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  1. Netflix now runs on Linux with Mozilla Firefox It took them a few years to realize that Linux could be a very important player for their video-on-demand streaming platform, and now Netflix is announcing that it "finally" supports playback on the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Numerous Linux users are using Mozilla Firefox on their computers because it's usually the default web browser shipped with the GNU/Linux distribution of their choice. Of course, many others also use Google Chrome or Chromium, or something else that's based on the latter, such as Opera or Vivaldi. Until today, if you wanted to watch Netflix movies and TV shows on your Linux computer, you would have to install Chrome or a Chrome-based web browser. But not anymore, because Netflix just made it possible for the rest of the Linux users using Mozilla Firefox to enjoy their content. "And though we do not officially support Linux, Chrome playback has worked on that platform since late 2014. Starting today, users of Firefox can also enjoy Netflix on Linux," reads the announcement. "This marks a huge milestone for us and our partners, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Mozilla that helped make it possible." How to watch Netflix content with Mozilla Firefox No, it's not a tutorial because there's no need for one anymore. We only to inform you that if you want to watch Netflix movies and TV shows using Mozilla Firefox, all you have to do is to make sure you have the latest version installed. According to Netflix, Mozilla Firefox 47 or later is required for their DRM content to work on HTML5. However, it would appear that both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome only support video playback up to 720p resolution. The company says that this is only the beginning, as they plan high-resolution video playback on more platforms soon. 1080p and 4K content can only be watched using Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer or Safari, the latter two only offering up to 1080p playback. Source
  2. Vivaldi Snapshot 1.8.770.38 released Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard is pleased to announce today about the immediate availability of what it would appear to be one of the last snapshots towards the Vivaldi 1.8 stable release of the Chromium-based web browser. "We are very close to the 1.8 final now. Please continue to inform us of any nasty regressions since 1.7," said Ruarí Ødegaard, Linux QA and Testing, in the release announcement for Vivaldi Snapshot 1.8.770.38, which looks like it rebases the web browser on Chromium 57.0.2987.111. If you take a quick peek at the changelog attached at the end of the article, you'll notice that Vivaldi Snapshot 1.8.770.38 is not a major milestone, but it adds some improvements to the new History feature, such as the fact that the "Search All History" button will be disabled when viewing full data range and list number of filtered entries. Additionally, the update reduces and groups the items displayed in the "Delete Private Data" dialog. The Video Call feature was also updated to no longer crash Google Hangouts, and it looks like the scroll position is now remembered in history, bookmarks, and other areas of the Vivaldi web browser. Vivaldi 1.8 is coming soon Among other changes, we can mention that Vivaldi Snapshot 1.8.770.38, which you can download for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems right now from our website, addresses two regressions related to pinned tabs and the homepage features, correctly places pop-up windows, and updates various language translations. Today's Vivaldi snapshot also makes it possible for users to write articles on the Medium.com website by pretending to be Google Chrome. The final release of the Vivaldi 1.8 web browser is coming soon, but how soon we don't know because it depends on how many bugs need to be squashed, but rest assured that you'll be the first to know when it's out. Vivaldi 1.8.770.38 Changelog Source
  3. Linux kernel 4.10.5 released Only four days after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.10.4, Greg Kroah-Hartman published today, March 22 2017, the fifth maintenance update to the Linux 4.10 kernel series. Linux kernel 4.10.5 is not a major update, but it's not a small one either. According to the appended shortlog, a total of 69 files were changed in this release, with 587 insertions and 268 deletions. Most of these changes are various networking improvements, both for the driver stack and core networking. There's also better support for Intel chipsets and a few hardware architectures were improved as well. "I'm announcing the release of the 4.10.5 kernel. All users of the 4.10 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.10.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.10.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary," said Greg Kroah-Hartman. All users need to update their systems to Linux 4.10.5 immediately Looking at the things that received attention in Linux kernel 4.10.5, we can notice an updated networking stack with various improvements to Bridge, DCCP (Datagram Congestion Control Protocol), IPv4, IPv6, L2TP (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol), MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), Open vSwitch, packet scheduler, SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol), and STRParser. The networking improvements continue with updated Ethernet drivers for AMD 10GbE (amd-xgbe), Mellanox, as well as the use of ETH_MAX_MTU as max mtu for bonding. The Intel i915 driver also got some attention, and Linux kernel 4.10.5 adds better support for the x86, ARM64 (AArch64), and PowerPC (PPC) hardware architectures. If you're using a GNU/Linux distribution powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel, we recommend updating to version 4.10.5 as soon as possible. The Linux 4.10.5 kernel sources are now avaiable for download from kernel.org. Source
  4. GNOME 3.24 released The GNOME Project is proud to announce today, March 22, 2017, the official availability of the long-anticipated GNOME 3.24 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems. GNOME 3.24 just finished its six-month development cycle, and it's now the most advanced stable version of the modern and popular desktop environment used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. It was developed since October 2016 under the GNOME 3.23.x umbrella, during which it received numerous improvements. All of the core components and applications that are distributed as part of the GNOME Stack have been updated for the launch of the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, but users who will upgrade to the new major release in the coming weeks, when it will land in the stable repos of their favorite distros, will enjoy some great new features. What's new in GNOME 3.24 Prominent new features of the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment include a Night Light functionality that promises to automatically shift the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after sunset, and a brand-new GNOME Control Center with redesigned Users, Keyboard & Mouse, Online Accounts, Bluetooth, and Printer panels. "Night Light is one of the new features being introduced in this release. This subtly changes the screen color according to the time of day, which can help to reduce sleeplessness if you use your computer at night. Another new feature that will make a lot of users happy is the incorporation of weather information into the notifications area," reads today's announcement. A new sharing framework was implemented to make it easier for users to share things with other applications or various online services like Twitter and Facebook, and it looks like you'll finally be able to login to your Nextcloud account to access the files stored there most probably via Documents or Files. As for the GNOME apps, we can mention that the Nautilus file manager now lets users browse files as root (system administrator), GNOME Photos imitates Darktable's exposure and blacks adjustment tool, GNOME Music comes with ownCloud integration and lets you edit tags, and GNOME Calendar finally brings the Week view. New apps like GNOME Recipes are also part of this release. To make installing of apps from websites or other external sources easier, the GNOME Software package manager can now handle Snap and APT URLs on Debian/Ubuntu-based distributions. The Epiphany web browser also received a lot of attention during this cycle and comes with a revamped design and many new features. You should also check out the full release notes to discover all the gems. As mentioned before, it will take at least a couple of weeks for the new GNOME 3.24 packages to land on the stable repositories of your favorite distro, which means that you'll most probably be able to upgrade from GNOME 3.22 when the first point release, GNOME 3.24.1, is out on April 12, 2017. Night Light GNOME Recipes application Source
  5. Ubuntu 17.04 Canonical Adam Conrad announced that the forthcoming Final Beta release of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system is now in freeze until its launch late on March 23, 2017. Ubuntu 17.04 has been in development since October last year, during which it received one Alpha and one Beta milestones, but only for the opt-in flavors. Ubuntu itself will participate only in the upcoming Final Beta release, which is expected to land tomorrow if everything goes according to plan. However, the developer informs the Ubuntu community that the queue freeze will last from March 21 until the final release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) on April 13, 2017, which means that no major package updates will land in the repositories, exception making those that are approved a member of the release team. "As with the previous releases, we have a bot in place that will accept uploads that are unseeded and don't affect images," said Adam Conrad. Don't take this as an open invitation to break Feature Freeze on those components, this is just to reduce the burden on the release team, so we only review the uploads that need very serious consideration." As mentioned before, Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta is arriving late on Thursday, March 23, and you are urged to download the Live ISO images, install them on a spare computer or partition designed for testing purposes only, and report any bugs or issues you might encounter. The rest of the official Ubuntu flavors will also participate in tomorrow's Final Beta release. Source
  6. Zorin OS 12 hits half million downloads Believe it or not, the Zorin OS 12 open-source operating system passed the half million downloads mark today, as the development team proudly announced the milestone on the official Twitter account of the project. Zorin OS 12 launched last year on November 18 based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. It's dubbed by the development team as "the biggest release ever" and it introduced an entirely new Zorin Desktop experience that promises to make your PC more powerful and enjoyable to use. During these past four months since its release, Zorin OS 12 has been downloaded over half a million times from the official website, according to the Zorin team, who said that more than 60% of these are coming from Windows and Mac users who wanted to migrate to an open-source, Linux-based operating system. "Just over 4 months after the release, we’re excited to announce that Zorin OS 12 has been downloaded over 500,000 times," reads the announcement. "We’re also happy to see that over 60% of these downloads were coming from Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux to people who’ve never had access to it before." Zorin OS 12 Lite Edition is coming soon The first point release, Zorin OS 12.1, also arrived and contributed to the half million downloads mark, along with the Zorin OS 12 Business and Education editions, and it now looks like the development team is working hard to release the Zorin OS 12 Lite flavor featuring the a brand-new Xfce-based desktop environment. A first preview of Zorin OS 12 Lite is coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned on our Linux news section for the latest Zorin OS articles. In the meantime, you can download the Zorin OS 12.1, Zorin OS 12 Business, and Zorin OS 12.1 Education Live ISO images right now from our website if you want to install the Ubuntu-based operating system on your personal computer. Source
  7. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 released Today, March 21, 2017, Red Hat Inc. announced the general availability of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 maintenance update as the last one for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 operating system series. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 comes ten months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8, which landed last year on May 10, but Red Hat is maintaining the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform for more than six years, always offering a more secure, reliable and stable operating system to modern enterprises. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 shows our continued commitment to providing a solid backbone for production deployments, adding security and stability enhancements and an updated container base image to address a variety of vital business IT needs," said Jim Tottonvice president and general manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 delivers new hardware support Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 is packed with all sort of improvements that promise to offer support for some of the newest hardware components, support that has been developed in collaboration with numerous of Red Hat's partners, all in order to provide a solid base for customers to be able to upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 easily. Red Hat also tried to enhance the security of the operating system by shipping Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 with TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.2, providing support for many of the latest PCI-DSS standards and offering enterprises the ability to secure their online transactions much better than before. Support for many next-generation cloud-native applications was also implemented in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9, along with an up-to-date base image that lets customers migrate their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 workloads into container-based apps that are suitable for deployment on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Atomic Host, and OpenShift Container Platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 is available as we speak for existing customers with an active Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription, which can update their installations via the Red Hat Customer Portal. Red Hat recommends all Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 users to upgrade to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 through the Preupgrade Assistant and Red Hat Upgrade Tool as soon as possible. Source
  8. Kodi 17.1 released Kodi's Martijn Kaijser announced today the general and immediate availability for download of the first point release to the Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and multi-platform media center. Kodi 17.1 is here about three weeks after the release of the major Kodi 17 "Krypton" series, and it only addresses some of the issues that users reported since then. The most important change being an update to both the Estuary and Estouchy skins, to which some of the users still need to adjust. However, this maintenance update also improves various other components of the popular media center (see below for details). "This is the bugfix release for v17.1 “Krypton” which contains our continuous effort to further improve the v17 release," reads today's announcement. "Our team tried to tackle as much of the reported problems as possible with the limited resources we have. We do want to note that since we are just a small team some of the reported bugs might not get fixed due to lack of developers or time." What's new in Kodi 17.1 First of all, Kodi 17.1 improves a few things, such as the analog stick handling, the keyboard mapping during button mapping, the RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) inputstream add-on for Windows systems, the plugin performance when attempting to build the content list, as well as the Chorus web-based interface. It also introduces a new setting that lets users disable controller's rumble on notifications. A limiter has been added to random songs to prevent large memory usage when the user has a large collection of multimedia files. Other than that, Kodi 17.1 attempts to fix issues with the PVR (Private Video Recorder) component, the EDL skipping functionality, the song smartplaylist, the replaygain feature for music files, and the controller buttons and SMB (Samba) support for Android devices. Kodi 17.1 also make it possible for the subtitle stream to no longer close when the audio channel is switched, no longer tries to read tags from Internet audio streams, fixes the music cleanup functionality when dealing with huge databases, and addresses a Kodi upgrade migration hang that some users reported when attempting to update add-ons. Download Kodi 17.1 right now from our website. Source
  9. Calibre 2.82 released Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced a new maintenance update of his open-source, free, cross-platform and powerful ebook library management software, versioned 2.82. Calibre 2.82 comes just one week after the previous point release, namely Calibre 2.81, which means that it's mostly a bugfix update that addresses various of the issues reported by users lately, and updates the supported news sources. The biggest change implemented in this release is a new keyboard shortcut (Alt+Up/Down Arrow) in the "Saved Searches" functionality of the Edit Book component to allow users to more easily move selected searches. Among the improvements, we can mention that Calibre 2.82 detects free samples as independent books by the Get Books component when the user searches for stores based on OPDS, such as Feedbooks. The Morning Paper news source is now supported A typo that caused last week's Calibre release to no longer dynamically update the metadata source plugins was fixed, and Microsoft UA (User Agents) won't be used anymore to download news sources because more websites serve JPEG XR images. Tags that contain commas in their names are now being ignored by the "Catalog Generation" feature when attempting to generate genres, and the "Amazon metadata download" functionality should now offer correct search results for books. Other than that, Calibre 2.82 fixes the template formatter functions to reload when a check library operation finishes, as well as an error that occurred during a shutdown, and preserves the selection of saved searches when using the arrow keys to move multiple items. The Morning Paper news source is now officially supported, and the Telegraph UK and The Economist ones received improvements. Download Calibre 2.82 for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems right now from our website. Changelog Source
  10. Linux kernel 4.10.4 released The fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.10 kernel series arrived this weekend with various improvements to some of the supported filesystems and architectures, as well as updated drivers. Announced by renowned maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman on the Linux kernel mailing list, Linux 4.10.4 is now the most advanced stable kernel version available to date for Linux-based operating systems, and it is recommended to all users. According to the appended shortlog, a total of 55 files have been changed in this update, with 463 insertions and 317 deletions. "I'm announcing the release of the 4.10.4 kernel. All users of the 4.10 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.10.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.10.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary," said Greg Kroah-Hartman. MIPS and PowerPC improvements, updated USB drivers Coming only five days after Linux kernel 4.10.3, the Linux 4.10.4 kernel is a small one, and among the changes implemented we can mention various improvements to the MIPS, PowerPC (PPC), s390, and ARM hardware architectures, a fix for an issue with the EXT4 file system, as well as lots of updates to the USB drivers. The I2C, TTY, media, GPU (Intel i915), iiO, MD, InfiniBand, MTD, and PCI drivers also received some fixes. If you're using a GNU/Linux distribution powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.10 series, we recommend that you update to version 4.10.4 as soon as possible, or as soon as it lands in the stable repos. We're also urging OS vendors to download the Linux kernel 4.10.4 source tarball from kernel.org org or via our website, compile and tweak it for their supported architectures, and distribute it to their users immediately. Source
  11. Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Beta 3 Firefox is the award winning next generation browser from Mozilla. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely, and more efficiently than with any other browser. Make the switch today - Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose. Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox's built in popup blocker. View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business. Homepage Changelog Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows en-US Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows All Languages Download - Other OS Download - Android Official Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/53.0b3-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/53.0b3-candidates/build1/
  12. Linux kernel 3.16.42 LTS released Immediately after releasing the Linux 3.2.87 LTS kernel, Ben Hutchings announced the release and general availability of the forty-second maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 3.16 kernel series. Linux kernel 3.16.42 LTS comes two and a half weeks after the release of the Linux 3.16.41 LTS kernel patch and is a massive update that changes a total of 339 files, with 3027 insertions and 1429 deletions. There are all sorts of improvements, for the networking and sound stacks, various filesystems and architectures, as well as dozens of updated drivers. "I'm announcing the release of the 3.16.42 kernel. All users of the 3.16 kernel series should upgrade. The updated 3.16.y git tree can be found at: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.16.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git," said Ben Hutchings in the mailing list announcement. The many improvements of the Linux 3.16.42 LTS kernel Linux 3.16.42 LTS improves support for the ARC, ARM, ARM64 (AArch64), CRIS, MIPS, PA-RISC, PowerPC (PPC), Sparc, Tile, and x86 hardware architectures, improvements to ATA, Bus, CLK, crypto, GPU (Intel i915, Intel GMA500, Nouveau, Radeon), HID, hwmon, I2C, iiO, InfiniBand, IOMMU, MD, ISDN, media, MMC, networking (Ethernet Atheros, Broadcom, Cisco, Emulex, Marvell, Mellanox, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Xilinx), PCI, s390, SCSI, SSB, thermal, TTY, VME, Xen, and USB drivers. The Btrfs, CIFS, Ceph, EXT4, F2FS, NFS, OCFS2, UBIFS, and XFS filesystems have also been improved, and numerous mm and core kernel bug fixes have been introduced. The sound and networking stacks also come with many changes for various of the supported components, including CAN, Bridge, Ceph, DCCP, DECnet, IrDA, IPv4, IPv6, L2TP, LLC, mac80211, Netfilter, packet scheduler, SCTP, SunRPC, vmw_vsock, wireless, ALSA, and many others. Those of you who are using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by a kernel from the long-term supported Linux 3.16 series are urged to update their installations to the Linux kernel 3.16.42 LTS patch as soon as possible, or as soon as it lands in the stable software repositories. OS vendors are also urged to download the source tarball of the Linux 3.16.42 LTS kernel from kernel.org or via our website, compile and tweak it for their supported architectures, and seed it to their users. Source
  13. Wine 2.4 released The Wine 2.4 development release is now available for download continuing the road to the next major update of the free and open source implementation of Windows on Unix. Wine 2.4 comes two weeks after the release of Wine 2.3 and ships with a built-in implementation of cryptographic hashes, an updated Mono engine that ports many upstream fixes, some additional Direct3D command stream work, various XML reader improvements, and simulated italic and bold support in the DirectWrite component. A total of 32 bugs have been fixed in the Wine 2.4 release. More Windows apps and games work out of the box on your favorite GNU/Linux distribution. Among the improved apps, we can mention Kontact 5.6, Lotus Smartsuite 3.1, ACDSee Pro 9 (64-bit), ARC client, Xuzhou network client, Gómez PEER Zone, Polaris Office, Kontact 5.6, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Poedit, QuickBooks 5.0, and Native Instruments Native Access 1.0.25 (R37). Improved Windows games, better Nvidia GeForce GT 525M support The Secret Files 3 Demo, Aliens vs. Predator (2010, Steam), Rollcage Redux 1.3.8, The Next BIG Thing, Galactic Civ 3, DOOM, and Steep (Ubisoft) games should also work better on your Linux-based operating system, along with the BlueByte Game Channel, which should no longer fail to install. Wine 2.4 also recognizes Nvidia GeForce GT 525M graphics cards. Below we've attached the full changelog if you're curious to know what bugs have been resolved, and you should also take a look at the official release notes. In the meantime, you can download the Wine 2.4 source tarball right now from our website if you want to install it on your GNU/Linux distro, or wait until it lands in the stable software repositories. Please update as soon as possible if you fancy running Windows games and apps on your Linux box. Wine 2.4 Changelog Source
  14. Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 52.0.1 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/
  15. LibreOffice 5.3.1 released Softpedia was informed today by The Document Foundation about the general availability of the first point release to the LibreOffice 5.3 open-source office suite for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows. LibreOffice 5.3.1 comes one and a half months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3, a major branch that introduced exciting new features for users of the popular office suite. These include the experimental MUFFIN user interface with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI, as well as the first source release of LibreOffice Online. During these past six weeks, LibreOffice 5.3.1 received two Release Candidate (RC) development versions, which fix about 100 bugs and regressions that have been either discovered by the LibreOffice developers/contributors or reported by users from the previous version. "LibreOffice 5.3.1 is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, as it is focused on bleeding edge features. For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests the just released LibreOffice 5.2.6, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals," reads today's announcement. LibreOffice 5.3.2 coming in the first week of April If you're curious to know what changes have been included in today's LibreOffice 5.3.1 maintenance update, we recommend studying the release notes of the RC1 and RC2 development builds. However, we suggest that you download LibreOffice 5.3.1 for GNU/Linux, macOS or Microsoft Windows and update as soon as possible. The LibreOffice 5.3 stable series will be supported until November 26, 2017. During these eight months, it will receive no less than five point releases, the next one, LibreOffice 5.3.2, being scheduled for the first week of April. After that, users should expect to get a new update in May, June, August, and October. If you're still using the LibreOffice 5.2.x branch on your personal computers, which recently received its sixth maintenance update, we suggest upgrading to LibreOffice 5.3 before June 4, 2017, when the LibreOffice 5.2.7 point release (scheduled to launch in the first week of May) will also mark the end of life of the series. Source
  16. Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 ESR RC 1 Note: Only Linux candidates RC downloads available for Build 1. Use Build 2 for Windows & Mac[Other OS] posted below. Windows en-US: - Not Available for this RC 1. Use RC 2 below. x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1esr.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build1/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1esr.exe Windows All languages: - Not Available for this RC 1. Use RC 2 below. https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build1/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build1/win64/ Other OS: - Available - Linux Only https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS - Not Available for this RC 1. Use RC 2 below. SHA512SUMS.asc - Not Available for this RC 1. Use RC 2 below. Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 ESR RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1esr.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1esr.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1esr-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc @coua & @Kalju: I think you both didn't notice the Notes above links. I've clearly stated that only Linux version is available for this build 1 at the time of posting. @coua: You can check your quote too. Now, build 2 is released and it is available for all OS.
  17. VirtualBox 5.1.18 and 5.0.36 released Oracle announced the availability of two new maintenance updates for the 5.1 and 5.0 stable branches of the open-source and cross-platform Virtualbox virtualization software for all supported platforms. VirtualBox 5.1.18 is now the newest and most advanced version of the 5.1 series, bringing improvements for Shared Folders by addressing two regressions discovered in the previous point release. Specifically, it fixes an issue with access to long paths and case-insensitive filename access, but only for Windows guests. These two bug fixes for Shared Folders have also been implemented in the VirtualBox 5.0.36 release, the most advanced in the 5.0 series, which also fixes an issue with virtual machine log collection for the VBoxBugReport component, as well as the autostart service script for Linux hosts, which were also fixed in the VirtualBox 5.1.18 release. Other than that, it looks like the VirtualBox 5.1.18 update addresses a Windows Additions regression from the VirtualBox 5.1.14 release related to automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer operating systems, and patches two API bugs that improve snapshot handling of PCI device and medium attachments. Last but not least, VirtualBox 5.1.18 fixes a regression from VirtualBox 5.1.16 that makes 32-bit Windows guests in raw mode to be able to boot again when using the ICH9 chipset in settings. Download VirtualBox 5.1.18 and 5.0.36 for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems right now from our website. Source
  18. xf86-video-ati 7.9.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3.0 released Michel Dänzer announced today the general availability of new maintenance updates for the open source AMDGPU (xf86-video-amdgpu) and Radeon (xf86-video-ati) graphics drivers. xf86-video-ati 7.9.0 and xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3.0 are now available for download and they are coming soon to a GNU/Linux distro near you to improve your gaming experience if you're using an AMD Radeon graphics card. Both releases come with the ability to use DRM render nodes for DRI3 clients if they are available, and allow the TearFree option to be toggled at runtime by using a RandR output property called "TearFree." It is important here to mention the fact that the "TearFree" xorg.conf option can now be used to control the default value of the output properties. Also, both releases offer support for versions 1.10 to 1.19 of the X.Org Server display server. Glamor is now used by default for 2D acceleration The xf86-video-ati 7.9.0 driver now uses Glamor by default for 2D acceleration with Radeon R600 or higher graphics processing units and X.Org Server 1.18.3 or later. It also supports loading of the AMDGPU driver from the ATI wrapper driver. Additionally, xf86-video-ati 7.9.0 comes with the 10-radeon.conf xorg.conf.d snippet for X.Org Server 1.16 or later, allowing the Radeon driver to be loaded automatically even if the ATI wrapper driver is not installed. On the other hand, the xf86-video-amdgpu 1.3.0 release now uses the libdrm_amdgpu functionality to determine the marketing name of the AMD Radeon GPU you're using, removing corresponding tables from the driver. Packagers are being informed that they need to ship the new 10-radeon.conf file in the same package as the radeon_drv.so library when updating xf86-video-ati to version 7.9.0. Many other small bug fixes were implemented so check the full changelogs for more details. Source
  19. The man who runs Munich's central IT says there is no practical reason for the city to write off millions of euros and years of work to ditch its Linux-based OS for Windows. The city authority is widely expected to swap Linux for Windows, due to support among Munich's ruling SPD-CSU coalition for phasing out the use of open-source software. Last month, the general council backed a proposal that the administration should investigate how long it will take and how much it will cost to build a Windows 10 client. Once the details are known, the council will vote on whether Windows should replace LiMux, a custom version of the Ubuntu OS that is used by more than 15,000 staff across the authority. The changeover would take place by 2021. But now the man in charge of Munich's central IT provider, [email protected], has said there is no technical reason to switch back to Windows, expressing surprise at the decision that the city should prepare to return. "We do not see any compelling technical reasons for a change to Windows and Microsoft Office," [email protected] head Karl-Heinz Schneider told German publication Heise. Schneider said Munich had solved compatibility problems related to running line-of-business software on LiMux and swappping documents with outside organizations. These compatibility issues were cited by CSU politicians as being a key reason why Munich needs to change OS and to drop LibreOffice and other open-source software in favor of "commonly-used" alternatives. "We've solved compatibility and interoperability problems by providing MS Office, mostly virtualized, at the workstations that need to work with external organizations using Office documents," he said. In general, "[email protected] knows no major technical problems with LiMux and LibreOffice", he added. Schneider echoed the findings of an earlier report by consultants Accenture and arf, that the problems with IT at the council were related to the fragmented structure of the city's IT management, which falls under both the central [email protected] and local IT departments. According to Schneider, this disjointed setup has resulted in some municipal offices being issued slower machines and outdated software by their local IT departments. "This leads to a variety of old and ancient LiMux, Windows and Office versions," he said, adding this even included unsupported OSes, such as Windows XP and 2000. Munich still runs a minority of Windows machines, where their use is unavoidable. Where there had been IT failures within Munich in recent years, such as in the District Council (KVR), these "never had anything to do with LiMux", he said, with the department in question using only Windows clients, and Linux and Windows servers. Schneider also pointed out that in sidelining LibreOffice, the politicians' proposal was ignoring the consultants' recommendation that the open-source office suite should continue to be used "as a standard". In past employee surveys, users complained of intermittent, rather than persistent, issues, with problems cited included printing, viewing and editing documents, unstable programs, poor usability and difficulty exchanging documents with outside parties. They didn't single out LiMux or LibreOffice for criticism, although in later correspondence with the administration, some departments did blame the move to open-source software. Ahead of last month's council vote on the future of LiMux, Kristina Frank, party member with the CSU, told the meeting that operating system's continued use was no longer viable. "Most workplaces in Germany and worldwide are running other clients. Linux may be the right choice for many users but it's not for Munich," she said. "Our LiMux client fundamentally works but it's not efficient or intuitive and there are regular problems when you have to add other software, regular compatibility problems." However, Dr Florian Roth, leader of the Green Party at Munich, said LiMux was an easy scapegoat for problems stemming from organizational issues with the IT department, such as the slow rollout of new software. Björn Schießle, of the Free Software Foundation Europe, was encouraged that the SPD-CSU proposal to prepare for a return to Windows had been modified, so that the council will get to vote again on whether to switch back, once more is known about the costs. For the move to save money overall, using Windows would need to be considerably more effective as an operating system, because past estimates have put the price of Munich returning to Windows at more than €17m, not including software licensing and new infrastructure costs. However, the Green party's Roth, who is strongly opposed to returning to Windows, has said the switch back is very likely, due to support for the move among the majority of the Munich's politicians and Microsoft being incentivized to offer the city an attractive deal. 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 its then CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich, but the mayor at the time, Christian Ude, stood firm. More recently, Microsoft last year moved its German company headquarters to Munich. Munich City Council said it had no comment in respect to Schneider's statements. Source
  20. Replacing Linux with Windows Is Just a Political Decision, Munich IT Chief Says There were no technical issues and Linux was working fine, he says adding that all complaints have already been resolved One of the main reasons invoked by Munich officials concerned Linux reliability and usability, with the mayor itself using a research performed by Microsoft-partner Accenture to highlight the main issues that the city experienced with the open-source operating system, including what it called “printing, viewing, and editing documents” by employees of various departments. But although city officials claim the switch back to Windows is necessary in order to reduce costs and address all these compatibility issues, Karl-Heinz Schneider, the chief of IT at the City of Munich's IT services provider [email protected], says the transition to Microsoft’s operating system was nothing more than a political decision and has nothing to do with technical issues. In a recent interview, Schneider explains that both Linux and LibreOffice were working fine on Munich systems and there were no compelling technical reasons to switch to Windows. “Strange decision” Furthermore, he says the majority of issues reported by employees have already been fixed, and for compatibility reasons, IT experts in charge of the Linux systems put in place a virtualized infrastructure to access Microsoft solutions should they need to work with certain documents. “We do not see any compelling technical reasons for a change to Windows and Microsoft Office. We solved compatibility and interoperability problems by providing MS Office, mostly virtualized, at workplaces that need to work together with external offices on Office documents,” he says. Schneider explains that all the problems that have been reported by Munich officials “have nothing to do with Linux,” adding that they were caused mostly because of unqualified staff who made bad decisions. In the end, the IT expert believes that it was “very strange that these decisions are not made on the basis of facts, but emotions and political interests,” emphasizing that the Accenture study was presented in such a way that Linux would be put in a bad light. He says that even Accenture recommended sticking with LibreOffice, but the public opinion was easily influenced by comments that criticized the performance of Linux systems. Source
  21. Linux kernel 4.10.3 released Coming only three days after the release of Linux kernel 4.10.2, the third maintenance update to the Linux 4.10 kernel series was announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman a few moments ago. That's right, we're talking about Linux kernel 4.10.3, which already landed in the Testing repository of Arch Linux. According to the appended shortlog, the update appears to be quite big and changes a total of 94 files, with 1076 insertions and 712 deletions. We can't even imagine how much work was queued for the Linux 4.10 branch if the maintainers had to split them into two patches released about 72 hours from one another. "I'm announcing the release of the 4.10.3 kernel. All users of the 4.10 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.10.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.10.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary," said Greg Kroah-Hartman. There are mostly updated drivers In Linux kernel 4.10.3, we can notice that there are mostly updated driver, specifically for various graphics drivers like AMDGPU, Intel i915, Radeon, vmwgfx, etc. But there are also updates for the InfiniBand, NVDIMM (Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module), PHY, PWM, s390, TTY, Broadcom (brcm80211) wireless, Marvell mvpp2 Ethernet, HV, Bluetooth, and ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface). The rest of the patch is split between architecture improvements for s390, x86, and Xtensa, various bug fixes for the Andrew File System (AFS), autofs4, Btrfs, Ceph, CIFS, debugfs, FAT, NFS, and OrangeFS file systems, updates to the mac80211 wireless subsystem, as well as the usual mm and core kernel changes. We recommend checking out the mailing list announcement for all technical details. In the meantime, if you're using a GNU/Linux distribution powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.10 kernel series, we recommend that you update your systems to Linux kernel 4.10.3 as soon as possible, or as soon as it lands in the stable repositories. OS vendors are urged to download the Linux kernel 4.10.3 source tarball from kernel.org or via our website, compile and tweak it for their supported architectures, and release it to their users. Source
  22. Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Beta 2 Firefox is the award winning next generation browser from Mozilla. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely, and more efficiently than with any other browser. Make the switch today - Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose. Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox's built in popup blocker. View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business. Homepage Changelog Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows en-US Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows All Languages Download - Other OS Download - Android Official Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/53.0b2-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/53.0b2-candidates/build1/
  23. Test Command Line Version of Various Linux Distributions In Web Browser When Canonical launched an online demo version of Ubuntu, I liked the idea. It gives the look and feel of a real system. New users can try their hands on, without installing anything, right in their browser. On a similar note, there is a new website called termbox that lets you try several Linux distributions in your web browser. The difference here is that it doesn’t provide GUI. You’ll have the command line version of some popular Linux distributions at your disposal. termbox uses the tagline ‘Launch a Linux box with two clicks’ which is quite accurate. All you have to do is to click to select the Linux distribution and then click on launch (checking the captcha is a semi step as well). You’ll see a screen with Linux terminal. You can use it as you want because you get to be the root here. You can also change the theme of the Linux terminal. Arch Linux It is free to use and the session remains alive for 3 hours. It is deleted afterward. As of now, you can use the following Linux distributions: Ubuntu 16.04 Debian 8 Fedora 25 CentOS 7 Arch Linux openSUSE Tumbleweed You can visit termbox website and try your hands yourself: << termbox >> The tool is using HyperContainer in the backend (basically a container and this is why it is so quick to install and use) while the front end is powered by hterm. The website is free to use because 2 hours of a 512MB Termbox instance currently cost only around $0.0001. If you like, you can host the entire termbox on your own server for your specific usage. It is completely free and open source. You can find the source code on their GitHub repository: << termbox on GitHub >> To me it sounds a good idea, however, I am yet to figure out actual usage of such a tool. Running shell commands perhaps or getting the feel of a different Linux distribution? What do you think of termbox? What could it be used for? Share your views in the message box below. Source
  24. It Looks Like Ubuntu 17.04 Might Ship with Mesa 17.0.1 and X.Org Server 1.19.2 Both packages are now ready for testing in the proposed repo In his latest blog post, the developer reveals the fact that the long-anticipated X.Org 1.19 display server is now ready for public testing on a special PPA (Personal Package Archive) for Ubuntu 17.04, along with Mesa 17.0.1, which appears to rest in the proposed repository of the forthcoming distribution at the moment of writing. "I’ve prepared X server 1.19.2 along with the driver rebuilds for zesty on the staging ppa here: https://launchpad.net/~canonical-x/+archive/ubuntu/x-staging, " said Timo Aaltonen, Hardware Enablement, Field Expert Squad Team Lead at Canonical. "It also comes with Mesa 17.0.1 while it’s still stuck in zesty-proposed." A call for testing Of course, this is more of a call for testing than an announcement, so don't get too excited. Of course, it will be a huge achievement for Canonical to ship the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release with an up-to-date graphics stack based on X.Org Server 1.19 and Mesa 17.0, which translates to a major performance gain for your gaming experience. Therefore, if you want to see Mesa 17 and X.Org Server 1.19 in Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), we recommend that you set up a special partition and test drive the two technologies from the staging PPA linked above. Make sure that you report any issues you might encounter with your graphics cards, especially AMD Radeon and Intel users. According to Timo Aaltonen, Canonical's plan is to bring both X.Org Server 1.19.2 and Mesa 17.0.1 to the main repos of Ubuntu 17.04 next week, if everything goes well and there won't be any blockers, so fingers crossed for a better gaming experience on Ubuntu. Meanwhile, the Linux 4.10.1 kernel has landed in the Zesty Zapus repos. Source
  25. Google Chrome 57 released Just a few moments ago, Google promoted the Chrome 57 web browser to the stable channel for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. Chrome 57.0.2987.98 is now the newest stable version of the applications, and it looks like it comes with various new features and improvements that have been revealed during its Beta stages of development, such as CSS Grid Layout, an improved "Add to Home" screen, as well as a Media Session API (Application Programming Interface). "The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 57 to the stable channel - 57.0.2987.98 for Windows, Mac and Linux. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks," said Krishna Govind. "Chrome 57.0.2987.98 contains a number of fixes and improvements - a list of changes is available in the log." Chrome 57 ships with 36 security fixes In a continuous effort to improve the security and safety of Chrome users, Google's engineers managed to include a total of 36 security fixes in today's Chrome 57 update. Most of these vulnerabilities were discovered and patched by various developers that Google awarded with up to $7,500 USD, depending on the complexity of the bugs. Google Chrome 57.0.2987.98 is now available for download for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems from our website if you want to update your favorite web browser, but it's also coming soon via the built-in update system for Windows and macOS users. Check out the full release notes to see what security issues stand out, as well as the Chrome 57 Beta blog post to see all the changes that have been included in the final Chrome 57 release. Make sure that you update your installations as soon as possible to have a safe web browsing experience at all times! Source