Arch Linux – Kde Plasma 5.3 stable is finally available for installation
Great news for Arch Linux users! From a few minutes, Kde Plasma 5.3 stable packages are officially available on Arch Linux repositories.
In fact, after running the pacman -Syu command I finally noticed, listed on my terminal, the new packages of Plasma 5.3.0 with all the relative dependencies.
So the -rc2's have lately been pretty small - looking more like late
-rc's than early ones. It *used* to be that I couldn't even post the
shortlog, because it was just too big. That's not been the case for
the last few releases.
I think people tend to take a breather after the merge window, because
the -rc3's tend to then be a bit bigger again. But it may just also be
that I've just gotten much better at saying "the merge window is over,
I'm not taking random stragglers", or that people are just getting
better at keeping to the merge window. Whatever the reason, the time
of huge -rc2's seems to be happily behind us.
GNOME 3.17.1 released
The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.17.1, is now available.
To compile GNOME 3.17.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).
The release notes that describe the changes between 3.16.1 and 3.17.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:
core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
The GNOME 3.17.1 release is available here:
core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1
Five more operating systems for the Raspberry Pi 2
The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B launched earlier this year, offering a more powerful machine capable of running a wider variety of software.
The new $35 Linux board has double the memory of first generation Pis, a quad-core 900MHz processor and the ARMv7 architecture used by many mid-range smartphones.
In the months since the Pi 2 launched developers have ported an increasing number of operating systems to the board.
Last year’s kickstarter was a big success and all the support resulted in the biggest, best Krita release ever, Krita 2.9, with a huge number of exciting features. In fact, this week we’ll be releasing Krita 2.9.4, the first version of Krita with the Photoshop-type layer styles feature included! (As well as speed-ups and dozens of bug fixes…)
This summer Krita is going all in for animation. Not only do we have a Google Summer of Code project focusing on it, but it will also be a major point in this year's Kickstarter campaign, alongside with major performance improvements.
On the first day of the Kolab Summit we announced that Kolab is getting full extended MAPI support. That was in itself a pretty fantastic announcement, but it was accompanied by announcements of instant messaging, WebRTC and collaborative editing.
Announcing the Birth of Hurd
After a 25 year gestation, Hurd has finally been born. It was a difficult birth and it’s now being kept in an incubator under the care of Debian.
For many years GNU’s always almost ready to be born operating system microkernel, Hurd, has been the butt of many jokes and Facebook memes, so it came as something of a surprise to read in Larry Cafiero’s Friday column that it’s now ready enough for Debian, which is offering a somewhat experimental and unstable release of Debian/GNU Hurd. An earlier attempt at a Hurd based distro, by Arch, seems to have died on the vine back in 2011, although a 2013 posting promises that development is still underway, with no news since.