Thursday, August 17, 2017

Krita 3.2.0 Released, Install on Ubuntu / Linux Mint and Debian

Krita is an open source application that provides users with a sophisticated graphical software for creating amazing paintings, drawings, sketches, and any other type of artwork. It was previously distributed as part of the deprecated KOffice office suite for the KDE desktop environment.
Features at a glance

The application features painting tools with brushes and colors, support for layers and channels, gradients, airbrush, erase tool, simple geometric forms, undo and redo support, zoom, color selections, as well as many filters. In addition, it allows users to create brushes from squares and circles, load and save images in the app’s native file format, add, merge, reorder and remove layers, or to load GIMP brushes, pipe brushes, patterns and gradients.

The program also allows users to use patterns and colours for filling the background, import and export images in any other format that is supported by the ImageMagick program, create layers with transparency, use RGB(A), gray(A) and color models, use high-quality scaling, and much more. Another interesting feature is the ability to work with Wacom tablets, which makes this application perfect for processional graphicians who want to create amazing artwork for blockbuster video games.

Read also about krita

Changes since the last release candidate:
  • Don’t reset the LUT docker when moving the Krita window between moitors
  • Correctly initialize the exposure display filter in the LUT docker
  • Add the missing pan tool a ction
  • Improve the “Normal” blending mode performance by 30% (first patch for Krita by Daria Scherbatyuk!)
  • Fix a crash when creating a second view on an image
  • Fix a possible crash when creating a second window
  • Improve finding the gmic-qt plugin: Krita now first looks whether there is one available in the same place as the Krita executable
  • Fix scroll wheel behaviour if Krita is built with Qt 5.7.1. or later
  • Fix panning in gmic-qt when applying gmic-qt to a non-RGBA image
  • Scale channel values correctly when using a non-RGBA image with gmic-qt
  • Fix the default setting for allowing multiple krita instances



Bug Fixes
  • There have been many fixes to the clone brush
  • If previously you suffered from the “green brush outline” syndrome, that should be fixed now, too. Though we cannot guarantee the fix works on all OpenGL systems.
  • There have been a number of performancei mprovements as well
  • The interaction with the file dialog has been improved: it should be better at guessing which folder you want to open, which filename to suggest and which file type to use.
  • Some cleanups when handling OpenGL
  • Show a clearer error when loading the wintab32.dll file fails on Windows
  • Fix a regression where bezier tools couldn’t close the curve and couldn’t create a second curve
  • Fixes for working with multiple windows in subwindow mode where one of the documents is set to “stays on top”
  • Fix resetting the Level of Detail cache when changing the visibility of a layer: this fixes an issue where after changing the visibility of a layer, the color picker would pick from an older version of the layer.
  • Save the last used folder in the Reference Images Docker
  • Don’t create nested autosave documents.
  • Add recognizing uc-logic tablets on Linux
  • Improve the stabilizer
  • Fix loading a custom brush preset that uses the text brush
  • Fixes to saving jpg or png images without a transparency channel
Read the full release notes for more information!.

How to Install & Update Krita 3.2.0 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint Derivative System :

To install/update Krita 3.2.0 on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus, Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.04, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0, Linux Lite 2.2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems, open a new Terminal window and bash (get it?) in the following commands: 

wget https://download.kde.org/stable/krita/3.2.0/krita-3.2.0-x86_64.appimage
sudo chmod +x krita-3.2.0-x86_64.appimage
./krita-3.2.0-x86_64.appimage

after installation is completed, open krita using this commad :
sudo krita

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Install Manokwari Desktop in Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.04 Derivatives

What is Manokwari?

Manokwari is a desktop environment developed by BlankOn developer with HTML5 and CSS3 technology. With a web-based desktop like Manokwari, if you are accustomed to designing for the web or understand programming languages like HTML5 and CSS3, ManoKwari can be easily modified according to your taste. Manokwari is also often referred to as a desktop application.

Desktop environment is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) on the desktop operating system. Consists of icon, file manager, toolbars, folders, wallpapers, and desktop widgets.

Manokwari Desktop at A Glance

Manokwari desktop at a glance is basically like ordinary Mac OS X desktop, with a top horizontal panel and a bottom dock. The difference is the Manokwari menu (it's officially called BlankOn Menu) when the user click "OI" icon on the top-left.



Read more about features of manokwari desktop environment

To install Manokwari on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus and 17.04 Zesty Zapus, please run the command below:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dotovr/manokwari
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install manokwari


After finished installation manokwari, log out your session and change your desktop session like this :



Install Vivaldi 1.11 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint Derivatives

Vivaldi is a feature-rich, next-generation web browser application based on the powerful and open source Chromium project, from which the popular Google Chrome web browser is derived. The application is freely distributed and cross-platform, created by the former CEO of Opera Software, built using modern Web technologies like React, JavaScript, Node.js, and Browserify.

A web browser designed for you

The main goal of the Vivaldi project is to make a highly flexible, low on resources and extremely fast web browser software that works across all mainstream computer operating systems, a web browser that is rich in functionality and designed for you, the user.

Vivaldi browser with improved accessibility features – advanced Reader Mode, an ability to easily turn off GIF animations and more control over Mouse Gestures. We have also rolled out a new application icon to freshen up the browser’s look.



What's new in Vivaldi 1.11 :

Advanced Reader Mode:
  • Vivaldi’s Reader Mode provides a clutter-free reading environment by stripping off unwanted advertisements, videos and other distractions. With version 1.11, users can adjust the settings right at the top of the page they’re currently viewing in the Reader Mode. Without having to navigate away from the page, they can choose the font type and size of the text, set the column width and line height, as well as select either dark or light background.
  • Vivaldi’s custom Themes add another dimension to the improved Reader Mode. Users can choose their custom Theme and apply it to the Reader Mode. Custom Themes in Vivaldi have programmatic support to enforce minimal contrast, which makes the browser more comfortable for people with visual impairments.

Easy way to turn off GIF animations:
  • Vivaldi now offers a simple way of turning off GIF animations – a convenient option for people who react to flashing images and want to avoid them. Clicking on the Toggle Images icon in the Status Bar at the bottom of the screen reveals three options for loading animations – always, once or never.

Adjustable Mouse Gesture sensitivity:
  • Editable Mouse Gestures in Vivaldi let users execute a command with a simple movement of the mouse. This accessibility feature lets users make their own mouse gestures at their convenience. In version 1.11, users get even more control over this feature with the ability to set the minimum stroke length for the gesture to be registered. The default minimum stroke length is set to 5 pixels and can be increased to up to 100 pixels, all controlled with a slider in the Settings.
Accessibility in Vivaldi:
  • Other popular accessibility features in Vivaldi include...
  • Spatial navigation – the ability to quickly navigate to content with less input.
  • Quick Commands and keyboard shortcuts – controlling the browser from keyboard.
  • Zoom – ability to zoom on selected pages and set a zoom level on a per tab basis.

Meet the new V:
  • Releasing version 1.11, Vivaldi updates its application icon to better reflect its innovative and yet playful side. The new icon with a rounder shape and a cleaner contemporary look has a friendlier appeal and makes the signature “V” stand out.

How to Install Vivaldi 1.11 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint Derivatives ?

To Install Vivaldi 1.11 on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus, Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 wily werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), Linux Mint 18 serena, Linux Mint 17.1, Linux Mint 17.2, Linux Mint 17.3 and other Ubuntu derivative systems, open a new Terminal window and bash (get it?) in the following commands:

For 32 bit system :
wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable_1.11.917.39-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i vivaldi-stable_1.11.917.39-1_i386.deb

For 64 bit system :
wget https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/vivaldi-stable_1.11.917.39-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i vivaldi-stable_1.11.917.39-1_amd64.deb

In case “dpkg” indicates missing dependencies, complete the installation by executing the following command:

sudo apt-get install -f



After installation is completed, run vivaldi using terminal or run from ubuntu dashboard, like this :
sudo vivaldi
From ubuntu dashboard :


To remove :
sudo apt-get remove vivaldi*
 Solus 3 Has Released, Bring New Kernel 4.12.7 and Many more

Solus is an independently-developed desktop Linux distribution. While the distribution is available in three editions (Budgie, GNOME and MATE), the project is perhaps best known for its work showcasing the Budgie desktop environment on a rolling-release platform. The project's latest release, Solus 3, features Firefox 55, LibreOffice 5.4, and a cutting-edge version of the Linux kernel

Solus is empowered by the shared vision of a strong community working for a common goal. All developments and improvements to Solus are by people who want to use their computers just like you do. Solus stands strong on an open platform, powered by industry-proven technologies, including GNU/Linux*.

With Solus, you can spend less time setting up tooling and more time coding. We support a wide variety of editors, programming languages, compilers, and version control systems, as well as containerization / virtualization technology such as Docker* and Vagrant*. Whether you're writing drivers in C or writing backend web services in Go, we have software that will fit your needs.

Whats New on Solus 3 ?

All of our editions feature:
  • Firefox 55.0.1
  • LibreOffice 5.4.0.3
  • Rhythmbox 3.4.1 with the latest release of the Alternative Toolbar extension
  • Thunderbird 52.2.1
Our Budgie and GNOME Editions ship with GNOME MPV 0.12 and our MATE Edition ships with VLC 2.2.6.

Hardware and Kernel Enablement

This new major version of Solus is now based on the latest stable branch of the Linux kernel, 4.12.7. This switch enables various hardware improvements for the latest AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA hardware. Users of the existing linux-lts kernel will continue to receive updates indefinitely, with the next major update to this branch scheduled to land in or around September.

Furthermore, we’ve enabled AppArmor LSM by default to provide functionality for snapd confining, as well as the introduction of a fully functioning Linux Security Module within our kernel builds.

Mesa has seen an upgrade to 17.1.6 and libtxc_dxtn has been updated to help improve reliability and graphical performance in some games.

Bluetooth controllers are now automatically enabled and our bluez now uses a stateless configuration. Users of wireless Logitech keyboards are able to utilize them during dm-crypt unlock of an LVM / LUKS rootfs.

To improve the out-of-the-box support for printing and scanning, we now ship with sane-backends, hplip drivers, and Canon UFRII LT printer drivers. Our hplip has been upgraded to 3.17.7, which improves cups support, recognition of Solus by hp-check, and udev rule location fixes.

Multimedia Upgrades

This release delivers ffmpeg 3.3.3, the latest in the 3.3 series, offering improvements such as a native Opus encoder, new multimedia filters, and VAAPI-accelerated MPEG-2 and VP8 encoding. We’ve also enabled support in ffmpeg for cdio, openal, webp, and other libraries.

Budgie is updated

Solus ships with our brand new release of the Budgie 10.x series, Budgie 10.4, as well as introducing our new branding defaults, adopting the stunning Adapta GTK Theme and Papirus Icon Theme, as well as complementing those design changes by adopting the Noto Sans font. We’ve also moved the primary panel from the top of the display to the bottom and tweaked panel widget spacing to make Budgie feel more spacious.




Whether it was implementing features, fixes, or improving / expanding translations, the Budgie community was integral to this Budgie release. So thank you to everyone that has contributed.

Gnome is updated 

Solus GNOME Edition has received numerous improvements to its curated, out-of-the-box GNOME experience, as well as featuring our new default GTK and Icon Themes, Adapta and Papirus respectively.


Solus GNOME Edition ships with the latest stable releases of the GNOME stack, such as GNOME Shell 3.24.3, Mutter 3.24.4, and Nautilus 3.24.2, as well as continuing to provide default extensions such as Dash to Dock, Impatience, and TopIcons Plus.

Read the rest of the release announcement for more information.

Download (pkglist):
Solus-3-Budgie.iso (1,174MB, SHA256, signature, torrent 
Solus-3-GNOME.iso (1268MB, SHA256, signature, torrent)
Solus-3-MATE.iso (1,280MB, SHA256, signature, torrent)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Ubuntu 16.04.3 Has Released, Whats New ?

Adam Conrad has announced the release of a new maintenance update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and the Ubuntu Community Edition projects. The new version, Ubuntu 16.04.3, provides fresh installation media with bug fixes and minor updates, but does not represent a new version of the open source operating system.

Powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel and Mesa 17.0 graphics stack from Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS is here for those who want to install the long-term supported Xenial Xerus series of operating systems on new computers which were or weren't supported by Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS or a previous point release. However, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS doesn't ship with support for 32-bit PPC architectures.

A point release is an updated version of the LTS installation image that rolls together all of these updates. This helps to reduce the number of packages and patches that a user has to download after installation.

Certain point releases also ship with a new hardware enablement stack (HWE). This is composed of a recent Linux kernel release, graphics drivers (including mesa 17) and display server.

Whats New on Ubuntu 16.04.3 ?

Of course, a new Ubuntu release doesn't come in a single flavor, and it's accompanied by all the other supported editions from the Xenial Xerus (Ubuntu 16.04 LTS) series, including Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 16.04.3 LTS, Mythbuntu 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 16.04.3 LTS, and Ubuntu Kylin 16.04.3 LTS.

As for the new features included in this flavors, we can mention that Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS comes with KDE Plasma 5.5.5 and KDE Applications 15.12, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS refresh hardware support for specific machines, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.3 LTS ships with GNOME 3.18, support for Snappy packages, and root-less X.Org Server, and the rest include various updated components.

Canonical will support the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system with maintenance updates for five years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, Ubuntu Base, and Ubuntu Kylin, and only three years for Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Mythbuntu, and Ubuntu Studio. Both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures are supported for Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS.

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04.3 ?

But if you installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS when it was first released (or you used the first point release image) you won’t get the HWE update automatically.

Instead, to install Linux Kernel 4.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, you need to opt-in

How? By running one single, simple command:
sudo apt install --install-recommends linux-generic-hwe-16.04 xserver-xorg-hwe-16.04
Let all updates complete fully and then restart your machine when prompted.

Existing users don't need to download the Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS installation images to update their systems, but only to perform a full upgrade via the command-line or by using a graphical package manager like Ubuntu Software or Synaptic Package Manager. If you want to reinstall or deploy Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on new systems, you can download the Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Live ISO images right now through our web portal.

Download: 

ubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,525MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
kubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,525MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
lubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (890MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
mythbuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,425MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntustudio-16.04.3-dvd-amd64.iso (2,722MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntukylin-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,577MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntu-mate-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,648MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
ubuntu-gnome-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,288MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist)
xubuntu-16.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso (1,271MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).

Monday, July 3, 2017

Upgrade to Linux Kernel 4.12 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint Derivatives

Linux kernel is the essential part of any Linux operating system. It is responsible for resource allocation, low-level hardware interfaces, security, simple communications, basic file system management, and more. Written from scratch by Linus Torvalds (with help from various developers), Linux is a clone of the UNIX operating system. It is geared towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliances.

Includes powerful features

Linux provides users with powerful features, such as true multitasking, multistack networking, shared copy-on-write executables, shared libraries, demand loading, virtual memory, and proper memory management.

Initially designed only for 386/486-based computers, now Linux supports a wide range of architectures, including 64-bit (IA64, AMD64), ARM, ARM64, DEC Alpha, MIPS, SUN Sparc, PowerPC, as well as Amiga and Atari machines.

What’s New in Linux 4.12

Among some of the many (many) new features, tweaks, changes and improvements in Linux 4.12:


  • Improvements to the F2FS (flash-friendly file system)
  • Initial support for GeForce GTX 1000 w/ Nouveau
  • Initial Radeon RX Vega support
  • Support for Intel RealSense SR300 camera, Razer Sabertooth & Mad Catz Brawlstick
  • USB Type-C port manager
  • Improved keyboard backlight support in Dell laptop driver
  • Support for the Intel volume button (intel-vbtn) driver
  • New ThinkPad T470 hotkey mappings
  • Sound driver fixes for Skylake, Atom SoCs
  • New sound drivers for various soundcards/chips

Among the additional ARM devices supported by Linux Kernel 4.2 is the Orange Pi PC2, the Rockchip RK3399 and RK3288, and some work on the NVIDIA Tegra X2.

BFQ — Better, Faster, Quicker
Reader Fran G., has his own highlight in this release: BFQ (Budget Fair Queue).

The name sounds fairly oblique, but as Fran explains in an e-mail to us (thanks Fran!), it could have a big impact on your desktop’s performance:

“The BFQ (Budget Fair Queue) has been developed in the last few years and only recently included in the mainline kernel. Some distributions already included this by manually patching the kernel, and there was a PPA available for Ubuntu as well. However, we now get this available to all!

In a nutshell: this is a I/O scheduler that balances how the system accesses data on a drive (HDD, SSD, etc.). BFQ targets desktop users by ensuring that at no point a single application is using all of the bandwidth. Sometimes when copying large files in Linux a user sees the system slow down down or freeze completely – this will now be a thing of the past!

I know your website doesn’t feature articles with low-level kernel functionality, but this is one with a big impact in usability IMHO.”

For more details on what is new this release you refer to this page or review the full Linux kernel 4.12 commit log.


How to Upgrade to Linux Kernel 4.12 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Elementary OS

To Install/Update and upgrade Linux Kernel 4.12 on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zelus, Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.04, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0, Linux Lite 2.2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems , open a new Terminal window and bash (get it?) in the following commands:

How to install Kernel 4.12 on 32 bit Ubuntu and derivative systems:

Download the needed packages:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.12/linux-headers-4.12.0-041200_4.12.0-041200.201707022031_all.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.12/linux-headers-4.12.0-041200-generic_4.12.0-041200.201707022031_i386.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.12/linux-image-4.12.0-041200-generic_4.12.0-041200.201707022031_i386.deb

Install the Kernel:
$ sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.12*.deb linux-image-4.12*.deb

Optional, remove the kernel:
$ sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-4.12* linux-image-4.12*


How to install Kernel 4.12.x on 64 bit Ubuntu and derivative systems:

Download the needed packages:

$ cd /tmp
$ wget \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.12/linux-headers-4.12.0-041200_4.12.0-041200.201707022031_all.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.12/linux-headers-4.12.0-041200-generic_4.12.0-041200.201707022031_amd64.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.12/linux-image-4.12.0-041200-generic_4.12.0-041200.201707022031_amd64.deb

Install the Kernel:
$ sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.12*.deb linux-image-4.12*.deb

Optional, remove the kernel:
$ sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-4.12* linux-image-4.12*


Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Released, will be supported until 2021

Linux Mint 18.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

Clement Lefebvre has announced the availability of a new release of Linux Mint. The new version, Linux Mint 18.2, is the latest update in the 18.x series and is built upon a base of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The new release will be supported until 2021 and is available in four editions (Cinnamon, KDE, MATE and Xfce). Linux Mint 18.2 features improvements to the X-Apps cross-desktop applications with improved short-cuts coming to the Xplayer video player and line sorting coming to the Xed text editor. The login screen is now powered by LightDM running the Slick greeter and includes support for HiDPI. The update manager has been tweaked to help users find their ideal balance between security updates and system stability

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.
To read the release notes, please visit:
“Release Notes for Linux Mint 18.2 Cinnamon”

What's New on Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" :

Cinnamon 3.4

  • One of the most notable improvements in Cinnamon 3.4 is the handling of desktop icons.
  • Icons can now be automatically aligned on a grid, either in lines or in columns.
  • They can also be automatically sorted in various ways: By name, by size, by type or by modified date.
  • You can also change desktop icon sizes with a click of a button, and desktop icons are now handled in their own separate process, which isn't tied to other nemo windows.
  • The various plugins of the settings daemon also now run in their own separate processes and are independent of each others. It is therefore now much easier to identify which plugin might be responsible for high memory or CPU usage, and when a plugin crashes it no longer affects the rest of the Cinnamon backend.
  • To provide better performance to the Cinnamon desktop, the CJS Javascript interpreter was rebased and now runs on mozjs 38.


Cinnamon Spices

You can add themes, applets, desklets and extensions to your Cinnamon desktop. These add-ons are known as "spices" and they are maintained by 3rd party artists and 3rd party developers.

The Cinnamon Spices website was rewritten from scratch.




The goal wasn't only to make it look better. This is part of a huge project to make spices more secure than before and to guarantee better quality and better compatibility with the Cinnamon desktop.

The site supports oauth authentication via Google, Facebook and Github to let visitors comment and like their favorite spices. As a consequence, it no longer stores passwords.

The maintenance of the spices themselves was moved to Github and every single change is now reviewed by the Linux Mint team to guarantee spices cannot be used for malicious purposes.

The development workflow was changed to allow anyone to provide bug fixes and translations to Cinnamon spices.

Along with spices authors, the Linux Mint team is now directly involved in the maintenance of all Cinnamon spices. Many spices were removed, many were fixed, many were updated and the team is now able to add support to spices not only for current versions of Cinnamon but even for upcoming ones.

Overall, this is a huge improvement for Cinnamon because the quality of the spices has an impact on how the desktop is perceived. We're getting closer and closer to a situation where everything "just works", where quality spices are easy to find and where they work in your language.

Blueberry
Bluetooth support is much improved in Linux Mint 18.2.

Here is what the new Blueberry user interface looks like:


A stack switcher was added in the toolbar and new settings were added to the application:



OBEX file transfers are now supported out of the box, so you can send files very easily over Bluetooth to your computer from any remote device.

An option was added also to make it easier to change the Bluetooth name of your computer.

Last but not least, in addition to its cross-desktop system tray, Blueberry now provides a Cinnamon applet which uses symbolic icons and looks similar to other status applets, such as the power, sound or network applets. When this applet is present, the tray icon is automatically hidden.

Xed
A lot of work went into Xed, the generic text editor.

The user interface features really exciting visual improvements. For instance, it comes with smart side and bottom bars which automatically adjust to the loaded content and which you can hide or show with a click of a button.



The ability to prefer dark themes was added, so if you’re using Mint-Y-Darker for instance, you can select whether your text editor should be light or dark.

“Word wrap” was made more accessible and added to the menu, so you can enable/disable that function straight from the menus, without going in the preferences.

You can also select a few lines and sort them by pressing F10, or by using “Edit -> Sort Lines”.

You can now zoom in and out with the menu, keyboard shortcuts or even the mouse wheel to modify the size of the text.

The search now supports regular expressions.

You can now switch between tabs with the mouse wheel.

Libpeas Python extensions are now supported so porting Gedit 3 extensions to Xed is now very easy.

Xplayer
The media player, Xplayer, also received improvements to its user interface.

All the controls and the seeker bar were placed on the same line and the statusbar was removed to make the application more compact.


Further information and screen shots can be found in the project's release announcements

Downloads Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya"

4MLinux 22.0 Has Released, a new stable version of the project's fast and lightweight

Zbigniew Konojacki has announced the release of 4MLinux 22.0, a new stable version of the project's fast and lightweight mini Linux distribution featuring JWM as the preferred desktop user interface. This version comes with several new features, including the ability to set it up as a LAMP server

4MLinux is a miniature Linux distribution focusing on four capabilities: maintenance (as a system rescue live CD), multimedia (for playing video DVDs and other multimedia files), miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and mystery (providing several small Linux games).

The status of the 4MLinux 22.0 series has been changed to STABLE. Create your documents with LibreOffice 5.4.0.1 and GIMP 2.8.22, share them using DropBox 28.4.14, surf the Internet with Firefox 54.0 and Chromium 59.0.3071.86, stay in touch with your friends via Skype 5.3.0.1 and Thunderbird 52.2.1, enjoy your music collection with Audacious 3.8.2, watch your favorite videos with MPlayer SVN-r37904 and VLC 2.2.6, play games powered by Mesa 13.0.4 and Wine 2.10. You can also setup the 4MLinux LAMP Server (Linux 4.9.33, Apache 2.4.25, MariaDB 10.2.6, PHP 5.6.30 and PHP 7.0.15). Perl 5.24.0 and Python 2.7.12 are also available.

Here is the full release announcement.


Download link:4MLinux-22.0.iso


Friday, June 23, 2017

OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 Has Released, Bring New Kernel 4.11.3

The OpenMandriva project is a fork of the Mandriva family of Linux distributions. The project's latest release, OpenMandriva Lx 3.02, features a number of package updates, including the Plasma 5.9.5 desktop environment, Wayland 1.12.0, systemd 233 and version 4.11 of the Linux kernel. OpenMandriva's kernel uses the BFQ scheduler for improved desktop performance.

About OpenMandriva

The OpenMandriva distribution is a full-featured Linux desktop and server, sponsored by the OpenMandriva Association. It is based on ROSA, a Russian Linux distribution project which forked Mandriva Linux in 2012, incorporating many of Mandriva's original tools and utilities and adding in-house enhancements. The goal of OpenMandriva is to facilitate the creation, improvement, promotion and distribution of free and open-source software in general, and OpenMandriva projects in particular.

This distribution has been sucessfully installed and run on a dual graphics chip notebook using Bumblebee.
A working i586 image is available however this will only install on genuine i686 boxes. If your machine is 64bit please use the relevant 64bit image.
OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 benefits from major updates and many minor fixes.

Main features in this release:

KDE

  • Frameworks 5.33.0
  • Plasma 5.9.5
  • Applications 17.04
  • Qt 5.8.0

Display subsystem

  • Xorg 1.19.3
  • Wayland 1.12.0
  • Mesa 17.1.1

Core

  • Kernel 4.11.3 (with BFQ as defailt I/O scheduler and UKSM enabled by default)
  • systemd 233
  • LLVM/clang 4.0.1
  • gcc 6.3.1_2017.02
  • glibc 2.25

Installer:

  • Calamares 3.1.0

More information can be found here
A selection of the most popular media players is included, such as SMPlayer, VLC and mpv.
Among graphic applications: Krita, ShowFoto and digiKam.
The ISO building program, omdv-build-iso, features improved support for creating personalised compilations.
The latest LXQt, the lightweight Qt desktop environment, is also included along with Plasma 5
Also we continue to provide support for the innovative F2FS, a filesystem designed specifically for Solid State Disks which gives great performance over other filesystems.
Our special tool OMA Welcome will open at boot. This unique application, recently enhanced, will help you to easily configure OpenMandriva to your needs as well as offering to install some common applications, such as VirtualBox, Dropbox, Wine and a host of others.

Additional information and updated package versions can be found in the release notes.

Download (MD5)OpenMandrivaLx.3.02-PLASMA.x86_64.iso (2,050MB, torrentpkglist).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FreeNAS 11.0 is Available Now, based on FreeBSD 11-STABLE

Joon Lee has announced the final release of FreeNAS 11.0, a new version of the project's specialist FreeBSD-based operating system designed for computers serving as Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices. This version replaces Coral (which suffered from serious bugs following its release) as the current stable FreeNAS

This version brings new virtualization and object storage features to the World’s Most Popular Open Source Storage Operating System. FreeNAS 11.0 adds bhyve virtual machines to its popular SAN/NAS, jails, and plugins, letting you use host web-scale VMs on your FreeNAS box. It also gives users S3-compatible object storage services, which turns your FreeNAS box into an S3-compatible server, letting you avoid reliance on the cloud. For a quick summary of what’s new in FreeNAS 11.0, watch the video below.





FreeNAS 11.0 is based on FreeBSD 11-STABLE, which adds the latest drivers and performance improvements. Users will benefit from the overall systematic, architectural, and performance improvements. Testing indicates that the kernel of FreeNAS 11.0 is 20% faster than the kernel of FreeNAS 9.10. FreeNAS 11.0 also introduces the beta version of a new administration GUI. The new GUI is based on the popular Angular framework and the FreeNAS team expects the GUI to be themeable and feature complete by 11.1. The new GUI follows the same flow as the existing GUI, but looks better. For now, the FreeNAS team has released it in beta form to get input from the FreeNAS community. The new GUI, as well as the classic GUI, are selectable from the login screen.

Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. DownloadFreeNAS-11.0-RELEASE.iso (549MB, SHA256).
Debian 9 Stretch is Released, Avaialble For Download

Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" is a major release that includes better support for modern hardware components and architectures, up-to-date core components and applications, as well as dozens of other new features, stability and security improvements, and countless bug fixes.

The Debian project, which develops the world's largest Linux distribution, has announced the release of Debian 9, code name "Stretch". The usual long-development cycle and conservative, well-tested nature of the product is a consequence of the distribution's support for a number of processor architectures (i386, amd64, arm64, armel, armhf, mips, mipsel, mips64el, ppc64el, s390x) and a wide range of deployment scenarios, including desktops (GNOME 3.22 as default, with KDE Plasma 5.8, LXDE, LXQt 0.11, MATE 1.16 and Xfce 4.12 also provided) and servers. Debian 9 comes with over 51,000 binary packages, a new record for a stable Debian release.

Highlights of Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch"

Highlights of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" release include support for the 64-bit little-endian MIPS (mips64el) hardware architecture, removal of support for the PowerPC (powerpc) architecture, new deb.debian.org mirror, and support for the X.Org Server display server to run as a regular user rather than as root.

Major improvements were implemented to the APT and aptitude command-line package managers, as well as the archive layouts, since the Jessie series, there's now a new archive for debug symbols, called debian-debug, and it looks like a new standard naming scheme is now used for naming network interfaces. Debian Stretch is also shipping with the first release of the Debian Astro Pure Blend.

Updated components include Linux 4.9 LTS kernel, GCC 6.3 as default compiler, Glibc 2.24, GnuPG 2.1, MariaDB 10.1, PHP 7.0, Python 3.5, Samba 4.5, Vim 8, GNOME 3.22, KDE Plasma 5.8, LXQt 0.11, MATE 1.16, and Xfce 4.12 desktops, Evolution 3.22 groupware client, as well as LibreOffice 5.2 and Calligra 2.9 office suites.

Debian Stretch is officially supported on 32-bit (i386), 64-bit (amd64), 64-bit ARM (arm64), ARM EABI (armel), ARMv7 (EABI hard-float ABI, armhf), MIPS (mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian)), 64-bit little-endian MIPS (mips64el), 64-bit little-endian PowerPC (ppc64el), and IBM System z (s390x) hardware architectures.

Those running the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" release on their personal computers will be able to upgrade to Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" right now, and those wanting to reinstall or deploy the new OS on other computers can download the installation mediums right now from the debian.org website.

Read the release announcement and see the what's new section of the release notes for further information. Debian 9 is available in several variant, including a full DVD set and a separate set of live DVD images with popular desktop environments, among other options. Here is the download link to the amd64 installation DVD image: 
debian-9.0.0-amd64-DVD-1.iso (3,628MB, SHA512torrentpkglist). The live images are also ready (SHA512): 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Upgrade Kenre 4.11.4 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Linux kernel is the essential part of any Linux operating system. It is responsible for resource allocation, low-level hardware interfaces, security, simple communications, basic file system management, and more. Written from scratch by Linus Torvalds (with help from various developers), Linux is a clone of the UNIX operating system. It is geared towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliances.

Includes powerful features

Linux provides users with powerful features, such as true multitasking, multistack networking, shared copy-on-write executables, shared libraries, demand loading, virtual memory, and proper memory management.

Initially designed only for 386/486-based computers, now Linux supports a wide range of architectures, including 64-bit (IA64, AMD64), ARM, ARM64, DEC Alpha, MIPS, SUN Sparc, PowerPC, as well as Amiga and Atari machines.

Changelog

How to Upgrade to Linux Kernel 4.11.4 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Elementary OS

To Install/Update and upgrade Linux Kernel 4.11.4 on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zelus, Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak, Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.04, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0, Linux Lite 2.2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems , open a new Terminal window and bash (get it?) in the following commands:

Ubuntu 32 bit :
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104-generic_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_i386.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-image-4.11.4-041104-generic_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_i386.deb

Ubuntu 64 bit :
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104-generic_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_amd64.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-image-4.11.4-041104-generic_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_amd64.deb

Lowlatency Kernel 32 bit :
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104-lowlatency_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_i386.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-image-4.11.4-041104-lowlatency_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_i386.deb

Lowlatency Kernel 64 bit :
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_all.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-headers-4.11.4-041104-lowlatency_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_amd64.deb http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11.4/linux-image-4.11.4-041104-lowlatency_4.11.4-041104.201706071003_amd64.deb

Update and upgrade Linux Kernel 4.11.4 :
# sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Atfer install complete, update grub and reboot your computer and choose new kernel in grub :
# sudo update-grub
# sudo reboot



The source is available now. Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

WARNING: Installing a new kernel may render your system unusable or unstable. If you proceed with the installation using the instructions below, make sure you back up any important data you have to an external hard drive. 

Tanglu 4.0 Has Released, Called "Dasyatis"
Matthias Klumpp has announced the release of Tanglu 4.0 which carries the code name "Dasyatis". 

Tanglu KDE is an open source Linux operating system combines the stable base of Debian GNU/Linux with the complexity of the KDE Plasma Workspaces and Applications desktop environment.

Includes top notch and up-to-date applications

Including top notch and up-to-date applications, the Tanglu Linux operating system is a fast distro that tries to offer one of the best desktop experiences for both enthusiasts and regular users. Just like Ubuntu, Tanglu is designed by human beings, for human beings.

Supports 64-bit and 32-bit architectures

This edition is distributed as two Live DVD ISO-hybrid images that support both 64-bit and 32-bit (PAE) architectures and can be deployed on USB flash drives. The boot menu is identical with the one used on the GNOME flavor of Tanglu Linux

Tanglu 4 comes - due to being frozen for far too long - without the latest and greatest packages, but still with some notable changes. The KDE Plasma version is at 5.8, while the GNOME desktop is available in version 3.20 with some pieces from GNOME 3.22. The KDE Plasma design was updated with some suggestions from KDE designers at Akademy last year. Tanglu is a fully usrmerged system by default now, with no option to switch back to split-/usr or opt-in option (like in previous releases). Additionally, we support installing on UEFI systems without legacy mode now, which was a much requested feature and took quite a while to make it work reliably with the Calamares installer. We do not, however, support secure boot on EFI systems yet.

Here is the full release announcement as published on the project's News page.

Download (SHA256pkglist)):
tanglu-dasyatis-kde-live-amd64.hybrid.iso (1,356MB)
tanglu-dasyatis-gnome-live-amd64.hybrid.iso (1,289MB)
tanglu-dasyatis-core-live-amd64.hybrid.iso (462MB).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

KXStudio 14.04.5 Released, is Avaialable For Download

KXStudio is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a collection of applications and plugins for professional audio production. Besides developing a complete operating system on a live DVD, the project also provides a custom set of audio applications and utilities (such as a full-featured audio plugin host and a JACK patch bay), a wide range of open-source audio plugins and Linux ports, and software repositories compatible with the Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu distributions.

Lots have changed in the applications and plugins for Linux Audio (even in KXStudio itself), so it was about time to see those ISO images updated.
Behind the scenes, from what the user can see, it might appear as nothing has truly changed. After all, this is an updated image still based on Ubuntu 14.04, like those from 2 years ago.
But we had a really big amount of releases for our beloved software, enough to deserve this small ISO update.
There is no list of changes this time, sorry. The main thing worth mentioning is that base system is exactly the same, with only applications and plugins updated.
You know the saying - if ain't broken, don't fix it!

Here is the full release announcement as published on the project's News page.

Download