Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” Distribution Is Now in Beta, Based on Fedora 24 Linux OS

Just a few days after informing the community about the plans for the upcoming Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” GNU/Linux distribution, developer Vince Pooley is now releasing the first Beta milestone into the wild.

Yes, you’re reading it right, a first Beta of Chapeau 24 “Cancellara” is now available for download so you can get an early taste of those awesome new features that we revealed for our readers in an initial report. And, as expected, the development release is based on the Fedora 24 operating system and ships with Linux 4.7 kernel.

“Today a pre-release version of Chapeau 24 has been made available for download. If you’ve been eagerly waiting for the latest Chapeau release based on Fedora 24 now’s your time. If you don’t want to deal with any of the known issues listed below you may want to stick with Chapeau 23 fo… (read more)

PPSSPP, the Best Free PSP Emulator, Now Lets Users Record Their Video Games

A new stable release of the PPSSPP free, cross-platform, and open-source PSP (PlayStation Portable) emulator application has been made available for download, version 1.3.

PPSSPP 1.3 is here seven months since the release of the previous maintenance update, namely PPSSPP 1.2, and adds various interesting additions, such as better support for Android-based Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones, as well as any device running Apple’s iOS 9 or later mobile operating system.

There’s also improved support for 64-bit Android TV platforms, a memory leak patch for Raspberry Pi single-board computers, the implementation of the latest FFmpeg multimedia backend, and a workaround for some rendering issues on Tegra K1 and Tegra X1 mobile processors.

PPSSPP 1.3 introduces initial game recording support

Another interesting feature introduced in the PPSSPP 1.3 stable update is initial support for recording your video games, along with TAS (Tool-assisted speedrun) functio… (read more)

FreeBSD 11.0 Gets One Last Release Candidate Build, Final Version Is Coming Soon

FreeBSD’s Glen Barber announced the other day that the third, and hopefully the last Released Candidate (RC) build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system is now available for public testing.

On September 12, 2016, we were expecting to see the announcement for the final release of FreeBSD 11.0, but it didn’t happen. Why? Most probably because of some last minute issues that proved to be a show stopper for the end user. Therefore, we’re now getting yet another Release Candidate development milestone to test and report bugs.

“The third RC build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR system or on the -stable mailing list,” says Glen Barber in the release announcement. “If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing system, use the “releng/11.0″ branch.”

As for the cha… (read more)

Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” Officially Released, Brings over 90 Security Fixes

The Debian Project announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the stable Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” operating system series, Debian 8.6, which brings new installation mediums with up-to-date components.

Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” is here to add various important improvements to almost 80 packages, as well as to integrate all the security updates that have been released in the distribution’s official software repositories since the release of Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie.” Approximately 95 security updates are included in the new stable release, including the latest kernel version.

“This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available,” reads the announcement. “Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of De… (read more)

Pictures of LibreOffice Conference in Brno

A selection of LibreOffice Conference in Brno has been published here:

Development Release: Chapeau 24 Beta

Vince Pooley has announced the availability of the initial beta release of Chapeau 24, the upcoming new version of the project’s Fedora-based distribution that includes some useful third-party software applications (e.g. PlayOnLinux, Steam, Flash) that are, by default, not available in Fedora due to licensing restrictions: “Today a….

Development Release: FreeBSD 11.0-RC3

Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD, an unscheduled build of the upcoming (and delayed) 11.0-RELEASE: “The second RC build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since RC2 includes: a boot issue affecting booting from large….

Announcing upcoming Mageia 5.1 ISOs and an update on Mageia 6 progress

It is likely not news to you that we are behind the original schedule regarding Mageia 6.
As a community-led distro with a limited amount of resources and contributors, we stand by “Release when it’s ready” and don’t want to rush a release out until we are fully happy with it. Obviously, we are not yet fully happy with Mageia 6, though it is shaping up pretty well! On the other hand, we are still very pleased with Mageia 5 and want to continue supporting it until Mageia 6 is ready to take over.

Upcoming Mageia 5.1 ISOs

Because of this delay, we will release updated ISO images of Mageia 5 to bridge the gap until Mageia 6 is ready.

The new Mageia 5.1 ISOs will include all the security and bug-fix updates released for Mageia 5 so far, including an updated LTS kernel (4.4.x) for improved hardware support.

Like it was done for Mageia 4.1, this does not constitute a new release per se, but an easier way to install an up-to-date Mageia 5. Existing Mageia 5 users won’t have to reinstall anything, as their up-to-date system is already the same as what the 5.1 images would install. New users, however, would
benefit from having the well-tested kernel 4.4 from the start, instead of starting with the original kernel 3.19 of Mageia 5.

We will likely extend the support period for Mageia 5 to cover at least 3 months of transition after the Mageia 6 release. The exact updated end-of-life date will be given when the 5.1 ISOs are released.

Infra back on track for Mageia 6

There have been some infrastructure issues causing delays to getting ISOs to build, which particularly impacted the internal testing for Mageia 6’s stabilisation snapshot 2 over the last few months. These have now been mostly resolved, and our ISO building team (and its new recruits!) will have the opportunity to fine tune the process with the updated Mageia 5 ISOs, before going back to Mageia 6.

The delays have allowed for newer versions of some key software stacks to be included. Plasma has matured a lot and gained stability and feature completeness over the last few months, and we will be able to ship Mageia 6 with Plasma 5.8 LTS. We will also include GNOME 3.22 which is currently being prepared for Cauldron.

Packagers and developers toiling on release blockers

The main reason for Mageia 6’s delay is, of course, the remaining blocking bugs (so called release blockers) that we don’t want to compromise on fixing before the release.

Packagers and developers are currently working to fix the remaining release blockers. A new tool has been promptly developed in Mageia App DB to help visualise the progress on the current release blockers. We hope to have the second stabilisation snapshot available soon after the Mageia 5.1 ISOs are released, likely sometime in October 2016. As for the final release, we do not want to give a precise ETA yet, but we should manage to make a 2016 release 🙂

As always, many hands make light work, so if you’re interested in ISO testing, QA, packaging or just want to get involved with Mageia, please have a look here for further details on getting involved.

Distribution Release: Android-x86 6.0 R1

The developers of Android-x86, a desktop operating system based on Android, have announced the first stable release of Android-x86 6.0. This version carries the code name Marshmallow and ships with version 4.4.20 of the Linux kernel. This release also includes F2FS support, fixes suspend/resume bugs related to wi-fi….

Distribution Release: Android-x86 6.0-r1

The developers of Android-x86, a desktop operating system based on Android, have announced the first stable release of Android-x86 6.0. This version carries the code name Marshmallow and ships with version 4.4.20 of the Linux kernel. This release also includes F2FS support, fixes suspend/resume bugs related to wi-fi….

Wine 1.9.19 Released

The Wine development release 1.9.19 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Initial version of a udev bus driver for HID.
  • Various improvements in joystick support.
  • Initial implementation of DC rendering in Direct2D.
  • Improved metafile support in GDI+.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Watch RuneFest 16 Now! | Stream Schedule

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RuneScape 2017 Reveals

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Distribution Release: Slackel 6.0.7 “Openbox”

Dimitris Tzemos has announced a new release of Slackel, a Slackware- and Salix-based distribution. The new version, Slackel 6.0.7 “Openbox” supports booting on UEFI-enabled systems when the 64-bit build is used. The 32-bit build of Slackel now supports booting on both PAE and non-PAE computers. “Slackel 6.0.7 Live….

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.17 Tool for Creating Snaps on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Today, September 16 2016, Canonical’s Sergio Schvezov was proud to announce the release of yet another maintenance update to the Snapcraft tool that helps application developers package their apps as Snaps for Ubuntu and other Linux OSes.

The biggest new features implemented in the Snapcraft 2.17 release are the implementation of the “snapcraft list-keys” and “snapcraft-register-key” commands, globbing support for the “organize” keyword for parts, as well as a brand new “python” plugin that combines code from both “python2” and “python3” plugins.

“This new plugin creates leaner snaps, works better with regards to build environments, separates `stage-packages` from package brought in with `pip` and solves many latent bugs from the previous incantation of the python plugins,” says Sergio Schvezov in today’s announcement. Various bugs were fixed as well, so you should check… (read more)

Wine 1.9.19 Released with Better Joystick Support, World of Tanks Improvements

The Wine software has been updated today, September 16, 2016, to version 1.9.19, a development milestone towards Wine 2.0, bringing various bug fixes and improvements.

According to the release notes, Wine 1.9.19 appears to be a minor update that only implements an initial version of a udev bus driver for HID, improves joystick support, as well as the metafile support in GDI+, and introduces the DC rendering functionality in Direct2D.

Wine 1.9.19 also fixes a total of 19 issues reported by users since the previous development release, namely Wine 1.9.18, thus improving support for various Windows applications and games. It looks like many Direct2D and Delphi 7 applications should now work a lot better with this version of Wine.

Among the Windows apps that received improvements in Wine 1.9.19, we can mention WinUAE, The Geometer’s Sketchpad 5.03, ElsterFormular, KORG Legacy Collection – MS-20 1.3.0, Captvty 3, Mic… (read more)

DualToy Windows Trojan Attacks Android, iOS Devices

A Windows Trojan called DualToy has been discovered that can side load malicious apps onto Android and iOS devices via a USB connection from an infected computer. Researchers from Palo Alto Networks said DualToy has been in existence since January 2015, and it originally was limited to installing unwanted apps and displaying mobile ads on Android devices. About six months later, the Trojan morphed and began targeting iOS devices by installing a third-party App Store in hopes of nabbing iTunes usernames and passwords.
Researchers said once DualToy infects a Windows machine, it looks for the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and iTunes, and downloads drivers for both if they’re missing in order to infect mobile devices once connected.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

LibreOffice Conference 2016: video roundup

A short video roundup of this year’s conference in Brno – thanks to everyone who attended, and see you next year in Rome!

Nextcloud Box – a private cloud and IoT solution for home users


Companies launch Raspberry Pi-based device to enable consumers greater control over their data

Stuttgart, Germany – September 16, 2016 – Nextcloud, Canonical and WDLabs, are today launching the Nextcloud Box, a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform giving consumers a way to take back control over their personal data. Nextcloud Box makes hosting a personal cloud simple and cost effective whilst maintaining a secure private environment that can be expanded with additional features via apps.

The Nextcloud Box consists of a hard drive and a case, complemented by a Raspberry Pi 2 or a similar credit-card sized computer. The pre-configured, easy-to-use platform handles file storage and syncing, communication and more, requires no maintenance and enables users to install more functionality through apps like Spreed, OpenHab and Collabora Online. The box offers 1TB of storage at the price point of Eur 70. For information on where to buy please visit

“WDLabs is very fortunate to have connected with our Nextcloud and Canonical teammates, and have found it to be a perfect fit of complementary capabilities coupled with high-speed co-development,” said Dave Chew, Chief Engineer, WDLabs. “We’ve combined our latest technologies to create an integrated hardware/software platform for the Nextcloud community focused on ease of use, extensibility and affordability.”

“We have always believed that collaboration brings out the best in communities and companies alike,” said Jane Silber, CEO at Canonical. “Together with WDLabs and Nextcloud we are able to bring the first Ubuntu Core-enabled device, as an app-enabled IoT gateway, to the market and to people’s homes.”


“It has been a great co-operation with amazingly agile teams at Canonical and WDLabs,” said Frank Karlitschek, Founder and Managing Director at Nextcloud. “Empowering home users to sync and share their data with a secure, privacy preserving solution built on a combination of cutting edge software and hardware platforms is no panacea and we’re proud to have delivered together!”

Key WD components including the WD PiDrive and SanDisk SD card deliver a device with the flexibility and openness to enable learning and experimenting, with easy installation and allowing replacement of components, adding functionality and capabilities like more storage space, networking interfaces and other addons.

The base with Ubuntu Core enables the device to act as an extensible IoT gateway at home, adding functionality and controlling other devices and connecting them with their owner while keeping the user secure through automatic, unattended updates.


The Nextcloud software empowers users to sync and share their data while remaining in control and accessing and collaborating through a range of devices and platforms, from browsers and mobile phones to desktops and laptops. The federation capabilities make it possible to share between users on different Nextcloud servers, participating in and creating a network beyond the single device.

As it is, the Nextcloud Box addresses one segment of the market. However, all three companies have technology and the ability to scale and integrate this to solution in other products and the team is looking for such opportunities.

For more information on the product, please visit:

About Nextcloud
Nextcloud offers a unique-in-the-industry fully open source solution for on-premise data handling and communication with an uncompromising focus on security and privacy. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data with next-generation secure communication and collaboration capabilities under direct control of IT and integrated with existing compliant infrastructure. Nextcloud’s open, modular architecture, emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing assets within and across the borders of their organization. For more information, visit or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter.

About Canonical
Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading Operating System for cloud and the Internet of Things. Most public cloud workloads are running Ubuntu, and most new smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced humanoid robots are running Ubuntu as well. Canonical provides enterprise support and services for commercial users of Ubuntu.

Canonical leads the development of the snap universal Linux packaging system for secure, transactional device updates and app stores. Ubuntu Core is an all-snap OS, perfect for devices and appliances. Established in 2004, Canonical is a privately held company.

About WD Labs
WDLabs™ is a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC). Western Digital is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. Financial and investor information is available on the company’s Investor Relations website at

Nextcloud and Canonical Introduce Nextcloud Box to Create Your Own Private Cloud

Today, September 16, 2016, Nextcloud informs Softpedia about the launch of a new hardware product, the first in the company’s history, in collaboration with Canonical and WDLabs.

Before Nextcloud was formed as a fork of ownCloud, you remember that the team worked with the WDLabs engineers to bring us a Raspberry Pi-powered device, named ownCloud PiDrive, that allowed us to create our own personal and secure private cloud infrastructure based on ownCloud and Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Well, it looks like the ownCloud PiDrive project moved to become NextCloud Box, a hardware kit that comes bundled with the Nextcloud self-hosting cloud server and allows you to run your own private cloud, on your network. And because it uses the newest Snappy technologies, it can be easily transformed into a true IoT hub.

“We have always beli… (read more)