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Google Chrome 87 Now Available with Major New Features

Wednesday 18th of November 2020 04:24:00 PM
Google Chrome remains the world’s number one browser, both on the desktop and on mobile, and the parent company keeps rolling out more and more major updates that further refine the experience with the app.

Today, Google published Chrome 87, a new important release that adds both new features and security improvements on the desktop, including on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

The first big change in Chrome 87 is the addition of tab search, a feature that entered the testing stage earlier this year and which is now live for everybody on the desktop. It’s easy to see why a tab search option comes in so handy. With the number of active tabs always increasing in a browsing session for the majority of users, finding a specific page is much harder, and nobody wants to manually jump from one tab to another for the whole thing.

The tab search thus makes it easi... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 83 Now Available for Download - What’s New

Tuesday 17th of November 2020 03:38:00 PM
At this point, the browsing world is pretty much divided into two different parts. First of all, it’s Mozilla Firefox, the browser that has been around for many years and served as the main alternative to Google Chrome. And then, it’s the Chromium-based army of browsers that includes not only Chrome but also Microsoft’s very own Edge.

Mozilla Firefox has thus become not only an alternative to Google Chrome but to every other Chromium browser out there, and the major updates that it gets every four weeks play a key role in its effort to remain relevant in this tough battle.

Today, Mozilla published Firefox 83, a new version of the browser for Windows, Linux, and macOS, and naturally, this one comes with massive improvements.

First and foremost, Mozilla says it has made additional under the hood optimizations that allow for an important speed boost, especially when loading websites.

“Firefox keeps getting faster as a result of significant updates t... (read more)

New Microsoft Edge Update Brings Linux Improvements

Wednesday 4th of November 2020 10:02:00 AM
Microsoft has just released a new Dev build of Microsoft Edge browser, and this time, there are two new features that are included.

The new version of Microsoft Edge in the Dev channel is 88.0.685.3, and according to the Redmond-based software giant, it adds support for pre-rendered new tab pages on Linux.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft release preview builds of the new Edge browser based on Chromium for Linux, with no specific ETA as to when the stable version is projected to go live. However, Microsoft is now very committed to improving the Linux build of the browser, and Dev builds are now released on all supported platforms.

The migration to Chromium brought Microsoft Edge browser to Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, macOS, and now Linux.

In addition, this new update adds Mac support for the management policy to Configure Friendly URL.

More fixes and improvements

The new Dev update also brings lots of fixes, and Microsoft says that... (read more)

Raspberry Pi 400 Is Literally a Computer in a Keyboard

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020 09:58:00 AM
Raspberry Pi has just launched a brand-new device, and this time it comes in a rather unexpected form.

The Raspberry Pi 400 is still a pocket-size device, only that it ships packed in a compact keyboard. That’s right, the Raspberry Pi 400 is actually a computer in a keyboard, and it is available in two different packages, namely the standard version and a fully-featured kit.

Raspberry Pi 400 is based on the 4GB Raspberry Pi, only that it’s faster than the original version.

If you want to buy only the computer, which is actually a keyboard, the price you need to pay is just $700, but there’s a chance most people would go for the so-called Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit which is available for $100 and comes with plenty of extra goodies.

Only a bunch of languages supported initially

More specifically, it includes the Raspberry Pi 400 computer, an official USB mouse and USB-C power supply, and an SD card with Raspberry Pi OS pre-installed, a... (read more)

Purism Announces the Librem Mini V2 Linux Computer

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020 08:44:00 AM
Purism’s Librem Mini debuted last not a long time with a rather unique approach, promising a state-of-the-art mix of privacy features with the power of Linux, all packed in a pocket-size computer.

And now the company is back with an important announcement: the first hardware upgrade for the Librem Mini is live.

Officially called Librem Mini V2, the new mini computer is actually the original model with an upgraded processor. The new model comes with the new Intel 10th Gen i7-10510U processor with four cores up to 4.9 GHz.

Already available for order

The best of all is that Librem Mini V2 comes at the same price as the first model, despite the processor upgrade. All the other specifications remain exactly the same.

“It was less than a year ago when we announced our new Librem Mini campaign. We wanted to offer people a powerful and accessible desktop PC in a mini form-factor running the same free firmware and operating system as our laptops. The Li... (read more)

Canonical Officially Launches Ubuntu 20.10

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 02:44:00 PM
Ubuntu was, is, and will probably remain the leading Linux distribution out there, at least as far as the number of users is considered.

And the one to thank is Canonical’s commitment to keeping Ubuntu up-to-date with the latest technologies, features, and apps out there, so the frequent OS updates that the company releases brings its platform in line with the rest of the market.

Ubuntu 20.10 is the newest release that went live this week, and this time, there are massive improvements coming to users.

The most important of them is the release of optimized Raspberry Pi images for desktop and servers, which according to the company, should come in handy to “learners, inventors, educators, and entrepreneurs.” While support for the Raspberry Pi has been around for a while, this is the first release that adds the pocket-size computers to the list of devices certified with Ubuntu.

“In this release, we celebrate the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s commitment to put open compu... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.4.7 Now Available for Download

Thursday 22nd of October 2020 02:28:00 PM
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again: LibreOffice is, by all means, the best alternative to Microsoft Office, and its freeware license makes it the go-to productivity suite not only for consumers but also for companies that are looking into ways to reduce licensing costs.

In the last few years, we’ve seen more and more companies, organizations, and state departments worldwide trying to embrace LibreOffice, just because they were trying to cut costs with the software they use. Some of them managed to stick with LibreOffice, others didn’t, but eventually, all of them agreed that the productivity suite developed by The Document Foundation is indeed a great alternative to Microsoft Office anyway.

And one of the reasons LibreOffice is so good is that TDF keeps rolling out more and more updates on a regular basis thus further refining the experience with the app but also resolving the possible bugs that users come across when running the app.

This week, the... (read more)

Microsoft Edge Browser (Preview) Now Available on Linux

Tuesday 20th of October 2020 09:02:00 PM
Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Edge of Linux is available for download in the Dev channel, thus allowing users on the platform to finally try out the software giant’s Chromium-based browser.

“With this release, Microsoft Edge is now available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. We’re particularly excited to offer web developers the same consistent and powerful web platform and developer tools as on macOS or Windows, so you can build and test in your preferred environment and be confident in the experience your customers will have on other devices. For security researchers, we’re now also accepting submissions for the Microsoft Edge Bounty Program on Linux,” Microsoft explains.

The first preview builds of Microsoft Edge for Linux can be installed on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. Microsoft says that its Dev builds aimed at Linux would be updated according to the company’s typical calendar, which means that new versions will be released ev... (read more)

Mozilla Firefox 82 Is Now Available for Download

Monday 19th of October 2020 09:10:00 PM
Mozilla has just released another major update for Firefox browser, this time bringing the app to version 82 on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

What’s very important to know is that Firefox 82 is now available as a manual download only, as Mozilla has only posted the official installers on its FTP servers. In other words, the automatic rollout through the built-in update system for existing Firefox users is yet to kick off, but it should also get the go-ahead tomorrow when the release is officially announced.

And speaking of the official release, the Firefox 82 changelog isn’t available just yet, though we can already get a preview of what’s to come after this update thanks to the beta channel.

For example, in addition to the typical fixes that are part of every release, Mozilla has also refined the experience with the Picture-in-Picture mode, with its dedicated button now having a new look and position, all with the purpose of making everything easier to use.

Firefox... (read more)

Vivaldi 3.4 Launched with New Features and a Small Surprise

Thursday 15th of October 2020 07:01:01 AM
Vivaldi was, is, and will probably continue to be one of the best desktop browsers out there, with its Android version also improving at a pretty fast pace and new updates bringing plenty of goodies.

Today, the team working on Vivaldi announced version 3.4 on the desktop, and just as it happened before, the release is full of improvements.

First and foremost, one of the most notable additions is Vivaldia, a built-in game inspired by the Future Noir and CyberPunk and which is available today on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, and Chromebooks. The arcade-style runner game also comes with gamepad support and can be launched from the Vivaldi menu or just by typing vivaldi://game in the address bar.

“In the face of adversity, Vivaldia grows strong and takes on the enemy. She fights to save the humans of the city,” Vivaldi explains.

“Riding her cybernetic ninja one-wheeler called the CyclePunk, Vivaldia outruns and outsmarts the big evil machines. At times, it looks like... (read more)

LibreOffice 7.0.2 Now Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Thursday 8th of October 2020 09:08:00 PM
The Document Foundation has just released a new version of LibreOffice for the supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and Mac.

LibreOffice 7.0.2 is the second minor release for the main LibreOffice 7.0 update, and this suggests from the very beginning but that the focus has been entirely on fixing bugs under the hood and improving the overall performance of the productivity suite.

According to The Document Foundation, LibreOffice 7.0.2 comes with no less than 130 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility, and if you’ve used this software before, you certainly know how important the refinements in this area actually are.

LibreOffice is often considered the main alternative to the more expensive Microsoft Office, so full support for the formats used by Microsoft’s suite is critical to ensure a smooth transmission from one product to another.

“LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite arena, starting from nativ... (read more)

Mozilla Thunderbird 78.3.2 Is Now Available for Download - What’s New

Thursday 8th of October 2020 03:12:00 PM
Microsoft’s Outlook is generally considered the leading email app on Windows, but at the same time, Thunderbird has become more and more popular, not only on Linux and Mac, but also on Microsoft’s very own operating system.

Despite the adoption of Outlook increasing lately, especially among company employees and following the Office 365 suite benefitting from the remote working trend, Thunderbird continues to be one super-popular choice and it happens for good reason

Not only that it packs a super-advanced feature lineup, but Thunderbird also sports a clean and intuitive interface that can be further customized according to your preferences.

Right now, Thunderbird works on the following platforms:
 
  • Windows: Windows 7 or later
  • Mac: macOS 10.9 or later
  • Linux: GTK+ 3.14 or higher
 
As you probably know already, Windows 7 is already discontinued and only receives updates as part of the ESU program released by Microsoft for companies... (read more)

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)

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