DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 624

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Zorin OS 10 Core – A good OS if you’re coming from a heavy Windows backgroundNews: Sabayon announces new features, Canonical and IBM partner to run Ubuntu on mainframes, Solus seeks funding, Linux gains a new file system and Debian celebrates its….

The Light Within Quest | New Spells & Prayers | Additional Action Bars

New quest, game-changing spells & prayers, more on-screen action bars and enabled high-level Ironman content.

Enlightenment 0.19.9 Open-Source Desktop Environment Is Out with 28 Bugfixes

The developers of the Enlightenment open-source desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems have announced the release and immediate availability of the ninth maintenance version of Enlightenment DR 0.19.

According to the attached release notes, Enlightenment 0.19.9 fixes 28 issues reported since the last point release of the modern desktop environment. Among these, we can mention the addition of more icon sizes to the systray component, as well as the … (read more)

Linux Foundation to Launch New Security-Focused Badge Program for Open-Source Software

During the LinuxCon and CloudOpen events that took place last week in Seattle, North America, Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative announced that they are developing a new free Badge Program and that they want to know the open source community’s opinion on the matter.

More exactly, the press release, which we have attached at the end of the article for reference, notes that the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) project, which is in charge … (read more)

Opera 33 Dev Adds Window Vibrancy Effect on Mac OS X, Better Windows 10 Support, Based on Chromium 46

Opera Software, through Tomasz Procków, has informed all users of the Opera web browser that version 33 of the cross-platform software is now in development with lots of new features and numerous bugfixes.

Being based on the Chromium 46.0.2471.2 open-source web browser, Opera 33.0 build number 1963.0 landed in the development channels and brought with it a more perfected… (read more)

OpenSSH 7.1 Fixes Root Access Authentication Issue, Adds Better Support for WinSCP

OpenBSD, through Dave Wreski, announced the immediate availability for download of the first point release of the OpenSSH 7 and Portable OpenSSH 7 open-source SSH (Secure Shell) protocol 2.0 implementations.

According to the brief release notes, OpenSSH 7.1 is a bugfix release that fixes a security flow in sshd (the SSH daemon), which cloud allow access to the root account usi… (read more)

Ubuntu Core Receives Support For GPIO and I2C on the Raspberry Pi 2 – Video

Canonical’s Kyle Fazzari wrote an interesting article on his blog informing about the latest work done by him and his team of Ubuntu developers at Canonical for the Ubuntu Core operating system.

As many of you already know, Canonical’s Ubuntu Core operating system has been designed from the ground up to be used on all sorts of embedded and smart devices, often called Internet of Things… (read more)

Shadowrun: Hong Kong Arrives for Linux Players

Shadowrun: Hong Kong, the third stand-alone game in the new Shadowrun series developed by Harebrained Schemes has been released on Steam, GOG, and Humble Bundle, and a Linux version is also available.

Shadowrun is a turn-based RPG that made a really big impact when it was first released. It was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects and its makes released the original title on the Linux platform as well and continued to do the same with the next ones. It’s built on… (read more)

Ubuntu Touch to Get a LibreOffice Doc Viewer Soon

LibreOffice 5.0 was released a week ago, and one of the things mentioned in the announcement was the fact that it’s a cornerstone of the mobile clients for Ubuntu Touch and Android. A developer wanted to clarify what that actually meant.

When users first saw the official announcement for LibreOffice 5.0, they started to hope that th… (read more)

The New Ubuntu-Supported Video Driver PPA Is Well Received by Community

Ubuntu will have a dedicated PPA for video drivers, for now only for the Nvidia ones, and third-party developers are already praising the devs for this decision.

One of the issues with Ubuntu is that it has some pretty out-of-date repositories, and they haven’t done anything to fix this until now, although they are working on a new type of packages (Snappy) that should end this problem. Until then, Ubuntu users need to rely on third-party repositories to get all the latest … (read more)

Deprecated Wubi Tool “Mysteriously” Survives on Ubuntu Images Until Today

Wubi was a tool made by Canonical that acted as an Ubuntu installed for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, allowing users to install Ubuntu alongside those OSes. It’s been deprecated for two years, but it somehow “mysteriously” survived on the installation media until now.

Wubi was a very good idea. Windows users could install Ubuntu without needing to have any idea about how a Linux system installer works. They didn’t have to know to use a certain kind of file system… (read more)

Ubuntu 16.04 Stupendously Hot Concept Is About to Become Real

We wrote just a few days ago about a Ubuntu 16.04 Stupendously Hot Charmander concept and a lot of people liked it. Because it’s the work of someone from the community, it’s unlikely that it will be become more than just that, a concept, but it seems to have taken a life of its own.

Linux systems don’t get a lot of concept work. When designers or developers want something, they just do it. Linux operating systems are very flexible, and you can do pretty much what you want w… (read more)

Another KDE success story – the Incubator – Part 3

KXStitch at work – Be Batman

Continuing the series about KDE Incubator let’s hear how KXStitch went through the process. KXStitch was incubated early and quickly.

As Steve Allewell tells us: “In May 2014 I was contacted by Jeremy Whiting, a contributing developer to KDE, to see if I would be interested in submitting the KXStitch application to the KDE Incubator. KXStitch is an editor for counted cross stitch patterns and had already been in development for more than ten years as an independent KDE application. It was hosted on Sourceforge and as the main developer I was supported by a number of people who had provided ideas, testing, bug fixes and some translations.

The KDE Incubator is an effort to help such applications to be migrated into the KDE infrastructure. This is something that I had already been considering, so it was an ideal opportunity to make that transition.

It began with Jeremy announcing KXStitch as a candidate on the Incubator wiki page and the creation of another wiki page for the project itself. This page includes some information about what the application is and includes a couple of checklists detailing the activities that need to be completed to manage the migration into the KDE infrastructure.

The first checklist is to ensure the application is ready to begin the incubation process, i.e. it complies with the KDE manifesto and that it is in active development. From this a plan can be devised for the migration, something which Jeremy, as the sponsor, provided invaluable help and advice pointing me to the relevant people and documentation that I needed to get set up.

The second checklist covers the activities of this plan which, for me, involved setting up a developer account, git repository, mailing lists, web site, wiki and bug tracking. A number of these activities required raising tickets with the system administrators, something that was easily done through the ticketing system and were completed promptly. The administrators also provided help in getting my code imported into its new home in playground/graphics. Having a developer account created also allowed me access to create wiki pages on the KDE community site.

After the initial import several people have done a lot of work fixing the documentation and a couple of bugs. The translations have been incorporated into the rest of KDE’s l10n repositories and translations have been done in a lot more languages.

As KXStitch was already a mature application, playground was intended as a short term place whilst the early integration work was done. At the end of May, KXStitch was moved into kdereview with the intention of moving to extragear/graphics. A number of people had a look over it and provided valuable feedback which prompted some updates fixing a few issues. At the end of June, KXStitch moved to its permanent home in extragear/graphics where it continues development and eventual conversion to KDE Frameworks 5.

I would like to thank Jeremy for his help and support during the incubation process which turned out to be simple and straightforward, and the rest of the community for their contributions for getting KXStitch integrated into KDE.”

In a few days we’ll tell you about another incubated project that participates as well at this year’s edition of the Randa Meetings.

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Debian-Based Q4OS 1.2.8 Live Distro Released with Redesigned Setup Utility, Bugfixes

The Q4OS Team sent an email to Softpedia HQ a few minutes ago informing us about the availability of the Q4OS 1.2.8 ‘Live’ operating system, a release that introduces a revamped Setup utility and fixes several annoying issues reported by users.

The redesigned Setup utility introduced in Q4OS 1.2.8 ‘Live’ is a native Q4OS tool that lets users smoothly and easily install external apps in the distribution. Among the new features implemented, we can mention the ability to solve… (read more)

New Manjaro Linux Spin Uses Solus’ Budgie Desktop and It Looks Grand – Gallery

While digging the Internet, we’ve found a new community spin of the ever-growing Manjaro Linux operating system, built around Solus Project’s simple, modern, and intuitive Budgie desktop environment.

Simply called Manjaro Budgie, the new distribution has just been uploaded to the Sourceforge project hosting website, but immediately removed. However, we’ve managed to get a copy of the OS and uplo… (read more)

Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.2.8

The developers of Q4OS, a lightweight Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, have delivered a new point release. The new release, Q4OS 1.2.8, features improved dependency management in the Setup application and bug fixes. “This Q4OS release delivers redesigned ‘Setup’ utility, the native Q4OS tool, that enables….

You Can Now Run Linux Kernel 4.1.6 LTS on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, Here’s How

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Black Lab Software’s Linux kernel enablement kit for Black Lab Linux and Ubuntu-based operating systems, but today we have been informed by Roberto J. Dohnert that the kernel 4.1.6 Update Kit has been released.

What this means is that any user who runs an Ubuntu-based operating system, such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Black Lab Linux 6, Linux Mint 17.2, etc., can now upgrade to the kernel packages to the latest stable and most advanced vers… (read more)

Ubuntu Touch’s Clock App Gets a Major Revamp with Custom Alarm Sounds, Stopwatch

Nekhelesh Ramananthan has posted some interesting information on his blog about the latest work done for the default Clock app of Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

Among the new features implemented in the Clock app, which now uses the new Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) SDK ListItems, we can mention support for custom alarm sounds, the ability to translate newly … (read more)

Introducing Bcachefs, a Modern COW Linux Filesystem with ZFS and Btrfs Powers

Kent Overstreet, one of the maintainers of the bcache filesystem (also known as bcachefs), had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the project, which aims to be a general purpose POSIX file system.

Having many of the nifty features of the ZFS and Btrfs file systems, bcachefs has evolved in the last few years and promises to offer the same performance and reliability as … (read more)

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.2

Dru Lavigne has announced the launch of PC-BSD 10.2. The PC-BSD project is based on FreeBSD and offers users pre-configured desktop environments, ZFS on root and graphical system administration utilities. The new release includes several bug fixes and a number of new features, including a CD-sized network installation….