Linux Mint 13 “KDE” released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 13 KDE. Linux Mint 13 KDE New features at a glance: KDE 4.8 Artwork improvements Search engines For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 13 KDE“. Important info: Quicktime playback in Firefox Boot […]

Canonical’s Unity Interface Reaches Fedora

Canonical’s open source Unity desktop has faced its share of user wrath. But in a sign that the controversial interface may finally have gained a following, it has now jumped the fence into the Fedora world, with experimental RPM packages available for Fedora 17. And that could mean big changes for the open source channel. […]

Mint’s Cinnamon desktop integrated into Fedora

The Cinnamon desktop from Linux Mint has now become a regular component of the Fedora Linux distribution and can be installed from the main repositories
Read more at H-online

Xfce edition of Linux Mint 13 released

The Linux Mint team has released the Xfce edition of Linux Mint 13, codenamed “Maya”. The developers recommend this edition for users who prefer a more traditional desktop or use systems with constrained resources
Read more at H-online

Free Guides for Getting Up to Speed with Linux

If you’re new to Linux, or perhaps thinking of switching to it from another platform, it’s worth your time to look into some of the many free tutorial resources available online. There are good tutotials for digging into particular Linux distributions, and guides that focus specifically on migrating from other platforms such as Windows. In […]

Linux Mint 13 Screenshot Tour

The highlight of this edition is the latest Xfce 4.10 desktop, which features the following improvements: online documentation; application finder; multiple rows and deskbar mode in the panel; actions plugin; MIME type editor; single-click operation, automated background image cycling and thumbnail rendering on the desktop; edge-tiling in the window manager. In the past, the xfapplet […]

GNOME: Interview with GUADEC Organizer Emilio J Padrón

Our next interview comes from another member of the local GUADEC organizing team Emilio J Padrón.

Whats your name?
Emilio J. Padrón
Where do you live and/or work?
I both live and work in A Coruña, though I often stay in Ourense as well, my hometow…

Facebook, and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu

Websites will be able to hook into the Ubuntu desktop in the Linux distro’s next release – allowing, for example, users to receive "new message" pings from webmail services. Canonical boss and spaceman Mark Shuttleworth announced the availability of "web apps" in Ubuntu 12.10, due in October, at OSCON, Canonical marketing veep Steve George blogged. […]

LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Jul-2012

[url=][img][/img][/url] [b]LXer Feature: 23-Jul-2012[/b]In this week’s Roundup we have Richard Stallman speaking out against UEFI, 5 things about Linux virtualization you might not …

Commit Digest: Issue 198

This week… 1965 commits, in 176 projects, by 239 happy hackers (and 372 were translation commits).

Aleksander Morgado ported devhelp to GtkApplication, and got it an application menu . (GNOME bug 677927)
In libgdata Philip Withnall added support fo…

Using RAW Devices In VirtualBox VMs

Using RAW Devices In VirtualBox VMs

Usually, VirtualBox creates its virtual machines in disk images
(.vdi, .vmdk, etc.). This tutorial explains how you can use RAW devices
from the host (partitions, LVM volumes, etc.) and create a VirtualBox VM
in …

Akademy 2012 Survey and Videos

Now that Akademy 2012 is behind us and life is getting back to normal, we can now share videos and slides from the conference talks with those who weren’t there.
All available videos and slides are linked to from the Akademy Program. We are indebted to…

Allwinner offers support for XBMC media center for MK802, Mele A1000, other inexpensive Android devices

The Allwinner A10 is a low power ARM Cortex-A8 processor with Mali 400 graphics. It’s used in a number of inexpensive Android tablets, including most of Coby’s latest devices. But it’s also a popular chip for Android-powered set-top-boxes (or mini PCs) such as the MK802, Mele A1000, or Mini X. You can pick up any […]

Ubuntu Web Apps aim to blur lines between desktop, and web apps

Starting with Ubuntu 12.10, users of the popular Linux-based operating system will be able to install and run web apps as if they were desktop applications. That’s thanks to a new feature called Ubuntu Web Apps.

Ubuntu’s Unity Is Now Available In Fedora

Recently, a team of passionate GNOME developers Ayatana, made Ubuntu’s Unity desktop available for Fedora. Their repository is currently available at OpenSUSE Build Service and it’s ready to be tested from developers.

Documentation Team Second Quarter 2012 Update

Hello from Jennifer, your outgoing Drupal Documentation Team leader! As I step down as leader of the Documentation team, I wanted to make one last quarterly status update post for the Documentation Team.

Leadership Change

People in the Drupal project are currently exploring Drupal community governance, and among the questions they’ll be thinking about are the leadership and structure of the Documentation Team — so expect an announcement sometime soon! In the meantime, I’m not going to be hosting Documentation Office Hours, but if someone else wants to schedule an Office Hours, go ahead and post an event to the Documentation page.

Milestones, Accomplishments, and Projects in progress

  • Lots of content was updated on this quarter. Of particular note:
    • The Accessibility team worked on updating documentation at a sprint in Montreal, including the Creating accessible themes section, and the best practices on accessibility for site builders page.
    • The Multilingual team updated both in-code API documentation and on-line Community documentation for Drupal’s multi-lingual system.
    • The Mobile team organized and created a Mobile guide.
    • I’m sure there are other notable updates that I didn’t mention specifically — 921 different contributors made more than 5000 revisions to documentation pages on this quarter — thanks to everyone who made an edit or created new documentation!
  • There’s a new Community Documentation Moderator group! These dedicated individuals will be overseeing the Community Documentation, and doing tasks that the general Drupal community members do not have the permissions to do (deleting comments, making edits on locked pages, creating URL aliases and redirects, etc.). I’d like to especially thank Boris/batigolix for joining the Moderator group and dealing with so many Documentation project issues in the past few weeks — I’m sure he’d appreciate some help though, so please join him! (Responsibilities and instructions for how to get started:
  • The API documentation cleanup sprint from last quarter has continued into this quarter, and a lot of progress has been made! The goal is to bring the Drupal 7 and 8 core API documentation much more in line with our documentation standards. To join in, visit the issue page. There is also a related sprint for general PHP coding standards at
  • Work on the proposed Curated/Official Docs and Help system has picked up! We have an issue to track progress on building the system, and Google Summer of Code participant Gergely Tamás Kurucz (temaruk) is working on a major component this summer. WorldFallz has also just volunteered to work on the workflow piece of the project, so hopefully around the end of the summer, we’ll be able to deploy the first phase of the system, and start writing “official/curated” documentation. But we will still need some programming help — check the tracking issue for more details.
  • The “Books about Drupal” section is being revised to have a new content type and a View, instead of being a set of flat HTML pages. Lowell/LoMo has been working on that, and we hope to get it finished and deployed on in the next few weeks. Issue:
  • Many members of the Drupal documentation team collaborated last quarter on proposing an update to the sidebar navigation for the Community Documentation. We reached consensus that we would like to have +/- expand/contract ability on the sidebar, so that people searching for documentation could more easily drill down into the book structure to find pages of interest. But we need some help: evaluating existing modules to see if they will work for us, and if not, building a module that will. If you’d like to help, the issue is:
  • The API module (the module behind, the programmer API documentation reference site) has been ported to Drupal 7. I did the primary port, and several people contributed by testing it out and/or posting patches for bugs they found. should be running Drupal 7 sometime soon! The next new features planned for the site are to get more contributed modules visible, make it work correctly with PHP namespaces (which are extensively being used in Drupal 8), and replace the hard-to-maintain Form API reference with an automatically-generated page (and in-code comments). If you’d like to help with these efforts, check the API module issue queue.

Next Steps

If you’re interested in helping with Drupal documentation:

KDE Commit-Digest for 8th July 2012

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
Kexi’s data handling library KexiDB became a common component of Calligra
Remote installer implemented in Plasmate
Work on the GUI for video slide shows in Kipi
Smarter manual save dialog in Skanlite
Digikam can be com…

Linux Mint 13 “Maya” Xfce released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 13 Xfce. Linux Mint 13 Xfce New features at a glance: Xfce 4.10 mintMenu and MATE applets MDM Artwork improvements Search engines For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 13 Xfce“. Important info: […]

Cinnamon Desktop Comes To Fedora 17

Cinnamon, the project out of the Linux Mint camp for a new desktop that’s based upon upstream GNOME but brings back memories of GNOME2, has now entered Fedora 17 through the stable updates repository…
Read more at Phoronix

Review: Linux Mint 13 LTS "Maya" Xfce

Thus far, I’ve had quite a bit of trouble finding a suitable modern replacement for my current desktop setup. No longer: I believe Linux Mint with Xfce may be it.