Orca Screen Reader Updated for GNOME 3.20.2 with Performance Improvements

The Orca open-source screen reader and magnifier software used by default in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems has been updated today, May 16, 2016, to version 3.20.2.

As usual, we’ve managed to fetch the internal changelog to tell you what’s new in this release, which is being distributed as part of the recently announced GNOME 3.20.2 desktop environment.

As such, Orca 3.20.2 arrives today with various performance improvements, such as support for cache results for the shouldInferLabelFor() function, as well as the ability to verify setting before attempting to generate spoken indentation information.

Moreover, the findObjectInContents() function now receives smarts for embedded children, the application can cache results during filtering contents for the presentation, and it takes in… (read more)

Distribution Release: ChaletOS 16.04

Dejan Petrovic has announced the release of ChaletOS 16.04, a desktop distribution based on Ubuntu and designed for Linux newcomers. The new release focuses mostly on the look and feel of the distribution’s desktop environment: “What is new in new release of ChaletOS? New LTS support, new kernel….

Wine 1.9.10 Introduces Civilization V and Microsoft Office 2007 Improvements

A new development release of the Wine open-source software, which is being used by GNU/Linux and Mac OS X users to run Windows applications and games has been announced today, May 16, 2016, version 1.9.10.

Prominent features of Wine 1.9.10 include Retina support for Mac OS X operating system by implementing a high resolution rendering option, better compatibility for the directory enumeration feature, a bunch of C++ runtime fixes, improvements to the video output, and fixes for 25 reported bugs.

Digging deeper into the changelog for the Wine 1.9.10 release, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, the Soulbringer, Ragnarok Online, Civilization V, TAGAP, TOCA Touring Car Championship, Shogun: Total War, Medieval: Total War, NordicBet Poker, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+, Stars!, and Caesar IV Demo games received various improvements, so they should work better now.

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Forrester Research report: Accelerate your cloud expansion

Cloud is now mainstream, but what’s holding it back, what are the biggest concerns of technology decision makers? Are industry leaders choosing public, private or hybrid clouds? Canonical has commissioned Forrester Consulting to explore enterprise cloud platform trends and adoption. Learn about:

  • Most popular cloud deployment and strategies
  • What percentage of enterprises are already utilizing IaaS/PaaS
  • The desired goals and benefits of implementing various cloud models
  • What enterprises plan to do with their clouds
  • Enterprise top concerns about the cloud

The report summarizes how decision makers really feel about the promise of greater flexibility, scalability, agility and cost savings offered by the Cloud.

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Distribution Release: Linuxfx 7.4.2

The Linuxfx team has launched a new version of their Ubuntu-based distribution. The new release, Linuxfx 7.4.2, features mostly improved hardware support, productivity software and media support. An English translation of the project’s release announcement (Brazilian Portuguese) reads: “This new version of Linuxfx is the latest 7 series….

eBook: CIO’s guide to SDN, NFV & VNF

Networking and communications standards and methodologies are undergoing the greatest transition since the migration from analogue to digital. The shift is from function-specific, proprietary devices to software-enabled commodity hardware.

Why is the transition happening and why is it important?

Read this eBook to:

  • familiarise yourself with the three most popular terminologies today – SDN, NFV, and VNF
  • learn why the transition is happening
  • understand why it’s important for anyone responsible for a network to understand and embrace this emerging opportunity
  • learn about the potential benefits, and some deployment and management solutions for software-enabled networking

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Single sign-on improvements in Fedora 24

How many times do you wish everything around you was a tiny bit smarter? A door opens automatically when you come in with bags of groceries. A light switches on when you step in. Entering a password twice in a row isn’t required to unlock your email after you logged in into your desktop.

Home automation has improved greatly in the last decade. Numerous sensors and smart switches are cheaper and more accessible every year. For example, offices and shopping malls in Finland have had automatically opening doors for years. Lights in my office switch off to conserve electricity when I’d get too deep into coding or a debugging session. Darkness is a result of me not moving much in my chair, as if I froze or need to be kicked out for a run.

Fitting single sign-on into the jigsaw

Yet, single sign-on and automated configuration for our tools remains a wish. In the enterprise environment, Linux systems often need to be configured by administrators in advance to allow users do just that: use all available resources. There are countless confusing articles, blog posts, and forum tragedies where a poor soul conquers the world of Kerberos, LDAP, networking file, or print services. Strangers give advice and laugh with an evil grin on attempts to follow the advice. This leaves the original person wishing it worked by itself.

Since 2009, Fedora started to package SSSD. Starting in 2011, FreeIPA also appeared in Fedora. These two projects try to untangle the complexity of corporate protocols. Combining LDAP, Kerberos, DNS, standalone certificate authorities, and a nice user interface, FreeIPA weaved together a set of tools to roll out corporate infrastructure completely based on free software in 10-15 minutes. SSSD, on other hand, made it possible to log in to FreeIPA from client computers where access rights are managed centrally and applied locally. Still, an administrator needs to enroll a client machine manually from the command line to allow its use and applications need to be configured manually too.

Adding machines from a GUI

Fedora 18 and 19 brought another improvement: it was now possible to enroll a client machine to Active Directory and FreeIPA from the graphical interface. Most of the details were discovered automatically. A name of the domain and an account were all you needed. Passwords were still needed to configure access to applications, but for some online resources, GNOME did gain the ability to configure access in a central place. This happens in GNOME Online Accounts. Email access, as well as remote access to file storage were now working after a single step of adding an online account.

The right to access these remote resources is usually granted for a week or two. Once the access has expired, you wouldd need to re-enter a password to obtain a new grant. For corporate resources, which often used Kerberos authentication, access would need a grant extension every twenty-four (or fewer) hours due to how Kerberos tickets are issued. While the Kerberos protocol allows renewing tickets in time and SSSD is able to renew them at login (or screensaver unlock), most account types in GNOME Online Accounts were not using this feature.

In a world of the cloud

In a cloud world, most remote applications tend to use HTTP or HTTPS protocols to communicate with your computer. This works just fine with a browser, which assumes a human is there, staring at the screen, answering questions, or clicking buttons. Some applications support more than password-based authentication. In particular, relaying the authentication process to another application became quite common. Web applications often ask for a ‘Social Network’ login. This delegates a password check to an existing remote source. In many cases, this is to Facebook, Google, or your own corporate portal.

Corporate portals often have support for Kerberos. It means your computer can talk to a corporate portal and automatically exchange authentication details if you have a valid Kerberos ticket. A portal then issues a session token that the original application can use to work with you.

libsoup helps make single sign-on possible

Since 2009, GNOME applications weren’t able to enjoy a first-class ride in such environments. Most, if not all of them, use libsoup for the network communication over HTTP or HTTPS protocols. In 2009, libsoup lost the ability to support “Negotiate” authentication. This includes Kerberos and NTLMSSP protocols. It took almost seven years to get a correct implementation back. This was a concerted effort of many people across multiple Linux distributions.

With the GNOME 3.20 release in late March 2016, libsoup added Negotiate authentication support again. If applications are using libsoup directly, they can request to authenticate with Kerberos or NTLMSSP credentials in a transparent way. However, many applications don’t use libsoup directly. Instead, they use a HTML engine called WebkitGTK+. WebkitGTK+ was changed as well to use libsoup’s Negotiate feature if a web site is accessed over HTTPS.

Altogether, this work enables a seemingly simple feature. If a Fedora 24 client is enrolled in FreeIPA or Active Directory, the user can directly go with Epiphany browser to any corporate website that supports Kerberos. By signing in to the system, the user can sign into it without entering any password again. A true single sign-on is now in place, without additional configuration beyond the original enrollment of the system.

Single sign-on with Yubikey

When working with Red Hat Desktop Team on these improvements, I recorded several videos to show how to use single sign-on in Fedora in real life. All of the features demonstrated in the videos are now possible with Fedora 24 Beta, though you can see through the artwork that it was show-cased with a patched Fedora 23 system. In February 2016 Fedora 24 was not yet available.

The first demo shows how to log into the Fedora Workstation as a user from a FreeIPA deployment. First with a password, then with two-factor authentication. A Kerberos ticket is obtained by SSSD after logging in directly over the Internet with the help of a Kerberos proxy. The same ticket is used to join (without a password) to an OpenConnect VPN. As we are part of our corporate environment, we can access the FreeIPA management console.

With the help of the FreeIPA console, we assign a Yubikey USB token to the user. When we try to unlock the screen again, GDM hints that both a first-factor (password) and a second-factor (an HOTP token generated by Yubikey hardware) key need to be entered. On successful login, SSSD renews the Kerberos ticket.

If you are interested how to configure Kerberos proxy and OpenConnect VPN to use Kerberos, check out this Red Hat article or an OpenConnect VPN recipe.

Single sign-on with Google Apps

Single Sign-On in Fedora: Adding an Online Account

Adding an Online Account from inside GNOME

The second demo shows how Epiphany transparently authenticates with Kerberos against FreeIPA web interface. Note that this user has an email address associated with the account. This email is managed by a Google Apps for Domain deployment. Therefore, we want to allow single sign-on to Google applications without giving Google any of our passwords.

To do so, we use the Ipsilon project. Ipsilon is an identity provider integrated with FreeIPA. Ipsilon implements SAMLv2 protocol and allows Google Apps for Domain to ask Ipsilon for authentication and the identity of the authenticated user. When we attempt to log into Google Apps, we get redirected to our Ipsilon server. The Ipsilon server offers an authentication choice using Kerberos, and the browser automatically signs us in. Ipsilon redirects us back to Google and we are able to access Google applications.

Fedora 24 includes both FreeIPA and Ipsilon to make it possible to configure your own Google Apps for Domain instance to authenticate against your own FreeIPA domain. Follow this article for more details.

ownCloud meets single sign-on

The same can be achieved in other cloud environments. The third video actually shows how this works with ownCloud. ownCloud is a self-hosted file sync and share server. It provides access to your data through a web interface, sync clients, or WebDAV while providing a platform to view, sync and share across devices easily — all under your control.

There, we configure Ipsilon to accept authentication requests coming from ownCloud. To do this, a mod_auth_mellon is created via ownCloud to send such requests. This is work in progress. For now, Adam Williamson’s module and a generic mod_auth_mellon Ipsilon client can be used to configure ownCloud.

Right now, using ownCloud and similar WebDAV-based sharing sites with Kerberos is not easy. Lots of work is continuing to improve GNOME Online Accounts to automatically acquire user credentials in case of unattended access to WebDAV resources protected with Ipsilon or similar Identity Providers.

Why does single sign-on matter to Fedora?

Why is all this work important to Fedora? After all, there are few enterprises that use Fedora in production. The answer would actually depend on how you see yourself. With FreeIPA and other solutions like Samba AD domain controller (coming soon to Fedora), it is now easy to deploy your own enterprise-grade environment at home, fully based on free software and independent of any external cloud identity provider. This makes Fedora a perfect place to shape corporate IT future and participate in bringing it to reality.

Fedora allows you to go further as the world today is more connected than before. People often follow where the current job creation rush is. This weaves its own distributed private networks of communication between families, relatives, and friends across borders. Today, these webs rely on social networks and clouds. Sometimes, they are not immune against government invasion. The editions of Fedora give the ability to truly stand on your own, and features like single sign-on make the use of your own communications easier for everyone. We are not getting younger with years, and neither our relatives and friends. User experience improvements make complex systems more accessible and allow the use of more secure technology to protect our environments.

Ubuntu Core sees the light on NXP/Freescale i.MX 6 and HiKey


This week the worlds of open source and embedded development are all gathering in Austin for OSCON and the NXP FTF. This is the opportunity for Canonical to showcase the progresses done with Ubuntu Core, a slimmed down version of Ubuntu built for IoT. In a week full of talks of open source communities, Linux, IoT and embedded software in Austin, Ubuntu Core will be demonstrated on two new chipset: the NXP / Freescale i.MX 6 and the HiKey Lemaker edition powered by the Huawei Kirin620 SoC.

At the NXP FTF conference, Canonical will be exhibiting and demoing Ubuntu Core running on the i.MX 6 in an industrial gateways setting. In partnership with Clouplug, an industrial automation set-up will be displayed. Working with computer vision library openCV, a security camera application will be showcased, as well as the upgrade and rollback capabilities of Ubuntu Core. A developer image will be available soon from developer.ubuntu.com.

At OSCON, in addition to the Ubuntu booth, Ubuntu Core will be ever present, both on the Dell booth with the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 (booth 407) and on the Huawei & LeMaker’s (booth 501) with a first demo of Ubuntu Core running on the Hikey LeMaker edition. As announced by LeMaker, an developer image of Ubuntu Core is now available for download from LeMaker and from developer.ubuntu.com. The Hikey Lemaker edition is the second announced 64 bit ARM board and the second 96Boards compatible chipset too to support Ubuntu Core. Powered by the Kirin620 eight-core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC, this is a collaboration between LeMaker, Huawei and Linaro, and the first octa-core 96Boards Consumer Edition.

These two new ARM  boards to support Ubuntu Core show it as the Linux of choice to build a variety of managed, secure and revenue generating “things” from industrial to consumer equipment:

  • Home gateway: with the HiKey Lemaker edition board powerful app-enabled home gateways become a possibility based on open source and proprietary applications for home automation, communication, video surveillance…
  • Industrial gateways: Dell will also be at OSCON with the Dell Edge Gateway, an app enabled industrial gateways, with a growing ecosystem of vendors across building automation and industrial maintenance and control.
  • Industrial gateways:  the demo given at NXP FTF  and Ubuntu Core now available on the i.MX 6, we’re looking forward to seeing a number of new industrial use cases.

If you’re in Austin next week, make sure you meet the Canonical teams and the Ubuntu community whether at OSCON or at NXP FTF! If you’d like to arrange a meeting… just get in touch!

Raspberry Pi Zero, the $5 Computer, Now Ships with a Built-in Camera Connector

Approximately half a year after its launch, during which time every single copy was sold, the $5 computer, Raspberry Pi Zero, makes a comeback with a built-in camera connector.

Yes, you’re reading it right, Raspberry Pi Founder founder Eben Upton has just emailed everyone subscribed to the project’s marketing channels that a new version of the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero single-board computer (SBC) is now available with what appears to be the most requested “missing” feature, a camera connector.

“Happily, Mike was able to take advantage of the resulting production hiatus to add the most frequently demanded ‘missing’ feature to Zero: a camera connector. Through dumb luck, the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right-hand side of the board,” reads today’s announcement.

A custom six-inch adapter cable is also a… (read more)

New features in GNOME To Do

GNOME To Do is an application that manages a simple set of to-do lists. To Do was built by Georges Stavracas, a frequent contributor to GNOME software including Calendar and Nautilus, during Google Summer of Code. It’s designed to be the best tool to manage what you want to achieve with your projects and daily life.

GNOME 3.20 (available in the upcoming Fedora 24 release) brings many new enhancements, some of which expand the functionality of GNOME To Do. I spoke with Georges about what these changes bring, and what the future holds for To Do.

GNOME To Do 3.20

New Features

The biggest new feature is the plugin architecture. The first plugin available is superb support for synchronization with Todoist, allowing tasks in To Do to be seen and edited on mobile and the web. Georges spoke to me about plugins he hopes the community may build for To Do:

I’d personally love to see a plugin that adds a panel with various statistics about my productivity. I want to know what hours I’m more task-killer, which days of the week I solve more tasks, tendencies about the number of tasks I’m completing and more, all with beautiful graphics and interactive charts.

I’d love to see a plugin that adds support for recurrent daily tasks.

I’d love to see a plugin that turns GNOME To Do in a RPG-like stategy game, where each project is a boss and each task is an enemy. Your character would earn skills and levels according to your experience (i.e. productivity).

And, even more, I’d love to see a plugin that surprises me. 🙂

Future Plans for GNOME To Do

I asked Georges about what the future holds for To Do. He’s evidently passionate about the software, with a goal to move it beyond a simple to-do list application:

I have ambitious plans for GNOME To Do. I want to improve other modules of GNOME desktop (like Online Accounts) that will reflect in To Do. Also, I want to add support for subtasks, grouping task lists, integration with other online services, tags and some other things.

One thing that hits me hard is that GNOME To Do is not smart enough for my standards. I want it to be able to learn what I do, automatically organize my tasks, notify me about the progress I’m doing in a given project, have statistics about what makes me more productivity and even suggest me some things to improve my workflow — obviously, all this data would be local and anonymous.

Installing GNOME To Do

Fedora 23 currently has version 3.18 available, with the Fedora 24 Beta (and soon the release) carrying the new 3.20 version. In both releases, you can install GNOME To Do through dnf:

dnf install gnome-todo

Alternatives to GNOME To Do

To Do will evolve into an attractive option for completely managing your tasks. Until all the features you might need are implemented, though, you may want to try one of the other exceptional task list applications available in Fedora.

Getting Things GNOME! is a feature-packed task manager based on the GTD method, while command line-based Taskwarrior is a fantastic option for command-line folks.

To install Getting Things GNOME! in Fedora:

dnf install gtg

and for Taskwarrior:

dnf install task


GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of May, 9th, 2016

= Minutes for Monday, May 9th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Monday, May 16th, 19:30 UTC

Wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20160509

== Attending ==

 * Alexandre Franke
 * Jeff F. T. (chairing)
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Allan Day
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Shaun McCance

== Regrets ==

 * Andrea Veri

== Missing ==

== Agenda ==

 * Preparing the advisory board meeting
 * ED Search Update
 * GUADEC Manchester bid

=== Ongoing ===

'''The following section is part of the Agenda and includes items which have seen updates in the last 30 days.  Items which have been updated more than 30 days ago are listed under the "Ongoing but stalled" section.'''

 * ED Search Update
 * Unixstickers
 * Google ad grant
 * Selling 3rd party merch at confs
 * Friends of GNOME
 * GUADEC registration fee vs donation system

== Minutes ==

 * Preparing the advisory board meeting
  * Meeting is scheduled for Monday 16th May at 16:00 UTC
  * Allan has a presentation draft and asks for Board members to give some presentations
   * And also should fill in as backup speakers in case some of the invitees are not able to talk
   * Need a volunteer for ED search update
    * Shaun is happy to talk but we need to come up with a narrative
   * Allan will prepare a draft for slides, and will require input from some Board members to add data, and general proofreading
   * Screenshots can be taken from the release notes, and we can use some event photos too

 * ED Search Update
  * There was a question about whether we should revise the position/job description, but the Board did not come to a conclusion on this in previous discussion
  * ACTION: Rosanna to tell Jonathan to go ahead with the job search

 * GUADEC Manchester bid
  * The Board received a bid from Manchester for GUADEC 2017
  * There's a document to review
  * We want to meet with the organizing team(s) at GUADEC this year
  * When do we want to announce the next location? At GUADEC?
   * For the schedule proposed by Manchester, this would be possible, but depends on how many other bids we get
   * It's not a requirement to announce it at GUADEC
  * There are no other bids for now
  * Is there anything obvious missing from the bid? We should communicate that sooner rather than later
  * We can review the document on the m-l, collect questions and get back to them
  * ACTION: Kat will collect and send comments once we have reviewed the document

== Ongoing ==

'''This section includes items which have seen an update in the last 30 days. Format is "YYYY-MM-DD, action|discussion|resume" for this and subsequent minutes sections'''

 * ED search update
  * 2015-12-01, No news received in recent weeks, mostly because of holidays
  * 2015-12-08, 3 candidates are going to have a couple of one hour interviews with ~2 members of the hiring committee per interview. Scheduling of these metings is just beginning.
  * 2015-12-15 to 2015-01-12, No updates.
  * 2016-01-19
   * Committee has completed interview with two final candidates 
   * They should have a final answer/proposal to the board within a few weeks
  * 2016-02-02, Expect more news this week - we'll start scheduling interviews soon
  * 2016-02-09
   * Sri from the ED committee wants to present to the Board at next week's meeting
   * A list of candidates that are deemed good and have been vetted by the committee will be presented at the meeting
  * 2016-02-16, The ED Search committee converged on a single candidate
  * 2016-02-23, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-February/msg00003.html
  * 2016-03-14, Jonathan Blandford (jrb) has agreed to lead
  * 2016-04-11, Jonathan mailed the Board mentioning the ED Search Committee is back on track, they'll start meeting on a regular basis again

 * Unixstickers
  * 2016-02-02
   * Allan has an action item to follow up with this
   * Kat put some information on the agreements page for similar cases
  * 2016-02-09, Allan drafted email - need to send that out
  * 2016-02-16, Allan has been in touch with them. Got a good response and sent a draft agreement document. Will be having a call with them on Friday.
  * 2016-02-23 (excerpts taken from the mailing list)
   * Allan confirms the Unixstickers team read the draft trademark agreement and acknowledged it
   * 10% of the proceeds will be returned back as royalties
   * Only GNOME sticakers are sold right now, the idea is to encourage them to also sell t-shirts and mugs
  * 2016-03-01, Allan followed up and is now waiting to hear back to Unixstickers
  * 2016-03-08, Allan to ask who will pay for postage
  * 2016-03-22, they'll pay for sticker postage
  * 2016-04-04, Allan has asked Pam to draft an agreement for them to sign. Waiting to hear back.
  * 2016-05-02
   * Pam sent a draft back to the Board, certain details (such as royalty prices for items) are still to be discussed
   * A vote has happened on the mailing list as a general "we're good with it" approval, another vote will be required before signing it

 * Google ad grant
  * 2016-02-02, Alexandre to follow up with the procedure to get registered
  * 2016-02-09 to 2016-02-23, No updates
  * 2016-03-01, Shaun will ask his contacts about TechSoup as joining the organization is required for us to be recognized as a non-profit from Google
  * 2016-04-11, Rosanna to provide Shaun the needed tax-related documentation (IRS Data check should be enough for Google to assign the grant if the non-profit is US based)

 * Next adboard meeting
  * 2016-02-09, ACTION: Shaun to send out email to find a good time for the meeting
  * 2016-02-16, ACTION: Shaun to schedule the next meeting
  * 2016-03-15, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00000.html
  * 2016-03-22, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00001.html
  * 2016-03-28, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00002.html
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to follow-up to Rosanna's e-mail to the advisory-board mailing list proposing a new date
  * 2016-04-11, ACTION: Shaun to pick up potential dates and mail advisory-board list proposing a new date (ideally during the first week of May, it's too late already to plan it in April)
  * 2016-05-02
   * The scheduling survey suggested the meeting time being Tuesday 3rd of May, too late to prepare a meeting for that date
   * A new meeting date / time is being scheduled during the next two weeks
   * The Board brainstormed for possible topics and prepared an Agenda. Allan and Jeff are going to cooperate in order to prepare a presentation covering all the topics we decided to talk about

 * Friends of GNOME
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Andrea to get in touch with Tobi about what he needs in order to migrate the Paypal scripts over to the GNOME Foundation Infrastructure
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Shaun to investigate other possible solutions to mere Python scripts + Paypal API solution
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to investigate what information is needed to answer friends< at >gnome.org queries, with a view to potentially turning off paypal notifications to that address.
   * 2016-04-11: Allan has documented the result of conversations with Rosanna and Tobi here: https://wiki.gnome.org/Engagement/FriendsOfGNOME/FAQ . Next step is to discuss the privacy aspests.
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to get in touch with the Engagement team about all this as a first step,with a view to recruiting people to maintain Friends of GNOME and document how it operates.
  * 2016-04-11, ACTION: Alexandre to request more information about the donation data from the European donations system (Wau Holland Stiftung Foundation)

  * Selling 3rd party merch at confs
   * 2016-04-11, There's a proposal (by Allan) to sell third party merchandise during GNOME events

 * GUADEC registration fee vs donation system
  * 2016-05-02, ACTION: Alexandre to ask WHS about the fee

=== Ongoing but stalled ===

'''This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days.'''

 * Google Play account
  * 2015-12-01, ACTION: Alexandre to follow up with the Release Team about this
  * 2015-12-08, Alexandre mailed the Release Team today, still waiting for an answer.
  * 2015-12-15 to 2016-01-19, No updates.
  * 2016-02-02, Release team did not come to an agreement/conclusion. Unclear what next steps should be

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01, ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
  * 2015-12-08 to 2016-01-19, No updates.
  * 2016-02-02, Shaun will try to pick it up this week

 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors -  https://etherpad.gnome.org/p/attracting-contributors-discussion
  * 2016-01-05, Item has been deferred.
  * 2016-02-09, Allan and Jeff have a list of ideas, we could rank them by feasibility/effectiveness and take action on the first few

 * Bitcoins donations data
  * Tobi is the only person with access to the Bitcoin donations data
  * 2016-02-23, ACTION: Alexandre to get in touch with him about this
  * 2016-03-01, Account is on BitPay using friends< at >gnome.org

 * Conference sponsorships
  * 2016-03-15
   * ACTION: Kat to adapt a contract from previous years' conference brochures
   * ACTION: Jeff to chase the companies for a second time after the pages (where the status of whether/which companies have been contacted is listed) are up to date

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

'''This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days and have no Director assigned'''

 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks (last discussion from 2016-01-05)
  * 2016-01-12, Awaiting for Andrea's reply
  * 2016-01-19
   * Andrea replied back to Jeff
   * Jeff to bring the item back during any of the upcoming meetings
  * 2016-02-23, Jeff un-assigned the action item from himself, no current assignee

== Nice to have ==

'''This section includes items which we would love to see happen at some point but lack the time to effectively become reality'''

 * Web page for prior pants winners
  * Shaun and Allan to do this

 * Contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
  * Kat to draft this

 * Gifts situation
   * Inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service
   * Christian to investigate

 * Licensing of artwork and visual assets
  * Engagement team doesn't always licence photos on gnome.org and soon. We need guidelines for them to follow.
  * Allan and Sri to draft guidelines and discuss withthe Engagement Team

 * Privacy campaign funds
  * Previous plan was for Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
  * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds

 * GNOME logo use by podiatrist - possible trademark infringement
  * Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)

 * Money raised for defense against Groupon
  * Kat to draft a call for Free Desktop-style hackfests which would be sponsored with money raised for defence against Groupon

 * Logo usage for t-shirts
  * Allan to carry on with the process and follow up and have some general guidelines written down for future cases

 * Standard code of conduct for GNOME annual events (so we don't have to reinvent the wheel each year)
  * Cosimo to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events

 * Privacy policy for GNOME services
  * Current draft is at https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundation/Privacy
  * Sysadmin Team's NDA should also be covered when dealing with this item
  * Andrea to write up the policy

 * gnome-software privacy issues
  * Software sends information to third parties; could have legal implications for GNOME
  * Allan to look at this

 * Photography policy for GNOME conferences
  * Cosimo to draft a proposal to discuss on foundation-list

== Completed actions ==

 * Yorba Copyrights
 * 2016-03-28, ACTION: Kat to communicate with Yorba and propose them to first get in touch with other organizations then come back to the GNOME Foundation if not satisfied by the proposed options
 * 2016-05-09, Adam got in touch with the Board mentioning the fact Yorba successfully transferred its copyrights to the Software Freedom Conservancy
 * GNOME (Reg. No. 3,142,483); G and Foot Print design (Reg. No. 3,142,484)
  * 2016-05-02, ACTION: Jeff to check archives and ask Pam
 * Follow up "Cairns Hosting GNOME Asia Summit"
  * 2016-05-02, ACTION: Jeff to call back

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 661

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: FreeBSD 10.3’s new featuresNews: Manjaro’s website certificate expired once more, exploring Unity 8, OpenMandriva switches to Clang, PCLinuxOS has dropped 32-bit support, Debian packages ZFS and Linux is turning 25Questions and answers: Switching from CentOS to Red Hat Enterprise LinuxTorrent corner: AryaLinux,….

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Invention Tech Trees Update | New Devices | Griffon Outfit

Push the tech level of Gielinor even further with an update to Invention.

Invention Tech Trees Update | New Devices | Griffin Outfit

Push the tech level of Gielinor even further with an update to Invention.

After Years of Hard Work, ZFS for Linux Finally Lands in Debian GNU/Linux Repos

ReposDebian developer Petter Reinholdtsen has informed the community about the availability of the latest ZFS for Linux implementation of the ZFS filesystem for Linux kernel-based operating systems.
For those not in the known, ZFS on Linux is the official OpenZFS implementation for Linux, which promises to offer native ZFS support on any GNU/Linux operating systems, currently supporting Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, openSUSE, and now Debian.
Debian appears to be one of the last popular Linux kernel-based operating systems to include the ZFS for Linux packages in their software repositories, as Canonical beat them to it by a few months, as the recently released Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distribution ships with full ZFS support.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/after-years-of-hard-work-zfs-for-linux-finally-lands-in-debian-gnu-linux-repos-504047.shtml
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Arch Linux-Based LinHES 8.4 OS Launches with Kodi 16.1, MythTV 0.28, and OpenPHT

Today, LinHES maintainer Cecil Watson has announced the release of LinHES R8.4, an open source attempt to make the installation of a GNU/Linux operating system and the MythTV media center software as trivial as possible.

It has been more than a year since we last heard about the LinHES project, as the previous release, LinHES 8.3, was announced on February 20, 2015, but it looks like things are still alive and the developer managed to find some time to update the operating system’s internals.

Therefore, LinHES 8.4 launches today, May 15, 2016, as an alternative to the Mythbuntu and similar products, built around the latest MythTV 0.28 open-source digital video recorder project, Kodi 16.1 media center, and OpenPHT, a fork of the well-known Plex Home Theater software.

Under the hood, LinHES 8.4 remains based on the lightweight and powerful Arch Linux operating system, which means that most of its core … (read more)

Distribution Release: LinHES 8.4

Cecil Watson has announced the release of LinHES 8.4, the latest stable version of the specialist Arch-based distribution designed for set-top boxes and home entertainment computers. This release features OpenPHT, a community-driven fork of Plex Home Theatre: “The LinHES development team is pleased to announce the release of….

How to Install the Beautiful Arc GTK Theme on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – Updated

At the request of many of our readers, we decided to write the following tutorial to teach Ubuntu users how to install the very popular and gorgeous Arc GTK theme in the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

First of all, we would like to take a moment and say that it has been a year since we first introduced you, guys, to the Arc GTK theme. During this time, it became one of the most requested and loved Linux desktop themes, adopted lately by numerous GNU/Linux operating systems, including the upcoming Linux Mint 18 “Sarah.”

Now that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is out and it began invading users’ computers as the latest, most advanced and reliable Ubuntu release ever, many of you want to fully customize it with third-party GTK and … (read more)

How to work with and manage Scopes in Ubuntu Touch

One of the main features of Ubuntu Touch (the platform powering the Ubuntu phones and Ubuntu tablets) is scopes. What are scopes? Are they different from apps? Sort of, yes. A good analogy is to consider Apps to be a book on a bookshelf that you take down when you need it, make use of it, and then put it back on your shelf when you’re done. Scopes are like the pages from those books. You can take a page from one of those books and tack it up on a pegboard and read it at a glance. This way you can take multiple pages from multiple books and place them on that pegboard for at-a-glance viewing.
Once you start getting used to the idea of scopes, they actually wind up making perfect sense. Instead of having to open up multiple apps to get the information you need, all you have to do is go to the Scopes app and swipe to get your fill of data. It’s actually one of the more efficient ways to interface with a mobile device that I have used in a while. I firmly believe, once scopes start to expand, they could easily propel Ubuntu Touch into relevancy.

Source: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-work-with-and-manage-scopes-in-ubuntu-touch/
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht