Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 17.04 to Take Place November 15-16, 2016

On September 22, 2016, Canonical’s Daniel Holbach had the great pleasure of informing the Ubuntu Linux community that the next UOS (Ubuntu Online Summit) event will be taking place in mid-November.

That’s right, we’re talking about the Ubuntu Online Summit event for the next major release of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, namely Ubuntu 17.04, whose codename is yet to be announced by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth shortly after the release of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on October 13, 2016.

“At the event, we are going to celebrate the 16.10 release and all the great things which are new and get to talk about what’s coming up in Ubuntu 17.04,” says Daniel Holbach in the mailing list announcement. “The event will be added to summit.ubuntu.com shortly, and you will all receive a reminder or two to add your sessions.”

Ubuntu 17.04 to be release…

Audacious 3.8 Free Music Player Is Out, Finally Lets You Run Multiple Instances

A new stable version of the Audacious open-source and cross-platform audio playback application has been announced for both GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms, version 3.8.

Audacious 3.8 has been in development since early August when the first Beta milestone was announced, and it received a second Beta build in early September. But now the wait is finally over, and you can get your hands on the final release, which brings tons of new features and improvements.

Probably the most important change implemented in Audacious 3.8 are the ability to run multiple instances of the application, something that wasn’t possible with any of the previous releases except the Beta versions of the 3.8 milestone. Best of all, each running Audacious instance remembers its own configuration.

“With this version, it is finally possible to run multiple instances of Audacious (#635). Instances are numbered and can be started with audacious -2, audacious -3, and so on; once running,…

AndEX Live CD Now Ships Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Linux Kernel 4.4.20 LTS

Today, September 22, 2016, Softpedia was informed by Arne Exton about the the immediate availability of an updated version of his popular, yet commercial AndEX Live system.

AndEX Build 160922 is now the latest and most advanced version available of the project that lets you run Google’s Android mobile operating system on almost any personal computer, with a recent kernel version, custom software packages, and many other useful tools and tweaks.

“My compiled Android-x86_64 system (Marshmallow 6.0.1) can run live (from CD) or be installed on almost all laptops (and some Desktop computers). For example Acer (Aspire), HP, Samsung, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Thinkpad, Fujitsu, Panasonic and Ausus laptops,” says Arne Exton in today’s announcement.

Here’s what’s new in AndEX Build 160922

The new version, AndEX Build 160922, ships with a recent build (version 4.4.20) of the latest long-term supported (LTS) kernel series, namely Linux 4.4, which has been inje…

SystemRescueCd 4.8.2 System Recovery Live CD Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4.21 LTS

Today, September 22, 2016, SystemRescueCd developer François Dupoux proudly announced the availability of an updated version of his Linux-based system recovery Live CD.

SystemRescueCd 4.8.2 is now the latest stable and most advanced version, bringing new kernel versions, namely Linux kernel 4.1.33 LTS (for both rescue32 and rescue64 variants) and Linux kernel 4.4.21 LTS (for the altker32 and altker64 versions).

While Linux kernel 4.1.33 LTS is used by default, as the standard kernel, users can switch to use the alternative Linux 4.4.21 LTS kernel anytime if they believe it offers better support for their hardware.

The new SystemRescueCd version also ships with three new tools, the first one being Ncdu, an open-source disk usage analyzer utility that features a Ncurses interface and has been designed from the offset to be used for finding space hogs on remote servers.

The second tool is BorgBackup, an open…

Mozilla Firefox 49.0 and Thunderbird 45.3 Land in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Today, September 22, 2016, Chris Coulson from Canonical published two security advisories to inform the Ubuntu Linux community about the availability of the latest Mozilla products in all supported releases.

Mozilla announced the other day that its popular Firefox web browser, which is being used in the majority of GNU/Linux distributions by default, has hit a new milestone, version 49.0, bringing various new features, such as updated Firefox Login Manager and Reader Mode or better video performance on SSSE3 systems without hardware acceleration.

Mozilla Firefox 49.0 also ships with updated HTML5 video and audio technologies that let users play files at 1.25x speeds or loop them. To track font memory usage, Firefox 49.0 contains new improvements to the about:memory reports, and it looks like there’s now better font shaping thanks to the re-implementation of the Graphite2 rendering engine by default.

On the other hand, Mozilla Thunderbird 45.3.0 ships with several …

Chakra GNU/Linux Users Are Getting KDE Plasma 5.7.5 and Applications 16.08.1

Today, September 22, 2016, Chakra GNU/Linux maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis announced that the rolling operating system is now getting the latest software updates and technologies.

Yes, you’re reading it right, your Chakra GNU/Linux installation has just been updated, and you’ll now get the recently released KDE Plasma 5.7.5 desktop environment, which is the last maintenance version in the Plasma 5.7 series before KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS hits the streets, as well as KDE Applications 16.08.1 software suite and KDE…

You Can Now Have a Single Live ISO Image with All the Linux Mint 18 Flavors

Softpedia was informed today, September 22, 2016, by Željko Popivoda from the Linux AIO team about the general availability of an updated version of their Linux AIO Linux Mint project, based on Linux Mint 18.

That’s right folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for is here, and you can now have a single, live, bootable ISO image that contains all the official flavors of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” operating system, including Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon, Linux Mint 18 MATE, Linux Mint 18 KDE, and Linux Mint 18 Xfce.

As expected, there are two versions of the Linux AIO Linux Mint 18 ISO, one with the 64-bit editions of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” flavors mentioned above, and another with the 32-bit variants. Besides that, users will also find two handy tools, such as HDT (Hardware Detection Tool) and the Memtest86+ RAM diagnostic utility.

Here’s what you can do with Linux AIO Linux Mint 18

Just in case you are new to our news section and you’ve never read…

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Linux Operating System Gets a Second Beta with KDE Plasma 5.8

Today, September 22, 2016, the openSUSE Project proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of the second Beta development milestone towards the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system.

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 comes with several interesting improvements and up-to-date software components, including the KDE Applications 16.08.0, KDE Frameworks 5.26.0, GStreamer 1.8.3, GTK+ 2.24.31, GTK+ 3.20.9, json-glib 1.2.2, Wireshark 2.2.0, and Xen 4.7.0_12.

Other than that, the openSUSE KDE team did a fantastic job of integrating the recently announced Beta release of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment into openSUSE Leap 42.2 Beta 2 so you can get an early taste and see if there are any show stoppers that need to be addressed before the final version lands in mid-November.

“The quality of the distribution at this point looks quite good,” said Ludwig Nussel, Le…

Rocket.chat, a new snap is landing on your Nextcloud box and beyond!

Last week Nextcloud, Western Digital and Canonical launched the Nextcloud box, a simple box powered by a Raspberry Pi to easily build a private cloud storage service at home . With the Nextcloud box, you are already securely sharing files with your colleagues, friends, and/or family. The team at Rocket.chat has been asking “Why not […]

Android Banking Trojan First to Gain Root Privileges

Developers behind an Android banking Trojan have fortified the malware with an exploit to help it gain root privileges; this is the first time a mobile banker that tries to obtain root privileges has been seen in the wild. Researchers detected the Tordow Trojan in February, but attackers have apparently tweaked it over the last

Monitoring “big software” stacks with the Elastic Stack

Big​ ​Software​ ​is​ ​a​ ​new​ ​class​ ​of​ ​application.​ ​It’s​ ​composed​ ​of​ ​so​ ​many moving​ ​pieces​ ​that​ ​humans,​ ​by​ ​themselves,​ ​cannot​ ​design,​ ​deploy​ ​or operate​ ​them.​ ​OpenStack,​ ​Hadoop​ ​and​ ​container-based​ ​architectures​ ​are all​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​​Big​ ​Software​. Gathering​ ​service​ ​metrics​ ​for​ ​complex​ ​big​ ​software​ ​stacks​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​chore Especially​ ​when​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​warehouse,​ ​visualize,​ […]

MATE 1.16 Desktop Environment Officially Released with More GTK+ 3 Improvements

Just a few minutes ago, Ubuntu MATE project leader, and now a Canonical employee, Martin Wimpress, informed us about the availability of the MATE 1.16 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

It has been six long months since the MATE 1.14 desktop environment was announced, during which the MATE development team worked hard on bringing lots of improvements to the core applications included in the lightweight graphical desktop interface used by default in the Ubuntu MATE operating system and other GNU/Linux distributions, as well as lots of other enhancements and cosmetic changes.

“After 6 months of development the MATE Desktop team are proud to announce the release of MATE Desktop 1.16. We’d like to thank every MATE contributor for their help making this release possible,” says Martin Wimpress. “The release is focused on improving GTK3+ compatibility, migrating components to newer libraries, fixing bugs and code hygene.”

Here’s what’s new in MA…

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta Freeze Now in Effect, Lands September 22

Today, September 21, 2016, Canonical’s Adam Conrad announced that the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta is now in freeze stage and will arrive, as initially planned, on September 22, 2016.

However, early adopters should look for the release late Thursday or very early on Friday, September 23, because the Ubuntu developers are a little busy right now pushing last minute updates to the stable archive, and they also managed to land the new Linux 4.8 kernel packages earlier today, as reported right here on Softpedia.

“Due to a rocky start on this beta with landing a last-minute kernel and a few other hiccups, it’s possible the actual release will happen on Friday morning instead of Thursday night, but let’s …

Flatpak 0.6.11 Linux Universal Binary Format Released with New Features, Fixes

Alex Larsson from the Flatpak project, the universal binary format that aims to simplify application distribution across multiple GNU/Linux operating systems, announced the release of Flatpak 0.6.11.

Flatpak 0.6.11 is a small maintenance version that comes approximately one week after the release of the previous one, Flatpak 0.6.10, bringing a new FLATPAK_CHECK_VERSION macro in the libflatpak library to automatically check the installed Flatpak version, a new option to the flatpak-builder command, namely “–show-deps,” to allow listing of all the files on which the manifest depends.

The list of changes continues with support for using dashes in application IDs, but app developers are being informed by Alex Larsson that to make them work with symboli…

Snapcraft GUI 3.0 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 16.10

Softpedia was informed today, September 21, 2016, by Snapcraft GUI developer Keshav Bhatt about the release of a new major update, version 3.0, for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above.

Last week, we introduced you guys to the Snapcraft GUI application, whose main goal is to help application developers who want to distribute their projects across multiple GNU/Linux distributions using Canonical’s innovative Snap universal binary package format build Snappy packages more easily.

So, yes, Snapcraft GUI is a graphical user interface to the Snapcraft command-line tool for creating Snap packages, and the latest release, Snapcraft GUI 3.0, is here to implement a “Recent Project” functionality, as well as a Project Notes feature that lets you write and save notes for your Snapcraft projects.

Additionally, there’s now a “Donation”…

GTK+ 3.22 GUI Toolkit Released for GNOME 3.22 as Devs Prepare for GTK+ 4.0

Immediately after announcing the final release of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, Matthias Clasen also had the pleasure of informing us about the availability of the GTK+ 3.22 GUI toolkit.

Most of you out there developing GTK+ apps know what this …

Ubuntu to Run Much Faster in Virtual Machines, as Well as When Using It Remotely

After releasing the OTA-13 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, Canonical is now working hard on putting all the pieces together for next month’s Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system.

Ubuntu 16.10 will be officially released on Oc…

Wayland 1.12 Next-Gen Linux Display Server Officially Released with Many Goodies

Today, September 21, 2016, Bryce Harrington has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of the Wayland 1.12.0 display server for GNU/Linux operating systems, along with the Weston 1.12.0 compositor.

Development for Wayland 1.12 and Weston 1.12 started exactly a month ago when the first Alpha build was seeded to public testers, and it already contained many of the new functionalities and improvements implemented in this final build we can install today on our GNU/Linux distributions.

Since then, several other development builds have been released for testing, but no other major features were added, only small bug fixes. Therefore, we believe that many of you monitoring the Wayland/Weston development builds may be aware that it comes with a new wl_display_add_protocol logger API.

“A new wl_display_add_protocol logger API provides a new, interactive way to debug requests; along with this are new APIs for examining clients and their resources. …

APT 1.3 Linux Package Manager Has Been Officially Released in Debian Unstable

On September 20, 2016, the APT development team, through Julian Andres Klode, announced the release of version 1.3 of the APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) command-line package manager.

APT 1.3 has been in the works since early May this year, and it received a total of twelve development releases that brought numerous improvements and new features to one of the oldest and most acclaimed package managers for Debian-based GNU/Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

And the biggest ones worth mentioning here are support for multiple fingerprints in the Signed-By feature making package distribution more secure, along with Signed-By support in “Release” files in the form of HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP), as well as the ability to use the same redirection mirror for all index files.

Multiple improvements were added to the EDSP (External Dependency Solver Protocol) protocol specificati…

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Is Now Officially Powered by Linux Kernel 4.8

Ubuntu 16.10 being in development and all that, it usually gets at least a few updated packages every 24 hours, and today, September 21, 2016, we were surprised to see that the Linux 4.8 kernel packages have finally landed.

The fact of the matter is that the Ubuntu developers have been working on rebasing the Linux kernel of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series, which is currently in development too, and the final release is expected to hit the streets later this month or on October 2, 2016.

Until today, Ubuntu 16.10 shipped with the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel from the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, but patched with some of the goodies from the now deprecated Linux 4.6 kernel series. The Ubuntu devs briefly attempted to rebase Yakkety’s kernel on the Linux 4.7 branch too.

However, considering the fact that they set in stone that the final release of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) will be powered by Linux kerne…