Matthias Clasen has added overlay scrollbars to the GTK+ tool-kit as a new, experimental feature…
One of the favorite pastimes of the Ubuntu community is to find interesting or weird places where this operating system is being used. There have been some strange sightings before and it’s usually the last place where you would expect to find a Linux system. The same is true for Suzuka.
Some of you might not be familiar with this name, Suzuka. This is actually a very famous racing circuit that is being used in all kinds of motor-sport races, including Formula 1. This is a sport that has a lo… (read more)
Emacs 24.4 has been released earlier today, and it ships with several new features and improved functionality, on the most notable being the presence of an integrated web browser.
Today, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, announces the latest name, for the upcoming 15.04. For this release, the letter V is being used. The adjective? Vivid. The animal? Vervet.
Valve runs all sorts of promotions, all the time. The number of games in the Steam catalog is so big that discounted titles are always available. One of the regular discounts is called “Weeklong Deals” and it now features 14 games that run on the Linux platform.
The Steam for Linux platform already features more than 700 working games, and most of them were launched or ported after Valve got its Steam service to work on the open source platform. It’s a safe bet that users will probably find a… (read more)
GParted, or the GNOME Partition Editor, is a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for x86-based computers that is very useful for creating and deleting disk partitions with great ease. A new stable release has been made, and from the looks of it, the new 0.20.0 version is something of a milestone.
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly small version number of GParted. It’s actually a very old application that’s been around for many years. The main reason that the version number is still well under… (read more)
A new Ubuntu Touch RTM update has been released by Canonical and it makes the operating system a lot more stable and snappier, among other changes.
Ubuntu developers had some minor problems in the week before with all sorts of bugs that were popping out. They postponed the release of a new update for the Ubuntu Touch RTM and, at one point, they even got everyone to focus on fixing the problems and nothing else. Now they have a new version out and progress really shows.
Users who already have… (read more)
Yet another team of self described “veteran unix admins” and developers are planning to fork Debian if the project goes ahead with plans to replace sysvinit with systemd. Debian introduced systemd as a technical preview in Wheezy in May of last year, following Fedora and several other distributions. The threat to fork Debian reflects the increasingly heated debate surrounding a fundamental shift in system philosophy. Do one thing and do it well? Or, one daemon to rule them all? The Wikipedia page contains a succinct explanation of systemd: The developers of systemd aimed to replace the Linux init system inherited from UNIX System V and Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) operating systems. Like init, systemd is a daemon that manages other daemons. All daemons, including systemd, are background processes. Systemd is the first daemon to start (during booting) and the last daemon to terminate (during shutdown). Lennart Poettering and Kay Sievers, software engineers that initially developed systemd,1 sought to surpass the efficiency of the init daemon in several ways. They wanted to improve the software framework for expressing dependencies, to allow more processing to be done concurrently or in parallel during system booting, and to reduce the computational overhead of
Debian and Ubuntu dominated the headlines today with various topics. The community is is celebrating Ubuntu’s 10 years and Mark Shuttleworth announced the next codename. Debian lost a contributor and released 7.7 over the weekend while the threat of a fork is pushing a freedom choice. In other news we have Gentoo and 4MLinux reviews as well as the chance to vote for the best Linux desktop environment. Debian has been the topic of discussion quite a bit lately. Last week the project announced a new home for the Debian OS Snapshot Archive. A couple of days later Lucus Nussbaum announced a revival of sorts of the old Debian Package of the Day. He retrieved the database and put up a static version for those wishing to look back. Over the weekend Debian 7.7 was announced. "This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems." The changelog has a complete list of updated packages. Downloads for a fresh install are at debian.org. Then today the project posted the news that contributor Peter Miller lost his battle with leukemia over the summer. Oh, but that’s not even the biggest news.
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The latest development version of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki is available this Monday night…
For those in need of open-source file-system/partition management, the wonderful GParted program has been updated to v0.20.0…
10 years ago today, Mark Shuttleworth made the 4th post ever to the ubuntu-announce mailing list when he wrote: Announcing Ubuntu 4.10 “The Warty Warthog Release”
Over the years, we’ve had several cakes celebrating releases, here are a sampling we found on Flickr, first from the 8.04 release party in London:
And an amazing trio from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for 9.10, 10.10 and 11.04:
And dozens of strictly Ubuntu logo cakes over the years (this one from 2006):
With the release of 14.10 just days away, enjoy your release parties and perhaps take some time to reflect upon how far we’ve come in these 10 years!
Get ghostweave fabric on Treasure Hunter and make six ghostly outfits. Then, go trick or treating for some sweet in-game rewards!
With Linux 3.18-rc1 having came one week early, the EXT4 file-system pull request didn’t end up landing until today. However, the EXT4 changes aren’t overly exciting for the 3.18 merge window…
A new release of Emacs is out today and it’s quite a big update with new functionality for this popular and extensible text editor…
Oracle recently made its Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution generally available, and has been loudly beating the war drums on the OpenStack front. As I recently noted, It seems inevitable that there will soon be an OpenStack market shakeout soon, and big players like Oracle and HP may remain standing as that happens, especially in light of their experience supporting enterprise customers. According to an interview with new co-CEO Mark Hurd, Oracle’s IP and SaaS applications may be the pieces of the company’s cloud computing portfolio that many analysts are undervaluing. The comments, though, raise issues about the true openness of Oracle’s cloud strategy. In an interview with Computerworld U.K. Hurd said: "We’re the only company with a full suite of SaaS applications. In addition to the suite, each application is best of breed…I think it’s about the [intellectual property]. We bring to market what [Oracle customers] actually use in production [on-premises]. I think it’s difficult for a customer to say, I’m going to build something in the cloud and then convert that to another set of technologies. There are no conversions to do after you’ve built it. For PaaS, the real attractive part of the market is
While some are busy debating whether Debian should be forked, the upstream Debian release team is moving forward and has announced the stable release of Debian 7.7…
Budgie is default desktop environment of the Evolve OS Linux distribution, and it is Evolve OS project. Budgie desktop is designed for modern user, it focuses on minimal, elegance, and simple desktop. The main point of this Budgie desktop is that it’s not forked from any other project but rather one written from scratch with integration in mind, using GTK and either Vala or C. The Budgie Desktop tightly integrates with the GNOME stack, employing underlying technologies to offer an alternative desktop experience. In the spirit of open source, the project is compatible with and available for other Linux distributions. Also note that Budgie can now emulate the look and feel of the GNOME 2 desktop, optionally, via a setting in the panel preferences. At this time Budgie is heavily under development, and is hosted on GitHub. You can contribute to this project by writing code, bug reports, or so.Budgie