Linux News Today: Univention Corporate Client 3.0 OS Switches to Unity, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Softpedia was informed by Univention’s Maren Abatielos about the release and general availability of the Univention Corporate Client (UCC) 3.0 GNU/Linux operating system and management system for thin clients, PCs, or laptop computers.

The latest stable release, Univention Corporate Client 3.0, is now based on Canonical’s acclaimed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, which means that it inherits all of its core components and open-source applications, including but not limited to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel and LibreOffice 5.1.4 office suite.

However, the most important change of this major release of UCC is the fact that the default desktop environment used in the operating system has been switched to Unity. The reason of the move is because Ubuntu’s Unity interface is a long-term supported project and Univention will be able to provide your with 5 years of maintenance for it.

Now requires Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.1

Among other noteworthy changes implemented in Univention Corporate Client 3.0, we can mention it is now possible to configure Mozilla Firefox and RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) session scripts for additional program parameters or execute various commands, as well as to activate a custom start script features.

“This offers the possibility to sync scripts and other files from the image server and execute them at boot time,” explained the Univention developers. “Thin clients update their client policies persistently upon booting and save them locally, which increases robustness in case the LDAP server is not reachable during boot time.”

Univention Corporate Client 3.0 requires Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.1, it’s available right now via the Univention App Center and it is being distributed as 64-bit images for desktops and 32-bit ones for thin clients. Please note that you can build mages for 64- and 32-bit hardware architectures on 64-bit UCS systems.

Download Univention Corporate Client 3.0.

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Linux News Today: KDevelop 5.0 Open-Source IDE Officially Released with New C/C++ Language Support

After being in development for the past two years, the open-source KDevelop IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software has finally reached the 5.0 milestone.

Release highlights of KDevelop 5.0.0 include much-improved support for C/C++ language, which is now backed by the LLVM/Clang compiler for performing C and C++ code analysis, thus replacing the old custom C++ analysis engine used in previous releases of the software.

Successfully ported to the latest KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5 technologies, KDevelop 5.0.0 also comes with multiple enhancements to the PHP and Python programming languages, CMake support, QML/JavaScript support, QMake support, new navigation widget, per-project widget coloring, as well as progress reporting of make/ninja jobs.

“Almost two years after the release of KDevelop 4.7, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of KDevelop 5.0,” reads the announcement. “Many important changes and refactorings were done for version 5.0, ensuring that KDevelop remains maintainable and easy to extend and improve over the next years.”

KDevelop for Microsoft Windows coming soon

In addition to the new features mentioned above, KDevelop 5.0.0 sports a revamped Welcome Page, various improvements to the built-in debugger, removal of the splash screen for a faster startup, as well as lots of under-the-hood enhancements and bug fixes to keep the application maintainable and easy to extend for years to come.

Another interesting change in KDevelop 5.0.0, which GNU/Linux users can download right now via our website as a universal AppImage binary or source package, is the fact that there might be support for the Microsoft Windows operating system in the near future, due to the fact that the app now uses the newest Qt 5 libraries. More details about the new features can be found in a lengthy, in-depth article by Kevin Funk.

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Linux News Today: elementary Devs Need Your Help for a 4 Day elementary OS Hackathon in Paris

The elementary OS developers are currently working very hard on the next major release of the Ubuntu-based distro, elementary OS 0.4 “Loki”, and they are planning on an elementary Hackfest event in Paris, France.

Unfortunately, they need your help with the funding of the so-called “elementary Hackfest in Paris” event, for which an IndieGoGo campaign has been set, to get as many skilled applications developers as possible for as long as four days, in a room, together, to work on awesome open-source software projects for elementary OS.

“We’re putting on a 4 Day Hackathon in Paris for our volunteer developers in Europe to kickstart development on the next release of elementary OS. We’ll tackle things like release planning, smashing bugs and working on new features,” reads the IndieGoGo campaign. We want to keep this event free of outside influences and corporate sponsorships, so we need your help to make it happen.”

Therefore, if you use elementary OS on your personal computer, and you want to see unique, powerful applications and innovation on future release of the GNU/Linux distribution, you can back up the “elementary Hackfest in Paris” event on IndieGoGo with a small or big donation, which will be used for traveling, accommodation, food, IndieGoGo fees, and payment processing.

In the meantime, you can also help the elementary devs polish the upcoming Release Candidate (RC) development snapshot by downloading and test driving the second Beta release of elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” and report any bugs you might encounter. More details can be found in the official announcement and the distribution’s homepage.

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Linux News Today: NetworkManager 1.4 Adds Support for Setting IPv6 Tokenized Interface Identifiers

Today, August 24, 2016, Lubomir Rintel released the final build of the NetworkManager 1.4 open-source network connection manager software used by default in almost all GNU/Linux distributions.

NetworkManager 1.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced version of the widely-used software, replacing the NetworkManager 1.2 release, and promising to add many improvements to keep the quality of the application as high as possible, but also to fix those annoying issues reported by users from the previous maintenance update.

The biggest new features of NetworkManager 1.4 are the ability to set IPv6 tokenized interface identifiers by using the ‘ipv6.token’ connection property, support for oFono as modem manager, a new ‘VPN_PLUGIN’ logging domain, as well as support for automatic disconnection of network devices before the operating system suspends.

“Now devices are disconnected before the system suspends, executing dispatcher scripts. This allows external applications to be notified of the change in connectivity,” reads the internal changelog, which we’ve attached below for your reading pleasure. “Dispatcher scripts are now called also when connectivity status changes.”

Bash autocompletion improved for the NetworkManager CLI tool

The list of changes continues with bash autocompletion improvements for nmcli, the NetworkManager command-line tool, support for reloading and reapplying DNS configuration through a new ‘Reload’ D-Bus method, and support for creating configuration checkpoints, along with the ability to rolling back changes after a timeout.

There’s also support for network devices to expose counters of transferred data, a new ‘dns-priority’ property lets users tweak the order of IPv6 and IPv4 servers in resolv.conf for systems with multiple active connections, IPv6 reverse DNS (Domain Name System) entries are now being added to Dnsmasq, and the IPv4 ones respect the network prefix.

Moreover, the IPv6 and IPv4 ‘may-fail’ property is now correctly honored, it is possible to build NetworkManager with GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) sanitizers, and you can now set the MAC address assigned to a network device according to the available policies, such as stable, permanent, preserve, or random.

Last but not least, NetworkManager 1.4 follows symlinks when setting the rc-manager and resolv.conf access to ‘file’, it waits for IPv6 DAD to stop before completing the activation, and increases the timeout for requests of secrets to agents from 25 to 120 seconds. Check out the changelog below for more details and download NetworkManager 1.4 right now via our website.

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Linux News Today: Linux Turns 25, Happy Birthday!

Now that it’s August 25 in most countries, the time has come for us Linux geeks to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the and the open source project that changed the world as we know it.

Yes, that’s right, exactly 25 years ago, on August 25, 1991, which was a Sunday, Linus Benedict Torvalds informed Minix users that he was doing a free computer operating system as a hobby. “Hello everybody out there using Minix. I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like GNU) for 386 (486) AT clone,” read the announcement.

“Even after 25 years, Linux still serves as an example of how collaborative development can work, which can be applied to other open source projects,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “This report provides insight into the development trends and methodologies used by thousands of different individuals collectively to create some of the most important software code on the planet.”

Happy 25th birthday, Linux!

Well, 25 years later, it turns out Linux is a big thing, bigger than GNU was, and it’s everywhere around us. Linux kernel powers your Android or Ubuntu smartphone as you read this story on your 5.5-inch display, it’s used by search engine giant Google, as well as 99.9% of the websites you’re accessing daily. Linux kernel, as the core component of a GNU/Linux operating system, is everywhere around us.

Even if you don’t see it, Linux is there. For God’s sake, the whole Internet is powered by Linux! It’s used in airplanes, on your Wi-Fi router, on smartwatches, smart TVs, and any other smart device you have in your home. Yes, even your smart fridge uses Linux, but we won’t bother you with nonsense geek details because it’s celebration time, and Softpedia Linux team wishes a very Happy Birthday to Linux!

Linux kernel infographic

Linux kernel infographic

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Linux News Today: Vendetta Online 1.8.385 MMORPG Drastically Improves Chat and Effect Delays

Guild Software announced the release of a new maintenance update for their popular and cross-platform Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) 3D space combat title.

According to the release notes, Vendetta Online 1.8.385 is an important milestone, and it’s here to drastically improve the chat and effect delays reported by users during larger capship battles by implementing a new dynamic server packet-queuing and priority change system, which was tested internally with 200 close-proximity capships per battle.

“The new server changes are pretty interesting, as they open the door for larger battle events, with the eventual goal of player contention for territory in the expanded universe. We plan to do some big events to help test this in the near future,” reads the announcement. “Prioritization only dynamically scales with larger numbers of ships per sector, so less populated regions and sectors are unaffected.”

VR Mode improvements, bug fixes

Among other noteworthy changes implemented in the Vendetta Online 1.8.385 update, we can mention a new customizable button or key, currently set for the right-click mouse button, for looking around in the simulated VR mode, and the removal of the dark background of the HUD notification text when not using the VR mode.

There are also various bug fixes, such as those Lua errors that occurred when joining a group while Voice Chat is enabled, or when capship owners launched their fighter while manned to a turret. For Mac OS X users, there’s better support for the new OpenGL 4 video driver as keyboard and mouse inputs won’t be dropped anymore.

To enhance the performance of the game with higher peak player counts, the Guild Software developers also managed to change the distribution of services within the game-server cluster in the Vendetta Online 1.8.385 update, which is now available for Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Android, and iOS operating systems.

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