Flock 2016, the Annual Fedora Linux Conference, to Take Place August 2-5

Flock 2016 is the event of the year for anyone involved in the development process of the highly acclaimed Fedora Linux operating system sponsored by the Red Hat giant.

The wait is almost over for Fedora developers and contributors who want to attend this year’s Flock conference to share their knowledge and plans for the next major release of the Linux kernel-based operating system, Fedora 25.

This year, Flock is taking place between August 2 and 5, in Kraków, Poland, and the entire schedule has been published earlier today, May 20, 2016, by ex-Fedora Project leader and chairperson of the Fedora Project Board, Mr. Paul W. Frields.

Each year, the Fedora Project team decided on a new location for the annual Flock conference for Fedora developers and contributors, such as the Middle East, North America, Africa, and Europe. So, after two years, Flock is once again hosted in Europe this y…

Nvidia 367.18 Beta Graphics Drivers Released for Linux, No GTX 1080 Support Yet

Just a few minutes ago, May 19, 2016, Nvidia released a new Beta graphics driver for Unix operating systems, the first in the upcoming 367.x series, supporting Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris platforms.

The Nvidia 367.18 Beta proprietary graphics driver is all about bug fixes, patching many of the breadcrumbs left from 364 driver series, the latest short-lived version, which users can install for their GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems as an alternative to the long-lived 361 branch (the recommended version of the driver).

As expected, most of the changes are implemented in the Linux version of the driver, and, among the most important additions, we can mention the addition of the NV_robustness_video_memory_purge extension, allowing OpenGL apps to become aware of purged contents of BOs and FBOs that reside in the GPU memory, during power events or mode switching….

Linux Kernel 3.14.70 LTS Updates the Networking Stack and GPU Drivers

After announcing earlier today, May 19, 2016, the availability of Linux kernel 4.5.5 and Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the release of Linux kernel 3.14.70 LTS.

The Linux 3.14 kernel series is a long-term supported one, which will receive security fixes and small improvements for a couple of months, until August 2016, when it will reach end of life. The truth is that the last few maintenance release for this kernel series have been very meager in content, and Linux kernel 3.14.70 LTS is no different.

Looking at the appended shortlog attached by Greg Kroah-Hartman to …

Ubuntu Core Now Ready for Screenly, a Digital Signage Solution for Raspberry Pi

Canonical has announced a partnership with Screenly to bring the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system to the world’s most popular digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi. As many of you are already aware from our previous coverage, Snappy Ubuntu Core is a slimmed-down version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, engineered by Canonical for

Manjaro ARM 16.05 Officially Released with Full Support for Raspberry Pi 2 SBCs

The Manjaro community is proud to announce the first production-ready version of the Manjaro ARM operating system, a specially crafted Manjaro Linux flavor for ARM devices, such as the popular Raspberry Pi boards.

After having it in development for the past three months, the Manjaro ARM development team led by Dodge JCR has released the Manjaro ARM 16.05 operating system for Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, based, of course, on the unofficial Arch Linux for ARM project.

As you might have already guessed, the main design goal of the Manjaro ARM project is to offer a complete port of the Manjaro Linux operating system to embedded devices and single-board computers, thus planning on conquering the ARM ecosystem.

Manjaro ARM 16.05 ships today as the first stable release of the project, offering binary images in the .img format for Raspberry Pi 2 SBCs, which users can install on any GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, or Microsoft Windows operating systems, with major new featu…

Enlightenment 0.20.8 Desktop Environment Makes Startup Apps Work Again

The lightweight and eye-candy Enlightenment desktop environment/window manager has received yet another maintenance release for its current stable branch, version 0.20.8.

Enlightenment 0.20.8 arrives one day after the Enlightenment Developer Days 2016 conference for Enlightenment developers and contributors, which took place earlier this week, between May 14 and 16, in Paris, France.

Those who attended the highly anticipated event discussed and planned the features to be implemented in the next major release of the desktop environment, Enlightenment 0.21.0, which is currently in Beta stages of development.

As its version number suggests, Enlightenment 0.20.8 is the eighth update in the Enlightenment 0.20.x series, bringing a total of 42 changes, including mostly fixes for some of the issues reported by users since the Enlightenment 0.20.7 release.

Probably the most important change …

pfSense 2.3 BSD Firewall Gets Its First Major Update with over 100 Changes

Chris Buechler from the pfSense project has announced the availability of the first point release in the stable 2.3.x series of the open-source, BSD-based firewall platform.

pfSense 2.3.1 arrived on May 18, 2016, as an upgrade to the pfSense 2.3 Update 1 (a.k.a. pfSense 2.3-1) released at the beginning of the month to introduce an important patch to the Network Time Protocol (NTPd) package, which has been upgraded from version 4.2.8p6 to 4.2.8p7.

Therefore, pfSense 2.3.1 shouldn’t be confused with the tiny pfSense 2.3 Update 1 patch, as the former is a major update introducing over 100 changes for most of its components, including the configuration upgrade, gateways support, the backend, the web-based interface, IPsec support, DNS Resolver, and DHCP Server.

pfSense 2.3.1 is also about security fixes, in particular for the OpenVPN and OpenSSL packages, as well as FreeBSD’s sendmsg and atkbd tools. Our t…

Wine-Staging 1.9.10 Arrives Hot on the Heels of Wine 1.9.10 with CSMT Support

The Wine-Staging developers have announced earlier the release of Wine-Staging 1.9.10, arriving hot on the heels of the Wine 1.9.10 development snapshot of the free implementation of Windows on UNIX.

First, we would like to remind you that Wine 1.9.10 launched on May 16, 2016, with a high-resolution rendering option for Retina support on Mac OS X operating systems, some much-needed improvements to the video output, enhanced compatibility for the directory enumeration functionality, as well as several C++ runtime fixes.

Now, the biggest new feature of Wine-Staging 1.9.10, which also includes the Wine 1.9.10 changes mentioned above, is the re-implementation of CSMT (command stream multi-threading) support, a c…

Krita 3.0 Open-Source Digital Painting Tool Is Around the Corner, RC1 Out Now

The development cycle of the major Krita 3.0 open-source and cross-platform digital painting software is almost over, and a final release should be unveiled to users in the coming weeks.

Therefore, today, May 18, 2016, the Krita Foundations has announced the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) version of Krita 3.0. It’s worth noting that it includes fixes for the most annoying issues reported by users since last month’s Beta release, along with a bunch of improvements that you can view in the appended changelog.

“The Animation and Instant Preview features were funded by last year’s successful Kickstarter, and right now we’re running our third Kickstarter campaign: this year’s main topics are creating a great text and vector toolset. After one week, we’re already half-way,” reads today’s

openSUSE Tumbleweed Getting Qt 5.6, Linux Kernel 4.6, and KDE Plasma 5.6.4 Soon – Updated

Today, May 18, openSUSE developer Douglas DeMaio has informed the community about the new features that are about to land in the software repositories of openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling GNU/Linux operating system.

We reported last week that the latest snapshots for openSUSE Tumbleweed introduced the KDE Plasma 5.6.3, Mozilla Firefox 46, and Linux kernel 4.5.3 updates. However, the fact of the matter is that they are already old versions, as KDE Plasma 5.6.4, Linux kernel 4.5.4, and Mozilla Firefox 46.0.1 had already been available on the market.

As part of the respective announcement, openSUSE Tumbleweed users were also p…

Collabora Developers Have Contributed 42 Patches to the Linux 4.6 Kernel

On May 15, 2016, Linus Torvalds announced the final release of the Linux 4.6 kernel, which introduces a significant number of new features and improvements over previous releases.

Prominent features of Linux kernel 4.6 include the OrangeFS distributed file system, support for the B.A.T.M.A.N. (Better Approach To Mobile Adhoc Networking) V networking protocol, an online inode checker for the OCFS2 file system, support for Intel Memory protection keys, support for the pNFS SCSI layout, as well as support for the USB 3.1 SuperSpeed Plus (SSP) protocol.

Of course, the Linux 4.6 kernel also introduced dma-buf, a new ioctl that was designed from the ground up to manage cache coherency between GPUs and CPUs, and Kernel Connection Multiplexor, a new component engineered to accelerate the application layer pr…

Scribus 1.5.2 Open-Source Desktop Publishing Software Adds HiDPI Improvements

Scribus remains the number one open-source, cross-platform, and free desktop publishing software, and the latest release further advances the work towards the upcoming major version, Scribus 1.6.0.

Scribus 1.5.2 arrives today after being in development for the past three months, during which the development team behind the open-source DTP software managed to improve the HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) support for the canvas rendering functionality, as well as to implement a new configuration section for the built-in Autosave and File Recovery system.

Additionally, they also managed to rewrite Scribus’ text layout engine from scratch, preparing it for the upcoming integration of support for advanced scripts for the Hindi, Hebrew, Chinese, and Arabic languages, which should arrive in the coming months as part of the Scribus 1.5.3 release. This work could not have been possible without the contributions from the House of Open Source Technology team.

Scribus’ Resou…

Imagination to Boost the Development of Debian GNU/Linux on 64-Bit MIPS CPUs

Debian is one of the most acclaimed and respected open-source projects, with over 1,400 contributors from all over the world, and the Debian GNU/Linux operating system is being used almost everywhere around us.

After stating a few months ago that 2016 would be the year of the MIPS hardware architectures, Imagination Technologies, a British-based technology R&D company known for promoting the MIPS family of microprocessors, has donated multiple high-performance SDNA-7130 appliances to the Debian Project.

These powerful SDNA-7130 (Software Defined Network Appliance) platforms, which were developed by Rhino Labs, a leading provider of high-performance data infrastructure solutions, data security, and networking, will be used by Debian to advance the development and maintenance of Debian GNU/Linux on MIPS CPUs.

“The Debian project would like to thank Imagination…

Tiny Core Linux 7.1 Receives BusyBox 1.24.2 in the Second Release Candidate

The development of the Tiny Core Linux 7.1 operating system, the first major update to the 7.x series of one of the smallest GNU/Linux distros out there, continues with a second RC (Release Candidate) build.

Tiny Core Linux 7.1 RC2 arrives exactly one week after the release of the first RC version to update some of the core components and applications to their latest versions available at the moment of the announcement.

Among these, we can mention that the BusyBox collection of UNIX utilities has been updated from version 1.24.1 to 1.24.2, bringing you the newest and most advanced command-line tools, along with an increase of syslogd’s buffer size from 256 to 512.

Additionally, the tc-config component that allows users to configure their Tiny Core installations has been updated with support for moving…

Fedora Developers Discuss If Fedora 24 Should Ship with Linux Kernel 4.6 or Not

Back in March, when the Alpha version of the upcoming Fedora 24 Linux operating system was about to be seeded to public testers and early adopters, Fedora kernel maintainer Justin Forbes announced the plans for Fedora 24’s default kernel.

So, knowing that, it’s a little funny to read the respective announcement now as, at that point in time, the Fedora devs thought that the Linux 4.6 kernel would be released just before the final freeze of Fedora 24. Thus, they decided to go with the Linux kernel 4.5 series for the entire development cycle of the OS and seed Linux kernel 4.6 as an update to users after the official release.

Well, things have changed a little since March, and Fedora 24 Linux has received a total of three delays until now, and the final freeze stage has been moved to the end of May, on the 31st. But Linux …

Insync, the Most Powerful Google Drive Client for Linux, Is Free for Two Days

Insync, the excellent Google Drive native client, is once again available for free as the company behind the project is currently running a promotion for Gmail users.

Yes, you’re reading that right, you can get the Insync client for free in the next 39 hours, but you’ll need to sign up for the service with your Google email account (@gmail.com or @goooglemail.com).

Of course, if you want to use the client, you’ll probably already have one of those, so that shouldn’t be a blocker. The good news, however, is that Insync is a cross-platform application, running on Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows OSes.

So, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and get your free copy of Insync, which appears to be available as binary packages or software repositories for the Arch Linux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Red H…

Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Will Be More About Fixes than Features, Says Canonical

We promised to keep our Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet readers informed about the latest developments in the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, and today we have interesting news to share.

Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak informs us that the development cycle of the next major OTA (Over-the-Air) update for Ubuntu Touch has started and that the first changes have already landed earlier today, May 17, 2016, in the devel channel for early adopters and testers.

These include an updated version of the Ubuntu System Settings application, which no longer contains the unneeded extra vibrations for the panel selection, and a new release of the UbuntuOne Credentials app. Of course, more changes will land in the next days and weeks.

However, the most important part of today’s email announcement sent to us by Łukasz Zemczak is that users should not expect too many new features, as Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 is

ReactOS 0.4.1 Operating System Released with Initial Read/Write Btrfs Support

Ziliang Guo from the ReactOS project today announced the availability for download of the first maintenance release of the ReactOS 0.4 open-source operating system.

While not a GNU/Linux distribution, ReactOS is an open source project whose main design goal is to offer users a computer operating system built from scratch that clones the design principles of Microsoft Windows NT’s architecture.

After ten long years of stagnation, the Ziliang Guo released version 0.4.0, as an update to the ReactOS 0.3.0 build announced back in 2006, and now it looks like he is getting more and more involved in the development process.

As such, today, May 17, 2016, Ziliang Guo uploaded ReactOS 0.4.1 to the official channels of the project as the first point release in the 0.4.0 series, bringing initial read/write support for the Btrfs file system by implementing the WinBtrfs driver directly into the OS.

Among other noteworthy changes, ReactOS 0.4.1 improves the usability of the Shel…

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching Promises 100% Uptime for Businesses

Today, May 17, 2016, SUSE, a pioneer in open source software and the maker of the SUSE Linux operating system, has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching.

SUSE was one of the first open source companies to offer live patching of their Linux kernel-based operating system, a technology that has been implemented in the major 4.0 series of the Linux kernel, as announced by Linus Torvalds one year ago, on April 2015.

Since then, only a few GNU/Linux operating system have adopted live kernel patching in their infrastructure because it appears that the technology is mostly useful for enterprise users, big companies that don’t want to interrupt their uptime when attempting to upgrade the kernel, which is the core of any Linux OS.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching is available starting today for all SUSE customers who run their …

Canonical to Showcase Ubuntu Core on NXP/Freescale i.MX 6, HiKey at OSCON 2016

O’Reilly OSCON 2016, the long-anticipated Open Source convention, is upon us, and it looks like Canonical is there to showcase its latest Snappy Ubuntu Core innovations.

We reported last week that Canonical had been secretly working with Huawei and LeMaker to offer developers and IoT enthusiasts the first-ever binary image of Snappy Ubuntu Core, a special flavor of the popular Ubuntu operating system that was designed from the ground up to be deployed on various embedded and IoT devices, for LeMaker’s HiKey 96Boards.

Boasting an Octa-Core 64-bit Kirin620 processor designed by Huawei, the HiKey single-board computer features an ARM Mali 450-MP4 graphics processing unit capable of offering high-performance 3D graphics. Also, HiKey developer LeMaker says that the board is able to deliver up to 10,000 D…