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  • Introducing Stephen Mahood, system administrator

    With our shared vision, me and Walton created the Cyberunions podcast. We began before—but in the same year as—the Occupy movement. We discussed in great detail software that we knew would be beneficial to the labor movement, as well as elements in the labor movement that free software communities could adopt. Walton and I had and continue to have visions of labor unions funding free software, but we also felt it was a struggle to convince a union to use free software, let alone support its development. The podcast has been around for a while now, though we have been bad about keeping it up to date as of late—but there are plans to bring it back.

  • Linux Foundation and edX offer new course as starting point for in-demand Linux careers
  • Want a career in Linux? Take this edX course
  • KDBUS Might Try Again For Mainline Inclusion With Linux 4.2 Kernel

    While KDBUS tried to be included for Linux 4.1, it was ultimately rejected for this current Linux kernel development cycle. However, it looks like developers might be gearing up to try to push it into the Linux 4.2 kernel.

  • Making collaboration sustainable

    In The Open Organization Jim Whitehurst decries this "'Tom Sawyer' model of collaboration," in which organizations treat external communities as Tom treated his buddies: as gullible drones willing to work without any promise of reciprocation. It's the model of collaboration at work in so many accounts of successful "crowdsourcing" efforts, where companies tap the creativity and wisdom of communities simply to further their own ends. It's an approach that's just not sustainable, Whitehurst writes. How many times could Tom expect his friends to work for him without receiving anything in return?

  • Final Call for DebConf15 Proposals

    The deadline for submitting proposals is approaching, with only 12 days left to submit your event by June 15th. Events submitted after that date might not be part of the official DebConf schedule.

  • Announcing i386 netboot iso for Devuan (Alpha 2)
  • SourceForge under fire again for seizing Nmap account
  • Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project [Updated]

    SoureForge has sworn off its ways of wrapping "unmaintained" code from open source projects in installers that offer bundled commercial products in the wake of objections raised by some open source communities. But one policy remains in effect—the takeover of project pages SourceForge's staff decides are inactive, and assignment of ownership of those projects to staff accounts. One of the latest projects grabbed in this way is the Nmap security auditing tool.

  • Survey: Despite Open Source Community Gripes About Apple, Most Still Use It [132 self-selected respondents who use a particular bit of software, not "Open Source Community"]
  • Mac Asay: Open source vs. Apple: The holy war that wasn't

    Actually, the very term "open source" suggests a more relaxed view on software sharing, having displaced its GPL-wielding free software cousins years back. Whereas a free sourceror wouldn't be caught dead using anything other than (GNU) Linux, open sourcerors are happy to use whatever works.

  • Being SELF-ish: Linux Comes to the GNU South

    That said, the next stop on the Magical Linux-y Tour will be in North Carolina — you’ll see the link in the upper right of this page — the SouthEast LinuxFest, known more commonly by its acronym SELF (FOSS Force is a Supporting Sponsor), takes place next weekend in Charlotte. For three days, June 12-14 to be precise, Jeremy Sands and the rest of the crew at SELF bring Linux, BSD and FOSS to what has lately become my favorite geographical location, by name: the GNU/South.

  • Cisco acquires Piston Cloud Computing, will use to ramp up Intercloud offerings

    Piston gives Cisco more muscle around distributed systems and automated deployment, in addition to adding another level of infrastructure to the Cisco OpenStack private cloud.

  • Does Hadoop Need Governance? Datameer Says Yes

    Datameer, which is billed as a big data insights platform for rapid data discovery, has announced new data governance capabilities for its native Hadoop environment. We've been reporting on indications that many enterprises are finding Hadoop, well, very hard to deploy and manage. Datameer acknowledges that Hadoop is complex to deploy and use effectively, and notes that "analysts and administrators alike need an easier way to navigate data pipelines that have been developed by multiple departments and participants, and involve multiple data sources."

  • IBM Acquires Managed OpenStack Vendor BlueBox
  • LibreOffice/Document Foundation Bonanza

    Next to Linux or Android, LibreOffice is one of the most active FLOSS projects in the world. Arguably, it is one of the keys to liberating the desktop from Wintel as the office suite is one of Wintel’s key lock-ins for business. With moves to create a web-based version and one for Android/Linux, the future is bright however IT diversifies. Anyone considering the cost of IT should look at the office suite. Almost everyone uses one.

  • WSO2 and Profesia Srl Partner to Offer Flexible, Open Source SOA Solutions to Customers in the Italian Market
  • The Software Paradox – Available Now

    It’s available as a free download from O’Reilly

  • How open software has become a source of grief for tech majors like Cisco, IBM & Oracle

    Industry bodies US-India Business Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry have urged the government to reconsider its push for open source software that will cut the cost of licensing from big companies such as Cisco, IBM and Oracle.

  • Nordic countries to cooperate on open government

    Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have decided to cooperate on their open government strategies and implementations. To begin with, they will share their national OGP work and jointly promote open data.

  • Rewind on Aryeom and Jehan’s Open videos

    The concept was an interactive video included in an HTML canvas. People could upload a photograph and an address (using OpenStreetMap assets), to show their support to Mozilla, and their image would show embedded during video viewing on the right coordinates in the drawn world map. The actual page which won is still up, with the interactive video version.

    [...]

    This all coupled with more GIMP, Blender, Ardour, Synfig, etc. improvements, we should soon be able to have a very powerful ecosystem on GNU/Linux for any kind of movie making and animation.

  • New data science major aligns with growing corporate needs

    The University established a new data science major, which will be subsumed under LSA’s Statistics Department and the College of Engineering’s Division of Computer Science and Engineering. The new major will be available in Fall 2015 to both LSA and Engineering students.

  • Denver Will Expand its Use of Expeditionary Learning's Open Source Curriculum

    EL said that downloads of its ELA curriculum recently reached 3.2 million, an increase of 50 percent since last August. The organization will also deliver professional development to 600 teachers and administrators throughout the district, starting this summer.

  • Why my doctor prescribed me open hardware

    I recall a senior medical doctor once saying that being a practitioner nowadays is much more difficult than ever before, because when people get diagnosed, they go home to search the web, and often come back with tough questions. Open hardware for physiological computing isn’t making it any easier, but it seems like that’s not a bad thing.

  • ARM Unveils SoC Subsystem to Speed Up IoT Chip Development

    The chip designer also reportedly is looking to buy another security technology vendor to bulk up its expertise in the Internet of things.

  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • New SOHO router security audit uncovers over 60 flaws in 22 models

    In yet another testament of the awful state of home router security, a group of security researchers uncovered more than 60 vulnerabilities in 22 router models from different vendors, most of which were distributed by ISPs to customers.

  • More Concerns Arise Over Locking Down the Internet of Things

    It notes that Western Digital hard drives are cloud-enabled now and are transferring data to insecure cloud servers, and it cites the fact that a survey of more than 500 IT and security professionals found that 23 percent of respondents have no mitigating control over users connecting unauthorized devices to networks.

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  • XDC2015 X.Org Conference Announced, CFP Issued
  • Persistent Memory Microconference Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference

    The topic of persistent memory is back to the future for those of us old enough to have used core memory, but today’s persistent memory boasts densities, speeds, latencies, and capacities that are well beyond the scope even of science fiction back in the core-memory era.

  • AllSeen Alliance Strengthens IoT Open Source Ecosystem With 20 New Members

    The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Everything through an open source software project, today announced 20 new members have joined the initiative. This marks the sixth consecutive month with double-digit member growth for the AllSeen Alliance, with more than 70 companies joining the initiative since January. Furthermore, these new members hold expertise across critical horizontal areas of the Internet of Things (IoT) -- telecommunications and networking operators, software developers, IoT platforms and solutions, product companies and smart home automation.

  • Libinput 0.16 Now Supports Devices Like The Chromebook Pixel

    The plans for Libinput 1.0 haven't yielded fruit yet, but libinput 0.16 is out this afternoon as the latest version of this input library used both by Wayland and X11 (and potentially Mir moving forward).

  • libinput and the lack of device types

    libinput uses udev tags to determine what a device is. This is a significant difference to the X.Org stack which determines how to deal with a device based on an elaborate set of rules, rules grown over time, matured, but with a slight layer of mould on top by now. In evdev's case that is understandable, it stems from a design where you could just point it at a device in your xorg.conf and it'd automagically work, well before we had even input hotplugging in X. What it leads to now though is that the server uses slightly different rules to decide what a device is (to implement MatchIsTouchscreen for example) than evdev does. So you may have, in theory, a device that responds to MatchIsTouchscreen only to set itself up as keyboard.

  • AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta Linux Driver Surfaces

    AMD is finally out with a big Catalyst Linux driver update!

  • NVIDIA/Nouveau PerfKit Implemented Over Gallium3D State Tracker

    Samuel Pitoiset today unveiled his long sought after patches for implementing NVIDIA's PerfKit performance utility as a Gallium3D state tracker for use by the open-source Linux graphics drivers.

  • Intel Compute Stick Performance Surprises Under Ubuntu Linux

    All of the Intel x86 systems were running Ubuntu 15.04 with the Linux 4.1 kernel and the rest of the same software make-up. With the Utilite, Ubuntu 12.04 with the Linux 3.0 kernel was used due to newer releases not being supported by CompuLab. With the Jetson TK1 was Ubuntu 14.04 with the Linux 3.10 kernel, likewise due to NVIDIA not providing any newer official images. Due to running OpenGL (non-GLES) tests, only for the x86 systems are the graphics test results while for all of the processor-bound tests are results for all six systems in total.

  • Qt 5.4.2 Officially Released

    While Qt 5.5 is hopefully shipping at the end of the month, Qt 5.4.2 is the newest stable version today. Qt 5.4.2 has important security fixes for the Qt WebEngine, DoS vulnerability fix for its BMP image handler, and various other security fixes. There's also updates in Qt 5.4.2 for third-party libraries bundled within this leading open-source tool-kit.

  • Qt 5.4.2 and Qt Creator 3.4.1 Officially Released with Multiple Improvements and Fixes

    On June 2, the Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, announced the immediate availability for download of the second patch release for the stable Qt 5.4 series of the world's most acclaimed GUI toolkit.

  • It is official, Marble is coming to Android

    First, I would like to announce, I have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code student and my task is to provide a working version of Marble on Android at the end of the summer.

  • Count downs: T -10 hours, -12 days, -30 days, -95 days

    So the first fundraiser I’d like to write about is the Make Krita faster than Photoshop Kickstarter campaign. It’s almost over and is already a success but that doesn’t mean you can’t still become a supporter of this awesome painting application. And for the case you shouldn’t have seen it there was a series of interviews with Krita users (and thus users of KDE software) you should have read at least in part.

  • Take control of your file systems with Konqueror

    Each of these profiles configures Konqueror in a specific way for a specific task. You can then use these as starting points configure Konqueror to meet your specific needs and save a profile so that you can reconfigure Konqueror at any time to meet those needs. Even when configured for one task, such as file management, Konqueror can be used for other tasks such as web browsing.

  • KDEPIM KF5

    I started porting of kdepim to KF5 1 year ago (in may 2014). When I started it I thought that it should be easy. But it was not easy because firstly KF5 was not release and it was not stable, there was some bugs. Secondary kdepim is not just KMail, it contains the kdepim libs + akonadi + kdepim runtime + kdepim apps (as korganizer, kmail, etc.).

  • Cinnamon 2.6 Yields Lower CPU Usage
  • Cinnamon 2.6

    On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 2.6!

  • Tiny Core v6.3

    Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core v6.3...

  • Peppermint OS Six Screencast and Screenshots
  • Peppermint OS Six released
  • Peppermint Six is Here!

    Peppermint is excited to announce the launch of our latest operating system Peppermint Six. Lightweight and designed for speed, Peppermint Six delivers on that promise whether using software on your desktop, online, or using cloud based apps.

  • [Slackware] KDE 5_15.06 with a few useful fixes

    Yesterday there was a new release for the KDE Applications. I know that I updated my KDE 5 package set barely a week ago, but there were a few updates that I wanted to push anyway, so adding the updated Applications packages seemed like the proper thing to do.

  • Improving update of existing debian/copyright file
  • Reproducible builds: week 5 in Stretch cycle
  • Qseven COM runs Linux on 14nm Braswell, offers 4K video

    Congatec’s “Conga-QA4″ Qseven COM is based on Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” Pentium and Celeron SoCs, and offers MIPI-CSI, dual SATA ports, and 4K video.

  • Expandable 3.5-inch SBC runs Linux on Bay Trail SoCs

    Axiomtek’s “CAPA840″ SBC supports Atom E3800 SoCs, and offers -20 to 70°C support, wide-range power, dual mini-PCIe, and a “ZIO” connector for I/O modules.

  • Sysadmin adventures: When weather threatens our work

    With summer fast approaching in Boston, I appreciate the FSF office's air conditioning system. It keeps us comfortable in the heat, but during the record-breaking snowfall this winter, the system broke down, and as a result I found myself on an unexpected adventure.

  • Google’s Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform

    Onboard the Vault itself is an ARM processor running RTOS, a secure operating system focused on privacy and data security. It also has an NFC chip and an antenna (for proving that you are in control and that it’s correctly authorized). Finally, there’s a suite of cryptographic services, including hashing, signing, batch encryption and a hardware random number generator.

  • Cavium, System Makers Unveil ARM-Based Servers, Boards

    As Computex 2015 gets under way, server makers like Asus and Gigabyte announce they are using Cavium's ThunderX SoCs in new systems.

  • Tuesday's security updates
  • OpenSSL Certificate Authority v1.0.0

    I’ve recently made many improvements and additions. The series is now available as a standalone document titled OpenSSL Certificate Authority. Make sure you check it out!

  • Majority of websites have serious, unfixed vulnerabilities

    In a recent analysis of more than 30,000 websites, most had at least one serious vulnerability for 150 or more days last year.

  • StackIQ debuts fastest, easiest open-source bare-metal installer for Linux server provisioning

    StackIQ, Inc., makers of the Warehouse-grade automation platform for any large-scale server infrastructure, today announced the release of open source Stacki (short for “Stack Installer”), the world’s fastest and easiest-to-use Linux server provisioning tool. With Stacki, there are zero prerequisites for taking systems from bare metal to ‘a ping and a prompt.’ Alongside this new release, the company made available a one-day, on-site Stacki training and an implementation service for users who want to use the tools immediately for production servers.

  • A good start with room to improve: Thoughts on Citrix's Linux VDA, plus a video demo from Citrix Synergy 2015

    One of the more surprising things in a relatively unsurprising Citrix Synergy was the round of applause created by the announcement of the Linux VDA Tech Preview. I think it’s great, but it’s not the kind of announcement you’d think would garner much more than a murmur, let alone get a larger reaction from the audience than the iBand’s rendition of “Hey Ya!"

  • The Worm (Dell) Has Turned

    Amazing. Wonders never cease in 2015, The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop.

  • Is Eye Candy Doomed?

    With the popularity of mobile computing, some thought that windows would not be necessary anymore. The guys at Redmond, for example, made an atrocity of an OS and trumpeted as the latest-greatest. It dismissed the idea of windows because all apps ran full screen. Way to go! Especially if one uses a big monitor...what a waste of screen real estate!

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  • June 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Networking
  • Dell Bets On Ubuntu

    Anyone who needs proof only needs to look at what Dell is doing these days. It’s cutting the chain that has bound them exclusively to Redmond and placing heavy bets on Ubuntu.

  • Kernel 4.1 RC6 Has Been Released

    Kernel 4.1 RC6 has been released, being a big release, full of updated drivers for SCSI, GPU, RAID, DM, and networking, architecture enhancements, XFS, OverlayFS and CIFS improvements, networking patches and updated documentation.

  • [Krita] Twenty-four hours to go…

    The current score is €2675 donated through paypal and €28,463 pledged on Kickstarter! That’s a total if €31,138. That’s seven-and-half stretch goals! Two, however, are already claimed by the choose-your-stretch-goal award.

  • Red Hat Leaders Named to 2015 CRN Women of the Channel List

    This marks the third year in a row that Rachel Cassidy, vice president of Global Partner Enablement, and Margaret-Ann Bolton, senior director of Global Partner Marketing, have been recognized by CRN for their leadership, vision, and dedication to channel programs. In addition, this marks the second year in a row that Cassidy has been recognized as one of CRN's Power 100. The Power 100 spotlights an elite subset of Women of the Channel honorees whose insight and influence in their respective companies help drive channel success.

  • Exploratory Testing and Fedora

    Being Fedora what we could define “a bleeding edge distro”, whenever we perform Exploratory Testing, we certainly have the opportunity to raise the quality of the shipped packages. I’d also say that this process must not substitute automated/scripted testing, which is a fundamental aspect of software development. Modern approaches like Test Driven Development and Behavior Driven Development can assure that the key parts of the application works as intended. Moreover, the Test Cases designed by Fedora QA are handy procedures that check whether the release criterion are met or not and assure that the main features aren’t affected by severe bugs. Indeed, Exploratory Testing is always helpful in order to highlight surprises which aren’t currently covered by common situations and recommended steps.

  • Updated color palette for Askbot mockups

    This is the updated color palette that I'm using for creating mockups for Askbot. This color palette comply with the Fedora color palette given here.

  • Updated mockups for Askbot

    According to the feedback received from the mentors, I updated the mockups that I have created for Askbot using colors used in the Fedora color palette and also giving more focus on the grid system. I have included some little user experience improvements also in these mockups and we are planning to discuss further on user experience of Askbot as well.

  • Cinnamon 2.6.x Will Be Added To The Default Repositories Of Linux Mint 17.2 And LMDE 2 In The Next Few Days
  • Vote now for your favorite hacker SBCs; maybe win one!

    Read our detailed post describing this year’s survey, and then fill out our short 2-minute survey. Pick your favorite three SBCs from this list or write-in your own alternatives, answer a few questions about what you’re looking for in a hacker board, and then enter the drawing for the chance to win one of 20 free SBCs.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 RC Has Been Released, The Final Version Should Reach The Bq Phones Next Week

    As you may already know, Canonical has worked a lot at Ubuntu Touch lately and the fourth update (OTA 4) is scheduled for release next week, the update being available only on the Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition.

  • The Highlights Of The Ubuntu Touch OTA-4 Update

    The indicators icons have been all made monochromatic, the Address Book has received support for importing SIM contacts, a new settings panel and improved the first improved first time user experience for contact sync/import, the Messaging app has received support for group chat, the News scope has received an improved layout, the Today, Nearby and News scopes got support for keywords and scope tagging has been implemented.

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  • LightSail [Linux-powered] solar spacecraft gets back in touch with its ground crew

    The Planetary Society reports that the Carl Sagan-inspired spacecraft rebooted as predicted, and the ground team is once again in touch. There's already a software fix waiting in the wings, and there will be a decision on when to deploy it "very soon" -- if all goes according to plan, the Society will deploy the vehicle's namesake sails soon afterward.

  • Linux 4.1-rc6 Kernel Released
  • Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.1 Release Candidate 6

    It's Sunday, so guess what?! Linus Torvalds has just announced yet another Release Candidate (RC) version for the forthcoming Linux kernel 4.1, available for download and testing right now.

  • Intel Broadwell HD Graphics Tests With Mesa 10.7 Git

    While Mesa 10.7 just recently entered development, the Git code is often benchmarked on Phoronix, and with not having delivered any Intel Broadwell Linux graphics tests in some time, here's the latest numbers as of this weekend.

  • Libav Adds H.264 & HEVC Encoders For NVIDIA's NVENC

    Following FFmpeg in supporting NVENC for NVIDIA's GPU-based video encoding on Linux systems, the forked Libav project has now written up their own NVENC support for H.264 and H.265/HEVC.

  • How Warm Does The Intel Compute Stick Get?

    The Compute Stick plastic case does get warm when benchmarking, but not scorching hot.

  • New Benchmarks Of Eltechs ExaGear For x86 Apps On ARM

    In the past we've written about Eltechs' ExaGear Desktop software that claims to be 4.5x faster than QEMU and allows x86 Windows/Linux programs to run on ARM. The company has sent over their latest benchmark results of their latest performance claims.

  • Xen Orchestra 4.0 Brings Docker Support, Improved Design

    The Xen Orchestra team announced this week their next big release: Xen Orchestra 4.0. Xen Orchestra 4.0 has been in development for over nine months now and is codenamed Double Bass.

  • Synergy - Keyboard and mouse sharing utility

    Using two machines concurrently can cause a few problems. I find it's too cumbersome to use two keyboards and two mice to control the computers. KVM cables are frankly overkill for my needs, taking up too much room in what already is tight a space. But there is a software solution that meets my simple requirements. The software is called Synergy, a simple keyboard and mouse sharing utility. It's multi-platform software (running on Linux, Windows and OS X) and released under an open source license (GNU General Public License v2).

  • Warlocks Vs Shadows, 2D Action RPG Tested On Linux, Very Promising

    I’ve taken some time to take a look at Warlocks Vs Shadows which is a really great looking 2D side-scrolling action RPG.

  • Evolving KDE survey: You still have time

    On Monday morning, June 1, Lydia will be extracting the Evolving KDE survey results for us to review. Which means that you still have all day today (Sunday) to take this very short survey. As we’ve stated before, the survey will remain open afterward, but this deadline is for analysis and presentation at Akademy.

  • Debian 8.1 to Arrive on June 6

    Debian 8 (Jessie) was announced only a month ago, and now its developers are preparing the first point update for it and they even have a precise date in mind.

  • wattOS R9 Switches Back to Ubuntu, Now Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Biff Baxter from the wattOS team had the pleasure of announcing this past weekend that the ninth release of their Ubuntu-based operating system is available for download.

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  • openSUSE Linux-Powered Educational Pilot Program to Become Nationwide in Indonesia

    The openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, had the great pleasure of informing us that approximately 45,000 students from an Indonesian province are currently testing a pilot program powered by openSUSE Linux.

  • Atomic Mode-Setting Still Baking For Samsung's Exynos DRM Driver

    Developers working on the open-source Exynos DRM driver for supporting the display block found on Samsung's Exynos ARM SoCs are up to their 9th version of patches for providing atomic mode-setting support.

  • Calibre eBook Editor and Converter Refines DOCX Export

    A new version of the famous Calibre eBook editor, viewer, and converter has been released, and the developer has further improved the DOCX functionality that was made available a short while ago.

  • FocusWriter Review - The Ultimate Tool for Procrastinating Writers

    Surprisingly, a lot of people who want to write expect to start perfectly, so they think that if they have the proper tools right from the beginning, then it will actually be easier to take up writing. This is the reason there are quite a few applications out there that focus on stuff like writing goals, for example, and that try to provide the minimum number of features that a writer might need.

  • Google Summer Of Code progress with okular

    Layers feature is almost done. A list of layers is being generated in the left sidebar and toggling visibility of layers is also working.

  • After 17 Years Mandriva Being Liquidated

    It's with a heavy heart that I report that Mandriva Linux is no more. Mandrake Linux, as it was known in the beginning, was the Linux distribution that freed my computer from the lock-in and insecurity of proprietary alternatives. While saddened, no one is really surprised at this last whimper. Mandriva suffered financial issues for nearly the entirety of its existence, even filing bankruptcy at least once. Fortunately, with projects like Mageia and OpenMandriva, Mandrake Linux will live on in more than just our memories.

  • Tribute to Mandrake

    Good news everyone, a new version of OpenMandriva is ready to see the world in a few days, 2014.2 will soon bemaking its way to you. Listen out for details, features – and torrents!

  • Mandrake, Mandriva, Mageia, OpenMandriva… FOSS is FOSS!

    Yesterday we learned that Mandriva, the company, was shutting down. I read a lot of sad comments on Twitter about it and realized that few of those guys seemed to be aware that actually Mandriva, the company, wasn’t doing a Linux distribution anymore for several years. The Mandriva Linux distribution, which earlier forked as PCLinuxOS, Mageia and others, is now OpenMandriva.

  • New calibre packages – finally

    During the previous couple of weeks I enjoyed several long weekends due to national holidays, and so it happened that I could spend some time re-visiting the calibre.SlackBuild and updating it so that it was able to compile a package for Calibre 2.x.

  • F22 release & upgrades, Flock & FUDCon
  • Appstream data for RPMFusion - now available!

    I've been working on generating appstream data for RPMFusion packages recently. At the moment, since only Fedora packages provide appstream data, only they can be installed using Gnome software - for RPMFusion packages, a user must use another package manager - DNF and so on. Considering that a lot of the packages in RPMFusion are media player front-ends and things, it'd make it a lot easier for users if these were also listed in Gnome software. I spent a number of hours today writing appstream data files for the RPMFusion packages - both in the free and non free repositories. I believe I've written appstream data files for all packages that could be listed in Gnome software now. (They're hosted here in the Github repository I set up for this purpose). I had already generated initial RPM packages for the free and non free repositories and submitted review tickets to RPMFusion. They're still unassigned, so if you are a package maintainer with a few free cycles, please consider reviewing them. They are really simple reviews.

  • Ubuntu Phone Update This Month Brings Many Improvements

    This month's Ubuntu Phone Update sent over-the-air is bringing a number of new features and improvements for Ubuntu smartphone users over the next few days.

  • Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE 1) Will Reach EOL in January 2016. How To Upgrade To LMDE 2.0

    As you may already know, the Linux Mint Team is maintaining both the Linux Mint systems, based on Ubuntu, and the Linux Mint Debian Edition systems, based on Debian.

  • Get Started With Tizen Development On Linux Mint 17

    The Samsung Open Source Group (OSG) have created a Getting started guide that has been tested on Linux Mint 17, and most of it should also work for Ubuntu. It shows you the prerequisites that you need as well as showing you step by step Instructions on how to install the Tizen SDK. You get to setup a test device and get familiar to the new environment that you will be soon calling your new home.

  • Speed Truck for the Samsung Z1 Smart Phone

    The Speed Truck was the third most downloaded game from the Tizen store during April 2015. The file size is only 0.65MB which takes not take up too much space, version 1.2.0. You can drive your BigFoot truck across the desert and compete against other truck racers whilst keeping an eye on your trucks health and the time limit. There will be power ups along the way to help you to enhance your speed against other players.

  • Open Source Platform Emojidex Offers “Emojis-As-A-Service”

    Like them or not, emojis are turning into the mobile era’s lingua franca. Now a project called emojidex is offering “emojis-as-a-service,” with a platform that lets developers share new emojis with each other and add them to their websites and apps.

  • First Look Media Publishes Warrant “Canary,” Releases Software for Managing Canaries
  • Twitter open-sources Kit and Digits developer tools for Android

    In advance of Google I/O later this week, Twitter is making both Twitter Kit and its telephone sign-on tool Digits open source on GitHub for Android developers.

  • Twitter Open Sources Twitter Kit and Digits for Android
  • Hands on Embedded Linux Development Training

    This 3-day seminar focuses on how Linux has been adapted for use in embedded environments, with specific emphasis on the ARM architecture. Through extensive hands-on lab work, you learn how to install a cross-development environment, build a compact version of Linux for an embedded device, install the build on the target system, and test its operation. You’ll create and test programs that exercise I/O as well as networking applications .

  • Performance and Scalability Microconference Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference

    Core counts keep rising, and that means that the Linux kernel continues to encounter interesting performance and scalability issues. Which is not a bad thing, since it has been well over ten years since the “free lunch” of exponential CPU-clock frequency increases came to an abrupt end. This microconference will therefore look at futex scaling, address-space scaling, improvements to queued spinlocks, additional lockless algorithms, userspace per-CPU critical sections, and much else besides.

  • Google Promotes Chrome 44 to the Beta Channel with Smoother Video Playback

    On May 27, Penny MacNeil from the Google Chrome development team was happy to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 44 web browser from the Dev channel to the Beta one for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

  • Mozilla Firefox 39.0 to Offer Built-in Malware Protection for Downloads on Linux and Mac

    Today we are happy to inform you that Mozilla has published some details about the next major version of its popular, cross-platform, and free web browser, Mozilla Firefox 39.0.

  • LibreOffice Viewer for Android released
  • RMS, free software and where I fail the goal

    Maybe my memory is blurred due to the fact, that the seperation of firmware from the Linux kernel, and proper firmware loading got implemented only years later. I remember the discussion about the pwc driver and its removal from Linux. Maybe the situation wasn't better at that time but the firmware was just hidden inside the Linux driver code?

  • Openness and Innovation for Smart Cities

    Apps implementation and open government data use and re-use, are examples of it, and Open & Smart Government are nowadays trends where technology has an important role. In this paper we explore this perspective, with special focus in the open innovation within the city.

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Over 30% of Official Images in Docker Hub Contain High Priority Security Vulnerabilities

    Docker Hub is a central repository for Docker developers to pull and push container images. We performed a detailed study on Docker Hub images to understand how vulnerable they are to security threats. Surprisingly, we found that more than 30% of official repositories contain images that are highly susceptible to a variety of security attacks (e.g., Shellshock, Heartbleed, Poodle, etc.). For general images – images pushed by docker users, but not explicitly verified by any authority – this number jumps up to ~40% with a sampling error bound of 3%.

today's leftovers

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today's leftovers

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  • Xfce Power Manager 1.5.0 Finally Ported to GTK3+

    Xfce's Power Manager was getting behind the times, but it has been updated and ported to GTK+ 3.14. As you can imagine, this is an important update, and it packs other changes as well.

  • There Are 140k Benchmark Results So Far On LinuxBenchmarking.com

    Yesterday data access to LinuxBenchmarking.com was opened, the public results viewer to the immense amount of test data -- primarily the Linux kernel, LLVM Clang, and GCC -- collected on a daily basis within the new server room. Here's some numbers behind it.

  • Interview with Andrei Rudenko

    When I became interested in Linux and open source. I found Krita, it had everything that I needed for a digital painting. For me it is important to repeat that feeling like you paint using traditional materials.

  • KDE Plasma 5.3.1 Is Out with Fix for "Show Desktop"

    The KDE Community has just revealed that Plasma 5.3.1, the desktop for the KDE project, has been made available, and it comes with a large number of changes and various small fixes.

  • Friction Building Around An Ubuntu Community Council Decision

    Scott Kitterman exposed the email exchanges today of the Ubuntu Community Council informing Jonathan Riddell that due to his aggressive, confrontational behavior towards some within the Ubuntu community and Canonical, he should step away from "all positions of leadership in the Ubuntu Community for at least 12 months." His leadership positions should be put aside for both Ubuntu and Kubuntu while he would be able to keep his upload/commit rights and still participate as a member of the Ubuntu community.

  • Reaffirmed on the Kubuntu Council

    I’d like to thank all the Kubuntu members who just voted to re-affirm me on the Kubuntu Council.

    Scott Kitterman’s blog post has a juicy details of the unprecedented and astonishing move by the Ubuntu Community Council asking me to step down as Kubuntu leader. I’ve never claimed to be a leader and never used or been given any such title so it’s a strange request without foundation and without following the normal channels documented of consultation or Code of Conduct reference.

  • Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Community Council ask Kubuntu developer to step down as leader

    Friction between the lead Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell and Ubuntu reached extreme temperatures on Monday when the Ubuntu Community Council (UCC) asked Riddell to step down from the position of Kubuntu Leader.

  • The last planned Qt 4 release is here: Qt 4.8.7. Is your app runnning with Qt5?
  • Qt 4.8.7 Released with over 150 Improvements and Bug Fixes

    On May 26, the Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the seventh maintenance release of Qt 4.8.

  • Qt 4.8.7 Released - Marks The End Of Qt4

    While Qt 5 has so many compelling advantages over Qt4, for those still running the older version of the Norwegian toolkit, version 4.8.7 of Qt4 is now available and it ships with tons of changes.

  • GNOME Disk Utility 3.17.2

    The GNOME Project released version 3.17.2 of Disks, better known as GNOME Disk Utility. This utility contains several significant improvements and new features, for example D-Bus is now activatable and the appearance of the volume grid has been refined.

  • Technology Is A Tool, Not A Learning Outcome

    Croatia is gaining in usage of GNU/Linux. That TFA was written shows the awareness of a lack of availability of IT. All that is needed to bridge the digital divide is for Croatian schools to catch up with and to exceed the rest of society in using GNU/Linux, the right way to do IT in education. Croatia needs to treble its IT in schools. That isn’t going to happen with Wintel. With FLOSS it is possible and can be done within a few years for no extra expenditure. With a little extra effort the change can be done in two years.

  • Gartner Reports Strong Chromebook Sales in Schools, Enterprises...Not So Much

    Gartner researchers report that worldwide Chromebook sales are set to reach 7.3 million units in 2015, a 27 percent jump from the 5.7 million units sold last year.

  • You might be surprised by how few businesses protect their Linux servers with antivirus
  • Alpine 3.2.0 Features MATE 1.10, Xfce 4.12, and Linux Kernel 3.18

    Natanael Copa has been happy to announce today, May 26, the immediate availability for download of the Alpine Linux 3.2.0 operating system, which includes several attractive new features.

  • Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Started Updating The GNOME Packages To Version 3.16

    Canonical has added some of the GNOME 3.16 packages in their Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf system, but the changes will not be spotted by the regular user.

    The problem is not with the updated applications, but with an upgraded GTK version, which may really affect the system. Before implementing apps by default, Canonical patches them to work well with Unity, basic on the philosophy that an app that works well does not need to get updated.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Downgrading to stable

    The system works fine otherwise and can be accessed via ssh, but restarting kdm doesn't help to fix it, it just changes the pattern. Anyway, as explaining a toddler he cannot watch his favourite youtube cartoons because suddenly the computer screen has become an abstract art work is not easy I quickly decided to downgrade.

  • Researchers to track down obstacles to digital DIY

    An EU-funded research project wants to find regulations and other obstacles that hinder digital Do-It-Yourself companies. A consortium of universities and research institutes in Manchester, Milan, London, Thessaloniki and other cities intends to help small enterprises benefit from digital DIY, help policy makers and prepare teachers and educators.

  • Open Government and geo-data infrastructures at AGIT 2015

    One of the themes at the AGIT 2015 conference will be Open Government and geo-data infrastructures. According to the organisers, the availability of standardised open government services has increased the importance of government geo-data infrastructures, taking the opportunities for using geo-information to a new level. Discussions will focus on questions like what value can be created by building a European 'spatially-enabled society' as part of the European knowledge society, and what are the challenges and prospects with regard to cloud computing.

  • How open data is transforming the business landscape

    Despite pledges by the G7 and G20 to boost transparency by opening up government data, fewer than 8% of countries publish data sets in open formats and under open licences on public sector budgets, spending and contracts.

  • Hubble delivers a more affordable 3D laser cutter

    Hubble is an open source, mid-level laser cutter designed to be affordable, versatile, and hackable. Hubble was created to fill the current gap between amazing, entry-level projects, like MicroSlice, and the expensive, proprietary laser cutters on the market.

  • Smart API integrations with Python and Zato

    As the number of applications and APIs connected in a cloud-driven world rises dramatically, it becomes a challenge to integrate them in an elegant way that will scale in terms of the clarity of architecture, run-time performance, complexity of processes the systems take part in, and the level of maintenance required to keep integrated environments operational.

  • LLVM 3.7 Is Planned For A Late August Release
  • LLVM 3.6.1 Brings R600 & MIPS Fixes
  • The practice of sustaining government ICT standards
  • Share-PSI: PSI implementation is a multi-speed mechanism

    Share-PSI workshops bring together government departments, universities and standards organisations to "identify what does and doesn't work, what is and isn't practical, what can and can't be expected of different stakeholders", the project website states.

  • Security advisories for Tuesday
  • Attackers use email spam to infect point-of-sale terminals with new malware

    However, it’s unusual to see PoS malware distributed through spam, like in the case of NitlovePOS, especially as part of a larger, indiscriminate campaign. This suggests that cybercriminals seek to exploit cases where employees use Windows-based PoS terminals to check their email or perform other risky activities.

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