Today the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the general release of Fedora 24. Download it now from our Get Fedora site:
Another Step in the Fedora Journey
The Fedora Project has embarked on a great journey… redefining what an operating system should be for users and developers. Such innovation does not come overnight, and Fedora 24 is one big step on the road to the next generation of Linux distributions. But that does not mean that Fedora 24 is some “interim” release; there are great new features for Fedora users to deploy in their production environments right now!
The Fedora 24 Workstation release features GNOME 3.20, with many usability improvements such as easier input device and printer settings, a better search interface, shortcut windows for keyboard commands, and more convenient music controls.
Flatpak (formerly xdg-app) is another building-block feature, with Software able to track installed Flatpaks and adding more features in the future as the technology develops. The Software app has also grown features to provide a full system upgrade directly from the desktop from one Fedora release to the next, and the ability to provide labeling as well as reviews of available software.
Fedora 24 continues our work on the X replacement, Wayland, a next-generation graphics stack. Although this release will not default to Wayland, it includes many improvements and is available as an option for users to try out, and potentially will be the default stack in Fedora 25.
Fedora 24 Server edition is more streamlined and introduces more modularity, which will become a major factor in future Fedora releases, even as unnecessary packages were removed and the installer has a smaller footprint.
FreeIPA 4.3 is a major feature for Fedora 24 Server. FreeIPA is an integrated security information management solution. This new version of FreeIPA features simplified replica installation and improved replication technology management.
Fedora is on its way to being the best platform for containerized applications, from base Fedora container images to a full-featured platform as a service to run and manage them.
As we continue on this part of the journey, we are packaging OpenShift Origin so it is easy to deploy. OpenShift Origin is a Platform as a Service system based around Kubernetes, a production-grade container orchestration project. OpenShift Origin is optimized for application development and deployment. Origin makes it easy for developers to get started building applications in containers and for operators to manage them.
While not shipped in Fedora 24, per se, we have new infrastructure for developing container images with applications layered on top of the base Fedora Docker image. Fedora Developers will also see a layered image build service, which provides tools for Fedora contributors to start creating and shipping layered container images in Fedora 25 and beyond.
Spins and Labs
Fedora Spins and Labs are alternative Fedora versions that offer additional desktop environments, or other custom collections of software, alongside the three editions that are the primary focus for the project.
Our Spins make it easy for people to use other desktop environments. Everyone has different needs and Spins are a great way for us to meet them. The Fedora 24 spins release showcases KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXDE, Mate-Compiz, and Cinnamon, all on the same Fedora base. Fedora Labs offer collections of software for specific purposes: Games, Robotics, and so on. They are pre-selected sets of software ideal for events or audiences with specialized interests that need corresponding software. Fedora 24 comes with a new lab focused on Astronomy, which contains a set of tools for astronomers and astrophysicists.
ARM images are available, as usual, for several use cases. Fedora 24 ships desktop images, such as Spins and Workstation, but also provides a Server image. A minimal Fedora image completes the wide set of install options for your ARM board.
Alternate Fedora Architectures
For the first time, all of our secondary architectures, AArch64, Power64 (ppc64, ppc64le) and s390x, are released simultaneously, rather than trailing a little behind. This includes the Server edition for all architectures and the Cloud and Docker base images for AArch64 and Power64. Along with all the same enhancements as in the primary architectures in Fedora 24, AArch64 and Power64 now have support for golang, nodejs, mongodb; along with numerous other architecture-specific enhancements. The architecture release notes pages on the wiki have more specifics for each. Download these from https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora-secondary/releases/24/.
Fedora Atomic Host releases on a two-week schedule, and each release is built on the latest released Fedora version. This schedule means the Atomic Host will now be currently built on Fedora 24.
You can try one of the newer features with recent Fedora Atomic Host builds today. Since Fedora 23 was released, Atomic Host has added a developer mode that gives a better developer experience overall. When running in developer mode, the host will download and start Cockpit and a tmux session to make it easier to work at the console and obtain necessary information such as the root password or IP address.
Make Fedora Even Better
If you want to take an active hand in making Fedora even better, there are many ways you can contribute. There are many roles that you can participate. Visit http://whatcanidoforfedora.org/ for more information!
While this is a general release, there is always a chance you may encounter bugs or missing features. To report issues encountered during testing, contact the Fedora QA team via the mailing list or in #fedora-qa on Freenode IRC. As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F24 Bugs page.
For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read “how to file a bug report.”
Flock 2016: Krakow, Poland
If you want to be a part of the journey that Fedora is taking, either as a current or interested Fedora contributor, one way to engage with our community is through Fedora premier events. The annual North American/European conference for Fedora contributors is Flock, which takes place August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Registration is now open at https://register.flocktofedora.org. For more information about our Latin American and Asia-Pacific Conferences, stay tuned for announcements on the Fedora Community Blog: https://communityblog.fedoraproject.org.
The Point Linux project, a desktop distribution based on Debian’s Stable branch, has announced the availability of Point Linux 3.2. The new release is available in MATE and Xfce editions and is based on Debian 8.5. The two editions ship with MATE 1.8 and Xfce 4.10, respectively. Key….
As we head towards the second half of the year – and an exciting new release of LibreOffice in August – I wanted to recap some work from the Marketing Team that I’ve been involved in over the last few months. But before that, I’d also like to say congratulations to the LiMux team for a great Debian Bug Squashing Party!
LiMux is a project by the City of Munich to transition away from proprietary software and closed document formats to free software and open standards. GNU/Linux and LibreOffice are key components in this migration, and on 27 – 29 May the LiMux offices hosted a Debian Bug Squashing Party. As the name suggests, this is a mini hackfest where developers work to fix bugs in the Debian GNU/Linux distribution (and related software).
LiMux is based on Kubuntu, which in turn builds on Debian’s mighty foundations; other developers associated with KDE, Kolab and LibreOffice were present as well. Lots of hacking was done and bugs fixed – but it was also a great opportunity just to chat about the state of LiMux, make new contacts, and try great food! The Indian dishes on the first evening were especially good…
Moving on to Marketing at The Document Foundation: we’ve had a busy few months, attending the CeBIT show in Hannover with new flyers and other materials. Thanks to the ever-industrious community, we received audio translations for our LibreOffice 5.1 New Features videos – so there are now versions in French, German and Spanish. Following this, we started work on the 2015 Annual Report, a summary of last year’s news and activity inside The Document Foundation and LibreOffice. It will be online soon, so stay tuned to this blog!
The LibreOffice main website and The Document Foundation wiki are packed with useful information, but some of it is duplicated or slightly dated, so we’ve been going through both sites to perform cleanups and updates. In addition, we added a new page to track migrations to LibreOffice, a First Steps guide for potential contributors to the marketing project, along with a style guide. On the main website we updated the screenshots and added a new “Who uses LibreOffice?” page.
The Document Liberation Project (DLP) is another effort supported by The Document Foundation, and we’ve been working to raise awareness about its mission and spread the word. After talking with the teams at Inkscape and Scribus, both of those projects now feature DLP logos on their sites, while the DLP front page has been redesigned to more succinctly express what it does. On top of that, we made a short video summarising the DLP’s goals.
Month of LibreOffice
Most recently, we had our Month of LibreOffice campaign, highlighting activity across all areas of the software. Many people think that contributing to an open source project is all about code – but we’ve tried to show that it’s possible to help in other ways including translations, confirming bugs, writing documentation and simply spreading the word. We awarded over 330 badges, so thanks to everyone who got one, and we plan to do another campaign like this later in the year.
The next few months are going to be busy as well: LibreOffice 5.2 is due to be released in August with many new features, and then we’ll have our yearly conference in September. We hope to see you there!
As mentioned earlier in our news story about the features coming to the Orca 3.22 open-source screen reader and magnifier, the GNOME developers are currently working hard on releasing the third snapshot towards GNOME 3.22.
Shipping later this year, on September 21, GNOME 3.22 will be the next major update to the open-source and modern desktop environment most of you use on your GNU/Linux operating systems. GNOME 3.22 is currently in development, under the GNOME 3.21 umbrella, and the GNOME 3.21.3 snapshot should be out on June 22.
As part of the GNOME 3.21.3 milestone, many of the core components and applications received improvements, new features, and the usual bug fixes. In this article, we will tell you what’s coming to the Epiphany web browser, which has been updated to version 3.21.3.
What’s new in Epiphany 3.21.3read more)
The GNOME developers announced this past weekend that they were working hard on releasing the third snapshot towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment.
GNOME 3.21.3 should arrive tomorrow, at least according to the official release schedule, but as usual, it might be delayed a day or two because not all the maintainers have updated their packages. However, in the last 24 hours, we’ve noticed many updated core components and apps, among which Orca.
Orca is the screen reader and magnifier utility that is usually shipped by default with the GNOME Stack, but it can also be found pre-installed in numerous popular GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu. The Orca 3.21.3 development release is now available, and it looks like it brings several important fixes and improvements.
What’s new in Orca 3.21.3
First, there are some performance enhancements in Orca 3.21.3 for the Web engine, thanks to the implementation of more caching. Second, it looks l… (read more)
Kernel developer Jiri Slaby has announced the release of the Linux 3.12.61 LTS kernel, which is the sixty-first maintenance update for the long-term supported Linux 3.12 series.
Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS comes approximately one month since the previous point release, but according to the appended shortlog, it appears to be a smaller update that changes a total of 56 files, with 403 insertions and 151 deletions. The updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jirislaby/linux-stable.git tags/v3.12.61.
Taking a closer look at diff from Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS, we can notice that the Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS maintenance update adds a few fixes to the MIPS, PowerPC (PPC), and ARC hardware architectures. Moreover, it patches stripping of padded MIC tokens for the SunRPC (aka ONC-RPC) network protocol for making remote procedure calls.
Additionally, Linux kernel 3…. (read more)
Chakra GNU/Linux developer Neofytos Kolokotronis informs the community of the rolling release operating system about the availability of numerous up-to-date GNU/Linux technologies in the main software repositories.
Chakra GNU/Linux is a distro built around the latest KDE software, so users have received today the recently released KDE Plasma 5.6.5 desktop environment. It is the last one in the Plasma 5.6 series, as KDE Plasma 5.7 is coming in the first week of July, which we hope will be included in Chakra GNU/Linux as soon as possible.
Moreover, Chakra GNU/Linux users will be able to update to the newly announcement KDE Applications 16.04.2 software suite and KDE Framework 5.23.0read more)
The new development team behind Shotwell, the open-source image editor used in numerous GNU/Linux operating systems, has announced the availability of a new maintenance build in the Shotwell 0.23.x series.
Shotwell 0.23.2 is now the latest and most advanced stable version of the project, bringing better support for the Facebook integration by adding a pop-up login and updating the documentation in regards with the Facebook publishing permissions.
When Shotwell 0.23 was released, users reported that scroll bars were missing from events, so that is fixed in the 0.23.2 point release. Moreover, starting with Shotwell 0.23.2, the gphoto 2.4 library is no longer supported, and libgee 0.10 or higher is required.
There are many other small changes implemented in this second maintenance release of Shotwell 0.23, and among the most important ones, we can mention porting of the GtkNotebook widget to GtkStack, and a fix for background color drawing issues.
Yelp-build… (read more)
Softpedia has been informed today, June 21, 2016, by Patrick Emmabuntüs about the first-ever release of the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition computer operating system.
Designed with the educational needs of various schools and universities in mind, the Emmabuntüs Debian Edition 1.00 distribution arrives today based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, yet using some of the in-house built tools from the HandyLinux distro.
When he informed us about the release of HandyLinux 2.5, Arpinux, the developer of HandyLinux, also announced a collaboration with Patrick Emmabuntüs, who contributed a translation for the distro’s HandySoft software center, which is now included in Emmabuntüs Debian Edition, along with HandyUpdateChecker and HandyTri.
The default desktop environment used for the Emmabuntüs Debia… (read more)
After many months of silence, and probably hard work, TheeMahn has finally released a new version of his Ubuntu-based Ultimate Edition computer operating system.
Ultimate Edition 5.0 is available today, built on top of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerius) operating system using the Tmosb OS builder utility developed by distribution’s creator. However, it appears that Ultimate Edition 5.0 has been completely rewritten, not based on previous work.
Best of all, Ultimate Edition 5.0 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release, which means that it will receive security patches and software updates for no less than three years, until 2019, just like many of the official Ubuntu flavors. Additionally, Ultimate Edition 5.0 LTS ships with Xenial Xerus’ long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel.
“Tmosb is also included in this release, allowing you to do the same. This release IS a Long Term Supported (LTS) release, supported until the year 2019. This release is most certainly worthy o… (read more)
Parrot Security OS developer Frozenbox Network has been extremely proud to announce the release of the final Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” computer operating system.
Parrot Security OS is a cloud-friendly distribution based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux technologies. It has been designed to act as a penetration testing OS that can be used by security professionals in various ethical hacking, computer forensic, cloud pentesting, cryptography, reverse engineering, privacy, and anonymity operations.
The latest version, Parrot Security OS 3.0, which the project’s development team has dubbed Lithium, ships with up-to-date packages, security patches, and core components from the Debian “Jessie” stable software repositories, but it comes with a huge collection of penetration testing, security auditing, and computer forensic utilities.
Best of all, Parrot Security OS 3.0 “Lithium” offers users no less than six editions, each on… (read more)
Eric Turgeon has announced that the first beta release of the upcoming GhostBSD 10.3, a desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD, is now ready for download and testing: “GhostBSD 10.3-BETA1 is ready for testing. This first beta development release is ready for testing and debugging new features in….
In a series of tweets, ubuntuBSD project leader Jon Boden has announced a few of the technical features coming to the soon-to-be-released ubuntuBSD 16.04 operating system.
A week ago, we wrote an exclusive story to tell you that the first and major release of the ubuntuBSD OS is coming soon, based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distribution, but using the powerful kernel from the BSD-based FreeBSD 10.3 operating system.
We have to admit that it is an interesting and unique combination that hasn’t been tried until now (at least not to our knowledge, and not at the moment of writing this article). By using FreeBSD’s kernel, ubuntuBSD is free from the systemd init system that many seem to be scared of these days.
According to Jon Boden, ubuntuBSD 16.04 will feature a combination of BusyBox and OpenRC init,… (read more)
Ultimate Edition is a distribution based on Ubuntu which strives to provide an easy-to-use desktop operating system. The project has announced the launch of Ultimate Edition 5.0 LTS which is based on Ubuntu 16.04. The new release is currently available in a MATE 64-bit edition, though other desktop….
The Emmabuntüs project has announced the launch of a new branch of the distribution. Emmabuntüs releases to date have been based on Xubuntu, but the distribution’s new branch is based on Debian Stable. “On the technical side, this new version looks a lot like Emmabuntüs 3, which is….
Classic Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, on an rpi2
Hopefully by now you’re well aware of Ubuntu Core — the snappiest way to run Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi…
Well, you’re in luck! Follow these instructions, and you’ll be up in running in minutes!
First, download the released image (214MB):
$ wget http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/16.04/release/ubuntu-16.04-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi2.img.xz
Next, uncompress it:
$ unxz *xz
Now, write it to a microSD card using dd. I’m using the card reader built into my Thinkpad, but you might use a USB adapter. You’ll need to figure out the block device of your card, and perhaps unmount it, if necessary. Then, you can write the image to disk:
$ sudo dd if=ubuntu-16.04-preinstalled-server-armhf+raspi2.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 bs=32M
Now, pop it into your rpi2, and power it on.
If it’s connected to a USB mouse and an HDMI monitor, then you’ll land in a console where you can login with the username ‘ubuntu‘ and password ‘ubuntu‘, and then you’ll be forced to choose a new password.
Assuming it has an Ethernet connection, it should DHCP. You might need to check your router to determine what IP address it got, or it sets it’s hostname to ‘ubuntu’. In my case, I could automatically resolve it on my network, at ubuntu.canyonedge, with IP address 10.0.0.113, and ssh to it:
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, you can login on first boot with password ‘ubuntu‘ and you’re required to choose a new password.
On first boot, it will automatically resize the filesystem to use all of the available space on the MicroSD card — much nicer than having to resize2fs yourself in some offline mode!
Heck, you’ll even find the snap command, where you’ll be able to install snap packages, right on top of your classic Ubuntu Server! And if that doesn’t just bake your noodle…
Devil-Linux developer Heiko Zuerker has announced that the Devil-Linux 1.8.0 operating system is now open for development, and a Release Candidate is ready for public testing.
Devil-Linux 1.8.0 promises to be a major release with many improvements and additions, among which we can mention the use of SquashFS as the main file system, along with high compression LZ4, and a Google authenticator was added for PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module).
Additionally, there’s now the Sieve filtering support for the Dovecot secure IMAP and POP3 server, thanks to the addition of Pigeonhole, Linux-HA (High-Availability Linux) has been replaced with Corosync 2.x and Pacemaker for those who want the new industry standard tools to create a high availability (HA) server infrastructure.
“This is a major overhaul of Devil-Linux. Most programs and libraries have been updated and unmaintained ones have been removed,” said Heiko Zuerker in the release read more)
The University of Cape Town (UCT), in South Africa, recently switched on their first Ubuntu OpenStack-based research cloud. It’s no surprise, since a recent OpenStack user’s group survey showed that over 41% of OpenStack operators plan to run scientific or engineering workloads. Not uniquely, but also not the norm, UCT’s OpenStack is a cloud built only for scientific and research workloads.
UCT wanted to focus on the workloads they’d be hosting, and the potential users of the system, not the system itself. As many have found out, if you don’t have the operational expertise, or the right toolset, OpenStack is often not easily tamed as a useful cloud. So, UCT partnered with Canonical to leverage both our expertise and our toolset to begin offering this research cloud as a service. They opted for BootStack.
BootStack is a service and a product. Canonical’s OpenStack engineering team (the same ones that run our own OpenStack infrastructure) install and manage a private OpenStack cloud at your location. BootStack reduces a process that could take weeks, or even months, for the uninitiated, down to a matter of days.
UCT is starting small. They’re offering up the use of their new research cloud for training programs across the university. Their belief is that as these users become familiar with the environment they will naturally begin building solutions on top of it.
The ICTS team even see the possibility of offering the research cloud to stakeholders beyond the UCT campus. They believe that offering compute capabilities to smaller universities in the region could be tremendously beneficial to the research community as a whole.
Starting small doesn’t mean staying small. BootStack is designed for scalability, to thousands of nodes. Since BootStack uses Canonical’s application modeling tool, Juju, to model and deploy the OpenStack environment, scaling, and even upgrading, is easy.
If you want to learn more about BootStack, and how you can have a dynamic OpenStack cloud in production in just a few days, visit ubuntu.com/bootstack
Help to fix bugs in the next version of LibreOffice, and make it the best yet! As we mentioned last week, we are holding a Bug Hunting Session on Friday 24 June, from 07:00 to 20:00 UTC, and everyone is welcome to take part. All you have to do is:
And as thanks for your help, if you find or confirm a bug we’ll award you a shiny Badge that you can proudly show on your website, blog or social media. For more details, see the full Bug Hunting Session wiki page.
We hope to see you on Friday, at some point between 07:00 to 20:00 UTC – and thanks in advance for your help!