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Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 Released

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With this weekend's release of Debian 8.0 Jessie there wasn't an adjoining Debian GNU/Hurd release, but today that release has come out.

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Chakra GNU/Linux Invites Users to Test the KDE Plasma 5.3 Desktop Environment

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Linux

Chakra Linux developers announced plans for switching to the recently released KDE Plasma 5.3 as the default desktop environment in their Arch Linux-based computer operating systems, replacing the KDE4 interface that is currently used in the rolling-release distribution.

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GNU Mailman 3.0 released

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I am very happy to announce the release of GNU Mailman 3.0.

Over seven years in development, Mailman 3 represents a major new version,
redesigned as a suite of cooperating components which can be used to mix and
match however you want. The core engine is now backed by a relational
database and exposes its functionality to other components via an
administrative REST+JSON API.

Our new web user interface, Postorius is Django-based, as is our new archiver
HyperKitty. The core requires Python 3.4 while Postorius and HyperKitty
require Python 2.7.

We also have a library called mailman.client, which works in both Python 2 and
3 and is the official Python bindings to the core's REST API. The mailman-
bundler is a set of scripts that help building out a complete Mailman 3 system
in Python virtual environments.

There are tons of new features. See the detailed official announcement at

https://mail.python.org/pipermail/mailman-announce/2015-A...

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darktable 1.6.6 Open Source RAW Image Editor Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

The development team behind darktable, an open source RAW image editor for GNU/Linux and OS X operating systems, announced the immediate availability for download of darktable 1.6.6.

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Tiny Core 6.2 RC2 Is Now Ready for Download and Testing

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Linux

Robert Shingledecker has announced the immediate availability of Tiny Core 6.2 RC2 Linux operating system, one of the smallest full operating systems available right now.

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GCC 4.9.2 vs. GCC 5 Benchmarks On An Intel Xeon Haswell

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks

For those craving some more GCC 5 compiler benchmark numbers following last week's release of GCC 5.1, here's some new comparison numbers between GCC 4.9.2 stable and the near-final release candidate of GCC 5.1.

Pardon for this light article due to still finishing up work on migrating to the new Phoronix web server while separately working to take care of thermal issues coming about in the new Linux benchmarking server room.

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Unix and Personal Computers: Reinterpreting the Origins of Linux

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GNU
Linux

So, to sum up: What Linus Torvalds, along with plenty of other hackers in the 1980s and early 1990s, wanted was a Unix-like operating system that was free to use on the affordable personal computers they owned. Access to source code was not the issue, because that was already available—through platforms such as Minix or, if they really had cash to shell out, by obtaining a source license for AT&T Unix. Therefore, the notion that early Linux programmers were motivated primarily by the ideology that software source code should be open because that is a better way to write it, or because it is simply the right thing to do, is false.

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CHROMIXIUM 1.0 – FINAL STABLE VERSION IS OUT NOW!

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Linux

Chromixium combines the elegant simplicity of the Chromebook with the flexibility and stability of Ubuntu’s Long Term Support release. Chromixium puts the web front and center of the user experience. Web and Chrome apps work straight out of the browser to connect you to all your personal, work and education networks. Sign into Chromium to sync all your apps and bookmarks. When you are offline or when you need more power, you can install any number of applications for work or play, including LibreOffice, Skype, Steam and a whole lot more. Security updates are installed seamlessly and effortlessly in the background and will be supplied until 2019. You can install Chromixium in place of any existing operating system, or alongside Windows or Linux.

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Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 Will Be Named Stretch

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Debian

On April 26, the Debian Release Team, through Niels Thykier, announced that the next major release of the acclaimed Debian GNU/Linux computer operating system will be named Stretch.

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GNU/Linux Share of Global Page-Views Reaches New High

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Linux

Eight days in April, 2015, so far, have reached 2% share of page-views for GNU/Linux on the desktop worldwide, according to data from StatCounter.

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