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Canonical Wants You to Vote for the Default Apps of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS



Following on a discussion with the HackerNews community on the things that users want to see in the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, Canonical’s Dustin Kirkland is now asking the Ubuntu community to vote for the default apps of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Since then, Canonical listened to users and already implemented a bunch of their request in Ubuntu 17.10, including the replacement of the deprecated Unity interface with the GNOME desktop environment, Bluetooth improvements via new BlueZ version, as well as more HiDPI improvements for 4K screens and multi-monitor setups.

Additionally, it upgraded the default network connection manager to NetworkManager 1.8, switched to use the libinput library as a generic X.Org input driver and for handling input devices in Wayland compositors, implemented the brand new Subiquity server installer, and shortened the size of the minimal images with 18%.

And they’re also working hard on bringing better GPU/CUDA supp… (read more)



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Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases



On July 20, 2017, Canonical released new kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases, including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10, and Ubuntu 17.04, fixing up to fifteen security vulnerabilities.

According to the new security advisories published by Canonical, it would appear that the Linux 3.13 kernel packages of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system are the most affected, as the kernel update patches a total of fifteen security vulnerabilities discovered and patched upstream by various developers.

These include the inability of the Linux kernel to correctly initialize a Wake-on-Lan (WoL) data structure (CVE-2014-9900 – also affects Ubuntu 17.04) or to restrict access to /proc/iomem (CVE-2015-8944), both of them allowing a local attacker to expose sensitiv… (read more)



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Endless OS 3.2 Adds Exciting Changes, a Refreshed Desktop, and More Offline Apps



Endless OS, the user-friendly, powerful, easy-to-use, and fast Linux-based operating system that comes preloaded with over 100 applications and tools, some of which work offline, has been updated to version 3.2.

Endless OS 3.2 is a major update that comes half a year after the release of the 3.1 series, which received no less than eight bug fix releases. It introduces a significant number of improvements, both under the hood and user visible ones that promise to enhance the user experience of the operating system.

Prominent new features of Endless OS 3.2 include a refreshed desktop interface that looks even greater than before and makes it easier than ever to find the stuff you need when you need it the most. It also moves the user menu to the bottom right of the screen, and makes the Endless logo take users straight to their desktops.

The bottom panel was updated as well with some cool new features like calendar notifications, but it removes the Facebook integrat… (read more)



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Ubuntu Getting Significant Usability Improvements for Bluetooth and USB Speakers



In his latest report, Ubuntu Desktop team leader Will Cooke talks about some of the latest improvements that landed in the repositories of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system regarding audio support.

It would appear that Canonical’s developers have been working hard lately to add some important fixes to audio in Ubuntu 17.10, which should significantly improve the usability of Bluetooth and USB speakers in the operating system. For example, it will be possible to choose a high-quality A2DP Bluetooth profile over a low-quality HSP/HFP one.

In addition, it should be possible to switch to a connected Bluetooth or USB speaker device automatically. However, some issues are still present at the moment… (read more)



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OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Planned, Linux Kernel 4.12 Comes to OpenMandriva Lx 3 Users



OpenMandriva reveals today the company’s plans for the next minor and major updates of their Mandriva-based OpenMandriva Lx GNU/Linux operating system.

The company says in a press announcement that they are currently working on two fronts, a short-term one that focuses on the next point release of the current stable OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 series of the distribution, specifically OpenMandriva Lx 3.03, which should enter Beta on August 1, 2017, and a medium-term one that centers on the next major version, namely OpenMandriva Lx 4.0.

“We are working on two fronts, the short time project, as in having the latest and brightest components from KDE, a new Qt, the latest kernel with built in zstd compression/decompression algorithm for ISO for what it concerns the current stable 3.xx branch,” says OpenMandriva. “The medium time project, based on the cooker exp… (read more)



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Say Goodbye to LightDM, GNOME's GDM Login Manager Now Default in Ubuntu 17.10



Canonical’s transition to the GNOME desktop environment for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, due for release later this year on October 19, 2017, continues with yet another major change.

The company behind the popular Linux-based operating system for desktops, servers, cloud, and IoT (Internet of Things) revealed last month its plans to replace the eye-candy LightDM login manager, which it used until now on numerous Ubuntu releases by default, with GNOME’s GDM (GNOME Display Manager).

The first major change of the Unity 7 to GNOME Shell transition came in early June when Canonical read more)



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Rockstor Linux NAS Solution Now Offers Full Disk Encryption with LUKS



Rockstor, the Linux- and Btrfs-based open-source storage operating system that supports features like CIFS/SMB, snapshots, and Copy-on-Write, has been updated recently to version 3.9.1.

Rockstor 3.9.1 is the latest and most advanced version of the operating system, shipping with many improvements, under-the-hood optimizations, and some exciting new features like the ability to encrypt disk installations using LUKS and support for scheduling power management, and support for jumbo frames.

“Disk encryption with LUKS is the biggest feature we’ve added and something the community has been wanting for a while. We’ve also added support for scheduling power management and jumbo frames just to name a few,” says Suman Chakravartula in the release announcement.

Now powered by Linux kernel 4.10

Another interesting feature implemented in the Rockstor 3.9.1 release is a kernel from the Lin… (read more)



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Latest Clonezilla Live Stable Update Includes a Lite Server, Linux Kernel 4.11.6



Clonezilla Live and GParted Live developer Steven Shiau is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability for download of a new stable version of his widely-used Clonezilla Live project.

Based on the open-source Clonezilla disk partitioning and imaging/cloning program, Clonezilla Live is a GNU/Linux operating system that allows anyone to partition disks, as well as clone entire disks or partitions without installing anything on the respective computers.

Based on the Debian Sid repository as of July 26, 2017, Clonezilla Live 2.5.2-17 is now the latest stable release of the project, which ships with major enhancements and bug fixes. The distribution is now powered by the Linux 4.11.6 kernel and Partclone 0.2.91 backup utility, but it also appears to include a lite server.

“A lite server was added in Clonezilla live. It can be used as Clonezilla server, with limited features, but works for most of the scenarios. Therefore re-arrange the main menu of Clone… (read more)



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SolydXK 9 Linux Distributions Enter Beta Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch”



The developers of the Debian-based SolydX and SolydK GNU/Linux distributions announced today that the upcoming SolydXK 9 stable release entered Beta phase with Live ISO images available now for public testing.

Based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system, SolydXK 9 promises to add a new look and feel to both SolydX and SolydK variants by implementing light or dark themes that users can choose during first boot or afterward.

For SolydXK 9, the developers worked on a graphical user interface for the in-house built Solydxk Systems tool, which now lets users encrypt their partitions, select the closest repositories to their location, hold back packages from upgrade, localize or cleanup their system.

It also looks like Soly… (read more)



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Debian Re-Releases All Live Images of Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Due to Bugs



Debian developer and the team lead of “debian-cd” Steve McIntyre announced on the project’s mailing list that he and his team worked hard during the past 72 hours or so to rebuild all the live images of the new Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” release.

Launched this past weekend, Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” is now the most stable and advanced release of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system, shipping with tons of new features and updated technologies. The OS has been in development for the past two years.

Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” is distributed with the usual installation images for all supported architectures, as well as live ISOs pre-loaded with select desktop environments, such as GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Xfce, LXDE, and MATE, only for 64- and 32-bit computers, which weren’t bug-free as the developers would ha… (read more)



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