Ubuntu Touch to Get a LibreOffice Doc Viewer Soon

LibreOffice 5.0 was released a week ago, and one of the things mentioned in the announcement was the fact that it’s a cornerstone of the mobile clients for Ubuntu Touch and Android. A developer wanted to clarify what that actually meant.

When users first saw the official announcement for LibreOffice 5.0, they started to hope that th… (read more)

The New Ubuntu-Supported Video Driver PPA Is Well Received by Community

Ubuntu will have a dedicated PPA for video drivers, for now only for the Nvidia ones, and third-party developers are already praising the devs for this decision.

One of the issues with Ubuntu is that it has some pretty out-of-date repositories, and they haven’t done anything to fix this until now, although they are working on a new type of packages (Snappy) that should end this problem. Until then, Ubuntu users need to rely on third-party repositories to get all the latest … (read more)

Deprecated Wubi Tool “Mysteriously” Survives on Ubuntu Images Until Today

Wubi was a tool made by Canonical that acted as an Ubuntu installed for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, allowing users to install Ubuntu alongside those OSes. It’s been deprecated for two years, but it somehow “mysteriously” survived on the installation media until now.

Wubi was a very good idea. Windows users could install Ubuntu without needing to have any idea about how a Linux system installer works. They didn’t have to know to use a certain kind of file system… (read more)

Ubuntu 16.04 Stupendously Hot Concept Is About to Become Real

We wrote just a few days ago about a Ubuntu 16.04 Stupendously Hot Charmander concept and a lot of people liked it. Because it’s the work of someone from the community, it’s unlikely that it will be become more than just that, a concept, but it seems to have taken a life of its own.

Linux systems don’t get a lot of concept work. When designers or developers want something, they just do it. Linux operating systems are very flexible, and you can do pretty much what you want w… (read more)

Another KDE success story – the Incubator – Part 3

KXStitch at work – Be Batman

Continuing the series about KDE Incubator let’s hear how KXStitch went through the process. KXStitch was incubated early and quickly.

As Steve Allewell tells us: “In May 2014 I was contacted by Jeremy Whiting, a contributing developer to KDE, to see if I would be interested in submitting the KXStitch application to the KDE Incubator. KXStitch is an editor for counted cross stitch patterns and had already been in development for more than ten years as an independent KDE application. It was hosted on Sourceforge and as the main developer I was supported by a number of people who had provided ideas, testing, bug fixes and some translations.

The KDE Incubator is an effort to help such applications to be migrated into the KDE infrastructure. This is something that I had already been considering, so it was an ideal opportunity to make that transition.

It began with Jeremy announcing KXStitch as a candidate on the Incubator wiki page and the creation of another wiki page for the project itself. This page includes some information about what the application is and includes a couple of checklists detailing the activities that need to be completed to manage the migration into the KDE infrastructure.

The first checklist is to ensure the application is ready to begin the incubation process, i.e. it complies with the KDE manifesto and that it is in active development. From this a plan can be devised for the migration, something which Jeremy, as the sponsor, provided invaluable help and advice pointing me to the relevant people and documentation that I needed to get set up.

The second checklist covers the activities of this plan which, for me, involved setting up a developer account, git repository, mailing lists, web site, wiki and bug tracking. A number of these activities required raising tickets with the system administrators, something that was easily done through the ticketing system and were completed promptly. The administrators also provided help in getting my code imported into its new home in playground/graphics. Having a developer account created also allowed me access to create wiki pages on the KDE community site.

After the initial import several people have done a lot of work fixing the documentation and a couple of bugs. The translations have been incorporated into the rest of KDE’s l10n repositories and translations have been done in a lot more languages.

As KXStitch was already a mature application, playground was intended as a short term place whilst the early integration work was done. At the end of May, KXStitch was moved into kdereview with the intention of moving to extragear/graphics. A number of people had a look over it and provided valuable feedback which prompted some updates fixing a few issues. At the end of June, KXStitch moved to its permanent home in extragear/graphics where it continues development and eventual conversion to KDE Frameworks 5.

I would like to thank Jeremy for his help and support during the incubation process which turned out to be simple and straightforward, and the rest of the community for their contributions for getting KXStitch integrated into KDE.”

In a few days we’ll tell you about another incubated project that participates as well at this year’s edition of the Randa Meetings.

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Debian-Based Q4OS 1.2.8 Live Distro Released with Redesigned Setup Utility, Bugfixes

The Q4OS Team sent an email to Softpedia HQ a few minutes ago informing us about the availability of the Q4OS 1.2.8 ‘Live’ operating system, a release that introduces a revamped Setup utility and fixes several annoying issues reported by users.

The redesigned Setup utility introduced in Q4OS 1.2.8 ‘Live’ is a native Q4OS tool that lets users smoothly and easily install external apps in the distribution. Among the new features implemented, we can mention the ability to solve… (read more)

New Manjaro Linux Spin Uses Solus’ Budgie Desktop and It Looks Grand – Gallery

While digging the Internet, we’ve found a new community spin of the ever-growing Manjaro Linux operating system, built around Solus Project’s simple, modern, and intuitive Budgie desktop environment.

Simply called Manjaro Budgie, the new distribution has just been uploaded to the Sourceforge project hosting website, but immediately removed. However, we’ve managed to get a copy of the OS and uplo… (read more)

Distribution Release: Q4OS 1.2.8

The developers of Q4OS, a lightweight Debian-based distribution featuring the Trinity desktop environment, have delivered a new point release. The new release, Q4OS 1.2.8, features improved dependency management in the Setup application and bug fixes. “This Q4OS release delivers redesigned ‘Setup’ utility, the native Q4OS tool, that enables….

You Can Now Run Linux Kernel 4.1.6 LTS on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, Here’s How

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Black Lab Software’s Linux kernel enablement kit for Black Lab Linux and Ubuntu-based operating systems, but today we have been informed by Roberto J. Dohnert that the kernel 4.1.6 Update Kit has been released.

What this means is that any user who runs an Ubuntu-based operating system, such as Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Black Lab Linux 6, Linux Mint 17.2, etc., can now upgrade to the kernel packages to the latest stable and most advanced vers… (read more)

Ubuntu Touch’s Clock App Gets a Major Revamp with Custom Alarm Sounds, Stopwatch

Nekhelesh Ramananthan has posted some interesting information on his blog about the latest work done for the default Clock app of Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

Among the new features implemented in the Clock app, which now uses the new Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) SDK ListItems, we can mention support for custom alarm sounds, the ability to translate newly … (read more)

Introducing Bcachefs, a Modern COW Linux Filesystem with ZFS and Btrfs Powers

Kent Overstreet, one of the maintainers of the bcache filesystem (also known as bcachefs), had the great pleasure of announcing the general availability of the project, which aims to be a general purpose POSIX file system.

Having many of the nifty features of the ZFS and Btrfs file systems, bcachefs has evolved in the last few years and promises to offer the same performance and reliability as … (read more)

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.2

Dru Lavigne has announced the launch of PC-BSD 10.2. The PC-BSD project is based on FreeBSD and offers users pre-configured desktop environments, ZFS on root and graphical system administration utilities. The new release includes several bug fixes and a number of new features, including a CD-sized network installation….

PC-BSD 10.2 Officially Released with Lumina Desktop 0.8.6, Based on FreeBSD 10.2

While not a GNU/Linux distribution, PC-BSD is an important piece of software for the open-source ecosystem, a BSD operating system tweaked and optimized for desktop computers, based on FreeBSD.

The latest release, PC-BSD 10.2 has been announced earlier today, August 21, by the PC-BSD team, based on the recently released FreeBSD 10.2 operating system and including a great number of new features, updated apps, and many goodies.

“The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the a… (read more)

Kali Linux 2.0 Docker Image Now Available for Download

We reported a while ago the great team of developers behind the BackTrack Linux successor, Kali Linux, have released Docker images that allow users to run the most popular and powerful penetration testing distro on any platform.

The Kali Linux Docker images include a minimal base of the Linux kernel-based o… (read more)

Wine 1.7.50 Brings Experimental DirectX 11 Support

Wine developers have just announced that a new version of the application has been released and is now available for download. This is the version that shows signs of DirectX 11 support, so it’s going to be an interesting one.

It’s been a while since anything truly exciting happened with Wine, but the current release does feature a few interesting entries that show how much progress has been made. Besides all the changes and improvements that have been made for various apps… (read more)

Vendetta Online Space MMORPG to Change Economy System

Vendetta Online is a space MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) developed and published by Guild Software Inc. and its makers are preparing for some important improvements to the economy system.

Vendetta Online has been making a lot of progress and its makers still want to improve the universe of the game. This time they are trying to make the economy system much better by using stations with real fluctuating inventories, among other things. The testing w… (read more)

Canonical Closes Numerous OpenSSH Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a few of OpenSSH vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

The Ubuntu maintainers have been quick to integrate a new version of the OpenSSH library into the repositories. This version covers a number of security issues and it’s not a major upgrade. It’s still a good idea to upgrade the OS as soon as possible.

According to the security… (read more)

GNOME: Pictures from GUADEC 2015

GUADEC 2015 ran from 7-12 August, in Gothenburg, Sweden. We’ve put a gallery of photos together from the conference. Enjoy!

View of Gothenburg.  (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Folkets Hus in distance (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Alexsander Larsson present  his work with Sandboxing apps. (Photo by (Photo by Garrett LeSage.))
Christian Hegert delivers Keynote. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Behdad Esfahbod in audience during break. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
People busy at the registration desk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Endless computer. (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Matthias Kirschner present Keynote. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Jan-Christoph Borchardt on the GNOME, Owncloud relationship. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Welcome sign at Landvetter airport_. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Welcome sign at Landvetter airport. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Girl power at GUADEC 2015  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Attendees outside Folkets Hus. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Pamela Chestek during Keynote (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Foldable Bike  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Maps contributors  during break. (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Lightning talk speaker (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Magdalen Berns present her work with improving the Java-ATK-Wrapper. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
GUADEC 2015 audience
Sri Ramkrishna talks passionately about the Relese Team in his talk.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
GSoC student next to his mentor.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Paçoca's.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Contributors outside Folkets Hus (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
FredericPeters and Julita Inca sitting together during GUADEC BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Builder BoF wrapping up.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Coala Bof.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Free Software enthusiast during BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Engagement Team BoF wraps up.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Laptop with Free Software stickers at GUADEC BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)
Conference banner.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)

Photos credit: Garrett LeSage, Oliver Propst & Jakub Steiner.

First Beta for GNOME 3.18 Is Out and Ready for Testing

The GNOME development team has announced that the first Beta update GNOME 3.18 is now out and ready for testing. There is still a long way to go until the stable version is released, but the project is now in software freeze.

The GNOME 3.18 development is progressing according to schedule, and it looks like no major problems have been encountered until now. The GNOME devs have spent a lot of quality time at the latest conference, GUADEC, and they have made some serious impr… (read more)

Everspace Is a Gorgeous Space Shooter Built on UE4, Linux Version Planned

The space shooters are making a comeback, but the Linux platform doesn’t seem to be of interest yet. The developers from ROCKFISH Games are now trying to release Everspace, a new single-player space shooter built on the Unreal Engine 4, and a Linux version is planned.

The guy (and gals) at ROCKFISH Games are now on Kickstarter with their game, and they are also on Steam Greenlight. They need funds to complete their work, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble with the cam… (read more)