Chrome OS has been taking huge strides off late, what with Android apps finally making an appearance on selected Chromebooks. However, some would argue that wouldn’t an Android build designed for desktop be better than Chrome OS running Android apps. Also, while Android apps add functionality to Chrome OS, the base features remain the same.
One thing that open source teaches us is that software is a negotiation, with all of the good and the bad that implies. Sometimes we have to bend and twist software to get things to work. For instance, as a Linux user, I’ve often struggled downloading digital music from Amazon. Right now, as I write this, I’m able to download my purchases like a normal human being, but prior to this recent detente, downloading my Amazon purchases meant configuring my browser to identify as being Firefox on Windows, downloading proprietary .amz files, and using a command line utility to open those files (while it sounds awful, once I figured out the process, it didn’t take much longer than downloading a zipped file of MP3s). Open source taught me resilience and flexibility in terms of using different tools to accomplish my goals, rather than just accepting Amazon’s limitation. I wanted to use Amazon and I wanted to use Linux and I didn’t think the two ideas should be mutually exclusive.
I have been learning Linux since the last few weeks. By learning, I mean, delving seriously with books and into the command line, making notes and the like. It has been an interesting experience and I have really learnt a lot of new stuff.
A new version of udisks-indicator, a drive partition tool for the Ubuntu desktop, is now available to download. it features an improved GUI and new options.
Ubuntu/Canonical developers have been discussing plans and requirements for Mir Version 1 including stable ABIs and licenses.
This Google Doc has been circulating about latest thoughts by Mir developers about version 1. For next week's Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak release, Mir is currently at version 0.24.
Today the 6th generation XPS 13 developer edition makes its debut in both the US and Europe (Canada to follow). This Kaby Lake-based system comes with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS preloaded and features the Infinity Edge display.
The snap format is a compressed filesystem with a single metadata file describing the security profile and desired integration of the snap. That format is shared by everyone in the snap community, regardless of their choice of store, authentication systems, licensing or host Linux distribution.
This is the second in a series of interviews with Snap adopters, you can read the first interview here. If you have an interesting snap story to tell, please contact me.
I’ve always been a big fan of Krita, so when I started working on snap packaging it was high on my list to do. In doing so I worked closely with Boudewijn Rempt and others, and I caught back up with them recently to talk about the experience.
Linux Mint 18 KDE Edition is the latest version of Linux Mint 18 features KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment, based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and ship with Linux 4.4 LTS kernel.
GTK+ version 3.22 was released on September 21, bringing with it a range of improvements to Wayland support, gesture support for pressure-sensitive tablets, several new widgets, and more. The release also marks a turning point for how stable and development branches of the code will be maintained. Moving forward, the project is adopting a new scheme that allows it to designate certain stable releases for long-term support. The plan also breaks with past releases where version numbering is concerned, though the project is keen to downplay that change in favor of focusing on the support that stable releases will offer to downstream projects.
The new release scheme was announced on September 1 in a Google+ post and an accompanying blog post written by Allan Day. The blog post explains more of the background issues that led up to the decision to adopt a new scheme.
In practice, it turned out to be a great event. It was halfway between the traditional highly technical gathering and the “event aimed at new contributors”, with 13 attendees including myself.
The gspell fundraising has reached its initial goal! So thanks a lot for your support!
Expect GtkEntry support in the next version of gspell, which is planned for March 2017.
Technology has been serving humanity with its best. It is a technology that has encouraged us to explore the unexplored and it is technology that gives us confidence. One such technology that has been changing the world is the movie making tools. Now it is a common thing to shoot a movie and edit it. You can do it in your PC. IT is that simple. This has encouraged many of us to explore the world of movie making. And for others just making a surprise birthday video or a wedding anniversary video is unexplainable. These are the videos that are uploaded all over the social media and these are the videos that make people famous at times. But who does the trick? That is when we need to mention the amazing movie editing tools that you can use online.
The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence v6.3.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.
Gone were the days when the Internet was only used by corporates and tech enthusiasts. With government departments and services going online and even schools recommending online learning systems, the Internet is fast becoming a common household technology.
As more and more people are learning to use the Internet, the number of those using emailing and messaging services is also going up. Consequently, the competition in the email and online messaging market is intensifying - just to give you an idea, a single company like Google is offering three services (Hangouts, Messenger, and now Allo) just for messaging purpose.
This, in turn, has resulted in people using multiple services in order to get the best of all worlds. While there's no harm in using several services, you'd likely agree that after a point it becomes really difficult to manage and keep up with all of them. It's then when you start searching for a way that can make life easier for you.
You'll be glad to know that there exists an application, dubbed Rambox, that's built specifically for this purpose - it lets you access all your commonly used web services from within a single window. In this article, we will discuss the basics of this application as well as the features it provides.
PVS-Studio is a tool for bug detection in C, C++, and C# projects. It is intended for use in finding and fixing security and quality issues in code, before they turn into vulnerabilities, crashes, or painful debugging. Until now it was working for the developers who use the Visual Studio environment.
The development team of PVS-Studio static code analyser has long and persistently been developing their product for Windows OS, and thus, proved itself as a reliable provider of high quality software.
Now the team set a bigger goal and started Linux support. In the article devoted to their Linux support the author tells about various tasks that the programmers have set on the stage of the product development.
As of this writing, the 4.8 development cycle is nearing its end. Linus has let it be known that a relatively unusual -rc8 release candidate will be required before the final release, but that still means that the cycle will only require 70 days, fitting into the usual pattern. A look at the development statistics for this release also fits the pattern about now.
With regard to the release cycle, it has become boringly regular in recent years. The 3.8 kernel, released on February 18, 2013, came out on a Sunday, as has every subsequent release with the exception of 3.11, which was released on Monday, September 2, 2013. In these last few years, the only cycle that has taken longer than 70 days was 3.13, which required 77 days. The extra week that time around was forced by Linus's travels, rather than anything inherent in that cycle itself. Since then, every cycle has taken 63 or 70 days, with the sole exception of 3.16, which showed up in 56 (and one could quibble that it was really a 63-day cycle as well — that was the time Linus experimented with opening the merge window before the previous final release had been made).
The first article of this series, described the efforts to provide a better documentation for the Linux Kernel. This article will explain how we handled the conversion of the Linux Media subsystem documentation.
While running the fresh NVIDIA vs. AMD Vulkan Linux benchmarks (that also included some OpenGL numbers too), I had also taken the opportunity to run some fresh OpenCL compute benchmarks of the latest NVIDIA 370 proprietary Linux driver against AMDGPU-PRO on different graphics cards.
Just for kicks and some extra benchmarks to look at over the weekend, here are some fresh benchmarks of 11 different GPUs when using the latest NVIDIA (370.28) and AMDGPU-PRO (16.30.3) Linux drivers on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The open-source (Clover-based stack) wasn't used for any open-source AMD OpenCL testing due to its less than stellar state.
With catching up on the OpenGL extensions, Marek Olšák of AMD has been spending a fair amount of time on performance optimizations for the AMD's open-source OpenGL driver and some code that benefits Mesa as a whole too.
Building off the exciting patches published Friday for completing ARB_enhanced_layouts that finish off the RadeonSI OpenGL 4.4~4.5 support, the Nouveau NVC0 support is basically done too with the finishing up of that final extension being done in the Mesa state tracker.
Nouveau contributor Samuel Pitoiset went ahead and set the cap to enable ARB_enhanced_layouts for NVC0 along with exposing GLSL 4.5. The patches are currently on the mailing list but hopefully all of this latest GL4 work will hit Mesa Git in the week ahead to make it into the next Mesa release.
I have seen that torrenting is very commonly used for distributing Linux and other opensource software. The torrents for these are totally legal, but I have seen many suffer from a lack of seeders. I want to support the community as much as possible by donating my bandwidth.
What (legal) torrents need more support?
I currently seed for the most recent CentOS and RaspPi distros.submitted by /u/holy_halo_man
Hey guys. I'm a guitar based ambient artist who is also very poor. I sold my mac which i used to record my guitar based ambient noodles. Now am using linux mint, and im trying to get set up here. Can anyone please walk me though an interface i can buy, and a good set up to record guitar along with many many many virtual pedals and effects (deep reverbs , delays, echos, looper, reverse effects etc etc). I used linux peppermint 5 before using a guitar effect program (cant remeber the name) using audiojack with my guitar direct into the comp. The recording came out pretty crappy but someone recently remastered the work for me to sound better. Anyway i promised a small tape label a finished release for november and i need to get working fast! can someone please help me get set up!
this is what i do http://iamesper.bandcamp.com (check release a dream of someplace else) as a example of the material i have been writing for the upcoming release and results i want this one was recorded with a mac and garage band. please help!!!! i need it!
I posted on linux musicians but it doesn't seem very active....submitted by /u/Isadoraisacat
I'm looking to throw a Linux distro onto a 3.0 USB stick, and boot from there. I have a few questions.
Would this be preferable? My SSD on my laptop is only 256 GB, so I'm still open to the possibility of partitioning and dual booting. I don't store multimedia on my laptop - so would a USB or dualboot configuration be preferable in this case?
If I purchase a USB, would 128 GB or 256 GB be better? I'm also looking to install programs that are fairly large onto the drive if I purchase a stick drive (i.e. MATLAB, CAD software, etc.)
Does anyone have recommendations for small USB 3.0 drives (64-256 GB) to purchase from Canadian retailers that would work well for my purposes? I see lots of amazon, but I'm concerned with heat issues during read/write.
Thanks! :)submitted by /u/wowdavers
A government investing in free and open source software, rather than in proprietary solutions, is always a wonderful thing (unless it’s a poor implementation…). When I heard about India’s DigiLocker project, which is built on ownCloud, I was excited to learn more and grateful when someone from ownCloud was able to connect me with the project team.
Even though we just had the nice and successful ownCloud Contributor Conference there have quite some ownCloud releases happened recently. I like to draw your attention to this for a moment, because some people seem to fail to see how active the ownCloud community actually is at the moment.
softpedia: New features in Flatpak 0.6.12 include support for the "--device=kvm" option to be able to access /dev/kvm
I've been rocking a refurbished Lenovo x201 for the past 18 months. However, I think I want something with a better screen.
I typically run Debian testing on my laptops, and I could care less about gaming. It's mostly a web browsing, terminal apps, and libreoffice laptop.
Thoughts on another refurbished Linux laptop in the same size or maybe slightly larger? Budget is $150-200 USD.submitted by /u/lhxtx
I really wanted to break free from that, so I started looking into GNU/Linux, and into which tools could replace those I was already used to. Krita was obviously what everybody recommended for digital painting, so here I am. If it weren’t for Krita I would still be stuck with another OS, as I do need to be able to paint for work.
We are happy to announce a new upcoming release for Choqok after more than one year and half.
Big news about this release is that Choqok is now based on KDE Frameworks 5 and we officially support Friendica.
There’s an LTS (long-term support) release of KDE Plasma 5 available now. The dot story is quite extensive. The FreeBSD ports for this LTS release can be found in area51 (as usual) in the plasma5 branch (as is the norm as long as we’re not done settling other KDE foundations in official ports).
There are also packages available, although those are obviously not sourced from the official FreeBSD package servers but from the KDE-FreeBSD team’s servers. Ask in #kde-freebsd on freenode if you need instructions for adding that repository server.
For benefit and convenience of fellow software engineers, we're sharing frameworks originally developed within the Kexi Project (that is KDb, KProperty, KReport). There are marked with the same version 3.0.0 and are prepared for general, standalone usage. So this combined release marks a major milestone for two efforts: porting to Qt 5 started in 2014, development of the three frameworks started in 2008.
My October adventure is one of mixed emotions, again. One step forward, one step back, two to the side, a quick hopscotch through a minefield, and then you land your foot in dung but also find Cinderella's ever-so-smelly shoe amidst all that dross. That's the best way to describe the latest update and what it offers to the user.
Frankly, people would be far more inclined to ignore the stability bugs and the early release problems if they had proper apps to play with. They did it with Android. But when you have nothing meaningful to do, you start picking scabs and your nose, and one thing leads to another. In the desktop mode, there's more to do, yes. But the Store is just crippled at this point. Horrible. It causes serious damage to the Ubuntu Touch reputation. There has to be more there. More! Otherwise, it's just a sad graveyard of enthusiasm and dashed hopes. The touch side needs to shine, hook users in, make them feel that Ubuntu is all about fun and joy but also serious work.
Anyhow, nothing to be too excited about. There's more progress on the phone than the tablet, but that's understandable, the phone has been around for much longer. Still, I do hope Canonical will soon unleash dozens if not hundreds of modern and relevant apps to compensate for its other failings, and give the tablet the needed breathing space until the functional bugs can be ironed out. If not, all that users will have to play with will be issues, boredom and resentment. C'mon. Just do it!
If you'd still like a chance to win a tablet for your own games and entertainment, then take a look at my contest, link in the second paragraph of this article. There's still enough time, and plenty of opportunity. Worst case, just load it with Android. But let's hope we must never do that. Off you go reading, gents and ladies.