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Distribution Release: PrimTux 5

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 11:31:03 PM
PrimTux is a lightweight distribution developed by a small team of school teachers and computer enthusiasts in the educational environment. The project's latest release is available in two editions with one based on Lubuntu for 64-bit machines and one on Debian for 32-bit machines. An English translation of....

Distribution Release: ExTiX 19.10

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 09:28:19 PM
ExTiX is a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu. The project's latest release, ExTiX 19.10, is based on Ubuntu 19.10 and features the LXQt desktop. The project's release announcement states: "I have made a new version of ExTiX - The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 19.10 LXQt....

Distribution Release: UBports 16.04 OTA-11

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019 07:51:48 PM
The UBports team has published an update to their mobile operating system. The new version, 16.04 OTA-11, features improved keyboard navigation, more fine-grained web browsing options, and push notifications no longer require that the user have an Ubuntu One account. "We were calling this a "small release"....

Distribution Release: MX Linux 19

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 06:22:51 PM
The MX Linux team has published a new version of their Debian- and antiX-based distribution. The project's latest version, MX Linux 19, is based on Debian 10.1 "Buster" and features the Xfce 4.14 desktop along with the SysV init software. "We are pleased to offer MX-19 for your....

Distribution Release: Tails 4.0

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019 04:19:13 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, Tails 4.0, which is the first version to be based on Debian 10 "Buster". "We are especially proud to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 837

Monday 21st of October 2019 12:10:40 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: CentOS 8.0-1905News: Project Trident finds a new base, Debian planning firewall changes, a look back at 15 years of FedoraQuestions and answers: Merging directories of filesTorrent corner: 4MLinux, Android-x86, antiX, Bluestar, Clonezilla, Container, KDE neon, NuTyX, OpenBSD, Pop!_OS, Volumio, ZevenetReleased last week:....

Development Release: Dragora GNU/Linux-libre 3.0 Beta 1

Saturday 19th of October 2019 03:30:00 PM
Dragora GNU/Linux-Libre is a distribution created from scratch with the intention of providing a stable, multi-platform and multi-purpose operating system. It is built upon 100% free software. The project has published a new development snapshot, Dragora GNU/Linux-libre 3.0 Beta 1, which follows the 3.0 Alpha 1 that was....

Development Release: FreeBSD 12.1-RC2

Saturday 19th of October 2019 02:31:38 AM
Glen Barber has announced the release of the second of third release candidates for FreeBSD 12.1. The new development snapshot features relatively few changes as the 12.1 branch is nearing its stable launch. The release announcement lists the following adjustments since the first release candidate: "A summary....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Kylin 19.10

Friday 18th of October 2019 09:38:49 PM
Ubuntu Kylin is an official Ubuntu subproject whose goal is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users using the Simplified Chinese writing system. The distribution has published Ubuntu Kylin 19.10 which offers nine months of support. The release announcement (Chinese, English) lists....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Budgie 19.10

Friday 18th of October 2019 07:53:12 PM
The Ubuntu Budgie team has released version 19.10 of their distribution which features nine months of security updates and ZFS on root support. The project's release announcement lists the features users can expect in Ubuntu Budgie 19.10: "We are pleased to announce the release of the new version....

Distribution Release: antiX 19

Friday 18th of October 2019 04:30:09 PM
antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy-to-install Linux live CD distribution based on Debian for x86 compatible systems. The project's latest release is antiX 19 which is based on Debian 10 "Buster" and uses SysV init instead of Debian's default systemd init software. The distribution's release announcement lists....

Distribution Release: Lubuntu 19.10

Friday 18th of October 2019 02:19:48 PM
The Lubuntu developers have launched Lubuntu 19.10. This is the third version of Lubuntu to feature the LXQt desktop (which replaced LXDE). The current release offers nine months of security updates. The project's release announcement lists new package features and updates: "This is the third Lubuntu release with....

Distribution Release: Kubuntu 19.10

Friday 18th of October 2019 03:18:27 AM
The Kubuntu team has announced the availability of Kubuntu 19.10. The new version offers nine months of security updates and ships with KDE Plasma 5.16 (Plasma 5.17 can be installed from the distribution's Backports repository). the project's release announcement lists the new updates and features: "Codenamed Eoan Ermine,....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu MATE 19.10

Friday 18th of October 2019 01:01:20 AM
Martin Wimpress has announced the release of Ubuntu MATE 19.10. The new version provides nine months of support and addresses a number of minor desktop bugs. "Upstream MATE Desktop recently released 1.22.2. All the updates are present in Ubuntu MATE 19.10 plus I've cherry picked a good deal....

Distribution Release: Xubuntu 19.10

Thursday 17th of October 2019 11:06:16 PM
Xubuntu is a community edition of Ubuntu featuring the Xfce desktop. The project's new version, Xubuntu 19.10, features the Xfce 4.14 desktop which migrates from using GTK2 to GTK3. The distribution also features a new screensaver package. "Xubuntu 19.10 features Xfce 4.14, released in August 2019 after nearly....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu Studio 19.10

Thursday 17th of October 2019 08:17:57 PM
Ubuntu Studio is a variant of Ubuntu aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional. The distribution provides a collection of open-source applications available for multimedia creation. The project's latest release, Ubuntu Studio 19.10, includes OBS Studio, Ray Session, and an improved version....

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 19.10

Thursday 17th of October 2019 05:20:56 PM
The Ubuntu team have announced the release of Ubuntu 19.10. The new version features the GNOME 3.34 desktop environment, kernel 5.3 with new video card and single board computer hardware support, and new security options enabled in the package builds. "Ubuntu 19.10 is based on the Linux release....

BSD Release: OpenBSD 6.6

Thursday 17th of October 2019 02:08:01 PM
OpenBSD is an operating system developer with efforts that emphasize portability, standardisation, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. The project's latest release, OpenBSD 6.6, furthers the migration from using the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) to the Clang compiler on supported architectures. It also improves memory handling on machines....

Distribution Release: NuTyX 11.2

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 08:23:02 PM
NuTyX is a French Linux distribution (with multi-language support) built from Linux From Scratch and Beyond Linux From Scratch, with a custom package manager called "cards". The project's latest release is NuTyX 11.2 which includes several new package updates, including an LTS release of the Linux kernel. "I'm....

Distribution Release: Zevenet 5.10.1 "Community"

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 03:20:35 PM
Zevenet is a load balancer and application delivery system based on Debian. The Zevenet platform provides HTTP and HTTPS connections for web applications as well as load balancing services for TCP and UDP traffic. The project has published a new version of their Community Edition. The new Zevenet....

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Programming: Kotlin, Python and More

  • Android’s commitment to Kotlin

    When we announced Kotlin as a supported language for Android, there was a tremendous amount of excitement among developers. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of developers using Kotlin. Today, we’re proud to say nearly 60% of the top 1,000 Android apps contain Kotlin code, with more and more Android developers introducing safer and more concise code using Kotlin. During this year’s I/O, we announced that Android development will be Kotlin-first, and we’ve stood by that commitment. This is one of the reasons why Android is the gold partner for this year’s KotlinConf.

  • Google Reaffirms Commitment To Kotlin Programming Language For Android

    Google is continuing to embrace Kotlin programming for Android, making more Android APIs accessible by Kotlin, Jetpack Compose as a UI toolkit catered to Kotlin, and Kotlin extensions for more Google libraries. Google is also working to offer more Kotlin + Android learning material, working with JetBrains on improving the Kotlin code compiler, speeding up the build time of Kotlin code, and other improvements.

  • Comparing equivalent Python statements

    While teaching one of my Python classes yesterday I noticed a conditional expression which can be written in several ways. All of these are equivalent in their behavior...

  • Serving Files with Python's SimpleHTTPServer Module

    Servers are computer software or hardware that processes requests and deliver data to a client over a network. Various types of servers exist, with the most common ones being web servers, database servers, application servers, and transaction servers. Widely used web servers such as Apache, Monkey, and Jigsaw are quite time-consuming to set up when testing out simple projects and a developer's focus is shifted from producing application logic to setting up a server. Python's SimpleHTTPServer module is a useful and straightforward tool that developers can use for a number of use-cases, with the main one being that it is a quick way to serve files from a directory. It eliminates the laborious process associated with installing and implementing the available cross-platform web servers. Note: While SimpleHTTPServer is a great way to easily serve files from a directory, it shouldn't be used in a production environment. According to the official Python docs, it "only implements basic security checks."

Former Oracle product manager says he was forced out for refusing to deceive customers. Now he's suing the biz

A former Oracle employee filed a lawsuit against the database giant on Tuesday claiming that he was forced out for refusing to lie about the functionality of the company's software. The civil complaint [PDF], filed on behalf of plaintiff Tayo Daramola in US District Court in San Francisco, contends that Oracle violated whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, the RICO Act, and the California Labor Code. According to the court filing, Daramola, a resident of Montreal, Canada, worked for Oracle's NetSuite division from November 30, 2016 through October 13, 2017. He served as a project manager for an Oracle cloud service known as the Cloud Campus BookStore initiative and dealt with US customers. Campus bookstores, along with ad agencies, and apparel companies are among the market segments targeted by Oracle and NetSuite. Daramola's clients are said to have included the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Texas at Austin, Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California. The problem, according to the complaint, is that Oracle was asking Daramola to sell vaporware – a charge the company denies. "Daramola gradually became aware that a large percentage of the major projects to which he was assigned were in 'escalation' status with customers because Oracle had sold his customers software products it could not deliver, and that were not functional," the complaint says. Read more

Debian Developers Take To Voting Over Init System Diversity

It's been five years already since the vote to transition to systemd in Debian over Upstart while now there is the new vote that has just commenced for judging the interest in "init system diversity" and just how much Debian developers care (or not) in supporting alternatives to systemd. Due to Debian developers having differing opinions on handling non-systemd bugs in 2019 and the interest/commitment to supporting systemd alternatives in the scope of Debian packaging and various related friction points, they've taken to a new general resolution over weighing init system diversity. Read more

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