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TuxMachines: Red Hat and Fedora

Friday 2nd of December 2016 11:59:07 AM

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TuxMachines: GNOME News

Friday 2nd of December 2016 11:57:13 AM
  • November Bug Squash Month: GJS

    During November I finally took the leap and offered to become a maintainer of GJS. My employer Endless has been sponsoring work on bugs 742249 and 751252, porting GJS’s Javascript engine from SpiderMonkey 24 to SpiderMonkey 31. But aside from that I had been getting interested in contributing more to it, and outside of work I did a bunch of maintenance work modernizing the Autotools scripts and getting it to compile without warnings. From there it was a small step to officially volunteering.

  • Core Apps Hackfest afterthoughts

    During last weekend, I was very happy to attend the Core Apps Hackfest in Berlin. This is effectively the first hackfest I’ve ever been! Thanks Carlos for organizing that, thanks Kinvolk folks for hosting the event, and Collabora for sponsoring the dinner.

    This event was a great chance to meet the maintainers in person and talk directly to the designers about doubts we have. Since Carlos already wrote down the list of tasks we worked on, I’m not going to repeat it. So here, I’ll report what I was able to work on.

  • Contribute to Polari with this one simple trick!

    I’ve been rather quiet recently working on new features for Builder. But we managed to just release Builder 3.22.3 which is full of bug fixes and a really new important feature. You can now meaningfully target flatpak when building your application. Matthew Leeds has done this outstanding work and it is really going to simplify how you contribute to GNOME applications going forward.

    I’m really happy with the quality of this feature because it has shown me where our LibIDE design has done well, and where it has not. Of course, we will address that for 3.24 to help make some of the UI less confusing.

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TuxMachines: Debian News

Friday 2nd of December 2016 11:56:14 AM
  • My Debian Activities in November 2016

    This month I marked 377 packages for accept and rejected 36 packages. I also sent 13 emails to maintainers asking questions.

  • Debian LTS report for November 2016

    Noevember 2016 was my third month as a Debian LTS team member. I was allocated 11 hours and had 1,75 hours left from October. This makes a total of 12,75 hours. In November I spent all 12,75 hours (and even a bit more) preparing security updates for spip, memcached and monit.

  • Free software activities in November 2016

    Whilst anyone can inspect the source code of free software for malicious flaws, most software is distributed pre-compiled to end users.

    The motivation behind the Reproducible Builds effort is to permit verification that no flaws have been introduced — either maliciously or accidentally — during this compilation process by promising identical results are always generated from a given source, thus allowing multiple third-parties to come to a consensus on whether a build was compromised.

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LXer: 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC hands you a sixpack of USB 3.0

Friday 2nd of December 2016 11:52:34 AM
Portwell’s 3.5-inch “PEB-2773” SBC features dual- or quad-core Atom E3900 SoCs, wide-range power, industrial temperature support, and six USB 3.0 ports. Portwell’s PEB-2773 extends the 14nm-fabricated Atom E3900 (“Apollo Lake”) system-on-chips in the 3.5-inch SBC form factor. Other 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBCs include Advantech’s MIO-5350 and PCM-9366, as well as Aaeon’s GENE-APL5 and Avalue’s ECM-APL […]

TuxMachines: Ubuntu still isn't free software

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:58:19 AM

Mark Shuttleworth just blogged about their stance against unofficial Ubuntu images. The assertion is that a cloud hoster is providing unofficial and modified Ubuntu images, and that these images are meaningfully different from upstream Ubuntu in terms of their functionality and security. Users are attempting to make use of these images, are finding that they don't work properly and are assuming that Ubuntu is a shoddy product. This is an entirely legitimate concern, and if Canonical are acting to reduce user confusion then they should be commended for that.

The appropriate means to handle this kind of issue is trademark law. If someone claims that something is Ubuntu when it isn't, that's probably an infringement of the trademark and it's entirely reasonable for the trademark owner to take action to protect the value associated with their trademark. But Canonical's IP policy goes much further than that - it can be interpreted as meaning[1] that you can't distribute works based on Ubuntu without paying Canonical for the privilege, even if you call it something other than Ubuntu.

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Reddit: PHP 7.1 released

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:50:06 AM

TuxMachines: Enlightenment 0.21.4 Desktop Release Adds 106 Changes, Improves Wayland Support

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:49:52 AM

The fourth maintenance update to the Enlightenment DR 0.21 stable series of the lightweight, modern, and open-source window manager and desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions has been released on the last day of November 2016.

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TuxMachines: Ardour 5.5 DAW Adds Support for Steinberg CC121 and Avid Artist Control Surfaces

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:47:44 AM

One of the world's best open-source and cross-platform DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, Ardour, has been updated to version 5.5 on the first day of December 2016, as announced by developer Paul Davis.

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LXer: Containers and Virtual Machines: A Dynamic Duo

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:35:20 AM
It's easy to think of containers and VMs as a binary choice -- deciding whether to use a VM or a container (not both) for your use case. In his keynote at LinuxCon Europe, Brandon Philips, CTO at CoreOS, talked about a case study for using VMs and containers together to take advantage of the strengths of both.

Reddit: I don't think I'm mature enough to learn about Linux

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:22:44 AM

I like to follow along with my teacher in my linux class. I try out commands for myself and variations to see what works. When we were taught the touch command I immediately typed "touch dicks" I held my laughter for a moment before I couldn't anymore. I'm not the only one who has done this right?

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TuxMachines: Razer is now a member of the consortium responsible for Vulkan-based graphics

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:19:49 AM
  • Razer is now a member of the consortium responsible for Vulkan-based graphics

    The Khronos Group made a brief announcement on Thursday, stating popular PC gaming peripheral maker Razer is now a Contributor Member. The Khronos Group is the non-profit consortium behind the new open-source Vulkan Application Programming Interface (API) that is becoming more commonly used in PC gaming. It’s an alternative to the long-used DirectX and OpenGL graphics APIs.

  • Hardware maker 'Razer' has joined The Khronos Group to back open standards
  • Razer Joins The Khronos Group

    Razer joining The Khronos Group looks to be a VR/AR play, but will hopefully help further push Vulkan and other Khronos standards to gamers. The brief announcement at Khronos.org reads in part, "...Razer co-founded OSVR, an open-source platform that integrates VR, AR and mixed reality hardware and software APIs that support a universal VR ecosystem."

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TuxMachines: Servers/Networks

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:16:14 AM

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Reddit: TIFU, Trying to dual boot Fedora 25 and Win10

Friday 2nd of December 2016 09:10:44 AM

So long story short, tonight I tried again for the 4th time to get a working Fedora install alongside my Win10. I'd sufficiently shrunk the Windows volumes/partitions. Ran teh installer and noted that it was weird how the Fedora installer did not ask me if I wanted to install it alongside Windows. Maybe its nothing.. I'll continue on. Custom install, made sure to select the mount points and partitions the first Fedora install used.

Well I reached teh with a working Fedora but no Windows option in grub. Spent a good 2 hours trying to fix that manually only to find out my EFI dir was gone somehow. Spent another hour trying to manually recreate my c:\boot\EFI and when I did.. I wound up 'clean'ing it from diskpart. Jesus H... wth man.

And to top it off this is my work laptop and it's 2:09am.

Tried gparted live, no deal. testdisk.. did not see any hdd's.

Downloading Parted Magic right now but I have a feeling that I'm screwed. Im looking for advice or maybe a pointer that I missed.

Thanks all!

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TuxMachines: GNOME News

Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:39:18 AM
  • GNOME Software 3.22.3 Lets Users Upgrade Two Fedora Linux Versions at a Time

    A new maintenance version of the GNOME Software package manager has been released on the first day of December 2016, versioned 3.22.3, for the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

  • gtkmm 4 started

    We (the gtkmm developers) have started work on an ABI-breaking gtkmm-4.0, as well as an ABI-breaking glibmm, target GTK+ 4, and letting us clean up some cruft that has gathered over the years. These install in parallel with the existing gtkmm-3.0 and glibmm-2.4 APIs/ABIs.

  • Gtkmm Begins Preparing For GTK4, Now Uses C++14

    Gtkmm, the project providing the de facto C++ interface for GTK+, is preparing for the GTK+ 4.0 era.

    Gtkmm 3.89.1 was released today as the first release based against the GTK+ 4.0 development code and can be installed in parallel with gtkmm-3.0. Aside from basing against GTK 4.0, gtkmm now uses C++14, has removed deprecated APIs, and other changes. Gtkmm using C++14 succeeds its C++11 usage.

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:35:20 AM

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LXer: Linux Mint 18.1 Beta Is Out with Cinnamon 3.2 & MATE 1.16, Based on Ubuntu 16.04

Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:18:05 AM
A few moments ago, Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre proudly announced the release and immediate availability of the Beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena".

TuxMachines: Mozilla News

Friday 2nd of December 2016 07:01:01 AM
  • Why I’m joining Mozilla’s Board, by Julie Hanna

    Today, I’m joining Mozilla’s Board. What attracts me to Mozilla is its people, mission and values. I’ve long admired Mozilla’s noble mission to ensure the internet is free, open and accessible to all. That Mozilla has organized itself in a radically transparent, massively distributed and crucially equitable way is a living example of its values in action and a testament to the integrity with which Mozillians have pursued that mission. They walk the talk. Similarly, having had the privilege of knowing a number of the leaders at Mozilla, their sincerity, character and competence are self-evident.

  • Security Patches for Firefox and Tor Address Key Security Vulnerability
  • Julie Hanna Joins the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors

    Today, we are very pleased to announce the latest addition to the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors – Julie Hanna. Julie is the Executive Chairman for Kiva and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and we couldn’t be more excited to have her joining our Board.

  • State of Mozilla 2015 Annual Report

    We just released our State of Mozilla annual report for 2015. This report highlights key activities for Mozilla in 2015 and includes detailed financial documents.

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