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The Many Features and Improvements of the KDE Plasma 5.17 Desktop Environment

Monday 26th of August 2019 03:20:00 PM
The upcoming KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment, due for release later this fall, is shaping up to be a massive update to the beloved graphical desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

Long-time KDE developer Nate Graham shares in his latest blog posts (here and here) some of the new features and improvements coming to the KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment, starting with the ability for GTK3 apps with CSD (Client-side decorations) and headerbars to respect the active KDE color scheme when using the Breeze GTK theme.

Also new in KDE Plasma 5.17 is support for the zwp_linux_dmabuf_v1 interface on Wayland in the KWin window manager, which should offer better performance and lower memory usage, the ability to set a maximum volume that is lower than 100 percent, along with audio f... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS 6 Receive Important Kernel Security Update

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 01:00:00 PM
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS 6 GNU/Linux operating systems have received an important Linux kernel security update that addresses several critical vulnerabilities and fixes various bugs.

The new Linux kernel security update is marked by the Red Hat Product Security team as having an "Important" security impact due to the fact that it patches several critical flaws, including the Spectre SWAPGS gadget vulnerability (CVE-2019-1125) affecting x86 processors.

Also patched are a security vulnerability (CVE-2019-5489) leading to page cache side-channel attacks, an issue in the Salsa20 encryption algorithm that could allow local attackers to cause a denial of service (CVE-2017-17805), and a flaw (read more)

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Gets a Second Beta, Final Release Lands September 11th

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 12:33:00 PM
The GNOME Project released the second beta version of the upcoming GNOME 3.34 desktop environment, just a day before the GUADEC 2019 conference kicks off in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The GNOME 3.34 beta 2 release is now available for public testing, coming only two weeks after the first beta release, which made a lot of noise due to the fact that numerous packages have been updated since the beginning of the development cycle, as it usually happens during beta testing.

The GNOME 3.34 beta 2 is released as technical version number 3.33.91, and it comes with fixes for last minute bugs and regressions, as well as the usual updated translations. To see what's new in the GNOME 3.33.91 release, check out all the details in the changelogs in the NEWS file.

If ... (read more)

Netrunner Linux 19.08 "Indigo" Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 09:18:00 PM
The Netrunner community announced the release and general availability of the Netrunner 19.08 operating system series, a major update that adds updated components and a new Debian base.

Dubbed "Indigo," the Netrunner 19.08 release is based on the recently announced Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series and features the KDE Plasma 5.14.5 desktop environment, accompanied by the KDE Applications 18.08 and KDE Frameworks 5.54 open-source software suites built on top of Qt 5.11.3.

Under the hood, the Netrunner 19.08 operating system is powered by the Linux 4.19.0~5 kernel and ships with updated components, including the Mozilla Firefox 60.8.1 ESR web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 60.7.2 email and news client, as well as all the latest security patches from the Debian Stable repositories.

"Switching Firefox to Firefox-ESR allows our users to enjoy a stable long term supported versi... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Officially Released for Ubuntu Phones, Here's What's New

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 05:50:00 PM
The UBports community released today the 10th OTA (Over-the-Air) update to their community-developed Ubuntu Touch operating system for supported Ubuntu Phone devices.

Coming three and a half months after the OTA-9 release, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 update is now available with better hardware compatibility for Fairphone 2, Nexus 5, and OnePlus One smartphones by implementing proper camera orientation and audio routing on the Fairphone 2, and fixing audio and video sync problems on the Fairphone 2 and OnePlus One.

Additionally, Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 improves the reliability and speed of Wi-Fi based geolocation functionality by removing the "wolfpack" tool, which used the Geoclue service for gathering approximate location data. However, it may take more than 20 minutes for some users to have their location retrieved after updating to Ubuntu Touch OTA-10.

"This should only occur if... (read more)

Dell Unveils New XPS 13 Developer Edition Ubuntu Laptop with 10th Gen Intel CPUs

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 03:24:00 PM
Dell today announced the 9th generation of its XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux-powered laptop, which will ship with Intel's latest 10th Gen Core U CPUs.

As part of Dell's new consumer PC portfolio, the company also unveiled today a new generation of its acclaimed XPS 13 Developer Edition powered by Ubuntu Linux. The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition model 7390 is the 9th generation of its kind since the launch of the Project Sputnik portfolio supervised by Dell's George Barton.

The new Linux laptop will be available this fall powered by Intel's recently announced 10th generation "Comet Lake" Intel Core processors, and also boast upgraded components and more gorgeous displays. The Dell XPS 13 Developer Editi... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.08 Open-Source Software Suite Released, Here's What's New

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 01:41:00 PM
The KDE Project released the final version of the KDE Applications 19.08 open-source software suite for GNU/Linux distributions, a major release that adds many new features and dozens of improvements.

More than two months in the works, the KDE Applications 19.08 software suite is here to elevate your KDE apps experience by implementing various enhancements and new features. Among these, we can mention the ability to launch the Dolphin file manager from anywhere via a new Meta + E keyboard shortcut, along with improvements to the information panel to automatically play media files or copy the text displayed in the panel.

Furthermore, the KDE Applications 19.08 release improves various of KDE's default applications, including the Gwenview image viewer, which now features a much-improved, faster, and more resource-efficient thumbnailer when loading JPEG and RAW images, better support for Canon and Sony cameras, as well as a new "Share" menu that lets you send images t... (read more)

Latest Debian GNU/Linux Security Patch Addresses 14 Vulnerabilities, Update Now

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 11:38:00 AM
The Debian Project released a new Linux kernel security update for its stable, supported distributions to address several vulnerabilities that may put users' computers at risk.

Available for the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" and Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series, the new Linux kernel security update addresses a total of 14 vulnerabilities discovered by various security researchers. The Debian Project urges all users to update their installations as soon as possible.

Among the security flaws patched, we can mention a race condition in the libsas subsystem that supports Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) devices, a potential double-free in the block subsystem, as well as two issues that could make it easier for attackers to exploit other vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, the security patch addresses issues discovered in Linux kernel's vfio implementation, vhost drivers, the IPv4 multicast routing implementation, PowerPC (ppc64el) systems without Transactional ... (read more)

Latest KDE Security Vulnerabilities Are Patched in Ubuntu and Debian, Update Now

Monday 19th of August 2019 04:45:00 PM
The Debian Project and Canonical released security updates for their supported operating systems to address some recently disclosed vulnerabilities in the KDE libraries.

A couple of weeks ago, the KDE community fixed a security vulnerability discovered by Dominik Penner in the KConfig component, the configuration settings framework of the KDE Plasma desktop environment, which could allow an attacker to execute malicious code through a specially crafted .desktop file included in an archive that was opened in the file manager.

"Dominik Penner discovered that KConfig supported a feature to define shell command execution in .desktop files. If a user is provided with a malformed .desktop file (e.g. if it's embedded into a downloaded archive and it gets opened in a file browser) arbitrary commands could get executed. This update removes this feature," reads the Debian security advisory.

T... (read more)

Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS Released for GPD Pocket, Ubuntu MATE 19.04 for GPD WIN 2

Monday 19th of August 2019 02:58:00 PM
The Ubuntu MATE project announced today on Twitter the release and general availability of the Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS and Ubuntu MATE 19.04 operating systems for the tiny GPD Pocket, GPD Pocket 2, and GPD WIN 2 computers.

Released earlier this month, Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS is the third instalment in the long-term supported Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, shipping with updated kernel and graphics stacks from the more recent Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system, including Linux 5.0.

While until now users were able to download Ubuntu MATE 18.04.3 LTS for 64-bit and 32-bit computers, starting today the operating system is also available to download for SOFTWIN's GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket 2 gaming computers, as well as for the Topjoy Falcon mini laptop.

Ubuntu MATE 19.04 is now available for GPD WIN 2

The Ubuntu MATE team also announced the release of the Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system for... (read more)

Tails 4.0 Anonymous Linux OS Enters Beta Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 19th of August 2019 01:50:00 PM
The Tails development team is currently working on the next major release of the Tails amnesic incognito live GNU/Linux system, also known by many as the Anonymous OS.

Tails 4.0 recently entered beta testing and it's the first release to be based on the just released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, which means that all the pre-installed packages have been updated to newer versions to support the latest hardware components, especially recent Nvidia and ATI/AMD graphics cards, as well as Mac computers.

Tails 4.0 also promises support for Thunderbolt 3 devices, which is now integrated into the latest GNOME 3 desktop environment, with which the upcoming major Tails release will ship by default. Users who own a Thunderbolt device are urged to test the implementation by navigating to Choose Devices > Thunderbolt from the GNOME Settings utility.

Furthermore, in Tails 4.0 users will be able to open persistent volumes from other Tails USB flash drives... (read more)

KNOPPIX Live GNU/Linux System Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 19th of August 2019 12:47:00 PM
A new release of the KNOPPIX Live GNU/Linux system has been released and it's based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series and the Linux 5.2 kernel.

KNOPPIX 8.6 is now available based on the software repositories of the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, but also packing some elements from the Debian Uunstable (Sid) repos. It's powered by the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series and X.Org Server 7.7 display server to support newer graphics cards and computer hardware.

Best of all, KNOPPIX 8.6 is shipping with both 32-bit and 64-bit kernels to support old and new computers. The 64-bit version of KNOPPIX 8... (read more)

System76 Unveils Graphical Firmware Updater for All Debian-Based Linux Distros

Monday 19th of August 2019 11:38:00 AM
American computer manufacturer System76 announced a new, cross-platform graphical utility that promises to make checking and updating your computer's firmware a lot easier.

The Firmware Manager project is System76's latest toy for the company's in-house built, Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux distribution, but also compatible with any Debian-based GNU/Linux distro out there. Backed by the fwupd and system76-firmware CLI tools, the Firmware Manager utility will integrate into the GNOME Settings panel for easier firmware updating.

"One of the issues we faced with firmware management on Linux was the lack of options for graphical frontends to firmware management services like fwupd and system76-firmware," said System76. "For fwupd... (read more)

RaspArch Project Now Lets You Run Arch Linux on Your Raspberry Pi 4 Computer

Saturday 17th of August 2019 08:40:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia News about the availability of a new version of his RaspArch project, which lets users run the Arch Linux operating system on the tiny Raspberry Pi computers.

RaspArch Build 190809 is now available to download and it is especially made for the recently released Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer, which features a Quad-Core 1.5GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, up to 4GB RAM, and on-board dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE).

The best thing about the new Raspberry Pi 4 model is that it supports up to 4K video resolutions via two micro HDMI ports. The tiny computer also comes with two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an extended 40-pin GPIO header, MIPI Camera and Display ports, and true Gigabit Ethernet.

RaspArch now lets you run Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi 4

With the new RaspArch Build 190809 release, you can now install and run the latest Arch Linux operating system on the Raspberry Pi 4 ... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.2 Open-Source Office Suite Is Now Ready for Enterprise Deployments

Saturday 17th of August 2019 06:35:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 6.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite series, marking it as ready for mainstream users and enterprise deployments.

Coming five weeks after the release of LibreOffice 6.2.5, the LibreOffice 6.2.6 maintenance update is here with months of back-ported fixes and all the latest security patches to make your LibreOffice experience more stable and reliable. That's why, The Document Foundation now recommends the LibreOffice 6.2 series to users in production environments. LibreOffice 6.2.6 includes a total of 44 changes.

"The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at users in production environments. All users of LibreOffice 6.1.x and LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should upgrade immediately for enhanced security, as t... (read more)

Xfce 4.14 Desktop Environment Arrives After More Than 4 Years, Here's What's New

Saturday 17th of August 2019 06:07:00 PM
After almost 4 and a half years in development, the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment has been released and it's packed with lots of new features and improvements.

Xfce 4.14 comes 4 years and 5 months after Xfce 4.12, a release that it is probably included in the software repositories of almost all Linux-based operating systems. The goal for Xfce 4.14, as the developers explain, was to port all of the core components to the latest GTK3 and GDBus open-source technologies, instead of the old GTK2 and D-Bus GLib.

"In this 4.14 cycle the main goal was to port all core components to Gtk3 (over Gtk2) and GDBus (over D-Bus GLib). Most components also received GObject Introspection support. Along the way we ended up polishing our user experience, introducing quite a few new features and improvements and fixings a boatload of bugs," reads the release announcement.

Here's what's new in Xfce 4.14

Hi... (read more)

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Friday 16th of August 2019 01:57:00 PM
Canonical released major Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series to address dozens of security vulnerabilities affecting all supported architectures on desktop, server, and cloud.

Available for Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr), the new Linux kernel security updates are here to patch more than 30 security vulnerabilities, including a heap buffer overflow discovered in the Marvell Wireless LAN device driver and a NULL pointer dereference discovered in the Near-field communication (NFC) implementation.

The security patch also addresses a use-after-free vulnerability discovered by Google Project Zero's Jann Horn in the Linux kernel when accessing LDT entries, as well as a race condition when performing core dumps. A flaw discovered by Andrei Vlad Lutas and Dan Lutas in x86 processors, which incorrectly handled SWAPGS instructions during s... (read more)

System76's First 4K OLED Linux Laptop Is Now Available to Order

Thursday 8th of August 2019 03:17:00 PM
American computer manufacturer System76 has officially launched today their first 4K OLED Linux laptop, the Adder WS.

Unveiled last week, the Linux-powered Adder WS laptop is System76's very first computer to feature a beautiful and vibrant 4K OLED glossy display with true-to-life blacks. The 15.6-inch 4K OLED display is capable of 3840x2160 resolutions and it's perfect for the latest games and 3D apps.

"Discover a world of prismatic color. With the finest pixels imaginable, the Adder WS’ 4K OLED display features nebulaic hues and blacks deep as the void to bring the universe home," said System76. "And on the Adder WS’ OLED display, Pop!_OS and its Dark Mode aesthetic reach the pinnacle of visual appeal."

Under the hood of Adder WS

While the Adder WS laptop's 4K OLED display is the main attraction, the computer also comes with powerful internals, including 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H or i9-9980HK CPUs, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, as we... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Is Out with Linux Kernel 5.0 from Ubuntu 19.04, Download Now

Thursday 8th of August 2019 01:40:00 PM
Canonical released today the third maintenance update to their latest long-term supported Ubuntu operating system series, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

Coming six months after the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS release, which shipped with the hardware enablement (HWE) kernel from the not deprecated Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system, Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS here as the third point release in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) series with up-to-date components.

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS includes all the latest software and security fixes that have been published on the official repositories of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release since February 14th, 2019, when Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS hit the streets. It also ships with updated kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), such as Linux kernel 5.0.

"Like previous LTS series, 18.04.3 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware.  This support is offered on all architectures and is installed by default... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.3 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Here's What's New

Thursday 8th of August 2019 10:14:00 AM
The Document Foundation released today the LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite for Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms.

The third major, feature-full update to the latest LibreOffice 6 office suite series, LibreOffice 6.3, comes exactly six months after the LibreOffice 6.2 release to add better performance, enhanced interoperability with proprietary document formats, as well as a set of new features and other improvements.

The LibreOffice 6.3 office suite will be supported for the next ten months with smaller maintenance updates until May 29, 2020. The Document Foundation has planned a total of six point releases for LibreOffice 6.3, but currently recommends users the LibreOffice 6.2 series for extra stability in production environments.

LibreOffice 6.3 comes with an important change for Linux users, namely that it doesn't ship with 32-bit binaries for Debian or Red Hat-based operating systems. The Document Foundation is comitted to support 3... (read more)

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Following this week's release of KDE Plasma 5.17, a new release of the independent kwin-lowlatency code has been re-based against version 5.17. Read more