MATE 1.16 Desktop Environment Officially Released with More GTK+ 3 Improvements

Just a few minutes ago, Ubuntu MATE project leader, and now a Canonical employee, Martin Wimpress, informed us about the availability of the MATE 1.16 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

It has been six long months since the MATE 1.14 desktop environment was announced, during which the MATE development team worked hard on bringing lots of improvements to the core applications included in the lightweight graphical desktop interface used by default in the Ubuntu MATE operating system and other GNU/Linux distributions, as well as lots of other enhancements and cosmetic changes.

“After 6 months of development the MATE Desktop team are proud to announce the release of MATE Desktop 1.16. We’d like to thank every MATE contributor for their help making this release possible,” says Martin Wimpress. “The release is focused on improving GTK3+ compatibility, migrating components to newer libraries, fixing bugs and code hygene.”

Here’s what’s new in MA… (read more)

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta Freeze Now in Effect, Lands September 22

Today, September 21, 2016, Canonical’s Adam Conrad announced that the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta is now in freeze stage and will arrive, as initially planned, on September 22, 2016.

However, early adopters should look for the release late Thursday or very early on Friday, September 23, because the Ubuntu developers are a little busy right now pushing last minute updates to the stable archive, and they also managed to land the new Linux 4.8 kernel packages earlier today, as reported right here on Softpedia.

“Due to a rocky start on this beta with landing a last-minute kernel and a few other hiccups, it’s possible the actual release will happen on Friday morning instead of Thursday night, but let’s … (read more)

Flatpak 0.6.11 Linux Universal Binary Format Released with New Features, Fixes

Alex Larsson from the Flatpak project, the universal binary format that aims to simplify application distribution across multiple GNU/Linux operating systems, announced the release of Flatpak 0.6.11.

Flatpak 0.6.11 is a small maintenance version that comes approximately one week after the release of the previous one, Flatpak 0.6.10, bringing a new FLATPAK_CHECK_VERSION macro in the libflatpak library to automatically check the installed Flatpak version, a new option to the flatpak-builder command, namely “–show-deps,” to allow listing of all the files on which the manifest depends.

The list of changes continues with support for using dashes in application IDs, but app developers are being informed by Alex Larsson that to make them work with symboli… (read more)

Snapcraft GUI 3.0 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 16.10

Softpedia was informed today, September 21, 2016, by Snapcraft GUI developer Keshav Bhatt about the release of a new major update, version 3.0, for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above.

Last week, we introduced you guys to the Snapcraft GUI application, whose main goal is to help application developers who want to distribute their projects across multiple GNU/Linux distributions using Canonical’s innovative Snap universal binary package format build Snappy packages more easily.

So, yes, Snapcraft GUI is a graphical user interface to the Snapcraft command-line tool for creating Snap packages, and the latest release, Snapcraft GUI 3.0, is here to implement a “Recent Project” functionality, as well as a Project Notes feature that lets you write and save notes for your Snapcraft projects.

Additionally, there’s now a “Donation”… (read more)

GTK+ 3.22 GUI Toolkit Released for GNOME 3.22 as Devs Prepare for GTK+ 4.0

Immediately after announcing the final release of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, Matthias Clasen also had the pleasure of informing us about the availability of the GTK+ 3.22 GUI toolkit.

Most of you out there developing GTK+ apps know what this open source software is all about, and the latest stable build is now 3.22, released as part of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment. However, it looks like this will be the last release in the GTK+ 3 series, as the developers are now preparing to bump the development builds to version 3.90.x towards GTK+ 4.0.

“The 3.22 release is the last development release in the GTK+ 3. series. GTK+ 3.22 will be maintained as the long-term stable version of GTK+ 3, and new development will move to the GTK+ 3.90.x releases. To learn more about the GTK+ roadmap, read: read more)

Ubuntu to Run Much Faster in Virtual Machines, as Well as When Using It Remotely

After releasing the OTA-13 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, Canonical is now working hard on putting all the pieces together for next month’s Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system.

Ubuntu 16.10 will be officially released on October 13, 2016, but until then we will be able to get an early taste of its new features by downloading the Final Beta ISO images, which for some of the opt-in flavors is called Beta 2. However, for Ubuntu itself, this will be the first and only Beta release.

We’ve already told you that Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) is now officially powered by Linux kernel 4.8, as well as that it already received some of the packages from the recently released read more)

Wayland 1.12 Next-Gen Linux Display Server Officially Released with Many Goodies

Today, September 21, 2016, Bryce Harrington has had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of the Wayland 1.12.0 display server for GNU/Linux operating systems, along with the Weston 1.12.0 compositor.

Development for Wayland 1.12 and Weston 1.12 started exactly a month ago when the first Alpha build was seeded to public testers, and it already contained many of the new functionalities and improvements implemented in this final build we can install today on our GNU/Linux distributions.

Since then, several other development builds have been released for testing, but no other major features were added, only small bug fixes. Therefore, we believe that many of you monitoring the Wayland/Weston development builds may be aware that it comes with a new wl_display_add_protocol logger API.

“A new wl_display_add_protocol logger API provides a new, interactive way to debug requests; along with this are new APIs for examining clients and their resources. … (read more)

APT 1.3 Linux Package Manager Has Been Officially Released in Debian Unstable

On September 20, 2016, the APT development team, through Julian Andres Klode, announced the release of version 1.3 of the APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) command-line package manager.

APT 1.3 has been in the works since early May this year, and it received a total of twelve development releases that brought numerous improvements and new features to one of the oldest and most acclaimed package managers for Debian-based GNU/Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

And the biggest ones worth mentioning here are support for multiple fingerprints in the Signed-By feature making package distribution more secure, along with Signed-By support in “Release” files in the form of HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP), as well as the ability to use the same redirection mirror for all index files.

Multiple improvements were added to the EDSP (External Dependency Solver Protocol) protocol specificati… (read more)

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Is Now Officially Powered by Linux Kernel 4.8

Ubuntu 16.10 being in development and all that, it usually gets at least a few updated packages every 24 hours, and today, September 21, 2016, we were surprised to see that the Linux 4.8 kernel packages have finally landed.

The fact of the matter is that the Ubuntu developers have been working on rebasing the Linux kernel of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series, which is currently in development too, and the final release is expected to hit the streets later this month or on October 2, 2016.

Until today, Ubuntu 16.10 shipped with the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel from the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, but patched with some of the goodies from the now deprecated Linux 4.6 kernel series. The Ubuntu devs briefly attempted to rebase Yakkety’s kernel on the Linux 4.7 branch too.

However, considering the fact that they set in stone that the final release of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) will be powered by Linux kerne… (read more)

A new look for Drupal.org

As you can see we’ve put a fresh coat of paint on Drupal.org – but the changes run below the surface. This latest iteration of the front page brings the key concepts of our design system to the forefront: Clean, Modern, Technical.

Preview of the new home page design

This change also brings new editorial tools for Drupal.org content editors. The new home page provides us more flexibility with content and presentation, and so you’ll see more frequent updates, more information about DrupalCon, and more editorial flexibility on the home page than you’ve seen in the past. These tools are also helping us to build cleaner, modern landing pages – like you’ve just seen with our Fall Membership Campaign.

We’ve previewed this work with several key members of the community and the board, and we want to say thank you to everyone who’s given us their feedback on this first step for our new home page. We also want to give an extra special thank you to dyannenova for her contributions to this effort.

This is just the beginning – very soon we’ll have a new visual look for the case studies that are featured on the home page, and then shortly after that we’ll begin promoting solutions to Drupal evaluators in specific industries, like Higher Education, Media & Publishing, and Government.

If Drupal.org is the home of the community, than the front page is our front door. We want to welcome new users and evaluators of Drupal, highlight the project’s strengths, and promote news and happenings from throughout the ecosystem.

We hope you like the changes, and we think you’ll like the upcoming iterations even more. We’d love to hear your feedback!

GNOME: GNOME 3.22 Released: the Future is Now

GNOME 3.22 was released today, marking the culmination of 6 months work by the GNOME community. The new release introduces major new features as well as many smaller enhancements and fixes. Announcing the release, Matthias Clasen said: “This six-month effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world: developers, designers, documentation writers, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, students, system administrators, companies, artists, testers and last, not least, users. GNOME would not exist without all of you. Thank you to everyone!”.

The latest GNOME release introduces comprehensive Flatpak integration for the first time. Flatpak, the next generation application framework for Linux, provides cross-distribution applications that are more secure than traditional Linux apps. GNOME 3.22 makes it easy to install Flatpak apps using the Software application. GNOME’s developer technologies also make it easy to take full advantage of Flatpak’s security features.

GNOME’s Files application has a wealth of improvements in 3.22. A powerful new feature allows multiple files to be renamed at once and compressed file functionality has also been integrated. There are also numerous other user interface improvements.

Other major new features for GNOME 3.22 include a new Photo sharing feature, redesigned keyboard settings, NickServ integration in Polari (GNOME’s IRC application), enhanced support for the Wayland display server, and a much improved Software application.

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GNOME 3.22 is significant for developers, also. GTK+, GNOME’s interface toolkit, has introduced a new stable release series which will make it easier for application developers to use the many enhancements introduced during the 3.x series. GLib and GTK+ now provide transparent access to Flatpak “portals”, which allow isolated sandboxed applications to be developed. Builder, the GNOME IDE, has a range of enhancements, including a new built-in profiler. Other improvements include the introduction of CSS blend modes in GTK+, support for OpenGL for Embedded Systems (known as OpenGL ES or GLES) in GtkGLArea and a comprehensive upgrade to GLib’s logging functions.

More information about the latest version of GNOME can be found in the release notes.

GNOME 3.22 is codenamed “Karlsruhe”, in recognition of this year’s GUADEC organizing team.

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Drupal 8.1.10 released

Drupal 8.1.10, a maintenance release which contains fixes for security vulnerabilities, is now available for download.

See the Drupal 8.1.10 release notes for further information.

Upgrading your existing Drupal 8 sites is strongly recommended. There are no new features nor non-security-related bug fixes in this release. For more information about the Drupal 8.x release series, consult the Drupal 8 overview.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 8 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

Bug reports

This is the final security release for the 8.1.x series. Future maintenance releases will be made available in the 8.2.x series, according to our monthly release cycle.

Change log

Drupal 8.1.10 is a security release only. For more details, see the 8.1.10 release notes. A complete list of all changes in the upcoming 8.2.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Security vulnerabilities

Drupal 8.1.10 was released in response to the discovery of security vulnerabilities. Details can be found in the official security advisories:

To fix the security problem, please upgrade to Drupal 8.1.10. (Sites testing the 8.2.x release should update to 8.2.0-rc2.)

Update notes

See the 8.1.10 release notes for details on important changes in this release.

This is the final security release of the 8.1.x series. Sites should prepare to update to 8.2.0 following this release.

Known issues

See the 8.1.10 release notes for known issues.

GNOME 3.22 “Karlsruhe” Desktop Environment Is Officially Out, Here’s What’s New

Today, September 21, 2016, is a big day for Linux users, especially those who love the GNOME desktop environment, as the next major release is now officially available.

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about GNOME 3.22, dubbed Karlsruhe after the German host city of the annual GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) event, which took place last month between August 12-14, and during which the GNOME developers planned the new features to be implemented in the next version, GNOME 3.24.

Getting back to today’s release of GNOME 3.22, we can tell you that it includes six months of hard work, lots of improvements and new features to make your daily computing activities more productive and fun, as well as an up-to-date GNOME Stack with the latest components and applications, which other GNOME-based desktop environments use.

“GNOME Software can install and update Flatpaks, GNOME Builder can create them, and the desktop provides portal implementations to en… (read more)

Official Results of the 2016 Membership Committee Elections

noun_545315_ccThe board declares the following Members of The Document Foundation elected into the Membership Committee:

  • Katarína Behrens
  • Cor Nouws (tied for first withKatarína)
  • Gustavo Buzzatti Pacheco
  • Gabriele Ponzo
  • Miklos Vajna

The board declares the following Members of The Document Foundation elected as deputy members of the Membership Committee:

  • Stephan Bergmann
  • Klaus-Jürgen Weghorn
  • Charles-H. Schulz
  • Antonio Faccioli

Full detailed election materials are to be found at: https://elections.documentfoundation.org/2016-mc/, with the processed STV result here: https://elections.documentfoundation.org/results.php?election_id=8, and the list of all votes here: https://elections.documentfoundation.org/votes.php?election_id=8

The board wants to take the opportunity to thank all past and new members of the Membership Committee for their service to the community, and all candidates for running. Congratulations to the newly elected committee members and their deputies!

RuneScape Reveals Recap & Survey

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Slackware-Based Absolute 14.2 Linux OS Arrives with Up-to-Date Components

Absolute Linux developer Paul Sherman announced the release of version 14.2 of his Slackware-based GNU/Linux operating system for personal computers and laptops.

Based on Slackware 14.2, Absolute 14.2 comes, as expected, with many updated components, most of them borrowed from upstream. But it looks like there are some newly implemented things as well, such as an “Autoinstall” option in the installers to allow automatic installation of the OS on a user-selected partition or disk drive.

The “Autoinstall” option is available in both 64- and 32-bit versions of Absolute 14.2 Linux, but the former will also support automatic generation of GPT (GUID Partition Table) partitions if you’re booting/installing the GNU/Linux distribution on a modern UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) system, but Secure Boot must be turned off.

“Comes in a 32 as well as a 64-bit version. Same basic functionality, but most everything updated… (read more)

Tails 2.6 Anonymous Linux Live CD Is Out, Brings Tor 0.2.8.7 & Tor Browser 6.0.5

Just a few moment ago, the Tails development team proudly announced the official and general availability of the Tails 2.6 anonymous Live CD Linux operating system based on the latest Debian technologies.

Earlier this month, we reported on the availability of the first development version of Tails 2.6, the RC1 build, which also appeared to be the only one, and now, nearly three weeks later we can get our hands on the final release, which brings many updated components and several new features.

According to the release notes, the biggest new features in Tails 2.6 are the enablement of the kASLR (kernel address space layout randomization) in the Linux kernel packages that ship with the popular amnesic incognito live system, protecting users from buffer overflow attacks.

Another interesting feature implemented in Tails… (read more)

Distribution Release: Tails 2.6

The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) project has released a new version of the Debian-based privacy oriented distribution. Tails allows the user to direct network traffic through the Tor anonymizing network and provides a number of privacy utilities. The latest release, Tails 2.6, includes such security features as….

Debian-Based Q4OS 2.2.1 “Scorpion” Linux OS Ships with LXQt Alongside Trinity

Today, September 20, 2016, the Q4OS development team informs Softpedia about the immediate availability of an updated version of their work-in-progress Q4OS 2.0 “Scorpion” GNU/Linux operating system.

Q4OS 2.2.1 is out now, and it comes as a drop-in replacement for the previous development release, namely Q4OS 2.1.1, bringing all sort of updated components and new technologies based, of course, on the upstream Debian Testing repositories. These include Linux kernel 4.6, Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) 14.0.4, and GCC 6.

“This is a testing version of the Q4OS desktop, based on the recent Debian 9 Stretch release with the upgraded Linux kernel 4.6, GCC 6 and the Trinity 14.0.4 desktop environment,” reads today’s announcement. “Anybody is invited to try out the brand new version and report bugs and glitches.”

Now ships with the LXQt desktop environment as well

We all know that the Q4OS GNU/Linux di… (read more)

SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Now Includes GCC 6.2, GNU Binutils 2.26.1 & GDB 7.11.1

SUSE’s Andreas Jaeger reports on the availability of an updated toolchain for the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 operating system, bringing the latest tools designed for application development.

The updated toolchain included in SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 comes with some of the latest and most advanced development utilities, such as GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.2, GDB (GNU Debugger) 7.11.1, and GNU Binutils 2.26.1, thus enabling app developers to use the newest technologies when creating their amazing projects.

“Do you want to have better diagnostics when developing your C, C++, or Fortran code? Want to have applications that run faster and take advantage of new CPUs? Do you have code that benefits from vectorizing? Install the updated GNU toolchain […] on your SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 systems,” says Andreas Jaeger.

Therefore, if you’re running SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 and you want to use GCC 6.2, GDB 7.11.1, and GNU Binutils 2.26.1 for application development, go ah… (read more)