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KDE Plasma 5.13 Looks Like an Awesome Update

Monday 21st of May 2018 12:46:41 AM

We roundup the key KDE Plasma 5.13 features and changes, plus provide details on how to upgrade to Plasma 5.13 in Kubuntu and KDE Neon when the update is released on June 12, 2018.

This post, KDE Plasma 5.13 Looks Like an Awesome Update, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kubuntu Drops 32-bit Install Images

Sunday 20th of May 2018 03:10:14 PM

If you were planning to grab a Kubuntu 18.10 32-bit download this October you will want to look away now. Kubuntu has confirmed plans to join the rest of the Ubuntu flavour family and drop 32-bit installer images going forward. This means there will be no 32-bit Kubuntu 18.10 disc image available to download later this year. The […]

This post, Kubuntu Drops 32-bit Install Images, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Panel Update Adds Intellihide, New Configuration Options

Thursday 17th of May 2018 02:08:17 PM

The 'Dash to Panel' GNOME Shell extension now supports intellihide, customisable window previews on hover, and the ability the set a custom "Show Applications" icon.

This post, Dash to Panel Update Adds Intellihide, New Configuration Options, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

FreeOffice 2018 Released with “Complete Support” For Microsoft Office Files

Wednesday 16th of May 2018 09:44:12 PM

FreeOffice 2018 is a free alternative to Microsoft Office for Windows and Linux. The new version boasts "complete support" for opening, editing and saving to Microsoft Office file formats.

This post, FreeOffice 2018 Released with “Complete Support” For Microsoft Office Files, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Wine 3.0.1 Uncorks 60 Bug Fixes

Tuesday 15th of May 2018 07:45:28 PM

Wine 3.0.1 has been released for Linux. The latest version of the tool, which lets you run Windows software on Linux, features more than 60 bug fixes, including improvements to Microsoft Office.

This post, Wine 3.0.1 Uncorks 60 Bug Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Is Removing the Ability to Launch Binary Apps from Nautilus

Tuesday 15th of May 2018 11:21:43 AM

The Nautilus file manager is to lose the ability to run binaries and launch apps directly. The change means users won't be able to double-click on programs, scripts or apps to launch them using Nautilus.

This post, GNOME Is Removing the Ability to Launch Binary Apps from Nautilus, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.10 To Include Android Integration?

Monday 14th of May 2018 03:12:10 PM

The GSconnect GNOME Shell extension could ship in Ubuntu 18.10. Ubuntu devs want to include the add-on, which integrates Android with the Ubuntu desktop, by default.

This post, Ubuntu 18.10 To Include Android Integration?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Malware Found on the Ubuntu Snap Store

Sunday 13th of May 2018 03:44:03 PM

Malware has been found on the Ubuntu Snap Store, bundled inside two regular applications. Canonical says it has removed the apps in question and will investigate further.

This post, Malware Found on the Ubuntu Snap Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Work is Underway to Make the GNOME Web Browser Mobile Friendly

Friday 11th of May 2018 11:44:09 PM

To do well, the upcoming Linux-powered Librem 5 smartphone will need a decent set of mobile-ready apps — and a good web browser is key to that. Hoping to step up to the plate is GNOME Web (aka Epiphany), whose developers are working hard to make sure that the webkit-based browser is in fine form […]

This post, Work is Underway to Make the GNOME Web Browser Mobile Friendly, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Get Nautilus ‘Type Ahead Search’ Back in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Friday 11th of May 2018 11:26:25 AM

If you miss the Nautilus type ahead find feature on the Ubuntu desktop, I’ve some good news. A new PPA has been created that brings this feature, which is also known as ‘interactive search’, ‘type ahead search’, and ‘search as you type’, back to Nautilus and back to Ubuntu. Upstream GNOME developers removed type ahead functionality […]

This post, How To Get Nautilus ‘Type Ahead Search’ Back in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

First Look: GNOME’s Stylish New Login & Lock Screens

Thursday 10th of May 2018 02:40:27 PM

GNOME is planning to redesign its lock and login screens for GNOME Shell. The new designs are clean, use a 'clear spatial model' and make use of animations.

This post, First Look: GNOME’s Stylish New Login & Lock Screens, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 60 Is Here, And It (Finally) Includes Linux CSD Support

Wednesday 9th of May 2018 08:35:48 PM

Firefox 60 is now available to download. The latest release of the browser brings support for CSD on Linux, enterprise improvements, and a controversial change to the New Tab page.

This post, Firefox 60 Is Here, And It (Finally) Includes Linux CSD Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

It’s Official: Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks

Wednesday 9th of May 2018 12:33:40 PM

Users will soon be able to install Linux apps on Chromebooks, Google has confirmed. Google says it is adding support for Linux apps to Chrome OS to 'equip developers' with the tools they need.

This post, It’s Official: Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Next Gen’ Ubuntu Installer Outlined by Mark Shuttleworth

Tuesday 8th of May 2018 01:57:51 PM

Mark Shuttleworth has outlined his plans for a next-generator Ubuntu installer dubbed 'Ubiquity NG'. The tool will leverage modern technologies like Curtin, MAAS, Electron and Snaps.

This post, ‘Next Gen’ Ubuntu Installer Outlined by Mark Shuttleworth, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Ubuntu 18.10 Codename Has Been Revealed (Updated)

Saturday 5th of May 2018 03:07:18 PM

The Ubuntu 18.10 codename has been revealed. Canonical’s Adam Conrad registered the ‘cosmic’ series on Launchpad, the code-hosting site where Ubuntu development takes place, in early May. Now the second half of the code-name has been confirmed by Mark Shuttleworth in a blog post. Say a cute hello to the Cosmic Cuttlefish. Ubuntu 18.10 is […]

This post, The Ubuntu 18.10 Codename Has Been Revealed (Updated), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What Data Does Ubuntu Collect About Your PC?

Saturday 5th of May 2018 12:12:03 PM

Ubuntu includes a new data collection tool in its latest release — but exactly what kind of data does it collect? Well, thanks to the doors-wide-open nature of open-source software it’s easy to find out. It also helps that Canonical is being (unusually) upfront and open about its Ubuntu data collection policy, which is opt-out for […]

This post, What Data Does Ubuntu Collect About Your PC?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu MATE & Budgie Drop 32-bit ISOs

Friday 4th of May 2018 11:42:06 AM

Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Budgie are to drop 32-bit installer images for their 18.10 release in October.

This post, Ubuntu MATE & Budgie Drop 32-bit ISOs, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Review Roundup

Thursday 3rd of May 2018 03:37:16 PM

The Ubuntu 18.04 release arrived late April and plenty of news coverage was there to greet it. We run through the key Ubuntu 18.04 reviews from major tech publications.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Review Roundup, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

OSS, Openwashing and More

  • Speak at Open Source Summit Europe – Submit by July 1
    Open Source Summit Europe is the leading technical conference for professional open source. Join developers, sysadmins, DevOps professionals, architects and community members, to collaborate and learn about the latest open source technologies, and to gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.
  • MariaDB launches Oracle compatible enterprise open source database
    Enterprise computing has often been reliant on proprietary database architecture, but this can be both complex and costly, putting up a barrier to innovation. Now open source database specialist MariaDB is launching its latest enterprise offering with Oracle compatibility. This allows existing Oracle Database users to reuse existing code and established skill sets when migrating applications or deploying new ones. MariaDB TX 3.0 introduces built-in, system-versioned tables, enabling developers to easily build temporal features into applications. This eliminates the need to manually create columns, tables and triggers in order to maintain row history, freeing DBAs to simply create new tables with system versioning or alter existing tables to add it, streamlining the process significantly. Developers can query a table with standard SQL to see what data looked like at a previous point in time, such as looking at a customer's profile history to see how preferences have changed over time.
  • MariaDB TX 3.0 Delivers First Enterprise Open Source Database to Beat Oracle, Microsoft and IBM
    MariaDB® Corporation today announced the release of MariaDB TX 3.0, the first enterprise open source database solution to deliver advanced features that, until now, required expensive, proprietary and complex databases.
  • 5 Open-Source SQL IDEs for You to Learn and Explore
    If you’ve done a lot with SQL, you’ve probably used some form of SQL IDE to help you complete that work. Yes, it’s possible to do everything in SQL from the command line; but creating or even maintaining databases and tables that way is an exercise in masochism. There are some nice commercial IDEs such as dbArtisan and SQL Server’s Management Studio, but IDEs is one area where open-source can do just as well (or in some cases, even better).
  • LibreOffice 6.1 Branches & Now Under Feature Freeze, LibreOffice 6.2 On Master
    LibreOffice has reached its hard feature freeze and branching period with the first beta release being imminent. As of yesterday is now the libreoffice-6-1 branch for continued with on this next open-source office suite while the Git master code is tracking what will later become LibreOffice 6.2.
  • Securing Third-Party and Open Source Code Components: A Primer [Ed: Citing, as usual, firms that try to sell their proprietary software by badmouthing FOSS]
    The increasing popularity of open source code continues to be a boon for developers across the industry, allowing them to increase efficiency and streamline delivery. But there are security risks to be considered when leveraging open source and commercial code components, as each carries with it a significant risk of becoming the enemy within, creating a vulnerability in the program it helps build.
  • FOSSID Awarded Grant for Artificial Intelligence in Open Source Auditing by Sweden's Government Agency for Innovation
  • Intel AI Lab open-sources library for deep learning-driven NLP
    The Intel AI Lab has open-sourced a library for natural language processing to help researchers and developers give conversational agents like chatbots and virtual assistants the smarts necessary to function, such as name entity recognition, intent extraction, and semantic parsing to identify the action a person wants to take from their words. Just a few months old, the Intel AI Lab plans to open-source more libraries to help developers train and deploy artificial intelligence, publish research, and reproduce the latest innovative techniques from members of the AI research community in order to “push AI and deep learning into domains it’s not a part of yet.”
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  • FSFE Newsletter - May 2018
    Following a more than a decade long tradition, the FSFE once again led its annual Free Software Legal and Licensing Workshop (LLW) in Barcelona, Spain, as a meeting point for world-leading legal exper...
  • 24 best free security tools

Firefox 63 Plans and Mozilla's Error Code Plans

  • Firefox 63 to Get Improved Tracking Protection That Blocks In-Browser Miners
    Mozilla developers are working on an improved Tracking Protection system for the Firefox browser that will land in version 63, scheduled for release in mid-October. Tracking Protection is a feature that blocks Firefox from loading scripts from abusive trackers. It was first launched with Firefox's Private Browsing mode a few years back, but since Firefox 57, released in November 2017, users can enable it for normal browsing sessions at any time.
  • Firefox 63 To Block Cryptojackers With Advanced Tracking Protection
    It has been reported by Bleeping Computer, a security blog, that Firefox 63 will be launched with an improved tracking protection system to ward off the threats and security concerns posed by in-browser miners. With the surge in incidents involving mining malware trying to use your CPU power to perform some CPU-intensive calculations for their own benefit, many browsers have raised their guards by providing additional security features. (You can read more about blocking cryptocurrency mining in your browser in our earlier published article.)
  • What’s the 411 on 404 messages: Internet error messages explained
    Nothing’s worse than a broken website. Well, maybe an asteroid strike. Or a plague. So maybe a broken website isn’t the end of the world, but it’s still annoying. And it’s even more annoying not knowing what those weird error messages mean. That’s why we’ve decoded the most common HTTP error messages.

OpenStack News/Leftovers

  • Canonical founder calls out OpenStack suppliers for ‘lack of focus’ on datacentre cost savings
    The OpenStack supplier community’s reluctance to prioritise the delivery of datacentre cost savings to their users could prove “fatal”, says Canonical co-founder Mark Shuttleworth.
  • OpenStack in transition
    OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you’ve never heard of. It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of hype around OpenStack as the project went through the usual hype cycle. Now, we’re talking about a stable project that many of the most valuable companies on earth rely on. But this also means the ecosystem around it — and the foundation that shepherds it — is now trying to transition to this next phase.
  • Free OpenStack Training Resources
  • How the OpenStack Foundation Is Evolving Beyond Its Roots
    The OpenStack Foundation is in a period of transition as it seeks to enable a broader set of open infrastructure efforts than just the OpenStack cloud project itself. In a video interview at the OpenStack Summit here, OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier discussed how the open-source organization is still thriving, even as corporate sponsorship changes and attendance at events declines. At the event, Collier said there were approximately 2,600 registered attendees, which is nearly half the number that came to the OpenStack Boston 2017 event. OpenStack's corporate sponsorship has also changed, with both IBM and Canonical dropping from the Platinum tier of membership.