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Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 17.12.2

Thursday 22nd of February 2018 02:17:13 PM
Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based rolling release distribution which is available in several desktop and server editions. The project's latest version, Calculate Linux 17.12.2, features fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs, restores functionality for LXC containers, permits renaming of network interfaces and makes it possible to....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 751

Monday 19th of February 2018 12:11:50 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: DietPi 6.1News: Nitrux packages AppImage, OpenIndiana upgrades compiler, Canonical explores collecting hardware data, Solus experiments with WaylandTechnology review: KDE's Plasma MobileReleased last week: Zevenet 5.0Torrent corner: Bluestar, Container, IPFire, Live Raizo, Manjaro, ZevenetOpinion poll: Getting software not in a distro's official repositoriesNew....

Development Release: Porteus 4.0 RC4

Thursday 15th of February 2018 05:36:57 AM
Jay Flood has announced the availability of a development build of the upcoming Porteus 4.0, a set of portable Linux distributions based on Slackware Linux, with a good choice of desktop environments. Although labelled as "release candidate 4", this is actually the first public development release of the....

Development Release: Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 Beta

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 12:48:08 AM
Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian which features the SysV init software instead of systemd. The Devuan team has announced the availability of a new development release which carries the codename ASCII: "The long-awaited release of Devuan 2.0 ASCII beta (minor planet number 3568) is here. What's....

Distribution Release: Zevenet 5.0 "Community"

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 05:34:37 PM
Zevenet is a load balancer and application delivery system based on Debian. The Zevenet team has announced the release of Zevenet 5.0 "Community" edition. The new version is based on Debian 9 Stretch and features the following changes: "A new web GUI frontend in Angular. New API JSON+REST....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 750

Monday 12th of February 2018 12:24:25 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Solus 3 and the Budgie desktopNews: NetBSD reports on security work, elementary OS exploring AppCentre changes, Ubuntu 18.04 to include Snap packages, run-time kernel protection for LinuxOpinion: Packages not flowing upstream into DebianReleased last week: Peppermint OS 8-20180203, Kali Linux 2018.1, Quirky....

Distribution Release: Endless OS 3.3.10

Saturday 10th of February 2018 08:55:27 PM
Endless OS is a Linux-based operating system which provides a simplified and streamlined user experience using a customized desktop environment forked from GNOME 3. The project has released a new version, Endless OS 3.3.10, which features automatic updates, improved launch speed for applications and some Flatpak programs will....

Distribution Release: Robolinux 9.1

Saturday 10th of February 2018 12:48:34 AM
Robolinux is a desktop operating system and one of the project's more interesting features is the availability of a pre-configured virtual machine support pack with Windows XP, 7 or 10. The project's latest release, Robolinux 9.1, is based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and includes support for UEFI, Secure....

Distribution Release: Quirky 8.4

Friday 9th of February 2018 03:12:25 PM
Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the Quirky distribution. Quirky is a lightweight distribution and a sister project to Puppy Linux. It is assembled using a custom tool called Woof. The new version, Quirky 8.4, is built using the latest available packages from....

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2018.1

Tuesday 6th of February 2018 11:23:40 PM
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution that includes a collection of security and forensics tools. The Kali developers have released a new version, Kali Linux 2018.1, which features an updated kernel and two new security features: "Kali Linux 2018.1 has a shiny new 4.14.12 kernel. New kernels always....

Distribution Release: Peppermint OS 8-20180203

Monday 5th of February 2018 07:01:09 PM
Peppermint OS is a lightweight distribution based on Lubuntu. The Peppermint team has released a new minor update to the project's version 8 release. The new installation media features bug fixes and an updated version of the Linux kernel. "This is a security refresh of the Peppermint 8....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 749

Monday 5th of February 2018 12:19:47 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Freespire 3 and Linspire 7.0News: Red Hat acquiring CoreOS, Korora slows release schedule, the OSI turns 20Myths and misunderstandings: Wayland, X.Org and MirReleased last week: Linux Lite 3.8, Emmabuntus 9-1.01, OPNsense 18.1Torrent corner: 4MLinux, Archman, Emmabuntus, KDE neon, Lite, Manjaro, OPNsense, Pardus....

Development Release: Qubes OS 4.0 RC4

Thursday 1st of February 2018 02:41:30 AM
Andrew David Wong has announced the availability of the fourth release candidate for Qubes OS 4.0, un upcoming new version of the project's Fedora-based, security-oriented desktop Linux distribution: "We're pleased to announce the fourth release candidate for Qubes 4.0. This release contains important safeguards against the Spectre and....

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 3.8

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 05:49:55 PM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the release of Linux Lite 3.8, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the lightweight Xfce desktop. "Linux Lite 3.8 Final is now available for download. There have been a number of changes since the 3.6 release. This is the last release for Series 3.x. Linux Lite....

Development Release: openSUSE 15.0 Beta (Build 109.3)

Wednesday 31st of January 2018 03:31:39 PM
Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of a new testing snapshot for the Leap branch of the openSUSE distribution. The new snapshot, openSUSE 15.0 (Build 109.3), is part of a rolling release series of development snapshots and considered a beta release. "Leap 15 finally got a fresh look....

Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs 9-1.01

Monday 29th of January 2018 08:58:31 PM
Emmabuntüs is a desktop Linux distribution with editions based on based on Xubuntu and Debian's Stable branch. It strives to be beginner-friendly and reasonably light on resources so that it can be used on older computers. The project's latest release is based on Debian and includes several....

Development Release: Q4OS 3.1 Testing

Monday 29th of January 2018 06:20:31 PM
Q4OS, a Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, has launched a new development branch. The project's new testing branch, Q4OS 3.1 Testing, carries the code name "Centaurus" and uses packages from Debian's Testing "Buster" branch. "We introduce the initial development build of the new major Q4OS version....

BSD Release: OPNsense 18.1

Monday 29th of January 2018 03:17:11 PM
OPNsense is a FreeBSD-based specialist operating system (and a fork of pfSense) designed for firewalls and routers. The latest release, OPNsense 18.1, is built on FreeBSD 11.1 and includes PHP version 7.1. The new release also features strict interface binding for OpenSSH connections and a new Realtek network....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 748

Monday 29th of January 2018 12:26:18 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: siduction 2018.1.0News: openSUSE 42.2 reaches EOL, SolydXK releases 32-bit community editions, building an Ubuntu robot, Ubuntu 18.04 to use Xorg by default, Mint improves testing processQuestions and answers: Desktop-friendly Debian and systemd boot timesReleased last week: Proxmox 5.0 "Mail Gateway", Netrunner 2018.01....

Distribution Release: Parrot Security OS 3.11

Sunday 28th of January 2018 11:27:26 PM
Parrot Security OS is a Debian-based, security-oriented distribution featuring a collection of utilities designed for penetration testing and computer forensics. The project's latest release, Parrot Security OS 3.11, includes fixes for Metasploit and PostgreSQL as well as a new automobile hacking menu which includes tools for testing real....

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OSS Leftovers

  • Sunjun partners with Collabora to offer LibreOffice in the Cloud
  • Tackling the most important issue in a DevOps transformation
    You've been appointed the DevOps champion in your organisation: congratulations. So, what's the most important issue that you need to address?
  • PSBJ Innovator of the Year: Hacking cells at the Allen Institute
  • SUNY math professor makes the case for free and open educational resources
    The open educational resources (OER) movement has been gaining momentum over the past few years, as educators—from kindergarten classes to graduate schools—turn to free and open source educational content to counter the high cost of textbooks. Over the past year, the pace has accelerated. In 2017, OERs were a featured topic at the high-profile SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. Also last year, New York State generated a lot of excitement when it made an $8 million investment in developing OERs, with the goal of lowering the costs of college education in the state. David Usinski, a math and computer science professor and assistant chair of developmental education at the State University of New York's Erie Community College, is an advocate of OER content in the classroom. Before he joined SUNY Erie's staff in 2007, he spent a few years working for the Erie County public school system as a technology staff developer, training teachers how to infuse technology into the classroom.

Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

  • Net Neutrality, NSF and Mozilla's WINS Challenge Winners, openSUSE Updates and More
    The National Science Foundation and Mozilla recently announced the first round of winners from their Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges—$2 million in prizes for "big ideas to connect the unconnected across the US". According to the press release, the winners "are building mesh networks, solar-powered Wi-Fi, and network infrastructure that fits inside a single backpack" and that the common denominator for all of them is "they're affordable, scalable, open-source and secure."
  • New AirMozilla Audience Demo
    The legacy AirMozilla platform will be decommissioned later this year. The reasons for the change are multiple; however, the urgency of the change is driven by deprecated support of both the complex back-end infrastructure by IT and the user interface by Firefox engineering teams in 2016. Additional reasons include a complex user workflow resulting in a poor user experience, no self-service model, poor usability metrics and a lack of integrated, required features.
  • Perplexing Graphs: The Case of the 0KB Virtual Memory Allocations
    Every Monday and Thursday around 3pm I check dev-telemetry-alerts to see if there have been any changes detected in the distribution of any of the 1500-or-so pieces of anonymous usage statistics we record in Firefox using Firefox Telemetry.

Games: All Walls Must Fall, Tales of Maj'Eyal

  • All Walls Must Fall, the quirky tech-noir tactics game, comes out of Early Access
    This isometric tactical RPG blends in sci-fi, a Cold War that never ended and lots of spirited action. It’s powered by Unreal Engine 4 and has good Linux support.
  • Non-Linux FOSS: Tales of Maj'Eyal
    I love gaming, but I have two main problems with being a gamer. First, I'm terrible at video games. Really. Second, I don't have the time to invest in order to increase my skills. So for me, a game that is easy to get started with while also providing an extensive gaming experience is key. It's also fairly rare. All the great games tend to have a horribly steep learning curve, and all the simple games seem to involve crushing candy. Thankfully, there are a few games like Tales of Maj'Eyal that are complex but with a really easy learning curve.

KDE and GNOME: KDE Discover, Okular, Librsvg, and Phone's UI Shell

  • This week in Discover, part 7
    The quest to make Discover the most-loved Linux app store continues at Warp 9 speed! You may laugh, but it’s happening! Mark my words, in a year Discover will be a beloved crown jewel of the KDE experience.
  • Okular gains some more JavaScript support
    With it we support recalculation of some fields based on others. An example that calculates sum, average, product, minimum and maximum of three numbers can be found in this youtube video.
  • Librsvg's continuous integration pipeline
    With the pre-built images, and caching of Rust artifacts, Jordan was able to reduce the time for the "test on every commit" builds from around 20 minutes, to little under 4 minutes in the current iteration. This will get even faster if the builds start using ccache and parallel builds from GNU make. Currently we have a problem in that tests are failing on 32-bit builds, and haven't had a chance to investigate the root cause. Hopefully we can add 32-bit jobs to the CI pipeline to catch this breakage as soon as possible.
  • Design report #3: designing the UI Shell, part 2
    Peter has been quite busy thinking about the most ergonomic mobile gestures and came up with a complete UI shell design. While the last design report was describing the design of the lock screen and the home screen, we will discuss here about navigating within the different features of the shell.