Linus Torvalds announced on the last day of January 2013, that the sixth Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux 3.8 kernel is available for download and testing.
Linux kernel 3.8 RC6 comprises various x86 changes, some EFI improvements, and various other small bug fixes and stability improvements.
“I have to say, -rc6 is bigger than I’d like it to be. I’d really like things to calm down by rc6, because usually I aim for rc7 to be roughly the last rc in the series, a…
The Wine development release 1.5.23 is now available.
HTTPS support no longer dependent on OpenSSL.
The WikiMedia Foundation has added a new extension to MediaWiki, the foundation for Wikipedia, that adds geographic data for individual wiki articles. Aimed primarily at mobile users, GeoData will make finding information about your present location easy and fun. According to WikiMedia, GeoData aims to codify the common practice of adding geographic data to articles. [...]
The patch that adds the old window dodge autohide behaviour for the Unity Launcher hasn’t been updated for Ubuntu 12.10, but an old script that implements the same behaviour, with some limitations, now works with Ubuntu 12.10 and even 13.04.The Unity Dodge Windows script was initially created by Jorge for Ubuntu 12.04 and it has [...]
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Newly updated builds of PCLinuxOS "KDE" and "KDE MiniME" editions, version 2013.02, have been released: "PCLinuxOS KDE and KDE-MiniME 2013.02 are now available for download. These are 32-bit quarterly update ISO images which can also be installed on 64-bit computers. With respect to the previous KDE editions these….
Install OmgSuite theme in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 14/13 (GTK + Gnome Shell, OpenBox, xfwm4) Omg-Suite based on myColors and Silent Night gtk2 theme. This theme is clean, elegant designed for those who like dark themes and three versions of GTK3 available (black, dark grey, and light grey), two versions of GTK2 available, author [...]
It was another exciting month on Phoronix with having published 239 original news articles and 20 featured articles…
Dropbox Uploader is a bash script you can use to access your Dropbox files from the command line, without having to install the Dropbox client. The script can upload, download, delete, share or list the files available in your Dropbox account.The script is useful in many situations, including: automatic backups, access Dropbox from an ARM [...]
The current Linux kernel CPU hot-plugging support has been described as “an increasing nightmare full of races and undocumented behaviour”, but fortunately it’s in the process of being re-developed…
With the Radeon Gallium3D driver (and Mesa/Gallum3D drivers in generally) finally moving on to properly handling more visually demanding and modern OpenGL games and other workloads, it’s time for CS memory accounting to be implemented within the open-s…
Mobile World Congress–one of the biggest events showcasing mobile devices and platforms and applications for them–is coming up in February, and among the sights and sounds slated for the event, you can expect Firefox OS phones. Among several previews of the conference, Computerworld notes that Chinese phone [...]
RazorSQL, an SQL query tool, database browser, SQL editor, and database administration tool for multiple platforms, including Linux and Solaris, is now at version 6.0.3.
Highlights of RazorSQL 6.0.3:
• Editing the table tool cells now adjust margins with font size increases;
We all want more quality. We all wasted too many hours trying to fix broken software and we all know that new users struggle the most when facing crashes or other unexpected results. We probably all also agree that testing is a good idea and if it’s automated, then that’s even better. Automatically exercising large [...]
On January 30, Canonical published in a security notice details about a squid-cgi vulnerabilities for its Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 11.10, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.
According to Canonical, squid-cgi could consume excessive system resources, leading to a denial of service attack on it and other hosted services.
It was discovered that squid’s cachemgr.cgi was vulnerable to excessive resource use. A remote attacker could exploit this flaw to pe…
Liferea, a free news aggregator capable to store articles for offline reading and with full synchronization with Google Reader and TinyTinyRSS, is now at version 1.10 RC1.
Liferea 1.10 RC1 is a minor release in the development branch and it features a few changes and updates.
Highlights of Liferea 1.10 RC1:
• The application has migrated to GSettings;
MySQL, one of the most popular open source databases in the world, has just reached version 5.5.30.
As usual, any new version of MySQL brings lots of improvements and version 5.5.30 makes no exception.
Highlights of MySQL 5.5.30:
• mysql-libs and mysql-libs-advanced have been removed from the spec file;
GCC has had support for 64-bit ARM, a.k.a. AArch64, going back to last summer for using the open-source compiler with next-generation ARMv8 hardware. Being merged today is finally support for the LLVM compiler infrastructure with an experimental 64-bit…
Red Hat may finally get to developing a KMS/DRM driver for QXL/SPICE to be used in conjunction with QXL for virtualization. This is a stepping-stone to eventually supporting SPICE 3D for allowing Red Hat virtual machines to tap hardware graphics accele…
StrongSwan, an OpenSource IPsec implementation for the Linux operating system that’s based on the discontinued FreeS/WAN project and the X.509 patch, is now at version 5.0.2.
Highlights of StrongSwan 5.0.2:
• Implemented all IETF Standard PA-TNC attributes and an OS IMC/IMV pair using them to transfer operating system information;