GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of August 20, 2013

[note: sorry for the delay]


= Minutes for August 20th, 2013, 16:00 UTC =

== Next Meeting ==

* Tuesday, September 3nd, 2013, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==

* Rosanna Yuen
* Andreas Nilsso…

Light Flow Lets You Pimp Your Notifications

For years, manners have been defined and documented in easy-to-learn rules classed by geography and culture. For example, in some countries it’s acceptable to make abundant noises when eating, whereas in others, eating is a matter to be taken with the utmost seriousness and is performed in stony silence. Then along came the jangling cellphone.

Valve Updates the Original Half-Life Twice in One Month

The original Half-Life game, the one launched all the way back in 1998 and recently ported on the Linux platform, has just received a major update, for the Beta version.

Valve is trying to make sure that its games run flawlessly, even 14 years later. With this in mind, an update has been released for Half-Life Beta.

This is the second patch for this old game pushed by Valve in just one month. Here are some hightlights of this latest update:

• The gam…

Seahorse 3.10 Beta 1 Displays the Sidebar by Default

The development team behind the Seahorse application, a GNOME package used for managing passwords and encryption keys in the GNOMEKeyring, announced a few days ago the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta release of the upcoming Seahorse 3.10.

Seahorse 3.10 Beta 1 now displays the sidebar by default, the minimum key size has been bumped to 768 bits, “DesktopSettings;X-XFCE-SettingsDialog;” has been added to .desktop categories, and the ‘Comment’ field…

Folks 0.9.5 No Longer Supports Multiple IndividualAggregator Instances

The GNOME developers released a new development version of the Folks (libfolks) package for the GNOME desktop environment, a library that aggregates people from multiple sources.

Folks 0.9.5 drops support for multiple IndividualAggregator instances. Therefore, in order to retrieve the default aggregator singleton, clients should use the new IndividualAggregator.dup constructor, as the default IndividualAggregator.with_backend_store and IndividualAggregator constructors are now de…

OpenELEC 3.1.7 Fixes Intel Heating Problems

OpenELEC, an embedded operating system built specifically to run XBMC, the open source entertainment media hub, is now at version 3.1.7.

This is actually a testing version of the 3.2.x branch, and it’s not considered a stable release. Even so, it might be interesting to test.

Highlights of OpenELEC 3.1.7:

• More backports have been added from XBMC Gotham for RaspberryPi;
• The broken installer has been fixed;
• Heating issues on…

OpenSUSE 13.1 Will Be the Next Evergreen Version

OpenSUSE 13.1, a free and Linux-based operating system for PCs, laptops, or servers that you can use to surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, and play videos or music, will become the next Evergreen version.

The developers of OpenSUSE have decided that the 13.1 version will be the next Evergreen release, which is actually the next long-term support distribution.

“The openSUSE Evergreen team expands the lifespan of openSUSE releases by iss…

Ubuntu Touch OS Ditches Android's AudioFlinger for PulseAudio

The Ubuntu Touch OS is still being worked on by Canonical and the failure of Ubuntu Touch hasn’t been stopped by the developers, who have just ditched the Android’s AudioFlinger.

Ubuntu Touch relied on AudioFlinger for playing and recording audio, but Canonical has finally moved past it and they’ve adopted PulseAudio.

“This provides somewhat of a compromise between features and porting effort: By using the ALSA library whenever we can, we can access PulseAudio’s…

Firefox 24 Beta 7 Is Now Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

The seventh beta release in the new Firefox 24.x branch has been made available for download by Mozilla, for all available platforms, including Linux.

The binaries for Mozilla Firefox 24 Beta 4 can be downloaded and run without having to install anything. This is true for all the available platforms.

The previous version of Firefox, 23, had gone through ten beta versions before a stable release has been made available. This being said, the seventh Beta doesn’t have an…

Install App Grid in Ubuntu 13.04

Here’s how you can install App Grid, an alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center, in Ubuntu 13.04. You can filter apps by name and rating, categories, as well as installed or pending installation. Sign in with your Ubuntu One account to buy apps or post reviews. Read more ….

Will Firefox OS beat Ubuntu in smartphone sales?

Today in Open Source: Firefox OS may be the Ubuntu slayer in smartphones. Plus: Four non-killing Linux games, and Tor usage increases over privacy concerns. Read more ….

Nvidia Launches Another Driver with OpenGL 4.4 Support, AMD Goes to Hide in a Corner

Nvidia has announced that yet another driver is now available for download, 326.98, providing improved support for OpenGL 4.4 and GLSL 4.40, albeit it’s still in the Beta stages.

This is not the first driver with OpenGL 4.4 and GLSL 4.4 from Nvidia, but AMD still hasn’t released a stable driver that provides support for OpenGL 4.3.

In order to get this enhanced support for the video card, users will need a Fermi- or Kepler-based GPU. The platforms supporting this fu…

Linux Kernel 3.10.10 Officially Released, Download Now

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel 3.10.10, has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman and it’s now available for download. The development of the latest stable version of the Linux kernel is going forward, but the latest update is rather small in comparison with the previous ones. “I’m announcing the release of the 3.10.10 kernel. All users of the 3.10. kernel series must upgrade. “The updated 3.10.y git tree can be found at: git://g…

Wayland’s Weston 1.2.2 Incorporates Some Bug Fixes

Kristian Høgsberg released version 1.2.2 of the Weston reference compositor today for Wayland. The new releases are mainly to iron out some unexpected bugs that landed in the recent Weston 1.2.1 release from last week. Wayland meanwhile is still at version 1.2.1…

Wine 1.7.1 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.1 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Support for keyed event objects.
Support for the “init once” synchronization mechanism.
Activation context support for DLLs, typelibs, and COM classes.

Install Darling OS X emulator in Linux Mint 16 or 15

Use Darling to run OS X applications on your Linux Mint computer Read more ….

What does “open source” mean?

A couple of weeks ago, we released elementary OS Luna, the latest version of our design-driven and open source operating system. In that time, we’ve served 200,000 downloads. Interestingly, about half of those have been to Windows users; a statistic uncommon for open source operating systems. Seeing as how half of our new user base […]

Composite Bypass Support Sharply Bumps XMir’s Performance

Composition bypass support finally landed this morning into the mainline Mir code-base ahead of the Ubuntu 13.10 feature-freeze. With the feature being merged and packages already being pushed into the 13.10 archive, benchmarks at Phoronix have already…

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RuneFest 3 will be kicking off in London on November 2nd.

Behind the Scenes – September 2013

Mod Mark tells us what awesome updates are coming up for the month of September.