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TuxMachines: Debian News: Freexian/LTS and Debian Installer RC 5

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:47:34 PM

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu, GNOME, Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE, and KDE News

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:45:11 PM
  • Patching u-boot for use in an Ubuntu Core gadget snap

    This is the second post in the series about building u-boot based gadget snaps, following Building u-boot gadget snap packages from source.

    If you have read the last post in this series, you have likely noticed that there is a uboot.patch file being applied to the board config before building the u-boot binaries. This post will take a closer look at this patch.

  • Smarter Window Snapping is Coming to GNOME Shell

    GNOME 3.26 is shaping up to be one heck of a release, as a recent update from GNOME developer Georges Stavracas shows.

  • GNOME 3.26 Getting Better Half-Tiling Support
  • Ubuntu Reveal Results of GNOME Desktop Survey

    The Ubuntu desktop team has finally revealed the results of the recent GNOME desktop user survey. But if you were hoping to find some definitive decisions taken as a result of the results you’re in for disappointment.

  • Ubuntu OpenStack Dev Summary – 12th June 2017

    This summary is intended to be a regular communication of activities and plans happening in and around Ubuntu OpenStack, covering but not limited to the distribution and deployment of OpenStack on Ubuntu.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 510
  • Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” KDE – BETA Release

    Linux Mint 18.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

  • Qt 5.9.1 soft branching started

    We have today started soft branching from '5.9' to '5.9.1'. That way we should be able to release Qt 5.9.1 still during June. So please use '5.9.1' for new changes targeted to Qt 5.9.1 release. We will do final downmerge from '5.9' to '5.9.1' this Friday (16.6) and after that '5.9' will be for Qt 5.9.2.

  • Qt 5.9.1 Should Be Out This Month

    While there didn't end up being any point/patch releases to Qt 5.8, The Qt Company is making good on their word for improving the release flow with Qt 5.9 and maintaining it as an LTS release.

  • A KDE Connect Bluetooth Backend Is In Development

    Regular readers of this site will know that we lurrve KDE Connect (and for some very good reasons)! But one thing we’ve heard a number of you ask each time we write about is whether KDE Connect works over Bluetooth. Right now, it doesn’t — but that’s about to change.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:37:08 PM
  • How open is OpenForge

    The central theme of OpenForge is e-governance, so it requires that the hosted project be related to e-governance. This is not a place for private companies, communities, or individuals to host their private source code repository. Only government departments can have private repositories here. Private companies and individuals must have public repositories. These are the only two aspects that are verified while approving a project on OpenForge. On OpenForge, projects, their members, and activities are not regulated or controlled in any other way.

    The decision whether or not to use OpenForge (and to what degree) rests with the respective project owner or department. They can decide what project source code they want to share and how they want to leverage the community to improve the code base.


    The Singapore government is using GitHub to collaborate on its Government Digital Services. There’s a considerable difference between the way Singapore and India provide access to and visualisation of the data.The USA has also listed some of the projects on GitHub. Country’s(US) open data portal doesn’t rank high in terms of its user-friendliness but their data visualisation platform seems to be making up for it. In addition, many governments in Europe and America have come up with a policy to adopt open-source software and to open up the source code of government applications. These activities are mainly on platforms like GitHub and SourceForge (e.g. the US government has a code repository called which aggregates federal projects, but the code is hosted on GitHub).

  • LibreOffice 6.0 Is In Development

    LibreOffice 6.0 will be the version that succeeds this summer's release of LibreOffice 5.4.

  • Microfluidics for the masses

    A new MIT-designed open-source website might well be the Pinterest of microfluidics. The site,, is a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices, submitted by all sorts of inventors, including trained scientists and engineers, hobbyists, students, and amateur makers. Users can browse the site for devices ranging from simple cell sorters and fluid mixers, to more complex chips that analyze ocular fluid and synthesize gene sequences.

  • Open-source microfluidic design: MIT opens online repository

    Seen at, the site is built as a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices, submitted by all sorts of inventors, including trained scientists and engineers, hobbyists, students, and amateur makers. Users can browse the site for devices ranging from simple cell sorters and fluid mixers, to more complex chips with niche dedicated functionalities.

  • German breeders develop ‘open source’ plant seeds

    There's open-source software, open-source pharma research, and open-source beer. Now, there are open-source seeds, too. Breeders from Göttingen University in Germany and Dottenfelderhof agricultural school in Bad Vilbel, Germany, have released tomato and wheat varieties under an open-source license. Their move follows similar schemes for sharing plant material in India and the United States, but is the first that provides legal protection for the open-source status of future descendants of plant varieties.

  • Eve V Uses Open-Source Concepts to Take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro
  • Going Open Source to Make Your Own Loupedeck Alternative

    There is an extremely talented landscape photographer called Thomas Heaton whose YouTube videos I find very instructive and entertaining. Recently he featured a new product he was sent to try out: the Loupedeck, a physical console that lets you control Lightroom (the main software I use to sort, catalog and edit my photographs).


    So, I cancelled my Loupedeck order and found a very reasonable MIDI controller for $65 from Adorama and ordered it instead (my lovely daughter is going to pay for it for Father’s Day — it’s so nice she’s earning her own money), and downloaded the open source midi2lr software (midi to Lightroom, get it?).

  • Some Thoughts on Python-Like Languages

    I am not fond of change for change’s sake, but new opportunities often bring new priorities and challenges with them. What then if Python as people insist on it today, with all the extra features added over the years to satisfy various petitioners and trends, is actually the weakness itself? What if the Python-like languages can adapt to these changes, and by having to confront their incompatibilities with hastily-written code from the 1990s and code employing “because it’s there” programming techniques, they can adapt to the changing environment while delivering much of what people like about Python in the first place? What if Python itself cannot?

    “Why don’t you go and use something else if you don’t like what Python is?” some might ask. Certainly, Free Software itself is far more important to me than any adherence to Python. But I can also choose to make that other language something that carries forward the things I like about Python, not something that looks and behaves completely differently. And in doing so, at least I might gain a deeper understanding of what matters to me in Python, even if others refuse the lessons and the opportunities such Python-like languages can provide.

  • [Older] GCC Developers Potentially Deprecating Intel MPX

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TuxMachines: Chrome 60 Beta, New Firefox, Thunderbird Themes

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:32:52 PM
  • Chrome 60 Beta Rolls Out With VP9 Improvements, New Developer Features

    Chrome 60 Beta adds a Paint Timing API to provide more insight to developers about their "first paint" performance, CSS font-display support, improvements to the Credential Management API, the Payment Request API has been added to desktop Chrome, there's a new Web Budget API to allow sites using push notifications to send a limited number of push messages that will trigger background work, support for Web Push Encryption was added, and a range of other CSS/JavaScript features and APIs.

  • The Best Firefox Ever

    On the Firefox team, one thing we always hear from our users is that they rely on the web for complex tasks like trip planning and shopping comparisons. That often means having many tabs open. And the sites and web apps running in those tabs often have lots of things going on– animations, videos, big pictures and more. Complex sites are more and more common. The average website today is nearly 2.5 megabytes – the same size as the original version of the game Doom, according to Wired. Up until now, a complex site in one Firefox tab could slow down all the others. That often meant a less than perfect browsing experience.

  • Thunderbird Arc Theme Updated With Support for Arc Variants

    An update to the Arc Thunderbird theme add-on is now available for download, and brings support for the 3 Arc GTK theme variants.

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LXer: Parted Magic Disk Partitioning Live CD Updated with Linux 4.11.4, ZFS on Linux

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 11:23:03 PM
Parted Magic creator Patrick Verner announced today the release and immediate availability of the Parted Magic 2017_06_12 updated ISO image of the commercial GNU/Linux distribution designed for disk partitioning and maintenance tasks.

TuxMachines: Tails 3.0 Anonymous Operating System Officially Released, Based on Debian 9

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 10:56:45 PM

The developers of the Tails amnesic incognito live system, also known as the anonymous operating system, were proud to announce today the release and immediate availability of Tails 3.0.

Tails 3.0 is a major update that's based entirely on the repositories of the soon-to-be-released Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system. It's also the first version of the operating system to be launched approximately at the same time as a new major release of Debian GNU/Linux.

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LXer: Faster Firefox: It's Better Now

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 09:34:25 PM
With E10S, our new version of Firefox nails the “just right” balance between memory and speed On the Firefox team, one thing we always hear from our users is that ...

Reddit: Why do people dislike PulseAudio?

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 08:51:22 PM

I see a lot of frustration aimed at PulseAudio and projects that switch to relying on it. Why do people dislike PulseAudio?

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TuxMachines: Alpha Offers Core i7 Centurion Laptop Running Linux for $429

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 08:12:17 PM
  • Alpha Offers Core i7 Centurion Laptop Running Linux for $429

    You'd be forgiven for not recognizing the name Alpha. The company first made a splash back in March when it launched the 14-inch Litebook laptop running Elementary OS on a quad-core Intel Celeron and 4GB of RAM for $249. Now Alpha is back with two more products, one of which is a Coe i7 laptop.

  • Alpha Centurion High Powered Laptop Unveiled From $429

    As well as announcing their new Litebox mini PC, Alpha have also unveiled a high powered laptop equipped with a 15.6-inch display, powered by an Intel Core i7 processor supported by 8GB of RAM.

  • Alpha Litebox Mini PC Unveiled From $249

    Hardware manufacturer Alpha has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of computer systems with the launch of a new mini PC in the form of the aptly named Litebox which is available to purchase price from $249.

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TuxMachines: Top 5 Ubuntu Themes Of The Month

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 08:10:28 PM

​Every month we select the top themes for Ubuntu. Many themes stay same and many change. Themes are one of the best ways to make our desktop beautiful and who doesn’t want to make his desktop beautiful? The themes mentioned below are paid and free too. Select as per your liking and install it right now.

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LXer: The top 7 Linux IoT projects

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:45:47 PM
It’s a Linux world, and the rest of computing is just living in it – often literally, thanks to containerization. IoT, in all of its manifold forms, is no exception, and the Linux Foundation lists these seven projects as the key players in the march of connected open-source systems.

Reddit: Firefox 54 Released

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:40:49 PM

Reddit: Help me decide between two noteboks

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:27:57 PM

Hi there all, about to begin college for computer science with the intent of going into Net-Sec. As such, I need to upgrade from my small HP Tablet for a more linux friendly notebook. I have my eyes on the thinkpad series, was looking at refurbished models specifically the X230 and the T44s

I have found an X230 with 16GB RAM and a i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60 GHz w/ 256GB SDD for under $400

And a T440s with 12GB RAM and a i7-4600U CPU @ 2.10GHz w/240GB SDD for under $500

I have compared stats of the CPUs and RAM online but cannot find a definitive answer as to which computer is better in terms of overall performance, and was hoping someone has experience with these platforms could lend some knowledge. In everyone's personal opinion, which would be best for triple booting Windows 10, Ubuntu and Kali? (Or dual boot and Kali Live) and use for regular work/ legal pen-testing?

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TuxMachines: Swapping Linux for Windows in Munich too risky after WannaCry attacks, warn Greens

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:24:25 PM

Open-source pioneer Munich has been warned the city could face increased risk from hackers if it goes ahead with a planned return to Windows.

Munich spent nine years and millions of euros shifting some 15,000 staff to a Linux-based OS and other open-source software, but is now expected to swap Linux for Windows 10 by 2021.

However, Munich's Green Party says the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks on Windows machines worldwide highlight how much more of a target Microsoft's OS is for hackers than Linux-based operating systems.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Firefox 54 Now Available

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:20:00 PM

Additional web browser news this week is Mozilla's launch today of Firefox 54.

Firefox 54 is significant in that the work of the Electrolysis project is now enabled for everyone: this is the multi-process support in Firefox designed for a more efficient web browser particularly around utilizing multiple tabs and/or content heavy sites. Firefox 54 will make use of up to four processes for dealing with web content.

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TuxMachines: Apertus AXIOM Beta – Your Open Source Camera. An Update and Recent Footage

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:18:48 PM

It was nice to hear and see that this unique open source/open hardware motion picture camera system venture is really moving forward to the point where developers and early adopters alike can now already get their kit. Mind you, if you are an “end user” like me, then the camera is NOT YET ready for us as the enclosure and actual operating system of the camera are still under development. Without those, operating the camera can be a tedious work.

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TuxMachines: Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bit

Tuesday 13th of June 2017 07:12:56 PM

As daunting as securing your Linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. It's almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting.

Fortunately, there are a few basic techniques that greatly benefit users at all levels, and knowing how to securely wipe your hard drive in Linux is one of them. Because I adopted Linux primarily with security in mind, this is one of the first things I learned. Once you have absorbed this lesson, you will be able to part with your hard drives safely.

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More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • Manjaro Linux 17.0.2 Arch-based operating system is here with GNOME, KDE, and Xfce
    Many Linux snobs push the Arch operating system as the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, some members of the Arch community (not all of them) can be downright mean and unpleasant to non-users. Not using Arch? Ugh. Peasant! In reality, while Arch is a fine OS (stable and fast), it can be very hard to install and set up, and quite frankly, often not worth the hassle. People have lives to live, and sometimes it is easy to forget that an operating system and associated computer are tools -- not a religion.
  • [Older] Friends, syslog-ng, Package Hub, ARM: openSUSE conference 2017
    Being a long-time openSUSE user, I visit the openSUSE conference not only to present on one of its components – syslog-ng – but also to meet friends and learn about new technologies and the plans for the upcoming year. Some talks, like those about Package Hub, were very interesting and important also from a syslog-ng perspective. Of course, I also joined a few talks for my personal interest, like the one on the new ARM devices supported by openSUSE.
  • UK Army to Use Red Hat OS, Automation Platform for Private Cloud Needs
  • Linux-ready PC/104 board runs on 6 to 7 Watts
    Win Enterprises announced a “MB-83310” PC/104 SBC with a Vortex DX3 SoC, GbE, Fast Ethernet, SATA, M.2, and a -20 to 70°C operating range.
  • [Older] The Turtlebot 3 has launched
    If you’re familiar with ROS (Robot Operating System), chances are you’re also familiar with the Turtlebot. The first version of the Turtlebot was created back in 2010 to serve as an inexpensive platform for learning ROS. This was followed in 2012 by the Turtlebot 2, which has since become the reference platform for learning ROS. We have a number of them here at Canonical, and we love them, although we have one issue with them: they’re just a tad too big. Taking them on a plane requires one to decide what one loves more, one’s belongings, or the Turtlebot, and to check the other.
  • Ubuntu ranked as 2nd most used IoT OS by Eclipse Foundation survey
  • Conjure-up dev summary: Week 25
    We recently switched over to using a bundled LXD and with that change came a few hiccups in deployments. We've been monitoring the error reports coming in and have made several fixes to improve that journey. If you are one of the ones unable to deploy spells please give this release another go and get in touch with us if you still run into problems.
  • We're looking for Ubuntu 17.10 wallpapers right now!
    Submissions will be handled via Flickr at the Ubuntu 17.10 Free Culture Showcase - Wallpapers group, and the submission window begins now and ends on July 3rd.
  • Atollic TrueSTUDIO, the leading commercial GNU/Eclipse IDE for ARM devices is now available for use on Linux workstations
    Atollic TrueSTUDIO IDE has rapidly become the preferred Eclipse™/GDB/GCC-based software development environment for developers working with ARM-based devices. The Linux hosting announcement is expected to widely increase the popularity of this tool.
  • Security-Focused Purism Librem 13 & 15 Linux Laptops Go Mainstream with Qubes OS
    Purism, the social purpose corporation focused on designing and manufacturing privacy-conscious hardware and software products, announced the general availability of their security-focused Purism Librem 13 and 15 laptops. Until recently, both Purism Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops were available only as made-to-order, which means that those who wanted to purchase either model would have to order it first and then wait a few months until the device arrived. And now, the company finally managed to scale the production to hold inventory of the laptops.

Newly-Built Software for Slackware

  • What if gcc 7 gives you headaches?
    In Slackware-current we use version 7.1.0 of the gcc compiler suite. These advanced compilers can sometimes be quite a bit more strict about what they accept as valid code. As a consequence, you will regularly run into compilation issues with software. Not just the software made with the scripts on, but also some of the software in the Slackware core distribution requires patches in order to get them to compile. Until now, I have been lucky to find the patches I needed in the repositories of other distributions, or else developers patched their software themselves. But there will be corner cases where solutions and patches are not readily found, or the developers will simply not support gcc 7. Pale Moon is such a piece of software where the developers recommend compiling with gcc 4.x or as a last resort, gcc 5.
  • Plasma 5 for Slackware – June release
    Slackware64 14.2 users will have to wait another day, but I have uploaded my latest set of Plasma 5 packages for Slackware-current to the ‘ktown’ repository. KDE 5_17.06 contains: KDE Frameworks 5.35.0, Plasma 5.10.2 and Applications 17.04.2. I based this new release on Qt 5.9.0 (at least for Slackware-current… for 14.2 I will stick to Qt 5.7.1). NOTE: I will no longer be releasing Plasma 5 packages for 32bit Slackware 14.2.
  • LibreOffice 5.3.4 packages for -current
    When looking for package updates in preparation for a new Slackware Live PLASMA5 edition, I noticed that the Document Foundation had released LibreOffice 5.3.4 without updating their blog with the news – it’s only mentioned on the download page. I have built and uploaded Slackware-current packages for libreoffice-5.3.4. If you are on Slackware 14.2 you will probably have to skip this one, as I will not have time for compiling packages the coming weeks (allocates one virtual machine for one day per build, since I can only check on progress in the evenings). The package for -current needed to be (re-)built anyway because of the library issue with Slackware’s updated libGLEW which prevented Impress to start.

Tizen and More Android Leftovers

OSS: FOSS in Mappano, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), Blender in Class, Kodi Jobs, Innersource

  • Italian municipality calls for sharing of IT solutions
    The council of Mappano (Italy) is calling for public administrations to share their IT solutions. The Mappano municipality is starting from scratch, and the new council has decided to build its IT infrastructure, and offer its eGovernment services, using free and open source software.
  • Windstream joins Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project to accelerate adoption of open standards for SDN/NFV automation
  • Locks in the classroom – 2017
    For the fifth year now, our grade nine students have been doing 3D modeling using Blender. Our students finished up their first assignments over a month ago, but it’s taken this long for me to get the top models together. So, with no further delay, here are the top models from each of the three grade nine classes (click on the pictures for Full HD renders).
  • Set the WABAC to 1984: Henry Spencer getopt, and the roots of open source
    I excavated a bit of hacker history from old memories today. Not dead history either, but an important beginning of some large good things. Here’s how it happened. I got email from a person requesting me to identify a source for the following allegedly famous quote: “All operating systems eventually turn into Unix
  • Traveling “Kodi Repair Men” Are Apparently a Thing Now

    With all the chaos and upheaval in the Kodi addon scene recently, many 'pirate' devices have stopped performing as they did before. This is a problem for the thousands of people who bought their devices ready configured, since they have no idea how they work. Enter the traveling 'Kodi repair men,' who will fix your box in the pub or even your own home.

  • [Older] Does Valve really own Dota? A jury will decide
    The case could also take an interesting open source-based turn thanks to a September 23, 2004 forum post that could be seen as Eul giving up his claim on any rights to Dota. "From this point forward, Dota is now open source," he wrote. "Whoever wishes to release a version of Dota may without my consent, I just ask for a nod in the credits to your map." This post "might mean that anyone had permission to build their own versions of Dota on any platform—and to sell their versions of Eul’s creation," as Breyer puts it. Or it might simply mean that Eul was just granting a "limited license" intended for other mod-makers, not for standalone games based on Dota.
  • Innersource: A Guide to the What, Why, and How
    In a nutshell, ‘innersource’ refers to bringing the core principles of open source and community collaboration within the walls of an organization. This involves building an internal community, collaborative engineering workflow, and culture.
  • PDP-8/e Replicated — Introduction
    I am creating a replica of the DEC PDP-8/e architecture in an FPGA from schematics of the original hardware. So how did I end up with a project like this? The story begins with me wanting to have a computer with one of those front panels that have many, many lights where you can really see, in real time, what the computer is doing while it is executing code. Not because I am nostalgic for a prior experience with any of those — I was born a bit too late for that and my first computer as a kid was a Commodore 64.
  • [Older] PyCon Pune 2017
  • [Older] My lightning talk in Django Girls PyCon
    In the weekend before PyCon US, we had a Django Girls PyCon workshop in Portland on 12th-13th May. On 12th there were a few lightning talks, and installation before the actual workshop started on 13th.
  • Dreams don’t cost a penny, mumma’s boy :)
    In the dream, I am going to a Debconf, get bursary and the conference is being held somewhere in Europe, maybe Paris...
  • First Round Talks of Fedora + GNOME at UPN
    Today our local group has traveled many miles to the north of Lima to present our lately work by using Fedora and GNOME as users and developers. Thanks to the organizers of the IT Forum to invite us and support our job as Linux volunteers and very nice potential contributors to GNOME and Fedora and the group we have formed.