New Commercial Wine Interface CrossOver Brings Impoved Support For Windows Apps

Wine is a free and open-source compatibility layer software application that is aimed to allow applications designed for Microsoft Windows applications to run fully on Linux and Unix-like operating systems.

To make things less hectic for developers, Wine also has its software library called Winelib allowing developers to compile Windows application and later port them to Linux.

Codeweaver developers whose aim is to make it easy for users to run Windows-based apps without the need for purchased licenses, rebooting or the use of virtual machines allowing Microsoft Windows productivity apps and games to run smoothly on Linux-based operating systems.

The program utilizes the latest version of Wine which at the moment is version 1.9.15 which is adopted for commercial Crossover applications that provide an easy to use GUI for Wine on Linux ad Mac.

CrossOver 15.2.0 has been released and it brings improved support for Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010 suite making it easier to embed fonts when exporting documents to the PDF file format and address a recent issue concerning crashes that occurs when signing into the Tencent QQ Instant messenger software.

The new version of Crossover also brings improvements to the automatic detection of the available amount of video RAM and also correctly identify various graphics cards that were somehow not correctly recognized in the previous version of the software.

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Microsoft Reportedly on The Verge of Open-Sourcing PowerShell For Linux and OS X

If rumors flying around are to be believed, it would seem that Microsoft is slowly embracing the FOSS idea. The rumors state that the company is working on open sourcing its automation and scripting platform Power Shell.

According to the Metadata found on the Redmond company’s GitHub page, it would appear that Microsoft would soon release and Open-source version of PowerShell that runs on both Linux and OS X.

The Windows PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management framework that has been created by Microsoft for both the Windows desktop and Server operating systems. The platform consists of a command-line shell and an associated scripting language that has been built atop the .NET FRAMEWORK.

The program enables system administrators to be able to perform administrative jobs that include automating tasks, running other programs in the background to save time or use to pinpoint and kill off non-responsive tasks that might be degrading system performance.

Just noticed this in the package metadata, guess that confirms @h0x0d ‘s Open Source rumour for #PowerShell pic.twitter.com/seoHEMGpYj

— Tom Hounsell (@tomhounsell) July 27, 2016

Hell, you know what, here’s some screens of a build of #Powershell (PSCore) running on Linux and OSX /cc @h0x0d pic.twitter.com/lWM2W15AJV

— Tom Hounsell (@tomhounsell) July 25, 2016

There is no official word from the Redmond-based company confirming whether PowerShell will become an open-source platform or not but it has rightly created a huge excitement within the Free and open-source community.

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Already, Microsoft has open-sourced millions of lines of code in a bid to be more appealing to those who prefer FOSS over proprietary software.

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System 76 Updating Its Line of Hardware With Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Xenial Xerus

As you are aware, Canonical has pushed forward the first build following the release of Ubuntu GNU/Linux 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus desktop operating system dubbed 16.04.1 to all supported machines.

System 76 isn’t wasting any time and the American hardware company has already begun pushing the new release to all users sporting its hardware.

For those not familiar with System 76, they are an American hardware company specialized in the manufacturing and distribution of laptops, desktops, enterprise servers which are powered by the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

 

In an announcement made on their Twitter account, the company has stated that the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Xenial Xerus operating system is now optimized and ready for all its hardware and users are advised to upgrade as soon as possible.

Additionally, Canonical has stated starting from July 28th, it is stopping support for Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Wolf meaning those rocking the operating system won’t receive any security or software updates.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 is here! Proceed with your normal Ubuntu updates, or get upgrade details at https://t.co/LcFVpkYGmj pic.twitter.com/HjnxC95sBy

— System76 (@system76) July 21, 2016

ATTN: Ubuntu 15.10 has reached the end of its support cycle. See instructions for upgrading: https://t.co/knhXu9GizC pic.twitter.com/EGYngYdcs9

— System76 (@system76) July 29, 2016

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Canonical Finally Release Mozilla Thunderbird 45 Across all It’s Supported Platforms

The company behind the most popular GNU/Linux operating system Canonical has finally decided to upgrade the Mozilla Thunderbird software after what seems like a long wait on all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems.

There was a time when Thunderbird was the default Mail client for all available Ubuntu Linux based operating systems and users have been rigorously asking Canonical for the latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird mailing client and for some reason, the software company held back. For what seems like a very long time, version 45.x of the widely used open-source mail client was not compatible with recent Ubuntu releases.

It should be noted that there are indeed ways to run the Mozilla Thunderbird 45.0 or later on the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) using the official PPA (Personal Package Archive) provided by the Mozilla team, but it is stuck at the Beta versions.

It would seem that the wait is over for those that were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new version of Thunderbird email client on any of the official Ubuntu flavours. The version 45.2.0 is now available with a number of fixes and new features.

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With the anticipation maxed out for Mozilla Thunderbird on Linux, it is possible that a lot of users are going to download and install the software as soon as possible.

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OTA-12 Update Activates Biometric Authentication on The Meizu Pro 5

Biometric Sensors have become a norm in the smartphone industry in recent times in mostly midrange to flagship devices. These sensors allow only authorized users access to the content on the device.

Ever since Canonical announced the arrival of its very own Linux-based mobile operating system, the free and open source software company knew that it has a lot of ground to cover if it is looking to be a viable competitor in a market dominated by Apple and Google.

But if you ask me, Canonical has been doing a wonderful job in bringing some of the most advanced technologies to its own mobile platform and a perfect example is the wireless display feature added to both the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition and first Ubuntu tablet BQ Aquaris M10.

Yesterday, the company rolled the long anticipated OTA-12 update which will reach across all supported device as a phase out update within the next 24 hours.

“Good news! OTA-12 passed final testing and will be released tomorrow around UTC morning. We will, of course, proceed with phased updates as always, with the update appearing on all user devices in ~20 hours since the release,” says Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations. “Big thanks to everyone working on this milestone!”

Canonical previously stated that this OTA-update will be more about bug fixes than adding new features but according to what we were able to gather from the release notes, some new interesting features are coming to the Ubuntu Touch Mobile Operating system and notable among the Biometric Authentication feature for Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition.

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Other additions include a complete MPRIS support for playlists, better improvements to Convergence, a new Libertine Scope for devices that supports Ubuntu Convergence, displaying the X apps that are installed, animated mouse cursors, on-screen keyboard support for X apps, and support for maximising windows both horizontally and vertically. The Messaging app has received support for forwarding messages.

The core apps were also improved with the new OTA-12 update including the Oxide video player, which is now at version 1.15, and the Web Browser, which has gained touch-selection improvements, zoom support.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Wolf To Reach End of Life Soon, Users are Advised to Upgrade

If you are an avid follower of Linux, you will be quite familiar with the use of both LTS – Long Term Support – and Non-LTS releases when it comes to Ubuntu specifically. This is a release circle that Canonical strictly follows with two new versions of Ubuntu Linux desktop operating system release back to back.

Ubuntu Willy Wolf is not LTS (Long Term Support) release meaning it has a very short lifespan when compared to actual Long Term Supported Releases from Canonical which last only for nine months. This means it will no long receive support which include security fixes from Canonical after its nine-month lifespan is up.

Like everything else in this world, Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Wolf has reached the final phase of its life and starting today 28th July 2016, Canonical will no longer provide support for the Linux desktop operating system.

It is important that those who are still using the operating system on their machine move to latest version of Ubuntu as upcoming security advisories will no longer include information or any new package versions for the Wily Wolf series.

“As a non-LTS release, 15.10 has a 9-month month support cycle and, as such, the support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 15.10 will reach the end of life on Thursday, July 28th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 15.10,” says Adam Conrand.

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There is a new and viable option available for those looking to upgrade from Wily wolf as Canonical has recently released an updated version of its GNU/Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus operating system with 16.04.1.

The upgraded version comes with all refined apps as well as bug fixes to the previously released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus.

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Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 is Released With GNOME Stack 3.20 Nowhere to be Found

If you have been following news on our website concerning the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Xenial Xerus, you will be familiar with the news that the build will not come with GNOME 3.20 Stack updated.

With Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Xenial Xerus launched, it was just a matter of time before Ubuntu GNOME and similar projects followed suit. Canonical released the Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS update which comes with some interesting new features as well as bugs fixes to all supported flavors including Ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 LTS, Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, and Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS.

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For those looking to upgrade from previous Ubuntu GNOME installation, – specifically 15.10 which is currently chopping away its final phase as it reach its end of life circle in the coming days – or you are freshman is looking to install the GNU/Linux operating for the first time on your machine, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS is a perfect fit as it combines both streamlined and robust stability of Ubuntu with the well-known GNOME desktop environment with all the bells and whistles.

The downside to installing the new Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS operating system is that the build won’t include the GNOME 3.20 stack update. It is still unclear why Canonical is holding out on the option to add the program to its upcoming builds but apps like the GNOME Software will be updated to the 3.20.x branch.

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The rest will still utilise the 3.18.x series including Nautilus which is still stuck at version 3.14.

One of the project’s members Jeremy Bicha stated that “As usual, this point release includes many updates and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS.”

The team also made some interesting addition to new build which allows users rocking the Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) GNU/Linux operating by making it a lot easier to upgrade to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04.1 LTS without having to start all over again with a fresh install.

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Wire Messaging Software Has Gone Open-Source Invites Devs to Contribute

Messaging has become an integral part of our everyday internet use and its use differs from person to person.

There are some of us who only use messaging apps to talk to friends and family but there are others who strictly use them for business purposes only,whatever your reason is, it won’t far fetched to say that messaging apps are as important in our daily lives  as any other app found in our devices.

Wire is a secure messaging software that offers encrypted end to end text messaging, high-quality voice calls as well voice messaging between contacts. The cross-platform software has gone open-source with the source code posted on GitHub containing all the bits and pieces found on the Android, Windows, iOS, as well as Mac OS X platforms and including its Linux-compatible web app.

This is great news for the open-source community and despite the fact that there are already a countless number of open-source messaging apps, some of which are in the making, Wire brings to the table tried and tested features that can’t be found in some of the already available apps.

Unlike the cliché apps found everywhere on the internet, Wire is known to provide its users with reboast private conversations and now the developers are inviting app developers, and software enthusiast to help build their own clients, review the source code and contribute their findings.

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According to the Co-Founder and CTO of WIRE Alan Duric, “Open sourcing was always part of our initial plan and it took some time to reach this stage. We decided to take the open source path because transparency and community engagement is of utmost importance for any product that has security at its core.”

“Open-sourcing the full Wire client code base represents an important milestone [for the company and the challenges it faces]. We can also imagine in the weeks, months and years to come that an open source, secure messenger client could be appealing in an internet of things paradigm, digital health and the automotive industry too.”
Details and all required information needed to get started can be found on the official Wire GitHub page .

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GNOME 3.22 to Come With an Improved Keyboard Settings Layout Later This Fall

The GNOME team is tirelessly working on making their entire platform stand out among the rest with new and improved features coming to the entire slate of software with every major release.

At the beginning of the year, GNOME Settings App got a major design overhaul as Gnome’s designer Alan Day  stated that the previous grid layout is too limiting to users.

To give users more freedom, the developers switched to a sidebar list layout which uses resizable window.

Now there is a new and improved GNOME control Center that comes with a designed keyboard panel.

Keyboard configuration is an important part of most desktop setting section as it gives users the ability to re-purpose keyboard layouts to their own taste.

Though still in its development phase, the GNOME 3.22 Keyboard setting will be getting a new and improved User interface together with program efficiency as well as stability.

The keyboard panel is going to be given a redefined and smooth new look with emphasises given to improving dialogues for adding and editing custom shortcuts.

The changes will be an overall behaviour modification of buttons and sheets which will match those found in the rest of the GNOME desktop environment.

It is very important to keep in mind that the current features can be subjected to changes as they are still in the development phase but your patience will be rewarded eventually by the time the full GNOME 3.22 release hits us later this year.

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Fairphone 2 With Ubuntu Convergence is Demonstrated in a Video

The mobile world is completely dominated by the world’s well-known mobile operating systems which are Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. The former takes huge chunks of the market share with over 80 percent worldwide.

With Android and iOS having some really strong footholds in the mobile phone space, things get a bit tricky and sometimes quite disastrous for any newcomer vying to topple these two giants, case in point, Microsoft and their Windows Mobile platform.

Canonical is looking to be a viable competitor in the smartphone spectrum with the introduction of its very own Linux-based mobile operating system.

To make its take on Mobile operating systems stand out, Canonical is looking to take advantage of some really interesting technologies and most notable among this one of a kind features, is called  “Convergence.”

Ubuntu Convergence is by far Canonical’s best  mobile feature and during the early part of this week, we shown you a working demo of the Ubuntu Touch wireless display on the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition but as it turns out, it won’t be the only device receiving the wireless display feature as the FairPhone 2 is looking to join the fray.

The FairPhone 2 is not an official Ubuntu Touch device but thanks to the efforts of Marius Gripsgård who was able to create a working community Ubuntu Port for the device using the aethercast technology.

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Porting is about 70 percent complete with little issues appearing like problems with RGBA causing an imbalance colour scheme.

The device isn’t as powerful as the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition but its Quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.26Ghz and paired with 2GB RAM with an ample 32GB of internal storage is just enough to do the device justice.

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