A couple of days ago, kernel developer Zefan Li released the one hundred twelfth maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux 3.4 kernel series for stable GNU/Linux users.
It has been a little over a month since GNU/Linux users have received a point release for the Linux 3.4 LTS (Long Term Support) kernel packages, and it looks like Linux kernel 3.4.112 LTS packs some very interesting improvements and bug fixes. In numbers, it changes a total of 117 files, with 874 insertions and 267 deletions.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.4.112 kernel. All users of the 3.4 kernel series must upgrade,” said Zefan Li. “The updated 3.4.y git tree can be found at git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/lizf/linux-3.4.y.git tags/v3.4.112 and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary.”
What’s new in Linux kernel 3.4.112 LTS
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Earlier today, April 29, 2016, the developers of the Gentoo-based Sabayon Linux operating system have announced the release of the respin ISO images for the month of May of 2016.
Sabayon 16.05 appears to be a small maintenance release, which only bring support for the latest Linux 4.5 kernel series, but also adds the latest critical security patches and software updates released upstream, and fixes various bugs that have been reported by users since the Sabayon 16.04 ISO respins announced at the end of March.
“This is a monthly release generated, tested and published to mirrors by our build servers containing the latest and greatest collection of software available in the Entropy repositories,” reads today’s announcement. “Sabayon 16.05 is a minor release: contains bugfixes and enhancements to the Sabayon distribution.”
Other than that, it looks like th… (read more)
GNOME Project’s Matthias Clasen has sent us an email today, April 29, 2016, with information about the release of the first snapshot towards the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.
Yes, we’re talking about GNOME 3.21.1, whose launch was expected a couple of days ago, on April 27, 2016, as the GNOME app maintainers were informed at the end of last week that the GNOME 3.21.1 unstable tarballs were due Monday, April 25. For those of you not in the loop, the development cycle of GNOME 3.22 happens under the 3.21 umbrella.
Well, it took them a few more days to put things together, but now we can finally access the very first build of what in time will become the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment. It’s worth noting that it is dubbed “Karlsruhe,” after the German city where the GUADEC 2016 conference will take place this summer, between August 12 and 14.
“Development of the next GNOME release, 3.22, has started, and the first snapshot, 3… (read more)
Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has announced today the release of Calibre 2.56, yet another maintenance of his acclaimed open-source and cross-platform ebook library management utility.
According to the changelog, Calibre 2.56 appears to be a pretty standard maintenance release. It only implements the ability for users to create keyboard shortcuts that allow them to minimize the main Calibre window more easily (can be activated under Preferences -> Keyboard -> Miscellaneous), as well as a new option under Edit Book that lets you view the full file paths in the Files Browser, not just the file name.
Calibre 2.56 also adds support for two new news sources, 1843 and Berlin Policy Journal, and improves support for many others, including Wall Street Journal (WSJ), TIME, Forbes, New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, Berliner Zeitung, as well as Tagesspiegel. Of course, it fixes various bugs and annoyances that have b… (read more)
Today, April 29, 2016, the Wine development team has released the ninth milestone towards the Wine 2.0 open-source implementation of Windows on Unix, Wine 1.9.9, bringing various fixes and improvements to more Windows apps and games.
According to the release notes, prominent features in Wine 1.9.9 include additional improvements to the WineD3D command stream, the addition of service proxies in WebServices, query support in the built-in reg.exe utility, enhanced support for long URLs in WinInet, as well as fixes for a total of 38 issues since Wine 1.9.8.
Among the 38 bug fixes, we can’t help but notice that more Windows applications now work better in Wine, so you can install and use them on your GNU/Linux box without hiccups. Besides the Windows apps that received improvements in Wine 1.9.9 (we’ve compiled a list below for your reading pleasure), many Windows games also work better… (read more)
DrupalCon New Orleans is May 9-13th. The schedule is now available on the website, so you can start planning out your week.
With 130 sessions in 13 tracks across 3 days, 88 Birds of a Feather (BOF) roundtable talks, plus keynotes, sprinting opportunities, an expo hall full of exhibitors, and Monday training sessions and summits galore, there’s no shortage of great things to do at DrupalCon New Orleans.
To view your schedule, just click the “My Schedule” button on the main schedule page. You’ll be able to sort by day, making it easy to see what your plans are every step of the way through the convention.
To add an item to your schedule, open the session information and click the “Add to schedule” button visible under the time and location information. You can also remove items from your schedule either under the specific session page or on your schedule.
To claim a BOF, select the day and time you’d like to hold your BOF and click on ‘Create a BOF’ button in an available room and add in information about what you’ll be discussing.
We have dozens of time slots to choose from, so the sooner you claim a BOF, the more likely it is that you’ll reserve the time and space that’s right for you.
And remember, if you’re attending a training or summit on Monday, it won’t automatically be added to your schedule, so make sure you add it from its unique page on the website.
We hope you enjoy using the scheduler, and look forward to hearing your feedback when we see you at DrupalCon New Orleans. Just as a reminder, if you haven’t yet purchased your DrupalCon ticket, do so soon — regular ticket pricing ends in a little over a week!
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FOSDEM 2016 was held in Brussels on the 30th and 31st of January. We also had our Annual General Assembly and managed to get out for a nice dinner and a few beers, putting some faces to new contributors and renewing friendships from years gone by.
The Fosdem organisation had decided to make the stands smaller, so that many more projects could get a stand. We were very happy to see many more projects and the growth in the opensource community.
There was a downside, it meant that our stand was too small to serve as natural meeting place for all Mageians who were around and not attending talks or busy communicating with upstream projects, so we were less of a group of Mageia contributors and users, but more individuals. However, the General Assembly and the dinner did help to have group bonding It was great to see many of our contributors again, and to see others for the first time, like Akien and hviaene, of course, we missed those who couldn’t come.
The stand was very popular, many interested visitors left with a flyer and/or one or more Mageia goodies There were stickers as usual, new pens with Mageia logo and the usual t-shirts in many sizes. The flyers were in English, French & Dutch. We also had pretty wooden USB sticks with Mageia 5 live images on them.
As in other years, there were plenty of interesting lectures to attend. Of course many of us attended the talk given by Mageia contributor Bruno Cornec, about building Linux distribution packages with Docker. There was a dev room available for all who wanted to get away from the turmoil, it had plenty of power outlets to connect your laptop to and proved a great place to help people install Mageia.
During Fosdem, Hacker Public Radio did an interview with Mageia Contributor Chris Denice, or eatdirt, you can hear it here.
We also had our General Assembly, there was a review about the teams, which was incomplete because not all team leaders were able to attend. The most important thing that happened though, was that while reviewing sysadmin team, it was decided to have a sysadmin meeting immediately after the General Assembly. That meeting led to big improvements: a sysadmin trainee was accepted during that meeting and he started right after Fosdem (To that end, we would like to introduce danf, Dan Fandrich, an experienced sysadmin and existing Mageia packager, who only needs training to get familiar with how our sysadmin team and our infra work), and our infra is moving away from “full sysadmin access to everything or no access at all” to “some have access to everything, but other sysadmins only to e.g. forums, bugzilla, wiki or one or more other parts of Mageia”. This has already led to LpSolit (Frédéric Buclin a Mageia user from upstream Bugzilla, who has helped with good advice on maintaining our Bugzilla since the beginning) now improving things in our Bugzilla directly himself and also to him committing needed changes to our git for the Bugzilla upgrade.
Apart from that, an announcement about ARM development was made during the General Assembly. The ARM build is getting closer, we have build nodes set up with Scaleway and can extend the number as required. Hopefully this will be usable soon. It was also discussed that new people come and have to be welcomed and introduced to our processes and discussions (via IRC / ML). Weekly meetings are not that easy to maintain when things do seem to be stuck, though discussions with people available are sometimes sufficient (more people is better: just come to watch/read afterwards at least, meetbot is still active) For the lack of contributors helping BugSquad, ovitters suggested to let contributors earn points when helping in Bugzilla, like in a game. He had seen great results when doing that for Gnome.
Hi GNOMEers! development of the next GNOME release, 3.22, has started, and the first snapshot, 3.21.1, is now available. This is a very early snapshot, and not too much has landed yet; I expect that to change soon. To compile GNOME 3.21.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets  (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).  http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/  http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.1/ The release notes that describe the changes between 3.20.1 and 3.21.1 are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release: core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS The GNOME 3.21.1 release is available here: core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1 apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1 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 our brandnew 3.21 page: http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see: http://live.gnome.org/Schedule
The Call for Location for the 2017 Conference opens on May 1st, and will close on July 31, 2016. All details are available on the following wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Events/2017/LibreOffice_Annual_Conference/Call_for_Location.
As for the past editions of the event, the idea is to get proposals in advance in order to have 2017 location set before 2016 Brno conference, to give the opportunity to the 2017 event organizers to attend 2016 conference to get familiar with all the details: location, schedule, collateral events, etc. Traditionally, the LibreOffice Conference takes place between September and November, with a preferred date of October.
Organizing the LibreOffice Conference is a time-consuming task, where several team members are needed. Shortly before the Conference, it tends to be a full-time job, so organizers should be able to invest the necessary amount of time. Also, dealing with finances and sponsors is one of the main responsibilities of the organizers, so they must be sure to collect enough funding before the Conference, and only spend the money that they have.
In the past, we have been receiving applications from several third parties, including casinos or professional event managers. Keep in mind that the LibreOffice Conference is a community event, by the community for the community. While we appreciate people with professional event management skills, proposals not supported and driven by community members (not only TDF members) will not be considered.
The proposal should cover the following topics (all details are on the wiki page): team, organizing entity, main venue, accommodation, reason why (you want to organize the LibreOffice Conference), and other relevant details that can support the application (such as collateral events). The proposal – in English – should be sent as plain text or HTML e-mail, or as Open Document File (ODT) to email@example.com.
Pawel Piganowski has announced the release of SparkyLinux 4.3. The Sparky Linux distribution is based on Debian’s Testing branch and provides users with a variety of desktop editions. In the latest release, the Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.5.1, the Iceweasel web browser has been replaced….
What a month! We had the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS that allowed us to bring out newer software for desktop in the form of snap packaging formats and tools.
By bringing snap packages to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS we are unifying the experience for Ubuntu developers, whether they are creating software for PC, Server, Mobile, and/or IoT Devices. This means greater security and reliability as it allows the two packaging formats – snap packages and traditional deb packages – to live comfortably next to one another which enables us to maintain our existing processes for development and updates to the OS. This reinforces our relationship with the Debian community and it enables developers and communities to publish either debs or snaps for the Ubuntu audience.
To celebrate the release, we’ve collated a range of reviews that shed light on what the LTS means. Happy reading!
We recently interviewed Gabriele Trombini on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine where we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being interviewed for a further installment of this series, you can contact us on the feedback form.
Who is Gabriele Trombini?
Gabriele Trombini is the owner of a HVAC business. His 10 to 12 hour work day consists of working with suppliers and customers to put together great deals. Globalization and the Internet have made that task more difficult due to greater competition. Outside of work, Gabriele leverages his background in customer service and marketing by contributing to Fedora on the Marketing, Join and CommOps teams. Trombini started using Linux when desktops were bigger than the CRT screens (or in other words, a long, long time ago).
Gabriele is a Fedora Ambassador who works both locally and internationally. He is most impressed by the jovial and warm atmosphere within the project. Everyone can share suggestions, opinions and information in a friendly, collaborative environment. Trombini stresses that respect and the willingness to change are necessary to keep the Fedora Community strong. “Let’s try something, and if it doesn’t return the expected results, we should be ready to change our way,” says Trombini.
When asked to describe the kind of work he does across Fedora, Trombini answered with a one-word Latin phrase “factotum” and left the burden of learning the meaning to me. I learned that this phrase is equivalent of saying that he wears many hats.
When looking to the future of the Fedora Project, Trombini advises that we align the work that must be done, day after day, brick by brick, with the targets and goals set by the whole community. He also cautions potential contributors against throwing too many ideas on the table. Gabriele suggests working on community goals that align with a contributor’s personal goals.
Trombini has several computers running Fedora: a Raspberry Pi, an HP notebook, and an HP Proliant. The Raspberry Pi is used for git, web, shared documents, and email. The HP notebook is his primary Fedora Workstation. The HP Proliant is the production server for his business.
Trombini worked on several versions of Fedora 23 while he was working on the release announcement. He relies on LibreOffice, Scribus, Inkscape, and GIMP to run his company. His Fedora-related tasks rely on a combination of Geany and Git.
This year, Fedora recently announced the ten students who will be working on Fedora through the summer as part of the Google Summer of Code (also known as GSoC). Fedora originally announced its participation as an organization early last month. Now, the results are in! The full list of participants is published on the Fedora Community Blog.
Google Summer of Code on Community Blog
For more information about this year’s program, the project proposals, and the accepted students, you can read more on the official announcement.
A year ago, we were bold enough to predict that the next release of the elementary OS distribution would be version 0.4, dubbed Loki and based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system.
Now that Canonical has launched its most anticipated Ubuntu release, the Xenial Xerus, a.k.a. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, it looks like the elementary OS community has flooded the forums with questions about the release date of the elementary OS 0.4 “Loki” operating system, which has now been finally confirmed as being based on Ubuntu 16.04.
“Currently, elementary OS releases are built using the Ubuntu package repositories (repos). At the beginning of the cycle, we choose a target repo to work from. For Loki, that repo i… (read more)
Today, April 29, 2016, the SparkyLinux development team was proud to announce the release of the SparkyLinux 4.3 “Tyche” operating system, which has been in development for the past few months.
Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 “Stretch” operating system, SparkyLinux 4.3 “Tyche” lands today with numerous flavors, among which we can mention with the KDE, MATE, Xfce, LXDE, and LXQt desktop environments, but also the new MinimalGUI and MinimalCLI editions, which were previously known as Base Openbox and CLI.
“New, updated iso images of SparkyLinux 4.3 ‘Tyche’ are available now,” reads today’s announcement. “As before, Sparky ‘Home’ editions provide fully featured operating system based on the Debian ‘testing’, with desktops of your choice: LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce.”
Powered by Linux kernel 4.5.1
Probably the biggest change in SparkyLinux 4.3 “Ty… (read more)
The developers behind the GNOME Builder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) pushed earlier to updates of the software to the stable and devel channels, GNOME Build 3.20.2 and 3.21.1.
GNOME Builder 3.20.2 is the second stable update for the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment and includes quite some changes, among which we can mention support for building the app on FreeBSD and OpenBSD operating systems, support for LLVM 3.8, improvements to VIM movements, the ability to move renamed files outside their current directory, as well as support for the Vala plugin to extract –pkg command-line arguments from autotools projects.
“We’ve packed a bunch of bug fixes into a new release for you. We strongly suggest that distributions upgrade to 3.20.2 if they have already shipped 3.20.0 as it fixes numerous issues,” said the devs. “We also request that packages ensure that they ensure that the Builder package depends on automake, autoconf, and libtool. These will always be av… (read more)
May is a cracking month in RuneScape – come and see what awaits you this time!