Right Side of History, Fedora 21 Looking Good, and KWayland

In a bit of a slow news day today we still found out that Fedora 21 is looking good. Jim Zemlin says “Linux is on the right side of history” and The Document Foundation says, “Thanks” for the all the cool dough. In other news, Jack Wallen tries to make sense of Ubuntu release cycles […]

How to Install MariaDB in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

MariaDB is a Open Source database Server & It is 100 % compatible with MySQL, drop-in replacement to MySQL database server. Read more ….

0 A.D. Alpha 17 – Big Changes, Speed Up Ubuntu Installation

0 A.D. is a free, open-source real-time strategy game which takes place approximately between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D., with beautiful 3D graphics, 12 different civilizations, and a gamestyle which is very similar to the one of Age of Empires, but also incorporating new elements as well. Read more ….

Firefox 33 Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Canonical has updated the Firefox packages in the repositories for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The users who have this application installed should receive the latest Firefox 33 update.

It usually takes Ubuntu maintainers about two days to push a new Firefox release into the repositories and now the version 33 of the Internet browser from Mozilla has landed in the repositories.

“Bobby Holley, Christian Holler, David Bolter, Byron Campen, Jon Coppeard, Carsten Book, Martijn Wargers…

Plex Media Server Brings Important Crash Fix for Linux

Plex Media Server is an application that allows users to play media content, like movies for instance, on their TV by streaming it from the PC. A new version has been released now and it has a very important Linux fix.

The Plex Media Server is available in two different version, one of premium users and the other one for free. Usually, changes are first implemented in the premium edition and the free iteration gets them a few days later. In the case of the latest update,, a new Linux…

AMD Catalyst AI Performance With “Tonga” On Ubuntu Linux

Along with today’s R9 285 GPU scaling tests from Ubuntu, other Linux graphics tests I ran from the AMD Radeon R9 285 GCN 1.2 graphics card is a check whether to see Catalyst AI is doing much on Linux… Read more at Phoronix

Fermilab’s Scientific Linux 7.0 Officially Released

The Linux distribution built by Fermilab and numerous universities from around the world, Scientific Linux, has finally reached the coveted 7.0 stable release. Quite a few development versions have been made available until now, but the devs have managed to get everything sorted out and ready for shipping.

Scientific Linux is a very famous operating system used in many scientific circles (hence the name) and it’s present in lots of universities and laboratories around the world. CERN (Europea…

FreeBSD 10.1 RC2 Moves the Project Closer to Stable Release

A new Release Candidate for FreeBSD 10.1, an operating system for x86, ARM, IA-64, PowerPC, PC-98, and UltraSPARC architectures, is now out and ready for testing. The developers are getting really close to the final versions, which should land very soon.

This is the second RC for FreeBSD 10.1, and judging by the short list of changes and improvements, it might look like they are getting really close to that elusive stable release. To be fair, the first Beta for this new version was made avail…

VyOS 1.1.0 Is a Powerful and Flexible Network OS

Some users might have heard of Vyatta, a Linux distribution that used to be employed as an operating system for routing, firewall, and VPN purposes. Well, that distro is gone, but the project has been forked and now we have a new OS called VyOS that shares some of the old code, but comes with new features.

The Linux kernel is a very versatile piece of software and developers are able to use it for many purposes. Getting it to work on routers or as firewall is just the tip of the iceberg and t…

Canonical Urges Mozilla and Google to Remove SSLv3 Support from Their Browsers

A couple of new security problems were revealed this week regarding the SSL 3.0 protocol, but fixing them is not as easy as you might imagine.

Linux distros cannot just update some library and repair it, as the problem does not reside with them. Canonical has explained what they are planning to do in this regard for the Ubuntu systems and it’s a rather complicated set of measures.

More and more vulnerabilities show up, usually involving critical pieces of software that are actually responsi…

GNOME 3.14.1 Is Out with Improvements for the Shell

The GNOME development team has announced that the first maintenance point release for GNOME 3.14 is now out and it should hit the repositories pretty soon.

The latest GNOME 3.14 branch was made available a few weeks ago and the developers have managed to quickly push the first update for it. The reception for GNOME 3.14 has been great, but it’s normal for devs to find things to fix and improve. It shows dedication from the makers of this desktop environment and it’s a good sign for the future…

Experience a Retrospective Future with Ubuntu MATE 14.10 RC

The first and only Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Release Candidate has been announced by its developers and is now out and ready for testing. The final version of the system is just around the corner, so this is as close to the stable version as possible.

Some months ago, a few developers, including one from MATE and one from Canonical, put together an Ubuntu MATE Remix edition, which had great success. The distro is not officially part of the Ubuntu ecosystem, but things are in motion and that will happ…

Munich Mayor Still Wants to Find Out If Linux Is Economical

Munich finished the transition to Linux from Windows and everything seemed to work just fine, at least until the current Mayor made a few comments about the possibility of returning to proprietary software. He has detailed some of his opinions and he appears to be a lot more moderate towards this issue.

The Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, got himself in the middle of a very heated argument when he opinionated that the city he runs could return to proprietary software, most likely provided by …

Cost of Windows, Bit by POODLE, and Torvalds on Torvalds

The big story today is POODLE, a web vulnerability bug that could affect Linux users. Mageia 5 Beta 1 is delayed again and Linux Mint gets an improved update manager. GNOME 3.14.1 and KDE 5.1 updates were released. Libby Clark has the best quotes from Linus at LinuxCon and Zorin OS 9 “Lite” is “one […]

Play Cool Games in Firefox, and Name Your Price for Them

                    Humble Bundle, a donation-based roundup of really great games available for Android, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, has been on our radar here at OStatic for a while. We covered it here, back when the folks behind the games decided to let users name […]

CloudSigma Becomes an Ubuntu Certified Cloud Provider

As we’ve reported, OpenStack Foundation surveys on how organizations are implementing OpenStack show that Ubuntu is by far the most prevalently used operating system underlying the popular cloud computing platform. That makes Canonical a significant player on the OpenStack scene, but OpenStack isn’t the only cloud platform that Canonical facilitates use of. CloudSigma has announced […]

Mozilla and Humble Bundle Launch Game Collection Than Runs in the Browser

In a surprising move today, Mozilla and Humble Bundle have partnered up to provide a new collection of games, but with a twist. With the help of some new technologies, it’s now possible to play some of the new games just in the browser.

Playing games inside the browser is not something new. Google Chrome has been doing it for a while, there are some add-ons and pluging that enable games built with the Unity engine to run inside a browser, and there is even a version of Quake that can do the s…

Unreal Engine 4.5 Is a Big Update and It Looks Great

The developers from Epic Games have released a new version of their Unreal Engine, 4.5, and they are making great progress with one of the best game engines that have support for Linux.

Ever since the release of Steam for Linux there has been a big surge of games and new technologies for the Linux platform. A large number of indie developers have been quick to make their games ready for Linux, but the big hitters in the industry, major studios and publishers, were a little late to the party. …

Install Syncthing In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

Syncthing is a cross-platform peer-to-peer file synchronization client/server application written in Go. Similar to BitTorrent Sync, the tool can be used to synchronize files between computers however, unlike BitTorrent Sync, Syncthing is open source.The tool comes with an option to update the binary to the latest version however, since we covered Syncthing back in June […]

KDE Plasma 5.1.0 Brings Back Some Old Features

The KDE Community has released the Plasma 5.1.0, the first major update to the new desktop that was initially made available a few months ago. This is not just a simple maintenance iteration, but a full-fledged new version with a lot of new features.

KDE developers usually push smaller updates that take care of bugs and other issues, but Plasma 5.1.0 is so much more. You can even say that it’s one of the biggest upgrades in a long time for Plasma and it shows the commitment of the devs toward…