First LibreOffice 5.0 Maintenance Release On Its Way to Fix Middle-Click Paste on X11

After releasing the huge LibreOffice 5.0 update, The Document Foundation announced that the hard team of developers behind the most powerful open-source office suite in the world is hard at work on the first maintenance release of LibreOffice 5.0.0.

Therefore, we can report to that the first Release Candidate of the forthcoming LibreOffice 5.0.1 office suite has been published along with a massive changelog that shows us what the LibreOffice developers have been working on …

Chakra GNU/Linux Distro Gets LibreOffice 5.0 and a Patched Intel Driver for KDE Plasma 5

The maintainers of the Chakra GNU/Linux project, an open-source, rolling-release distribution based on the ever popular Arch Linux operating system and built around the KDE desktop environment, announced the availability of a new update.

Therefore, we can report today, August 16, that the stable…

Kodi 15 “Isengard” Gets Its First Update with New FFmpeg and Dozens of Bugfixes

The Kodi development team announced a few minutes ago, August 16, that the first maintenance release of the Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” open-source media center software is now available for download for all supported platforms.

According to the release notes, Kodi 15.1 is here to fix a great number of issues that have been reported by users since the release of Kodi 15.0, as well …

Happy 18th Birthday, GNOME!

It’s hard to believe that The GNOME Project started its life 18 years ago, but that’s the truth and its developers are preparing to celebrate the occasion.

The GNOME project was founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena back in 1997, and it’s come a long way since then. In fact, it’s now one of the biggest and most important desktop environments, although GNOME is much more than that. It is actually made of a huge stack of applications that fill in any nook and cranny.

Marble Muse Indie Physics Puzzle Lands on Steam for Linux with 10% Discount

Marble Muse, a physics puzzle title developed and published by Ketos Games on Steam, has been released on the Linux platform as well.

Marble Muse is one of the games on Steam for Linux that positions itself in this tiny niche, but there are other games out there that are built with the same idea in mind. Players either control a ball and navigate through the environment or they control the entire environment in order to direct the ball in the right direction.

“It’s an in…

F23 NetworkManager Test Day August 20th!

Fedora 23 is scheduled to be released at the end of the October. Among many other improvements, this release will include a new version of NetworkManager, a service that manages network connectivity. We’ve been busy fixing bugs and adding functionality,… Continue Reading →

Geary 0.10.0 Email Client Lands in Elementary OS

Geary is the default email client default in Elementary OS and it’s also present in a number of other repositories as well. Developers have just made an important upgrade to it that should turn some heads.

Geary is developed by a group named Yorba and they also tried to get their application in the GNOME stack a while back. Now, a new upgrade has been released for the email client, and Elementary OS has been quick to integrate it.

“Major shout out to Yorba for their work…

Guests in Ubuntu OpenStack: ODS Vancouver

A key theme of IaaS is that Guests are what makes the compute part of IaaS interesting. And, as Dustin Kirkland suggests in his OpenStack Summit keynote, “It’s a variety of guests that keep it interesting” – like any decent party. We want to go to a party that has all sorts of crazy guests; […]

Canonical Is Not Moving Ubuntu Touch to Ubuntu 15.10 Any Time Soon

The Ubuntu Touch platform is currently stable and based on Ubuntu 15.04, but there are a few development branches out there. One of those branches is using Ubuntu 15.10 as a base, but it turns out that Canonical has no plans to move to that platform any time soon.

One of the things that are different with Ubuntu Touch is the fact that it’s not synchronized with the main Ubuntu distro. For now, this is not one of their priorities. The development channels that will get new f…

7iSolutions joins Charm Partner Programme

Canonical is excited to announce that 7iSolutions has joined the Charm Partner Programme. Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions in minutes, on virtually any public or private […]

Mycroft Is an AI for Your Home Powered by Raspberry Pi 2 and Ubuntu Snappy

Mycroft is what you would describe as a house computer, a device connected to your house, which acts like a virtual artificial intelligence. In this case, it’s a clever mini PC named Mycroft, which is based on Raspberry Pi 2 and runs Ubuntu Snappy Core.

Mycroft is not the first attempt that aims to make a house smarter, but it’s definitely one of the most promising ones. The difference is that the prices for the hardware necessary for building a smart house concept have low…

Arch-Based Manjaro LXDE and Manjaro LXQt Advance to Version 0.8.13.1

Manjaro is an operating system based on Arch Linux, and it comes in lots of flavors. Two very similar ones have been grouped under the name of Manjaro LX, and a new upgrade has been released for it.

The developers have chosen to call this release LX because it’s actually about two versions of Manjaro, one with the LXDE desktop and the other one with LXQt. It will be a while until LXQt takes the place of LXDE, and both projects are still maintained. This is why we see a dist…

Unity 8 to Get Hotspot Support and Improved Performance for Thumbnails

Details about progress made with Unity 8 have been shared by Canonical, and it looks like some pretty interesting new features will land very soon although it’s not a big update.

Canonical is still working on Unity 8, both for the desktop and the mobile platform, and developers have revealed details about what they have accomplished in the past couple of weeks. If you’re hoping to see some huge changes being made, you’re going to be disappointed. Progress at this level is u…

Meet Mycroft: Open Source Artificial Intelligence Powered by Snappy

This is a guest post by the Mycroft team as part of “the startup stories”, a series of blog posts about how and why innovative companies are using Ubuntu technology.   If you work in technology you’ve probably had this dream.  You wake up and your whole house is a computer, a starship in cyberspace that […]

Calibre 2.35 eBook Editor and Convertor Gets Supports for Latest Kobo Firmware

Version 2.35 of eBook reader and management software Calibre has been released and is now available for download. It’s not a big update, but it does bring important support for Kobo devices.

The Calibre developer seems to be back to a weekly update cycle, and that means changelogs are going to get shorted. This is an already very complex application that has recently got the ability to edit eBooks, so it’s difficult to add anything major to it. This means that its maker is …

True Life: I’m An Open Source Rookie

Thousands of open source projects are initiated each year. Some skyrocket to superstardom, some slowly inspire a supportive community, and others fail. Black Duck Software highlights notable open source projects each year with its Open Source Rookies program. In 2014, the list of projects nominated spanned security, cloud storage, Bitcoin marketplaces, DevOps tools, and database

Calendar and Dekko Email Client Won’t Land with Next OTA Update for Ubuntu Touch

Developers are working on the next OTA update for Ubuntu Touch, and they are preparing to make some big improvements to the operating system, but it looks like the Calendar and the Dekko email client won’t be a part of it.

A lot of work goes into one of these updates for Ubuntu Touch, and this cycle has been especially difficult because of the switch to GCC 5. A lot of issues need to be dealt with, and the adoption of a couple new apps for the default installation would hav…

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.2 RC6

The Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) development cycle is powering on, and it looks like Canonical is determined to have Linux kernel 4.2 available as soon as possible.

One of the interesting aspects of Ubuntu is that, usually, developers will stick with the kernel that was available at the time of the launch. In this case, it’s possible that Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) will ship with Linux kernel 4.2. Upgrading to Linux kernel 4.3 is not out of the question, but it’s very unl…

Manjaro GNOME 0.8.13.1 Gets GNOME 3.16.2 and systemd 222

Manjaro GNOME, a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and fully compatible with the Arch repositories, has been finally upgraded to version 0.8.13.1 and is now ready for download.

It’s been a while since the release of the previous Manjaro GNOME distro, but developers have finally gotten around to releasing the 0.8.13.1 version, which is now the most advanced of the bunch. We need to keep in mind that an upcoming 0.9 version is also in the works, and it will be here in th…

KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes

KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 has just been released by the KDE Community, and developers have made a large number of changes and improvements.

KDE Frameworks is the backbone of the KDE project, but it’s also the one that gets almost none of the glory. Everyone pays attention when the Plasma desktop is released, but we should give KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications the same treatment. Sure, it’s difficult to spot the changes Frameworks is manifesting, but that shouldn’t make you a…