Use of Open Source Software Is Now Mandatory In Indian Government Offices

According to a new policy issued by the Indian Government, all employees will have to use open-source software on their computers. The new policy encourages the adoption of open source software across all Indian Government offices, on both desktop and …

Cinnamon Developers Working to Improve Loading Times for the Desktop

The Linux Mint developers are also working on the Cinammon desktop environment, so the distribution is not their entire focus. They are now trying to make it load faster and they say they already had some success.

Cinnamon is a very popular desktop environment that features a classic design that it’s easily recognizable by anyone. It’s a light DE, but that doesn’t mean that the loading time can’t be improved and this is exactly what the devs are working on. Making the entir…

Download Manager flareGet Gets Updated

flareGet, a full-featured, multi-threaded, multi-segment download manager and accelerator for Linux, is now at version 4.2-92 and is ready for download. This is minor update, but it does bring a few important changes.

Most of the updates for flareGet have been rather consistent and they usually brought new features and functionalities. This is not the case with the latest release, but it’s an important update nonetheless, despite the fact that it’s rather small.

Accordin…

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition First-Time Boot – Video

Today we take a quick look at the first time boot and configuration of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone. Those of you who watched our unboxing video of the first ever Ubuntu Phone device, would know that it takes some time for the operating system to start when used for first time.

We were asked by our readers if the boot proc…

Black Lab Linux Wants Ubuntu 10.04 Users to Upgrade to Their Professional Desktop

Black Lab Software, the creator of the Black Lab Linux series of computer operating systems based on the world’s most popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu, announced earlier today, March 30, on their Twitter account, that they will offer customers who use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS a fully supported upgrade path to their Professional Desktop edition.

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Last Chance to Get Super Meat Boy with 75% Discount, One of the Best 2D Platformers

Super Meat Boy, an indie 2D platformer developed by Team Meat, is now available on Steam for Linux with a 75% discount that will expire in a little over a day.

Super Meat Boy is a famous platformer that managed to sell millions of copies. It managed to bring back a piece from the old days of gaming when it was much more difficult to finish something without dying a gazillion times. Super Meat Boy was initially made available on Linux back in 2011, for a Humble Bundle collec…

KDE Applications 15.04 RC Is Now Ready for Download and Testing

The KDE Project developers announce that KDE Applications 15.04 RC has been released and is now ready for testing. It will be a while until this is ready for shipment, but until then we’ll be able to take it for a spin.

The former organization of the KDE project is no more, and now users will notice that it has been split into several working parts, KDE Frameworks 5, KDE Plasma, and KDE Applications, to be more precise. It’s a bold move from the developer, and it requires s…

Linux Kernel 3.14.37 Is One of the Most Advanced LTS Version Available

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 3.14.37, has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman, making this one of the most advanced long-term support version available for download.

LTS status for a Linux kernel version means that it gets updated for a long time, which in turn makes it ideal to implement in operating systems. Some developers prefer LTS kernels for their distro because they are proven to work over a long period of time, and they tend to be a little bit mor…

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.19.2

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is almost here and the developers are mostly done with the development, but the kernel team still has some time for various updates. In fact, the Linux kernel has been updated to a newer version.

The kernel freeze for Ubuntu systems comes much later than the software freeze. The developers still have a two-week window to test the latest kernel that has been implemented and to issue any patches and fix the problems that might appear in the meantim…

Ericsson’s Cloud System Platform to Be Powered by Ubuntu

Canonical has struck a three-year deal with Ericsson to power up the Ericsson’s Cloud System platform with the Ubuntu operating system.

Canonical is making a lot of headway with its Ubuntu system and has closed yet another important partnership, this time with Ericsson, which is a giant telecommunications company. Some of you might think that it’s that company that used to make phones, but in fact it’s a company that provides crucial communication services across the globe….

Linux Mint Developers Launched a New Project Called mint-dev-tools

Not only are the Linux Mint developers working on the operating systems, they are also making sure that third-party developers  have a say in their project as well. That is why they have started to work on a new project called “mint-dev-tools,” which is aimed specifically at devs, as the name implies.

Most of the work done on the Linux Mint project is usually for users, but that doesn’t mean the developers are ignored. This latest “mint-dev-tools” initiative helps people co…

SystemRescueCd 4.5.2 Out Now with GParted 0.22.0 and NetworkManager 1.0.0

François Dupoux has announced today, March 30, the second maintenance release for his popular SystemRescueCd 4.5 Linux kernel-based Live CD operating system that can be used by system administrators for all sorts of system rescue and recovery tasks.

SystemRescueCd 5.4.2 is here with various updated packages and two new kernels. As such, the default Linux kernel has been upgrad…

HandyLinux 2.0 Beta Now Available for Download, Based on Debian 8 Jessie – Screenshot Tour

The availability of the Beta version of the upcoming HandyLinux 2.0 computer operating system was announced today, March 30, on the distribution’s website, which has been redesigned to match the look and feel of the OS.

New in HandyLinux 2.0 Beta is a new base from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8 Jessie operating system, the merge of the i58…

Material Design, Google Now Support and Timezone Autoupdate Will Come to Chrome OS

Google has announced a couple of days ago, on March 27, that the Chrome OS Beta channel is now open to anyone daring to test the upcoming major release of the Linux kernel-based operating system designed for Chromebooks, which will bring a number of attractive features.

The first thing you will notice whe…

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.0 RC6, Final Version to Be Released Soon

Linus Torvalds had the pleasure of announcing today, March 29, the immediate availability for download and testing of the sixth Release Candidate (RC) version of forthcoming Linux 4.0 kernel. Apparently, some important bugs have been squashed, which means that the final Linux kernel 4.0 will be released sooner than expected.

According to the Mr. Torvalds…

Rhythmbox 3.2 Arrives with Support for Soundcloud and Numerous Improvements

Rhythmbox 3.2 has been released today, March 29. This is the second maintenance release since Rhythmbox 3.0 was announced and it brings several new features, but also fixes those annoying bugs that you’ve reported since the last stable release of the software, version 3.1, which is still used as the default music player in many popular distributions, suc…

Audacity 2.1.0 Released with New Effects and Improved UI, Now Supported on Windows 8.1 and OS X 10.10

Audacity, the best open-source audio editor, has reached version 2.1.0 today, March 29, a major release that brings a great number of new features and improvements over the previous stable release. While there’s no official announcement on the project’s homepage at the moment of writing this article, we can tell you what exactly has been changed since Audacity 2.0.6.

Audacity 2.1….

DebEX Barebone Is the First Debian 8 Jessie Live CD with Xfce 4.12

Arne Exton had the pleasure of informing Softpedia earlier today, March 29, about the immediate availability for download of a new build (150329) of his DebEX Barebone computer operating system derived from the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 8 Jessie distribution and built around the recently released Xfce 4.12 desktop environment.

DebEX Barebone build 150329 is now based on the upstream Debian 8 Jessie repositories as of March 29, 2015, uses a special, optimized Linux 3.18.0-8…

OpenELEC 5.0.7 Out Now with Kodi 14.2 and Linux Kernel 3.18.10, Optimized for Raspberry Pi 2

The OpenELEC development team has announced today, March 29, the seventh maintenance release of the OpenELEC 5.0 Linux kernel-based operating system for embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi or Apple TV, transforming them into portable media centers based on the popular Kodi software, formerly XBMC Media Center.

According to the changelog, OpenELEC …

Cutegram 2.1.1 Arrives with Many Improvements, Still the Best Telegram Client for Linux Ever

We’ve introduced Cutegram 2 a while back as the best Telegram Client for Linux ever. Since then, the application received several maintenance releases and it has been updated today, March 29, to version 2.1.1, a point release that brings many cool features to the application.

According to the changelog, a smart scrollbar has been adde…