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RaspEX Project Brings Kodi 18.1 and Linux Kern…

RaspEX Project Brings Kodi 18.1 and Linux Kernel 5.0 to Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+: RaspEX developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Ubuntu/Debian-based distribution for the tiny Raspberry Pi single-board computers with all the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

Based on Debian GNU/Linux and Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian operating systems, RaspEX Kodi Build 190321 is now available with the latest Kodi 18.1 “Leia” media center software featuring add-ons for watching Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Plex, as well as the lightweight LXDE desktop environment with VLC media player and NetworkManager.

RaspEX Kodi Build 190321 is also powered by the latest and greatest Linux 5.0 kernel series, which apparently works very well w… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Nvidia 418.56 Linux Graphics Driver Rolling Ou…

Nvidia 418.56 Linux Graphics Driver Rolling Out with GeForce MX230/MX250 Support: Nvidia released a new long-lived display driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems to add support for a couple of recent graphics cards and fix various annoying bugs.

The Nvidia 418.56 graphics driver is now available for Linux, BSD, and Solaris systems, adding support for the Nvidia GeForce MX230 and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics cards, which are very powerful mobile GPUs used in select laptops. Support for these two Nvidia GPUs is only available for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD systems.

For all supported platforms, including Linux, BSD, and Solaris, the Nvidia 418.56 graphics driver updates the nvidia-settings control panel to more accurately indicate the current availability of G-SYNC and G-SYNC-compatible display settings, as well as to disable line wrapping during non-terminal output in command-line mode.

Vulkan and PRIME improvements for Linux users

Only for Linux users, the Nvidia 418.56 display driver implements a new mechanis… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

LibreOffice 6.2.2 Office Suite Released with M…

LibreOffice 6.2.2 Office Suite Released with More Than 50 Fixes, Download Now: The Document Foundation announced today the general availability of the second point release to the latest LibreOffice 6.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

While LibreOffice 6.1 is still the recommended version for those who want a more stable and well-tested LibreOffice office suite, LibreOffice 6.2.2 is here for bleeding-edge users and early adopters who want to get a taste of the latest new features and innovations in the free and open-source office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide.

“LibreOffice 6.2.2 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise-class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.1.5, which includes some month… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Google Releases Chrome 73 Update for Linux, Wi…

Google Releases Chrome 73 Update for Linux, Windows, and macOS: Google has just released an update for Chrome 73, the major update of the browser that was shipped to all supported platforms earlier this month.

Now at version 73.0.3683.86, Google Chrome comes with under-the-hood improvements on Windows, Linux, and macOS, and you can download it using the links here.

As for what’s new in this version, it’s pretty clear that the purpose of the update is to resolve issues in the browser and not to add new features. Google typically introduces new functionality in major updates, like the version 73 mentioned above.

But as per the full read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Zorin OS 15 Enters Beta with Flatpak Support, …

Zorin OS 15 Enters Beta with Flatpak Support, Based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS: The development team behind the Ubuntu-based and user-friendly Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution announced that they are working on the next major release, Zorin OS 15, which entered beta testing today.

Based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, Zorin OS 15 promises a revamped user experience that has been modeled to suit everyone’s needs, not only those who are migrating from a Microsoft Windows operating system, but also power users and advanced Linux users.

“Creating a Linux desktop operating system that’s designed for everyone – not only the engineers & power users – has always been the mission of Zorin OS, ever since the first release nearly 10 years ago. Zorin OS 15 takes this decade-long effort and amplifies it to the next level,” said the Zorin OS team in today’s announcement.

Here’s what’s new in Zorin OS 15read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

DebConf20 Conference to Take Place in Haifa, I…

DebConf20 Conference to Take Place in Haifa, Israel, for Debian GNU/Linux 11: The Debian Project announced today the host city for next year’s DebConf20 Debian GNU/Linux developer conference as Haifa, in Israel.

A port city built in tiers, Haifa is found in the northern area of Israel, extending from the Mediterranean sea till the north slope of the Carmel Mountain National Park. Haifa it’s the third-largest city in Israel after Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and it is close to the biblical city Nazareth where Jesus studied and prayed.

In 2020, the Debian Project will celebrate 12 years since the first DebConf Debian developer conference, so they decided to choose Israel instead of Lisbon, Portugal, for next year’s DebConf20 event despite the extensive discussions between the DebConf team and committee due to Israel’s political system.

“Within the DebConf committee and the wider DebConf team there have been extensive discussions about Israel as a hosting country, and we … (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Tor-Powered Tails 3.13 Anonymous Linux OS Adds…

Tor-Powered Tails 3.13 Anonymous Linux OS Adds Extra Security and Latest Updates: Tails, the amnesic incognito live system based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, has been updated to version 3.13, a release that adds extra security and latest updates.

Powered by the Linux 4.19.28 kernel, the Tails 3.13 operating system is now available with latest Tor technologies to help you stay hidden while surfing the Internet, including the Tor Browser 8.0.7 anonymous web browser and Tor 0.3.5.8 client and server for the anonymous Tor network.

However, probably the most important addition in the Tails 3.13 release is the updated Intel microcode to version 3.20180807a.2, which adds an extra security measure against more variants of the well-known Spectre, Meltdown, and L1TF (Level 1 Terminal Fault) security vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, Tails 3.13 updates the Mozilla Thunderbird email and news client to version 65.1.0, adds support for the Bopomofo input method and improves support for the Pinyin input method for Chinese users, and implements automa… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

NetworkManager 1.16 Released with WPA3-Persona…

NetworkManager 1.16 Released with WPA3-Personal and WireGuard VPN Support, More: NetworkManager, the open-source program for providing detection and configuration of networks for Linux-based operating systems has reached a new important milestone, version 1.16.

NetworkManager 1.16 has been released two days after the launch of the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment and promises lots of exciting new features and improvements, starting with support for the new WireGuard protocol implemented in the Linux kernel for creating secure IPv4 and IPv6 VPNs (Virtual Private Networks).

“Unlike other VPN solutions NetworkManager supports, WireGuard tunneling will be entirely handled by the Linux kernel. This has an advantages in terms of performance, and also removes the needs of a VPN plugin,” explained developer Lubomir Rintel in a recent blog… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Firefox 66 Released with Compatibility for GNO…

Firefox 66 Released with Compatibility for GNOME Desktop, Improved Performance: Mozilla released today the Firefox 66 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows with new features and various performance improvements.

As you might already know from our previous reports, Firefox 66 is the first release of the web browser to hide the system title bar by default when running on top of the GNOME desktop environment. If you look at the screenshot attached below, you’ll see that Firefox now respects the GNOME guidelines and looks much better.

Also for Linux users, the Firefox 66 release addresses an issue that prevented the web browser from downloading files without freezing. Furthermore, Mozilla improved the overall performance of its open-source web browser and reduced the crash rates to double the web content loading processes from 4 to 8.

As far a… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Canonical Says Ubuntu 14.04 Extended Security …

Canonical Says Ubuntu 14.04 Extended Security Maintenance Begins April 25, 2019: Canonical announced that it would kick off the Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) support for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series beginning April 25th, 2019.

Released five years ago on April 17th, 2014, the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series will reach its end of life next month on April 30th. Following on the success of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system series, Canonical announced some time ago that it would offer its Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) commercial package to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users as well.

Canonical said it would reveal more details about when the ESM (Extended Security Maintenance) offering is available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), so the company now announced that users who want to continue using the operating system and still receive security updates after the April 30th end of life, can purchase the ESM package beginning April 25th, 2019.

Users are encouraged to… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux