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Reddit: ura and the Challenges of Open Source Design

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 12:12:39 AM

TuxMachines: Canonical Joins The Document Foundation's LibreOffice Project Advisory Board

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 11:53:19 PM

Today, July 26, 2016, Canonical and The Document Foundation (TDF) announced that the company behind the popular Ubuntu operating system had joined the LibreOffice project Advisory Board.

If you're using the Ubuntu Linux OS on your personal computer, you are aware of the fact that the award-winning LibreOffice office suite is installed by default. Canonical chose to use LibreOffice as the default office suite for its widely-used GNU/Linux operating system since the first release of the open-source software in early 2011.

Now that Canonical announced the availability of Snaps as universal binary packages for Ubuntu and other supported GNU/Linux distributions, many application developers decided to offer their software in the Snap package format, and it looks like The Document Foundation is among the first to adopt the latest Snappy technologies for LibreOffice.

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LXer: A detailed list of changes in Linux 4.7

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 11:51:35 PM
Also in today's open source roundup: How well do Android apps run on a Chromebook? And six hacks for Linux on Windows.

TuxMachines: Linux Filesystems Explained — EXT2/3/4, XFS, Btrfs, ZFS

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 11:16:54 PM

The first time I installed Ubuntu on my computer, when I was sixteen, I was astonished by the number of filesystems that were available for the system installation. There were so many that I was left overwhelmed and confused. I was worried that if I picked the wrong one my system might run too slow or that it might be more problematic than another. I wanted to know which was the best.

Since then, things have changed quite a bit. Many Linux distributions offer a ‘standard’ filesystem that an installation will default to unless otherwise specified. I think this was a very good move because it assists newcomers in making a decision and being comfortable with it. But, for those that are still unsure of some of the contemporary offerings, we’ll be going through them today.

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LXer: Avoiding data disasters with Sanoid

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:54:24 PM
Sanoid helps to recover from what I like to call "Humpty Level Events." In other words, it can help you put Humpty Dumpty back together again, on ZFS more

Phoronix: SMR Drive Support In Linux 4.8 To Be Further Improved

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:37:04 PM
With the Linux 4.7 kernel came initial work on SMR drives, a.k.a. Shingled Magnetic Recording. With Linux 4.8 the SMR drive support continues to be improved...

TuxMachines: KDE Plasma 5.7.2 Introduces Lots of Plasma Workspace Improvements, KWin Fixes

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:30:13 PM

KDE released the second maintenance update for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment series, which has already been adopted by several popular GNU/Linux operating systems.

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TuxMachines: Gain access to an ARM server running Linux OS, through the cloud

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:27:30 PM

The Linaro Developer Cloud has gone live, and users can apply to test an ARM-based server with Linux

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TuxMachines: SparkyLinux Now Lets Users Test Drive Linux Kernel 4.7, Here's How to Install It

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:24:49 PM

Just one day after the announcement of the GA release of the Linux 4.7 kernel, the SparkyLinux developers inform their users that they can now test drive the new kernel from the unstable repository.

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Reddit: Fast PDF Viewer?

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 10:20:52 PM

It looks like there's a whole lot of options for PDF viewers out there, so I'm hoping someone can offer a recommendation based on what I actually need.

I'm looking for four things basically: * Supports images * Can do text selection (and copying) * Can display multiple pages at once (continuous mode) * As fast as possible while satisfying the above three requirements. I'm going to be using this on limited hardware, so efficiency is more important than features. This is also the reason I don't just use one of the browser-integrated viewers.

I'm using evince right now, which is reasonably fast, but I don't like the way smooth scroll is implemented, and can't find a way to disable it.


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LXer: The Apache Software Foundation's Two New Big Data Projects Tackle Science and Processing

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 09:57:13 PM
The Apache Software Foundation is making a big commitment to Big Data. As reported in this post, in recent months the foundation has promoted a slew of open source Big Data projects to Top-Level Status.  This puts a number of them on the same kind of development fast track that catapulted the Spark project to success.

Reddit: how do i send a wakeonlan command

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 09:33:30 PM

Hi folks, Im considering setting up wakeonlan for my ubuntu machine...there seems to be a few good guides and options out there for how to do it...but non of them cover this do i send the command to wake on lan??? Is it possible to do this from a chromebook? (not running crouton)

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LXer: Microsoft Says It Loves Linux, But Its Anti-Linux Patent Trolls Are Still Around and Active

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 09:00:02 PM
Highlighting just two of the many entities that Microsoft (and partners) use in order to induce additional costs on Free (as in freedom) software

Reddit: What information do you like to see in a README?

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 08:48:24 PM

As I was fixing a README for the nth time, I got to thinking. I usually put in what I think is useful, but that's not necessarily what everyone else wants.

Based on hanging around here for a few years, here's what I've come up with:

  • Name of the project (duh)
  • Description of the project (also duh)
  • Run time dependencies (questionable perhaps)
  • Build time dependencies (also questionable)
  • Up to date screenshots (if applicable)
  • Build instructions
  • Example usage
  • Slim troubleshooting section

What I probably wouldn't put in:

  • Package information (unless it's distro specific, such as an Arch install script or something)
  • Extensive examples

What am I missing? What would/do you put in your READMEs?

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Reddit: Full Support for IPv6 - Let's Encrypt

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 08:19:58 PM

Reddit: 3 open source desktop publishing tools

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 08:18:48 PM

LXer: How to restore older file versions in Git

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 08:02:51 PM
In today's article you will learn how to find out where you are in the history of your project, how to restore older file versions, and how to make Git branches so you can safely conduct wild experiments.

Phoronix: Clear Linux Already Jumps Onto The Linux 4.7 Kernel

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:38:06 PM
The Linux 4.7 kernel may be just two days old, but already it's being shipped as the default kernel to Intel's Clear Linux operating system...

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Puppy Linux Cousin Toutou Linux 6.3.2 "SlaXen" Alpha Released for Public Testing

Toutou, one of the fastest and most comprehensive minimalist GNU/Linux distributions, is again in development, it looks like we're now able to test drive the 6.3.2 Alpha release of the upcoming Toutou Linux SlaXen series. Read more

Linux 4.6.5

I'm announcing the release of the 4.6.5 kernel. All users of the 4.6 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.6.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.6.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: thanks, greg k-h Read more Also: Linux 4.4.16 Linux 3.14.74

today's leftovers

Leftovers: Software

  • The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty
    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.
  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop
    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.
  • Reprotest 0.2 released, with virtualization support
    reprotest 0.2 is available in PyPi and should hit Debian soon. I have tested null (no container, build on the host system), schroot, and qemu, but it's likely that chroot, Linux containers (lxc/lxd), and quite possibly ssh are also working. I haven't tested the autopkgtest code on a non-Debian system, but again, it probably works. At this point, reprotest is not quite a replacement for the prebuilder script because I haven't implemented all the variations yet, but it offers better virtualization because it supports qemu, and it can build non-Debian software because it doesn't rely on pbuilder.
  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes
    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0. Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata. Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.
  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS
    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday
    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update. LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.
  • Blackmagic Design Finally Introduces Fusion 8 For Linux
  • Why Microsoft’s revival of Skype for Linux is a big deal [Ed: This article is nonsense right from the headline. Web client is not Linux support. And it's spyware (centralised too).]