GNOME: GNOME Foundation endorses User Data Manifesto

We are pleased to announce that The GNOME Foundation as one of several prominent FOSS projects endorses the User Data Manifesto version 2.0

Announced on 29 August at the ownCloud Contributor Conference in Berlin the User Data Manifesto version 2.0 is a more concise and clarified version of the original User Data Manifesto. It defines a basic right to privacy in the digital age and details three important user rights: control over user data, accessibility to knowledge about the data’s location and the freedom in choosing a platform.

“GNOME is proud to support the User Data Manifesto, and hopes other projects will do the same. As a free software project, GNOME has worked hard to ensure that all people have access to a platform that gives them control over their computers and their data. As more and more of our personal information is stored in the cloud, it’s increasingly important that users know where their information is and can access it using free and open source software.” – GNOME Foundation president Shaun McCance.


F23 Cloud Base Test Day September 8th!

Hey everyone! Fedora 23 has been baking in the oven. The Fedora Cloud WG has elected to do a temperature check on September 8th.

For this test day we are going to concentrate on the base image. We will have vagrant boxes (see this page for how to set up your machine), qcow images, raw images, and AWS EC2 images. In a later test day we will focus on the Atomic images and Docker images.

The landing page for the Fedora Cloud Base test day is here. If you’re available to test on the test day (or any other time) please go there and fill out your name and test results. Also, don’t forget that you can use some of our new projects testcloud (copr link) and/or Tunir to aid in testing.

Happy testing and we hope to see you on test day!

Distribution Release: Netrunner 14.2

The developers of Netrunner, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu packages and featuring the KDE desktop, have released an update to the project’s long-term supported 14.x series. The new release, Netrunner 14.2, features and updated kernel and desktop applications. “The Netrunner team is proud to announce the release….

Canonical Cloud Chatter: August 2015

September is fast approaching giving us a ‘back-to-school’ feeling. No time to spare, we’ve been focused on securing new partners for Juju, planning the upcoming Juju Charmer Summit as well as our popular Ubuntu OpenStack Fundamentals Training course. We will be attending many events around the globe, demoing our Cloud solutions – come have a look if you’re around! Read all about what’s new and exciting on the cloud front.



Ubuntu OpenStack Fundamentals Training

New training courses have been announced! The Ubuntu OpenStack Fundamentals Training course is an intensive 3-day, hands-on classroom-based course of lectures and lab work, taking place in various cities around the world.  The course has been designed by the experts in our Cloud Engineering team to be the best introduction for setting up and running Ubuntu OpenStack clouds. The next available training courses will be in Amsterdam and Washington, D.C.! Book your seat today!

Still undecided? Here are five reasons to learn OpenStack.



Juju Charmer Summit

17 – 18 September, Washington, DC

This two day summit is an opportunity for devops to learn how to distribute their software through the Juju Charm Store. Over two dozen charm experts from Canonical and the Juju Community will be on hand to deliver training, discuss best practices, and give attendees hands-on peer instruction on deploying to multiple public clouds, bare metal and OpenStack.

Register to attend here!


Juju Updates: Deploying a Juju Cluster on Brightbox Cloud

Juju takes configuration scripts written in other tools and wraps them into a “charm which can be deployed either with the Juju CLI tool or its GUI interface.

It’s really easy to run up a cluster on Juju to play with on Brightbox Cloud. Neil Wilson, consultant at Brightbox shows you how. Check it out.


Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 3.25.39 PM
Video: Hot New Guests in Ubuntu OpenStack

Real clouds run every type of guest! From hosting containers to complex Windows and Linux integration in an OpenStack environment, this talk will bring together the most important worlds of enterprise IT.

Watch the video here




Partner ecosystem highlights
The Charm Partner Programme welcomed 4 new partners this month:  AppFormix, a software solution that allows users to monitor and control in real time how applications consume available infrastructure resources across VMs and containers; Vedams, the lead developer of Tulsi, an open source tool used to monitor the health of a Swift cluster; France Labs, creators of Datafari, an open source enterprise search solution; and 7isolutions, who package SiouxApps, which are enhanced, open source applications such as Redmine, DokuWiki, WordPress, Subversion and others


Upcoming Events

OpenStack Benelux Conference

On September 17th our Ubuntu Cloud Team will be at OpenStack Benelux Conference. We will be participating in speaking sessions and running demos on making OpenStack easy to install.

Register for OpenStack Benelux here



Strata Hadoop World

If you’re attending Strata & Hadoop World, don’t forget to stop by Booth #358 to learn about our Big Data solutions. Come find out how to become a ‘fast fish’ at Canonical’s Strategic Program Manager Samuel Cozannet’s session.  If you’re only registering now, get 20% off with our promo code!

Get more info & find out how to redeem our 20% promo code



OpenStack Summit Tokyo

In October we will be travelling to Tokyo (it’s the leaf changing season!) to participate in the OpenStack Summit. We will be  at booth #S3, running demos of our cloud tools and  have secured a dedicated track day on Tuesday 29th October. Come see how Juju makes cloud modeling simple and quick.

Learn more & register to attend

Forging an Alliance for Royalty-Free Video

Things are moving fast for royalty-free video codecs. A month ago, the IETF NETVC Working Group had its first meeting and two weeks ago Cisco announced Thor. Today, we’re taking the next big step in this industry-wide effort with the formation of the Alliance for Open Media. Its founding members represent some of the biggest names in online video, such as Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube, multiple browser vendors including Mozilla, Microsoft, and Google, and key technology providers like Cisco and Intel. The Alliance has come together to share technology and run the kind of patent analysis necessary to build a next-generation royalty-free video codec.

Mozilla has long championed royalty-free codecs. The Web was built on innovation without asking permission, and patent licensing regimes are incompatible with some of the Web’s most successful business models. That’s why we already support great codecs like VP8, VP9, and Opus in Firefox. But the Web doesn’t stand still and neither do we. As resolutions and framerates increase, the need for more advanced codecs with ever-better compression ratios will only grow. We started our own Daala project and formed NETVC to meet those needs, and we’ve seen explosive interest in the result. We believe that Daala, Cisco’s Thor, and Google’s VP10 combine to form an excellent basis for a truly world-class royalty-free codec.

In order to allow us to move quickly, the alliance is structured as a Joint Development Foundation project. These are an ideal complement to a larger, open standards organization like the IETF: One of the biggest challenges in developing open standards in a field like video codecs is figuring out how to review the patents. The Alliance provides a venue for us to share the legal legwork without having to worry about it being used against us down the road. That distributes the load, allows us to innovate faster and cheaper, and gives everyone more confidence that we are really producing a royalty-free codec.

The Alliance will operate under W3C patent rules and release code under an Apache 2.0 license. This means all Alliance participants are waiving royalties both for the codec implementation and for any patents on the codec itself. The initial members are just a start. We invite anyone with an interest in video, online or off, to join us.

For further information please visit or view the press release.

5 Reasons why you should learn OpenStack

ubuntucloud_2015-Jul-12 (1)

After the remarkable success of the recent OpenStack days in TaiwanSeattle and Silicon Valley (Benelux is next, September 17th), and as we head towards the next OpenStack Design Summit in Tokyo, I feel it is a great time to give you the following piece of advice: You should learn OpenStack. The sooner, the better. Let me give you 5 reasons:

  1. OpenStack is easy. It has become much easier than in the early days. Regardless of what some vendors want you to think (there might be some consulting revenue stream concerns behind that kind of statements), OpenStack is well documented, it has a huge community behind it willing to help out, and there are tools that will help you in your journey.
  2. You are most likely going to face OpenStack in the next couple of years, so why wait? According to the ninth annual Future of Open Source Survey, 78% of businesses are using open source software such as OpenStack to support some or all of their operations. The evolution of OpenStack has been outstanding, and the adoption of the technology by companies large and small is ramping up, and even if your area of expertise is in software development (more dev than ops), you will most likely end up writing applications that will run on OpenStack (too). Knowledge is power!
  3. Be part of the most vibrant OpenSource Community. Contributors are counted by the thousands, start-ups around OpenStack are funded day in and day out, vendors are investing heavily and there is a Foundation making sure the project grows healthily.
  4. There are plenty of options in the market. I suggest you take your time to go to the OpenStack Foundation Marketplace training section, and compare the different options and models and choose the one that suits you best. When you do, keep in mind that 55% of all production OpenStack deployments are based on Ubuntu OpenStack, and there are several reasons for that…starting with reason number 1: we make it easy (and reliable, and upgradeable, and…)
  5. Just do it for the money. Cloud engineers make more than non-cloud engineers. And OpenStack engineers make more than other cloud engineers (around 30% more, give or take). Hiring OpenStack talent is challenging. You are at the other side of the table, how does that sound?

So let me make it easy for you:


Extension of TDF Freelance Job Opening (#201507-01) – Development Mentoring Lead

The Document Foundation hereby extends the

TDF Freelance Job Opening (#201507-01) – Development Mentoring Lead

The new deadline for applications is September 24, midnight UTC.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including curriculum vitae, your financial expectations, and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

Find the role description below:

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Development Mentoring Lead

to start work as soon as possible. The role, which is scheduled for 20 hours a week, includes amongst other items:

  • Helping new contributors to get started with LibreOffice code including:
    • building LibreOffice
    • getting started with patch submittal on gerrit
    • patrol bugzilla, github and mailing lists for patches uploaded there and help author to upload to gerrit proper
    • clarifying beginner tasks (Easy Hacks) and connecting beginners with domain experts
    • manage, update and watch the list of beginner tasks
    • select attractive beginner tasks and promote, share and advertise those
    • together with other TDF staff, manage quick access to TDF cloud resources for developers (see: Anytime Builder VMs for Developers and Using a VM)
    • Talking to people
      • make the first time contributors feel they are awesome
      • get them to IRC ASAP
      • watch them, ping them, ask them what’s the next thing they want to
      • work on, help them to choose if they are unsure
  • ensure changes are not lingering too long (2 weeks) on gerrit unreviewed by reviewing them or finding someone to review them
  • organizing, announcing and leading regular events for onboarding beginners (virtual Hackfests)
  • updating, steamlining and maintaining developer documentation
  • broadening developer resources with podcasts or screencasts for newcomers
  • reporting and blogging about interesting developments on LibreOffice code to attract new contributors
  • regularly check back with the existing volunteer developer base:
    • to identify and clear out stumbling blocks
    • to learn about reasons why volunteers move on
  • encourage contributors with basic experience to move on from EasyHacks to more challenging and interesting tasks
  • coordinate with QA, design and other groups in the LibreOffice community
  • put outstanding volunteer contributions into the limelight
  • take part in weekly Engineering Steering Committee meetings
  • reach out to other OSS communities (desktop environments, programming languages and frameworks, databases, IDEs etc.) and find opportunities for collaboration, integration and shared marketing

The role requires the following:

  • C++ coding experience
  • basic LibreOffice development know-how
  • excellent communication skills

Previous experience with such tasks is highly welcome, so is using free software for creation of media. Speaking and writing English fluently is a mandatory requirement.

The work time during the day is flexible, apart from some fixed times when availability is required (e.g. during meetings, which usually take place at 1400 or 1500 UTC once per week).

TDF welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

As always, TDF will give some preference to individuals who have previously shown a commitment to TDF, including but not limited to members of TDF. Not being a member, or never having contributed before, does not exclude any applicants from consideration.

The job is offered on a freelance basis. Work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including curriculum vitae, your financial expectations, and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at no later than September 24, 2015, midnight UTC. You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

If you haven’t received feedback by October 1, 2015 your application could not be considered.

Latest Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Update Adds KDE Plasma 5.4, LibreOffice 5.0.1, More

The Manjaro development team announced on the last day of August that the eleventh maintenance update for the stable Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 operating system series is now available to users worldwide.

Prominent features of Manjaro Update 2015-08-31 (stable) for Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 include the addition of the recently announced KDE Plasma 5.4 desktop environment and KDE App… (read more)

New Android-x86 Release Peppered With Problems

The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer. However, the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage to running Android on all of your devices would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing. That is not happening yet, however.

Balthazar’s Big Raffle

Log in through September and collect tickets for unique prizes | More Keepsake slots

DebEX KDE Is a Pure Debian 8.1 Based Distro with Linux Kernel 4.1.3 and KDE Plasma 5

Arne Exton, the creator of numerous GNU/Linux and Android-x86-based distributions, was more than happy to inform us earlier today about the immediate availability for download of a new build for its DebEX KDE edition distro.

Powered by Arne Exton’s special 4.1.0-3-exton kernel, which is based on Linux kernel 4.1.3 LTS, as well as on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (Jessie) operating system, DebEX KDE Edition Build 150830 includes all the latest updates and security patches … (read more)

Midori 0.5.11 Open-Source Web Browser Adds Support for Client Side Decorations

Christian Dywan has announced the immediate availability for download of the eleventh maintenance release of the Midori 0.5 open-source web browser used by default in numerous lightweight GNU/Linux distributions, including elementary OS.

According to the brief release notes, Midori 0.5.11 is here to introduce support for Client Side Decorations (CSD), alo… (read more)

LXLE 14.04.3 Linux Distro Is Now Based on Lubuntu 14.04.3 LTS – Screenshot Tour

The LXLE team has announced the immediate availability for download of the third maintenance release of their lightweight and open-source LXLE 14.04 Linux kernel-based operating system built around the LXDE desktop environment.

Being based on the recently released Lubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system from Canonical, the new… (read more)

Kodi 15.2 RC Addresses Important Android Issues, Adds Better Xbox Controller Support

It looks like the Kodi developers can’t stop implementing new features and fixing annoying bugs in the best open-source and cross-platform media server software ever created, Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center).

The first RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming point release of Kodi 15 (Isengard) has been announced this past weekend, and it is available for download and tes… (read more)

GNU Linux-libre Kernel 4.2 Officially Released with AMDGPU Support, More

Alexandre Oliva has been proud to announce the GNU Linux-libre 4.2 kernel, based on the upstream sources of Linux kernel 4.2, which was officially released by Linus Torvalds the other day, August 30, more)

Second Alpha Build of Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 Brings LibreOffice 5, Based on Debian 8

Edward Snyder, the creator and maintainer of the Debian-based Liquid Lemur Linux distribution, has announced the release and immediate availability for download of the second Alpha build of the upcoming Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 distro.

Being based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie), Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 Alpha 2 comes with the final version of the LibreOffice 5.0… (read more)

Manjaro Linux Fluxbox Edition Gets Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS, Download Now

The Manjaro Linux team, through Bernhard Landauer, has proudly announced the release of an updated version of the Manjaro Linux Fluxbox Edition, namely, which features an updated Linux kernel and numerous improvements.

Being based on Linux kernel 4.1 LTS and using the latest packages from the Manjaro Linux operating system, the Fluxbo… (read more)

Xonotic 0.8.1 released & related news

For those that are not keeping up to the latest development branch (via the autobuilds), the Xonotic developers have released a new version with various smaller changes and new official maps.

From the user “Antibody” (known for his duel commentary videos) comes this nice video overview of the new features:

(please note that due to video capture performance reasons the graphic settings are pretty low, and the game can look much nicer with different settings)

On the longer term horizon of Xonotic development, there is the very exiting news that they are currently porting their game to run on the same engine that Unvanquished uses. With this the future of Xonotic is indeed much brighter, as their current engine has not seem much development lately. See more details in this thread.

Oh and while we are talking about FOSS arena FPS: A short while ago Red Eclipse also released a new version. Changes include updated to the AI Bots and a build in universal updater to easily follow the latest releases.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 625

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Playing with OpenELEC 5.0.8News: Fedora unveils new Wayland features, Tails releases emergency security update, Solus launches fundraiser and KDE releases Plasma 5.4Questions and answers: The LILO boot loaderTorrent corner: Scientific Linux, TailsReleased last week: Quirky 7.1 “Appril”, Scientifix Linux 6.7Upcoming releases: Linux….

SteamOS Brewmaster 2.32 Brings AMD Catalyst 15.7 and Nvidia 352.30

Valve released a new update for SteamOS Brewmaster branch of the operating system, bringing the version number up to 2.32. It’s an important release since it brings all the latest drivers for AMD and Nvidia.

The new SteamOS Brewmaster branch of the operating system is based on Debian 8, and it’s still under development. Regular user won’t see any differences and the current version of SteamOS looks and feels pretty much the same. It’s all the changes made under the hood and… (read more)