DrupalCon New Orleans is May 9-13th. The schedule is now available on the website, so you can start planning out your week.
With 130 sessions in 13 tracks across 3 days, 88 Birds of a Feather (BOF) roundtable talks, plus keynotes, sprinting opportunities, an expo hall full of exhibitors, and Monday training sessions and summits galore, there’s no shortage of great things to do at DrupalCon New Orleans.
To view your schedule, just click the “My Schedule” button on the main schedule page. You’ll be able to sort by day, making it easy to see what your plans are every step of the way through the convention.
To add an item to your schedule, open the session information and click the “Add to schedule” button visible under the time and location information. You can also remove items from your schedule either under the specific session page or on your schedule.
To claim a BOF, select the day and time you’d like to hold your BOF and click on ‘Create a BOF’ button in an available room and add in information about what you’ll be discussing.
We have dozens of time slots to choose from, so the sooner you claim a BOF, the more likely it is that you’ll reserve the time and space that’s right for you.
And remember, if you’re attending a training or summit on Monday, it won’t automatically be added to your schedule, so make sure you add it from its unique page on the website.
We hope you enjoy using the scheduler, and look forward to hearing your feedback when we see you at DrupalCon New Orleans. Just as a reminder, if you haven’t yet purchased your DrupalCon ticket, do so soon — regular ticket pricing ends in a little over a week!
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FOSDEM 2016 was held in Brussels on the 30th and 31st of January. We also had our Annual General Assembly and managed to get out for a nice dinner and a few beers, putting some faces to new contributors and renewing friendships from years gone by.
The Fosdem organisation had decided to make the stands smaller, so that many more projects could get a stand. We were very happy to see many more projects and the growth in the opensource community.
There was a downside, it meant that our stand was too small to serve as natural meeting place for all Mageians who were around and not attending talks or busy communicating with upstream projects, so we were less of a group of Mageia contributors and users, but more individuals. However, the General Assembly and the dinner did help to have group bonding It was great to see many of our contributors again, and to see others for the first time, like Akien and hviaene, of course, we missed those who couldn’t come.
The stand was very popular, many interested visitors left with a flyer and/or one or more Mageia goodies There were stickers as usual, new pens with Mageia logo and the usual t-shirts in many sizes. The flyers were in English, French & Dutch. We also had pretty wooden USB sticks with Mageia 5 live images on them.
As in other years, there were plenty of interesting lectures to attend. Of course many of us attended the talk given by Mageia contributor Bruno Cornec, about building Linux distribution packages with Docker. There was a dev room available for all who wanted to get away from the turmoil, it had plenty of power outlets to connect your laptop to and proved a great place to help people install Mageia.
During Fosdem, Hacker Public Radio did an interview with Mageia Contributor Chris Denice, or eatdirt, you can hear it here.
We also had our General Assembly, there was a review about the teams, which was incomplete because not all team leaders were able to attend. The most important thing that happened though, was that while reviewing sysadmin team, it was decided to have a sysadmin meeting immediately after the General Assembly. That meeting led to big improvements: a sysadmin trainee was accepted during that meeting and he started right after Fosdem (To that end, we would like to introduce danf, Dan Fandrich, an experienced sysadmin and existing Mageia packager, who only needs training to get familiar with how our sysadmin team and our infra work), and our infra is moving away from “full sysadmin access to everything or no access at all” to “some have access to everything, but other sysadmins only to e.g. forums, bugzilla, wiki or one or more other parts of Mageia”. This has already led to LpSolit (Frédéric Buclin a Mageia user from upstream Bugzilla, who has helped with good advice on maintaining our Bugzilla since the beginning) now improving things in our Bugzilla directly himself and also to him committing needed changes to our git for the Bugzilla upgrade.
Apart from that, an announcement about ARM development was made during the General Assembly. The ARM build is getting closer, we have build nodes set up with Scaleway and can extend the number as required. Hopefully this will be usable soon. It was also discussed that new people come and have to be welcomed and introduced to our processes and discussions (via IRC / ML). Weekly meetings are not that easy to maintain when things do seem to be stuck, though discussions with people available are sometimes sufficient (more people is better: just come to watch/read afterwards at least, meetbot is still active) For the lack of contributors helping BugSquad, ovitters suggested to let contributors earn points when helping in Bugzilla, like in a game. He had seen great results when doing that for Gnome.
Hi GNOMEers! development of the next GNOME release, 3.22, has started, and the first snapshot, 3.21.1, is now available. This is a very early snapshot, and not too much has landed yet; I expect that to change soon. To compile GNOME 3.21.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets  (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).  http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/  http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.1/ The release notes that describe the changes between 3.20.1 and 3.21.1 are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release: core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS The GNOME 3.21.1 release is available here: core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1 apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1 WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! -------------------------- This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status. For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our brandnew 3.21 page: http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see: http://live.gnome.org/Schedule
The Call for Location for the 2017 Conference opens on May 1st, and will close on July 31, 2016. All details are available on the following wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Events/2017/LibreOffice_Annual_Conference/Call_for_Location.
As for the past editions of the event, the idea is to get proposals in advance in order to have 2017 location set before 2016 Brno conference, to give the opportunity to the 2017 event organizers to attend 2016 conference to get familiar with all the details: location, schedule, collateral events, etc. Traditionally, the LibreOffice Conference takes place between September and November, with a preferred date of October.
Organizing the LibreOffice Conference is a time-consuming task, where several team members are needed. Shortly before the Conference, it tends to be a full-time job, so organizers should be able to invest the necessary amount of time. Also, dealing with finances and sponsors is one of the main responsibilities of the organizers, so they must be sure to collect enough funding before the Conference, and only spend the money that they have.
In the past, we have been receiving applications from several third parties, including casinos or professional event managers. Keep in mind that the LibreOffice Conference is a community event, by the community for the community. While we appreciate people with professional event management skills, proposals not supported and driven by community members (not only TDF members) will not be considered.
The proposal should cover the following topics (all details are on the wiki page): team, organizing entity, main venue, accommodation, reason why (you want to organize the LibreOffice Conference), and other relevant details that can support the application (such as collateral events). The proposal – in English – should be sent as plain text or HTML e-mail, or as Open Document File (ODT) to email@example.com.
Pawel Piganowski has announced the release of SparkyLinux 4.3. The Sparky Linux distribution is based on Debian’s Testing branch and provides users with a variety of desktop editions. In the latest release, the Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.5.1, the Iceweasel web browser has been replaced….
What a month! We had the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS that allowed us to bring out newer software for desktop in the form of snap packaging formats and tools.
By bringing snap packages to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS we are unifying the experience for Ubuntu developers, whether they are creating software for PC, Server, Mobile, and/or IoT Devices. This means greater security and reliability as it allows the two packaging formats – snap packages and traditional deb packages – to live comfortably next to one another which enables us to maintain our existing processes for development and updates to the OS. This reinforces our relationship with the Debian community and it enables developers and communities to publish either debs or snaps for the Ubuntu audience.
To celebrate the release, we’ve collated a range of reviews that shed light on what the LTS means. Happy reading!
We recently interviewed Gabriele Trombini on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being interviewed for a further installment of this series, you can contact us on the feedback form.
Who is Gabriele Trombini?
Gabriele Trombini is the owner of a HVAC business. His 10 to 12 hour work day consists of working with suppliers and customers to put together great deals. Globalization and the Internet have made that task more difficult due to greater competition. Outside of work, Gabriele leverages his background in customer service and marketing by contributing to Fedora on the Marketing, Join and CommOps teams. Trombini started using Linux when desktops were bigger than the CRT screens (or in other words, a long, long time ago).
Gabriele is a Fedora Ambassador who works both locally and internationally. He is most impressed by the jovial and warm atmosphere within the project. Everyone can share suggestions, opinions and information in a friendly, collaborative environment. Trombini stresses that respect and the willingness to change are necessary to keep the Fedora Community strong. “Let’s try something, and if it doesn’t return the expected results, we should be ready to change our way,” says Trombini.
When asked to describe the kind of work he does across Fedora, Trombini answered with a one-word Latin phrase “factotum” and left the burden of learning the meaning to me. I learned that this phrase is equivalent of saying that he wears many hats.
When looking to the future of the Fedora Project, Trombini advises that we align the work that must be done, day after day, brick by brick, with the targets and goals set by the whole community. He also cautions potential contributors against throwing too many ideas on the table. Gabriele suggests working on community goals that align with a contributor’s personal goals.
Trombini has several computers running Fedora: a Raspberry Pi, an HP notebook, and an HP Proliant. The Raspberry Pi is used for git, web, shared documents, and email. The HP notebook is his primary Fedora Workstation. The HP Proliant is the production server for his business.
Trombini worked on several versions of Fedora 23 while he was working on the release announcement. He relies on LibreOffice, Scribus, Inkscape, and GIMP to run his company. His Fedora-related tasks rely on a combination of Geany and Git.
This year, Fedora recently announced the ten students who will be working on Fedora through the summer as part of the Google Summer of Code (also known as GSoC). Fedora originally announced its participation as an organization early last month. Now, the results are in! The full list of participants is published on the Fedora Community Blog.
Google Summer of Code on Community Blog
For more information about this year’s program, the project proposals, and the accepted students, you can read more on the official announcement.
A year ago, we were bold enough to predict that the next release of the elementary OS distribution would be version 0.4, dubbed Loki and based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system.
Now that Canonical has launched its most anticipated Ubuntu release, the Xenial Xerus, a.k.a. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, it looks like the elementary OS community has flooded the forums with questions about the release date of the elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” operating system, which has now been finally confirmed as being based on Ubuntu 16.04.
“Currently, elementary OS releases are built using the Ubuntu package repositories (repos). At the beginning of the cycle, we choose a target repo to work from. For Loki, that repo i… (read more)
Today, April 29, 2016, the SparkyLinux development team was proud to announce the release of the SparkyLinux 4.3 “Tyche” operating system, which has been in development for the past few months.
Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 “Stretch” operating system, SparkyLinux 4.3 “Tyche” lands today with numerous flavors, among which we can mention with the KDE, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, and LXQt desktop environments, but also the new MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI editions, which were previously known as Base Openbox and CLI.
“New, updated iso images of SparkyLinux 4.3 ‘Tyche’ are available now,” reads today’s announcement. “As before, Sparky ‘Home’ editions provide fully featured operating system based on the Debian ‘testing’, with desktops of your choice: LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce.”
Powered by Linux kernel 4.5.1
Probably the biggest change in SparkyLinux 4.3 “Ty… (read more)
The developers behind the GNOME Builder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) pushed earlier to updates of the software to the stable and devel channels, GNOME Build 3.20.2 and 3.21.1.
GNOME Builder 3.20.2 is the second stable update for the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment and includes quite some changes, among which we can mention support for building the app on FreeBSD and OpenBSD operating systems, support for LLVM 3.8, improvements to VIM movements, the ability to move renamed files outside their current directory, as well as support for the Vala plugin to extract –pkg command-line arguments from autotools projects.
“We’ve packed a bunch of bug fixes into a new release for you. We strongly suggest that distributions upgrade to 3.20.2 if they have already shipped 3.20.0 as it fixes numerous issues,” said the devs. “We also request that packages ensure that they ensure that the Builder package depends on automake, autoconf, and libtool. These will always be av… (read more)
May is a cracking month in RuneScape – come and see what awaits you this time!
The one big question I get asked over and over these days is: “How is Drupal 8 doing?”. It’s understandable. Drupal 8 is the first new version of Drupal in five years and represents a significant rethinking of Drupal.
So how is Drupal 8 doing? With less than half a year since Drupal 8 was released, I’m happy to answer: outstanding!
As of late March, Drupal.org counted over 60,000 Drupal 8 sites. Looking back at the first four months of Drupal 7, about 30,000 sites had been counted. In other words, Drupal 8 is being adopted twice as fast as Drupal 7 had been in its first four months following the release.
As we near the six-month mark since releasing Drupal 8, the question “How is Drupal 8 doing?” takes on more urgency for the Drupal community with a stake in its success. For the answer, I can turn to years of experience and say while the number of new Drupal projects typically slows down in the year leading up to the release of a new version; adoption of the newest version takes up to a full year before we see the number of new projects really take off.
Drupal 8 is the middle of an interesting point in its adoption cycle. This is the phase where customers are looking for budgets to pay for migrations. This is the time when people focus on learning Drupal 8 and its new features. This is when the modules that extend and enhance Drupal need to be ported to Drupal 8; and this is the time when Drupal shops and builders are deep in the three to six month sales cycle it takes to sell Drupal 8 projects. This is often a phase of uncertainty but all of this is happening now, and every day there is less and less uncertainty. Based on my past experience, I am confident that Drupal 8 will be adopted at “full-force” by the end of 2016.
A few weeks ago I launched the Drupal 2016 product survey to take pulse of the Drupal community. I plan to talk about the survey results in my DrupalCon keynote in New Orleans on May 10th but in light of this blog post I felt the results to one of the questions is worth sharing and commenting on sooner:
Over 1,800 people have answered that question so far. People were allowed to pick up to 3 answers for the single question from a list of answers. As you can see in the graph, the top two reasons people say they haven’t upgraded to Drupal 8 yet are (1) the fact that they are waiting for contributed modules to become available and (2) they are still learning Drupal 8. The results from the survey confirm what we see every release of Drupal; it takes time for the ecosystem, both the technology and the people, to come along.
Fortunately, many of the most important modules, such as Rules, Pathauto, Metatag, Field Collection, Token, Panels, Services, and Workbench Moderation, have already been ported and tested for Drupal 8. Combined with the fact that many important modules, like Views and CKEditor, moved to core, I believe we are getting really close to being able to build most websites with Drupal 8.
The second reason people cited for not jumping onto Drupal 8 yet was that they are still learning Drupal 8. One of the great strengths of Drupal has long been the willingness of the community to share its knowledge and teach others how to work with Drupal. We need to stay committed to educating builders and developers who are new to Drupal 8, and DrupalCon New Orleans is an excellent opportunity to share expertise and learn about Drupal 8.
What is most exciting to me is that less than 3% answered that they plan to move off Drupal altogether, and therefore won’t upgrade at all. Non-response bias aside, that is an incredible number as it means the vast majority of Drupal users plan to eventually upgrade.
Yes, Drupal 8 is a significant rethinking of Drupal from the version we all knew and loved for so long. It will take time for the Drupal community to understand Drupal’s new design and capabilities and how to harness that power but I am confident Drupal 8 is the right technology at the right time, and the adoption numbers so far back that up. Expect Drupal 8 adoption to start accelerating.
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Dear Foundation Members, The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee are pleased to announce the upcoming elections for the Board of Directors in Spring 2016. The most important deadlines (UTC) in the timeline are the following: *GNOME Board Elections 2016* 2016-05-06: List of candidates opens. 2016-05-18: Last day to announce candidacies, submit summary statements. 2016-05-21: Final list of candidates. 2016-05-25: Instructions mailed to eligible voters, voting begins. 2016-06-08: Voting closes. 2016-06-10: Preliminary results are announced. 2016-06-17: Last day to challenge preliminary results. ELECTIONS ========= The seven members of our current Board of Directors have been ruling GNOME for 12 months now. We, the GNOME Foundation Members, will have to elect what will be the Board of Directors for the next year. CANDIDACY ========= If you want to run for one of the seven positions on The GNOME Foundation Board of Directors, then send an email to foundation-announce gnome org and elections gnome org with your full name, e-mail, corporate affiliation (if any), and your reasons for wanting to serve as a director. Candidacies must be announced prior to 2016-05-18, 23:59 UTC. All discussion related to the elections should be held on foundation-list. Members are invited to ask questions to one or all candidates on that list (see below). A list of candidates will be announced on 2016-05-21. At this point, you are invited to ask the candidates questions by sending them to foundation-list. These candidates might become your representative, so do not hesitate to ask them questions. Please try to avoid asking duplicate questions that others have already asked. Also, bear in mind that the candidates invest a lot of time answering questions, so please be reasonable with the amount and scope of the questions. You can also send your questions to membership-committee gnome org instead, so that the committee can collect, sift and sort the questions before sending them to foundation-list for the candidates to respond. Though, if you prefer to ask your questions directly, please do so. ELECTORATE ========== Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of 2016-05-21 is eligible to vote in the elections. Please note that Emeritus members won't have voting rights. More details about what Emeritus members can and can't do are available at https://wiki.gnome.org/MembershipCommittee/EmeritusMembers. If you are not a member yet, please consider applying for membership ASAP. Late applications will most likely not be processed in time. The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee do inform members they need to renew by mailing them once a month both on their personal e-mail and on the foundation-list mailing list. We recommend that members to also double check this to avoid a missed opportunity to vote. Please verify that the email address that is associated with your GNOME Foundation membership is valid and that you are able to read emails sent to this address. With the introduction of https://account.gnome.org verifying this information is now possible by just loggin in with your GNOME Account. Your password can be reset with the following command: ssh -l gnome_userid account.gnome.org A new password will be e-mailed directly to the registered e-mail for your account. In case the above solution won't work or you don't know what your username is please get in touch with the GNOME Accounts Team at accounts gnome org You can verify your membership status by visiting https://foundation.gnome.org/membership/members.php and looking for your name, surname on the list of members. You can also verify your last renewal date by highlighting your name, surname with your mouse and waiting a little second for the date to appear correctly. VOTING ====== The Electorate will receive complete instructions on how to vote by 2016-05-25 via email. The 7 candidates who receive the most votes as counted by a single transferable vote system (Scottish STV) will be elected, except that no more than two individuals affiliated with any one corporation may be elected. In the event of a tie for the final slot on the board, the Elections Committee will schedule run-off elections as soon as possible. --- More information about The GNOME Foundation Membership Committee and the voting process can be found here: https://wiki.gnome.org/MembershipCommittee https://vote.gnome.org
There’s so much fantastic work going on in LibreOffice at the moment, in all areas of the project: development, translations, bug fixing, documentation, user support and much more. The community is doing stellar work to make the software better, faster, more reliable, easier to use, and available for everyone.
In May, we want to really highlight the efforts of everyone involved, so we’re going to run a special campaign: the Month of LibreOffice. This campaign will give contributors the opportunity to thank members of the community for their work, by awarding them barnstars like so:
But that’s just the start of it! We’ll also be awarding badges for contributions to LibreOffice. Every time someone has their code merged, confirms a bug, submits documentation updates, helps users on Ask LibreOffice or just spreads the good word on Twitter, we’ll award them a badge:
There are multiple badges to collect, and at the end of the campaign we’ll see who got the most. Maybe you can get them all!
The Month of LibreOffice will kick off on Monday 2nd May, so stay tuned to this blog for the full announcement and information on how to get involved…
Ubuntu is starting to show up in lot more places lately: tablets, phones, and this neat little computer-on-a-stick created by MeLE called the PGC02U. It’s $70, with an Intel BayTrail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It also comes in Ubuntu orange and has a wee little antenna to help with wireless reception. Liliputing points out that you might want to go ahead and install this build of Ubuntu created by Ian Morrison, as it’s designed specifically for stick computers.
Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH, a renowned company developing the Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) server virtualization operating system based on the Linux kernel, announced the release of Proxmox VE 4.2.
Proxmox VE is now used by more than 120,000 hosts in over 140 countries, and the new release, version 4.2, promises exciting new features and lots of under-the-hood improvements for existing functionality and core components. Proxmox VE 4.2 is based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” operating system.
“The open source virtualization platform Proxmox VE is a hyper-converged solution enabling users to create and manage LXC containers and KVM virtual machines on the same host, and makes it easy to set up highly available clusters, as well as to manage network and storage via an integrated web-based management interface,” reads the announcement… (read more)
uNav developer Nekhelesh Ramananthan announced the release of version 0.59 of the default GPS navigation app for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu Phones.
According to the announcement, uNav 0.59, which has been dubbed “Beauty and the Beast,” comes with exciting new features, among which we can mention a brand-new navigation structure, giving users the possibility of searching for locations, favorites or coordinates directly from the menubar, as well as a refresh of the UI (details below).
“In my opinion, this is truly one of the best releases we have pushed out,” said Nekhelesh Ramananthan in the release notes. “We started doing user testing early in the development cycle with friends and colleagues which revealed several interesting issues that new users found to be confusing and detrimental to the uNav experience.”
POI details, reverse geocode, and pinch-zoom
The UI refresh introduced in uNav 0.59, which is now live in the Ub… (read more)