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Sourceforge Hijacking Projects to Deliver Malware

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It's been a crazy few days in Linuxville to be sure. Sourceforge is accused of locking out GIMP developers and inserting malware into the application for users to download. Scott Dowdle spotted a "GNOME versus KDE" in MR. ROBOT and Ubuntu was seen in a Google promotional video. David Both shows users how to use Konqueror and Attila Orosz takes a look at Deepin 2014.3. And finally, is the Bling factor in Linux doomed?

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Woo-hoo, Fedora 22

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Red Hat, Inc. on the behalf of the Fedora project today announced the release of Fedora 22 saying, "Fedora 22 once again delivers on the Fedora.next initiative, which established three distinct editions of Fedora – Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server, and Fedora Workstation. After extensive work in delivering the first distribution to embrace Fedora.next (Fedora 21), Fedora 22 marks a return to Fedora’s traditional six month release cadence."

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Fedora 22 Coming Next Tuesday and Converting Users

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At the Fedora release Go/No-Go meeting last night it was determined that three bugs were serious enough to violate the release readiness criteria. As a result, the Final was blocked and a second Go/No-Go was scheduled for today. The results of that meeting are in! Elsewhere, Jack Germain said, "Simplicity Linux is easy to use and runs fast" and Swapnil Bhartiya shared his secret to converting users to Linux.

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Ubuntu Ire and Canonical IPO, Fedora 22 is a No-Go

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Mark Shuttleworth has been quoted as saying he's considering taking Canonical public. He needs to talk to "his team," but Shuttleworth thinks the time is just about right. Speaking of Canonical, Jack Wallen today said that poor little Canonical is just picked on by the Linux community and the Linux community is only hurting itself. On the other side of town, Fedora 22 is a No-Go tonight, but getting revisited tomorrow.

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Linux Rifle in Trouble and the Desktop that Never Was

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The parent company behind the Linux rifle, TrackingPoint, is having financial difficulties and is no longer accepting orders. Elsewhere, Tony Mobily said the time for Desktop Linux passed without it ever becoming a success while Bruce Byfield discusses how the design philosophy of desktop projects influences their end product. Qt and KDE celebrated 20 years of Qt development goodness and Linux.com wants to know your favorite single-board computer.

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Also: TrackingPoint in trouble—smart gun company stops orders, lays off staff [Updated]

ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 and Linux 4.0 ext4 Corruption

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Russian ROSA Company today announced the release of ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2, the newest version of their business-class operating system. Elsewhere, kernel version 4.0.2 may have introduced an ext4 corruption bug resulting in data loss affecting at least Arch, Debian and Fedora.

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Tumbleweed and Netrunner Get Upgraded with Plasma 5.3

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Over the weekend Jos Poortvliet announced that openSUSE Tumbleweed received "massive amount of changes" bringing Plasma 5.3 as the default desktop. Newly released Netrunner 16 also brought Plasma 5.3 as well as an interesting codename. Clement Lefebvre announced Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 upgrade path and said Cinnamon 2.6 and MATE 1.10 packages were right around the corner.

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End of Foresight and What Makes Fedora Different

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Foresight Linux officially called it quits yesterday due to a lack of developers. The project hasn't seen a release in over two years, but it's still sad when a distribution shuts down. Across town, Pete Travis posted a passionate open letter to Fedora on why it should remain true to its philosophy and Bruce Byfield pondered the age old mystery, "Why can't Ubuntu play well with others?"

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Ubuntu Spyware and the Magnificent 7

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One of the more interesting stories today was Zack Smith's question, "Is There Spyware in Ubuntu?" Elsewhere DNF 1.0 was released triggering a blog post and a how-to. Several Linux lists caught my eye as well; which distributions would be best for Windows XP holdouts, 10 best distros for privacy, and the "magnificent seven."

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Systemd Decided, Schaller's Fedora Feedback, Mint 17.2 in June

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In a potpourri of stories today, Red Hat's Lennart Poettering spoke to an audience at CoreOS Fest on how systemd can help with containers. Bruce Byfield is "learning to live with systemd." Fedora developer Christian Schaller shared some of the response he's received to "What are we still missing for you to switch to Fedora Workstation?" Also, Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" is "planned for the end of June."

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OnePlus 2: A Big Android Phone for Relatively Little Money

The new model looks to be an improvement over its predecessor in nearly every way. “We started this company because we didn’t think any Android phones on the market were good enough,” OnePlus director and co-founder Carl Pei said. “We still think that’s the case, and we learned a lot from the OnePlus 1. The OnePlus 2 not only flagship worthy, but something that will remain cutting edge next year as well.” Read more

Mozilla and Linux

  • How is Firefox OS Different from Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Ubuntu Touch
    firefox-os-phone-firefox-os-phone-While choosing a new mobile phone to buy, you must consider all different available options. Earlier I’ve written about the differences between Ubuntu Touch, Android OS, and Windows Phone. Today I’m going to add another contender in the list – the Firefox OS – and I’ll discuss how is Firefox OS different from others.
  • Firefox 42 Nightly Is Now Built In GTK+3
    Firefox Nightly for Linux has been compiled with GTK+3 and the stable version of Firefox 42 may be the first one to be released with GTK+3.
  • Mozilla Toys with Crowdsourcing Ideas for its Browser and Tools
    Can your ideas make one of the most popular Internet browsers better? Mozilla is considering the possibility. The company is launching a testing initiative next month that will let Firefox users try out possible changes to the browser. The project is called "Idea Town" and basically seeks to crowdsource ideas for browser- and web-centric new concepts.

KDE and Akademy

  • KWallet5 can be auto-unlocked during login again
    I've just pushed a patch to KWallet5 allowing you to have your wallet unlocked automagically during login. This patch was originally done by Alex Fiestas for KWallet4, so all credits and free beers go to him; I've merely just forward-ported it.
  • Major update in cauldron
    Now that cauldron is open, the kde team has updated KF5 to 5.12.0, Plasma to 5.3.2 and Kde Applications to 15.04.3.
  • KDE's Plasma Mobile Not Giving Proper Credit to Ubuntu Touch, Says Developer
    KDE developers have announced that they are working on a new project called Plasma Mobile. From what the developers are saying, it's running on Wayland, and it's capable on running Ubuntu apps. One of the problems is that at least one of the Ubuntu developers has noticed that even if the project is based on Ubuntu for phones, credit is not given.
  • Plasma Mobile SDK
    When approaching this issue I had been thinking about the issue for a while. I had mainly 2 problems: I was rather frustrated with previous Linux-based systems so far and the one I liked didn’t really scale for us.
  • KDE Applications Versioning
    A common problem for many applications contained in the KDE Applications releases are non-incremented version numbers. Often the maintainer forgets to update the version number of the application, like I did it for Kate since the first KF5 based release.
  • Licensing of KDE Code
    Akademy, the yearly KDE conference is alive and kicking. During the last days we were discussing again about potential KDE licensing issues (for instance code that is licensed under GPLv2, but not GPLv3). That’s why KDE is maintaining a relicense checker script, that every KDE contributor should enter herself/himself.
  • Akademy Day 1
  • Akademy Day 2
    The second day at Akademy started off with 10 or so hours of sleep!, which was much needed for basic functions (really happy I don’t have to drive here). The hotel (Rialta) had great breakfast with coffee, OJ, bread with meat and cheeses, yogurt, cereal all the basics that makeup a great day!
  • Akademy Talks Day 2
  • Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Mr. Robot TV Show Now Uses BackTrack Linux's Successor, Kali Linux for Hacking

I wrote an interesting editorial a while ago related to the Mr. Robot TV show that runs on the USA Network channel every Wednesday, starring Rami Malek as a computer hacker that goes by the name of Elliot. Read more