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Scientific Linux Will Be Discontinued After 14 Years as Fermilab Moves to CentOS

3 hours 6 min ago
Fermilab, the makers of the Scientific Linux distribution based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system recently announced that they will no longer develop it.

Produced by Fermilab, CERN, ETH Zurich, and DESY, Scientific Linux is an open-source and free Linux-based operating system derived from the freely distributed sourced of Red Hat's RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). It was first released 14 years ago on May 10th, 2004.

Now, almost 14 years later, those who worked hard to maintain one of the very few GNU/Linux distributions dedicated to science have decided that it's time to rest and no longer publish new releases of Scientific Linux. Scientific Linux 8 was supposed to be the next major version, but it won't see the light of day.

Fermilab's Pat Riehecky announced that the team will soon migrate their computers dedicated to scientific operations at CERN and other institutions to the ... (read more)

System76 Releases Pop!_OS 19.04 for Its Linux PCs, Based on Ubuntu 19.04

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 08:53:00 PM
System76, the computer manufacturer specialized in laptops, desktops, and servers powered by Linux, announced the general availability of the Pop!_OS 19.04 operating system.

Based on the recently released Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system, Pop!_OS 19.04 is here to offer System76 computer owners a highly customized and beautified GNOME desktop environment with a brand-new icon theme, as well as top-notch hardware support for their machines and all the latest software updates included upstream.

"The icons for Pop!_OS applications, files, and folders have been redesigned to complement GNOME’s icons under their new design guidelines," said System76 in the release announcement. "Many applications have been updated to new GNOME icons alr... (read more)

Lubuntu 19.04 Released with Latest LXQt Desktop and Calamares Installer

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 07:20:00 PM
The Lubuntu 19.04 operating system has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) series, a version that brings various enhancements and up-to-date components.

Bundled with the same new features and improvements implemented by Canonical in the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series, Lubuntu 19.04 is here as the second Lubuntu release to ship with the modern and lightweight LXQt desktop environment by default as the development team's focus is now only on LXQt, not the old LXDE desktop environment, which is no longer supported.

"This is the second Lubuntu release with LXQt as the main desktop environment. The Lubuntu project, in 18.10 and successive releases, will no longer support the LXDE desktop environment or tools in the Ubuntu archive, and will instead focus on the LXQt desktop environme... (read more)

Debian-Based Netrunner Linux Gets April 2019 Release with New Look and Feel

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 05:22:00 PM
The development team behind the Netrunner Linux project released Netrunner Rolling 2019.04, the April 2019's snapshot of the rolling release version of Netrunner Linux OS based on Arch Linux.

Following on the January 2019 release of Netrunner 19.01, the non-rolling release based on the Debian Testing branch of the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 is here with the KDE Plasma 5.15.3 desktop environment accompanied by the KDE Applications 18.12.3 and KDE Frameworks 5.56 software suites, all built against the Qt 5.12.2 application framework.

Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 also ships with the latest Mozilla Firefox 66.0.3 "Quantum" web browser by default, featuring integration with the KDE Plasma desktop environment and native KDE file dialog support. The Mozilla Thunderbird 60.6 email and news client is present as well in this release, which is powered by the Linux 4.19.32 LTS kernel.

"There are two things to keep in mind regarding the way we sh... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 Daily Builds Are Now Available to Download

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 01:55:00 PM
Canonical just kicked off the development cycle of the next release of their widely-used Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 19.10, allowing testers and early adopters to download daily build ISO images.

While the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) just hit the streets at the end of last week, Canonical's Ubuntu team are already working on the next release, Ubuntu 19.10, which doesn't have a codename at the moment of writing, but we do know that it will be an "Eoan" animal that start with the letter E.

Until Canonical decided to give Ubuntu 19.10 a proper codename, early adopters and testers can now download the daily build ISO images, which are available for Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Server, as well as the official flavors, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE... (read more)

Linux Now Available on More Phones with Samsung’s Latest DeX Update

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019 08:24:00 AM
If you’re looking for a convenient way to run Linux on a phone and thus get the portability that everyone is hoping for without any loss in terms of usability, Samsung’s Linux on DeX project is worth a chance.

With this feature, Samsung basically enables Linux to run on its DeX platform, which allows a smartphone to double as a PC when connected to a bigger screen with a dedicated adapter.

While the standard DeX version is available for all latest-generation Samsung phones, the Linux on DeX project advances slowly, so only a handful of models are supported for now.

The most recent update, however, expands this list to several new Samsung smartphones, including here the full Galaxy S10 lineup. You can thus use the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+, and even the Galaxy S10 5G to launch Linux on DeX after installing today’s update.

How to join the beta

Additionally, Samsung has also added support... (read more)

Kubuntu 19.04 Ships with KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop, Experimental Wayland Session

Monday 22nd of April 2019 08:52:00 PM
The Kubuntu 19.04 official Ubuntu flavor has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series with various updated components and improvements.

Featuring the same internal changes as Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), the Kubuntu 19.04 operating system is here to offers users an updated KDE experience powered by the KDE Plasma 5.15.4 desktop environment and KDE Applications 18.12.3 software suite, built against the Qt 5.12.2 application framework.

Of course, several of the pre-installed applications have received updated versions as part of the Kubuntu 19.04 release, including Mozilla Firefox 66.0 as default web browser and LibreOffice 6.2.2 as default office suite. The Latte Dock 0.8.8, KDevelop 5.3.2, and Krita 4.1.7 apps are also available.

Configuration GUI for Wacom drivers, expe... (read more)

Ubuntu Kylin 19.04 Adds a New Visual Experience, Latest WPS Office Suite

Monday 22nd of April 2019 07:32:00 PM
Chinese Ubuntu users will be happy learn that the Ubuntu Kylin 19.04 operating system has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) series, a release that adds various enhancements and updated components.

Featuring the same internal improvements as the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system, Ubuntu Kylin 19.04 shops with a fresh and all-new visual experience through a unified style that revamps the boot animation, login and lock screens, adds a transparency effect to the applications menu, notification area, and taskbar, as well as other smaller enhancements.

"We are bringing a whole new visual experience in this distribution, from system choice, boot up animation, log in program to system desktop, a unified style is presented. Amazing transparency effect is utilized on start menu, taskbar and noti... (read more)

Xubuntu 19.04 Drops Support for 32-Bit Systems, Ships with Xfce 4.13.3 Desktop

Monday 22nd of April 2019 03:17:00 PM
Xubuntu 19.04 arrived as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series bringing some important changes to this lightweight official Ubuntu Linux flavor.

Xubuntu 19.04 is here as the first release of the lightweight Ubuntu flavor based on the Xfce desktop environment to no longer offer 32-bit ISO images that would allow users to install the Linux-based operating system on computers from 15 or 20 years ago. Xubuntu 19.04 is now only supported on 64-bit systems.

"In December, the team voted to discontinue 32-bit images for Xubuntu 19.04 and forward. If you want to continue using Xubuntu with 32-bit architectures, Xubuntu 18.04 is supported for 3 years, and the Xubuntu package set can be installed from the Minimal CD," said the development team in the release notes.

What's new in Xubuntu 19.04

Featuring the same internal improvements implemented by Canonical in read more)

Ubuntu MATE 19.04 Brings Improved Out of Box Nvidia GPU Experience for Gamers

Monday 22nd of April 2019 01:59:00 PM
The Ubuntu MATE 19.04 operating system has been released as part of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system series, a release that adds latest software updates and some interesting new features.

Powered by the stable and well-tested MATE 1.20.4 desktop environment with some improvements and new features from the MATE 1.22 release, which needs more testing to be eligible for inclusion in future Ubuntu MATE release, the Ubuntu MATE 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system adds major improvements for owners of AMD Radeon and Nvidia graphics cards.

"During the Ubuntu 18.10 development cycle the Linux kernel, firmware, Mesa and Vulkan were all updated to ensure we offered the best possible support for sipping AMD GPUs. During the 19.04 cycle AMD support has been uplifted again but we have also improved the “out of box” experience for ... (read more)

How to Upgrade Ubuntu 18.10 to Ubuntu 19.04

Thursday 18th of April 2019 10:25:00 PM
Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) is here and we bet many of you would want to upgrade their Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) installations, so we've prepared a quick and easy to follow tutorial on how to do just that.

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) arrived earlier today as the latest and most up-to-date version of Ubuntu Linux, shipping with the most recent Linux 5.0 kernel series and the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment, along numerous other new apps and components such as LibreOffice 6.2 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 66.0 web browser.

Upgrading from last year's Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release is a must since it will only be supported until July 2019. Just like Ubuntu 18.10, the Ubuntu 19.04 release is only supported on 64-bit (amd64) platforms so it shouldn't be any problem for Cosmic Cuttlefish users to upgrade their computers to the ... (read more)

Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 Released with Budgie 10.5 Desktop and Brand-New Theme

Thursday 18th of April 2019 05:23:00 PM
The Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 operating system arrived today as part of the major Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) release, adding several new features, a new look, and other improvements.

Shipping with the latest Budgie 10.5 desktop environment by default with the latest budgie-applets, the Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 operating system replaces the Nautilus file manager with Nemo from the Cinnamon desktop environment as it retains desktop icons capability and integrates with the Catfish search utility.

Ubuntu Budgie 19.04 also features a brand-new desktop theme called QogirBudgie, which is accompanied by the Arc GTK and Pocillo themes, powered by the latest GTK+ 3.24 toolkit and using the Mutter 3.32 window and composite manager from the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment.

"Based on [Ubuntu Budgie] 18.04 & 18.10 experiences, feedback and suggestions that w... (read more)

KDE Applications 19.04 Open-Source Software Suite Has Been Officially Released

Thursday 18th of April 2019 03:27:00 PM
The KDE Project released today the final version of the KDE Applications 19.04 open-source office suite for the KDE Plasma desktop environment and GNU/Linux operating systems.

More than three months in development, the KDE Applications 19.04 software suite is here today to bring you a mix of new features, improvements, and optimizations to your favorite KDE apps. It's packed with various enhancements to the Dolphin file manager, Kdenlive video editor, Kate text editor, KMail email client, Okular document viewer, Gwenview image editor, and Spectacle screenshot utility.

"Our community continuously works on improving the software included in our KDE Application series. Along with new features, we improve the design, usability and stability of all our utilities, games, and creativity tools. Our aim is to make your life easier by making KDE software more enjoyable to use. We hope you like all the new enhancements and bug fixes you'll find in 19.04," read today's read more)

LibreOffice 6.2.3 Office Suite Released with More Than 90 Bug Fixes

Thursday 18th of April 2019 03:06:00 PM
The Document Foundation announced today the release of the third maintenance update to the latest LibreOffice 6.2 open-source office suite for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

LibreOffice 6.2.3 is here about a month after the release of LibreOffice 6.2.2 to add another layer of bug fixes and improvements to various of the components included in the beloved open source office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide. LibreOffice 6.2.3 contains a total of 92 changes to make your LibreOffice experience more stable and reliable.

"LibreOffice 6.2.3 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Officially Released, Here's What's New

Thursday 18th of April 2019 01:15:00 PM
Canonical released today Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), the latest version of one of the world's most popular Linux-based operating systems incorporating the newest GNU/Linux technologies and the most recent Open Source software.

The 30th release of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, Ubuntu 19.04, is dubbed as the Disco Dingo because it's a fun release consisting of up-to-date components. It's a release for the bleeding-edge Ubuntu user who wants to have the latest GNU/Linux software and technologies on his/her personal computer.

Ubuntu 19.04 has been in development during the past six months and it's the obvious upgrade to last year's Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release. Of course, users can also update from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) or a previous LTS release, but it's not recommended to do so because of the short lifespan.

"The open-source-first on Ubuntu movement in telco, finance, and media has spread to other sectors. From the public cloud to the pri... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Is Now Available to Download

Thursday 18th of April 2019 09:17:00 AM
Canonical has pushed today the final ISO images of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system ahead of its official launch later today.

Six months in development, the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) opertating system is finally here and you can download it right now for Desktop and Server, as well as all official flavors, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio.

The Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) release is powered by the most recent Linux 5.0 kernel series and ships with some of the latest software releases and GNU/Linux technologies, including the GNOME 3.32, MATE 1.22, and KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environments, LibreOffice 6.2 office suite, and Mozilla Firefox 66 web browser.

Ubuntu 19.04 is a short-lived branch of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, supported by Canonical with software and security updates for nine months, until January 2020. It is supported on 64-bit (amd64) hardware architetures for all flav... (read more)

VirtualBox 6.0.6 Released with Support for Linux 5.0 and Linux 5.1 Kernels

Wednesday 17th of April 2019 08:44:00 AM
Oracle released the third maintenance update in the latest VirtualBox 6.0 series to address multiple issues and add support for new technologies.

VirtualBox 6.0.6 is now available for all supported platforms with some notable changes and new features, including support for the latest Linux 5.0 kernel series, as well as the upcoming Linux 5.1 kernel, which should see the light of day sometime next month, for both Linux hosts and guest.

It also includes the Oracle Critical Patch Updates for April 2019, improves nested virtualization on AMD CPUs, adds support for QCOW2 version 3, improves IDE PCI emulation, improves VMSVGA emulation and 3D support, fixes issues with the VBoxSVGA and WDDM drivers, and improves loading of saved states for LsiLogic devices.

User interface improvements, other bug fixes

VirtualBox 6.0.6 is also packed with some user interface improvements that fix various issues reported by users when copying folders or other content, wh... (read more)

Entroware Updates Its Linux Laptops with 8th Gen Intel CPUs, Nvidia RTX Graphics

Tuesday 16th of April 2019 05:35:00 PM
Entroware informs Softpedia about some recent hardware updates the UK-based computer company managed to bring to several of its Linux-powered laptop lineups.

Entroware currently sells up to eight Linux laptops, namely the 14" Apollo, 14" Orion, 15" Aether, 15" Kratos, 16" Zeus, 17" Athena, 17" Helios, and 17" Hybris. The British computer company has recently updated the hardware components of the Athena, Helios, Proteus, and Zeus laptops with latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 20-series graphics and 8th and 9th Gen Intel CPUs.

While the Proteus laptop received 8th Gen Intel CPUs upgrade, allowing customers to buy it with either the Intel Core i5 8265U or Intel Core i7 8565U processors, both featuring 4 cores and 8 threads, the Athena and Zeus laptops can now be purchased with an Intel Core i7 8750H processor featuring 6 cores and 12 threads.

On the other hand, the Helios laptop now features 9th Gen Intel CPUs, as customers can choose to configure and buy it with either the... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) Enters Final Freeze Ahead of Its April 18th Release

Friday 12th of April 2019 02:02:00 PM
As of Thursday, April 11th, the forthcoming Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating system has entered the last stage of its development process, Final Freeze stage.

The Final Freeze stage is the final step in the development cycle of Ubuntu Linux, meaning that only release-critical bugs that affect the ISO images or the installers will be accepted from here on until the final release. It also means that Release Candidate (RC) images will soon be available for public testing.

"We will shut down cronjobs and spin some RC images late Friday or early Saturday once the archive and proposed-migration have settled a bit, and we expect everyone with a vested interest in a flavour (or two) and a few spare hours here and there to get to testing to make sure we have another uneventful release next week," said Adam Conrad.

Ubuntu 19.04 arrives on April 18th with GNOME 3.32 and Linux kernel 5.0

The final release of the Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) operating syste... (read more)

Flatpak Linux App Sandboxing Gets New FUSE-Based System-Wide Installation Method

Friday 12th of April 2019 01:31:00 PM
The Flatpak development team released today a new stable version of their Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework that implements a new major feature around the system-wide installation method.

Flatpak 1.3.2 is now available and it contains a major change in how installation of Flatpak apps is done system-wide as a user. The developers decided to rewrite the setup process of a Flatpak app due to the fact that the previous method caused unnecessary I/O and used more disk space. The new setup process relies on a custom FUSE file system.

"The new setup uses a new custom fuse filesystem which the user writes to, and then when this is done we can safely revoke any access to this from the user, meaning the files can be directly imported into the system repository without needing to make a copy," explains Alexander Larsson in the GitHub announcement page.

But it appears that there's also ... (read more)

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OpenBSD 6.5 Released With RETGUARD, OpenRSYNC

OpenBSD 6.5 was released today, about one week ahead of schedule for this security-minded BSD operating system. OpenBSD 6.5 is bringing several prominent new features including RETGUARD as its new stack protector and OpenRSYNC as its ISC-licensed in-progress replacement to rsync. OpenBSD 6.5's new RETGUARD functionality aims to be a better stack protector on x86_64 and AArch64 with instrumenting every function return with better security properties than their traditional stack protector. Read more Also: OpenBSD 6.5

Development kit showcases Cortex-A76 based Snapdragon 855

Intrinsyc has launched a 96Boards CE form-factor “Snapdragon 855 Mobile HDK” that runs Android 9 on a 7nm, octa-core Snapdragon 855 with GNSS, WiFi/BT, and optional touchscreens and cameras. Intrinsyc’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Hardware Development Kit is now available for $1,149, offering a development window into Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 855 SoC. The new HDK runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie release. Read more

Sad News! Scientific Linux is Being Discontinued

Scientific Linux, a distributions focused on scientists in high energy physics field, will not be developed anymore. It’s creator, Fermilab, is replacing it by CentOS in its labs. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Announcing Akademy 2019 in Milan, Italy (September 7th - 13th)
    Akademy 2019 will be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy, from Saturday the 7th to Friday the 13th of September. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from the global KDE community to discuss and plan the future of the community and its technology. Many participants from the broad Free and Open Source software community, local organizations and software companies will also attend. KDE e.V. is organizing Akademy 2019 with unixMiB — the Linux User Group of the University of Milano-Bicocca. unixMiB aims to spread Open Source philosophy among students.
  • Checking out Crunchbang++
  • Intel Iris Gallium3D Picks Up Conservative Rasterization Support
    On top of Intel's new open-source OpenGL driver seeing some hefty performance optimizations, the Iris Gallium3D driver has picked up another OpenGL extension ahead of the Mesa 19.1 branching.  Iris Gallium3D now supports INTEL_conservative_rasterization alongside the existing support in the i965 driver. INTEL_conservative_rasterization is the several year old Intel extension for seeing if all fragments are at least partially covered by a polygon rather than the default rasterization mode of including fragments with at least one sample covered by a polygon.