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Story HP ProBook 455 G2 Ubuntu review: It's dirt-cheap, but this budget laptop may not be your dream come true Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 3:21pm
Story LibreOffice 4.4.5 "Still" Arrives with Over 80 Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 3:11pm
Story Webconverger 31 Kiosk OS Is Now Using Firefox 39 Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 3:08pm
Story Kodi 15 Brings XBMC Media Player to Android Rianne Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 3:03pm
Story Systemd Is Launching Its Own Conference Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 2:50pm
Story Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 2:42pm
Story LibreOffice 5.0 Right Around the Corner, Guided Tour of LibreOffice Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 2:23pm
Story CoreOS CEO: Security is fundamental Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 2:20pm
Story KDE and Akademy Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 2:14pm
Story OpenDaylight Project announces new members Roy Schestowitz 30/07/2015 - 1:40pm

HP ProBook 455 G2 Ubuntu review: It's dirt-cheap, but this budget laptop may not be your dream come true

It may be cheap but out of the box, but the HP ProBook 455 G2 Ubuntu won’t suit many users. A newer Ubuntu or Windows OS may help, but it’s not one for the typical untutored budget PC buyer.

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LibreOffice 4.4.5 "Still" Arrives with Over 80 Fixes

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LibO

The Document Foundation announced that LibreOffice 4.4.5 has been released and is now available for download. Until the launch of the new LibreOffice 5.0, in August, this is the most advanced version of the office suite you can find.

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Webconverger 31 Kiosk OS Is Now Using Firefox 39

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Linux
Moz/FF

Webconverger is a Linux distribution used for deployment in places like offices or Internet cafes, which provides users only with web applications. A new important upgrade has been made available and is now ready for download.

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Kodi 15 Brings XBMC Media Player to Android

The XBMC Foundation's Team Kodi last week released version 15 of its popular, open source Kodi media player and home theater framework. The "Isengard" release of Kodi (formerly XBMC) offers enhancements ranging from new chapter support to an improved add-on manager, but the biggest news is the completion of the Android version.

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Systemd Is Launching Its Own Conference

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Linux

Lennart Poettering today announced systemd.conf 2015, its inaugural conference devoted to the future of systemd.

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Opinion Poll (latest update)

systemd usage

I use systemd and like it: 787 (30%)
I use systemd and dislike it: 318 (12%)
I am not using systemd and plan to use it: 111 (4%)
I am not using systemd and plan to avoid it: 1170 (44%)
Other: 260 (10%)

Linux 4.2 May Finish Fixing Up Radeon Audio Support

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Since the Linux 4.0 kernel there has been DisplayPort audio support for the open-source Radeon driver. That DP audio handling came after a big rework to the audio code in the Radeon DRM kernel driver. A half-year later it looks like all the audio code is now cleaned up and ready.

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Also: Radeon Gallium3D Tackles A Bit More, OpenGL 4.1 Patches Pending

NVIDIA 352.30 GPU Driver For Linux Has Been Released

LibreOffice 5.0 Right Around the Corner, Guided Tour of LibreOffice

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LibO
  • LibreOffice 5.0 Right Around the Corner

    Major release LibreOffice 5.0 is due next Wednesday with a lot of new features. Italo Vignoli today posted The Road to LibreOffice 5.0 in which he looks back at all the added features since January 2015 with version 3.3. Today's summary shows "the impressive amount of new features added to LibreOffice since version 3.3."

    LibreOffice 3.3 was released in January 2011. This release was significant in that the development and management of LibreOffice had come together in a short time and put out a release that brought several new features. SVG support, easier title and page formatting and numbering, improved ergonomics in Calc, and Microsoft Works support were among the newest features added by The Document Foundation.

  • A Guided Tour of LibreOffice

    I have been using LibreOffice since it was called Star Office and all documents opened in a tabbed interface, as in most modern spreadsheet applications (anyone remember those days?). From those early days until now, I have considered Star Office/OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice to be an excellent, if not superior, tool compared to many on the market.

CoreOS CEO: Security is fundamental

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Linux
Server
Interviews

In an interview, CEO Alex Polvi claims his company invented the cloud-native OS category and discusses how CoreOS's update strategy differs from the likes of Red Hat

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KDE and Akademy

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KDE
  • KDE at FISL 16

    Many of you already know that FISL (The International Free Software Forum) is one of the biggest FLOSS conferences in the world. From 8 to 11 July 2015, 5281 free software passionate people met in Porto Alegre (South Brazil) for the 16th FISL edition, enjoying activities such as talks, panels, hackathons, workshops, and community meetings. All kinds of FLOSS-related topics were in place: development, translation, artwork, education, robotics, entrepreneurship, audio-visual, women and gender, politics, academia and research ... Phew! that's tiring Smile KDE has a long and memorable history at FISL and it wasn't different this year.

  • Busy is fun!

    The beginning of the day was reading some social media in the morning with breakfast catching up with the times. While going though my Google+ feed I saw a post that I seen before about the a bug with a krunner plugin. The plugin in question was this which Riddell, Dan and I debugged to find some more info about the bug such as that is effects Kubuntu, Arch and openSUSE so it is upstream related.

  • Akademy Day Trip
  • KDE Akademy 2015 Videos Are Now Appearing Online
  • Akademy 2015

    The organising team have done a fantastic job: we’ve had free busses running from our accommodation to the venue, video recording of talks (which I’m sure someone will post about soon), easy to access food, two parties and people always on-hand to provide information.

  • The Failure of KDE Activities

    KDE Activities are multiple desktops. While easy to understand, they open up the possibility of new methods of workspace organization as well as new ways to layout the desktop. They deserve to be recognized as an innovation as important as tabbed browsing, and should be a part of every desktop environment, yet most users have only vaguely heard of them, and even fewer have tried them.

    When a feature so elegant is ignored, something has clearly gone wrong -- but what, exactly?

    One thing is certain: Activities are one of the least unpublicized features on any desktop. From their introduction in KDE 4.0 to their implementation in Plasma 5, Activities have never had any online help. If you go to the desktop toolkit, you can click on Activities, but nothing suggests why you should bother. How to create an Activity is reasonably obvious with a little exploration, but why you would want to is never explained.

  • KDE Plasma Goes Mobile

    While FOSS Force gave you a look at setting up KDE Plasma on the desktop in Don Parris’ article last week, KDE recently jumped into the mobile fray by announcing KDE Plasma Mobile at their Akademy conference this week in Spain.

    While it joins an already crowded field, with the likes of Android, Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS and others already in the mobile OS space, Plasma Mobile “offers a free — as in freedom and beer — user-friendly, privacy-enabling, customizable platform for mobile devices,” wrote Sebastian Kugler, a lead architect, on KDE’s website. “Plasma Mobile is currently under development with a prototype available providing basic functions to run on a smartphone.”

  • KDE Started Working At Fiber, A New QML-Based Internet Browser
  • Fiber Update

    The original plan was to allow an extension to handle the more crazy form-factors, but as I was blueprinting the APIs on paper I quickly found the tab-bar becoming a nightmarish monster which would have made custom tab extensions painful. Ultimately as a shortcut until a nice API can be made (and many more critical APIs can be rolled out) I’ll be adding sidebar tabs as a native feature. I may look at some sort of button form-factor as well, such as the ones commonly seen in mobile browsers.

  • Porting Qt applications to Wayland

    During Akademy I hold a session about porting applications to Wayland. I collected some of the general problems I saw in various KDE projects and want to highlight them in this blog post, too.

Open Source Usage in Large Enterprises

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OSS

It is obvious that open source is much used today and plays an important role in many organizations, but how used is it in large enterprises? This question has been addressed in a recent study called The Open Source Era, conducted by Oxford Economics, a venture with Oxford University dedicated to forecasting and quantitative analysis, and WIPRO, an IT, consulting and outsourcing company.

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Ubuntu 15.04 On The Tegra X1 Yields Even Better Results, More Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

Earlier this week I posted some initial benchmark figures for the NVIDIA Tegra X1 on Ubuntu Linux. Those results showed much promise for this 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC that also bears a Maxwell GPU, but that wasn't tested for the initial comparison. Here are a few more benchmark results from this Tegra X1, including an Ubuntu 15.04 installation to show the difference against the Tegra X1 on Ubuntu 14.10.

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Review: Ubuntu 15.04

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Perhaps that’s a sign that it’s time for Canonical to take the opposite tack to Microsoft and move to less frequent releases, or at least less arbitrarily timetabled ones. Ubuntu is stable enough now not to need constant updating, and in this case waiting on the Linux 4 kernel would have made for a much more compelling release. Canonical’s engineers, meanwhile, could benefit from spending more time working on long-promised upgrades, and less time patching and polishing half-baked versions of things for a biannual release.
If you’re looking for a free, friendly and powerful OS for desktops and servers, Ubuntu is still an easy Linux distribution to recommend. But even for established Ubuntu users this update is neither practically nor emotionally compelling. If Canonical seriously wants Ubuntu to make more of a mainstream impact, Ubuntu 15.04 – a barely necessary update rolled out to serve a timetable rather than a strategy – is precisely the sort of thing it needs to stop releasing.

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Parsix 8.0 Test 2 Is Based on Debian Testing and GNOME 3.16

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GNU
Linux
GNOME
Debian

Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on the testing packages from the Debian project that's using GNOME as the desktop, is now at version 8.0 Test 2 and is ready for download and testing.

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Ubuntu MATE Will Offer a Choice Between Ubuntu Software Center and App Grid

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu MATE devs recently decided to remove the Ubuntu Software Center from the default installation. The decision was met with some resistance, but a lot of users expressed their support for the removal of the Ubuntu Software Center. Now, the team has explained what are they putting in its place.

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Remembering Nóirín Plunkett

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Obits

Our thoughts are with everyone who loved Nóirín, everyone who worked with them, everyone who went to their talks or learned from their writing, everyone who met them at a conference, everyone for whom they made the open source and technical communities a better place.

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Free software advocates heckle town of Pesaro

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OSS

Italian proponents of the use of free and open source software by public administrations are protesting a decision by the town of Pesaro to switch from using OpenOffice to a proprietary cloud-based office solution. They say the city has garbled the cost calculations and omitted a required software assessment study.

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i.MX6 hacker board features M.2 and wide-range power

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Android
Linux

SolidRun has revamped its line of sandwich-style, community-backed HummingBoard single board computers, adding a new high-end HummingBoard Edge model. Like the other HummingBoards, it runs Linux on swappable “MicroSOM” computer-on-modules running various Cortex-A9 based Freescale i.MX6 SoCs. SolidRun’s open-spec HummingBoard placed 21st out of 53 Linux- and/or Android-friendly hacker SBCs in our recent SBC reader survey.

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IBM Promises Apache Spark for Linux on Z Systems

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GNU
Linux
Server

Expanding the z Systems ecosystem means data scientists can use Apache Spark’s common programming framework and get the full use of the mainframe’s advanced analytics capabilities - without having to get sidelined by any specific format for data.

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