Calibre Is a Complete Software Solution to Edit, Convert, and View eBooks

Calibre, a piece of software used to convert, edit, and view eBooks, has been updated to version 2.3 and brings a few new features and various fixes.

The Calibre development cycle is really picking up steam and the developer is now making big steps when it comes to the version number. Things were moving much slower before reaching the 2.x branch, but the dev is now working to increase that build number as fast as possible.

A new release of this application is made almost on a weekly basis, w…

Canonical Publishes Plans for Origami Unicorns

Canonical was present at the dConstruct event that took place in Brighton, Great Britain, and taught everyone how to make unicorn origami.

As most of you already know, Canonical is scheduled to release its upcoming operating system, Ubuntu 14.10, which has been dubbed Utopic Unicorn, in October 2014. If the previous code name used for the 14.04 LTS version was Trusty Tahr and it was a little difficult to work with, the new one is rather inviting.

“Our ‘Make your Unicorn’ co…

How to install osCommerce on CentOS 7

How to install osCommerce on CentOS 7
This document describes how to install osCommerce in CentOS 7. Open Source Commerce (osCommerce) is a popular e-Commerce and online store-management software program that may be easily used on any web server with P…

Mozilla Officially Releases Thunderbird 31.1.1

Mozilla has released Thunderbird 31.1.1, an email and RSS client, and this is the second update in this branch, which is rather unusual.

The latest major Thunderbird release, 31.1, saw the introduction of a lot of features and fixes. These kinds of changes had been sorely missed and the devs managed to improve the application, even if it’s no longer actively worked on.

Now, a couple of issues have been found in the Thunderbird 31.x branch and, apparently, they warranted an update, but th…

PHP Exploits Fixed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical has announced that a number of PHP vulnerabilities have been found and repaired in its Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

The company has just released a new update for PHP. The developers have explained that php5 could have been made to crash or run programs, had it received specially crafted network traffic.

“It was discovered that the Fileinfo component in php5 contains an integer overflow. An attacker could use this flaw to cause a…

Team Fortress 2 Update Brings Improved Memory Usage, Updated Maps, and More

The Team Fortress 2 multiplayer game developed and published by Valve on Steam for Linux has been updated yet again and the devs have made numerous changes and improvements.

Team Fortress 2 has been in the top ten most played on Steam for years and nothing seems to slow it down. It’s been around for a long time and it was one of the first games ported by Valve for the Linux platform.

Team Fortress 2 is also a free-to-play game, which means that anyone can download and play it without hav…

New Ubuntu 14.10 Community Wallpapers Are Awesome – Hi-Res Gallery

The new Ubuntu 14.10 community wallpapers have arrived and the final selection has been made. These are probably some of the best wallpapers ever published with an Ubuntu system, and you will know why as soon as you see them.

Every six months, the Ubuntu developers ask the community for help in choosing the wallpapers that eventually make it in the final version. Some years seem to be more fruitful than others, but the selection made for the 14.10 version, dubbed Utopic Unicorn, is one of the…

Stephen Hawking Talks About the Linux-Based Intel Connected Wheelchair Project

Intel has revealed a new, interesting concept called the Connected Wheelchair, which takes data from users and allows people to share that info with the community and is powered by Linux.

When people say Intel, they usually think about processors, but the company also makes a host of other products, including very cool or useful concepts that might have some very important applications in everyday life.

The latest initiative is called the Connected Wheelchair and the guys from Intel even con…

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.16.2

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is scheduled to launch in less than a couple of months, and the developers are making the final preparations for the release, including the upgrade of the Linux kernel.

This latest Ubuntu build is not one of the most interesting, and very few new features have been implemented. It’s full of upgraded packages and numerous fixes, but it’s not going to be too different from the current 14.04 LTS version.

Even so, some of the major components have been upgra…

Make Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Look like Windows 8 with the Metro Interface

Making your Ubuntu system look like Windows 8 doesn’t seem to be a high priority for users, but someone made an easy-to-install script that will transform the entire system.

There are many users out there that want to make their system look like a Windows counterpart, and that can be easily achieved when you have a system that already uses the same kind of desktop design, like Linux Mint or Lubuntu (an Ubuntu that uses the LXDE desktop environment).

It’s also quite easy to make other…

SteamOS Now Based on Debian 7.6, Latest Drivers Integrated

The Valve developers have released a new SteamOS stable version of their operating system and they have made numerous updates, especially to the drivers and core files.

Valve has two different branches for SteamOS, a stable and a development one. The stable branch doesn’t have a name, but the Beta is called “Alchemist.” All the changes and improvements that are made to the operating system are implemented first in the “Alchemist,” and only after a short period of testi…

XBMC Successor Kodi 14.x Enters Feature Freeze, New Release Detailed

The XBMC developers are moving on and they are now working on Kodi, the successor of the XBMC project. The name change was announced a while ago and the devs have revealed some of the new features and changes in the new 14.x branch.

The latest stable release is XBMC 13.2, which brought a number of corrections and fixes to the software. In fact, the 13.x branch is one of the best releases made so far in the project, but the devs felt the name didn’t really represent the software that they …

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Finally Arrive on Linux

The Linux version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive seems to have been in the works for ages, but now there is finally some news about it, although it’s nothing definitive.

Valve has ported most of its games catalog to the Linux platform, with just three exceptions: Alien Swarm, the first Left 4 Dead game in the series, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Alien Swarm is an isometric cooperative action game that very few people even know exists and it’s completely free. It’s u…

Installation and configuration of RainLoop on Debian 7 (Wheezy)

Installation and configuration of  RainLoop on Debian 7 (Wheezy)
This document describes how to install and configure Rainloop on Debian 7. Rainloop is a popular free Open Source Web Application primarily written in PHP. It offers users a swift an…

OpenStack Educational Resources Are Spreading Out

OpenStack, the headline-grabbing open source cloud platform, is giving rise to a slew of top tech jobs. If you have OpenStack skills, you can work for big companies doing cloud deployments or startups focusing on OpenStack managed services. Here on OStatic, we’re doing regular coverage of the best ways to get certified as an OpenStack […]

Ubuntu Touch Is an OS with a Heart in a World of Mindless Drones

The mobile market seems to be saturated with products and software, and that includes operating systems. The people are pretty much divided into Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. There are some scraps at the table, but that’s pretty much it. Where will Ubuntu for phones fit in this tight-knit ecosystem? Read more ….

Canonical Joins Internet Slowdown Day Protest

Canonical has decided to join the fight in support for net neutrality and it will be a part of the “Internet Slowdown day” event.

If you’re not yet aware of this, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the United States has to make a very important decision that could allow ISPs to provide paid prioritization to companies, which would hugely increase the monopoly of the corporations.

“If large companies were allowed to pay ISPs to prioritise their traffic, it would…

Devs Close NSS Exploit in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical has published details in a security notice about an NSS vulnerability in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems that has been corrected.

A new vulnerability has been found and fixed in the supported Ubuntu OSes and it’s just a matter of updating the system in order to correct it. The developers have explained that NSS could be made to crash or run programs in certain conditions.

According to the security notice, “Tyson Smith and Jesse&nb…

Ubuntu Touch RTM Is Getting Closer

Before getting Ubuntu Touch on the market, developers will need to release an RTM version of the operating system, and it looks like they are very close to this milestone.

Having an RTM version for an operating system is actually much harder than you can imagine. RTM stands for release to manufacturing, and it means that whatever product you have with this denomination then it’s pretty close, if not ready, to get into the hands of the public.

It’s one thing to have a regular distribu…

Free Software Foundation Tells People Not to Buy iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

The Free Software Foundation has released a very harsh statement in which users are advised to stay away from any Apple products, mostly because of the closed nature of the platform.

The Free Software Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes the adoption of completely free software and hardware. For example, it recommends the user distributions that don’t have any kind of proprietary software installed by default or in the repositories, and it does the same for various pieces…