Yann Le Doaré has announced the launch of LinuxConsole 2.4. LinuxConsole is an independent, lightweight distribution which offers easy installation steps and a simple desktop environment, provided by LXDE. The latest release ships with version 4.0.5 …
Fedora 22 was released recently and it has been a rock solid release. However, systems with Pre-Sandybridge era, Intel-based graphics solutions have seen some issues. For example, an Intel 4 series motherboard with G41 chipset and GMA X4500 graphics might produce a… Continue Reading →
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The IPFire project, which makes an independent open source firewall solution, has announced an important security update to their distribution. The new release, IPFire 2.17 Core Update 91, patches known OpenSSL and IPsec vulnerabilities. "This is the official release announcement for IPFire 2.17 – Core Update 91. This….
The Linux AIO team was more than happy to announce us today about the immediate availability for download of an updated Linux AIO Debian Live DVD, now based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (Jessie) operating system.
For those of you who are not in the loop, we can tell you that the Linux AIO project is being known for building and distributing single DVD ISO images that contain multiple editions of a Linux distribution.
These are unique Live ISO images and …
Eurocom, one of the oldest hardware company specialized in completely upgradable notebooks, as well as high-performance mobile servers and workstations, announced the immediate availability of the EUROCOM M4 Ultraportable laptop powered by Ubuntu Linux.
Today’s press release notes that EUROCOM M4 is a fully upgradable and high-performance laptop that promises to offer the ultimate experience to professionals and students alike, especially thanks to its generous hardware com…
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This year’s OpenStack Summit was the most successful yet; playing host to a record number of exhibitors who excited and inspired over 5,000 visiting delegates. During the course of the week, attendees were treated to a host of keynotes, breakout session and track day presentations; aimed to bring the latest news, views, innovation and opinion […]
Canonical, through Andres Rodriguez, announced recently that the 1.7 version of their MAAS (Metal as a Service) software that brings the language of the cloud to physical servers will arrive soon with multiple new features.
The MAAS 1.7 SRU (Stable Release Update) has been finalized and sent to testers, so you should be able to upgrade from MAAS 1.5, which is about to reach end of life, in…
People who have published user-made add-ons to the Wesnoth add-ons server are surely aware that we currently use a very primitive authentication mechanism that works on a per-add-on basis. An uploader-defined passphrase is provided in the add-on’s
What is not necessarily obvious is that the passphrase is stored in clear text form not only on the client’s side, but also on the server. This means that any person with access to the server configuration can see every add-on’s passphrase in a human-readable format that makes it trivial for it to be stolen. Furthermore, it is also possible for add-ons to obtain add-on passphrases from the client and transmit them over the network. Because of this, we advise content uploaders to use unique passphrases for their content and never reuse an existing password that could grant a malicious party access to their systems or other sites. Also, in order to prevent vandalism, we suggest either using hard-to-guess passphrases, or leaving the passphrase field blank or omitting it altogether when first uploading an add-on so that the add-ons client will generate and save a random one instead.
People who suspect they may be using insecure passphrases for their add-ons should send a private message to the Forum Administrators group to request changing passphrases; or use the command-line add-ons client with the following parameters if possible, substituting the text within brackets and replacing
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Apple announced the immediate availability of the third maintenance release of the CUPS 2.0 (Common UNIX Printing System) software for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux and Mac OS X.
According to the release notes, which have been attached at the end of the article for reference, CUPS 2.0.3 is mainly a bugfix release that addresses over 20 issues that have been reported by users or discovered by the CUPS development team since the previous maintenance rel…
Canonical is excited to announce that Objectif Libre, the company behind CloudKitty, has joined the Charm Partner Programme. Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions […]
Lydia Pintscher, our very own KDE e.V. Board President and a gem of a person; will be giving the Community Keynote Talk at Akademy 2015, in A Coruña, Spain. This is just a tiny peak into her brain for all that is in store for you in her talk.
So, for the minute subsection of people out there who don’t know you yet, could you tell us a bit about yourself and what drives the cool, composed and awesome you?
I’m with KDE for 9 years now. Since then I have done many things for KDE from marketing to community management to running mentoring programs. I am currently the President of KDE e.V., the non-profit supporting KDE. It’s an exciting position to be in and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help KDE grow and reach its full potential. In my day-job I work as the product manager for Wikidata, Wikimedia’s open data project. I’m passionate about enabling people to make great things happen around Free Software and Open Knowledge.
Now; since you talked about your newest position as the KDE e.V. president, could explain a bit about what it’s been like for you as the President; what changes have you seen, creeping into both your life and the KDE community?
It’s an interesting time for KDE and KDE e.V. With Evolving KDE we are taking a good look at where we are and where we want to go, to then decide how we can get there. This is an incredibly important step for KDE and I’m lucky to be in a position to guide us through that. We are also looking for our first Executive Director in order to help us grow. All this means a tremendous amount of change to KDE e.V. as an organisation and KDE as a community. Making sure that we go through these changes together smoothly is my main focus. And of course there is a lot of day-to-day work that needs to be done on the financial, legal and organisational side. We have a board now that is working together extremely well which makes all this easier.
So, coming to the concept of Evolving KDE; evolve – when jumbled up backwards can be rephrased to be e.V. Love, I noticed. Could you talk about how the entire campaign Evolving KDE is so intricately linked with the KDE e.V. organisation and the symbiotic relation between the two in terms of the visions for the KDE community and for what we aspire to be? And since this is directly linked to your talk, the Community Keynote this year at Akademy, could you tell our readers a bit more about it?
KDE e.V. has the mandate of supporting the KDE community. We want to do that as best as we can. One of the things that the KDE community needs right now is a better understanding of itself, its state, its goals and the way to achieving these goals. We have been an extremely tight-knit community for many many years. This has made understanding, formulating and agreeing on those comparatively easy. As we grow and diversify this becomes much much harder and we are currently feeling the pain this causes in many areas. This is where Evolving KDE comes in. It is an effort to enable the community to answer all these questions and take an honest look at itself. As a first step we have published a survey that will give us a good overview of where we are and where we want to go as a community. I’ll be presenting the data, conclusions and some recommendations based on this at Akademy. We’ll then have a sprint to figure out how to put these into practice by finding a path from where we are to where we want to go. KDE e.V. is here to enable and support this process.
Seeing the entirety of work and efforts put into Evolving KDE, a curiosity arises as to how this entire idea came into being. Could you talk about, the ‘Eureka’ moment, associated with this entire campaign?
There was no eureka moment I fear (laughs)! Evolving KDE grew out of talking to a lot of people about how they think KDE e.V. and KDE can be improved. And the realization that we need to have a shared conversation in our community about where we want to go and how we can fulfil our potential.
When using the term evolve, we talk mostly about how KDE has evolved over the years, but could you tell me how KDE has helped you evolve, as an individual over the years?
KDE has helped me personally to evolve a lot. I’ve been able to do so many things inside KDE that I don’t think I could have done so easily anywhere else. I have done marketing, community management, ran mentoring programs and am now the president of a well-established non-profit. Through all this I’ve always had mentors who showed me the ropes but who also let me try things even if they might not work out. Everything I do in my day-job and elsewhere today, I do well to a huge part because of all the things I learned in KDE. That culture is one of the most important things in KDE to me and we must make sure we keep it as we evolve. And I hope I’m giving some of that back as well.
So; out of all the talks you’ve given till now, if you could pick a favourite for any whacky reason which would be your most memorable talk? And why?
That’d be my keynote at Wikimania last year about Wikidata. When it comes to KDE talks, my talk at conf.kde.in in 2011 was the most memorable one owing to the fact that the people there were so nice and the whole conference was fascinating.
Could you tell us what a normal day in the life of Lydia would be like?
Could you describe the world as can be seen in a peek through your window, to all our readers of the dot out there?
Bunnies and dogs remind me, do you have a pet of your own?
What is the most memorable thing about Akademy?
And the books on your shelves?
Registration is still open for Akademy
Anyone can attend Akademy for free. But registration is required in order to attend the event. Please register soon so that we can plan accordingly.
About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain
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. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those who are looking for opportunities.
For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.
System76 is a hardware company well-known for producing unique laptops powered by the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, and it has just unveiled a new product called Serval WS.
System76’s Serval WS laptop has been declared by the renown company as the most powerful and fastest Ubuntu laptop on the market, a pinnacle of performance, as the hardware manufacturer wrote on the project’s web page.
Enclosed in an exceptionally high-quality finish, the S…
Steven Shiau has announced the availability of a new version of Clonezilla Live. The Clonezilla distribution is a Debian-based live disc for manipulating, copying and restoring images of hard disks and disk partitions. The new release, Clonezilla Live…
We’re happy to announce the preliminary results for this year’s Board
(details at http://vote.gnome.o…
Berlin, June 9, 2015 – The LibreOffice community is getting ready for the next major release – planned for late July or early August – with a second bug hunting session focused on new features, including Windows 10 compatibility, and fixes for bugs and regressions. The session will last 3 full days, from June 19 […]
The German IT company teuto.net specializes in providing linux, hosting, cloud and web development services. In 2014, teuto.net created the brand “teutoStack“ for offering a wide range of services for customers interested in OpenStack cloud technology. In addition to consulting, training, operating and support services for private clouds, teuto.net also offers an OpenStack public cloud […]