Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0 Launches with Cloud and ThinClient Variants, Latest Software

Today, September 5, 2016, Tomasz Jokiel of the Porteus GNU/Linux operating system was proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of Porteus Kiosk 4.1.0.

As its name suggest, Porteus Kiosk is a special edition of Porteus GNU/Linux designed to be deployed in kiosks and other similar machines, and version 4.1.0 is the first point release to the major 4.0 stable series announced at the end of May 2016, bringing many updated components and applications.

The biggest new features are the upgrade to the long-term supported Linux 4.4.19 kernel, as well as Mozilla Firefox 45.3.0 ESR (Extended Support Release) and Google Chrome 52.0.2743.116 web browsers. Of course, it also contains the latest security patches release upstream. However, the most important change is the availability of two new variants of Porteus Kiosk, namely Cloud and ThinClient.

“Variant Cloud provides an easy access to the web applications and services like Google Apps for Educa…

Distribution Release: Emmabuntus 1.01 “Debian”

The Emmabuntus project, which creates a desktop operating system designed to be run primarily on older computers, has announced an update to the distribution’s "Debian" edition. The new version, Emmabuntus 1.01 "Debian", is based on Debian 8.5 and introduces support for the 64-bit x86 architecture. "This 1.01 version….

Distribution Release: Frugalware Linux 2.1

The Frugalware development team has announced the availability of a new version of the Frugalware Linux distribution. Frugalware Linux is an independent distribution which follows a "keep it simple" style of design and features the pacman package manager. With the release of Frugalware 2.1, the team has announced….

Distribution Release: Frugalware 2.1

The Frugalware development team has announced the availability of a new version of the Frugalware distribution. Frugalware is an independent distribution which follows a "keep it simple" style of design and features the pacman package manager. With the release of Frugalware 2.1, the team has announced it is….

Akademy 2016 Tuesday BoF Wrapup Video

In today’s BoF wrapup at Akademy find out the future of Plasma music player, the Frameworks LTS and the future of KDE neon.

“20 Years of KDE” book released!

For all the gearheads around the world, the occasion of KDE’s 20th birthday brings with it the traditional yet unconventional slice of our virtual birthday cake – our brand new book called 20 Years of KDE: Past, Present and Future scribbled in icing on top.

With the birth of KDE came about the birth of change, the birth of a little bit of brilliancy, and a presence across five continents that was unimaginable at the time of its conception. It was the start of something significant. And even though we’ve known KDE for so long, have been responsible for shaping it and making it what it is today and have interacted with it on a personal level since quite some time, there is a lot more about KDE that not all of us know and a whole lot more about it that we are yet to discover. As we stand today with a vision in our pocket trying to learn, decide, imagine and tame the unforseeable future of KDE, we also find strength, satisfaction and validation in our past and in the large part of the never-ending journey that we have already traveled. Our destination terminates not in perfection, but in freedom and power infinite. Power to you, and to KDE.

The book, in its nostalgic travel through our timeline, gives the reader insights into KDE like never before. The many stories and the many ways in which our contributors have envisioned the path ahead for us, are there for you to read in ’20 Years of KDE’. Matthias Ettrich, the founder of KDE, gives you one such very important side and story about the inception of KDE when he says, “Like any other complex project, KDE was created twice. At first as an idea, and secondly as an implementation of the idea in the real world.” With people who’ve been around at times drastically different from now, Richard Moore shares a humbling reflection down the memory lane saying ”If you had said to me at the time that KSnapshot would continue to be developed and released for 18 years I wouldn’t have believed you.” Albert Vaca expands more on what might be in store for KDE in the book saying “Our future software will run on devices we have yet to conceive of and will do things for our users that have yet to even be dreamed of. Yet one thing will remain the same – the creation of software people love – that will inspire the next group of contributors to our community.” Andreas Cord-Landwehr rightly marks this milestone in the book when he states, “In a community we are people of various backgrounds, educations and ages, and with twenty years completed, we finished what one can call a generation.”

Kevin Ottens sums up the need to go and get your copy at the earliest, “Why am I telling you all this you may ask? Well, I just want you, dear readers, to realize that it has been an awfully long time!” So, Happy Birthday KDE! I hope you like your birthday cake. Find more details about the book at 20years.kde.org/book!

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Several Linux Distros Cater To Deep Web Users

One thing to keep in mind when trying to browse the darknet is how a browser or anonymity tool is not a sufficient solution. While this is convenient and somewhat secure, a lot of data can be collected in the background. Which operating system is being used, the current timezone, and in some cases, even

OpenMW 0.40.0 Open-Source Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Remake Adds New Features

On September 4, 2016, the development team behind the OpenMW project, an open-source remake of the Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind game for GNU/Linux operating systems, announced the release of the OpenMW 0.40.0 update.

OpenMW 0.40.0 has been in development for the past three months, since OpenMW 0.39.0, during which time it has received various new features, a ton of bug fixes, and other enhancements. Among them, we can mention a new NPC “Face” function, support for deleting moved references, sun and moon reflection dependencies for the weather, as well as improved player movement by removing the effects for abilities.

“This release brings some small new features, but mainly bug fixes and improvements. We’re winding down on implementable features, these are exciting times for OpenMW, even if releases have a little less user-visible changes. The game is basically fully playable, and future releases will bring mostly more fixes and optimizations,” reads the

GNOME 3.22 “Karlsruhe” Desktop Environment Gets Closer, Second Beta Out Now

GNOME developer Matthias Clasen was happy to inform us via an email announcement about the availability of the second and last Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 “Karlsruhe” desktop environment.

GNOME 3.22 Beta 2 (technical version number is 3.21.91) is now ready for public testing, for those brave enough to take the soon-to-be-released desktop environment for a test drive on their personal computers, and it promises to add numerous improvements to many of the core components and applications included in the GNOME Stack.

“GNOME 3.21.91 is now available. This is our second beta release on the way to 3.22,” says Matthias Clasen  in the email announcement. “Please try it and let us know how well it works for you. Note that some modules have gained a new dependency, gnome-autoar. With the second beta our Freeze continues and deepens.”

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 677

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Peppermint OS 7 News: Changes to Manjaro’s leadership, openSUSE plans extra beta release, TrueOS becomes rolling-release Tips and tricks: Copying columns of text, organizing files, creating torrents Torrent co…

Solomon’s General Store – September’s Update

Find out what’s in store from September’s weekly deals and complimentary item for members.

Invention & Mining Update – Augmentable Pickaxe, New Perks & Blueprints!

Invention and Mining get some serious love in this week’s RuneScape update.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.7.2, VirtualBox 5.1.4 Lands Too

The openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, is glad to inform the openSUSE Tumbleweed community about the new package updates and improvements incorporated in the snapshots released during the week that passed.

Now that some of you are probably atte…

KDE Talk Videos from QtCon

QtCon talks are over, and today we start the discussion groups and hacking sessions to plan out work on the KDE community’s projects over the coming year. If you want to learn what’s going on in KDE technologies and community you can spend some time wa…

Interviews with QtCon Stall Holders

KDE Dot News sent its roving reporter Devaja round the stalls at QtCon to ask them what they were promoting and of their experience of the conference.
Think-Cell

openSUSE

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Ableton

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Blue Systems

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QtCon Closing Keynote with Julia Reda MEP

Julia Reda MEP
The talks are over after the three days of QtCon Akademy 2016 which means the BoF sessions and hacking days are about to begin. To close the talks at the conference we had a finishing keynote by Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliam…

Pentaho users explore the future of DevOps and Big Data with Juju

This quarter’s PLUG (Pentaho London User Group) headed to Canonical’s head office which is nicely located just behind the Tate Modern in London. I must admit I don’t know much about what they do, but a bit of research later and I quickly saw they’re at the heart of open source, and they have a […]

Dandifying Mageia – Adding the DNF stack to Mageia

There’s a lot of good things coming to Mageia 6: KDE Plasma 5 desktop, updates to other desktop environments, many new games, and a fresh coat of paint with a new visual style. However, there’s quite a lot of under-the-hood … Continue reading

Talks and Hacking Continue at QtCon

A second packed day of talks has taken place at QtCon, the largest and most diverse and dynamic gathering of end-user software communities for open development ever. KDE contributors gave talks next to pure Qt coders, the VLC team pondered the merits of porting to Telsa cars and the FSF-E celebrated 15 years with their annual awards.


Lesley Hawthorn

Red Hat (and former Google Summer of Code) community manager Lesley Hawthorn took the brave decision to speak not about code but about a topic of emotions and interpersonal dynamics: empathy. Without empathy we create projects that are terrible and communities where very few people want to participate. People who are empathetic tend to get promoted quicker and report greater workplace satisfaction. It’s something we chose to exercise. Geeks often chose not to be empathetic and say “I’m not good at being understanding” but it’s something that can be learnt and isn’t an innate skill. Every day you should practice self awareness by asking “what has happened to me in the last week that I found really useful and enjoyed” and conversely moments that sucked and why. Practice active listening if you want to make yourself more empatheticm. Active listening is the process of mirroring what someone has said to you, summarising it in a way that you show you understand what they said and how they felt. You will find that people respond to you better in conversation. Step 2 to cultivate empathy is read fiction, so if you like reading stories then science says this is good. It stimulates the centres in your brain for the practice of empathy. Avoid assumptions and be curious. One of the fastest ways to shut down empathy is to not talk to someone or ask after them. (This was highlighted in Jens’ keynote yeterday when he said the same is needed from designers.) Be explicit about your values and make them inclusive. New people may not know or agree with them. Discourage Hippoing, “Highest Paid Person’s Opinion is the only one that matters”. Allow for people who make mistakes and make it okay to fail (alert readers will also remember this theme from Jens’ keynote yesterday).

Dan Leinir presented his comic viewer Peruse, a dedicated viewer written with Kirigami for Plasma which reads several formats for comics. One problem is that people need to download the comics which currently means dodgy download sites. The solution is OCS but he explained the current libraries for using OCS and how he is refactoring and updating KNewStuff to make it less dependency heavy and work with QtQuick.


Arnav Dhamija

Arnav Dhamija showed his work as part of Google Summer of Code, kio-stash. It is a kioslave which creates virtual folders of files. For example if you have a new phone and you want to copy some songs to it you can create a virtual folder to select which files you want before copying them which stops the actual file being duplicated and taking up extra disk space. There was discussion about the best way of putting it in the UI of Dolphin and a suggestion that Arnav become a maintainer of Dolphin which he wasn’t against.


There was no parking available in the VLC talks room

Jean Baptiste opened the VLC track with a state of the union of VLC. VLC aims to run everywhere and it has versions on Windows XP, Linux 2.6, Mac OS 10.7, recent ChromeOS, Android 2.2, iOS 7, WinRT 8.1 and Android TV, Apple TV and maybe even XBox. But VLC versions are inconsistent, so 3.0 will try to be the first release where all platforms use the same version. The new subtitle engine has better rendering of fonts, it was coded by a Syrian guy with two hours of electricity a day in the middle of a war, so nobody can say VLC hackers are not hardcore dedicated. There were also updates for VLC on Android and Mac including the TV variants of these. Nobody wants to touch Microsoft Car Player but if anyone has a Tesla to donate that would be welcome.


Marie Louise the BSD expert

Marie Louise gave an update on the state of KDE software on BSD. In FreeBSD KDE 4 has been supported for several years, while Plasma 5 (which they call KDE 5) is still a work in progress. KDevelop 5 has been added but Calligra and other projects are still on KDE 4 version. NetBSD and OpenBSD also have KDE teams but they lack porters. NetBSD still uses GCC (FreeBSD switched to CLang) and has X11 by default. NetBSD has Qt 3, 4 and 5 with Plasma 5 in preparation. Porters are working to get patches upstream in Qt so it can compile out the box. OpenBSD removes system calls they consider insecure. X11 is shipped as part of OS and packages are available for KDE 3 and 4, Plasma 5 is in preparation. But OpenBSD uses an old GCC version to avoid GPL 3. There is a strategy for all the KDE teams on the BSDs to work together to exchange issues and fixes and get them upstream as has happened with Qt. One of their major problems is WebEngine currently doesn’t compile and Google won’t accept patches as BSD not a target for them so they need to work together to be a louder voice to get Google to listen.

Martin Graesslin spoke about the pitiful state of Linux security when it comes to preventing one malicious application doing nasty things to other applications. He showed how it was trivial and infact part of the design for one application to be able to take passwords entered into another application. Wayland gives us the possibility to give us a secure desktop but we still need to do work to give our users a secure desktop and give them the privacy they need.

Finally Jos Van Den Oever tried to convince us to learn Rust, a new programming language which can integrate with C++ libraries. He showed a comparison of a C++ and a Rust Hello World application, they both had an error and the C++ one carried on regardless and the error could not even be detected in Valgrind while the Rust equivalent successfully showed the error. For Qt there’s no complete bindings but he’s using bindings for QML which work well enough.


KDE’s Simon Wächter winner of FSFE award

This is only a small selection of the many talks here at QtCon and of course doesn’t cover the all important hallway conversations. The partying continues tonight at Berlin’s underground and riverside hacker lab CBase where we had the 15th anniversary celebration of the Free Software Foundation Europe. There were talks about the history and achievements of the FSF-E and the annual award which this year was won by KDE contributor Simon Wächter for creating the website Freedomvote.ch to profile Swiss political candidates for digital rights values. No photographs allowed unfortunately, these hackers like their privacy so you’ll just have to imagine the late night open air chats, drinking and cavorting.

QtCon Day 2: Extended Track Coverage

There is so much about QtCon and all its diversity and enthusiasm right from the Traffic Cone hats to the Ratatouille to the parallel KDE, FSFE, Qt tracks that all of it can’t be summed up even across numerous dot stories. So this article in particula…