The top story today is the twentieth anniversary of GIMP, Open Source image manipulation application. To celebrate the project released version 2.8.16 with several new features and a revamped Website. The Linux down under suffered another data breach and Jamie Watson posted a series of step-by-step guides to configure popular desktops. Several reviews blipped the radar as well in today's Linux news.
Today in Linux news, Windows turns 30 and The Verge has a pictorial. In other news, AlienBob said Slackware Live will remain without systemd "for a while" and The Register overheard a GNOME bugzilla report crediting a cat for finding a bug. Stephen O'Grady tracked changing attitudes towards Open Source and the Elementary OS are forking Geary to save it.
Today the Bodhi project announced an unscheduled bug fix release primarily to address a usability issue as well as bring a few other updates to users. Fedora 21 is fast approaching its end of life and Clement Lefebvre announced some Mint 17.3 betas. Elsewhere, Red Hat released an update to their developer toolkit Software Collections and Bruce Byfield said we should go to "task-based" desktops.
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Some of the highlights of today's Linux news includes Brian Fagioli's tour of the headquarters of System76, manufacturer of Linux laptops and Matt Hartley discussing the problems with using Linux. Elsewhere, Kevin Fenzi shared some thoughts on recent Rawhide and Jeff Hoogland released some new applications built using the Moksha desktop toolkit.
Jonathan Riddell's departure left Kubuntu without a release manager, until yesterday when Philip Muskovac posted of the replacements, plural. Allan Day today posted about GNOME's "next big thing" and Graham Morrison shared his look "inside the GNOME Foundation." On the KDE side of town, Sebastian Kügler posted some "wayland and libkscreen benchmarks" and Neil Rickert wrote a Plasma 5 review.
Steam Machines became available yesterday and folks are talking, including some from our own community. Elsewhere, Jon Gold ranks distributions on their newbie friendliness and Bruce Byfield discusses more on new user desktops. Ubuntu Community Council election approaches and Wayland is now default in Fedora Rawhide.
Debian Live has been part of the Debian family for the last 10 years, but yesterday Daniel Baumann announced the end of the project citing internal deception. The Fedora 24 release schedule was highlighted and several reviews brag on Linux capabilities. Finally today, the Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy have posted their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Last week The Washington Post published an article online stating that Linus Torvalds doesn't take Linux security as seriously as he should and causing a bit of a firestorm. Sam Varghese has the best take-down. In other news, a new trojan targets Linux systems and administers to demand a ransom payment and a new "World without Linux" video was posted.
However, Dr. Roy Schestowitz isn't celebrating. In fact, he said the deal could very well put many distributions out of business (so to speak) and Red Hat users at risk. He said the deal involves patent agreements and data collection. It's all about money according to Schestowitz who said, "At Red Hat money now matters more than freedom and ethics." For Microsoft it's about double and triple taxing users in addition to collecting and selling their data. Red Hat isn't interested in defending GNU/Linux against patent trolls and instead pays out to settle cases and now signs a patent deal according to Schestowitz and his quoted and linked sources. Microsoft has and is continuing to pursue lawsuits against Open Source entities. Nasdaq.com said on the subject Microsoft is known for "aggressively seeking royalties from its software patents" then quoted Red Hat's Paul Cormier saying, "We both know we have very different positions on software patents. We weren't expecting each other to compromise."We weren't expecting each other to compromise." So, at least one other site covered the patent situation, even if not in depth. Red Hat stock closed at $82.75 after the announcement Wednesday and finshed up today, Thursday, at 81.57.
Sam Varghese today asked, "With two companies — Microsoft and Red Hat — from opposite ends of the software spectrum linking arms in a deal overnight, the big question that remains is: what happens to the SUSE-Microsoft deal?" He suggests SUSE might not get the same level of assistance it once did now. But then again, he also speculated that the deal is "unlikely to earn any criticism from the open source community" as it SUSE did. I guess he hasn't read Schestowitz lately.
The Document Foundation's Italo Vignoli today announced two LibreOffice updates. These two minor number bug fix updates cover the Fresh and Still branches of LibreOffice and user are advised to upgrade. Fedora 23 was officially released to the general public today and folks have been talking about that. Phoronix reported today that Debian had moved to rootless X server instances and Mozilla announced a new privacy feature for Firefox.