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  • Geary 0.11.0 released

    Geary is an email application built for GNOME 3. It allows you to read and send email with a simple, modern interface.

  • Deploying OpenStack on just one hosted server
  • Transmission in QML?

    One of the hardest parts of actually doing something is the action to do it. I spend quite a while saying to myself “I’ll start learning QML”, then I discovered that there is a Qt version of Transmission, the one used on Windows and also a few linux flavors. Unfortunately it’s not polished as I hoped to run unmodified on Mac, Gnome and such (it runs fine on Plasma, my DE of choice, but I wanted to make it work nice anywhere).

  • Reviving the GTK development blog

    The GTK+ project has a development blog.

    I know it may come as a shock to many of you, and you’d be completely justified in thinking that I just made that link up — but the truth is, the GTK+ project has had a development blog for a long while.

  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2016

    While I was going through news.gnome.org, a piece of news flashed on my screen stating that GNOME.Asia summit 2016 is to be held in Delhi, India which is my own place. Though at that time I was completely unaware about what happens in a summit, what it is meant for and all that sort of questions. But for once, I decided to atleast attend it, if not participate. I told about this news to my mentors Jonas Danielsson and Damian Nohales. Initially i was quite reluctant to participate there, but Jonas pushed me a lot to present a lightning talk about my outreachy project in the summit. Damian too motivated me to go for the summit. Therefore I decided to submit a lightning talk proposal about my project : "Adding print route support in GNOME-Maps". Within few days i got the confirmation regarding the acceptance of my talk and also the approval of travelling sponsorship.

  • Uruk 1.0 Screenshot Tour
  • AUSTRUMI 3.4.2 Screenshot Tour
  • Manjaro 16.06 RC1 Polishes Xfce 4.12, Linux 4.4 LTS

    The first release candidate to the upcoming Manjaro 16.06 "Daniella" release is now available.

    Manjaro's flagship desktop continues to be built upon Xfce 4.12, for which they've worked on more polishing and improvements this release cycle. Manjaro 16.06 for the KDE spin will feature Plasma 5.6 and KDE Applications 16.04.

  • LetsEncrypt on openSUSE Leap

    I’ve been running my personal blog on rootco.de for a few months now. The server is a minimal install of openSUSE Leap 42.1 running on a nice physical machine hosted at the awesome Hetzner, who offer openSUSE Leap as an OS on all of their Physical and Virtual server hosting. I use the standard Apache available in Leap, with Jekyll to generate this blog. You can actually see the source to this Jekyll blog on GitHub. And to manage it all I use the awesome SaltStack and keep all of my Salt configuration in GitHub also so you can see exactly how my system is setup.

  • 5 rules for avoiding burnout

    Recently, I was asked to fly to India to help some new teams at Red Hat learn a bit more about how to approach the ideas underpinning Agile effectively. Impulsive me wanted to respond, "Yes, I will absolutely travel to India to meet people and share what I know." However, reasonable me followed up with, "OK, so you are going to fly to India. That's almost a two-day trip, you will only be there for around a day, and then you have to fly back for two days. You have a class that week, are teaching the following week, and somewhere in between all of that you are supposed to organize a yard sale. Oh, and in case you didn't know, you need a visa."

  • Fedora 24 alpha - Twine software.

    Today I tested teh Twine open-source tool with Fedora 24 alpha. I used virtual box software the last version.

  • Mobile giants will not be able to hold back the open source wave much longer

    The traditional core of the mobile industry still runs shy of open source. Qualcomm may have made some concessions to the new world with activities like AllSeen, but in general, mobile technologies are still run by traditional standards bodies and industry alliances with complex patent sharing deals and strictly controlled development processes. But the new giants of the mobile world have a very different view of open source, seeing it as a way to drive innovation, accelerate development and share costs.

  • Slaves, Rejoice! You’re Going To Have To Do Twice The Work And Still Pay M$ For Your Servitude

    Slaves have no doubt they are slaves when the slave-master beats them out of spite. M$ is clarifying the situation by increasing the number of ads displayed in “10”.

  • Microsoft: We're planning to double Start menu ads in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Microsoft has spelled out its aim of doubling the space it allocates in the Start menu for promoting the Microsoft Store.

  • Paw Prints: Writings of the maddog: I give my heart to you

    One last thing. I would like to give a heartfelt (no pun intended) "Thank you" and my admiration for Dr. Berry and the entire staff of St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua, New Hampshire. How do you thank people for saving your life?

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  • How Long Will Desktop Linux Last?

    I've been a desktop Linux user for seventeen years. For eight of those years, I haven't had a copy of Windows installed on any machine in the house.

    Under the circumstances, I can easily drift into thinking that Linux and free software represent the whole of computing, and possibly its future as well. Increasingly, though, I find myself wondering how long desktop Linux will last, especially when I consider the growing popularity of mobile devices.

  • Project Calico, Flannel Join Forces for Policy-secured Networking

    With this in mind, two open source projects, CoreOS’ Flannel virtual networking technology, and the Project Calico, another network overlay technology with strong security controls, have joined forces to offer a single package, called Canal, that will offer policy-based secure networking for the container and microservices era.

  • 4 Container Networking Tools to Know

    With so many new cloud computing technologies, tools, and techniques to keep track of, it can be hard to know where to start learning new skills. This series on next-gen cloud technologies aims to help you get up to speed on the important projects and products in emerging and rapidly changing areas such as software-defined networking (SDN) , containers, and the space where they coincide: container networking.

  • NetworkManager 1.2.2 Adds Hostname Fix for Slackware Linux, IPv6 Improvements

    NetworkManager maintainer Lubomir Rintel today announced the release of the second maintenance version of the latest stable and most advanced NetworkManager 1.2 series.

    NetworkManager 1.2.2 arrives on May 11, 2016, as a small point release for stable GNU/Linux operating systems that use this popular open-source network connection manager by default.

  • gNewSense 4.0 Screencast and Screenshots
  • Canonical Patches Multiple OpenSSH Vulnerabilities in Supported Ubuntu OSes

    Canonical released an update for the OpenSSH packages in the Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating systems.

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  • CoreOS Fest: Tigera Launches Canal Container Networking Effort

    At the CoreOS Fest here one of the big pieces of news is a new networking effort called Canal. Canal is an open-source effort that combines Project Calico which has been led by Metaswitch and flannel, led by CoreOS into a new container networking project, that includes both addressing and security policy elements.

  • ReText 6.0 and PyMarkups 2.0 released

    Today I have released the new major version of the ReText editor.

  • Qvarn Platform announcement

    In March we started a new company, to develop and support the software whose development I led at my previous job. The software is Qvarn, and it's fully free software, licensed under AGPL3+. The company is QvarnLabs (no website yet). Our plan is to earn a living from this, and our hope is to provide software that is actually useful for helping various organisations handle data securely.

    The first press release about Qvarn was sent out today. We're still setting up the company and getting operational, but a little publicity never hurts. (Even if it is more marketing-speak and self-promotion than I would normally put on my blog.)

  • NixOS 16.03 released [Ed: scroll down a bit]

    NixOS 16.03 “Emu” has been released, the fourth stable release branch.

  • Chrome OS Still Growing In USA

    According to StatCounter, usage of Chrome OS in USA continues to grow, especially on weekdays when school is in. I expect schools would get better performance with Debian GNU/Linux but Debian has fewer salesmen and folks continue to spread/believe that GNU/Linux is “hard” somehow. That wasn’t my experience. Debian GNU/Linux worked for us.

  • Linaro's ARM-Based Developer Cloud

    As the adoption of ARM-based servers accelerates and IoT applications rapidly evolve, software developers are demanding access to requisite hardware and software-reference platforms. In response, Linaro released Linaro Developer Cloud, a new cloud-based native ARMv8 development environment, which can be used to design, develop, port and test server, cloud and IoT applications without substantial upfront hardware investment.

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  • Intel's Clear Linux Distribution Switches Over To GCC 6.1 By Default

    Intel's Clear Linux operating system is now one of the first to be re-built under GCC 6 with using GCC 6.1 as its default compiler.

    Most distributions won't be migrating from GCC 5 to GCC 6 until later in the year, but this daily-updating Linux distribution out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center that continues to be focused on delivering optimized performance has already re-based from GCC 5.3 to GCC 6.1.0.

  • gNewSense 4.0 Promises a Solid Debian-Based Linux OS with 100% Free Software

    The gNewSense 4.0 GNU/Linux operating system has been released at the beginning of the month, and today we take a closer look at its new features and technologies.

  • We can repair email -- but it’s going to hurt

    Messaging and email are the most ubiquitous methods of personal communication that humans use today. We send more text messages, instant messages, and emails than we make phone calls. Many of us use these systems more often than we speak face-to-face with our friends and family. And we do so despite the fact that each is fairly broken in its own way, though SMS is probably the most robust of all the methods.

  • Welcome Prometheus

    Hi - my name is Alexis Richardson and I’m the chairman of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation TOC - Technical Oversight Committee. The TOC is an elected board of nine people. Representing the interests of CNCF’s members, we define and execute the CNCF’s technology strategy. I’m also the CEO and co-founder of Weaveworks, a CNCF member company.

  • Software is Eating the Ops World

    One thing I've thought a lot about is how the role of the system administrator is changing. This reflection was prompted by a couple of things: one, I'm a co-chair for talks at one of the longest running system administration conferences, so I should probably think about this kind of thing seriously when planning what talks we'll accept, etc. The other thing, though, is that I've read what some peers have had to say about the tone of the Google Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) book. My own interpretation is that the book thinks of traditional system administrators as "button pushers" who solely operate something that someone else gave them; similar to what you see in many large organization IT departments. There's a heavy emphasis on Engineering™, which isn't present in large organization IT departments. I haven't really dug in to the book -- so I'm going to leave those thoughts here and circle back in a few.

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  • 6 Material-Inspired Themes/Icons for Your Linux Desktop

    What is a Linux desktop if it ain’t filled with eye candy? Here we have a list of Material inspired/flat-feeling Themes and Icons to beautify the GUI of your system so you may customize it to your hearts’ content.

    While there are more than a few themes and icons that will effectively function with your Linux system, I’ve scoured the web to make this compilation particularly because I’ve grown a liking for all things flat in relation to the looks and feel of any operating system.

  • Microservices Require Robust API Management

    As the microservices approach is becoming more prevalent in application development, API operations, or API Ops, is increasingly being recognized as a requisite skill amongst enterprise and startups.

    Microservices architecture breaks down services and assets into discrete, composable units. And they use APIs to communicate and connect with each other. Which in turn means dev teams are needing to build up their API design and creation skills (which requires testing and other ops tasks), as well as outsource functionality like security.

  • Infrastructure 'Coming to Life in a New Way,' SDN Inventor Says

    There are those that believe the era of infrastructure is gone, but Martin Casado is not among them. Casado, now a venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz, discussed during a keynote address at the Interop conference here why we're now on the cusp of an evolutionary shift in the infrastructure market.

  • MachineWorks to Release Polygonica v1.3 for Linux, Mac

    MachineWorks Ltd., leading provider of CNC simulation and verification software and polygonal mesh processing software, announced that future versions of Polygonica will include support for Linux and Macintosh operating systems.

  • Two of the Best Password Manager GUI Apps for Linux

    If you either manage a number of systems (regardless of platform), or simply have a lot of passwords for computers, services, sites, and so forth, keeping track of those authentication credentials can be a serious strain to your memory. On top of that, these days passwords should not be such that you can easily memorize them. The more challenging they are, the harder they are to crack. Because of this, anyone with more than one password necessary to navigate through the daily grind (which would be just about everyone) should immediately make use of a password manager.

  • Enlightenment Brings Session Recovery Support To Wayland

    Enlightenment's Wayland support continues to become more feature complete with the latest feature work being for session recovery support.

    With the latest work brought yesterday to Enlightenment Git, there's now support throughout under Wayland for session recovery support. This makes it possible where if the compositor were to die, there's support for reconnecting Wayland applications.

  • Fedora 24 Beta status is GO, release on May 10, 2016
  • The PPA Problem

    One of the things I frequently get questions about is why we recommend against the use of PPAs with Bodhi Linux. For those who are unaware PPAs, which is short for Personal Package Archives, are software repositories that contain software compiled for compatibility with specific versions of Ubuntu.

  • Mark Shuttleworth Talks Ubuntu Watches, Unity 8 and The Future of Free Software

    The man, the myth, and the space-faring market-disrupting legend, but also a very busy man.

    Yet, in the weeks following each new release of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth manages to find some time to talk to the community and answer any pressing questions it has for him.

    Everyone, from the novice to the developer to grammatically deficient blogger, gets the same opportunity to ask Ubuntu’s’Self-Appointed Benevolent Dictator for Life’ anything they like.

    A video of his latest hour-long Q&A can be viewed by clicking play on the video above. If you are short on time you can scroll on down to read a transcript of highlights from the session.

  • DragonBox Pyra: Crowdfunding an open source, modular handheld PC (LPX Show)

    Before their was Kickstarter, before there were iPads, and before the smartphone market has really even taken off, there was the Pandora. It was designed to be a Linux-powered handheld computer which could be used for gaming and other tasks… but the crowd-funded project was plagued with shipping delays, which left a bitter taste in some people’s mouths.

  • Rugged PC/104 SBC offers ISA, PCI, and PCIe expansion

    Versalogic’s “BayCat” is a rugged PC/104-Plus SBC with an Atom E3800 SoC, numerous I/O ports, ISA, PCI, and miniPCIe expansion, and -40 to 85°C operation.

  • Qualcomm patches widespread vulnerability, but most phones will remain at risk

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  • Podcast Season 4 Episode 8

    In this episode: Bitcoin scandal. RMS wins an award. Savers and rich people can buy the DragonBox Prya (thanks Canseco!) and Devuan reaches beta. Plus loads of Finds, Neurons and a long-stewing Voice of the Masses.

  • Interop: SDN Growing to $12.5B, SD-WAN to $6B

    "Open source is not just at the bottom of the networking stack, it now goes from layer 2 all the way up to network and security services," Casemore said. "It's significant fact in the market landscape and vendors have to give it due consideration."

  • RcppArmadillo 0.6.700.6.0

    A second Armadillo release 6.700.6 came out in the 6.700 series, and we uploaded RcppArmadillo 0.6.700.6.0 to CRAN and Debian. This followed the usual thorough reverse-dependecy checking of by now 220 packages using.

  • Vivaldi Browser's New Snapshot Adds Editable Mouse Gestures, Tab Improvements

    We've been informed by Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard about the availability of a new snapshot build of the proprietary Vivaldi web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

    Vivaldi Snapshot 1.2.470.11 is now live for those who want to get an early taste of what's coming in the next stable update of the cross-platform web browser, which it looks like it gets a lot of attention lately, especially from those who want to migrate from Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome or Opera. And today's snapshot introduces editable mouse gestures.

  • GNOME's Nautilus File Manager: "Its Best Moment Since It Was Created"

    At various points in GNOME's history the Nautilus file manager has been less than maintained, but these days the situation is much brighter.

    GNOME developer Carlos Soriano has come out to write about how great the Nautilus situation is these days. Soriano wrote in a new blog post, "as far as I can see the development status of Nautilus it’s in its best moment since it was created, and part of that is thanks of the status of gtk+ development and the values and vision of GNOME as a project."

  • Neptune Linux 4.5.1 ISO Out Now with USB 3 Boot Support, KDE Plasma 5.6.2

    Neptune developer Leszek Lesner announced the release and general availability of a new Live ISO image for his Neptune Linux rolling operating system, version 4.5.1.

    The new Neptune Linux 4.5.1 ISO is now ready for download and includes all the updated packages and security patches released in the distribution's main software repositories since Neptune 4.5.

  • My free software activities, April 2016
  • m23 rock 16.2 brings support for Ubuntu 16.04 clients

    From this version on, m23 offers support for m23 clients using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus. A set of desktop environments is, of course, included for the new Ubuntu. Friends of the Univention Corporate Servers will be happy to hear that the m23 app is now available in the Univention App Center. As always, several small improvements have also been made to various parts of the software.

  • Unity 8 and Snaps Are the Future of the Ubuntu Desktop, After Ubuntu 16.10

    Today, May 5, 2016, is the last day of the Ubuntu Online Summit 2016, and we've just attended a very exciting session where the Ubuntu developers have discussed the future of the Ubuntu Desktop after Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

    You can watch the entire session below if you don't want to read the next paragraphs, but as usual, we'll try to detail and explain a few things for you so that you know now what to expect from future versions of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, on the desktop, of course.

  • Router hackers reach for the fork: LEDE splits from OpenWRT

    A split seems to have emerged in the Linux-router-OS community, with a breakaway group splitting from OpenWRT.

    OpenWRT is the chief open router firmware implementation, but it has run into headwinds of late. For example, downtime for the group earlier this year was traced back to the small organisation running a single, small, server without redundancy.

  • Samsung’s 360 degree camera will cost just about $350, oh and it runs Tizen !

    Samsung is one of those big guns from the consumer electronics market who has been betting huge on Virtual Reality. After partnering with Oculus for the Gear VR headset which has set its own benchmark for the best untethered VR solution one can buy, now that the headset has been in good shape, Samsung is working out ways to deliver content on it. Samsung have joined hands with multiple partners to provide VR experiences on its Milk VR platform and had also unveiled its own 360 degree camera at Unpacked 2016 event back in february- Gear 360 to let almost anyone to produce 360 degree content that can be viewed on the Gear VR.

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  • PSPP 0.10.2 has been released
    I'm very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.
  • Skype For Linux Alpha Update Adds ‘Close to Tray’, Call Settings, More
  • Hamster-GTK 0.10.0 Released
    Just a few seconds ago the initial release of Hamster-GTK, version 0.10.0, has been uploaded to the cheese shop. That means that after the rewritten backend codebase hamster-lib has been out in the wild for a few days by now you can now have a first look at a reimplementation of the original hamster 2.0 GUI. It will come as no surprise that this current early version is rather unpolished and leaves a lot to be desired. However, if you are familiar with legacy hamster 2.0 aka hamster-time-tracker you will surely see some major resemblance.
  • Core improvements in digiKam 5.0
    Version 5.0.0 of the digiKam image-management application was released on July 5. In many respects, the road from the 4.x series to the new 5.0 release consisted of patches and rewrites to internal components that users are not likely to notice at first glance. But the effort places digiKam in a better position for future development, and despite the lack of glamorous new features, some of the changes will make users' lives easier as well. For context, digiKam 4.0 was released in May of 2014, meaning it has been over two full years since the last major version-number bump. While every free-software project is different, it was a long development cycle for digiKam, which (for example) had released 4.0 just one year after 3.0. The big hurdle for the 5.0 development cycle was porting the code to Qt5. While migrating to a new release of a toolkit always poses challenges, the digiKam team decided to take the opportunity to move away from dependencies on KDE libraries. In many cases, that effort meant refactoring the code or changing internal APIs to directly use Qt interfaces rather than their KDE equivalents. But, in a few instances, it meant reimplementing functionality directly in digiKam.
  • MATE Dock Applet 0.73 Released With Redesigned Window List, Drag And Drop Support
    MATE Dock Applet was updated to version 0.73 recently, getting support for rearranging dock icons via drag and drop (only for the GTK3 version), updated window list design and more.
  • Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release
    The Min browser project has picked up a new update. Version 1.4 of the open-source, cross-platform web browser adds browser actions and full-text search.
  • Docker adds orchestration and more at DockerCon 2016
    DockerCon 2016, held in Seattle in June, included many new feature and product announcements from Docker Inc. and the Docker project. The main keynote of DockerCon [YouTube] featured Docker Inc. staff announcing and demonstrating the features of Docker 1.12, currently in its release-candidate phase. As with the prior 1.11 release, the new version includes major changes in the Docker architecture and tooling. Among the new features are an integrated orchestration stack, new encryption support, integrated cluster networking, and better Mac support. The conference hosted 4000 attendees, including vendors like Microsoft, CoreOS, HashiCorp, and Red Hat, as well as staff from Docker-using companies like Capital One, ADP, and Cisco. While there were many technical and marketing sessions at DockerCon, the main feature announcements were given in the keynotes. As with other articles on Docker, the project and product are referred to as "Docker," while the company is "Docker Inc."

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Cheese Talks: Porting Games to Linux & Day of the Tentacle
    In addition to my own thoughts, the article includes insights from a number of other Linux game porters including Leszek Godlewski (Painkiller Hell & Damnation, Deadfall Adventures), Ryan "icculus" Gordon (StarBreak, Left 4 Dead 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, Another World, Cogs, Goat Simulator), David Gow (Keen Dreams, Multiwinia), Ethan Lee (Salt & Sanctuary, Hiden in Plain Sight, HackNet, Waveform, Dust: An Elysian Tail) and Aaron Melcher (Outland, La-Mulana, Hyper Light Drifter, Darkest Dungeon). Betweem them, they offer a great range of attitudes and approaches that support and provide counterpoint to my own experiences.
  • ​Bundle Stars presents the Indie Legend Bundle 4
    Boasting one of the most star-studded game line-ups ever seen in an indie bundle, the brand new and exclusive Indie Legends 4 Bundle is here. Bundle Stars has pulled 8 incredible Steam games out of the bag for just $3.49 – that’s a saving of more than $100, and a discount of more than 95%. So just how good are the games? Games like Party Hard and Door Kickers are award winners, and the average Steam user score is a stunning 91%, across nearly 30,000 reviews!
  • Life is Strange: a Groundhog Day Simulator

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