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KDE Plasma 5.17 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here's What's New

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:25:00 PM
The KDE Project has announced today the general availability of the KDE Plasma 5.17 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

KDE Plasma 5.17 brings numerous new features and enhancements, such as Night Color support on X11, multi-screen and HiDPI improvements, fractional scaling on Wayland, support for managing and configuring Thunderbolt devices in System Settings, much-improved notifications with automatic detection of presentations, as well as Breeze GTK theme support for Google Chrome and Chromium web browsers.

Multiple System Settings pages have been redesigned in KDE Plasma 5.17 to help you configure your KDE Plasma system easier and quicker, System Monitor now displays NVidia GPU stats, the Plasma Discover package manager now shows icons for Snap apps, the Breeze GTK theme now also supports system color schemes for GTK and GNOME apps, and last but not least Plasma now starts even fas... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.2 Reached End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.3

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:03:00 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned Linux kernel developer, recently announced that the Linux 5.2 kernel series has reached end of life and that users must now upgrade to Linux kernel 5.3.

Released in early July 2019, the Linux 5.2 kernel series brought various new features and enhancements, among which we can mention an open-source firmware to support DSP audio devices, support for case-insensitive names in the EXT4 file system, a new file system mount API, better resource monitoring for Android devices, as well as new open-source GPU drivers for ARM Mali devices.

Additionally, Linux kernel 5.2 introduced some performance improvements to the BFQ I/O scheduler, a new CPU bug infrastructure that better protects your computers against the recently disclosed Intel MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) hardware vulnerabilities, and a new device mapper "dust" target for simulating devices with failing sectors and read failures.

But, as all good things must come to an end, ... (read more)

Debian and Ubuntu Patch Critical Sudo Security Vulnerability, Update Now

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 08:57:00 AM
The Debian Project and Canonical were quick to patch a critical security vulnerability that affected the sudo program, which lets users run programs with the security privileges of another user, urging users to update their systems immediately.

Discovered by Joe Vennix, the security vulnerability (CVE-2019-14287) could be exploited by an attacker to execute arbitrary commands as the root user (system administrator) because sudo incorrectly handled certain user IDs when it was configured to allow users to run commands as an arbitrary user through the ALL keyword in a Runas specification.

"Joe Vennix discovered that sudo, a program designed to provide limited super user privileges to specific users, when configured to allow a user to run commands as an arbitrary user via the ALL keyword in a Runas specification, allows to run commands as root by specifying the user ID- -1 or 4294967295," r... (read more)

Microsoft on “Linux Is a Cancer”: We’re an Open-Source Company Now

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 08:27:00 AM
While Microsoft is betting big on the open-source world going forward, the “Linux is a cancer” nightmare keeps coming back occasionally, especially from customers who aren’t necessarily sure that the Redmond-based software giant expanding in this direction is the right way to go.

Microsoft, on the other hand, tries to convince everyone that it loves Linux on every single occasion, and one such moment took place earlier this week at the Red Hat Forum 2019 in Melbourne.

Microsoft Australia CTO Lee HIckin took the stage and the first thing he said concerned the controversial statement made by former CEO Steve Ballmer back in 2002.

"I recognise the irony of Microsoft here at an open source community event. I'm really proud to do that, and I'm humbled and privileged that we can be on the stage with Red Hat to share our story," Hickin is quoted as saying by read more)

Tails 4.0 Anonymous OS Release Candidate Out Now with Tor Browser 9.0, Linux 5.3

Friday 11th of October 2019 01:30:00 PM
The development team behind the Tails amnesic incognito live system, also known as the Anonymous OS, have announced today the Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Tails 4.0 release.

Powered by the latest Linux 5.3.2 kernel, Tails 4.0 Release Candidate is packed with up-to-date technologies to better protect your privacy when surfing the Internet. It comes with the latest alpha version of the upcoming Tor Browser 9.0 anonymous web browser based on Firefox 68.1.0 ESR, as well as the newest Tor release.

Tails 4.0 Release Candidate also updates Electrum to version 3.3.8, which is fully compatible with the current Bitcoin network, and improves the usability of the Tails Greeter by making it easier to select languages, simplifying the list of keyboard layouts, fixing the Formats setting, and preventing additional settings from being applied when clicking on the Cancel or Back buttons.

Tail... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.08.2 Open-Source Software Suite Released with Many Bug Fixes

Thursday 10th of October 2019 03:56:00 PM
The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the second point release of the latest KDE Applications 19.08 open-source software suite for Linux-based operating systems.

Coming a month after the first point release, KDE Applications 19.08.2 is here to address more than 20 bug fixes across a wide range of applications and core components, including Dolphin, Gwenview, Kate, Kdenlive, Kontact, Konsole, Lokalize, Spectacle, and many others, in an attempt to make the KDE Applications 19.08 open-source software suite more stable and reliable.

Highlights of this release include improvements to High-DPI (HiDPI) support in the Konsole terminal emulator and other apps, the ability to update the search parameters when switching between... (read more)

System76 Launches Two Linux Laptops Powered by Coreboot Open-Source Firmware - Updated

Thursday 10th of October 2019 02:08:00 PM
American computer manufacturer System76 announced today that it has launched two Linux laptops with the Coreboot open-source firmware pre-installed.

Driven by the idea that technology should always be free and open, System76 is launching today the Galago Pro and Darter Pro laptops with their new Coreboot-based open-source firmware, which not only makes these computers boot faster than with a proprietary firmware, but it also protects them against various security vulnerabilities and other threats.

"Our lightweight open source firmware gets users from boot screen to desktop 29% faster," said System76. "Removing unnecessary features from the firmware such as network connectivity and execution environments also decreases the potential for vulnerability, meaning users who upgrade to the new laptops will benefit from increased security."

In addition to adding the Coreboot open-source firmware, the revamped Darter Pro and Galago Pro Linux-based laptops come with glare-r... (read more)

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Now Available for Testing with Improved, Smarter Keyboard

Wednesday 9th of October 2019 07:08:00 PM
The UBports community announced today the availability for public testing of the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 software update for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices.

Originally planned as a small update that was supposed to contain only some bug fixes and improvements, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 release appears to bring quite some enhancements for Ubuntu Phones, such as a much-improved and smarter keyboard that introduces a Dvorak keyboard layout option, improvements to the Japanese and Polish layouts, as well as 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," explained UBports. "We are still unsure about the discover... (read more)

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Gets First Point Release, It's Now Ready for Mass Adoption

Tuesday 8th of October 2019 02:40:00 PM
The GNOME Project announced today that the first point release of the latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment is now available for download with various bug fixes and updated translations.

Released last month on September 12th, the GNOME 3.34 "Thessaloniki" desktop environment introduced many new features and enhancements, such as support for custom folders in the application overview, visual refreshes for several apps and the desktop itself, as well as lots of performance improvements.

Now, almost a month later, GNOME 3.34.1 has been released as the first of many to come maintenance updates to make the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment more stable and reliable, but also to encourage GNU/Linux distributions to adopt it in their software repositories as lots of bugs have been squashed. A complete list with all the changes included in GNOME 3.34.1 are available here.

"GNOME 3.34.1 is now available. This is a s... (read more)

SparkyLinux 5.9 Released with Latest Updates from Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

Monday 7th of October 2019 01:04:00 PM
The SparkyLinux community released today the SparkyLinux 5.9 rolling release operating system based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" repositories.

SparkyLinux 5.9 is the ninth instalment in the SparkyLinux 5 "Nibiru" operating system series, a rolling release version of the Debian-based distribution that aims to offer users access to all the new packages from the latest Debian GNU/Linux release. SparkyLinux 5 is based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster".

In SparkyLinux 5.9, the developers updated the base system from the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" stable software repositories as of October 4th, 2019. It's powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.19.67 kernel and includes various other bug fixes and improvements to make SparkyLinux 5 "Nibiru" more reliable.

"This is a quarterly update of live/install media of the stable line, which is based on Debian 10 "Buster," reads today's announcement. "As usual, new ... (read more)

Canonical Releases Major Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 19.04 and 18.04 LTS

Friday 4th of October 2019 08:18:00 PM
Canonical has released today a new major Linux kernel security for Ubuntu 19.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating systems to address eighteen security vulnerabilities.

The new kernel security update comes a few days after another major patch released on Tuesday for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) systems running the Linux 4.15 kernel. This one fixes issues affecting the Linux 5.0 kernel in Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) systems.

Among the issues fixed in today's kernel security update there are a bunch of flaws affecting several drivers, including the Intel Wi-Fi device driver, GTCO tablet input driver, USB audio driver, Raremono AM/FM/SW radio device driver, USB Rio 500 device driver, CPiA2 video4linux device driver, as well as Softmac USB Prism... (read more)

Calibre Open-Source eBook Management App Gets Major Release After Two Years

Friday 4th of October 2019 03:04:00 PM
Calibre creator Kovid Goyal announced today the release and general availability of the Calibre 4.0 series of his popular open-source ebook management app for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Believe it or not, it's been two years since the Calibre 3.0 series was introduced, and now, the time has come for fans of the best free ebook management software to get a brand-new release that introduces new technologies and new features, along with dozens of improvements.

"It has been two years since Calibre 3.0. This time has been spent mostly in making the calibre Content server ever more capable as well as migrating calibre itself from Qt WebKit to Qt WebEngine, because the former is no longer maintained," said developer Kovid Goyal.

What's new in Calibre 4.0

Highlights of the Calibre 4.0 release include a completely re-written ebook viewer that focuses on presenting the book text to users without any kind of distraction, and new capabilities for the Content s... (read more)

Total War: WARHAMMER II - The Hunter & the Beast DLC Released for Linux and Mac

Friday 4th of October 2019 02:25:00 PM
British video games publisher Feral Interactive announced the general availability of The Hunter & the Beast DLC for the Total War: WARHAMMER II video game for both Linux and macOS platforms.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, the Total War: WARHAMMER II was ported by Feral Interactive to the Linux and macOS platforms on November 20th, 2018. The game launched with the Mortal Empires DLC, as well as other free or paid DLCs that where released since the initial launch of the game back in October 2017.

The Hunter & the Beast is the latest Downloadable Content (DLC) for Total War: WARHAMMER II, bringing many new additions like two new Legendary Lords: Markus Wulfhart, who leads the Huntsmarshal’s Expedition (Empire), and Nakai The Wanderer, who leads the Spirit of the Jungle (Lizardmen). Both the new Legendary Lords come with their own faction mechanics, legendary items, quest-chains, campaig... (read more)

Flatpak 1.5 Linux App Sandboxing Rolls Out with New Features, Many Improvements

Thursday 3rd of October 2019 07:37:00 PM
The Flatpak Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework has been updated today to version 1.5, a major release  that introduces many improvements and new features.

Highlights of the Flatpak 1.5 release include new "--or-update" option for the "flatpak install" command to perform an update operation if the application is already installed, as well as a new "flatpak mask" command that allows pinning of app versions and avoids automatic downloads.

Flatpak 1.5 also introduces support for self-updates and the ability to monitor updates for apps from the Flatpak portal, support for images tagged with labels and annotations, and support for Docker mimetypes.

Moreover, Flatpak will now always generate a history for images and flatpak-session-helper now links to more libraries. A new configuration key called "default-languages" has been added as well in Flatpak 1.5 to allow additions to the system list instead of overriding it.

Improvements and bug fix... (read more)

Solus 4 Users Are Among the First to Use the GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment

Thursday 3rd of October 2019 07:10:00 PM
The Solus Project announced today that the latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment is now available for all users of the independently developed Linux-based computer operating system, along with many other updates and bug fixes.

Launched in mid-September, the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment has only been available for a few GNU/Linux distributions as upgrading from a previous release looks to be a rigorous and hard process for OS vendors. Solus 4 users are now among the first to use GNOME 3.34 on their personal computers.

"This stack upgrade has been rigorously tested by a wide range of users via our unstable repository, all of whom provided valuable feedback and reports over on our development tracker. This upgrade has also fortunately been smoother compared to previous stack upgrades," said lead developer Joshua Strobl in the latest news roundup.

Budgie 10.5.1, KDE Plasma and MATE upd... (read more)

Watch: Ubuntu Touch Running on the PinePhone Open Source Linux Smartphone

Thursday 3rd of October 2019 06:18:00 PM
UBports lead developer Marius Gripsgard has shared today on Twitter what it appears to be another groundbreaking move for the Ubuntu Touch project.

While everyone is waiting for UBports to release the Ubuntu Touch OS for Purism's Librem 5 Linux phone, which just stated shipping to backers last week, Marius Gripsgard and his team of skilful developers managed to port the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system to PINE64's PinePhone.

As you can see in the video and screenshots attached below, Ubuntu Touch runs quite smoothly on the PinePhone, an open-source Linux smartphone build by the PINE64 company, which is known for developing the PINE64 single-board computers (SBCs) and Pinebook computers.

The PinePhone comes with some nice hardware, including 5.95-inch LCD with 1440x720 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio, an Allwin... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 69.0.2 Released to Fix YouTube Crash on Linux, Other Issues

Thursday 3rd of October 2019 05:10:00 PM
Mozilla released today the second minor update to the latest Firefox 69 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Mozilla Firefox 69.0.2 is a very small maintenance update that addresses three bugs, including a crash that would occur when changing the playback speed while watching a YouTube video, which affects only Linux systems, as well as a crash that may occur when editing files on Office 365 websites.

Additionally, Firefox 69.0.2 addresses an issue that could prevent the detection of the Windows 10 Parental Controls feature when it's enabled. Of course, this issue only affects Windows 10 users. However, we recommend all users to update to Firefox 69.0.2 as soon as possible.

Download Firefox 69.0.2 for Linux, Windows, and Mac

The Mozilla Firefox 69 web browser was released a month ago, on September 3rd, and it brings various new features and enhancements, among which we can mention the enablem... (read more)

First Arch Linux ISO Powered by Linux Kernel 5.3 Is Now Available for Download

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 03:38:00 PM
Arch Linux fans rejoice, a fresh new ISO snapshot of your favorite GNU/Linux distribution is now available for download and it ships with the latest Linux kernel series.

The Arch Linux 2019.10.01 ISO snapshot for October 2019 has been released and it features a brand-new kernel, namely Linux 5.3, which hit the streets last month on September 15th with many new features, including support for the Intel Speed Select to more easily tune some Xeon servers and support for AMD Radeon Navi GPUs in the AMDGPU driver.

The Linux kernel 5.3 series also introduces support for Zhaoxin x86 CPUs, support for 16 millions new IPv4 addresses in the range, support for the flexible and lightweight ACRN embedded hypervisor, support for using the clamping mechanism in power-asymmetric processors, as well as support for the um... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS 6 Receive Important Kernel Security Update - Updated

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 03:02:00 PM
Red Hat Product Security and CentOS Project have pushed a new Linux kernel security update for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS Linux 6 operating system series to fix an important vulnerability.

Marked by the Red Hat Product Security as having a security impact of "Important," the new Linux kernel security patch addresses a buffer overflow flaw (CVE-2019-14835) discovered in Linux kernel's vhost (virtual host) functionality, which apparently could allow a privileged guest user to escalate his/her privileges on the host system by passing descriptors with invalid length during migration.

"A buffer overflow flaw was found in the way Linux kernel's vhost functionality that translates virtqueue buffers to IOVs, logged the buffer descriptors during migration. A privileged guest user able to pass descriptors with invalid length to the host when migration is underway, could use this flaw to... (read more)

Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 to Be Dubbed "Debbie," New Linux Mint Logo Unveiled

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 02:19:00 PM
The Linux Mint leader Clement Lefebvre published today the monthly newsletter of the project to keep the community up to date with their latest works and upcoming releases.

Clement Lefebvre has revealed today the codename of the upcoming LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) 4 operating system series as "Debbie," which he said it suits the Debian base quite well. As you know, the LMDE edition is based on Debian GNU/Linux instead of Ubuntu as the regular Linux Mint OS is, providing a rolling release model. No release data was announced for Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 though.

Meanwhile, work on the recently announced Linux Mint 19.3 release, which should hit the streets later this year based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, is ongoing as the development team managed to improve the localization of the default date format in the Language configuration tool for both the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environm... (read more)