After 11 months of development, MATE 1.8 has been released, bringing various refinements and new features such as support for Metacity as window manager, side-by-side window tiling and more, as well as many bug fixes.Initially, MATE 1.8 was supposed to be based on GTK3, but this was pushed back to MATE 1.10 “because there is still a good deal of work to be done to get it really stable”. GTK3 applications still integrate nicely with MATE, just like in the previous 1.6 version, however MATE 1.8 continues to be based on GTK2.For those not familiar with MATE, this is a GNOME2 fork which lets you use the old GNOME 2 desktop interface and applications but it also allows you to use new applications so for instance, you can use Nautilus 3 with it and so on. Also, MATE can be installed in parallel with GNOME 3, something that wasn’t possible with the vanilla GNOME 2. What’s new in MATE 1.8Changes in MATE Desktop 1.8:Control Center: added support for Metacity as window manager;Marco (window manager): added side-by-side tiling (windows snapping);Caja (file manager): added option to use IEC units instead of SI units;added “Open parent location” option
Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library… GnuTLS developers (urge) all users to upgrade to version 3.2.12.
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Valve’s Gabe Newell did a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” where several Linux questions were posed…
On the same day as announcing KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 with improved Wayland support, the KDE development community has gone ahead and announced KDE 4.12.3 as their latest monthly point release…
George Vlahavas has announced the release of Salix 14.1 “Xfce” edition, a Slackware-based distribution featuring the Xfce 4.10 desktop environment: “After a long development period Salix Xfce 14.1 is ready. There have been many and important changes since our last release. One of them is that now the….
Changing desktop background has never been easier. “Wallpaper Manager” application allows you to choose wallpapers from multiple online and offline sources. Check the main features of “Wallpaper manager” and DEB packages for Debian based distributions such as “Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS Luna, ..etc”.
Wallpaper Manger | Key Features
Most of wallpaper manager functions are used directly though a simple drop down menu in your panel.
[How To]: Install Wallpaper Manager for Ubuntu and its derivatives
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install wallpaper-manager
Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the third in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.7. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.
More than 30 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, image viewer Gwenview, web browser Konqueror, file manager Dolphin and others. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE’s issue tracker.
To find out more about the 4.12 versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform, please refer to the 4.12 release notes.
The second Beta release of the upcoming GNOME Music 3.12 application, which will be part of the forthcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, has been made available for download and testing.
The new development release introduces an initial help infrastructure, outputs more information if a certain song cannot be played, and stores the last 10 played songs in the shuffle history.
Several other minor improvements have been added to this release, and various bugs have b… (read more)
Since Luna’s release, appreciative users have thrown us some hard-earned cash. We’ve carefully considered the best ways to re-invest that money into elementary and to give people a direct path to fund development of what’s important to them. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of those solutions: bounties.
The Perfect Server – CentOS 5.10 x86_64 [ISPConfig 3]
This tutorial shows how to prepare a CentOS 5.10 x86_64 server for the
Robert Carr at Canonical has ported Google’s Chromium web-browser to Mir. The “Mir-Ozone” component allows Chromium to run natively on Mir, which in turn is based on Wayland code…
We’ve already seen some Radeon DRM graphics driver code queued up for merging into the Linux 3.15 kernel in a few weeks time. Arriving this morning were another batch of exciting Radeon changes that will target the Linux 3.15 merge window…
PostgreSQL has picked up a new feature of logical decoding…
With today’s release of KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 there is improved Wayland on Linux support…
Red Hat’s latest open-source contribution to the Linux community is Kpatch, yet another means of dynamic patching for the Linux kernel…
The second alpha development release of the forthcoming KDE Frameworks 5 is now available…
Yesterday I encountered an issue in Ubuntu related to CA-certificates which resulted in errors when trying to add PPA repositories, cloning GIT repositories and more and I decided to make an article on how to fix these issues in Ubuntu, in case you run into the same issue.Here’s what happened. Firstly, I tried adding a PPA via command line, and this was the output:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java[sudo] password for andrei: Cannot add PPA: ‘ppa:webupd8team/java’.Please check that the PPA name or format is correct.The PPA name was definitely correct and I wasn’t using any proxies so I had no idea what could be wrong at that point. Then I tried to add the PPA via Software Sources (called “Software & Updates” in newer Ubuntu versions). That didn’t work either.Then (it may seem unrelated but it actually wasn’t) I tried to clone a Git (GitHub) repository and the following error was displayed:fatal: unable to access ‘http://github.com/rg3/youtube-dl.git’: server certificate verification failed. CAfile: /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt CRLfile: noneThanks to this error message I figured out that there was something wrong with CA certificates (the “ca-certificates” package includes PEM files of CA certificates to allow SSL-based applications to check for the authenticity of SSL connections). For
XBMC Media Center 13.0 “Gotham” Beta 1 has been released, bringing improvements across all platforms, such as hardware decoding on Android, proper PulseAudio support for Linux, improved settings, support for some 3D movie formats and more.XBMC is a free, open source digital media hub and home theater PC that comes with a 10-foot user interface, which can be used to play videos, music and other media, either from local storage or via LAN or Internet. The application is highly customizable and supports a wide variety of skins as well as plugins that can be used to access content from services such as YouTube, Spotify, Grooveshark and so on. The application also comes with a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) frontend for Live TV with DVR and PVR support.New features and improvements in XBMC 13.0 Gotham Beta 1:hardware decoding on Android for both ARM and x86 architectures;speed improvements for Raspberry Pi and Android;support for 3D movies encoded in: SBS, TAB, anaglyph, and interlaced (on supported platforms for passive TVs);improved touchscreen support: gesture controls during video playback, swiping controls in navigation, etc.;instances of XBMC throughout the house can now “speak” with each other and with other UPnP devices;the Audio Engine introduced with XBMC 12.0
Due to notorious Linux graphics drivers, Google developers working on Chrome/Chromium aren’t looking to enable hardware video acceleration by default anytime soon. The problem ultimately comes down to poor Linux graphics drivers…