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Monthly News – April 2015

Apologies for posting late this month. LMDE 2 “Betsy” was released. I know many LMDE 1 users are eagerly waiting for us to announce an upgrade path to Betsy so I’ll keep these news short and go back to working on that :)

MATE 1.10 is being labeled as we speak and should be released very shortly.

Cinnamon 2.6 will reach feature-freeze mid-May and become stable at the end of the month. It’s already full of improvements and new features but there are a couple of very important sub-projects we wanted to put in it: The ability for users to change whether Cinnamon works with consolekit or logind without recompiling, a queue for file operations in Nemo so they can be performed one after the other, actual screensavers in cinnamon-screensaver (we’ve got support for xscreensaver and webkit screensavers already, we need to work on the configuration UI)… etc.

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” is planned for the end of the June, with an RC release mid-June.

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Xubuntu Core 15.04 Officially Released, Not Related to Ubuntu Core

A new official Xubuntu flavor called “core” has been announced by developers. It’s based on Ubuntu, and it integrates the Xfce desktop environment and nothing else.

The Xubuntu development team has announced the launch of a new spin that is really slim, and that integrates only a minimal number of packages that allow users to get the Xubuntu experience, but none of the packages. It doesn’t mean that you can install them from the official repos, just that they are not implem…

Mark Shuttleworth Asks Devs from Different Desktop Environments to Work Together

Mark Shuttleworth had a very interesting keynote at the opening of the Ubuntu Online Summit for 15.10, and he said the developers from all the desktop environments should work together towards a common goal.

One of the most important aspects that Linux is criticized for is the fact that there are too many desktop environments, and the developers are not working towards a single goal. Each team sits its corner and enjoys doing what they want. Some people feel that this is th…

Ubuntu Developers Working to Use Systemd on Ubuntu Touch

The desktop flavor of Ubuntu has already moved to systemd from an upstart, but Ubuntu Touch is still using upstart. It’s not clear when the mobile platform will move to the new init system, but Ubuntu developers are already working towards this goal.

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is the first edition of the famous operating from Canonical that is using system, and from the looks of it so far, the transition h…

elementary OS “Freya” to Get New Beautiful Open File Dialogue

elementary OS “Freya” was released a month ago, but the developers are still making big changes to it. One of these modifications will bring a new “Open File Dialog” that should look and work much better than the previous one.

There is no doubt that elementary “Freya” is a stable version, but that doesn’t mean that the makers of this great distro shouldn’t improve the OS. Surprisingly, this is not a common practice in the Linux world, especially for distributions that don’t…

Canonical to Support Two Ubuntu Versions, One Based on Deb and One on Snappy

Canonical is bringing some very significant changes to Ubuntu and that includes a new way of packaging and maintaining the system. That being said, the company will continue to provide support for both the .deb based and .snap based Ubuntu systems for a long time.

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Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Gets Its First Linux Kernel Update

The first kernel update for the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system arrived on May 5 and it patched a very important vulnerability in the upstream Linux kernel 3.19. As such, all Ubuntu 15.04 users are urged to update their system as soon as possible.

It was recently discovered that a local attacker cou…

First Ubuntu Touch Update Based on Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Coming by the End of May

The roadmap for the next major update of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used in various Ubuntu Phone devices, including BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and Nexus 4, was revealed on May 5 during a “Phone roadmap” session as part of the Ubuntu Online Summit event that takes place these days between May 5-7.

Some of …

Meet BOXER-6403, a Tiny Embedded PC that Runs Fedora Linux on Bay Trail

AAEON Technology Inc., a Taiwanese computer manufacturer, recently introduces a new ultra-slim compact embedded computer that runs the Fedora Linux operating system on Bay Trail Intel Atom or Celeron processors.

Dubbed AEC-6403 or BOXER-6403, the tiny computer, offers one of the most compact and thinnest industrial-grade profiles. It is designed to run both Linux and Windows operating systems and has been awarded the 2015 Taiwan Excellence Award.

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Opera 30 Beta for Linux, Windows, and Mac Brings Sidebar and Tab Improvements

Opera Software, through Tomasz Procków, announced the general availability for download and testing of the Opera 30 web browser, which has just been promoted to the Beta channel.

Being based on Chromium 43.0.2357.18, Opera 30.0 Beta Build 1835.18 brings a number of improvements to the sidebar and tabs, as well as to the tab menu. Addit…

Important Linux Kernel Vulnerability Patched in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

In a recent security notice, dated May 5, Canonical announced the immediate availability of a new kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

A single kernel vulnerability (CVE…

Latest NetworkManager Update Brings Support for 5GHz WiFi Networks

On May 5, Lubomir Rintel announced the immediate availability for download and upgrade of NetworkManager 1.0.2, the default utility for managing network connection under GNOME and GNOME-based desktop environments.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta Offers Better Active Directory Interoperability

On May 5, Red Hat had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta operating system, a pre-release version that brings a number of new features and fixes in order to keep the 6.x branch stable and reliable.

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LibreOffice Special Edition – Volume 06

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Is Open for Development, Derived from Debian 9 Stretch

After yesterday’s keynote of Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, where we’ve learned about the goals of the next major version of the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

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Ubuntu 15.04 Gets an Update to Fix a Dnsmasq Vulnerability

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a Dnsmasq vulnerability in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, that has been found and fixed.

A small problem has been identified with the Dnsmasq package, which is a small caching DNS proxy and DHCP/TFTP server. Apparently, it has been made to crash or expose sensitive information if it received specially crafted network traffic.

“Nick Sampanis d…