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Story GNOME 3.26 is Available on Ubuntu Artful, Video Tour of Beta Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 9:15am
Story Mageia 6 Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 8:15am
Story BlackArch Linux A Pentesting Linux Distribution Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 8:10am
Story Replicant 6.0 Free Software Android Updated To Support 12 Devices Roy Schestowitz 18/09/2017 - 8:05am
Story Kernel: Linux Foundation, 4.14 RC1 and Graphics Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2017 - 11:44pm
Story OSS: Jobs, Documentation, Being a FOSS Maintainer, and LinuxChix Meetup Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2017 - 11:40pm
Story GNOME and KDE: Dash to Dock, GNOME Shell, Librem 5, Krita and Randa Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2017 - 11:37pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2017 - 11:35pm
Story Red Hat: Oracle's Clone, GNU Work (GCC), Finance and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2017 - 11:32pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 17/09/2017 - 10:02pm

Software: VLC, OpenShot, OBS Studio, Caffeine

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  • VLC Has Begun Working On Some 3D Video Playback Support

    It's been a while since last having anything to report on with VLC with the VLC 3.0 release still not available, but thanks to this year's Google Summer of Code, there was an interesting project around working on 3D format support.

    Mohammed Huzaifa is the student developer who spent the summer working on 3D support for libVLC.

  • OpenShot 2.4 Open-Source Video Editor Adds New Freeze & Zoom Presets, Many Fixes

    Jonathan Thomas, the creator of the open-source and cross-platform OpenShot video editor, announced OpenShot 2.4, a major release that adds new freeze and freeze & zoom presets, improves stability, as well as undo/redo history.

    First and foremost, OpenShot 2.4 wants to be a stability release that fixes a bunch of bugs and issues reported by users since previous versions of the applications. Most importantly, it addresses a nasty issue that was apparently the leading cause of numerous crashes. Therefore, it is recommended that all users update to OpenShot 2.4 or later as soon as possible.

  • OBS Studio – Record and Live Stream Videos from Linux Desktop

    OBS Studio is a free and open source cross-platform app with which you can create video records of your desktop screen and also live stream directly.

    You can use it to conveniently share your gaming, art, entertainment activities with, YouTube,, DailyMotion,,, along with custom streaming servers free of charge!

  • CobiBird Theme Updated And Available For 17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18
  • Caffeine Can Help You Disable Screenlock And Screensaver Temporarily

    Caffeine is pretty famous utility designed for Linux to disable screen-lock and screensaver temporarily so you can focus on what you are doing on your system. It stays in the panel and fairly straightforward application. It can be useful either you are working or listening or watching something that players don't prevent computer from going into sleep mode or prevent screensaver.

    Without caffeine you need to go to power management in the system settings then disable sleep and also screensaver, Caffeine solves this issue and it comes in handy as well because you can activate/deactivate it right from system tray just with a single click.

Linux 4.13.1, 4.12.12, and 4.9.49

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Laptops/Desktops With GNU/Linux Preinstalled: Talos II, Chromebooks

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  • Support the Talos II, a candidate for Respects Your Freedom certification, by pre-ordering by September 15

    We've previously supported the work of the folks at Raptor Engineering. This time, rather than a crowdfunding effort, we are asking you to support their work by pre-ordering the Talos II. The system comes in a variety of forms to meet your needs, from a workstation to rack-mounted to the board by itself. Raptor Engineering has put in a great deal of effort researching and prototyping this system, and now it is ready for prime time. The Talos II is great for any hacker who needs a powerful machine, perfect for developing even more free software.

  • FSF To Look At RYF Certification For The POWER9 Talos II

    Last month Raptor Engineering announced the Talos II POWER9-powered workstation that is cheaper than the original Talos Workstation while still aiming to be very free software friendly. The Free Software Foundation will be exploring the possibility of "Respect Your Freedom" certification on this hardware when it's ready to ship.

  • Chrome OS Will Soon Allow All Chromebook Owners to Rename USB Flash Drives

    Google's Chromium evangelist François Beaufort is back with more goodies for Chromebook owners, recently revealing the fact that future versions of Chrome OS will allow users to rename attached USB flash drives.

    A new "Rename" option has been added to the right-click context menu of the Files app on Chrome OS, which allows you to rename an attached USB flash storage devices, be it either a USB stick or an external drive. The renaming feature, which is currently available on the Chrome Canary experimental channel, can also be enabled using the CTRL+Enter keyboard shortcut on your Chromebook.

Canonical Wants to Bring Its Ubuntu Snappy Technologies to Android Devices

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Canonical announced the release of Snapd 2.27 Snappy daemon for Ubuntu Linux and other supported GNU/Linux distributions. This is a major release that adds significant improvements and new features.

The biggest new feature implemented in the Snapd 2.27 release is Android boot support, which should bring the Ubuntu Snappy technologies to a wide range of devices that are powered by Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system, implementing support for transactional updates.

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Kernel: Linux 4.14 and Jente Hidskes Becomes Maintainer

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Best KDE Linux Distributions For Your Desktop, Quick Look at Next Kubuntu, and Randa

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  • Best KDE Linux Distributions For Your Desktop

    best kde linux distributions for your desktop
    KDE remains one of the most popular desktop environments available for Linux users. KDE prioritizes aesthetics and modernity with a user-friendly computing experience. It also comes with a host of applications and features that complete the experience. But which distro does KDE best? I certainly do not know the right answer but what I can do is share some of KDE's best distros in the market now. Some distros certainly do KDE better than others and if you’ve been burnt before, I bet one of these might change your mind. In no particular order, let’s go.

  • Quick Look at Kubuntu Artful Pre-Release

    This is Kubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 "Artful Aardvark", a pre-release version available for development/testing purpose. For you regular users, you are not supposed to install Beta 1 version, unless you want to simply try it and report bugs to Kubuntu Developers. For you not installing I made this short review to see how amazing Kubuntu Artful is already!

  • ERR (En Route to Randa)

    I’m happy to see KDEnlive Joseph and Grace again, and the PIM dudes (although they seem to have slunk off to one of the meeting rooms for Serious Talks already).

    Tomorrow starts at 7:02, when I have kitchen duty to roll out breakfast for 20-or-so Free Software hackers who are hungry from the fresh mountain air, and then after that it’s time to self-organize and sit down to work.

Games: Shroud of the Avatar, Super Blood Hockey, Dead Acres, Vulture, The End Is Nigh

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Review: Parabola GNU/Linux-libre

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Parabola GNU/Linux-libre is one of a few Linux distributions that meet the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) guidelines for free operating systems. The distribution is based on Arch Linux and ships with the Linux-libre kernel, which doesn't include software for which no source code is available (or which is otherwise proprietary). On top of that Parabola removes any non-free packages from the system.

The distribution is available for the armv7, i686 and x86_64 architectures. The main ISO boots to a command line from where we can manually install the operating system, while a live ISO gives us the MATE desktop and access to a basic graphical installer. Interestingly, it is also possible to migrate from Arch Linux to Parabola.

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CruxEX 2017 Linux Distro Debuts with Revamped LXDE Desktop, Based on CRUX 3.3

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton is informing us about the release and immediate availability of his CRUX-based CruxEX 3.3 distro, a release that bumps the Linux kernel to the 4.12 series and revamps the LXDE desktop environment.

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Tiny Core Linux 8.1 Brings Latest BusyBox with LZMA Capabilities, Improvements

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The minimalist Tiny Core Linux independently developed GNU/Linux distribution has been updated recently to version 8.1, a release that brings the latest BusyBox with extra functionality.

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FreeBSD 10.4-BETA4 Now Available

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The fourth BETA build of the 10.4-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

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What’s New in Linux Lite 3.6 and Linux Mint 18.3 Release Date

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  • What’s New in Linux Lite 3.6

    Linux Lite 3.6 has been released and announced by Linux Lite developer Jerry Bezencon. This release based on Canonical’s latest Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus), features Xfce desktop 4.12 as default desktop, powered by long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel, though users can install a wide range of kernels from the distro’s stable repositories.

  • Linux Mint 18.3 Release Date

    Wondering when the Linux Mint 18.3 release date is? I was, so I figured I’d write a short post about it.

    Turns out that, officially, there isn’t a specific release date or release schedule for Linux Mint 18.3.

    Unlike Ubuntu, which issues a new release every 6 months, Linux Mint does not release to a fixed schedule.

KDE: Fedora's KDE Spin and Upcoming Randa Meetings 2017

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  • Is Fedora's KDE Spin Too Bloated?

    This weekend on the Fedora mailing list a debate has begun over whether Fedora's KDE desktop spin is too bloated and what could be done about it.

    As most longtime Linux users know, Fedora is mostly centered around the GNOME Shell desktop with its Fedora Workstation, but it does have a vibrant community of maintainers keeping the Fedora KDE spin among other desktop spins active.

    Initiated this weekend on the Fedora development list is a debate about A less "bloated" KDE spin.

  • Randa Meetings 2017: Everything is ready

    Yesterday we went shopping to nourish some Free Software enthusiasts next week.

today's howtos

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BSD: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and LLVM Clang

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Oracle Linux 7 Update 4

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  • Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 General Availability

    Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 for x86-64 servers.

    The Oracle Linux operating system is an open foundation for the cloud. It is developed and extensively tested with demanding enterprise workloads like Oracle Database as well as many third-party applications in public and private clouds.

  • Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 Brings UEFI SecureBoot, USBGuard Added & Btrfs Supported

    While Oracle is slashing Solaris and SPARC jobs, their RHEL-derived Oracle Linux operating system continues getting pushed forward. Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 is now available as their re-based version off Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4.

    Besides incorporating the changes made by Red Hat in RHEL 7.4, Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 has finally added UEFI Secure Boot support with keys signed by Microsoft. Other additions in the name of security include OpenSSH now using SHA-2, a GPG check payload for Yum, NBDE security packages have been added, and USBGuard has also been added to protect against intrusive USB devices.

Laptops That Ship Pre-installed With Linux

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​In the past, to get Linux on your laptop, you needed to get a laptop that shipped with Windows and then install your Linux distro on top of them. This usually means two main issues. The first being that you paid about $100 extra for Windows and then also, support in terms of drivers for the laptop were up in the air as your hardware may be supported fully, partially or not at all. But these days things are changing. There are many laptops that ship with Linux preinstalled. Meaning you get better hardware support and then save some bucks off for not paying for Windows. THANK YOU! So what are your options if you wanted a laptop with Linux preinstalled? Read along.

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Graphics: Mesa 17.1.9, Out-of-Order Rasterization On RadeonSI, and Vulkan

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