LXLE 16.04.1 released

Following the release of first point release in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS series, LXLE team has also announced release of 16.04.1, first updated release in project's 16.04 series which is known by the code name Eclectica. LXLE is a lightweight GNU/Linux distribution built over core Lubuntu release.

LXLE 16.04.1 release brings all updated packages from official Ubuntu repositories, additionally it has added PPA's to provide latest version of packages like LibreOffice. Also, some of the applications from GNOME packages has been replaced with their MATE counterparts to offer consistent user experience.

Credit : LXLE blog
All software has been updated to their latest stable versions available for Ubuntu 16.04.1. Added PPA's ensure up to date apps of some of the most popular software such as LibreOffice. Overall the apps has been streamlined and slimmed. Even with the inclusion of three small Assistive Technology programs like a maginifier and onscreen keyboard.

This version of LXLE was pretty difficult. A number of Gnome apps had to be replaced with their Mate twin application to maintain a consistent user interface. Many programs and solutions had to come from many different sources to make 16.04.1 of LXLE possible. A very eclectic OS. Hence the name, Eclectica.
You may find a detailed release announcement in projects blog, along with several screenshots.

7 popular terminal games for GNU/Linux

Do you think that terminal games has lost their scope? Or a game should use most modern graphic features to make it good? Well, personally I don't think so. Games are great as long as it is capable to entertain people.

Most of the modern popular games make use of advanced graphics technologies to provide best experience to users. But these games are mostly targeting serious gamers and not meant for people who play games for fun. Also, these games requires sophisticated hardware resources and there is no reason for non-serious gamers or non-graphic designers to have such a system.

There are some terminal games, which make use of limited resources available on terminal to entertain people. It is a good choice for people who are looking for some small games to relieve their stress during serious work.

The opensource portal has published a list of 7 popular open source games for terminals. These games are 2048, BSD Games, Moon buggy, Nethack, ninvaders, nudoku and Robot Finds Kitten.

All these games can be installed in Fedora with following command.
$ sudo dnf install -y nethack bsd-games 2048-cli ninvaders nudoku moon-buggy robotfindskitten

Or you can use following command to install all these games except 2048 and nudoku
$ sudo apt install  nethack-console bsdgames  ninvaders  moon-buggy robotfindskitten
For me, this has meant replaying some of my classic favorites from the 90s and early 2000s, or newer independent games which pay homage to the styles and gameplay of my older picks. As a Linux gamer, it's had the added bonus of providing a high quality gaming experience with very little effort on a computer that is far from top-of-the-line.

Many of my favorites have had dedicated Linux ports created through the years, and still others run flawlessly on Wine or inside of DOSBox. While the games themselves may not be open source, at least much of the rest of my computing stack is open, and for that matter, also free-as-in-beer.
You can find brief description of all these games in original article published by opensource portal.

How to install Budgie Desktop 10.2.6 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Budgie is an independently developed, lightweight, full featured desktop environment developed by Solus project. Even though it is developed from scratch, it make use of GNOME 3 components in some extend to avoid reinventing wheel. However, it avoids all bulkiness of GNOME and brings best experience to the user.

This article is written for people who prefer to test budgie desktop on their existing Ubuntu installation. If you are planning to be a serious budgie user, then it is highly recommended to use budgie-remix - an unofficial flavor of Ubuntu featuring budgie desktop. The budgie-remix project is expected to be an official community flavor of Ubuntu in near future. With budgie-remix you can get more support from it's maintainers.

budgie desktop in budgie-remix 16.04

At the time of writing this tutorial, budgie-desktop is not a part of official Ubuntu repository. So you need to add a third party repository maintained by budgie-remix developers.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:budgie-remix/ppa
Then update package list as usual using apt command.
$ sudo apt update
One you are done with package update, it is time to install budgie desktop.
$ sudo apt install budgie-desktop
Done!!. You are done with installation of budgie desktop. Now reboot your system or restart display manager to introduce budgie desktop entry in desktop environment list.When you login next time, choose budgie desktop from the list of desktop environment and proceed.

Yes. You have successfully installed an logged into budgie desktop session. In case of any issues with installation of budgie desktop, please get back to us on comments.

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf reached end of life

Previous non-LTS release of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf has reached end of life on 28th June of 2016. This means no more updates will be available for this release and all existing users are recommended to upgrade their system to newer versions of Ubuntu.

As per Canonical policy life time of LTS(Long Term Supported) releases is 5 years and it is 9 months for non LTS releases. For official community LTS releases of Ubuntu such as Kubuntu, Lubuntu, XUbunut ..etc life time is 3 years. During the life time of a distribution Ubuntu maintain packages and provide security updates for critical issues reported.

Ubuntu 15.10 was released on 22nd October 2015 and being a non-LTS release it has completed it's 9 months of life period and has reached its predefined end of life.

This is a follow-up to the End of Life warning sent earlier this montho confirm that as of today (July 28, 2016), Ubuntu 15.10 is no longerupported.  No more package updates will be accepted to 15.10, andt will be archived to old-releases.ubuntu.com in the coming weeks.

Ubuntu announced its 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) release almost 9 monthsgo, on October 22, 2015.  As a non-LTS release, 15.10 has a 9-monthonth support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearingts end and Ubuntu 15.10 will reach end of life on Thursday, July8th.  At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer includenformation or updated packages for Ubuntu 15.10.
You can find a mail announcing end of Ubuntu 15.10 on Ubuntu Announce mailing list.

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Alpha 2 released

The Ubuntu development team has announced availability of Ubuntu 16.10 Yaketty Yak for testing. This release announcement is also applicable for  other official community flavors of Ubuntu like Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin,and Ubuntu MATE.

Ubuntu 16.10, second development version of upcoming stable Ubuntu release includes fixes for several bugs reported in previous development release and it includes updated packages for testing. Since this a development release at early stage of development, it is likely to find some issues with this release and hence it is not recommended for people who are looking for a stable operating system.

Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing  stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into ccasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for buntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, eporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider esting. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some ugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in he release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the akkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available, ystem installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be erified against the current daily image before being reported in aunchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already een fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy rying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your ystem is up to date before reporting bugs.
You can find official release announcement in Ubuntu developer mailing list.

Download Lubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2

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OPNsense 16.7 released with UEFI support

The OPNsense team has released OPNsense 16.7, latest stable version of FreeBSD based, open source, user friendly firewall and routing platform. OPNsense 16.7 is a major release after 6 months. Within this 6 months, project has released 20 minor releases.

OPNsense 16.7 which named as Dancing Dolphin comes with several updated packages and some new features. Following are some notable highlights of this release.
  • Suricata 3.1.1 with Intel Hyperscan support
  • NetFlow-based reporting and export
  • Traffic shaping using CoDel / FQ-CoDel
  • Two-factor authentication based on RFC 6238 (TOTP)
  • HTTPS and ICAP support in the proxy server
  • FreeBSD 10.3 with full integration of HardenedBSD ASLR
  • UEFI boot and installation modes
  • Substantial updates tour language packs: Japanese, Russian, German, French, Chinese
For more information on this release, checkout release announcement published in OPNsense forum.

Deepin File Manager v1.0 released - Simple but sophisticated

The Deepin Technology has unveiled Deepin File Manager v1.0, first release of simple, easy to use, advanced file manager. This file manager is functionally similar to other file managers, but additionally it provides sophisticated features like clean navigation bar, intelligent search feature, different views, improved user experience ..etc.

Credit : Deepin Technology
Some notable highlights of Deepin file manger includes:
  • Offers a simple and refreshing user experience - Traditional side bar facilitate easier navigation between different directories and partitions. Different file listings are available
  • Intelligent search feature to locate files easily - Navigation bar combined with search feature which will allow easy switching between file navigation and search.
  • Context menu options to perform all common operations - Context menu includes all common operations like open, open with, send to desktop, add bookmark, open in terminal, copy, move, delete, properties, rename, compress ..etc
  • Better status information, clear progress information for tasks like file copy, file move ..etc
For more information and screen shots, see release announcement published in Deepin blog.

Canonical joined Document Foundation project advisory board

The Document Foundation - team behind popular open source office suite LibreOffice - has announced joining of Canonical - team behind Ubuntu - on project advisory board of document foundation.

LibreOffice productivity suite is an integral part of Ubuntu since it's first release on 2011. Also, LibreOffice will be one of the first applications that make use of snap - universal package management system introduced by Canonical which will make it easier to maintain LibreOffice packages.

Canonical is one of the well wisher of Document Foundation projects since it's beginning and is one of the major sponsor. Canonical as member of project advisory board can help to share it's insights and experience in making of LibreOffice to take into another level - Said Marina Latini, Chairwoman of The Document Foundation.

Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu, the leading operating system for cloud and the Internet of Things. Most public cloud workloads, new smart gateways, self-driving cars and advanced humanoid robots are running on Ubuntu. Additionally, Canonical leads the development of the snap universal Linux packaging system for secure, transactional device updates and app stores.

“Canonical has been an active member of the LibreOffice community since the early days, and one of the most frequent sponsors of the LibreOffice Conference. By becoming a member of the project Advisory Board, Canonical will provide the experience and the insights necessary to improve the presence of free software – and LibreOffice – inside enterprises and public administrations worldwide”, says Marina Latini, Chairwoman of The Document Foundation.

“We are extremely pleased to become a member of the LibreOffice Project Advisory Board and having the opportunity to provide our guidance and insights to help improve LibreOffice for users around the world,” said Will Cooke, Desktop Engineering Manager for Canonical. “At Canonical, we believe in the power of open source software. We are committed to developing it, and will support projects and initiatives that help to promote its benefits to a wider audience.”
See original press release published by Document Foundation for more insights on this news.

Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha released for testers

Mr Jeff Hoogland of Bodhi Linux has announced availability of Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha, first development release of upcoming stable Bodhi Linux 4.0.0. The team expects that, if everything goes well a stable image can be made available by September of this year.

Being a development release at early stage of it's development, Bodhi Linux team clearly mention that, this release is not meant for people who are planning to write a review or users who don't have purpose of testing distribution to find issues. The primary goal of this development release is to integrate Moksha Desktop with Ubuntu 16.04 and hunt for issues.

Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Alpha is only available for 64 bit architecture, however the team promises that final release will be available both in 32 bit and 64 bit varieties and also a PAE variation will be available. May be, the next development release will be available in other variations.

Not only is our first 4.0.0 alpha release here – but it is here relatively on schedule. If all goes according to plan we will have something stamped as stable before September hits. I would just like to be clear that this is far from a polished / finished product. I would encourage anyone wanting to write a review to wait to do so until our stable release. If you are not someone who is interested in helping find issues please wait as well.

This release is also only coming in 64bit flavoring. Hopefully with the beta release early next month I will have these other variations put together, but for now just 64bit is included with this alpha release. The primary purpose of this release is to start testing the Moksha desktop on the new Ubuntu 16.04 base to ensure there are not any unforeseen issues with this.
You may see original release announcement published in Bodhi Linux blog.

Point Linux 3.2 - Simply stable & productive : Review

Point Linux is a Debian based, desktop oriented GNU/Linux distribution that offers traditional user experience with MATE desktop environment. It is based on stable branch of Debian. Even though MATE is primary desktop environment offered by Point Linux, it also offers an Xfce variation.

Point Linux is nothing much more than Debian combined with MATE. However, being a desktop oriented operating system, it comes with some extra optimizations and tweaks to improve productivity. This includes default sudo user, extended hardware support and localization of applications during installation.

Latest issue of distrowatch weekly(24/07/2016) has published a review of Point Linux 3.2, latest stable release of Point Linux. This review observes that Point Linux is much professional comparing to many other distributions, is extremely stable, simple and easy to customize.

I do not want to make Point Linux into something that it is not. It is Debian with MATE (or Xfce) and not much more. The full featured desktop includes Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, Pidgin, Remmina, Brasero, VLC, Transmission, non-free multimedia codecs and hardware drivers. The desktop with core components ships with free multimedia codecs and drivers only. The beauty of Linux, and Debian, is that I can usually make it into anything I want to. Debian can have a few more difficulties than Ubuntu when attempting to add software and find things, but that is because the developers at Debian maintain stability is the most important feature. All of this means that I could have done whatever I wanted to Point Linux to make it into a distro that matches my liking a little more, but then it would no longer be Point Linux at its core. I have a tendency to change a distro so much that it may as well be my own, and I think many Linux users probably do the same. With that being said, I aim to review Point Linux, not some monstrosity Franken-Linux that is of my own creation.
Continue reading this review in distrowatch weekly.

Slackware 14.2 continues it's heroic journey - Review

Slackware is one of the oldest, long running GNU/Linux distribution. Recently released Slackware 14.2 places another golden feather on the crown of Slackware. Similar to it's predecessors, Slackware 14.2 also maintains saga of providing stable, consistent and conservative GNU/Linux distribution - A review published by distrowatch Weekly observes.

However, Slackware is not a good choice for newbies as it has outdated packages in official repositories, there is no automatic dependency resolution and lack of configuration tools. But, it is a good choice for people who prefer to keep same system for years and like to stick with slackware policy of not fixing anything if it is not broken - distrowatch review continues.

Source : Distrowatch Weekly
Slackware is the oldest surviving Linux distribution and has been maintained since its birth by Patrick Volkerding. Slackware has a well deserved reputation for being stable, consistent and conservative. Slackware is released when it is ready, rather than on a set schedule, and fans of the distribution praise its no-frills and no-fuss design. Slackware adheres to a "keep it simple" philosophy similar to Arch Linux, in that the operating system does not do a lot of hand holding or automatic configuration. The user is expected to know what they are doing and the operating system generally stays out of the way. The latest release of Slackware, version 14.2, mostly offers software updates and accompanying hardware support. A few new features offer improved plug-n-play support for removable devices and this release of Slackware ships with the PulseAudio software. PulseAudio has been commonly found in the audio stack of most Linux distributions for several years, but that is a signature of Slackware: adding new features when they are needed, not when they become available. In this case PulseAudio was required as a dependency for another package.
Read complete review of Slackware 14.2 published in distrowatch weekly.

Solus project withdraws release schedule of Solus 1.2.1

Brining an end to uncertainties, Solus project has officially informed that they are withdrawing release plan for Solus 1.2.1 which was expected to release last week. This was following the decision of project to switch to a rolling release model. The decision of Solus to switch to a rolling release model also invalidates plan for all future releases.

An official announcement published by Solus project regarding change of plans also highlight following points:
  • There is no longer a concept of separate major releases. You will always run on the current “distribution version”.
  • Support, therefore, does not end for the current, and only, series. Note however you are still expected to update your system. We’ll introduce some changes to make this simper to manage, of course.
  • There is no longer a concept of “1.3”, “2.0”, etc. Future ISOs will follow the internal versioning system
  • Future ISOs will land both features and package refreshes. Whilst you can always configure your installed Solus to match that of the ISO, through package selection, installer features are only ever available in reinstalls (This is the only time you ever see the installer)
  • The internal versioning system at present is based on the concept of major releases, so it will therefore be dropped. For example, the 1.2 release is internally referred to as: 1.201629.7.0. At minimum, we’ll drop the major version, and use this scheme in future ISO updates.
Continue reading original blog post in Solus blog.