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What's New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.3.1

Tuesday 29th of September 2020 08:45:00 PM
Mozilla has released a new version of the Thunderbird email app, and this time the changelog points to a super-important fix that brings the client back to working condition.

First and foremost, some background.

As we all know already, Mozilla Thunderbird is one of the best email apps currently around, and if you ask me, it’s one of the best alternatives to Microsoft Outlook right now.

But the simple thing that it’s available with a freeware license makes Thunderbird the go-to app for so many users out there, and it happens for a good reason. The feature lineup is absolutely impressive, and Mozilla keeps improving it with every new release.

The most recent update shipped to Mozilla Thunderbird users is version 78.3.1, and as the parent company itself explains, there’s just one important fix in this release.

It’s a fix that resolves crashes reported in Thunderbird 78.3.0, an update that was released only a few days before. So this new build is more of an emergenc... (read more)

All Lenovo ThinkPad Computers to Be Available with Ubuntu Linux

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 09:03:00 PM
Long-time Microsoft partner Lenovo has decided to fully embrace the world of Linux, and after the company previously announced that several workstations would be offered with Ubuntu pre-loaded, it’s now making a similar decision for ThinkPad and ThinkStation devices.

These devices will also be available with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and the change will begin to roll out later this year.

By some point next year, all models mentioned below should be available with Ubuntu, Lenovo says.

To be clear, this doesn’t mean the PC maker drops Windows, only that Ubuntu becomes an alternative. So customers buying a new Lenovo device can get it with Ubuntu pre-loaded if Windows isn’t their favorite cup of tea.

“Lenovo’s vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean ‘for all’.  Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity ... (read more)

Librem 14 Linux Laptop to Go on Sale in December

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 03:16:00 PM
If you’re in the market looking for a new Linux laptop, you’d better delay your purchase for a few more months, as the Librem 14 is now projected to ship in December.

While we originally expected the Linux laptop to go on sale earlier, Purism previously said the device was projected to go on sale in the early fourth quarter, the struggles that Intel encountered with the inventory for its new chips have pushed the date back to December.

But according to Purism, the laptop will continue to be listed for pre-order with a $100 discount, so basically, you now have more time to get the Librem 14 cheaper. Once the device starts shipping, the laptop will be available from $1,499.

“The Librem 14 is going to be a powerhouse with a six core, twelve thread, 4.70Ghz i7-10710U tenth generation Intel CPU. When we first announced the Librem 14 pre-order, we estimated shipping would begin in early Q4 2020 but unfortunately Intel has industry-wide supply issues with the i7-10th gen... (read more)

Microsoft Announces New Windows Subsystem for Linux Improvements

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020 03:01:00 PM
Microsoft is very committed to the Linux world these days, and needless to say, improving the Windows Subsystem for Linux has become a priority in the long term.

After announcing several major improvements at the Build developer conference earlier this year, Microsoft is now back with additional details and new features to discuss how the experience with WSL is being improved for everybody on Windows 10.

First and foremost, it’s the WSL 2 release, which originally took place on Windows 10 version 2004, or the May 2020 Update, exclusively. Microsoft has already confirmed that WSL 2 would go live for more users, and the company confirms in this new blog post that those on Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 would be getting it too.

“We’ve heard feedback on how many users have enjoyed using WSL 2 and have made WSL 2 available to more Windows users with t... (read more)

First Microsoft Edge Version for Linux to Launch in October

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020 09:09:00 PM
Microsoft has recently announced that the very first build of Microsoft Edge for Linux would go live next month as a preview.

The migration to the Chromium engine allowed Microsoft to turn Edge into a cross-platform browser, so the app is now available on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and macOS.

Microsoft officially confirmed that a Linux version of Microsoft Edge was in the works earlier this year, but the company remained completely tight-lipped on any potential release date.

The build that will be published next week will come as an early testing version, with Microsoft to continue working on Edge for Linux and release more updates as the development advances. Most likely, Edge for Linux would eventually be offered in the same channels as the Windows and Mac siblings, namely Canary, Dev, beta, and stable.

No word on the final version of Edge for Linux

Microsoft hasn’t discussed the feature lineup of Microsoft Edge for Linux, ... (read more)

Microsoft Says Important Windows 10 Fix for Linux Users Is Coming

Monday 21st of September 2020 12:39:00 PM
Microsoft has confirmed that it’s working on fixing a Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, and the rollout should start with the next update shipped to insiders.

More specifically, the Redmond-based software giant says the issue happens on devices running beta and release preview channel builds, with users no longer able to launch the WSL at all.

“Windows Insiders on Build 19042.508 in the Beta and Release Preview Channels who use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will be impacted by “Element not found” error when they try to start WSL. With the help of Insiders, we have identified the root cause of the issue and have created a fix which should be included in the next 20H2 servicing release shortly. Insiders who wish to be unblocked immediately can uninstall this build (KB4571756) which is a non-security update,” the company says.

The easiest way to fix the whole thing right now is to just uninstall this cumulative update, albeit I expect Microsoft to come up with... (read more)

Zorin OS 15.3 Officially Launched

Tuesday 8th of September 2020 06:21:00 PM
Zorin Group has just released a new version of Zorin OS, and users can download it today from the typical distribution channels.

Zorin OS 15.3 is supposed to be “an enhanced version of the most advanced and popular release ever,” so while it doesn’t bring major changes, it comes with important refinements that users would obviously love having on their devices.

First and foremost, before discussing the changes in this update, let’s have a look at some official statistics.

Zorin OS 15 has recorded more than 1.7 million downloads, and this makes it one of the most successful releases ever. And what’s more, many of these downloads came from non-Linux devices, which once again shows how appealing the Linux world has become for Windows and macOS users.

“Since the Zorin OS 15 was first launched in June 2019, it has been downloaded over 1.7 million times. Over 65% of these downloads came from proprietary platforms like Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring ... (read more)

What’s New in Vivaldi Browser for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Monday 7th of September 2020 05:05:00 PM
Vivaldi continues to the browser that offers an insane amount of customization options out of the box, and every single update just makes the experience with the app even better.

And this is the case of Vivaldi version 3.3, which is live today on all supported desktop platforms, including Linux, Windows, and macOS.

The biggest change this time is the introduction of a so-called Break Mode whose purpose is to help users working from home to actually take a break.

What this Break Mode does is mute and stop all HTML5 audio and videos, hide tabs, panels, and the other content on the screen. You can easily enable it by clicking the pause button available at the left corner of the status bar or by pressing Ctrl + . on the keyboard.

“Once the browser is paused, you can interact with the physical world – communicate with colleagues or loved ones, make a phone call, jot down those creative ideas on a piece of paper, exercise, take a power nap, or grab a cup of coffee in p... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0.1 Officially Launched for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Friday 4th of September 2020 08:55:00 AM
The Document Foundation has just released the very first revision to LibreOffice 7, and the update is now available on all supported desktop platforms.

In other words, LibreOffice 7.0.1 is live today on Linux, Windows, and macOS.

If you’re wondering what this new release includes, it’s pretty easy to figure out just by looking at the version number. The focus is entirely on bug fixes, and of course, no new features are included.

TDF says some 80 bug fixes are included in this update, and users who are running LibreOffice 7 are recommended to install it to get this refined performance.

“LibreOffice 7.0.1 represents the bleeding edge in terms of features for open source office suites. Users wanting the robustness of a more mature version optimized for enterprise class deployments can still download LibreOffice 6.4.6,” The Document Foundation explains.

LibreOffice 7

LibreOffice has long been considered the top alternative to Microsoft Office, and ... (read more)

Firefox 80.0.1 Now Available for Download with Important Fixes

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 09:42:00 AM
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox browser, this time with the focus exclusively on fixing issues in the application.

Firefox 80.0.1 is the very first revision to version 80, and according to the official changelog, there are five different fixes in this build, and all of them are equally important for users.

The following fixes are part of the recently released Firefox 80.0.1:
 
  • Fixed a performance regression when encountering new intermediate CA certificates (bug 1661543)
  • Fixed crashes possibly related to GPU resets (bug 1627616)
  • Fixed rendering on some sites using WebGL (bug 1659225)
  • Fixed the zoom-in keyboard shortcut on Japanese language builds (bug 1661895)
  • Fixed download issues related to extensions and cookies (bug 1655190)
 
While the performance regression bug was first discovered only a few days ago, the GPU resets issue that Mozilla is linking to was first reported five months ago, with the... (read more)

Not Even Linux Can Stop the Fast Rise of Windows 10

Tuesday 1st of September 2020 04:56:00 PM
Windows 10 is more than five years old, and while its adoption improved slowly at first, things have changed completely these days.

We’ve known for a while that Windows 10 was the number one desktop operating system, but the latest statistics show that its growth keeps improving every single month, and there’s little the other platforms can do to stop this impressive market performance.

Not even Linux, the platform that recorded an important growth in the first half of the year, can slow down the adoption of Windows 10.

More specifically, Windows as a whole is now powering 86.98 percent of the entire PC market, while Linux currently runs on 2.69 percent of the devices out there. For Windows, this is actually a small decline from 87.03 percent in July, but for Linux, the drop has been massive, its previous market share was 3.57 percent.

And yes, you’ve guessed it right. macOS is the big winner of the whole thing, as it improved from 8.95 percent to 9.55 percent in... (read more)

Vivaldi Updated with a New Feature Every Browser Should Have

Friday 28th of August 2020 03:57:00 PM
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again: Vivaldi is one of the best browsers out there, and despite not having the market share of Google Chrome, for instance, it’s at least as capable as it’s more famous rival.

And as compared to the likes of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi’s purpose is to put user in control of everything, while at the same time providing them with an insane amount of customization options.

The team working on Vivaldi obviously doesn’t want to stop here, and the most recent preview builds of the browser come with additional improvements in this regard.

The latest snapshot, for example, comes with an option aimed at private windows.

More specifically, beginning with this update, users can choose a different theme for private browser windows, thus helping them better distinguish the regular windows from the ones running in private mode.

“Our theme support is second to none but allowing you seemingly endless ways to colorize y... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.2.0

Wednesday 26th of August 2020 01:21:00 PM
If you’re one of the many Mozilla Thunderbird users, you’d better check for updates because the parent company has just rolled out a new version of the app.

Currently one of the most popular email clients out there, Mozilla Thunderbird is getting regular updates, albeit in most of the cases, these new releases only include additional polishing and bug fixes.

Firefox 78.2.0 perfectly aligns with this approach, and the version number is the first indicator the focus in this update is on improving the performance of the app and resolving bugs here and there.

First and foremost, there’s an important mention that concerns OpenPGP, which was supposed to be enabled by default with this release. Mozilla says this change has been pushed back, with additional information to be shared at a later time.

“Originally it was announced to enable OpenPGP by default in version 78.2.0. It has been decided to slightly postpone this for final changes and testing by volunteers. See the... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Firefox 80

Tuesday 25th of August 2020 01:39:00 PM
Mozilla has just released Firefox 80 for all supported desktop platforms, including Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Just as expected since this is a major release of the browser, there are several important changes that are worth highlighting, as well as critical security fixes that make it a recommended update.

First and foremost, there’s the new feature that everybody was waiting for: beginning with Firefox 80, you can configure the browser as the default PDF viewer on the system.

As many Windows users know already, Microsoft itself has put a lot of effort into turning the legacy version of Microsoft Edge into a fully-featured PDF app. And now that the company has migrated to the Chromium engine, similar efforts are directed to the new browser, which is slowly but surely becoming an advanced PDF application too.

Mozilla doesn’t want to be left out of the fun, so it updated Firefox to double as a PDF viewer too. In other words, beginning with Firefox 80, the browser ... (read more)

Windows Subsystem for Linux Launching on Older Windows 10 Versions

Friday 21st of August 2020 12:30:00 PM
One of the biggest changes in Windows 10 version 2004, or May 2020 Update, is the addition of the second-generation Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as WSL 2.

Needless to say, WSL 2 comes with massive improvements, and one of the most notable is a full Linux kernel. Furthermore, this new release also supports managed VMs and allows for full system call compatibility, something that wasn’t available on the first Windows Subsystem for Linux release.

At the same time, WSL 2 also offers faster performance, and while Microsoft recommends everyone to switch to this new release, the company explains that some might have to stick with the original Windows Subsystem for Linux if the project files must be stored in the Windows file system.

However, the full Linux kernel that is available in WSL 2 is what makes most people upgrade. Microsoft itself ships new updates for the kernel via Windows Update, so the whole experience is substantially improved for those on Windo... (read more)

This Open-Source Tool Enables Mozilla VPN on Linux

Thursday 20th of August 2020 01:24:00 PM
Mozilla officially announced its very own VPN service earlier this year, and the company promised it would bring support for other platforms at some point in the future.

While no specifics were provided, Mozilla is still working on the official clients for Linux and Mac, so nobody knows for sure when users would be able to connect to the VPN service if they’re running one of these two platforms.
Fortunately, the dev community lends Mozilla a hand, so while everybody is waiting for the company to bring Mozilla VPN to Linux and Mac, here’s a third-party tool that does that and even a little more.

As discovered by GHacks, the app is called MozWire, and it is available on GitHub as an open-source project. It’s not aimed only at Linux, but at several other platforms too, including Windows, where the official Mozilla VPN ... (read more)

New Evidence That More Windows Users Are Moving to Linux

Wednesday 19th of August 2020 04:16:00 AM
The market share of Linux has increased substantially in 2020, and this made many consider the open-source world the worthy Windows alternative that it should have been from the very beginning.

And while it’s obviously pretty difficult to determine how many users are making the switch from Windows to Linux to make this continuously growing market share a dream come true, statistics shared by the makers of Zorin OS, a popular Linux distribution, indicate that more and more users come from non-Linux platforms.

More Windows users giving a try to Linux

More specifically, Zorin OS developers explain that their latest OS iteration was downloaded massively by users running Windows and macOS on their devices.

“With over 900,000 downloads since its release nine months ago, Zorin OS 15 has been our biggest and most advanced release ever. 2 in every 3 of these downloads were coming from Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux t... (read more)

Zorin OS 15.2 Is Now Available for Download with Linux Kernel 5.3

Sunday 16th of August 2020 07:39:00 AM
Zorin OS 15 has received a brand-new update that brings massive improvements, including better security and new versions of the apps that are pre-loaded.

With the release of Zorin OS 15.2, the team makes the switch to Linux kernel 5.3, so it gets not only important security patches, but also support for new hardware, like AMD Navi GPUs, Intel 10th generation processors, and newer MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards and touchpads.

Furthermore, the new Zorin OS update packs the latest versions of the apps that are pre-installed in the OS, including GIMP and LibreOffice.

It goes without saying this is a welcome improvement, especially since LibreOffice, for example, is the number one alternative to Microsoft Office and the preferred productivity suite in the world of Linux.

LibreOffice 7.0 has recently launched officially as one of the biggest overhauls in the last years, coming with an improved UI and major updates for the built-in productivity apps.

Updatin... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.4.6 Now Available for Download

Friday 14th of August 2020 04:55:00 AM
The Document Foundation rolled out a new version of LibreOffice, the open-source productivity suite that is generally considered the best alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Office.

Just as expected, LibreOffice 6.4.6 is available on all supported desktop platforms, and these include Windows, Linux, and macOS.

This is the sixth revision of LibreOffice 6.4, and it’s quite an important release, as its purpose is to further refine the experience with the Office suite and resolve the issues that users have previously come across.

Earlier this month, The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 7, a massive update that brings with tons of improvements for all built-in tools. However, version 7 is recommended for power users, while the organization says that LibreOffice 6.4.6 should be installed by those who expect nothing more than the most stable experience with this product.

“LibreOffice 6.4.6 is optimized for use in every environment, even by more conserva... (read more)

What’s New in Mozilla Thunderbird 78.1.1

Monday 10th of August 2020 07:13:00 AM
Mozilla Thunderbird continues to be one of the world’s most popular email apps on the desktop, and as I’ve said so many times before, the whole thing happens for a good reason.

Thunderbird right now offers a super-advanced feature package, all mixed with really good performance, and given it’s a cross-platform offering, it’s easy to see why so many people decide to give the app a try and eventually stick with it.

Mozilla keeps rolling out new updates for Thunderbird on a regular basis, and most recently, the company shipped version 78.1.1 on all supported desktop platforms.

And naturally, this update comes with several important improvements, which we’re going to discuss today in this article.

First and foremost, it’s important to know that this update is only offered as a manual download and not automatically through the built-in update engine for Thunderbird 68 and older. Mozilla says the automatic update is only offered as part of Thunderbird 78, so if before ... (read more)

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