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  • KNewPasswordWidget lands in KWidgetsAddons

    A new widget called KNewPasswordWidget has been added to the KWidgetsAddons framework, starting from 5.16. I decided to create this widget because sometimes you cannot just use KNewPasswordDialog to ask the users for a new password. This is the case when you need to add further options to the same dialog. This widget is meant to be easily embedded in such a custom password dialog, without having to code it from scratch.

  • Handing over the reins

    As some of you might know, I started the application Cantor in KDEedu a couple of years ago, since I didn’t want to rely on comercial computer algebra systems during my studies, and because all the free alternatives seemed to lack a decent graphical interface. Since then Cantor has grown to support all kinds of different mathematical languages due to numerous contributors from all over the world.

  • fwupd and DFU

    Once all this new code has settled down I’m going to be re-emailing a lot of the vendors who were unwilling to write vendor-specific code in fwupd. I’m trying to make the barrier to automatic updates on Linux as low as possible.

  • PaperTrail - Powered by IBM Watson

    On the final semester of my MSc program at Columbia SEAS, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a seminar course taught by Alfio Gliozzo entitled Q&A with IBM Watson. A significant part of the course is dedicated to learning how to leverage the services and resources available on the Watson Developer Cloud. This post describes the course project my team developed, the PaperTrail application.

  • Google’s new ‘Wallpaper Art’ app puts beautiful artwork on your Chromebook

    Google has many side initiatives, and one of them is the Cultural Institute that digitizes works of art from museums and archives around the world and puts them online.

    Today, their Art Project released an app for Chrome OS that updates the wallpaper of your device to a different piece of art from their collection every day. Expect “masterpieces ranging from Van Gogh and Monet, all the way to contemporary works from street artists around the world,” according to Chrome evangelist François Beaufort in announcement post. If today’s piece doesn’t jive with your artistic taste, you can skip to the next wallpaper in the app.

  • Google Wallpaper Art app turns your Chromebook into an art gallery

    Chromebooks have been red hot sellers on Amazon for some time now. But if you're someone who has had a boring desktop on your Chromebook, you can now spice it up with Google's new Wallpaper Art app. The app will refresh artwork every day and features many different wallpapers from noted artists from the past and present.

  • Calculate 15 Scratch KDE Screenshot Tour
  • Netrunner 2015.11 Rolling Screenshot Tour
  • Blogging, Podcasting, or Video?

    While I was initially attracted to the notion of sharing some of these thoughts in an audio format, I have decided to focus instead more on writing. This was partially informed by my back of the napkin research, but also in thinking about how we best present thoughts.

  • Bad Voltage Episode 54 Has Been Released

    Every two weeks Bad Voltage delivers an amusing take on technology, Open Source, politics, music, and anything else we think is interesting, as well as interviews and reviews.

  • Almost a beta

    Yet another 200+ lines of updates in the ChangeLog.txt of slackware-current. It’s obvious that Pat has been watching the LinuxQuestions threads closely. And we are again very bleeding edge, with the Gnu Compiler Collection 5.2.0!

  • Stock in Motion: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Fil Ltd Decreased Stake in Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) by $10.36 Million as Shares Declined
  • Red Hat, Inc. Price Target Update

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT): 17 Analyst have given the stock of Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) a near short term price target of $85.06. The standard deviation reading, which is a measure by which the stock price is expected to swing away from the mean estimate, is at $5.09. The higher price target estimate is at $92 while the lower price estimates are fixed at $72.

  • Robolinux 8.2 Raptor LXDE Edition (Debian Based OS With Support For Windows Apps) Has Been Released
  • Your donations at work

    I’ve just published the most recent Community Donations Report highlighting where donations made to the Ubuntu community have been used by members of that community to promote and improve Ubuntu. In this report I’ve included links to write-ups detailing how those funds were put to use.

  • Linux AIO: Ubuntu 15.10 available

    Linux AIO is a project to package multiple flavours of a distribution in one ISO within a DVD size limit. Users can try each flavour live or install on their systems. In essence the difference lies mostly in the desktop environments. This is an invaluable source of distributions for distro hoppers. Note that there are issues, some of which are unresolved due to distro dependencies. However, for most of it, the stuff works.

  • NAS boxes double as media players, run Linux plus Android

    Qnap’s TAS-168 and dual-bay TAS-268 NAS devices run both Linux and Android on a dual-core ARM SoC, and offers private cloud and media player capabilities.

    Qnap is positioning the single HDD-bay TAS-168 and dual-bay TAS-268 at the bottom of its Home NAS line below the faster, dual-bay TS-231 and the higher-end, dual-bay TS-251 launched in 2014. Like these systems, the new TAS devices are mini-towers and run Qnap’s Linux-based NAS OS. In addition, Qnap claims the devices are the first home network-attached storage devices that also run Android.

  • H3-OLinuXino fresh out of reflow oven – our first quad core OSHW Linux SBC prototypes are ready

    Now these first prototypes will be put on heavy testing before we run the board in production. We want to see if they will be able to run Linux yet or just Android.

  • Dangerous Exploit found in Chrome for Android

    A rather critical Exploit has been uncovered in Google's own 'Chrome for Android' app which allows malicious programs to be installed without user intervention.

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  • Google Offers Enhancements to Container Engine and Registry

    Now, Google has launched many enhancements to its container-focused cloud offerings designed to leverage new open source developments and boost the performance of its products in a hard fought cloud market. As of this week, Google Container Engine, which is based on the Kubernetes open source project that manages clusters and orchestrates Docker containers in Google's cloud, now has the newest updates to Kubernetes.

  • Rackspace Sees OpenStack Public Cloud Demand Slowing

    The key to running a profitable cloud business for Rackspace likely doesn't rely on infrastructure but rather on support for multiple cloud infrastructures, including OpenStack.

  • Do Linux users really need more powerful computers?

    Computers just keep getting more and more powerful as the years roll by, but at what point do Linux computers jump the shark in terms of hardware specs? A writer at Foss Force questions the constant focus on ever more powerful systems.

  • Mutate 2.4 Brings Changes

    As you may know, Mutate is an open-source Linux Launcher developed in Qt 5, similar to Mac’s Alfred. Among others, it allows the users to easily search for their favorite files and applications. If the string you type does not match any file, it has an option for searching that information on Google or other search engine. Also, the launcher can be configured via the preferences menu.

  • Kubuntu 15.10 Receives KDE Plasma 5.4.3, Coming Soon for Kubuntu 15.04 Too

    Well, that was fast! A few hours ago, Softpedia was the first to announce the release of KDE Plasma 5.4.3 desktop environment, which has apparently already landed in the Kubuntu Backports repository of Kubuntu 15.10.

  • KDE Plasma 5.4.3 Is the Last in the Series, KDE Plasma 5.5 Coming Soon

    A few moments ago, KDE, through Jonathan Riddell, had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the third and last maintenance release of the KDE Plasma 5.4 desktop environment.

  • RaspArch Live CD Helps You Install Arch Linux On Your Raspberry Pi 2
  • Arch Linux 2015.11.01 Is Now Based On Kernel 4.2.5
  • Red Hat Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages (NYSE:RHT)

    Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the thirty-five analysts that are presently covering the company, AnalystRatingsNetwork.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and twenty-six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $83.07.

  • Finally, Open-Source Model Paying Off For Red Hat

    But the Microsoft deal may have marked a watershed moment for the company, shares of which have struggled to regain past glory. The transaction sent Red Hat shares to a new high above 80 -- a level not seen since those halcyon days a decade and a half ago when it topped 150 -- and seemingly into a new era of prosperity.

  • A Closer Look At Microsoft And Red Hat Partnership

    Red Hat was conspicuous by its absence to the Azure party. Given that majority of the customers were running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for enterprise workloads, there was no direct migration path to Azure. Microsoft recommended CentOS and Oracle Linux – the two distributions that are highly compatible with RHEL – as alternatives. At the same time, RHEL was a first class citizen on Amazon EC2 allowing customers to bring their own license or pay by usage. Though it was possible to technically run RHEL on Azure, the customers didn’t prefer it due to lack of assurance from Red Hat. Microsoft approached Red Hat to bring RHEL to Azure, but it fell through due to the licensing and IP issues. The legal teams at both the ends could never come to a conclusion on the working model, which delayed the partnership by a few years.

  • Fedora Rawhide Enables Wayland By Default, Where Supported
  • Installing Debian – a rock solid Linux distro

    If you are looking for a solid and stable operating system for your server or desktop, look no further Debian is your choice. Interesting fact about Debian is that it usually has 3 releases stable, testing and unstable. Eventually (after many tests) the “testing” release becomes stable and the “Unstable” becomes “testing”. This way Debian ensures its users receive a well tested, stable and reliable environment.

  • An abrupt End to Debian Live

    Before even more of reality is spin-doctored into some distorted view of it, and before my past work is being discredited, I will take the high road and continue my work on Debian Live images on the outside.

  • Ubuntu Make Now Supports Netbeans IDE, Rust, Latest Unity Game Engine

    Didier Roche, the lead developer and creator of Ubuntu Make, has announced the immediate availability for download of Ubuntu Make 15.11.1 for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

  • Nvidia aims Jetson TX1 module at serious AI and robotics

    Nvidia has launched an AI and robotics oriented “Jetson TX1” module and development kit, based on an Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC running Linux.

    For its encore to the popular Jetson TK1 hacker and prototyping SBC based on the Cortex-A15 Tegra K1 SoC, Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 has moved to the 64-bit, Cortex-A57 Tegra X1 SoC. Nvidia has also split the product into separately available computer-on-module and COM/carrier development board products.

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  • Tablet Protocol & Weston Support Is Back To Being Baked

    Peter Hutterer is back to working on tablet protocol and support for Wayland/Weston. In this context, it's for drawing tablets like the popular Wacom hardware.

    There's been some work done before on a tablet protocol while published today was a largely redone version of this protocol. The protocol is largely new, Peter noted, "Too many changes from the last version (a year ago or so), so I won't detail them, best to look at it with fresh eyes."

  • MATE 1.12 Brings GTK3 & Systemd Improvements, But No Wayland Yet
  • MATE 1.12 Has Arrived, Here's What's New

    The MATE desktop environment has been updated to version 1.12, and the new iteration brings quite a few improvements, the most notable being the support for GTK 3.18.

  • Screen management in Wayland

    One of the bigger things that is in the works in Plasma’s Wayland support is screen management. In most cases, that is reasonably easy, there’s one screen and it has a certain resolution and refresh rate set. For mobile devices, this is almost always good enough. Only once we starting thinking about convergence and using the same codebase on different devices, we need to be able to configure the screens used for rendering. Especially on desktops and laptops, where we often find multi-monitor setups or connected projectors is where the user should be able to decide a bunch of things, relative position of the screens, resolution (“mode”) for each, etc.. Another thing that we haven’t touched yet is scaling of the rendering per display, which becomes increasingly important with a wider range of displays connected, just imagine a 4K laptop running north of 300 pixels per inch (PPI) connected to a projector which throws 1024*768 pixels on a wall sized 4x3m.

  • A Minuet for KDE

    A Minuet is a musical form (occasionally with an accompanying social dance for two people) originated in the 17th-century France, initially introduced to opera but later also to suites such some of those from Johann Sebastian Bach. Although composing a minuet for KDE wouldn't be bad at all Smile, my musical skills don't make me feel like doing so by no means and, therefore, this post is gonna be about - you know - software and KDE! But software for music Smile

  • Tiny Core 6.4.1 Screenshot Tour
  • SUSE Looks To Mainline The AMD HSA Support In GCC

    Martin Jambor at SUSE is looking to begin mainlining the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) support within the GCC compiler.

  • Uptime Funk: Using SUSE's kGraft Live Kernel Patching For Linux

    Last year SUSE announced KGraft as a new form of live Linux kernel patching to reduce downtime by avoiding reboots when applying kernel security updates, etc. The initial combined infrastructure work of kGraft and Red Hat's Kpatch was merged in Linux 4.0. Here's how SUSE is showing off their live kernel patching method.

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  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
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  • Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And Its Coming To Linux
    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.