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Distribution Release: GParted Live 0.20.0-2

Curtis Gedak has announced the release of a new stable version of GParted Live, a Debian-based live CD containing a variety of disk partitioning and data rescue tools: "The GParted team is proud to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This live image contains GParted 0.20.0....

New Oculus SDK Adds Experimental Linux Support and Unity Free For Rift Headset

An anonymous reader writes: Oculus, creator of the Rift VR headset, has released a new version of their SDK which brings with it long sought-after support for Linux, which the company says is "experimental." Linux support was previously unavailable since the launch of the company's second development kit, the DK2. The latest SDK update also adds support for Unity Free, the non-commercial version of the popular game authoring engine. Previously, Unity developers needed the Pro version—costing $1,500 or $75/month—to create experiences for the Oculus Rift. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: PC-BSD 10.1-RC1

Dru Lavigne has announced the availability of the first release candidate for PC-BSD 10.1, a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop: "The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release. PC-BSD notable changes: KDE 4.14.2, GNOME 3.12.2, Cinnamon 2.2.16,....

Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, "The focus of the Court's reasoning is that the sale of a PC with software preinstalled is not like the sale of a car with its components (the 4 wheels, the engine, etc.) that therefore are sold jointly. Buying a computer with preinstalled software, the user is required to conclude two different contracts: the first, when he buys the computer; the second, when he turns on the computer for the first time and he is required to accept or not the license terms of the preinstalled software. Therefore, if the user does not accept the software license, he has the right to keep the computer and install free software without having to pay the 'Microsoft tax.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Distribution Release: Lightweight Portable Security 1.5.5

Version 1.5.5 of Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), a privacy-oriented Linux live CD developed by Software Protection Initiative, has been released: "Version 1.5.5 of LPS is now available. Changes: updated Firefox to 24.8.1 ESR; updated Adobe Flash Player to 11.2.202.411; updated Firefox extension NoScript 2.6.9.1; updated Firefox extension HTTPS....

Development Release: BLAG Linux And GNU 200000 Alpha

Abdur-Rahman Morgan has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of BLAG Linux And GNU 200000, a set of Fedora-based live CDs (built exclusively from free software components) with a choice of GNOME, LXDE, MATE and Xfce desktops: "BLAG 200000 alpha of GNOME, LXDE, MATE and Xfce....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 14.2

Arne Exton has announced the release of ExTiX 14.2, a set of two Ubuntu-based distributions - one with GNOME 3.14 and the other featuring Razor-qt. Both are based on Ubuntu 14.10. From the project's SourceForge page: "All packages have been updated to their latest versions as of 2014-10-24.....

OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported," through which an attacker could "gain complete control [of] the web server process." From the article: However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2). Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical. You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list. So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 7.0 RC

Rubén Rodríguez Pérez has announced the availability of the release candidate for the upcoming Trisquel GNU/Linux 7.0, a new version of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution built strictly from free software components only: "Trisquel 7.0 RC ISO images ready. Included are images for Trisquel, Trisquel 'Mini', and Trisquel 'Sugar'....

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.1-RC3

Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third and final release candidate for FreeBSD 10.1: "The third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. Some of the changes between....

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