Canonical Officially Announces Mozilla’s Firefox as a Snap App for Ubuntu Linux

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu operating system, informed Softpedia today about the official availability Mozilla’s Firefox web browser as a Snap package for Ubuntu Linux and other Snap-enabled GNU/Linux distributions.

The Firefox Snap package appears to be maintained by Mozilla, which allows Linux users to test drive the latest features of their Quantum browser on multiple GNU/Linux distributions that support Canonical’s Snappy universal binary format.

Developed by Canonical, the Snap universal application packaging format for Linux lets Linux users enjoy the most recent release of a software product as soon as it’s released upstream. It’s secure by design and works natively on multiple popular Linux OSes.

Among these, we can mention Arch Linux, Solus, Fedora, Debian GNU/Linux, Linux Mint, Gentoo Linux, openSUSE, and others. Besides running on desktops, Snaps can also be used on servers and cloud systems, as well as a wide range of embedded devi… (read more)

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Debian-Based antiX Linux OS Receives New Kernel Patches for Meltdown and Spectre

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The first point release of the Debian-based antiX 17 “Heather Heyer” operating system series arrived this past weekend with a new kernel patched against the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws, as well as the latest software versions.

antiX 17.1 (Heather Heyer) is now available, powered by the Linux 4.9.87 LTS kernel patched against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities unearthed in January 2018 and discovered to put billions of devices at risk of attacks. This protects new antiX installations against these type of attacks.

Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.4 “Stretch” operating system, antiX 17.1 comes with up-to-date packages from its software repositories, including the LibreOffice 5.2.7 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 52.7.1 ESR web browser. Additionally, this release comes with eudev 3.5 and latest xf86-video-sisimedia-antix release.

“This is primarily an upgrade of antiX-17 with a new Meltdown/Spectre patched kernel and a few new applicati… (read more)

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You Can Now Transform Your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ into a Home Theatre System

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

OSMC (Open Source Media Center), the free and open-source media player operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed for single-board computers received March 2018’s update with dozens of changes, including support for the latest Raspberry Pi model.

Raspberry Pi Foundation announced last week on Pi Day, March 14, 2018, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ single-board computer (SBC), which features updated hardware, including a 1.4GHz 64-bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual-band 802.11ac wireless LAN, and PoE support.

The developers of the OSMC Linux OS (formerly RaspBMC) received some pre-production units from Raspberry Pi Foundation to prepare their upcoming release for the new SBC, and March’s update is now live with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ support, allowing you to transform it into a versatile home theatre system (HTPC).

“OSMC would like to thank Raspberry Pi for pre-production units which allowed us to support … (read more)

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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS Will Ship with a New Default Layout Called “Familiar”

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Ubuntu MATE’s lead developer Martin Wimpress announced that the forthcoming Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system would sport a brand-new default layout for new installations.

If you plan on installing or reinstalling Ubuntu MATE this spring, the upcoming 18.04 release sports a new default layout called “Familiar.” According to Martin Wimpress, the new layout is based on the Traditional layout with the menu-bar replaced by Brisk Menu, which was used in previous Ubuntu MATE releases.

The decision to replace the Traditional layout with the Familiar one was taken due to some technical issues when the development team tried to update it for Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). Traditional will still be available, but not enabled by default, and bears no changes.

“I experimented with a change to the Traditional layout earlier in the 18.04 development cycle and this was met with some hostility and brought into question my commitment to community opini… (read more)

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Ubuntu-Based Zorin OS Gets Better Support for Windows Apps, Desktop Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

A new maintenance update of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution arrived at the end of this week with a bunch of enhancements to its desktop environment, as well as the latest versions of core components and apps.

Zorin OS 12.3 is here as the latest stable update of the Ubuntu-based operating system with a focus on improving the security, stability, and functionality of Zorin OS, which was always known as one of the most reliable open-source alternatives to Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Therefore, probably the most important change of the Zorin OS 12.3 release is the introduction of Wine 3.0, the latest stable version of the compatibility layer for running Windows programs on Linux and UNIX-like systems, which ensures better compatibility with more Windows apps and games on Zorin OS.

“Amongst a myriad of other upgrades, the Wine developers have focused on improving how Windows games run thanks to the introduction of Direct3D 10 & 11 support. Th… (read more)

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GitHub’s Atom Hackable Text Editor Gets Performance, Responsiveness Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

GitHub released a new stable version of their open-source and cross-platform Atom hackable text editor with a bunch of enhancements, bug fixes, a new Electron version, as well as performance and responsiveness improvements.

Atom 1.25 is now available for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms, and it is packed with improvements for the GitHub package to let you stage and view changes affecting file mode modifications, additions to symbolic links, as well as the ability for the Diff view to no longer reset its scrolling position.

“There is also a new configuration setting that controls whether or not commit messages composed within the mini editor are hard-wrapped to 72 columns. Commit messages composed in a full-pane editor continue to be preserved as-is,” said David Wilson, Atom developer at GitHub, in the release notes.

The Atom 1.25 release also improves support for the Python and HTML languages by im… (read more)

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Raspbian Remix Lets You Create Your Own Spin That You Can Install on PC or Mac

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Developer Arne Exton announced today the release of the third iteration of its Raspbian PIXEL remix rebased on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system and synced with the upstream changes.

Raspbian PIXEL for PC and Mac is a Debian-based operating system created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for those who want to run the de facto standard Raspberry Pi OS on their personal computers too. Arne Exton did a remix of Raspbian PIXEL a few years ago to include the Refracta tools.

With the Refracta tools installed by default, users were able to easily install the operating system on their PCs or Macs, as well as to make their own remix of Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Raspbian PIXEL OS. Today’s update brings the latest s… (read more)

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Canonical Releases Spectre/Meltdown Patches for Ubuntu 17.10 for Raspberry Pi 2

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical published two security advisories on Thursday to announce the availability of Spectre mitigations for the ARM64 (AArch64) hardware architecture on its Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS systems.

In January, Canonical released several kernel updates for Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) and other supported Ubuntu releases with software mitigations against the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities. These patches were first released for 64-bit (amd64) architectures, and then for 32-bit (i386), PPC64el, and s390x systems.

Today, the company announced the availability of new kernel updates that address both the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities for the ARM64 (AArch64) hardware architecture, patching the Raspberry Pi 2 kernel for Ubuntu 17.10, as well as its derivatives.

“USNS 3541-1 and 3523-1 provided mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown (CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5754) for the i386, amd64, and ppc64el architectures in Ubuntu 1… (read more)

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Linux Mint Devs to Enable Faster Launching of Apps on Cinnamon for Linux Mint 19

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Linux Mint’s Clement Lefebvre reports today on the upcoming performance improvements that he and his team of developers implemented in the next major release of the Cinnamon desktop environment.

As you probably know already, Cinnamon is the default desktop environment of the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint operating system. It uses parts of the GNOME Stack at its core, which means that it’s not so lightweight as its MATE or Xfce counterparts, so launching apps isn’t as fast as you’d like it to be lately.

That’s why the Linux Mint development team spent some time earlier this year to investigate and debug any performance hogs in Cinnamon, especially when launching the pre-installed applications. They compared Cinnamon with the Metacity window manager and found out that the former was six times slower.

They also compared Cinnamon’s Muffin window management library with Metacity using an in-house built script and discovered th… (read more)

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Chromium and Firefox Web Browsers Are Now Installable as Snaps on Ubuntu Linux

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical has announced recently that the popular Chromium and Mozilla Firefox open-source web browsers are now installable as Snaps on Ubuntu and other Snap-powered operating systems.

Canonical’s Snappy technologies are becoming more and more popular these days as the company behind the widely used Ubuntu plans to enable them by default and even make them a first-class citizen in future releases of its Linux-based operating system.

The great thing about Snap apps is that they are secure by design, utilizing a container-style approach mechanism for deploying software on various GNU/Linux distributions that support Canonical’s Snappy universal binary format.

Another thing that makes Snaps great is that you are always getting the latest version of an application as soon as it’s released upstream. As such, Canonical tries to convince more and more application developers to port their apps to Snaps for Ubuntu and other distros.

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