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The loudest lesson from Ubuntu Vivid Vervet: If it’s not broken …

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Ubuntu

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.

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Ubuntu 15.10's "W" Codename Being Revealed Soon

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Mark Shuttleworth is hosting his virtual keynote today for Ubuntu 15.10 with the Ubuntu Online Summit happening this week.

Shuttleworth posted to his blog that he's holding off on revealing the "W" codename for Ubuntu 15.10 until this keynote. The keynote is taking place at 14.00 UTC.

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Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better)

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Linux

Gnu/Linux distributions provide great advantages over proprietary alternatives for people with disabilities. In this article, I'll discuss some of the advantages, as well as areas that need improvement. Because I use Fedora, my article is written based on my experience with that Linux distribution.

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Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Pre2 Ships with KDE Apps 15.04, KDE Frameworks 5.9, and Xfce 4.12

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Linux

On March 3, the Manjaro development team had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the second Preview release of the upcoming Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 operating system.

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The Return of Korora MATE

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The Korora Project is very pleased to announce that the final release of the MATE edition of version 21 (codename "Darla") is now available for download in both 32- and 64bit, (we strongly recommend using BitTorrent).

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​Linux is an operating system for all ages

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Linux

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.

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MakuluLinux 9 Xfce 64bit Released.

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Linux

The New 9 Series Kicks off with the Release of the new Xfce Edition which comes in 2 flavors…

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Five more operating systems for the Raspberry Pi 2

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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.

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Leftovers: KDE and GNOME

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GNOME
  • Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2015
  • Gnome shell Hello world

    Gnome Shell, besides providing the main user interface for GNOME 3, is a Javascript shell with bindings to many native interfaces that allow e.g. Window manipulation, graphics rendering and animations, compositing, etc. It also allows developers to write extensions changing Gnome Shell’s behavior.

  • Kate from KDE Applications 15.04 – KF 5.9

    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).

  • Work begins on KDE Plasma 5.4

    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.

  • Performance and Animation (and more): Join Krita’s 2015 Kickstarter Project

    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…)

  • A summer of animation

    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.

  • collaborative editing for the win

    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.

Announcing the Birth of Hurd

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GNU

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.

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Arch Linux – Kde Plasma 5.3 stable is finally available for installation

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Linux

Great news for Arch Linux users! From a few minutes, Kde Plasma 5.3 stable packages are officially available on Arch Linux repositories.

In fact, after running the pacman -Syu command I finally noticed, listed on my terminal, the new packages of Plasma 5.3.0 with all the relative dependencies.

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Linux 4.1-rc2

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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.

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GNOME 3.17.1 released

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Hi GNOMErs!

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 [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/
[2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.17.1/

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

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OpenBSD 5.7 "Source Fish" Officially Released

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OpenBSD a free, multi-platform BSD-based UNIX-like operating system that aims to have a few important features such as portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security, and integrated cryptograph has been upgraded to version 5.7 and is now available for download.

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Leftovers: Software

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: KDE Software

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  • Wayland & Other Tasks Being Worked On For KDE Plasma 5.4

    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.

  • Interview with Wolthera

    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.

  • GSoC with KDE

    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:

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