Zenwalk 8.0 Is Based on Slackware 14.2, Gets New Desktop Layout for Xfce 4.12.1

Jean-Philippe Guillemin, the developer of Zenwalk, proudly announced today, July 2, 2016, the final release of the Slackware-based Zenwalk 8.0 GNU/Linux operating system.

Based on the just released Slackware 14.2 operating system, Zenwalk 8.0 is finally here, powered by Linux kernel 4.4.14 LTS, the same one that powers the monumental Slackware Linux, thus offering users support for the latest hardware devices. Zenwalk’s default desktop environment is Xfce 4.12.1, and it now ships with a new layout that’s more user-friendly than ever.

But Zenwalk 8.0 is loaded with some of the best and most up to date open-source software applications. For example, you’ll be able to write any office document with LibreOffice 5.1.3, surf the Web with Chromium 51.0, as well as to enjoy your movies with the powerful MPlayer 1.3 and th…

Slackware Linux 14.2 Officially Released with Linux Kernel 4.4, without systemd

After many months of hard work, two Betas and two RCs, Patrick J. Volkerding was extremely proud to announce today, July 2, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of the final Slackware 14.2 Linux operating system.

Slackware Linux 14.2 arrives two and a half months after the mid-April release of the second and last Release Candidate (RC) build, and it has now been declared stable and ready for deployment as your daily driver. Powered by the latest (at the moment of writing this article) long-term supported Linux 4.4.14 kernel, Slackware 14.2 ships with many up-to-date components and GNU/Linux technologies.

For example, the distro switched to GNU C Library 2.23, X.Org 7.7, GGC 5.3.0 as default compiler, LLVM/Clang support, Apache 2.4.20, PHP 5.6.23, Perl 5.22.2, Python 2.7.11, Ruby 2.2.5, Subversion 1.9.4, Git 2.9.0, Mercurial 3.8.2, KDE Software Compilation 4.14.21 desktop environment, and much more. Best of all, there’s support for Linux kernel …

Arch Linux 2016.07.01 Now Available for Download, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3

It’s the first day of July, and Arch Linux users already know what this means. Yes, that’s right, a new ISO respin, Arch Linux 2016.07.01, has been made available for download.

Arch Linux 2016.07.01 is now the latest and most up-to-date ISO installer of the lightweight and independent operating system loved by many computer users from all over the world. It’s here with the latest GNU/Linux technologies and software versions.

Best of all, Arch Linux 2016.07.01 is the first Arch Linux ISO image to ship with a kernel from the latest and most advanced Linux 4.6 kernel series. To be more precise, Linux kernel 4.6.3 is onboard the new Arch Linux 2016.07.01 ISO.

Of course, all the software components that have been released on the main Arch Linux repositories since June 1, 2016, have been included in today’s Arch Linux 2016.07.01 release so that you’ll install a fresh OS with the latest security patches.

However, Arch Linux 2016….

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon and MATE Editions Officially Released

After being available to download for the past couple of days, the leader of the Ubuntu-based operating system has made the release official, allowing users to download the final Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE editions from a mirror close to them, or via the project’s torrent links. Prominent features of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah”

SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 Racing Game Is Out with New AI Support for Soccer Mode

Today, July 1, 2016, after many months of hard work, the development team behind the SuperTuxKart open-source racing game has been more than happy to inform the Linux community about the availability of the final SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 release.

In mid-June, SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 received a Release Candidate (RC) build, which gave users early access to the numerous goodies coming into the final release. Among these, there’s the new AI (Artificial Intelligence) support for the soccer mode, which now offers three arenas under the “Copa Antarctica” Antarctica Cup umbrella.

The first arena is called “Icy Soccer Field,” it has been created by Benau and Samuncle, and is available for anyone. On the other hand, the rest of the arenas, namely “Las Dunas” and “Candela City,” are available only for those who have donated money to the project, as a gift pack.

Additionally, the final SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 release comes the “Antediluvian Abyss” track created by Samuncle, available for ev…

Mageia 6 Is Getting Closer to a Final Release, Could Ship with Linux Kernel 4.7

The Mageia development team announced just a few moments ago that they’d released the first stabilization snapshot (sta1) of the upcoming Mageia 6 Linux operating system.

It’s been a while since we heard anything from the Mageia developers, but it looks like they were pretty busy behind the curtains upgrading most of the core components of the major Mageia 6 Linux distribution, which is expected to arrive in the next few months. The Mageia 6 sta1 release comes with some of the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

Shipping with the recently announced Linux 4.6.3 kernel, the Mageia 6 sta1 snapshot brings GRUB 2 as the default bootloader, the KDE Plasma 5.6.4, GNOME 3.20.3, MATE 1.14.1, and Cinnamon 3.0.1 desktop environments, the LibreOffice office suite, the Mozilla Thunderbird 45 email and news client, and Mozilla Firefox 45 ESR and Chromium 51.0 web browsers.

“The first stabilization snapshot, as the name suggests, aims to start bringing everything together and…

Certified Ubuntu Images Available in SoftLayer

We are excited to announce today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company and a world-leading IaaS provider, is now an Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud partner for Ubuntu guest images. For users, this means you can now harness the value of the best Ubuntu user experience, optimized for SoftLayer bare metal and virtual servers: Ubuntu cloud guest […]

The next step towards Mageia 6 is here, sta1 has been released

Everyone at Mageia is very happy to announce the release of the next step in the path to Mageia 6. The first stabilisation snapshot, as the name suggests, aims to start bringing everything together and getting the new software stable … Continue reading

Calibre 2.61.0 eBook Viewer and Converter Updates Driver for FNAC (BQ) eReaders

Today, July 1, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been happy to announce the general availability of yet another maintenance release for his popular, open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software.

Coming only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.60, the Calibre 2.61 maintenance update brings only two new features. These are an updated driver with new firmware to allow users to connect their FNAC (BQ) eReader devices, as well as support for automatic removal of all links from a missing resource (the option is available in the Check Book component under Edit Book).

Other than that, Calibre 2.61 improves the Kleine Zeitung, derStandard, and Kurier news sources, and fixes several issues reported by users since last week’s Calibre 2.60 re…

4MLinux 18.0 Distro Released with Support for LibreOffice 5.2, Thunderbird 45.1

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki has just informed Softpedia today, July 1, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the final release of the 4MLinux 18.0 operating system.

4MLinux 18.0 has been in development for the past two months, during which time the developer has released a single Beta build to public testers, but he has also managed to introduce new versions based on 4MLinux 18.0 for all the other flavors under the 4MLinux umbrella.

Powered by Linux kernel 4.4.8 LTS, 4MLinux 18.0 has been declared stable and ready to become your daily driver. It comes with a lot of goodies for fans of the open source ecosystem, among which we can mention support for installing the LibreOffice 5.2 office suite and GIMP 2.8.16 image editor.

Additional applications include the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 and Chromium 51.0.2704.79 web browsers, Mozilla Thunderbird 45.1.1 email and news client, Audacious 3.7.2 and aTunes 3.1.2 music players, Skype VoIP clien…

Fedora 22: End Of Life, 2016 July 19

With the recent release of Fedora 24, Fedora 22 will officially enter End Of Life (EOL) status on July 19th, 2016. After July 19th, all packages in the Fedora 22 repositories will no longer receive security, bugfix, or enhancement updates,… Continue Reading →

Logic Supply Is Giving Away a CL100 Ubuntu-Powered Mini-PC, Here’s How to Win

Logic Supply informs Softpedia about a new contest they’ve put together to promote their fanless and ventless industrial PCs, and they’re giving away one of the new CL100 ultra-compact mini-PCs powered by Ubuntu Linux.

Last month, we were among the first to announce the general availability of the CL100 tiny, fanless, and ventless industrial PC that promises to offer more than meets than eye. The device has a tag price of $302 (€270) without a primary storage drive or $347 (€310) with a 32GB mSATA SSD, but you can now win one, for free.

And you don’t even have to do anything special, just find your dirtiest PC, either at home or at work, make a picture of it to show the world how dirty it is, and send it to Logic Supply. Still, make sure that you also include the #GoFanless tag in that picture (see the examples al…

Scientific Linux 6.8 to Be Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8, RC1 Is Out Now

Today, June 30, 2016, Connie Sieh from the Scientific Linux development team has had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the first Release Candidate (RC) of the upcoming Scientific Linux 6.8 operating system.

Scientific Linux 6.8 will be based on the freely distributed sources of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.8 operating system, and this first Release Candidate build tries to address the last remaining bugs before the Scientific Linux development team prepares for the unveiling of the final release later this month.

The operating system, which is the OS of choice for numerous scientific labs around the globe, has been in development for the past two weeks, during which it has received a single Beta build. There might be one more RC before Scientific Linux 6.8 is declared GOLD, but it already includes a significant number of new features.

What’s inside Scientific Linux 6.8 Release Candidate 1

The first Rel…

Ubuntu Kylin 16.10 Alpha 1 Now Available for Chinese Users with Linux Kernel 4.4

Today, June 30, 2016, the Ubuntu Kylin developers have announced the release of the first Alpha build of the upcoming Ubuntu Kylin 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system.

We’ve told you earlier that Ubuntu 16.10 is now in development, and a first Alpha build has been released for opt-in flavors, namely Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin. We’ve already written in-depth articles about the new features included in the Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 and Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 releases, so it’s time to talk a little abou…

Calamares 2.3 Universal Linux OS Installer Released with Full-Disk Encryption

Today, June 30, 2016, the Calamares team has been proud to announce the final release and immediate availability for download of the Calamares 2.3 distribution-independent system installer.

Calamares is currently being used in numerous popular operating systems, including but not limited to KaOS, Apricity OS, Chakra GNU/Linux, Netrunner, Sabayon, and OpenMandriva. It is the universal installer framework that many GNU/Linux distributions should adopt as it’s now one of the most advanced system installers.

After many months of hard work, the Calamares 2.3 is here as a drop-in replacement for the Calamares 2.2 series with many improvements. There are also a bunch of exciting new features, starting with the highly anticipated full-disk encryption and support for NVMe devices in fstab, and continuing with an advanced partitioning feature.

“It is the first installer with an automated ‘Replace Partition’ option, which makes it easy to reuse a partition over and over for …

Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 Officially Released with LXDE and Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS

Today, June 30, 2016, the Lubuntu team has released the first Alpha build of the upcoming Lubuntu 16.10 operating system, as part of the Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 release for opt-in flavors.

We’ve already told you what’s new in the Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 distribution, so now it’s time to take a look at the second of the three Ubuntu flavors that participated in the first Alpha release of the Yakkety Yak series.

However, since this is the first Alpha, you shouldn’t expect to see any major changes, as the Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 operating system ships with same Linux 4.4 LTS kernel as Lubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Additionally, it looks like Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 is still using…

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 Arrives with MATE 1.14 Built Entirely Against GTK 3.18

Today, June 30, 2016, Martin Wimpress has informed Softpedia about the immediate availability of the first Alpha release of the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.10 operating system, as part of the Yakkety Yak Alpha 1 announcement.

Powered by the same Linux 4.4 LTS kernel as Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), the first Alpha of Ubuntu MATE 16.10 ships with the MATE 1.14 desktop environment, which was built entirely against the GTK+ 3.18 GUI toolkit to be less resource-hungry, bringing much-improved versions of the MATE Tweak, Software Boutique, MATE Dock Applet, MATE Menu, and Ubuntu MATE Welcome in-house built tools.

“Beaut, beauty! We’re stoked to announce Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1, the f…

Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 Is Out for Opt-in Flavors, Final Release to Land October 13

Believe it or not, the development cycle of the next Ubuntu release has started, and a first Alpha build is officially released today, June 30, 2016, as expected based on the release schedule for Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

As some of you might very well be aware, the two Alpha release and the first Beta in the development cycle of a new Ubuntu Linux version are only for the opt-in flavors. Unfortunately, as we reported the other day, only three Ubuntu flavors are participating in the Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 release, namely Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin.

We’ve been monitoring the development of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) since the first daily builds were made available for download. Until today, we can report that no major changes have been made to the operating system, which ships pretty much with the same core components and applications as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Therefore, Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 ships today with Linux kernel 4.4 LTS, systemd 230, …

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 to Ship with GNOME 3.20, Public Beta Out Now

Today, June 30, 2016, SUSE has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of a public beta release of its upcoming, commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2 operating system.

For the first time ever, SUSE brings its enterprise-ready Linux kernel-based operating system to public beta testers, thanks to its new Open Beta program, where everyone can get early access to the improvements and new features SUSE implemented in each new Service Pack build of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) products.

“The exciting infrastructure capabilities in Service Pack 2 will help keep customers ahead of the innovation curve,” said Raj Meel, SUSE product marketing manager. “To introduce these capabilities more widely, we’ve made this a truly open beta, not just for customers only. All developers, users and Linux community members can try out Linux kernel 4.4 updates in a top enterprise distribution, seeing firsthand h…

Enlightenment 0.21.0 Desktop Environment Released with Better Wayland Support

Today, June 30, 2016, Mike Blumenkrantz from the Enlightenment project has had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the Enlightenment DR 0.21.0 desktop environment.

Enlightenment is a free window manager/desktop environment distributed under an open source license for any and all GNU/Linux operating systems that want to either adopt it as the default user interface or include it in the software repositories.

The main goal of the Enlightenment desktop environment is to be as lightweight as possible, but at the same time beautiful, and last but not least, provide users with the latest, cutting-edge technologies.

Therefore, Enlightenment 0.21.0 is now the most advanced version, bringing great improvements to the support for the next-generation Wayland display server, support for video backgrounds, enhancements to the wizard component, and a new gadget infrastructure.

Lots of Wayland-related usability bugs have been resolved