Conspirationist Website Wants People to Boycott Linux and Use Minix

A new website has been launched, encouraging people to boycott the Linux kernel by avoiding all the distributions and products that use it, while pointing at the Minix kernel for a better alternative.

This is not the first initiative of its kind. In fact, a similar website was released just a couple of weeks ago, asking users to support forking Debian because it adopted systemd. Now, the Linux kernel is the target and the website claims to be the work of multiple users (developers?).

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Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 to Be Supported Until 2022

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 Public Beta, a Linux distribution built for an education environment and based on the Black Lab Professional Desktop series, has been released and is available for testing.

There are numerous Linux distributions that are oriented towards education, but you can never have too many in a domain such as this one. It’s based on the Black Lab Professional Desktop, which is a very good and powerful solution. Interestingly enough, Black Lab Linux is actually based on… (read more)

Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics

For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel’s newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we’ve put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.

GNOME 3.15.1 Released

The first development snapshot for the GNOME 3.15 cycle is now available, which will end up being GNOME 3.16 come next March…

4MLinux Rescue Edition 10.1 Beta Helps Users with Data Recovery

4MLinux Rescue Edition, a special distribution that includes a wide set of system maintenance and recovery applications, has advanced to version 10.1 Beta and is now ready for testing.

4MLinux Rescue Edition is just one flavor in the 4MLinux ecosystem, but it’s also one of the most useful, as it packs a large number of tools that can be used to salvage data or perform a backup on systems that are about to be erased or updated. You can never be too careful when you need to perform this kind of… (read more)

Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 Adds GCC 4.9, Nginx 1.6

Red Hat has released their third update to their “Software Collections” that provide updated development tools/packages to RHEL6/RHEL7 users as an alternative to their default packages…

Steam Beta Update Brings HTML5 Support for Internal Web Browser

Valve developers have released a new Steam Beta client and they have started another development cycle for this gaming platform, which has become a rather sought-after application.

Very few applications get this kind of fame in such a short time, but that was to be expected with Steam. It’s now one of the most used apps on Linux and it’s even getting embedded by default in numerous distros. It’s constantly getting improved with each new release and you can tell by the number of changes in the… (read more)

Puppy Linux 6.0 Screenshot Tour

We have another official Puppy Linux release. Since I retired from developing Puppy Linux early in 2014, keen members of the Puppy community forked my Woof Puppy builder, naming it woof-CE. Since then, 01micko has been active with a Puppy built from Slackware packages, named ‘Slacko Puppy’. The guys have also been working on another pup, built from Ubuntu ‘Trusty Tahr’ binary packages, under the leadership of Phil Broughton and this has now reached release status. It is named ‘Tahrpup’ and is version 6.0. Tahrpup is an official release of Puppy Linux for those who would like the package manager to have compatibility with the large collection of packages in the Ubuntu repository.

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Ubuntu Touch 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Is Open for Business, First Image Is Out

Canonical is moving forward with Ubuntu Touch, and a new development version of the mobile distribution has been made available, this time based on Ubuntu 15.04.

A new branch of Ubuntu Touch based on the newly launched Vivid Vervet has been built, and the first images are now available to anyone who wants to try them. As usual, they are considered to be pretty unstable and it will be a while until they become safe enough to be tried as a daily driver.

The Ubuntu team is now focusing all of i… (read more)

GLAMOR Acceleration Continues To Be Cleaned Up

Now that X.Org Server 1.17 RC1 has been released with a focus on improving GLAMOR and integrating the xf86-video-intel DDX, Keith Packard has written a blog post about the work that has gone on so far since GLAMOR’s inception for optimizing and cleaning up this 2D-over-OpenGL acceleration method…

Russia’s Yandex Web Browser Finally Released For Linux

After a several year wait, the Yandex Browser is now available for Linux…

GCC 4.9.2 Released Today To Fix Regressions

GCC 4.9.2 was released today as the latest point release in the GCC 4.9 series for the compiler originally released earlier this year…

Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

Ubuntu Linux has already enjoyed the distinction of being the most popular platform for hosting OpenStack clouds. But now, Canonical has taken its commitment to OpenStack a step further with the announcement of its own OpenStack distribution.

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LibreOffice 4.3.3 “Fresh” Released by The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation has announced that LibreOffice 4.3.3 has been released and is now the most advanced stable version available for download.

The developers from The Document Foundation have released a new point update for the latest LibreOffice 4.3.x branch and they are working to further improve the office suite and promote a new version very soon, namely 4.4.

This is a maintenance release for LibreOffice, so you can imagine that no major new features have been implemented, but there … (read more)

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.7

Berlin, October 30, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3, the third minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, and LibreOffice 4.2.7, the last minor release of LibreOffice 4.2 “still” family. Together, there are over 200 fixes for bugs and regressions.

LibreOffice 4.3.3 “Fresh” is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on features. LibreOffice 4.2.7 “Still” is a stable release of the more tested version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on continuity. Both versions can be deployed in enterprise environments, according to corporate policies, when backed by professional support.

“This is the first time we are releasing the fresh and still versions on the same day, and this represents a good opportunity to explain that we maintain two concurrent versions of the software to provide the best option to both power and conservative users, because they focus on different characteristics of the application”, explains Italo Vignoli, a spokesperson for The Document Foundation. “In both cases, though, we strongly suggest to back enterprise deployments with professional support, to get the best out of LibreOffice”.

People interested in technical details can find change logs for LibreOffice 4.3.3 here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1). Change logs for LibreOffice 4.2.7 are also available on the wiki here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.7/RC1 (fixed in RC1).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3.3 “Fresh” and LibreOffice 4.2.7 “Still” are immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download.
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

A Good Puppy, Urban Legends, and Kubuntu Plasma 5

While perusing the nighly newsfeeds the release of Puppy Linux 6.0 was mentioned. Jonathan Riddell said the next release of Kubuntu will feature Plasma 5 and Chris Hoffman is reporting Unity 8 will allow more privacy. And finally tonight, Bruce Byfield has seven reasons LibreOffice is better than OpenOffice. Puppy Linux used to be quite popular, but these days it doesn’t grab the number of headlines it once did. However, the release of 6.0 did garner a few like this one by Brian Fagioli that commands, "Fetch it now." Fagioli says Puppy is good for those wishing to "revive an old computer" and the security conscious. He didn’t really go into the technical specifications, but he states it’s a version based on "Trusty Tahr binary packages" dubbed "Tahrpup." PCWorld’s Chris Hoffman is reporting that Ubuntu’s Unity 8 will remove the Amazon spyware that has privacy advocates up in arms, but says it still doesn’t feel like a victory. As he put it, "If Unity 8 makes it into Ubuntu 16.04, the problem will have existed for four years before being (inadvertently?) solved by a rewrite and design change of the desktop environment." Hoffman then added, "It’s definitely an improvement, but

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Kubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Will Have the Beautiful Plasma 5 Desktop by Default

The upcoming Kubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) release will include the next version of Plasma, which will make for a very interesting and different experience for fans of this distribution.

The KDE developers have been brewing a new Plasma desktop for some time now, but it’s not ready yet for integration as a default solution. Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) was released only a couple of weeks ago and the developers chose to implement the older Plasma desktop, 4.14.x. There is still some life left… (read more)

Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu Kylin is an official Ubuntu subproject whose goal is to create a variant of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users using the Simplified Chinese writing system. 14.10. In this release of Kylin 14.10, we have improved system stability and have added more new features, which deliver a better user experience.

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Linux Kernel Finally Being Optimized For SSHDs

The Linux kernel is finally being optimized for use of solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) that follow the ATA 3.2 standard…

Short Stack: EMC’s Hybrid Cloud Play, Canonical’s OpenStack offering and Kilo specs

This week, EMC makes a big move to the hybrid cloud (including OpenStack, naturally), Canonical hops on the OpenStack bandwagon and the Kilo specs are here. The Kilo specs are here.

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