It’s about time we share the analysis of that Q1 2016 survey (fielding occured in March last year), especially as we are about to launch the Q1 2017 one pretty, pretty soon. That way we will be able to compare how things have changed over the course of 12 months. As usual, the whole disclaimer about online surveys is valid here (data is only as good as your n size, the appropriateness of your sampling, and the quality of the responses, etc…), but assuming it’s not all that bad and all that unreliable, let’s dig in the results. As a reminder, most of the respondents for this survey were recruited through the r/linux and r/linux_gaming subreddits, as well as the readership of BoilingSteam. This is not our first survey, and you can see our previous ones done in the second quarter of 2015, and the following one in the last quarter of 2015.
Headup Games and Fabraz proudly announce their upcoming action-platformer Slime-san for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam & Humble Bundle. Console releases will follow soon after. Jump and slime your way through 100 levels in a unique 5-colored, pixelated world and escape from a giant worm’s innards. Get your shopping done in Slumptown, a town full of survivors within the worm. Unlock different play styles, outfits, shaders and even multiplayer mini-games! Slime-san is developed by Fabraz, an independent development studio that also released the critically-acclaimed games Cannon Crasha and Planet Diver. Slime-san was minding his own business, sliming around in a peaceful forest when suddenly…A giant worm appeared and gobbled him up! Now deep within the worm’s belly, Slime-san has to face a decision: Be digested by the incoming wall of stomach acid... Or jump, slide and slime his way through the worm's intestines and back out its mouth!
As you know Codeweavers (and other WINE contributors) have been working on DX11 support for a while – they were supposed to have DX11 support by the end of 2016, but as with all complex projects, timelines tend to slip and only very DX11 titles could run a few months ago. Since then, there was no major announcement, but it seems that the progress has been very significant in the recent WINE versions (2.3 is already out).
KDE.org quite possibly has one of the largest open-source websites compared to any other desktop-oriented project, extending beyond into applications, wikis, guides, and much more. The amount of content is dizzying and indeed a huge chunk of that content is about as old as the mascot Kandalf – figuratively and literally.
Twitter seems ever dominant and important for communication. Years ago I added a microblogging feed to Planet KDE but that still needed people to add themselves and being all idealistic I added support for anything with an RSS feed assuming people would use more-free identi.ca. But identi.ca went away and Twitter I think removed their RSS ability but got ever more important and powerful.or the relaunched theme a couple of years ago we added some Twitter feeds but they were hidden away and little used.
conf.kde.in 2017 was held in the big and beautiful campus of IIT, Guwahati in Assam. During 10th to 12th March, the conference schedule was 2 days of talks followed by a day of workshop. Talks were lined-up in single track which helps attendees not to miss any talk. Conference pictures from my camera are available at flickr.
Today, KBibTeX 0.6.2 has been released. It replaces the never published 0.6.1 release, where a show-stopping bug was detected after tagging the release.
Animation in Krita is meant to recreate the glory days of hand-drawn animation, with a modern twist. It’s not a flash substitute, but allows you to pair Krita’s awesome drawing capabilities with a frame-based animation approach.
Today the Kubuntu team is happy to announce that Kubuntu Zesty Zapus (17.04) Beta 2 is released . With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see and test what we are preparing for 17.04, which we will be releasing April 13, 2017.
Albert, a Qt5 quick launcher, was updated to version 0.10.0 (and then 0.10.1 to fix some issues), introducing completion using the Tab key, two new extensions, and more.
We are proud to announce the release of the first beta of our Proxmox VE 5.x family - based on the great Debian Stretch.
With the first beta we invite you to test your hardware and your upgrade path. The underlying Debian Stretch is already in a good shape and the 4.10 kernel performs outstandingly well. The 4.10 kernel for example allows running a Windows 2016 Hyper-V as a guest OS (nested virtualization).
The NuTyX team is please to annonce the first release candidate of the almost stable (RC1) NuTyX 9.0.
Welcome to the 42nd installation of This Week in Solus.
Explore differences between Flatpaks and Snaps and decide for yourself which format is better!
Also, when I use KDE Neon or other distros I miss AUR a lot: on it you can find everything and install it quickly, you can find also Git versions of apps that are in the official repos in their stable release. So I thought: since now there are distro-agnostic packages, like Flatpak, Snap and AppImage, why not create the “distro-agnostic AUR”? It would work exactly like AUR but at the end of installation process it doesn’t create an Arch package but a Flatpak/Snap/AppImage one.
Today Red Hat Inc. announced the general availability of the latest version of its software-defined storage solution, Gluster 3.2. The 3.2 version comes with several new enhancements and features aimed at lower costs while improving small file performance and increasing data integrity. Gluster 3.2 will also have tighter integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
If you are using an Enterprise Linux distribution (Red Hat Enterprise Linux or one of its derivatives, such as CentOS or Scientific Linux) and need support for specific or new hardware, you are in the right place.
I am pleased to present Maru OS 0.4!
There are many other improvements, fixes, and security updates included in this release, so make sure to check out the changelog for the details.
Maru OS has a relatively large codebase, and it is exciting to see others take the time and effort to dig in and help move this project onwards and upwards. If you are interested in contributing, please stop by our github, and get in touch with us on our developer forum or gitter!
Movado has revealed its first Android Wear watch at Baselworld 2017, a few weeks after it announced its first solo foray into smartwatches. The American watchmaker calls its creation Movado Connect, a timepiece with edge-to-edge, always-on display specifically designed for Wear 2.0. It will come loaded with over 100 watchfaces, but they'll all look familiar if you've ever had one of the company's creations: they're all variations of the brand's iconic single dot design. Not surprising really, since even Movado's collaboration with HP also featured a single dot watchface.
I got an amazing chance to speak at FOSSASIA 2017 held at Singapore on “Seasons of Debian – Summer of Code and Winter of Outreachy“. I gave a combined talk with my co-speaker Pranav Jain, who contributed to Debian through GSoC. We talked about two major open source initiatives – Outreachy and Google Summer of Code and the work we did on a common project – Lumicall under Debian.
The first of two 2017 Linaro Connect events was held March 6 to 10 in Budapest, Hungary; your editor had the privilege of attending. Reports from a number of the sessions there have appeared in separate articles. There were a number of discussions at the event that, while not being enough to fill an article on their own, were nevertheless worthy of some attention.
Connect is an interesting event, in that it is a combination of an architecture-specific kernel developers' gathering and a members-only meeting session. Not being a member, your editor only participated in the former aspect. Sessions at Connect are usually short — 25 minutes — and focused on a specific topic; they also routinely run over their allotted time. There is an emphasis on discussion, especially in the relatively unstructured "hack sessions" that occupy much of the schedule. Many of the sessions are focused on training: how to upstream code, for example, or kernel debugging stories in Mandarin (video).
The free software community encompasses the globe, and we strive to make the LibrePlanet conference reflect that. That's why we livestream the proceedings of the conference, and encourage you to participate remotely by both watching and participating in the discussion via IRC chat.
If you are planning to attend LibrePlanet in Cambridge, we encourage you to register in advance through Tuesday morning at 10:00 EST (14:00 UTC) -- advance registration helps us plan a better event. Walk ups are also welcome. Students and FSF members receive gratis admission.
Secondly, the bulk of the event is an unconference where the attendees volunteer session ideas and run them. Each session is a discussion where the topic is discussed, debated, and we reach final conclusions. This results in a hugely diverse range of sessions covering topics such as event management, outreach, social media, governance, collaboration, diversity, building contributor programs, and more. These discussions are incredible for exploring and learning new ideas, meeting interesting people, building a network, and developing friendships.
Google is warning that it intends to deprecate and remove trust in Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certificates, as Symantec shoots back that the move is unwarranted.
I learned that my site was stolen on a Saturday. Three days later I had it back, but only after the involvement of fifty or so employees of six different companies, middle-of-the-night conferences with lawyers, FBI intervention, and what amounted to a sting operation that probably should have starred Sandra Bullock instead of…well…me.
The Linux Foundation umbrella organization is responsible for this year's WireGuard GSoC, so if you're a student, write "Linux Foundation" as your mentoring organization, and then specify in your proposal your desire to work with WireGuard, listing "Jason Donenfeld" as your mentor.
Bruce Schneier is one of my favorite speakers when it comes to the topic of all things security. His talk from IBM Interconnect 2017, “Security and Privacy in a Hyper-connected World“, covered a wide range of security concerns.
Last week, WikiLeaks released a trove of CIA documents that detail many of the spy agency’s hacking capabilities. These documents, if genuine (and early reports suggest that they are), validate concerns that U.S. spy agencies are stockpiling cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The intelligence community uses undisclosed vulnerabilities to develop tools that can penetrate the computer systems and networks of its foreign targets. Unfortunately, since everyone uses the same technology in today’s global economy, each of these vulnerabilities also represents a threat to American businesses and individuals. In the future, rather than hoard this information, the CIA and other intelligence agencies should commit to responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities it discovers to the private sector so that security holes can be patched.
The new software is a ssh-agent proxy that allows a group of trusted users to share an SSH identity without exposing the contents of that identity’s private key.
A common use of the ssh-agent is to “forward” your agent to a remote machine (using the -A flag in the OpenSSH client). After you’ve forwarded your ssh-agent, you can use the socket that that agent creates to access any of your many (now unencrypted) keys, and login to any other machines for which you may have keys in your ssh-agent. So, too, potentially, can all the other folks that have root access to the machine to which you’ve forwarded your ssh-agent.
After years of training journalists and NGOs communication and operational security, after years of conducting research into the tools and protocols used, it took some more years developing a reasonable answer to most of the issues encountered during all this time.
In todays world of commercially available government malware you don't want to store your encryption keys on your easily infected computer. You want them stored on something that you could even take into a sauna or a hot-tub - maintaining continuous physical contact.
So people who care about such things use external smartcard-based crypto devices like Ubikey Neos or Nitrokeys (formerly Cryptosticks). The problems with these devices is that you have to enter PIN codes on your computer that you shouldn't trust, that they are either designed for centralized use in organizations, or they are based mostly on PGP.
GNOME 3.24 introduces a lot of attractive features that fans of the desktop environment will be able to enjoy as part of Ubuntu GNOME 17.04
Those of you who follow my repository RSS feeds have already noticed, but many people rely on the announcements I make on this blog (plus, I can give a lot more detail here).
I uploaded the packages for the March 2017 release of my ‘ktown’ repository: KDE 5_17.03. Actually, there is a lot of interesting stuff going on in this release, because I decided to do some things that were on my TODO for a long while. Read more about that below in the “NEWS” section.
What you get in this new release is: KDE Frameworks 5.32.0, Plasma 5.9.3 and Applications 16.12.3. All of this is still built on top of Qt 5.7.1.
This Plasma 5 release targets only Slackware-current for the moment, because of the PLASMA5 Live that I release in parallel. But packages for Slackware 14.2 (only 64bit) are already being compiled at the moment, so updates will be visible in my 14.2 repository in a couple of days at most.
Ask not what you can do for Amarok. Ask what Amarok can do for you!
Many years ago, just the mention of this music player would invoke shivers down my spine. It was stylish, exotic, modern, elegant, powerful. It did everything superbly, and there was always a hidden Joker up its sleeve. The plethora of options and possibilities and feature was endless. And then it all changed.
Amarok slid out of the spotlight and became just another program to play your music collection. Recently, fueled by nostalgia and perhaps vain hope, I’ve invested fresh new energy and time working with it, taming it, fighting it, loving it, hating it, trying to figure out how relevant, sleek and accessibility this player still is. My curiosity peaked with the extensive Plasma testing I did last month in my somewhat ultra-long article The State of Plasma. So I fired KDE neon once again, a brand new image, and started fiddling. Here’s the Spaghetti Western of what to expect. With a big disclaimer. Read on.
Also: Reading old stuff
MATE 1.18 has been released at 13 March 2017. The source code are available on their public file server and the runnable version has been available on Ubuntu MATE 17.04 "Zesty Zapus". This short review covers some new things for end-users: better playback notifications, "safely remove disk" notification, touchpad/mouse control improvements (libinput), MATE Calc returns, and some more. It's RAM usage on Zesty at idle is ~700MB. This is a continuation from our previous MATE 1.17 review. I hope this review will be helpful for you all. Enjoy!
It started with this criticism of the new KDE webpage that is full of beginner webdeveloper/coder errors https://www.reddit.com/r/kde/comments/61els2/the_new_kde_webpage_is_a_shame_userk_ver_should/ (original article - currently refused to be approved by the mod; because he don;t like that I am criticizing /u/K_Ver as a webdeveloper) - down voted to oblivion, because it contains a critique of the /u/K_Ver and his 10 beginner webdeveloper mistakes and the KDE leadership (KDE e.V. Board + others) as whole.
After the critique - it was massively down voted (however, nobody addressed the points of the article, meaning no 1 point of my 10 points in that post were dismissed). They just attacked me and then, the post was hidden (they say by the bot), however, then the user /u/redsteakraw tried to bribe me to stay silent and make /u/K_Ver clean again:
No the mods did not remove your post auto mod did. Automod was implemented after a run of spam and pornographic advertisements have been submitted to the sub. It does mean that sometimes controversial posts get caught. I understand your frustration I feel it was executed in an improper fashion. KDE relies mostly on volunteer work unlike other projects KDE lives and dies by it's community. Most of the contributions come from a small amount of community developers very few of them are paid. Public shaming of a developer when other more productive channels are available to address said problems in a respectful way.
Publicly linking to his user account in said shaming post is borderline witch hunting which by Reddit's TOS is a ban-able offense. Now while I like productive debates and users are free to make posts on problems they see with KDE(and they do). I don't want to subject kver to having links to his reddit account and have him harassed and I don't want to see Reddit(and not me) ban you from the entire site. So while I didn't actively remove it I don't want to see any parties damaged by this post so I am not going to re-instate the post.
That being said I want to end on a lighter note; there are larger and more egregious examples of bad web design, see Fed-Ex paying people $5 to use their shitty deprecated flash page.
Which I refused.
Then the webdesigner /u/K_Ver wrote this:
I was writing a reply to your post, refreshing the page it seems it's just hidden. Currently it has a score of 0, so it's not as blasted as you might expect. You could likely find it via your own comments tabs, but I suspect it was taken down because it was a personal attack, clearly provoked from me calling you a troll yesterday. Either way, consider this my reply;
I'd normally offer to work with you to help resolve the issues (for web stuff, you don't need bug reports with me); but in all honesty I question your stability, and since I don't intend to 'fix' several of the points you mentioned (because the website you were critiquing is only temporary, and some of them are purely academic) I don't know what may or may not "set you off" further if or when I say "no" to some things.
That and I don't have a whole lot of love for you right now. I'm sure you understand that if that was your idea of being "professional", from one professional to another, I don't wish to work with you. If you cleaned up your act a bit and became a positive community influence, in time I would welcome you myself. There were others in the community who didn't take kindly to me, and we now have a good working relationship - I don't see why that's impossible here either.
If you decided for any reason you had it in you to submit patches, I won't block them, but you can reach out to other members of the community involved with the websites to do so. Again, I consider you to be volatile, so I simply consider working with you or accepting your input directly to be a professional risk waiting to explode. If I see you making improvements, I will work with you and accept your input directly.
EDIT: this comment by kapkoz is a legitimate question (where has the post gone?). He may not have a lot of good will, but please don't downvote just because it's him.
So, while I admire his effort to tell others to stop down voting my question, I don't like his approach on refusing t ofix the bugs because he don't like the "color" of my tone. Image organisations not removing bugs and errors because they hate the guy who called them. How would you feel?
Another question is how can KDE "leaders", yes they have leaders (KDE e.V., Schönhauser Allee 6/7, 10119 Berlin, Germany), allow their members to behave like this and openly refuse to fix bugs. What if it was in KDE neon or some other product. This is unacceptable.
First they tried to silence Alessandro Longo on PlanetKDE.org because he has a different opinion on some political issues as the pro-EU KDE mainstream people, then they backed up a little. Now, the same is happening with this censorship of my critique of /u/K_Ver . This has to stop.
Unless there is some fundamental change on how the KDE team membres operate, I can't suggest anybody to use their software. The bugs and more specifically, the unwillingness to fix the bugs - because the developer don't like your "color", is too risky. Please, think twice when using anything KDE related.submitted by /u/kapkoz
fossmint: WebTorrent Desktop is a cross-platform open source torrent client with which you can instantly stream audio and video torrent files without waiting to completely download them
We are now about 20 years into the open source software era. You might think that open source simply means publishing the source code for something useful. While this is correct by definition, the most important component of any open source project is its community and how it works together.
Open source projects are not isolated islands. In fact, it’s common for them to depend on each other. As new projects are created, it is also common that members come from related projects to work on something new. Apache Arrow is an example of a new project that worked across many related projects, creating a new community that from the beginning knew it needed to build a community of communities.
Whatever business nature you have, there must be some precious data which you want to store in a secured place. Finding a right storage solution is always critical for business, especially for small and medium, but what if you get a perfect solution at no cost.
There is no doubt that business cant runs without data, but while looking for a solution, you might need to spend a fortune to cover all your storage requirements. Open source tools come as the viable solution where you won’t spend money yet get a suitable solution to store your precious data. And don’t worry we will help you to find one of the best.
In the past few years, there is a rapid growth in the online sales. According to a survey, more than 40% people are now shifted to online stores and majorly buying products from their smartphones and tablets.
With the expeditious rise in the online marketplace, more business introducing online stores. For the big fishes in the industry, the expenses of setting up an online store is like spending peanuts, but for the small or startups, it appears to be a fortune.
The smart move could be open source platforms, to begin with as they are not only free also reliable and scalable. One can set up the online store not only quickly as well as, in future if you want to add some of the functionalities, which are available with only premium, can be done by paying quite a small amount.
The OpenSSL project, home of the world’s most popular SSL/TLS and cryptographic toolkit, is changing its license to the Apache License v2.0 (ASL v2). As part of this effort, the OpenSSL team launched a new website and has been working with various corporate collaborators to facilitate the re-licensing process.