Google’s Abacus May Count Out Passwords

By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google’s Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week’s I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing away with passwords. It will use a smartphone’s sensors to check users’ current locations, typing patterns and voice patterns, as well as for facial recognition. It will create a cumulative trust score that will authenticate users so they can unlock their devices or sign into applications.

Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 1

Ludwig Nussel has announced the release of new testing media for the openSUSE project. The new alpha release, openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 1, is the latest development snapshot in openSUSE’s “Leap” series. “Before getting too excited, note that the goal for Alpha 1 was mostly to get the….

Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds

Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions. It is neither a minimalistic Linux line nor a distro stuffed with bloat from packages typical users will never need. Instead, it comes well loaded with essential applications, drivers and codecs to provide a very uncomplicated out-of-the-box user experience.

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Keeping track of LibreOffice activity

LibreOffice is a big project, with over 7 million lines of source code and hundreds of developers, testers, translators and other contributors spread across the globe. With so much activity going on, it can be difficult to keep track of recent developments – so here are a few pointers to keep you in the loop.

Upcoming releases

The current supported release of LibreOffice is 5.1, and the latest bug-fix version is 5.1.3. There are three more bug-fix updates due this year, so see this wiki page for information on the release schedule. The last planned update will be 5.1.6, due in October.

Meanwhile, the development team is working hard on LibreOffice 5.2, which is scheduled to be released in the first week of August. A beta version (for testing) is due very soon – keep an eye on this blog for more information. You can also see a mid-development list of new features in 5.2, but bear in mind that everything is subject to change!

Team calls

Many teams inside the LibreOffice project have regular audio or video calls to catch up, share ideas and ask questions. These teams also share minutes (notes) from the meetings afterwards, so that others can keep track of news and developments.

For instance, the Engineering Steering Committee (ESC) usually has a call every Thursday to discuss technical aspects of the project: release engineering, new features, quality assurance, mentoring new developers, and other matters. Minutes from these are posted on the projects mailing list – see the archive here (search for “minutes of ESC” for recent calls).

Similarly, the Design Team holds regular Hangouts to discuss user interface changes and usability enhancements. Then there’s the Infrastructure Team, which has calls to talk about the hardware and software that’s used by LibreOffice contributors, and the Documentation Team, which has just started regular calls to coordinate content and bring in new writers. Minutes from all of these teams are also posted on the projects list.

Finally, The Document Foundation’s Board of Directors has regular meetings to discuss organisational aspects: finances, budget requests, the yearly conference and so forth. Minutes from these meetings are available on the wiki.

Annual Report

A good summary of last year’s activity in the LibreOffice project is provided in the Annual Report. This is currently being worked on, and will have detailed updates from the native language projects, hackfests, development and QA teams, plus information on donations received throughout 2015 and other aspects of the project.

We’ll post an update on this blog when the 2015 Annual Report is available – meanwhile you can read about what happened in LibreOffice during 2014 in the previous report.

MATE 1.14 Desktop Finally Lands in Manjaro Linux’s Repo, New MATE Edition Is Out

Manjaro leader Philip Müller announced this past weekend that the major MATE 1.14 desktop environment had finally landed in the main software repositories of the Arch Linux-based distribution.

Usually, the Manjaro Linux repos are filled with new software released from time to time, bundled as update packs, based on the latest updates from the Arch Linux repositories. However, this time around, the Manjaro Linux devs had to step up their game and take control of the maintenance of the MATE packages for the distribution.

Why? Because it looks like the MATE packages in Arch Linux are no longer maintained, and the last version offered there is 1.12.1, released in December 2015. Therefore, if you’re using Manjaro Linux, you can now update the MATE desktop environment to the latest 1.14 version, read more)

Summer Summit | Live Stream Schedule – Saturday 28th May

Check out the fantastic announcements and reveals that are in store for our marathon streaming event.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Needs Your Help to Make GCC 6 the Default Compiler

We reported at the beginning of the month that the openSUSE Tumbleweed developers are preparing a massive package rebuild to make the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 the default compiler for the rolling operating system.

Migrating to a new default compiler is the hardest task for a Linux kernel-based operating system, as almost all the pre-installed packages need to be rebuilt using the new compiler, and package maintainers have a hard time during this transition.

And it looks like openSUSE Tumbleweed developers have run into some trouble today, May 23, 2016, as Dominique Leuenberger asked the community to help test the packages that fail to build with GCC 6, or that need special attention.

“Dear openSUSE Hackers, as you’re doubtless aware, we’re trying to move to GCC 6 as our default compiler,” sai… (read more)

Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 OS Launches with Google Chrome 50 and LibreOffice 5.1.3

Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert informs Softpedia today, May 23, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of the first point release of the Black Lab Linux 7.6 operating system.

Packed full of Ubuntu goodies, Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 arrives today for users of the Black Lab Linux 7.6 OS, bringing them the latest Linux 4.2.0-36 kernel, Google Chrome 50 web browser, Ice site-specific-browser, LibreOffice 5.1.3, as well as useful tools like a Web App creator and the Mozilla Thunderbird mail and news suite.

Built around the lightweight Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 comes with a deskbar-style panel by default, but also lets users switch to a bottom-centered horizontal panel if they want to. Tools like Aptik, Timeshift, and Skippy-XD have been included as well in this update to Black Lab Linux 7.6.

“Black Lab Linux 7.6.1 utilizes … (read more)

Mageia 6 Artwork Contest Extension

We have decided to extend the contest by a week as there are still lots of contributions coming in and with the work coming from people’s donated time, we wanted to give a larger chance to others that might have been busy with other things.

The contest will now close on the 30th of May; as before, all work should be submitted to the Artwork Drop.

For more information about the contest, please have a look at the initial announcement blog post.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with for Mageia 6!

The Document Liberation Project: What we do

While The Document Foundation is best known for LibreOffice, it also backs the Document Liberation Project. But what exactly is that? We’ve made a short video to explain all…

Development Release: NethServer 7.2 Alpha 3

Alessio Fattorini has announced the availability of a new development release of the CentOS-based NethServer distribution. The new testing version, NethServer 7.2 Alpha 3, offers improved OpenLDAP and Active Directory support via Samba. New user accounts will, by default, automatically receive valid e-mail addresses on the server’s domain…..

4 Notable Security Upgrades Coming to Android N

Android is the world’s largest and most popular mobile operating system, by far. But popularity, and its openness, have security and privacy trade-offs. At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, we got a look at some of the features keeping us safe in the very near future.
One of the biggest changes in Android N’s security is the new direct boot. In a nutshell, this allows your phone to update, reboot, and still be able to wake you up in the morning.
Google is rolling out a new way to update your phone. And the most noticeable thing is that you probably won’t notice it. Taking a page from Chrome OS, Android N will seamlessly apply software updates automatically and without taking what feels like a lifetime to optimize all the apps on your phone.
Nearly a year after Stagefright was disclosed, there has yet to be a single attack. While one could say this demonstrates that it was too obscure and exotic an exploit to be practical, it has had some very real and positive consequences for users. The new update system and retooling of Android’s media innards can only be good.
When it comes to user data like what’s shared with Google through the Google Photos app or in the future with the Google assistant, these results are only for users. Google’s search chief John Giannandrea clarified further, saying that no photo information, not even in aggregate, is shared with advertisers.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

CentOS-Based NethServer 7 Linux Adds Active Directory Integration in Third Alpha

Today, May 23, 2016, Alessio Fattorini has informed Softpedia about the release and immediate availability for download of the third Alpha build of the upcoming NethServer 7 server-oriented operating system.

NethServer 7 Alpha 3 is here today, ready for public testing, after being in development for the past three months, during which the hard-working team of developers led by Alessio Fattorini managed to implement long-anticipated features like Active Directory integration and a centralized account management.

But there are many other things to get excited about, as NethServer 7 Alpha 3 comes with a new Account Management module, which was designed from the ground up to let users connect a remote NethServer system running OpenLDAP open-source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), as well as a remote Active Directory (AD) domain controller, such as Sa… (read more)

Write for the Fedora Magazine

Know an awesome piece of Fedora news? Have a good idea for a Fedora how-to? Do you or someone you know use Fedora in an interesting way? We’re always looking for new contributors to write awesome, relevant content. The Magazine is run by the Fedora community — and that’s all of us. You can help too!


What content does the Magazine need?

Glad you asked. We often feature material for desktop users, since there are many of them out there! But that’s not all we publish. We want the Magazine to feature lots of different content for the general public.

Sysadmins and power users

We love to publish articles for system administrators and power users who dive under the hood. Here are some recent examples:


We don’t forget about developers, either. We want to help people use Fedora to build and make incredible things. Here are some recent articles focusing on developers:

Interviews, projects, and links

We also feature interviews with people using Fedora in interesting ways. We even link to other useful content about Fedora. We’ve run interviews recently with people using Fedora to educate, power lasers, or create better photography. If you find content about Fedora you think would be interesting to our readers, let us know.

How do I get started?

It’s easy to start writing for Fedora Magazine! You just need to have decent skill in written English, since that’s the language in which we publish. Our editors can help polish your work for maximum impact.

The writers and editors use the Fedora Marketing mailing list to plan future articles. Create a new thread to that list and introduce yourself. If you have some ideas for posts, add them to your message as well. The Magazine team will then guide you through getting started. The team also hangs out on #fedora-mktg on Freenode. Drop by, and we can help you get started.

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Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 7.1

Tiny Core Linux 7.1, an updated release from the distribution project that develops a highly minimalist (but extensible) Linux-based operating system, has been released. This version brings an update to the BusyBox software utility and several minor enhancements and bug fixes: “Team Tiny Core is proud to announce….

BeagleBone Green Wireless, a Raspberry Pi 3 Competitor, Ships with Built-in WiFi

SeeedStudio informed Softpedia about the availability of a new single-board computer (SBC) called SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green Wireless, the first BeagleBone board with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

SeeedStudio c comes today as an upgrade to the previous model SeeedStudio BeagleBone Green, featuring a built-in 2.4 GHz Wireless module(2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi and Bluetooth), as an alternative to the popular Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Thanks to the new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy (LE) technologies built directly into the board, BeagleBone Green Wireless will be a more than perfect development board that offers Internet of Things enthusiasts a complete hardware solution for wearable and IoT prototypes.

“Take Home Control Gateway for example, it can be used as the remote of a wide range of TVs, media devices and more — you connect with it over Bluetooth to control everything from your phone,” said the SeeedStu… (read more)

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 662

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Clonezilla Live “Wily” News: New Fedora community repository, LPS website switches to HTTPS, Webconverger introduces commercial option, DragonFlyBSD runs Wayland, live edition of Slackware Questions and answers: Comparing kernel components Torrent corner: Slackware, Webconverger Released last week: Linuxfx 7.4.2, ChaletOS 16.04, ReactOS….

New Quest – Kindred Spirits | Void Knights Rework

Discover what cruel fate has befallen the Barrows Brothers in a twisted new quest.

Manjaro Linux 16.06 “Daniella” RC1 Gets First Update with Latest ZFS on Linux

It did not even hit the stable channel, and the upcoming Manjaro Linux 16.06 “Daniella” operating system has received its first update pack, for the Release Candidate build.

Yes, you’re reading it right, Manjaro Linux 16.06 RC1 got its first update pack, which brings the Release Candidate version of the highly anticipated Pamac 4.1 graphical package manager, featuring an updated user interface that promises to fit your needs, as well as fixes for most of the bugs reported by users.

Early adopters who have already jump ship to the Manjaro Linux 16.06 “Daniella” operating system, will be able to take Pamac 4.1 Release Candidate for a test drive by installing the pamac-dev package, which re-enables support for double-clic… (read more)