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….
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 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.
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…
You can find the release here: http://forum.simutrans.com/index.php?topic=15226 This version is mostly a bugfixing release with fixes for multiplayer desyncs, some crashes, and building docks on flat land.
Look at our Roadmap highlighting how this work falls into our priorities set by the Drupal Association staff with the direction from the Board and collaboration with the community.
Following the Conversation
One of the most requested features from a wide swath of the community has been a better way to follow content on Drupal.org and receive email notifications. The issue queues have had this follow functionality for some time, but the implementation was quite specific to issues, and not easily extensible to the rest of the site.
Because of the volume of content on Drupal.org we have to be careful that our implementation will scale well. We now use a notification system based on the Message stack which functions much more generically and therefore can be applied to many content types on Drupal.org.
Follow functionality is now available for comments on Forum topics, Posts (like this one), Case Studies, and documentation Book Pages.
In the future we intend to extend this follow functionality to include notification of new revisions (for relevant content types, particularly documentation).
Community Elections for the Board
Nominations for the position of At-Large Director from the community are now open. There are two of these positions on the board, each elected on alternating years. For this year’s elections process we’ve made several small refinements:
We encourage members of the community to nominate themselves!
A number of smaller enhancements made it into the January sprints as well. One of the key ones was the ability to configure an arbitrary one-off test in the issue queues against a custom branch. This is a small step towards ensuring that the DrupalCI testing framework will support the wider testing matrix required for feature branching, so that Drupal can always be shippable.
We also spent some time in January reviewing the results of the documentation survey that was placed on all existing documentation pages on the site. This information is helping to inform the next big item on the roadmap – improved Documentation section on Drupal.org.
Finally, we’ve continued our battle against spam with the help of Technology Supporter, Distil Networks. We’ve seen some very promising results in initial trials to prevent spam account registrations from happening in the first place, and will continue to work on refining our integration.
Sustaining support and maintenance
DrupalCon New Orleans Full -Site Launched!
In January we also launched the full -site for DrupalCon New Orleans with registration and the call for papers. As part of this launch, Events.drupal.org now supports multiple, simultaneous event registrations with multiple currencies, payment processors, and invoice formats. This was a significant engineering lift, but has made Events.drupal.org even more robust.
DrupalCon New Orleans is happening from May 9-13th, and will be the first North American DrupalCon after the release of Drupal 8!
The next European DrupalCon will also be here before you know it, and we’ve been working with the local community and our designer to update the DrupalCon Dublin splash page with a new logo that we will carry through into the design for the full-site once that is ready to launch.
Permissions for Elevated Users
In January we also focused on auditing the users with elevated privileges on Drupal.org, both to ensure that they had the permissions they needed, and to enforce our principle of least-access. Users at various levels of elevated privileges were contacted to see if they were still needed, and if not those privileged roles were removed.
The following privileges were also fixed or updated: webmasters can now view a user’s’ public ssh keys; content moderators can administer comments and block spam users without user profile editing privileges. We also fixed taxonomy vocabulary access and now both content moderators and webmasters have access to edit tags in various vocabularies such as Issue tags, giving more community members access to clean those up and fight duplicates or unused tags.
Updates traffic now redirects to HTTPS
SSL is now the default for FTP traffic from Drupal.org and for Updates.drupal.org itself. This helps to enforce a best practice of using SSL wherever possible, and helps to address an oblique attack surface where a man-in-the-middle could potentially hijack an update for someone running their Drupal installation on an unprotected network (i.e. development environments on a personal laptop in a coffee shop).
Drupal.org pre-production environments were affected by some instability in January, particulary the devwww2 server. A combination of a hard restart due to losing a NIC on the machine and some file-system level optimizations in the database containers lead to corruption on the dev site databases. Drupal.org infrastructure engineers restored the system and recovered the critical dev sites, and while some instability continues the system has been recovering more cleanly as they work to resolve the issue permanently.
As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.
Mozilla is making some changes to the Firefox schedule, and it looks like they are going to give more time to developers between releases.
One of the biggest changes for Firefox was the switch to a train model, which meant a lot more flexibility This happened four years ago, and the last version was 3.5 back then. Now we’re at Firefox 44, and they keep on going with this crazy schedule. The main difference is that they are no longer tied to a six-week release schedule.
The Wine development release 1.9.3 is now available.
New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 44.
Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google’s Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla’s Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing starts at $610.
Last week, between January 26 and 31, the ninth Campus Party Brazil (promo video on Facebook) was held in Sao Paulo. 8000 people inside an arena, with talks, workshops and hackathons, with the main subject being technology.
The team from KDE project Br-Print3D was invited to participate of this event. To show our work on the Free Software stage and on the tables there are scattered all over of this arena.
We received sponsorship from Sethi3D, a Brazilian company that makes 3D printers here. They kindly gave us four 3D printers to use, 3 of them with a 20cm3 print area and one with 40cm3. We made a lot of prints, that you can see on our album on Facebook.
Over the five days almost 500 people stopped on our table to talk about 3D printing and to learn about our project.
At the event we are had more access to different printers and we saw how other firmware variations work. Focusing on Repetier we were for the first time able to test formally Sethi’s printers and we detected some particularities of this firmware which probably can be found on others models.
They were five days of challenges, compliments and reviews about our work. I made a talk about C++ and Qt, and how to use Qt to develop user interfaces. What is funny, that only 7 people attending my my talk, out of over 100, knew about Qt and only one really worked with it. That was the same feeling that I had when I started work with Qt. It’s hard do find people that knows Qt here in Brazil, mainly if you don’t have more information or connection to open sources projects.
We recently interviewed Justin W. Flory on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in… Continue Reading →
The second beta release of Slackware 14.2 is ready for testing: "Welcome to Slackware 14.2 beta 2. Getting closer." The above was published in Slackware’s changelog earlier today, together with a note on the upgraded Linux kernel 4.4.1 and security updates to OpenSSL, PHP, Mozilla Firefox and xine-lib,….
RuneLabs is your chance to shape the upcoming Eastern Lands – take it!
Drupal 8.0.3 and Drupal 7.42, maintenance releases with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes), are now available for download.
Download Drupal 8.0.3Do…
Zorin OS is a Linux distribution that uses Ubuntu as its base and tries to provide a user interface which will be familiar to former Windows users. The latest release of Zorin OS, version 11, is based on Ubuntu 15.10 and features a number of tweaks to…
Canonical is already preparing for the next Ubuntu Online Summit, which should arrive soon after the launch of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
The recently ended UbuCon Summit that just ended last week was the first one that gathers developers from all over the community under the same physical roof. The Ubuntu Online Summit does the same thing, but the developers sit at home behind the webcam.
All eyes are now on the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), which will…
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The Wine maintenance release 1.8.1 is now available.
Various bug fixes.
The source is available now.
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Sanjay Sinha, Vice President of Platform Products at Oracle speaks to Alexander Gallagher, Business Development for Canonical’s Certified Public Cloud on the drivers behind cloud adoption.. Alexander: What do you think are the biggest barriers facing enterprises when it comes to cloud adoption? Sanjay: The barriers have been coming down and we have seen rapid […]