Calamares 1.0 Distribution-Independent Installer Framework Released

Version 1.0 of the Calamares Distribution Independent, Installer Framework has been released…

Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD

While new Linux laptop projects keep popping up and many of these open-source friendly hardware projects never materialize, the Librem 15 at least has managed to shoot past its original funding goal…

Virtual GEM To Increase Mesa’s Software Rasterizer Performance

A Google engineer is still working on his virtual GEM driver that will benefit the performance of Mesa’s software rasterizer for increasing the performance when not running on real graphics hardware…

Open Lunchbox: Yet Another Open-Source Laptop Attempt

Open Lunchbox is the latest project attempting to do an open-source laptop design. Open Lunchbox is trying to do their laptop project in a modular, open hardware design…

Wayland/Weston 1.7 Release Candidate

Bryce Harrington tagged the release candidates for the forthcoming Wayland 1.7 and Weston 1.7 versions…

Distribution Release: SolydXK 201501

Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201501, an updated set of the project’s Debian-based Linux distributions offering a choice of Xfce (SolydX) or KDE (SolydK) desktops: “The team has been toiling night and day to make the transition to Debian ‘Jessie’ and Debian ‘Wheezy’ as smooth….

LLVM Preparing To Raise Its Visual Studio Requirements

As a forewarning for anyone that might be forced to use MSVC / Visual Studio at their place of employment, LLVM developers are preparing to raise their compiler requirements for building out LLVM unless any old pre-2013 MSVC users raise their concerns…

Flattr Is the Icon Pack with the Flattest Icons for Linux Systems – Gallery

Users who like flat icons might want to give Flattr a try. It’s probably the flattest theme that you can find on the Linux platform and it’s been recently updated.

Linux users can choose from hundreds, if not more, of icons for their operating systems. There is something for everyone. If you don’t like flat icons you will surely find something that you can use, not matter how different your tastes are from everyone else’s.

The last couple of updates for Flattr have made a real difference, so… (read more)

Bugzilla 5.0 Is Coming Soon With New Features

Bugzilla 5.0 is gearing up for a release in the next few weeks and with this big version bump will come a number of new features to this popular open-source bug tracking software…

If You Like the Terminal, You Will Love the Terminal-Only Alpine Linux OS

Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution Alpine Linux is based on based on musl libc and Busybox, which make up the terminal, has been upgraded once more and is now available for download.

Not all the Linux distros feature a nice desktop environment ready to welcome new users with open arms. In fact, many of the Linux operating systems don’t have a desktop environment and are controlled only from the terminal. The ones that do feature a nifty desktop can also be used from the termina… (read more)

Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Get Fixes for Oxide Vulnerabilities

Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS operating systems have been updated in order to correct a few Oxide vulnerabilities that have been identified.

A number of Oxide issues have been found and corrected. The Ubuntu maintainers have been quick to upgrade the version in their repos and now it’s available for upgrade. Oxide is the Web browser engine library for Qt (QML plugin).

“Several memory corruption bugs were discovered in ICU. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted website,… (read more)

Mystery of the GHOST Exploit Fixed Only for Chome OS in 2014 Solved

Just a couple of days ago, it was revealed that Google actually patched the GHOST exploit in Chrome OS back in 2014 but didn’t shared that info further down the chain. The maintainer of the GLIBC package for Google explains why that happened.

When an exploit, vulnerability, or any kind of issue is found in the open source ecosystem, it’s usually patched right away and the other developers quickly find about it. That’s enough to trigger a ripple effect that ensures that all the distros will be… (read more)

BackBox Linux 4.1 Is a Powerful Penetration Testing Distro Based on Ubuntu 14.04.1

BackBox Linux is a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, that is built to perform penetration tests and security assessments. A new version has been released and is now available for upgrade and testing.

The latest 4.x branch of BackBox Linux was made available in back in October and now it’s time for the first update. The developers have made quite a few important improvements, including for the Linux kernel and other core packages.

There aren’t too many distros that can do proper penet… (read more)

How to Install the Latest LibreOffice 4.4 in Ubuntu

LibreOffice 4.4 is the latest iteration of the famous office suite developed by The Document Foundation and released just a few days ago. This is a short tutorial that helps Ubuntu users install the latest version.

Ubuntu systems usually integrate a certain branch of LibreOffice during the support cycle for a particular version. For example, Ubuntu 14.10 comes with LibreOffice 4.3 by default, but it’s possible to upgrade to a new branch by adding a PPA to the operating system, which is actual… (read more)

Linux Benchmarking… Even Faster & A Very Interesting February

While benchmarked the most this month on Phoronix was the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Broadwell CPU given its the latest-generation Intel microarchitecture, February on Phoronix will be much more interesting if you’re at all interested in servers or workstation hardware… Or just seeing what’s possible if you happen to have a ton of system memory and disks…

Dying Light Gets Linux Patch, Things Are Better but Not by Much

Dying Light is the latest FPS from Techland and it’s all about zombies. The game is powered by a beautiful engine and it takes quite a toll on the system. It’s still pretty buggy, but the first patch has arrived.

Linux users always say that they want triple A games and Dying Light is definitely one of those titles. It’s now probably on the top five most beautiful titles on Steam for Linux and the system requirements clearly reflect this. As it was to be expected, there are quite a few problem… (read more)

PfSense 2.2 Open Source Firewall Receives Important Security Update

PfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD that has been built to be used as a firewall and router. A new iteration has been released and the distro now sports the 2.2 version number.

There are quite a few distros out there that focus on this particular functionality, of being a dedicated firewall, but it’s not all that unusual. If you think about it, having an OS that uses Linux or a FreeBSD base makes a lot of sense. You get constant support, they are basically imperv… (read more)

Intel Broadwell: GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 Compiler Benchmarks

Another day, another round of Intel Broadwell Linux benchmarks. Being looked at this morning are some GCC vs. Clang compiler benchmarks for this latest Intel microarchitecture succeeding Haswell.

Does VirtualBox VM Have Much A Future Left?

It’s been a long time since last hearing of any major innovations or improvements to VirtualBox, the VM software managed by Oracle since their acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Is there any hope left for a revitalized VirtualBox?..

HAMMER2 File-System Is Still Slowly Coming Together

Back when DragonFlyBSD’s HAMMER2 file-system development began being publicized, it was believed it wasn’t going to be ready until at least 2013. Fast forward two years, HAMMER2 isn’t yet used by default on this BSD operating system and it’s still being actively developed…