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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)

Purism Announces "Made in USA" Librem 5 Linux Phone, Now Available for Pre-Order

Thursday 5th of December 2019 09:00:00 PM
Purism announced today that it has started manufacturing a special version of their Librem 5 Linux-powered smartphone that's being built in the US to address supply chain security concerns.

It's a known fact that Purism has done everything they could to make the Librem 5 the most secure and private smartphone on the market, but the fact of the matter that it's not built in the United States of America might not please some customers.

As such, the company, which is known for their security- and privacy-focused Linux-based laptops and phones, is now offering a special Librem 5 version manufactured in the US, with components made in the USA, in the same US facility where the Librem 5 devkits and Librem Key were built.

"Having a secure auditable US based supply chain including parts procurement, fabrication, testing, assembly, and fulfillment all from within the same facility is the best possible security story," said ... (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" Installer Is Now Available for Public Testing

Thursday 5th of December 2019 04:56:00 PM
The Debian Project released today the first alpha development build of the installer for their upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system series.

Unveiled earlier this year during the DebConf19 conference, Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" will be the next major release of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system used by millions of computer users around the globe. It's development kicked off a few months ago, so now it's time to test drive the very first alpha build of the Debian Bullseye Installer.

"It's high time we started doing this: many components were updated, replacing “CD”/“CD-ROM” with “installation media”. Such changes are not documented individually below. That also explains why many languages are not fully translated in this alpha release," said Cyril Brulebois on behalf of the Debian release team.

Here's what's new in Debian Bullseye Installer Alpha 1

The first alpha build of the Debian Installer for the upcoming Debia... (read more)

Canonical Patches Intel Microcode Regression in Ubuntu PCs with Skylake CPUs

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 06:04:00 PM
Canonical has published a new security advisory today where the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system apologizes for a regression introduced by the latest Intel microcode firmware update.

On November 12th, 2019, Canonical published important kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address two flaws (CVE-2019-11135 and CVE-2019-11139) discovered by various security researchers in Intel processors using Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX), as well as on certain Intel Xeon processors.

While the first vulnerability could allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information, such as memory contents that were previously stored in microarchitectural buffers, the second issue could allow a local privileged attacker to cause a denial of service (system crash). The in... (read more)

Canonical Announces Ubuntu Pro, Premium Images for Amazon Web Services

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 04:57:00 PM
Canonical today announced Ubuntu Pro, a set of premium images for Amazon Web Services (AWS) that are available right now in the AWS Marketplace for enterprise customers.

Ubuntu Pro, as Canonical likes to call these new premium images for AWS, covers the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS releases and allows enterprises to purchase longer updates and security maintenance, critical compliance features, as well as broader security coverage with no contract required. The Ubuntu Pro images are supported on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

"The new Ubuntu Pro images will deliver a further optimised experience to our customers, providing additional security and performance to their Ubuntu instances," said Deepak Singh, VP of Compute Services at AWS. "Available directly through AWS Marketplace, Ubuntu Pro can be purchased, deployed and launched on AW... (read more)

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

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 04:31:00 PM
Red Hat and CentOS have announced the availability of important kernel security updates for their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 7 operating system series that address two security vulnerabilities and numerous other bugs.

Marked by Red Hat Product Security as having a security impact of "Important," the new Linux kernel security update is here to patch two vulnerabilities, namely CVE-2019-14821, an out-of-bounds memory access issue via MMIO ring buffer discovered in Linux kernel's KVM hypervisor, and CVE-2019-15239, a flaw that could allow a local attacker to trigger multiple use-after-free conditions, which may lead to a kernel crash or potentially in privilege escalation.

Additionally, the kernel update also addresses several bugs, including ... (read more)

Mozilla Thunderbird 68.3.0 Released for Linux, Windows, and macOS

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 02:50:00 PM
Mozilla has released Thunderbird 68.3.0 for all supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Thunderbird continues to be one of the preferred email clients on the desktop, despite most platforms already coming with a native mail app. Windows 10, for example, now bundles a modern Mail app, while macOS integrates its very own email client developed by Apple.

But despite these, Mozilla Thunderbird remains a leading email client, and the updates released by the parent company every now and then further polish the experience with it on all platforms.

While the new features that are being added in version updates aren’t necessarily substantial, they do contribute to Thunderbird better responding to the needs of users running modern operating systems.

For example, Mozilla Thunderbird 68.0.3 fully supports the message display toolbar action WebExtension API, which was first introduced in Thunderbird 71. Mozilla explains:

“It is similar to Firefox’s bro... (read more)

Firefox 72 Enters Development with Picture-in-Picture Support on Linux and macOS

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 10:52:00 PM
With the release of Firefox 71 to the stable channel, Mozilla already kicked off the development of the next major release of its open-source and cross-platform web browser, Firefox 72.

Firefox 72 is now available for public beta testing, which means that we can have an early look at its features and improvements. One of these will certainly please Linux and macOS users as Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support is finally coming to their platforms.

Picture-in-Picture support has just been added for Windows users in the Firefox 71 release announced earlier today, but with Firefox 72 it also comes to Linux and macOS users, allowing them to detach a video from its web page and watch it in a floating window while working in other tabs.

More Enhanced Tracking Protection improvements, other changes

Besides Pi... (read more)