Dale Raby: How do you Fedora?

We recently interviewed Dale Raby on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being… Continue Reading →

pfSense 2.3.2 Open Source BSD Firewall Distro Arrives with Over 70 Improvements

Electric Sheep Fencing LLC, through Chris Buechler, proudly announced on July 25, 2016, the immediate availabiliy for download of the second maintenance update for the pfSense 2.3 series of the FreeBSD-based open-source firewall distribution.

pfSense 2.3.2 is here today to fix a total of 60 bugs that have been reported by users since the previous maintenance releses, as well as to introduce a handful of new features, among which we can mention the implementation of per-user configuration options in the Dashboard, as well as support of * for hostname with Namecheap.

The strongSwan open source IPsec-based VPN (Virtual Private Network) solution for GNU/Linux and other UNIX-based operating systems has been updated to version 5.5.0, a major release that introduces many goodies, sorting is now supported in the DHCP static mappings table, and IPv6 support was added to the diag_dns.php file in the WebUI.

Among other changes i…

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS Released but Still Doesn’t Uses the GNOME 3.20 Stack

As we reported last week, Canonical published the first point release of its long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, offering users new installation mediums with all the updates made available since April 21, 2016.

The Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS update brought new releases for all the officially supported flavors, including but not limited to Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, and Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS, about which we would like to tell you a few words in this article.

First off, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS was made available, as expected, only for those who want to either upgrade from a previous release, such as Ubuntu GNOME 15.10, which will reach end of life in a few days, or deploy the GNU/Linux operating system on new computers.

Second of all, it appears that Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 …

BSD Release: pfSense 2.3.2

Chris Buechler has announced the release of pfSense 2.3.2, a new stable version in the 2.3 branch of the project’s FreeBSD-based operating system for firewalls and routers: "We are happy to announce the release of pfSense software version 2.3.2. This is a maintenance release in the 2.3.x series,….

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Linux Is Coming Soon with Mesa 3D 12.0, Latest KDE Goodies

Kate Lebedeff from the OpenMandriva project has informed Softpedia about the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) development build of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 operating system.

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 RC1 has been released only three weeks after the second and last Beta version, which was seeded to public beta testers on June 27, 2016. Therefore, it appears that the new development build doesn’t ship with the latest KDE technologies that were made available during the month of July.

For example, if you test this first RC version of OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 on your personal computer, you’ll notice that it comes with last month’s KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment, KDE Applications 16.04.2 software suite, KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 collection of add-ons for Qt5, systemd 230 init system, and Linux 4.6.4 kernel.

Moreover, the distribution includes the X.Org Se…

Susan Chen, Promoted to Vice President of Business Development

I’m excited to announce that Susan Chen has been appointed Vice President of Business Development at Mozilla, a new role we are creating to recognize her achievements. Susan joined Mozilla in 2011 as Head of Strategic Development. During her five … Continue reading

Solus Project to No Longer Offer a Release Schedule, Solus 1.2.1 Gets Delayed

Solus Project founder and architect, Ikey Doherty, announced on July 24, 2016, that the static release schedule for their Solus operating system is now officially and completely dropped.

The announcement follows the recent news of Solus becoming a rolling release operating system, which means that there’s no need for the development team to maintain a release schedule for future ISO refreshes, nor to plan and set specific dates for upcoming point or major releases of the Linux distro.

“Going forward, the old release schedule is officially, entirely dropped, and the branching pattern of a point-release-system is also shed,” said Ikey Doherty. “The core advantage to the withdrawal of this static release schedule is that it, in fact, enables us to …

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-BETA2

The development of the upcoming major version of FreeBSD, whose final release is scheduled for early September, continues at a fast pace. Although delayed by a week, the 11.0-BETA2 build was finally announced yesterday: "The second BETA build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary….

Feral Interactive Ports Life Is Strange to Linux and Mac, Episode 1 Is Now Free

Feral Interactive has recently announced that they have managed to successfully port the popular, award-winning Life Is Strange game to GNU/Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

Life Is Strange is an episodic graphic adventure game published by Square Enix and developed by Dontnod Entertainment. The story follows the life of Max Caulfield as a photography senior who discovers a time traveling method she can use to save her friend Chloe Price. The player will be able to rewind time, which will affect the past, present and future.

“Episode 1 of Life is Strange is now available entirely for free for everyone! This awesome news applies to all OS on Steam – That’s Windows, Mac and Linux, the latter two of which have just today also been released! And to celebrate the occasion, we’ve created a brand new trailer just for you,” reads the Steam announcement.

Ubuntu 16.04 LT…

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 671

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: The saga continues with Slackware 14.2 News: OpenBSD disables usermount, KaOS releases significant updates, Fedora 22 reaches end of life Distribution Review: Point Linux 3.2 Torrent corner: Bluestar Linux, Kor…

The Arc & Uncharted Isles | Invention XP | Flourishing Fairy Outfit

Set sail for adventure as RuneScape gains a brand new region.

Oracle Outs VirtualBox 5.1.2 with Better Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Oracle announced the release of the first maintenance update to the VirtualBox 5.1 series of the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported computer operating systems.

Dubbed VirtualBox 5.1.2, the first bugfix release comes after two weeks since the announcement of the massive VirtualBox 5.1 branch, which introduced a huge number of new features and enhancements, among which we can mention support for the latest Linux 4.7 kernel.

According to Oracle, VirtualBox 5.1.2 is a major update that promises to bring a large number of improvements and corrections for the VirtualBox 5.1 release, and the changelog shows us that there are multiple GUI enhancements, several API, storage, USB, EFI, OVA, and audio fixes, as…

Linux Mint 18 Xfce Enters Beta, Gets X-Apps, Mint-Y, Many Ubuntu 16.04 Goodies

It all took approximately one month, but the Xfce community edition of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” operating system is now available for download, as a public Beta release for 64-bit and 32-bit computers.

Last month, we reported on the debut of the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” GNU/Linux distribution, which brought numerous goodies from the upstream Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, including its long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel, but only the main Cinnamon and MATE flavors were available.

“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 to use,” said Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint founder, in the official release announcement.

Linux Mint 18 Xfce Beta now available for public testing

As many of you already know, Linux Mint also features the KD…

Distribution Release: KaOS 2016.07

The KaOS project, which provides a rolling release distribution with the latest available KDE software, has released a new snapshot. KaOS 2016.07, provides fresh installation media for the rolling-release distribution. The new snapshot features KDE’s …

Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple

Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P — the first Chromebook to get the upgrade — is an impressive example of what will come with the hybrid integration of Chrome OS and Android apps.

Ubuntu 16.04 Updated, Remembering Mandriva, Leap 42.2a3 Report

Canonical announced an update to their Ubuntu 16.04 Long Term Support Linux system. Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS brings many updates, bug fixes, and security patches as well as Snap app support. In other news, Christopher Tozzi is back again today with a look back at Mandriva Linux and Neil Rickert test drove openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha

GNOME: Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 Host Proposals

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting GNOME.Asia Summit during the 2nd quarter of 2017.


GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.


GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Depok, New Delhi respectively over the last nine years.


The Committee’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.


You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at: http://www.gnome.asia


The GNOME Board and Release team are happy to announce that the GNOME version to be released in March will be named after the the city where the GNOME.Asia Summit will take place.


Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the GNOME Asia Summit Committee.  The deadline for the proposals is the 11th of September 2016. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more detail over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the first week of October 2016.


The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2017 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:


  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.
  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.
  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorships


Please refer to the GNOME.Asia website. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list, howtos and the winning proposal for 2012 when putting together a proposal.


You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list AT gnome org if you have any questions.


Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Development: GNOME 3.21.4 released


The fourth snapshot of GNOME 3.21 is now available and it incorporates
quite edgy modules.

To compile GNOME 3.21.4, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] https://develope…

How to set the hostname on Fedora

A Fedora system has a hostname that helps it identify and distinguish itself on a network. Sometimes this name appears as part of a fully qualified domain name (FQDN). A FQDN includes not just the system’s name, but the Internet domain, separated by periods (.). Hostname… Continue Reading →

Android Nougat Will Enforce Strict Boot & Error Correction

In this day and age where security breaches are everywhere and everybody is vulnerable in one way or another, it should be of no surprise that Android will start enforcing secure, verified boot on devices that ship with Android 7.0 (Nougat). While the Android OS already verifies the boot partition on most devices and lets