DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 609

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Rapid fire reviews: OpenIndiana 2015.03, LXLE 14.04.2, PC-BSD 11-CurrentNews: Debian works toward reproducible builds, Ubuntu prepares for new packages and systemd updates, Korora re-launches MATE spin and Linux Mint p…

GNOME Foundation: Summary of work done throughout 2014-2015

Dear Foundation Members,

In case you missed it with the flurry of activity on Planet GNOME
lately, you might be interested in this report:

Among other things, it summarizes what your elected board of directors
has been up to these past twelve months.

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Improved Looting

Try the new Loot interface and filtered, AoE looting – fresh from the RuneScape Beta!

GNOME: GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 concludes

After three intensive days the GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 have concluded in Depok, Indonesia.

The 2015 Summit started off with a series of workshops with a focus on how to start contribute to GNOME.

The second day included presentations about about Bug Triaging (Andre Klapper), Application Sandboxing (David King) and Using GStreamer in GNOME Apps (Nirbheek Chauhan).

In addition to the many presentations and workshops that covered GNOME there was several presentations about local Free and Open Source Software initiatives including the role of Free Software in the Shoe Industry (Iwan S. Tahari) and a presentation about BlankOn (Mohammad Anwari), a local distribution.

On the third day of the Summit representatives of the foundation held a open question and answer panel. Later on the afternoon there was series of lightning talks where Julita Inca and Bin Li presented their efforts of promoting GNOME in their respective country (Peru and China).

With over 300 people participating the organizers considered the 2015 edition of the Asia Summit a success.

“With hosting GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 we have hopefully contributed to increase awareness about GNOME and free software in Indonesia and the in region in general. It was a fun, interesting experience organizing the event, we hope everyone who participated had a great time.” – Erdu Faradi local organizer

The foundation wants to thank everyone who made the 2015 Summit possible.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 participants
*Photo by Herpiko Dwi Aguno

Final 4MLinux and 4MLinux Allinone Edition 12.0 Released with PAE Support

Zbigniew Konojacki had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final and stable 4MLinux 12.0 and 4MLinux Allinone Edition 12.0 distributions.

According to the short release notes, the 4MLinux/4MLinux Allinone Edition 12.0 distributions are now based on the GNU C Library 2.21 and powered by a Linux kernel package with Physical Address Extension (PAE) enabled by default.

“The status of the 4MLinux 12.0 series has been changed to stable,” …

Distribution Release: 4MLinux 12.0

The 4MLinux blog has announced the launch of 4MLinux 12.0 "Allinone" edition. The latest version of this independent distribution features PAE support in the kernel, the Chrome web browser and a number of package updates. "4MLinux 12.0 ‘Allinone’ edition final released. The status of the 4MLinux 12.0….

World Wine News Issue 390

WWN Issue 390 was released today.

USB Support
Weekly AppDB/Bugzilla Status Changes

C.H.I.P. Is a Tiny, Incredibly Powerful Mini $9 PC That Runs Linux

C.H.I.P. is a new mini computer that aims to provide powerful hardware at the ridiculous price of just $9 (€8), not to mention the fact that it’s incredibly small.

Some of you will immediately think of the Raspberry Pi mini PC and you would be right to do so. C.H.I.P. is actually much smaller than Raspberry Pi 2, and it has roughly the same hardware capabilities, even with some improvements. It’s hard to imagine how the makers of C.H.I.P. h…

Orange Launches First Firefox OS Smartphones in Africa

We are happy to share that the first Firefox OS smartphones went on sale in Senegal and Madagascar this week. This follows an announcement from Mozilla and Orange at Mobile World Congress 2015 that Firefox OS smartphones would be available … Continue reading

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 to Get MATE 1.10, New Welcome Screen, Integrated Launcher

During a very informative session at UOS (Ubuntu Online Summit) for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) that took place today, May 7, Martin Wimpress had the great pleasure of informing us about the upcoming features of the Ubuntu MATE 15.10 operating system.

Among some of the prominent features that will be implemented in Ubuntu…

Development: GNOME 3.16.2 stable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-05-11 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.16.2
stable 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. Plea…

GNOME: GNOME Asia Summit 2015 have started

The 2015 Edition of the GNOME Asia Summit that is taking place in Dekpok, Indonesia started today.

GNOME Asia Summit 2015 promise several days of learning, community building and fun.

In addition to the many local speakers, several established contributes including including Tobias Muller, David King and Ekaterina Gerasimova participate. The Summit covers a wide range of topics related to GNOME and GNU/Linux operating systems, a complete schedule is available on the conference website.

” It feels great that the schedule includes a mix of talks from local speakers and speakers based in other countries. We hope everyone who attend the Summit will have a great time.” – Utian Ayuba, local organizer

The foundation wants to thanks the volunteers and sponsors which makes the Summit possible.

hSenid’s Telco Application Platform available in the Charm Store

The hSenid Cloud Telco Application Platform (Cloud TAP) is now available in Canonical’s Juju Charm Store. The Charm works with Juju from Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Juju allows developers to design their application architecture like they would on a virtual whiteboard, with boxes for services, and lines to connect them. The Juju Charm Store […]

LibreOffice 4.4.3 is ready

Berlin, May 7, 2015 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 “fresh” family, with over 80 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.2. New features introduced by LibreOffice 4.4 are listed on this wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4. The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the […]

Drupal 7.37 released

Drupal 7.37, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes), is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.37 release notes for a full listing.

Download Drupal 7.37
Upgrading your existing Drupal 7 sites is recommended. There are …

WordPress 4.2.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.2.2 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. Version 4.2.2 addresses two security issues: The Genericons icon font package, which is used in a number of popular themes and plugins, contained an HTML file vulnerable to a cross-site […]

Market Leaders EMC and Canonical Extend OpenStack Partnership

Today’s cloud workloads are driving storage requirements at an exponential rate, making storage an important part of any OpenStack deployment. Clients are looking for a scalable cloud infrastructure that is able to take advantage of the features of advanced enterprise storage — but want to avoid the current complexity of creating and deploying those solutions. […]

GNOME: GNOME 3.16 Released

Orinda, CA– The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 3.16 today, the result of six months work, which includes 33,525 changes by 1043 authors. GNOME 3.16 brings a brand new notification system in response to the feedback of enthusiastic GNOME users. GNOME 3’s visuals have also received a refresh, and its application suite has been updated, with improvements to Files, Music, Photos, Maps and more.

Javier Jardón, senior GNOME Release Team member, commented: “A lot of of work has been put in over the past 6 months. It’s great to see the fantastic results of our hard work, and it goes without saying that this could not be possible without all the effort from great the GNOME community! I definitely think this is the best GNOME release yet.”

Major additions have also been made to the GNOME developer experience: GTK+ support for OpenGL allows GTK+ apps to support 3D natively, a new GLib reference counting feature will help with debugging, and GTK+ Inspector has also had a major update. Additionally, this release includes a preview of the crowdfunded GNOME IDE, called Builder.

Christian Hergert, Builder’s lead developer, said: “I’m proud to have a preview release of Builder to ship with GNOME 3.16. This release of GNOME is bursting with new ideas and fresh looks. Builder is no different. Quality software is about iteration and we start that journey today.”

Other improvements in GNOME 3.16 include:

  • Three new preview applications – Calendar, Books, and Characters.
  • Maps has had numerous improvements, including FourSquare integration.
  • Improved grid and list views in Files.
  • GNOME’s Image Viewer application has been redesigned.
  • Music and Photos have received performance enhancements.

Responding to the release, Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader, stated: “I want a Linux desktop which lets me focus on my work without distraction, and GNOME is perfect for that, while having great engineering and sophisticated, modern plumbing underneath. This makes it a great basis for Fedora Workstation, and we’re excited to showcase GNOME 3.16 in our upcoming Fedora 22 release.”

The GNOME user and developer experiences include many other improvements, which can be found in the release notes. A video tour is also available, as well as a screenshot pack.

GNOME 3.16 will be available to install via popular distributions in due course. The GNOME Foundation thanks all of the contributors for their hard work during this release cycle and all of its sponsors for their support.


GNOME was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people around the world, it is one of the most popular environments for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. GNOME’s software has been utilized in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments.

The GNOME community is made up of hundreds of contributors from all over the world, many of whom are volunteers. This community is supported by the GNOME Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal assistance. The Foundation is a democratic institution that is directed by its members, who are all active GNOME contributors. GNOME and its Foundation work to promote software freedom through the creation of innovative, accessible, and beautiful user experiences.

Plasma 5.2 Bugfix Update

Plasma Konqi

Tue, 24 Mar 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.2.2. Plasma 5.2 was released in January with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds a month’s worth o…

Mesa 10.3 Released With The Latest Open-Source GPU Driver Improvements

Besides the Wayland 1.6 release and other exciting Linux news today, Mesa 10.3 is another exciting open-source milestone achieved today…