linux Distro Released with KDE Plasma 5.16.5 and Linux Kernel 5.2

Thursday 12th of September 2019 01:51:00 PM
The KaOS project announced the release and general availability of KaOS 2019.09, a new stable ISO snapshot for September 2019.

KaOS 2019.09 comes two months after the release of KaOS 2019.07 earlier this summer and brings with it all of the latest KDE technologies that have been released during this period, including the KDE Plasma 5.16.5 desktop environment, KDE Applications 19.08.1 and KDE Frameworks 5.61 software suites, as well as the Qt 5.13.1 application framework.

"With almost 60 % percent of the packages updated since the last ISO and the last release being over two months old, a new ISO is more than due," reads the release announcement. "As always with this rolling distribution, you will find the very latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.61.0, Plasma 5.16.5 and KDE Applications 19.08.1. All built on Qt 5.13.1."

Now powered by Linux kernel 5.2

Another major cha... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.12.9 LTS Desktop Environment Released with More Than 20 Bug Fixes

Thursday 12th of September 2019 01:01:00 PM
The KDE Project announced the release and general availability of the ninth maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.12 desktop environment series.

Released more than one and a half years ago, the KDE Plasma 5.12 series is currently the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of the acclaimed desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems. KDE Plasma 5.12.9 LTS is here six months after the KDE Plasma 5.12.8 LTS release as yet another maintenance update that addresses a total of 24 issues and updates translations.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.12.9. Plasma 5.12 was released in February 2018 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds six months' worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important," reads the release announcement.

Notewo... (read more)

Canonical Fixes Linux 4.15 Kernel Regression in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

Wednesday 11th of September 2019 03:57:00 PM
Canonical announced today the availability of a new Linux kernel release for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems running the Linux 4.15 kernel, which fixes a regression.

Earlier this month, Canonical published major Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, addressing no less than 28 security vulnerabilities. However, one of the patches also introduced a regression causing the Linux kernel 4.15 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems to crash when handling fragmented packets.

"USN 4115-1 fixed vulnerabilities in the Linux 4.15 kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Unfortunately, as part of the update, a regression was introduced that caused a kernel crash when handling fragmented packets in some situations. This update addresses the issue. We ... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" Promises More Boot Speed Improvements

Wednesday 11th of September 2019 03:22:00 PM
Colin Ian King, a Ubuntu Engineer working in the Kernel Team at Canonical, published a blog article with some of the boot improvements made in the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 operating system.

According to Colin Ian King, the Ubuntu Kernel Team worked hard during the past few months to find a faster compression/decompression algorithm for the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, which will hit the streets later this fall on October 17th.

The Ubuntu Kernel Team benchmarked six compression methods for the initramfs, including BZIP2, GZIP, LZ4, LZMA, LZMO and XZ, to measure the loading time of the Linux kernel, as well as the decompression time. The benchmarking was conducted on x86 configurations using the x86 TSC (Time Stamp Counter).

In the end, they realized that LZ4 is the best compression/decompression method for Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) as BZ... (read more)

GNOME 3.36 Desktop Environment Slated for Release on March 11th, 2020

Wednesday 11th of September 2019 02:40:00 PM
The GNOME Project published today the release schedule for the next major version of their acclaimed and widely used GNOME desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems, GNOME 3.36.

While the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment is not out yet, as it is expected to be officially unveiled tomorrow, September 12th, the GNOME developers are already planning on next major release, GNOME 3.36, which is currently slated for release on March 11th, 2020.

Development of the GNOME 3.36 desktop environment, which will be available under the GNOME 3.35.x umbrella, will start with the first snapshot, GNOME 3.35.1, which is scheduled for public testing release on October 12th. It will followed by a second development snapshot, GNOME 3.35.2, on November 23rd.

Only three development snapshots will be released for GNOME 3.36 before the beta instead of four as it happened until now, and the third one, GNOME 3.35.3, is currently scheduled for next year on January 4th. The two GNOM... (read more)

Ubuntu's Snapcraft Snap Creator Tool Will Soon Get a Windows Installer

Tuesday 10th of September 2019 01:05:00 PM
Canonical has released Snapcraft 3.8, a new feature and maintenance update of their in-house built tool for packaging Linux apps in the Snap universal binary format.

Made for Ubuntu, but also available on the software repositories of various other popular GNU/Linux distributions, the Snapcraft tool lets application developers easily distribute their apps across multiple operating systems by packaging them in the Snap universal and containerized binary format.

These days, Snaps are being packaged and published by some of the major tech companies, such as Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, Spotify, and others, to make it easier for users to install cross-platforms apps on their GNU/Linux distributions. That's why Canonical decided to make a Windows installer for Snapcraft.

"Support for a Windows installer has been fully fleshed out and ready to be delivered, this means that Snapcraft will soon be able to run natively from Windows," Sergio Schvezov, Software Engineer at Can... (read more)

Microsoft Confirms It's Working on Microsoft Teams for Linux, Release Imminent

Monday 9th of September 2019 06:47:00 PM
Microsoft has confirmed today that it is working on a Linux version for its acclaimed Microsoft Teams universal communications platform.

Supported on some of the most popular desktop and mobile platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, Microsoft Teams offers a unified communications platform where teams can share a workspace where they can chat, share files, and work with business apps.

More and more people are switching to Linux these days, and since Microsoft itself started integrating Linux into its latest Windows 10 operating system with the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) project, as well as to develop new features for the Linux kernel, the company confirmed today it will release Microsoft Teams for Linux.

After it was rumoure... (read more)

Purism's Debian-Based PureOS Linux Goes Stable for Rock Solid Releases

Monday 9th of September 2019 03:53:00 PM
Purism, the hardware manufacturer known for building and shipping Linux-based laptops and phones, announced that they are releasing a stable version of their Debian-based PureOS Linux operating system.

PureOS is Purism's in-house developed operating system based on the well-known Debian GNU/Linux OS, which the company is currently deploying on all of their Librem laptops, as well as the Librem 5 smartphone. Until now, PureOS was delivered only as a rolling release where you install once and receive updates forever.

However, due to the privacy and security-focused Librem 5 Linux phone, which will start shipping to customers on September 24th, the company decided to create a stable version of PureOS that contains well-tested components for a rock solid re... (read more)

LXLE 18.04.3 Linux OS Released for Old PCs, It's Based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

Monday 9th of September 2019 02:57:00 PM
The LXLE team announced the final version of LXLE 18.04.3, a new maintenance release of their Ubuntu-based computer operating system that brings latest updates and important bug/security fixes.

Several weeks in the works, the LXLE 18.04.3 release is based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system and features a new "Open 'File' as Root" option, increased applications menu speed, keyboard shortcut overlay list, screen magnifier tooltips, reshuffled Games section, and an updated lock screen that now includes random fortune quotes.

LXLE 18.04.3 also comes with Pinta instead of GIMP, Lxtask instead of Htop, Sakura as default terminal, Bookworm instead of FBreader, Abiword, Gnumeric, and Spice-Up instead of LibreOffice, and Pitivi instead of OpenShot. The PulseAudio equalizer, Lubuntu Software Center, and Java OpenJDK packages have been removed from this release.

F... (read more)

GNOME 3.34 Release Candidate Available for Testing Ahead of September 12 Launch

Monday 9th of September 2019 02:20:00 PM
The GNOME Project announced the availability of the final milestone in the development cycle of the upcoming GNOME 3.34 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

The GNOME 3.34 Release Candidate (RC) has been released over the weekend to public testers in case last minute bugs are discovered before the final release of the open-source desktop environment. The source packages are available to download under the GNOME 3.33.92 umbrella, along with a Flatpak runtime.

The Release Candidate milestone doesn't bring any important changes to the upcoming GNOME 3.34 release, but only minor fixes and updated translations. With this, the development cycle of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment has come to an end and the development team is now preparing for the final release.

GNOME 3.34 to launch on September 12th

It would appear that the GNOME Project also changed the release date of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment from September 11th to Sept... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Gets First Point Release, Available to Download Now

Monday 9th of September 2019 01:45:00 PM
The Debian Project announced the general availability of the first release in the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, along with the tenth update to Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch."

Debian GNU/Linux 10.1 "Buster" and Debian GNU/Linux 9.11 "Stretch" are now available to download as new installation mediums for those who want to deploy either operating system release on computers without downloading hundreds of updates from the repositories after the installation. It consists of 34 security updates, 102 miscellaneous bugfixes, and 2 removed packages.

"This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available," Debian Project explains. "Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 10 but only updates some of t... (read more)

Anonymous OS Tails Gets Fix for SWAPGS Variant of the Spectre Vulnerability

Thursday 5th of September 2019 07:02:00 PM
Tails, the amnesic incognito live system built around the Tor technologies, also known as the Anonymous OS, has been updated to version 3.16 to address a critical security vulnerability and update core components.

Tails 3.16 is now available and it ships with an updated Linux kernel to version 4.19.37-5+deb10u2, imported from the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system. Besides several other security fixes, the updated kernel is patched against the SWAPGS variant of the infamous Spectre vulnerability.

Moreover, the Tails 3.16 release updates most of the firmware packages to improve support for newer hardware, including graphics, Wi-Fi, and others. It also updates the Tor Browser anonymous web browser to the latest 8.5.5 release, and removes predefined bookmarks from Tor Browser's bookmarks toolbar.

Other c... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 69 Is Available for All Supported Ubuntu Releases, Update Now

Thursday 5th of September 2019 05:43:00 PM
The recently released Mozilla Firefox 69 web browser is now available for download from the official software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems.

Mozilla officially launched the Firefox 69 web browser earlier this week with several new privacy and security features, such as the enablement of the Enhanced Tracking Protection by default to automatically block cryptominers, fingerprinters, and third-party tracking cookies.

Firefox 69 also introduces a new Block Autoplay feature to automatically block video content from automatically playing, improves support for WebRTC conferencing services, and brings JIT support to ARM64 systems to improve the performance of Mozilla's JavaScript Optimizing JIT compiler.

Moreover, Firefox 69 adds a new "New Tab" page experience for US users focused on Po... (read more)

Librem 5 Linux Phone Starts Shipping September 24th in Batches Until Q4 2020

Thursday 5th of September 2019 04:06:00 PM
Purism, the hardware manufacturer behind the Librem laptop lineup powered by the PureOS Linux operating system, announced today the final and official shipping dates of the Librem 5 Linux phone.

In development since October 2017 and after a few delays, the privacy and security-focused Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone from Purism is finally shipping later this month, but in batches as iterative production releases. Each batch will ship hardware and software updates, as well as improved mechanical design. The shipping starts September 24th and it will end in Q4 2020.

"The iteration schedule starts in September, 2019, and the Librem 5 will be shipping in batches with incrementing code names. Each iteration improves upon the prior in a rapid rolling release throughout the entire first version of the phone, including the public plans for the second revision of the phone for context," said Todd Weave... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.3 Office Suite Gets Its First Point Release, over 80 Bugs Fixed

Thursday 5th of September 2019 02:58:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of the first point release of the latest LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite series for all supported platforms.

Coming a month after the release of the LibreOffice 6.3 series, LibreOffice 6.3.1 is a maintenance update that fixes a total of 82 issues across various components, such as Word, Draw, Calc, Math, etc., and also introduces a new layer of protection for users before they attempt to run a script or a macro embedded in a document. The same level of protection has been implemented in the LibreOffice 6.2.7 release as well, also announced today.

"LibreOffice 6.3.1 considers the presence of any call to a script-like thing as equally hazardous as a macro, and present the user a warning dialog about the document trying to execute a script," explains Italo Vignoli. "Users should ... (read more)

LibreOffice Developers Announce Increased Focus on PPT/PPTX File Support

Thursday 5th of September 2019 09:45:00 AM
LibreOffice has long been considered the best alternative to Microsoft Office, and partially responsible for this is the advanced compatibility that it offers with documents created in Microsoft’s productivity suite.

And because working with Microsoft Office files is something that all LibreOffice users expect to do as smoothly as possible, The Document Foundation today announced that a dedicated team of developers would be in charge specifically of improving support for PowerPoint presentation files.

In other words, LibreOffice should soon receive updates refining the way the freeware productivity solution works with PPT and PPTX files, albeit the timing obviously depends on a series of factors, including how smoothly the development process goes.

“LibreOffice’s Quality Assurance team is currently going through the collecti... (read more)

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