What makes up the Fedora kernel?

Every Fedora system runs a kernel. Many pieces of code come together to make this a reality. Each release of the Fedora kernel starts with a baseline release from the upstream community. This is often called a ‘vanilla’ kernel. The… Continue Reading →

Container technologies in Fedora: systemd-nspawn

Welcome to the “Container technologies in Fedora” series! This is the first article in a series of articles that will explain how you can use the various container technologies available in Fedora. This first article will deal with systemd-nspawn. What… Continue Reading →

RaspEX Linux Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Supports the Raspberry Pi Touch Display

After informing us the other day about the availability of a new release of his RaspAnd distro that brings the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system to Raspberry Pi 3 devices, Arne Exton is happy to announce that his RaspEX OS works with the official Raspberry Pi Touch Display.

The GNU/Linux developer known for several Linux kernel-based operating systems has received earlier today, June 27, 2016, one of the cool 7-inch (800×480) touchscreen monitors that have been specifically designed to work with the tiny Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

He quickly tested his RaspEX distribution based on the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and built around the Kodi 16.0 media center software for the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 computers to see if the Raspberry Pi Touch Display device is supported out-of-the…

Canonical Patches Seven Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 16.04, Update Now – Updated

Today, June 27, 2016, Canonical published a new security notice to inform users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system about the availability of an important kernel update.

According to Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3016-1, a total of seven Linux kernel vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed in the upstream Linux 4.4 LTS kernel by various developers. Therefore, Canonical updated the kernel packages for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) release to version linux-image-4.4.0-28 (4.4.0-28.47).

Among the patches, we can notice validation issues with Linux kernel’s netfilter implementation, an information leak in the core USB implementation, an information leak in the timer handling implementation, an information leak in the X.25 Call Request handling, and a bug in the Transparent Inter-process Communication (TIPC) implementation.

Detailed information and the respective CVEs are availab…

Docker 1.12 Linux Container Engine Promises Built-in Orchestration Capabilities

The Docker developers are working hard these days to bring us one of the biggest releases of the widely-used open-source and cross-platform container engine, Docker 1.12.

Docker 1.12 entered development two weeks ago when the first Release Candidate build was available for public testing. Since then, the development team behind the acclaimed open-source application container engine have announced a second RC version, but also updated the release notes with some of the new features coming your way.

Just by looking at that huge changelog, we can tell you that Docker 1.12 promises to be the great release of the application container engine you’ve all been waiting for, and the project’s developers are already promoting some of the best features coming to Docker 1.12 very soon on social media.

For example, Docker 1.12 will be capable of building an image with the new HEALTHCHECK dockerfile command that supports user-defined healthchecks, creating a Docker swarm, creati…

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Beta 2 Brings Linux Kernel 4.6.2, systemd 230 & F2FS Support

Today, June 27, 2016, the OpenMandriva team was happy to inform Softpedia via an email announcement that the second Beta release of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 operating system is now ready for public testing.

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Beta 2 arrives l…

GeckoLinux 421.160623.0 Rolling Editions Out Based on Latest openSUSE Tumbleweed

This past weekend, the developers behind the openSUSE-based GeckoLinux computer operating system have announced the release of updated Rolling Editions, version 421.160623.0.

Being the first time we write here about GeckoLinux, we would like to inform our readers that it’s a versatile GNU/Linux distributions distributed in many flavors that are split into two main editions, Rolling Editions, based on openSUSE Tumbleweed and Static Editions, based on openSUSE Leap.

Both GeckoLinux Rolling and Static Editions come with standalone flavors build around some of the most popular desktop environments, including KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, LXQt, and Budgie. For advanced users, there’s also a GeckoLinux Rolling “Barebones” flavor that lets them install their desktop environment of choice.

What’s new in GeckoLinux 421.160623.0 Rolling Editions

Based on the last openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot to feature GCC 5 as default compiler, version 20160623…

SolydXK 201606 Rebases the Raspberry Pi 3 Image on Raspbian, Adds Firefox ESR

Today, June 27. 2016, Arjen Balfoort has announced the release and general availability of the June’s updated ISO images for his SolydX and SolydK GNU/Linux distributions.

The SolydXK 201606 update is here, as expected, six months after the release of SolydXK 201512 last year in December. It brings various improvements to users of this Debian-based computer operating system that ships with multiple editions using popular desktop environments like KDE for SolydK and Xfce for SolydX.

Among the new features incorporated in the SolydXK 201606 release, we can mention the adoption of the Mozilla Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) web browser packages from the Debian GNU/Linux software repositories, replacing the custom builds that were available in previous releases of the distribution.

Moreover, the Live Installer lets users use custom mount points via a double click on a selected partition. Then, they’ll b…

Geary 0.11.1 Email Client Supports Special “Sent” and “Delete” Exchange Folders

Now that we know the Geary email client is alive and kicking, currently maintained by GNU/Linux developer Michael Gratton, it’s time to look forward to a new version. Therefore, today we announce the debut of Geary 0.11.1.

Geary 0.11.1 has been introduced today, June 27, 2016, and it comes as a minor point release to the stable Geary 0.11.x series after one a half months of work, during which its new maintainers managed to fix a bunch of those annoying issues reported by users since Geary 0.11.0, especially some nasty crashes on 32-bit OSes.

As usual, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal changelog to tell you what’s new in Geary 0.11.1. By the looks of it, there are a few interesting improvements, such as the ability for the application to find those special “Sent” and “Dele…

antiX 16 “Berta Cáceres” Linux OS Arrives Without systemd, Based on Debian 8.5

Today, June 27, 2016, just a few moments ago, the developers of the antiX GNU/Linux operating system had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the antiX 16 distribution.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, antiX 16 is one of the few distros that ship without the modern systemd init system, no systemd-shim. It is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4.10 kernel that has been customized with a fbcondecor splash and includes many updated core components.

The antiX team wanted to deliver a small update to the antiX 15 release, but it looks like it did a terrible job of delivering one of the biggest versions of the distribution so far. antiX 16 comes with many popular open-source software projects, among which we can mention the LibreOffice 4.3.3-2 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 45.2.0 ESR web browser.

Additionally, antiX 16 ships with application…

MPV 0.18.0 Open-Source Video Player Lands with HiDPI Support for Wayland, More

The development team behind the MPlayer-based MPV open-source video player software announced this past weekend the release of another major milestone, MPV 0.18.0.

MPV 0.18.0 is now available for all supported platforms, including all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Looking at the release notes, we can’t help but notice that there are quite some interesting new features, but also improvements to the build system, options, and commands.

Prominent new features of MPV 0.18.0 include support for HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) displays on the next-generation Wayland display server, support for the SMPTE ST 2084 Dolby Perceptual Quantizer (PQ), as well as support for the Matroska (MKV) WebVTT format, which is usually used for displaying timed text tracks.

Furthermore, MPV is now capable of reading directories recursively, supports the hex:// protocol …

Q4OS 1.4.12 Distro Receives the Latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” Updates

The Q4OS team have informed Softpedia today, June 27, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of a new maintenance release in the stable “Orion” series of the Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system.

Q4OS 1.4.12 “Orion” is now the latest and most advanced version of the distribution build around the Trinity desktop environment, and it has received all the important security patches and software updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” repositories, along with a couple of other improvements requested by users.

For example, Q4OS 1.4.12 brings various much-needed enhancements to the native Desktop Profiler utility included in the operating system, such as an optimized “software to install” list. Additionally, there are the usual under-the-hood fixes that should increase the overall stability and reliability of the OS.

“Important bug fixes and various improvements are provided. The Q4OS native Desktop Profiler tool has got new optimized ‘sof…

FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” Open-Source Multimedia Framework Officially Released

Today, June 27, 2016, the development team behind FFmpeg, the popular, cross-platform and open-source multimedia framework used by various media player software, has announced the release of the FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” series.

FFmpeg 3.1 is here as a drop-in replacement for the massive FFmpeg 3.0 “Einstein,” arriving after approximately four months, and it is now the latest stable version, cut from the Git master branch the other day, on June 26, 2016. The release has been dubbed “Laplace.”

“Approximately every 3 months the FFmpeg project makes a new major release. Between major releases point releases will appear that add important bug fixes but no new features. Note that these releases are intended for distributors and system integrators,” reads the project’s website.

FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” comes with the usual updated components, among which we can mention libavutil 55.27.100, libavcodec 57.48.101, libavform…

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.7 RC5, Things Are Calming Down

Another Sunday, another Release Candidate build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel is out for testing, as announced by Linus Torvalds himself a few hours ago, June 26, 2016.

According to Linus Torvalds, things appear to have calm down lately, and Linux kernel 4.7 Release Candidate 5 is a fairly normal milestone that consists of approximately 50% updated drivers, in particular GPU updates. It also features various improvements to some hardware architectures, including PowerPC (PPC), x86, and ARM64 (AArch64).

Of course, there are also the usual patches to fix various issues for some of the supported filesystems, as well as for things like scheduler, mm, a few sound drivers, general-purpose input/output (GPIO), Xen, hwmon, as well as RDMA (remote direct memory access).

“I think things are calming down, although, with almost two-thirds of the commits coming in since Friday morning, it doesn’t feel…

Canonical Demonstrates How Easy It Is to Create a Vendor-Independent Snap Store

The Snappy vs. Flatpak story continues, and Canonical is now demonstrating how easy it is to roll out a vendor-independent Snap store on the recently released Fedora 24 Linux operating system.

A couple of days ago, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth finally answered one of the big questions many members of the GNU/Linux community had been asking since the unveiling of Snaps as universal binary formats for major Linux kernel-based operating systems.

Now that we know Snap stores are simple HTTP web servers, Canonical’s…

Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” to Ship with GCC 6 by Default, Binutils 2.27

Debian developer Matthias Klose has announced that the new GCC 6 compiler, which will be made the default GCC compiler for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system, is now available in the Debian Testing repos.

Debian users who are currently using Debian Testing can make GCC 6 the default compiler by installing the gcc/g++ packages from experimental. If installing it, they are also urged to help fix reported built failures in Debian Testing and Debian Unstable.

Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” could be released later this year, and it looks like not only will it ship with GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 by default, but the old GCC 4.9 and GCC 5 compiler won’t even be available in the upcoming distribution.

“As announced a year ago, GCC 6 will be the default GCC for the Debian stretch release. GCC 6 is now available in testing,” says Matthias Klose in the mailing list

RaspAnd Project Brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Raspberry Pi 3, Now with GAPPS

Android-x86 and GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has informed Softpedia today, June 25, 2016, about the immediate availability of a new build of his RaspAnd distribution for Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

RaspAnd Build 160625 is the first to move the Android-x86-based distro to the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile operating system created by Google. And in the good tradition of the RaspAnd project, both Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B are supported.

However, the good news is that RaspAnd now comes with GAPPS (Google Apps) pre-installed, allowing users to access almost all of Google’s services, including but not limited to Google Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play Services, and Hangouts.

“My Raspberry Pi 3/2 Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 project is finally ready. Took me about 14 days to finish. Normally I upgrade my other Linux systems in about one (1) day,” has said Arne Exton exclusively for Softpedia. “I have finally m…

Linux Kernel 3.14.73 LTS Is a Small Update with Netfilter Improvements, Fixes

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.6.3 and Linux kernel 4.4.14 LTS, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of Linux kernel 3.14.73 LTS.

Linux 3.14 is a long-term supported kernel branch that should receive maintenance updates for a couple of months, until August 2016. There are a few Linux kernel-based operating systems out there still using this kernel branch, such as Google’s Chrome OS, so it is wise to update your system as soon as possible to the Linux kernel 3.14.73 LTS release even if it’s a small one that only changes 25 files, with 798 insertions and 758 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.14.73 kernel. All users of the 3.14 kerne…

Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS Brings Networking Improvements, Multiple SPARC Changes

After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.6.3, Greg Kroah-Hartman has informed the community about the availability of the fourteenth maintenance update for the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.4 is the most advanced LTS (Long Term Support) kernel branch, which is currently used in numerous popular GNU/Linux operating systems that are looking to offer their users a stable, well-tested and long-term supported kernel. Among theses, we can mention Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Solus 1.2 “Shannon.” Linux kernel 4.4.14 LTS is here to change a total of 87 files, with 1,434 insertions and 1,080 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.14 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/l…

KaOS 2016.06 Moves the Distro to Linux Kernel 4.6, Adds Full-Disk Encryption

The developers of the KaOS Linux operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the KaOS 2016.06 ISO image with some very exciting goodies.

First and foremost, the devs have decided to move the distribution from the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series to Linux kernel 4.6, which makes it possible to fully automate the early microcode update. Furthermore, the default desktop environment has been migrated to the Beta of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.7.

“For users, this means no need to install any ucode package, no need to adjust bootloaders or have an extra initrd just for Microcode loading. Many modern CPUs require loading microcode before everything else, as the update causes system instability otherwise,” reads today’s announcement.

Qt 5.7, KDE Frameworks 5.23.0, full-disk encryption, and more

Other goodies that made it into to…