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RaspArch Project Now Lets You Run Arch Linux on Your Raspberry Pi 4 Computer

6 hours 26 min ago
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia News about the availability of a new version of his RaspArch project, which lets users run the Arch Linux operating system on the tiny Raspberry Pi computers.

RaspArch Build 190809 is now available to download and it is especially made for the recently released Raspberry Pi 4 Model B computer, which features a Quad-Core 1.5GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, up to 4GB RAM, and on-board dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 (BLE).

The best thing about the new Raspberry Pi 4 model is that it supports up to 4K video resolutions via two micro HDMI ports. The tiny computer also comes with two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, an extended 40-pin GPIO header, MIPI Camera and Display ports, and true Gigabit Ethernet.

RaspArch now lets you run Arch Linux on the Raspberry Pi 4

With the new RaspArch Build 190809 release, you can now install and run the latest Arch Linux operating system on the Raspberry Pi 4 ... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.2 Open-Source Office Suite Is Now Ready for Enterprise Deployments

8 hours 31 min ago
The Document Foundation announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 6.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite series, marking it as ready for mainstream users and enterprise deployments.

Coming five weeks after the release of LibreOffice 6.2.5, the LibreOffice 6.2.6 maintenance update is here with months of back-ported fixes and all the latest security patches to make your LibreOffice experience more stable and reliable. That's why, The Document Foundation now recommends the LibreOffice 6.2 series to users in production environments. LibreOffice 6.2.6 includes a total of 44 changes.

"The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at users in production environments. All users of LibreOffice 6.1.x and LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should upgrade immediately for enhanced security, as t... (read more)

Xfce 4.14 Desktop Environment Arrives After More Than 4 Years, Here's What's New

8 hours 59 min ago
After almost 4 and a half years in development, the Xfce 4.14 desktop environment has been released and it's packed with lots of new features and improvements.

Xfce 4.14 comes 4 years and 5 months after Xfce 4.12, a release that it is probably included in the software repositories of almost all Linux-based operating systems. The goal for Xfce 4.14, as the developers explain, was to port all of the core components to the latest GTK3 and GDBus open-source technologies, instead of the old GTK2 and D-Bus GLib.

"In this 4.14 cycle the main goal was to port all core components to Gtk3 (over Gtk2) and GDBus (over D-Bus GLib). Most components also received GObject Introspection support. Along the way we ended up polishing our user experience, introducing quite a few new features and improvements and fixings a boatload of bugs," reads the release announcement.

Here's what's new in Xfce 4.14

Hi... (read more)

Canonical Outs Major Linux Kernel Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

Friday 16th of August 2019 01:57:00 PM
Canonical released major Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating system series to address dozens of security vulnerabilities affecting all supported architectures on desktop, server, and cloud.

Available for Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr), the new Linux kernel security updates are here to patch more than 30 security vulnerabilities, including a heap buffer overflow discovered in the Marvell Wireless LAN device driver and a NULL pointer dereference discovered in the Near-field communication (NFC) implementation.

The security patch also addresses a use-after-free vulnerability discovered by Google Project Zero's Jann Horn in the Linux kernel when accessing LDT entries, as well as a race condition when performing core dumps. A flaw discovered by Andrei Vlad Lutas and Dan Lutas in x86 processors, which incorrectly handled SWAPGS instructions during s... (read more)

System76's First 4K OLED Linux Laptop Is Now Available to Order

Thursday 8th of August 2019 03:17:00 PM
American computer manufacturer System76 has officially launched today their first 4K OLED Linux laptop, the Adder WS.

Unveiled last week, the Linux-powered Adder WS laptop is System76's very first computer to feature a beautiful and vibrant 4K OLED glossy display with true-to-life blacks. The 15.6-inch 4K OLED display is capable of 3840x2160 resolutions and it's perfect for the latest games and 3D apps.

"Discover a world of prismatic color. With the finest pixels imaginable, the Adder WS’ 4K OLED display features nebulaic hues and blacks deep as the void to bring the universe home," said System76. "And on the Adder WS’ OLED display, Pop!_OS and its Dark Mode aesthetic reach the pinnacle of visual appeal."

Under the hood of Adder WS

While the Adder WS laptop's 4K OLED display is the main attraction, the computer also comes with powerful internals, including 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H or i9-9980HK CPUs, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, as we... (read more)

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Is Out with Linux Kernel 5.0 from Ubuntu 19.04, Download Now

Thursday 8th of August 2019 01:40:00 PM
Canonical released today the third maintenance update to their latest long-term supported Ubuntu operating system series, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).

Coming six months after the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS release, which shipped with the hardware enablement (HWE) kernel from the not deprecated Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system, Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS here as the third point release in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) series with up-to-date components.

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS includes all the latest software and security fixes that have been published on the official repositories of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release since February 14th, 2019, when Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS hit the streets. It also ships with updated kernel and graphics stacks from Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), such as Linux kernel 5.0.

"Like previous LTS series, 18.04.3 includes hardware enablement stacks for use on newer hardware.  This support is offered on all architectures and is installed by default... (read more)

LibreOffice 6.3 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Here's What's New

Thursday 8th of August 2019 10:14:00 AM
The Document Foundation released today the LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite for Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms.

The third major, feature-full update to the latest LibreOffice 6 office suite series, LibreOffice 6.3, comes exactly six months after the LibreOffice 6.2 release to add better performance, enhanced interoperability with proprietary document formats, as well as a set of new features and other improvements.

The LibreOffice 6.3 office suite will be supported for the next ten months with smaller maintenance updates until May 29, 2020. The Document Foundation has planned a total of six point releases for LibreOffice 6.3, but currently recommends users the LibreOffice 6.2 series for extra stability in production environments.

LibreOffice 6.3 comes with an important change for Linux users, namely that it doesn't ship with 32-bit binaries for Debian or Red Hat-based operating systems. The Document Foundation is comitted to support 3... (read more)

Ubuntu 19.10 to Support ZFS on Root as an Experimental Option in the Installer

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 01:43:00 PM
Canonical announced today that it plans to implement support for ZFS on root file system in the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) will be the next major release of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, and also a testbed for Canonical to implement new features and see if they prove to be useful to the community for upcoming LTS (Long Term Support) releases, such as next year's Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

One of these new features coming to the Ubuntu 19.10 release this fall is an experimental option implemented in the graphical installer to let users create a root file system formatted with the ZFS file system. But Canonical warns users that they should not use it on a production machine.

"As we want to have the dataset layout right and we know a file system is very crucial as it's responsible for all your data, we don't want to... (read more)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Released with Live Kernel Patching, Improvements

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 01:27:00 PM
Red Hat announced the release and general availability of the seventh and last maintenance update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system series, which was released five years ago on June 10, 2014.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 is here nine months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 as the last maintenance and security update in the series to add one more layer of stability and reliability to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 operating system series, which Red Hat promises to keep alive for a few more years, but without releasing additional maintenance updates. As such, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 will be supported for two years, until August 30th, 2021.

"As the hybrid cloud takes hold as a preferred production environment for mission-critical workloads, maintain... (read more)

Microsoft Teams for Linux Could Soon Be a Real Thing

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 07:59:00 AM
Microsoft might launch a Linux version of Microsoft Teams at some point in the future, according to company engineers working on the project.

Microsoft Teams is already available on the most popular platforms out there, including Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, and given the software giant’s push towards the Linux world, such a release perfectly aligns with its long-term plans.

A thread on UserVoice, Microsoft’s feedback platform, discusses the chances of getting a Linux version of Microsoft Teams, with the post having nearly 9,000 upvotes from users, as per a tweet from @unixterminal.

“My team has some users on Linux, and one benefit Slack has is a Linux client. Without a Linux client on Microsoft Teams, some orgs may have to turn away in favor of Slack, so everyone can participate without keeping a browser open all the time,” the original feature suggestion reads.

Teams for Linu... (read more)

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Environment Enters Beta, Final Release Lands on September 11

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 07:32:00 PM
The GNOME Project has released the first beta version of the upcoming GNOME 3.34 desktop environment series, which is expected to be officially unveiled next month.

Released a day earlier than expected, the GNOME 3.34 beta (GNOME 3.33.90) milestone is now available for public testing, also marking the API/ABI, UI and Feature Freeze development stages. The beta release of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment comes with many updated core components and apps, as detailed here.

"This is the first beta release for GNOME 3.34. To ensure the quality of the final release, we have entered feature freeze, UI freeze, and API freeze, so now is a good time for distributors planning to ship GNOME 3.34 to start testing the packages," said Michael Catanzaro in an email announcement.

GNOME 3.34 expected to be released on September 11th

The development cycle of the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment will co... (read more)

SparkyLinux Gets New Development Cycle Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye"

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 07:10:00 PM
The Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system has entered a new development cycle based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye" operating system series.

Work on the SparkyLinux "Po Tolo" series has started as a semi-rolling release version where users install the operating system once and receive updates forever. The first snapshot, SparkyLinux 2019.08, is now available to download based on the software repositories of Debian GNU/Linux 11 "Bullseye."

SparkyLinux 2019.08 "Po Tolo" is contains an updated system from the Debian Testing repositories as of August 1st, 2019, and comes with the GCC 9 system-wide compiler, though GCC 8 is still used by default. This release is powered by Linux kernel 4.19.37, though Linux kernel 5.2.5 is available on the SparkyLinux unstable repos.

New look and feelread more)

FFmpeg 4.2 "Ada" Open-Source Multimedia Framework Released, Here's What's New

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 06:50:00 PM
The FFmpeg project released a new major version of their open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework used by numerous games and applications, FFmpeg 4.2.

Dubbed "Ada," the FFmpeg 4.2 series introduces some exciting new features and improvements, among which we can mention support for decoding AV1 files via the libdav1d library, support for ARIB STD-B24 caption (profiles A and C) based on the libaribb24 library, and support for decoding HEVC 4:4:4 content in nvdec and cuviddec.

FFmpeg 4.2 also comes with support for decoding HEVC 4:4:4 content in VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix), support for using Clang to compile CUDA kernels, the ability for the mov muxer to write tracks with unspecified language instead of English by default, a GIF parser, as well as the removal of the libndi-newtek component.

New filters, encoders, decoders, and demuxers

Of course, there's no major FFmp... (read more)

Linux Mint 19.1 Users Can Now Upgrade to Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina," Here's How

Tuesday 6th of August 2019 06:27:00 PM
Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is now available and the upgrade path from the older Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" release has been open for all users who opted out to upgrade their systems.

Released last week, the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system is based on Canonical's long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series and ships with up-to-date components and apps, including the latest Cinnamon 4.2, MATE 1.20, and Xfce 4.2 desktop environments.

Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" has been on the market for the past seven months, so it is time to upgrade it and enjoy all the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source applications. Some will choose to reinstall their computers as a fresh install is always recommended, but many will want to upgrade as it's painless.

Here's how to upgrade to Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina"read more)

Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" Officially Released, Here's What's New

Friday 2nd of August 2019 12:07:00 PM
The Linux Mint project released today the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system, which is now available for download as Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions.

Coming seven months after the Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" release, Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" is the second major release in the Linux Mint 19 operating system series, based on Canonical's long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, which will be supported for five years until 2023.

"Linux Mint 19.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop experience more comfortable," said Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint project leader and lead developer.

What's new in Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina"

Highlights of the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" release includes the late... (read more)

System76 to Launch Its First 4K OLED Linux Laptop on August 8th

Thursday 1st of August 2019 08:35:00 PM
American computer manufacturer System76 informs Softedia News today that they plan on unveiling their first 4K OLED Linux laptop in early August 2019.

System76, the maker of powerful Linux computers, announced the upcoming availability of a brand new laptop called the Adder WS, which will be the company's first computer to feature a gorgeous and vibrant 4K OLED glossy display with true-to-life blacks.

Not only that the forthcoming Adder WS laptop will comes with a 4K OLED display, but it also packs powerful internals, like a 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H or i9-9980HK CPUs, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU, and up to 64GB RAM and 8TB of storage.

The laptop will also feature three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, Thunderbolt 3 port via USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, three video ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort 1.3 via USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, and mini DisplayPort 1.3, 2-in-1 audio jacks, and an SD card reader.

"Top-level performance allows editing, design, animation, and development programs t... (read more)

First Arch Linux ISO Powered by Linux Kernel 5.2 Is Now Available to Download

Thursday 1st of August 2019 05:30:00 PM
Arch Linux fans rejoice, the first Arch Linux ISO snapshot powered by the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series is now available for download.

Another month, another Arch Linux ISO snapshot has been released to offer the community a fresh installation medium packed with all the latest software and security updates. The Arch Linux ISO snapshot for August 2019, Arch Linux 2019.08.01, has been released today and it's now available for download.

Packed with all the security patches and software updated pushed through the official repositories throughout the month of July 2019, Arch Linux 2019.08.01 is the first ISO snapshot of the popular operating system to be powered by the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series as it ships with the latest Linux 5.2.5 release.

Only for new deploym... (read more)

Canonical Releases Linux 5.0 Kernel (HWE) Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Thursday 1st of August 2019 05:05:00 PM
Canonical released today a new Linux kernel security update, this time for users of the Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS operating system using the Linux 5.0 HWE (Hardware Enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 19.04.

This Linux Hardware Enablement (HWE) kernel from Ubuntu 19.04 for Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS includes the same fixes for four security flaws that Canonical added in the lastest kernel for Ubuntu 19.04 last week, including an integer overflow (CVE-2019-11487) discovered in Linux kernel, which could lead to use-after-free issues as local attackers were able to use the exploit to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (system crash).

Additionally, the security patch addresses a race condition (read more)

Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" Is Now Available for Download

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 02:42:00 PM
The long-anticipated Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system is now available to download ahead of its official release later this week.

Earlier this week, the leader of the Linux Mint project, Clement Lefebvre, revealed the fact that the Linux Mint 19.2 "Tina" operating system will be officially released later in the week for all supported flavors, including Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

Now, it looks like the final ISO images of Linux Mint 19.2 were pushed to the main download server, so you can grab them right now and install the operating system on your personal computer if you don't want to wait for the official announcement later this week.

This happens every time before the official launch of a new major Linux Mint version as it takes time for ... (read more)

Linux Kernel 5.1 Reached End of Life, Users Urged to Upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.2

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 02:04:00 PM
Renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced that the Linux 5.1 kernel series has reached end of life, urging users to upgrade to the latest Linux 5.2 kernel series.

Announced in early May 2019, the Linux 5.1 kernel series brought the ability to use persistent memory as RAM, as well as support for booting to a device-mapper device without using initramfs, support for cumulative patches in live kernel patching, and more preparations for year 2038.

In addition, Linux kernel 5.1 introduced support for configuring Zstd compression levels in the Btrfs file system, more faster and scalable asynchronous I/O, improved power management, scalable monitoring of large filesystems, as well as numerous new and updated drivers for better hardware support.

However, as all good things must come to an end, the Linux 5.1 kernel has now reached end of life with the 5.1.21 maintenance update released by Greg Kroah-Hartma... (read more)

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