Canonical Makes It Easy to Install Unity7 on Ubuntu 17.10, GNOME Remains Default

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

It looks like Unity 7 is not dead yet, as Canonical’s Will Cooke is now informing the community that the Ubuntu Desktop team has been working lately on making it easier for users to install the Unity 7 session and related packages on Ubuntu 17.10.

According to his latest report, Will Cooke says that there’s now a new unity-session package installed in the latest daily builds of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, a fork of the old ubuntu-session package, to allow users to install a Unity 7 session alongside the default GNOME Shell one.

“We’ve migrated ubuntu-session to a new unity-session package. This means that the default session is GNOME Shell and people can install Unity 7 and its related p… (read more)

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How to Install Ubuntu 17.04 with GNOME on Your Chromebook, Alongside Chrome OS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Last year when I got my Acer Chromebook 11 (C740), I wrote a tutorial to teach you guys how to remove Google Chrome OS and install a GNU/Linux distribution of your choice, but things got boring.

So after a few months, I reinstalled Chrome OS using a recovery image that Google provides on their website for this sort of things, which I wrote on a USB flash drive and booted from my Chromebook. Recently, I got bored again, and so I decided to install Ubuntu on my Acer Chromebook 11 (C740) using Crouton.

Why? Because of a friend who came one day at a meeting we had with his laptop, a Dell Chromebook 13, on which he ran Ubuntu Linux alongside Chrome OS. It was really cool to see him switch so easily between the two operating systems with a simple keyboard shortcut that it made me wanna do the same.

There are a lot of tutorials out there explainin… (read more)

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Canonical Outs Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 16.04 and 14.04 to Fix Stack Clash

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Benjamin M. Romer announced that a new kernel livepatch is now available for users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating systems using the service, addressing the recently disclosed “Stack Clash” vulnerability.

As reported this week, Canonical already managed to update the kernel packages of all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases, including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), and Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) patching multiple security flaws, including CVE-2017-1000364.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets Qt 5.9, Linux Kernel 4.11.6, and MP3 Out-Of-The-Box

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system are getting a lot of the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software applications lately as a total of seven snapshots were released this week.

openSUSE Project’s Douglas DeMaio is back to report that openSUSE Tumbleweed is now powered by the latest Linux 4.11.6 kernel, and the GStreamer multimedia framework was updated to the major 1.12 series, adding out-of-the-box MP3 decoding support in the distribution.

“A total of seven openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots featuring new software were released this week,” says Douglas DeMaio. “GStreamer 1.12.0 fixed several bugs in the 20170618 snapshot and enabled mpg123, which provides the out-of-the-box functionality for… (read more)

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LibreOffice 6.0 to Automatically Update Itself on GNU/Linux, but There’s a Catch

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

LibreOffice developer Markus Mohrhard recently announced that his work on the new automatic updater for the upcoming LibreOffice 6.0 office suite for Linux is finally ready to see the light of day.

In his latest blog announcement, the developer reveals the fact that he’s been working on the LibreOffice automatic updater for the past year, finally bringing the same feature that macOS and Windows users have enjoyed for so long to GNU/Linux distributions.

Currently implemented in the latest 64-bit daily builds of the LibreOffice 6.0 office suite and created on a machine running the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12.2 operating system, the new automatic updater uses delta updates to update the application to the latest version available on LibreOffice’s servers.

“I’m finally ready to announce LibreOffice daily builds for Linux that integrate our new auto… (read more)

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SparkyLinux 4.6 Released as First GNU/Linux Distro Based on Debian 9 “Stretch”

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Polish developers behind the Debian-based SparkyLinux GNU/Linux distribution were proud to announce today the general availability of the final SparkyLinux 4.6 release codenamed Tyche.

SparkyLinux 4.6 is the latest stable and most advanced version of the distro, which was in development for the past several months, based on the Debian Testing (Stretch) repositories. But now that the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system has hit stable, the SparkyLinux devs were quick to promote their OS to the stable channel too.

“There are new live/install ISO images of SparkyLinux 4.6-STB “Tyche” available to download. This is the first SparkyLinux edition based on Debian stable line 9 codename “Stretch”. SparkyLinux “Home” edition provides a fully featured operating system with two lightweight desktops: LXDE and Xfce,… (read more)

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GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Development Continues, New Milestone Is Out Now

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Matthias Clasen has informed the community via an email announcement that the third milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is now ready for public testing.

After a one day delay, GNOME 3.25.3 is now available, and it’s the third development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment that could be used by default in popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) or Fedora 27, both due for release later this year. It brings a bunch of updates and new features to several of its components and apps.

“Another development release in the 3.26 cycle, GNOME 3.25.3, is now available. If you want to compile GNOME 3.25.3 by yourself, you can use the jhbuild modulesets available here: https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.25.3,” say… (read more)

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