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  • Announcement: Marble ships the oldest existent historic Globe

    Today I have the pleasure to announce that Marble is the first popular virtual globe that ships and visualizes the Behaim Globe. The Behaim Globe is the oldest surviving globe on earth. It was created between 1492 and 1493 - yes during the same period of time when Christopher Columbus made his first voyage towards the west and discovered America. This fact makes the Behaim Globe very special and also subject to scientific research: It documents European cartography during that era and therefore it's probably the only historic globe which completely lacks the American continent.

  • Krita on OSX

    Ever since our first kickstarter in 2014, we've been building every release of Krita for OSX. The initial work to make that possible took two weeks of full-time hacking. We did the work because Krita on OSX was a stretch goal and we wanted to show that it was possible to bring Krita to OSX, not because we thought two weeks would be enough to create a polished port. After all, the port to Windows took the best part of a year. We didn't make the stretch goal, and the port to OSX got stuck.

  • KDE Developer Asks: Is KDE 5 Stable Enough For Normal Users?
  • KDE's Guidelines For The Plasma Mobile Tablet/Phone Apps
  • Qt 5.5.1 Brings Nearly 1,000 Changes

    As the first point release since the July debut of Qt 5.5 is now Qt 5.5.1.

    According to The Qt Company's Tuukka Turunen, "the Qt 5.5.1 patch release provides close to 1.000 improvements and fixes."

GNOME

  • New Mouse & Touchpad Panel

    GNOME Control Center is getting a new design in the near future, but firstly we need to port the panels to match the new concept. Thus I have been working on the new Mouse & Touchpad panel.

  • Evince Document Viewer App Updated for GNOME 3.18.1 with Several Bugfixes

    The GNOME developers released the first maintenance version of the acclaimed GNOME 3.18 desktop environment a few days ago, a worthy update that introduces numerous new features and under-the-hood improvements.

  • GNOME 3.20 Release Schedule Published

    GNOME 3.19.1 is kicking things off next week with the first development release toward GNOME 3.20. There will then be the GNOME 3.19.x development releases through January while the GNOME 3.20 Beta (v3.19.90) is set to happen on 17 February. The GNOME 3.20 release candidate is set for 16 March. On 23 March is when the GNOME developers plan to officially release GNOME 3.20.

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Julia 1.7 Released

  • Julia 1.7 Highlights

    Jeff Bezanson, Jameson Nash, Ian Butterworth, Kristoffer Carlsson, Shuhei Kadowaki, Elliot Saba, Viral B Shah, Mosè Giordano, Simeon Schaub, Nicholas Bauer, Keno Fischer After 4 betas and 3 release candidates, Julia version 1.7 has finally been released. We would like to thank all the contributors to this release (more than 79 people) and all the testers that helped with finding regressions and issues in the pre-releases. Without you, this release would not have been possible. The full list of changes can be found in the NEWS file, but here we'll give a more in-depth overview of some of the release highlights.

  • Julia 1.7 Released With Improved Threading Capabilities - Phoronix

    Version 1.7 of the Julia programming language implementation is now available, the open-source high-performance language that is general purpose but especially popular for computational science and numerical analysis. The Julia programming language is increasingly used for numerical computing/analysis use-cases and by all accounts remains on a terrific upward trajectory. Julia 1.7 is the latest feature release adding on new features and functionality.

LibreOffice 7.3 Beta1 is available for testing

The LibreOffice Quality Assurance ( QA ) Team is happy to announce LibreOffice 7.3 Beta1 is available for testing! LibreOffice 7.3 will be released as final at the beginning of February, 2022 ( Check the Release Plan for more information ) being LibreOffice 7.3 Beta1 the second pre-release since the development of version 7.3 started in mid June, 2021. Since the previous release, LibreOffice 7.3 Alpha1, 1199 commits have been submitted to the code repository and 205 issues got fixed. Check the release notes to find the new features included in this version of LibreOffice. Read more

A $25 16MP camera with autofocus for Raspberry Pi boards (Crowdfunding)

ArduCam has launched a $25 16MP camera with autofocus for Raspberry Pi boards with 40% higher resolution than the 12MP Raspberry Pi HQ camera, while keeping the compact form factor of the 8MP Raspberry Pi Camera V2. The camera is equipped with a 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor, works with any Raspberry Pi board with a MIPI CSI interface, and the company claims that with the existing camera tuning algorithms from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the camera module beats the Raspberry Pi HQ camera’s quality in every aspect including sharpness, saturation, exposure, and more. The downside is that it lacks supports for interchangeable lenses. Read more

New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Security Patches Address 6 Vulnerabilities, Update Now

Coming three weeks after the previous security updates, which addressed 13 vulnerabilities, the new Linux kernel security patches are available for Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish Indri), Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute Hippo), Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), as well as Ubuntu 16.04 ESM (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM (Trusty Tahr) releases to address up to six security vulnerabilities. For all supported Ubuntu releases, the new security updates fix CVE-2021-3744 and CVE-2021-3764, two security issues discovered in Linux kernel’s AMD Cryptographic Coprocessor (CCP) driver, which could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service (memory exhaustion). Read more