We’ve a lot of news this month. Before getting started and talking about what we’ve been working on, I’d like to thank all the people who helped us. More than 300 people donate to us every month and more so than the financial support this gives us, it’s also a sign of appreciation and happiness from our users and that really boosts our confidence. We also rely on a strong network of sponsors and partners and it’s a real pleasure to work in these conditions and with that level of support. So to all of you who are involved in helping us like that, I’d like to send a very big thank you.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to relay two old pieces of news from our partners.
And in February, HELLOTUX started shipping Linux Mint sweaters.
Apologies to CompuLab and HELLOTUX for covering this information so late.
“Rosa”, the codename for Linux Mint 17.3 was recently announced, and many new features were implemented in preparation for its release.
HiDPI support was improved for HTML themes in MDM. To take an example, on a 13″ Macbook Pro with a native resolution of 2560×1600, MDM used to blindly apply a 2x scale ratio and the login screen looked slightly too big (1280×800). It now works towards an “ideal” DPI value instead. In this case it applies a 1.3 scale ratio and the login screen ends up looking much nicer in what looks like 1969×1230.
The detection of HDMI TVs was also much improved. HiDPI would kick in by mistake on TVs which didn’t report their screen size correctly. That was fixed and some of these fixes will also be ported towards Cinnamon.
MATE and Xfce users will receive great window management improvements:
Although the Xfce edition will still use Xfwm4, it is likely to ship with Compton installed by default. On some computers, this compositing manager is known to reduce screen-tearing, and switching to it will be a breeze.
Last but not least, we worked on servers and mirrors. On the server side, extra.linuxmint.com was clustered and is now served by 2 separate servers. Repositories were also tuned to let apt-get know when files were last-modified. Although this is quite a small detail, it means two consecutive calls to apt-get update no longer re-download the same information (that information is tiny in size but it all adds up). We’re hoping this will improve response times and download speed on the main repository.
Linux Mint also benefits from a network of 68 repository mirrors and we’d like the OS to take advantage of that. Changes in the installer and in the Update Manager were planned and cool new improvements were added to the Software Sources tool:
This was just implemented in the last few days. We’ll post more details about this soon on Segfault and we’ll probably make a package available for people to test these features before they land in Linux Mint 17.3.
Last month’s poll:
Thanks for taking part in last month’s poll. We got close to 2,000 votes and we have a better idea of what you think of Segfault. It looks like many people don’t or didn’t know about it, but that people who did were quite happy with it. In the comments sections people also asked for more articles.
We started writing more often and covering more news on the development of Linux Mint. And going forward, we’ll try to promote the Segfault blog a little bit more.
Poll of the month:
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Linux Mint is proudly sponsored by:
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Donations in August:
A total of $7,889 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 347 donors:
$375, Blue Ridge POS, LLC aka “Dewey”
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The first kernel vulnerability patched in Ubuntu 15.04 has been discovered by Benjamin Randazzo and it is related to an information leak in Linux kernel’s md (multiple devices) driver, which could allow a privileged, local attacker to retrieve sensitive information from the kernel.
The second security flaw was discovered by Marc-André Lureau in Linux kernel’s vhost driver, which did not correctly release the userspace stored log file descriptor, allowing privileged attackers to cause a DoS (Denial of Service) attack.
Canonical urges users of Ubuntu 15.04 to update their kernel packages as soon as possible. The update is now live in the distribution’s repositories, so all you have to do to update is run the Software Updater utility and apply all available updates. Don’t forget to reboot your machine once the update process finishes.
NixOS 15.09 has been released. NixOS is an independently developed Linux distribution with a unique approach to package and configuration management, Nix package manager, atomic upgrades with rollbacks, and other interesting features. “NixOS 15.09 ‘Dingo’ has been released, the fourth stable release branch. In addition to numerous new….
Hello everyone, so we have finally finished our bid to host GUADEC in Karlsruhe, Germany next year. You can find the details in the document at https://benjamin.sipsolutions.net/GUADEC-2016-Karlsruhe-Bid.pdf There may still be some minor updates if we receive more information about the possible venues. I hope to see you all in Karlsruhe next year! :) Benjamin Berg_______________________________________________ foundation-announce mailing list foundation-announce< at >gnome.org https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce
SMPlayer, a complete media player for Linux that is based on Mplayer and that use its own set of codecs, has been upgraded to version 15.9.0 and is now available for download.
SMPlayer has been around for a long time, and it’s one of the most used applications of its kind. Despite its age, the application was still missing some features, but it looks like that has been taken care of now.
Among the new features that have added is the “support for the 3D stereo filter, sup… (read more)
Canonical, the leading provider of services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise, and PLUMgrid, the industry leader for secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds, today announced PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) charms are now available in the Juju Charm Store. With 300 charms and growing, the Juju Charm Store is the destination for cloud-based enterprise infrastructure technologies and cloud applications.
PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is a comprehensive software suite that enables secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure for SDN and NFV deployments. PLUMgrid ONS provides secure data center segmentation with traffic isolation and policy enforcements for multi-tenancy. Built on PLUMgrid Platform® and IO Visor® technology, ONS enables terabits of scale out performance, production grade resiliency and rapid service insertion to connect applications seamlessly across virtual machines, containers, and bare metal resources.
“Ubuntu OpenStack is a popular option for enterprises and service providers looking to deploy OpenStack quickly, with tight integration between the host OS and the software distribution. With charms now available for PLUMgrid ONS, customers can choose best-in-class OS, distro and networking overlay with OIL validation and be assured that the level of integration and reliability are unparalleled.” Wendy Cartee, VP of Product Management and Marketing at PLUMgrid
“With Juju charms for PLUMGrid Open Networking Suite now available, Ubuntu OpenStack customers will have an easy to deploy, complete solution for highly scalable, secure, multi-tenant private cloud network infrastructure. Customers can then select additional Juju charms to rapidly deploy any workload into their clouds.” Ron Bassett, Director of Cloud Alliances at Canonical
PLUMgrid is a valued partner of Canonical’s Charm Partner Program and its OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL). OIL is an industry-first lab where Canonical tests partners’ cloud products with multiple Ubuntu OpenStack configurations, testing over 3,000 OpenStack cloud combinations and configurations per month. Juju charms are used to deploy Ubuntu OpenStack and partner products in the lab.
The Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’scloud modelling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions in minutes, on virtually any public or private cloud.
To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, please visit http://partners.ubuntu.com/.
Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the availability of Calculate Linux 15, a major new release of the project’s Gentoo-based distribution for desktops (with a choice of KDE, MATE or Xfce), servers and media centres: “We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 15. Main changes: a new….
The FSF’s 30th anniversary celebrations are this Saturday, October 3rd. We are so excited about our party and User Freedom Summit!
RSVPs for the FSF30 party will be closed as soon as we hit our capacity limit, which we expect to happen by midnight tomorrow at the latest. If you are registered to attend the party and are now unable to do so, please tell us at email@example.com. RSVP now to attend the birthday party, with refreshments including a cash bar, birthday toasts, an address by FSF founder and president Richard Stallman, and a surprise!
Even if you can’t attend the party, perhaps you can attend the User Freedom Summit, which will also take place October 3rd, from 10:00 to 17:00 EDT. Refreshments will be provided in the morning, and there is a break for lunch after the first session block.
Win scrimshaws, a cosmetic helm that responds to your kill streak, and more: 00:00 UTC 1st October – 23:59 UTC 5th October
Win scrimshaws, a cosmetic helm that responds to your kill streak, and more: 00:00 UTC 1st October – 23:59 UTC 5th October
Canonical is excited to announce that Azul Zulu 8 is now available in the Juju charm store. With 300 charms and growing, the Juju charm store is the destination for cloud-based enterprise applications.
Azul Zulu® is 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 bug fixes and security patches.
Scott Sellers, Azul Systems President and CEO, said: “As Azul Zulu is now available in the Juju charm store, enterprises are able to instantly deploy Java applications using proven, certified builds of OpenJDK. For both private and public cloud deployments, software providers and developers can rest assured that they can use a Java runtime which meets all industry standards and performance criteria, is 100% open source, and is backed with world-class enterprise support.”
“We are pleased to announce Azul Zulu as the first fully-supported Java/OpenJDK distribution in Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme. The availability of Azul Zulu in the Juju Charm Store highlights Canonical’s focus on enterprise- ready infrastructure components,” said Stefan Johannsson, Global Director of Software Alliances.
Azul is a member of Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme, which helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s software service modelling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions in minutes, on virtually any public or private cloud.
Simon Long has announced the release of the first Debian “Jessie”-based Raspbian, version 2015-09-24, a distribution designed specifically for the Raspberry Pi single-board mini-computer. What’s new in this major update? “Many of the changes between Wheezy and Jessie are invisible to the end-user. There are modifications to the….
Everything you need to know about watching the event of the year – just a few days away!
Canonical, through Steph Wilson, revealed earlier today, September 28, the fact that they are working on a new UI design for their acclaimed Ubuntu Linux computer operating system and Ubuntu Touch mobile OS.
In their continuous search for creating the best user experience, especially for newcomers to the Ubuntu Linux distribution, as well as for those who are … (read more)
Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling on virtually any public or private cloud, as well as bare metal, at the click of a button. The Juju Charm Store has over 300 cloud based applications ready for use.
Grazia Cazzin, SpagoBI project leader and SpagoBI Labs Director at Engineering Group, says, “We are very excited about joining Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme, which gives added value to the comprehensive Big Data and Business Analytics offering provided by SpagoBI suite. This partnership, involving two key actors in the open source domain, enables users to build and deploy their SpagoBI installations on different readymade Cloud environments with a few clicks. We are proud at joining and supporting Juju an innovative and powerful tool gathering several leading companies in the ICT field in an international and vibrant ecosystem.”
Samuel Cozannet, who leads Big Data business development at Canonical, says, “SpagoBI is the reference open source suite for Big Data and Business Analytics. Over time, Engineering Group has extended the very meaning of BI to add the goodness of Big Data analytics into its core offering. They join the Charm Partner Programme today to offer endtoend vertical solutions modelled with Juju and ready to use on every public and private cloud. We are looking forward to adding these to our portfolio and offer more analytics options for users of Juju and Ubuntu.”
To learn more about Canonical’s partner programmes, including the Charm Partner Programme, please visit http://partners.ubuntu.com/.