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Aug
12
2014

Peppermint OS 5: Light, Refreshing Linux

The Peppermint OS is built around a concept that may be unique among desktop environments. It is a hybrid of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based apps.

Using the Ice technology in the Peppermint OS is much like launching an app on an Android phone or tablet. For example, I can launch Google Docs, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo Mail, YouTube, Pandora or Facebook as if they were self-contained apps on a mobile device — but these pseudo apps never need updating. Ice easily creates a menu entry to launch any website or application as if it were installed.

This innovative approach puts the latest release of Peppermint OS 5, which appeared in late June, well ahead of the computing curve. It brings cloud apps to the Linux desktop with the ease and flexibility of a Chromebook. It marries that concept to the traditional idea of having installed software that runs without cloud interaction.

Source:

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Peppermint-OS-5-Light-Refreshing-Linux-80859.html

Submitted by: Jack M. Germain

Jul
11
2014

PHP Fixes OpenSSL Flaws in New Releases

The PHP Group has released new versions of the popular scripting language that fix a number of bugs, including two in OpenSSL. The flaws fixed in OpenSSL don’t rise to the level of the major bugs such as Heartbleed that have popped up in the last few months. But PHP 5.5.14 and 5.4.30 both contain fixes for the two vulnerabilities, one of which is related to the way that OpenSSL handles timestamps on some certificates, and the other of which also involves timestamps, but in a different way.

Source:

http://threatpost.com/php-fixes-openssl-flaws-in-new-releases/106908

Submitted by: Dennis Fisher

 

Jul
10
2014

Why did Microsoft join the Linux Foundation’s AllSeen Alliance?

When people think of open source they don’t usually associate Microsoft with it. But the company recently surprised many when it joined the Linux Foundation’s open source AllSeen Alliance. The AllSeen Alliance’s mission is to create a standard for device communications.

Has Microsoft changed its attitude toward open source in general or is there another reason for its uncharacteristic behavior? Computerworld speculates on what might have motivated Microsoft to join the AllSeen Alliance.

Source:

http://www.itworld.com/open-source/425651/why-did-microsoft-join-linux-foundations-allseen-alliance

Submitted by: Jim Lynch

Jul
9
2014

XFCE App Launcher `WHISKER MENU` sees new release

Whisker Menu is an application menu / launcher for Xfce that features a search function so you can easily find the application you want to launch. The menu supports browsing apps by category, you can add applications to favorites and more. The tool is used as the default Xubuntu application menu starting with the latest 14.04 release and in Linux Mint Xfce starting with version 15 (Olivia).

The Whisker Menu PPA was updated to the latest 1.4.0 version recently and you can use to both upgrade to the latest version obviously, as well as to install the tool in (X)Ubuntu versions for which Whisker Menu isn’t available in the official repositories (supported versions: Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 and 12.04 and the corresponding Linux Mint versions). For see what is the  difference with the previous release, see the changelog in its main website.

Source:

http://www.webupd8.org/2014/06/xfce-app-launcher-whisker-menu-sees-new.html

Submitted by: Andrew

Jul
8
2014

Linux Kernel 3.15.3 Is Now Available for Download

Greg Kroah-Hartman had the pleasure of announcing earlier today, July 1, that the third maintenance release for the current stable 3.15 branch of the Linux kernel is available for download, urging users to upgrade as soon as their Linux distributions update the respective packages on the official software repositories.

The Linux kernel 3.15.3 is a pretty standard release that introduces various updated drivers, some filesystem improvements, especially for Btrfs and EXT4, random mm and Bluetooth fixes, and the usual architecture enhancements (ARM, ARM64, IA64, SPARC, PowerPC, s390, and x86).

Be aware, though, that upgrading to a new Linux kernel package might break some things on your system, so it is preferable to wait a few days and see if anyone complains about it on the official channels of your distribution.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Linux-Kernel-3-15-3-Is-Now-Available-for-Download-448998.shtml

Submitted by: Marius Nestor

Jul
7
2014

Valve Updates SteamOS With the Latest NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel Drivers

The Beta version of SteamOS, a Debian-based distribution developed by Valve to be used in its hybrid PC / console, has just received an update and numerous packages.

Valve has two builds for SteamOS. One is a stable version (sort of) and the other one is a Beta (Alchemist). The two versions are not all that different from one another, but the Valve developers are using the Beta release to test some of the new updates before they hit the stable branch.

 

This is just the Beta version of SteamOS and not all of the packages included are stable. It will take a while until all these chages will be added to the Stable branch. The system requirements for Steam OS haven’t changed and have been pretty much the same since the beginning: an Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor, 4GB or more memory, a 250GB or larger disk, NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD graphics card, and a USB port or DVD drive for installation. Check the official announcement for more details about this release.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Valve-Updates-SteamOS-With-the-Latest-NVIDIA-AMD-and-Intel-Driver-448769.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Jun
9
2014

Steam Hits The Big 500 For Linux Games

500 Linux compatible games are now on Steam which is a pretty great number to point anyone at. No longer will people keep stating “but Linux has no games”, but sadly they will say Linux has very little AAA games which is true, but this will be a gradual build up of course.

Once the Steam Machines/SteamOS are released, and if they are successful we should see the number rise even quicker.

Source: http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/steam-hits-the-big-500-for-linux-games.3849

Submitted by: Liamdawe

Jun
9
2014

RoboLinux Smooths the Linux Migration Path

RoboLinux is an impressive traditional Linux desktop distro. It could be an ideal vehicle for both enterprises and SOHOs to make the migration to Linux.

It comes with a few extra features that solve some of the potential problems of leaving other desktop platforms. One of its more enticing migration tools is a preconfigured virtual machine add-on that greatly reduces the IT burden of setting up Windows XP or Windows 7 to run in a VM environment within the Linux distro.

The website gives the impression that RoboLinux is unique in that it lets you run Windows in a VM setting that is immune to viruses and malware. However, all Linux distros are immune to the targeting attacks of decades-old viruses, as well as new malware. Running Windows in a VM setting within any VM-capable Linux distro will achieve the same degree of safety for Microsoft Windows.

Source: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/RoboLinux-Smooths-the-Linux-Migration-Path-80540.html

Submitted by: Jack M. Germain

Jun
8
2014

Linux Kernel 3.10.41 LTS Is Available for Download

The latest version of this branch of the stable Linux kernel, 3.10.41, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman and comes with quite a few changes and fixes.

The amount of changes and enhancements for this branch of the Linux kernel is rather large and the developers have added numerous drivers and other improvements. This is an LTS release and it’s likely that it will be updated for a long time.

If you are using any of the versions released until now in the Linux kernel 3.10.x branch, it’s recommended that you update to this current version.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Linux-Kernel-3-10-41-LTS-Is-Available-for-Download-445652.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Jun
8
2014

LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Testing

The developers from The Document Foundation have released a new build in the LibreOffice 4.3 Beta branch, bringing even more changes than the latest update in the series. It looks like 4.3 will be quite interesting, but it’s going to take a while until it’s released.

Some fixes, according to the changelog, are the upper margin of the multi-page floating table for WW8 import has been fixed, the wrong text position in grouped list has been corrected, the direct formatting for numbering in .DOCX is now handled correctly, and numerous other fixes have been implemented.

Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/LibreOffice-4-3-Beta-2-Is-Now-Available-for-Testing-445664.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

 

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