Fedora is on diaspora*

diaspora is a distributed social networking platform comprised of nodes, called pods. These pods are linked together to allow users to connect seamlessly. This idea is different from the traditional social network, where user data is centralized and controlled by a single entity. diaspora is also free as in speech, so you can use it however you like. diaspora* also values your privacy. You don’t have to use your real identity, and you have complete control over who sees your content using Aspects.

Read on to learn more about how to get started on diaspora* and get the latest updates from Fedora once you’re there.

Getting Started

The first step in getting started with diaspora* is to select a pod. Your pod is where your data is stored. You can select a pod based on any criteria, such as geographic location, uptime, or which domain you like best. Fedora is hosted on diasp.org, and this is a great place to start. But you can find a list of available pods, along with their locations, uptime, and supported services, at podupti.me. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even create your own pod. You can find pod installation instructions on the diaspora* project wiki.

diaspora* sign up page

Setting up an account on diasp.org

  1. Go to diasp.org and click the Sign up button in the top right corner of the page.
  2. Enter your information in the form provided and click Sign up.
  3. Enter some information about yourself, including your name (this can be whatever you like, unlike some other services), a profile photo, and some hashtags for your interests.
  4. Introduce yourself to the community. An introductory message is prepared for you the first time you view your stream.
  5. (Optional) Go to dia.so and enter your diaspora* id, desired URL, and email to get a shortened URL for your account.

Connect With Fedora

Fedora on diaspora*

Once you’re set up on diaspora*, you can find Fedora either by searching for fedora@diasp.org, or by visiting dia.so/fedora. On the Fedora page, click Add Contact in the top right-hand corner of the window. Then select the Aspect you’d like to add Fedora to. Once you do this, any new updates from Fedora appear on your stream.

Development Release: GhostBSD 10.3-ALPHA2

Eric Turgeon has announced the availability of the second alpha build of the upcoming GhostBSD 10.3, a new version of the a desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD 10.3: “This second alpha release is for testing and debugging the new features in GhostBSD 10.3. MATE and Xfce editions….

Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Launches Next Week for Supported Ubuntu Phones and Tablets

Another week has passed, and the major OTA-11 software update for the Ubuntu mobile operating system, which powers the Ubuntu Phone and Tablet devices, is getting closer to a final release.

Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak has emailed the community today, May 25, 2016, with fresh details from the Ubuntu Touch land. And it looks like things are going well for the development cycle of the OTA-11 update, which should arrive next week, as the Release Candidate (RC) image has just entered its final testing stage.

Once the Ubuntu QA finishes all the rigorous tests of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 candidates, the major software update will be immediately pushed to the stable channels for all supported Ubuntu Phone devices, as well as the new Ubuntu Tablet, BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, as a phased update during a 24-hour period.

“Our final OTA-11 candidates now entered final testing and so far we d… (read more)

Treasure Hunter | Lava Lanterns

Get your hands on a new kind of XP lamp prize in this week’s Treasure Hunter chests.

Google’s Abacus May Count Out Passwords

By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google’s Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week’s I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing away with passwords. It will use a smartphone’s sensors to check users’ current locations, typing patterns and voice patterns, as well as for facial recognition. It will create a cumulative trust score that will authenticate users so they can unlock their devices or sign into applications.

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 1

Ludwig Nussel has announced the release of new testing media for the openSUSE project. The new alpha release, openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 1, is the latest development snapshot in openSUSE’s “Leap” series. “Before getting too excited, note that the goal for Alpha 1 was mostly to get the….

Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds

Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions. It is neither a minimalistic Linux line nor a distro stuffed with bloat from packages typical users will never need. Instead, it comes well loaded with essential applications, drivers and codecs to provide a very uncomplicated out-of-the-box user experience.

Official Ubuntu Stickers From Unixstickers

Need some Ubuntu decoration? Unixstickers, the largest e-commerce for Free Software and Open Source stickers and merchandise have partnered with Canonical, to start offering Ubuntu stickers!

ubuntu stickers and keyboard stickers

They are currently among the very few authorized sellers of Ubuntu swag in the world.

Throughout June, Unixstickers are offering Full Circle readers a 15% discount by using the code UBUNTU15

FULL DISCLAIMER: We make nothing from this. We’re just passing the offer along.

Keeping track of LibreOffice activity

LibreOffice is a big project, with over 7 million lines of source code and hundreds of developers, testers, translators and other contributors spread across the globe. With so much activity going on, it can be difficult to keep track of recent developments – so here are a few pointers to keep you in the loop.

Upcoming releases

The current supported release of LibreOffice is 5.1, and the latest bug-fix version is 5.1.3. There are three more bug-fix updates due this year, so see this wiki page for information on the release schedule. The last planned update will be 5.1.6, due in October.

Meanwhile, the development team is working hard on LibreOffice 5.2, which is scheduled to be released in the first week of August. A beta version (for testing) is due very soon – keep an eye on this blog for more information. You can also see a mid-development list of new features in 5.2, but bear in mind that everything is subject to change!

Team calls

Many teams inside the LibreOffice project have regular audio or video calls to catch up, share ideas and ask questions. These teams also share minutes (notes) from the meetings afterwards, so that others can keep track of news and developments.

For instance, the Engineering Steering Committee (ESC) usually has a call every Thursday to discuss technical aspects of the project: release engineering, new features, quality assurance, mentoring new developers, and other matters. Minutes from these are posted on the projects mailing list – see the archive here (search for “minutes of ESC” for recent calls).

Similarly, the Design Team holds regular Hangouts to discuss user interface changes and usability enhancements. Then there’s the Infrastructure Team, which has calls to talk about the hardware and software that’s used by LibreOffice contributors, and the Documentation Team, which has just started regular calls to coordinate content and bring in new writers. Minutes from all of these teams are also posted on the projects list.

Finally, The Document Foundation’s Board of Directors has regular meetings to discuss organisational aspects: finances, budget requests, the yearly conference and so forth. Minutes from these meetings are available on the wiki.

Annual Report

A good summary of last year’s activity in the LibreOffice project is provided in the Annual Report. This is currently being worked on, and will have detailed updates from the native language projects, hackfests, development and QA teams, plus information on donations received throughout 2015 and other aspects of the project.

We’ll post an update on this blog when the 2015 Annual Report is available – meanwhile you can read about what happened in LibreOffice during 2014 in the previous report.

MATE 1.14 Desktop Finally Lands in Manjaro Linux’s Repo, New MATE Edition Is Out

Manjaro leader Philip Müller announced this past weekend that the major MATE 1.14 desktop environment had finally landed in the main software repositories of the Arch Linux-based distribution.

Usually, the Manjaro Linux repos are filled with new software released from time to time, bundled as update packs, based on the latest updates from the Arch Linux repositories. However, this time around, the Manjaro Linux devs had to step up their game and take control of the maintenance of the MATE packages for the distribution.

Why? Because it looks like the MATE packages in Arch Linux are no longer maintained, and the last version offered there is 1.12.1, released in December 2015. Therefore, if you’re using Manjaro Linux, you can now update the MATE desktop environment to the latest 1.14 version, read more)

Summer Summit | Live Stream Schedule – Saturday 28th May

Check out the fantastic announcements and reveals that are in store for our marathon streaming event.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Needs Your Help to Make GCC 6 the Default Compiler

We reported at the beginning of the month that the openSUSE Tumbleweed developers are preparing a massive package rebuild to make the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 the default compiler for the rolling operating system.

Migrating to a new default compiler is the hardest task for a Linux kernel-based operating system, as almost all the pre-installed packages need to be rebuilt using the new compiler, and package maintainers have a hard time during this transition.

And it looks like openSUSE Tumbleweed developers have run into some trouble today, May 23, 2016, as Dominique Leuenberger asked the community to help test the packages that fail to build with GCC 6, or that need special attention.

“Dear openSUSE Hackers, as you’re doubtless aware, we’re trying to move to GCC 6 as our default compiler,” sai… (read more)

Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 OS Launches with Google Chrome 50 and LibreOffice 5.1.3

Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia today, May 23, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the first point release of the Black Lab Linux 7.6 operating system.

Packed full of Ubuntu goodies, Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 arrives today for users of the Black Lab Linux 7.6 OS, bringing them the latest Linux 4.2.0-36 kernel, Google Chrome 50 web browser, Ice site-specific-browser, LibreOffice 5.1.3, as well as useful tools like a Web App creator and the Mozilla Thunderbird mail and news suite.

Built around the lightweight Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 comes with a deskbar-style panel by default, but also lets users switch to a bottom-centered horizontal panel if they want to. Tools like Aptik, Timeshift, and Skippy-XD have been included as well in this update to Black Lab Linux 7.6.

“Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 utilizes … (read more)

Mageia 6 Artwork Contest Extension

We have decided to extend the contest by a week as there are still lots of contributions coming in and with the work coming from people’s donated time, we wanted to give a larger chance to others that might have been busy with other things.

The contest will now close on the 30th of May; as before, all work should be submitted to the Artwork Drop.

For more information about the contest, please have a look at the initial announcement blog post.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with for Mageia 6!

The Document Liberation Project: What we do

While The Document Foundation is best known for LibreOffice, it also backs the Document Liberation Project. But what exactly is that? We’ve made a short video to explain all…

Development Release: NethServer 7.2 Alpha 3

Alessio Fattorini has announced the availability of a new development release of the CentOS-based NethServer distribution. The new testing version, NethServer 7.2 Alpha 3, offers improved OpenLDAP and Active Directory support via Samba. New user accounts will, by default, automatically receive valid e-mail addresses on the server’s domain…..

4 Notable Security Upgrades Coming to Android N

Android is the world’s largest and most popular mobile operating system, by far. But popularity, and its openness, have security and privacy trade-offs. At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, we got a look at some of the features keeping us safe in the very near future.
One of the biggest changes in Android N’s security is the new direct boot. In a nutshell, this allows your phone to update, reboot, and still be able to wake you up in the morning.
Google is rolling out a new way to update your phone. And the most noticeable thing is that you probably won’t notice it. Taking a page from Chrome OS, Android N will seamlessly apply software updates automatically and without taking what feels like a lifetime to optimize all the apps on your phone.
Nearly a year after Stagefright was disclosed, there has yet to be a single attack. While one could say this demonstrates that it was too obscure and exotic an exploit to be practical, it has had some very real and positive consequences for users. The new update system and retooling of Android’s media innards can only be good.
When it comes to user data like what’s shared with Google through the Google Photos app or in the future with the Google assistant, these results are only for users. Google’s search chief John Giannandrea clarified further, saying that no photo information, not even in aggregate, is shared with advertisers.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/news/344642/4-notable-security-upgrades-coming-to-android-n
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

CentOS-Based NethServer 7 Linux Adds Active Directory Integration in Third Alpha

Today, May 23, 2016, Alessio Fattorini has informed Softpedia about the release and immediate availability for download of the third Alpha build of the upcoming NethServer 7 server-oriented operating system.

NethServer 7 Alpha 3 is here today, ready for public testing, after being in development for the past three months, during which the hard-working team of developers led by Alessio Fattorini managed to implement long-anticipated features like Active Directory integration and a centralized account management.

But there are many other things to get excited about, as NethServer 7 Alpha 3 comes with a new Account Management module, which was designed from the ground up to let users connect a remote NethServer system running OpenLDAP open-source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), as well as a remote Active Directory (AD) domain controller, such as Sa… (read more)

Write for the Fedora Magazine

Know an awesome piece of Fedora news? Have a good idea for a Fedora how-to? Do you or someone you know use Fedora in an interesting way? We’re always looking for new contributors to write awesome, relevant content. The Magazine is run by the Fedora community — and that’s all of us. You can help too!


What content does the Magazine need?

Glad you asked. We often feature material for desktop users, since there are many of them out there! But that’s not all we publish. We want the Magazine to feature lots of different content for the general public.

Sysadmins and power users

We love to publish articles for system administrators and power users who dive under the hood. Here are some recent examples:


We don’t forget about developers, either. We want to help people use Fedora to build and make incredible things. Here are some recent articles focusing on developers:

Interviews, projects, and links

We also feature interviews with people using Fedora in interesting ways. We even link to other useful content about Fedora. We’ve run interviews recently with people using Fedora to educate, power lasers, or create better photography. If you find content about Fedora you think would be interesting to our readers, let us know.

How do I get started?

It’s easy to start writing for Fedora Magazine! You just need to have decent skill in written English, since that’s the language in which we publish. Our editors can help polish your work for maximum impact.

The writers and editors use the Fedora Marketing mailing list to plan future articles. Create a new thread to that list and introduce yourself. If you have some ideas for posts, add them to your message as well. The Magazine team will then guide you through getting started. The team also hangs out on #fedora-mktg on Freenode. Drop by, and we can help you get started.

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Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 7.1

Tiny Core Linux 7.1, an updated release from the distribution project that develops a highly minimalist (but extensible) Linux-based operating system, has been released. This version brings an update to the BusyBox software utility and several minor enhancements and bug fixes: “Team Tiny Core is proud to announce….