KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release, Update Now

The KDE Project released today the first maintenance update to the recently released KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

KDE Plasma 5.16.1 is now available only one week after the release of the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment series, a major version that adds numerous new features and improvements, including a totally revamped notifications system, new look and feel for the login, lock, and logout screens, better Wayland support, as well as numerous other desktop enhancements.

Consisting of a total of 21 bug fixes, the KDE Plasma 5.16.1 maintenance update is here to make the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment more stable and reliable by addressing various issues reported by users lately, including an issue that broke the Sleep/Suspend command, and the ability for the Plasma Dis… (read more)

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OpenMandriva Linux 4.0 Operating System Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The OpenMandriva community announced the general availability of the OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 operating system, a major release that brings numerous new features, updated components, and lots of improvements.

After almost two years in development, the OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 operating system is finally here and comes with numerous goodies for fans of the popular Linux bistro that continues the sprit of the now deprecated Mandriva and Mandrake Linux operating systems.

Compiled with LLVM/Clang instead of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection), OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 aims to be a cutting-edge Linux-based operating system that offers some of the highest levels of optimization by enabling LTO in certain packages to make it fast, stable, and reliable at all times.

This release brings dozens of updated components and new features, but most importantly better hardware support b… (read more)

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Canonical Outs Important Linux Kernel Security Update for All Ubuntu Releases

Canonical has released an important Linux kernel security update for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address two critical security vulnerabilities that could crash users’ systems.

In a recent security advisory, Canonical details two recently discovered security vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-11477 and CVE-2019-11478) affecting Linux kernel’s TCP retransmission queue implementation when handling some specific TCP Selective Acknowledgment (SACKs). 

Both security vulnerabilities were discovered by Jonathan Looney and could allow a remote attacker to crash the affected system by causing a denial of service. Known as SACK Panic, they affect all supported Ubuntu Linux releases, including Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

“Jonathan Looney discovered several flaws in the way that t… (read more)

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Canonical Will Drop Support for 32-bit Architectures in Future Ubuntu Releases

Canonical announced today that it finally decided to completely drop support for 32-bit (i386) hardware architectures in future releases of its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Last year, during the development cycle of the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, Canonical announced that they won’t offer 32-bit installation images (ISOs), a trend that was shortly followed by all official Ubuntu Linux flavors with the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) release. However, Ubuntu’s 32-bit repositories were still available.

As Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) will be supported for the next five years, Canonical disabled upgrades from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to Ubuntu 18.10 for 32-bit systems to avoid leaving users on a short-lived release, and now, they announced that starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) release, support for 32-bit system will no longer be provided.

“The Ubuntu engineering team has reviewed the facts before us and conclu… (read more)

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Microsoft Edge for Linux: A Browser the Software Giant “Would Like to Do”

Microsoft announced in late 2018 that it’d switch Edge browser to the Chromium engine, the same one that’s being used by Google Chrome.

This decision technically allows Microsoft to convert Microsoft Edge from a Windows 10-exclusive browser to a cross-platform application.

The company has already confirmed Microsoft Edge would be released beyond Windows 10, and existing preview builds also allow the browser to be installed on macOS.

The migration to Chromium would technically allow the company to bring Edge to Linux as well, and given its efforts to get more involved in the open-source world, such a release wouldn’t be surprising at all.

Linux version possible in the long term

And after Microsoft suggested that it’s indeed considering a Linux version of Edge back in May at the Build developer conference, the Edge tea… (read more)

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Atari VCS Linux-Powered Gaming Console Is Now Available For Pre-order for $249

After last year’s successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, Atari announced that its long-anticipated Atari VCS retro gaming console is now finally available for online pre-orders at various online retail and Atari’s official web store.

Atari issued a press release on Tuesday to announce that after many trials and tribulations it finally has a release date for the official launch of its Atari VCS retro gaming console, along with a release date for those who backed the project during its early days, as well as information about the first key retail partnerships that will have the console ready for pre-order starting today.

“Atari made a commitment to its fans to make the new VCS the best and most versatile game and home entertainm… (read more)

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Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” Operating System to Be Released on July 6th, 2019

The Debian Project announced the proposed release date of their long-anticipated Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system, a major release that brings many new features and enhancements.

Work on the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series started two years ago, since early July 2017, a couple of weeks after the release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” series, which is currently the latest stable version and with nine point releases already out the door.

Now, two years later, we finally have an official release date for Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster,” which appears to hit the streets as soon as next month. Debian Project’s Niels Thykier wrote in a recent mailing list announcement that they plan to release Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” on July 6th, 2019.

“We plan to release on 2019-07-06,” said Niels Thykier on behalf of the Debian release team. “In the last week pri… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Is Now Available for Kubuntu and Ubuntu 19.04 Users

The Kubuntu development team announced today that the recently released KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment is now available for installation on Kubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo) systems.

KDE Plasma 5.16 launched earlier today as the latest and most advanced version of the acclaimed graphical desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems, adding several new features and enhancements like a totally revamped notifications system, improved System Settings pages, and revamped login, logout, and lock screens.

The KDE Plasma 5.16 release also brings better support for Wayland when using the Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers, improved networking, a much easier to use Plasma Discover graphical software manager, and a much-improved overall desktop experience with lots of polishing for themes, color schemes, widgets, and th… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.16 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The KDE Project released today the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment, a major release that adds a plethora of new features and enhancements, along with many improvements to make your Plasma experience more enjoyable and reliable.

The KDE Plasma 5.16 has been in development for the past few months and it’s now the latest version of the acclaimed graphical desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems. It’s a major release that introduces several new features, more polishing, and dozens of improvements.

“For this release, KDE developers have worked hard to polish Plasma to a high gloss. The results of their efforts provide a more consistent experience and bring new features to all Plasma users,” reads today’s announcement. “We hope you enjoy using Plasma 5.16 as much as we did making it.”

Here’s what’s new in KDE Plasma 5.16

Highlights of the KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop environment… (read more)

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First Arch Linux ISO Snapshot Powered by Linux Kernel 5.1 Is Now Available

June 2019’s Arch Linux snapshot has been released, and it’s the first to ditch the Linux 5.0 kernel series and adopt the latest Linux kernel 5.1 branch.

Now that Linux kernel 5.0 reached end of life, which means that it will no long receive maintenance updates, the Arch Linux 2019.06.01 is here as the first ISO snapshot of the acclaimed Linux-based operating system to ship with a kernel from the latest Linux 5.1 series, namely Linux kernel 5.1.5.

Linux kernel 5.1 was released last month and comes with great additions, including more preparations for the year 2038, more scalable and faster asynchronous I/O, support for configuring Zstd compression levels in the Btrfs file system, better file system monitorization, and a new cpuidle governor called TEO.

It also adds support for booting to a device-mapper device w… (read more)

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