Samba 4.5 Is a Massive Release That Improves Security, Adds Many New Features

Samba 4.5 has been released and it is the latest, newest stable branch of the free widely-used, cross-platform, and open-source software project that re-implements the SMB/CIFS networking protocol on UNIX-like platforms.

Samba is being used by default in numerous, if not all GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as on Apple’s macOS, to allow users to access network shares from other computers that run Microsoft Windows and to interact with them to exchange any file format that exists today.

As expected, Samba 4.5 is a massive release, which not only resolves many of the issues from previous versions but also introduces a bunch of new features and enhancements to make this open source software even more reliable and secure. As such, to improve security, Samba 4.5 comes with NTLMv1 authentication disabled by default.

“In order to improve security we have changed the default value for the ‘ntlm auth’ option from ‘yes’ to ‘no’. This may have impact on very old clients …

KDE Frameworks 5.26.0 Improves the Breeze Icons, Plasma Framework, and Sonnet

Today, September 10, 2016, the KDE project announced the release of the KDE Frameworks 5.26.0 collection of over 70 add-on libraries for the Qt5 GUI toolkit.

KDE Frameworks 5.26.0 is the monthly release of this project for September 2016, and it is distributed as an essential part of the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment and KDE Applications software suite. It comes right after the release of KDE Applications 16.08.1, and just in time for next week’s KDE Plasma 5.7.5 update.

According to the release notes, KDE Frameworks 5.26.0 is here to add multiple improvements to the Breeze icons, such as support for various open-source projects that aren’t related to the KDE project like gThumb, Banshee, Pidgin, and Wine, as well as to the KTextEditor t…

darktable 2.0.6 Open-Source RAW Image Editor Supports Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

A new stable version of the open-source and cross-platform darktable RAW image editor has been released, namely version 2.0.6, which brings support for new digital cameras, as well as a bunch of improvements over the previous maintenance update.

According to the release notes, the most prominent features of the darktable 2.0.6 update are the support for non-mosaiced RAW image files that contain four RGBA channels (Alpha ones are automatically discarded) and the use of the libexiv2 library for writing metadata for the JPEG format writer component.

Now for the better news for fans of open source RAW image processing, darktable 2.0.6 introduces support for a lot of digital cameras, among which we can mention Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 1300D, Canon EOS Kiss X80, Canon EOS Rebel T6, Canon EOS M10, Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, and Canon PowerShot G9 X.

Furthermore, the Fujifilm X-T2, GITUP GIT2, Panasonic DMC-FZ18 (su…

Linux Kernel 3.14 LTS Is About to Reach End of Life, Update 3.14.78 Out Now

After informing the community about the availability of Linux kernel 4.7.3 and Linux kernel 4.4.20 LTS, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Linux kernel 3.14.78 LTS.

Linux kernel 3.14.78 LTS is the seventy-eighth maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 3.14 kernel series, which appears to approach its end of life soon, according to Greg Kroah-Hartman, who states, “The 3.14.y kernel series is coming to an end. There will be only one more release after this one, of this kernel series before it will be marked as end-of-life. You have been warned.”

So there you have it, the Linux 3.14 LTS kernel branch is finally comi…

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Now Has a Default Wallpaper, Available in Two Flavors

The development of the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system continues at a fast pace, and we can see more and more software updates arriving every single day in its official software repositories.

Now, you might have noticed the other day on the OMG! Ubuntu website that there’s a new default wallpaper incoming to Ubuntu 16.10, as they had the privilege to reveal it first and let you download the image at full resolution if you want to use it on your current Ubuntu Linux installation or any other OS for that matter.

We’re always monitoring the development of the next major release of Ubuntu, and starting today, September 10, 2016, the default wallpaper of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) has been changed as a new ubuntu-wallpapers package, version 16.10.0, arrived in the stable update channels of the upcoming GNU/Linux distribution.

As expected, the wallpaper is available in two varian…

elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” Officially Released, It’s Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Just a few minutes ago, the guys over at elementary were extremely proud to announce the release and immediate availability of the elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” GNU/Linux operating system.

elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” has been in development for the past three or four months, during which time it has received two Beta milestones. Still, we have to admit that we were expecting to see the Release Candidate (RC) build as well, but it looks like the devs decided it was time for the popular operating system to hit the stable channels.

And there you have it, elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” in all of its beauty is now ready to take over your personal computers, and the best part is that it’s based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, which means that Loki is also an LTS (Long Term Support) OS, which will receive security and software updates until 2021.

“Loki is the newest version of elementary OS, a design-oriented and open source Linux-based operating syste…

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, September 9, 2016, Clement Lefebvre has proudly announced the release and immediate availability of the final version of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition operating system.

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE has been in Beta until today, but now the wait is finally over, and you can get the Live ISO images for either 64-bit or 32-bit hardware architectures, and install the operating system on your personal computer. The new version is based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distribution.

That means it will get security and software updates for 5 years, until 2021, and at the same time, that Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition inherits almost all of the core components of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, including the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment, as well as the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel.

“Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your d…

Linux Kernel 4.4.20 LTS Updates the AMDGPU and USB Drivers, Fixes Btrfs Bugs

After announcing the release of the Linux 4.7.3 kernel, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has informed the community about the availability of the twentieth maintenance update to the Linux 4.4 LTS kernel series.

Linux 4.4 is currently…

Rocket League Officially Released for SteamOS and Linux with a 25% Off Promotion

On September 8, 2016, game studio Psyonix was proud to announce the availability of a Beta version of the popular Rocket League game for SteamOS/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

Rocket League is a futuristic, physics-based sports/action game that lets players play European football while driving booster-rigged vehicles. It is the successor to the popular and classic Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars game released in 2008 only for Sony’s PlayStation 3 gaming console, also developed and published by the Psyonix game studio.

The game officially hit the Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 platforms in July 2015, and a few months later, in February 2016, it arrived for Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console as well. Due to popular demand, Rocket League is also officially available for the Linux and Apple’s Mac OS X operating systems, but only in a Beta form at the moment of writing this article.

“As of September 8, 2016, the SteamOS and Mac versions of …

Calibre 2.67 eBook Manager and Viewer Supports Kobo Aura One Firmware Version 4

On September 8, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release of a new maintenance update for his popular, free, open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software.

Calibre 2.67 is now the most stable and advanced version of the application, and among the new features it includes, we can mention an updated Kobo driver that supports Kobo Aura One e-book reader’s firmware version 4, support for reading more image formats as covers, and support for displaying book counts on the Tag Browser’s right edge.

Moreover, there’s the ability to create custom rating columns that support half-stars, a new option in the Tag Browser component to allow you to turn off the display of counts mentioned above, and Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) feeds improvements to the content server.

“Change the value of for entries in the acquisition feed to be the last modified date for the book. Also make the size and last modified timestamp available as att…

KDE Applications 16.08.1 Software Suite Released for the KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop

Today, September 8, 2016, the KDE developers have published the first point release of the KDE Applications 16.08 software suite for the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

KDE Applications 16.08.1 is here right on time for the last maintenance update t…

Kdenlive 16.08.1 Open-Source Video Editor Out with UI Changes, Improved Workflow

Just a few moments ago, the development team behind the open-source Kdenlive video editor software for GNU/Linux operating systems proudly announced the release of Kdenlive 16.08.1.

Kdenlive 16.08.1 comes as part of today’s KDE Applications 16.08.1 software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment, which brought numerous improvements to various popular KDE apps, including KDE PIM, Konsole, Umbrello, Kate, Marble, Kopete, and Kajongg.

But the Kdenlive devs wanted to make a separate announcement to present the new features they had been working on for the last few months, since the Kdenlive 16.04 release. Therefore, Kdenlive 16.08.1 ships with improved workflow by implementing persistent directories and a responsive cursor.

While the persistent directories feature lets Kdenlive remember which was the last …

Arch Linux 2016.09.03 Ships with Kernel 4.7.2, Available for Download Now

Believe it or not, we completely forgot to write our usual story about the updated installation medium (a.k.a. ISO image) for the month of September 2016 of the famous Arch Linux operating system.

It appears that there wasn’t a release of the monthly Arch Linux ISO on the first day of September, as probably many of you had expected, but on the third, so one of our regular readers was kind enough to remind us about its availability for download from the distribution’s website.

So there you have it, Arch Linux 2016.09.03 is out, and it brings with it all the latest software versions and security patches that have been pushed to the distro’s official repositories since August 1, 2016, when the previous ISO image was announced, namely Arch Linux 2016.08.01.

Another exciting thing…

Nvidia 370.28 Linux Video Driver Available for Download with Vulkan Improvements

Today, September 8, 2016, Nvidia has released a new short-lived graphics driver for Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems, including FreeBSD and Solaris, the Nvidia 370.28.

Looking at the release notes, we can notice that Nvidia 370.28 is here to add many fixes for bugs that have been reported by users since the last stable release, and it also looks like it contains the changes implemented during the Beta stages of development of the Nvidia 370.x graphics driver series.

Yes, that’s right, Nvidia 370.x was in Beta until today, and now Nvidia has promoted it to the stable channel, but it’s a short-lived branch, which means that it won’t be supported for long until a new version sees the light of day, so our recommendation is to always stay on the long-lived branch of the Nvidia video driver.

What’s new in Nvidia 370.28

As mentioned above, there are many fixes contai…

10 Million Raspberry Pi Computers Have Been Sold, New Starter Kit Available

Today, September 8, 2016, Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton has been extremely proud to announce that a total of ten million Raspberry Pi single-board computers have been sold to date.

Let us say that again because it sounds so cool: over 10 million Raspberry Pi units have been sold until now. Congrats to the Raspberry Pi Foundation for changing our lives and giving us the world’s first smallest, low-cost SBC (Single-board computer) to build our most innovative projects.

You know, Raspberry Pi is behind some major experiments. It’s used in space, on the International Space Station, by NASA’s astronauts as part of the Astro Pi project, as well as in many of our home appliances, including the soon-to-be-released, Ubuntu Snappy-based Mycroft, promising A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) to everyone, and many others.

“You can imagine how strange it feels to be able to announce that over the last four and a half years we’ve sold a gr…

You Can Now Download a Single ISO Image with All the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Flavors – Exclusive

Softpedia has been informed today, September 8, 2016, by Željko Popivoda from the Linux AIO team about the availability of an updated Linux AIO Ubuntu Live ISO image, based on Canonical’s recently released Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) OS.

Yes, you’re reading it right, Linux AIO Ubuntu 16.04.1 Live ISO images are now available for download in 64-bit and 32-bit variants, based on the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Live ISO images, which were officially released on July 21, 2016, and they include all the essential Ubuntu Linux flavors.

These include Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Kubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, and Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS. Linux AIO Ubuntu 16.04.1 Live ISOs also contain a memory test tool to verify the integrity of your computer’s RAM, as well as the handy Hardware Detection Tool (HDT).

What can you do with Linux AIO Ubuntu 16.04.1 Live?

We, here at Softpedia,…

Elive 2.7.6 Beta Linux OS Lands with Amazing Speedup Improvements to Some Apps

Today, September 7, 2016, the Elive development team has announced the release and immediate availability of yet another Beta milestone of the Elive Linux operating system.

Release highlights of Elive 2.7.6 Beta include a new Elive Welcome panel, a couple of new applications integrated by default in the live system, such as the links2 web browser and a hardware information viewer tool, the migration of the installer to use the ZSH shell instead of Bash, and better detection of other operating systems in the installer, such as Microsoft Windows.

The network connection step of the installer has been improved as well, and various issues reported by users since the previous Beta release have been fixed, such as terminal hangs, an old Enlightenment E17 bug that made the desktop start with the wrong set of icons, an issue with eltrans, and some boot problems. Also, the launching of various…

Solus 1.2.0.5 Updated ISO Launches with Budgie Fixes, Newest Software Releases

Joshua Strobl from the Solus Project announced today, September 7, 2016, the release of an updated ISO image for the Linux kernel-based Solus operating, build 1.2.0.5.

Solus 1.2.0.5 is now available for download to those who planned on reinstalling their Solus operating systems because of various major issues, or deploy it on new computers. With Solus now being a rolling release OS, there’s no need for the rest of us using Solus to download today’s 1.2.0.5 ISO image.

So what’s Solus 1.2.0.5? Again, it is only an updated installation medium that brings multiple improvements to the most important components, as well as all the latest software versions that have been pushed to the distribution’s stable repositories since the launch of Solus 1.2, which those who have an up-to-date Solus installation already have.

Among the improvements introduced in Solus 1.2.0.5, we can mention a workaround for a refresh issue with the battery icon when using the Budgie desktop envir…

AryaLinux 2016.08 Distro Is the First to Ship with MATE 1.15 Desktop, VLC 3.0

AryaLinux developer Chandrakant Singh has announced today, September 7, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of the AryaLinux 2016.08 GNU/Linux distribution.

Powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.7 kernel, which adds support for many new hardware components, AryaLinux 2016.08 comes after four months of development as a drop-in replacement for the AryaLinux 2016.04 release. New features include an entirely new system built from scratch using the latest GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 compiler, as well as the newest Linux From Scratch version.

“AryaLinux 2016.08 focusses on bringing the latest, most bleeding-edge components of the Linux world into the distro that you create with your own hands. Building upon the stability of AryaLinux 2016.04, this release focuses on bringing about standardization by solidifying the already established method of building AryaLinux and provides support for additional Desktop Environments – KDE and LXQt,”…

Wireshark 2.2.0 Is Out as the World’s Most Popular Network Vulnerability Scanner

Today, September 7, 2016, the development team behind the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer, Wireshark, has proudly announced the release of a new major stable version, namely Wireshark 2.2.

After being in development for the past couple of months, Wireshark 2.2.0 has finally hit the stable channel, bringing with it a huge number of improvements and updated protocols. For those of you who have never heard of Wireshark, we want to shed some light and say that it’s an open-source network vulnerability scanner used by security researchers and network administrators for development, analysis, troubleshooting, as well as education purposes.

Release highlights Wireshark 2.2.0 include support for SSL or TLS over TCP for the “Decode As” feature, the ability to disable coloring rules instead of discarding them to provide backward compatibility with the coloring rule changes in Wireshark 2.2, the implementation of the “-d”…