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  • Calamares 2.0 Distribution-Independent Installer Released

    Calamares 2.0 was released today as the newest major release of this distribution-independent, open-source installer framework.

    Calamares continues to be used by Manjaro, Sabayon, Netrunner, and other Linux distributions while with Calamares 2.0 there is even more features and functionality. Calamares 2.0 has a rewritten partitioning feature, the modules system has been overhauled, there is support for a post-install mode so Calamares can act as a first-run configuration tool, and improvements were made to many of the Calamares modules.

  • RcppEigen 0.3.2.8.0

    Another minor release of RcppEigen is on CRAN and getting into Debian. The main focus is an upgrade to the recent 3.2.7 release of Eigen which should address another UBSAN issue. And once again Yixuan Qiu did all the heavy lifting.

  • Dear Skype/Microsoft

    Using Skype on Linux has been an absolute pain since the Microsoft takeover, but starting from February 22 the Linux client is unable to join calls.

  • Skype for Linux Reportedly Facing Issues, Microsoft Accused of Neglecting OS

    Several Linux users are reporting an issue with Skype, Microsoft's instant messaging and VoIP calling service. Users report that Microsoft has broken the app's ability to join calls. Microsoft is yet to acknowledge the issue.

  • Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

    Linux users are piling on Microsoft after the long-neglected Skype client on the open-source OS suddenly lost the ability to join calls from other versions of the software.

    Dutch student Nick Vernij said that since Monday, users running the latest Linux build of Skype are unable to chat to friends using Skype for OS X and Windows.

  • SentinelOne Introduces First Next Generation Endpoint Protection Built for Linux Servers

    SentinelOne, the company that’s transforming endpoint security by delivering real-time protection powered by machine learning and intelligent automation, today announced a powerful new solution aimed at protecting enterprise data centers and cloud providers from emerging threats that target Linux servers.

  • Release 1.9.4

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Oracle Adds Initial Support for Linux Kernel 4.14 LTS to VirtualBox

Oracle recently updated their VirtualBox open-source and cross-platform virtualization software with initial support for the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel series. VirtualBox 5.2.2 is the first maintenance update to the latest VirtualBox 5.2 stable series of the application, and it looks like it can be compiled and used on GNU/Linux distribution running the recently released Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. It also makes it possible to run distros powered by Linux kernel 4.14 inside VirtualBox VMs. Read more

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • How a Linux stronghold turned back to Windows: Key dates in Munich's LiMux project [Ed: This explains the progression of Microsoft's war on GNU/Linux, typically using proxies]
    The project is temporarily put on hold while a study investigates whether it could be derailed by software patents.
  • End of an open source era: Linux pioneer Munich confirms switch to Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft paid (bribed) all the right people, got a Microsoft fan -- by his own admission -- in power, gifted him for this]
    Mayor Dieter Reiter said there's never been a unified Linux landscape in the city. "We always had mixed systems and what we have here is the possibility of going over to a single system. Having two operating systems is completely uneconomic.
  • Ubuntu Podcast: S10E38 – Soft Knowledgeable Burn
    This week we refactor a home network, discuss how gaming on Linux has evolved and grown in recent years, bring you a blend of love and go over your feedback.
  • Live ISOs for Slackware-current 20171122
    I have released an update of the ‘liveslak‘ scripts. I needed the tag for a batch of new ISO images for the Slackware Live Edition. These are based on the latest Slackware-current dated “Wed Nov 22 05:27:06 UTC 2017“) i.e. yesterday and that means, the ISOs are going to boot into the new 4.14.1 kernel.
  • Am I willing to pay the price to support ethical hardware?
    The planned obsolescence is even worse with tablets and smartphones, whose components are all soldered down. The last tablet with a removable battery was the Dell Venue 11 Pro (Haswell version) announced in October 2013, but it was an expensive Windows device that cost as much as a mid-range laptop. The last Android tablet with a removable battery was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (GT-N8000 series), released in August 2012. It is still possible to find mid-range smartphones with removable batteries. Last year the only high end phones with removable batteries were the LG G5 and V20, but even LG has given up on the idea of making phones that will last longer than 2 years once the battery starts to degrade after roughly 500 full charge and discharge cycles. Every flagship phone introduced in 2017 now has its battery sealed in the case. According to the gmsarena.com database, the number of new smartphone models with non-replaceable batteries grew from 1.9% in 2011 to 26.7% in 2014, and now to 90.3% in 2017. It is highly likely that not a single model of smartphone introduced next year will have a replaceable battery.

More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released
    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.