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Google Patches All Intel Chromebooks Against Spectre Variant 2 with Chrome OS 65

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 20, 2018 3:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google released a new stable version of its Linux-based Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks, build 65.0.3325.167 (Platform version: 10323.58.0/1) bringing the Meltdown and Spectre mitigations to more devices and a bunch of other improvements.

Sony Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus, and XA1 Ultra Users Rejoice, Android 8.0 Oreo Is Here

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 20, 2018 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
If you own a Sony Xperia XA1, Sony Xperia XA1 Plus or Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphone, chances are you can now update your devices to the Android 8.0 Oreo software update.

Canonical Officially Announces Mozilla's Firefox as a Snap App for Ubuntu Linux

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu operating system, informed Softpedia today about the official availability Mozilla's Firefox web browser as a Snap package for Ubuntu Linux and other Snap-enabled GNU/Linux distributions.

You Can Now Transform Your Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ into a Home Theatre System

OSMC (Open Source Media Center), the free and open-source media player operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed for single-board computers received March 2018's update with dozens of changes, including support for the latest Raspberry Pi model.

Ubuntu-Based Zorin OS Gets Better Support for Windows Apps, Desktop Improvements

A new maintenance update of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS GNU/Linux distribution arrived at the end of this week with a bunch of enhancements to its desktop environment, as well as the latest versions of core components and apps.

Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS Will Ship with a New Default Layout Called "Familiar"

Ubuntu MATE's lead developer Martin Wimpress announced that the forthcoming Ubuntu MATE 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system would sport a brand-new default layout for new installations.

GitHub's Atom Hackable Text Editor Gets Performance, Responsiveness Improvements

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 18, 2018 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GitHub released a new stable version of their open-source and cross-platform Atom hackable text editor with a bunch of enhancements, bug fixes, a new Electron version, as well as performance and responsiveness improvements.

Google Says Android Is as Secure as Apple's iOS and Wants You to Know That

Google's Android security chief David Kleidermacher told CNET today that the Linux-based Android mobile operating system the company develops for a wide range of devices is now as secure as Apple's iOS.

Chromium and Firefox Web Browsers Are Now Installable as Snaps on Ubuntu Linux

Canonical has announced recently that the popular Chromium and Mozilla Firefox open-source web browsers are now installable as Snaps on Ubuntu and other Snap-powered operating systems.

Canonical Releases Spectre/Meltdown Patches for Ubuntu 17.10 for Raspberry Pi 2

Canonical published two security advisories on Thursday to announce the availability of Spectre mitigations for the ARM64 (AArch64) hardware architecture on its Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS systems.

Intel Says Its Next Chips Will Be Fully Protected Against Spectre Vulnerability

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 16, 2018 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Intel released a statement on Thursday to inform us all that it has found new methods to protect its future processors against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities that were unearthed earlier this year.

Raspbian Remix Lets You Create Your Own Spin That You Can Install on PC or Mac

Developer Arne Exton announced today the release of the third iteration of its Raspbian PIXEL remix rebased on the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system and synced with the upstream changes.

Google Announces Wear OS, the New Name of Its Android Wear Operating System

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 15, 2018 1:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
Google announced on Thursday that it renamed its Android Wear operating system for wearables to Wear OS by Google, which will start rolling out to your Android smartwatch and the companion phone app over the next few weeks.

Mozilla Firefox 60 Promises Enhanced Camera Privacy and USB Token Authentication

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 15, 2018 5:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
While most Internet users are enjoying their brand-new Firefox 59 web browser with all of its performance improvements and new privacy features, Mozilla works hard on the next major release, Firefox 60.

Raspberry Pi OS Raspbian Updated with Support for the New Raspberry Pi 3 B+ SBC

The Raspberry Pi Foundation released today a new build of its Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi single-board computer with dozens of improvements, updated components, and other enhancements.

Firefox 59 for Android Adds HLS Playback Support, Improves Private Browsing Mode

Mozilla released today the Firefox 59 web browser for Google's Android mobile operating system bringing support for websites that use the HTTP Live Streaming protocol for video playback, and improved Private Browsing mode, and more.

Mozilla Firefox 59 Released with Faster Page Load Times, New Privacy Features

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 13, 2018 12:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
As expected, Mozilla released today the Firefox 59.0 "Quantum" web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

SparkyLinux 5.3 Rolling Linux OS Debuts Based on Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster"

The developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux GNU/Linux operating system announced over the weekend the release of the SparkyLinux 5.3 "Nibiru" Rolling ISO snapshot.

Chromebooks with Touchscreen Will Soon Get a Brand-New, Android-Like Power Menu

Chromium evangelist at Google Fran├žois Beaufort reports today the availability of a brand-new, Android-like power menu on Google's Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks with a touch screen.

New Ubuntu Installs Could Be Speed Up by 10% with the Zstd Compression Algorithm

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Mar 12, 2018 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Debian and Ubuntu developer Julian Andres Klode reports today that Canonical plans to implement Facebook's zstd compression algorithm by default in future releases of their Ubuntu Linux operating system.

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