Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 “Stretch” and 8.10 “Jessie” Have Been Officially Announced

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Debian Project announced this morning the general availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 and Debian GNU/Linux 8.10 point releases of the Stretch and Jessie series.

While Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 is the third maintenance update to the Stretch series, the latest stable release of the operating system, Debian GNU/Linux 8.10 represents the tenth point release of the Jessie branch, which is the oldstable distribution of Debian since the release of Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch.” Both include the latest security updates published through the official repositories.

“This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available,” reads today’s announcement. “Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packa… (read more)

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Bodhi Linux 4.4 Released with Linux Kernel 4.13, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Bodhi Linux creator Jeff Hoogland announced on Friday the release and general availability of the Bodhi Linux 4.4 operating system.

Bodhi Linux 4.4 comes three months after the Bodhi Linux 4.3 release to add all the latest software updates and security patches from the repositories of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. It’s an incremental update that doesn’t require you to reinstall your system.

“This is a normal update release and it comes three months after the release of Bodhi 4.3.1. Existing Bodhi 4.x.y users do not need to reinstall as the primary goal of this update release is to simply keep the current ISO image up to date,” writes Jeff Hoogland in today’s announcement.

Now powered by Linux kernel 4.13

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Wine 3.0 Just Around the Corner with Direct3D 11 Support for AMD and Intel GPUs

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The highly anticipated Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer for installing and running Windows apps and games on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems just got its first Release Candidate today.

The Wine developers met at the end of October in Poland for the WineConf2017 annual Wine Conference to talk about the next major release, Wine 3.0, and it’s awesome new features like Direct3D 11 and Android support, and promised to release Wine 3.0 to the world by the end of the year.

And today they took the first step towards that promise, releasing the first Release Candidate (RC) version, Wine 3.0 RC1, which enables Direct3D 11 by default for Intel and AMD Radeon GPUs, AES encryption support on macOS, the ability to export registry entries with the reg.exe tool, and Progman DDE support.

Additionally, it implements a task scheduler, adds various improvements to the OLE data cache and to the relay debugging, as well as an extra layer of event support in MSHTML, the pr… (read more)

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Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical released new Linux kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu operating systems addressing a total of nine vulnerabilities discovered by various researchers.

The newly patched Linux kernel vulnerabilities affect Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) ESM (Extended Security Maintenance), as well as all of their official derivatives, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, etc.

They include a use-after-free vulnerability discovered by Mohamed Ghannam in Linux kernel’s Netlink subsystem (XFRM) and inabilit of the Linux kernel to correctly handle copy-on-write (CoW) of transparent huge pages, which affected all the supported Ubuntu releases and their derivatives.

Also fixed is an issue with Linux kernel’s associative array implementation, which sometimes didn’t properly handle adding a new entry, as well as an out-of-bounds read discovered by A… (read more)

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Debian 10-Based Distro DebEX KDE Plasma Now Uses Latest Calamares Installer

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new build of his Debian-based DebEX KDE Plasma distribution that updates the graphical installer to latest Calamares universal installer framework release.

Coming one and a half months after the previous build, DebEX KDE Build 171203 incorporates all the latest package updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” (Debian Testing) and Debian Sid (Debian Unstable) repositories, and updates the KDE components to KDE Development Platform 4.16.0 LTS and KDE Plasma 5:37 as default desktop environment.

It also ships with the Linux 4.13.4 kernel compiled by the developer with extra hardware support, but the biggest change, however, is the replacement of the Refracta Installer with the recently released Calamares 3.1.9 universal installer framework for GNU/Linux distributions, which lets users choose their preferred language when the installation starts.

“I have replaced Refracta Installer with Calamares 3.1.9 Installer F… (read more)

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ReactOS Now Natively Supports More Filesystems Than all Windows OSes Combined

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

A new release of the ReactOS open-source Windows-compatible operating system for computers has been released this week with numerous improvements and an updated user experience.

First introduced in the ReactOS 0.4.5 release, the support for styles created for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system received further enhancements in ReactOS 0.4.7 to reduce visual glitches for several apps, as well as to better handle transparency and messaging.

ReactOS 0.4.7 also implements support for Shell extension and allows users to enable the Quick Launch shell extension manually if they want an early taste of this feature. Furthermore, the devs managed to bring the ReactOS painting process closer to the one of the Microsoft Windows OS.

The Recycle Bin and Clipboard features were improved as well, along with the anti-aliasing text, fixes numerous issue regarding Drag and Drop, and file deletion is now correctly managed when dragging files to Recycle Bin, all to offer users a m… (read more)

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Qt Creator 4.5 Open-Source IDE Improves Android and CMake Support

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

After announcing the release of the Qt 5.10 open-source application framework, The Qt Company released version 4.5.0 of its Qt Creator IDE (Integrated Development Environment) app.

Available for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms, the Qt Creator 4.5 release comes three months after the previous version to add a new UI tool that lets you manage Android SDK packages, as well as to offer better information about various issues with the installed Android SDK, including warnings about missing components or the minimum version of requirements.

“Since Android SDK tools version 25.3.0, there is no UI tool available to manage the Android SDK packages. Because of that, we have added such UI to Qt Creator,” Eike Ziller wrote in the release announcement. “Unf… (read more)

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Debian 10 “Buster” Will Ensure Automatic Installation of Security Upgrades

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Debian Project’s Cyril Brulebois was pleased to announce earlier this week the availability of the second alpha release of the installer for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system.

The Debian Installer Buster Alpha 2 release comes with a few important changes, such as the addition of the unattended-upgrades package by default through the pkgsel component to ensure the automatic installation of security upgrades, as well as the addition of the installation images for the mips64el architecture.

Another important change in this second alpha release of the Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” Installer is that the Linux 4.13 kernel series is now supported for new installations, though you should know it reached end of life last month, so we believe the third alpha of Debian Installer will support Linux kernel 4.14 LTS.

In addition, there’s also support for building the operating syste… (read more)

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Qt 5.10 Released with Qt 3D Studio Graphical Editor, Numerous Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Lars Knoll of The Qt Company announced the general availability of the Qt 5.10 open-source and cross-platform application framework for GNU/Linux, macOS, Android, and Windows operating systems.

Coming six months after the long-term supported Qt 5.9 series, Qt 5.10 is a short-lived branch that introduces new stuff and a bunch of improvements. The biggest new feature of the Qt 5.10 release being the introduction of Qt 3D Studio, a graphical editor that lets you create 3D graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

“Qt 3D Studio consists of both a runtime component that is run in your application and a graphical design tool to design and create the UI. While the tool is a standalone application, the runtime can easily be integrated with the rest of Qt,” said Lars Knoll. “Qt 3D Studio will work with both Qt 5.9 and 5.10.”

Qt 3D Studio is derived from the NVIDIA Drive Design application contributed by NVIDIA for t… (read more)

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Ubuntu-Based Peppermint OS 8 Respin Brings Back Advert Blocker, Adds New Theme

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The developers of the Ubuntu-based Peppermint OS distribution have released today the first respin of the Peppermint OS 8 series.

Launched earlier this year on May 28, Peppermint OS 8 is based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and brought major new features. Now, the Peppermint 8 Respin is here with a bunch of improvements and the latest software releases, including the Nemo 3.4.7 file manager, OpenVPN 2.4.4 VPN implementation, and Linux kernel 4.10.0-40.

“I should probably explain here that some people have suggested the 4.10 kernel series is no longer supported, whilst this may be true for the vanilla kernel please rest assured the Ubuntu 4.10 kernel from the HWE (as used here) is fully supported upstream and will be until you’re automatically rolled onto the 4.13 kernel),” explained Mark Greaves.

What’s new in Peppermint 8 Respin

In addition to t… (read more)

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