New Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk Drone Development Kit Makes Use of Ubuntu Snappy and ROS

Softpedia was informed  by Canonical about their new partnership with Parrot, the famous  wireless products manufacturer based in Paris, France, to distribute a  drone development kit powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core.

Dubbed Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, the new development kit  is here to help developers create obstacle avoidance and autonomous  robots and drones that use the slimmed-down version of the popular  Ubuntu Linux distribution designed for embedded and IoT (Internet of  Things) devices, Ubuntu Snappy Core, as well as ROS (Robot Operating  System). Read the rest of this entry »

 Ubuntu Touch OTA-9.1 Hotfix Launches February 24 as Phased Update

At the request of our readers, we’re publishing some more details about what’s going on with the development of the OTA-9.1 hotfix update, which promises to patch the infamous incoming call issue reported by numerous Ubuntu Phone users.

But first, we have to mention the fact that Canonical should have released the said OTA update a long time ago to its Ubuntu Phone users, as some of them have already started looking elsewhere.

Canonical is usually not known for stalling updates, but it would appear that they have been quite busy these past two weeks with the preparation for the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2016 event.

Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical has just informed us that the OTA-9.1 update is about to be pushed to the stable channel for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices, and the phased upgrade should start on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

“A lot of good announcements recently - BQ Aquaris M10, Meizu Pro 5 and the Sony Xperia Z1 port. All those were some of the reasons why so many of our developers were so busy in the last weeks,” says Łukasz Zemczak, Canonical Foundations.

OTA-9.1 also patches the Glibc vulnerability

Besides fixing the incoming call issue, the OTA-9.1 hotfix update should also fix the recent Glibc vulnerability, so we strongly recommend that you apply the update as soon as you see it in the System Settings panel under Updates.

In related news, it looks like the Ubuntu Touch devs continue working on the new features for the next major OTA, the OTA-10, which should arrive at the end of March 2016.

During the day of Monday, February 22, the rc-proposed channel, where all the OTA-10 goodness happens, received new versions of the Unity 8 interface, Messaging app, Thumbnailer, Unity Scopes Mediascanne, and Ubuntu Keyboard with Japanese support.


 Knoppix 7.6.0 Live Linux OS Officially Released

After teasing users with the release of the KNOPPIX 7.6.0 Live Linux operating system on November 14, 2015, Klaus Knopper has announced today, November 24, that the distribution is officially available for anyone who wants to download it.

According to the release notes, KNOPPIX 7.6.0 is now based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) operating system, but it’s powered by a recent Linux 4.2 kernel. It includes updated graphics drivers for Nvidia and Radeon cards, as well as various packages from the Debian Testing (Stretch) and Unstable (Sid) software repositories. Read the rest of this entry »

 6 Linux based mobile operating systems

Linux phones

Linux pretty much owns modern computing. Everything from mighty supercomputers to puny routers run on Linux — in many cases users aren’t even aware they’re using Linux.


Google’s Android is clearly the king of mobile operating systems. After a humble beginning, it has overtaken Apple’s iOS in terms of functionality, features and openness. Read the rest of this entry »

 Canonical Closes Devscripts Exploit in Ubuntu

Canonical has revealed some information in a security notice about a devscripts vulnerability in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems that has been found and corrected.

Ubuntu maintainers have upgraded the devscripts package in order to correct a small issue. The package is described as scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier, and it looks like devscripts could have been made to overwrite files in certain situations. Read the rest of this entry »

 Open source developers reach for the cloud

Open source developers are flocking to cloud services, with 40 percent planning to provide their applications as Web services using cloud providers such as Google’s App Engine and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, according to a recent survey.

The Evans Data Open Source/Linux Development survey, published last week, arrived on the heels of a more general Evans Data survey that found higher adoption of cloud services inside the open-source world than outside. That survey found that around a quarter of all developers worldwide were planning to develop for the cloud. Read the rest of this entry »

 Red Hat’s Volley on Linux Management Offering

Call it Red Hat’s forward spin velocity regarding Linux management tools. With competition such as Oracle offering full Red Hat support on their own products, Red Hat is now expanding and improving its Linux management footprint.

The leading Linux distributor told that it is rolling out online monitoring tool this year Red Hat customers.

Rich Friedman, director of product management for the Red Hat Network, told the management tool is already in use with a select group of customers with expanded rollouts planned throughout the year. Read the rest of this entry »

 5 Mobile Linux OSes that Dare to Compete with Android

Firefox OS

Mozilla announced Boot to Gecko in July 2011, and in June 2012 re-launched it as Firefox OS. The operating system will run on firmware from Chinese manufacturing giants ZTE and TCL (Alcatel One Touch), and will be offered by as many as seven mobile Firefox OS phonecarriers.

So far, only Spain’s Telefonica has actually promised a phone - an entry-level model due in Brazil in early 2013 under its Vivo brand. Firefox OS will then spread to similarly low-cost phones from carriers including Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia and Sprint, says Mozilla. Read the rest of this entry »

 Google Chrome OS: A Preview

Google Chrome OS is Google’s new operating system, designed to compete with Microsoft Windows in the netbook market.

Chrome OS won’t ship a final version until late 2010, but Michael Miller (author of the upcoming book Using Google Chrome OS) got his hands on an early developer copy and has a preview of the new operating system — which looks suspiciously like Google’s Chrome web browser.

Look out Microsoft—Google is entering the operating system market! Read the rest of this entry »

 Linux Kernel Hits 2.6.24

The first new Linux kernel of 2008 is now out, showcasing improvements that run the gambit of bug fixes to new performance and feature enhancements.

One addition found in the new 2.6.24 Linux kernel is the new ability for write-throttling code.

“This prevents one heavily-used block device from starving the other devices. so it’s great for throughput enhancement,” Joel Berman, director of marketing at Red Hat, told Read the rest of this entry »