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November 2019

OSMC's October update is here with Kodi 18.4

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OSMC's October update is now here. We didn't release an update in August or September as we waited to collate a significant number of improvements and stabilise Kodi 18.4 for our users. We are working on a number of significant improvements that will take some more time, but wanted to delay this update no further and maintain our commitment to regular updates.

We continue our development for 3D Frame Packed (MVC) output for Vero 4K / 4K + and a significantly improved video stack which will land before the end of the year.

Our work on preparing Raspberry Pi 4 support continues.

Team Kodi recently announced the 18.4 point release of Kodi Leia. We have now prepared this for all supported OSMC devices and added some improvements and fixes.

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Dell Brings Ubuntu to More Dell XPS 13 Configs

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  • Dell Brings Ubuntu to More Dell XPS 13 Configs

    The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop stands out at the forefront of Linux laptops.

    It’s powerful, it’s sexy, and it’s got class.

    And today it just got even better.

    Dell has announced that it will pre-load Ubuntu on more variations in the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition line in the United States.

    While this might be a British blog — you did notice the and dour tone, right? — a sizeable chunk of omg! readers sit stateside, making this news well worth covering.

  • Dell Now Offering More Ubuntu Developer Edition Options For Their Comet Lake XPS

    Dell has been offering the Dell XPS 7390 in "Developer Edition" form with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS for this newest XPS generation using 10th Gen Comet Lake CPUs while now they have added more hardware configuration options.

    The latest-generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is now available in 18 different configurations from Core i5/i7 CPU options, varying RAM and storage capacities, and different FHD/UHD (and touch-screen) display options. These 18 different options is the most they have ever offered for their "Developer Edition" Ubuntu-loadd laptop options.

Vulkan Releases Unified Samples Repository

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  • Vulkan Releases Unified Samples Repository

    Today, The Khronos® Group releases the Vulkan ® Unified Samples Repository, a new central location where anyone can access Khronos-reviewed, high-quality Vulkan code samples in order to make development easier and more streamlined for all abilities. Khronos and its members, in collaboration with external contributors, created the Vulkan Unified Samples Project in response to user demand for more accessible resources and best practices for developing with Vulkan. Within Khronos, the Vulkan Working Group discovered that there were many useful and high-quality samples available already (both from members and external contributors), but they were not all in one central location. Additionally, there was no top-level review of all the samples for interoperability or compatibility. This new repository project was created to solve this challenge by putting resources in one place, ensuring samples are reviewed and maintained by Khronos. They are then organized into a central library available for developers of all abilities to use, learn from, and gain ideas.

  • The Khronos Group has launched a unified samples repository for Vulkan learning

    Today, The Khronos Group announced their newest Vulkan initiative with the Unified Samples Repository. A new place to find what they say are high-quality Vulkan code samples reviewed by their team.

    Made in response to user demand, to have an accessible place to learn Vulkan with working samples hopefully this might help increase adoption of the open graphics API. It's a big collaboration between Khronos, AMD, Arm, NVIDIA, Samsung, Sascha Willems and more.

  • Khronos Launches An Official Collection Of Vulkan Samples

    The Khronos Group has launched the Vulkan Unified Samples Repository, a Git repository on GitHub for Khronos-reviewed, high-quality Vulkan code samples.

    The Vulkan Unified Samples Repository aims to make it easier for new and existing Vulkan developers to dive into quality, open-source code samples.

F(x)tec Pro1 Android Smartphone Comes with a Sliding Keyboard

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The sliding keyboard-equipped smartphone runs Android 9.0 Pie with an unlocked bootloader, and the company claims support for Lineage OS and Sailfish OS. They’ve also optimized the launcher, calendar, and email for landscape mode.

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Audiocasts/Shows/Screencasts: Linux Headlines, Ubuntu Podcast and Fedora 31 in Video

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  • 2019-10-31 | Linux Headlines

    SUSE comes to Oracle Cloud, it's time to move on from openSUSE LEAP 15.0, a new home for Vulkan code samples, and Google's AI takes on StarCraft II.

  • A Chat with mergerfs Developer Antonio Musumeci | Jupiter Extras 28

    Alex, Drew from ChooseLinux, and Brent (of the Brunch fame) sit down with Antonio Musumeci, the developer of mergerfs during the JB sprint. It is a union filesystem geared towards simplifying storage and management of files across numerous commodity storage devices, it is similar to mhddfs, unionfs, and aufs.

    mergerfs makes JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Drives) appear like an ‘array’ of drives. mergerfs transparently translates read/write commands to the underlying drives from a single mount point, such as /mnt/storage. Point all your applications at /mnt/storage and forget about how the underlying storage is architected, mergerfs handles the rest transparently. Multiple mismatched size drives? No problem.

  • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E30 – Quadralien

    This week we’ve been live streaming, we discuss our time at OggCamp 2019, bring you some command line love and go over all your amazing feedback.

    It’s Season 12 Episode 30 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

  • Fedora 31 overview | Welcome to Freedom.

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Fedora 31 and some of the applications pre-installed.

Top 20 Best Open Source School Management System in 2019

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Managing school is a mammoth and painstaking job that requires substantial endeavor to get every job done accordingly. A school merely does not consist of pupils moreover; faculties, staff, parents as well as other stakeholders are also a crucial part of it. In addition to that, students’ admission, fees maintenance, taking the examination, making results, and report cards are almost continuous activities. Furthermore, teachers require making course outline, assignments, developing course materials. What is more, staff management, HR and payroll, and students’ class attendance need to monitor on a regular basis.

On top of that, parents want to know their kids’ performance, promotion, result cards, and so on. Handling manually all the activities are pretty much difficult; hence, school management software is required. In fact, there are great ranges of open source school management system that are incredibly handy to get the work done accordingly.

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Proprietary Vivaldi 2.9 Released

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  • Vivaldi 2.9: Adding more to the Vivaldi Menu

    Vivaldi 2.9, the new desktop version of the Vivaldi browser has arrived. You can now access features quicker with the enhanced Vivaldi Menu. You can also put a stop to unwanted website notifications. In addition to this, you’ll find the overall performance snappier and can run audio and video more smoothly.


    There are different ways to access various features in Vivaldi such as Keyboard Shortcuts, Mouse gestures and Quick Commands. The Vivaldi Menu is one of them.

    If you are on Windows or Linux, you can set the Vivaldi Menu just the way you want – as the Vivaldi icon, or set it horizontally across the top of the window. You can even choose the menu style icon, adding more flair to it. Simply go to Settings > Appearance > Menu.

    In this new version, we have touched quite a bit upon the Vivaldi Menu enhancing its structure even more. Adding more options and flexibility to it, you can access your preferred features more intuitively and much faster.

    Many users prefer to access important functionality using the Menu Bar. And with this release, keyboard navigation and mouse handling of the menus have been improved tremendously.

  • Vivaldi 2.9 Released with Global Control Site Permissions

    Vivaldi web browser 2.9 was released today with enhanced Vivaldi menu, globally block site permissions, and other changes.

  • Vivaldi 2.9 Released with Much-Improved Vivaldi Menu and Better Performance

    Vivaldi Technologies have released today the Vivaldi 2.9 web browser for desktop platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows, a release that adds various improvements.
    Based on the latest Chromium 78.0.3904.72 open-source web browser, Vivaldi 2.9 is here one and a half months after Vivaldi 2.8 to add a bunch of enhancements to the Vivaldi Menu in an attempt to make it more flexible, intuitively, and faster than ever before.

    These include the ability to access custom Web Panels from the top menu, including websites added to Vivaldi's sidebar, and the ability to access the Tab Bar with a simple click, as well as to hide it for more screen real estate.

KaOS 2019.10

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Quite a few big changes for this release, probably the biggest news for this release is for the first time the default install is python2 free. Python2 will be depreciated by the end of this year, so it is time to get this distribution ready for this change. The repositories still contain python2 packages, but those are in the process of being phased out too.

Next change is a new GCC 9.2.0/Glibc 2.30 based Toolchain. Normally KaOS stays about one year behind major new GCC versions, but the changes between 8 and 9 are not as big as usual and all in the repositories have caught up to GCC 9, thus it is now available six months after the initial release.
A big part of the core repository was rebuild in this new Toolchain, plus the whole Glib2 and Boost stacks were updated. This meant moving to Glib2 2.62.2, Boost 1.71.0, Gobject-Introspection 1.6.20 among the many moved to their latest version. Systemd is now also available in the most recent release, 243.

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Games: Humble 'Hambleween' Sale, Volcanoids, Put 'Em Up!, The 13th Doll

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  • The Humble 'Hambleween' Sale has some seriously good deals

    Humble Store have just launched their own Halloween sale, a little later than everyone else giving you a bit longer to look around and get a good deal.

  • The Automation update for Volcanoids adds some serious new toys to play with

    Volcanoids certainly mixes up the survival genre, giving you a great big mobile drillship base to build up and the Automation update looks seriously good.

    Set on a volcanic island that has frequent eruptions, your drillship is your main lifeline. You need to get underground quick at times and now things are about to get much busier. This update adds in a huge amount more for you to build and tinker with, the developer said they were going for a style of making your drillship "look like the inside of a WW2 submarine".

  • Rob banks as anthropomorphic animals in the co-op game Put 'Em Up!

    Pewter Games (The Little Acre) and LoPoly (The Legend of Danny Crask) have teamed up for Put 'Em Up!, a ridiculous looking co-op game where you're in control of anthropomorphic animals and you get up to a whole bunch of mischief.

    There's a lot of silly physics going on so you will be pushing, shoving and throwing everything around and it honestly looks really funny. It's not just the amusing sounding physics you're dealing with, you also have to overcome the AI security and other AI characters.

  • Fan-made sequel to The 7th Guest, The 13th Doll is finally out

    Just in time for Halloween to give you a little fright, an officially licensed fan-made sequel to the classic FMV game The 7th Guest named The 13th Doll is out with Linux support.

    It started life back in 2004 as a proper fan-made game in their spare time, but it proved to be a bit too ambitious and development dragged on for years. Source code was lost, the resolution was too low given how much PCs had advanced over the years and so they mostly started over. After a Facebook post they made got noticed, the owners of The 7th Guest contacted them to offer a license to do it properly. Attic Door Productions was then formed and a Kickstarter campaign was launched in 2015, which went onto be successfully funded with around $60,000.

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Wine Announcement: 5.5 Release

The Wine development release 5.5 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
  - Builtin libraries use the new UCRTBase C runtime.
  - Compatibility mode used when reporting Windows version.
  - Better support for debug information in PE files.
  - Support for linguistic case mappings.
  - More attributes supported in WebServices.
  - Various bug fixes.

The source is available from the following locations:

Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

You will find documentation on

You can also get the current source directly from the git
repository. Check for details.

Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.
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