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Story Linux 3.18.22 Rianne Schestowitz 05/10/2015 - 12:58am
Story Kubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Now Has Latest KDE Plasma 5.4.2 Rianne Schestowitz 05/10/2015 - 12:56am
Story Unicode 8.0 Support Added To GNOME's GLib Rianne Schestowitz 05/10/2015 - 12:49am
Story Huawei Watch Review: Best Android Wear Smartwatch Available Rianne Schestowitz 05/10/2015 - 12:41am
Story Linux Kernel 4.1.10 LTS Is Now Available for Download with Networking Fixes Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 11:39pm
Story How Debian managed the systemd transition Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 9:10pm
Story Linux 4.3-rc4 Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 8:20pm
Story Linux.Wifatch ‘malware’ is actually making routers more secure Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 8:15pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 4:41pm
Story Wine Staging: Release 1.7.52 Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 2:54pm

Linux 3.18.22

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I'm announcing the release of the 3.18.22 kernel.

All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade.

The updated 3.18.y git tree can be found at:
git:// linux-3.18.y
and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:;a=summary

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Kubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Now Has Latest KDE Plasma 5.4.2

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Kubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is almost ready for launch, but it looks like the developers are still pushing some important changes even this late in the cycle.

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Unicode 8.0 Support Added To GNOME's GLib

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Within the latest development code of GNOME's key GLib library leading up to GNOME 3.20 is Unicode 8.0 support.

Unicode 8.0 as released back in June adds 7,716 characters with six new scripts, many new symbols, and various character additions.

Per this commit today by Red Hat's Matthias Clasen, GLib's Unicode support has been updated to version 8.0. Clasen wrote, "Regenerate data tables from the Unicode Character Database, add new scripts, and update tests to include some of the new data."

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Huawei Watch Review: Best Android Wear Smartwatch Available

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The Huawei Watch currently offers the best option on the Android Wear platform. The Huawei Watch looks elegant and offers great design as well as multiple attractive style options depending on the buyer’s cash flow. Even iPhone owners can take a look. If an iPhone owner prefers a stainless steel round watch, then the Huawei Watch is a usable option at a lower price than the Stainless Steel Apple Watch. Android Wear works well on iPhone, but does not give users the same level of integration. The most important features work fine, including notifications and fitness tracking.

We give the Huawei Watch a hearty recommendation. It is worth paying a little more for this attractive and well-designed Android Wear smartwatch.

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Linux Kernel 4.1.10 LTS Is Now Available for Download with Networking Fixes

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After announcing the release of the Linux 4.2.3 kernel, Greg Kroah-Hartman has informed the world today, October 3, about the release and immediate availability for download of the tenth maintenance version of the Linux 4.1 LTS kernel series.

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Also: Linux 4.3-rc4 Kernel Released: Adds A New & Better String Copy Function

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.3 RC4 on the Eve of the Project's 24th Birthday

How Debian managed the systemd transition

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Debian's decision to move to systemd as the default init system was a famously contentious (and rather public) debate. Once all the chaos regarding the decision itself had died down, however, it was left to project members to implement the change. At DebConf 2015 in Heidelberg, Martin Pitt and Michael Biebl gave a down-to-earth talk about how that implementation work had gone and what was still ahead.

Pitt and Biebl are the current maintainers of the systemd package in Debian, with Pitt also maintaining the corresponding Ubuntu package. The pair began with a brief recap of the init-replacement story, albeit one that steered mercifully clear of the quarrels and stuck to the technical side. Initial discussions for replacing the System V init system began as far back as 2007, but pressure grew in recent years, included considerable demand from system administrators and upstream projects (typically wanting specific features like support for logind or journald). Once the Technical Committee had made its decision to adopt systemd as the default, Pitt said, "the real work" began.

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Linux 4.3-rc4

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You all know the drill by now. It's Sunday, and there is a new release
candidate out there.

Things look fairly normal. We have noticeably fewer commits than rc3
(which was fairly big), and I don't see anything unusually alarming.
The statistics look pretty normal too: just under half of the patch is
drivers (drm continues to be noticeable, but there's infiniband, mmc,
input layer etc). About a quarter is arch updates (m68k, MIPS, x86)
and the final quarter is solidly "misc" (doc updates, tools, scripts,
scheduler, mm..).

The appended shortlog gives a flavor of the details.


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Linux.Wifatch ‘malware’ is actually making routers more secure

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We seem to have a vigilante white hat hacker on our hands, as newly discovered ‘malware’ aimed at Internet of Things devices and certain routers appears to be making these devices more secure. The Linux.Wifatch virus is doing the exact opposite of what most viruses would, rather than stealing user information or holding systems for ransom, it is actually improving security.

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Wine Staging: Release 1.7.52

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Some minutes ago we released Wine Staging 1.7.52. This is the first release after WineConf 2015 and the integration into WineHQ.

Some of the changes related to the integration have been realized in the meantime and you should now use the WineHQ bug tracker for reporting bugs. Just open them as regular Wine bugs and mention the used wine version. Although this news is mostly about the source code changes, I would like to mention that Arch Linux now provides an official package which is also named wine-staging and therefore conflicts with our packages. The package installs into /usr instead of /opt/wine-staging so you might run into conflicts with other wine versions. Take a look at our Wiki for more information.

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today's leftovers

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  • A gentle introduction to microservices

    What are microservices? Have you heard the phrase "microservices" used in a discussion of modern application development and wondered what it's all about?

  • There's A Lot Of Exciting AMDGPU DRM Code Brewing For Eventual Catalyst Support

    One of the big items still in the works as part of AMD's unified Linux driver strategy is that the Catalyst proprietary driver will be isolated to user-space and make use of the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver. Being publicly now in development in a few code branches are changes to the AMD DRM code for beginning to suit more of it to Catalyst's driver design.

  • Linux Kernel 4.2.3 Is Out with Open vSwitch and IPv6 Fixes, Updated Networking Drivers

    After only 4 days from the release of the second maintenance version of the Linux 4.2 kernel series, Greg Kroah-Hartman comes today, October 3, with news about the release of Linux kernel 4.2.3.

  • Linux Foundation Says Open Source Code Worth $5 Billion
  • Mesa 10.6.9 Released, Marks The End Of The Line: Upgrade To Mesa 11

    Emil Velikov announced Mesa 10.6.9 today as the newest point release for the aging Mesa 10.6 series.

    Mesa 10.6.9 fixes an Intel crash issue with KDE, Unreal Tournament is fixed for Gallium3D drivers, and there are various other Mesa OpenGL fixes.

  • GNOME's 2014 Annual Report Published

    For those wondering about the state of GNOME, their annual report is now available.

    The GNOME Foundation 2014 annual report covers their financial situation, their trademark battle with GroupOn, their temporary financial shortfall due to the OPW project, the hack/developer events engaged in, and much more.

  • KDE Plasma 5.4.2, bugfix Release for October, is already landing in Kubuntu Wily
  • Kubuntu 15.10 Will Have KDE Plasma 5.4.2

    Kubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" is being released later this month and it will feature the very latest KDE Plasma 5.4 point release.

    Plasma 5.4.2 isn't being released until next week but the Kubuntu crew is pushing it early into 15.10 Wily now to ensure it arrives with the 15.10 debut.

  • Randa Meetings update

    I am really not a person who blogs much and its bit late, please bare with me in case if anyone does not like the way article is written or how it is formatted. I really feel good being KDE user since 2005. Officially I started coding / contributing to minor stuff in KDE in 2010. Switzerland is an awesome place and I really liked Randa. Speaking of Switzerland, for me those trains are art of engineering. I would like to thank KDE e.v. and other sponsors for making this event happen.

  • KaOS 2015.10 Officially Released with a Gorgeous KDE Plasma 5.4 Desktop, Wayland Session

    On October 2, Anke Boersma had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the KaOS 2015.10 GNU/Linux computer operating system.

  • KaOS 2015.10 KDE-focused Linux distro available now

    While I am a GNOME fan, I recognize how wonderful KDE is too. If you prefer a traditional desktop user interface, KDE is a smart choice. Not only is it it easy to use for beginners, but it offers a ton of customization options for advanced users too.

    There are quite a few KDE-based Linux distros, such as Kubuntu, Linux Mint KDE, and Netrunner, but the lesser known KaOS offers a more pure experience. This distro has a goal of remaining lean, while being fairly bleeding edge regarding KDE packages -- it is a great showcase for the desktop environment. Today, version 2015.10 sees release, and you can download it now.

  • Network Security Toolkit 22-7248 Screenshot Tour
  • SparkyLinux 4.1 KDE Screenshot Tour
  • Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 15 Released

    Calculate Linux 15 was released today in its KDE, MATE, and Xfce desktop spins along with Calculate Linux Directory Server, Linux Scratch, Scratch Server, and Media Center editions.

  • Ubuntu To Make It Easier To Ship Micro-Release Updates, New Features Post-LTS

    Generally Ubuntu Linux hasn't allowed new minor point releases of software to be sent down as stable release updates (SRUs) once the Ubuntu release ships, but there's been many exceptions, and now Ubuntu's Technical Board has agreed to make changes to make it easier to send down micro-release updates as well as offering new features to existing LTS (Long-Term Support) releases.

Manjaro 15.09 (Bellatrix) Update With Calamares Installer, Tweaks And Latest Applications

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Manjaro Linux Bellatrix 15.09 released

Manjaro Linux 15.09, codenamed Bellatrix has been released with some tweaks into the graphical and terminal installer. The release makes it easier to install Manjaro on your system. Also the latest apps have been included in the Bellatrix. The Manjaro is easy to use Linux distribution, so give it a try from 15.09 with easy to install graphical interface.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • MPlayer 1.2 released

    Mplayer 1.2 is compatible with the recent FFmpeg 2.8 release. The tarball already includes a copy of FFmpeg, so you don't need to fetch it separately.

  • MPlayer 1.2 Released

    It's been three years since the release of MPlayer 1.1 while surprisingly this weekend MPlayer 1.2 was released.

  • Lightworks: A Professional Video Editor Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Fedora

    Lightworks is a professional video editor which is the fastest, most accessible and focused on Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software, the initial release of Lightworks was in 1989; 26 years ago. It support all resolutions available to public up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats. Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422.

  • Using G’MIC to Work Magic on Your Graphics

    If you’re a Gimp power user, G’MIC is, without a doubt, one of the single most important add-ons available for the flagship open source image editing tool. With G’MIC you can bring some real magic to your digital images… and do so with ease. Give it a go and see if it doesn’t take your Gimp work to the next level.

  • VirtualBox 5.0.6 Brings Fixes For Linux 4.3 & More
  • Kodi 16: Alpha 3
  • Kodi 16 Alpha 3 Released

    The third alpha release of the Kodi 16 HTPC open-source software is now available for testing with long-press support.

    Given the number of devices these days with limited remote control buttons but relying upon a long-press of the OK/Enter button to pull up a context menu, Kodi has now implemented similar long-press support for remotes. That's the main new feature of Kodi 16 Alpha 3.

  • Third Alpha Build of Kodi 16 Media Center Adds Long-Press Support for Remotes

Leftovers: Gaming

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Red Hat and Fedora

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Blackphone Android-based (SilentOS) Reviews

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  • Blackphone: privacy-obsessed smartphone aims to broaden its appeal

    Can you hear me now? Not if you’re eavesdropping on a Blackphone. Privacy company Silent Circle has released a second version of its signature handheld, a smartphone designed to quell the data scraping and web tracking that’s become such an integral part of the digital economy in the last few years (and whose results might well end up with the NSA, if the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act passes).

  • Blackphone 2: NSA-thwarting Android smartphone goes on sale

    The handset runs a new version of the firm's Android-based SilentOS, and comes with features including Silent Circle's Silent Phone app, which offers encrypted voice calls, messaging and file transfers.

  • Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

    And being late matters. In a globalised technology industry, hundreds of smaller industries, and their own supply chains, all line themselves up alongside the winners. Being late and going it alone is suicidal. Ask Nokia: it envisaged a 'computer first, phone second world' as far back as 2002, when it started Linux development, and devoted billions to being sure it would be competitive when this world came about. But consumers and industry had already anointed a second platform.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • All Things Open exclusive preview and discount

    Join us in Raleigh, North Carolina, from October 19 - 20 at All Things Open 2015. You can also enter for a chance to win a free pass to All Things Open 2015.

  • Three students jump into open source with OpenMRS and Sahana Eden

    We are three students in the Bachelor of Computer Science second degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). As we each have cooperative education experience, our technical ability and contributions have increasingly become a point of focus as we approach graduation. Our past couple of years at UBC have allowed us to produce some great technical content, but we all found ourselves with one component noticeably absent from our resumes: an open source contribution. While the reasons for this are varied, they all stem from the fact that making a contribution involves a set of skills that goes far beyond anything taught in the classroom or even learned during an internship. It requires a person to be outgoing with complete strangers, to be proactive in seeking out problems to solve, and to have effective written communication.

  • Your field's talent is expecting openness

    Open source social and cultural history is the antithesis of traditional organizational management structures, and, unfortunately, it's younger. Emotion is influenced by surroundings and norms, and what we learned about hierarchy when we were growing up influences how we participate in business today.

  • The official user survey, visualizing your cloud, and more OpenStack news
  • At Demo, Hadoop inventor calls NSA snooping a cautionary tale for devs

    The creator of Hadoop said web app developers must put public trust first and argued that actions by the National Security Agency (NSA) offer a cautionary tale for the future of big data.

    Doug Cutting, who in 2004 developed the open-source implementation of the Map-Reduce framework, said big data analytics has opened the floodgates for capturing new consumer data as well as analyzing vast stores of historical information.

  • Arcadia Enterprise: Visual Business Intelligence Meets Hadoop

    Hadoop is on a roll in the Big Data space. Allied Market Research has forecasted that the global market for Hadoop along with related hardware, software, and services will reach $50.2 billion by 2020, propelled by greater use of raw, unstructured, and structured data.

  • On Getting the OpenStack Skills That Get Jobs

    What kind of demand is there for cloud computing skills in the job market? Consider these notes from Forbes, based on a report from WANTED Analytics: "There are 3.9 million jobs in the U.S. affiliated with cloud computing today with 384,478 in IT alone. The median salary for IT professionals with cloud computing experience is $90,950 and the median salary for positions that pay over $100,000 a year is $116,950."

  • The State of Hadoop: Survey Forecasts Substantial Growth
  • Talend Delivers Spark-Powered Data Integration Platform
  • Hortonworks unveils big data scorecard

    At Strata + Hadoop World here yesterday, Hadoop distribution specialist Hortonworks unveiled a new tool called the Hortonworks Big Data Scorecard designed to help organizations develop a plan for jumpstarting big data projects.

  • LibreOffice merchandising is available from Spreadshirt.Net
  • Oracle’s “planned obsolescence” for Java

    Oracle is no longer interested in Java, according to an anonymous top-level Java source at Oracle. As rumours of Oracle’s neglect pile up, it looks more and more like IT’s most popular programming language is becoming a driverless train.

  • Call for Testing: tame userland diff

    The full diff follows in the original mail, but it's probably simpler to just use a snapshot. For those of you who've been looking forward to seeing how it handles, now's the time to find out.

  • Software that liberates people: feels about FSF@30 and OSFeels@1

    tl;dr: I want to liberate people; software is a (critical) tool to that end. There is a conference this weekend that understands that, but I worry it isn’t FSF’s.

  • Zulip chat from Dropbox, Linux Foundation report, FCC rules, and more news
  • Lunduke Pens Book, Year of the Desktop Won’t Happen & More…

    Mea culpa: I went to bed last night thinking it was Wednesday, woke up today thinking it was Thursday, went along with my usual Thursday work plan (which differs little from any other weekday) until Christine Hall emailed me and asked, “Where’s the wrap?”

  • Teach, Don’t Tell

    This post is about writing technical documentation. More specifically: it’s about writing documentation for programming languages and libraries.


    Let’s get started. The first thing to nail down is why we’re documenting a programming language or library in the first place.

Nvidia Shield Android TV review

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Overall, Nvidia, Apple and Amazon have a clear strategy here. They want to revolutionise the way we interact with television, and they want to provide 'capable enough' games machines that appeal to the mainstream too. Nvidia is going one step further - it's looking to attract core gamers on top of that with its Shield platform and GeForce functionality. But without all of the required media options properly in place and completely integrated into the highly promising interface, what we're left with is an enthusiasts' machine where only the core can really put the excellent hardware through its paces.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review: One of the best Android tablets available out there

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Reasonably priced in comparison to its rivals, the Tab S2 with its powerful display and fast processor could be the best Android tablet available in the market today.

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