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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Lenovo Will Finally Offer Automatic Firmware Updates to Linux-Powered Computers

Open Source software and GNOME developer Richard Hughes announced today that Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo had recently joined the LVFS (Linux Vendor Firmware Service) initiative in an attempt to offer Linux users automatic firmware updates.

According to Richard Hughes, who officially welcomed Lenovo to LVFS, tens of thousands of Linux users will soon receive automatic firmware updates in the coming weeks either through the GNOME Software graphical package manager or by running the fwupdmgr update command in a terminal emulator.

In the coming months, hundreds of thousands of Linux users will also receive automatic firmware updates for their Lenovo computers as the team of developers behind the Linux Vendor Firmware Service initiative will move numerous Lenovo models from the testing channels to the stable ones.

“Bringing Lenovo to the LVFS has been a lot of work. It … (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Lets You Upgrade Your Computer’s Firmware

Based on the latest Qt 5.11 open-source application framework and the forthcoming KDE Frameworks 5.50 software suite, due for release on September 8, the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment promises yet another set of new feature and improvements.

One of the coolest new features of the KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment, as developer Nate Graham notes in his latest usability and productivity report, is the ability to upgrade your computer’s firmware through the Plasma Discover graphical package manager, which is installed by default and helps KDE Plasma users update their GNU/Linux distributions and KDE applications.

The ability to upgrade your computer’s firmware recently landed in the Plasma Discover package manager and was implemented by developer Abjiheet Sharma. KDE Plasma 5.14 looks to be the first release of the open-source desktop environment… (read more)

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Netrunner Linux Gets Summer Release with Latest KDE Plasma 5.13 Desktop, More

The developers behind the Netrunner Linux operating system announced over the weekend the availability of a new Rolling release with all the latest KDE technologies and recent software updates.

Netrunner Rolling 2018.08 is here as the second installment for 2018, incorporating the KDE Plasma 5.13.3 desktop environment, along with the KDE Applications 18.04 and KDE Frameworks 5.48 software suites compiled against the Qt 5.11.1 application framework, as well as the Firefox Quantum 61.0 web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 52.5 email and news client, and Krita 4.1.1 digital painting app.

“Despite the hot summer in most of Europe, the Netrunner Team is happy to announce the immediate availability of Netrunner Rolling 2018.08 – 64bit ISO,” reads today’s announcement. “2018.08 comes with some new Plasma Theme that has some transparency built in to allow for experimenting with the new Blur options. It also features a new default wallpaper style, because… why not.”

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Here’s GNOME Games 3.30 Beta Running on the GPD Win Windows-Based Game Console

GNOME Games developer Adrien Plazas recently demoded the upcoming GNOME Games 3.30 release on his GPD Win Windows-Bbased game console.

GNOME Games is an open-source application developed as part of the popular GNOME desktop environment to let users easily browse and play their games. GNOME Games not only lets you browse your local game library, but also those you installed via Valve’s Steam game distribution platform, as well as retro games.

The upcoming GNOME Games 3.30 release will ship with a bunch of new and exciting features, including an updated and refreshed user interface for faster loading time of your games collection, support for Virtual Boy games, as well as support for axes to map to buttons in the gamepad mapping wizard.

Moreover, GNOME Games 3.30 will add the ability to set the keyboard to gamepad mapping directly from the Controllers setting page, improve the Libretro backend with support for setting .options keyfiles listing options during initial… (read more)

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