The best Linux laptop: The 2016 Dell XPS 13

Make no mistake about it. The 2016 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop is wonderful. It’s fast, its display is gorgeous, and, at less than three pounds, you can carry and code with it anywhere. But, oh, that price tag! The system itself is powered by a dual-core, 2.2GHz 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6560U Skylake

Untangle NG 12.1 Linux Firewall Released with New Geolocation Capabilities, More

Today, July 13, 2016, Untangle Inc. security software and appliance company has proudly announced the release of the Untangle Next Generation (NG) Firewall 12.1 operating system.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies, Untangle NG Firewall 12.1 introduces a host of new features and functionalities to the widely used and powerful Linux firewall platform designed for small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as governmental organizations, various educations institutions, and nonprofits.

“Version 12.1 is the next step in the evolution of the Untangle NG Firewall user interface,” said Dirk Morris, founder and Chief Product Officer at Untangle. “Building on the base provided by the last two major releases, version 12.1 provides a fully responsive mobile management console as well as faster performing, more flexible reporting and dashboard widget capabilities.”…

Budgie Desktop 10.2.6 and Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Land in the SparkyLinux Repos

We had the pleasure of reporting the other day about the availability of the Linux 4.6.4 kernel for all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as the Budgie 10.2.6 desktop environment for Solus, Fedora 22/23, and openSUSE Leap/Tumbleweed distros.

While it’s too early for many GNU/Linux distributions to update to Linux kernel 4.6.4, which is now the most advanced stable kernel version available, Arne Exton informed us earlier about the availability of a custom compiler, Linux 4.6.4 kernel package for 64-bit Slackware-based OSes, including Zenwalk, Sl…

Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Now Unofficially Available for Slackware 14.2 and Derivatives

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today, July 12, 2016, about the general availability of the recently released Linux 4.6.4 kernel for Slackware 14.2 and many of its derivatives.

Just yesterday, we reported on the debut of Linux kernel 4.6.4 as the latest and most advanced stable kernel version available for GNU/Linux operating systems, and Arne Exton has been quick to compile it for Slackware-based distributions, including Slackware 14.2, Slax, Zenwalk, and SlackEX.

However, it looks like Mr. Exton’s 4.6.4-x86_64-exton kernel is 64-bit only, which means that you can’t install it on a 32-bit Slackware-based operating system. And he has also provided us with details installations inst…

IPFire 2.19 Update 103 Adds Web Proxy Improvements, Latest Tor for Anonymity

The IPFire 2.19 Core Update 103 Linux kernel-based firewall distribution has been released today, July 12, bringing web proxy improvements and the latest security patches and bug fixes.

Michael Tremer has had the pleasure of making the announcement for this new maintenance update of the IPFire 2.19 series for the open-source, platform-independent firewall powered by a Linux kernel. According to the release notes, it adds many improvements to the built-in web proxy support, which is now based on Squid 3.5.

“The web proxy squid has been updated to the 3.5 series and various improvements for stability and performance were made,” says Michael Tremer. “On machines with slow harddisks or on installations with very large caches it was likely to happen that the cache index got corrupted when the proxy was shut down. This resulted in an unstable web proxy after the next start.”

Moreover, the development team has managed to improve the shutdown routine, which will finally s…

VirtualBox 5.1 Increases Linux Integration, Improves Multimedia Support

Today, July 12, 2016, Oracle has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

VirtualBox 5.1 is a massive release that improves numerous parts of the software, promising to be a worthy update over any previous ones. It is the best and most advanced release so far, increasing the Linux integration, enhancing the multimedia support, and adding support for new technologies.

“To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software,” said Oracle.

Here’s what’s new in VirtualBox 5.1

Prominent features of …

Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 to Land Next Wednesday, OTA-13 Brings Libertine Improvements

The Ubuntu Touch saga continues, and today we would like to inform our readers about some of the latest changes coming in the next major update, the OTA-13, as well as about some good news for the soon-to-be-released OTA-12.

According to Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak, the testing of the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 software update is almost over and things are looks great. No blockers, and everything works as expected for almost all devices, with a small exception for Meizu PRO 5 and BQ Aquaris M10, which need custom tarball re-spins.

However, this an insignificant mentioned, because the OTA-12 update is on its way to Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet owners, coming with multiple improvements and a few new features. When? It looks like the phased out update should start landing next week, on Wednesday, July 20.

“We expect a new device tarball re-spin for turbo and maybe one small custom tarball re-spin…

Budgie Desktop 10.2.6 Comes with Redesigned Budgie Menu, Spotify Compatibility

Today, July 12, 2016, Softpedia was informed by Solus project leader Ikey Doherty about the general availability of the Budgie 10.2.6 desktop environment, a major release that introduces lots of new features and improvements.

Coming three and a half m…

Here’s How to Install Any Linux Operating System on Your Chromebook

Chromebooks are very cool and incredibly cheap portable laptops, powered by Chrome OS, a Linux kernel-based operating system created by the Google search engine giant, but it might turn out that Chrome OS is a very limited operating system.

Because of this, many users prefer to install a different GNU/Linux operating system, either by dual-booting with Chrome OS or by entirely replacing it. There are already numerous tutorials out there on how to achieve the dual-booting method of installing a Linux OS on your Chromebook, but in this guide, we’ll try to explain the latter.

Yes, that’s right, replacing your Chrome OS with a GNU/Linux distribution is what we want to teach you, just in case you decided Chrome OS is too limited for your needs or because Google no longer offers updates for your Chromebook. And we have the perfect operating system to try this, Solus, which just become a rolling release distro.

The best thing about Solus is that it kind of looks like Chr…

Linux Kernel 4.4.15 LTS Adds Many Updated USB Drivers, It’s Already in Solus

After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.6.4, which is now the most advanced stable kernel branch available, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the release of Linux kernel 4.4.15 LTS.

The Linux 4.4 kernel series is an LTS (Long Term Support) one, which means that it will be supported with security patches and bug fixes for a few more years than the normal Linux kernel branches. Because of this, many popular GNU/Linux operating systems prefer to use it, no matter if they are following a static or rolling release model. Among these, we can mention Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Arch Linux, and Solus.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.15 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at: git://…

KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop Users Complain About Multi-Screen Support, Fixes Incoming

The KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment arrived last week, on July 5, and it already landed in the main software repositories of various GNU/Linux operating systems, including Arch Linux, Gentoo, and KDE Neon.

KDE Plasma 5.7 brought numerous new features and improvements, along with the usual bug fixes, and it also promised improved multi-screen support. However, it appears that for many users who have already tried the new KDE Plasma desktop on their distributions, multi-screen support fails to work as expected.

KDE developer Martin Gräßlin writes today, July 11, 2016, on his personal blog about this fact, trying to explain to those who reported issues with KDE Plasma 5.7 running on multi-screen setups that they are working very hard to fix the bugs, but sometimes things do not depend only on them.

“This is unfo…

Mycroft AI Intelligent Personal Assistant Gets Major Update for GNOME Desktops

Approximately a month ago, we showed you the GNOME Shell extension of the unique Mycroft AI personal intelligent assistant for GNU/Linux operating systems running on the Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distribution.

Developed by the talented Aditya Mehra a.k.a. AIIX, the Mycroft AI GNOME Shell Extension is the most advanced version of the intelligent personal assistant that you can install on a Linux kernel-based operating system

Developer Aditya Mehra launched a couple of days ago an extension for the GNOME Shell user interface of the acclaimed GNOME desktop environment so that you can install on your distribution, that if you’re using the GNOME desktop environment, of course, to interact with Mycroft AI.

The new release, Mycroft AI GNOME Shell Extension 0.1.2, arrives today with an improved installer for Ubuntu-based distribut…

Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Released with Networking Improvements and Updated Drivers

Today, July 11, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the fourth maintenance update for the Linux 4.6 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.6.4 is now the most advanced kernel version …

Latest Vivaldi Browser Snapshot Improves Tab Hibernation on GNU/Linux Distros

Today, July 11, 2016, Vivaldi released a new snapshot version for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows, bringing multiple fixes and improvements.

According to Vivaldi’s Magnus Peter Langeland, there are over 70 fixes and improvements implemented in Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.534.3, but, in this blog story, we would like to tell our Linux readers about an important change that promises to improved tab hibernation when running the web browser on their operating systems.

Based on the latest Chromium 52, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.534.3 comes with a new Hibernation option that lets you hibernate tabs while the web browser is running. It works by placing the tabs you don’t use into a hibernation state, thus freeing up system memory. That’s really cool, isn’t it? The option can be activated via the tab r…

PCLinuxOS 64 Trinity 2016.07 Community Edition Switches to Linux Kernel 4.6.3

After we announced the release of the PCLinuxOS 64 Xfce 2016.07 Community Edition and PCLinuxOS 64 LXDE 2016.07 Community Edition distributions, the time has come for you to download PCLinuxOS 64 Trinity 2016.07 Community Edition.

Created by PCLinuxOS senior member reelcat, the PCLinuxOS 64 Trinity Community Edition operating system is using the same acclaimed GNU/Linux technologies that are behind the official PCLinuxOS editions, but built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) project that tries to keep the spirit of the KDE 3.5 desktop alive.

Today’s PCLinuxOS 64 Trinity 2016.07 Community Edition release brings all the latest software updates and security patches that debuted in the main PCLinuxOS software repositories during the month of June 2016. Additionally, it moves the kernel packages to the latest and most advanced Linux 4.6.3 release.

PCLinuxOS 64 Trinity Mini ISOs now ready for download

At the moment of writing this article, on…

Snapd 2.0.10 Snappy Tool Now Available in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Here’s What’s New

Canonical’s Michael Vogt has been happy to announce that the snapd 2.0.10 Snappy tool from Ubuntu Core has successfully landed in the main software repositories of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

We reported last week on the availability of the snapd 2.0.10 update, which is a pretty significant release, for Arch Linux and Fedora operating systems. Yes, that’s right, Canonical first pushed the snapd 2.0.10 build to Fedora’s COPR repository, as well as the main software repo of the Arch Linux distribution, allowing users to install the tool using the “pacman -S snapd” command, not an AUR helper.

“The Snappy team is very happy to announce that the 2.0.10 release is now available in 16.04 via ‘xenial-updates.’ The 2.0.10 release contains…

Linux Kernel 4.7 to Be Released July 24 as Linus Torvalds Announces the Last RC

It’s Sunday night, so guess what? Yes, that’s right, Linus Torvalds has just announced the availability of the seventh Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel branch.

According to Linus Torvalds, things have again calmed down, and it looks like, with the exception of a couple of regressions, this could just be the last Release Candidate (RC) for Linux kernel 4.7, which means that the final release will be announced soon. Unfortunately, Mr. Torvalds will be on the move next week, so he’ll make the announcement one week later, on July 24, 2016.

“We’ve had a nicely calm week, which is what I expected – the last RC really was bigger just due to random timing issues, and not some worrying pattern about this release cycle,” said Linus Torvalds in today’s announcement. “Anyway, there’s a couple of regressions still being looked at, but unless anything odd happens, this is going to be the …

NAS4Free Embedded Storage Distribution Out Now Based on FreeBSD 10.3

The developers of the NAS4Free open-source and free embedded storage BSD-based distribution for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and other UNIX-like systems, announced the release of NAS4Free

Based on the FreeBSD 10.3 operating system, NAS4Free adds numerous new features and updates lots of core components. Release highlights include the implementation of a search function to Diagnostics|Log, support for deleting multiple items at once in the snapshots page and other pages, as well as the ability to set or change the UPS monitoring credentials.

Other features include full GUID Partition Table (GPT) support in the installer, support for a second UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) system, refactoring of many parts of the WebGUI, the implementation of an option to configure the tls_certcheck parameter for checking Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificates, and support for configuring the sshd Challenge-Response Authentication.

“HAST (…

PCLinuxOS 64 LXDE 2016.07 Community Edition Released with Linux Kernel 4.6.3

We reported a few days ago that PCLinuxOS tester Ika has announced the release of his PCLinuxOS 64 Xfce 2016.07 and PCLinuxOS 64 LXDE 2016.07 Community Edition operating systems.

In this article, we would like to tell you a little bit about the PCLinuxOS 64 LXDE 2016.07 Community Edition release, which is built around the lightweight LXDE desktop environment, but also shipping with the same core components as PCLinuxOS 64 Xfce 2016.07 Community Edition.

Powered by Linux kernel 4.6.3, the PCLinuxOS 64 LXDE 2016.07 distribution has been fully synchronized with the PCLinuxOS software repository, which means that it includes all the security patches and software versions available on the official PCLinuxOS editions.

A super fast and well-de…

MPlayer-Based MPV Video Player Won’t Work Anymore with Different FFmpeg Versions

MPV maintainer Martin Herkt released today, July 10, 2016, a new point release of the MPV 0.18.x series, bringing a handful of new features, small improvements to options and commands, and many bug fixes.

However, there’s one major change in the MPV 0…