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Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Artwork Proposals Call Welcomes Talented Artists

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If you're a talended artist and you want the millions of Debian users to see your work, you are invited to submit your best artwork for the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system, due for release in mid-2019. Submissions are opened until September 5, 2018, and need to meet some requirements.

While not the most important crieria, artworks are usually picked based on how they look more "Debian." Secondly, your artwork must integrate into the operating system without the need to patch any core software. And lastly, all submitted artworks must be clean and well designed to not annoy users.

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Debian Is Looking For Help Coming Up With The Artwork For 10.0 Buster

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If you are more the artistic type than a software developer, Debian is looking for your help. They are soliciting proposals for the artwork/theme for next year's Debian 10 "Buster" release.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Microsoft had to emit a hasty update for its R Open analysis tool after developers found the open-source package was not playing nice with some Linux systems.

The issue was brought to light earlier this week by developer Norbert Preining, who found that the Debian GNU/Linux version of Open R – Microsoft's open-source implementation of the R statistics and data science tool – was causing headaches when it was installed on some systems.

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Also: Microsoft Fixes Faulty Debian Package That Messed With Users' Settings

UCS 4.3-1: First point release for UCS 4.3 available

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Univention is pleased to announce the availability of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.3-1, the first point release of UCS 4.3. It includes all errata updates issued for UCS 4.3-0 and provides various improvements...

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SparkyLinux 5.4 "Nibiru" Operating System Released Based on Debian 10 "Buster"

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Based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system, which should see the light of day in mid-2019, the SparkyLinux 5.4 update is here three months after the SparkyLinux 5.3 release announced in mid-March 2018 to continue the SparkyLinux 5 "Nibiru" rolling series, and it's available only as LXQt, MinimalGUI, and MinimalCLI editions.

"Sparky 5.4 offers a fully featured operating system with a lightweight LXQt desktop environment; and minimal images of MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) which lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice with a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer," reads today's announcement.

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Latest ReSpeaker voice board moves to Rockchip RK3229

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Seeed’s v.2.0 version of its ReSpeaker Core mic array board advances to a Debian-driven, quad- A7 Rockchip RK3229 and offers a 6x mic array with a 16-meter wake-word range.

Seeed’s $99 ReSpeaker Core v2.0 is a major upgrade to its ReSpeaker far-field voice control SBC, replacing the MIPS-based Mediatek MT7688 SoC running OpenWrt Linux with an up to 1.5GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A7 Rockchip RK3229. The RK3229 is implemented via an Axol Core module while the underlying baseboard provides I/O including HDMI 2.0 and a six-mic array, down from the 7-mic array on the original ReSpeaker. The board supports voice control features including smart speakers, voice assistants, voice conferencing, and talking robots.

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Microsoft’s failed attempt on Debian packaging

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I dared to download and play around with the files, only to get shocked how incompetent Microsoft is in packaging.

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Also: Tails 3.7.1 Linux Distribution Released | Brings Tor Browser to 7.5.5 and Security Updates

Tails 3.7.1 is out

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Debian

This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

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Devuan ASCII 2.0.0 stable

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Dear Init Freedom Lovers

Once again the Veteran Unix Admins salute you!

We are happy to announce that Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0 ASCII Stable is
finally available.

Devuan is a GNU+Linux distribution committed to providing a universal,
stable, dependable, free software operating system that uses and
promotes alternatives to systemd and its components.

Devuan 2.0 ASCII runs on several architectures. Installer CD and DVD
ISOs, as well as desktop-live and minimal-live ISOs, are available for
i386 and amd64. Ready-to-use images can be downloaded for a number of
ARM platforms and SOCs, including Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, OrangePi,
BananaPi, OLinuXino, Cubieboard, Nokia and Motorola mobile phones, and
several Chromebooks, as well as for Virtualbox/QEMU/Vagrant.

The Devuan 2.0 ASCII installer ISOs offer a variety of Desktop
Environments including Xfce, KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, LXQt, with others
available post-install. The expert install mode now offers a choice of
either SysVinit or OpenRC as init system. In addition, there are
options for "Console productivity" with hundreds of CLI and TUI utils,
as well as a minimal base system ideal for servers. The minimal-live
image provides a full-featured console-based system with a particular
focus on accessibility.

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Also: Talk about the Debian GNU/Linux riscv64 port at RISC-V workshop

Debian on a synthesizer

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HowTos

Bela is a low latency optimized platform for audio applications built using Debian and Xenomai, running on a BeagleBoard Black. I recently stumbled upon this platform while skimming through a modular synthesizer related forum. Bela has teamed up with the guys at Rebel Technologies to build a Bela based system in eurorack module format, called Salt. Luckily enough, I managed to secure a unit for my modular synthesizer.

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