Linux AIO Brings All the Debian Live 7.11.0 Editions Into a Single ISO Image

Today, June 22, 2016, Softpedia has been informed by the Linux AIO developers about the immediate availability for download of the Linux AIO Debian Live 7.11.0 ISO images.

Linux AIO is a non-profit project whose main goal is to create Live, bootable ISO images that contain all the essential Live editions of various popular GNU/Linux distributions. For example, you’ll find Live ISOs with all the official Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, Fedora, Zorin OS, or PCLinuxOS Live flavors.

Therefore, today’s release of Linux AIO Debian Live 7.11.0 incorporates all the Live editions of the Debian GNU/Linux 7.11.0 operating system, which was announced at the beginning of the month, along with the Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie,” but a Linux AIO ISO image for it is yet to be announced.

For now, you can … (read more)

Docker Tunes Up Engine Orchestration


Docker on Monday announced Docker Engine 1.12 with built-in orchestration, which allows automated deployment and management of Dockerized distributed applications and microservices at scale in production. Users can select Docker Swarm mode to turn on built-in orchestration, or they can use their own custom tooling or third-party orchestrators that run on Docker Engine. Docker 1.12 is currently a release candidate. General availability is scheduled for July.

Mozilla Awards $385,000 to Open Source Projects as part of MOSS “Mission Partners” Program

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For many years people with visual impairments and the legally blind have paid a steep price to access the Web on Windows-based computers. The market-leading software for screen readers costs well over $1,000. The high price is a considerable obstacle to keeping the Web open and accessible to all. The NVDA Project has developed an open source screen reader that is free to download and to use, and which works well with Firefox. NVDA aligns with one of the Mozilla Manifesto’s principles: “The Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible.”

That’s why, at Mozilla, we have elected to give the project $15,000 in the inaugural round of our Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) “Mission Partners” awards. The award will help NVDA stay compatible with the Firefox browser and support a long-term relationship between our two organizations. NVDA is just one of eight grantees in a wide range of key disciplines and technology areas that we have chosen to support as part of the MOSS Mission Partners track. This track financially supports open source software projects doing work that meaningfully advances Mozilla’s mission and priorities.

Giving Money for Open Source Accessibility, Privacy, Security and More

Aside from accessibility, security and privacy are common themes in this set of awards. We are supporting several secure communications tools, a web server which only works in secure mode, and a distributed, client-side, privacy-respecting search engine. The set is rounded out with awards to support the growing Rust ecosystem and promote open source options for the building of compelling games on the Web. (Yes, games. We consider games to be a key art-form in this modern era, which is why we are investing in the future of Web games with WebAssembly and Open Web Games.)

MOSS is a continuing program. The Mission Partners track has a budget for 2016 of around US$1.25 million. The first set of awards listed below total US$385,000 and we look forward to supporting more projects in the coming months. Applications remain open both for Mission Partners and for the Foundational Technology track (for projects creating software that Mozilla already uses or deploys) on an ongoing basis.

We are greatly helped in evaluating applications and making awards by the MOSS Committee. Many thanks again to them.

And The Winners Are….

The first eight awardees are:

Tor: $152,500. Tor is a system for using a distributed network to communicate anonymously and without being tracked. This award will be used to significantly enhance the Tor network’s metrics infrastructure so that the performance and stability of the network can be monitored and improvements made as appropriate.

Tails: $77,000. Tails is a secure-by-default live operating system that aims at preserving the user’s privacy and anonymity. This award will be used to implement reproducible builds, making it possible for third parties to independently verify that a Tails ISO image was built from the corresponding Tails source code.

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Caddy: $50,000. Caddy is an HTTP/2 web server that uses HTTPS automatically and by default via Let’s Encrypt. This award will be used to add a REST API, web UI, and new documentation, all of which make it easier to deploy more services with TLS.

Mio: $30,000. Mio is an asynchronous I/O library written in Rust. This award will be used to make ergonomic improvements to the API and thereby make it easier to build high performance applications with Mio in Rust.

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DNSSEC/DANE Chain Stapling: $25,000. This project is standardizing and implementing a new TLS extension for transport of a serialized DNSSEC record set, to reduce the latency associated with DANE and DNSSEC validation. This award will be used to complete the standard in the IETF and build both a client-side and a server-side implementation.

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Godot Engine: $20,000. Godot is a high-performance multi-platform game engine which can deploy to HTML5. This award will be used to add support for Web Sockets, WebAssembly and WebGL 2.0.

pears

PeARS: $15,500. PeARS (Peer-to-peer Agent for Reciprocated Search) is a lightweight, distributed web search engine which runs in an individual’s browser and indexes the pages they visit in a privacy-respecting way. This award will permit face-to-face collaboration among the remote team and bring the software to beta status.

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NVDA: $15,000. NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open source screen reader for Microsoft Windows. This award will be used to make sure NVDA and Firefox continue to work well together as Firefox moves to a multi-process architecture.

This is only the beginning. Stay tuned for more award announcements as we allocate funds. Open Source is a movement that is only growing, both in numbers and in importance. Operating in the open makes for better security, better accessibility, better policy, better code and, ultimately, a better world. So if you know any projects whose work furthers the Mozilla Mission, send them our way and encourage them to apply.

Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 Is Just Around the Corner, Last RC Is Out Now

As expected, the fourth and last RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 has been announced on June 21, 2016, by Collabora’s Emil Velikov.

Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 Release Candidate 4 incorporates the latest fixes and improvements that the development team behind the open-source Mesa 3D project managed to introduce during the last week, since the release of the third Mesa 3D 12.0.0 RC build.

There are a total of 27 changes implemented in this last development snapshot of the Mesa 3D 12.0.0 Graphics Library, and if you’re curious to know what exactly has been fixed or added, do not hesitate to check out the changelog attached at the end of the article.

One thing we know from the previous Releas… (read more)

Mutter Receives Wayland Improvements, Memory Leak Plugged from GNOME Shell

We reported earlier on the release of the GNOME 3.21.3 desktop environment, which was made available for early adopters and public testers who want to see what’s coming to GNOME 3.22 later this year.

The GNOME Shell user interface and Mutter window and compositing manager have been updated to version 3.21.3 as well, and we would like to tell you all about the improvements and new features that landed in these new development releases.

Let’s start with GNOME Shell, which is the most important part of the GNOME desktop environment for end users. The GNOME Shell 3.21.3 release plugs a memory leak, implements support for VPN (Virtual Private Network) service aliases in the network agent, and will no longer disable the suspend action when its locke… (read more)

Point Linux 3.2 MATE & Xfce Editions Land Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie”

The development team behind the Point Linux project, a desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system based on the Debian’s Stable branch, has announced the general availability of Point Linux 3.2.

Shipped with separate MATE and Xfce editions, Point Linux 3.2 is based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, thus borrowing many of its technologies, including the Linux 3.16 LTS (Long Term Support) kernel, as well as the LightDM 1.10.3 login manager.

Point Linux aims to be a very stable GNU/Linux distribution based only on thoroughly tested open-source software components from the upstream Debian Stable reposito… (read more)

PulseAudio 9.0 Sound System Released, Supports Sample Rates Up to 384 kHz

Just a few minute ago, June 22, 2016, Arun Raghavan proudly announced the debut of the PulseAudio 9.0 sound server for GNU/Linux operating systems, a major release that introduces several improvements and new features.

Prominent features of PulseAudio 9.0 include support for sample rates up to 384 kHz, the implementation of a memfd-backed shared memory transport, significant improvements to the automatic routing functionality, as well as the adoption of the C11 C standard instead of C99.

Furthermore, it looks like PulseAudio 9.0 comes with LFE (Low-frequency Effects) remixing disabled by default, which was enabled as part of the PulseAudio 7.0 release, the module-role-ducking and module-role-cork modules received various enhancements, and webrtc-audio-processing 0.2 or later is now required.

Lastly, the WebRTC echo canceller received a bunch of new features, including bea… (read more)

GTK+ GUI Toolkit Updated for GNOME 3.21.3 with More Wayland Improvements

Now that the GNOME 3.21.3 desktop environment is out the door for public testers and early adopters who can’t wait for the GNOME 3.22 release this fall, it’s time for us to take a look at other upcoming GNOME and GTK+ technologies.

As expected, many core libraries and apps have been updated as part of the GNOME 3.21.3 development snapshot, and today we would like to tell you all about what’s new in the GTK+ GUI toolkit, which is the core component of all GNOME apps. GTK+ 3.21.3 is now available for public testing as part of the GNOME 3.21.3 release.

According to the internal changelog, attached at the end of the article for reference, GTK+ 3.21.3 updates widgets like GtkStack, bringing its own accessible implementation, as well as GtkScrolledWindow, which includes new max-content-width and max-content-height properties for controll… (read more)

openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 2 Released with a Full GNOME 3.20 Update, Mesa 11.2

openSUSE Project’s Ludwig Nussel was happy to announce the release of the second Alpha milestone towards the openSUSE Leap 42.2 operating system, just in time for the openSUSE Conference.

Borrowing many of the core components from its bigger brother, SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2, which is in development as well, openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 2 comes with a full GNOME 3.20 desktop environment update, the latest YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) system setup and configuration tool, and systemd 228.

Other components worth mentioning are GNU C Library (Glibc) 2.22, Mesa 3D Graphics Library 11.2, Samba 4.4, and CMake 3.5. On the other hand, there are various components that haven’t received new versions, such as the KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, and it looks like there are many packages that fail to build.

“Some of those updates like cmake and glibc cause other packages to fail buildi… (read more)

Behind the new Fedora Developer Portal

Are you looking for projects that could use your help? Fedora Developer Portal is a great project to start with, even if you’ve never contributed before. One of the easiest ways to contribute, but still valuable, is tell the authors what’s missing. More about contributing is under the “Call for your help” header below.

The main purpose of the portal is to serve developers (surprise!). The Fedora Developer Portal team recently released a new version, and their goal is clear: to create the Fedora equivalent of a site like developer.ubuntu.com or developer.apple.com. In just a year, the portal has come a very long way. In this article we talk to Petr Hracek and Adam Samalik, Red Hat engineers who work on this site among other things.

Origins of the Developer Portal

The idea for the Developer Portal originated with Hracek in April 2015. He noticed there were no Fedora pages useful for developers, so he and a few other people started to sketch how the portal should look. Later Samalik joined the team, and they started creating the actual site.

They agreed to build a portal that provided an overview of developer resources for Fedora, such as Copr, and quick starts and simple guides for installing or running tools. They purposely don’t offer in-depth documentation to avoid duplicating upstream efforts. “Simply put,” they say, it’s “a website for developers to help each other.”

So is this portal a way to build a contributor base for Fedora? Not really, according to the developers. Their target audience is “developers who use Fedora as their workstation, not contributors to the project.”

The portal’s mission

“We want to show people that Fedora is easy and great for developers,” say Hracek and Samalik. They want to help developers “choose Fedora as their default developer platform or workstation.” They take inspiration from other major developer focused sites on the web, so the portal feels fresh and informative. “In the future,” the developers continue, “we’d like to integrate FDP into existing Fedora infrastructure.”

That’s the idea behind the portal. But what about the results? We asked the portal team about feedback they got from the official release of the site. “They were really happy for us giving them anything better than Stack Overflow,” they said. “One of our senior software engineers tried a tutorial from our portal about how to install Vagrant and Docker. He said it was really useful.” But there’s always room to improve, and that brings us to how the developer community can help.

Call for help

“We need the community to help us build Fedora Developer Portal,” the team said. “We’re open to include any content to make it as attractive as possible. After we’ve built a solid portal, we can attract the developers themselves.” For instance the Fedora Developer Portal currently has content for languages like Python and Ruby. But it still could use end-to-end guide content, from choosing a language, to installing and running tools, to deploying an application.

“The best thing you can do,” say Hracek and Samalik, “is write something or give us feedback about what is missing, what is needed, what people want, or what is not clear.”

To help, contact the team via their mailing list or through IRC Freenode at the #developer-portal channel. You can also find a route to contribute on the portal itself. Select Learn how to contribute on the main page, which leads to a Github based guide for writing content.

GNOME 3.21.3 Offers an Early Taste of What’s Coming to the GNOME 3.22 Desktop

A few moments ago, GNOME Project’s Michael Catanzaro proudly announced the release and general availability of the third development milestone towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.

Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about GNOME 3.21.3, which arrives, as planned, today, June 22, 2016, for early adopters and public beta testers who want to get a very early taste of what’s coming to the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment when it is released later this year for all GNU/Linux operating systems.

We’ve talked a lot about the GNOME 3.21.3 development release in the last few days, in particular about the Epiphany web browser, which will bring many enhancements for running Web Apps, the read more)

GNOME 3.22 to Offer Usability Improvements to IMAP and SMTP Providers, More

These days, the GNOME Project developers are working hard to release the third development snapshot towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, GNOME 3.21.3, which should be out later today or by the end of the week.

As we are always monitoring the development cycle of the next major GNOME desktop release, we can tell you a bit about what’s coming in some of the core components and apps of the project. Yesterday, we informed you about some of the improvements introduced in the Epiphany, Orca, and Shotwell applicati… (read more)

Black Lab Software Announces the Cloudbox Pro and the Cloudbook Pro

Today, June 22, 2016, Black Lab Software’s CEO Robert J. Dohnert has informed Softpedia about the general availability of new hardware powered by the netOS Enterprise Linux operating system.

Cloudbox Pro and the Cloudbook Pro are now available for purchase from Black Lab Software (PC/OpenSystems LLC), and we have the great pleasure of being the first to inform you about them. Both devices were designed with the enterprise user in mind, and they can be easily deployed in various business segments.

“With these devices we bring security, reliability and unprecedented usability. With the use of encFS, industrial strength firewalls and support for bio-metric devices we bring military grade security to your business data off and on the cloud,” says Robert J. Dohnert in the press announcement.

Introducing Cloudbox Pro and Cloudbook Pro

The Cloudbox Pro is an industrial PC that features a durable design, powered by the recently released netOS Enterprise … (read more)

Development: GNOME 3.21.3 released

Hello all,

GNOME 3.21.3, the third snapshot of the GNOME 3.21 cycle, is now
available. You want it!

To compile GNOME 3.21.3, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
[2] https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.3/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.21.2 and 3.21.3
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.3/NEWS
apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.3/NEWS

The GNOME 3.21.3 release is available here:

core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.3/
apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.3/

(Note that graphene was dropped due to a technical snafu. It will be
returning in 3.21.4.)

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
--------------------------

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
status.

For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:
https://wiki.gnome.org/Schedule

--
Michael Catanzaro
GNOME Release Team

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Development Release: openSUSE 42.2 Alpha 2

Ludwig Nussel has announced the availability of the second alpha build of the upcoming openSUSE 42.2: “openSUSE 42.2 alpha 2 is on the mirrors. Since alpha 1 lots of components from SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 were integrated, among them an updated YaST, a full GNOME 3.20 update,….

What’s new in Fedora 24 Workstation

Fedora 24 Workstation is the latest release of our free, leading-edge operating system. You can download it from the official website here. There are several new and noteworthy changes in Fedora Workstation.

GNOME 3.20

The default environment comes courtesy of the GNOME community. They’ve put a lot of work into the latest 3.20 release, with many improvements. Some examples:

  • New shortcut overlays now help users learn keyboard shortcuts for commands.
  • Searching is easier than ever in the Files application.
  • You can now access media controls directly from the calendar in Shell.
  • The default font Cantarell is now more legible.
  • Printer jobs are easier to manage with a simpler interface.
  • Mouse settings are now customized to show you the right options for your hardware.

There are many other improvements. Read more about them in the GNOME 3.20 press release.

Graphical upgrades

The Software application now has the ability to detect and offer upgrades to the latest Fedora release. This feature will soon be updated in Fedora 23, allowing users to upgrade to Fedora 24. Your content downloads in the background, and when ready, you can reboot and upgrade. As always, mixing software from non-Fedora sources may affect your ability to upgrade. Most systems can upgrade without issues, though.

Flatpak support

Flatpak provides a new way to package apps for Linux systems. Flatpaks are more secure, and don’t depend on what’s installed already in your system. Developers and vendors can offer Flatpaks that run on any Flatpak-capable Linux system. This makes life simpler for them and their users. The flatpak tool was available in previous releases of Fedora as xdg-app. In Fedora 24, the Software app will be able to show Flatpaks you have installed. GNOME already provides a repository with Flatpaks, and other upstream projects will soon.

LibreOffice 5.1

No Fedora Workstation release would be complete without the latest popular office suite. In Fedora 24, LibreOffice comes with many improvements across all its apps:

  • More compatibility with document formats
  • Imports Gnumeric, Microsoft Write (.wri), and Apple Keynote 6 documents
  • Improved export and import filters for OOXML, MS Visio, and Corel Draw files
  • Better user interface, and reorganzed main menu in Writer, Calc, and Impress
  • Uses GTK+ 3 toolkit by default, to look more like a native app
  • Runs natively on Wayland

QGnomePlatform

When apps look as similar as possible, they’re easier to use. Ideally, whether apps are designed for GNOME or KDE, they’d look the same. But different toolkits, such as Qt for KDE, need extra theme information to look like they’re part of the same environment. Contributors have been working to solve this issue for a while now. QGnomePlatform is a new project that helps by synchronizing settings between GNOME and newer Qt tools. Now when you change font settings in GNOME Tweak Tool, the change shows up in Qt-5 based applications, too. QGnomePlatform plans to grow over time to sync other settings.

Wayland

Wayland is the new display technology that replaces X. Now it’s ready for daily use in Fedora 24. To use it now, select the user at the login screen, then on the password screen select the gear-shaped settings icon to choose the session type. There’s already improved multi-monitor support and tear-free video playback in Wayland. It also features better security since applications no longer can “peek” at each other’s data. Currently Wayland is expected to be default in Fedora 25 Workstation.

Other notes

These are only some of the improvements in Fedora 24. Fedora is made up of thousands of software apps contributed by our community. Many of them have been updated since the previous release as well.

Want to read more about the Fedora 24 release? We’ve got you covered. Check out the official release announcement for more details.

Distribution Release: Fedora 24

The Fedora Project has announced the launch of Fedora 24. The new version of Fedora ships with GNOME 3.20 and the Fedora graphical package manager supports working with Flatpak packages. Though Fedora still uses X as the default display server, Wayland is available as an alternative display technology…..

Flatpak brings standalone apps to Linux

The development team behind Flatpak has just announced the general availability of the Flatpak desktop application framework. Flatpak (which was also known during development as xdg-app) provides the ability for an application — bundled as a Flatpak — to be installed and run easily and consistently on many different Linux distributions. Applications bundled as Flatpaks also have the ability to be sandboxed for security, isolating them from your operating system, and other applications. Check out the Flatpak website, and the press release for more information on the tech that makes up the Flatpak framework.

Installing Flatpak on Fedora

For users wanting to run applications bundled as Flatpaks, installation on Fedora is easy, with Flatpak already available in the official Fedora 23 and Fedora 24 repositories. The Flatpak website has full details on installation on Fedora, as well as how to install on Arch, Debian, Mageia, and Ubuntu. Many applications have builds already bundled with Flatpak — including LibreOffice, and nightly builds of popular graphics applications Inkscape and GIMP.

For Application Developers

If you are an application developer, the Flatpak website also contains some great resources on getting started bundling and distributing your applications with Flatpak. These resources contain information on using Flakpak SDKs to build standalone, sandboxed Flatpak applications.

Upgrading Fedora 23 Workstation to Fedora 24

Fedora 24 just became available and is officially released. You’ll likely want to upgrade your system. If you’ve upgraded from past Fedora releases, you may be familiar with the dnf upgrade plugin. This method is the recommended and supported way to upgrade from Fedora 23 to Fedora 24. Using this plugin will make your upgrade to Fedora 24 simple and easy. Note also that shortly after the release of Fedora 24, you will also be able to update to Fedora 24 Workstation using the Software app.

1. Update software and back up your system

Before you do anything, you will want to make sure you have the latest software for Fedora 23 before beginning the upgrade process. Additionally, make sure you back up your system before proceeding. One popular tool available in Fedora for this purpose is deja-dup. To update your software, use GNOME Software or enter the following command in a terminal.

$ sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

2. Install the DNF plugin

Next, open a terminal and type the following command to install the plugin:

$ sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade

3. Start the update with DNF

Now that your system is up-to-date, backed up, and you have the DNF plugin installed, you can begin the upgrade by using the following command in a terminal:

$ sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=24

This command will begin downloading all of the upgrades for your machine locally to prepare for the upgrade. If you have issues when upgrading because of packages without updates, broken dependencies, or retired packages, add the --allowerasing flag when typing the above command. This will allow DNF to remove packages that may be blocking your system upgrade.

Upgrading to Fedora 24: Starting upgrade

4. Reboot and upgrade

Once the previous command finishes downloading all of the upgrades, your system will be ready for rebooting. To boot your system into the upgrade process, type the following command in a terminal:

$ sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot

Your system will restart after this. In past releases, the fedup tool would create a new option on the kernel selection / boot screen. With the new dnf-plugin-system-upgrade package, your system reboots into the current kernel installed for Fedora 23; this is normal. Shortly after the kernel selection screen, your system begins the upgrade process.

Now might be a good time for a coffee break! Once it finishes, your system will restart and you’ll be able to log in to your newly upgraded Fedora 24 Workstation.

Upgrading to Fedora 24: Upgrade in progress

Upgrading to Fedora 24: Upgrade complete!

Resolving post-upgrade tasks

On occasion, there may be unexpected issues when you upgrade your system. If you experience any issues, please visit the DNF system upgrade wiki page for more information on troubleshooting in the event of a problem.

If you are having issues upgrading and have third-party repositories installed on your system, you may need to disable these repositories while you are upgrading. For support with repositories not provided by Fedora, please contact the providers of the repositories.

Further information

For more detailed instructions on using dnf for upgrading, including a breakdown of other flags, check out the DNF system upgrade wiki article. This page also has frequently asked questions you may have during an upgrade.

Happy upgrades!