GNOME 3.20 to Have Separate X11 and Wayland Sessions in Display Manager

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The third development milestone towards the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, version 3.19.3, should be released later today, which means that more and more of its core components and apps are being updated each hour.

GDM (GNOME Display Manager) was updated just a few minutes ago, December 16, to version 3.19.2, and we’ve managed to take a look at the internal changelog, which, of course, we have attached at the end of the article for reference, for some new features.

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GNOME Control Center Updated for GNOME 3.20 with Redesigned Mouse & Touchpad Panel

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The GNOME developers are working around the clock these days to release the third milestone towards the upcoming GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, so we’ve spotted a few more updated apps on the FTP channel.

The GNOME 3.19.3 development snapshot is scheduled for release later today, December 16, but most certainly, GNOME devs will have to delay it for a day or two due to bugs that need to be fixed in the desktop environment’s core components and applications.

Today, we wou… (read more)

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KDE Applications 15.12 Launches for KDE Plasma 5.5 with Spectacle Screenshot Tool

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

A few moments ago, December 16, 2015, KDE had the great pleasure of announcing the final release and general availability of the KDE Applications 15.12 collection of apps for the KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment.

After one Beta build and a Release Candidate (RC) version, KDE Applications 15.12 launches today for the next-generation KDE Plasma 5.5 desktop environment, which was released last week with dozens of new features, polished functions, and countless bugfixes, upda… (read more)

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Ubuntu Touch OTA 8.5 Arrives with Fix for UI Freezes

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Canonical has just revealed that OTA 8.5 hotfix for Ubuntu Touch has been released and users will begin receiving it during the next 24 hours.

We were expecting to see this new update for Ubuntu Touch land tomorrow or maybe next Monday, but it seems like the Q&A process has been smooth and no new problems have been spotted by developers or the automatic testing process.

This new update is marked 8.5 since it’s a small one and comes at the halfway point between two major … (read more)

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Valve Now Lets Steam Controller Users Carry Their Configurations to Any PC

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Valve continues to improve upon the Steam Controller, and the latest Steam Beta update is further proof that you can’t beat Valve at their own game.

Gamers are used to buying a controller or getting one with the console and just using it as it is. Valve continues to prove that you can do much more with a controller and that users should really expect a lot more from their devices.

New users of the Steam Controller expect to get just that, a controller. Valve doesn’t agre… (read more)

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Firefox 43 Forcibly Disables Unsigned Extensions, Here’s How to Enable Them Back

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The new Firefox 43 has arrived, and we would normally be happy about that. The problem is that Mozilla has finally taken the important step of forcibly disabling add-ons that haven’t been verified, and there is no option to enable them at the user’s peril.

The fact that Mozilla is cleaning house in the Add-on department is a good thing. The developers want to make sure that malicious add-ons don’t make their way onto people’s computers, and that’s a noble idea. Companies us… (read more)

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Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) No Longer Has Online Search for Unity 7

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Canonical is making good on its promises, and it has started to disable the online search functionality in Unity’s dash, for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).

The Ubuntu community has easily received the news that searches in Unity’s dash will no longer trigger online searches. The possibility of turning off this feature has been around for a long time, and it has been done with a single switch from the settings. This didn’t really make Ubuntu users happy, but at least people we… (read more)

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Solus to Launch with Linux Kernel 4.3, Version 1.0 Just Around the Corner

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The Solus operating system is almost in stable form, and the developers are putting the final touches to it. The leader of the project shared details about some of the biggest components in the Linux distribution so that users have a general idea about what to expect.

Solus is a new Linux distribution built from scratch, which in this case means that it’s not based on another one, like Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and so on. This, in itself, is important since there aren’t many … (read more)

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-8.5 Hotfix Lands Today for All Supported Ubuntu Phone Devices

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak has sent his daily report for the day of December 15, 2015, to inform all Ubuntu Phone users about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA software updates.

According to Mr. Zemczak, the testing for the soon-to-be-released OTA-8.5 hotfix is almost finished. This means that the software update should arrive for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices later today, December 16, 2015, but as usual, it will be… (read more)

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