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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 and 11 support, and more.
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 virtually no impact up to 20% or 30% for processes that involve a high number of kernel calls, such as writing to databases.
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
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 Paradroid or Impossible Mission.
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, but apparently, the console won't be powerful enough to play AAA titles.
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 Sport, or audio systems like the Pumpkin Car Audio System. BlueBorne can also attack unpatched Windows and Linux PCs, and a variety of...
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 operating system.
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 an entire virtual machine or disk installation.
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 could act as a basic media center PC.
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 quarters.
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-boot setups.
Linux Fedora 26 launching today for all platforms

Fedora 26 launches today

After three delays faced by the alpha release and two for the beta, Fedora 26 is now on track, and the torrent downloads are already available, although the official website has not been updated with the news yet.
The Orwl is quite small but includes a plethora of security features. (Source: Crowd Supply)

"Self-destructing" PC will keep hackers at bay

The Orwl mini PC includes a plethora of security features including the protection against physical tempering, which triggers a "self-destruct" mechanism even if the device is unplugged.
Image source: Pine64

ROCK64, a 4K-capable single-board computer, now available

The new media-centric single-board PC from Pine64 is powered by a Rockchip RK3328 with support for the H.265 codec and 4K video playback.
Linux Mint 18 desktop, Linux Mint 18.2 now available for download July 2017

Linux Mint 18.2 now official

This new build is a long term support version that is set to get support until 2021. Linux Mint 18.2 features Cinnamon 3.4, a Linux kernel 4.8, as well as an Ubuntu 16.04 package base.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 page in Windows Store, only available for members of the Windows Insider program

SUSE Linux hits Windows Store for Insiders

Members of the Windows Insiders program can now download SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and openSUSE directly via Microsoft's Windows Store. Windows 10 users who are not members of the program can view both programs in Windows Store, but cannot download them.
Source: Nintendo

Super Nintendo Classic Edition now official, available September 29

Following in the footsteps of the now-discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo will continue to capitalize on the retro gaming market with the SNES Classic Edition. The new mini-console will feature 21 SNES games and will retail for $80 on September 29.
The bug affects all Kaby Lake and Skylake chips with Hyperthreading. (Source: Intel)

Serious Hyperthreading bug affects Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures

A serious bug in the microcode for Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs has been found. The bug can cause misbehavior of software and loss of data. It affects all 6th and 7th-gen CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
Source: Debian

Debian 9 "Stretch" now available

The update brings enhanced security features, more accessible debug tools, and updates to over 51,000 software packages throughout the Debian repositories.
Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu Linux

Dell now has 7 Ubuntu-driven premium laptops in its portfolio

Next to the seven different laptops with Ubuntu Linux on board, Dell also has a 27-inch all-in-one desktop PC that runs this well-known distro. The Kaby Lake-powered models come with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, while their Skylake-driven siblings run Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
As the Retrotube is driven by a Raspberry Pi 3, you can run Raspian, Chromium, or any other Linux distro as your base OS. (Source: Dan Michel)

Retrotube puts your Raspberry Pi inside a 1950s TV

There are many Raspberry Pi cases, but none quite so unique as the Retrotube. Taking its design cues from a 1950s TV, the handmade Retrotube sports an 8-inch 4:3 ratio LCD screen, analogue sound controls, and a lacquered wood finish.
The Centurion is Alpha's latest notebook. (Source: Alpha)

Alpha, the team behind the Litebook, introduces new notebook and desktop

Alpha, who released the Litebook back in March, recently announced two new devices running Elementary OS: the Litebox (a compact desktop) and the Centurion (an i7-equipped notebook).
Codenvy online IDE startup screen, Codenvy joins RedHat

Red Hat acquires Codenvy

RedHat's new acquisition aims to help improve JBoss Middleware and OpenShift. Even more, Codenvy will become a part of the hybrid cloud services platform The financial details have not been disclosed.
Image: Microsoft

Ubuntu available in the Windows Store; SUSE and Fedora to come soon

The Linux "apps" will essentially run the distro through a compatibility layer. Users will have access to Bash and the Linux command line.
Opera 45 "Reborn" web browser now features Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram messaging support

Opera Reborn browser now available for download

This new version of the Opera browser brings some features introduced by Opera Neon to the masses, its main highlight being the ability to pin Telegram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to the left side of the main window.
Image: AMD

Supposed leak reveals AMD Vega GPU specs

A recent Linux Direct Rendering Manager, supposedly from AMD, contains the specifications of an unnamed Vega GPU. The card in question has 8 GB of HBM2 and posted 12.5 TFLOPS of performance.
Image: Steam

GOG and Steam celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars game sales

Online game distributors Steam and GOG are currently running huge sales on Star Wars games. May the Fourth be with you.
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

System76 Galago Pro Ubuntu laptop now up for pre-order

This Linux machine weighs less than 3 pounds and can be configured with various Kaby Lake processors, including the Intel Core i7-7500U, up to 32 GB RAM, multiple storage options, and more. The prices start at $899 USD and can go much higher, depending on the hardware setup.
Chuwi SurBook and SurBook mini tablets might arrive with Windows 10 and Linux variants

Chuwi unveils SurBook and SurBook mini tablets

These upcoming slates use both the Intel Celeron N3450 but come in different sizes - 10.5-inch and 12.3-inch. Both feature 6 GB RAM and are expected to come with Windows 10 or Linux on board.
Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" is now available for download. (Source: Ubuntu)

Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available

The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
Canonical CEO Jane Silber steps down being replaced by Mark Shuttleworth

Canonical CEO Jane Silber to step down

Mark Shuttleworth returns at Canonical's helm 7 years after leaving this position and being replaced by Jane Silber. The switch is scheduled to take place in July 2017, Silber moving to the company's Board of Directors.
Anbox runs in a Linux container, making it compatible with any distro. (Source:

Anbox brings Android to Linux

The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.
$89 USD Pinebook Linux laptop now shipping

Affordable Linux laptop Pinebook starts shipping

This Linux laptop available via a build-to-order system comes in 11.6- and 14-inch models, its specs including a 64-bit Allwinner A64 quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC internal storage, a full-size keyboard, as well as a touchpad with multitouch input support.
Game console emulators like Nesbox will no longer be available on the Windows Store. (Source: Nesbox)

The Windows Store has officially banned emulators

Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
The PX7 Pro SE is a notebook capable of server workloads. (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server

The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.

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