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Ubuntu 18.04 Daily Builds Now Available to Download

Wednesday 8th of November 2017 09:05:19 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 daily builds are now available to download. Their availability comes as the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 'Bionic Beaver' development cycle gets in to gear.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 Daily Builds Now Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04 Will Support Color Emoji

Wednesday 8th of November 2017 04:04:35 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will support color emoji in desktop apps, a move that will let Ubuntu users both see emoji and use an emoji picker to enter glyphs.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 Will Support Color Emoji, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Intel and AMD Team Up to Create a Powerful New Processor

Tuesday 7th of November 2017 03:10:37 PM

Intel has teamed up with arch-rivals AMD to create a new processor that integrates Intel's powerful CPU architecture with AMD's graphics prowess.

This post, Intel and AMD Team Up to Create a Powerful New Processor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Watch NBA Games in the Terminal

Monday 6th of November 2017 11:06:09 PM

NBA Go is a CLI app that puts realtime NBA scores in the terminal. The open-source tool can also access detailed game stats and player information.

This post, Watch NBA Games in the Terminal, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: LibreOffice, F1 2017, Papirus Icon Theme + More

Monday 6th of November 2017 01:46:55 AM

A slate of Linux apps, game and theme releases we’ve mentioned before scored some minor updates over the past week. Few of them merit their own blog post so I figured I’d round-up the pertinent ones into a single post. LibreOffice 5.3.7 LibreOffice 5.3.7 is the seventh and final minor release in the LibreOffice 5.3.x […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: LibreOffice, F1 2017, Papirus Icon Theme + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Audacity 2.2.0 Released with Big Changes

Monday 6th of November 2017 12:01:21 AM

The Audacity audio editing software has scored a huge new update. Audacity 2.2.0 adds new themes, improved menus, and new recording behaviour.

This post, Audacity 2.2.0 Released with Big Changes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Auryo is a Desktop SoundCloud App that Works on Linux

Friday 3rd of November 2017 04:22:01 PM

Auyro is a desktop SoundCloud app for Linux, Windows & macOS. It supports Soundcloud features, keyboard shortcuts, and boasts a modern design.

This post, Auryo is a Desktop SoundCloud App that Works on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Brisk Menu 0.5 Released with ‘Favoriting’ & Desktop Action Support

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 08:34:25 PM

Brisk menu 0.5 has been released. The fast, efficient app menu applet for MATE desktop adds support for adding apps to a 'favorites' category.

This post, Brisk Menu 0.5 Released with ‘Favoriting’ & Desktop Action Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Signal Finally Gets a Dedicated Desktop App

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 01:59:47 PM

A new Signal desktop app has been released for Windows, macOS and Linux. It lets users of the secure messaging service chat on their desktops.

This post, Signal Finally Gets a Dedicated Desktop App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Best GTK Themes for Ubuntu 2017

Thursday 2nd of November 2017 08:26:12 AM

We roundup some of the best GTK themes for Ubuntu. Our list includes Arc, Adatpa, and Numix, and other GTK themes guaranteed to give your desktop a makeover.

This post, The Best GTK Themes for Ubuntu 2017, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical Has Joined the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board

Wednesday 1st of November 2017 12:51:09 PM

Canonical has joined the GNOME Foundation advisory board, a move that makes sense given that the popular Linux distro now uses the GNOME Shell desktop.

This post, Canonical Has Joined the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Revamped Skype Desktop App Released

Monday 30th of October 2017 06:51:47 PM

A colourful new Skype desktop client is rolling out. It features a number of visual changes and introduces some major new features, including @mentions.

This post, Revamped Skype Desktop App Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can Now Play SuperTuxKart on Android!

Monday 30th of October 2017 12:00:21 PM

The SuperTuxKart Android release is go! You can now play the famous open-source kart racing game on your phone, tablet or compatible Chromebook.

This post, You Can Now Play SuperTuxKart on Android!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

SuperTuxKart Update Adds New Tracks, Characters

Monday 30th of October 2017 12:47:41 AM

SuperTuxKart is the best kart racing game not available on Nintendo consoles — and it's just scored a spooktacular new update in time for Hallowe'en!

This post, SuperTuxKart Update Adds New Tracks, Characters, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GTK+ Twitter App Corebird Has Pushed Out a New Release

Sunday 29th of October 2017 01:59:26 PM

A new version of Linux Twitter app Corebird has been released with improved user autocomplete, image-only tweets, links in profile bios, and more.

This post, GTK+ Twitter App Corebird Has Pushed Out a New Release, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

And We’re Off: Development Begins on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ‘Bionic Beaver’

Sunday 29th of October 2017 12:35:36 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is now officially open for development. Canonical’s Matthias Klose shared the news on the Ubuntu development mailing list. The first few weeks of every Ubuntu development cycle is spent syncing key packages from upstream sources, plumbing in the base infrastructure on which future changes lay, and so on. As such you won’t see much […]

This post, And We’re Off: Development Begins on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ‘Bionic Beaver’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release Schedule

Sunday 29th of October 2017 12:21:10 PM

The Ubuntu 18.04 release date is set. For this, and other milestones in the Ubuntu 18.04 development cycle, check out the Ubuntu 18.04 release schedule.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Release Schedule, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lightworks Video Editor 14.1 Beta Released

Thursday 26th of October 2017 06:23:07 PM

A new beta release of Lightworks, the professional-grade video editor, is available to download. It features various improvements, including GoPro support.

This post, Lightworks Video Editor 14.1 Beta Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What The Press Is Saying About Ubuntu 17.10

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 08:51:22 PM

Ubuntu 17.10 was released last week and, by now, you’ve probably decided whether or not you plan to try it out. But if you haven’t yet gotten around to trying it here are You can read our Ubuntu 17.10 review to hear what we think (in short: we say the release marks a new chapter for […]

This post, What The Press Is Saying About Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint Throws Its Weight Behind Flatpak

Wednesday 25th of October 2017 03:00:26 PM

Linux Mint 18.3 will have "full support" for Flatpak, the 'next-gen' app distribution format for Linux, the project has announced in its latest monthly newsletter.

This post, Linux Mint Throws Its Weight Behind Flatpak, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Security: Amazon, Microsoft, and John Draper

  • Amazon security camera could be remotely disabled by rogue couriers

    However, researchers from Rhino Security Labs found attacking the camera's Wi-Fi with a distributed denial of service attack, which sends thousands of information requests to the device, allowed them to freeze the camera. It would then continue to show the last frame broadcast, rather than going offline or alerting the user it had stopped working.

  • Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon
    A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts on a publicly accessible Amazon account in what appears to be a military-sponsored intelligence-gathering operation that targeted people in the US and other parts of the world. The three cloud-based storage buckets contained at least 1.8 billion scraped online posts spanning eight years, researchers from security firm UpGuard's Cyber Risk Team said in a blog post published Friday. The cache included many posts that appeared to be benign, and in many cases those involved from people in the US, a finding that raises privacy and civil-liberties questions. Facebook was one of the sites that originally hosted the scraped content. Other venues included soccer discussion groups and video game forums. Topics in the scraped content were extremely wide ranging and included Arabic language posts mocking ISIS and Pashto language comments made on the official Facebook page of Pakistani politician Imran Khan.
  • Pirated Microsoft Software Enabled NSA Hack says Kaspersky
    Earlier reports accused Kaspersky's antivirus software which was running on the NSA worker's home computer to be the reason behind the Russian spies to access the machine and steal important documents which belonged to NSA hacking unit, Equation Group.
  • Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface
    John Draper, a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as "phreaking," has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News, Draper, who is also known as "Captain Crunch," acted inappropriately with six adult men and minors between 1999 and 2007 during so-called "energy" exercises, which sometimes resulted in private invitations to his hotel room. There, Draper allegedly made unwanted sexual advances. As a result of the new revelations, Draper, 74, is now no longer welcome at Defcon. Michael Farnum, the founder of HOU.SEC.CON, told Ars on Friday afternoon that Draper, who had been scheduled to speak in April 2018, was disinvited.

Debian Developers

  • Joey Hess: stupid long route
    Yesterday, I surpassed all that, and I did it in a way that hearkens right back to the original story. I had two computers, 20 feet apart, I wanted one to talk to the other, and the route between the two ended up traveling not around the Earth, but almost the distance to the Moon. I was rebuilding my home's access point, and ran into a annoying bug that prevented it from listening to wifi. I knew it was still connected over ethernet to the satellite receiver. I connected my laptop to the satellite receiver over wifi. But, I didn't know the IP address to reach the access point. Then I remembered I had set it up so incoming ssh to the satellite receiver was directed to the access point.
  • I am now a Debian Developer
    On the 6th of April 2017, I finally took the plunge and applied for Debian Developer status. On 1 August, during DebConf in Montréal, my application was approved. If you’re paying attention to the dates you might notice that that was nearly 4 months ago already. I was trying to write a story about how it came to be, but it ended up long. Really long (current draft is around 20 times longer than this entire post). So I decided I’d rather do a proper bio page one day and just do a super short version for now so that someone might end up actually reading it.
  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, October 2017
    Like each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

Programming: GNU Nano, Software Engineering Talent Shortage, HHVM (PHP)

  • GNU Nano Latest Version 2.9.0
    GNU nano 2.9.0 "Eta" introduces the ability to record and replay keystrokes (M-: to start and stop recording, M-; to play the macro back), makes ^Q and ^S do something useful by default (^Q starts a backward search, and ^S saves the current file), changes ^W to start always a forward search, shows the number of open buffers (when more than one) in the title bar, no longer asks to press Enter when there are errors in an rc file, retires the options '--quiet' and 'set quiet' and 'set backwards', makes indenting and unindenting undoable, will look in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME for a nanorc file and in $XDG_DATA_HOME for the history files, adds a history stack for executed commands (^R^X), does not overwrite the position-history file of another nano, and fixes a score of tiny bugs.
  • GNU Nano Text Editor Can Now Record & Replay Keystrokes
    GNU Nano 2.9 is now available as the latest feature release of this popular CLI text editor and it's bringing several new capabilities. First up, GNU Nano 2.9 has the ability to record and replay keystrokes within the text editor. M-: is used to start/stop the keystroke recording session while M-; is used to playback the macro / recorded keystrokes.
  • 2018's Software Engineering Talent Shortage— It’s quality, not just quantity

    The software engineering shortage is not a lack of individuals calling themselves “engineers”, the shortage is one of quality — a lack of well-studied, experienced engineers with a formal and deep understanding of software engineering.

  • HHVM 3.23
    HHVM 3.23 is released! This release contains new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, and supporting work for future improvements. Packages have been published in the usual places, however we have rotated the GPG key used to sign packages; see the installation instructions for more information.
  • Facebook Releases HHVM 3.23 With OpenSSL 1.1 Support, Experimental Bytecode Emitter
    HHVM 3.23 has been released as their high performance virtual machine for powering their Hack programming language and current PHP support. As mentioned back in September though, Facebook will stop focusing on PHP 7 compatibility in favor of driving their own Hack programming language forward. It's after their next release, HHVM 3.24, in early 2018 they will stop their commitment to supporting PHP5 features and at the same time not focus on PHP7 support. Due to the advancements made by upstream PHP on improving their performance, etc, Facebook is diverting their attention to instead just bolstering Hack and thus overtime the PHP support within HHVM will degrade.

Linux 4.14 File-System Benchmarks: Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, XFS

Our latest Linux file-system benchmarking is looking at the performance of the mainline Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS file-systems on the Linux 4.14 kernel compared to 4.13 and 4.12. In looking to see how the file-system/disk performance has changed if at all under the newly released Linux 4.14 kernel, I carried out some 4.12/4.13/4.14 benchmarks using Btrfs/EXT4/F2FS/XFS while freshly formatting the drive each time and using the default mount options. Read more Also: Freedreno Gallium3D Supports A Fair Amount Of OpenGL 4.x