Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.1 Release Candidate 4

With a one-day delay, the forth Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Linux kernel 4.1 was announced on Monday, May 18, by Linus Torvalds.

The RC4 release of Linux kernel 4.1 is getting us closer and closer to the final version, which should arrive sometime in Summer 2015. According to Linus Torvalds, Linux kernel 4.1 RC4 is a little bit bigger … (read more)

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Jeff Fortin Tam

Name: Jean-François Fortin Tam
Email: nekohayo at gmail
Affiliation: unaffiliated

Hi everybody,

I am offering my candidacy to serve on the Foundation Board for a second

I have been involved in various areas of GNOME since 2004 or so,
including testing, triaging, marketing, mentoring, coding, public
speaking and advocacy, user interaction & UX design, etc. I am a
business developer and manager. Besides running my branding & management
consulting company, I have been serving you as president of the board
since last year. A report on activities accomplished during that time
can be found here:

With the experience gained throughout the years, I hope to continue
serving GNOME to the best of my abilities.

You can learn more about me on my personal website above.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jean-François "Jeff" Fortin Tam
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DreadOut Horror Game Arrives on Steam for Linux

DreadOut, a third person supernatural horror game developed and published by Digital Happiness on Steam, also received a Linux version.

DreadOut went through the Steam Greenlight program and, interestingly enough, it’s one of the few games of its kind on the Linux platform. We don’t have enough horror games, especially titles that can be played from a third person view.

“DreadOut is a third person supernatural horror game where you play as Linda, a high school student tr… (read more)

FFmpeg 2.6.3 “Grothendieck” Officially Released

FFmpeg, a complete solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video, has been upgraded to version 2.6.3 and is now available for download and testing.

The new 2.6.x branch of FFmpeg has been around for a while now, and this is just a maintenance release. All of the packages in the FFmpeg have been upgraded and numerous fixes have been implemented. As it stands right now, this is the most advanced version available, and it should arrive soon in the repositories.

“2… (read more)

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.1.2

Ken Moore has announced the release of PC-BSD 10.1.2. The PC-BSD project offers users a desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD. The project also provides a server edition, called TrueOS. The latest release of PC-BSD allows users to maintain their home directories on an encrypted external drive and….

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Alexandre Franke

Name: Alexandre Franke
Affiliation: none

Foundation members,

I have been involved in many areas of GNOME over the past decade,
amongst which are advocacy, translations and GUADEC organization. It
has given me a good overview of how the different areas and teams
within the Foundation function, as well as many occasions to exercise
my coordination, organisational and problem solving skills. I have
enjoyed my time working on GNOME and would like to use what I have
learnt to contribute on a higher level.

Being on the board is not a piece of cake and our past directors have
done a good job. I am now humbly presenting my candidacy, hoping that
I'll be able to serve as well as others have done in the past.


TDF Internship Opening (#201505-01) – Marketing & PR

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Marketing & PR Intern

to start work as soon as possible.

The role, which is scheduled for 10 hours a week and an internship time of 3 months, includes amongst other items:

Public Relations Responsibilities

  • Assist with building and maintaining media lists for different geographies
  • Assist with developing, drafting, writing and distributing press releases and other PR materials such as backgrounders and newsletters
  • Assist with media relations, including pitching, researching and scheduling interviews if needed
  • Assist with collection of pictures of project members, free software events, hackfests, and conferences
  • Assist with building and maintaining relationships with relevant media
  • Assist with following-up with members of the media to ensure publication
  • Assist with tracking of press coverage, and creating monthly clipping reports
  • Assist with proofing written materials for style, grammar, etc.

Social Media Responsibilities

  • Assist with drafting and posting tweets and posts on social media
  • Assist with writing and editing blog posts and website articles

Marketing Responsibilities

  • Assist with updating a global calendar of events
  • Assist with researching industry trends and updating marketing data
  • Assist with the development of infographics and other marketing visuals

The role requires the following skills:


  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal and interpersonal
  • Good understanding of the free software environment and culture
  • Creativity, and ability to work on your own and meet deadlines
  • Good research and internet skills, good teamwork
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (fluency in other languages is desirable but not mandatory)


  • Previous marketing, fundraising or communication experience
  • Experience of updating web pages using an open source CMS
  • Knowledge of graphic and desktop publishing software
  • Knowledge of international environments, willingness to travel

TDF looks for a bright and enthusiastic individual seeking to gain an insight into marketing of open source software through one of the leading international free software foundations. You will provide valuable support to a small and dynamic team and will be comfortable carrying out different tasks – according to your seniority – as part of a team. As a confident communicator, you will be happy to liaise with supporters and individuals, and will use your creativity to help with marketing activities.

The work time during the day is flexible, apart from some fixed times when availability is required (e.g. during meetings, which usually take place between 1400 and 1600 UTC once per week). Applicants are also expected to be available at least two days per week.

TDF welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

As always, TDF will give some preference to individuals who have previously shown a commitment to TDF, including but not limited to members of TDF. Not being a member, or never having contributed before, does not exclude any applicants from consideration.

The internship offered is time-limited, with no immediate plans to a mid- or long-term employment or contractual relationship. Work happens from the applicant’s home office, which can be located anywhere in the world.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including curriculum vitae, your financial expectations, and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at no later than June 22nd, 2015. You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

If you haven’t received feedback by July 20th, 2015 your application could not be considered.

Minimap coming to the gedit text editor

Gedit, the default GUI text editor in Fedora Workstation has a neat new minimap feature in the works. This feature provides a shrunk-down version of the document you are editing on the right of the screen to make it easier to jump between different parts of larger documents.

In a blog post announcing the new feature, gedit developer Ignacio Casal Quinteiro points out that this new feature was actually developed by Christian Hergert as part of the GNOME Builder editor, and because Christian actually made the bulk of the changes in the upstream widget, GTKSourceView, it was easy to add the same support to gedit.

It was only recently added to the gedit master branch, so this new gedit feature is likely to make an appearance in Fedora 23 Workstation.


Web Server Going Down For Rebuild Monday May 18th @ 6pm CDT

Hello all, you probably rarely hear from me, but I am the hosting provider for this website.  I wanted to let everyone on here know that our primary server is going to be going down for a complete rebuild tomorrow Monday May 18th, 2015 @ 6pm CDT.  This downtime is expected to last at least 4 hours.  However, depending how things get shuffled around, this site may be moving to the alternate server which would reduce the downtime significantly.  If this site is on the list to be transferred, I will keep you all posted.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 610

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Server administration made easier with NethServer 6.6News: Interview with Debian’s Neil McGovern, CentOS offers AArch64 images, Ubuntu extends support for Linux 3.19, Fedora helps Mozilla and plans Cinnamon spin and Foresight Linux has been discontinuedMyths and misunderstandings: GPL Torrent corner: ConnochaetOS,….

Minigame Spotlight

Play RuneScape’s minigames for your choice of rewards.

Development Release: Solus Beta 2

Ikey Doherty has announced the availability of the second beta build of Solus (formerly Evolve OS), a Linux distribution with a custom desktop (Budgie) and package manager (eopkg): “The Solus project team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Solus Operating System beta 2. This release is….

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Andrea Veri

Name: Andrea Veri
Email: av< at >
Affiliation: No Affiliation

Foundation Members,

this past year has been challenging for the Board of Directors - just 
to remind the most demanding items: from the Groupon trademark infringement
handling to the Outreach Program for Women outsourcing to the Software 
Freedom Conservancy - and I'm extremely proud to have had a chance to 
contribute to the success of the GNOME Foundation providing my 
feedback on both the legal and technical fields when issues arised.
I'm also glad to have served as the Secretary of the Board providing high 
detailed meeting minutes, answering Foundation member's questions 
privately and generally making sure the Foundation membership as a 
whole was informed of what the Board was up to in a timely manner.

That said, I'm happy to announce my candidacy to the Board of 
Directors for a second term.

Distribution Release: Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5

Alan Baghumian has announced the launch of Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5. The Debian-based distribution for desktop computers ships with GNOME Shell 3.14 as the default desktop environment, offers UEFI boot support and runs atop version 3.14 of the Linux kernel. “Parsix GNU/Linux 7.5 (code name Rinaldo) brings the stable….

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Magdalen Berns

Name: Magdalen Berns
Email: m.berns< at >
Affiliation: GSoC, The Scottish National Party (SNP), University of

Dear Foundation Members,

I currently maintain the java-atk-wrapper and I have been an accessibility
contributor at GNOME since 2013. I would like to put my hat in for the
directors election this year, because I believe that GNOME is in a great
position to set the bar for GNU/Linux desktop accessibility and more
generally, I feel I am able to contribute progressive ideas towards
developing GNOME’s infrastructure with a view to helping it grow as an
autonomous non-profit organisation.

An atmosphere where the contributors are made to feel supported and valued,
is one that is more able to constructively motivate productivity; so as an
elected director, I would strive to best represent your views by being
open, direct, approachable, communicative and accountable in seeking
feedback on matters which may arise throughout the term.

Please feel free to fire any questions you may have about my candidacy to
the list and I will do my best to answer comprehensively.

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GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Cosimo Cecchi

Name: Cosimo Cecchi
Email: cosimoc< at >
Affiliation: Endless Mobile

Dear Foundation Members,

I would like to announce my candidacy to serve on the Board of Directors
this term.

I've been a technical contributor to the project since 2007 and a
Foundation member since 2008; despite my long history with the project,
this the first time I'm running for such an election.
I believe my work experience with different large users of GNOME (Red Hat
first, and now Endless Mobile) can be an unique asset to the Board of
Directors, and would help keeping our community a thriving environment for
downstream projects and hardware products based on our technology stack.

I am looking forward to my continued involvement with GNOME and Free
Software and hope for your vote in supporting my candidacy!

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GCompris Fundraiser

The work on unified graphics for GCompris was completed in the time allocated by the fundraiser. Here is a video to show the result.

15% of the goal was funded, so not all of the work could be completed in the time proposed. But there are updates to all the core components, the main menu with all the activities icons and a good bunch of activities.

Finishing the remaining activities

Timothée Giet will keep working on GCompris in his spare time. There’s still a large amount of work to do. If you want to help, please read the guidelines and take a look at the work already done. Then contact the development team on IRC (#gcompris channel on freenode) for some guidance to get started.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this work possible!

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Meizu launches the Ubuntu MX4 for Developers in China


Meizu HERO Group

In the first of a series of launches, Meizu has announced that the Ubuntu MX4, which will be sold across Europe soon, is immediately available to developers in China. The move kicks off Meizu’s push towards strengthening the Ubuntu ecosystem in China, ahead of launching the Chinese Edition to its user base later this year.

Meizu is one of the most popular high-end smartphone brands in China, recognized for its innovative and elegant product design and for pioneering the user centric distribution model that has become the standard for several Chinese manufacturers.

The Ubuntu MX4 launch also coincides with the final months of the China Mobile Ubuntu Developer Contest, which is already seeing thousands of developers participating in onsite and online training as well as hackathons at various universities across China.

With the introduction of Scopes – a way to integrate the content and services typically hidden behind apps directly into the OS – developing mobile experiences on Ubuntu can be done at a fraction of the cost of developing traditional apps, while at the same time delivering a much more discoverable and engaging experience to users.

A number of Chinese scopes are already available from the Ubuntu store including Baidu, Dianping, Weibo, Youku, Sohu and Chinese versions of the Today, Nearby and News aggregation scopes. Web apps are also available for Tmall, Taobao and QQ among others, and Sogou is working on bringing their popular Chinese input method to Ubuntu phones.

Dianping Surface Sohunews Depts

As of this latest release, developers will also be able to submit their own scopes as sources to the aggregation scopes installed by default on the device by a simple tagging mechanism when submitting to the Ubuntu Store. The store itself has been revamped, now counting over 1300 scopes and apps within just a few months from the first device coming to market.

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For developers who have existing HTML5 apps running on Android and iOS – it’s a breeze to bring those to Ubuntu – see here.

The device is set to go on sale today, directly from Meizu’s website.

Upgrading LMDE (from UP8 to “Betsy”)

The upgrade path is now open. LMDE 1 “Debian” users can upgrade to LMDE 2 “Betsy” by following this tutorial:

As always, make sure to read everything and don’t hesitate to connect to the IRC while performing the upgrade.

One important note among the warnings: Make sure to disable Romeo prior to upgrading. Cinnamon 2.6 and MATE 1.10 will hit it very soon, they’re not fully stable yet. If you want to test them, it’s better to enable Romeo post-upgrade so they don’t interfere with the upgrade.

Distribution Release: Netrunner 16

Clemens Toennies has announced the release of Netrunner 16, a Kubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring the KDE Plasma 5.3 desktop: “This is the release announcement of Netrunner 16 Main Edition (Ozymandias) 64-bit. ‘Why Ozymandias?’ you might ask? Here is how it goes: I met a traveler from an antique….