Steam for Linux Stable Client Update with Lots of Fixes

Valve has upgraded the stable branch of the Steam client and a version of the application has been released. There aren’t too many new features in this cycle, but some of the issues that have been corrected are pretty important.

Valve releases Steam updates all the time, usually after a long and busy development cycle full of intermediary Beta versions. The same happened with this version and it looks like a lot of changes have gathered in the interim. Unfortunately, if you… (read more)

New MySQL Version Lands in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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

According to Canonical, a number of security issues have been found within MySQL, which means that it’s time to integrate yet another version from upstream sources. Nothing out of the ordinary has jumped out, but it’s a good idea to upgrade nonetheless.

“Multiple security issues were discovered in M… (read more)

Git 2.5 RC3 Version Control System Is Ready for Download and Testing

Git is a free and open-source distributed version control system that was built to handle small and very large projects with speed and efficiency. A new development version for the 2.5 branch has been released and it comes with an impressive number of changes.

The development for Git is powering on, and a new major update is on its way for Git. Even if the application was initially developed by Linus Torvalds, it’s now in the hands of other devs. They are doing an amazing j… (read more)

The New Solus: Putting the Pieces Together Again

The Solus Project is a rebranded and rereleased Linux distro trying to regain its former popularity. In a field of Linux distributions cluttered with look-alike offerings, Solus brings something simple and something new. Solus has impressive potential for being uncomplicated and different. Based in the UK, the Solus Project is the latest iteration of SolusOS, which morphed into Evolve OS. The new Solus is not a complete porting of the old Evolve OS. Other than the bult-from-scratch Budgie desktop, much of it appears to be gutted.

elementary OS Freya Gets Greeter and More Desktop Improvements

elementary OS Freya has been around for a while now, but that is not stopping its developers to keep pushing new features and fixes all the time. The latest improvements have landed for the Greeter and Desktop.

elementary OS Freya is one of the few distros out there that continued to get new features after the official launch has been made. Most development teams prefer to maintain what’s been implemented already, but it’s different for elementary. This is not the first rou… (read more)

Robolinux 8.1 Cinnamon Runs Windows 10 Inside the OS

Robolinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian that features various flavors and that allows its users to run Windows apps via a virtual machine solution. Now the developer has released the first version in the 8.x branch, and it’s powered by a Cinnamon desktop.

This is the first edition of Robolinux that is based on the new Debian 8, and it looks like the developers also chose to make Cinnamon the default desktop. The previous branch was using GNOME, but it’s not sure i… (read more)

Linux Kernel 4.1.3 LTS Is Now the Most Advanced Version Available

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 4.1.3, has been made available by Greg Kroah-Hartman, which means that this is now the most advanced version released.

It’s been a while since the 4.x branch was released, and now it’s coming into its own. This particular branch has already received quite a few updates, and it’s been integrated with numerous distros already. The fact that it’s the most advanced out there is also a good incentive to use it if you want the best s… (read more)

Distribution Release: Robolinux 8.1

John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 8.1, a major new release of the distribution that features an optional (and commercial) virtual machine pack for running Windows alongside Robolinux. This is the first version based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie”, with the only available desktop environment being….

BackBox Linux 4.3 Is a Powerful Penetration Testing Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

BackBox Linux is a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS that’s used to perform penetration tests and security assessments. A new update has been released, bringing the version number up to 4.3.

This might now seem like the kind of operating system that gets a lot of updates, but the latest version of BackBox Linux was released all the way back in April. The developers used that time to make some important upgrades to the distribution, and many of the core components hav… (read more)

What the Ubuntu IP Announcement means

The announcement by the FSF and Software Freedom Conservancy has a lot of jargon in it so to help people better understand I am going to do an analysis. Mind you, back in 2012, I reached out to the FSF on these very licensing concerns which no doubt combined with other developers contacts set in motion these discussions.

In a nutshell, the FSF is making it clear while some progress was made that the Ubuntu IP Policy is still not a good example of a policy that protects the freedoms you have to using code under the licenses of software Ubuntu bundles into the distro we use and love. This is concerning because Canonical has essentially made some concessions but put its foot down and not made as much change as it needs to.



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Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.3

Raffaele Forte has announced the release of BackBox Linux 4.3, the latest stable build of the project’s Ubuntu-based distribution containing a collection of utilities designed to perform penetration testing and forensic analysis tasks: “The BackBox Team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, version 4.3…..

Introducing the First MATE Edition of Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux – Gallery

On July 21, Alexander Tratsevskiy, the creator and lead developer of the Russian Calculate Linux project, had the great pleasure of informing us all about the immediate availability for download of the first MATE edition of his Gentoo-based distribution.

As you might have already guessed, the Calculate Linux MATE flavor is built around the traditional MATE desktop environment, whi… (read more)

GNOME’s GTK+ 3.18 to Bring Multiple Mir, Wayland, and X11 Improvements

The development team behind the GNOME Project is hard at work these days to bring you the fourth snapshot of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.

The open-source and cross-platform GTK+ GUI toolkit has been updated to version 3.17.5 as part of the forthcoming GNOME 3.17.4 desktop environment release and it introduces a bunch of new features and improvements that I will list in the next paragraphs.

First of all, it is of t… (read more)

Debian 9 “Stretch” Alpha 1 Installer Released, Supports Linux Kernel 4.0

The Debian Project, through Cyril Brulebois, has announced earlier today that the first Alpha build of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Installer is now available for download and testing.

Among the most important changes implemented in the read more)

Maintenance | 23rd July 07:00 – 09:00 UTC

Please be aware of maintenance occurring on 23rd July. We advise avoiding risky activity while maintenance is ongoing.

GNOME’s GTK+ 3.16.6 Brings Partial Aspect Ratio Support for Mac OS X

On July 21, the GNOME Project announced the immediate availability for download of the sixth maintenance release of the GTK+ 3.16 open-source and cross-platform GUI toolkit for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

According to the internal changelog, which we have attached at the end of the article for reference, GTK+ 3.16.6 is here to introduce initial aspect ratio support for the Mac OS X operating system, as well as to revert a change in the scro… (read more)

Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” Open-Source Media Center Has Been Officially Released

After several months of hard work, the developers behind the next-generation Kodi open-source and cross-platform media center software, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, are more than proud to announce the release of Kodi 15.0, codename Isengard.

Dubbed by its developers the “One Release to Rule Them All,” the final version of Kodi 15.0 is now available for download for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows, and introduces a great … (read more)

GNOME’s Evince 3.18 Document Viewer Will Bring a New Annotations Toolbar

The GNOME Project is hard at work these days to release the fourth snapshot of the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015. The Evince 3.17.4 document viewer app has been updated with new features.

According to the raw changelog, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, the Evince 3.17.4 unstable build is here to introduce an all new annotations toolbar that replace the sidebar tab and promises to let users add ann… (read more)

Ubuntu Make 0.9 Brings Initial Support for the Arduino IDE, Visual Studio Code Fixes

Didier Roche, the developer of the popular Ubuntu Make command-line software that lets users install various third-party applications in the Ubuntu Linux operating system, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability of Ubuntu Make 0.9.

According to Mr. Roche, the Ubuntu Make 0.9 release contains initial support for installing Arduino, a… (read more)

Google Releases Chrome 44 Stable for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS

Today, July 21, Google announced that it promoted the the Google Chrome 44 web browser for Chrome OS, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, as well as Microsoft Windows operating systems to the stable channel.

According to the release announcement, Google Chrome 44, which has the same build number as the last Beta build, version 44.0.2403.89, is here to introduce a num… (read more)