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OpenStack Summit News

Wed, 2016-04-27 13:41

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Development News (Jenkins and Node.js)

Wed, 2016-04-27 13:39

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Security Leftovers

Wed, 2016-04-27 13:38

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Mele PCG02U is a $70 Ubuntu PC stick

Wed, 2016-04-27 13:22

The Mele PCG02U is a fanless PC stick with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and Ubuntu 14.04 software. It’s available from AliExpress for $70.

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Debian Criticism

Wed, 2016-04-27 13:14
  • Debian entering fresh territory as new DPL begins his term

    Having Microsoft endorse a GNU/Linux distribution was once not the best advertisement for that distribution. These days, however, that has changed.

    Thus when Microsoft recently endorsed Debian GNU/Linux in its Azure marketplace and later announced it would be using the same distribution to launch Linux-based tools for networking, it was taken as a compliment.

    New Debian project leader Mehdi Dogguy (seen above) attributes this choice to the fact that Debian is generally a great platform for derivatives.

  • Is Debian Difficult to Install?

    In casual conversation, most Linux users will tell you that the Debian distribution is hard to install. Mention that you have installed it multiple times, and people are apt to look at you as if you are some kind of stone-cold geek. After all, wasn't the original point of Ubuntu was to make Debian available to everyone?

    The truth is, Ubuntu came along just as Debian started to solve its own inaccessibility. A look at the Debian Installer proves that it no longer lives up to its reputation. Since 2005, Debian has worked constantly to improve its Installer, with a result that the process is not only simple and quick, but often allows more customization than the installer for any other major distribution.

    The story was different once. Before 2005, the Debian Installer tossed users into the deep end, exposing them to unfamiliar concepts and assuming that they knew packages they needed for a graphical interface, and how to choose them from dselect, a package tool that was even more complicated than the rest of the installer combined.

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Red Hat News

Wed, 2016-04-27 12:59

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Fedora: The Latest

Wed, 2016-04-27 12:57
  • Announcing Fedora Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Class of 2016

    On Friday, April 22nd, Google officially announced the participants for the 11th year of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program. If you’re not familiar with Google Summer of Code, you can read more on the Community Blog. There were 1,206 projects submitted for this year. Several open source organizations participated by offering projects for students to work on.

  • Google Summer of Code, Fedora Class of 2016

    This summer, I’m excited to say I will be trying on a new pair of socks for size.

    Bad puns aside, I am actually enormously excited to announce that I am participating in this year’s Google Summer of Code program for the Fedora Project. If you are unfamiliar with Google Summer of Code (or often shortened to GSoC), Google describes it as the following.

  • Recording a quick screencast on Fedora Workstation

    Ever needed to make a quick screencast of your desktop to share what you are working on with someone else? Fedora Workstation ships with an easy way of capturing high-quality, short videos of your screen.

  • Plan to level up contributors with Fedora Hubs!

    Okay, so let’s move on and talk about Hubs and Badges, particularly in light of some convos we’ve had in the regular weekly Fedora Hubs check-in meetings as well as an awesome hack session Remy D. and jflory7 pulled together last Thursday night.

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Leftovers: KDE

Wed, 2016-04-27 11:54
  • Three Slots Awarded to Krita for Google Summer of Code
  • A Usability Guy’s Journey to Creating his First KDE Tool – Part 2: A Vision

    The nice thing is that we can reuse the information for AppStream to automatically create a website for each application which is at least a lot more informative for end users than what quickgit provides. Of course, those projects who have the manpower and motivation to create gorgeous websites like that for Minuet or Krita should still do that, but the others would still get at least something useful.

  • Kronometer 2.1 now available

    After many months since the last release, I’ve finally found the time to finalize the next stable release for kronometer. The main change is a redesign of the main window. The toolbar is now smaller and in top position, the statusbar is gone and the menubar is hidden by default. Usability of other dialogs has been improved as well.

  • Performance update for breeze icons

    As breeze is a monochrome icon set the contrast is one of the biggest issues. With Plasma 5.6, the developers solved this problem by applying the system color scheme to the icons. Now the icons use the same color (and contrast) as the text. With this shiny new feature, users can define the colors of the icon set by themselves.

  • Google Summer of Code, 2016

    Well, the wait for the results of Google Summer of Code 2016 is over. My proposal has been accepted and is a GSoC project now. I will be spending the summer writing code for KDE for implementing the project Minuet Mobile(KDE-edu).

  • KDE Neon User Edition 2254 Screenshot Tour
  • Some Qt Contributors Uneasy About The Growing Commercial Focus Of The Qt Company

    For the past week has been a somewhat active mailing list thread about the Qt Project being misrepresented on The Qt Company's qt.io web-site.

  • KDE e.V. Quarterly Report - 1st Half of 2015

    The KDE e.V. report for the first half of 2015 is now available. It presents a survey of all the activities and events carried out, supported, and funded by KDE e.V. in that period, as well as the reporting of major events, conferences and mentoring programs that KDE has been involved in.

  • KDE is not the right place for Thunderbird [Ed: This post, "KDE is not the right place for Thunderbird," has just been deleted. One wonder what happened. Maybe pressure from peers?]

    For years, Mozilla has been saying they are no longer focused on Thunderbird and its place is outside of Mozilla. Now it seems they are going to act on what they said: Mozilla seeks new home for e-mail client Thunderbird.

    The candidates they are exploring are the Software Freedom Conservancy, The Document Foundation, and I expect at least the Apache Software Foundation to be a serious candidate, and Gnome to propose.

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Linux Foundation and Linux Announcements

Wed, 2016-04-27 11:33

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Firefox 46, Vivaldi 1.1, Homeless Thunderbird

Wed, 2016-04-27 11:24

Mozilla was in the news today first for releasing Firefox 46 with GTK+ 3 integration. They're also making headlines for trying to find a new home for Thunderbird, their browser-based email client. In competing news, the Vivaldi project announced version 1.1 of their new browser already, not even a month since its initial release. Elsewhere, Bruce Byfield discusses the Debian installer and Jack Germain said "Bodhi Linux is elegant and lightweight."

Also: Update to Firefox Released Today

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Leftovers: Gaming

Wed, 2016-04-27 11:15

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GParted 0.26.0 Launches with Read-Only Support for LUKS Encrypted Filesystems

Wed, 2016-04-27 10:56

GParted developer and maintainer Curtis Gedak proudly announced the release of the GParted 0.26.0 open-source partition editor utility that's widely used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Xubuntu 16.04 - quick screenshot tour

Wed, 2016-04-27 10:47

Canonical released the new range of its operating systems last week which includes many members of Ubuntu 16.04 family: Ubuntu itself, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME and, of course, Xubuntu.

Of course, you can purchase your own disk with any of these and many other distributions through the Buy Linux CDs site. It is easy and cheap.

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OpenELEC fork LibreELEC 7.0.0 arrives with Kodi 16.1

Wed, 2016-04-27 10:41

The new LibreELEC fork of the media player focused OpenELEC Linux distribution is available in a final version 7.0.0 built around the new Kodi 16.1 release.

The fork of the Kodi-centric OpenELEC Linux mini-distribution has been building in recent months, and culminated in the Mar. 20 announcement of a new LibreELEC project. Since then the project team has grown from 25 to 40 people, backed up by what appears to be the bulk of the OpenELEC developer community. Its v7.0.0 release is built around the newly finalized Jarvis 16.1 version of the Kodi media center application, formerly known as XBMC. The new project bills itself as a JeOS (Just enough OS) for Kodi.

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Ultra-modular automation controller runs Linux on Sitara

Wed, 2016-04-27 10:20

Taiwan-based Tibbo Technology has been developing embedded devices since 2008, including a highly modular Tibbo Project System (TPS) platform that runs its lightweight Tibbo OS (TiOS) operating system. The company’s “Size 2” TPP2 and larger, “Size 3” TPP3 automation controller boards each run TiOS on a Tibbo T1000 ASIC, and support a variety of optional “Tibbit” I/O modules and connectors. Now, Tibbo has launched its first Linux-based TPS board supporting the same Tibbit ecosystem. The “Size 3 Linux Tibbo Project PCB” (LTPP3) board adopts the 165 x 94mm Size 3 footprint, and features -40 to 70°C extended temperature support.

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OpenStack From Texas

Wed, 2016-04-27 10:11

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Ubuntu Linux and OpenStack cloud come to IBM servers

Wed, 2016-04-27 09:43

Last year, IBM introduced LinuxONE, a new pair of IBM mainframes along with Linux and open-source software and services. These new systems are the LinuxONE Emperor, which built on the IBM z13 mainframe and its little brother, Rockhopper. LinuxONE is the heart of IBM's hybrid cloud efforts. At the OpenStack Summit, Angel Diaz, VP of IBM Cloud Architecture & Technology, said LinuxONE with Ubuntu and OpenStack can deliver the "speed and flexibility that businesses need to make the Benjamins money."

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RaspEX, Ubuntu 16.04 for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2, Now Includes Kodi 16.0 & Fluxbox

Wed, 2016-04-27 09:41

Arne Exton today informs Softpedia about the availability of a new build of his popular and free RaspEX Linux distribution based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and engineered for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs.

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