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Ubuntu MATE 16.04: there is always room for improvement

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 12:14

Who is the main audience of Ubuntu 16.04 MATE? From my point of view, these are people who started their Linux life a long time ago when GNOME 2 was one of few desktop environments available for Linux distributions. Since then, we have gotten a lot more players and forks on the "market".

Yes, MATE is better looking than GNOME 2 was a few years ago. But other desktop environments also did not stay the same during this time.

I used the Cinnamon desktop environment on Linux Mint for some time a year or so ago. For me, it was a much more convenient desktop environment than I found MATE to be in Ubuntu realization of it.

I also faced some crashes of different applications during my Live run of Ubuntu 16.04 MATE.

It all means that MATE team still has room for improvement.

Will I try Ubuntu MATE sometime in the future? Maybe. Let's see where history takes us.

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LibreOffice 5.2 Beta 2 Now Available as a Snap for Ubuntu Linux, Other Distros

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 12:11

GNU/Linux developer Björn Michaelsen reported on June 14, 2016, managing to package the latest Beta build of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.2 office suite as a Snap package for various GNU/Linux distributions, including Ubuntu.

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European colleges share SMEs open source training

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 12:08

Tertiary education institutes (hochschule and university college) and ICT training specialists from across Europe are creating a course to train students to help small and medium-sized enterprises select and use open source cloud services. The course will be tested on Spanish and British exchange students working for SMEs in the two countries.

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Fedora Wallpaper

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 12:05

For some a computer wallpaper is not thought about and the default wallpaper stays for the live of their computer, others they like to pick a soothing scene of peace and serenity. At time I like The Serenity, but I usually like to rotate my wallpaper on a semi-monthly basis. While search the web for a new wallpaper I stumbled across a Legends of Zelda Logo wallpaper that I liked the look of. Not a fan of the Legend of Zelda I wanted to do something similar for Fedora.

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Day in the life of a Fedora Packager

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 12:03

Ever wondered what it’s like being involved with the Fedora Project? There are many different roles and types of people that help make Fedora what it is. One common form of contributing is packaging. This is when someone takes software, “packages” it in the RPM format, and publishes the RPM to the Fedora repositories. There’s some steps along the way to being a packager. In this article, Fedora packager James Hogarth, responsible for ownCloud, Certbot (formerly LetsEncrypt), and more, details a day in the life of what it’s like being a Fedora Packager.

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Hyve Mobility announces Buzz and Storm smartphones with pure Android

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 11:56

Hyve Mobility, a new technology startup has announced its first two smartphones. The Buzz and Storm smartphones will run pure Android.

Hyve Buzz and Storm smartphones run stock Android 5.1 Lollipop, although an Android Marshmallow update is being promised soon.

The focus here is not the devices itself, but the pure Android experience. However, apart from pure Android, Hyve Mobility’s Buzz and Storm are just like any other smartphone in the market.

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Android inventor Andy Rubin thinks the future of smartphones might be a single AI

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 11:54

Andy Rubin, who co-founded Android and jump-started Google's robotics efforts, imagines a future where artificial intelligence is so powerful that it powers every connected device. Speaking at Bloomberg's Tech Conference in San Francisco today, Rubin said a combination of quantum computing and AI advancements could yield a conscious intelligence that would underpin every piece of technology. "If you have computing that is as powerful as this could be, you might only need one," Rubin says. "It might not be something you carry around; it just has to be conscious."

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Android N 7.0 review - hands on, how to get it, best features, release date, name

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 11:52

Bucking its usual trend, Google has been treating us to Developer Preview versions of its next mobile operating system, Android N. While its name is still yet to be officially decided, following Google I/O you're now able to try out Developer Preview 3, which Google is describing as the first beta-quality candidate.

As such, if you were sat on the fence as to whether or not to try it out on your main phone or tablet, now might be the time to jump in and get among the Beta fun. If you're already on the Beta, an OTA update should be rolling out to get you to the latest version. If you're looking to do a fresh install, instructions are below.

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Antergos 2016.06.14 ISOs Are Out Now, the Last to Offer Support for 32-Bit PCs

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 11:39

Antergos' Dustin Falgout announced just a few minutes ago, June 15, 2016, that the latest ISO images for the Arch Linux-based operating system are now available for download.

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Ubuntu Snappy-Based Package Format Aims to Bridge Linux Divide

LXer - Wed, 2016-06-15 11:39
Could the transactional mechanism that drives Canonical’s IoT-focused Snappy Ubuntu Core help unify Linux and save it from fragmentation? Today, Canonical announced that the lightweight Snappy’s “snap” mechanism, which two months ago was extended to all Ubuntu users in Ubuntu 16.04, can also work with other Linux distributions.

PCLinuxOS 64 2016.05 Trinity Linux OS Brings Back Old Memories for KDE3.5 Fans

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 11:37

We've promised to introduce you, guys, to more PCLinuxOS editions as soon as we are in possession of the needed information, so today, June 15, 2016, we're presenting the PCLinuxOS Trinity Community Edition.

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What is DevOps? Michael Ducy Explains

LXer - Wed, 2016-06-15 10:42
Michael Ducy is a champion for the idea that you should staff your DevOps team with curious, hungry individuals (goats) from within your company, rather than from the outside.

This Week in Techrights

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 10:27

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PCLinuxOS 64 2016.05 Trinity Linux OS Brings Back Old Memories for KDE3.5 Fans

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-06-15 10:23

 softpedia: PCLinuxOS Trinity comes as a drop-in replacement for the now deprecated PCLinuxOS KDE MiniMe releases.

today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-06-15 09:59
  • Linux: Assembly Required

    Even for Linux, you have to consider the platform. In my case, I’m using a 64-bit Intel/AMD PC. But you might be using a 32-bit version or running on ARM (or any other CPU Linux supports). There is even a 32-bit interface for 64-bit Linux (x32), if you are interested in that. The second order of business, then, is to figure out what the CPU architecture looks like.

  • Git v2.9.0 released
  • Day of Infamy, the WWII mod for Insurgency is being turned into a full game

    Having a proper WWII shooter on Linux is going to be pretty awesome.

  • LaKademy 2016 ‒ strewing FLOSS culture

    KDE is a free software community full of diversity and, as such, we foster several meetings and welcome people from all over the world. The 4th Latin-America KDE Summit (LaKademy 2016) took place from 26-29 May at Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brazil. Since 2014, LaKademy has become a yearly meeting (it happened every two years since 2010) and that has proven to be a quite important step to create a "sprint culture", narrow the ties with the global community, and better support newcomers. In every new edition, old LaKademy participants are more experienced about how sprints work and, therefore, more skillful in the task of guiding newcomers through their way into the Free Software world.

  • GParted 0.26.1 Ensures Bootloaders Work on EXT4 Partitions Smaller Than 16 TB

    GParted developer Curtis Gedak has announced the availability of the first point release for the GParted 0.26 open-source partition editor utility announced back in April 2016.

    Launched on April 26, GParted 0.26.0 introduced some exciting new features and improvements, among which we can mention read-only support for encrypted filesystems with the LUKS method, as well as the implementation of a progress bar for file system copy methods supporting EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, XFS, and NTFS.

  • ExLight Linux 160612 Screenshot Tour
  • Analyst’s Recommendation on Red Hat (RHT)
  • Ubuntu Snappy-Based Package Format Aims to Bridge Linux Divide
  • Russia mulls bug bounty to harden govt software

    Local media report deputy Communications Minister Aleksei Sokolov is discussing a possible bug bounty with the Russian tech sector.

    The implications of such a bounty are being considered including staffing requirements for bug triage and validation, and the need to find a way to force developers to develop and apply patches for affected software.

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