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Linux Mint 19 Beta Is Coming Next Week

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  • Linux Mint 19 Beta Is Coming Next Week

    Distro hoppers will be pleased to hear that a Linux Mint 19 beta download will be available at the start of next week.

    Sharing the news on the official Linux Mint blog, Linux Mint project lead Clement Lefebvre says that Linux Mint 19 “Tara” builds are undergoing ‘quality analysis’ and last minute bug fixing.

    Once this code cleanup is completed — expected shortly — Linux Mint 19 beta downloads will go live on Monday, June 4th.

  • Monthly News – May 2018

    Many thanks to all of you, for your patience with the upcoming releases and for your help and donations to this project.

    All 3 editions of Linux Mint 19 (Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce) are currently in QA. The various bugs which were found were fixed and we’re expecting them to pass QA tomorrow. We’re planning the BETA release for Monday the 4th.

    We hope you’ll enjoy testing these BETAs and we look forward to receiving your feedback.

    The BETA phase for Mint 19 will be longer than usual, with a stable release planned for the end of June. A lot of code was ported to python3, gksu was removed and replaced with pkexec, MATE now supports HiDPI automatically, we’re using a brand new package base, the theme engine in GTK 3.22 is very different than in GTK 3.18 and might cause a few issues in Mint-X, and we’ve switched to Mint-Y and its new set of icons so we’re expecting many little bugs and paper cuts.

  • Linux Mint 19 beta builds scheduled for Monday, June 4th

    Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project has announced that all three editions of Linux Mint 19 "Tara" - Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce - are undergoing quality analysis and that the bugs which were found have been fixed, with them expected to pass the QA phase tomorrow. With glaring bugs out of the way, enthusiasts will get to inspect beta builds from Monday, June 4th, to find any lingering issues.

    Lefebvre also announced that there will be a longer beta phase with this cycle due to a number of big changes. Unlike point releases, this release is based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the first release to have done so, whereas point releases in the 19.x series will retain the 18.04 LTS base. As such, the beta phase will extend throughout most of June with a stable release planned for the end of the month.

The Best Chromebooks You Can Buy, 2018 Edition

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There has never been a better time to get into the Chromebook scene, so you’re in a great position to make the leap. If you’re having a hard time figure out which Chromebook to buy, we’re here to help.

Chrome OS has really matured over the last few years, with the addition of Android apps on pretty much all modern Chromebooks. This really opened the available applications to include many options that were previously lacking on Chrome OS—like image editors, for example.

With all the progress Google has been making on Chrome OS as a whole, it’s clear that the company is fully invested in this operating system and has a focused vision for the future. Chrome OS has broken out of the “just a browser” mold and is inching closer to the “full operating system” space.

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Input Devices: Development by Red Hat

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  • libinput-record and libinput-replay - tools to record and replay kernel devices

    libinput 1.11 is just around the corner and one of the new features added are the libinput-record and libinput-replay tools. These are largely independent of libinput itself (libinput-replay is a python script) and replace the evemu-record and evemu-replay tools. The functionality is roughly the same with a few handy new features. Note that this is a debugging tool, if you're "just" a user, you may never have to use either tool. But for any bug report expect me to ask for a libinput-record output, same as I currently ask everyone for an evemu recording.

  • Adding support for the Dell Canvas and Totem

    I am very happy to see that Benjamin Tissoires work to enable the Dell Canvas and Totem has started to land in the upstream kernel. This work is the result of a collaboration between ourselves at Red Hat and Dell to bring this exciting device to Linux users.

GNU and FSF News

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  • Red Hat Compiler Developer Working On Compiler-Assisted Performance Analysis For GCC

    Longtime GNU toolchain developer at Red Hat, David Malcolm, has announced the work he is pursuing on compiler-assisted performance analysis with GCC.

    David Malcom is hoping to make the GNU Compiler Collection produce more useful information about how the compiler optimizes code for GCC developers and advanced end-users. This would provide details about how an optimization could be improved or bugs fixed within GCC as well as for developers/end-users to understand what command-line flags are being used and how they could potentially rework their code for greater performance.

  • [parabola] Server outage

    One of our servers,, is currently offline for hardware reasons. It has been offline since 2018-05-30 00:15 UTC. Hang tight, it should be back online soon.

  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup time: June 1st starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT/16:00 UTC

    Help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Every Friday we meet on IRC in the #fsf channel on

    Tens of thousands of people visit each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

    When a user comes to the Directory, they know that everything in it is free software, has only free dependencies, and runs on a free OS. With over 16,000 entries, it is a massive repository of information about free software.

    While the Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world for many years now, it has the potential to be a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help! And since it's a MediaWiki instance, it's easy for anyone to edit and contribute to the Directory.

  • Free Software Directory meeting recap, May 2018

    Every week, free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on to help improve the Free Software Directory. We had an exciting month working on the Directory with our wonderful stable of volunteers. These folks show up week in and week out to improve the Directory. It's also important to note the valiant efforts of those volunteers who can't make an appearance at the meeting proper, but still plug away at Directory entries during the week.

List Of The Best Linux distros 2018: A Guide To Explain The Finest Choices For The Users

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“All the best people in life seem to like LINUX”. This is what Steve Wozniak thinks about the open source software operating system. So, when an expert is saying something, we must listen to it. And, if the wise words are from someone like Steve Wozniak, it requires special attention.

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Minifree Libreboot X200 Tablet now FSF-certified to Respect Your Freedom

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This is the third device from Minifree Ltd to receive RYF certification. The Libreboot X200 Tablet is a fully free laptop/tablet hybrid that comes with Trisquel and Libreboot pre-installed. The device is similar to the previously certified Libreboot X200 laptop, but with a built-in tablet that enables users to draw, sign documents, or make handwritten notes. Like all devices from Minifree Ltd., purchasing the Libreboot X200 Tablet helps to fund development of Libreboot, the free boot firmware that currently runs on all RYF-certified laptops. It may be purchased at, and comes with free technical support included.

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Also: FSF Certifies Refurbished Lenovo X200 Convertible Notebook/Tablet For RYF

Desktop: Dell's New Laptop, Distributions for an Old Laptop, Ubuntu 18.04 OS on Windows Hardware, and Microsoft Spyware

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  • Dell stuffs Coffee Lake CPUs and Ubuntu Linux into latest Precision workstations

    DELL HAS REFRESHED its range of Precision laptops to come rocking the latest Ubuntu take on Linux and Intel's eight-generation Coffee lake chips.

    The entry-level Dell Precision 3530 workstation will ship with Ubuntu Linux 16.04 and comes with Intel's Core i5-8400H processor, though more powerful Coffee lake generation chips are available for more cash. There's also the option to upgrade from onboard integrated graphics to a Nvidia's Quadro P600 GPU.

    Other Ubuntu-sporting laptops in Dell's Precision range are also set to get a refresh, which should appeal to developers after a powerful platform on which to create software upon.

  • 5 Best Linux Distributions for an Old Laptop

    Do you have an aging laptop that no longer performs as it once used to? With the right Linux distribution, you can restore it to its former glory and enjoy it for a few more years. To help you make the most out of your silicone-based friend, we’ve picked 5 best Linux distributions for an old laptop.

  • One Mix Yoga Mini PC With Linux Ubuntu 18.04 OS

    If you are interested in learning more about the performance, features and design of the new One Netbook One Mix Yoga mini PC book running the Ubuntu 18.04 Linux operating system. You’ll be pleased to know that Brad Linder over at Liliputing has published an in-depth article explaining exactly that and has also created a demonstration video which is embedded below.

  • Microsoft Brings Windows 10-Like Data Collection to Office, Users Can’t Opt Out

Jade: New Linux Desktop Built On Python, HTML5 & JavaScript

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The Jade Desktop Environment is a new effort at delivering another Linux desktop option.

The Jade Desktop is built on Python, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript for delivering a new Linux desktop experience primarily built atop of web technologies but using GTK with WebKit2 for the tool-kit. Jade is licensed under the GNU GPLv2.

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Emacs 26.1 Brings Double Buffering To Reduce Flickering, Lisp Threads, 24-Bit Colors

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For fans of the GNU Emacs feature-packed text editor, Emacs 26.1 is out this US Memorial Day.

Emacs 26.1 features a basic limited concurrency implementation by making use of Lisp threads. Another notable change is Emacs on X11 now using double-buffering to reduce screen flickering scenarios.

Besides the limited form of Lisp threads concurrency and double buffering, Emacs 26.1 also now can optionally display the line numbers in the buffer, redesigned Flymake, a new single-line horizontal scrolling mode, a systemd user unit file is shipped as part of the package, and there is support for 24-bit colors on capable text terminals.

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Also: Emacs 26.1 released

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KDE/Qt: Qt 3D, Kube/Kolab, GSoC, and Atelier (3-D Printing)

  • What a mesh!
    With all the advances being made in Qt 3D, we wanted to create some new examples showing some of what it can do. To get us started, we decided to use an existing learning framework, so we followed the open source Tower Defence course, which you can find at CGCookie. Being a game, it allows an interactive view of everything at work, which is very useful.
  • Last week in Kube
    Perhaps if Windows wasn’t such a PITA there would be more progress
  • GSoC 2018: Week 4 & 5
    The last 2 weeks were mainly dedicatd for reviews and testing and thanks to my mentors, I passed the first evaluation with good work till now. Some significant changes were made on discussion with my mentors during the last 2 weeks in the code and some new features.
  • Giving Atelier some Love
    I work for atelier together with Chris, Lays and Patrick for quite a while, but I was basically being the “guardian angel” of the project being invocked when anything happened or when they did not know how to proceed (are you a guardian angel of a project? we have many that need that) For instance I’v done the skeleton for the plugin system, the buildsystem and some of the modules in the interface, but nothing major as I really lacked the time and also lacked a printer.

Proprietary Software on GNU/Linux

  • Winepak – Install Windows Apps and Games on Linux via Flatpak
    A reason for Linux not being more used as added in the comments section of a recent article is “Adobe and Games“. Well, there is a latest Linux bad guy in town and it is here to comfort us in a cooler way than Wine.
  • Mark Text Markdown Editor Adds Sidebar And Tabs Support
    Mark Text is a somewhat new free and open source Electron Markdown editor for Windows, Mac and Linux, which supports the CommonMark Spec and the GitHub Flavored Markdown Spec. The app features a seamless live preview using Snabbdom as the render engine, multiple edit modes (Typewriter, Source Code and Focus), includes code fence support, light and drak themes, emoji auto-completion, and export to PDF, HTML or styled HTML.
  • Google’s VR180 Creator Makes It Easier to Edit VR Video on Linux
    It’s called “VR180 Creator” (catchy) and the tool aims to make it easier for people to edit video shot on 180-degree and 360-degree devices like the Lenovo Mirage camera (pictured opposite). And boy is just-such a tool needed! VR180 Creator: Easier VR Video Editing Editing VR video is, to be perfectly frank, a pain in the rump end. So by releasing this new, open-source tool for free Google is being rather smart.Anything that makes it easier for consumers and content creators to edit VR on something other than a high-end specialist rig is going to help the format flourish.

Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0.0 "ASCII"

When I am trying out a desktop distribution, what really tends to divide the field of Linux distributions in my mind is not whether the system uses MATE or Plasma, or whether the underlying package manager uses RPM or Deb files. What tends to leave a lasting impression with me is whether the desktop environment, its applications and controls feel like a cooperative, cohesive experience or like a jumble of individual tools that happen to be part of the same operating system. In my opinion Ubuntu running the Unity desktop and Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop are good examples of the cohesive approach. The way openSUSE's administration tools work together provides another example. Like them or hate them, I think most people can see there is an overall design, a unifying vision, being explored with those distributions. I believe Devuan falls into the other category, presenting the user with a collection of utilities and features where some assembly is still required. This comes across in little ways. For example, many distributions ship Mozilla's Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird e-mail client together as a set, and they generally complement each other. Devuan ships Firefox, but then its counterpart is the mutt console e-mail program which feels entirely out of place with the rest of the desktop software. The PulseAudio sound mixing utility is included, but its system tray companion is not present by default. Even the system installer, which switches back and forth between graphical windows and a text console, feels more like a collection of uncoordinated prompts rather than a unified program or script. Some people may like the mix-and-match approach, but I tend to prefer distributions where it feels like the parts are fitted together to create a unified experience. What I found was that Devuan provided an experience where I had to stop and think about where items were or how I was going to use them rather than having the pieces seamlessly fit together. However, once I got the system set up in a way that was more to my liking, I appreciated the experience provided. Devuan offers a stable, flexible platform. Once I shaped the operating system a little, I found it to be fast, light and capable. Having a fairly large repository of software available along with Flatpak support provided a solid collection of applications on a conservative operating system foundation. It was a combination I liked. In short, I think Devuan has some rough edges and setting it up was an unusually long and complex experience by Linux standards. I certainly wouldn't recommend Devuan to newcomers. However, a day or two into the experience, Devuan's stability and performance made it a worthwhile journey. I think Devuan may be a good alternative to people who like running Debian or other conservative distributions such as Slackware. I suspect I may soon be running Devuan's Raspberry Pi build on my home server where its lightweight nature will be welcome. Read more Also: deepin 15.6 Released With New Features: Get This Beautiful Linux Distro Here

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