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Nokia 3 review

Sun, 2017-07-16 10:06

The Nokia 3 is the lowest-end of Nokia's new line of Android phones. It's on sale in the UK for £120, but you will have to make sacrifices for that price. That converts to $156 or AU$200, although Nokia has no plans to bring the phone to the US.

The biggest problems are in the processor performance. The quad-core chip struggles to run even the stock version of Android Nougat, making swiping around the interface sluggish and stuttery. There's a noticeable delay when opening apps, too, and some apps -- including the Google Play store -- forced quit on several occasions. I found it regularly frustrating.

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Merge window over - Linux 4.13-rc1 out

Sun, 2017-07-16 09:55

Ok, normally I do this on Sunday afternoon, but occasionally it
happens a day early like now to avoid people timing me.

In fact, I was planning on doing it yesterday evening this time around
because I was so annoyed with lots of late pull requests on Friday
(and some today), but ended up going to dinner and not getting
everything done, so it's only one day early. Next time...

Also: Linux 4.13-rc1 Kernel Released

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Linux/Devices: postmarketOS, Raspberry Pi, and EdgeX/OpenFog

Sun, 2017-07-16 01:59
  • 50 days of postmarketOS

    Fifty days ago I have announced postmarketOS, a touch-optimized, pre-configured Alpine Linux, which can be installed on smartphones. It avoids Android's bad habit of forking software for every single device (!) entirely by going the other way around and unifying as much as possible: We use regular Linux programs, and try to have only one unique package per device, with ideally one kernel for all devices.

    While we already have a solid pmbootstrap program for installation and development, pmOS itself is in an early development stage. Making calls and other basic phone features do not work yet. Nevertheless, a small development community has emerged and we can show off quite a few improvements.

  • Raspberry Pi: Everything you need to know

    The Raspberry Pi craze is a little over five years old, and it shows no sign of stopping.

  • Why the Industrial IoT Needs an Open-Source Edge Platform

    The Industrial IoT could be left with dozens of platforms and a huge device and systems integration headache. IOTech’s Keith Steele and Andrew Foster write that an open-source platform with industry partnerships may overcome that challenge.

    The growth in the Internet of Things is being driven by the unprecedented amounts of data being generated by a combination of people, machines and things. Cisco estimates that 600 ZB of data will be generated in 2020 by all people, machines, and things, up from 145 ZB generated in 2015.


    The EdgeX Foundry is collaborating with numerous other standards bodies and consortia including OpenFog and the IIC. The EdgeX Foundry architecture was designed to be well-aligned with the OpenFog reference architecture with the intent of the EdgeX code acting as a baseline ingredient for OpenFog test beds that prove out scalable fog computing deployments. The intended collaboration with the IIC is to take this a step further by focusing on test beds for specific industrial markets and use cases.

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KDE: digiKam, KSysGuard, Wayland, Akademy, Krita, KF5, and Kdenlive

Sun, 2017-07-16 01:57
  • digiKam GSoC Students in Egypt

    It was nice meeting Ahmed and Shaza @ faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University in Cairo. I am proud to mentor them in Google Summer of Code.

    Ahmed is working on implementing a DLNA server in digiKam core to export photo and video hosted in physical and virtual collections. The server is ready and he working on the configuration panel UI. See more here.

  • Best be precise

    KSysGuard — the system monitor — on FreeBSD seems oddly precise.

  • Plasma Wayland and Qt 5.9 and beyond

    As you might know Qt 5.8 created challenging problems for our Wayland session and threw our efforts back quite a bit. In this post I want to discuss the actual problems it created, how we are addressing them and looking into the future.

  • The Regressed State Of KDE Plasma On Wayland, But Things Should Get Better

    KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin has written a blog post explaining the issues they've run into with KDE Plasma on Wayland and how changes to Qt have set them back months in their Wayland session support.

  • Akademy Schedule

    The workshops and lightning talks and BoFs are being planned, too. I’m glad Anu Mittal has mentioned her QML + JS workshop, it’s a great topic for getting started with application development. QML is something I’ve never gotten in to, but should, so I’ve penciled this workshop into my schedule as well.

  • [Krita] GSoC’17-Week #4
  • KF5 Applications Porting

    Next week, KDE developers will release the beta of KDE Applications 17.08. This release will again have more applications and nearly all games ported to Qt5/KF5. While Qt4 is already no longer supported for over a year, KDE has decided to support Qt4/kdelibs4-based applications a bit longer.

    The 17.08 release, however, will be the last to include Qt4/kdelibs4-based applications. This means, 17.12 will only include applications that are based on Qt5/KF5. See this mailing list discussion.

  • Kdenlive 17.04.3 released

    In comparison to previous versions this was the least exciting development cycle, in terms of new features, since all focus has been on the code refactoring which will bring more stability and new features. Don’t miss the next Café to keep track on the progress and share your thoughts if you like.

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Linux Graphics News

Sun, 2017-07-16 01:54
  • Vulkan 1.0.54 Lands In Mesa For Intel ANV, Some RADV Extensions

    It's fabulous to see how promptly the Mesa Vulkan drivers are receiving support for new extensions.

    Vulkan 1.0.54 was released on Thursday. This updated promoted the external memory and semaphores extensions from experimental to stable. They also added new extensions for 16-bit storage, dedicated allocation, storage buffer storage class, variable pointers, new memory requirements query, and external fences for external memory.

  • Difficulties and Success Stories

    This hints to a fundamental issue with our approach of using the Present extension in Xwayland. The extension was written with hardware in mind. It assumes a flip happens directly on a screen. There is no intermediate link like a Wayland compositor and if a flip has happened the old buffer is not on the screen anymore. Why do we still try to leverage the Present extension support in Xwayland then? There are two important features of a Wayland compositor we want to have with Xwayland: A tear-free experience for the user and the ability to output a buffer rendered by a direct rendering client on a hardware plane without any copies in between. Every frame is perfect should also remain valid when using some legacy application and that we want no unnecessary copies is simply a question of performance improvements. This is especially important for many of the more demanding games out there, which won’t be Wayland native in the short term and some of them maybe never. Both features need the the full Present extension support in the Xwayland DDX. Without it a direct rendering application would still use the Present extension but only with its fallback code path of copying the Pixmap’s content. And for a tear-free experience we would at least need to sync these copies to the frame events sent by the Wayland compositor or better directly allow multiple buffers, otherwise we would limit our frame rate. In both cases this means again to increase the Present extension support.

  • It Looks Like Intel Could Begin Pushing Graphics Tech More Seriously

    It's been a while now since last seeing some major graphics advancements on Intel CPUs. With Skylake/Kabylake we are on "Gen 9" graphics, Kabylake-Refresh / Coffeelake is still Gen9 graphics, Broadwell was on Gen8, Haswell on Gen7.5, and IvyBridge on Gen 7. But with upcoming launches past Kabylake-Refresh/Coffeelake, it looks like we'll be stamping out Gen 10, Gen 11, and Gen 12.

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Linux 4.13 Development Updates

Sun, 2017-07-16 01:53

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Solus 2017.04.18.0 review - Second time lucky?

Sun, 2017-07-16 01:49

Solus 2017 looks like a nice distro, with some obvious visual caveats and tiny functional quirks. It's reasonable enough than I'm determined to test it on non-UEFI hardware, where I'll hopefully have more luck. But on a UEFI platform, it seems hopeless. I don't know there should be a problem when so many other distros do just fine without any issues. Solus seems to be a special snowflake, and it does not cooperate well with a modern and complex system.

All in all, I cannot recommend the distro, because the outcome may still be harmful. If a distro cannot install properly, the results can be unpredictable. My testing shows some very favorable things, and Budgie looks quite all right now, but as a package, Solus just doesn't handle UEFI well. I'll report back after a third, and hopefully lucky test, but you are warned to carefully proceed until the hardware side has been polished. Double sigh. Maybe another another time.

Also: A Short Review of Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" Cinnamon LTS

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BSD Releases: NAS4Free and FreeBSD 11.1-RC3

Sun, 2017-07-16 01:19
  • NAS4Free Released
  • FreeBSD 11.1-RC3 Available

    The third RC build for the FreeBSD 11.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

  • FreeBSD 11.1-RC3 Now Available

    The third RC build of the 11.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available. This is expected to be the final RC build of the 11.1-RELEASE cycle.

  • FreeBSD 11.1 RC3 Released As The Final Build Is Near

    FreeBSD 11.1 remains on track for releasing later this month.

    FreeBSD 11.1 RC3 is available this weekend as what should be the final release candidate for this minor update to FreeBSD 11. Changes found in FreeBSD 11.1 RC3 include adding deprecation notices to gdb/kgdb/sicontrol/wlconfig and other drivers that will be removed in FreeBSD 12.0, Capsicum support in the Bhyve virtualization code, and various other fixes and clean-ups.

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Nylas Mail An Amazing Free Email Client For Linux

Sat, 2017-07-15 21:39

​So questions are being asked whether Ubuntu should still ship with a default email client. Personally, I have not used Thunderbird in a really long time. I wanna believe this is not the first time the question has been asked but this time I believe there is a really good chance that it is gonna get cut. This is because everyday users tend to resort to web-based clients such as Gmail or Outlook for their email needs. And for the power user on Linux, there are quite a few options available to choose from. Geary, Empathy, Evolution, and Thunderbird itself have served many users quite well for sometime now, but I found something worth checking out: it is called Nylas Mail.

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Linux 4.12.2

Sat, 2017-07-15 17:48

I'm announcing the release of the 4.12.2 kernel.

All users of the 4.12 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 4.12.y git tree can be found at:
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.12.y
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:

Also: Linux 4.11.11

Linux 4.9.38

Linux 4.4.77

Linux 3.18.61

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Mesa 17.1.5 Released

Sat, 2017-07-15 14:52
  • Mesa 17.1.5 Brings More Fixes To Open-Source GPU Driver Users

    Andres Gomez of Igalia has announced Mesa 17.1.5 as the newest point release to the current Mesa 3D stable series.

    Mesa 17.1.5 fixes a potential crash in core Mesa, has Vulkan / SPIR-V fixes, the usual notable fixes in the Intel i965 and RadeonSI drivers, and some smaller fixes to Etnaviv, OpenSWR, SVGA, and other parts of this massive user-space 3D graphics stack.

  • [Mesa-announce] [ANNOUNCE] mesa 17.1.5

    In Mesa Core we include a fix to prevent a potential crash.

  • Mesa 17.1.5 Linux Graphics Stack Released, Improves AMD Radeon & Intel Drivers

    After teasing us a couple of days ago with the upcoming availability of the fifth maintenance update to the Mesa 17.1 3D Graphics Stack for GNU/Linux distributions, Mesa developer Andres Gomez is now announcing the final release of Mesa 17.1.5.

    Mesa 17.1.5 comes only two weeks after the Mesa 17.1.4 update that probably many of you are using right now on your Linux distros, and it's here to add an extra layer of improvements for those using AMD Radeon or Intel graphics cards. First off, Mesa 17.1.5 fixes a potential crash in Mesa Core, adds better support for the GLSL and SPIR-V compilers, and solves a linking problem with standalone Android builds.

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Ubuntu Getting Significant Usability Improvements for Bluetooth and USB Speakers

Sat, 2017-07-15 10:03

In his latest report, Ubuntu Desktop team leader Will Cooke talks about some of the latest improvements that landed in the repositories of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system regarding audio support.

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Automated Firmware Updates, New Installer Coming to System76's Ubuntu Laptops

Sat, 2017-07-15 10:01

System76, the computer reseller known for shipping laptops and desktop pre-loaded with the Ubuntu Linux operating system, posted an update on the work they're doing for the Pop!_OS distribution.

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Who added the most packagers to Fedora?

Sat, 2017-07-15 02:15

To become a packager in Fedora, one needs to follow the procedure: a new packager either submits a package or becomes a comaintainer of an existing one. In both cases a "sponsor" is needed — a person who helps the new packager navigate the Guidelines, build system, and dissemination of packages to users. The image above shows all Fedora packagers with edges leading from the sponsor to the sponsoree. The sizes of labels are proportional to the number of edges (you can read the nicks of people who sponsored approximately at least 10 people).

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Desktop: GNU/Linux on PowerPC, Decline of the PC, Canonical's and System76's Desktop Work

Sat, 2017-07-15 01:45
  • Revive a PowerPC Mac Running Linux

    I’m about to show you how to turn that old Mac hardware you have into something useful. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ancient PowerBook G4 or a slightly more recent model of MacBook. Just because it can’t run the latest and greatest version of macOS doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put it out to pasture. In this article, I’ll show you how you can revive a PowerPC Mac running Linux, like I’m doing on the PowerBook G4 I’m using to write this article.

  • PC shipments hit the lowest level in a decade [iophk: "Microsoft is dependent on OEM sales of Microsoft Orifice and Microsoft Windows"]

    PC shipments are at their lowest levels since 2007, Gartner says.

  • Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: July 14, 2017

    GDM has now replaced LightDM. We’re working on the transition between display managers to make sure that users are seamlessly transitioned to the new stack. We’re doing regular automated upgrade tests to make sure everything keeps working, but we’re keen to get your bug reports.

  • Ubuntu 17.10: Continued Work On VA-API, Switching To GDM

    Will Cooke of Canonical has posted the latest weekly status update concerning happenings for the desktop on Ubuntu 17.10.

    As part of the transition to the GNOME Shell desktop by default, GDM has replaced LightDM as the log-in display manager. They've also demoted around 70 packages from their desktop ISOs to help lighten up the weight.

  • Canonical Working Lately on Packaging More GNOME Apps as Snaps for Ubuntu Linux

    Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop director Will Cooke is back this week with another update on what's going on with the development process of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

    It looks like Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop and Snappy teams are putting a lot of effort lately on packaging as much GNOME apps to the Snap universal binary format as possible, by using the gnome-3-24 platform Snap they created recently. With this, they want to make possible the sharing of common libraries between GNOME apps, which automatically translates to smaller Snaps and easy maintenance of them.

  • Is Terminix The Best Tiling Terminal Emulator on Linux?

    Terminix (aka Tilix) is a tiling terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop. It's featured, fast and frequently recommended — here's why you should try it too.

  • System76 Might Make Their Own OS Installer, Will Ship Automatic Firmware Updates

    Linux laptop vendor System76 has provided a status update on their activities around their Pop!_OS Linux distribution.

    System76 developers continue working on this Ubuntu fork and they have been focusing on more GNOME patches from the desktop side. They also mentioned they are considering writing a new operating system installer. So far they have been hacking on Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer, but they are getting the feeling now that it's over-complicated. They are hoping for a very quick and easy install process with all of the initial user-setup being punted off to GNOME's first-run helper.

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Software and Games: Calibre, Tooth And Tail, KDE Components Not Yet Ported to KF5, and TeX Live

Sat, 2017-07-15 01:43
  • Calibre 3.4 Open-Source eBook Manager Makes Exporting of Books a Lot Easier

    Calibre developer Kovid Goyal released today a new stable version of his popular, open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, Calibre 3.4.

    Calibre 3.4 is here only one week after the release of the 3.3 update, which means that it's not a major version and it only adds a few user interface improvements, along with the usual bug fixes. The most important thing introduced in Calibre 3.4 is the a new method of exporting books to your computer.

  • Tooth And Tail, a new RTS game from Pocketwatch Games looks awesome, confirmed for Linux

    Pocketwatch Games (Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine) have announced their new strategy game Tooth and Tail [Steam, GOG, Official Site]. Not only does it look awesome and unique, but I've also got confirmation that it will be on Linux.

  • The KDE Components Not Yet Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

    With the beta of KDE Applications 17.08 due next week, which is the last cycle where Qt4/kdelibs4-dependent components are still permitted, KDE developer Christoph Feck has generated a list of KDE software not yet ported over to Qt5/KF5.

    It's with KDE Applications 17.12 where only Qt5 / KDE Frameworks 5 applications will be bundled with finally closing the door to Qt4/KDE4 programs that have yet to be ported.

  • TeX Live contrib repository (re)new(ed)

    It is my pleasure to announce the renewal/rework/restart of the TeX Live contrib repository service. The repository is collecting packages that cannot enter TeX Live directly (mostly due to license reasons), but are free to distribute. The basic idea is to provide a repository mimicking Debian’s nonfree branch.

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