GitHub’s Atom 1.5 Hackable Text Editor Out Now, Atom 1.6 Enters Beta Testing

On February 9, 2016, GitHub’s devs made some big announcements for its awesome and acclaimed Atom open-source hackable text editor, which reached stable version 1.5 for all supported operating systems.

As Atom is massively adopted by more and more programmers, it looks like GitHub’s developers have speed up the development cycle of the project, and today they’ve announced the release of Atom 1.5 stable branch an… (read more)

Vulnerabilities in Font Processing Library Impact Firefox, Linux

Security researchers have found vulnerabilities in Graphite, also known as Libgraphite font processing library, that affects a number of systems. The vulnerabilities, if exploited, allow an attacker to seed malicious fonts to a machine. The Libgraphite library is utilised by Linux, Thunderbird, WordPad, Firefox, OpenOffice, as well as several other major platforms and applications.
Security researchers from Cisco have posted an advisory to outline four vulnerabilities in the Libgraphite font processing library. One of the vulnerabilities allows the attackers to execute arbitrary code on the machine, and among other things, crash the system.
Two of the vulnerabilities can result in denial of service situations. “An attacker simply needs the user to run a Graphite-enabled application that renders a page using a specially crafted font that triggers one of these vulnerabilities,” the team wrote in a blog post.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Ubuntu Touch Could Finally Get Selfie Stick Support in OTA 10

Even if the OTA 9.5 update for Ubuntu Touch is not ready yet, it doesn’t mean that the developers are not already looking forward to OTA 10, and they have a comprehensive list of changes and fixes in place.

This kind of updates are planned well in advance, so it’s not really all that uncommon to have a list of items for problems that are going to be solved in an upgrade that will be out more than a month from now.

For the time being, developers are focusing on the read more)

Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Touch Port Is in the Making, Here’s What Works

While Canonical employees are working hard these days on the enablement of the Ubuntu Tablet device, it looks like we’re getting the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system on the Fairphone 2 smartphone.

How did that happen? Well, you might have heard about Marius Gripsgård, the skilled developer who managed to port Ubuntu for Phones on the OnePlus One smartphone, right? Sure you did, and today we’re informing you that his is currently working on porting Ubuntu Touch to Fairph… (read more)

The Internet is a Global Public Resource

One of the things that first drew me to Mozilla was this sentence from our manifesto:

“The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible to all.”

These words made me stop and think. As they sunk in, they made me commit.

I committed myself to the idea that the Internet is a global public resource that we all share and rely on, like water. I committed myself to stewarding and protecting this important resource. I committed myself to making the importance of the open Internet widely known.

When we say, “Protect the Internet,” we are not talking about boosting Wi-fi so people can play “Candy Crush” on the subway. That’s just bottled water, and it will very likely exist with or without us. At Mozilla, we are talking about “the Internet” as a vast and healthy ocean.

We believe the health of the Internet is an important issue that has a huge impact on our society. An open Internet—one with no blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization—allows individuals to build and develop whatever they can dream up, without a huge amount of money or asking permission. It’s a safe place where people can learn, play and unlock new opportunities. These things are possible because the Internet is an open public resource that belongs to all of us.

Making the Internet a Mainstream Issue

Not everyone agrees that the health of the Internet is a major priority. People think about the Internet mostly as a “thing” other things connect to. They don’t see the throttling or the censorship or the surveillance that are starting to become pervasive. Nor do they see how unequal the benefits of the Internet have become as it spreads across the globe. Mozilla aims to make the health of the Internet a mainstream issue, like the environment.

Consider the parallels with the environmental movement for a moment. In the 1950s, only a few outdoor enthusiasts and scientists were talking about the fragility of the environment. Most people took clean air and clean water for granted. Today, most of know we should recycle and turn out the lights. Our governments monitor and regulate polluters. And companies provide us with a myriad of green product offerings—from organic food to electric cars.

But this change didn’t happen on its own. It took decades of hard work by environmental activists before governments, companies and the general public took the health of the environment seriously as an issue. This hard work paid off. It made the environment a mainstream issue and got us all looking for ways to keep it healthy.

When in comes to the health of the Internet, it’s like we’re back in the 1950s. A number of us have been talking about the Internet’s fragile state for decades—Mozilla, the EFF, Snowden, Access, the ACLU, and many more. All of us can tell a clear story of why the open Internet matters and what the threats are. Yet we are a long way from making the Internet’s health a mainstream concern.

We think we need to change this, so much so that it’s now one of Mozilla’s explicit goals.

Read Mark Surman’s “Mozilla Foundation 2020 Strategy” blog post.

Starting the Debate: Digital Dividends

The World Bank’s recently released “2016 World Development Report” shows that we’re making steps in the right direction. Past editions have focused on major issues like  “jobs.” This year the report focuses directly on “digital dividends” and the open Internet.

According to the report, the benefits of the Internet, like inclusion, efficiency, and innovation, are unequally spread. They could remain so if we don’t make the Internet “accessible, affordable, and open and safe.” Making the Internet accessible and affordable is urgent. However,

“More difficult is keeping the internet open and safe. Content filtering and censorship impose economic costs and, as with concerns over online privacy and cybercrime, reduce the socially beneficial use of technologies. Must users trade privacy for greater convenience online? When are content restrictions justified, and what should be considered free speech online? How can personal information be kept private, while also mobilizing aggregate data for the common good? And which governance model for the global internet best ensures open and safe access for all? There are no  simple answers, but the questions deserve a vigorous global debate.”

—”World Development Report 2016: Main Messages,” p.3

We need this vigorous debate. A debate like this can help make the open Internet an issue that is taken seriously. It can shape the issue. It can put it on the radar of governments, corporate leaders and the media. A debate like this is essential. Mozilla plans to participate and fuel this debate.

Creating A Public Conversation

Of course, we believe the conversation needs to be much broader than just those who read the “World Development Report.” If we want the open Internet to become a mainstream issue, we need to involve everyone who uses it.

We have a number of plans in the works to do exactly this. They include collaboration with the likes of the World Bank, as well as our allies in the open Internet movement. They also include a number of experiments in a.) simplifying the “Internet as a public resource” message and b.) seeing how it impacts the debate.

Our first experiment is an advertising campaign that places the Internet in a category with other human needs people already recognize: Food. Water. Shelter. Internet. Most people don’t think about the Internet this way. We want to see what happens when we invite them to do so.

The outdoor campaign launches this week in San Francisco, Washington and New York. We’re also running variations of the message through our social platforms. We’ll monitor reactions to see what it sparks. And we will invite conversation in our Mozilla social channels (Facebook & Twitter).



Fueling the Movement

Of course, billboards don’t make a movement. That’s not our thinking at all. But we do think experiments and debates matter. Our messages may hit the mark with people and resonate, or it may tick them off. But our goal is to start a conversation about the health of the Internet and the idea that it’s a global resource that needs protecting.

Importantly, this is one experiment among many.

We’re working to bolster the open Internet movement and take it mainstream. We’re building easy encryption technology with the EFF (Let’s Encrypt). We’re trying to make online conversation more inclusive and open with The New York Times and The Washington Post (Coral Project). And we’re placing fellows and working on open Internet campaigns with organizations like the ACLU, Amnesty International, and Freedom of the Press Foundation (Open Web Fellows Program). The idea is to push the debate on many fronts.

About the billboards, we want to know what you think:

  • Has the time come for the Internet to become a mainstream concern?
  • Is it important to you?
  • Does it rank with other primary human needs?

I’m hoping it does, but I’m also ready to learn from whatever the results may tell us. Like any important issue, keeping the Internet healthy and open won’t happen by itself. And waiting for it to happen by itself is not an option.

We need a movement to make it happen. We need you.

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update For Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Available

A custom firmware based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update was released for Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Owners of the 2013 phablet released by the South Korean tech giant can now opt to install Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update through FlymeOS ROM, according to Team Android. This firmware allows the users to fully customize their mobile device. It also provides a smooth and stable performance.
Particularly, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop custom firmware is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE variant, which bears the model number N9005. At launch, the phablet came pre-installed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It became upgradable to Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. Currently, according to GSM Arena’s specs list for the smartphone, Note 3 can only be officially updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Development Release: Zenwalk Linux 8.0 Beta 2

Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the availability of the second beta build of Zenwalk Linux 8.0, a major new update of the project’s Slackware-based distribution featuring the Xfce desktop: “Zenwalk 8.0 release is very close – beta 2 is ready now. Beta 2 fixes several minor bugs in Zenwalk’s….

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 647

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Tails 2.0 News: Ubuntu considers dropping 32-bit media, KDE launches Neon, Manjaro unveils ARM support, FreeBSD releases quarterly report and developers debate serious UEFI bug Book review: Linux Phrasebook (Second Edition) Torrent corner: Clonezilla Live, Simplicity Linux, Zorin OS Released last week:….

Sliske’s Scoreboard | Weekly D&D

Earn XP lamps and begin to uncover what Sliske is up to!

Distribution Release: Korora 23

After three months of beta testing, Korora 23 final is out. Korora is a Fedora-based distribution featuring many user-friendly enhancements as well as a choice of five desktop environments – Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE, MATE and Xfce. From the release announcement: “The Korora project has released version 23 (code….

KDE Interview Questions – Riccardo Iaconelli


Following his talk at FOSDEM last weekend, we present an interview with WikiToLearn founder Riccardo Iaconelli by Google Code-in student Stanford.

What do you do for a living?

I am a student enrolled in the Master degree of Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca.

What do you do for KDE?

Currently, I am the maintainer of WikiToLearn, working on all the parts of the project where is needed, but mostly on the promotion/networking side. I deliver talks and presentations, and I am in charge of getting in touch with excellent academic institutions that could partner with us.
In the past… well, I have been doing thousands of things! :-) I have been a core developer of Plasma, writing the first plasmoids, a core developer and a designer of Oxygen (working on the theme, window decoration, cursor theme, icons, wallpapers…) and many more things (from kdelibs to games to PIM). Probably the major work (outside these big projects) I am most proud of the complete UI redesign (and implementation) of Amarok in QML. It was sexy, but unfortunately it was never released, due to a decision of the maintainers.

How did you get into computer programming?

I was 9 and I wanted to build my website about skating. So I started to learn HTML and JavaScript. And then PHP. And then I decided I was going to be an hacker, when I grew up, so I had to study many more languages. I still have to finish that website…

Do you have any advice for people who would like to pursue computer programming as a major?

Definitely. Here’s my take: learn by doing, and always get great mentors to review your work. Get your hands dirty and teach yourself code. Try, fail, try harder and iterate. And don’t stop until you get perfect. Aim for elegance. Learn everything you can from the world and your peers, and never stop doing that. The challenge is with yourself, not with anyone else. How much better than can you be? :-)

Who is your role model, and why?

This is a tough question :-) There was not a single role model, but I had the luck to find many great mentors within KDE. In general, I try to simply be attentive to other people, trying to find out what I like in what they do, and what I can learn from them. Once I see it, I start to apply those elements in my life, whether it’s a personal lifestyle choice, a technical decision or a way to relate to others.

What are some ways you motivate yourself?

I always remind myself why I am doing what I am doing. I believe in a free world; I believe in the power of decentralization. I believe that the sum of our collective minds and efforts is greater than what any of us alone can achieve. And I want to have fun while doing what I am doing.

What are some of your future goals for your involvement with KDE?

I have been a KDE developer for half of my life. I want to continue see this amazing community to flourish, and I want to play my part in the first project that I maintain, by adding yet another global success to our portfolio. And I think that with WikiToLearn we have all the right cards in the hand to achieve that. :-)

Distribution Release: MakuluLinux 10 “Xfce”

Jacque Raymer has announced the release of MakuluLinux 10 “Xfce” edition, a new version of the project’s Debian-based distribution for the desktop: “More than 12 months in the making, Makulu 10 Xfce does not disappoint. The focus on this build was stability, speed, social integration, key features that….

The five-year-old Samsung Galaxy S2 gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow through CM13 nightlies

The term ‘old’ is thrown around liberally at a time when smartphones are treated to a paltry one-year life cycle. Essentially, it doesn’t take long for the hottest property in tech to become old news — the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are now precisely that as we look ahead to the seventh-coming at Unpacked later this month. But the Galaxy S II? Now that’s a relic, and one that, believe it or not, is half a decade young. What’s perhaps even more astonishing is that with a helping hand from CyanogenMod, it can run the latest flavor of Android.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.3-BETA1

Marius Strobl has announced the availability of the initial beta of FreeBSD 10.3: “The first beta build of the 10.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available.” The release announcement provides little information about any new features other than the usual bug reporting and system upgrading notes: “If you notice….

Canonical Launches 2-in-1 Ubuntu Tablet

Canonical on Thursday launched the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, developed in partnership with BQ. The tablet is the first fully converged Ubuntu device, the company said. It will ship with the latest Ubuntu software and is the first tablet with the Ubuntu OS. The tablet has a 10.1-inch multitactile FHD screen made from Asahi’s Dragontrail glass, which is similar to Gorilla Glass. The Aquaris M10 is 8.2 mm thick, weighs about a pound, and has a 1.5-GHz 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT8163A SOC and a 7,280-mAh LiPo.

Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r5

Chih-Wei Huang has announced the release of Android-x86 4.4-r5, a bug-fix update of an earlier release to fix a “hazy fonts” issue found on some devices. Android-x86 is a project that ports Google’s operating system for portable devices to standard desktop and laptop computers. From the release notes:….

Canonical Unveils Flexible BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet

It goes without saying that many of the devices we own these days are convergent in nature – and our smartphones would be the best example to cite, taking into consideration the sheer number of tasks in which it is capable of achieving. Well, Canonical has just shown off its multi-talented BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet that actually brings about its Linux convergence vision to reality. In other words, one will be able to function productively even in tablet mode, as well as turn it into a full desktop experience by docking it with the right peripherals. Certainly looks to be far better than its spiritual predecessor.Canonical claims that the “Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is the first device to offer an Ubuntu convergent experience. It is also the first tablet with the Ubuntu Operating System. Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition brings Ubuntu’s rich full touch experience to life.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.2

Pat Riehecky has announced the release of Scientific Linux 7.2, the latest stable version of the Red Hat-based distribution enhanced with scientific applications: “Scientific Linux 7.2 x86_64 released.” Some of the changes in this version include: “yum-conf files pointing to non-base SL (such as EPEL, ELRepo, SL-Extras, SL-SoftwareCollections,….

What the Ubuntu Convergence Means for Businesses, Consumers, OEMs, and Devs

As you may well be aware, Canonical and BQ unveiled the world’s first Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which also happens to be the fi… (read more)

Simutrans 120.1.3 Released

You can find the release here: This version is mostly a bugfixing release with fixes for multiplayer desyncs, some crashes, and building docks on flat land.