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Those who are partial to Ubuntu know that every six months the good people at Canonical, the people behind Ubuntu, release a new version to its popular Operating System. Well if you somehow missed the big event, the latest iteration of Ubuntu and all its cousins like Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Gnome, were released on the 24th of April.
As usual, you get to decide which flavor you prefer depending on your hardware some of the flavors like Lubuntu are to be recommended over the default Unity based installation especially if your hardware is dated.
Consider James Anderson. He's an 84 year-old volunteer at Free Geek, a Portland, Oregon non-profit organization, which rebuilds old computers for users who need them. As shown in a Linux Foundation video, he works there every Friday to rebuild laptops using Linux that can be sent to Africa.
Anderson has been playing with electrical equipment since he blew out his grandmother's fuses and has been using computers since the "luggables" of the 80s. He's never worked in IT, though, until he came to Free Geek. He had spend 13-weeks in Zimbabwe and saw how students there needed computers.
The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B launched earlier this year, offering a more powerful machine capable of running a wider variety of software.
The new $35 Linux board has double the memory of first generation Pis, a quad-core 900MHz processor and the ARMv7 architecture used by many mid-range smartphones.
In the months since the Pi 2 launched developers have ported an increasing number of operating systems to the board.
That is the first time that I use a distro-shipped Kate that is based on KF5 (and no other Kate 4.x is installed any more as escape route).
It has only been a few days since Plasma 5.3 was released, now work has begun on the 5.4 release. Plasma 5.4 is scheduled for launch in August, in time for the next Kubuntu release.
Last year’s kickstarter was a big success and all the support resulted in the biggest, best Krita release ever, Krita 2.9, with a huge number of exciting features. In fact, this week we’ll be releasing Krita 2.9.4, the first version of Krita with the Photoshop-type layer styles feature included! (As well as speed-ups and dozens of bug fixes…)
This summer Krita is going all in for animation. Not only do we have a Google Summer of Code project focusing on it, but it will also be a major point in this year's Kickstarter campaign, alongside with major performance improvements.
On the first day of the Kolab Summit we announced that Kolab is getting full extended MAPI support. That was in itself a pretty fantastic announcement, but it was accompanied by announcements of instant messaging, WebRTC and collaborative editing.
After a 25 year gestation, Hurd has finally been born. It was a difficult birth and it’s now being kept in an incubator under the care of Debian.
For many years GNU’s always almost ready to be born operating system microkernel, Hurd, has been the butt of many jokes and Facebook memes, so it came as something of a surprise to read in Larry Cafiero’s Friday column that it’s now ready enough for Debian, which is offering a somewhat experimental and unstable release of Debian/GNU Hurd. An earlier attempt at a Hurd based distro, by Arch, seems to have died on the vine back in 2011, although a 2013 posting promises that development is still underway, with no news since.
So the -rc2's have lately been pretty small - looking more like late
-rc's than early ones. It *used* to be that I couldn't even post the
shortlog, because it was just too big. That's not been the case for
the last few releases.
I think people tend to take a breather after the merge window, because
the -rc3's tend to then be a bit bigger again. But it may just also be
that I've just gotten much better at saying "the merge window is over,
I'm not taking random stragglers", or that people are just getting
better at keeping to the merge window. Whatever the reason, the time
of huge -rc2's seems to be happily behind us.
The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.17.1, is now available.
To compile GNOME 3.17.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).
The release notes that describe the changes between 3.16.1 and 3.17.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:
core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
The GNOME 3.17.1 release is available here:
core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1
- PATENT Act a 'Reform' for Big Corporations, Hence Does Not Address the Core Issues, Including Patent Scope and Massive Patent Aggressors
- Openwashing of Binary Blobs That Microsoft Uses to Attack Free Software and GNU/Linux From the Inside
- Microsoft Kills Netscape Again, This Time Removing It From the History Books
- Microsoft India's Unofficial 'Branch' Infosys is Torturing the Meaning of Open Source Software
- Microsoft Windows is Dying, British Government Should Spend No More Money on It
- Links 3/5/2015: Black Lab 6.5 RC2
- Links 2/5/2015: Robolinux 7.9.1, LibreOffice Numbering
- Links 1/5/2015: HP Ubuntu Laptops, Arch Linux 2015.05.01
- Links 30/4/2015: Plasma 4.4 in the Making
- IRC Proceedings: April 5th - May 2nd, 2015
Junio Hamano has ended out the month by releasing Git 2.4.0, the latest feature update to the popular distributed version control system.
GNOME 3.18 is shaping up to be another super exciting GNOME 3 update. Aside from GTK+ improvements, better Wayland support, and various other additions being worked on for GNOME 3.18, there's also significant improvements planned for the Nautilus file manager.
The specialised lab is focussed on extracting information from Apple devices using forensic softwares from devices such as iMAc, Mac book pro, iPad, iPhone and iPods as well as from Linux devices which are basically Android-based devices
The CBI says that training is being imparted in cracking these devices. We are also giving emphasis to Linux based systems as well.
CBI today got a new specialised forensic lab to decipher and recover data from Apple devices seized from suspects during investigation of cases.
We've known since March that Mir 0.13 would be a very large release and it's certainly panning out that way.
For anyone still using the ATI Rage 128 graphics card, there's been a rare update to the xf86-video-r128 X.Org driver.
Bryce Harrington has delayed the Wayland/Weston 1.8 Alpha release by a few days.
Robolinux is an open-source, Debian based operating system that permits the users to run Windows software inside a virtual machine, being among the first Windows compatible Linux systems (without having to use compatibility layers as Wine).
One month after Godot 1.1 went into public beta, the release candidate of this open-source game engine is now available.
Valve Software today released the OpenVR SDK, an API and runtime that allows accessing virtual reality hardware from multiple vendors without requiring the applications be specifically targeting that platform.
Canabalt was originally released as a Flash game on developer Adam Saltsman's website in 2009, and is the game that popularized the endless runner platformer genre. The game is now available on Steam for the first time, with a new engine and 8 new game modes.
Hero Siege is a good looking 2D hack 'n' slash RPG that recently released for Linux, I took a quick look so you know what to expect.
Wine 1.7.42 was released this morning as the latest bi-weekly Wine development release.
Now that KDE Plasma 5.3 was released this week, KDE developers are starting to plan out and work on the new material intended for KDE Plasma 5.4.
My name is Wolthera, I am 25, studied Game Design and currently studying Humanities, because I want to become a better game designer, and I hope to make games in the future as a job. I also draw comics, though nothing has been published yet.
After I played a lot with MyPaint, I heard from people that Krita 2.4 was the shit. When I went to the website at the time (which is the one before the one before the current) it just looked alien and strange, and worse: there was no Windows version, so I couldn’t even try it out. So I spent a few more years having fun with MyPaint alone, but eventually I got tired of its brush engine and wanted to try something more rough. When I checked Krita again, it had two things: a new, considerably more coherent website (the one before this one) and a Windows build. Around that time it was still super unstable and it didn’t work with my tablet. But MyPaint also had tablet problems, so I had no qualms about dual booting to Linux and trying it out there.
So, my project is titled: Better Tooling for Baloo. Let me begin by explaining what Baloo is. According to its wiki page it is "Baloo is a metadata and search framework by KDE." What exactly does it mean? Baloo is responsible for providing full text search capabilities to KDE applications. It doesn't end there it also provides searching on basis of metadata of various types of files. To acomplish this it indexes file contents and metadata using various plugins ,called extractors, to handle different types of files. It then exposes the data it has indexed with the help of various API's. So thats a very high level view of how it works. Now, my project, as the title states will provide better tools for Baloo. These tools will mainly be: