Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition Looks Gorgeous, Beta Is Available for Download – Exclusive

Thanks to a news tip from one of our regular readers, we’ve found out it appears that the Beta release of the upcoming Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition operating system is now available for download.

Curious to see the work done by the Linux Mint team and community on modernizing the KDE edition of the popular GNU/Linux operating system, we grabbed the 64-bit Live ISO image to get an early taste. To our surprise, the distro looks gorgeous, with a dark theme that dresses both the bottom panel and Applications Menu.

As expected, Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” KDE Edition is based on the latest Kubuntu/Ubuntu technologies, which means that the distribution is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel and uses the KDE Applications 15.12.3 software suite on top of the KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment.

Besides various popular KDE apps like Dolphin, Kontact, digiKam, Gwenview, Skanlite, KTorrent, KMail, Konversation, Amarok, K3b, Konsole, Ark, Kate, Okular, and Dra… (read more)

Canonical Is Now a Patron of KDE as Part of the Corporate Membership Program

Immediately after releasing KDE Applications 16.08, KDE was proud to announce that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, one of the world’s most popular GNU/Linux distributions, has become a patron of KDE e.V..

KDE e.V. is the non-profit organization that represents the KDE Community and produces the modern and widely used KDE Plasma desktop environment, along with the KDE Applications and KDE Frameworks suits of KDE software and libraries. KDE is known to have worked with Canonical’s Ubuntu for many years, and they’re happy that Canonical decided to extend this collaboration and join the KDE Patrons family, as part of the corporate membership program.

“From its very beginning, Canonical has been a major investor in the Free Software desktop. We work with PC m… (read more)

KDE Applications 16.08 Officially Released for the KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop

Today, August 18, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of the final release of KDE Applications 16.08, the latest stable and most advanced software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment.

KDE Applications 16.08 has been in development since July and had a Beta release pushed to public testers on July 21, followed by an RC (Release Candidate) build two weeks later, on August 4. This version replaces the now deprecated KDE Applications 16.04 series, which reached end of life with the KDE Applications 16.04.3 maintenance update.

New features in KDE Applications 16.08 are the porting of the Cervisia version control system front-end, KDiskFree media information utility, and KolourPaint painting program to KDE Frameworks 5. Additionally, more work was done for the Kontact personal information manager and groupware software, and several packages are no longer supported.

“In the continued effort to split Kontact Suite libraries to … (read more)

Canonical Becomes a Patron of KDE e.V.


KDE and Canonical‘s Ubuntu have collaborated for years. Today we celebrate the extension of this collaboration with the addition of Canonical to the KDE Patrons family, as part of the corporate membership program.

As explained by Michael Hall, Ubuntu Community Manager,

“From its very beginning Canonical has been a major investor in the Free Software desktop. We work with PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo to ship the best Free Software to millions of desktop users worldwide. Becoming a corporate patron is the continuation of Canonical’s decade-long support for KDE and Kubuntu as important members of the Ubuntu family.
Canonical will be working with the KDE community to keep making the latest KDE technology available to Ubuntu and Kubuntu users, and expanding that into making Snap packages of KDE frameworks and applications that are easily installable by users of any Linux desktop. We will benefit from sharing knowledge, experience and code around Qt and Qt packaging, pushing the advancement of QML and increasing its adoption in Unity and Ubuntu native applications alongside KDE’s own work towards convergence.”

Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Vice-President of KDE e.V. stated,

“We are excited to have Canonical supporting KDE’s work. It is important that we make a continuous effort to work together and this is the best way to continue offering a thriving free and open development platform to build upon. We are confident that this collaboration can be very beneficial for the overall GNU/Linux community and ecosystem.”

Canonical will join KDE e.V.’s other Patrons The Qt Company, SuSE, Google and Blue Systems to continue to support Free Software and KDE development through the KDE e.V.

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The Linux Foundation Gives PNDA a Home

The Linux Foundation on Tuesday added PNDA — the Platform for Network Data Analytics — to its project menagerie. PNDA provides an open source, scalable platform for next-generation network analytics. It integrates data from multiple sources on a network and works with Apache Spark to crunch the numbers in order to find useful patterns in the data more effectively. The project is now available in its initial platform release. Early PNDA supporters include Cisco, Deepfield, FRINX, Intersec, Moogsoft, NGENA, Ontology, OpenDataSoft and Tupl.

Canonical to Replace Upstart with systemd for Ubuntu 16.10’s Session Startup

Canonical, through Martin Pitt, announced plans for moving away from using the Upstart init system to start the Ubuntu Linux session, replacing it with the more modern, yet controversial systemd.

With every new systemd release, we found out that the so-called init system can do a lot more that it was initially designed, slowly taking over many of the “jobs” of over internal components of a GNU/Linux operating system, and even worse, replacing them completely.

Upstart is a Canonical/Ubuntu project, an event-based replacement for the traditional init daemon that the company used in almost every Ubuntu Linux release. However, starting with the now deprecated Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system, Canonical replaced the Upstart init system with systemd, making many users angry.

It also looks like Upstart is still being used in Ubuntu as a replacement for the /sbin/init daemon to handle starting of various services and tasks during boot, as well as to stop them … (read more)

Intel’s Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender

Intel on Tuesday presented its virtual reality vision — a vision that mixes virtual and real worlds into a kind of merged reality — to developers attending a conference in San Francisco. Mixing reality and unreality sometimes can be a recipe for disaster, but Intel thinks it will be a formula for success. At the center of Intel’s vision is its Project Alloy mobile headset and its cutting edge RealSense software. The Alloy head-mounted device departs from other VR devices in that the headset housese all sensors and computing power.

Container technologies in Fedora: Docker

Welcome to the second article in our series of articles about container technologies in Fedora! This article will deal with Docker, a tool used to automate containerization of software using features of the Linux kernel.

What is Docker?

Docker is a high level set of tools that allows multiple isolated applications to run on a same host platform. Unlike other containerization software we talk about in this series, Docker is meant to run a system with a single process. In addition to providing these tools, Docker provides a “hub” for containers created by others.

Creating the container

Creating a container with Docker is extremely easy. We will be using the Docker command line tool to set up a Fedora 24 container named “fedora-container”. You’ll need to install Docker, if you don’t already have it, with the usual sudo dnf install docker.

Before it is possible to run a container, you will need to start the Docker daemon. To do this, run systemctl start docker.service. You can then run a container for Fedora using the command sudo docker run --name=fedora-container -it fedora bash, which will download an image for a basic Fedora container from Docker Hub.


Using the container

Docker is designed to run one process per container, but you can run more if you want to. sudo docker exec -it fedora-container bash would run bash in your container alongside the process you had originally started. You can replace bash with any command you’d like to run in the container.

The network will already be available, and you can use it to install packages using the standard DNF commands. You can stop the container either by stopping the Docker daemon, with systemctl stop docker, or with docker stop fedora-container. You can then start the container again when you need it with docker start fedora-container. It is also possible to temporarily pause execution of a container, using docker pause fedora-container.

Particularly useful is the docker cp command, which you can use to copy files from and to the container. The command docker cp fedora-container:/root/source target will copy the file source from your home folder on the container to the name ‘target’ in the current folder, while docker cp source fedora-container:/root/target will copy in the reverse direction.


You can use images for other systems than Fedora by pulling images from the Docker Image Library. However, if you want to create and run applications or services using Docker, you will want to create your own images. Docker is able to create images automatically if you tell it how to in a Dockerfile. A Dockerfile contains the instructions and commands that will assemble the image you want to run in a container. The Dockerfile reference explains the format.

Fedora packages many example Dockerfiles that you can use to learn about Docker images and to create your own. You can install the Dockerfiles with sudo dnf install fedora-dockerfiles; they will be put in /usr/share/fedora-dockerfiles/. The Fedora Developer Portal has additional useful information about Docker in Fedora.

New iOS port maintainer needed

As Dave mentioned here, we’re looking for someone to help us make a new iOS port of Battle for Wesnoth.

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Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.7.3, Mozilla Firefox 48.0 & Wine 1.9.16

Chakra GNU/Linux maintainer Neofytos Kolokotronis informed the community about the availability of the latest KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment and software applications in the main repositories of the distribution.
In addition to the KDE Plasma 5.7.3 desktop environment, Chakra GNU/Linux users can now install some of the latest open-source applications, among which we can mention the Oracle VirtualBox 5.1.2 virtualization software, SQLite 3.13.0 SQL database engine, LibreOffice 5.1.5 office suite, Mozilla Firefox 48.0 web browser, and Wine 1.9.16.
The Chakra GNU/Linux repos now include the Nvidia 367.27 video driver. Support for GTK+ applications has been improved as well thanks to the implementation of the GTK+ 3.20.6 GUI toolkit, and laptop-mode-tools 1.69.2 is here to enhance laptop support in Chakra.

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The Document Foundation and the FSFE strengthen their relationship

logoBerlin, 17 August 2016 – The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE, is joining the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation. At the same time, The Document Foundation is becoming an associated organisation of the FSFE (

The Free Software Foundation Europe’s aim is to help people control technology instead of the other way around. However, this is a goal which no single organisation can achieve on its own. Associated organizations are entities that share the FSFE’s vision and support the foundation and Free Software in general by encouraging people to use and develop Free Software, by helping organisations understand how Free Software contributes to freedom, transparency and self-determination, and by removing barriers to Free Software adoption.

With this mutual expression of support, both organisations strengthen each other in their effort to keep the general public in the technological driver seat. While the FSFE embodies the principles of the community movement working in pro of the adoption of Free Software in companies, public administrations and for private citizens, The Document Foundation turns principles and ethics into actual products, putting a first class, full-featured, but completely free productivity suite in the hands of users.

fsfe-summit-logo“We are happy to welcome the Free Software Foundation Europe as a member of our Advisory Board. Together, we will be able to further develop the adoption of Free Software in Europe, amongst public administrations and enterprises”, said Eike Rathke, a Director of The Document Foundation and a long time Free Software advocate and hacker.

“We believe it is important to join forces with all the organisations active in Free Software around Europe,” said Matthias Kirschner, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe, “and work together to reach our common goals. With our associated organisations we want to show that we are a strong and cohesive movement, and we work to achieve common objectives. To do this, we exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, motivate each other, and find opportunities to work together on specific projects. This is the case with The Document Foundation, steward of one of the most successful Free Software projects: LibreOffice”.

Several members of The Document Foundation will join FSFE Summit 2016 in Berlin, from September 2 to September 4, to celebrate FSFE 15th anniversary (

Netrunner Linux Becomes Maui, Now Based on KDE Neon and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

The Netrunner development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability for download of the first stable release of the Maui, their new GNU/Linux distribution based on the KDE Neon project.

Netrunner is a popular distro based on the famous lightweight and highly customizable Arch Linux and Debian GNU/Linux operating systems, and until today it was distributed as Rolling (Arch-based) and Desktop (Debian-based) editions. Maui is the new name of the Netrunner Desktop flavor, which has been rebased on KDE Neon.

KDE Neon is also a relatively new project, available as both a layer that can be added on top of an existing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system and an independent OS downloadable as Live ISO images shipping with the latest KDE Plasma desktop environment and applications, based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

“This is the continuation of the full-desktop version of Netrunner,” reads the announcementread more)

Nvidia 370.23 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Adds Overclock Support for GeForce GPUs

On August 15, 2016, Nvidia rolled out a new Beta version of its graphics driver for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris operating systems, namely 370.23, bringing various new features and improvements.

According to the release notes, the Nvidia 370.23 Beta video driver implemented the ability for users to overclock or underclock their Nvidia GeForce GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). However, it appears that the new feature will only work with certain GPUs from the GeForce GTX 1000 series and later. To see the supported products, please consult the official announcement.

“For GPUs that allow it, an offset can be applied to clock values in some clock domains of all performance levels. This clock manipulation is done at the user’s own risk. See the README documentation of the ‘CoolBits’ X configuration option for more details,” explain the Nvidia developers in the respective announcement, where y… (read more)

Treasure Hunter | Beach Party

Treasure Hunter is giving you everything you need to have a beach party!

Treasure Hunter | Beach Party

Treasure Hunter is giving you everything you need to have a beach party!

Eastern Lands Trailer | Thank You

15 years on, RuneScape’s still kicking out cutting-edge content – thanks to our awesome community.

Eastern Lands Trailer | Thank You

15 years on, RuneScape’s still kicking out cutting-edge content – thanks to our awesome community.

OS Release: ReactOS 0.4.2

The ReactOS project is an open source operating system which attempts to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows. The ReactOS project has released a new version, ReactOS 0.4.2. The new release improves compatibility with Windows applications via WINE and includes the ability to read and write with several….

WordPress 4.6 “Pepper”

Version 4.6 of WordPress, named “Pepper” in honor of jazz baritone saxophonist Park Frederick “Pepper” Adams III, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.6 help you to focus on the important things while feeling more at home.

Streamlined Updates

Don’t lose your place: stay on the same page while you update, install, and delete your plugins and themes.

Native Fonts

The WordPress dashboard now takes advantage of the fonts you already have, making it load faster and letting you feel more at home on whatever device you use.

Editor Improvements

Inline Link Checker

Ever accidentally made a link to Now WordPress automatically checks to make sure you didn’t.

Content Recovery

As you type, WordPress saves your content to the browser. Recovering saved content is even easier with WordPress 4.6.

Under The Hood

Resource Hints

Resource hints help browsers decide which resources to fetch and preprocess. WordPress 4.6 adds them automatically for your styles and scripts making your site even faster.

Robust Requests

The HTTP API now leverages the Requests library, improving HTTP standard support and adding case-insensitive headers, parallel HTTP requests, and support for Internationalized Domain Names.

WP_Term_Query and WP_Post_Type

A new WP_Term_Query class adds flexibility to query term information while a new WP_Post_Type object makes interacting with post types more predictable.

Meta Registration API

The Meta Registration API has been expanded to support types, descriptions, and REST API visibility.

Translations On Demand

WordPress will install and use the newest language packs for your plugins and themes as soon as they’re available from’s community of translators.

JavaScript Library Updates

Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.

Customizer APIs for Setting Validation and Notifications

Settings now have an API for enforcing validation constraints. Likewise, customizer controls now support notifications, which are used to display validation errors instead of failing silently.

Multisite, now faster than ever

Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.

The Crew

This release was led by Dominik Schilling, backed up by Garth Mortensen as Release Deputy, and with the help of these fine individuals. There are 272 contributors with props in this release. Pull up some Pepper Adams on your music service of choice, and check out some of their profiles:

A5hleyRich, Aaron Jorbin, achbed, Adam Silverstein, Adam Soucie, Adriano Ferreira, afineman, Ahmad Awais, aidvu, Aki Björklund, Alex Concha, Alex Dimitrov, Alex King, Alex Mills (Viper007Bond), alexvandervegt, Alice Brosey, Ana Aires, Andrea Fercia, Andrea Gandino, Andrew Nacin, Andrew Ozz, Andrew Rockwell, Andy Fragen, Andy Meerwaldt, Andy Skelton, Anil Basnet, Ankit K Gupta, anneschmidt, Antti Kuosmanen, Arunas Liuiza, Barry, Barry Ceelen, bassgang, Bernhard Kau, Birgir Erlendsson (birgire), bobbingwide, Boone B. Gorges, Brad Touesnard, Brandon Kraft, brianvan, Bruno Borges, Bryan Petty, Bryan Purcell, Chandra Patel, Chouby, Chris Christoff (chriscct7), Chris Mok, Chris Olbekson, Christoph Herr, Christopher Finke, Cliff Seal, clubduece, cmillerdev, Craig Ralston, crstauf, dabnpits, Daniel Bachhuber, Daniel Hüsken, Daniele Scasciafratte, dashaluna, davewarfel, David A. Kennedy, David Anderson, David Brumbaugh, David Cavins, David Herrera, David Mosterd, David Shanske, Derek Herman, Devin Price, Dion Hulse, Doug Wollison, Drew Jaynes, Ella Iseulde Van Dorpe, elrae, Eric Andrew Lewis, Erick Hitter, Fabien Quatravaux, Faison, Felix Arntz, flyingdr, FolioVision, francescobagnoli, Frank Bueltge, Frank Klein, Frank Martin, Fredrik Forsmo, Gabriel Koen, Gabriel Maldonado, Gary Pendergast, gblsm, Geeky Software, George Stephanis, Hardeep Asrani, Helen Hou-Sandí, Henry Wright, Hugo Baeta, Iain Poulson, Ian Dunn, Ignacio Cruz Moreno, imath, Inderpreet Singh, Ipstenu (Mika Epstein), J.D. Grimes, James Huff, James Nylen, Janne Ala-Äijälä, Jasper de Groot, javorszky, Jeff Farthing, Jeffrey de Wit, Jeremy Felt, Jeremy Green, Jeremy Herve, Jeremy Ward, Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic), Jesin A, Jip Moors, Joe Dolson, Joe Hoyle, Joe McGill, Joel Williams, Johan Falk, John Blackbourn, John James Jacoby, John P. Green, John_Schlick, Jon (Kenshino), Jonathan Brinley, Jonny Harris, Joost de Valk, Joseph Scott, Josh Pollock, Joshua Goodwin, jpdavoutian, jrf, jsternberg, Juanfra Aldasoro, Juhi Saxena, julesaus, Justin Sainton, Kelly Dwan, Kevin Hagerty, Kite, kjbenk, Konstantin Kovshenin, Konstantin Obenland, Kurt Payne, Laurens Offereins, Luke Cavanagh, Lutz Schröer, Marcel Pol, Marius L. J. (Clorith), Mark Jaquith, Mark Uraine, martin.krcho, Matt Miklic, Matt Mullenweg, Matthew Batchelder, mattyrob, Mayeenul Islam, mdwheele, medariox, Mehul Kaklotar, Meitar, Mel Choyce, Michael, Michael Arestad, Michael Arestad, Michael Beil, Mike Bijon, Mike Hansen, Mike Schroder, Milan Dinić, Morgan Estes, moto hachi ( ), Mustafa Uysal, Nícholas André, Nextendweb, Niall Kennedy, Nick Halsey, Nikhil Chavan, Nilambar Sharma, Ninos, Noah, noahsilverstein, odyssey, ojrask, Olar Marius, ovann86, pansotdev, Pascal Birchler, Paul Bearne, Paul Wilde, pavelevap, pcarvalho, Peter Westwood, Peter Wilson, PeterRKnight, Petter Walbø Johnsgård, Petya Raykovska, Pieter, Pollett, postpostmodern, Presskopp, prettyboymp, r-a-y, Rachel Baker, rafaelangeline, raffaella isidori, Rahul Prajapati, Rami Yushuvaev, Rian Rietveld , Richard Tape, Robin Cornett, Rodrigo Primo, Ronald Huereca, Ruud Laan, Ryan McCue, Ryan Welcher, Sören Wrede, Samantha Miller, Samir Shah, Sara Rosso, schlessera, Scott Basgaard, Scott Kingsley Clark, Scott Reilly, Scott Taylor, screamingdev, Sebastian Pisula, semil, Sergey Biryukov, shahpranaf, Sidati, Silvan Hagen, Simon Vikström, sirjonathan, smerriman, southp, Stanko Metodiev, Stephane Daury (stephdau), Stephen, Stephen Edgar, Stephen Harris, Steven Word, stubgo, Sudar Muthu, Swapnil V. Patil, Taco Verdonschot, Takashi Irie, Tammie Lister, Taylor Lovett, theMikeD, thomaswm, Thorsten Frommen, Timothy Jacobs, tloureiro, Travis Northcutt, Ulrich, Unyson, Viktor Szépe, Vishal Kakadiya, vortfu, vovafeldman, websupporter, Weston Ruter, wp_smith, wpfo, Xavi Ivars, Yoav Farhi, Zack Tollman, and zakb8.


Special thanks go to Jerry Bates for producing the release video and Hugo Baeta for providing marketing graphics.

Finally, thanks to all the community translators who worked on WordPress 4.6. Their efforts make it possible to use WordPress 4.6 in 52 languages. The WordPress 4.6 release video has been captioned into 43 languages.

If you want to follow along or help out, check out Make WordPress and our core development blog. Thanks for choosing WordPress. See you soon for version 4.7!

Intel® Joule™ board powered by Ubuntu Core


We’re happy to welcome a new development board in the Ubuntu family! The new Intel® Joule™ is a powerful board targeted at IoT and robotics makers and runs Ubuntu for a smooth development experience. It’s also affordable and compact enough to be used in deployment, therefore Ubuntu Core can be installed to make any device it’s included in secure and up to date … wherever it is!

Check out this Robot Demo that was filmed pre-IDF – The Turtlebot runs ROS on Ubuntu using the Intel® Joule™ board and Realsense camera.

Ubuntu Core, also known as Snappy, is a stripped down version of Ubuntu, designed to run securely on autonomous machines, devices and other internet-connected digital things. From homes to drones, these devices are set to revolutionise many aspects of our lives, but they need an operating system that is different from that of traditional PCs. Learn more about Ubuntu Core here.

Get involved in contributing to Ubuntu Core here.