DreamHost Takes its OpenStack IaaS Platform Out of Beta Tests

DreamHost has now taken its DreamCompute infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) OpenStack cloud platorm out of private beta testing. The company, with a platform that comes from the creators of Ceph, is set to compete with Amazon and other players in the cloud game. “DreamCompute is a perfect solution for software developers looking to create development and test […]

Install LibreOffice 4.3.3 in Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10

LibreOffice 4.3.3 has been officially released earlier today, being an incremental bug fix release over the stable 4.3.x series. Read more ….

Conspirationist Website Wants People to Boycott Linux and Use Minix

A new website has been launched, encouraging people to boycott the Linux kernel by avoiding all the distributions and products that use it, while pointing at the Minix kernel for a better alternative.

This is not the first initiative of its kind. In fact, a similar website was released just a couple of weeks ago, asking users to support forking Debian because it adopted systemd. Now, the Linux kernel is the target and the website claims to be the work of multiple users (developers?).

As you …

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 to Be Supported Until 2022

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 Public Beta, a Linux distribution built for an education environment and based on the Black Lab Professional Desktop series, has been released and is available for testing.

There are numerous Linux distributions that are oriented towards education, but you can never have too many in a domain such as this one. It’s based on the Black Lab Professional Desktop, which is a very good and powerful solution. Interestingly enough, Black Lab Linux is actually based on…

4MLinux Rescue Edition 10.1 Beta Helps Users with Data Recovery

4MLinux Rescue Edition, a special distribution that includes a wide set of system maintenance and recovery applications, has advanced to version 10.1 Beta and is now ready for testing.

4MLinux Rescue Edition is just one flavor in the 4MLinux ecosystem, but it’s also one of the most useful, as it packs a large number of tools that can be used to salvage data or perform a backup on systems that are about to be erased or updated. You can never be too careful when you need to perform this kind of…

Steam Beta Update Brings HTML5 Support for Internal Web Browser

Valve developers have released a new Steam Beta client and they have started another development cycle for this gaming platform, which has become a rather sought-after application.

Very few applications get this kind of fame in such a short time, but that was to be expected with Steam. It’s now one of the most used apps on Linux and it’s even getting embedded by default in numerous distros. It’s constantly getting improved with each new release and you can tell by the number of changes in the…

Puppy Linux 6.0 Screenshot Tour

We have another official Puppy Linux release. Since I retired from developing Puppy Linux early in 2014, keen members of the Puppy community forked my Woof Puppy builder, naming it woof-CE. Since then, 01micko has been active with a Puppy built from Slackware packages, named ‘Slacko Puppy’. The guys have also been working on another […]

Ubuntu Touch 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Is Open for Business, First Image Is Out

Canonical is moving forward with Ubuntu Touch, and a new development version of the mobile distribution has been made available, this time based on Ubuntu 15.04.

A new branch of Ubuntu Touch based on the newly launched Vivid Vervet has been built, and the first images are now available to anyone who wants to try them. As usual, they are considered to be pretty unstable and it will be a while until they become safe enough to be tried as a daily driver.

The Ubuntu team is now focusing all of i…

Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

Ubuntu Linux has already enjoyed the distinction of being the most popular platform for hosting OpenStack clouds. But now, Canonical has taken its commitment to OpenStack a step further with the announcement of its own OpenStack distribution.
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LibreOffice 4.3.3 “Fresh” Released by The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation has announced that LibreOffice 4.3.3 has been released and is now the most advanced stable version available for download.

The developers from The Document Foundation have released a new point update for the latest LibreOffice 4.3.x branch and they are working to further improve the office suite and promote a new version very soon, namely 4.4.

This is a maintenance release for LibreOffice, so you can imagine that no major new features have been implemented, but there …

A Good Puppy, Urban Legends, and Kubuntu Plasma 5

While perusing the nighly newsfeeds the release of Puppy Linux 6.0 was mentioned. Jonathan Riddell said the next release of Kubuntu will feature Plasma 5 and Chris Hoffman is reporting Unity 8 will allow more privacy. And finally tonight, Bruce Byfield has seven reasons LibreOffice is better than OpenOffice. Puppy Linux used to be quite […]

Kubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Will Have the Beautiful Plasma 5 Desktop by Default

The upcoming Kubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) release will include the next version of Plasma, which will make for a very interesting and different experience for fans of this distribution.

The KDE developers have been brewing a new Plasma desktop for some time now, but it’s not ready yet for integration as a default solution. Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) was released only a couple of weeks ago and the developers chose to implement the older Plasma desktop, 4.14.x. There is still some life left…

Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu Kylin is an official Ubuntu subproject whose goal is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users using the Simplified Chinese writing system. 14.10. In this release of Kylin 14.10, we have improved system stability and have added more new features, which deliver a better user experience. Read more […]

Short Stack: EMC’s Hybrid Cloud Play, Canonical’s OpenStack offering and Kilo specs

This week, EMC makes a big move to the hybrid cloud (including OpenStack, naturally), Canonical hops on the OpenStack bandwagon and the Kilo specs are here. The Kilo specs are here. Read more ….

Btrfs On 4 x Intel SSDs In RAID 0/1/5/6/10

Earlier this month I published Btrfs RAID benchmarks on two HDDs but as some more interesting results are now Btrfs RAID file-system benchmarks when testing the next-generation Linux file-system across four Intel Series 530 solid-state drives. All RAID levels supported by the Btrfs file-system were benchmarked atop Ubuntu 14.10 with the Linux 3.18-rc1 kernel: RAID […]

Ubuntu Could Give a Fatal Blow to Windows in China

The Windows operating systems is going out the front door in China and its place will be taken by a Linux distribution that will be used by the authorities and the governing body. The problem is that there is no real alternative, although at least one OS might be ready for the task, and that is Ubuntu Kylin.

The Chinese government and Microsoft now have a rocky relationship, to say the least. As detailed in today’s news, a plan to replace Windows gradually throughout the country with a Linux …

An Intel-Based Ubuntu Touch Tablet Is Planning To Launch Soon

Today we’ve received some information a device dubbed the “UT One” that is an Ubuntu Touch tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor and aims to ship in December… Read more at Phoronix

Everybody Is Talking About Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

In this week’s About Linux News I focus on the release of Ubuntu 14.10 and the obsession with including the entire name into a headline. Also, Why Currys/PC World might come unstuck by voiding warranties on computers with Linux installed, Read more ….

How to create and manage LXC containers on Ubuntu

While the concept of containers was introduced more than a decade ago to manage shared hosting environments securely (e.g., FreeBSD jails), Linux containers such as LXC or Docker have gone mainstream only recently with the rising need to deploy applications for the cloud. While Docker is getting all the media spotlight these days with strong […]

Folder Color Gets Caja And Nemo File Managers Support, Other Changes

Folder Color is a file manager extension that allows you to easily change folders  icon color, useful for instance to organize your folders, make some important folder stand out, etc.The latest Folder Color, which already supported Nautilus, adds support for Caja (the default MATE file manager) and Nemo (the default Cinnamon file manager):Folder Color for […]