Debian-Based Slax 9.4 Linux OS Adds Easier App Install Method, More Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Slax creator Tomas Matejicek announced today the release and immediate availability of Slax 9.4.0, an incremental update to his Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution that introduces new features and improvements.

The most prominent change in the Slax 9.4 release is a new method for installing apps, which makes it a breeze for newcomers to install popular Linux apps, but only if the developer will add a placeholder for them in the distribution’s app drawer (see the attached screenshot for details).

According to the developer, Slax will now show launchers for not-installed apps, which, when clicked, they will fetch and install the respective application from the official software repositories. The first such app installer are available for the VLC Media Player and VoteCoin anonymous cryptocurrency wallet.

“Most noticable change is addition of launchers for not-installed applications – the app will download and install on the first run,” said the developer. “Feel free … (read more)

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System76 Adds Nvidia Titan V GPU Support to Its Ubuntu-Based Pop!_OS Linux OS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Value-added computer reseller System76 announced today that it brings support for the powerful Nvidia Titan V graphics card to the next major release of its Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux distribution.

The company is currently working hard on Pop!_OS Linux 18.04, a release that’s based on Canonical’s upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system and built around the GNOME desktop environment. One essential feature of the next Pop!_OS Linux release appears to be support for Nvidia’s Titan V GPUs.

“We now have support for the NVIDIA Titan V, one of the most powerful GPUs on the market today! One of the value adds we do as a company is the ability to quickly incorporate support for new hardware. It’s available in our latest ISO if you want to check it out,” said System76 in their latest read more)

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Ubuntu’s Snapcraft Snap Creator Gets Better AppStream Integration, Base Support

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical’s Snapcraft team announced over the weekend the release of Snapcraft 2.40, an incremental update to the open-source tool used for packaging Linux apps as Snaps for Ubuntu other Snap-enabled GNU/Linux distros.

Snapcraft 2.40 comes with a bunch of goodies for application developers who want to package their apps as Snaps for easy deployment across multiple Linux-based operating systems, including Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, Fedora, openSUSE, Arch Linux, Solus, and Gentoo Linux.

Among the new features and improvements implemented in this release, we can mention initial support for bases to possibly target a new core base snap, for example, which is done by adding the “base: ‘newcore'” entry to your snapcraft.yaml configuration file (where ‘newcore’ represents the new core base snap version).

“You should ideally be running snapcraft from 18.04 to test this feature. Keep in mind that there is still no transparent cleanbuild … (read more)

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GNOME 3.30 “Almeria” Desktop Environment Slated for Release on September 6, 2018

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The GNOME Project announced today the availability of the official release schedule for the next major release of their widely-used GNOME desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

While most of the Linux community hasn’t yet managed to install the recently released GNOME 3.28 desktop environment on their favorite GNU/Linux distributions, the GNOME developers are already focusing on the next major release, GNOME 3.30, which was slated for release this fall on September 6, 2018.

Development of the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment, which is dubbed “Almería” after the host city where this year’s GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) event is taking place between July 6-11, will kick off next month with the firs… (read more)

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Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Will Ship in June, Pre-Installed on the Mintbox Mini 2 PCs

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Linux Mint project announced today details about the second-generation Mintbox Mini PC, along with the expected release date of the upcoming Linux Mint 19 “Tara” operating system.

If you’re a Mintbox Mini user, you should know that Mintbox Mini 2 is currently in the works and it’s coming this summer. It will be based on the Compulab Fitlet2 tiny computer, which suggests that Compulab is once again behind the production of the Mintbox Mini PCs, and will have better specifications and more features.

Compared to the first generation Mintbox Mini, Mintbox Mini 2 features dual-band antennas, two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD slot, audio and micro jacks, and a Kensington lock that’s now available on the right side. Two programmable LEDs are present as well in the front, and the unit is as silent as you’d want it to be.

“Just as before, the unit is completely silent and it has no fans or moveable parts. It’s also dust and h… (read more)

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Node.js Is Now Available as a Snap on Ubuntu, Other GNU/Linux Distributions

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Node.js, the widely-used open-source and cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment for executing server-side JavaScript code, is now officially available as a Snap package for the Linux platform.

Now that Linux is the preferred development platform for developers visiting Stack Overflow, the need for running the latest versions of your favorite programming languages, frameworks and development environments has become more and more important, and Canonical’s Snappy technologies are the answer.

NodeSource, the organization behind Node.js, announced today they made a Snap package to allow Linux developers to more easily install the popular JavaScript runtime environment on their operating systems. Snap is a containerized, universal binary p… (read more)

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Linux More Popular than Windows in Stack Overflow’s 2018 Developer Survey

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Stack Overflow, the largest and most trusted online community for developers, published the results of their annual developer survey, held throughout January 2018.

More than 100,000 developers participated in this year’s Annual Developer Survey, which included several new topics ranging from ethics in coding to artificial intelligence (AI). The results are finally here and reveal the fact that some technologies and operating systems have become more popular than others in the past year.

According to the survey, JavaScript remains the most used programming language for the six years in a row, back-end developer is the most common developer type, over 80 percent of responders code as a hobby and 92.9 percent are male, and Node.js is the number one framework used by developers.

Moreover, MySQL and SQL Server remain the most commonly used databases, Rust is the most loved programming language for the third year in a row, Redis is the most loved database for the second… (read more)

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Krita 4.0 Open-Source Digital Painting App Is One of the Biggest Releases Ever

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

We’ve just been informed today by Krita Foundation’s Scott Petrovic about the release and immediate availability of the Krita 4.0 open-source and cross-platform digital painting software for Linux, Windows, and Mac systems.

Packing dozens of new features and improvements, Krita 4.0 is dubbed as one of the biggest releases ever of the popular digital painting app used by numerous artists around the globe. Highlights of this major release include SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) support, a new text tool, improved vector tools, Python scripting, a new splash screen, and a new darker theme.

“With a complete rewrite of the vector layer file format, the addition of Python scripting, a new text tool and much more, Krita 4.0 is one of the biggest releases ever. There is so much to explore and enjoy! As a team, we’re happy and proud to have reached this milestone and we’re looking forward to build on Krita 4 for many releases to come,” reads the read more)

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Ubuntu Preps to Remove Qt 4 Support from the Archives, Targets Ubuntu 19.04

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Ubuntu developer and contributor Simon Quigley recently proposed the removal of Qt 4 support from the repositories of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, following in the footsteps of Debian GNU/Linux.

With Qt 5 being largely adopted by Qt application developers and other major projects, such as the KDE Plasma desktop environment, the Qt 4 technologies are becoming obsolete, so more and more GNU/Linux distributions plan its complete removal from the software repositories.

Debian Project’s Qt/KDE teams are already preparing to remove Qt 4 support from the repositories of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 “Buster” operating system series mainly because it’s getting harder and harder to maintain it now that it is no longer supported upstream, and may cause lots of problems system-wide.

“Currently Qt 4 has been dead upstream, and we are starting to have problems maintaining it, l… (read more)

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Ubuntu 18.10 Will Boot Faster, Thanks to LZ4 Initramfs Compression

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

If you plan on upgrading to the forthcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system this spring, chances are your computer will boot a little faster thanks to the implementation of a stronger compression algorithm for the initial ramdisk.

Canonical’s Balint Reczey recently proposed the implementation of LZ4 compression to Ubuntu’s initramfs (initial ramdisk) instead of the older gzip compression used in previous releases of the wildly used operating system. LZ4 is a lossless data compression algorithm that offers extremely fast compression and decompression speed.

During some initial tests on an old laptop, the developer reports that the initramfs extraction time decreased from approximately 1.2 seconds to about 0.24 seconds. The creation of the initramfs also received a speed boost of 2-3 seconds, decreasing from roughly 24 seconds to about 21 seconds, despite of slightly… (read more)

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