The Q4OS team have informed Softpedia today, June 27, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of a new maintenance release in the stable "Orion" series of the Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system.
Q4OS 1.4.12 "Orion" is now the latest and most advanced version of the distribution build around the Trinity desktop environment, and it has received all the important security patches and software updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" repositories, along with a couple of other improvements requested by users.
The fifth weekly test release to the Linux 4.7 kernel is now available for testing.
As of writing this article, Linus Torvalds has yet to send out an official 4.7-rc5 announcement but it's available for those interested in the latest installment of the kernel that's codenamed the Psychotic Stoned Sheep.
Another Sunday, another Release Candidate build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel is out for testing, as announced by Linus Torvalds himself a few hours ago, June 26, 2016.
Another week, another -rc.
Hmm. I think things are calming down, although with almost two thirds
of the commits coming in since Friday morning, it doesn't feel that
way - my Fridays end up feeling very busy. But looking at the numbers,
we're pretty much where we normally are at this time of the rc series.
The stats looks fairly normal: about half the patch is drivers,
roughly a quarter is architecture updates, and the remainder is
"misc": filesystems, scheduler, mm, etc.
The bulk of the drivers is GPU updates, but there's a smattering of
rdma, hwmon, Xen, gpio, sound.
The architecture side is powerpc, x86, some arm64, and some noise all
over from some MM cleanups..
Go out and test. By -rc5, we really should be starting to be getting
And please, if Thorsten Leemhuis is tracking one of your regressions,
can you make sure to double-check it and see if it remains? It's
lovely to have a regression tracker again, but it would also be really
good to make sure that the ones that are solved get closed.
There are four billion people on the planet without PCs or access to affordable personal computers. That figure should surely be tempered with some contextualization i.e. not everybody actually wants to have an Internet connection and many traditional, native or bucolic ways of live do still exist on the planet.
Regardless, there are a batch of global initiatives in existence which seek to give computer access to every man, woman and especially child.
Endless OS is one such project. The free operating system has been designed explicitly to work in the expensive or restrictive Internet data conditions that often exist in emerging markets where fabulously affordable broadband has yet to arrive. The software itself is built to provide useful information and educational content, with or without an Internet connection.
Good news, one of my favourite games Control Tower has been released in the Tizen Store for Samsung Z1 and Samsung Z3, where you need to guide aeroplanes, helicopters, aircraft to their landing zone, without letting them collide. This action game is developed by game dev Bojan Skaljac, and download size is only 3.48mb. Overall the game play is pretty good and very addictive, but the down side is that in the free version we can only play one level out of 4.
There's a lot of benchmarking going on this weekend at Phoronix in preparation for next week's Radeon RX 480 Linux review. Here are some fresh results on the NVIDIA side showing the current performance-per-dollar data for the NVIDIA Maxwell and Pascal graphics cards for seeing what the RX 480 "Polaris 10" card will be competing against under Linux.
Android-x86 and GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has informed Softpedia today, June 25, 2016, about the immediate availability of a new build of his RaspAnd distribution for Raspberry Pi single-board computers.
RaspAnd Build 160625 is the first to move the Android-x86-based distro to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system created by Google. And in the good tradition of the RaspAnd project, both Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B are supported.
The developers of the KaOS Linux operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the KaOS 2016.06 ISO image with some very exciting goodies.
First and foremost, the devs have decided to move the distribution from the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series to Linux kernel 4.6, which makes it possible to fully automate the early microcode update. Furthermore, the default desktop environment has been migrated to the Beta of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.7.
The developers of one of the smallest GNU/Linux operating systems, Tiny Core, have announced that the next point release in the Tiny Core Linux 7 series, version 7.2, is now open for development.
Tiny Core Linux 7.2 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been released today, June 25, 2016, and it lets early adopters and public testers get an early taste of what's coming to the final Tiny Core Linux 7.2 operating system in the coming weeks.