Oracle Java Installer Conflicting With Apt Bug Fixed [Ubuntu 14.04]

Ubuntu 14.04: apt was updated recently and it broke the Oracle Java 6, 7 and 8 installers available in the WebUpd8 Java PPA. I updated the package this morning so the bug should be fixed.So if upgrading apt removed Oracle Java, you’ll now be able to install it back in Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure you […]

Windows XP Dies Tomorrow, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Launches Next Week

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows XP tomorrow but, as it happens, Canonical is about to launch Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) in a little over a week, which seems to be very fortuitous. In Canonical’s defense, Ubuntu always launches new versions during the months of April and October, hence the names like 14.04 and 14.10, for example. Even so, the April launch is a little different than what we had until now because Canonical usually aimed at later dates in the course of the mo…

4MLinux 8.2 Beta Is a Mini OS That Is Almost Complete

4MLinux 8.2 Beta, a mini Linux distribution that is focused on the 4Ms of computing, Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), has been released and is ready for testing.

4MLinux is one of the smallest distributions in the world that still retain the ability to work as a normal desktop environment, integrating some of the newest applications available.

One thing is for sure, 4MLinux is not your …

Linux Kernel 3.13.9 Arrives with Better Driver Support and File System Improvements

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel 3.13.9 has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman, featuring a small number of driver and file system updates. The latest build of this kernel is not a major update, but the 3.13.x branch is still one of the most advanced versions available for users and Linux distributions. It’s already being used in a large number of operating systems and, if the updates keep coming, many others will adopt it. It’s very important to have a new Linux kernel becaus…

New Google Chrome 35 Lands with Small Fixes for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

The Google Chrome 35 development branch, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been upgraded yet again, but this time it’s only a very small update.

A new version in the Development branch of Google Chrome is now out but, unlike previous releases, this is just a very small update. Developers sometimes find small problems with an application right after a new version is made available, so they’re forced to release a new one….

APT 1.0 Is Out After 16 Years, Gets Simplified Commands and Color Output

APT (Advanced Package Tool), a set of core tools inside Debian that makes it possible to install, remove, and keep applications up to date, has finally reached version 1.0.

Advanced Package Tool was launched back in 1998, and 16 years later it finally reached version 1.0. The APT developers didn’t really care about version numbers and the fact that the builds always started with 0 didn’t really bother them.

APT is a really old tool that was designed as a command-line application by the Debia…

PfSense 2.1.1 Firewall Distro Can Replace Any Commercial Alternative

PfSense 2.1.1, a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router, has been released and is now available for download. The developers of PfSense are making the best out of every release and implement all kinds of interesting changes. Most other distros would have a couple of changes for such a small increment in the version number, but the latest update to PfSense seems like an entirely new OS. Many of you might not have heard PfSense before bec…

“Get Involved” Q&A Hangout

We sat down for a couple hours to answer questions live and let people know how they can get involved with elementary. Check out the recorded Google+ Hangout on Air.
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Steam Hardware Survey for March Shows Small Decline for Linux

A new Steam Hardware Survey has been released, for the month of March, showing a small decline in the Linux user base, although it might be too small to actually count. Every month Valve publishes a comprehensive hardware and software survey that reflects what is being used to run the Steam client. It’s been pretty accurate until now, but a couple of months ago Valve made a few small modifications and eliminated most of the inconsequential entries for various other distros. It’s…

Lightweight Web Browser Midori Gets Another Major Update

Midori, a lightweight web browser that features full integration with GTK+ and fast rendering with WebKit, is now at version 0.5.8.

The new and improved Midori 0.5.8 has been released and comes with a large number of features and improvements, just like the previous build.

“As liked, fast and efficient our Adblock extension was, the original maintainer isn’t around anymore and flaws were accumulating on a code base that wasn’t very accessible anymore. So long story short Ad…

Tiny Core 5.3 RC2 Is Probably the Smallest Linux Distro Around

Robert Shingledecker has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the Tiny Core 5.3 RC2 Linux operating system, one of the smallest full operating systems in the world.

As the name implies, this distribution is known for its small size and versatility. The developer integrates a large number of packages and an attractive desktop. This latest iteration is not one of the most important, but it does feature some interesting changes.

According to the changelog, nosuid has…

PyDAW Developer Leaves Sourceforge, Accuses Hosting Service of Bundling Adware

It seems that hosting your project on Sourceforge is becoming a point of contention these days after yet another developer chose to leave the website due to reports that applications are being infused with adware before being offered for download. Sourceforge is a website that allows developers to host and distribute their applications, but in the last six months two major projects have decided to pull their files from there. The website is host to many open source projects and there are a gr…

Unreal Engine 4.1 Update Brings Linux Support

The Unreal developers from Epic Games have expressed their support before for the Linux platform, but now they actually made it possible with the latest update for the Unreal Engine 4.

One of Linux’s problems in becoming a gaming platform is the lack of support from major game developers. With the exception of Valve with its Source engine, and a couple of smaller companies, nobody is really making triple A engines for the Linux platform.

Valve seems to have become the main driver behind gami…

Wine 1.7.16 Brings DirectX Video Acceleration

Alexandre Julliard announced a new development version of the Wine app, which features some very important changes, besides the large number of fixes that have been implemented.

The Wine developers are still bringing important improvements for the development version and it seems that they are no ready yet to release a stable build.

Besides the normal fixes for various applications and games that are usually uploaded in the new releases, more regression test fixes have been implemented, stri…

Full Circle Podcast Episode 40, The Man That Slept

Full Circle Podcast Episode 40, The Man That Slept Our Sincerest Apologies for the massive delay in getting this Episode released, we’ve all been very busy on various solo projects in the early part of this year, which will become clearer when the next show comes out.  We will be making a massive effort to […]

SMPlayer reached to version 14.3.0, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint (PPA)

Install SMPlayer 14.3.0 with YouTube and Mplayer support in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty/13.10 Saucy/Ubuntu 12.10/Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 16/14/13 and other Ubuntu derivativesSmplayer is a complete media player for Windows and Linux. It uses the award-winning MPlayer as playback engine which is capable of playing most video and audio formats (avi, mkv, wmv, mp4, mpeg… see list). […]

AVLinux Goodies, Linux Tops XP Poll, and Learning Linux

In today’s Linux news The Inquirer reports the results of a recent poll of XP users. Jim Zemlin and Anant Agarwal answered questions about the Linux Foundation’s Intro to Linux course. And a hands-on review of AVLinux finds it “jam-packed with elements for multimedia creation, editing and playing.” The Inquirer recently ran a poll asking […]

Which Linux Mint apps can replace Windows XP software?

In today’s open source roundup: How to replace Windows XP applications with Linux Mint alternatives. Plus: Wine and Linux gaming, and why GNOME 3.12 won’t be in Ubuntu 14.04. Read more ….

Harvester, the Most Violent Adventure Game of All Time Arrives on Steam for Linux

 Harvester, a disturbing adventure video game developed by DigiFX Interactive and published by Night Dive Studios, is now available on Steam for Linux.This is actually a very disturbing game that was released way back in 1996 and it was supposed to be a horror title like any other. The reception was not stellar, but the developers did use full-motion video, a concept that was still in its infancy back then.“You wake up one morning to a town full of strangers and inexplicable sights….

Crowdfunding an open source laptop, a new Apache project, and more

Open source news for your reading pleasureMarch 29 – April 4, 2014In this week’s edition of the open source news roundup, we look at the end of Ubuntu One, a totally-open laptop, Microsoft’s recent steps toward openness, and more. Read more ….