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In support of open source launchers

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After many years of using traditional desktop environments like Gnome 2 and KDE and XFCE, I recently spent a few months with Ubuntu 13.04. Overall, my experience with the Unity desktop was fairly positive after I tweaked and configured it to my liking. Since then, I’m using a different non-Ubuntu based distribution, so I’m currently using Mate 1.6. Probably the feature that I most miss from Unity is the launcher. Frankly, I’m surprised that the Unity launcher was so useful and intuitive for me, since I have never been particularly fond of keyboard navigation. Although I still don’t use the keyboard much for window management or within the applications, now that I’m back on Mate I find myself really missing the convenience of searching and launching both apps and files from one unified interface with just a few keywords. With the online results all disabled, Unity’s launcher learns from the user’s habits and quickly becomes uncannily accurate at suggesting relevant local files and applications based on a few letters of input. It really did significantly add to my productivity. The only problem is that the Unity desktop environment, apart from its launcher, is not what everyone wants in a desktop. Additionally, despite a few efforts to port it to other distributions with varying degrees of success, Unity continues to be an option almost exclusively for Ubuntu based systems. So, what other options are available for users who want a launcher like Unity’s, but in a different desktop environment and/or distribution? That’s what I set to find out.

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Here’s Richard Stallman’s letter to Stratfor hacker’s judge demanding lesser sentence

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Foundation president Richard Stallman tried to get Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond’s judge to only hand down a community service sentence. Hammond, instead, received 10 years in jail today.

Stallman provided VentureBeat with his letter in full, which you can find below.

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Also new: Richard Stallman Speaks About Drone Strikes and More

Dice Reports Tech Jobs Increasingly Filled by Women

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Dice this week released new data showing that more than half of new tech jobs created in 2013 year-to-date have been filled by women.

We're encouraged to see this trend and believe it will continue. The Linux Foundation is doing what it can to encourage women to contribute to and advance Linux. Our participation in this year's Outreach Program for Women resulted in a variety of important contributions to the Linux kernel by the interns. These interns were also invited to speak at LinuxCon North America and LinuxCon Europe about their experiences. I talked to a variety of attendees who enjoyed the interns' session and learned a lot about getting started in Linux.

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Theme, Ads, Format, Scope, Etc.

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Summary: Recent changes and plans for the future

No Changes in Tux Machines

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To longtime readers of Tux Machines there will be no substantial change.

some odds & ends:

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  • KDE 4.11.3 Officially Released with Over 120 Bug Fixes
  • Open source engine Docker teams up with the Fedora Project
  • Floral innuendo: ‘Luxuria Superbia’ turns plants and sex into a game
  • Compact box-PCs take Linux to extremes
  • Official: Red Hat's healthcare.gov fix is working (Red Hat picked to fix HealthCare.gov)

some leftovers:

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  • KDE and Canonical Conflict over Mir Finally Bursts into the Open
  • Major KDE Developer Says Goodbye to Ubuntu
  • KDE Developers Continue To Be Frustrated With Canonical
  • Linux OS on the rise: Steam Hardware Survey
  • Outreach Program for Women Seeks New Linux Kernel Interns
  • Upgrading on a budget: Running Linux on a refurbished laptop and docking station
  • Ode to Project Ara
  • Red Hat Fedora 20 Linux: New Networking, ARM Features
  • Make sense of a lot of messy text with TreeLine

some leftovers:

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  • Hinkle: Linux Can Change the World Beyond Technology
  • Chromebooks and Chromium OS Experience
  • GNOME Settings Daemon 3.10.1 Fixes Memory Leaks
  • PCLinuxOS KDE MiniMe and LXDE 2013.10 Review
  • US Navy’s most advanced warship is powered by Linux
  • Happy Birthday, Ubuntu 4.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Opens For Development
  • Debian 6.0.8 Officially Released
  • In Depth Look at Linux’s Archiving and Compression Commands
  • Writing a GNOME thumbnailer
  • Believe in openSUSE
  • Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is coming to Linux with new content
  • openSUSE Summit Schedule Ready
  • Red Hat is Now Oversold
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  • Brains behind seL4 secure microkernel begin RISC-V chip port
    Last week, the first RISC-V port of its seL4 microkernel was released by the Data61 division of the Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). seL4 is an open-source and highly secure version of the L4 microkernel that aims to be mathematically proven to be bug free, in that it works as expected as per its specifications. Meanwhile, RISC-V is an open-source instruction-set architecture, and is used as the blueprint for various open-source processor core designs – some of which are now shipping as real usable silicon, such as chips from SiFive and Greenwaves.
  • Dongwoon Anatech Licenses Codasip's Bk3 RISC-V Processor for Motor Control ICs for Mobile Camera
    Codasip, the leading supplier of RISC-V® embedded processor IP, announced today that Dongwoon Anatech, a technology leader in analog and power ICs for mobile phones, has selected Codasip’s Bk3 processor and Studio design tool for its next generation family of motor control IC products. Dongwoon Anatech, fabless analog semiconductor specialist, offers a wide range of analog products, including auto-focus driver IC for smartphones, AMOLED DC-DC converter, display power driver IC, and haptic driver IC.

Events: Video Conferences, Code.gov, and LibreOffice

  • How to video conference without people hating you
    What about an integrated headset and microphone? This totally depends on the type. I tend to prefer the full sound of a real microphone but the boom mics on some of these headsets are quite good. If you have awesome heaphones already you can add a modmic to turn them into headsets. I find that even the most budget dedicated headsets sound better than earbud microphones.
  • Learn about the open source efforts of Code.gov at this event
    The U.S. government has a department looking to spread open source projects, and members will be in Baltimore this week. Code.gov is looking to promote reuse of open source code within the government to cut down on duplicating development work, and spread use of the code throughout the country. On April 26 event at Spark Baltimore, team members from Code.gov, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Presidential Innovation Fellowship are among those invited to be at a meetup to share more. Held from 12-3 p.m., the event will feature talks from the invited guests about what they’re working on and Federal Source Code Policy, as well as how it can apply locally, said organizing team member Melanie Shimano.
  • LibreOffice Conference 2018 Takes Place in Tirana, Albania, for LibreOffice 6.1
    While working on the next major LibreOffice release, The Document Foundation is also prepping for this year's LibreOffice Conference, which will take place this fall in Albania. The LibreOffice Conference is the perfect opportunity for new and existing LibreOffice developers, users, supporters, and translators, as well as members of the Open Source community to meet up, share their knowledge, and plan the new features of the next major LibreOffice release, in this case LibreOffice 6.1, due in mid August 2018. A call for papers was announced over the weekend as The Document Foundation wants you to submit proposals for topics and tracks, along with a short description of yourself for the upcoming LibreOffice Conference 2018 event, which should be filed no later than June 30, 2018. More details can be found here.
  • LibreOffice Conference Call for Paper
    The Document Foundation invites all members and contributors to submit talks, lectures and workshops for this year’s conference in Tirana (Albania). The event is scheduled for late September, from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28. Whether you are a seasoned presenter or have never spoken in public before, if you have something interesting to share about LibreOffice or the Document Liberation Project, we want to hear from you!