Zorin OS winner stories

First of all, Zorin team, Linux notes from DarkDuck and Linuxaria would like to say THANK YOU to all the participants of the contest that we ran for last few weeks. It was a real pleasure to see such a response, and to read all your article. As you probably know the winner have been announced in another post and today I want to […]

Cisco and Canonical Focus on Hadoop as a Cloud Service

Enterprises and smaller businesses alike are now working with Big Data–sorting and sifting large data sets with new tools in pursuit of surfacing meaningful angles on stored information. Many of them are also leveraging the open source Hadoop platform, and we’ve been covering the growing usage of Hadoop as a service in the cloud. Now, […]

Ubuntu MATE to Become an Official Ubuntu Flavor Soon

The Ubuntu MATE project is progressing nicely and the developers have provided a short update about the work that’s been done already and about the things that still need to be improved. Read more ….

Linux Satisfaction, Beginners’ Guide, and Download Managers

Today Recently in Linux news, Jack Wallen asks, “Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?” Mark Gibbs relates his experience installing Ubuntu on an older netbook. Linux.com has a complete beginner’s guide to Linux and Rob Zwetsloot looks at four popular download managers. And finally, Reiser4 has made a comeback and […]

Darksiders 2 to Get a Linux Release

Nordic Games are the new owners of the Darksiders franchise and the publisher decided to release both games in the series, Darksiders and Darksiders 2, on the Linux platform.The information hasn’t been made official yet, but a Nordic Games representative said that these titles will be arriving to Linux, according to a joystiq.com report.Nordic Games bought the franchise from THQ and now it’s looking for more ways to make this investment profitable. One of those ways is to release the games on …

4MLinux Server Edition 9.1 Beta Is a Small and Interesting Distro

4MLinux Server Edition, a special distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, is now at version 9.1 Beta.The 4MLinux developer has tried to keep the size of its distributions as low as possible, and that is also true for the server edition. It comes with a ton of packages by default, but somehow the makers of this distro managed to keep the weight down.“The servers controlled by the inetd daemon are now: FTP (vsftpd 3.0.2), HTTP/HTTPS (Busybox 1.22.1 with Stunnel 5.02), …

GNOME’s Tracker 1.1.2 Arrives with Multiple Fixes

Tracker, a semantic data storage for desktop and mobile devices, which uses W3C standards for RDF ontologies and Nepomuk with SPARQL to query and update the data, has just reached version 1.1.2.The developers of Tracker have made numerous changes and improvements to the software and it’s clearly visible in the chagelog.According to the developers, the TrackerDataProvider and TrackerEnumerator interfaces now allow 3rd parties to supply their own data to Tracker to be indexed, for example for an…

Linux Kernel Exploit Fixed in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

A Linux kernel vulnerability has been found in the Linux kernel of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system and it has been corrected by Canonical.

Ubuntu developers have issued a new kernel update for the latest 14.04 LTS release, fixing a small problem that could cause the system to crash under certain conditions.

According to the security notice, “a flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s audit subsystem when auditing certain syscalls. A local attacker could exploit this fl…

Canonical Closes OpenJDK 6 Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

A number of OpenJDK 6 vulnerabilities have been identified and repaired in the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems by Canonical developers.

Only those two operating systems have been affected by these problems, because Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is using a newer iteration of OpenJDK.

“Several vulnerabilities were discovered in the OpenJDK JRE related to information disclosure, data integrity and availability. An attacker could exploit these to cause a denial of service or exp…

Rygel 0.22.3 Is a Free and Powerful DLNA Media Server for Linux

Rygel, a home media solution (UPnP AV MediaServer) that allows users to easily share audio, video, and pictures to other devices, is now at version 0.22.3. With Rygel, users will be able to browse the media collection from the TV or PS3 on a PC running GNOME, and they will have the possibility to play any of said media. According to the changelog, some odd build flags have been removed, a workaround has been implemented for an issue with valadoc and code samples, a number of UPnP error codes…

New Google Chrome 37 Beta Release Arrives on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

The Beta branch of Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, is now at version 37.0.2062.76 and it’s moving fast towards becoming the next Stable release. Google Chrome usually features three distinct branches: Dev, Beta, and Stable. The Beta release is a little bit more stable than the Development one, but it’s still pretty far off from day-to-day usage. This is not a very large update, but it does come with a few …

Slice Is a Sexy Aluminum Media Player Powered by a Raspberry Pi Module – Gallery

Slice is a new Kickstater project that promises to deliver a cheap, powerful, and cool-looking media player that uses the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and an operating system based on XBMC and OpenELEC. It’s a wonder that no one has made this kind of hardware until now, especially if we take into consideration the fact that the Raspberry Pi Compute Module has been out for a few months now. But what is Slice and what is the Raspberry Pi Compute Module? Let’s start with the Raspberry Pi c…

Zorin OS 9 Educational Lite Has Windows 7, Windows XP, and GNOME 2 Look Changer – Gallery

Zorin OS Educational Lite, an Ubuntu-based operating system aimed at Windows users who are switching over to Linux, has reached version 9. The Zorin OS 9 Educational series is based on the desktop environment called “Zorin Desktop,” which aims to provide an experience similar to the one on the Windows platform, but it also comes with a GNOME 2 imitation for people who want a more conservative look. The Lite version of this distribution is based on Lubuntu 14.04 LTS rather than U…

Linux Kernel 3.16.1 Is Out and It’s Now the Most Advanced Version Available

The latest version of the Linux kernel, 3.16.1, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman, and this is now the most advanced kernel out there. Linux kernel 3.16 was released only a little over a week ago, so it stands to reason that an update was bound to appear sooner or later. Linus Torvalds also skipped the release of the first RC for Linux kernel 3.17 RC1, so this build is actually now the most advanced out there. Just like all the new kernels, the first update is rather small and it does…

Debian 8.0 “Jessie” Beta 1 Officially Released, Systemd Now Available by Default

The Debian Installer Team announces that Debian Installer Jessie Beta 1 has been released and is now available for download. The Debian installer seems like a big deal, but in fact it’s just a way to install Debian without all the Live perks. In fact, if you download one of the ISO images for the Debian Installer Jessie Beta 1, you will see that you can only perform the installation and there is no Live option. The installer is always the first to launch, but it will be followed soon by the …

Fedora 21 Delayed Again, Developers Need to Recompile All Non-Arch Packages

The Fedora 21 developers have announced that the upcoming Alpha release will be delayed by another week, which means that the date has slipped into September. All Fedora distributions have a very turbulent development schedule and it’s not all that unusual for the distribution to get quite a few delays that push the release date by weeks at a time. This time it’s just a week, but at least the reason doesn’t have anything to do with Fedora itself. A few weeks ago, Linus Torvalds trashed the G…

Debian Maintainer Says That Xfce on Debian Will Not Meet Quality Standards, GNOME Is Needed

Debian developers have been discussing about the replacement of the default GNOME desktop with Xfce for a few months now, but not everyone agrees with this decision. A Debian maintainer has tried to explain why this move to another desktop environment should not happen.

The decision to adopt Xfce instead of GNOME was made back November 2013 and it felt like it was a done deal. One of the major reasons for this switch was the lack of space for the CD image, if you can imagine such a thing.

De…

SymmetricDS 3.6.5 Is a Tool for Multi-Master Database Replication

SymmetricDS 3.6.5, an open source software for multi-master database replication, filtered synchronization, or transformation across the network in a heterogeneous environment, is now at version 3.6.1 and is available for download.

SymmetricDS supports multiple subscribers with one- or bi-directional asynchronous data replication and uses technologies to replicate tables between relational databases.

This latest update for the software is quite large and the developers have made a number of …

Canonical Closes a pyCADF Exploit in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a pyCADF vulnerability in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that has been identified and corrected.

The Ubuntu developers have explained that python-pycadf could have been made to expose sensitive information.

According to the security notice, “Zhi Kun Liu discovered that pyCADF incorrectly filtered certain tokens. An attacker could possibly use this issue to obtain authentication tokens used in REST requests.”

For a more det…

BitTorrent Client FrostWire 5.7.5 Now Uses Java 8

FrostWire 5.7.5, a BitTorrent client (formerly a Gnutella client) that’s the result of a collaborative effort of hundreds of open source and freelance developers, has been released and integrates a major upgrade. The FrostWire client can be used to send large files and folders. It features BitTorrent and Magnet Link support and is Kindle-compatible, but these are just a few of the features that users can find. One of the main issues with the software is that it’s based on Java, which …