GNU Wget 1.17 Command-Line Download Manager Gets FTPS and HSTS Support

Giuseppe Scrivano, the maintainer of the open-source GNU wget command-line download manager utility for GNU/Linux and other UNIX operating systems, announced the release of wget 1.17.

According to the release notes, GNU wget 1.17 is mostly a feature release that brings in a few interesting features, among which we can mention support for the HTTP Strict Transport Security (H… (read more)

Distribution Release: Black Lab Linux 7.0

The Black Lab Linux project has announced a new release of its commercial offerings. The new release, Black Lab Linux 7.0, ships with the Xfce 4.12 desktop, LibreOffice 5, version 5 of the GNU Compiler Collection, WINE and version 3.19.0 of the Linux kernel. “Today we are announcing….

Ubuntu Studio Is a Treasure Trove for Creative Types

Ubuntu Studio 15.10 is a one-stop Linux OS shop for most creative people. It bundles a nearly full range of multimedia content-creation applications for workflows involving audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing. The developers describe this distro as a multimedia content-creation hub for all five creative workflows. The last element — publishing — is the weakest link. The publishing category in terms of the traditional wordsmithing genre is missing.

Distribution Release: Puppy Linux 6.3

Barry Kauler has announced the release of a new version of the Puppy Linux distribution. Puppy Linux provides users with a lightweight, installable live CD which strives to be easy to use. The new release, Puppy Linux 6.3, is built from Slackware packages and is available in 32-bit….

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 4.1-0

The developers of Univention Corporate Server (UCS), a Debian-based server distribution with Active Directory compatible domain services, have published a new release. The new version, Univention Corporate Server 4.1-0, features updates to a number of key packages, including the Linux kernel and Samba, and also includes support for….

Second bug hunting session for LibreOffice 5.1

Berlin, November 17, 2015 – Quality Assurance activity on LibreOffice 5.1 – planned for release in early February – is making progress with the second bug hunting session focused on new features and fixes for bugs and regressions. The session will last 3 days, from December 4 to December 6, 2015, and will be focused on the beta of LibreOffice 5.1.

On those dates, mentors will be available from 08AM UTC to 10PM UTC to help less experienced volunteers to triage bugs, on the QA IRC channel and via email on the QA mailing list.

Those who cannot join during the bug hunting session are always welcome to help chasing bugs and regressions when they have time. The bug hunting activity will continue with Release Candidates in December and January.

Builds of LibreOffice 5.1 pre-releases are already available from this link: Additional information are available here:

SIVEO joins the Mageia community to boost the development of the PULSE software

We have a newcomer in the Mageia ecosystem: the young French company SIVEO has taken over the development of the open source server-related solutions of the former Mandriva, and they decided to base all their products on Mageia. Giving back to the community, they are now employing a long-time Mageia contributor and maintainer of the KDE stack, Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust), to work on packaging their free software products in Mageia. The following is a joint press release by SIVEO and

The project originally named LRS Linbox FAS PULSE then renamed by Mandriva in 2007, is now an opensource solution for asset management. It’s used as well by small or medium entreprise as by very big companies, and both private and public accounts.

Believing in the potential of PULSE, SIVEO is rising up to the challenge of making it a major open source solution for asset management. Key people who were already working on development of this project joined SIVEO. They now bring their skills, know-how and enthusiasm to the company.

In parallel to this and to fully anchor it into the open source world, SIVEO naturally approached the Mageia community by providing the PULSE project and its distribution allowing the enlargement of the Community basis.

“This way, we want to open the project and bring more resources while federating different players whether professionals, ordinary users or contributors,” recalled Yvan Manon, who has been involved in the PULSE project for a long time and is nowadays pre-sales engineer at SIVEO.

“To welcome new contributors is always a very positive thing for the Mageia community. The packaging of a professional solution of the quality of PULSE is an undeniable asset for the distribution, to further engage with the world of commerce and our business users – and hopefully encourage more to participate. The collaboration of a large company and the validity it gives to the quality of the Mageia distribution is also a large endorsment of the work done by the Mageia community,” says the Mageia Council.

PULSE is a complete solution to manage the life cycle of the workstation, which allows industrialization and automating heavy and time-consuming tasks on complex and remote networks. Its main features are:

  • create and deploy sysprep disk image
  • identify, deploy applications and patches
  • backup
  • make decision
  • remote access
  • overseeing the compliance and configurations of all assets

Finally, interoperability and agility facilitate its integration with the various components (LDAP, AD, GLPI, OCS Inventory Fusion, etc.) of an information system. SIVEO offers packaged version with support for distributions such as Debian, RedHat and CentOS, and any additional services (audit, installation, training) to ensure professional quality and serenity.

SIVEO is an infrastructure automation software company; it is a young company creates innovative in November 2008. First French company labelled in the INTEL CLOUD Builder initiative for its eVA solution, SIVEO works with publishers, SSII, public and private accounts. is a French non-profit association with groups contributing together into a community. The Mageia community builds a GNU/Linux distribution with the goal of providing an easy to use and highly reliable operating system with the choice and scalability offered by the Linux infrastructure. Mageia has delivered 5 releases since 2011, with the next release, Mageia 6, already taking shape with a scheduled release date in 2016.

More about Pulse:
Source code (GPL):

GNOME Music App Updated for GNOME 3.18.2 with Minor Improvements, Bugfixes

We reported last week that the GNOME Project announced the general availability of the second and last maintenance release of the current stable GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, which brought updates for many GNOME apps and core components.

The GNOME Music has just been updated today, November 16, as part of the GNOME 3.18.2 d… (read more)

Premier Club | Coming 30th November

Enjoy 2016’s very best members’ content with a ton of exclusive extras. Migrates Content and File Delivery to Fastly

Fastly logoWe are so stoked to announce our partnership with Fastly. Fastly is now serving up all of our traffic from the * domain Drupal sites and related services. is big and its services handle over 1.5 billion requests per month; this is a massive amount of traffic for an open source project.

Every time cron runs the update service on your Drupal site, it talks to Every time you download a copy of Drupal or any projects on, you talk to (We see over 400,000 downloads of Drupal core in a typical month—way more around DrupalCons and major community sprints.)

Each month we have over 15 million unique pageviews on—by over 2 million unique visitors.

All of those stats are about to rise significantly with the launch of Drupal 8. Drupal 7 caused a 30% bump in traffic when it was released and we expect even more with the launch of Drupal 8.

Fastly is… well… fast

In 2014, we implemented a CDN (content delivery network) for The impact was immediate. Everything was faster. We met our initial goal of getting sites and services fronted by a CDN.

That CDN solution was a good start, and while it lacked features we didn’t know we needed, it improved our ability to deliver Drupal-generated content as well as packaged projects.

Late in 2014, we were introduced to Fastly. They offered us an opportunity to try out the service for and we haven’t looked back.

Varnish for the win!

You may already use the open source Varnish for your Drupal sites. Varnish is an HTTP accelerator. began using Varnish in 2009 to reduce load on its web servers. It is a powerful cache that likely sits in front of your web origins. Fastly gives us a globally distributed Varnish cache with all of the features we are familiar with.

Fastly hires maintainers of the Varnish project and are helping move it forward. Drupal 8 cache keys are also a straight correllation to Fastly Surrogate Key purging and Fastly’s active involvement is another great example of Fastly working with an open source community (ours!) to build a better experience.

Yay, open source!

Open Source Alliance

Speaking of open source, Fastly has an open source alliance that provides free content delivery to projects like Debian, the MIT Media Lab, the W3C, Memcached, Linux Foundation, and more. They have even open sourced some of their technology stack to make it easier for others to build systems with their tools. We love partnering with these sorts of organizations.

Supporting Technology Partner

Speaking of partnering, Fastly took their partnership a step further and are helping fund a lot of great work on through commitments to sponsor DrupalCons and even the release of Drupal 8. Look for them at upcoming DrupalCons. Thanks Fastly!

How Fastly Works

Fastly’s Global Network consists of Points of Presence (POPs) running Fastly’s custom Varnish software stack. These POPs are spread around the world in strategic locations close to the highest density Internet Exchange Points, ensuring cached content is just a few milliseconds away.

Global network

Fastly has a powerful feature that allows us to specify a specific POP as a shield to our origin server. In our case we chose the Seattle POP because of its proximity to our servers at the OSL in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States.

Caching basics

The origin shield configuration means all requests to flow through Fastly’s origin server in Seattle before reaching our origin. If Fastly’s origin server in Seattle has already cached the file, no request to our origin is necessary.

Caching basics, subsequent requests

In practice, this allows us to deliver a huge amount of content with an extremely high hit ratio. (See that spike in the GIF below, that’s one of those regular times that cron jobs request a ton of content from our updates server. Fastly is just churning along.)

Really cool animated GIF showing updates traffic

(Fastly made us confident we could put this enormous GIF in our write up.)

Faster changes, faster response time

Another advantage to Fastly has been the efficiencies it has given us by allowing us to quickly make changes to how they cache our content. With our previous CDN, changes could take up to 4 hours to propagate through the system. We can now change a Varnish config and reflect those changes in under 5 seconds. That has been a huge help when we need to make a hot fix to production and keep delivering Drupal to the world.

Logging and improving our usage stats

Fastly also allows us to stream our logs. This means we can parse those logs and turn them into data. We are already seeing much more reliable project usage statistics with from our new log processing for thanks to Fastly’s log streaming.

More accurate logs mean we can provide users with better data to help them to make better decisions about modules, themes and distributions that have the most installations.

Next Steps with Fastly

We have been impressed with Fastly, both for their responsiveness and the performance improvements we have seen while using their services. They have given a ton to our community and we can’t wait to see where they take Varnish and their open-source-powered service. If you are interested in using Fastly with your own Drupal sites, you can learn more about Fastly on their organization page or sign up for a developer account at—there is even a Fastly module for Drupal7, and one for Drupal8 is on the way!

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Juju and Remote LXD Host


The team I am a part of at Canonical has been working on implementing a Juju provider for LXD. One of the goals of this provider is to improve the Juju experience when working and developing locally. You can try it yourself, but you will have to build Juju from source, the branch is available here:

Where the current Juju local provider uses your machine as the bootstrap or machine-0 node. The new LXD provider creates an LXC container for machine-0, ensuring that there are no system-level dependencies (other than what is needed for LXD and Juju) and more importantly we ensure we have a clean bootstrap machine, unlike with the current local provider, where we can completely destroy machine-0 since it is your machine.

Since the LXD provider communicates over HTTPS it gave me the idea. What if we use Juju to control a remote LXD installation on some arbitrary host?

After running LXD so successfully locally, I really wanted to try and have Juju manage a remote LXD installation. Essentially turning that remote host in to a custom mini-cloud. So here are the high level steps I took.

First, there was some setup of the remote host. I had a server running on my local network that I could play with.

* Installed LXD and enabled HTTPS, lxc config set core.https_address [::]:8443 * Verified the installation with the lxc client (which will also generate the certs) * Copied the key and cert from ~/.config/lxc * Setup a DHCP server to assign routable addresses for lxcbr0. (See:

On my laptop I had to create a new provider entry for this remote LXD.

* I created an entry in my environments.yaml, lxd-remote, type: lxd * Provided client.key and client.crt lxd-remote environment via environments.yaml * Set the remote of lxd-remote to my servers IP.

Then I was able to ‘juju bootstrap -e lxd-remote’ and things appeared to work. I was able to deploy services. Addresses were being properly assigned from the DHCP pool (these could be publicly routable addresses if your company is assigned a block). When I ran in to issues was when I attempted to visit those services. The servers firewall was blocking the ports those services were listening on, even after I used the ‘juju expose’ command. Since Juju treats the LXD provider like any other cloud it supports, there is an expectation that things like firewalling have an API.

So that is where the current LXD provider implementation is lacking. Right now the LXD provider is dumb, it doesn’t have any firewall, storage, or network knowledge. Which makes using it to orchestrate a remote LXD host a bit impractical. Since there could be any number of possible firewalling choices depending on the host system that is running LXD, it is very difficult to implement the ability to expose services in a generic fashion. It is likely that later version of the LXD provider will interface with host machines firewall, but will require specific firewall software be used.
Even with that in place, you will have to do the manual setup of the remote host to make the LXC containers that are being created routable to the desired clients.

In summary, it is possible with some hacking to have Juju manage a remote LXD, but it is currently not very practical. Once the LXD provider has settled on a firewalling approach, then the only manual setup from the user would be installing LXD and preparing the LXC network bridge to reflect the desired configuration.

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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 636

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Leaping in a new direction with openSUSE 42.1News: Fedora defaults to using Wayland, Ubuntu improves Mir support, Debian replaces its live CD project, Linux-based Steam consoles launch and Libreboot to join the GNU projectQuestions and answers: A stable operating system with rolling….

Raptor’s Challenge | Camel Warriors

Fight Akthanakos’s warrior-mages to earn a level 85 staff. Watch out – they spit.

Install Microsoft Fonts, Adobe Flash, Java, and Tweak Fedora 23 Linux with Fedy

Created by the skilled developer Satyajit Sahoo, Fedy (previously known as Fedora Utils) is a must have utility for all users of the Fedora Linux computer operating system.

Fedy is an open source, free, and very easy to use graphical application for your Fedora desktop. It has been designed from the ground up to let you install all sorts of software and tools that aren’t available in the default software repositories o… (read more)

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of November, 10th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

 * Jeff F. T. (joined late)
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Andrea Veri
 * Shaun McCance
 * Alexandre Franke
 * Sri (invited by the board)

== Regrets ==

 * Allan Day

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * West Coast Summit
  * The conference was started by Sri as a way to engage more contributors
  * Sri feels it's probably time to bring the conference to the next level and thought of launching a GNOME Libre Application Summit
   * It's going to happen in May (if appropriate funding will be collected) and will be held in Portland, co-located with OpenSuse. 3 core days, 2 days hackfests.
    * OpenSuse is planning an hackfest to happen during the conference
   * The main topics are going to be related on XDG-App, GNOME's SDK and the sandboxing of applications 
   * It targets both users and developers as it tries to enhance the relationship between GNOME and device drivers manufacturers, large application writers such as Mozilla and LibreOffice but it also tries to engage and attract new contributors
   * The conference reached a grand total of 5k USD of funding, 6.5k USD are required for the venue rental
   * Sri is also requesting Board's approval about the possibility to use GNOME's assets such as the logo, name but also having the same GNOME Foundation handling all the financial side of the conference
    * This includes having Rosanna dealing with it to help Sri tracking conference's finances
   * Many are also the possible risks:
    * Organizers not being able to raise the money to cover the conference
    * Organizers not being able to raise the team of volunteers to run the conference
    * Organizers not being able to get sufficient interest in the conference
   * Is the conference expecting a travel budget assigned to it?
    * Sri would like to have some of the core GNOME contributors joining the conference
    * Next step would be finding out whether travel subsidies will be guaranteed and what the budget assigned to it is going to be
   * Q/A: Are you reaching out to possible Adboard members for sponsoring the conference?
    * Sri: Yes, I specifically have in mind asking Red Hat at first then other possible companies 
    * Concern: Adboard members may chose to sponsor this conference instead of GUADEC/GNOME.Asia
   * ACTION: Alexandre to get back to Sri asking whether he could prepare a budget report (similar to how GUADEC bids are managed) for the event and forward it to the Board

 * ED search update
  * Should have some suggestions about possible nominees soon

 * Review action items and re-assign as needed:
  * Sri, Christian: Privacy funds hackfest
   * The next step could be organizing the hackfest, who would be available to organize this?
   * Ideally, rather than the board organizing it, interested parties should take care of this initiative and then request funding from the board
   * ACTION: Cosimo to follow up with interested parties in how to spend the funds related to this
  * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
  * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
   * ACTION: Allan will help with the coordination, as he is also part of the team.
   * ACTION: Alexandre to reach out to Allan to communicate the new action item

 * HELLOTUX trademark agreement
   * Still needs hard copy signed from Shaun
 * Ubuntu GNOME trademark agreement
   * Agreement needs reading from all the members of the board, then we can vote on it
 * Logo copyright issue:
   * Their logo is creative commons (?) but not giving proper attribution
   * ACTION: Rosanna to email the GNOME foot logo license paperwork to the board
   * ACTION: Alexandre to reach out to Jakub Steiner to check what the license is for the GNOME foot logo
 * Update on adboard meeting preparation
   * Pending action item for Cosimo to reach out to Accessibility team
   * Kat has reached out to Daniel Stone who would be happy to join to report about Wayland
   * Did we hear back from Alexander Larsson?
     * We didn't actually contact him yet!
     * ACTION: Kat to get in touch with Alexander Larsson

 * Google Play account
   * ACTION: Cosimo to reach out to Javier from release-team to see if there is any update on this
 * Instagram filters in GNOME: see email thread by the same name
 * Open items:
  * GIMP reimbursements
  * Desktop Summit taxes
  * GNOME.Asia
  * Budget

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Remembering a former GNOME contributor: Telsa Gwynne
  * The GNOME Foundation was made aware of the loss of Telsa Gwynne, former director of the Board
  * The GNOME Engagement team prepared and published a post on in her memory

== Completed actions ==

 * Allan will send an email to the mailing list to vote on numbers for the conference sponsorships for 2016
 * Allan to get back to Pam and check if there is an option to proceed with an unregistered trademark for the old GNOME foot that still protects the GNOME brand
 * Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment
 * Allan will follow up with Pam with the result of further discussion about the Ubuntu GNOME logo (include GNOME Shell + Control Center in the agreement with an option for the Board to review)
 * Kat to get in touch with people to invite someone to talk to the adboard about Wayland and GNOME

== Pending action items ==
 * On re-assigning Christian and previous Board members action items
  * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
   * Alexandre to reach out to Allan to communicate the new action item as the above was firstly assigned to Sri
  * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Logo copyright issue:
   * Rosanna to email the GNOME foot logo license paperwork to the board
   * Alexandre to reach out to Jakub Steiner to check what the license is for the GNOME foot logo
 * Adboard meeting preparation
  * Kat to get in touch with Alexander Larsson
 * Alexandre to get back to Sri asking whether he could prepare a budget report (similar to how GUADEC bids are managed) for the GNOME Libre Application Summit conference and forward it to the Board
 * Advisory Board related:
  * Cosimo to get in touch with GNOME's accessibility team about team's state of art
  * Shaun to send an e-mail to adboard list with a proposed date, time and agenda for the next advisory board meeting
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement the sponsorship brochure
 * Kat and Rosanna to schedule a call with Marta to sort things out with the Desktop Summit taxes
 * Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team
 * Allan: Ubuntu GNOME agreement followup with Pam
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * Allan: Hellotux agreement
 * Kat to draft a call for Free Desktop-style hackfests which would be sponsored with money raised for defence against Groupon
 * Logo usage for t-shirts: Jeff to carry on with the process and follow up and have some general guidelines written down for future cases
 * Allan to make a proposal for a different way to use the wiki/etherpad for action items, instead of using kanboard (done, but yet to be discussed by the board)
 * Create a webpage for prior pants winners (Shaun and Allan)
 * Cosimo 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
 * 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
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation

All Ubuntu 15.10 Flavors on a Single Live ISO Image is Now a Dream Come True

Earlier today, November 14, Linux AIO’s Željko Popivoda informs Softpedia about the immediate availability for download of the Linux AIO Ubuntu 15.10 Live ISO images, which include some of the most popular Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) releases.

According to Mr. Željko Popivoda, the Linux AIO team finally managed to update their Linux AIO Ubuntu project to version 15.10, based on Canonical’s brand-new Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) computer operating system, including some of … (read more)

Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 Switches to KDE Plasma 5.4.2, Looks Gorgeous – Gallery

Clemens Toennies informs us today about the immediate availability of the new Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 computer operating system, build around the latest KDE technologies.

Prominent new features of Netrunner Rolling 2015.11 include the KDE Plasma 5.4.2 desktop environment, KDE Applications 15.08.2, KDE Frameworks 5.15.0, Mozilla Firefox 42.0 with built-in Plasma support, as well as Pidgin IM … (read more)

Distribution Release: Netrunner 2015.11 “Rolling”

Clemens Toennies has announced the availability of new installation media for the Netrunner project’s rolling release edition. The new media, Netrunner 2015.11 “Rolling”, is based on packages from the Manjaro distribution and is currently available for the 64-bit x86 architecture exclusively. “The Netrunner Team is happy to announce….

Juju Charmer Summit: A Kickoff

The first ever Juju Charmer Summit was held this September in the Washington DC area. This event gathered the Juju community into one physical space to share our knowledge, to share success stories and best practices, and to grow our skills together. It also provided everyone the chance to meet Charmers and Juju contributors in person, which was a welcomed change from mailing lists, IRC and online hangouts.

To kick-off the event, the Founder of Ubuntu and Juju, Mark Shuttleworth, joined us via videoconference to share his enthusiasm and vision for Juju, Charms, DevOps and service modeling for the modern computing era.

Watch the full presentation to discover;

  • How charming is fun and easy and becoming even more so,
  • How charming helps independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers,
  • How charming helps DevOps practitioners
  • How to take advantage of best practices for Charm design
  • How to effectively navigate the Charm roadmap and ecosystem

As we count down to the next Juju Charmer Summit in 2016, we’ll be publishing follow-up videos of the conference so that everyone who missed out this time can see what happened.

Exciting and “Charming” times are ahead!

Linux Leaders Join HPC Devs on Open Source Framework

The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that it’s forming the OpenHPC Collaborative Project to push the software supply to support high-powered computing. The project will provide a new open source framework to meet HPC’s unique application demands and parallel runtime requirements, the organization said. The framework will provide upstream project components, tools and interconnections to enable the software stack. The HPC components will contribute to a full-featured reference software stack for developers, system admins and users.