Manjaro leader Philip Müller announced this past weekend that the major MATE 1.14 desktop environment has finally landed in the main software repositories of the Arch Linux-based distribution.
We reported at the beginning of the month that the openSUSE Tumbleweed developers are preparing a massive package rebuild to make the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 the default compiler for the rolling operating system.
Every summer, many students get excited for some well-deserved time off from studies; well, if their region practices such a vacation, that is. In some cultures, school is year-round. While this is unfortunate from the standpoint of socializing and having fun, it arguably keeps the students on track for great success.
For students that are particularly motivated and education-focused, Google hosts its legendary Summer of Code. This program pairs future developers with open source projects. Not only do these young folks learn, but they get to contribute to the projects as well. Today, the search giant shares the nationalities of the students participating in Summer of Code 2016. For the first time ever, Albania has a representative -- woo-hoo! This may surprise you, but the USA is not the most-represented nation. The top country, however, may shock you -- or not.
Today we would like to introduce our readers to an upcoming maker board that features some very powerful components and aims to overpower every SBC (single-board computer) in its path.
Earlier today, May 23, 2016, the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, Mr. Alan Pope, received his Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, so he immediately ran some tests to see the Ubuntu convergence with his own eyes.
We proudly announce the stable version 1.2.0 of Roundcube Webmail which is now available for download. It introduces new features since version 1.1 covering security and PGP encryption topics...
For those using the open-source Roundcube software for your webmail needs, Roundcube 1.2 is now available as the latest stable version.
A change made in the recent release of systemd 230 makes it easy for rogue user processes to be able to spy on your desktop, assuming a few conditions are met.
If you are using FBDEV, such as with Wayland's Weston FBDEV back-end, other user processes can now read from the frame-buffer device. The change in systemd is, "Framebuffer devices (/dev/fb*) and 3D printers and scanners (devices tagged with ID_MAKER_TOOL) are now tagged with 'uaccess' and are available to logged in users."
The desktop environment with its bundle of programs sharing a common graphical user interface (GUI) remains a firm favorite with users. Not surprising really given that a good desktop environment makes computing fun and simple. The graphical desktop environment has become so ingrained in almost everyone's computer activities that it might seem the command line will wither away. Yet, there is still an important role to play for the humble command-line interface (CLI).
GNU Parallel 20160522 ('TTIPleaks') has been released.
From the first days of the station, NASA astronauts have used Linux-based laptops to interact with the avionics, the critical systems that keep the station in orbit and the air breathable.
Chris Aniszczyk, interim executive director of Cloud Native Computing Foundation, discusses how the Linux Foundation Collaborative project is coming together to help define the cloud era.
Back in July, the Linux Foundation announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation as an effort to advance cloud application management and interoperability. Today, the CNCF is still in its formative stages, defining its processes, projects and even itself. Helping to lead the CNCF forward is its interim executive director, Chris Aniszczyk, who is well-known in the technology community as the former head of open source at Twitter, where he worked from 2011 to 2015.
The developer behind Chromium OS for SBC offers software that makes it easy to effectively turn a $35 Raspberry Pi into a Chromebox.
But if you want a more powerful computer, developer Dylan Callahan has announced another option: a small computer called Fancy which measures about 8.7″ x 8.4″ x 3.1″ and which has an AMD quad-core x86 processor.
As some of you already know, xdg-app project is dead. The Swedish conspiracy members tell me it’s a good thing and should turn your attention to project Flatpak.
Flatpak aims to solve the painful problem of the Linux distribution...
Version 15.17 of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux distribution was released this past week.
With Calculate 15.17, the Calculate Linux Desktop was updated to KDE Frameworks 5 / KDE Plasma 5. This latest release is now making use of Plasma 5.6.4.
I had my «openSUSE bug hunting» presentation scheduled at 09h30 this morning. I’m usually very lazy on Sundays but the enthusiasm of the Developers Conference is just an amazing feeling. Though we live on a small island, we get to meet some people maybe just once a year during this fun event. I picked up Shelly on the way and we reached Voilà Hotel at 09h05. Right at the hotel entrance Yash was waiting, he might have seen us coming. We went upstairs chatting and met JoKi. My presentation was scheduled at the Accelerator and I thought I’d just go and test the gear. Aargh! The TV had only HDMI cable and my ThinkPad had VGA & a Mini DisplayPort. That said, I needed an adapter. Joffrey who came around greeting everyone had a HDMI to VGA cable, which he lent me. At that same time JoKi also came with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI convertor. Great! Then I had an adapter plus a backup.
Everybody driving a car needs the navigation to get to the destination fast and avoid traffic jam. One of the biggest problems is how to enter fast the destination and how to find where are the congestions, what is the traffic situation. YodaQA Traffic is a project attempting to answer the traffic related questions quickly and efficiently. Drivers may ask questions in natural language like: “What is the traffic situation in the Evropská street?” or “What is the fastest route from Opletalova street to Kafkova street?” You can try out the prototype (demo available only for limited time) – try to ask for example “traffic situation in the Wilsonova street” .
Last week, members of The GNOME Project announced a new conference in the United States northwest to enhance the GNU/Linux application ecosystem.
The Libre Application Summit, which will take place in Portland, Oregon, from Sept. 19 – 23, aims to empower application developers both big and small as well as enhance app developers collaboratation with major Linux distributions.
More than 200 breakout sessions across 14 tracks - Sessions, presented by subject-matter experts including Red Hat associates, customers, partners, and developers, will offer attendees an opportunity to dive into the latest product innovations and hear best practices from experts across industries.
As the open source expert, Red Hat promotes collaboration between the telecommunications industry and the open source community. By helping the community implement telecommunications requirements in a way that allows innovation to be shared across industry verticals, Red Hat allows the industry to take greater advantage of open source technologies.
Yum Extender, also known as yumex, is a graphical frontend for Yum/DNF package manager. It makes the process of installing, removing, upgrading, and updating packages much easier with a simple, yet fully functional graphical user interface. Yumex is written using Python programming language. For those who don’t like the command line way can use YUM Extender or yumex.
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New in Fedora 24 virt is 3D accelerated SPICE graphics, via Virgl. This is kinda-sorta OpenGL passthrough from the VM up to the host machine. Much of the initial support has been around since qemu 2.5, but it's more generally accessible now that SPICE is in the mix, since that's the default display type used by virt-manager and gnome-boxes.
I'll explain below how you can test things on Fedora 24, but first let's cover the hurdles and caveats. This is far from being something that can be turned on by default and there's still serious integration issues to iron out. All of this is regarding usage with libvirt tools.
Yesterday I updated the battery-stats package in Debian with a few patches sent to me by skilled and enterprising users. There were some nice user and visible changes. First of all, both desktop menu entries now work. A design flaw in one of the script made the history graph fail to show up (its PNG was dumped in ~/.xsession-errors) if no controlling TTY was available. The script worked when called from the command line, but not when called from the desktop menu. I changed this to look for a DISPLAY variable or a TTY before deciding where to draw the graph, and now the graph window pop up as expected.
At the recent Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit, Mozilla Technical Evangelist Dietrich Ayala proposed a simple and affordable solution to home automation: A discarded smartphone can handle some of the most useful home automation tasks without requiring expensive hubs and sensors -- or risking data security in the cloud.
“With a smartphone you can detect motion, sound, presence, and the absence of radio services,” said Ayala in his presentation, “Turning Sensors into Signals: Humanizing IoT with Old Smartphones and the Web.”
We're currently inside of the two week merge window where code is being pulled in to form the Linux 4.7 kernel. One of the GIT pull requests came from Linux kernel developer James Morris and includes at least one really interesting new security feature, by way of a new Linux Security Module (LSM).
Recruiting open source talent is a top priority for IT recruiters and hiring managers in 2016. According to the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report released today by IT hiring platform Dice.com and The Linux Foundation, 65 percent of hiring managers say open source hiring will increase more than any other part of their business over the next six months, and 79 percent of hiring managers have increased incentives to hold on to their current open source professionals.
On June 2, new Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rules will force router manufacturers to limit what can be done with their hardware. Only Linksys is ready with a solution for open-source firmware. TP-Link is taking the easy way out by blocking third-party firmware on its routers, and other router manufacturers are quietly following in its footsteps.
A new open source project from Express and Node.js-canvas creator TJ Holowaychuk lets developers create, deploy, and manage AWS Lambda functions from a command-line tool.
It was Saturday morning and I found myself rushing to be at Flying Dodo just in time.
It also helps spread the word about LibreOffice. Remember, Free/Libre & Open Source Software does not directly produce products. Rather, it develops and releases software through community of contributors, that may then be monetized in one way or another – or perhaps not at all. In other words, this means that the distinction between outbound and inbound marketing that is commonly found in the corporate world is more blurry as any user is also a potential contributor. Marketing our community really means marketing LibreOffice itself. This is what we’re doing this month and it makes me happy. I’m excited at the stats and figures that we will draw from this experiment. If you happen to be a LibreOffice contributor, or just a fan of LibreOffice, you could get a badge. All you need is to contribute to the project in one of the several ways described here and it will be awarded to you: remember, we’re already at the end of the month!
DragonFlyBSD user karu.pruun compiled Xorg with XWayland support and made it work with many applications that need Xorg work now with wayland/weston. It’s success because of XWayland support has been merged in the master X.Org branch. Still there will be a compatibility issue with Wayland which will not work properly alone as X window systems.
It’s a sweeping socialist concept but it makes good sense, sharing the wealth and keeping us all safe. FLOSS is a much narrower concept but it does the same thing, allow the whole world to create and to use software. Why not engineering and governance?
Database company EnterpriseDB has been tuning up its Postgres software with a focus on enterprises, and is transforming it into a suite that wraps in management and monitoring tools, in addition to tools that let it integrate with data analytics platforms such as Hadoop.
The EDB Postgres platform is an integrated open source-based database management platform. It's billed as "enabling a wide range of deployment topologies; integrating EDB's mature, enterprise-ready Postgres database with other leading data management solutions; and offering a specialized partner ecosystem for new, more agile deployment models." It's yet another example that open source database platforms are gaining momentum.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has turned to SDN and Corsa data-plane appliances in tackling soaring demand on ESnet research network.
When it comes to software-defined networking (SDN) automation, certain benefits frequently get more attention than others. Take, for instance, the simultaneous provisioning of network functions and servers, which allows applications to become available in minutes instead of days or weeks.
Another one of the interesting pull requests this week for the Linux 4.7 merge window is the addition of ZAC (Zone ATA Command) support for Singled Magnetic Recording (SMR) devices.
Tejun Heo reported in, "This pull request contains Zone ATA Command support for Shingled Magnetic Recording devices. In addition to sending the new commands down to the device, as ZAC commands depend on getting a lot of responses from the device, piping up responses is beefed up too."
The DRM subsystem updates have been submitted for the Linux 4.7 kernel. This is a big pull with more than 80,000 lines of new code for the mainline kernel!
As we've reported, if you ask some people, they'll tell you that the concept of the Blockchain is as dramatic as the creation of the Internet. A continuously growing group of top technology and finance companies including IBM, Wells Fargo and the London Stock Exchange Group is partnering and working with The Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology, which is central to how many businesses process transactions.
Now, the Hyperledger Project, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, has announced that eight new members have joined the initiative to establish an open standard for distributed ledgers that will transform the way business transactions are conducted globally. Well-known open-source developer and leader Brian Behlendorf is now the executive director of Hyperledger.
Behlendorf is very well-known. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet, CTO of the World Economic Forum and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm. Under his stewardship, Blockchain technology should advance even faster.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, you’ll hear about some of Cloud Foundry’s core values in its approach to multi-cloud application development, containers, and how Cloud Foundry hopes to help improve the OpenStack and open source communities. The New Stack founder Alex Williams and managing editor Joab Jackson spoke with Chip Childers, Cloud Foundry vice president of technology and Abby Kearns, Cloud Foundry vice president of industry strategy to hear their thoughts.
Version 1.4 of the Wayland Protocols package has been released with a new protocol extension.
Croteam really are awesome. They were one of the first developers to support Linux when Steam arrived, so I look forward to seeing what they can do with their future games on Linux.
It certainly looks like the type of game we need for our livestreaming. It looks silly and exciting, exactly what Worms should be. The bit where the worm screams in terror at the TNT actually cracked me up!
I've been following RymdResa for quite a long time as a big fan of space exploration games. The Linux version sadly got delayed quite a long time, but the wait could soon be over.
Turmoil is a charming looking simulation game that should be coming to Linux after the full release next month. It's due out on June 2nd, and the developers have repeatedly stated in the Steam forum that both Mac and Linux will be supported, but not until after then.
The GNOME developers are hard at work these days to push the second milestone towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, due for release on September 21, 2016, to public beta testers.
The ConnectCore 6UL module is aimed at IoT applications including healthcare, precision agriculture, building access/control, transportation, and gaming. The module follows in a long line of Digi’s “Connect” branded, Linux-based embedded devices, many of which have used Freescale (now NXP) SoCs, such as the ConnectCard for i.MX28.
The 528MHz i.MX6 UltraLite shifts from the i.MX6’s usual Cortex-A9 cores to the more power-efficient Cortex-A7. It has a stripped down WXGA display interface along with new security and power management features.