VLC 2.2 Officially Released, Lets Users Resume Movies from Where They Left Off

VideoLAN announced the general availability of the highly anticipated VLC Media Player 2.2.0 open-source and multi-platform video playback application a couple of hours after releasing the sixth maintenance release of the 2.1 branch, VLC 2.1.6, as reported by Softpedia yesterday, February 27.

We’ve also rep… (read more)

FBI Is Not Using Ubuntu in House of Cards

Spoiler alert! A leaked image appeared earlier on the web, a screenshot from Episode 3 of the third season of the acclaimed House of Cards TV show distributed by Netflix, showing actors playing as members of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) while using their computers where the operating system might look like the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

As a bunch of users on the Internet wer… (read more)

Mesa 10.5-RC3 Now Available To Test Improved GPU Drivers

Just a few days after Mesa 10.5 RC2 was released, the third release candidate to Mesa 10.5 is now available for testing…

Development Release: Elive 2.5.8 (Beta)

The seemingly endless development of Elive, a Debian-based distribution with a customised Enlightenment desktop, continues with yet another beta release, version 2.5.8: “The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.5.8
This new version includes: kernel – much improved optimizations to be smaller, faster,….

New Specifications On The Alleged Ubuntu Tablet

Back in December, Phoronix delivered the first article about An Ubuntu Tablet Inspired By The Ubuntu Edge Is Coming. From the company responsible for this tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone we have some new specifications of the tablet they plan to ship with Ubuntu…

Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 Officially Released

The Black Lab Software Team, through Roberto J. Dohnert, was happy to announce Softpedia a few minutes ago, February 27, about the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta release of the forthcoming Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 computer operating system.

At the users’ request, Black Lab Linux Professional Desktop 6.5 Beta 1 now uses GNOME Classic as the default desktop environment, making the operating system more familiar for those who… (read more)

LLVM 3.6 Officially Released With Many Compiler Advantages

While running a few days late, LLVM 3.6 was officially released today…

Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Makes It Easier for Windows Users to Adapt to the Unity Interface

The Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Beta 1 (Vivid Vervet) operating system has also been released alongside the Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu MATE distributions, bringing a wide range of improvements, numerous updated components, as well as the usual bug fixes. We took the distribution for a test drive and created a nice screenshot tour for all users of the Chinese Ubuntu community.

In Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Beta 1 we can see that the Locally-Integrated Menu (LIM) and… (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.18.8 Arrives with IPv6, IPv4, and EXT4 Improvements

Greg Kroah-Hartman had the pleasure of announcing a new maintenance release for the stable Linux 3.18 kernel, bring a handful of improvements in various area, including IPv6, IPv4, EXT4, as well as the Broadcom Ethernet driver.

According to the raw changelog, Linux kernel 3.18.8 fixes CPU unplug issues, fixes netxen_nic_poll() logic, now initializes unic… (read more)

Kontact Kolab Now

Kolab Systems has recently announced substantial improvements to their support for Kolab Groupware, today’s release of Kolab 3.4, recently released Kolab Enterprise 14 and the upgrade of the hosted Kolab Now solution for Enterprise 14. Since the start of Kolab in 2002 as a Free Software project sponsored by the German Federal Office for Information Security, KDE people have played a significant role in its development. Kolab is enterprise-level software that includes group email, calendaring, contacts, file sharing, and task management. Its features also appeal to many individuals.

A little history

The initial release of Kolab was called Kroupware (notice the “K”, it means something ;^) The Kroupware Client was the result of enhancements to KMail and other KDE PIM (personal information management) software, and later became known as Kontact. About 10 years ago, KDE developers were interviewed about the evolution of the projects and provided details about Kontact, the Personal Information Management Suite from KDE. Currently Kontact is the favored client for Kolab; other popular clients are supported as well. Despite its longevity, KDE PIM continues to evolve.

Email still going strong

Despite the rise of social networks and messaging apps, email continues to be the dominant mode of written electronic communication. Over the next few years, email use will continue to grow in the business world and decrease by less than 4% each year for consumers. The average business worker will have to deal with 140 emails a day by 2018, up from 120 emails a day now. (Thanks to theconversation.com)

Approximately 108 billion business emails are sent each day. Email is critical to communication in organizations.

Security and privacy more important than ever

Kolab was designed with a security centric architecture from the beginning. With the revelations of government spying over the past few years and other dangerous electronic invasions, this aspect of Kolab has grown in importance to many people. It was one of the primary considerations for the Munich city government when Kolab was selected for implementation in February 2014. In addition, the City of Munich has implemented the KDE Desktop as part of LiMux – The IT evolution, migrating the City to free and open source software. Privacy and security are essential requirements to organizations, and highly important to many individuals as well.

Kolab Now

Recent reports of government intrusions—involving organizations such as the U.S. NSA and the U.K. GCHQ—are cause for alarm by some individuals. U.S.-based email providers such as Google and Microsoft have been required to release information to government agencies without notifying the people involved. Encryption and other privacy measures can’t be trusted to such arrangements.

Kolab Now provides enterprise-class Kolab capabilities and support for individuals and smaller groups. The secure email and collaboration services are based in Switzerland. Individual data is “protected by a unique combination of terms of service, laws, operational principles and technology. Kolab Now will never put you under surveillance to sell your data or profile and there will be no advertisements. Enjoy the convenience of the Cloud without compromising freedom and openness.” (from the Kolab Now website)

Kolab Systems and KDE

Kolab Systems provides enterprise level support for Kolab Groupware. The company actively supports development of various aspects of Kontact; some Kolab Systems employees are paid to work on Kontact. Through this symbiosis, Kolab Systems has access to one of the best full-featured desktop clients (Kontact), while scalability and other benefits flow to one of KDE’s premier applications. For example, Christian Mollekopf recently wrote about progress with Akonadi. Kolab Systems is an important player in the KDE ecosystem and is a strong advocate for Free Software. Their work with organizations such as the City of Munich reflects well on KDE’s value in large scale deployments.

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elementary OS “Freya” Now Allows Users to Search Through the Terminal Backlog

elementary OS “Freya” is expected by everyone and it has no launch date, but the developers are now teasing an interesting new feature for the terminal.

Among all the features that you might expect to find in a Linux distribution, you wouldn’t really expect to find something that’s related to the terminal. It looks like they found a way to enhance the user experience in the terminal by implementing a search function for the backlog.

In the regular terminal you have to pr… (read more)

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Gets a Big Linux Kernel Update

Numerous Linux kernel vulnerabilities have been found and corrected in the Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system. Canonical has pushed a new update for this important kernel and users should already be able to download it.

The Linux kernel for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) has been upgraded and quite a few things have been fixed by the developers. Some of the exploits are more dangerous than others, but nothing really stands out. 

“A flaw was discovered in the K… (read more)

CUPS Exploit Closed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Details about a CUPS vulnerability in its Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems have been revealed by Canonical. Even if it’s a not a major problem, users should still upgrade as soon as possible.

The CUPS package has been upgraded in order to correct a vulnerability that could have been made CUPS to crash or run programs if it processed a specially crafted file. CUPS stands for Common UNIX Printing System.

Peter De Wach… (read more)

VLC 2.2 “Weathermax” Brings Better VP9 & H.265 Support

VLC 2.2 (codenamed “Weathermax”) was released today as the latest version of the popular, multi-platform, open-source media player…

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Linux Benchmarks

The latest solid-state drive being added to one of our Linux test farm systems is the Samsung 850 EVO. Prior to commissioning this drive in one of the systems, I ran some benchmarks against a few other solid-state drives while testing with the EXT4 file-system on Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Lets Users Imitate the Look of Other OSes

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Beta 1 made its debut yesterday as an official Ubuntu flavor and it’s full of interesting stuff. We’ve covered most of the cool aspects, but one of them really stands out and that is the ability to change the panel layout.

If you open the control center in Ubuntu MATE, you will find an entry called M… (read more)

Open-Source .NET On Linux Continues Maturing

Rich Lander of Microsoft has posted an update concerning the open-sourcing of Microsoft’s .NET core and how they’re looking to do feature work more in the open and with the community’s involvement…

GNOME 3.16 to Feature Redesigned and Superb System Notifications

GNOME 3.16 promises to be one of the best releases made so far and numerous changes have been already announced. The new notification system is one of them and it’s definitely something to look forward to.

Not all desktop environments treat notifications the same way. Some are simple, some can’t be dismissed, in others you don’t have a history of recent notifications, and so on. No two DEs treat these notifications in the same way, which is actually a problem. The GNOME dev… (read more)

Calligra 2.9.0 Office Suite Now Available for Download, Introduces Calligra Gemini

Jarosław Staniek had the pleasure of announcing on the Calligra website that version 2.9.0 of the acclaimed office suite for KDE-based desktop environments is now available for download, a release that includes the biggest version of the Krita digital painting software, as well as updated version of the Kexi visual data-oriented apps builder.

As expected, Calli… (read more)

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.17 Core 87

Michael Tremer has announced the release of IPFire 2.17 Core 87, a major new update of the the project’s specialist distribution for firewalls, featuring an updated kernel and GRUB 2 bootloader: “This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.17 – Core Update 87, a new major version….