Most Linux users are familiar with the Enlightenment desktop environment, but most people don’t know about the conflict between users who say GIF with a soft “j” and the rest of the world. The two aspects are closely related.
It’s not every day that someone has the courage to speak up about this really big problem, the pronunciation of the word GIF (Graphics Interchange Format).
The creator of the GIF format, Steve Wilhite, has put an end to th… (read more)
Untangle Gateway Platform, a Linux-based network gateway with pluggable modules for network applications like spam blocking, web filtering, anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, VPN, SSL VPN, and firewall, is now at version 9.4.1.
Untangle Gateway Platform 9.4.1 is just a bugfix release, but the users have been advised to updated as soon as possible.
Highlights of Untangle Gateway Platform 9.4.1:
• A sporadic failure of python RPC calls (mo… (read more)
Don’t Starve, a new action adventure developed by Klei Entertainment, is now available on Steam for Linux and has received a hefty update.
Don’t Starve is a 2D action game in which the players don’t receive any kind of instructions or help. Their only task is to stay alive.
Highlights of the latest Don’t Starve update:
• The foundation for a new explorable game area underground has been set;
If you’ve been in the market for a portable computer, you may very well have considered buying a Chromebook. And, if you favor a particular Linux distro, perhaps Ubuntu or Mint, you may be interested in buying a $200 or $250 Chromebook only to put your favorite flavor of Linux on your new system. (The Acer system shown here sells for $199.) As we’ve reported, many OStatic readers have expressed interest in buying a Chromebook to run Linux. Now, there are very simple instructions for doing so online and a growing body of evidence that people are having good experiences with their Linux Chromebooks. The trend toward slapping Linux on Chromebooks will only pick up now that the latest version of the Linux kernel includes code for running Linux on the devices. You can read more about modifications to the Linux kernel for Chromebooks in Wired’s story here. But right here on OStatic, we’ve seen lots of evidence that readers are interested in buying inexpensive Chromebooks only to run Ubuntu, Mint or other Linux flavors on the systems. Here is one reader comment from this recent post: "The only redeeming value of Chromebooks, the the ability to install Linux
Mesa, an open-source implementation of the OpenGL specification and a system for rendering interactive 3D graphics, is now at version 9.1.3
Mesa 9.1.3 is just a bug fix release for the previous version and, consequently, no new features have been added.
Highlights of Mesa 9.1.3:
• A Mesa 9.1 performance regression, on KWin’s Lanczos shader, has been fixed;
This week I have had the pleasure of installing, exploring and now reviewing Emmabuntus 2. Based on Xubuntu 12.04, Emmabuntus focuses on ease of installation, use and an abundance of software.
Debian GNU/Linux, the world’s largest Linux distribution and the ultimate cooperative software project that extends across many countries on all continents, has recently released a new stable version. Continuing its time-tested tradition of stability and reliability over cutting-edge features, "Wheezy" represents a new milestone in the evolution of open-source software and it is the subject of this week’s first-impression review by Jesse Smith. In the news section, Clement Lefebvre and Gaël Duval revisit the humble beginnings of their respective Linux distributions, Fedora developers manufacture a somewhat humorous controversy over password inputs during system installation, Ubuntu unveils some of the possible new features in "Saucy Salamander", and FreeBSD restores its binary package build service that was suspended six months ago following a security incident. Also in this issue, an entertaining Tips and Tricks session on interacting with graphical applications via command-line scripts, an introduction to Italy’s PoliArch distribution…
Raffaele Forte has announced the release of BackBox Linux 3.05, an updated version of the project’s Ubuntu-based specialist distribution designed for penetration testing and security assessments: “The BackBox team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, version 3.05. This release includes features such as Linux….
In this tip, we will see how to easily and quickly log off the current user session from the Unity Launcher under Ubuntu 13.04/12.10 using a simple bash script and Unity launcher file having a '.desktop' extension.
GitLab, a fast, secure and stable solution based on Ruby on Rails & Gitolite and distributed under the MIT License, is now at version 5.2.0.
GitLab doesn’t shy away from the fact that it is inspired by GitHub and the project is even hosted there.
According to one of the developers, Valeriy Sizov, GitLab is made by people from all over the world and take pride in the fact that critical issues are fixed within 24 hours.
Highlights of GitLab 5.2.0:
After working on the Raspberry Pi support for Wayland/Weston, Pekka Paalanen has announced a new “rpi-renderer” for the low-cost ARM development board…
Google has announced the release of their Chrome 27 web-browser, which most notably provides faster load times of web-pages…
PhpMyFAQ, a scalable open source FAQ software using PHP and available for many databases, is now at version 2.8.0.
phpMyFAQ 2.8.0 supports various database systems (PostgreSQL, SQLite, MariaDB, MS SQL Server, and MySQL) and comes with a comprehensive content management system.
Highlights of phpMyFAQ 2.8.0:
• The PHP requirement is now version 5.3.3 or later;
Unity Tomboy Lens has been updated to work with the latest Unity available in Ubuntu 13.04. Also, the lens now supports Dash previews so you can quickly take a look at your note contents by right clicking the note in Dash.The lens allows you to search and open notes via Unity Dash and the notes show up both in the Tomboy lens as well as in the home lens.Despite its name, Unity Tomboy Lens also supports Gnote. Important note about this though: if both Gnote and Tomboy are installed, only Gnote notes will show up in Dash so if you want to use it with Tomboy, make sure Gnote is not installed (if Gnote was installed, log out and log back in after removing it – a simple Unity restart wasn’t enough in my test).Unity Tomboy Lens – Dash previewFor those not familiar with Tomboy and Gnote, these are note-taking applications that allow linking between notes, support note synchronization, are extensible through plugins and more.Install Unity Tomboy Lens in Ubuntu 13.04 or 13.10To install Unity Tomboy Lens in Ubuntu 13.04 or 13.10 Saucy Salamander by using its official PPA, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:remi.rerolle/unity-lens-tomboysudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install unity-lens-tomboyOnce
Dear Foundation Members, I am glad to announce the following list of candidates for the Board of Directors: * Marina Zhurakhinskaya * Ekaterina Gerasimova * Sriram Ramkrishna * Andreas Nilsson * Emmanuele Bassi * Joanmarie Diggs * Max Huang * Tobias Mueller Please see <http://vote.gnome.org/2013/candidates.html> for details. You are invited to ask the candidates questions by sending them to foundation-list. But please try to avoid duplicates and bear in mind, that the candidates invest a lot of time answering questions, thus please be reasonable with the amount and scope of the questions. You might want to send your question to membership-committee< at >gnome.org instead, so that we can collect, sift and sort the questions before we send them out shortly after the ballots were sent. But again: if you feel the need to ask your question directly, please do so. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them at membership-committee< at >gnome.org or elections< at >gnome.org.
Roundcube Webmail, a browser-based multilingual IMAP client with an application-like user interface, is now at version 0.9.1.
Roundcube Webmail 0.9.1 provides full functionality for an e-mail client, including MIME support, address book, folder manipulation, message searching and spell checking.
Highlights of Roundcube Webmail 0.9.1:
• A problem with a security warning that displayed for valid images, has been fixed;
Ferdinand Thommes has announced the release of siduction 13.1.0, a Linux distribution based on Debian’s (once again unfrozen) “Unstable” branch. This is the project’s first release that also includes an edition with GNOME 3. From the release notes: “We are very happy to present to you the final….
Sikuli is a tool available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X which automates tasks using images: you take a screenshot of what you want to click, right click, hover, drag and drop and so on and Sikuli performs those actions automatically, when you need it, either by using the GUI or running it via command line. The application also supports using (x,y) coordinates instead of images.It can be useful for running repetitive tasks automatically, running some actions remotely via the command line and so on.Sikuli supports the following actions:find: find, findAll, wait, waitVanish, exists;mouse actions: click, doucle click, right click, hover, drag and drop;keyboard actions: type text, click on component to gain focus and type text, paste, click on component to gain focus and then paste;event observation: on appear, on vanish, on change and observe.See the documentation for how to create automated tasks using Sikuli. Sikuli 1.0.0After more than a year, Sikuli 1.0.0 has been released – here are the most important changes:revised the main window;new options: no command bar, vertical split (left code, right messages), no HTML creation, do not delete unused images, image path for IDE to store images;improved Preview (displayed when clicking on a screenshot);improved dirty-handling