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BSD Release: GhostBSD 20.01

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020 06:55:52 PM
GhostBSD is a user-friendly desktop operating system based on TrueOS (which is, in turn, based on FreeBSD's development branch). The project's latest release, GhostBSD 20.01, introduces some fixes to the installer and ships with version 1.22.2 of the MATE desktop environment. A community edition featuring the Xfce desktop....

Distribution Release: GParted Live 1.1.0-1

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020 05:29:45 AM
Curtis Gedak has announced the release of GParted Live 1.1.0-1, the latest stable version of the project's Debian-based CD/USB image with a collection of disk management and data rescue utilities: "The GParted team is pleased to announce a new stable release of GParted Live. This release includes GParted....

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 Beta

Tuesday 21st of January 2020 04:31:31 PM
Two months after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1, Red Hat is publishing a beta for the upcoming release of version 8.2. The new beta offers a streamlined subscription process and more monitoring options to better help administrators keep track of their Red Hat systems: "To....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 849

Monday 20th of January 2020 12:10:25 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Zorin 15.1 "Lite"News: elementary team plans future features, open platform PinePhone now shipping, Peppermint marks the passing of Mark GreavesQuestions and answers: PCLinuxOS, antiX, and OpenBSD patchesReleased last week: CentOS 8.1.1911, Linux Lite 4.8, Raspberry Slideshow 13.0Torrent corner: Alpine, AUSTRUMI, CentOS, Linux....

Distribution Release: CentOS 8.1.1911

Thursday 16th of January 2020 12:13:39 AM
CentOS, which builds its distribution's packages from upstream sources provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, has published a new release, CentOS 8.1.1911. The new version is derived from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 source code. "Release for CentOS Linux 8 (1911): We are pleased to announce the....

Distribution Release: Raspberry Slideshow 13.0

Monday 13th of January 2020 03:59:41 PM
Raspberry Slideshow is focused on being a quick-to-set-up platform for displaying image and video files. The distribution is built for the Raspberry Pi exclusively. The distribution's latest release is Raspberry Slideshow 13.0 introduces some significant configuration changes, more logging options and the default media folder has been moved.....

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 4.8

Monday 13th of January 2020 10:46:32 AM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 4.8, a new stable version of the project's beginner-friendly distribution based on Ubuntu 18.04 and featuring the Xfce desktop: "Linux Lite 4.8 final is now available for download and installation. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 848

Monday 13th of January 2020 12:09:56 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: elementary OS 5.1News: NetBSD expanding Wayland support, Fedora phasing out legacy Python packages, Ubuntu 19.04 nearing its end of lifeQuestions and answers: Accessing USB ports under WINEReleased in the past two weeks: Torrent corner: Archman, ArcoLinux, AryaLinux, Bluestar, EasyOS, Endless OS, IPFire,....

Distribution Release: SuperGamer 5

Saturday 11th of January 2020 07:55:34 AM
David Nickel has announced the release of SuperGamer 5, a brand-new version of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution designed for gamers. Although the live image does not come with any pre-installed games, it includes scripts for downloading and installing a number of popular gaming platforms, such as Steam, Lutris....

Development Release: OpenMandriva 4.1 Beta

Friday 10th of January 2020 06:41:30 PM
The OpenMandriva team has published a new development release, OpenMandriva 4.1 Beta. The new development snapshot offers an updated kernel, Clang as the default compiler, and a new version of the KDE Plasma desktop. "Major changes: The kernel has been updated to 5.4.7. Qt has been updated to....

Distribution Release: AryaLinux 2.1

Thursday 9th of January 2020 06:02:55 PM
AryaLinux is a source-based GNU/Linux distribution that has been put together using Linux From Scratch (LFS) as a guide. The AryaLinux distribution uses a source/ports style of package management and a custom package manager called 'alps'. The distribution's latest release, AryaLinux 2.1, is available in four desktop editions:....

Distribution Release: IPFire 2.23 Core 139

Thursday 9th of January 2020 04:26:09 PM
IPFire is a lightweight Linux distribution for use on network devices such as firewalls. The distribution is managed through a web interface for easier access. The project's latest update is IPFire 2.23 Core Update 139 and the project's release announcement provides an overview of available improvements: "It is....

Distribution Release: Archman GNU/Linux 2020-01

Wednesday 8th of January 2020 09:16:24 AM
Demiray Muhterem has announced the release of Archman GNU/Linux 2020-01 "Xfce" edition, the latest stable build of the project's Arch-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop. This release introduces an alternative package installation program called tkPacman: "Archman Xfce 2020-01, code name 'Lake Van' stable release is ready to use.....

Distribution Release: Tails 4.2

Tuesday 7th of January 2020 07:25:13 PM
The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live DVD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The project has released a new version of the distribution, Tails 4.2, which makes several improvements to the upgrade process: "We worked on important improvements to....

Development Release: Project Trident Void Beta

Monday 6th of January 2020 04:33:12 PM
The Project Trident team have published their second development snapshot which uses Void as its base. Past versions of Project Trident have been based on TrueOS and this new beta snapshot expands the features Trident can provide on its new base. "What is new since the alpha image?....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 847

Monday 6th of January 2020 12:12:41 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Android-x86 9.0News: Hyperbola switching to OpenBSD base, Mint polishes user interface, Debian votes on init diversity, Fedora to address performance on memory-starved systemsQuestions and answers: Adopting Wayland and delta-Deb packagesReleased in the past two weeks: Calculate 20, antiX 19.1, EasyOS 2.2Torrent corner:....

Distribution Release: KaOS 2020.01

Saturday 4th of January 2020 01:06:14 AM
KaOS is a desktop Linux distribution that features the latest version of the KDE desktop environment, the Calligra office suite, and other popular software applications that use the Qt toolkit. The project's latest snapshot is KaOS 2020.01 which introduces signed kernel modules. "A nice way of starting 2020....

Distribution Release: Q4OS 3.10

Friday 3rd of January 2020 06:53:07 PM
Q4OS is a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution designed to offer classic-style user interface, provided by either KDE Plasma or the Trinity desktop. The project's latest release, Q4OS 3.10, is based on Debian 10.2 "Buster" and offers better screen scaling for Trinity users. "The new 3.10 series brings important....

Distribution Release: Qubes OS 4.0.2

Thursday 2nd of January 2020 02:51:29 AM
Happy New Year! We start the year with the announcement about the release of Qubes OS 4.0.2, the latest update of the project's security-focused Linux distribution which allows users to "compartmentalise" computing tasks into isolated compartments called qubes. The new release updates the Linux kernel to version 4.19.89:....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 20.1

Monday 30th of December 2019 07:47:53 PM
ExTiX is a desktop distribution normally based on Ubuntu. The project's latest release, ExTiX 20.1, is based instead on deepin and features the Deepin desktop environment. The project's release announcement states: "New functions:1.You can run ExTiX from RAM. Use boot alternative 3 (Load to RAM) or Advanced. A....

More in Tux Machines

Lakka 2.3.2 with RetroArch 1.8.4

The Lakka team wishes everyone a happy new year and welcomes 2020 with a new update and a new tier-based releases system! This new Lakka update, 2.3.2, contains RetroArch 1.8.4 (was 1.7.2), some new cores and a handful of core updates. Read more

It is time to end the DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions process and put a stop to DRM

Although it is accurate, there's one aspect of the process that is missing from that description: the length. While the process kicks off every three years, the work that goes into fighting exemptions, whether previously granted or newly requested, has a much shorter interval. As you can see from the timeline of events from the 2018 round of the exemptions process, the process stretches on for months and months. For each exemption we have to prepare research, documents, and our comments through wave after wave of submission periods. For the 2018 exemptions round, the first announcements from the United States Copyright Office were in July of 2017, on a process that concluded in October of 2018. Fifteen months, every three years. If you do the math, that means we're fighting about 40% of the time just to ensure that exemptions we already won continue, and that new exemptions will be granted. If the timeline from the last round holds up, then we're only a few short months away from starting this whole circus back up again. Describing it as a circus seems an appropriate label for the purpose of this whole process. It's not meant to be an effective mechanism for protecting the rights of users: it's a method for eating up the time and resources of those who are fighting for justice. If we don't step up, users could lose the ability to control their own computing and software. It's like pushing a rock up a mile-long hill only to have it pushed back down again when we've barely had a chance to catch our breath. Read more

Programming With Python: PyQt5, “Effective Python” and Wing Python IDE

  • PyQt5 plotting with matplotlib, embed plots in your GUI applications

    In the previous part we covered plotting in PyQt5 using PyQtGraph. That library uses the Qt vector-based QGraphicsScene to draw plots and provides a great interface for interactive and high performance plotting. However, there is another plotting library for Python which is used far more widely, and which offers a richer assortment of plots — Matplotlib. If you're migrating an existing data analysis tool to a PyQt GUI, or if you simply want to have access to the array of plot abilities that Matplotlib offers, then you'll want to know how to include Matplotlib plots within your application. In this tutorial we'll cover how to embed Matplotlib plots in your PyQt applications Many other Python libraries — such as seaborn and pandas— make use of the Matplotlib backend for plotting. These plots can be embedded in PyQt5 in the same way shown here, and the reference to the axes passed when plotting. There is a pandas example at the end of this tutorial.

  • “Effective Python” by Brett Slatkin book review

    Let’s start with the target audience for this book. I’d recommend it to the people who are using Python at least several months and are feeling good with the basics. If you need more practical advice you are definitely welcome.

  • Wing Tips: Using Black and YAPF Code Reformatting in Wing Python IDE

    ing version 7.2 has been released, so in the next couple Wing Tips we'll take a look at some of its new features. Wing 7.2 expands the options for automatic code reformatting to include also Black and YAPF, in addition to the previously supported autopep8. Using one of these allows you to develop nicely formatted uniform-looking code without spending time manually adjusting the layout of code.

Videos/Audiocasts/Shows: System76 Serval WS, Linux Headlines, FLOSS Weekly and LCARS System 47 Screensaver on Linux

  • System76 Serval WS Workstation Laptop Full Review

    The System76 Serval WS laptop is crazy powerful, with a desktop CPU and a powerful Nvidia video card. In this review, I show off the hardware, weigh the pros and cons, and give my overall thoughts.

  • 2020-01-22 | Linux Headlines

    Major improvements come to Wine, Debian makes a significant change post systemd debate, and the world’s most popular open source API gateway gets an update.

  • FLOSS Weekly 563: Apprentice Program

    The Apprentice Program is an initiative to train and mentor female junior developers in open source, creating a pipeline of talent and changing the ratio in tech.

  • LCARS System 47 Screensaver on Linux | Install and Service Creation

    This video goes over the infamous LCARS System 47 Screensaver on Linux. You have seen it in my background and now I show how to use an old 90s screensaver scr file on Linux. I then show how to make a systemd service to activate the screensaver when you are idle for a set amount of time.