Popcorn Time 0.3.3 was released today and it comes with quite a few new features, including support for external players such as VLC, XBMC, MPlayer, mpv and others, Chromecast and Airplay support, 3 new themes and more.As a reminder, Popcorn Time is an open source Netflix-style torrent streaming application for Linux, Windows and Mac. The application allows users to stream movies (with subtitles) and TV series at no cost, and that may be illegal in your country so make sure you read the disclaimer before using Popcorn Time!The most important change in the latest Popcorn Time 0.3.3 is probably the option to play the videos using your favorite media player such as VLC, XMBC, MPlayer, mpv and more – this can be done from the video page, next to the “Watch Now” button:Another interesting change in the latest Popcorn Time is Trakt.tv synchronisation: Trakt will now remember your favorite videos for you so you won’t lose your favorites if you use Popcorn Time on multiple computers or you remove its database.Yet another change is the addition of themes support along with 3 new themes: Black & Yellow, Flat UI and Light – here’s a screenshot with the new Light theme:Besides
Unity doesn’t ship with a keyboard modifiers state indicator by default, so Abdellah Chelli has recently created such an indicator, called Xkbmod Indicator, useful for users with disabilities who need use sticky keys.Xkbmod Indicator indicates the state of the following modifier keys: Shift, Caps Lock, Ctrl, Alt, Num Lock, Super and AltGr (and locked AltGr; a red dot means locked).In its current state, Xkbmod Indicator is considered a prototype, so it may not work as expected, but I didn’t encounter any major issues in my test. There is an issue which depends on the theme you’re using though: by default, Xkbmod Indicator only supports themes with dark panels such as Ambiance.However, you can get Xkbmod Indicator to work with any theme if you set it to use labels (text) instead of an image for the indicator. But in that case, only the active keyboard modifiers will be displayed, which will make the indicators shift each time you press a keyboard modifier so that might be annoying:If you want the indicator to use labels instead of an image, launch Xkbmod Indicator with the “-l” parameter (for instance, if you’ve used our package, copy the indicator-xkbmod.desktop file from /etc/xdg/autostart/ to ~/.config/autostart/ and
Clonezilla Live, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that allows users to do bare metal backup and recovery, has reached version 2.2.4-12 and is now available for download.
The Clonezilla team has published a new stable version for their operating system, 2.2.4-12, and it's packed with more changes and improvements than usual. Most of the time, various smaller packages are updated, but it looks like this latest version is actually quite consistent.
“The under… (read more)
Yep, not much updates on the blog, but I thought I throw up a list of (mostly) obscure open-source news:
Less obscure: New version of OpenMW (0.32).
Big tease: Icculus works on open-sourcing a game and it seems to be a relatively new title as it includes steamworks support.
Please comment below if you know of other recent open-sourceing efforts
A number of Libav vulnerabilities have been identified and fixed in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and an update has been issued for the operating system.
The update for this Libav exploit only applies to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and the developers have explained that Libav could have been made to crash or to run programs as the user's login, if it opened a specially crafted file.
"It was discovered that Libav incorrectly handled certain malformed media files. If a user were tricked in… (read more)
Red Hat has announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 for all customers and partners, marking the end of an era.
The developers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.11 have said that this will be the last update to be released in the series and that it concludes one of the longest support periods for a Linux distribution.
The distribution was released back in 2007 and it's been updated numerous times. The devs have continued to provide updates and various fixes f… (read more)
Here’s some benchmarks of the Intel Linux graphics stack on X.Org Server 1.16…
The GNOME developers behind the Nautilus project (now known as Files) have announced that version 3.14 RC1 has been released and is now available for download and testing.
A fresh Files (Nautilus) 3.14 RC1 version has been made available and it looks like the developers are still finding things to fix and improve, even if it's quite late in the development cycle.
Nautilus is the default file manager for the GNOME project and it's one of the most visible components. It comes wit… (read more)
While the Linux 3.17 kernel isn’t being released for a few weeks, we already have a good idea for the DRM graphics driver improvements coming for the Linux 3.18 cycle…
Canonical just keeps deepening its commitment to the OpenStack cloud computing platform, to the point where a lot of people who are loyal to the company for its Linux roots may not recognize its business model in a few years. Canonical is now partnering with AMD to upgrade the OpenStack cloud in the box concept that was originally the Ubuntu Orange Box to an OpenStack cloud housed on a rack. The Orange Box, of course, capitalized on the fact that many people are deploying OpenStack on top of Ubuntu, and the new OpenStack on a rack concept serves up Ubuntu LTS 14.04 and OpenStack in one bundled offering. Specifically, the bundle comes on a set of rack-mounted servers and includes Canonical’s Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Juju DevOps program. "AMD and Canonical have dedicated a tremendous amount of engineering resources to ensure an integrated solution that removes the complexity of an OpenStack technology deployment," said Dhiraj Mallick, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD data center server solutions, in a statement. "The SM15000 server, Ubuntu LTS 14.04 and OpenStack is an amazing solution filling a need in the industry for an OpenStack solution that can be deployed easily without spending a
With X.Org Server 1.16 having landed in Ubuntu 14.10, it’s time for some benchmarks comparing the 1.15 and 1.16 releases on Ubuntu while using the GLAMOR 2D acceleration library.
Want to use OpenStack for your private cloud, but don’t want the headaches of setting it up? AMD and Canonical have a deal for you.
From August 27th to 30th, 2014, nearly sixteen KDE lovers met in the 2nd LaKademy – The KDE Latin America Summit. The sprint took place in the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP) in southeast Brazil.
A little bit of history
Since 2008, a bunch of initiatives have been taken towards the fostering and spreading of KDE community and technologies in Brazil and Latin America. Even though at a slow pace sometimes, such effort have yielded good results in disseminating the motivations and benefits of get involved in such a vibrant free software community, mainly in a region where the tradition of sprints is not yet fully consolidated.
In 2010 the 1st Akademy-BR (Brazilian KDE summit) took place at Praia do Forte, Bahia, northeast Brazil. Nearly 20 participants met in a three days meeting where some of current active Brazilian KDE contributors made their first steps in contributing with coding, translation, and promotion. Some people have come and gone, but some of them got vastly seduced by the idea of coming together in the pursuit of sharing knowledge and making world better with high quality free software. Those remain pushing KDE in their universities, companies, and in high visibility meetings such as FISL and Latinoware.
After Akademy-BR, we focused on trying to better integrate KDE people from other countries in Latin America. Some contributors from Peru and Argentina were invited to present their work at previous editions of Latinoware, meet the Brazilian fellows, and help deciding on actions to narrow KDE relationships in Latin America. Such an effort culminated in the 1st LaKademy, held in Porto Alegre, south Brazil, from April 27th to May 1st, 2012. Sixteen participants from Brazil, Argentina, and Peru were involved in artwork, translation, promotion, and development activities.
Two years have passed again until the time for the 2nd LaKademy, held at the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP) from August 27th to 30th, 2014. USP is one of the most important and prestigious universities in the world and CCSL is a two-storey building entirely devoted to free software projects, quite close to IME (Mathematics and Statistics Institute) – where Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics courses are offered. Motivated by an expected audience of potential KDE newcomers, we’ve decided on a schedule with KDE talks on the very first day, an introductory Qt short-course on the second day, and the usual contribution sprints happening in the last two days of LaKademy 2014. Sadly, the number of guests was lower than expected. In spite of that, the talks allowed us to better know each other’s work in KDE and the Qt short-course was a place to clarify common doubts and providing an initial support for the KDE newcomers specially attending LaKademy 2014.
LaKademy 2014 Group Photo
What we have done ?
The first day of LaKademy 2014 began with the Lamarque’s talk about Eduroam and Plasma Network Management. Afterwards, Rafael Gomes presented his KDE SysAdmin talk – which provided some interesting information about KDE infrastructure and all the work undertaken behind the scenes in order to support KDE technologies development and community communication. The next talk was about KDE Connect, presented by Ronny Yabar, where the most exciting features of KDE mobile-desktop integration were presented, followed by a brief discussion about its architecture. At the end of the day, Filipe Saraiva presented a talk about Qt and KDE applications on Android, with a special note to the GCompris case.
Rafael’s talk about KDE SysAdmin
A Qt introductory short-course was presented by Sandro Andrade in the second day of LaKademy 2014. Given the limited time available, the focus was on the essential aspects underlying the Qt-ish way of developing cross-platform applications: signal/slots mechanism, (dynamic) properties, meta-objects, moc and uic compilers, event loops, and basic design of interfaces using QtWidgets and QML. In the audience: some newcomers invited to attend LaKademy, translators trying to get a grasp on programming, veterans helping to make some points clearer, and three guests from USP.
The third and fourth days were dedicated to hacking sessions and a BoF about KDE promo. Among the development outcomes, we managed to port Bovo to KF5 (pushed in ‘frameworks‘ branch of bovo repository) and Filipe started porting Cantor to KF5. Ronny has also submitted some changes to review, regarding KDE Connect. Filipe also started the creation of a meta-package for KF5 in Mageia. Boaglio and Sandro (two old-school geeks with an inexplicable passion for MSX) started the development of QMSX – a GUI front-end for the openmsx emulator:
The QMSX frontend to openmsx
The BoF about KDE promo lasted about two hours and raised a number of questions, evaluation of strategies, and seventeen tasks were recorded in todo.kde.org (‘KDE Brazil’ project), including the development of promotional material, webinars, KDE presence on social networks, and financial aspects. Filipe helped in fixing the web bots for spreading news in Facebook e Twitter. The next LaKademy was also one of the exciting discussions during the KDE Promo BoF. In general, we agreed on having the 3rd LaKademy happening already in the first half of 2015. The venue is also almost confirmed.
As for the artwork outcomes, Adriana (who joined the group at the very last minute), Viviane, and Wagner produced some amazing stuff in those days. What about these new Konqi and LaKademy wallpapers ? A LaKademy commemorative KSplash theme was also developed.
Wallpapers developed during LaKademy 2014
Finally, Aracele, Camila, and Bianca were involved in translation activities. They focused on techbase translation, which got from 18% to 24% during those days. At the end of the third day, we had a beer-and-pizza lovely night at the Garoa Hacker Club, with a lot of lightening talks, KDE keyrings getting out of a 3D printer, and other nerdiness.
We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the KDE e.V. for the financial support, to the Free Software Competence Center for hosting LaKademy 2014, to Viviane Notato for the artwork support, and to Aracele and Filipe for the local arrangements. We hope to meet each other again soon, at LaKademy 2015, with a 4-5 days of sprints only. No talks, no short-courses :). After all, where can we get the most of fun from when contributing to KDE ?
This article first appeared on KDE-Brasil
A major hardware manufacture is now selling a computer with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled, and this time, it's an OpenStack server. That's what Canonical and AMD launched this week with the introduction of a server preinstalled with Ubuntu OpenStack private cloud software.
There’s just two days to go until a new, high quality, non-FPS game is being released for Linux…
OpenMW is an open source implementation of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind game engine and functionality that is still under development. A new update has been released for it and features lots of improvements.
The OpenMorrowind project has advanced really fast, and the devs have been making great progress with it. The interesting thing about this game is that it's being built from the ground up, and that means that it's far from completed. This procedure also provides a much better co… (read more)
With the Linux 3.16 kernel is Intel graphics driver support for Userptr, allows user-space to wrap up malloc’ed memory and turn them into GEM buffer objects. Besides the Intel DDX support, there’s now userptr support within Mesa’s DRM library…
The KDE Project developers have just released the first update for the 4.14 version for Applications and Platform, and they are getting ready to close this particular branch.
The KDE developers have released an update for KDE 4.14, which is actually the last version in the series. It will soon be replaced by KDE Frameworks 5, KDE Plasma, and KDE Applications. The entire system is now much more modular and the projects have been decoupled. The devs won't have to follow the same version num… (read more)
The Manjaro 0.8.10 OS, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has received a new update pack that consists of some minor changes and a few new kernels.
The initial Manjaro launch for this branch was made back in June and this is the tenth update pack released for it. The developers have made numerous improvements and changes to the operating system, but those are totally transparent if you already have the distro insta… (read more)
The Windows 9 OS will finally get a very coveted feature, multiple desktops, but the Microsoft developers are still pretty far away from what you can get on Linux.
The Linux platform has always taken pride in this cool feature. Having multiple desktops is a great way to increase the productivity and there are numerous means to implement it. Lots of Linux distributions have this option, which is used in various ways.
Ubuntu has had multiple desktops (or virtual desktops) for many years, and t… (read more)