GNOME's Tracker Semantic Data Storage Tool Now Offers Better UID Detection
Today, November 26, the GNOME developers behind the Tracker open-source semantic data store software, which is responsible for indexing various sources needed for the search engine of the GNOME desktop environment, announced two new releases.
Cinnamon 2.8.6 Desktop Environment Is Out for Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa"
The developers behind the popular Cinnamon open-source desktop environment, a fork of the GNOME Shell user interface of the acclaimed GNOME 3 desktop environment, have released a new maintenance build for the Cinnamon 2.8 series.
Kai Uwe has been working on some experimental hacks to resemble Windows 8, although Microsoft's default interface has changed with Windows 10. He's calling this work "U-Bahn" (the German equivalent of a Metro subsystem system) in reference to Microsoft at the time calling it Metro. This was just some brief hacking and he's not planning to see this U-Bahn project through to the end.
While applets can be installed through “Get Hot New Stuff” and distribution repositories, there’s also the classic .plasmoid file. A feature suggested by one of my colleagues – fresh KDE Plasma user – was to drag .plasmoid files onto the desktop or panel and have them installed. After Marco Martin implemented the neccessary KPackage plumbing this is now possible.
As kernel security maintainer James Morris noted in the introduction to a 2015 Kernel Summit session, a lot of progress has been made with regard to kernel security in the last 10-15 years. That said, there are lot of things we could be doing better, and one could make the case that we have fallen behind the state of the art in a number of areas, including self-protection and hardening. On that note, he stepped aside and let Kees Cook give the group the bad news about what needs to be done to improve the kernel's security.