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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 449

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at CrossOver XI from CodeWeavers
  • News: Free updates for Oracle Linux, overview of Scientific Linux, Xubuntu and Mageia updates, Skolelinux interview, OmniBoot
  • Questions and answers: Private communication and backups with GPG
  • Released last week: Zorin OS 6 "Lite", VectorLinux 7.0 "Light", Pear OS 4

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Vivaldi tablet with KDE Plasma Active dissected

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Linux
Hardware

liliputing.com: The Vivaldi tablet is a 7 inch tablet and open source KDE Plasma Active software. The €200 tablet is expected to start shipping in May, but the folks behind the official Vivaldi user forum at OpenTablets.org got their hands on an early unit — and they’ve ripped it apart to see what makes it tick.

Why Linux on the Desktop Is Dead

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news.idg.no: Linux is awesome. It's a powerful, capable, flexible operating system with tremendous potential. But, it's never going to be a factor on the desktop, so don't even waste your time considering it.

Forbes Earnings Preview: Red Hat

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  • Forbes Earnings Preview: Red Hat
  • 5 Things to Watch This Week: Red Hat, Houses...
  • 5 Reasons Not to Worry This Week

Why Rolling Android into Linux is a Failure for Desktop Linux

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datamation.com: Up until recently, Linux and Android have been two separate open source projects with two separate identities. But now with the release of the new version 3.3 of the Linux kernel, the two projects have begun an assimilation into a single entity.

People behind Debian: Jörg Jaspert

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Linux

raphaelhertzog.com: Jörg is a very active contributor within Debian, and has been for a long time. This explains why he holds so many roles (FTPmaster and Debian Account Manager being the 2 most important ones)… Better known as Ganneff (his IRC nick), he’s not exactly the typical hacker.

Gimme A Light Linux from Vector (7.0)

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zdnet.co.uk: With the newly announced Vector Linux 7.0 Light you not only get to a lightweight Linux distribution, you get to choose how light you want it. The distribution ISO includes four different configurations.

Plain and simple, Linux needs applications

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itworld.com: We dance around the topic of what the Linux desktop needs to succeed all the time, and usually it comes down to this argument: the Linux desktop needs to have a better design.

Iceland swaps Windows for Linux in open-source push

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zdnet.co.uk: Iceland's push to move its public sector to open-source software has made some headway, with most of the shift seeing Windows swapped for Linux.

Using Mageia 1 for Six Months Now

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eracc.com: Back in the Fall of 2011, September 4th to be exact, I decided it was time to migrate from the sinking ship of Mandriva to the new Mageia, It is now six months later and I am ready to report on my experience.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Leftovers: KDE (Akonadi, KWin)

  • Akonadi for e-mail needs to die
    So, I'm officially giving up on kmail2 (i.e., the Akonadi-based version of kmail) on the last one of my PCs now. I have tried hard and put in a lot of effort to get it working, but it costs me a significant amount of time and effort just to be able to receive and read e-mail - meaning hanging IMAP resources every few minutes, the feared "Multiple merge candidates" bug popping up again and again, and other surprise events. That is plainly not acceptable in the workplace, where I need to rely on e-mail as means of communication. By leaving kmail2 I seem to be following many many other people... Even dedicated KDE enthusiasts that I know have by now migrated to Trojita or Thunderbird.
  • Virtual keyboard support in KWin/Wayland 5.7
    Over the last weeks I worked on improved input device support in KWin/Wayland and support for virtual keyboard. KWin 5.7 will integrate the new QtVirtualKeyboard module which is now available under GPLv3. For us this means that we have access to a high quality QML based keyboard. For Qt it means that the virtual keyboard is exposed to more users and thanks to the open source nature it means that we can upstream fixes.
  • Virtual Keyboard Support For KWin / KDE Wayland 5.7
    The latest KWin/Wayland hacking project by Martin Gräßlin is adding virtual keyboard support to KWin for the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.7 release. This virtual keyboard support is powered by the QtVirtualKeyboard module and provides a high-quality, QML-based keyboard that will work on KWin/Wayland when no hardware keyboard is available. Implementing this virtual keyboard support with Wayland compatibility was actually quite a feat, but has now become a reality thanks to the work by Martin.

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