Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way
Thankfully this is not the case with Mint 17.2 because the underlying packages from Ubuntu have not changed. You can update to Mint 17.2 directly from Update Manager. That will continue to be true for the rest of the 17.x release cycle (which will last through Ubuntu 16.04, due in April 2016).
And indeed you should upgrade. Given that it's easy and painless to update, combined with all the improvements in this release, Linux Mint 17.2 is well worth it. This is exactly the kind of user-focused release that solves small, everyday problems while leaving the rest of the system alone.
KDE Ships KDE Applications 15.04.3
July 1, 2015. Today KDE released the second stability update for KDE Applications 15.04. This release contains only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.
More than 20 recorded bugfixes include improvements to kdenlive, kdepim, kopete, ktp-contact-list, marble, okteta and umbrello.
This release also includes Long Term Support versions of Plasma Workspaces 4.11.21, KDE Development Platform 4.14.10 and the Kontact Suite 4.14.10.
Linux-based DAQ board has simultaneous ADC and DAC I/O
The DT7816 is billed as a “real-time ARM-based, high throughput, high accuracy, simultaneous data acquisition module.” Its feature set is similar to the mainboard in Data Translation’s recent DT7837 device, including the open source Debian Linux distro, an FPGA, and a Texas Instruments Sitara AM3352 system-on-chip with a single Cortex-A8 core. However, the DT7837 is designed specifically as a dynamic signal analyzer for measuring noise and vibration while the DT7816 is a general purpose data acquisition board.
Running BSD on the desktop with MidnightBSD 0.6
MidnightBSD FreeBSD is a fine operating system to run on servers and some people feel the characteristics which make FreeBSD suitable for servers (conservative updates, stability, performance) also make the operating system a good choice for desktop computers. Or, at least, FreeBSD could be a good desktop operating system with a few tweaks. That is the premise behind MidnightBSD, a desktop-oriented project that forked from FreeBSD. "MidnightBSD was forked from FreeBSD 6.1 beta. The system was forked to allow us to customize and integrate the environment including the ports and system configuration. We wish for the system to appeal to beginners as well as more experienced BSD users. Many operating systems are under active development; with MidnightBSD, we wish to focus on optimization and usability improvements for desktop users."
Open Source Education Begins at an Early Age
Open source software (OSS) is becoming a standard in the technology market, and much of today’s youth will find themselves using open source in their future educational and professional endeavors. But to do so, this younger generation will first need to develop the skills that will allow them to build, create and explore OSS technology effectively down the road. This calls for education in open source.
Debian-Based OpenMediaVault 2.1 NAS Solution Adds WiFi and VLAN Support
Volker Theile, project leader of the Debian-based OpenMediaVault NAS (Network-attached Storage) distribution, was more than happy to inform us about the immediate availability for download of OpenMediaVault 2.1.
Arch Linux 2015.07.01 Is Now Available for Download
Being July 1 and all that, that time has come for a new Arch Linux build to surface the Web. Arch Linux 2015.07.01 has been released earlier, and you can download it right now!