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OpenMandriva 2014.2 and openSUSE 42

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Today in Linux news Kate Lebedeff announced the release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2, a major update to 2014.1 released September 2014 and the first to support UEFI. In other news, Douglas DeMaio announced openSUSE 42, the next release of the gecko emblazoned Linux due in November. Elsewhere, Jack Germain reviewed Makulu 9 Aero and Alap Naik Desai reported Friday Microsoft hinted at a Linux OS at Microsoft Ignite in Chicago last month.

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Red Hat 7.2, Kubuntu's Riddell Resigns, and OSS Users

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Attendees were treated to a peak into upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 with Denise Dumas today during Red Hat Summit 2015. Elsewhere, Jonathan Riddell resigns his post at Kubuntu and Bodhi Linux founder Jeff Hoogland describes the four basic types of Open Source users. Lastly, Linux Voice wants to know which company does the most for Linux.

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Mageia 5, Ubuntu Phones, and Tumbleweed

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Red Hat is dominating the headlines today with their announcements and related from the Red Hat Summit 2015, but several interesting tidbits appeared from other projects as well. Tumbleweed hasn't been updated in quite a while, Neil Rickert knows why. Christine Hall reviewed Mageia 5 Monday and Dark Duck posted more screenshots today. Fedora and Korora 20s have reached their end of life and a new Ubuntu phone hits e-shelves.

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More Ubuntu Phone:

  • Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition now available in Europe

    Another Ubuntu phone, the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, has been made available in Europe - but you'll have to jump through a few hoops to secure one.

    Canonical finally delivered the first smartphone powered by the Linux-based Ubuntu OS earlier this year. It swiftly followed up on the launch of the BQ Aquarius E4.5 with news of a follow-up, the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition, which will also be made by Spain's BQ.

  • New Ubuntu phone boasts best design yet

    It’s only been a few weeks since Canonical unveiled a new Ubuntu phone, but the company is already back with another handset for the European market. This time the hardware comes from Chinese firm Meizu, packing a slick design and some pretty nice specs.

Red Hat Richer, Systemd Alternatives, and Antergos

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Red Hat Inc. today released their quarterly earnings report saying revenue increased 14% and profits rose 28%. All Things Linux has an article out highlighting some distributions without systemd and Jack Germain reviews Arch-based Antergos Linux. Phoronix reported today on the disappearing Assembly code in Linux and Mark Gibbs looked at some commandline monitoring tools.

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Mint 17.2 RC, Linus Plan B, and Debian Spyware

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The Clement Lefebvre today announced the release of Linux Mint 17.2 RC in Cinnamon and MATE varieties. Newly released MATE 1.10 and Cinnamon 2.6 are among the features. Elsewhere, Debian may have let Google put spyware on users' machines and Gearhead Mark Gibbs suggests using Linux AIOs for full enjoyment. Ashlee Vance scored an afternoon drive with (and several quotes from) Linus Torvalds and Christine Hall asks if the end of Open Source is nigh.

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antiX, Debian, Fedora, and More

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The Fedora Wiki got a new entry last month that makes one wonder if Fedora really wants users at all. If folks complain it's because they didn't read the information provided or don't understand what they're reading. Users are too dumb or lazy to file bugs reports and would rather complain than test "every possible feature and/or configuration switch." Hardly anyone bothers to read the source code or its license and, if they do, they'd rather complain than write the code to fix whatever their complaint is themselves. If they do write the fix and it's not committed, then they'll complain rather than learn from it. Folks are going to complain, so just ignore it.

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Mint Simplicity Versus Calculate Complications

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Speaking of Mint 17.1, Jack Wallen said to new Mint users, "Linux Mint 17.1 is that it is an ideal platform for any user." He said that while other distributions run to the latest "shiny, touch-friendly" gizmos, Mint has remained true to its roots. "With just the slightest of tweaks, Mint has gone boldly into that good night while keeping a foot deeply planted in the familiar." From there Wallen demonstrated why Mint is a good choice for desktop users and concluded, "If you’re looking for a new operating system, one that you can depend on and get up to speed with quickly, you’d be remiss not to give Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” a glance before any other distribution."

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Calculate Installation Fail, Almost

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This evening I decided to install Calculate Linux, so I threw in the LiveDVD and rebooted. The installer was interesting, easy to use, but I wonder why it asked which I/O scheduler I wished to use. Okay, I get asking the filesystem choice, but the last I even thought about I/O schedulers I was building a kernel - and I don't recall when exactly that was but I think it started with a 2.4. I tried to select default (one of the choices that sounded safe) but it kept going back to BFQ. The remaining steps proceeded fine until time to install GRUB. That failed with the error couldn't find update-grub.new. Hmm. So, next reboot I get dropped to a grub terminal. Yippie.

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Calculating the Test Drive

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I've been thinking of looking around for a new distribution, not that Mint hasn't been a wonderful and stable system. Sabayon 15.06 was released last week and looked attractive in Jeremy Garcia's screencast and screenshots. Neil Rickert tempted me with his notes on Tumbleweed 20150608 and the IgnorantGuru made OpenBSD sound doable. But I think I'll check out Calculate Linux.

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Debian Jessie Updated and #!++ Added to DB

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The Debian project announced the release of Debian 8.1, and update to 8.0 line released in April. Updated Jessie 8.1 brings over 100 bug fixes and security updates. Elsewhere, CrunchBang Plus Plus, founded in February, was added to the Distrowatch.com waiting list this week and the Free Software Foundation added a deprecated software license to its license list as compatible with the GPL.

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Leftovers: KDE

  • CentOS 6.8 image with Qt5.7, Python 3.5, LLVM 3.8
    While trying to bring my setup to package KDevelop standalone for Linux into a shape where it has a nonzero probability of me picking it up again in half a year and actually understanding how to use it, I created a docker base image which I think might be useful to other people trying to package Linux software as well. It is based on CentOS 6.8 and includes Qt 5.7 (including QtWebKit), Python 3.5 and LLVM, all built against the old CentOS libs (and thus e.g. compatible with most glibc versions out there). If you want to use it, simply install docker, and
  • Marble Maps in KDE Randa Meetings 2016
    One more year of fun and intense productivity in Randa came to an end just a few days back, and I feel so good to have been a part of it. Much progress was made by the Marble team this year by Dennis, Torsten, Friedrich, David and me. I mostly worked on the Marble Maps Android app’s navigation feature, and would like to mention the changes here very briefly...
  • KStars on Windows – Midterm evaluation
    Midterm evaluation has passed and now it’s time for a new blog post! There are a couple of weeks from the last time I’ve talked about my progress with my Google Summer of Code project.
  • Kaffeine 2.0.4 Released, Includes Major Improvements for Digital TV
    Kaffeine version 2.0.4 has been released today, substantially improving its already excellent Digital TV (DTV) support!
  • GSoC -Breath and Review
    A couple weeks ago I went to Randa Meetings, a sprint of KDE, and there I did a lot of work in Umbrello.
  • Plasma 5.6.5 and Frameworks 5.23 available in Kubuntu 16.04 Backports
  • Remote searching [KRunner/Blade]
  • Kubuntu Dojo 2 – Kubuntu Ninjas
  • Kubuntu Podcast goes Open and Unplugged
    Podcast fans will know that we were struck down with lucky show thirteen. Google Hangouts crashed out twice, and we lost the live stream. We ended up half an hour late, with no Hangouts, and a hastily make-shift YouTube live stream hooked together in record time by the #awesome Ovidiu-florin Bogdan.
  • Hacking Kdenlive at Randa
    The Randa meetings 2016 just ended, and they were a big success for everyone involved (thanks to Mario and his team for organizing this). We went there with an aim to work on Kdenlive's Windows port, and we managed to achieve more than 80% of the build process.
  • The Road of Trials
    In my last blog post I said that I would work on extending support for paint operations like 'fill'. I have done so, albeit more as a necessity in fixing the assistant code. Moreover, I have fixed a number of other paint operations which are vital in painting the various assistants Krita offers currently.
  • Randa Meetings 2016 Part II: Marble
    The Randa Meetings 2016 were centered on bringing KDE technology on every device.
  • System Settings review
    we have also a design for some single KCM’s 80%. In plasma 5.7 you will see the new Desktop Theme module, but we also have some mockups for other KCM’s here you see the appearance KCM’s
  • State of the KF5 Android CI
    I would have liked to say, “Yeah the Android CI runs!” – But we are not there yet; pretty close actually, and close enough that it already makes sense to tell about it, yet a few last Jenkins settings remain to be done and real life issues cause this to take a few more days. So, I will give a short primer on what we prepared in Randa.
  • Mid-term post.
    My midterm evaluation target was to create a static histogram in Labplot with an option to add new histogram among the given types and set visible advanced settings.

Leftovers: Software

  • Calamares 2.3 out now
    I’ve just released Calamares 2.3, a feature release with a major focus on disk encryption support (see full release announcement). Calamares is a distribution-agnostic system installer, with an advanced partitioning feature and support for third party branding and modules. It is used by several distributions, including Netrunner, Manjaro, Tanglu, OpenMandriva, KaOS, Chakra and many others.
  • QBittorrent 3.3.5 Released – Install on Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint and Fedora
    qBittorent is a Bittorent client which is developed to provide free software alternative of utorrent. It’s a Cross platform torrent client which provides the same features on all the major platforms like Linux, Ubuntu, Mac OS X and Windows.
  • 7 Best File Comparison and Difference (Diff) Tools for Linux
    While writing program files or normal text files, programmers and writers sometimes want to know the difference between two files or two versions of the same file. When you compare two computer files on Linux, the difference between their contents is called a diff. This description was born out of a reference to the output of diff, the well known Unix command-line file comparison utility.
  • 14 Best IDEs for C++ Programming or Source Code Editors on Linux
    C++, an extension of well known C language, is an excellent, powerful and general purpose programming language that offers modern and generic programming features for developing large-scale applications ranging from video games, search engines, other computer software to operating systems.
  • Calibre 2.61.0 eBook Viewer and Converter Updates Driver for FNAC (BQ) eReaders
    Today, July 1, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has been happy to announce the general availability of yet another maintenance release for his popular, open-source and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software. Coming only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.60, the Calibre 2.61 maintenance update brings only two new features. These are an updated driver with new firmware to allow users to connect their FNAC (BQ) eReader devices, as well as support for automatic removal of all links from a missing resource (the option is available in the Check Book component under Edit Book).