Linux Mint-Based feren OS Gets Upgraded to Linux Mint 18.2, USB Boot Improved

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The developers of the feren OS GNU/Linux distribution based on the popular Linux Mint operating system announced the release of August 2017’s snapshot ISO with many enhancements and updated components.

The biggest change in this month’s feren OS snapshot is that the entire system was rebased on the recently released Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” operating system, which, in turn, is based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distro. Additionally, the release improves USB boot support and removes a few apps.

The removed apps can be installed manually from the “Recommended Apps” section of distro’s Welcome Screen, which received a major update. Support for Nvidia GPUs was improved as well, especially when running the OS directly from the live medium, thanks to the implementation of a new “No Mode Set” setting during boot.

“Just look for the ‘No Mode Set’ option in the boot menu of the Live CD if you can’t boot from the other options and/or have Nvidia drivers,” said the … (read more)

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Canonical Unveils the Ubuntu Dock, Here’s What It Looks Like on Ubuntu 17.10

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Ubuntu contributor and Open Source developer Didier Roche had the pleasure of revealing today the Ubuntu Dock, Canonical’s modification of the Dash to Dock extension for the GNOME desktop environment of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 operating system.

We gave you a first glimpse of the Ubuntu Dock the other day, and we were wondering if Canonical will place the dock on the left side of the screen or at the bottom. Well, today’s revealing confirms that it’s on the left, similar to the location of the Unity Launcher in current stable Ubuntu Linux releases.

“Today is the day. After upgrading (and all things migrating), our new Ubuntu Dock should be installed by default and activated in your Ubuntu artful session. Note that of course, this is part of the GNOME Shell ubuntu mode and not enabled in the GNOME vanilla session,” … (read more)

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Ubuntu MATE Devs Need Your Help to Fix a Critical Bug in Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Martin Wimpress and the devs behind Ubuntu MATE, an official flavor of the widely-used Ubuntu operating system, have discovered a critical bug in the GVFS (GNOME Virtual File System) component and they need your help before they can fix it.

However, the bug is not limited to Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS or its Caja file manager, as GVFS is an open-source software used by numerous projects, including but not limited to the popular Nautilus file manager used by default in any GNOME-based GNU/Linux distro, such as Ubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, and Fedora Linux.

“There is a bug in GVFS in Ubuntu 16.04. GVFS is the thing that Caja and Nautilus use to access/manipulate files. Currently in Ubuntu MATE 16.04 moving any more than a few files either completely freeze up the file manager or slows it down to a crawl. This bug is not limited to just Ubuntu MATE and Caja,” reads the bug report… (read more)

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KDE Applications 17.08 Officially Out, More Apps Were Ported to KDE Frameworks 5

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The KDE Project is pleased to announce the release and general availability of the KDE Applications 17.08 software suite primarily designed for KDE Plasma 5 desktop environments, but also compatible with other desktops and window managers.

KDE Applications 17.08 has been in development since mid-July 2017, and it received both a Beta and an RC build that users could test on their GNU/Linux distros if they had access to these pre-release packages. But the final release is now officially out and it’s coming soon to the repos of your favorite operating system.

“We have worked to make both the applications and the underlying libraries more stable and easier to use. By ironing out wrinkles and listening to your feedback, we have made the KDE Applications suite less prone to glitches and much friendlier. Enjoy your new apps,” reads the release announcement.

Here’s what’s new in KDE… (read more)

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Looks Like Debian GNU/Linux Runs on Quite a Few Mobile Devices, Including Pyra

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Debian Project’s W. Martin Borgert reports today that work on making the famous and widely-used Debian GNU/Linux operating system run on various mobile devices continues these days.

During the DebConf17 Debian Conference event that took place from August 6 to August 12, 2017, in Montréal, Canada, more than 50 Debian contributors and developers gathered to discuss the future of the open source operating system on mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and even handheld computers.

“Work on Debian for mobile devices, i.e. telephones, tablets, and handheld computers, continues. During the recent DebConf17 in Montréal, Canada, more than 50 people had a meeting to reconsider opportunities and challenges for Debian on mobile devices,” said W. Martin Borgert in a blog post published earlier today.

Here are the mobile devices that Debian GNU/Linux runs on

Among the devices t… (read more)

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Canonical Invites You to Test Out the Chromium Web Browser Snap on Ubuntu Linux

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Olivier Tilloy has put out a call for testing for what it would appear to be the very first Chromium Snap package for Ubuntu Linux and other Snappy-enabled distros.

Snap is a universal binary format created by Canonical to allow for easy distribution of third-party, proprietary apps across all supported Ubuntu releases, as well as other GNU/Linux distributions. It also enables users to have the latest version of an app installed on their computers.

The first version of the Chromium Snap allows users to easily install the open-source Chromium web browser. The package is now available for installation from the Snappy Store and users have access to both the stable and beta channels, which include Chromium 60 and Chromium 61 Beta, respectively.

Here’s how to install the Chromium Snap on your Linux PC

If you’re running a Snappy-enabled Ubuntu release, or a GNU/Linux distro that allows you to install Snap packages, it’s easy to install the … (read more)

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Raspbian Linux OS for Raspberry Pi Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch”

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

As of Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released new installation images of its Debian-based Raspbian Linux operating system rebased on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” series.

About two months ago, Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Simon Long reported on a new stable update of the Raspbian operating system for both Raspberry Pi and x86 computers. Those appeared to be the last images based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” as the company announced plans to rebased Raspbian on the latest Stretch series.

Released on June 17, 2017, Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” is Debian Project’s latest and most advanced stable operating system, and now, both Desktop and Lite (Minimal) images of Raspbian Linux OS, dated 2017-08-16, are based on Debian Stretch, running the Linux 4.9 kernel.

What’s new in Raspbian 201… (read more)

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