Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Move to Linux Kernel 4.0 Soon

On May 19, the Ubuntu Kernel Team had a meeting in order to plan the steps that are to be taken by them prior to the migration to the latest upstream Linux kernel packages for the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system.

As we reported earlier this month, the development cycle of Ubuntu 15.10 had already started, and read more)

ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 Brings UEFI and Secure Boot Support

On May 19, the ROSA company was proud to announce the immediate availability of the ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 Linux kernel-based operating system for enterprise users, who can request an ISO image from the ROSA sales department.

According to the release notes, ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 brings support for systems boasting the UEFI (Unified Extensib… (read more)

Qt – 20 years leading cross-platform development

Today we celebrate 20 years since the first release of Qt was uploaded to sunsite.unc.edu and announced, six days later, at comp.os.linux.announce. Over these years, Qt evolved from a two person Norwegian project to a full-fledged, social-technical world-wide organism that underpins free software projects, profitable companies, universities, government-related organizations, and more. It’s been an exciting journey.

From the early days of Trolltech in 1999, through an evolution of licensing (from the original FreeQt, to QPL, to GPL, to LGPL today), corporate cooperation from Nokia and Digia, Open Governance, and leading edge technology refinements, Qt has supported the spirit of free software, thriving communities, and high quality products.

The KDE Community thanks everyone who helps keep Qt rocking; we share our pride in being part of this history. Since 1997, Qt has provided the foundation upon which KDE has developed its workspaces, applications, and development environments. Moreover, Qt has contributed to a fruitful symbiosis where goals, contributions, and discussions blur the boundaries between the Qt and KDE projects. As a result, today KDE is the biggest Qt showcase in the world, and there’s evidence that this successful and long-running partnership will continue.

The Qt/KDE partnership

There are several fundamental aspects of this strong relationship.

  • KDE has always worked hard to keep Qt free and open through the KDE Free Qt Foundation. Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation makes continuous updates in its statutes, aiming not only at more precise and complete terms but also to accommodate new situations involving Qt’s development.
  • KDE people make 40-60% of the weekly commits in the QtBase repository. As in every major transition between Qt versions, KDE had close and active participation during the development of Qt 5, contributing many new features and enhancements which expanded benefits to the whole class of Qt applications. Furthermore, since Qt adopted the Open Governance model in October 2011, contributing to Qt has become even easier, not only for KDE people but for anyone interested in the project’s trends, roadmap, and technologies.
  • Conceiving KDE Frameworks 5 as a set of fine-grained and independent Qt 5 add-on modules demonstrates our confidence in Qt’s commitment to KDE efforts. In turn, KDE Frameworks 5 contributes to the entire ecosystem of Qt developers by making available many high-quality libraries—based on over 18 years of KDE experience in building Qt applications.
  • Many people interested in Qt development start their efforts in KDE projects with seasoned mentors. KDE offers several opportunities for young people to do real-world work. As a consequence, over time, KDE is the first Qt experience for a growing number of highly skilled Qt developers, who have learned the Qt way of doing things from the beginning.

Congratulations!

Because of all this, we say again with much appreciation: congratulations to all of Qt. Thank you, and keep counting on KDE!

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Linux Kernel Plagued by an EXT4 Data Corruption Issue, Patch Available

Apparently, there’s a data corruption issue in the EXT4 file system for multiple Linux kernel branches, affecting several mainstream distributions, including Arch Linux, Fedora, and Debian GNU/Linux.

Several Arch Linux users have already reported data loss after upgrading to Linux kernel 4.0.2, the latest version available in the main software repositories of the … (read more)

FileZilla 3.11.0 Open-Source FTP Client Offers Support for Debian 8 Jessie

FileZilla, one of the best open-source and cross-platform FTP clients available on the market, reached version 3.11.0 on May 19, bringing assorted new features and bug fixes.

FileZilla Client 3.11.0 is now available for download for all Linux kernel-based operating systems with binaries built especially for the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 (Jessie) distribution.

The new version brings a fix for a crash that occurred when attempting to open a wrapped dialog wit… (read more)

The Rampant, Risky Babbling of Android Apps


Eurecom researchers recently developed an Android app that can monitor the network traffic of other apps to alert users of suspicious or malicious activity. With more than 1.2 million applications in the Google Play store, there are multiple programs for performing a particular task. That can make choosing an app a chore for users, they noted in a report released last month. “Moreover, some of the applications being of dubious origin, there are no mechanisms for users to understand who the applications are talking to, and to what extent.”

Oracle Patches the Venom Security Issue in All Supported VirtualBox Branches

Oracle announced a few minutes ago that they published maintenance releases for all the supported branches of the popular VirtualBox virtualization software, in order to patch the well-known Venom security issue.

After having patched the Venom vulnerability in the VirtualBox 4.3 branch with the 4…. (read more)

MPV 0.9.2 MPlayer-Based Movie Player Released with Important Linux and OS X Fixes

The extremely active development team of the open-source and cross-platform MPV movie player software based on the popular MPlayer multimedia playback application reached version 0.9.2 on May 19.

According to the changelog, MPV 0.9.2 brings some significant changes, such as improvements to the channel fallback, just in case there’s no native support for a certain channel layout in the default audio device, autoloading of subtitles in the .sup file format, and query support… (read more)

Google Releases Chrome 43 Stable for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

Google was proud to announce today, May 18, the immediate availability for download of the Google Chrome 43 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

It appears that this is a bugfix-only release that only promotes the Google Chrome 43 version from the Beta channel to the Stable one and fixes approximately 37 bugs discovered since the last stable version.

The actual version number of Google Chrome 43 is 43.0.2357.65, … (read more)

Charm Store now includes Galera Cluster




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Canonical and Codership are excited to announce that the Galera Cluster charm is now available for use in the Juju Charm Store. With 300 charms and growing, the charm store is your destination for cloud­based enterprise applications.

Galera Cluster is a high availability solution to protect against unwanted or planned downtime and for high scalability solution for MySQL based solutions on premises or in cloud. With Galera Cluster, MySQL databases can be used in different geographical locations. They can be set up to work as one multi­master cluster, which provides fast local reads and writes to any location. Galera thereby offers disaster recovery against data center down­time and power outages.

“With the combination of Galera Cluster and Juju, users will now be able easily deploy, scale and manage a true multimaster cluster,” said Stefan Johannson, Global Software Alliances Director at Canonical.

“Galera Cluster is trusted by thousands of companies, ranging from small on­line businesses to e­commerce giants and telecom companies for MySQL high availability. With Canonical we are making OpenStack high availability easier than ever”, said Sakari Keskitalo, COO at Codership.

Codership is a valued partner of Canonical’s Charm Partner Program and its OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL).

The Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s cloud orchestration tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions in minutes, on virtually any public or private cloud.

OIL is an integration lab in which we test our cloud partners’ products in countless Ubuntu OpenStack configurations, currently working with over 3,000 combinations per month.

To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, please visit http://partners.ubuntu.com/.

Mozilla Officially Launches Thunderbird 31.7.0 with Security and Memory Fixes

Mozilla has announced that Thunderbird 31.7 has been released and that it comes with a small number of vulnerability fixes, some more important than others.

The development of the Thunderbird email client is no longer in the hands of the Mozilla developers, but in those of the dedicated community. Mozilla no longer considers Thunderbird to be an attractive project and they don’t want to invest any more time and money into it, so they have given the reins to some developers … (read more)

Civilization: Beyond Earth Rising Tide Expansion Pack Arrives on Linux in Autumn

Civilization: Beyond Earth is the latest game in the Civilization series developed by Firaxis and its makers have announced that a new expansion pack called Rising Tide is in the works. Even better, Aspyr Media will release it for Linux in autumn for the Linux platform.

Civilization: Beyond Earth has been released for Linux only a couple of months after the official Windows version was made available. The guys from Aspyr Media have done a great job at porting the game for t… (read more)

Vendetta Online 1.8.336 MMO Gets Experimental Improvements

Vendetta Online is a space MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed and published by Guild Software Inc. that is also available for the Linux platform. A new update has been released and is now ready for download.

Many of the updates for Vendetta Online usually bring improvements for the engine or other components, but the current version is mostly about balancing various aspect of Vendetta online.

“New temporary placeholder “capship” stations in… (read more)

Rygel 0.24.4 DLNA Server Finally Replaces XBMC with Kodi

Rygel, a home media solution (UPnP AV MediaServer) that allows users to easily share audio, video, and pictures to other devices, such as TVs or tablets, has been updated to version 0.24.4.

Rygel is part of the GNOME stack and one of the few DLNA servers on the Linux platform. It’s not the only one available, but the competition for this small niche is not a major problem. Also, please keep in mind that this is a maintenance update for the older 0.24.x branch.

According … (read more)

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power to Arrive on Linux After Windows Launch

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, the third game in the Trine series, is now in Steam Early Access, but only for the Windows platform. The developers have said that the Linux version will be made available, but only at a later date.

The developers from Frozenbyte are among the first ones who brought Linux support for their games. Trine and Trine 2 were very well received by the community, and the games are known for their quality and excellent gameplay.

Like many other ti… (read more)

Thunderbird 31.7.0 Officially Lands in Ubuntu

Details about a number of Thunderbird vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems have been published by Canonical.

The Thunderbird email client received has been updated once more and the Ubuntu maintainers of this package have finally pushed the latest version into the repositories. The latest version of the email client brings only security fixes, so don’t expect any major changes.

For example, “Ucha Gobejish… (read more)

Last Chance to Get the Excellent Prison Architect on Steam for Linux with 80% Off

Prison Architect, a prison management simulator developed and published by the famous Introversion Software studio, is now available for purchase on Steam for Linux with a huge 80% discount.

If you’ve never heard of Introversion Software, then you really need to play their games, all of them. It’s one of those studios that are not content to do what everyone else is doing, so all of their games are actually refreshing and full of gameplay features that haven’t been tried be… (read more)

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Now Has Mutter and Metacity Support, How to Install

As it stands right now, Ubuntu MATE comes with support for two windows managers, Marco and Compiz. Due to popular demand, the developers are also working to bring support for Mutter and Metacity, and a PPA is already available.

There aren’t too many Linux distributions out there that feature not one… (read more)

Full Ubuntu Convergence Demonstrated in One Image

Canonical defined convergence as the same code running on different form factors, like a laptop, phone, or tablet. That is no longer a concept, and it’s happening under our very eyes.

Convergence used to mean a different thing a couple of years back. We used to think that it’s about turning your phone into a working PC, and that was a great idea, but that concept has been refined mostly by the need of the real world. Sure enough, Canonical could have put forth a working pro… (read more)

Nvidia 352.09 Beta Driver for Linux Bring Support for Mysterious GPU

Nvidia has just published a new Linux Beta driver that brings a lot of new changes and improvements, not to mention support for a new mysterious GPU that hasn’t been named.

Nvidia makes numerous driver releases, and the Beta branch is usually one of the most interesting. It’s usually full of new features and all kinds of cool stuff that takes a while to reach the Stable version. The drivers are just one of the reasons Nvidia has much better support for the Linux platform, a… (read more)