Secure Distros and Top Desktops

Today in Linux news lifehacker.com posted a comparison of security distributions Tails, Kali, and Qubes. Elsewhere, Government Computer News has some tips for migrating to Open Source. Rob Zwetsloot looks at popular desktops and Michael Larabel reports that Ubuntu is phasing out 32-bit support. Thorin Klosowski has published “the strengths and weaknesses of Tails, Kali, […]

Calibre eBook Converter Can Now Import Books from Archives

Calibre, a piece of software used to convert, edit, and view eBooks, has been updated and the developer has added some new features, including the possibility to add books from archives.

The Calibre application is being improved all the time and numerous features are added in each new edition. The same is true for the current version, which was just released. There is nothing out of the ordinary, but some of the new options are pretty interesting and should help people use the app much more e…

Canonical to Announce Development Partnership with Major Telecom Company

Canonical is very close to finishing the Ubuntu Touch operating system and to making it shippable for phones, but it looks like they have much bigger plans than that. They are going to announce a new development partnership with a major telecommunication company. Read more ….

Tim Schafer’s Massive Chalice Available for Linux Users, It’s Still in Development

Massive Chalice, a tactical strategy game developed by the famous Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions, has finally arrived on Steam for Linux.

Double Fine Productions is a studio known for its great games like Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and Broken Age. Pretty much everything they do becomes a success and there is no indication that it won’t happen again with Massive Chalice.

“MASSIVE CHALICE is a tactical strategy game set on an epic timeline from Double Fine Productions. As the Immorta…

Deadlings – Rotten Edition Lands on Steam for Linux

Deadlings – Rotten Edition, a side scrolling 2D game made and published by ONE MORE LEVEL, has been released on Linux and all the other supported platforms.

Yet another side-scrolling arcade game has been released on Steam for Linux, and this time the players will be able to control zombie minions in more than 20 levels and face numerous dangers. The developers even added a Nightmare Mode for the hardcore gamers.

“Death is lonely. He has zero friends on his FaceTome account and no one to han…

Opera 27 Dev Brings Support for Google’s Hangout App That No One Really Uses

The development version of the Opera Internet browser has been updated yet again and the Linux users have something to look out for, especially if the like the Hangout app from Google.

As most of you already know thing, Opera is now based on Chromium, which means that it shares many of the features with Google Chrome. On the other hand, Google just released the Hangout webapp that acts pretty much like its mobile counterpart. The thing is that until now it only ran if you had Google Chrome in…

GNOME 3.14.2 Officially Released, Finally Drops SSLv3

The GNOME development team has released the second update for the for GNOME 3.14.x branch and it brings a large number of fixes and improvements for a lot of the packages from the stack.

GNOME 3.14 was initially released a few weeks ago and the developers are still ironing out a few issues. The new version has been received very well by the community and it’s been adopted already by numerous Linux distributions. It’s very likely that GNOME 3.14.2 will be integrated in most of the big reposito…

Steam Client Update Brings Improved P2P Connections and Cloud Sync Fixes

Valve has released yet another stable update for the Steam client, for all the supported platforms, Linux, Window, and Mac OS X. There are quite a few improvements and important changes, so it would actually be a very good idea to upgrade as soon as possible.

Steam updates usually gather all the changes that have been implemented in the intermediary releases. There are usually quite a few made available, but the current development cycle has more than usual. Most of the Beta updates have been…

Chakra Linux 2014.11 Brings a Custom and Cool KDE 4.14.2 Desktop – Gallery

Chakra Linux, a distribution specially built to take advantage of KDE Software Compilation and the Plasma desktop, has been upgraded to version 2014.11 and is now ready for download.

The developers of this distribution usually choose names of famous scientists. The current iteration of the Chakra Linux, which is actually the second version in the branch, has been dubbed Euler, after Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler, who refined calculus and graph theory. Because it follows the…

Fermilab Releases Scientific Linux 6.6, Numerous Packages Updated – Gallery

The final version of Scientific Linux 6.6, a recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux put together by various labs and universities around the world, has been released and is now available for download.

The developers of Scientific Linux 6.6 are still tracking the development of Red Hat Enterprise and upgraded their system after the RHEL OS reached version 6.6. This is probably the last update in the series, but Scientific Linux releases are pretty rare and the distros are quite stable. It’s very …

OpenELEC 5.0 Beta 2 Is a Bleeding Edge Distro That Runs on Almost Any Hardware

OpenELEC, an embedded operating system built specifically to run the Kodi media player solution and to work on most devices, has been updated yet again in the course of just one week.

The OpenELEC operating system used to be based on XBMC, but that is changing right now. The old XBMC is being renamed to Kodi and a new major version is in the works. For now, Kodi is still under development, but it’s making great progress and it should arrive pretty soon in its final form.

This also means that…

Split View Patch Available For Thunar File Manager

Thunar, the default Xfce file manager, doesn’t support split view. In a bug report from 2013 which requested this feature, Nick Schermer, one of the Thunar developers, said that Thunar won’t support split view because “Thunar is by design meant to be simple and easy to use”.Since Thunar is open source software, Xfce user Román […]

Intel Graphics Installer for Linux 1.0.7 Brings Newer Packages for Ubuntu 14.04 and Fedora 20

The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux, a tool that allows users to easily install the latest graphics and video drivers for their Intel graphics hardware, has been upgraded and comes with the latest Intel Graphics stack, among other things.

Intel is the only company that actually bothers to make this kind of installer for the Linux platform. It can be argued that it’s rather limited and that it supports too few Linux distributions, but at least it’s there and it’s updated often.

Like any ot…

Mozilla Releases ‘Firefox Developer Edition’ for Windows, Mac and Linux

The Developer Edition is exactly what it says on the tin: a browser built around the needs of web developers. The Firefox team set out to bring together tools needed to keep developers productive across a multi-device and multi-platform environment, “creating a focal point to streamline your development workflow.” Though the Firefox Developer Edition has […]

Canonical to Announce Development Partnership with Major Telecom Company – Video

Canonical is very close to finishing the Ubuntu Touch operating system and to making it shippable for phones, but it looks like they have much bigger plans than that. They are going to announce a new development partnership with a major telecommunication company.

Canonical already has numerous partners in its Carrier Advisory Group, which has been formed specifically with Ubuntu Touch in mind. Basically, these are companies interested in what Canonical is doing with the Ubuntu Touch platform …

Debian 8 Progress, Nine Best Distros, and Mageia 5 Beta 1

Many headlines today featured news that Microsoft will open source .NET and Swapnil Bhartiya discusses what this means for Linux. Bruce Byfield helps folks decide which of the nine best Linux distributions is for them and Debian 8 seems to be rolling right along. And finally today is a couple of reviews. The Internet is […]

Ubuntu 15.04 Might Finally Migrate To BlueZ 5 Bluetooth

Discussed today during the first day of the Ubuntu 15.04 Online Developers’ Summit was about finally migrating over to BlueZ 5 for its Bluetooth stack. BlueZ 5 was originally released at the end of 2012 but still hasn’t shipped by default in Ubuntu Linux… Read more at Phoronix

Red Hat Launches Linux Container Beta with Atomic Host

This has been a significant week for Red Hat and for container technologies. FIrst, Red Hat announced OpenShift Enterprise 2.2 and advanced its xPaaS with a new private integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) offering. Now, as enterprises are increasingly focused on container technology, Red Hat has announced a beta release of its Linux container platform called Red Hat Enterprise […]

Dragon Launches on Steam for Linux

Dragon, a role-playing game that let’s you play as a mythical and powerful creature, has been released on Steam for Linux by Red Level Games Inc.

There aren’t too many games out there that let’s you play as a dragon, and it’s definitely a first for the Linux platform. It’s still in the Early Access Game program, which means that Dragon hasn’t been completed, but users can purchase it and play it (with some limitations).

“Experience dragons in their proper role as the monstrous, complex, and …

Clonezilla Live Is Good Tool for Bare Metal Backup and Recovery

Clonezilla Live, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that allows users to do bare metal backup and recovery, is now at version 2.3.1-9 and is ready for testing.

The Clonezilla team is working towards a new stable released of this extremely helpful Linux distribution and they have made a number of important improvements and various updates.

“The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository (as of 2014/Nov/04),” r…