Librem 5 Privacy-Focused Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Ends with $2 Million

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Purism announced today that the crowdfunding campaign of its Librem 5 security- and privacy-focused free and open-source Linux smartphone has successfully ended with $2 million.

Librem 5 was successfully crowdfunded about two weeks ago when it surpassed its goal of $1.5 million, but the campaign continued to run, and now it appears to have gathered half million dollars more, ending with $2 million, which we believe is more than enough to build world’s first truly free mobile device.

Powered by PureOS, Purism’s own GNU/Linux distribution based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux operating system, but focused on offering users a privacy-focused and more secure desktop solution, Librem 5 will be using KDE’s Plasma Mobile and GNOME’s GNOME Shell user interfaces, along with powerful open source software.

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System76 Unveils First Release of Pop!_OS Linux Distro, Based on Ubuntu 17.10

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

System76, the maker of Linux-based computers, is proud to announce the first-ever release of Pop!_OS Linux, its own GNU/Linux distribution based on Canonical’s Ubuntu OS.

Based on the recently released Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, the first release of Pop!_OS Linux was focused on offering System76 users a refreshed and entirely new GNU/Linux desktop experience. The distro comes built-in with all the drivers you need for your System76 computers, along with numerous other improvements and small tweaks.

“We believe the computer and operating system are the most powerful and versatile tools ever created. Desktop operating systems have moved too far toward the casual user,” said System76. “We’re building an OS for the software developer, maker, and computer science professional who uses their computer as a tool to discover and create.”

Uses GNOME as default desktop environment

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Librem 5 Linux Phone to Include Nextcloud’s End-to-End Encrypted File Storage

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Purism and Nextcloud announced partnership to bring Nextcloud’s end-to-end encrypted file sync and sharing services to Purism’s mobile and desktop computing products.

Purism is the maker of privacy- and security-focused computing devices, and they successfully manage to partner with big Open Source names like KDE and GNOME for delivering the best desktop solutions to its upcoming Librem 5 Linux smartphone.

Librem 5 will be a versatile device offering numerous open-source software products, among which we can mention Nextcloud’s file sync and share solution, enabling end-to-end encryption cloud storage support.

“Partnering with Purism gets our software directly into the hands of customers, making their lives easier with security and privacy protection built-in,” says Jos Poortvliet, Co-founder and Head of Marketing at Nextcloud… (read more)

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Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 Releases for Chinese Linux Users with Own Video Player, More

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Ubuntu Kylin team was pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 for Chinese Linux users as part of the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

Coming with the same internals of Ubuntu 17.10, the Ubuntu Kylin 17.10 release adds improvements to the desktop environment and featured applications. It’s powered by the latest Linux 4.13 kernel, which features asynchronous I/O improvements, SMB 3.0 as default protocol for CIFS mounts, and several EXT4 enhancements.

Its MATE-based UKUI desktop environment received a brand-new icon theme, Start Menu optimizations, adjustments to the lockscreen setting page and control panel layout, as well as various improvements to the file manager, including new “Unzip” and “Open by Terminal” functions in the right-click context menu.

A “Recent files” entry was also implemented in… (read more)

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Wine 2.0 Gets Third Stability Update with Improvements for Adobe Premiere, More

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) compatibility layer for running Windows apps and games on GNU/Linux and UNIX-like operating system received a new stability update for the latest Wine 2.0 branch.

Wine 2.0.3 comes three months after the previous maintenance release and includes compatibility fixes for the FreeType 2.8.1 open-source font engine and some bug fixes to improve support for various Windows applications and games. According to the changelog, a total of 37 bugs were squashed for this update.

Among the Windows apps that received improvements in Wine 2.0.3, we can mention Adobe Premiere, Kingsoft WPS Office 2013, Notepad++, PureBasic, ACDSee Pro 10, Guitar Pro 7, BitLord, and Sound Recorder. A make error was also patched for Debian GNU/Linux x86_64 systems running Linux 4.9.30-2kali1 kernel.

Rise of the Tomb Raider and Lost Horizon get improvedread more)

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Linux OS Patched Against WPA2 KRACK Bug, GCC 6 Now Removed

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

If you’re using the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system, you should know that one of the latest snapshots removed the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 packages from the default install and patched it against the WPA2 KRACK security vulnerability.

Developer Douglas DeMaio is informing the openSUSE community that Tumbleweed snapshot 20171017 removed GNU Compiler Collection 6 from the repositories, which means that you won’t be able to use them to compile applications from sources. Instead, you can now use the latest GCC 7, which is the default compiler.

The same snapshot also patched the operating system against the WPA2 KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attack) security vulnerability that puts virtually any device that connects to the Internet and uses the WPA2 security protocol at risk. Therefore, openSUSE Tumbleweed users are… (read more)

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GNOME 3.28 Linux Desktop Environment Development Kicks Off with First Snapshot

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GNOME developer Javier Jardón is kicking off the development of the GNOME 3.28 desktop environment with the first snapshot, GNOME 3.27.1, which is now available for public testing.

With a three-day delay, the GNOME 3.27.1 milestone has been released this past weekend for early adopters to give us a first glimpse of what’s coming to the GNOME 3.28 desktop environment, due for release on March 14, 2018. The focus for this release has been on porting more apps to the Meson build system.

“GNOME 3.27.1, the first unstable release in the 3.28 development cycle, is now available. The porting of more modules to meson continues (which is great!), but It’s still causing some problems for some modules,” said Javier Jardón. “If you want to compile GNOME 3.27.1 by yourself, you can use the JHBuild modulesets.

Not many apps and core components are included in the GNOME 3.27.1, which comes with new versions of the GNOME Builder, Evolution, Epiphany, Baobab, GTK+, Mutter, GNOME S… (read more)

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