System76 Is Launching Skylake Computers Powered by Ubuntu, Become a Superfan
System76, the computer manufacturer that ships PCs, laptops, and servers powered only by Ubuntu, is preparing for Intel Skylake and is now organizing a competition to find a superfan in the community.
KDE Ships Plasma 5.4.2, bugfix Release for October
Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.2.
Plasma 5.4 was released in August with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.
This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:
Many new Breeze icons.
Support absolute libexec path configuration, fixes binaries invoked by KWin work again on e.g. Fedora. Commit. Fixes bug #353154. Code review #125466
Set tooltip icon in notifications applet. Commit. Code review #125193
Sharing in open source and swag
This is something that most people don’t realize when they hear words “open source”. And I feel it is important to understand that open source doesn’t include just programming, though it originated in the context of computer software development. But is also about the way of life and what is called the open source way. Which means that to contribute to open source projects you do not have to code! (You might if you want to ;) ). Just remember that it is important to share and sharing is caring.
An Amazon EC2 customer can install the Kubernetes orchestrator to manage container workloads using CoreOS with containers. That fact happened to have been brought to light at this time last year, just before the opening of Amazon’s re:Invent conference. A tested and confirmed version of the method now appears as part of Kubernetes’ official documentation.
The KDE project has created a special mailing list for big entities that use this type of desktop environment in an effort to provide some much-needed support.
The GTK+ developers have announced this past weekend the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release of the GTK+ 3.18 open-source and cross-platform GUI toolkit software.
Gnome Pie is an application launcher inspired by a World of Warcraft addon called OPie. The app consists of multiple "pies", each being triggered by a keyboard shortcut or mouse button you set. Each pie has its own role: applications, bookmarks, main menu, multimedia (play/pause/previous/next), a pie that allows you to control the focused window (maximize, close, etc.) and so on.
On October 5, the Manjaro Linux community was extremely proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the first-ever build of the new Manjaro Linux JWM Community Edition distribution.
After announcing the release of the Manjaro Linux GNOME 15.09, Manjaro Linux LXDE 15.09, Manjaro Linux LXQt 15.09, and Manjaro Linux i3 15.09 distributions, the Manjaro team is happy to announce the availability of a new update for their stable Manjaro Linux 15.09 (Bellatrix) operating system.
I worked as a consultant for many years before becoming the CEO of Red Hat. One of the most surprising aspects of that work was that people would open up to me, an outsider, about all the elephants in the room—but they were too polite or embarrassed to call out the obvious issues or blame their peers inside their own organizations. My fellow consultants and I would sometimes joke that just about every individual inside a company could immediately tell you what was going wrong and what needed fixing. But whenever everybody convened for a meeting to point out those very issues, you wouldn’t hear a peep about anything that could be perceived as negative. To our amazement, they were more open to hearing feedback from us, the outsiders, than from their own colleagues.
The latest feature proposed for Fedora 24 and should almost certainly be approved is the landing of NetworkManager 1.2.
NetworkManager 1.2 brings a new libnma library for GUIs, numerous VPN-related additions, support for arbitrary software device hierarchy, support for managing container connectivity, RFC7217 stable privacy addressing, and various CLI improvements.
This is a very tiny application that usually does its thing behind the scenes, without interfering with the normal functioning of a phone, tablet or PC.
Mir 0.16.0 brings a much shorter buffer holding time for system compositors to provide higher and smoother frame-rates, progress on new buffer semantics, Mir-on-X11 changes, improved logging, the start of code refactoring to support renderers other than OpenGL (such as Vulkan in the future), and a variety of other changes.
While Mark Shuttleworth talked up before that an Ubuntu Phone supporting their much talked about "converged" experience would be available in 2015, it appears now to be delayed until some time in 2016.
We've been waiting for an Ubuntu Phone to support the convergence experience for transforming the phone into a PC when connected to a display and keyboard/mouse while the software will adapt accordingly. We had heard that BQ was the company manufacturing this first converged phone and that it would ship in October 2015.