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KDE Applications 18.08 Reaches End of Life, KD…

KDE Applications 18.08 Reaches End of Life, KDE Apps 18.12 Launches December 13: The KDE Project announced today the third stability update to the KDE Applications 18.08 open-source software suite, a bugfix update that marks the end of life of the series.

KDE Applications 18.08.3 is now available as the third and last point release of the open-source and cross-platform KDE Applications 18.08 software suite, brining about 20 20 bugfixes and improvements to applications like Ark, Dolphin, Kate, KDE Games, Kontact, Okular, and Umbrello, as well as translation updates.

Highlights of this last point release include the ability for the KMail email client to remember the HTML viewing mode, as well as to load external images if allowed, support for the Kate text editor to remember meta information, including bookmarks, between sessions, and updated automatic scrolling in the Telepathy text UI.

The Umbrello IDE now lets users run “docbook export” from the build directory,… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Linus Torvalds Says Linux 5.0 Comes in 2019, K…

Linus Torvalds Says Linux 5.0 Comes in 2019, Kicks Off Development of Linux 4.20: Linus Torvalds is back from a short vacation to rethink his strategy as the leader of the development of the Linux kernel, and kicked off a new development cycle for the next 6 weeks, this time for Linux kernel 4.20.

That’s right, Linux 4.20 is the next kernel coming after Linux 4.19, which was released by Greg Kroah-Hartman on October 22,2018, not Linux 5.0 like many of you out there where hoping to see this year. Linus Torvalds decided it’s best to end 2018 with Linux 4.20 and release Linux 5.0 in 2019.

“So I did debate calling it 5.0, but if we all help each other, I’m sure we can count to 20. It’s a nice round number, and I didn’t want to make a pattern of it. I think 5.0 happens next year, because then I “really” run out of fingers and toes,” wrote Linus Torvalds in the mailing list announcement.

Linux kernel 4.20 is now ready for public testing

As the two-week merge w… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Canonical Releases Kernel Security Update for …

Canonical Releases Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 8 Flaws Patched: After releasing a new Linux kernel security update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users, Canonical published an important kernel update for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series and its derivatives.

The new kernel security update for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is here to address two flaws (CVE-2015-8539 and CVE-2017-15299) discovered by Dmitry Vyukov and Eric Biggers in Linux kernel’s key management subsystem, which could allow a local attacker to either execute arbitrary code or crash the system via a denial of service.

It also patches a use-after-free vulnerability (CVE-2… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

GNU Linux-Libre 4.19 Kernel Is Now Available f…

GNU Linux-Libre 4.19 Kernel Is Now Available for Those Seeking 100% Freedom: With Linux kernel 4.19 hitting the streets, a new version of the GNU Linux-libre kernel is now available, version 4.19, based on the upstream kernel but without any proprietary drivers.

Based on the recently released Linux 4.19 kernel series, the GNU Linux-libre 4.17-gnu kernel borrows all the new features, including the experimental EROFS (Enhanced Read-Only File System) file system, initial support for the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless protocol, and mitigations for the L1FT and SpectreRSB security flaws.

While the GNU Linux-Libre 4.19 kernel comes with all these goodies found in the upstream Linux 4.19 kernel, it doesn’t ship with proprietary code. Deblobbed drivers include Aspeed ColdFire FSI Master, MT76x0U and MT76x2U Wi-Fi, MTk Bluetooth UART, as well as Keystone and Qualcomm Hexagon Remoteproc.

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Collabora Continues to Improves Support for Ch…

Collabora Continues to Improves Support for Chromebooks in Linux Kernel 4.19: The Linux kernel 4.19 series is out, so Collabora informs us today through Mark Filion on the contribution they made to this fresh new kernel during its entire development cycle.

Linux kernel 4.19’s development cycle was a long one, with no less than eight RCs (Release Candidates), but it resulted in a more powerful kernel that brings lots of goodies. For Linux kernel 4.19, nine Collabora developers contributed a total of 87 patches, as well as 125 signed-off-by tags, 14 reviewed-by tags, and 8 tested-by tags.

“As the curtains rose on opening day of Embedded Linux Conference Europe & Open Source Summit Europe in Edinburgh, the latest release of the Linux Kernel, 4.19, was made available by Greg Kroah-Hartman. Collaborans were once again very active, so here’s a look at their contributions,” writes Helen Koike.

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Ubuntu MATE 18.10 Released for GPD Pocket PCs,…

Ubuntu MATE 18.10 Released for GPD Pocket PCs, Raspberry Pi Images Coming Soon: Ubuntu MATE lead developer and maintainer Martin Wimpress announced the release of Ubuntu MATE 18.10 as part of Canonical’s Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system series.

Shipping with the latest MATE 1.20.3 desktop environment and Linux 4.18 kernel, Ubuntu MATE 18.10 is now available with updated apps and core components, better hardware support, and, for the first time, images for the GDP Pocket and GDP Pocket 2 handheld computers, along with the generic images for 64-bit Intel PCs.

According to Martin Wimpress, Ubuntu MATE 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) includes some hardware-specific tweaks and other improvements to core components in an attempt to make the Linux-based operating system work out-of-the-box and without any hiccups on both the GDP Pocket and GDP Pocket 2 tiny computers.

These include frame buffer and touchscreen rotation, internal display rotation for X.Org Server, HiDPI support for the Slic… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

KDE Plasma 5.14.2 Desktop Environment Improves…

KDE Plasma 5.14.2 Desktop Environment Improves Firmware Updates, Snap Support: The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the second point release of the latest KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment series, version 5.14.2.

Coming just one week after the first point release, the KDE Plasma 5.14.2 point release is here with yet another layer of improvements and bug fixes to make the KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment more stable and reliable. Highlights of this second point release include firmware updates improvements and better Snap support in the Plasma Discover software manager.

KDE Plasma 5.14.2 also adds accessibility information to desktop icons, addresses a typo in the GTK theme treeview style for the Breeze GTK theme, lowers th… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Lubuntu 18.10 Is Out, First Release to Ship wi…

Lubuntu 18.10 Is Out, First Release to Ship with the LXQt Desktop by Default: Lubuntu developer Simon Quigley inform Softpedia today about the general availability of the Lubuntu 18.10 operating system, the first to ship with the LXQt desktop environment by default, as part of Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish).

After many trials and tribulations, and a lot of hard work, the Lubuntu team finally managed to ship a release with the LXQt desktop environment by default instead of LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment), which was used by default on all Lubunxu releases from the beginning of the project.

We also believe LXQt is the future of the LXDE desktop environment, which uses old and soon deprecated technologies, so we welcome Lubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) with its shiny LXQt 0.13.0 desktop environment by default, built against the latest Qt 5.11.1 libraries and patched with upstream’s improvements.

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Canonical: Snaps Are Used Worldwide, over 3M I…

Canonical: Snaps Are Used Worldwide, over 3M Installs Monthly and 100K Daily: To celebrate the release of the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system, Canonical published a new infographic to show us how well its Snap universal package format is doing lately.

Entitled “Snaps in numbers,” the new infographics focuses on how widely spread are Snaps, Canonical’s universal binary format that makes it easier to distribute applications across multiple Linux-based operating systems. Initially called Snappy, the technology provides secure, rolling updates to your favorite apps.

“Coinciding with the release of Ubuntu 18.10 today, we have celebrated the exceptional adoption of snaps by sharing the infographic below,” said Canonical. “From popular snaps to daily installs, this infographic demonstrates where, when and why users are installin… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

KaOS Linux Gets the KDE Plasma 5.14 Treatment,…

KaOS Linux Gets the KDE Plasma 5.14 Treatment, October Release Is Out Now: The development team behind the KaOS Linux distribution announced the availability of the October 2018 snapshot with the latest version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment and numerous other updated components.

Powered by the latest Linux 4.18 kernel, KaOS 2018.10 ships with the recently released KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment by default, along with the latest KDE Frameworks 5.51.0 and KDE Applications 18.08.2 software suites, all built against the Qt 5.11.2 open-source and cross-platform software development framework.

KaOS 2018.10 also updates the toolchain, which is now based on GNU C Library (Glibc) 2.27 and GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 7.3.1. Numerous packages were rebuilt in this release due to the Boost, Protobuf, ICU (62.1), Qt, x265, and Net-SNMP core components being updated as well to their latest versions in this new snapshot.

Also included are the latest Wayland 1.16.0 display server, GStreamer … (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux