Ubucon Europe 2018 Ubuntu Conference Announced for 27-29 April in Xixón, Spain

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The organizers of the Ubucon Europe conference for Ubuntu Linux users, contributors and developers announced the official dates next year’s Ubucon Europe 2018 event.

Don’t pack your bags just yet for the next Ubuntu conference, but at least you should mark your calendars for April 27, 28, and 29 of 2018, when the Ubucon Europe 2018 conference will take place. Where? The event will be held in Spain this time, in the city of Xixón, at the municipal facilities of Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto.

“Ubucon Europe 2018 will be held this year in Xixón, Spain on 27, 28 and 29 April 2018 in the Spanish city of Xixón at the municipal facilities of the Antiguo Instituto. For further information please write to ubuconeurope2018 AT gmail.com,” wrote the organizers in a tweet earlier this morning.

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Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distro to Get a New Look with Debonaire Desktop Theme

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Q4OS team informs Softpedia today on the general availability of a new desktop theme for the Trinity Desktop Environment used in their Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution.

Q4OS is a small GNU/Linux distribution based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE). It’s explicitly designed to make the Microsoft Windows to Linux transition accessible and more straightforward as possible for anyone.

Dubbed Debonaire, the new desktop theme uses dark-ish elements for the window titlebar and panel. Somehow it resembles the look and feels of the acclaimed Arc GTK+ theme, and it makes the Q4OS operating system more modern than the standard look offered by the Trinity Desktop Environment.

“We introduce a new visual desktop theme called “Debonaire,” wrote the Q4OS developers in a forum post. “Debonaire is marked as testing at the moment. However, it’s fully … (read more)

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Hackable Text Editor Atom 1.23 Adds Better Compatibility for External Git Tools

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GitHub released Atom 1.23, the monthly update of the open-source and cross-platform hackable text editor application loved by numerous developers all over the world.

Including a month’s worth of enhancements, Atom 1.23 comes with the ability for packages to register URI handler functions, which can be invoked whenever the user visits a URI that starts with “atom://package-name/,” and a new option to hide certain commands in the command palette when registering them via “atom.commands.add.”

Atom 1.23 also improves the compatibility with external Git tools, as well as the performance of the editor by modifying the behavior of several APIs to no longer make callbacks more than once in a text buffer transaction. Along with Atom 1.23, GitHub also released Teletype 0.4.0, a tool that allows developers to collaborate simultaneously on multiple files.

“The transaction is a construct that Atom uses to group changes so that they can be undone and redone as… (read more)

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Canonical Announces Certified FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Packages for Ubuntu 16.04

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical announced on Wednesday the availability of officially certified FIPS 140-2 cryptographic packages for the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series through its Cryptographic Module Validation Program.

Level 1 FIPS 140-2 cryptographic packages can now be purchased for your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system through Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage service or as a separate, standalone product. Ubuntu Advantage subscribers can already find the FIPS-compliant modules in the Ubuntu Advantage private archive if they use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) on their PCs.

North Point Defense’s Alex Stuart states that they are using Ubuntu Linux, along with FIPS 140-2 validated software, to keep both their customers and developers happy, but also to minimize transition cost. The FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) modules also i… (read more)

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GIMP 2.9.8 Open-Source Image Editor Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GIMP 2.9.8, a development version towards the major GIMP 2.10 release, was announced by developer Alexandre Prokoudine for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows.

GIMP is one of the most popular open-source and free image editors and viewers, used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. While still working on the new features of the GIMP 2.10 stable release, the development team pushed yet another development build that introduces a bunch of improvements and a highly-anticipated feature, on-canvas gradient editing.

“First of all, it pretty much eliminates the need for the old Gradient Editor dialog, as all of the dialog’s features are now available directly on the canvas,” write Alexandre Prokoudine in the announcement. “You can create and delete color stops, select and shift them, assign colors to color stops, change blending and coloring for segments between color … (read more)

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Server Edition of Fedora 27 Linux Is Finally Here, but It Lacks Modularity

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Three weeks after the launch of the Fedora 27 Linux operating system, the Fedora Project announced the release of Fedora 27 Server edition, but it’s not what you might have expected.

Fedora Project released the latest version of the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Linux operating system, Fedora 27, last month on November 14. Users were able to download Fedora 27 Workstation and Atomic Host editions, as well as any other flavor from the official Fedora Labs, Fedora Spins, and Fedora ARM projects.

The team decided not to release a Fedora 27 Server edition at that time because they wanted to get the pulse of the community for a new Server flavor called Fedora Modular Server, which was available as a beta release when Fedora 27 was announced last month, offering modularity to the Fedora Server operating system.

But it looks like the modularity aspect wasn’t welcomed in the Fedora Linux community, so t… (read more)

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SparkyLinux Operating System Launches for Raspberry Pi, Based on Debian Stretch

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

SparkyLinux developers have released the SparkyLinux 4.7 operating system for ARMhf hardware architectures supported on Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

This is the first release of the Debian-based SparkyLinux operating system to come to the tiny Raspberry Pi SBCs, most probably supporting both Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computers. The ARMhf port of SparkyLinux was in development for the last couple of months.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system, SparkyLinux 4.7 for ARMhf includes all the Raspberry Pi scripts and packages, and it’s distributed in two flavors, a graphical version using the lightweight Openbox window manager and a text-based Lite edition that lets you customize the OS as you see fit.

Here’s what’s included in SparkyLinux 4.7 for Raspberry Pi

The SparkyLinux 4.7 for Raspberry Pi operating system received a bunch of improvements since the last development release, and it’s now po… (read more)

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Fedora 25 Linux Operating System Reached End of Life, Upgrade to Fedora 27

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

As of December 12, 2017, the Fedora 25 Linux operating system is no longer supported and it won’t receive further updates or security patches as it reached end of life.

Fedora 25 Linux was released last year on November 22, and will be remembered as the first release of the GNU/Linux distribution to adopt the next-generation Wayland display server by default for its Workstation edition using the acclaimed GNOME desktop environment.

Fedora Project usually provides updates for each Fedora Linux release until a month after the second succeeding version of the operating system is released. Fedora 25 received thirteen months of support, and now that Fedora 27 Linux is out as of November 14, 2017, users need to upgrade.

Fedora 25 will no longer receive any software updates or security patches, which means that it will soo… (read more)

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BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Gets Linux Kernel 4.14.4, Updated Installer

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The developers of the Arch Linux-based BlackArch Linux ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system have released a new ISO snapshot with the latest updates and security patches.

Coming hot on the BlackArch Linux 2017.11.24 ISO snapshot released two weeks ago with more than 50 new hacking tools, the BlackArch Linux 2017.12.11 ISO images are now available to download incorporating the latest version of the BlackArch Installer utility, which fixes a few critical bugs.

The bugs were related to a login loop and the supported window managers, and they are now fixed in BlackArch Installer 0.6.2, which is included in the BlackArch Linux 2017.11.24 ISO snapshot. Also included is the Linux 4.14.4 kernel and many of the latest system updates and security patches released upstream.

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System76 Enables HiDPI Support on All of Their Linux Laptops and Desktops

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

System76 informed Softpedia today on the general availability of a brand new HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) daemon for all of their Linux laptops and desktops that enables support for HiDPI displays.

We reported last week on the upcoming support for HiDPI displays coming to System76’s for its Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux distro, and it didn’t take long for them to release the new daemon that would enable HiDPI support on all of its laptops and desktops where Ubuntu or Pop!_OS Linux is installed.

HiDPI support was becoming an urgent necessity for System76 as more and more customers started asking for assistance in setting up their displays. And while the Wayland display server isn’t yet mature enough to be adopted by all GPU vendors and completely replace X.Org, there was a need for a compromise.

It took them a while, b… (read more)

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