Mageia was at the Paris Open Source Summit 2015

The Paris Open Source Summit is a great European event centered on the free & open source sector. It arose as a result of the merger of two French open source events: Linux Solutions (formerly in La Défense) and the Open World Forum. This year’s edition took place on November the 18th and 19th in “Les docks de Paris” (North suburbs).

Mageia had three contributors glad to be there: dtux, magnux and lebarhon. Our booth was small but of professional quality with many interesting things:

  • to show, two laptops with Mageia 5 and the upcoming Mageia 6/Plasma 5,
  • for sale, beautiful wooden USB sticks, unfortunately a delivery problem prevented us to sell T-shirts,
  • to offer, stickers and fliers.


The first day began with a bomb alert (false alert fortunately), but the building has been evacuated and the event really started only at 10 a.m. We met lots of different kinds of people:

  • some regular visitors, who we already met last year and before. They came to say “hello”, to hear some news and share their opinions about Mageia and rare minor problems,
  • some unhappy people, complaining that Mageia 4 was much better. We were sad to hear that, reported their problems and hope they are going to be fixed,
  • some happy people thanking us because Mageia 5 is much better than was Mageia 4. At least there is a good solution for everyone :)
  • two people looking for business partners, yes Mageia is taken seriously as a professional solution!
  • almost nobody that did not know Mageia. From our experience on this event, this is new, last year (May 2014, i.e. 18 months ago) many visitors had never heard of Mageia,
  • and two other Mageia community members, tuxmips and baud.

It has been a very happy two-day show, not at all affected by the tragic events in Paris. Since it was the first year the event took place in this location, it is not easy to compare the crowd with that of last year, but it seemed more or less equivalent. What really changed in our opinion is that Mageia is now well-known, and that’s definitely encouraging!

Christmas 2015 & New Defenders

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MKVToolNix 8.6.1 Open Source MKV Split and Merge Tool Now Available for Download

Moritz Bunkus informs us about the immediate availability for download of MKVToolNix 8.6, another maintenance release of the acclaimed cross-platform and open-source MKV (Matroska) manipulation software.

According to the release notes, MKVToolNix 8.6’s primary focus are bugfixes, as it resolves many of those nasty issues reported by users since the previous maintenance release of the sof… (read more)

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of November, 24th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

 * Alexandre Franke
 * Allan Day
 * Shaun McCance
 * Jeff F. T.

== Regrets ==

 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Andrea Veri
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Cosimo Cecchi

== Missing ==

== Minutes ==

 * Desktop summit taxes
  * Kat and Rosanna are absent, so can't discuss today.

  * Sri is working on a brochure and plan for fundraising. This is still work in progress.

 * GUADEC and GNOME.Asia sponsorship brochure
  * Document mostly done, wondering if the current version, which is much shorter/simpler than previous editions, is the right approach
  * Local teams can do their own fund raising and we could encourage them to produce their own brochures later.
  * Time is an issue with companies setting their budgets.
  * See also for existing efforts
  * ACTION: Jeff and Allan to draft some emails and send out the brochures ASAP. Shaun is also happy to help. Need to check with Kat about what has happened for GUADEC first.

 * Moving to a rolling agenda/minutes
   * See also
   * Unclear where to go from there
   * Up to prez, VP and secretary to devise a solution?
   * Could possibly clean out minutes from the agenda but leave action items in place for the next meeting? Could also merge pending action items into the agenda, so we don't miss them during discussions, or forget about them.
     * ACTION: let's try and do that for a few weeks and see how it goes. Allan to send a summary to the mailing list.

 * ED search update
  * No updates this week.

Open items: 

 * GIMP reimbursements 
 * Google Play account 
 * Instagram filters in GNOME 
 * Desktop Summit taxes

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * VT's recommendation letter about his GSoC involvement
  * Mentors reached out to the Board about VT's contributions on GNOME Music and GNOME Videos between may and august 2014
  * The President prepared and signed a recommendation letter certifying VT's GNOME contributions 

== Completed actions ==

 * Rosanna to prepare a draft combining the recommendations received in support of SG

  * Alexandre to get back to Sri with the concerns outlined on the LAS GNOME Bid agenda item helping him addressing them and coming back to the Board with a response
 * Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team
 * Allan to make a proposal for a different way to use the wiki/etherpad for action items, instead of using

== Pending action items ==
 * Allan to send a summary to the mailing list about moving to a rolling agenda/minutes approach
 * GUADEC and GNOME.Asia sponsorship brochure: 
  * Jeff and Allan to draft some emails and send out the brochures ASAP
 * GNOME Logo licensing
  * Shaun to look over the current usage of the logo and how other free software projects do it, and come up with a proposal/report
 * On re-assigning Christian and previous Board members action items
  * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
  * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement the sponsorship brochure
 * Kat and Rosanna to schedule a call with Marta to sort things out with the Desktop Summit taxes
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * Allan: Hellotux agreement
 * Kat to draft a call for Free Desktop-style hackfests which would be sponsored with money raised for defence against Groupon
 * Logo usage for t-shirts: Jeff to carry on with the process and follow up and have some general guidelines written down for future cases
 * Create a webpage for prior pants winners (Shaun and Allan)
 * Cosimo to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation

Debian-Based Elive 2.6.12 Beta Linux Distribution Is Out with Improved Installer

Elive 2.6 has been in development for quite some time now, and the 2.6.12 Beta release brings more bugfixes, especially for the graphical installer, which is now capable of handling certain scenarios. Additionally, the clock widget has been added and enabled by default on the desktop, and there are also various under-the-hood improvements.

The overall speed process of the installer has also been improved in Elive 2.6.12 Beta, although it still requires users to pay a certain amount of money for the installation. In the meantime, the developers are working on support for 64-bit hardware architectures, as well as on providing more reliable package updates and fixes.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Software Freedom Conservancy 2015 Fundraiser

The Software Freedom Conservancy is a not-for-profit
organization that supports FLOSS projects by taking care of project needs such as management of
donations, asset stewardship, basic legal advice, and FLOSS copyright license enforcement. They
have been extremely helpful to us.

Unfortunately, in the past year the SFC has had some of its corporate support withdrawn due to
its FLOSS license enforcement activities and must now rely more on individual donors. They have
recently launched their 2015 Fundraising
, and have asked member projects to help publicize it.

Please consider donating; your support of
the SFC will benefit all of its members,
including the Wine Project.

Development Release: Elive 2.6.12 (Beta)

Elive 2.6.12, the latest development build of the project’s commercial distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux and featuring a highly customised Enlightenment desktop, is out and ready for testing: “The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the beta version 2.6.12. This version includes bug fixes in….

Distribution Release: Kwort Linux 4.3

David Cortarello has announced the release of Kwort Linux 4.3, the latest stable built from the project developing a lightweight, CRUX-based distribution with Openbox and a custom package manager called kpkg: “A new version of Kwort available, this one is 4.3. Get it while it’s hot! As always,….

Mouse and Keyboard On The Ubuntu Phone

Using a cheap OTG hub you can can now (with OTA-8+) use a mouse and keyboard with your Ubuntu phone.

To go in to Windowed mode, the app is called ‘UT Tweak’ and is NOT in the Ubuntu App Store but most be added via:

OTG hub:

Development: GNOME 3.19.2 released


The second snapshot of GNOME 3.19 is now available, it incorporates
updates from 3.18.2 as well as quite a serie of edgier modules.

To compile GNOME 3.19.2, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).


The release notes that describe the changes between 3.18.1 and 3.19.2
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core -
apps -

The GNOME 3.19.2 release is available here:

core sources -
apps sources -


This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status.

For more information about 3.19, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:



Behind the scenes at TDF: Jan Iversen, mentoring development lead

janiversensmallI started working for Document Foundation in November. I live and work in southern Spain, Malaga, a nice warm place. I wrote my first program in 1975, so I have been active in the pre-unix, pre-linux, pre-pc worlds, and have been involved in developing drivers, micro kernels and compilers. I retired from my international companies in 2011, dedicating time to open source.

LibreOffice is one of the most complex and biggest open source software packages, and at the same time one of the most well known. Today, having developed open source is a big plus on a CV, but starting …

Wine 1.8-rc2 Released

The Wine development release 1.8-rc2 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Bug fixes only, we are in code freeze.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Black Friday | Merch Store & Solomon’s Store

Black Friday hits both the Merch Store & Solomon’s Store!

Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 7.2

Oracle has announced the release of Oracle Linux 7.2. Oracle Linux is built from Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code and is designed to be binary compatible with Red Hat’s product. Oracle Linux 7.2 ships with two kernels, a “Red Hat Compatible Kernel” and Oracle’s “Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel”,….

Linux Australia suffers another data leak

Linux Australia has suffered a second leak of data from its servers, according to a message sent to its main mailing list by president Joshua Hesketh.
The umbrella organisation for Linux user groups in the country suffered a data breach in March this year.
Hesketh said a limited amount of personal information had been leaked as a result of the breach. He said it was not related to the earlier breach.
The complete details of how the March breach was effected have yet to be released.
Hesketh said the breach affected Linux Australia’s legacy wiki system which was being used by a small number — 0.5 per cent — of current and non-current members.
A community member had alerted the organisation to the leak. The website has now been taken offline.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

OTA-9 Update for Ubuntu Touch Has a Lot of Features Planned

The work on the upcoming OTA-9 update continues, and it looks like things are on track. Ubuntu Touch will receive a new major upgrade in a couple of months.

The normal development cycle for one of these OTA updates is of about six weeks, but since December is coming and it is full of holidays and other celebrations, the work time of the Ubuntu developers will be limited.

Technically, it will take six weeks as well, but in practice it will be a little bit longer. This is … (read more)

Linux-Powered C.H.I.P. Tiny SBC Will be the World’s First $8 Computer

Remember the world’s tiniest computer that goes by the name of C.H.I.P.? Of course you do, it is the world’s cheapest single-board computer (SBC) ever made, available for purchase for only $9 (€8.4).

Well, now that the Black Friday shopping spree has started, the guys over Next Thing Co. have announced today that they will run a promotion campaign, making C.H.I.P. the world’s first $8 (€7.5) computer.

The campaign will start in four days from the moment of writing this a… (read more)

WordPress 4.4 Release Candidate

The release candidate for WordPress 4.4 is now available.

RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.4 on Tuesday, December 8, but we need your help to get there.

If you haven’t tested 4.4 yet, now is the time!

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta support forum. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.4 RC1, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.4, check out the Beta blog post.

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.4 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.4 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, we never want to break things, so please be sure to post to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release.

Be sure to follow along the core development blog, where we’ll continue to post notes for developers for 4.4.

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#MadeWithJuju: Apache Analytics SQL

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With last week’s announcement of Autopilot GA, we’re making the installation of OpenStack easier than ever. But once you’ve deployed OpenStack using our Autopilot tool, what’s next?

Have you considered Juju for Big Data? Canonical’s service modeling tool allows you to deploy cloud services in seconds. With Big Data on the rise, Juju is becoming a fast and easy platform for making it come to life. In this blog, we’ll take a quick look at the Apache Analytics SQL bundle available in the Juju Charm Store.

Let’s walk through how this solution works. We begin at the Apache Analytics with SQL bundle. This is an 8 node cluster designed to scale out. This contains 1 HDFS master, 1 HDFS secondary namenode, 1 YARN master, 3 compute slaves, and 1 plugin colocated onto the connecting hive unit. The Hive charm to the right represents the data infrastructure built on top of Hadoop. This will let you design your tables and file distributions in order to effectively warehouse the data. Hive then uses MySQL to store the metadata about the table views of the data stored in HDFS.

So why should you use Juju? Instead of going through the long process of manually setting up your services, Juju lets you drag and drop your perfect solution and build your relations across charms. Spend less time deploying and more time doing. With Juju’s charm store allowing for flexibility and bundles making service modeling easy, the only question is what you will do with Juju.

We can’t wait to show you what else can be #MadeWithJuju in our new blog series, so stay tuned for more unique use cases to learn what you can do with Juju. Want to take Juju for a test drive? Try it from the comfort of your web browser. Or if you’re ready to get started, here’s all the information you need.

Solus Is Getting Its Own UEFI Boot Loader Forked from gummiboot

Booting operating systems on UEFI powered machines is just another problem that needs to be taken care of by Linux developers. The Solus OS people are now working on a gummiboot fork, which is acting as a UEFI boot loader.

UEFI is definitely one of the major issues that still need to be addressed and all Linux developers usually ran into it when they are looking to build a distro. Until the world moves to something better and more open than UEFI (not happening anytime soon)… (read more)