Arch Linux 2015.03.01 Is Now Available for Download

A brand-new ISO image of the lightweight, highly customizable and powerful Arch Linux computer operating system has been released today, March 1, 2015, for those who want to deploy the acclaimed distribution on new computers.

In the first day of each month of an Earth year, we see the release of a new ISO image of the Arch Linux distribution, which includes all the updates released duri…

Xfce 4.12 Has Been Officially Released

After two years of hard work, the Xfce development team had the pleasure of announcing a few minutes ago, February 28, the immediate and general availability of the highly anticipated Xfce 4.12 desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

This is a major release of the Xfce desktop environment, as it introduces a great number of new featur…

Blizzard to Consider Crowdfunding for Linux Versions of Their Games – Rumor

Blizzard has been petitioned numerous times about making their games available for the Linux platform, but there wasn’t much interest or feedback from the company, and that included the publisher Activision. If the information in this latest petition is to be believed, this could change.

The Linux gaming ecosystem has changed tremendously in the last couple of years and a few of the major publishers and developers chose to release their games for this platform. There is no …

House of Cards Uses Old Ubuntu 8.04 Stack Trace Disguised as a Windows EXE

Earlier today we determined that the operating system used in one of the latest episodes from the House of Cards tv series was no in fact Ubuntu, although it was pretty similar. As it turns out, House of Cards does take a page out of the Ubuntu OS, lit…

GNOME Software 3.14.3 Fixes Several Issues with the Back Button

GNOME Software, the default graphical package manager of the  has just been updated to version 3.14.3 the other day, February 27, bringing a handful of fixes and numerous updated translations for the current stable release of the GNOME desktop environment.

Thanks to Rafal Luzynski and Kalev Lember, the GNOME Software application will no longer crash when the user clicks on the back button. In addition, the back button will no redirect users back to overview, also thanks to…

Running Windows Games and Apps Made Easy with PlayOnLinux 4.2.6

PlayOnLinux, a software that uses Wine (Wine is not an emulator) and that allows Linux users to easily install Windows apps and games, has been updated to version 4.2.6 and is now available for download.

You might be tempted to say that Wine already does the same thing as PlayOnLinux, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. PlayOnLinux is powered by Wine, but it allows Linux users greater control over the installation process with the help of the very useful interface. Also…

Manjaro Linux Xfce Prepares for Xfce 4.12 with the 0.9.0 Pre3 Release

The Manjaro development team is extremely active these days, as the final release of the highly anticipated Xfce 4.12 desktop environment is about to appear on the Internet this weekend, as we’ve reported in various articles, including in a blog post related to the new Xfce 4.12 wallpaper.

The Manjaro Linux Xfce 0.9.0 Pre3 distribution has been unv…

Ubuntu Touch Is Being Ported for OnePlus One Phones

Canonical published its Ubuntu Porting Guide just a week ago and it will help developers bring the operating system to other devices than just Nexus 4 and BQ’s Aquaris, but it looks like an Ubuntu Touch for OnePlus One porting project was started well before that.

Not everyone might remember this, but there was a flurry of Ubuntu Touch ports more than a year ago, for various devices. They were mostly hosted on XDA, but none of the really come to fruition. The fact that the …

This Is the New Xfce 4.12 Wallpaper

Simon Steinbeiss, one of the developers from the Xfce desktop environment, has uploaded a few hours ago on Xfce’s Git repository what appears to be the new wallpaper of the forthcoming Xfce 4.12, due for release this weekend if everything goes according to the release plan.

The Xfce developers are hard at work these days, as they prepare to release the highly anticipated Xfce 4.12 desktop environment after a 2 year delay. This fact is also confirmed by the abundance of com…

IPFire Is a Modular Distro That Can Be a Firewall, a Proxy Server or a VPN Gateway

Michael Tremer announces that the IPFire 2.17 Core 87 Linux-based firewall distribution has been released and the developers have made a number of important changes and improvements.

The IPFire distribution has just registered a big version change in order to reflect all the major improvements that have been implemented, and it includes an important kernel upgrade that was long overdue. If you already have the system installed, you won’t have to do anything extra, just upgr…

Debian-Based Elive 5.2.8 Beta Released with a Faster, Smaller, and Optimized Linux Kernel

The Elive development team is hard at work releasing Beta versions for the next major version of their Elive distribution, a Debian-based computer operating system built around the awesome and modern Enlightenment desktop environment.

Elive 5.2.8 Beta is now available for download and testing via Softpedia, a versionthat includes a numb…

VLC 2.2 Officially Released, Lets Users Resume Movies from Where They Left Off

VideoLAN announced the general availability of the highly anticipated VLC Media Player 2.2.0 open-source and multi-platform video playback application a couple of hours after releasing the sixth maintenance release of the 2.1 branch, VLC 2.1.6, as reported by Softpedia yesterday, February 27.

We’ve also rep…

FBI Is Not Using Ubuntu in House of Cards

Spoiler alert! A leaked image appeared earlier on the web, a screenshot from Episode 3 of the third season of the acclaimed House of Cards TV show distributed by Netflix, showing actors playing as members of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) while using their computers where the operating system might look like the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

As a bunch of users on the Internet wer…

Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 Officially Released

The Black Lab Software Team, through Roberto J. Dohnert, was happy to announce Softpedia a few minutes ago, February 27, about the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta release of the forthcoming Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 computer operating system.

At the users’ request, Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 now uses GNOME Classic as the default desktop environment, making the operating system more familiar for those who…

Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Makes It Easier for Windows Users to Adapt to the Unity Interface

The Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Beta 1 (Vivid Vervet) operating system has also been released alongside the Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu MATE distributions, bringing a wide range of improvements, numerous updated components, as well as the usual bug fixes. We took the distribution for a test drive and created a nice screenshot tour for all users of the Chinese Ubuntu community.

In Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Beta 1 we can see that the Locally-Integrated Menu (LIM) and…

Linux Kernel 3.18.8 Arrives with IPv6, IPv4, and EXT4 Improvements

Greg Kroah-Hartman had the pleasure of announcing a new maintenance release for the stable Linux 3.18 kernel, bring a handful of improvements in various area, including IPv6, IPv4, EXT4, as well as the Broadcom Ethernet driver.

According to the raw changelog, Linux kernel 3.18.8 fixes CPU unplug issues, fixes netxen_nic_poll() logic, now initializes unic…

elementary OS “Freya” Now Allows Users to Search Through the Terminal Backlog

elementary OS “Freya” is expected by everyone and it has no launch date, but the developers are now teasing an interesting new feature for the terminal.

Among all the features that you might expect to find in a Linux distribution, you wouldn’t really expect to find something that’s related to the terminal. It looks like they found a way to enhance the user experience in the terminal by implementing a search function for the backlog.

In the regular terminal you have to pr…

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Gets a Big Linux Kernel Update

Numerous Linux kernel vulnerabilities have been found and corrected in the Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system. Canonical has pushed a new update for this important kernel and users should already be able to download it.

The Linux kernel for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) has been upgraded and quite a few things have been fixed by the developers. Some of the exploits are more dangerous than others, but nothing really stands out. 

“A flaw was discovered in the K…

CUPS Exploit Closed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Details about a CUPS vulnerability in its Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems have been revealed by Canonical. Even if it’s a not a major problem, users should still upgrade as soon as possible.

The CUPS package has been upgraded in order to correct a vulnerability that could have been made CUPS to crash or run programs if it processed a specially crafted file. CUPS stands for Common UNIX Printing System.

Peter De Wach…

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Lets Users Imitate the Look of Other OSes

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1 made its debut yesterday as an official Ubuntu flavor and it’s full of interesting stuff. We’ve covered most of the cool aspects, but one of them really stands out and that is the ability to change the panel layout.

If you open the control center in Ubuntu MATE, you will find an entry called M…