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Canonical Donates More Ubuntu Phones to UBports and You Can Get One Right Now

8 hours 54 min ago
Canonical has donated more Ubuntu Phone devices to the UBports Foundation for further development of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which they deprecated a few years ago.

Once again, Canonical decided to donate even more Ubuntu Touch devices to UBports, but this time there's even better news for those interested in contributing to the development of Ubuntu Touch, the mobile OS created by Canonical for Ubuntu Phones, which is now entirely maintained by the UBports Foundation.

This time, UBports decided to donate the Ubuntu Touch devices, which consists of two dozen BQ Aquaris E4 phones, two BQ Aquaris M10 tablets, one Meizu MX4 phone, and several other we can't identify, to any developer interested in joining the Ubuntu Phone movement and contribute to the development of Ubuntu Touchread more)

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu OSes - Updated

14 hours 57 min ago
Canonical released today a new batch of Linux kernel security updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address the latest Intel CPU vulnerabilities, as well as other important flaws.

As announced the other day, Canonical was quick to respond to the latest security vulnerabilities affecting Intel CPU microarchitectures, so they now published Linux kernel updates to mitigate them. These are CVE-2019-11135, CVE-2018-12207, CVE-2019-0154, and CVE-2019-0155, which could allow local attackers to ei... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Updates to Mitigate Latest Intel Vulnerabilities

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 11:02:00 PM
Following on the footsteps of Red Hat, Canonical also announced today that it has prepared updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases to mitigate the latest Intel CPU security vulnerabilities.

As we reported earlier, Intel announced today that several new security vulnerabilities are affecting various of its Intel CPU microarchitectures, as well as associated GPUs. These vulnerabilities are known as TSX Asynchronous Abort (CVE-2019-11135), Intel Processor Machine Check Error (CVE-2018-12207), and Intel i915 graphics hardware  vulnerabilities (read more)

Red Hat Responds to ZombieLoad v2 Security Vulnerabilities Affecting Intel CPUs

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 09:30:00 PM
Red Hat informes Softpedia today on a series of three new security vulnerabilities affecting the Intel CPU microarchitecture, but which have been already patched in the Linux kernel.

The three new security vulnerabilities are CVE-2018-12207 (Machine Check Error on Page Size Change), CVE-2019-11135 (TSX Asynchronous Abort), as well as CVE-2019-0155 and CVE-2019-0154 (i915 graphics driver-related vulnerabilities). These are marked by Red Hat Security team as having an important and moderate security impact, which could allow attacker to gain read access to sensitive data, and which affects all supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

"Red Hat is aware of a microarchitectural (hardware) implementation issue that could allow an unprivileged local attacker ... (read more)

Volla Phone Promises to Support Ubuntu Touch, Gets Kickstarter Campaign

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 08:25:00 PM
UBports, the creators and maintainers of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, inform us today about an upcoming mobile device called Volla Phone that might be capable of running the Linux-based operating system.

Founded by Dr. Jörg Wurzer, an experienced entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in research and development in user experience, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and product management, Volla Phone promises to be a privacy-focused mobile phone powered by a free and open source operating system.

At its heart, the Volla Phone device will use Nemo Mobile, an OS based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) promising increased security and privacy features, as well as simplicity for the everyday user. For developers, Volla Phone also promises to support an alternative, free, and open-source operation system like read more)

Here's KDE Plasma Mobile Running on the PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 06:11:00 PM
The PinePhone is almost here and it looks like it already supports KDE's Plasma Mobile-based operating system for phones.

KDE developer Bhushan Shah posted today on Twitter a photo of his PinePhone open source Linux-powered smartphone from PINE64 running the latest KDE Plasma Mobile, which is mostly an open-source user interface designed for small screens, like those on phones and tablets.

KDE Plasma Mobile is currently available from various Linux OS makers, including KDE neon, Debian GNU/Linux, and postmarketOS. Of all three, KDE neon is the recommended choice for installing a Linux-based operating system on a supported devices to run the latest KDE Plasma Mobile user interface.

And it looks like the upcoming PinePhone open source Linux smartphone is capable of doing just that, running KDE neon with KDE Plasma Mob... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17.3 Desktop Environment Released with More Than 40 Bug Fixes

Tuesday 12th of November 2019 02:32:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the third maintenance update to its latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment series to address  more issues and update translations.

Coming two weeks after KDE Plasma 5.17.2, KDE Plasma 5.17.3 is here as yet another bugfix release that addresses a total of 43 issues across various core components and apps, including Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, System Settings, KWin, KScreen, Plasma Addons, Plasma Discover, Breeze GTK, Dr Konqi, KDE GTK Config, and xdg-desktop-portal-kde.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.3. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a fortnight's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typic... (read more)

The Many Features & Improvements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS Desktop Environment

Monday 11th of November 2019 08:01:00 PM
Work on the next major release of the open-source KDE Plasma Desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems kicked off a few months ago, promising numerous new features and enhancements.

With the KDE Plasma 5.17 release out the door last month, it's time to take a closer look at the new features and improvements coming to KDE Plasma 5.18, which will be released early next year as the next LTS (Long Term Support) version of open-source desktop environment designed to run on GNU/Linux distributions.

Among the enhancements of the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS desktop environment, we can mention the ability to select and remove multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneous... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Slated for Release on February 6th, 2020

Monday 11th of November 2019 06:11:00 PM
Canonical has recently updated the release schedule for its latest long-term supported Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, with the release dates for the next two point releases.

Released in April 2018, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, supported by Canonical with software and security updates for 5 years, until 2023, but reaching end of life in April 2028.

As all Ubuntu LTS series, the Bionic Beaver will receive up to five point releases that bring a new installation medium with up-to-date components to make the deployment of the operating system less painful. The latest point release in the series being Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, released on August 8th, 2019.

Besides updated core components and applications, as well as various improvements, the Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS point release also brought upgraded kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), such as Linux kernel 5.0... (read more)

Ubuntu-Based Linux For All Distro Gets New Release Powered by Linux Kernel 5.4

Monday 11th of November 2019 04:43:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Ubuntu-based LFA (Linux For All) GNU/Linux distribution that brings updated components, as well as new apps and tools.

LFA (Linux For All) Build 191111 is now available to download based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, but shipping with a much newer kernel, namely Linux 5.4 RC6. As such, LFA is one of the first distros to adopt the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series.

LFA (Linux For All) Build 191111 is not just an update to previous releases of the Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution, but a total rebuild that now uses packages from the latest Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release instead of those used in the latest Ubuntu Linux release.

"The system is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS and Debian. It’s a total rebuild. I.e. nothing is left of the old LFA system," said Arne Exton. "Why Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS? Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is supported until April 2023. Ubuntu 19.10... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Progress on Python 2 Removal

Monday 11th of November 2019 03:04:00 PM
The upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) and Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system are progressing on the removal of the now deprecated Python 2 implementation from their software repositories.

The removal of an older Python implementation from an entire operating system system and its software repositories is a major deal for any OS vendor as it raises many severity issues due to the fact that numerous packages have not been ported to a newer branch, in this case we're talking about the removal of Python 2 and its replacements with Python 3.

For Debian and Ubuntu, whose communities work closely together since the latter is based on the former, the transition from Python 2 to Python 3 started a few years ago, but now it's time for their next major release to ship without any Python 2 packages, though this appears to be a major deal even for some of the biggest GNU/Linux distributions in the world.

"We are aiming to remove Python 2 for the Bullseye rel... (read more)

KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 Open-Source Software Suite Released with over 200 Changes

Monday 11th of November 2019 01:45:00 PM
The KDE Project released over the weekend the KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 open-source software suite, a monthly update for October 2019 that packs numerous changes and bug fixes.

KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 brings more than 200 hundred changes to the open-source software suite used by the KDE Plasma Desktop environment and the KDE Applications software suite, in an attempt to improve the overall performance, stability, security and reliability of the KDE Plasma desktop and related apps.

Highlights of this release include initial support for the upcoming Qt 5.15 open-source and cross-platform application framework, support for CMake 3.5 series of the open-source and cross-platform package building tools, new and updated icons, as well as fixes for several memory leaks and crashes.

For BSD, Windows and macOS platforms, KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 removes support for the deprecated Growl notification system for Mac OS X, adds and enables Notification Center support in latest macOS rel... (read more)

OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Enters Development with KDE Plasma 5.17, Linux Kernel 5.3

Monday 11th of November 2019 01:09:00 PM
OpenMandriva Association announced the release of the first pre-release version of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 operating system, the first major update to the OpenMandriva Lx 4 series.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 is now officially in development, and a firs alpha release is ready for public testing with the latest KDE Plasma 5.17.2 desktop environment, which is accompanied by the KDE Applications 19.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 software suites, all built agains Qt 5.14. It also ships with the Linux 5.3.9 kernel and an updated toolchain built with Clang 9.0 and Glibc 2.30.

As OpenMandriva Lx is one of the first and few GNU/Linux distributions to use Clang as the default compiler instead of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), the development team decided that's it time to ship a Linux kernel that's also compatible with the Clang compiler. However, it's not enabled by default for now and remains an exper... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.08 Reaches End of Life, KDE Apps 19.12 Arrives December 12th

Thursday 7th of November 2019 05:20:00 PM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the third and last maintenance update to the KDE Applications 19.08 open-source software suite series.

KDE Applications 19.08.3 is here almost a month after the KDE Applications 19.08.2 point release to add one last batch of bug fixes and translation updates to various of the applications included in the open-source software suit, which is used by default with all new KDE Plasma desktop environment installations.

As expected, this maintenance update contains fixes for more than a dozen bugs reported by the community since the previous release, improving components like Ark, Cantor, K3b, Kdenlive, Kontact, Konsole, Okular, Spectacle, Umbrello, among many others. A complete cha... (read more)

Canonical Partners with Nvidia to Certify Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on NVIDIA DGX-2 AI

Thursday 7th of November 2019 11:14:00 AM
Canonical announced today a partnership with Nvidia to certify its Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system on the NVIDIA DGX-2 AI systems in an atempt to accelerate the adoption of AI and ML in multi-cloud environments and at the edge.

Canonical and Nvidia have formed a new alliance to prove that the adoption and implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning isn't a major challenge for enterprises due to the fact that AI-based workloads require greater compute power, security, and flexibility. As such, they've certified Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for NVIDIA DGX-2 AI systems to help organizations take advantage of AI's vast potential.

The Ubuntu 18.04 LTS update with NVIDIA DGX-2 AI system certification will allow for containerized and cloud-native development of GPU-accelerated workloads due to NVIDIA DGX-2 AI systems deliver 2 petaFLOPS of AI performance. The combination of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and NVIDIA DGX-2 allows data scientists and engineers to ... (read more)

NethServer 7.7 Cockpit Edition Linux OS Arrives with Nextcloud 17, UI Changes

Wednesday 6th of November 2019 06:30:00 PM
NethServer's Alessio Fattorini informs Softpedia today on the general availability of the Cockpit Edition of the NethServer 7.7 server-oriented, Linux-based operating system.

NethServer 7.7, which is based on CentOS Linux 7.7, ships with the Cockpit software, which is now complete and available by default on new installations, making server administration easier with a modern, redesigned and user-friendly web UI, as well as improved usability and new features.

"We're confident that it will be as always a great release and it will achieve our mission: making sysadmin’s life easier. This is thanks to the most vibrant, supportive and friendly community in the Open Source space (and not only Open Source)," said Alessio Fattorini in the release announcement.

What's new in NethServer 7.7

Highlights of NethServer 7.7 include new interface and stats for VPNs, new interface ... (read more)

Chrome OS 78 Rolls Out to Chromebooks with Improved Linux Support, Virtual Desks

Wednesday 6th of November 2019 04:22:00 PM
The wait is over, Google's latest Chrome OS 78 Linux-based operating system is now rolling out to supported Chromebook devices with a ton of new features and enhancements.

Google has released today the Chrome OS 78 operating system for Chromebooks, a release that will arrive to users over the next several days and which brings several exciting new features, such as the Virtual Desks functionality we reported the other day, allowing Chromebook users to be more productive.

"You can now create up to 4 separate work spaces. Virtual Desks are for focusing on a single project or for quickly switching between multiple sets of windows. Create your first desk by opening Overview and tapping New Desk," said Google in the release notes.

Along with the Virtual Desks feature, Google also implemented several new keyboard shortcuts... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch Is Now Finally Available as 64-Bit ARM Images for Ubuntu Phones

Wednesday 6th of November 2019 02:46:00 PM
The UBports community has announced today that its Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phones is now finally available to download as 64-bit ARM images.

After announcing last week an updated Ubuntu Touch Installer that adds support for the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and Sony Xperia X Android smartphones as Ubuntu Phones, UBports has released today 64-bit ARM images of Ubuntu Touch for the Sony Xperia X and OnePlus 3 and 3T phones for a faster and more optimized experience.

Until now, Ubuntu Touch was running in 32-bit mode on all supported devices, even if they had a 64-bit ARM processor, which most of them have. Devices running in 64-bit mode are capable of launching apps faster, as well as to use more CPU features. However,... (read more)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Officially Released for Linux and Mac, Download Now

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 09:19:00 PM
UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that official availability of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider video game on Linux and macOS platforms.

Developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was launched on September 14, 2018, as the last instalment in the spectacular and thrilling action-adventure puzzle game Tomb Raider origins trilogy. It's also the twelfth title in the Tomb Raider series featuring the famous character Lara Croft.

In this game, players will adventure into a Maya apocalypse world where they need shape Lara's destiny to become the Tomb Raider. As of today, Linux and Mac users can download and play Shadow of the Tomb Raider on their computers thanks to Feral Interactive, which ported it to these platforms.

"In the grand finale to the Tomb Raider origins trilogy, players take on the role of Lara Croft as she battles th... (read more)

Canonical's Kernel Livepatch Ubuntu Advantage Client Is Out for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 09:04:00 PM
Canonical announced today that it has released an updated Ubuntu Advantage (UA) client for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that provides users a more efficient and consistent way to access Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure services.

Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage client is a command-line client pre-installed on all Ubuntu Linux releases that works via single-token access to allow users to access Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure services, such as Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and Kernel Livepatch, which include patches for high and critical security vulnerabilities.

"The UA client for ‘Trusty Tahr’ enables easy access to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and Kernel Livepatch (requires HWE kernel). ESM provides fixes for high and critical CVEs for the most commonly used server packages in the Ubuntu main archive, and Livepatch permits users to apply c... (read more)