Ubuntu 17.10 Won’t Ship with Upstart and CGManager as Unity 8 Is Being Dropped

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Dimitri John Ledkov informs the Ubuntu Linux and Ubuntu Touch communities that the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system will drop support for the Upstart init daemon and CGManager project.

Both Upstart and CGManager were key components for the next-generation Unity 8 user interface that Canonical built for its mobile and convergence vision. Unfortunately, as you already know, Unity 8 will no longer be developed, nor the Unity 7 interface for that matter, as future Ubuntu releases move to GNOME 3.

Previous Ubuntu Linux releases shipped with Upstart and CGManager, but the projects were kept in maintenance mode as they were only used for the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS and the Unity 8 desktop session to provide user session supervisor, as well as to implement application lifecycle.

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This Custom Android-x86 Build Puts Android 7.1.1 on Your PC, with Linux 4.11 RC7

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton was happy to announce the release of a new build of his custom built Android-x86 project that lets uses runs the latest Android mobile operating system on their personal computers.

Dubbed AndEX Nougat 7.1.1, the project was recently updated to build 170426, after it received a few revisions at the end of last week, specifically builds 170423 and 170422, both of which added most of the changes, updated packages, and improvements listed below.

Shipping with either the Linux 4.11 RC7, Linux 4.10.11, or Linux 4.4.62 LTS kernels, AndEX Nougat 7.1.1 Build 170427 comes with the GAPPS (Google Apps) package … (read more)

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Clear Linux Announces Intel Clear Containers 2.1.6 with Docker 17.04.0 Support

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Clear Linux’s Kent Helm was proud to announce the release and general availability of Intel Clear Containers 2.1.6, a maintenace update that promises to improve compatibility with recent Docker releases, but also adds various bug fixes.

In terms of compatibility, Intel Clear Containers 2.1.6 adds support for Docker 17.04.0-ce open-source container engine, which updates its development to be on par with the enterprise edition of Docker, as well as to lay the groundwork for Intel Clear Containers to become a plugin for Docker’s enterprise edition.

Intel Clear Containers 2.1.6 also improves compatibility with the CRI-O (Container Runtime Interface) project and Kubernetes CRI by fixing pod containers’ runtime list, the intra-pod containers volume support, the addition of CRI-O integration tests, as well as the ability to create cgroups for both containers and pods.

It adds support for OCI Runtime… (read more)

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Oracle Outs VirtualBox 5.1.22 and 5.0.40 Maintenance Releases to Fix ALSA Issues

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Oracle released two new maintenance updates of its open-source and cross-platform virtualization software, VirtualBox 5.1.22 and VirtualBox 5.0.40, for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows.

Both VirtualBox 5.1.22 and VirtualBox 5.0.40 are bugfix releases that come about ten days after the launch of the previous updates, in this case VirtualBox 5.1.20 and VirtualBox 5.0.38. They include pretty much the same changes with small exceptions.

The common changes of both releases are fixes for two potential, rare hang and crash storage issues, both of which occurred under rare circumstances. Notable here is that the rare crash could occur when during various file maintenan… (read more)

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Kirigami 2.1 Open-Source Framework for Convergent Mobile and Desktop UIs Is Out

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

KDE’s Paul Brown announced the general availability of version 2.1 of the open-source Kirigami UI framework for producing convergent user interfaces for mobile and desktop environments.

Kirigami 2.1 is here three and a half months after the launch of Kirigami 2.0 as the project’s most mature version to date. Prominent features include ItemViewHeader, a standardized title for ListViews, which can be customized with a background image that uses a parallax effect when scrolled and the header is adjusted accordingly. Multiple behaviors can be set for this component.

Kirigami 2.1 also ships with ApplicationItem, a root element that can be used for QML applications that are a hybrid of QML and QWidgets, allowing the main view to be either QQuickWidget or QQuickView, as well as PageRow, a public element that can be used directly in any application, for any context.

“In fact, today’s release has benefited from the feedback from the Subsurface Mobile community — the most … (read more)

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It’s Official: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Linux OS Reached End of Life

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical, through Adam Conrad, informed us today that the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system is now officially dead, reaching end of life on April 28, 2017.

If you’re still using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on your desktop or server systems, it’s time to upgrade to a newer, supported release. You can choose to upgrade to either Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), which will be supported for two more years, until April 2019, or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), supported until April 2021.

“This is a follow-up to the End of Life warning sent last month to confirm that as of today (April 28, 2017), Ubuntu 12.04 is no longer generally supported. No more package updates will be accepted to the 12.04 primary archive, and it will be copied for archival to old-releases.ubuntu.com in the coming weeks,” said Adam Conrad.

Canonical offers Extended Security Maintenance for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

If you don’t want to upgrade to a newer Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Sup… (read more)

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Wine 2.7 Has Improvements for Adobe Photoshop CS6, iTunes & Direct3D 11 Shaders

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Wine 2.7 development release was just released today, April 28, 2017, coming about two weeks after the previous milestone to fix various bugs reported by users lately with some Windows games and apps, as well as to add more improvements.

Prominent features of Wine 2.7 include support for UDP and TCP connections in the WebServices component, better support for HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) settings, support for the latest versions of OSMesa, more Direct3D 11 shader improvements, partial re-implementation of the GLU library, as well as better window management on macOS operating systems.

Bug fixes are present for a bunch of Windows games, including Need for Speed: Carbon demo, Stronghold 2, Purge, DiRT 3, Quantum Of Solace demo, The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy XIV, Nox (GOG), Transc… (read more)

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