Canonical Releases Most Stable Ubuntu Touch RTM Version So Far – Screenshot Tour

Canonical has just promoted a new Ubuntu Touch RTM version of its operating system and it’s moving even closer to the final build that should be ready in time for the February 2015 release.

It’s been rather quiet on the Ubuntu Touch RTM front, but the developers did manage to bring more fixes and to implement an important change. The Ubuntu team has been focusing on the new Ubuntu Touch based on the Vivid Vervet branch. This is where all the new features will be pushed from now on and it shou… (read more)

4MParted Is a New Distro Based on the Very Small 4MLinux OS and GParted

4MParted is a new Linux distribution based on the 4MLinux 11.0 OS and GParted. It has a simple goal, to provide users with the tools they need to make adjustments to the partition of their PC without having to actually go into the operating system.

As the name suggests, 4MParted is using the 4MLinux distro as the base and it’s made by the same developer. This is the first edition of it and you can expect to see some problems with it, especially since it lacks any kind of functionality besides… (read more)

Librem 15 Is a Beast of a Linux Laptop with a Gorgeous Finish

Librem 15 aims to be the only laptop coming with completely free software and its makers are looking to get some funding through a crowdfunding campaign.

You might think that if a laptop ships with any Linux distribution, then it would stand to reason that it would be loaded with free and open source software, but the truth is that it’s not that simple or even intuitive. For example, it’s true that the Linux kernel is an open source project and that it’s freely distributable, but there are so… (read more)

LDC 0.15.1 Released For A D Compiler In LLVM

Version 0.15.1 of LDC was released this past week, a D compiler written to use the LLVM compiler infrastructure…

Behind the scenes at TDF: L10N and NLP

Towards the end of the year, The Document Foundation would like to share achievements in 2014 with our community and our generous donours, to whom we’d like to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks for their incredible and wonderful support and their invaluable contributions!

Sophie Gautier is in charge of our L10N and NLP projects at The Document Foundation, and gives you insight into this key part of our project:

_SDS5526L10n – NLPs status quo

I would like to give a brief overview of the many things that happened or are in the pipe either on the Localization project (L10n) or on the Native Language projects (NLPs). For the latter, it is not always easy to know what is going on locally, but we tend to get more and more feedback from these groups which is really great.

So, on the Localization side, several new languages were added to Pootle these last months, more Indic languages, for example. Translating UI and Help is a very huge task, and when you think it is finished, there is still some work to do for the next version. For example, currently, the teams are in the starting blocks to translate the 4.4.x new features strings and the various enhancements that have been provided by the Design team. Also the change of file format to .ui means that the l10n teams had to translate again all the dialogs. Fortunately, this change is of great help because the dialogs adapt to the length of the strings (no need anymore to count the characters in the word to fit the space), but we are also able to display those dialogs in Glade, allowing to see the strings in context, which is something all localizers are dreaming of! All in all, that makes many new words for both UI and Help projects. And this is not the only translation projects we handle via Pootle, there is also the Website, Impress for Android and iOS, sometimes AskBot projects.

Dedicated to newcomers of the l10n project, two guides have been written; one concerning how to use Pootle, the second one on the structure of .po files (for example, it shows how to distinguish variables or which xml tags are used). There was absolutely no documentation on the structure contents by the past and one had to guess what he had to translate or not. And it is very easy to break a build when tags miss or mismatch, so this brings some relief to the developers too.

Thanks to our Brazilian friends several of the help articles concerning new functions have been completed. We are also working on porting the translation of the help files on the wiki. This is a difficult task because we do not want to complicate the translation task on one hand, but we want to simplify the help maintenance and open it to non-technical contributors on the other hand, which is currently impossible. Some technical issues have still to be resolved, but we are optimistic that we will be able to set it in a near future. As a work in progress also, we hope to push the migration to a new version of Pootle, with an integrated translation memory.

On the Native Language projects side, we are happy to see more and more contributors to the local projects and really good news coming from several of them, like the Italian community or the Japanese and Chinese ones. They not only contribute to their local projects, but you can find those members active in QA, development or documentation.

One of the major tasks handled this year by these teams was the translation and adaptation of the new website design. During the year, the website itself was translated on Pootle and the content by website owners. This gives a uniformed design to all the language sites bringing more quality and a professional look and feel to our project.

One way to measure the growth of activities in these projects is how we all together manage the press releases. Once the text is fixed by the marketing project, the native language projects translate them and send them back to the marketing team for distribution to the press in their countries. We are now able to release in almost 9 languages for each major release. It is also something really exciting to see how the developers, the quality assurance, native language, design and marketing projects interact during the last month before the release. Of course it happens also all time between two or three of them, but the communication has improved between all of them.

Another great thing that has happened recently while in heavy discussion since some times, is the Planet in all languages. It is really impressive to see all those languages mixed in one thread but that you can filter by the language you prefer. There is currently ten languages available covering several blog writers.

Always trying to be as transparent as possible and to bring as much information to the community as we can, the Annual Report due as a TDF official document to the Berlin authorities, has been translated into English and is available to the Native Language projects for their own use, to inform either on the product and the community.

On the local side, TDF has supported several hackfests and numerous events have been organized all over the world by the Native Language Projects. And we are really happy that the Danish team is organizing the next international LibreOffice conference in Aarhus.

To reflect all this effervescence, we have set a Big Thank You page on the wiki, where all L10n and NLPs contributors are invited to add their name. But that’s not all, we have also a world map, detailing the skills of the contributor in addition to his location. And stay tuned, more is coming!

OpenMW Aims to Improve Best RPG Ever Made, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

OpenMW, an open source implementation of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind game engine and functionality, has been upgraded just before the holidays and users now have something new to play with.

OpenMorrowind is just like it sounds, an open source project that has a simple goal, to improve upon of the best RPG games ever made, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. The developer could have settled with a mod or an unofficial patch, but they wanted to do so much more. It would have been impossible to e… (read more)

Create a Template for LibreOffice, and get a free T-shirt

The Document Foundation launches a competition to increase the number of document templates bundled with the upcoming major release of Libreoffice, open to designers, artists, and creatively talented users.

Deadline for submission, to be included in LibreOffice 4.4, is January 4, 2015. Templates submitted after this deadline will be considered for later LibreOffice major and minor releases, like LibreOffice 4.5 or LibreOffice 4.4.1.

Templates will be selected by the members of the LibreOffice Design Team, and may be edited before the inclusion. Authors of the templates bundled with LibreOffice 4.4 will get a free T-shirt either at LibreOffice booth at FOSDEM on Saturday January 31, or Sunday February 1, 2015, or by post after FOSDEM, and will be credited with a mention on http://www.libreoffice.org/about-us/credits/. They will also have a chance to meet LibreOffice developers and the design team during and after the show.

To be considered for inclusion, templates must meet the following conditions:

  • They are an original work, and are not converted from existing templates.
  • They are licensed under Creative Commons CC0.
  • They are based only on fonts bundled with LibreOffice (Caladea, Carlito, DejaVu, Gentium, Liberation, Libertine G, Open Sans, PT Serif, Source Code, Source Sans).
  • They are based on LibreOffice styles, and not on direct element formatting. Styles must be created according to the expected use of the template.
  • They contain only a minimum of text (ideally, no text at all), as they will not be translated for LibreOffice 4.4. Because of that, language must be en_us.

To participate, either upload the template on TDF wiki or send it by email to templatecontest@libreoffice.org, and we will add it to the list. Templates will be collected here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Design/Whiteboards/Templates_for_LibreOffice_4.4.

Please specify the category and/or the intended use of the template, and the license of the template. You can send any number of templates, provided that all of them meet the above conditions.

For more information about creating templates, please check here: https://help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Creating_a_Document_Template and
here: http://lodahl.blogspot.ae/2014/12/making-good-and-solid-templates.html.

As an example, categories of templates could be: books of various types, address/phone books, business cards, calendars, curriculum vitae/resumes, essays, expense reports, letters, lists, records and reports of various types, schedules, etc.

Be creative ! We look forward to bundle your template designs !

OpenELEC 5.0 RC3 Is a Bleeding Edge Distro Based on Kodi and Linux Kernel 3.17

OpenELEC, a powerful embedded operating system built specifically to run the Kodi media player hub and to run on most available hardware, has been updated once more and the developers are getting closer to the final version.

Users know that OpenELEC is a Linux distro based on the XBMC project, but that is slowly changing. The developers behind the XBMC project are changing the name to Kodi and that needs to be reflected in OpenELEC as well.

Starting with this new release, the latest OS will … (read more)

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 590

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Trying on Fedora 21 News: Questions raised at Ubuntu Community meeting, Ubuntu phone coming in February, Manjaro shows off new system installer, Mageia gives back to upstream developers Tips and tricks: Expanding on-line ZFS storage Product review: Able2Extract PDF converter 9.0 Released….

Fedora Doesn’t Yet Enable F2FS File-System Support

While F2FS is a promising open-source file-system looking to live up to its name as being the Flash-Friendly File-System, one major distribution not yet willing to enable it within its kernel is (surprisingly) Fedora…

XZ 5.2 Adds New Multi-Threaded Options

Version 5.2.0 of the XZ utilities were released on Sunday…

digiKam 4.6.0 Brings Fixes to Image Editor and Batch Queue Mananger

digiKam Software Collection is digital photo management application for the KDE desktop that includes an image editor for photo corrections and manipulation. The application was just updated to version 4.6.0.

The digiKam collection is getting quite a lot of attention and quite a few updates have been released so far. It’s true that most of them are actually just for maintenance purposes, but some interesting things are added from time to time as well.

“The digiKam Team is proud to announce t… (read more)

Intel 2.99.917 X.Org Driver Released, 3.0 Release Finally Near

The Intel X.Org driver (xf86-video-intel 3.0) driver has been in pre-release form since September 2013 and now after having gone through many development revisions, xf86-video-intel 3.0 might be on final approach…

First Alpha of Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Out for Chinese Users, It’s a Possible Windows XP Replacement

Ubuntu Kylin, a Chinese Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and developed in collaboration with Canonical, has been promoted to version 15.04 and the first Alpha in the series is now ready for download and testing.

This official Ubuntu flavor is making a real impact in China. The country’s reliance on Windows systems is still a problem and a solution hasn’t been found yet. The Chinese government is analyzing various alternatives and it’s more than certain that Ubuntu Kylin is being considered…. (read more)

Elive 2.5.0 Combines Debian and Enlightenment In an Interesting Way

Elive, a Linux distribution that uses Debian as a base and Enlightenment as the default desktop environment, has been upgraded to version 2.5.0 Beta. The devs are still making some important changes and this latest release is proof of that.

Elive is a special kind of distribution because the developers are using a different kind of version numbers. They had a lot of Beta releases in the past few week, but the version of the distribution is advancing quite rapidly.

In any case, it looks like … (read more)

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0 Beta 2 Shows Major Improvements

Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0 Beta 2, a Linux distribution built for an education environment and based on the Black Lab Professional Desktop series, is now readys for testing and download.

Users of the Black Lab distro now have a new edition for test, the Education Desktop. As the version number indicates, this is not the first Beta made available and it’s been more than a month since the first release. Things seem to progress just nicely and the devs have made a number of important change… (read more)

17-Way Linux Graphics Card Comparison With Civilization Beyond Earth

On Thursday, Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth was finally released for Linux. With being able to properly automate the benchmarking of CivBE on Linux, here’s our first performance results out for this high-profile, turn-based strategy game for Steam on Linux. Seventeen AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards were benchmarked for this article and the results are quite interesting.

Server-Side XCB Is Being Discussed For The X.Org Server

Given the recent X.Org Server security vulnerabilities that were aplenty and many dated back 10 to 20 years or more, Jeremy Sharp is trying to get developers into finally materializing server-side XCB…

Adreno A4xx Rendering With Freedreno Takes Shape

The Freedreno Gallium3D driver’s support for the Adreno A4xx hardware is taking shape and beginning to work for GL rendering on this latest-generation Qualcomm graphics hardware…

Linus Torvalds Launches Linux Kernel 3.19 RC1, One of the Biggest So Far

The first Linux kernel Release Candidate has been made available in the 3.19 branch and it looks like it’s one of the biggest ones so far. Linux Torvalds surprised everyone with an early launch, but it’s easy to understand why.

The Linux kernel development cycle has been refreshed with a new released, 3.19. Given the fact that the 3.18 branch reached stable status just a couple of weeks ago, today’s release was not completely unexpected. The holidays are coming and many of the developers and … (read more)