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Zorin OS 15.3 Officially Launched

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 06:21:00 PM
Zorin Group has just released a new version of Zorin OS, and users can download it today from the typical distribution channels.

Zorin OS 15.3 is supposed to be “an enhanced version of the most advanced and popular release ever,” so while it doesn’t bring major changes, it comes with important refinements that users would obviously love having on their devices.

First and foremost, before discussing the changes in this update, let’s have a look at some official statistics.

Zorin OS 15 has recorded more than 1.7 million downloads, and this makes it one of the most successful releases ever. And what’s more, many of these downloads came from non-Linux devices, which once again shows how appealing the Linux world has become for Windows and macOS users.

“Since the Zorin OS 15 was first launched in June 2019, it has been downloaded over 1.7 million times. Over 65% of these downloads came from proprietary platforms like Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring ... (read more)

What’s New in Vivaldi Browser for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Monday 7th of September 2020 05:05:00 PM
Vivaldi continues to the browser that offers an insane amount of customization options out of the box, and every single update just makes the experience with the app even better.

And this is the case of Vivaldi version 3.3, which is live today on all supported desktop platforms, including Linux, Windows, and macOS.

The biggest change this time is the introduction of a so-called Break Mode whose purpose is to help users working from home to actually take a break.

What this Break Mode does is mute and stop all HTML5 audio and videos, hide tabs, panels, and the other content on the screen. You can easily enable it by clicking the pause button available at the left corner of the status bar or by pressing Ctrl + . on the keyboard.

“Once the browser is paused, you can interact with the physical world – communicate with colleagues or loved ones, make a phone call, jot down those creative ideas on a piece of paper, exercise, take a power nap, or grab a cup of coffee in p... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0.1 Officially Launched for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Friday 4th of September 2020 08:55:00 AM
The Document Foundation has just released the very first revision to LibreOffice 7, and the update is now available on all supported desktop platforms.

In other words, LibreOffice 7.0.1 is live today on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

If you’re wondering what this new release includes, it’s pretty easy to figure out just by looking at the version number. The focus is entirely on bug fixes, and of course, no new features are included.

TDF says some 80 bug fixes are included in this update, and users who are running LibreOffice 7 are recommended to install it to get this refined performance.

“LibreOffice 7.0.1 represents the bleeding edge in terms of features for open source office suites. Users wanting the robustness of a more mature version optimized for enterprise class deployments can still download LibreOffice 6.4.6,” The Document Foundation explains.

LibreOffice 7

LibreOffice has long been considered the top alternative to Microsoft Office, and ... (read more)

Firefox 80.0.1 Now Available for Download with Important Fixes

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 09:42:00 AM
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox browser, this time with the focus exclusively on fixing issues in the application.

Firefox 80.0.1 is the very first revision to version 80, and according to the official changelog, there are five different fixes in this build, and all of them are equally important for users.

The following fixes are part of the recently released Firefox 80.0.1:
 
  • Fixed a performance regression when encountering new intermediate CA certificates (bug 1661543)
  • Fixed crashes possibly related to GPU resets (bug 1627616)
  • Fixed rendering on some sites using WebGL (bug 1659225)
  • Fixed the zoom-in keyboard shortcut on Japanese language builds (bug 1661895)
  • Fixed download issues related to extensions and cookies (bug 1655190)
 
While the performance regression bug was first discovered only a few days ago, the GPU resets issue that Mozilla is linking to was first reported five months ago, with the... (read more)

Not Even Linux Can Stop the Fast Rise of Windows 10

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 04:56:00 PM
Windows 10 is more than five years old, and while its adoption improved slowly at first, things have changed completely these days.

We’ve known for a while that Windows 10 was the number one desktop operating system, but the latest statistics show that its growth keeps improving every single month, and there’s little the other platforms can do to stop this impressive market performance.

Not even Linux, the platform that recorded an important growth in the first half of the year, can slow down the adoption of Windows 10.

More specifically, Windows as a whole is now powering 86.98 percent of the entire PC market, while Linux currently runs on 2.69 percent of the devices out there. For Windows, this is actually a small decline from 87.03 percent in July, but for Linux, the drop has been massive, its previous market share was 3.57 percent.

And yes, you’ve guessed it right. macOS is the big winner of the whole thing, as it improved from 8.95 percent to 9.55 percent in... (read more)

Vivaldi Updated with a New Feature Every Browser Should Have

Friday 28th of August 2020 03:57:00 PM
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again: Vivaldi is one of the best browsers out there, and despite not having the market share of Google Chrome, for instance, it’s at least as capable as it’s more famous rival.

And as compared to the likes of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi’s purpose is to put user in control of everything, while at the same time providing them with an insane amount of customization options.

The team working on Vivaldi obviously doesn’t want to stop here, and the most recent preview builds of the browser come with additional improvements in this regard.

The latest snapshot, for example, comes with an option aimed at private windows.

More specifically, beginning with this update, users can choose a different theme for private browser windows, thus helping them better distinguish the regular windows from the ones running in private mode.

“Our theme support is second to none but allowing you seemingly endless ways to colorize y... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.2.0

Wednesday 26th of August 2020 01:21:00 PM
If you’re one of the many Mozilla Thunderbird users, you’d better check for updates because the parent company has just rolled out a new version of the app.

Currently one of the most popular email clients out there, Mozilla Thunderbird is getting regular updates, albeit in most of the cases, these new releases only include additional polishing and bug fixes.

Firefox 78.2.0 perfectly aligns with this approach, and the version number is the first indicator the focus in this update is on improving the performance of the app and resolving bugs here and there.

First and foremost, there’s an important mention that concerns OpenPGP, which was supposed to be enabled by default with this release. Mozilla says this change has been pushed back, with additional information to be shared at a later time.

“Originally it was announced to enable OpenPGP by default in version 78.2.0. It has been decided to slightly postpone this for final changes and testing by volunteers. See the... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Firefox 80

Tuesday 25th of August 2020 01:39:00 PM
Mozilla has just released Firefox 80 for all supported desktop platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Just as expected since this is a major release of the browser, there are several important changes that are worth highlighting, as well as critical security fixes that make it a recommended update.

First and foremost, there’s the new feature that everybody was waiting for: beginning with Firefox 80, you can configure the browser as the default PDF viewer on the system.

As many Windows users know already, Microsoft itself has put a lot of effort into turning the legacy version of Microsoft Edge into a fully-featured PDF app. And now that the company has migrated to the Chromium engine, similar efforts are directed to the new browser, which is slowly but surely becoming an advanced PDF application too.

Mozilla doesn’t want to be left out of the fun, so it updated Firefox to double as a PDF viewer too. In other words, beginning with Firefox 80, the browser ... (read more)

Windows Subsystem for Linux Launching on Older Windows 10 Versions

Friday 21st of August 2020 12:30:00 PM
One of the biggest changes in Windows 10 version 2004, or May 2020 Update, is the addition of the second-generation Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as WSL 2.

Needless to say, WSL 2 comes with massive improvements, and one of the most notable is a full Linux kernel. Furthermore, this new release also supports managed VMs and allows for full system call compatibility, something that wasn’t available on the first Windows Subsystem for Linux release.

At the same time, WSL 2 also offers faster performance, and while Microsoft recommends everyone to switch to this new release, the company explains that some might have to stick with the original Windows Subsystem for Linux if the project files must be stored in the Windows file system.

However, the full Linux kernel that is available in WSL 2 is what makes most people upgrade. Microsoft itself ships new updates for the kernel via Windows Update, so the whole experience is substantially improved for those on Windo... (read more)

This Open-Source Tool Enables Mozilla VPN on Linux

Thursday 20th of August 2020 01:24:00 PM
Mozilla officially announced its very own VPN service earlier this year, and the company promised it would bring support for other platforms at some point in the future.

While no specifics were provided, Mozilla is still working on the official clients for Linux and Mac, so nobody knows for sure when users would be able to connect to the VPN service if they’re running one of these two platforms.
Fortunately, the dev community lends Mozilla a hand, so while everybody is waiting for the company to bring Mozilla VPN to Linux and Mac, here’s a third-party tool that does that and even a little more.

As discovered by GHacks, the app is called MozWire, and it is available on GitHub as an open-source project. It’s not aimed only at Linux, but at several other platforms too, including Windows, where the official Mozilla VPN ... (read more)

New Evidence That More Windows Users Are Moving to Linux

Wednesday 19th of August 2020 04:16:00 AM
The market share of Linux has increased substantially in 2020, and this made many consider the open-source world the worthy Windows alternative that it should have been from the very beginning.

And while it’s obviously pretty difficult to determine how many users are making the switch from Windows to Linux to make this continuously growing market share a dream come true, statistics shared by the makers of Zorin OS, a popular Linux distribution, indicate that more and more users come from non-Linux platforms.

More Windows users giving a try to Linux

More specifically, Zorin OS developers explain that their latest OS iteration was downloaded massively by users running Windows and macOS on their devices.

“With over 900,000 downloads since its release nine months ago, Zorin OS 15 has been our biggest and most advanced release ever. 2 in every 3 of these downloads were coming from Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux t... (read more)

Zorin OS 15.2 Is Now Available for Download with Linux Kernel 5.3

Sunday 16th of August 2020 07:39:00 AM
Zorin OS 15 has received a brand-new update that brings massive improvements, including better security and new versions of the apps that are pre-loaded.

With the release of Zorin OS 15.2, the team makes the switch to Linux kernel 5.3, so it gets not only important security patches, but also support for new hardware, like AMD Navi GPUs, Intel 10th generation processors, and newer MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards and touchpads.

Furthermore, the new Zorin OS update packs the latest versions of the apps that are pre-installed in the OS, including GIMP and LibreOffice.

It goes without saying this is a welcome improvement, especially since LibreOffice, for example, is the number one alternative to Microsoft Office and the preferred productivity suite in the world of Linux.

LibreOffice 7.0 has recently launched officially as one of the biggest overhauls in the last years, coming with an improved UI and major updates for the built-in productivity apps.

Updatin... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.4.6 Now Available for Download

Friday 14th of August 2020 04:55:00 AM
The Document Foundation rolled out a new version of LibreOffice, the open-source productivity suite that is generally considered the best alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Office.

Just as expected, LibreOffice 6.4.6 is available on all supported desktop platforms, and these include Windows, Linux, and macOS.

This is the sixth revision of LibreOffice 6.4, and it’s quite an important release, as its purpose is to further refine the experience with the Office suite and resolve the issues that users have previously come across.

Earlier this month, The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 7, a massive update that brings with tons of improvements for all built-in tools. However, version 7 is recommended for power users, while the organization says that LibreOffice 6.4.6 should be installed by those who expect nothing more than the most stable experience with this product.

“LibreOffice 6.4.6 is optimized for use in every environment, even by more conserva... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.1.1

Monday 10th of August 2020 07:13:00 AM
Mozilla Thunderbird continues to be one of the world’s most popular email apps on the desktop, and as I’ve said so many times before, the whole thing happens for a good reason.

Thunderbird right now offers a super-advanced feature package, all mixed with really good performance, and given it’s a cross-platform offering, it’s easy to see why so many people decide to give the app a try and eventually stick with it.

Mozilla keeps rolling out new updates for Thunderbird on a regular basis, and most recently, the company shipped version 78.1.1 on all supported desktop platforms.

And naturally, this update comes with several important improvements, which we’re going to discuss today in this article.

First and foremost, it’s important to know that this update is only offered as a manual download and not automatically through the built-in update engine for Thunderbird 68 and older. Mozilla says the automatic update is only offered as part of Thunderbird 78, so if before ... (read more)

elementary OS 6 Early Access Builds Now Available

Sunday 9th of August 2020 06:06:00 AM
elementary OS 6 early access builds are now available to let you try out what’s coming in this major update before the official launch finally happens.

The dev team announced the release earlier this week, along with a new website where the early access builds are hosted.

“Over the past week, we quietly launched builds.elementary.io. This new website hosts Early Access Builds of elementary OS as a way to ensure OEMs, developers, testers, supporters, and excited fans can get their hands on up-to-date pre-release builds. Now that elementary OS 6 is in an installable and bootable state, we’ve begun adding $25+ AppCenter for Everyone backers to the allowlist, and any $10/month and higher GitHub Sponsors get access automatically,” Cassidy James Blaede, co-founder and CXO, said.

Massive update

There’s a lot we’ll get in elementary OS 6, and one of the first things you’ll notice is the refreshed look and feel.... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS Now Available for Download

Friday 7th of August 2020 04:20:00 AM
Canonical has recently released Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, the very first point release for version 20.04. And of course, the focus is on bug fixing, so you’ll find a lot of things that have been improved in this update.

First and foremost, what you need to know is that this update also ships with new installation media, so if you’re coming from a different distro, Windows, or an older version of Ubuntu, if you get the latest ISO images, you should be able to jump straight to 20.04.1.

What’s more, Canonical says that users still running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will soon be offered an automatic upgrade to 20.04.1 LTS via the Update Manager.

And of course, this new release comes with updates for all the official flavors of Ubuntu, so today you’re also able to download the following too:
 
  • Kubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
  • Ubuntu Budgie 20.04.1 LTS
  • Ubuntu MATE 20.04.1 LTS
  • Lubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
  • Ubuntu Kylin 20.04.1 LTS
  • Ubuntu Studio 20.04.1 LTS<... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0 Now Available on Linux, Windows, Mac

Thursday 6th of August 2020 05:14:00 AM
The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 7.0, a massive update for its productivity suite that brings improvements in all essential areas.

There are several changes that are worth highlighting in this release, and one of the first is support for the ODF 1.3 format, which comes with digital signatures for documents and OpenPGP-based encryption of XML documents.

Then, the new LibreOffice version comes with the Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration.

“The Skia graphics engine has been implemented thanks to sponsorship by AMD, and is now the default on Windows, for faster performance. Skia is an open source 2D graphics library which provides common APIs that work across a variety of hardware and software platforms, and can be used for drawing text, shapes and images. Vulkan is a new-generation graphics and compute API with high-efficiency and cross-platform access to modern GPUs,” The Document Foundation explains.

Better Microsoft Off... (read more)

Vivaldi 3.2 Launches with Picture-in-Picture Improvements

Wednesday 5th of August 2020 07:01:01 AM
Vivaldi has just received a new update that comes with some important improvements for the Picture-in-Picture, or PiP, experience.

Vivaldi 3.2 adds a new mute button for PiP, which according to the developing team, is now “more complete.”

The PiP feature, which is also available in other browsers on the desktop, allow users to watch videos online without having to close the browser or stick with just one page. The PiP launches a floating window where the video is playing, and this can be resized and moved across the screen as needed.

Beginning with this new update, the PiP mode also comes with a mute button.

“This makes Vivaldi one of a few Chromium browsers to offer a user-friendly implementation of this functionality – users can mute and unmute with just one click while watching videos in picture-in-picture mode. The mute button is a welcome addition in the current scenario of “work from home” or “stay at home”. It comes in handy if users suddenly need to jump ... (read more)

Microsoft, Red Hat, Google, Others Create the Open Source Security Foundation

Tuesday 4th of August 2020 04:16:00 AM
“Microsoft loves Linux” is the thing representatives of the Redmond-based software giant say on pretty much every occasion, and truth be told, the company is investing very aggressively in everything that’s in any way related to the open-source world.

And today, the Redmond-based firm is making another similar move, as it’s joining a series of other companies for the creation of a new collaboration hosted at the Linux Foundation and called Open Source Security Foundation, or OpenSSF.

As its name suggests, the whole idea of this massive collaboration is to improve security in the open-source software space, and Microsoft is willing to work with other tech giants in this regard.

Already committed to open-source security

The rest of the partners include Google, Red Hat, IBM, Microsoft-owned GitHub, NCC Group, and OWASP Foundation.

“Open-source software is inherently community-driven and as such, there is no central authority responsible for quality... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Releases the “Really Big” Linux Kernel 5.8

Monday 3rd of August 2020 05:30:00 AM
Linus Torvalds has recently shipped Linux kernel 5,8, nearly a month of a half after he announced this release as a “really big” update that reminds of the 4.9 version.

“I considered making an rc8 all the way to the last minute, but decided it's not just worth waiting another week when there aren't any big looming worries around,” Torvalds explains.

New in this fresh version of the kernel are the updated drivers that add support for a series of Adreno GPU chips like the 405, 640, and 650 versions, the new Spectre patches, as well as exFAT refinements.

Radeon drivers are also getting improved support in this release, and so is the POWER10 chip whose launch is currently projected to happen sometime next year.

Lots of smaller changes

But as Torvalds said back in June, Linux kernel 5.8 i... (read more)

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