Mesosphere announce Open Source project backed by Canonical

Today Mesosphere announced the open source release of the DC/OS (Datacenter Operating System) Project, backed by dozens of partners including Canonical. DC/OS supplies an operating system model for the datacenter building on the Apache Mesos environment.


The DC/OS project is an open source technology and a building ecosystem of more than 50 partners. The project was initiated by Mesosphere with participation from companies like Yelp, Microsoft, Accenture and Canonical. DC/OS lets you run applications on an entire data center in the same way you deploy and operate application on your cellphone. Partners participating in the DC/OS project will participate in growing DC/OS in their own way. DC/OS participants will either integrate their technology into DC/OS or will layer their technology on top of DC/OC. Some participants are operators that will leverage DC/OS inside their operations or data centers.

Canonical will be bringing the Ubuntu Operating System as the leading cloud and scale-out application operating system to the project. We will be working with the project to leverage Juju (Canonical’s service model) to help further automate and simplify the deployment of DC/OS. Lastly, we will be looking to incorporate LXD technology (the hypervisor for containers) to help managed the containers embedded within DC/OS. Canonical customers require the ability to deploy scale-out applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. In private and public clouds Ubuntu is the leading Operating System for cloud environments and scale-out applications. DC/OS is a natural expansion of the capabilities of the hybrid cloud. DC/OS delivers an open source operating system concept allowing a datacenter to act as system to pull together compute resources for scale-out applications. We and Mesosphere are focused on simplifying and automating the challenge of operating at massive scale.

Canonical believe that the cloud market benefits from choice and openness. This is what allows the best technologies to support the needs and requirements of our customers. DC/OS is a natural fit to supply more choice and benefit to cloud customers. Canonical is glad to be part of the DC/OS Project launch.

Five Things in Fedora This Week: testing, schedule, diversity, interviews, and Workstation roadmap

Fedora Media Writer Test Day today

Traditionally, the main download from the Get Fedora website has been an ISO — a disk image file which prospective Fedora users then need to figure out how to get onto a CD/DVD or USB stick. These days, many people rarely ever burn CDs (personally, I only have one older laptop which even has a CD/DVD drive), and the process of creating a bootable USB flash drive isn’t always straightforward.

For Fedora 24, for people currently using Microsoft Windows, the primary download will instead be Fedora Media Creator (formerly LiveUSB Creator). Once downloaded, this tool will take care of fetching the actual drive image and writing it to bootable media. We hope this will make it a lot easier for new users to try out (and switch to!) Fedora.

But, in order for this to be successful, we need to make sure the experience is bug free. So, if you have access to a Windows machine, please join us in our Fedora Media Writer Test Day, today (April 19th, 2016).

Fedora 24 (and Fedora 25) schedule update

We’re currently planning on a beta release for Fedora 24 in two weeks, on May 3rd. This is running with a slightly tighter beta timeframe than usual, with the aim of shipping the final release on June 7th. Remember that we always work to balance testing and quality with a predictable schedule. The first part of that means Fedora 24 may very well end up “slipping” another week, but the second means you can still expect Fedora 25 in early November — and then back on track for Fedora 26 in May, 2017.
Even if the exact dates aren’t precise, you can always expect a Fedora release around Mother’s Day and another around Halloween — that is, one in late April or early May, and the other around the end of October or beginning of November. As you can see, we’re a little past that for Fedora 24, but we’re still aiming to keep the annual cadence in sync. That helps upstream software like the GCC compiler suite, glibc (a crucial system library at the heart of every traditional Linux distribution), and GNOME coordinate. It helps developers know when new change or feature submissions should be submitted. And, of course, it’s nice for users to know when the new hotness will appear.

Welcoming our Diversity Advisor

When we created the Fedora Council, we added the role of Diversity Advisor to coordinate and support initiatives for measuring and increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in Fedora. Last month, we were happy to announce that long-time contributor Maria Leandro — known to many of us as “tatica” — will take this seat. Fedora’s mission is to lead the advancement of free and open software and culture, and we want to make sure that that includes and benefits all of humanity.

Fedora Project Leader Interview

Talking about Fedora with the world at large is an important part of my job as Fedora Project Leader. I recently did an interview with Bryan Lunduke over at Network World, and I’m really happy with how this one came out (even if I do say so myself). Check out part one, Getting to know the man leading Fedora and part two, Fedora leader: ‘We want users to control their own computing destiny’.

And, in case you missed it, I also did one with PC World back in February.

What’s next for Fedora Workstation?

On his blog, Fedora Workstation developer Christian Schaller writes about what he calls the “Fedora Workstation Phase 1 Homestretch“. He summarizes some of the technical goals for Fedora on the desktop, gives an overview of our current progress, and sets the stage for where we might go next.

KDE at Augsburger Linux-Tag

Kai Uwe Broulik reports from open source conference Augsburger Linux-Tag which happened in Bavaria last weekend.

On Saturday, 16 April I had the honor of representing KDE at the 15. Augsburger Linux-Tag, one of the oldest and largest Linux gatherings in southern Germany.

Konqi guarding the KDE booth Konqi guarding the KDE booth

It was my first time attending such an event and it was a great experience. With me I had a computer running the latest and greatest KDE neon with Plasma 5.6 – hooked up to a gorgeous 4K monitor. In addition to that I brought a Nexus 5 running Plasma Mobile and an infrared remote control for browsing Plasma Media Center.

The place was quite busy and due to lots of talks and presentations going on, people stopped by in batches usually. Feedback on the new Breeze look and feel of Plasma 5 was overwhelmingly positive, kudos to the VDG and everyone involved in making this software masterpiece. Critics of our “flat design” were happy to hear that we continue to ship Oxygen style and icons, enabling you to visually turn Plasma 5 into Plasma 4 with ease.

IMG_20160416_1439081 The common architecture between desktop and phone was easily illustrated by common widgets

Plasma Mobile did its job well, getting people excited about the possibilities to come: having a full-fledged KRunner on a phone, deep KDE Connect integration, a full Linux-stack underneath, and more.

Kirigami UI concepts, especially the ability to go “forward” rather than just back, were well-received and made people look forward to our gesture-driven user interface.

Skeptics of Plasma Mobile were relieved to hear that Plasma Mobile – which is running Wayland rather than X – helped our Wayland adoption on the desktop and resources spent there benefit the entire Plasma stack.

Three input concepts, easily served by Plasma technology Three input concepts, touch, keyboard, few-buton remote control; easily served using Plasma technology

Augsburg visitors ranged from a 5 year old running across the hallway yelling “how cuuuuute” Konqi is, to an elderly man proudly telling his story about how he recently switched from Windows to Linux and enjoys using Plasma and KDE Applications. I then showed him how easily he could get a full screen application launcher he got used to from his old operating system (Right-click Kickoff → “Alternatives” → “Application Dashboard”).

There were also quite a few users of alternative desktop environments and window managers who were glad to be able to use KDE software, such as KWin, Kate, Dolphin, outside a full Plasma session.

Browsing Plasma Media Center using the input device it was designed for Browsing Plasma Media Center using the input device it was designed for.

In the afternoon I came across a guy from LiMux, a project by the city of Munich to migrate their software systems to free and open-source software, who are using Plasma for their desktop computers. He illustrated some of the challenges they’re facing with Plasma in such a large enterprise deployment with a sheer number of novice users. We got invited to the LiMux Hackfest in May where we will work together to prepare Plasma 5 for the requirements they have.

In conclusion, I can say the day was a success: we got lots of comments, feedback, and praise, and I am looking forward to attending this and other similar events in the future.

Special thanks to Ingo Blechschmidt of Hochschule Augsburg for inviting us and Jonathan Riddell for sending me his KDE stand-up display!

Ubuntu Budgie 16.04 Linux Is Just Around the Corner, Release Candidate Out Now

David Mohammed has informed about the immediate availability for download and testing of the Release Candidate (RC) build of the soon-to-become Ubuntu Budgie flavor.
Of course, this won’t be possible until at least the Ubuntu 16.10 development cycle starts, which will happen later this spring. But for now, the developer prepares to unveil the final version of Budgie Remix 16.04, as part of next week’s Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, and you can now test-drive the Release Candidate.
Since Beta 2, the developers managed to update the slideshow of the Ubiquity graphical installer, revise some of the options of the installer, center the clock applet on the panel, remove budgie-xfdashboard by default, add the Plank dock by default, as well as make GNOME Calendar the default calendar app.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

WIN – Membership & an IRL Crystal Halberd | NXT Screenshot

Grab an amazing life-sized retro RuneScape item with the release of our new game client!

WIN – Membership & an IRL Crystal Halberd | NXT Screenshot

Grab an amazing life-sized retro RuneScape item with the release of our new game client!

After Months of Hard Work, OpenMandriva Now Has Its Own Development Environment

Softpedia has been informed today, April 18, 2016, by the OpenMandriva Team about the project's brand new and fully functional development environment, dubbed ABF (Automated Build Farm).

Until today, OpenMandriva used ROSA Project's ABF platform to build previous versions of its GNU/Linux operating system, OpenMandriva Linux, the successor to the now-deprecated Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrake Linux. But as of today, the OpenMandriva development team has its very own ABF platform…. (read more)

LXLE Gives Aging Hardware a New Lease on Life

LXLE is an ideal distro for out-of-the-box functionality to handle your everyday computing needs. It’s a well-oiled lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu’s long-term support releases for Debian and Lubuntu Linux from a community originating in the U.S. The latest version is 14.04.4, released last month. It runs an optimized LXDE, or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, that has a comfortable look and feel with plenty of system settings to tailor its performance to your way of working.

Mesa 11.1.3 3D Graphics Library Officially Released with Android and VAAPI Fixes

Collabora's Emil Velikov had the pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of the Mesa 11.1.3 3D Graphics Library for all supported GNU/Linux operating systems.

Mesa 11.1.3 3D Graphics Library is the third maintenance release in the Mesa 11.1 stable series, which appears to still be supported, and, according to the changelog, it fixes various crashes with EGL and VAAPI (Video Acceleration API), resolves various issues with the Android and Nine platforms, and patches so… (read more)

The tablet that turns into a PC is available to buy!


Last month we announced that the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet was available as a pre-order bundle. This time round, we’re pleased to let you know that it’s available to buy now!

If you’ve already purchased a bundle during the pre-order – that’s awesome! And the good news is that shipping has already started…though if you haven’t already purchased, it’s not too late!

Buy here.

Here at Canonical HQ we’re thrilled to be bringing our first fully converged device to market with European partners BQ. This device is capable of providing a true tablet experience and the full Ubuntu desktop experience and will dynamically adapt to change from one mode to the other!

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It’s simple to connect a bluetooth mouse and keyboard to convert the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition into a full Ubuntu laptop, featuring everything you know and love about Ubuntu. Then, connect the tablet to an external display for a full-sized PC experience.

There will be two devices, FHD and HD, that will be shipped worldwide, and for our Russian customers information on pre-order can be found here.

Learn more about the tablet or buy the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition here.

Gimp – A fast overview

GIMP (short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open source image editor that is available in the Fedora repositories. GIMP is primarily used for editing, cropping, retouching, resizing, and converting many different formats of raster images such as JPEGs and PNGs. This article will lead you through some of the basic tasks to get you started in GIMP, like how to open a new image, basic colour manipulation of an image and basic freehand drawing in GIMP.

Features of GIMP

GIMP capable of creating and editing images in many different ways. Using GIMP you can:

  • Paint freehand.  Using brushes and pencils you can draw and paint directly on a picture or start a new design.
  • Retouch photos.  With Filters, FX-Foundry, Scripts and other assorted addons, you can add, take and modify almost everything in a photo or a picture.
  • Make quick banners with text effects.  You can open an existing picture or make a new one and apply any of the tools and effects available by default or by downloading from specialised websites.
  • Convert graphic formats.  You can take your picture and export it in another format through  File => Export as.  Unlike other programmes like Digikam or Shotwell, you’re able to fully control quality, details, size, etc.
  • Create and edit animations.  Using the GAP package you can make some interesting things with animation.  Isn’t a professional tool, there’s already applications fully aimed to this kind of work, but you’ll be surprised with the results.

Getting GIMP in Fedora

If you don’t already have GIMP on your Fedora machine, it is easily downloaded from the Software application in Fedora Workstation. To install GIMP using the command line, use the command:

sudo dnf install gimp

Fedora also packages up many additional GIMP plugins and the GIMP Documentation. You can see what is available to download and use of your Fedora system by searching the repositories with the command:

dnf search gimp


Starting GIMP

Once installed, open GIMP by choosing it in the application menus, or by searching for GIMP in the Fedora Workstation overview. When you first open GIMP, you should see 3 separate windows — the toolbox, the main window and the layers-brushes window:


Enabling single window mode

If you prefer to use GIMP with a single window, rather than 3 or more separate windows, you can enable GIMP’s single window mode by choosing (in the main window) Windows > Single Window Mode.


GIMP in Single Window Mode

Opening an image in GIMP

To open an image for editing in GIMP, simply choose File > Open from the menu, and your image will be opened and ready for editing:


Resizing (scaling) an Image with GIMP

Now you have an image opened up and ready to go in GIMP, you may want to resize the image. If you look at the title bar of the main GIMP window, it will show you the dimensions of your image. In the example above, the image is 3264 x 2448 pixels. To resize your image, choose Image > Scale Image from the menus, and the scale image dialog box will appear:


In this dialog, you can enter in the new dimensions of your image, and then simply click the Scale button to resize your image. Note that if your image was very large to begin with, the newly scaled image may appear quite small after resizing. This is usually because the view is still zoomed out, simply press Ctrl+Shift+J on your keyboard to reset the zoom to fit the window (or use View> Zoom) to change it to something that suits better.


Basic Colour changes

Next up, we are going to do a simple edit to make our image black and white, then adjust the Brightness and Contrast of our image.

First up, to remove the colour from your image, choose Colours > Desaturate from the menu and the desaturate dialog box will appear:


If the Preview checkbox is checked, you should instantly see your image now in black and white. Play around with the Choose shade of gray based on: setting that suits your image and your eye, and when you are happy, press the OK button to apply the changes.

Next, to tweak the brightness and contrast of the image, choose Colours > Brightness and Contrast from the menu to bring up the dialog box for editing brightness and contrast:


Use the sliders to tweak the Brightness and Contrast values until you have something you are happy with.

Saving your Image

GIMP by default saves your GIMP projects in its own file format .XCF. This format retains all the information about layers and other GIMP-related features that might not be available in all image formats. When you choose File > Save in GIMP you can only save in XCF or one of its subformats. If you want to save your image as anything else you will need to use GIMP’s Export feature.

Exporting your Image

To Export your image back to the format you opened (or any other of the many export formats GIMP supports), simply use the File > Export As… menu item.

Doing More in GIMP

The Edit Menu

The edit menu in GIMP is where you can undo changes, copy and paste items in various ways. The edit menu aslo contains the useful Fill with foreground colour,   Fill with background colour & Fill with Pattern options.  The Edit menu is also the way to access GIMP’s extensive Preferences dialog box.

Edit menu.

Edit menu.


View & Select menus

The View menu in GIMP is where you can control zoom, as well as toggling all the cues that GIMP has such as selection cues, layer and image boundaries. The Select menu contains all the options for selecting parts of your image in different ways, such as can selecting by colour, zone or shape. The Select menu also is where you can invert colours, distort the selection, save it to channel, and toggle masks.

Select menu

Select menu

Image & Layer Menus

The image menu is where you find the options to crop and resize either your image or your canvas, add to or change the canvas and change the resolution of your image. The Layers menu is for adding and manipulating layers, like adjusting transparency, masks and selections.

Layers menu

Layers menu

Colours Menu

The Colours menu  is where you access all the tools for tweaking colours in your image: Curves, Colour Balancing, Brightness, Contrast and Desaturating images. If you install a colour-related plugin, it is likely to appear as an extra item in the colours menu. Some of the additional items provided by plugins in the screenshot below are: adjust CMY, create a B&W film simulation and modify colours in the alpha channel.  Just a final note about this menu:  there’s no canon among scripts developers about where to put items, so don’t be surprised if some colours scripts show up in Colours menu and some show up in Filters.  Moreover, it’s possible to find some colours related scripts in FX-Foundry and Script-FU.

Colours menu

Colours menu


Here you will find all the filters, effects and scripts needed to work.  Some FX-Foundry and Script-FU will show up here too although they have their own menus.  Every time you install a new script or filter it will be added to this menu under a category, or in an item of its own if it has no category.

Filters menu

Filters menu

And even more!

Gimp can be extended as much as you need.  Installing the Video and animation packages, allow you to create and edit animated designs and video with some nice features like Onion skin and Morphing.  Installing the FX-Foundry and Script-FU packages add many options and effects to your programme like Watermarks and Textures.  All these options and many more are available to install from repositories.  To add more filters, scripts and options you can download stuff from other sites (links below).  Your possibilities are infinite!


Notes, Sources & Links

There is a lot of useful resources for using GIMP all over the internet.  This is a fast list of forums, websites and tools repositories.  But of course you can investigate on your own and find more, as it’s almost infinite the amount of Gimp stuff out there.

To install scripts, patterns or brushes, you have to copy the files in their appropriate folders, that is to say Scripts for effects and scripts (including FX-Foundry and Script-FU), Plugins for plugins, Brushes for brushes and yeah! Patterns for patterns.  Everything is in  /home/your-user/.gimp-2.8

Meet MeLE PCG02U, a Fanless Intel Bay Trail PC Stick Running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Shenzhen Mele Digital Technology Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of mini PCs, 4K UHD Android TV box sets, OTT solutions, Android OTT+DVB TV boxes, HD media players, Internet hybrid TV boxes, and accessories, is planning on releasing a Linux-powered version of its popular PC stick products.
The MeLE PC Stick PCG02U will come with the same internals as the current Windows 10-powered version, the PCG02, such as an x86 Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3735F Quad-Core processor running at 1.33 GHz and offering Intel HD graphics, 32GB eMMC 5.0 internal flash storage, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi operating at 2.4 Ghz with an extrenal antenna.
It will also feature Bluetooth 4.0 and 10/100M Ethernet connectivity, HDMI 1.4 video and audio output, a single USB 2.0 port with data connection, a single microUSB port that can only be used for power connection, a microSD card reader, a Kensington lock, and 1 GB DDR3 RAM.
MeLE PC Stick PCG02U will be available later this year for the measly price of $59 (~€50). According to the video presentation attched at the end of the article, thanks to, MeLE also plans on offering a version with 2 GB DDR3 RAM, for which users will have to pay only $10 more.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.6 RC4, Things Are Calm for Now

Another Sunday, another chance for us, Linux enthusiasts, to take the latest RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming 4.6 kernel for a test drive on our computers.

Yes, that's right, we're talking about Linux kernel 4.6 Release Candidate 4 (RC4), which was made available for download just a few minutes ago (see download options below), as announced by Mr. Linus Torvalds himself.

And from the looks of it, things are going pretty well in the development cycle of Linux kernel 4.6, w… (read more)

Gentoo and Funtoo Linux Users Can Now Enjoy the GNOME Desktop without systemd

We have recently stumbled upon a new project on GitHub, called GNOME Without Systemd, which promises to deliver a systemd-free experience of the GNOME desktop environment to Gentoo and Funtoo Linux users.

The GNOME Without Systemd project, which is in fact a collection of useful information on how to install GNOME without the systemd init system, saw its initial commit this past weekend, on April 16, 2016, and it appears to have been put together by Dantrell B., a contributor to the Gentoo Li… (read more)

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