Debian-Based Q4OS 2.2.1 “Scorpion” Linux OS Ships with LXQt Alongside Trinity

Today, September 20, 2016, the Q4OS development team informs Softpedia about the immediate availability of an updated version of their work-in-progress Q4OS 2.0 “Scorpion” GNU/Linux operating system.

Q4OS 2.2.1 is out now, and it comes as a drop-in replacement for the previous development release, namely Q4OS 2.1.1, bringing all sort of updated components and new technologies based, of course, on the upstream Debian Testing repositories. These include Linux kernel 4.6, Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) 14.0.4, and GCC 6.

“This is a testing version of the Q4OS desktop, based on the recent Debian 9 Stretch release with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.6, GCC 6 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment,” reads today’s announcement. “Anybody is invited to try out the brand new version and report bugs and glitches.”

Now ships with the LXQt desktop environment as well

We all know that the Q4OS GNU/Linux di…

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Now Includes GCC 6.2, GNU Binutils 2.26.1 & GDB 7.11.1

SUSE’s Andreas Jaeger reports on the availability of an updated toolchain for the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 operating system, bringing the latest tools designed for application development.

The updated toolchain included in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 comes with some of the latest and most advanced development utilities, such as GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.2, GDB (GNU Debugger) 7.11.1, and GNU Binutils 2.26.1, thus enabling app developers to use the newest technologies when creating their amazing projects.

“Do you want to have better diagnostics when developing your C, C++, or Fortran code? Want to have applications that run faster and take advantage of new CPUs? Do you have code that benefits from vectorizing? Install the updated GNU toolchain […] on your SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 systems,” says Andreas Jaeger.

Therefore, if you’re running SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and you want to use GCC 6.2, GDB 7.11.1, and GNU Binutils 2.26.1 for application development, go ah…

IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall Gets New Intrusion Prevention System, Kernel 3.14.79

Today, September 20, 2016, IPFire’s Michael Tremer announced the release of yet another Core Update to the IPFire 2.19 stable Linux-based firewall distribution and system.

IPFire 2.19 Core Update 104 appears to be a big release with many interesting changes, starting with the latest version of Linux 3.14 kernel, build 3.14.79, and continuing with a brand new Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) called Guardian, and all the latest software updates and security patches. But first, we should warn you that the Linux kernel 3.14 series reached end of life last week, and users are urged to move to Linux 4.4 LTS.

As for the new Guardian IPS features, it looks like it’s much faster and efficient than previous implementations, it’s integrated with the Snort IDS (Intrusion Detection System), and has a main goal of automatically bl…

Wine Staging 1.9.19 Implements CIF Reader, Active Setup Download Functionality

A new version of the Wine Staging software for running various Windows apps and games on your Linux box has been released, 1.9.19, with various new features and improvements.

Coming hot on the heels of Wine 1.9.19, and after only one week from the previous maintenance update, namely Wine Staging 1.9.18, the new version includes, as expected, all the improvements introduced upstream, such as an experimental udev bus driver for HID, better joystick support, metafile support in GDI+, and the new DC rendering functionality in Direct2D.

However, Wine Staging 1.9.19 comes with its own new features and improvements, among which we can mention the implementation of of a…

KDevelop 5.0.1 Open-Source IDE Brings Multiple Bug Fixes, General Improvements

The development team behind the open-source KDevelop IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software announced the release and immediate availability of the first maintenance update to the KDevelop 5.0 stable series.

KDevelop 5.0 was released just a month ago, and it brought lots of goodies, the biggest one being the port to the latest KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5 technologies. Other features include improved C/C++ support, CMake support, and QML/JavaScript support.

KDevelop 5.0 also introduces several enhancements to the Python and PHP programming languages, a new navigation widget, progress reporting of ninja/make jobs, per-project widget coloring, as well as QMake support.

And now, KDevelop 5.0.1 is here as the first bugfix release in the series, patching multiple crashes reported by users with various components and functionalities, as well as adding a handful of general improvements to make the app more reliable.

“One month after the release of KDevelop 5.0.0…

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Officially Released for All Ubuntu Phones and Tablets

We reported yesterday on the incoming availability of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 software update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, and it looks like Canonical finally started the phased update earlier today.

Canonical’s Lukasz Zemczak informs us that the main OTA-13 images have been successfully copied from the rc-proposed channel to the stable one for users to update, but, as expected, it’s phased during the next 24 hours, so not everyone will get it at the same time.

Therefore, if you don’t see the OTA-13 update on your supported Ubuntu Phone or Ubuntu Tablet device (see below for a complete list), try again in a few hours, or tomorrow. Canonical promises that the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 software update will arrive for all users on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at latest.

“We have just copied all main OTA-13 images to the stable channels and started the phased upgrade procedures as with eve…

Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” Live ISO Editions Are Now Available for Download – Exclusive

Just yesterday, September 18, 2016, we reported on the official availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” operating system, but no installation mediums of Live editions were announced.

That changes today, September 19, 2016, as we’ve received a tip from one of our readers that both the installation-only and Live ISO editions have been released on the official channels and are now available for download (see the links below if you want to get them now).

Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” is only a collection of security and software updates, so existing users don’t need to download any ISO image to keep their installations up to date, just make sure that you have all the released updated packages installed from the stable repositories.

However, the Live editions are a different thing, as they allow newcomers to test the latest D…

LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME Conference Takes Place September 19-23

Today, September 19, 2016, was the first day of the first-ever LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME open source conference for GNU/Linux application developers.

As you might have guessed already, the event is being organized by the GNOME Project, the same non-profit organization that’s behind the popular GNOME desktop environment used in numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems around the globe, and an important part of the Free Software ecosystem.

LAS (Libre Application Summit) GNOME conference’s main goal is to encourage the growth of the Linux application ecosystem among small and medium-sized businesses, as well as various educational institutions. It also aims to expand the collaboration between the Linux kernel and major GNU/Linux operating systems.

Who is LAS GNOME for? Any open source application developer, as well as members of the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) communities around the world. The conference t…

Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Zorin OS 12 Linux Enters Beta with Many New Features

Today, September 19, 2016, the developers of the Zorin OS Linux operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to migrate to an open source and free OS on their PCs, announced the release of Zorin OS 12 Beta.

What’s Zorin OS 12 Beta? It is the first development release towards the next major version of the Ubuntu-based distribution, allowing early adopters and public beta testers to get a taste of what’s coming to Zorin OS 12 later this year. When Zorin OS 12 will be released we don’t know right now, but we know what features it will bring.

Let’s start with the new Zorin Desktop 2.0 environment, which still uses the GNOME Shell graphical interface from the GNOME Stack, but offers Linux newcomers a more attractive and familiar UI that’s quite similar to the Windows 10 desktop. New features include activities overview, universal search, notifications, and better display support.

“This is a pre-release version which we have created to get your feed…

Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Updates for Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04 & 12.04 LTS

Just a few moments ago (September 19, 2016), Canonical published several security advisories to inform the Ubuntu Linux community about the availability of new Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu releases.

According to Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3084-1, three security flaws are affecting the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and later versions, as well as any derivative. The first one is a race condition in Liux kernel’s audit subsystems, which could allow a local attacker to interrupt system-call auditing or damage the audit logs.

The second security issue is related to Linux kernel’s KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) hypervisor implementation, which didn’t work correctly on PPC64 (PowerPC 64-bit) and PowerPC (PPC) platforms, thus allowing an unprivileged attacker to cause a CPU lockup in the host operating system.

Lastly, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was affected by a race condition in Linux kerne…

Solus Users Are the First to Get the Mozilla Firefox 49 Web Browser, Update Now

The Solus developers announced a few moments ago on their project’s official Twitter account that the latest Mozilla Firefox 49.0 web browser has landed in the main software repositories.

Mozilla didn’t yet officially announced the Mozilla Firefox 49.0 web browser, which is used by default in the majority of the Linux-based operating systems, including Solus. As you might know, Firefox 49.0 was delayed by a week because of a critical certificate pinning issue, and it should now launch tomorrow, September 20, 2016.

There aren’t any major new features included in Mozilla Firefox 49.0, so you shouldn’t get all that excited. Probably the most important ones are the improvements to HTML5 video and audio support, as everybody surfs YouTube these days, but we can all see some updates to t…

Black Lab Linux 7.7 Officially Released with Latest Security Updates from Ubuntu

Today, September 19, 2016, Black Lab Software’s CEO Robert J. Dohnert informs Softpedia about the release of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Black Lab Linux 7 computer operating system series.

Shipping with all the security and software updates that have been released upstream in the Ubuntu Linux repositories as of September 16, 2016, Black Lab Linux 7.7 is here to offer users full support for multimedia codecs, Linux kernel 3.19.0-68, Chromium 51 web browser, as well as Mozilla Thunderbird 45.2 email and news client.

The distro also ships with various other popular open-source applications, among which we can mention the GIMP image editor, Audacious audio player, VLC Media Player video playback tool, Abiword word processor, Gnumeric spreadsheet editor, and the ICE SSB (Site Specific Browsers) tool from Peppermint OS.

“Today the development team is pleased to announce Black Lab Linux 7.7, the latest release in our stable 7 series. 7.7 is …

GNU Emacs 25.1 Text Editor Arrives with Enhanced Network Security Features

Nicolas Petton had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the release and immediate availability for download of the GNU Emacs 25.1 open-source text editor software.

GNU Emacs 25.1 is a major update that introduces a great number of new features and improvements since the previous stable release, and among the best new ones, we can mention the ability to load dynamic and shared libraries/modules, initial support for Cairo-based drawing, as well as character folding support in the isearch.el component.

There’s also a new minor mode called “electric-quote-mode,” which can be used for adding curved quotes as you type, better support when handling Unicode characters into your text, various network security enhancements offering SSL and TLS certificate validation, and Xwidgets support to let you embed native widgets inside Emacs buffers.

Emacs no longer works on IRIX

There are numerous other new features and changes implemented in GNU Emac…

After Ten Years, Vim (Vi IMproved) 8.0 Open-Source Text Editor Is Here

After ten long years, the popular Vim (Vi IMproved) open-source and cross-platform text editor used by many programmers worldwide has received a major update that brings lots of interesting new features and improvements.

Prominent new features of Vim 8.0 include asynchronous I/O support, a brand new style testing, support for channels, GTK+ 3 support, DirectX support on Microsoft Windows platforms, JSON support, merge of the viminfo feature by timestamp, as well as support for jobs, timers, closures, partials, packages, and lambdas.

“After more than ten years there is a major Vim release,” says Bram Moolenaar. “It gives you interesting new features, such as channels, JSON, Jobs, Timers, Partials, Lambdas, Closures, Packages and more. Test coverage has been increased, many bugs were fixed, this is a rock stable version. Read more about it in the announcement.”

If you’re usi…

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Launches This Week for Ubuntu Phones, Here’s What’s New

Today, September 19, 2016, Canonical was supposed to launch the OTA-13 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, but it didn’t happen. Lukasz Zemczak is back, and he informs us that the update should arrive for all users later this week.

However, Canonical did publish the complete list of new features implemented in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 update, and we would like to tell you all about them. Let’s start with the copy/paste support, which has been updated to work with legacy X11 applications as well.

There’s also lots of visual improvements to offer newcomers a better out-of-the-box experience, such as a new panel for selecting a hardware keyboard, an updated emoji keyboard, a new keyboard system indicator, a brand-new Updates panel in System Settings, and a revamped Notifications panel that now offers better per-app settings.

Meet repowerd, Ubuntu Touch’s new power da…

Low Graphics Mode in Unity 7

Unity 7 has had a low graphics mode for a long time but recently we’ve been making it better. Improvements have been made to reduce the amount of visual effects that are seen while running in low graphics mode.  At a high level this includes things like: Reducing the amount of animation in elements such as the window switcher, launcher and menus […]

Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

IBM and Canonical Expand Hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers Ubuntu OpenStack support included with Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage enterprise-grade support offering. Ubuntu OpenStack is the only OpenStack offered by a commercial Linux distributor that supports IBM Power Systems today. LONDON, U.K, September 19, 2016: Canonical announces today that […]

Q4OS 1.6.2 ‘Orion’ Linux Distro Released, Based On Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 ‘Jessie’

Q4OS is a Debian-based open source Linux distribution that comes with Trinity desktop environment, which is forked from KDE. The latest release, Q4OS 1.6.2 ‘Orion’, improves the previous version and fixes the bugs reported by users. The existing Q4OS 1.6 or 1.6.1 OS users are advised to update their systems to the latest version. Last

Linux Kernel 4.8 Could Land October 2 as Linus Torvalds Announces the Seventh RC

Linus Torvalds just made his regular Sunday announcement to inform the community about the availability of the seventh and last Release Candidate (RC) development build of the forthcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series.

According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.8 Release Candidate 7 is once again bigger in patches than he was expected. Last week, we reported that things are calming down and that this series will be a normal one with seven RCs, but it now looks like it won’t happen, and there should be one more RC released next week, September 25, 2016.

“Normally RC7 is the last in the series before the final release, but by now I’m pretty sure that this is going to be one of those releases that come with an RC8,” says Linus Torvalds. “Things did’t calm down as much as I would have liked, there are still a few discussions going on, and it’s just unlikely that I will feel like it’s all good and read…

Kodi 17 “Krypton” Beta 2 Adds New Android 7.0 Nougat Passthrough Audio API

On September 18, 2016, Martijn Kaijser has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the second Beta build of the upcoming Kodi 17 “Krypton” open-source and cross-platform media center software.

As expected, Kodi 17 Beta 2 is a bugfix release that addresses many of the issues reported by public beta testers since the previous development milestones. This second Beta version is here exactly one month after the launch of the first Beta, and, according to the release notes, it patches issues from both Beta 1 and Alpha 3 builds.

“The changes between Alpha 3 and Beta 2 are mainly limited to minor fixes and under the hood improvements, so for this second beta, we’ll instead take some time to review a few of the really visible changes in Kodi 17,” says Martijn Kaijser. “Kodi 17 features a huge amount of work in areas like video playback, live TV and PVR/DVR, the music library, skinning and more.”