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Devuan GNU/Linux 2.1 "ASCII" Operating System Released for Init Freedom Lovers

Monday 25th of November 2019 09:48:00 PM
The Dyne.org foundation has announced the general availability of the first point release of the Devuan GNU/Linux 2.x "ASCII" operating system series.

Coming one and a half year after the release of the Devuan GNU/Linux 2.0 "ASCII" operating system series, Devuan GNU/Linux 2.1 is here as the first major point release to add the latest software and security updates, as well as various improvements around the installer and the installation mediums.

Still based on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series, Devuan GNU/Linux 2.1 comes with an improved installer that makes the option to choose the OpenRC init system more prominent so you can't miss it and no longer requires an Expert install.

However, the Expert install options continue to be needed ifo want to exclude non-free firmware or use a different bootloader, such as LILO. Moreover, the installer now features deb.d... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch Can Now Run on Raspberry Pi 3 with the Official 7" Touch Screen LCD

Monday 25th of November 2019 09:16:00 PM
UBports, the makers of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system published a weekly update on their development progress to bring Ubuntu Touch to more devices.

While UBports is working hard to port Ubuntu Touch to more smartphones and tablets, the latest being PINE64's PinePhone and Volla Phone smartphones, they've also been able to make Ubuntu Touch run on a Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer (SBC) with the official Raspberry Pi 7" touch screen LCD, which appears to be a true development platform for Ubuntu Touch.

"Ubuntu Touch was shown running on a Raspberry Pi 3 with a 7" touch screen. R... (read more)

Debian-Based DebEX GNU/Linux Distro Adds Budgie Desktop 10.5, Linux Kernel 5.4

Monday 25th of November 2019 06:54:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released over the weekend a new version of his Debian-based DebEX GNU/Linux distribution, which adds the latest Linux kernel, Budgie and Enlightenment desktops.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, DebEX Barebone Build 191123 ships is synced with the upstream repositories as of November 23rd, 2019, and ships with the latest Budgie 10.5 and Enlightenment 0.23.1 desktop environments, as well as the eighth Release Candidate of the Linux 5.4 kernel, which was released over the weekend with numerous new features and improvements.

"I've added Enlightenment 0.23.1 as an extra desktop environment. That makes this version of DebEX unique, since there is no other live distro with Enlightenment 0.23.1 installed," said Arne Exton in the read more)

Google Unveils Mendel Linux 4.0 for Its Coral SBC, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10

Monday 25th of November 2019 05:53:00 PM
Google announced over the weekend the general availability of Mendel Linux 4.0 "Day," the company's in-house built, Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution for its Coral Dev Board and System-on-Module (SoM).

Revealed earlier this year as a Raspberry Pi rival, Google's Coral Dev Board single-board computer (SBC) and System-on-Module (SoM) just received a much-improved, more stable and up-to-date Mendel Linux OS, which is based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series and ships with Linux kernel 4.14 LTS, Python 3.7, and U-Boot 2017.03.3, as well as upgraded GStreamer, OpenCV, and OpenCL components.

"We've also made it possible to use the Dev Board's GPU to convert YUV to RGB pixel data at up to 130 frames per second on 1080p resolution, which is one to two orders of magnitude faster than on Mendel Linux 3.0 release Chef," said Carlos Mendonça, Product... (read more)

GNOME 3.36 Desktop Environment Development Continues with the Second Snapshot

Monday 25th of November 2019 04:45:00 PM
The GNOME Project has announced the general availability of the second snapshot in the development cycle of the upcoming GNOME 3.36 desktop environment, due for release in spring 2019.

GNOME 3.35.2 is now available for public testing as the second development snapshot in the development cycle of the upcoming GNOME 3.36 desktop environment, bringing more new features, improvements, bug fixes, and updated translation to various of GNOME's core components and apps. A complete changelog is available here for more details on the included changes.

"This is the second unstable release leading to the 3.36 stable series, and it's a pretty quiet one since our most prominent modules were not updated," said Michael Catanzaro in an email announcement. "A couple modules were temporarily back due to the various incompatibilities, but this is typical for our unstable releases and nothing that looks difficult to resolve... (read more)

GNU Linux-Libre 5.4 Kernel Released for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs

Monday 25th of November 2019 03:38:00 PM
The GNU Linux-libre community announced today the release and general availability of the GNU Linux-libre 5.4 kernel for those seeking 100% freedom for their personal computers.

Based on the recently released Linux 5.4 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 5.4 kernel is here to remove any proprietary drivers and code that's present in the upstream kernel, those providing a 100% libre, free Linux 5.4 kernel for those who don't want to run any proprietary software on their PCs.

Fortunately, for the GNU Linux-libre 5.4 kernel, only one new driver required deblobbing, namely an Ethernet driver for the Intel Ethernet Connection E800 Series networking cards, but several other drivers required updated blob names and there's also some cleani... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.4 Officially Released with exFAT Support, Kernel Lockdown Feature

Monday 25th of November 2019 03:15:00 AM
Linus Torvalds announced today the general availability of the Linux 5.4 kernel series, a major release that adds numerous new features, stronger security, and updated drivers for better hardware support.

Linux kernel 5.4 has been in development since early October and received a total of eight Release Candidate milestones, which implemented numerous new features starting with the initial support for Microsoft’s exFAT file system that’s now finally built-in in the kernel to offer users an out-of-the-box experience when connecting exFAT formatted drives.

Another major change introduced in Linux kernel 5.4 is the kernel lockdown feature, which is implemented as a Linux Security Module to restrict certain applications from accessing the kernel. It adds a new layer of protection, built in the kernel, to make it possible to run software as it was intended by its creator, thus blocking malicious ac... (read more)

VirtualBox 6.1 Enters Development with Linux Kernel 5.4 Support, UI Improvements

Sunday 24th of November 2019 12:02:00 AM
Oracle has announced the general availability of the first Release Candidate of the upcoming VirtualBox 6.1 major update to its popular open-source and cross-platform virtualization software.

VirtualBox 6.1 promises to be the biggest update so far to the latest VirtualBox 6 series, which launched a year ago with major new features and improvements. This first major VirtualBox 6 point release brings support for the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series for both Linux hosts and guests, as well as experimental support for file transfers for Linux hosts on Windows guests.

Moreover, VirtualBox 6.1 adds several enhancements to the graphical user interface (GUI), among which we can mention soft keyboard visual impr... (read more)

KDE's Plasma Mobile Now Supports Phone Calls on the PinePhone Linux Smartphone - Video

Friday 22nd of November 2019 10:16:00 PM
KDE Project's Plasma Mobile team reports today on the progress made so far to better support PINE64's PinePhone open source Linux smartphone by implementing phone calls, and also updating apps.

As we reported earlier this month, KDE Plasma Mobile is already running well on the PinePhone, but not all things are working properly, such as phone calls, which the Plasma Mobile team reports that they managed to add multiple patches to integrate telephony functions with the graphical UI.

"Bhushan Shah submitted multiple patches in postmarketOS to integrate telephony functions with user interface. Using which PINE64 Pinephone can connect calls from user interface. Currently audio is a work in progress however, and we hope to have this resolved soon," said the Plasma Mobile team.

Application updates

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Nvidia Outs New Linux/BSD Graphics Driver with GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER Support

Friday 22nd of November 2019 07:02:00 PM
Nvidia has released today a new set of long-lived proprietary graphics drivers for GNU/Linux, BSD, and Solaris 64-bit operating systems that adds support for a new GPU and various bug fixes.

For Linux- and BSD-based platforms, the Nvidia 440.36 proprietary graphics driver is here to add support for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER graphics card, which Nvidia claims it's up to 50 percent faster than the original GTX 1650 and up to 2X faster than the previous-generation GTX 1050.

Now BSD and Linux gamers who bought an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER GPU can use it to play games at full performance if they install the Nvidia 440.36 proprietary graphics driver, which is available to download only for 64-bit operating systems from Nvidia.com or via our free software portal here and read more)

Audacity 2.3.3 Open-Source Audio Editor Released with Better AAC/M4A Exports

Friday 22nd of November 2019 06:45:00 PM
The Audacity development team released today Audacity 2.3.3, a new maintenance update to the open-source and cross-platform video editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems.

Audacity 2.3.3 is mostly a bug fix release that addresses multiple issues reported by users from previous versions, but it also brings some improvements, such as a new quality setting for AAC/M4A exports, the ability to skip leading silence (blank space) in exports, as well as "What you hear is what you get" for exports.

This release also splits the equalization effect into two effects, namely Filter Curve and Graphic EQ, which supports presets using the Manage button and two points at same frequency for steep steps. Furthermore, Audacity 2.3.3 removes some functionality that confused users, such as Nyquist Workbench, Vocal Remover, On-Demand aliased files, and "Normalize on Load."

Bug fixes, workaround for macOS Catalina

After installing Audacity 2.3.3, users... (read more)

Canonical Teases Big Ubuntu Announcement with Leading Global Automation Company

Thursday 21st of November 2019 03:08:00 PM
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced today that it will be present at the upcoming Smart Product Solutions (SPS) 2019 event in Nuremberg to showcase Ubuntu Core to the industrial Mittelstand.

Canonical continues to promote its Ubuntu Core operating system, a slimmed-down version of Ubuntu designed and optimized to run on smaller, embedded hardware, such as IoT (Internet of Things) devices, and it now promises to support the Mittelstand innovators, which are medium-sized companies, with Open Source software and GNU/Linux technologies.

"We at Canonical, are on a mission to empower innovators with open-source software. We endeavor to be a technology partner of big corporations as well as SMEs, in their journey to industry 4.0 transformation. For this purpose, we have made the latest and greatest embedded and IoT tech... (read more)

Security-Oriented Container Linux Gets Patched Against Latest Intel CPU Flaws

Thursday 21st of November 2019 02:09:00 PM
The security-oriented Container Linux by CoreOS GNU/Linux distribution has been updated this week with all the necessary patches to mitigate the latest Intel CPU microarchitecture vulnerabilities.

CoreOS Container Linux 2247.7.0 is here as the latest stable version of the security-oriented, minimal operating system for running containerized workloads securely and at scale, which was acquired by Red Hat last year and will soon become Fedora CoreOS. This release includes fixes for the CVE-2019-11135 and CVE-2018-12207 security vulnerabilities affecting Intel CPUs.

According to the release notes, CoreOS Container Linux 2247.7.0 fix... (read more)

Zorin OS 15 Lite Released as a Windows 7 Replacement, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Wednesday 20th of November 2019 08:31:00 PM
The Zorin OS community announced today the general availability of the Zorin OS 15 Lite edition, an Xfce-based version optimized to run faster than Windows 7 on very old computers.

Based on Canonical's latest long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, Zorin OS 15 Lite is here packed with some of the most advanced and efficient software components and the latest Xfce 4.14 desktop environment, which provides a user-friendly experience and promises extend the lifespan of your PC for years to come.

"With Zorin OS 15 Lite, we've condensed the full Zorin OS experience into a streamlined operating system, designed to run fast on computers as old as 15 years. With version 15, we’ve gone the extra mile to make the XFCE 4.14-based desktop feel familiar and user-friendly to new users, especially those moving away from Windows 7," reads today's read more)

ExLight Linux Distro Is Now Based on Debian Buster, Powered by Linux Kernel 5.4

Wednesday 20th of November 2019 06:28:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his ExLight GNU/Linux distribution, which features the lightweight Enlightenment desktop environment and a new Debian base.

ExLight Build 191120 is now available for download and it's Arne Exton's second GNU/Linux distribution to ship with the latest Linux 5.4 kernel series, which will officially be announced by Linus Torvalds at the end of the week, on November 24th. For now, ExLight Build 191120 ships with Linux kernel 5.4 RC8.

While previous versions of ExLight were based on Ubuntu, starting with Build 191120, the entire distribution is now based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, featuring the Enlightenment 0.22.4-2 desktop environment and the Calamares 3.2.4-3 graphical installer.

"ExLight is a pure Debian system... (read more)

IPFire Open-Source Linux Firewall Gets Improved and Faster QoS, Latest Updates - Updated

Monday 18th of November 2019 06:28:00 PM
The IPFire project released a new update to their Linux-based open-source firewall distribution, which brings latest software updates and much-improved and faster Quality of Service (QoS).

IPFire 2.23 Core Update 138 is now available for download with improved Quality of Service (QoS), which allows the firewall to pass even more traffic on smaller systems, as well as reduce packet latency on faster machines, thus creating a faster and more responsive network. To take full advantage of the improved and faster QoS, the IPFire project recommends you reboot your systems after installing the new update.

"Development around the Quality of Service and tackling some of the bugs required an exceptional amount of team effort in very short time and I am very happy that we are now able to deliver the result to you to improve your networks," said Michael Tremer in the read more)

LibreOffice 6.4 Enters Beta with Native GTK Dialogs, QR Code Generator, and More

Monday 18th of November 2019 06:21:00 PM
The upcoming LibreOffice 6.4 open-source and cross-platform office suite release has recently entered beta testing phase two months ahead of its official release early next year.

The upcoming LibreOffice 6.4 office suite has been in development for a few months now, but it's currently entered public beta testing, which means that more reliable builds are available for early adopters to try on the new features and improvements, among which we can mention native GTK dialogs on GNU/Linux systems, a QR code generator, and improved Microsoft Office interoperability.

Among other noteworthy enhancements, LibreOffice 6.4 will also add a new option in Writer to mark comments as resolved, along with faster table and table row/column moving and deletion, better selection of cells that contain hyperlinks in Calc, the ability to export Calc sheets to PDF with all pages in one PDF, as well ... (read more)

HP Linux Imaging & Printing Drivers Now Supported on Ubuntu 19.10 and Fedora 31

Monday 18th of November 2019 04:09:00 PM
The HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project has released a new version of their driver stack for Linux-based operation systems to support their HP printers and scanners on more devices and systems.

The HP Linux Imaging and Printing 3.19.11 software stack is now available to download and it brings support for several new HP printers and scanners, including HP Color LaserJet MFP M776dn, HP Color LaserJet Flow MFP M776z, HP Color LaserJet Flow MFP M776zs, HP Color LaserJet M856dn, HP Color LaserJet M856x, and HP Color LaserJet E85055dn.

But what's more important in this new HPLIP release is the fact that users can now install the drivers for their HP printers and scanners on several new GNU/Linux distributions, such as Canonical's Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), Fedora Project's Fedora 31, and Manjaro Linux 18.1.0. Of course, the drivers are only supported on 64-bit versions of these operating systems.

Job Accounting support arrives for more HP printersread more)

Linux Kernel 5.4 to Arrive on November 24th as Linus Torvalds Releases Last RC

Monday 18th of November 2019 03:40:00 PM
The highly anticipated Linux 5.4 kernel finally has a release date as Linus Torvalds announced over the weekend the last Release Candidate (RC).

Last week, Linus Torvalds was considering if there's need for an eighth Release Candidate (RC) for the upcoming Linux 5.4 kernel series, which is only needed on very busy development cycles, but while things were quite calm he still released the RC8 milestone just to make sure everything is in place and working out-of-the-box because more testing never hurts.

"I'm not entirely sure we need an rc8, because last week was pretty calm despite the Intel hw workarounds landing. So I considered just making a final 5.4 and be done with it, but decided that there's no real downside to just doing the rc8 after having a release cycle that took a while to calm down," said Linus Torvalds in a mailing list announcement.

And it turns out that there are some intere... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

Sunday 17th of November 2019 03:42:00 PM
Just one day after announcing the availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" maintenance update, the Debian Project now published live and installable ISO images for all supported architectures and flavors.

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" consists of over two months of updates release through the official software repositories. It includes a total of 115 security updates and bug fixes, offering the community the most up-to-date install mediums for the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series.

Debian GNU/Linux 10.2 "Buster" ISO images are now available to download (see download links below) for all supported architectures, including 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (amd64), ARM64 (AArch64), Armel, ARMhf, MIPS, MIPSel (MIPS Little Endian), MIPS64el (MIPS 64-bit Little Endian), PPC64el (PowerPC 64-bit Li... (read more)