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Steve Jobs is Dead at 56

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Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday.

Debian Project mourns the loss of Adrian von Bidder

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debian.org: The Debian Project has lost an active member of its community. Adrian von Bidder (cmot) died on April 17th.

My new favorite GNOME Patch

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paulcutler.org: For those of us without a disability, understanding the challenge users may experience when trying to use a computer can be a foreign concept.

Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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bbc.co.uk: Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84. He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

'Leave It to Beaver' Mom dead at 94

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bloomberg.com: Barbara Billingsley, whose portrayal of June Cleaver in the television sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” established a lasting archetype for the devoted suburban mom of the 1950s, has died. She was 94.

Actor Tony Curtis Dies At 85

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ny1.com: New York native and Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died of COPD and heart failure. He was 85 years old.

Debian mourns the loss of Frans Pop

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debian.org: The Debian Project has lost a member of its community. Frans Pop (fjp) died on August 20th.

Dennis Hopper, creator of hit 'Easy Rider,' dies

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Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74.

Gary "Watchu talking about Willis" Coleman dead at age 42

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Gary Coleman has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week. We've learned Gary's wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this AM. He was 42.

Arch Linux lost one of its biggest contributors

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go2linux.org: Jan Mette (funkyou) passed away of as-yet unknown causes. Jan was a major contributor to the Arch Linux community, the creator of KDEmod and a founding member of the Chakra team.

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Doxyqml 0.4.0

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SMTube review - Your train to Youtube

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GNOME Development/Developers

  • Nautilus Ability To Launch Binaries Or Scripts To Be Reverted, Might Be Implemented Differently
    It looks like the decision to remove the ability to run binaries and scripts from Nautilus file manager will be reverted. The change comes after some use cases appeared that the developers agreed they need to support, "especially for enterprise and content creators". One such use case that was mentioned as a reason for reverting this is a small "if then that" script for building HTML and PDF files, which uses Zenity to display a dialog, as well as notifications to display the progress. I find the use case being used as an example a bit weird because that's certainly not something common, like a self-extracting game script for instance.
  • Stickers in Riot
    The matrix.org protocol is flexible so this is a good example of how to add new features to the clients that uses matrix without the need to change the protocol. This is not a core feature because you can send images, but I think this is great and add a simple way to show reactions for the users, so as I was reading I thought that we can add this to Fractal, so I started to read how we can add support for this.
  • Talking at GPN 2018 in Karlsruhe, Germany
    Similar to last year I managed to attend the Gulasch Programmier-Nacht (GPN) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Not only did I attend, I also managed to squeeze in a talk about PrivacyScore. We got the prime time slot on the opening day along with all the other relevant talks, including the Eurovision Song Contest, so we were not overly surprised that the audience had a hard time deciding where to go and eventually decided to attend talks which were not recorded. Our talk was recorded and is available here.