Jolla and the Linux-Based Sailfish OS Survive Financial Problems

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The Finish company Jolla has managed to remain in business after a successful financing round, giving hopes to the users that we might yet see new Jolla products in the future.

Jolla is a company formed by people who used to work for Nokia, and they had a dream of building mobile devices powered by a Linux-powered operating system. That OS is named Sailfish, and it gathered quite a following.

There is a need for new operating systems and for a change in the current parad… (read more)

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Calibre eBook Editor and Converter Gets Feature to Export All Data for New Install

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The Calibre eBook reader and editor has been upgraded today and it looks like this is the last release for this year. It’s not a major update, but it does come with a very important feature.

The Calibre developer hasn’t updated the application in a while and we didn’t think that he was going to release a new update in 2015, but it seems that he was just working on an important new feature. It’s something that’s been requested a lot and it looks like it’s finally here.

Pe… (read more)

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Solus 1.0 Linux Launches on the First Day of Christmas with AMDGPU Driver Support

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Josh Strobl from the Solus Project had the enormous pleasure of informing the world about the official release date for the Solus 1.0 Linux kernel-based computer operating system on December 25, 2015.

The development of Solus 1.0 started at the end of 2014, when the first Alpha builds were being distributed to a limited number of people for testing purposes, under the name Evolve OS. A year has passed and Solus 1.0 will finally see the light of day after three Beta builds a… (read more)

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SparkyLinux 4.2 Is Based on Debian 9 “Stretch”, Adds Enlightenment 0.20 and LXQt 0.10

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Earlier today, December 21, the developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux computer operating system had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of SparkyLinux 4.2.

Being based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” (Testing) software repositories, with which it is fully compatible, SparkyLinux 4.2 is the second installment in the 4.x series, bringing a huge number of changes, which include software updates and under-the-hood… (read more)

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Super Mario Bros. Clone SuperTux Gets New Major Release After 10 Years in the Making

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Max Teufel had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the immediate availability for download of a new major update for his awesome SuperTux arcade/adventure game, a clone of Super Mario Bros. featuring Tux the penguin, for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X and Windows operating systems.

SuperTux 0.4.0 is here after more than ten years in development, bringing a great number of improvements and bugfixes, such as a completely rewritten game engine that has been based on the Op… (read more)

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FFmpeg 2.8.4 “Feynman” Out Now for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

On December 20, 2015, the development team behind the leading multimedia framework for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, announced the availability of the fourth maintenance release for FFmpeg 2.8.

According to the brief release notes, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, the FFmpeg 2.8.4 release is now the most advanced, stable FFmpeg version from the 2.8 “Feynman” series, bringing updates to various core components, incl… (read more)

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Linus Torvalds Announces the Sixth Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Release Candidate

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Just a few minutes ago, December 21, 2015, Linus Torvalds had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the sixth RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel.

According to Mr. Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS RC6 is yet another quiet, small and fairly normal development milestone that consists… (read more)

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CentOS 7 Linux Officially Released for Raspberry Pi 2, Banana Pi, and CubieTruck

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Karanbir Singh from the CentOS team had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the CentOS 7 Linux operating system for the ARM hardware architecture.

At the moment of writing this article, the CentOS developers didn’t write any release notes on their website about what new features and optimizations have been implemented in the ARM port of the latest CentOS 7 Linux operating system, except for the very brief announcement posted on their Twitter account… (read more)

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Vivaldi Web Browser Now Adds New Options and Better Fonts for Chinese Users

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

It looks like the development team behind the Vivaldi web browser didn’t stop working on improving the cross-platform software after they released the second Beta build earlier this week.

Based on Chromium 47.0.2526.80, Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.352.3 has been released this weekend and it promises to add various interesting and useful improvements to Chinese-speaking users, such as better fonts, as well as some hot new options for the URL autocomplete behaviour, tab opening posi… (read more)

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Vendetta Online 3D Space Combat Game Now Feels About 40% Faster on Slower PCs

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Guild Software was proud to inform its Vendetta Online customers about the immediate availability of a new important update for the cross-platform 3D space combat massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

According to the release notes, attached at the end of the article, Vendetta Online 1.8.366 is here to add multiple optimizations to the client CPU, which should improve the overall smoothness of the game across all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, M… (read more)

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