Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.2 LTS Is Out for Chinese Users with Linux Kernel 3.16

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.2 LTS, the Chinese Linux distribution developed in collaboration with Canonical, has been released and is now available for download.

Ubuntu Kylin is one of the latest additions for the Ubuntu family and it’s developed specifically for the Chinese market. That means that it’s not only an Ubuntu repackaged with the proper language support, it’s actually made to fit that culture and need. It comes prepared with a ton of specific applications and it’s primarily built by Chines…

Linux Kernel 3.2.67 LTS Improves Support for Several RISC Microprocessor Architectures

Ben Hutchings, the maintainer of the Linux 3.2 kernel branch, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and upgrade of a new maintenance release for Linux kernel 3.2, version 3.2.67, urging users to update to it as soon as possible. Linux 3.2.67 kernel is a long-term supported version mostly used on very stable environments or embedded systems.

According to the raw changelog, which is a quite huge because the 3.2 branch of the kernel rarely gets an update, this n…

Kadu 2.0 Instant Messenger Client Released with Better Ubuntu Unity Support

After two Alphas, one Beta, and three RC (Release Candidate) versions, the final release of the anticipated Kadu 2.0 IM client is now available for download. Kadu is an open-source, user-friendly, flexible, and stable Instant Messenger client that supports the Jabber, XMPP, and Gadu-Gadu protocols. Kadu 2.0 is a major release that brings a number of new features and improvements over previous versions.

First of all, we should mention that Kadu 2.0 has been ported to Qt 5.2, which means that …

GNOME Maps App Can Now Display Contacts with Geocodable Addresses

The first Beta release of the upcoming GNOME Maps 3.16 app of the GNOME desktop environment has been announced as part of the GNOME 3.16 Beta 1 release of the controversial desktop environment. In this Beta, GNOME Maps received several improvements and bug fixes that we’ve detailed below for your general information.

The application will now display notifications with an URL to the Privacy Panel if location service is turned off, a user location marker is now displayed if the location servic…

GNOME Shell Gets a Visual Refresh Based on the Redesigned GTK+ Theme In GNOME 3.16

As we’ve reported in several GNOME related articles this week, the GNOME development team is hard at work to bring you the anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, due for release on March 25, 2015. As expected, GNOME Shell will be part of this release and it is the most important component, providing the actual user interface.

GNOME Shell 3.16 Beta 1 has just been released today, February 20, introducing a number of bug fixes and improvements among which we can mention a notification red…

Download ClearOS Community 6.6.0 With YouTube School ID Support

ClearFoundation had the pleasure of announcing the other day, February 19, 2015, the immediate availability for download of the final and stable release of its ClearOS Community 6.6.0 computer operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The new version introduces a number of attractive features and new apps, as detailed below.

ClearOS is a server, gateway, and network platform tailored specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as distributed enterprise environments….

Official Ubuntu Phone Porting Guide Published

Canonical has finally released the online Ubuntu Phone porting guide that should enable developers to get the Ubuntu Touch running on more devices out there that can easily support it.

The Ubuntu devs have been working on this porting guide for quite some time and now it’s finally out. It underlines in great details all the steps and procedures that are needed in order to make the OS run on other devices than just Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, and bq Aquaris. This tutorial should enable the communit…

Ubuntu Touch Could Get Tox, a P2P Ultra Secure Messaging App

The Ubuntu Touch platform is about to received a new messaging client called Tox that aims to provide the most secure environment possible for its users.

Tox is an open source instant messaging app that’s encrypted and that uses the P2P protocol. The developers say that it provides first grade privacy for the users.

The Tox developers have been working for some time on an app for the Ubuntu phones and they seem to make good progress. The nature of their Tox client, which requires to the devi…

Bleed 2D Platformer Is Now Available on Steam for Linux

Bleed is a new 2D action platformer developed and published by Ian Campbell on Steam for Linux. The developer has released a patch for the game and made it compatible with the Linux platform.

Bleed has been available on the other platforms for quite some time and it originally arrived on Steam with the help of the Greenlight program. This means that the community voted to see the game on Steam and it already garnered a lot of positive reviews.

“Bleed is an action-platformer focused on stylis…

Bind Exploit Closed in Ubuntu 14.10

Canonical has announced that a Bind vulnerability has been found and fixed for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

It has been revealed that Bind could have been made to crash if it received specially crafted network traffic (bind9 – Internet Domain Name Server). The Ubuntu maintainers have pushed a new version of the library into the repositories.

“Jan-Piet Mens discovered that Bind incorrectly handled Trust Anchor Management. A remote attacker could use this…

Wine 1.7.37 Adds Multi-Channel Audio Support, Fixes 71 Bugs

Wine 1.7.37 has just been released today, February 20, and it brings interface change notifications, support for the UTF-7 character encoding, various graphical fixes for themed controls, support for multi-channel audio, a new implementation of Wininet on top of the Win32 sockets, as well as several bugfixes.

According to the official release notes, a total of 71 fixes have been added in this release, which means that more Windows applications and games will be supported on GNU/Linux and Mac…

Calibre eBook Converter and Viewer Now Has Better ODT Format Support

Calibre, an application that can be used to view, convert, and edit eBooks, has been upgraded and it has advanced to version 2.20. It comes with a quite a few new features and is now ready for download.

We are used to see a new Calibre version every week, but it looks like the developer took a short break. Now he’s back and he implemented a number of new features and various other changes. It’s still mostly about bug fixes, but there are a couple of new options that can be considered quite in…

Mozilla Firefox 36 Will Bring Support for HTTP/2

This just got in: Mozilla Firefox 36.0 will bring support for the brand-new HTTP/2 protocol, according to the official release notes from the last Beta version of the web browser. HTTP/2 will enable a faster, more responsive, and more scalable Web.

Initially dubbed HTTP/2.0, the HTTP/2 protocol has just been finalized a few days ago, on February 17, 2015. It is the next-generation HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) network protocol used by the World Wide Web (WWW).

As expected, more and mor…

Edubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Has Been Officially Released

Along with the release of Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr) GNU/Linux computer operating system, as announced by Adam Conrad on behalf of Canonical, the Edubuntu team was also proud to announce earlier today, February 20, the immediate availability for download of Edubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, a release that includes new kernel and graphics stacks.

Just like Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, the Edubuntu 14.04.2 LTS operating system, which is also supported with security patches and package updates for 5 years, un…

Kubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Officially Released, Users Can No Longer Upgrade to Plasma 5

Kubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment, has been released and is now available for download.

The Kubuntu LTS flavor is supported for a period of five years, just like the Ubuntu-based one and it will receive the same kind of important patches. In this case, it’s a new point release that brings all the relevant security patches and a big upgrade for the Linux kernel, amongst other smaller things. As usual, no new features a…

Xfce 4.12 Should Be Released in One Week, at the End of February

After several emails between Xfce developers and numerous delays, it appears that the highly anticipated Xfce 4.12 desktop environment will finally be released at the end of February 2015, in the last weekend, most probably on March 1, if nothing goes wrong.

Unfortunately, a release date hasn’t been pinned down at the moment of writing this article, but it looks like Xfce 4.12 is in string freeze starting February 20. Xfce 4.12 is in development for more than two years, as Xfce 4.11.

While o…

LinHES 8.3 Finally Makes the Switch to Kodi, Includes MythTV 0.27.4

Cecil Watson, the developer of the LinHES (formerly KnoppMyth) GNU/Linux Live operating system designed especially to be used as a home entertainment system, proudly announced the immediate availability for download of LinHES 8.3 (Lorne Malvo), a release that introduces a new Linux kernel, as well as updated Nvidia drivers and core components.

With the 8.3 release, the LinHES distribution, which is currently based on Arch Linux, finally makes the transition from the deprecated XBMC Media Pla…

LibreOffice 4.3.6 “Still” Is Out with 110 Fixes

The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice 4.3.6, which is a new maintenance version in this branch of the famous office suite.

The LibreOffice 4.3.x is no longer the most advanced branch available and that place has been taken by the 4.4 version, which launched to critical acclaim just a couple of weeks ago. Even so, that doesn’t mean the developers will choose to drop an older branch. It’s still being used and a lot of people will not easily upgrade from one release to ano…

Lubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Brings Better Hardware Support Thanks to Linux Kernel 3.16

Adam Conrad from Canonical announced earlier today, February 20, the immediate availability of the Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr) maintenance release, which includes all of its derivatives, such as Lubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Kubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Xubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Edubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 14.04.2 LTS, and Mythbuntu 14.04.2 LTS.

Don’t expect to see visual changes on a point release of an Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) computer opera…

Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) 3.4 OS Is Based on Debian Wheezy 7.8

Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH proudly announced on February 19, 2015, the immediate availability of version 3.4 of its powerful, open-source, and reliable server virtualization management computer operating system, Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE). The release brings a number of new features and improvements, including NUMA support (non-uniform memory access), ZFS storage plug-in, hotplug support, as well as the latest and greatest ZFS file system.

Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) 3.4 is bas…