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Linux powered Zumwalt Destroyer delivered to US navy for $3 billion

Mon, 2016-05-23 00:20

World’s first Linux powered Zumwalt destroyer will be seen in action after US navy acquires it for $3 billion

The Navy’s future is looking even brighter with the new Zumwalt Destroyer. The deal made to complete the transaction was a hefty one, as it took a total of $3 billion USD to deliver the destroyer, along with an additional $600 million as a token of appreciation. The Zumwalt Destroyer has been made with stealth and automation in mind.

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Chromebooks are about to take over and Apple and Microsoft should be worried

Sun, 2016-05-22 23:03
  • Chromebooks are about to take over and Apple and Microsoft should be worried

    A few days ago, Google announced that Chromebooks will soon be able to run Android apps from the Google Play app store, finally making them fully capable computers and putting them in a position to put a real dent in Apple and Microsoft's dominance in PCs.

  • When Chromebooks run Android apps, do we still need Android tablets?

    After years of hinting that the lines between Android and Chrome OS were getting thinner and blurrier, Google recently announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run just about any Android app. The Google Play Store will be available for three Chromebooks with touchscreen displays starting in June, and the list of Chrome OS laptops, desktops, and other devices that will gain access to Android apps is pretty long… and expected to get longer.

  • This portable computer runs on Chromium OS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Android TV

    Fancy, a portable desktop computer Running Chromium OS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Android TV and powered by AMD 5350 Quad-Core x86 processor

    Imagine a desktop computer, that too a portable one, being run on both Chromium OS and Linux and allowing to watch you Android TV as well. Dylan Callahan has made that possible by fusing all these three independent features into one computer called Fancy Computer.

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Android Leftovers

Sun, 2016-05-22 23:02

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GNOME News

Sun, 2016-05-22 22:34

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GNU/Linux Leftovers

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:45
  • PepperMint OS 6
  • Arch Linux and SparkyLinux Offers Linux 4.6 Days after Release

    Linux 4.6 was released on 15th May by Linus Torvalds and the wait to enjoy the update is over. Few distros has adopted the change. According to Arch Linux developer Tobias Powalowski, Linux kernel 4.6 has entered the testing repository in Arch Linux which is on 9th position on popularity whereas Debian-based SparkyLinux has also landed in the operating system’s ‘unstable’ repository. The developers have also provided installation instruction for SparkyLinux which is ready to use, out of the box operating system.

  • 6 Most-Used AUR Helpers For Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is a lightweight, flexible and independently developed general purpose GNU/Linux distribution. And if there is a unique and special distribution of Linux, then it has got to be Arch Linux. Experienced users can build their very own Arch Linux system from the ground up.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the Weeks 2016/20

    This week we finally could add the long awaited Qt 5.6 to Tumbleweed. It was blocked for a long time as it exposed a bug in, what showed, icewm (the window manager used during installation). This bug though is so deeply nested in the architecture of icewm, that in the end, it was decided to workaround the bug with a ‘fix’ in YaST directly.

  • Rant: The switch from Digital Ocean to Amazon Web Services, and from CentOS to Red Hat

    I’ve been considering moving this blog from Digital Ocean to Amazon Web Services for a while now but finally bit the bullet after a recent DDOS attack on my backend database. This was caused by a misconfiguration on my part, I remembered wrong and thought that I had disabled all remote connections during the mysql_secure_installation process but it actually only restricts remote access to the root account: (Setting local-only access is done with a ‘bind-address=127.0.0.1’ in the my.cnf file by the way). So is that Digital Ocean’s fault? No, absolutely not but it made me paranoid enough to want a firewall on top of my MySQL restrictions to make sure that no other service was allowing outside connections. This could easily be done on the server side but then I’d have to manage firewalls on every instance I stand up and I have plans to.. well I should keep my world domination plans to myself but suffice it to say I wanted a higher level firewall. Digital Ocean offers nothing of the sort, every droplet is wide open unless you change it on the server side. Amazon on the other hand offers security groups, allowing you to create multiple firewall schemes at the network level for different types of servers and manage them with a nice interface.

  • Key Stocks of the Day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Dell, why u no VPNC

    Those old Fedoras were so nice, BTW. Funnily enough, that VM with 1 CPU and 1.5 GB starts quicker than the host laptop with the benefit of SystemD and its ability to run tasks in parallel. Of course, the handing of WiFi in Fedora 20+ is light years ahead of nm-applet in Fedora 10. There was some less noticeable progress elsewhere as well. But in the same time, the bloat was phenomenal.

  • GNOME Calendar and Drag n’ Drop

    One of the most intuitive ways to interact with an application is reproducing what we do in real life. Applications try to shorten the learning curve by using metaphores of real world objects.

    We all know what GNOME Calendar is: a virtual calendar application. As such, using real-life calendars as a reference for it’s UI is mostly a good thing, except that we’d probably have an annoying time moving events around. In this regard, technology can improve what we do.

  • Running Steam on PS4 Linux

    I'm using ARCH Linux on PS4 running 1.76 fw.

  • AMD FireRays 2.0 – Open Sourcing and Customizing Ray Tracing for Efficient Hardware Platforms Support

    After the success of the first version, FireRays is moving to another major milestone. We are open sourcing the entire library which allows complete integration and contribution from the entire developer community to bring improvements in the rendering world. In fact FireRays 2.0 brings support for Windows, OSX, Linux, AMD, NV, Intel GPUs and CPUs with many back-ends.

  • Should I switch to BTRFS or ZFS on Linux Desktop?

    This is a recap of weird things that could happen with the newer Linux Filesystems. Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian Linux ship both ZFS (OpenZFS) and BTRFS so it's normal to think about it, but like many "new" Linux technologies (e.g Wayland), none agree when it's the right moment to jump on them.

  • Improvements to PulseAudio’s Echo Cancellation

    As we approach the PulseAudio 9.0 release, I thought it would be a good time to talk about one of the things I had a chance to work on, that landed in this cycle.

  • Chromebooks just outsold Macbooks for the first time

    Macbooks may be sleek and sexy, but they’re not moving as fast as the competition any more. They’ve been surpassed by Chromebooks for the first time ever.

  • If you Click on the Red “X”, You’re Getting the Windows 10 Upgrade

    Two Soylentils wrote with a caution about a new strategy in Microsoft's playbook to get people to upgrade to Windows 10.

  • Linux Talk | Giving Back To Linux

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Leftovers: Devuan and Ubuntu

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:41
  • Debian Fork Devuan Beta Released

    A team of developers made good on their threats to fork Debian Linux late last year, after the community’s leadership voted to replace sysvinit with systemd, making systemd the default init boot process.

  • A Telegram Snap Package Is Available on Ubuntu 16.04

    Using Ubuntu 16.04 and want to install the official Telegram Linux app?

    Don’t run off to the official website to get the official binary: there’s now a Telegram app snap package available on Ubuntu 16.04.

  • Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition: a tablet that runs like a desktop

    At first, the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition — often called the Ubuntu tablet — resembles most modern tablets, with a hard plastic case that folds into a stand, limited multi-tasking from an overview screen, and some ability to act like a workstation or laptop. However, even a tentative exploration reveals that the Ubuntu Edition is much more, due mostly to its operating system and the Unity interface, which comes of age at last on this tablet.

  • Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition Review
  • UbuntuBuzz Magazine #11 - Converting PDF
  • UbuntuBuzz Magazine #10 - sK1
  • NoNotifications: Use Do Not Disturb Feature in Ubuntu

    If you are trying to focus on your work and don't want to disable notifications completely then here is a tool called "NoNotifications" for you, which works in Ubuntu Unity. It is just a simple panel indicator which allows you to disable notification temporarily. This tool should be enhanced to offer more features like mobile OS's already have, to completely disable everything Like: tones, alerts, notifications, and so, and schedule a time to activate/deactivate could be a plus for this small application.

  • Temporarily Disable Notifications In Ubuntu (w/ Unity 7) With NoNotifications Indicator

    NoNotifications is a simple indicator for Ubuntu (Unity 7) that allows you to temporarily suppress NotifyOSD notifications. The tool is useful for presentations, when working, and so on, to prevent unwanted notifications from getting in your way or distracting you.

  • Ubuntu’s Got Tablet, Fedora’s Kernel Decision & More…

    Back in the hippie days there was a lot of talk about plastic people, which would be fake people. Back in those days, plastic people were to be avoided, as was plastic anything.

    How times have changed. These days we embrace a plastic world. As example, we replace carefully hand crafted wristwatches made to last a lifetime with electronic rhinestone wearables that will be obsolete in a year or two because they tell us how fast and how seldom we walk.

    You see, by the ’60s definition, plastic didn’t need to be made of plastic to be plastic. You dig?

    [...]

    Swapnil Bhartiya at CIO found BQ’s hardware to be more than up to the task and also thought that nearly all aspects of the Ubuntu Touch with convergence to be beyond super fantastic. Gesture swiping is amazing, Scopes are the best thing since sliced bread, and using convergence to run in full blown desktop mode is “one of it’s greatest features.” The App Store, which he calls the “most exciting part of this Ubuntu tablet,” disappoints him because despite having tons of cool apps he’s never seen offered for phones before, it doesn’t have a few things he likes.

    “After using the tablet for a while,” he opines, “I had to face the harsh reality that as much as wanted to like the tablet, the lack of what I consider essential native apps will prevent me from using it as my primary, or even as a secondary, device.”

    The only apps he mentions that he would like but which are MIA? “[N]one of the streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime are available on the device.”

    Maybe he should just buy himself a TV.

    [...]

    In case you missed it, the conference live streamed Corey Doctorow’s Thursday morning keynote address, called “Open, Closed, and Demon Haunted: An Internet of Things That Act Like Inkjet Printers,” along with all other keynotes throughout the event. Included below is a short snippet of the talk that’s available on YouTube. Doctorow’s complete talk is available online, but requires the opening of an account with O’Reilly in order to view it.

  • Cinnamon 3.0 - See What's New

    Cinnamon 3.0 is the latest release of Cinnamon Desktop Environment and it will become as default desktop for upcoming Linux Mint 18 codenamed "sarah".

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Linux Devices

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:40
  • Raspberry Pi Zero – Programming over USB! (Part 2)

    An extremely simple new way to setup Raspberry Pi Zero as a USB virtual network gadget, allowing SSH, SFTP, VNC etc over a single USB cable. All without need of a keyboard, mouse, screen etc to setup!

  • Introducing Mycroft Core

    We are pleased to announce that Mycroft Core 0.6 Alpha is available for download today. Mycroft Core is a lightweight, portable piece of software written in Python. You can run it on anything from a Raspberry Pi to a gaming rig. Mycroft Core includes Adapt, Mimic, OpenSTT, and multiple open APIs to create an experience that allows users to interact with their technology using the most natural form of human communication – speech.

    This software is the core from which our community will soon develop a host of new skills. We’ve released it because we want you to build on top of it. It contains an awesome skills framework that allows you to do things like control your Phillips Hue lights or add new voice commands to your Team Fortress avatar (both of these are real examples).

  • Arduino STAR Otto features STM32, multimedia, WiFi

    Arduino Srl and ST unveiled a graphically-rich Arduino STAR Otto SBC based on the 32-bit STM32F469 MCU, and featuring WiFi, MIPI-DSI, audio, and cam links.

    At the Bay Area Maker Faire this week, Arduino Srl and STMicroelectronics (ST) announced a jointly developed, high-end Arduino board. Only a few months ago we would be raving about the Arduino STAR Otto’s WiFi connection, enabled here via an ESP8266 WiFi Module, but this has recently become almost a given on the latest Arduino boards. The STAR Otto does break new ground, however, in Arduino graphics and multimedia capability.

  • Wearables Market Jumps 67% in Q1 [Ed: many run Android/Linux]

    Apple came in third with shipments of 1.5 million Watches and Garmin took fourth place with shipments of 900,000 sports wearables. Samsung and BBK, another Chinese maker of watches for children with tracking capabilities, tied for fifth place after each shipped an estimated 700,000 units.

  • The Play Store comes to Chrome OS, but not the way we were expecting

    It's really happening. Android apps are coming to Chrome OS. And it's not just a small subset of apps; the entire Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS. More than 1.5 million apps will come to a platform that before today was "just a browser," and Android and Chrome OS take yet another step closer together.

  • Google’s Chrome OS will soon be able to run all Android apps

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Leftovers: OSS

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:39
  • DORS/CLUC 2016 - Event Report

    Between 11-13 May 2016, Zacharias Mitzelos and I had been to Zagreb, Croatia for the 23rd DORS/CLUC. We were joined by Elio Qoshi, Jona Azizaj from Albania and Gergely Rakosi from Hungary.

  • CSS coding techniques

    Lately, we have seen a lot of people struggling with CSS, from beginners to seasoned developers. Some of them don’t like the way it works, and wonder if replacing CSS with a different language would be better—CSS processors emerged from this thinking. Some use CSS frameworks in the hopes that they will have to write less code (we have seen in a previous article why this is usually not the case). Some are starting to ditch CSS altogether and use JavaScript to apply styles.

  • ODPi and ASF: Building a Stronger Hadoop Ecosystem - John Mertic
  • Spark 2.0 - Ion Stoica, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Databricks
  • LibreOffice Viewer - tested.
  • Enforcement and compliance for the GPL and similar licenses

    The Free Software Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW) is a three-day event held every year for legal professionals (and aficionados) who work in the realm of free and open-source software (FOSS). It is organized by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and, this year, the event was held in Barcelona (Spain), April 13-15. The topics covered during the event ranged from determining what constitutes authorship, how to attribute it, and what is copyrightable, to the complexity of licenses and how to make them more accessible for potential licensees lacking in legal background. In addition, license enforcement and compliance were discussed, with a particular focus on how the GPL and related licenses have done in court.

    According to the organizers, there were approximately 90 attendees, 70% of whom were legal professionals and 30% technical professionals linked in some way to legal matters in their communities or companies. Attendees came from legal firms, traditionally open-source companies and communities, such as the Linux Foundation, Red Hat, and Debian, tech companies with some open-source products (Intel and others), and companies that are using open-source software embedded in their products. Discussions were held under the Chatham House Rule, which means that names and affiliations of participants are only available for those who have explicitly agreed.

  • ReText and Markdown

    Markup formats can inspire just as much devotion and loathing as programming languages. TeX versus HTML, DocBook versus Mallard—the list is probably endless. But the "lightweight" markup formats (Markdown, reStructuredText, AsciiDoc, and so on) are the subject of particular scrutiny. Users almost always write them by hand, not in a dedicated tool, and the formats are becoming ever more widespread: as input formats in web applications and as the preferred document format on sites like GitHub. But these lightweight formats, Markdown in particular, have developed a reputation for compatibility problems in recent years—see the CommonMark effort for one of several attempts to impose order on the chaos. Thus, when version 6.0 of ReText, a GUI editor for Markdown and reStructuredText documents, was released recently, I was curious enough to take a look.

  • Embrace Open Source culture: the 5 common transformations.

    This is a story of what I have lived or witnessed a few times so far. A story of an organization that used to consume, develop and ship proprietary software for many years. At some point in time, management took the decision of using Open Source. Like in most cases, the decision was forced by its customers, providers, competitors... and by numbers.

    [...]

    This organization gained control over its production and, by consuming Open Source, it could focus many resources in differentiation, without changing the structure, development and delivery processes. At some point, it was shipping products that involved a significant percentage of generic software taken “from internet”.

    It became an Open Source producer.

    You can recognise such organizations they frequently create a specific group, usually linked to R&D, in change of brining all the innovation that is happening "in the Open Source community" into the organization.

    Little by little this organisation realised that giving fast and satisfactory answers, to its customer demands became more and more expensive. They got stuck in what rapidly became an old kernel or tool chain version.... Bringing innovation from “the community” required back-porting, solving complex integration issues, incompatibilities with what your provider brings, what your customer wants.

  • The rise of APIs

    It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the dynamics of how software is created and brought to market.

    The application programming interface (API) has been a key part of software development for decades as a way to develop for a specific platform, such as Microsoft Windows. More recently, newer platform providers, from Salesforce to Facebook and Google, have offered APIs that help the developer and have, in effect, created a developer dependency on these platforms.

  • How expiring patents are ushering in the next generation of 3D printing

    The year 2016 is quickly shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record for 3D printing innovations. Although there is still a lot of hype surrounding 3D printing and how it may or may not be the next industrial revolution, one thing is for certain: the cost of printing will continue to drop while the quality of 3D prints continues to rise.

    This development can be traced to advanced 3D printing technologies becoming accessible due to the expiration of key patents on pre-existing industrial printing processes.

  • Hackaday Prize Entry: Open Source Electrospinning Machine

    Electrospinning is a fascinating process where a high voltage potential is applied between a conductive emitter nozzle and a collector screen. A polymer solution is then slowly dispensed from the nozzle. The repulsion of negative charges in the solution forces fine fibers emanate from the liquid. Those fibers are then rapidly accelerated towards the collector screen by the electric field while being stretched and thinned down to a few hundred nanometers in diameter. The large surface area of the fine fibers lets them dry during their flight towards the collector screen, where they build up to a fine, fabric-like material. We’ve noticed that electrospinning is hoped to enable fully automated manufacturing of wearable textiles in the future.

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Development News

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:36
  • Upcoming changes in PHP 7.1

    Below are the key changes that will be introduced (or removed) in PHP 7.1. For a full list, and to see which changes are being discussed, check out the official PHP RFC.

  • Changes Being Worked On For PHP 7.1

    PHP 7.1 is coming later this year as the first significant update to last year's PHP 7 release that delivered huge speed improvements.

    We've already been looking forward to new features with PHP 7.1 and in not looking at the 7.1 work in a few months, more improvements have materialized.

  • Perl 5.24 upgrade
  • Selected projects and mentoring organizations

    The following projects have been selected to participate to SOCIS 2016.

    Instruction for students: you can apply now, but you must first contact the mentor of the project of your choice and discuss the contents.

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Leftovers: Software

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:29
  • G'MIC 1.7.1

    A new version 1.7.1 “Spring 2016” of G’MIC (GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing), the open-source framework for image processing, has been released recently (26 April 2016). This is a great opportunity to summarize some of the latest advances and features over the last 5 months.

  • Veracrypt is a Cross-Platform Alternative Encryption Tool to Truecrypt For LInux

    Filesystem/Volume encryption has become paramount to the masses in the IT industry due to the varying advantages it presents including protection of sensitive data, military-grade encryption standards, password keys to prevent unwanted access, and an encrypted file/drive only the encryption software can access among others.

    A few days back, we briefly reviewed Truecrypt as a secure software encryption tool.

  • Geary: A Great Email Client for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Geary Email client is my by same developers who created Shotwell application, it is lightweight and open source email reader alternative to Thunderbird and others. Geary works with most popular webmail services, including Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook, as well as providing IMAP and SMTP support which means you can setup manual IMAP mail service for other providers. Basically it is inspired from webmail client like Gmail, it organizes mails into 'conversations' rather than threads. Conversation styles threading keeps things tidy and neat - quite useful on mailing lists.

  • Mattermost 3.0: Multi-Team Accounts, Japanese, Mobile & Desktop Upgrades, Integrations for Outlook, Ruby & Rust

    Mattermost 3.0 offers a long awaited features: multi-team accounts, Japanese language translation, and full width display, plus upgrades to apps for iOS, Android, Windows, Linux and Mac, emojis, and we have new integrations for Outlook, Ruby & Rust.

  • netdata for IoT
  • Overview of "secure" desktop messengers
  • 3 More VoIP Alternatives to Skype

    Skype is a very well known voice over IP service that is as well cross-platform, the client on Linux however, it is rather unpleasant to use and mostly buggy with way fewer features than its counterparts on other platforms.

    Previously I covered Ring which is a secure cross-platform alternative to Skype, but then there are even more functional optional softwares to Skype that are rather uncommon and I ‘ll be featuring just three of them (which i term as the best) on this list.

  • Kiwix Provides Offline Access to The Entire Wikipedia Encyclopedia

    The internet is by far a well-rounded source to get information on just about anything you might be needing info on. The internet is, however, extremely broad and doesn’t in fact, give you specifics on some info you might be searching for.

    This is where Wikipedia comes in. Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that is ultimately a part of the internet but it narrows down your search to exactly what it is that you may be searching for and this is why it’s used by millions around the world.

  • SOGo v3.1.0 released

    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of SOGo v3.1.0. This is a major release of SOGo which focuses on important new features and improved stability over previous versions.

  • Rhythmbox Alternative Toolbar Plugin 0.17.1 Released With Options To Use Dark Theme And Vertical Categories

    Alternative Toobar is a plugin that enhances the Rhythmbox play controls and interface, including optional headerbars for GNOME-based desktops.

  • Tool To Display Keystrokes In Screencasts `Screenkey` 0.9 Released [PPA]

    Screenkey itself can't be used to create screencasts, its use is to display your keystrokes on the screen. To record your Linux desktop, I recommend SimpleScreenRecorder.

  • Top 15 file compression utilities in Linux

    File compression is a routine task for most of the Administrators and normal users, to save disk space and to move data from one location to another safer location, this compression utility is used. from historical point of view tar utility was developed to get sequential data backup and it was stored in magnetic tape drives. To send data via internet the compression utility play an important role, it can hold multiple files together and will reduce the overall file size, this can save both the time and internet bandwidth, Linux comes with very quick and effective tools which can reduce file sizes from 40 to 80 percent. In this article we will discuss top 15 utilities in Linux available for users.

  • Google Drive For Linux is Here… Unofficially

    Three years ago, when a user would attempt to download the Google Drive client from their Linux computer, Google would bring them to the appropriate download page, which of course landed them on a page with a message read: “Not (yet) supported for Linux.” What’s the deal with Google not developing a sync client for Linux users, seeing as to how they build a lot of their things using Linux? There’s one simple answer to that, unfortunately. Windows is mainstream, so a lot of their focus is put towards what a majority of people use. The bigger the market, the more money in their pockets. But don’t fear, change is near!

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today's howtos

Sun, 2016-05-22 17:27

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Leftovers: KDE

Sun, 2016-05-22 15:04

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Xubuntu Xenial Xerus - Triple X - The spy who failed me

Sun, 2016-05-22 14:04

Before you read this conclusion, please do me a favor. Please read my review of Vivid, then go back up, find the links to the Werewolf review and the best distro of 2015 summary, and then read those, too. Then, come back to this piece here. Now, please try to explain, in human lingo, how it is possible than only one year apart, we get such a huge, drastic difference in the distro behavior.

Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus is meant to be the rock-solid LTS, beautiful and elegant and majestic. It is none of that. There are so many bugs and problems it really turns me off the whole Linux thing. I feel like an idiot for doing these reviews, for wasting hundreds and thousands of hours of my life trying to promote a cause and technology that ultimately just ends up failing randomly, because people can't be bothered to invest time in proper QA rather than pointless, arbitrary release dates and silly changes that serve no purpose.

Not good. Not good at all. Realtek issues, mouse going away after waking from sleep, login niggles, package management woes, sucky Bluetooth stack, Thunar hiccups, Samba crap. This is just a short list of everything that's wrong with Xenial, and then, to make it even worse, the Unity and the Xfce versions can't really agree on the suck list. They all have their own unique problems, and there's no consistency. I'm just pissed off. April 2016 was meant to be a happy, cheerful month. Now, I'm facing total destruction and distros that barely work. And yes, please, skip to the very end, and tell me how it's all my fault. Anyhow, Xubuntu Xerus gets only 3/10. Do not upgrade for now.

Also: Xubuntu 16.04 - install and enjoy?

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FOSS contributors

Sun, 2016-05-22 14:01
  • 1000 contributors!

    On the ownCloud blog, Jos shared today that the ownCloud community has hit an impressive milestone!

    The project I started 6 years ago just got a contribution from the 1000th volunteer who considered ownCloud worth the time and effort to contribute code to! Only a year ago, we were so proud having hit over 550 contributors at our 5 year anniversary. It is stunning how fast ownCloud has continued to grow.

  • 7 ways to make new contributors feel welcome

    Sumana Harihareswara and Maria Naggaga gave back-to-back talks at OSCON 2016 on how we can build our open source communities in such a way that contributors feel safe and loved.

    First, recognize that people participate in open source for many reasons. Some of us are lucky enough to get paid to work on it, others are doing it for a school project, and others are doing it just for fun or for the passion of the project. Start by looking at your project as an outsider and try to think about what they might find discouraging or not helpful. There are things in our projects that can be alienating. Evaluate these weird things in your projects and decide if you want to make changes or not.

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Slackware News

Sun, 2016-05-22 13:53
  • KDE 5_16.05 for Slackware -current

    While everyone is waiting for the 14.2 release of our beloved Slackware Linux distribution, those pesky developers keep releasing their own software. So this was the week where KDE Frameworks, Plasma and Applications all had newer versions than I have in my repository. Guess what – I have prepared a new set of Plasma5 packages for the month of May so that I am ready for a new Live ISO… next Slackware release or not.

  • Updates for LibreOffice, Chromium, Calibre, QBittorrent, Veracrypt
  • Stable 1.0.0 release of liveslak

    Yesterday on the final day of my short holiday (of sorts) I prepped and released version 1.0.0 of my “liveslak” project. It is stable and the bugs that were reported (plus some more) have been taken care of.

    The “1.0.0” marker is not the end of its development of course. It means that I consider the project production-ready. It will be used to create Live Editions of Slackware 14.2 (64bit and 32bit) when that is released. There’s still some more ideas for liveslak that I want to implement and those will become available as 1.x releases.

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Plasma 5.6.4, Applications 16.04.1 and Frameworks 5.22.0 available in Chakra

Sun, 2016-05-22 12:44

The latest updates for KDE's Plasma, Applications and Frameworks series are now available to all Chakra users, together with other package updates.

Plasma 5.6.4 includes a month's worth of bugfixes and new translations, with the changes being related to the plasma desktop and workspace, kwin, kscreen and networkmanager, among others.

Also: Chakra GNU/Linux Users Receiving KDE Plasma 5.6.4 & KDE Applications 16.04.1 Now

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Mozilla Firefox 46.0.1 Lands in the Ubuntu Repos, But No Sign of Thunderbird 45

Sun, 2016-05-22 12:41

Canonical recently pushed the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 46.0 web browser to the stable channels for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, along with Mozilla Thunderbird 38.8.0.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Sun, 2016-05-22 11:40

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Android Leftovers

Sun, 2016-05-22 11:39

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Systemd 230

Sun, 2016-05-22 11:25
  • systemd v230
  • Systemd 230 Released

    Systemd 230 is the new release available and it comes with a number of new features. Systemd 230 comes with DNSSEC turned on by default in systemd-resolved, there are a number of systemd-logind enhancements, LDDP support has been extended, journalctl has seen various improvements, various compatibility libraries were removed, and systemd-bus-proxyd was removed since KDBUS is "unlikely to be merged into the kernel in its current form."

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