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  • Cockpit Project: Unified upstream and downstream testing with tmt and Packit

    Automated package update gating can tremendously increase the quality of a Linux distribution. (Gated packages are only accepted into a distribution when tests pass.)

    Two and a half years ago, we started to gate the Fedora cockpit package on our browser integration tests. We have continued to increase the number of tests ever since.

    I’m especially happy gating is now in Fedora, as I had worked on testing in Ubuntu and Debian many years ago. (Adoption is a bit slower in Fedora, as it does not do reverse dependency gating yet.)

  • XScreenSaver 6.0 Is Released With User-Configurable Color Schemes For The Unlock-Box

    XScreenSaver, initially released by Jamie Zawinski in 1992, is one of the oldest pieces of free software still around. The Linux kernel is just one year older. The latest version has better scaling for higher screen resolutions, even better security, user-configurable color schemes for the unlock dialog box and a special fix for the Rasperry Pi and other systems without gamma control.

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    XScreenSaver is a screensaver that works well with Xfce, LXQt, IceWM, Openbox, Fluxbox and many other X window managers as well. It offers a really long list of screensavers you can use as an alternative to the dull "lock-screens" offered by many of the "modern" alternatives. There is a reason why the xfce4 screensaver looks so utterly dull and boring: The developer argued that screensavers shouldn't do anything beyond locking the screen because it wastes GPU cycles and electricity when we asked a while back.

    XScreenSaver allows you to lock your screen with a plain black no-fuzz no-effects lockscreen if that is what you want. You can, alternatively, pick and choose between a very long list of screensavers with all kinds of entertaining effects and animations. You can use just one screensaver you like, or randomize a few you like (Some Random Savers), or choose Random Screen Saver to cycle between all the screensavers XScreenSaver has to offer.

  • ejabberd 21.04

    The new ejabberd 21.04 release includes many bugfixes and a few improvements. This release includes minor improvements to fully support Erlang/OTP 24 and Rebar3. At the same time, it maintains support back to the old Erlang/OTP 19.3 and Rebar2.

  • steps to release curl

    I have a lot of different hats and roles in the curl project. One of them is “release manager” and in this post I’ve tried to write down pretty much all the steps I do to prepare and ship a curl release at the end of every release cycle in the project.

    I’ve handled every curl release so far. All 198 of them. While the process certainly wasn’t this formal or extensive in the beginning, we’ve established a set of steps that have worked fine for us, that have been mostly unchanged for maybe ten years by now.

XScreenSaver 6.0 Released With Increased Security, Better EGL

  • XScreenSaver 6.0 Released With Increased Security, Better EGL & GLSL/GLES 3.0 Support

    XScreenSaver as the open-source screensaver solution for Linux as well as macOS systems this last week reached version 6.0. With XScreenSaver 6.0 comes increased security and other enhancements.

    Jamie Zawinski announced XScreenSaver 6.0 back on 1 April, which turned out not to be an April Fools' prank. The greater XScreenSaver security comes by a major refactoring to the XScreenSaver daemon, and splitting up the code into separate xscreensaver / xscreensaver-gfx / xscreensaver-auth components.

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