Cinnamon 3.2 in Linux Mint 18.1 Supports Vertical Panels, Better Accelerometers

After informing the community a few days ago about the Mintbox Mini Pro PC and the upcoming improvements and new features shipping with the XApps software projects in Linux Mint 18.1, Clement Lefebvre just published the monthly Linux Mint newsletter.

In the newsletter, the Linux Mint project leader reveals the fact that the upcoming Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment, which will ship by default with the Linux Mint 18.1 operating system, the next major release of the popular Ubuntu-based distribution, will feature support for vertical panels, a functionality that hss been requested f… (read more)

TDF Presentation Gallery

downloadWe have created a number of slide decks which can be re-used by community members as a basis for their presentations at events. For the time being, slide decks are based on the old 4:3 format, as this is still the most common, but in the future will also be available in the new 16:9 format. Needless to say, the file format is ODP, and fonts are those installed by LibreOffice.

Slide decks will be updated regularly, and the date will be featured on the wiki page (at the moment, the date is September 30, 2016 for all slide decks). If you plan to use a slide deck and you feel that some slides are outdated (or should be updated), please ask on LibreOffice marketing mailing list with the subject “Slide Decks” (marketing@global.libreoffice.org).

The gallery is available on TDF wiki at the following address: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Gallery_Presentations.

Linux Kernel 4.4.23 LTS Has ARM and MIPS Improvements, Updated Filesystems, More

Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.7.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly informed the community about the general availability of the Linux 4.4.23 LTS kernel.

The Linux 4.4 kernel is a long-term supported branch, the latest and most advanced one, used in many stable and reliable GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Alpine Linux 3.4. Therefore, it is imperative for it to receive regular updates that bring fixes to the most important issues, as well as other general improvements.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.23 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.4.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web bro… (read more)

Calibre 2.69 eBook Manager and Reader Supports Kobo Driver 4.1, Overdrive Books

Today, September 30, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal announced the release and immediate availability for download of yet another maintenance update to the popular, free, and open source ebook library management software.

Calibre 2.69 is now the latest and most advanced version of the application, and it comes two weeks after the release of Calibre 2.68, bringing support for firmware version 4.1 to the driver for Kobo e-book readers, along with support for Overdrive books on the device.

We’ve spotted to other interesting new features in Calibre 2.69, namely the ability to highlight class names inside HTML tags, which has been implemented in the Edit Book component of the applications, and the ability to search and replace rating columns in the Bulk Metadata Edit … (read more)

Blender 2.78 Open-Source 3D Graphics Software Released with Spherical Stereo VR

Today, September 30, 2016, the Blender Foundation is proud to release Blender 2.78, the latest stable and most advanced version of the popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Blender 3D modelling software.

Blender 2.78 comes six months after the release of Blender 2.77, and it’s a major update that adds numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention rendering of spherical stereo images for VR (Virtual Reality), viewport rendering improvements, as well as brand new freehand curves drawing over surfaces.

Moreover, the Grease Pencil received awesome improvements and it now doubles as both an animation and drawing tool, powerful new options have been added for B-Bones, it’s now possible to import and export basic operators in the Alembic support, and the Cloth Physics feature received new Simulation Speed option and Dynamic Base Mesh support.

“The draw thickness was moved to stroke, and color to a new palette color instead of saving this inf… (read more)

GE, Bosch Combine Resources to Bolster IoT


GE and Bosch Software Innovations this week announced a partnership to jump-start the development of an open source Internet of Things platform. Open source will encourage greater interoperability and application development, the companies said. Both firms have sought help from the Eclipse Foundation to speed up the process. Under the agreement, the companies will create a core IoT stack comprised of open source software. Under the agreement, the companies will create a core IoT stack comprised of open source software.

Monthly News – September 2016





Many thanks to you all for your help, support and donations. This month has been very exciting for us because the release cycle was over, the base jump to the new LTS base was achieved, we had plenty of ideas to implement, nothing got in our way and we could focus on development. Not only that but the development budget was high, and that’s thanks to you, and it tightens the bonds a little more between us. It makes everybody happy, some developers start looking for a new laptop, others use the money to relax. No matter how it’s used, it always helps, and because it helps them, it helps us.

Another team was set up recently to gather artists and web designers who are interested in improving our websites. This is a new team, with 9 members who just started to get to know each others. It’s hard to predict how the team will evolve, or if it will be successful. It’s hard to know also who in this team might end up being central to our designs and maybe not only to our websites but also to our software, our user interfaces.

Within this team, Carlos Fernandez and Eran Gilo started working on the Cinnamon Spices website. Here’s is an overview of Eran’s design:

spices1And another page:

spices3

Cinnamon now supports vertical panels. You were numerous to ask for this feature and I know it’s been requested for a very long time. It will be part of Cinnamon 3.2 in Linux Mint 18.1:

vertical-panels

If you want more information about vertical panels, please read http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2016/09/vertical-panels/, where Simon Brown explains how vertical panels work a little more in detail.

Improved support for accelerometers also landed in Cinnamon. These little sensors allow your desktop to automatically rotate based on the orientation of the screen. If you rotate the laptop, or the screen, Cinnamon rotates with it. It’s particularly handy when showing something to a person in front of you, or when watching a movie with the lid titled at 270 degrees, or even when using a laptop in tablet-mode for hot-seat games with the lid flat on its back at 360 degrees. Many thanks to Bastien Nocera for his amazing work on iio-sensors-proxy, and its integration into GNOME, and to Jakub Adam for porting this support into Cinnamon.

I’d like to thank Peter Hutterer also for bringing libinput support to Cinnamon in a way that kept full compatibility with Synaptics.

Many other little features and improvements got into Cinnamon this month.. Bumblebee users can now use the menu to launch applications using optirun, the show desktop applet now also lets you peek at the desktop etc etc.. I’m not mentioning the most important improvements here, some are quite technical, but the ones that might be the most visible to users.

There are also two big improvements to talk about… Joseph Mccullar’s improvements on backgrounds handling, and Michael Webster’s amazing new screensaver. I won’t spoil these here though. I’ll let Joseph and Michael talk about them instead.

Moving on to the XApps; It’s always really exciting for me to work on them because each little improvement has such a big repercussion. Each new feature we develop in an XApp not only lands in Cinnamon, but also in MATE and Xfce. And I know some of you are using some XApps in KDE, and people are also using them in other distributions. So, without further due, here’s what we improved so far.

For people without accelerometers, or for people like me who always seem to shoot videos with their phone turned the wrong way, the Xplayer rotation plugin is now enabled by default. This functionality has been there for a long time, but many people didn’t know about it. It is now enabled by default, so you’ll now see “View -> Rotate” options in the menubar.

For similar reasons, the subtitles downloader plugin is now enabled by default. If you’re watching a movie, you can now just press “View -> Subtitles -> Download subtitles”.

If you have more than one monitor, Xplayer is now able to blank other monitors when playing videos in full-screen.





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This ability to blank other monitors can be useful in other XApps (Xreader, Xviewer, Pix for instance) but also for other software applications. With this in mind, it was developed within a new library called libxapp which will be available to all developers within the Linux community.

For more information on screen blanking and the new libxapp library, please read this article: http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2016/09/libxapp-and-blanking-other-monitors/

In Xed, the search dialog which obstructed the text editor was replaced by a brand new search bar inspired by Sublime and similar to Firefox:

xed-search

To know more about Xed and its new searchbar, you can read this article: http://segfault.linuxmint.com/2016/09/sublime-like-search-bar-in-xed/

Xed was also given a distinctive red bar when running as root which looks just the same as in Nemo.

We’re now right in the middle of our development cycle, and as you can see we’re having a lot of fun developing very different aspects of the system 🙂

As always we look forward to reading your feedback. Many many thanks for your support and funding, and for those who want to get involved, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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Linux Kernel 4.7.6 Is Out with MIPS and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers

Today, September 30, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the sixth maintenance update to the latest stable Linux 4.7 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.7.6 comes only five days after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 4.7.5, and, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the last update, it changes a total of 76 files, with 539 insertions and 455 deletions. In summary, it updates multiple drivers, adds improvements to various filesystems and hardware architectures, and improves the networking stack.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.7.6 kernel. All user… (read more)

Solomon’s Store – October’s Update | Crystal Peacock Weapons | October Free Item

Let’s preview October’s daily deals and how to use a game card to get an awesome weapon set.

GNOME Calendar App to Feature a New Sidebar, Week View & Attendees in GNOME 3.24

GNOME developer Georges Stavracas wrote an in-depth blog post the other day to inform the GNOME, Linux, and Open Source communities about the upcoming improvements and new features coming to the GNOME Calendar apps.

Now that some of us are already enjoying the recently released GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, the GNOME developers are hard at work to improve the GNOME apps and core components by either adding new exciting features and technologies or improving existing ones.

GNOME Calendar is a very important piece of software, it’s the default calendar app for the GNOME Stack, but it can be used independently on any other GTK-based desktop environment. For the GNOME 3.22 cycle, it already received some much-needed enhancements, but more goodies will be coming later in the year.

A first technology preview of the GNO… (read more)

Nmap 7.30 Security Scanner Adds 12 New IPv6 OS Fingerprints, 7 NSE Scripts

Today, September 29, 2016, the Nmap developers proudly announced the release of Nmap 7.30, the latest stable version of the free, open source and cross-platform security scanner and network mapper software.

As expected, Nmap 7.30 is a major release that adds numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention twelve new IPv6 OS fingerprints and seven NSE (Nmap Scripting Engine) scripts that have been submitted by various developers. There are now a total of 541 NSE scripts included in Nmap.

Moreover, the new Npcap Windows packet capturing driver and library has been updated to version 0.10r2, a release that includes numerous bug fixes, new match lines and service probes were implemented for Tridium Fox, MQTT, DTLS, ProConOS, IPMI-RMCP, and PCWorx, and the output filtering has been improved.

The new NSE scripts are coap-resources and mqtt-subscribe by Mak Kolybabi, pcworx-info and fox-info by Stephen… (read more)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, Chaos Rising and Retribution Are Out for Linux

Today, September 29, 2016, is another great day for Linux gamers all over the globe, as Feral Interactive proudly announced the availability of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Retribution on the SteamOS, Linux, and Mac platforms.

Released back in 2010 by developer Relic Entertainment, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising was only available for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Retribution followed a year later to continue the Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II series set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 fictional universe.

“The grim dark future is now, with Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II out for Mac and Linux,” says Feral Interactive in today’s announcement. “Lead an elite strike force of Space Marines in an interplanetary campaign that combines brutal combat with relentlessly fast-paced missions. Direct y… (read more)

Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 Beta 2 Officially Released with Budgie Desktop 10.2.7

Softpedia was informed today, September 29, 2016, by David Mohammed from the budgie-remix project about the availability of the second and last Beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 operating system.

Coming hot on the heels of yesterday’s Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta release, Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 Beta 2 is based on most of the GNU/Linux and Open Source technologies used in Ubuntu 16.10, such as systemd 231 and Linux kernel 4.8, but it’s built around the latest version of the beautiful Budgie desktop environment created by the Solus Project.

In fact, the biggest new feature of the Beta 2 milestone of Ubuntu Budgie Remix 16.10 is the latest Budgie Desktop 10.2.7 environment, about which read more)

Security-Oriented Qubes OS 3.2 Improves the Integrated Management Infrastructure

Today, September 29, 2016, Joanna Rutkowska announced the general availability of the second point release of the Qubes OS 3 stable series of the security-oriented and open-source Linux-based computer operating system.

Qubes OS 3.2 is a maintenance release, which means that it mostly adds general fixes and improvements to various of the distribution’s core components and functionalities, including the integrated management infrastructure that was introduced as part of the previous update, Qubes 3.1, allowing users to also manage the “insides” of a virtual machine.

“The principal challenge we faced was how to allow such a tight integration of the management engine software (for which we use Salt) with potentially untrusted VMs without opening a large attack surface on the (complex) management code. We believe we found an elegant solution to this problem, which we’ve implemented in Qubes 3.2,” says Joanna Rutkowska in today’s read more)

Meet ORWL. The first open source, physically secure computer





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If someone has physical access to your computer with secure documents present, it’s game over! ORWL is designed to solve this as the first open source physically secure computer. ORWL (pronounced or-well) is the combination of the physical security from the banking industry (used in ATMs and Point of Sale terminals) and a modern Intel-based personal computer. We’ve designed a stylish glass case which contains the latest processor from Intel – exactly the same processor as you would find in the latest ultrabooks and we added WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for your accessories. It also has two USB Type C connectors for any accessories you prefer to connect via cables. We then use the built-in Intel 515 HD Video which can output up to 4K video with audio.

The physical security enhancements we’ve added start with a second authentication factor (wireless keyfob) which is processed before the main processor is even powered up. This ensures we are able to check the system’s software for authenticity and security before we start to run it. We then monitor how far your keyfob is from your PC – when you leave the room, your PC will be locked automatically, requiring the keyfob to unlock it again. We’ve also ensured that all information on the system drive is encrypted via the hardware on which it runs. The encryption key for this information is managed by the secure microcontroller which also handles the pre-boot authentication and other security features of the system. And finally, we protect everything with a high security enclosure (inside the glass) that prevents working around our security by physically accessing hardware components.

Any attempt to get physical access to the internals of your PC will delete the cryptographic key, rendering all your data permanently inaccessible!

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We’ve created ORWL for anybody who wants to keep their information private. This obviously includes people who have a formal obligation to protect the data in their care: people such as lawyers and people in healthcare fields. It’s also true of people who create valuable data such as photographers and videographers, musicians, authors, and many others. But it’s also true of everyday PC users: those of us who just have online banking credentials, medical records, or family photos or videos on their computers, and who want the peace of mind that if their PC is stolen they won’t see those files on the Internet next week. It also is the first PC in the world that is truly an appropriate base for storing the private keys of any block-chain based currency you may own, rather than keeping them with a third party. It maybe goes without saying, as we have plenty of pictures to communicate the point, that anybody who values the aesthetics of a beautifully designed appliance may well want an ORWL just because it’s vastly nicer to look at than a beige or black box!





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ORWL comes with Ubuntu, Windows 10, or Qubes OS pre-installed, but users can install and run any modern 64 bit Intel-compatible operating system. Ubuntu is our preferred choice of system as it provides a very strong balance of features. It is noted for it’s installation scripting and default system configuration working well with a wide variety of modern hardware and is reliable and stable. Ubuntu offers all the following ease-of-use features that people like in Windows, but with the code auditability that security conscious users like in Linux-based operating systems.

With the code being auditable, it makes them leaders in cryptography as an OS, which is a vital component to our project. As the more people are able to fully understand the details of how the product works, the more secure we can make it.

And to see a demo of ORWL, view this short 2-minute video below!



Plus to learn more about their CrowdSupply campaign, see here.

Guest Post: Daniel Nelson from Design Shift, makers of ORWL

The Making of the Nextcloud Box

This is a guest post by Jos Poortvliet, Marketing and Communications Manager from Nexcloud. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact ubuntu-devices@canonical.com


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The story of the Nextcloud box – a feature in our upcoming webinar – learn more here.


In 2010, Frank Karlitschek founded the ownCloud project to provide an alternative to proprietary cloud services from companies like Google, Dropbox and Apple. The goal to bring private cloud sync and share technology to home users attracted a community of contributors, which in turn enabled a business to develop. The vision behind the project still drives Nextcloud, the community, Frank and other core contributors who started some months ago as a reboot of the original project (see here.)

But bringing a private cloud to home users is not easy. Nextcloud is great software, something you can easily install on your private server and…that is where things get complicated. Most people don’t run their own server and even if they were interested would not have the skills to do so securely. Since the early days of the project, contributors have been discussing how to deal with this conundrum: What can we do to make running your own, private cloud easy enough for non-technical users? This would require a real out-of-the-box solution!

Almost a year ago, an opportunity arose. Frank met some folks from WDLabs, the business growth incubator of storage solutions company Western Digital Corporation. A conversation kicked off about a collaboration! WDLabs provides innovative storage solutions for DIY devices like the Raspberry Pi series, devices which are very flexible and low-cost. It became clear we could help each other: a device with Nextcloud!

Some prototypes were distributed in the community, based on the standard hardware from WDLabs, while our designer started discussing a more fitting design. On the software side, we decided that a platform had to be chosen in a bottom-up way. Nextcloud requires a server OS, after all. After contributions from various community members, we settled on Ubuntu, with the goal of using Snaps to distribute Nextcloud on top of that.

We partnered with Canonical to make this happen, and the three companies worked over the last months to put together a new box design (code named “the Jan box”, named after our designer) and a solid OS (a modified Ubuntu Server LTS 16.04) for the snaps to run on. To learn more about our final push to market, what the box offers and where this is going, join the webinar where founder Frank Karlitschek will talk.


Learn more about the webinar


Written by Jos Poortvliet from Nexcloud.

Distribution Release: Qubes OS 3.2

Joanna Rutkowska has announced the release of Qubes OS 3.2, a new stable release of the Fedora-based desktop Linux distribution whose main concept is “security by isolation” by using domains implemented as lightweight Xen virtual machines. From the release announcement: “I’m happy to announce that today we’re releasing….

LibreOffice Office Suite Celebrates 6 Years of Activity with LibreOffice 5.2.2

Today, September 29, 2016, Italo Vignoli from The Document Foundation informs Softpedia via an email announcement about the general availability of the first point release of the LibreOffice 5.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite.

On September 28, the LibreOffice project celebrated its 6th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than to push a new update of the popular open source and cross-platform office suite used by millions of computer users worldwide. Therefore, we would like to inform our readers about the general availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, which comes just three weeks after the release of LibreOffice 5.2.1.

“Just one day after the project 6th anniversary, The Document Foundation (TDF) … (read more)

LibreOffice 5.2.2 available for download

birthday_banner_smallBerlin, September 29, 2016 – Just one day after the project 6th anniversary (https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2016/09/28/happy-6th-birthday-libreoffice/), The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family.

LibreOffice 5.2.2, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, provides a number of fixes over the major release announced in August. For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.1.5 “still”, with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

A summary of the most significant new features of the LibreOffice 5.2 family is available on the website: http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/new-features/.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.2.2/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.2.2/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.2.2 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and trainings, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

Linux Mint’s XApps to Get Screen Blanking, Sublime-like Search Bar Lands for Xed

We already know that work on Linux Mint 18.1, the next major release of the popular Ubuntu-based operating system loved by many users, already begun, and Clement Lefebvre shares with us today some of the improvements coming to XApps.

One of these exciting new features to be soon implemented in several of Linux Mint’s XApps, including the Xplayer media player, Xviewer image viewer, Pix image management application, and Xreader document reader, is the ability to blank other monitors when running certain operations on a multi-monitor configuration. The option to blank a monitor will be available via a new GUI button called “Blank Other Monitors.”

“If you have more than one monitor, you can now press the “Blank Other Monitors” button when playing a video in full screen. Your video will continue playing and all your other monitors will turn black,” says Clement Lefebvre in the announcem… (read more)