Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle Bring the Best of Hidden Object Games to Linux

The Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle has been released, and it incorporates a large number of games from the Artifex Mundi sp. z o.o. publisher. Despite the name of the collection that hints only at the mobile platform, almost all titles are also available for Linux users as well.

The games from the Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle fall into one category, hidden objects. These type of games have exploded in the past couple of years, and there are now thousands of them, … (read more)

Tweak Fedora 22 Linux with the Powerful and User-Friendly Fedy Utility

The Fedy open source graphical utility that helps Fedora Linux users to tweak their installations has been updated recently with a revamped user interface and support for the Fedora 22 distro.

The Fedora Project will release later today, May 26, the highly anticipated Fedora 22 Linux operating systems, so you will need a powerful and straightforward tool to tweak some things after installations. As such, we can report that read more)

Behind the scenes at TDF: Certification Project, an update

Italo Vignoli is one of the founders of The Document Foundation, and has been a member of the first Steering Committee and then of the first Board of Directors until 2014. He has been active in marketing since the launch of the project, and has created the LibreOffice certification project from scratch. He is a member of the staff since late 2013, in charge of certification and now also of marketing and public relations.

2015 is another year packed with exciting projects and ideas around LibreOffice and The Document Foundation, so we want to continue our behind-the-scenes series, to share achievements with our community and our generous donours, to whom we’d like to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks for their incredible and wonderful support and their invaluable contributions!

The LibreOffice Certification Project has seen a number of improvements since January, when we have had the first session at FOSDEM.

First, we have added Edmund Laugasson from Estonia and Carlos Rodriguez from Spain, who have gone through the peer-to-peer review process in early May, to the list of certified TDF members.

We have also leveraged the experience of the review sessions to improve the process, in order to make it more dependable for the future. Thanks to several contributions from Sophie Gautier, Lothar Becker and Thomas Krumbein, we have a hugely improved questions & answers document which will help reviewers to keep a high level of consistency between sessions.

In the future, we can easily keep track of the questions which have been asked to each candidate, to check – for instance – if weaknesses have been addressed since the previous review.

Also, we have introduced a face-to-face (via videoconferencing) meeting with Sophie and myself before the peer-to-peer review session, to meet the candidate in a more relaxed way and discuss informally about his certification related activities.

This meeting is not included in the existing review protocol (published online) but will be introduced in the new version released in June, which will become effective for the next peer-to-peer review session.

In June, most documents published on the certification website will be updated, based on the experience gained so far. In addition, other documents will be published, to improve the governance of the process.

Last, but not least, we are working at the first training session for third parties applying for certification.

The training has two objectives:

  • first, to teach candidates free software and related licenses, TDF governance, LibreOffice development and quality assurance,
  • second, meet the candidates face-to-face, and discuss their motivations to get LibreOffice certification.

LibreOffice certification is on its way to become a solid foundation for the ecosystem. The objective is to make it easier for certified professional to get rewarded for their competence, and for the value they can add to migration and training projects.

Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.2.2

The development team behind the Debian-based Q4OS distribution have announced the availability of Q4OS 1.2.2. This new release presents a minor update to the Q4OS 1.2 series and introduces a new graphical package manager, called Software Centre. “We introduce the new ‘Software Centre’ in this version, now it….

openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets Linux Kernel 4.0.3 and GNOME 3.16.2

A new set of improvements has landed in openSUSE Tumbleweed, the rolling release branch of the famous openSUSE Linux distribution.

The advantages of a rolling-release Linux distribution is that developers can add all kinds of cool and new packages without having to resort to major new releases. They do test all these upgrades before releasing them, but they eventually land. The same can be said about the latest updates which cover the Linux kernel and the GNOME stack.

Ac… (read more)

Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise

The latest edition of Simplicity Linux, version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. Simplicity lets you carry your entire desktop, favorite installed applications, and complete collection of documents and files in your pocket everywhere you go. Other Linux distros let you do much the same thing — but solutions like Puppy Linux, Porteus, Knoppix and such are a bit trickier to set up and configure.

World Wine News Issue 391

WWN Issue 391 was released today.

Development: GNOME 3.17.2 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-05-25 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.17.2
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.17.2. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!

For more information about 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.17

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


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Cloudbase and Canonical partner to bring Windows Hyper-V Support


  • Partners bring Windows Hyper-V support to managed OpenStack clouds

Cloudbase Solutions, the developer of Windows components in OpenStack, announced today that it is partnering with Canonical to enable their customers to run KVM and Hyper-V environments side-by-side in the same managed cloud. Cloudbase Solutions believes Windows and open source interoperability is essential for the adoption of managed clouds by enterprises.

Delivered by BootStack, the managed private cloud service from Canonical, this new capability allows customers to run Windows virtual workloads on Hyper-V and Linux workloads on Ubuntu hosts, with seamless networking between Linux and Windows application components.


Cloudbase and Canonical



Enterprise users frequently employ Active Directory for identity management. BootStack now allows the integration of Keystone (OpenStack’s identity component) with Active Directory, either by leveraging an existing onsite domain or by provisioning a new fault tolerant Active Directory forest and domain.

Networking between Ubuntu and Hyper-V hosts is based on modern overlay standards provided by Open vSwitch (OVS) with VXLAN, VLANs and soon NVGRE on Microsoft’s native networking stack, fully integrated in Neutron. Open vSwitch comes natively in Ubuntu and has been recently ported to Hyper-V thanks to Cloudbase Solutions, VMWare and the rest of the other members of the community.

Since its launch in 2014, BootStack has been adopted rapidly by organisations looking to benefit from the agility of OpenStack without the need to worry about security updates, managing complex upgrades or alerts monitoring. BootStack is the only fully managed OpenStack cloud that’s SLA-backed and supported end-to-end.

Cloudbase Solutions has also contributed Windows support to Juju and MAAS, Canonical’s award-winning cloud automation tools, allowing the same level of automation, fault tolerance and user experience that Juju provides on Ubuntu. Cloudbase Solutions’ Juju charms are available for Hyper-V, Active Directory, Windows Scale-Out File Server Storage, Nagios, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and many other Microsoft based application workloads from the Charm Store.

Alessandro Pilotti, CEO Cloudbase Solutions said, “As OpenStack is maturing, a large market opportunity is opening up for bringing together the open source experience provided by Canonical and OpenStack with the Windows-based IT found in most enterprises. BootStack, along with our Hyper-V and Windows automation plus support, is the perfect managed product to achieve this goal”.

Arturo Suarez, Product Manager Canonical said, “We are committed to bringing the widest range of options to all the different levels of the stack, including the hypervisor. Our focus is ease of use and reliability and so by partnering with Cloudbase, Canonical delivers the many benefits of OpenStack to Microsoft workloads in the form of BootStack, our fully managed service offered worldwide.”

LibreOffice 5.0 Beta 1 Is Out, Stable Version to Land by the End of July

The first Beta for LibreOffice 5.0 has been released by The Document Foundation and the bug hunting season has been declared officially opened.

Every Time a new branch is made available to the public, a new bug hunting session is started. What people don’t usually realize is that LibreOffice is developed by volunteers and not paid employees. This bug hunting session is a good way to identify some of the most pressing problems and to set some priorities for the new cycle.

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Fedora 22 RC2 Available for Testing, Stable Version Coming Next Week

Red Hat announced just a few moments ago that Fedora 22 RC2 is now available for download and testing, making this last development version to be released before the final version is made available next week.

Ever since the Fedora project has been split into Cloud, Workstation, and Server, the development seems to have picked up. Fedora’s release schedule and numerous delays really affected the way the Linux distribution was perceived, but that is changing right now.

The… (read more)

First LibreOffice 5.0 Bug Hunting Session starts Tomorrow

Berlin, May 21, 2015 – The first LibreOffice 5.0 Bug Hunting Session starts tomorrow at 08AM UTC, to catch bugs and regressions on the first beta of the software, available from this link: The session will last until May 24, 2015.

On those dates, mentors will be available from 08AM UTC to 10PM UTC to help less experienced volunteers to triage bugs, on the QA IRC channel and via email on the QA mailing list.

Those who cannot join during the bug hunting session are always welcome to help chasing bugs and regressions when they have time. There will be a second bug hunting session in June, to test LibreOffice 5.0 Release Candidate 1.

More detailed information on the bug hunting session are available here:

LibreOffice 5.0 will be released at the end of July 2015.

New Cossacks 3 RTS to Be Released on Linux by GSC Game World

The famous Cossacks RTS series is returning after a decade, and it will be released as a Linux title as well. It’s being developed by the same studio that made the original games, GSC Game World.

Not many people remember that GSC Game World has been around for a long time, and they’ve done more than just the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of games. Some of their work includes all the Cossacks titles, an FPS called Codename: Outbreak and American Conquest. As you can see, their pedig… (read more)

Humble Paradox Bundle Brings a Few Linux Games

The new Humble Paradox Bundle is now available for purchase, even if it’s not exactly the most Linux-friendly collection of titles released so far under the Humble Bundle umbrella.

More than half of the games in the Humble Paradox Bundle don’t have support for the Linux platform, but that shouldn’t be a problem since even with limited support, it’s still an advantageous offer. Many of the games in this bundle will provide a lot of hours and replayability, so it’s worth it t… (read more)

Dell Launches Cheap Ubuntu-Powered Inspiron 15 3000 Series

Dell is one of the most important providers of Ubuntu-powered hardware, and the company has just released a new laptop called Inspiron 15 3000 Series Laptop Ubuntu Edition.

Companies like Dell or IBM have helped to make Ubuntu much more popular because they sell a lot of hardware, and they are shipping that hardware with Ubuntu preinstalled. It might not seem like a big deal. After all, you can always install something else, but many customers don’t switch to a different OS… (read more)

GNOME Foundation: GNOME Board of Directors Foundation Elections 2015 – Candidates

Hello Foundation Members,

It's that time of the year again! I'm happy to announce the following
candidates for this year's Board of Directors elections:

* Alexandre Franke

* Allan Day

* Andrea Veri

* Carlos Soriano

* Christian Hergert

* Cosimo Cecchi

* Ekaterina Gerasimova

* Jeff Fortin Tam

* Josh Triplett

* Magdalen Berns

* Ryan Lortie

* Shaun McCance

* Tobias Muller

Please see <> for more details.

Foundation Members are welcome to ask questions to the candidates on
foundation-list. Please try to avoid duplicates, and bear in mind
candidates invest a lot of time in answering questions.

If you have any questions about the elections process itself, drop us
a line at membership-committee at

Fabiana - on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee

GNOME to Get GPS Coordinates from Android App

The GNOME developers are trying all kinds of interesting interactions with devices outside the desktop environment, and now they are working on a way to get the GPS locations of an Android phone.

GNOME is more than just a collection of packages that make up a desktop environment, it’s, in fact, a stack of apps that make up the bulk of an operating system. Not all of the GNOME packages are implemented in any given OS; there are too many of that. That happens because many of … (read more)

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Land on October 22

The release schedule for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) has been finalized, and we now have all the intermediary steps and the launch date for the next operating system from Canonical.

One of the reasons Ubuntu is so popular is the fact that a new version arrives every six months, like clockwork. It might not seem like a big deal, but it is. It’s very hard to give a precise date for a launch, especially when it’s an operating system. It means that developers usually have less… (read more)

Canonical’s Orange Match Box Brings Snappy Ubuntu Core to Raspberry Pi 2

On May 20, Canonical had the pleasure of showcasing its latest products at the OpenStack Summit event that takes place these days between May 18 and 22, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Teased on Twitter last week and dubbed the Orange Match Box, Canonical’s small orange case for the famous Raspberry Pi 2 computer board runs the read more)