LibreOffice 5.0.2 to Feature a Lot of DOCX Fixes

The Document Foundation has released the first Release Candidate for LibreOffice 5.0.2, the second maintenance release for the incredibly successful 5.x branch of the office suite.

Usually, maintenance releases are all about fixes, and the same can be said about the 5.0.2 version. From the looks of it, it’s going to be bigger than the 5.0.1 version, …

Grim Fandango Remastered Is Now 66% Off on Steam for Linux

Grim Fandango Remastered is a point-and-click adventure developed and published by Double Fine Productions on Steam for Linux and is now available with a 66% discount.

Grim Fandango is widely regarded as one of the best adventure games ever made and the guys from Double Fine Productions know this very well. That’s why they decided to release a remastered edition of the game.

“One of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time is now back, better than ever. Grim Fandan…

Spice Vulnerability Closes in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

A Spice vulnerability has been found and repaired in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and a new patch has been made available in the official repositories.

The maintainers have been quick to upgrade the Spice package (the SPICE protocol client and server library). From the looks of it, Spice could have been made to crash or run programs.

“Frediano Ziglio discovered that Spice incorrectly handled monitor configs. A malicious guest could use this issue to cause a denial …

GNOME 3.20 to Get a Redesigned Print Dialog

The GNOME project is preparing for the launch of the 3.18 branch, and developers are still making changes, although it might be too late for some of them. A new printer Jobs Dialog has been put together and it already looks great.

The GNOME software stack is composed of hundreds of components, and you wouldn’t think that the print dialog would be one of the things that need to be updated, but it looks like the GNOME devs are trying to make everything fit together much bette…

The Mycroft AI Still Needs Your Help to Land on the Linux Desktop

Mycroft is a smart device designed to make your home smart, and its makers have just managed to get the project funded on Kickstarter. They still need some help to reach the first stretch goal, which would bring the speech recognition part of their software on regulator desktop distros.

Mycroft already ga…

Steam for Linux Getting Closer to 1% Once Again

The Steam for Linux platform seems to be on an upward trend again, and it registered an increase in the number of users, for the month of August.

We’ve been following the evolution of Steam for Linux ever since it was released two and half years ago. For the most part, the number of users has been steadily increasing, but it capped off at about 1.2%. A few months back, it registered a sudden drop to 0.7%, and it’s been struggling to recover since then.

It’s not clear why…

Pi-Cubes – App-Enabled HVAC Control

This is a guest post by the Cube-Controls team as part of “the startup stories”, a series of blog posts about how and why innovative companies are using Ubuntu technology. Pi-Cubes has been designed to provide makers and hobbyist with a modular automation system that supports up to 24 I/Os and four thermostats. It is […]

Ubuntu-Based Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers Distro Is the Ultimate Entertainment System

TheeMahn, the creator, maintainer and lead developer of the Ultimate Edition project (formerly Ubuntu Ultimate), has had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers GNU/Linux distribution.

Being based on the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system, Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers comes now with more than one of the biggest collections of Linux games, as it includes a pre-configured version of the popular XBMC Media Cent…

systemd 226 Adds New Features to the DHCP Implementation of networkd, More

The systemd developers, through David Herrmann, have had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the systemd 226 open-source init system for GNU/Linux distributions.

According to the release notes, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, systemd 226 is a small yet important release that adds several new features to the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) implementation of the systemd-networkd component.

Among the…

LibreOffice Conference 2015 Starts September 22, Will Take Place in Denmark

On September 8, The Document Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the world’s most popular free and open-source office suite, published details about the program of the LibreOffice Conference 2015.

The LibreOffice Conference 2015 will take place later this month at the Aarhus University in Denmark, Europe, between S…

Ubuntu Snappy Core and Raspberry Pi 2 Powered Mycroft Device Successfully Funded

We reported a month ago that a group of engineers, open-source aficionados, and Linux enthusiasts started a new Kickstarter campaign for a device called Mycroft, which has been dubbed “An Open Source Artificial Intelligence For Everyone.”

Mycroft aims to be the world’s first open-source and open-hardware AI (Art…

Waha Linux 8.2 Brings the Latest Debian 8.2 GNU/Linux OS to the Arab Community

The developers of the Waha Linux distribution have announced earlier today, September 8, the immediate availability for download of the Waha Linux 8.2 release, dubbed Hijra.

Waha Linux 8.2 comes after approximately four months of hard work, based on the software repositories of the recently announced Debian …

Samba 4.3.0 Arrives with Support for Apple’s Spotlight, Logging Improvements

Samba, the world’s most used open-source software solution for accessing shared Windows folders over a network from GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, has reached version 4.3.

According to the official release notes, Samba 4.3.0 is a major release that adds numerous new and attractive features, such as support for Apple’s Spotlight search engine via an integration with …

4MLinux 13.1 Has Been Officially Released with Linux Kernel 3.18 LTS

Zbigniew Konojacki, the creator, maintainer and lead developer of the 4MLinux distribution, has been more than happy to inform Softpedia earlier today, September 8, about the immediate availability for download of the final release of 4MLinux 13.1.

After being in the Beta stages of development for quite some time now, the 4MLinux 13.1 operating system has been declared stable as of today, September 8, 2015, and it is available for download right now from our website (see li…

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Is Now Officially Powered by Linux Kernel 4.2

Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury has reported today, September 8, the summary of the Ubuntu Kernel Team’s meeting that took place earlier on the official IRC channel of the project.

The big news we want to share with you today is that the master branch of the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system has been rebased to Linux kernel 4.2. The packages have …

KDE Plasma 5.4.1 Now Out with Important Fix for GCC 5 Compilation

Plasma 5.4.1 has been released by the KDE Community, and the KDE desktop has received a number of smaller changes and a few bigger improvements.

The KDE project is proud to present the new version of their Plasma desktop, which is actually the first maintenance version for this branch. In fact, KDE Plasma 5.4 was made available to great acclaim just a couple of weeks back, and developers have been quick to correct some of the issues that have been noted by the community.

Last Chance to Get the Torchlight II Action RPG with a 75% Discount

Torchlight II is an incredibly fun and extensive action RPG developed and published on Steam for Linux by Runic Games. Users can now pick it up with a huge 75% discount.

Torchlight II was released for Linux users a couple of years back, and the community received the game with great enthusiasm. In fact, it’s one of the few games that has mostly positive reviews on Steam.

“Torchlight II captures all the flavor and excitement of the original game – while expanding the worl…

Official Raspberry Pi Touch Display Released at $60

The Raspberry Pi has all kinds of cool modules and various third-party components, but now it can also boast with a nice and official touch display developed by the same team.

The new touch display for Raspberry Pi is developed by the same team who built the mini-PC itself, and it’s been in the works for the past three years. It took them a long time because they always had other more important projects to take care of, but they finally got enough time to finish the project…

After Ditching Microsoft, the City of Munich Is Now an Open Source Contributor

The city of Munich became famous in the open source community by ditching its dependency on Microsoft products and adopting open source. This, in turn, is having a secondary effect on the community because the developers working with the city are now contributing code back.

Munich is pretty much the poster boy for a city administration that successfully moves from Windows and Microsoft Office to Linux counterpart, and shows that it can be done and that it saves a lot of mon…

Ubuntu-Powered Erle-Spider Land Drones Now on IndieGoGo with Promotional Price

The Ubuntu-powered land drone Erle-Spider is now on IndieGoGo and its makers are trying to raise enough money for manufacturing.

There are hundreds of flying drones out there, and they are exciting, of course, but there are hardly any land drones. They are slower, and they might not seem all that interesting, at first, but they have a lot of potential, and not just for fun-related activities.

Erle-Spider can be used as a great educational tool for people who want to know…