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7 cool little open source projects that stood out in 2016

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In the early days of the open source movement, a lot of the attention was on operating systems, and later on large content management systems. These days, containers are mentioned regularly even in mainstream news outlets. The big tech stories are great, but they miss the other great activity in the niches of the open source space. I've rounded up seven interesting lesser-known projects from the past year. You can see more articles about projects like this in my Nooks and Crannies column.

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RaspArch, the Arch Linux Remix for Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs, Now Shipping with Yaourt

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After announcing the release of a new version of his Ubuntu-based ExTiX Linux operating system for Intel Compute Stick devices, Arne Exton has announced today the availability of RaspArch Build 161205.

RaspArch is a remix of Arch Linux ARM for Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, and the latest release is shipping with the long-term supported Linux 4.4.35 kernel and the latest package versions released upstream as of December 5, 2016.

"When you have installed RaspArch to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Arch Linux system, i.e. install new programs, etc," said Arne Exton in the release announcement. "Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). RaspArch uses kernel 4.4.35-1-ARCH and the LXDE Desktop environment."

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Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.2 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.36, Firefox 45.5.1

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Porteus Solutions, through Tomasz Jokiel, announced today the release and immediate availability of Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0, the latest stable version of the free and open source Gentoo-based kiosk operating system for web terminals.

Powered by the latest long-term supported Linux 4.4.36 kernel, Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0 ships with some of the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software projects, including the recently released X.Org Server 1.18.4 display server, as well as the Mozilla Firefox 45.5.1 ESR and Google Chrome 54.0.2840.100 web browsers.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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NuTyX 8.2.91 available with cards 2.1.100

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Linux

The NuTyX team is please to annonce the development release 8.2.91 of NuTyX.

About 1000 commits since version 8.2

A new ISO is available in 64 bits. The size is 217M.

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Red Hat brings full JBoss software stack to OpenShift

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Three years ago I wrote about how Red Hat was bringing its JBoss Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) middleware to the PaaS cloud. It took longer than I expected. But, the full Red Hat JBoss Middleware stack is now containerized and available on Red Hat's OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud.

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Longer Fedora Cycles, 2017 Predictions, New Bodhi Guide

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The top story today was Fedora developers' considering lengthening their developmental cycles and releasing only once a year. Matthew Miller said "PR is a legitimate input into planning." Bryan Lunduke is back with his prognostications for 2017 and Bruce Byfield has seven tips for using Plasma. DistroWatch Weekly reviewed Fedora 25 and Roger Carter penned an extensive user guide for Bodhi Linux 4.0.

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Best KDE/Plasma distro of 2016

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KDE
Linux

The end is near. I mean, 2016 has less than a month left on its credit. We should now step back and contemplate. Which distribution merits our highest regard, most excitement, best praise, prolonged use? However, before we can declare the final result, we need to do it step by step. First, Plasma.

Overall, Year 2016 was a fairly tough one for us Linux users. Whether you like it or not, Ubuntu plays a very big part in how the world of distros turns. The pendulum of fortune sways heavily toward the gravitational pull of what Canonical does, and when Ubuntu mis-delivers, a large number of other distributions suffers for it, both directly as they be based on Ubuntu, and also indirectly, through the erosion of hope and good karma. Still, despite these challenges, we can sift through all the trouble and search for the nuggets of happiness. The desktop environment candidate for this article is Plasma, and to some extent, KDE.

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Android and Google Leftovers

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Android

Linux Lite 3.2 Users Get New Versions of Lite Software and Tweaks, Update Now

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Jerry Bezencon, the creator of the Ubuntu-based Linux Lite operating system for personal computers, kindly informs Softpedia today about an updated version of the in-house built Lite Software app.

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openSUSE Leap 42.2 Linux Now Officially Available as 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 Image

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openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, proudly informs Softpedia via an email announcement about the general availability of a 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 image of the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system.

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today's leftovers

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  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland

    This post applies to most tools that interface with the X server and change settings in the server, including xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xkbcomp, xrandr, xsetwacom and other tools that start with x. The one word to sum up the future for these tools under Wayland is: "non-functional".

    An X window manager is little more than an innocent bystander when it comes to anything input-related. Short of handling global shortcuts and intercepting some mouse button presses (to bring the clicked window to the front) there is very little a window manager can do. It's a separate process to the X server and does not receive most input events and it cannot affect what events are being generated. When it comes to input device configuration, any X client can tell the server to change it - that's why general debugging tools like xinput work.

  • Please don't use pastebins in bugs
  • Linux Top 3: SparkyLinux 4.5, Mageia 5.1 and Peppermint 7

    SparkyLinux is (yet another) Debian based Linux distribution. The SparkyLinux 4.5 update codenamed "Tyche' was released on December 3, providing users with multiple desktop choice other than GNOME. SparkLinux 4.5 ships with KDE, LXDE, LXQt, MATE and Xfce.

  • Upcoming Linux Distributions Releasing In December 2016

    In December 2016, a big Linux distribution release is taking shape in the form of Linux Mint 18.1 Serena, flavored by Cinnamon 3.2. It’ll be accompanied by the release of security and privacy-focused Anonymous Live CD Tails 2.9.

  • AMD Extends Strategic Partnership with Mentor Graphics for Linux-based Embedded Solutions
  • Samsung Z2 gets Firmware Update to Tizen 2.4.0.6 Z200FDDU0BPK3 in India

    Samsung’s latest Tizen-based smartphone, the Z2 model number SM-Z200F, has had a new software / firmware update land in India today. The update takes it to Tizen version 2.4.0.6., firmware Z200FDDU0BPK3. The update log mentions the following improvements: Improved send SOS message (panic mode) and also improvements to the security of the device. Additional bug fixes and performance improvements may have also been bundled in.

Leftovers: Software

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  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5

    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!

  • 10 open source tools for your sysadmin toolbox [Ed: Terrible list which starts with two suggestions of Microsoft EEE]

    Sysadmins, no matter what platforms they work on, are awash in great open source software tools. In this article, we highlight well-known—and not-so-well-known—tools that have released new versions in 2016.

  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously

    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions.

    NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.

  • GNOME loves to cook

    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME.

    Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

Linux Foundation: Blockchain and Automotive Grade Linux

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Linux
  • Linux Foundation’s Blockchain Collective Hyperledger Hits 100 Members

    Hyperledger aims to enable organizations to build robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support their individual business transactions by creating an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and code base.

  • The Blockchain Milestone You May Have Missed
  • Sasken becomes member of Automotive Grade Linux

    Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has announced its membership with Automotive Grade Linux as its bronze member.

    This will enable Sasken to provide solutions to customers on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Sasken will provide product development and system integration services for automotive customers spanning in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), instrument cluster, heads-up display and telematics.

Red Hat and Fedora

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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Ubuntu
  • My Free Software Activities in November 2016

    This was my ninth month as a paid contributor and I have been paid to work 11 hours on Debian LTS, a project started by Raphaël Hertzog.

  • Debian/TeX Live 2016.20161130-1

    As we are moving closer to the Debian release freeze, I am shipping out a new set of packages. Nothing spectacular here, just the regular updates and a security fix that was only reported internally. Add sugar and a few minor bug fixes.

  • Canonical yells at European cloud provider

    Open saucy outfit Canonical is in the middle of a legal dispute with an unnamed “a European cloud provider” over the use of its own homespun version of Ubuntu on their cloud servers.

    Canonical is worried that the implementation disables even the most basic of security features and Canonical fears that when something bad happens, the great unwashed will not blame the cloud provider but will instead blame Ubuntu.

    Writing in the company bog, Canonical said that it has spent months trying to get the unnamed provider to use the standard Ubuntu as delivered to other commercial operations to no avail. It said that Red Hat and Microsoft wouldn’t be treated like this.

  • Should Linux Mint be discontinued?

    Linux Mint has been quite popular with many users for a very long time. But changes to Linux Mint in recent years have one redditor wondering exactly what the point of using it is these days. Distributions like Fedora, Ubuntu and others have also stolen some of Linux Mint's thunder with notable improvements and popular spins.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • AWS hires new open source expert

    Last month, AWS also hired Adrian Cockcroft, who previously shepherded open source efforts at Netflix. At Amazon’s conference last week, Cockcroft said AWS planned to increase its efforts in open source, with Bhorat leading the charge.

  • Google Launches Open Source Security Tool in Beta

    Google wants to make "fuzz testing" -- providing random data inputs to programs -- a standard part of open source development.

    To that end, it just launched a beta program for OSS-Fuzz, a project on GitHub. It seeks to help standardize modern fuzzing techniques and combine them with a distributed execution model that can scale as needed.

  • Flash Facing Death as Google Launches Chrome 55

    To support HTML5, the internet giant finally launched an update for Chrome 55 which makes Flash obsolete in many websites except to those that only support Adobe's multimedia software platform. These exempted websites include Facebook, Youtube, VK, Yahoo, Yandex, OK.ru, Twitch.tv, Amazon, and Mail.ru.

  • Powering NFV, Kubernetes integration, and more OpenStack news
  • Support open-source projects this giving season
  • OpenMake Software Announces Open Source Strategy for Application Release Automation

    OpenMake Release Engineer to be offered as Open Source under the FreeBSD License

  • French National Assembly organises its first data camp

    The National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, in collaboration with Etalab, organised an open data camp on 26 November for the first time in its history.

    During the event, developers, data scientists and citizens were invited to “imagine new usages”, based on data provided by the French Assembly. One of the objectives was to help analyse citizens’ participation and the design of laws based on public consultations, Etalab, the French government agency in charge of Open Data in France, said on its website.

  • Open source planning tool for the energy turnaround: platform for electric power grids

    Hundreds of volunteers are already underway, and their numbers are growing every day. Armed with the OpenGridMap app on their smart phones, they meander through Munich, Berlin, Tokyo and even Teheran. Just another cell phone game? "No, we aren't chasing Pokémons," reassures Jose Rivera, director of the OpenGridMap project. "What we are interested in is the electrical infrastructure: High-voltage and low-voltage power lines, transformer sub-stations, wind turbines and solar power plants."

  • Microsemi goes open source with FPGA for RISC-V

    Us-based Microsemi has laid claim to being the first field programmable gate array (FPGA) provider to offer a comprehensive software tool chain and intellectual property (IP) core for RISC-V designs.

Security Leftovers

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