One Ubuntu PC maker is kicking Adobe Flash off its Linux systems

System76, a Denver-based vendor of Ubuntu Linux laptops and desktops, has stopped pre-loading Flash on its machines. The company is also strongly recommending that current customers purge Flash from their systems as well. Amid calls to accelerate the death of Adobe Flash Player, at least once PC vendor is taking matters into its own hands.

Colour a Black and White Photo in GIMP

Here’s a quick video (from Ronnie) on how to colourise a black and white (b&w) photo in GIMP.

Upgrade path from 17 and 17.1 to 17.2 now open for all editions

The upgrade path from Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 to Linux Mint 17.2 is now open for all editions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and Xfce).
Instructions on how to perform this upgrade are available at

Azul Systems joins Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme

DevOps Teams to be “Charmed” by Zulu, Azul’s 100% Open Source JDK DevOps teams will be able to deploy cloud-based, tested and certified open source Java directly from Canonical’s Charm store Azul’s Zulu build of OpenJDK becomes the first fully-supported Java distribution in Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme The availability of Azul Zulu in the Juju […]

More Juju, Big Data and Snappy Beauty from Dataart

What do you get when you combine Juju with Spark & Apache Zeppelin, Raspberry Pi with Snappy, Bluetooth Low Energy, DeviceHive and a TI SensorTag? Check out the video from Dataart.

Monthly News – July 2015

July was all about the releases, a lot of testing and bug fixing The Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.2 were released and users of these editions were able to upgrade from Linux Mint 17 and 17.1. Everything went well and the reception was very good. It was a real pleasure for us […]

GPS Navigation App Gets New and Important Features on Ubuntu Touch

GPS navigation is an important function for any smartphone, but there wasn’t anything for Ubuntu Touch until recently. As it happens, an application that’s called just that, GPS Navigation, has been released a few weeks back and now a new major update has been made available.

One of the main complaints regarding Ubuntu Touch is that it doesn’t have enough apps and that some of the major apps present on other platforms are not available on Ubuntu as well. The truth is that m…

Solus Operating System Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.1.3 LTS

The Solus operating system has received a set of updates and developers made some important changes, like the adoption of a new Linux kernel of a new GTK+ version.

Solus is a distro built from scratch, and that gives its developers are a lot of freedom. When you’re using another distro as the base, like Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and so on, you might be constrained by those projects to use certain packages in order to keep things synchronized. When you’re building from scratch…

Deploy a Kubernetes development cluster with Juju!

Our team has been working to make Kubernetes easy to deploy in a public cloud. In March we created some Juju charms that have the ability to deploy specific releases of Kubernetes on a public cloud. In April we worked to get the charm and bundle code in the Kubernetes project itself. Making it even […]

Kubuntu’s Jonathan Riddell Says Ubuntu Policy Is Still Lacking

Kubuntu’s Jonathan Riddell talked about the recent changes to the licensing procedures on the Ubuntu project, and he said that there are still some important problems that have been left unresolved. Canonical announced a couple of days ago that the company had made some changes to its policies in order to comply with GPL, but

Ubuntu 14.10 Has Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04 Now

Today, July 23, was the last day when Canonical released security patches and software updates for its Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system, as the distribution reached end of life.

Dubbed Utopic Unicorn, the Ubuntu 14.10 operating system was announced by Canonical back on October 23, 2014 and was supported with software updates, bugfixes, and security patches for nine months. On July 23, 2015, the 9-month month support cycle officially ended and the software chan…

Users Are Invited to Test Wi-Fi Hotspot (Internet Tethering) in Ubuntu Touch

On July 22, Canonical’s Jonas G. Drange informed us all that the Ubuntu Touch developers managed to finish the Wi-Fi Hotspot (also known as Internet Tethering) functionality for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

The new Wi-Fi Hotspot functio…

Latest GNOME Classic/Flashback Packages Land in Ubuntu 15.10 and Debian Testing

Dmitry Shachnev, a renowned Ubuntu Core and Debian developer, has been extremely proud to announce earlier today that the latest GNOME Flashback packages, versions 3.16 and 3.17, are now available for testing in the default software repositories of the Debian Testing and Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating systems.

According to Mr. Shachnev, the GNOME Flashb…

Orca Open-Source Screen Reader Implements Speech Support for MathML Content

The Orca open-source screen reader and magnifier software used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu and other GNOME-based ones, has reached version 3.17.4 as part of the upcoming GNOME 3.17.4 desktop environment.

According to the raw changelog attached at the end of the article, Orca 3.17.4 is a feature release that implements speech support for MathML content in web browsers powered by the Gecko engine, adds a handling for the ROLE_HEADER variable, and…

QEMU-Based GNOME Boxes Virtualization Software Gets a Major Update for GNOME 3.18

The GNOME developers are still finishing the latest bits for the upcoming GNOME 3.17.4 desktop environment, a snapshot towards GNOME 3.18, and they have just released the GNOME Boxes 3.17.4 open-source virtualization software based on the QEMU with KVM technology.

According to the internal changelog, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, GNOME Boxes 3.17.4 brings numerous improvements, including the ability to display the guest IP address on the “Gen…

Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 Build 7 with GAPPS and Linux Kernel 4.0.8 Out Now

On July 22, Arne Exton, the developer of several GNU/Linux and Android-x86 distributions, announced that he updated his Android-x86 KitKat 4.4.4 distro to build 7, a release that brings Linux kernel 4.0.8, Mesa 10.5.9, and other goodies.

According to Mr. Exton, the new version …

GNOME’s Tracker Search Engine Brings Many Fixes to the RSS Miner

Exactly one week ago, we reported on the Tracker 1.5.0 open-source semantic data storage engine for desktop and mobile devices, which is being used as the main search engine for GNOME-based Linux operating systems.

Today, July 22, Martyn Russell has announced the immediate availability of the first maintenance rele…

Linux Kernel 3.18.19 LTS Adds x86, Btrfs, ARM, and UFS Improvements, Updated Drivers

A new maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.18 kernel series was announced on July 21 by none other than its maintainer, Sasha Levin. Linux kernel 3.18.19 LTS is now available for download.

According to the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 3.18.19 LTS is a normal release that contains several improvements to the x86 hardware architecture, as …

New GNOME Control Center Update Fixes Enterprise User Logins, Supports 4K Monitors

The GNOME developers are hard at work these days, preparing to release the fourth snapshot of the highly anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.

As part of the GNOME 3.17.4 desktop environment unstable release, several of its core components have received more or less important updates, including the GNOME Control Center applications, which was updated on July 22 to version 3.17.3.

According to the raw changelog attached at the …

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Officially Released with Data Leakage Protection, More

On July 22, Red Hat, Inc. had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of the seventh maintenance release for its stable and long-term supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6 operating system for servers and desktops.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 is a crucial release that adds many essential security features, introduces a new solution towards container-based application infrastructure for preexisting workloads, offers collaborative operational analyt…