Wine 2.9 released with improved RegEdit UI & numerous bug fixes

The WineHQ team has announced availability of Wine 2.9, latest development release of Windows compatibility layer of posix based systems. This release brings fixes for numerous bugs and other improvements.

Some notable highlights in Wine 2.9 release includes improved user interface for RegEdit, support of tesselation shades in Direct3D, binary mode support in web services..etc.

This release also fixes various bugs reported in previous development releases. Following are bugs fixed in this release.
  • Explorer++ doesn't show file icons
  • Acoustica Mixcraft 6 crashes when loading project containing video (DirectShow Editing Services missing 'AMTimeline' class, '{78530b75-61f9-11d2-8cad-00a024580902}', 'qedit.dll')
  • Grandia 2 whiteout.
  • Improve commctl32 TaskDialogIndirect stub to show "content" part in task dialog box (more detailed error messages for various apps/games)
  • Uninstaller: application list doesn't fit
  • The entry "My Computer" in regedit is handled like a registry key
  • World of Warships/Planes/Tanks client in torrent download mode crashes spuriously on high bandwidth load (i/o completion ports)
  • Tomb Raider last edition  2013 (Steam version) crashes while starting
  • 1nsane ( crashes after launch
  • DX11 Tesselation tutorial doesn't work correctly
  • Way of the Samurai 4 has black blocks in the main menu without native d3dx9
  • WeChat can't display and send emoticons.
  • Listview does not draw correctly in some conditions.
  • Uplay games don't work anymore since latest update
  • The Witcher 3 fails to render correctly after starting a new game
  • avast installer doesnt start (needs LdrEnumerateLoadedModules)
  • League of legends installer: "Invalid command line"
  • Banished (DX11) renders broken geometry (regression)
  • no longer runs after Wow Legion update
  • Soul Reaver GOG Cinematics stopped working
  • Terragen 4 needs function KERNEL32.dll.GetActiveProcessorGroupCount
  • GT Challenge (Boxrun) crashes
  • Need for Speed: The Run crashes when reacquiring query context
  • The Testament of Sherlock Holmes rendering issue
  • GMATPrep 2.4.323 fails to install
  • Multiply games stuck with stack overflow when using OffscreenRenderingMode=backbuffer
  • WAtomic: White labels that show name of elements hidden by GL components
  • World/models are upside-down in multiply games when using ORM=backbuffer
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider needs unimplemented function USER32.dll.GetPhysicalCursorPos
  • wine can't be compiled by gcc-2.95.4 (gdiplus/metafile.c)
  • secur32/tests/ntlm.ok crashes in DeleteSecurityContext
  • FFXIV (Realm Reborn) requires patch list primitive type support
  • redefinition of typedef 'QWORD' (wine compilation fails with gcc 4.2.1)
  • Applications using Windows Script Host Shell Object crash due to added IProvideClassInfo support
  • SP+ maker won't run.
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider needs unimplemented function USER32.dll.PhysicalToLogicalPoint
  • regedit crashes exporting any HKEY_* entry
  • Installer from displays black rectangles
You can also read original release announcement in WineHQ website.

Devuan Jessy 1.0.0 released; A fork of Debian without systemd

Closing all major bug reported in last two years, Devuan team has announced release of Devuan Jessy 1.0.0, first stable release of Devuan GNU+Linux operating system. Devuan is a fork of Debian without systemd.

It was in november 2014, when Devuan project announced their plan to fork Debian, the universal operating system, without systemd. It is expected that, removing systemd will provide users with more control over their systems. Over the two years, Devuan team was closely working to accomplish this mission and Devuan 1.0.0 release marks a major milestone in history of this project.

As the code name denotes, Devuan Jessy 1.0.0 is based on Debian 8.x Jessy series and existing Debian 8.x users can flawlessly migrate to Devuan system. Also, there is a safe upgrade path from Debian 7.x Wheezy series.

Devuan Jessy 1.0.0 is planned to be a long term supported (LTS) release and it will enjoy regular security updates, patches and release upgrades from the project. This will be supported beyond regular support period of Debian 8.x Jessy series.
There have been no significant bug reports since Devuan Jessie RC2 was announced only three weeks ago and the list of release critical bugs is now empty. So finally Devuan Jessie Stable is ready for release! As promised, this will also be a Long-Term-Support (LTS) release. Our team will participate in providing patches, security updates, and release upgrades beyond the planned lifespan of Debian Jessie.

A lot of appreciation has been coming our way in the last few weeks. And now with this Stable release we anticipate that even the most skeptical among private and enterprise users will finally be ready to jump on the Devuan train.
For more information, see official release announcement published in Devuan website.

Mageia 6 development reaches final stage, release candidate is available now

Mr Donald Steward, team member of Mageia project has announced availability of Mageia 6 RC for testing. It has been a while since release of previous development release, however Mageia team has given an indication that, rapid development activities are going and the Mageia 6 development is going through it's final stages.

After release of Mageia 6 sta 2, the team was working on various things which includes a mature Plasma desktop to replace KDE4, DNF and COPR stacks to support urpmi package manager, and also there has been dramatic changes in other desktop environments.
Since Mageia 6 sta 2, a lot of work has been done on the installer, especially regarding the support of proprietary drivers and VirtualBox support. More than 30 blocker bugs have been resolved over the 2½ months that the RC took to prepare. A big thank you to all the testers and developers involved in this process!

The QA team and the packagers spend a lot of time ironing out the upgrade process by reporting and fixing many package conflicts. Thanks to your feedback on those RC ISOs, we should hopefully be able to fix the last corner cases. Note: when upgrading with the classical installer ISOs, make sure to enable additional repositories to ensure that all your Mageia 5 packages can be upgraded.
For more details and download options, see original release announcement in Mageia blog.

Alpine Linux 3.6.0 released with support for 64 bit IBM z systems

The Alpine Linux team has announced release of Alpine Linux 3.6.0, latest release of security oriented, lightweight, GNU/Linux distribution built in integration with musl libc and busybox. This is the first release of Alpine Linux in 3.6.x series.
The major highlights of Alpine Linux 3.6.0 includes support for 64 bit IBM z systems and 64 bit little-endian power machines and other updated packages. Following are some other noteworthy updates in this release:
  • Rust 1.17.0 and Cargo 0.18.0
  • GHC 8.0.2
  • Julia 0.5.2
  • The llvm package has been changed to be provided by a versioned llvm<X> package, which is presently llvm4;
  • The -grsec kernel-related packages have been renamed to -hardened;
  • MD5 and SHA-1 hashes have been removed from APKBUILDs, being obsoleted by SHA-512;
  • set -e is now implied in APKBUILDs, automatically failing the build upon unhandled failing commands;
  • A check() function has been added to APKBUILDs that allows packages to run test suites after build(), ensuring no regressions have occurred. This has been implemented for a number of packages, and policy onward will be to have them either be present or explicitly opted-out of with good reasoning;
You may also read official release announcement in Alpine Linux website.

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Solus ships updated Brisk Menu with super key shortcut

In weekly news letter (22nd May 2017), Solus project announced availability of an updated Brisk Menu for MATE Desktop. This updated version comes with several improvements and bug fixes. The most important highlight is ability to toggle menu using super key shortcut. It was one among the most demanding features for a modern application menu.

A file picture of Solus Operating System
Other highlights in updated brisk menu includes ability to change menu label, dynamic adoption to vertical menu layout, and also Control Panel applications is now listed in both Preferences and Administration categories. There were also some implementation changes in Brisk Menu, which can be found in original blog post.

Other updates from Solus project over the past week includes:
  • update Kernel and NVIDIA GLX Driver
  • availability of MariaDB
  • user experience improvement in Solus Software Center
  • minor improvements on project website
  • other regular package updates.
For more detailed information, see This Week in Solus (22nd May 2017), weekly news letter of Solus project.

Solus gets support for Plasma Destkop; though not official at the moment

Increasing the amount of diversity, Solus project now supports Plasma Desktop, a full featured modern desktop developed by KDE community. Currently, Plasma Desktop can be installed from Solus Software Center, however it is not officially supported at the moment.

Peter O’Connor,a core member of Solus project is working on KDE project maintenance for a long time. Over the time, he was able to pack  many demanding KDE projects like Krita, KDEnlive, K3b ..etc for Solus. Maintaining these packages brings a lot of dependencies including Qt stack. Peter is doing a good work by maintaining all these dependencies to provide a fair experience for KDE applications in Solus.

KDE Desktop in Solus Software Center (Courtesy : Solus Project)
Currently, Peter is working closely to provide more support Plasma Desktop in Solus. Once it is mature enough, it will also come as on officially supported desktop environment for Solus. This will add up to officially supported desktop environments at the moment, which are Budgie, MATE and GNOME.
For the sake of clarity, please note that the Plasma Desktop from KDE is not officially supported at this moment in time. It is however a project that Peter is working on, and slowly building up to be something useful. This in itself was enabled by the vast amount of KF5 (KDE Frameworks) software required in the repositories already for the “Big Items” (Kdenlive, etc).

Peter’s ambition is to eventually support a full Plasma stack on Solus, and through his long standing commitments to this work already, and to Solus as a project, he will be the official maintainer for KDE items in the distribution. The argument of stack complexity is already met and nullified.
For more information, see original announcement published on Solus project blog.

ROSA Fresh R9 is a good operating system with a few rough corners

Latest issue of Distrowatch weekly (22nd May 2017) features a review of ROSA Fresh R9, a recent release of Russian based GNU/Linux distribution which was initially started as a fork of Mandriva Linux. Over the years, this distribution has grown as a mature independent distribution.

The distrowatch review observes that ROSA is a success in providing modern applications on a stable and reliable platform. However the default configurations makes Plasma to under perform. This issue can be fixed though. Other than that, ROSA combines two configuration tools from Mandriva to single ones and provide an easy option to customize the system. In short, this distribution is very much reliable as a workstation operating system and it's look and feel can be appealing to new users.

ROSA is a desktop distribution that was originally forked from Mandriva Linux, but now is independently developed. While the company which produces ROSA is based in Russia, the distribution includes complete translations for multiple languages. The ROSA desktop distribution is designed to be easy to use and includes a range of popular applications and multimedia support. ROSA R9 is available in two editions, one featuring the KDE 4 desktop and the second featuring the KDE Plasma 5 desktop. These editions are scheduled to receive four years of support and security updates.
You may read complete review in Distrowatch weekly.

Tails 3.0 RC1 is available for testing

The Tails project has announced release of Tails 3.0 rc1, first development release of upcoming stable GNU/Linux distribution aiming to deliver a secure, anonymous GNU/Linux distribution that values privacy of individuals while browsing internet.

Tails 3.0 rc1 as the name suggests, is a development release and not meant for day to day use. This release is mainly targeting testers who are interested to contribute to the project by exploring this release and reporting possible issues, bugs and vulnerabilities.

Tails 3.0 is going to first stable release of project based on Debian 9.x Strech series and hence it will include all updated packages from upstream. Other highlights of this release are -
  • mportant security fixes!
  • Upgrade to current Debian 9 (Stretch).
  • Upgrade tor to
  • Upgrade Tor Browser to 7.0a4.
  • Migrate from Icedove to Thunderbird (only cosmetic).
For more information, you may read release announcement and detailed changes log published by Tails development team.

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Parsix GNU/Linux project is planning to shutdown

Parsix GNU/Linux team has announced their plan to shutdown the project, 6 months after release of Debian 9.0 Stretch. Thus Parsix will join hundreds of other GNU/Linux distributions died in their young ages.

Most of the GNU/Linux distributions in the past used to shutdown due to lack of financial and human resources or due to lack of upstream support. Though Parsix team has not mentioned explicit reason for shutting down the project.

The main purpose of Parsix was to provide an optimized desktop experience on top of stable Debian release in combination with latest GNOME release. The project was a success in accomplishing it's mission.
Parsix GNU/Linux project is going to shut down six months after the release of Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 a.k.a Stretch. Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 (Nev) will be fully supported during this time and users should be able to upgrade their installations to Debian Stretch without any significant issues. We will make all necessary changes, and updates to ensure a smooth transition to Debian Stretch. We take this moment to thank all users and community members who supported this project throughout the years by using Parsix, making donations or spending their time to improve it. A more accurate time line will be announced once we have more information in regards to the official release date of Debian Stretch.
See original termination plan announcement in Parsix news page.

elementary OS 0.4.1 Loki released based on Ubuntu 16.04.2

Combining all package updates and other feature refinements since release of elementary OS 0.4, elementary OS team has announced release of an updated snapshot in 0.4.x Loki series. This snapshot makes use of all package updates from Ubuntu 16.04.2 and other user experience improvements made by elementary OS team during last 6 months.
Brand new AppCenter in elementary OS
One of the key highlights of elementary OS 0.4.1 is brand new AppCenter integrated with AppCentre Dashboard, a system developed by elementary team to enable 3rd party app developers to directly publish their app in AppCentre. In addition to usability improvements, updated AppCentre comes with increased stability and reliability. The AppCentre development was mainly driven by Denver AppCentre Spring.

Another notable highlight in elmentary 0.4.1 release Linux Kernel 4.8 inherited from Ubuntu 16.04.2 release. This kernel update will enable better hardware support, especially modern hardware like intel i7 processors.
We’re proud to announce the release of a major update to elementary OS Loki: version 0.4.1. This release brings a new hardware enablement stack, all of the updates to Loki thus far, plus a brand new AppCenter.

Notable updates include a significant upgrade to Epiphany, several fixes in Files, a redesigned metadata sidebar for Photos, new Bluetooth settings, a microphone indicator and bluetooth device controls in the sound indicator, a brightness slider in the power indicator, the ability to start an AppCenter search from the applications menu, Look & Feel updates, better support for CJK input methods, better translations, and more. if you’ve kept up to date, there’s nothing exclusive to 0.4.1, but it does mean fewer updates to download on new installs and a better experience out of the box. 0.4.1 isn’t just a minor bug fix release with a few bumped packages; this release includes a ton of new features that represent 8 months of solid development work.
For more information & screeenshots see original release announcement published in elementary blog.

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Neptune Plasma 5 Edition gets another updated snapshot

The Neptune OS team has announced availability of another updated snapshot for project's rolling operating system featuring Plasma 5 desktop environment. The Neptune Plasma 5 20170512 comes with several updated packages and other improvements to provide a more reliable and stable Plasma desktop experience.

Being a rolling distribution, existing users of Neptune OS can make use of system update utility to get all updated packages and improvements. While, the updated snapshot is meant for fresh installs. Since this snapshot comes with recent updated packages, the bandwidth and time can be saved while updating the system after installation.

Some of the key highlights in updated Neptune OS snapshot can be listed as:
  • The Excalibur application menu has been updated and improved it to support scrolling through your favorites and showing more than 3 sysactions(?).
  • KDE Frameworks 5.33 is the base for this new release which includes several fixes and improvements.
  • KDE Applications has been updated to 17.04. This includes updates for applications like Dolphin, Konsole,  Ark, Kate and Kdenlive. 
  • Okular - pdf reader and Gwenview - image viewer is also included from KDE Applications.
  • The default login manager got changed from KDM to the newest version of SDDM including a Neptune like theming. 
  • The mailclient Icedove got replaced by Thunderbird 45.8.
  • Libc6 got an update to improve compatibility with newer software like VLC, mpv, X11, Mesa, E21 and more.
You can read the original announcement in Neptune OS blog.

Cinnamon Desktop 3.4 released with numerous improvements

Few days after release of github tarball, Linux Mint team has officially announced release of Cinnamon 3.4, latest stable release of traditional looking, modern desktop environment developed by Linux Mint team. This release includes numerous improvements to provide a more usable and reliable desktop environment.

Cinnamon Desktop in Manjaro
Some of the notable highlights in Linux Mint 3.4 release includes support for a wider range of Wacom devices, introduction of separate processes to handle nemo - the file manager and desktop, improved theme engine ..etc. Other changes includes:
  • Support for mozjs38 (CJS 3.4 uses mozjs38, CJS 3.2 uses mozjs24, Cinnamon 3.4 is compatible with either CJS 3.4 or CJS 3.2)
  • Support for additional Wacom devices (in particular, devices with no erasers or with only one button)
  • Multi-process Settings Daemon (each plugin now runs in its own separate process)
  • Cleaner session EXIT phase (this phase used to timeout after 1 seconds, it is now immediate)
  • Desktop grid
  • Separate processes for Nemo and the desktop handling
  • Simpler date formats for last-modified column in list-view
  • Wildcard support in file searches
  • Desktop actions in panel launcher
  • Ala Firefox support for middle-click and Ctrl key in Nemo navigation buttons to open new tabs
  • Theming engine improvements for systray and margins
  • Additional configuration options for the screensaver
  • New list widget for spices settings
  • More information shown in spices about dialogs
  • Support for lightdm-settings and manage-systemd-units in System Settings
  • File manager (inode/directory MIME handler) selection in Favorite Applications
  • Better support for the configuration of mice acceleration and sensitivity
For more information, see original release announcement published in segfault - official blog of linux mint project.