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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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GNOME

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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Software

KDE Telepathy 0.8 is out

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KDE

Sooooo after a brief period of testing the public beta we bring you the final stable release of KDE Telepathy 0.8.

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GNOME 3.12 Released - See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

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GNOME
Reviews

GNOME 3.12 was released today and it includes some important changes such as proper HiDPI support, improved Wayland support, various enhancements for the core GNOME applications as well as 3 new preview applications.

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OpenMandriva Lx 2014 Beta Is a Breath of Fresh Air with a KDE Soul

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KDE
MDV

You mustn't confuse the former Mandriva community and operating system with OpenMandriva, as they are completely separate entities. The company behind Madriva still exists, but it hasn't released anything since 2011. OpenMandriva shares some of the original values of Mandriva, but the developers have been a lot more active and they managed to release quite a few new versions until now.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 24.4.2 Official Lands in Ubuntu

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Moz/FF
Ubuntu

Canonical published details about the Thunderbird vulnerabilities in its Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems and made a new version of the email client available.

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Introducing rr ( Firefox Development)

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Development
Moz/FF

Many, many people have noticed that if we had a way to reliably record program execution and replay it later, with the ability to debug the replay, we could largely tame the nondeterminism problem. This would also allow us to deliberately introduce nondeterminism so tests can explore more of the possible execution space, without impacting debuggability. Many record and replay systems have been built in pursuit of this vision. (I built one myself.) For various reasons these systems have not seen wide adoption. So, a few years ago we at Mozilla started a project to create a new record-and-replay tool that would overcome the obstacles blocking adoption. We call this tool rr.

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Non-Linear Video Editor Pitivi Reaches Version 0.93 Beta

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Software
Movies

Pitivi, a free and open source video editor for the Linux platform based on the GStreamer multimedia framework, is now at version 0.93 Beta and it's available for download.

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GNOME 3.12 Released with New Features for Users and Developers

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GNOME

Orinda, CA– The GNOME Project is proud to release GNOME 3.12 today. The next milestone release in the GNOME 3 series includes many new features, enhancements and updates, as well as new capabilities and APIs for application developers. The new version continues to improve the GNOME 3 user experience and includes many small bug fixes and enhancements.

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GNOME Software on Ubuntu (II)

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GNOME
Ubuntu

So I did a bit more hacking on PackageKit, appstream-glib and gnome-software last night. We’ve now got screenshots from Debian (which are not very good) and long application descriptions from the package descriptions (which are also not very good). It works well enough now, although you now need PackageKit from master as well as appstream-glib and gnome-software.

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