GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars

Matthias Clasen has added overlay scrollbars to the GTK+ tool-kit as a new, experimental feature…

Ubuntu Used by FIA Weatherman at Suzuka F1 Grand Prix – Video

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 Ships with Integrated Web Browser Ubuntu Installation

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.


Linux distro Ubuntu 15.04 gets its name — Vivid Vervet

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.


GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of October 10th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, October 10th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on October 24th, 2014 at 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Karen Sandler
 * Andrea Veri
 * Sriram Ramkrishna 

== Missing ==
 * Tobias Mueller

== Board meeting ==

Congratulations to the GNOME Community for releasing GNOME 3.14 and 
the board thanks the community for all of their hard work. 

 * Groupon

 * Thank you for a Philanthropist-level "Friends of GNOME" donation from Edward Swartz
   * Get as many signatures from boardees and hackers in the GNOME meetup in San Francisco in two weeks
   * Idea: do a few with board member signatures proactively at GUADEC
   * ACTION: Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation? And verify his mailing address.

 * Vote on applying the GUADEC 2014 code of conduct to the GNOME Summit 2014
  * Concerns voiced about the eligibility for coverage/rights under the policy
  * Concerns about how enforceable it is and the pressure onto event organisers
  * The board discussed the policy and contemplated whether any redrafting was needed. The board
    had an animated discussion about whether a Code of Conduct was needed and if adopted whether
    the policy as used at GUADEC is the right policy to adopt. The board discussed what constitutes
    a social event under the policy and to what extent it is right to dictate people's actions in
    that context. Different board members had different views on all of these points.
  * Proposal to adopt the code of conduct as set forth at (adapted from GUADEC) for the upcoming GNOME Summit in Boston: (but not for future events yet, see below)
   * VOTE: +1 Marina, Jeff, Karen, Sri; -1 Kat; abstain Andrea
   * ACTION: Board to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events

 * Travel requests:
  * BOSTON Summit: USD 600.00 for 1 person
  * GUADEC-ES: EUR 150.00 for 1 person
  * VOTE: allocating 6000$ for the travel committee as a budget for 6 months: +6 unanimous (Jeff, Kat, Karen, Marina, Sri, Andrea)

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
  * GNOME Privacy project
  * Karen's GUADEC 2014 travel expenses reimbursement (awaits vote from travel committee, and forwarding of relevant mail thread)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Reimbursement letter for Watson Sato
  * Statement of fact, no vote from the Board required
  * Letter was signed and sent on its way to Watson

 * Code of Conduct for GNOME Summit
  * Marina proposed to make use of GUADEC's CoC for the upcoming GNOME Summit 2014 even (Boston Summit)
  * The full text of the Conduct is available at:
  * Objections were made as no explicit vote was ever made to approve the above Conduct to apply on all GNOME yearly events
  * Discussion and vote to happen on the meeting of 10th October, 2014

 * OPW Travel allowance payments

 * Unfreezing travel allowance reimbursements
  * Discussion and voting still happening on the mailing list

== Pending action items ==
 * GNOME's CoC: Board to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a  version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME  yearly events
 * Edward Swartz's "philantropist donation": Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation, maybe offer an interview? And verify his mailing address.
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation

Steam for Linux Has 14 Discounted Games in “Weeklong Deals”

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)

GNOME Partition Editor 0.20.0 Lands with Btrfs Improvements

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)

Ubuntu Touch RTM Update Is Out, Has Better Performance and Beautiful New Indicators – Gallery

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)

New Group Threatens To Fork Debian

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

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Forking Debian, Celebrating Ubuntu, and Best Desktops

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 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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Switching to Linux, Checklist

Guest post by Richard Larson
Linux often seems like a breath of fresh air to Windows users. It’s free. It doesn’t have bloatware issues. You don’t have to pay for it. It has less malware and hacking issues because it’s less profitable and productive for the baddies to concentrate on an operating system with less users.
Did I mention it doesn’t cost anything?
Whatever the reason Linux looks good to you, you have to remember that Linux and Windows are two different animals. Windows is far more professionally polished and noob friendly. (It has to be. You paid for it.) While there are a few supported versions of Windows floating around, most users stick with the one that comes with their machines. On the hand, Linux has so many distributions, it’s hard to keep track sometimes. From the way you install programs to the amount of time you spend in a command prompt screen, it’s a different experience. Whether it’s a good experience or not depends on your preference.

What’s Your Hardware Situation?
So now that you realize that there are different distributions of Linux, make sure that you meet the hardware requirements for the one you’d like to use. Don’t just check the specs, either. If you’re serious about this you should test it out. Make a bootable USB drive of the Linux distribution you’d like to switch to and test how your hardware responds to it. Try spending an entire day using it.
Don’t forget your peripherals. Printers, mobile phones, and wireless mice can be a bit of a pain when switching to Linux. Not all of them support the platform and some simple refuse to work on it. You may need to spend extra time working out workarounds or find new equipment. Are you willing to do that? That’s a question you should

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Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update

The latest development version of Phoronix Test Suite 5.4-Lipki is available this Monday night…

GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support

For those in need of open-source file-system/partition management, the wonderful GParted program has been updated to v0.20.0…

Happy 10th Birthday Ubuntu!

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”
In this announcement, Mark wrote:
Ubuntu is a new Linux distribution that brings together the extraordinary breadth of Debian with a fast and easy install, regular releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release.
So it’s with much excitement, the Ubuntu News team wishes Ubuntu a happy 10th Birthday!

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!
Posted by Elizabeth K. Joseph, on behalf of the Ubuntu News Team

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Treasure Hunter: Halloween – From This Weekend

Get ghostweave fabric on Treasure Hunter and make six ghostly outfits. Then, go trick or treating for some sweet in-game rewards!

EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes

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…

Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support

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…

Is Oracle’s Cloud Strategy Really Open, Or Are Doors Locking?

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

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Debian 7.7 Released With Various Bug-Fixes

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 Desktop Now Can Be Install On Ubuntu 14.04/14.10/Linux Mint 17

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

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