Linux Mint 17.3 Beta “Rosa” MATE Edition Is Out and Ready for Testing

The Linux Mint 17.3 Beta “Rosa” MATE Edition has been released and is now available for download. This is one of the last steps in the development cycle before the launch of the stable version.

The MATE edition of Linux Mint 17.3 Beta “Rosa” was released along with the Cinnamon one and it’s one of the two main flavors of the Linux Mint distribution. There are also Xfce and KDE versions, not to mention editions that are based on Debian, but those are not the main focus of th… (read more)

Development Release: Linux Mint 17.3 Beta

Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of a new beta release for the Linux Mint distribution. The new version, Linux Mint 17.3 Beta, is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and contains mostly bug fixes and performance enhancements. The Driver Manager now reports installation errors and indicates whether available….

Intel Graphics Installer Brings Support for Ubuntu 15.10, Support for 14.04 Dropped

The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux, a tool that allows users to easily install the latest graphics and video drivers for their Intel graphics hardware, is now at version 1.2.1 and is ready for download.

Intel is the only company that takes driver installers seriously. Neither Nvidia nor AMD can even touch that level of quality, but that’s probably because Intel has been providing support for the Linux platform for longer.

The only problem with the Intel Graphics Inst… (read more)

Charm Partner Programme welcomes Opencell

Canonical is excited to announce that Opencell has joined the Charm Partner Programme (CPP). Canonical’s CPP helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling with a click of a mouse. The Juju Charm Store has over 300 cloud based applications ready to be used on most public and private clouds, as well as bare metal servers.

Opencell is a carrier grade open source billing solution, which includes mediation, prepaid and postpaid rating, invoicing, AR management and reporting. They will initially be charming their enterprise edition for inclusion in the Juju Charm Store.  An early version of  the Juju enabled Opencell will be shown at TAD Summit in Lisbon this week.

“Joining CPP and providing a Juju enabled version of the Opencell billing solution is a great step forward in our strategy to make it easier for our clients to integrate our open source billing application and provide true scalability on public, private and bare metal clouds,” commented David Meyer, Opencell’s CEO.

“Opencell is a robust and comprehensive billing solution, and we are excited to welcome them to our Cloud Ecosystem. As the first open source billing solution to be made available on Microsoft Azure, they further extend the flexibility and freedom from vendor lock in, offered to Juju users,” said Stefan Johannson, Global Director of Software Alliances at Canonical.

To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, including the Charm Partner Programme,please visit

Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon Edition Beta Officially Released with Cinnamon 2.8

Just a few moments ago, the Linux Mint developers announced the official release and immediate availability for download of the Beta builds of Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon and MATE editions.

We were first to report yesterday the availability of the Linux Mint 17.3 “Rosa” Cinnamon Edition Beta and read more)

Fedora 21 End Of Life on December 1st

With the recent release of Fedora 23,  Fedora 21 will officially enter End Of Life (EOL) status on December 1st, 2015. After December 1st, all packages in the Fedora 21 repositories will no longer receive security, bugfix or enhancement updates, and no new packages will be added to the Fedora 21 collection.

Upgrading to Fedora 22 or Fedora 23 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 21.

Looking back at Fedora 21

Fedora 21 was the first release to ship the Workstation, Server and Cloud editions when it was first released in December 2014. Fedora 21 Workstation was when users could first test GNOME Wayland, which is slated to be the default display server come Fedora 24. On the Server, Cockpit and Rolekit both made their debut in Fedora 21, and Fedora Cloud introduced the Fedora Atomic Host for the first time in Fedora 21.

Screenshot of Fedora 21

Fedora 21 Workstation

About the Fedora Release Cycle

The Fedora Project provides updates for a particular release up until a month after the second subsequent version of Fedora is released. For example, updates for Fedora 22 will continue until one month after the release of Fedora 24, and Fedora 23 will continue to be supported up until one month after the release of Fedora 25.

The Fedora Project Wiki contains more detailed information about the entire Fedora Release Life Cycle, from development to release, and the post-release support period.







Ubuntu Touch Could Get WiFi Display Support to Help Turn the Phone into a PC More Easily

One of the issues with the Ubuntu Convergence and the ability to use the phone as a PC is the fact that it requires dedicated hardware features on the device, but that might get solved in the future by the Ubuntu team.

Ubuntu Convergence refers, in the broadest sense, to the fact that both systems, for the phone and the desktop, share the same codebase. The fact that you can connect your phone to a TV and turn it into a PC experience is a result of that shared codebase. In … (read more)

Major Telegram Update Arrives for Ubuntu Phones

The Ubuntu Touch platform has quite a few apps, but one of the most important is definitely Telegram, and it has just been updated.

Ubuntu Touch users were asking for an update for this messaging app on their phones, and their wish has finally been granted with the latest Telegram update, which is a really big one.

One of the questions following up this piece of news is probably related to Whatsapp and its availability on the Ubuntu phones, but that is something that no … (read more)

Ubuntu 16.10 to Have Unity 8, Mir, and Snappy Personal as Default

Canonical has been working on Unity 8 for a long time, and they are always asked about its official launch platform. The latest information from the developers confirms the implementation of Unity 8 as default in Ubuntu 16.10.

Ubuntu developers are not working on Unity 8 alone, and it’s not going to land on the Ubuntu desktop just as a simple upgrade to the current Unity 7. In fact, there are a lot more components that need to arrive with Unity 8, like the Mir display serve… (read more)

World Wine News Issue 402

WWN Issue 402 was released today.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Will Soon Be Rebased on Linux Kernel 4.3

On November 17, Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury was pleased to announce the availability of the first Ubuntu Kernel Team Newsletter, which will be published on the Ubuntu Wiki on a weekly basis.

The Ubuntu Kernel Team Newsletter will replace the regular “Minutes from the Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting” reports sent by Mr. Salisbury to inform Ubuntu users about the latest work don… (read more)

Ubuntu Online Summit 2015 Was the Most Attended UOS Event of All Times

On November 17, Canonical’s David Planella published his bi-monthly report about the work done by members of the Ubuntu Community Team during the first two weeks of November 2015.

According to Mr. Planella, the team managed to host yet another successful UOS (Ubuntu Online Summit) event between November 3 and 5, which appears to be one of the most crowded UOS even… (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.2.73 LTS Lands with x86 and IPv6 Improvements, Updated Drivers

Renowned kernel developer and maintainer Ben Hutchings announced on November 17, 2015, the immediate availability of the seventy-third maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.2 kernel series.

Looking at the appended diff from the previous maintenance release, version 3.2.72, Linux kernel 3.2.73 LTS is here to add various improvements to the x86, MIPS, m68k, and PowerPC (… (read more)

Announcing the Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day on November 20, 2015

The Ubuntu developers have announced the upcoming UCADay event, which encourages members of the Ubuntu Linux community to say “Thank you!” to someone they are grateful to.

Many users take Ubuntu for granted, and if something does not work as expected, they start to complain and even discredit members of the Ubuntu Linux community.

What they don’t know is that Ubuntu is not just a simple operating system for the… (read more)

Univention Corporate Server 4.1 Linux Integrates Docker, Samba 4, and SSO via SAML

Univention, through Maren Abatielos, was extremely happy to inform Softpedia earlier today, November 17, about the final release of their Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.1 Linux kernel-based, server-oriented operating system.

Prominent features of Univention Corporate Server 4.1 include support for Docker-based apps in the UCS App Center, Samba 4.3.1 with support for the latest SMB 3.1.1 protocol introduced in the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, as well as the im… (read more)

Puppy Linux 6.3 “Slacko” Comes to Play, Based on Slackware 14.1 and Linux Kernel 4.1

Barry Kauler, the creator of the Puppy Linux computer operating system, has had the great pleasure of announcing today, November 17, the release and immediate availability for download of Puppy Linux 6.3 “Slacko.”

According to Mr. Kauler, Puppy Linux 6.3 “Slacko” has been built from the binary TXZ packages of the Slackware 14.1 GNU/Linux operating system, and it is available, for the first time, as two Live ISO images, one for each of the supported hardware architectures, 3… (read more)

Treasure Hunter | Novtumber Festival

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FBI Paid Carnegie Mellon $1M to Crack User IDs, Claims Tor

The Tor Project last week claimed the FBI paid Carnegie Mellon University $1 million to crack the anonymity of Tor users. Tor’s claim appears to have been triggered by a report last week that said the FBI’s arrest of an alleged member of the Silk Road 2.0 drug ring was based on “information obtained by a ‘university-based research institute’ that operated its own computers on the anonymous network used by Silk Road 2.0.” That network was Tor, and the research institute was Carnegie Mellon, Tor said.

GNU Wget 1.17 Command-Line Download Manager Gets FTPS and HSTS Support

Giuseppe Scrivano, the maintainer of the open-source GNU wget command-line download manager utility for GNU/Linux and other UNIX operating systems, announced the release of wget 1.17.

According to the release notes, GNU wget 1.17 is mostly a feature release that brings in a few interesting features, among which we can mention support for the HTTP Strict Transport Security (H… (read more)

Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 7.0

The Black Lab Linux project has announced a new release of its commercial offerings. The new release, Black Lab Linux 7.0, ships with the Xfce 4.12 desktop, LibreOffice 5, version 5 of the GNU Compiler Collection, WINE and version 3.19.0 of the Linux kernel. “Today we are announcing….