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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)

LibreOffice 6.3.3 Office Suite Released with over 80 Bug Fixes, Download Now

Thursday 31st of October 2019 01:59:00 PM
The Document Foundation released today the third maintenance update to the latest LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite series for all supported platforms.

The LibreOffice 6.3.3 update is here to add a month's worth of bug fixes since LibreOffice 6.3.2, improving the quality and compatibility of the LibreOffice 6.3 office suite, which is currently still targeted at power users and technology enthusiasts. This release contains a total of 83 changes, as detailed here and here.

"For enterprise-class deployments, TDF strongly recommends sourcing LibreOffice from one of the ecosystem partners to get long-term supported releases, dedicated assistance, custom new features... (read more)

openSUSE Leap 15.0 to Reach End of Life on November 30th, 2019, Upgrade Now

Wednesday 30th of October 2019 04:55:00 PM
The openSUSE Project has published an advance discontinuation notice for the openSUSE Leap 15.0 operating system release, which will reach end of life on November 30th, 2019.

Based on the SUSE Enterprise Linux 15 operating system series, openSUSE Leap 15.0 was released 18 months ago, on May 25th, 2018, and it was the first release of the openSUSE free and open-source computer operating system to change and sync its version numbering with upstream SLE (SUSE Enterprise Linux) releases.

In one month from today, on November 30th, openSUSE Leap 15.0 will reach end of life, which means that it will no longer receive software updates and security patches for its components. Therefore, users are encourage to prepare to upgrade to the latest version, openSUSE Leap 15.1, as soon as possible within the next month.

"On November 30th 2019 openSUSE Leap 15.0 will reach its end of support after 1.5 ... (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17.2 Desktop Environment Brings More Than 25 Bug Fixes, Update Now

Wednesday 30th of October 2019 04:07:00 PM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the second point release to their latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

Coming just a week after the first point release, KDE Plasma 5.17.2 is here with another batch of bug fixes across a wide range of components, including Plasma Discover, Plasma Workspace, Plasma Desktop, KWin, System Settings, KMenuEdit, Breeze GTK, and Dr Konqi. This maintenance update contains a total of 27 changes, as detailed here.

"Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.17.2. Plasma 5.17 was released in October 2019 with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a week's worth of new t... (read more)

Fedora 31 Officially Released with GNOME 3.34 & Linux 5.3, Drops 32-Bit Support

Tuesday 29th of October 2019 04:24:00 PM
The Fedora Project announced today the final release of the long-anticipated Fedora 31 computer operating system sponsored by the Open Source giant Red Hat.

Fedora 31 has been in development during the past six months, and after a one-week delay, it's finally here packed with some of the latest and greatest Open Source software and GNU/Linux technologies, including the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment, Linux 5.3 kernel, Glibc 2.30, Python 3, and Node.js 12.

However, with this release, Fedora Linux says goodbye to 32-bit installations as it no longer offers ISO images to allow users to install the operating system on older machines with 32-bit processors, from more than 20 years ago. The 32-bit software repositories will also not be available anymore.

"If you’re using an older 32-bit only i686 system, though, it’s time to find an alternative — we bid farewell to 32-bit Intel architecture as a base system ... (read more)

GNOME 3.36 "Gresik" Desktop Environment Enters Development with First Snapshot

Monday 28th of October 2019 03:57:00 PM
The GNOME Project has officially kicked off the development cycle of the upcoming GNOME 3.36 desktop environment for Linux-based operating system and released the first snapshot for public testing.

GNOME 3.36 will be the next major release of the popular and open-source desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions, slated for release next spring on March 11th. It will supersede the current version, GNOME 3.34, which has recently hit the stable software repositories of the most popular distros.

GNOME 3.36 will be dubbed "Gresik," after the host city of the GNOME Asia Summit 2019 conference, which took place three weeks ago, between October 11th and October 13th, in Gresik, Indonesia, with the main focus on the GNOME desktop, applications, and platform development tools.

The development cycle was kicked off only ... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) Is Now Officially Open for Development

Monday 28th of October 2019 11:58:00 AM
Canonical has officially open today the development cycle of the upcoming Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series, which is expected to be released next spring.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will be the next long-term supported version of the world's most popular GNU/Linux distribution, slated for release on April 23rd, 2020. It's dubbed "Focal Fossa" to keep it in tone with the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) movement, and will most probably ship with well-tested components.

While the daily ISO builds have appeared on Canonical's download servers since last week, the development cycle started on October 24th with the toolchain upload, which consists of some upgraded components, such as Python 3.8 (the goal is to offer Python 3.8 as the only Python3 version), Perl 5.30, and support for IBM z13 systems on s390x... (read more)

Xfce 4.16 Desktop Environment Enters Development with Dark Panel, Night Light

Thursday 24th of October 2019 04:03:00 PM
With the Planning Phase and Dependency Freeze development stages behind them, the Xfce developers have officially kicked off the development phase of the upcoming Xfce 4.16 desktop environment.

Xfce 4.16 won't be as big as Xfce 4.14, but it will bring some interesting and exciting changes, such as the move to a newer and modern GTK release, GTK3, as developer Simon Steinbeiß recently announced that the optional GTK2 dependency is being dropped from Xfce 4.16.

"In the 4.14 cycle we tried to do a 1:1 port of what used to be our Gtk2 desktop environment, avoiding visual changes. In the 4.16 cycle we plan to harmonize the appearance of certain elements that either became inconsistent through the port or already were inconsistent before," said Simon Steinbeiß.

Among other changes, the Xfce 4.16 desktop environment will also introduce a new dependency on libgtop to display information about the system in the "About" dialog, a dark panel, initial support for client-side ... (read more)

openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get the GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment, Many Goodies

Thursday 24th of October 2019 03:17:00 PM
The latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment has finally arrived in the software repositories of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system, along with numerous other goodies.

GNOME 3.34 has been released in mid-September, but it was ready for mass adoption as soon as the first point release, GNOME 3.34.1, hit the streets, which happened earlier this month. Now, users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system can enjoy it as the entire GNOME 3.34 stack has landed in the stable software repositories.

GNOME 3.34 brings lots of goodies, including support for creating custom folders in the application overview, a redesigned Background panel in the Appearance settings, a better browsing experience, an improved GNOME Boxes workflow, support for saving game states in GNOME Games, smoother animations, and a more respo... (read more)

ExTiX 19.10 "The Ultimate Linux System" Is Now Based on Ubuntu 19.10, Runs LXQt

Thursday 24th of October 2019 01:55:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his ExTiX Linux distribution, based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

Dubbed by the developer as "The Ultimate Linux System," ExTiX 19.10 is based on Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), but ships with the lightweight LXQt desktop environment instead of GNOME to allow users to use it on their UEFI-enabled computers. ExTiX 19.10 is using the latest LXQt 0.14.1 desktop environment by default.

"ExTiX 19.10 LXQt DVD 64 bit is based on Debian and Ubuntu 19.10. The original system includes the desktop environment GNOME. After removing GNOME I have installed LXQt 0.14.1," said Arne Exton. "This ExTiX LXQt Build is for installation to UEFI-enabled computers."

Under the hood, ExTiX 19.10 uses the latest Linux 5.3.7 kernel, which is optimized by t... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 70 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

Thursday 24th of October 2019 01:17:00 PM
The latest Mozilla Firefox 70 web browser is now available from the stable software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system releases.

Lunched by Mozilla earlier this week, the Firefox 70 web browser introduces more privacy protections from Enhanced Tracking Protection, such as social tracking protection, as well as more security protections from Firefox Lockwise with integrated breach alerts from Firefox Monitor and complex password generation.

It also extends the dark mode to all built-in pages, improves readability for under- or overlined texts, including links, improves privacy and security indicators, adds a standalone Firefox account menu for easy access to various Firefox services, and adds a new indicator in the address bar when a website uses your geolocation.

Furthermore, Firefox 70 ... (read more)

System76 Releases Pop!_OS 19.10 with Many Improvements, Based on Ubuntu 19.10

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 09:21:00 PM
System76, an American hardware manufacturer known for producing and selling Linux computers, released a new version of its in-house built, Ubuntu-based operating system, Pop!_OS Linux.

Based on Canonical's recently released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system, Pop!_OS Linux 19.10 ships with the latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment and introduces a new upgrade process that supports offline upgrades, which will be used from now on to upgrade between Pop!_OS releases.

"When an upgrade becomes available, it is downloaded to your computer. Then, when you decide to upgrade to the newest version of your OS, the upgrade will overwrite the current version of your software. However, this is not to be confused with an automatic update," writes Systems76 on their read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 Get Important Kernel Security Update

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 08:50:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS have released new Linux kernel security updates for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 operating systems, addressing several vulnerabilities and issues.

Marked as important by Red Hat Product Security, the new Linux kernel security patch is here to fix a use-after-free flaw (CVE-2018-20856) discovered in the __blk_drain_queue() function in block/blk-core.c, as well as a heap overflow issue (CVE-2019-3846) discovered in the mwifiex_update_bss_desc_with_ie function in marvell/mwifiex/scan.c.

It also addresses a heap overflow issue (CVE-2019-10126) discovered in the mwifiex_uap_parse_tail_ies function in drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/ie.c and a Bluetooth flaw (read more)

KDE Plasma 5.17 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release with 40 Bug Fixes

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 08:28:00 PM
The KDE Project released the first point release of their latest KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating system, a maintenance update that brings many bug fixes.

Released last week on October 15th, the KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment introduces Night Color support on X11, fractional scaling on Wayland, HiDPI and multi-screen improvements, as well as the ability to support for managing and configuring Thunderbolt devices in System Settings.

It also improves the notification system with a new Do Not Disturb mode that automatically detects presentations, Breeze GTK theme support for the Google Chrome and Chromium web browsers, Nvidia GPU stats in System Settings, and color scheme support for GTK and GNOME apps in the Breeze GTK theme.... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 for Ubuntu Phones Brings Smarter Keyboard, Better Browsing

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 08:01:00 PM
The UBports community released today the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 mobile operating system for supported Ubuntu Phone devices, a release that brings various enhancements and bug fixes.

Available for testing since earlier this month, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 software update introduces a much-improved and smarter on-screen keyboard keyboard that implements a Dvorak keyboard layout option, improves the Japanese and Polish layouts, and adds a new way to edit text.

"Using this feature, you can move around your typed text, undo and redo actions, move around a text selection rectangle, and use the cut/copy/paste commands, all from the same overlay. To get started, press and hold the space bar," explains UBports in the release announcement.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 also brings improvements to the built-in Morph web browser, such as the ability to save page zoom level and to set "Always allow" o... (read more)

Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 and 16.04 LTS

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 09:14:00 PM
Canonical released today a new Linux kernel security update for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system series to address several security vulnerabilities.

Affecting both the Linux 4.15 kernel used in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04.6 LTS (Xenial Xerus) systems, the new security patch fixed an improperly implemented Spectre mitigation in the ptrace susbsystem (CVE-2019-15902), which could allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information.

It also addresses a buffer overread (CVE-2019-15918) discovered that the SMB networking file system implementation, which could allow an attacker to expose sensitive information (kernel memory), two flaws (CVE-2019-15117 and read more)

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Using Menus For Command Line Programs and Scripts

THE holidays are coming (Christmas approaching), so I've taken advantage of some spare time to menu-ise commands that I use frequently. Those commands aren't the mere opening of an application and they often require dealing with input and output (in the command line). So I've created menu.sh and used dialog to craft the following menu, e.g. for operations associated with Techrights. I invoke this menu with the click of one button (of the mouse).

Rianne has a similar menu for commands she often runs (which are long and would otherwise need pasting or typing in length). Her menu looks something like this:

Rianne's menu

Here's the code (bash file) that renders the menu above (it's really that simple!):

#!/bin/bash

HEIGHT=15
WIDTH=40
CHOICE_HEIGHT=4
BACKTITLE="Aloha, Rianne"
TITLE="Rianne @ Ted"
MENU="Choose one of the following options:"

OPTIONS=(1 "Start VPN"
         2 "REDACTED"
         3 "REDACTED"
	4 "REDACTED"
	5 "REDACTED"
	6 "REDACTED"
	7 "REDACTED"
)

CHOICE=$(dialog --clear \
                --backtitle "$BACKTITLE" \
                --title "$TITLE" \
                --menu "$MENU" \
                $HEIGHT $WIDTH $CHOICE_HEIGHT \
                "${OPTIONS[@]}" \
                2>&1 >/dev/tty)

clear
case $CHOICE in
        1)
            echo "You chose Option 1"
sh ~/vpn.sh ;;

        2)
            echo "You chose Option 2"
REDACTED COMMAND ;;
        3)
            echo "You chose Option 3"
REDACTED COMMAND ;;
        4)
            echo "You chose Option 4"
REDACTED COMMAND ;;
        5)
            echo "You chose Option 5"
REDACTED COMMAND ;;
        6)
            echo "You chose Option 6"
REDACTED COMMAND ;;
        7)
            echo "You chose Option 7"
REDACTED COMMAND ;;

esac

Hopefully this inspires other people out there to do the same. It takes a while to set up, but it's a big time saver over the long run.

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