Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” Is in the Works, to Ship with the GNOME 3.22 Desktop

We told you the other day that the Parsix GNU/Linux development team informed the community that new security updates are available for the current stable Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” and Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 “Atticus” releases.

However, they also revealed on the project’s official Twitter account that they are currently working on the next major version of the Debian-based operating system, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15, which will be dubbed “Nev” and built on top of the recently released GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

“We started working on Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 codename ‘Nev’ which will be shipped with GNOME Desktop 3.22,” said the Parsix GNU/Linux developers. Of course, Parsix GNU/Linux … (read more)

IPFire 2.19 Linux Firewall OS Patched Against the Latest OpenSSL Vulnerabilities

Only three days after announcing the release of IPFire 2.19 Core Update 104, Michael Tremer informs the community about the availability of a new update, Core Update 105, which brings important OpenSSL patches.

Therefore, IPFire 2.19 Core Update 105 is now the latest version, which is a recommend update to anyone running IPFire 2.19 Core Update 104 or a previous maintenance release, and it includes OpenSSL 1.0.2i, an important security patch that addresses a total of eleven vulnerabilities discovered by various developers upstream. Additionally, it also fixes a recent security flaw in the libgcrypt library.

“Felix Dörre and Vladimir Klebanov from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology found a bug in the mixing functions of Libgcrypt’s random number generator: An attacker who obtains 4640 bits from the RNG can trivially predict the … (read more)

How to Install the Material Design-Inspired Adapta GTK Theme on Ubuntu Linux

At the request of many of our readers, we provide you today with detailed instructions on how to install the Material Design-inspired Adapta GTK theme in the latest Ubuntu operating systems.

Now that most of the GNU/Linux distributions are moving to the Arc GTK theme, as it became very popular in the last year or so, it’s time to look at some of the best alternatives out there. And one of our readers suggested to us a while back to have a look at the Adapta theme as it’s quite promising.

Now that Ubuntu 16.10 is almost here, we decided to upgrade some of our computers to it and, why not, adding a fresh coat of paint by installing the Adapta GTK theme. Yes, we’re still sticking to the Moka icons as they are the best looking icon set we’ve seen so far, just in case you are wondering what are the icons from the screenshots.

Here’s how to install Adapta theme in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 16.10

So, if you live Material Design themes and you are not a fan o… (read more)

Linux Kernel 4.4.22 LTS Brings ARM and EXT4 Improvements, Updated Drivers

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.5, renowned kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of Linux kernel 4.4.22 LTS.

Linux kernel 4.4.22 LTS is the twenty-second maintenance update of the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series, which is currently used in several top-notch GNU/Linux operating systems, including the popular Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). According to the diff from the previous release, Linux kernel 4.4.21 LTS, and the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 4.4.22 LTS is here to change a total of 132 files, with 886 insertions and 449 deletions.

“I’m anno… (read more)

Tor Project Releases Tor (The Onion Router) 0.2.8.8 with Important Bug Fixes

The Tor Project announced recently the release of yet another important maintenance update to the stable Tor 0.2.8.x series of the open-source and free software to protect your anonymity while surfing the Internet.

Tor 0.2.8.8 is now the latest and most advanced version of the software designed to allow you to connect to the anonymous Tor (The Onion Router) network if you don’t want to be tracked by various government agencies or other third-party tracking apps. It replaces Tor 0.2.8.7 released last month with the new “Bifroest” bridge authority.

The biggest changes in Tor 0.2.8.8 are fixes for two bugs that caused the software to crash, as reported by users from previous maintenance versions from the 0.2.8.x series. The first one being related to the OpenBSD platform, but it could also affect other supported UNIX and Linux OSes as well.

“Fix a complicated crash bug that could affect Tor clients configured to use bridges when replacing a networkstatus consensus in… (read more)

Canonical joins Linaro and co-founds LITE project





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Canonical joins Linaro as one of the founding members of the LITE project, fostering collaboration and interoperability in the  IoT and embedded space.

“Linaro the collaborative engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture, today announced the launch of the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group. Working in collaboration with industry leaders, LITE will deliver end to end open source reference software for secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets.” states the press release issued today by Linaro today.

This latest initiative by Linaro is aimed at facilitating the creation of more interoperable solutions in the ARM embedded space. The need for LITE emerges from the experience of many in IoT, who struggle with the variety of options at all levels of the software stack from sensors to gateways, from OS to middleware.

Canonical is a long time supporter of Linaro initiatives. For example, 96Boards was created to promote the creation of more standard ARM 64 bits boards. Canonical has partnered with a number of ARM vendors building 96 Boards (Qualcomm, Lemaker, ucRobotics). But this is the first time that Canonical joins Linaro and one of their projects as a member.

Canonical’s motivation reflects our commitment to creating the conditions for faster hardware and software development in IoT through the use of interoperable open source solutions.

Snap the universal packaging format for Linux was launched in May as part of Ubuntu 16.04 for developers to take the same piece of software and quickly deploy it across server or edge gateways. A good example of this is Rocket.chat, a server based solution that used to take 3 hours for network administrators to deploy and can now be deployed by any user on a home Raspberry Pi in just a few minutes.

In June, it was announced that snaps were available across a series of Linux distros from Yocto to openWRT. This gives developers and device makers a wide choice of OS and hardware  and creates interoperability at the OS level.

Finally Ubuntu Core, the version of Ubuntu built for IoT, based on an all-snap architecture, is bringing the interoperability, simplicity and manageability of snaps to help anyone building an IoT device a faster route to market. The recent launch of the NextCloud box is a great example here. Nextcloud used their existing server based software packaged as a snap, standard hardware (Raspberry Pi & Western Digital SSD), Ubuntu Core and a standard kernel for the Raspberry Pi to build their solution. By using standard and interoperable components they were able to go from prototype to a commercial device in just a few months.

Canonical looks forward to joining Linaro and LITE, we’ll be at Linaro Connect all week if you want to meet!

Announcing the KDE Advisory Board

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With KDE having grown from a hobby project by a few volunteers 20 years ago to the large and central Free Software community it is now, our interactions with other organizations have become increasingly important for us. KDE software is available on several platforms, is shipped by numerous distributions large and small, and KDE has become the go-to Free Software community when it comes to Qt. In addition to those who cooperate with KDE on a technical level, organizations which fight for the same vision as ours are our natural allies as well.

To put these alliances on a more formal level, the KDE e.V. hereby introduces the KDE e.V. Advisory Board as a means to offer a space for communication between organizations which are allied with KDE, from both the corporate and the non-profit worlds.

One of the core goals of the Advisory Board is to provide KDE with insights into the needs of the various organizations that surround us. We are very aware that we need the ability to combine our efforts for greater impact and the only way we can do that is by adopting a more diverse view from outside of our organization on topics that are relevant to us. This will allow all of us to benefit from one another’s experience.

“KDE’s vision of a world in which everyone has control over their digital life and enjoys freedom and privacy cannot be realized by KDE alone. We need strong allies. I am therefore excited that we are formalizing our relationship with a number of these strong allies with the Advisory Board and what that will bring for them, for KDE, our users and Free Software as a whole.” says Lydia Pintscher, President of KDE e.V.

We are proud to already announce the first members of the Advisory Board:

  • From its very beginning Canonical has been a major investor in the Free Software desktop. They work with PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo to ship the best Free Software to millions of desktop users worldwide.

    Canonical will be working with the KDE community to keep making the latest KDE technology available to Ubuntu and Kubuntu users, and expanding that into making Snap packages of KDE frameworks and applications that are easily installable by users of any Linux desktop.

  • Blue Systems not only produces the two Linux distributions Maui and Netrunner, but also invests directly in several KDE projects, such as Plasma (Desktop and Mobile) or KDE neon. Being part of the Advisory Board further enhances the collaboration between Blue Systems and KDE on all levels.

  • Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

    Free and Open Source software projects are developed by diverse and dynamic groups that not only share common goals in the development of technologies, but share common values in the creation of communities. The OSI is joining KDE’s advisory board to fulfill their mission of building bridges among different constituencies in the open source community, a critical factor to ensure the ongoing success of both Free and Open Source projects and contributors that support them.

  • FOSS Nigeria is a non-profit organization with the aim of educating Nigerians on KDE and other FOSS applications.

    The first contact between FOSS Nigeria was In 2009 when Adrian de Groot and Jonathan Riddell had a talk about KDE and Qt projects before more than 300 participants during the first Nigerian international conference on free and open source software, and Frederik Gladhorn joined Adrian de Groot in the following year’s conference.

    KDE e.V helped in making FOSSng and the KDE Nigeria user group what it is today. Participation of people like Adrian de Groot, Jonathan Riddell and Fredrick Gladhorn plays a vital role for the major breakthrough behind the spread of KDE in Nigeria from 2009 to date.

    Every two months the KDE Nigeria user group meets and discusses the future of KDE in Nigeria. The organisers of FOSS Nigeria 2017 are proposing that 55% of the conference papers will focus on KDE and Qt.

  • The Free Software Foundation Europe‘s aim is to help people control technology instead of the other way around. KDE is an associated organisation of the FSFE since 2006.

    Since 2009, KDE and the FSFE share rooms for their offices in Berlin, and regularly exchange ideas how to improve the work for software freedom. “It just felt natural and the right thing to do for the FSFE to join the advisory board after we have been asked if we would be interested.”, says Matthias Kirschner, President of the FSFE.

  • April is the main French advocacy association which has been promoting and defending Free Software in France and Europe since 1996. April brings together several thousand individual members and a few hundred organisations (businesses, nonprofits, local governments, educational institutions).

    Through the work of its volunteers and permanent staff, April is able to carry out a number of different campaigns to defend the freedoms of computer users. You can join April, or support it, by making a donation.

  • The Document Foundation is the home of LibreOffice, the world’s most widely-used free office suite, and the Document Liberation Project, a community of developers focused on providing powerful tools for the conversion of proprietary documents into ODF files. It was created in the belief that the culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in contributors and will deliver the best software for users.

    “We share with KDE the same commitment to Free Software and open standards, and we have both invested a significant amount of time for the development and the growth of the Open Document Format”, says Thorsten Behrens, Director at The Document Foundation. “By joining KDE Advisory Board, we want to underline potential synergies between large free software projects, to grow the ecosystem and improve the quality of end user solutions”.

  • In 2003 the city administration of Munich, one of the largest cities in Germany, evaluated the migration to Open-Source desktop software. Within the LiMux project from 2005 until 2013 around 18,000 desktop computers were migrated from Microsoft Windows to a Linux-based desktop with KDE and OpenOffice.org. Remaining Windows-based desktop computers for special use cases and applications are equipped as much as possible with Open-Source applications like Firefox and Thunderbird. In the beginning of the project, KDE 3.x was chosen as the desktop environment for the LiMux client to ensure a smooth transition in handling of graphical user interfaces for the users who were used to the, at that time, established Windows 2000 desktop. Current LiMux client versions ship with KDE Plasma 4.x desktop.

    The desktop environment and its applications play a major role in the user experience of the desktop system. Many of the around 44,000 employees of the city administration use KDE applications for their work on a daily basis. Some of them are more and some are less computer-oriented and therefore the preconfiguration of the desktop is rather conservative and geared towards continuity.

    The city of Munich has often the need to customize the system-wide standard configuration of the desktop environment and its applications. In order to communicate and discuss such issues and with the KDE community and to find solutions, developers from Munich regularly attend Akademy. Our goal is to make, together with the KDE community, the Plasma Desktop suitable for a large enterprise environment.

  • The Free Software Foundation is a 30-year-old nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. They defend the rights of all software users. KDE has an important part to play in achieving that mission, because of its excellent work creating a free and user-friendly application environment. KDE’s free, powerful, and exceptionally usable software both demonstrates that a future world of everyday computer users using entirely free software is entirely possible, and helps us get there. We’re looking forward to closer collaboration and are honored to be part of the advisory board.

If you would like an organization you’re with to be part of the KDE e.V. Advisory Board, you can read more about the program here:
https://ev.kde.org/advisoryboard.php

For more information, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to kde-ev-board@kde.org

Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8.0 Beta 3

Black Lab Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The developers of Black Lab Linux have announced a new testing release, Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3. The new beta shifts the distribution’s base from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 and features three desktop flavours: GNOME, LXDE and….

Development Release: Black Lab Linux 8 Beta 3

Black Lab Linux is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The developers of the project have announced a new testing release, Black Lab Linux 8 beta 3. The new beta shifts the distribution’s base from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 and features three desktop flavours: GNOME, LXDE and MATE…..

Document Liberation Project interview: Alex Pantechovskis

Alexis Pantechovskis LibreOffice developer

While most of our recent interviews have been focused on LibreOffice, this week we’re talking to someone involved in our sister project, the Document Liberation Project (DLP). If you’ve never heard of DLP before, watch our short video for an overview.

Alex Pantechovskis is a new contributor to the DLP, and has been working on libzmf, a library for importing Zoner Callisto/Draw documents.

Where are you based, what’s your IRC nickname, and GitHub profile?

I live in Lithuania, Vilnius. My IRC nick is AlexP11223, and my GitHub profile is at https://github.com/AlexP11223.

What prompted you to start work on libzmf?

It was a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project. I thought that this project is interesting for me and the most suitable for my skills, so I contacted the mentor (David Tardon) via IRC and started working on it.

What was the biggest challenge working on the library?

ZMF4 is not the most complex file format (ZMF2 for example is much more complex, and this is one of the reasons why only ZMF4 is supported in libzmf so far), so working with it was not very difficult. But still there were some challenges, mostly related to reverse engineering: in binary formats it is often difficult to understand the exact structure of each element. Some small pieces such as vertical text align in tables are still not covered. Sometimes first attempts are found to be wrong as more details are uncovered, requiring rewrites of related code in the library.

Another challenge is: in some cases, when a feature doesn’t work as expected, it may be difficult or time-consuming to determine what causes this: wrong format understanding, wrong implementation, incorrect usage of librevenge and other libraries, bugs in libodfgen, bugs in LibreOffice…

What do you want to do next? (Either with libzmf or another library)

I don’t know – currently I am busy with studying at university, and some other things. It is possible that I will continue working on libzmf later, to add some of the missing features, or one of the other libraries.

What does the Document Liberation Project mean to you?

A great community doing important work.

How can others help to contribute to the DLP and open up proprietary files?

There are many ways to help. The most obvious is of course development: creating a new import library for some file format or improving one of the existing libraries or tools.

Also, most proprietary file formats do not have published specifications, so in order to work with them the structure needs to be reverse engineered and documented (preferably by contributing to OLE Toy project).

Another way, that does not require any programming skills, is creating and contributing sample documents for regression testing. It is an important but time-consuming task, because the documents should cover all format features (such as all parameters that can be set for a shape in a drawing application, or all text formatting options) and also many formats have more than one versions, so a separate set of documents is needed for each version.

What’s your favourite text editor and why?

For simple text, config files etc. I usually use whatever is available such as gEdit and Vim – on Windows I usually use Notepad++.

For coding I prefer IDEs like Visual Studio (C/C++, .NET) or JetBrains products (web development, Python, Java). I like the features offered by IDEs such as powerful refactoring, code completion, error/warning highlighting, convenient integrated debugging etc., and I have a powerful PC with SSD and a lot of RAM, so performance is usually not an issue. But I understand why many developers prefer editors like Vim (better text editing productivity, consistency, available everywhere), and it is especially relevant for big projects with complex build systems like LibreOffice, where it is hard/impossible to fully integrate (and maintain) an IDE.

During libzmf development I worked on Linux because it would be much more difficult to set up the needed environment on Windows (acquiring/building dependencies like Boost, librevenge, libtool, Autotools), so I used Qt Creator IDE. It allows developers to easily create a non-Qt C++ project from source files – and it worked fine most of the time.

Thanks Alex! And to anyone reading this who wants to get involved, join us and help to free the world from closed, proprietary file formats.

Linux Kernel 4.8 Lands October 2 as Linus Torvalds Outs Last Release Candidate

It’s still Sunday in U.S. so Linus Torvalds has just published his weekly announcement to inform us all about the availability of the eighth and last RC (Release Candidate) development snapshot of the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel.

According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.8 RC8 is the last stop for this cycle and it appears to be a small and quiet patch that includes mostly random and minor fixes to the issues highlighted by testers since last week when the seventh Release Candidate build was announced. Check out the appended shortlog for more details.

“So as already mentioned last week (and hinted at as a possibility), here’s RC8. Things actually did start to calm down this week, but I didn’t get the feeling that there was no point in doing one final RC, so here we are,” says Linus Torvalds. “I expect the final 4.8 release next weekend, unless something really unexpected comes up.”

L… (read more)

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” Gets the Latest Debian Security Fixes, Update Now

A few minutes ago, the development team behind the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux computer operating system announced that new security fixes are now available for the Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” release.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” is currently the latest, most advanced version of the distribution, and it’s based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” series, which means that it always receives its newest security and software updates as soon as they are released upstream.

The last update for Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” was on August 29, and since then many important applications and components have been updated, including Mozilla Firefox ESR, ImageMagick, OpenSSL, Irssi, libarchive, Wireshark, Apache Tomcat, Mailman, Chromium, MySQL, Xen, libidn, and Linux kernel.

Users are urged to update their systems as soon as possible

In addition to the security updates mentioned above, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” also received new, improved versions… (read more)

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 680

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Uruk GNU/Linux 1.0 News: Snappy Ubuntu Core finds home on Nextcloud Box, Linux users have more video streaming options, Lenovo controversy Questions and answers: Blocking applications at the firewall Torrent corner: Apricity OS, SystemRescueCd, Tails Released last week: Absolute Linux 14.2, Tails….

Deathmatch | Tales of Nomad | Currency Pouch | Fae Weapons

This week’s update has everything from PvP to Nomad lore and even fae weapons.

digiKam 5.2.0 Linux RAW Image Editor Introduces a New Red Eyes Tool, Bug Fixes

The digiKam developers were proud to announce the release of the second maintenance update to the digiKam 5 latest stable series of the free and open source RAW image editor for GNU/Linux operating systems.

digiKam 5.2.0 is here more than a month since the previous point release, digiKam 5.1.0, and introduces a new and smarter red eyes tool that promises to automatize the entire red-eyes effect reduction operation by processing the face detection on the whole image using a new algorithm written Omar Amin during Google Summer of Code 2016.

Omar Amin’s algorithm is designed in such a way that it can recognize shapes automatically, and then tries to find eyes on people’s faces that have a direct flash reflection on the retina, which causes the red eyes effect. The new Red Eyes tool is available in both the Image Editor and Batch Queue Manager.

“The algorithm have been very optimized for speed efficiency and for small memory fingerprint,” reads the read more)

Debian-Based Robolinux 8.6 Adds Over 275 Important Security and Software Updates

The developer of the Debian-based Robolinux computer operating system announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the Robolinux 8 LTS “Raptor” series of his GNU/Linux distribution.

Based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” operating system and powered by a kernel from the long-term supported Linux 3.16 series, Robolinux 8.6 LTS “Raptor” is now available for download as a drop-in replacement for the previous update, namely Robolinux 8.5 LTS, which made the OS’ installer free for all users.

It is available in the usual flavors, with the Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and LXDE desktop environments, and includes more than 275 important security and software updates imported from upstream. The most popular applications included in Robolinux 8.6 LTS are Mozilla … (read more)

LXQt 0.11.0 Desktop Environment Arrives After Almost One Year of Development

After being in development for the past eleven months, the next major release of the lightweight, Qt-based LXQt desktop environment has been officially released and it’s available for download.

That’s right, LXQt 0.11.0 is finally here as a worthy upgrade to LXQt 0.10.0, which was announced back in November 2015 and currently used in several GNU/Linux distributions. For those of you that are not in the loop with the latest LXQt news, we would like to remind them that the desktop environment wants to replace the GTK-based LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) sometime in the near future.

“The release took longer than desirable for various reasons, but preparations were made to improve the release management as a whole. Releases will take place more frequently in the future, both regular ones and point releases, backporting important fixes whenever it makes sense. Probably we will not introduce a f… (read more)

Super Mario Clone SuperTux 0.5.0 Is Out with In-Game Level Editor, Improvements

The SuperTux team, through Max Teufel, proudly announced today, September 25, 2016, the release of a significant maintenance update to the Super Mario clone featuring Tux, the Linux mascot.

SuperTux 0.5.0 is now the latest version of the game and it’s here after being in development for the last nine months, during which it received a total of five RC (Release Candidate) builds implementing the features listed below for your reading pleasure.

“The most prominent change for this release is a new in-game level editor which allows you to create levels and worldmaps on-the-fly from within SuperTux itself. We would like to apologize for publishing the 0.4.0 release with a large number of issues,” says Max Teufel in today’s release announcement.

New in-game level editor

Yes, that’s right, as Mr. Teufel revealed above, the biggest new feature of the SuperTux 0.5.0 update is a new in-… (read more)

wattOS 10 Microwatt Edition Comes with Less of Everything, Based on Ubuntu 16.04

After releasing the LXDE edition of wattOS 10 at the beginning of the month, developer Ronald Ropp now announced the availability of the Microwatt Edition, which includes less of everything when compared to its bigger brother.

As its name suggest, wattOS 10 Microwatt Edition is a slimmed down version of the Ubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution designed to be used in households where people want to be eco-friendly and consume less power when working on their personal computers. It can be installed in old PCs from 10 years ago with 128 MB of RAM.

The best part of the wattOS 10 Microwatt Edition is that it can be bent to your likings. You can turn it into anything you want, a smart server, a powerful workstation, you name it. It dosen’t include anything by default, not even a web browser or music player, so you’ll have to install th… (read more)

Linux Kernel 4.7.5 Released with Numerous ARM and Networking Improvements

The fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is currently the most advanced, secure and stable kernel branch you can get for your GNU/Linux operating system, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman.

Linux kernel 4.7.5 is here only ten days after the release of the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.4, and it’s a big update that changes a total of 213 files, with 1774 insertions and 971 deletions, which tells us that the kernel developers and hackers had a pretty busy week patching all sorts of bugs and security issues, as well as to add various, much-needed improvements.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.7.5 kernel. All users of the 4.7 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.7.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kern… (read more)