Raspbian Remix Lets You Create Your Own Spin That You Can Install on PC or Mac: Developer Arne Exton announced today the release of the third iteration of its Raspbian PIXEL remix rebased on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system and synced with the upstream changes.
Raspbian PIXEL for PC and Mac is a Debian-based operating system created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for those who want to run the de facto standard Raspberry Pi OS on their personal computers too. Arne Exton did a remix of Raspbian PIXEL a few years ago to include the Refracta tools.
With the Refracta tools installed by default, users were able to easily install the operating system on their PCs or Macs, as well as to make their own remix of Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Raspbian PIXEL OS. Today’s update brings the latest s… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Canonical Releases Spectre/Meltdown Patches for Ubuntu 17.10 for Raspberry Pi 2: Canonical published two security advisories on Thursday to announce the availability of Spectre mitigations for the ARM64 (AArch64) hardware architecture on its Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS systems.
In January, Canonical released several kernel updates for Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) and other supported Ubuntu releases with software mitigations against the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities. These patches were first released for 64-bit (amd64) architectures, and then for 32-bit (i386), PPC64el, and s390x systems.
Today, the company announced the availability of new kernel updates that address both the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities for the ARM64 (AArch64) hardware architecture, patching the Raspberry Pi 2 kernel for Ubuntu 17.10, as well as its derivatives.
“USNS 3541-1 and 3523-1 provided mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754) for the i386, amd64, and ppc64el architectures in Ubuntu 1… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Linux Mint Devs to Enable Faster Launching of Apps on Cinnamon for Linux Mint 19: Linux Mint’s Clement Lefebvre reports today on the upcoming performance improvements that he and his team of developers implemented in the next major release of the Cinnamon desktop environment.
As you probably know already, Cinnamon is the default desktop environment of the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint operating system. It uses parts of the GNOME Stack at its core, which means that it’s not so lightweight as its MATE or Xfce counterparts, so launching apps isn’t as fast as you’d like it to be lately.
That’s why the Linux Mint development team spent some time earlier this year to investigate and debug any performance hogs in Cinnamon, especially when launching the pre-installed applications. They compared Cinnamon with the Metacity window manager and found out that the former was six times slower.
They also compared Cinnamon’s Muffin window management library with Metacity using an in-house built script and discovered th… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Chromium and Firefox Web Browsers Are Now Installable as Snaps on Ubuntu Linux: Canonical has announced recently that the popular Chromium and Mozilla Firefox open-source web browsers are now installable as Snaps on Ubuntu and other Snap-powered operating systems.
Canonical’s Snappy technologies are becoming more and more popular these days as the company behind the widely used Ubuntu plans to enable them by default and even make them a first-class citizen in future releases of its Linux-based operating system.
The great thing about Snap apps is that they are secure by design, utilizing a container-style approach mechanism for deploying software on various GNU/Linux distributions that support Canonical’s Snappy universal binary format.
Another thing that makes Snaps great is that you are always getting the latest version of an application as soon as it’s released upstream. As such, Canonical tries to convince more and more application developers to port their apps to Snaps for Ubuntu and other distros.
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Happy Pi Day: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Support Comes to the LibreELEC Embedded OS: After Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Rasbian, LibreELEC is the second Linux-based operating system to receive support for the recently launched Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ single-board computer announced today.
In celebration of the project’s second anniversary, as well as of the international Pi Day, the team announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the fourth maintenance update to the LibreELEC 8.2 “Krypton” operating system series.
Packed with new firmware support for the just-released Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ SBC, the LibreELEC 8.2.4 release is here to allow those who plan to buy the new development board to enjoy its powerful features like the dual-band 802.11ac wireless card, Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0, and the 1.4GHz Quad-core… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Raspberry Pi OS Raspbian Updated with Support for the New Raspberry Pi 3 B+ SBC: The Raspberry Pi Foundation released today a new build of its Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi single-board computer with dozens of improvements, updated components, and other enhancements.
Probably the most important feature of the new Raspbian release, which is powered by the Linux 4.9.80 LTS kernel, is support for the recently launched Raspberry Pi 3 B+ single-board computer that Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled this morning in celebration of the Pi Day.
However, Wi-Fi is disabled by default for the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ model due to the wireless regulatory domain not being set. To set the domain, you need to set the ‘country=’ attribute in the /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf file to a country code closer to ISO 3166 alpha2.
Raspberry Pi Foundation said that the domain can also be set through th… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
GNOME 3.28 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here’s What’s New: After more than six months of work, the GNOME Project announced today the official release and immediate availability of the GNOME 3.28 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.
Work on the GNOME 3.28 desktop environment started last year in October with the first development milestone, tagged GNOME 3.27.1. During approximately six months, there were four such milestones released, accompanied by a single beta release and a Release Candidate (RC).
As expected with any significant GNOME release, there were various visible and under-the-hood changes, especially the removal of the desktop handling a.k.a. “desktop icons” support from the Nautilus file manager, which got passed to the GNOME Shell interface through an extension.
GNOME 3.28 is dubbed “Chongqing” after the host city of the GNOME Asia Summit 2017 conference that took place between October 14-16 in Chongqing, China. This release contains dozens of new features for users, developers, and administ… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is Coming to Linux and Mac This Spring: UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that it would port the standalone adventure story Life is Strange: Before the Storm to the Linux and macOS platforms this spring.
Feral Interactive already brought Linux gamers the episodic graphic adventure video game Life Is Strange developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix, and they now plan to bring the new, three-part standalone story Life is Strange: Before the Storm, which is developed by Deck Nine.
The story in Life is Strange: Before the Storm is set three years before the events in Life Is Strange, and players will take the role of Chloe Price this time, a 16-year-old rebel student who forms a strange friendship with model student Rachel Amber. Both will try to face each other’s demons and deal with them.
“Before the Storm is a standalone adventure story set before Life Is Strange, the first game in the BAFTA award-winning series,” reads Feral Interactive’s read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Neptune 5.0 Linux OS Released with KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS, Based on Debian Stretch: The developers of the Debian-based Neptune GNU/Linux distribution announced the release of the Neptune 5.0 “Refresh” operating system, based on the stable Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” series.
Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.14 kernel ported from Debian Stretch’s Backports repository, Neptune 5.0 uses the latest KDE Plasma 5.12 desktop environment along with the KDE Applications 17.12 and KDE Frameworks 5.43.0 software suites. It also promises new ways to run the latest software versions.
“This version marks a new iteration within the Neptune universe. It switches its base to the current Debian Stable "Stretch” version and also changes slightly the way we will provide Updates for Neptune. We will no longer strive to bring in more recent versions of Plasma, Kernel or other software on our own,“ reads the release announcement.
The Neptune developers recommend users to use the Snap, F… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux
Tails 3.6 Anonymous OS Released with Linux Kernel 4.15, Latest Tor Updates: The Tails Project announced today the release and immediate availability of the Tails 3.6 amnesic incognito live system, also known as the Anonymous OS used by ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden to stay hidden online.
Powered by the latest Linux 4.15 kernel with patches for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, and featuring the latest Tor Browser and Tor client/server implementation, Tails 3.6 is here with up-to-date components like Electrum 3.0.6 and Mozilla Thunderbird 52.6.0, as well as new features and improvements.
Among these, we can mention a new pdf-redact-tools command-line utility for cleaning metadata and converting PDFs to PNG images, a new GPU error message when Tails’ GNOME desktop environment fails to start, the ability to lock the screen just by clicking on the lock button in the GNOME system menu.
“If you set up an administrator password when starting Tails, you can unlock your screen with your administration password,” reads today’s read more) via Softpedia News / Linux