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OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 Enters Development with KDE Plasma 5.17, Linux Kernel 5.3

Monday 11th of November 2019 01:09:00 PM
OpenMandriva Association announced the release of the first pre-release version of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 operating system, the first major update to the OpenMandriva Lx 4 series.

OpenMandriva Lx 4.1 is now officially in development, and a firs alpha release is ready for public testing with the latest KDE Plasma 5.17.2 desktop environment, which is accompanied by the KDE Applications 19.08.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.64.0 software suites, all built agains Qt 5.14. It also ships with the Linux 5.3.9 kernel and an updated toolchain built with Clang 9.0 and Glibc 2.30.

As OpenMandriva Lx is one of the first and few GNU/Linux distributions to use Clang as the default compiler instead of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), the development team decided that's it time to ship a Linux kernel that's also compatible with the Clang compiler. However, it's not enabled by default for now and remains an exper... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.08 Reaches End of Life, KDE Apps 19.12 Arrives December 12th

Thursday 7th of November 2019 05:20:00 PM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the third and last maintenance update to the KDE Applications 19.08 open-source software suite series.

KDE Applications 19.08.3 is here almost a month after the KDE Applications 19.08.2 point release to add one last batch of bug fixes and translation updates to various of the applications included in the open-source software suit, which is used by default with all new KDE Plasma desktop environment installations.

As expected, this maintenance update contains fixes for more than a dozen bugs reported by the community since the previous release, improving components like Ark, Cantor, K3b, Kdenlive, Kontact, Konsole, Okular, Spectacle, Umbrello, among many others. A complete cha... (read more)

Canonical Partners with Nvidia to Certify Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on NVIDIA DGX-2 AI

Thursday 7th of November 2019 11:14:00 AM
Canonical announced today a partnership with Nvidia to certify its Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system on the NVIDIA DGX-2 AI systems in an atempt to accelerate the adoption of AI and ML in multi-cloud environments and at the edge.

Canonical and Nvidia have formed a new alliance to prove that the adoption and implementation of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning isn't a major challenge for enterprises due to the fact that AI-based workloads require greater compute power, security, and flexibility. As such, they've certified Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for NVIDIA DGX-2 AI systems to help organizations take advantage of AI's vast potential.

The Ubuntu 18.04 LTS update with NVIDIA DGX-2 AI system certification will allow for containerized and cloud-native development of GPU-accelerated workloads due to NVIDIA DGX-2 AI systems deliver 2 petaFLOPS of AI performance. The combination of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and NVIDIA DGX-2 allows data scientists and engineers to ... (read more)

NethServer 7.7 Cockpit Edition Linux OS Arrives with Nextcloud 17, UI Changes

Wednesday 6th of November 2019 06:30:00 PM
NethServer's Alessio Fattorini informs Softpedia today on the general availability of the Cockpit Edition of the NethServer 7.7 server-oriented, Linux-based operating system.

NethServer 7.7, which is based on CentOS Linux 7.7, ships with the Cockpit software, which is now complete and available by default on new installations, making server administration easier with a modern, redesigned and user-friendly web UI, as well as improved usability and new features.

"We're confident that it will be as always a great release and it will achieve our mission: making sysadmin’s life easier. This is thanks to the most vibrant, supportive and friendly community in the Open Source space (and not only Open Source)," said Alessio Fattorini in the release announcement.

What's new in NethServer 7.7

Highlights of NethServer 7.7 include new interface and stats for VPNs, new interface ... (read more)

Chrome OS 78 Rolls Out to Chromebooks with Improved Linux Support, Virtual Desks

Wednesday 6th of November 2019 04:22:00 PM
The wait is over, Google's latest Chrome OS 78 Linux-based operating system is now rolling out to supported Chromebook devices with a ton of new features and enhancements.

Google has released today the Chrome OS 78 operating system for Chromebooks, a release that will arrive to users over the next several days and which brings several exciting new features, such as the Virtual Desks functionality we reported the other day, allowing Chromebook users to be more productive.

"You can now create up to 4 separate work spaces. Virtual Desks are for focusing on a single project or for quickly switching between multiple sets of windows. Create your first desk by opening Overview and tapping New Desk," said Google in the release notes.

Along with the Virtual Desks feature, Google also implemented several new keyboard shortcuts... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch Is Now Finally Available as 64-Bit ARM Images for Ubuntu Phones

Wednesday 6th of November 2019 02:46:00 PM
The UBports community has announced today that its Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phones is now finally available to download as 64-bit ARM images.

After announcing last week an updated Ubuntu Touch Installer that adds support for the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and Sony Xperia X Android smartphones as Ubuntu Phones, UBports has released today 64-bit ARM images of Ubuntu Touch for the Sony Xperia X and OnePlus 3 and 3T phones for a faster and more optimized experience.

Until now, Ubuntu Touch was running in 32-bit mode on all supported devices, even if they had a 64-bit ARM processor, which most of them have. Devices running in 64-bit mode are capable of launching apps faster, as well as to use more CPU features. However,... (read more)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Officially Released for Linux and Mac, Download Now

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 09:19:00 PM
UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that official availability of the Shadow of the Tomb Raider video game on Linux and macOS platforms.

Developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was launched on September 14, 2018, as the last instalment in the spectacular and thrilling action-adventure puzzle game Tomb Raider origins trilogy. It's also the twelfth title in the Tomb Raider series featuring the famous character Lara Croft.

In this game, players will adventure into a Maya apocalypse world where they need shape Lara's destiny to become the Tomb Raider. As of today, Linux and Mac users can download and play Shadow of the Tomb Raider on their computers thanks to Feral Interactive, which ported it to these platforms.

"In the grand finale to the Tomb Raider origins trilogy, players take on the role of Lara Croft as she battles th... (read more)

Canonical's Kernel Livepatch Ubuntu Advantage Client Is Out for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 09:04:00 PM
Canonical announced today that it has released an updated Ubuntu Advantage (UA) client for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that provides users a more efficient and consistent way to access Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure services.

Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage client is a command-line client pre-installed on all Ubuntu Linux releases that works via single-token access to allow users to access Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure services, such as Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and Kernel Livepatch, which include patches for high and critical security vulnerabilities.

"The UA client for ‘Trusty Tahr’ enables easy access to Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and Kernel Livepatch (requires HWE kernel). ESM provides fixes for high and critical CVEs for the most commonly used server packages in the Ubuntu main archive, and Livepatch permits users to apply c... (read more)

GNOME Conference GUADEC 2020 to Take Place in Zacatecas, Mexico, for GNOME 3.38

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 06:36:00 PM
The GNOME Foundation announced today the host cities of the next two GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) events, which will also be the codenames of the next releases of the GNOME desktop environment.

With the GNOME 3.34 "Thessaloniki" release out the door and the upcoming GNOME 3.36 "Gresik" in the works, the GNOME Project is planning on the next GUADEC conferences, namely GUADEC 2020 and GUADEC 2021, which will take place in the summer of 2020 and 2021 in Zacatecas, Mexico, and Riga, Latvia, respectively.

"Recognizing our flagship conference as something that should move throughout the world is important. We hope to not only make it easier for people from North, Central, and South America to attend, ... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 Officially Released, Here's What's New

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 04:45:00 PM
Red Hat officially released today the first point release to its latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1, which brings updated components, enhanced security, and new developer tools.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 is here to deliver more intelligent management through enhanced automation, new enterprise-grade security enhancements, updated drivers for better hardware support, greater developer productivity, as well as yet another layer of performance enhancements to keep the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system a reliable, stable, and secure platform for hybrid clouds and other enterprise environments.

Highlights of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 include container-centric SELinux profiles to allow system administrators to create security policies that are more tailored t... (read more)

It's Official: Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Web Browser Is Coming to Linux

Tuesday 5th of November 2019 04:22:00 PM
Microsoft has confirmed during its Ignite 2019 conference that the forthcoming Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge web browser will also be available on the Linux platform.

Initially designed only as a replacement for the existing Microsoft Edge web browser that ships with the latest Windows 10 operating system, the new Chromium-based build aims to be cross-platform, allowing users to use it on their Windows PCs, Macs, and even Linux PCs, as well as on mobile devices.

During the Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference, an annual gathering of technology leaders and practitioners, the tech giant revealed all the platforms on which is upcoming Edge browser will be compatible with, such as Android, iOS, and macOS, and, to our surprise, a Linux version will be coming in the near future as well.

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge launches on January 15th, 2020

At the moment, Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge web browser is still in development with an RC (Release Candidat... (read more)

Nvidia Releases New Linux Graphics Driver with GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Support

Monday 4th of November 2019 03:54:00 PM
Nvidia has released today a new graphics driver for UNIX systems, including GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris, to add support for new GPUs and various improvements.

Nvidia 440.31 is now available as the latest long-lived branch of the proprietary graphics driver for Linux, BSD, and Solaris platforms, adding support for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER graphics card, parallel GLSL shader linking by default, support for HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate (VRR), as well as support for the GL_NV_gpu_multicast and GLX_NV_multigpu_context extensions.

It also brings VP9 decode support to the Nvidia VDPAU driver, a new "SidebandSocketPath" X configuration option to control the folder where the X driver creates a pathname UNIX domain socket that's being used to communicate with the Nvidia OpenGL, Vulkan, and VDPAU driver components, and EGL support for PRIME render offload, and optimizes the GPU clock management strategy.

Bug fixes, improvements, and other changesread more)

Raspbian PIXEL Fork for PC and Mac Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 4th of November 2019 01:25:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his Raspbian PIXEL fork for PC and Mac with a whole new system base and up-to-date components.

As you may know, Raspberry Pi Foundation forked the Xfce desktop environment to create PIXEL, an optimized desktop environment for their Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi computers. A couple of years ago, Arne Exton forked PIXEL and created an installer to allow users to install it on PCs and Macs.

The latest release of Arne Exton's Raspberry Pi PIXEL is a major version that upgrades the system base from Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" to the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series. It also ships with two Linux 4.19 kernels for PAE and non-PAE systems, Linux kernel 4.19.0-6-686-pae and Linux kernel 4.19.0-6-686.

Create your own Raspberry Pi PIXEL system based on Debian Buster

Arne Exton's Raspberry Pi PIXEL fork now also ships with the Mozilla Firefox web bro... (read more)

Canonical Pledges to Fully Support Ubuntu Linux on All Raspberry Pi Boards

Monday 4th of November 2019 11:06:00 AM
Canonical has published a roadmap for official support for the Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer on their lates Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Core operating systems.

When they released the Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system series last month, Canonical said that Raspberry Pi's Foundation's latest Raspberry Pi 4 boards will be official supported. However, Ubuntu 19.10 ships with a Linux kernel bug that blocks the use of USB ports out of the box in the official arm64 image on the Raspberry Pi 4 SBC with 4GB RAM.

There's a temporary workaround... (read more)

SparkyLinux's November ISO Brings Latest Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Updates

Sunday 3rd of November 2019 10:51:00 PM
The SparkyLinux development team announced today the general availability of November's release of the latest SparkyLinux 2019 "Po Tolo" rolling release series.

The SparkyLinux 2019 "Po Tolo" operating system series is a rolling release version of SparkyLinux, based on the Debian Testing software repositories, where the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system is currently being developed.

SparkyLinux 2019.11 is now the most up-to-date snapshot, adding all the latest software updates and security patches from the Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" repositories as of November 2nd, 2019. Additionally, it upgrades the Linux kernel to version 5.2.17 and the Calamares installer to version 3.2.16.

Among other changes included in the SparkyLinux 2019.11, we can mention that the obmenu-generator tool has been replaced by sparky-obmenu in the SparkyLinux Openbox edition due to its libgtk2-perl dependency being removed and Perl being updated to version 5.30, and... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch Installer Now Supports OnePlus 3 and Sony Xperia X Ubuntu Phones

Sunday 3rd of November 2019 07:55:00 PM
UBports developer Marius Gripsgard has announced today on Twitter that the official Ubuntu Touch installer now supports more Ubuntu Phones, including OnePlus 3 and Sony Xperia X.

As many of you may already be aware, the UBports project continues to develop Canonical's deprecated Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phones, which gets regular OTA (Over-the-Air) updates that bring new features and improvements, and there's also an official Ubuntu Touch installer.

There are graphical and command-line Ubuntu Touch installers, but the graphical one makes it a lot easier to install the latest Ubuntu Touch mobile OS on an Android smartphone that's supported by UBports, and the latest version brings support for two more phones, namely OnePlus 3 and Sony Xperia X.

"You can now install arm64 Ubuntu touch on Oneplus 3 and  Sony xperia x with the installer," said Marius Gripsgard. "You must be aware that It's still not r... (read more)

KaOS Linux Gets October Release with KDE Plasma 5.17 Desktop, Linux Kernel 5.3

Friday 1st of November 2019 08:55:00 PM
The development team behind the Arch Linux-inspired KaOS Linux operating system released the October ISO snapshot with the latest GNU/Linux technologies and updated components.

KaOS 2019.10 is a maintenance release that brings numerous updates and all the latest security patches for those who want to install this Linux-based operating system. However, the biggest changes are under the hood, as KaOS 2019.10 comes with an upgraded toolchain that contains the latest GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 9.2.0 and Glibc (GNU C Library) 2.30. Also, it's the first release to ship without any Python 2.x packages.

"Quite a few big changes for this release, probably the biggest news for this release is for the first time the default install is python2 free," reads the release notes. "Python2 will be depreciated by the end of this year, so it is time to get this distribution ready for this change. The repositories still contain python... (read more)

Dell's Latest XPS 13 Ubuntu Laptop Is Now Available in 18 New Configurations

Friday 1st of November 2019 03:01:00 PM
Dell's George Barton announced that Dell's latest XPS 13 developer edition laptop is now available in the United States in up to 18 different configurations.

Announced back in August 2019, as part of Dell's new consumer PC portfolio, the 9th generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop (model 7390) is powered by the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system and Intel's latest 10th generation "Comet Lake" Intel Core processors.

Now, Dell is offering the 9th generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop in up to 18 new configurations, 16 of which are available both online and offline. The other two configurations are available only offline featuring 1TB and 2TB solid stated drives respectively.

"We are excited to announce that we are increasing the number of configuations in the developer edition po... (read more)

Linspire 8.5 Linux Operating System Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS

Thursday 31st of October 2019 04:52:00 PM
PC/OpenSystems announced today the release of the Linspire 8.5 Linux operating system, the commercial variant of the free and open-source Freespire Linux OS.

Linspire 8.5 "Swordfish 2" is a major release compared to the previous versions, bringing numerous updated components and various new features for a full-fledged Linux desktop experience. Just like its little brother Freespire 5.0, Linspire 8.5 is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and uses the Linux 5.0 kernel.

Similar to Freespire 5.0, the goal for Linspire 8.5 was to address the bloatware complaints from the community and make the distribution slimmer by including only the "best of breed" applications. Of course, this means that, if users want to replace the default apps or install more, they can use the software center utility.

"Linspire 8.5 w... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.3 Codename Revealed as "Tricia," Will Arrive Just Before Christmas

Thursday 31st of October 2019 02:24:00 PM
The Linux Mint project have published today their monthly newsletter to keep the community behind this very popular Ubuntu-based operating system up to date with the latest developments and upcoming releases.

Last month, Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre revealed the fact that the team is currently working on Linux Mint 19.3, which is expected to arrive this Christmas with many improvements and updated components. Now, Clement Lefebvre revealed the codename of Linux Mint 19.3 as "Tricia."

Based on the latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS point release of the Canonical's Bionic Beaver operating system series, Linux Mint 19.3 "Tricia" will be shipping with upgraded kernel and graphics stacks, consisting of the Linux 5.0 kernel series and X.Org 1.20 display server, for improved compatibility with modern hardware.

"The upcoming version of Linux Mint will be codenamed “Tricia”. It will be released for Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce in 32-bit and 64-bit just before Christmas," s... (read more)