Gustavo Niemeyer and the development team recently announced the release of Snappy 2.0 following a week long and intense focuse on observing and fine tuning the user experience. Ubuntu Core, also known as Snappy, is a stripped down version of Ubuntu, designed to run securely on autonomous machines, devices and other internet-connected digital things. From homes to drones, these devices are set to revolutionise many aspects of our lives, but they need an operating system that is different from that of traditional PCs.
Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 has arrived and available to all supported devices that run the stable channel image. This includes the Meizu MX4, Nexus 4 and Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition (among others). This latest update comes with a number of new features and bug fixes. This list is only a highlight of the few changes available in this update. Important features New 15.04.3 framework Media-hub exposure of mpris playlist support Update the bluetooth stack to Bluez5 Media consumption (audio) in scopes Smooth refresh of scopes Custom ringtone support Sound notification on low-battery state Download of arbitrary file types in the webbrowser-app Convergence changes for the ubuntu-ui-toolkit
Philip Müller, Manjaro Development Team recently announced the second release candidate of Manjaro Linux 15.12-rc2 (Capella). This is one of the biggest updates we did so far. Mostly due the C++ 11 ABI change within gcc. With this update, Plasma 4 is been dropped for good. All users of this desktop should either switch over to Plasma 5 or any other maintained desktop, like LXQt. Manjaro Linux 15.12-rc2 update: Now have Plasma 5.
Tails 1.8 recently released, is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to Use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship; all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network; leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly; use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.
CentOS team has announced the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 -1511 for 64 bit x86 compatible machines. This is the third major release for CentOS Linux 7 and is tagged as 1511, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2. Updates released since we froze the iso and install media content are posted in the updates repo along with the release. This will include content from late November 2015 and December 2015, therefore anyone running a new install is highly encouraged to run a ‘yum update’ operation immediate on install completion.
Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.3.3 / 4.2.8 / 4.1.15 which brings driver updates, filesystem changes, enhancements and optimizations. Notable issues addressed includes fix regression running delayed references when using qgroups, apply Skylake fix-ups to Broxton display codec, fix Kconfig dependency, fix memory leak in ext4_bio_write_page() etc. See links below for details https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.3.3 https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.2.8 https://cdn.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v4.x/ChangeLog-4.1.15 Install Linux Kernel 4.1.15 on Ubuntu Linux 32bit OS cd /tmp wget http://kernel.
The developers of the Manjaro Linux operating system recently announced the general availability of Manjaro 15.12 (Capella) Update 2015-12-13, which is in testing phase. A notable update in this release is that Manjaro will drop support for KDE 4 for good and switch over to Plasma 5.5. According to Philip Müller: This is one of the biggest updates we did so far. Mostly due the C++ 11 ABI change within gcc.
Arch Linux 2015.12.01 recently released, is a lightweight and flexible Linux distribution OS that tries to Keep It Simple. This latest Arch Linux 2015.12.01 is now available for you download and install or upgrade your existing version. Arch Linux 2015.12.01 is still powered by Linux kernel 4.2.5, but it now includes the recently released X.Org Server 1.18.0 packages. The new Arch Linux ISO image has been released for those who want to install the GNU/Linux OS on their personal computers, as well as for existing Arch Linux users who want to make a fresh install.
Following the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10586 a few days ago, you will be glad to know that the emulator for Build 10586 has been leaked online. The emulator will basically allow you to test run the Windows 10 Mobile OS on your computer, that way you have a more closer feel of what to come. Quick Hands-on with Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586 According to our sources, this is the final build of Windows 10 Mobile that will be rolled out to the public sometime soon.
The Manjaro community recently announced the long awaited installation media for Manjaro Enlightenment 15.11 Edition. This release keeps to the style of the 15.11 release being that it is highly vanilla, but of course is up-to-date at the time of build and includes the latest Manjaro back-end infrastructure. Note, this means a very vanilla E19 configuration with minimal app set provided out-of-the-box so you can style Enlightenment on your own. Manjaro as we know is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
The official version of Fedora 23 is now available for download and install. As earlier announced during the alpha release, Fedora 23 comes with a number of changes that will improve all of the editions. For example, Fedora 23 is making use of compiler flags to help improve security by “hardening” the binaries against memory corruption vulnerabilities, buffer overflows, and so on. This is a “behind the scenes” change that most users won’t notice through normal use of a Fedora edition, but should help provide additional system security.
Microsoft recently reviled via its Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet web page that PC manufacturers have until October 31 of next year to sell off all their stocks of computers running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1. This I believe is an attempt by Microsoft to force all Windows users to embrace and switch over to Windows 10 which was made public in July 2015. As we all know, its Windows 8 did not have a good spell during its launch due to missing Start button UI which has always been part of Microsoft previous OSes, not until Windows 8.
Calculate Linux 15 is a combination of three distinguished distributions. Calculate Directory Server (CDS) is a solution that supports Windows and Linux clients via LDAP + SAMBA, providing proxy, mail and Jabbers servers with streamlined user management. Calculate Linux Desktop (CLD) is a workstation and client distribution with KDE, GNOME or Xfce desktop that includes a wizard to configure a connection to Calculate Directory Server. Calculate Linux Desktop, featuring either the KDE (CLD), the MATE (CLDM) or the Xfce (CLDX) environment, Calculate Directory Server (CDS), Calculate Media Center (CMC), Calculate Linux Scratch (CLS), Calculate Scratch Server ( CSS).
Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers recently released by “TheeMahn”, the developer of the Ubuntu-based Ultimate Edition distribution, is the latest special “Gamers” edition of the product. This edition comes as 4GB live DVD with great collection of games, as well as the XBMC (now called Kodi) media centre software, PlayOnLinux and the Steam client. It is the ultimate entertainment system. It has a list of games that just scrolls by on the screen even on a 4K monitor, it does not stop there XBMC has been pre-injected & pre-setup into the system with over a million channels / streams to cut the cable TV bill on 69 networks, and the ability to add more.
Fedora 23 Alpha has just been released and this release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 23’s editions. Fedora 23 includes a number of changes that will improve all of the editions. For example, Fedora 23 is making use of compiler flags to help improve security by “hardening” the binaries against memory corruption vulnerabilities, buffer overflows, and so on. This is a “behind the scenes” change that most users won’t notice through normal use of a Fedora edition, but should help provide additional system security.
Linux Lite 2.6 Beta – Linux Lite Control Center which was recently released, aims to provide one central location for everything that you needed to configure your computer. This release also includes “Systemback”, a versatile tool that makes it easy to create backups of the system and the users configuration files. Linux Lite is now deployed across large networks and systems, Systemback allows the creation of a custom version of Linux Lite that can then be deployed to multiple machines in a given scenario.
The Ubuntu team recently announced the release of Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. This release contains an updated kernel and X stack for new installations to support a wider variety of new hardware across all supported architectures, not just x86. Package Updates: Linux kernel 3.19 By default, the 14.04.3 point release will ship with a newer 3.
Manjaro-i3 0.8.13.1 recently released, is a user-friendly GNU/Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch Linux. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting-edge software. Manjaro-i3 0.8.13.1 chnagelog New features and enhancements The new release has become even more resource friendly and boots up with available with both init systems Systemd or OpenRC, both 64bit and 32bit customization and config now mostly achieved with packages that can easily be updated in the future: i3status-manjaro, dmenu-manjaro (recency- and terminal aware and mouse-interactive) new fancy and lightweight Conky new i3exit-script and i3lock replacing light-locker, added switch-user function,blurlock and Xautolock added preconfigured Hexchat Dunst for notifications Alsa-audio with Volumeicon Xarchiver-gtk2 tweaked configuration for urxvt and Compton a bunch of console utilities and AUR-building-tools (base-devel) are included lots of other new little features, tweaks and enhancements in the i3 config As usual, this release comes with our advanced graphical installer Thus aswell as ourCLI-installer.
Webconverger 31.0 recently released, is a live, Debian-based web kiosk. It is designed for deployments in places like offices or Internet cafes where only web applications are used. Its simple and reliable, provides good performance, available API for fine tuning it for your deployment, currently supports the latest Web features, comes with built-in excellent security and supports i18n. Webconverger 31.0 changelog Fixed an issue with printing Pushed Firefox 39 Further locked down some new Mozilla anti-features like social services, pocket and hello URLs Received a fantastic endorsement from the (Internet) famous security pundit SwiftOnSecurity https://github.
Ubuntu 15.10 Alpha 2 – code named “Wily Werewolf” has just been released recently and its available for testing. The new release Ubuntu 15.10 Alpha 2, is still under development and currently only intended for testing purposes. As announced in release note:“The second alpha of the Wily Werewolf (to become 15.10) has now been released! This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylinand the Ubuntu Cloud images. As noted, Pre-releases of the Ubuntu 15.
Windows 10 was unveiled in September 2014 and the plan was to have one platform, one store, and one experience that extends across the broadest range of devices from the smallest screens to the largest screens to no screens at all. Windows 10 has been unique product built based on feedback from million of Windows Insiders, delivered as a service with further improvements and security updates. Windows 10 is been offered as a free upgrade to genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.
Arch Linux 2015.08.01 recently released, is a lightweight and flexible Linux distribution OS that tries to Keep It Simple. This latest Arch Linux 2015.08.01 is now available for you download and install or upgrade your existing version. This release is powered by the latest Linux 4.1.3 LTS kernel and brings with it updates to GNU/Linux technologies. Download latest Arch Linux OS Those who use Arch Linux, Manjaro or another derivative system can receive the upgrade by performing a regular system upgrade: sudo pacman -Syu
Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 recently released, is a user-friendly GNU/Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch Linux. This release ships with XFCE 4.12 tweaked and patched to have the best XFCE experience possible, Plasma 5.3.1, KDE Frameworks 5.10.0 and latest KDE Apps 15.04.1. Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 changelog New in XFCE Thunar file manager finally supports tabs and other cool features like inverting the selection, improves on location handling and the shortcuts side pane.
Porteus Kiosk 3.4.0 Linux OS recently released, makes securing your public access computer easier than you think. You no longer have to be a technical guru to customize, lock down and install your own kiosk. No need to worry about viruses, malware or users installing unwanted software. Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.18.14 and supports much wider range of the hardware including x86 compatible tablets and embedded/industrial devices. Default ISO size has been reduced to 36 MB as the browser component is not present in it and must be not downloaded from the network during installation.
Fedora team have just announced the official release of Fedora 22, the community-driven and community-built operating system now available in Cloud, Server, and Workstation editions. Fedora 22 marks the second release and this comes with GCC 5.1 as the primary compiler suite. Fedora 22 Highlights: Fedora 22 Cloud: Updated Docker Images – The Fedora 22 release includes updated Docker images that you can use as the base of your containerized applications.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta recently released, includes a number of new and updated features to help organizations preserve investments in existing infrastructure, bolster security, stability, and systems management/monitoring capabilities, and embrace the latest Linux innovations. The enhanced functionality provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 beta enables organizations to tailor their infrastructure for the business needs of today while remaining flexible enough to prepare for the IT challenges of tomorrow, starting with helping enterprises to preserve investments in existing infrastructure: Increased interoperability with Active Directory and Identity Management servers through the addition of new capabilities to the Identity Management client code (SSSD).
Fedora 22 beta recently released, comes with lots of changes, features and bugfixes. A notable change is Yum has been replaced with dnf as the default package manager. Dnf has very similar command line options and configuration files compared to yum but also has several major internal changes including using libsolv in coordination with friends from the openSUSE project for faster and better dependency management. Fedora 22 beta release notes Plasma 5, the successor to KDE Plasma 4, is now the default workspace in the Fedora KDE spin.
LinuxLive USB Creator 2.9 recently released, is a powerful yet easy-to-use free, open-source software for Windows. LinuxLive USB Creator (LiLi) creates portable, bootable and virtualized USB stick running Linux. If you are a beginner, LiLi will let you try Linux for the first time, keeping Windows clean of any modifications. And if you are a geek, LiLi will allow you to test almost any Linux distributions directly from Windows, or just install them from a USB flash drive instead of CDs.
Elementary OS 0.3 Freya stable had been released. This comes after a year and a half of development, over a thousand bugfixes, and countless lines of code. Freya is the latest version of elementary OS, a design-oriented and open source Linux-based operating system for desktops and laptops. It succeeds Luna which was released in August of 2013. Elementary OS 0.3 changelog A more discoverable, redesigned, and app-focused multitasking view New interactive and dismissible notifications, plus a notifications settings pane including a system-wide “Do Not Disturb” mode A refined look and feel that includes a refreshed system-wide stylesheet, refreshed icons, space-saving Header Bars, a dark stylesheet for apps, rounded corners on menus and dialogs, improved animations, many new and refined “symbolic” icons, intelligent transparency for the panel, and more.
The Evolve OS team has just announced the release of Evolve OS Beta 1.1. This release is primarily focused on the stability of the OS and bringing the core systems up to date. Note that as this is an update to Evolve OS Beta 1 (Quality Cycle), changes that are intended for beta2 will not be present (such as UEFI support). Also note Evolve OS is only available as a 64-bit system.
LXLE 14.04.2 Beta recently released, is based on Lubuntu which is an Ubuntu OS using the LXDE desktop environment. It is designed to be a drop-in and go OS, primarily for aging computers. Its intention is to be able to install it on any computer and be relatively done after install. In short, LXLE is an eclectic respin of Lubuntu with its own user support. A special thanks to Jeff Hoogland of Bodhi Linux for his help enabling UEFI support in the 64bit edition of LXLE.
Tiny Core Linux 6.1 recently released, is a minimal Linux operating system focusing on providing a base system using BusyBox and FLTK, developed by Robert Shingledecker. The distribution is notable for its size (15 MB) and minimalism, with additional functionality provided by extensions. Tiny Core Linux is free and open source software. Tiny Core Linux 6.1 changelog tce-load: remove extraneous ls check tc-functions: getbasefile speedup tce-audit, tce-load: ignore spaces in dep files busybox-1.
The Ubuntu team has just announced the release of Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. The hardware enablement offering had been expanded since 12.04, and with 14.04.2, this point release contains an updated kernel and X stack for new installations to support new hardware across all our supported architectures, not just x86. As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation.
JEFF HOOGLAND has just announced the first stable release for the third major update to the Bodhi Linux operating system (Bodhi Linux 3.0.0). Users who had installed a pre-release version of 3.0.0 can upgrade to the final release via their package manager. Users who are on a previous major release (such as 2.x.y) will need to reinstall their operating system to move to 3.0.0. Download links: 32bit: Direct Download – Torrent 64bit: Direct Download – Torrent Legacy: Direct Download – Torrent Chromebook: Direct Download – Torrent Notable features in the 3.
As we all know, Android and iOS are the two biggest mobile operating systems platform in the world as at today (time will tell). One key debating question is “Who do you think has the most stable OS – “Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop” or “Apple’s latest iOS 8“. Crittercism – a San Francisco application performance monitoring company recently compared the crash rates between iOS 8 and Android Lollipop OS and the result shows that Apple’s iOS 8 had an average crash rate of about 2.
The Korora team has announced the final release of Korora 21 codenamed Darla. Korora is a Fedora Remix, meaning it ships packages from the default Fedora repositories but also a number of other packages (often ones that Fedora cannot ship directly). Korora 21 Features Cinnamon 2.4 – This new release of Cinnamon targets a smoother experience, improved settings and updates to the file manager, nemo. Refer to the Cinnamon Release Announcement for more details.
I just got this email notification from the Ubuntu team that the first set of Ubuntu phones are now out and available for purchase but for only a limited time. The phone code-named Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is currently going for 169.90 euros. So go grab your own copy right now. See details below: Introducing the first Ubuntu smartphone: the BQ Aquaris E45 Ubuntu Edition. Available to purchase for a limited time from 09:00-18:00 CET on Wednesday 11th February.
The BackBox Team recently announced the updated release of BackBox Linux 4.1. This release includes features such as Linux Kernel 3.13, EFI mode, Anonymous mode, LVM + Disk encryption installer, privacy additions and armhf Debian packages. What’s new Preinstalled Linux Kernel 3.13 New Ubuntu 14.04.1 base Installer with LVM and Full Disk Encryption options Handy Thunar custom actions RAM wipe at shutdown/reboot System improvements Upstream components Bug corrections Performance boost Improved Anonymous mode Predisposition to ARM architecture (armhf Debian packages) Predisposition to BackBox Cloud platform New and updated hacking tools Download BackBox ISO Images (32bit & 64bit) http://www.
If you are one of those newbies to Ubuntu OS like me and want an easy way to play with the platform, I have put together simple step-by-step instruction on how to install a typical Ubuntu Desktop on a VirtualBox. Version 13.10 was the most recent release as at the time of writing this post. Step 1: Download the ISO file – Go to Ubuntu Desktop download page. Select either 32bit or 64bit and click on the orange download button.
Canonical has unveiled its next big baby into the mobile OS world – I call it Smartphone as a PC (SAAP). The Unbuntu smartphone which was showcased at CES2013 looks to be quite a promising start for Canonical boss, Mark Shuttleworth. During his “virtual keynote” on 2 January 2012, Shuttleworth described this as a convergence product that brings the Ubuntu desktop experience onto Android devices. I must say after watching some of the videos posted, I am tempted to stop upgrade on my phone to either iPhone, Samsung or Google Nexus and wait for the first release of the Ubuntu powered smartphone.
Late last year the Mozilla crew introduced its Firefox OS simulator v1.0 as promised, allowing web developers to begin testing of their applications from within the comfort of their Windows/Mac/Linux computers hence allowing for more user testing. Currently its mobile phone Firefox OS is still under development, release date not yet announced. Click here for more details on the simulator… Watch the screencast showing Firefox OS Simulator in action… What is the future like for this OS compared to the big players like the Android, Apple IOS, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Blackberry … ?