GhostBSD 10.3 Enoch released with UEFI and ZFS support

The GhostBSD project has unveiled GhostBSD 10.3 with code name Enoch. This stable release of GhostBSD is coming after almost one year of development, testing and quality assurance activities. It is available in both Xfce and MATE flavors.

GhostBSD is a FreeBSD based, user friendly BSD distribution targeting desktop users. It combines powerful FreeBSD core with user friendly installer, hardware auto-detection scripts and pre-installed desktop environments which makes it more aligned to beginners.


GhostBSD 10.3 comes with numerous bug fixes and improvements. The major highlights of this release includes support of UEFI enabled systems and the ability to create ZFS partitions. Other notable highlights of this release includes:
  • Installer custom partition creation subjection
  • VirtalBox support get install in boot time if needed.
  • 4k partition alignment by default
  • GhostBSD Software will be updated Quarterly which will bring more stability to GhostBSD still user will be able to change it to latest to have the latest software update.
  • The installer partition editor UI and partitioning have been improved
  • VirtualBox additions would be uninstall after installer if it is not runnig in a VirtualBox
  • Slim is replacing GDM.
  • Networkmgr display the full SSID
  • Replaced the HTML/CSS installation slide with a GTK/CSS the slide.
For additional details and installation guide lines, see release announcement published in projects website.

Download GhostBSD 10.3 MATE Edition

Download GhostBSD 10.3 Xfce Edition

Fedora 25 Alpha released with default wayland support

Keeping the tradition of Fedora distributions, the fedora project has released Fedora 25 Alpha, first development build of upcoming stable fedora release. This release includes all official fedora flavors including fedora workstation, server, cloud and other community spins and lab editions.

Fedora 25 Alpha is shipped with latest development version of Linux Kernel and GNOME desktop. It is using linux kernel 4.8-rc2 and GNOME 3.21.3, which is a development release of upcoming stable GNOME 3.22. It is expected that, final fedora 25 release will be shipped with GNOME 3.22.


As different from usual fedora announcements and related news, this time fedora project has not published a release announcement in Fedora Magazine. However, a brief release announcement is available in Fedora Wiki Pages.
The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 25's editions in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 25 is expected in November. If you take the time to download and try out the Alpha, you can check and make sure the things that are important to YOU are working. Every bug you find and report doesn't just help you, it improves the experience of millions of Fedora users worldwide! Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as we can, and your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and Free software as a whole. 
For more information, you can see release announcement published in Fedora Wiki Pages and Fedora 25 release schedule.

Download Fedora 25 Workstation Alpha
 

Korora 24 is a fairly solid operating system : Review

Fedora is very much aligned with policies of Free Software Foundation, and it does not ship any proprietary package as part of operating system, except a few kernel blobs which are required to support certain hardware components. The commitment of Fedora to it's policies comes at the cost of user experience. If you install Fedora and want to use real world media files and other things, you will have to install some proprietary components and plugins yourself. This makes Fedora a non-noob distribution.

The Korora operating system is an attempt to overcome the limitations Fedora caused by it's commitment to 100% free software compliance. Korora combines Fedora base, with 3rd party packages and repositories to make it more usable and noob friendly distribution. It also, refines 5 different desktop environments with a wise choice of themes and packages to provide best user exprience.

Latest issue of distrowatch weekly(28th August 2016) has published a review on recently released Korora 24. The review observes that, Korora 24 is a fairly solid distribution and it has succeeded in choosing the right packages for users. This is done without being much different from parent distribution. In another words, Korora users can enjoy all benefits of Fedora, with additional Korora benefits.

Korora 24 MATE
The latest release of Korora, version 24, is based on Fedora 24 and includes the same changes and technology as its parent. The Korora release is available in four flavours (Cinnamon, GNOME, MATE and Xfce). A fifth edition featuring KDE's Plasma desktop is planned, but was not available when I began this review. The new release media is available for the 64-bit x86 architecture exclusively, however existing Korora 23 users who run 32-bit systems can perform live upgrades to Korora 24. The Pharlap driver manager has been removed from this release.

I decided to try the MATE edition of Korora 24 which is available as a 2GB download. The live media boots to the MATE desktop. At the top of the display we find the Applications, Places and System menus along with the system tray. Down the left side we find a quick-launch bar and there is a task switcher at the bottom of the screen. On the desktop is a single icon for launching the system installer. Shortly after the desktop loads, a welcome screen appears. The welcome screen offers us quick access to various resources, including a document on finding additional software and community support. The welcome screen provides us with a list of new features available in Korora 24 (such as version 6 of the GNU Compiler Collection). Other buttons on the welcome screen launch the system installer and open a web browser to the project's support forum.
You can continue reading complete review in distrowatch weekly.

Salix Xfce 14.2 released

Finally, the Salix project has announced release of Salix Xfce 14.2, latest stable release of Slackware based, simple, fast and easy to use operating system featuring Xfce desktop. This stable release comes a long time after previous stable release and comes with a lot of changes.

The Salix OS 14.2 can be installed in several languages including Dutch, Greek, Italian, German, Spanish ..etc. The 64 bit Salix OS now uses lilo boot menu instead of grub. Also this release comes with all updated packages including Xfce 14.2, Linux Kernel 4.4.19, glibc 2.2.9 and many more packages.

Salix 14.2 also introduces two in-house developed GUI tools. These tools are GUEFI, a graphical boot manager for UEFI systems and other one is gtkreposetup, a graphical front end for reposetup tools. These tools are expected to improve user experience.

With respect to other software included in this release, Xfce has been upgraded to 4.12. The main browser has been changed back to Firefox. The Firefox package now also includes langpacks for the most popular languages too, so it will most probably also be presented in your native language without having to install anything extra. Also, network configuration is now handled by NetworkManager, instead of Wicd, which would also help people connect using their mobile 3G/4G connections. Pulseaudio is now controlling the audio output by default, which should help a lot with bluetooth speakers, HDMI audio etc. Other than that it's mostly the same as in previous releases, with LibreOffice, Claws-Mail, Gimp, Parole, Transmission, Viewnior, Zim etc. Everything has been upgraded to their latest release at this point. Of course, the usual collection of Salix System Tools is included, so you can still use Gslapt and Sourcery for managing packages and SlackBuilds and also the usual tools for managing Users, System Services, the System Language and Keyboard settings etc.
For more information and discussions on this release, see release announcement published in Salix forums.

Download Salix 14.2 Xfce

Newly released Qt Creator 4.1.0 featuers Flat light & Dark themes

The Qt project has announced release of Qt Creator 4.1.0, latest stable release of cross platform supported, full featured IDE (Integrated Development Environment) with Qt design and development tools.

Qt Creator 4.1.0 comes with a lot refinements and new features. These features includes new flat light and flat dark themes which are extension of flat theme introduced in Qt Creator 4.0. The code editor now offers better code completion and facilitate easy code correction. In addition to bug fixes on C++ static analysis, the Clang compiler is used to fix many other issues. Also, Qt Quick Designer and QML profiler tools have made crucial performance improvements.


The main highlights of Qt Creator 4.1.0 can be summarized as follows:
  • Flat Light and Flat Dark themes, complementing the Flat theme which was added in 4.0
  • Text Editors now behave much better with regards to automatically inserting and skipping characters.
  • Aside from fixing bugs in the code model and static analyzer integration, we also updated our binary packages to use Clang 3.8.1, which also fixes many issues, especially with MSVC.
  • Both Qt Quick Designer and QML Profiler received many performance improvements.
  • Many bugs were fixed for supporting CMake projects, and the workflow further improved.
For more information see release announcement published in Qt project blog.

Antergos - A decent distribution that worth a try : Review

The Arch Linux is well known as a cutting edge, rolling GNU/Linux distribution. It is a good choice for people who prefer to experiment with latest and greatest technologies. But, the biggest disadvantage of Arch Linux is it's KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) principle. Arch provides a base installation image which need to be installed using command line and the user has to configure each and every component their own. This makes Arch a distant dream for newbies.

There are some GNU/Linux distributions like Manjaro, Antergos, Apricity OS ..etc which tries to combine advantages of Arch with user friendly interface. These distributions offers user friendly installers and configuration tools which makes things much simpler.


Antergos (earlier Cinnarch) - an arch based GNU/Linux distribution that combines powerful features of Arch Linux with a user friendly installer, essential packages and multilingual support.

The everydaylinuxuser portal has published a review of latest installation media of Antergos and this review observes that Antergos is a decent distribution that is worth to try. However, he also remarks that, it is not better than Manjaro as later provides a more refined user experience.

Antergos is an Arch based distribution and for the average Joe I would ordinarily stay clear of Arch because it requires a certain dedication to keep your system running.
The way I like to think of it is that most of us drive cars. Some of us drive cars to get from A to B and others of us really drive cars. Some people know about engines and care about really intricate things that the rest of us don't care about. I'm thinking along the lines of "Pimp My Ride".
Not everybody is going to take their brand new Kia and add twin exhausts, a spoiler and an expensive sound system in the back. Some of us just need a way of getting the dog to the beach.
In that sense Linux is the same. Some people just want to browse the internet, watch videos, keep up to date with friends and write the odd letter. Arch isn't for these people.
However Antergos is branded as a user friendly operating system which just so happens to have an Arch underbelly and knowing how well Manjaro have achieved the same feat I decided it is definitely worth giving Antergos a go.
You can read complete review in everydaylinuxuser's portal.

Manjaro 16.08 Pre-6 released, next release is expected to be stable

One week after fifth preview, the Manjaro team has announced availability of Manjaro 16.08 pre6, possible the last preview release before the stable Manjaro 16.08 Ellada. With this release, Manjaro developers were able to track down almost all known bugs and possibly the next release would be tagged as stable.

Manjaro 16.08 pre-6 has finalized some changes that need to be included in final release. This includes a polished QT5 theming for Xfce edition. Also the final Calamares installer was added to this release and it will remain the same in stable release as well.

Source : Manjaro Forums

As per current preview release, Manjaro has several updated packages such as Plasma 5.7.3, Firefox 48.0, Nvidia 370.23, LibreOffice 5.1.5, Systemd 231, Octopi 0.8.3 and Pacmac 4.1.2. The Linux Kernel was reverted to 4.4 series as there were some issues observed with 4.6 series. This release also includes Calamares installer 2.4 which has following highlights.
  • added support for reusing an existing /home partition if detected in the /etc/fstab file of an already installed operating system
  • new netinstall module which offers a choice of packages to install
  • rewritten large portions of the locale module, with new locale and timezone autodetection functionality and smarter management of locale.conf values
  • added support for an already mounted loop filesystem as source for the unpackfs operation
  • improved handling of partition colors in the partitioning interfacewhen operating on logical partitions
  • fixed a user name validation issue which could in some specific situations cause a failed installation
  • improved defaults in several configuration files
  • improved bootloader deployment on EFI systems with an existing EFI system partition
  • countless other bug fixes
For more information on this release,  see release announcement and discussions in Manjaro Forums.

Download Manjaro 16.08 Pre6 Xfce Edition

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KDevelop 5.0.0 released with better support for C/C++, Python, PHP, JS and QML
Saturday 27 August 2016 01:14 PM

The KDevelop project has announced availability of KDevelop 5.0.0, latest stable release of full featured, extensible, cross platform supported, open source IDE(Integrated Development Environment) that mainly focus on support for  the C++, Python, PHP and JavaScript/QML programming languages. KDevelop 5.0.0 is a result of 2 years of development effort after previous stable release, KDevelop 4.7

First beta releases are available for 6 Ubuntu 16.10 community flavors
Friday 26 August 2016 09:27 AM

Ubuntu 16.10 is gradually approaching it's expected delivery date. As a part of development cycle, 6 Ubuntu community flavors has announced availability of first beta release prior to upcoming 16.10 stable release. These community flavors includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Studio. The beta 1 release includes several updates those are ready for wider

Tor 0.2.8.7 released with critical bug fixes
Thursday 25 August 2016 08:12 PM

Keeping the commitment to provide a more secure way to use internet, the tor project has announced availability of Tor 0.2.8.7, latest bug fix release of tool to guide your internet traffic through dedicated servers to provide more anonymity and security while using internet and associated services. The Tor 0.2.8.7 release brings fix for an important bug associated with ReachableAddresses

What would you like to see most in minix? 25 year old messge of Linus Torvalds
Thursday 25 August 2016 07:10 PM

It was on 25st August 1991, Mr Linus Torvalds appeared first time on public, sharing his hobby of developing a free operating system. The operating system was mostly inspired by minix operating system and some tools from GNU project were already ported to this. Linus was trying to collect some opinion on his project also wanted to know the features that user's would like to have. That was the

FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 released with few more bug fixes
Thursday 25 August 2016 06:43 PM

Continuing the development of FreeBSD 11.0 cycle, FreeBSD project has announced availability of FreeBSD 11.0-RC2, second release candidate in projects 11.0 series. People who are interested to test this distribution can get installer images and usb images from projects download server. FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 provides a default user account with password freebsd for ssh access. This is to make things

Manjaro 16.08 pre 5 is available now
Tuesday 23 August 2016 08:59 PM

Continuing the development of upcoming Manjaro 16.08 stable release, Manjaro project has announced availability Manjaro 16.08 pre 5. Even though, a release candidate is expected as the project is approaching its dead line, developers has decided to provide another preview considering the need for a little more polish work. This development release has reverted to Linux Kernel 4.4.x as some

Fedora 25 is ready to feature wayland as default
Tuesday 23 August 2016 08:46 PM

Finally Fedora project has decided to use Wayland display manager by default in Fedora 25. Wayland is a new generation protocol for a compositor to talk with it's client, and also it denotes a C library implementation of protocol. It is supposed to be a simple replacement for current X display manager. Fedora project is experimenting with Wayland for last few years. It used to ship both Wayland

KDevelop 5.0.0 released with better support for C/C++, Python, PHP, JS and QML

The KDevelop project has announced availability of KDevelop 5.0.0, latest stable release of full featured, extensible, cross platform supported, open source IDE(Integrated Development Environment) that mainly focus on support for  the C++, Python, PHP and JavaScript/QML programming languages.

KDevelop 5.0.0 is a result of 2 years of development effort after previous stable release, KDevelop 4.7.x and within this two years the project has made a lot achievements. These achievements includes better support for C/C++, Python, PHP and QML/JS languages. Also, the project code has refractored thoroughly to make it more maintainable and extensible.

Credit : KDevelop Website

The most important highlight of KDevelop 5.0.0 is improved support for C/C++ languages. The project has replaced custom C/C++ code analysis engine with clang.
  • Even the most complex C++ code constructs are now parsed and highlighted correctly and reliably. In the end there's a compiler in the background -- KDevelop will complain exactly if it wouldn't compile.
  • Diagnostics are a lot more accurate and reliable.  For example, KDevelop can now detect whether or not there is an overload of a function available with the parameters you are passing in.
  • For many problems (e.g. misspelled variable names, missing parentheses, missing semicolon, ...), we get suggestions on how to correct the problem from clang, and offer the user a shortcut key (Alt+1) to apply the fix automatically.
  • There is now a C parsing mode, which enables the analysis engine to correctly parse C code.
  • In contrast to the C++ support, the Python support has not undergone any significant refactoring, but has instead seen further stabilization and polishing. The same is true for the PHP and QML/JS language support components.
  • KDevelop 5 has of course been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5. This will for the first time enable us to offer an experimental version of KDevelop for Microsoft Windows in the near future, in addition to support for Linux.  Additionally, we offer experimental stand-alone Linux binaries, which make it much easier for you to try KDevelop 5 before upgrading your system-wide installation.
For more information on KDevelop 5.0.0, you can refer release announcement and a blog post made Kevin, which gives a detailed explanation of new features in this release.

First beta releases are available for 6 Ubuntu 16.10 community flavors

Ubuntu 16.10 is gradually approaching it's expected delivery date. As a part of development cycle, 6 Ubuntu community flavors has announced availability of first beta release prior to upcoming 16.10 stable release. These community flavors includes Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Studio.

The beta 1 release includes several updates those are ready for wider testing. However, being a development release, it is highly likely to find some bugs in this release. In release announcement, Ubuntu developers also encourages to use latest daily images before reporting any bug as it possible that the bug may be fixed in a newer daily image.

Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. These images are still under development, so you should expect some bugs.  While these Beta 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Yakkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Beta 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.
For more information and download links, you can see official release announcement and release announcement published by Ubuntu MATE project.

Tor 0.2.8.7 released with critical bug fixes

Keeping the commitment to provide a more secure way to use internet, the tor project has announced availability of Tor 0.2.8.7, latest bug fix release of tool to guide your internet traffic through dedicated servers to provide more anonymity and security while using internet and associated services.

The Tor 0.2.8.7 release brings fix for an important bug associated with ReachableAddresses option in previous point release and also it replaces retiring bridge authority. The tor project strongly recommends this update for people who use ReachableAddress and all bridges.


Currently tor project does not provide binary packages for 0.2.8.7 release. It is expected that binary packages will be available over the week. Those who are curious to use this feature can download source code from projects home page.

Following are some notable highlights of Tor 0.2.8.7 release:
  • The "Tonga" bridge authority has been retired; the new bridge authority is "Bifroest". 
  • Only use the ReachableAddresses option to restrict the first hop in a path. In earlier versions of 0.2.8.x, it would apply to every hop in the path, with a possible degradation in anonymity for anyone using an uncommon ReachableAddress setting. Fixes bug 19973; bugfix on 0.2.8.2-alpha.  
  • Update geoip and geoip6 to the August 2 2016 Maxmind GeoLite2 Country database. 
  • Remove an inappropriate "inline" in tortls.c that was causing warnings on older versions of GCC. Fixes bug 19903; bugfix on 0.2.8.1-alpha.  
  • Avoid logging a NULL string pointer when loading fallback directory information. Fixes bug 19947; bugfix on 0.2.4.7-alpha and 0.2.8.1-alpha. Report and patch by "rubiate".
You can find Tor 0.2.8.7 release announcement in projects blog.

What would you like to see most in minix? 25 year old messge of Linus Torvalds

It was on 25st August 1991, Mr Linus Torvalds appeared first time on public, sharing his hobby of developing a free operating system. The operating system was mostly inspired by minix operating system and some tools from GNU project were already ported to this. Linus was trying to collect some opinion on his project also wanted to know the features that user's would like to have. That was the beginning of Linux Kernel project that we see today.

25 years has passed since the first message sent by Linus. Over the years Linux has become a full featured Kernel that support a wide range platforms, and give life to most of the facilities that we use today. Its application ranges from small embedded systems to high speed servers that support critical research activities. All these are made possible by the power of so called open source. Thousands of developers across the world has contributed towards this mission and still they continue to contribute.


Linus Benedict Torvalds was a college student when he started developing the Kernel. Even after 25 years, he is a main contributer and maintainer of this project. It is his ultimate authority to decide, what should be included in this project and what should not.

When Linux Kernel celebrates it's 25th birthday, it would be interesting to go through the message shared by Torvalds on telnet.
Hello everybody out there using minix -

I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready.  I'd like any feedback on
things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat
(same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons)
among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work.

This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and
I'd like to know what features most people would want.  Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them :-)
               
Linus (torv...@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS.  Yes - it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs.
It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.
 You can continue reading this chat thread in a google group named comp.os.minix.