Ubuntu Desktop Next 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Daily Builds with Unity 8 Now Available

Canonical has recently published and made available for download the first daily build Live ISO images of the upcoming Ubuntu Desktop Next 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system.

Ubuntu Desktop Next 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) brings us the next-generation Ubuntu Desktop Live images that feature the modern and revamped Unity 8 desktop environment developed by Canonical.

Softpedia was the first to announce earlier this month the immediate availability for download of the stand… (read more)

Popcorn Time Offers Smooth-as-Butter Streaming

Popcorn Time, known as the “Netflix for Pirates,” has introduced a browser-based service that lets users play streaming videos without having to download anything. The videos play on the company’s servers. However, the browser-based service does not include a built-in virtual private network, a feature of the downloadable Popcorn Time app. Popcorn Time presents thumbnails and film titles just like Netflix does, and users can browse the site to select the movies they want to watch, just as they can on Netflix.
Most of the videos stream in HD.

Behind the scenes at TDF: Localization and Native-Language Projects

2015 is more than ever a year packed with exciting projects and ideas around LibreOffice and The Document Foundation, so we want to continue our behind-the-scenes series, to share achievements with our community and our generous donours, to whom we’d like to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks for their incredible and wonderful support and their invaluable contributions!

The localization team has been very busy translating for the 4.4.x version, a lot of dialogues have been modified, so thousands of strings were touched, moved and need to be translated and validated again.

The L10N team had an important discussion on the workflow and the current workload due to changes on the sources, whether they are needed or purely cosmetic, which resulted in several decisions. The first is that the teams willing to work on master will have a new Pootle project reflecting the changes done there. It will be merged once a month and the template will be updated in Pootle accordingly. This allows us to check the strings much earlier and revert eventually unneeded changes. The teams wishing to work at the branch levels will still be able to do so.

To be able to reach out to developers more quickly and get a better communication between the teams, I attend and report the L10N activities and needs to the Engineering Steering Committee, by attending the weekly calls. For example, the request to have a mechanism that handles the localization of the templates will be provided for 4.5 and strings will be uploaded on Pootle.

The migration to the new Pootle version is going on. We are closely working with the Pootle team to get this done smoothly and to have the whole set of features the L10N team needs. The Deckard addendum will be the next step.

A cross work between the documentation and translation projects has been brought up by Milos Sramek from the Slovak community. They have developed a whole workflow to translate the user guides and to maintain them. After some tests in different languages, we have decided to use it for the whole project and document it on the wiki. This is handled via the OmegaT Project feature and we use the LibreOffice GitHub repository to manage revisions in the .ODT file, which turned out to be really time saving and reducing errors – even if the first work is important, it allows afterwards to only handle modifications needed by new LibreOffice versions. If you are willing to use this workflow for your own translation projects, even if it’s another LibreOffice writing, don’t hesitate to contact us either on the documentation or the L10N list.

Some new languages added to Pootle during the first quarter are: Guarani, Nahualt, Tigrinya, Pashto and a new contributor who will work on Tatar, which was stalled for the moment. Welcome to all of them, keep up the good work, guys!

It is a bit early, but let’s already talk about what L10N and NLPs wanted to discuss during the LibreOffice Conference. I am very happy to see that we will have a large group representing the teams this year! :) If you are active in the L10N or NLPs groups and wish to attend, don’t hesitate to come back to me via e-mail and have a look also at the conference website. We will have workshops, discussions and presentations sharing our experiences, difficulties, tips & tricks, but the most importan,t we will be altogether in the same room :-) If you can’t attend, don’t feel sad, we will try to organize a hangout and an IRC chat as well.

TDF has also been a supporter of the Document Freedom Day, an event that will be followed by several groups all over the world. I’ll report about it next quarter. The Brazilian team has launched the 15th edition of its magazine. The Japanese team is, as always, organizing several events, trainings and mentoring during this quarter. Don’t forget to have a look at our calendar to follow the activities and perhaps meet a team exhibiting near your place.

Venom Less Toxic Than Heartbleed

It was a little over a year ago that the Heartbleed bug shocked the Internet with its potential for mischief. Now another flaw in open source code has sent network administrators into damage control mode. The bug, called “Venom” for “Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation,” allows an intruder to jump out of a virtual machine and execute malicious code on its host. Virtual machines are widely used in data centers, so it has the potential to cause widespread mischief.

Canonical Releases Linux Kernel Update for Ubuntu 14.10

Canonical has published details about a few vulnerabilities that were found and corrected in the Linux kernel packages, affecting the kernel for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicon) operating system.

The problems that affected Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicon) operating system are described in the security notifications: CVE-2014-9710, CVE-2015-3331, and CVE-2015-3332.

“A memory corruption issue was discovered in AES decryption when using the Intel AES-NI accelerated code path. A rem… (read more)

Non-Linear Video Editor LiVES 2.4.0 Is Out

LiVES, a video editor and VJ tool that permits users to combine real time and rendered effects, streams, and multiple video/audio files, is now at version 2.4.0 and is ready for download.

Non-linear video editors are usually expensive and rather complex apps, but that’s not true on Linux. LiVES is a simple solution for non-linear editing that provides all the basic tools you might need to edit a movie. It has lots of options and it might ta… (read more)

NeocoreGames Is No Longer Porting Its Games to Linux

The NeocoreGames studio confirmed the fact that it’s no longer trying to port its games on the Linux platform, even if they were already working on the Beta version for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing.

Many studios are choosing to port their games to the Linux platform, but it looks like NeocoreGames is no longer one of those studios. It’s not clear why they are no longer trying to port The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing or any of the other titles, but it loo… (read more)

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Patch Arrives on Linux Concomitant to Other Platforms

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the last game in the Borderlands universe and one of the first triple A titles to get Linux support. Now a new update has been released, and the Linux version got it as well.

2K Software proved to be one of the biggest supporters of Linux gaming, and they already released quite a few games from their catalog on Steam for the open source platform, with the help of companies specialized in the porting process. It took a few years, but publishers… (read more)

Ubuntu Touch Could Really Use an Android Runtime to Emulate Apps

Ubuntu Touch is already stable, and it’s available on two different phones right now, Bq Aquaris and Meizu MX4. It’s different from your regular OS experience, but that’s a good thing. The only real problem is the lack of apps, although a Blackberry approach to the problem might be a good thing for Canonical.

Every new mobile platform comes with the same major problem, the lack of native applications at launch. It takes a long time to get the ball rolling, which is actually… (read more)

Steam for Linux Top Selling List Dominated by Triple A Games

The Steam for Linux top selling list is always changing, but that’s not really surprising now that there are lots of titles on the open source platform. We now take a closer look at what the gamers prefer to play this week.

A few new games have made their appearance in the top selling list since we last looked at it, and that is very good news. With the exception of a single game that discounted right now, all the other are at the full pric… (read more)

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Move to Linux Kernel 4.0 Soon

On May 19, the Ubuntu Kernel Team had a meeting in order to plan the steps that are to be taken by them prior to the migration to the latest upstream Linux kernel packages for the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) operating system.

As we reported earlier this month, the development cycle of Ubuntu 15.10 had already started, and read more)

ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 Brings UEFI and Secure Boot Support

On May 19, the ROSA company was proud to announce the immediate availability of the ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 Linux kernel-based operating system for enterprise users, who can request an ISO image from the ROSA sales department.

According to the release notes, ROSA Enterprise Desktop X2 brings support for systems boasting the UEFI (Unified Extensib… (read more)

Qt – 20 years leading cross-platform development

Today we celebrate 20 years since the first release of Qt was uploaded to sunsite.unc.edu and announced, six days later, at comp.os.linux.announce. Over these years, Qt evolved from a two person Norwegian project to a full-fledged, social-technical world-wide organism that underpins free software projects, profitable companies, universities, government-related organizations, and more. It’s been an exciting journey.

From the early days of Trolltech in 1999, through an evolution of licensing (from the original FreeQt, to QPL, to GPL, to LGPL today), corporate cooperation from Nokia and Digia, Open Governance, and leading edge technology refinements, Qt has supported the spirit of free software, thriving communities, and high quality products.

The KDE Community thanks everyone who helps keep Qt rocking; we share our pride in being part of this history. Since 1997, Qt has provided the foundation upon which KDE has developed its workspaces, applications, and development environments. Moreover, Qt has contributed to a fruitful symbiosis where goals, contributions, and discussions blur the boundaries between the Qt and KDE projects. As a result, today KDE is the biggest Qt showcase in the world, and there’s evidence that this successful and long-running partnership will continue.

The Qt/KDE partnership

There are several fundamental aspects of this strong relationship.

  • KDE has always worked hard to keep Qt free and open through the KDE Free Qt Foundation. Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation makes continuous updates in its statutes, aiming not only at more precise and complete terms but also to accommodate new situations involving Qt’s development.
  • KDE people make 40-60% of the weekly commits in the QtBase repository. As in every major transition between Qt versions, KDE had close and active participation during the development of Qt 5, contributing many new features and enhancements which expanded benefits to the whole class of Qt applications. Furthermore, since Qt adopted the Open Governance model in October 2011, contributing to Qt has become even easier, not only for KDE people but for anyone interested in the project’s trends, roadmap, and technologies.
  • Conceiving KDE Frameworks 5 as a set of fine-grained and independent Qt 5 add-on modules demonstrates our confidence in Qt’s commitment to KDE efforts. In turn, KDE Frameworks 5 contributes to the entire ecosystem of Qt developers by making available many high-quality libraries—based on over 18 years of KDE experience in building Qt applications.
  • Many people interested in Qt development start their efforts in KDE projects with seasoned mentors. KDE offers several opportunities for young people to do real-world work. As a consequence, over time, KDE is the first Qt experience for a growing number of highly skilled Qt developers, who have learned the Qt way of doing things from the beginning.


Because of all this, we say again with much appreciation: congratulations to all of Qt. Thank you, and keep counting on KDE!

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Linux Kernel Plagued by an EXT4 Data Corruption Issue, Patch Available

Apparently, there’s a data corruption issue in the EXT4 file system for multiple Linux kernel branches, affecting several mainstream distributions, including Arch Linux, Fedora, and Debian GNU/Linux.

Several Arch Linux users have already reported data loss after upgrading to Linux kernel 4.0.2, the latest version available in the main software repositories of the … (read more)

FileZilla 3.11.0 Open-Source FTP Client Offers Support for Debian 8 Jessie

FileZilla, one of the best open-source and cross-platform FTP clients available on the market, reached version 3.11.0 on May 19, bringing assorted new features and bug fixes.

FileZilla Client 3.11.0 is now available for download for all Linux kernel-based operating systems with binaries built especially for the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 (Jessie) distribution.

The new version brings a fix for a crash that occurred when attempting to open a wrapped dialog wit… (read more)

The Rampant, Risky Babbling of Android Apps

Eurecom researchers recently developed an Android app that can monitor the network traffic of other apps to alert users of suspicious or malicious activity. With more than 1.2 million applications in the Google Play store, there are multiple programs for performing a particular task. That can make choosing an app a chore for users, they noted in a report released last month. “Moreover, some of the applications being of dubious origin, there are no mechanisms for users to understand who the applications are talking to, and to what extent.”

Oracle Patches the Venom Security Issue in All Supported VirtualBox Branches

Oracle announced a few minutes ago that they published maintenance releases for all the supported branches of the popular VirtualBox virtualization software, in order to patch the well-known Venom security issue.

After having patched the Venom vulnerability in the VirtualBox 4.3 branch with the 4…. (read more)

MPV 0.9.2 MPlayer-Based Movie Player Released with Important Linux and OS X Fixes

The extremely active development team of the open-source and cross-platform MPV movie player software based on the popular MPlayer multimedia playback application reached version 0.9.2 on May 19.

According to the changelog, MPV 0.9.2 brings some significant changes, such as improvements to the channel fallback, just in case there’s no native support for a certain channel layout in the default audio device, autoloading of subtitles in the .sup file format, and query support… (read more)

Google Releases Chrome 43 Stable for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows

Google was proud to announce today, May 18, the immediate availability for download of the Google Chrome 43 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

It appears that this is a bugfix-only release that only promotes the Google Chrome 43 version from the Beta channel to the Stable one and fixes approximately 37 bugs discovered since the last stable version.

The actual version number of Google Chrome 43 is 43.0.2357.65, … (read more)

Charm Store now includes Galera Cluster


Canonical and Codership are excited to announce that the Galera Cluster charm is now available for use in the Juju Charm Store. With 300 charms and growing, the charm store is your destination for cloud­based enterprise applications.

Galera Cluster is a high availability solution to protect against unwanted or planned downtime and for high scalability solution for MySQL based solutions on premises or in cloud. With Galera Cluster, MySQL databases can be used in different geographical locations. They can be set up to work as one multi­master cluster, which provides fast local reads and writes to any location. Galera thereby offers disaster recovery against data center down­time and power outages.

“With the combination of Galera Cluster and Juju, users will now be able easily deploy, scale and manage a true multimaster cluster,” said Stefan Johannson, Global Software Alliances Director at Canonical.

“Galera Cluster is trusted by thousands of companies, ranging from small on­line businesses to e­commerce giants and telecom companies for MySQL high availability. With Canonical we are making OpenStack high availability easier than ever”, said Sakari Keskitalo, COO at Codership.

Codership is a valued partner of Canonical’s Charm Partner Program and its OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL).

The Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s cloud orchestration tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions in minutes, on virtually any public or private cloud.

OIL is an integration lab in which we test our cloud partners’ products in countless Ubuntu OpenStack configurations, currently working with over 3,000 combinations per month.

To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, please visit http://partners.ubuntu.com/.