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Audacity 2.2.2 Released with a Stack of New Features & Improvements

8 hours 38 min ago

Audacity 2.2.2 is now available to download. The open-source audio editor adds a number of new features and fixes some annoying bugs.

This post, Audacity 2.2.2 Released with a Stack of New Features & Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Geary Email Client Mails Out a Bug Fix Update

10 hours 54 min ago

An updated version of the Geary email client for Linux desktops is available to download. It contains a stack of bug fixes for some bothersome mail related issues.

This post, Geary Email Client Mails Out a Bug Fix Update, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu will let upgraders ‘opt-in’ to data collection in 18.04

Friday 23rd of February 2018 12:22:11 AM

Canonical, as I’ve no doubt you’re now fully aware of, plan to collect system data in new installs of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on an opt-out basis. The data they want to collect — forgive the feverish proclamations of some — is rather anaemic compared to that combed by more lubricious operating systems. All data is anonymised and covers […]

This post, Ubuntu will let upgraders ‘opt-in’ to data collection in 18.04, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Kdenlive Beta is Available for Testing

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 02:03:12 PM

A new beta of Kdenlive the popular open source video editor is available for testing. The beta is based on a 'refactored' codebase and available as an App Image.

This post, New Kdenlive Beta is Available for Testing, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tusk Evernote Client Updated, Is Now Available as a Snap

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 12:42:42 PM

The Tusk Evernote client is now available as a Snap. We spotlighted the unofficial Evernote app last year, finding that it added to and improved on the standard Evernote web app in a number of ways. Through the inclusion of optional themes, keyboard shortcuts, custom tweaks, a tray icon, and more, Tusk integrates the Evernote web […]

This post, Tusk Evernote Client Updated, Is Now Available as a Snap, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A Simple App Menu Editor for Ubuntu

Tuesday 20th of February 2018 02:39:36 PM

If you’re looking for an easy way to edit application launchers and menu entries on Ubuntu there’s a new app that can help. ‘AppEditor‘ offers up an easy to use GUI through which you can rename app launchers, change app icons, hide menu entries, and a whole heap more. Although it is a new app […]

This post, A Simple App Menu Editor for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic

Monday 19th of February 2018 02:27:14 PM

Cast you mind back to 2016 and you recall there were plans for a GNOME System Monitor redesign. The aim: to make checking system resource usage a little more accessible, ideally with historical data thrown into the mix for some added context. Two years on and the fruits of that redesigned effort are finally available to […]

This post, GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic

Monday 19th of February 2018 02:27:14 PM

Cast you mind back to 2016 and you recall there were plans for a GNOME System Monitor redesign. The aim: to make checking system resource usage a little more accessible, ideally with historical data thrown into the mix for some added context. Two years on and the fruits of that redesigned effort are finally available to […]

This post, GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey

Friday 16th of February 2018 02:37:00 PM

Samsung asks users interested in the Linux on Galaxy, a project that brings full desktop Linux to Samsung smartphones, for feedback via a new survey.

This post, Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey

Friday 16th of February 2018 02:37:00 PM

Samsung asks users interested in the Linux on Galaxy, a project that brings full desktop Linux to Samsung smartphones, for feedback via a new survey.

This post, Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 16th of February 2018 01:17:17 PM

A Unity desktop update is rolling out to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users. Unity 7.4.5 features a stack of bug fixes and general tweaks, and improves the Unity low graphics mode option.

This post, Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 16th of February 2018 01:17:17 PM

A Unity desktop update is rolling out to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users. Unity 7.4.5 features a stack of bug fixes and general tweaks, and improves the Unity low graphics mode option.

This post, Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days

Friday 16th of February 2018 12:01:44 AM

LibreOffice 6.0, the latest version of the hugely popular open-source office suite has been downloaded almost 1 million times in two weeks.

This post, LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days

Friday 16th of February 2018 12:01:44 AM

LibreOffice 6.0, the latest version of the hugely popular open-source office suite has been downloaded almost 1 million times in two weeks.

This post, LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 11:03:59 PM

Ubuntu wants to collect data on users' systems to 'help improve Ubuntu'. The diagnostic data collection will be opt-out, and enabled by default for all new installs of Ubuntu 18.04.

This post, Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 11:03:59 PM

Ubuntu wants to collect data on users' systems to 'help improve Ubuntu'. The diagnostic data collection will be opt-out, and enabled by default for all new installs of Ubuntu 18.04.

This post, Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 09:29:03 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 has a new 'minimal install' option in the installer which lets you choose whether you want a full-fat Ubuntu install, or a semi-skim version with fewer ubuntu packages preinstalled.

This post, Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 09:29:03 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 has a new 'minimal install' option in the installer which lets you choose whether you want a full-fat Ubuntu install, or a semi-skim version with fewer ubuntu packages preinstalled.

This post, Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 12:13:36 PM

A Rise of the Tomb Raider Linux release has been confirmed by Feral Interactive, who are also porting the game to macOS. The Tomb Raider sequel will be released with all DLC.

This post, Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 12:13:36 PM

A Rise of the Tomb Raider Linux release has been confirmed by Feral Interactive, who are also porting the game to macOS. The Tomb Raider sequel will be released with all DLC.

This post, Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

GNOME and Fedora

  • RFC: Integrating rsvg-rs into librsvg
    I have started an RFC to integrate rsvg-rs into librsvg. rsvg-rs is the Rust binding to librsvg. Like the gtk-rs bindings, it gets generated from a pre-built GIR file.
  • 1+ year of Fedora and GNOME hardware enablement
    A year and a couple of months ago, Christian Schaller asked me to pivot a little bit from working full time on Fleet Commander to manage a new team we were building to work on client hardware enablement for Fedora and GNOME with an emphasis on upstream. The idea was to fill the gap in the organization where nobody really owned the problem of bringing up new client hardware features vertically across the stack (from shell down to the kernel), or rather, ensure Fedora and GNOME both work great on modern laptops. Part of that deal was to take over the bootloader and start working closer to customers and hardware manufacturing parnters.
  • Fedora Atomic Workstation: Works on the beach
    My trip is getting really close, so I decided to upgrade my system to rawhide. Wait, what ? That is usually what everybody would tell you not to do. Rawhide has this reputation for frequent breakage, and who knows if my apps will work any given day. Not something you want to deal with while traveling.
  • 4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks (and Proprietary Opera)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Use Firefox Forks Like Waterfox, Pale Moon, or Basilisk
    Mozilla Firefox is an open source project, so anyone can take its code, modify it, and release a new browser. That’s what Waterfox, Pale Moon, and Basilisk are—alternative browsers based on the Firefox code. But we recommend against using any of them.
  • Opera Says Its Next Opera Release Will Have the Fastest Ad Blocker on the Block
    Opera Software promoted today its upcoming Opera 52 web browser to the beta channel claiming that it has the faster ad blocker on the market compared to previous Opera release and Google Chrome. One of the key highlights of the Opera 52 release will be the improved performance of the built-in ad blocker as Opera claims to have enhanced the string matching algorithm of the ad blocker to make it open web pages that contain ads much faster than before, and, apparently than other web browsers, such as Chrome.

Graphics: Glxinfo, ANV, SPIR-V

  • Glxinfo Gets Updated With OpenGL 4.6 Support, More vRAM Reporting
    The glxinfo utility is handy for Linux users in checking on their OpenGL driver in use by their system and related information. But it's not often that glxinfo itself gets updated, except that changed today with the release of mesa-demos-8.4.0 as the package providing this information utility. Mesa-demos is the collection of glxinfo, eglinfo, glxgears, and utilities related to Mesa. With the Mesa-demos 8.4.0 it is predominantly glxinfo updates.
  • Intel ANV Getting VK_KHR_16bit_storage Support Wrapped Up
    Igalia's Jose Maria Casanova Crespo sent out a set of patches today for fixes that allow for the enabling of the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension within Intel's ANV Vulkan driver. The patches are here for those interested in 16-bit storage support in Vulkan. This flips on the features for storageBuffer16BitAccess, uniformAndStorageBuffer16BitAccess, storagePushConstant16 and the VK_KHR_16bit_storage extension. This support is present for Intel "Gen 8" Broadwell graphics and newer. Hopefully the work will be landing in Mesa Git soon.
  • SPIR-V Support For Gallium3D's Clover Is Closer To Reality
    It's been a busy past week for open-source GPU compute with Intel opening up their new NEO OpenCL stack, Karol Herbst at Red Hat posting the latest on Nouveau NIR support for SPIR-V compute, and now longtime Nouveau contributor Pierre Moreau has presented his latest for SPIR-V Clover support. Pierre has been spending about the past year adding SPIR-V support to Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker. SPIR-V, of course, is the intermediate representation used now by OpenCL and Vulkan.

Security: Updates, Tinder, FUD and KPTI Meltdown Mitigation

  • Security updates for Friday
  • Tinder vulnerability let hackers [sic] take over accounts with just a phone number

    The attack worked by exploiting two separate vulnerabilities: one in Tinder and another in Facebook’s Account Kit system, which Tinder uses to manage logins. The Account Kit vulnerability exposed users’ access tokens (also called an “aks” token), making them accessible through a simple API request with an associated phone number.

  • PSA: Improperly Secured Linux Servers Targeted with Chaos Backdoor [Ed: Drama queen once again (second time in a week almost) compares compromised GNU/Linux boxes to "back doors"]
    Hackers are using SSH brute-force attacks to take over Linux systems secured with weak passwords and are deploying a backdoor named Chaos. Attacks with this malware have been spotted since June, last year. They have been recently documented and broken down in a GoSecure report.
  • Another Potential Performance Optimization For KPTI Meltdown Mitigation
    Now that the dust is beginning to settle around the Meltdown and Spectre mitigation techniques on the major operating systems, in the weeks and months ahead we are likely to see more performance optimizations come to help offset the performance penalties incurred by mitigations like kernel page table isolation (KPTI) and Retpolines. This week a new patch series was published that may help with KPTI performance.