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Wine 3.0 Released with Direct3D 11 Support

Thursday 18th of January 2018 07:00:03 PM

Why yes, dear reader, that is the sound of the year’s finest Wine being served up. After a year ageing in development Wine 3.0 is now available to download. Wine is, for those of you somehow unaware, a Windows compatibility layer for Linux that lets you, albeit with varied notes of success, run Windows apps […]

This post, Wine 3.0 Released with Direct3D 11 Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Want to Install Slack on Ubuntu? It’s Now Easier Than Ever

Thursday 18th of January 2018 05:01:40 PM

You can easily install Slack on Ubuntu as a Snap application from the Ubuntu Software app. The popular app lets people chat and collaborate in realtime.

This post, Want to Install Slack on Ubuntu? It’s Now Easier Than Ever, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Photos App Improves Its Editing Tools

Thursday 18th of January 2018 12:30:35 PM

The next stable release of GNOME Photos includes a number of core improvements, including new photo editing features. As a Shotwell alternative Photos is …Well, it’s getting there. It handles the basics well enough, letting you import and browse photos, sort them into albums, and share them via email. GNOME Photos is also a photo editor and has […]

This post, GNOME Photos App Improves Its Editing Tools, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Why Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Use an Older Version of Nautilus

Wednesday 17th of January 2018 06:57:55 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will use an older version of Nautilus so that users can put icons on the desktop. Upstream GNOME has removed desktop support in Nautilus 3.28.

This post, Why Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Use an Older Version of Nautilus, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Purism Librem 5 Phone Will Use Faster i.MX8 Chipset

Wednesday 17th of January 2018 02:10:27 PM

Purism has delivered its first progress report on development of the Librem 5 Phone, which it successfully crowdfunded last year. It remains early days for the fledgling Linux phone, but decisions are starting to be made on the  kind of hardware that will power the device. Purism seems confident that the Librem 5 handset will […]

This post, Purism Librem 5 Phone Will Use Faster i.MX8 Chipset, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

VirtualBox Guest Additions to be Included in Linux Kernel

Wednesday 17th of January 2018 06:56:17 AM

Most of us install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux virtual machines get the best experience, but now these capabilities are coming to the Linux kernel itself.

This post, VirtualBox Guest Additions to be Included in Linux Kernel, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Have You Taken the Thunderbird Redesign Survey?

Wednesday 17th of January 2018 01:56:38 AM

Monterail and Thunderbird are now working on the same team. Yes, that Monterail, the Poland-based development company whose stunning Thunderbird mock-up went viral last year, before becoming a real, working Thunderbird theme. “We got in touch with […] the Thunderbird core team to discuss possibilities. We wanted to establish how to enhance user retention and make […]

This post, Have You Taken the Thunderbird Redesign Survey?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This App Automatically Disables Compositing in KDE When Opening Steam

Monday 15th of January 2018 03:39:16 PM

Compositor Switcher for KDE is a small utility that can disable compositing on the KDE Plasma desktop when running a specific gaming client.

This post, This App Automatically Disables Compositing in KDE When Opening Steam, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Listen to Tidal Music from the Command Line

Monday 15th of January 2018 01:47:57 PM

Tidal subscribers have a new way to listen to the high-fidelity music streaming service while using the Linux desktop. The Spotify rival touts better sound quality and bigger royalty cheques for artists, but it doesn’t provide a desktop Tidal music app for Linux. There is an official web player, as well as official Tidal apps for Windows, macOS, Android […]

This post, Listen to Tidal Music from the Command Line, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Win 2 – A Pocket-Sized Linux Games Machine?

Monday 15th of January 2018 01:39:27 AM

Dream of owning a pocket-sized Linux games console? Well, your dream just inched a little nearer. Early reviews of the 6-inch GPD Win 2 pocket computer claim that Linux runs “perfectly” — opening up the possibility to use the device as a portable Steam machine, with your full Linux games library literally in your hand. […]

This post, GPD Win 2 – A Pocket-Sized Linux Games Machine?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Fedora 28 Wallpaper Contest is Now Open for Entries

Friday 12th of January 2018 01:44:43 PM

If you're creative and want to give something back to the Linux community, now's your chance as the Fedora 28 wallpaper contest is open for entries.

This post, Fedora 28 Wallpaper Contest is Now Open for Entries, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Nextcloud Talk is an Open Source Alternative to Google Hangouts

Thursday 11th of January 2018 02:23:19 PM

Nextcloud Talk is an open source alternative to Google Hangouts. The feature adds audio, video and messaging features to the personal cloud server software.

This post, Nextcloud Talk is an Open Source Alternative to Google Hangouts, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Support for Ubuntu 17.04 Ends This Week

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 03:36:52 PM

Support for Ubuntu 17.04 ends on January 13. Once end of life Ubuntu will no longer release security updates, critical fixes, or updated packages to users.

This post, Support for Ubuntu 17.04 Ends This Week, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Discover, the KDE Software Center App, is Improving Nicely

Tuesday 9th of January 2018 03:12:36 PM

Plasma Discover is a KDE software center app that makes it easy to browse, install and remove apps on the Plasma desktop. And it recently got even better.

This post, Discover, the KDE Software Center App, is Improving Nicely, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Wine, Soundnode, Etcher + More

Monday 8th of January 2018 01:17:58 PM

The Linux Release Roundup of 2018 includes updates to Windows app compatibility layer WINE, the Etcher USB writer, the desktop Soundcloud app Soundnode, and more.

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Wine, Soundnode, Etcher + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10 Will Be Re-Released on January 11, Will No Longer Brick Laptops

Sunday 7th of January 2018 02:17:52 PM

A fixed version of Ubuntu 17.10 will be available to download again from January 11. The updated image will no longer cause BIOS corruption on Lenovo laptops.

This post, Ubuntu 17.10 Will Be Re-Released on January 11, Will No Longer Brick Laptops, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Babe Music Player Get Mobile-Friendly Qml Port

Friday 5th of January 2018 05:52:49 PM

It’s been almost a year since I publicly stood in front of you all to coo over the Qt-based Babe music player — and now I’m back to coo at it some more. You can blame Babe developer Camilo Higuita. He’s shared a new video of his app that has me excited. The clip, which is embedded above, demos the […]

This post, Babe Music Player Get Mobile-Friendly Qml Port, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dell’s New XPS 13 – the Ultimate Ubuntu Laptop?

Friday 5th of January 2018 01:42:51 PM

The new Dell XPS 13 (2018) is a compelling Ubuntu laptop. It has a smaller footprint, yet bigger performance. We look at the specs, price and release date.

This post, Dell’s New XPS 13 – the Ultimate Ubuntu Laptop?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Flameshot is the Linux Screenshot Tool I’ve Been Longing for

Thursday 4th of January 2018 11:59:32 PM

Flameshot is the Linux screenshot tool I’ve been longing for. As a blogger I take a lot of screenshots and annotate a lot of screenshots. Any app that can help to speed up my workflow is super appreciated. Enter Flameshot, which makes it easy to take screenshots on Linux and annotate them with arrows, boxes, and […]

This post, Flameshot is the Linux Screenshot Tool I’ve Been Longing for, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop

Thursday 4th of January 2018 07:33:58 PM

Developers are removing the option to show icons, folders and files on the GNOME desktop. The feature, part of the Nautilus file manager, is said to be hindering development.

This post, GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Linux Gaming For Older/Lower-End Graphics Cards In 2018

A request came in this week to look at how low-end and older graphics cards are performing with current generation Linux games on OpenGL and Vulkan. With ten older/lower-end NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards, here is a look at their performance with a variety of native Linux games atop Ubuntu using the latest Radeon and NVIDIA drivers. Read more Also: Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Red Hat Patch Warning

  • We Didn't Pull CPU Microcode Update to Pass the Buck
  • Red Hat Will Revert Spectre Patches After Receiving Reports of Boot Issues
    Red Hat is releasing updates that are reverting previous patches for the Spectre vulnerability (Variant 2, aka CVE-2017-5715) after customers complained that some systems were failing to boot. "Red Hat is no longer providing microcode to address Spectre, variant 2, due to instabilities introduced that are causing customer systems to not boot," the company said yesterday. "The latest microcode_ctl and linux-firmware packages are reverting these unstable microprocessor firmware changes to versions that were known to be stable and well tested, released prior to the Spectre/Meltdown embargo lift date on Jan 3rd," Red Had added.

Android Leftovers

Security: Updates, SOS Fund, IR, ME, and WPA

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Seeking SOS Fund Projects
    I’m spending some time over the next few days looking for the next round of projects which might benefit from an SOS Fund security audit.
  • Strong Incident Response Starts with Careful Preparation
    Through working every day with organizations’ incident response (IR) teams, I am confronted with the entire spectrum of operational maturity. However, even in the companies with robust IR functions, the rapidly evolving threat landscape, constantly changing best practices, and surplus of available tools make it easy to overlook important steps during planning. As a result, by the time an incident occurs, it’s too late to improve their foundational procedures.
  • The Intel Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom
    Over time, Intel imposed the Management Engine on all Intel computers, removed the ability for computer users and manufacturers to disable it, and extended its control over the computer to nearly 100%. It even has access to the main computer's memory.
  • What Is WPA3, and When Will I Get It On My Wi-Fi?
    WPA2 is a security standard that governs what happens when you connect to a closed Wi-Fi network using a password. WPA2 defines the protocol a router and Wi-Fi client devices use to perform the “handshake” that allows them to securely connect and how they communicate. Unlike the original WPA standard, WPA2 requires implementation of strong AES encryption that is much more difficult to crack. This encryption ensures that a Wi-Fi access point (like a router) and a Wi-Fi client (like a laptop or phone) can communicate wirelessly without their traffic being snooped on.