Linux Mint 18.1 to Come with Cinnamon 3.2 & MATE 1.16, Flatpak and Snap Support

We’ve been informed today by one of our readers that the roadmap for the upcoming Linux Mint 18.1 operating system has been published online, revealing many of the features coming to the popular GNU/Linux distribution later this year.

Work on the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” release is now over, and the final Cinnamon and MATE editions have been made available for download on the project’s website, but an official announcement is yet to come from the Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project.

Earlier today, we’ve told you that the Linux Mint team is hard at work finishing the KDE and Xfce editions of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” operating system, which should arrive next month,…

Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop Environment to Adopt New Menu Layout, Add Many Improvements

Thanks to a news tip we’ve received earlier today, we now know that work on the next major release of the Cinnamon desktop environment has apparently begun, and a lot of improvements are being planned for Cinnamon 3.2 later this year.

Yes, that’s right, Cinnamon 3.2 will be the drop-in replacement for the current stable release of the acclaimed desktop environment, Cinnamon 3.0, which has been officially shipped today, June 30, 2016, to users of the Linux Mint operating system as part of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” announcement.

So now that Linux Mint 18 is officially out, it’s time for the developers of the Ubuntu-based distribution to concentrate all of their efforts on the next major release, Linux Mint 18.1. You might want to know that it will ship with Cinnamon 3.2 and MATE 1.16 desktop environments, as well as with numero…

MeX Operating System Brings Cinnamon 3.0 & Linux Kernel 4.6 to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, June 30, 2016, Arne Exton has released a new build of his MeX GNU/Linux distribution, based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

Shipping with the Cinnamon 3.0.5 desktop environment (Cinnamon 3.0.6 is now the latest version available) and borrowing some of the technologies from the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” repositories, MeX Build 160630 is now available for download powered by the Linux 4.6 kernel.

Previous MeX builds were based on the popular Linux Mint distribution, which, in turn, is based on Ubuntu, but it looks like Arne Exton decided to rebase yet another of his GNU/Linux operating systems on a combination of Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS technologies.

“Mex Linux is no longer based on Linux Mint. MeX build 160630 is based only on Debian 8.5 and Ubuntu 16…

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon and MATE Editions Officially Released

Today, June 30, 2016, the Linux Mint project, through Clement Lefebvre, has had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” operating system.

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.

The Linux Mint 18 release notes, however, remain unchanged from the Beta build announced earlier this month. Therefore, you probably already know what’s new in the operating system, which was based entirely on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), meaning that it will receive security updates for five years, until 2021.

X-Apps, HiDPI and GTK3 support, …

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” MATE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” MATE Edition. Linux Mint 18 Sarah MATE Edition 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 desktop even more comfortable […]

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon Edition. Linux Mint 18 Sarah Cinnamon Edition 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 desktop even more comfortable […]

Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 Is Now Available in the Arch Linux and Solus Repos

Mozilla quietly delivered the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser to users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems on the day of June 28, 2016.

However, because the built-in updater of the Mozilla Firefox web browser doesn’t work on GNU/Linux distributions, users have to wait for the latest version of the software to be first pushed by the maintainers of their operating systems on the main repositories before they can upgrade.

The entire process takes a couple of days, and today, June 30, 2016, we are happy to inform those who are using the Arch Linux and Solus operating systems that the Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 release is now live. What’s new? Not much, only a fix for a startup crash that occurred due to the Selenium WebDriver API.

Mozilla probably fixed some other minor issues as well, but they didn’t mention anything in the release notes. However, we alway…

Linux Mint 18 KDE & Xfce Editions to Land in July, Along with 17.3 Upgrade Path

Now that most of you have downloaded and installed the latest release of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” operating system, with either Cinnamon or MATE desktop environments, it’s time to look forward to the other editions.

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about the Linux Mint 18 KDE and Xfce editions, which project leader Clement Lefebvre reveals in his latest Linux Mint monthly newsletter are the top priority of the month of July, now that the work on Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon and MATE flavors is finished.

Best of all, it looks like the Linux Mint team is hard at work on enabling the upgrade path for users who would like to upgrade their Linux Mint 17.3 installations to the new Linux Mint 18 operating system. Clement Lefebvre promises that the Linux Mint 17.3 upgrade path will be live in July as we…

New LibreOffice Vulnerability Patched in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Debian and Arch Linux

Today, June 30, 2016, Canonical has published a new security notice to inform users of the Ubuntu Linux operating system that the latest LibreOffice builds have landed in the repositories.

According to Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3022-1, LibreOffice 5….

What makes up the Fedora kernel?

Every Fedora system runs a kernel. Many pieces of code come together to make this a reality. Each release of the Fedora kernel starts with a baseline release from the upstream community. This is often called a ‘vanilla’ kernel. The… Continue Reading →

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.12 Snaps Creator with New Parts Ecosystem, More

Today, June 29, 2016, Canonical has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of the highly anticipated Snapcraft 2.12 Snappy creator tool for the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Why highly anticipated? Because, as reported by us the other day, Snapcraft 2.12 is the first release of the software application developers can use to package their apps as Snaps to bring the new parts ecosystem. This, by the way, allows them to manage remote parts with new commands like “search,” “define,” and “update.”

In addition to the parts ecosystem, Snapcraft 2.12 adds multiple improvements to the parts parser backend, two new plugins, namely gulp and qmake, support for the Subversion open-source revision control system as a source, and the ability for app develop…

AMDGPU-PRO Driver 16.30 Officially Released with Support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, June 29, 2016, AMD has released the final version of the AMDGPU-Pro 16.30 graphics driver for GNU/Linux operating systems, bringing support for new technologies like the Vulkan API.

While AMD says that the drive is available for Linux kernel-based operating systems, from the release notes, we can see that only Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) is supported at the moment. However, that shouldn’t stop maintainer of other distributions from incorporating the new AMDGPU-PRO driver on their systems.

We had a quick chat with Ikey Doherty, just a few minutes ago, and he told us that the AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 graphics drive should be available soon in the Solus operating system. Also, please note that this driver from AMD is compatible only with 64-bit OSes and newer graphics cards like AMD Radeon RX 480 and the R9 series.

Highlights of AMDGPU-PRO 16.30

Release highlights of the AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 graphics driver include support for the OpenGL 4.5, GLX 1.4…

Monthly News – June 2016

News The Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 18 will be announced this week. They successfully passed QA (quality testing) yesterday and they’re on their way towards a stable release. I’d like to thank all the people who participated in testing the BETA. Your feedback helped us a lot: 1229 comments were processed, 64 […]

Canonical Is Considering Dropping Support for 32-bit PCs After Ubuntu 18.10

Canonical’s Dimitri John Ledkov laid down an example draft plan on how Canonical will deal with 32-bit (i386) support for upcoming Ubuntu Linux releases. This is not the first time Ubuntu developers are discussing the matter of Canonical dropping support for 32-bit PCs, but each time a developer re-opens the topic, things are getting much

SteamOS 2.83 Beta Brings AMD Radeon GPU-PRO RC2 and Nvidia 367.27 Video Drivers

Today, June 29, 2016, Valve’s engineers working on the SteamOS gaming operating system based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” distribution have released a new Beta update.

SteamOS Brewmaster update 2.83 is now available for early adopters, it was pushed to the brewmaster_beta, and it comes one month after the release of the previous Beta version, SteamOS 2.80, to enhance both the Nvidia and AMD Radeon graphics drivers.

According to the release notes, SteamOS 2.83 Beta arrives now with the second Release Candidate (RC2) of the AMD Radeon AMD GPU-PRO Beta graphics driver, which includes support for the Vulkan API, and the latest long-lived Nvidia 367.27 video driver.

SteamOS 2.0 build 83 was generated on June 28, 2016, it incorporates many security updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” software repositories, and it also fixes some of the issues r…

Container technologies in Fedora: systemd-nspawn

Welcome to the “Container technologies in Fedora” series! This is the first article in a series of articles that will explain how you can use the various container technologies available in Fedora. This first article will deal with systemd-nspawn. What… Continue Reading →

Sabayon 16.07 Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.3, Introduces the First LXQt Flavor

Today, June 28, 2016, the developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux computer operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of new respin ISO images for the month of July 2016.

Right on schedule, Sabayon 16.07 Live ISO images are now available for download, switching the OS to the latest Linux 4.6.3 kernel from the deprecated Linux 4.5 branch that shipped with the May ISO respins of the GNU/Linux distribution, Sabayon 16.05.

Additionally, Sabayon 16.07 switches the operating system back to the Anaconda installer because it appears that the distro-independent Calamares installer framework is creating various internal problems for the time being.

“Fabio took the ball and decided to keep maintaining Anaconda in his free time, and he upgraded it to the latest version! So we opted out to replace Calamares in our Official release process,” reads today’s a…

Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 1 to Come Only in Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin & Lubuntu Flavors

In only two days from the moment of writing this article, we will be able to get a very early taste of the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system, since the first Alpha build should be released, as planned, on June 30, 2016.

That’s the g…

Alpine Linux 3.4.1 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.14 LTS, Latest Security Fixes

Today, June 28, 2016, Natanael Copa, the creator of the Alpine Linux distribution, has been proud to announce the immediate availability of the first point release of Alpine Linux 3.4 series.

Alpine Linux 3.4.1 arrives today, almost one month since the debut of the major Alpine Linux 3.4 branch on May 31, 2016. It is the first maintenance update bringing the latest Linux 4.4.14 LTS kernel, as well as the latest security updates and software components.

Looking at the release notes, we can notice many updated packages, among which nginx 1.0.1, qemu-openrc 0.4.1, Zabbix 3.0.3, py-django 1.8.12, VLC Media Player 2.2.4, Drupal 7.44, Xen 4.6.3, mkinitfs 3.0.5, syncthing 0.13.6, Mozilla Firefox ESR 45.2.0, PHP 5.6.23, haproxy 1.6.6, acf-openssh 0….

Ubuntu Ambiance Theme Ported to GTK 3.20, Nautilus 3.20 Is Ready for Yakkety Yak

Debian and Ubuntu developer Iain Lane writes today on one of the mailing lists of the Ubuntu Linux operating system about the fact that he’s been working for the past few weeks on bringing GTK+ 3.20 support to Ubuntu.

According to Iain Lane, the latest GTK+ 3.20 GUI toolkit, which is usually shipped by default with the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, is ready for upload on the Ubuntu software repositories, for Ubuntu Desktop. Still, he doesn’t mention for which Ubuntu version, so we can only guess that he’s talking about Ubuntu 16.10.

However, he provides us with a PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository that contains the latest GTK+ 3.20 packages, the Adwaita icon theme, a GTK3 port of Mozilla Firefox 47.0, as well as Baobab and Nautilus 3.20 apps. The PPA is only for Ubuntu 16.10, so do not attempt to install it on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) because it won’t work.

“When I say ‘work…