WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 Released, Final Version Around the Corner

Version 4.2 of WordPress, the world’s most popular web software that allows anyone to create beautiful blogs and websites in minutes, is getting closer with the recently released Beta 3 version that brings over 65 changes. The new version is available for download read more)

Wayland’s Weston Terminal Can Now Be Minimized

There hasn’t been too much to report on lately with regard to Wayland/Weston 1.8 development, but with this next release, the reference Weston compositor’s terminal will now have a minimize menu item…

Phoronix – Working Towards Faster Page Loads

As a PSA, this weekend I began playing around with a CDN and distributed DNS for speeding up the page load times on Phoronix…

Vendetta Online Space MMORPG Gets New Gatling Turret

Guild Software announced that Vendetta Online, a 3D space combat MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS, has been updated on March 27 to version 1.8.330.

The Vendetta Online 1.8.330 maintenance release includes attractive features like a brand-new “Gatling Turret” designed to be used by small vessels with turret capabilities, increased Raptor UDV thrust from 215 to 225, and renamed “Gatling Turrets” to “Gatling Can… (read more)

Improved OpenCL Support For Blender’s Cycles Renderer

George Kyriazis of AMD has provided patches to the Blender project for vastly improving their OpenCL Cycles renderer support and allow for it to work with AMD GPUs…

Mesa 10.5.2 Packs In A Handful Of Fixes

Emil Velikov has pushed out a weekend update for stable Mesa users…

4MLinux 12.0 Beta Arrives with Better Support for Watching and Downloading YouTube Videos

Zbigniew Konojacki had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, on his Twitter account that the development cycle towards the 4MLinux 12.0 computer operating system has started with the Beta release for the 4MLinux Allinone Edition, 4MLinux Core, and 4MLinux distributions.

Highlights of 4MLinux 12.0 Beta include Linux kernel 3.14.34 LTS, X.Org Server 1.17.1, GNU C Library 2.21, BusyBox 1.23.1, 4MLinux Backup Scripts 12.0, support for data recovery and wiping, ClamAV 0.9… (read more)

More Fedora/Ubuntu Linux vs. OS X OpenGL Benchmarks

Earlier this week I shared some new OS X 10.10 vs. Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 benchmarks, which were quite interesting and Linux ended up having the upper-hand on this new Mac Mini with an Intel “Haswell” CPU sporting Iris Graphics. For those interested in more cross-OS benchmarks with Intel Iris Graphics, here’s some additional results…

Gorgeous Live Voyager X Distro Brings Xfce 4.12 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – Video and Screenshot Tour

On March 27, 2015, French developer Rodolphe Bachelart, the creator of the Live Voyager series of GNU/Linux distributions based on Ubuntu/Xubuntu, was proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new computer operating system, Live Voyager X 14.04.4 LTS.

Based on the Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr) distro and powered by its Linux 3.16 kernel, the… (read more)

Debian 8 Jessie Installer Now Supports Running a 64-bit Linux Kernel on a 32-bit EFI

The Debian Installer team had the pleasure of announcing on March 27 that the second Release Candidate (RC) version of the Debian 8.0 “Jessie” installer is now available for download and testing. The RC2 version of the installer brings a great number of improvements and fixes.

Debian 8 Jessie Installer RC2 now enables the GRUB beep at boot for blind… (read more)

ARM64 Improvements Piling Up In Coreboot

While yesterday I was talking about many Intel Broadwell improvements landing in Coreboot, the new Git activity today for Coreboot is about 64-bit ARM…

Intel Adds Mesa IR To NIR Translator & Makes Other NIR Improvements

The NIR intermediate representation for Mesa continues taking flight and driven by Intel’s open-source developers…

HAMMER2 Gets A Man Page

The HAMMER2 file-system has been slow to mature since being announced three years ago, but now at least there’s a man page for HAMMER2…

Kodi (XBMC Media Center) 14.2 Officially Released, Kodi 15 “Isengard” Is On Its Way

The Kodi development team, through Nathan Betzen, had the pleasure of announcing today, March 28, the immediate availability for download of the second and last maintenance release for Kodi 14 (codename Helix), before they continue with the development cycle for the upcoming release, Kodi 15, dubbed Isengard.

The release notes for Kodi 14.2 are identical with … (read more)

Kodi 14.2 Released To End Out The “XBMC” 14.x Series

Kodi 14.2 was released today as the last planned point release in the 14.x series. Next stop is the Kodi 15 “Isengard” release!..

First Look at GNOME 3.16 – It’s Great, but We Prefer Cinnamon or Unity

The highly anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment for Linux kernel-based operating systems has been announced on March 26, 2015, and has been declared by the GNOME development team as the best GNOME release yet. Of course, we wanted to give GNOME 3.16 desktop environment a try and see for ourselves the new features, apps, and improvements… (read more)

Debian 8.0 Jessie RC2 Installer Released

Debian 8.0 “Jessie” is still working towards its long-awaited release…

Big Money Helps Cyanogen Go for Android’s Jugular


Cyanogen this week announced the completion of a follow-up round of Series C financing that brought $80 million in new funds to pay for more hiring and accelerated development of its open platform software development kit. Cyanogen is committed to liberating the Android OS from the financial grip of Google. Its CyanogenMod firmware adds considerable personalization features and improvements to the Android platform. Cyanogen has spurred a developing secondary app market for an alternative Android distribution based on its mods.

Zentyal Server 4.1 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

The Zentyal development team was proud to announce today, March 27, the immediate availability for download of their Zentyal Server 4.1 open-source operating system that is natively interoperable with Microsoft’s Exchange Server and Active Directory (AD) protocols.

Being based on the Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, the new Zentyal Server 4.1… (read more)

Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Is Not Using Systemd, nor LXQt – Screenshot Tour

Lubuntu 15.04 is the last in our screenshot tour articles related to the Final Beta a.k.a. Beta 2 of the Vivid Vervet development cycle. Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 offers one of the most lightweight desktop experiences and it is now powered by Ubuntu 15.04’s Linux 3.19.2 kernel.

According to the release notes, LXQt is still in development, which means that it was not in… (read more)