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Happy Distrovus, Kissing Kubuntu Kousins

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Today in Linux news, Brian Lunduke declared a new holiday to celebrate the autumn distribution release season. UnixMan Chris Jones reviewed Fedora 23 already, due for release November 3, and Jesse Smith reported on GhostBSD 10.1 in today's Distrowatch Weekly. Bruce Byfield is still grumbling about his failed Debian upgrade and Canonical issued a statement today on their relationship with Kubuntu.

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Riddell Quits Kubuntu, New Debian News and Menus

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After the release of the second 2015 Ubuntu family images, Jonathan Riddell has stepped down as release manager of Kubuntu. Riddell resigned from project lead post in June after being more or less ousted by Canonical in May over IP and donation accountability disagreements. Riddell remained active in the KDE and Kubuntu communities since, but today announced his resignation from the Kubuntu project entirely.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Released, Fedora 23 Delayed

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Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu 15.10 and all its facets today. Early reviews say Ho hum, but in a good way. Fedora 23 has been delayed a week due to blocker bugs, decided in this evening's Go/No-Go meeting. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre released Cinnamon 2.8 for current Mint 17.2 users.

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Also: Critical Bugs Delay Fedora 23 Linux, the OS Will Be Released on November 3

LibreOffice, Leaping Lizards, and Liquid Lemurs

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Personal reports from the recent LibreOffice conference were few, but today Rajesh Ranjan shared his experience. Bruce Byfield today said, "Sometimes, losing a Linux desktop is the best way to appreciate it" as he muddles through the absence of KDE. Ubuntu celebrates its 11 year path to convergence as eWeek.com looks at upcoming 15.10 features. Elsewhere, Scott Gilbertson reviews openSUSE 42.1 and Jack Germain said Liquid Lemur Linux has promise.

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Bodhi AppPack, Unstable KDE Rebuttal, Arch Stability

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A busy day in Linux today begins with Jeff Hoogland who released a software bundle for Bodhi Linux with all your favorite applications. Pavlo Rudyi compiled a retrospective of KDE's nineteen years as Martin Gräßlin addressed last week's stability complaints. MakeTechEasier has five ways to make Arch Linux more stable and Canonical is in the hot seat for allowing malware to infiltrate its repositories. Elsewhere, as openSUSE Leap is being prepared for release wiki contributers can get a Leap cap and Neil Rickert has a recent new report.

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Susan's Picks

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  • Unstable KDE, Internet without Linux

    As KDE turns 19, two reports today said that KDE isn't stable enough, one is a fairly comprehensive analysis. Elsewhere, openSUSE Leap 42.1 RC1 was released today and SUSE announced their SUSECon 2015 keynotes. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols discussed whether there'd actually be an Internet "Without Linux" and OMG!Ubuntu! got a look at Episode 2 before it was mysteriously pulled. Finally, Jack M. Germain said Robolinux 8.1 has the best MATE ever.

  • Red Hat Buys Ansible, openSUSE Leap Review

    The big news today was Red Hat's acquisition of cloud automation specialist Ansible. Ansible is located just up the road from Red Hat and was started by former Red Hat employees. In other news, Jamie Watson reported on openSUSE Leap 42.1 progress.

SFLC Confronts FCC, OSI Supports GPL Enforcement Principles

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Today in Linux and Open Source news the Software Freedom Law Center filed a comment with the FCC arguing against overly-broad regulations that eliminate Open Source alternative on wireless devices. Elsewhere, My Linux Rig interviewed FOSSforce's Larry Cafiero and Rafael Laguna released Halloween wallpapers for Lubuntu.

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Sneaky Microsoft, Citizen and Government Clouds

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Monday, October 13 was a busy day in Linux news. One of the more interesting tidbits comes from Neil Rickert who said, "Microsoft is being sneaky" in trying to covertly upgrade his Windows installs to version 10. Another from Red Hat's Eike Rathke remembered OpenOffice.org fifteenth birthday. Elsewhere, Red Hat's Nathan Jones addressed the state of government cloud and Marco Fioretti shared some thoughts on the "Citizen Cloud."

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  • Microsoft is being sneaky

    I purchased my main desktop for use with linux. But it came with Windows 8 as a discount deal from Dell. So I kept the Windows 8, and added a second hard drive for linux. I did update to Windows 8.1. I kept Windows for experimenting with dual boot on a UEFI system.

    My normal usage on this computer is to boot opensuse. But twice a week I boot to windows and update the anti-virus (Windows Defender). Once a month, I also do Windows updates. Then I boot straight back to linux.

Linux Discussion Continues, Fedora Welcomes Chromium

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Folks are still discussing the resignation of Sarah Sharp and Matthew Garrett from Linux kernel development. Jack Wallen said Sharp (and Garrett) are cases of more developers being "turned away, simply because developers had no patience for personal respect." He said Linux rules with a "sharp and iron tongue" with "foul and abusive language." He agreed with Dr. Roy Schestowitz in that all this is a "PR nightmare" threatening the "flagship of the open-source movement." He placed part of the blame on what he calls the "Internet of hate" and said if Linux is to compete with Microsoft and Apple its developers need to "start treating the legions of programmers, who are working tirelessly to deliver, as well as they treat the code itself. Open source is about community. A community with a toxic foundation will eventually crumble."

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Microsoft Ubuntu Rumors and Kernel Resignation Opinions

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The Linux Journal today addressed the Microsoft-buying-Canonical rumors saying it's against Ubuntu's founding principles. Reactions to the two kernel resignations this week are mixed and we'll take a look. Elsewhere, KDE signs the User Data Manifesto 2.0 and American Trade Journal looks at the business end of Red Hat lately.

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Leftovers: KDE

  • KDE's Project Neon Begins Publishing Daily Wayland Images
    KDE -- KDE's Project Neon has begun publishing daily images of the latest KDE Plasma stack powered atop Wayland rather than the X.Org Server. Jonathan Riddell passed along word that daily ISOs are now being spun of the freshest KDE development code with KWin acting as a Wayland compositor. The OS base is still Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
  • The Qt Company's Qt Start-Up
    The Qt Company is proud to offer a new version of the Qt for Application Development package called Qt Start-Up, the company's C++-based framework of libraries and tools that enables the development of powerful, interactive and cross-platform applications and devices. Now used by around one million developers worldwide, the Qt Company seeks to expand its user base by targeting smaller enterprises.

Linux 4.5.3

I'm announcing the release of the 4.5.3 kernel. All users of the 4.5 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.5.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.5.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... thanks, greg k-h Read more Also: Linux 4.4.9 Linux 3.14.68

Open source near ubiquitous in IoT, report finds

Open source is increasingly standard operating procedure in software, but nowhere is this more true than Internet of Things development. According to a new VisionMobile survey of 3,700 IoT developers, 91% of respondents use open source software in at least one area of their software stack. This is good news for IoT because only open source promises to reduce or eliminate the potential for lock-in imposed by proprietary “standards.” What’s perhaps most interesting in this affection for open source, however, is that even as enterprise developers have eschewed the politics of open source licensing, IoT developers seem to favor open source because “it’s free as in freedom.” Read more

Ubuntu 16.04 – My Experience so Far and Customization

While I earnestly anticipated the release of Unity 8 with Xenial Xerus (after watching a couple of videos that showcased its function), I was utterly disappointed that Canonical was going to further push its release — even though it was originally meant to debut with Ubuntu 14.04. Back to the point at hand, I immediately went ahead and installed Unity Tweak Tool, moved my dash to the bottom (very important) and then proceeded to replace Nautilus with the extensive Nemo file manager which is native to Linux Mint and by far superior to the former (my opinion). Read more