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GNOME/GTK: Themes, GNOME Tweak Tool, and Recipes

Sat, 2017-07-22 17:16
  • MOBO Gtk Theme: Give Your Desktop A Grayish Look

    MOBO theme is designed to make your desktop grayish, it is designed to work well with Gnome desktop. This theme has modern colors and animations, left pane is a little bit transparent to make theme look unique. It is currently compatible with Gtk 3.20/3.22/3.24 versions and only works fine in Gnome Desktop, it is pretty simple and elegant. If you find any issues with this theme then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update. If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually in ~/.themes folder or /usr/share/themes/. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes.

  • Maxim: A Kind Of Bright And Fresh Theme For Gnome Shell

    If you are using Gnome Shell environment then Maxim theme is for you. It looks bright, fresh, spacious and easy on the eye. This theme is forked from Axiom theme which was created by the same creator. This theme is fairly new and its initial release was in the beginning of this July and is in active development, we added this theme to our PPA, so you can get updates easily and keep your theme up-to-date. If you encounter any issues with this theme then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update. If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually in ~/.themes folder or /usr/share/themes/. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change Gnome Shell themes and you also need to enable user theme extension.

  • ‘GNOME Tweak Tool’ Has Been Renamed

    GNOME Tweak Tool, the handy advanced settings utility for the GNOME desktop, has changed its name to the shortened title of 'GNOME Tweaks'.

  • Sending the Ingredient List to Todoist

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KDE: Krita 3.2.0 Beta 2, Akademy 2017

Sat, 2017-07-22 17:14
  • Krita 3.2.0: Second Beta Available

    We’re releasing the second beta for Krita 3.2.0 today! These beta builds contain the following fixes, compared to the first 3.2.0 beta release. Keep in mind that this is a beta: you’re supposed to help the development team out by testing it, and reporting issues on bugs.kde.org.


  • KDE Arrives in Almería for Akademy 2017

    We have travelled from across the globe to meet for our annual gathering where we plan and discuss the next year's activities creating free software to share with the world. Almería is in the south east of Spain, a country which has long been a supporter of free software and collaboration with its creators. The sun here is hot but the water is also warm for those who make it to the beach to discuss their work with a pina colada and a swim. Over the last year KDE has run conferences in Brazil, India, Spain, Germany and sprints in Randa in Switzerland, Krita in the Netherlands, Marble in Germany, GSoC in the US, WikiToLearn in India, Plasma in Germany, Kontact in France, and sent representatives to OSCAL in Albania, FOSSASIA in Singapore, FUDCON in Cambodia, HKOSCon in Hong Kong and more.

  • Guest Post: Retired From KDE, by Paul Adams

    Long time no see, huh? Yes, I neglected my blog and as such didn't post anything since Akademy 2014... Interestingly this is the last one where my dear Paul Adams held a famous talk. 


    During my PhD I was studying Free Software community productivity metrics. I was also working on research into software quality funded by the European Commission. KDE eV (the governance body1 for KDE) was also taking part in that project. At this time KDE was almost ready to release KDE 4. It was an exciting time to get involved.

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Software and howtos

Sat, 2017-07-22 17:11

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Ubuntu: Desktop Software Users' Feedback, Ubuntu Server Development

Sat, 2017-07-22 17:09

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Games: Day of Infamy, Gravitation, and Patches From Samuel Pitoiset for Valve

Sat, 2017-07-22 16:35

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A look at the nano text editor in GNU/Linux

Sat, 2017-07-22 09:37

Given that I have been writing the odd article here and there about server work, hosting, VPS and the like, I thought that perhaps an article about editing configuration files / text documents in a command line scenario might be a good idea.

There are a few major text editors out there, some more user-friendly while some are more complex but bring extra power and configuration (I'm looking at you Vim.)

The editor that most users who are new to the world of working with text only will likely start with, is called Nano.

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Server: Virtualization Trends, GoDaddy Pulls out of OpenStack

Sat, 2017-07-22 08:58
  • Top five virtualization trends of 2017

    July marks the second half of the year, making it an ideal time to reflect upon what the journey through 2017 has been like and where it is going. With respect to virtualization, developers have played an increasingly important role in how companies deal with network agility, flexibility and security. While the direction data centers will head over the next six months remains open, a handful of virtualization trends are shaping the path forward.


  • GoDaddy Terminates Its OpenStack Cloud Server Business

    Hosting vendor GoDaddy first debuted its own OpenStack-powered cloud service in March 2016, with high hopes of success. Those hopes have been dashed, as GoDaddy sent out notices to its customers this week advising them that the service will be shut down.

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Red Hat and Fedora: Red Hat Academy, Lynne Chamberlain, Flatpak Apps, and Video of Fedora 26

Sat, 2017-07-22 08:53

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Security: Windows 10 Bypass, Slackware OpenJDK Update and More

Sat, 2017-07-22 08:50

    A bypass of PatchGuard kernel protection in Windows 10 has been developed that brings rootkits for the latest version of the OS within reach of attackers.

    Since the introduction of PatchGuard and DeviceGuard, very few 64-bit Windows rootkits have been observed; Windows 10’s security, in particular its mitigations against memory-based attacks, are well regarded. Researchers at CyberArk, however, found a way around PatchGuard through a relatively new feature in Intel processors called Processor Trace (Intel PT).

  • [Slackware] OpenJDK 8 security round-up for July ’17

    Sooner than I anticipated, there is an update for OpenJDK 8. Andrew Hughes (aka GNU/Andrew) announced the release of IcedTea 3.5.0. The new icedtea framework compiles OpenJDK 8 Update 141 Build 15 (8u141_b15). This release includes the official July 2017 security fixes.

  • ROI (Not Security) the Most Immediate IoT Challenge

    According to Defining IoT Business Models, a new report from Canonical, the software company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, device security and privacy (45 percent) falls behind quantifying the return of investment (ROI) of their IoT projects (53 percent) as an immediate challenge. Canonical drew its conclusions from a survey of 361 IoT professionals conducted by IoTNow on behalf of the company.

  • Apply the STIG to even more operating systems with ansible-hardening

    Tons of improvements made their way into the ansible-hardening role in preparation for the OpenStack Pike release next month. The role has a new name, new documentation and extra tests.

    The role uses the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) produced by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and applies the guidelines to Linux hosts using Ansible. Every control is configurable via simple Ansible variables and each control is thoroughly documented.

  • Open Source Flaw 'Devil's Ivy' Puts Millions of IoT Devices at Risk

    Millions of IoT devices are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks due to a vulnerability initially discovered in remote security cameras, Senrio reported this week.

  • Microsoft’s secret weapon in ongoing struggle against Fancy Bear? Trademark law [Ed: Microsoft should make a start by stopping the addition of back doors to all its software]

    Last year, probably as a distraction from doing anything else, or maybe because I was asked, I started reviewing bugs filed as a result of automated flaw discovery tools (from Coverity to UBSan via fuzzers) being run on gdk-pixbuf.

    Apart from the security implications of a good number of those problems, there was also the annoyance of having a busted image file bring down your file manager, your desktop, or even an app that opened a file chooser either because it was broken, or because the image loader for that format didn't check for the sanity of memory allocations.

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5 open source tools for developing IoT applications

Sat, 2017-07-22 08:34

The internet of things is growing at a staggeringly fast pace, and is quickly coming to revolutionize virtually every aspect of modern life. Aspiring developers hoping to hop on board and profit off the growing phenomenon are constantly looking for the right tools to use. So what are the open source tools best suited for working with the IoT, and where can developers find them?

A plethora of open source tools lay at the disposal of any would-be developer eager and wise enough to use them. By utilizing these five, you’ll find yourself tackling challenges and developing successful applications in no time.


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Internet Bug Bounty Gets a Boost

Sat, 2017-07-22 08:29

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Linux 4.12.3, 4.11.12, 4.9.39, 4.4.78, and 3.18.62, Linux Foundation Blockchain Group Milestone

Sat, 2017-07-22 07:52

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Graphics: Vulkan, Nouveau, Mesa, and Xwayland

Sat, 2017-07-22 07:47
  • Vulkan 1.0.56 Brings One New Extension, Fixes

    Khronos' SIGGRAPH announcements are coming up in just over one week but today we have the Vulkan 1.0.56 release.

  • Nouveau Gets Thermal Throttling, One Step Closer For GTX 900 Re-Clocking

    Nouveau re-clocking/power expert Karol Herbst has published a set of patches today implementing thermal throttling support for this open-source NVIDIA DRM driver.

  • Mesa 17.2 Merge Window Extended To Sunday, RADV Shared Semaphores Lands

    The merging fun for Mesa 17.2 will continue through the weekend.

    Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has shared rather than going into feature freeze today, he's planning to extend it by a few days. In particular, he's planning to branch now by Sunday evening to allow for some remaining patches to be merged.

  • A small Update

    I planned on writing about the Present extension this week, but I’ll postpone this since I’m currently strongly absorbed into finding the last rough edges of a first patch I can show off. I then hope to get some feedback on this from other developers in the xorg-devel mailing list.

    Another reason is that I stalled my work on the Present extension for now and try to get first my Xwayland code working. My mentor Daniel recommended that to me since the approach I pursued in my work on Present might be more difficult than I first assessed. At least it is something similar to what other way more experienced developers than myself tried in the past and weren’t able to do according to Daniel. My idea was to make Present flip per CRTC only, but this would clash with Pixmaps being linked to the whole screen only. There are no Pixmaps only for CRTCs in X.

  • Revised DRI3 v1.1 Modifiers Support For Mesa

    Daniel Stone of Collabora has published a new set of 14 patches implementing DRI3 v1.1's modifiers support inside Mesa with support for EGL X11 and Vulkan X11/Wayland.

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Linux Full Disk Encryption Performance With AMD Ryzen 5 + SATA 3.0 SSD

Sat, 2017-07-22 07:43

Similar to our past disk encryption benchmarks, a clean install of Fedora Linux (26, with Linux 4.11) was done without any encryption and then again when opting for the full-disk encryption setup via the Anaconda installer. EXT4 was the file-system in use with its default mount options and no other changes were made between the installations or during the benchmarking process.

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Wine 2.13

Sat, 2017-07-22 07:38
  • Wine Announcement

    The Wine development release 2.13 is now available.

  • Wine 2.13 Released: Unicode 10.0, Better Mouse Cursors

    If Wine 2.0.2 with 60+ bug fixes doesn't interest you, perhaps the Wine 2.13 development update will get you more excited.

    Wine 2.13 is now available as the latest bi-weekly development release leading up to the eventual release of Wine 3.0 around year's end. Changes with Wine 2.13 include updating Unicode data to Unicode 10.0, nicer looking default mouse cursors are now used, support for persistent connections in WinHTTP, WebServices message framing protocol support, improved metafile support in GDI Plus, debug register support in x86-64 exception handling, and DirectWrite anti-aliasing improvements.

  • Wine 2.13 has been released with a few noteworthy changes, including fixes for The Witcher 3

    Another Wine development release is now available! Just today Wine 2.13 has released and features a few noteworthy changes.

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Canonical Wants You to Vote for the Default Apps of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sat, 2017-07-22 00:27

Following on a discussion with the HackerNews community on the things that users want to see in the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, Canonical's Dustin Kirkland is now asking the Ubuntu community to vote for the default apps of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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Sat, 2017-07-22 00:23

The fourth snapshot of GNOME 3.25 is now available!

In this release several modules have continue the migration to meson
[1], which is great as its saving compilation time (thank you!)

BUT, at the same time some modules are still not including the meson
files in the tarball, so we are unable to build them; please be sure
you include them!

Also: GNOME 3.25.4 Released

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