Fedora 21 Delayed Again, Developers Need to Recompile All Non-Arch Packages

The Fedora 21 developers have announced that the upcoming Alpha release will be delayed by another week, which means that the date has slipped into September. All Fedora distributions have a very turbulent development schedule and it’s not all that unusual for the distribution to get quite a few delays that push the release date by weeks at a time. This time it’s just a week, but at least the reason doesn’t have anything to do with Fedora itself. A few weeks ago, Linus Torvalds trashed the G… (read more)

LibreOffice Conference 2014: the program of a landmark event

Berlin, August 14, 2014 – The program of the LibreOffice Conference 2014, which will be held in Bern, Switzerland, from September 3 to September 5, is now available at https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/program. Sessions will focus on development, community, certification, migrations, training, marketing and Open Document Format (ODF).

In addition to the sessions in English, there will be a track in German focusing on open source adoptions in governments and enterprises in Switzerland, Germany and Austria: https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/professional-user-track.

This track will be opened by Balthasar Glättli, a Member of the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability, who will be followed by lectures on professional adoptions of free office suites at the Swiss Federal Court (350 jobs), in the schools of Geneva, in the city of Munich (14,000 jobs), at the LVM Insurance in Münster (13,000 jobs) and in the Austrian Ministry of Justice.

Social events will happen in the evenings of September 3, with a LibreOffice Hack Night at UniS, and September 4, with a community event and key signing party at ISC Club Bern: https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/events.

With a forecasted attendance of 300 community members from around the world and over 70 sessions, the LibreOffice Conference will be the biggest Open Source Event in Switzerland in 2014.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Bern, and organized by CH-Open – the Swiss Open Systems User Group – and the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern, in coordination with The Document Foundation. The track in German will be organized by the Working Group on OSS of the Swiss IT Conference SIK and the Working Group on Office Interoperability of the Open Source Business Alliance.

LibreOffice Conference 2014 is generously supported by the Hasler Foundation and the Civic Community of Bern, and sponsored by:

Platinum: CloudOn, Collabora and Google;

Gold: adfinis SyGroup, Canonical, CIB labs, ITOMIG and Studio Storti;

Silver: Apertura, FOX, Igalia, OpenSUSE, Puzzle ITC, ritualis and Univention.

Local Contacts:

Matthias Stürmer, +41 76 368 81 65, matthias.stuermer@iwi.unibe.ch

Christa Ammann, +41 78 646 83 09, c.ammann@brief.li

Debian Maintainer Says That Xfce on Debian Will Not Meet Quality Standards, GNOME Is Needed

Debian developers have been discussing about the replacement of the default GNOME desktop with Xfce for a few months now, but not everyone agrees with this decision. A Debian maintainer has tried to explain why this move to another desktop environment should not happen.

The decision to adopt Xfce instead of GNOME was made back November 2013 and it felt like it was a done deal. One of the major reasons for this switch was the lack of space for the CD image, if you can imagine such a thing.

De… (read more)

Next Week’s Kernel Summit Will Try To Take On The 2038 Problem

Taking place next week is the Linux Kernel Summit in Chicago alongside the 2014 LinuxCon North America. We’ll be providing live coverage next week while one of the early kernel summit sessions already being discussed online is a goal of trying to further the Linux solution to the year 2038 problem…

Podcast – Plague’s End

Plague’s End – this week’s epic RuneScape quest – is the topic of today’s podcast. Mods Osborne, Stu, Sarah and Giara answer your questions.

SymmetricDS 3.6.5 Is a Tool for Multi-Master Database Replication

SymmetricDS 3.6.5, an open source software for multi-master database replication, filtered synchronization, or transformation across the network in a heterogeneous environment, is now at version 3.6.1 and is available for download.

SymmetricDS supports multiple subscribers with one- or bi-directional asynchronous data replication and uses technologies to replicate tables between relational databases.

This latest update for the software is quite large and the developers have made a number of … (read more)

Canonical Closes a pyCADF Exploit in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Canonical has published details in a security notice about a pyCADF vulnerability in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that has been identified and corrected.

The Ubuntu developers have explained that python-pycadf could have been made to expose sensitive information.

According to the security notice, "Zhi Kun Liu discovered that pyCADF incorrectly filtered certain tokens. An attacker could possibly use this issue to obtain authentication tokens used in REST requests."

For a more det… (read more)

Distribution Release: Zorin OS 9 “Lite”, “Educational Lite”

Artyom Zorin has announced the release of two new editions of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS 9 distribution, the i386-only “Lite” and “Educational Lite” variants: “We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 9 Lite and Educational Lite. These releases are the latest evolutions of the Zorin….

BitTorrent Client FrostWire 5.7.5 Now Uses Java 8

FrostWire 5.7.5, a BitTorrent client (formerly a Gnutella client) that’s the result of a collaborative effort of hundreds of open source and freelance developers, has been released and integrates a major upgrade. The FrostWire client can be used to send large files and folders. It features BitTorrent and Magnet Link support and is Kindle-compatible, but these are just a few of the features that users can find. One of the main issues with the software is that it’s based on Java, which … (read more)

Evolution 3.12.5 Arrives with Lots of Fixes

Evolution 3.12.5, a complete solution that provides integrated mail, address book, and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop environment, is available for download.

The new version of Evolution was released in the current 3.12.x stable cycle and it implements quite a few changes, although it’s a rather small update.

According to the changelog, the contact images in message preview have been scaled down, the application will check to see if the Adwaita icon theme is present… (read more)

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Integrates Linux Kernel 3.16 Stable

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is expected to arrive in October 2014 and the developers managed to integrate the latest Linux kernel 3.16 stable release quite fast. Ubuntu developers have been tracking Linux kernel 3.16 for quite some time and they’ve said that it will probably be the branch that will go into the final release. Now, Linus Torvalds made the 3.16 kernel available just a few days ago and it’s been implemented already. “The Utopic kernel has been rebased to v3.16 final and … (read more)

Google Chrome 38 Dev Features Better Copy/Paste

The Development branch of Google Chrome, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, is now at version 38.0.2121.3 and is available for all platforms. Google Chrome usually features three distinct branches: Dev, Beta, and Stable. The development branch is where all the new features, changes, and other improvements are implemented. It’s no guarantee that the changes will land into the stable branch. According to the developers, clang… (read more)

Media player dev kits run Ubuntu, Android on Cortex-A9

Toshiba announced wireless-enabled development kits based on its dual-core Cortex-A9 “TZ5000 ApP Lite” SoC, supporting Ubuntu and Android 4.4, respectively. The RBTZ5000-2MA-A1 (Linux) and RBTZ5000-6MA-A1 (Android) kits are anchored with two vastly different development boards. The Ubuntu-based “2MA” version is a full-featured, 90 x 55mm board while the “6MA” (Android) module is a mere 57 x 24mm and integrates HDMI and USB connectors at each end, making it more suitable for developing stick/dongle style media players and other Internet of Things devices. Both designs target IoT, streaming media, “and other content-rich consumer devices,” says Toshiba.


Depression Quest Gets Approved for Steam Release the Same Day Robin Williams Dies

Depression Quest, a text-based adventure game developed by The Quinnspiracy, Patrick Lindsey, and Isaac Schankler, has landed on Steam. You might wonder what’s so important about this particular title landing on Steam, but it turns out that there is more to it than meets the eye. The main thing that draws the attention of players from around the world is the coincidence regarding the launch date and the death of Robin Williams. The developers submitted the game a while ago on Steam Greenligh… (read more)

KDE Frameworks Sprint – How to Release a Platform

Konqui finds the Spectacular Montjuic next door to the KDE office.

KDE Frameworks 5 is the result of two years of hard work porting, tidying, modularizing and refactoring KDELibs4 into a new addition to the Qt 5 platform. In January, Alex Fiestas announced The KDE Barcelona Hub—an office where anyone is welcome to come and work on KDE projects. It was just what the Frameworks team needed to finish off the code so it could be released to the world. Read on for some of what happened.

Aurelien Gateau reports:

I spent most of my time working on translation support, ironing out details to get them to install properly and working with David [Faure] on the release tarballs scripts. I also worked a bit on KApidox, the code generating API documentation for KF5 on api.kde.org. I updated the script to match with the latest Framework changes and switched to the Jinja2 template engine. Using Jinja will make it possible to generate an up-to-date list of Frameworks on the landing page, based on the information from the Framework metainfo.yaml files.

api.kde.org now contains a complete list of Frameworks thanks to Aurelien with Frameworks 5 now the default option.

Alex Merry spent his time on the small but tricky tasks all software needs to be of a high enough quality for release.

Friday was spent trying to understand the KItemModels unit tests and figure out why one of the tests was failing. I eventually determined that the pattern of signal emission when moving rows around had probably changed between Qt4 and Qt5, and the fix was fairly simple.

He also reports on other important topics such as install paths, meta data files and writing the Advanced Git tutorial.

One important discussion that took place in Barcelona was on the KDE Frameworks Release Cycle. We made the controversial decision to do away with bugfix releases and instead have monthly feature releases. Although some distribution packagers noted concerns about the lack of stable release updates, this is the pattern Frameworks is now following, which allows for much faster turnaround of new features.

The Post-it notes kept things orderly

Few people have done more to help the Frameworks project than Kévin Ottens who kept the weekend ticking over by sorting the post-it notes with tasks and highlighting notes which were taking longer than expected to progress. He highlights the processes that the team are following to allow for monthly releases:

  • more dog fooding from framework developers;
  • more contributions from application developers;
  • more automated tests and peer reviews;
  • finer grained feature delivery.
  • Aleix Pol spent his time “Mostly moving things around in the CMake, especially install variables that got changed to make them more compatible with Qt 5“.

    Alex Fiestas reports “Kai and I worked on Solid, we added QML support and designed the new asynchronous power management api“.

    One of the people who has been a constant throughout the development of KDE’s platform is David Faure. He spent time working on the scripts that make releases possible without much overhead.

    It was a successful week that wrapped up many of the loose ends that were needed to allow for last month’s successful release of Frameworks 5. With Plasma 5 now out and Applications releases on their way, Frameworks can be assured to be a platform for future work for years to come.

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    This update adds all the translations for the last month as well as a bunch of fixes for issues such as using the right icons, showing toolbars on second screens, using translations and fixes for right to left text. Grab your distro packages or you can try the new Kubuntu Plasma 5 images.