Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Development Continues with Updated Thumbnailer, More

Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak has sent in his last report for the week of September 14, informing us all about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers for the upcoming OTA-7 software update.

Mr. Zemczak’s report reflects on the work done on Friday, September 18, 2015, by the developers of Ubuntu for phones. New features include an updated version of the thumbnailer introduced in the OTA-6 update, as well as improved versions of the Ubuntu System Settings, Indicator Networ…

Solus 1.0 Linux Operating System Dubbed Shannon, to Arrive in October

Earlier today, September 19, the developers of the Solus Project revealed the codename of the first-ever release of the anticipated GNU/Linux operating system, Solus OS 1.0, due out sometime in October.

We’ve talked a lot about the Solus distro in the last year or so, as it has proved to be a hot topic for the Linux community, so today we have even more good news for those of you who are eagerly waiting for the first official and stable release of the OS.

Solus 1.0 is se…

GNOME 3.18 Has Just Received Last.fm Support, Implemented in GNOME Music

As we reported a few days ago, the Release Candidate build of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 open-source desktop environment was seeded to users worldwide, patching the last remaining bugs and implementing some features.

One of these features we want to…

Meet Flatabulous, the Best Flat Theme for Ubuntu

Today, we have the great pleasure of informing you about a new flat theme for GNU/Linux distributions, especially Ubuntu Linux, for which it was initially designed by its creator, called Flatabulous.

Flatabulous was designed by Anmol Jagetia specifically for Ubuntu’s Unity user interface. It is a flat theme, and peeking at some screenshots we’ve attached in a gallery at the …

Linux Kernel 3.12.48 LTS Brings More IPv6 and IPv4 Improvements, Updated Drivers

Jiri Slaby, the maintainer of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series, had the pleasure of announcing a few minutes ago that the forty-eighth maintenance release of the branch is now available for download.

According to the attached shortlog, Linux kernel 3.12.48 LTS is a fairly normal release that brings various networking improvements, especially for the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, but also for things like Netfilter, Netlink, Transparent Inter-process Communication …

It’s Official, There Are Now over 1,500 Linux Games in Valve’s Steam Library

In case you needed more proof that Linux is becoming an important player in the gaming market, we, here at Softpedia, are happy to announce today, September 19, 2015, that Valve’s Steam library now features 1,500 titles.

As you might know, Steam is the world’s largest digital game distribution platform, supporting all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux or SteamOS, Valve’s own distribution derived from the acclaimed Debian GNU/Linux…

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS to Reach End of Life Soon, Users Urged to Move to Linux 4.1 LTS

Willy Tarreau, the maintainer of the long-term supported Linux 2.6.32 kernel series, announced a few minutes ago, September 18, 2015, that the sixty-eighth maintenance release of Linux kernel 2.6.32 LTS is available for download.

According to Mr. Tarreau, Linux kernel 2.6.32 LTS is about to reach end of life, which will happen effectively in a few months, so those who a…

Ubuntu-Based Linux Mangaka Distro for Anime and Manga Fans Moves from KDE to MATE

You might remember the Linux Mangaka distribution from Animesoft International, as we’ve written several articles about it in the last few months, but today we report that its developers are currently working on a new version.

From the looks of it, the developers of Linux Mangaka can’t settle for a desktop environment, as the distribution was switched from GNOME-based elementary OS’ Pantheon desktop, to KDE4, and now to MATE.

The development cycle of Linux Mangaka Mou, t…

Semplice Linux 2015.2 Is Out, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.2 and Linux Kernel 4.1.7 LTS

The development team of the Debian-based Semplice Linux distribution has announced earlier today, September 18, the release and immediate availability for download of the Semplice for Workstations 2015.2 operating system.

Dubbed Jethro Tull, the Semplice Linux 2015.2 release is based on the recently announced Debian GNU/Linux 8.2 (Jessie) operating system, as well as on the latest, long-term supported, and most advanced Linux 4.1.7 kernel. The new release of Semplice Linux …

Second Alpha Build of Manjaro Linux Xfce 15.12 Is Now Available for Download

After publishing details about the last Release Candidate builds of the Manjaro Linux Xfce 15.09 and Manjaro Linux KDE 15.09 distributions, Philip Müller had t…

5tFTW: Fedora 23 beta, conference reports and annoucements, and Atomic testing

Fedora 23 Beta coming on Tuesday Fedora Program Manager Jan Kuřík announced yesterday that Fedora 23 beta is “GO” for next week. I’m running Fedora 23 Workstation on my main desktop system (and posting this 5tFTW from there), and everything… Continue Reading →

Unity Settings Daemon Problem Fixed in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04

Canonical revealed that a vulnerability that affected the Unity Settings Daemon Daemon has been closed in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by the developers.

Unity Settings is not the kind of components that gets updates with vulnerability issues, but this is something developed by Canonical for Ubuntu. It’s not a package from upstream and it’s a good idea to upgrade as soon as possible.

“It was discovered that the Unity Settings Daemon incorrectly allowed removable med…

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Official Wallpaper Revealed

You know that a new Ubuntu release is just around the corner when the official wallpaper is made available in Launchpad. Guess what? Now we know what the new wallpaper for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is.

As usual, don’t expect to see something completely different from Ubuntu 15.04. Canonical follows a very strict direction for the wallpapers; they are usually just a little bit different from the one that preceded it. It happened only once for Ubuntu to get a different kin…

Valve Gives a New Lesson in How to Support Decade-Old Games

Valve has a large catalog of games and many of them have been released more than a decade ago, but the studio continues to update them, even if they are very old.

You won’t find too many gaming studios today that are willing and able to update a game launched all the way back in 2004. 11 years have passed since then and Valve launched a lot of other titles, but they don’t seem to forget about old ones. From time to time they push a new update for some of the older games, ev…

Football Manager 2016 Arrives on Linux in November

Football Manager 2016, the latest in the famous series built by SPORTS INTERACTIVE, will arrive on the Linux platforms in just a couple of months.

Football Manager 2016 is published by Sega, a company that has already shown that it’s interesting in Linux users. Also, the guys from SPORTS INTERACTIVE are now at their third game for Linux players, since both of their previous releases have been ported as well.

“Taking control of any squad from more than 50 countries across…

Netherlands Fighting to Replace Microsoft’s OpenXML with ODF

The Dutch government is now pushing to have the Open Document Format mandatory in all the administration, a move that would make Microsoft very unhappy.

There is a real battle going on in Europe between the ODF and OpenXML. The Open Document Format is supported by the likes of The Document Foundation, the developers behind LibreOffice, and OpenXML is developed by Microsoft. As you can imagine, OpenXML has become default for Microsoft products, so they have a direct interest…

Red Hat’s Ceph and Inktank Hacked, Mark Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Users Are Not Affected

Red Hat has discovered that the Ceph community project (ceph.com) and Inktank (download.inktank.com) have been hacked, and they are not sure if the code hosted on them has been affected in any way.

The Red Had team has explained that download.inktank.com, a resource that offers releases of the Red Hat Ceph product for Ubuntu and CentOS, has been hacked. They have investigated the matter, and they concluded that the current code being offered right now hasn’t been changed, b…

Humble Weekly Bundle Brings Games and Their Source Code

A new Humble Weekly Bundle has been released, and it comes with a ton of Linux games. Furthermore, some of the games that are available in this collection also come with the source code.

The Humble Bundle collections are usually populated with games that don’t have any kind of DRM protection, and from time to time they also feature Linux support. Now, the developers have taken this a step further, and some of them have decided to also offer the source code for the game.

Microsoft Reveals Linux-Based Azure Cloud Switch Modular Operating System

After announcing a couple of months back that their Azure cloud hosting platform supported a host of GNU/Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), CentOS (OpenLogic), Oracle Linux, CoreOS, and OpenSUSE, Microsoft

TurnKey Linux 14.0 Is a Massive Release Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 Jessie

On September 17, the Turnkey Linux developers, through Jeremy Davis, had the enormous pleasure of announcing the release of the final version of their TurnKey Linux 14.0 highly specialized virtual appliances created specifically for servers.

Based on the latest stable, most advanced Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 (Jessie) operating system, the new TurnKey Linux 14.0 release comes with …