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These Are the New Features in elementary OS 5.1.5

Thursday 4th of June 2020 04:25:00 AM
elementary 5.1.5 comes with a series of welcome improvements for the AppCenter and Files, but of course, as it happens with every release, there’s more to discover after installing it.

As far as the AppCenter is concerned, there’s one major change here: users no longer require administrator rights to install updates.

And while some may think that this isn’t the right way to go from a security perspective, the whole thing actually makes sense because administrators must already approve the installation of apps by standard users. So technically, once a user has already been granted with the permission of installing an app, why not letting them update that app as well?

This is the reasoning behind the change, as elementary co-founder Cassidy James Blaede himself explains.

“Since an administrator had to approve the original installation and we provide clear expectations around curated versus non-cura... (read more)

Lenovo to Preload Ubuntu, Red Hat on More PCs

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 07:07:00 AM
Lenovo has just announced that it would begin preloading Ubuntu and Red Hat on some of its existing devices in an attempt to provide workstation customers with more options regarding the operating systems powering the machines.

“While many users prefer to customize their own machines – either on hardware without an OS or by wiping an existing client OS, then configuring and installing Linux – this can raise uncertainty with system stability, restricted performance, compatibility, end-user productivity and even IT support for devices,” Lenovo says.

“Now that these users are making their way out of the proverbial shadows and onto the enterprise floor, the demand is high for an out-of-the-box solution that removes the barrier for deployment of enterprise-grade hardware within a Linux software ecosystem.”

The entire ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series lineup will be certified for Red Hat Enterprise and Ubuntu LTS, and the company explains that this process guarantees e... (read more)

Another German City Wants to Replace Microsoft with Open Source Software

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 06:29:00 AM
The migration from Microsoft software to open-source alternatives comes with a series of benefits, including reduced licensing costs and better local control over the code powering the whole thing, and this is one of the reasons some authorities across the world are looking into such a transition.

Munich, for example, has become a pioneer in this regard after switching from Microsoft software to Linux and open source alternatives, and now it looks like another German city is pondering a similar decision.

Hamburg is reportedly looking into embracing open-source software on local computers in an attempt to reduce reliance on paid products and to become what’s being described as “a model in digital sovereignty.”

A report from German publication Der Standard indicates that the plan is still in its early days and details are scarce, to say the least, albei... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 78 to Launch with Major Changes for Linux and macOS Users

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 05:05:00 AM
Mozilla has just released Firefox 77 to production devices across the world, and now the company has started the work on the very next release due later this month.

Firefox 78 is projected to come with major changes for Linux and macOS, but also with a highly-anticipated new feature on Windows.

First and foremost, let’s see what’s new for users running Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Firefox 78 will come with a built-in PDF client, which means that you will be able to use Firefox as a PDF reader. At this point, such tasks are handled by Microsoft Edge by default on Windows, but some people turn to dedicated PDF clients or even to Google Chrome.

Additional information on PDF support in Mozilla Firefox is available here.

Linux requirements

Then, Firefox 78 will come with updated system requirements on Linux d... (read more)

Major Linux Event to Take Place Online Due to Obvious Reasons

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 04:43:00 AM
The Document Foundation (TDF) has recently announced that the openSUSE + LibreOffice conference will take place online as the two organizations are trying to reduce the risks caused by the global health issue.

The event was originally scheduled to take place October 13-16, but the organizers now explain that these dates could change as they’re working on a scheduled for the new digital event.

Proposals for talks, workshops, and workgroups can still be submitted until July 21, and everyone will be able to attend using a video conferencing solution whose name is yet to be disclosed.

“Shifting the conference online is good news and the organisers intend to provide a great conference that is filled with insightful talks, technical presentations and sessions dedicated for those who want to socialise during the event,” The Document Foundation ex... (read more)

Why Linux Adoption Skyrocketed in 2020

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 04:27:00 PM
Linux has long been considered the underdog of the desktop operating system world, as many believed that giving up on Windows and embracing anything like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or others made absolutely no sense.

Many of these people pointed to the gaming support in the Linux world, while others claimed that no matter how much is improved, Linux would never replace Windows simply because it lacks the familiar approach that’s making Microsoft’s operating system the preferred choice for so many users out there.

But the most recent statistics show that the adoption of Linux is improving at a really fast pace, and while it’s still far from overtaking Windows, all these numbers suggest that sooner or later, choosing an operating system doesn’t just come down to Microsoft and Apple products.

While Linux has gradually improved its market share in the last ... (read more)

Ubuntu Linux Overtakes Windows XP, Only Sky Is the Limit Now

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 09:41:00 AM
As we’ve told you earlier today, Linux keeps growing, and growing, and growing, as third-party statistics show that the adoption of this Windows alternative keeps improving.

Out of all Linux distributions that users can try out today, however, there’s one that’s getting the most love, it seems. And unsurprisingly, it’s Ubuntu, the Linux distro that has recently managed to overtake the Windows XP and is now increasing its market share at a faster pace overall.

NetMarketShare numbers for May 2020 show that Ubuntu is now running on 2.11 percent of all systems out there, while Windows XP is down to 0.96 percent.

While at first glance this doesn’t sound like a notable achievement, it actually is, as many preferred to use Windows XP on older computers in an attempt to delay a more substantial hardware upgrade. But as it turns out, some of those who don’t want to invest... (read more)

Linux Keeps Growing and Growing and Growing

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 08:43:00 AM
Linux keeps growing, according to new market share data, and if the same trend is continued in the next few months, it’s likely to overtake Apple’s macOS and become the second most-used desktop platform worldwide.

While Windows continues to be the preferred choice for the majority of users, its market share keeps declining, and Linux appears to be the one benefitting from this substantial change in usage trends.

More specifically, Windows was running on 86.69 perc... (read more)

More in Tux Machines

openSUSE Tumbleweed vs. Leap 15.2 vs. Jump Alpha Benchmarks

Following the recent alpha debut of the openSUSE Jump distribution for testing that is working to synchronize SUSE Linux Enterprise with openSUSE Leap, there was an inquiry made about the performance of it. So for addressing that premium member's question, here are some benchmarks carried out recently of the latest openSUSE Leap 15.2 against the openSUSE Jump in its early state against the rolling-release openSUSE Tumbleweed. Read more

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Released With More Phones Supported, UI Improvements

The UBports community has announced the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 as their newest over-the-air update to this Ubuntu mobile operating system. With Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 now supported are the Sony Xperia X/XZ/Performance and OnePlus 3/3T devices. This is on top of around one dozen other devices from the LG Nexus 4/5 to earlier OnePlus devices, FairPhone 2, Nexus 7, and different Meizu and BQ devices from the early days of the Ubuntu Touch effort at Canonical. Read more Direct: Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 release Also: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 649

Announcement of the passing of Jari Fredriksson

Some know that Jari's mirror broke a few weeks ago and we've been trying
to reach him. I am sorry to announce that Jari Fredriksson was a great
supporter of the project running an sa-update mirror, helping with our
masscheck program, testing releases, and just generally being a great
member of our community.

On behalf of the entire project, I'd like to extend our condolences to
him and his family.  He will be missed.

If anyone wishes to send a note of condolences it can be done through
Jouni, his employer. http://www.jounivirtanenconsulting.com/contact/

Sincerely,

Kevin A. McGrail
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