e-shelter and Canonical launch Joint Managed OpenStack Private Cloud

Quick, easy and cost-predictable way to get a fully functional OpenStack cloud Built on Ubuntu OpenStack and using application management tools Juju and MaaS Fully managed cloud service takes away the hassle of day to day IT operations Frankfurt, Germany and London, U.K. 5th July, 2016 – e-shelter, leading data center operator in Europe and […]

BleachBit 1.12 Free System Cleaner Brings Support for Ubuntu 16.04, Fedora 24

BleachBit developer Andrew Ziem has recently announced the availability of a new major release of the popular BleachBit open-source and cross-platform system cleaner utility, version 1.12.

BleachBit 1.12 comes as a replacement for BleachBit 1.10, which was announced at the beginning of the year, and it looks like it has been in development since April under the BleachBit 1.11.x umbrella. During its three-month development cycle, the software has received a total of three Beta builds that have brought many changes, improvements, and a handful of new features.

BleachBit is the tool you need if you want to keep your GNU/Linux or Windows clean and free of junk files left by various applications. The latest version, BleachBit 1.12, includes updates for the popular Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers, a few under-the-hood improvements, and many changes to both Linux and Windows ports.

Ubuntu 1…

Exton|Defender OS Rebased on Fedora 24, Gets Cinnamon 3.0.6 & Linux Kernel 4.6.3

Today, July 5, 2016, Arne Exton has been proud to announce the release of a new version of his Exton|Defender GNU/Linux operating system, bringing some of the hottest technologies available to date.

Rebased on the recently released Fedora 24 Linux operating system, Exton|Defender SRS is the distribution of choice for those who want a Live DVD Linux system for system administration and repairing tasks in style, as the latest version, build 160705, comes with the beautiful and modern Cinnamon 3.0.6 desktop environment.

But that’s not all because today’s release of Exton|Defender SRS is powered by the latest and most advanced Linux kernel available to date, version 4.6.3, which also landed in the main Fedora 24 software repositories last week. Linux kernel 4.6.3 brings great support for new hardware devices.

“I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit. Now based on Fedora 24, released 160621. It uses Cinnamon 3.0.6 and kernel 4.6.3,” said Arne Exton in today’s …

Debian 8 Gets New Kernel Update, Five Vulnerabilities and a Regression Patched

Exactly one week after the release of the major kernel update for the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system on June 28, the Debian Project, through Salvatore Bonaccorso, has released a new Linux kernel security update.

Debian Security Advisory DSA-3616-1 was published on July 4, 2016, and it looks like, this time, the kernel update patches the long-term supported Linux 3.16 kernel packages of the current stable Debian GNU/Linux release, codenamed Jessie, to fix a total of 5 vulnerabilities that have been discovered upstream.

Additionally, the Debian kernel developers have patched a regression that was introduced during last week’s major kernel update in the ebtables facility. Therefore, all users of the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “J…

Tiny Core Linux 7.2 Officially Released, Available for Download Now

The development team behind the Tiny Core project has been proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the Tiny Core Linux 7.2 operating system.

The development cycle of Tiny Core Linux 7.2, which doesn’t bring any major changes, was pretty fast, as the distribution entered the Release Candidate stage a week ago, on June 24. Usually, the Tiny Core developers release two RC builds before the final release, but that’s not the case with Tiny Core Linux 7.2.

Moreover, it looks like the same changes that were implemented in the first and only Release Candidate version also landed in the final release of one of the tiniest computer operating systems based on the Linux kernel, and designed to be used either as a server or a barebone OS that you can modify according to your needs.

What’s new in Tiny Core Linux 7.2

According to the release notes, new features implemented in Tiny Core Linux 7.2 include improvement to ondemand i…

PCLinuxOS 64 2016.07 MATE Edition Lands with Linux Kernel 4.6.3 and MATE 1.14.1

PCLinuxOS developer Texstar has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of July’s respin ISO image for the PCLinuxOS 64 MATE Edition operating system, version 2016.07.

PCLinuxOS 64 2016.07 MATE comes exactly one month after the debut of June’s update of the distribution built around the customizable and lightweight MATE desktop environment, and it looks like it’s full of goodies. For example, the distro is now powered by the latest and most advanced kernel, Linux 4.6.3.

Moreover, the latest MATE 1.14.1 desktop environment is available as well in the PCLinuxOS 64 2016.07 MATE release, along with pre-installed drivers for out-of-the-box support for Nvidia graphics cards, as well as support for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) computers and GUID Partition Table (GPT) partitions.

GRUB2 is the default bootloader for this edition, but GRUB Legacy is available as well for systems that do…

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 and 8.5 Get the Latest Debian Security Fixes, Update Now

A few hours ago, the development team behind Parsix GNU/Linux, a Debian-based computer operating system sporting the modern GNOME 3 desktop environment, announced that new security fixes were available for the stable Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 “Atticus” distribution and the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” release.

Just a few days ago, we told you that Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” received its second Test snapshot, which allows early adopters to see what new features are coming to the final release of the operating system, which should replace the current stable version, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 “Atticus.”

However, for the moment, both releases are based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” series of operating systems from the Debian Project, which means that, from time to time, they are receiving all the security fixes that …

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 to Introduce a New Power Manager for Ubuntu Phones, Tablets – Exclusive

We’ve been asked several times by some of our readers what’s going on in the Ubuntu Touch world, the operating system that powers the Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices.

Well, the truth is that not much has happened lately for Ubuntu Touch, except for various small changes and fixes that are being prepared for the next OTA. Some of you out there might already know that Canonical is currently working on the OTA-12 update for Ubuntu-powered devices and that it will be more about fixes than features.

So far, that’s pretty accurate, but the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone will get a new feature, namely fingerprint reader. Yes, that’s right, biometric authentication will be automatically enabled on the physical button of the device immediately after users upgrade to the OTA-12 software (watch the video at the end of the article to see it in action – thanks, Alan Pope!).

Other than that, there should only be a bunch of improvements and numerous bug fixes imple…

KDE Plasma Wayland Image Now Built on KDE Neon Infrastructure, Qt 5.7 Is Coming

Today, July 4, 2016, ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell has announced that the KDE Plasma Wayland image received yet another update, bringing users the latest KDE and GNU/Linux technologies.

What’s new in the updated KDE Plasma Wayland images? Well, first of all, it looks like these are the first ISOs to be built on the KDE Neon infrastructure, which means that they come with the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, KDE Applications, and KDE Framework packages from the Git master branch.

Second of all, it is now possible to backspace in the Konsole terminal emulator (see the attached screenshot for details). In the meantime, it appears that Jonathan Riddell and his team of developers are working hard to bring even more newer technologies, such as the Qt 5.7 GUI toolkit.

“It’s time to check in on the Plasma Wayland image for an update. Built on Neon infrastructure, this comes with the latest from KDE Git master for crack of the day fun,” says Jonathan Riddell i…

Network Security Toolkit (NST) Linux OS Released Based on Fedora 24, Linux 4.6

Today, July 4, 2016, Ronald Henderson has announced the release of a new version of the Fedora-based Network Security Toolkit (NST) Linux distribution for network security analysis and monitoring.

Network Security Toolkit (NST) 24-7977 is now the latest version of the computer operating system used by numerous sysadmins around the world to monitor and analyze the security of various computer networks. As its version number suggests, the new Network Security Toolkit version is based on the recently announced Fedora 24.

However, it looks like this Network Security Toolkit release is powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.6.3 kernel, which also hit the Fedora 24 Linux software repositories last week, as the upstream distribution was initially introduced with a kernel from the Linux 4.5 series. Linux kernel 4.6.3 includes support for the latest hardware devices.

What’s new in Network Security Toolkit (NST) 24-7977

Probably the biggest change…

Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Installer Moves to Linux 4.6, Adds MIPS64el Support

Today, July 4, 2016, Cyril Brulebois from the Debian Project has announced the release of the seventh Alpha build of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system.

The Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 7 release comes one and a half months after the sixth Alpha build, which hit the streets at the end of May, moving the development cycle forward to a final launch. And by the looks of it, there are some various exciting things implemented in this version.

Let’s start with the improvements, as Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Alpha 7 Installer moves the Linux kernel support from 4.5.0-2 to 4.6.0-1, and it bumps the support for the kfreebsd kernel to version 10.3. Moreover, it implements two beeps for scenarios when booting the OS with the GRUB bootloader, informing users that they need to use the GRUB way to edit entries in the boot menu.

The hardware su…

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.7 RC6, Things Are Getting Bigger

Today, July 4, 2016, Linus Torvalds has had the pleasure of announcing the availability of the sixth Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel, now ready for public testing.

We were expecting to see Linux kernel 4.7 RC6 land on Sunday, July 3, but it didn’t happen. Instead, Linus Torvalds decided to release it one day later, with a quite brief summary where he informs us that things have gotten a little bigger this time, and hopefully, it won’t happen again next week for the final Release Candidate build.

“I’d love to tell you that things are calming down, and we’re shrinking, but that would be a lie,” says Linus Torvalds in today’s announcement. “It’s not like this is a huge RC, but it’s definitely bigger than the previous rc’s were. I don’t think that’s necessarily a big problem, it seems to be mostly timing.”

This Release Candidate build is slightly bigger than the p…

SteamOS 2.84 Beta Promises to Fix “Black Screen” Issues with Nvidia GPUs

Today, July 3, 2016, Valve’s engineers have pushed a new build of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming operating system to the brewmaster_beta channel, patching a few issues reported by users since SteamOS 2.83 Beta.

SteamOS 2.84 Beta is here only five days from the release of SteamOS 2.83 Beta, which was based on the latest stable Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” repositories and introduced the AMD Radeon AMD GPU-PRO RC2 and the latest long-lived Nvidia 367.27 graphics drivers with support for the Vulkan API.

When SteamOS 2.83 Beta was announced, users immediately reported “black screen” issues after booting the ISO images on systems that have Nvidia graphics cards. Therefore, today’s SteamOS 2.84 Beta release updates a few packages to fix that problem reported by users, despite the fact that Valve’s engineers couldn’t reproduce…

Slackware-Based VectorLinux 7.2 Beta Ships Free of systemd with Linux 4.4.14 LTS

Today, July 3, 2016, the developers of the Slackware-based Vectorlinux GNU/Linux operating system have introduced the Beta build of the upcoming VectorLinux 7.2 release.

It took the developers nine months to move from the Alpha stage of development to Beta for the VectorLinux 7.2 distribution, which will probably be based on the recently released Slackware 14.2 operating system. The release is currently distributed in two flavors, VectorLinux 7.2 Light with the IceWM window manager, and VectorLinux 7.2 Standard with the more customizable Xfce 4.12 desktop environment.

Besides shipping with the IceWM window manager, the VectorLinux 7.2 Light edition also includes the SeaMonkey open-source suite of Internet applications (web browser, email and news client, and chat client). On the other hand, it looks like the VectorLinux 7.2 Standard flavor is using the more resource-hungry Mozilla Firefox web browser. Best of all, both editions ship without the systemd init system….

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” Gets New Test Build, Adds Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS

Approximately two months after the release of the first Test build for the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” operating system series, the project’s development team has announced today the availability of the second Test build.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 Test 2 has been once again synchronized with the upstream software repositories of the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system as of July 2, 2016, and it uses the latest GNOME 3.20 desktop environment with GNOME Shell 3.20.3 user interface. The distribution is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.14 LTS.

“Our goal is to provide a ready to use and easy to install desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian’s stable branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment. Users can easily install extra software packages from Parsix APT repositories,” reads today’s announcement.

Here’s what’s new in Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 …

Kubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Receive the Latest KDE Plasma 5.6.5 Desktop, Update Now

The Kubuntu developers have announced the general availability of the latest KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment, along with KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 in the Backports PPA repositories for Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users.

Kubuntu 16.04 arrived ear…

Mycroft AI Intelligent Personal Assistant Now Available on KDE Plasma 5 Desktops

It took him about a month since the release of the Mycroft AI application for the GNOME Shell interface of the GNOME desktop environment, but developer Aditya Mehra managed to get it running on the KDE Plasma 5 desktop as well.

Just a few hours ago, he uploaded the so-called Mycroft-Ai-QtApplication project to his GitHub page, allowing anyone who wants a taste of the Mycroft AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform on their KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments. As its name suggests, the companion app was written entirely in Qt 5.

We promised that we would keep you informed of the development progress, and here we go. Just watch the video below to see the Mycroft AI Qt application in action on a KDE Plasma 5 desktop. There’s not much at the moment, and it still contains bugs, but at least you can install it following the instructions provided by Aditya Mehra a.k.a. AIIX.

Unity and Budgie Mycroft AI apps could be available in …

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Unboxing, Still the Most Powerful Ubuntu Phone – Video

Today, July 2, 2016, we have the great pleasure to offer our readers an unboxing video of the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which Canonical was nice enough to lend to us for an in-depth review.

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is the fourth and most powerful Ubuntu Phone available to date, and starting today we will try to use it every single day as a normal smartphone for a review we’ll publish in about a week or two. But before anything else, we’ve decided to make a short unboxing video showing you guys what’s inside the box.

For those not in the known, Meizu PRO 5 is an Android smartphone, but Canonical has a partnership with Meizu to sell some of its devices with the Ubuntu operating system, which, like Android, is also based on the Linux kernel. This is the second Ubuntu Phone from Meizu, after Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition that we reviewed exactly a year ago.

For some quick technical specs, Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition boasts a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-Core proc…

Kodi 17 “Krypton” Media Center Gets Ready for Android 6.0, Alpha 2 Out Now

Today, July 2, 2016, the development team behind the popular Kodi open-source and cross-platform media center software has announced the release of the second Alpha build for the upcoming Kodi 17 “Krypton” series.

Work on Kodi 17 started in early December 2015, but it took the developers about six months to push an Alpha build to public testers, which should have arrived in May 2016. Two weeks ago, on June 21, they announced that there are only ten days left until the first Alpha hits the streets.

Well, today is the tenth day, but we didn’t get the first Alpha. Instead, we can download the second Alpha milestone, which should be more stable and offer us an early taste of what’s coming later this year in Kodi 17. This happened because of some code issues that needed to be fixed first.

“Several years ago we set a path that we wanted to improve our code base instead of just slapping on new features and this rele…

Debian Edu 8 Operating System Lands as a Complete Linux Solution for Your School

Today, July 2, 2016, the Debian Edu / Skolelinux project is proud to announce the general availability of the Debian Edu (a.k.a. Skolelinux) 8.0 distribution designed for educational purposes.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, Debian Edu 8 is now available for any educational institution, such as schools or universities, that want to ditch the bloated and expensive Microsoft Windows with a fresh, Linux kernel-based OS that offers them the freedom they need to fully customize the installation, as well as the unbeatable stability of Debian.

Debian Edu 8 is for you if you are a network administrator and you want to install the best possible Debian-based operating system on every computer on a school network, without having to upgrade the licenses of Microsoft Windows or buy new and expensive hardware components just because one OS doesn’t work on them. Not to mention the fact tha…