Canonical Closes Exploit That Allows Installation of Altered Packages in Ubuntu OSes

Canonical has published details in a security notice about an unattended-upgrades vulnerability that has been identified and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

The unattended-upgrades function is a very important component because, as the name suggests, this takes care of the automatic installation of security upgrades. From the looks of it, an attacker could have tricked unattended-upgrades to installing altered packages, which is …

Project Ascension Video Shows Unifying Client for Steam, uPlay, and Origin

Project Ascension is a new open source project that aims to bring together all the major stores like Steam, Origin, and uPlay under one application. After numerous mockups and suggestions from the community, we finally have an official video that shows the progress made so far.

The idea of the Project Ascension appeared on Reddit after Valve’s blunder with the paid mods. A good part of the community figured that they could do a better job and so the idea of having a single …

Ubuntu MATE Gets Another Hardware Deal, Will Power the LibreBox Mini-PC

The Ubuntu MATE distribution has managed to score a second hardware deal, this time with a company called LibreTrend. Very soon we’ll start seeing a new computer from LibreTrend with the Ubuntu MATE OS as an option.

Some of the more observant users might notice the word Libre in the name of the company, but that’s not a coincidence. There are other companies and projects out there that follow this Libre trend, which is all about incorporating only completely free and open s…

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 17.2

It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17 and Linux Mint 17.1 to version 17.2. If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience. Upgrade for a reason “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. You might want to upgrade to 17.2 because […]

Kodi 15.0 Isengard RC1 Is a Massive Update, Uses FFmpeg 2.6.2

Kodi, a media player and entertainment hub that carried the XBMC name up until a few months ago, has been upgraded once more, and the first RC for the 15.0 Isengard version is now available for download.

Kodi is starting to replace XBMC in the public’s mind, and the developers have made sure that each new release since the name has been changed is more impressive than the previous one. The same can be said about Kodi 15.0, which already promises to bring a huge number of ne…

Firefox 39 Arrives After a Three-Day Delay

Mozilla has finally released the stable version of Firefox 39 after it delayed the launch for a couple of days. It’s not a major release, but it does have a few interesting features and quite a few bug fixes.

Firefox developers were forced to delay the launch of their latest stable version after it has been revealed that it suffered from a malwa…

Linux Kernel Gets a Patch for Dell Airplane Mode Switch

A patch has been submitted to the Linux kernel to fix a problem that was really bothering the users of Dell laptops, and that’s the ability to use the airplane mode switch.

This might not seem like a big thing, but the truth is that a lot Dell users will be glad that the feature has been finally implemented. Imagine having to use your new Dell laptop in an airplane and not being able to do so because you’re running Linux. Now a patch has been submitted, and it should become…

Windows Lookalike Q4OS Finally Gets a Live CD

Q4OS is a Linux distribution based on Debian that uses a desktop environment called Trinity DE, which was forked a while ago from KDE. The end result is an operating system that looks and feels like an older Windows version.

Q4OS has been making its name as a Windows lookalike for some time now, and the developers have just recently decided to move their distro into stable territory. They have made a lot of changes and improvements in the past few months, and it looks like …

Free Professional Creation Suite Blender 2.75 Arrives with AMD GPU Support

The Blender Foundation, the developer of Blender, an integrated 3D creation software suite, has just announced that a new version of the suite, 2.75, has been released and is now available for download.

The developers of Blender have been making huge improvements to the application with each new update, but it looks like they’ve outdone themselves this time. Even if this is a very complex piece of software, it feels like there’s no end to the number of new features that are…

Ubuntu MATE Project Donates Money to Geany, Transmission, and MATE Devs

The Ubuntu MATE team makes monthly donations to other projects that are being used by this distribution and this month’s targets are Geany and Transmission, along with a couple of MATE developers.

Not too many developers think about contributing back to the projects they are using, but Ubuntu MATE is leading here by example. The fact that Ubuntu MATE is now an integral part of the greater Ubuntu family also comes with some financial perks, albeit they aren’t as impressive a…

Steam for Linux Usage Continues Its Downward Spiral in June

The Steam for Linux platform got a great start, but for some strange reason the number of users has constantly been decreasing for the past few months and it looks like it’s not stopping, although the rate seems to be changing.

Up until three months ago, the percentage of Steam for Linux users was about 1.15, with minor variations. It stayed at this value for a least a year and the Linux member of the community were wondering why it’s not growing, despite the fact that lots…

Solus Gets Linux Kernel 4.1.1 LTS and UEFI Fixes

The Solus project is powering on, and they released a new daily built for their system, fixing many of the issues that affected the first version, including a nasty EFI bug.

The Solus operating system is getting closer to a stable release, and the daily builds are an important part of the development cycle. Not all operating systems can pull this off and we usually just get a few intermediary versions, like Beta or RC, and followed by the final version. Things are a little …

StratOS Kickstarter Project Claims Full Mobile Convergence with GNOME, Likely a Scam

StratOS is supposed to be a new operating system that uses GNOME, and it’s a project currently raising money on Kickstarter. Surprisingly, this is not the unusual part. Its developers are also claiming full convergence of the OS, for desktop and mobiles, which is highly unlikely.

StratOS claims to be an operating system that will be able to run on both desktop…

Ubuntu Touch Web Apps Push Notifications Are Coming Soon, Here’s a Demo Video

After having reported last week that work started on implementing push notifications for Web Apps on the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, Canonical’s David Barth now comes with more great news about the latest developments in the Web Apps area.

As you might know, Ubuntu Touch can run both native applications and …

Linux Kernel 3.10.82 LTS Is a Very Small Update with Five Fixes

Immediately after having published details about the Linux kernel 4.1.1, Linux kernel 4.0.7, and

antiX 15 Officially Released, Based on Debian 8 “Jessie” but Without systemd

Straight from Thessaloniki, Greece, the antiX development team has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final release of the antiX 15 GNU/Linux operating system.

After two Beta releases and an RC (Release Candidate) version, antiX 15 is finally here, based on the latest and greatest Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) operating system, and powered by Linux kernel 4.0.5, which has been customized with the with fbcondecor splash.

The …

Tanglu 3 RC1 Has systemd 221, Linux Kernel 4.0, KDE Plasma 5.3 and GNOME 3.16

The Tanglu development team, through Matthias Klumpp, has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the forthcoming Tanglu 3 GNU/Linux operating system based on Debian 8 “Jessie.”

Du…

Simplicity Linux 15.7 Comes at the End of July with Linux Kernel 4.0

David Purse from the development team of Simplicity Linux, a distribution derived from LXPup and built around the LXDE desktop environment, has announced the release of the first Beta build towards the final version of Simplicity Linux 15.7.

According to the short release notes, Simplicity Linux 15.7 Beta is now powered by Linux kernel 4.0.2, based o…

Linux Kernel 3.14.46 LTS Has ARM and ARM64 Improvements, Updated Drivers

After having announced the release of the Linux kernel 4.1.1, Linux kernel 4.0.7, and Linux kernel 3.10.82 LTS, Greg Kroah-Hartman has also published details abo…

Debian-Based OpenMediaVault 2.1 NAS Solution Adds WiFi and VLAN Support

Volker Theile, project leader of the Debian-based OpenMediaVault NAS (Network-attached Storage) distribution, has been more than happy to inform us about the immediate availability for download of OpenMediaVault 2.1.

Dubbed Stone burner, OpenMediaVault 2.1 is here with great new features, such as WiFi support with WPA and WPA2 security protocols and security certification programs, Virtual LAN (VLAN) support, new widgets, as well as a brand-new dashboard.

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