Linux in The News – Oct 25, 2021
Linux in The News – Oct 25, 2021

Linux in The News – Oct 25, 2021

Systemd-Free MX Linux 21 Officially Released, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye”

Oct 21, 2021

The MX Linux team proudly announced today the release and general availability of MX Linux 21, a major release of their Debian-based, systemd-free and lightweight GNU/Linux distribution.

Dubbed “Wildflower”, MX Linux 21 has been in development for the past six months and comes as an upgrade to the MX Linux 19.x series, based on the latest and greatest Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” operating system series, and shipping with the Xfce 4.16 and KDE Plasma 5.20 desktop environments, as well as, for the first time, an official edition featuring the Fluxbox 1.3.7 window manager with mx-fluxbox 3.0 configs.

The Xfce edition, which remains the flagship edition of MX Linux, introduces the Thunar Shares plugin for the Thunar file manager to access Samba shares, which you can access from a folder’s properties dialog, updated dock-like plugin, as well as various other updated Xfce packages.

The Fluxbox edition comes with a Fluxbox settings manager similar to Xfce’s settings manager, Tint2 as default panel with a collection of pre-built configurations and an expanded set of tools for panel management, tiling options using Ctrl + 1-9 or arrow keys, mxfb-quickshot and mxfb-timer, and revised Help docs with ten translations.

Highlights of MX Linux 21 include a new installer partition selection area with LVM support, new UEFI live system boot menus with “rollback” option and the ability to select boot options directly from the boot menu and submenus instead of using the previous console menus, and user password (sudo) for administration tasks by default.

This new MX Linux release also introduces a new app called MX Tour, which provides newcomers with a brief overview of each desktop environment. On top of that, users will find a new default theme for all three flavors called MX Comfort, a bunch of custom scripts in the Fluxbox edition, as well as numerous other small configuration changes, especially on the panel with new default panel plugins.

Hardware support has been improved as well, and MX Linux 21 is powered by the Linux 5.10 LTS kernel series from Debian GNU/Linux 11, but a AHS (Advanced Hardware Support) ISO image featuring the Xfce desktop environment will be readied as well with the more recent Linux 5.14 kernel series.

VirtualBox 6.1.28 Released with Initial Support for Linux 5.14 and 5.15 Kernels

Oracle released today VirtualBox 6.1.28 as a hefty update to their open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems.

VirtualBox 6.1.28 is here about three months after VirtualBox 6.1.26 to introduce initial guest and host support for the Linux 5.14 and 5.15 kernel series. This means that you can now use VirtualBox on GNU/Linux systems powered by Linux kernels 5.14 or 5.15, as well as to run distributions powered by Linux 5.14 or 5.15 kernels inside virtual machines.

In addition, this release introduces initial support for the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 operating system, improves the detection of kernel modules in Linux hosts to prevent unnecessary rebuilds, fixes a display corruption on Linux Mint systems, and adds bindings support for Python 3.9.

The Shared Clipboard features saw some improvements in VirtualBox 6.1.28, such as the ability to prevent the reset of the guest clipboard when clipboard sharing is disabled and a couple of VRDP fixes to prevent a hang of the remote RDP client when the guest has no clipboard data to report, as well as to force the RDP connection to work even when the guest service reconnects to the host.

Some networking improvements are also present, including multiple updates in the virtio-net device support, which can now properly handle cable disconnection in saved VM state, as well as more administrative control over network ranges.

Audio support has been improved as well, and VirtualBox now allows resuming of playback of the AC’97 emulation when taking a snapshot, setting of the line-in volume in the HDA emulation on modern Linux guests, and no longer aborts the VM session after computer hibernation.

Other than that, VirtualBox 6.1.28 improve touchpad-based scrolling, addresses a VM black screen issue that occurred during the first resize after restoring the virtual machine from saved state, fixes a possible write error when using VHD images, and fixes a rare VM hang that could occur when changing settings at runtime.

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