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TuxMachines: GNOME News

Saturday 8th of April 2017 05:46:53 AM
  • gspell maintenance

    If you like the work I’m doing, the gspell fundraising is still open. With GTK+ 4 more maintenance work will be needed. My priority for gspell is to make it a rock-solid library, fixing bugs when they arrive in the bug tracker, writing more unit tests, etc. gspell is now used by at least 6 applications (see the list on the wiki page), and with both GtkTextView and GtkEntry support I’m sure a lot more applications will use it in the future.

  • The new contribution workflow for GNOME

    I have big good news to share with you. You might know we have been working for years on materializing what we wanted the future of contribution to be, we did multiple iterations and we worked full time on our developer experience… and finally, I’m glad to announce, we achieved it, we have a new way to contribute to GNOME!

    One image says more than 1000 words, the whole process of contributing to GNOME is as easy as you will see, all documented in the new newcomers wiki

  • GNOME Paint Is Soon Coming As An Open Source Alternative To Microsoft Paint

    GNOME developer Marcin Kolny is working on a new tool named GNOME Paint, which can be seen as an alternative to Microsoft Paint. He hopes to create an application that would be good enough for GNOME core apps, making simple image editing easier. Currently, Kolny’s project is in the initial stage and he has invited help from experts.

  • On “Insights On Companies/Developers Behind Wayland”

    I recently read a peer-reviewed academic paper from a couple years ago that analyzed the contributions of different companies to WebKit. The authors didn’t bother to account for individuals using non-corporate email addresses, since that’s hard work, and did not realize that most Google developers contribute to the project using email addresses, resulting in Google’s contributions being massively undercounted. There were other serious mistakes in the paper too, but this is the one that came to mind when reading The FOSS Post’s article Insights On Companies/Developers Behind Wayland.

    The FOSS Post didn’t bother to account for where some big developers work, incorrectly trusting that all employees use corporate emails when contributing to open source projects.

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Reddit: Wrong sudoers file, how to recover on server, tried pkexec visudo but no way

Saturday 8th of April 2017 05:27:42 AM

My bad, I was editing sudoers file from nano and it all broke. Using google cloud compute engine instance and I have no way to recover than mount the disk to another instance, edit sudoers file there and make another instance with the boot disk.

Is there any other way than this? When I try "pkexec visudo", it asks me to choose users and then password but none of the users have password. Now, I am locked to do any sudo permission task.

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LXer: Radka Janekova: How do you Fedora?

Saturday 8th of April 2017 05:12:33 AM
We recently interviewed Radka Janekova on how she uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine. The series profiles Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. Contact us on the feedback form... Continue Reading →

Reddit: Wire server code now open source

Saturday 8th of April 2017 05:09:17 AM

Reddit: We're looking for high-traffic websites to help test, compare and provide feedback

Saturday 8th of April 2017 03:30:19 AM

Hope everyone's having a great start to their weekend. Please bookmark if you are reading this from a restaurant or your weekend watering hole. :)

For the first time we are accepting requests for invites. The first few accepted will receive their first month of hosting free of charge. We always offer 30 days FULL refund, no questions asked policy to everyone else. We've yet to receive a refund request in 4 years so this is a bit new area to open invites. Challenge is always an opportunity to improve even more as there are so many hosting challenges, requirements and scenarios out there!

Feel free to request an invite if only to refer a high traffic website(s). We pay out a minimum of $25 for each new client who remains past 30 days.

For the past 4 years our services has been invite or word of mouth only as we wanted to ensure we host clients who would benefit most from custom configurations. So websites with low traffic or no performance challenges will probably fit better with the million and one other hosting services where you can boot a one-size-fits-all LAMP or LEMP server in seconds that meets those needs.

After some important years of experience, learning and solving performance and stability challenges, we would like to test the waters of offering our customized configured hosting a bit more daylight as it were.

Currently looking for high traffic website owners who have struggled for weeks, months or years with performance, reliability and/or page speed issues without a solution. Wasting time and money on their web server(s) rather than growing their business... auction websites, social websites, mobile app backends and others with high # of concurrent users or requests.

So most likely, unless you're suffering from aforementioned or other performance issues, you'll probably not be interested because for the vast majority, the instant-serve type hosting is a great fit. We also use them for sandbox development, monitoring infrastructure and other straightforward needs.

We only work on a few new servers at a time and thus release invites in increments. But as mentioned the first few we work with will be at no charge for the first month.

Due to the manual, meticulous and methodical nature of our approach, we only work on a few new servers at a time so the first slots will fill fast!... Then we will release invites in small increments.

If interested you can request an invite here: - Invite-Only SSD Linux Managed Hosting

Can't wait?! Bypass the queue: If you serve 1,000,000+ monthly pageviews and face hosting/performance challenges, use the following invite code here: TIWICF032017RED
Enter it here with full details:

...we offer a free performance audit of your current web server so we can best understand your hosting challenges. If your issues can be solved by simple config changes alone, we will provide an estimate to apply fix config on your current server, then you can decide if you'd still like to move.

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LXer: The Worst Day Of This Year, Ubuntu To Kill Unity8

Saturday 8th of April 2017 03:18:11 AM
When I switched to Linux, I remember the first two months I used Ubuntu. Later on to ease the path of learning Linux, I started using Linux Mint. Today, I use Ubuntu and most of my life is around its derivatves. Yesterday, I was shocked when I read that Ubuntu is no more going to invest into Unity8 development and the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ship with GNOME. It really broke my heart.

Reddit: Different Ways To Compile A Custom Linux With Selected Packages And Customizations

Saturday 8th of April 2017 02:55:22 AM

Hi All,

Looking to make a custom Linux installer ISO with some certain packages and modifications such as a custom desktop wallpaper, some software installed and premade files and folders as well as some scripts that run when the system is booted, each time. Also, I am looking for solutions that wouldn't require hundreds of hours to get set up, and don't require multi-million dollar computers to use. Basically something that works for customizing an install disk. Looking into "remastersys" as it might be usable but if not my other options I may check out are "SUSE Studio" or the "UCK"/"Ubuntu Customization Kit"

Thanks for any answers you may have!

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Reddit: 1 laptop 2 1TB hard drives dual booting.

Saturday 8th of April 2017 02:02:16 AM

So my goal is to bomb my Toshiba cause Windows blows. Plus I have never dual booted. That being said gene (laptop yes it has a name) wants arch on HD1 and mint on HD2. How annoying would this be to choose between on start up? One for work one for pleasure. Gene wants the ease of two accounts but just two distros. He doesn't want external drives if he has 2 TBs just kicking it like it's 1980.

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LXer: Bodhi Linux 4.1.0: Like Visiting an Old Friend

Saturday 8th of April 2017 01:23:49 AM
Jack Wallen says the Bodhi Linux experience is like glimpsing Linux’s past, while remaining grounded in the present.

Reddit: With Unity going out, does this make GNOME the undisputed king of touch in *nix?

Saturday 8th of April 2017 12:01:34 AM

Asking cause I just inherited a touch screen desktop with Vista on it. You understand.

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Reddit: Unity is dead. What do we do? How to back up linux so i could access it easily from fresh installation?

Saturday 8th of April 2017 12:00:15 AM

Since unity is counting it's days, i am in panic mode already. What to do? Gnome - unstable. Debian maybe? How to back up whole ubuntu to external hdd, so i could access it easily from my debian distro? What are you guys thinking about this? KDE maybe?


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LXer: Latest Orange Pi offers quad -A53 cores and 2GB of RAM

Friday 7th of April 2017 11:29:27 PM
Shenzhen Xunlong’s Linux-ready “Orange Pi Win Plus” SBC offers a quad -A53 Allwinner A64, 2GB DDR3, GbE and wireless, and a 40-Pin RPi connector. The $30 Orange Pi Win Plus adds to a flood of Orange Pi boards in recent months. Like the $20 Orange Pi PC 2 and recent, $20 Orange Pi Plus 2 […]

Phoronix: You'll Need To Wait Until Next Week To Torture Your Linux GPU With Superposition

Friday 7th of April 2017 10:06:55 PM
Unigine's first public Unigine 2 tech demo, Superposition, was due to be released yesterday (6 April) but was delayed at the last minute. But next week Linux (and Windows) users -- including RadeonSI drivers -- should be able to have fun torturing your hardware with this demanding OpenGL benchmark...

Reddit: Unity8 fork is looking for a name

Friday 7th of April 2017 09:41:26 PM

After Ubuntu abandoned the Unity 8 developement, a group of developers made a fork of Unity8 code.

Unity is part of the community now and i think we all can be part of this.

The link to the poll is and the website of unity8org is

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LXer: Top 5: Functional programming, Python frameworks, and more

Friday 7th of April 2017 09:35:05 PM
In this week's Top 5, we highlight mocking web APIs with Flashback, the secret (or not so secret) role of sustainers in open source, validating certificates with Golang, building GUIs with Python frameworks, and a fly-by introduction to functional programming.Top 5 articles of the week5. Introducing Flashback, an Internet mocking toolread more

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS

  • Anonymous Open Source Projects
    He made it clear he is not advocating for this view, just a thought experiment. I had, well, a few thoughts on this. I tend to think of open source projects in three broad buckets. Firstly, we have the overall workflow in which the community works together to build things. This is your code review processes, issue management, translations workflow, event strategy, governance, and other pieces. Secondly, there are the individual contributions. This is how we assess what we want to build, what quality looks like, how we build modularity, and other elements. Thirdly, there is identity which covers the identity of the project and the individuals who contribute to it. Solomon taps into this third component.
  • Ostatic and Archphile Are Dead
    I’ve been meaning to write about the demise of Ostatic for a month or so now, but it’s not easy to put together an article when you have absolutely no facts. I first noticed the site was gone a month or so back, when an attempt to reach it turned up one of those “this site can’t be reached” error messages. With a little checking, I was able to verify that the site has indeed gone dark, with writers for the site evidently losing access to their content without notice. Other than that, I’ve been able to find out nothing. Even the site’s ownership is shrouded in mystery. The domain name is registered to OStatic Inc, but with absolutely no information about who’s behind the corporation, which has a listed address of 500 Beale Street in San Francisco. I made an attempt to reach someone using the telephone number included in the results of a “whois” search, but have never received a reply from the voicemail message I left. Back in the days when FOSS Force was first getting cranked up, Ostatic was something of a goto site for news and commentary on Linux and open source. This hasn’t been so true lately, although Susan Linton — the original publisher of Tux Machines — continued to post her informative and entertaining news roundup column on the site until early February — presumably until the end. I’ve reached out to Ms. Linton, hoping to find out more about the demise of Ostatic, but haven’t received a reply. Her column will certainly be missed.
  • This Week In Creative Commons History
    Since I'm here at the Creative Commons 2017 Global Summit this weekend, I want to take a break from our usual Techdirt history posts and highlight the new State Of The Commons report that has been released. These annual reports are a key part of the CC community — here at Techdirt, most of our readers already understand the importance of the free culture licensing options that CC provides to creators, but it's important to step back and look at just how much content is being created and shared thanks to this system. It also provides some good insight into exactly how people are using CC licenses, through both data and (moreso than in previous years) close-up case studies. In the coming week we'll be taking a deeper dive into some of the specifics of the report and this year's summit, but for now I want to highlight a few key points — and encourage you to check out the full report for yourself.
  • ASU’s open-source 'library of the stars' to be enhanced by NSF grant
  • ASU wins record 14 NSF career awards
    Arizona State University has earned 14 National Science Foundation early career faculty awards, ranking second among all university recipients for 2017 and setting an ASU record. The awards total $7 million in funding for the ASU researchers over five years.

R1Soft's Backup Backport, TrustZone CryptoCell in Linux

  • CloudLinux 6 Gets New Beta Kernel to Backport a Fix for R1Soft's Backup Solution
    After announcing earlier this week the availability of a new Beta kernel for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid users, CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is now informing us about the release of a Beta kernel for CloudLinux 6 users. The updated CloudLinux 6 Beta kernel is tagged as build 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.26 and it's here to replace kernel 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.25. It is available right now for download from CloudLinux's updates-testing repository and backports a fix (CKSIX-109) for R1Soft's backup solution from CloudLinux 7's kernel.
  • Linux 4.12 To Begin Supporting TrustZone CryptoCell
    The upcoming Linux 4.12 kernel cycle plans to introduce support for CryptoCell hardware within ARM's TrustZone.

Lakka 2.0 stable release!

After 6 months of community testing, we are proud to announce Lakka 2.0! This new version of Lakka is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. Almost every package has been updated! We are now using RetroArch 1.5.0, which includes so many changes that listing everything in a single blogpost is rather difficult. Read more Also: LibreELEC-Based Lakka 2.0 Officially Released with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support

Leftovers: Gaming