Firefox 35 Lands in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Canonical has updated the Firefox packages for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems. If you have this application already installed, you only need to update your system.

The Ubuntu maintainers for the Firefox package have been very quick and they’ve pushed the new Firefox 35 release very fast. All the supported Ubuntu OSes now have access to the new release and users will find them available in the repos.

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The Linux Mint Project Announces the MintBox Mini PC

The Linux Mint project has announced the MintBox Mini, which is a mini PC that is basically small enough to almost fit into a pocket.

It looks like everyone is trying to build mini PCs and they are getting smaller each year. In fact, the MintBox Mini is five times smaller than the previous MintBox released back in 2012, so you can imagine its size and portability.

Some of you might have heard of the hardware projects made by The Linux Mint team and this is not their first endeavor. The fact …

Elive Is a Debian and Enlightenment Distro Mix with Some Cool Features

Elive, a Linux distribution based on Debian that uses Enlightenment as the default desktop environment, has been upgraded to version 2.5.2 Beta and is now available for download and testing.

A new Beta for the Elive Linux distro has been made available and it looks like the developers still have some pretty important changes to make. The development cycle is in full swing and the devs even upgraded the Debian base to a new version, which is quite a big step.

One of the first things that user…

Canonical Ports Unity Improvements from Ubuntu 14.10 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

It’s easy to think that Ubuntu developers are usually working only on the next version of the operating systems, but they also put a lot of effort into the distros they already released. For example, an important Unity update has been unveiled now for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

If you didn’t know this already, Ubuntu is using a desktop environment called Unity, which is built by the same developers who also make the OS. The current state of the Unity DE hasn’t changed much in terms of the visual aspec…

KDE Applications 14.12.1 Released with More than 50 Bugfixes

The KDE Project developers have released KDE Applications 14.12.1, which is the first maintenance update for this brand new branch and product.

The developers from the KDE project have made some important changes and you might have noticed that it no longer says KDE Applications and Platform, jus KDE Applications. Also, you might have spotted the fact that KDE SC is also gone. The project has been split into KDE Frameworks, KDE Plasma, and KDE Applications and they are now quasi-independent.

SteamOS Arrives with New NVIDIA and AMD Drivers and Better 32-bit App Performance

Valve has just released a new update for the stable branch of SteamOS and they’ve updated a ton of important packages, including the proprietary drivers and the Linux kernel.

Most of the important development for SteamOS seems to be over and the developers are now working to improve upon the foundations. That means that they need to constantly upgrade the software and the core packages, including the drivers. These are some of the most important components because they are a great contributor…

JumpJet Rex Is a 2D Platformer with 16-bit Graphics

JumpJet Rex, a new 2D platformer developed and published by TreeFortress Games, has been released on Steam and is now available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X platforms.

There are quite a few 2D platformers that Linux users can test and play with on Steam, but JumpJet Rex tries to stay with the basics, and that includes the graphics used. The game features hand-drawn 16-bit graphics and music tunes that are more familiar to gamers that are at least 30 years old.

“Remember when platformers …

New Opera Beta for Linux Fixes Facebook Annoying Bug

A fresh Beta version of the Opera Internet browser has been released by its developers and the Linux users can test it along with everyone else. It brings quite a few minor changes, but there are also two major improvements that really stand out.

The Linux users are finally on par with the Windows and Mac OS X platforms and they also have a stable version of the browser. That also means that this latest Beta can also be tested across platforms.

“There are couple of things worth mentioning fo…

Photo Editing Suite jAlbum 12.4 Brings Better RAM Management

jAlbum, a tool that can be used to create online photo albums and that has built-in support for organizing and editing images, has been upgraded to version 12.4 and is now available for download.

The Linux platform has a ton of tools that can be used to edit and manipulate images and pictures, and most of them are very good. jAlbum falls into that category and it’s been available for a long time, so many people got to use it. It’s a complete suite and it’s hard to imagine that users won’t fin…

Git Vulnerabiltiy Closed in Ubuntu OSes

Canonical published some details about a Git vulnerability that has been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

Each new Git version usually lands with security fixes and the same happened with the latest branch. The developers explained that Git could have been made to run programs if it received specially crafted changes from a repo.

The security notification published by Canonical details this problem. “Matt Mackall and Augie Fackler dis…

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Is Now Using Linux Kernel 3.18.2

Canonical is hard at work building Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) and they are implementing all sorts of important updates, including for the Linux kernel and other core components.

The Ubuntu 15.04 edition is a very interesting one because the entire Ubuntu project is going through some important modifications right now, like the adoption of Mir and the implementation of a new Unity version. There are a lot of features left to implement and users will be paying very close attention to this new …

Shadowrun: Hong Kong Is a Big Hit on Kickstater, Features Linux Support

Shadowrun: Hong Kong, a new turn-based action game from the famous Harebrained Schemes studio, has been announced for the Linux platform and it’s already making quite an impression on Kickstarter.

If the name of the game sounds familiar, then you should know that it’s built by the same guys who made Shadowrun Returns & Dragonfall, so you know that you’re in good hands. The developers didn’t initially want any funds from the community to build this title, but they had too many good ideas they …

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Starts Open Beta Testing on Steam for Linux

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a brutal multiplayer game that pits players against one another, but using medieval weapons and tactics. It’s insanely fun and now Linux users can also play it.

We wrote just a week ago that Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is preparing to land on the Linux platform and it looks like the devs have been working hard to make that happen. They now have a Beta client of the game available for anyone who already owns the title and it’s pretty easy to install and to test.


KDE Plasma Desktop Massive Update with New Login Manager and Theming for GNOME Apps

Plasma, the desktop for the KDE project, has been updated once again and the KDE Community has detailed all the wonderful improvements and numerous fixes that have been implemented.

The KDE project has been split in three major components and they are now known as KDE Plasma (the desktop), KDE Applications (all the apps associated with the KDE experience), and KDE Frameworks (all under-the-hood libraries and components).

This was done for several reasons, but the most important one was to de…

Mozilla Launches Thunderbird 31.4.0 with Better Add-on Manager

The Mozilla community has just released a new update for the Thunderbird email client and the developers have made a couple of important changes to the application and corrected a few security problems.

Mozilla announced a while ago that it would no longer actively develop Thunderbird and this task is now taken care of by the community. The version number no longer follows the one from Firefox, but there is a good reason for that. Very few features are added to the application now, and there … Ditches Password-Protected Archives for the Sake of Linux Users

The Linux community has pressured the GOG developers to remove the password-protected archives that were present in a number of their games, making the contents of those titles accessible to all the platforms.

The Linux platform is all about openness and you rarely stumble upon protected archives. Almost any kind of installers or archives can be extracted with just a click and the support for pretty much all the formats is usually provided by default. That means users don’t need to install th…

Google Chrome Stable Updated with New Flash Version, but Not for Linux

The Google developers have been keeping themselves busy and they’ve released a new stable version of the Google Chrome browser that comes with an updated Flash (not for Linux) and a few other changes and fixes.

There are three different Google Chrome branches that are actively being worked on: Stable, Beta, and Dev. All the changes for Google’s browser are first implemented in the development branch, after which they land in the Beta, and eventually in the Stable version. It’s quite possible …

Linux AIO Linux Mint 17.1 Project Offers All ISO Images on a Single Disc

The Linux AIO Linux Mint DVD is a project that aims to provide users will a single DVD ISO image that has all of the interesting flavors.

As most of the Linux Mint users already know, the project has four major flavors under development, Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, and Xfce. If you take into account that there are 32-bit and 64-bit editions for each flavor, you’ll end up with 8 ISO images. Now, let’s suppose you want all of those images on a single support.

This is what the The Linux AIO Team is tr…

ExTix 15.1 Is Now Based on Ubuntu 14.10 and GNOME 3.14 – Gallery

ExTiX 15.1 64-bit, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS that uses the GNOME desktop environment, has been officially released and is now ready for download and testing.

The ExTiX developers have upgraded the look of the distribution and they also chose another base of the operating system. They have switched from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.10. Also, the desktop has been changed quite a lot and is now a lot closer to the vanilla experience. Some users might wonder why that was necessary…

Bioinformatics Distro Bio-Linux 8.0.5 Now Available for Download

Bio-Linux, a fully-featured, powerful, configurable, and easy to maintain bioinformatics workstation built on the Ubuntu operating system, has been upgraded to version 8.0.5 and is now available for download.

The Bio-Linux operating system is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and the previous version was using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The developers only use LTS releases and that means that upgrades for this distro don’t come along all that often.

This Linux distribution is aimed at scientis…