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wattOS R9 Released!

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The wattOS team is pleased to announce the release of the newest version of wattOS – Release 9 – (also known as R9). We have made the switch back to Ubuntu as the upstream distro and built the latest version from 14.04 LTS for long term support and stability.

We have simplified things this time around with wattOS and are only releasing two types of desktops. Previously having the extra desktop versions created additional work. This time we are more focused and have released only two desktop versions.

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Tanglu 3 Beta Is Based on Debian 8 Jessie, Features Linux Kernel 4.0, GNOME 3.16, and KDE Plasma 5.3

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Linux

Matthias Klumpp from the Tanglu development team had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta release of the upcoming Tanglu 3 Linux operating system.

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Peppermint OS 6 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS and LXDE - Gallery

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The Peppermint development team, through Mark Greaves, had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final release of their Peppermint OS 6 Linux operating system based on Ubuntu.

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New Linux Based OS Brings Internet of Things Closer to Reality

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The "Internet of Things," or IoT, has the potential to change the way we interact with the devices and objects in our homes and lives.

The IoT is the idea that all of the devices and gadgets that you interact with could be connected to the internet.

To make this work, the "things" would need sensors, actuators and a way to connect to the Internet. And software to run them, of course.

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Why a Rolling Release Model is the Way to Go for Any OS

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In the last year or so, I've noticed that rolling-release distributions are becoming more and more popular among Linux users, and even big names like Ubuntu are considering the switch to a rolling update development model, but I think all operating systems should use the rolling release model.

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elementary OS "Freya" Finally Gets Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

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elementary OS "Freya" has been out for some time now, but developers are still adding features to it despite the fact that it has been dubbed stable. Now, users have the option to define custom keyboard shortcuts, which was a very sought after feature.

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Q4OS Linux Distro Will Allow Users to Purchase Apps via New Software Center

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Linux

On May 22, Softpedia was informed by the developer of Q4OS, a small distribution of GNU/Linux that uses the old-school KDE3 desktop environment and was designed for low-end computers, that the distro reached version 1.2.2.

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GNU/Linux: the desktop that never was

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About 6 years ago, I wrote an article about why I felt that installing software in GNU/Linux was broken. It pains me to say that the situation is, sadly, exactly the same:GNU/Linux never made it to personal computers, really, and at this point it looks like it never will.

Huawei launches 10KB LiteOS to power the internet of things

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OSS

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is preparing to launch an operating system for the internet of things that's just 10 kilobytes in size. The company says that its "LiteOS" is the "lightest" software of its kind and can be used to power a range of smart devices — from wearables to cars. Huawei predicts that by 2025 there will be roughly 100 billion internet-connected devices in the world, with 2 million new sensors deployed every hour. The company also said that the OS would be "opened to all developers" to allow them to quickly create their own smart products — although it's unclear whether this means that LiteOS will be fully open-source. Huawei says LiteOS also supports "zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking."

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Linux Container Operating Systems: Thin Is In

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When is less really more? When it's a Linux operating system designed to run containers, such as Red Hat Atomic Host, Ubuntu Snappy, or CoreOS. As developers increasingly embrace containers for building and running apps, these small footprint systems could change the operating system's long-standing role as a catch-all for historic but less-important functions, like fax servers.

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Debian Handheld Pre-orders, GNOME Scores RH Servers

From (some of) the folks that brought you Pandora comes new Linux gaming handheld Pyra. Pre-orders are now being taken. The Free Software Foundation filed a comment with the U.S. Copyright Office calling for an end to JavaScript requirements on government websites. Red Hat recently donated two servers to the GNOME project and Nick Heath examined a draft of the Munich Open Source report. Douglas DeMaio posted of Tumbleweed updates and vulnerabilities in ImageMagick have webmasters scrambling. Read more

Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Canonical Makes It Easy for Users to Install Snaps via Ubuntu Software
    We published earlier an update to an article published last week about the fact that there was a nasty bug present in the GNOME Software application that made it impossible for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users to install third-party .deb packages. On May 4, 2016, Canonical finally pushed the patched version of the GNOME Software app, which is called Ubuntu Software in the newly released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system, allowing users to install various applications distributed in the .deb file format and obtained from third-party sources with a simple double mouse click on the file.
  • You Can Now Install Third-Party Debs via GNOME Software in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    We told you last week that there's a pretty nasty bug in the GNOME Software application, a graphical package manager from the GNOME Stack, that does not allow Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users to install third-party .deb files.
  • Ubuntu Make 16.05 Lands on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Brings Android Studio and SDK Fixes
    Ubuntu Make developer Didier Roche announced the release of Ubuntu Make 16.05, a new maintenance release of his open-source CLI tool that lets developers install various third-party SDKs and IDEs.

No one should have to use proprietary software to communicate with their government

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) submitted a comment to the U.S. Copyright Office calling for a method to submit comments that do not require the use of proprietary JavaScript. Proprietary JavaScript is a threat to all users on the Web. When minified, the code can hide all sorts of nasty items, like spyware and other security risks. Savvy users can protect themselves by blocking scripts in their browser, or by installing the LibreJS browser extension and avoiding sites that require proprietary JavaScript in order to function. But some sites are harder to avoid than others. This is particularly the case when the site is required for citizens to communicate or interact with their own government. If no free alternative means are provided, then users can be blocked from participating in the democratic process. Read more