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LXer: FireFox OS for IoT, NextCloud announcement, and more news

Sunday 5th of June 2016 01:29:19 PM
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at FireFox OS for IoT, NextCloud announcement, San Francisco open voting system, open scientific research in EU by 2020, and more.

Phoronix: The Number Of Linux Games Has More Than Quadrupled In The Past Two Years

Sunday 5th of June 2016 01:19:12 PM
There are more than four times as many Linux games available today as there were two years ago...

Phoronix: The Linux 4.7 Kernel Builds Are Finally Playing Nicely Again On All My Systems

Sunday 5th of June 2016 01:04:17 PM
Nearly two weeks ago I warned that You May Want To Think Twice About Trying Linux 4.7 Git Right Now. Fortunately, all is well now and those problems have cleared up...

TuxMachines: Six of the best Android smartphones

Sunday 5th of June 2016 12:17:50 PM

Samsung has hit the nail on the head with the Galaxy S7 Edge. The phone has a stunning 5.5in (14cm) quad HD screen with curved edges and a minuscule bezel, which makes this large-screened phone quite narrow and much easier to handle than other phablets. The Galaxy S7 Edge is snappy, has a two-day battery life, wireless charging and is waterproof. It also has expandable storage, a cracking camera and a great fingerprint scanner. The Samsung is pricey, but it’s arguably the best smartphone available at the moment, and if you shop around you can get it for much less than the asking price.

Verdict: The best big-screened smartphone available at the moment.

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Phoronix: Happy 12th Birthday Phoronix, 8th Birthday For Phoronix Test Suite

Sunday 5th of June 2016 11:58:04 AM
Phoronix turns 12 years old this morning, it's almost a teenager! Back on 5 June 2004 I was thinking why the heck is it difficult getting my ATI RV250 and USB mouse playing nicely with Mandrake, and went on to launch Phoronix for what would become the leading source for Linux hardware reviews...

Reddit: Updated Debian 7: 7.11 released

Sunday 5th of June 2016 11:45:45 AM

LXer: Linux Howto: Monitor the load on your network directly from the console

Sunday 5th of June 2016 11:34:57 AM
On a continually changing network it is often difficult to spot issues due to the amount of noise generated by expected network traffic. Even when communications are seemingly quiet a packet sniffer will display screeds of noisy data. To monitor your network in detail what you need is a super-fast and lightweight alternative, directly from the console.

TuxMachines: Leftovers: KDE

Sunday 5th of June 2016 11:26:30 AM
  • Upgrade/Install Latest KDE Plasma 5 in Kubuntu 16.04/Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial
  • Antu Icons Inspired from OS X, Android, and Flyme for Linux Desktop

    You may have tried many icon themes to make your desktop elegant and unique, Antü is another great looking icon theme which has some elements inspired from OS X, Android and Flyme OS. The idea behind this icon theme is to make a clean and soft icon set which can be used an alternative to Breeze in KDE and this icon theme was only available for KDE desktop but ZMA from Gnome-look manage to port it for other desktops such as Unity, Gnome, Xfce, Lxde, Mate, Cinnamon and others. The original Antü version for KDE desktop offers two variants one is for light panel and other for dark panel contains approximately 1500+ icons, the ported Antu-Universal version has four versions and ZMA added more icons approximately 3000+ icons. Both icon sets are in constant development and you report issues to theme and hopefully they are gonna fix it in next release. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change icons.

  • Crane – alpha version

    In the old version of GCompris, the dimensions of the window were locked, so there was only one mode: desktop mode. In the current Qt version, the window can be resized in any way the user wants. To address this issue, i had to adapt the activity to the new demands.

  • Plasma’s Publictransport to get some reworking !

    This summer I’ll be working on trying to bring back to life the Publictransport Plasma applet, as part of a Google summer of code project, mentored by Eike Hein and Mario Fux, which will need both reworking and rewriting of the present code for it to be able to work with Plasma5. To know more about the project, take a look at it’s wiki page on and a detailed explanation about the project by it’s author , Friedrich Pülz.

  • [Krita] Design the Kickstarter T-shirt!

    The Kickstarter has been funded so we’ll be needing T-shirts! Here’s your chance to earn fame by designing the one we’ll send to our backers: Special June drawing challenge!

  • Plasma 5.6.4 available in 16.04 Backports

    The Kubuntu Team announces the availability of Plasma 5.6.4 on Kubuntu 16.04 though our Backports PPA.

  • Building KDE Frameworks on MsWindows
  • Full emojis support for your KDE/Qt applications

    So in the past month I've devoted my weekends to get proper emojis support ready for KDE software. Thanks to our fantastic KEmoticons framework, all the heavy lifting is already done, we just needed a theme and utilize the theme.

  • Anatomy of a bug fix

    But let’s take a look at a particularly nasty bug, one that we couldn’t fix for ages. Ever since Krita 2.9.6, we have received crash reports about Krita crashing when people were using drawing tablets. Not just any drawing tablets, but obscure tablets with names like Trust, Peritab, Adesso, Waltop, Aiptek, Genius — and others. Not the tablets that we do support because the companies have donated test hardware to Krita, like Wacom, Yiynova and Huion.

  • KDAB at SIGGRAPH in July
  • Webinar – Introducing Qt 3D
  • Qt World Summit USA

    This year the Qt World Summit will be held in California and KDAB will be there as a major sponsor! you’ll also find some of our trainings on offer during the pre-conference training day on October 18th.

  • Taming the Beast

    One of the lesser-known features in KDE Applications and Plasma is the Kiosk Framework, a means of restricting the customizability of the workspace in order to keep users in an enterprise or public environment from performing unwanted actions or modifications.

  • Voy: Message passing library for distributed KRunner (Part 1)
  • KEXI 3

    Spolier: 0% of mockups here, top picture: kexi.git master, bottom picture: to-be-published GUI.

  • Coding at Lakademy Pt II
  • Lakademy 2016 – Starting to automate some servers on KDE

    Lakademy is a great event that happens every year since 2014. It is a Latin American event, but normally it happens in Brasil (Let’s try to do that in another place in Latin American? Do you have a good one? Let us know).

  • LaKademy 2016: one more reinvigorating event

    It was a great honor to participate this meeting again. I’ve been participated since Akademy-Br, in 2010, when I became a contributor to community. Like the other years, I worked in translation and promo activities. Me, Frederico and Camila decided to start a review work on all Plasma 5 translation files, messages and docmessages. There are many things that needs to be revised, especially in the documentation files. Moreover, as Brazil implemented a new orthographic agreement recently, we would like to update the translations to follow these changes. Of course, the amount of work is huge, the review process of all these files is tiring and can take a while, so just we started it during the event.

  • New Plasma Task Manager backend: Faster, better, Wayland

    During the last several months, I've been rewriting the backend for Plasma's Task Manager, the strip of launchers and windows embedded into the panel at the bottom of the screen.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 3-TeXLa is alive)

    Today is a great day because the question “Wiki, what’s going on?” has a precise answer: “TeXLa is alive!”

  • TeXLa editing hack with Kile
  • WTL editing hack with TeXLa
  • Strong kickoff

    Ever since I've connected with my mentor (Stefan) I've worked on LabPlot. Even before the community bonding period I have implemented LaTeX exporting support for spreadsheets and matrices. You can export now your datas in LaTeX tables, this is the export's dialog:

  • Gsoc 2016 Neverland #2

    I have been spending about one week thinking about how I should structure the templates and the themes, so you can build themes for WP, Drupal … with only one Html theme.

  • Work peroid.

    With the beginning of the coding period, I have set up all my accounts ,have read more about Qt5 and GSL libraries,had the discussion about the project with my mentor and finally done with the most boredom job, that is , taking university examinations.

  • GSoC Update 1: The Beginning

    The project idea's implementation has undergone some changes from what I proposed. While the essence of the project is the same, it will now no longer be dependent on Baloo and xattr. Instead, it will use a QList to hold a list of staged files with a plugin to kiod. My next milestone before the mid-term evaluation is to implement this in a KIO slave which will be compatible with the whole suite of KDE applications.

  • #24: GSoC with KDE – 3

    As the first part of my project, I had to implement an IMAP client for fetching emails from an IMAP server. I used KIMAP library in the process. With the help of my mentor and Daniel Vratil and Luca Beltrame, I implemented a working IMAP client. Daniel and Luca helped me with the API details, since the one available was lacking some of the details. Still, most of the methods were fine. The only minor issue related to the API was a specific function overloading in KIMAP::FetchJob. The new Qt signal/slot mechanism is good and all, but since it does static checking, we need to specify the exact methods. In this particular case, to resolve ambiguity, we need to cast it. Which looks not very beautiful. Hence, Qt recommends not to use function overloading.

  • Unlocking wallet during startup

    While setting up plasma5 I found a solution for something that had been bothering me forever. Basically, while session management is restoring all windows, the wallet isn't open yet, so if the wallet is needed to get online (wifi password), all the apps being restored (in my case, about 20 konqueror windows) have no networking yet and just show error pages.

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TuxMachines: Budgie-remix: Unity Light and then some

Sunday 5th of June 2016 11:04:45 AM

When half a dozen major desktops are used by Linux distributions, what chance does a new one have? In the case of budgie-remix, a better chance than you might expect. With the combination of an unexpected endorsement and a lightweight and elegant desktop environment, Budgie-remix could manage to become the first distribution since Linux Mint to capture the interest of a large percentage of users.

Budgie-remix builds on the work of Ikey Doherty for the budgie desktop, which is featured in the Solus distribution (formerly Evolve OS). David Mohammed, best known for the development of the Rhythmbox music player, packaged Budgie for Ubuntu, then noticed that Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu had left a message on Google+ saying, “Happy to support an application to make this an official *buntu flavour, if there is a community around the packaging.”

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TuxMachines: Korora 23 Gnome - Fedora on steroids

Sunday 5th of June 2016 10:50:10 AM

Here we go. A Fedora spin that is a bit confused from so much spinning. Overall, this distro works well. In a way. Korora is a decent, admirable attempt to transform a rather nerdy system into something anyone can use, with good looks, media codecs availability out of the box, lots of programs, and some additional friendly and gentle tweaks. Not bad.

On the other hand, the execution is not flawless. The installer killed my GRUB, the package manager is plain stupid, the updates are done the wrong way, there are half a dozen semi-annoying bugs in day-to-day activities, and the networking needs significant and immediate improvements. All in all, not enough to sway me over. Korora 23 Coral gets about 7.5/10 on a sunny day, and I'm probably being generous. Then again, it's the best effort this spring yet, all distros included, and it does shine a ray of hope into my grizzled heart. Plus, it's better than the previous version I tested, so it might actually be majestic one day. Or like Xubuntu, steadily improve for four years until it becomes da bomb and then bomb. Korora, worth testing. And I'll check the KDE spin, too.

Also: DNF / YUM History

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LXer: RDO Triple0 QuickStart HA Setup on Intel Core i7-4790 Desktop

Sunday 5th of June 2016 09:40:35 AM
This posting follows up "Deploying OpenStack on just one hosted server", but is focused on utilizing i7 4790/4770 CPUs with inexpensive boards like ASUS Z97-P having 32 GB RAM.

TuxMachines: Development News

Sunday 5th of June 2016 09:37:34 AM
  • Q&A: Guido van Rossum on Python's next steps

    There's no doubt that Python, a 25-year-old open source, object-oriented dynamic language, has become a major tool for software developers in recent years. They love its programmer-friendliness, as well as its vast ecosystem of frameworks and libraries.

    InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill spoke with Python's creator, Guido van Rossum, a principal engineer at Dropbox, about Python's performance, ecosystem, and prospects for both mobile development and the browser.

  • Adventures with the Go programming language
  • Go has no class

    Coming from Java, Python, and Ruby, I’m used to working with objects and methods. Go doesn’t have classes but it does have structs that you can add methods to it.

  • CUBA Platform: An Open-Source Java Framework for Rapid Application Development

    Traditionally, since the very beginning of the computing era, enterprise software development has faced one challenge when, naturally, it is supposed to be focused on solving real business problems, but at the same time developers have to spend significant time and effort on the technical side of the solution, such as architecture and generic functionality implementation.

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TuxMachines: An Everyday Linux User Review Of 4MLinux 17.0 - The Stable One?

Sunday 5th of June 2016 07:55:57 AM

The GUI looks stylish and 4MLinux performs well. There are a few too many whys to be answered before I could use this over something like Q4OS and AntiX.

For instance:

Why can I not get a wireless network connection?
Why after installing 4M Linux does it boot to a command prompt and not a GUI?
Why have applications installed that are dependent on other applications which aren't installed?

There is in general a good selection of lightweight applications installed and the extensions menu gives you access to a few key applications such as a decent browser and office suite.

The games section is very nice and the inclusion of DOOM and Quake is a good touch.

The trouble is that I can see some nice things but I can't think of a reason why I would use 4M Linux over something else.

The key fix for the next release is to nail wireless network connections. Borrow the code from another distribution or include a network manager that just works. Puppy Linux has a tool called Frisbee which is lightweight and not so pretty but it definitely works. If in doubt use that.

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TuxMachines: Alpine Linux Desktop

Sunday 5th of June 2016 07:51:17 AM

I recently resurrected an older, but relatively small laptop to use in cattle class on an airplane, where a full-size laptop is eternally in danger of being crushed by the seat in front. Unfortunately, the laptop was running Windows Vista, a curse inflicted on many laptops of its era, when Microsoft went through one of its phases of pretending that people seek deeper meaning from an operating system as opposed to just hoping it will keep running and not break their applications. (What's that, you say? They're doing it right now by pretending that the next generation of children will be transformed by the tiny, incremental improvements they made to Windows? So surprising.)

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LXer: ownCloud Forked as Nextcloud & More…

Sunday 5th of June 2016 07:46:13 AM
Also included: Four new distros, the quote of the week, Steam Machine lacks steam, Ubuntu's tool for making Snaps, and ArchAssault changes its name.

Reddit: Questions About Thunderbolt 3 On Linux

Sunday 5th of June 2016 07:07:15 AM

I was hired by someone to write articles about most of the new tech that was shown off at Computex this week and I saw several companies had external hubs and GPU docks on display. Almost all of them were utilizing Thunderbolt 3 to link them to a laptop, tablet, small form factor PC, etc.

Is Thunderbolt 3 fully supported on Linux-based operating systems? If not, what can we do with it at the moment?

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LXer: Debian GNU/Linux 7.11 "Wheezy" Is the Last in the Series, Debian 8.5 Out Now

Sunday 5th of June 2016 05:51:51 AM
The Debian Project announced on their Twitter account that the eleventh and last maintenance release in the stable Debian GNU/Linux 7 "Wheezy" operating system is now available for download.

Reddit: Linux handheld for emulation, learning, messing around?

Sunday 5th of June 2016 04:38:33 AM

I am very new to Linux, I have my reserves about using it for desktop use, but more than anything I'm attracted to the idea of carrying a tiny pocket computer with a full keyboard, and a fast, open source operating system in my pocket that I can use for work, games, and generally messing around with software.

In essence, I'm looking for a cheaper, more obtainable alternative to the Open Pandora. I realize that the people behind the Pandora are soon to release their new Pyra handheld, but I wouldn't doubt that the thing will carry an incredibly large preorder list and price tag like its predecessor.

As of now, I have preordered a device that meets most of my needs, the newly released Pocket Chip by Next Thing Co. However, I am still curious if any other similar devices are out in the wild, old or new. The only other similar device I can find is the Japanese Sharp Zaurus, however, only having been released in Japan makes the thing expensive to get secondhand.

So I'm curious to see if anyone else knows of a device meeting much of the same criteria stated above, any suggestions appreciated!

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