darktable 2.0.5 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Adds Support for Canon EOS 80D

Today, July 5, 2016, the popular darktable open-source and cross-platform RAW image editor software has been updated to version 2.0.5, the fifth maintenance release in the stable 2.0 series of the project.

According to the release notes, darktable 2.0.5 is a modest update that implements a single feature, namely geolocation support for the watermark variable. Base support for the Canon EOS 80D digital camera is also available in this release, along with white balance presets and noise profiles.

However, at this moment, darktable does not support the mRAW and sRAW file formats for the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera. This functionality should land in future updates of the application, but for now, you shouldn’t use the RAW file formats mentioned above, only JPG.

“We’re proud to announce the fourth bugfix release for the 2.0 series of darktable, 2.0.5,” reads today’s announcement. “The GitHub …

KDE Applications 16.08 Software Suite for KDE Plasma 5.7 to Land August 18, 2016

Now that the release cycle of the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite is coming to an end, as the third and last maintenance update will arrive on July 12, it’s time for the KDE developers to concentrate their efforts on the next series.

We’ve always wondered what will be the next version of the KDE Applications software suite for KDE Plasma 5.7, and now we know, as the release schedule of KDE Applications 16.08 has been published recently in the usual places.

Development on KDE Applications 16.08 already started, and, next week, on July 14, the project will enter dependency freeze. This will happen just two days after the release of KDE Applications 16.04.3 for the KDE Plasma 5.7.1 desktop environment.

We will be able to get…

Canonical Announces Snappy Sprint Event in Germany to Shape Up Universal Snaps

Today, July 5, Canonical’s David Planella has informed Softpedia about an upcoming event that aims to gather together developers and contributors from various well-known projects to work on shaping up the universal Snaps.

Last month, Canonical informed the media about Snaps becoming universal binary format for various GNU/Linux distributions that decide to adopt it in addition to various other similar formats, such as Flatpak or AppImage.

Snaps are currently enabled by default in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, but Canonical made it possible for users of various other operating systems, including, but not limited to, Arch Linux, Debian, and elementary OS, to use it as well.

Now Canonical continues its work on promoting Snap and the Snapcraft tool that lets developers package their apps as Snap…

digiKam 5.0.0 Powerful Image Editor Officially Released, Ported to Qt5

Today, July 5, 2016, the development team behind the digiKam open-source and cross-platform image editor software proudly announced the final release of digiKam 5.0.0.

digiKam 5.0.0 comes two years after the release of digiKam 4.0.0. During these years, it received numerous snapshots that brought various nifty features and improvements, all of which are now present in this final build, which is available for download right now for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

“After two years of work, the digiKam team is proud to announce the final release of digiKam Software Collection 5.0.0. This main version introduces a new cycle of releases, which will be shortly released to quickly include all the fixes reported by end users,” reads today’s announcement.

Here’s what’s new in digiKam 5.0.0

First of all, the port to the next-generation Qt 5 technologies. Yes, that’s right, digiKam…

KDE Neon 5.7 Lets You Taste the New KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop Environment, Qt 5.7

After informing us the other day about the availability of new ISO respins of the KDE Plasma Wayland images, ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell has now announced the release of KDE Neon 5.7.

For those behind on their KDE Neon reading, we’ll take this opportunity to inform them that the open-source initiative promises to offer ISO images as well as a repository that can be added on top of Kubuntu or any other Ubuntu flavor, with the most recent KDE Plasma, KDE Applications, and KDE Frameworks technologies.

There are currently two editions available for the KDE Neon project, namely a user edition and a developer one. As you might have already guessed, the KDE Neon User Edition is designed to be used as a daily driver for end users, and the KDE Neon Developer Edition includes software packages and KDE software that contain unstable v…

KDE Plasma 5.7 Officially Released with Great Wayland Improvements, Many Changes

Today, July 5, 2016, KDE has had the enormous pleasure of announcing the availability of the final KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment release.

Yes, that’s right, the Beta testing phase is now over, and the final release of the highly anticipated KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, which is used by default in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems, including openSUSE Leap, PCLinuxOS, Fedora, and many others, has hit the streets.

There are numerous improvements implemented in this version, most of them for the next-generation Wayland display server, which we hope will become the norm for the most prominent distros later this year, as well as various other goodies and countless bug fixes. For example, the first thing you’ll notice after upgrading to KDE Plasma 5.7 is the all-new, unified login screen.

The tray area has been revamped a little, there’s a new task manager with improved performance, the Oxygen and Air Plasma themes have received various enhancements, and s…

e-shelter and Canonical launch Joint Managed OpenStack Private Cloud

Quick, easy and cost-predictable way to get a fully functional OpenStack cloud Built on Ubuntu OpenStack and using application management tools Juju and MaaS Fully managed cloud service takes away the hassle of day to day IT operations Frankfurt, Germany and London, U.K. 5th July, 2016 – e-shelter, leading data center operator in Europe and […]

BleachBit 1.12 Free System Cleaner Brings Support for Ubuntu 16.04, Fedora 24

BleachBit developer Andrew Ziem has recently announced the availability of a new major release of the popular BleachBit open-source and cross-platform system cleaner utility, version 1.12.

BleachBit 1.12 comes as a replacement for BleachBit 1.10, which was announced at the beginning of the year, and it looks like it has been in development since April under the BleachBit 1.11.x umbrella. During its three-month development cycle, the software has received a total of three Beta builds that have brought many changes, improvements, and a handful of new features.

BleachBit is the tool you need if you want to keep your GNU/Linux or Windows clean and free of junk files left by various applications. The latest version, BleachBit 1.12, includes updates for the popular Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers, a few under-the-hood improvements, and many changes to both Linux and Windows ports.

Ubuntu 1…

Exton|Defender OS Rebased on Fedora 24, Gets Cinnamon 3.0.6 & Linux Kernel 4.6.3

Today, July 5, 2016, Arne Exton has been proud to announce the release of a new version of his Exton|Defender GNU/Linux operating system, bringing some of the hottest technologies available to date.

Rebased on the recently released Fedora 24 Linux operating system, Exton|Defender SRS is the distribution of choice for those who want a Live DVD Linux system for system administration and repairing tasks in style, as the latest version, build 160705, comes with the beautiful and modern Cinnamon 3.0.6 desktop environment.

But that’s not all because today’s release of Exton|Defender SRS is powered by the latest and most advanced Linux kernel available to date, version 4.6.3, which also landed in the main Fedora 24 software repositories last week. Linux kernel 4.6.3 brings great support for new hardware devices.

“I’ve made a new version of Exton|Defender 64 bit. Now based on Fedora 24, released 160621. It uses Cinnamon 3.0.6 and kernel 4.6.3,” said Arne Exton in today’s …

Debian 8 Gets New Kernel Update, Five Vulnerabilities and a Regression Patched

Exactly one week after the release of the major kernel update for the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system on June 28, the Debian Project, through Salvatore Bonaccorso, has released a new Linux kernel security update.

Debian Security Advisory DSA-3616-1 was published on July 4, 2016, and it looks like, this time, the kernel update patches the long-term supported Linux 3.16 kernel packages of the current stable Debian GNU/Linux release, codenamed Jessie, to fix a total of 5 vulnerabilities that have been discovered upstream.

Additionally, the Debian kernel developers have patched a regression that was introduced during last week’s major kernel update in the ebtables facility. Therefore, all users of the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “J…

Tiny Core Linux 7.2 Officially Released, Available for Download Now

The development team behind the Tiny Core project has been proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the Tiny Core Linux 7.2 operating system.

The development cycle of Tiny Core Linux 7.2, which doesn’t bring any major changes, was pretty fast, as the distribution entered the Release Candidate stage a week ago, on June 24. Usually, the Tiny Core developers release two RC builds before the final release, but that’s not the case with Tiny Core Linux 7.2.

Moreover, it looks like the same changes that were implemented in the first and only Release Candidate version also landed in the final release of one of the tiniest computer operating systems based on the Linux kernel, and designed to be used either as a server or a barebone OS that you can modify according to your needs.

What’s new in Tiny Core Linux 7.2

According to the release notes, new features implemented in Tiny Core Linux 7.2 include improvement to ondemand i…

PCLinuxOS 64 2016.07 MATE Edition Lands with Linux Kernel 4.6.3 and MATE 1.14.1

PCLinuxOS developer Texstar has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of July’s respin ISO image for the PCLinuxOS 64 MATE Edition operating system, version 2016.07.

PCLinuxOS 64 2016.07 MATE comes exactly one month after the debut of June’s update of the distribution built around the customizable and lightweight MATE desktop environment, and it looks like it’s full of goodies. For example, the distro is now powered by the latest and most advanced kernel, Linux 4.6.3.

Moreover, the latest MATE 1.14.1 desktop environment is available as well in the PCLinuxOS 64 2016.07 MATE release, along with pre-installed drivers for out-of-the-box support for Nvidia graphics cards, as well as support for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) computers and GUID Partition Table (GPT) partitions.

GRUB2 is the default bootloader for this edition, but GRUB Legacy is available as well for systems that do…

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 and 8.5 Get the Latest Debian Security Fixes, Update Now

A few hours ago, the development team behind Parsix GNU/Linux, a Debian-based computer operating system sporting the modern GNOME 3 desktop environment, announced that new security fixes were available for the stable Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 “Atticus” distribution and the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” release.

Just a few days ago, we told you that Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” received its second Test snapshot, which allows early adopters to see what new features are coming to the final release of the operating system, which should replace the current stable version, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 “Atticus.”

However, for the moment, both releases are based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” series of operating systems from the Debian Project, which means that, from time to time, they are receiving all the security fixes that …

Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 to Introduce a New Power Manager for Ubuntu Phones, Tablets – Exclusive

We’ve been asked several times by some of our readers what’s going on in the Ubuntu Touch world, the operating system that powers the Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices.

Well, the truth is that not much has happened lately for Ubuntu Touch, except for various small changes and fixes that are being prepared for the next OTA. Some of you out there might already know that Canonical is currently working on the OTA-12 update for Ubuntu-powered devices and that it will be more about fixes than features.

So far, that’s pretty accurate, but the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone will get a new feature, namely fingerprint reader. Yes, that’s right, biometric authentication will be automatically enabled on the physical button of the device immediately after users upgrade to the OTA-12 software (watch the video at the end of the article to see it in action – thanks, Alan Pope!).

Other than that, there should only be a bunch of improvements and numerous bug fixes imple…

KDE Plasma Wayland Image Now Built on KDE Neon Infrastructure, Qt 5.7 Is Coming

Today, July 4, 2016, ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell has announced that the KDE Plasma Wayland image received yet another update, bringing users the latest KDE and GNU/Linux technologies.

What’s new in the updated KDE Plasma Wayland images? Well, first of all, it looks like these are the first ISOs to be built on the KDE Neon infrastructure, which means that they come with the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, KDE Applications, and KDE Framework packages from the Git master branch.

Second of all, it is now possible to backspace in the Konsole terminal emulator (see the attached screenshot for details). In the meantime, it appears that Jonathan Riddell and his team of developers are working hard to bring even more newer technologies, such as the Qt 5.7 GUI toolkit.

“It’s time to check in on the Plasma Wayland image for an update. Built on Neon infrastructure, this comes with the latest from KDE Git master for crack of the day fun,” says Jonathan Riddell i…

Network Security Toolkit (NST) Linux OS Released Based on Fedora 24, Linux 4.6

Today, July 4, 2016, Ronald Henderson has announced the release of a new version of the Fedora-based Network Security Toolkit (NST) Linux distribution for network security analysis and monitoring.

Network Security Toolkit (NST) 24-7977 is now the latest version of the computer operating system used by numerous sysadmins around the world to monitor and analyze the security of various computer networks. As its version number suggests, the new Network Security Toolkit version is based on the recently announced Fedora 24.

However, it looks like this Network Security Toolkit release is powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.6.3 kernel, which also hit the Fedora 24 Linux software repositories last week, as the upstream distribution was initially introduced with a kernel from the Linux 4.5 series. Linux kernel 4.6.3 includes support for the latest hardware devices.

What’s new in Network Security Toolkit (NST) 24-7977

Probably the biggest change…

Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Installer Moves to Linux 4.6, Adds MIPS64el Support

Today, July 4, 2016, Cyril Brulebois from the Debian Project has announced the release of the seventh Alpha build of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system.

The Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 7 release comes one and a half months after the sixth Alpha build, which hit the streets at the end of May, moving the development cycle forward to a final launch. And by the looks of it, there are some various exciting things implemented in this version.

Let’s start with the improvements, as Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Alpha 7 Installer moves the Linux kernel support from 4.5.0-2 to 4.6.0-1, and it bumps the support for the kfreebsd kernel to version 10.3. Moreover, it implements two beeps for scenarios when booting the OS with the GRUB bootloader, informing users that they need to use the GRUB way to edit entries in the boot menu.

The hardware su…

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.7 RC6, Things Are Getting Bigger

Today, July 4, 2016, Linus Torvalds has had the pleasure of announcing the availability of the sixth Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel, now ready for public testing.

We were expecting to see Linux kernel 4.7 RC6 land on Sunday, July 3, but it didn’t happen. Instead, Linus Torvalds decided to release it one day later, with a quite brief summary where he informs us that things have gotten a little bigger this time, and hopefully, it won’t happen again next week for the final Release Candidate build.

“I’d love to tell you that things are calming down, and we’re shrinking, but that would be a lie,” says Linus Torvalds in today’s announcement. “It’s not like this is a huge RC, but it’s definitely bigger than the previous rc’s were. I don’t think that’s necessarily a big problem, it seems to be mostly timing.”

This Release Candidate build is slightly bigger than the p…

SteamOS 2.84 Beta Promises to Fix “Black Screen” Issues with Nvidia GPUs

Today, July 3, 2016, Valve’s engineers have pushed a new build of the SteamOS 2.0 gaming operating system to the brewmaster_beta channel, patching a few issues reported by users since SteamOS 2.83 Beta.

SteamOS 2.84 Beta is here only five days from the release of SteamOS 2.83 Beta, which was based on the latest stable Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” repositories and introduced the AMD Radeon AMD GPU-PRO RC2 and the latest long-lived Nvidia 367.27 graphics drivers with support for the Vulkan API.

When SteamOS 2.83 Beta was announced, users immediately reported “black screen” issues after booting the ISO images on systems that have Nvidia graphics cards. Therefore, today’s SteamOS 2.84 Beta release updates a few packages to fix that problem reported by users, despite the fact that Valve’s engineers couldn’t reproduce…

Slackware-Based VectorLinux 7.2 Beta Ships Free of systemd with Linux 4.4.14 LTS

Today, July 3, 2016, the developers of the Slackware-based Vectorlinux GNU/Linux operating system have introduced the Beta build of the upcoming VectorLinux 7.2 release.

It took the developers nine months to move from the Alpha stage of development to Beta for the VectorLinux 7.2 distribution, which will probably be based on the recently released Slackware 14.2 operating system. The release is currently distributed in two flavors, VectorLinux 7.2 Light with the IceWM window manager, and VectorLinux 7.2 Standard with the more customizable Xfce 4.12 desktop environment.

Besides shipping with the IceWM window manager, the VectorLinux 7.2 Light edition also includes the SeaMonkey open-source suite of Internet applications (web browser, email and news client, and chat client). On the other hand, it looks like the VectorLinux 7.2 Standard flavor is using the more resource-hungry Mozilla Firefox web browser. Best of all, both editions ship without the systemd init system….