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Several Linux Browsers Blocked from Accessing Google Services

Sunday 15th of December 2019 06:18:00 AM
Google blocking Microsoft Edge from accessing its services is something that happened on several occasions in the last few years, but now it turns out that the search giant has turned the attention to a series of less high-profile Linux browsers as well.

Users are reporting on reddit that a number of Linux browsers can no longer be used to log in to Google services, such as Gmail and Google Docs, with the error page indicating that the apps may no longer be supported.

The blocked browsers include Konqueror, Falkon, and Qutebrowser, according to the linked discussion thread.

“Couldn't sign you in. This browser or app may not be secure. Try using a different browser. If you're already using a supported browser, you can refresh your screen and try again to sign in,” the error message reads.

No word on the reason

The Learn more link points users to ... (read more)

Debian Releases Updated Intel Microcode for Coffe Lake CPUs, Fixes Regression

Saturday 14th of December 2019 11:08:00 AM
The Debian Project released a new intel-microcode security update for Intel CPU microarchitectures to address a regression affecting HEDT and Xeon processors, and add mitigations for Coffe Lake CPUs.

Last month on November 13th, the Debian Project shipped updated CPU microcode for various types of Intel CPUs to mitigate the TAA (TSX Asynchronous Abort) vulnerability (CVE-2019-11135). But not all Intel CPU models were covered by the update, so they released a new intel-microcode security update that addresses this flaw for Coffe Lake processors too.

"This update ships updated CPU microcode for CFL-S (Coffe Lake Desktop) models of Intel CPUs which were not yet included in the Intel microcode update released as DSA 4565-1," reads the security advisory. "We recommend that you upgrade your intel-microcode packages."
... (read more)

Zorin OS 15.1 Released with Better Microsoft Office Compatibility, GameMode

Thursday 12th of December 2019 07:53:00 PM
The Zorin OS community has announced today the general availability of the Zorin OS 15.1, the first point release of their latest Zorin OS 15 operating system series based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Coming six months after the release of Zorin OS 15, Zorin OS 15.1 is the first major update to the open-source and free computer operating system, based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, which means that it now ships with the Linux 5.0 kernel for better hardware support as Zorin OS devs continue to target those moving away from Windows 7.

"We've paid close attention to your feedback and worked hard to make the desktop experience better for work, learning, playing, and everything in between. We've focused on making the desktop feel even more familiar and user-friendly to new users, especially those moving away from Windows 7 leading up to the end of its support in one month," reads today's read more)

Nvidia Linux/BSD Graphics Driver Adds Support for Quadro T2000 with Max-Q Design

Thursday 12th of December 2019 04:03:00 PM
Nvidia released a new version of its long-lived proprietary graphics drivers for Linux, BSD, and Solaris-based operating systems that fixes various bugs from previous releases and adds support for a new GPU.

Coming just three weeks after the Nvidia 440.36 driver, which introduced support for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER graphics card, the Nvidia 440.44 graphics driver is here to add support for the Nvidia Quadro T2000 with Max-Q Design graphics card on Linux, BSD, and Solaris systems, as well as support for the __GL_SYNC_DISPLAY_DEVICE environment variable for Vulkan apps on GNU/Linux systems.

The Nvidia 440.44 proprietary graphics driver also improves installation support on Oracle Linux 7.7 systems where the Nvidia kernel module could fail to build with the "unknown type name 'vm_fault_t'" error, and addres... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.12 Open-Source Software Suite Released, Here's What's New

Thursday 12th of December 2019 02:41:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the December 2019 update to its open-source and cross-platform KDE Applications software suite, version 19.12.

KDE Applications 19.12 introduces numerous improvements and new features to many of the included apps, such as Dolphin file manager, Kdenlive video editor, Okular document viewer, Gwenview image viewer, as well as to many of your favorite KDE apps and utilities, which are now faster and more reliable.

"All of these applications have been improved, making them faster and more stable and they boast exciting new features. The new versions of KDE applications let you be productive and creative, while at the same time making use of KDE software easy and fun,' reads today's announcement.

Here's what's new in KDE Applications 19.12

Highlights of the KDE Applications 19.12 release include a spectacular new sound mixer and improved audio suppo... (read more)

HP Linux Imaging & Printing Drivers Are Now Supported on Debian GNU/Linux 10.2

Thursday 12th of December 2019 02:08:00 PM
HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) software, an open-source and free print, scan and fax driver solution for HP printers and scanners, has been updated today to version 3.19.12 for Linux-based operating systems.

HPLIP 3.19.12 is here to add support for several new printers, including HP Color LaserJet Pro M256dn, HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dn, HP Color LaserJet Pro M256nw, HP Color LaserJet Pro M255nw, HP Color LaserJet Pro M256dw, HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw, HP Color LaserJet Pro M155a, HP Color LaserJet Pro M156a, HP Color LaserJet Pro M155nw, HP Color LaserJet Pro M156nw, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M282nw, and HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M284nw.

Additionally, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M283fdn, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M285fdn, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M283fdw, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M285fdw, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M283cdw, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M285cdw, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M182n, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M184n, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M182n... (read more)

VirtualBox 6.1 Officially Released with Linux Kernel 5.4 Support, Improvements

Thursday 12th of December 2019 03:00:00 AM
Oracle released today the final version of the VirtualBox 6.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems.

VirtualBox 6.1 is the first major release in the VirtualBox 6 series of the popular virtualization platform and promises some exciting new features, such as support for the latest and greatest Linux 5.4 kernel series, the ability to import virtual machines from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, as well as enhanced support for nested virtualization.

"Support for nested virtualization enables you to install a hypervisor, such as Oracle VM VirtualBox or KVM, on an Oracle VM VirtualBox guest. You can then create and run virtual machines in the guest VM. Support for nested virtualization allows Oracle VM VirtualBox to create a more flexible and sophisticated development and testing environment," said Oracle.

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Microsoft Teams for Linux Officially Released, Available to Download Now

Tuesday 10th of December 2019 05:49:00 PM
After two more months of waiting, Linux users can now finally download Microsoft Teams and install it on their Debian- or Red Hat-based GNU/Linux distributions.

Earlier this fall, Microsoft confirmed that it is working on a Linux version of his Microsoft Teams software, a unified communications platform where teams can collaborate more easily by sharing a workspace where they can chat, share files, and work with business apps.

Microsoft Teams was already supported on some of the most popular desktop and mobile platforms, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, and as of today it's also available on Linux. Those interested in installing Microsoft Teams can download the 64-bit binary packages as .DEB or .RPM right now from the official website... (read more)

Meet Sparky Bonsai, SparkyLinux Portable Edition Featuring Joe's Window Manager

Tuesday 10th of December 2019 05:15:00 PM
The Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system recently received a new community edition that you can run and use directly from a USB stick without installing anything on your personal computer.

While many of today's GNU/Linux distributions come as a live medium that lets users test drive it without installing the actual OS on their computers, it would appear that some users are still interested in the type of systems that lives in a USB flash drive, running completely from there with persistence.

So today's we'd like to introduce you Sparky Bonsai, a portable edition of the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system that works in the same way famous portable distros like Slax, Puppy Linux, Porteus, and DebianDog work. It features the JWM (Joe's Window Manager) stacking window manager for X11.

"Sparky Bonsai lives in a USB flash 4GB minimum and run with 512 MB of RAM on x86 proces... (read more)

Canonical to Sponsor Microsoft's First Windows Subsystem for Linux Conference

Tuesday 10th of December 2019 04:44:00 PM
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced that they will be an official sponsor of Microsoft's first-ever Linux Conference for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).

Announced earlier this fall, WSLconf, the first Microsoft Linux Conference for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), a Windows 10 feature that allows users to run various GNU/Linux distributions on top of their Windows installations, will take place next spring from March 10th to 11th, and it looks like Canonical will be there to give presentations and also sponsor the event.

"Canonical is announcing today it will be a featured sponsor of WSLConf, the first conference dedicated to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) platform," said Canonical. "U... (read more)

DebEX Linux Distro Released for Older PCs with LXQt Desktop and Linux Kernel 5.4

Tuesday 10th of December 2019 04:09:00 PM
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has released today a new version of his Debian-based DebEX Linux distribution, which promises to bring back to life older 32-bit computers.

Based on the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series, DebEX Linux uses LXQt as default desktop environment, which is known to be very resource-friendly and efficient on older computers from 15 or 20 years ago.

The new DebEX Linux version comes with only a minimum set of packages installed in the live and installable ISO image, which makes it just under 1GB in size. Under the hood, DebEX Linux uses the latest and greatest Linux kernel, Linux 5.4.2, for out-of-the-box hardware support.

"I've made a new DebEX system for older computers. It uses LXQt as desktop environment. I could run and install DebEX LXQt without problems on my oldes... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 71 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

Tuesday 10th of December 2019 03:06:00 PM
Mozilla's latest Firefox 71 web browser is now finally available for installation from the software repositories of all supported  Ubuntu Linux releases.

Officially announced by Mozilla last week, the Firefox 71 web browser introduces native MP3 decoding, a much-improved built-in password manager that can now recognize subdomains and automatically fill domain logins or warn users with screen readers about breaches from Firefox Monitor, and a new kiosk mode that allows the use of Firefox in kiosk terminals by running it exclusively in full-screen.

Firefox 71 also comes with a redesigned internal configuration page (about:config) rewritten in HTML, an improved Enhanced Tracking Protection feature to offer users more information about the actions it takes by displaying notifications when Firefox blocks cryptominers, a... (read more)

Canonical Releases Updated Ubuntu Images for All Supported Raspberry Pi Boards

Monday 9th of December 2019 04:27:00 PM
Canonical released today updated Ubuntu images for all supported Raspberry Pi single board computers with out-of-the-box USB ports functionality and various bug fixes.

Last month, Canonical pledged to fully support its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system on all Raspberry Pi boards, including Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, and the latest Raspberry Pi 4 model. Ubuntu 19.10 shipped with a Linux kernel bug blocking the use of USB ports out of the box in the official arm64 image on the Raspberry Pi 4 SBC with 4GB RAM.

Today, the company released updated Ubuntu images for all supported Raspberry Pi single board computers to fix the said bug and provide users with fully functional USB ports for the 4GB RAM version of the Raspberry Pi 4 board. Most probably, the updated Raspberry Pi image also contains other bug fixes and... (read more)

Canonical Needs Your Help to Improve Ubuntu, Take the Ubuntu 20.04 Survey Now

Monday 9th of December 2019 03:26:00 PM
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, have published today a survey to encourage the community to contribute suggestions and ideas to make future Ubuntu releases even better than before.

Dubbed Focal Fossa, Ubuntu 20.04 will be the next LTS (Long Term  Support) series of Ubuntu Linux, due for release in April 2020. Development kicked off officially back in October, and daily build ISOs are already available for public testing, but Canonical now asks the entire community for feedback to make Ubuntu 20.04 LTS the release of their dreams and also shape future Ubuntu releases.

"Today, we would like to ask our broader community for similar feedb... (read more)

First Look: Ubuntu Cinnamon, Beautiful Remix Worthy of Becoming Official Flavor

Monday 9th of December 2019 02:49:00 PM
A Cinnamon flavor of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system is now finally available in a usable state for mass adoption, so we decided to have a first look and show you what the fuss is all about.

As we reported over the weekend, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix has seen its first ever release as an unofficial Ubuntu Cinnamon flavor featuring the beautiful and modern Cinnamon desktop environment, which is developed and maintained by the developers of the Linux Mint distribution.

To make things clear, Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix is called a "remix" because it's not yet an official flavor recognized by Canonical, but we believe it has all the odds to become an official Ubuntu flavor. However, this doesn't mean you won't get all the benefits of Ubuntu.

First look at Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix

First, a bit of intro. Ubu... (read more)

New Linux Kernel Update for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 & CentOS 7 Fixes Two Bugs

Monday 9th of December 2019 02:19:00 PM
Red Hat Security team have published a new Linux kernel update that addresses two important bugs in the Linux 3.10 kernel packages of all supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 systems.

The new Linux kernel update, which is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 systems, is only a bugfix release, not a security update, addressing a bug that made applications consume the entire allocated CPU quota, as well as to backport the "sched: Fix race between task_group and sched_task_group" fix.

Users are advised to update their kernel packages in all the supported systems (see below for details) to kernel-3.10.0-1062.9.1.el7.x86_64.rpm and related packages, all of which are available to install for free from the stable software repositories of all supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system variants and CentOS Linux 7.

Affected products

Affected Red Hat pro... (read more)

Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Development of Linux Kernel 5.5, First RC Is Out Now

Monday 9th of December 2019 01:34:00 AM
The two week-long merge window that opened with the release of the Linux 5.4 kernel series last month ended today with the launch of the first release candidate of Linux kernel 5.5, which was announced by Linus Torvalds himself.

That's right, Linus Torvalds has officially kicked off the development cycle of the next major Linux kernel series, Linux 5.5, which is now available for public testing from the kernel.org website. Linux kernel 5.5-rc1 is the first milestone in many to come and gives the community a first look at the new features and changes.

"We've had a normal merge window, and it's now early Sunday afternoon, and it's getting closed as has been the standard rule for a long while now," said Linus Torvalds. "Everythin... (read more)

Ubuntu Cinnamon Unofficial Flavor Gets Its First Ever Release, Download Now

Sunday 8th of December 2019 04:39:00 PM
After many months of hard work, the team behind the unofficial Ubuntu Cinnamon flavor has announced the release of the first ever version.

The popular Ubuntu Linux operating system comes with a wide range of variants, with some of the most popular Open Source desktop environments, including GNOME, KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXQt, MATE, and Budgie, but it never had an official flavor featuring the Cinnamon desktop environment made by the creators of the Linux Mint distro.

Well, someone has been working on a Cinnamon flavor for Ubuntu for quite some time now, and we kinda observed the progress during several months. After a lot of hard work, a final release is now finally available for download of the first, unofficial Cinnamon flavor, which, for now, is called Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix.

"I am speechless. I have gained so much help from the community, and people across the world. ... (read more)

Canonical Loves Windows 10: Ubuntu Maker Wants to Lead Microsoft’s WSL

Sunday 8th of December 2019 08:05:00 AM
The Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, is a feature bundled in Windows 10 that allows users to run Linux on top of Microsoft’s operating system.

Already at the second generation, WSL managed to bring together the worlds of Windows and Linux, and contrary to what many users would have imagined a few years ago, the majority of Linux developers have already joined this new push.

This is why right now, the Linux distros available in WSL include top names like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Kali, and openSUSE.

When it comes to WSL, Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, not only that is committed to supporting it, but wants to be “at the forefront of what’s possible on WSL.”

Leading the WSL push

That’s why Canonical has recently started hiring desktop software engineers for WSL, with the job ad itself providing not only useful information for those who want to join the company, but also clear hints as to how it sees its investment in Windows 10 in the long term.... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu AWS Rolling Linux Kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs

Saturday 7th of December 2019 07:24:00 AM
Canonical announced that the default Linux kernel in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS AMIs (Amazon Machine Images) is moving to a rolling kernel model.

Until now, the Ubuntu images for AWS (Amazon Web Services) have been using a normal Linux kernel that was updated whenever a new security update was available. With the new rolling model, the kernel in the Ubuntu AWS images gets all the latest fixes, performance tweaks, and security patches from upstream, as soon as they are available.

"The Ubuntu rolling kernel model provides the latest upstream bug fixes and performance improvements around task scheduling, I/O scheduling, networking, hypervisor guests and containers to our users," said Canonical. "Canonical has been following this model in other cloud environments for some time now, and have found it to be an excellent way to deliver these benefits while continuing to provide LTS level stability."... (read more)