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Mageia 6 dev1, Ubuntu Tablet Pre-Orders, OSS vs FOSS

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Today in Linux news Mageia 6 is on its way with the release of the first developmental milestone Sunday. A lot of buzz surrounded the pre-orders of the Ubuntu M10 Tablet today and Bruce Byfield discussed why it's important. Elsewhere, Debian Project Leader elections approacheth and Christine Hall said Open Source Software isn't always Free and Open Source Software.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Beta, Red Hat Bears, Slacklive's Bear

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The release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "final beta" in all its iterations and editions. Despite all the good news in Red Hat's latest financial report, its stock slipped 5% since Wednesday. Analysts have been all over the place in their ratings, but Jing Pan, B.Sc, MA said today the "bears are wrong." Speaking of bears, Eric "AlienBob" Hameleers announced a replacement server for his work, including Slackware Live.

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Fedora 24 Alpha a GO, DebConf16 Planning

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Fedora 24 is back on schedule with the decision to release Fedora 24 Alpha, postponed last week because of blocker bugs. Jan Kurik, Platform and Program Manager, said Wednesday the blockers were fixed and "Fedora 24 Alpha release is considered as GOLD." Elsewhere, the Debian project put out the call for event proposals for upcoming DebConf16 in South Africa this July.

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GNOME 3.20, the Right Desktop, LibO Designing

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The top story today was the release of GNOME 3.20, sure to be the next default desktop in several distributions. Elsewhere, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a new project for "activism and organizing" and Red Hat stock slips today. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols offered some tip for choosing the right desktop and Bruce Byfield released his new LibreOffice book.

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KDE 5.6, ubuntuBSD, Red Hat Bucks

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Today in Linux news "a feature-packed" KDE Plasma 5.6 was announced with "improvements to the task manager, KRunner, activities, and Wayland support." A new project melds FreeBSD with Ubuntu to "escape from systemd" and ​Red Hat becomes first $2 billion open-source company. Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.0 is now available and Edubuntu may be on its last legs.

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Kicking Korora, Tumbleweed Report, OS X Over Linux

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Today in Linux news Stack Overflow published the results of their latest developer survey finding Mac OS X is more popular than Windows or Linux. Elsewhere, OpenSource.com ran an introduction to the Korora Linux distribution and Microsoft's patent bulldog is outta there. Dim* has this week's Tumbleweed review and Agam Shah looked at Dell's Linux strategy.

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Fedora 24 Alpha Delayed, Slackware 14.2 RC 1 Announced

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Fedora 24 Alpha due out next Tuesday has been delayed due to blocker bugs. Elsewhere, Patrick Volkerding‎ announced Slackware 14.2 Release Candidate 1 today saying, "We still have a bit of work to do." Mitch Wagner today said that "Open Source is killing us" and Charles Schultz reported on Mageia at SCaLE 14x.

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Also: Sadly, To Not Much Surprise, Fedora 24 Alpha Has Been Delayed

NVIDIA Linux, 8000 Signers, Linux Days

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Topping Linux news today is the rumor that NVIDIA is working on their own Linux distribution. Michael Larabel reported today of a new power management governor being developed for upcoming kernels and Mageia said they'd see you at Chemnitz Linux Days. Chris Sherlock offered tips for "LibreOffice newbies" and Microsoft claims 8,000 companies have signed up for SQL on Linux in the first week. "Docker puts containers on a diet" and the Linux Foundation is offering a free course on cloud infrastructure technologies.

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Also: Nvidia apparently working on Linux distribution

Slack Live 0.7.0, New YaST Features, Best Distros

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A new beta of Slackware Live was released today bringing new and exciting features. Elsewhere, Matt Hartley and Bruce Byfield teamed up to bring their "expert" picks for the best Linux distros and the FSF is gauging interest in a new free software workstation. Finally, the SUSE YaST Team posted another update on the progress of the YaST rewrite highlighting some new features.

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Also: New ISO images for Slackware Live Edition (beta 7)

Fedora's Wallpaper, Linux Gaming, CeBIT Live

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Today in Linux news, the Fedora 24 default Wallpaper was revealed. Elsewhere, GamingonLinux tried to calculate the number of Linux gamers while bloggers ran down their favorite games. Jesse Smith reviewed ReactOS and Matt Asay said "bugs are normal," and not the point. Opensource.com posted a list of FOSS podcasts and Italo Vignoli shared photos from CeBIT.

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  • Are Low-Code Platforms a Good Fit for Feds?
    Open-source code platforms — in part, because they’re often free — have long been a popular choice for digital service creation and maintenance. In recent years, however, some agencies have turned to low-code solutions for intuitive visual features such as drag-and-drop design functionality. As Forrester Research notes, low-code platforms are "application platforms that accelerate app delivery by dramatically reducing the amount of hand-coding required."
  • Crunchy Data Brings Enterprise Open Source POSTGRESQL To U.S. Government With New DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide
    Crunchy Data — a leading provider of trusted open source PostgreSQL and enterprise PostgreSQL technology, support and training — is pleased to announce the publication of a PostgreSQL Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), making PostgreSQL the first open source database with a STIG. Crunchy Data collaborated with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to evaluate open source PostgreSQL against the DoD's security requirements and developed the guide to define how open source PostgreSQL can be deployed and configured to meet security requirements for government systems.
  • Democratizing IoT design with open source development boards and communities
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of what the World Economic Forum has identified as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an economic, technical, and cultural transformation that combines the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It is driven by such technologies as ubiquitous connectivity, big data, analytics and the cloud.

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  • Devops embraces security measures to build safer software
    Devops isn’t simply transforming how developers and operations work together to deliver better software faster, it is also changing how developers view application security. A recent survey from software automation and security company Sonatype found that devops teams are increasingly adopting security automation to create better and safer software.
  • This Xfce Bug Is Wrecking Users’ Monitors
    The Xfce desktop environment for Linux may be fast and flexible — but it’s currently affected by a very serious flaw. Users of this lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE have reported that the choice of default wallpaper in Xfce is causing damaging to laptop displays and LCD monitors. And there’s damning photographic evidence to back the claims up.