The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.5

Berlin, July 30, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.4.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family, with over 80 fixes over the previous version. LibreOffice 4.4.5 is replacing LibreOffice 4.3.7 as the “still” version for more conservative users and enterprise deployments.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at:

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: (fixed in RC1) and (fixed in RC2).

Register for the LibreOffice Conference

Registration for LibreOffice Conference 2015, which will be hosted by the Danish city of Aarhus from September 23 to September 25, is now open at the following page:

The LibreOffice community is growing, and the conference is the best opportunity to join the fun by meeting a large group of the people that have contributed to the success of the project: developers, and volunteers who have localized the suite, chased the bugs, written the manuals, spoken at conferences, and advocated LibreOffice both at global and local levels.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.5 is immediately available for download from the following link:

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at

Parsix 8.0 Test 2 Is Based on Debian Testing and GNOME 3.16

Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on the testing packages from the Debian project that’s using GNOME as the desktop, is now at version 8.0 Test 2 and is ready for download and testing.

The Parsix Linux 8.0 has been dubbed Mumble, and it’s the first one to adopt the new GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, although it does come with some pretty significant customizations. Parsix is not known for adopting all the latest packages, and its developers have always be… (read more)

Ubuntu MATE Will Offer a Choice Between Ubuntu Software Center and App Grid

Ubuntu MATE devs recently decided to remove the Ubuntu Software Center from the default installation. The decision was met with some resistance, but a lot of users expressed their support for the removal of the Ubuntu Software Center. Now, the team has explained what are they putting in its place.

A very large number of Ubuntu users are saying that the Software Center is slow; it has all kinds of bugs, and it’s generally a poor solution. The main reason for these problem is… (read more)

Ubuntu Touch Finally Gets a Regression Fix for Nexus 4 and Aquaris Phones

Canonical has recently released a new OTA update for Ubuntu Touch and it brought a large number of new features and improvements, but also a nasty regression that caused the telephony function to fail on BQ phones and Nexus 4. That fix has finally landed.

The Ubuntu Touch OS has received quite a few OTA updates unti… (read more)

International Tiger Day

Events, competitions, podcasts, videos and more – help save these magnificent creatures.

Development Release: NetBSD 7.0 RC2

Soren Jacobsen has announced the availability of the second release candidate for the upcoming NetBSD 7.0: “On behalf of the NetBSD project, it is my pleasure to announce the second release candidate of NetBSD 7.0. Some of the changes since 7.0_RC1 are: OpenSSL updated to 1.0.1p; BIND updated….

Super-Scary Android Flaw Found

Zimperium on Monday revealed a stunning discovery by researcher Joshua Drake — a flaw in Android’s Stagefright media playback engine that could expose millions of mobile device users to attack without their having done anything. Stagefright, which processes several popular media formats, is implemented in native code — C++ — which is more prone to memory corruption than memory-safe languages such as Java, according to Zimperium. Stagefright has several remote code execution vulnerabilities that can be exploited using various methods.

Akademy Day 4

Today continued the BoFs, meetings and hacking sessions. For an overview of what happened today you can watch the wrap-up session video

About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.

For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.

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Akademy 2015 videos available

Video recordings of the Akademy talks are now available in a low quality version to enable them to be released quickly. Higher quality version will be available later.

You can find these linked from the talks schedule or look through the video files directly.

Links to slides will also be added in the schedule as presenters upload them.

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Wine 1.7.48 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.48 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Fleshed out OpenMP implementation.
  • I/O stream support in the MSVCIRT C++ runtime.
  • Support for pixel snapping in DirectWrite.
  • More support for OpenGL core contexts.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Canonical Throws In 10,000 Euro Rewards for New Ubuntu Phone Ad Campaign

On July 27, Canonical, the company behind the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, has announced on one of their Twitter accounts that they launched a new campaigned targeted towards movie directors.

Entitled “Scopes, enter your content Wonderland,” the new Ubuntu Phone campaign calls all filmmakers to create video ads for the company’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, especially for Scopes.

“Create a video story that expresses the emotion, wond… (read more)

Distribution Release: VectorLinux 7.1 “Light”

Robert Lange has announced the release of VectorLinux 7.1 “Light” edition, a Slackware-based distribution featuring the lightweight IceWM window manager: “Vector Linux Light 7.1 is released and available for download. The ‘lightness’ of this edition is relative to our Standard edition, and is achieved by using the lightweight….

Canonical Apologizes for Telephony Regression in Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 4, Fix Released

On July 27, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last couple of days, as well as to apologize for a regression introduced by the Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 update.

According to Mr. Zemczak, today’s biggest news is that the Ubuntu Touch development team decided to release a hotfix for the OTA-5 … (read more)

ARNU Box Announces the First Pure Linux Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” Powered Set-Top Boxes

On July 27, ARNU Box (formerly Armada) had the great pleasure of informing Softpedia about the immediate availability for purchase of two new Pure Linux set-top box devices powered by the recently released Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” media center software (formerly XMBC Media Center).

Two new set-top boxes powered by the… (read more)

Google Promotes Chrome 45 Web Browser to the Beta Channel with Cool New Features

On July 27, the Google Chrome developers, through Alex Mineer, were excited to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 45 web browser to the Beta channel for all supported computer operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

According to the announcement, the new Beta build of Google Chrome retains the same version number tha… (read more)

After Firefox, LibreOffice Has Been Hacked to Work on Wayland – Video

Caolán McNamara, a renowned Red Hat engineer, has recently published some interesting details, claiming that he managed to get the well-known LibreOffice open-source office suite to run on the next-generation Wayland display server.

According to Mr. McNamara, LibreOffice runs on the Wayland 1.8 display server via the GTK+ 3 VCL plugin. As expected, the developer did … (read more)

pfSense 2.2.4 BSD Firewall Fixes Multiple Stored XSS Vulnerabilities in the WebGUI

Electric Sheep Fencing LLC., through Chris Buechler, has announced the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release of the pfSense 2.2 FreeBSD-based firewall software.

According to the release notes, pfSense 2.2.4 is an important release that patches multiple stored XSS vulnerabilities in the software’s web-based interface, fixes various issues with the tcp package, most… (read more)

Docker 1.8 Linux Container Engine to Bring Better LXC and Fedora 22 Support, More

The developers of the famous open-source Docker Linux container engine have recently announced that the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated Docker 1.8 app is now available for download and testing.

According to the comprehensive changelog, attached at the end of the article for reference, Docker 1.8.0 RC1 brings with it a vast array of new features and fixes many of the annoying bugs re… (read more)

Git 2.5 Has Been Officially Released with Numerous New Features, over 60 Bugfixes

On July 27, the developers of the famous Git open-source version control system were more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of version 2.5.0 of Git.

According to the release notes, Git 2.5.0 is a major feature release that includes countless improvements to various areas of the software but also fixes some of the most annoying bugs reported by users since the previ… (read more)

Mr. Robot TV Show Now Uses BackTrack Linux’s Successor, Kali Linux, for Hacking

I wrote an interesting editorial a while ago related to the Mr. Robot TV show that runs on the USA Network channel every Wednesday, starring Rami Malek as a computer hacker who goes by the name of Elliot.

At the point in time, I was very impressed with the level of information offered on the show about various open-s… (read more)