Special Announcement: DistroWatch Turns Fifteen!

We are pleased to announce that DistroWatch has reached a milestone – we are exactly 15 years old today! This website, which began back in 2001 as a one-page HTML table reporting on the key features and package versions for a handful of Linux distribu…

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Update Introduces Wireless Display Support to Ubuntu Phones

We promised to keep you guys informed about the development progress of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 software for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, and today we have some great news.

Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak is back from a long weekend away to let us know that everything looks good for the OTA-11 update, and the Ubuntu Touch release team should push it to supported Ubuntu Phone and Tablet devices in the next couple of days as a phased upgrade during a 24-hour period.

The good news is that we’ve got our hands on the preliminary release notes, which suggest that the OTA-11 software update will finally implement the Aethercast (also known as Miracast) technology for providing Wireles…

NethServer 6.8 Linux Server Fights Spam with DNS-Based Blackhole List (DNSBL)

NethServer Community Manager Alessio Fattorini informs Softpedia today about the general availability of the first Beta release of the NethServer 6.8 server-oriented GNU/Linux operating system.

Based on the recently released CentOS 6.8 operating system, which in turn builds on the freely distributed sources of the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 distro, NethServer 6.8 is now in development as the newest long-term support release.

The first Beta arrived today with numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention a much easier to way to perform Multi-WAN configurations, better spam filtering by using the DNS-based Blackhole List (DNSBL), IPsec site-to-site support, as well as support for configuring policy routing in the firewall.

There’s also a new button for cleaning the YUM …

ExTiX 16.3 LXQt Distro Is Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6

ExTiX developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia today, May 30, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the ExTiX 16.3 LXQt Edition computer operating system.

Based on the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie,” Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating systems, the new ExTiX 16.3 LXQt distribution ships with the recently released Linux 4.6 kernel and it is built around the lightweight LXQt 0.10.0 desktop environment.

“I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 16.3 LXQt Live DVD,” said Arne Exton in the announcement. “The original system includes the Desktop Environment Unity (Ubuntu). After removing Unity, I have installed LXQt 0.10.0. My special kernel 4.6.0-extix corresponds to kernel.org’s Linux kernel 4.6.”

Here’s what’s new in ExTiX 16.3 LXQt Edition

Release highlights of the ExTiX 16.3 LXQt Editi…

Ubuntu Touch’s Web Browser to Improve the Google Hangouts Experience in OTA-11

The long-anticipated OTA-11 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices is just around the corner, and today we’ll have a quick look at what’s coming in the Web Browser app.

Today, May 30, 2016, Canonical’s technical lead in the product strategy division, apps team, Mr. Olivier Tilloy, has published details about some of the features included in the Web Browser app of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which will be added as part of the soon-to-be-released OTA-11 update.

Therefore, the updated Web Browser app has promised to improve the Google Hangouts experience for all form factors, including Canonical’s new Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, and it look…

ContainerCon and LinuxCon Japan 2016 Events to Take Place July 13-15 in Tokyo

The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization, trying to promote Linux and the open source ecosystem among IT professional, computer manufacturers, and enterprises, announced two important upcoming Linux events.

LinuxCon Japan 2016 and ContainerCon Japan 2016 are two of the most anticipated Linux conference events in Asia, promising to bring together top experts from all over the world, including, but not limited to kernel developers, system administrators, IT industry leaders, community managers, and last but not least users.

The entire schedule is now online, and among the keynote speakers of the upcoming events, we can mention renowned Lin…

Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” Is a Linux Distro for Cryptography & Anonymity

A few days ago, Parrot Security OS developer Frozenbox Network teased users on Twitter with the upcoming release of the long anticipated Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” distribution.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies and borrowing many of the packages from the Debian 8 “Jessie” stable repositories, Parrot Security OS 3.0 just received new Release Candidate (RC) ISO builds that users can now download and install on their personal computer if they want to get an early taste of what’s coming.

For those who are not in the known, Parrot Security OS is a cloud-friendly computer operating system, a penetration testing GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian Linux and designed to be used in various computer forensic, cryptography, anonymity, reverse engineering, cloud pentesting, privacy, and hacking operations.

Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” to offer six editions

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 663

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Comparing live version upgrade methodsNews: Ubuntu MATE’s progress, Debian users debate systemd change, Android’s use of Java APIs legally fair use and updated wi-fi drivers in DragonFlyBSDDistroWatch Statistic…

NetOS Enterprise Linux 8 Promises to Be a Worthy Alternative to Chrome OS

Designed as a replacement for the Linux kernel-based Chrome OS or Chromium OS operating systems, Black Lab Software’s upcoming NetOS distribution is using the same technologies that have been implemented in the Enterprise Edition of the Black Lab Linux OS. That’s why it’s called NetOS Enterprise, and the first release is now in development, based

Managing Multiple Sound Sources in Android with Audio Focus

Sound is a great way to grab user attention, give interface feedback or immerse a player in a game. Imagine if multiple apps all tried to play sounds at the same time. This would result in an unintelligible cacophony and make users reach for the mute button. Android provides a simple API to play music

NetBSD 7.0.1 Released, Adds Security Fixes for BIND, NTP, OpenSSH, and OpenSSL

The NetBSD team announced the general availability of the first point release of the NetBSD 7.0 operating system, adding assorted bug fixes and security updates to its core components.

NetBSD 7.0.1 comes seven months after the release of NetBSD 7.0, during which the skilled developers behind the BSD-based operating system managed to update most of the packages to their latest versions available at the moment of writing this article, thus patching some critical security vulnerabilities.

According to the release notes, NetBSD 7.0.1 fixes multiple vulnerabilities in the compatibility layers and the NTP (Network Time Protocol) daemon, which has now been updated to version 4.2.8p7, and addresses a potential remote code execution in the CGI handlers of the bozohttpd web server, updated by now to version 20160415.

Other major components updated in this first point rele…

Cinnamon 3.0.4 Desktop Updates the Overlay Scrollbar, Sound and Menu Applets

While the Linux Mint 18 operating system is still in heavy development, Clement Lefebvre and his team of developers have announced a new update for the Cinnamon 3.0 desktop environment.

Cinnamon 3.0.4 is now the latest version of the acclaimed GNOME 3-based open-source graphical desktop interface, which will be used by default for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” OS, on the Cinnamon Edition, of course. It comes a few days after the release of Cinnamon 3.0.3.

Truth be told, the entire month of May has been about the development of the Cinnamon 3.0 desktop, as it has received a total of three maintenance releases, which have fixed many annoyances and bugs reported by users since last month’s release of Cinnamon 3.0, thus improving the overall desktop experience for users.

Cinnamon 3.0.4 continue…

BSD Release: NetBSD 7.0.1

Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 7.0.1, the first bug-fix and security update of the project’s 7.x release branch: "The NetBSD project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.0.1, the first security/bug-fix update of the NetBSD 7.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed….

Black Duck’s Free Tool Digs Out Open Source Bugs

Black Duck Software this week released Security Checker, a free tool based on the company’s Hub open source security solution. Security Checker is a drag-and-drop, Web-based tool that allows users to determine if known open source vulnerabilities exist in the components used to build applications. It scans the code in an uploaded archive file or Docker image and provides a report showing known bugs.

NetOS Enterprise Linux 8 Promises to Be a Worthy Alternative to Chrome OS

Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia today about the general availability of the NetOS Enterprise Developer Preview 8 operating system.

Designed as a replacement for the Linux kernel-based Chrome OS or Chromium OS operating systems, Black Lab Software’s upcoming NetOS distribution is using the same technologies that have been implemented in the Enterprise Edition of the Black Lab Linux OS.

That’s why it’s called NetOS Enterprise, and the first release is now in development, based on the upcoming Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8 operating system, which is also in heavy development these days. So, as one might expect, NetOS promises to be a worthy replacement for Chrome OS or Chromium OS web-centric operating systems.

“NetOS Enterprise 8’s default mix is 80 percent…

Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 20160514

The Gentoo project has announced the release of Gentoo Linux 20160514, a comprehensive live DVD image featuring KDE Plasma as the default desktop. This release comes with UEFI support, ZFS on Linux and writable file system on the DVD: "Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the availability of….

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Behind the Scenes – June 2016

Here’s Mod Mark with the month ahead for a June to remember and a Summer of Adventure!

DisplayLink USB 3.0 Driver Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Fedora Linux

DisplayLink has recently updated their DisplayLink USB 3.0 driver for the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system launched by Canonical in the last week of April 2016, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The latest version of the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software, build 1.1.62, is available now for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system, including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty