KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5.13 with over 200 Improvements

The KDE Project released today KDE Frameworks 5.49.0, a monthly update of the open-source software suite for the latest stable KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment.

KDE Frameworks consists of more than 70 add-on libraries for the open-source and cross-platform Qt application framework that offers a wide range of commonly needed functionality, as well as many core components and apps that are required for the KDE Plasma desktop environment to function correctly.

For the past several years, new KDE Frameworks versions are published every month in the second Saturday of the month, and KDE Frameworks 5.49.0 is the release the KDE Project prepared for the month of August 2018, bringing various improvements and addressing numerous bugs.

Lots of core components and apps have been updated in KDE Frameworks 5.49.0, including Baloo, KCoreAddons, KHolidays, KI18n, KIO, Kirigami Framework, KNewStuff, KService, KTextEditor, KTextWidgets, KWayland, Plasma Framework, Purpose, Syntax… (read more)

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Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS & 16.04 LTS

Canonical released a new Linux kernel live patch for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating system releases to address various security vulnerabilities for those who use the Canonical Livepatch Service.

Available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), the new kernel live patch fixes a total of five security vulnerabilities, including the recently disclosed critical TCP flaw (CVE-2018-5390) discovered by Juha-Matti Tilli, which could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service.

The rebootless kernel security patch also addresses a vulnerability (CVE-2018-13405… (read more)

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Valve May Soon Release a Native 64-Bit Version of Its Steam for Linux Client

Valve has released today a new stable version of its Steam Client for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms with just two changes, one of which might signal that a native 64-bit version of its Steam for Linux client is in the pipe.

Valve is certainly not the last software developer in the world to still offer 32-bit versions of its applications, but as the world kind of moved to 64-bit apps and operating systems, they will be forced to that too very soon.

Apple already forced their hands with the upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14 operating system, which will be available this fall, by deprecating support for 32-bit apps and urging application developers to move to 64-bit apps.

Valve complied and released a native 64-bit Steam for Mac client along with its recent major Steam Client update that also brought the all-new Chat … (read more)

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openSUSE Leap 42.3 Operating System Support Extended Until June 30, 2019

The openSUSE Project announced this week that they’d extended support for the openSUSE Leap 42.3 operating system with six more months to allow more users to upgrade to the latest openSUSE Leap 15 release.

Launched on July 26, 2017, the openSUSE Leap 42.3 operating system is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12 Service Pack (SP) 3 and the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series. Like previous openSUSE Leap 42 point releases, openSUSE Leap 42.3 was supposed to receive 18 months of support, until January 2019.

However, both the openSUSE Project and parent company SUSE decided to give users more time to upgrade to the latest openSUSE Leap 15 release, which is based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 15 operating system series, by continuing to deliver updates to the openSUSE Leap 42.3 release, and the openSUSE Leap 42 series, for six more months.

“The last minor vers… (read more)

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GNOME 3.30 Desktop Will Finally Bring Automatic Updates, but Only for Flatpaks

The highly anticipated GNOME 3.30 desktop environment will be released in less than a month, and we bet Linux users can’t wait to install it on their favorite GNU/Linux distributions to discover all the new features and enhancements.

One of the coolest, long-anticipated feature coming to the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment this fall is automatic updates. Yes, you’re reading it right, the GNOME Project is enabling automatic software updates for you so you won’t have to worry about if you’re running the latest version of a software or not, but only for Flatpaks at this time.

According to Richard Hughes, the new automatic updates feature has been implemented in the GNOME Software package manager and will be available as part of the GNOME 3.30 release this fall, enabled by default only for Flatpak apps, the universal binary format for Linux-based operating systems, along with … (read more)

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LibreOffice 6.1 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The Document Foundation announced today the official release and general availability for download of the LibreOffice 6.1 open-source office suite, the second major update of the LibreOffice 6 series introduced in early 2018, for all supported platforms.

LibreOffice 6.1 has been in development for the past six months and it’s not ready to conquer your Linux, Mac, or Windows office workstations with new features like revamped image handling functionality that’s significantly faster and smoother, especially when opening documents created in Microsoft Office.

LibreOffice 6.1 also adds a new Page menu and re-organizes the menus of the Draw component for better consistency across the different modules, improves the EPUB export filter with additional options for customizing metadata and better support for links, images, tables, footnotes, and embedded fonts.

The Base component also received a major improvement, namely that the Firebird database engine is now enabled by … (read more)

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Purism’s Privacy-Focused Librem 5 Linux Phone to Look Beautiful with GNOME 3.30

Purism is keeping us up-to-date with the development of their upcoming Librem 5 privacy and security-focused Linux-powered smartphone, which should hit the streets in January 2019.

The development teams behind the Librem 5 phone have no time for a summer vacation as they’re working day and night to bring you that Linux phone you’ve dreamed for so long. In a recent report, Purism said that Librem 5 would look beautiful, and that’s mostly because of the new icon theme created by their design team specifically for the forthcoming GNOME 3.30 desktop environment.

“The Librem 5 will look beautiful but that doesn’t come without effort. Lately, our design team has been hard at work on a new icon style for GNOME 3.30 that will be u… (read more)

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DebConf19 Debian GNU/Linux Conference to Take Place July 21-28, 2019, in Brazil

The Debian Project’s developer conference for 2019, DebConf19, will be hosted in the city of Curitiba, Brazil, and it will take place between July 21 and July 28, 2019.

Curitiba is the capital of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, a beautiful city with numerous attractions. To celebrate 11 years since the first DebConf Debian developer conference was first held in South America, the Debian Project announced earlier this year that next year’s DebConf event would be hosted in Curitiba, Brazil.

And, now, Debian Project’s Laura Arjona Reina announced over the weekend the dates when the developer conference will take place. Therefore, DebConf19 will take place from July 21 to July 28, 2019, but the usual Debian Open Day event is scheduled a day … (read more)

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Ubuntu and Debian Stretch Receive Linux Kernel Security Update to Fix TCP Flaw

Canonical and Debian Project released new Linux kernel security updates for their supported operating systems to address a critical vulnerability affecting the TCP implementation.

Discovered and reported by security researcher Juha-Matti Tilli, the security flaw (CVE-2018-5390) could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service on affected machines by triggering worst-case code paths in Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) stream reassembly that has low rates using malicious packets.

“Juha-Matti Tilli discovered that the TCP implementation in the Linux kernel performed algorithmically expensive operations in some situations when handling incoming packets. A remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service,” reads Canonical’s latest security advisory for Linux kernel.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 60 Released with New Dark & Light Themes, Many Improvements

Mozilla released today the Mozilla Thunderbird 60 open-source email, calendar, and news client for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

In development for the past several months, the Mozilla Thunderbird 60 release is a major one adding numerous new features and improvements, including new Light and Dark themes, OAuth2 authentication support for Yahoo and AOL accounts, individual update interval for RSS feeds, and support for WebExtension themes.

Attachments handling during email compose has been greatly improved in Mozilla Thunderbird 60, which adds a new “Delete” button in the To/Cc/Bcc selector when writing emails to allow you to remove a recipient. Also, users can now re-order attachments using drag and drop, keyboard shortcuts, or a dialog.

This release also introduces new “Edit Template” and “New Message from Template” commands, the ability to change the Spellcheck Language directly from the statusbar, FIDO U2F support,… (read more)

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