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Ubuntu 14.10 Preview, Wallen Walkback, and the Pantheon

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Linux at 23, Desktop Feedback, and GIMP 2.8.14 Released

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The top story tonight is the releases of GIMP 2.8.12 and 2.8.14. Linux celebrated 23 years yesterday and the community had a bit to say about "the desktop." And finally tonight we have a couple of gaming announcements and Bruce Byfield on the KDE Visual Design Group.

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Bored with Distros, China Tries Again, and Recompiling Kernels

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Today in Linux news Fedora Project leader Matthew Miller says folks are bored with Linux distributions. After the Red Flag failure, China is looking to develop another homegrown operating system. Paul Venezia has more on the raging systemd wars and the Linux Tycoon says recompiling the kernel is getting him down. And finally tonight, NetworkWorld has the top 10 things you should know about Red Hat 7.

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Desktop Shmesktop, New Open Source Academy, and Your Own Steam Machine

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Today in Linux news, Matt Asay asks if we can "please stop talking about the Linux desktop?" Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center will open a Linux certification academy in Mississippi next month. A new developmental release of Opera was announced and a new horror game has me rushing to Steam. This and more inside in tonight's Linux recap.

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It's Elementary, with Sparks, and Unity

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In today's Linux news Jack Wallen review Elementary OS and says it's not just the poor man's Apple. Jack Germain reviewed SparkyLinux GameOver yesterday and said it's a win-win. Linux Tycoon Bryan Lunduke testdrives Ubuntu's Unity today in the latest entry in his desktop-a-week series. And finally tonight, just what the heck is this Docker thing everybody keeps talking about?

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Munich Reversal Turnaround, Linus on the Desktop, and Red Hat Time Protocol

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Monday we reported that Munich was throwing in the Linux towel, but today we find that may not be exactly the case. In other news, Linus Torvalds today said he still wants the desktop. There are lots of other LinuxCon links and a few gaming posts to highlight. And finally today, Red Hat's Eric Dube explains RHEL 7's new time protocol.

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Desktop Obsessions, Steam Sacrifices, and LibreOffice Review

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We've been reading a lot about the desktop lately and we're not stopping tonight. We have three stories tonight on the desktop. In other news, the kernel repositories beef-up security and Alienware says Steam Machine users will "sacrifice content for the sake of Linux." The new Linux version of Opera is making progress and CNet has a review of LibreOffice 4.3. This and more in tonight's Linux news.

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Debian Turns 21, KDE Plasma 5 Review, & Munich Reversal

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It looks like the big story today, picked up by many news carriers, is Munich's decision/pondering a return to Windows. Also tonight, Debian celebrates 21 years and a Linux Migrant looks at new Pisi Linux 1. SymphonyOS is back from the grave and appropriately calling itself "Phoenix". OMG!Ubuntu! says Ubuntu is the "Superman" of Linux distros and a review of Plasma 5 tops the KDE news. All this and so much more are in tonight's Linux news recap.

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OpenMandriva Review, Mageia Release, and Another UT Video

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Today in Linux news Mageia 5 Alpha 2 was released "for the brave." Jack Germain has a review of OpenMandriva Lx 2014. Sanctum 2 is out for Linux and GamingOnLinux posted new Unreal Tournament footage. And finally today, Dedoimedo.com has a review of PC-BSD's new desktop Lumina.

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Linux Satisfaction, Beginners' Guide, and Download Managers

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Today Recently in Linux news, Jack Wallen asks, "Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?" Mark Gibbs relates his experience installing Ubuntu on an older netbook. Linux.com has a complete beginner's guide to Linux and Rob Zwetsloot looks at four popular download managers. And finally, Reiser4 has made a comeback and systemd is wreaking havoc again for some.

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Mir 0.8 Works On Less ABI Breakage, Touchspots, Responsiveness

While Ubuntu 14.10 on the desktop isn't using Mir by default, Mir 0.8.0 is being prepared for release by Canonical and it has a number of interesting changes. Read more

Open source history, present day, and licensing

Looking at open source softwares particularly, this is a fact that is probably useful to you if you are thinking about business models, many people don't care about it anymore. We talk about FOSS, Free and Open Source Software, but if we really are strict there's a difference between free software and open source software. On the left, I have free software which most typically is GPL software. Software where the license insures freedom. It gives freedoms to you as a user, but it also requires that the freedoms are maintained. On the right-hand side, you have open source software which is open for all, but it also allows you to close it. So here we come back to the famous clause of the GPL license, the reciprocity requirement which says, "If I am open, you need to be open." So software that comes under the GPL license carries with it something that other people call a virus. I call it a blessing because I think it's great if all software becomes open. Read more

Mozilla Wants to Save the Open Web, but is it Too Late?

Again, I think this is absolutely correct. But what it fails to recognise is that one of the key ways of making the Web medium "less free and open" is the use of legally-protected DRM. DRM is the very antithesis of openness and of sharing. And yet, sadly, as I reported back in May, Mozilla has decided to back adding DRM to the Web, starting first with video (but it won't end there...) This means Mozilla's Firefox is itself is a vector of attack against openness and sharing, and undermines its own lofty goals in the Open Web Fellows programme. Read more

Open source is starting to make a dent in proprietary software fortunes

Open source has promised to unseat proprietary competitors for decades, but the cloud may make the threat real. Read more