SolydXK 9 Linux Distributions Enter Beta Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch”

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The developers of the Debian-based SolydX and SolydK GNU/Linux distributions announced today that the upcoming SolydXK 9 stable release entered Beta phase with Live ISO images available now for public testing.

Based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system, SolydXK 9 promises to add a new look and feel to both SolydX and SolydK variants by implementing light or dark themes that users can choose during first boot or afterward.

For SolydXK 9, the developers worked on a graphical user interface for the in-house built Solydxk Systems tool, which now lets users encrypt their partitions, select the closest repositories to their location, hold back packages from upgrade, localize or cleanup their system.

It also looks like Soly… (read more)

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Linux Kernels 4.4.74 LTS and 3.18.58 Fix Memory Leaks and Add More Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Only two days after releasing the Linux 4.11.7 and 4.9.34 LTS kernel updates, Greg Kroah-Hartman is today announcing the availability of new maintenance releases for the long-term supported Linux 4.4 and 3.18 kernel series.

Linux kernels 4.4.74 LTS and 3.18.58 are now available, shipping more than a week after their previous point releases to add various improvements and stability fixes to supported drivers, architectures, and filesystems. According to their appended shortlogs (here and here), a total of 50 files were changed in Linux kernel 4.4.74 LTS, with 253 insertions and 228 deletions, and Linux kernel 3.18.58 changes a total of 53 files, with 353 insertions and 271 deletions.

“I’… (read more)

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Security-Focused Purism Librem 13 & 15 Linux Laptops Go Mainstream with Qubes OS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Purism, the social purpose corporation focused on designing and manufacturing privacy-conscious hardware and software products, announced the general availability of their security-focused Purism Librem 13 and 15 laptops.

Until recently, both Purism Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops were available only as made-to-order, which means that those who wanted to purchase either model would have to order it first and then wait a few months until the device arrived. And now, the company finally managed to scale the production to hold inventory of the laptops.

“Since it first launched as a crowdfunding project in 2015, Purism has raised more than $2.5 million through crowdfunding and seed funding, and has been experiencing 38% and 35% average monthly growth over the last 12 months for its Librem 13” and 15” laptops, respectively,” reads the read more)

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Nuvola Player 4.5 Integrates Progress & Volume Bars in Google Play Music, Deezer

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Jiří Janoušek was pleased to announce the release of Nuvola Player 4.5, a new stable update to the 4.x series of the open-source cloud music player for GNU/Linux desktops.

The Nuvola Player project is designed as a wrapper for various cloud music services that runs as a web-based interface in a standalone app that fully integrates with your Linux desktop’s elements, such as the system tray area, notifications system, dock menu, and even Ubuntu’s sound menu.

New features included in the Nuvola Player 4.5 release are the integration of the progress and volume bars for both Google Play Music and Deezer cloud music services, thanks to the implementation of new APIs that let users seek an audio stream to any position and change the volume.

“Web app scripts which use this feature can not only provide track length & position and current volume but also allow a user to change that remotely, e.g…. (read more)

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GStreamer 1.12 Open-Source Multimedia Framework Gets Its First Point Release

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The GStreamer development team announced the availability of the first point release of the GStreamer 1.12 stable series of the popular and widely-used open-source and cross-platform multimedia framework.

Even if it comes about one and a half months after the GStreamer 1.12.0 release, the 1.12.1 update is a small one that contains only bugfixes. These include improvements to the Meson build system, a fix for a memory leak on the gstptpclock related to the delay request message release, leaving the timeout source referenced.

Leaks also appear to have been fixed in the registrychunks component under utils/, which were discovered in failed cases, and GStreamer 1.12.1 addresses incorrect escaping of the path in the gst_uri_construct functi… (read more)

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Linux Kernel 4.12 Could Launch on July 2 as Linus Torvalds Announces Last RC

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Those wanting to always run the latest Linux kernel on their GNU/Linux distributions will be happy to learn that the Linux 4.12 series is almost here and could launch as soon as next week, on July 2, 2017.

In a mailing list announcement, Linus Torvalds informed the community about the availability of what it appears to be the last RC (Release Candidate) of Linux kernel 4.12, which he considers a fairly small patch that doesn’t bring any huge surprises. Therefore, the final release of the Linux 4.12 kernel series could arrive next week.

“It’s fairly small, and there were no huge surprises, so if nothing untoward happens this upcoming week, this will be the final RC,” says Linus Torvalds. “But as usual, I reserve the right to just drag things ou… (read more)

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Debian Devs Urge Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake Users to Disable HyperThreading

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Debian developer Henrique de Moraes Holschuh is warning users of the popular GNU/Linux distribution about a new security flaw that affects Intel’s 6th and 7th generation Skylake and Kaby Lake processors supporting HyperThreading.

Affecting all operating systems types, the issue has a huge impact on all of the Intel CPUs from the 6th and 7th generation, including desktop, mobile, embedded, and HEDT (High-End Desktop), as well as related server processors from the Xeon 5 and Xeon 6 series and select Intel Pentium processor models.

Debian Project appears to be the first to issue a warning for its users using the Debian GNU/Linux operating system on their computers powered by Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake processors with HyperThreading enabled, urging them to immediately disable the feature from the BIOS or UEFI settings or update the processor microcode.

“This defect can, when triggered, cause unpredictable system behavior: it could cause spurious errors, such as applic… (read more)

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