Development Release: Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha

Jeff Hoogland has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of Bodhi Linux 4.0.0, an upcoming major release of the Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a modified variant of the Enlightenment desktop called Moksha. This alpha build is available for 64-bit computers only: "Not only is our first 4.0.0….

Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 Launches Today with Biometric Authentication for Meizu PRO 5

Today, July 27, 2016, Canonical will unveil the 12th Over-the-Air (OTA) software update for its Ubuntu mobile operating system for supported Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices.

Yes, the moment you’ve all been waiting for its almost here, as Canonical is about to unleash the long-anticipated Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 update, which should start appearing as a phased update during 24 hours, at 12 pm UTC/GMT, on Wednesday, July 27, according to Łukasz Zemczak’s latest landing email announcement.

“Good news! OTA-12 passed final testing and will be released tomorrow around UTC morning. We will, of course, proceed with phased updates as always, with the update appearing on all user devices in ~20 hours since the release,” said Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations. “Big thanks to everyone working on this milestone!”

Here’s what’s new in Ubuntu Touch OTA-12

According to the release notes,…

Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.04.1 Released with Full-Disk Encryption, Snap Support – Exclusive

David Mohammed has been extremely happy to inform Softpedia about the availability of the Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.04.1 operating system, as part of the recent Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial Xerus) release.

The Ubuntu Budgie Remix (budgie-remix) 16.04.1 is here one week after Canonical announced the first point release of its long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS distribution, and it promises to bring users the latest Budgie desktop environment from the Solus Project, along with all the up-to-date Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS technologies.

“We’ve just released 16.04.1 of budgie-remix. This follows the Ubuntu release cadence and pulls together all the fixes and updates since 16.04 was released,” David Mohammed reveals for Softpedia. “More than that, this is a rather exciting release for the team. …

Treasure Hunter | Hearts of Fire

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Commercial Wine Interface CrossOver Improves Support for Microsoft Office 2010

Today, July 26, 2016, CodeWeavers has proudly announced the release and general availability of the CrossOver 15.2.0 update for its commercial and cross-platform Wine graphical interface.

Wine is an open-source and widely used software project whose main design goal is to implement a compatibility layer for running software applications that are built only for the Microsoft Windows operating system on GNU/Linux distributions, as well as Apple’s Mac OS X platform.

Wine 1.9.15 is currently the latest and most advanced version of the free implementation of Windows on Unix, and it looks like the CodeWeavers developers were quick to adopt it for their commercial CrossOver application that provides an easy-to-use and intuitive GUI to Wine for Linux and Mac systems.

According to the release notes, CrossOver 15.2.0 improves support for the Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010 Office s…

Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS

When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. … Continue reading

The Document Foundation welcomes Canonical to the project Advisory Board

canonical-logo3Berlin, July 26, 2016 – The Document Foundation (TDF) today announced Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system, has joined the project Advisory Board.

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading operating system for cloud and the Internet of Things. Most public cloud workloads, new smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced humanoid robots are running on Ubuntu. Additionally, Canonical leads the development of the snap universal Linux packaging system for secure, transactional device updates and app stores.

Since its first release in early 2011, LibreOffice has been the default office suite of the Ubuntu operating system. With …

Ubuntu 16.04.1 is out with improvements to software installation and low-graphics mode

Canonical just released Ubuntu 16.04.1, the first point release in the Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus” series. All the changes made to Ubuntu 16.04 have been combined into a new installer image, which you can now download. If you’re already using Ubuntu 16.04, you don’t need to do anything special to upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04.1. Just

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 →

Elections of the next Membership Committee

Dear Community,

we hereby officially announce the upcoming elections for the next Membership Committee of The Document Foundation.

As per § 12 II of our statutes, [1] the Membership Committee’s term lasts two years. The current Membership Committee started its duty on September 19, 2014. Therefore, the old Membership Committee remains in charge until the end of September 18, 2016, so the new MC will be in charge the day after that, which is September 19, 2016.

As per § 6 III, only members of the Board of Trustees of The Document Foundation, as well as current members of any …

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…

Korora 24 “Sheldon” Linux Is Available Only for 64-Bit PCs, Based on Fedora 24

After a long wait, the Korora 24 GNU/Linux distribution has been released, based, as its version number suggests, on many of the technologies included in the popular Fedora 24 operating system.

Now that the Korora 22 “Selina” release has reached end of life (EOL) status on July 22, 2016, there’s no better way to celebrate than by upgrading to the Korora 24 release, which will be supported with security updates, bug fixes, and latest software released for a period of one year, until July 2017.

As many of you have expected, Korora 24 borrows all the goodies from the upstream Fedora repositories, including but not limited to the Linux 4.6 kernel, Cinnamon 3.0, GNOME 3.20, MATE 1.14, and Xfce 4.12 desktop environments, as well as lots of other open source software and the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

However, there are some things that you might like in the Korora 24 release. For starters, the operating system is now being distributed only for 64-bit computers, as i…

Linux Kernel 4.7 Officially Released, Introduces Support for Radeon RX480 GPUs

The Linux 4.7 kernel has been in development for the past two months, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone who is either reading our website on a regular basis or keeping pace with the Linux kernel development cycle, since it is quite normal for this branch. A total of seven Release Candidate (RC) testing builds have

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…