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KDE Ships 4.13 Beta 3

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Offering up more bug-fixes and translation updates is KDE 4.13 Beta 3. KDE 4.13 offers several application and platform improvements for KDE4 users until the Plasma Next and KDE Frameworks 5 experience is stable later in 2014.

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Open Source Apache and Nginx Web Servers Get More Secure

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Software
OSS

The open-source Apache HTTP Server is being updated to version 2.4.9 to fix two separate security issues, both of which carry the highest possible exploitability score Apache Web Server from the National Vulnerability Database. The first issue is identified as CVE-2014-0098 and is an issue that could potentially lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) condition.

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Trojita 0.4.1, a security update for CVE-2014-2567 / Announcing Geary 0.6.0

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GNU
KDE
Linux
GNOME

An SSL stripping vulnerability was discovered in Trojitá, a fast Qt IMAP e-mail client. User's credentials are never leaked, but if a user tries to send an e-mail, the automatic saving into the "sent" or "draft" folders could happen over a plaintext connection even if the user's preferences specify STARTTLS as a requirement.

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On the GNOME side:

We at Yorba are pleased to announce the release of Geary 0.6.0, a new stable version of our IMAP mail client. Much has changed since our last stable release.

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KDE 4.13 Makes It Into Kubuntu 14.04 LTS

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KDE 4.13 is making it into next month's release of Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, the KDE version of Ubuntu Linux.

Going back to January this year has been planning about shipping KDE SC 4.13 in the next (K)ubuntu release. As of today, there's been mass package updates pushing all of the KDE components up to their latest 4.13 development versions; KDE 4.13 Beta 2 was released a few days ago.

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Blender 2.70 Release Notes

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Software

New features include initial support for volumetrics in Cycles, and faster rendering of hair and textures. The motion tracker now supports weighted tracks and has improved planar tracking. For mesh modeling there are new Laplacian deform and wireframe modifiers, along with more control in the bevel tool. The game engine now supports object levels of detail.

The first results from the new user interface project are also in this release, with dozens of changes to make the interface more consistent and powerful. This is also the first release of the multithreaded dependency graph, which makes modifier and constraint evaluation faster in scenes with multiple objects.

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Gnome Boxes 3.12

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GNOME

I just rolled out Boxes 3.11.92, which is going to become 3.12 in a week. Apart from lots of fixes and minor improvements like addition of keyboard shortcuts for improved accessibility for example, there are some note worthy changes against 3.10

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Firefox 28 released: Windows 8 Metro version removed at the last moment because it only had 1,000 users

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Microsoft
Moz/FF

Firefox 28 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android has been released.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

KDE Works On Input Redirection, Wayland Cursor Themes

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The initial release of KDE Frameworks 5 and Plasma Next will likely not have perfected Wayland support but many components should be usable within Weston and other improvements -- including KWin as its own Wayland compositor -- will come with time.

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Ubuntu Gnome gets LTS status

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GNOME
Ubuntu

Steve Langasek of Ubuntu Technical Board had raised his concerns when the proposal was made, “I am very concerned about this proposed support timeline. 2 years and 3 months means that the support period would end the same month that 16.04.1 is likely to be released. Given that our policy has been to not recommend (or advertise in the UI) LTS upgrades until the first point release, this effectively gives users zero margin between the dropping of security support for Ubuntu-GNOME 14.04, and the first upgrades to Ubuntu-GNOME 16.04.

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Enlightenment Foundation Libraries Application Round Up

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Most folks who have been around Linux and/or open source software for awhile are aware of what GTK and QT are - tool kits for building applications. Something that not as many may be aware of is that there is another open source tool kit out there - the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries. These serve as the building blocks not only for the Enlightenment desktop, but also for a growing number of applications.

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MEP Tarand: "EU should switch to ODF standard"

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LibO
OSS
OOo

The European institutions should switch to using the Open Document Format ODF as their internal default document format, says Member of the European Parliament Indrek Tarand. Speaking at a meeting of the European Parliament's Free Software User Group (Epfsug), last week Wednesday, MEP Tarand said: "Moving to ODF would allow real innovation, and real procurement."

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KDE wins Linux New Media Readers Choice Award 2014

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Last week at CeBIT, KDE won the Linux New Media Readers Choice Award 2014 (link to German language Linux Magazine) for the best Linux Desktop Environment. 46% of the readers of Linux New Media's global publications voted for KDE. Runner-ups were GNOME with 18% and XFCE with 13%. Other awards went to CyanogenMod, Raspberry Pi, Bitcoin, Puppet, Tor and Git.

Cornelius Schumacher, President of KDE e.V. received the award on behalf of the KDE Community from Mathias Huber, Editor at Linux Magazine. The video of the award ceremony will be available on the Linux Magazine web site later.

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New in GTK+ 3.12: popovers

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GNOME

One of the nice things about popovers is that they are just normal containers – you can put any widget into them, and keyboard navigation and input works like everywhere else. This is a marked contrast to menus, which are very specialized. Attempts to put entries, sliders or buttons into menus usually end badly.

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kdevelop-python for Python 3: first stable version (1.6.0) released!

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Development
KDE

Yesterday, Python 3.4 was finally released, so I'm now happy to announce the first stable release of kdevelop-python which supports Python 3!

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Leftovers: Software

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Software

Overview of Kate Editor in KDE 4.12.3

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KDE

Kate (the KDE Advanced Text Editor) is the well know, powerful text editor that ships by default in KDE, and has plenty of powerful features for both simple text editing as well as programmers. Some of the well-known functions that it offers include indentation, syntax highlighting for hundreds of programming languages, block-selection mode or check-spelling.

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App folder configuration

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GNOME

GNOME has been moving away from hierarchical menus for applications. It is problematic for many reasons. One problem is the need for a global, hierarchical classification (‘categories’) – the world is just not that simple, and applications don’t always fit into these predefined categories. Another problem is that menus don’t really scale beyond a single level of submenus or beyond more than 10-15 items per menu. Not to mention that menus are hard to use on touch devices.

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Popcorn Time Is Back

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OSS

YTS developer Jduncanator told TorrentFreak that they are in a better position from a copyright standpoint because it’s built on their API. “It’s as if we have built another interface to our website. We are no worse off managing the project than we would be just supplying the movies. It’s our vision at YTS that we see through projects like these and that just because they create a little stir in the public, it doesn’t mean they are shut down.”

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Zorin OS Cubed, "Fresh" LibreOffice, and Year of Linux

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OS
LibO
Linux

In today's search was two Zorin OS reviews and a recommendation. The Document Foundation released the second update to the 4.2 branch of their popular office suite. Jamie Watson got a new Acer laptop and test drove several popular distributions on it. Computer Weekly online has published an article on Unix to Linux migrations and Simon Phipps put out a new post titled 2014 is the year of the Linux desktop.

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