While many of you are still enjoying the recently released GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, the GNOME developers have started working on the next major version, GNOME 3.18, due for release at the end of September 2015.
In a recent article entitled "Tendering with Ubuntu," Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, revealed the fact that the world's most popular free operating system now counts over 20 millions of user, as well as that the Ubuntu Linux is adopted by more and more people each day.
TuxMachines: Fedora Linux Developers Ask Users to Decide the Instant Messaging Integration into the Desktop
We discussed last week the possibility of removal of Empathy, a multi-protocol instant messaging client used by default in the GNOME desktop environment and many popular GNU/Linux operating systems, from the GNOME Project because of lack of development progress.
Approximatelty three days after announcing the first point release of GNOME Builder 3.16 integrated development environment utility for the GNOME 3.16.1 desktop environment, Christian Hergert presents a second maintenance release that contains more bug fixes.
There’s a dark underside to open source culture. Chris Kelly from GitHub says because anyone can take part in open source, the door is open to assholes (he’s American, I’d prefer to say arseholes). That includes bullying white men with a sense of entitlement. Things often end up argumentative.
He says this culture can frighten off outsiders, only a few women coders work in open source and the movement is missing out on the benefits of diversity. There’s a clear need to deal with this and to improve communications between people working in open source.
When I was writing daily about Linux, the operating system and open source apps were already hard at work in data centres, on servers and on high-end workstations.
The IT market was still moving away from a model where servers came with an expensive to buy and expensive to support operating system linked to the hardware maker.
Some of those OSes were fully proprietary. Others were versions of Unix although they often had proprietary branding and non-open components.