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How Should the Free Software Movement View the Linux Foundation?

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Linux

The opinions offered here are my own. I am not expressing the views of any SFLC clients, the Free Software Foundation, or Richard M. Stallman.

There has been much recent controversy concerning the relationship between the Linux Foundation and “community,” or non-commercial organizations in the world of free software. I’ve been somewhat confused by the dynamics of that conversation, which has spilled out from private mailing lists into the public eye occasionally, and I have found it useful in clarifying my own views to state my thoughts on the subject, which I’ve now decided to share.

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The linux-stable security tree project

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Security

Hi all,

I'd like to announce the linux-stable security tree project. The purpose
is to create a derivative tree from the regular stable tree that would
contain only commits that fix security vulnerabilities.

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HandyLinux 2.4 Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.4, Iceweasel Replaced with Firefox

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Linux

The developers of the Debian-based HandyLinux distribution have announced the immediate availability for download of HandyLinux 2.4, a maintenance release in the 2.x stable series of the OS.

HandyLinux 2.4 comes only ten days after the release of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 "Jessie" operating system, on which the French distro is now based, offering users new installation mediums that include the latest security patches and software updates pushed upstream.

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Linux Mint 18 to Offer Cinnamon 3.0 and MATE 1.14 Flavors, Arc GTK-Based Theme

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Linux

The Linux Mint project is alive and kicking, despite the unfortunate "hacking" issues that happened at the end of February 2016, and team leader Clement Lefebvre talks today about the upcoming features in Linux Mint 18.

As you might very well be aware, the major Linux Mint 18 release is coming this year as a free upgrade to existing Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" users, bringing a ton of new features, improvements to the in-house built apps, as well as the latest versions of the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments.

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Also: [Mint] Monthly News – March 2016

MediPi open source telehealth kit piloted in NHS

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OSS

An open source telehealth kit built using a Raspberry Pi will be piloted with heart patients at a southern NHS trust this financial year.

Richard Robinson, a technical integration specialist at HSCIC, developed the telehealth prototype called MediPi to prove that “telehealth is affordable at scale”.

He said eight months ago his wife, who works for a charity helping socially isolated older people, was asked to find volunteers for a telehealth pilot.

“She came home with the kit and it was all high-end tablets, 3G and Bluetooth enabled devices and I was really shocked by what I thought would cost,” explained Robinson.

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Linux 4.6-rc3

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  • Linux Kernel 4.6 Release Candidate 3 Is Now Available for Download

    It's Sunday evening in the US, so we probably don't even have to tell our dedicated Linux readers what we're about to announce in this article because they're probably already testing Linux 4.6-rc3.

    Yes, that's right, Linus Torvalds has made available his regular Sunday release for the next RC build of the upcoming Linux 4.6 kernel, which early adopters can download and compile as we speak (see download options at the end of the article).

    At the moment of writing this article, Linus Torvalds still hasn't prepared an official announcement, but most certainly, Linux kernel 4.6 Release Candidate 3 comes with the regular improvements and bug fixes for filesystems, architectures, networking stack, sound stack, as well as driver updates.

  • Linux 4.6-rc3 Kernel Released

    Linux 4.6-rc3 is the third weekly test release of the in-development Linux 4.6 kernel. Being well past the merge window, this week was about landing more bug and regression fixes throughout the 21+ million lines in the Linux Git tree.

GNU/Games: Linux vs Windows Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Gaming

Linux Mint 18 to Offer Cinnamon 3.0 and MATE 1.14 Flavors, Arc GTK-Based Theme

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Linux

The Linux Mint project is alive and kicking, despite the unfortunate "hacking" issues that happened at the end of February 2016, and team leader Clement Lefebvre talks today about the upcoming features in Linux Mint 18.

As you might very well be aware, the major Linux Mint 18 release is coming this year a free upgrade to existing Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" users, bringing a ton of new features, improvements to the in-house built apps, as well as the latest versions of the Cinnamon and MATE desktop environments.

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Chakra GNU/Linux Gets KDE Plasma 5.6.2, Frameworks 5.21.0, and LibreOffice 5.1.2

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Linux

Chakra GNU/Linux maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis has just announced a few minutes ago the availability of the latest KDE technologies in the main repositories of the Arch Linux-based operating system.

Just like Arch Linux, Chakra GNU/Linux is a rolling release distribution, which means that users install it once and get free updates for the rest of their lives, or at least until they decide to move to another Linux kernel-based operating system.

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Yet another GTK+ update

GTK+ 3.20 was released a while ago; we’re up to 3.20.3 now. As I tried to explain in earlier posts here and here, this was a pretty active development cycle for GTK+. We landed a lot of of new stuff, and many things have changed. I’m using the neutral term changed here for a reason. How you view changes depends a lot on your perspective. Us, who implemented the changes, are of course convinced that they are great improvements. Others who maintain GTK+ themes or applications may have a different take, since changes often imply that they have to do work to adapt. Read more