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Debian Development Reports From Jonathan Carter, Ben Hutchings and Paul Wise, Ubuntu Server Development Report

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  • Jonathan Carter: Free Software Activities (2019-04)

    April is over and winter is here and things are getting gloomy, but that doesn’t stop surfers from heading out into the ocean (photo taken at Muizenberg surfer’s corner, Cape Town).

  • Ben Hutchings: Debian LTS work, April 2019

    I uploaded firmware-nonfree with Emilio Pozuelo Monfort's changes, and issued DLA-1747-1.

    I made a stable update to Linux 3.16 (3.16.65) and rebased the Debian package on top of this. I built and uploaded packages for testing, to reduce the risk of an uncaught regression in the next update to jessie. I prepared the next stable update (3.16.66), which is currently out for review.

  • Paul Wise: FLOSS Activities April 2019
  • Ubuntu Server development summary – 30 April 2019

    The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update and highlights for any interesting subjects from the Ubuntu Server Team. If you would like to reach the server team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-server channel on Freenode. Alternatively, you can sign up and use the Ubuntu Server Team mailing list or visit the Ubuntu Server discourse hub for more discussion.

Debian: Sam Hartman, Download Links and Chris Lamb's Work

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  • Debian's New Project Leader Hits The Ground Running With Ideas

    Sam Hartman, Debian's new Project Leader, has issued his first (partial) monthly report with his initial activities serving in the "DPL" role.

    Sam Hartman won this year's Debian Project Leader elections by campaigning on keeping Debian fun and is now working to implement some of the ideas he proposed but also other proposals voiced by those that were running against him in the elections.

  • Debian 9.9 GNU/Linux Released along with Live Editions and Download Links

    Debian GNU/Linux 9.9 "Stretch" released on Saturday, 27 April 2019. It is the ninth major update of the ninth major release of Debian operating system. It brings the installation ISO, along with six Live Desktop Editions (equal to Ubuntu's Flavors), each supports both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. I listed here both direct and torrent links of them. Happy downloading!

  • Chris Lamb: Free software activities in April 2019

    Whilst anyone can inspect the source code of free software for malicious flaws almost all software is distributed pre-compiled to end users.

    The motivation behind the Reproducible Builds effort is to ensure no flaws have been introduced during this compilation process by promising identical results are always generated from a given source, thus allowing multiple third-parties to come to a consensus on whether a build was compromised.

Leftovers: Debian, Kubuntu, RcppArmadillo and VolksPC OS

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  • Debian 9.9 KDE Run Through

    In this video, we look at Debian 9.9, the KDE edition. Enjoy! For links and more, look here: https://www.linuxmadesimple.info/2019/04/debian-990-kde.html Background Music: 1973 by Bruno E.

  • Kubuntu 19.04 overview | Making your PC friendly

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Kubuntu 19.04 and some of the applications pre-installed.

  • Dirk Eddelbuettel: RcppArmadillo 0.9.400.2.0

    A new RcppArmadillo release based on the very recent Armadillo upstream release arrived on CRAN earlier today, and will get to Debian shortly.

    Armadillo is a powerful and expressive C++ template library for linear algebra aiming towards a good balance between speed and ease of use with a syntax deliberately close to a Matlab. RcppArmadillo integrates this library with the R environment and language–and is widely used by (currently) 587 other packages on CRAN.

  • The Best of Both Worlds

    Linux desktop users can now use an estimated two million Android apps that were previously unavailable on Linux with VolksPC OS.

    Open source enthusiasts have spent years waiting for the Linux desktop revolution. The Linux environment now supports hundreds of useful, stable, and secure desktop tools that are available for no cost, but Linux still has not displaced Windows or macOS in the race for desktop marketshare.

    Android, however, which uses the Linux kernel, has actually become mainstream and is competing quite well. In fact, if you combine desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile usage, Android has reached 38 percent of marketshare, narrowly overtaking Windows as the most popular operating system in the world.

Debian, Ubuntu and Pop!_OS 19.04 Review

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  • Sylvain Beucler: Debian LTS - April 2019

    Here is my transparent report for my work on the Debian Long Term Support (LTS) project, which extends the security support for past Debian releases, as a paid contributor.

    In April, the monthly sponsored hours were split evenly among contributors depending on their max availability - I declared max 30h and got 17.25h.

    Most of my time was spent on frontdesk duties, in particular vulnerabilities (CVE) triaging, so other contributors quickly know what to work on.

    In all honesty I spent more time than assigned, as I took upon myself to dig how things work.

  • A Standalone Video Player For Netflix, YouTube, Twitch On Ubuntu 19.04

    Snap apps are a godsend. ElectronPlayer is an Electron based app available on Snapstore that doubles up as a standalone media player for video streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Twitch, Floatplane etc.

    And it works great on Ubuntu 19.04 "disco dingo". From what we've tested, Netflix works like a charm, so does YouTube. ElectronPlayer also has a picture-in-picture mode that let it run above desktop and full screen applications.

  • [Older] Ubuntu 19.04 released with focus on IoTs, open infrastructure
  • Pop!_OS 19.04 Review

Release of Debian-based deepin 15.10 and Slax 9.9.0

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deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to providing beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users.

deepin is an open source GNU/Linux operating system, based on Linux kernel and mainly on desktop applications, supporting laptops, desktops and all-in-ones. It preinstalls Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) and nearly 30 deepin native applications, as well as several applications from the open source community to meet users' daily learning and work needs. In addition, about a thousand of applications are offered in Deepin Store to meet users’ various requirements.

Compared with deepin 15.9, deepin 15.10 introduces new functions such as files on desktop auto merge, wallpaper slideshow, separate switches for system sound effects, and supports dragging the tray icon out in fashion mode. In addition, many bugs are fixed and the existing functions are optimized.

Besides that, deepin 15.10 is newly built and released using Debian stable repository, in this way, system stability and security is greatly improved, bringing users more stable and efficient experiences. The unstable repository will continue to be maintained for the next three months.

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Also: Slax 9.9.0 released

antiX-19-a1-full (64 bit) available

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Our first alpha build of the upcoming antiX-19 release, based on Debian Buster.

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Updated Debian 9: 9.9 released

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The Debian project is pleased to announce the ninth update of its stable distribution Debian 9 (codename "stretch"). This point release mainly adds corrections for security issues, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories have already been published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that the point release does not constitute a new version of Debian 9 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old "stretch" media. After installation, packages can be upgraded to the current versions using an up-to-date Debian mirror.

Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages, and most such updates are included in the point release.

New installation images will be available soon at the regular locations.

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Also: Debian 9.9 Released With Many Security Updates

New Debian leader says decision-making an area that could be improved

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The new leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project says one thing that is holding back the project is the length of time it takes to take decisions, with developers often getting frustrated with the tools and processes that are used.
"Debian is great for experimenting with lots of ways of doing things. We aren't always great at consolidating on the solution that ended up working best when we're done with those experiments," Sam Hartman, who was elected as leader for a one-year term on 20 April, told iTWire during an interview.

Hartman, who was born blind, has been with the project for nearly 20 years, and credits his wife with having given him the necessary motivation to run for the post of leader. "Her encouragement to go do what I believe in and run for DPL gave me the final confirmation that this investment in Debian was worth it for me," he said.

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Also: Jonathan Dowland: mutt year zero

Netrunner Rolling 2019.04 released

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Like its cousin, the Debian based version, Netrunner Rolling also ships a dark Look and Feel theme including the Kvantum theme engine.
Using the Kvantum Theme engine plus the Alpha-Black Plasma Theme allowed us to create a more 3D-looking design.
Moving the mouse into the lower right corner now visibly activates the “Minimize all Windows to show Desktop” function by a light glow.
For those who prefer the classic look, going back to the well-known LNF is a three-button click and explained under “Tips” in our current Readme Section.

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Also: Debian-Based Netrunner Linux Gets April 2019 Release with New Look and Feel

Debian Project Leader Election 2019 Results (Sam Hartman Won)

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Hi,

The winner of the election is Sam Hartman.

The details of the results are available at:
https://vote.debian.org/2019/vote_001

Stats for the DPL votes:
|------+------+--------+-------+--------+---------+--------+-----------|
|      |  Num |        | Valid | Unique | Rejects |      % |  Multiple |
| Year |  DDs | Quorum | Votes | Voters |         | Voting | of Quorum |
|------+------+--------+-------+--------+---------+--------+-----------|
| 1999 |  347 | 27.942 |       |    208 |         | 59.942 |   7.44399 |
| 2000 |  347 | 27.942 |       |    216 |         | 62.248 |   7.73030 |
| 2001 |   ?? |     ?? |       |    311 |         |        |           |
| 2002 |  939 | 45.965 |   509 |    475 |     122 | 50.586 |  10.33395 |
| 2003 |  831 | 43.241 |   510 |    488 |     200 | 58.724 |  11.28559 |
| 2004 |  908 | 45.200 |   506 |    482 |      52 | 53.084 |  10.66372 |
| 2005 |  965 | 46.597 |   531 |    504 |      69 | 52.228 |  10.81615 |
| 2006 |  972 | 46.765 |   436 |    421 |      41 | 43.313 |   9.00246 |
| 2007 | 1036 | 48.280 |   521 |    482 |     267 | 46.525 |   9.98343 |
| 2008 | 1075 | 49.181 |   425 |    401 |      35 | 37.302 |   8.15356 |
| 2009 | 1013 | 47.741 |   366 |    361 |      43 | 35.636 |   7.56155 |
| 2010 |  886 | 44.648 |   459 |    436 |      88 | 49.210 |   9.76513 |
| 2011 |  911 | 45.274 |   402 |    392 |      93 | 43.030 |   8.65836 |
| 2012 |  948 | 46.184 |   436 |    403 |      72 | 42.511 |   8.72589 |
| 2013 |  988 | 47.149 |   402 |    390 |      73 | 39.474 |   8.27170 |
| 2014 | 1003 | 47.505 |   412 |    401 |      61 | 39.980 |   8.44117 |
| 2015 |  986 | 47.101 |   364 |    353 |      39 | 35.801 |   7.49454 |
| 2016 | 1023 | 47.977 |   286 |    282 |      74 | 27.566 |   5.87787 |
| 2017 | 1062 | 48.882 |   327 |    322 |      57 | 30.320 |   6.58729 |
| 2018 | 1001 | 47.457 |   343 |    333 |      53 | 33.266 |   7.01674 |
| 2019 | 1003 | 47.505 |   389 |    378 |      59 | 37.687 |   7.95701 |
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Kurt Roeckx
Debian Project Secretary

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Also: DPL elections 2019, congratulations Sam Hartman!

Reference: Debian Project Leader Elections 2019

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Events: Linux Plumbers, SUSE in Germany and LibreOffice Paris HackFest

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