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Ubuntu 19.10 to Support ZFS on Root as an Experimental Option in the Installer

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 01:43:00 PM
Canonical announced today that it plans to implement support for ZFS on root file system in the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) will be the next major release of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, and also a testbed for Canonical to implement new features and see if they prove to be useful to the community for upcoming LTS (Long Term Support) releases, such as next year's Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

One of these new features coming to the Ubuntu 19.10 release this fall is an experimental option implemented in the graphical installer to let users create a root file system formatted with the ZFS file system. But Canonical warns users that they should not use it on a production machine.

"As we want to have the dataset layout right and we know a file system is very crucial as it's responsible for all your data, we don't want to... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Released with Live Kernel Patching, Improvements

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 01:27:00 PM
Red Hat announced the release and general availability of the seventh and last maintenance update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system series, which was released five years ago on June 10, 2014.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is here nine months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 as the last maintenance and security update in the series to add one more layer of stability and reliability to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system series, which Red Hat promises to keep alive for a few more years, but without releasing additional maintenance updates. As such, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 will be supported for two years, until August 30th, 2021.

"As the hybrid cloud takes hold as a preferred production environment for mission-critical workloads, maintain... (read more)

Microsoft Teams for Linux Could Soon Be a Real Thing

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 07:59:00 AM
Microsoft might launch a Linux version of Microsoft Teams at some point in the future, according to company engineers working on the project.

Microsoft Teams is already available on the most popular platforms out there, including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, and given the software giant’s push towards the Linux world, such a release perfectly aligns with its long-term plans.

A thread on UserVoice, Microsoft’s feedback platform, discusses the chances of getting a Linux version of Microsoft Teams, with the post having nearly 9,000 upvotes from users, as per a tweet from @unixterminal.

“My team has some users on Linux, and one benefit Slack has is a Linux client. Without a Linux client on Microsoft Teams, some orgs may have to turn away in favor of Slack, so everyone can participate without keeping a browser open all the time,” the original feature suggestion reads.

Teams for Linu... (read more)

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment Enters Beta, Final Release Lands on September 11

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 07:32:00 PM
The GNOME Project has released the first beta version of the upcoming GNOME 3.34 desktop environment series, which is expected to be officially unveiled next month.

Released a day earlier than expected, the GNOME 3.34 beta (GNOME 3.33.90) milestone is now available for public testing, also marking the API/ABI, UI and Feature Freeze development stages. The beta release of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment comes with many updated core components and apps, as detailed here.

"This is the first beta release for GNOME 3.34. To ensure the quality of the final release, we have entered feature freeze, UI freeze, and API freeze, so now is a good time for distributors planning to ship GNOME 3.34 to start testing the packages," said Michael Catanzaro in an email announcement.

GNOME 3.34 expected to be released on September 11th

The development cycle of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment will co... (read more)

SparkyLinux Gets New Development Cycle Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye"

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 07:10:00 PM
The Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system has entered a new development cycle based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system series.

Work on the SparkyLinux "Po Tolo" series has started as a semi-rolling release version where users install the operating system once and receive updates forever. The first snapshot, SparkyLinux 2019.08, is now available to download based on the software repositories of Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye."

SparkyLinux 2019.08 "Po Tolo" is contains an updated system from the Debian Testing repositories as of August 1st, 2019, and comes with the GCC 9 system-wide compiler, though GCC 8 is still used by default. This release is powered by Linux kernel 4.19.37, though Linux kernel 5.2.5 is available on the SparkyLinux unstable repos.

New look and feelread more)

FFmpeg 4.2 "Ada" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Released, Here's What's New

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 06:50:00 PM
The FFmpeg project released a new major version of their open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework used by numerous games and applications, FFmpeg 4.2.

Dubbed "Ada," the FFmpeg 4.2 series introduces some exciting new features and improvements, among which we can mention support for decoding AV1 files via the libdav1d library, support for ARIB STD-B24 caption (profiles A and C) based on the libaribb24 library, and support for decoding HEVC 4:4:4 content in nvdec and cuviddec.

FFmpeg 4.2 also comes with support for decoding HEVC 4:4:4 content in VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix), support for using Clang to compile CUDA kernels, the ability for the mov muxer to write tracks with unspecified language instead of English by default, a GIF parser, as well as the removal of the libndi-newtek component.

New filters, encoders, decoders, and demuxers

Of course, there's no major FFmp... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.1 Users Can Now Upgrade to Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina," Here's How

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 06:27:00 PM
Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is now available and the upgrade path from the older Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" release has been open for all users who opted out to upgrade their systems.

Released last week, the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system is based on Canonical's long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series and ships with up-to-date components and apps, including the latest Cinnamon 4.2, MATE 1.20, and Xfce 4.2 desktop environments.

Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" has been on the market for the past seven months, so it is time to upgrade it and enjoy all the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source applications. Some will choose to reinstall their computers as a fresh install is always recommended, but many will want to upgrade as it's painless.

Here's how to upgrade to Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina"read more)

Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" Officially Released, Here's What's New

Friday 2nd of August 2019 12:07:00 PM
The Linux Mint project released today the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system, which is now available for download as Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions.

Coming seven months after the Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" release, Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is the second major release in the Linux Mint 19 operating system series, based on Canonical's long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, which will be supported for five years until 2023.

"Linux Mint 19.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable," said Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint project leader and lead developer.

What's new in Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina"

Highlights of the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" release includes the late... (read more)

System76 to Launch Its First 4K OLED Linux Laptop on August 8th

Thursday 1st of August 2019 08:35:00 PM
American computer manufacturer System76 informs Softedia News today that they plan on unveiling their first 4K OLED Linux laptop in early August 2019.

System76, the maker of powerful Linux computers, announced the upcoming availability of a brand new laptop called the Adder WS, which will be the company's first computer to feature a gorgeous and vibrant 4K OLED glossy display with true-to-life blacks.

Not only that the forthcoming Adder WS laptop will comes with a 4K OLED display, but it also packs powerful internals, like a 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H or i9-9980HK CPUs, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, and up to 64GB RAM and 8TB of storage.

The laptop will also feature three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, Thunderbolt 3 port via USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, three video ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort 1.3 via USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, and mini DisplayPort 1.3, 2-in-1 audio jacks, and an SD card reader.

"Top-level performance allows editing, design, animation, and development programs t... (read more)

First Arch Linux ISO Powered by Linux Kernel 5.2 Is Now Available to Download

Thursday 1st of August 2019 05:30:00 PM
Arch Linux fans rejoice, the first Arch Linux ISO snapshot powered by the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series is now available for download.

Another month, another Arch Linux ISO snapshot has been released to offer the community a fresh installation medium packed with all the latest software and security updates. The Arch Linux ISO snapshot for August 2019, Arch Linux 2019.08.01, has been released today and it's now available for download.

Packed with all the security patches and software updated pushed through the official repositories throughout the month of July 2019, Arch Linux 2019.08.01 is the first ISO snapshot of the popular operating system to be powered by the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series as it ships with the latest Linux 5.2.5 release.

Only for new deploym... (read more)

Canonical Releases Linux 5.0 Kernel (HWE) Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Thursday 1st of August 2019 05:05:00 PM
Canonical released today a new Linux kernel security update, this time for users of the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS operating system using the Linux 5.0 HWE (Hardware Enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 19.04.

This Linux Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 19.04 for Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS includes the same fixes for four security flaws that Canonical added in the lastest kernel for Ubuntu 19.04 last week, including an integer overflow (CVE-2019-11487) discovered in Linux kernel, which could lead to use-after-free issues as local attackers were able to use the exploit to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (system crash).

Additionally, the security patch addresses a race condition (read more)

Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" Is Now Available for Download

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 02:42:00 PM
The long-anticipated Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system is now available to download ahead of its official release later this week.

Earlier this week, the leader of the Linux Mint project, Clement Lefebvre, revealed the fact that the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system will be officially released later in the week for all supported flavors, including Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

Now, it looks like the final ISO images of Linux Mint 19.2 were pushed to the main download server, so you can grab them right now and install the operating system on your personal computer if you don't want to wait for the official announcement later this week.

This happens every time before the official launch of a new major Linux Mint version as it takes time for ... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.1 Reached End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.2

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 02:04:00 PM
Renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced that the Linux 5.1 kernel series has reached end of life, urging users to upgrade to the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series.

Announced in early May 2019, the Linux 5.1 kernel series brought the ability to use persistent memory as RAM, as well as support for booting to a device-mapper device without using initramfs, support for cumulative patches in live kernel patching, and more preparations for year 2038.

In addition, Linux kernel 5.1 introduced support for configuring Zstd compression levels in the Btrfs file system, more faster and scalable asynchronous I/O, improved power management, scalable monitoring of large filesystems, as well as numerous new and updated drivers for better hardware support.

However, as all good things must come to an end, the Linux 5.1 kernel has now reached end of life with the 5.1.21 maintenance update released by Greg Kroah-Hartma... (read more)

Canonical Announces Amazon EC2 On-Demand Hibernation for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Tuesday 30th of July 2019 08:30:00 PM
Canonical and AWS announced today the public availability of on-demand Amazon EC2 Hibernation support for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system on AWS (Amazon Web Services).

As one can imagine, the Amazon EC2 On-Demand Hibernation functionality lets users start up Amazon EC2 instances, configure them to their needs, hibernate them, and then launch them again whenever they want with all the running apps in the last state before they were put to sleep.

With Amazon EC2 On-Demand Hibernation there's no need to rebuild the memory footprint of your apps, and it also lets you maintain a fleet of pre-warmed Amazon EC2 instances that may increase your productivity without the need to modify any of your existing applications in the cloud.

If you're using Ubuntu on AWS (Amazon Web Services), you can now benefit of Amazon EC2 On-Demand Hibernation in... (read more)

Collabora Brings VR Support to Linux Desktop Environments, Sponsored by Valve

Tuesday 30th of July 2019 04:34:00 PM
Collabora today announced a new open-source project that promises to enable Linux-based desktop environments and window managers to be aware of VR (virtual reality).

Sponsored by Valve, the xrdesktop project is developed by Collabora and designed to integrate into existing desktop environments like KDE and GNOME, making them running in virtual reality (VR) runtimes. It does that by rendering windows in 3D space, allowing users to manipulate them with VR controllers and headsets.

"This integration of xrdesktop into the window managers enables mirroring existing windows into XR and to synthesize desktop input through XR actions. xrdesktop can be run as a dedicated scene application, but it also features an overlay mode, where desktop windows are overlaid over any other running VR application," explains Collabora's Lubosz Sarnecki.

Integrates... (read more)

Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Tuesday 30th of July 2019 03:19:00 PM
Canonical released a new Linux kernel live patch for its long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system series to address five security vulnerabilities.

Coming hot on the heels of the last Linux kernel security updates released by Canonical last week for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases, this new kernel live patch is now available for users of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating systems who use the Canonical Livepatch Service to apply rebootless kernel updates.

It fixes five security issues, including a race condition (CVE-2019-11815), which could lead to a use-after-free, in Linux kernel's RDS (Reliable Datagram Sockets) protocol implementation that may all... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.16.4 Desktop Environment Released with 18 Changes, Update Now

Tuesday 30th of July 2019 02:25:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the fourth maintenance update to the latest KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment, a maintenance update that addresses various issues and regressions.

KDE Plasma 5.16.4 is now available three weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.16.3 update as yet another bugfix release in an attempt to keep the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment as stable and reliable as possible. KDE Plasma 5.16.4 is not as big in changes as previous maintenance releases as it only includes a total of 18 bug fixes and improvements.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.16.4. Plasma 5.16 was released in June with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds three week's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are ty... (read more)

Debian Outs First Linux Kernel Security Update for Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 29th of July 2019 04:40:00 PM
The first Linux kernel security update for the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series is now available to address a local privilege escalation flaw.

Released earlier this month, the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system just got its first Linux kernel security update, which addresses a security flaw (CVE-2019-13272) discovered by Google Project Zero's Jann Horn in Linux kernel's ptrace subsyste, which could let a local user obtain root privileges.

"Jann Horn discovered that the ptrace subsystem in the Linux kernel mishandles the management of the credentials of a process that wants to create a ptrace relationship, allowing a local user to obtain root privileges under certain scenarios," reads the ... (read more)

Purism Reveals Final Hardware Specs of the Privacy-Focused Librem 5 Linux Phone

Monday 29th of July 2019 03:00:00 PM
Purism, the company behind the powerful Linux-based laptops known as the Librem computers, announced today the final hardware specifications of their upcoming Librem 5 Linux smartphone.

As you probably are already aware, Purism is working for some time on a Linux-powered smartphone, which the company calls Librem 5. Designed from the ground up to be privacy and security-aware, the Librem 5 Linux phone is currently scheduled for launch in Q3 2019, after it's been delayed a couple of times.

Powered by Purism's Debian-based PureOS Linux operating system and shipping with a mobile version of the GNOME desktop environment and many in-house built apps, the Librem 5 Linux phone is currently available for pre-order for $649 USD until July 31st, when the price will go up w... (read more)

Linux Lite 4.6 Enters Development Based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, Here's What's New

Monday 29th of July 2019 01:56:00 PM
Linux Lite creator Jerry Bezencon announced today that the Linux Lite 4.6 operating system is now in development, giving the community an early taste of what's coming in the next major release of this Ubuntu-based OS.

Highlights of the Linux Lite 4.6 release include a new theme selector in the Lite Welcome tool to make it easier for newcomers to select between the Light and Dark themes, along with a new Keyboard and Num Lock sections. Moreover, the Lite Sources utility has been updated with comments only about the Linux Lite repositories.

Another interesting addition to Linux Lite 4.6 is the CPU Performance mode plugin from the Xfce desktop environment (xfce4-cpufreq-plugin), which is now available as an option for the system tray. Users can select it and move it wherever they want by right-clicking on the Taskbar, then go to Panel > Add new items > CPU Frequency Monitor.

Last but not least, Linux Lite 4.6 comes with a new Volume toggle tutorial in the Help Manual... (read more)

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kwin-lowlatency 5.17 Brings A Better Experience To The KDE Desktop

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