Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Released with KDE Plasma 5 as Default Desktop – Screenshot Tour

Today’s announcement for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Final Beta also mentioned the immediate availability for download and testing of Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2, an official Ubuntu flavor built around the modern and attractive KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, as well as the KDE Applications project.

As usual, we immediately took the Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 operating system for a quick test drive in order to report the new features it brings, as well as to create a screenshot tour … (read more)

Git 2.4.0-rc0 Does A Ton Of Polishing

An early preview release of Git 2.4 is now available but it doesn’t add too many features as this cycle has organically found itself doing a ton of polishing and bug fixing…

The Most Common, Annoying Issue When Benchmarking Ubuntu On Many Systems

When constantly benchmarking dozens of systems daily in a fully-automated manner there’s one issue particularly on Ubuntu that’s proved over the past few months to be most annoying…..

Linux Kernel Source Code of BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition Published on GitHub

Some of you might be aware of the fact that about a week ago, on March 18, Carsten Munk, Chief Research Engineer at Jolla, published an interesting article on his blog, where he claimed that BQ is not offering a GPL license for the Linux kernel that powers the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition device.

We also want to remind you that Adan Munoz, prod… (read more)

WordPress 4.2 Beta 3

WordPress 4.2 Beta 3 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.2, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

For more information about what’s new in version 4.2, check out the Beta 1 and Beta 2 blog posts. Some of the changes in Beta 3 include:

  • Removed Shiny Installs functionality due to concerns about the activation workflow. Please test the remaining “Shiny Updates” functionality from both the Plugins > Add New and Plugins screens to ensure in-line updating still works as well as before.
  • Fixed an issue with the Comments Quick Edit layout breaking on smaller screens. Please test on your mobile devices.
  • Improved accessibility of login screen errors. Screen reader users: please let us know if you encounter any issues.
  • Refined the emoji compatibility script to only load on the front- and back-end if the browser requires it. If you’re using a legacy web browser, please test.
  • Fixed several issues in Press This with inserted images being improperly linked to locations other than the source site. Go ahead, “press” a site with images on the page and tell us if the image links aren’t working as you’d expect.
  • Standardized the time display format in a variety of admin screens, switching to 24-hour notation where a.m. or p.m. are not specified. Please let us know if you notice you notice anything amiss!
  • Various other bug fixes. We’ve made more than 65 changes in the last week.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed.

Emoji loader
“Shiny Updates” still stand firm
Beta 3, please test!

Linux Kernel 3.19.3 Arrives with ARM, ARM64, and IPv6 Fixes, Many Updated Drivers

Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced today, March 26, the immediate availability for download of the third maintenance releases for Linux 3.19 kernel, along with Linux kernels 3.14.37 LTS and 3.10.37 LTS. Additionally, Linux kernel 3.18.10 LTS has also been announced a couple days ago.

All these new point releases of Linux kernel include numerous improvements… (read more)

OS X 10.10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 vs. Fedora 21 Tests: Linux Sweeps The Board

With having a new Apple Mac Mini in our testing labs this week, I ran some basic benchmarks comparing Mac OS X 10.10.2 to Ubuntu 15.04 to Fedora 21 in a few different configurations.

Mesa Is At Nearly 1,500 Commits This Year

With Q1’2015 quickly coming to an end, here’s a look at the Mesa Git activity for the past few months…

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition Unboxing – Video

We are extremely happy to report that the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone, which will be known forever as the first Ubuntu Phone device made, has just arrived today at our headquarters in the European Union, so we’ve decided to make a short unboxing video to show you guys what’s in the box.

Softpedia acquired the Ubuntu-powered phone from the BQ Online Store in the second flash sale, which took place on the morning of February 19, 2015. It took approximately 1 mo… (read more)

Gestures & Other GTK3 Features For LibreOffice

The GTK3 port of LibreOffice is finally taking shape and gaining new functionality…

The Vulkan & SPIR-V Presentations From NVIDIA GTC 2015

The Vulkan, SPIR-V, and OpenCL 2.1 slides from last week’s GPU Tech Conference are now online…

It’s Now Easier To Try PHP 7 On Fedora & RHEL

For those interested in PHP 7, it’s now easier to try out the development version of the next-generation PHP on Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux based operating systems…

BQ Is Cleaning Up Their Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Kernel

Last week we relayed the article by Carsten Munk of Jolla about the kernel of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Phone being a mess. Since then, it looks like BQ and Ubuntu developers have taken to cleaning up the kernel source tree…

Bodacious Bodhi Broadens Linux Desktop


Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC3’s implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, makes an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. Bodhi is one of only a handful of Linux distros embracing the Enlightenment environment. Its developers call Bodhi the Enlightened Linux Distribution. Beware if you try it: Bodhi Linux could easily become your favorite Linux distro. Enlightenment takes a bit of adjusting to, however. It has a learning curve and a customization path that renders it not so out-of-the-box ready.

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of March, 13th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, March 13th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on March 27th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Karen Sandler
 * Andrea Veri
 * Tobias Mueller

== Board meeting ==

 * GIMP funds release request for advance travel reimbursement for LGM
  * Alexandre Prokoudine suggested a possible format for the document he should provide the GNOME Foundation with in order to properly receive the funds in advance
   * Referenced e-mail is https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-March/msg00097.html
  * ACTION: Kat to reply Alexandre confirming the proposed format is fine

 * Sponsorship for GNOME Asia & GUADEC
  * Simply need folks volunteering here to take the action of reaching out to adboard members that were not contacted by Andreas, or do we need something more substantial?
     * has "potential" and "contacted" sections https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/2015/Sponsors
     * https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate/Fundraising and https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate/Fundraising/2014/Conferences - information from last year; could be privately shared as a new page with Andreas and Fabiana and anyone else who can help (the Wiki allows fine-grained acls on each of the hosted pages) so that we can coordinate reaching out and results with them
  * The board reaches out to the companies that are adboard members, and local organizers reach out to the others; but we shouldn't be a bottleneck, so we should ask Andreas & Fabiana for recommendations of people that might be interested in helping out/spearheading the fundraising for GUADEC
  * Ties into the work that Sri & Jeff wanted to accomplish "ASAP" for reaching out to adboard members; need to decide who phones who
  * We should tap into Asia, a market with lots of demand for a Linux desktop, and find general sponsors as part of FOSS.Asia
  * ACTION: Jeff to get back to Fabiana & Andreas about what has been discussed here today
  * ACTION: Andrea to set up the permissions for the copied wiki pages under https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/Private/Fundraising and https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/Private/Fundraising/2014/Conferences

 * Discussion of answers to follow-up questions from Allan
  * The Foundation can't commit any funds for the font at the moment
  * We are already asking our advisory board for a lot, such as GUADEC sponsorship and system administration support
  
 * Special meetings to go through the ACTIONS items list
  * Having them through IRC like the past years should work
  * ACTION: Jeff to find a suitable for everyone date and time and propose that on board-list

DEFERRED:

 * Review action items in kanban board, for completeness and status
   * Anyone interested in special "drain the swamp" task-review meetings for this?

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * ED search
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
   * NDA for sysadmins (for the privacy policy)
   * "Brochure for prospective sysadmin sponsors"

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * GIMP Libre Graphics Meeting 2015
  * Michael Schumacher requested if it's actually possible to receive travel reimbursements in advance for one participant
  * The Board agreed that is possible at certain conditions
   * Statement that the money will only be used for this purpose
   * Ticket receipts will be provided to the Board
   * No VISA or reimbursed amount not completely used will be returned

 * Status of GNOME Foundation's Level 2 verification at StartCom
  * Level 2 verifications for both Andrea and Organization's accounts at StartSSL were renewed
  * Foundation's address has been updated on the SSL certificates to reflect the new location
  * SHA2 certificates have been issued

 * Gobby instance
  * With the move to the Etherpad, the Board has agreed the Gobby instance is ready to be decommissioned

 * Brochure for prospective sysadmin sponsors
  * Jeff is putting together a brochure to be sent out to possible sponsors for the sysadmin funds
  * The brochure will include a list of goals / improvements that have been achieved during the past two years
  * The brochure will also provide information and details about why having a paid System Administrator provides an overall improvement to the whole GNOME Project and community

== Pending action items ==
 * Kat to reply back to Alexandre Prokoudine confirming the proposed format for requesting travel reimbursements for LGM in advance is fine
 * Jeff to get back to Fabiana & Andreas about what has been discussed today about GUADEC sponsorships
 * Andrea to set up the permissions for the copied Fundraising-related wiki pages
 * Board 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
 * Jeff to call back and find out what the phone inquiry which asked for Stormy is about
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork


CentOS-Based NethServer 6.6 Distro Officially Released with New Software Center

The NethServer development team, through Alessio Fattorini, was extremely happy to announce today, March 26, the immediate availability for download of the NethServer 6.6 Linux kernel-based operating system for servers, based on the upstream CentOS 6.6 distribution.

The NethServer 6.6 release brings various new features, such as a first time configuration wizard, an all-new Software Center page, a built-in disk space analyzer, yellow to-do notifications, network card repla… (read more)

Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community

While Allwinner has been caught violating the (L)GPL and resulted in obfuscating their code and playing around with their advertised licenses, now this ARM vendor is taking things a step further…

Distribution Release: NethServer 6.6

Alessio Fattorini has announced the release of NethServer 6.6, the new stable version of the project’s CentOS-based specialist distribution for servers: “We are proud to announce a new NethServer release. This is a thrilling day for the whole NethServer community. It has been a journey to get to….

GLAMOR Starts Getting Improved For X.Org Server 1.18

Eric Anholt has called on the first pull request for the X.Org Server 1.18 merge window to improve the GLAMOR 2D acceleration code…

Introducing GNOME 3.16, the Best GNOME Release Yet – Video

The GNOME Project had the pleasure of announcing today, March 25, the release of the highly anticipated GNOME 3.16 desktop environment, a major version of GNOME 3, which includes a great number of new features and improvements that represent six months of hard work.

In numbers, GNOME 3.16 includes 33,525 changes by 1043 authors. Highlights include a revamped notification system integrated in the Calendar apple, overlaid scrollbars for all GNOME apps, better content views i… (read more)