The Second Beta Build of FreeBSD 10.2 Is Now Available for Download and Testing

The FreeBSD Project, through Glen Barber, announced recently that the second Beta build of the forthcoming and highly anticipated FreeBSD 10.2 operating system is now available for download and testing.

According to the release announcement, FreeBSD 10.2 Beta 2 adds the missing GEOM_LABEL in the kernel configuration files for the Pandaboard and Gumstix ARM …

Gorgeous Ubuntu-Based Chromixium 1.5 Distro Released with Many New Features

Rich Jack, the developer of the Chrome OS lookalike Chromixium Linux operating system, had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of Chromixium 1.5.

According to the release announcement, Chromixium 1.5 is here to bring numerous new features, such as Ubuntu’s Ubiquity installer, the latest Adobe Flash Player an…

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 to Bring Telegram App Improvements, New Thumbnailer

Canonical’s Alejandro J. Cura sent in his report on the work done by the Ubuntu Touch team in the first two weeks of the month of July 2015, informing us all about the new features implemented in the forthcoming OTA-5 update.

According to Mr. Cura, …

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 Adds Support for IBM POWER8

SUSE announced recently that the fourth SP (Service Pack) update for its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 operating system is now available for download for existing customers, as well as on public cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, HP Helion, Amazon EC2, and Google Compute Engine.

Thanks to the numerous scalability improvements implemented in the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 update, customers will now be able to run large-scale workloads like in-memory …

Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 to Land on BQ Aquaris Devices First, Meizu MX4 Users Must Wait

With only a couple of days before the official launch of the OTA-5 software update for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report informing users about some interesting aspects of the Monday launch.

According to Mr. Zemczak, it appears that users of BQ Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 HD smartphones will be the first to receive the update, as Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition owners must wait a little bit longer for the update, which sho…

Ubuntu’s Unity 8 Gets Shell Rotation Fixes, Vulkan API Is Being Evaluated for Mir

Canonical’s Kevin Gunn sent in his weekly report on the work done by the Ubuntu developers on the Unity 8, Mir, and LXC for Xapps technologies for the Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu Desktop Next operating systems.

We’ll start with the next-generation Unity 8 user interface, as it received much-needed fixes for issues with the shell rotation lock screen, as well as with blurry screenshot in the spread. There’s also a patch for the a CPU consumption issues related to keyboard focus….

UbuContest 2015

Canonical Ltd., the Ubucon Germany 2015 team, and the UbuContest 2015 team, are happy to announce the first UbuContest today! We are excited to bring you an engaging, enlightening, community-organised competition, where the Ubuntu community brings forward innovative, creative and incredible apps, scopes and ideas for the converging Ubuntu world of the future. Contestants from

Daily Builds for Ubuntu 15.10 Return After One Month of Absence

Some users from the Ubuntu community have noticed that Canonical stopped releasing daily builds for Ubuntu 15.10 over a month ago. Now developers have resumed the process, and things are back on track.

As it turns out, the daily builds were not passing an automated test, which prevented the developers from mak…

Clonezilla Live OS Is Now Using Linux Kernel 4.0.8

Clonezilla Live, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that provides users with the tools to maintain and recover operating systems, has been updated to version 2.4.2-21 and is now ready for download and testing.

The Clonezilla project is undergoing some important changes in this release cycle, and it looks like the developers are not stopping here. For example, systemd was just include…

Team Fortress 2 Update Arrives on Steam for Linux

Team Fortress 2, the online multiplayer game developed by Valve with Linux support and that’s constantly in the top ten titles played everyday on Steam, has been updated once more.

A lot of attention has been directed towards Team Fortress 2 this past couple of weeks, and this is the third major update arriving for the game. This is not about new features, so don’t expect any big changes, but some balancing improvements have been made.

A…

The Magic Circle Puzzle FPS Gets Linux Support on Steam

The Magic Circle, an FPS puzzle game developed and published on Steam by the Question studio, has been released on the Linux platform as well.

The developers from Question announced on the official forums that the Linux port for The Magic Circle is now live, and anyone who already owns the game can play it. They also said that a demo version had been made available so that users could test to see if it worked on their Linux distros.

“You are the protagonist of an unfinis…

Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update Detailed

Now that the latest update for Ubuntu Touch has a firm launch date, the developers have also released a complete changelog for the upcoming release.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 is the new update that will be made available, on July 20, for users with Ubuntu phones. Unlike another OSes, like Android for example, which inform users …

Solus OS Gets a Refreshed Filysystem and Is Moving Closer to a Stable Release

The Solus operating system has just received another boost of improvements and developers have pushed another stable version out the door. The new daily build should be very interesting, especially with the new system layout.

The developers had a couple of difficult days with Solus OS, and they have now released a new daily build with an impressive changelog. Some new packages have been added, and lots of smaller modifications have been made. From the looks of it, they are …

Kubuntu’s Jonathan Riddell Says Ubuntu Policy Is Still Lacking

Kubuntu’s Jonathan Riddell talked about the recent changes to the licensing procedures on the Ubuntu project, and he said that there are still some important problems that have been left unresolved.

Canonical announced a couple of days ago that the company had made some changes to its policies in order to comply with GPL, but voices in the community are saying that it’s not enough and that more effort needs to be made. Kubuntu’s Jonathan Riddell talked about the remaining i…

Phone update: July

The full list of Ubuntu Phone updates for July are provided below: General improvements Refreshed icons throughout including apps and indicator icons Shell rotation Additional keyboard layouts added for Romanian, Scottish Gaelic, Greek, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Slovak, Icelandic Scopes Keyword tagging support added to News, Photos and Today scopes Store improvements Refunds (The Store will now […]

Ubuntu Touch Major Update Confirmed for July 20

Ubuntu developers are preparing to launch a new major update for the phone version of the OS, and they are now pretty certain that the patch will arrive on Monday.

The initial launch date for OTA-5, the official name of the update, was July 15. Things don’t always work as they should, and some minor issues have delayed the release of the update. As it happens, July 15 was a Wednesday, and that would have been a very good day for a launch. Launching major updates after Wedne…

Calibre 2.32 Arrives with New Features and Lots of Fixes

Calibre, an application that can be used to view, convert, and edit eBooks, has been upgraded to version 2.32 and is now ready for download. The developer has added a few new features and a number of small fixes.

It’s been more than a month since the previous Calibre release, so the developer had plenty of time to add some new stuff. The application used to get updates almost on a weekly basis, but that’s not happening anymore, at least for now. It also means that a lot of …

Here Are the New Beautified Monochromatic Icons of Ubuntu Linux

On July 16, Canonical’s Steph Wilson posted a new article on the Ubuntu Design website to inform us all about the new beautified monochromatic icons that will be implemented in the next version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Steph Wilson reports that the design team managed to reduce and standardize the strokes width of the icons from 6px or 8px to 4px, as well as to slightly reduce the curvature radius of squares and rectangles in order to make them less ‘clumsy.’

MeX Linux Distro Is Now Based on Linux Mint 17.2, Ubuntu 15.04, and Debian 8

Arne Exton, the creator of numerous free and commercial Linux kernel-based and Android operating systems, was glad to inform us earlier about the general availability of MeX Linux Build 150714.

The new MeX Linux release is based on Linux Mint 17.2 (Rafaela), which is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), but it also includes elements from the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) and Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) operating systems. Build 150714 of MeX Linux is built around the highl…

OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 Is Based on Linux Kernel 4.1 and Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” RC2

On July 16, the OpenELEC development team informed us all about the immediate availability for download and testing of the third Beta build of the anticipated OpenELEC 6.0 GNU/Linux operating system designed for embedded devices.

According to the release announcement, it would appear that OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 3 is based on the recently announced Kodi 15.0 “Is…