Firefox 43 Forcibly Disables Unsigned Extensions, Here’s How to Enable Them Back

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The new Firefox 43 has arrived, and we would normally be happy about that. The problem is that Mozilla has finally taken the important step of forcibly disabling add-ons that haven’t been verified, and there is no option to enable them at the user’s peril.

The fact that Mozilla is cleaning house in the Add-on department is a good thing. The developers want to make sure that malicious add-ons don’t make their way onto people’s computers, and that’s a noble idea. Companies us… (read more)

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Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) No Longer Has Online Search for Unity 7

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Canonical is making good on its promises, and it has started to disable the online search functionality in Unity’s dash, for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).

The Ubuntu community has easily received the news that searches in Unity’s dash will no longer trigger online searches. The possibility of turning off this feature has been around for a long time, and it has been done with a single switch from the settings. This didn’t really make Ubuntu users happy, but at least people we… (read more)

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Solus to Launch with Linux Kernel 4.3, Version 1.0 Just Around the Corner

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The Solus operating system is almost in stable form, and the developers are putting the final touches to it. The leader of the project shared details about some of the biggest components in the Linux distribution so that users have a general idea about what to expect.

Solus is a new Linux distribution built from scratch, which in this case means that it’s not based on another one, like Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and so on. This, in itself, is important since there aren’t many … (read more)

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-8.5 Hotfix Lands Today for All Supported Ubuntu Phone Devices

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Ɓukasz Zemczak has sent his daily report for the day of December 15, 2015, to inform all Ubuntu Phone users about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA software updates.

According to Mr. Zemczak, the testing for the soon-to-be-released OTA-8.5 hotfix is almost finished. This means that the software update should arrive for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices later today, December 16, 2015, but as usual, it will be… (read more)

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) Updates to Linux Kernel 4.3.3, Tracks Linux 4.4 RC5

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury has announced the availability of a new installation of the weekly Ubuntu Kernel Team Newsletter, which informs Ubuntu Linux users about the latest work done by the Ubuntu kernel developers.

Therefore, we can report today that the Ubuntu kernel devs have managed to update the Linux kernel packages of the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system on the recently released Linux 4.3.3 kernel, which is now the latest stable and most … (read more)

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Tails 1.8 Linux OS Adopts Icedove, Edward Snowden’s Favorite Anonymous Live CD

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Just a few moments ago, the development team behind the Tails amnesic incognito live Linux kernel-based operating system, which was used by the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden to stay hidden online, announced the release of Tails 1.8.

According to the release notes, Tails 1.8 is a small update for the popular, Debian-based anonymous Live CD, improving a few applications and core componen… (read more)

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Zero-Day GRUB2 Vulnerability Hits Linux Users, Patch Available for Ubuntu, RHEL

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

According to Canonical’a latest Ubuntu Security Notice, it would appear that there’s a zero-day security vulnerability in the GRUB2 (GNU GRand Unified Bootloader) packages, affecting all GNU/Linux distributions running 2.02 Beta.

The security flaw was discovered by developers Ismael Ripoll and Hector Marco in the upstream GRUB2 packages, which did not correctly… (read more)

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Mesa 11.1 3D Graphics Library Launches with Support for New Hardware and Drivers

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Today, December 15, Collabora’s Emil Velikov has once again had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final release of the Mesa 11.1 3D Graphics Library software for GNU/Linux operating systems.

Prominent features of Mesa 11.1 include enablement and support of new hardware, such as Freedreno, a305, Stoney and RadeonSI, support… (read more)

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