The Battle for Wesnoth, a free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat, is now at version 1.11.4.
The Battle for Wesnoth 1.11.4 is a bugfix release for the stable 1.11 series and it comes with some interesting changes.
Highlights of The Battle for Wesnoth 1.11.4:
• The new Lua AI persistent storage mechanism for external CAs has been reverter. It caused the appl…
Kuka announced a 20,000 Euro Kuka Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award for innovative mobile manipulation applications using its Kuka YouBot service robot. The open source Kuka YouBot is equipped with omnidirectional wheels and one or two 5-DOF manipulator arms, and runs Ubuntu Linux and ROS (Robot Operating System) on an Intel Atom-based Mini-ITX board. Read [...]
A vulnerability that has been discovered in the Linux kernel affecting the Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) operating system, has been announced by Canonical. According to Canonical, the system could have been made to run programs as an administrator. A flaw has been discovered in the Linux kernel’s perf_events interface. A local user could exploit this flaw to escalate privileges on the system. The security flaws can be fixed if you upgrade your system(s) …
Python, a multiplatform programming language that allows users to work more quickly and integrate systems more effectively, is now at version 3.3.2.
As usual, each new version of Python comes with a multitude of changes and the latest release, 3.3.2, implements tons of bugfixes.
Highlights of Python 3.3.2:
• A crash has been fixed in the ASCII decoder on m68k;
A few days ago, Canonical reiterated its commitment to restoring the Ubuntu “community” Web portal to front-and-center of official Ubuntu websites. At almost the same moment, news hit that the Ubuntu Technical Board has decided to discontinue the Ubuntu Brainstorm site, another part of ubuntu.com that has served in the past as a vector between [...]
The Left 4 Dead 2 Beta for Linux has been released for a few days now, but it seems that players are not swarming it, as expected.
It seems that a lot of users, including from the Linux platform, have been confused about the release of a Left 4 Dead 2 beta.
“Currently, changes to L4D2 will first appear in the Beta before they appear in the main game. The Beta will change often.
“Right now the Beta is the only place you can play L4D2 on Linux native…
Linux Mint 15 RC MATE Linux distribution has been launched and it marks the start of a new branch.
The MATE version of Linux Mint 15 RC (dubbed Olivia), has been launched alongside the Cinnamon version, and it incorporates a fair amount of changes.
Highlights of Linux Mint 15 RC MATE:
• MATE (a fork of GNOME 2) has been updated to version 1.6;
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” RC. Linux Mint 15 Olivia Linux Mint 15 is the most ambitious release since the start of the project. MATE 1.6 is greatly improved and Cinnamon 1.8 offers a ton of new features, including a screensaver and a unified control center. The [...]
The first RC for Linux Mint 15 has been launched and comes with two distinct flavors, Cinnamon and MATE.
According to the developers, Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” is the most ambitious project so far and they are aiming to incorporate a lot of new features.
Highlights of Linux Mint 15 RC Cinnamon:
• A unified control center has been implemented;
digiKam, a digital photo-management application for KDE and Linux, which includes an image editor for photo corrections and manipulation, is now at version 3.2.0.
Highlights of digiKam 3.2.0:
• A new album interface display mode, named list-view, has been fixed;
Tor Browser Bundle, a software for a secure and anonymous browsing experience, has been updated to version 2.3.25-8 bringing more changes and bug fixes. Users who were experiencing Firefox crashes will no longer see this behavior with this new release. Here are the new updates in Tor Browser Bundle: Update Firefox to 17.0.6esr Update HTTPS [...]
GNOME 3.8.2 has been officially launched and it features a lot of fixes, documentation and translation updates, not to mention a sleuth of new features.
As expected, not all the packages in the GNOME universe have been updated. This category includes quite a few of the core apps, such as NetworkManager, Gconf, zenity, vala, vino, and a lot more.
The developers have also explained that this is the last maintenance update for this branch and that they are moving to gree…
The Mars Simulation Project, a free software Java project to create a simulation of future human settlement of Mars, is now at version 3.04.
The Mars Simulation Project takes its job very seriously and even if it might look like a game, it’s actually a social simulation.
The software is modeling the human behavior of scientists, engineers, doctors, technicians, in their everyday lives, on an alien planet.
Highlights of Mars Simulation Project 3.04:…
The Linux kernel 3.8.x branch was thought to be dead and buried, but Canonical has volunteered to pick up the slack and continue the development.
Canonical adopted the latest Linux kernel for Ubuntu 13.04, which at the time of launch was the 3.8.x branch. In the meantime, Greg Kroah-Hartman, the maintainer of said branch, has deemed that particular branch as EOL (end of life).
“The Ubuntu kernel team is pleased to announce that we will be providing extended stab…
Amarok 2.7.1, a music player for Linux and Unix with an intuitive interface, has been announced by the Amarok development team. The developers of Amarok have dubbed this version “Harbinger.” It probably has something to do with the fact that it brought the end of a very nasty bug that made playing any kind of…
The Ubuntu Community Council is happy to announce the availability of discounts from Gandi to Ubuntu Members! Members will be granted E rates for domains and partner rates for cloud hosting (-50% from public price). To redeem this benefit, members should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from their @ubuntu.com email address that includes: A Gandi [...]
Linux developers are considering this week replacing Mozilla Firefox with Chromium, Google’s open-source version of their Chrome web-browser, for the Ubuntu 13.10 release… Read more at Phoronix
That person, who came from Microsoft, became VP of Ubuntu some months ago. Read more ….
The display server developed by Canonical, Mir, should be in working order by the time Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) will be launched.
The Ubuntu Developer Summit is in full effect and all sort of information is coming out. One of the most interesting features about Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) is that it will have Mir as a log-in option during boot.
It’s not clear yet whether the option will be integrated in GRUB or in LightDM, but the Canonical developers…
LibreOffice is the best office suite on the Linux platform, but Canonical usually takes a long time before getting the latest version in the official repositories. Other distributions, such as Arch Linux for example, get the newest version of an application as soon as it’s released, but in Ubuntu it takes a little longer to arrive. If you are tired of waiting for Canonical to get the latest LibreOffice 4.0.3, which is in fact the best version release so far, the…