Another Day, Another Anomaly: Paramount Issues DMCA Takedown On Ubuntu Linux Torrent

The legacy copyright industries keep insisting that it’s “easy” to recognize when something is infringing and thus it’s “easy” to stop copyright infringement. They’re very, very wrong on both counts for a variety of reasons. We could go into the details for why, but it’s easier to just let them show us themselves. Not too

Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.1.6 with Initial Linux Kernel 4.8 Support, More

The monthly maintenance update of the popular, open-source, and cross-platform VirtualBox virtualization software from Oracle is here, VirtualBox 5.1.6, available now for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

VirtualBox 5.1.6 is the bugfix release for September 2016, and looking at the official changelog, we can notice that there’s initial support for the Linux 4.8 kernel series, as Oracle managed to patch VirtualBox to support the kernel display driver included in this forthcoming version.

Also, the Linux installers have been updated in VirtualBox 5.1.6 to fix a regression in the .rpm packages that won’t link to the correct path of the documentation, as well as to address an issue in the vboxdrv.sh script that brings better support for the SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) Linux kernel security module.

Another interesting change implemented for Linux users is an update to the Linux Additions …

Ubuntu SDK 4.1.0 IDE Is Powered by Qt Creator 4.1, Adds LXD-Based Backend

Ubuntu SDK developers Benjamin Zeller and Zoltán Balogh are announcing the release of the Ubuntu SDK 4.1.0 IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

As its version number suggests, Ubuntu SDK 4.1.0 is based on the recently released Qt Creator 4.1 IDE developed by The Qt Company, which came only a couple of weeks ago, at the end of August 2016, with two new themes, editor improvements, better CMake support, and many other goodies that you can read about in our initial report.

“The testing phase took longer than we have expected but finally we are ready. To compensate this delay we have even upgraded the IDE to the most recent 4.1.0 QtCreator,” says Benjamin Zeller in the announcement. “We…

Remix OS for PC 3.0.204 Update Adds Android Security Patch for September 2016

Today, September 13, 2016, we are being informed by Jide Technology about the availability of the latest OTA software update for the Remix OS for PC Android-x86-based operating system.

Remix OS for PC 3.0.204 update is here, and it looks like it integrates the latest Android Security patch for the month of September 2016, along with the Android-x86 6.0-r1 release, also announced today.  Moreover, there are various performance improvements to offer better support for low-end PCs, and some Wi-Fi fixes that would not allow you to connect to your network after waking the computer from sleep.

“I’d like to give an update on the sleep issues that still affect some of you (and us). We’ve been able to pinpoint the issue (through your feedback) to PCs running Skylake (6th generation) Intel chips. If you’d like to pitch in an…

KaOS 2016.09 Is Here as the First Linux Distro to Offer KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Beta

Today, September 13, 2016, the KaOS development team had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of a new, updated installation medium of their KaOS Linux computer operating system.

KaOS 2016.09 is the latest stable ISO image of the GNU/Linux distribution, and it brings quite a lot of interesting things. For starters, it appears to be the first to offer a Beta preview of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment, which comes accompanied by the latest KDE Applications 16.08.1 software suite and KDE Frameworks 5.26.0 collection of 70 add-on libraries for Qt 5.7.0.

Of course, this comes as a big surprise for us, because the Beta milestone of KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS is yet to be announced upstream, and it should be available for us mortals on September 15, 2016. However, the KaOS developers have managed to integrate it into their new ISO build by using the latest Git commits from upstream, something like the KDE Neon project is currently doing to offer y…

Android-x86 6.0 Is Here If You Want to Run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Your PC

Today, September 13, 2016, Android-x86 developer Chih-Wei Huang was happy to announce the general availability of the final release of the Android-x86 6.0 operating system for personal computers.

Android-x86 6.0 has been in the works since early this year, and it received a total of two RC (Release Candidate) builds during its entire development cycle, one in June and another in August. After joining the Remix OS team, Chih-Wei Huang now has all the reasons to update and improve its Android-x86 system for the latest Android releases.

Therefore, as you might have guessed already, Android-x86 6.0 is the first stable version of the project to be based on Google’s Linux kernel-based Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system and includes the most recent AOSP (Android Open Source Project) security updates too.

“This is the first stable release of Android-x86 6.0 (marshmallow-x86),” reads today’s anno…

KDE Plasma 5.7.5 Is the Last in the Series, Plasma 5.8 LTS to Land October 4

Today, September 13, 2016, the KDE development team proudly announced the release and immediate availability of the last maintenance update to the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment series.

Yes, you’re reading it right, KDE Plasma 5.7.5 is here, and it brings the bug fixes for the month of September, improving the themes list to be compatible with the SDDM 0.14 display manager, the status notifier items and Weather widget in Plasma Workspace, the Breeze icons, as well as the Wayland integration (KWayland-integration).

Core KDE Plasma 5 components like Plasma Addons, the KWin window manager, the Oxygen theme, plasma-integration, kde-cli-tools (command-line utilities), and Plasma NetworkManager (plasma-nm) also received various improvements in today’s KDE Plasma 5.7.5 update, which is already available in the Arch Linux repositories.

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS coming up next

Now that the deve…

Elegant and Effective Deepin 15.3 Linux OS Launches with Interface Improvements

Today, September 13, 2016, the development team behind the Deepin Linux operating system were happy to announce the availability of the third maintenance update to the Deepin 15 series.

Deepin 15.3 has been in development for the past three and a half months, and it promises to be the most effective and elegant release to date. We already know that Deepin is currently one of the most good looking and innovative GNU/Linux distributions, but there’s always room for better, so, today, the team announced the availability of a brand new dock (application launcher).

“New dock and its interface background is more simple and generous. System tray is optimized, and its size can be fit with the application contents automatically,” reads today’s announcement. “New dock only kept fashion mode and efficient mode; supports the adjustment on top, bottom, left and right locations; and can adjust the ic…

NethServer 7 “Bruschetta” Server-Oriented Linux OS to Support Nextcloud 10

Softpedia was informed by Alessio Fattorini from the CentOS-based NethServer Linux operating system about the availability of the second Beta development milestone of the upcoming NethServer 7 release.

The first Beta of NethServer 7 “Bruschetta” was released on July 13, 2016, so it took the developers exactly two months to push a new Beta out the door for early adopters and public beta testers who either want to help them fix bugs and polish existing features, or just get an early taste of what’s coming in the server-oriented distribution.

Being fully in sync with the CentOS 7 Linux repositories, NethServer 7 Beta 2 is here today, September 12, 2016, to add support for the Nextcloud 10 self-hosting cloud server platform, support for implementing advanced static routes with specific selection of metric and device, as well…

Snapd 2.14.2 Snappy Daemon Released to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Fedora 24 (COPR)

One day after announcing the availability of the first Beta images of the forthcoming Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 operating system for IoT and embedded devices, Canonical’s Michael Vogt informed us about the release of the Snapd 2.14.2 Snappy daemon.

Snapd is the brain behind the Snappy technologies used for installing and running Snap universal binary packages in Ubuntu Linux and other GNU/Linux distributions that support it, and Snapd 2.14.2 is currently the most stable and advanced version, available now for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Fedora 24 (in the COPR repos).

“We are happy to announce that the 2.14.2 release of Snapd is released in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Fedora 24 (COPR). Other distributions will follow soon,” says Michael Vogt in the maili…

qBittorrent 3.3.7 Free BitTorrent Client Removes KickassTorrents Search Engine

A new stable version of the free open-source, cross-platform qBittorrent BitTorrent client used in Linux, Mac, and Windows computers was released on September 11, 2016.

qBittorrent 3.3.7 comes one and a half months after the launch of the previous maintenance update, namely qBittorrent 3.3.6, and according to the release notes, it only adds a single feature, fixes four annoying issues reported by users since then, and updates the search functionality.

The biggest and single new feature introduced in qBittorrent 3.3.7 is the ability to delete both the downloaded files/folder and the .torrent file using a single keyboard shortcut. So it’s now a lot easier to delete a torrent and its files from the list of torrents on qBittorrent, just press the Shift+Delete key combination on a selected torrent.

As mentioned before, the internal search functionality of qBittorrent has been updated in this new maintenance version, and…

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.16 Snappy Creator Tool for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

After announcing the release of the first Beta images of the upcoming Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 operating system for embedded and IoT devices, Canonical proudly informed the community about the availability of Snapraft 2.16 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

According to the release notes, Snapcraft 2.16 comes two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, namely Snapcraft 2.15.1, and it introduces a bunch of new variables that application developers who want to package their apps in the Snap universal package format can use within the snapcraft.yaml file and export in the environment when plugins run.

These are SNAPCRAFT_PROJECT_NAME, SNAPCRAFT_PROJECT_VERSION, SNAPCRAFT_PART_INSTALL, and SNAPCRAFT_STAGE. Moreover, Snapcraft 2.16 adds su…

MKVToolNix 9.4.2 Free MKV Manipulation App Improves the AVC and HEVC Readers

On September 11, 2016, MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus released the first maintenance update to the major 9.4 series, version 9.4.1, with various improvements to the mkvmerge component, and several bug fixes.

MKVToolNix 9.4.1 is dubbed “Black Rain,” and according to the release notes, it looks like it adds many improvements to the mkvmerge tool, a component that lets users merge MKV files with different audio, video, or subtitle streams. For example, the HEVC parser, MP4 reader, and AAC reader received various fixes.

Moreover, the muxing operation will no longer be aborted when attempting to use –sync values of several minutes with specific container formats, and an invalid memory access was addressed. However, it appears that a bug was present in th…

Join Canonical in London for a Technical Introduction to Ubuntu Core and Snaps

Canonical is very serious about its innovative Snappy technologies in Ubuntu and other supported operating systems, and they would like you to join them for a technical introduction to Ubuntu Snappy Core operating system and Snaps.

If you’re one of our regular readers, you might know already that Canonical has a slimmed-down version of its very popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, namely Ubuntu Snappy Core, which is designed for deployment in various IoT (Internet of Things) and embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi single-board computers, or any other smart device you have in your house, such as a fridge.

You should also know about Snaps, as they were recently introduced in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) as a universal binary format to help the spread of various open-source or closed-source applications across multiple GNU/Linux distributions. Snaps can currently run in Fedora, Arch Linux, Gentoo, Debian, openSUSE, OpenEmbedded, OpenWRT, and Yocto operating sy…

Wine Staging 1.9.18 Adds Experimental Support for 1D Textures in D3D10 and D3D11

After being away since June, the Wine Staging development team is back to announce the new features incorporated in the latest version of the open-source software that lets users run Windows apps and games on their Linux boxes, Wine Staging 1.9.18.

Based on the recently released Wine 1.9.18, Wine Staging 1.9.18 is here to bring you all the neat features and improvements implemented in the respective development version of Wine, such as the ability to support multiple kernel drivers in only one process, improvements to the WebServices reader, and better joystick support.

Additionally, Wine Staging 1.9.18 also gets the new improvements brought by Wine 1.9.18 development release for the upcoming Direct3D command stream, various performance i…

4MLinux 20.0 Distribution to Be the First to Run on UEFI PCs, Core Beta Out Now

Today, September 11, 2016, 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki has informed Softpedia about the availability of the Beta release of the Core Edition of his upcoming 4MLinux 20.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

Still powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series, 4MLinux 20.0 is now in development, and it looks like it incorporates the Glibc (GNU C Library) 2.23 and BusyBox 1.25.0 core components, along with GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.1.0 for compiling the programs included in the final release of the GNU/Linux distribution.

Usually, the independent 4MLinux distro includes software packages compiled for 32-bit, namely i686, hardware architectures, but it seems that’s about to change, as the upcoming 4MLinux 20.0 will be supported on UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) PCs with both 32- and 64-bit firmware.

“The 4MLinux 20.0 series uses GNU Compiler Collection 6.1.0 to compile programs designed for the i686 architecture,” says Zbigniew Konoja…

Chakra GNU/Linux Gets LibreOffice 5.2.1 and KDE Plasma 5.7.4, Vulkan API Support

Today, September 11, 2016, Chakra GNU/Linux maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis proudly announced the availability of the latest software versions in the main repositories of the rolling operating system.

Chakra GNU/Linux users are always getting the lat…

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Desktop to Offer a More Efficient Pager, Per-Screen Pagers

KDE developer Eike Hein gives more details about various improvements to pagers that will be implemented in the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment, due for release on October 4, 2016.

We reported a couple of months ago that the next major version of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, build 5.8, would be a long-term supported one. KDE Plasma 5.8 will also be the first LTS (Long Term Support) version of the renowned desktop interface used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems by default.

As you might have guessed already, the KDE developers are currently working very hard on implementing as many new features and improvements as possible on the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS desktop environment, and there’s now detailed information on the revamped Pager and Activity Pager widgets.

“On the heels of the Plasma 5.7’…

It Looks like Descent OS 5.0 Linux Will Be Based on Debian After All, Not Ubuntu

After deciding to switch base one more time and move to Ubuntu, again, Descent OS Linux developer Brian Manderville announced at the beginning of the year the first Alpha release of his upcoming Descent OS 5.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

It took the developer two years to bring us an Alpha build of its Ubuntu MATE-based Descent OS 5.0 distribution, and we haven’t heard anything from him in the meantime. No Beta, not another Alpha build has been released since the February announcement of Descent OS 5.0 Alpha, which was based on Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Last month, he dropped a quick message to the Reddit section of his distro that he was working hard on the final release of Descent OS 5.0, which a few days ago received its first Release Candidate (RC) build, so we can finally see what’s going on with this very nice and interesting Ubuntu derivative.

“I come with good news that after months of work, conceptualizing, and redoing, I have released Descent…

Linux From Scratch and BLFS 7.10 Books Released to Support GCC 6.2.0, Glibc 2.24

Bruce Dubbs from the Linux From Scratch (LFS) and Beyond Linux From Scratch (BLFS) projects, which let users build their own Linux-based operating systems from scratch, proudly announced the release of LFS 7.10 and BLFS 7.10.

As GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software are always advancing and new versions are released all the time with many features and under-the-hood improvements, Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch need to keep up, so that users are always building their systems with support for the latest software builds.

Therefore, Linux From Scratch 7.10 and Beyond Linux From Scratch 7.10 are here to add support for the most important components of a GNU/Linux operating system, such as GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), which has been updated to version 6.2.0, Glibc (GNU C Library), which was bumped to build 2.24, and GNU Binutils 2.27.

“The LFS r…