Red Hat’s success aside, it’s hard to profit from free
Red Hat, which just reported a profit of $47.9 million (or 26 cents a share) on revenue of $456 million for its third quarter, has managed to pull off a tricky feat: It’s been able to make money off of free, well, open-source, software. (It’s profit for the year-ago quarter was $52 million.)
Linux 3.19: ThinkPad Muting Redone, New Dell Backlight Support, Acer Is Banging
The x86 platform driver changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel have been submitted and they include some noteworthy improvements for many Linux laptop owners.
First up, the ThinkPad ACPI driver has been hugely reworked to simplify sound muting. The ThinkPad ACPI driver is now doing software muting rather than the hardware-based muting of sound. ThinkPad laptops commonly have hardware volume controls going back years for muting and volume up/down. The muting is done at the hardware volume control but is a problem as the Linux user-space will also handle the hotkey events and change the state of the other mixer. In the end you can end up in states where the hardware mixer is muted, the software mixer is unmuted, and when hitting the hardware mute key you will just switch states for both mixers.
Manjaro 0.8.11 Brings Support for Linux Kernel 3.18
Manjaro 0.8.11 is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which is also 100% compatible with the repositories of the base system. It's been out for a short time, but developers have already pushed a second major update for it.
UNITY TO GET AN OPTION TO ALWAYS SHOW THE MENUS [UBUNTU 15.04 VIVID VERVET]
Marco's work involves adding an option to always show the Unity menus (in Unity, the menus are currently displayed on mouse over). Furthermore, this option will work with both the regular Appmenu / global menu, displayed on the top Unity panel, as well as LIM (locally integrated menus), displayed in the application titlebar:
FSF's High Priority Project List Now Has A Committee
The Free Software Foundation has now built up a committee to review their "High Priority Projects" list and they're looking for more feedback from the community.
Nearly ten years ago is when the Free Software Foundation began listing what they viewed as the High Priority Free Software Projects in a list. This list has over time contained some definite high-priority projects related to freeing Java and Adobe PDF support and open graphics drivers to some more obscure projects of high priority like a free version of Oracle Forms, a replacement to OpenDWG libraries for CAD files, automatic transcription software, etc. I've personally called out many of the FSF HPP for what they're worth with my thoughts over the years.
Latest Calibre eBook Reader and Converter Now Support Latest Kobo Firmware
The Calibre eBook reader, editor, and library management software has just reached version 2.13 and the developer has added an important driver and made quite a few fixes and improvements.
Lubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is Out and Still Uses LXDE – Gallery
Lubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet) has been officially released and it follows its Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME brethren. Users can now download and test this latest installment.