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New Opera, Chakra Plasma 5, Riddell Responds

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A new Opera Web browser has landed for Linux users bring new features and improved multimedia support. Jonathan Riddell posted a short response to Ubuntu's statement on the community councils and a couple of reviews deserve mentioning. For Chakra users, a switch to Plasma 5 was announced.

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Happy Distrovus, Kissing Kubuntu Kousins

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Today in Linux news, Brian Lunduke declared a new holiday to celebrate the autumn distribution release season. UnixMan Chris Jones reviewed Fedora 23 already, due for release November 3, and Jesse Smith reported on GhostBSD 10.1 in today's Distrowatch Weekly. Bruce Byfield is still grumbling about his failed Debian upgrade and Canonical issued a statement today on their relationship with Kubuntu.

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Riddell Quits Kubuntu, New Debian News and Menus

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After the release of the second 2015 Ubuntu family images, Jonathan Riddell has stepped down as release manager of Kubuntu. Riddell resigned from project lead post in June after being more or less ousted by Canonical in May over IP and donation accountability disagreements. Riddell remained active in the KDE and Kubuntu communities since, but today announced his resignation from the Kubuntu project entirely.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Released, Fedora 23 Delayed

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Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu 15.10 and all its facets today. Early reviews say Ho hum, but in a good way. Fedora 23 has been delayed a week due to blocker bugs, decided in this evening's Go/No-Go meeting. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre released Cinnamon 2.8 for current Mint 17.2 users.

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Also: Critical Bugs Delay Fedora 23 Linux, the OS Will Be Released on November 3

LibreOffice, Leaping Lizards, and Liquid Lemurs

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Personal reports from the recent LibreOffice conference were few, but today Rajesh Ranjan shared his experience. Bruce Byfield today said, "Sometimes, losing a Linux desktop is the best way to appreciate it" as he muddles through the absence of KDE. Ubuntu celebrates its 11 year path to convergence as eWeek.com looks at upcoming 15.10 features. Elsewhere, Scott Gilbertson reviews openSUSE 42.1 and Jack Germain said Liquid Lemur Linux has promise.

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Bodhi AppPack, Unstable KDE Rebuttal, Arch Stability

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A busy day in Linux today begins with Jeff Hoogland who released a software bundle for Bodhi Linux with all your favorite applications. Pavlo Rudyi compiled a retrospective of KDE's nineteen years as Martin Gräßlin addressed last week's stability complaints. MakeTechEasier has five ways to make Arch Linux more stable and Canonical is in the hot seat for allowing malware to infiltrate its repositories. Elsewhere, as openSUSE Leap is being prepared for release wiki contributers can get a Leap cap and Neil Rickert has a recent new report.

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Susan's Picks

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  • Unstable KDE, Internet without Linux

    As KDE turns 19, two reports today said that KDE isn't stable enough, one is a fairly comprehensive analysis. Elsewhere, openSUSE Leap 42.1 RC1 was released today and SUSE announced their SUSECon 2015 keynotes. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols discussed whether there'd actually be an Internet "Without Linux" and OMG!Ubuntu! got a look at Episode 2 before it was mysteriously pulled. Finally, Jack M. Germain said Robolinux 8.1 has the best MATE ever.

  • Red Hat Buys Ansible, openSUSE Leap Review

    The big news today was Red Hat's acquisition of cloud automation specialist Ansible. Ansible is located just up the road from Red Hat and was started by former Red Hat employees. In other news, Jamie Watson reported on openSUSE Leap 42.1 progress.

SFLC Confronts FCC, OSI Supports GPL Enforcement Principles

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Today in Linux and Open Source news the Software Freedom Law Center filed a comment with the FCC arguing against overly-broad regulations that eliminate Open Source alternative on wireless devices. Elsewhere, My Linux Rig interviewed FOSSforce's Larry Cafiero and Rafael Laguna released Halloween wallpapers for Lubuntu.

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Sneaky Microsoft, Citizen and Government Clouds

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Monday, October 13 was a busy day in Linux news. One of the more interesting tidbits comes from Neil Rickert who said, "Microsoft is being sneaky" in trying to covertly upgrade his Windows installs to version 10. Another from Red Hat's Eike Rathke remembered OpenOffice.org fifteenth birthday. Elsewhere, Red Hat's Nathan Jones addressed the state of government cloud and Marco Fioretti shared some thoughts on the "Citizen Cloud."

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  • Microsoft is being sneaky

    I purchased my main desktop for use with linux. But it came with Windows 8 as a discount deal from Dell. So I kept the Windows 8, and added a second hard drive for linux. I did update to Windows 8.1. I kept Windows for experimenting with dual boot on a UEFI system.

    My normal usage on this computer is to boot opensuse. But twice a week I boot to windows and update the anti-virus (Windows Defender). Once a month, I also do Windows updates. Then I boot straight back to linux.

Linux Discussion Continues, Fedora Welcomes Chromium

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Folks are still discussing the resignation of Sarah Sharp and Matthew Garrett from Linux kernel development. Jack Wallen said Sharp (and Garrett) are cases of more developers being "turned away, simply because developers had no patience for personal respect." He said Linux rules with a "sharp and iron tongue" with "foul and abusive language." He agreed with Dr. Roy Schestowitz in that all this is a "PR nightmare" threatening the "flagship of the open-source movement." He placed part of the blame on what he calls the "Internet of hate" and said if Linux is to compete with Microsoft and Apple its developers need to "start treating the legions of programmers, who are working tirelessly to deliver, as well as they treat the code itself. Open source is about community. A community with a toxic foundation will eventually crumble."

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There's a lot of benchmarking going on this weekend at Phoronix in preparation for next week's Radeon RX 480 Linux review. Here are some fresh results on the NVIDIA side showing the current performance-per-dollar data for the NVIDIA Maxwell and Pascal graphics cards for seeing what the RX 480 "Polaris 10" card will be competing against under Linux. Read more

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Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" to Ship with GCC 6 by Default, Binutils 2.27

Debian developer Matthias Klose has announced that the new GCC 6 compiler, which will be made the default GCC compiler for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system, is now available in the Debian Testing repos. Debian users who are currently using Debian Testing can make GCC 6 the default compiler by installing the gcc/g++ packages from experimental. If installing it, they are also urged to help fix reported built failures in Debian Testing and Debian Unstable. Read more