It is with deep regret that we are announcing that the Manjaro-Arm team is shutting down. I started this project a little over a year ago with no intent to become the sole maintainer.
The Novelty of KDE Neon
The good folks at KDE managed to engage a market of Linux desktop users underserved by other distribution models. Or, maybe it’s just me.
KDE has a long history in the desktop ecosystem. It was the first Linux desktop I was exposed to back in 2006. Back then, it was on OpenSUSE and it was clean and functional. For some reason after that, installing KDE had never really appealed to me. I’ve tested it out briefly when poking around at what the OpenSUSE guys were doing and I’ve run Kubuntu for brief snippets. For years, I’ve been trying to find out what type of desktop user I am and which distro fits my needs.
Tracking KDE Frameworks and Qt
The KDE-FreeBSD team bumped Qt to 5.7.1 and KDE Frameworks to 5.31.0 in official ports last week, so we’re fairly up-to-date in that department. On FreeBSD, we still fully support Qt4 next to Qt5, so some of the delay in getting this stuff in is due to some shuffling of install locations. In particular, we’ve added qt-chooser in this round of updates, so that qmake is qmake — and no longer qmake-qt4 or some other suffixed binary. We use qt-chooser to switch out one or the other. Checking that this doesn’t break anything else — or at least making sure that everything still compiles — is what took the most time this round of updates.
Simple Menu Launcher for KDE Plasma 5.9
Following "United" theme, there is also "Simple Menu" launcher for KDE Plasma 5.9. It's minimal, a smaller form of full screen menu; it's also clean, showing all applications at once. Honestly, it's UI is similar to Pantheon Menu in elementary OS but including categories. If you like horizontal-oriented menu, Simple Menu is suitable for you. It's available to install from KDE Store. Thanks to Sho for creating Simple Menu.
A Simple KDE Twitter Plasmoid
This KDE Twitter Plasmoids offers a simpler alternative to a desktop Linux twitter app like Choqok. See tweets, send tweets, and check mentions.
Telegram desktop client for flatpak #2
Some time ago I posted a blog post about how I packed telegram desktop client for flatpak. I’ve been updating it since then in some reasonable intervals as I don’t have time to update it more often and mostly because the telegram client’s build system breaks my build quite oftenly. Recently I discovered that someone managed to patch telegram to use system Qt libraries instead of building own patched Qt and building linking it statically. After some time I managed to adjust those patches and make them work with my build which allows me to use Qt from KDE runtimes. Here are new instructions how to get this work:
Building the latest greatest for Android AArch64 (with Vulkan teaser)
Let’s say you got a 64-bit ARM device running Android. For instance, the Tegra X1-based NVIDIA Shield TV. Now, let’s say you are also interested in the latest greatest content from the dev branch, for example to try out some upcoming Vulkan enablers from here and here, and want to see all this running on the big screen with Android TV. How do we get Qt, or at least the basic modules like QtGui, QtQuick, etc. up and running on there?
Qt Quick WebGL Streaming
WebGL Streaming is optimized for Qt Quick and allows you to run remote Qt Quick applications in a browser.
OBS got the power!
Old build workers, rack mounted
Old build workers, rack mounted
One year after introducing a new kind of Open Build Service worker machines, the “lambkins”, the openSUSE Build Service got a big hardware refresh. The new machines, sponsored by SUSE, are equipped with:
2,8GHz AMD Opteron Processors (6348)
256 GB RAM
one 120 GB SSD
Four of them are located in a chassis with a height of 2 units and run 12-16 workers on them (virtual machines, that are building packages).
That new build power allowed us to remove some of old machines from the pool. The unified hardware makes the management of the machines a lot easier now, even if there are still the most powerful old machines left.
openSUSE Heroes December meeting – final results
While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.
New and improved Inqlude web site
During last year's Summer of Code I had the honor of mentoring Nanduni Indeewaree Nimalsiri. She worked on Inqlude, the comprehensive archive of third party Qt libraries, improving the tooling to create a better structured web site with additional features such as categorization by topic. She did an excellent job with it and all of her code ended up on the master branch. But we hadn't yet made the switch to change the default layout of the web site to fully take advantage of all her work. As part of SUSE's 15th Hack Week, which is taking place this week, I took some time to change that, put up some finishing touches, and switch the Inqlude web site to the new layout. So here we are. I proudly present the new improved home page of Inqlude.
Many FOSS projects that are included in distros seem to be relying mostly on one or two part-time developers, if there are any at all. This is in addition to the usual distro problems of a lack of packagers, maintainers, and bug triagers. This leads to developer burnout, bitrot, contributes to security problems (like Heartbleed in OpenSSL), and an outdated user experience (old GUIs and lack of hardware support). A few projects I know of with this problem are:
- XSane (scanner front-end for SANE): single dev, last update 2013
- foo2 (many printer drivers): single dev, seems often frustrated by ghostscript breakage
- DansGuardian (Web content filter, used by some libraries): no devs?
- gphoto (digital photography): One active dev?
(I'm not including games because as art they either have mass appeal or they don't, and their abandonment doesn't represent a loss of a fundamental dependency of other programs or expected usability. Steam, Humble Bundle, and GOG.com are solving that problem anyways.)
There is a recurring hypothetical question of what happens if Linus is hit by a truck, but this would have limited impact on kernel development due to the number of active developers. But many other projects which greatly enhance the user experience are at risk of abandonment or already have been.
Obviously some deficiencies become less important with age like drivers (3dfx, soft modems) and some require expertise and resources that are hard to find (OCR, voice recognition). But there seems to be many mainstream projects that are at risk.
Is there any way to identify projects that are at risk? Ubuntu has popcon which shows package popularity by installation and maintainers, but this doesn't show changes from upstream. What I would like to see is a comprehensive list of project development activity and number of developers, ranked by distro popularity.submitted by /u/jhansonxi
I want to turn one of my PC's to a Home Server. I will be doing several things with it. One of the main thing is to use it as a DNS,Proxy server and monitor what other people connected to my network are doing online. The problem is I tried to turn it into a gateway/router server but failed. Is there anyway I can make this happen. I do have 2 network cards on my pc.
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I understand that Intel processors have various powersaving states, e.g. ranging from C2 to C3 and C6 to C10. My X1C3 (Broadwell) only hits C2,3,6,7 according to powertop. C8-10 remain at 0.0%. Does this mean there is still room to improve power consumption on Broadwell? Is somebody working on such further optimizations?submitted by /u/2sdude