Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” Gets New Test Build, Adds Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS

Approximately two months after the release of the first Test build for the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” operating system series, the project’s development team has announced today the availability of the second Test build.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 Test 2 has been once again synchronized with the upstream software repositories of the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system as of July 2, 2016, and it uses the latest GNOME 3.20 desktop environment with GNOME Shell 3.20.3 user interface. The distribution is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.14 LTS.

“Our goal is to provide a ready to use and easy to install desktop and laptop optimized operating system based on Debian’s stable branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment. Users can easily install extra software packages from Parsix APT repositories,” reads today’s announcement.

Here’s what’s new in Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 …

Kubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Receive the Latest KDE Plasma 5.6.5 Desktop, Update Now

The Kubuntu developers have announced the general availability of the latest KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment, along with KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 in the Backports PPA repositories for Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users.

Kubuntu 16.04 arrived ear…

Mycroft AI Intelligent Personal Assistant Now Available on KDE Plasma 5 Desktops

It took him about a month since the release of the Mycroft AI application for the GNOME Shell interface of the GNOME desktop environment, but developer Aditya Mehra managed to get it running on the KDE Plasma 5 desktop as well.

Just a few hours ago, he uploaded the so-called Mycroft-Ai-QtApplication project to his GitHub page, allowing anyone who wants a taste of the Mycroft AI (Artificial Intelligence) platform on their KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments. As its name suggests, the companion app was written entirely in Qt 5.

We promised that we would keep you informed of the development progress, and here we go. Just watch the video below to see the Mycroft AI Qt application in action on a KDE Plasma 5 desktop. There’s not much at the moment, and it still contains bugs, but at least you can install it following the instructions provided by Aditya Mehra a.k.a. AIIX.

Unity and Budgie Mycroft AI apps could be available in …

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Unboxing, Still the Most Powerful Ubuntu Phone – Video

Today, July 2, 2016, we have the great pleasure to offer our readers an unboxing video of the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which Canonical was nice enough to lend to us for an in-depth review.

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is the fourth and most powerful Ubuntu Phone available to date, and starting today we will try to use it every single day as a normal smartphone for a review we’ll publish in about a week or two. But before anything else, we’ve decided to make a short unboxing video showing you guys what’s inside the box.

For those not in the known, Meizu PRO 5 is an Android smartphone, but Canonical has a partnership with Meizu to sell some of its devices with the Ubuntu operating system, which, like Android, is also based on the Linux kernel. This is the second Ubuntu Phone from Meizu, after Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition that we reviewed exactly a year ago.

For some quick technical specs, Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition boasts a Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-Core proc…

Kodi 17 “Krypton” Media Center Gets Ready for Android 6.0, Alpha 2 Out Now

Today, July 2, 2016, the development team behind the popular Kodi open-source and cross-platform media center software has announced the release of the second Alpha build for the upcoming Kodi 17 “Krypton” series.

Work on Kodi 17 started in early December 2015, but it took the developers about six months to push an Alpha build to public testers, which should have arrived in May 2016. Two weeks ago, on June 21, they announced that there are only ten days left until the first Alpha hits the streets.

Well, today is the tenth day, but we didn’t get the first Alpha. Instead, we can download the second Alpha milestone, which should be more stable and offer us an early taste of what’s coming later this year in Kodi 17. This happened because of some code issues that needed to be fixed first.

“Several years ago we set a path that we wanted to improve our code base instead of just slapping on new features and this rele…

Debian Edu 8 Operating System Lands as a Complete Linux Solution for Your School

Today, July 2, 2016, the Debian Edu / Skolelinux project is proud to announce the general availability of the Debian Edu (a.k.a. Skolelinux) 8.0 distribution designed for educational purposes.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, Debian Edu 8 is now available for any educational institution, such as schools or universities, that want to ditch the bloated and expensive Microsoft Windows with a fresh, Linux kernel-based OS that offers them the freedom they need to fully customize the installation, as well as the unbeatable stability of Debian.

Debian Edu 8 is for you if you are a network administrator and you want to install the best possible Debian-based operating system on every computer on a school network, without having to upgrade the licenses of Microsoft Windows or buy new and expensive hardware components just because one OS doesn’t work on them. Not to mention the fact tha…

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 5.1.4.2 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 4.3.0.37 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…