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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 521

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Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! What makes a graphical interface good? That's a question that has seen many answers over the years and solutions have taken many forms. In this issue of DistroWatch Weekly we will hear from projects and commentators who offer answers to these difficult interface questions. In an interview, the elementary OS team talks about how they want to empower users and a review of the latest version of FreeNAS offers some further suggestions for interface behaviour.

While the debate for the ideal graphical interface rolls on, Jesse Smith shares some fun aspects of the Linux command line interface. Read on to learn how to add more fun to this fundamental component of GNU/Linux. In other news this week we look in on Haiku and find out how the project is progressing with packages and third-party ports. We also learn about a proposal for changing the way Fedora is developed. Might we soon see the return of Fedora Core? Plus we get a first impressions look at a Fedora-based project, Korora. The Korora distribution tries to lower the bar for users interested in Fedora's cutting-edge technology and we will find out how the latest version performs. In this issue we will look at distributions released over the past week and look ahead to exciting new developments. We wish you all a great week and happy reading!

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Firefox Changes

  • Mozilla has “stopped all commercial development of Firefox OS”
    Remember when Mozilla said it was ceasing development of Firefox OS for smartphones, but that it wasn’t giving up on the browser-based operating system altogether? Yeah, now the organization has pretty much thrown in the towel. After shifting the focus from phones to smart TVs and other Internet of Things products for a while, Mozilla senior engineering program manager Julie McCracken says development of the operating system was “gradually wound down” and that as of the end of July Mozilla has “stopped all commercial development of Firefox OS.
  • Firefox’s Test Pilot Program Launches Three New Experimental Features
    Earlier this year we launched our first set of experiments for Test Pilot, a program designed to give you access to experimental Firefox features that are in the early stages of development. We’ve been delighted to see so many of you participating in the experiments and providing feedback, which ultimately, will help us determine which features end up in Firefox for all to enjoy. Since our launch, we’ve been hard at work on new innovations, and today we’re excited to announce the release of three new Test Pilot experiments. These features will help you share and manage screenshots; keep streaming video front and center; and protect your online privacy.

Red Hat News

  • Why Red Hat calls India a ‘bright spot’ in Open source
    Application of Open source technology has come a long way, from once being used only for cost benefits to now being very critical to businesses. Along with the steady rise in its usage, businesses and organizations across verticals today are more certain to run mission-critical applications on open source platform than in the past. In fact, Indian Railways, IRCTC and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) are among long list of government organizations that are leveraging open source technology. Besides, other large private companies like Essar, TataSky and Mahindra Finance too are running business critical applications and functions on open source.
  • Red Hat sets stock ownership requirements for top management, board
    Red Hat Inc. shareholders have approved a change in stock ownership requirements for its executives, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday. The CEO, who is currently James Whitehurst, must hold at least 81,000 shares while executive vice president must own at least15,000 shares. At Monday’s price of stock, the CEO’s minimum holdings equal $6.37 million and the executive vice presidents shares each equal $1.18 million. Whitehurst currently holds more than 440,000 Red Hat shares, and the current executive vice presidents all hold more than 50,000 shares, according to the company’s most recent proxy statement. Senior vice presidents must hold 9,000 shares, and non-employee directors must hold 4,000 shares. Only one director currently holds fewer than 4,000 shares, according to the proxy, which can be found here. The board’s compensation committee administers and interprets the stock ownership policy. The levels are based on the person’s salary or retainer, depending on the position.
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Upgraded to Buy at Zacks Investment Research
  • Red Hat Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Given Average Rating of “Buy” by Analysts
  • Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) Upside Stock Technicals at Extreme Strength

Android Leftovers

  • New Images Of Android-Powered BlackBerry Passport Emerge
    The original BlackBerry Passport running BlackBerry OS 10.3 probably isn’t a device that you’d consider using, but how about one with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop? Before the Ontario-based firm officially unveiled the BlackBerry Priv last year, there were reports that its 2014 smartphone is getting an Android update and a video confirming as much even emerged online. While all of that verifies BlackBerry was indeed working on an Android version of Passport, nothing came out of it and the recent release of the Alcatel-made BlackBerry DTEK50 suggests that the Canadian firm is moving away from manufacturing its own phones. Well, that doesn’t mean a few prototypes don’t exist out in the wild and one lucky poster over at CrackBerry forums actually managed to get its hands on it.
  • Android's Nougat Update Isn't Flashy, but Still Pretty Handy
    Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money — and perhaps even your life. You'll be able to switch between apps more easily and do more without opening apps at all. New settings also let you block apps from eating up cellular data in the background. Nougat is starting to appear on phones, including new ones expected from Google next week. Some of these features may seem familiar because individual manufacturers such as Samsung and LG have built them on their own. But now they are officially part of Android, which means they should work with a greater range of apps and phones.
  • 5 upcoming Android phones that are worth waiting for
    It’s an interesting time to be an Android acolyte. The iPhone 7 is perhaps the most divisive iPhone ever, thanks to its infuriating decision to remove the headphone jack, causing more people to consider the alternative operating system. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, one of the flagship Android phones, is literally bursting into flames. Seems like a no-win situation. However, while the glut of different Android phones has its drawbacks (fragmentation mostly) the upside is you’re not limited to one questionable piece of hardware if you want a phone powered by that little green robot. So, with Android Nougat out and the holidays closer than you think, here are five upcoming Android phones worth waiting for.
  • Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts
    Law authorities have warned they believe criminals are using Android phones to trigger fraudulent tap-and-go payments. The alert comes in Europol's annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report. Experts had previously said that the rollout of smart wallet systems could raise such a threat. However, the police are unsure exactly how the attacks are being carried out and how common they are. "The possibility of compromising NFC [near field communication] transactions was explored by academia years ago, and it appears that fraudsters have finally made progress in the area," the report says.
  • [Finally] Google Play Music now appears to be available in India
  • Shazam adds "Auto Shazam" custom tile for Android 7.0 Nougat's Quick Settings
  • When will my phone get Android N? Android Nougat new features: Android N is more productive, more secure and more battery-friendly, but when will you get it?
  • How to create a secure and hidden folder on your Android phone