GhostBSD 10.3 RC1 Is Out, but ZFS Disk Encryption Was Pushed Back to GhostBSD 11

The GhostBSD developers are announcing on August 10, 2016, the general availability of the first RC (Release Candidate) development milestone towards the upcoming GhostBSD 10.3 operating system.

GhostBSD 10.3 has been in development for quite some time now, since Spring 2016, and it looks like the final release gets closer and closer now that the Release Candidate 1 build is available for public testing. This time, both the MATE and Xfce editions have been made available for download to early adopters.

If you’re wondering what’s new in GhostBSD 10.3 RC1, we can tell you that the Slim login manager has been added instead of GNOME’s GDM, there’s full support for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) systems, and several issues have been fixed for NetworkManager, including a tray icon crash and a long SSID name bug.

Moreover, a problem with the installer when creating custom partitions was resolved, as well as issues …

Updated Vagrant Boxes Now Available for CentOS Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 6

CentOS maintainer Karanbir Singh announced today, August 10, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of 64-bit (x86_64) Vagrant Box images for the CentOS Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 6 operating systems.

Vagrant, the open-source and cross-platform virtual development environment creation software, has always been an important part of the CentOS GNU/Linux distribution, which is based on the freely distributed sources of the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system and the preferred OS for servers.

The Vagrant Box editions of CentOS Linux 7 and CentOS Linux 6 consist of a minimal set of packages and are designed for system administrators who want to build a barebone CentOS server on virtual environments. The Vagrant Boxes can be easily compared with the CentOS Cloud and CentOS Minmal flavors.

“We are doing all of our work, including build scripts…

KDE Announces the First Public Release of Their Kirigami UI Framework for Mobile

Today, August 10, 2016, KDE’s Thomas Pfeiffer has had the great honor of announcing the availability of the first public release of the Kirigami UI (User Interface) framework for building mobile and convergent applications.

Work on the Kirigami user i…

Linux Kernel 4.6.6 Brings Minor Fixes to Architectures, Lots of Updated Drivers

Today, August 10, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the Linux 4.6 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.6.6 is here two weeks after the release of the fifth maintenance version in the series, bringing changes for a total of 90 files, with 920 insertions and 462 deletions. It appears to be a normal kernel update that patches various security flaws discovered recently by various kernel developers and hackers, as well as to update drivers and implement various other needed features.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.6.6 kernel. All users of the 4.6 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.6.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.6.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p…

Intel Linux Video Driver Now on Par with the Windows One, Thanks to Collabora

Collabora’s Mark Filion informs Softpedia about the latest progress done by past and present Collabora developers on bringing the Intel graphics driver on par with its Windows equivalent.

Timothy Arceri reports for Collabora in a recent blog post that it’s a known fact that the open source Intel OpenGL video driver was always behind times, always trying to catch up to the proprietary video drivers that are available for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

That ends now, as the Collabora team, who always had lots of contributions to the Linux kernel, managed to reach a major milestone by implementing OpenGL 4.4 support to the open source Intel video driver supporting recent Intel Broadwell and Intel Skylake platforms.

“At C…

Lumina Desktop Environment Hits 1.0 Milestone After Four Years of Development

PC-BSD developer, Ken Moore, is extremely happy to announce that after being in development for more than four years, his unique Lumina desktop environment has hit the 1.0 stable milestone.

Release highlights of the Lumina 1.0.0 desktop environment include a fully customizable user interface, out-of-the-box support for multi-monitor configurations, keyboard shortcuts support for any application through a new “favorites” system so you can easily find and launch apps you use the most.

Also new in the Lumina 1.0.0 release is the ability for system administrators to personalize the initial settings for users by using only one configuration file. Ultimately, Lumina remains a very lightweight desktop environment that won’t eat your system resources even under heavy usage.

“After roughly four years of development, I am pleased to announce the first official release of the Lumina desktop environment,” says Ken Moore. “This release is an incredible realization of the initi…

openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux Users Get LibreOffice 5.2 and Wireshark 2.0.5, More

Today, August 10, 2016, openSUSE’s Douglas DeMaio has informed the openSUSE Tumbleweed community about the new software versions that landed in the snapshots released last week.

About a week ago, we reported on the implementation of the latest Linux 4.7 kernel for the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling release operating system. Now we would like to tell you a little bit about other popular open-source applications pushed to the software repositories of the popular GNU/Linux distribution, which more users are adopting lately.

Therefore, a total of three snapshots have been released for openSUSE Tumbleweed during the last few days, and they have brought small updates to the Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client …

UbuntuBSD 16.04 “A New Hope” Beta 1 Now Available Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Dubbed “A New Hope,” the UbuntuBSD 16.04 Beta 1 release is based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) GNU/Linux distribution and borrows the kernel from the FreeBSD 10.3 operating system. As usual, Xfce is used as the default desktop environment, and the OS features a new init system based on OpenRC and BusyBox. UbuntuBSD

Canonical Makes It Easy to Port Native iOS and Android Apps to Ubuntu Mobile OS

Today, August 9, 2016, Canonical, through Richard Collins, has been proud to announce the availability of the React Native web development framework for its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system.

It appears that Canonical loves web developers, and it always keeps them in the loop with all the tools needed for the perfect job. After introducing support for the Cordova framework, which is very well supported on Ubuntu Linux and has received a lot of attention from web developers, today Canonical promises to offer full support for another great framework, namely React Native.

“Application development for mobile and desktop using web technologies is becoming increasingly popular. If you are one of these developers then Ubuntu has a great choice of frameworks you can use to create new apps,” says Richard Collins, Ubuntu Mobile Pr…

digiKam 5.1.0 RAW Image Editor Brings Support for Samsung Galaxy S7, New Cameras

The development team behind digiKam, a popular open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor, viewer and organizer for KDE and Qt-based desktop environments and operating systems, has announced today, August 9, 2016, the release of digiKam 5.1.0.

digiKam 5.1.0 is the first maintenance update since the debut of the digiKam 5.0.0 milestone that brought numerous new features and dozens of improvements to the open-source image editor software used by many GNU/Linux users around the world on their KDE desktop environments.

Probably the most important change in the digiKam 5.1.0 update, besides the usual bug fixes, is the inclusion of the libraw 0.18.0 library for reading RAW images from various digital cameras. As such, the new libraw release brings support for the Canon 80D, Canon 1300D, Canon 1DX Mark II, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X70, Fujifilm X-E2S, Nikon D5, Leica M, and Leica X-U.

Samsung Galaxy S7 now offi…

BakAndImgCD 19.0 Data Backup and Disk Imaging Live CD Officially Released

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki has informed Softpedia today, August 9, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the BakAndImgCD 19.0 data backup and disk imaging Live CD.

Based on 4MLinux Backup Scripts 19.0, and implicitly on the 4MLinux 19.0 operating system, BakAndImgCD 19.0 is here in its final and production-ready state to help you back up your data from any possible Linux, Microsoft Windows, or Mac OS X file system, including Btrfs, EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, HFS, and HFS+.

Additionally, BakAndImgCD 19.0 supports the less popular F2FS, NILFS2, JFS, Reiser4, ReiserFS, and XFS filesystems, and it also includes the widely used and open-source GNU ddrescue, Partimage, and Partclone utilities to allows users to perform disk imaging (also known as cloning) operations on any partition or drive (HDD or SSD).

The best part of the BakAndImgCD 19.0 Live CD is that it works independently of a computer operating system. It is designed to ru…

SUSE and Mirantis to Offer Full Enterprise Linux Support for SLES, RHEL & CentOS

Today, August 9, 2016, SUSE, the company behind the powerful SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) operating systems, has announced that it partners with Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack company, to provide full enterprise Linux support.

The two companies are announcing today a collaboration that will offer complete enterprise Linux support to Mirantis OpenStack customers, not only for the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating system but also for the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the open-source CentOS distributions. Mirantis and SUSE will join their technical knowledge to set SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) as the operating system of choice for Mirantis OpenStack.

“At SUSE, we believe in openness and choice for our customers and our partners,” says Michael Miller, President of Strategy, Alliances and Marketing at SUSE. “That’s why SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is the most interoperable and robust platform for m…

Canonical Makes Its Ubuntu Linux Professional Support More Accessible to Anyone

Today, August 9, 2016, Canonical, through Ellen Arnold, has announced that the professional support subscription, namely Ubuntu Advantage (UA), is now even more accessible and easier to purchase.

Through its Ubuntu Advantage program, Canonical has provided professional support to small and medium-sized business, as well as to anyone else who has needed help to configure and use the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system on the various desktop, server, or cloud scenarios.

Today, Canonical is proud to announce the launch of their new Ubuntu Advantage store via the buy.ubuntu.com domain, allowing any Ubuntu user out there to purchase or renew their UA subscription more easily. However, the service is mostly designed to help different organizations manage their Ubuntu deployments.

“Ubuntu Advantage gives the world’s largest ente…

Univention Corporate Server 4.1-3 Released with Active Directory Enhancements

Univention is pleased to announce the release of Univention Corporate Server 4.1-3 server-oriented Linux operating system based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies.

Univention Corporate Server 4.1-3 comes three months after the 4.1-2 maintenance update to bring most of the core components to their latest versions from the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” software repositories, as well as to add various improvements and fix some of the most annoying issues reported by users.

“We are pleased to announce the availability of UCS 4.1-3 for download, the third point release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.1. It includes all errata updates issued for UCS 4.1-2 and provides various improvements and bugfixes,” reads today’s announcement. “Questions can be asked in the Univention Forum in the section UCS.”

Here’s what’s new in Univention Corporate Serv…

ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.3 Adds HiDPI Improvements, Linux Minimal Mode

A new update to the popular ownCloud Desktop Client has been introduced, bringing numerous improvements and fixes for some of the most annoying bugs reported by users since the previous release.

ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.3 is now the latest and most advanced version of the graphical application for ownCloud users who want to quickly access their files from an ownCloud server. The application was made available for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

According to the release notes, new features include better HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) support on Microsoft Windows operating systems, support for file name casing on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms, as well as support for ownCloud Server 9.1 or later when enabling permissions for federated shares.

Various Linux issues have been resolved

ownCloud Desktop Client 2.2.3 addresses problems with the tray…

FFmpeg 3.1.2 “Laplace” Open-Source Multimedia Framework Updates Components

Today, August 9, 2016, the FFmpeg development team has proudly announced the general availability of the second maintenance update for the FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” series of the widely used open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework.

Released a few weeks back, FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” was a massive release introducing numerous new features and improvements to the popular multimedia backend used by dozens of open-source and commercial software products. FFmpeg 3.1.2 is now the latest stable and most advanced version.

Already available in the software repositories of the most used GNU/Linux distributions, including the powerful Arch Linux, the second maintenance update to the FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” series is here to update several of its core libraries, as well as to fix the most annoying bugs reported by users since the FFmpeg 3.1.1 release.

According to the brief release notes, FFmpeg 3.1.2 includes the l…

Claws Mail 3.14 Email Client Lets You Secure Passwords with a Master Passphrase

A new major release of the user-friendly, lightweight, open-source, cross-platform and fast Claws Mail GTK+ email client has been announced for GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems with new features and countless bug fixes.

Claws Mail 3.14.0 is now available as the latest and most advanced version, bringing support for securing passwords for your email accounts by using a Master Passphrase. Additionally, the password storage method has been changed, and it looks like all passwords are now stored in a separate file under ~/.claws-mail/passwordstorerc, and a stronger encryption means will be used to secure them.

“Existing passwords are moved to the new file automatically, in the old format. The new format will be used whenever old passwords are changed or when a Master Passphrase is used,” reads the announcement. “All new passwords are saved using the new format, irrespective of whether a Master Passphrase…

UbuntuBSD 16.04 “A New Hope” Beta 1 Now Available, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

UbuntuBSD developer Jon Boden has been extremely proud to announce today, August 9, 2016, the release and immediate availability of the first Beta development milestone towards the upcoming UbuntuBSD 16.04 operating system.

Dubbed “A New Hope,” the Ub…

Vine Linux 6.5 Enters Beta, Adopts Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS, Glibc 2.23 & GCC 4.9.3

After one and a half years of hard work, the Vine Linux developers are happy to announce that the next major release of the GNU/Linux operating system is now in development.

Yes, we’re talking about Vine Linux 6.5, which has just received a first Beta development milestone for public beta testing, bringing some major new changes to most of the internal components. Worthy of note is a kernel from the long-term supported Linux 4.4 series, as well as an updated toolchain consisting of GCC 4.9.3, GNU Binutils 2.26, and Glibc 2.23.

From the release notes, which are currently available only for Japanese speaking users, it also looks like the first Beta release of Vine Linux 6.5 includes recent software versions, such as the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 45.0 email and news client, as well as the LibreOffice 5.1 office suite (only on the DVD edition).

Moreover, the OpenSSL libraries have been …

Vendetta Online 1.8.384 Adds New Voice Chat Commands, VR Improvements

Guild Software has announced a new maintenance update aimed at its popular Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) title, version 1.8.384, for all supported platforms.

 According to the release notes, Vendetta Online 1.8.384 is a small update that only introduces a /voicegroup set of commands designed to allow players to create random Voice Chat channels supporting up to 32 users. The /voicegroup command set is similar to the /group command set, and to learn how to use it, simply type /voicegroup.

Moreover, there’s now a /voicechattoggle command that lets players switch between subscribed channels more easily. For example, you’ll be able to switch between Guild, Group or other existing channels just by typing the /voicechattoggle command in the console. To see its usage, type only /voicechattoggle.

VR mode’s nav map gets a description overlay

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