In 2008, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) created its list of high-priority projects that "are important for increasing the adoption and use of free software and free software operating systems."
However, the list has been neglected in recent years, to the extent that the page for projects that no longer need to be on the list includes nothing added in the last five years.
Consequently, the FSF is considering ways to reintroduce the list. In the process, it is revealing its own priorities, and how those have changed over the years -- sometimes with unexpected results.
Andy Updegrove wrote yesterday, "The top IT companies are increasingly opting to use open source software to solve problems that they used to address with open standards." Elsewhere, Larry the BSD Guy said UbuntuBSD should consider what happened to Kubuntu when considering becoming an official Ubuntu flavor and Jesse Afolabi was "blown away" by Deepin OS 15. Jonathan Riddell announced a new rebasing of KDE Neon and Bruce Byfield looks at the Free Software Foundation's High Priority Projects.
Finally there are now stable builds of the Gnome 3.20 runtime. I updated the Runtime wiki page with details on how to install it.
This has been a long time coming, because this new runtime as well as the freedesktop.org runtime that it is based is built in a new way. It used to be built with a custom script, but now it uses the new xdg-app-builder tool. This makes it a lot cleaner and easier to maintain.
Also: xdg-app 0.5.2 is out
New local government digital standard published
A local government digital service standard has been agreed and published after taking into account the views of council staff in a consultation last month.
The standard is a common approach for local authorities to deliver good quality, user centred, value for money digital services - and is a local government version of the original Government Digital Service Standard used across central government.
NZGOAL Software Extension
The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) frame work is being extended to incorporate software licensing. The draft below is an initial draft for which we are seeking feedback on. The intention of this extension to NZGOAL is to ensure that publicly funded bespoke software is appropriately licensed to enable reuse by the public as well as government. This should enable more efficient maintenance and improvement, and potentially accelerate innovation going forward.
My laptop is about 5 years old and is slowing down. Will switching to Linux allow me to functionally reset my computer (ie wipe any existing programs and or viruses that might be slowing it down)?
Also, i know very little about Linux. I've only read the pros/cons lists to switching over and based on that i'm sold. I'm feeling up to challenge to learning a new OS but now i'm just wondering if i can functionally reset my computer when i switch. Can i totally replace Windows and not deal with a dual boot system? Thanks!submitted by /u/KernlD
Could you recommend books on implementing basic features of Linux/Unix shells in system calls?
I prefer to read books than the source code directly at the beginning, in order to get the big picture and idea first before becoming lost in the details of the code.
What I mean by basic features are mostly POSIX compatible shell features, e.g. pipe, redirection, making a command run in background, command substitution, commands grouped by parentheses, interpret a command.
The purposes of looking for such books are:
- better understand how to use a specific shell (e.g. bash) properly
- learn from examples how to use system calls.
Thanks.submitted by /u/timlee126
My paper is about why School Districts should implement Linux-based computers as the main computers in schools. My thesis is: Due to its security, stability, cost-efficiency, and admin management capabilities, Linux provides a reasonable alternative to traditional computing and contains added educational benefits. I'll edit this post tomorrow night and I'll have a link to the full essay :) Super nervous though. I'm still in high school, and I TA for the district's tech department (their office is right across from the campus) so I invited one of the guys I practically intern for to come watch my presentation on my paper (a whole 45 minutes worth!) and he says: "Oh that's funny, come to think of it, I'm going to a board meeting that morning and we'll be discussing educational technology, mind if I bring a few guys along" My spirits soared and my cpu heart jumped around in my chest. But of course, yes man me, said "sure!". Yeah, I am really excited (I mean, I might have an influence on board members and show off Linux) to have this opportunity, but there is so much more pressure now. Well, as Sherlock once said, "the game's afoot!" Wish me luck, everyone.submitted by /u/TechSupportBro