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  1. what linux os is your favorite!? or the OS you tried before and present!
  2. Mozilla Firefox 52.0 Beta 8 Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b8.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b8.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 52.0 Beta 8: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/52.0b8/ To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0b8-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0b8-candidates/build1/
  3. The Document Foundation: Munich Returning to Windows and Office a Step Backwards Munich exploring a potential switch back to Windows The Document Foundation, which is also the maker of LibreOffice, the productivity suite that’s being used on Munich’s computers powered by LiMux, says in a statement that returning to Windows and Microsoft Office is a step backwards for the city because of a number of factors that include Microsoft’s proprietary formats. In a statement released today, The Document Foundation explains that the proposal that’s being discussed today by Munich authorities actually ignores the main reason the city abandoned Microsoft software in the first place: “independence from a single software vendor and the move from proprietary to standard document formats.” Document issues when upgrading Microsoft Office “Although the proposal associates MS Office document formats with the ‘industry standard’ concept, it should be clear that all MS Office documents are proprietary and obfuscated, and therefore inappropriate for interoperability, even when they have been recognized by international standard bodies such as ISO,” the organization explains in a press release that you can read in full below. The Document Foundation then goes on to point to a series of issues that might arise from moving back to Microsoft Office, such as document problems when upgrading from a previous release of Redmond’s productivity suite. Costs would also be substantially increased and the decision would be against the current trend of adopting open document standards in countries like the UK, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands. “The Document Foundation thinks that the proposal to be discussed on Wednesday, February 15, represents a significant step backwards for the City of Munich, with a substantial increase in expenditure, an unknown amount of hidden cost related to interoperability, and a questionable usage of taxpayers money,” the press release also states. Microsoft hasn’t yet issued a statement on Munich’s possible return to Windows and Office, but given that the proposal will be discussed in just a few hours, expect all the involved parties to release comments shortly after that. Press Release Source
  4. At a meeting next week, city leaders are expected to back proposals to switch to Windows 10 by 2021. The city of Munich made headlines for its decision to start the move away from Windows in 2004. Politicians at open-source champion Munich will next week vote on whether to abandon Linux and return to Windows by 2021. The city authority, which made headlines for ditching Windows, will discuss proposals to replace the Linux-based OS used across the council with a Windows 10-based client. If the city leaders back the proposition it would be a notable U-turn by the council, which spent years migrating about 15,000 staff from Windows to LiMux, a custom version of the Ubuntu desktop OS, and only completed the move in 2013. The new plan, put forward by officials in the CSU and SPD parties, states a Windows 10 client has to be ready for use across the council by 2021 at the latest. "The proposal aims to ensure that no later than by the end of 2020, a new Windows Basic Client should be the standard city client," a Munich city council spokesman said. However, it seems as if LiMux and other open-source software could still be used until the Windows client is in place. "In the transitional period, departments and business units can use this newly developed Windows-based client with standard products or can continue using a mixed client architecture of Windows and Linux depending on their individual circumstances," the proposal states. The use of the open-source Thunderbird email client and LibreOffice suite across the council would also be phased out, in favour of using "market standard products" that offer the "highest possible compatibility" with external and internal software. The full council will vote on whether to back the plan next Wednesday. If all SPD and CSU councillors back the proposal put forward by their party officials, then this new proposal will pass, because the two parties hold the majority. Dr Florian Roth, leader of the Munich Green Party, said he expected the council to back the proposal, given the greater number of SPD and CSU members. "The direction is back to Windows," he said. "Years ago, the CSU were against the LiMux project and now they are in charge with the coalition. Now they have succeeded, I think, in going back to Microsoft." In 2014, mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter said abandoning open-source software and moving back to Microsoft products would cost more than €17m, about €3.15m of which was the price of new PC hardware and €14m was for work to support LiMux and open-source software that would have to be written off—although these costs were for Windows 7 and will likely have increased further. The figure also did not include software licensing and new infrastructure costs. Roth said the move will cost "many millions of euros" and lost time. Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), questioned the logic of mayor Reiter and the wider SPD party pushing for a return to Windows. "The current proposal is a bad joke. They do not know how what exactly would be involved if they drop LiMux," he said. "They do not know how long it would take and how much it would cost. But nevertheless the OB [Oberbürgermeister] Reiter wants to move to Microsoft, no matter what." The SPD and CSU proposal is based on recommendations in a report released by Accenture and German consultancy arf. However, while the consultants' report only recommended investigating "whether it makes economic sense to continue using Linux as a client operating system", this new proposal goes further, suggesting a wholesale move away from Linux. "Reiter is even ignoring their recommendations, and pushes even harder to drop LiMux," said Kirschner, adding the proposals "did not make sense" and urging councillors to withhold their vote until they had a better idea of the consequences of swapping back to Windows. At the time Munich began the move to LiMux in 2004 it was one of the largest organizations to reject Windows, and Microsoft took the city's leaving so seriously that then CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich to meet the mayor. More recently, Microsoft last year moved its German company headquarters to Munich. Why Windows? Councillor Anne Hübner, IT spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, explained why her party had proposed moving back to Windows, alongside a wider revamp of IT at Munich City Council. "At the moment in many cases it just takes far too long and costs far too much for the city to implement software that's available as standard on the market. This must change, so that the city remains competitive in an increasingly digital service society," she said. In the early days after the move to LiMux was completed, the council said the bulk of users had no significant issues with the OS, however some of city's departments were critical of LiMux when questioned last year. The city's human resources department (POR) said that since 2006 when the POR started using LiMux and OpenOffice, later switching to LibreOffice, that "the efficiency and productivity of the POR-supported workplaces has decreased noticeably" - referencing crashes, display and printing errors. The FSFE's Kirschner pointed out that the consultants' study highlighted mainly organizational issues as being at the root of problems with the council's IT, rather than issues with open-source software. Paradoxically, given the appetite for returning to Windows, the proposal also states that the ultimate goal should be for software used by the city to run "independently of the operating system of the end user's machine", suggesting the use of web applications, virtualization and remote desktop services. Currently the council's policy is to keep the use of the Microsoft OS to a minimum, only running it where line of business software is incompatible with LiMux. The consultants report said the move to roll out Windows would be part of a larger €18.9m 'architecture and client' project. The four year project would see Munich city council take on two new "Windows experts", who would help develop a "powerful" new Windows client for use by staff, it said. At the time the report was released, the FSFE questioned why Accenture was commissioned to co-author a report assessing the use of Microsoft software, when the consultancy runs a joint venture with Microsoft called Avanade, which helps businesses implement Microsoft technologies. For its part, Accenture said it has an "independent view of the technology landscape". By Nick Heath http://www.techrepublic.com/article/linux-pioneer-munich-poised-to-ditch-open-source-and-return-to-windows/
  5. Mozilla Firefox 52.0 Beta 4 To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0b4-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0b4-candidates/build1/ Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b4/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b4.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b4/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b4.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b4/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b4/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 52.0 Beta 4: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/52.0b4/
  6. Civilization VI Launches for Linux & SteamOS, AMD GPUs Not Officially Supported Users can install the game right now from Steam If you already bought the game and you've been waiting to play it on your Linux box, read no more and fire up Steam right now to install the game. Done? Good, and now we'd like to inform you about the system requirements. According to Aspyr Media, who ported the game to Linux/SteamOS in quite a remarkable time frame, you'll need a PC powered by an Intel Core i3 530 or AMD A8-3870 CPU running at 2.93 GHz or higher, with 6 GB RAM and 15GB free disk space. Of course, the Linux operating system of choice is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or SteamOS 2.0, and it is recommended to have a Nvidia GeForce 650 or better graphics card with 1 GB VRAM or more. Unfortunately, ATI/AMD Radeon and Intel graphics cards are not officially supported, but Aspyr Media said on Twitter that the game is playable on these GPUs, though users might experience some issues with either AMDGPU-PRO or Mesa graphics drivers. "If you don't meet the above system requirements, that does NOT mean you wont be able to run Civilization VI. If we know anything about the Linux community, its that you all find a way to make something work on your specific distro and comparable hardware sets," said the developers. At the moment, the company has no idea when or if AMD Radeon GPUs will be officially supported for playing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, but fingers cross, and don't hesitate to install the Mesa 17 drivers from the Padoka or Oibaf PPA for the best gaming experience. The "Best Strategy Game" is now available on Linux Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the latest installment to the Civilization franchise, developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. In 2016 it won the "Best Strategy Game" award during The Game Awards annual awards ceremony. We invite you to watch the official launch trailer below, and if the game finished downloading, we'll leave you to enjoy every single minute of it, because, after all, it's the best strategy game we've ever played. Have fun! Source
  7. HITMAN Is Coming to Linux & SteamOS on February 16, Ported by Feral Interactive The complete first season of HITMAN will be ported Yes, you're reading that right, IO Interactive's new HITMAN episodic stealth video game is coming to Linux in a little over a week from the moment of writing this, allowing gamers to become the "ultimate assassin" in the sixth entry of the now very popular Hitman franchise. It's been 17 years since Hitman: Codename 47, the first game in the series, hit the streets back in the year 2000, and HITMAN (2016) is now that latest and greatest installment, released last year in March only for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. And now Feral Interactive will port the complete first season of HITMAN to Linux. "HITMAN is an intense spy thriller that lets you choose your methods of execution. As the cold and mysterious Agent 47, you must cross the world to find and eliminate your targets, from a fugitive banker in the bazaars of Morocco to a bio-weapon engineer on the sunny Italian coast," reads today's announcement. System requirements are yet to be announced The minimum and recommended system requirements are yet to be announced, so we can't tell you now if you should go out and buy a Nvidia or AMD Radeon graphics card for the ultimate HITMAN gaming experience on your Linux box, but rest assured that we'll inform you guys as soon as Feral Interactive drops the news. A mini site for HITMAN port on Linux is also yet to be announced, but, until that happens, you can watch the trailer below to get you started on becoming the "ultimate assassin." Most probably, the game will require a gaming rig boasting an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with at least 8 GB RAM. Agent 47 marks his target: the complete first season of HITMAN is coming to Linux on February 16. Watch the trailer: https://t.co/oNssj1emm8 pic.twitter.com/m24P5VLBvj — Feral Interactive (@feralgames) February 7, 2017 Source
  8. Tails 3.0 Anonymous Live OS Enters Beta, Ships with Linux 4.9 and GNOME 3.22 It will only work on 64-bit desktop and laptop computers The next version of the Tails 2.x series will be 2.11, currently scheduled for launch in early March, but it looks like the development of the Tails 3.0 major release continues in the background, and now users can get their hands on the Beta build. Tails 3.0 Beta comes two and a half months after the Alpha milestone released last year in November, when the project's developers announced that they would drop support for 32-bit systems, allowing the amnesic incognito live system to run only on 64-bit PCs. As usual, we took the Beta version of Tails 3.0 for a test drive to see what's new, and we can report that it's based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system and it's powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel. GNOME 3.22 is the default desktop environment with redesigned Greeter However, probably the coolest new features of Tails 3.0 is the revamped Tails Greeter, a small dialog that will pop-up when you run the live system for the first time on your computer, helping you set up the default language, keyboard layout, formats, and other settings. Of course, Tails 3.0 will come pre-installed with all the anonymity tools that you love, including the recently introduced OnionShare utility for anonymous file sharing. The latest Tor and Tor Browser applications are also included to keep your identity safe from hackers and hide from government agencies. Numerous bugs have been squashed in this new pre-release version of Tails 3.0, but many known issues remain unresolved, and you can read all about them before jumping on the beta testing bandwagon in the official release notes. Without further ado, you can download the Tails 3.0 Beta Live ISO image right now, write it on a USB flash drive, and take it for a test drive on your modern, 64-bit computer. If you decide to stick with it, please keep in mind that it's a pre-release version, not suitable for production use, despite the fact that it will receive security updates. Source
  9. Mozilla Firefox 52.0 Beta 2 To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0b2-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0b2-candidates/build1/ Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b2/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b2.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b2/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b2.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b2/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 52.0 Beta 2: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/52.0b2/
  10. Linux Mint 18.1 Released The Linux Mint team has just released the long term support release Linux Mint 18.1 as a KDE and Xfce edition to the public. The new version of Linux Mint brings software updates and refinements mostly. First, some information on Linux Mint 18.1 being a long term support release. The Mint team will support Linux Mint 18.1 with security updates until 2021. Future versions of Linux Mint will use the same base package as Linux Mint 18.1 until 2018. This ensures that it is easy to update to new versions. Starting in 2018, the Linux Mint team will work on a new base package and focus its efforts on it. The previous versions of Linux Mint will be supported until 2017 (Linux Mint 13), or 2019 (Linux Mint 17.x). Linux Mint 18.1 Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon, released earlier this month If you are upgrading from Linux Mint 18, you can use the built-in Update Manager for that as it offers the most convenient experience: Select Menu, and there Administration > Update Manager. Click on Refresh once the Update Manager interface has loaded. Click on "install updates" afterwards to start the process. Check out our detailed how to upgrade Linux Mint guide for additional information on the process. Some features of the new Mint version are available in the KDE and the Xfce release. Many are edition specific however. Linux Mint 18.1 What's New The Update Manager may display the Origin of an update in the latest version. You need to enable it under View > Visible Columns > Origin in the Update Manager menu before it becomes available. Kernel updates are highlighted better in the Update Manager, and when you open the kernel window, kernels are now sorted by version and recommendations are given for the most stable, and the most secure kernel. The Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce edition ships with updates to built-in applications, and even some changes. Xed for instance saw improvements to the on-page search functionality. Search opens at the bottom now instead of the top so that it does not obstruct part of the text anymore. It is real-time now as well as it finds text while you are typing, and you may tap on the Enter-key at any point in time to jump to the first result quickly. The editor supports dark themes fully in the latest version, and highlights to you if it is run with administrative privileges. Xplayer, the media player, may blank secondary displays now when playing a video in full screen. Other improvements include full compatibility with EXIF orientation tags, and that the rotation plugin and the subtitle plugin are enabled by default. The media player Banshee was replaced with Rhythmbox in Linux Mint 18.1. The reason given was that Banshee "suffered many regressions lately". Other improvements in Linux Mint 18.1 Software Sources supports anycast now which picks an appropriate server near your physical location automatically when selected opposed to selecting one of the available mirrors near your location manually. New selection of background desktop images. KDE Only: KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. Xfce Only: You can navigate categories in the application menu using the keyboard now. The menu supports web search actions, for instance !w Ghacks to search Wikipedia for the term Ghacks. Xfce Only: Language settings checks are improved, as localized versions of "a lot more" packages are now installed. The Input Methods configuration screen has been improved to make the selection easier and better understandable for novice users. You can check out the release notes for Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce and KDE here. Download links for the latest ISO image of Linux Mint 18.1 are provided on the official site. This is useful if you want to test the new version in a Live CD or virtual environment first, or install it from scratch. Source
  11. KDE Connect Indicator Now Lets You Send SMS from the Ubuntu Desktop Do you want to send SMS messages from the Ubuntu desktop? Well, now you can. Indicator KDE Connect, the handy panel applet that lets interact with your Android phone from Ubuntu, has been updated with experimental support for sending SMS. Yup, you read that correctly: you can send SMS from the desktop without needing to pick up your phone. KDE Connect (the ‘engine’ that works as the bridge between desktop and phone) added SMS reply functionality in its 1.0 release last year, but this is the first time that indicator-kdeconnect (the front-end that lets you use it on Ubuntu and other desktops) has exposed the feature to users. Texting from Ubuntu using this feature isn’t quite as seamless as it is on the Plasma desktop integration , where you can click ‘reply’ to an incoming SMS notification on the desktop. Instead, on Unity, Cinnamon, Budgie and related desktops, you need to select the “Send SMS” feature from the KDE Connect indicator menu, manually enter a phone number, and then enter your message. The SMS itself is still sent via your phone over Wi-Fi, so if you don’t have signal (or enough credit to send a message) don’t expect magic to happen! One downside: you’re given no feedback as to whether the SMS is sent successfully or not. To find that out you will need to pick up your phone and check. As before, you can also see (truncated) received SMS notifications on the desktop while using KDE Connect. Unlike other notifications the bridge serves these do not use the native notify-OSD bubbles on Ubuntu, and instead appear in their own window: While this sounds inelegant this is actually a sensible solution as it means you’re less likely to miss a message alert as they stick around until actioned. Send Multiple Files Other changes to indicator since we last featured it include monochrome icons in GNOME, translation updates and a far simpler file sending experience. You can now send multiple files to your Android devices via the the integrated kdeconnect-send tool. Better yet, trusted devices appear in the Nautilus (or Caja/Nemo/Etc) context menu so that you can send files directly to a device, no device picker required! You can now send multiple files directly to your device I haven’t personally tried this with any file manager besides Nautilus 3.20 so be aware that your own milage may vary with this specific feature. How To Install KDE Connect Indicator on Ubuntu We’ve shown you how to install KDE Connect Indicator on Ubuntu before, but there’s no harm in running over it again, right? First things first: you need to add the following PPA. It contains both the latest upstream release of KDE Connect plus the latest version of the indicator applet for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/indicator-kdeconnect If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10 you can install both packages using the PPA above but you must run the following command before performing the update and install commands: sudo sed -i 's/yakkety/xenial/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/varlesh-l-ubuntu-indicator-kdeconnect-yakkety.list Finally, install indicator KDE Connect and its engine by running: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect Once install has finished up you may need to logout or reboot and back in for the app to start working correctly (you may not; your milage may vary). Set Up KDE Connect on Your Phone That’s your desktop side set-up, on to your Android phone or tablet from the Google Play Store (below) or via F-Droid. << Install KDE Connect from the Google Play Store >> Ensure that your Android phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Ubuntu PC. Then, proceed to pair your device: Launch ‘indicator kdeconnect’ from the Dash In the indicator menu, select ‘Request pairing’ On your phone, accept pairing request That’s it, you’re done! Source
  12. Hardened Tor Browser 7.0 Enters Development, Uses Tor 0.3 and Firefox 45.7.0 ESR Tor Browser 6.5 is now the newest stable version Featuring the most critical security updates from upstream Firefox 45.7.0 ESR (Extended Support Release) web browser, Tor Browser 6.5 ships with up-to-date components, including Tor, Torbutton, Tor Launcher, HTTPS Everywhere 5.2.9, OpenSSL 1.0.2j, NoScript, and Go 1.7.4. There are also numerous bug fixes and general, under-the-hood improvements implemented in Tor Browser 6.5, such as the isolation of SharedWorker script requests from any first party domains, blocking of remote JAR files by default, deprecation of SHA-1 HPKP pins, redesigned security slider, and much more. With the work on Tor Browser 6.5 now finished, the Tor Project already started working on Tor Browser 7.0, and a first Alpha build is of the upcoming hardened web browser is already available for early adopters, allowing Linux users to test drive Snowflake, a brand-new WebRTC-based pluggable transport. Tor Browser 7.0 to ship with Tor 0.3 A few days ago, we told you that development of the Tor 0.3 branch is ongoing, and you can test in in the Tor Browser 7.0 Alpha 1 release, along with Torbutton 1.9.7, which uses the DuckDuckGo search engine on about:tor, HTTPS Everywhere 5.2.9, NoScript, and Go 1.7.4. We'll keep you guys up-to-date with the development of Tor Browser 7.0 as soon as new snapshots are being released, but, until Tor Browser 7.0 hits the stable channel, we recommend upgrading to the new Tor Browser 6.5 release as soon as possible. You can download both versions right now for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows systems. Source
  13. How to Install Wine 2.0 Stable in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04, 16.10 After more than a year of development, Wine 2.0 stable was finally released a few hours ago. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives. Wine 2.0 release highlights: support for Microsoft Office 2013 the 64-bit support on macOS. support for Unicode 9.0 better HiDPI scaling GStreamer 1.0 support an updated Gecko engine More Direct3D 10 and 11 features And much more, see the announcement Install Wine 2.0 (Staging) via official Wine PPA: The official Wine PPA offers Wine-staging packages that are kinda different to the distro packages. Wine Staging provides extra features and fixes, but it’s installed to /opt/wine-staging. Thanks to this, you can have both regular Wine version and Wine-Staging in single system. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds For 64-bit system, enable 32-bit architecture (if you haven’t already) via sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 Then updates and install Wine 2.0 staging via commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-staging To use Wine-Staging, simply add “/opt/wine-staging/bin/” in the fond of executable, for example: /opt/wine-staging/bin/wine /opt/wine-staging/bin/winecfg For more, see the Wine-Staging usage. Install Wine 2.0 (regular) in Ubuntu via Ricotz’s PPA: Rico Tzschichholz is maintaining an unofficial PPA with regular Wine packages. The PPA’s working good though it’s marked as unstable in the name. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/unstable Remove previous Wine 1.8 or other regular Wine packages via command: sudo apt remove wine wine1.8 wine-stable libwine* fonts-wine* && sudo apt autoremove Finally update and install Wine 2.0 via: sudo apt update sudo apt install wine2.0 How to Uninstall: To remove Wine 2.0, simply run the apt remove command in terminal with sudo privilege: sudo apt remove wine2.0 wine-staging && sudo apt autoremove And you can remove the PPAs by going to Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. Source Alternate Source - 1: Wine 2.0 Released, Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux Alternate Source - 2: Wine 2.0 Released, Now Supports Microsoft Office 2013
  14. New Tor Security Updates Patch DoS Bug That Let Attackers Crash Relays, Clients Tor and Alpha are now available to download The most important bug fixed in the Tor and Tor Alpha versions is a denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability that could allow an attacker to crash relays and clients, even if these weren't compiled with the "--enable-expensive-hardening" option. Tor 0.2.9.x and builds are affected by the issue. It is recommended to update to Tor, which is the current stable release of the software for enabling anonymous communication, as soon as possible. Also, if you're using the development branch, make sure that you're running at least version, which is now available for download, for testing purposes only. "Downgrade the "-ftrapv" option from "always on" to "only on when --enable-expensive-hardening is provided." This hardening option, like others, can turn survivable bugs into crashes -- and having it on by default made a (relatively harmless) integer overflow bug into a denial-of-service bug," reads the release announcement. Client-side onion service reachability bug resolved Tor also attempts to address a known client-side onion service reachability bug that could allow multiple socks requests to force the Tor onion service to mark a few of the introduction points as failed, addresses various portability issues, and updates the GeoIP and GeoIP6 databases to January 4, 2017, build of the Maxmind GeoLite2 Country database. As development of the major Tor 0.3 stable series is ongoing, the Tor Alpha is here to improve the way exit clients and relays manage DNS time-to-live values, as well as to fix a bunch of small bugs that could have an impact on the user experience. Download Tor and Alpha tarballs right now. Source
  15. Tails 2.10 Amnesic Live System Adds OnionShare Tool for Anonymous File Sharing Includes Tor to and Tor Browser 6.5 If you want to stay hidden online and you are on the go, the best way is to use Tails. The Debian-based Live ISO images can be easily written on a USB flash drive that you can carry with you anywhere, connect it to your computer, and access all your favorite websites through the Tor anonymity network. The latest version, Tails 2.10, has been in development for the past five weeks, since Tails 2.9.1, and a first Release Candidate arrived only ten days ago. New features include the OnionShare tool that lets you share files anonymously, circuit view functionality in the Tor Browser, as well as support for exFAT file systems. The OnionCircuits tool that lets users view the status of Tor has now been made compatible with the popular Orca open-source screen reader and magnifier utility, and Tails 2.10 comes packed with all the latest security updates from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" software repositories. Tor to, Tor Browser 6.5, and Linux kernel 4.8 The new Tails version is using the latest Tor and Tor Browser 6.5 technologies, along with a completely revamped Tor control port filter, allowing users to safely share files anonymously using OnionShare and use the new circuit view of Tor Browser. The Icedove 45.6.0 email and news client is also present in Tails 2.10. Under the hood, we can't help but notice that Tails 2.10 is powered by the Linux 4.8 kernel series, which should improve the hardware support, but, unfortunately, it reached end of life earlier this month. We do hope that the next Tails release, versioned 2.11, will come with the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel. Among other noteworthy changes, Tails 2.10 replaces the AdBlock Plus add-on with uBlock Origin on Tor Browser, uses Debian GNU/Linux's Onion services, renames the "Live" bootloader menu entry to "Tails," removes Nyx (arm), and replaces the "failsafe" bootloader entry with "Troubleshooting Mode." If you're using Tails on a newer AMD Radeon GPU, you should know that Tails 2.10 comes pre-installed with the open-source AMDGPU graphics driver. Existing users can upgrade to the new version as we speak, if they're using Tails 2.7 or 2.9.1. The rest of the world can download the new Tails 2.10 32-bit ISO image right now with install instructions. Tails 2.11 is currently scheduled to land on March 3, 2017. Source
  16. Mozilla Firefox 51 Is the First Web Browser to Support the New WebGL 2 Standard Introduces FLAC playback and new 2D graphics library With advanced graphics rendering features like a new complex shading language, state-of-the-art texturing capabilities, and transform feedback, Firefox 51 is the first web browser in the world to support the new WebGL 2 technologies, allowing skilled web developers to make use of these powerful new 3D graphics for creating new content. Best of all, WebGL 2 works on Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms. "Expanding on the solid foundation of WebGL 1, WebGL 2 allows content creators to leverage more modern accelerated rendering features, like transform feedback, expanded texturing functionality, and multisampled rendering support," explains Mozilla's Nick Nguyen. "This will make it possible for developers to create more sophisticated and engaging visual content on the web." Mozilla invites web developers who are curious to test drive the new WebGL 2 capabilities of Firefox to download and upgrade to version 51.0, then access PlayCanvas' After the Flood WebGL 2 demo. A short introductory video is attached at the end of the article if you haven't managed to upgrade to Firefox 51 just yet, but you only want to see the new WebGL 2 technologies in action. Mozilla's key priority is to keep users safe online In the press announcement, Mozilla says that the company's key priority is to keep users safe online. As such, the new Firefox 51 update implements a new functionality that will warn users whenever they found themselves on a web page that wants to collect their passwords but doesn't offer them a secure connection, such as HTTPS. Check out the next image to see the new feature in action. Mozilla's efforts to make Firefox faster and more responsive are continuing, and the version spreads the multi-process capabilities of the web browser to more than half of desktop users. Firefox 51 also improved video performance for those with old computers and without GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) acceleration, which means that your favorite web browser is using less CPU usage. Better full-screen experience, a new zoom button in the URL bar that lets you view in real-time the zoom level of the current tab, the ability to view passwords before they are saved in the built-in password manager, support for FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) playback, improved reliability of browser data sync, and the implementation of the Skia 2D graphics library for content rendering on Linux are also included in Firefox 51. Yesterday we informed our readers about the fact that they can download Firefox 51 ahead of Mozilla's official announcement, but now the web browser is officially launched and it's time to update your installations. Go ahead and grab the binary packages for 64-bit or 32-bit systems on GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms right now. More info for nsaners on Firefox 51: Source
  17. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 - 32bit[x86] and 64bit[x64] Stable[New] Mozilla Firefox v51.0 stable available for download. Tip: If you want to get rid of web notifications completely, you can Enable/Disable using about:config and toggle "dom.webnotifications.enabled" to "false" and Restart Firefox. If you want it back, just toggle to "true" and Restart Firefox. Tip: Release Notes: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/51.0/releasenotes/ Download Links: All Languages and OS: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ FTP links: https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/ Windows[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-51.0-SSL&os=win&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0.exe Windows[x86 - 32bit - EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/win32-EME-free/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe Windows[x64 - 64bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-51.0-SSL&os=win64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 51.0.exe Windows[x86 - 64bit - EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/win64-EME-free/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe Mac: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-51.0-SSL&os=osx&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/mac/en-US/Firefox 51.0.dmg Mac[EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/mac-EME-free/ Linux[x86 - 32bit]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-51.0-SSL&os=linux&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/linux-i686/en-US/firefox-51.0.tar.bz2 Linux[x64]: https://download.mozilla.org/?product=firefox-51.0-SSL&os=linux64&lang=en-US Or https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-51.0.tar.bz2 Linux[x86-x64- EME Free]: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/51.0/linux-x86_64-EME-free/ Firefox for Android - 51.0: Not Yet Released Mozilla Firefox 45.7.0(ESR) - 32bit[x86] and 64bit[x64] Stable[New] en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/45.7.0esr/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2045.7.0esr.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/45.7.0esr/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2045.7.0esr.exe All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/45.7.0esr/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/45.7.0esr/win64/ Other Supported OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/45.7.0esr-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc
  18. Canonical Launches Ubuntu Tutorials Linux is arguably the most successful open source project in all of history. The success of the kernel -- and operating systems that use it -- are not due to any one man or woman. Actually, the achievements are thanks to the Linux community. In other words, it is a team effort -- developers, users, and more. For a Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu, to continue its progress, Canonical needs developers to remain interested -- this includes getting new people involved and educated. This week, the company launched Ubuntu Tutorials -- based on Google's open source Codelab. No, it is not self-learning for new workstation users, but for programmers and developers. "Ubuntu tutorials are a topic-specific walkthroughs, giving you a very practical experience on a particular domain. They are just like learning from pair programming except you can do it on your own! They provide a step-by-step process to doing development and devops activities on Ubuntu machines, servers or devices," says Canonical. The Ubuntu-maintainer further says, "You can as well work offline if you desire and always take your tutorials with you! Using the snap technology, we built a tutorial snap including the same content and the same technology as the one you can find on the website." Canonical shares the following details about the tutorials. Just as the Linux community is a group effort, so shall be Ubuntu Tutorials. You see, Canonical is asking for assistance in creating new tutorials. If you are interested in contributing to tutorials.ubuntu.com, the company shares the rather lengthy guidelines here. Will you participate in creating tutorials? If yes, tell me how in the comments below. Source
  19. Linux 4.9 Is the Next Long-Term Supported Kernel Branch, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman All GNU/Linux distributions should adopt Linux kernel 4.9 The story behind Linux kernel 4.9 becoming the next long-term supported series dates from way before it's launch last month, on December 11, when Linus Torvalds officially announced the new branch. It all started back on August 12, 2016, when Greg Kroah-Hartman dropped a quick Google+ post to say "4.9 == next LTS kernel." Immediately after, the media reporting began, informing the Linux community that Linux kernel 4.9 will become the next long-term supported branch, but it didn't happen because Kroah-Hartman changed his mind a month later, on September 6, when he reserved his right to mark Linux 4.9 as "longterm" on the kernel.org website. "I reserve the right not to pick 4.9 and support it for two years, if it’s a major pain because people abused this notice. If so, I’ll possibly drop back to 4.8, or just wait for 4.10 to be released. I’ll let everyone know by updating the kernel.org releases page when it’s time," said the developer in a follow-up article published on his personal blog. Linux kernel 4.9 to be supported for two years, until January 2019 Fast forward to present day, and after Linux kernel 4.9 already received four point releases, the latest being Linux 4.9.4, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced that Linux 4.9 is ready to be marked as "longterm" by saying "Yes, 4.9 is the next longterm kernel. I've been saying that for a while, but somehow if it wasn't on the kernel.org website, no one believed me." Of course, this comes as great news for most GNU/Linux users because the Linux 4.9 kernel branch adds numerous exciting new features, especially initial support for AMD Radeon GPUs from the GNC 1.0 / Southern Islands family to use the open-source AMDGPU graphics driver, including AMD Radeon HD 7xxx and 8xxx series. According to Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel 4.9 will be supported until January 2019, for two years from the moment of writing this article. As such, it is recommended that all GNU/Linux distributions adopt this branch, especially if they're using Linux 4.8, which reached end of life earlier this month. Source
  20. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 51.0 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/51.0-candidates/
  21. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out there, please suggest Nokia to create Ubuntu Devices in future ASAP. Please vote and provide feedback in comments(if any). Members please note that I'm referring to the future and not now. I'm not a fool to ask for/suggest a change in the first year of re-emerged Nokia. @steven36 & @teodz1984: Please read the desc carefully before providing comments.
  22. Canonical to Remove Old Unity 7 Scopes from Ubuntu Because They're Not Secure These won't be supported by Unity 8 anyway April will see the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, but it also marks the fifth year of Unity user interface's implementation, which was first introduced as part of the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) release. While Canonical's engineers are concentrating all of their efforts on bringing us the next-generation Unity 8 user interface, current Ubuntu Linux releases are still successfully using Unity 7, and so will Ubuntu 17.04. Old, unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes are still out there However, it would appear that the Ubuntu repositories still include some old, unmaintained Scopes that have security issues open, posing a threat to the entire system if installed and used. Most of these are related to some popular music playback apps and include unity-scope-audacious, unity-scope-clementine, unity-scope-gmusicbrowser, unity-scope-guayadeque, unity-scope-musique, and unity-scope-gourmet. Because of that, Canonical is planning on removing these and many other unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes from the official repositories, if their maintainers don't step up to patch any of the existing security issues, and also because Unity 8 won't support them. "Couple this with the decision to turn off online searches by default and I think it's time to consider dropping these Scopes from the archive. Plus of course, the fact that they won't work in Unity 8 in the future anyway," said Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager at Canonical. If you submitted a Unity 7 Scope in the past, and no longer offer security fixes for it, please do everyone a favor and remove it from the repositories as soon as possible. Unity 7 will be supported for a few more years, but it doesn't have to be insecure. Source
  23. Canonical: 2017 Will See a Mir 1.0 Release, Plans to Implement Vulkan Support 2016 was a good year for Mir, says the company behind Ubuntu As most of you are aware, Canonical develops its own display server for Ubuntu, called Mir, which, in some ways, is similar to the X.Org Server and Wayland technologies. While Ubuntu on the desktop still uses X.Org Server's components, Mir is currently heavily tested for the Unity 8 user interface that Canonical plans on implementing by default for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, for desktops. However, until now, Mir has only been successfully deployed on mobile devices, powering the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used in various official and unofficial Ubuntu Phone and Tablets. According to Alan Griffiths, Software Engineer at Canonical, 2016 was a great year for Mir, and in 2017 the company plans on releasing the 1.0 milestone of the display server, which should implement the long-anticipated Vulkan support. "2017 will see a cleanup of our "toolkit" API and better support for "platform" plugin modules," said Griffiths. "We will then be working on upstreaming our Mesa patch. That will allow us to release our (currently experimental) Vulkan support." Canonical is working on reducing latency for Mir Canonical worked very hard in 2016 to improve its Mir display server by enabling a client-side toolkit, application, or library to work on Mir, as well as to upstream Mir support into GTK+ 3, Qt, SDL2, and Kodi. They also managed to create Mir Abstraction Layer and released MirAL 1.0, but for 2017 the company plans on enabling Mir on new platforms, upstream their Mesa patch, and enable Mir on a new graphics API, such as Vulkan. Canonical is now working on reducing latency for Mir, and hops that 2017 will be the year when Mir becomes mature enough to be used on desktops, powering the next-generation Unity 8 display server. At the moment, the company did not reveal the exact date when Mir 1.0 will see the light of day, so we can only guess that it could launch sometime around the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), in mid-April, when they'll prepare for Ubuntu 17.10. Source
  24. It’s Time to Ditch Skype and TeamSpeak, Discord Launches Its App for Linux Users The app is now available for Ubuntu Linux and other distros Linux was the missing piece for them to achieve full status and offer their services across all major platforms, both on desktop and mobile. Discord is currently available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, but you can also use it directly from the Web, using a compatible web browser. The app appears to be a direct competitor to Microsoft's Skype VoIP client, as well as the well-known TeamSpeak voice communication platform. It offers a wide range of features, including IP and DDoS protection, in-game overlay, smart push notifications, individual volume control, support for multiple channels, and a modern text chat. Other noteworthy features of Discord include support for codecs, permissions, and custom keyboard shortcuts, a direct messaging system and friends list. It also promises to keep the CPU usage as minimal as possible, offering low latency support for audio and automatic failover functionality. Install Discord on Ubuntu now The first stable release of the official Discord app for Linux systems, versioned 0.0.1, is currently available for download as a binary package for Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, etc. However, to install it, you'll need to have a 64-bit installation. There's also a source tarball available for download in case you're not running an operating system based on Debian or Ubuntu, but you'll have to compile it. It appears that Discord 0.0.1 already made its way into the Arch Linux AUR repositories, and it's coming soon to Solus, too. Other distros may add Discord to their repositories in the coming weeks. Stoked to announce our super sick app for LINUX. Chris was massaging this for ages but it's like super sick now https://t.co/hQtQpZO95c pic.twitter.com/lVyDkBD3cN — Discord (@discordapp) January 11, 2017 Source
  25. Meet The GPD Pocket, A 7-inch Ubuntu Laptop The GPD Pocket Do you have small hands? Are you a Borrower? Do you consider 10-inch netbooks to be monstrous? If so, the GPD Pocket may be right up your (very miniature) street. GPD Pocket, 7″ Laptop The GPD Pocket is a 7-inch laptop that’s small enough to slip in to a pocket — and it will apparently be available in two versions: with Windows 10, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. As reported on Liliputing, GPD (the company who makes the device) is currently only showing the device off a few fancy renders and photos with a prototype unit. But GPD has form for releasing other (similar) devices, like the GPD Win, and Android gaming portables, so although a novelty this latest device is unlikely to be outright vapourware. The GPD Pocket touts some impressive specifications for the size, including a quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (the same one used in the Microsoft Surface 3), 4GB RAM and a high-res IPS touch display: 7-inch IPS touch display Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (quad-core @ 1.6GHz) 4GB of RAM 128GB of storage 1x USB Type-C 1x USB 3.0 Mini HDMI Out MicroSD Card slot Courage jack (“headphone port”) 7000 mAh battery The overall dimensions of the device mean you won’t be able to hammer away on a full-sized keyboard, but the chiclet style QWERTY one included (plus a ThinkPad-like mouse nub as there’s no room for a touchpad) looks perfectly serviceable for tweets, forum posts and some basic web browsing. Since I doubt anyone would be using this device as their primary device issues to do with the keyboard size, or lack of palm rest, etc, are unlikely to be primary considerations. No, the GPD Pocket is, as the name suggests, intended as the sort of device you literally slide into your pocket as you head out the door. The “bad” news is that, like everything these days, GPD plan to crowdfund the GPD Pocket over on Indiegogo sometime in February. Currently there’s no indication of pricing or release date, but providing it’s not too weighted at the high-end it could make a nice midrange alternative to Linux hobbyists. Source