ARM Cortex-A15 Compiler Optimizations

The latest in our series of ARM Linux benchmarking is looking at the impact of GCC compiler optimizations on the ARM Cortex A15-based Samsung Exynos 5 Dual.

Copyq Advance Clipboard Manager for Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint

Install Copyq Advance Clipboard Manager in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 14/13 CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with searchable and editable history with support for image formats, command line control and more. Command interface and graphical interface accessible from tray. By default the application stores any new clipboard content in list in the […]

Grml 2013.02 "Grumpy Grinch" Is Based on Linux Kernel 3.7.9

Grml, a bootable live system (Live-CD) based on Debian which includes a collection of GNU/Linux apps designed for system administrators, is now at version 2013.02.

After just one release candidate, the final version of Grml 2013.02 has arrived. And the answer is yes, it’s still called Grumpy Grinch.

According to the developers, this release brings the Grml tools towards the upcoming Debian stable release (AKA wheezy), provides up2date hardware support and fixes known …

New Android-x86 4.2 Test Build (Based On Android 4.2.2) Available For Download

Android-x86 is a project that provides Android with x86 support so it can be used on netbooks, laptops and various tablets.Today, a new Android-x86 4.2 (based on the latest Android 4.2.2) test build has been released and it includes:Linux Kernel 3.8.0;OpenGL ES hardware acceleration for AMD Radeon and Intel chipsets;Multi-touch, Wifi, Audio, G-sensor, Camera and […]

Guns of Icarus Online and KRUNCH Linux Games Included in New Indie Royale Bundle

A new Indie Royale collection of games, called the Mash Bundle, is now available for purchase and it has two Linux games.

The Indie Royale collections are not known as being Linux friendly. In fact, most of the bundles released so far didn’t have a single Linux game.

The Mash Bundle is a little different and contains Guns of Icarus Online, a team-based multiplayer online airship combat game set in a steampunk/dieselpunk-inspired, post-apocalyptic world, and KRUNCH, a …

Development Release: openSUSE 12.3 RC2

Jos Poortvliet has announced the availability of the second and final release candidate for openSUSE 12.3: "The openSUSE release team has released RC2 to the mirrors a few hours ago. A large number of bugs have been fixed and a number of packages have been updated. Major changes….

Genode OS 13.02 Plays With IOMMUs, Cortex-A15s

The Genode OS operating system framework now supports direct memory access via IOMMUs and it also has initial support for ARM Cortex-A15 SoCs. This work can be found in the brand new Genode OS 13.02 release…

Canonical scraps in-person Ubuntu planning, heads for cloud

Future developer meetings to be held on Google+Ubuntu Linux maintainer Canonical has canceled its semiannual Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) conferences in favor of a new, more-frequent series of events to be conducted online only.… Read more ….

Sony lifts skirt on Firefox OS with developer ROM for Xperia E

Ubuntu’s not the only half-baked mobile OS aroundThe Mozilla Foundation doesn’t expect the first phones running its Firefox OS to appear until this summer – and even then, only in select markets – but developers can start tinkering with the platform on real hardware today, thanks to Sony Mobile.… Read more ….

Gratuitous Space Battles to Arrive on Steam for Linux

Gratuitous Space Battles, a title developed by the Positech Games studios, will be available on Steam for Linux, soon.

Gratuitous Space Battles has been available for a few years and it was already ported for Linux for a Humble Bundle. According to the CDR database, Gratuitous Space Battles is set to be released on the Linux platform in the near future.

The game is a combination between the real-time strategy and the tower-defense genres. The players will only be resp…

Zorin OS 6.2 Core Features Proprietary Zorin Menu

Zorin OS, a multi-functional operating system based on Ubuntu and designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux, is now at version 6.2.

The Zorin OS 6.2 Core distribution is built on top of the previous 6.1 version, with updated software and a new Linux kernel out of the box.

Zorin OS 6.2 is based on Ubuntu 12.04.2, which is an LTS (Long Term Support) release, providing users with 5 years of security updates.

The…

PAC Manager 4.5.12 Is Available for Download

PAC, a Perl/GTK replacement for SecureCRT, Putty, and so on (linux ssh/telnet/gui) that provides a GUI to configure connections, is now at version 4.5.1.2.

Highlights of PAC 4.5.1.2:

• Code changes have been implemented for PACShell (now, part of PACTerminal).
• Options have been added to KeePass. Users can now add “URL” searches;
• Speed improvements have been implemented for better KeePass integration (right-click menus, startup terminals,…

Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.8 for Linux Released with Fixes for Battlefield 1942

Oracle announced on February 28 that its VirtualBox virtualization product for enterprises and end users has just reached version 4.2.8.

Highlights of Oracle VirtualBox 4.2.8:

• Not all the translation tags were taken into account during the language switch;
• The network metrics are now collected only for active (up) interfaces;
• The time for merging snapshots has been reduced, under certain conditions;
• Battlefield 1942 game c…

Linux Admin Tips, Tricks and Tools of the Trade

Here in the Linux community, most of us enjoy high-level debates about strategies and trends just as much as the next technology enthusiast does. At the end of the day, however, it seems safe to say that what we tend to relish most of all is a good ol’ nuts-and-bolts discussion of the tools and tricks of the trade.

DBus-GLib Exploit Closed in Ubuntu 12.10

On February 27, Canonical published in a security notice details about a DBus-GLib vulnerability for its Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Ubuntu 11.10, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems. According to Canonical, an attacker could have sent crafted input to applications, using Dbus-GLib, and could have possibly escalate privileges. Sebastian Krahmer and Bastien Nocera discovered that DBus-GLib did not properly validate the message sender when the “NameOwnerChanged” …

FreeNAS 8.3.1 RC1 Is Available for Testing

FreeNAS, a free implementation of a minimal FreeBSD distribution, has just reached version 8.3.1 RC1. FreeNAS 8.3.1 RC1 has introduced a large number of functional changes in comparison with the 8.0.x branch. Highlights of FreeNAS 8.3.1 RC1: • The handling of user uploaded SSL certs has been improved, including for certs that require a passphrase; • When upgrading, an offer to save the config file will be shown; • Always use 4K …

Gallium3D LLVMpipe Driver Shows Progress

With talking recently about LLVMpipe driver improvements and having not benchmarked this Gallium3D software driver in a while, here are new benchmarks of this LLVM-based software fallback driver when using Mesa 9.1-devel Git in conjunction with LLVM 3….

Mozilla Firefox 19.0.1 for Linux Released with Zero Changes

Mozilla has officially announced that the second release in the Firefox 19.x branch is now available for download.Unlike the first version in the 19.0 branch, the new Firefox 19.0.1 doesn’t bring any changes for the Linux user. With the exception of a single fix for the Windows platform, the change in number is the only Linux relevant information.The previous release, Firefox 19.0, arrived with a new built-in PDF viewer, startup improvements, and exciting new tools for …

Superb RTS Wargame: European Escalation Is Now on Steam for Linux

Wargame: European Escalation, a real-time strategy developed by Eugen Systems, has been officially launched for Linux, making it the best-looking RTS to arrive on the open source platform. The Linux platform has some interesting real-time strategy games, but the truth is that none of them is as advanced, in terms of …

Linux Kernel 3.7.10 Officially Released

On February 27, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance release for the stable Linux 3.7.x kernel series. Linux kernel 3.7.10 comes with quite a few patches, and an upgrade is recommended to all users of the previous versions, even if it’s just a maintenance release. Ju…