You Can Now Run Ubuntu 18.04 on Raspberry Pi 3 with BunsenLabs’ Helium Desktop

If you plan on trying something new on your brand new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ tiny computer, developer Arne Exton announced today the availability of a new version of his Ubuntu-based RaspEX OS featuring the Helium Desktop from BunsenLabs Linux.

RaspEX Build 181010 is now available for Raspberry Pi users, made specifically for the latest Raspberry Pi model, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, and featuring the super fast and lightweight Helium Desktop from the Debian-based BunsenLabs Linux distribution, a continuation of the acclaimed CrunchBang Linux.

The new RaspEX BunsenLabs build remains based on the latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series, using packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” and Linaro open source software for ARM SoCs. RaspEX is compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

“I’ve made a new extra version of RaspEX with BunsenLabs Helium Desktop. BunsenLabs Openbox Desktop is even faster than LX… (read more)

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GNOME Plans to Retire Application Menus from the GNOME 3.32 Desktop Environment

Once again, the GNOME Project wants to change the way its beloved GNOME desktop environment functions, and it has recently announced plans to retire the application menus from the next major release, GNOME 3.32.

With the recent release of the GNOME 3.30 “Almería” desktop environment, which already got its first point release and hit the stable repositories of some of the major GNU/Linux distributions, GNOME 3.32 “Taipei” has now entered development and the first milestone should hit the testing channels later this week.

We don’t know much about the new features and improvements coming to the GNOME 3.32 desktop environment, due for release next year on March 13, 2019, but i… (read more)

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CentOS 6 and RHEL 6 Get Important Kernel Security Update for FragmentSmack Flaw

CentOS maintainer Johnny Hughes and Red Hat announced the availability of an important Linux kernel security update for the CentOS Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating system series that addresses two vulnerabilities.

According to the RHSA-2018:2846 and CESA-2018:2846 security advisories, the new kernel security update is marked as “Important” by Red Hat’s security team as it patches two security vulnerabilities (CVE-2018-5391 and CVE-2018-14634) discovered in the Linux kernel packages for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and CentOS Linux 6 operating system series.

The first security flaw addressed in this important kernel update is CVE-2018-5391, a security vulnerability known as FragmentSmack and discovered in the way Linux kernel … (read more)

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Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” Gets New Kernel Patch to Fix Two Security Flaws

The Debian Project published a new linux security advisory to inform users of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system series about a new kernel security patch that fixes two vulnerabilities.

Coming just a week after the latest major kernel security update for Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch,” the new Linux kernel security patch is here to address a flaw (CVE-2018-15471) discovered by Google Project Zero’s Felix Wilhelm in the hash handling of Linux kernel’s xen-netback module, which could result in information leaks, privilege escalation, as well as denial of service.

“Felix Wilhelm of Google Project Zero discovered a flaw in the hash handling of the xen-netback Linux kernel module. A malicious or buggy frontend may cause the (usually pri… (read more)

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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Tactical Legacy Pack DLC Out Now for Linux and macOS

As promised, UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive released today the Linux and macOS port of the XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Tactical Legacy Pack DLC on Steam.

The XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Tactical Legacy Pack is a massive downloadable content (DLC) for the XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion pack for the XCOM 2 turn-based tactics video game. It brings two new gameplay modes, Legacy Ops and Skirmish Mode, as well as an Offline Challenge Mode.

It also adds new soundtrack options, new weapons and armor, a total of 28 new maps, including remastered maps and scenes from XCOM: Enemy Within and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, as well as new customization and Photobooth options to equip your soldiers with new helmets and attitudes.

“Now available for macOS and Linux, the Tactical Legacy Pack honors the legacy of the XCOM series with a collection of new game modes, maps, weapons, armors, and Photobooth, soundtrack, and customization options,” Feral Interactive wrote i… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.14 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The KDE Project announced today the general availability of the KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems, a major release that brings new features and improvements.

Coming about four months after the release of the KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment, which reached end of life last month with the 5.13.5 point release, KDE Plasma 5.14 is here with a lot of goodies for all KDE fans. New features include a Display Configuration widget for screen management during presentations, built-in speaker test feature in the Audio Volume widget, and support for SSH VPN tunnels in the Network widget.

The way users switch between their primary monitor and a secondary one is now smoother in KDE Plasma 5.14, which finally brings support for importing existing encrypted files from a Plasma Vault. Other enhancements include better LibreOffice compatibility for the Task Manager, user-switching in the lock screen for better security and usability, and a new … (read more)

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Canonical Releases Important Ubuntu Kernel Live Patch to Fix L1TF, SpectreRSB

Canonical released a new kernel live patch for all its supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems to address several critical security vulnerabilities discovered by various researchers lately.

Available for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series, the new Linux kernel livepatch is rolling out now to all subscribers of the Canonical Livepatch Service. It patches a total of seven security flaws, including the well-known L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF)/Foreshadow and SpectreRSB vulnerabilities.

The two L1FT vulnerabilities fixed in this new kernel livepatch are CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646, but it also addresses a flaw that reduced the effectiveness of Spectre Variant 2 mitigations for paravirtual guests (read more)

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Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 Is Now Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.5 “Stretch”

Patrick d’Emmabuntüs informs Softpedia today about the availability of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 1.03 release of the Debian-based open-source operating system.

Coming about five months after the release of version 1.02, Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 2 has been updated over the weekend to version 1.03, which is now available for download. It’s a bugfix release based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.5 “Stretch” operating system and featuring a mix of performance improvements, software updates, and cosmetic enhancements.

“This update is released to improve the current Emma DE2 by adding some functional, ergonomic as well as cosmetic features. This version anticipates what will be the next Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 3, based on the coming Debian 10, of which we plan to release an Alpha or Beta version in February-March 2019 time frame,” sa… (read more)

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Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 18 Released with Linux Kernel 4.18, Faster Boot

Alexander Tratsevskiy announced the release of Calculate Linux 18, a major version of his Gentoo-based operating system targeting the Russian Linux community.

Coming ten months after Calculate Linux 17.12 New Year’s Eve release, Calculate Linux 18 brings faster boot times to the live ISO images, ports all the in-house built Calculate Utilities to the latest Qt5 application framework, adds a new way for managing network connections, and updates most of the core components and apps.

“We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 18! In this latest version, Calculate Utilities were ported to Qt5, your network is managed in a different way, and binary packages get checked using their index signature,” developer Alexander Tratsevskiy wrote in the release announcement.

Here’s what’s new in Calculate Linux 18

Among the new features included in Calculate Linux 18, we can mention ea… (read more)

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KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop Environment Will Start Faster, Bring More Improvements

In the latest Usability & Productivity weekly report, KDE developer Nate Graham reveals some of the improvements and new features coming to the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications 18.12 and KDE Frameworks 5.51 software suites.

Now that work on the KDE Plasma 5.14 desktop environment, due for release tomorrow, October 9, 2018, is almost done, the development team is now concentrating their efforts on the next major release, KDE Plasma 5.15, by making various performance improvements and adding new features to the core apps and components.

According to Nate Graham’s latest report, the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment will start a little bit faster, with 100ms, compa… (read more)

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