GNOME: Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 Host Proposals

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting GNOME.Asia Summit during the 2nd quarter of 2017.


GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.


GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Depok, New Delhi respectively over the last nine years.


The Committee’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.


You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at:


The GNOME Board and Release team are happy to announce that the GNOME version to be released in March will be named after the the city where the GNOME.Asia Summit will take place.


Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the GNOME Asia Summit Committee.  The deadline for the proposals is the 11th of September 2016. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more detail over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the first week of October 2016.


The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2017 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:


  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.
  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.
  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorships


Please refer to the GNOME.Asia website. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list, howtos and July 22nd, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Development: GNOME 3.21.4 released


The fourth snapshot of GNOME 3.21 is now available and it incorporates
quite edgy modules.

To compile GNOME 3.21.4, 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 3.21.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core -
apps -

The GNOME 3.21.4 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 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

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

See you at GUADEC!


Android Nougat Will Enforce Strict Boot & Error Correction

In this day and age where security breaches are everywhere and everybody is vulnerable in one way or another, it should be of no surprise that Android will start enforcing secure, verified boot on devices that ship with Android 7.0 (Nougat). While the Android OS already verifies the boot partition on most devices and lets the user know if something is up, they are given the option to continue at their own peril, or to power down the device and begin diagnostic and recovery work. With Android Nougat however, devices will only be able to boot in a very limited mode (when a user acknowledges the risks) or will refuse to boot altogether.
While this move could prove problematic for the root community, as an insecure boot image is often used as a workaround for a device whose manufacturer refuses to unlock the bootloader, there will likely be ways around it in custom versions of the OS, and the very real security risks being avoided are worth the hassle. This move also does not necessarily mean that any unofficial versions of Android 7.0 firmwares will refuse to boot – not all of the custom ROMS out right now require or utilize an insecure boot image and it’s likely to be the same case with Android Nougat.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Introducing the new Juju store

Over the past few months, the Juju team has been working on a whole redesign of the Juju store homepage and we’re very happy to announce that it is now live!

Juju is an application and service modelling tool that enables you to quickly model, configure, deploy and manage applications in the cloud. Juju comes with ready-made solutions for everything you need – these solutions are encapsulated in Charms and Bundles:

Charms contain all the instructions necessary to deploy, manage and scale cloud applications.
Bundles are collections of charms that work together, deploying an entire application or chunk of infrastructure in one go.
The new Juju Charm store allows you to explore the growing ecosystem of over 300 charms and bundles – everything you need to build your app.

You can now get started with the featured charms and bundles at the top or explore the whole collection of categories:

Juju Store

We’ve surfaced key categories and highlighted their most popular services:

Juju Store

Juju Store

The search stays the same for now, but we’re working on improvements which will be released in the near future:

Juju Store

You can explore bundles and view charm details:

Juju Store

Juju Store

And deploy your chosen charm, using the GUI or CLI:

Juju Store

Check it out at:

How did we arrive at this solution?

We’ve summarised four of the most important stages of the project for you to get an insight into our design process.

Defining the problem

You may want a shiny new design, but if you don’t understand the problems that you are trying to solve you’ll probably find yourself having to redesign the whole page again in no time. We therefore began by identifying the issues that we wanted this new design to tackle, and laying out the new store requirements.

This is what the store homepage looked like before the redesign:

Juju Store

The original goal of this page was to feature the breadth of the software available for Juju. However, there were a number of elements in our previous design that didn’t facilitate a smooth browsing experience. As the Juju ecosystem grew, we found the need to increase the store’s performance by:

  • Providing a more curated selection to users when they arrive at the store
  • Highlighting the most popular and interesting charms and bundles for users to get started
  • Providing better discovery methods for browsing
  • Encouraging exploration
  • Reducing cognitive load
  • Helping visitors find what they’re looking for with the least amount of friction

Understanding our audience

Before making any design decisions we:

  • Conducted a round of user testing to uncover friction points and reveal insights into our users’ behaviour and needs
  • Dived into our site’s analytics to learn more about how current users are moving across the store
  • Looked at conversion, bounce rate and page views
  • Identified what search terms are used most and what terms and categories were the most popular
  • Tagged our content to increase findability
  • It’s a surprisingly large amount of prep work but absolutely essential – all this research enabled us to gain some insight into our audience and allowed the definition of use cases which we then used as a basis for our designs

Researching our competitors

We also undertook a competitor benchmarking project with the aim of:

  • Comparing our general practices and performance with that of our competitors
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of our competitors and review that against our own
  • Identifying pitfalls to avoid and ways in which we could improve our page

Design Process

Test the performance

Testing the design enabled us to continuously iterate towards a solution that, when finalised, was very well received by the community. We love conducting user testing sessions to see how our designs are performing, and it’s hard to over-emphasise the importance of watching actual people interact with your design!

We’ve enjoyed every stage of this process and are very happy it is now available to the public. We’d welcome any feedback, please don’t hesitate to share it here. Check it out here

Original article

Wine 1.9.15 Released

The Wine development release 1.9.15 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • More shader instructions in Direct3D.
  • Performance improvements in GDI.
  • Better multi-joystick support on macOS.
  • Active Scripting improvements.
  • Additional stream support in the C++ runtime.
  • Various bug fixes.

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

Trailer | The Arc Islands – coming Monday 25th July

The first part of the massive Eastern Lands expansion is almost here – get hyped with this stunning trailer!

Splice Machine Creates Open Source, Enterprise Split

Splice Machine this week announced it has open sourced its Spark-powered relational SQL database system. The company has set up a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its new open source Splice Machine 2.0 Community Edition to the test. The company also announced the release of a cluster version and the launch of a developer community site. Splice Machine is a relational database management system, or RDBMS, designed for high-speed performance. The version 2.0 release integrates Apache Spark into its existing Hadoop-based architecture.

Distribution Release: Ubuntu 16.04.1

Adam Conrad has announced the release of Ubuntu 16.04.1, the first maintenance update of the distribution’s latest long-term support branch. This version is provided for users performing new installations of Ubuntu 16.04 (or any of the official Ubuntu flavours) while existing Ubuntu 16.04 users can gain the same….

Design Doc | Bounty Hunter & Deathmatch PvP

Mod Pi wants your feedback on the design for the upcoming PvP update.

Now Available: The Ultimate Fedora T-Shirt!

If you’ve been involved in free and open source projects like Fedora for very long, you know one of the most sought-after “swag” items is a t-shirt with your projects’ logo. Until now, the easiest way to get a Fedora T-shirt has been to go to a big event like Flock, or through events organized & supported by our Fedora Ambassadors around the world.

This month, our friends over at released the “Ultimate Fedora T-shirt” in their online store. Since they ship to most countries around the world, you can now get your hands on a Fedora t-shirt even if you’ve missed one of our events! The shirts are heavy-duty “classic fit” style in a variety of sizes, and are available in black and white with the Fedora logo screen printed on the front. And even better, as a bonus with your t-shirt order, they’ll throw in one of the cool Fedora stickers they also sell for your laptop or other device at no extra charge!

One of the great things about Unixstickers is their financial support of all the different awesome projects in their store. With every Fedora t-shirt order, a portion of your purchase is donated back to those projects and to other charities.

So what are you waiting for? Head over & pick up a shirt or two today!

Fedora T-Shirt (Black) Fedora T-Shirt (White)

Distribution Release: Ubuntu DesktopPack 16.04

The Ubuntu DesktopPack distribution is a remix of the Ubuntu distribution by UALinux. The Ubuntu DesktopPack features software updates and multimedia support on the installation disc. The Ubuntu DesktopPack, version 16.04, is available in six editions for both the 32-bit and 64-bit x86 architecture. “Available to download images….

WordPress 4.6 Beta 4

WordPress 4.6 Beta 4 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.6, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information on what’s new in 4.6, check out the Beta 1, Beta 2, and Beta 3 blog posts, along with in-depth field guides. This is the final planned beta of WordPress 4.6, with a release candidate scheduled for next week.

Some of the fixes in Beta 4 include:

  • Media: alt attributes are now always added to images inserted from URLs (#36735).
  • Object subtype handling has been removed from register_meta(). Details about this change are explained in a post for developers.
  • Resource hints are now limited to enqueued assets (#37385).
  • A regression with query alterations introduced by the new WP_Term_Query has been fixed (#37378).
  • The Ajax searches for installed and new plugins have been enhanced to fix several accessibility issues and to improve compatibility with older browsers. (#37233, #37373)
  • The media player MediaElement.js has been updated to 2.22.0 to fix YouTube video embeds (#37363).
  • The Import screen was overhauled, improving accessibility and making it much easier to install and run an importer (#35191).
  • Emoji support has been updated to include all of the latest Unicode 9 emoji characters (#37361). 🤠🥕🥓🕺🏽🤝🏿
  • Various bug fixes. We’ve made more than 60 changes during the last week.

Do you speak a language other than English? Help us translate WordPress into more than 100 languages!

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Happy testing!

This is Beta 4,
The last before RC 1.
Please test all the things.

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 3

Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of the third alpha build of openSUSE 42.2, the upcoming new stable release from one of the oldest Linux distributions that’s still going strongly today: “openSUSE 42.2 alpha 3 is on the mirrors. The merge of SLE 12 SP2 core components is….

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce – BETA Release

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Xfce Edition.

Linux Mint 18 Sarah Xfce Edition

Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 18 XFCE“.

Important info:

The release notes provide important information about known issues, as well as explanations, workarounds and solutions.

To read the release notes, please visit:

Release Notes for Linux Mint 18 Xfce

System requirements:

  • 512MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
  • 9GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
  • Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution (1024×768 recommended).
  • DVD drive or USB port.


  • The 64-bit ISO can boot with BIOS or UEFI.
  • The 32-bit ISO can only boot with BIOS.
  • The 64-bit ISO is recommend for all modern computers (Almost all computers sold in the last 10 years are equipped with 64-bit processors).

Upgrade instructions:

  • This BETA release might contain critical bugs, please only use it for testing purposes and to help the Linux Mint team fix issues prior to the stable release.
  • It will be possible to upgrade from this BETA to the stable release.
  • It will also be possible to upgrade from Linux Mint 17.3. Upgrade instructions will be published after the stable release.

Bug reports:

  • Please report bugs below in the comment section of this blog.
  • When reporting bugs, please be as accurate as possible and include any information that might help developers reproduce the issue or understand the cause of the issue:
    • Bugs we can reproduce, or which cause we understand are usually fixed very easily.
    • It is important to mention whether a bug happens “always”, or “sometimes”, and what triggers it.
    • If a bug happens but didn’t happen before, or doesn’t happen in another distribution, or doesn’t happen in a different environment, please mention it and try to pinpoint the differences at play.
    • If we can’t reproduce a particular bug and we don’t understand its cause, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to fix it.
  • Please visit to follow the progress of the development team between the BETA and the stable release.

Download links:

Here are the download links for the 64-bit ISO:

A 32-bit ISO image is also available at

Integrity and authenticity checks:

Once you have downloaded an image, please verify its integrity and authenticity.

Anyone can produce fake ISO images, it is your responsibility to check you are downloading the official ones.


We look forward to receiving your feedback. Many thanks in advance for testing the BETA!

The best Linux laptop: The 2016 Dell XPS 13

Make no mistake about it. The 2016 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop is wonderful. It’s fast, its display is gorgeous, and, at less than three pounds, you can carry and code with it anywhere. But, oh, that price tag!
The system itself is powered by a dual-core, 2.2GHz 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6560U Skylake processor. This is one fast system. It’s meant for developers and they need all the speed they can get.
It boasts 16GBs of DDR3 RAM and a half a terabyte, PCIe solid state drive (SSD). This also helps make it a fast system.
How fast? Using the installed Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 with its developer tools I was able to compile its Linux 3.19 kernel in about three minutes. If I’d optimized my tools I think I could have dropped that to less than two minutes.
Of course, you can compile Linux faster. To really compile in a hurry try an Intel Xeon E5 chip. But on a laptop? I don’t think you’re going to do much better.
The hardware is only part of the story here. Besides using Ubuntu 14.04 as its default operating system, this system is designed for developers. If you just need a system to roam the web or to do day in and day out office work, look elsewhere. This is a laptop by programmers for programmers.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Treasure Hunter | Agility & Hunter Dummies

Head to Treasure Hunter to win the new types of elite skilling dummies!

Fedora 22 end of life

As of July 19, 2016, Fedora 22 has reached its end of life for updates and support. No more updates, not even security fixes, will be provided for Fedora 22. Fedora 23 will be maintained with updated packages until approximately one month after the release of Fedora 25.

Upgrading to Fedora 23 or Fedora 24 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 22. For more information on upgrading Fedora, check out the DNF System Upgrade page on the Fedora Project wiki.

About the Fedora Release Cycle

The Fedora Project community provides updated packages for a Fedora release until about a month after the second following release. For example, updates for Fedora 23 continue until about a month after the release of Fedora 25. Fedora 24 continues to be supported until approximately one month after the release of Fedora 26.

The Fedora Project wiki contains more detailed information about the entire Fedora Release Life Cycle. This page includes how each version of Fedora progresses from development, to release, to post-release support, to end of life.

Skype for Linux Alpha Draws Cheers, Jeers

Microsoft last week introduced a new Web-based Skype for Linux client in alpha. Based on WebRTC, it uses Microsoft’s next-generation calling architecture. It lets users share files, photos, videos and new emoticons. Users will be able to call others using the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. However, they won’t be able to make or receive calls using earlier versions of Skype for Linux. Microsoft also introduced an alpha version of Skype based on WebRTC for users of Chromebooks or the Chrome browser on Linux.

Development Release: OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1

Kate Lebedeff has announced the release of a new development snapshot for the OpenMandriva distribution. The new release candidate, OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1, introduces Chinese and Japanese translations, offers 32-bit (i586) support and fixes bugs in the GnuPG package. “Work for the RC1 has further improved stability and performance…..

LibreOffice developer interview: Winfried Donkers

Winfried Donkers LibreOffice developer

In this week’s developer interview, we talk to Winfried Donkers, a Dutch coder who has been using LibreOffice (and its predecessors) for almost two decades, and today works on Calc.

Where are you based, and do you work for a LibreOffice-related company or just code in your spare time?

I live in the Netherlands, in a small village in Zeeland, near the North Sea. My work is within cycling distance – I don’t drive cars any more. I contribute mostly in my spare time, but if people or companies want me to fix a bug in my ‘area of expertise’ I will spend some company time. The company I work for uses LibreOffice.

How did you get involved with LibreOffice?

I first used StarOffice in the 1990s, but that was just a short fling. I used since version 1.1, and the company I worked for at that time switched to somewhere between 2000 and 2002. The company I work for now used an old version of Microsoft Office and I managed to get the company to choose LibreOffice in October 2011 (I think). Around that time I personally chose to contribute to LibreOffice.

What areas of the code do you normally work on? Anything else you want to tackle?

I concentrate on Calc functions, both fixing bugs and adding new (missing) functions. I am happy with that; LibreOffice is quite complex and I would rather know one area well than many areas superficially. I am still learning a lot about Calc and its functions and I’m far from being an expert.

What is your vision for the future, or what would you most like to see improved in LibreOffice?

I would like LibreOffice to be one of the available, undisputed and fully-fledged office applications and not just a ‘cheap’ alternative to Microsoft Office. LibreOffice is much more than that. A better (more stable) Base would be welcome. I hardly use it because of hitches. But having said that, I cannot contribute to Base and the people working on Base are doing a great job, especially considering their limited time.

What do you do when you’re not working on LibreOffice?

In my spare time when I am not working on LibreOffice I like to sail. My wife and I have a sailing boat and I sail with my wife as well as alone a lot. Also I like to work on our boat, ‘restoring’ as it is a classic boat.

Thanks Winfried! And to any other interested developers reading this: join our community and help to make LibreOffice even better.