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Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" Xfce Edition RC is Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Xfce 4.12

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Immediately after announcing the release of Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" KDE Edition RC (Release Candidate), Clement Lefebvre, leader and main developer of the Linux Mint project, informed us about the immediate availability for download and testing of Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" Xfce Edition Release Candidate.

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Ubuntu 12.04 Finally Gets Latest Firefox 39 After a Long Wait

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The Ubuntu maintainers for Firefox have finally released the latest 39.x branch of the Internet browser for users of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Gets the Latest LibreOffice 5.0 RC3

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The upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) will have the latest LibreOffice 5.0 suite when it is made available in October, and in the meantime the newest RC has been made available through the repos.

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The Number of Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Invitations Has Tripled

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Users can only buy a Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition phone if they play a game on the official website and get one of the very illusive invitations. Now, that number of invitations has been tripled.

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Canonical Clarifies IP Policy, No One Else Happy

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In the continuing saga of Canonical versus contributors' rights, a clarification was issued today. Most consensus is that Canonical's "trump clause" fixes the largest part of the intellectual property dispute, but still leaves issues unresolved. The Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy played key roles and have issued their own statements. Bradley M. Kuhn, Matthew Garrett, and Jonathan Riddell weigh in as well.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Desktop Updates Bring Fixes for Mir Backend

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Ubuntu developers are making some really interesting progress with the upcoming Wily Werewolf release, and they have revealed some of the work that's being done for the desktop. It's not much to look at, but there are a couple of items that should be mentioned.

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More Ubuntu: Lenovo and Canonical Announce Laptop Deal

A Grooveshark-Alternative Music Player For Ubuntu Touch Is Under Development

What the Ubuntu IP Announcement means

Canonical Updates Ubuntu Licensing Terms After Two-Year Discussions with FSF

Ubuntu 15.10 MATE Does Not Use The Desktop Cube As The Default WM Anymore

Don't Expect Much from Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu, Windows Version Is Terrible

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The Intel Compute Stick sounds great on paper, and it's also shipping with Ubuntu, but you shouldn't really get your hopes up. The Windows version is not all that great, and it's quite possible that the Ubuntu edition is not up to par either.

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Canonical and FSF: the Latest

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  • Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns that certain clauses of the Ubuntu IP rights policy seemed to claim to override provisions of the GNU General Public License (GPL) – something the GPL explicitly forbids.

  • Conservancy & the FSF Achieve GPL Compliance for Canonical, Ltd. “Intellectual Property” Policy

    Today, Canonical, Ltd. announced an updated “Intellectual Property” policy. Conservancy has analyzed this policy and confirms that the policy complies with the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), but Conservancy and the FSF believe that the policy still creates confusion and possible risk for users who wish to exercise their rights under GPL.

  • Compilation Copyright Irrelevant for Kubuntu

    Compilation copyright is an idea exclusive to the US (or North America anyway). It restricts collections of items which otherwise have unrelated copyright restrictions. A classic example is a book collection of poetry where the poems are all out of copyright but the selection and ordering of poems is new and has copyright owned by whoever did it.

Ubuntu Touch Gets Full Shell Rotation with Latest Update and So Much More

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Canonical is preparing to launch a new major update for Ubuntu phones and we now have a few more details about the new features, improvements, and fixes that are going to land very soon.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Desktop Updates Bring Fixes for Mir Backend

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Ubuntu developers are making some really interesting progress with the upcoming Wily Werewolf release, and they have revealed some of the work that's being done for the desktop. It's not much to look at, but there are a couple of items that should be mentioned.

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Why Everyone should know vim

Vim is an improved version of Vi, a known text editor available by default in UNIX distributions. Another alternative for modal editors is Emacs but they’re so different that I kind of feel they serve different purposes. Both are great, regardless. I don’t feel vim is necessarily a geeky kind of taste or not. Vim introduced modal editing to me and that has changed my life, really. If you have ever tried vim, you may have noticed you have to press “I” or “A” (lower case) to start writing (note: I’m aware there are more ways to start editing but the purpose is not to cover Vim’s functionalities.). The fun part starts once you realize you can associate Insert and Append commands to something. And then editing text is like thinking of what you want the computer to show on the computer instead of struggling where you at before writing. The same goes for other commands which are easily converted to mnemonics and this is what helped getting comfortable with Vim. Note that Emacs does not have this kind of keybindings but they do have a Vim-like mode - Evil (Extensive Vi Layer). More often than not, I just need to think of what I want to accomplish and type the first letters. Like Replace, Visual, Delete, and so on. It is a modal editor after all, meaning it has modes for everything. This is also what increases my productivity when writing files. I just think of my intentions and Vim does the things for me. Read more

Graphics: Intel and Mesa 18.1 RC1 Released

  • Intel 2018Q1 Graphics Stack Recipe
    Last week Intel's Open-Source Technology Center released their latest quarterly "graphics stack recipe" for the Linux desktop. The Intel Graphics Stack Recipe is the company's recommended configuration for an optimal and supported open-source graphics driver experience for their Intel HD/UHD/Iris Graphics found on Intel processors.
  • Mesa 18.1-RC1 Released With The Latest Open-Source 3D Driver Features
    Seemingly flying under our radar is that Mesa 18.1 has already been branched and the first release candidate issued. While the Mesa website hasn't yet been updated for the 18.1 details, Dylan Baker appears to be the release manager for the 18.1 series -- the second quarter of 2018 release stream.

Exploring Contributors Centrality Over Time

At the end of my previous post we concluded with yet another question. Indeed, on the 2017 KDEPIM contributor network we found out that Christian Mollekopf while being a very consistent committer didn't appear as centrality as we would expect. Yet from the topology he seemed to act as a bridge between the core contributors and contributors with a very low centrality. This time we'll try to look into this and figure out what might be going on. My first attempt at this was to try to look into the contributor network on a different time period and see how it goes. If we take two snapshots of the network for the two semesters of 2017, how would it look? Well, easy to do with my current scripts so let's see! Read more

KDE: Elisa 0.1.1, KDE Plasma 5.13 and More

  • 0.1.1 Release of Elisa
    The Elisa team is happy to announce the first bug fix release for the 0.1 version.
  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Making Great Improvements On Its Wayland Support
    KDE Plasma 5.13 that is due for release in June will have a great number of improvements to its Wayland support for allowing the KDE Plasma desktop to work much better on this alternative to the X.Org Server. KDE developer Roman Gilg has provided a nice summary of some of the Wayland improvements in the queue for the Plasma 5.13.0 release due out towards the middle of June.
  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 15
    I’ve initiated a big project: overhauling KDE Open & Save dialogs for greater usability and productivity.
  • Latte bug fix release v0.7.5
    Latte Dock v0.7.5   has been released containing important fixes and improvements! Hopefullly this is going to be the last stable version for v0.7.x family. During the next months the next stable branch (v0.8.x) is going to appear.