PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 KDE Is Coming with Latest KDE Plasma 5.6 and Looks Gorgeous

We promised to offer you more details about upcoming PCLinuxOS editions, and today we have some great news for those who love the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

Yes, that’s right, the PCLinuxOS developers are preparing to unleash the final version of the PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 KDE5 operating system, an official flavor of the PCLinuxOS project, bringing you the latest and greatest KDE technologies, all built on top of the Linux 4.5 kernel series.

The latest preview version of PCLinuxOS 64 2016.06 KDE5 was published a week ago, and it looks like it ships with Linux kernel 4.5.6, fully updated core components from the main PCLinuxOS software repository, the new Krita 3.0 open-source digital painting software, and the KDE Plasma 5.6.4 desktop environment.

Of course, users will also find the latest KDE Applications 16.04.1 software suite and KDE Frameworks 5.22.0 collection of add-ons for Qt5, along with the LibreOffice 5.1 office suite, and updated boot splash and shut…

Latest Steam Client Update Improves Steam Controller Support with DOOM 2016

Today, June 10, 2016, Valve pushed a new major Steam Client update to the stable channels for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

There are numerous improvements implemented in the June 10 Steam Client Update, starting with better compatibility for Valve’s Steam Controller and Steam Link devices with the recently released DOOM 2016 first-person shooter game, and continuing performance improvements for Vulkan apps with AMD hardware.

Among the general improvements that have been implemented in the Steam Client, we can mention a short idle-timer making sure Steam Client updates will no longer disrupt your typing, the issue with missing Workshop content when uninstalling and reinstalling a game were fixed, and better resizing of windows.

Of course, there are also the usual platform-specific bug fixes. For example, SteamOS and GNU/Linux use…

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Will Use Less RAM than Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS, Here’s Why

Thanks to Martin Wimpress, the leader of the Ubuntu MATE project, we told you a few days ago that the MATE 1.14.1 desktop environment had finally landed for Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) users, which they can install right now.

And today we bring more great news for those who love and use the Ubuntu MATE operating system on their personal computer, as Martin Wimpress informs us that, after some rigorous tests, it was discovered that the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release would use less RAM.

Why and how that happened? Well, it appears that when building the MATE 1.14.1 desktop environment against the latest GTK3 technologies, the entire Ubuntu MATE 16.10 operating system will consume much less system memory than Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS with MATE 1.14.1 desktop built against the GTK2 libraries.


Wine 1.9.12 Fixes Splinter Cell: Blacklist Crashes, Improves Dragon Age 2 Demo

Today, June 10, 2016, the Wine development team has been proud to announce the release and immediate availability of yet another milestone towards the major Wine 2.0 software for running Windows apps and games on GNU/Linux distributions.

Wine 1.9.12 i…

June 2016: Big Software, new releases, and a CIO’s guide to telco

Welcome to our brand new monthly blog! This month, learn about the industry trend toward Big Software, highlights of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, and our latest eBook – “CIO’s guide to SDN, NFV and VNF”. Be sure to check out our roundup of Industry news! Mark Shuttleworth: Big Software is THE biggest problem facing […]

Randa Meetings 2016 Fundraising Campaign

About this fundraising campaign

KDE is one of the biggest free software communities in the world and has been delivering high quality technology and spreading the principles of hacker culture for nearly two decades. KDE brings together users, developers, maintainers, translators and many more contributors from across six continents and over fifty countries, all of them working with the bonds and spirits of a truthful community.

KDE has a vision:

A world in which everyone has control over their digital life and enjoys freedom and privacy

Randa Meetings is the largest sprint organized by KDE. Roughly fifty KDE contributors meet yearly at Swiss alps to enjoy seven days of intense in-person work, pushing KDE technologies forward and discussing how to address the next-generation demands for software systems. One of the biggest challenges we’ve historically had for KDE technology is that we haven’t completely reached the platforms where all of our users work. Aligned with our vision and pursuing the delivery of KDE technologies to every user, Randa Meetings 2016 ‒ which happens from 12th to 19th June ‒ will be centered on bringing KDE technology on every device.

This fundraising campaign aims at supporting the continuity of KDE efforts, over the year, towards the following goal:

KDE technology on every device; be it in your pocket, in your bag or perched on your table; with the clear intention to start delivering software that will empower its users regardless of the platform they use

Different teams will be working in this direction at Randa Meetings 2016 and later on. Making software work on the platforms is not everything that’s needed. We’ll also need to have the infrastructure that makes sure this effort will have continuity over time, maintaining the quality our users deserve. This also means investing quite some effort in the KDE DevOps technology such as the CI (Continuous Integration) system for the different platforms and mechanisms to properly distribute binaries.

How will we do that?

Randa Meetings 2016 activities and subsequent efforts will be centered around three important topics:

  1. Have a defined set of KDE Applications ported to specific platform of interest.
  2. Come up with a reasonably generic plan to distribute on each platform.
  3. Come up with a sustainability plan for keeping those applications and binaries up to date.

For a glimpse of what is to come in the upcoming days, here’s a list of applications and platforms that will be tackled by Randa Meetings 2016 participants: Marble on Android and Linux; Kdenlive on Windows; Artikulate on Android; Calligra on Android; KDE Frameworks on Android and Windows; Kate on OS X and Windows; KDevelop on OS X and Windows; Kube on Windows, OS X, and Android; KDE Connect on Windows; and LabPlot on OS X and Windows.

As for distribution efforts, we will investigate the use of technologies such as AppImage and Flatpak to build distribution-independent bundled applications.

Help make this vision come true!

Make your donation or simply help spreading the word!

* The Randa Meetings 2016 fundraising campaign’s image on top of this story is a derivative of Blake Patterson’s work, used under CC BY 2.0. This work is licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Sandro Andrade.

HPE Wants Open Source Devs to Kick The Machine Into Gear

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Tails, the anonymity-focused Linux distribution with deep Tor integration, reaches version 2.4

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Tender for a Infrastructure and System Administrator (#201606-01)

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Infrastructure and System Administrator

to start work as soon as possible. The role is scheduled for 40 hours a week. The work time is flexible and work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

Our infrastructure is based on 4 large hypervisors with about 50 virtual machines running on them. In addition there are several bare-metal machines, additional backup servers, externally hosted virtual machines and services, split across three data centers and connected via dynamic routing.…

Wine 1.9.12 Released

The Wine development release 1.9.12 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Bug fix update of the Mono engine.
Initial version of a taskbar in desktop mode.
Fixes for right-to-left language…

Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” Live Editions Are Now Available to Download

We reported last week on the general availability of new install mediums for the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, as well as the release of the last update for Debian GNU/Linux 7 “Wheezy.”

It took a week, but the Debian Project team manage to publish, just a few moments ago, the Live DVD editions of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” distribution, which are specially designed Live flavors built around various popular desktop environments. These can be used to showcase the latest Debian release to your friends or customers.

As expected, Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” Live editions ship with the GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon, and MATE desktop environments, and there’s also the standard Live CD that doesn’t include any graphical desktop environment, meaning that users can use it to either in…

Solus 1.2 Is Coming Soon with a Much-Improved Installer, Many New Features – Exclusive

Solus 1.2 is coming very soon, believe it, and we had the pleasure of chatting with Solus Project leader Ikey Doherty during the last few days about various Solus-related things, including what’s coming in the major release.

Existing Solus users need not worry about the Solus 1.2 release, as they will get most of the new features through updates, thanks to the semi-rolling release model offered by the independent Linux kernel-based operating system, but reinstalling might as well be a wise move.

However, there are some great things that are coming to the Solus 1.2 release, such as a much-improved graphical installer, which supports automatic partitioning of your disk drivers, dual boot with other GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as the ability to reuse existing SWAP partitions from other Linux OSes, if any.

“The new installer, it’s a short-term rewrite, to address the deep flaws in the ol…

Gower Quest Trailer | #GoalsForGains | Weekly Deals

An upcoming quest deserves a trailer – check it out!

Gower Quest Trailer | Weekly Deals

An upcoming quest deserves a trailer – check it out!

Development Release: Android-x86 6.0 RC1

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Development Release: Linux Mint 18 Beta

Clement Lefebvre has announced a development release of the Linux Mint distribution. The new testing release, Linux Mint 18 Beta, is available in Cinnamon and MATE editions. There are several new features being previewed in this beta, including an enh…

Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” MATE – BETA Release

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Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon – BETA Release

This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” Cinnamon Edition. Linux Mint 18 Sarah Cinnamon Edition Linux Mint 18 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. New […]

Help Make Open Source Secure

Major security bugs in core pieces of open source software – such as Heartbleed and Shellshock – have elevated highly technical security vulnerabilities into national news headlines. Despite these sobering incidents, adequate support for securing open source software remains an … Continue reading