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Technical Limitations of Client-Side-Decorations

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martin-graesslin.com/blog: All windows have KWin decorations and they should not have them. Yakuake has a kind of own CSD – you see the controls at the bottom. The window manager may reparent the window and the window has no control over it.

Open source innovation on the cutting edge

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infoworld.com: Think open source doesn’t innovate? Here are seven projects exploring exciting new directions in computing -- for free

WebM/VP8 "not currently open source"

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  • Phipps: WebM/VP8 "not currently open source"
  • WebM: Missing The Assurances Open Source Needs?

First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared

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streamingmedia.com: VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn't substandard, so that's not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth. See for yourself.

Ubuntu Tweak: released support for Ubuntu 10.04

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ubuntulandforever.blogspot: The last Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 doesn’t work under the Xfce and KDE, so this is mainly a bug-fixed release for people who use Xubuntu, Kubuntu.

In news of an actual Compiz feature

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smspillaz.wordpress: Today I actually added a feature to the 0.9 branch. Well, not so much of a feature, but a framework to fix a long-time annoyance to do with loading and unloading plugins.

Xfce 4.6.2 Released

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The second bugfix-release of xfce 4.6 has been released. This release features a lot of updated translations and fixes some bugs or regressions with new GTK+ versions.

Nigori: Storing Secrets in the Cloud

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links.org: Nigori is a protocol for storing secrets in the cloud such that the storage need not be trusted and only a single password is required to access secrets.

ROX-desktop

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kmandla.wordpress: I’ve seen a few screenshots of ROX-desktop around the Internet, and for fun I decided to put it together myself.

More flexible firmware handling in debian-installer

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skolelinux.org: After a long break from debian-installer development, I finally found time today to return to the project. Having to spend less time working dependency based boot in debian, as it is almost complete now.

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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