Entroware Releases Powerful Linux Gaming Laptop with Ubuntu or Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Athena, Entroware’s first 17-inch Linux gaming laptop that comes with either the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) with the modern Unity interface or Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS for those who want a more customizable and lightweight desktop environment on their already high-performant workstation. Entroware Athena is a high-performant gaming laptop. Why? Because it ships with

pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD Firewall Gets New Update to Patch Web GUI Security Issues

Chris Buechler from pfSense has announced earlier today, June 16, 2016, that there’s a new maintenance update available for the pfSense 2.3.1 FreeBSD-based firewall distribution.

pfSense 2.3.1 Update 5 (2.3.1_5) is a small bugfix release for the pfSense 2.3.1 major update announced last month, and since pfSense now lets its maintainers update only individual parts of the system, we see more and more small builds like this one patching the most annoying issues.

“2.3.1 Update 5 (2.3.1_5) is now available. Note that updates 2 through 4 were internal-only. This includes two security fixes to the web GUI, and 7 other bug fixes. The 2.3.1-RELEASE change list has been updated with an Update 5 section specifying the changes,” says Chris Buechler in today’s announcement.

As usual, we’ve attached the full changelog of the new pfSense 2.3.1 update release, and we’re urging all users to apply it as soon as possible. pfSense 2.3.1…

SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 to Add New Tracks, Let Players Record Races and Ghost Replays

Earlier today, June 16, 2016, the developers of the SuperTuxKart open-source racing game featuring Tux, the virtual Linux mascot, have announced the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 update.

It has been more exactly eight months since we last heard something from the SuperTuxKart devs. They released the SuperTuxKart 0.9.1 massive update back on October 17, 2015, but it looks like they’ve not been idle all this time, and the upcoming SuperTuxKart 0.9.2 point release promises fresh new features.

“It’s already been several months since the last release of SuperTuxKart, but we have not been idle! The next release, 0.9.2 is coming soon and we are today releasing the first release candidate. Please help us test this new release to make sure that everything works correctly,” say the devs in today’s announcement.

Here’s w…

Qt 5.7 GUI Toolkit Released with Raspberry Pi 3 Support, Qt Creator 4.0

Today, June 16, 2016, Qt Company has been proud to announce the final release and general availability of the long-anticipated Qt 5.7 GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit for all supported platforms.

As many of you expected, Qt 5.7 is a major release that brings exciting new features and technologies for any and all Qt application developers out there, no matter if they’re using a GNU/Linux distribution or the latest Windows 10 and macOS operating systems.

Qt 5.7 GUI toolkit arrives three months after the previous major update, Qt 5.6, and it looks like it’s a worthy upgrade. It brings support for Raspberry Pi 3 devices, a port of the Qt NFC API (Application Programming Interface) to Google’s Android mobile operating system, Qt Creator 4.0, and new functionality in existing modules.

“I’m very happy to announce that Qt 5.7 is now available. It’s been only 3 months since we released Qt 5.6, so one mi…

It’s Finally Coming, Fedora 24 Linux Has Been Approved for Landing on June 21

Yes, it’s finally coming: the highly anticipated Fedora 24 Linux operating system has been approved for landing next week, June 21, 2016, when users can start upgrading their current Fedora 23 installations.

After four delays, Fedora 24 has a final release date, as the Fedora developers have announced today, June 16, 2016, immediately after the second Fedora 24 Final Go/No-Go meeting took place.

The Fedora 24 Final Release Candidate 1.2 build was declared GOLD and ready for general availability (GA) for Tuesday, June 21, 2016. According to Fedora Project, the Fedora 24 Final RC1.2 build will become the final release.

“At the second round of Fedora 24 Final Go/No-Go Meeting, Fedora 24 Final RC1.2 has just been declared as GOLD. GA of this release is planned on Tuesday 2016-June-21,” said Justin W. Flory. “Thanks everyone who participated in this release!”


Logic Supply Launches CL100 Ultra-Compact Mini-PC Powered by Ubuntu or Windows

The CL100 was supposed to be unveiled at the Digital Signage Expo 2016 at the end of March, and now it is finally available for purchase from the company’s website for the mere price of $302 (€270) without a primary storage device or $347 (€310) with a 32GB mSATA SSD. Commercialized by Logic Supply as

Day in the life of a Fedora Packager

Ever wondered what it’s like being involved with the Fedora Project? There are many different roles and types of people that help make Fedora what it is. One common form of contributing is packaging. This is when someone takes software,… Continue Reading →

Black Lab Linux 8.0 “Onyx” Alpha 4 Ready for Testing, Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Today, June 13, 2016, Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert has informed Softpedia about the general availability of the fourth Alpha build of the upcoming Black Lab Linux 8.0 “Onyx” operating system.

Black Lab Linux 8.0 “Onyx” has been in development for the past three months, based on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, which will reach end of life in April 2019. The fourth Alpha build arrives today with many updated software packages from the upstream Ubuntu 14.04 LTS repositories, including Linux kernel 4.2.0-36 and Chromium 50 web browser.

However, starting with the Alpha 4 build, the Black Lab Linux developers are making major changes to the software collection included in the distribution by removing many of them and adding Web Apps instead, offering users a smaller core OS structure that will have a longer lifespan and save them precious time with software upgrades.

“The development team has changed the focus of Black Lab Linux 8 towar…

New ubuntuBSD Release Is Coming Soon, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and FreeBSD 10.3

The upcoming ubuntuBSD distro has been in development since March 2016, and it is now time for it to get in the spotlight. The final release is due soon, according to the latest tweet from the project’s official Twitter page.

For those behind on their ubuntuBSD reading, this is a unique project that aims to offer users a desktop-oriented operating system combining the familiarity of the Ubuntu/Debian platforms with the power of the FreeBSD kernel.

Until today, the development of ubuntuBSD has taken place under the 15.10 version number. This means that it’s been based on the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), whose end-of-life support is approaching very fast (sometime next month).

But it looks like developer Jon Boden has been working hard in the past few weeks to rebase the upcoming OS on Canonical’s latest distribution, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), as well as the kernel from FreeBSD 10.3.

The default de…

ExLight Linux Is a Gorgeous Distro Based on Enlightenment 0.21 and Kernel 4.6.2

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton has informed Softpedia today, June 13, 2016, about the immediate availability of a new build of his ExLight Linux Live DVD distribution.

ExLight Linux Build 160612 is here, officially released on June 12 and based on the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating systems.

The biggest new features implemented in the new ExLight Linux release are the rebase on Linux kernel 4.6.2 and the upcoming Enlightenment 0.21 desktop environment/window manager.

“I have upgraded the desktop environment Enlightenment (beauty at your fingertips) to version (from 0.19.12),” says Arne Exton. “I have also replaced kernel 4.2.0-16-exton with kernel 4.6.2-exlight.”

Another improvement brought by Arne Exton to his ExLight Linux distro is support for …

HandyLinux 3 to Be Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch”, HandyLinux 2.5 Out Now

Arpinux, the developer of HandyLinux, informs Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of HandyLinux 2.5, a new maintenance update in the 2.x stable series of the Debian-based computer operating system.

HandyLinux 2.5 arrived on June 11, 2016, exactly two months after the release of the previous maintenance version, HandyLinux 2.4, based on the recently announced Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system.

Every HandyLinux 2.x update is being rebased on the new point release of Debian GNU/Linux 8, the Jessie series, offering users new installation mediums that include the latest security patches and software updates released upstream.

Besides being rebased on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5, HandyLinux 2.5 comes with various updated applications, such as the latest Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser, and dozens of other …

APT 1.3 Development Advances, APT 1.2.13 Now Available for Debian and Ubuntu

The APT developers are hard at work these days to add as many new features and improvements to the upcoming major APT (Advance Package Tool) 1.3 release.

Exactly one month ago, we reported on the availability of the first experimental build of APT 1.3, which brough many changes and bug fixes, at least when compared with the latest APT 1.2 series which now lies in the unstable repository for Debian GNU/Linux.

On June 11, Julian Andres Klode announced the release of the second experimental milestone, bringing even more goodies to the upcoming APT 1.3 release. According to the internal changelog, which is a must read for any tech-savvy Linux user who wants to know what exactly …

Antergos Linux Users Are Getting the Latest Cinnamon 3.0 and MATE 1.14 Desktops

Today, June 12, 2016, Dustin Falgout from Antergos, a rolling and elegant Arch Linux-based operating system, had the pleasure of announcing the availability of the latest Cinnamon 3.0 and MATE 1.14 desktop environments in the official repos.

Both MATE 1.14 and Cinnamon 3.0 desktops were released back in April, but it looks like it takes a while for the maintainers of various GNU/Linux operating systems to update them in their distros, that including Ubuntu MATE, which just brought the MATE 1.14 packages for their new Xenial Xerus (16.04) release, and now Antergos.

Antergos is based on Arch Linux, and pacman is its package management system. Therefore, the Antergos devs are taking this opportunity to inform the communi…

4MParted 18.0 Disk Partitioning Live CD Uses GParted 0.25.0, Based on 4MLinux

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia today, June 12, 2016, about the general availability of the Beta release of his upcoming 4MParted 18.0 disk partitioning Live CD.

Based on the Beta version of 4MLinux 18.0 Core, the main edition of the 4MLinux independent operating system on which all the other flavors are based, including 4MRescueKit, 4MRecover, Antivirus Live CD, and BakAndImgCD, 4MParted 18.0 has entered Beta stages of development and ships with GParted 0.25.0.

For those of you not in the known, 4MParted is a very small Live CD, which we usually call a distrolette because it is not an operating system that you can install and use on your personal computer, but a simple tool built around a single open-source software, GParted, and designed for disk partitioning operations.

4MParted is usually distributed as part of the 4M…

Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.7 RC3 with a Fix for an NFS Issue

It’s Sunday, again, so Linus Torvalds has announced the general availability of a new RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel, which users can take for a test drive as we speak.

Linux 4.7-rc3 is the third Release Candidate version in the development cycle of Linux kernel 4.7, the next major kernel branch, which should see the light of day sometime in mid-July. And, according to Mr. Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.7 RC3 appears to be a fairly quite release whose only major change is a fix for a pending NFS issue.

“Nothing particularly odd has been going on. As promised, rc3 has the fix for the NFS issue that was pending last rc. Not that anybody seems to have noticed (also as expected),” said Linus Torvalds. “The diffstat looks fairly normal and innocuous. But it all is pretty small.”

What else is new in Linux kernel 4.7 Release Candidate 3? Well…

Canonical Patches Multiple Kernel Vulnerabilities in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Today, June 10, 2016, Canonical has published multiple security notices to inform Ubuntu users about the availability of new kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu operating systems.

It appears that every Ubuntu OS has received a kernel update today, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as Ubuntu 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2, and all the official derivatives, such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Server, and others.

Many of the security issues addressed are common to all the Ubuntu releases mentioned above, but some of them have received more patches than the others. For example, Canonical has patched ten kernel vulnerabilities for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, twelve for Ubuntu 15.10 and Ubunt…

Enlightenment 0.20.9 Desktop Environment Out Now with 20 Improvements and Fixes

A new stable version of the Enlightenment 0.20 lightweight and eye-candy desktop environment/window manager has arrived. We’re talking about version 0.20.9, which might just be one of the last maintenance releases in the series.

According to the release notes, a total of 20 bugs have been addressed in the Enlightenment DR 0.20.9 update, which arrives three weeks after Enlightenment 0.20.8. Most of the fixes were reported by users during this period, and you can study the changelog at the end of the article.

However, we can tell you right now that nothing stands out, as there are only small updates to various files and documentation, an update to the Italian translation, fixes for some annoyances, and the usual improvements that will make your Enlightenment desktop experience more pleasant.

Enlightenment 0.21.0 will be out soon

At the moment of writing this article, …

Linux Kernel 3.18.35 LTS Released with MIPS, Btrfs & EXT4 Fixes, Updated Drivers

After releasing Linux kernel 4.1.26 LTS, kernel developer Sasha Levin informed the community about the availability of the thirty-fifth maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.18 kernel series.

Linux kernel 3.18.35 LTS is out now with many improvements, updated drivers, and general core kernel bug fixes, providing more stability, compatibility, and reliability to users of various GNU/Linux operating systems powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.18 LTS series, which will receive support until January 2017. Linux kernel 3.18.35 LTS changes a total of 98 files, with 1,259 insertions and 535 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.35 kernel. All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade,” sa…

KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 Launches Based on Latest Stable KDE Plasma 5 Desktop

Ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell has announced the general availability of the KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 operating system, based on the latest KDE technologies.

Finally! There’s now a user edition of the KDE Neon project, an open source initiative that promises to bring the most recent KDE software to PCs, always. KDE Neon is known for being not only a layer on top of any Ubuntu or Kubuntu-based operating system but also an operating system distributed via installable ISO images.

KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 lets anyone interested in the KDE Plasma desktop environment and other KDE technologies have the latest versions of said software projects on their personal computers as soon as they are released upstream by the KDE Project. Best of all, the ISO images do not have a version number, as they are generated automatically whenever new KDE Plasma packages are available….

Android-x86 6.0 Promises to Let You Run Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Your PC

Chih-Wei Huang from the Android-x86 project was proud to announce the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming Android-x86 6.0 operating system.

Android-x86 is an open source and freely distributed project that aims to port the latest version of the Android mobile operating system created by Google for numerous smartphones and tablets, as well as many other wearables and embedded devices, to x86 PCs, including any laptop and desktop computer out there.

Android-x86 is the original project that lets users run Android on their PCs, on which many other operating systems are based, including the popular Remix OS and Phoenix OS. Android-x86 6.0 has been in development for the past few months, but there haven’t been any Beta or RC releases until now, only the regular daily builds.

Based on th…