Development Release: Simplicity Linux 15.7 Beta

David Purse has announced the availability of the beta release of Simplicity Linux 15.7, a lightweight Puppy-based distribution for netbooks and desktops. Due to unresolved issues, the "Desktop" edition is only available in a 32-bit build for now. From the release announcement: "Simplicity Linux 15.7 beta is now….

Linux Kernel 4.0.7 Is a Small Release with Updated Drivers, ARM Improvements

On the last days of June, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the availability of several maintenance releases for the Linux kernels 4.1, 4.0, 3.14, and 3.10. The seventh point release of Linux kernel 4.0 is a small one that brings mostly updated drivers.

Looking at the changelog, we can notice that Linux kernel 4.0.7 adds a few improvements to the ARM, x86, and PowerPC architectures, and updates several drivers, especially for things like Bluetooth, InfiniBand, GPU, CLK, USB, MD,…

Forum Month

Hit the forums this July for competitions, dev blogs and more.

Call for applications for Fedora Diversity Advisor (A Volunteer Position)

Fedora is a big community that includes contributors and users from many different countries, each with their own experiences and historical backgrounds that contribute to a diverse mix of cultural, educational, and behavioral norms. To continuously create and foster an… Continue Reading →

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Officially Out with Cinnamon 2.6 – Screenshot Tour

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon has been officially announced by Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the project, and it brings numerous upgrades for the desktop environment and the underlying operating system.

The ISO images for Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon have been out for a couple of days, so today’s announcement is actually just a formality. Things haven’t changed all that much from the previous Release Candidate that landed last week, so the developers have been …

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE. Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela MATE Edition Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to […]

Plasma 5.3.2 Fixes Your Shutdown Scripts

Plasma 5.3

Plasma 5.3

Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.3.2. Plasma 5.3 was released in April with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds a month’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • KWin: ‘Defaults’ should set the title bar double-click action to ‘Maximize.’. Commit.
  • Improve Applet Alternatives dialog. Commit. Fixes bug #345786
  • Make shutdown scripts work. Commit.

Full Plasma 5.3.2 changelog

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LibreOffice 5.0 to Bring More DOCX Improvements

The Document Foundation has released the second RC for the upcoming LibreOffice 5.0 version, and it looks like the developers are making a final push for the new version of the office suite that is scheduled to land in July.

Each new RC for Libreoffice brings us closer to the promised 5.x branch, which has been touted as the best release made so far, and from what we’ve seen until now, it’s going to be full of new features and a ton of fixes, way too many to count.

In an…

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 616

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Running BSD on the desktop with MidnightBSD 0.6News: Customizing Fedora, Debian gains sponsorship for reproducible builds, Linux’s ext4 file system to get built in encryption, openSUSE unveils "42" and Johnathan Riddell leaves the Kubuntu CouncilRapid review: FreeBSD on a Raspberry Pi 2Torrent….

Check the Ubuntu Touch Wish List for Apps and New Features

If you have any questions regarding new features and apps that are present, absent, or in the works for the Ubuntu Touch platform, that you need to know that there is already a comprehensive wish list out there that takes care of everything.

Users are always proposing new features for Ubuntu Touch or they say they want certain apps to be ported to the platform, but the developers and the community are always listening. It’s very likely that any kind of apps or features requ…

Distribution Release: SparkyLinux 4.0

The developers of SparkyLinux, a distribution based on Debian’s Testing branch (also know as Debian "Stretch"), have announced the availability of a new release. SparkyLinux 4.0 ships with version 4.0.5 of the Linux kernel, offers package compatibility with Debian "Stretch" and can be installed on machines featuring UEFI…..

Ubuntu Touch Family Gets Another Device, Meizu MX4, Codename “Arale”

The Ubuntu Touch family has just received a new member, and the developers will need to take into account the fact that a new platform is out there, in the hands of regular users. It also means that a new code name is needed, and in this case it’s “arale.”

If you think about it, Canonical developers are now working on Ubuntu Touch, and they need to take into consideration quite a few platforms. There are the two phones from BQ, the Aquaris E4.5 and Aquaris E5 HD, the new Me…

Wine 1.7.46 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.46 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Improvements in the BITS file transfer service.
Still more progress on DirectWrite implementation.
Support for sh…

BTS Video – Hero’s Welcome & Beach

Preview next week’s quest | 3D Models in Adventurer’s Log | Elite Skills Blog | Podcast – Raids | Beta Update

Development Release: Ubuntu 15.10 Alpha 1

Adam Conrad has announced the availability of alpha test images for the family of Ubuntu community editions. The Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and UbuntuKylin projects have released development snapshots of their upcoming 15.10 releases for people who want to test the distributions and report bugs. "The first alpha….

Development: GNOME 3.17.3 released

Hey all,

The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, is going on and a new
snapshot, 3.17.3, is now available. Give it a shot! Some of us will
gather in San Francisco next week for the West Coast Summit 2015, and
a month later we will all gathe…

Python Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu OSes

Canonical published details about a couple of Python vulnerabilities that had been found and corrected in its Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

Amidst discussions about the implementation of Python 3.5 in the latest Ubuntu systems, the maintainers have been quick to update the python2.7, python3.2, and python3.4 packages in the supported Ubuntu systems.

For example, “It was discovered that the Python CGIHTTPServer incorrectly handled…

GNOME: GUADEC 2015 Registration is now open!

The GUADEC organizing team is excited to announce the availability of the registration for the upcoming GUADEC that will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden.

More information about this year’s edition of GUADEC, including travel and venue information is available on the GUADEC website . Let’s meet in Gothenburg!


The GNOME Users and Developers European  Conference (GUADEC), is the annual conference taking place in Europe, whose prime topic is the development of the GNOME desktop environment which sees many participants from all over the world.

quasardb joins the Charm Partner Programme

Canonical is excited to announce that quasardb has joined the Charm Partner Programme. Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling on virtually any public or private cloud, as well as bare metal, at the click of a button. […]

Raspberry Pi’s Default Firmware Updated to Linux Kernel 4.0

One of the Raspberry Pi’s engineers, and also a moderator of the official Raspberry Pi forum, announced recently that the default firmware branch of the world’s most known single-computer board (SBC) has been updated from the 3.18 kernel series to the more recent Linux kernel 4.0 branch.

Users are being informed that the source tree of Linux kernel 4.0 was availa…