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Software news or reviews with focus on GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source software

digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0-beta4 is out..

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KDE

digiKam team is proud to announce the fourth beta release of digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0.

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Calligra 2.8.1 Office Suite Is a Major Update

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KDE
Software

“The Calligra team has released version 2.8.1, the first of the bugfix releases of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active in the 2.8 series. This release contains a few important bug fixes to 2.8.0 and we recommend everybody to update,” reads the official announcement.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

GNOME 3.10 has resurrected what was once the darling of the Linux desktop

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GNOME

Jack Wallen examines the state of the GNOME 3.10 desktop. His conclusion might surprise you.

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Mozilla CEO Oops, Ubuntu 14.04 Beta, and a GNOME Review

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Moz/FF
GNOME
Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04 Beta was released and OMG!Ubuntu! has a What's New. Red Hat stock took a bit of hit today and Forbes.com is reporting oversold conditions. And finally today, Jack Wallen has a look-see at GNOME 3.10 stable in light of yesterday's GNOME 3.12 release.

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KDE to Attend Freedesktop Summit 2014

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KDE

The summit is a joint technical meeting of developers working on 'desktop infrastructure' on the major Free Desktop projects. The event aims to support collaboration between projects by discussing specifications and the sharing of platform-level components. David Faure will be KDE's primary representative at this year's summit.

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KDE Ships Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.13

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KDE

KDE has announced the Release Candidate of the 4.13 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. We kindly request your assistance with finding and fixing issues.

A partial list of improvements can be found in the 4.13 Feature Plan. A more complete list of the improvements and changes will be available for the final release in the middle of April.

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Appstream: The next step

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Software

If you have attended my FOSDEM talk or seen the slides, you know about the concept of “component metadata” to describe (almost) all software components which make up a Linux system, as well as their public interfaces they provide for users and other software to access. This metadata specification was originally designed as part of the Listaller project for use with the 3rd-party software installer.

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Mozilla's Thimble and Webmaker Get Nods for Teaching Web Development Skills

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Development
Moz/FF

Thimble is actually a subset of Mozilla’s Webmaker project, which is aimed at teaching all kinds of web literacy and development skills.

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GNOME 3.12 Released, 'Sup Apache, King of Office

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Linux
Software
GNOME

There was so much news today, I couldn't fit it all into one post. Several interesting software topics surfaced today as well. First up, Glyn Moody asks, What's Up with Apache Web Server? Jack Germain test-drove a new Linux office suite. And GNOME 3.12 was released!

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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GNOME
Reviews

Review When the GNOME 3.x desktop arrived it was, frankly, unusable. It wasn't so much the radical departure from past desktop environments, as the fact that essential things did not work properly or, more frustratingly, had been deemed unnecessary.

Fast-forward three years and while GNOME 3.12 – released Wednesday – still isn't the infinitely customisable experience of GNOME 2.x, not only has the GNOME Shell progressed by leaps and bounds but it now makes for a stable, productive desktop environment.

One of the great things about releasing early and often is that eventually things improve; sometimes things improve so slowly you hardly notice it until a release like GNOME 3.12 rolls around, but they improve nonetheless.

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Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2 (Trusty Tahr) Is Out and Based on KDE 4.13 Beta 1

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KDE

Kubuntu14.04 LTS Beta 1 (Trusty Tahr) is based on KDE Plasma 4.13 Beta 1, and this means that the final version will likely be based on the final build of KDE 4.13. This is actually very good news because the KDE 4.13 branch has a ton of new features that will be very well received by the community.

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Gnome 3.12 review – work Ubuntu could have benefited from

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GNOME
Reviews

In a nutshell, I think Gnome teams have done an incredible job with 3.12 and created a desktop which is extremely simple, extremely secure and privacy respecting compared to Unity, and doesn’t need any learning curve. If there are free software advocates who want to convert Windows XP users to GNU/Linux, Gnome’s ease of use will certainly help.

What amazes me the most about Free Software and GNU/Linux is that there is always something for everyone. At one hand, you have KDE Software which is extremely polished, and mature – which can be customized to your very needs. It’s more or less like customizing your own Harley Davidson; on the other hand you have something as simple, secure and elegant as Gnome which doesn’t require any work and offers a very easy PC experience.

Since both these heavyweights of the free software world have matured enough you can now sit back and enjoy. I never miss either because I have them both installed on my openSUSE/Arch side by side.

Why to make compromise when you can have the best of both words!

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EU institutions accused of doing nothing to free themselves from dependence on Microsoft

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LibO
Microsoft
OSS
OOo

The European Commission and European Parliament are doing nothing to rid themselves of their dependance on Microsoft, two lobby groups said Wednesday, Document Freedom Day.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and Open Forum Europe urged EU institutions to support open standards in an open letter to Giancarlo Vilella, president of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support. He also chairs the body that coordinates IT activities for government agencies including Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the E.U.

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Running GNOME 3.12 on Fedora 20.

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GNOME

The GNOME Project recently announced the release of GNOME 3.12. This new version of GNOME provides updated versions of many of the core GNOME applications (notably, gedit, the GNOME text editor), as well as improvements to GNOME Shell. A full list of improvements and updates are available in the GNOME Release Notes.

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Ubuntu Developers Explain Why Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS Will Not Ship with GNOME 3.12

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GNOME
Ubuntu

The problem is that an upgrade of that magnitude is very hard to implement. When you're dealing with so many packages, you are going to have a lot of problems on your hands, with conflicts, bugs, dependencies, and a gazillion of unforeseen problems.

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GNOME 3.12 Puts The X.Org Log In The Systemd Journal

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A useful tip shared by X.Org input expert Peter Hutterer is that with today's GNOME 3.12 release the GNOME Display Manager is no longer writing X.Org Server logs to the file but is being stored within systemd's journal.

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GNOME 3.12 and FreeBSD (and a virtual machine)

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GNOME
BSD

As a result of the work that has been going into increasing the portability of GNOME this cycle, I’m happy to announce the availablility (on “day 0″) of a virtual machine image of GNOME 3.12.0 running on FreeBSD.

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LibreOffice 4.2.3 RC2 Arrives with Multiple Fixes on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

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LibO

The developers from The Document Foundation are not wasting any time and are pushing ahead with the latest branch, 4.2.3. The previous RC version was made available only a couple of weeks ago, and now the second one can be downloaded.

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Leftovers: Software

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