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Story A Look at Firefox 57 and Comparison to Chrome Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 5:56pm
Story Talks and FOSS Events Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 5:55pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 5:51pm
Story Linux 4.11.1 Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 3:47pm
Story Kernel Space/Linux Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 3:38pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 3:37pm
Story Leftovers: KDE Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 3:35pm
Story GNU/Linux Review: Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Zesty Zapus Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 3:15pm
Story Eric Hameleers on Slackware Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 3:10pm
Story Security News, Notably Microsoft/NSA Catastrophe Roy Schestowitz 14/05/2017 - 9:55am

Cinnamon 3.4 Desktop Officially Released, It's Coming Soon to a Distro Near You

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Linux Mint project leader Clement Lefebvre was happy to announce today the official availability of the Cinnamon 3.4 desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

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Qt Creator 4.3 RC1 released

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We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.3 RC1.

Since the Beta release we have kept ourselves busy fixing bugs, so please take this last opportunity to test and give us feedback. Take a look at the Beta release blog post or the more detailed change log for an overview of what has changed in 4.3.

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Also: Qt Creator 4.3 RC1 Now Available For Developers

Qt 5.9 To Be An LTS Release, Qt 6 Planning On Radar

Volunteers tailor Ubuntu Linux to UK’s health service

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Ubuntu

A group of Britisch IT health care specialists have tailored the Ubuntu Linux distribution for use by the UK’s national health service (NHS) on its workstations. The alpha version of NHSbuntu was unveiled at the South West CIO Forum on 27 April.

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today's leftovers

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  • Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

    Microsoft's Edge browser is the subject of an amusing new bug report, alleging it somehow manages to screw up printing strings of numbers.

    The report on Microsoft's developer portal describes the issue where PDF files printed through Edge will display numbers and text incorrectly when exported.

    "Edge displays PDF correctly but printed content differs notably," the bug notice reads. "Printed content depends on selected printer, on printer settings, and on used computer (please try a different setup if first result looks correct)."

    The report includes a pair of examples in a numbered table. The first table is sequentially numbered from 1-140. The second table, which is said to have been printed in Edge through the "print-to-PDF" function, has the boxes numbered out of sequence with the first six as "1,1,4,4,4,7".

  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux Goes Free Again as Income Comes from Hardware Sales
  • Apricity OS, An Arch Linux-based Distro, Is Now Officially Dead
  • Highlights of the OBS frontend development sprint

    This is the first in a series of posts in which the frontend hackers want to report to the OBS community about the progress they have made developing the web user interface and the API of the OBS. You can expect these posts to come in roughly every 2 weeks, and we very much hope you enjoy them!

Leftovers: Software

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  • Coreboot 4.6 Released
  • 4 terminal applications with great command-line UIs

    In this article, I'll look at a shortcoming of command-line interfaces—discoverability—and a few ways to overcome this problem.

    I love command lines. My first command line was DOS 6.2, back in 1997. I learned the syntax for various commands and showed off how to list hidden files in a directory (attrib). I would carefully craft my commands one character at a time. When I made a mistake, I would proceed to retype the command from the beginning. One fine day someone showed me how to traverse the history using the up and down arrow keys and I was blown away.

  • KStars 2.7.7 Released for Linux, Mac, and Windows!

    I'm glad to announce the release of KStars 2.7.7 for Linux, Mac, and Windows!

    In this release, Robert Lancaster dedicated a lot of time to improving KStars What's Interesting Tool (WIT). It is now significantly improved and offers a rich educational experience to explore the heavens! Users can now explore many naked eye and deep sky objects, in addition to addon catalogs offered by KStars such as the Sharpless Catalog.

    Users wishing to have more fine control on what objects to observe and/or image should be using the Observation Planner that enable filtering of objects with custom constraints and limits. For casual users looking to find out what's interesting tonight, then this tool is the optimal choice.

  • Evolution 3.24.2 Open-Source Email and Groupware Client Brings Many Improvements

    The GNOME Project is preparing these days to release the second and last scheduled point release for the latest GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, and some of the core components and apps are already receiving new versions.

    That's right, we're talking about GNOME 3.24.2, which should be out in the coming days, around the date of May 10, 2017, bringing various small enhancements and bug fixes to some of the components distributed as part of the GNOME 3.24 Stack. The Evolution email and groupware client is, again, among the first to be updated.

  • System76 Preps Consistent GNOME Experience for Their PCs Powered by Ubuntu 17.10

    System76's CEO Carl Richell is reporting today on some of the upcoming changes the Linux hardware company plans to make in regards to the look and feel of the GNOME desktop environment shipping with the next major Ubuntu release.

    As you are very much aware by now, Canonical is moving away from their unique and gorgeous Unity user interface to the GNOME 3 desktop environment for the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, due for release later this year on October 19, 2017.

today's howtos

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Linux and Linux Foundation

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Linux and FOSS Events: DebConf17, OpenStack Summit, LPC, and Fedora

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  • Bursary applications for DebConf17 are closing in 48 hours!

    This is a final reminder: if you intend to apply for a DebConf17 bursary and have not yet done so, please proceed as soon as possible.

    Bursary applications for DebConf17 will be accepted until May 10th at 23:59 UTC. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

  • OpenStack Summit Emphasizes Emerging Deployment Models

    The OpenStack Summit kicked off here today with multiple announcements and an emphasis on the evolution of the cloud deployment model.

    Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, said during his keynote that there has been a 44 percent year-over-year increase in the volume of OpenStack deployments, with OpenStack now running on more than 5 million compute cores around the world.

  • OpenStack Foundation slams claims open source cloud platform's days are numbered

    The OpenStack Foundation is on a mission to clear up a number of misconceptions about the open source cloud platform, particularly those pertaining to its often predicted demise.

  • OpenStack Summit: All the biggest news from Red Hat to Rackspace & Dell EMC
  • Submission deadline for LPC refereed track proposals extended

    The deadline for submitting refereed track proposals for the 2017 Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) has been extended until May 13. "The refereed track will have 50-minute presentations on a specific aspect of Linux "plumbing" (e.g. core libraries, media creation/playback, display managers, init systems, kernel APIs/ABIs, etc.) that are chosen by the LPC committee to be given during all three days of the conference." LPC will be held September 13-15 in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Conference travel for speakers

    In Free and Open Source Software culture, conferences became an important part of the community. Most of the projects or communities do the work over this beautiful thing known as the Internet, people are taking part from the warmth of their home. Conferences are the only time when we all get a chance to meet, discuss new ideas, share the knowledge among ourselves. Conference speakers are generally the volunteers who agree to spend a lot of time to prepare and then give the talk, do the QA session. This also involves a lot of travel, for any mid-sized to a big conference, you will always find at least couple of speakers traveling half of the world to give those talks.

Linux Devices

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Linux
  • Raspberry Digital Signage 9.0 released

    Raspberry Digital Signage is an operating system designed for digital signage installations on the Raspberry Pi: it displays a full-screen browser view restricted to a specified (web) resource.

  • Design your own RISC-V SoC with SiFive’s new “hassle-free” process

    SiFive announced free downloads and tools for rapid evaluation of its “fully synthesizable” RISC-V based Coreplex E31 and E51 cores on a $99 FPGA dev board.

    The 64-bit RISC-V ISA (instruction set architecture) was developed at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010, and subsequently became the basis of a University of Cambridge sponsored lowRISC open-source SoC project in mid-2014.

  • Exclusive: Samsung giveaway device will be the Gear S3 at the Tizen Developer Conference

    We’ve told you in an earlier post that the Tizen Developer Conference (TDC) this year would bring a free device giveaway, but we didn’t have more information in place at the time. Now, a trusted source has provided an insider tip about the TDC: the free device giveaway prize for 2017 will be a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. As for whether the prize is the Gear S3 Frontier or Gear S3 Classic, we do not know – so you could be looking at an LTE-capable smartwatch (Gear S3 Frontier or Gear S3 Classic LTE) or a WiFi-only model (Gear S3 Classic, non-LTE), but the smart money is probably on the WiFi only model. There could be a choice involved with this free device giveaway, but we’ll have to wait for more details to confirm.

  • Now, Android 'O' Beta version coming soon says Google
  • Low-cost Android phones to get iPhone features with new Qualcomm chips

Leftovers: OSS

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  • MapD's GPU-powered database is now open source

    As announced in a press release and blog post, the core database and its "associated visualization libraries" are available under the Apache 2.0 license. But enterprise-level features like the high availability, LDAP, ODBC, and horizontal scaling functionality—many of which debuted in the 3.0 version released earlier this month—will be kept close to the chest.

  • Sprint, Intel Join Forces on C3PO 5G User Plane Open Source Project

    SAN JOSE, California —Although it’s not May 4, the annual day of celebration to honor the iconic “Star Wars” movie, it still seems fitting to talk about Sprint’s new open source project, called C3PO. Last week at the 2017 NFV World Congress, Sprint revealed it’s working with Intel on the open source project the companies believe will result in a more flexible and scalable 5G control plane. C3PO stands for CUPS [control and user plane separation] for packet optimization.

  • Dell EMC's newest switches will come with its open network OS

    Dell's drive into open networking accelerated on Monday with the announcement of the first switches to ship with OS10, the company's network operating system that's based on open source.

    At Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, the company introduced two data-center switches running OS10 Enterprise Edition, an enhanced version of the open-source OS that Dell announced early last year.

    The software is based on technologies from the Linux Foundation and the Open Compute Project and is already available through an extended beta to customers who already have hardware. The Enterprise Edition is a complete software platform, including Dell's networking stack, but its open-source foundation means it can be extended with third-party software, said Jeff Baher, Dell EMC's executive director, networking.

  • Verizon unlocks the power of open source and virtualization with the addition of new whitebox options to its universal CPE offer
  • Dell EMC must adapt or die in open-source and cloud-dominated world, say analysts
  • 8 ways to get started with open source hardware

    Alan Kay, famed computer scientist, once said, "People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware." I'd argue that's as true today as it was in 1982 when he said it. However, what's changed between then and now is that hardware has gotten faster, smaller, and most importantly: cheaper. it's now possible to buy a full computer for $5.

    With big companies driving down prices for their own products, it's grown a manufacturing ecosystem capable of producing production-grade hardware that's cheap enough and accessible enough that it is now within reach of normal individuals. This accessibility and affordability are helping drive things like crowdfunding and the maker movement, but they're also giving way to more individuals being able to participate in open source through open source hardware.

  • The IDAR Graph

    UML (Unified Modeling Language)6 is the de facto standard for representing object-oriented designs. It does a fine job of recording designs, but it has a severe problem: its diagrams don't convey what humans need to know, making them hard to understand. This is why most software developers use UML only when forced to.1

    For example, the UML diagrams in figures 1 and 2 portray the embedded software in a fax machine. While these diagrams are attractive, they don't even tell you which objects control which others. Which object is the topmost controller over this fax machine? You don't know. Which object(s) control the Modem object? You don't know.

Security Leftovers

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  • [Old] Intel ME: The Way of Static Analysis
  • CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Users Get New Kernel That Patches CVE-2017-7895

    CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced today the availability of new stable kernels for the CloudLinux 7, CloudLinux 6, and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid operating systems.

    The updated kernel is available for download right now from the production repository of the CloudLinux 7, CloudLinux 6 Hybrid, and CloudLinux 6 operating systems, versioned 3.10.0-427.36.1.lve1.4.47. It replaces kernel 3.10.0-427.36.1.lve1.4.44 on CloudLinux 7 and Hybrid, as well as kernel 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.25 on CloudLinux 6.

  • Mac users installing popular DVD ripper get nasty backdoor instead

    Hackers compromised a download server for a popular DVD-ripping software named HandBrake and used it to push stealthy malware that stole victims' password keychains, password vaults, and possibly the master credentials that decrypted them, security researchers said Monday.

  • Google's Fuzz bot exposes over 1,000 open-source bugs

    Google's OSS-Fuzz bug-hunting robot has been hard at work, and in recent months, over 1,000 bugs have been exposed.

    According to Chrome Security engineers Oliver Chang and Abhishek Arya, software engineer Kostya Serebryany and Google Security program manager Josh Armour, the OSS-Fuzz bot has been scouring the web over the past five months in the pursuit of security vulnerabilities which can be exploited.

Announcement of LibreOffice 5.2.7

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The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.2.7, the seventh minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family, targeted to enterprises and individual users in production environments.

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Xubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zorro - Vigorous

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Reviews

Xubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus is a pretty good release. It comes with a fully functional live session, and even the installed system offers a foxy, fair and balanced experience. You have your codecs, media support, printing, great performance, stability, and whatnot.

On the down low, the Bluetooth stack is one big disappointment, and the default looks can be improved. There were a few small issues throughout, but nothing major. What makes Xubuntu less glamorous than it should be is its brother, Kubuntu. I was so impressed with the Plasma release that I just don't have sufficient fanboyase - that's the enzyme that makes nerds go wild - in my noob glands to feel all giddy. It's a case of not being able to fall in love on the account of already being taken, so to speak.

Well, if you ignore me and my mood swings, as a standalone product, Xubuntu Zesty is a nice free offering. It's mature, robust and fast. Battery life can be better, it sure can shine more on its own without extra pimping, and Bluetooth, we go back to Bluetooth. Anyway, as far as Ubuntu and its kin go, the spring season is a pretty good one. This one gets a very juicy 9/10. And that would be all. Off you go. Play play, test test.

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4MLinux 21.0

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4MLinux provides a lot of software in a small package. For system maintenance it is good choice to have on hand. For multimedia, miniserver, and mystery it provides a useful selection of software, but there are other distributions that focus on only one of those tasks and do it better by being more focused. That is not to say that 4MLinux is bad, but it tries to do too many different things at once. To be completely honest, I think 4MLinux would be a stronger offering if it were 3MLinux and dropped the mystery aspect entirely. Maybe including just solitaire or some other light game to have as a diversion while maintenance tasks run and use the space freed up by removing the games to include some of the optional extension applications by default.

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Announcing coreboot 4.6

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Hardware

We are happy to announce the April 2017 release of coreboot, version 4.6.

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Cinnamon 3.4 released!

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Linux

You probably saw the tags on github already. I’m happy to make it official and to announce the release of Cinnamon 3.4.

I’d like to thank all the developers and designers who worked not only on Cinnamon 3.4, but in the redesign of the Spices website and the maintenance of the Cinnamon Spices themselves.

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Release Notes for Grml 2017.05-rc1 - codename Freedatensuppe

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Grml is a Debian based live system focusing on the needs of system administrators. This Grml release provides fresh software packages from Debian testing (AKA stretch) and is the first Grml release using systemd as its init system. As usual it also incorporates up to date hardware support and fixes known bugs from the previous Grml release.

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Also: Debian GNU/ Linux 8.8 Released

Mark Shuttleworth Reaffirms Commitment to Desktop, Canonical IPO Talk

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Ubuntu
  • Mark Shuttleworth: Ubuntu on the Desktop Will Remain Important to Canonical

    The OpenStack Summit 2017 event kicked off today in Boston, MA, and Canonical's CEO Mark Shuttleworth was there to discuss the upcoming plans for Ubuntu on the desktop, cloud computing, and IoT (Internet of Things).

    The Canonical and Ubuntu founder was interviewed there by theCUBE, who were very curious to know what is the state of Ubuntu Linux these days, now that Mark Shuttleworth shocked the Open Source community when he announced last month that development of the Unity interface is shut down, along with the convergence vision.

  • Mark Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu Desktop “Remains Really Important”

    Mark Shuttleworth has reiterated that the Ubuntu desktop “remains really important” to Canonical.

    He made the comments in an interview with The Cube at the OpenStack Summit 2017 taking place in the USA this week.

    Asked to describe the current state of Ubuntu following last month’s announcement that Canonical is to end investment in Ubuntu Phone, Unity 8, convergence, the Ubuntu founder admitted that Ubuntu ‘failed’ to take Ubuntu mainstream in personal computing.

  • My Current Ubuntu Desktop (And How You Can Recreate It)

    As you may have heard me mention in the latest episode of the Ubuntu Podcast, I’ve been ankle deep in GNOME extensions these past few weeks. Why? Well, like many of you I have made a preëmptive switch to GNOME Shell now that Unity is being left to the cobwebs.

  • Canonical starts IPO path

    At OpenStack Summit, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth revealed in an interview that the recent changes in the Linux and cloud power were to ready Canonical for an IPO.

    In early April, Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu Linux was ending its " investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell." Ubuntu had long been a cloud power, and it's been building its Internet of Things (IoT) reputation. Soon thereafter, Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced she was stepping down and that Shuttleworth would return as CEO.

Red Hat News

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  • The future of middleware lies in orchestrating the architecture, says Red Hat

    Enterprise adoption of containers and microservices continues to grow, driven by increased developer efficiency and support microservices. This type of architecture, however, does not come without challenges. And this week during Red Hat Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, Red Hat Inc. announced OpenShift Application Runtimes to mitigate those obstacles and accelerate a cloud-native environment.

    “One of the things that has continued to be an actual challenge, at least a perceived challenge in the minds of would-be microservices architects, is: ‘How do I manage all the stuff?’” said Mich Piech (pictured, right), vice president and general manager of middleware at Red Hat.

  • Can Red Hat juju sell more OpenStack than OpenStack can?

    OpenStack got some play at last week’s 2017 Red Hat Summit, with keynote speakers giving the open-source infrastructure project nods. But there remains some mystery as to how much OpenStack customers are consuming from Red Hat Inc.’s offerings.

    “OpenStack manages resources — whether its compute, network, storage resources,” said Jim Whitehurst (pictured), president and chief executive officer of Red Hat.

  • ​Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11 released

    How serious is Red Hat about OpenStack? Serious enough that when it announced Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11, the latest version of of its massively scalable and agile Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, at OpenStack Summit, it based it on February's OpenStack "Ocata" release.

  • Red Hat OpenShift opens doors for container-based mobile app dev

    The Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform furthers its partnership with Amazon Web Services with a new integration that makes it easier for developers to build and deploy apps in containers.

  • Red Hat rolls out the announcements at its annual summit

    Last week open source company Red Hat held its annual summit. I didn't actually attended the event, but I took the opportunity to follow along virtually. Many of my analyst friends were there, and between their missives, some back-channel conversations and interaction with their AR/PR team, I got a pretty good handle on what was up.

    This comes at an interesting time for Red Hat. Its original business, Red Hat Linux in all its flavors, is going well, but newer open-source initiatives (OpenStack, OpenShift, Docker, etc.) have muddied the waters and created a requirement for Red Hat to embrace different areas.

    Historically, I’ve found Red Hat a difficult organization to engage with. They seem to get a little prickly about criticism (whether constructive or not), and defensiveness seems to be something of a core operating model for them. That said, having a view of the event from a distance gives me a chance to tell it like I see it.

  • The GPU Open Analytics Initiative, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 11, AIY Projects, and NVIDIA’s VRWorks SDK — SD Times news digest: May 8, 2017

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Financial services organisations are “waking up” to finding talent through open source

    Symphony, the Google-backed chat tool touted as the “Bloomberg Killer” has the backing of the vast majority of investment banks – Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Jefferies, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Nomura and Wells Fargo have all invested – and it now has big asset managers like BlackRock and Citadel.

    While the secure cloud-based chat tool gets most of the headlines, there’s a sister, non-profit organisation called the Symphony Software Foundation, which promotes open-source software collaboration and is quietly capturing the attention of financial services organisations by uncovering coding talent. Gabriele Columbro, an executive director at the firm, says that open source development creates opportunities for developers that just wouldn’t be there otherwise.

  • MapD Open Sources High-Speed GPU-Powered Database
  • MapD Technologies Open Sources Lightning-Fast GPU-Powered Database
  • Open source drives ‘composable infrastructure’

    Today’s software world is growing ever more cloudy and every more fragmented. We have myriad programming languages, numerous application platforms and services-oriented architectures (yes, but not the dusty ones of yesteryear!)

    [...]

    Composable infrastructure is right for this because, for instance, not every data store is right for every customer, he pointed out. And open-source is the source of many of these parts, he said. “Google uses open source to build critical parts of our infrastructure. Google Cloud is an extension of that. Developers will build their own tools using Python or Go… programming languages we invented that are the foundation for cloud computing around containers.”

  • Open source can protect your virtualised network. Here’s how.

    Virtualisation has been a hot topic in telecommunications for nearly half a decade, and security concerns have remained an ever-present feature. This is not surprising given the extent to which NFV/SDN is transforming the industry and the many ‘known unknowns’ this entails.

    As networks migrate from hardware to software, and ‘walled gardens’ turn into much more open cloud-like architectures, so security risks increase.

    Throwing open source software development into the mix adds a further layer of complexity.

  • 3000 Reviews on the ODRS

    The Open Desktop Ratings service is a simple Flask web service that various software centers use to retrieve and submit application reviews. Today it processed the 3000th review, and I thought I should mark this occasion here. I wanted to give a huge thanks to all the people who have submitted reviews; you have made life easier for people unfamiliar with installing software much easier. There are reviews in over a hundred different languages and over 600 different applications have been reviewed.

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KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.