Slackpkg Update Fixes Long Standing Annoyance

Slackware’s Slackpkg has long had a design flaw that could result in inoperative applications or systems. But Patrick Volkerding recently addressed the issue with a simple but significant change. In addition, Slackware is getting some new native packages and updates. Willy Sudiarto Raharjo, Slackware enthusiast and contributor, recently reported of a significant change in slackpkg […]

Community on

We’re very happy to announce that is now online. It is the primary address for interested Ubuntu users to stay involved and get informed about what our community is doing. Our new community website: A handful of contributors worked hard with the Canonical Design and Web team and from now on it will […]

Gaming, Linux Desktop Advances For May 2013

With the end of May comes our usual end of the month summary about the most popular Linux news stories this month that appeared on Phoronix and other announcements…

Intel Works On Intermediate Pixel Storage

A new feature being worked on for the Intel DRM Linux kernel graphics driver is IPS. Short for Intermediate Pixel Storage, this feature should allow modern Intel HD graphics cores to let the CPU enter deeper PC states to increase power-savings…

GCC 4.8.1 Released With Compiler Bug-Fixes

As the first point release for the GCC 4.8 compiler is the freshly-released GCC 4.8.1…

Ten Good Years

It’s been ten years since we started this thing, and what a long way we’ve come. From a discussion between myself and Mike Little about forking our favorite blogging software, to powering 18% of the web. It’s been a crazy, exciting, journey, and one that won’t stop any time soon. At ten years, it’s fun […]

Genode OS 13.05 Brings Automated Tests, Exynos 5

Version 13.05 of the Genode OS Framework is now available…

GCC 4.8.1 Available for Download

GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection that includes frontends for C, C++, Fortran, Objective-C, Java, Ada, and Go, has just reached version 4.8.1. Highlights of GCC 4.8.1: • The BACKTRACE intrinsic subroutine has been added; • The -Wc-binding-type warning option has been added and can be used to warn the user is a variable might not be C interoperable; • The -Wrealloc-lhs and -Wrealloc-lhs-all warning command-line options have been added; &…

Smoothly light & dark theme for Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint

Install Smoothly Light + Dark theme on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric/Linux Mint 15/14/13/12 (GTK theme) Smoothly theme is designed for GTK and avialable in two versions smoothly-dark and smoothly light, It is available for GTK 3.8/3.6/3.4/3.2 version. Smoothly (Black) GTK-3.4 requires unico-1.0.2 and adwaita themes engine and Smoothly GTK-3.2 requires […]

Box Conky for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Debain/Other Ubuntu derivatives

Install Box conky in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/Ubuntu 12.04/11.10/11.04/Any Ubuntu Version/Any Linux Mint 15/14/13 We have conky collection with easy installation to make Linux awesome. Box conky was only available for some environments but after some modification NoobsLab is providing for all desktop environments (Unity, Gnome Shell, Mate, Gnome Classic, Cinnamon and others). Box conky shows Analog Clock, […]

Open Source Phones May Have Brighter Futures Than You Think

Three years ago, In a post here on OStatic, I asked this question:  “Is It Too Late for an Open Source Challenge to Android?” And now, as we’ve been covering recently, a number of players are seeking to answer that question. Mobile phones based on Mozilla’s Firefox OS and Ubuntu are imminent, as are smartphones […]

Ubuntu Bug One fixed? Shuttleworth says it is

Mark Shuttleworth closed Bug One in the Ubuntu bug tracker saying that Microsoft’s domination of the personal computer business was now fixed. Others disagree with his reasoning and selected status for the bug as “Fix Released”     Read more at H-online

Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth: Microsoft no longer dominates PC biz

‘Let’s focus on our own excellence, not someone else’s product’. Ubuntu headman and part-time astronaut Mark Shuttleworth has declared victory over Microsoft’s domination of the PC industry, noting that the competitive landscape today is far different from what it was when Ubuntu launched in 2004.… Read more ….

FTL: Faster Than Light Receives an Overhaul on Steam for Linux

FTL: Faster Than Light, a game developed by the Subset Games studio in which the players get to experience what it is like to command a starship, has just received a major update.Faster Than Light is a “spaceship simulation rogue-like,” which has practically become a genre since the game’s release. It’s a unique title featuring a gameplay that will keep the players on edge.Highlights of the latest Faster Than Light update:• Players are now a…

WIP “OpenFlashpoint”

Here is another post about a project I found in the far ends of the internet (“here be dragons”), but which seems really promising never the less.But first of all a disclamer by the original creator:The screenshots you are about to see are not yet an e…

Half-Life 2 Update Fixes Multiple Crashes

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter developed by Valve that was released back in 2004 and it has recently been ported on the Linux platform. The patches have started to arrive.

Porting a complex title such as Half-Life 2 is a very difficult task and the developers have to release a lot of updates until the game exits the Beta stages.

Highlights of the latest Half-Life 2 update:

• The Russian audio localization has been improved;
• A cras…

Chakra Linux 2013.05 Is Based on KDE 4.10.3

Chakra Linux, a distribution especially built to take advantage of KDE Software Compilation and the Plasma desktop, is now at version 2013.05.

Chakra Linux 2013.05, dubbed “Benz,” follows the development of the KDE SC 4.10 series and a trend started by developers a while ago. They will be naming their releases after famous engineers.

Highlights of Chakra Linux 2013.05:

• KDE Software Compilation has been updated to version 4.10.3;

DragonFly BSD 3.4.2 Bugfix Release Available for Download

DragonFly, a distribution that belongs to the same class of operating systems as other BSD-derived systems and UNIX, is now at version 3.4.2.

DragonFly 3.4.2 is not a major release and it comes with just a few changes and improvements.

Highlights of DragonFly BSD 3.4.2:

• More than 2 CPUs are now supported in Xen, without any crashes;
• Booting x86_64 DragonFly in KVM is now possible;
• Support wider terminals has been implement…

Linux Kernel (Raring HWE) Vulnerabilities Fixed in Ubuntu 12.04

Several security vulnerabilities have been discovered in the Linux kernel (Raring HWE), affecting the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, Canonical has unveiled. According to Canonical, several security issues have been fixed in the kernel. For example, an information leak has been discovered in the Linux kernel’s crypto API. A Local users could have exploited this flaw to examine potentially sensitive information from the kernel’s stack…

Ditch Your Windows OS and Replace It with ReactOS 0.3.15

ReactOS, a free open source operating system based on the best design principles found in the Windows NT architecture, is now at version 0.3.15.

The current version of ReactOS, 0.3.15, has been in development for over a year and it incorporates architectural enhancements for the NT architecture.

According to the developers of ReactOS, the main goal of the ReactOS project is to provide an operating system which is binary compatible with Windows.