LXLE 16.04 “Eclectica” Distro Will Be Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Beta Out Now

It looks like the developers of the lightweight LXLE distribution are working hard on the next major update for the Lubuntu-based computer operating system, and they’ve just released the first Beta in the LXLE 16.04 series.

A 64-bit Live ISO image of …

Calibre 2.62 eBook Manager Supports the New Kindle Oasis, EPUB 3 Metadata

Today, July 8, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been proud to announce the release of Calibre 2.62 ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X.

It looks like the Friday weekly releases of Calibre are back, and Calibre 2.62 is here to add a couple of new features, as well as to fix many of the annoyances reported by users since last week’s Calibre 2.61 update or previous releases.

The most important feature of Calibre 2.62 is support for the newest Kindle Oasis e-reader model that has started shipping today. So if you receive your new Kindle Oasis device this weekend, you’ll be able to connect it to Calibre to upload your books.

The second major feature introduced in Calibre 2.62 is support for reading and writing of EPUB 3 specific metabata. Calibre is now capable of generating EPUB 3 metadata constructs when processing these types of files, such as series.

Bug fixes, new and i…

Using Vagrant to control your DigitalOcean cloud instances

Learn how to use the vagrant-digitalocean plugin to use Vagrantfiles to maintain cloud instances in Digital Ocean

Mycroft Uses Ubuntu and Snaps to Deliver a Free Intelligent Personal Assistant

Mycroft, the company behind the Mycroft AI open source intelligent personal assistant for GNU/Linux operating systems, has published a story recently on how they are using Ubuntu Linux and Snaps to deliver their software to Mycroft devices.

Those behind their Mycroft AI reading need to take a look at the video attached at the end of the article or visit the project’s homepage, where they will learn that Mycroft AI is more than an intelligent personal assistant. It is a device that transforms a regular house into an intelligent one that can connect to many existing appliances.

However, in this article, we would like to tell you a few words about the Mycroft AI personal assistant for your Linux desktop. Yes, that’s right, Mycroft AI is designed to work on virtually any Linux kernel-based operating system. Think of Mycroft…

Getting started: Creating Ubuntu Apps with Cordova

A few weeks ago we participated in Phonegap Day EU. It was a great opportunity to meet with the Cordova development team and we had a range of app developers gather for this occasion. The latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release was demoed, running on a brand new BQ M10 tablet in convergence mode. Creating responsive […]

Digital Signage meets IoT Series continues!

Last month we kicked off our first in our Digital Signage meets IoT series focusing on Building success with a RaspberryPi. It was a great session from Screenly founder, Viktor Petersson and Sixteen:Nine editor Dave Haynes who touched on industry trends, disruptive effects on hardware costs and adoption of agile software. If you missed the […]

Fedora Job Opening: Fedora Community Outreach and Impact Lead

Love Fedora? Want to work with Fedora full-time to help support and grow the Fedora community? Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team is hiring a Fedora Community Outreach and Impact Lead to do just that. As the Fedora… Continue Reading →

Review: Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS shines

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) represents the first release from Canonical to deliver long-term support since 2011 (version 14). While the latest improvements may not be entirely revolutionary, Ubuntu 16.04 rounds up exciting features to fortify the server base and enhance the desktop experience. One of the key updates in this release comes by way

Ubuntu Linux Becomes the Preferred Operating System for Pivotal’s Cloud Platform

Canonical has announced a new partnership between them and Pivotal to collaborate on delivering a cloud native platform based on the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system to their customers.

Pivotal Cloud Foundry is Pivotal’s cloud native platform, which now uses the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system and Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage (UA) support services, is designed to offer customers the latest software innovations, as well as a rapid response approach to Linux vulnerabilities.

Thanks to the new partnership between Canonical and Pivotal, it is now possible for some of the world’s most popular brands to access secure and certified Ubuntu Linux images within the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform. According to Canonical, Ubuntu is currently the most widely used Linux distribution on the planet.

“Ubuntu on Pivotal Cloud Foundry brings together the leading Linux OS and Cloud Native Platform for Enterprise scale-out cloud deployments,” said Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu Pro…

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Reach End of Life on July 28, 2016

Today, July 7, 2016, Canonical has announced that its Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system will reach end of life (EOL) in three weeks from the moment of writing this article, on July 28, 2016.

Announced on October 22, 2015, Ubuntu 15.10 was dubbed Wily Werewolf by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, and this was the first codename based on a fictional character, not a real animal as in all the other cases. Ubuntu 15.10 is not an LTS (Long Term Support) release, which means that it has a short life support cycle for security fixes and software updates.

“As a non-LTS release, 15.10 has a 9-month month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 15.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July 28th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 15.10,” says Adam Conrand in today’s email announcement received by Softpedia.

Therefore, starting July 28, Can…

NethServer 7 Gets Shared Folder Refactoring, Let’s Encrypt Support, and New Look

Softpedia has been informed today, June 7, 2016, by NethServer developer Alessio Fattorini about some of the features coming to the NethServer 7 server-oriented open-source operating system.

It’s been more than one month since the third and last Alpha build of the NethServer 7 distribution has hit the streets, and users were asking for a new development build. As such, Alessio Fattorini and his team of skillful developers have been working hard all this time to bring you a Beta version of NethServer 7, which will be based on the CentOS 7 series of server-oriented distros.

“Many people have asked me about NethServer 7 developments, obviously, they’re right and fresh news are needed! Let me say that these were crazy weeks, we have shipped NethServer 6.8 (Beta and Final) and it has been about 1 month since 7 Alpha 3 release which seems like an eternity ago,” said Alessio Fattorini, NethServer Community Manager.

NethServer 7 to offer a new look, different from…

Snap Launchers Promise to Better Integrate Desktop Applications with Snaps

Canonical is proud to announce today that new Snap desktop launchers are coming soon to an Ubuntu Desktop near you, allowing the integration of desktop applications with Snaps.

If you’ve tried installing various desktop apps – and we’re talking about those that have a graphical user interface (GUI) as Snaps on your Ubuntu machine, or any other GNU/Linux operating system that supports the Snappy universal binary format – you might have noticed that some of them don’t follow the general desktop theming or menu integration.

Making applications packaged as Snaps look and feel like the real desktop apps was always a little bit challenging for the Snappy developers over at Canonical. Therefore, they are announcing today their new goal of streamlining the overall Snap experience on the desktop, ensuring that all the user-visible features are working as expected.

“Integrating desktop applications with snaps has been a little bit challenging in terms of getting them lookin…

Samba Patched Against Important SMB2/3 Client Security Issue, Update Now

Today, July 7, 2016, the Samba development team has announced the immediate availability for download of the Samba 4.4.5, 4.3.11, and 4.2.14 maintenance updates.

According to the release notes, these are security releases that have been pushed to address an issue where the client side SMB2/3 required signing can be downgraded, which has been fully documented at CVE-2016-2119.

“It’s possible for an attacker to downgrade the required signing for an SMB2/3 client connection, by injecting the SMB2_SESSION_FLAG_IS_GUEST or SMB2_SESSION_FLAG_IS_NULL flags,” reads today’s security advisory.

In layman’s terms, this means that an attacker can impersonate a server that users can connect to using Samba, an open-source re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol, and then deliver malicious results.

The issue affects components lik…

FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” Open-Source Multimedia Framework Gets First Point Release

The FFmpeg development team has announced recently the release of the first maintenance update for the FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” series of the popular open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework.

FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” was introduced more than a week ago, and it is now the latest stable and most advanced FFmpeg branch, already available in the main software repositories of various GNU/Linux operating systems, including the popular Arch Linux and Solus.

There were major improvements and new features introduced in FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace,” but bugs and annoying issues are always present even in a new major stable release of an open-source software project. Therefore, FFmpeg 3.1.1 has come out to fix some of these bugs reported by users, as well as to update core components.

Looking at the release notes, we can notice that FFmpeg 3.1.1 “Laplace” brings updates for numerous libraries. For example, it now includ…

uNav GPS Navigation App for Ubuntu Phones Now Offers Offline Maps, Convergence

Today, July 6, 2016, Marcos Costales has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of a new update of his uNav GPS navigator app for Ubuntu Phone devices.

uNav 0.60 is now live in the Ubuntu Store for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, and it promises to bring a convergence support, allowing users to use the app on the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, in addition to all the supported Ubuntu Phone devices.

“Thanks to the work of Nekhelesh Ramananthan and Joerg Berroth this is the best uNav version ever,” said Marcos Costales in today’s announcement. “uNav now offers offline maps. But this time everything will not be good news. We had to migrate to a W/B map because of the new Mapquest’s ToS. We hope to find an alternative ASAP.”

uNav now offers offline maps

Another feature that most of Ubuntu Phone users ha…

GNOME Calendar Will Support Alarms, GNOME Software to Better Handle Flatpaks

The GNOME developers are hard at work this summer to bring you the latest innovations and technologies for the modern GNOME 3 desktop environment, as part of the GNOME 3.22 release.

GNOME 3.22 is in heavy development until the end of September, when t…

Open source SSH clients

The Secure Shell (SSH) protocol allows users to connect remotely to a machine using encrypted communications. It’s normal to use this protocol to work in a network environment. In Fedora, you can use the default client for SSH connections, OpenSSH…. Continue Reading →

Solus 2.0 Operating System to Introduce the Sol Package Manager, Cool Features

Today, July 5, 2016, after a long wait, Solus Project’s Josh Strobl has had the great pleasure of announcing a new installation of the “This Week in Solus” newsletter, informing fans of the Solus operating system about the latest trends.

Coming hot on the heels of the Hackfest 1.2.1 YouTube sessions where the Solus developers (Ikey Doherty and Joshua Strobl) have worked together to squash as many bugs as possible, but also to introduce new features for the upcoming Solus 1.2.1 operating system, the first point release in the Solus 1.2 “Shannon” series.

For your viewing pleasure, the videos have been attached at the end of the article, but to summarize the whole event, which took place during the course of two days, the Visual Studio Code IDE can now be pinned in Budgie, GNOME Control Center’s Color Calibration and Profiling section now displays the relevant devices.

Moreover, users w…

Clonezilla Live 2.4.7-8 Adds Linux Kernel 4.6.2 & Partclone 0.2.89, Many Changes

Steven Shiau, the developer behind the Clonezilla Live and GParted Live projects, proudly announced the availability for download of the Clonezilla Live 2.4.7-8 stable ISO respins.

Clonezilla Live 2.4.7-8 is now the latest stable and most advanced build of the Live ISO/USB system that system administrators can use to clone disk drives for backup purposes. The new release has been synchronized with the upstream Debian Sid software repositories as of June 27, 2016, and are now using Linux kernel 4.6.2.

Many of the core components have received new version that patch issues reported by users since the previous releases of the project. For example, Partclone 0.2.89 fixes a bug with the Btrfs file system, Cloudfuse 0.9+redbogit871a98f-drbl2 includes many useful patches, and Partclone-utils 0.4.1 brings lots of improvements.

Expert saving mode TUI gets new batc…

Chakra GNU/Linux Users Can Now Test KDE Plasma 5.7, Qt 5.7 & KDE Frameworks 5.24

The developers of the Chakra GNU/Linux rolling operating system are informing the community today, July 5, 2016, about the availability of the just released KDE Plasma 5.7.0 and Qt 5.7.0 in the testing repositories.

As we reported earlier today, the KDE project has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the final KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, which already landed in the testing repos of the Arch Linux operating system, as well as today’s KDE Neon 5.7 User Edition Live ISO images. Now Chakra GNU/Linux devs have uploaded the latest KDE Plasma 5.7 packages, along with Qt 5.7 on their testing repositories.

“You might have noticed that the brand new…