Escuelas Linux Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Major Release, Here’s What’s New

Alejandro Díaz from Escuelas Linux wrote to us that his project reaches a major milestone this year, the 20th anniversary, so what better way to celebrate this moment but with a new release.

Continuing the Edubuntu legacy of delivering Linux-based operating systems and Open Source software projects to schools and other educational institutions around the world, Escuelas Linux 6 has been released earlier this month with major improvements and new features. The biggest highlights of this release being the availability of dedicated English language ISO images for non-Spanish users.

“Escuelas Linux 6 as a massive amount of improvements, but one of them is key around Softpedia,” said Alejandro Díaz. “And, at this point came your help, that above improvement would not be worth the effort if English language people are not aware of our existence. In fact, we recognize that most downloads from non-Spanish language countries are due to your nice articles about us.”

Previou… (read more)

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Open-Source AMDGPU and ATI Linux Graphics Drivers Updated with New Features

Michel Dänzer, the maintainer of the open-source X.Org graphics drivers for ATI/AMD Radeon GPUs supported by the “amdgpu” and “radeon” Linux kernel drivers, announced the release of xf86-video-ati 18.1.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 18.1.0.

While not major updates, the xf86-video-ati 18.1.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 18.1.0 releases bring several new features that should boost the performance of your AMD Radeon or ATI graphics cards on various GNU/Linux distributions. Both releases are compatible with X.Org Server versions 1.13 to 1.20, the latest available right now.

Highlights of xf86-video-amdgpu 18.1.0 include support for advanced color management functionality and support for X11 colormaps and gamma correction when X.Org Server runs at depth 30. Both features can be used with the new AMDGPU DC (Display Code) feature implemented in Linux kernel 4.17 or later.

On the other hand, the xf86-video-ati 18.1.0 open-source graphics driver is here to address random screen corrupti… (read more)

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You Can Now Run Android 8.1 Oreo on Your PC with Microsoft/Windows 10 Launchers

Developer Arne Exton released today a new version of his Android-x86 fork AndEx that lets you run Google’s Andriod 8.1 Oreo mobile operating system on your personal computer.

The biggest changes of the AndEX Oreo 8.1 build 180918 release is that it now includes not one, not two, but three pre-installed launchers to make your Android experience more fun on your PC. These include Microsoft Launcher, Windows 10 Launcher, and OO Launcher, an enhanced Android Oreo-style launcher with lots of useful features.

Additionally, the developer addressed various bugs and updated several components to make sure everything works out of the box. For example, Google Play Store now works as intended, and users will find the Aptoide App Manager pre-installed as an alternative package manager they can use to install Android apps on their PCs.

Also included there’s the GAPPS (Google Apps) package that gives users access to various of Google’s services, including Google Play Services, G… (read more)

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BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Now Has More Than 2000 Hacking Tools

The BlackArch Linux penetration testing and ethical hacking computer operating system now has more than 2000 tools in its repositories, announced the project’s developers recently.

Used by thousands of hundreds of hackers and security researchers all over the world, BlackArch Linux is one of the most acclaimed Linux-based operating systems for hacking and other security-related tasks. It has its own software repositories that contain thousands of tools.

The OS is based on the famous Arch Linux operating system and follows a rolling release model, where users install once and receive updates forever, or at least until they do something that can’t be repaired and need to reinstall.

BlackArch Linux now has more than 2000 hacking tools

Earlier this month, the team of developers behind BlackArch Linux took to Twitter to proudly announce that there are now over 2000 ethical hacking and penetration testing tools in the main software repositories, a majo… (read more)

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Debian Outs Updated Intel Microcode to Mitigate Spectre V4 and V3a on More CPUs

The Debian Project released an updated Intel microcode firmware for users of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system series to mitigate two of the latest Spectre vulnerabilities on more Intel CPUs.

Last month, on August 16, Debian’s Moritz Muehlenhoff announced the availability of an Intel microcode update that provided Speculative Store Bypass Disable (SSBD) support needed to address both the Spectre Variant 4 and Spectre Variant 3a security vulnerabilities.

However, the Intel microcode update released last month was available only for some types of Intel CPUs, so now the Debian Project released an updated version that implements SSBD support for additional Intel CPU models to mitigate both Spectre V4 and V3a on Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” systems.

“This update ships updated CPU microcode for additional models of Intel CPUs which were not yet covered by the Intel microcode update released as DSA-4273-1 (and thus provides SSBD support (needed to address… (read more)

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Canonical Announces Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Extended Security Maintenance

Canonical announced today that it would extend its commercial Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) offering to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series starting May 2019.

Last year on April 28, 2017, when the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system series reached end of life, Canonical announced a new way for corporate users and enterprises to receive security updates if they wanted to keep their current Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installations and had no plans to upgrade to a newer LTS (Long Term Support) release. The offering was called Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) and had a great success among businesses.

Now, after almost five years since its release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is also approaching end of life, which will happen next spring on April 30, 2019. Therefore, Canonical announced today that it plans to extend the ESM pr… (read more)

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Canonical Releases Ubuntu 18.04.1 Desktop Image Optimized for Microsoft Hyper-V

Canonical has announced today the availability of an optimized Ubuntu Desktop images in the Microsoft Hyper-V gallery for Windows 10 Pro users who want to try out the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Based on the latest Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver) release, the new Ubuntu Desktop image is now available for installation from the Microsoft Hyper-V gallery on Windows 10 Pro computers. It comes with a pre-configured xRDP server for communication with Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) protocol for allowing Windows 10 Pro users to experience the full Ubuntu Desktop running in Hyper-V as a virtual machine.

“Our friends over at Microsoft have worked with XRDP upstream to add support for their Enhanced Session Mode, which provides tight integration between a Windows host and the Ubuntu virtual machine running in Hyper-V. The next obvious… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Enters Beta with New Features, Improvements

Today, the KDE Project announced the beta release of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems, a major release that adds new features and lots of improvements across several core components.

Now that the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment series reached end of life, it’s time for a new major release, KDE Plasma 5.14, which promises a plethora of new features, including a much-improved Plasma Discover graphical package manager that now features firmware update capabilities, support for accessing channels for Snap apps, and the ability to see an app’s package dependencies.

It also now lets users display and sort apps by release date, notifies users when a new software update replaces existing packages with others, and offers users to the install the Flatpak backend when at… (read more)

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm Is Out Now for Linux and macOS

UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today the availability of the Life is Strange: Before the Storm adventure video game for the Linux and macOS platforms.

Developed by Deck Nine and published by Square Enix, Life is Strange: Before the Storm was launched on August 31, 2017, as the second installment in the BAFTA award-winning franchise. The all-new three-part standalone story features new and beautiful artwork set three years before the events of the first Life is Strange game.

The game follows the adventures of Chloe Price, which is the main character in Life is Strange: Before the Storm, a rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber. The Life is Strange: Before the Storm episodic graphic adventure video game is now finally playable on Linux and macOS platforms, thanks to Feral Interactive, via Steam.

“You play as Chloe Price, a rebelliou… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop Reaches End of Life, KDE Plasma 5.14 Arrives October 9

The KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment has reached end of life with the last maintenance update, KDE Plasma 5.13.5, released last week for all existing users.

KDE Plasma 5.13.5 arrived a week ago, on September 4, 2018, as the last point release for the short-lived KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment series, which won’t receive further updates or security fixes. It brought a total of 35 changes across various core components and apps.

“Plasma 5.13 was released in June with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience. This release adds a month’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important,” reads the announcement.

Highlights of the KDE Plasma 5.13.5 point release include support for updating the wallpaper every single day in the Picture of the Day feature, the ability to prevent paste operations in the scr… (read more)

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