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systemd Overreach, Updated Slacklive, Bodhi Swag

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systemd, the init system that wants to control it all, was updated recently and one of its changes kills off all background processes upon logout. In other news Bodhi Linux now offers mechandise at the SpreadShirt Store and Jesse Smith compared the upgrade process of popular distributions. Also today, Christine Hall reviewed Arch-based Antergos 2016.4.2 and AlienBob released an updated version of Slackware Live.

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Gentoo "Choice Edition" Released, Slackware & Tumbleweed Latest

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The big news today was the release of Gentoo 20160514, dubbed "Choice Edition" because it is especially good, cool, and excellent. In related news, Calculate Linux received an updated release and Computer Business Reviews answers, "What is Ubuntu?" Dimstar posted the latest changes to Tumbleweed and Slackware-current got some new updates. Laurent Montel answered Andreas Huettel's post on Akonadi must die and Fedora 24 sports new font improvements.

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Java Fair Game, Millennium Bug, Open Source DNA

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The top story today was the court decision in Oracle vs Google for copyright infringement. Everyone is celebrating but Oracle. In other news Phoronix.com reported today that Linus is questioning the benefits of new Y2038 patches and Bryan Lunduke said that Open Source has been in our DNA since cave painting days. The Open Source Initiative released an Open Source License API and The Document Foundation posted a video explaining The Document Liberation Project.

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OSS Funding, CentOS 6.8, Open Source Hardware

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Johnny Hughes announced the release of CentOS 6.8 topping the Linux news today. Slackware-current received more updates today and Alicia Gibb announced a new Open Hardware certification. Jeremy Garcia offered some financial assistance to Open Source projects "in need of funding" and Gentoo developer Andreas Huettel today said, "Akonadi for e-mail needs to die."

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openSUSE 42.2 Alpha1, Not Just for Nerds, Rebellin Impressin'

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Today in Linux news Ludwig Nussel announced the release of openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha1. In other news, Jack Germain was impressed with Rebellin Linux from the start and blogger DarkDuck said CentOS isn't for home users. Mozilla' Asa Dotzler returns to Firefox and Richard Smith said Linux is "not just for computer nerds" anymore.

Ludwig Nussel today announced openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha1 saying this release is mainly 42.1 plus updates and SLE12SP2 Beta1, Qt 5.6, and Linux 4.4. He hopes another alpha will land before the upcoming openSUSE conference and having a developmental release every month until Final in November. Test hounds can still check the installer and hardware support. While 42.2 is supposed to be a minor update, big changes are coming in YaST, X, KDE, GNOME and systemd.

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Year of Linux, Steam on PS4, Linux in Space

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Today in Linux news Linus Torvalds declared the end to "Year of Linux desktop" jokes as loosely Linux-based Chromebooks outsell Macs. The big news over the weekend was of clever hackers who installed Arch then Steam on his PlayStation 4. Mageia extended their version 6 artwork contest deadline and the GIMP project put out the call for upcoming version 2.10 documentation update. Dimstar has the latest on Tumbleweed and Lunduke listed 10 more fun things to do in a terminal.

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Bodhi Reviewed, Slackware & Rawhide Latest

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Today in Linux news Bodhi 3.2.1 was released May 13 and today Christine Hall shared her experiences with it. Elsewhere, Jack Wallen gave Open Sourcers permission to use Close software and Bruce Byfield posted 7 tips to help newcomers choose a Linux desktop. Fedora kernel developer Laura Abbott today said that she'll be blogging about Rawhide so folks can "see how the sausage is made" and OpenSource.com began a poll asking, "Why do you use Linux?"

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Pinguy OS on the Ropes, What Linux Is

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The top Linux story today was the blog post by Pinguy OS founder saying he was thinking of "killing off Pinguy OS" due to financial difficulties. Elsewhere, TeckRadar posted an article from Linux Format answering, "What is Linux?" Another review of the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet found Canonical "still has a lot work to do" and The Register reported on an analysis of women in Open Source Software.

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Tumbleweed Live Loses Installer, YaST Trusted Boot

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Today in Linux news Douglas DeMaio wrote the next Tumbleweed snapshot is to bring some exciting changes - and some not so exciting. They're dropping the installer from the live images. The YaST team announced some new changes in the bootloader module and installer as well as other developments from Sprint 19.

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Devuan Rough, KWayland Advances, UT on Linux

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A review of Devuan Linux 1.0 Beta was the most interesting bit of news today. Jack Germain said the Debian fork needed more polish to succeed. Martin Gräßlin blogged today that KWayland is now in KDE Frameworks and Liam Dawe reported Unreal Tournament on Linux is shaping up fairly well. Derrik Diener reviewed Solus OS and the changes keep coming in Slackware 14.2 development.

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Digital audio and video editing in GNU/Linux

  • Linux Digital Audio Workstation Roundup
    In the world of home studio recording, the digital audio workstation is one of the most important tools of the trade. Digital audio workstations are used to record audio and MIDI data into patterns or tracks. This information is then typically mixed down into songs or albums. In the Linux ecosystem, there is no shortage of Digital audio workstations to chose from. Whether you wish to create minimalist techno or full orchestral pieces, chances are there is an application that has you covered. In this article, we will take a brief look into several of these applications and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. I will try to provide a fair evaluation of the DAWs presented here but at the end of the day, I urge you to try a few of these applications and to form an opinion of your own.
  • Shotcut Video Editor Available As A Snap Package [Quick Update]
    Shotcut is a free, open source Qt5 video editor developed on the MLT Multimedia Framework (it's developed by the same author as MLT), available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Under the hood, Shotcut uses FFmpeg, so it supports many audio, video and image formats, along with screen, webcam and audio capture. The application doesn't require importing files, thanks to its native timeline editing. Other features worth mentioning are multitrack timeline with thumbnails and waveforms, 4k resolution support, video effects, as well as a flexible UI with dockable panels.
  • Simple Screen Recorder Is Now Available as a Snap App
    Simple Screen Recorder, a popular screen recording app for Linux desktops, is now available to install as a Snap app from the Ubuntu Store.

Kernel News: Linux 4.10 in SparkyLinux, Wayland 1.13.0, and Weston 2.0 RC2

  • Linux Kernel 4.10 Lands in SparkyLinux's Unstable Repo, Here's How to Install It
    The trend of offering users the most recent Linux kernel release continues today with SparkyLinux, an open-source, Debian-based distribution that always ships with the latest GNU/Linux technologies and software versions. SparkyLinux appears to be the third distro to offer its users the ability to install the recently released Linux 4.10 kernel, after Linux Lite and Ubuntu, as the developers announced earlier that the Linux kernel 4.10 packages are now available from the unstable repository.
  • Wayland 1.13.0 Display Server Officially Released, Wayland 1.14 Lands in June
    Bryce Harrington, a Senior Open Source Developer at Samsung, announced today the release and general availability of the Wayland 1.13.0 for GNU/Linux distributions that already adopted the next-generation display server.next-generation display server. Wayland 1.13.0 has entered development in the first days of the year, but the first Alpha build arrived at the end of January, along with the Alpha version of the Weston 2.0 compositor, including most of the new features that are present in this final release that you'll be able to install on your Linux-based operating systems in the coming days.
  • Weston 2.0 RC2 Wayland Compositor Arrives With Last Minute Fixes
    While Wayland 1.13 was released today, Bryce Harrington today opted against releasing the Weston 2.0 reference compositor and instead issue a second release candidate. Weston 2.0 is the next version of this "playground" for Wayland compositor technologies since the new output configuration API had broke the ABI, necessitating a break from the same versioning as Wayland.
  • [ANNOUNCE] weston 1.99.94

KDE Leftovers

  • Fedora 25 KDE: disappointing experience
    Fedora is not a frequent guest on the review deck of Linux notes from DarkDuck blog. The most recent review was of Fedora 22 back in July 2015. That was a review of the GNOME version, the most native for Fedora. You are probably aware of the tight link between the GNOME project and RedHat, the Fedora Project main sponsor.
  • [Video] Ubuntu 17.04 Unity 8 - KDE apps native on Mir
  • Plasma in a Snap?
    Shortly before FOSDEM, Aleix Pol asked if I had ever put Plasma in a Snap. While I was a bit perplexed by the notion itself, I also found this a rather interesting idea. So, the past couple of weeks I spent a bit of time here and there on trying to see if it is possible.
  • QStringView Diaries: Advances in QStringLiteral
    This is the first in a series of blog posts on QStringView, the std::u16string_view equivalent for Qt. You can read about QStringView in my original post to the Qt development mailing-list, follow its status by tracking the “qstringview” topic on Gerrit and learn about string views in general in Marshall Clow’s CppCon 2015 talk, aptly named “string_view”.
  • Making Movies with QML
    One of the interesting things about working with Qt is seeing all the unexpected ways our users use the APIs we create. Last year I got a bug report requesting an API to set a custom frame rate for QML animations when using QQuickRenderControl. The reason was that the user was using QQuickRenderControl as an engine to render video output from Qt Quick, and if your target was say 24 frames per second, the animations were not smooth because of how the default animation driver behaves. So inspired by this use case I decided to take a stab at creating such an example myself.
  • How to Create a Look and Feel Theme
  • United Desktop Theme for KDE Plasma 5.9
  • KDE Talks at FOSDEM
    The continuation of the original talk from Dirk Hohndel and Linus Torvalds about the port of Subsurface from Gtk to Qt, now with mobile in mind.

SteamVR for Linux, Benchmarks of HITMAN on NVIDIA

  • SteamVR for Linux is now officially in Beta
    Valve have put up SteamVR for Linux officially in Beta form and they are keen to stress that this is a development release. You will need to run the latest Steam Beta Client for it to work at all, so be sure to opt-in if you want to play around with it.
  • Valve Publishes A SteamVR Developer Build For Linux
    Valve has begun rolling out their SteamVR Linux support by announcing today a beta/developer build of their VR support for Linux. Valve's SteamVR for Linux page was updated today to reflect the build becoming public via the Steam beta channel, "This is a development release. It is intended to allow developers to start creating SteamVR content for Linux platforms. Limited hardware support is provided, and pre-release drivers are required. Linux support is currently only available in the "beta" branch, make sure you are using SteamVR[beta] before reporting issues."
  • HITMAN Linux Benchmarks On 12 NVIDIA GPUs
    Last week Feral Interactive released the much anticipated port of HITMAN for Linux. While at first it didn't look like this Linux game port would work out for our benchmarking requirements, thanks to Feral it does indeed work for another interesting Linux gaming test perspective. For our initial HITMAN Linux benchmarks are tests from 12 NVIDIA GeForce GPUs while our Radeon tests will come tomorrow.