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CERN adopts Mattermost, an open source messaging app

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The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has decided to discontinue the use of the Facebook collaboration app Workplace, instead opting to replace it with Mattermost, an open source messaging app. CERN switched to open source software after changes to Facebook’s solution subscription prices and possible changes in the data security settings.

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Debian: Kotlin, Utkarsh Gupta and Paul Wise

  • Debian GSoC Kotlin project blog: Kotlin Update

    Kotlin is being packaged under the Google Summer of Code within the Debian organization itself. The major reason behind bringing Kotlin in Debian is to update all the Android packages which are now heavily dependent upon the Kotlin libraries. The major work to bring Kotlin into Debian is done for the version 1.3.30, by Saif Abdul Cassim (goes by m36 on IRC) as a part of his GSoC'2019. All his contributions to the team can be found in his blog posts. So, for now, we have a bootstrap package and a Kotlin package for the version with 1.3.30. There were still changes needed as we lacked some of the dependencies for Kotlin, and the source package lacked copyright information and didn’t comply with Debian standards.

  • Utkarsh Gupta: FOSS Activites in May 2020

    Here’s my (eighth) monthly update about the activities I’ve done in the F/L/OSS world.

  • Paul Wise: FLOSS Activities May 2020

    This month I didn't have any particular focus. I just worked on issues in my info bubble.

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Games: Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask, Paradox Tinto, Geneshift, Factorio

  • Horror adventure Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask releasing June 18

    Saint Kotar: The Yellow Mask, a prologue to a much bigger upcoming point & click horror adventure game is now confirmed to be releasing on June 18. Today Red Martyr Entertainment sent word that the Linux version is ready to go so it will be a simultaneous release. It follows the mysterious events that precede a macabre series of murders, allegedly related to devil worship and witchcraft. According to the gameplay, your actions and choices will change how you experience the storyline and what characters you meet.

  • Paradox Interactive founds new studio for their grand strategy games

    Today Paradox Interactive announced the formation of a new studio with Paradox Tinto, with an aim to focus on their grand strategy games. Paradox Tinto is located in Barcelona, headed by Johan Andersson, 25+ year veteran of Paradox Development Studio and original creator of the Europa Universalis video game franchise. They're now putting together a dedicated team to oversee further development on Europa Universalis IV (which supports Linux). After that, they will be responsible for creating new grand strategy games.

  • Geneshift Battle Royale adds daily survival runs, free to keep giveaway soon

    Geneshift, an indie game that's had many faces over the years and now mostly settled into a Battle Royale as the main part has gained a single-player daily survival run. The thing is, Geneshift had a single-player (and co-op) mode for a long time now. The issue is how the big Battle Royale update changed the focus of the game so the current single-player campaign is very different. This now daily survival run helps to bridge the gap a little and give you something extra to blast through and climb the leaderboard on. You go across waves of increasingly deadly enemies to see how long you can survive. If you own the Supporters Edition DLC, which contains the rest of the game (currently free with purchases), you can even do this mode in 4-player co-op.

  • Factorio to release early in August to avoid Cyberpunk 2077

    Factorio, that magnificent indie game about building sprawling conveyor belts and production chains is going to release sooner than originally expected. In their latest Friday Facts post, Wube Soft mentioned how Cyberpunk 2077 was now slated to be release around a week before their own launch. They thought that might have a negative effect as it would take attention away from other games. They have a point and so they've moved Factorio's release up to August 14, 5 weeks earlier than originally planned.

Using the Lightweight Apt Package Manager Synaptic in Ubuntu and Other Debian-based Linux Distributions

This week’s open source software highlight is Synaptic. Learn what this good old package manager can do that the modern software managers cannot. Synaptic is a lightweight GUI front end to apt package management system used in Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and many other Debian/Ubuntu based distributions. Basically, everything that you can do using the apt-get commands in the terminal can be achieved with Synaptic. Read more