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GNU Hurd Is Working On Sound Support, Still Lacks 64-bit & Good USB Support

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One year ago was a status update on GNU Hurd where it was mentioned that GNU Hurd lacks 64-bit, audio, and USB support among other features for this micro-kernel free software project alternative to the Linux kernel. Sound support for Hurd is now in the works, but other features remain missing.

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[Release] OpenELEC 6.0.1

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Movies

The OpenELEC 6.0.1 release has been published. Users running OpenELEC 5.95.1 thru 6.0.0 with auto-update enabled will be prompted on-screen to reboot and apply the update once it has been downloaded. Users running older OpenELEC releases or with auto-update disabled will need to manually update. If you would like to update from an older OpenELEC release please read update instructions/advice on the wiki before updating. Manual update files can be obtained from the downloads page.

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Leftovers: Linux Distros

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Linux on Servers

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Server
  • Linux Foundation Partners With Linux Academy on Training

    The Linux Foundation recently announced a new partnership with Linux Academy on discounted Linux training for SysAdmins.

  • Linaro to Release Open-Source Software Platform for ARM Servers

    The group hopes its reference software platform will help accelerate the adoption of ARM-based systems in the data center to challenge Intel.
    When talking about ARM-based processors running in servers and other data center systems, the challenge has been as much getting the necessary software and ecosystem support together as it has ensuring the chips can handle the workloads.

Desktop GNU/Linux

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  • I moved to Linux from being a Windows power user, you should too. Here's Why.

    One year ago, I switched to Linux operating system from windows and I realized how much I've been missing so much of the customization that is offered by Linux. So Why you should move to Linux? There are a number of advantages and there are some downsides too.

  • Distro or Desktop? You Say Both

    In all, 449 of you voted, and a whopping 48.8 percent of you, that would be 219 votes, said that when it comes to considering what to run on your desktop Linux box, the choice of distro and desktop get equal weight, or thereabouts.

Snowden at LibrePlanet 2016, GPLv3 Paper

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  • Edward Snowden will kick off LibrePlanet 2016: Will you be there?

    This is huge: the opening keynote for LibrePlanet 2016: Fork the System is a conversation with National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor.

  • Driven to Tears – GPLv3 and the Automotive Industry

    The automotive industry is moving toward the use of Free and Open Source software (FOSS) in vehicles. GPLv3 is currently presenting a roadblock to greater adoption. Specifically the Installation Information requirement in GPLv3 Section 6 (sometimes called the “Anti-Tivoization” clause) is causing some car makers to fear GPLv3. These car-makers want to lock down all software installed on their cars against user modifications, but fear that using GPLv3 software will prevent them from doing so. Although there may be good reasons to lock down some software on cars, car-makers should not fear GPLv3. One solution the industry may wish to consider to allay concerns about the Installation Information requirement in GPLv3 is to adopt and advocate for use of an “Additional Permission” that excepts users from having to comply with that requirement.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 Released As the Biggest Update Ever

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Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 has finally landed, and its developers are saying that it’s the biggest update so far.

The Ubuntu MATE developers are spoiling its users with bigger and bigger changelog with each new edition. From the looks of it, the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS is going to be a really big upgrade, and that’s easy to notice form the changelog that’s been posted. Besides the large number of fixes and other improvements, there are quite a few package upgrades.

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Also: Ubuntu Phone OTA9

AV Linux 2016 news

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Glen McArthur has just posted a preview video of what will become the next release of AV Linux. The upcoming release will be based on a carefully put together version of Debian testing, optimised for use with audio production.

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Manjaro 15.12 Xfce - It started almighty but then

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And so, up to the final bit, Manjaro 15.12 Xfce gets a very nice 8.5/10. It's improved a lot, and it's become an interesting choice for home use. However, with the Windows problem and kernel crash taken into account, the grade goes down to zero, because we have a system that simply cannot be used. Food for thought and debug. Maybe the next version.

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Neptune 4.5 Release

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We are proud to announce Neptune 4.5 the 5th service release to the Neptune 4.x series.
This version comes with some core updates to the system including LTS Kernel 3.18.25, Systemd 227,
libc6 2.19, Mesa 10.5.9, Alsa 1.0.27 and more. For the first time we also offer a testing version
of our Plasma 5 version based on Plasma 5.5.3 as seperate ISO download.
The usual software Updates like Chromium updated to version 46 and Icedove to 38.5 are also included.
We replaced TrueCrypt with VeraCrypt which is compatible with TrueCrypt Containers.

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Slackware Live Edition – on its way to 1.0?

Last week the second Beta of the upcoming Slackware 14.2 was released. My goal was to have a new Beta of my liveslak ready by that time, so that I could provide new ISO images to test the Slackware Beta2 on a live medium. Unfortunately, there was an attack of the flu in my team at work and things got a bit busier than usual. There was a plus side to this: some last moment bug fixes which could be applied to my scripts – the result of having more evenings available to test. Therefore the new release is not labeled “0.5.0” but “0.5.1” Read more

Leftovers: KDE

  • Cantor migrating to Phabricator: which tools our contributors must to use
    Projects and software developed by KDE community are going to migrate for a new tool to manage our code, commits, reviews, tasks, and more. This tool is Phabricator and you can visit the instance for KDE projects in this address. Since November 2015 we are migrating Cantor to Phabricator. After our first successful review code some days ago, I decided to write a post about which tools our contributors must to use while the migration process is not finished.
  • Kdenlive's sprint report
    Last week-end, Vincent and me met in Lausanne for a Kdenlive sprint. One of our goal was to merge Gurjot Singh Bhatti's GSoC work on curves for keyframes. This was more work than expected and we spent many hours trying fix the curves and make keyframes behave correctly. Not much time was left for sleep, but we still managed to get outside to make a group (!) picture in the woods above Lausanne.
  • Jekyll 3.x
    I’ve found three different types of transition issues (it is cool to look at these in a project I do not upgrade on a daily basis like Plasma and the rest of the KDE software).
  • kdev-python on Windows: try it!
    I spent the last two or three days playing around with KDE on Windows, with the aim of getting my Python language plugin for KDevelop to run there. In the end, it wasn’t that hard to get this to work — not as hard as I would have expected it to be, anyways.

Manjaro ARM launched

Hi community, wonderful news in regard of architecture expanding within Manjaro Linux. It all started with a simple post on our developers mailing list. Somebody wants to do Manjaro for ARM … Just after one month of development our first alpha release is now ready. So what is this all about? Manjaro Arm is a project aimed to bring you the simplicity and customability that is Manjaro to ARM devices. These devices are growing in numbers and can be used for any number of applications. Most famous is the Raspberry Pi series and BeagleBoard series. Read more

Plasma 5.5.4 and Calligra Suite 2.9.11 now available

The 4th update for KDE's Plasma 5.5.x series is now available to all Chakra users. According to the release schedule, unless new issues occur, this will be the last update for this series before 5.6 gets released next month. Plasma 5.5.4 as usually includes a month's translations and bugfixes, with the authors highlighting the improvements for handling multi-screen setups. The Calligra Suite also receives a bugfix update to version 2.9.11, which mainly provides fixes for krita and kexi. Read more