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Windows 10 Is Getting a Linux-Like Package Manager

Wednesday 20th of May 2020 04:44:00 AM
Microsoft used this year’s Build developer conference to announce the first preview of the Windows Package Manager that it’s building for Windows 10.

Working just like a Linux package manager, the new Windows tool will make it easier for users to install apps on their devices, as it can automatically search and download the latest version with just a command.

The “winget install” command will allow users to quickly install any app that has already been added to the repository, while the “search” command will make it possible to search for available packages.

Without a doubt, the Linux-inspired Windows Package Manager will come in handy to IT pros who want not only to install apps faster but also to automate the whole thing on their devices.

So why is Microsoft building a new package manager from scratch rather than investing in an open-source project that would have allowed it to do the whole thing faster?

Client already available, Insiders getting it to... (read more)

Google Chrome 83 Released for Linux, Windows, and Mac with Massive Improvements

Wednesday 20th of May 2020 04:21:00 AM
Google has released Google Chrome 83 for all supported platforms after the company decided to skip version 82 altogether and ship this new update earlier than anticipated.

Just as expected since Google Chrome just directly from version 81 to version 83, the new release is massive and comes with major improvements in key areas.

First of all, it’s the new tab groups feature that Google itself announced recently and which allows us to better organize the active tabs in the browsers. With this new feature, you can create tab groups with different names and colors all by simply right-clicking them, with a future update to also come with options to collapse groups and thus keep the tab bar cleaner.

Today’s update also includes a redesigned UI for the privacy and security settings in the desktop version of Google Chrome, as Google wants to make it more straightforward for users to configure... (read more)

This Is the New Microsoft Edge Browser for Linux

Wednesday 20th of May 2020 04:06:00 AM
Microsoft used the Build developer conference to show just a small teaser of the upcoming Microsoft Edge for Linux, which is projected to go live at some point in the coming months.

While no specifics have been provided on the browser, the screenshot, which was spotted by everyone watching the Build conference online, shows what appears to be a Linux version of the new Edge that’s already available on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS.

Microsoft has previously confirmed that it was working on Linux, but until now, the company didn’t show any screenshots with the browser in action and refused to share specifics on the browser.

And despite showing a screenshot of Microsoft Edge for Linux at Build, the company still isn’t prepared to unveil more information, so while we do know this would happen eventually, nobody can tell for sure when.

Chromium browser

The... (read more)

Linux GUI Apps Coming to Windows 10: Everything You Need to Know

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 03:53:00 PM
With Windows 10 version 2004 just around the corner, Microsoft is getting ready to debut the new Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 to users across the world.

And just as expected, the second-generation WSL comes with massive improvements, including the full Linux kernel that is integrated into the platform.

But there’s more coming to Windows 10 users on the Linux front, and more information in this regard was shared today at the Build developer conference.

First of all, it’s the Linux GUI apps that are making their debut into the world of Windows 10.

As many know already, the Windows Subsystem for Linux allowed for Linux apps to run on Windows 10 without a graphical user interface, and while this setback could be resolved with and X server that would take care of everything, it’s not a secret that the overall performance isn’t always the best.

So beginning with a future update, the Windows Subsystem for Linux would allow Linux GUI apps to run just side by side... (read more)

GTA V on Linux Shows Microsoft’s Desktop Gaming Domination Is Almost Over

Sunday 17th of May 2020 07:54:00 AM
Linux has long been considered an alternative to Windows, but many refused to make the switch and abandon Microsoft’s operating system due to the rather limited gaming support in the Linux world.

And yet, this drawback has been gradually addressed not only with games that landed with Linux support, but also thanks to other solutions, such as Lutris, which make it possible to play a wider array of titles on the likes of Ubuntu and others.

The video that you see here is a demonstration of how GTA 5, which is now available for free from the Epic Games store, runs on Linux using Lutris, all with an approach that’s as straightforward as possible.

In other words, pretty much everyone should be able to get the game running on Linux, despite GTA V itself being a rather large game that would have previously raised various compatibility issues here.

Steam games

Of course, the even easier way is to get games from Steam, where Linux support is offered from ... (read more)

The Cheap Linux Tablet That Everybody Wants Is Finally Just Around the Corner

Sunday 17th of May 2020 07:39:00 AM
Pine64 has recently announced that it would begin taking pre-orders for the highly-anticipated PineTab Linux tablet later this month after the device has previously been pushed back several times.

The PineTab is designed to be a super-affordable Linux tablet that would ship with Ubuntu Touch from UBports, but the parent company says you should be able to run any Linux operating system at some point in the future.

“Software-wise the PineTab is convergent with both PinePhone and Pinebook software releases. It will therefore, in time, run most mobile operating systems developed for our platform as well as popular desktop OS options. I am also certain that the number of choices will explode after the first batch gets into early adopters’ hands, and that we will see more desktop-oriented releases with touch input capabilities very soon,” Pine64 says.

The new Linux tablet, which will cost just $99.99, can also work with a $19.99 magnetic backlit keyboard that simply att... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Officially Launched as “The Largest Release Ever”

Thursday 14th of May 2020 05:30:00 AM
Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 has officially been released as the “largest release ever,” coming with massive improvements versus its predecessors, but also with changes that we’ll detail below.

First and foremost, the highlight of this new release is the full Unity8 experience, as the dev team explains that importing of Canonical’s final changes is now complete.

Unity8, codenamed Lomiri, is supposed to help ensure a more reliable experience going forward, “helping us avoid introducing new bugs or triggering old ones again.”

Working LED notification

There are also changes regarding the version of Mir that is bundled with Ubuntu Touch.

“We upgraded from Mir 0.24, released back in 2015, to Mir 1.2, released in 2019. This newer version of Mir features support for Wayland clients! This support is not currently available to our Android-based devices due to a missing implementation, but mainline devices such as the PinePhone and Raspberry Pi are already using W... (read more)

First LibreOffice 7.0 Version Is Now Available for Download

Thursday 14th of May 2020 05:07:00 AM
LibreOffice continues to be the number one alternative to Microsoft Office, and The Document Foundation rolls out massive improvements every once in a while.

But at the same time, the dev team is also working on a brand-new version that is projected to launch this summer as LibreOffice 7.0. And this week, TDF rolled out the very first alpha build of LibreOffice for Windows, Linux, and Mac.

This very-first version of LibreOffice was shipped as the organization started the first bug hunting session. This allows users to try out the newest build of the productivity suite and share any issues they come across with the dev team, essentially helping them polish the app from these very early development stages.

Top alternative to Microsoft Office

LibreOffice 7.0 is projected to launch in August with massive improvements for every single app that is included in the productivity suite.

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Kali Linux 2020.2 Released with Dark and Light KDE Plasma Themes

Wednesday 13th of May 2020 04:51:00 AM
A new version of Kali Linux is now available for download, and this time it brings plenty of improvements, including new light and dark themes for KDE Plasma.

Additionally, Kali Linux 2020.2 also features a more polished login screen, as the dev team focused on improving the both the design and the layout.

The new version also includes PowerShell news, as the team has promoted it from the network repository to the one primary metapackage.

“We now have put PowerShell into one of our (primary) metapackages, kali-linux-large. This means, if you choose to install this metapackage during system setup, or once Kali is up and running (sudo apt install -y kali-linux-large), if PowerShell is compatible with your architecture, you can just jump straight into it (pwsh)!” the release notes of the new version explain.

Then, Kali Linux 2020.2 comes with ARM improvements, including a 16GB of storage or more to install it on an SD ca... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04: Users Complaining of Store Issues After Upgrade

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 04:45:00 AM
Ubuntu 20.04 was officially announced a few weeks ago with major improvements, but at the same time, it looks like it also introduces a series of inconsistencies that ruin the whole experience for some.

More specifically, users are now complaining that the store isn’t working exactly like they expected it to work in the first place, with a growing thread of reddit grouping messages from users who encountered various problems when trying to install snaps.

One of the common annoyances, and which I also encountered on my Ubuntu 20.04 laptop, concerns the behavior of the store when a new snap is being installed. There’s no indication regarding the progress of the installation after clicking the install button, and trying to click the same button again returns an error that the process is still under way.

As some have suggested on the linked reddit thread, a workarou... (read more)

Pineloader Is a Brand-New Multi Bootloader for Your Favorite Linux Phone

Tuesday 12th of May 2020 04:17:00 AM
I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again: the world of Linux phones is evolving so fast that it’s probably just a matter of years until it finally becomes an alternative to Android and iOS.

And while that’s hard to imagine right now, Linux on mobile phones is gaining more and more traction, with fresh projects enabling new capabilities that aren’t otherwise possible on the other mobile platforms.

More recently, the PinePhone has received a new bootloader that allows multiple Linux operating systems to boot on the device. In other words, the so-called Pineloader is a multi bootloader that essentially allows users to choose what operating system they want to run when starting the PinePhone.

A photo published by developer Danct12 on Twitter shows the Pineloader in action, allowing to choose from four different operating systems on the PinePhone, namely Ubuntu Touch, postmarketOS, Sailfish OS,... (read more)

Swift Now Supports More Linux Distributions, Including Ubuntu 20.04

Monday 11th of May 2020 07:06:00 AM
The Swift project has officially landed on three more Linux distributions in addition to the two platforms that were already supported.

More specifically, users are now provided with downloadable toolchain and Docker images for Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8, and Amazon Linux 2.

Previously, only Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 were the only Linux distributions supported by Swift.

The team working on the Swift project explains that more Linux distributions would be added in the coming months, albeit for now, no specifics are available on this and further news on this front is expected to be shared as the work on the project advances.

“Linux build Dockerfiles are managed in Swift’s Docker repository with the goal of evolving them in the open with the community. Our plan is to continue and grow the number of Linux distributions we support, with CentOS 7, Debian and Fedora the most likely candidates to be added next,” the dev team explains in a blog post.

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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Feels Like Home on the Raspberry Pi

Sunday 10th of May 2020 06:48:00 AM
If you want to install the latest version of Ubuntu on the Raspberry Pi, you really shouldn’t encounter any big problem, as the OS has already been certified for the pocket-size computer.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS received certification for the Raspberry Pi the same day when it was released, Canonical confirms, so everything should work just as expected out of the box.

In other words, Canonical guarantees that it performed “thousands of tests” to make sure that Ubuntu is running just flawlessly on the Raspberry Pi. And at the same time, updates are supposed to roll out at a great pace, with new improvements and security patches to go live every three weeks.

Any critical vulnerability that’s discovered in Ubuntu for Raspberry Pi is fixed in just one day, Canonical promises.

Frequent updates

And of course, Ubuntu receives full support on the Raspberry Pi, just like the desktop version of the operating system.

“Full support also means that Canonical perfor... (read more)

Debian 10.4 “Buster” Officially Announced

Sunday 10th of May 2020 06:26:00 AM
Debian 10.4 “Buster” is now available for everyone, and users can simply install the new packages on their devices if they’re already running version 10.

As every update for a stable Debian release, this new version comes with small improvements here and there, and more importantly, with security fixes that users should deploy as soon as possible.

“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,” the Debian project explains.

“Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 10 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old buster media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.”

In other words, you can very well installed D... (read more)

Linux Needs at Least 10 Years to Replace Windows in China

Friday 8th of May 2020 07:21:00 AM
Linux has long been considered the best alternative to Windows, and the latest data shows its market share and adoption is massively improving.

But as far as China is concerned, building a Linux alternative to Windows could even take 10 years, Liu Wenhuan, the general manager of Union Tech explains.

Union Tech is the company that builds UOS, a Linux-based operating system that is supposed to allow China to abandon Windows as part of a long-term plan whose purpose is to reduce reliance on foreign software.

“It will take at least 3, 5 or even 10 years [for us] to truly compete with foreign operating systems,” Liu Wenhuan was quoted as saying by ABACUS.

Dropping Windows for Linux

Indeed, the development of China’s Windows replacements progresses at a rather slow pace. However, Union Tech is currently in talks wit... (read more)

Linux Slowly Conquering Phones, postmarketOS Now on 200 Mobile Devices

Thursday 7th of May 2020 04:35:00 AM
The adoption of Linux seems to be improving not only on the desktop but also on mobile, where projects like postmarketOS keep evolving at a super-fast pace.

And according to new data from Tux Phones, postmarketOS is already running on some 200 mobile devices, including here both phones and tablets, and this is without a doubt a notable achievement for the world of Linux.

While bringing Linux to a smartphone still faces a series of challenges and doing the whole thing isn’t necessarily a project for the Average Joe, there’s hope that the more developers join this effort, the easier eventually becomes to deploy operating systems like postmarketOS on any phone.

The third mobile operating system?

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Microsoft: Please Try Hack Our Linux Operating System

Thursday 7th of May 2020 04:06:00 AM
Microsoft has announced a new bounty that invites security researchers to break into its custom Linux operating system powering the Azure Sphere OS.

The company is paying up to $100,000 as part of the Azure Sphere Security Research Challenge, in its turn an expansion of the Azure Security Lab.

While you must enroll in the research program by May 15 this year, the bounty program itself will be available from June 1 to August 31 for accepted applications.

Microsoft says it’s specifically looking for hacks that would allow attackers to gain the ability to execute code on Pluton and on Secure World, and such exploits are rewarded with $100,000.

“This research challenge is focused on the Azure Sphere OS. Vulnerabilities found outside the research initiative scope, including the Cloud portion, may be eligible for the public Azure Bounty Program awards. Physical attacks are out of scope for this research challenge and the public Azure Bounty Program,” the company explai... (read more)

Sparky Linux 2020.05 Announced with Linux Kernel 5.6.7

Wednesday 6th of May 2020 07:18:00 AM
The team at Sparky Linux has just announced that the May snapshot is now live and users can download the 2020.05 build based on Debian testing “Bullseye.”

The new release obviously comes with a series of important change and one of the most notable is the upgrade to Linux kernel 5.6.7. The Sparky unstable repos come with Linux kernel 5.6.10 & 5.7-rc4.

Furthermore, there are improvements for UEFI systems with Secure Boot.

“Added additional support of Sparky installation on UEFI machines with Secure Boot: the live system should be launched with Secure Boot off as before; but after installation the Secure Boot can be turned on; both installers: Calamares and Sparky’s Advanced provides support of such installation,” the dev team explains in a changelog (which you can also find embedded below).

There are obviously several other fixes, including for Xfce, as well as new packages for all ISO images, like pulseaudio-module-bluetooth and fuse3 instead of fuse.

Ap... (read more)

Inkscape 1.0 Officially Launched for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 05:26:00 AM
Inkscape 1.0 is finally available for download after no less than three years of development, and just as expected, this major release comes with a massive changelog.

The open source vector editor is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS, and one of the biggest announcement concerns Apple’s platform.

Beginning with version 1.0, Inkscape is offered as a native macOS application, which means you should notice better performance and increased reliability.

“All macOS users will notice that this latest version is labelled as 'preview', which means that additional improvements are scheduled for the next versions. Overall, 1.0 delivers a smoother, higher performance experience on Linux and Windows, and a better system integration (no more XQuartz!) on macOS,” the official announcement reads.

As for what’s new in this update, Inkscape introduces a new PowerPencil mode which allows the Pencil tool to be used with pressure-dependent width. You can also create closed path... (read more)

Secret Project Brings “Very Usable” Microsoft Office to Ubuntu 20.04

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 05:03:00 AM
While LibreOffice is one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Office, and it also comes with full Linux support, a Linux version of Microsoft’s productivity suite is what’s holding so many people back from moving off Windows.

And while it’s possible to get Office up and running on Linux (with some performance hiccups, of course), someone says they found a way to make the whole thing happen on Ubuntu 20.4 without WINE, cloud, or GNOME on WSL.

Demo videos that were posted on Twitter show both Word and Excel running on Ubuntu 20.04, and Hayden Barnes, who created the whole project, says both applications are “very usable.”

“Word on Ubuntu 20.04. Very usable on an i5-6300U with just integrated graphics. It is not WINE, remote/cloud, or GNOME on WSL. It is something else I put together. Next, I plan to add working file associations,” he says in a tweet showing Microsoft Word on Linux.

S... (read more)

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