Linux Kernel 4.7.8 Released with x86, ARM, and PowerPC Fixes, Updated Drivers

Immediately after announcing the second point release of the Linux 4.8 kernel series, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the immediate availability of Linux kernel 4.7.8.

As you might have guessed already, Linux kernel 4.7.8 is the eighth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series, which is still being used in various popular GNU/Linux distributions at the moment of writing this article, such as the recently announced Parrot Security OS 3.2 and Arch Linux, shipping one week after the previous point release, namely read more)

Calamares 2.4.2 Universal Linux Installer Supports Disabling of LUKS UI Elements

The development team behind the Calamares universal installer framework for GNU/Linux distributions announced the second update to the Calamares 2.4 stable series.

Calamares 2.4.2 is now the latest version of the installer, and, according to release notes, it implements support for disabling LUKS (Linux Unified Key Setup) related UI (User Interface) elements, adds support for Debian-style /etc/default/keyboard configuration as an option, improves the checking of system requirements configuration, and removes the dependency of chfn in the users module.

“The Calamares team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Calamares 2.4.2, a bug fix release that delivers improvements and fixes for recently discovered issues,” reads the announcement. “The partitioning module of Calamares 2.4.2 depends on KPMcore 2.2 or later. Further distribution-specific deployment adjustments may be needed for full LUKS supp… (read more)

ExLight Live DVD Is Now Based on Ubuntu 16.10, Ships with Enlightenment 0.20

Today, October 16, 2016, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia about the release and immediate availability of a new, updated version of his lightweight ExLight Live DVD distribution.

Based on the recently released Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and Debian GNU/Linux 8.6 “Jessie” operating systems, ExLight Live DVD Build 161016 uses Arne Exton’s special kernel 4.8.0-21-exton, which is based on Linux kernel 4.8 (also used in Ubuntu 16.10), replacing the 4.6.0-10-exlight kernel used in previous releases of ExLight.

Another interesting change implemented in the new ExLight Live DVD release is the ability to save file and settings during the live session, as the ISO image is shipped with persistence technology. Also, you’ll be able to write the ISO to USB flash drives or use it directly from RAM thanks to the new “Copy to RAM” boot functionality.

“ExLight’s ISO file is now an ISO-hybrid, which means that it can very easily be transferred (copied) to a USB pen dr… (read more)

Nautilus 3.22.1 File Manager Improves the Batch Renaming Feature, Adds Fixes

The popular Nautilus (Files) file manager saw its first point release for the latest 3.22 series, distributed as part of the recently announced GNOME 3.22.1 desktop environment.

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking here about Nautilus 3.22.1, the latest, and most advanced, stable version of the file manager used in numerous GNU/Linux distributions, including the very popular Ubuntu, Fedora Workstation, openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed, Solus, and many others.

As usual, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal changelog to tell you all about the improvements and bug fixes implemented in Nautilus 3.22.1, and we’ll start with the numerous enhancements brought to the batch renaming and compression integration features introduced in the read more)

4MParted 20 Disk Partitioning Live CD Enters Beta Stage, Based on GParted 0.26.1

Today, October 16, 2016, 4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs Softpedia about the release and immediate availability of the Beta pre-release version of the upcoming 4MParted 20.0 Live CD.

Based on the 4MLinux 20.0 operating system, which is also in the Beta stages of development, the 4MParted 20.0 disk partitioning Live CD is built around the popular and open-source GParted 0.26.1 graphical partition editor utility, which right now is the best tool for formatting, resizing, splitting, and joining disk partitions of any type.

“4MParted is a very small live CD designed for disk partitioning. It’s a part of 4MRescueKit, which in turn is one of the three main 4MLinux releases available for download,” says Zbigniew Konojacki in today’s read more)

Linux Kernel 4.8.2 Is Out with x86 and ARM Improvements, Updated Drivers

Today, October 16, 2016, renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman was proud to announce the general availability of the second point release to the Linux 4.8 kernel series.

That’s right, Linux kernel 4.8.2 is here, and it arrives a little over a week from the first maintenance update. According to the appended shortlog and the diff from Linux kernel 4.8.1, the new version changes a total of 52 files, with 487 insertions and 213 deletions. Overall, the Linux 4.8.2 kernel looks pretty small in changes with the exception of some ARM and x86 improvements, and the updated drivers.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.8.2 kernel. All… (read more)

Linus Torvalds Announces the First Release Candidate of Linux Kernel 4.9

The first Release Candidate (RC) snapshot of the Linux 4.9 kernel was announced by Linus Torvalds on October 15, 2016, which means that the merge window is now close and development was begun.

According to Linus Torvalds, the Linux kernel 4.9 merge window was pretty big and that’s why we’re seeing the first Release Candidate build a day earlier than expected. Another reason for shipping the RC1 earlier is to not encourage kernel developers to send in last-minute pull requests.

“But hey, it’s all good now, and while 4.9 looks to be a big release and we had a couple of hiccups, on the whole things look normal. The big new thing is the greybus addition, which Greg swears is actually getting used. But the bulk of the changes by far is actually a lot of small details under the hood, as usual,” says Linus Torvalds.

Linux kernel 4.9 will be a big release, launching December 11, 2016

Also according to Linus Torvalds’ read more)

Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 Officially Released, Available for Download Now – Exclusive

Softpedia was informed today, October 16, 2016, by budgie-remix project leader David Mohammed about the official and final release of the Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 computer operating system.

Based on the recently released Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) distro, Ubuntu Budgie Remix (budgie-remix) 16.10 ships with a kernel from the Linux 4.8 series and it’s built around the Budgie 10.2.7 desktop environment developed by the Solus Project. There are a lot of great new features implemented in this major version, such as full disk encryption support, Home folder encryption, and support for more languages during installation.

“This is our first release that follows Ubuntu release cycle – we have worked on getting closely aligned our alpha and two betas in the same manner as Ubuntu and the other official community flavours,”… (read more)

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.2

Lorenzo Faletra has announced the release of Parrot Security OS 3.2, the latest release of the project’s specialist distribution, based on Debian’s “Testing” branch, featuring tools for penetration testing, computer forensics, reverse engineering, hacking, privacy and cryptography: “We have finished all the work on Parrot 3.2 and we….

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” Receives Latest Security Updates from Debian Stable

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” is currently the latest stable and most advanced version of the distro, which launched officially on the last day of July 2016, based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie,” which means that its software repositories are always in sync with upstream to keep the OS secure and reliable until it reaches end of life.
You’ll have to update your Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” installation, as it has received security updates for multiple core components and applications, including PHP5, NSS, NSPR, IceDove, libav, Chromium, WordPress, libdbd-mysql-perl, Jackrabbit, BIND9, and c-ares.
Also updated are the kernel packages, which are now based on the recently released Linux 4.4.24 LTS kernel. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you update your Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” system(s) as soon as possible to receive the security updates mentioned above and keep your installation healthy and secure.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Parrot Security 3.2 “CyberSloop” Ethical Hacking OS Is Out with Linux Kernel 4.7

Today, October 15, 2016, the ParrotSec team unleashed the second point release to the Debian-based Parrot Security 3.x GNU/Linux distribution designed for ethical hackers and security researchers.

While there’s no official announcement published on the official website at the moment of writing this story, we’ve managed to download the live system to tell you a little bit about the new release. Dubbed CyberSloop and based on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch (Debian Testing) operating system, Parrot Security 3.2 is now powered by Linux kernel 4.7.5.

As usual, the kernel is custom hardened by the skillful developers behind the Parrot Security project, and it’s injected with various patches to support a wide range of hardware. Another exciting feature of the Parrot Security 3.2 release is the addition of the latest MATE 1.16 desktop environment, available in the Full Edition.

Existing users need to update their systems as… (read more)

Debian-Based Elive 2.7.8 Beta Linux OS Released with Extra Packages, Bug Fixes

On October 14, 2016, the developers of the Debian-based Elive Linux distribution built on top of the Enlightenment desktop environment have announced the release of a new Beta version.

Elive 2.7.8 Beta is now here and arrives five weeks after the previous one, version 2.7.6, which it replaces. There are multiple changes in the new Beta release, but it remains a bugfix build that attempts to address as many errors and annoyances as possible discovered or reported by users from previously released versions.

For example, you should now be able to use the latest version of the popular, open-source Blender 3D modeling software, the graphical environment will no longer restart randomly, the font sizes have been improved and won’t show big on certain systems. Also, Elive now ships with some extra packages.

“Extra packages included to improve the final system, like improved GL drivers and rendering, printer configuration, i386 optimizations, better fonts for asian languag… (read more)

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Studio 16.10

Ubuntu Studio 16.10, a brand new version from the project developing a Linux distribution targeted at musicians, video producers, graphics artists and publishers, has been released: “We are happy to announce the release of our latest version, Ubuntu Studio 16.10 ‘Yakkety Yak’. As a regular version, it will….

Wine 1.9.21 Update Improves Adobe Illustrator CS6 and The Longest Journey Demo

Today, October 14, 2016, the Wine development team announced the release of a new unstable snapshot towards the major Wine 2.0 milestone of the open-source software project that allows you to run Windows apps and games on Linux.

Wine 1.9.21 comes approximately two weeks after the Wine 1.9.20 development release, which introduced better support for AMD Radeon HD 6480G and Nvidia GTX 690 graphics cards, one week after the launch of the stable Wine 1.8.5 update that improved support for Microsoft Publisher 2007 and 2010, and ten days after read more)

Calibre 2.70 Ebook Manager Adds Tool to Download External Resources for Books

Today, October 14, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal proudly announced the release and immediate availability of the Calibre 2.70 ebook library management software for all supported platforms.

Calibre 2.70 comes two weeks after the release of Calibre 2.69, and it promises two new features. First, there is a new tool implemented in the Edit Book component and designed to let users download external resources, such as stylesheets or images, that aren’t included in a book.

The second feature added in the Calibre 2.70 release is support for custom columns in the Manage Categories sub menu of the Alter Tag Browser function. Also new is the implementation of the Various Danish news source, which has been submitted by Allan Simonsen.

Bug fixes, improved news sources

As expected, several issues reported by users from previous releases of Calibre have been addressed in today’s update, which we recommend to anyone using Calibre 2.69 or another version. T… (read more)

How KDE Celebrates 20 Years

KDE is 20 years old, a community working on beautiful software to free the world and spread privacy, all while having a lot of fun which we do it.

In cities across the world there are parties being held this weekend to celebrate. As we write the KDE Korea party in Seoul is setting up for some talks and drinks.

Some 20 year parties have already been held such as at FISL in Brazil last month.

Showing the strength of the KDE development community, our flagship product Plasma released its first Long Term Support edition. The Linux Action Show, never ones to shy away from critisism, give it a thorough review and decided it was “light years ahead” and had “more compelling features” than the competition.

And if being 20 years old makes you feel old you can look back at the latest release, KDE 1. Helio has brought the classic version back to life. There are even Docker images you can install yourself from KDE neon.

If you haven’t read them already take a look at the 20 Years of KDE timeline and download or buy the 20 Years of KDE book.

Brazilian IT website Vida de Suporte did a special comic for KDE:

Support: Hey, look, KDE is 20 years old!
Intern: Oh, damn it, I tougth it was a pokemon.

Let us know how you celebrate this anniversary how what you think KDE can do in the next 20 years to spread freedom, privacy and community.

Comments welcome here or on Reddit thread.

Join Us Again for Global WordPress Translation Day

The WordPress Polyglots team is organizing the second Global WordPress Translation Day on November 12th. Everyone is invited to join – from anywhere in the world!

Translating is one of the easiest ways to get involved with WordPress and contribute to the project. Global WordPress Translation Day is your chance to learn more about translating WordPress, meet people from all over the world, and translate WordPress into one of more than 160 languages.

Join us on November 12th from anywhere in the world

The translation day starts on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, at 0:00 UTC and ends 24 hours later. See what time that is for you! You can join right from the start, or any time it’s convenient for you throughout the day.

What are we doing?

Local contributor days are happening all over the world, and are a great way to get involved. Check out this map to see if there’s already a local event happening near you. Can’t find one? Organize a local event!

At the same time, join the community for 24 hours of live-streamed, remote sessions in numerous languages. Sessions will cover localization, internationalization, and contributing in your language.

Who’s it for?

Whether you’re new to translating and want to learn how to translate, or an experienced translation editor building a strong team, the translation day is for you. Developers will also enjoy topics from experienced contributors, whether you’re learning about internationalization and or want to find more translators for your themes and plugins. There’s a session for everyone!

Get Involved

Joining is easy! On November 12th, in your own timezone, translate WordPress or your favorite plugins and themes into your language, while watching live sessions over the course of the day.

Want to get more involved? Sign up to organize a local event and invite your local community to translate together on November 12th. Events can be formal or completely informal – grab your laptop and a couple of friends, and head to a local coffee shop to translate for an hour or two.

Can you get involved if you only speak English?

Absolutely! Even if you only speak English, there are great sessions about internationalization that can benefit every developer. There’s also lots of English variants that need your help! For example, English is spoken and written differently in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. You can learn about these differences and why these variants are important during the sessions.

And if you’re feeling fun, try translating WordPress into emoji! Yep, we have a translation of WordPress in emoji! 🌎🌍🌏


If you have any questions, the polyglots team and the event organizers hang out in #polyglots in Slack and are happy to help! (Get an invite to Slack at

Sign up to take part in the event on the official website.

Fedora 25 Beta Resets the Linux Performance Bar

Red Hat on Wednesday released the beta version of Fedora 25, an open source Linux operating system maintained by the Fedora Project community. The beta release sharpens cloud and developer features, making this Linux distro more attractive to enterprise users. Fedora Linux is the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL. Fedora 25 is comprised of a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions — Cloud, Server and Workstation — that target different user bases.

Community Week: Development – get involved

LibreOffice Community Weeks

On Monday we had a chat with LibreOffice’s dedicated mentor for new developers, Jan Iversen, and on Wednesday we then looked at some statistics from the development team and the tools they use. Today we finish off this Community Week by showing you how to get involved. Put your coding gloves on and get ready to become a LibreOffice hacker…


Getting the source code

The first thing you need to do is read this page – this is a step-by-step guide, from the primary contact until you have successfully gotten your first patch merged.

The page describes how to download the source code:

  • Git: at the command line, enter “git clone git://”

This download takes a while, but with that you have access to not only master (the bleeding edge source code), but also are release candidates (e.g. 5.1.6 RC1) as well as old versions. In total this is the source code with history.

Building LibreOffice is a task that takes quite a while, because the suite has approximately 7 million lines of code. The time needed depends a lot on your setup and the operating system. Windows is the slowest, and it is common to see the first build to take 6-10 hours. Linux and macOS are pretty fast: the normal time is 1-2 hours. Remember that the second build is a lot faster because it only builds changes.


Building it

How you build the code depends on your operating system, but our wiki has some guides:

If you have a choice of operating systems at your disposal, we recommend using Linux, where it’s very easy to install development tools and other related software.

Oh, and want to see what a LibreOffice build process looks like? Check out this speeded-up video (maybe turn down your audio before playing it though – the music is a bit loud!)


Start communicating

Once you’re able to build LibreOffice from its source code, it’s a good idea to reach out to other developers – maybe to get help, or ask for pointers, or simply see what things need working on. You can subscribe to the mailing list (see the archives here), but for more immediate contact join the #libreoffice-dev IRC channel on Freenode.

The mailing list and IRC channel can be busy, so there’s not a lot of time for off-topic discussion, but it’s worth introducing yourself quickly (who you are, why you want to help, any specific things you want to work on). If you want to talk to Jan, the new developer mentor, you’ll find him as @janIV on the IRC channel. Or send an email to


Start hacking!

We’ve mentioned “Easy Hacks” a few times this week – now we’ll explore them in detail. Easy Hacks are small tasks designed to be ideal starting points for new LibreOffice developers, so you can take them on without needing a lot of experience with the project or source code.

The first thing to do is read the quick introduction on this page – it explains the workflow and shows you how to use Bugzilla, which is used to coordinate Easy Hacks. From there, you can choose the language or technology area in which you want to help, eg:

For a full list of Easy Hacks in different languages, see this page, and once you’ve completed a few, you may want to move on to Core Hacks.

So good luck on your coding adventure, we look forward to your contributions, and just let us know on IRC or the mailing list if you have any questions!

Happy 20th Birthday, KDE

20 years ago today Matthias Ettrich sent an email that would mark the start of KDE as we know it today – a world-wide community of amazing people creating Free Software for you. In his email he announced the new Kool Desktop Environment and said “Programmers wanted!” In the 20 years since then so much has happened. We released great software, fought for software freedom and empowered people all over the world to take charge of their digital life. In many ways we have achieved what we set out to do 20 years ago – “a consistant, nice looking free desktop-environment” and more. Millions of people use KDE’s software every single day to do their work, have fun and connect to the most important people in their life. And yet we still have a long way ahead of us. Our job is far from done.

Today Free Software and KDE matters more than ever before. Only through Free Software can people truly break out of the walled gardens technology is so often building these days and stand up to surveillance. But Free Software communities like KDE also matter because they bring the world closer together. Our community is a truly global one. It is one that strives on mentoring people and letting them reach their true potential – be it as a programmer, artist, translator, community organizer, system administrator, tester or any of the hundreds of roles that make a community like KDE work.

No matter if you’ve been around KDE since the very beginning or if you just joined us for a short while: Thank you for being a part of our journey so far. And if you’ve not contributed yet, today is the best day to start.

I am looking forward to many more years in this great community building Free Software for and with you.

Here’s to many more years of KDE! Come celebrate with us.