Google Chrome 37 Stable Release Finally Fixes Annoying Website Rendering Issues

The Google Chrome Internet browser has just advanced to version 37.0.2062.120 and packs a few minor features, a Flash update, and some bug fixes.

Interestingly enough, the Google Chrome devs didn’t move the version number to 38, as everyone was expecting. The reason for this decision might have something to do with the latest security fixes. It’s possible that the developers chose not to wait until the 38.x stable branch was ready and pushed another update in the stable branch instead…

How to harden Apache web server with mod_security and mod_evasive on CentOS

Web server security is a vast subject, and different people have different preferences and opinions as to what the best tools and techniques are to harden a particular web server. With Apache web server, a great majority of experts -if not all- agree that mod_security and mod_evasive are two very important modules that can protect […]

VirtualBox 4.3.16 Brings X.Org Server 1.16 and Multiple Fixes

A new version of VirtualBox, a virtualization product for enterprises and end users, has been announced by Oracle, bringing a number of fixes and small improvements.

VirtualBox is one of the most used virtualization tools on the Linux platform, although it has quite a competition. It’s probably the most friendly software of its kind, so it’s no wonder that most users immediately install any updates, no matter how small.

The 4.3 branch of VirtualBox is considered to be the most advanc…

Evolve OS Alpha 4 Is a Beautiful Modern Distro for Traditional Users – Gallery

Evolve OS, a new Linux distribution built from scratch that’s using a fresh desktop environment called Budgie, has just received a new update and has advanced to Alpha 4.

The Evolve OS distribution appeared out of nowhere and it seems to be on track for fast release. The developer is making very good progress with it and the new distro promises to provide an interesting and very different experience.

The one thing that everyone will notice is the fact that the Evolve developer didn’t…

CUPS Exploit Closed in Ubuntu Systems

Canonical has announced in a security notice that a CUPS vulnerability has been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

All the supported Ubuntu releases have been affected by this issue, although Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is actually the server edition. The developers have explained that CUPS could have been made to expose sensitive information, which would lead to privilege escalation.

According to the security notice, “Salvatore Bonaccors…

How to run your own Git server with GitlabHQ on Ubuntu 14.04

How to run your own Git server with GitlabHQ on Ubuntu 14.04
This document describes how to install and configure Git and GitHub. These are great tools to manage and administer a whole host of Git repositories and the associated permissions. So, these …

Cinnamon Screensaver Now Features Custom Messages

The Cinnamon desktop environment is actually made of numerous components, and the screensaver is only one small part. This package has just received a very interesting new feature that should arrive very soon.

The screensaver is a very important component and it actually comes with many features, but now it has one more. Users will be able to add a custom message displayed on a clear black background.

“You can use that to give the date and time the format you want, or you can remove the…

Puppy Games Could Be the First Studio to Stop Linux Support Due to Low Sales

The low number of Linux sales for the Puppy Games developer has made them vent some anger on Twitter about the problems they are facing.

It’s a well-known fact that Linux gamers have just a little bit over 1% of the Steam pie. It’s been like that since the beginning and it doesn’t seem to change anytime soon. The apparent low gaming adoption for the Linux platform is not without effects and game developers are affected by this problem.

Puppy Games is a well-known and established …

QEMU Exploits Closed in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Canonical has released some details in a security notice about a number of QEMU vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

The Ubuntu developers have managed to plug another vulnerability. This time it affected both the qemu and qemu-kvm packages and the fix covers a few security issues.

According to the security notice, “Michael S. Tsirkin, Anthony Liguori, and Michael Roth discovered multiple issues with QEMU state loading after mig…

Robocraft Free MMO Arrives on Steam for Linux

Robocraft, a free-to-play robot vehicle shooter developed and published by Freejam on Steam, now also has a Linux version.

The new Robocraft is a game made in the vein of the much more famous World of Tanks, but it’s radically different for the users who want to make their own deadly machines. It’s described by its makers as an MMO Robot vehicle shooter, and that seems to be a category in itself.

Robocraft is now part of the Early Access Game program on Steam and that means that it…

Qt 5.4 Alpha Brings Official Wayland Support

Qt 5.4 Alpha, a cross-platform application and UI framework with APIs for C++ programming, is now ready for download and testing.

The Digia developers have had great success with the 5.3 release, which was made back in May, and since then a huge number of changes have been made. The changelog for the upcoming 5.4 version is even bigger than the one for 5.3.

So many modifications to the Qt packages done in just a few months will definitely impact some of the projects that are actively using Q…

Q4OS 0.5.18 Is an Almost Exact Linux Replica of Windows XP – Gallery

Q4OS is a desktop operating system designed to offer a classic style user interface and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Windows XP. A new version has been released and it comes with some pretty interesting changes and improvements.

Q4OS is an operating system that does everything to let users know it’s modeled after Windows XP, although it’s so much more than that. The devs have explained that Q4OS is actually quite good for cloud environments, but if you are looking to switch to Li…

Debian and FSF to Help Users Find Hardware with No Proprietary Software Required

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Debian Project are partnering up to provide a database for hardware products that don’t need any proprietary drivers to work.

The Free Software Foundation does a lot of things, and one of them is to promote products that are completely free. That means that it will frown upon, for example, distributions that have proprietary drivers in their repositories, even if they aren’t available by default.

In fact, one of the reasons Debian is not o…

Steam Beta Update Makes Linux Streaming Use Pulse Audio

A new Beta version of the Steam distribution platform has been released and it looks like the developers are working very hard to implement all sorts of new features and to fix some of the problems that appeared since the previous stable update.

Valve usually goes through quite a few Beta versions before a new stable release is made, but most of these intermediary builds are usually rather small. For some reason, some of the previous releases have been quite large, which prompted the develope…

Raspberry Pi Used to Power In-Car Computer for a Ford Focus – Gallery

Raspberry Pi is considered to be one of the most versatile mini PCs in existence, and proof of this is the recent integration of this device as an in-car computer for a Ford Focus.

The number of things that you can do with a Raspberry Pi seems to be infinite. We’ve seen the system integrated in all sorts of projects, from simple household control to a management system for a microbrewery. It might sound strange that such a small device can do so many things, but it looks like it’s eve…

Linux Mint to Receive Folder Emblems and a Better Nemo Toolbar

Linux Mint users will soon have access to a cool new (and old) option that will allow for the customization of folders with emblems.

Linux Mint developers are making a real effort to improve the look of their operating system and they are integrating all sorts of new features that will make their distribution more interesting and much more attractive to new users as well.

In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, the Mint devs announced that users would have access to a great variety of themes wi…

PC-BSD 10.0.3 Is a Modern and User-Friendly OS Based on FreeBSD

PC-BSD 10.0.3, a BSD distribution with the goal to be an easy to install and use desktop operating system based on FreeBSD, has been released and packs a large number of updated packages.

The developers of PC-BSD have explained that their distro is based on the FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE, but there are many differences from that base. In fact, the number of changes is quite large and it would be hard to see how the two OSes are actually related.

BSD systems don’t have a great track record of b…

Ubuntu Devs Close procmail Vulnerability in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical has released details in a security notice about a procmail vulnerability in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems that has been found and fixed.

The Ubuntu developers have fixed a small procmail vulnerability. Apparently, formail could have been made to crash or run programs, if it processed specially crafted mail.

According to the security notice, “Tavis Ormandy discovered that the formail tool incorrectly handled certain malformed m…

J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars Adventure Game to Arrive on Steam for Linux Soon – Gallery

J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars, an adventure game developed and published by CBE Software, has been announced and will be released on Steam for Linux in a few days.

J.U.L.I.A. Among the Stars was intended to be a remake of the original J.U.L.I.A. that was released back in 2012, but the developers went to Indiegogo and managed to gather enough money to make a different game altogether.

“The story centers on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an elite group of s…

Linus Torvalds Says Linux Binary Packages Are Terrible, Valve Might Save the Desktop

One of the main problems with Linux platform fragmentation is that there are a number of concurrent binaries available for various platforms and they are not compatible with each other. Linus Torvalds explains why he thinks that the binary concept on Linux is broken and why he doesn’t use them for his projects.. The fact that most of the major distributions use different binaries is a well known problem, one that is not going to be solved anytime soon. The number of problems that need to be o…