XnViewMP is a Full-featured Image Manipulation and Batch Converter Tool

The quality of image and video capture has improved tremendously over the years and the capabilities of our digital devices continue to push the limits of image quality. However, there is a bummer! The high-res images we take does come at the hefty price of an increase in the size of images taken.

For this reason, uploading images on the internet can be painfully slow especially if you’re on a network with minimal bandwidth. While there are varying online services and softwares for other platforms that will effectively convert your image files while still maintaining the original quality, it is rather hard to come by native clients for Linux systems.

XnViewMP – Image Manipulation Tool

XnviewMP is a full featured cross-platform image manipulation software; albeit not in the league of GIMP and Photoshop, the software does own up to its advertised features and capabilities.

Asides being a batch image converter, XnViewMP supports a wide variety of formats totaling 500 including animated; it is bundled with a number of filters and effects, and quite a few other basics as listed below followed by the 500 formats supported – you can, however, jump straight to XnViewMP installation , if you’d rather not go through the list.

Other noteworthy features of XnView’s Linux client include:
  • 70 graphic export file formats supported
  • Support for multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO
  • Image IPTC, EXIF metadata support
  • EXIF auto rotation support
  • IPTC editing
  • Support for resize, rotate, crop
  • Brightness and contrast adjustment supported
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Image slide show with effects
  • Screen capture
  • Create or edit Multi-page file (TIFF, DCX, LDF)
  • Multi-language
  • Compare image side by side
  • Filmstrip layout
And the long list of supported input formats (alphabetically) are:
  • ADEX img,rle
  • AIM Grey Scale ima,im
  • ARF arf
  • AT&T Group 4 att
  • Access g4
  • Aces200 ace
  • Acorn Sprite
  • Adobe Illustrator ai
  • Adobe PhotoParade php
  • Adobe Photoshop psd
  • Advanced Art Studio ocp,art,pic
  • AirNav anv
  • Alias Image File pix,als,alias
  • Alpha Microsystems BMP bmp
  • Amapi 2d
  • Amica Paint ami,[b]
  • Amiga IFF iff,blk
  • Amiga icon info
  • Amstrad Cpc Screen
  • Andrew Toolkit raster object atk
  • Apollo HDRU hdru,hdr
  • ArcInfo Binary hdr
  • Art Director art
  • Artisan art
  • Artist 64 a64
  • Astronomical Research Network arn
  • Aurora sim
  • Auto F/X afx
  • Autocad CAD-Camera img
  • AutoCAD DXF dxf
  • AutoCAD DWG dwg
  • Autodesk Animator fli,flc
  • Autodesk SKETCH thumbnail skf
  • Autodesk SketchUp component skp
  • Autologic gm,gm2,gm4
  • Award Bios Logo epa
  • Axialis Screensaver ssp
  • B3D (images) b3d
  • BFLI bfl,bfli
  • BMF bmf
  • BYU SIR sir
  • Bfx Bitware bfx
  • Bio-Rad confocal pic
  • Blazing Paddles pi
  • Bob Raytracer bob
  • Brooktrout 301 brk,301,brt
  • Buttonz & Tilez texture til
  • byLight bif
  • CALS Raster cal,cals
  • CDU Paint cdu
  • CMU Window Manager cmu
  • CP8 256 Gray Scale cp8
  • Calamus cpi,crg
  • Canon Navigator Fax can
  • Canon PowerShot crw
  • Cartes Michelin big
  • Casio QV-10/100 Camera cam
  • Chinon ES-1000 digital camera cmt
  • Cloe Ray-Tracer clo,cloe
  • ColoRIX rix,sci,scx,sc?
  • CompW wlm
  • CompuServe GIF gif,giff
  • Computer Eyes, Digital Vision ce
  • ComputerEyes Raw ce1,ce2
  • Core IDC idc
  • Corel Draw Bitmap (preview) cdr
  • Corel Draw Pattern (preview) pat
  • Corel Flow bmf
  • Corel Metafile Exchange (preview) cmx
  • Corel PhotoPaint 6.0 cpt
  • CoverDesigner ncd
  • CoverDesigner Template nct
  • DBW Render
  • DIV Game Studio Map map
  • DIV Game Studio Multi Map fpg
  • DKB Ray-Tracer dis
  • DPX dpx
  • Dali Raw sd0,sd1,sd2
  • Datacopy img
  • Degas & Degas Elite pi1,pc1,pi2, pc2,pi3,pc3, pi4,pi5,pi6
  • Deluxe Paint, Electronic Arts lbm,ilbm
  • Dicom dcm,acr
  • Digital F/X tdim
  • Digital Research (GEM Paint) img,gem
  • Discorp CMP Image cmp
  • DjVu djvu,djv,iw4
  • Doodle Atari doo
  • Doodle C64 dd
  • Doodle C64 (Compressed) jj
  • Dr Halo cut
  • Draz Paint drz
  • EA Sports FSH fsh
  • EPS Interchange Format epi
  • ERI-chan (Entis Rasterized Image) eri
  • ESM Software Pix pix
  • Ecchi ecc
  • Eclipse tile
  • Edmics c4
  • Electric Image ei,eidi
  • Embroidery bmc
  • Encapsulated Postscript(Preview) eps
  • Enhance Simplex esm
  • Eroiica eif
  • Enhanced Compressed Wavelet ecw
  • Explore (TDI) & Maya tdi,iff
  • FIF (Iterated System) fif
  • FIT fit
  • Fax Group 3 g3,fax
  • Fenix Map map
  • Fenix Multi Map fpg
  • Flash Image fi
  • FlashPix Format fpx
  • Flexible Image Transport System fts,fits,fit
  • Fuzzy bitmap fbm,cbm
  • GeoPaint geo
  • Gfa Raytrace sul
  • Gimp Bitmap xcf
  • Gimp Brush gbr
  • Gimp Icon ico
  • Gimp Pattern pat
  • GoDot 4bt,4bit,clp
  • HF hf
  • HP-48/49 GROB gro,grb
  • HRU hru
  • HSI Raw raw
  • Half-Life Model mdl
  • Hayes JTFax jtf
  • Hemera Photo Image hpi
  • Hemera Thumbs hta
  • Heretic II MipMap m8
  • Hi-Eddi hed
  • Hires C64 hir
  • Homeworld Texture lifHPGL/2 plt, hgl, hg, hpg, plo, hp,hp1, hp2, hpgl2, gl2, prn, spl
  •  IBM Kips kps
  • IBM Printer Page Segment pse
  • IM5 (Visilog) im5
  • IMNET Image imt
  • IOCA ica,ioca
  • ISS iss
  • Icon Library icl
  • Image Capture Board icb
  • Image Magick file mif,miff
  • Image Speeder ish
  • Image System (Hires) ish
  • Image System (Multicolor) ism
  • Image Systems RLC2 Graphic rlc
  • ImageLab b&w,b_w
  • Imaging Fax g3n
  • Imaging Technology img
  • Img Software Set img
  • Inshape iim
  • InterPaint (Hires) iph
  • InterPaint (Multicolor) ipt
  • Intergraph Format itg,cit,rle
  • Interleaf iimg
  • Iris CT ct
  • Iris graphic iris
  • J Wavelet Image Codec wic
  • JBIG jbg,bie,jbig
  • JPEG / JFIF jpg,jpeg,jif
  • jfif,J,jpe
  • JPEG-2000 Code Stream jpc
  • JPEG-2000 JP2 File Format jp2,j2k,jpx
  • JPEG-LS jls
  • Jeff’s Image Format jif
  • Jovian VI vi
  • Jpeg Network Graphics jng
  • JustButtons animated bitmap btn
  • Khoros Visualization Image file vif,viff,xv
  • KinuPix Skin thb
  • Kiss Cel cel
  • Koala Paint koa
  • Koala Paint (Compressed) gg
  • Kodak Cineon cin
  • Kodak DC120 Digital Camera kdc
  • Kodak DC25 Camera k25
  • Kodak Photo CD pcd
  • Kofax Group 4 kfx
  • Konica Camera File kqp
  • LSS16 16
  • LView Pro lvp
  • LaserData lda
  • Light Work Image lwi
  • LucasFilm Format lff
  • Lumena CEL cel
  • LuraDocument Format ldf
  • LuraWave Format lwf
  • LuraWave JPEG-2000 Code Stream jpc
  • LuraWave JPEG-2000 Format jp2,j2k,jpx
  • MAGIchan Graphics mag
  • MGI Photosuite Project pzp
  • MGR bitmap mgr
  • MTV Ray-Tracer mtv
  • Mac Paint mac,mpnt,macp
  • pntg,pnt,paint
  • Macintosh Quickdraw/Pict pic,pict,pict2 pct
  • Maggi Hairstyles & Cosmetics fff
  • Male MRI pd,t1,t2
  • Male Normal CT fre
  • Marks Russel File mrf
  • Mavica 411
  • Maw-Ware Textures mtx
  • Mayura Draw pdx
  • MegaPaint bld
  • Megalux Frame frm
  • Micro Dynamics MARS pbt
  • Micro Illustrator Uncompressed mil
  • Micrografx Picture Publisher 4.0 pp4
  • Micrografx Picture Publisher 5.0 pp5
  • Microsoft Paint msp
  • Microtek Eyestar img
  • Mindjongg Format ipg
  • MonkeyCard pdb
  • MonkeyLogo pdb
  • MrSid sid
  • Msx 2 Screen sc2
  • Multiple Network Graphics mng
  • Multiple Network Graphics mng
  • NCR Image ncr
  • NIST ihdr pct
  • National Imagery Transmission nitf
  • NeoBook Cartoon car
  • Neochrome (ST & TT) neo
  • Neopaint Mask npm
  • Neopaint Stamp stw
  • Nikon D1 digital camera nef
  • Nokia Group Graphics ngg
  • Nokia Logo File nlm
  • Nokia Operator Logo nol
  • Nokia OTA bitmap otb
  • OAZ Fax oaz
  • OS/2 Bitmap bmp,bga
  • Olicom Fax ofx
  • Open Image Library Format oil
  • Optigraphics cft
  • Optigraphics Tiled ttf
  • Optocat abs
  • Oric Hires hir
  • Oric TAP tap
  • Os/2 Warp bga
  • PABX background pix
  • PC Paint / Pictor Page pic,clp
  • PCO b16
  • PM pm
  • PWC pwc
  • Page Control Language pcl
  • Paint Magic pmg
  • PaintShopPro Browser Cache File jbf
  • PaintShopPro Frame pfr
  • PaintShopPro Image psp
  • PaintShopPro Mask msk
  • PaintShopPro Pattern pat
  • PaintShopPro Picture Tube tub
  • PaintShopPro Texture tex
  • Palm Pilot pdb
  • Pegs pxs,pxa
  • Pfs Art Publisher art
  • Photo Deluxe pdd,pdb
  • PhotoFantasy Image fsy
  • PhotoFrame frm
  • PhotoStudio File psf
  • PhotoStudio Stamp stm
  • Photomatrix cat
  • Pict2 p2
  • Photopaint Image apx
  • Picasso 64 p64
  • Picture Gear Pocket prc
  • Pixar picture file pic,pxr,picio
  • pixar
  • Pixel Power Collage ib7,i17,i18
  • if9
  • Pixia pxa
  • Pixibox pxb
  • Planetary Data System pds,img
  • Playback Bitmap Sequence bms
  • Pocket PC Bitmap 2bp
  • Polychrome Recursive Format prf
  • Portable Bitmap pbm,rpbm
  • Portable Document Format pdf
  • Portable Greyscale pgm,rpgm
  • Portable Image pnm,rpnm,pbm
  • rpbm,pgm,rpgm
  • ppm,rppm
  • Portable Network Graphics png
  • Portable Pixmap ppm,rppm
  • Portfolio Graphics pgf
  • Portfolio Graphics Compressed pgc
  • Portrait cvp
  • Poser Bump bum
  • Postscript ps,eps
  • PowerPoint (images) pps
  • PowerPoint Presentation (images) ppt
  • Printfox/Pagefox bs,pg,gb
  • Prisms pri
  • Psion Serie 3 Bitmap pic
  • Psion Serie 5 Bitmap mbm
  • Punk Productions Picture ppp
  • Puzzle pzl
  • Q0 q0,rgb
  • Qdv (Random Dot Software) qdv
  • Qrt Ray-Tracer qrt
  • Quake Texture wal
  • Quantel VPB vpb
  • QuickTime Image Format qtif,qti
  • RIPTerm Image icn
  • Radiance rad,img,pic
  • Rainbow Painter rp
  • Raw raw,gry,grey
  • Rayshade pic
  • Red Storm File Format rsb
  • Ricoh Digital Camera j6i
  • Ricoh Fax 001
  • Ricoh IS30 pig
  • RunPaint (Multicolor) rpm
  • SBIG CCD camera ST-4 st4
  • SBIG CCD camera ST-X stx,st4, st5, st6,st7,st8
  • SPOT dat
  • Saracen Paint sar
  • SciFax sci
  • SciTex Continuous Tone sct,ct
  • Seattle Film Works sfw
  • Seattle Film Works multi-image pwp,sfw
  • SecretPhotos puzzle xp0
  • Sega SJ-1 DIGIO sj1
  • Sharp GPB img
  • Silicon Graphics RGB rgb,rgba,bw
  • iris,sgi
  • Skantek skn
  • Slow Scan Television hrz
  • SmartDraw 6 template sdt
  • SmartFax 001
  • SmoothMove Pan Viewer pan
  • Softimage pic,si
  • Solitaire Image Recorder sir
  • Sony DSC-F1 Cyber-shot pmp
  • Sony Playstation TIM tim
  • Spectrum 512 spu
  • Spectrum 512 (Compressed) spc
  • Spectrum 512 (Smooshed) sps
  • SriSun ssi
  • Stad pic,pac,seq
  • Star Office Gallery sdg
  • Starbase img
  • Stardent AVS X x,avs,mbfs
  • mbfavs
  • Starlight Xpress SX 500×291 RAW
  • Stereo Image jps
  • Structured Fax Format sff
  • Sun Icon/Cursor icon,cursor,ico
  • pr
  • Sun Rasterfile ras,rast,sun
  • sr,scr,rs
  • Sun TAAC file iff,vff,suniff
  • taac
  • Synthetic Universe syn,synu
  • TG4 tg4
  • TI Bitmap 92i,73i,82i, 83i,85i,86i, 89i
  • TIFF Revision 6 tif,tim,tiff
  • TRS 80 hr
  • TealPaint pdb
  • Thumbnail tnl
  • Tiny tny,tn1,tn2
  • tn3
  • Total Annihilation gaf
  • Truevision Targa tga,targa,pix
  • bpx,ivb
  • Ulead Pattern pst
  • Ulead PhotoImpact upi
  • Ulead Texture pe4
  • Usenix FaceServer fac,face
  • Utah raster image rle,urt
  • VITec vit
  • VRML2 wrl
  • Verity vif
  • Vicar vic,vicar,img
  • Vidcom 64 vid
  • Video Display Adapter vda
  • Vista vst
  • Vivid Ray-Tracer img
  • Vort pix
  • Vue d’esprit vob
  • WAD (Half Life) wad
  • WaveL iwc
  • Wavefront Raster file rla,rlb
  • WebShots wbc,wbz
  • WhyPic ypc
  • WinFAX fxs,fxo,wfx
  • WinMIPS pic
  • Windows & Aldus Metafile wmf
  • Windows Animated Cursor ani
  • Windows Bitmap bmp,rle,vga
  • rl4,rl8,sys
  • Windows Clipboard clp
  • Windows Cursor cur
  • Windows DIB dib
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile emf
  • Windows Icon ico
  • Wireless Bitmap (level 0) wbmp,wbm,wap
  • Word Perfect Graphics wpg
  • X Windows System dump xwd,x11
  • X11 Bitmap xbm,bm
  • X11 Pixmap xpm,pm
  • XV Visual Schnauzer p7
  • Xara (images) xar
  • Xerox DIFF xif
  • Ximage xim
  • Xionics SMP smp
  • YUV 16Bits yuv,qtl,uyvy
  • YUV 16Bits Interleaved yuv,qtl,uyvy
  • YUV 4:1:1 yuv,qtl
  • YUV 4:2:2 yuv,qtl
  • YUV 4:4:4 yuv,qtl
  • ZX Spectrum Hobetta $s,$c,!s
  • ZX Spectrum Snapshot sna
  • ZX Spectrum standard screen scr
  • ZZ Rough rgh
  • Zoner Callisto Metafile (preview) zmf
  • Zoner Zebra Metafile (preview) zbr
  • Zsoft Multi-page Paintbrush dcx
  • Zsoft Publisher’s Paintbrush pcx,pcc,dcx
  • Description Extensions Legend
  • Sound file, Audio Interchange Format aif,aiff
  • Sun & Next Audio format au,snd
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) mdi
  • Windows audio file wav
  • Video for Windows avi,vfw
  • QuickTime Movie mov,qt
  • Moving Pictures Experts Group format mpg,m1v,mpa, mpe,mpeg
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Installing XnviewMP in Linux

Note: Instruction is particular to DebianUbuntu, and derivative systems.

You can download the XnviewMP precompiled debs (available for both x86 and x64 architectures) or compressed tgz file (for other systems) from here.  Alternatively, you can download the application from  Getdeb.net which is an unofficial repository for Ubuntu packages.

Before downloading the package from Getdeb.net, you’ll need to install Getdeb itself and you can find instructions here  after which you’ll then search for XnviewMP on Getdeb or download directly here – but only after you might have setup Getdeb on your PC.

xnviewmp startup wizard

xnviewmp interface

xnviewmp batch converter

XnviewMP is overall great and surprisingly robust; however, the application is proprietary but free and doesn’t come with adware or bloatware.

Alternatively, if you prefer minimalistic, we recommend Trimage or XnConvert (a stripped down version XnViewMP) both of which are also quite the functional batch image converters without the bells and whistles XnviewMP ships with, of course.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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