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GNOME News

Tue, 2016-08-23 03:45
  • Maps is fast again!

    Once your distro of choice picks up one of these stable releases you should be back to at least the old Mapquest speed of Maps. And if your distro upgrades to latest libchamplain when it arrives you will see even greater speeds.

  • GTK Scene Kit Isn't Happening In Time For GNOME 3.22

    With GNOME 3.19 there were plans for a GTK scenegraph and this GTK Scene Kit (GSK) was then planned for 3.20 and then most recently hoped for 3.22. But it's not happening.

    One of the big user benefits to the GTK Scene Kit will be offloading more work to the GPU and while it looked like GSK may finally be a reality for GNOME 3.22, this morning we found out it's not going to be merged in time.

  • GSoC: final evaluation

    This blog-post contains the final evaluation of my Google summer of Code 2016 project for the GNOME organization. More precisely, I’ve been working in the Games application under the mentorship of Adrien Plazas implementing multi-source/multi-disc games and offer support to the PlayStation platform.

  • GUADEC

    I arrived at GUADEC a few days early to participate in the Board and AdBoard meetings.

  • GSoC Summary

    The goal to be achieved was to be able to play both single player and multiplayer emulated games using a gamepad in GNOME Games

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Android Leftovers

Tue, 2016-08-23 03:45

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Games for GNU/Linux

Tue, 2016-08-23 01:57

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Logic Supply Launches New Industrial ARM Mini PC, SBCs Running Ubuntu or Android

Tue, 2016-08-23 01:56

Softpedia has been informed by Logic Supply about the launch of a new industrial ARM Mini PC, along with multiple ARM-based SBCs (single-board computers) from Embux, all supporting Linux kernel-based operating systems.

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Android 7.0 Nougat review: great, but does it matter?

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:58

Google has announced that the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat, is rolling out to newer Nexus devices starting today. It’s a good upgrade, but only available if you have a recent Nexus device like the Nexus 6, 6P, 5X, Pixel C, or Nexus 9 tablet — and it will take some time for everybody's devices to receive the over-the-air update. I've been using the various public betas that have been running since March of this year and most of the bugs have been worked out.

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Out of the Trash and into the Class: Building a STEM Program by Re-Building Computers.

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:57

The FLOSS Desktop for Kids initiative refurbishes surplus and discarded school computers, allowing students to learn (hands-on) about computers and technology by diagnosing, breaking-down and repairing hardware components. Students acquire, install and configure open source software including Linux operating systems, LibreOffice, GIMP, Pidgin, etc.—not just run “apps” on a tablet. The program, is designed to teach engineering and technology by doing, failing, fixing, frustration, and finally achieving—that's how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math really happen, and that aligns perfectly with STEM's goals: “knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information.”

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GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" Desktop Environment Gets Its First Public Beta Release

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:53

GNOME Project's Frederic Peters informs us a few minutes ago about the availability of the first Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Open Source Software for Business: 12 Leading Apps

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:51

These are some of the best ERP, CRM, small business server, project management and business intelligence applications available under an open source license.

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Wine 1.8.4 Released

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:49
  • Wine 1.8.4 Released With Bug Fixes, Updated GPU Table

    For those using the Wine 1.8 stable series until the Wine 2.0 release this fall/winter and not opting to use the bi-weekly Wine 1.9 development releases, Wine 1.8.4 was released today.

    Wine 1.8.4 ships with a total of 50 known bug fixes for this stable release update. There are also more graphics cards added to their GPU description table for identifying a GPU's capabilities under Wine.

  • Wine 1.8.4 Adds Support for More GPUs, Fixes 64-bit Mortal Kombat X Crash

    Last week we told you all about the new improvements and fixes implemented in the Wine 1.9.17 development release, and now it's time to inform our readers about the latest stable Wine release, version 1.8.4.

  • Wine 1.8.4 Released

    The Wine maintenance release 1.8.4 is now available.

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Gentoo Linux live DVD "Choice Edition"

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:42

Gentoo One of the wonderful things about Linux is the diversity of the distributions available. Some distributions are very beginner friendly with installers that offer only a few basic options. Others are more complex, requiring knowledge of Linux and skills with the command line to install. Gentoo falls into the more complex category. There is no installer per se, the user just needs to follow instructions to perform several steps leading to a fully installed and configured system. This process is certainly harder than using Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer, but it is not that hard. The instructions are clear and do require previous experience with Linux, or the tenacity to keep going (or start over) when things go wrong when Gentoo is used in a "dive in head first" learning experience. Below, I take a look at the latest Gentoo Linux live DVD, the "Choice Edition," and briefly explore how Gentoo gets installed on a system by using a step by step set of instructions instead of an installer that takes care of most of the steps automatically.

Also: Why did Gentoo Linux fade into obscurity?

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Latest Slackware Version Doesn't Cut Newbies any Slack

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:41

Slackware is a throwback to the early days of the Linux OS, and it may not have much relevance to anyone but diehard Slackware fans. Still, experienced Linux users looking for a change of pace might enjoy setting up a Slackware system.

The documentation and user guides are fairly detailed, but they are heavy reads that will frustrate the typical new user. Those without a strong technical background will see a big disconnect in going from the live session "Slackware demo" to a functioning Slackware installation.

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MariaDB Under Fire for Proprietary Curve

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:32

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GitLab Features Expansion

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:15

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Ministry of ICT and NITA Uganda Urge on Adoption of Open Source Software

Tue, 2016-08-23 00:12

Increased awareness, integration and adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Uganda, both by government and the private sector is key to improved service delivery by government, reduced cost of public service deliver as well as improve competitiveness of Uganda’s ICT and ICT Enabled Services (ITES), Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance Minister has said.

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Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Now in Feature Freeze, First Beta to Land August 25

Mon, 2016-08-22 23:41

Ubuntu and Debian developer Iain Lane informed the Ubuntu community that the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system is in Feature Freeze as of August 18, 2016.

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Kodi 17 "Krypton" Beta 1 Out Now with Huge Video Playback, Live TV Improvements

Mon, 2016-08-22 23:40

Kodi's Nathan Betzen announced just a few minutes ago the availability of the first Beta development release of the upcoming Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center software.

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Trying Out Fedora 25 With Wayland, Early Benchmarks Included

Mon, 2016-08-22 22:46

With the news from Friday that Fedora 25 will run Wayland by default I loaded up the current Fedora 25 development packages on a test system this weekend and I used that as my primary system for all of my business/production work this weekend. It went well and included are some early gaming benchmarks of Fedora 25 Workstation GNOME on Wayland and X.Org.

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FOSS Policy in EU, NZ, US and Taiwan

Mon, 2016-08-22 22:42
  • New US Government Source Code Policy Could Provide Model For Europe

    The United States government this month published its new federal source code policy to allow government-wide access to custom source code developed by or for any agency of the federal government. The policy, which aims to reduce duplication, avoid technology “lock-in,” and tap the best minds in or outside government, has caught the attention of free software developers in Europe who are hoping to use it as a basis for change there too.

    “We plan to use that in the next months as an example for European countries,” Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), said in a recent email discussion on the new US policy.

  • Open Source at work, Open Society working in Taiwan

    There was striking evidence that Open Source can lead to Open Society at the first day of OS//OS at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre on Monday August 22.

    One of the keynote speakers, Audrey Tang from Taiwan, outlined how a quiet (and unheralded, at least in New Zealand) revolution has completely changed how democracy is practiced in the 23 million people nation sitting off China’s coast.

    It started with a parliamentary sit-in in 2014 – aided and abetted by Taiwan’s digital wizards as informal representatives debated how to use internet tools to ensure that all voices are heard before any new legislation is put in place.

    Eventually parliamentarians agreed that what was proposed by the ‘Sunflower Movement’ was valid.

    Now, the feelings and opinions of many different people (and animals and the environment) are considered. The role of parliament is to enact this debate outcome through legislation.

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