Development: GNOME 3.21.4 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-07-18 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.4
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Pl…

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Canonical Patches Linux Kernel Vulnerability in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Today, July 14, 2016, Canonical has published multiple security notices to inform users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating systems about the availability of a new kernel up…

Watch: Security Researchers Use Ubuntu Linux to Hack ROS-Powered Surgical Robots

Today we’re continuing our “Watch” series of articles with a new one, where you’ll be able to see a group of security researchers attempting to hack a surgical robot, courtesy of Motherboard.

There’s nothing out of the ordinary in that, but it appears that they are using a computer with the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system to do part of their job, which is to make sure that these type of machines can’t be easily hacked, especially when they are used to operate on patients remotely.

“In the future, your surgeon could be a machine. Teleoperated surgical robots can be controlled from a distance to operate on patients in hard-to-reach places. But as information travels between a human on one side of the world and a robot on the other, it’s vulnerable to attack,” reads the description of the video.

What you’ll see below is the debut of a new series of videos created by the well-known Motherboard technology website, e…

Latest Steam Beta Client Adds More Goodies to Steam Controller, Linux Chat Fix

Today, July 14, Valve has released a new Beta version of its desktop Steam Client for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

The most important changes have been implemented, as usual, in the Steam Controller support. Therefore, users are now getting a “Set Cursor Position” binding controller action that lets them set a random X/Y position to be moved to a button press, but it’s more versatile than this.

“This allows an arbitrary X/Y position to be moved to on a button press and optionally warp back to the original position on release. When combined with a click via either multi-binding or an additional activator, allows for on-screen UI to be bound to buttons even if they have no hotkey,” reads today’s announcement.

Additionally, Valve has also implemented multi-bound to a single button for Multiple Set Cursor Position inp…

SlackEX Is Based on Slackware 14.2, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.6.4 & KDE 4.14.21

Today, July 14, 2016, Arne Exton informs us about the availability of a new build of his SlackEX Live Linux operating system, which has been rebased on the latest Slackware release.

Based on Slackware 14.2, powered by the latest and most advanced Linux 4.6.4 kernel with support for the latest hardware devices, and using the KDE Development Platform 4.14.21 that shipped with the KDE Applications 16.04.2 software suite, SlackEX Build 160711 is a 64-bit (x86_64) OS that brings support for installation on USB flash drives.

The announcement comes one day after Arne Exton informed us about the availability of a custom 64-bit kernel based on the Linux 4.6.4 kernel for various Slackware-based operating …

Facebook’s OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless Access for Remote Regions

Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in remote areas.
The platform is available in various options, ranging from a network in a box to an access point.

Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS to Drop Broken GNOME Maps App from Default Install

Ubuntu GNOME maintainer Jeremy Bicha informs the community today, July 14, 2016, about the fact that the popular GNOME Maps application from the GNOME Stack has recently lost its free map tile service, MapQuest, which disabled access to its feed.

Of course, this automatically translates to the fact that, as of July 12, 2016, GNOME Maps is no longer a functional application, and it appears that it might take weeks or even months for the GNOME development team responsible for the maintenance of the app to find a new free service for displaying the maps.

As a consequence, the Ubuntu GNOME devs are currently discussing the possibility of dropping GNOME Maps from the default installation medium starting with the upcoming point release for the Xenial Xerus series, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS, which is expected to hit the streets on July 21, 2016.

“I spoke briefly with Tim Lunn (darkxst) and we’…

bc: Command line calculator

If you run a graphical desktop environment, you probably point and click your way to a calculator when you need one. The Fedora Workstation, for example, includes the Calculator tool. It features several different operating modes that allow you to… Continue Reading →

You Can Now Upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon and MATE to Linux Mint 18

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” computer operating system arrived two weeks ago, on June 30, with the usual Cinnamon and MATE editions, but an upgrade patch was not available for users running Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa.”

Today, July 14, 2016, Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre informs the community that the upgrade path from Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” to Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” is now open. They can thus start upgrading their operating systems as we speak, following the instructions provided below.

“If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience. It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.3 to version 18. The upgrade instructions are available at:,” says Clement Lefebvre.

Don’t upgrade if …

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 18

If you’ve been waiting for this I’d like to thank you for your patience. It is now possible to upgrade the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.3 to version 18. The upgrade instructions are available at: Upgrade for a reason “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Linux Mint 13 is supported […]

Charm Partner Newsletter: July

In this issue… Ecosystem growth: Welcome to our new partners New features and tips: Juju GUI 2.0, using ZFS and LXD, and OPNFV charming Upcoming events: Juju Charmer Summit 12-14 September and upcoming office hours Ecosystem Growth Canonical announced multiple signatories to its Juju Charm Partner Program (CPP) in June. We’ve added leading storage and […]

New Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Improves Proprietary Media Support on Linux

Ruarí Ødegaard informs Softpedia today, July 14, 2016, about the availability of yet another snapshot towards the Vivaldi 1.3 cross-platform web browser, bringing more improvements to Linux support.

According to Mr. Ødegaard, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.3.537.5 has been released only a few days after the previous snapshot, version 1.3.534.3, mostly to improve the broken HTML5 proprietary media support on Linux kernel-based operating systems, which was made more robust on the Ubuntu Linux distribution but now works on Slackware and openSUSE, SLES, and derivatives.

Vivaldi has offered support for proprietary video (MP4 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and AAC) and audio (MP3) for a while now on Ubuntu via a package from the Chromium open-source project called chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra. But only certain versions of this package have been supported until now, which means that many users have reported broken proprietary media support.

“With today’s snapshot we have made the system more flex…

MKVToolNix 9.3 “Second Sight” Released with Several Enhancements and Features

MKVToolNix developer Moritz Bunkus proudly announced the other day the release of the MKVToolNix 9.3.0 “Second Sight” maintenance update of the popular open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation utility, promising to implement many of the user-requested features, as well as to fix numerous reported bugs.

MKVToolNix 9.3 brought a new chapter generation feature with two placeholders, better support when opening a saved configuration via the merge tool, along with the ability to specify how much a TS or MPEG-PS file will be probed for tracks by using the new “–probe-range-percentage” option.

Most of the MPEG-TS module for mkvmerge have been rewritten to properly buffer PES (Packetized Elementary Stream) packets, and it looks like both the mkvmerge and mkvinfo tools received a new flags feature designed to support the “Colour” elements in video tracks of MKV (Matroska) containers.

“Users can use those flags to specify the color space, transfer function, chromaticity coor…

Development Release: NethServer 7.2 Beta 1

Alessio Fattorini has announced the first beta release of NethServer 7.2. The new version, NethServer 7.2 Beta 1, offers a number of changes, including improving and streamlining the network settings pages in the distribution’s web interface. "The first Beta release of NethServer 7 will bring numerous goodies: a….

Ubuntu 16.10 Getting Nautilus 3.20 Soon, Radiance Theme Fully Ported to GTK 3.20

We reported two weeks ago on the upcoming availability of a major GTK+ 3.20 / GNOME Stack 3.20 update for the now-in-development Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system.

At that moment in time, Ubuntu developer Iain Lane told us that he managed to port the Ambiance theme to the latest GTK+ 3.20 technologies, and that he also updated some of the GNOME components Ubuntu is using, such as the Nautilus file manager, and Baobab disk usage analyzer tool, along with the GTK+ port of Mozilla Firefox 47.0 for Ubuntu 16.10.

These were available for users who had the courage to test them in a PPA only for the upcoming Yakkety Yak release (see installations instructions below), but bugs were present, and not everything worked as expected. Today, July 14, Iain Lane has updated his initial statement, informing us that he has also managed to …

openSUSE Leap 42.2 to Ship with GNOME 3.20, KDE Plasma 5.6, Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS

We told you last week that users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling release operating system received fewer yet very important milestones of essential core components and open-source applications, and now it’s time to take a look at what’s coming to openSUSE Leap 42.2 this fall.

While openSUSE Tumbleweed users are currently enjoying cutting-edge software releases like the LibreOffice 5.2 RC1 office suite, Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0, Linux kernel 4.6.3, the PulseAudio 9.0 sound system, python3-setuptools 24.0.2, and the latest systemd init system update, openSUSE Leap users will have a surprise later this year when the 42.2 major version is announced.

As you probably already know, the openSUSE Leap operating system is built only around stable, thoroughly tested open-source and GNU/Linux technologies. That’s why openSUSE’s Dou…

Linux Kernel 3.18.37 LTS Updates the Networking & Sound Stacks, Adds MIPS Fixes

Immediately after he pushed the Linux 4.1.28 kernel update to the stable channels, Sasha Levin announced the general availability of the thirty-seventh maintenance release for the Linux 3.18 LTS kernel series.

Linux kernel 3.18.37 LTS arrives approximately three weeks after the debut of Linux kernel 3.18.36 LTS, changing a total of 276 files, with 2,687 insertions and 1,795 deletions, improving support for several widely used hardware architectures. Among them are SPARC, ARM64 (AArch64), ARM, MIPS, ARC, PowerPC (PPC), s390, and x86, but also fixing issues for the XFS, Btrfs, CIFS, NFS, EXT4, NILFS2, and UBIFS filesystems.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.37 kernel. All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade,” says Sasha Levin. “The updated 3.18….

GIMP 2.8.18 Open-Source Image Editor Released with Script-Fu Improvements, More

It looks like the awesome development team behind the powerful, free, open-source and cross-platform GIMP image editor software has been working hard to prepare new features and improve existing ones in the widely used GNU application.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is currently used in dozens of Linux kernel-based operating systems by default, and it has proved over the years to be the perfect tool for all sorts of photo retouching and manipulation operations.

While the next major version, GIMP 2.10, is currently in the works, with the GIMP 2.9.4 development snapshot out the door a couple of days ago, the development team is pleased to release today an update to the current stable series, GIMP 2.8.

GIMP 2.8.18 is now available, coming approximately 8 months since the 20-year anniversary GIMP 2.8.16 relea…

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.12.1 Snap Creator Tool for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Snapcraft 2.12.1 has landed in the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) software repositories, bringing multiple improvements and fixes, among which we can mention a new store endpoint that tracks the status of pushed Snaps and offers feedback directly on the command-line in order to know whether a manual action is needed or everything is good.