FreeBSD 11.0 Is Getting Closer and Closer, Fourth Beta Is Out for Public Testing

FreeBSD’s Glen Barber has announced the availability of the fourth Beta for the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system, a major release that will introduce a huge number of new features and improvements.

Looking at the release notes, we can notice that FreeBSD 11.0 Beta 4 is yet another small development snapshot that only addresses some issues discovered or reported by users since the previous Beta release.Still, it also implements a handful of new features and updates existing components.

For example, the mtx_trylock_spin kernel synchronization primitive has been added, the newly implemented system hardening options have been improved to no longer overwrite existing ones that are selected by the user during installation, and i…

Audacious 3.8 to Finally Add Support for Running Multiple Instances, Beta Is Out

The popular Audacious music player is again in development, and it looks like the next major release will be version 3.8, for which a Beta milestone has been made available for public testing.

Audacious 3.8 promises to be a massive update to the free, cross-platform and open-source audio playback application used by numerous computers users around the globe, which will finally be able to run multiple instances of the software simultaneously.

“Each instance will remember its own configuration. To start a new instance, run audacious -N. The second instance can be controlled with audtool -2 , the third with audtool -3 , and so on,” explain the developers in the release announcement.

New audtool commands, seamless cuesheet support

The first Beta release of Audacious 3.8 brings quite some goodies to those who are brave enough to install the pre-rele…

Solus Upgraded to the GNOME 3.20 Stack, Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.7

Solus developer Joshua Strobl has proudly announced the 33rd installation of Solus Project’s This Week in Solus weekly newsletter to inform the community about the latest technologies and software releases implemented in the OS.

After many weeks of hard work, project leader Ikey Doherty has finally managed to upgrade the entire GNOME Stack used in Solus from version 3.18 to 3.20, the latest and most advanced one. Therefore, all the graphical applications that are usually distributed as part of the GNOME desktop environment are now from the 3.20.x series.

Another major change in Solus is the implementation of the latest Linux 4.7 kernel, which promises to bring better hardware support and under-the-hood improvements, such as full AMDGPU support, Power Play support, Nvidia GeForce 800M support, complete Maxwell support, C720 trackpad support, as well as USB 3.1 support.

Additionally, t…

GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 6 Now Enabled by Default in Debian Unstable

Debian developer Emilio Pozuelo Monfort announced this past weekend the enablement of the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 compiler tools by default for Debian Unstable.

Back in June, the Debian devs were happy to announce that the latest GCC 6 and GNU Binutils 2.27 (or 2.28 if it is released by then) would be the default on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system, which is currently under heavy development and available to early adopters from the Debian Testing channels.

And now, the Debian devs are also proud to inform the community that GCC 6 has been enabled by default in Debian Unstable, also known as Debian Sid, a rolling development version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. GCC 6.1.1 is currently the version available in those repos, along with the Boost 1.61 and ICU 57 libraries.

“As you have probably noticed, the default GCC has been changed to GCC 6 i…

Wine 1.9.16 Fixes Microsoft Word / Excel 2010 Crash, Nvidia GT 740M Support

Wine 1.9.16 development release was announced this past weekend for those who love living on the bleeding edge, bringing more improvements and numerous bug fixes to various Windows apps and games.

A total of 43 issues reported by users were addressed in Wine 1.9.16, which ships with more shader instructions in Direct3D, performance improvements to GDI (Graphics Device Interface) and JavaScript, better 64-bit binary compatibility on the macOS operating system, and continues the progress towards the Direct3D command stream implementation.

And now for the fun part of things, Wine 1.9.16 fixes various crashes and annoyances with the Myst V, Devil May Cry 3, Darkness Within 2 Demo, eRacer Demo, Ballistic, YGOPro Percy, Sniper Elite 3, RobloxPlayer, Tera Online, Spellforce 2, King Arthur II Demo, Mass Effect 3, Gauntlet, World of Warcraft, Unreal Tournament 3, Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy, Into Th…

blackPanther OS 16.1 “Silent Killer” Arrives After a Year with Linux Kernel 4.7

It has been more than a year since we last heard anything from the development team of the blackPanther OS GNU/Linux distribution. This past weekend, though, they had the great pleasure of announcing the release of blackPanther OS 16.1.

For those not in the known, blackPanther OS is a free and open-source GNU/Linux operating system that borrows various technologies from Mandriva Linux, such as the graphical configuration tools, the graphical desktop environment of openSUSE Linux, namely KDE Plasma, and the driver management system of Ubuntu.

“It was just a year ago that I was able to announce Release 14.1 to you and now I’m happy to do the same again. After months of hard work, version 16.1 (Silent Killer) of blackPanther OS has been released. In keeping with tradition and due to a good number of optimizations, we are still able to fit on a 700 MB CD-R(W),” says Károly Barcza.

The best Linux laptop: The 2016 Dell XPS 13

Make no mistake about it. The 2016 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop is wonderful. It’s fast, its display is gorgeous, and, at less than three pounds, you can carry and code with it anywhere. But, oh, that price tag! The system itself is powered by a dual-core, 2.2GHz 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6560U Skylake

Untangle NG 12.1 Linux Firewall Released with New Geolocation Capabilities, More

Today, July 13, 2016, Untangle Inc. security software and appliance company has proudly announced the release of the Untangle Next Generation (NG) Firewall 12.1 operating system.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies, Untangle NG Firewall 12.1 introduces a host of new features and functionalities to the widely used and powerful Linux firewall platform designed for small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as governmental organizations, various educations institutions, and nonprofits.

“Version 12.1 is the next step in the evolution of the Untangle NG Firewall user interface,” said Dirk Morris, founder and Chief Product Officer at Untangle. “Building on the base provided by the last two major releases, version 12.1 provides a fully responsive mobile management console as well as faster performing, more flexible reporting and dashboard widget capabilities.”…

Budgie Desktop 10.2.6 and Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Land in the SparkyLinux Repos

We had the pleasure of reporting the other day about the availability of the Linux 4.6.4 kernel for all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as the Budgie 10.2.6 desktop environment for Solus, Fedora 22/23, and openSUSE Leap/Tumbleweed distros.

While it’s too early for many GNU/Linux distributions to update to Linux kernel 4.6.4, which is now the most advanced stable kernel version available, Arne Exton informed us earlier about the availability of a custom compiler, Linux 4.6.4 kernel package for 64-bit Slackware-based OSes, including Zenwalk, Sl…

Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Now Unofficially Available for Slackware 14.2 and Derivatives

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today, July 12, 2016, about the general availability of the recently released Linux 4.6.4 kernel for Slackware 14.2 and many of its derivatives.

Just yesterday, we reported on the debut of Linux kernel 4.6.4 as the latest and most advanced stable kernel version available for GNU/Linux operating systems, and Arne Exton has been quick to compile it for Slackware-based distributions, including Slackware 14.2, Slax, Zenwalk, and SlackEX.

However, it looks like Mr. Exton’s 4.6.4-x86_64-exton kernel is 64-bit only, which means that you can’t install it on a 32-bit Slackware-based operating system. And he has also provided us with details installations inst…

IPFire 2.19 Update 103 Adds Web Proxy Improvements, Latest Tor for Anonymity

The IPFire 2.19 Core Update 103 Linux kernel-based firewall distribution has been released today, July 12, bringing web proxy improvements and the latest security patches and bug fixes.

Michael Tremer has had the pleasure of making the announcement for this new maintenance update of the IPFire 2.19 series for the open-source, platform-independent firewall powered by a Linux kernel. According to the release notes, it adds many improvements to the built-in web proxy support, which is now based on Squid 3.5.

“The web proxy squid has been updated to the 3.5 series and various improvements for stability and performance were made,” says Michael Tremer. “On machines with slow harddisks or on installations with very large caches it was likely to happen that the cache index got corrupted when the proxy was shut down. This resulted in an unstable web proxy after the next start.”

Moreover, the development team has managed to improve the shutdown routine, which will finally s…

VirtualBox 5.1 Increases Linux Integration, Improves Multimedia Support

Today, July 12, 2016, Oracle has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the VirtualBox 5.1 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

VirtualBox 5.1 is a massive release that improves numerous parts of the software, promising to be a worthy update over any previous ones. It is the best and most advanced release so far, increasing the Linux integration, enhancing the multimedia support, and adding support for new technologies.

“To enable organizations and developers to more easily and flexibly create and deploy on premises and cloud applications, we are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1, the latest release of the world’s most popular free and open source, cross-platform virtualization software,” said Oracle.

Here’s what’s new in VirtualBox 5.1

Prominent features of …

Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 to Land Next Wednesday, OTA-13 Brings Libertine Improvements

The Ubuntu Touch saga continues, and today we would like to inform our readers about some of the latest changes coming in the next major update, the OTA-13, as well as about some good news for the soon-to-be-released OTA-12.

According to Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak, the testing of the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 software update is almost over and things are looks great. No blockers, and everything works as expected for almost all devices, with a small exception for Meizu PRO 5 and BQ Aquaris M10, which need custom tarball re-spins.

However, this an insignificant mentioned, because the OTA-12 update is on its way to Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet owners, coming with multiple improvements and a few new features. When? It looks like the phased out update should start landing next week, on Wednesday, July 20.

“We expect a new device tarball re-spin for turbo and maybe one small custom tarball re-spin…

Budgie Desktop 10.2.6 Comes with Redesigned Budgie Menu, Spotify Compatibility

Today, July 12, 2016, Softpedia was informed by Solus project leader Ikey Doherty about the general availability of the Budgie 10.2.6 desktop environment, a major release that introduces lots of new features and improvements.

Coming three and a half m…

Here’s How to Install Any Linux Operating System on Your Chromebook

Chromebooks are very cool and incredibly cheap portable laptops, powered by Chrome OS, a Linux kernel-based operating system created by the Google search engine giant, but it might turn out that Chrome OS is a very limited operating system.

Because of this, many users prefer to install a different GNU/Linux operating system, either by dual-booting with Chrome OS or by entirely replacing it. There are already numerous tutorials out there on how to achieve the dual-booting method of installing a Linux OS on your Chromebook, but in this guide, we’ll try to explain the latter.

Yes, that’s right, replacing your Chrome OS with a GNU/Linux distribution is what we want to teach you, just in case you decided Chrome OS is too limited for your needs or because Google no longer offers updates for your Chromebook. And we have the perfect operating system to try this, Solus, which just become a rolling release distro.

The best thing about Solus is that it kind of looks like Chr…

Linux Kernel 4.4.15 LTS Adds Many Updated USB Drivers, It’s Already in Solus

After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.6.4, which is now the most advanced stable kernel branch available, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the release of Linux kernel 4.4.15 LTS.

The Linux 4.4 kernel series is an LTS (Long Term Support) one, which means that it will be supported with security patches and bug fixes for a few more years than the normal Linux kernel branches. Because of this, many popular GNU/Linux operating systems prefer to use it, no matter if they are following a static or rolling release model. Among these, we can mention Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Arch Linux, and Solus.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.15 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/s…

KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop Users Complain About Multi-Screen Support, Fixes Incoming

The KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment arrived last week, on July 5, and it already landed in the main software repositories of various GNU/Linux operating systems, including Arch Linux, Gentoo, and KDE Neon.

KDE Plasma 5.7 brought numerous new features and improvements, along with the usual bug fixes, and it also promised improved multi-screen support. However, it appears that for many users who have already tried the new KDE Plasma desktop on their distributions, multi-screen support fails to work as expected.

KDE developer Martin Gräßlin writes today, July 11, 2016, on his personal blog about this fact, trying to explain to those who reported issues with KDE Plasma 5.7 running on multi-screen setups that they are working very hard to fix the bugs, but sometimes things do not depend only on them.

“This is unfo…

Mycroft AI Intelligent Personal Assistant Gets Major Update for GNOME Desktops

Approximately a month ago, we showed you the GNOME Shell extension of the unique Mycroft AI personal intelligent assistant for GNU/Linux operating systems running on the Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distribution.

Developed by the talented Aditya Mehra a.k.a. AIIX, the Mycroft AI GNOME Shell Extension is the most advanced version of the intelligent personal assistant that you can install on a Linux kernel-based operating system

Developer Aditya Mehra launched a couple of days ago an extension for the GNOME Shell user interface of the acclaimed GNOME desktop environment so that you can install on your distribution, that if you’re using the GNOME desktop environment, of course, to interact with Mycroft AI.

The new release, Mycroft AI GNOME Shell Extension 0.1.2, arrives today with an improved installer for Ubuntu-based distribut…

Linux Kernel 4.6.4 Released with Networking Improvements and Updated Drivers

Today, July 11, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the fourth maintenance update for the Linux 4.6 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.6.4 is now the most advanced kernel version …

Latest Vivaldi Browser Snapshot Improves Tab Hibernation on GNU/Linux Distros

Today, July 11, 2016, Vivaldi released a new snapshot version for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows, bringing multiple fixes and improvements.

According to Vivaldi’s Magnus Peter Langeland, there are over 70 fixes and improvements implemented in Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.534.3, but, in this blog story, we would like to tell our Linux readers about an important change that promises to improved tab hibernation when running the web browser on their operating systems.

Based on the latest Chromium 52, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.534.3 comes with a new Hibernation option that lets you hibernate tabs while the web browser is running. It works by placing the tabs you don’t use into a hibernation state, thus freeing up system memory. That’s really cool, isn’t it? The option can be activated via the tab r…