Mozilla Thunderbird 31.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes and Important Changes

Mozilla has officially released Thunderbird 31.0, an email and RSS client, for all the available platforms, and the developers have actually made a number of improvements to the application. The first version has been released in the Thunderbird 31.x branch, but unlike some of the previous updates, this one actually brings something interesting. It’s been a while since Thunderbird received any real improvements, but that’s not exactly Mozilla’s fault. The company announced a while ago that i… (read more)

Solomon’s General Store – Retro Armour IV – Void

Take a nostalgia trip and revisit the void with my new line of retro armour.

GCC 5.0 Is Expected Next Year

GNU Compiler Collection developers are beginning to come to a consensus that GCC 5.0 will be released in 2015…

Mesa 10.2.4 Gets Numerous Intel Broadwell Improvements

Mesa, an open source implementation of the OpenGL specification and a system for rendering interactive 3D graphics, is now at version 10.2.4.

Mesa 10.2.4 is the next iteration in the series and implements the OpenGL 3.3 API. This means that some drivers might not support the specifications for the latest Mesa. This build integrates quite a few fixes and changes and it’s one of the biggest releases in the last few months.

According to the changelog, a number of geometry shader memory leaks ha… (read more)

Membership Committee upcoming election

Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of the Board at The Document Foundation, has announced the elections for the Membership Committee.

Dear Community,

all members of The Document Foundation are called to vote on a new Membership Committee. Therefore, the Board of Directors hereby announces the elections to the Membership Committee with the following timeline:

  1. 2014-07-19: announcement of the elections (this e-mail); and start of the nomination phase
  2. 2014-08-27, 24:00 CET/UTC+2: end of the nomination phase
  3. 2014-09-04, 00:00 CET/UTC+2: official start of the elections
  4. 2014-09-11, 24:00 CET/UTC+2: end of the elections
  5. 2014-09-12: announcement of the preliminary results; and start of the challenging phase
  6. 2014-09-17, 24:00 CET/UTC+2: end of the challenging phase
  7. 2014-09-18: official announcement of the final results
  8. 2014-09-19: new Membership Committee officially in charge

Members of The Document Foundation as of 2014-07-01 are eligible to vote in the elections, and any eligible voter can also be elected to the Membership Committee. Members may self-nominate.

To announce your candidacy, send a message to board-discuss@documentfoundation.org with your full name, e-mail, corporate affiliation (if any), and a description of your reasons for
wanting to serve as a committee member. All candidates should also send a summary of their candicacy announcement to elections@documentfoundation.org – a compilation of the summaries will be mailed to all registered voters prior to the elections. Summaries should be no more than 75 words of continuous text (so no bullet lists or multiple paragraphs) and must be received by the nomination deadline given above.

Available slots will be filled by a single transferable vote system, seats filled in decreasing order of preference. This election is according to our statutes, and the term of office is two years.

All discussion related to the elections should be held on board-discuss@documentfoundation.org where members are invited to ask questions to one or all candidates. Instructions explaining how to vote will be sent via e-mail to all eligible voters in time before the election.

The board will announce preliminary results as soon as possible after the elections close, along with instructions on how to access the votes archive and how to independently verify the vote count.

Any eligible voter may challenge the preliminary results by e-mailing elections@documentfoundation.org within the aforementioned deadline. Once any challenges have been resolved, the board shall announce the final results.

Any questions regarding these procedures should be directed to the board by e-mail to elections@documentfoundation.org

We are looking forward to all candidacies, and would like to thank you for your work, engagement and dedication for The Document Foundation!

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Thorsten Behrens

Linux 3.16-rc6 Kernel Released

Linus Torvalds has went ahead and done his usual weekly release candidate update to the latest in-development Linux kernel…

Adventurer’s Log Redesign

Check out the first version of our Adventurer’s Log redesign, as voted for by you! Plus, get involved with our future plans.

RuneFest 2014 Competition – Voting Gallery Live

RuneScape’s RuneFest 2014 competition has had its entries – now it’s your chance to choose our top five!

How To Install And Use SVN With Apache dav_svn On Ubuntu 14.04

How to Install and Use SVN with apache dav_svn on Ubuntu 14.04This tutorial explains the process of installing and using SVN on Ubuntu 14.04 as per steps outlined below. Subversion is a popular open source version control system that enables users to record the history of source files and documents, and manage files and directories over a period of time. It is akin to a tree of files being placed into a central repository on the lines of a regular file server, barring that each modification made to these files and directories is always remembered.

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Two factor authentication with Yubikey for harddisk encryption with LUKS

Two factor authentication with Yubikey for harddisk encryption with LUKS

The yubikey is a cool device that is around for a while and several of us know it and love it. It is a device that is recognizes as a USB HID device and can emit one time passwords on a button press.

Quite for a while the yubikey supports a challenge response mode, where the computer can send a challenge to the yubikey and the yubikey will answer with a response, that is calculated using HMAC-SHA1.

KDE Ships July Updates and Second Beta of Applications and Platform 4.14

This week KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the third and last in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.13 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.11. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone. Beneath these releases KDE announced the second beta of the 4.14 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested!

On the language front Farsi (Persian) reached the essential criteria and thus will be again part of this release. Kopete has some important fixes: formatting messages when OTR plugin is loaded but not used for encrypting messages in the chat window and generating HTML messages with the Jabber protocol.

More than 40 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, the desktop search functionality, web browser Konqueror and the file manager Dolphin. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE’s issue tracker.

To find out more about the 4.13 versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform, please refer to the 4.13 release notes.

The second beta release needs a thorough testing in order to improve quality and user experience. A variety of user styles is essential to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers cannot possibly test every configuration. User assistance helps find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please join the 4.14 team’s release effort by installing the beta and reporting any bugs. The official announcement has information about how to install the betas.

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GNOME Foundation: GUADEC 2014 registration is now open!

The GUADEC organization team is happy to announce the availability of the
registration form [1] for the upcoming GUADEC to be held in Strasbourg,
France at Epitech, a software engineer school in the heart of the city, is
glad to welcome our community and host the venue [2] for the event! This
year we are going to include a list of participants to the event online at
[3].

Once registered to the event do not forget we also provide a set of badges
[4] you can use to share on your website! Let everyone know you are coming
to such a great event held in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe!

About GUADEC

The GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC), is an annual
conference taking place in Europe, whose prime topic is the development of
the GNOME desktop environment which sees many participants from all over
the world.

[1] https://www.guadec.org/register
[2] https://www.guadec.org/venue
[3] https://www.guadec.org/participant-list
[4] https://www.guadec.org/media

SEO Experts | Jon Henshaw of RavenTools Speaks on SEO and Ecommerce

In our last edition of the SEO Expert Series, we interviewed Rand Fishkin of Moz. Today, we have the pleasure of meeting with with Jon Henshaw, Co-Founder & CMO of Raven Internet Marketing Tools. You might have seen him speaking at the largest online marketing conferences such as PubCon, SMX, SearchFest, SES and others. He teamed up with PrestaShop Moderator, Lesley Paone of dh42 to give you his insights into how SEO, PrestaShop and ecommerce work together.

  1. What would be your first steps in starting SEO for a newly launched e-commerce site?

    Most new e-commerce sites suffer from big problems that can be fixed easily. So the very first thing I would do is crawl and analyze it using our Site Auditor. My initial focus would be on identifying and fixing visibility issues. For example, I would want to know if any of my pages are accidently being blocked by robots.txt. I would follow that with fixing any blocked pages, broken links and/or broken images. Once you fix the search engine visibility, navigation and coding errors, you can then focus your energy on optimizing the META data and content of the site.

  2. Do you think every e-commerce site needs a blog?

    A blog can be quite valuable for an e-commerce site. If done well, an e-commerce blog can funnel significant traffic to product pages and assist in converting that traffic. A few examples of blog posts that work well include new product reviews, announcements, top 10 lists and personal interest stories that tie in relevant products and services. Blogs also provide a casual medium for communicating changes to the site that users might find interesting. So, the short answer is yes. E-commerce sites need a blog.

  3. What do you think are the most important factors in getting product pages to rank high in search engines?

    Many e-commerce pages suffer from duplicate content. So, the first factor I would focus on is uniqueness. The goal should be to make a product page hyper-focused on the actual product. That means possibly having longer, unique product descriptions and including additional collateral like original videos, reviews and other content that can’t be found anywhere else. The perfect product page would be one that gives people a reason to share and link to, versus a page that simply exists for a shopper to add to a cart.

  4. Do you have any suggestions for drop shippers that use a product feed with no unique descriptions?

    If you’re using content that everyone else is using for their product pages, then getting your product pages to rank will be very difficult. Similar to my previous answer, drop shippers need to find a way to make their product pages unique and present value to both the visitor and search engines.

  5. How would you go about link building for an e-commerce site?

    I would find and reach out to sites that are relevant to my site’s focus and products. I would then explore both advertising and editorial options with them. I would be less interested in whether or not the link uses the nofollow and more interested in whether or not the site has a sizable audience that will drive targeted traffic to my site. Not only is that more effective, both in the short and long term, it also provides me with more options to present to site owners. For example, it may be worth it to get a “sponsored” review if there’s a good chance it will still provide exposure to my brand and product(s).
    The truth is, there are many tactics that work well for e-commerce sites. One tactic I like in particular is creating special destination pages that are altruistic in nature and/or provide interesting tools or statistics that visitors will want to share and discuss on blogs and social media. After a successful campaign with that page, the e-commerce site can then promote their product(s) on it or redirect it to a relevant category or product page while still maintaining some of the original content.

  6. What are “local citations”? Do you think they are important for e-commerce sites that sell to a whole country, several countries, or even worldwide?

    Local Citations are when other sites mention your business name, address and other contact details. If done well, they can help boost search engine visibility in both local and personalized results. Their importance to e-commerce sites that aren’t based in a particular city is marginal.
    However, it’s possible that e-commerce sites could take advantage of local citations from a worldwide perspective. For example, you could create country specific e-commerce sites that use a related Top Level Domain (TLD) for each country and are written in that country’s primary language. It’s key to make sure each country’s specific site is not a direct copy of the other. Instead, the home page and supporting pages should take into account cultural norms and find other ways to make their product pages unique. You would essentially be making variants of each site; any link building, content marketing and local citations would be specific to that country.

  7. When an e-commerce website has product pages for products that will never be in stock again, how would you handle them for SEO? Remove the page? Leave the pages up with an Out of Stock message? Redirect the page to other products or something else?

    It depends on search engine visibility and traffic, the backlink profile and related referral traffic, and whether or not the e-commerce site has other products that are good replacements. With that being said, my general inclination is to do a 301 redirect to a relevant category or product page. I don’t like the negative message it sends to users when you have a product page for something that no longer exists. If you keep that live, the user is more likely to bounce and try to find the product somewhere else, so you might as well try to capture them with a more positive experience.

  8. Do you have any suggestions on how category pages should be handled in relation to duplicate content and thin content?

    E-commerce sites should treat category pages similar to how blogs should be handling category pages. If you want a category page to perform well, make the percentage of unique content higher than the list of short and duplicated titles and short descriptions. Turn the category page into a true destination page where product listing aren’t the sole focus of the page.

  9. What are some tips you can give online merchants looking to hire an SEO firm to handle their e-commerce website?

    A good SEO firm should be heavily focused on Information Architecture (IA). The starting place for good search engine visibility is optimized IA. The second thing is a solid content strategy. That includes content for category and product pages and also general content marketing initiatives. Aside from effective strategies and techniques, they should be focused on reporting performance. And by performance, I don’t mean where the site ranks. I mean reports that can show an increase in organic traffic and goal conversions from that traffic.

  10. Can you explain how Raven Tools would help PrestaShop merchants?

    I think Raven could help PrestaShop merchants in several ways. The first thing I would recommend is that they use the Site Auditor to automatically diagnose and quickly fix any issues they might have on their site. The next thing would be to connect their Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools accounts with Raven. That would allow them to monitor and report on their site performance, including the ability to know which keywords drive the most traffic to their site. Then I would have them connect their social network accounts, like Twitter and Facebook, and use Raven to schedule posts throughout the week that share the type of content I’ve described in this interview. There’s a lot more they could do with Raven, but those are some of the bigger things that come to mind.

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Thanks for reading, leave your comments below and stay tuned for more great tips from SEO Experts next week!

Fedora 21 Alpha, Project Mayhem, and Linus’ Office

There is so much news today I’m not sure which to highlight first. Linux.com has a look at Linus Torvalds’ home office and a new paper describes fresh malware "Mayhem." X.Org Server 1.16 and GCC 4.9.1 have been released and the Plasma 5.1 development cycle has been officially kicked off. All this and some openSUSE, Ubuntu and Fedora tidbits here in tonight’s Linux news. Linus Torvalds is featured in a new video over at Linux.com giving a tour of his home / home office and speaking about some of his likes and dislikes and how he does things. He has a treadmill in front of his computer screen and keyboard yet later admits to being lazy.  I have stacks of hard drives all over the place too just like Linus, I guess that makes me lazy too. Don’t miss it. Two foundational package saw new releases today. First, Phoronix.com covers the release of X.Org Server 1.16 by release manager Keith Packard today. It features Wayland and systemd support as well as other new features and lots of clean up. In other news, Jakub Jelinek announced the release of GCC 4.9.1, a bug-fix release. In KDE news today, Martin Grasslin today

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BTS Video 112 – Araxxor

Mod Chris L introduces Araxxor – the eight-legged menace who’ll be terrorising RuneScape later this month. Get ready for a beast of a boss fight!

Come to RuneFest for Free with Bonds!

More details on RuneFest 2014 tickets and how this year Bonds can cover your entire visit!

Red Hat’s Inktank Buy Bears 1st Fruit


Scarcely two months have passed since Red Hat announced its plans to acquire open source storage company Inktank, but already the union has produced results: Inktank Ceph Enterprise 1.2, which made its debut on Wednesday. Ceph is a scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that runs on commodity hardware, and the Inktank Enterprise version is designed to deliver object and block storage software to enterprises deploying public or private clouds.

Distribution Release: Robolinux 7.5.5

John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 7.5.5, the latest update of the Debian-based distribution that comes with a pre-configured VirtualBox for running Windows as a “guest” operating system: “Robolinux version 7.5.5 adds more privacy and safety for its users on the web. A large number of….

42 of the Best Resources to Help You Get Started with Your Online Store

As a new online business owner, you’ll find that the more you learn about running an online store, the more there is to learn. From small tips and tricks to complete overhauls, you can always improve your online store. The front office display, user experience, marketing, SEO and social media are just a few areas to consider.

With an infinite amount of online resources to help you grow each area of your online business, which resource should you use? We’ve narrowed it down and compiled a list of 42 of the best resources to help you get started with your online store.

Introduction to Ecommerce

The first step to launching your online store is having your idea. Then get your ecommerce feet wet with these 6 easy reads. They cover the basics of starting an online store along with tips from experienced merchants.

  1. A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started in Retail Ecommerce
  2. Ecommerce 101: 25 Terms Every Online Merchant Should Know
  3. 7 Pieces of Advice from Successful Internet CEOs for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs
  4. 9 ‘Mindsets’ You Need to Switch from Employee to Entrepreneur
  5. 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Opening an Ecommerce Site
  6. What’s essential for a good ecommerce website? (Sign up for an account to continuously receive ecommerce updates!)

Creating your Online Store

Now that you have a general idea of what running an online business will be like, you’re ready to get started! These articles will help you with the first steps of bringing your online store to life.

  1. How to Create an Online Store: 10 Steps to Write your Business Plan
  2. Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide
  3. Ecommerce Design: How to Find the Right Logo for Your Online Store
  4. How to Pick the Right Domain Name for Your Online Store
  5. The 10 Recommended Steps After Installing Your Online Store
  6. How to Handle Online Credit Card Processing

Ecommerce Design

The appearance and usability of your online store plays an important role in your success. Get some inspiration for ecommerce designs that will capture visitors’ attention and convert them into customers.

  1. How to Design an Ecommerce Site to Maximize Sales
  2. 10 Resources for Design Inspiration
  3. Infographic: Roadmap for a Trustworthy E-Commerce Website
  4. The Top 10 Things Customers are looking for on your E-commerce Site
  5. The Last 7 Things to Consider Before Launching your Online Store

Optimizing Product Pages

Now that you’re just about ready to launch, we’ve dedicated a section to one of the most important aspects of your online store: what you’re selling! Here are resources to help you create irresistible product pages.

  1. Improve Your E-Commerce Design with Brilliant Product Photos
  2. Make the most of your product images with PrestaShop
  3. Improve Product Photos for Your Online Store: The 5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Commit
  4. Sell More Online: 8 Tips for your Product Descriptions
  5. How to Write Product Descriptions that Increase Sales and Boost SEO

Ecommerce SEO

SEO is a huge part of running an online business, it helps potential customers find your company and products. These articles will help you with understanding SEO, building a strategy and driving traffic to your new online shop.

  1. The Beginners Guide to SEO
  2. Build an Ecommerce Content Marketing Strategy for 2014
  3. Content Marketing for Ecommerce: Technical checklist and Writing process
  4. PrestaShop Forum: “Submit your sites for SEO advice”

Make your First Sale

After you launch your store, it’s all about making that elusive first sale. Here are 4 resources with tons of ideas to help do just that and to keep sales coming in.

  1. How to Get your First Customers for your E-commerce Shop
  2. 25 Simple Ideas to Make your First Sale Online
  3. The 5 Ultimate Ways to Drive New Traffic to your Online Store
  4. 3 Proven Strategies to Help Your E-Commerce Sales

Building a Brand via Social Media Networks

Now that you’re selling successfully, turn your online store into an online brand with social media. Discover which social media networks to use, how to generate content, and best practices for managing your accounts.

  1. How to Choose the Best Social Media Site for Your Business
  2. 10 Tools to Create Social Media Graphics
  3. 10 Free Tools to Create Infographics
  4. Social Media Management Tools to the Rescue
  5. How to Increase Engagement for a Company Facebook Page

Solidify your Online Success

As you continue to grow your business, you’ll want to discover more ways to grow better, faster and stronger. Here are our last 6 resources to help you along. Join a community of online merchants, improve your time management, and use these tools to help run your business.

  1. Great 8: Top Entrepreneur Forums on the Web
  2. 10 Productivity Apps for Overwhelmed Entrepreneurs
  3. 6 Time-Saving Apps to Boost Your Productivity
  4. 10 Brilliant Apps Small Businesses Should Use
  5. 11 Productivity Hacks from Successful Entrepreneurs
  6. 5 Tools for Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time
  7. 10 Free Tools for Every Ecommerce Professional

Which of these resources do you use? Did we forget any important ones? Let us know in the comments below.

Ready to get started with your online store? Take our demo for a test drive or download our ecommerce software to start building your business for FREE today!

Firefox OS Ecosystem Shows Strong Momentum and Expands Across New Devices, Markets and Categories

Firefox OS has unlocked the mobile ecosystem and is quickly expanding across a broad range of devices and product categories in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Just one year after the first devices were launched, Firefox OS is now … Continue reading