Debian Pushes Major Kernel Update to Debian Jessie, Fixes over 20 Security Flaws

Today, June 28, 2016, Debian Project, through Salvatore Bonaccorso, has published details about a major Linux kernel security update for the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system.

According to Debian Security Advisory DSA-3607-1, this is a major kernel update that patches the Linux 3.16 LTS kernel packages of the current stable Debian GNU/Linux release, codename Jessie. It appears that a total of 21 kernel vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed, and users are urged to update to kernel 3.16.7-ckt25-2+deb8u2 immediately.

“Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a privilege escalation, denial of service or information leaks,” reads the security notice. “For the stable distribution (Jessie), these problems have been fixed in version 3.16.7-ckt25-2+deb8u2. We recommend that you upgrade your linux packages.”

Canonical Is Considering Dropping Support for 32-Bit PCs After Ubuntu 18.10 – Updated

Today, June 28, 2016, Canonical’s Dimitri John Ledkov has laid down an example draft plan on how Canonical will deal with 32-bit (i386) support for upcoming Ubuntu Linux releases.

This is not the first time Ubuntu developers are discussing the matter of Canonical dropping support for 32-bit PCs. Still, every time a developer re-opens the topic, things are getting much serious, and it now looks like Dimitri John Ledkov has a pretty decent plan on limiting the 32-bit Ubuntu installation, starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10. Debian is also considering dropping support for older 32-bit hardware architectures in Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch.”

“Building i386 images is not “for free”, i…

GnuCash 2.6.13 Open-Source Accounting Software Released, over 20 Issues Resolved

Today, June 28, 2016, the GnuCash development team has released yet another maintenance release of their open-source and cross-platform GnuCash 2.6 accounting software.

GnuCash 2.6.13 is here as the most advanced version of the money manager applications that runs on GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, and it arrives three months from the release of the GnuCash 2.6.12 maintenance update to fix a total of 22 issues reported or not by users during all this time.

Looking at the changelog, we can notice that GnuCash addresses 13 reported bugs, among which a crash that occurred when attempting to open the money transfer dialog twice, missing budget reports for the Hungarian edition, a crash that occurred when manually adding a price entry in the Price Editor, as well as an issue with the calculation of check printing positions.

“A few bugs in the calculation of check positions while prin…

Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Are Now Available for Download – Exclusive

Thanks to one of our regular readers who constantly monitored the development progress of the Linux Mint 18 operating systems, we’ve been informed that the final ISO images are now available for download for both Cinnamon and MATE editions.

At a first…

Qubes OS 3.2 to Use Xfce4 by Default Because KDE 5 Is Bloated, Unstable and Ugly

Joanna Rutkowska, a member of the Qubes OS project, has published today an interesting ticket to the list of issues for the upcoming Qubes OS 3.2 operating system on the project’s GitHub page.

In the respective ticket, Joanna Rutkowska talks about the promotion of Xfce 4.12 as default desktop environment for Qubes OS 3.2, the next major release of the GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora Linux and built around the Xen hypervisor and other popular open source technologies.

Qubes OS usually ships with the KDE Plasma desktop environment, but Joanna Rutkowska confesses that they always wanted to get rid of it, but postponed it until later because of other important issues. Qubes OS 3.2 is currently in development, with a first RC (Release Candidate) version published for public testing.

After some rigorous tests, Joanna Rutkowska arrived at the conclusion that t…

GeckoLinux 421.160627.0 “Static” Editions Released Based on openSUSE Leap 42.1

Users of the GeckoLinux distribution are in for yet another treat after the announcement of updated GeckoLinux 421.160623.0 “Rolling” Editions based on the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots.

And this time, the GeckoLinux developer has managed to update all the “Static” Editions based on the latest package versions available in the openSUSE Leap 42.1 software repositories as of June 27, 2016.

We told you yesterday, when we wrote our first story about GeckoLinux, that the entire project aims to boost the adoption of the openSUSE Linux operating system, no matter if we’re talking about Tumbleweed or Leap series, on personal computers.

As explained there, GeckoLinux “Rolling” Editions are based on openSUSE Tumbleweed, and the “Static” Editions on openSUSE Leap, each one shipping with up to eight different flavors using various d…

Snapcraft 2.12 Coming Soon to Ubuntu 16.04, Lets You Access the Parts Ecosystem

The development of Snapcraft, the handy Ubuntu utility that lets you create Snaps for your applications, which you can now distribute across multiple operating systems, is advancing at a fast pace, and it looks like Snapcraft 2.12 will land soon.

In his latest blog post, Sergio Schvezov, one of Snapcraft’s core developers, shares with the Snappy community some of the hottest features coming to the Snapcraft 2.12 release in the next few days. Among these is the ability to access the parts ecosystem, for which the developer has published a lot of useful examples.

“So imagine I am someone wanting to use libcurl. Normally I would write the part definition from scratch and be on with my own business but surely I might be missing out on something about optimal switches used to configure the package or even build it. I would also need to research on how to use the specific plugin required,” says…

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 and 8.10 Receive New Security Patches, Latest LTS Kernels

Today, June 28, 2016, the developers behind the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux computer operating system have announced that new security patches and kernel versions are available for both Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 and 8.10.

While Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” is still in heavy development with no new test build made available for public beta testers since May, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 “Atticus” is the current stable release of the distribution, and it has received the latest Linux 4.1.27 LTS kernel.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” has also gotten an updated kernel, Linux 4.4.14 LTS, and it looks like both distributions now include the latest security updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” repositories. Among them are the libpdfbox-java 1.8.7+dfsg-1+deb8u1, libxslt 1.1.28-2+deb8u1, libav 6:11.7-1~deb8u1, and drupal7 7.32-1+deb8u7.

Users are urged to update as soon as possible

The Parsix GNU/Linux developers are advising users of the Parsix GNU…

Canonical Releases New Kernel Update for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

We reported the other day that Canonical released a major kernel update for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, and it appears that it also affected users of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) distribution.

While Ubuntu 15.10 will be supported for only one month or less, Canonical has released multiple Linux kernel updates for the other LTS (Long Term Supported) Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

According to Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3018-1 and Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3021-1, a total of seven kernel vulnerabilities affected both Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems, including the latest point release of Trusty Tahr, which has received …

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…