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KDE Plasma 5.17.2 Desktop Environment Brings More Than 25 Bug Fixes, Update Now

Wednesday 30th of October 2019 04:07:00 PM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the second point release to their latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

Coming just a week after the first point release, KDE Plasma 5.17.2 is here with another batch of bug fixes across a wide range of components, including Plasma Discover, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, KWin, System Settings, KMenuEdit, Breeze GTK, and Dr Konqi. This maintenance update contains a total of 27 changes, as detailed here.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.2. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a week's worth of new t... (read more)

Fedora 31 Officially Released with GNOME 3.34 & Linux 5.3, Drops 32-Bit Support

Tuesday 29th of October 2019 04:24:00 PM
The Fedora Project announced today the final release of the long-anticipated Fedora 31 computer operating system sponsored by the Open Source giant Red Hat.

Fedora 31 has been in development during the past six months, and after a one-week delay, it's finally here packed with some of the latest and greatest Open Source software and GNU/Linux technologies, including the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment, Linux 5.3 kernel, Glibc 2.30, Python 3, and Node.js 12.

However, with this release, Fedora Linux says goodbye to 32-bit installations as it no longer offers ISO images to allow users to install the operating system on older machines with 32-bit processors, from more than 20 years ago. The 32-bit software repositories will also not be available anymore.

"If you’re using an older 32-bit only i686 system, though, it’s time to find an alternative — we bid farewell to 32-bit Intel architecture as a base system ... (read more)

GNOME 3.36 "Gresik" Desktop Environment Enters Development with First Snapshot

Monday 28th of October 2019 03:57:00 PM
The GNOME Project has officially kicked off the development cycle of the upcoming GNOME 3.36 desktop environment for Linux-based operating system and released the first snapshot for public testing.

GNOME 3.36 will be the next major release of the popular and open-source desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions, slated for release next spring on March 11th. It will supersede the current version, GNOME 3.34, which has recently hit the stable software repositories of the most popular distros.

GNOME 3.36 will be dubbed "Gresik," after the host city of the GNOME Asia Summit 2019 conference, which took place three weeks ago, between October 11th and October 13th, in Gresik, Indonesia, with the main focus on the GNOME desktop, applications, and platform development tools.

The development cycle was kicked off only ... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Is Now Officially Open for Development

Monday 28th of October 2019 11:58:00 AM
Canonical has officially open today the development cycle of the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series, which is expected to be released next spring.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will be the next long-term supported version of the world's most popular GNU/Linux distribution, slated for release on April 23rd, 2020. It's dubbed "Focal Fossa" to keep it in tone with the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) movement, and will most probably ship with well-tested components.

While the daily ISO builds have appeared on Canonical's download servers since last week, the development cycle started on October 24th with the toolchain upload, which consists of some upgraded components, such as Python 3.8 (the goal is to offer Python 3.8 as the only Python3 version), Perl 5.30, and support for IBM z13 systems on s390x... (read more)

Xfce 4.16 Desktop Environment Enters Development with Dark Panel, Night Light

Thursday 24th of October 2019 04:03:00 PM
With the Planning Phase and Dependency Freeze development stages behind them, the Xfce developers have officially kicked off the development phase of the upcoming Xfce 4.16 desktop environment.

Xfce 4.16 won't be as big as Xfce 4.14, but it will bring some interesting and exciting changes, such as the move to a newer and modern GTK release, GTK3, as developer Simon Steinbeiß recently announced that the optional GTK2 dependency is being dropped from Xfce 4.16.

"In the 4.14 cycle we tried to do a 1:1 port of what used to be our Gtk2 desktop environment, avoiding visual changes. In the 4.16 cycle we plan to harmonize the appearance of certain elements that either became inconsistent through the port or already were inconsistent before," said Simon Steinbeiß.

Among other changes, the Xfce 4.16 desktop environment will also introduce a new dependency on libgtop to display information about the system in the "About" dialog, a dark panel, initial support for client-side ... (read more)

openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get the GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment, Many Goodies

Thursday 24th of October 2019 03:17:00 PM
The latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment has finally arrived in the software repositories of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system, along with numerous other goodies.

GNOME 3.34 has been released in mid-September, but it was ready for mass adoption as soon as the first point release, GNOME 3.34.1, hit the streets, which happened earlier this month. Now, users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system can enjoy it as the entire GNOME 3.34 stack has landed in the stable software repositories.

GNOME 3.34 brings lots of goodies, including support for creating custom folders in the application overview, a redesigned Background panel in the Appearance settings, a better browsing experience, an improved GNOME Boxes workflow, support for saving game states in GNOME Games, smoother animations, and a more respo... (read more)

ExTiX 19.10 "The Ultimate Linux System" Is Now Based on Ubuntu 19.10, Runs LXQt

Thursday 24th of October 2019 01:55:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his ExTiX Linux distribution, based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

Dubbed by the developer as "The Ultimate Linux System," ExTiX 19.10 is based on Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), but ships with the lightweight LXQt desktop environment instead of GNOME to allow users to use it on their UEFI-enabled computers. ExTiX 19.10 is using the latest LXQt 0.14.1 desktop environment by default.

"ExTiX 19.10 LXQt DVD 64 bit is based on Debian and Ubuntu 19.10. The original system includes the desktop environment GNOME. After removing GNOME I have installed LXQt 0.14.1," said Arne Exton. "This ExTiX LXQt Build is for installation to UEFI-enabled computers."

Under the hood, ExTiX 19.10 uses the latest Linux 5.3.7 kernel, which is optimized by t... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 70 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

Thursday 24th of October 2019 01:17:00 PM
The latest Mozilla Firefox 70 web browser is now available from the stable software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system releases.

Lunched by Mozilla earlier this week, the Firefox 70 web browser introduces more privacy protections from Enhanced Tracking Protection, such as social tracking protection, as well as more security protections from Firefox Lockwise with integrated breach alerts from Firefox Monitor and complex password generation.

It also extends the dark mode to all built-in pages, improves readability for under- or overlined texts, including links, improves privacy and security indicators, adds a standalone Firefox account menu for easy access to various Firefox services, and adds a new indicator in the address bar when a website uses your geolocation.

Furthermore, Firefox 70 ... (read more)

System76 Releases Pop!_OS 19.10 with Many Improvements, Based on Ubuntu 19.10

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 09:21:00 PM
System76, an American hardware manufacturer known for producing and selling Linux computers, released a new version of its in-house built, Ubuntu-based operating system, Pop!_OS Linux.

Based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, Pop!_OS Linux 19.10 ships with the latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment and introduces a new upgrade process that supports offline upgrades, which will be used from now on to upgrade between Pop!_OS releases.

"When an upgrade becomes available, it is downloaded to your computer. Then, when you decide to upgrade to the newest version of your OS, the upgrade will overwrite the current version of your software. However, this is not to be confused with an automatic update," writes Systems76 on their read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 Get Important Kernel Security Update

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 08:50:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS have released new Linux kernel security updates for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 operating systems, addressing several vulnerabilities and issues.

Marked as important by Red Hat Product Security, the new Linux kernel security patch is here to fix a use-after-free flaw (CVE-2018-20856) discovered in the __blk_drain_queue() function in block/blk-core.c, as well as a heap overflow issue (CVE-2019-3846) discovered in the mwifiex_update_bss_desc_with_ie function in marvell/mwifiex/scan.c.

It also addresses a heap overflow issue (CVE-2019-10126) discovered in the mwifiex_uap_parse_tail_ies function in drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/ie.c and a Bluetooth flaw (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release with 40 Bug Fixes

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 08:28:00 PM
The KDE Project released the first point release of their latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating system, a maintenance update that brings many bug fixes.

Released last week on October 15th, the KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment introduces Night Color support on X11, fractional scaling on Wayland, HiDPI and multi-screen improvements, as well as the ability to support for managing and configuring Thunderbolt devices in System Settings.

It also improves the notification system with a new Do Not Disturb mode that automatically detects presentations, Breeze GTK theme support for the Google Chrome and Chromium web browsers, Nvidia GPU stats in System Settings, and color scheme support for GTK and GNOME apps in the Breeze GTK theme.... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 for Ubuntu Phones Brings Smarter Keyboard, Better Browsing

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 08:01:00 PM
The UBports community released today the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 mobile operating system for supported Ubuntu Phone devices, a release that brings various enhancements and bug fixes.

Available for testing since earlier this month, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 software update introduces a much-improved and smarter on-screen keyboard keyboard that implements a Dvorak keyboard layout option, improves the Japanese and Polish layouts, and adds a new way to edit text.

"Using this feature, you can move around your typed text, undo and redo actions, move around a text selection rectangle, and use the cut/copy/paste commands, all from the same overlay. To get started, press and hold the space bar," explains UBports in the release announcement.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 also brings improvements to the built-in Morph web browser, such as the ability to save page zoom level and to set "Always allow" o... (read more)

Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 09:14:00 PM
Canonical released today a new Linux kernel security update for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system series to address several security vulnerabilities.

Affecting both the Linux 4.15 kernel used in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS (Xenial Xerus) systems, the new security patch fixed an improperly implemented Spectre mitigation in the ptrace susbsystem (CVE-2019-15902), which could allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information.

It also addresses a buffer overread (CVE-2019-15918) discovered that the SMB networking file system implementation, which could allow an attacker to expose sensitive information (kernel memory), two flaws (CVE-2019-15117 and read more)

Tails 4.0 Anonymous Linux OS Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 05:45:00 PM
The Tails project released today the final version of the Tails 4.0 operating system, a major release that introduces numerous enhancements and updated components.

Based on the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system, Tails 4.0 is here with up-to-date components to keep your online identity hidden from potential attackers. These include the latest Tor Browser 9.0 anonymous web browser, Tor anonymous network client and server, OnionShare 1.3.2 anonymous file sharing tool, MAT 0.9.0 metadata removal tool, and KeePassXC password manager.

Tails 4.0 is also powered by the latest Linux 5.3 kernel series, shipping with Linux kernel 5.3.2 in the live ISO image, which brings better support for newer hardware and many other improvements. On top of that, Tails 4.0 ships with GnuPG 2.2.12, Enigmail 2.0.12, Electrum 3.3.8, Git 2.20.1, LibreOffice 6.1.5, Inkscape 0.92.4, GIMP 2.10.8, and Audacity 2.2.2.

The Tails Greeter has received some enhancements in this rele... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Daily Build ISOs Are Now Available to Download

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 02:38:00 PM
While the Ubuntu community is still devouring the recently released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, Canonical kicked off a new development cycle, for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Unveiled last week as the "Focal Fossa" release, the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS operating system will hit the streets next year on April 23rd, as the 8th long-term support version of Ubuntu Linux, one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems in the world.

While its development cycle will kick off officially later this week on October 24th, with the toolchain upload, the first daily build ISO images are now already available to download for those who want to test it and report bugs, as well as anyone else who just wants an early taste of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

However, we have to warn you that these are very early development versions of Ubuntu ... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Gets First Linux Kernel Security Patch, Update Now

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 01:56:00 PM
Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system has received today its first Linux kernel security patch to address an important security vulnerability.

Released last week on October 17th, Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) brought numerous new features and improvements, including experimental ZFS on root support in the installer, LZ4 initramfs compression for all architectures, up-to-date toolchain, and embedded Nvidia graphics drivers. It also ships with the latest Linux 5.3 kernel series.

However, it would appear that Linux kernel 5.3 before before version 5.3.4 was plagued by a security vulnerability (CVE-2019-18198) found in the IPv6 routing implementation, which could allow a local attacker to crash the system or execute arbitr... (read more)

Goodbye, Ubuntu: Samsung Kills Off Linux on DeX Project

Monday 21st of October 2019 07:20:00 AM
Samsung’s ambitious project to bring a full version of Ubuntu to its smartphones has been canceled, and the upcoming debut of Android 10 will remove even the existing beta versions currently up for testing.

Back in 2018, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer decided to push things to the next level with its DeX project and enable a full version of Linux on top of Android.

Samsung DeX is a special feature that allows flagships like the Galaxy S and Note to connect to larger screens using dedicated hardware and boost the productivity side of Android with mouse and keyboard support. Technically, Samsung DeX allows an Android phone to become an almost fully-featured PC that is connected to a bigger screen. A PC running Android, that is.

Last year, however, Samsung started a collaboration with Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, to bring this Linux distro to DeX, essentially enabling Linux to run on Galaxy S and Note phones.

Linux on DeX no more

Whil... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Officially Released, Here's What's New

Thursday 17th of October 2019 05:27:00 PM
Canonical has officially released today the highly anticipated Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, a major release that introduces numerous new features, new GNU/Linux technologies, updated apps and components, and much more.

Six months in the making, Ubuntu 19.10 is dubbed Eoan Ermine and it's Canonical's 31st release of Ubuntu Linux, one of the most popular free and Open Source operating systems in the world. Packed with numerous goodies, this release also celebrates fifteen years since the first Ubuntu release, but it's not a long-term supported version, so it will only receive software and security updates for nine months, until July 2020. 

"In the fifteen years since the first Ubuntu release, we have seen Ubuntu evolve from the desktop to become the platform of choice across public cloud, open infrastructure, IoT and AI," said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. "With the 19.10 release, Ubuntu continues to deliver strong support, security and superio... (read more)

Xubuntu 19.10 Released with Xfce 4.14 Desktop Environment, ZFS on Root, and More

Thursday 17th of October 2019 04:05:00 PM
Xubuntu 19.10 has been released today as part of the Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, a major release that brings new features and improvements.

Packed with the same under-the-hood components as Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), such as Linux kernel 5.3 and GCC 9.2.1, Xubuntu 19.10 is here to offer fans of the lightweight Xfce desktop environment all the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software. The major highlight being the recently released Xfce 4.14 desktop environment.

Xubuntu 19.10 also replaces the Light Locker lockscreen utility used since Xubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) with the more modern Xfce Screensaver application, which deeply integrates with the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment and adds support for suspend and hibernate on laptops, support for X11 screensaver signals and all Xscreens... (read more)

Kubuntu 19.10 Arrives with KDE Plasma 5.16, Embedded Nvidia Drivers, and More

Thursday 17th of October 2019 03:40:00 PM
Kubuntu 19.10 has been released today as part of the Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system series with updated components and various new features.

Featuring the KDE Plasma 5.16.5 desktop environment and KDE Applications 19.04.3 software suite, the Kubuntu 19.10 release is here with up-to-date core components and applications, including Qt 5.12.4 LTS, Latte Dock 0.9.3, Elisa 0.4.2, Krita 4.2.7, Kdevelop 5.4.2, Ktorrent 5.1.2, as well as Kdenlive and Yakuake 19.08.1.

"Plasma 5, the new generation of KDE's desktop has been developed to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup," reads the release notes. "Plasma 5.16 has been developed to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. Kubuntu ships the 4th scheduled bugfix release of 5.16 (5.16.5)."

Plasma Wayland, Nvidia drivers, and ZFS on root

With the 19.10 release, Kubuntu continues to offe... (read more)

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AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Linux Performance

AMD today is shipping the Radeon RX 5500 XT as the new sub-$200 Navi graphics card. This 7nm graphics card offers 22 compute units, 1408 stream processors, up to 5.6 TFLOPS of compute power, 4GB or 8GB GDDR6 video memory options, and built atop their modern RDNA architecture and supporting features in common with the RX 5700 series like PCIe 4.0 support. Here is a look at the initial Linux gaming performance of the AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT with various gaming benchmarks and Steam Play tests as well. The Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB version is launching at $169 USD while the Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB version will command $199 USD. These price points put them comparable to the current Radeon RX 580 / 590 retail cards. AMD markets the RX 5500 XT as offering 1.6x the performance-per-Watt of the original Polaris Radeon RX 480 and designed for 1080p gaming to go up against NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER graphics card. Read more

KDE's December 2019 Apps Update

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Games: Feral Interactive, Fantasy Strike, GNU/Linux as Gaming Platform

  • Seems like Feral Interactive may have a few surprises for Linux in 2020

    Porting studio Feral Interactive [Official Site] have already given Linux a lot of games and it sounds like more are coming. While this year they've already released Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, a Vulkan beta for Shadow of Mordor, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS and DiRT 4 plus plus big updates/expansions to Company of Heroes 2 and Total War: WARHAMMER II. Still to come is Life is Strange 2, which Feral previously teased to arrive sometime soon.

  • Fighting game Fantasy Strike adds full cross-platform online play with PC and Consoles

    The very pretty fighting game Fantasy Strike from Sirlin Games just got a great update, enabling cross-platform online play between Linux/macOS/Windows and the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 consoles. Apply to all online modes including Casual and Ranked, find a match should be a lot easier now. You can also challenge or spectate others from your in-game friends list, which also works across all platforms too as you can add people from any platform based on tags.

  • Looking towards other operating systems

    Learning a new operating system from scratch is a daunting experience for many people. Fortunately, there are a few Linux distributions that come with a Windows-like desktop environment such as a form of a star bar at the bottom. However, Windows and Linux operating on vastly different philosophies, to the way that they are organized to the way that the files are handled. Linux employs the traditional monolithic kernel and it provides a hierarchical view of the files. Because it is modular, most of the necessary drivers can be loaded and unloaded dynamically. One of the major appeals of Linux is that it is open-source, compared to Microsoft which is a closed and inaccessible environment. Windows is made for simple and out of the box use and directed toward inexperienced users, a reason why the OS has been adopted by so many people. Linux puts more emphasis on the user, who has the possibility of customizing the desktop environment to suit their needs. Windows also offer a few, but fairly limited customization options. The main reason why people avoid switching to Linux is their gaming habits. Linux is known for not playing well with most PC games. Most PC games are being developed with Windows as the main platforms with some companies providing Linux support sometime after the original release. Games that do not have a Linux release require third party compatibility applications to run Windows games. The major application that is used to play Windows games on Linux is Wine. The developers of Wine have specified that the software is not an emulator but more of a compatibility layer for Linux to run Windows programs, not just games. In the world of programming, Wine is considered a masterpiece and one of the greatest feats of open source development that allows most Windows binaries to run on Linux without relying on any of Microsoft’s dependencies. Most of the Wine resources are dedicated to running the complicated frameworks of various DirectX components. [...] Many people prefer to enjoy online gaming, especially casino games. The beauty of these games is that most are available and can be played directly in the browser. The default browser that Linux uses is Mozilla Firefox, which itself, is a powerful browser. Because online casinos are played directly in the browser, there is almost no difference between playing them on Linux and playing them in Windows. There are also casino games that can be downloaded with most of them being made to run only on Windows due to a large number of people using the OS. As mentioned before, to run most Windows software, players have the option to use WINE. However, since because playing the casinos using the browser, most people are better off sticking with that version. Many games from online roulette to poker, and other table games are available online. Almost all online casinos found online have the option to play instantly with no download required, which is why any OS that can run a browser is perfectly capable to run casino games. Linux has been around for a long time, but it was only in the last 10 years that people have started noticing the operating system becoming more friendlier and easy to learn. Besides the many desktop environments, customizability, community and growing compatibility of games, as well as more security, many have started the transition from Windows to Linux.

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