It looks like reworking the Fedup upgrade tool may still happen for Fedora 23. The upgrade to this upgrade tool would involve relying on DNF and systemd functionality to provide more reliable Fedora system upgrades.
Earlier this year was talk of replacing Fedup in Fedora 23 to overcome existing problems with this upgrade tool that's been affected by issues in the past. Because of Fedup reliability concerns is also why I haven't upgraded to Fedora 22 on my main workstation over Fedup frights.
Also: Upgrading Fedora Easily To Mesa 10.7/GitFedora Begins Preparing For RPM 4.13
Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2 Officially Lands Without Ubuntu Software Center
Following the guest post this past weekend about Purism's Librem laptop remaining "blobbed up", the crowd-funded company has put out new information.
Purism posted some Librem 15 Rev2 debugging photos. Purism is getting close to production on this second revision of the Librem 15 laptop that will be in an aluminum casing.
The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) through an open source software project, today announced that Philips has joined as a premier member. Philips joins more than 170 members of the AllSeen Alliance, including premier members Canon, Electrolux, Haier, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qeo (a Technicolor company), Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., Sharp, Silicon Image (a Lattice Semiconductor company) and Sony.
After what now seems forever on a Windows based OS (most recently, XP and 7 for desktops, Vista for laptop), I decided to move away from XP and install Zorin OS 8 core. Although I am still on a learning curve, I cannot stress enough how much I love the OS and have not had a moment of wanting to go back to any Windows version.
French programmer Fabien Chéreau developed Stellarium; he launched the project in the summer of 2001. It is available in RPM for Fedora and in .deb files for Ubuntu and Debian. An entire developer team produces Stellarium with the help and support of many people and organizations. And the Stellarium Wiki houses a complete user guide. You can also view a video of Stellarium in action.
As you may know, LyX is an open-source and multi-platform WYSIWYM/WYSIWYG document processor, using TeX / LaTeX behind some graphical user interface. It is ideal for writting academic articles, theses or books and has support for mathematical formulas.
I recently stumbled upon two websites for learning coding and programming skills: CodeCombat and Codewars. Both use a free software philosophy (all code examples are open source licensed and/or available GitHub) and help teach different computer programming languages. I tested CodeCombat and Codewars out when some of my students were seeking to learn the Python programming language.
Wine 1.7.48 didn't make it out last Friday for the usual bi-weekly development released, but is out there today.
Wine 1.7.48 prominently improves support for OpenGL core contexts, supports pixel snapping in DirectWrite, and the OpenMP implementation has been furhtered along. There's 39 known bug-fixes within this newest Wine snapshot.
5 heroes of the Linux world
Linux and open source is driven by passionate people who write best-of-breed software and then release the code to the public so anyone can use it, without any strings attached. (Well, there is one string attached and that’s licence.)
Who are these people? These heroes of the Linux world, whose work affects all of us every day. Allow me to introduce you.
Open source part of Bulgarian eGovernment tender requirements
The Bulgarian government has added open source as a requirement to its 'Preliminary criteria for the eligibility of eGovernment projects'.
The document states that:
all rights with regard to the interface design and the source code of the project must be transferred from the contractor to the contracting party;
the source code developed for the project must be made publicly available in an online Revision Control System during development;
for all projects, it should be explored whether the whole or part (i.e. libraries, packages, modules) of the software can be based on existing open source software; if it is financially justified, using open source is the preferred approach;
to facilitate the use of the online Revision Control System and to guarantee the real-time availability of the latest version of the source code, the system should function as the central and original repository.
Thus if running the fresh Mesa code that will be formally released in September, there's now OpenGL 4.1 exposed by default in the RadeonSI driver for AMD Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer... Basically any AMD GCN GPU. The only exception to the OpenGL 4.1 support is that LLVM 3.7 or newer is also needed, which will be released at the end of August but is currently available via Git/SVN. LLVM 3.7+ is needed for the latest AMD GPU LLVM back-end to enable OpenGL 4.1 otherwise OpenGL 3.3 will be advertised.