Fedora Assembles A Security Team

A Fedora Security Team has been setup to clean up vulnerabilities and other security-related issues present within the popular Linux distribution…

Review: Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” MATE

There were some issues with Mupen64Plus that I did not expect, and some with Compiz that I did. Leaving those aside, though, Linux Mint delivered a solid and reliable experience again, and I support the move to an only-LTS release schedule. Read more ….

LibreOffice 4.3 Released, KDE Naming, and Zorin Reasons

Today was quite the busy news day here in Linuxville and the top story must have been the release of LibreOffice 4.3. Seems it brought significant changes and got lots of coverage. SiliconIndia.com has a list of the top eight alternative operating systems and Bruce Byfield looks at KDE’s continually confusing callings. We have 10 […]

Golden Gnome Awards 2014

2014′s Golden Gnomes are set to be the best yet, with video, art, cosplay and community champion categories. Show us your skills and take home a gnome!

Multi-Master Database Replication SymmetricDS 3.6.3 Now Available for Download

SymmetricDS, an open source software for multi-master database replication, filtered synchronization, or transformation across the network in a heterogeneous environment, is now at version 3.6.3 The SymmetricDS software supports multiple subscribers with one- or bi-directional asynchronous data replication and uses technologies to replicate tables between relational databases. The developers updated the application only a few days ago, but now a new release has been made available. According…

DIY Ecommerce Guide to Gorgeous Product Photography

When it comes to ecommerce and online retail, there’s no denying that product photography plays a huge role in customer purchasing behavior. Using beautiful, high-quality images to showcase your products will be your store’s biggest asset for increasing conversions. We … Read more

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Does Slightly Better With APITest OpenGL Tests

Last month I published some benchmarks where NVIDIA slaughtered AMD’s Catalyst driver in APITest benchmarks, a set of OpenGL 4.x test cases. While these are just micro-benchmarks of modern OpenGL and designed for showing off potential solutions for pro…

GNOME’s Cheese App Gets Numerous Fixes and Improvements

Cheese, a Photobooth-inspired GNOME application for taking pictures and videos from a webcam that also includes graphical effects based on the gstreamer backend, is now at version 3.13.4.Cheese can be used to take photos and videos, and it’s based on GNOME 3.0, GStreamer, Clutter, and GNOME Video Effects. This latest development version brings quite a few changes, and users might find the finished product GNOME 3.14 somewhat different from the previous version.According to the changelog, the f…

openSUSE Rolling, New UT Video, and SteamOS Review

The big news today in Linuxdom is openSUSE’s announcement of moving Factory to a “rolling release” model. In other news, a new Unreal Tournament development video shows Team Deathmatch. Themukt.com has a review of SteamOS and LXer has a blurb about new Minimal Linux Live. openSUSE developer Ancor Gonzalez Sosa today announced, ‘We have just […]

Character Name Clean-Up – First Batch Next Week

The countdown has begun! Fancy a change? Next week we’ll be releasing the first batch of character names.

GStreamer VA-API Plug-In Update Adds New Features

Gwenole Beauchesne has released an updated version of the GStreamer VA-API that provides major changes to this plug-in set that allows for hardware-accelerated video decoding with the Video Acceleration API when using GStreamer…

Merchants of Kaidan Trading Game to Arrive on Steam for Linux Soon

Merchants of Kaidan, a trading game developed and published by Forever Entertainment S. A. on Steam, will arrive on Linux soon.Many of the titles that are accepted into the Early Access Game program prove to be quite successful because they are usually FPS’ or some sort of an RTS. This is a trading game and this type of genre hasn’t been proven just yet.Merchants of Kaidan is a challenging trading game fused with lots of RPG elements. You start very humble, one cart, a purse of gol…

GNOME: GUADEC 2014 Core Days Finish


The main part of GUADEC 2014, the premier annual GNOME conference, has just ended in Strasbourg, France. The core days are made up of talks, keynote presentations, as well as the GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting.

The GUADEC core days have been packed with exciting, interesting talks. There were presentations on important initiatives in GNOME, such as Wayland and continuous performance testing. GTK+ had a strong presence, with talks on GTK+ dialogs, CSS, and the GTK+ Scene Graph Toolkit. There was also a whole day of talks on GTK+ applications.

The final core day ended with an enthusiastic lightning talk session (these are short, five minute talks on a subject of the presenter’s choosing), followed by a conference closing which included a standing ovation for the local organising team. The final day also included the third GUADEC keynote, delivered by Matthew Garrett, on the future of the desktop.

GUADEC would not be complete without social events, of course, and this year’s event was no exception. Highlights included a a snooker and pool evening and the regular GUADEC football match, which was followed by a picnic.

Another regular feature of GUADEC is the annual pants award, where one individual is picked out for their special efforts over the year. This year, that award went to Alexandre Franke, who was the brains behind this year’s GUADEC, and who also works to coordinate GNOME’s presence at FOSDEM.

GUADEC has been fantastic, as usual. There have been a lot of important, exciting discussions and talks, and the conference has been an opportunity to make important plans for the future. Though the core days are now over, the GNOME community will be busy in Strasbourg for three more days, as the schedule switches to working sessions (known as BoFs, or Birds of a Feather sessions).

Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s GUADEC: Google, Red Hat, Igalia, SUSE, Ubuntu, Seafile, code.csdn.net, and GitCafe. This wonderful event would not have been possible without your help.

Qt 5.4 Going Into Feature Freeze Next Week With Exciting Changes

The Qt 5.4 feature freeze is set to go into effect on 8 August with already there being a large number of changes for this next major Qt5 tool-kit release…

Manjaro Openbox 0.8.11 Preview Is Now Ready for Testing

A preview version of Manjaro Openbox 0.8.11, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories that are completely compatible with Arch, is now available for download and testing.

The Xfce flavor was the first to get a new preview version of the new 0.8.11 development branch, but now we can also test the Openbox release. This flavor should be even lighter than Xfce and that will be immediately noticeable on low-end systems.

The developers have updated the Lin…

Updated Source Engine Benchmarks On The Latest AMD/NVIDIA Linux Drivers

Benchmarks of Valve’s Source Engine games (and other Steam titles for that matter) aren’t done in all Phoronix driver tests and graphics card articles for various reasons, among which is that there’s other more GPU-demanding OpenGL tests to utilize for…

openSUSE Factory Adopts Rolling Release Model

The openSUSE developers have announced that openSUSE Factory, the development distribution of the project, has switched now to a rolling release model.

This rolling release model has been proposed for numerous other distros in the past and some teams decided to adopt it, while others kept the old system in place. But what is a rolling release? Basically, the developers don’t push big updates to the operating system with incremental versions and just update the OS whenever there is something w…

Eye of GNOME 3.13.3 Features Improved GUI Test Handling

Eye of GNOME, the official image viewer for the GNOME Desktop environment that can support a variety of image file formats, has advanced to version 3.13.3. Eye of GNOME can be used to view single image files as well as large image collections, and if the appropriate plugins are installed on the system, the application will be able to open even more image formats. According to the changelog, the deprecated GtkMisc and GtkAlignment usage has been dropped, the GUI test handling has been improve…

OpenSUSE Factory Turns Into Rolling Release Distribution

OpenSUSE “Factory” up to now has referred to the development version of the openSUSE Linux distribution while being announced by SUSE today is that it’s also going to serve as an independent distribution under a rolling-release development model…

Canonical Closes Jinja2 Exploit in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

A Jinja2 exploit has been identified and repaired in the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system by Canonical developers.

Only Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has been affected by this problem, which was just a security issue. As usual, it’s a good idea to update the system even if it’s not a major problem or vulnerability.

“It was discovered that Jinja2 incorrectly handled temporary cache files and directories. A local attacker could use this issue to possibly gain privileges,” re…