BTS Video 127 – Heart of Stone

Heart of Stone’s the first in an all-new RuneScape quest line featuring the elder gods, and Mod Raven’s here to tell Behind the Scenes about it.

Linux Tablet Developer Crowdfunds Mobile App Tools for Ubuntu, Android, iOS

The Demski Group, which is behind the UT One tablet based on Canonical’s open source Ubuntu Linux operating system, is crowdfunding development of a mobile app development tool.


KDE Applications 14.12 Beta 3 Is Now Ready for Testing

The KDE Project developers have announced that the 14.12 Beta 3 version of KDE Applications has been released and is now ready for download and testing.

Now that this particular branch of the KDE project is getting closer to the release, some distributions and developers have added the packages to some repositories. Before trying to test it you should check if it’s already available in the local repos.

“Today KDE released the beta of the new versions of KDE Applications. With dependency and … (read more)

HHVM 3.4 Adds New Features, Support

Facebook has released HHVM 3.4.0 today for those looking towards a high-performance PHP implementation or for using Facebook’s Hack language…

Fedora 21 Stable to Land on December 9

The Fedora project is preparing to release the latest Fedora 21 version of the operating system and they have nailed down the release date.

Fedora 21 had a bumpy ride until now and the devs had to push back the launch date by a few weeks. This might seem a problem, but it’s actually not. The Fedora people set a few dates for various milestones, but they are not fixed and the devs will break those dates of they feel they can improve the distribution.

“We are now in the ‘Final Freeze’ for Fedo… (read more)

WordPress 4.0.1 Security Release

WordPress 4.0.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

Sites that support automatic background updates will be updated to WordPress 4.0.1 within the next few hours. If you are still on WordPress 3.9.2, 3.8.4, or 3.7.4, you will be updated to 3.9.3, 3.8.5, or 3.7.5 to keep everything secure. (We don’t support older versions, so please update to 4.0.1 for the latest and greatest.)

WordPress versions 3.9.2 and earlier are affected by a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable anonymous users to compromise a site. This was reported by Jouko Pynnonen. This issue does not affect version 4.0, but version 4.0.1 does address these eight security issues:

  • Three cross-site scripting issues that a contributor or author could use to compromise a site. Discovered by Jon Cave, Robert Chapin, and John Blackbourn of the WordPress security team.
  • A cross-site request forgery that could be used to trick a user into changing their password.
  • An issue that could lead to a denial of service when passwords are checked. Reported by Javier Nieto Arevalo and Andres Rojas Guerrero.
  • Additional protections for server-side request forgery attacks when WordPress makes HTTP requests. Reported by Ben Bidner (vortfu).
  • An extremely unlikely hash collision could allow a user’s account to be compromised, that also required that they haven’t logged in since 2008 (I wish I were kidding). Reported by David Anderson.
  • WordPress now invalidates the links in a password reset email if the user remembers their password, logs in, and changes their email address. Reported separately by Momen Bassel, Tanoy Bose, and Bojan Slavković of ManageWP.

Version 4.0.1 also fixes 23 bugs with 4.0, and we’ve made two hardening changes, including better validation of EXIF data we are extracting from uploaded photos. Reported by Chris Andrè Dale.

We appreciated the responsible disclosure of these issues directly to our security team. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.0.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

Already testing WordPress 4.1? The second beta is now available (zip) and it contains these security fixes. For more on 4.1, see the beta 1 announcement post.

More Radeon Driver Changes Queued For Linux 3.19

Just one week after the bulk of the Radeon DRM changes for Linux 3.19, another round of updates were submitted for DRM-Next…

Mozilla Now Accepts Bitcoin

Mozilla is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting openness, accessibility and innovation on the Web. Our work is made possible by thousands of people around the world contributing in many ways, such as volunteering or making a donation. For some … Continue reading

Unigine 2.0 Alpha 2 Adds C# Support

Unigine 2 remains under active development…

FFmpeg Is Returning To Ubuntu With 15.04 Release

While FFmpeg has been absent from recent releases of Ubuntu Linux due to the switch over to Libav, with Ubuntu 15.04 it will return…

Linux Version Of Civilization: Beyond Earth Still Coming Along

The Linux version of Civilization: Beyond Earth is still in the process of being ported to Linux…

Yahoo To Become Default Search Provider For Firefox

Mozilla announced on Wednesday that Yahoo is going to become the default search provider for Firefox rather than Google…

FFmpeg Returns To The Official Ubuntu Repositories With Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

Quick update for Ubuntu users: FFmpeg isn’t available in recent Ubuntu releases but that will change with Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet (currently under development, to be released in May, 2015).FFmpeg is a free software project that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. Due to conflicts in the FFmpeg community, FFmpeg was forked back in 2011 and the resulting project was Libav. Since then, various Libav changes were merged back into FFmpeg, while Libav did its own development, ignoring any changes from FFmpeg, and as a consequence, many developers prefer FFmpeg. For more information, see these pages: 1 2.Ubuntu replaced FFmpeg with Libav a while back  – for instance, Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 have only Libav -, but there’s some great news for those who prefer FFmpeg: with Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, FFMpeg returns to the official Ubuntu repositories.Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet currently has FFMpeg 2.4.3 (imported from Debian) and because both Libav and FFmpeg use the same library names, the new FFmpeg package ships with renamed libraries, like “libavdevice-ffmpeg”, “libavutil-ffmpeg” and so on, so the packages can coexist in the Ubuntu (and Debian) repositories.
Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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Live Voyager 14.04.03 Is a Surprisingly Interesting OS Based on Xubuntu – Gallery

Live Voyager 14.04.03 is a new Linux distribution based on Xubuntu 14.04.1 (Trusty Tahr) that features a unique desktop experience and some interesting options.

Surprisingly enough, Live Voyager has been around for quite some time, but it never really got the attention it deserved. One of the reasons might be that it’s actually a French distro, so it never really caught on until it got support for the English language.

The developers have been releasing new versions since the 2012, but not a… (read more)

Evolve OS Developer Looking for Funds to Finish a Superb New Operating System – Gallery

Evolve OS is a Linux-based operating system made from scratch that uses a new desktop environment called Budgie. Its developer has put together a fundraiser for the distribution so that he can devote more time to it and eventually make a stable release.

So far, Evolve OS got a few Alpha versions and the developer managed to put together an impressive operating system that has very little in common with the other distros out there.

It comes with what appears to be a simple and clear desktop l… (read more)

Gis Weather: Highly Customizable Weather Widget For Your Linux Desktop

Gis Weather is a highly customizable weather widget which supports Gismeteo, Weather and AccuWeather, available for Linux and Windows. The app ships with optional Ubuntu AppIndicator / tray icon which displays the current weather.Features (most are for the widget only):Supports the following weather services:,,;View weather for several days;Detailed weather forecast for today and tomorrow;Fast switching between cities;Select the background and theme weather icons;”Compass” with the wind direction, with adjustable angle of rotationHigh wind highlighting;Supports SVG and widget scale;Ubuntu AppIndicator and tray icon;4 different widget presets;Configurable units for temperature, wind, pressure, etc.;Supports multiple instances.Gis Weather can be used as a desktop widget only, as an AppIndicastor / tray icon or both.By default, Gis Weather ships with 4 widget presets, which you can see below:The widget is highly customizable, allowing you to change the widget padding, transparency, scale, lock its position, set it to be displayed on all desktops, select the number of days to show, customize the background, font, icons and much more and it offers complete weather information, including forecast, humidity and so on.Here are a few screenshots with some of the Gis Weather configuration options:On the other hand, the indicator only displays the current weather. However, 

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Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.0

Nico Gulden has announced the release of Univention Corporate Server 4.0. Univention Corporate Server is an enterprise-class distribution based on the stable release of Debian GNU/Linux, featuring an integrated management system for central administration of servers. From the release announcement: “We are very happy to announce the availability….

Civilization: Beyond Earth for Linux Is Just Weeks Away

Aspyr Media is working to port Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth to the Linux platform and they say they are weeks away from finishing the work and launching the game.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced for the Linux platform a while back and the developers from Firaxis and Aspyr Media said that the game should be ready in time for the holidays.

The devs doing the port have been keeping the community up to speed and informing users about the progress made so far, which… (read more)

New Trinity Desktop Shows How Windows XP Should Have Been

Trinity, a desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining the overall KDE 3.5 computing style, has advanced to version R14 RC1 and is now ready for testing.

The Trinity Desktop Environment was forked out of KDE a long time ago. The main reason was to preserve the KDE 3.5 desktop design after the developers started to make some modifications that didn’t please everyone.

The same thing happened with GNOME 2, which was forked into MATE, after the developers… (read more)

Step By Step Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) LAMP Server Setup

Step By Step Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) LAMP Server Setup