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LXer: Creating stop motion animation with StopGo

Friday 11th of November 2016 09:42:18 AM
Last month we looked at digital cell animation with Krita. Cell animation is just one kind of animation, though, so this month we'll take a look at stop motion animation. As an added feature, since DIY projects have been highlighted in the past weeks, the resulting animations from the application have all been done by year 5 and 6 students at local schools, and the application itself was developed by me and the students' teacher, Jess Weichler of Makerbox.

TuxMachines: Slackware News

Friday 11th of November 2016 09:41:08 AM
  • More Flash fixes in November
  • Q4 2016 fixes for Java 8 (openjdk)
  • LibreOffice 5.2.3 for Slackware-current

    I wanted the latest LibreOffice in the upcoming Slackware Live Edition 1.1.4 (PLASMA 5 variant) so I have built and uploaded a set of packages for LibreOffice 5.2.3. They are for Slackware-current only.

  • Slackware Live Edition 1.1.4 – based on slackware-current of 4 Nov 2016

    Today I conclude my packaging frenzy with a new release of ‘liveslak‘. Version 1.1.4 is ready with only some minor tweaks. Users of the “” script on non-Slackware distros should be happy that the script finds all the required programs now.
    I made a set of ISO images for several variants of the 64bit version of Slackware Live Edition based on liveslak 1.1.4 and using Slackware-current dated “Fri Nov 4 03:31:38 UTC 2016”. These ISO images have been uploaded and are available on the primary server ‘bear‘. You will find ISO images for a full Slackware, Plasma5 and MATE variants and the 700MB small XFCE variant.

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TuxMachines: Wim Coekaerts Quits Microsoft

Friday 11th of November 2016 09:30:41 AM

Wim Coekaerts first got a job working as a support analysts for Oracle in Belgium in March 1995. He ended up moving up the ranks at Oracle, leading Linux and virtualization efforts, until he left in March 2016.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors Comparison: Ubuntu vs Ubuntu GNOME vs Kubuntu vs Xubuntu

Friday 11th of November 2016 08:50:21 AM

As promised in my earlier Ubuntu 16.10 review, I have come up with an Ubuntu 16.10 flavors comparison as well, although, I was planning on coming up with this comparison much sooner (but hey, it’s here!)

Unlike in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS flavors comparison which only included two main Ubuntu flavors (Ubuntu GNOME & Kubuntu), this time, I’ve also added Xubuntu 16.10 to the comparison because it was requested by a couple of my readers. The ISO disc image sizes are as follows: Ubuntu 16.10 (1.6 GB), Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 (1.5 GB), Kubuntu 16.10 (1.6 GB) & Xubuntu 16.10 (1.3 GB). And also, I only chose the 64-bit versions of the disc images for the flavors review as well.

And in this comparison, I’ll only be comparing the performance related data, the stability and hardware recognition of each flavor. I’ll skip new features and whatnot, because you can find information about those features elsewhere, quite easily.

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TuxMachines: openSUSE Leap Goes Gold, Fedora 25 Delayed a Week

Friday 11th of November 2016 08:45:48 AM

Today in Linux news openSUSE 42.2 Leap has gone Gold Master in time for next Wednesday's release. On the other side of town Fedora 25 has been delayed a week, pushing its release to November 22, 2016. Sam Varghese and John Grogan reported on the latest from SUSECon 2016, with one covering a Red Hat spy in attendance. Eric Hameleers released his latest liveslak and ISOs. The Hectic Geek compared Ubuntu 16.10 flavors and Carla Schroder examined Ubuntu's enterprise chops.

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LXer: An Everyday Linux User Guide To The Thunderbird Email Client

Friday 11th of November 2016 08:27:58 AM
This is an overview to the Thunderbird email client. It shows how to connect to major mail providers, all the features for creating emails, how to setup chat and RSS feeds and more

Phoronix: Fedora Looks At Changing The Default Hostname For F26 & Beyond

Friday 11th of November 2016 07:36:26 AM
One of the most discussed items this week on the Fedora developers' mailing list is in regards to changing the hostname on Fedora 26 and future versions...

LXer: KDE Applications 16.08.3 Is the Last in the Series, KDE Apps 16.12 Ships December 15

Friday 11th of November 2016 07:13:37 AM
The KDE Project announced the release and general availability of the third and last scheduled maintenance update of the KDE Applications 16.08 software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktops.

TuxMachines: LibreOffice 5 - Free Office Suite Keeps Getting Better

Friday 11th of November 2016 07:00:32 AM

LibreOffice is the best office software available, or at least on Linux. LibreOffice is a powerful office suite that comes with a clean interface and feature-rich tools that seeks to make your productive and creative. LibreOffice includes several applications including Writer for word processing, Calc for spreadsheets, Impress for presentations, Draw for vector graphics and flowcharts, Base for databases, and Math for formula editing.

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LXer: Steam Machines & SteamOS after a year in the wild

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:59:17 AM
On this day, last year, Valve released Steam Machines onto the world, after the typical Valve delays. While the state of the Linux desktop regarding gaming has improved, Steam Machines have not taken off as a platform, and SteamOS remains stagnant.

Reddit: Trying to understand terminal behavior with 256color terminal..

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:39:44 AM

Hi Guys,

For the longest time I've manually set my TERM variable to 'linux' and set my colors in vim in a specific way. One thing I've always noticed is that when I suspend a job, I'm taken back to the shell prompt but any previous output that was displayed on screen is now gone (whatever I was running that is now suspended - such as vim - is still shown). Now, having played more with xterm-256color I've noticed this behavior changed. When I suspend a job, whatever was displayed in my terminal prior to that command is redisplayed so I don't have to scroll back up.

Can someone explain to me what governs this behavior? And for bonus points, when using the flake8 plugin in vim, if I use a 256 color terminal type, running Flake8() causes the entire vim session to briefly disappear from my screen before being redrawn. Is that related?


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Reddit: This is what SUSE folk do for fun

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:36:08 AM

TuxMachines: Linux and Graphics

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:28:18 AM
  • Linux Kernel 4.4.31 LTS Released with Multiple Updated Drivers, Various Fixes

    Immediately after informing the community about the release of Linux kernel 4.8.7, which is now the most advanced kernel you can get for a GNU/Linux distribution, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the availability of Linux kernel 4.4.31 LTS.

  • Linux Kernel 4.8.7 Updates Intel and Radeon Drivers, Improves Wireless Support

    Today, November 10, 2016, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the seventh maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series, along with the Linux kernel 4.4.31 LTS long-term support version.

    Finally, the release cycle of Linux kernel 4.8 has settled in and it looks like more and more GNU/Linux distributions are adopting it, including the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 and Fedora 25, due for release next week. Rolling release users of Solus, Arch Linux, and openSUSE Tumbleweed are already enjoying the latest Linux kernel 4.8 updates, and soon they'll receive a new one, Linux kernel 4.8.7, which comes ten days after Linux kernel 4.8.6.

  • Mesa 12.0.4 Released With Dozens Of Fixes
  • Intel Publishes Open-Source Graphics Driver Code For Bringing Up "Geminilake"

    Coming out this morning from the Intel Open-Source Technology Center is their initial hardware enablement code for the future "Geminilake" hardware with their Linux graphics driver stack.

  • Intel Kaby Lake HD Graphics 620 OpenGL/Vulkan Performance On Linux

    Now having my initial Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7200U MSI Cubi 2 benchmarks with Ubuntu 16.10 out of the way, this second article is focusing upon the HD Graphics 620 Kaby Lake performance with this latest stable Ubuntu release as well as when trying out Linux 4.9 and Mesa 13.1-dev.

  • Igalia Joins The Khronos Group

    The well known Linux/open-source focused consulting firm Igalia has joined The Khronos Group as a contributing member.

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TuxMachines: Fedora 25 Multimedia

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:27:14 AM

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TuxMachines: SUSE Leftovers

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:26:10 AM
  • OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Lands Mesa 13.0
  • openSUSE News: Mesa 13 Arrives in Tumbleweed with New Kernel

    This week has been a bit hectic with dramatic change affecting people around the world, but openSUSE Tumbleweed users who are use to change can find some clarity in the chaos with five snapshots that were released this week.

    These snapshots brought not only a new major version of Mesa but a new kernel and Plasma 5.8.3.

    The newest snapshot 20161108 updated yast2 to version 3.2.3 and added a patch to fix a crash from upstream for Wayland. Lightweight web browser epiphany, which updated to version 3.22.2 in the snapshot, added fixes for adblocker and improved the password form for autofill handling.

  • Highlights of YaST development sprint 27

    This week, during SUSECon 2016, SUSE announced an exciting upcoming new product. SUSE CASP – a Kubernetes based Container As a Service Platform.

    That has, of course, some implications for the installer, like the need of some products (like CASP) to specify a fixed configuration for some subsystems. For example, an established selection of packages. The user should not be allowed to change those fixed configurations during installation.

    We have implemented a possibility to mark some modules in the installation proposal as read-only. These read-only modules then cannot be started from the installer and therefore their configuration is kept at the default initial state.

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:11:40 AM

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TuxMachines: Mutter 3.22.2

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:03:43 AM
  • Mutter 3.22.2
  • GNOME's Mutter 3.22.2 Ships With Many Wayland Fixes

    Normally GNOME point releases aren't too worth mentioning over here, but with this morning's release of GNOME Mutter 3.22.2 it's a bit of a different story.

    GNOME Mutter 3.22.2 is a worthwhile upgrade particularly if you are running on Wayland. Mutter 3.22.2 has several Wayland crash fixes (two separate bug reports_ plus has at least four bugs fixed around placement issues of windows/elements when running on Wayland. There is also a fix for popup grabs blocking the screen lock on Wayland. There is also a fix for two finger and edge scrolling under Wayland.

  • GNOME Shell and Mutter Get Wayland and Wi-Fi Improvements for GNOME 3.22.2

    As part of the soon-to-be-released second and last scheduled point release of the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions, the GNOME Shell and Mutter components have received new versions earlier today, November 10, 2016.

    GNOME Shell 3.22.2 and Mutter 3.22.2 are now available for download, and it looks like they bring various improvements to make your GNOME 3.22 desktop experience better, especially of you're using the next-generation Wayland display server.

    For example, the Mutter 3.22.2 window and composite manager release fixes various placement issues and several crashes on Wayland, and also repairs the functionality that allowed users to switch between edge and two-finger-scrolling on the Wayland session.

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Phoronix: The Code To Intel's New Linux Wireless Daemon Is Now Public

Friday 11th of November 2016 05:00:00 AM
During this year's systemd conference there was talk of A New Wireless Daemon Is In Development To Potentially Replace wpa_supplicant. At that time the code wasn't yet public to this new open-source WiFi daemon developed by Intel, but since then the code has now opened up...

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GTK Graphics

  • GTK Lands A Big Refactoring Of OpenGL Code
    In addition to Red Hat's Benjamin Otte working on a Vulkan renderer for GTK4's GSK, he's also been working on a big refactoring of the OpenGL code that's now been merged to master. OpenGL is very important for GTK4 as it will play a big role in rendering with GSK. With this "large GL refactoring", a big clean-up was done of the OpenGL GDK code, affecting the X11, Win32, Wayland, and Mir code too. Some of the specific work includes no longer using buffer-age information, passing the actual OpenGL context, and simplifying the code. More details via this Git commit.
  • A Vulkan Renderer For GNOME's GTK+ GSK Is In Development
    A Vulkan back-end is in development for GNOME's GTK's tool-kit new GTK Scene Kit (GSK) code. Benjamin Otte has begun experimenting with a Vulkan back-end for GTK's GSK code with GTK Scene Kit being one of the big additions in development for the major GTK+ 4.0 milestone. GSK implements a scene graph to allow for more complex graphical control of widgets and other improvements to its graphics pipeline. GSK was merged back in October and currently uses OpenGL for rendering while there is now a branched Vulkan renderer.