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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Now Certified on Intel’s N…

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Now Certified on Intel’s NUC Mini PCs and IoT Boards: Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system used by millions of computer users worldwide, announced today that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is now certified on Intel’s NUCs for IoT device development.

Released on April 21, 2016, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) is a long-term supported release that will receive security and software updates for five years, until April 2021, as well as a total of five point releases ending with Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS, which is expected to arrive in early August 2018.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is Canonical’s 6th LTS release and the last to use the Unity desktop environment by default. The operating system is compatible with a wide-range of hardware components, including Intel’s NUC mini PCs, but now, after a partnership between Intel and Canonical, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is officially certified for NUC devices.

In the announc… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

CentOS Atomic Host 7.5 Released for Those Who …

CentOS Atomic Host 7.5 Released for Those Who Want to Run Linux Containers: The CentOS Atomic SIG team announced the release of the CentOS Atomic Host 7.5 (7.1805) operating system for those who want to run Linux containers on their infrastructures.

Coming about a month after the release of the CentOS Linux 7.5 (1804) operating system for 64-bit (x86_64), 32-bit (i386), ARM64 (AArch64), PowerPC 64-bit (ppc64), PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian (ppc64le), and ARM-hfp (armhfp) compatible machines, CentOS Atomic Host 7.5 (7.1805) is now available to download.

CentOS Atomic Host 7.5 (7.1805) is built from standard CentOS Linux 7 RPMs and the upstream packages included in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7.5 operating system. CentOS Linux is a free and open-source computer operating system for de… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Adds Retpoline M…

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 Adds Retpoline Mitigations for Spectre & Meltdown: Red Hat announced on Tuesday the availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 maintenance update for enterprise customers that still use the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating system series.

Continuing Red Hat’s promise of 10-year lifecycle support for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating system series, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 update addresses critical security fixes and other important issues that might have an impact on businesses. Therefore, it is recommended to update to this release as soon as possible.

“Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 marks the transition from the Maintenance Support 1 lifecycle phase to the Maintenance Support 2 phase,” says Red Hat. “In order to help provide customers with a stable environment for the remainder of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 lifecycle, only critical security fixes and business-impacting urgent issues have been address… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” Installer Updated…

Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” Installer Updated with Linux Kernel 4.16 Support: The Debian Project announced the release of the third alpha build of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series, due for release in mid-2019.

Developed under the Debian Testing umbrella, the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series just received today the third alpha milestone of its installer, which lets people install the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers, servers, and IoT devices, such as the Raspberry Pi.

One of the most interesting changes that caught out eyes is the bump of the kernel support from Linux kernel 4.13, which was used in the second alpha build, to Linux kernel 4.16. Of course, this means that there’s better hardware support, so chances are you’ll be able to install the development version of Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” on newer machines or if you have some exotic components on … (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Android-x86 Project Now Lets You Install Andro…

Android-x86 Project Now Lets You Install Android 8.1 Oreo on Your PC: The Android-x86 project announced on Monday the release and general availability of the first release candidate of the upcoming Android-x86 8.1 update based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

While commercial projects like AndEX, which are derived from the Android-x86 project, already allowed users to install Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system on their personal computers for a little as US $9, Android-x86 just received its first public release candidate build based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

Featuring support for both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures, this first release candidate of Android-x86 8.1 ships with the latest Mesa 18.1.2 graphics stack to enable support for OpenGL ES 3.x hardware-acceleration on Intel, AMD Radeon, and Nvidia GPUs, a… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

First Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Release Candidate Bas…

First Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Release Candidate Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Is Here: The UBports project through lead developer Marius Gripsgard informs Softpedia today on the immediate availability of the first Release Candidate of the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 update for Ubuntu Phones.

The latest Ubuntu Touch update from UBports, OTA-3, was released last year near the Christmas holidays, so it’s been a while since Ubuntu Phone users received some system updates. But if you though Ubuntu Phones are dead, thing again, because the UBports team has been hard at work to bring you the OTA-4, which will be the first to rebase the operating system on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

“The main reason why the arrival of OTA-4 seemed to take so long is because Ubuntu Touch switched its base to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. This is a mammoth milestone for the project, because it allowed us to transition from the unsupported Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet to a Long Term Support (LTS) base,” reads today’s read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

SparkyLinux 5.4 GameOver, Multimedia, and Resc…

SparkyLinux 5.4 GameOver, Multimedia, and Rescue Special Editions Are Out Now: The rollout of the Debian-based SparkyLinux 5.4 “Nibiru” operating system continues today with three more special editions including GameOver, Multimedia, and Rescue.

Released last week on June 11, 2018, the SparkyLinux 5.4 “Nibiru” rolling release operating system was available only as LXQt, MinimalGUI, and MinimalCLI editions. Today, the project launches three more editions, namely GameOver, Multimedia, and Rescue.

“New live/install ISO images of special editions of SparkyLinux 5.4 "Nibiru”: GameOver, Multimedia & Rescue are out. Sparky 5 follows the rolling release model and is based on Debian testing branch “Buster”,“ reads today’s announcement.

Just like the previous editions, these three new special editions of SparkyLinux 5.4 "Nibiru” are also… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

June 19 Has Been Declared National FreeBSD Day…

June 19 Has Been Declared National FreeBSD Day, Happy 25th Anniversary FreeBSD!: The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce today that June 19 has been declared National FreeBSD Day to celebrate the project’s official name 25th anniversary.

Exactly 25 years ago on this day, on June 19, 1993, David Greenman sent an email to one of the mailing lists available at that point in time to suggest “FreeBSD” as the name for the Unix-like operating system used by billions of people all over the world, which continues to have a positive impact on us every single day.

Since then, FreeBSD is known as the free and open-source BSD-based operating system that’s used on the servers of top tech companies including Netflix for movie streaming services, WhatsApp for its amazing messaging services, as well as Sony for its powerful PlayStation 4 gaming console. Even Apple’s macOS is based on BSD.

“As a pioneer in open-sou… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Environment Gets First…

KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Environment Gets First Point Release, over 20 Bugs Fixed: The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the first point release of the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

The KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment launched a week ago as the best release of the acclaimed desktop designed for GNU/Linux distributions, introducing new lock and login screens, redesigned system settings, Plasma Browser Integration, Plasma Discover enhancements, and many other improvements and changes.

Now, users can update their KDE Plasma 5.13 installations to the first point release, KDE Plasma 5.13.1, which brings more than 20 bug fixes across various components, such as Plasma Discover, Plasma Add-ons, Plasma Desktop, Plasma Networkmanager (plasma-nm), KWin, and KDE Hotkeys.

“Today KDE releases a bugfix update to KDE Plasma 5, versioned 5.13.1… (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.7 Brings More Mit…

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.7 Brings More Mitigations Against Spectre Flaws: Porteus Linux developer Tomasz Jokiel announced today the release and general availability of the Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 Gentoo-based operating system designed for public access computers.

Powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.14.50 kernel, Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 is the second release of the operating system in 2018 and comes five months after version 4.6 to introduce more mitigations against the Spectre security vulnerabilities, though the next-gen Spectre flaws require microcode firmware updates for Intel CPUs.

“Newly discovered "Spectre Next Generation” vulnerabilities require updated microcode from Intel which is not available yet. Please consider enabling automatic updates service for your kiosks to receive latest fixes and patches as soon as they become available,“ reads today’s announcement.

Here’s what’s new in Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0

Highlights of the Porteus Kiosk 4.7.0 release include … (read more) via Softpedia News / Linux