= Minutes for Monday, June 13th 2016, 19:30 UTC =
Next meeting date Monday, June 20th, 19:30 UTC
== Attending ==
* Rosanna Yuen
The preliminary results for this year’s elections were not challenged.
A new version of Git was released this week, bringing a number of improvements that will be a welcome sight to software developers. Alongside the normal bug fixes and general maintenance work, some interesting new experimental features have been added. Git allows you to store every version of the files you are working on—that’s why
As promised by Google last month, Android apps and games have begun to arrive on Chrome OS. The first device to get them is the Asus Chromebook Flip, and according to Google’s François Beaufort “more devices will follow very soon.” Flip owners who want to access Android apps will have to update the device to
Today, June 17, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing that the Beta of the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment is now available for public beta testing.
Initially planned for June 16, KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta is here, and we can finally see what the KDE developers have prepared for fans of the modern, Qt5-based desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. And just by taking a quick look at the release notes, we can notice that a lot of goodies are coming.
The first thing users will notice after upgrading to the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop from a previous version, such as the recently released KDE Plasma 5.6.5, is the all-new, unified login screen (see the screenshot at the end of the article), offering users a more mature Breeze-based…
Thursday, 16 June 2016. Today KDE releases a beta update to its desktop software, Plasma 5.7.
More Refined Breeze Experience
This release brings an all-new login screen design completing the Breeze startup experience we trialed in Plasma 5.6. The layout has been tidied up and is more suitable for workstations that are part of a domain or company network. The Air and Oxygen Plasma themes which we still fully support for users that prefer a more three-dimensional design have also been improved.
For improved accessibility, Breeze icons within applications are now tinted depending on the color scheme, similarly to how it’s done within Plasma. This resolves situations where our default dark icons might show up on dark surfaces.
In our previous release we added Jump List Actions for quicker access to certain tasks within an application. This has feature has been extended and those actions are also found through KRunner now.
Plasma 5.7 marks the return of the agenda view in the calendar, which provides a quick and easily accessible overview of upcoming appointments and holidays.
Many improvements have been added to the Volume Control applet: it gained the ability to control volume on a per-application basis and allows you to move application output between devices using drag and drop. Also implemented is the ability to raise the volume above 100%.
Better Kiosk Support
The Kiosk Framework provides means of restricting the customazibility of the workspace, in order to keep users in an enterprise or public environment from performing unwanted actions or modifications. Plasma 5.7 brings many corrections about enforcing such restrictions. Notably, the Application Launcher will become read-only if widgets are locked through Kiosk policies, i.e. favorites are locked in place and applications can no longer be edited. Also, the Run Command restriction will prevent KRunner from even starting in the first place.
New System Tray and Task Manager
The System Tray has been rewrittten from scratch to allow for a simpler and more maintaineable codebase. While its user interface has only seen some minor fixes and polishing, many issues caused by the complex nature of the applet housing applets and application icons within have been resolved.
Similarly, the task bar has gained a completely rewamped backend, replacing the old one that has already been around in the early days of our workspace. While the old backend got many features added over the period of time it was used, the new one has a remarkably better performance and could be engineered more cleanly and straight-forward as the requirements were known beforehand. All of this will ensure a greatly increased reliability and it also adds support for Wayland which was one of the most visible omissions in our Wayland tech previews.
Huge Steps Towards Wayland
This release brings Plasma closer to the new windowing system Wayland. Wayland is the successor of the decades-old X11 windowing system and brings many improvements, especially when it comes to tear-free and flicker-free rendering as well as security. The development of Plasma 5.7 for Wayland focused on quality in the Wayland compositor KWin. Over 5,000 lines of auto tests were added to KWin and another 5,000 lines were added to KWayland which is now released as part of KDE Frameworks 5.
The already implemented workflows got stabilized and are ensured to work correctly, with basic workflows now fully functional. More complex workflows are not yet fully implemented and might not provide the same experience as on X11. To aid debugging a new debug console got added, which can be launched through KRunner using the keyword “KWin” and integrates functionality known from the xprop, xwininfo, xev and xinput tools.
Other improvements include:
Virtual Keyboard Support in Plasma Wayland
If all goes according to the UBports team’s plans, OnePlus 3 may unofficially be powered by Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu developer, Marius Gripsgård from UBports.com told that they had acquired a OnePlus 3 and would soon be porting Ubuntu Touch onto it. Gripsgård has already put a special page UBports.com website where he has codenamed his
If you haven’t heard of the Document Liberation Project (DLP) before, we made a short video explaining what it does and why it’s important. In summary: it supports development of software libraries to read documents from many (usually proprietary) applications. If you’ve ever opened a file generated by Apple Pages, WordPerfect or Microsoft Works in LibreOffice, you’ve benefitted from the hard work of the DLP team. And DLP libraries are used in many other prominent FOSS tools such as Inkscape and Scribus as well.
For example, here’s a file being created in Apple Pages, and the same file being rendered …
Hello, GUADEC 2016 (GNOME Users and Developers European Conference) will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany with the core days on 12.–14. August. In addition to the usual BoFs and hackfests after the core days (15.–17. August) this years GUADEC will also feature a number of one day workshops on 11. August which provide hands on training. This years schedule on the core days will also be extended with a number unconference style talk slots that allow presentations and discussions on recent developments. The registration system is now open and you can register for both the conference and workshops. Workshop attendance is limited and slots are provided on a first come first serve basis. Once registered for the event do not forget that we also provide a set of badges you can use to share the news in your blog! About GUADEC The GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC), is an annual conference taking place in Europe, whose prime topic is the development of the GNOME desktop environment which sees many participants from all over the world.  https://2016.guadec.org  https://2016.guadec.org/workshops/  https://2016.guadec.org/talks#unconference  https://registration.guadec.org/  https://2016.guadec.org/materials/ _______________________________________________ foundation-announce mailing list foundation-announce< at >gnome.org https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce
Shortly after the Fedora 24 release, you can upgrade to the newest Fedora Workstation using the built-in Software app (gnome-software). The Software app has always provided the ability to process updates. But to upgrade to the latest Fedora — for example, Fedora 22 to… Continue Reading →
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Today, June 17, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has proudly announced the release and general availability of the Calibre 2.59 update of the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software.
Calibre 2.59 arrives after only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.58, the previous point release that added compatibility with the latest Qt 5.x technologies (Qt 5.5 or later) on the Ubuntu Linux operating systems. And it looks like it introduces several improvements to the Amazon Metadata Download functionality.
The first one is the ability to automatically download the entire series information as soon as amazon.com makes it available. The second new feature for Calibre’s Amazon Metadata Download support is the capacity to detect common patterns of embedding the name of the series after the title, and then automatically deleting it.
EPUB 3 support improvements, many bug fixes
Robolinux developers are announcing today, June 17, 2016, that the Robolinux 8.5 LTS “Raptor” operating system is now available for download based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux repositories.
But before we tell you what’s new in the Robolinux 8.5 LTS release, the developer has a big announcement to make. “All 16 Robolinux 7 & 8 Live versions now come with a free OS installer and can be downloaded, for free, on SourceForge. Please permit me to say it again ‘There is no more charge for our OS installer’ which was how we funded 3rd party Linux application developers.”
So there you have it, you can finally install the Robolinux operating system on your disk drive without being charged. The latest release, Robolinux 8.5 LTS, is part of the “Raptor” series and ships with multiple editions based on various desktop environments, including Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and LXDE. Both 64-bit and 32-bit ISOs are available for these editions.
Based on the newest Debian GNU/Li…
Oracle has announced the release and general availability of VirtualBox 5.0.22, a new maintenance update to his open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.
VirtualBox 5.0.22 is now the latest and most advanced version anyone should update to and use. It brings several exciting new features, among which we can mention support for the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel in Linux Additions and Linux hosts, as well as support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 operating system.
In fact, there are a bunch of enhancements for Linux Additions implemented in VirtualBox 5.0.22, such as better compatibility with certain 32-bit guests, a patch for an X.Org crash that occurred after a hard guest reset, improved compatibility between older X.Org releases and kernels from the Linux 3.11 series.
There are, of course, various other bugfixes as well. Furthermore, VirtualBox 5.0.22 introduces su…
The Robolinux project, a Debian-based desktop distribution, has announced the launch of Robolinux 8.5. The new release is available in four editions (Cinnamon, LXDE, MATE and Xfce) and is based on Debian 8 "Jessie". Past editions of Robolinux have been free to try, but required a purchase to….
Valve has just released a new Beta of its Steam Client, for all supported platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows), bringing a lot of improvements to the Steam Controller, along with support for newer GNU/Linux distributions.
The June 16th Steam Client Beta is now live for those who have opted to use the Beta channel, where, as usual, they are getting all the cutting-edge technologies Valve’s Steam developers implement in the cross-platform digital distribution platform for games, software, videos, etc.
As mentioned before, the new Beta of the Steam Client improves compatibility with newer Linux kernel-based operating systems, most probably those using a recent kernel version or core libraries. Additionally, it adds support for DirectX 12 games, when used in systems with multiple GPUs, to the Steam Overlay.
SteamVR users will now be notified after they take a screenshot w…
Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu Product and Strategy at Canonical, informed the community about a simple method to helps them remove old kernels from Ubuntu Linux, thus freeing up a lot of disk space.
Ubuntu is a great OS and all that, but it has this problem that it kinda stores many old kernel versions on the partition where it is installed, so after some time of updating your operating system to newer kernel versions, you’ll notice that your disk drive runs out of free space.
If you’re a beginner, you start wondering what’s going on, asking questions like “Where’s my disk space disappearing?,” and it matters when you’re running Ubuntu from an SSD, which usually come in smaller sizes than the traditional hard disk drives (HDD), those of 120GB being the most popular ones.
I am a long-time Ubuntu user, and if you’re like me, you know some tricks that you need to do from time to time, via the comma…
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Get the lowdown on a bruising boss encounter with a twist as we go behind the scenes with The Watch.
Koschei is a continuous integration service for RPM packages. It helps developers fix bugs as fast as possible. It tracks package dependency changes in Rawhide, the bleeding-edge, development version of Fedora. Packages whose dependencies change too much are rebuilt. Koschei logs… Continue Reading →