Popular DNS Software BIND 9.9.5 Is Now Available for Download

BIND, an implementation of the Domain Name System (DNS) protocols and one of the most widely used pieces of DNS software on the Internet, has reached version 9.9.5. According to the developers of BIND, this is the latest production version release in the 9.9 branch of the software. Highlights of BIND 9.9.5: • A few crashes that occurred when serving some NSEC3 signed zone have been fixed;  • memcpy was incorrectly called with overlapp…

How to find outdated joomla versions on your server to reduce the risk of being hacked

Today I want to focus on a topic that can lead to huge problems of hacked accounts, spam mailings etc.: Outdated Joomla installations on your server.
Of course, this is valid for other software, too. The mentioned method should work in a similar way f…

Intel HD Graphics 4600 Performance On Mesa 10.1-devel

Some of our final Linux benchmarks at Phoronix to end out January are of looking at the Mesa 10.0 vs. 10.1-devel performance for Intel HD Graphics 4600 on a Core i5 processor while running Ubuntu 14.04. Is there much in store for Haswell with this upco…

Calibre 1.22 Can Now Compare eBook Files

Version 1.22 of eBook reader and management software Calibre has been released and comes with more tools and new features.

According to the developers, a new tool has been added to compare eBook files, showing the differences in their underlying text, styles, and images side by side.

“The new compare tool is very u…

New Kernel Vulnerability Affects Ubuntu 13.10

On January 30, Canonical announced in a security notice that a new Linux kernel update was available for its Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) operating system, fixing a security issue found recently in the Linux kernel packages. It was discovered that…

R600g Geometry Shaders Come For R600/R700

Yesterday I wrote about Geometry Shaders support proposed for the R600 Gallium3D driver, a major OpenGL 3.2 feature and is needed for getting the R600g driver up to par with RadeonSI and the other Mesa/Gallium3D drivers either at or nearing OpenGL 3.3 …

Linux 3.14 Supports MIPS’ Latest CPU Core

The MIPS Linux pull request for the 3.14 kernel provides support for the MIPS interAptiv and proAptiv processor cores…

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.5

Connie Sieh has announced the release of Scientific Linux 6.5, a distribution built from source package for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 with extra software designed for use in scientific and academic environments: "Scientific Linux 6.5 is officially released for i686/x86_64. As a reminder, the SL6x repository always….

Moonlight: Yet Another Linux Desktop Environment

Not to be confused with Mono’s former Moonlight open-source project re-implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight, the Moonlight Desktop Environment is trying to be the desktop environment for low-end devices like the Raspberry Pi…

Distribution Release: Quirky 6.0 “Tahr”

Barry Kauler has announced the release of Quirky 6.0 "Tahr" edition. This is a small and experimental live CD which, unlike the the original Quirky 6.0 released last month, is binary compatible with "Trusty Tahr", Ubuntu’s current development tree. From the release announcement: "You have heard of Trusty….

Viber’s a Worthy Alternative to Outgoing GrooveIP

Google has been clamping down on third-party apps that ride piggyback on its Google Voice telephony service. A merger between Google Voice and Hangouts this year will result in the shuttering of an open protocol exploited by apps that used the Google Voice service for free SMS texting and VoIP calling. The days of free Internet-based in-U.S. smartphone calls over Google’s network are numbered.

Professional Video Editor `Lightworks` 11.5 Goes Stable For Linux

After being in beta for almost a year, Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, has reached version 11.5 stable, this being the first Lightworks release for Linux. The new version is of course also available for Windows.According to Wikipedia, “Lightworks was an early developer of computer-based non-linear editing systems, and has been in […]

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Open-Source AMD UVD Now Works For RadeonSI

The open-source AMD Radeon Linux graphics driver should now properly handle using the Unified Video Decoder (UVD) with RadeonSI (HD 7000 series and newer hardware) if using the very latest code…

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Really Needs a Confirmation Dialog for Suspend

Canonical has improved a lot of things for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), but a few problems still linger on, like the missing confirmation dialog for Suspend. Ubuntu developers have added for Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) a series of very cool and great-looking confirmation dialogs for various actions, such as Restart, Log out, and so on. Users can close the operating systems, either Ubuntu 13.10 or Ubuntu 14.04, from the upper right corner. All the commands are p…

How to install Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16 on a Btrfs filesystem

This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to install Linux Mint 16 and Ubuntu 13.10 on a Btrfs filesystem. Read more ….

New Ubuntu Touch Image Promoted Despite Lingering Bugs

Canonical is improving Ubuntu Touch with each new version, and now a new release has been made available.

The Ubuntu team promoted a new image for Ubuntu Touch, despite the fact that it’s still plagued by a few problems.

“We are promoting image #151. We based the promotion decision on the facts that dogfooding results are as good as the previous promoted image and the online-account settings bug isn’t a new bug (after some more testing),” said Didier Roch…

How To Fix A Non-Bootable Ubuntu System Due To Broken Updates Using A LiveCD And Chroot

If your Ubuntu system doesn’t boot because of some broken updates and the bug was fixed in the repositories, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD and chroot to update the system and fix it.1. Create a bootable Ubuntu CD/DVD or USB stick, boot from it and select “Try Ubuntu without installing”. Once you get […]

Btrfs Gets Big Changes, Features In Linux 3.14 Kernel

While the EXT4 changes and XFS alterations for the Linux 3.14 kernel weren’t too exciting, the Btrfs file-system update was submitted today for Linux 3.14 and it’s definitely exciting…

Canonical Closes Ubuntu 13.10 QEMU Exploits

Canonical published details about the QEMU vulnerabilities in its Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems. According to the company, several security issues have been fixed in QEMU. It has been discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled SCSI controllers with more than 256 attached devices. A local user could possibly use this flaw to elevate privileges. Also, it has been discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled device hot-unpluggi…