Qubes OS Security-Focused Operating System Now Supports Librem Linux Laptops

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Purism, the computer reseller specialized in selling Linux laptops, reports that the latest version of the Qubes OS security-focused desktop operating system can now be installed without any issues or warnings on its Librem laptop series.

Last year, Purism started shipping coreboot-enabled Librem laptops, and it received some interesting feedback from customers who bought them and attempted to install early release candidate images of the Qubes 4.0 operating system, reporting that the Qubes OS installer complained about IOMMU support.

Apparently, IOMMU support wasn’t available in Intel’s Skylake processors that powered Purism’s Librem laptops, but it’s supported by the coreboot firmware, formerly known as LinuxBIOS, so the company had to update its laptops to the latest coreboot release, which lets users install Qubes OS 4.0 without any warnings.

“Starting with Qubes 4.0, the installer wil… (read more)

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux and Mac, Ported by Feral Interactive

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Feral Interactive announced today that it started ported the Rise of the Tomb Raider dramatic action-adventure game featuring the gorgeous Lara Croft for the macOS and Linux platforms.

Initially released in early November 2015 for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One gaming consoles, and a year later for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console, Rise of the Tomb Raider was available for the PC master race only on the Microsoft Windows operating system since January 2016.

Using the latest Vulkan (on Linux) and Metal 2 API (on macOS) graphics technologies, the superb and thrilling Rise of the Tomb Raider adventure game is currently being ported by Feral Interactive, an UK-based video games publisher known for porting Tomb Raider 2013, to Mac and Linux platforms.

“In Rise of the Tomb Raider, play as Lara Croft and explore the most ancient and remote regions of the world to uncover the secret of immortality,… (read more)

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KDE Plasma Linux Desktop Is No Longer Vulnerable to USB Attacks, Update Now

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The KDE Project released a new major version of their widely-used Plasma desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions, a release that adds numerous new features and fixes security vulnerabilities.

One important security vulnerability fixed in the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment is a USB exploit that could allow a local attacker with physical access to the unpatched computer to execute arbitrary commands if the malicious USB flash drive was mounted via the removable device notifier function and contained certain characters in its volume label.

“When a vfat thumbdrive which contains “ or $() in its volume label is plugged and mounted trough the device notifier, it’s interpreted as a shell command, leaving a possibility of arbitrary commands execution. an example of offending volume label is “$(touch b)” which will create a file called b in the home folder,” reads the read more)

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You Can Now Run Android 8.1 on Your PC with Apps from Google Play Store

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

A new update of the AndEX Oreo 8.1 computer operating system, a clone of the Android-x86 project, has been released, promising to let users install Android apps from the Google Play Store.

Previous releases of AndEX Oreo 8.1, which lets you install Google’s latest Android 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system on your personal computer, didn’t actually let users install Android apps from Google Play Store, but using a third-party package manager called Aptoide App Manager.

Developer Arne Exton has recently informed us about the availability of a new AndEX Oreo 8.1, build 180202, which apparently makes the Google Play Store works as intended, allowing users to install their favorite Android apps without relying on a third-party application management tool.

In addition, the latest AndEX Oreo 8.1 release comes with not on… (read more)

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Linus Torvalds Kicks Off Linux 4.16 Development with More Spectre/Meltdown Fixes

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has kicked off the development of the next major kernel branch, Linux 4.16, with the first release candidate build, giving users a first look at the new changes.

It’s been two weeks since the release of the Linux 4.15 kernel series, the first to come with the complete set of patches against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities that affect billions of devices, but only for x86 and PowerPC (PPC) architectures, which means that the merge window for Linux kernel 4.16 is now closed.

Therefore, the development cycle of the Linux 4.16 kernel kicks off with the first release candidate, which is now available for public testing, and it looks like it will be a quiet one as there aren’t any major patches pending or anything out of the ordinary, but not a major release either, according to Linus Torvalds.

“I don’t want to jinx anything, but things certainly look a lot better than with [Linux] 4.15. We have no (known) nasty surprises p… (read more)

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Canonical Invites Ubuntu Linux Users to Test Video Playback in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Daniel Van Vugt, a member of the Ubuntu desktop team, is inviting users running the development release of the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system to test and give feedback on the video playback performance.

While Canonical already implemented hardware-accelerated video playback support for Intel CPUs in the current release of the operating system, Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), it would appear that plan on extending it to other types of processors, display servers, and video players.

In a recent call for testing, Canonical urges those who are already running the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system on their personal computers to test the video playback performance with apps like MPV or Totem (GNOME Videos), as well as the Wayland or Xorg display servers, and report any issues.

“If you are now using Ubuntu 18.04, then we are int… (read more)

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How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu or Linux Mint

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

LibreOffice 6.0 is the most significant update ever to the open-source office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide, and it’s easy to install on the popular Ubuntu and Linux Mint operating systems.

While users of various rolling GNU/Linux distributions, such as Arch Linux, openSUSE or Solus, can already install the major LibreOffice 6.0 office suite directly from the official software repositories of their distros, that’s not the case for Ubuntu or Linux Mint, as users have to rely on third-party repositories or the official packages.

Luckily, The Document Foundation provides Debian/Ubuntu packages for all LibreOffice releases, so it’s quite easy to install the latest version on your Linux computer if you’re using a Debian-based distro like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. They also provide a regularly maintaine… (read more)

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Daily Builds Now Use Xorg by Default Instead of Wayland

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical announced today that it switched the daily build ISOs of its upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system to use the older X.Org Server display server by default instead of the more secure and modern Wayland.

The decision to switch the display server from Wayland back to Xorg by default for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver” was taken a few weeks ago when Canonical’s Director of Ubuntu Desktop Will Cooke said the main reasons are the inability for Wayland to support screen sharing and remote desktop services, as well as recoverability from GNOME Shell crashes.

As of today, the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS daily builds are using Xorg as default display server, but you can still use the Wayland session if you manually select it from the login screen. “The default session has now been switched back to use Xorg by default. Wa… (read more)

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LibreOffice 6.0 Gets First Point Release to Improve Security and Robustness

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

A bit earlier than expected, the first point release of the LibreOffice 6.0 open-source and cross-platform office suite popped up today on the official channels for all supported platforms, along with the fifth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.4 series.

LibreOffice 6.0.1 and 5.4.5 are now available for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms with various bug and regression fixes. While a total of 75 issues were fixed in the first point of LibreOffice 6.0, the LibreOffice 5.4.5 update addresses about 69 bugs across several components of the open-source office suite. Also, the LibreOffice 6.0.1 includes an important security patch.

“Although members of the LibreOffice core development team were attending FOSDEM in Brussels to talk about LibreOffice and meet the FOSS community, they have immediately reacted to… (read more)

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VLC 3.0 “Vetinari” Officially Released as Biggest Update Ever, Here’s What’s New

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

After many months of hard work, VideoLAN announced today the release and general availability of the VLC 3.0 open-source media player for all supported platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Dubbed “Vetinari,” VLC 3.0 is probably the biggest update ever of the VLC Media Player application used by millions of computer and mobile users worldwide. It comes with numerous modern features and technologies, including support for Apple’s iPhone X, 360-degree video playback, 3D audio support, and HDR video support.

VLC 3.0 also supports 4K and 8K playback by enabling hardware decoding by default, supports 10bits videos, allows audio passthrough for HD audio codecs, can play BD-J Blu-Ray Java menus, supports browsing of NAS (Network-attached storage) and local network drives like FTP, SFTP, and SMB, as well as streaming to Google Chromecast devices.

Here’s what’s new in VLC 3.0(read more)

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