22 Aug 2016

Linux Kernel 3.16.37 LTS Update: Networking Changes

An announcement was released on the update of the Linux 3.16.37 kernel.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.16.37 kernel. All users of the 3.16 kernel series should upgrade,” says Ben Hutchings. “The updated 3.16.y git tree can be found at: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.16.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git.”

Linux kernel 3.16.37 LTS will have huge improvements to the networking stacks, especially for the packet scheduler, but also for the mac80211 wireless framework, B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced, both the IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, Netfilter, Bridge, SunRPC, and TIPC (Transparent Inter-process Communication). And it also looks like various Ethernet, PHY, TUN, and Wireless drivers got updated too, for Broadcom, Mellanox, IBM, or Intel.

The list of changes continues with dozens of updated drivers, in particular for ACPI, ATA, Bluetooth, CPUFreq, CpuIdle, Crypto, EDAC, GPIO (General-purpose input/output), HID, iiO, InfiniBand, IOMMU, IRQ Chip, MCB, MFD, MMC, MTD, PCI, PINCTRL, s390, SCSI, SPI, TTY, USB, and Xen devices, multiple improvements to the Btrfs, CIFS, eCryptfs, EXT4, HPFS, NFS, NILFS2, UBIFS, and XFS filesystems, as well as better support for ARM, MIPS, AArch64, PowerPC (PPC), PA-RISC, x86, s390, Alpha, and ARC architectures.

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21 Aug 2016

Linux Distro: SparkyLinux, 4.4 Update, New Desktops


SparkyLinux is a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution designed for both old and new computers featuring customized Enlightenment and LXDE desktops. It has been built on the “testing” branch of Debian GNU/Linux.

The SparkyLinux distribution is based on Debian’s Testing branch and is available in several editions. The project’s latest release, SparkyLinux 4.4, is available in five different desktop flavors.

The new version offers updated packages for the kernel and Firefox. The ability to easily install additional desktops, including PekWM, Trinity and Lumina, through the APTus utility has been added.

New, updated live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 4.4 ‘Tyche’ are available for download now. As before, SparkyLinux ‘Home’ editions provide full-featured operating system based on Debian ‘Testing’, with desktops of your choice – LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce. Changes between versions 4.3 and 4.4: full system upgrade as of August 15, 2016; Linux kernel 4.6.4 (4.7.1 is available in Sparky repositories); Firefox 45.3.0 ESR (Firefox 48 is available in repositories); Calamares is available….

Download SparkyLinux: http://sparkylinux.org/download/

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15 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Salix Linux

Salix is a Slackware-based Linux distribution that is simple, fast, easy to use and compatible with Slackware Linux.

Optimised for desktop use, Salix OS features one application per task, custom package repositories, advanced package management with dependency support, localised system administration tools and innovative artwork.

The Salix project, a desktop oriented distribution based on Slackware, has released a new development snapshot. The new testing release, Salix 14.2 Beta 1 “Xfce”, features an update to the distribution’s boot process and includes a number of software changes.

So here it is, Salix Xfce 14.2beta1. There has been some time since our alpha release and there are a lot of new and interesting things.

The first thing you will notice, is that when booting one of the iso images you don’t get a boot prompt anymore. What you get is a boot menu and the menu offers options to install Salix in several different languages. So you can now install Salix, not only in English, but using your own language as well! Most of the translations are only partially complete at this point, but you can help with the tranlation effort so that everything will be complete by the time we finally release 14.2.

In order to have the installation procedure completely translated you need to provide translations for the following resources at the Transifex project page for Salix:
– salix-installer: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salix/salix-installer/
– salixtools: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salixtools/dashboard/
– liloconfig: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salix/liloconfig/
– eliloconfig: https://www.transifex.com/gapan/salix/eliloconfig/

The menus that the images boot to are provided by syslinux on systems equiped with BIOS. On UEFI systems, the 64-bit iso now boots using elilo, in place of grub, and it provides similar menus to syslinux. The 32-bit iso now includes both the i586 non-PAE and the i686 PAE kernels. You can choose between the two in the boot menu.

In terms of software selection, Xfce has been upgraded to 4.12. The main browser has been changed back to Firefox. Also, network configuration is now handled by NetworkManager. Pulseaudio is now controlling the audio output by default, which should help a lot with bluetooth speakers, HDMI audio etc. Other than that it’s mostly the same as in previous releases, with LibreOffice, Claws-Mail, Gimp, Parole, Transmission, Viewnior, Zim etc. Everything has been upgraded to their latest release at this point. Of course, the usual collection of Salix System Tools is included as well.

The artwork has been updated too. There is a new default background and the default widget theme is now Adwaita.

There is still some work to be done until the final release. The revamped installer still needs some polishing and there are probably going to be some new system tools to play with.

You can download this beta release either from Sourceforge, or using a torrent client with the following links:

Salix Xfce 14.2beta1 (32-bit, i586/i686)
(size: 955MB, md5: 8533a807ba865070dcba1092e7740c6e)
– Sourceforge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/salix/ … o/download
– Torrent: http://people.salixos.org/gapan/iso/sal … so.torrent

Salix64 Xfce 14.2beta1 (64-bit, x86_64)
(size: 912MB, md5: a7332d76160d0104ab560a1515dbaed4)
– Sourceforge: https://sourceforge.net/projects/salix/ … o/download
– Torrent: http://people.salixos.org/gapan/iso/sal … so.torrent


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14 Jun 2016

UPDATE: Elementary 0.4 ‘Loki’ Developmental Beta Released

The Elementary Blog announced the developmental Beta release of the new Elementary OS 0.4 Linux distro, codenamed Loki.

The announcement read:

This release brings tons of fixes and new features for both users and developers. Over 20 blueprints were implemented and over 800 issues closed. Time to break it all down and reveal what the future holds for the next version of elementary OS!

Beta Means Beta

If you’ve never tried beta software before, there’s something very important you should know: beta quality software is not finished and contains known issues.

The purpose of releasing a beta is to give developers time to update their apps prior to stable release, give our translation teams time to translate, and give our documentation teams time to update documentation. Beta represents a more-or-less feature-complete release, but it does not represent a stable release. So if you decide to install Loki Beta, hold onto your butts because things are going to be a bit bumpy.

Loki is being built with the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS repository, which means it comes with Gtk 3.18, Vala 0.32, and Linux 4.4 as well as a multitude of other updated libraries.

One of the significant new features is the removal of tools which make it easy to (accidentally) install software which has not been vetted.

Some major known issues with the beta release are listed below, of course it’s not a beta release without any beta release issues.

Major Known Issues

It wouldn’t be a beta without some of these! For a full list of Loki-targeted issues, see the RC1 Milestone. Here’re some of the big ones:

DOWNLOAD THE BETA RELEASE HERE: http://elementary.io/developer

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17 May 2016

What’s New In Ubuntu Kylin 16.04

Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS was officially released as part of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Official Flavors. it introduces many enhancements, updated components, new tweaks and under-the-hood optimizations, as well as a brand-new Unity 7.4 design with the Launcher placed at the bottom of the screen, by default.

Powered by the same long-term supported kernel as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Linux 4.4, Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 is also an LTS release supported for five years with critical security fixes and software updates.


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16 May 2016

WATCH: Find Out What’s New In Cinnamon 3.0

Cinnamon 3.0 is the latest release of Cinnamon Desktop Environment and it will become as default desktop for upcoming Linux Mint 18 codenamed “sarah”.

Cinnamon 3.0 comes with multiple new features, among which we can mention an option that lets users display or hide the favbox in the Menu applet, the addition of new default application buttons, as well as support for displaying the panel-launchers actions.

The Sound settings have been rewritten in Python, and there’s a custom page that shows users when there’s no input devices available or if any apps are now playing.

Additionally, the Sound panel received a custom settings box that should prevent the sound effects dialog to be opened in a very tall window.

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23 Apr 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 Will Be Codenamed Yakkety Yak

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the codename of the next major Ubuntu Linux release, Ubuntu 16.10.

16.10 will be the next major release for Ubuntu, due later this year.

The development cycle of Ubuntu 16.10 will start in a few days and it will be launched later this year at the end of October.

In an announcement on Mark’s website,

Mark posted:

Y is for …Yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yak. Naturally.

Ubuntu 16.10 will have only a Final Beta development build sent to public beta testers, as the rest of the opt-in flavors will also participate in the Alpha 1, Alpha 2, and Beta1 releases.

We will keep readers updated on Ubuntu 16.10 as more developments come.


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12 Apr 2016

Linux Kernel 4.4.7 Available For Update Now

The Linux kernel 4.4.7 is the seventh point release and the latest and most advanced LTS Linux kernel branch for GNU/Linux OS.

Linux Kernel Developer Greg Kroah Hartman announced:

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.7 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,”

“The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.4.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary.”

There were multiple improvements to the x86 hardware architectures, as well as to the Xtensa, s390, IA64, ARC, ARM, and SH (SuperH) ones, and fixes to the FUSE, NFS, JBD2, OCFS2, and XFS filesystems.

You can download Linux Kernel 4.4.7 right now directly from the kernel.org website. It is noted that users should update as soon as possible by Hartman.

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10 Apr 2016

Mate 1.14 Desktop Launches for GNU/Linux

On April 8th, 2016, The MATE Desktop Environment team announced the release of the latest version of their desktop environment Mate 1.14.

After 5 months of development the MATE Desktop team are proud to announce the release of MATE Desktop 1.14. We’d like to thank every MATE contributor and user.

The announcement can be found here: http://mate-desktop.com/blog/2016-04-08-mate-1-14-released/


What’s new in Mate 1.14:

  • Improved GTK+3 support across the entire MATE Desktop.
  • Full GTK 3.20 support in all MATE themes.
  • Client Side Decorated applications render correctly in all themes.
  • Completely ported MATE System Monitor and Mozo to GTK+3 only.
  • Touchpad configuration now supports edge and two-finger scrolling independently.
  • Python extensions in Caja can now be managed separately.
  • All three window focus modes are selectable.
  • MATE Panel now has the ability to change icon sizes for menubar and menu items.
  • MATE NetSpeed Applet has been merged into the MATE Applets package.
  • MATE Terminal support VTE 2.91 API when built for GTK+3.
  • Volume and Brightness OSD can now be enabled/disabled.
  • Translations are updated. Thank you to our team of translators!

The software repository for the Mate 1.14 is now available for download on the Mate website.

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07 Apr 2016

Libre Office Version 5.1.2 Released

A Libre Office developer just announced the release of Libre Office 5.1.2 with over 75 bug fixes.

The announcement read:

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family.

LibreOffice 5.1.2 is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. For more conservative users, and for enterprise deployments, TDF suggests the “still” version: LibreOffice 5.0.5. For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.1.2 is the second point release in the current stable and most advanced version of the office suite pre-installed in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems by default.

This update comes about a month after the 5.1.1 update, which got many reports of bugs found while using the software.

You can download the latest version of Libre Office here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

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