How To Install ownCloud 7 On Ubuntu 14.04

How To Install ownCloud 7 On Ubuntu 14.04

This document describes how to install and configure ownCloud 7 on Ubuntu 14.04. I will also connect to the ownCloud Server’s data with another Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop and a Windows 7 machine. ownCloud provides access to your data through a web interface or WebDAV while providing a platform to easily view, sync and share across devices—all under your control. ownCloud’s open architecture is extensible via a simple but powerful API for applications and plugins and works with any storage.

Steam Beta Update Fixes the Notification Animation

Valve developers have announced that yet another Steam Beta client update has been released and features a few fixes and improvements. Just a couple of days after a huge Steam upgrade that introduced a lot of new features, a new build has been made available. It’s not as big the previous one, but users will find that some of the changes are interesting enough. According to the changelog, a crash that occurred when using drop downs in the web control has been fixed, mods and shortcuts are now… (read more)

GNOME: Alexandre Franke on GUADEC and Strasbourg

Every edition of GUADEC is organized by passionate contributors who work hard to welcome the GNOME community to their home town or country. They are part of what we call the Local Organizing Team, and they make sure GUADEC has a place and the structure needed to happen.

afranke_pontscouvertsThis year’s GUADEC is being organized by a team led by Alexandre Franke, who lives in Strasbourg. Alexandre is a GNOME Foundation member since 2010, and also a very active member of the GNOME community in France. He’s currently the coordinator of our French Translations Team, and the treasurer of the GNOME-FR group.

Alexandre has been leading the organization since 2012, when the bid for Strasbourg was accepted by the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors. With GUADEC starting tomorrow, we took the chance to talk to him about the experience of organizing the conference in his hometown:

Why makes Strasbourg a great place for GUADEC?

Strasbourg is very active in the Free Software world, but GNOME is not very well represented here. By making the GNOME community come to Strasbourg, we have the opportunity to reach out to the local community and raise awareness of the project.

I also hope the institutional role of the city will inspire our attendees. With the European Court of Human Rights just around the corner, we’re dealing with Freedom on a different level than just software.

What is the the most exciting part of organizing GUADEC?

I was born and raised in Strasbourg and have been living in the area for 30 years. I’m a bit biased, but I think Strasbourg is the most beautiful city in the world. I’m really excited to have the GNOME community in my hometown, and to have these wonderful people discover it.

What is the most challenging part of organizing GUADEC?

We had a bad surprise five weeks before the event, when we learned we couldn’t have the venue we planned to have since 2012. It was a crisis that led to many sleepless nights, and a huge relief when Epitech told me they’d be happy to provide the venue for the event.

What is your favorite place in Strasbourg? Which places should we check out?

There are several museums in Strasbourg, all worth visiting. My favorite one is the Museum of Modern Art. I like to go there and sit for a while in front of the 54m² painting by Gustave Doré, “Le Christ quittant le prétoire“. Once I’m done visiting, I usually go to the café on the roof, where I can enjoy the most beautiful view of Strasbourg. And while you’re there, you can go for a walk in la Petite France!

You can also add those to your checklist:

  • Place de la République, in the Neustadt, built by the German Empire
  • The zoo at the Parc de l’Orangerie is the best spot to see the storks.
  • And, of course, the Cathedral.


Thanks for the tips, Alexandre! And, most of all, thanks so much for having the GNOME community in Strasbourg!

Apache HTTP Server Exploits Closed in Ubuntu OSes

Canonical announces that a number of Apache HTTP Server vulnerabilities have been found and fixed in its Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems. The Ubuntu maintainers have implemented a few of the latest fixes for the Apache HTTP Server that’s also integrated in their operating system. “Marek Kroemeke discovered that the mod_proxy module incorrectly handled certain requests. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause the server to stop respondi… (read more)

FreeBSD Developing A New Automounter, Other Features

The FreeBSD project has issued their latest quarterly status report that covers activities for the open-source operating system made between April and June of 2014…

GNOME Shell 3.13.4 Arrives with Improved HiDPI Support for Wayland

GNOME Shell, a user interface that provides functions for the GNOME desktop environment, has been updated yet again and brings even more changes and improvements.

This is the third update in the new development cycle and the GNOME developers have continued to make some very important contributions to this package. This is one of the first things a user sees when booting into a system powered by GNOME, which means that some of the changes and improvements for the shell can sometimes be noticed… (read more)

Guix 0.7 Can Now Install The GNU Operating System

The Guix package manager that’s designed to be a purely-functional package manager for GNU with an emphasis on being dependable, hackable, and liberating is out with its latest release…

X.Org Foundation Still Works Towards Becoming An SPI Project

For the better part of a year, the X.Org Foundation has been evaluating a possible merger with SPI. That work is still ongoing and could be put up for a vote in the weeks ahead…

Superb Point and Click Adventure Game The Journey Down: Chapter Two Finally Announced

The Journey Down: Chapter Two, the second part of an amazingly fun and witty point and click adventure, has been announced and will be released on August 25.

The Journey Down is an episodic game and the developers released the first of four chapters back in May 2012. Even though it was met with great enthusiasm by players and was among the first games in the new Linux gaming wave, the developers from the SkyGoblin studio really took their time for the second part.

In fact, people who manage… (read more)

Team Fortress 2 Gets Update That Adjusts Map Layout to Help Players Score More Points

Team Fortress 2, the online multiplayer game developed by Valve, has received yet another hefty update that includes numerous fixes, map changes, mode changes, and other improvements. Team Fortress 2 is one of the first games from Valve’s catalog that made it to Linux and it’s been available on Steam for a very long time. It’s actually one of the most played games on the digital platform and it has a very large and dedicated user base. This is a free-to-play game, but Valve doesn’t apply the… (read more)

Elive 2.3.4 Beta Is a Nice OS Based on Debian and Enlightenment – Screenshots

Elive 2.3.4 Beta, a complete operating system for your computer, built on top of Debian GNU/Linux and customized to meet the needs of any user while still offering the eye-candy with minimal hardware requirements, has been released and is now available for download and testing.

The Elive developers have been working for some time on this new branch of their distribution and they have already released a number of Betas. Each new build brings new changes and improvements and it’s likely that we… (read more)

Update für Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

Das Ubuntu-Team hat aktualisierte Installationsmedien für Ubuntu 14.04 LTS und seine offiziellen Derivate veröffentlicht. Das Pointrelease 14.04.1 enthält die meisten der bislang ausgelieferten Updates und behebt viele Fehler.

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Linux Kernel 3.12.25 LTS Now Available for Download

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 3.12.25, has been announced by Jiri Slaby and comes with just a few changes and improvements.

The development for this branch of the kernel has simmered down and this latest update only integrates a few changes and improvements.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.12.21 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade.”

“The updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://… (read more)

No True Fedora 21 Release Without a Three-Week Delay

The Red Hat developers have announced that the upcoming Fedora 21 release will be delayed by three weeks, but that’s hardly a surprise. The Fedora distribution has the habit of arriving late. It’s almost never on time and the upcoming Fedora 21 keep to this tradition closely. You can even say that it’s not really a Fedora release unless it slips past its deadline by at least a few weeks. “As you probably noticed, Fedora 21 is still not frozen (Alpha Change Deadline was planned for this… (read more)

GNOME: Interview with Nathan Willis, GUADEC Keynote Speaker

GUADEC 2014 is almost upon us, and we are talking to the three keynote speakers who are lined up for this year’s conference. Nathan Wills – LWN editor, typeface designer and author – is one of these keynote speakers. His talk, titled Should We Teach The Robot To Kill, addresses issues relating to Free Software and the automative industry. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about this fascinating subject, as well as his views on Free Software conferences.

The automotive industry has been a latecomer to open source software. Why do you think that is?

I guess I think there are two reasons. The first is that automotive is highly, tightly “vertical” — carmakers have long-standing relationships with their manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors that involve multi-year contracts, and each car model takes years to go from design to implementation. I mean, it’s the prototypical assembly-line industry, after all. Thus, it takes quite some time to orchestrate a major change.

The other reason, though, it that it has only been recently that consumer electronics has become an important factor for carmakers. Now that smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, not just accessories for people with disposable income, customers are asking for different things in their cars than they used to. A few years ago, your biggest concerns were DVD players in the rear seats, CDs in the front, and maybe some kind of remote-unlock/service-you-can-call. Now people want installable apps and they expect a full-blown 3G Internet connection; that means a very different software stack is expected than there used to be.

What is the most exciting improvement the automotive industry could bring to everyday life, in your opinion?

Okay; so this may sound nebulous, but I think one of the best things the automotive software market could do is demonstrate to people that software is just another component in all of the machines & things that we already use everyday. Because people have a different relationship to their cars than they do to, say, their phones and their netbooks. We change our own oil, we replace parts that wear out; we keep our cars for decades at a time and we learn every little thing about how they work (admittedly, it’s not always by choice…).

So automotive software will have to encompass part of that experience already. And, since so much of that software will be based on Linux and FOSS, I hope it will expose lots of new people to programming — as something that they can do if they decide they want to.

You attended the coolest worldwide conferences about open source. Which one has been the most exciting? (GUADEC apart, of course!)

Yikes…. It’s so hard to choose, because they’re all so different. I really love the “community” conferences like Texas Linux Fest, SCALE, and Ohio Linux Fest, because the attendees are so fired up. But I also really love developer conferences, because you get to see the connections being made and major things happening that just don’t occur in mailing-list discussions. On that side of things I would put conferences like GUADEC and the GStreamer Conference. But then I also have to single out Libre Graphics Meeting, which is a favorite of mine because it’s right in between: developers and users meeting with each other.

What do you expect from this GUADEC?

Mayhem of the highest order. But mixed in with talks showcasing interesting new work that I might unintentionally miss if I was just reading release announcements, a glimpse of where GNOME and GTK+ applications will be six months or a year from now, and, naturally, a lot of people enjoying geeking out (so to speak) about making and using software. Also hopefully some font talk….

What can we expect from your keynote at GUADEC?

Well, I hope people will come away with a clearer picture of where things stand today in the automotive Linux software realm — especially what the various projects’ goals are and what parts of the overall picture those goals cover. Then I also hope I can get people interested in participating in automotive software space, starting with where they can get involved today as a user and as a contributor.

And, finally, my ultimate goal would be to persuade some people that the free-software community can — and should — take up the challenge and view the car as a first-rate environment where free software belongs. Because there will naturally be lots of little gaps where the different corporate projects don’t quite have every angle covered. But we don’t have to wait for other giant companies to come along and finish the job. We can get involved now, and if we do, then the next generation of automotive software will be stronger for it, both in terms of features and in terms of free-software ideals.

Thanks Nathan! We can’t wait to hear your keynote.

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Officially Announced by Canonical

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the first point release in the new series, has been released and is now available for download.

All the Ubuntu LTS versions get this special treatment and a few point releases are made available in the maintenance course of a distribution. The regular releases, like Ubuntu 14.10 for example, won’t get any major updates like this one and will only benefit from nine months of support.

Canonical has changed the support periods for its distributio… (read more)

Calibre 1.46 Brings Third-Party Plugin Support for eBook Editing

The Calibre software provides some important functions for its users, like the ability to read, edit, and manage eBooks. The developer has issued a new update and the new version brings a few major features. Even if people mostly use Calibre for converting eBooks from one format to another or as a reader, the application is also capable of editing books as well. This new function was implemented recently and the developer is still adding features and fixes for it. One of the biggest improvem… (read more)

2014′s Best Distros, Buncha New Games, and Fedora Delayed

In today’s news feeds is’s top five Linux distributions for 2014. One of their picks is said to vulnerable to attack and the proof has been posted. In other news, has rolled out support for 50 DRM-free Linux games. And finally tonight, Fedora 21 has been delayed. Our top story tonight is’s Distro Watch: The Best Linux Distributions For 2014. Danny Stieben starts his article with, you guessed it, Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Then he picked one for newbies, another for more experienced users, and ended with Tails for the security conscious. Speaking of Tails, folks are saying it is still at risk from some zero-day vulnerability. The Register says: Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous user of the Tails operating system. The security bods claim they can upload malicious code to a system running Tails, execute the payload remotely, and ultimately discover the victim’s public IP address. today announced support for 50 games, "classic and new," for Linux. Looking through the list of games I see a lot tagged with "first time on Linux!" One of the more interesting is Realms of the Haunting. It actually

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Wine 1.7.23 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.23 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Better support for files drag & drop.
  • Improvements to the HTTP cookie management.
  • Initial support for 64-bit Android builds.
  • Fixes to crypto certificates management.
  • Various bug fixes.

The source is available now.
Binary packages are in the process of being built, and will appear soon at their respective download locations.

Open-Source AMD Hawaii Support Should Now Be Working!

After renewed pressure on open-source AMD 3D support not working, it seems they’ve finally managed to get the Radeon R9 290 series graphics cards working on the open-source Linux driver between some updated GPU microcode and kernel driver changes…