Distribution Release: Android-x86 4.4-r5

Chih-Wei Huang has announced the release of Android-x86 4.4-r5, a bug-fix update of an earlier release to fix a “hazy fonts” issue found on some devices. Android-x86 is a project that ports Google’s operating system for portable devices to standard desktop and laptop computers. From the release notes:….

Canonical Unveils Flexible BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet

It goes without saying that many of the devices we own these days are convergent in nature – and our smartphones would be the best example to cite, taking into consideration the sheer number of tasks in which it is capable of achieving. Well, Canonical has just shown off its multi-talented BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet that actually brings about its Linux convergence vision to reality. In other words, one will be able to function productively even in tablet mode, as well as turn it into a full desktop experience by docking it with the right peripherals. Certainly looks to be far better than its spiritual predecessor.Canonical claims that the “Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is the first device to offer an Ubuntu convergent experience. It is also the first tablet with the Ubuntu Operating System. Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition brings Ubuntu’s rich full touch experience to life.

Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2016/02/canonical-unveils-flexible-bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-edition-tablet/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.2

Pat Riehecky has announced the release of Scientific Linux 7.2, the latest stable version of the Red Hat-based distribution enhanced with scientific applications: “Scientific Linux 7.2 x86_64 released.” Some of the changes in this version include: “yum-conf files pointing to non-base SL (such as EPEL, ELRepo, SL-Extras, SL-SoftwareCollections,….

What the Ubuntu Convergence Means for Businesses, Consumers, OEMs, and Devs

As you may well be aware, Canonical and BQ unveiled the world’s first Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which also happens to be the fi… (read more)

Simutrans 120.1.3 Released

You can find the release here: http://forum.simutrans.com/index.php?topic=15226 This version is mostly a bugfixing release with fixes for multiplayer desyncs, some crashes, and building docks on flat land.

What’s new on Drupal.org? – January 2016

Look at our Roadmap highlighting how this work falls into our priorities set by the Drupal Association staff with the direction from the Board and collaboration with the community.

Drupal.org Updates

Following the Conversation

One of the most requested features from a wide swath of the community has been a better way to follow content on Drupal.org and receive email notifications. The issue queues have had this follow functionality for some time, but the implementation was quite specific to issues, and not easily extensible to the rest of the site.

Because of the volume of content on Drupal.org we have to be careful that our implementation will scale well. We now use a notification system based on the Message stack which functions much more generically and therefore can be applied to many content types on Drupal.org.

Follow functionality is now available for comments on Forum topics, Posts (like this one), Case Studies, and documentation Book Pages.

In the future we intend to extend this follow functionality to include notification of new revisions (for relevant content types, particularly documentation).

Community Elections for the Board

Nominations for the position of At-Large Director from the community are now open. There are two of these positions on the board, each elected on alternating years. For this year’s elections process we’ve made several small refinements:

  • Candidates are now no longer required to display their real names on their candidate profile. We will now default to the Drupal.org username.
  • Candidates do not have to provide a photo, we will default to a generic avatar.
  • There is now an elections landing page with complete details about the elections process.

We encourage members of the community to nominate themselves!

Drupal.org Enhancements

A number of smaller enhancements made it into the January sprints as well. One of the key ones was the ability to configure an arbitrary one-off test in the issue queues against a custom branch. This is a small step towards ensuring that the DrupalCI testing framework will support the wider testing matrix required for feature branching, so that Drupal can always be shippable.

We also spent some time in January reviewing the results of the documentation survey that was placed on all existing documentation pages on the site. This information is helping to inform the next big item on the roadmap – improved Documentation section on Drupal.org.

Finally, we’ve continued our battle against spam with the help of Technology Supporter, Distil Networks. We’ve seen some very promising results in initial trials to prevent spam account registrations from happening in the first place, and will continue to work on refining our integration.

Sustaining support and maintenance

DrupalCon New Orleans Full -Site Launched!

In January we also launched the full -site for DrupalCon New Orleans with registration and the call for papers. As part of this launch, Events.drupal.org now supports multiple, simultaneous event registrations with multiple currencies, payment processors, and invoice formats. This was a significant engineering lift, but has made Events.drupal.org even more robust.

DrupalCon New Orleans is happening from May 9-13th, and will be the first North American DrupalCon after the release of Drupal 8!

DrupalCon Dublin

The next European DrupalCon will also be here before you know it, and we’ve been working with the local community and our designer to update the DrupalCon Dublin splash page with a new logo that we will carry through into the design for the full-site once that is ready to launch.

Permissions for Elevated Users

In January we also focused on auditing the users with elevated privileges on Drupal.org, both to ensure that they had the permissions they needed, and to enforce our principle of least-access. Users at various levels of elevated privileges were contacted to see if they were still needed, and if not those privileged roles were removed.

The following privileges were also fixed or updated: webmasters can now view a user’s’ public ssh keys; content moderators can administer comments and block spam users without user profile editing privileges. We also fixed taxonomy vocabulary access and now both content moderators and webmasters have access to edit tags in various vocabularies such as Issue tags, giving more community members access to clean those up and fight duplicates or unused tags.

Updates traffic now redirects to HTTPS

SSL is now the default for FTP traffic from Drupal.org and for Updates.drupal.org itself. This helps to enforce a best practice of using SSL wherever possible, and helps to address an oblique attack surface where a man-in-the-middle could potentially hijack an update for someone running their Drupal installation on an unprotected network (i.e. development environments on a personal laptop in a coffee shop).

Devwww2 Recovery

Drupal.org pre-production environments were affected by some instability in January, particulary the devwww2 server. A combination of a hard restart due to losing a NIC on the machine and some file-system level optimizations in the database containers lead to corruption on the dev site databases. Drupal.org infrastructure engineers restored the system and recovered the critical dev sites, and while some instability continues the system has been recovering more cleanly as they work to resolve the issue permanently.


As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

Phone Update: OTA-9

The full list of key Ubuntu Phone updates are provided below:

Sound controls and playlist support from indicator controls

  • A new Music app will be released shortly to utilise this feature


  • Smooth refresh of contents
  • Background audio playback supported with control via indicators

System settings and Indicators

  • Custom ringtones are now supported
  • High volume warning
  • Audible warning on low battery


  • Updated to Bluez5 (I’ll get you more details on what this means)


  • Now supports downloads of arbitrary files

First release of Pocket desktop components

Mozilla Changes the Release Schedule for Firefox

Mozilla is making some changes to the Firefox schedule, and it looks like they are going to give more time to developers between releases.

One of the biggest changes for Firefox was the switch to a train model, which meant a lot more flexibility This happened four years ago, and the last version was 3.5 back then. Now we’re at Firefox 44, and they keep on going with this crazy schedule. The main difference is that they are no longer tied to a six-week release schedule.

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Juju Charmers Summit: The Real Day


Okay then, day 3. My liver is still pretty much functioning although hopefully I can “juju deploy new-liver” on my trip back to the UK.

So what happened on day 3? Of course for those not interested in Juju there was no day 3, but for those who stuck around, hopefully they had a very benificial extra day, the consensus at the end was certainly good.

Day 3 was a morning of a couple of talks followed by 8 lightning talks(which weren’t really lightning because Marco didn’t really dare cut people off, not because he’s a wimp, but mostly because the talks were really interesting). Then we had lunch and the mandatory photograph, followed by the long awaited breakout session.

Thank god! As an app developer I’d been awaiting the breakout sessions where instead of consuming ideas and things we could/should do, I could ask questions, prod developers and everything else that comes with a breakout session. Kevin Monroe, Cory Johns, you are worth your weight in gold. The advice, hints, tips and help you offered both during the session in the afternoon but then offering to sit down in the evening and put more effort into helping me get the charm running. That shows an amazing dedication to what you do, or the most amazing salary every, but, I suspect it would be the former even if the later is also true. This afternoon we spent time writing a Pentaho Data Integration charm, which allowed me to pick the brains of the guys that know, build a layered charm that depends on stuff, auto deploys etc. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I mean this stuff is really clever once you’ev wrapped your head around the logic.

From a personal perspective, I have to thank Marco, Antonio, Jorge, Kevin, Cory, Andrew, Samuel and probably a bunch of people who I’ve forgotten and Mark Shuttleworth and Abi Birrel for both funding and organising the trip. Mark, if you want to call me to discuss BI usage and data ingress and egress, please do, you need some help! But really guys, one of the best and most hospitable events I’ve been to and hopefully I can show non sys admins and “techies” how they should be deploying data platforms.

What’s annoying is, if I had one take away from this conference, it is I would like write charms, right now. Plus get the open source business intelligence community actively involved in doing so. Sadly, I have a day job!

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About the author

Tom Barber

Tom is the founder and technical director of Meteorite.bi, a consulting company specialising in the Saiku Analytics platform. His weekly duties include BI consulting, Scala & Java programming and tinkering with System Administration frameworks. In his spare time Tom is a regular blogger and open source committer. You can read more about Tom on the Meteorite.bi blog.

Juju Charmers Summit: Day 2


I’ll be honest with you here, I love open source software evangelism, I will talk about it for days given an audience. You are my audience, so thank you very much….

Okay, so I won’t lie last night involved some consumption of alcohol. Luckily everyone rocked up pretty much on time, and then it rained really hard, so anyone who drank too much and missed the bus got quite wet. Anyway, on to the conference, the morning was filled with some interesting talks, having worked on systems continuous testing with Jenkins many years ago I hung out in the testing track room. It was a nice bit of validation that I wasn’t completely mad 6 years ago when I was trying to test all our stuff, even though it wasn’t cloud based back then.

In the afternoon I hung out in the Juju room. Today was curtailed, in that there were only 3 talks, but they packed a lot of useful information. The final talk of the day was about Juju’s big data charms. If you’ve not used them, I highly suggest you do. Instead of messing around with virtual box machines and scaling a demo, you can run a whole multi node Hadoop cluster in one line of code. This is great for explaining Hadoop ecosystems to clients, because when they ask “what does it take to get this into production?”, the answer is of course, “it is in production”, this isn’t some laptop based container demo(although it can be), this is “live” in the cloud.

If you are already users of alternative systems orchestrations platforms there was a good talk today about using some of that code in your charms for deployment across your cluster. This may not be the best way to maintain charms in the long term, but certainly, if your company already uses an orchestration platform but you want to enhance that with Juju, there is no reason to not combine the two.

Sandwiched in between the two was a talk on Kubernetes, I’m not overly knowledgeable on the subject, so at that point I tuned out and got down to properly investigating layers. Layers are Juju style inheritance and I had fun on my first iteration of a Pentaho Data Integration charm. The cool thing about this charm is that you will be able to scale instantly using the PDI clustering configuration to be able to instantly build a multi-node ETL cluster.

If you are bored and looking for something to do, building a charm isn’t a bad thing. Being able to leverage the power of your chosen tool on a flexible computing platform with minimal configuration is a great thing. Juju is open source and actively developed and used by Canonical. Get involved, talk to the folks, they are very nice. If you mail the mailing list you’ll get a reply, half the time by Mark Shuttleworth, which does make me wonder when he does real work, but then I noticed he had a little nap in Mondays sessions, so I guess he gets it when he can….

Most of the non hardcore guys are off home after 2 days of learning. Us hardcore people are back for day 3, which is Juju only, I can’t wait.

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About the author

Tom Barber

Tom is the founder and technical director of Meteorite.bi, a consulting company specialising in the Saiku Analytics platform. His weekly duties include BI consulting, Scala & Java programming and tinkering with System Administration frameworks. In his spare time Tom is a regular blogger and open source committer. You can read more about Tom on the Meteorite.bi blog.

Wine 1.9.3 Released

The Wine development release 1.9.3 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 44.
  • JSON support in JavaScript.
  • Improved line breaking in DirectWrite.
  • Some more write support in WebServices.
  • Still more Shader Model 4 instructions.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

BTS Video | Sliske’s Scoreboard

Also featuring Gone in Sliske Seconds with Mod Osborne & RuneMetrics Q&A Recap.

Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android

Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google’s Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla’s Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing ranges from $610 for the 16-GB version to $870 for the 128-GB model. TRI started taking preorders for the smartphone last year.

KDE Project Br-Print3D at Campus Party Brazil

Last week, between January 26 and 31, the ninth Campus Party Brazil (promo video on Facebook) was held in Sao Paulo. 8000 people inside an arena, with talks, workshops and hackathons, with the main subject being technology.

The team from KDE project Br-Print3D was invited to participate of this event. To show our work on the Free Software stage and on the tables there are scattered all over of this arena.

Br-Print3D written in Qt

We received sponsorship from Sethi3D, a Brazilian company that makes 3D printers here. They kindly gave us four 3D printers to use, 3 of them with a 20cm3 print area and one with 40cm3. We made a lot of prints, that you can see on our album on Facebook.

Sethi BB – 40cm3 area of printing

Over the five days almost 500 people stopped on our table to talk about 3D printing and to learn about our project.

At the event we are had more access to different printers and we saw how other firmware variations work. Focusing on Repetier we were for the first time able to test formally Sethi’s printers and we detected some particularities of this firmware which probably can be found on others models.

They were five days of challenges, compliments and reviews about our work. I made a talk about C++ and Qt, and how to use Qt to develop user interfaces. What is funny, that only 7 people attending my my talk, out of over 100, knew about Qt and only one really worked with it. That was the same feeling that I had when I started work with Qt. It’s hard do find people that knows Qt here in Brazil, mainly if you don’t have more information or connection to open sources projects.

Lays running the tutorial for Br-Print3D

Hogwarts House Crests printed with Br-Print3D

Why robots can’t live without apps


We’re living in a pretty exciting period where robots have become ever more present in our “human lives”. They aren’t simply watched in Sci-Fi films on our living room screens anymore, but like the BB8 they are rolling around our homes (!) transforming our videos into holograms.

As the world we live in gets smarter, we all expect new devices that will change our lives….and smart robots are first in line to deliver these differences! They can transform the way we work to be more productive, assist in our personal life with household chores and even help the ageing population through greater independence.

The potential of smart robotics is huge! Though to get there they have to be up-to-date with what is and isn’t working in our society and understand what we are using in our daily lives so they can bring about these transformations.

They need a smart ecosystem. One that’s relevant, up-to-date with user experiences…something like an app store.

Robots powered by apps hold a longer life span as they rely on software updates which maintain their relevance. Think about a robot that’s controlled via a social network. If this network loses popularity after a few years and a new one takes the crown – not an unlikely situation – a robot connected to an app store can get a software upgrade or a new app downloaded which will give it a new life. Robots without apps just do not have a future with consumers always demanding a more relevant, more affordable option.

Robot App stores probably hold the most important roles in the future of robotics, as this is where the industry’s greatest potential lies. It’s still far away from the popularity of phone apps but as the robotics industry grows and more developers participate, be it professionals, students or hobbyists, this will inevitably change.

We’re excited to be a part of this change and can’t wait to showcase some of these app powered robots at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year.

Erle Spider, is an Ubuntu drone with legs! It’s powered by ROS, the programming language for Robots, and has a couple apps that make him a very special robot indeed. The spider can be remotely controlled via a Twitter app and whatever the robot sees can also be streamed on YouTube via its app!

The same makers, Erle, launched its first flying drone with apps at the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015 which we’ll also be showcasing. Drones are the fastest growing market in the robotics space, particularly led by commercial drone adoption. The Erle Drone powered by Ubuntu Core can easily be extended through a number of apps including the Youtube streaming app and the Altitude Angel app that prevents drones from going into no-fly zones.

And there’s UAVIA, which is the only drone in the world to be entirely remotely piloted via a 4G connection. This is an interim step between a fully autonomous and locally piloted drone which means venues could have a drone in residence which would land in a nest to get recharged after each flight.

Drones and Robotics are an exploding market! And for those of you heading to MWC we’d love to discuss this topic more. For more info on our MWC demos see here.

Google removes Samsung’s first Android ad blocker from the Play Store

Just days after it shot to the top of the Play Store, Android’s newest ad blocker has been removed for violating developer guidelines. Called Adblock Fast, the plug-in from startup Rocketship Apps worked within Samsung’s mobile browser thanks to a partnership with the phone maker, which opened an API this week allowing third-party developers to build content blocking features for the preinstalled Samsung Internet app.
According to Rocketship developer Brian Kennish, Google says Adblock Fast violates section 4.4 of of its Developer Distribution Agreement, which disallows apps or plugins offered through the Play Store from “interfering” or “disrupting” devices, networks, or services of third parties.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/3/10905672/google-samsung-adblock-fast-android-ad-blocker-removal
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Justin W. Flory: How do you Fedora?

We recently interviewed Justin W. Flory 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 Justin W. Flory?

HDYF - Desktop

Justin W. Flory is a student majoring in systems administration and networking at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). His minor is in Free and Open Source Software. He has professional training as a barista and supports direct trade coffee. “I am also a coffee fanatic,” Flory said. “I can make some pretty fantastic espresso with the right equipment.” Justin has been fascinated with computers since a young age. He credits Minecraft with changing his life. “Minecraft is a game that has changed my life, beginning with my own early experience with entrepreneurship and later my experience with the Spigot community, which landed me the opportunity to go to London this past July to attend the annual Minecraft convention, MINECON. It also indirectly introduced me to Linux and Fedora.”

Flory is not a big fan of movies and he doesn’t watch TV, but his favorite two movies are Inception and The Matrix. Justin’s favorite food is smoked salmon with cream cheese on crackers.

The Fedora Community

Justin wanted to become an Ambassador for most of 2014, but did not take the leap until after attending Flock 2015. At Flock 2015, Flory was pulled in by the tight-knit nature of the Fedora community. “I could see that the friendships made from Fedora went beyond IRC, lines of code, and more into real life.”

When asked about one thing he would like people to know about the Fedora Project, Flory said, “You don’t have to be a code whiz to be a Fedoran. There are so many different places you can help.” Justin is also inspired by being part of a community that is passionate and dedicated to making a positive impact on the world.

The person most responsible for helping Flory become involved is Remy DeCausemaker. “I have to thank Remy DeCausemaker for opening the Fedora door for me,” Justin said. DeCausemaker gave him advice with regards to attending Flock 2015 and has helped Flory become more involved in the Fedora Community. He also wanted to thank Paul Frields, Ryan Lerch, Gabriele Trombini, Bee Padalkar, Patrick Uiterwijk, and many more.

Justin contributes mostly through Fedora Community Operations (CommOps) and Fedora Marketing. He finds CommOps exciting because he gets a bird’s eye view of the entire Fedora Project. Flory stated, “I’m still learning the ropes, but I feel like I’m able to see the big map of Fedora, observe where everyone else is, and help figure out how to make sure everyone can land and take off safely.”

When asked about the advice he would give people who are thinking about becoming involved in the Fedora Project, Flory was very emphatic. “Do it! Don’t wait!” He recommends joining #fedora-join on Freenode and asking for some help finding a place to contribute.

What hardware?

Flory has several pieces of hardware. He has a self-built desktop he made in 2014, a laptop, and another self-built server made in 2015. His desktop has an AMD FX-6300 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card. The boot drive is an SSD, but he pairs that with a traditional 1TB hard drive. The FOSS Fighter, as he calls it, is currently running Fedora 23 Workstation.

Justin’s laptop is a Toshiba C55-A equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. It is currently running Fedora 23 Workstation, but he is considering getting an upgrade or running Xfce due to the age of the laptop.

Justin W. Flory, how do you Fedora? The FOSS Fighter

Inside the FOSS Fighter

The server is another home-built system and is equipped with an Intel Core i7-4790S and 24GB of RAM. RIT provides a free RHEL license, so Flory runs RHEL 7 on the server. It currently hosts RITcraft, RIT’s official Minecraft server.

What software?

HDYF - Rhythmbox

As a music lover, Flory depends on Rhythmbox for playing his library and Scrobbling his plays to Last.fm and Libre.fm. He also makes use of MusicBrainz’s Picard to categorize, sort, and correct metadata for all of his music.

For messaging, he makes use of both IRC and Telegram. For IRC, Flory is a fan of HexChat and is active on Freenode, SpigotMC, and Espernet as jflory7. For personal messaging, Justin uses Telegram on his laptop using the desktop app or on his Android when he is without his laptop.

As a student, he depends on LibreOffice for his productivity suite. Writer helps him take notes in class, creating PDFs, and other tasks. He makes use of Dropbox to keep his files synchronized on all of his devices.

Development Release: Slackware Linux 14.2 Beta 2

The second beta release of Slackware 14.2 is ready for testing: “Welcome to Slackware 14.2 beta 2. Getting closer.” The above was published in Slackware’s changelog earlier today, together with a note on the upgraded Linux kernel 4.4.1 and security updates to OpenSSL, PHP, Mozilla Firefox and xine-lib,….

Distribution Release: Clonezilla Live 2.4.5-20

Steven Shiau has announced the release of Clonezilla Live 2.4.5-20, a new stable version of the specialist Debian-based live CD with utilities for hard disk cloning and backup tasks: “This release of Clonezilla Live (2.4.5-20) includes major enhancements and bug fixes: the underlying GNU/Linux operating system has been….

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