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…

GNOME 3.16 to Feature Redesigned and Superb System Notifications

GNOME 3.16 promises to be one of the best releases made so far and numerous changes have been already announced. The new notification system is one of them and it’s definitely something to look forward to.

Not all desktop environments treat notifications the same way. Some are simple, some can’t be dismissed, in others you don’t have a history of recent notifications, and so on. No two DEs treat these notifications in the same way, which is actually a problem. The GNOME dev…

Calligra 2.9.0 Office Suite Now Available for Download, Introduces Calligra Gemini

Jarosław Staniek had the pleasure of announcing on the Calligra website that version 2.9.0 of the acclaimed office suite for KDE-based desktop environments is now available for download, a release that includes the biggest version of the Krita digital painting software, as well as updated version of the Kexi visual data-oriented apps builder.

As expected, Calli…

VLC 2.1.6 Out Now, Version 2.2 Coming Soon, VLC 3.0 Still in Early Alpha Stages – Updated

VideoLAN, the company that creates the powerful, multi-platform and highly acclaimed VLC Media Player software, just introduced a few minutes ago, February 27, the sixth maintenance release for the 2.1 branch of the software, while VLC 2.2 is still in development, and the forthcoming VLC 3.0 application is in early alpha stages.

VLC 2.1.6 is here as a quick fix release, replacing the existing VLC 2.1.5 version. This version fixes OSS (Open Sound System) stuttering issues, …

Puppy Linux-Based Quirky Distribution Reaches Version 7.0, Dubbed April – Gallery

Barry Kauler, the famous Puppy Linux creator, was proud to announce a few hours ago, February 26, the immediate availability for download of his Quirky 7.0 GNU/Linux operating system, dubbed April. This version comes as a major upgrade for the previous release, Quirky 6.2, and includes a number of new and attractive features, such as gorgeous desktop powered by JWM (Joe’s Window Mana…

Manjaro 0.8.12 Receives Xfce 4.12 with Latest Upgrade Pack

Manjaro developers have released a new update pack for Manjaro 0.8.12 and this time it’s a very big one. The makers of this distro focused more on the various desktop environments that are supported and they have also upgraded some of the other components.

The rate of releases for the Manjaro update packs is insane, but the developers are making some incredible progress. They could have pushed these kinds of updates into the upcoming 0.9.0 branch, but they’ve made some effo…

Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 1 Feels Like It Awakened KDE from a Long Slumber – Screenshot Tour

Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 1 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and the KDE desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing. It’s the first Kubuntu with the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop and it’s one of the biggest enhancements in a long time.

We noticed right from the start of the development cycle that Kubuntu 15.04 is going to be a great release. It feels like the KDE project has awaken from a long slumber and it’s finally ready to show us all th…

Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Beta 1 Has Separate Wayland Session Login – Screenshot Tour

The first Beta version for the 15.04 branch of Ubuntu GNOME is now out and users will be able to test it. There aren’t too many changes, but there are a couple of interesting new features and one of them involves Wayland.

Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Beta 1 (Vivid Vervet) is based on GNOME 3.14 and that is not something to change in time for the release. Implementing the latest GNOME packages takes time and there isn’t any left. In fact, Feature Freeze is in effect and that means dev…

Meizu Wants to Show You Its New Ubuntu Phone at MWC 2015

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) event will take place next week, between March 2-5, in Barcelona, Spain. Meizu, a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, will be at the event to showcase the forthcoming Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, according to its latest tweet.

As we reported a few months ago, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer will make an Ubuntu Edition…

New Video Shows the Greatness of the Ubuntu Convergence on Phones, PCs and Tablets

Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager at Canonical, had the pleasure of sharing his latest video with us, where he demos the greatness of the Ubuntu Convergence on an ordinary Intel-based tablet, which has the latest development version of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system with the highly anticipated Unity 8 interface.

The video starts with a demo of Ubuntu Touch on the said tablet, where Will Cooke demos the operating system’s features at high speed. A Netflix web app…

Ubuntu Phones, Convergence, Snappy Ubuntu Core to Be Showcased at MWC 2015

The highly anticipated Mobile World Congress (MWC) event will take place between March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain, and as expected, Canonical will be present to showcase its latest Ubuntu technologies, including the Ubuntu convergence of the upcoming Unity 8 interface and the first Ubuntu-powered phones, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and Meizu MX…