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Pixelbook leak: Googles new high-end Chromebook expected October 4

LXer - 2 hours 12 min ago
According to Droid Life, on October 4, Google will release the first new retail version of the Chromebook Pixel since 2015, the Pixelbook. The Chomebook Pixel was the Rolls-Royce of Chromebooks. It was faster, more powerful, and came with a better display than any other laptop in its day. Thanks to Chromebook Pixel fans, Google has elected to start selling this luxury Chromebook again.

LXer: Ubuntu Dock Features Adaptive Transparency on Ubuntu 17.10, Here's How It Works

Linuxinsight - 3 hours 27 min ago
Ubuntu contributor Didier Roche continues his development on the look and feel of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, and today he announced that Ubuntu Dock is getting adaptive transparency.

Ubuntu Dock Features Adaptive Transparency on Ubuntu 17.10, Here's How It Works

LXer - 3 hours 27 min ago
Ubuntu contributor Didier Roche continues his development on the look and feel of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, and today he announced that Ubuntu Dock is getting adaptive transparency.

Distribution Release: Kali Linux 2017.2

DistroWatch - 3 hours 35 min ago
Kali Linux is a Debian-based distribution with a collection of security and forensics tools. The project's latest version, Kali Linux 2017.2, introduces a number of new security and penetration tools, as well as package updates from Debian's Testing branch. "In addition to all of the standard security and....

Reddit: FOSS Developers, would you like to receive a thank-you, even as a form letter?

Linuxinsight - 3 hours 56 min ago

I was considering putting something together as a template (or maybe even a service) for a thank-you letter to send developers of FOSS software. I thought it would be a nice gesture for people to at least send thank-you's to their favorite software, even if they don't contribute monetarily.

Then it struck me, however, that if the thing actually gets picked up, a GIMP developer getting 500+ thank-you e-mails that are virtually identical in their inbox might feel less sincere and more like spam.

So I raise the question to you: even if the letter were from a template, would you appreciate receiving a thank-you letter from end users? Or would you prefer something unique and personalized at the risk of receiving many fewer responses?

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LXer: YouTube on the Big Screen

Linuxinsight - 4 hours 41 min ago
For years I've been jealous of folks with iOS devices who could just sendtheir phone screens to their Apple TV devices. It seems like the Androidscreen-mirroring protocols never work right for me. My Sony Xperia hasmultiple types of screen mirroring, and none of them seem to work on mysmart TVs or Roku devices.

YouTube on the Big Screen

LXer - 4 hours 41 min ago
For years I've been jealous of folks with iOS devices who could just sendtheir phone screens to their Apple TV devices. It seems like the Androidscreen-mirroring protocols never work right for me. My Sony Xperia hasmultiple types of screen mirroring, and none of them seem to work on mysmart TVs or Roku devices.

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 21, 2017

LWN - 4 hours 58 min ago
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 21, 2017 is available.

Reddit: [Desktop] Let's talk about the gtk file picker

Linuxinsight - 5 hours 22 min ago

I'm sure you all know about this

I have a proposal to end this embarrassment. Here it goes:

  1. We'll create a new MIME type/XDG standard (file/directory selector).
  2. The file pickers will be 3rd party apps, just like file explorers. Users/distros/DEs will install their own file picker.
  3. A file picker will communicate with an app via JSON protocol. Through this, the app will instruct whether it wants a list of files or directories, open or create files/directories, expected number of files/directories, expected file types, password authentication (if required) etc.
  4. In case that the system fails to detect a preferred file selector, the apps will open gtk/qt/native file selector.

The file selectors will be stripped down version of file explorers. This way the users will be free to choose their own file selector of choice.

This adheres to the Unix philosophy because:

  1. Designed solely for the sole purpose of file selection. However the implementation (of course) will vary since the file selector devs will want different features in their apps.
  2. It rids us of the dependence from a monolithic widget and a widget tool (see gtk)
  3. Communicates with other applications by pipes, expects input and returns output.

What do you guys think? And how can I talk to freedesktop folks about adopting this new standard?

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Distribution Release: Endian Firewall 3.2.4

DistroWatch - 5 hours 30 min ago
Endian has announced the release of Endian Firewall 3.2.4, tan updated build in the 3.2 series of the project's CentOS-based Linux distribution for firewall and routers: "The Endian team is proud to announce an updated image for the 3.2 release. Check out the new release today by downloading....

Mesa Sees An Initial Meson Build System Port

Phoronix - 5 hours 50 min ago
A few months ago was a vibrant discussion about a Meson proposal for libdrm/Mesa while today the initial patches were posted in bringing a possible Meson build system port for Mesa...

Phoronix: Mesa Sees An Initial Meson Build System Port

Linuxinsight - 5 hours 50 min ago
A few months ago was a vibrant discussion about a Meson proposal for libdrm/Mesa while today the initial patches were posted in bringing a possible Meson build system port for Mesa...

LXer: A Quick Review Of PCLinuxOS

Linuxinsight - 5 hours 55 min ago
Sometimes while I review distros I come across some cool distros that many persons don’t know about. PCLinuxOS is one of them. A user-friendly, stable and quite cool in features and app selection are the things that made me love this distro.
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LibreOffice Help From FSF, Mike Saunders

  • New FSF membership benefit: LibreOffice certification
    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that the opportunity to apply for LibreOffice certification for migrations and trainings is now available to FSF Associate Members. LibreOffice is a free software project of The Document Foundation (TDF), a non-profit based in Germany. An office suite, LibreOffice encompasses word processing, and programs for the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, databases, diagrams and drawings, and mathematical formulae. It uses the ISO standard OpenDocument file format (ODF).
  • Marketing activities so far in 2017: Mike Saunders
    Thanks to donations to The Document Foundation, along with valued contributions from our community, we maintain a small team working on various aspects of LibreOffice including documentation, user interface design, quality assurance, release engineering and marketing. Together with Italo Vignoli, I help with the latter, and today I’ll summarise some of the achievements so far in 2017.

Debian/Ubuntu: Q4OS, Ubuntu Dock and LXD Weekly Status Update

  • There's Now a Windows 10 Installer for the Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distribution
    The Q4OS development team is pleased to inform us today about the immediate availability for download of a Windows installer for their Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution, Q4OS, allowing users to create a dual-boot environment on their PCs. For those not familiar to Q4OS, it's an open-source and free Linux distro based on the popular Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE), which resembles the look and feel of the old-school KDE 3.5 desktop environment. Created with an emphasis on Windows users who want to migrate to a free, open-source, and more secure operating system, Q4OS now lets them install the distribution alongside Microsoft Windows in an easy manner, without having to do any modifications to your personal computer or install any other apps.
  • Ubuntu Dock Now Has Dynamic Transparency
    Ubuntu devs have listened to our gripe on the jarring contrast between GNOME 3.26's transparent top bar and the Ubuntu Dock.
  • Ubuntu Dock Features Adaptive Transparency on Ubuntu 17.10, Here's How It Works
    Ubuntu contributor Didier Roche continues his development on the look and feel of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, and today he announced that Ubuntu Dock is getting adaptive transparency. Canonical confirmed that Ubuntu 17.10 would come with the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment by default, though the default session has suffered numerous modifications compared to the vanilla one to make things easier for those using the Unity interface on Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Most probably, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users won't upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10, but we're sure Ubuntu 17.04 users will because it'll reach end of life in about four months from the moment of writing, sometime in January 2018. Therefore, Canonical wants to make their Unity to GNOME transition as painless as possible.
  • LXD: Weekly Status #15
    This week has been pretty quiet as far as upstream changes since half the team was attending the Open Source Summity, the Linux Plumbers Conference and the Linux Security Summit in Los Angeles, California.

Events: KDE/Randa 2017 and Linux Foundation

  • KMyMoney’s Łukasz Wojniłowicz in Randa
    Please read the following guest post from Łukasz who joined me last week in Randa to work on KMyMoney.
  • Randa 2017 – Databases are back to KMyMoney
    On the morning of Day 5 we chased and fixed a problem that was introduced a long time ago but never caused any trouble. The code goes back into the KDE3 version of KMyMoney and was caused by some changes inside Qt5. The fix prevents a crash when saving a transaction which opens an additional dialog to gather more information (e.g. price information). With the help of other devs here in Randa, we were able to drill down the problem and update the code to work on KF5/Qt5 keeping the existing functionality.
  • Randa 2017 – Days 3 and 4
    On Day 3, we started out at 7:02 as usual with the team responsible for breakfast meeting in the kitchen. KMyMoney wise, we worked some more on keyboard navigation and porting to KF5. The dialog to open a database and the logic around it have been rewritten/fixed, so that it is now possible to collect the information from the user and proceed with opening. The database I have on file for testing does not open though due to another problem which I still need to investigate.
  • Watch the Keynote Videos from Open Source Summit in Los Angeles
    If you weren’t able to attend Open Source Summit North America 2017 in Los Angeles, don’t worry! We’ve rounded up the following keynote presentations so you can hear from the experts about the growing impact of open source software.
  • uniprof: Transparent Unikernel for Performance Profiling and Debugging
    Unikernels are small and fast and give Docker a run for its money, while at the same time still giving stronger features of isolation, says Florian Schmidt, a researcher at NEC Europe, who has developed uniprof, a unikernel performance profiler that can also be used for debugging. Schmidt explained more in his presentation at Xen Summit in Budapest in July. Most developers think that unikernels are hard to create and debug. This is not entirely true: Unikernels are a single linked binary that come with a shared address space, which mean you can use gdb. That said, developers do lack tools, such as effective profilers, that would help create and maintain unikernels.