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Mozilla Firefox 76 (Stable) Is Now Available for Download

Tuesday 5th of May 2020 04:00:00 AM
A new version of Mozilla Firefox is now available for download, with an official announcement, which would also include a detail look at what’s been changed in this update, expected later today.

According to Mozilla’s release calendar, Firefox 76 is projected to go live on May 5, but the company has already updated its servers with the new version.

So if you can’t wait for Mozilla to officially introduce the new browser, you can very well head over to the download page and get the whole thing yourselves.

While we still don’t have the official release notes, we do know that Firefox 76 is projected to come with several important changes, as the company previously tested them as part of the beta builds it pushed to all supported platforms.

For example, one feature that Mozilla has been experimenting with is a master password that would protect all the other passwords saved in the browser. Interestingly enough, this feature has previously been spotted on Windows and ... (read more)

Valve Drops SteamVR for macOS, as Linux and Windows Now the Key Focus

Monday 4th of May 2020 07:55:00 AM
Valve has surprisingly decided to abandon SteamVR for macOS, with the company to only focus on Linux and Windows going forward.

While it’s not known why the company has decided to drop the support for the macOS version of SteamVR, Valve says that developers continue building apps for Apple’s operating system, only that no new feature or bug fixes will be released in the future.

Needless to say, this isn’t necessarily good news for macOS developers who invested in SteamVR, but Valve says from this point, it’ll only focus on the development of the platform on Windows and Linux.

“SteamVR has ended macOS support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux. We recommend that macOS users continue to opt into the SteamVR [macos] branches for access to legacy builds. Users can opt into a branch by right-clicking on SteamVR in Steam, and selecting Properties... -> Betas,” Valve explai... (read more)

elementaryOS 5.1.4 Is a Massive Update, New Features Announced

Sunday 3rd of May 2020 07:26:00 AM
elementaryOS 5.1.4 brings massive improvements to the operating system, including lots of new features and under-the-hood refinements that the developing team has recently shared in a blog post.

More specifically, this new update renames Parental Controls to Screen Time & limits, but also introduces new capabilities, such as the possibility of setting special rules for any account, including your own. Previously, this was limited to non-administrator accounts.

The Applications Menu has also received new polishing for trackpacks, as the dev team wanted to improve responsiveness and fluidity. The keyboard navigation and performance and the a scrollable list for the category view have also been added here.

Plenty of bug fixes too

The System Settings search has been overhauled as well, and this is without good news, as it makes it much easier to find a specific configuration option... (read more)

The Ubuntu Super Keys Are the Perfect Gift for the Hardcore Linux User

Friday 1st of May 2020 06:02:00 AM
As we know already, the majority of keyboards come with a dedicated Windows key because most manufacturers have partnered with Microsoft to optimize their peripherals for the company’s operating system.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean these keyboards don’t work with Linux or a macOS computer, and in most of the cases, it all comes down to a simple plug and play experience even if Windows isn’t used.

For the hardcore Linux user, however, replacing the Windows key on the keyboard with an Ubuntu or any other distro logo is something that would complete the migration off Windows.

And if you’re looking into a similar customization, this keyboard mod that was published on reddit by user BenjiStokman has gained quite a lot of upvotes.

How to get your Linux keys

The Ubuntu super keys look absolutely brilliant and fit the keyboard almost perfectly... (read more)

System76 Launches Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS, the “Biggest OS Release Yet”

Friday 1st of May 2020 04:38:00 AM
System76 has just launched Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS, the version that the company calls “the biggest OS release yet” and which comes with an impressive feature lineup.

For example, the OS includes an improved keyboard navigation, which means you can work with the computer without having to touch your mouse as often as before. There are new keyboard shortcuts for common things like toggling settings and switching between applications.

“In place of the default shortcuts, you can also use Vim shortcuts to navigate your desktop—without having to leave home row,” the developing team explains.

Furthermore, the new version of the OS also introduces a new feature called auto tiling that organizes the windows for you when a new application is launched.

“With organization taken care of by your operating system, Pop!_OS gives you more time to focus on your work and less time to waste on fiddling around with windows. Keyboard shortcuts make auto-tiling a breeze—you can move, resize... (read more)

Krusader KDE File Manager Is Now 20 Years Old

Friday 1st of May 2020 04:17:00 AM
Krusader, the file manager that comes bundled with KDE, is now 20 years old, but despite being launched two decades ago, it continues to be one of the best applications of its kind.

What makes Krusader so special? It all comes down to the feature lineup that makes it the best choice not only for power users, as many advertise the app, but for pretty much everybody who wants to work with files with some of the best advanced tools around.

Krusader, which the developing team itself says is similar to Total Commander, comes with an impressive feature lineup that includes everything from file content comparisons to batch renaming, an internal viewer and editor, file transfers, mounted filesystem support, and directory synchronization.

Aimed at power users, sysadmins, devs

Furthermore, if the default feature lineup still isn’t enough for you, then you can ... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.3.6 Officially Launched for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Thursday 30th of April 2020 04:10:00 PM
The Document Foundation has released a new version of the LibreOffice productivity suite for all supported platforms, namely Linux, Windows, and macOS.

LibreOffice 6.3.6 is an update focused on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, so there’s no new feature in this release. This makes total sense as the focus right now is on polishing the experience with LibreOffice 6.3.

But what you need to know is that LibreOffice 6.3.6 is aimed at main devices, not at testing ones, so you can safely install it even if you use your computer for critical things. In other words, this is the most stable and refined experience that you can get with LibreOffice right now.

This is the last update of LibreOffice 6.3, The Document Foundation explains, so rather sooner than later the switch to LibreOffice 6.4 will be made for production devices too.

“The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3.6, the last minor release of the LibreOffice 6.3 family, targeted at organizations ... (read more)

Fix for GNOME 3.36 Stuttering Bug in the Works

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 06:03:00 PM
Ubuntu 20.04 has recently been released with GNOME 3.36 as one of the most notable features, but many decided to stick with Unity due to a stuttering issue.

It goes without saying this isn’t necessarily the experience everyone expected with GNOME, albeit for now, this stuttering bug appears to be more or less a matter of luck.

While some encounter this glitch, other claim everything is super-smooth on their devices in Ubuntu 20.04.

The good news is that the stuttering bug has already been acknowledged and a fix is on its way.

A bug report reveals that the whole thing happens randomly on a device that should otherwise offer smooth performance from one end to another.

“I have a Dell XPS 9360 with a FHD screen and a Intel HD620 iGPU, running Ubuntu 20.04. On this system animations should be smooth and at 60fps, but this is not always the case. The applications animation (the icons comi... (read more)

RetroPie 4.6 Officially Launched with Support for Raspberry Pi 4

Wednesday 29th of April 2020 05:48:00 PM
RetroPie, the project that allows you to turn a Raspberry Pi into a gaming machine, has just received a new update whose most notable addition is the support for Raspberry Pi 4.

“We wanted to wait until we were happy with the Raspberry Pi 4 support before putting out some new images though, but RetroPie has been working on the Raspberry Pi 4 for some time for those wanting to manually install or try a weekly development image,” the developing team explains.

And while RetroPie 4.6 introduces support for the Raspberry Pi 4, this image is only available as a beta for the time being, as there still are things that need additional polishing.

Most packages run well, the team says, but a more cautious approach is the right way to go, at least until more feedback is collected.

So many improvements

In addition to the “beta” support for Raspberry Pi 4, the new version also includes another notable change, as... (read more)

Fedora 32 Officially Launched

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 08:11:00 PM
Fedora 32 now available for download, and so are all the typical flavors that are specifically aimed at certain uses.

For example, in addition to the main Fedora 32 image, today’s release also includes Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, and Fedora CoreOS.

As it typically happens with major Fedora updates, version 32 comes with substantial improvements, and one notable addition is GNOME 3.36.

This GNOME update, which went live in March, is codenamed Gresik and sports a long list of changes, including a new lock screen design, additional refinements to settings, parental controls, and new software features.

Fedora 32 also drops Python 2 and goes for Python 3.8, as the old version has already reached the end of life. The team at Fedora, however, has decided to include a legacy python27 package just for developers and users who still need this old version.

Fedora 32-powered Linux laptops

The developing team also announced changes concerning the spi... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0 Will Finally Remove Adobe Flash Player Support

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 07:49:00 PM
The Document Foundation is working not only on minor revisions for LibreOffice, which most often include tens of bug fixes, but also on a new major release that should go live at some point in the coming months.

Referred to as LibreOffice 7.0, this new major update will include lots of improvements, including several under-the-hood changes that make sense moving forward.

As one of the most popular productivity suites out there, LibreOffice also supports exporting content, such as presentations and drawings, to Adobe Flash. In other words, it’s one easy way to create Flash Player content that can be then used for a wide variety of purposes.

The problem with Flash is that Adobe itself plans to retire it later this year, so the entire world is leaving it behind.

And according to the official release notes of LibreOffice 7.0, The Document Foundation is doing the same thing, with the next maj... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 Looking Like macOS Highlights the Linux Customization Power

Tuesday 28th of April 2020 07:16:00 PM
Linux has long been considered the more secure alternative to Windows, but at the same time, one of the things that users love the most after the making the switch from Microsoft’s operating system is just how much you can customize pretty much every little component.

And truth be told, users like to customize the software running on their devices just the way they want, simply because it’s cooler to have applications that perfectly match their expectations.

And while Windows comes with some obvious limitations in this regard, not the same thing can be said about Linux, where the power of customization is only limited by your imagination.

The recently-released Ubuntu 20.04, for example, is part of this customization party too, and someone on reddit has quickly customized the operating system to make it look like macOS.

The macOS look

Of course, turning Linux into ... (read more)

Manjaro 20.0 Lysia Officially Launched

Sunday 26th of April 2020 09:20:00 PM
The Arch Linux-based Manjaro 20.0 Lysia is now available for download after only two months of development.

It goes without saying that there are so many new things in this release, and downloading Manjaro 20.0 Lysia is the easiest way to try them all.

First and foremost, the new version continues to be available in three editions, namely Xfce, KDE, and Gnome, each coinge with their own series of improvements.

For example, the Xfce edition ships with version 4.14 of the desktop environment, but also introduces a new theme called Matcha, as well as a new Display-Profiles feature that makes it possible to store multiple profiles for a configured display.

The KDE version, on the other hand, relies on Plasma 5.18 and comes with Breath2 themes and the latest KDE Apps 20.04. Other improvements, such as the updates to Kate and the introduction of Plasma-Simplemenu, are also offered i... (read more)

Linux on Ancient Windows XP Laptop Shows Old Hardware Doesn’t Have to Die

Sunday 26th of April 2020 09:18:00 PM
Linux has long been considered an alternative to Windows, and while opinions are still divided as to what operating system is the best choice moving forward, there’s one chapter that Linux clearly wins.

And it’s the support for old hardware.

With newer Windows versions requiring hardware upgrades to enjoy the full feature package, old laptops are theoretically more or less abandoned, especially if they are too slow to be upgraded to a newer release.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re dead, as installing Linux can always breathe new life in these devices, even when less than 1GB of RAM is available.

Living proof is this experiment made by someone on reddit who installed Lubuntu on a laptop that originally shipped with Windows XP and which is obviously abandoned right now. Windows XP no longer gets support since April 2014, and with the majority of app... (read more)

Linux-Based Windows XP for Raspberry Pi Now Available for Download

Sunday 26th of April 2020 09:02:00 PM
Windows XP still has millions of fans across the world despite being killed off some six years ago, but this doesn’t necessarily mean everyone is ready to let it go.

And while running Windows XP these days is no longer a good idea from a security perspective, you can actually get a taste of the 2001 operating system with a Linux operating system that comes with its key features, including visual elements that reproduce its interface.

Called RasbianXP, the Linux-based Windows XP is actually an operating system that’s specifically aimed at Raspberry Pi, so it can be installed on the little board quite easily.

More impressively, RasbianXP can even run Windows software, obviously with an emulator, but you really shouldn’t get your hopes too high if you’re thinking to switch to it and use applications like Photoshop. It goes without saying that the hardware resources here are very limited, so you should be fine as long as you stick to the basics,

The Windows X... (read more)

Windows PC Maker Lenovo to Launch Linux Laptops

Saturday 25th of April 2020 07:37:00 AM
Lenovo will follow in the footsteps of Dell and launch a series of Linux laptops as part of an experiment which could then be expanded to further models should everything go according to the plan.

The Linux laptops manufactured by Lenovo will run Fedora 32 Workstation, according to the Fedora Magazine, and teams at both the PC maker and Fedora have been working together to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible.

The first three laptops to get Fedora pre-installed are ThinkPad P1 Gen2, ThinkPad P53, and ThinkPad X1 Gen8, but right now, both companies are hoping to expand the availability of the Linux operating system to more models in the coming years.

Expanding the Linux device ecosystem

In case you’re wondering why this is such big news for everyone, it’s because Lenovo is finally exploring the Linux world, offering customers another option besid... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” Release Date Announced

Saturday 25th of April 2020 07:26:00 AM
The next major update for Ubuntu will be called Groovy Gorilla and will land in the fall, according to a release schedule shared this week by parent company Canonical.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS was officially launched this week as one of the most-anticipated updates in a long time, and now Canonical is working on the next important release due later this year.

Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla will thus be the next major Ubuntu update after 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), and 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

Groovy Gorilla is projected to officially enter the testing phase this summer, while the feature-freeze stage is scheduled to be reached in late in August. At this point, the work on new features should be completed, with the development pro... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Launches in the Windows 10 App Store

Friday 24th of April 2020 05:13:00 AM
Canonical has released the latest version of Ubuntu only a few hours ago, and now this update is also live for Windows 10 users who want to download it from the Microsoft Store.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS comes with a long list of improvements, including notable security enhancements like Secure Boot to protect against low level attacks and rootkits.

Furthermore, this is the first release to come with Fast ID Online, or FIDO, to power universal multi-factor and passworldless authentication in the operating system.

Another notable addition is WireGuard VPN, which comes pre-loaded in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS but will also be backported to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, according to Canonical.

Of course, users can upgrade to the latest Ubuntu release manually, but the Microsoft Store version makes it easier for those running the Windo... (read more)

Purism Librem Mini Linux PC Now Just Around the Corner

Friday 24th of April 2020 05:00:00 AM
Purism announced the Librem Mini Linux PC only a few weeks ago, and at that time, the company set a target goal for pre-orders of $50,000, hoping this would be reached by the time shipping starts.

And now Purism says that demand has been so strong for its new Linux PC that it already exceeded the $50,000 target, with pre-orders currently exceeding $71,000.

So now the Librem Mini is just around the corner, the company explains that it’s working around the clock to prepare the device for shipping.

“Thanks to the incredible support of our community we reached our Librem Mini pre-order goal in less than three weeks and interest continues to grow. We have put in a large order from our suppliers, which arrives in less than a month, to be able to meet demand and rapidly fulfill future purchases. With the Librem Mini arriving in less th... (read more)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Officially Released

Thursday 23rd of April 2020 05:00:00 PM
Canonical has just released the stable version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, also known as Focal Fossa, and users can download it for free on their devices to benefit from a massive list of improvements.

First and foremost, it’s important to know that Ubuntu 20.04 ships with Linux kernel 5.4, so it includes notable refinements, like better hardware support and enhanced security.

There are major changes in terms of UI as well, and the first things you’ll notice are the updated login and lock screens. But of course, a highlight in this regard is the highly-polished dark mode, which you can enable from the Appearance page of the Settings app where it’s listed alongside the standard and the light themes.

The new Ubuntu version includes a new set of default wallpapers and comes with GNOME 3.36, with a new color scheme and new icon set enabled by default on the system.

The Ubuntu installer has also been updated, so you’ll notice a series of changes as you advance through the se... (read more)

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