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Earlier today, May 17, 2016, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth published a new blog entry on his website to thank the Ubuntu Community Council for their hard work.
According to Mark Shuttleworth, the Community Council (CC) has done a great job lately at keeping the Ubuntu community happy, unblocked, and healthy. Their role in the grandiose Ubuntu project, for those not in the known, is a critical one if Ubuntu, as a community, wants to be at the top of its game.
“Their role is a critical one in the Ubuntu project, because we are at our best when we are constantly improving, and we are at our best when we are actively exploring ways to have completely different communities find common cause, common interest and common solutions,” said Mark Shuttleworth.
Of course, there’s always room for improvement, but so far, the Ubuntu Community Council are doing amazing thi… (read more)
Back in March, when the Alpha version of the upcoming Fedora 24 Linux operating system was about to be seeded to public testers and early adopters, Fedora kernel maintainer Justin Forbes announced the plans for Fedora 24’s default kernel.
So, knowing that, it’s a little funny to read the respective announcement now as, at that point in time, the Fedora devs thought that the Linux 4.6 kernel would be released just before the final freeze of Fedora 24. Thus, they decided to go with the Linux kernel 4.5 series for the entire development cycle of the OS and seed Linux kernel 4.6 as an update to users after the official release.
Well, things have changed a little since March, and Fedora 24 Linux has received a total of three delays until now, and the final freeze stage has been moved to the end of May, on the 31st. But Linux … (read more)
Insync, the excellent Google Drive native client, is once again available for free as the company behind the project is currently running a promotion for Gmail users.
Yes, you’re reading that right, you can get the Insync client for free in the next 39 hours, but you’ll need to sign up for the service with your Google email account (@gmail.com or @goooglemail.com).
Of course, if you want to use the client, you’ll probably already have one of those, so that shouldn’t be a blocker. The good news, however, is that Insync is a cross-platform application, running on Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows OSes.
So, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this and get your free copy of Insync, which appears to be available as binary packages or software repositories for the Arch Linux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and Red H… (read more)
*Name:* Nuritzi Sanchez *Email: *nuritzi< at >gnome.org *Affiliation:* Endless <https://endlessm.com> Hi Foundation Members, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Board of Directors. Who is Nuritzi? I started using GNOME four years ago through my work at Endless, a company that is deploying the GNOME stack in a computer designed for emerging markets. I'm passionate about creating social impact through technology, and so I was immediately drawn to the free and open source world once introduced to it. I was impressed by how many cool FOSS projects there are, and I immediately began thinking of ideas for how we can make them even better and more accessible. Once I started meeting the people of GNOME, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the community; however, I wasn't sure how to contribute as a non-developer and non-designer. I finally became an active contributor last GUADEC, because of the BoF sessions, and I've been addicted ever since. I'm very eager to help make it easier for new people to contribute to GNOME, and helping to ensure that GNOME keeps growing better and more vibrant each year. I think that we can be an even greater model for how to structure a community that's inclusive, friendly and efficient, and that we can influence the FOSS community as a whole to follow suit. What does Nuritzi do at GNOME? I am one of the core members of the Engagement team and I believe I can lend immediate value to the Board with my strong organization and communication skills. I like working with diverse personalities and get excited about things like building infrastructure to scale. I've been the first employee at two startups now, including Endless, where I currently work, and that's taught me to be creative, flexible, and very hard-working. I've also been told that I can herd my fair share of cats. ;) Here are some things that I've helped accomplish as part of the Engagement team this past year: - Established regular Engagement team meetings - Started a GNOME SF meetup <https://www.facebook.com/groups/GNOMEsf/> group - Helped with the final push for the 2014 Annual Report - Led GNOME social media strategy and created regular planning sessions, resulting in more active social media channels and the Getting to Know GNOME <https://blogs.gnome.org/engagement/> Engagement team blog with contributions from new Engagement team members When elected to the Board, here's how I could start contributing: - Leverage the Engagement team to help accomplish the Board's objectives - Establish more good practices around the transparency of the Board - Ensure that the Board's meetings are efficient, productive, and focused - Help make the Board more proactive in participating with the larger GNOME community and improving internal communications I welcome any questions. Best, Nuritzi ............................................................ ................. *Nuritzi Sanchez* | +1.650.218.7388 | Endless <http://endlessm.com/> _______________________________________________ foundation-announce mailing list foundation-announce< at >gnome.org https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce
We promised to keep our Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet readers informed about the latest developments in the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, and today we have interesting news to share.
Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak informs us that the development cycle of the next major OTA (Over-the-Air) update for Ubuntu Touch has started and that the first changes have already landed earlier today, May 17, 2016, in the devel channel for early adopters and testers.
These include an updated version of the Ubuntu System Settings application, which no longer contains the unneeded extra vibrations for the panel selection, and a new release of the UbuntuOne Credentials app. Of course, more changes will land in the next days and weeks.
However, the most important part of today’s email announcement sent to us by Łukasz Zemczak is that users should not expect too many new features, as Ubuntu Touch OTA-12 is read more)
Ziliang Guo from the ReactOS project today announced the availability for download of the first maintenance release of the ReactOS 0.4 open-source operating system.
While not a GNU/Linux distribution, ReactOS is an open source project whose main design goal is to offer users a computer operating system built from scratch that clones the design principles of Microsoft Windows NT’s architecture.
After ten long years of stagnation, the Ziliang Guo released version 0.4.0, as an update to the ReactOS 0.3.0 build announced back in 2006, and now it looks like he is getting more and more involved in the development process.
As such, today, May 17, 2016, Ziliang Guo uploaded ReactOS 0.4.1 to the official channels of the project as the first point release in the 0.4.0 series, bringing initial read/write support for the Btrfs file system by implementing the WinBtrfs driver directly into the OS.
Among other noteworthy changes, ReactOS 0.4.1 improves the usability of the Shel… (read more)
Name: Cosimo Cecchi E-Mail: cosimoc< at >gnome.org Affiliation: Endless Mobile Dear Foundation Members, I would like to announce my candidacy to serve on the Board of Directors this year. If elected, this will be my second term. I have been a technical contributor to many modules in GNOME since 2007, and a Foundation member since 2008. During last year, in addition to my minutes duties as vice-secretary, I helped with various activities in the board, including fundraising, donations, PR and events. I enjoyed my experience working with the board, and I feel I've been productive in my role this year. I would be happy to have the opportunity to continue on this path for another year. Please write to me if you have any question! Thanks, Cosimo _______________________________________________ foundation-announce mailing list foundation-announce< at >gnome.org https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce
Today, May 17, 2016, SUSE, a pioneer in open source software and the maker of the SUSE Linux operating system, has had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching.
SUSE was one of the first open source companies to offer live patching of their Linux kernel-based operating system, a technology that has been implemented in the major 4.0 series of the Linux kernel, as announced by Linus Torvalds one year ago, on April 2015.
Since then, only a few GNU/Linux operating system have adopted live kernel patching in their infrastructure because it appears that the technology is mostly useful for enterprise users, big companies that don’t want to interrupt their uptime when attempting to upgrade the kernel, which is the core of any Linux OS.
Yes, we’re just over half way through the May 2016 Month of LibreOffice campaign, and a lot of activity has taken place. So far we’ve awarded over 230 badges for contributions to code, translations, documentation, AskLibreOffice and social media. Take a look at that page and if you spot your name, click one of the Share buttons to tell the world about your contribution!
Want to adorn your website or blog with one of these lovely badges? Just follow these steps and help to make LibreOffice even better than ever before. And, of course, if you want to give someone credit for their work in the LibreOffice project, award them a barnstar and show your thanks.
There’s still two weeks to go in the Month of LibreOffice, so get involved and see how may badges you can collect!
O’Reilly OSCON 2016, the long-anticipated Open Source convention, is upon us, and it looks like Canonical is there to showcase its latest Snappy Ubuntu Core innovations.
We reported last week that Canonical had been secretly working with Huawei and LeMaker to offer developers and IoT enthusiasts the first-ever binary image of Snappy Ubuntu Core, a special flavor of the popular Ubuntu operating system that was designed from the ground up to be deployed on various embedded and IoT devices, for LeMaker’s HiKey 96Boards.
Boasting an Octa-Core 64-bit Kirin620 processor designed by Huawei, the HiKey single-board computer features an ARM Mali 450-MP4 graphics processing unit capable of offering high-performance 3D graphics. Also, HiKey developer LeMaker says that the board is able to deliver up to 10,000 D… (read more)
Mozilla will provide $150,000 in funding, and also grow the local maker community, to spur gigabit innovation in Texas’ capital
When you couple lightning-fast Internet with innovative projects in the realms of education and workforce development, amazing things can happen.
That’s the philosophy behind the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, our joint initiative with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite. The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund brings funding and staffing to U.S. cities equipped with gigabit connectivity, the next-generation Internet that’s 250-times faster than most other connections. Our goal: Spark the creation of groundbreaking, gigabit-enabled educational technologies so that more people of all ages and backgrounds can read, write, and participate on this next-generation Web.
As we just announced at the Gigabit City Summit in Kansas City, we’re expanding our gigabit work to the city of Austin, TX in August 2016. Selected from a list of contenders from across the country, Austin stood out due to its existing city-wide digital inclusion plan, active developer community, and growing informal education landscape. Beginning this fall, Mozilla will provide $150,000 in grant funding to innovative and local projects and tools that leverage Austin’s Google Fiber network. Think: 4K streaming in classrooms, immersive virtual reality, and more.
(In the existing Mozilla Gigabit cities of Chattanooga, TN and Kansas City, projects include real-time water monitoring systems, 3D learning tools for classrooms, and specialized technology for first responder training. Read more about those projects here.)
Mozilla is also investing in the makers and educators who make Austin great. We’ll help create Gigabit Hive Austin — a network of individuals, schools, nonprofits, museums, and other local organizations passionate about teaching and learning the Web. Hive Austin will be one of 14 Mozilla Hive networks and communities across four continents that teach web literacy and 21st-century skills.
Mozilla will open the first round of grant applications in Austin this August, and accept applications through October 18, 2016. Applicants and projects don’t have to be from Austin originally, but must be piloted locally. Click here to learn about the RFP process.
This spring, Mozilla is also providing $134,000 in new gigabit funding in Chattanooga and Kansas City. Funds will support projects that explore gigabit and robotics, big data, the Internet of Things, and more. Learn more.
Over the next two years, Mozilla will be expanding its Gigabit work to two additional cities. Interested in becoming a future Gigabit Hive city? We will reopen the city application process in late 2016.
Budgie-Remix (soon to become Ubuntu Budgie) developer David Mohammed has informed about the availability of the project’s first-ever newsletter for the community.
Ziliang Guo has announced the availability of ReactOS 0.4.1, a minor release of the built-from-scratch operating system which tries to clone the design of the Microsoft Windows NT platform: “The ReactOS team is proud to announce the release of version 0.4.1 a mere three months after the release….
The Wine development release 1.9.10 is now available.
What’s new in this release:
On May 16, 2016, Orbital-Apps.com was proud to announce the immediate availability of their portable applications, in the ORB format, for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.
Being the first time we introduce our readers to portable apps for Ubuntu, we would like to let them know how these apps actually work. First of all, the available apps (see the full list below) are freely distributed via the Orbital-Apps.com website in the .orb compressed file format to save space on the USB thumb drive.
The apps will automatically enter the “Portable/Persistent Mode” when they are run from the USB stick, which means that all settings will be stored on the thumb drive. Of course, this means that no installation is required, but you’ll first need to read more)
The first in a series of dev blogs all about the Eastern Lands, coming this summer!