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  • MPlayer 1.2.1 released
  • Samba 4.4 Is Coming With Asynchronous Flush Requests

    Samba 4.4 Release Candidate 1 was tagged today in getting ready the next major version of this open-source SMB/CIFS implementation.

    Samba 4.4 is set to bring asynchronous flush requests, various new sub-commands, improvements to Samba KCC, Active Directory improvements, CTDB changes, and more. The async flush requests are described via the what's new documentation as "Flush requests from SMB2/3 clients are handled asynchronously and do not block the processing of other requests. Note that 'strict sync' has to be set to 'yes' for Samba to honor flush requests from SMB clients."

  • Kodi HTPC Software Is Being Ported To Run On Valve's Steam Link
  • Kodi Media Hub Is Being Ported for Steam Link

    Valve launched the Steam Link SDK and opened the platform for developers. A Kodi port for Steam Link is already in the works.

    One of the first thing that have been suggested when the Steam Link SDK was release by Valve was a Kodi port and it made sense. Since the Steam Link is a farily powerful device, Kodi is the perfect media hub that can be ported for that architecture. In fact, Kodi already works on ARM devices, so it's a not a big stretch.

  • VLC 2.2.2 Is Getting Some Great Features and Fixes

    VideoLAN Media Player, or simply VLC, a software designed to run all kinds of media files, ranging from simple DVDs to video and audio files, has been upgraded to version 2.2.2 and is now ready for testing.

    We haven't seen as many VLC updates as we would like. In fact, the last major update for VLC was released back in April 2015, which means that almost a full year has passed without any significant change. That will change with the release of VLC 2.2.2.

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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