Fedora 24 Workstation will use improved Cantarell font

Fedora releases are well known for using upstream packages without any significant modifications. Same applies for desktop environment also. By default Fedora workstations make use of Cantarell font, a modern, elegant font created by GNOME developers.

Recently, Jakub Steiner and Nikolaus Waxweiler, current maintainers of Cantarell font,  has done some work on typeface of it font to improve it's readability appearance. So this improvement will be reflected in upcoming Fedora release, ie, Fedora 24 workstation.

Courtesy : Fedora Magazine
We talked a bit with the maintainers to get some more information. According to Steiner, maintenance of the Cantarell font had become quite stagnant. This lack was especially apparent when it comes to font hinting.

Hinting is a process that helps make a font more readable. Hinting requires precision when modifying a typeface. The developer must make use of zones that affect how the font is adjusted at different sizes. When a font is correctly designed, these zones match your font type and make it look clear and readable. To achieve this result, the design must be consistent and regular.

For instance, the horizontal zones defined in a font (see the image above) are called “blue zones.” If the lines of your typeface go outside of the blue zones, the hinting algorithm simply ignores them. This results in odd or inconsistent type appearance at different resolution or letter sizes.
For additional details, read blog post published in Fedora Magazine.

BackBox Linux 4.6 released; Last of 4 minor releases

The BackBox Linux developers announced release of BackBox 4.6, 4th and final update in BackBox Linux 4.x series. BackBox is an Ubuntu LTS based GNU/Linux distribution designed for penetration testing and security assessment activities.

Being a minor release, BackBox 4.6 does not offer a lot of new features, but it comes with some bug fixes and updated packages. These updated packages includes Linux Kernel 4.2 and Ruby 4.2. Existing users of BackBox 4.x can directly update their system by means of regular system update command.

The BackBox Team is pleased to announce the last of 4 minor releases... BackBox Linux 4.6! In this release we have fixed some minor bugs, configured ruby2.2 as default, updated base system and tools.

Notable highlights of this release includes:
  • Updated Linux Kernel 4.2
  • Updated Ruby 2.2
  • Updated hacking tools: beef, dirsearch, metasploit, openvas, setoolkit, volatility, wpscan, wxhexeditor, yara, etc.
For original release announcement, see BackBox Linux blog.

Solus implements native runtime for Steam

The Solus team has announced that, Solus is now capable of providing native support for Steam, a multi-player gaming platform developed by Valve Corporation.

Providing native run time support for Steam implies, Solus can use optimized version of libraries instead of non-optimized Ubuntu libraries used in Steam. This will improve gaming experience with Steam. Solus native run time for Steam was implemented in a Solus Hackfest organized last week.

On the 21st and 22nd of this month, Ikey and myself had the first Solus hackfest, 'Hackfest 1.2'.

I’m happy to say that Ikey’s goal for a native Steam runtime were accomplished, which let’s be honest, that was the major thing we were all hoping for in the Hackfest, right?

The implications of a native Steam runtime are pretty serious too. Rather than having non-optimized Ubuntu libraries from Steam’s runtime, we are able to provide optimized libraries for a more performant gaming experience than any other “tier one” operating system. There is still work to be done on the optimization front, but we’re confident in this first step.
For more information and complete video of hackfest see Solus Project blog.

CentOS 6.8 released for i386 and x86_64 architectures

The CentOS team announced immediate availability of CentOS 6.8, latest stable update in CentOS 6.x series. CentOS is a community driven enterprise operating system developed from the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL).

The CentOS project has placed all upstream varieties into a single repository and users can easily install workstation, server or minimal flavors from this unified repository.

There are many fundamental changes in this release, compared with the past CentOS Linux 6 releases, and we highly recommend everyone study the upstream Release Notes as well as the upstream Technical Notes about the changes and how they might impact your installation. (See the 'Further Reading' section if the CentOS release notes link above).  All updates since the upstream 6.8 release are also on the CentOS mirrors as zero day updates. When installing CentOS-6.8 (or any other version) from any of our media, you should always run 'yum update' after the install to apply these.
See more information in original release announcement  in CentOS announcement mailing list.

GhostBSD 10.3 ALPHA2 is ready with MATE and Xfce desktops

The GhostBSD team has moved one more step closer to it's next stable release, GhostBSD 10.3. Yes. GhostBSD team has announced availability of GhostBSD 10.3 Alpha 2 for testing. This development release of GhostBSD is available with MATE and Xfce desktops and is available for i386, amd64 and amd64-uefi architectures.

Following are notable highlights of this development release of GhostBSD.
  • Gbi log and partition data base is now deleting when closing gbi.
  • Resetting partition data base when going back the installation type.
  • 4K Partition Alignment.
  • Networkmgr full SSID name.
  • System Update duplicating the whole install under /boot/kernel.old
  • Gbi "back" button error
  • sudo configuration
  • Wifi down by default
  • /etc/localtime not created by installer.
  • Locales are not correctly set up on installation.
  • missing kern.vty=vt setting in grub.cf
For additional details see release announcement published in project website.

Manjaro Budgie 16.06-RC is available now

The Manjaro community has announced availability of Manjaro Budgie 16.06-RC latest development release of upcoming Manjaro community distribution featuring lightweight Budgie as default desktop environment.

Even though Manjaro 16.06-RC is named as a development release, it is actually stable one because all package updates are from stable repository only. So this distribution is stable enough for everyday use.

Manjaro 16.06-RC comes with vanilla Budgie Desktop developed Solus team. The only differences are artworks, extra icons on panel and a dark theme named vertex-maia-theme.

Following are some packages shipped with this community distribution of Manjaro:
  • Manjaro Printer
  • Manjaro Setting Manager
  • Full access at AUR
  • HexChat ( preconfigurated for access at our IRC channel )
  • arch-theme
  • arch-theme-firefox
  • moka-icon-theme
  • Lollypop mediaplayer (for audio)
  • Totem mediaplayer (for video)
  • Steam client
  • Libre Office
For more information and screenshots see release announcement in Manjaro forums.

The Italian Army is migrating to LibreOffice

As a continuation of announcements made last year, Italian army is moving towards it's goal to replace Microsoft office with LibreOffice productivity suite. Till now, the army has conducted migration experiments on more than 5000 workstations and no major problems were reported.

Further actions will be taken by collaborating with government departments from Spain, France, the UK, Holland and Germany.

The LibreDifesa project is based on the Document Foundation's migration protocol. The protocol draws upon the experiences and successful actions of several large organizations, including local governments and other public sector agencies. These include the city of Bologna and the Regione Umbria (both in Italy).

Transitioning to open software will save up to 29 million Euros over the next few years, which is a significant stack of taxpayer's cash! What's more, this estimate covers only the army. If the plan is executed successfully, we can expect to see the other armed forces following the example—at which point, the Department of Defense expects other branches of the government to join in.
Continue reading complete news article published in Linux Journal.

Manjaro Cinnamon 16.06-rc is available with Cinnamon 3.0.1

The Manjaro community has announced public availability of Manjaro Cinnamon 16.06-rc for testing. This is latest development release Manjaro community edition featuring Cinnamon desktop.

Manjaro Cinnamon 16.06-rc is coming with Cinnamon 3.0.1, latest stable release of traditional looking, modern, efficient desktop environment. Also it features a lot of updated software packages which includes:
  • Kernel Linux 4.4
  • Cinnamon 3.0.1
  • Nemo 3.0.0
  • Firefox 46.0.1
  • Thunderbird 45.1.0
  • Libreoffice-still 5.0.6
  • Gimp 2.8.16
  • Pragha music player
  • VLC media player
  • Manjaro Printer
  • Hexchat
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger
  • gtk- and Cinnamon-themes Vertex Maia and Vertex Maia Square
For additional details and use comments see original release announcement in manjaro forums.

Q4OS 1.4.10, Orion released with improved graphics card support

The Q4OS project has unveiled Q4OS 1.4.10 Orion, latest stable update of Debian based stable GNU/Linux distribution that offers traditional user experience for improved productivity. Q4OS 1.4.10 comes with a script that will help for auto detection of NVidia graphics card and for installation of other graphics card related packages.

Orion 1.4.10 introduces after install NVidia graphics card detection and related proprietary drivers easy to use 'qinst-ipvideo' installation script. The default Q4OS 'Bourbon' start menu has been polished and improved a bit. Another new script to switch between category and Q4OS menu structure is available, see Q4OS documentation. There is a fix for the annoying delay prior to show logout dialog, this annoying glitch is now completely gone. Numerous under the hood improvements is provided as usual.

All the updates will arrive into repositories in the days to come, update manager or unattended upgrades mechanism will take care about to update computers of current users.
For official release announcement, see Q4OS website.

deepin ships new batch of security updates

The deepin team has announced availability of new batch of security updates for deepin linux, a beautiful GNU/Linux distribution from China. These security updates includes critical fixes in iceweasel web browser, libtasn1-6, mercurial, ikiwiki, jansson, libidn, xerces-c and image magick.

New batch of security updates fixes following vulnerabilities/bugs discovered in deepin packages.
  • Multiple security issues have been found in Iceweasel, Debian’s version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser: Multiple memory safety errors and buffer overflows may lead to the execution of arbitrary code or denial of service.
  •  Pascal Cuoq and Miod Vallat discovered that Libtasn1, a library to manage ASN.1 structures, does not correctly handle certain malformed DER certificates. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw to cause an application using the Libtasn1 library to hang, resulting in a denial of service.
  • Blake Burkhart discovered an arbitrary code execution flaw in Mercurial, a distributed version control system, when using the convert extension on Git repositories with specially crafted names. This flaw in particular affects automated code conversion services that allow arbitrary repository names.
  • Simon McVittie discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the error reporting of Ikiwiki, a wiki compiler. This update also hardens ikiwiki’s use of imagemagick in the img plugin.
See more vulnerabilities and fix details in an announcement made in deepin blog.

NethServer 7 alpha 3 comes centralized account management

The NethServer team has released NethServer 7 alpha 3, latest development release of CentOS based enterprise operating system designed for small and medium enterprises.

NethServer 7 alpha 3 brings two exciting features which are active directory integration and centralized account management(aka multi-site account management).

NethServer is now designed to leverage existing Active Directory infrastructure and simplify administrative and user control. Administrators can quickly and securely roll out policy decisions using their existing Active Directory. Users authenticate against a single directory, removing the need for multiple accounts, syncing passwords or duplicating information.

Account management module is included in the ISO, so after the installation the following scenarios are supported out of the box:
  • connecting a remote NethServer running OpenLDAP,
  • connecting a remote Active Directory Domain Controller (Samba or Windows).
For more information, see release announcement published by NethServer team.

MATE Desktop v1.14 is now available for Manjaro

The Manjaro community has informed that MATE Desktop v1.14 is available for Manjaro. MATE v1.14 is latest stable release of traditional looking, modern and user friendly desktop environment initially forked from GNOME 2.x. Since Arch Linux, base distribution of Manjaro, has no active maintainer for MATE Desktop, Manjaro community is maintaining MATE Desktop their own.

source : Manjaro Forums

Following are some highlights of MATE v1.14
  • Improved GTK+3 support across the entire MATE Desktop.
  • Full GTK 3.20 support in all MATE themes.
  • Client Side Decorated applications render correctly in all themes.
  • Completely ported MATE System Monitor and Mozo to GTK+3 only (we ship v1.12 for gtk2 branch).
  • Touchpad configuration now supports edge and two-finger scrolling independently.
  • Python extensions in Caja can now be managed separately.
  • All three window focus modes are selectable.
  • MATE Panel now has the ability to change icon sizes for menubar and menu items.
  • MATE NetSpeed Applet has been merged into the MATE Applets package.
  • MATE Terminal support VTE 2.91 API when built for GTK+3.
  • Volume and Brightness OSD can now be enabled/disabled.
  • Translations are updated.
You may find a formal announcement in Manjaro community forum.

Also, Manjaro team has created a live media, that can be used to test MATE v1.14 without disturbing installation. This live media is created by pulling packages from Manjaro unstable repository and it can be treated as a development release for upcoming Manjaro 16.06 MATE edition.

Download Manjaro Live Media with MATE v1.14