4MLinux 19.0 Distribution Enters Beta, Uses GCC 6.1.0 & Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS

Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today, July 10, 2016, about the availability for download of the Beta of the 4MLinux 19.0 operating system, which will be released later this year.

As usual, the development cycle of a new 4MLinux release begins with the Core edition, a barebone version that only has a few MB in size, on which all the rest of the variants from the 4MLinux family of Linux kernel-based operating systems are based.

4MLinux 19.0 Core Beta is now ready for public testing, but don’t expect too much because, as noted above, it doesn’t include a graphical desktop environment, only command-line utilities. The Beta version of the 4MLinux 19.0 operating system will be released soon, most probably in the coming weeks.

Powered by Linux kernel 4.4 LTS and GCC 6.1.0

The good thing about 4MLinux is that it is always up to date with the latest GNU/Lin…

Vendetta Online 1.8.380 3D Space Combat MMORPG Brings New Features for PCs

It’s been a while since we last heard anything from Guild Software, the developer of the Vendetta Online 3D space combat MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) for PCs and mobile platforms.

The Vendetta Online 1.8.380 update was released a few days ago, and it promises lots of goodies, but only for PC platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. The rest of the supported platforms, such as Android and iOS, will get the new features in a future update.

“There are a lot of changes in this update, far more than one might realize from the changelog,” reads the announcement. “Patches for other platforms will be coming, but are delayed a little so we don’t have to test and monitor every possible version and device during this relatively significant update.”

What’s new in Vendetta Online 1.8.380

Release highlights of Vendetta Online 1.8.380 include a new skin fo…

Solus Is Now Officially a Rolling Release Linux Operating System

It looks like the “This Week in Solus” weekly newsletter are a thing again, and this is the second week in a row Solus developer Joshua Strobl announces a new installation to keep the community updated with the latest innovations.

So the 31st TWIS (This Week in Solus) newsletter is here to inform Solus users that their Linux kernel-based operating system is now officially embracing the rolling release model, which means that what you’re using right now will be supported forever and ever, or at least until something breaks and you need to reinstall.

As usual, we had a quick chat with Solus founder and lead developer Ikey Doherty, who reveals the fact that Solus has gone full rolling release because it better suits their engineering practices of delivering fast updates to users. “Yeah, we gave in eventually. We’ve been in denial about it for a long time but you know, we’re more rolling …

You Can Now Run Ubuntu Linux with the Unity Desktop on Top of Windows 10

Microsoft and Canonical’s “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” integration story continues, and it looks like a developer on GitHub has managed to run the Unity desktop environment on top of a Windows 10 installation.

While it hasn’t yet landed for all users, as Microsoft plans on bringing the “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” integration that lets users run Ubuntu Linux natively on the Windows 10 operating system as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, due for release on August 2, 2016, GitHub user Guerra24 has managed to achieve something else.

After doing all sorts of tricks in the CompizConfig Settings Manager (CSSM) GUI configuration tool for Compiz, and using a combination of VcXsrv and XLaunch, two applications for configuring and setting up a Windows X server, he has managed to run Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS with the Unity desktop environment on top of Windows 10.

“I finally managed to run Unity inside WSL, this shows that is fully…

Parrot Security OS 3.0 Ethical Hacking Distro Lands for Raspberry Pi, Cubieboard

Frozenbox Network, the developer of the Parrot Security OS ethical hacking distribution for personal computers and embedded devices, has announced the release of Raspberry Pi and Cubieboard 4 binary images for Parrot Security OS 3.0.

Dubbed Lithium, the highly anticipated Parrot Security OS 3.0 release arrived on June 21, 2016, and it’s a massive update to previous versions of the Debian-based cloud-friendly operating system powered by GNU/Linux and Open Source technologies.

Parrot Security OS 3.0 was designed with penetration testing and security auditing in mind. It’s an OS built for security professionals to use in ethical hacking, cloud pentesting, reverse engineering, cryptography, and computer forensic operations.

At the moment of the release, Frozenbox Network promised a total of six flavors for Parrot Security OS 3.0, each one designed for a specific target audience, featuring more or less security-oriented tools, as well as different desktop environments….

PCLinuxOS Xfce 64 2016.07 Community Edition Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3

Following the debut of PCLinuxOS MATE 64 2016.07, Ika, the maintainer of the PCLinuxOS LXDE and Xfce community editions, has proudly announced today, July 9, 2016, the release of the PCLinuxOS LXDE 64 2016.07 and PCLinuxOS Xfce 64 2016.07.

PCLinuxOS Xfce 64 2016.07 brings the July updates to users of the RPM-based computer operating system built around the lightweight, stable, fast and fully customizable Xfce 4.12 desktop environment.

The new release is powered by a kernel package from the Linux 4.6 series, as opposed to Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS that was used in the PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 Xfce Live ISO images announced last month.

As expected, PCLinuxOS Xfce 64 2016.07 has been fully synchronized with the PCLinuxOS software repository, which means that it includes up-to-date packages and software applications, as well as the latest security patches and bugfixes.

Available as Mini and …

KDE Frameworks 5.24.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5.7, Improves Many Breeze Icons

Today, July 9, 2016, KDE has announced the release of the KDE Frameworks 5.24.0 collection of over 70 add-ons for the Qt5 GUI toolkit, just in time for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment.

Earlier this week, on July 5, the KDE Project announced the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, which brought lots of goodies to diehard fans of the KDE user interface for GNU/Linux operating systems. Among them are multiple enhancements to the Wayland display server, better Kiosk support, new system tray and task manager, as well as improved workflows.

Now KDE releases KDE Frameworks 5.24.0, which brings even more improvements to the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop, in particular for the Breeze icon set, which received some new icons and many improvements to existing ones. But there are also small fixes to core components like KArch…

Star Cloud PCG03U is a compact Ubuntu PC for $90

Chinese device maker has been offering tiny Windows and Android computers for a few years, but the company first came to my attention back in 2012 when I learned that the Android-powered Mele A1000 TV box was also able to run Linux. This year the company started selling some products with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, and

openSUSE Tumbleweed Receives Mesa 12.0.0, LibreOffice 5.2 RC1 and PulseAudio 9.0

openSUSE developer Dominique Leuenberger today, July 8, 2016, informed the openSUSE Tumbleweed community about the latest GNU/Linux technologies and software components that landed in the repositories.

According to Mr. Leuenberger, most of the openSUSE developers are on holidays these days, which means that the number of snapshots seeded to users has shrunk in the last weeks from four to three. However, it looks like there were some updates that users need to be aware of and install as soon as possible.

Among these, we can mention the just announced Mesa 12.0.0 3D Graphics Library, the first Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.2 office suite, the PulseAudio 9.0 sound server, Git 2.9.0 distributed version control system, and KDE Framework 5.23.0.

“Summer holiday is here (at least in the northern hemisphere) – and we can see a slightly reduced beat for new snapshots. I can ‘only’ report three instead of the usual four releases for this week (0…

CentOS Atomic Host Update Adds Docker 1.10.3, Built From Standard CentOS 7 RPMs

CentOS Project’s Jason Brooks announced today, July 8, the general availability of a new maintenance update of the CentOS Atomic Host operating system designed to run Docker containers.

Built from standard CentOS 7 RPMs, CentOS Atomic Host has been updated to version 7.20160707, another important milestone that closely tracked the component versions included upstream in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host operating system, and includes many updated components.

The new updated software packages are Linux kernel 3.10.0-327.22.2.el7.x86_64, Docker 1.10.3-44.el7.centos.x86_64, Ostree 2016.5-3.atomic.el7.x86_64, Atomic run tool 1.10.5-5.el7.x86_64, Cloud-init 0.7.5-10.el7.centos.1.x86_64, Flannel 0.5.3-9.el7.x86_64, Kubernetes 1.2.0-0.12.gita4463d9.el7.x86_64, and etcd 2.2.5-2.el7.0.1.x86_64.

“An updated version of CentOS Atomic Host (tree version 7.20160707) is now available…

Wine 1.9.14 Brings Better Shader Model 5 Support in Direct3D, GDI Improvements

Today, July 8, 2016, the development team behind the popular Wine open-source software used by many Linux users to run Windows apps and games, have announced a new milestone towards Wine 2.0.

Wine 1.9.14 is now available for download, approximately two weeks after the launch of Wine 1.9.13, bringing better Shader Model 5 support in Direct3D, GDI (Graphics Device Interface) performance improvements, additional work for the upcoming Direct3D command stream, various improvements to the write support in WebServices, as well as the usual bug fixes.

According to the changelog, Wine 1.9.14 fixes a total of 20 issues that have been reported by users since the previous development release, which means that there will be much better support for various applications and games that are designed to run only on Microsoft Windows operating systems. See below for more details about the games and apps that received improvements.

Mesa 12.0.0 3D Graphics Library Released with Vulkan Driver for Intel Hardware

Today, July 8, 2016, Collabora’s Emil Velikov has had the honor of announcing the release of the final Mesa 12.0.0 3D Graphics Library for all GNU/Linux operating systems.

Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 has been in development since May 2016, and it received a total of four RC (Release Candidate) builds that brought hundreds of changes, including bugfixes and improvements to existing drivers. Mesa 3D 12.0.0 is now considered the most advanced, stable version and all GNU/Linux distribution should adopt it in order to offer their users better GPU support.

Release highlights of Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 include a Vulkan driver for Intel hardware from Ivy Bridge onward, OpenGL 4.3 support for nvc0, RadeonSI and Intel i965 8th generation hardware, OpenGL ES 3.1 support for nvc0 and RadeonSI drivers, GLVND support for OpenGL and GLX, DRI3 enablement for VDPAU, VAAPI, and OMX, …

KDE Plasma 5.8 Desktop Will Be an LTS Release for Stability and Performance

Now that some of us are already enjoying the newest KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment on our GNU/Linux operating systems, it’s time to take a look at the features of the upcoming major version.

Yes, we’re talking about KDE Plasma 5.8, about which ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell had a few words to say today in a short blog post. According to Mr. Riddell, it would appear that the KDE development team started work on the KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment, which looks like it will be an LTS (Long Term Support) release.

We have to admit that we don’t remember the last time we saw an LTS version of the KDE desktop environment, but it sounds awesome, especially that when we’re talking about LTS software, we’re talking about stabil…

Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS to Deliver the Kernel & Graphics Stack from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

On August 4, 2016, Canonical will announce the fifth and last point release of its long-term supported Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS. Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will offer users the latest Linux kernel and graphics stacks from the current LTS (Long Term Support) version of the operating system, Ubuntu

LXLE 16.04 “Eclectica” Distro Will Be Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Beta Out Now

It looks like the developers of the lightweight LXLE distribution are working hard on the next major update for the Lubuntu-based computer operating system, and they’ve just released the first Beta in the LXLE 16.04 series.

A 64-bit Live ISO image of …

Calibre 2.62 eBook Manager Supports the New Kindle Oasis, EPUB 3 Metadata

Today, July 8, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been proud to announce the release of Calibre 2.62 ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

It looks like the Friday weekly releases of Calibre are back, and Calibre 2.62 is here to add a couple of new features, as well as to fix many of the annoyances reported by users since last week’s Calibre 2.61 update or previous releases.

The most important feature of Calibre 2.62 is support for the newest Kindle Oasis e-reader model that has started shipping today. So if you receive your new Kindle Oasis device this weekend, you’ll be able to connect it to Calibre to upload your books.

The second major feature introduced in Calibre 2.62 is support for reading and writing of EPUB 3 specific metabata. Calibre is now capable of generating EPUB 3 metadata constructs when processing these types of files, such as series.

Bug fixes, new and i…

Using Vagrant to control your DigitalOcean cloud instances

Learn how to use the vagrant-digitalocean plugin to use Vagrantfiles to maintain cloud instances in Digital Ocean

Mycroft Uses Ubuntu and Snaps to Deliver a Free Intelligent Personal Assistant

Mycroft, the company behind the Mycroft AI open source intelligent personal assistant for GNU/Linux operating systems, has published a story recently on how they are using Ubuntu Linux and Snaps to deliver their software to Mycroft devices.

Those behind their Mycroft AI reading need to take a look at the video attached at the end of the article or visit the project’s homepage, where they will learn that Mycroft AI is more than an intelligent personal assistant. It is a device that transforms a regular house into an intelligent one that can connect to many existing appliances.

However, in this article, we would like to tell you a few words about the Mycroft AI personal assistant for your Linux desktop. Yes, that’s right, Mycroft AI is designed to work on virtually any Linux kernel-based operating system. Think of Mycroft…

Getting started: Creating Ubuntu Apps with Cordova

A few weeks ago we participated in Phonegap Day EU. It was a great opportunity to meet with the Cordova development team and we had a range of app developers gather for this occasion. The latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release was demoed, running on a brand new BQ M10 tablet in convergence mode. Creating responsive […]

Digital Signage meets IoT Series continues!

Last month we kicked off our first in our Digital Signage meets IoT series focusing on Building success with a RaspberryPi. It was a great session from Screenly founder, Viktor Petersson and Sixteen:Nine editor Dave Haynes who touched on industry trends, disruptive effects on hardware costs and adoption of agile software. If you missed the […]