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Story Leftovers: Ubuntu Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:52pm
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:51pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:50pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:49pm
Story OpenStack Roundup Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:48pm
Story Openwashing Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:47pm
Story LLVM News Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:46pm
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 11:45pm
Story GNOME privacy options give users even more desktop security Rianne Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 9:35pm
Story FRAND Is Not A Compliance Issue Roy Schestowitz 29/04/2016 - 9:12pm

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Three Slots Awarded to Krita for Google Summer of Code
  • A Usability Guy’s Journey to Creating his First KDE Tool – Part 2: A Vision

    The nice thing is that we can reuse the information for AppStream to automatically create a website for each application which is at least a lot more informative for end users than what quickgit provides. Of course, those projects who have the manpower and motivation to create gorgeous websites like that for Minuet or Krita should still do that, but the others would still get at least something useful.

  • Kronometer 2.1 now available

    After many months since the last release, I’ve finally found the time to finalize the next stable release for kronometer. The main change is a redesign of the main window. The toolbar is now smaller and in top position, the statusbar is gone and the menubar is hidden by default. Usability of other dialogs has been improved as well.

  • Performance update for breeze icons

    As breeze is a monochrome icon set the contrast is one of the biggest issues. With Plasma 5.6, the developers solved this problem by applying the system color scheme to the icons. Now the icons use the same color (and contrast) as the text. With this shiny new feature, users can define the colors of the icon set by themselves.

  • Google Summer of Code, 2016

    Well, the wait for the results of Google Summer of Code 2016 is over. My proposal has been accepted and is a GSoC project now. I will be spending the summer writing code for KDE for implementing the project Minuet Mobile(KDE-edu).

  • KDE Neon User Edition 2254 Screenshot Tour
  • Some Qt Contributors Uneasy About The Growing Commercial Focus Of The Qt Company

    For the past week has been a somewhat active mailing list thread about the Qt Project being misrepresented on The Qt Company's web-site.

  • KDE e.V. Quarterly Report - 1st Half of 2015

    The KDE e.V. report for the first half of 2015 is now available. It presents a survey of all the activities and events carried out, supported, and funded by KDE e.V. in that period, as well as the reporting of major events, conferences and mentoring programs that KDE has been involved in.

  • KDE is not the right place for Thunderbird [Ed: This post, "KDE is not the right place for Thunderbird," has just been deleted. One wonder what happened. Maybe pressure from peers?]

    For years, Mozilla has been saying they are no longer focused on Thunderbird and its place is outside of Mozilla. Now it seems they are going to act on what they said: Mozilla seeks new home for e-mail client Thunderbird.

    The candidates they are exploring are the Software Freedom Conservancy, The Document Foundation, and I expect at least the Apache Software Foundation to be a serious candidate, and Gnome to propose.

Linux Foundation and Linux Announcements

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Firefox 46, Vivaldi 1.1, Homeless Thunderbird

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Mozilla was in the news today first for releasing Firefox 46 with GTK+ 3 integration. They're also making headlines for trying to find a new home for Thunderbird, their browser-based email client. In competing news, the Vivaldi project announced version 1.1 of their new browser already, not even a month since its initial release. Elsewhere, Bruce Byfield discusses the Debian installer and Jack Germain said "Bodhi Linux is elegant and lightweight."

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Also: Update to Firefox Released Today

Leftovers: Gaming

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GParted 0.26.0 Launches with Read-Only Support for LUKS Encrypted Filesystems

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GParted developer and maintainer Curtis Gedak proudly announced the release of the GParted 0.26.0 open-source partition editor utility that's widely used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Xubuntu 16.04 - quick screenshot tour

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Canonical released the new range of its operating systems last week which includes many members of Ubuntu 16.04 family: Ubuntu itself, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME and, of course, Xubuntu.

Of course, you can purchase your own disk with any of these and many other distributions through the Buy Linux CDs site. It is easy and cheap.

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OpenELEC fork LibreELEC 7.0.0 arrives with Kodi 16.1

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The new LibreELEC fork of the media player focused OpenELEC Linux distribution is available in a final version 7.0.0 built around the new Kodi 16.1 release.

The fork of the Kodi-centric OpenELEC Linux mini-distribution has been building in recent months, and culminated in the Mar. 20 announcement of a new LibreELEC project. Since then the project team has grown from 25 to 40 people, backed up by what appears to be the bulk of the OpenELEC developer community. Its v7.0.0 release is built around the newly finalized Jarvis 16.1 version of the Kodi media center application, formerly known as XBMC. The new project bills itself as a JeOS (Just enough OS) for Kodi.

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Ultra-modular automation controller runs Linux on Sitara

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Taiwan-based Tibbo Technology has been developing embedded devices since 2008, including a highly modular Tibbo Project System (TPS) platform that runs its lightweight Tibbo OS (TiOS) operating system. The company’s “Size 2” TPP2 and larger, “Size 3” TPP3 automation controller boards each run TiOS on a Tibbo T1000 ASIC, and support a variety of optional “Tibbit” I/O modules and connectors. Now, Tibbo has launched its first Linux-based TPS board supporting the same Tibbit ecosystem. The “Size 3 Linux Tibbo Project PCB” (LTPP3) board adopts the 165 x 94mm Size 3 footprint, and features -40 to 70°C extended temperature support.

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OpenStack From Texas

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Ubuntu Linux and OpenStack cloud come to IBM servers

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Last year, IBM introduced LinuxONE, a new pair of IBM mainframes along with Linux and open-source software and services. These new systems are the LinuxONE Emperor, which built on the IBM z13 mainframe and its little brother, Rockhopper. LinuxONE is the heart of IBM's hybrid cloud efforts. At the OpenStack Summit, Angel Diaz, VP of IBM Cloud Architecture & Technology, said LinuxONE with Ubuntu and OpenStack can deliver the "speed and flexibility that businesses need to make the Benjamins money."

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RaspEX, Ubuntu 16.04 for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2, Now Includes Kodi 16.0 & Fluxbox

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Arne Exton today informs Softpedia about the availability of a new build of his popular and free RaspEX Linux distribution based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and engineered for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs.

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OpenStack at Red Hat, Canonical

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  • University of Cambridge Selects Red Hat to Support OpenStack-Based HPC Initiatives

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic institutions, has selected Red Hat to support its OpenStack-based high performance computing (HPC) initiatives. In addition to deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform for its HPC-as-a-Service offering, the University of Cambridge also plans to collaborate with Red Hat to bring HPC capabilities to the upstream OpenStack community.

  • Using modern open source as a tactical weapon | #OpenStack

    Gone are the days when the open-source community was a guerrilla organization of free-spirited independent experts working together, according to Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth. He sees a very different modern community, where tactical positioning by large organizations is the new standard behavior and open source is viewed as a weapon to be used to go faster than standard development processes.

Bodhi Linux 3.2 Promises Clearer Path to Enlightenment

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Bodhi Linux is elegant and lightweight. It is based on Ubuntu but runs only the forked E17 desktop. It is a very handy distro for those who like the idea of designing their own customized desktop look and feel. You literally have no bloat because you only add what you want to use.

Despite the kudos for Bodhi's configurability, the relatively young desktop environment is devoid of much of the eye candy and animated niceties found in heavier-weight desktops such as Cinnamon and KDE. This is by design and is not a shortcoming. Bodhi is first and foremost true to its minimalistic philosophy.

Bodhi is very easy to use. It has a low learning curve; new Linux users can get acquainted right away. A Quick Start wiki automatically loads on first run.

You can install Bodhi as a dual boot on a Chromebook.

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Tails 2.3 Anonymous Live CD Gets Tor Browser 5.5.5, Tails 2.4 Coming June 7

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Today, April 26. 2016, the Tails project has had the great pleasure of announcing the official availability of the Tails 2.3 amnesic incognito live system, a Debian-based anonymous Live CD based on the Tor project.

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Thinking Big: Supporting Open Source for Decades to Come

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Individuals start open source projects because it matters to them. Whether motivated by passion, interest, necessity, curiosity or fame, projects are often started by individuals who want to build better software. Do better work. Have an impact. See their code in the world’s best technology and products.

Because open source today makes up an ever increasing footprint in technology infrastructure and products, we have a responsibility to these individuals and the community and industry at large to support this work and build practices and processes that sustain the world’s greatest shared technologies for the long term.

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ubuntuBSD Project Announces the Availability of the Official ubuntuBSD Forums

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The ubuntuBSD project announced the other day the availability of the official ubuntuBSD forums at, where users can collaborate to the upcoming OS.

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Manjaro Linux 15.12 Users Finally Receive the GNOME 3.20 Desktop Environment

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The Manjaro development team announced today the availability of the seventeenth update for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) operating systems, bringing users the latest software updates and security fixes.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • LiveJournal creator Brad Fitzpatrick details his open-source digital life backup system

    The amount of digital data we are creating every day is mind-boggling. But the photos we take, tweets we send, places we check into and other digital detritus is often siloed into proprietary formats from various companies stored on disparate sites across the web.

  • Open365 Is a Free Open-Source Office 365, Spotify May Have Been Hacked… [Tech News Digest]
  • Securing Visibility into Open Source Code

    The Internet runs on open source code. Linux, Apache Tomcat, OpenSSL, MySQL, Drupal and WordPress are built on open source. Everyone, every day, uses applications that are either open source or include open source code; commercial applications typically have only 65 per cent custom code. Development teams can easily use 100 or more open source libraries, frameworks tools and code snippets, when building an application.

  • In the open-source age, ‘no excuse to dictate tech’ | #OpenStack

    2016 marks the largest OpenStack Summit yet. With more than 7,600 attendees in Austin, Texas, and numerous partnerships, it is safe to say OpenStack has arrived. Back at home in Texas, OpenStack is flourishing amid its native state’s southern hospitality.

    “I never thought I’d become an open licensing geek in my life,” said Mark Collier, founder and COO of OpenStack Foundation. Collier joined Jonathan Bryce, executive director at OpenStack, for an interview with Stu Miniman and Brian Gracely, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team.

  • Release of GNU remotecontrol - Version 2.0
  • GNU Remotecontrol 2.0 Released

    One of the less talked about GNU projects is GNU remotecontrol.

  • Keynote Speech at the Closing Plenary session of Net Futures 2016, Brussels

    Europe’s relative weakness in digital consumer markets, in web and internet services and notably in data platforms is becoming a major challenge to the whole economy.

    In addition, users feel that proprietary platforms do not satisfy their needs. They get locked-in to a specific provider and have very little influence on the evolution of the platform.

  • Jenkins 2.0 Adds Pipeline-as-Code for Continuous Delivery

    We tend to talk about “CI/CD” (continuous integration / continuous delivery) as though it were one thing, and there wasn’t a slash between them. Even when Jez Humble and David Farley published a book on the latter to distinguish it as a goal unto itself, the book’s presentation presents it as building on the “foundation” of CI, or a “natural extension” of CI. You don’t have to look much further to find CD presented as the “logical evolution” of CI. More than once, Microsoft has presented CD as the magic button you push when you’re done with CI. And last and/or least, IBM has presented CD as CI except with a “D.”

  • New functional programming language can generate C, Python code for apps

    Researchers at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Computer Science recently unveiled Futhark, an open source functional programming language designed for creating code that runs on GPUs, for use in machine learning and other high-performance applications.

    Futhark is meant to be more convenient to use than standard C/C++ frameworks for programming GPUs. It can automatically generate both C and Python code to be integrated with existing apps.

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