Development: GNOME 3.15.4

Hi all,

GNOME 3.15.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it
with caution.

Among the new things in this snapshot, you can find
clutter using the GDK backend, libinput used in multiple modules
(we require libinput 0.8), gnome-shell using vp9…

Ubuntu Aims to Make the IoT Snappy

Canonical on Tuesday unveiled Snappy Ubuntu Core, a new rendition of Ubuntu targeting the Internet of Things. Snappy Ubuntu Core offers a minimal server image with the same libraries as “traditional” Ubuntu, but Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core can be upgraded automatically and rolled back if necessary. Snappy runs on any device with an ARMv7 or Intel x86 processor and at least 256 MB of RAM.

LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) now available for Android

Berlin, January 21, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) is happy to see the LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) for Android released in the Google Play Store, allowing mobile users to access Open Document Format (ODF) files from devices such as tablets and smartphones. The application, created by Collabora, is available from the following link: The […]

Joomla! offers FREE hosted website solution on in partnership with SiteGround

New York, NY, – January 20, 2015Joomla, one of the world’s most popular open source content management systems (CMS), announced today the launch of its new service: Users can now create and build freely hosted Joomla websites. The project is run in partnership with SiteGround web hosting company, who has built the server infrastructure that will accommodate the free Joomla sites.

By providing an option to have a free hosted website for unlimited time, Joomla aims to become even more popular and to substantially increase its user base. The target users of the new service are people, who are currently choosing free hosted options with other website building solutions. The new service not only removes the hosting cost of setting up a Joomla website, but also makes it easier to get started. Launching a website takes just a few clicks.

The President of Open Source Matters Inc. Sarah Watz says: “I’m very excited because the new service at makes Joomla! CMS a more accessible option than ever. service provides all the basic standard publishing features of Joomla! CMS but has a limited expandability. It includes a nice set of pre-selected templates and several very useful pre-installed extensions like Google analytics, Google maps integration, Disqus powered comments and social media sharing options. The service may not be the proper solution for users who would like to create an advanced website with their custom code and their own choice of templates and extensions from the very beginning. However, websites started at can easily be developed later into full-fledged self-hosted Joomla projects without any limitations on extendibility.

According to Sarah Watz, the President of Open Source Matters Inc., the main reasons to use instead of a self-hosted Joomla CMS are:

  • Hosting of the website is FREE.
  • Free site name at the subdomain (ex:
  • Comes pre-installed with additional extensions, templates, and all available languages.
  • Automatic updates.

You can see a more detailed comparison between the two options at:

Some of the other great benefits of the new hosted free website service by Joomla are:

  • No Advertising.
  • The Joomla backend is translated in more than 50 different languages making a great opportunity for people all around the world to start their online presence easily and freely.
  • Easy to upgrade to a fully hosted service with custom domain.
  • Can be moved at anytime to any hosting service.
  • Joomla is one of the most popular open source CMS platforms used by millions of people around the world for almost 10 years and users can take full advantage of the already collected knowledge and the existing big and helpful community. server infrastructure is built and will be supported by SiteGround web hosting company. The hosting partner of the project was chosen by Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) among several candidates through a public RFP. users, who at any point decide to go self-hosted, will be free to move their website to any hosting company of their choice. However, if they choose to use a paid shared hosting plan by SiteGround for such a move, a substantial part of their hosting fees will be contributed directly back to the Joomla project.

We are very proud to be a partner with Joomla in this project. It has been a great way for us to contribute back to the community with what we are best at: our web hosting expertise!” says Lilyana Yakimova, Marketing Manager of

About Joomla!

Joomla is one of the world’s most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla and a CMS market share of more than 9 percent, the free open source software powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald’s and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of contributors helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla’s power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 60 million times.

About Open Source Matters, Inc.

Open Source Matters, Inc. (OSM) is the not for profit organization, created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project.

About SiteGround

SiteGround is a leading web hosting company with a special focus on Joomla CMS. It has developed multiple security, speed and management optimizations for its customers who use Joomla. SiteGround has also been actively involved with the Joomla community by sponsoring, attending and/or lecturing at more than 40 Joomla events during the last three years. SiteGround is currently the official hosting partner of Joomla! for its demo service and its new free hosting service.

Editorial Contact:

Sarah Watz

Akademy 2015 – A Coruña, Spain – 25-31 July

For more than 1800 years, the Tower of Hercules has guided ships sailing near A Coruña. Soon it will beckon KDE users and contributors, when Akademy—the annual KDE community meeting—is held in A Coruña (Galicia, Spain) 25–31 July. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from the global KDE Community to discuss and plan the future of the Community and its technology. Many participants from the broad free and open source software community, local organizations and software companies will also attend.

Free software user group GPUL is the local team

What is the local connection?

GPUL (Grupo de Programadores y Usuarios de Linux) is the local organization that is working with the KDE Akademy Team to produce the conference. GPUL is formed by students, professors, IT professionals and people in general who share a passion for free and open software. There is a common view that society should own the software that people use, a practical philosophy that is actively promoted. So GPUL organizes activities to inform people and help them make the change to free and open software. GPUL has produced or helped to produce other free and open technology events, because working with the free software community is quite satisfying. There is always an awesome atmosphere; there have been really great experiences collaborating with free software communities in managing events like Akademy-es 2008 and GUADEC 2012 (the Gnome Users and Developers European Conference). KDE is one of the largest and most effective communities of free software users and developers in the world. Many GPUL members use KDE software. So holding Akademy in A Coruña is something that the Group totally wants to do. GPUL members are honored to be host to Akademy 2015.

Photo courtesy of Triatlon Sin Drafting

A Coruña and Akademy

A Coruña is the second largest city in Galicia with about 250,000 inhabitants. Located in the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, it’s a city—surrounded by ocean—that has attracted diverse peoples and cultures for over 2000 years. They have left a legacy of legends, myths and history in every corner of the town. It’s a feast for the senses. The city has many sights, such as Tower of Hercules (World Heritage Site), Castle of San Anton, the Promenade, Coruña Museum of Sciences, Maria Pita Square, Garden of San Carlos and San Pedro Park & Ascensor Panorámico (magnifique views of the Rias Altas coast), wonderful beaches such as Riazor and Orzán, and some of the best seafood in the world.

The Venue at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Universidade da Coruña (FIC) is perfectly suited for hacking, presentations, BoFs and working together. Free software events have been held here since 1998. The recommended accommodation near the Venue has enough room for all attendees and free transportation to the city.

The combination of the Faculty of Computer Science, the accommodation, the KDE community, the local free software community and the city itself is a perfect match for Akademy.

About GPUL

GPUL is a Free Software user group based in the Faculty of Computer Science in A Coruña. The group has been working to promote free software in our university and in the local society since 1998 (in fact GPUL is celebrating its 2^2^2 anniversary). There are currently more than 400 members.

About Akademy

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Intense workshops at the conference bring those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are exploring possibilities involving free and open source technologies.

In 2015, once again a few hundred Free Software enthusiasts will gather for 2 days of talks and 5 days of workshops and coding sessions. For more information, please contact the Akademy team.

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KDE Commit-Digest for 16th November 2014

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
Gwenview gains “Recent Files” option
Cantor sees multiple backends (R, Lua, KAlgebra/analitza, Maxima, Qalculate) and KLetters ported to Qt5/KF5
Refactoring in of the custom defines and includes plugins in KDevelop: th…

Predictions for 2015

Now the new year has started, it’s time for our community to think about the future. It has become a tradition for for years now to predict what the year ahead will bring for us — so share your thoughts!
It’s time to reflect on our previous predictio…

World Wine News Issue 383

WWN Issue 383 was released today.

Examining Crosswin
Wine64 on FreeBSD
Weekly AppDB/Bugzilla Status Changes

Development: GNOME 3.15.4 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-01-19 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.15.4
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. Pl…

A Few Things to Unwrap on Drupal’s Birthday

Happy birthday to Drupal! On this day in 2001, Drupal 1.0 was released.

This milestone is the perfect time to talk about some of the findings of our recent community survey. The survey findings offer a window into what community members are thinking as the project matures and evolves. It also gives us at the Drupal Association a way to better understand what we’re doing right and what we could be doing better. There aren’t many surprises (and that’s a good thing), but all of the findings are educational. Here are three results we thought were particularly interesting and insightful.

Drupal 8 Will Be Broadly Adopted

In the survey, about 80% of respondents said they either plan to start using Drupal 8 as soon as it is released, or plan to adopt it at some point after release. Another 8% said they did not have specific plans to adopt, but do plan to evaluate Drupal 8.


drupal8adoption Remains an Important and Heavily-Used Tool

The overwhelming majority of respondents said they use more than once per week. Most also say they are satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the site. While that result is encouraging, it does not change the important mission to improve the experience of the site and make it a better tool for everyone from first time visitors to those who spend the majority of their working time on the site.






We Need to Create Broader Awareness of Drupal Association Programs

Community members who took the survey have great awareness of DrupalCons. Awareness of the work we are doing on seems to be steadily growing. But awareness is relatively low for Community Grants and our Supporter Programs that provide a way for organizations to give back to the Project. That awareness is clearly something we need to improve to promote transparency.






If you would like to read the full results, you can access them here (2.8M PDF). Thanks for reading, and thanks for being a part of this amazing community.


Plasma 5.2 Beta out for Testing

Today KDE releases a beta for Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components and improves the existing desktop. We welcome all testers to find and help fix the bugs before our stable release in two weeks’ time.

New Components

KScreen d…

Firefox Enables You to Experience and Share More on the Web

Firefox puts you in control of your online life and puts everything you need in a personal and customized Web experience. Now, we’re making it easier to experience and share everything you enjoy on the Web with video calling, social … Continue reading

Firefox Hello Makes Connecting By Video As Simple As In Person

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Samsung Smart TVs Hint at Tizen-Run IoT

Samsung announced at last week’s International CES a new line of smart TVs powered by the open source Tizen operating system. Beginning with this year’s models, all of Samsung’s smart TVs will run on Tizen. Samsung has taken the lead in developing Tizen, which is a derivative of Linux, and this is its first deployment as a smart TV platform. Tizen supports the Web standard for TV app development.

The City of Munich joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board

Berlin, January 12, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the city of Munich has joined TDF Advisory Board, where it will be represented by Florian Haftmann. Back in 2003, the city of Munich – the third largest in Germany – has launched Project LiMux to migrate their software systems from closed-source, proprietary products […]

GNOME: Interview with Christian Hergert about Builder, an IDE for GNOME

Christian Hergert have set out to improve the developer experience on GNOME with his new project, Builder. We sit down with him to discuss why we need another IDE, developer tools, missing GNOME apps and more.


Q: Who are you, what is Builder, why are you creating it?
I’m a long time contributor to Free Software. In particular GNOME. I’ve also contributed to projects such as Mono and more recently MongoDB. I’ve been writing software on GNU/Linux for more than half of my life. I’ve never been particularly happy with the status quo.

Over the years I’ve contributed to various project that aspire to improve the developer story on GNU/Linux. Mono and MonoDevelop were a serious attempt to improve things. But those projects don’t really focus on what I care about. What I care about most is GNOME, because the project cares deeply about creating a computing environment that is functional, refined, and beautiful.

After my tenure working on Gtk+ projects at VMware, I knew I needed better tooling. Builder was an idea I had to build a development environment for myself.

Software engineers often create their own tools similar to how woodworkers build tools to do old things better and make new things possible. I wanted something that could take advantage of all the new compiler features and tools available on our platform. I wanted something that was minimal UI because code is the important part. I also wanted a work-flow that didn’t require me to keep switching applications. I want the information that is important contextually available without me having to think about it. At various GNOME hackfests, it became clear that others wanted what I was creating. So this project is something special to me. I’m getting to write software for what I consider my extended family, GNOME.

Q: You quit your job to hack on Builder full time?
I did. One thing I’ve learned in my career is that if you want to make something great, it needs constant focus and dedication. Swapping between work and personal projects just doesn’t result in the quality of project I want to provide our community. That said, if you want to hire me to work on Builder, I’d be happy to have a job again.

Q: Does we really need another IDE when Eclipse, MonoDevelop, Netbeans to name a few are already available on GNOME?
If any of those were what I wanted, I’d be using them. I’m thrilled that others are interested in the same thing I want. A high quality development environment that builds upon our fantastic platform and focuses on building software for our platform.

Eclipse, MonoDevelop, NetBeans, and others are large plugin based environments that come with more technical debt than benefit. They also suffer from a design that I find brittle, everything is a plugin.

This results in developers and users running different configurations. Troubleshooting, documentation, installation, and testing effort will increase with quadratic growth as you add more moving parts. I’d rather not abstract things until we find they are necessary and have solved the problem once. Otherwise, we create unused abstractions that only create headache without solving a real problem.

Q: What reaction do you get from people when they hear that you quit your job to hack full-time on Builder?
In general I think it’s positive, it usually results in a conversation about what is important in life.

Q: What apps do you want to see people develop with Builder?
Wow, I can think of a lot of things.

Something to do presentations. I have a lot of talks coming up and want a program to write them that allows me to focus on content and how I say it rather than building slides. Also, I want to be able to change slides over bluetooth or mDNS from my phone. I’m pretty unhappy with libreoffice and small projects like pinpoint aren’t quite enough. I don’t need compatibility with other presentation tools.

I want something like a DLNA aggregator that let’s me search across any media available on any machine connected to my home network. I want to be able to stream it on any TV or computer. My housemates and I all have NAS storage with various DVDs or CDs we’ve ripped or purchased. It would be great if that content could just be played anywhere and “just worked” out of the box.

More generically, everything on the GNOME wiki at

Q: Some claim the future is all about the Web and Mobile, any comments?
Somebody has to write the web browsers and mobile platforms. And the people that build those platforms get to choose the technology they are built with. Sounds like a great reason to attract developers by building tools that are genuinely fun to use.

Q: You are planning a fundraiser, do you want us to tell us something about it?
I have! You can find the fundraiseron Indiegogo at:

Q: What else can people do who want to support your effort?
Test code, file bugs, provide constructive criticism based on using it, write use cases, help design specs, write code, documentation. I also need someone who can help manage the more administrative tasks like roadmaps, specs, bug triage, and release management. There is a lot of code to write and I need to focus.

Q: Anything else you want to add?
I hope you have as much fun using Builder as I’m having creating it!

Thanks for taking time talking with us. We wish Christian the best of luck with the fundraiser* and continued efforts in developing Builder.

Christian Hegert


*The fundraiser has reached its original goal, you can now help the campaign reach stretch goals.

Wine 1.7.34 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.34 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Support for surround sound in DirectSound.
Better text run support in DirectWrite.
Many HTML engine fixes.

e-Commerce Calendar: 52 secrets for a successful 2015

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Credit Cards vs. Fraudsters: The Evolution of Credit Card Security [Infographic]

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Now available – Discover and download PrestaShop v1.6.0.11!

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