Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Launches April 6 for All Ubuntu Phones and the Ubuntu Tablet

Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical has just informed the community about the release date of the forthcoming OTA-10 software update for the Ubuntu mobile operating system.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 has been in development for quite some time now, and we covered its development cycle during the past month, during which we told you about some of the new features and improvements that the update would bring to all supported Ubuntu Phone devices, as well as the brand new Ubuntu Tablet.

One thing was missing …

How to take screenshots on Fedora Workstation

Fedora Workstation ships with a simple yet capable screenshot utility. It allows the user to take quick screenshots of your desktop, particular windows, or an arbitrary portion of the screen. The Screenshot utility (gnome-screenshot) application is designed to be a… Continue Reading →

Rhythmbox 3.3.1 Music Player Released to Better Handle Locked Android Devices

The development team behind the popular, open-source Rhythmbox free music player have just announced this past weekend the general availability for download of the Rhythmbox 3.3.1 release.

As usual, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal changelog (attached at the end of the article) to tell you everything about the changes implemented. Therefore, Rhythmbox 3.3.1 offers better handling of locked Android devices and simplifies the ReplayGain processing, which should no longer crash…

NetworkManager 1.0.12 Is Out with New Features, Branch 1.2 Still in Development

A new maintenance release of the widely used NetworkManager 1.0 network connection manager software used by default in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems has been updated this past week.

Developer Lubomir Rintel reports on the NetworkManager 1.0.12 release, stating that it comes as an upgrade from NetworkManager 1.0.10 and previous versions, introducing many new features and improvements, as well as fixing several of the issues reported lately.

According to the release notes, NetworkManage…

FreeBSD 10.3 Officially Released with Skylake Support, ZFS Boot Capability, More

Today, April 4, 2016, the FreeBSD project proudly announced the official release and general availability of the FreeBSD 10.3 operating system powered by a BSD kernel.

While not a GNU/Linux distribution, FreeBSD is an important open source project and one of the widely used BSD operating systems, and today’s announcement proves just that. However, the FreeBSD 10.3 release was made available to download last week.

According to the release notes, FreeBSD 10.3 comes with dozens of enhanceme…

MKVToolNix 9.0.1 Hotfix Released to Patch Nasty Bugs in the MKV Manipulation App

Hot on the heels of the major MKVToolNix 9.0.0 release, developer Moritz Bunkus pushed a first point release, which he calls an urgent hotfix to patch a couple of nasty bugs.

According to Mr. Bunkus, the MKVToolNix 9.0.1 update is here to address a regression introduced in the MKVToolNix 8.9.0 release, which affected the code handling character sets for text subtitle files, as well as to fix a bug in the automatic generation of chapters functionality.

“Due to two nasty bugs in v9.0.0 I&…

Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” Now Available for Download, Live DVDs Coming Soon

We reported the other day that the Debian Project announced the availability of the fourth update in the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” series, along with the Debian GNU/Linux 7.10 maintenance release.

Our initial report stated that there were no installation mediums or Live DVD ISO images available for download for either Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” or Debian GNU/Linux 7.10 “Wheezy” at the moment of the announcement because these new versions come mainly a…

Solus Linux Receives More Budgie Desktop Enhancements, Latest Software Versions

Josh Strobl from the Solus Project today, April 3, 2016, announced the twenty-fifth installation of the “This Week in Solus” weekly newsletter for users of the Solus Linux operating system, informing them about the latest changes.

It looks like Solus OS received some extra Budgie Desktop improvements, such as support for GNOME Terminal notifications in the Raven notification and customization center, as well as a couple of Icon Tasklist enhancements. Moreover, the packaging experien…

Wine Staging 1.9.7 Released with Microsoft Video For Windows Improvements, More

Wine Staging 1.9.7 arrives today, April 3, 2016, one day after the release of the Wine 1.9.7 development version, bringing various improvements and bug fixes.

According to the release notes, the most important changes implemented in Wine Staging 1.9.7 are improvements for the Video For Windows (VfW) multimedia framework and shell32 components, but users will also be happy to discover that many issues have been resolved.

Among the shell32 improvements that landed in Wine Staging 1.9.7, we can…

Chakra GNU/Linux Gets Major Qt 5.6 Update, KDE Plasma 5.6.1 and Frameworks 5.20

Earlier today, April 3, 2016, Chakra GNU/Linux maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis proudly announced the availability of some major updates in the main software repositories of the Arch Linux inspired operating system.

As some of you might be aware, Chakra GNU/Linux is a Linux kernel-based operating system built around the latest KDE Plasma desktop environment, so it is essential for it to always receive new maintenance releases from upstream. Therefore, today you can update your Chakra GNU/Linu…

Linux Kernel 3.2.79 LTS Out Now with Small s390, x86, and JFFS2 Improvements

Linux kernel developer Ben Hutchings announced the release and immediate availability for download of the seventy-ninth maintenance release in the Linux 3.2 LTS kernel series.

Looking at the diff from the previous maintenance release, Linux kernel 3.2.78 LTS, we can notice that Linux kernel 3.2.79 LTS is a fairly small update that brings minor improvements to the x86, s390 and MIPS hardware architectures, a few crypto, kvm and mm changes, fixes for many filesystems, in particular, JFFS2, EXT4…

NixOS 16.03 “Emu” Operating System Released with systemd 229 and Linux 4.4 LTS

NixOS developer Domen Kožar announced the release of the NixOS 16.03 operating system, which is considered an update to the previous version, NixOS 15.09.

Dubbed Emu, NixOS 16.03 introduces updates to most of the core components, starting with the systemd init system, which has been updated to version 229, and continuing with the Linux kernel packages, now rebased on the latest long-term support branch, version 4.4, replacing the old 3.18 kernels.

Among other software that received updates d…

ubuntuBSD 15.10 Beta 3 Released, Brings Support for Virtual Text Consoles

The upcoming ubuntuBSD 15.10 operating system has just received a third Beta build on the first day of April to fix a bug reported by a user in the LightDM display manager init script.

We’ve already told you everything there is to know about ubuntuBSD, so you should read our initial report if you want to get started with this unique operating system that brings the powerful BSD kernel to Ubuntu and BSD communities alike.

ubuntuBSD 15.10 Beta 3 has been released on April 1, and it appears…

Latest Manjaro Linux 15.12 Update Brings Linux Kernel 4.5 and KDE Plasma 5.6.1

The Manjaro Linux development team announced the general availability of the fourteenth update pack for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) operating system.

With this update, Manjaro Linux 15.12 users will receive the latest KDE Plasma 5.6.1 desktop environment, Calamares 2.2 graphical installer, Octopi 0.8.1 graphical package manager, Qt 5.6 GUI toolkit, Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 desktop environment, numerous Linux kernels updates, a BlueZ bug fix, and improvements to the Menda GTK3 theme.

As us…

Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” and 7.10 “Wheezy” Officially Released

Today, April 2, 2016, the Debian Project proudly announced the release of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 and Debian GNU/Linux 7.10 “Wheezy” maintenance releases for existing users.

Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” is the fourth update in the latest stable series of the acclaimed GNU/Linux operating systems, and it comes as an update, today, for all users running Debian GNU/Linux 8.3 “Jessie” or previous versions.

On the other hand, the Debian GNU/Linux 7.10 “Wheezy&…

UbuCon Europe, the Very First European Ubuntu Conference, Announced for November

Ubuntu Member José Antonio Rey was happy to announce the first ever UbuCon Europe conference for Ubuntu users and developers alike, which will take place later this year in Germany.

As you may well be aware, Canonical revived its popular Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) conference, which they’ve killed about three years ago and replaced with an online event called Ubuntu Online Summit (abbreviated UOS), under the name UbuCon last year in October.

The first UbuCon Summit event already…

Arch Linux 2016.04.01 Is Now Available for Download with Kernel 4.4.5 LTS

Another month has passed, and it’s already April, so the time has come for the lightweight and flexible Arch Linux operating system to get its monthly ISO respin.

We hesitate to announce this yesterday because of April’s Fool day and all that, so we’re informing you about the release of the Arch Linux 2016.04.01 ISO image today, April 2, 2016, which you can download right now from the operating system’s website or via ours, whichever suits you best.

As usual, Arch Linux is di…

Rebase-helper tool for rebases and for upstream monitoring services

If you are a package maintainer for Fedora, or if you regularly spin up your own versions of RPMs for install on your Fedora system, you have probably gone through the process of updating a package when a new version… Continue Reading →

Still have questions about Bash and Ubuntu on Windows?

Still have questions about Ubuntu on Windows?Watch this Channel 9 session, recorded live at Build this week, hosted by Scott Hanselman, with questions answered by Windows kernel developers Russ Alexander, Ben Hillis, and myself representing Canonical a…

LibreOffice 5.2 Launches in August, First Bug Hunting Session Starts April 22

On March 31, 2016, The Document Foundation Co-Founder Italo Vignoli announced the release plan for the upcoming major release of the world’s popular free office suite, LibreOffice 5.2.

Now that everyone is happily using LibreOffice 5.1 on their GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows computers, the time has come for the LibreOffice developers and hackers to concentrate their efforts on improving the acclaimed office software and adding new features.

Therefore, we report today that the…