GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Andrea Veri

Name: Andrea Veri
Email: av< at >
Affiliation: No Affiliation

Foundation Members,

this past year has been challenging for the Board of Directors - just 
to remind the most demanding items: from the Groupon trademark infringement
handling to the Outreach Program for Women outsourcing to the Software 
Freedom Conservancy - and I'm extremely proud to have had a chance to 
contribute to the success of the GNOME Foundation providing my 
feedback on both the legal and technical fields when issues arised.
I'm also glad to have served as the Secretary of the Board providing high 
detailed meeting minutes, answering Foundation member's questions 
privately and generally making sure the Foundation membership as a 
whole was informed of what the Board was up to in a timely manner.

That said, I'm happy to announce my candidacy to the Board of 
Directors for a second term.

Distribution Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5

Alan Baghumian has announced the launch of Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5. The Debian-based distribution for desktop computers ships with GNOME Shell 3.14 as the default desktop environment, offers UEFI boot support and runs atop version 3.14 of the Linux kernel. “Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5 (code name Rinaldo) brings the stable….

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Magdalen Berns

Name: Magdalen Berns
Email: m.berns< at >
Affiliation: GSoC, The Scottish National Party (SNP), University of

Dear Foundation Members,

I currently maintain the java-atk-wrapper and I have been an accessibility
contributor at GNOME since 2013. I would like to put my hat in for the
directors election this year, because I believe that GNOME is in a great
position to set the bar for GNU/Linux desktop accessibility and more
generally, I feel I am able to contribute progressive ideas towards
developing GNOME’s infrastructure with a view to helping it grow as an
autonomous non-profit organisation.

An atmosphere where the contributors are made to feel supported and valued,
is one that is more able to constructively motivate productivity; so as an
elected director, I would strive to best represent your views by being
open, direct, approachable, communicative and accountable in seeking
feedback on matters which may arise throughout the term.

Please feel free to fire any questions you may have about my candidacy to
the list and I will do my best to answer comprehensively.

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GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Cosimo Cecchi

Name: Cosimo Cecchi
Email: cosimoc< at >
Affiliation: Endless Mobile

Dear Foundation Members,

I would like to announce my candidacy to serve on the Board of Directors
this term.

I've been a technical contributor to the project since 2007 and a
Foundation member since 2008; despite my long history with the project,
this the first time I'm running for such an election.
I believe my work experience with different large users of GNOME (Red Hat
first, and now Endless Mobile) can be an unique asset to the Board of
Directors, and would help keeping our community a thriving environment for
downstream projects and hardware products based on our technology stack.

I am looking forward to my continued involvement with GNOME and Free
Software and hope for your vote in supporting my candidacy!

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GCompris Fundraiser

The work on unified graphics for GCompris was completed in the time allocated by the fundraiser. Here is a video to show the result.

15% of the goal was funded, so not all of the work could be completed in the time proposed. But there are updates to all the core components, the main menu with all the activities icons and a good bunch of activities.

Finishing the remaining activities

Timothée Giet will keep working on GCompris in his spare time. There’s still a large amount of work to do. If you want to help, please read the guidelines and take a look at the work already done. Then contact the development team on IRC (#gcompris channel on freenode) for some guidance to get started.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this work possible!

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Meizu launches the Ubuntu MX4 for Developers in China


Meizu HERO Group

In the first of a series of launches, Meizu has announced that the Ubuntu MX4, which will be sold across Europe soon, is immediately available to developers in China. The move kicks off Meizu’s push towards strengthening the Ubuntu ecosystem in China, ahead of launching the Chinese Edition to its user base later this year.

Meizu is one of the most popular high-end smartphone brands in China, recognized for its innovative and elegant product design and for pioneering the user centric distribution model that has become the standard for several Chinese manufacturers.

The Ubuntu MX4 launch also coincides with the final months of the China Mobile Ubuntu Developer Contest, which is already seeing thousands of developers participating in onsite and online training as well as hackathons at various universities across China.

With the introduction of Scopes – a way to integrate the content and services typically hidden behind apps directly into the OS – developing mobile experiences on Ubuntu can be done at a fraction of the cost of developing traditional apps, while at the same time delivering a much more discoverable and engaging experience to users.

A number of Chinese scopes are already available from the Ubuntu store including Baidu, Dianping, Weibo, Youku, Sohu and Chinese versions of the Today, Nearby and News aggregation scopes. Web apps are also available for Tmall, Taobao and QQ among others, and Sogou is working on bringing their popular Chinese input method to Ubuntu phones.

Dianping Surface Sohunews Depts

As of this latest release, developers will also be able to submit their own scopes as sources to the aggregation scopes installed by default on the device by a simple tagging mechanism when submitting to the Ubuntu Store. The store itself has been revamped, now counting over 1300 scopes and apps within just a few months from the first device coming to market.

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For developers who have existing HTML5 apps running on Android and iOS – it’s a breeze to bring those to Ubuntu – see here.

The device is set to go on sale today, directly from Meizu’s website.

Upgrading LMDE (from UP8 to “Betsy”)

The upgrade path is now open. LMDE 1 “Debian” users can upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy” by following this tutorial:

As always, make sure to read everything and don’t hesitate to connect to the IRC while performing the upgrade.

One important note among the warnings: Make sure to disable Romeo prior to upgrading. Cinnamon 2.6 and MATE 1.10 will hit it very soon, they’re not fully stable yet. If you want to test them, it’s better to enable Romeo post-upgrade so they don’t interfere with the upgrade.

Distribution Release: Netrunner 16

Clemens Toennies has announced the release of Netrunner 16, a Kubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring the KDE Plasma 5.3 desktop: “This is the release announcement of Netrunner 16 Main Edition (Ozymandias) 64-bit. ‘Why Ozymandias?’ you might ask? Here is how it goes: I met a traveler from an antique….

Distribution Release: HandyLinux 2.0

HandyLinux is a Debian-based distribution for French speakers. The distribution is designed to be lightweight and fast. HandyLinux’s developers have simplified the graphical user interface, making the distribution easier for novice users. The latest release of HandyLinux, version 2.0, is the first to be based on Debian 8.0….

Distribution Release: NuTyX 15.05

The NuTyX project has announced the release of NuTyX 15.05. The distribution is based on Linux From Scratch (LFS) and features a custom package manager, called cards. A revised version of cards (version 1.0) is present in NuTyX 15.05. Another new feature is the ability to work with….

Development Release: Linux From Scratch 20150514

The Linux From Scratch (LFS) team has released a new copy of their free, electronic book which walks readers through the steps required to build a GNU/Linux operating system from scratch. The updated version of the text works with Linux kernel 4.0 and the new 5.1 branch of….

GNOME: Pictures from GNOME.Asia Summit 2015

Last week GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 concluded in Depok, Indonesia. We now have a gallery with pictures from the Summit to share. Again, many thanks to everyone (including sponsors) who made the 2015 Summit possible!

Board members answer questions
Board member Tobias Muller on stage
Thomas Yao presenting at the Summit
Presenter at the Summit
Julita Inca during marketing workshop
Participant trying out OpenSUSE
Busy OpenSuse both
Person with a camcorder at the 2015 Summit
Volonteer shoes
Conference T-shirt
Local organizer typing on a computer
Workshop group photo
GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 participants
Local organizers
Presenter making a point
Participant poster with Gunungan
Ben Li posting with Gunungan
Organizers on stage
Andre Klapper listening to a presentation
Andre Klapper hugs local organiser
Summit attendees gather in a park
GNOME is about collaboration (Photo by Herpiko Aguno)

With pictures like these its easy to feel optimistic about GNOME’s future in Asia.
Photo license note: CC BY-NC 2.0 by Herpiko Aguno if not otherwise noted

Wine 1.7.43 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.43 is now available.

What’s new in this release:

  • Improved support for Shell Browser windows.
  • Some more API Sets libraries.
  • Read/write operations support with built-in devices.
  • Major Catalan translation update.
  • Support for WoW64 mode on ARM64.
  • Various bug fixes.

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

First Panasonic Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS Debut Worldwide

The first Panasonic VIERA Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS are now available in Europe and will be available worldwide in the coming months.Firefox OS Smart TV“Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI. This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market,” said Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic Corporation.

The Panasonic 2015 Smart TV lineup includes these models powered by Firefox OS: CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680 (models vary by country).

“We’re happy to partner with Panasonic to bring the first Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS to the world,” said Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO. “With Firefox and Firefox OS powered devices, users can enjoy a custom and connected Web experience and take their favorite content (apps, videos, photos, websites) across devices without being locked into one proprietary ecosystem or brand.”

Panasonic Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS are optimized for HTML5 to provide strong performance of Web apps and come with a new intuitive and customizable user interface which allows quick access to favorite channels, apps, websites and content on other devices. Through Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs, developers can leverage the flexibility of the Web to create customized and innovative apps and experiences across connected devices.

Firefox OS is the first truly open mobile platform built entirely on Web technologies, bringing more choice and control to users, developers, operators and hardware manufacturers.

BTS Video – Minigame Spotlight & Ninja Team

Video – Minigame Spotlight & Ninjas | Podcast – Improved Looting | Q&A Stream and D&D Improvement Preview

Venom Vulnerability Could Violate Virtual Machines

Crowdstrike on Wednesday made public its discovery of yet another long-buried Linux vulnerability. “Venom,” as it has been dubbed, was unearthed by the firm’s senior security researcher, Jason Geffner. It is listed as vulnerability CVE-2015-3456. Venom exists in the virtual floppy drive code used by virtualization platforms based on QEMU, or quick emulator. It has been around since 2004. The code probably went undetected for 11 years because “it’s not obvious at all that this is a vulnerability,” Geffner said.

Treasure Hunter – Dragon Trinkets

Noted items, Slayer XP, teleports and more – slay away with a stack of dragon trinkets!

Arduboy Could Spark Retro Gaming Revolution

Arduboy, a new pocket-sized 8-bit game device, has ignited a firestorm of interest on Kickstarter. With 27 days to go, the campaign already has drawn contributions of more than eight times its modest $25k goal. The rapid funding response could spark a miniature retro revolution. The handheld Arduboy has the potential to divert gamers from smartphones and tablets. Arduboy is a throwback to the Game Boy of yesteryear. However, it comes loaded with modern technology to make it relevant for today’s pocket gamers and developers.

Development: GNOME 3.16.2 released

Hello all,

The second update of GNOME 3.16 is out with many bug fixes,
documentation improvements, translations updates, and more.
We hope you'll like it.

For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.16, please
visit our release notes:

Individual modules may get more stable 3.16 releases, but we are now
shifting our focus to new development. The schedule leading towards
the 3.18 release in October has been published and the first
development snapshot was released two weeks ago.

Release Details and References

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -
  apps   -

The source packages are available here:
  core   -
  apps   -

If you want to compile GNOME 3.16.2 by yourself, you can use the
jhbuild modulesets available here:

See you next time!


IoT World: Snappy for Whitebox Switches


Snappy Ubuntu Core 15.04 is now available as a development Linux kernel for whitebox and OCP switch designs. This allows any ODM, Network Operating System vendor, or whitebox reseller to offer switches with the same leading Linux distribution customers use on their servers and OpenStack environments.

Snappy Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu with transactional updates, a minimal server image, and a simple way to install additional network and NFV applications. The Snappy approach is faster, more reliable, and provides stronger security guarantees for apps and users. Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core itself can be upgraded atomically and rolled back if needed, a bulletproof approach for switching environments where predictability and reliability are paramount.

Snappy Architecture

Since whitebox switches are designed using off the shelf server components married to switching ASICs the conventional thought of Leaf, Edge, or top of rack switches being simple forwarding engines is no longer the case. This new breed of switches has the ability to drive NFV applications right where they’re needed at the server level. By using this distributed model, network applications running in containers on the switch can provide much higher scalability to meet the most demanding scaled out clouds. Snappy Ubuntu Core is perfectly suited for this environment making application installation a Snap.


  • The base operating system is built on the best of Ubuntu but even faster, smaller, and more reliable
  • Transactional updates for each app and kernel separately with rollback
  • Frameworks extend the base operating system
  • A new simpler application packaging system
  • NOS and NFV applications are provided directly by trusted vendors as Snap packages
  • Application isolation with Docker and LXD plus confinement from one another and the OS with Canonical’s AppArmor security system and rigorous MAC-based isolation technology
  • World class technical services and hardware certification

Enterprises now have a single platform to manage for a very wide range of devices – from switches to access points to robotics to bare metal container hosts. Snappy Ubuntu Core unifies ‘all the things’ and provides management with a universal firmware and app store. We are delighted to support both the traditional and the new breed of network equipment providers in their move to software-defined infrastructure, and delighted to work with all major silicon manufacturers to accelerate the adoption of their newest and best reference platforms.

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Canonical and Ubuntu

Penguin Computing will be the first to qualify and offer switches based on Snappy with their Artica network control software available as a Snap. Initial offerings will be top of rack 10GE and aggregation 40GE models (contact Penguin Computing directly for details and release dates).

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“For well over a decade Penguin Computing has been the leader in developing open, Linux-based cloud and HPC solutions. We are excited to support Canonical’s vision of Snappy and Snap installed applications on our solutions. The pairing of Snappy and Artica brings incredible feature parity and value to the whitebox switch market. We look forward to adding these switches to our data center and OpenStack solutions,” said David Ingersoll, Vice President Penguin Computing.

With Snappy Ubuntu Core Canonical continues to unleash a new wave of developer innovation and opportunities in the cloud and across devices. The advantages of a common OS across IoT devices up through the cloud allow for amazing new integration and collaboration between applications. To try Snappy Ubuntu Core, visit