Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” Gets New 64-Bit UEFI Boot Capability, F2FS Support

Today, June 23, 2016, Barry Kauler, the creator of the Puppy Linux distribution, has proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko.”

Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “Slacko” appears to be a point release to the Puppy Slacko 6.3 series, and as usual, it has been built from the binary TXZ packages of the Slackware 64-bit 14.1 GNU/Linux operating system. However, it looks like the distro is now powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.14 LTS series, version 3.14.55.

“As mentioned above, Slacko 6.3.2 is shipped with kernel 3.14.55 but 3.18.22 and 4.1.11 are available from the repository and easily changed using the change_kernels script,” says Barry Kauler in today’s announcement. “Find more information at the Slacko download page including a brief guide to which version is right for you.”

Here’s what’s new in Puppy Linux 6.3.2 “…

APT 1.3 Debian Package Manager to Forbid Insecure Repositories by Default

The APT 1.3 development continues at a fast pace, and it looks like it has just received yet another snapshot, apt 1.3~exp3, the third one in the series, which brings more goodies to the upcoming major release of the Debian GNU/Linux package manager.

Julian Andres Klode has been the one to report on the release of APT (Advanced Package Tool) 1.3 experimental 3 build, along with the latest unstable APT 1.2.14 release, which is now available for Debian Unstable and other Debian-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu Linux.

Things are looking good for the APT 1.3 command-line package manager, and it appears that caching of file hashes has been re-implemented in the apt-ftparchive command, insecure and weak allow-options have been added to sources.list, and APT now makes sure that the file size of .deb packages is included in the hashes list.

In order to indicate insufficiency, a tag has been added to hash errors, and it looks like the error messages have been improv…

Fedora 22 Linux to Reach End of Life on July 19, 2016, Move to Fedora 24 Now

Dennis Gilmore from the Fedora Project has published a reminder informing the community that the Fedora 22 Linux operating system will reach end of life in approximately one month from today, on July 19, 2016.

Officially unveiled on May 26, 2015, Fedora 22 Linux distribution was built around various GNU/Linux technologies that were the norm back then, such as the GNOME 3.16, Xfce 4.12, MATE 1.10.0, and KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments, Linux kernel 4.0, and many others.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, so today we’re announcing to our Fedora readers that their Fedora 22 installations will expire soon, which means that Fedora Project will no longer offer security patches and software updates as of July 19, 2016. Therefore, you need to move to a recent Fedora release as soon as possible.

“This is a reminder email abou…

openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux Is Now Entirely Built Using GCC 6 as Compiler

Last week, we reported on the fact that the GCC 6 migration for the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system was almost over and that the next snapshot would be a massive one moving everything to the GCC 6 compiler.

openSUSE Project’s Dominique Leuenberger sent his weekly report at the end of last week to inform the community about what landed in the last three snapshots released during the week of June 6, 2016, and what would be coming next for users of the rolling release GNU/Linux distribution.

“It has been a very busy week, but it has shown how much enthusiasm every contributor puts into Tumbleweed,” said Dominique Leuenberger in his weekly report. “Starting with Snapshot 0614 (or any higher number, in case openQA won’t agree) the entire distribution is…

Linux AIO Brings All the Debian Live 7.11.0 Editions Into a Single ISO Image

Today, June 22, 2016, Softpedia has been informed by the Linux AIO developers about the immediate availability for download of the Linux AIO Debian Live 7.11.0 ISO images.

Linux AIO is a non-profit project whose main goal is to create Live, bootable ISO images that contain all the essential Live editions of various popular GNU/Linux distributions. For example, you’ll find Live ISOs with all the official Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, Fedora, Zorin OS, or PCLinuxOS Live flavors.

Therefore, today’s release of Linux AIO Debian Live 7.11.0 incorporates all the Live editions of the Debian GNU/Linux 7.11.0 operating system, which was announced at the beginning of the month, along with the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie,” but a Linux AIO ISO image for it is yet to be announced.

For now, you can …

Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 Is Just Around the Corner, Last RC Is Out Now

As expected, the fourth and last RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 has been announced on June 21, 2016, by Collabora’s Emil Velikov.

Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 Release Candidate 4 incorporates the latest fixes and improvements that the development team behind the open-source Mesa 3D project managed to introduce during the last week, since the release of the third Mesa 3D 12.0.0 RC build.

There are a total of 27 changes implemented in this last development snapshot of the Mesa 3D 12.0.0 Graphics Library, and if you’re curious to know what exactly has been fixed or added, do not hesitate to check out the changelog attached at the end of the article.

One thing we know from the previous Releas…

Mutter Receives Wayland Improvements, Memory Leak Plugged from GNOME Shell

We reported earlier on the release of the GNOME 3.21.3 desktop environment, which was made available for early adopters and public testers who want to see what’s coming to GNOME 3.22 later this year.

The GNOME Shell user interface and Mutter window and compositing manager have been updated to version 3.21.3 as well, and we would like to tell you all about the improvements and new features that landed in these new development releases.

Let’s start with GNOME Shell, which is the most important part of the GNOME desktop environment for end users. The GNOME Shell 3.21.3 release plugs a memory leak, implements support for VPN (Virtual Private Network) service aliases in the network agent, and will no longer disable the suspend action when its locke…

Point Linux 3.2 MATE & Xfce Editions Land Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie”

The development team behind the Point Linux project, a desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system based on the Debian’s Stable branch, has announced the general availability of Point Linux 3.2.

Shipped with separate MATE and Xfce editions, Point Linux 3.2 is based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, thus borrowing many of its technologies, including the Linux 3.16 LTS (Long Term Support) kernel, as well as the LightDM 1.10.3 login manager.

Point Linux aims to be a very stable GNU/Linux distribution based only on thoroughly tested open-source software components from the upstream Debian Stable reposito…

PulseAudio 9.0 Sound System Released, Supports Sample Rates Up to 384 kHz

Just a few minute ago, June 22, 2016, Arun Raghavan proudly announced the debut of the PulseAudio 9.0 sound server for GNU/Linux operating systems, a major release that introduces several improvements and new features.

Prominent features of PulseAudio 9.0 include support for sample rates up to 384 kHz, the implementation of a memfd-backed shared memory transport, significant improvements to the automatic routing functionality, as well as the adoption of the C11 C standard instead of C99.

Furthermore, it looks like PulseAudio 9.0 comes with LFE (Low-frequency Effects) remixing disabled by default, which was enabled as part of the PulseAudio 7.0 release, the module-role-ducking and module-role-cork modules received various enhancements, and webrtc-audio-processing 0.2 or later is now required.

Lastly, the WebRTC echo canceller received a bunch of new features, including bea…

GTK+ GUI Toolkit Updated for GNOME 3.21.3 with More Wayland Improvements

Now that the GNOME 3.21.3 desktop environment is out the door for public testers and early adopters who can’t wait for the GNOME 3.22 release this fall, it’s time for us to take a look at other upcoming GNOME and GTK+ technologies.

As expected, many core libraries and apps have been updated as part of the GNOME 3.21.3 development snapshot, and today we would like to tell you all about what’s new in the GTK+ GUI toolkit, which is the core component of all GNOME apps. GTK+ 3.21.3 is now available for public testing as part of the GNOME 3.21.3 release.

According to the internal changelog, attached at the end of the article for reference, GTK+ 3.21.3 updates widgets like GtkStack, bringing its own accessible implementation, as well as GtkScrolledWindow, which includes new max-content-width and max-content-height properties for controll…

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 2 Released with a Full GNOME 3.20 Update, Mesa 11.2

openSUSE Project’s Ludwig Nussel was happy to announce the release of the second Alpha milestone towards the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system, just in time for the openSUSE Conference.

Borrowing many of the core components from its bigger brother, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2, which is in development as well, openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 2 comes with a full GNOME 3.20 desktop environment update, the latest YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) system setup and configuration tool, and systemd 228.

Other components worth mentioning are GNU C Library (Glibc) 2.22, Mesa 3D Graphics Library 11.2, Samba 4.4, and CMake 3.5. On the other hand, there are various components that haven’t received new versions, such as the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, and it looks like there are many packages that fail to build.

“Some of those updates like cmake and glibc cause other packages to fail buildi…

Behind the new Fedora Developer Portal

Are you looking for projects that could use your help? Fedora Developer Portal is a great project to start with, even if you’ve never contributed before. One of the easiest ways to contribute, but still valuable, is tell the authors what’s… Continue Reading →

GNOME 3.21.3 Offers an Early Taste of What’s Coming to the GNOME 3.22 Desktop

A few moments ago, GNOME Project’s Michael Catanzaro proudly announced the release and general availability of the third development milestone towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about GNOME 3.21.3, which arriv…

GNOME 3.22 to Offer Usability Improvements to IMAP and SMTP Providers, More

These days, the GNOME Project developers are working hard to release the third development snapshot towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, GNOME 3.21.3, which should be out later today or by the end of the week.

As we are always monitoring the development cycle of the next major GNOME desktop release, we can tell you a bit about what’s coming in some of the core components and apps of the project. Yesterday, we informed you about some of the improvements introduced in the Epiphany, Orca, and Shotwell applicati…

Black Lab Software Announces the Cloudbox Pro and the Cloudbook Pro

Today, June 22, 2016, Black Lab Software’s CEO Robert J. Dohnert has informed Softpedia about the general availability of new hardware powered by the netOS Enterprise Linux operating system.

Cloudbox Pro and the Cloudbook Pro are now available for purchase from Black Lab Software (PC/OpenSystems LLC), and we have the great pleasure of being the first to inform you about them. Both devices were designed with the enterprise user in mind, and they can be easily deployed in various business segments.

“With these devices we bring security, reliability and unprecedented usability. With the use of encFS, industrial strength firewalls and support for bio-metric devices we bring military grade security to your business data off and on the cloud,” says Robert J. Dohnert in the press announcement.

Introducing Cloudbox Pro and Cloudbook Pro

The Cloudbox Pro is an industrial PC that features a durable design, powered by the recently released netOS Enterprise …

What’s new in Fedora 24 Workstation

Fedora 24 Workstation is the latest release of our free, leading-edge operating system. You can download it from the official website here. There are several new and noteworthy changes in Fedora Workstation. GNOME 3.20 The default environment comes courtesy of the GNOME community…. Continue Reading →

Flatpak brings standalone apps to Linux

The development team behind Flatpak has just announced the general availability of the Flatpak desktop application framework. Flatpak (which was also known during development as xdg-app) provides the ability for an application — bundled as a Flatpak — to be… Continue Reading →

Upgrading Fedora 23 Workstation to Fedora 24

Fedora 24 just became available and is officially released. You’ll likely want to upgrade your system. If you’ve upgraded from past Fedora releases, you may be familiar with the dnf upgrade plugin. This method is the recommended and supported way… Continue Reading →

Fedora 24 released!

Today the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the general release of Fedora 24. Download it now from our Get Fedora site: https://getfedora.org/workstation/ https://getfedora.org/server/ https://getfedora.org/cloud/ https://spins.fedoraproject.org/ https://labs.fedoraproject.org/ https://arm.fedoraproject.org/ Another Step in the Fedora Journey The Fedora Project has embarked on… Continue Reading →

Orca Screen Reader and Magnifier to Better Support LibreOffice in GNOME 3.22

The GNOME developers announced this past weekend that they were working hard on releasing the third snapshot towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

GNOME 3.21.3 should arrive tomorrow, at least according to the official release schedule, but as usual, it might be delayed a day or two because not all the maintainers have updated their packages. However, in the last 24 hours, we’ve noticed many updated core components and apps, among which Orca.

Orca is the screen reader and magnifier utility that is usually shipped by default with the GNOME Stack, but it can also be found pre-installed in numerous popular GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu. The Orca 3.21.3 development release is now available, and it looks like it brings several important fixes and improvements.

What’s new in Orca 3.21.3

First, there are some performance enhancements in Orca 3.21.3 for the Web engine, thanks to the implementation of more caching. Second, it looks l…