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The Issues People Face With Fedora Workstation

Friday 8th of May 2015 06:59:12 PM
While I found Fedora 21 to be the best release yet from Fedora (Core) and Fedora 22 is looking to be even better, there's still blemishes as with any Linux distribution...

KDE's KWin Just Became A Proper Wayland Compositor

Friday 8th of May 2015 05:15:10 PM
Martin Gräßlin just shared that with the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.4 update, KWin will serve as a proper Wayland compositor!..

Crytek Finally Moves Along With The CryENGINE Linux Port

Friday 8th of May 2015 05:02:42 PM
For over one year we've been looking forward to Crytek bringing CryENGINE to Linux with an OpenGL renderer. That was announced back at GDC 2014 and we haven't heard much lately, but finally there's an update and the Linux support is expected soon...

OpenGL 4.5 DSA Support Is Done In Mesa

Friday 8th of May 2015 03:54:10 PM
Months after working on direct state access support in Mesa, Fredrik Höglund of KDE has finished off this OpenGL 4.5 feature for core Mesa...

Mir 0.14 Enters Development

Friday 8th of May 2015 03:47:23 PM
Mir, Canonical's display server for Unity 8 that's currently in use by Ubuntu Touch, is now under development for its next major version...

Musl Libc Support Lands In Mainline GCC

Friday 8th of May 2015 02:14:45 PM
Musl has long aimed at being a lightweight, simple, free, and correct libc library. However, hindering its adoption has been out-of-tree patches required against GCC for supporting the Musl C library. Fortunately, Musl support has now been merged into GCC...

Ubuntu MATE Is Becoming A Thriving Member Of The Ubuntu Family

Friday 8th of May 2015 01:58:45 PM
Back when the GNOME 2 desktop was forked in 2011 as the MATE Desktop Environment, there were polarized views from the Linux community how this fork of GNOME2 could survive and what sort of future it would have. Four years later, MATE is still being maintained, there's distributions shipping with MATE as the default desktop, and the project is managing to stay relevant...

Ubuntu Snappy To Work On Deduplication Support

Friday 8th of May 2015 01:42:50 PM
While Snappy packaging on Ubuntu is only a few months old, it's generating a lot of interest and will eventually replace .deb packages on Ubuntu. One of the interesting features to be worked on going forward for Snappy is deduplication support...

Ubuntu Plans For Python 3 By Default For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 8th of May 2015 12:23:30 PM
Another one of the interesting discussions this week at the Ubuntu Online Summit was with regards to plans for merging off of Python 2 and providing Python 3 by default over the next year, in time for the long-term support release of Ubuntu 16.04...

OpenELEC 6.0 Now In Beta, Powered By Kodi 15

Friday 8th of May 2015 01:29:19 AM
With Kodi 15 coming along, the OpenELEC team has released their first beta of the next version of their multimedia focused Linux distribution...

Select Ubuntu Versions Are Working To Switch To Systemd's Networkd

Friday 8th of May 2015 12:14:40 AM
While Ubuntu 15.04 marked the point of switching from Upstart to systemd, Ubuntu Linux doesn't currently make use of all systemd functionality, such as networkd. However, at least for networkd, that soon could be changing...

Lubuntu Makes Progress On Switching Over To LXQt

Thursday 7th of May 2015 10:06:01 PM
The Lubuntu derivative of Ubuntu that traditionally has been powered by the LXDE desktop environment is in the process of transitioning to LXQt...

VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 3 Released

Thursday 7th of May 2015 09:09:00 PM
The third beta to VirtualBox 5.0 is now available. VirtualBox 5.0 is a big step forward to Oracle's virtualization software and adds PV support to Windows/Linux guests, XHCI controller support for USB 3.0 devices, bi-directional drag-and-drop to guests, and more...

GCC 6 Will Look To Switch To C++11 By Default

Thursday 7th of May 2015 07:01:34 PM
With GCC 5 the C compiler changed its default to C11/GNU11 and now for the next version, GCC 6, C++11 might become the default C++ language compiler target...

GhostBSD 10.1 Beta Adds Vim To The Default Software Collection

Thursday 7th of May 2015 04:42:45 PM
The first beta of GhostBSD 10.1, the desktop-focused distribution using the FreeBSD kernel with MATE Desktop Environment, is now available...

Wayland 1.8 Alpha Released

Thursday 7th of May 2015 01:58:39 PM
While there was a small delay, Wayland/Weston 1.8 Alpha is now available...

Ubuntu Benchmarking Workloads + Clouds

Thursday 7th of May 2015 02:05:03 AM
Besides all the other Ubuntu 15.10 chatter happening this week, which is heavily centered around Unity 8 / Ubuntu Convergence and Snappy topics, there was also talk of "Ubuntu Benchmarking Workloads" in the Ubuntu Cloud track...

Ubuntu Touch Is Making Progress On Porting To Systemd

Thursday 7th of May 2015 12:54:22 AM
For Ubuntu Touch/Phone users interested in seeing Upstart go out on their device in favor of systemd, progress is being made by Canonical on the switch...

Macaw-Movies: A KDE Movie Organizing Application

Thursday 7th of May 2015 12:39:20 AM
Macaw-Movies is the latest KDE incubator project, which is focused on providing movie organization/management features to open-source fans...

SteamOS 159 Drops Support For NVIDIA's Pre-Fermi Graphics Cards

Wednesday 6th of May 2015 11:35:33 PM
Valve today pushed out the SteamOS 159 update into the Alchemist repository today, which matches the recent changes to the Alchemist Beta repository. This update isn't too exciting as it's mostly stable fixes, branding updates, etc, but the NVIDIA Linux driver update does remove the support for pre-Fermi graphics cards...

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Leftovers: KDE Software

  • Interview with David Revoy
    I bought a tablet to start to paint digitally during this period. I didn’t know many things about software, so my first years of digital painting were made with Photoshop Elements (bundled with the tablet). With digital painting, I could experiment with many themes I could never have sold on canvas. Then I met online publishers interested in my digital art and started to work more and more as a digital painter with an official Photoshop licence, Corel Painter, etcetera. In 2003 I ended my career as a traditional painter when a client decided to buy my whole stock of canvas.
  • There and back again, an algorithm tale
    Implementing Qt data models is anything but fun. For that reason, I don’t blame anyone for writing a beginResetModel / endResetModel combo any time a more complex change has happened.
  • Google Summer of Code 2015 – Week One : The Joy Of The First Paycheck!
    What I have done till now is collect constellation artwork used in Stellarium, and complied a list of 3 stars for each constellation which would be used to position the constellation image in the sky map. I started coding and have written the ConstellationArt class declaration. Earlier I had included a Q_PROPERTY to make constellations fade in and out, but I was told that this would be difficult to achieve since KStars doesn’t use OpenGL. In any case, I think getting the constellations to display correctly in the sky is more important than making them fade. That could always be done at a later point of time.
  • Suggesting new ways: Kamoso 3.0 Technology Preview
    The world changes, and with it, we change too. For this new version of Kamoso we wanted to iterate what we’re presenting.

Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is in trouble

  • Carl Sagan's solar-powered spacecraft is in trouble
  • Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission
    But inside the spacecraft's Linux-based flight software, a problem was brewing. Every 15 seconds, LightSail transmits a telemetry beacon packet. The software controlling the main system board writes corresponding information to a file called beacon.csv. If you’re not familiar with CSV files, you can think of them as simplified spreadsheets—in fact, most can be opened with Microsoft Excel.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update to Let Users Import SIM Contacts

A fresh OTA update is being prepared for Ubuntu Touch, and it should land soon. Developers have released some of the most important improvements that will be implemented in the upcoming release. Read more