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Story Happy 20th Anniversary, The GIMP! Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 8:55pm
Story An Everyday Linux User Review Of Linux Lite 2.6 Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 8:07pm
Story 5 Things I Dislike and Love About GNU/Linux Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 8:05pm
Story GNOME, KDE Leftovers Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:53pm
Story ArchEX Build 151117 Has Been Released, Other New Releases Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:51pm
Story Solus and Budgie Next Got Updated This Week Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:46pm
Story GNU Radio Drives Oscilloscope Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:36pm
Story Three Cool Features Nice to Have When Connecting an Ubuntu Phone to Ubuntu Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:32pm
Story today's howtos Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:02pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Rianne Schestowitz 22/11/2015 - 7:01pm

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  • Docker Reaches Across Universes at Dockercon EU

    The open-source Docker container project provides tooling that enables application virtualization in a way that is more agile than other traditional approaches.

    The agility of Docker containers is being used by developers in a number of unique and innovative ways to solve challenges big and small. At the Dockercon EU conference in Barcelona, Spain this week, the best and the brightest of those innovative Docker use-cases were on display.

  • Wine Is Now Under A Code Freeze For Wine 1.8

    It was announced today via WWN 402 that last week's Wine 1.7.55 is the last development freeze with now going into a code freeze for version 1.8.

    Wine 1.8 will likely be released by year's end and until then will be weekly release candidates to ensure sufficient test coverage, as noted by the World Wine News.

  • Library versioning

    KDE Frameworks (and, in the past, kdelibs) approached this by defining some arbitrarily high minor version (typically 90+) to indicate pre-releases for the next major release. So the pre-release Frameworks were numbered like 4.90.1.

    So where is all of this going? Well, CMake provides a helpful function to write package version information files that allow find_package() calls to only find compatible versions. So if you use the SameMajorVersion scheme, find_package(Foo 4.3) will find Foo 4.3.0 and Foo 4.5.2, but not Foo 4.2.5 or Foo 5.1.1. However, if project Foo uses the “high minor = next version prerelease” scheme, it will also find Foo 4.90.1, which is not compatible with Foo 4.3.

  • Wireshark 2.0 Open-Source Network Protocol Analyzer Officially Released with New GUI
  • Wireshark 2.0 Released, UI Rewritten In Qt5

    Wireshark, the well known open-source network packet analyzer, has finally reached version 2.0!

    While its user interface was originally written for GTK+, Wireshark 2.0 marks the point that it's been rewritten in Qt! It's been more than two years of work and now this Qt version of Wireshark is out there after going through several development releases.

  • GNOME Shell Browser Plugin Crash in Mozilla Firefox Patched for GNOME 3.18

    The GNOME developers have announced the general availability of a new maintenance release for the GNOME Shell component of the stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment.

  • systemd 228 Arrives for GNU/Linux Systems with Over 20 Improvements
  • G11n team ends Fedora Activity Day on high note

    On November 1st – 3rd, 2015, the Fedora Globalization (G11n) team held their Fedora Activity Day (FAD) in the Red Hat office in Tokyo, Japan. A Fedora Activity Day is a mini-conference where contributors get together to work on major tasks related to Fedora. The G11n team met with objectives of working on Fedora 24 development plans, brainstorming on a Fedora globalization workflow, and deciding strategy for different Fedora products.

  • Here's What's New In Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 for Ubuntu Phones

    While many of us are still waiting to receive the Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 software update on our Ubuntu Phone devices, the developers have just published the entire changelog with all the juicy details.

  • Linux Mint 17.3 Beta "Rosa" MATE Edition Is Out and Ready for Testing

    The MATE edition of Linux Mint 17.3 Beta "Rosa" was released along with the Cinnamon one and it's one of the two main flavors of the Linux Mint distribution. There are also Xfce and KDE versions, not to mention edition that are based on Debian, but those are not the main focus of the team.

  • Rugged 3.5-inch SBC runs Linux on Bay Trail, is loaded with I/O

    Arbor Technologies unveiled the “EmCORE-i230G,” a 3.5-inch form factor SBC featuring Intel Atom E3800 CPUs, a wide array of I/O, and -40 to 85°C operation.

    Like many other single-board computers targeting applications such as outdoor kiosks or industrial signage, Arbor’s EmCORE-i230G leverages the high-speed processing and graphics performance of Intel’s E3800 processors, along with their low power consumption. The board’s 3.5-inch form-factor remains one of the most popular SBC formats for embedded and industrial applications, alongside the ever popular Mini-ITX. Other recent Bay Trail-based SBCs in 3.5-inch format have included Aaeon’s GENE-BT06, ADL’s ADLE3800HD, Axiomtek’s CAPA840 and CAPA848, Nexcom’s EBC 355, and the WinSystems SBC35-CC405.

Kernel News

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  • Core Technology: Signals

    In the world of Linux system programming, a signal is an event that’s delivered to a process by the kernel. A signal says to the process “something has happened that you might want to respond to”. A few signals are generated as a result of something that the program itself is doing (usually something bad), but most of them originate from sources external to the program itself.

  • Freescale Makes Significant Investment in Real Time Linux

    Freescale has just announced they are joining the Real Time Linux (RTL) Collaborative Project as a Gold Member. Freescale joins Google, National Instruments, OSADL, and TI with a significant investment because they value the strategic importance of this open source project and the benefits it creates for their customers.

    For years, Freescale has offered full Linux board support packages to their customers which represent a broad range of industries including robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation and medical.

  • NVIDIA Updates Legacy Drivers For X.Org Server 1.18

    NVIDIA yesterday released the 358.13 Linux graphics driver as the newest mainline driver. This week, however, they've also updated their legacy drivers for X.Org Server 1.18.

Leftovers: Software

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  • ownCloud 8.2 Gets Its First Point Release with Over 100 Improvements

    On November 18, ownCloud announced the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of their open-source ownCloud 8.2 self-hosting cloud server solution for GNU/Linux operating systems.

  • GNU Wget 1.17 Command-Line Download Manager Gets FTPS and HSTS Support

    Giuseppe Scrivano, the maintainer of the open-source GNU wget command-line download manager utility for GNU/Linux and other UNIX operating systems, has announced the release of wget 1.17.

  • Schedule Tasks Based On Various Conditions With `When`

    Using "When", you can set your desktop to perform various tasks depending on certain conditions. For instance, you can synchronize files, perform some cleanup actions, auto import photos from external storage devices and many other tasks (these are examples and require adding commands or scripts to "When"), all based on conditions such as a command exit code or output, a given time interval, file/folder changes and more.

  • Opera 33 No Longer Starts FFmpeg If Codecs Are Already Loaded

    Opera Software ASA has just revealed that a new stable version of the Opera browser has been released and is now available for download.

    The first stable build of the Opera 33.x branch was launched on October 27, but developers don't abandon a particular branch after it is made available, even if most of the effect goes into the other builds that are being worked on.

Android Leftovers

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Open source projects rely on donated time—what motivates participants?

    The study’s authors collected data from approximately a thousand R contributors who responded to a questionnaire distributed via e-mail. The respondents were asked about what drove them to participate in the project, with possible answers including taking pleasure in applying their skills and feeling a sense of responsibility toward the scientific community. They were also asked about extrinsic motivators, such as the potential that their work could help with academic advancement. Additionally, the surveys included questions about the characteristics of the software development work (e.g. repetitive, technical, social) and the demographics of participants.

  • Implementing open source requires tough staffing, IT calls
  • Import old email archives into Gmail using these open source tools from Google

    If you want to try these open source tools yourself, you can download them at Github (mail-importer and import-mailbox-to-gmail). Unfortunately, mail-importer appears to only support Thunderbird at this time. If you used a different client, you will need to wait for a future update. If you are savvy enough, maybe you can tweak the source to make it work. I have a large Lotus Notes archive saved -- I won't hold my breath on that one being anyone's priority.

  • Celebrate GIS Day 2015 with 3 open source alternatives to Google Maps API

    If you're looking to get started with web mapping, here are three libraries which are worth checking out.

  • Stickers

    Basically, stickers are a great way to promote open source projects. Also – fun! For more “Rules of sticker club” go HERE.

  • LinuxCon Europe – Day 1
  • SQL CRUD: what’s good and what’s crud?
  • Setting up a Digital Ocean remotely hosted WordPress blog

    After considering our options, we decided to try using a Digital Ocean “Droplet” to host a WordPress blog. Here, I want to tell you how that went, and give a few pointers. This might be a good idea for some of you. And, I’ll explain what the heck Digital Ocean is in case you don’t know.

  • RoboTutor team using open source tools to address short supply of teachers, schools

    Where were these Carnegie Mellon University researchers when Sister Thomas Catherine was frightening me and other good little Catholic school 3rd graders back in the day?

    CMU today informed us that a team of its researchers is taking aim at the $10 million grand prize of the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition, the goal of which is to empower children to take control of their own learning via tablet computers, software and the like. The competition was announced about a year ago.

  • LLVM's Clang Lands More CUDA Improvements

    Just days after writing about GPUCC as Google's open-source CUDA compiler built atop LLVM and how to compile CUDA code with LLVM, more improvements have landed.

    There's now support for CUDA compilation by default as one of the most prominent changes today. "Currently clang requires several additional command line options in order to enable new features needed during CUDA compilation. This patch makes these options default." That change was done by Artem Belevich at Google.

  • These Biohackers Are Creating Open-Source Insulin

    The 370 million people worldwide with diabetes rely on injections of insulin to regulate the amount of sugar in their blood, since their bodies can’t make the hormone themselves. Since there are no generic versions available in the United States, insulin is very expensive—that cost was likely a large proportion of the $176 billion in medical expenditures incurred by diabetes patients in 2012 alone. Now a team of biohackers with Counter Culture Labs, a community lab in Oakland, California, wants to pave the way towards generic insulin, and they’ve started a crowdfunding page for their project.

  • OpenCar wants to open source in-vehicle infotainment

    The OpenCar suite of offerings come together to work in a way similar to the software developer kits (SDK) offered for various tech and platforms. Everything from Web-based applications like WordPress to gadgets like the Apple Watch have developer kits associated with them so that third-party programmers can build software to work with them. In many ways, what OpenCar is offering is the platform for an SDK for in-car infotainment. Automakers still have to sign on and make their software compatible, but in return they can open their vehicle infotainment to outside developers without compromising its integrity or their control of the experience, branding, and legalities.

  • How will the children of the future learn about science?

    As our understanding of the world expands, it is important to ensure that that knowledge is equally accessible by all members of our society. This is vital to the progress of humanity. This philosophy, which is shared by the open source software movement, is not new; it has been around since the 1600s when the first academic journals were published for public reading. The Jupyter Notebook hints at what the academic journals of tomorrow will look like and paints a promising picture. They will be interactive, visualization-focused, user-friendly, and include code and data as first-class citizens. I believe that these unique characteristics will go a long way toward bridging the gap of understanding between the scientific community and the general public through both narrative and code—a gap that, when bridged, will have a significant impact on our society.

  • EC brings pan-European open data together on European Data Portal

    On November 16, the European Commission launched the European Data Portal, which will serve as a central gateway to data published by administrations in countries across Europe, from the EU and beyond. Currently over 240,000 datasets from 34 European countries can be accessed through thirteen different categories and a multi-language search function.

  • Greek geodata project extends open data platform

    The Greek government’s open geodata platform ( is making available as open source several tools and extensions to CKAN, a commonly used data management system. The development of reusable tools to help publish and discover open geospatial data is one of the goals of the PublicaMundi project that built Greece’s geodata platform.

  • Betty Hacker embeds open hardware electronics into cakes

    The code I used can be found below.

  • You might want to hug this book: a review of 'Git for Teams'

    Git has a bit of a reputation as being difficult to learn and even more difficult to master. Because it's such a powerful and flexible tool, it is easy for users to make hard-to-correct mistakes. When working with others, it becomes even easier to get out of sorts. Git for Teams aims to solve that problem by not only teaching the reader how to use Git, but how to use teams.

Six nifty and quite useful open-source Android apps that can be found on F-Droid

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Last week, we showed you some open-source alternatives to Google's own set of Android apps. Found on F-Droid, one of the popular third-party app repositories for Android, these allow you to substitute some of the stock Google apps on your phone with open-source substitutes.

We usually associate Android with Google, and that's perfectly fine. Android is an open source OS that can be freely modified and used by just anyone willing to do so, but having the proprietary Google apps and services, the pushing force behind the OS, is a trickier business. Manufacturers need to pay Google before they can be use its "Gapps" (publicly accepted acronym for "Google's apps and services") package.

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Leftovers: Security

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Ubuntu GNOME: the typical part of the family

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If you like GNOME3, you will find that Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 is a good and reliable system for you. Apart from small performance issues in the browser, I had nothing major to report in the "problems" area.

Basically, as soon as you say "Ubuntu", you are already in the area of well-tested and problem-free all-rounders, especially if the distribution is officially supported by Canonical, the company behind this family of Linux operating systems. Any part of that family is the tool that you can start using out of the box, adding necessary components as and when they are necessary. For the most of us, the choice between the parts of the family is merely a choice of visual design of components and workflows.

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Hiring Open Source Maintainers is Key to Stable Software Supply Chain

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Samsung is on a multi-year journey to become both a better consumer of open source, and a better contributor and leader in the projects that end up in our products. The reasons for doing so are quite clear to us: While it’s easy to use code that’s made freely available, it’s risky and potentially quite expensive to rely upon it long-term, unless you are proactively working within the community.

The reason it’s potentially risky is actually the flip side of two of the biggest benefits of open source: development moves extremely fast, and a vibrant developer community leads to more diverse contributions. The result of this combination is that the APIs and the features you depend upon today could be entirely different tomorrow, depending upon the will of the contributor community.

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Bodhi Linux 3.1.1 Is a Minor Update That Fixes a Wireless Connection Issue

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Earlier today, November 18, Jeff Hoogland, the creator of the Bodhi Linux project, announced the general availability of the first maintenance release for the stable Bodhi Linux 3.1 operating system.

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Why the Linux Desktop Should Be Organized By Tasks

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This is not the time for innovation in desktop environments. The memory of the user revolts against KDE, GNOME, and Unity are still too fresh for developers to attempt major changes. Instead, the preference is for tweaks and minor improvements in functionality that nobody is apt to get too upset about. All the same, I think the desktop is long overdue to switch to task-based design.

Historically, desktops have been organized by applications. This approach was adequate in the early days of personal computing, when the number of applications was small. However, today, it is hopelessly outdated in at least two ways.

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Numecent Promises New Cloud and Virtualization Features for Linux

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Cloudpaging is already supported for Windows. Now, Numecent has raised $15.5M from several European investors, including Deutsche Telekom, to extend the technology to support the open source Android and Linux platforms.

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Open source OpenWRT router has automatic updates

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CZ.NIC has found Indiegogo success with an open source, OpenWRT “Turris Omnia” router with crypto security, automatic updates, and NAS and server functions.

CZ.NIC, a non-profit organization that runs the .CZ top level domain of the Czech Republic, released its first open source hardware and software router design called Turris in 2014, offering systems to interested hackers on an invitation-only basis. Now, it is expanding to a larger base via Indiegogo with a new Turris Omnia design touted for its high performance, security, automatic updates, and multiple servers.

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Gaming Leftovers

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Meet the $90 Android phone with bigger battery than iPhone 6s

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Hardware specs certainly aren’t everything but it’s still incredibly impressive how some Chinese vendors are able to sell devices with fairly high-end hardware at dirt-cheap prices. The latest example comes to us via GizChina, which informs us that there’s a new device out there called the UMi Rome that features a bigger battery and more RAM than the iPhone 6s and costs a mere $90.

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Finding Recent Files

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Before you suggest that it is better to use a backup program like Bacula or Amanda, I shall insist that making backups from the command-line is mighty useful. In scenarios where you are running in an embedded system (Rpi, Beaglebone), or a headless server that you want to keep a minimum install footprint on, writing a just-fits backup script can often be the correct choice.

Ubuntu Leftovers

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Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon Edition Beta Officially Released with Cinnamon 2.8

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Just a few moments ago, the Linux Mint developers announced the official release and immediate availability for download of the Beta builds of Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon and MATE editions.

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