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Kubuntu 17.04 Release Candidate – call for testers

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:36

Today the Kubuntu team is happy to announce that Kubuntu Zesty Zapus (17.04) RC is released . With this release candidate, you can see and test what we are preparing for 17.04, which we will be releasing April 13, 2017.

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Xfce Git Code With Docker, Spotify Web Player for Linux Discontinued, Languages for DevOps, and Linux Gaming

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:14
  • Releases, releases, releases! Part 2

    Xfce – like many other open source projects – is not exactly following a test-driven development workflow. I would argue that we need a slight mindset change here plus we need some (standardized) infrastructure to make testing easier for people who want to get involved.

  • It's Now Easier Testing Out Xfce Git Code With Docker

    Xfce-test is a Xubuntu 17.04 based container image designed for Docker that makes it very easy to deploy some of the latest Xfce Git components.

  • Matthew James: Spotify Web Player for Linux - Discontinued
  • Top 5 programming languages for DevOps

    I've been focused on infrastructure for the majority of my career, and the specific technical skills required have shifted over time. In this article, I'll lay out five of the top programming languages for DevOps, and the resources that have been most helpful for me as I've been adding those development skills to my infrastructure toolset.

    Knowing how to rack and stack servers isn't an in-demand skill at this stage. Most businesses aren't building physical datacenters. Rather, we're designing and building service capabilities that are hosted in public cloud environments. The infrastructure is configured, deployed, and managed through code. This is the heart of the DevOps movement—when an organization can define their infrastructure in lines of code, automating most (if not all) tasks in the datacenter becomes possible.

  • An interview with Beamdog about Linux gaming, they say it’s worth it

    I had the pleasure of speaking to two different teams at game developer and publisher Beamdog, notable for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and the soon to be released Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition.

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Security Leftovers

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:13

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GNOME 3.24 Release Video, GNOME Games, and New Audiocasts

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:12

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Kodi and DRM, OpenELEC 8.0

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:07
  • Kodi Wants to Beat Piracy With Legal Content and DRM [iophk: "heading toward an unfortunate tipping point"]

    Instead, they're inviting rightsholders to join their platform and are considering the addition of DRM to make that easier.

  • OpenELEC 8.0 Linux distribution now available for PC, Raspberry Pi, WeTek Hub, and more

    When you want to play media in your living room, there are countless options nowadays. You can buy an Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, or something else. Of course, for some people, a self-built home theater computer is a more rewarding experience. Thanks to Linux and solutions like Kodi, it can be easy to build a very capable media center machine.

    Today, popular Linux distro OpenELEC reaches version 8.0 stable. This operating system leverages Kodi to provide a well-rounded media center experience. Not only are there images for PC, but for Raspberry Pi and WeTek boxes too.

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Red Hat News

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:06

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Debian in Montreal, Debian manpages modernized

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:05

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Ubuntu GNOME Is Becoming Default, Mark Shuttleworth Insults, and New Ubuntu GNOME Video

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:04
  • Ubuntu GNOME Is Becoming Default Flavor, Unity 7 Will Be Installable from Repos

    A lot is happening in the Ubuntu world these days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth shocked the entire Linux community when he announced that the Unity 8 user interface would no longer be developed.

    Unity 8 was the latest vision of Canonical for the future of the Ubuntu desktop, along with convergence. It was supposed to give Ubuntu a bump by acting the same on both mobile and PCs, something that no other GNU/Linux distribution does, at least not at the moment of writing this article.

  • Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

    Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has labelled some members of the free software community habitual, hateful and reflexive contrarians.

    Shuttleworth added a comment to his own Google+ post thanking those who worked on Ubuntu's recently-abandoned Unity Project.

    But as he read the comments on that post, his mood changed and he soon added a comment about past debate on the Mir windowing system.

  • [Video] Ubuntu Gnome - The Future is Now

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The open source model and Open Access in Maryland

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:03
  • How the open source model will soar above the rest

    Defining a project is more than just discussing the results of the deliverable. For a project manager, this definition is about learning how to balance a series of interrelated elements. When it comes to the process of creation, the project manager has to manage the dependencies and the project's critical chain. The project manager also has to communicate effectively with the various stakeholders' personalities and the dynamic differences between Waterfall and Agile development methods.

  • University System of Maryland gives 21 grants to promote open-source textbook use

    Twenty-one faculty members from 12 state universities and community colleges will receive a series of "mini grants" from the University System of Maryland to help them expand open education resources and mitigate student fees.

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Events: The Perl Conference in Amsterdam, Akademy 2017 Proposals

Mon, 2017-04-10 12:01
  • The Perl Conference in Amsterdam

    9 .. 11 August, 2017

    These meetings were formerly known as YAPC::EU, the yearly meeting of Perl Mongers in Europe.

  • Talk proposals Akademy 2017

    Sprintime is here. So start planning for all the summer conferences. The KDE yearly summer conference, Akademy, takes place in the south of Spain from July 22nd to July 27th.

    Akademy is a great opportunity for all community members to tell their fellow KDE-ers about the things they have been working on. It provides a friendly environment where people contribute to the wonderful projects of KDE.

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BSD News: ZFS Talk and OpenBSD running on Raspberry Pi 3

Mon, 2017-04-10 11:57

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Development News

Mon, 2017-04-10 09:27
  • Pijul First Thoughts

    Given my interest in version control, a post on Pijul was pretty much inevitable. The thing I most wanted to understand was of course its conflict resolution algorithm. Unfortunately I don't know enough category theory for that, which is a novel problem to have at least. There also don't seem to exist explanations of how this algorithm works that don't rely on category theory, which is unfortunate. The documentation that exists for this tool is generally sparse, which is fine; it's new software, after all, and these are alpha releases.

    Fortunately, according to their blog, there's been a useful version released recently. So what follows are my thoughts on playing with that version (0.4.1).

    First important thing is that the Pijul repository is itself kept in pijul. There's a GitHub repository that has all the trappings of being an official mirror, but it looks to have stopped working when they switched the pijul repository off of darcs. To resolve the bootstrapping problem, I installed it with cargo instead, which took a short seven minutes to download and compile everything and dependencies. (Peeking behind my curtain slightly, I tried to write this post both Friday and yesterday, but was unable to do so because their hosting (Nest) was down.)

  • Secured OTP Server (ASIS CTF 2017)
  • #4: Simpler shoulders()

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Android Leftovers

Mon, 2017-04-10 09:26

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PCLinuxOS 2017.03

Mon, 2017-04-10 04:34

It has been about a year since I last explored the PCLinuxOS distribution. At that time I was experimenting with the project's MATE edition. Since I have not taken the chance to try PCLinuxOS since the distribution launched an edition with the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, I thought it would be fun to revisit this project. PCLinuxOS currently ships with version 5.8 of the Plasma desktop which is a long term support release of Plasma. The ISO file I downloaded for PCLinuxOS was 1.3GB in size.

Booting from the distribution's live media brings up a menu asking how we would like to launch the operating system. We can choose to launch PCLinuxOS with a graphical desktop with the default settings, load the desktop with safe mode graphics settings, boot to a text console or launch the project's system installer. Taking one of the live desktop options soon brings up a window asking us to select our keyboard's layout from a list. Then the Plasma desktop loads. PCLinuxOS has a varied and colourful wallpaper. There are icons on the desktop which open the Dolphin file manager and launch the system installer. At the bottom of the screen we find a panel which houses the application menu, a few quick-launch buttons, a task switcher and the system tray.

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What’s Next for Ubuntu Desktop? Mark Shuttleworth Shares His Plans

Mon, 2017-04-10 04:03

Mark Shuttleworth has revealed more about what’s next for the Ubuntu desktop.

His comments follow last week’s bombshell announcement that Canonical is to stop developing Unity 8, convergence, Ubuntu Phones and tablets, and that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will use GNOME instead of Unity as its default desktop.

Also: UBports' Fork Of Unity 8 Plans To Eventually Get On Wayland

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GNOME News: New GNOME ISO, Mutter, GNOME Twitch

Mon, 2017-04-10 03:56
  • New GNOME ISO to launch with the next snapshot

    All the interesting details are in the softpedia post, but I want to clarify things for people who might misinterpret this: It does not take any of my time away. Joshua Strobl is the maintainer for the GNOME ISO.

    Remember, Budgie 10 is tightly based on GNOME, we already have, use, and rely on this GNOME stack. The core difference is that instead of having "lightdm", "budgie-desktop", and "budgie-desktop-branding" in the ISO definition file, we now have "gdm", "gnome-shell", "gnome-desktop-branding".

  • GNOME's Mutter Begins Landing Monitor/Display Rework

    Jonas Ådahl's latest GNOME work to benefit the GNOME Wayland support and other areas is a rework of Mutter so it now handles all low-level monitor configuration.

  • GNOME Twitch – Watch Twitch Streams on Linux Desktop

    Gnome Twitch is an app that enables users to enjoy their favorite streams without the stress of using flash or a web browser on their GNU/Linux desktop.

    You can use the app to search for and watch streaming channels either by their name or by their game. You can also manage your favorite selections in order to enable be able to quickly find them when next you might need them.

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OpenELEC 8.0 Linux OS Officially Out with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support, Kodi 17.1

Mon, 2017-04-10 03:41

The development team behind the OpenELEC Linux-based entertainment operating system designed for embedded devices were proud to announce earlier the release and general availability of OpenELEC 8.0.

Based on the latest Kodi 17.1 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center software, OpenELEC 8.0 is here with a lot of updated internals, as well as support for new platforms, such as the recently launched Raspberry Pi Zero W single-board computer, WeTek Hub and WeTek Play 2.

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Kernel Space: Linux, Graphics

Mon, 2017-04-10 03:38
  • Linux Kernels 4.10.9, 4.9.21 LTS and 4.4.60 LTS Bring Many XFS Improvements

    Renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman had the pleasure of announcing the release of three new maintenance updates for the long-term supported Linux 4.9 and 4.4 kernels series, as well as Linux kernel 4.10.

    The Linux 4.10.9, 4.9.21 LTS and 4.4.60 LTS kernels are now the latest versions of the kernel branches mentioned above, and they come exactly one week after the release of their previous maintenance updates, namely Linux kernels 4.10.8, 4.9.20 LTS and 4.4.59 LTS. The difference is that these are bigger patches, changing 91 files, with 1229 insertions and 1067 deletions for Linux kernel 4.10.9, and 87 files, with 1332 insertions and 1109 deletions for Linux kernel 4.9.21 LTS.

  • Kernel lockdown

    These patches provide a facility by which a variety of avenues by which userspace can feasibly modify the running kernel image can be locked down.

  • AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 Proprietary Graphics Driver Adds Support for Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS

    AMD quietly released a few days ago a new stable version of its proprietary graphics driver for Linux-based operating systems, supporting various AMD Radeon graphics.

    AMDGPU-PRO 17.10 is here a little over two months after the AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 release, which added support for AMD Radeon HD 7xxx/8xxx graphics cards. This version, however, appears to add support for Canonical's latest Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, but only for the 64-bit version of it.

  • Intel Has A Last Feature Pile Of Work For Linux 4.12 DRM

    On Friday, Intel's Daniel Vetter submitted a final pile of feature material for DRM-Next that will target the Linux 4.12 kernel, with the deadline for 4.12 DRM-Next being this weekend.

    Already this cycle for DRM-Next we have seen from Intel atomic mode-setting by default, GPU reset improvements, power management improvements, continued work on Geminilake enablement, better context switching, refactoring of GuC and HuC firmware code, vGPU enhancements, and other changes.

  • Nouveau Gets Patches For OpenGL AZDO ARB_shader_ballot

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Leftovers: Software

Mon, 2017-04-10 03:36
  • Changes To Find With The Upcoming Release Of GCC 7

    GCC 7 is expected to see its first stable release this month, GCC 7.1, so here's a look at some of the features to find with this annual feature update to the GNU Compiler Collection.

  • LabPlot 2.4 released

    We are happy to announce the next release of LabPlot!

    The concise list of changes is available in the changelog. In the following we describe the most important new features in more details.

    Beginning with the previous release, LabPlot is available for the Windows platform. Now we further extend the support for different operating systems and starting with this release LabPlot will be available for Mac OS X, too. We’re providing a Mac OS X bundle in our download section.

  • Jeffrey Stedfast: GMime 2.99.0 released
  • MimeKit 1.14 released [Ed: Jeffrey Stedfast is spreading Microsoft infections into GNU/Linux. Is he working for Microsoft along with Xamarin people?]
  • MailKit 1.14 released
  • Vivaldi 1.9 Enters Development, Will Let You Shuffle the Order of Your Add-Ons

    Development of the Vivaldi 1.9 web browser kicked off at the end of this week with the release of the first snapshot, versioned 1.9.804.3, for all supported operating systems.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.9.804.3 has over 40 changes, most of which are bug fixes for various regressions from the stable Vivaldi 1.8 series of the cross-platform web browser, but it also brings two new features, such as the ability to shuffle the order of installed extensions and to change the folder where screen captures are stored.

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