The latest release of Peppermint OS was launched back in June and I meant to take it for a test drive then. However, one exciting release after another distracted me until now. Peppermint is a project I pay attention to because it is one of the distributions I have had the most success with when it comes to transitioning people from Windows to Linux. Peppermint's lightweight nature, speed, relatively uncluttered interface and solid hardware support (thanks to its underlying Ubuntu base) have made it an attractive option. Peppermint OS 7 is based on packages available through the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS repositories with a few Linux Mint utilities added for flavour. Peppermint runs the LXDE desktop by default and version 7 offers users GPT, UEFI and Secure Boot support. The distribution is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds for the x86 architecture.
The ISO for the 64-bit build of Peppermint is approximately 1GB in size. Booting from this media displays a menu where we can choose to try the live desktop environment, launch the system installer or check the disc for defects. I took the live desktop option which loads LXDE. The desktop environment is presented with a panel along the bottom of the display. This panel contains our application menu, task switcher and the system tray. The application menu uses unusually large and bold fonts, making the text easy to read. On the desktop we find a single icon we can use to launch the distribution's system installer. The desktop uses a dark theme with brightly coloured icons. Personally, I like the bright icons on a dark background coupled with the large font. I found the combination made it easy to browse the application menu and find launchers I wanted to use.
QtCon Closing Keynote with Julia Reda MEP
The talks are over after the three days of QtCon Akademy 2016 which means the BoF sessions and hacking days are about to begin. To close the talks at the conference we had a finishing keynote by Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament and member of the Pirate Party.
She began by saying that on a fundamental level government is all of us, and it provides the infrastructure for our culture. Software used by the government is also a public service and the only philosophy that takes responsibility for that is free and open source software. Getting governments to use free and open source software is more important then ever because of the importance of technology in society. Computers are no longer limited to some parts of our lives, they are integral to everything we do. She gave the example of the VW Dieselgate scandal which is linked to cars being computers on wheels. There are no check that the software that is tested by regulators is the same that is run by the car hardware. Another interesting aspect is limitations on diesel control can be turned off to save the engine which means in practice they do this a lot and don't even need to tell the regulators. VW had a function programmed into the car which turned off the fuel saving if it deviated from the testing procedures.
KDE Software Store to Soon Offer Downloads in Snap, Flatpak and AppImage Formats
Ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell is proud to report on the public availability of a new online service designed as a replacement for the services provided by openDesktop.org.
Dubbed The KDE Store, the new software store is exactly that, a store where application developers can publish their open-source projects and share them with the world. Also known as KDE Software Store, the app sharing platform contains many of the code from the openDesktop.org website, which appears to no longer be functional.
Interviews with QtCon Stall Holders
KDE Dot News sent its roving reporter Devaja round the stalls at QtCon to ask them what they were promoting and of their experience of the conference.
MIT Group of Academic and Research Institutes celebrated their 25th global Linux day and conducted various exciting programmes.
One day hands-on workshop on Linux was organized under the guidance of Professor Suresh Bhawar.
Vatsal Thakur, an IT expert from Mumbai conducted a seminar on career opportunities in open source software. He said, "Linux is used by big corporate houses as it drives fastest supercomputers and android mobiles. Hence, market requirement for skilled Linux people is huge."
Third year students Sanket Kolnurkar, Nihal Renu, Manpreet Singh, Gauri Bhalerao, Prathamesh Videkar assisted the workshop participants. Santosh Bhosle, Ex principal at MIT briefed students about the evolution of open source software. The members of teaching staff including Nilesh Patil, Hanumant Dharmadhikari Deepak Nehte, Kavita Bhosle and Bhakti Ahirwadkar were also present.
- Is Time Running Out for OpenOffice?
- OpenOffice Contemplates Shutdown Amid Volunteer Drought
- Microsoft Office rival OpenOffice could be squeezed out of the market due to lack of volunteers
- MS Office competitor OpenOffice may shutter due to lack of developer interest
- Apache OpenOffice Shutdown: Lack Of Volunteer Developers May Kill The Free Open-Source Office Suite
- OpenOffice on life support, could be retired due to lack of developers
- OpenOffice floats possibility of shutting down
- OpenOffice could shutter due to lack of volunteer developers
- OpenOffice Could Be Discontinued (but That's OK Because We Have LibreOffice)
- Apache OpenOffice Considers Calling It Quits
- After 16 years, OpenOffice contemplates retirement
- Productivity software, what do you use? Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Google Docs, other?
- Is it time to unplug frail OpenOffice's life support? Apache Project asked to mull it over
- OpenOffice management is thinking about retiring the project completely.
I have switched from Windows 7 to Linux Mint 18 XFCE for about a month, the only thing I missed back then was Onenote. I tried most of the available note apps such as zim, rednotebook, cherrytree, treenote and nixnote, but all of them failed me. Several days ago, I discovered MyTetra, and I could not be happier.
These are some of its features:
- The latest version runs on windows, linux, FreeBSD, Android, MacOS (need to compile from source using Qt5)
- Create notebook/sub-notebook/ (the interface is quite similar to the old Keepnote)
- Paste/save images from clipboard/web just like Onenote! (only supported in the latest developmental version on Github, though)
- Default file format is html (there is a simple Html editor integrated so you can change the layout of the note on the fly as you wish)
- Create tags
- Insert/edit table (only add/remove rows/column, lack advanced formatting, but still much better than cherrytree, zimwiki or rednotebook)
- May be setup for syncing (I have not tested this much because I use Mega client for this task, but it is said to be able to sync with Github)
- Support encryption
- Still under development
Here is a screenshot
A little note on how to install MyTetra from source for newbies (on Linux Mint and Ubuntu-based distros):
- First you need to download and install Qt5 from here (scroll down and download the Offline installer version 5.6.1-1, I initially tried to compile using Qt 4.8.7 but failed).
- Download and extract the source of MyTetra from Github.
- Open a terminal in the extracted folder and type these commands:
sudo apt-get install build-essential mesa-common-dev libfontconfig1 libqt5svg5* qt5-default
sudo apt-get install libglu1-mesa-dev -y
- After that, the icon of MyTetra will appear in the start menu
- On the first run, MyTetra will ask if you want a standard or portable installation, choose standard (the default location for the data is the ‘data’ folder in your home, you can change this location by navigating to 'Data directory' in menu Tools/preferences/main of MyTetra)
Hope that MyTetra will be useful to you, and Cheers to the developer!
Linux project mum after man indicted for 2011 breach
The Linux Kernel Organisation, the non-profit that manages development of the kernel, is still reluctant to make any statement about a breach of its servers that took place more than five years ago, despite the fact that a man from South Florida has been charged with being responsible for the intrusion.
The same man, named as Donald Ryan Austin by the US Attorney's Office in the Northern District of California, was also charged with gaining unauthorised access to the servers of the Linux Foundation, an organisation that employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds.
Asked for a response to the development, senior kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman told iTWire: "The process is not complete yet, so sorry, I do not have any comment at this point in time."
Hacker behind Linux Kernel’s Mass Trojan Infection Arrested in Florida
Cert-Bund, a German cyber security group estimated that a third of Linux computers in the U.S., and a tenth of those in the world that were checked, were in fact infected with the Trojan Austin had uploaded into the servers.
After obtaining the credentials, he used them to make unauthorized changes to those servers by adding messages that automatically appeared when the servers rebooted. He also broke into a private email server of Linux Kernel Founder Peter Anvin, along with the Odin1, Zues1, and Pub3 servers.
Richard Stallman, known for creating the GNU Project and initiating work on the popular Emacs text editor, has proposed that online publishers should allow users to buy individual stories, anonymously. Stallman took the opportunity to mention that the GNU Project is working on a new piece of software that will allow his suggested anonymous payments.
For the most part, printers (and by extension any multifunction models) seem to have been a thorn in the side of Linux users for quite sometime. There has been some decent support for printers by a few manufacturers in recent years, but one that stood out to me was Lexmark, who started releasing native Linux drivers for their wares as early as 2000.
I have a new-old-stock X464de that I got on an Amazon sale enroute to replace my current X264dn model, which has served me surprisingly well in Linux and is still going strong. Out of the box on Ubuntu 16.04 and Fedora 24, I get crisp printouts with duplexing as well.
Does anyone have any opinion about Lexmark hardware in this day and age, specifically lasers? I know Lexmark Inkjets were notorious for poor serviceability and lower quality in general, but the laser printers they sell seem worth it to me. Yet most places will only suggest HP or Canon and, at least with the latter, I've had poor luck with printing on Linux.submitted by /u/SwimSwimHungry
This is the second of a three part series that began last Tuesday on Linux Torvalds’ keynote interview at this year’s LinuxCon. In today’s segment, Torvalds talks about how the GPL has helped prevent fragmentation.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Linus Torvalds said, “we still argue. We’re not all happy people, we don’t love each other.”
Hi, today I decided to try and benchmark inox vs chrome.
For those who don't know, Inox is a patchset for chromium that trys to remove Googles spying, it also has a patch that hardens the sandbox with PIE code to protect against ROP exploits.
Some info about my system:
Inox is installed from prism-overlay, Chromium is from official repos (I don't think this really matters)
Gentoo (stable, I am not using ~amd64)
Kernel 4.7.0 with pf patchset (BFS and BFQ patches)
request any more if you are interested
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-5020U CPU @ 2.20GHz
GPU `00:02.0 VGA compatible controller : Intel Corporation Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics [8086:1616]
(rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics [103c:8093] Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 44 Memory at c1000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M] Memory at b0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M] I/O ports at 6000 [size=64] [virtual] Expansion ROM at 000c0000 [disabled] [size=128K] Capabilities:  MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit- Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2 Capabilities: [a4] PCI Advanced Features Kernel driver in use: i915
` *-diskdescription: ATA Disk product: HGST HTS545050A7 physical id: 0.0.0 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0 logical name: /dev/sda version: A350 serial: RB250A1C3NUULJ size: 465GiB (500GB) capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt configuration: ansiversion=5 guid=4c57b407-8339-4062-b172-1982e7f98aec sectorsize=4096
request anymore if interested
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Google Chrome: http://imgur.com/a/UoIwvsubmitted by /u/throwaway-2147483647
GNOME developer Matthias Clasen was happy to inform us via an email announcement about the availability of the second and last Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" desktop environment.