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Ubuntu 18.10 - Communitheme new default interface (Source: Ubuntu blog)

Ubuntu 18.10 will come with a new default theme, improved power management, and more

Scheduled to arrive in October, Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" will still use GNOME but will come with a new default theme called Communitheme, improved power saving options, a faster first-time startup for apps installed as sna...
Semantic Machines team (Source: The Official Microsoft Blog)

Microsoft acquires conversational AI company Semantic Machines

Semantic Machines Inc. is a Californian company based in Berkeley that will join Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. However, it has been revealed that the Redmond giant will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in ...
Coming Soon: Open a Linux terminal directly from File Explorer. (Source: Microsoft)

Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' Insider Build will allow launching a Linux terminal directly from File Explorer

Windows 10 users who depend on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for development work will soon have an easy access to the Linux terminal thanks to a popular User Voice request. Upcoming Windows 10 'Redstone 5' builds will hav...
Image source: AsteroidOS

AsteroidOS 1.0, an open source smartwatch OS, released for certain Android Wear watches

AsteroidOS, best described as an open source alternative to watchOS and Wear OS, launched its first stable release yesterday. Designed by a small group of developers and open to the public, the OS can run on a few Wear OS-compatib...
The updated Oryx Pro features a 15.6-inch matte FHD IPS screen in the base configuration. (Source: System76)

System76 offers Ubuntu-based Oryx Pro laptop for pre-order

American computer manufacturer System76 has offered the company’s updated Oryx Pro for pre-order. For US$1,599, the buyer would receive a 15.6-inch, Ubuntu-based laptop sporting an i7-8750H processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, ...
Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps

Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps

Chromebooks may become the best Android development tools later this year. Google is planning to roll out native Linux support to the Chrome OS-powered machines later this year, allowing coders to build software for Chrome OS and ...
Image: Ubuntu Insights

Update: Download now available | Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) now available

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" is here and brings quite a few changes to the OS. Users upgrading from 16.04 LTS will notice quite a few aesthetic changes; 18.04 LTS brings the switch back to the GNOME desktop to the long-term su...
Asus Chromebox 3 desktop PC with Intel Kaby Lake processor

Asus Chromebox 3 now available for pre-order

Unveiled back at CES 2018, the Intel Kaby Lake-powered Asus Chromebox 3 is now available for pre-order via TigerDirect and NextWarehouse. Although it is also listed as out of stock and there is no release date public yet, those in...
Image: Purism

Librem 5 smartphone will officially support PureOS and Ubuntu Touch

Thanks to a collaboration between Purism and UBports, the upcoming crowd-funded Librem 5 smartphone now officially supports Purism's own PureOS and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch, which was abandoned by Canonical last year, was picked...
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 convertible with Cofee Lake and Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL (Source: Dell)

Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a business version of the XPS 9575, but with Radeon Pro WX graphics

The new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a less powerful — but convertible — sibling of the 15.6-inch Precision 5530 mobile workstation. Its specs are similar to those of the Dell XPS 9575, but this mobile workstation features Radeon...
Dell Precision 5530 mobile workstation with Coffee Lake-H and NVIDIA Quadro options (Source: Dell)

Dell Precision 5530 business version of the XPS 9570 now official, Quadro P1000/P2000 graphics in tow

Available in Platinum Silver and Brushed Onyx, the 15.6-inch Dell Precision 5530 is the brand's smallest mobile workstation. Its comprehensive list of hardware options includes 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors, ...
Microsoft Azure Sphere components (Source: Blog | Microsoft Azure)

Microsoft launches Azure Sphere, its first product with a custom Linux kernel

Although Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, called it a few years ago nothing less than "a cancer," Linux is now at the core of an IoT solution that comes from Redmond. Azure Sphere includes microcontrollers, a cloud-based sec...
Red Hat Logo, featuring Shadow Man (aka, the man in the red hat). (Source: The Inquirer)

Red Hat reaches the quarter-century milestone

Red Hat has now spent 25 years developing and supporting Linux and other related open-source projects. Originally started by Bob Young and Marc Ewing in a small residential room, it has now grown to have annual revenue of US$2.9 b...
Image: Linux Mint Blog

Pocket Mint: The Mintbox Mini 2 is a fanless Apollo Lake mini PC running Linux Mint

Mini PCs are growing in popularity. Linux Mint users in need of an insanely tiny machine might be interested in the Apollo Lake-powered Mintbox Mini 2, which the team behind Linux Mint is hoping to deliver concurrently with Mint 1...
The Atari VCS (Ataribox) lives! (Image source: Tom's Hardware)

GDC 2018 | The Ataribox is real, and it's more computer than gaming console

After months of delays and speculation, the Atari VCS (formerly the Ataribox) finally debuted in physical form at GDC. There's still a lot of information about the console that Atari is keeping close to the chest, but we do know t...
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (Source: Raspberry)

Raspberry announces the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with same US$35 price as its predecessor

Raspberry have announced the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, an update to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that originally released two years ago. The most significant improvements are in networking (wired and wireless) and an increase in ...
Chromebooks like the Google Pixelbook could soon support Linux in a virtual machine. (Source: Google)

Chrome OS to support running Linux software in virtual machines

Google could be set to make its Chrome OS a much more potent threat to Microsoft if a new commit in the Chromium source is any guide. A developer project known as Crostini shows signs of Google officially introducing support for L...
Smach Z handheld gaming PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen V1000 embedded CPU

Smach Z handheld gaming PC to integrate AMD's Ryzen V1000 embedded CPU

After 4 years of development, the Smach Z handheld PC could finally see the light of day in H2 2018. Smach partnered with AMD to include a custom embedded RX-421B CPU that integrates an 8CU R7 GPU, and the device will also include...
How to run Linux binaries natively in Windows 10

How to run Linux binaries natively in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is Microsoft's technology stack that enables native Linux binaries to run in a Windows user environment without the need to install a full fledged Linux distro — native or virtual. This tutori...
KDE Slimbook II (KDE II) notebook (Source: Slimbook)

KDE Slimbook II Linux laptops receive Kaby Lake i5 and i7 processors

The Spanish-made KDE Slimbook II notebook is now available starting around US$855. When compared to the first generation, the list of upgrades includes DDR4 memory, Kaby Lake processors, a 1 TB SSD option, an improved WiFi antenna...
Linux running on Nintendo Switch due to boot ROM bug (Source: @fail0verflow)

Boot ROM bug allows Nintendo Switch to run Linux

Not long after they revealed a custom boot screen on a Nintendo Switch, a group of hackers calling themselves fail0verflow apparently managed to run a Linux-based operating system on this game console.
VLC 3.0.0 "Vetinari" on Windows 10 (32-bit version)

VLC 3.0 now available with 8K and Chromecast support

The first version of the "Vetinari" branch, VLC 3.0.0 is capable of streaming to Chromecast devices even in non-native formats, also supporting 4K and 8K hardware decoding on a wide range of devices, including Android flagships.
Vivaldi Browser 1.14.1077.41 vertical reading setting, Vivaldi Browser is three years old

Vivaldi Browser celebrates its third anniversary by adding vertical reading, markdown support for notes, and more

The vertical reading mode introduced by Vivaldi Browser 1.14 is one of the best ways for reading texts in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Next to this new feature, the update also brings customizable web panels and Markdown support...
The Chinese knew of Meltdown and Spectre much before the US Government according to The WSJ. (Source: Reddit)

Intel alerted select corporations about Meltdown/Spectre, China speculated to have known about it before the US

The Wall Street Journal reports that Intel had informed select customers about the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities. What's news, however, is that somehow the Chinese Government could have gotten to know about the vulnerabilities ...
Firefox 58 update notification, new version launched with tracking protection and faster graphics

Firefox 58 now official with tracking protection and faster graphics

Launched earlier today, Firefox 58 promises to deliver smoother graphics, improved support for progressive web apps on Android devices, faster page loading, tracking protection, and more.
Microsoft Word in Wine, Wine 3.0 now available January 2018

Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available

Wine 3.0 is now available as the second annual release of this well-known compatibility layer and arrives more than 24 years since the initial release. This new version comes with improved compatibility with Android, Direct3D 10 a...
Linux Mint 18.3 running the Cinnamon desktop environment. (Source: Linux Mint)

Linux Mint 19.x 'Tara' to release in mid 2018

The next version of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 19, will release sometime in May or June this year. The popular Linux distro will be based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
It is rumored that an embargo on the details of the flaw are due to be lifted later this month, after patches have been issued. (Source: Intel)

UPDATE | Intel hardware flaw will cause a drop in performance for kernel heavy processes once fixed

Updated with response from Intel. A security flaw has been found in the way that Intel processors from the last ten years handle kernel memory. The solution being implemented in the Windows and Linux kernels can vary from virtuall...
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox

Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox

The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
Google is testing its Fuchsia OS on its Pixelbooks. (Source: Google)

Google testing unreleased Fuchsia OS on the Pixelbook

Google has expanded the testing of its mysterious Fuchsia OS to its recently released Pixelbooks. The operating system differs from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems, although Google has yet to reveal its purpose.
GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered

Deal | GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered

Everybody's favorite Department of Death Travel Agent, Manny Calavera, can now lead your PC to the Ninth Underworld for free, courtesy of GOG.com.
The first all-new Atari console in years is coming in 2018. (Source: Atari)

The Ataribox goes up for pre-order on Dec 14

Atari is set to release its first all-new gaming console in years. The Ataribox will be powered by a custom AMD chipset and is going up for pre-order this week.
System76 Galago Pro Linux notebook

System76 to disable Intel Management Engine on its notebooks

While Intel is working with the big brands to patch the major security holes recently discovered in its Management Engine firmware, System76 plans to take it all to the next level by disabling IME entirely via a firmware update.
Ubuntu options aren't available for the Kaby Lake-R XPS 13. (Source: NotebookCheck)

Not to worry, Dell will bring Ubuntu to the early 2018 Intel 8th gen. XPS 13 'developers edition'

A member of Dell's Project Sputnik has posted on Reddit confirming that while they are skipping the Kaby Lake-R refresh of the XPS 13, there will be an Ubuntu 'developer edition' with the 8th gen processor in early 2018.
Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 13 2017 (i7-8550U, 500 GB, 32 GB, FHD) Laptop Review

83% Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro 13 2017 (i7-8550U, 500 GB, 32 GB, FHD) Laptop Review

Linux or Windows? With the InfinityBook Pro 13 2017, Tuxedo Computers performs pure product maintenance. We explain in our short review how well the pre-production sample based on the eighth generation of the Core-i processors performs.
Intel Core i7-8550U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.5 kg
Ubuntu Linux 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" (Source: Canonical)

Ubuntu Linux 17.10 now available with GNOME 3 as default desktop interface

The new Ubuntu Linux 17.10 release is nicknamed "Artful Aardvark" and comes with the latest version of GNOME as the default desktop, thus dropping Canonical's Unity graphical shell.
Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal

Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal

The Librem 5, a smartphone currently in development by Purism, recently reached its USD$1.5 million crowdfunding goal. The device will be designed with privacy in mind and will run a mobile flavor of Purism's own PureOS.
Retro Games C64 Mini game console (Source: Retro Games)

C64 Mini retro console coming next year for US$70

Retro Games Ltd. has just revealed that its modern Commodore 64 compact replica is on its way to an early 2018 launch as the C64 Mini. This US$69.99 game console is expected to hit the market loaded with 64 licensed games such as ...
Source: Atari

The Ataribox is an under-powered Linux PC priced to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One

In a newsletter sent out today, Atari gave some more information about the upcoming Ataribox. The console will be running a version of Linux, and users will have full access to the underlying operating system. No word on games yet...
Armis Labs warns that current security solutions will not detect BlueBorn, beacuse these are focused on IP attacks, not on airborne attacks. (Source: Armis Labs)

BlueBorne vulnerability could target billions of unpatched Bluetooth devices

Armis Labs discovered a Bluetooth vulnerability codenamed BlueBorne that could affect billions of devices including smartphones like Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy, tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab, smartwatches like LG Watch Spor...
Firefox 57 Photo design update with uni-bar approach (Source: gHacks Technology News)

Firefox 57 to drop the search bar

Although new users will get the new uni-bar design by default, existing Firefox users who will update their browser will not lose the traditional search bar.
Asus ASUSPRO P541 (i3 6006U, HD 520) Laptop Review

74% Asus ASUSPRO P541 (i3 6006U, HD 520) Laptop Review

Linux office. Asus' 15.6-inch laptop will cost approximately 400 Euros (~$482). In return, the buyer will get a Core i3 processor as well as 8 GB of working memory and a solid-state drive. A Windows operating system is not included - Asus relies on Linux.
Intel Core i3-6006U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 15.6" | 2 kg
The Librem 5 will feature hardware kill switches for the camera, microphone, and wireless radios. (Image: Purism)

Purism turns to crowdfunding to develop their Linux-based smartphone

The Librem 5, currently up for preorder through a crowdfunding campaign, is Purism's attempt to create a privacy-focused smartphone. The phone will run a mobile variant of PureOS, which is Purism's own custom GNU/Linux-based opera...
Ubuntu Linux with GNOME GUI, GNOME GUI is now 20 years old

The GNOME Project is now 20 years old

Although its archrival KDE has been around since 1996 and its initial release only arrived in 1999, GNOME can be considered to be two decades old now, since the GNOME Project was born on August 15, 1997.
OS-ception: Ubuntu running in a Windows Server VM (Source: MSDN)

Windows Subsystem for Linux now available on a Windows Server near you

The Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL) can now be deployed on Windows Server installations starting with Build 16257, making it easy for IT admins to run that elusive Linux command line tool without having to install and configure a...
Adobe Flash support officially ending in 2020 (Source: Adobe)

Adobe Flash support officially ending in 2020

Adobe will be shifting efforts into promoting HTML5 through its Premiere Pro and Animate software tools while letting its deprecated Flash Player die a slow death.
Nice try EC DREAM, but this isn't a likely scenario for the Celeron N3350 with HD500. (Source: Geekbuying/EC DREAM)

Deal: EC DREAM A9 Celeron N3350 compute stick for US$100

EC DREAM has a Celeron N3350 powered compute stick which is available at US$100 for the next five days. While not as powerful as 2016's Core M powered Intel Compute Stick, it comes in at a significantly cheaper price point and cou...
SK Hynix is the second largest DRAM chip manufacturer, with a quarter of the worldwide market. (Source: SK Hynix)

DRAM chip manufacturer SK Hynix reports record profit

After recording a record profit in the first quarter of 2017, SK Hynix has broken that record by reporting a second consecutive record profit. Operating profit increased by 24% and net profit by 30% between the first and second qu...
Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak reaches end of life late July 2017

Ubuntu 16.10 reaches end of life

Nine months after its release, the "Yakkety Yak" Ubuntu release, also carrying the version number 16.10, reaches its last day of support. Those still using it should upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04.
Tux fans have all the reason to cheer with the availability of Linux distros directly from the Windows Store. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Ubuntu now available for download in the Windows Store

Insiders running the latest Windows Insider Preview builds can now get a taste of a native Ubuntu experience directly from the Windows Store and play around with popular Linux developer tools without the hassle of managing multi-b...

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