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  • Qt 5.6 released

    I’m happy to announce that Qt 5.6.0 has been released today! This release has taken a bit longer to finish than we originally expected, mostly because we put a lot of new infrastructure in place, allowing us to make Qt 5.6 a Long Term Supported (LTS) release. With that, Qt 5.6 (LTS) will be receiving patch releases with security updates and bug fixes for the next three years, in parallel to upcoming Qt versions. Today, with Qt 5.6, we’ve now also made our new offering for start-ups and small businesses available!

  • GNOME 3.20 Release Candidate Now Available

    Being well past the various freezes, today's GNOME 3.20 release candidate doesn't offer much more than bug fixes and translation updates. If you aren't familiar with the new work added earlier in the GNOME 3.19 development cycle for GNOME 3.20, see our many GNOME 3.20 articles. There is much-improved support for native Wayland on GNOME, many improvements to GNOME's many applications, and other enhancements throughout the stack.

  • ClearOS 7.2.0 Screencast and Screenshots
  • Current (pre-release) ChangeLog for x86_64
  • FOSSASIA 2016 at the Science Centre Singapore

    FOSSASIA 2016 is now under way. The Debian, Red Hat and Ring (Savoir-Faire Linux) teams are situated beside each other in the exhibit area.

  • New VPN Feature Coming In The Ubuntu Touch OTA-10

    According to Marius of Softpedia, there will be a VPN panel in the System Settings after installing the OTA-10 update on devices. Other than that, the update includes improvement to pay and location services, better support for Web Apps in the Browser app, the EDS Plugin for Qt PIM module’s Organizer and improvements to Indicator-Datetime. The VPN feature though stands out of the rest and was first cited by Softpedia last year.

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  • A Free Online Course on the Cloud and Containers

    The Linux Foundation and edX are going to be offering another free training course to the open source community. It's focused on open source cloud computing and container technology, and looks very timely.

  • Cloud tech is most important Linux skill, says Linux Foundation

    A new massive open online course (MOOC) for Linux developers will cover the implementation of cloud-based projects.

    The Linux Foundation is offering the course through edX, the nonprofit online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course is free and will begin this June.

    According to the Linux Foundation, understanding cloud technologies tops the list of most important skills for any developer, sysadmin or emerging DevOps professional.

  • RcppArmadillo 0.6.600.4.0

    Conrad announced a new Armadillo release 6.600.4 yesterday. This followed some work we had done for thorough pre-release checking with reverse dependencies tests for the over 200 CRAN packages using it and resulted in one more squashed bug. This releasehas been folded into RcppArmadillo 0.6.600.4.0 which arrived on CRAN and Debian earlier today.

  • xdg-app 0.5.0 released
  • XDG-App Is Becoming More Feature Complete

    Red Hat's Alexander Larsson today announced the release of XDG-App v0.5.

    With today's xdg-app 0.5 release, Alex considers this GNOME sandboxing tech to be feature complete for making it possible for third-parties to create and distribute applications that work across distributions. With this sandboxing, these packaged applications have minimal access to the host as needed for functionality.

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  • Linux Forums Through the Eyes of a New User

    Ken Starks throws down the gauntlet and puts a hundred bucks on the line in an attempt to see if civility can be brought to the forums and a particular change made to LibreOffice.

  • First contribution to usability testing

    For the usability test, I set aside a guest user on my machine, a laptop running the Fedora 23 operating system with the GNOME desktop. There are no modifications to the install that should affect the results of the test. The participants executed the test separate from one another using otherwise identical settings.

    The scenario tasks I used were taken from previous usability tests. I used the six scenario tasks on Gedit from Jim Hall's blog. I also borrowed the four Nautilus scenario tasks from Gina Dobrescu's blog from a previous usability test internship.

  • Highlights of development sprint 16
  • Two Linux experts choose the best desktop distributions

    One of the best things about Linux is the range of choices available when it comes to desktop distributions. But that same level of choice can also be a bit confusing to newcomers to Linux. It can be hard for them to sift through all of the different distributions to find the one that might work best for them.

    Not to worry though if you're a newbie, Datamation has a helpful article that features two Linux experts who share their picks for best Linux distributions.

  • Running Intel Haswell-ULT Graphics With Ubuntu 16.04's X-Staging PPA

    There isn't much change to these results, which are found via this OpenBenchmarking.org result file. Mesa 11.2 is still exposing OpenGL 3.3 for the Intel driver but at least the next Mesa release should fully take the Intel driver well into the GL4 world. Again, if you want to help test Mesa 11.2 on Ubuntu 16.04, try the the x-staging PPA. I'm still having some other Ubuntu 16.04 graphics (including NVIDIA/Nouveau) coming out in the next few days on Phoronix.

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  • Dell’s New XPS 13, Precision Laptops are Linux-based Instead of Windows
  • Dell brings Linux to its latest XPS 13 laptop

    Have you coveted the Skylake-powered version of Dell's near-borderless XPS 13 laptop, but wished it would ship with an open platform like Linux instead of Windows? Now's your chance. Dell has released a new version of its XPS 13 Developer Edition that comes with Ubuntu Linux 14.04 out of the box. You'll need a deep bank account to buy one right now, as your only current choices are high-end Core i7 models (with a quad HD+ touchscreen) that start at a lofty $1,550. You can finally get a Linux-based XPS 13 with 16GB of RAM, however, and there are promises of a far more frugal Core i5 system with 8GB of RAM and a non-touch display.

  • Expanding the Dell Portfolio of Ubuntu Laptops and Workstations
  • [Older] Major Linux Successes on the Desktop: 2016

    Linux containers has been a huge force in Linux servers and most of the press happened in 2015. Why is this in a desktop article? Because setting up tools and using containers on a Linux desktop is easier than doing so on OS X or Windows because you don’t need a VM. For developers and administrators I highly suggest you run Linux natively if you are going to be working with containers. You will have less to set up and you will learn more about the environment where your containers will run.

  • Ex-Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer: Linux no longer a cancer, now 'in the rearview mirror'

    Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who famously called Linux a "malignant cancer" 15 years ago, has softened his position on the open-source operating system. On 8 March, Microsoft announced plans to open up its SQL Server database software to users of the Linux operating system with a full launch planned for mid-2017.

  • [ANNOUNCE] wayland-protocols 1.3
  • A new Steam Client Beta adds new Steam Controller features

    I do love my Steam Controller, and Valve really are doing some amazing work with it. This latest update adds a pretty big new feature.

  • OVERLOAD from the original Descent developers has been funded

    I actually didn't think they would make it, but it's nice to see another Linux supported title be funded. They even had a Linux build for backers to play with, but as I am not someone who funds Kickstarter projects (too much risk) I wasn't able to test.

  • Live Streaming to HTML5?
  • Mouse cursor disappears in GNOME 3

    After a reboot, everything was back to normal! The cursor appears reliably in the top bar, Activities screen, and other overlays. In addition, some of the transient cursor weirdness I had with some applications seems to be gone.

  • Stock Target & Update on Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Objectives, Wayland in F24, Flock talk deadline, QA heroes, conference metrics

    When we created the Fedora Council to succeed the previous Fedora Board, one of our goals was for the new body to take an active role in leadership and in finding project direction. One concrete way we do this is through Fedora Objectives. We choose two to four of these on a roughly 12-18 month timeframe, with full Council consensus and broader community discussion. We also appoint Objective Leads as auxiliary Council members, with binding votes on concerns relevant to their particular area.

  • F23-20160311 Updated Lives Available (4.4.4-301)

    It’s that time again, another kernel dropped to stable updates. This respin cycle also includes a series of updates (shown below).

  • Welcome Back! [Firefox]
  • Not-platform for Debian project leader elections 2016

    After some serious thinking, I've decided not to nominate myself in the Debian project leader elections for 2016. While I was doing that, I wrote the beginnings of a platform, below. I'm publishing it to have a record of what I was thinking, in case I change my mind in the future, and perhaps it can inspire other other people to do something I would like to happen.

  • Linux Gamers With AMD GPUs May Want to Avoid Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Upgrade — No fglrx Drivers
  • OnePlus One Gets Ubuntu Operating System

    Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has announced that its OnePlus One smartphone will get an Ubuntu operating system ROM on board. The highlight of the Ubuntu OS are the Scopes and the categorized home screens, which provides a unified view of contents in a certain category.

  • Ambiance & Radiance Colors Theme Suite For Ubuntu/Linux Mint (GTK + Xfce + Lxde)
  • Ambiance & Radiance Flat Colors Suite For Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Ambiance & Radiance Flat Colors aims to be a modern and unique theme bringing class and personality to your favorite desktop environment. It features a modern and clean flat look in your choice of 13 vibrant colors: Blue, Spring Blue, Brown, Graphite, Green, Orange, Purple, Pink, Red, Teal, and Yellow. Each color comes in 2 versions Original and Pro, there are Color buttons in Original and Mono/Colorless buttons in Pro. With fully integrated and tested support for many of the popular desktops Including: Unity, Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, LXDE, OpenBox, Gnome Classic & Fallback. In Ambiance(Dark), Radiance (Light) As well as Ambiance Fusion (Ambiance with a light toolbar for dark icon themes). Ambiance & Radiance Flat is not by or endorsed by the original Ambiance team.

  • Orange Pi Plus Setup, Benchmarks, and Initial Impressions

    It looks amazing on paper, but my real-world experience with one has been disappointing. Between waiting for the very slow Orange Pi website and forums to load, to spending a few hours just trying to get one of the 'official' Linux distro images to boot correctly, to then debugging hardware issues (like USB keyboard detection, HDMI-to-DVI connections, etc.), there were obstacles every step of the way.

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  • PlayStation 4 capable of booting Linux due to the latest hack

    This is not the first time that fail0verflow announced it had successfully hacked Sony’s PlayStation 4 to run Linux, and even showcased to the public that the team was running Pokémon. After months of testing, the team has said that the console is successfully able to run Linux, but what does this mean for the future gaming titles. Does this mean that Sony’s PlayStation 4 will be open to run pirated copies of future games? The hacking group has not stated this, but has shown us on how we too can run Linux on our consoles.

  • Radeon Crimson 16.3 Released With Vulkan, But No Sign Yet For Linux

    Today AMD released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 driver (formerly known as Catalyst), but sadly the Linux driver update is not in tandem with this new driver update which now provides official Vulkan support.

    When hearing that Radeon Software Crimson 16.3 brings official Vulkan support over their earlier Windows beta, I was excited and hoping the Linux release would join in. The release notes also mention some performance improvements with this Crimson 16.3 driver and other enhancements to complement the Vulkan mainline API support.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6 Offers Improved Performance, Scale and Security for High-Performance Linux-Based Workloads

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.6. This new version of Red Hat’s KVM-based virtualization solution offers increased performance, scale, and security for high-intensity Linux workloads. It also updates user experience and management tools to help reduce cost and time of VMware migrations by eliminating the need to purchase a third-party migration tool. Lowering the costs and sprawl of proprietary virtualization solutions is a common customer challenge addressed by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

  • Large Cap Key Stocks of the Day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Tails 2.2 Comes with Onion Circuits Instead of Vidalia

    Have you ever wondered how to access the internet anonymously or protecting your privacy against internet surveillance! without the effort of setting up a VPN and relay connections. Tails Linux distribution is a quite good choice for you.

    During your regular usage to the internet, you regularly send application tracking reports, search engine queries, browsing history, your location based on the current IP address, ..etc. All these kind of information could be used to invade your privacy. So, you could use an applications called “Tor” to connect you through multiple virtual tunnels and relays to hide your identity and your location. This seems pretty good, but what if you don’t want to bother with setting up Tor in your current Linux distribution, you could simply use a live session of Tails directly from a USB, DVD, and SD card.

  • Linaro Connect: Jon Masters talking about the importance of standards
  • Raspberry Pi 3

    Four years ago (last leap day to be specific), the first Raspberry Pi was released. And on February 29, 2016, the third version made its debut.

    In its short lifespan, the Pi has broken records to become the best-selling British computer. With more than eight million units in circulation, it has eclipsed the sales records set by Sinclair, Amstrad and Acorn. Back in the 1980s, those companies were at the forefront of the "microcomputer revolution".

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