Introducing Bcachefs, a Modern COW Linux Filesystem with ZFS and Btrfs Powers

Kent Overstreet, one of the maintainers of the bcache filesystem (also known as bcachefs), had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the project, which aims to be a general purpose POSIX file system.

Having many of the nifty features of the ZFS and Btrfs file systems, bcachefs has evolved in the last few years and promises to offer the same performance and reliability as … (read more)

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.2

Dru Lavigne has announced the launch of PC-BSD 10.2. The PC-BSD project is based on FreeBSD and offers users pre-configured desktop environments, ZFS on root and graphical system administration utilities. The new release includes several bug fixes and a number of new features, including a CD-sized network installation….

PC-BSD 10.2 Officially Released with Lumina Desktop 0.8.6, Based on FreeBSD 10.2

While not a GNU/Linux distribution, PC-BSD is an important piece of software for the open-source ecosystem, a BSD operating system tweaked and optimized for desktop computers, based on FreeBSD.

The latest release, PC-BSD 10.2 has been announced earlier today, August 21, by the PC-BSD team, based on the recently released FreeBSD 10.2 operating system and including a great number of new features, updated apps, and many goodies.

“The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the a… (read more)

Kali Linux 2.0 Docker Image Now Available for Download

We reported a while ago the great team of developers behind the BackTrack Linux successor, Kali Linux, have released Docker images that allow users to run the most popular and powerful penetration testing distro on any platform.

The Kali Linux Docker images include a minimal base of the Linux kernel-based o… (read more)

Wine 1.7.50 Brings Experimental DirectX 11 Support

Wine developers have just announced that a new version of the application has been released and is now available for download. This is the version that shows signs of DirectX 11 support, so it’s going to be an interesting one.

It’s been a while since anything truly exciting happened with Wine, but the current release does feature a few interesting entries that show how much progress has been made. Besides all the changes and improvements that have been made for various apps… (read more)

Vendetta Online Space MMORPG to Change Economy System

Vendetta Online is a space MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed and published by Guild Software Inc. and its makers are preparing for some important improvements to the economy system.

Vendetta Online has been making a lot of progress and its makers still want to improve the universe of the game. This time they are trying to make the economy system much better by using stations with real fluctuating inventories, among other things. The testing w… (read more)

Canonical Closes Numerous OpenSSH Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a few of OpenSSH vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

The Ubuntu maintainers have been quick to integrate a new version of the OpenSSH library into the repositories. This version covers a number of security issues and it’s not a major upgrade. It’s still a good idea to upgrade the OS as soon as possible.

According to the security… (read more)

GNOME: Pictures from GUADEC 2015

GUADEC 2015 ran from 7-12 August, in Gothenburg, Sweden. We’ve put a gallery of photos together from the conference. Enjoy!

View of Gothenburg.  (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Folkets Hus in distance (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Alexsander Larsson present  his work with Sandboxing apps. (Photo by (Photo by Garrett LeSage.))
Christian Hegert delivers Keynote. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Behdad Esfahbod in audience during break. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
People busy at the registration desk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Endless computer. (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Matthias Kirschner present Keynote. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Jan-Christoph Borchardt on the GNOME, Owncloud relationship. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Welcome sign at Landvetter airport_. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Welcome sign at Landvetter airport. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Girl power at GUADEC 2015  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Attendees outside Folkets Hus. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Pamela Chestek during Keynote (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Foldable Bike  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Maps contributors  during break. (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Lightning talk speaker (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Magdalen Berns present her work with improving the Java-ATK-Wrapper. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
GUADEC 2015 audience
Sri Ramkrishna talks passionately about the Relese Team in his talk.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
GSoC student next to his mentor.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Paçoca's.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Contributors outside Folkets Hus (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
FredericPeters and Julita Inca sitting together during GUADEC BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Builder BoF wrapping up.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Coala Bof.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Free Software enthusiast during BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Engagement Team BoF wraps up.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Laptop with Free Software stickers at GUADEC BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Conference banner.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)

Photos credit: Garrett LeSage, Oliver Propst & Jakub Steiner.

First Beta for GNOME 3.18 Is Out and Ready for Testing

The GNOME development team has announced that the first Beta update GNOME 3.18 is now out and ready for testing. There is still a long way to go until the stable version is released, but the project is now in software freeze.

The GNOME 3.18 development is progressing according to schedule, and it looks like no major problems have been encountered until now. The GNOME devs have spent a lot of quality time at the latest conference, GUADEC, and they have made some serious impr… (read more)

Everspace Is a Gorgeous Space Shooter Built on UE4, Linux Version Planned

The space shooters are making a comeback, but the Linux platform doesn’t seem to be of interest yet. The developers from ROCKFISH Games are now trying to release Everspace, a new single-player space shooter built on the Unreal Engine 4, and a Linux version is planned.

The guy (and gals) at ROCKFISH Games are now on Kickstarter with their game, and they are also on Steam Greenlight. They need funds to complete their work, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble with the cam… (read more)

The Journey Down Adventure Game Needs Your Help to End

The Journey Down is a series of point-and-click adventure games developed by a studio named SkyGoblin. The original plan was to have three chapters for this game, but it looks like SkyGoblin will need your help to make the third chapter a reality.

The two chapters that have already been released for The Journey Down have been very well received by the community, even if SkyGoblin took its time between releases. The makers of these games are using hand-painted background and… (read more)

Ubuntu Gets Firefox Update to Correct Default Search Engine Switching to Yahoo

Canonical has just upgraded the Firefox packages in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems after a regression has been identified. From the looks of it, the default search engine was set to Yahoo.

Regressions happen all the time, and they are often caught by developers in time. Having the default search engine modified by the upgrade is not a big problem, but it’s enough to make devs and maintainers release a new version of the web browsers. … (read more)

Development: GNOME 3.17.90 (first beta release)

Hi all,

GUADEC is now over, we had a great time in Gothenburg (special thanks
to the local organizers!) and got home in time to polish patches and
merge branches, to publish the first beta of this cycle, GNOME 3.17.90.

First beta means we have now entered The Freeze:

 - API/ABI Freeze (No API or ABI changes should be made in the
   platform libraries),

 - Feature Freeze (No new features can be added anymore, let's focus
   on stability and give the documentation team time to document the
   new things),

 - UI Freeze (same idea).

We are also now in String Change Announcement Period, string changes
can still be made (e.g. for typo fixes or translatability
improvements) but all string changes must be announced to both
gnome-i18n< at > and gnome-doc-list< at >.

Details are available on the wiki:
  https://wiki.gnome.org/ReleasePlanning/Freezes#The_Freeze
  https://wiki.gnome.org/ReleasePlanning/RequestingFreezeBreaks


To compile GNOME 3.17.90, you can use the jhbuild modulesets published
by the release team (which use the exact tarball versions from the
official release):

   https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/stable/
   http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.17.90/


The release notes that describe the changes between 3.17.4 and 3.17.90
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

  core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.90/NEWS
  apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.90/NEWS

The GNOME 3.17.90 release itself is available here:

  core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.90
  apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.90


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

This release is a snapshot of 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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful
3.17 page:

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


Cheers,

        Fred

Wine 1.7.50 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.50 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 40.
  • First steps of the Direct3D 11 implementation.
  • Better font matching in DirectWrite.
  • Support for OpenMP on ARM platforms.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Cheese Webcam Viewer App for GNOME 3.18 Uses the New GstDeviceMonitor API

David King announced the release of the first Beta build for the upcoming Cheese 3.18 open-source webcam viewer software for the anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment.

According to the announcement, Cheese 3.18 Beta 1 has been ported to use the new GstDeviceMonitor API (Application Programming Interface), which can be used to monitor GStreamer dev… (read more)

Nothing Could Be Finer Than Point Linux


Point Linux 3.0, dubbed “Agni,” combines a solid operating system with a traditional no-frills approach to performance and reliability. In several ways, Point Linux belies the criticisms of Linux desktop newcomers who find that Linux not simple and straightforward to use. Point Linux is easy to install. It has a clear interface. Everything works out of the box. Two reasons for this glowing assessment are Point’s roots in Debian GNU/Linux and its integration of either the GNOME 2 fork desktop MATE or a slightly tweaked version of Xfce.

SUSE Manager 2.1 Server Is Now Available for IBM z Systems

SUSE, through Meike Chabowski, had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of SUSE Manager, a piece of software that eases things for Linux users, making complex tasks simple, for IBM z Systems.

SUSE Manager can now be hosted on the world’s number one data and transaction engine and enterprise server,… (read more)

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Another KDE success story – the Incubator – Part 2

Proceeding with the next story about the KDE Incubator with the story of GCompris.

GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. It started in 2000 using the GTK+ toolkit and was part of the Gnome project. In order to address users willing to run GCompris on their tablets, a full rewrite has been initiated in 2014 using Qt Quick.

GCompris had the chance to be accepted by KDE and followed the incubation stage for about a year. It has now been accepted as an official KDE project in its extragear section.

Being a community project, there was a need to find a new one focused on Qt technology to help us continue the development the way we like it. GCompris targets schools and parents all over the world and it is mandatory to provide it in the language they speak. Only a large community like KDE can manage such a daunting task in the long run. GCompris also benefits from many KDE developers.

Since January 2015 a binary version is available on the Google Play Store for Android. Thanks to the nice multi-platform support coming with Qt, it will be provided on other platforms within the year to come.

And as you might already know. GCompris is one of the projects that participates at this year’s Randa Meetings soon to start. But this is not the only sprint KDE organizes and needs your helps with:

Donate to the KDE Sprints 2015 fundraising campaign

In a few days we’ll tell you about another incubated project that helps you in a whole new topic.

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Devs Get to Poke Around With Marshmallow


Google on Monday announced the official SDK for Android 6.0, aka “Marshmallow.” It also opened Google Play for devs to publish apps that target the new API Level 23 in Marshmallow. Google further updated the Android Support Library to v23, giving devs an easier way to make new platform APIs, such as permissions and fingerprint support, backward compatible. “Google is more interested in the journey than the destination,” said Ryan Martin, an analyst at 451 Research.