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Firefox 66 Is Now Available for Ubuntu 18.10, 18.04 LTS, and 16.04 LTS Users

Friday 22nd of March 2019 01:04:00 PM
The recently released Mozilla Firefox 66 web browser is now available in the stable software repositories of the Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system series.

Released earlier this week, the Mozilla Firefox 66 web browser has landed in Ubuntu's repositories with a bunch of great improvements, such as the hidden system title bar that respects the GNOME guidelines. Not only Firefox will now look good, but you won't have two title bars, nor you'll have to use extensions to get rid of one.

Apart from the looks for GNOME users, which is now the default desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish), Mozilla Firefox 66 comes with various under the hood improvements, such as freezeless downloading of files and faster web content loading by reducing the crash rates and increasing t... (read more)

RaspEX Project Brings Kodi 18.1 and Linux Kernel 5.0 to Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Thursday 21st of March 2019 07:47:00 PM
RaspEX developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Debian-based distribution for the tiny Raspberry Pi single-board computers with all the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

Based on Debian GNU/Linux and Raspberry Pi's Raspbian operating systems, RaspEX Kodi Build 190321 is now available with the latest Kodi 18.1 "Leia" media center software featuring add-ons for watching Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Plex, as well as the lightweight LXDE desktop environment with VLC media player and NetworkManager.

RaspEX Kodi Build 190321 is also powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.0 kernel series, which apparently works very well with the... (read more)

Nvidia 418.56 Linux Graphics Driver Rolling Out with GeForce MX230/MX250 Support

Thursday 21st of March 2019 12:25:00 PM
Nvidia released a new long-lived display driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems to add support for a couple of recent graphics cards and fix various annoying bugs.

The Nvidia 418.56 graphics driver is now available for Linux, BSD, and Solaris systems, adding support for the Nvidia GeForce MX230 and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics cards, which are very powerful mobile GPUs used in select laptops. Support for these two Nvidia GPUs is only available for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD systems.

For all supported platforms, including Linux, BSD, and Solaris, the Nvidia 418.56 graphics driver updates the nvidia-settings control panel to more accurately indicate the current availability of G-SYNC and G-SYNC-compatible display settings, as well as to disable line wrapping during non-terminal output in command-line mode.

Vulkan and PRIME improvements for Linux users

Only for Linux users, the Nvidia 418.56 display driver implements a new mechanis... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.2.2 Office Suite Released with More Than 50 Fixes, Download Now

Thursday 21st of March 2019 12:01:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of the second point release to the latest LibreOffice 6.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

While LibreOffice 6.1 is still the recommended version for those who want a more stable and well-tested LibreOffice office suite, LibreOffice 6.2.2 is here for bleeding-edge users and early adopters who want to get a taste of the latest new features and innovations in the free and open-source office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide.

"LibreOffice 6.2.2 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise-class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some month... (read more)

Google Releases Chrome 73 Update for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Thursday 21st of March 2019 05:07:00 AM
Google has just released an update for Chrome 73, the major update of the browser that was shipped to all supported platforms earlier this month.

Now at version 73.0.3683.86, Google Chrome comes with under-the-hood improvements on Windows, Linux, and macOS, and you can download it using the links here.

As for what’s new in this version, it’s pretty clear that the purpose of the update is to resolve issues in the browser and not to add new features. Google typically introduces new functionality in major updates, like the version 73 mentioned above.

But as per the full read more)

Zorin OS 15 Enters Beta with Flatpak Support, Based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Wednesday 20th of March 2019 09:26:00 PM
The development team behind the Ubuntu-based and user-friendly Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution announced that they are working on the next major release, Zorin OS 15, which entered beta testing today.

Based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, Zorin OS 15 promises a revamped user experience that has been modeled to suit everyone's needs, not only those who are migrating from a Microsoft Windows operating system, but also power users and advanced Linux users.

"Creating a Linux desktop operating system that’s designed for everyone – not only the engineers & power users – has always been the mission of Zorin OS, ever since the first release nearly 10 years ago. Zorin OS 15 takes this decade-long effort and amplifies it to the next level," said the Zorin OS team in today's announcement.

Here's what's new in Zorin OS 15read more)

DebConf20 Conference to Be Hosted in Haifa, Israel, for Debian GNU/Linux 11

Wednesday 20th of March 2019 06:20:00 PM
The Debian Project announced today the host city for next year's DebConf20 Debian GNU/Linux developer conference as Haifa, in Israel.

A port city built in tiers, Haifa is found in the northern area of Israel, extending from the Mediterranean sea till the north slope of the Carmel Mountain National Park. Haifa it's the third-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and it is close to the biblical city Nazareth where Jesus studied and prayed.

In 2020, the Debian Project will celebrate 12 years since the first DebConf Debian developer conference, so they decided to choose Israel instead of Lisbon, Portugal, for next year's DebConf20 event despite the extensive discussions between the DebConf team and committee due to Israel's political system.

"Within the DebConf committee and the wider DebConf team there have been extensive discussions about Israel as a hosting country, and we ... (read more)

Tor-Powered Tails 3.13 Anonymous Linux OS Adds Extra Security and Latest Updates

Wednesday 20th of March 2019 03:07:00 PM
Tails, the amnesic incognito live system based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, has been updated to version 3.13, a release that adds extra security and latest updates.

Powered by the Linux 4.19.28 kernel, the Tails 3.13 operating system is now available with latest Tor technologies to help you stay hidden while surfing the Internet, including the Tor Browser 8.0.7 anonymous web browser and Tor 0.3.5.8 client and server for the anonymous Tor network.

However, probably the most important addition in the Tails 3.13 release is the updated Intel microcode to version 3.20180807a.2, which adds an extra security measure against more variants of the well-known Spectre, Meltdown, and L1TF (Level 1 Terminal Fault) security vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, Tails 3.13 updates the Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client to version 65.1.0, adds support for the Bopomofo input method and improves support for the Pinyin input method for Chinese users, and implements automa... (read more)

NetworkManager 1.16 Released with WPA3-Personal and WireGuard VPN Support, More

Wednesday 20th of March 2019 02:32:00 PM
NetworkManager, the open-source program for providing detection and configuration of networks for Linux-based operating systems has reached a new important milestone, version 1.16.

NetworkManager 1.16 has been released two days after the launch of the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment and promises lots of exciting new features and improvements, starting with support for the new WireGuard protocol implemented in the Linux kernel for creating secure IPv4 and IPv6 VPNs (Virtual Private Networks).

"Unlike other VPN solutions NetworkManager supports, WireGuard tunneling will be entirely handled by the Linux kernel. This has an advantages in terms of performance, and also removes the needs of a VPN plugin," explained developer Lubomir Rintel in a recent blog... (read more)

Firefox 66 Released with Compatibility for GNOME Desktop, Improved Performance

Tuesday 19th of March 2019 01:37:00 PM
Mozilla released today the Firefox 66 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows with new features and various performance improvements.

As you might already know from our previous reports, Firefox 66 is the first release of the web browser to hide the system title bar by default when running on top of the GNOME desktop environment. If you look at the screenshot attached below, you'll see that Firefox now respects the GNOME guidelines and looks much better.

Also for Linux users, the Firefox 66 release addresses an issue that prevented the web browser from downloading files without freezing. Furthermore, Mozilla improved the overall performance of its open-source web browser and reduced the crash rates to double the web content loading processes from 4 to 8.

As far a... (read more)

Kodi Foundation Joins The Linux Foundation to Help Grow the Open Source Movement

Tuesday 19th of March 2019 10:14:00 AM
The Kodi Foundation was proud to announce today that it finally decided to join The Linux Foundation in their attempt to enrich the Open Source software ecosystem.

As of today, The Kodi Foundation, the makers of the free, open-source, and cross-platform media center software known as Kodi (formerly XBMC), is now an Associate Member of The Linux Foundation in attempt to contribute their code to the Open Source software community and help similar projects evolve.

"It seemed natural for us to join, given the fact that we are strong believers in the benefits of open-source software. We strongly believe that open-source is the best way to achieve awesome things. That was and still is what moves Kodi forward," stated The Kodi Foundation in a press release.

True innovation can b... (read more)

Canonical Says Ubuntu 14.04 Extended Security Maintenance Begins April 25, 2019

Monday 18th of March 2019 03:27:00 PM
Canonical announced that it would kick off the Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) support for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series beginning April 25th, 2019.

Released five years ago on April 17th, 2014, the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series will reach its end of life next month on April 30th. Following on the success of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system series, Canonical announced some time ago that it would offer its Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) commercial package to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users as well.

Canonical said it would reveal more details about when the ESM (Extended Security Maintenance) offering is available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), so the company now announced that users who want to continue using the operating system and still receive security updates after the April 30th end of life, can purchase the ESM package beginning April 25th, 2019.

Users are encouraged to... (read more)

Canonical Releases Important Linux Kernel Patch for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Update Now

Monday 18th of March 2019 01:58:00 PM
Canonical released a new Linux kernel security update for users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series to address several recently discovered vulnerabilities.

The new Linux kernel security update is here to address five security issues discovered by various security researchers in the Linux 4.4 kernel used in the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series and official derivatives that aren't using the Linux 4.15 HWE (Hardware Enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

These include a flaw (CVE-2017-18241) in Linux kernel's F2FS file system implementation, which incorrectly handled the noflush_merge mount option, and multiple integer overflows (CVE-2018-7740) in the hugetlbfs implementation. Both issues could allow local attackers to crash the vulnerable system... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux 5.1 Kernel, First RC Is Out Now

Sunday 17th of March 2019 08:00:00 PM
Linus Torvalds kicked off today the development cycle of the forthcoming Linux 5.1 kernel series with the release of the first RC (Release Candidate) milestone for public testing.

Two weeks have passed since the release of the major Linux 5.0 kernel series, so now the merge window is closed for the next release, Linux kernel 5.1, and the new development cycle is open. Everything is in normal parameters for the Linux 5.1 kernel, which now has a first Release Candidate milestone ready for public testing.

"It's Sunday, and two weeks have passed, and everything is normal. You all know the drill by now - the merge window is closed, and things are supposed to calm down," said Linus Torvalds. "The merge window felt fairly normal to me. And looking at the stats, nothing really odd stands out either. It's a regular sized ... (read more)

Solus 4 "Fortitude" Officially Released, It's Now Available for Download

Saturday 16th of March 2019 08:20:00 PM
The Solus Project announced today the general and immediate availability for download of the long-anticipated Solus 4 Linux-based operating system.

More than a year in the making, the Solus 4 release is finally here as an up-to-date live and installable medium that users can use to deploy the independently developed GNU/Linux distribution on their computer without having to download hundreds of updates from the software repositories.

However, as a rolling released operating system, Solus users don't need to download the Solus 4 release to update their installations, but only ensure they have all the latest updates and security fixes installed on their computers. If you have an up-to-date Solus installation, then you're already running Solus 4.

Here's what's new in Solus 4

Highlights of the Solus 4 release include the latest and greatest Budgie 10.5 desktop environment with refinements t... (read more)

Canonical Releases Minor Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Thursday 14th of March 2019 02:56:00 PM
Canonical released a new Linux kernel update for the long-term supported Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series to address a recently discovered security vulnerability.

A security issue affects the Linux 3.13 kernel of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series and its derivatives, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, Mythbuntu, and others, allowing attackers to run programs as an administrator.

The vulnerability is a race condition (CVE-2019-6133) discovered by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero in Linux kernel's fork() system call, which could allow a local attacker to gain access to services storing cache authorizations and run programs with administrative privileges.

"The system could be made to run programs as an administrator. Jann Horn discovered a race condition in the fork() system call in the Linux kernel. A local attac... (read more)

Flatpak 1.3 Arrives with Support for Linux Systems with Multiple Nvidia Devices

Wednesday 13th of March 2019 10:48:00 PM
Flatpak developer and maintainer Alexander Larsson released a new unstable release of the Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, targeting the upcoming Flatpak 1.4 stable series.

Flatpak 1.3 is here as the first milestone is a series of unstable releases towards the next major and stable new version of the Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, Flatpak 1.4, adding several new features and improvements like support for systems with multiple Nvidia devices.

Furthermore, the Flatpak 1.3 release adds initial support for sandboxed dconf, introduces two new options to the build-update-repo command, namely --no-update-[summary,appstream] and --static-delta-ignore-ref=PATTERN, and improves support for large repositories by making regeneration the appstream branch faster.

Better Gentoo Linux support, other changes

Among other noteworthy changes implemented in Flatpak 1.3, we can mention that there's better support for G... (read more)

Mesa 19.0 Graphics Stack Released for Linux Gamers with Numerous Improvements

Wednesday 13th of March 2019 10:00:00 PM
The team behind the Mesa 3D Graphics Library project announced today the final release and general availability of the long-anticipated Mesa 19.0 graphics stack series for Linux-based operating systems.

Implementing the OpenGL 4.5 API, the Mesa 19.0 graphics stack is finally here after an extended development cycle that took place over the last three months. It brings dozens of new features, new extensions, and countless bug fixes. Highlights of this major new series includes support for AMD Radeon Vega 10, Vega 20, and Vega M GPUs, GNU Hurd support, and LLVM 7 compatibility.

"I'm pleased to announce the general availability of mesa 19.0.0. We've had a slightly long rc process with 7 RCs (there should have been 6, but there was a bug in the script for pulling patches resulting in two back to back RCs)," said Dylan Baker in today's announcement. "In general this release has shaped u... (read more)

GNOME 3.32 "Taipei" Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here's What's New

Wednesday 13th of March 2019 09:37:00 PM
The GNOME Project released today the highly anticipated GNOME 3.32 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems, a major release that adds numerous new features and improvements.

Six months in development, the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment is finally here to upgrade your GNOME experience to the next level by adding lots of new features, fixing bugs from previous versions, improving existing components and apps, as well as polishing the look and feel of the user interface.

With the GNOME 3.32 release, the GNOME desktop becomes flatter, lighter, and more modern. After upgrading, users will notice that the App Menus are no longer available and their content was moved to other places, there are changes to the buttons, header bars, and switches, as well as more consistent colors and read more)

Linux Kernel 5.0 Gets Its First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Adoption

Tuesday 12th of March 2019 06:47:00 PM
The Linux 5.0 kernel series received its first point release marking it as ready for mass adoption by any Linux user and GNU/Linux distribution out there.

Released on March 4th, 2019, the Linux 5.0 kernel series is a major milestone with modest features, including AMDGPU FreeSync for AMD Radeon GPUs for a stutter-free viewing experience, swap file support in the Btrfs file system, support for the Adiantum file system encryption for low power devices, and better power management for devices powered by ARM big.LITTLE CPUs.

Linux kernel 5.0 also adds support for the binderfs file system, which enables devices to run multiple instances of Android, support for the Generic Receive Offload (GRO) feature in the UDP (User Datagram Protocol) implementation, as well as support for the cpuset resource controller in cgroupv2. Now, the first point re... (read more)

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Events: SREcon19 Americas, Scale, FudCon and Snapcraft Summit Montreal

  • SREcon19 Americas Talk Resources
    At SREcon19 Americas, I gave a talk called "Operating within Normal Parameters: Monitoring Kubernetes". Here's some links and resources related to my talk, for your reference.
  • Participating at #Scale17x
    Everytime somebody asks me about Scale I can only think of the same: Scale is the most important community lead conference in North America and it only gets better by the years. This year it celebrated its seventeenth edition and it just struck me: with me being there this year, there have been more Scales I have attended than I have not. This is my nineth conference out of 17. The first time that I attended it was 2011, it was the edition followed by FudCon Tempe 2010 which happened to be my first Fedora conference and it was also the first time I got to meet some contributors that I had previously collaborated with, many of which I still consider my brothers. As for this time, I almost didn’t make it as my visa renewal was resolved on Friday’s noon, one day after the conference started. I recovered it that same day and book a flight in the night. I couldn’t find anything to LAX -as I regularly fly- so I had to fly to Tijuana and from there I borrowed a cart to Pasadena. Long story short: I arrived around 1:30 AM on Saturday.
  • Snapcraft Summit Montreal
    Snapcraft is the universal app store for Linux that reaches millions of users and devices and serves millions of app installs a month. The Snapcraft Summit is a forward-thinking software workshop attended by major software vendors, community contributors and Snapcraft engineers working at every level of the stack.

today's howtos

Draw On Your Screen with this Neat GNOME Shell Extension

Ever wish you could draw on the Linux desktop or write on the screen? Well, there’s a new GNOME Shell extension that lets you do exactly that: draw on the Linux desktop. You may want to point out a bug, highlight a feature, or provide some guidance to someone else by sending them an annotated screenshot. In this short post we’ll show you how to install the add-on and how to use it. Read more

Fedora 31 Preparing To Start Removing Packages Depending Upon Python 2

Python 2 support will formally reach end-of-life on 1 January 2020 and Fedora 31 is preparing for that by working to drop packages (or parts of packages) that depend upon Python 2. Fedora has been pushing for a Python 2 to Python 3 migration for many cycles now -- as most Linux distributions have -- while with Fedora 31 they are planning a "mass Python 2 package removal" if necessary. They are planning to closely track the state of packages depending upon Python 2 to either drop the packages or allow packagers to easily abandon Python 2 parts of programs. Read more