Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Will be Powered by Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS

The Ubuntu developers have published a new iteration of the Ubuntu Kernel Team Weekly Newsletter to inform all users of the world’s most popular free operating system about the latest work done for the kernel packages of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

According to the developers, the current daily build of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) remains based on the Linux 4.2 kernel packages of the stable Ubuntu 15….

New Opera 34 Beta Is Based on Chromium 47.0.2526.58, Brings Linux and Mac Fixes

Opera Software, through Aneta Reluga, announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of a new Beta build for the upcoming Opera 34.0 web browser for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Based on the latest Chromium 47.0.2526.58 open-source web browser software, Opera 34.0.2036.16 Beta is a small bugfix release and fixes several issues reported by users since the previous Beta build, all in order to…

Ubuntu Touch Devs Might Release an OTA-8.5 Hotfix Update for Ubuntu Phones

Earlier today, November 25, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent his daily report for the day of November 24, 2015, informing all Ubuntu Phone users about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers for the Ubuntu for phones operating system.

We reported the other day that the Ubuntu To…

Debian-Based Webconverger 33.1 Kiosk Linux OS Is Out with Mozilla Firefox 42.0

The developers of the Debian-based Webconverger Linux distribution used for deployment in places like Internet cafes have announced the release of Webconverger 33.1, which is now available for download.

According to the brief release notes posted by the project’s devs, Webconverger 33.1 is still based on the latest stable release of the Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) opera…

GTK+ 3.20 Gets Another Milestone with Theming Improvements and Bugfixes

After only three days from the announcement of GTK+ 3.19.2, the GTK+ developers have announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the third milestone towards GTK+ 3.20.

According to the internal changelog, which has been attached at the end of the article for reference, GTK+ 3.19…

Black Lab Software Announces Linux-Based Mac Mini-Competitor Black Lab BriQ v5

We have been informed by Black Lab Software, the creators of the Ubuntu-based Black Lab Linux operating system about the general availability of their new class of hardware, the Black Lab BriQ version 5.

The 5th version of the Black Lab BriQ computer comes with many new features, among which we can mention the re-implementation of VGA for all editions, HDMI support, air cooling support for reduced power usage, as well as support for adding either a 2.5″ SATA drive or a SDD …

antiX MX-15 Linux Distro Gets a Second Beta Release, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.2

The developers of the antiX MX Linux distribution have announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the second Beta build of the upcoming antiX MX-15 operating system.

Based on the latest stable Debian GNU/Linux 8.2 (Jessie) operating system and dubbed Fusion, antiX MX-15 Beta 2 is here to fix mainly annoying issues discovered by the antiX developers or reported by users since the previous Beta release of the distribution, as well as to imple…

Beautiful KaOS 2015.11 Is Out with KDE Plasma 5.4.3, KDE Frameworks 5.16

Today, November 24, the developers of the beautiful KaOS GNU/Linux distribution have had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of a new installation media for the operating system, dubbed KaOS 2015.11.

According to the release notes, KaOS 2015.11 is a feature release that includes all the latest software updates that have been pushed to the distribution’s default so…

GNOME Photos App Now Tries to Become an Image Editor Too

The GNOME developers are working around the clock these days to update the core components and applications of the GNOME desktop environment for the 3.19.2 milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.20 release.

We are always monitoring the development cycle of various popular projects here on Softpedia, and GNOME just happens to be one of them. GNOME 3.19.2 milestone should be available for testing by the end of the week, and the GNOME developers are releasing these days updates to …

Fedora Devs Need Your Help to Test the GNOME on Wayland Session for Fedora 24

The developers of the well-known Fedora Linux operating system have announced their plans to make the GNOME on Wayland session the default for the upcoming Fedora 24 Workstation Edition.

If you’re reading the news lately, you would know by now that Wayland is growing with each day that passes, and it tries hard to become the default display server on all the important Linux kernel-based operating systems, as a drop-in replacement for X11 (X Windows System).

If Wayland is…

Fedora Linux’s DNF Package Manager Reaches Version 1.1.4, Available for Fedora 23

Fedora/DNF developer Jan Šilhan announced earlier today, November 24, the immediate availability for download of new maintenance releases for the DNF package manager of the Fedora 23 Linux operating system, including DNF-PLUGINS-CORE.

According to Mr. Šilhan, DNF is now at version 1.1.4 and it is mostly a bugfix release that resolves various issues reported by users since the previous version of the software, adds new methods into the DNF query API, and improves the documen…

KNOPPIX 7.6.0 Live Linux OS Officially Released, Features Popular 3D Programs

After teasing users with the release of the KNOPPIX 7.6.0 Live Linux operating system on November 14, 2015, Klaus Knopper announced today, November 24, that the distribution is officially available for anyone who wants to download it.

According to the release notes, KNOPPIX 7.6.0 is now based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) operating system, but it’s powered by a recent Linux 4.2 kerne…

Solus Operating System Could Get Full Disk Encryption Soon

Solus is still getting some pretty cool features, and it looks like developers are preparing to get some sort of disk encryption ready just in time for the launch.

Building an operating system from scratch usually means that developers also forgo some of the perks that come with a powerful OS. For example, if Ubuntu is used as a base, you can also take advantage of the Ubiquity installer to get all the features you need. One of those features is disk encryption.

All of t…

Radeon Software Crimson Driver 15.11 for Linux Is Out and It’s the Same as Catalyst

The new Radeon Software Crimson Driver from AMD has been released for the Linux platform as well, but it looks like the Linux users will have to wait a little bit more for the new UI or other features.

Numerous users, including myself, were excited to see that AMD was paying proper attention to the Linux drivers, and there was a special slide in their official communique about Linux gaming. In fact, they were saying that, with the help of the new drivers, Linux players shou…

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS Gets First GNOME 3.19 Packages for Daily Build

The Ubuntu GNOME developers have been very busy with their work on the 16.04 LTS, and they released some details about the packages that have been updated and about various other changes.

Ubuntu GNOME is one of the official Ubuntu flavors, and it’s been around for some time now. It implemented the vanilla version the GNOME stack, with a few small modifications. It’s a little behind the current GNOME releases, but that can’t really be helped, and it will remain in that state…

RAR 5.30 Brings Multipart Support for 7-Zip and Testing for tar.gz, tar.bz2 and tar.xz

RAR is a powerful archive manager that can be used to reduce the size of files and to decompress RAR, ZIP, and other formats. A new major upgrade has been released, bring the version number up to 5.30.

Despite the reputation of RAR as being a Windows application, it’s good to know that it’s also available on other platforms, like Linux for example. Sure, it’s not the most popular, but that hasn’t stopped the RAR developers from supporting Linux.

Unlike the version that s…

Radeon Crimson Driver to Bring Linux Performance Improvements of Over 100%

Radeon Crimson Driver is the replacement from AMD meant to help retire the old Catalyst, and it will arrive really soon. AMD is saying that the performance in some Linux games will increase by at least 112%.

When you read 112%, you’ll think that it’s some kind of mistake or that the person who put together the slides doesn’t have a proper understanding of how percentages work. On the other hand, we need to take AMD’s word at face value and believe that’s OK.

The performa…

NetworkManager 1.0.8 Is a Massive Release, Supports IPv6-Only VPN Connections

The developers of the popular NetworkManager software, which is used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems as the default network connection manager solution, have announced a new stable release, NetworkManager 1.0.8.

According to the internal changelog, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, NetworkManager 1.0.8 is a massive release that introduces a great number of new features. Among these, we can mention support for IPv6-only VPN connections, su…

KDE Developers Work on Improving the Security of KDE Plasma 5 on Wayland

After informing our readers last week about the implementation of a beautiful and secure lockscreen for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.5 on the Wayland desktop environment, today we have new information about the things that will come for the Wayland session of KDE Plasma 5.5.

KDE developer Martin Gräßlin wri…

Chapeau 22 Linux Users Can Now Upgrade to Chapeau 23, Here’s How

Before announcing the release of the second Beta build of the Chapeau 23 Linux operating system, Vince Pooley published a lengthy article to inform all users of the Chapeau 22 distro that they could upgrade to Chapeau 23 if they wanted to.

The instructions on how to upgrade your Chapeau 22 installation to the upcoming Chapeau …