Linux Kernel 3.10.102 LTS Is Out with x86 and EXT4 Improvements, Updated Drivers

On June 13, Linux kernel developer Willy Tarreau announced the immediate availability for download of the hundred and second maintenance release for the Linux 3.10 LTS series.

As you might already know, Linux kernel 3.10 is a long-term supported branch, which will receive security patches and improvements for a few more months. We currently don’t have an exact date for when support for Linux 3.10 LTS ends, as it was supposed to get its last point release sometime at the end of 2015, but for some reason, it is still being kept alive.

And looking at the appended shortlog, we can’t help but notice that Linux kernel 3.10.102 LTS is a pretty big maintenance update that changes a total of 153 files, with 1,194 insertions and 608 deletions. The diff…

Git 2.9 Source Code Management System Is a Major Release with Many New Features

The Git development team is proud to announce the general availability of the 2.9 series of their widely used open-source distributed version control system for all supported platforms.

Git 2.9 ends the development of the 2.8 branch, whose last maintenance release was version 2.8.4, announced only a week ago, and promises to bring many exciting new features to the source code management tool used by millions of developer worldwide via the GitHub project hosting website or other platforms.

Since Git 2.8, the development team has managed to add numerous features, among which we can mention the implementation of git-multimail for sending notification emails for pushes to a Git repository, and a brand new “interactive.diffFilter” configuration can let devs customize the diff displayed in “git add -i” sessions.

Of course, many of the core commands have receiv…

Dev Blog | The Arc – Narrative

Mod Rowley tells us about the storylines we can look forward to in the Arc.

GNOME: Call for Participation in the Libre Application Summit sponsored by GNOME

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Participation in Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME). The conference will be held from September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon, and brings together developers, entrepreneurs, and FOSS enthusiasts for discussion and debate of the future of Linux apps.

LAS GNOME is the conference to attend if you want to create a business around Linux-based applications, release your applications to multiple distributions at the same time, and/or create the conditions necessary to reach a wider audience for your current Linux apps.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Ecosystem: business, legal, community, and social issues
  • Platforms: deep low-level topics around hardware, drivers, and tools
  • Distribution: collaborating with established distributions (like OpenSuse), inter-distribution cooperation, QA and continuous integration.
  • Development: toolkits, X/Wayland, security, runtimes, SDK, development tools.

Proposals by newcomers and experienced speakers are welcomed alike. When submitting your proposal, please keep in mind that talk slots are 45 minutes long.

The call for talks will have the following timeline:

        July 15th: deadline for submitting your talk proposals through

        August 1st: speakers will be notified if their talk has been accepted

        September 19th-21st: core conference days in Portland, Oregon

The papers team is looking forward to your talk proposal. In case of questions regarding the call for talks, please contact the papers team at papers@las.gnome org. For general questions regarding the conference, please consult the LAS GNOME website or contact the LAS GNOME organizing team.

Coming up: the next LibreOffice Bug Hunting Session

A new release of LibreOffice is coming up – so help to make it the best version ever! LibreOffice 5.2 is due to be released at the start of August, and developers are busy working on new features and updates. With so many changes in the next version, we’d really appreciate your help finding bugs so that we can squash them!

To this end we’ll be holding a Bug Hunting Session on Friday 24 June, from 07:00 to 20:00 UTC. Anyone can take part at any time – it’s simple and fun! All you have to do is download …

Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8.0 Alpha 4

The Black Lab Linux team has announced the release of a new development snapshot. The new version, Black Lab Linux 8.0 Alpha 4, features a shift in focus toward cloud services. "Alpha 4 introduces several changes to the way Black Lab Linux is structured – it’s no longer….

Google to Remove Weak “Crypto” Provider in Android N

This week, Google announced plans to remove the Crypto provider from Android N, expected to be launched this fall. The Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) is a major piece of the Java platform that can work with various types of algorithms, different based on their algorithm principles and purpose. When a developer wants to run operations

Distribution Release: Baruwa Enterprise Edition 6.8

Andrew Colin Kissa has announced the release of Baruwa Enterprise Edition (also called BaruwaOS), version 6.8, a new release of the project’s commercial distribution built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux: "Today we are issuing Baruwa Enterprise Edition release – BaruwaOS 6.8. This release tracks….

Gwenview: Organize and share pictures

Gwenview is a tool for organizing pictures both on your computer and through online accounts. It also includes editing plug-ins and preview functions. Once you edit and check your images, you can upload directly to a long list of online services. In addition, it’s a great… Continue Reading →

SMPlayer 16.6 Free Media Player Released with HiDPI Support, New Tablet Mode

The SMPlayer development team was proud to announce the general availability of SMPlayer 16.6.0, a major release that brings exciting new features for all supported platforms.

SMPlayer is an open-source, cross-platform and free media player application that works on both Linux kernel-based and Microsoft Windows operating systems, offering users a modern, stable, and powerful tool for watching movies and live streams.

As its name suggests, SMPlayer is based on the award-winning MPlayer project, which means that it supported all the known video and audio formats available. The new release, SMPlayer 16.6 has been ported to the latest Qt5 technologies, thus finally bringing the long-anticipated support for High DPI (HiDPI) displays.

For GNU/Linux users, the HiDPI setting has been disabled by default when they upgrade to SMPlayer 16.6.0, but you can enable it by going to Preferences and accessi…

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 665

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: BunsenLabs Linux News: Fedora 24 delayed again, NetBSD grows, Ubuntu MATE updates MATE desktop Questions and answers: Clearing up Clonezilla Torrent corner: ChaletOS, Manjaro, Tails Released last week: Manjaro …

Triada trojan now redirecting Android users to fake, malicious URLs

The recently discovered Android trojan “Triada,” known for granting superuser privileges to other downloaded Trojans, is now embedding itself into at least four browsers in order to intercept URL requests and send users instead to malicious mobile websites, according to Kaspersky Lab. A Securelist blog post published earlier this week explains that as of mid-March,

MantisBT 1.3.0-rc.2 Released

This second and last 1.3.x release candidate has 127 bug fixes and improvements.  Some of the highlights include: @ mentions support – mention other users in issue summary, description and notes and they will get an email alerting them to the fact … Continue reading maintenance finished

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Distribution Release: HandyLinux 2.5

The HandyLinux distribution, a user-friendly French distribution based on Debian, has released an update to the project’s 2.x series. The new version, HandyLinux 2.5, offers mostly minor updates and bug fixes and is based on Debian 8.5. An English tra…

Mozilla Firefox 47.0 Lands in All Supported Ubuntu OSes, Arch Linux, and Solus

Officially released on June 7, 2016, the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser is not a major release, but it does bring various interesting new features, among which we can mention support for playing embedded YouTube videos using the HTML5 technology when Adobe Flash Player is not detected. Also, the VP9 video codec is now automatically

Fedora 24 to Ship with Linux Kernel 4.5.7, Will Be Rebased Later on Linux 4.6

If you’re reading the news lately, you should be aware of the fact that the Fedora 24 Linux operating system has been delayed a fourth time, and it now looks like it hits the streets on June 21, 2016.

Also, we reported a few days ago that the last mai…

PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 KDE Is Coming with Latest KDE Plasma 5.6 and Looks Gorgeous

We promised to offer you more details about upcoming PCLinuxOS editions, and today we have some great news for those who love the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

Yes, that’s right, the PCLinuxOS developers are preparing to unleash the final version of the PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 KDE5 operating system, an official flavor of the PCLinuxOS project, bringing you the latest and greatest KDE technologies, all built on top of the Linux 4.5 kernel series.

The latest preview version of PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 KDE5 was published a week ago, and it looks like it ships with Linux kernel 4.5.6, fully updated core components from the main PCLinuxOS software repository, the new Krita 3.0 open-source digital painting software, and the KDE Plasma 5.6.4 desktop environment.

Of course, users will also find the latest KDE Applications 16.04.1 software suite and KDE Frameworks 5.22.0 collection of add-ons for Qt5, along with the LibreOffice 5.1 office suite, and updated boot splash and shut…

Latest Steam Client Update Improves Steam Controller Support with DOOM 2016

Today, June 10, 2016, Valve pushed a new major Steam Client update to the stable channels for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

There are numerous improvements implemented in the June 10 Steam Client Update, starting with better compatibility for Valve’s Steam Controller and Steam Link devices with the recently released DOOM 2016 first-person shooter game, and continuing performance improvements for Vulkan apps with AMD hardware.

Among the general improvements that have been implemented in the Steam Client, we can mention a short idle-timer making sure Steam Client updates will no longer disrupt your typing, the issue with missing Workshop content when uninstalling and reinstalling a game were fixed, and better resizing of windows.

Of course, there are also the usual platform-specific bug fixes. For example, SteamOS and GNU/Linux use…

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Will Use Less RAM than Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS, Here’s Why

Thanks to Martin Wimpress, the leader of the Ubuntu MATE project, we told you a few days ago that the MATE 1.14.1 desktop environment had finally landed for Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users, which they can install right now.

And today we bring more great news for those who love and use the Ubuntu MATE operating system on their personal computer, as Martin Wimpress informs us that, after some rigorous tests, it was discovered that the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release would use less RAM.

Why and how that happened? Well, it appears that when building the MATE 1.14.1 desktop environment against the latest GTK3 technologies, the entire Ubuntu MATE 16.10 operating system will consume much less system memory than Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS with MATE 1.14.1 desktop built against the GTK2 libraries.