Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 Launches This Week for Ubuntu Phones, Here’s What’s New

Today, September 19, 2016, Canonical was supposed to launch the OTA-13 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, but it didn’t happen. Lukasz Zemczak is back, and he informs us that the update should arrive for all users later this week.

However, Canonical did publish the complete list of new features implemented in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 update, and we would like to tell you all about them. Let’s start with the copy/paste support, which has been updated to work with legacy X11 applications as well.

There’s also lots of visual improvements to offer newcomers a better out-of-the-box experience, such as a new panel for selecting a hardware keyboard, an updated emoji keyboard, a new keyboard system indicator, a brand-new Updates panel in System Settings, and a revamped Notifications panel that now offers better per-app settings.

Meet repowerd, Ubuntu Touch’s new power da…

Low Graphics Mode in Unity 7

Unity 7 has had a low graphics mode for a long time but recently we’ve been making it better. Improvements have been made to reduce the amount of visual effects that are seen while running in low graphics mode.  At a high level this includes things like: Reducing the amount of animation in elements such as the window switcher, launcher and menus […]

Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

IBM and Canonical Expand Hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers Ubuntu OpenStack support included with Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage enterprise-grade support offering. Ubuntu OpenStack is the only OpenStack offered by a commercial Linux distributor that supports IBM Power Systems today. LONDON, U.K, September 19, 2016: Canonical announces today that […]

Q4OS 1.6.2 ‘Orion’ Linux Distro Released, Based On Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 ‘Jessie’

Q4OS is a Debian-based open source Linux distribution that comes with Trinity desktop environment, which is forked from KDE. The latest release, Q4OS 1.6.2 ‘Orion’, improves the previous version and fixes the bugs reported by users. The existing Q4OS 1.6 or 1.6.1 OS users are advised to update their systems to the latest version. Last

Linux Kernel 4.8 Could Land October 2 as Linus Torvalds Announces the Seventh RC

Linus Torvalds just made his regular Sunday announcement to inform the community about the availability of the seventh and last Release Candidate (RC) development build of the forthcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series.

According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.8 Release Candidate 7 is once again bigger in patches than he was expected. Last week, we reported that things are calming down and that this series will be a normal one with seven RCs, but it now looks like it won’t happen, and there should be one more RC released next week, September 25, 2016.

“Normally RC7 is the last in the series before the final release, but by now I’m pretty sure that this is going to be one of those releases that come with an RC8,” says Linus Torvalds. “Things did’t calm down as much as I would have liked, there are still a few discussions going on, and it’s just unlikely that I will feel like it’s all good and read…

Kodi 17 “Krypton” Beta 2 Adds New Android 7.0 Nougat Passthrough Audio API

On September 18, 2016, Martijn Kaijser has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the second Beta build of the upcoming Kodi 17 “Krypton” open-source and cross-platform media center software.

As expected, Kodi 17 Beta 2 is a bugfix release that addresses many of the issues reported by public beta testers since the previous development milestones. This second Beta version is here exactly one month after the launch of the first Beta, and, according to the release notes, it patches issues from both Beta 1 and Alpha 3 builds.

“The changes between Alpha 3 and Beta 2 are mainly limited to minor fixes and under the hood improvements, so for this second beta, we’ll instead take some time to review a few of the really visible changes in Kodi 17,” says Martijn Kaijser. “Kodi 17 features a huge amount of work in areas like video playback, live TV and PVR/DVR, the music library, skinning and more.”

He…

Avidemux 2.6.14 Open-Source Video Editor Supports Lagarith Lossless Video Codec

The open-source video editor Avidemux, received a new maintenance update (version 2.6.14) the other day, September 17, 2016, and it is now available for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Avidemux 2.6.14 is both a feature and bugfix release, coming exactly one month after the unveiling of the previous stable build, namely Avidemux 2.6.13. According to the release notes, the new version implements automatic check for new versions of the Qt interface (check are performed once a day), re-implements support for Windows XP (for those still using it) by adding support for the MXE cross-compiler.

Moreover, Avidemux 2.6.14 comes with support for the Lagarith lossless video codec, support for FLAC decoding by using the libavcodec library, better support for corrupted H.264 and TS video streams, improved release of resources for VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix),…

4MLinux 20.0 Promises to Be a Special Version, Final Release Launches November 1

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today, September 18, about the release and immediate availability for download of the Beta development milestone of his upcoming 4MLinux 20.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

And it looks like he has some big plans for the final, stable release of 4MLinux 20.0, which should hit the streets on November 1, 2016, promising users that it will be a special version of his independent operating system for personal computers, which always includes the latest and most advanced software versions and GNU/Linux technologies.

“This is the 20th release, so it should be something special,” says Zbigniew Konojacki in the release announcement. “And it is! The 4MLinux Live CD can now be run (and installed to a hard disk drive) on the following configurations: BIOS with 32 bit CPU, BIOS with 64 bit CPU, UEFI with 32 bit firmware, and UEFI with 64 …

GnuCash 2.6.14 Free Accounting Software Improves Investment Lots, Fixes SQL Bugs

The GnuCash development team announced the other day yet another maintenance update of their free, open-source, and cross-platform accounting software, GnuCash 2.6.14.

GnuCash 2.6.14 comes two and a half months since the release of the previous version, namely GnuCash 2.6.13, to fix more bugs reported by users lately, all in order to keep the financial management applications stable and reliable at all times. As you might know, GnuCash runs on all major platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows, so the 2.6.14 update fixes bugs to improve support on all these OSes.

According to the devs, there are a total of 15 recorded issues that have been addressed in GnuCash 2.6.14, related to various parts of the software, among which we can mention the SQL database for storing the data, the Investment Lots feature, the “Reverse Order” option in the View -> Sort menu, the “zero interest loan formula”, as well as the OFX import functionality.

CMake i…

Calibre 2.68 eBook Converter and Organizer Released for Linux, Windows, and Mac

Kovid Goyal released yet another weekly update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre ebook library management software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Calibre 2.68 is now the latest stable version of the applications, but it’s not as big as expected when talking about new features. In fact, the only new functionality implemented in Calibre 2.68 is an option in the Preferences -> Tweaks setting to allow users to have control over the list of servers the app uses as public email servers.

The rest of the changes included in Calibre 2.68 are bug fixes, for all sort of issues reported by users since last week’s Calibre 2.67 release of previous versions. Fixes problems include those for a regression with the connect server that didn’t allow OPDS feeds to work correctly, and a book author validation problem.

Improved sources, more bug fixes

Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” Distribution Is Now in Beta, Based on Fedora 24 Linux OS

Just a few days after informing the community about the plans for the upcoming Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” GNU/Linux distribution, developer Vince Pooley is now releasing the first Beta milestone into the wild.

Yes, you’re reading it right, a first Beta of Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” is now available for download so you can get an early taste of those awesome new features that we revealed for our readers in an initial report. And, as expected, the development release is based on the Fedora 24 operating system and ships with Linux 4.7 kernel.

“Today a pre-release version of Chapeau 24 has been made available for download. If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the latest Chapeau release based on Fedora 24 now’s your time. If you don’t want to deal with any of the known issues listed below you may want to stick with Chapeau 23 fo…

PPSSPP, the Best Free PSP Emulator, Now Lets Users Record Their Video Games

A new stable release of the PPSSPP free, cross-platform, and open-source PSP (PlayStation Portable) emulator application has been made available for download, version 1.3.

PPSSPP 1.3 is here seven months since the release of the previous maintenance update, namely PPSSPP 1.2, and adds various interesting additions, such as better support for Android-based Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones, as well as any device running Apple’s iOS 9 or later mobile operating system.

There’s also improved support for 64-bit Android TV platforms, a memory leak patch for Raspberry Pi single-board computers, the implementation of the latest FFmpeg multimedia backend, and a workaround for some rendering issues on Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 mobile processors.

PPSSPP 1.3 introduces initial game recording support

Another interesting feature introduced in the PPSSPP 1.3 stable update is initial support for recording your video games, along with TAS (Tool-assisted speedrun) functio…

FreeBSD 11.0 Gets One Last Release Candidate Build, Final Version Is Coming Soon

FreeBSD’s Glen Barber announced the other day that the third, and hopefully the last Released Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system is now available for public testing.

On September 12, 2016, we were expecting to see the announcement for the final release of FreeBSD 11.0, but it didn’t happen. Why? Most probably because of some last minute issues that proved to be a show stopper for the end user. Therefore, we’re now getting yet another Release Candidate development milestone to test and report bugs.

“The third RC build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR system or on the -stable mailing list,” says Glen Barber in the release announcement. “If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing system, use the “releng/11.0″ branch.”

As for the cha…

Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” Officially Released, Brings over 90 Security Fixes

The Debian Project announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system series, Debian 8.6, which brings new installation mediums with up-to-date components.

Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” is here to add various important improvements to almost 80 packages, as well as to integrate all the security updates that have been released in the distribution’s official software repositories since the release of Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie.” Approximately 95 security updates are included in the new stable release, including the latest kernel version.

“This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available,” reads the announcement. “Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of De…

Announcing upcoming Mageia 5.1 ISOs and an update on Mageia 6 progress

It is likely not news to you that we are behind the original schedule regarding Mageia 6. As a community-led distro with a limited amount of resources and contributors, we stand by “Release when it’s ready” and don’t want to … Continue reading

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.17 Tool for Creating Snaps on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, September 16 2016, Canonical’s Sergio Schvezov was proud to announce the release of yet another maintenance update to the Snapcraft tool that helps application developers package their apps as Snaps for Ubuntu and other Linux OSes.

The biggest new features implemented in the Snapcraft 2.17 release are the implementation of the “snapcraft list-keys” and “snapcraft-register-key” commands, globbing support for the “organize” keyword for parts, as well as a brand new “python” plugin that combines code from both “python2” and “python3” plugins.

“This new plugin creates leaner snaps, works better with regards to build environments, separates `stage-packages` from package brought in with `pip` and solves many latent bugs from the previous incantation of the python plugins,” says Sergio Schvezov in today’s announcement. Various bugs were fixed as well, so you should check…

Wine 1.9.19 Released with Better Joystick Support, World of Tanks Improvements

The Wine software has been updated today, September 16, 2016, to version 1.9.19, a development milestone towards Wine 2.0, bringing various bug fixes and improvements.

According to the release notes, Wine 1.9.19 appears to be a minor update that only implements an initial version of a udev bus driver for HID, improves joystick support, as well as the metafile support in GDI+, and introduces the DC rendering functionality in Direct2D.

Wine 1.9.19 also fixes a total of 19 issues reported by users since the previous development release, namely Wine 1.9.18, thus improving support for various Windows applications and games. It looks like many Direct2D and Delphi 7 applications should now work a lot better with this version of Wine.

Among the Windows apps that received improvements in Wine 1.9.19, we can mention WinUAE, The Geometer’s Sketchpad 5.03, ElsterFormular, KORG Legacy Collection – MS-20 1.3.0, Captvty 3, Mic…

DualToy Windows Trojan Attacks Android, iOS Devices

A Windows Trojan called DualToy has been discovered that can side load malicious apps onto Android and iOS devices via a USB connection from an infected computer. Researchers from Palo Alto Networks said DualToy has been in existence since January 2015, and it originally was limited to installing unwanted apps and displaying mobile ads on

Nextcloud Box – a private cloud and IoT solution for home users

Companies launch Raspberry Pi-based device to enable consumers greater control over their data Stuttgart, Germany – September 16, 2016 – Nextcloud, Canonical and WDLabs, are today launching the Nextcloud Box, a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform giving consumers a way to take back control over their personal data. Nextcloud Box […]

Nextcloud and Canonical Introduce Nextcloud Box to Create Your Own Private Cloud

Today, September 16, 2016, Nextcloud informs Softpedia about the launch of a new hardware product, the first in the company’s history, in collaboration with Canonical and WDLabs.

Before Nextcloud was formed as a fork of ownCloud, you remember that the team worked with the WDLabs engineers to bring us a Raspberry Pi-powered device, named ownCloud PiDrive, that allowed us to create our own personal and secure private cloud infrastructure based on ownCloud and Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Well, it looks like the ownCloud PiDrive project moved to become NextCloud Box, a hardware kit that comes bundled with the Nextcloud self-hosting cloud server and allows you to run your own private cloud, on your network. And because it uses the newest Snappy technologies, it can be easily transformed into a true IoT hub.

“We have always beli…