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Distribution Release: Mageia 5.1

Donald Stewart has announced the release of Mageia 5.1, an updated build of the distribution current stable branch. This unscheduled version was put together due to delays delivering the upcoming Mageia 6 which is currently in development. From the release announcement: "We are very pleased to announce the....

November News from Wildfire Games

0 A.D. has a new Project Leader, was presented at an event in Toulouse, and is well on its way to have the new unit models implemented. New Project Leader Our previous Project Leader Erik ‘Feneur’ Johansson has decided to step down, but will remain on the team and still help out with administrative tasks. … Continue reading

Refracta 8.0 Is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Refracta is a somewhat obscure Linux distribution that offers exceptional functionality and stability. Obscurity is not always a bad thing when it comes to Linux distros. You can find some very worthwhile alternatives to your current operating system. Refracta is a big surprise in a small package. Many look-alike desktop distros are difficult to distinguish from run-of-the-mill garden varieties.

Advent Resource #2: TDF/LibreOffice Press Releases

downloadThe Document Foundation issues a press release in English – and in other languages, according to the availability of volunteer translators – for major and minor software releases, and for other significant announcements such as new Advisory Board members. Press releases are key to get media coverage, and have been instrumental for the growth of LibreOffice awareness around the world (although we have had to overtake the brand awareness of another product).

Press Releases are regularly published on this blog, and are categorized under Press Releases in order to make them easy to find. On the main menu (top black …

Happily Announcing Mageia 5.1

As we’re getting closer to the end of the year, Mageia has a present for you! We are very pleased to announce the release of Mageia 5.1! This release – like Mageia 4.1 was in its time – is a … Continue reading

Linux Kernel 4.4.36 LTS Introduces Minor PA-RISC Changes, Wireless Improvements

After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.8.12, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed us about the availability of the thirty-sixth maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series. The Linux 4.4 LTS branch is currently used in various long-term supported operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Linux Mint 18 "Sarah," as well as the upcoming Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" release, and in rock-solid and widely-used server-oriented GNU/Linux distributions like Alpine Linux. Linux kernel 4.4.36 LTS is here to change a total of 32 files, with 236 insertions and only 94 deletions. "I'm announcing the release of the 4.4.36 kernel. A...

Linux Kernel 4.8.12 Released, Brings PA-RISC, PowerPC, and x86 Improvements

A few moments ago, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the twelfth maintenance update of the Linux 4.8 kernel series, as well as the availability of Linux kernel 4.4.36 LTS. Only five days have passed since the release of Linux kernel 4.8.11, which most GNU/Linux distributions that are using the latest and most advanced Linux 4.8 branch did not even receive, including Solus and openSUSE Tumbleweed, and Linux kernel 4.8.12 is already here, which means that OS maintainers need to re-compile the new version, tweak it for their supported architectures, and push it to the repos. However, according to the appe...

Cloud Chatter: November 2016

Welcome to our November edition. We begin with details on our latest partnership with Docker. Next up, we bring you a co-hosted webinar with PLUMgrid exploring how enterprises can build and manage highly scalable OpenStack clouds. We also have a number of exciting announcements with partners including Microsoft, Cloud Native Computing Forum and Open Telekom […]

World Wine News Issue 403

WWN Issue 403 was released today. WineConf 2016 Summary Weekly AppDB/Bugzilla Status Changes

Canonical and Docker Partner to Distribute Docker Releases as Snaps on Ubuntu

On the last day of November 2016, Canonical and Docker announced a new commercial agreement that promises to provide integrated enterprise support and SLAs for CS Docker Engine to the Ubuntu Linux community. The two companies are announcing the availability of an integrated CS (Commercially Supported) Docker Engine offering on the Ubuntu platform, which enables Canonical to provide its customers with a single path of support for both the CS Docker Engine and Ubuntu Linux operating system in enterprise Docker operations. "Through our partnership, we provide users with more choice by bringing the agility, portability, and security benefits of the Docker CS engine to the larger Ubuntu community," said Nick Stinemates, Vice President, Business Development and Technical Alliances at Docker. Ubuntu customers can now take advantage of the official Docker support The new partnership between Dock...

GNOME Software 3.22.3 Lets Users Upgrade Two Fedora Linux Versions at a Time

A new maintenance version of the GNOME Software package manager has been released on the first day of December 2016, versioned 3.22.3, for the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment. As you might know, GNOME 3.22 got its second and last scheduled point release last month, which also brought us the GNOME Software 3.22.2 maintenance update, but it looks like some bugs needed to be fixed for the graphical package manager used by default in  popular GNU/Linux distribution. And today, we're seeing the GNOME Software 3.22.3 update landing in the stable repositories of various Linux-based operating systems, including the recently released Fedora 25. Taking about Fedora, it appears that GNOME Software 3.22.3 makes it possible to upgrade two Fedora Linux versions at a time. Flatpak and Wayland improvements, bug fixes Also new in the GNOME Software 3.22.3 update there's a fix for a memory leak with every search request, better support for the codec search window w...

Enlightenment 0.21.4 Desktop Release Adds 106 Changes, Improves Wayland Support

The fourth maintenance update to the Enlightenment DR 0.21 stable series of the lightweight, modern, and open-source window manager and desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions has been released on the last day of November 2016. As expected, En...

Valve Releases SteamOS 2.98 to Fix a Regression with Some Intel Wi-Fi Adapters

On the last day of November 2016, Valve pushed the SteamOS brewmaster update 2.98  to the brewmaster_beta channel for public testing, addressing a regression with some Intel Wi-Fi adapters. Long story short, it appears that many users reported issues with their Intel Wi-Fi adapters not working after updating to the SteamOS 2.97 stable release announced on November 25. As such, the firmware-nonfree package was updated in SteamOS 2.98 to restore version 13 of the Intel wireless 8000C firmware. Two days later, on December 2, 2016, Valve promoted the SteamOS 2.98 update to the stable channel, which means that it recommends it to all users using SteamOS 2.97 or a previous version. SteamOS 2.0 build 98 was in fact generated ...

KDevelop 5.0.3 Open-Source IDE Improves GitHub Handling Authentication, More

The development behind the open-source and cross-platform KDevelop IDE (Integrated Development Environment) was proud to announce on the first day of December the availability of the third point release for KDevelop 5.0 stable series. KDevelop 5.0.3 arrives one and a half months after the second maintenance update, but it's a small bugfix release that attempts to patch a total of nine issues reported by users since then. However, it's a recommended update for all users. "We are happy to announce the release of KDevelop 5.0.3, the third bugfix and stabilization release for KDevelop 5.0. An upgrade to 5.0.3 is strongly recommended to all users of 5.0.0, 5.0.1 or 5.0.2," reads the release announcement. Here's what's new in KDevelop 5.0.3 If you're curious to know what was changed in KDevelop 5.0.3, we can tell you that improves GitHub handling authentication, addresses various behavio...

Ardour 5.5 DAW Adds Support for Steinberg CC121 and Avid Artist Control Surfaces

One of the world's best open-source and cross-platform DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, Ardour, has been updated to version 5.5 on the first day of December 2016, as announced by developer Paul Davis. Ardour 5.5 comes exactly two months after the 5.4 release, and it's now considered the most stable and advanced version, further sustaining its position as a mature Digital Audio Workstation application that can be successfully used for amateur and professional music making. Prominent features of Ardour 5.5 include support for Virtual Studio Technology (VST) 2.4 plugins on the macOS platform, support for Steinberg CC121 Control, Artist Mix Control, and Avid Artist Control surfaces, the ability for MIDI input to follow MIDI track selection, as well as improved Open Sound Control (OSC) and scripting support. Users can now do horizontal zoom via vertical dragging on the rulers Another interesting feature that landed in the Ardour 5.5 release i...

Google Promotes Chrome 55 Browser to Stable Channel, 36 Security Issues Patched

On the first day of December, Gooogle decided that it's time for the popular Chrome web browser to get a new release, so it promoted Chrome 55 to the stable channel for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows. After playing it safe in the Beta channel since the 21st of October 2016, Chrome 55 is finally here with its unified input handling support by dispatching PointerEvents, which could lead to a more responsive web browsing as pages won't block scrolling by default. Additionally, passive event listeners can be used for TouchEvent on mobile devices. "Chrome also now supports two new ways to respond to input. The touch-action CSS property enables sites to react to gestures such as panning. For mouse buttons, the new auxclick input event type allows sites to manage the click behavior of non-primary buttons," said Dan Ehrenberg, System Software Engineer, Chrome OS team. Chrome now supports the async and await JavaScript keywords ...

Behind the Scenes | December 2016

Mod Mark brings you the end to an epic quest series, wrapped in a blanked of festive cheer.

Behind the Scenes | December 2016

Mod Mark brings you the end to an epic quest series, wrapped in a blanked of festive cheer.

Arch Linux 2016.12.01 Is Now Available to Download, Includes Linux Kernel 4.8.11

Today is the first day of December 2016, which means that we can now download a new ISO respin image of the popular and lightweight Arch Linux operating system. That's right, Arch Linux 2016.12.01 has been released just a few moments ago, and it's the last Live ISO respin for 2016, bringing with it the latest Linux 4.8.11 kernel, as well as all the updates that have been pushed in the stable repositories of the GNU/Linux distribution during the month of November. Of course, new Arch Linux ISO respins are designed only for those who plan on reinstalling their systems because of various reasons or deploy the operating system on new computers without the need to download and install hundreds of updated packages from the official repos. Existing users don't need to download the ISO image If you're using Arch Linux and have a healthy installation, then there's no need for you to download Arch Linux 2016.12.01, a...

Docker, Canonical Team on Enterprise Support

Docker and Canonical on Wednesday announced a commercial agreement to integrate support for Docker Engine. The partnership gives Canonical customers a single path for support of the Ubuntu operating system and CS Docker Engine in enterprise Docker operations. It provides a streamlined operations and support experience for joint customers by splitting the service obligations in four ways.