Plasma Mobile, a Free Mobile Platform

Plasma Mobile offers a Free (as in freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling, customizable platform for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile is Free software, and is now developed via an open process. Plasma Mobile is currently under development with a prototype available providing basic functions to run on a smartphone.

Plasma Mobile offers…

  • Freedom. Plasma Mobile is Free and Open Source software. It can be acquired free of charge, with the power and licensed rights to change it in any way, to redistribute it and to understand how it works.
  • User-friendliness. Plasma Mobile is designed via an open process, making sure that the requirements and wishes of users are heard and implemented in the best possible way. Ergonomy and integration across devices on top of a high quality software stack provides a stable, rich and reliable system that helps users get things done efficiently and effectively.
  • Privacy. Plasma Mobile integrates with services trusted by the user. Instead of depending on claims from hardware or operating system vendors, trust is based on software that has been audited in an open development process, Free and Open Source software that can be combined with services from trusted sources, including those of one’s own.
  • Customization and personalization. Plasma Mobile has been built with modularity from the ground up. From the wallpaper and the Look and Feel to lower-level system components, almost every aspect of the system can be customized.

Enabling the community

The goal for Plasma Mobile is to give the user full use of the device. It is designed as an inclusive system, intended to support all kinds of apps. Native apps are developed using Qt; it will also support apps written in GTK, Android apps, Ubuntu apps, and many others, if the license allows and the app can be made to work at a technical level.

Plasma Mobile’s development process welcomes contributions at all levels. If you want to get your hands dirty with a cool app, if you want to provide a system functionality such as a mobile hotspot, if you want to improve power management at the kernel level, if you want to help with the design, Plasma Mobile welcomes your contributions.

If you want to take part in the creation of Plasma Mobile, get in touch with us!

A system you can trust

Most offerings on mobile devices lack openness and trust. In a world of walled gardens, Plasma Mobile is intended to be a platform that respects and protects user privacy. It provides a fully open base that others can help develop and use for themselves, or in their products.

As a Free software community, it is our mission to give users the option of retaining full control over their data. The choice for a mobile operating system should not be a choice between missing functions or forsaken privacy of user data and personal information. Plasma Mobile offers the ability to choose the services that are allowed to integrate deeply into the system. It will not share any data unless that is explicitly requested.

Prototype available now

Plasma Mobile is available as a developer prototype running on an LG Nexus 5 smartphone. It can make and receive phone calls. It provides a workspace to manage the system, and a task switcher to control and navigate apps on the device. There are also x86 builds, suitable for an ExoPC, for example, which can be useful for testing. Several apps have been included—both native and 3rd party—in the device images to allow the system to be tested and improved.

Find out how you can have a look of your own!

Where can I find…

More info, such as installation instructions, are available in the Plasma Mobile wiki, on the Plasma Mobile website and on sebas’ weblog. The code for various Plasma Mobile components can be found on

Ask questions in the Plasma Mobile forum, or send an email to the plasma-devel mailing list, or (for private inquiries) to Sebastian Kügler (

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Linux Mint 17.2 OEM images available


The following OEM installation images are now available:

Reminder: OEM images are for computer vendors and manufacturers. They allow Linux Mint to be “pre-installed” on a machine which is then used by another person than the one who performed the installation. After an OEM installation, the computer is set in such a way that the next reboot features a small setup screen where the new user/customer has the ability to choose his/her username, password, keyboard layout and locale.

Note: “No-codecs” ISOs are also available for magazines and distributors at

Distribution Release: ROSA R6 “Desktop Fresh”

Ekaterina Lopukhova has announced the release of ROSA R6 “Desktop Fresh” edition, a desktop Linux distribution featuring a customised KDE 4.14.8 desktop: “The ROSA company gladly presents ROSA Desktop Fresh R6, the number 6 in the ‘R’ lineup of the free ROSA distributions with the KDE desktop as….

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 to Bring Telephony Improvements, Wi-Fi Hotspot, APN Editor

On July 24, Canonical’s Bill Filler sent in his report on the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers, as well as to inform us all about the new features and bug fixes that will be implemented in the upcoming OTA-6 update for Ubuntu Touch.

Therefore, we can report that the read more)

Wesnoth Needs Your Help!

Greetings, Wesnoth community members.

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Linux Mint 17.2 offers desktop familiarity and responds to user wants


These days, the desktop OSes grabbing headlines have, for the most part, left the traditional desktop behind in favor of what’s often referred to as a “shell.” Typically, such an arrangement offers a search-based interface. In the Linux world, the GNOME project and Ubuntu’s Unity desktop interfaces both take this approach.

This is not a sea change that’s limited to Linux, however. For example, the upheaval of the desktop is also happening in Windows land. Windows 8 departed from the traditional desktop UI, and Windows 10 looks like it will continue that rethinking of the desktop, albeit with a few familiar elements retained. Whether it’s driven by, in Ubuntu’s case, a vision of “convergence” between desktop and mobile or perhaps just the need for something new (which seems to be the case for GNOME 3.x), developers would have you believe that these mobile-friendly, search-based desktops are the future of, well, everything.



Submitted by: Scott Gilbertson

GNOME News Promises to Be an Unbelievable Feed Reader for GNOME 3.18 – Video

On July 24, Igor Gnatenko was more than proud to publish some details about his upcoming news reader app for the highly acclaimed GNOME desktop environment, called GNOME News.

The GNOME News app is written entirely in the Python dynamic programming language that makes use of the latest GTK+ 3 GUI toolkit, Tracker search engine, and WebKitGtk+ WebKit engine port to GTK+ technologies.

Prominent featu… (read more)

FreeBSD 10.2 Gets Ready for Production Use, Release Candidate 1 Out for Testing

The FreeBSD Project announced a few minutes ago that the first Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming FreeBSD 10.2 operating system is now available for download and testing through the usual channels.

According to the changelog, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, FreeBSD 10.2 RC1 is here to add IPv6 support to the quota u… (read more)

Development Release: FreeBSD 10.2-RC1

Glen Barber has announced that the first release candidate for the upcoming FreeBSD 10.2 is now ready for testing: “The first RC build of the 10.2-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Changes Since 10.2-BETA2: tcpdump(8) has been updated to obtain capsicum(4) rights for dump file rotation; the ixgbe(4)….

KDE’s Plasma Phone UI Runs on Top of Wayland, Ubuntu Touch, and Kubuntu – Video

It was recently brought to our attention that the KDE developers are hard at work these days preparing a new user interface (UI) for mobile devices running on top of the Ubuntu Touch and Kubuntu operating system, as well as on the next-generation Wayland display server.

We all know that, just like GNOME, KDE always tried to bring its desktop environment to mobile devices, such as smartphone and tablets, since five years ago during the development of the KDE 4 user interface… (read more)

Schedules for Flock and F23, Atomic & Workstation, DNF — and a Fedora job opening!

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for July 21st, 2015:

Flock to Fedora schedule

Flock to Fedora is our big, annual conference for Fedora contributors and developers. This year, it’s in Rochester, New York, from August 12-15. The schedule of talks is online now; take a look and start planning your agenda.

Note that registration is closed, but we generally do have room for a few extra people if you are in the area and can join us. You won’t get a t-shirt, meals, or evening events, and you’ll have to write your own name tag. (Next time, please do preregister — it really helps with the logistics!)

Fedora 23 timeline

Speaking of schedules, Fedora 23 development is well underway. Last week, Fedora 23 branched from Rawhide, so that we can focus on stabilization and bugfixes for the planned October release while ongoing work on future features — Fedora 24 and beyond! — can continue in the development branch. The Alpha Freeze (where F23 features and changes are supposed to be substantially complete and testable) is scheduled for a week from today, with the actual Alpha release August 11th — the day before Flock starts. The QA team is already working on early test candidates, and Docs has put out a call for help with release notes.

See the F23 schedule wiki for other important dates.

Using Atomic tech for Fedora Workstation?

Project Atomic is a system for running containerized applications, a topic so much in vogue that the Linux Foundation has added “ContainerCon” to this year’s LinuxCon + CloudOpen.

GNOME developer and Fedora Workstation Working Group member Owen Taylor posted a long and interesting exploration of the idea of using these technologies on the desktop. Definitely worth reading if you’re interested in the future of OS design and Linux-based desktop environments.

Fedora Cloud applications programmer opening

Over on his blog, Fedora Engineering manager Paul Frields posted about a new job opening on his team. Red Hat is looking for someone to work full time on our tools for shipping cloud images to various providers, automating our various currently-manual processes, contributing to other Fedora Infrastructure applications, and not at all least, in helping build community around all of that. If this sounds at all interesting to you, you can apply here — or if you know someone who would be a good fit, don’t hesitate to pass this on.

DNF gets a refresh based on feedback

DNF is the new command-line package management tool in Fedora 23, replacing Yum. The new software has a lot of advantages — speed, a more mathematically correct SAT solver for resolving package dependencies, and — probably most crucially — a well-defined and documented API for plugins. But new software is never perfect, and changing DNF from optional to default resulted in a lot of feedback. The DNF team has now released version 1.0.2, addressing a lot of these bugs and feature requests.

The DNF team is very responsive and interested in providing a good experience for users, so please do keep that feedback coming.

Canonical Cloud Chatter: July 2015 Newsletter

School’s out for the summer – in the Northern Hemisphere – but we’ve been busy planning Juju workshops, adding new locations to our popular Ubuntu OpenStack Fundamentals Training course and preparing for a number of upcoming events! Read what’s new and exciting with Juju, containers and our partner ecosystem and get in touch if you want to learn more!



Ubuntu OpenStack Fundamentals Training

New training courses have been announced! The Ubuntu OpenStack Fundamentals Training course is an intensive 3-day, hands-on classroom-based course of lectures and lab work, taking place in various cities around the world. The course has been designed by the experts in our Cloud Engineering team to be the best introduction for setting up and running Ubuntu OpenStack clouds.

The next available training courses will be in Amsterdam, Chicago and Washington, D.C.! Early bird rates are still available, hurry up and book your seat.

Get a seat


Juju Workshops 2015
We are delighted to bring Juju closer to your city, in a series of workshops, where you will deploy a choice of services from our outstanding charm store. Whether your interest is in Big Data, Containers, OpenStack, Benchmarking or the most commonly used SOA solutions, there is a charm for you to deploy.

Workshops now available in Reston, VA, New York, NY and Chicago, IL.

Find out more and register here


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Docker, Juju, and Snappy Ubuntu Core
Learn how easy it is to run a Docker image inside either a Juju charm or an Ubuntu snap. Dustin Kirkland, part of our Product and Strategy team, explains how mprime makes a fine example of how to package a service into a Docker container, a Juju charm and a Snappy snap.

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Juju Updates
Congratulations to the Kubernetes project and community, on releasing version 1.0 to the public! Over the past six months we’ve had a small team of “container people” working to make sure that we could deliver the best Kubernetes experience on the first day of the version 1.0 release! Read up to find out what you can do today with Juju.

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Partner ecosystem highlights
The Charm Partner Programme welcomed the following new partners in June: Meteorite BI, Incubio, QuasarDB and Azul. Expect to see their solutions appearing in the Charm Store in the coming months!

Our first webinar on ISV’s who have charmed their software was a success, with over 170 attendees and great feedback from those who attended. You can still watch it on demand! Look out for a Big Data themed webinar coming up in September.



Upcoming Events

HostingCon Global 2015, San Diego CA
From the 26th to the 29th of July, San Diego will become the hosting capital of the world as the industry leaders gather at HostingCon. We will participate in the event along with our partner Atomia, promoting the easiest and most reliable way to deploy and operate an OpenStack cloud: BootStack. Come meet us at booth #931.

Come join us!


OpenStack Day Taiwan
Canonical is proud to be sponsoring OpenStack Day Taiwan. On August 11, come meet us at booth #5 where we will be demoing Ubuntu OpenStack deployments and showcasing our Cloud Tools.

Come join us!


Canonical’s Cloud Team will be joining ContainerCon, on the 17 – 19 August and demoing LXD at booth #303. We have also planned 3 speaking sessions, we hope to see you there!

Join us at ContainerCon


OpenStack Day Seattle
Canonical is proud to be a Gold Sponsor at OpenStack Day Seattle, taking place on 20 August. We have a number of speaking sessions planned and hope you will be joining us!

Find out more & join us


OpenStack Day Silicon Valley
On 26 – 27 August, Ubuntu Cloud Team will be attending OpenStack Day Silicon Valley, where we are proud to be sponsors. Come meet us at booth E7! Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical’s Founder will be giving the keynote on Thursday 27th August at 10.30 am.

Join us at OpenStack Silicon Valley


OpenStack Benelux Conference
On September 17th our Ubuntu Cloud Team will be at OpenStack Benelux Conference. We will be participating in speaking sessions and running demos on making OpenStack easy to install.

Join OpenStack Benelux

Development Release: openSUSE 42.1 Milestone 1

Douglas DeMaio has announced the availability of a test release of the openSUSE distribution’s new Leap product branch. The test release, called openSUSE Leap 42.1 Milestone 1, is in the early stages of its development and is intended for alpha testers and people curious as to what openSUSE….

KDE Arrives in A Coruña for Akademy

Photo by slideshow bob

KDE is de-camping to the far west of Europe today to A Coruña in Galicia. In this north west corner of the Iberian Peninsula the sun is warm and the air is fresh. KDE contributors of all varieties will be spending a week in talks, discussions, hacking, renewing old friendships and getting to know people new to our KDE Community.

Topics will include our flagship Plasma desktop but also an exciting announcement from the Plasma developers which will take Plasma beyond the desktop again. We’ll be hearing about the next version of e-mail and calendar middle layer Akonadi. KDE is moving out of its transitional desktop ecosystem as seen in a talk about WifiFM. One of our flagship but new to the community applications is Kdenlive and we’ll be reviewing the previous 10 years of this application and looking at the next 10. A project called Shashlik, which has been exciting the social media world, will be revealed.

A week of Birds of a Feather sessions follows the talks including some bling in VDG UI Design Open Session, a little je ne sais quoi in KDE France BoF, our desktop and beyond in Plasma General Topics, a day for planning life beyond X with Wayland and two half days planning for life in the leaderless Kubuntu.

Deep in the code at Akademy-ES

Alex Talks at Akademy-ES

The fun has already started with the annual conference in Spain, Akademy-ES which is happening yesterday and today. Spain has one of the most dynamic and active free software communities and Akademy-ES always fills up with talks for those who habla Castellano. Talks have included discussing Microsoft’s attitude to standards and documenting, the history of search frameworks Baloo, behind the code by Victor the Sysadmin and lighting talks including one on the successful Barcelona Free Software Hackers meetup.

Also today is the Annual General Meeting of KDE e.V. our legal body. Here we have voted on a new board member Sandro Andrade from Brazil. Sandro has been talking about KDE and Qt at conferences across the continent such as FISL and organising Lakademy, he recently finished his PhD and was looking for new challenges to fill in spare time, KDE e.V. has just filled that slot. We also voted on new board members of the KDE League, reviewed the outcome from Lydia’s Evolving KDE questionnaire and heard from the sysadmin and community working groups about their work for the last year. A video from our treasurer Marta reviewed the accounts over the last year which while full of challenges are in a pleasingly stable state.

The Annual KDE e.V. Beauty Contest Ended with Sandro (centre) as Your New Board Member

The Galacian Opening Ceremony to Welcome Absent Friends Video

About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.

For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.

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One Ubuntu PC maker is kicking Adobe Flash off its Linux systems

System76, a Denver-based vendor of Ubuntu Linux laptops and desktops, has stopped pre-loading Flash on its machines. The company is also strongly recommending that current customers purge Flash from their systems as well.

Amid calls to accelerate the death of Adobe Flash Player, at least once PC vendor is taking matters into its own hands.

Citing security and irrelevance, System76 stops bundling Flash with Firefox, and recommends that all customers purge the plug-in from their systems.



Submitted by: Jared Newman

BTS Video – Elite Monster Spawns

Elite beasts to battle – coming next week | Podcast – Community Exposed | Dev Q&A Recap

Colour a Black and White Photo in GIMP

Here’s a quick video (from Ronnie) on how to colourise a black and white (b&w) photo in GIMP.

Development: GNOME 3.17.4

Hi all,

GNOME 3.17.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it with caution.

Among the new things in this release, you can find improved Wayland hi-dpi
support in mutter, IP addresses for vms in gnome-boxes, MathML support in
orca, performance improvements in tracker, events from different boots in
gnome-logs, a new places view in the GTK+ file chooser, a new application
preview: gnome-todo, and many small improvements and bug fixes all over
the place.

To compile GNOME 3.17.4, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

You can also test the latest code using the vm images [3] that are
produced by our continuous integration infrastructure,


The release notes that describe the changes between 3.17.3 and 3.17.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core -
apps -

The GNOME 3.17.4 release itself is available here:

core sources -
apps sources -


This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development

For more information about 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.17
planning page:

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:

Before the next snapshot, 3.17.90, is released on August 17, the GNOME
community will get together at Guadec 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
We hope to see you there!

Matthias Clasen
GNOME Release Team

Upgrade path from 17 and 17.1 to 17.2 now open for all editions

The upgrade path from Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 to Linux Mint 17.2 is now open for all editions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and Xfce).

Instructions on how to perform this upgrade are available at

Azul Systems joins Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme

Azul joins Charm Partner Programme

DevOps Teams to be “Charmed” by Zulu, Azul’s 100% Open Source JDK

  • DevOps teams will be able to deploy cloud-based, tested and certified open source Java directly from Canonical’s Charm store
  • Azul’s Zulu build of OpenJDK becomes the first fully-supported Java distribution in Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme
  • The availability of Azul Zulu in the Juju Charm Store highlights Canonical’s focus on robust and pre-certified open source infrastructure components

Azul Systems (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime solutions, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, today announced that Azul had joined Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme. The programme helps solution providers make the best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju, which enables instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling on any public or private cloud, as well as bare metal, at the click of a button. The Juju Charm Store has a rapidly growing number of charms available to DevOps teams, with over 300 cloud-based applications now ready for use.

“Package management has long been of critical importance for both software providers and developers alike, because it’s the most efficient route to deployment for both parties,” said Stephen O’Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. “For enterprises, however, the certainty of certified builds is crucial because they want to have confidence in the software they’re building on. By making Zulu available as a Juju charm, Azul and Canonical can offer Java users the commercially-supported builds they require.”

Azul will be “charming” its open source Zulu®, a certified, multi-platform build of OpenJDK that is compliant with the Java SE 8, 7, and 6 standards. As developers and operations teams accelerate their use of open source cloud-based Java, they need to be confident that their Java platform meets all the Java SE standards and incorporates the latest OpenJDK security patches.

“Azul and Canonical will simplify and accelerate deployment of Java-based solutions across clouds and bare metal with the Zulu Charm. Together we will make it easier for enterprises large and small across a wide variety of industries to use Zulu, as well to be confident that their Java platform meets all the Java SE standards. Adding Azul to our Charm Partner Program further expands the rich catalog of software in our Juju Charm Store and we look forward to working further with them”, said John Zannos, Canonical’s Vice President of Alliances.

Scott Sellers, Azul Systems President and CEO, said: “We are pleased to join Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme. By enabling instant deployments of the Zulu Charm, Azul and Canonical will simplify the deployment of Java applications and ensure that proven, certified builds of OpenJDK are available for private and public clouds as well as site-specific implementations.”

Azul Zulu will be available from the Charm Store in August 2015. In the interim, devops teams can download Zulu from the Azul website (, Azul’s Apt-Get and yum repositories on, the Microsoft Azure Cloud (, and via the Docker Hub (Docker search keyword zulu-openjdk at For more information on Canonical’s Charm Partner programme, go to