CentOS Linux Now Offers Official CentOS Vagrant Images for the Hyper-V Provider

Laurențiu Păncescu has announced that starting with the recently released CentOS Vagrant 1705.01 images, the project is now also providing official CentOS Vagrant images for the Hyper-V provider.

Designed by Microsoft, Hyper-V is a native hypervisor that’s installed by default in various Windows flavors, including Windows 10 Pro, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Hyper-V Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 or newer, and it’s also available on the Microsoft Azure enterprise-grade cloud computing platform.

The CentOS developer behind the new CentOS Vagrant images for the Hyper-V provider thinks Hyper-V is a good alternative to VirtualBox for those using the Vagrant open-source software for building and maintaining portable virtual software development environments professionally on Windows hosts.

“We now support Hyper-V, libvirt (KVM), VirtualBox and VMware as Vagrant pro… (read more)

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KDE Applications 17.04.2 Is Out for KDE Plasma 5 Users, over 15 Bugs Were Fixed

The KDE Project announced the immediate availability of the second maintenance update to the KDE Applications 17.04 stable series of the software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments.

Coming almost a month after the release of the first point release in the series, KDE Applications 17.04.2 is here today to fix more than 15 bugs that have been reported by users or discovered by the development team in various of the included apps and components, such as Kdenlive, Dolphin, Gwenview, Ark, and KDE PIM.

“Today KDE released the second stability update for KDE Applications 17.04. This release contains only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone. More than 15 recorded bugfixes include improvements to KDE PIM, Ark, Dolphin, Gwenview, Kdenlive, among others,” reads today’s release announcement.

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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III to Support Vulkan on Linux, Metal on macOS

We reported last on the upcoming availability of the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III real-time strategy (RTS) video game for GNU/Linux, SteamOS and macOS platforms on June 8, 2017, and today, Feral Interactive has announced that the port will come with support for the next-generation graphics technologies.

In other words, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III promises support for the Vulkan API on GNU/Linux and SteamOS operating systems, as well as support for the Metal API on Apple’s macOS. These cutting-edge graphics and 3D rendering technologies will make the game look stunning on both platforms.

“On Linux, the game will launch with OpenGL by default. However, an option to play using the Vulkan graphics API will be available via the Feral pre-game options window,” said Fer… (read more)

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Subsurface 4.6.4 Open-Source Dive Log and Planning Tool Adds Many Improvements

The development team behind the Subsurface open-source dive log and dive planning application was proud to announce the immediate availability for download of the Subsurface 4.6.4 release.

Subsurface 4.6.4 is the latest stable version of the popular program developed by Linus Torvalds in collaboration with other developers, and adds a great number of improvements over previous builds. These include a new planner mode to calculate minimum gas, better handling of notes when replanning dives, as well as support for the border width setting in printing templates.

The planner tooltips and table labels were improved as well, and Subsurface now allows users to directly add dive duration and depth for all manually added dives. The CSV import and export functionality was updated, along with the DivingLog import facility, and it looks like Subsurface 4.6.4 implements support for importing the l… (read more)

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Sia Blockchain Encrypted Cloud Storage Technology Now Integrates with Nextcloud

Jos Poortvliet from Nextcloud informed us about the availability of a new external storage app developed by the Sia folks to provide Nextcloud users with blockchain-based cloud storage support.

Sia is known as a blockchain-based, decentralized cloud storage technology, and starting with version 1.1.2, the platform appears to integrate with Nextcloud, providing users with an affordable, distributed, and last but not least encrypted external storage.

“Sia is a blockchain-based, decentralized cloud storage technology. Think Bitcoin for your data, providing an encrypted, distributed and affordable storage,” said the Nextcloud devs. “Sia developed a Nextcloud external storage app providing its redundant and secure data store to Nextcloud users.”

Setting up a Sia node in your Nextcloud server is quite easy. Detailed installation instructions are provided by both Nextcloud and Sia teams in their in-depth… (read more)

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Cloud Computing Leader OVH Joins the Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud Programme

Today, April 3, 2017, Canonical announced that OVH, the leading and fastest-growing cloud computing company offering VPS and dedicated servers, as well as other web services, joined the company’s Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud program.

The new Canonical and OVH partnership will benefit OVH customers running public or private clouds, VPS, and bare metal servers on their infrastructures, minimizing the downtime and bandwidth costs. Being an Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud partner, OVH will now be able to distribute Ubuntu guest images to all of their users.

“We have delivered same-day in-region patches, for every security update since 2013, which has minimized bandwidth costs and downtime for Ubuntu users running on those clouds. OVH users will now benefit from the same,” said Udi Nachmany, head of public cloud at Canonical.

Whether they’re working with OVH’s dedicated servers, VP… (read more)

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PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition Lands with KDE Plasma 5.8.6 LTS, Linux Kernel 4.9

The developers of the PCLinuxOS distribution announced the release of PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition, an updated install medium that ships with all the latest KDE technologies and applications.

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.9.13 kernel, PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition includes the KDE Plasma 5.8.6 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications 16.12.2 software suite, and KDE Frameworks 5.31.0.

PCLinuxOS is a rolling GNU/Linux operating system, but like any other rolling distro is gets ISO snapshots that bring all the recently released software and security updates. As such, PCLinuxOS 2017.03 KDE Edition ships with all the packages released during the past month.

“The KDE Plasma 5 image ISO has been updated to release 2017.03. The image includes all of the updates and bug fixes from the past month. The kernel was updated to 4.9.13. KDE components were updated to Plasma 5.8.6 LTS, Frameworks to 5.31.0 and Applications to 16.12… (read more)

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CloudLinux 7 Users Get New Beta Linux Kernel Update That Addresses CVE-2017-6074

CloudLinux’s Mykola Naugolnyi announced today the availability of a new Beta kernel for the CloudLinux 7 operating system series, which patches a recently discovered and critical security flaw.

As expected, today’s kernel update addresses the recently discovered CVE-2017-6074 security issue, which is marked as important and has been already patched in many GNU/Linux distributions, including those based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), such as CentOS 5.

CloudLinux 7 is also based on RHEL, specifically on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 series, so it always receives the latest security patches as soon as they are released upstream. CVE-2017-6074 is a … (read more)

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UbuCon Summit at SCALE 15x to Take Place March 2-3 in Pasadena, California

Ubuntu project member Nathan Haines is announcing that the next UbuCon Summit conference takes place this spring, between March 2 and March 3, in Pasadena, California, USA, during the SCALE 15x event.

SCALE is a renowned annual Linux Expo held in southern California. It’s also the biggest Linux and FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) showcase event run by various members of the Linux community in North America. SCALE 15x is the fifteenth installation of the conference.

SCALE 15X will be held between March 2-5 at the Pasadena Convention Center, and it would appear that Canonical is planning to organize a new UbuCon Summit event, which will gather together the entire Ubuntu community and all the big names behind one of the world’s most popular free operating systems.

“UbuCons are a remarkable achievement from the Ubuntu community: a network of conferences across the globe, organized by volunteers passionate ab… (read more)

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Canonical Will Soon Make It Easier to Enable Unity 7 Low Graphics Mode in Ubuntu

Canonical’s Eleni Maria Stea is reporting today on the upcoming availability of a new option that would allow users to easily enable the low graphics mode for the Unity 7 desktop environment in Ubuntu Linux.

Last year in September we told you that Canonical is working on improving the low graphics mode of the Unity 7 user interface, which the company behind one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems on the market is currently using on all supported Ubuntu releases.

The low graphics mode makes it possible to have an extremely fast and responsive Unity 7 session when using Ubuntu Linux on a virtual machine, such as those created with VirtualBox. These new improvements reduce many of the animation for various desktop elements, as well as the window shadows, fade in/out and blur effects.

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