The Better Looking Window Decorations For GNOME 3.16

With the GNOME 3.16 series, Mutter uses GTK+ for drawing all window decorations regardless of using client-side decorations, and there’s also many other GTK+ improvements…

Linux-Powered Librem 15 Laptop Crowdfunding Campaign Is a Major Success

Librem 15 is a new Linux-powered laptop that will ship with completely free applications, drivers, and kernel. The crowdfunding campaign for this laptop is almost over and it has been a resounding success.

It’s not every day that we get to see so much support for a laptop that runs a Linux system, especially in the crowdfunding effort for a quality device that is actually quite expensive. The makers of this laptop wanted to provide users with the best experience possible and they didn’t cut a… (read more)

Google Gives WebView the Cold Shoulder


Google has decided not to fix vulnerabilities in WebView for Android 4.3 and older, sparking heated discussions among developers. Those versions of WebView run on the WebKit browser. Fixing them “required changes to significant portions of the code and was no longer practical to do so safely,” explained Adrian Ludwig, lead engineer for Android security. Ludwig recommended steps users and developers can take to mitigate the potential exploitation of WebView vulnerabilities without updating to Lollipop, or Android 5.0.

Calibre eBook Editor and Reader Optimized for Better Mouse Control

Calibre is an eBook reader, converter, and editor, just to pinpoint some of the major features of the application. A new update has been released for it and the developer has made a number small improvements to the app.

The development cycle of Calibre has been rather quiet and very few new features or major changes have been made in the past few weeks. This might indicate the fact that the application is now moving towards fixing certain existing problems and has finished pretty much with th… (read more)

Camera App for Ubuntu Touch Gets Major Improvements – Gallery

Ubuntu Touch is almost ready, but some of the core apps are still updated. The camera app recently received an upgrade and numerous features have been added.

Many smartphones users are actually making the most of their cameras, so it’s very important to have a powerful camera app that has all the features people might want. Ubuntu Touch already had a working app for this purpose and it was one of the first native apps made for the OS. The latest upgrade brings some new features.

It’s difficu… (read more)

Bill Gates Inadvertently Shows Off Ubuntu on His Facebook Page

Bill Gates is much more involved in philanthropy than Microsoft these days and he’s done some great work regarding the eradications of certain diseases and to improve the quality of life in a number of third world countries. He’s also inadvertently promoted Ubuntu, which is a Linux system.

The Internet is abuzz today after Bill Gates published an image on his Facebook page and a link towards his website with the text “15 years from now, most people in poor countries will be able to take class… (read more)

World Wine News Issue 384

WWN Issue 384 was released today.

Libinput 0.9 Adds Support For Hovering Fingers On Touchpads

Peter Hutterer announced the release of libinput 0.9.0 a short time ago…

Free Software Foundation Endorses Another (Outdated) Laptop

Back in 2013 the Free Software Foundation endorsed its first laptop as respecting the user’s freedoms. Being announced today is another laptop now being endorsed by the FSF…

Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.1

Raffaele Forte has announced the release of BackBox Linux 4.1, an updated build of the Ubuntu LTS-based distribution designed for penetration testing and forensic analysis tasks: “The BackBox Team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, the version 4.1. This release includes features such as….

Ubuntu vs. Fedora Linux On Lenovo’s X1 Carbon With Core i7 Broadwell

With yesterday having delivered some Ubuntu 14.10 vs. 15.04 benchmarks on the third-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, today we’re turning the tables to see how Ubuntu on this Core i7 Broadwell ultrabook compares to Fedora 21.

OpenJDK 7 Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10

Canonical published details about a new OpenJDK 7 version has been pushed to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10 repositories. This update fixes a number of problems and various vulnerabilities.

The Ubuntu maintainers have upgraded the OpenJDK packages in the repositories and numerous fixes have been implemented. This is an important update and it covers a few libraries.

“Several vulnerabilities were discovered in the OpenJDK JRE related to information disclosure, data integrity and availa… (read more)

Papyros Is a Linux OS That Follows Google’s Material Design and It Looks Stunning

Papyros is a new Linux distribution in the making that will use the Material Design style from Google. There is nothing to test so far, but the progress made by the developers is impressive and it’s very likely that this will become one of the most interesting distros available.

We wrote a while ago about a Linux distribution called Quantum OS that aimed to follow the Material Design guidelines from Google. This is the same one, but it’s now called Papyros. The name change was necessary, but … (read more)

LibreOffice 4.4 Released as the Most Beautiful LibreOffice Ever

The Document Foundation has just announced that a new major update has been released for LibreOffice and it brings important UI improvements, enough for them to call this the most beautiful version ever.

The Document Foundation doesn’t usually make the UI the main focus of an update, but now the developers are saying that this is the most beautiful release made so far and that says a lot. Fortunately, this version is not just about interface fixes and there are plenty of other major improveme… (read more)

DNF Plugins Extend The Functionality Of Fedora’s Yum Successor

With the upcoming Fedora 22 release due out in May, DNF is positioned to replace Yum as the default package manager…

LibreOffice 4.4 Released With Better OOXML Support, UI Improvements

LibreOffice 4.4 is now available as the newest version of this leading open-source, cross-platform office suite…

Inkscape 0.91 Goes Through C++ Code Conversion, New Cairo Rendering, OpenMP Filters

Version 0.91 of Inkscape was released this week and the new version of this open-source vector-based graphics program has some exciting changes…

Ubuntu 15.04 Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.18.4, Devs Are Tracking the 3.19 Branch

A new Linux kernel has been made available for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) and the developers are also tracking the current 3.19 branch of the kernel, which will eventually be adopted after it reaches a stable state.

Given that the development cycle of both the Linux kernel 3.19 branch and Ubuntu 15.04 are coming to a close, it’s very likely that this particular version of the kernel will be implemented in the latest operating system from Canonical. This is important to know because the kerne… (read more)

LibreOffice 4.4, the most beautiful LibreOffice ever

  • The user interface has been improved in a significant way
  • Interoperability with OOXML file formats has been extended
  • Improved source code quality based on Coverity Scan analysis

Berlin, January 29, 2015 – The Document Foundation is pleased to announce LibreOffice 4.4, the ninth major release of the free office suite, with a significant number of design and user experience improvements.

“LibreOffice 4.4 has got a lot of UX and design love, and in my opinion is the most beautiful ever,” says Jan “Kendy” Holesovsky, a member of the Membership Committee and the leader of the design team. “We have completed the dialog conversion, redesigned menu bars, context menus, toolbars, status bars and rulers to make them much more useful. The Sifr monochrome icon theme is extended and now the default on OS X. We also developed a new Color Selector, improved the Sidebar to integrate more smoothly with menus, and reworked many user interface details to follow today’s UX trends.”

LibreOffice 4.4 offers several significant improvements in other areas, too:

  • Support of OpenGL transitions in Windows, and improved implementation based on the new OpenGL framework;
  • Digital signing of PDF files during the export process;
  • Installation of free fonts Carlito and Caladea to replace proprietary Microsoft C-Fonts Calibri and Cambria, to get rid of font related issues while opening OOXML files;
  • Addition of several new default templates, designed by volunteers;
  • Visual editing of Impress master pages, to remove unwanted elements, adding or hiding a level to the outline numbering, and toggling bullets on or off;
  • Better Track Changes – with new buttons in the Track Changes toolbar – and AutoCorrect features in Writer;
  • Improved import filters for Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Publisher and AbiWord files, and Microsoft Works spreadsheets;
  • New import filters for Adobe Pagemaker, MacDraw, MacDraw II and RagTime for Mac;
  • Greatly expanded support for media capabilities on each platform.

A rather comprehensive description of all LibreOffice 4.4 new features, including developers’ names, is available on the release notes page at the following address: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4. In addition, a summary of the most significant development related details has been published by Michael Meeks: https://people.gnome.org/~michael/.

People interested in technical details can find change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/Beta1 (fixed in Beta 1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/Beta2 (fixed in Beta 2), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/RC1 (fixed in RC1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/RC2 (fixed in RC2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.0/RC3 (fixed in RC3).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

About The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation is an independent, self-governing and meritocratic organization, based on Free Software ethos and incorporated in Germany as a not for profit entity. TDF is focused on the development of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – chosen by the global community as the legitimate heir of OOo, and as such adopted by a growing number of public administrations, enterprises and SMBs for desktop productivity.

TDF is accessible to individuals and organizations who agree with its core values and contribute to its activities. At the end of December 2014, the foundation has 205 members and over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

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New Mesa Patch To Improve CPU-Bound Applications

For those wondering what else Kristian Høgsberg is working on in his post-Wayland days, after tackling initial Skylake enablement in Mesa his latest achievement is a new Mesa performance patch…