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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Leftovers

Sunday 24th of July 2016 05:08:51 PM
  • Using snap with confinement on Arch Linux

    This week I was a guest on the Snappy Sprint in Heidelberg, hosted by Canonical, because I'm the maintainer of snaps packages on Arch Linux.

    Actually with official packages on Arch Linux, you can only use snaps without confinement (aka you can only install packages in devmode) and this is bad for security since any snap is not confined and it can do (almost) anything it want.

    The reason is that snap for confinement uses the ubuntu-patched version of apparmor not available in mainline kernel yet.

  • Get Pitivi directly from us with Flatpak

    Distributing apps as packages (deb, rpm, etc) is problematic. For example, the Pitivi package depends on the GTK package and Pitivi 0.95 broke in the distributions which updated to GTK version 3.20, because of the incorrect way we were using a virtual method. This is not the first time something like this happens. To avoid the slippery dependencies problem, two years ago we started making universal daily builds. They allowed everybody to run the latest Pitivi easily by downloading a large binary containing the app and all the dependencies.

  • LibreOffice 5.2.0.2 available in the snap store

    The latest release candidate of the upcoming LibreOffice 5.2.0 feature release is available for installation from the snap store. This makes it very easy to install this prerelease of LibreOffice for testing out new features (an incomplete glimpse on what to look forward for can be found on the LibreOffice 5.2 release notes page, which is still under construction, go on #libreoffice-qa if you want to help with testing).

  • Lunduke & Whatnot - Ubuntu 10-inch Tablet
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Supertux2 on Unity 7 vs Unity 8

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Sunday 24th of July 2016 05:08:17 PM
  • Caddy 0.9 Released with All New Core

    Wow, where to begin. Caddy 0.9 is the biggest update yet. We completely overhauled the core design and TLS features, renovated addons into a new plugin model, added experimental QUIC support, fixed bugs, upgraded the Caddyfile, and made a significant number of other improvements and changes. I'll try to cover them all in this post and talk about what's coming next and in the future. Sorry (not sorry) for the long post!

    For those finding Caddy for the first time: Caddy is an easy-to-use HTTP/2 web server that uses HTTPS—not HTTP—by default. With this release, we're bringing that TLS magic to more than just HTTP. We're also the first to usher in QUIC support.

  • EncryptPad: Secure Text Editor That Protects Files With Passwords, Keys, Or Both

    EncryptPad is a free and open source text editor for sensitive information, which protects files with passwords, key files, or both, available for Linux, Windows and Mac. The app can also be used to encrypt binary files, such as images, videos, and so on.

  • Cumulus – A Real Time Weather App for Linux Desktops

    Cumulus is a Yahoo! Weather Powered Desktop Weather App for Linux. It has a friendly user interface and is easy to setup. Cumulus is a small and light weight app that does not take up much space on your desktop window or system. No real Linux Experience required to install or configure Cumulus. Cumulus is written in Python so it can run on any Linux distribution.

  • 4 Best Command-Line Email Clients For Linux

    Recently, I wrote an article covering the 6 Best Email Clients you can use on Linux Desktop, all of the email clients in that list where graphical user interface (GUI) programs, but sometimes, users prefer to deal with email directly from the command-line.

  • Watch Twitch Using Your Favorite Video Player With Livestreamer Twitch GUI

    According to its description, the main reason behind creating this application is to allow using your favorite video player, like VLC, Totem, mpv, and others to watch Twitch.tv streams (the app even allows watching multiple streams at once) instead of Flash.

    That's because while Twitch.tv now uses HTML5 for the video controls, it still uses Flash for the video itself, which can be pretty resource-heavy.

  • Terminix – A New GTK 3 Tiling Terminal Emulator for Linux

    But sometimes, we find it difficult to choose which terminal emulator to work with, depending on our preferences. In this overview, we shall cover one exciting terminal emulator for Linux called Terminix.

  • Chat With Your Skype Friends From Pidgin With SkypeWeb Plugin (Ubuntu PPA)

    Developed by Eion Robb, the Skype4Pidgin developer, SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin has a major advantage over the old Skype4Pidgin plugin: it doesn't require Skype to run in the background.

  • Opera Developer Update Brings Built-In RSS Reader, Chromecast Support
  • About the future of Seafile

    Instead we will continue to develop Seafile independently in Germany and Europe for the Seafile Professional Edition based on version 5.1.8. The same applies for the Seafile Community Edition. We have already assembled a team to continue the development.

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Reddit: USB ports not working with Cinnamon 64 bit

Sunday 24th of July 2016 04:46:26 PM

Cross posted with r/buildapc

Okay so here is my issue. I recently installed Linux on my computer to the hard drive. Both my mouse and keyboard work when I am on the BIOS screen. After I boot it into Linux to start up, the mouse and keyboard don't do anything. So I am just stuck on the main start screen and can't use anything. I plugged in a flash drive to the usb, because it has a light when it's on. So I booted into Linux and the flash drive light turned off, meaning it doesn't recognize any of my devices! I looked into usb support and legacy stuff, but I am honestly not that knowledgable about that. So any advice is welcome! And also this is my first build (for a friend) so you may have to dumb down the terms a little bit for me.

UPDATE: So I recently downloaded Linux again this time to a usb. I booted it from the drive and the same thing happened. I tried running it in compatibility mode also.

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Phoronix: The Size Of Different DRM Graphics Drivers In Linux 4.7

Sunday 24th of July 2016 04:29:32 PM
Last October I looked at The Size Of The Different Open-Source Linux DRM/Mesa Graphics Drivers, but with it being nearly one year since then and Linux 4.7 due out today, I decided to run some fresh L.O.C. measurements on the popular DRM/KMS drivers to see their current sizes...

TuxMachines: The fall of Open Source

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:29:05 PM

Once upon a time FOSS was about Freedom. It was about exposing equality within source code. It allowed everyone equal rights and equal access to the technology they were using. An idea that if you were capable, you could fix code or pay someone to fix code. An ideology that there was something greater than yourself and that there was an inherent right built into what it is to be human with software.

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TuxMachines: Linux in the Mainstream. What Will it Take?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:02:54 PM

If you Google “Why Linux is Better Than Windows,” you’ll be able to go 20 pages deep and still find articles from tech blogs and news sites alike proclaiming reasons for Linux’s superiority. While most of these articles are just rehashing the same points, they are valid points nevertheless. And with all this ruckus over Linux, it begs the question: if Linux is so much better, why is it not competing for users at the same level that Windows is?

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Phoronix: Hardened Usercopy Appears Ready To Be Merged For Linux 4.8

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:28:36 PM
Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy...

TuxMachines: Linux Mint 18 Xfce Enters Beta, Gets X-Apps, Mint-Y, Many Ubuntu 16.04 Goodies

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:19:21 PM

It all took approximately one month, but the Xfce community edition of the Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" operating system is now available for download, as a public Beta release for 64-bit and 32-bit computers.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Thunderbird 45 Finally Lands in the Main Ubuntu Linux Repositories

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:17:26 PM

After a long wait, Canonical has finally decided that it was time to upgrade the Mozilla Thunderbird software on all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, where it is used as the default email and news client.

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Reddit: asus k501ux or similar for Linux?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:16:47 PM

I am looking for a 15 inch laptop for development purposes. The asus k501ux specs seem to be good except for the graphics card. I would prefer only integrated. Does anyone have experience with this model or would suggest something similar in the price range and specs?

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TuxMachines: KDE Leftovers

Sunday 24th of July 2016 01:51:59 PM
  • Double Post – Lakademy and Randa 2016

    I Have a few favorites kde conventions that I really love to participate.

    Randa and Lakademy are always awesome, both are focused on hacking, and I surely do love to hack.

    On LaKademy I spend my days working on subsurface, reworking on the interface, trying to make it more pleasant to the eye,

    In Randa I worked on KDevelop and Marble, but oh my…

  • Plasma’s Publictransport applet’s porting status

    You might remember that I spoke about Plasma’s Publictransport applet getting some reworking during the summer. It’s been over a month since I made that announcement on my blog and while ideally, I’d have liked to have blogged every week about my work, I haven’t really been able to. This is largely down to the fact that I was occupied with work on a project back at my university and I shifted back to home from my hostel as well, after finishing four years of undergraduate studies.

  • KDE Community Working Group 2016
  • KDE Brasil Telegram group and IRC United

    That’s why the KDE Irc channel now has a bot that will forward all messages to our Telegram Channel and vice-versa, this way all the new cool kids can talk to all the old geeks around and continue to make the KDE awesome in their platform of choice.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 7)

    Tears followed by joy and happiness, discussions followed by great moments all together, problems followed by their solution and enthusiasm. Am I talking about my family? More or less, because actually I am talking about a family: the WikiToLearn community!

  • Kubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Update Out

    The first point release update to our LTS release 16.04 is out now. This contains all the bugfixes added to 16.04 since its first release in April. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bugfixes.

  • Kubuntu Podcast #14 – UbPorts interview with Marius Gripsgard
  • KDStateMachineEditor 1.1.0 released

    KDStateMachineEditor is a Qt-based framework for creating Qt State Machine metacode using a graphical user interface. It works on all major platforms and is now available as part of the Qt Auto suite.

  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.7

    The star of Qt 5.7 is the first stable release of Qt 3D 2.0. The new version of Qt 3D is a total redesign of its architecture into a modern and streamlined 3D engine, exploiting modern design patterns such as entity-component systems, and capable to scale due to the heavily threaded design. This important milestone was the result of a massive effort done by KDAB in coordination with The Qt Company.

  • Krita 3.0.1 Development Builds

    Because of unforeseen circumstances, we had to rejig our release schedule, there was no release last week. Still, we wanted to bring you a foretaste of some of the goodies that are going to be in the 3.0.1 release, which is now planned for September 5th. There’s lots to play with, here, from bug fixes (the double dot in file names is gone, the crash with cheap tablets is gone, a big issue with memory leaks in the graphics card is solved), to features (soft-proofing, among others). There may also be new bugs, and not all new features may be working correctly. Export to animated gif or video clips is still in development, and probably will not work well outside the developers’ computer.

  • KDE blowing out candles on FISL 17!

    My talk was the next. Its title was “20 anos de KDE: de Desktop a Guarda-Chuva de Projetos” (20 years of KDE: From Desktop to Project Umbrella). I presented the evolution process of our community, which led it from a desktop project to a incubator community. For those who did not attend the event the talk was recorded and it is available here. Below I also make available the slides of my presentation:

  • LabPlot 2.3.0 released

    Less then four months after the last release and after a lot of activity in our repository during this time, we’re happy to announce the next release of LabPlot with a lot of new features. So, be prepared for a long post.

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LXer: LFCE Prep Course -- LANs, WANs, VLANs and Bridges (Part 3)

Sunday 24th of July 2016 01:32:39 PM
In parts 1 and 2 we reviewed the OSI network layers. Now we're moving on to basic network topologies: local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual local area networks (VLANs), and bridged networks.

TuxMachines: Ubuntu tablet and smartphone: a personal "mini" review

Sunday 24th of July 2016 01:15:33 PM

So when Ubuntu and Canonical revealed they were partnering with actual, big manufacturers for Ubuntu mobile devices, a spark of hope was rekindled in my heart. Let it be clear, I am by no means an Ubuntu user, not even a fan. I left the fold nearly a decade ago, after having spent quite some time using and contributing to Kubuntu (to the point of becoming a certified “member” even, though I never ascended to the Council). In terms of loyalties and usage, I am a KDE user (and “helper”) foremost. I use Fedora because it just works for me, for now. So, yes, an Ubuntu Touch device would be another compromise for me, but it would be the smallest one. Or so I hoped.

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Phoronix: SIGGRAPH 2016 Kicks Off Today: What Exciting News Awaits?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:58:03 PM
SIGGRAPH 2016 kicks off today in Anaheim, California! It will hopefully be an interesting week with news excepted from the likes of The Khronos Group and others...

Phoronix: The Btrfs Windows Driver Updated With RAID Support & Other Features

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:45:07 PM
Should you need to access your Btrfs file-systems from Microsoft Windows, an unofficial kernel driver that's been making much progress over the past few months is out with a new version...

TuxMachines: Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Released for Desktop, Server, and Cloud with All Flavors

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:44:12 PM

Canonical has announced the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, finally allowing users of Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) to upgrade their installations.

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Phoronix: PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 Released This Week

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:38:32 PM
PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 was released on Thursday as this major database update gets closer to its general availability release later this year...

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Lennart Poettering Announces systemd 231 Init System [sic] for GNU/Linux Distributions

Today, July 25, 2016, systemd creator Lennart Poettering has proudly announced the release and general availability of the systemd 231 init system for major GNU/Linux OSes. Bringing lots of fixes and numerous additions, systemd 231 is now the most advanced version of the modern and controversial init system that has been adopted in the last few years by more and more Linux kernel-based operating systems, including Fedora, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and many others. Read more

OpenBSD 6.0 to be released September 1, 2016

Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) has updated the (in-progress) OpenBSD 6.0 release page to indicate that release will occur earlier than is usual... Read more

Conversation With Jonathan Thomas of OpenShot

I think my initial fascination with Linux was based on rebuilding all my old, broken computers laying around my office/garage. I was having a ton of fun, pulling components out of old computers, installing various distros and seeing what worked/didn’t work. And then there was the 3D desktop cube, which was pretty awesome! Pretty soon I had built my kids their own computer, with “safe” web-browsing, education games, etc. It was many months of playing around with Linux before I learned about Python and started slowly getting more into the programming side of things. Read more

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Linux Is Coming Soon with Mesa 3D 12.0, Latest KDE Goodies

Kate Lebedeff from the OpenMandriva project informed Softpedia about the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) development build of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 operating system. Read more