GParted Live 0.27.0-1 Disk Partitioning Live CD Out Now, Based on GParted 0.27.0

Just one day after announcing the release of the GParted 0.27.0 open-source partition editor software, Curtis Gedak is informing us about the availability of the GParted Live 0.27.0-1 stable release.

For those not aware, GParted Live is an open source project that aims to offer users a Debian-based Live CD distribution built around the GParted application, which can be used for manipulating (partition, merge, split, format, etc.) disk drives independent of the operating system installed on the target computer.

As mentioned before, GParted Live 0.27.0-1 is the latest stable release, and it ships with GParted 0.27.0, which brings automatic detection of GRUB2 core.img files, addresses an issue with the Mount Point column on openSUSE distributions and fixes a bunch of bugs reported by users since the previous maintenance update, nam…

Linux Kernel 4.8.4 Released with EXT4 and Btrfs Improvements, Updated Drivers

Just two days after announcing the release of Linux kernels 4.8.3, 4.7.9, and 4.4.26 LTS, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series.

That’s right, Linux kernel 4.8.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced kernel version, which is already available for users of the Solus and Arch Linux operating systems, and it’s coming soon to other GNU/Linux distributions powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.8 series. And even if only two days have passed since the previous update, it looks like Linux kernel 4.8.4 changes a total of 64 files, with 580 insertions and 286 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I’ll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the…

Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon” Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5

Today, October 23, 2016, the development team behind the Debian-based Netrunner GNU/Linux distribution proudly announced the release of Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon.”

Based on the latest technologies and open source software packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” (Debian Stable) repositories, Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon” is here after being in development for the past year or so, and it gives users an early taste of what’s coming to the full-featured Netrunner Desktop version later this year.

“Netrunner Core (like its upcoming big brother Netrunner Desktop) is based on Debian Stable with the latest Qt, Plasma, Framework and KDE Applications,” reads the announcement. “CORE is the streamlined version of the upcoming full Desktop version, and therefore provides only a few essential applications on top of the latest Plasma Desktop.”

Here’s what’s new in Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon”

Shipping with the KDE Plasma 5.7.5, KDE Applications 16.04, …

Linux Kernels 3.16.38, 3.12.66, 3.10.104, and 3.2.83 Patched Against “Dirty COW”

We reported the other day that an ancient bug, which existed in the Linux kernel since 2005, was patched in several recent updates, namely Linux kernel 4.8.3, Linux kernel 4.7.9, and Linux kernel 4.4.26 LTS.

One day later, the maintainers of other sup…

Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

The kernel vulnerability could be used by a local attacker to run programs as an administrator, and it looks like it also affects all supported Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as all of their official

FakeFile Trojan Opens Backdoors on Linux Computers, Except openSUSE

Russian antivirus vendor Dr.Web discovered this new trojan in October. The company’s malware analysts say the trojan is spread in the form of an archived PDF, Microsoft Office, or OpenOffice file. The infection starts when users open the file. The trojan springs into action by copying itself to “/.gconf/apps/gnome-common/gnome-common” and then opens a decoy document,

Nvidia 375.10 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Released with GeForce GTX 1050 Support

On October 20, 2016, Nvidia published a new Beta graphics driver for the Linux platform, adding support for some new GPUs the company launched recently, as well as various improvements and bug fixes.

The Nvidia 375.10 Beta is now available for early adopters, but we don’t recommend installing it just yet if you’re looking for a stable and reliable gaming experience, adding support for Nvidia’s recently announced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, as well as Nvidia Quadro P6000 and Nvidia Quadro P5000 GPUs.

Another interesting change implemented in the new Beta video driver, which should hit the stable channels next month, is the addition of two new X11 configuration options, namely ForceCompositionPipeline and ForceFullCompositionPipeline, overriding the MetaMode tokens with the same names.

RandR 1.5 now supports the RandR TILE property


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Is Coming to Linux on November 3, Ported by Feral

After giving us Mad Max, today, October 21, 2016, UK-based video game publisher Feral Interactive made another awesome announcement for GNU/Linux gamers: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming on the 3rd of November.

And we thought Mad Max was the biggest news of the year for Linux gamers, right? Well, wrong, as in just two weeks from the moment of writing this article, we’ll be able to play the superb Deus Ex: Mankind Divided action role-playing stealth video game on our Linux-powered gaming rigs.

“As augmented covert agent Adam Jensen, choose between combat, stealth, social, and hacking approaches to achieve your aims. Your choices will open closed doors, invite new challenges, and shape the fate of mankind,” reads the announcement page. “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Mac is s…

Linux users urged to protect against ‘Dirty COW’ security flaw

Organisations and individuals have been urged to patch Linux servers immediately or risk falling victim to exploits for a Linux kernel security flaw dubbed ‘Dirty COW’. This follows a warning from open source software vendor Red Hat that the flaw is being exploited in the wild. Phil Oester, the Linux security researcher who uncovered the

Managing your physical infrastructure from the top of rack switch

At the last OpenStack Design Summit in Austin, TX we showed you a preview of deploying your physical server and network infrastructure from the top-of-rack switch, which included OpenStack with your choice of SDN solution. This was made possible by disaggregating the network stack functionality (the “N” in Network Operating System) to run on general […]

Getting started with Inkscape on Fedora

Inkscape is a popular, full-featured, free and open source vector graphics editor available in the official Fedora repositories. It’s specifically tailored for creating vector graphics in the SVG format. Inkscape is great for creating and manipulating pictures and illustrations. It’s also… Continue Reading →

Debian-Based Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” Gets First Test Build, with GNOME 3.22

Today, October 21, 2016, the developers of the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux operating system proudly announced the availability for download of the first test build of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” release.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” was announced last month and, since then, the development team behind this ready-to-use and easy-to-install GNU/Linux distribution have worked hard to bring you all the latest applications and components from the recently released GNOME 3.22 Stack.

“Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 (code name Nev) ships with stable GNOME 3.22 desktop environment and an updated kernel,” reads today’s announcement. “This version has been synchronized with Debian Jessie repositories as of Oct 12 2016. Parsix Nev ships with LibreOffice 4.3.3 productivity suit by default.”

As you can see, the distro remains based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” repositories, yet it ships with the bra…

Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

As reported earlier, three new Linux kernel maintenance releases arrived for various Linux-based operating systems, patching a critical and ancient bug popularly known as “Dirty COW.”

We already told you that the kernel vulnerability could be used by a local attacker to run programs as an administrator, and it looks like it also affects all supported Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as all of their official or unofficial derivatives running the same kernel builds.

“It was discovered that a race condition existed in the memory manager of the Linux kernel when handling copy-on-write breakage of private read-only memory mappings. A local attacker could use this to gain administrative privileges,” reads Ca…

Meet Remix IO, All-in-One Android 7 Nougat-Powered PC, TV Box & Gaming Console

Today, October 20, 2016, Softpedia was informed by Jide Technology, the team behind the popular Android-x86-based Remix OS operating system, about an upcoming device called Remix IO.

Remix IO is an all-in-one device that can be dubbed as a TV set-top box powerful enough to play 4K movies, an office or home PC, as well as a gaming console. Jide Technology exclusively launched Remix IO today on Kickstarter, and it’s available for pre-order worldwide for only $99 USD (~€90). Best of all, Remix IO is powered by Remix OS, which is now based on the latest Android 7.0 “Nougat” Linux-based mobile operating system from Google.

“Remix OS was born from the belief that Android is the future of computing, yet with an awareness that it has the potential to do more. Android smartphones have dominated the market since its inception – with Android hitting 82.6% global market share this year – and now is the time to firmly put Android PCs on…

Red Hat’s Software Collections 2.3 and Developer Toolset 6 Suites Enter Beta

Today, October 20, 2016, Red Hat had the pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of the Beta builds for its upcoming Software Collections 2.3 and Developer Toolset 6 collections of tools for developers.

Red Hat Software Collectio…

Fedora 26 Linux to Retire the Synaptics Driver for a Better Touchpad Experience

Today, October 20, 2016, Red Hat’s Fedora Program Manager Jan Kurik informed the Fedora Linux community about an upcoming system-wide change proposal for the Fedora 26 release.

The new change proposal is about the retirement of the synaptics X11 driver, which is provided by the xorg-x11-drv-synaptics package. It appears that, in order to offer users a better touchpad experience, Fedora Project’s development team have decided to remove xorg-x11-drv-synaptics from the default install of the upcoming Fedora 26 Linux operating systems, due for release in June 2017.

“xorg-x11-drv-synaptics has been the main X.Org touchpad driver for over a decade,” says Jan Kurik. “Some users prefer the synaptics driver over libinput. This requires the users to install the driver and then place a custom config snippet or, more commonly, symlink to the synapt…

MPV 0.21.0 Media Player Adds Nvidia CUDA Support, Raspberry Pi Hardware Decoding

Today, October 20, 2016, MPV developer Martin Herkt proudly announced the release of another maintenance update for the very popular MPV open-source and cross-platform media player software based on MPlayer.

Looking at the release notes, which we’ve also attached at the end of the story for your reading pleasure, MPV 0.21.0 is a major update that adds a large amount of new features, options and commands, but also addresses dozens of bugs reported by users since the MPV 0.20.0 release and introduces other minor enhancements.

Among the most important new features, we can mention a new OSD (on-screen display) that appears when you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen, the ability to allow profile forward-references in the default profile, as well as support for Nvidia CUDA and cuvid/NvDecode, which appears to be a welcome addition to GNU/Linux distributions, as HEVC Main 10 support is missing i…

New Debian Linux Kernel Update Addresses “Dirty COW” Bug, Three Security Issues

On October 19, 2016, Debian developer Salvatore Bonaccorso announced the availability of a new, important kernel update for the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” series of operating systems.

The update promises to patch a total of four Linux kernel security vulnerabilities documented as CVE-2015-8956, CVE-2016-7042, CVE-2016-7425, and CVE-2016-5195, which some of you know as the ancient “Dirty COW” bug that could have allowed a local attacker to run programs with system administrator (root) privileges.

“Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel that may lead to a privilege escalation…

FCAIC in the House

The who in the where? On 3 October I officially1 started my new role as the Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator2 (abbreviated to FCAIC, pronounced “F-cake”). The job is like many other roles called “Community Manager” or “Community Lead.”… Continue Reading →

Solus 1.2.1 Linux Distro Released, Arrives With MATE Edition For The First Time

Solus 1.2.1 is the last fixed point released offered by the Solus Project. Other than the default Budgie Desktop, the Linux distro also comes with MATE 1.16 desktop. In the MATE edition, improvements have been made to the Software Center which allows installation via a third party repository. The Linux kernel has been updated to