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Distribution Release: ExTiX 16.5

Wednesday 12th of October 2016 04:05:04 PM
ExTiX is a desktop oriented distribution which is based on Debian and Ubuntu. The latest version of the distribution, ExTiX 16.5, features the LXQt 0.10.0 desktop environment and version 4.8 of the Linux kernel. "ExTiX 16.5 LXQt DVD 64-bit is based on Debian 8.6 'Jessie', Debian 9 'Stretch'....

Development Release: Fedora 25 Beta

Tuesday 11th of October 2016 02:47:39 PM
The Fedora Project has announced the release of a new development snapshot of the Red Hat-sponsored community distribution: Fedora 25 beta. The beta release features version 3.22 of the GNOME desktop environment, support for the Rust programming language and a media writer which helps users download and transfer....

BSD release: FreeBSD 11.0

Monday 10th of October 2016 09:02:11 PM
The FreeBSD project has announced a new stable release of the project's operating system. The new release, FreeBSD 11.0, drops support for the ageing OpenSSH Protocol 1, adds wireless support for 802.11n, provides native graphics support for the operating system's bhyve hypervisor and an arm64 architecture port has....

Development Release: GoboLinux 016 Alpha

Monday 10th of October 2016 08:11:51 AM
Lucas Villa Real has announced the availability of the first alpha release of GoboLinux 016. GoboLinux is an unusual distribution as it comes with a highly customised (and perhaps more logical) file system hierarchy which differs substantially from the traditional UNIX layout. This new release is the project's....

Development Release: Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Beta

Monday 10th of October 2016 04:00:27 AM
Jeff Hoogland has release a new development build of the upcoming Bodhi Linux 4.0.0, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring a custom-built variant of the Enlightenment desktop named "Moksha": "We are finally nearing the end of the 4.0.0 release cycle. If all goes as planned I will publish a final....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 682

Monday 10th of October 2016 12:10:33 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: KDE neon offers cutting edge Plasma News: Fedora warns of update bug, FreeBSD reminds users of EoL dates, HandyLinux drops English support, LXQt benchmarks Distribution review: Android-x86 6.0 review - not there yet Torrent corner: NixOS, Superb Mini Server Released last week:....

Distribution Release: Superb Mini Server 2.0.9

Thursday 6th of October 2016 03:44:09 AM
A new build of Superb Mini Server (SMS), version 2.0.9, has been released. This new version of the Slackware-based distribution for servers, brings a new Linux kernel and upgrades to most server packages, while leaving the base system unchanged. "Superb Mini Server version 2.0.9 released (Linux kernel 4.4.22).....

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Beta 3

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 04:23:06 PM
The openSUSE project has announced the availability of a new beta release for the distribution's Leap edition. The new beta, openSUSE 42.2 Leap beta 3, offers upgrades to VirtualBox and features KDE's Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. Firefox 49 and Thunderbird 45.3.0 are available along with many updated translations.....

Development Release: Linux Lite 3.2 Beta

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 01:29:04 PM
Jerry Bezencon has announced the launch of a new development version of the lightweight, Ubuntu-based Linux Lite distribution. The new version, Linux Lite 3.2 beta, features a number of visual improvements to help users find boot menu entries, see process information and identify icons. Another significant change is....

Distribution Release: KDE neon 5.8

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 12:07:35 AM
Hot on the heals of KDE's Plasma Desktop 5.8, released yesterday, comes a new version of KDE neon, a fast-evolving Ubuntu-based distribution built by KDE and Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell: "The KDE neon builders have been firing away this afternoon and Plasma 5.8 LTS is now available in....

Distribution Release: NixOS 16.09

Monday 3rd of October 2016 08:04:11 PM
NixOS is an independent Linux distribution which features the Nix package manager. Nix provides many special package management features, including declarative statements, snapshots and package rollbacks. The latest version of the distribution, NixOS 16.09, offers many new security features and more efficient use of disk space. "In addition....

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 681

Monday 3rd of October 2016 12:02:38 AM
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: OpenBSD 6.0 - an exercise in precision News: DragonFly BSD builds dports with LibreSSL, systemd denial of service bug, Mintbox Mini, FreeBSD 11.0 delayed, Debian says good-bye to Kristoffer Rose Questions and answers: Was openSUSE just purchased? Torrent corner: Chapeau, Qubes OS....

Distribution Release: Qubes OS 3.2

Thursday 29th of September 2016 01:53:17 PM
Joanna Rutkowska has announced the release of Qubes OS 3.2, a new stable release of the Fedora-based desktop Linux distribution whose main concept is "security by isolation" by using domains implemented as lightweight Xen virtual machines. From the release announcement: "I'm happy to announce that today we're releasing....

Distribution Release: Chapeau 24

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 05:20:00 PM
The Chapeau project develops a Fedora-based distribution which includes software not permitted under Fedora's licensing policies. Chapeau also strives to present users with a more beginner-friendly desktop environment and applications. The Chapeau project has released a new version, Chapeau 24, which is derived from Fedora 24 "Workstation" and....

Development Release: Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2

Wednesday 28th of September 2016 07:14:54 AM
Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the second (and final) beta build of Ubuntu 16.10: "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 16.10 Desktop, Server and Cloud products." Here is the standard release announcement, with a useful list of new features....

Distribution Release: Proxmox 4.3 "Virtual Environment"

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 05:28:19 PM
Proxmox "Virtual Environment" (VE) is a Debian-based platform for running and managing virtual appliances, containers and virtual machines. The latest version of the distribution, Proxmox 4.3 "Virtual Environment", includes a number of upgrades to the project's documentation and improvements to the graphical interface. "The new reference documentation is....

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Leftovers: KDE


  • 4 Useful Cinnamon Desktop Applets
    The Cinnamon desktop environment is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Out of the box it offers a clean, fast and well configured desktop experience. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a little better with a few nifty extras. And that’s where Cinnamon Applets come in. Like Unity’s Indicator Applets and GNOME Extensions, Cinnamon Applets let you add additional functionality to your desktop quickly and easily.
  • GNOME Core Apps Hackfest
    The hackfest is aimed to raise the standard of the overall core experience in GNOME, this includes the core apps like Documents, Files, Music, Photos and Videos, etc. In particular, we want to identify missing features and sore points that needs to be addressed and the interaction between apps and the desktop. Making the core apps push beyond the limits of the framework and making them excellent will not only be helpful for the GNOME desktop experience, but also for 3rd party apps, where we will implement what they are missing and also serve as an example of what an app could be.
  • This Week in GTK+ – 21
    In this last week, the master branch of GTK+ has seen 335 commits, with 13631 lines added and 37699 lines removed.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Puppet Unveils New Docker Build and Phased Deployments
    Puppet released a number of announcements today including the availability of Puppet Docker Image Build and a new version of Puppet Enterprise, which features phased deployments and situational awareness. In April, Puppet began helping people deploy and manage things like Docker, Kubernetes, Mesosphere, and CoreOS. Now the shift is helping people manage the services that are running on top of those environments.
  • 9 reasons not to install Nagios in your company
  • Top 5 Reasons to Love Kubernetes
    At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin I gave a talk about Kubernetes titled "Why I love Kubernetes? Top 10 reasons." The response was great, and several folks asked me to write a blog about it. So here it is, with the first five reasons in this article and the others to follow. As a quick introduction, Kubernetes is "an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications" often referred to as a container orchestrator.
  • Website-blocking attack used open-source software
    Mirai gained notoriety after the Krebs attack because of the bandwidth it was able to generate — a record at well over 600 gigabits a second, enough to send the English text of Wikipedia three times in two seconds. Two weeks later, the source code for Mirai was posted online for free.
  • Alibaba’s Blockchain Email Repository Gains Technology from Chinese Open Source Startup
    Onchain, an open-source blockchain based in Shanghai, will provide technology for Alibaba’s first blockchain supported email evidence repository. Onchain allows fast re-constructions for public, permissioned (consortium) or private blockchains and will eventually enable interoperability among these modes. Its consortium chain product, the Law Chain, will provide technology for Ali Cloud, Alibaba’s computing branch. Ali Cloud has integrated Onchain’s Antshares blockchain technology to provide an enterprise-grade email repository. Onchain provides the bottom-layer framework for Ali Cloud, including its open-source blockchain capabilities, to enable any company to customize its own enterprise-level blockchain.
  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
    If you're a Firefox user and you're a little fed up with going to Google Chrome every time in order to watch Netflix on your Linux machine, the good news is since Firefox 49 landed, HTML5 DRM (through the Google Widevine CDM (Content Decryption Manager) plugin) is now supported. Services that use DRM for HTML5 media should now just work, such as Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, the Netflix crew haven't 'flicked a switch' yet behind the scenes for Firefox on Linux, meaning if you run Netflix in the Mozilla browser at the moment, you'll likely just come across the old Silverlight error page. But there is a workaround. For some reason, Netflix still expects Silverlight when it detects the user is running Firefox, despite the fact that the latest Firefox builds for Linux now support the HTML5 DRM plugin.
  • IBM Power Systems solution for EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server
    The primary focus of this article is on the use, configuration, and optimization of PostgreSQL and EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server running on the IBM® Power Systems™ servers featuring the new IBM POWER8® processor technology. Note: The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.2 operating system was used. The scope of this article is to provide information on how to build and set up of PostgreSQL database from open source and also install and configure EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server on an IBM Power® server for better use. EnterpriseDB Postgres Advanced Server on IBM Power Systems running Linux® is based on the open source database, PostgreSQL, and is capable of handling a wide variety of high-transaction and heavy-reporting workloads.
  • Valgrind 3.12 Released With More Improvements For Memory Debugging/Checking
  • [Valgrind] Release 3.12.0 (20 October 2016)
  • Chain Launches Open Source Developer Platform [Ed: If it’s openwashing, then no doubt Microsoft is involved]
  • LLVM Still Looking At Migration To GitHub
    For the past number of months the LLVM project has been considering a move from their SVN-based development process to Git with a focus on GitHub. That effort continues moving forward.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.1 Released With File Manager Improvements
    Lumina is a lightweight Qt-based desktop environment for BSD and Linux. We show you what's new in its latest release, and how you can install it on Ubuntu.
  • Study: Administrations unaware of IT vendor lock-in
    Public policy makers in Sweden have limited insight on how IT project can lead to IT vendor lock-in, a study conducted for the Swedish Competition Authority shows. “An overwhelming majority of the IT projects conducted by schools and public sector organisations refer to specific software without considering lock-in and different possible negative consequences”, the authors conclude.
  • How open access content helps fuel growth in Indian-language Wikipedias
    Mobile Internet connectivity is growing rapidly in rural India, and because most Internet users are more comfortable in their native languages, websites producing content in Indian languages are going to drive this growth. In a country like India in which only a handful of journals are available in Indian languages, open access to research and educational resources is hugely important for populating content for the various Indian language Wikipedias.
  • Where to find the world's best programmers
    One source of data about programmers' skills is HackerRank, a company that poses programming challenges to a community of more than a million coders and also offers recruitment services to businesses. Using information about how successful coders from different countries are at solving problems across a wide range of domains (such as "algorithms" or "data structures" or specific languages such as C++ or Java), HackerRank's data suggests that, overall, the best developers come from China, followed closely by Russia. Alarmingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the United States comes in at 28th place.