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Linux Mint 19.3 Slated for Release on Christmas with HiDPI Improvements, More

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 07:15:00 PM
The Linux Mint project published their monthly newsletter to inform the community about the latest developments around the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint operating system.

With the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system hitting the streets last month, the Linux Mint project has kicked off the development of the next release, Linux Mint 19.3 (codename is yet to be revealed), which is expected to arrive this Christmas with more improvements and updated components.

"With the stable release behind us, the upgrade path opened and the new packages ported towards LMDE 3, we started work on Linux Mint 19.3. This next release is planned for Christmas, so our development cycle is quite short and we need to move fast," said Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre.

Better HiDPI support, improved language settings, and more

Among the changes that will be implemented in the upcoming Linux Mint 19.3 operating system... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Reaches End of Life, Plasma 5.17 Arrives on October 15

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 04:35:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the fifth and last maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment, also marking the end of life of this series.

KDE Plasma 5.16.5 is now available, coming five weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.16.4 update, bringing a total of 42 changes across various core components, including the Plasma Workspace, KWayland integration, KWin window manager, System Settings, Plasma Discover, KDE GTK Config, Plasma Addons, KScreen, KScreenlocker, Dr Konqi, and the Breeze and Oxygen themes.

Among the most important changes, we can mention additional current condition icon mappings in the Weather widget, support for Volume widget's speaker test to display sinks and buttons, the ability to group only the same origin notifications and display them in the heading, support for the dictionary runner to find definitions, and various other smaller fixes.

"Today KDE relea... (read more)

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Tuesday 3rd of September 2019 10:32:00 AM
Canonical released new major Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems to address up to 28 security vulnerabilities.

Affecting the Linux 5.0, 4.15, and 4.4 kernels of Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), the most critical vulnerability (CVE-2019-10638) fixed in this new security update was discovered by Amit Klein and Benny Pinkas in the Linux kernel when randomizing IP ID values generated for connectionless networking protocols, which could allow a remote attacker track particular Linux devices.

Also discovered by Amit Klein and Benny Pinkas, the security update addresses another critical vulnerability (CVE-2019-10639) in the Linux kernel, but only affecting the Linux 4.15 kernel used in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bi... (read more)

Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Switches to Linux 5.2, Now Supports OnePlus 7

Monday 2nd of September 2019 09:24:00 PM
Offensive Security announced today the release and general availability of the Kali Linux 2019.03 operating system, a major update to the Kali Linux 2019 series that adds lots of new features, improvements, and updated hacking tools.

Kali Linux 2019.03 kicks off important changes to the default toolset, which will be split in three main categories, kali-linux-default with essential tools for penetration testing, kali-linux-large with a wider collection of penetration testing tools, and kali-linux-everything with all the hacking tools.

It also brings better support for ARM architectures, a few helper scripts that makes finding information about packages more easily and automatically runs Windows binaries with Wine, or make it easier to discover what resources can be transferred over to a Windows system.

The Kali Linux NetHunter project for running the OS on Android devices has been updated as we... (read more)

New SparkyLinux Rolling Release Based on Debian Bullseye Ships with Xfce 4.14

Monday 2nd of September 2019 07:49:00 PM
The development team behind the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system released a new rolling version based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" OS.

SparkyLinux 2019.09 is the rolling release for September 2019, fully updated from the Debian Testing repositories, where the development of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system takes place. All packages are synced with the Debian Testing repos as of September 1st, 2019.

But the better news is that SparkyLinux 2019.09 is the first release of the Debian-based distribution to ship with the recently announced Xfce 4.14 desktop environment. So if you want to get a taste of the new Xfce 4.14 release, go ahead and download the SparkyLinux 2019.09 Xfce edition.

However, the developer... (read more)

RaspEX Project Now Lets You Turn Your Raspberry Pi 4 into a HTPC with Kodi

Sunday 1st of September 2019 04:57:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new edition of his RaspEX operating system for Raspberry Pi devices featuring the Kodi media centre and designed for the new Raspberry Pi 4.

If you're looking for a fast, working, and easy-to-install operating system to turn your tiny Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer into a versatile HTPC (Home Theatre PC), the latest RaspEX Kodi build is here to help with that, and it also supports previous Raspberry Pi models.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" and Raspbian operating system series, RaspEX Kodi focuses on the open-source and cross-platform Kodi media center for all the video and audio playback operations, and more. Kodi 18.3 "Leia" is being used in the current release of RaspEX Kodi.

What's new in RaspEX Kodi Build 190803

RaspEX Kodi Build 190803 comes with the lightweight LXDE desktop environment, which is needed for the tiny Raspberry Pi computers, making them faster and more responsi... (read more)

Linux Lite 4.6 Officially Released, It's Based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

Saturday 31st of August 2019 11:40:00 PM
Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced today the official release and general availability of the Linux Lite 4.6 operating system.

After several months of work, the final version of the Linux Lite 4.6 operating system is here, coming five months after the previous version, Linux Lite 4.4. The entire system is based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, but it doesn't ship with its newer HWE (Hardware Enablement) Linux 5.0 kernel by default.

Instead, Linux Lite 4.6 is still powered by the stock Linux 4.15 kernel of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, though users will be able to install a wide range of kernels from Linux 3.13 to Linux 5.2 from the official Linux Lite software repositories.

Here's what's new in Linux Lite 4.6

Hightlights of the Linux Lite 4.6 release include a new theme selector in Lite Welcome to more easily select between the Light and Dark themes, as ... (read more)

Run Chromium OS on Your Desktop or Laptop Computer with ChromX and Flatpak

Friday 30th of August 2019 06:24:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his custom build Chromium OS-based ChromX operating system for desktop and laptop computers with support for Flatpak apps.

Coming nine months after the previous version, ChromX Build 190824 is now available based on the latest Chromium OS build and featuring support for Flatpak applications. This means that you can now fully expend you ChromX installation with all the apps you want if they're available as Flatpaks.

Flatpak is a universal binary format sponsored by Red Hat, which lets application developers easily distribute and maintain their apps in a single, universal package for all Linux-based operating systems, and offers users an easier way to install apps on their GNU/Linux distributions without any dependencies.

Chromium OS is an open-source project aiming to create a secure, fast, simple and easy-to-use computer operating system for those who spend most of their time on the Internet. It is based on ... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" Enters Feature Freeze, Beta Available September 26th

Friday 30th of August 2019 03:08:00 PM
Canonical announced that the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine"  operating system has entered Feature Freeze development stage within a month ahead of the scheduled beta release.

Dubbed "Eoan Ermine," the Ubuntu 19.10 operating system series has been in development since end of April 2019, shortly after the release of the Ubuntu 19.04 "Disco Dingo" operating system, which is currently the latest and most advanced version of Canonical's widely-used Ubuntu Linux OS on desktop, server, and cloud.

As of August 22nd, the Ubuntu 19.10 operating system series has entered the so-called "Feature Freeze" stage of development, which means that no new features will be implemented in the upcoming release before it hits the streets later this fall on October 17th.

"Ideally, you will all now be focusing on bug fixing and not on getting new features into the release," said Steve Langasek to Ubuntu developers in a read more)

Nvidia Releases New Linux Graphics Driver with Many Improvements and Bug Fixes

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:52:00 PM
Nvidia has released a new short-lived graphics driver for Linux, BSD, and Solaris operating system with many improvements, new features, and lots of bug fixes.

The Nvidia 435.21 proprietary graphics driver brings experimental, initial support for runtime D3 (RTD3) power management on Turing notebook GPUs, along with all the neccessary implementation to the nvidia-bug-report.sh script to collect required runtime D3 (RTD3) power management information and ACPI tables (if acpidump tool is available) for debugging.

Also new in the Nvidia 435.21 graphics driver is support for changing the Digital Vibrance function in the display controls section of nvidia-settings on Turing hardware, support for Vulkan and OpenGL/GLX graphics technologies for the PRIME Render Offload feature, and an updated nvidia-installer to make it compatible with precompiled kernel interfaces.

Bug fixes and improvements

Among the issues fixed by the Nvidia 435.21 graphics driver, ... (read more)

ExTiX 19.8 "The Ultimate Linux System" Ditches Ubuntu & Debian for Deepin Linux

Friday 30th of August 2019 01:20:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his ExTiX "The Ultimate Linux System" operating system with a fresh new base and updated components.

As its name suggests, ExTiX Deepin 19.8 is based on the Deepin Linux operating system, which in turn is built upon the Debian Unstable repositories. More specifically, ExTiX Deepin 19.8 is based on the latest Deepin 15.11 release, which adds numerous enhancements and new features, and it uses the 6th Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Linux 5.3 kernel series.

"I've released a new version of ExTiX Deepin today with Refracta Snapshot and kernel 5.3.0-rc6-exton," said Arne Exton. "Deepin is devoted to providing a beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users. Previous versions of ExTiX Deepin were based on Debian and Ubuntu. ExTiX 1... (read more)

Microsoft Loves Linux: exFAT Offered for Linux Kernel Inclusion

Thursday 29th of August 2019 09:57:00 AM
Microsoft says it loves Linux on pretty much every single occasion, and in order to show everyone this is true, the company regularly announces changes that are supposed to help it get closer to the open-source world.

Today, the Redmond-based software giant revealed that it’s supporting the addition of exFAT to the Linux kernel, approximately 13 years after the file system originally launched.

exFAT, or the Extended File Allocation Table, is mostly used for flash drives and SD cards, and because it’s a proprietary Microsoft file system, using it on Linux wasn’t possible without other software and tweaks to get everything to work.

Technical specification also available

But as part of Microsoft’s strategy of getting more involved in the Linux world, the exFAT file system is offered for Linux kernel inclusion, with the company also publishing the technical specificationread more)

HP Linux Imaging & Printing Drivers Now Support Linux Mint 19.2 and Debian 10

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 04:47:00 PM
The HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) initiative has released a new version of their drivers for HP printers and scanner to support them on Linux-based operating systems.

The HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.19.8 software is now available with support for several new HP printers and scanners, among which we can mention HP DesignJet T1530 Postscript, HP DesignJet T2530 Postscript, HP DesignJet T930 Postscript, HP DesignJet T1600 Postscript Printer, and HP DesignJet T1600dr Postscript Printer.

Additionally, the HP DesignJet T2600 Postscript MFP, HP LaserJet Pro MFP M329dn, HP LaserJet Pro MFP M329dw, HP LaserJet Pro M305d, HP LaserJet Pro M304a, HP LaserJet Pro M305dn, and HP LaserJet Pro M305dw printers are supported as well in the HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.19.8 release, which also adds support for new GNU/Linux distributions.

Debian GNU/Linux 10 and Linux Mint 19.2 are now supported

If you want to install the latest HP Linux Imaging and ... (read more)

GNOME Wants to Make Linux Firmware Updates Easier to Deploy with New Tool

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 03:56:00 PM
Long-time GNOME developer Richard Hughes talks in his latest blog post about a new tool that will be integrated in future versions of the GNOME desktop environment to make deployments of firmware updates easier for all users.

At the moment, the GNOME Software Center only displays devices when firmware updates are pending, but Richard Hughes and Andrew Schwenn, an intern from Dell, have been working lately on a new tool that would be integrated as a panel into GNOME Control Center, which promises to make it easier for users to install new firmware versions for their hardware.

Meet GNOME Firmware Updater, a new power user tool that would help you keep your hardware secure and up-to-date at all times by allowing you to more easily install new firmware updates that are available from the vendor. It comes as a GNOME Control Center panel and it's complimentary to the current fwupd functional... (read more)

BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Adds over 150 New Tools in Latest Release

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 03:25:00 PM
The development team behind the BlackArch Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system have released a new version that adds numerous new tools, updated components, and various improvements.

Powered by the Linux 5.2.9 kernel, the BlackArch 2019.09.01 ISO snapshot for September 2019 is now available featuring more than 150 new tools for ethical hacking and penetration testing tasks,  the Terminus font for all supported window managers, and an updated installer (blackarch-installer) to version 1.1.19.

New ~/.vim and ~/.vimrc configuration files for the Vim text editor have been added as well in BlackArch 2019.09.01, along with an updated look and feel consisting of a brand-new BlackArch theme that's available for all supported window managers, as well as for the bootloaders (GRUB and Syslinux).

Other changes and updated components

As with all new BlackArch Linux releases, almost all the pre-installed components and system packages... (read more)

Mozilla Thunderbird 68.0 Released with Many New Features and Improvements

Wednesday 28th of August 2019 02:49:00 PM
Mozilla has released the final version of its Thunderbird 68.0 open-source and cross-platform email and news client for all supported operating systems, including Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Many months in the works, the Mozilla Thunderbird 68.0 release if finally here, bringing lots of new features and improvements. Highlights include the ability to mark all folders of an email account as read, improved filter logging and support for running filter periodically, TCP keepalive support for the IMAP protocol, as well as OAuth2 authentication support for Yandex.

Also new is the ability to link to attachments in an email instead of uploading them, support for selecting language packs in Advanced Options, a policy engine that allows for customized enterprise deployments of Thunderbird using a cross-platform JSON file or Windows Group Policy, and complete Unicode support for MAPI interfaces, including MAPISendMailW.

Mozilla Thunderbird 68.0 also adds a MSI package and 64-b... (read more)

RaspEX Project Brings Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" with LXDE to the Raspberry Pi 4

Monday 26th of August 2019 08:30:00 PM
After releasing RaspArch to run Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi 4, developer Arne Exton now released a new version of his Ubuntu/Debian-based RaspEX GNU/Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi 4.

While Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" is not out yet, RaspEX Build 190807 is here based on it and designed to run on the latest Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer, which comes with impressive hardware, including a Quad-Core 1.5GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, up to 4GB RAM, as well as on-board dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE).

Apart from being based on the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine" operating system, due for release on October 17th, the new RaspEX release also includes packages from the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series and the open-source Linaro software for ARM SoCs, and it's... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Makes It Easier to Patch the Linux Kernel without Rebooting

Monday 26th of August 2019 07:04:00 PM
Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS arrived earlier this month with updated kernel and graphics stacks, as well as all the latest package updates and enhanced Livepatch integration.

Powered by the Linux 5.0 kernel series from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS is the third maintenance updates to the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system series, which is supported by Canonical with security and software updates for at least five years, until 2023.

Apart from the updated kernel and graphics stacks, the Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS release also introduces enhanced Livepatch desktop integration to make it easier for users of the GNOME desktop environment to patch the Linux kernel without rebooting their systems.

The new Livepatch desktop integration included in Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS consists of an indicator in the sys... (read more)

Xfce 4.16 Desktop Environment Expected in Early 2020 with Minor Improvements

Monday 26th of August 2019 04:58:00 PM
With the release of the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment out the door, the development team already started work on the next stable update, Xfce 4.16, which should have a shorter release cycle.

More than four years in the works, the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment hit the streets two weeks ago, on August 12th, 2019, bringing lots of new features and improvements, such as HiDPI, VSync, and XInput2 support for the window manager, and better compatibility with Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers.

It also features support for RandR's primary monitor functionality, hybrid sleep support in the session manager, window grouping in the tasklist plugin, a brand-new settings dialog for managing color profiles, as well as support for saving and restoring entire multi-display configurations.

Xfce 4.16 expected to arrive ... (read more)

Neptune 6.0 Linux Distro Released, It's Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 26th of August 2019 04:15:00 PM
The development team behind the Neptune Linux operating system have released a new major version that's based upon the latest Debian GNU/Linux release.

Dubbed "Spike," the Neptune 6.0 release is based on the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system and powered by the Linux 4.19.37 kernel, which is patched with all the necessary hardware support for latest devices. It also ships with the KDE Plasma 5.14.5 desktop environment, which brings various improvements and new features over previous releases.

"Plasma Discover is able to upgrade hardware firmware now and features a more modern and polished look and feel," said the devs in the release announcement. "New improved desktop effects and handling of compositing in the window manager KWin result in a better more fluid user experience. The lockscreen is now invoked when changing users."

UEFI Secure Boot might not work as expec... (read more)

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