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  • Xen Orchestra 4.12 Brings New VM Features

    Version 4.12 of Xen Orchestra is now available, the open-source project built around XenServer. The Xen Orchestra 4.12 release brings new features and is one of the few remaining before focusing on Xen Orchestra 5.

  • GNU Datamash 1.1 Adds New Math Operations

    Datamash is a GNU program for performing numeric/textual/statistical operations in textual data files via the program's CLI.

  • wallet 1.3

    It's been over a year since the last release of the wallet, a system for storing and retrieving secure credentials (currently relying on Kerberos authentication). There were a ton of pending changes, mostly thanks to work from Jon Robertson and Bill MacAllister.

  • rra-c-util 5.10

    Despite the name of the package, most of the changes in this release are actually to the Perl test infrastructure.

  • SMPlayer 16.1.0 Free Video Player Adds Better Support for VEVO Videos on YouTube

    SMPlayer, a free, open-source and cross-platform multimedia player software for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated this weekend to version 16.1.0.

    SMPlayer 16.1.0 is here to replace the previous release of the software, version 15.11, and it is also the first build in 2016. SMPlayer remains one of the top rated video players on GNU/Linux systems, as most users find it full-featured and comfortable for their video playback needs, even better than VLC Media Player.

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Zorin OS 12 Beta - Flat white, no sugar

I did not do any other testing, no extensive tweaking, no customization. I felt no need or desire to do so. Now, do remember Zorin OS 12 is still in beta, so we can excuse some of the problems we see here. But others are purely Ubuntu, and have been ported over from the parent distro without any discrimination or any improvements and fixes introduced in the last six months. The big offenders include: multimedia and smartphone support, poor software management, and then the somewhat heavy utilization and slow performance. Zorin is quite pretty but weary on the eyes, it tries perhaps too hard to be more than it is, and overall, the value it brings is negatively offset by the myriad papercuts of its design and the implementation of its unique style, plus the failings of the Ubuntu family. It's an okay choice, if you will, but there's nothing too special about it anymore. It's not as fun as it used to be. Gone is the character, gone is the glamor. This aligns well with the overall despair in the Linux desktop world. Maybe the official release will be better, but I doubt it. Why would suddenly one distro excel where 50 others of the same crop had failed with the exact same problems? Final grade, 5/10. Test if you like the looks, other than that, there's no incentive in really using Zorin. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Read more

PlayStation 4 hacked again? Linux shown running on 4.01 firmware

Hackers attending the GeekPwn conference in Shanghai have revealed a new exploit for PlayStation 4 running on the 4.01 firmware. In a live demo you can see below, once again the Webkit browser is utilised in order to inject the exploit, which - after a conspicuous cut in the edit - jumps to a command line prompt, after which Linux is booted. NES emulation hilarity courtesy of Super Mario Bros duly follows. Assuming the hack is authentic - and showcasing it at GeekPwn makes the odds here likely - it's the first time we've seen the PlayStation 4's system software security compromised since previous holes in the older 1.76 firmware came to light, utilised by noted hacker group fail0verflow in the first PS4 Linux demo, shown in January this year. Read more Also: 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided' Coming To Linux In November, Mac Port On Hold