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Last week NIR was announced as a new intermediate representation for Mesa. Discussion around this new but experimental IR continues to happen among upstream developers while Mesa developers are back to discussing LLVM too…

Plasma Active Is Mostly Ported To KDE Frameworks 5

With this year’s Google Summer of Code over, Antonis Tsiapaliokas shared a status update concerning the state of KDE’s Plasma Active being ported to KF5…

Mono 3.6 Officially Released

Mono, a portable and open source implementation of the .NET framework for Unix and other operating systems, has reached version 3.6. The developers are saying that "Mono is an open source implementation of Microsoft’s .NET Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime. A growing family of solutions and an active and enthusiastic contributing community are helping position Mono to become the leading choice for development of cross platform applications.&quot… (read more)

Meet Cornelius Schumacher – Akademy Keynote Speaker

Cornelius Schumacher
photo by Michal Kubeček

At Akademy 2014, outgoing KDE e.V. Board President Cornelius Schumacher will give the community keynote. He has attended every Akademy and has been amazed and inspired at every one of them. If you want more of what KDE can bring to your life, Cornelius’s talk is the perfect elixir.

Here are glimpses of Cornelius that most of us have never seen. They give a sense of what has made him a successful leader of KDE for several years.

Behind the KDE scene
Food?
I like eating, and I like cooking. I’m a recipe type of cook, so I have a large collection of cook books. At the moment Jamie Oliver is one of the favorites in my family. Especially his 30 minute menus fascinate me in terms of well-thought-through procedures. Sometimes I feel the urge to revolutionize the way recipes are presented, though. Especially these kind of sophisticated procedures such as the 30 minutes menus deserve a more accurate and consumable way of being presented, don’t they? I see something like flow diagrams in my mind. But that’s another project at another time…

Favorite beer?
I’m glad that you asked. I feel lucky to live in a region where the variety and quality of beer is so fabulous that there really is no excuse for drinking bad beer. One of my favorites is Kuchlbauer Weißbier. It’s one of the tastiest beers I know, and the brewery is a piece of art in itself. They have a tower dedicated to the idea of beer done as a project with the famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. There is an installation of beer dwarves in their cellar, as well as a full-size reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, along with some interpretation by the founder of the brewery himself. Kind of crazy, but absolutely worth a visit.

Who are you when you are not at work?
The energy from food and beer I don’t use for my job or KDE, I spend on one of my bicycles. My career as bicycle racer started and ended with the one race I did when I was sixteen. But I still enjoy going by bike whenever I can. My rough estimate is that I have done something like 100,000 km in total by bike in my life up to now.

What’s your tech setup?
I’m standing on the shoulders of giants. I have a stack of computers and devices which have accumulated over the years; some feel gigantic today. What I actually use these days is my current desktop—which is optimized to be silent, and a small laptop I mostly use for traveling. All my computers run openSUSE, which I discovered when it was delivered on floppy disks, and which is still one of the best systems out there.

Recently an Android tablet has sneaked into my life. It is a great device for some things. I only wish there would be more KDE software on it.

Why should someone attend Akademy?
Akademy is the place to be to see the KDE community in action. It’s always so amazing to see the high level of community KDE operates on. This hasn’t changed at all over the years. I have attended all Akademies and I haven’t experienced a single one which didn’t amaze me.

The level of energy is incredibly high, and the common passion for writing free software brings together such a diverse group of people. It is an example of what can be achieved by bringing together the right factors of motivation, people who are driven by a common idea, the environment, which allows these people to get stuff done.

Being at Akademy always feels like there are no limits to what a person can do.

Why should someone attend your talk?
I will tell how to become a better person through KDE. KDE is a tremendously supportive environment for growth, and I think we sometimes don’t recognize or value that enough. It is worth having a closer look at what happens there and why KDE is such a supportive environment.

I will also tell parts of my personal story, how KDE altered my life. I have been around for quite a while, and I have seen many things that illustrate how KDE facilitates growth. And I do have some embarrassing photos from the past, which work very well to prove this point.

What do you see as the most important issues for free and open technology over the next few years?
There are so many and such strong interests in computing from so many sides today that it really is a challenge to maintain the sovereignty and freedom of the individual there. The only way to prevent abuse of technology and harmful consequences of thoughtless use is to put a strong foundation of values under it and create examples and implementations of how to do things in the right way to protect people. Free software does both of those, so we have to make sure it continues to deliver on them.

What is distinctive and important about FOSS and about KDE in particular?
FOSS provides an environment which is tailored to stimulate the best that we can do with technology. It uses the right mechanisms to bring to the surface what good people can do. KDE has cultivated that to an amazing degree. It shows that we have done that for many, many years, and that we have learned one or two lessons about what works and what doesn’t.

Torvalds or Stallman?
I respect and value both of them. Richard for the clarity of thought and the strong vision he provides, Linus for his technical brilliance. If I had to choose, I would choose Richard, though. While I wouldn’t want to live without Linux or Git, I do think that technology in itself is not sufficient. It does have to serve a purpose.

Akademy 2014 Brno

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest FOSS communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, propose and consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the following year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work to bring those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, or looking to begin using it.

If you are someone who wants to make a difference with technology, Akademy 2014 in Brno, Czech Republic is the place to be.

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Convert from MP3 to WAV and WAV to MP3 using Linux Mint

This is a quick guide showing how to convert from WAV to MP3 and vice versa using the command line and the Gnome Audio Converter (Gnac).

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Ubuntu Next with Unity 8 and Mir on the Desktop – Screen Tour

Canonical is planning to bring the Unity 8 to the desktop, but it will take a while until this task is accomplished. Until then, users can test the new Ubuntu Next images, which incorporate Unity 8 and the Mir display server. Ubuntu developers have been working very hard on the new Unity 8 desktop environment, but their progress has been limited so far on the mobile phones. With the work that’s being done for Ubuntu Touch RTM and Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), the implementation of the … (read more)

Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 (Utopic Unicorn) to Arrive in a Couple of Days

Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 (Utopic Unicorn) is expected to arrive this week and various Ubuntu flavors will make their appearance. This release window is only used by a few Ubuntu flavors and not even the base operating system will be making an appearance. Canonical no longer provides intermediary releases of their system, with the exception of a final Beta that arrives a few weeks before the official version is launched. They do, however, provide daily images for Ubuntu, which reflect very well th… (read more)

20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming

When it comes to Linux gamers wanting a discrete graphics card backed by open-source drivers, the only solution right now to truly recommend for those serious about performance and making use of the hardware is really AMD Radeon graphics. While Nouveau has been making much progress, until re-clocking and other issues are worked out the performance can be unbearably slow depending upon the particular graphics processor or run into other problems. (Of course, when talking about proprietary graphics drivers on Linux, the story is entirely different, or if considering integrated Intel HD Graphics.) For those pursuing a AMD Radeon GPU for their own Steam Box/Machine build and hope to use the open-source Gallium3D drivers, here’s some Steam on Linux gaming benchmarks from almost two dozen different GPUs.

Alpine Linux 3.0.4 Is an OS for Command Line Aficionados

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LightDM: How To Disable The User List Or Guest Session

Quick tips for Ubuntu / LightDM users: if you want to hide the LightDM login screen user list and / or the Guest Session for security concerns, because there are too many users or whatever other reason, here’s how to do it.Default LightDM login screen (Unity Greeter) with user list and Guest Session enabled1. To disable the LightDM login screen user list and / or Guest Session, firstly create the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/ folder in case it doesn’t exist, by using the following command:sudo mkdir -p /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d2. Next, you need to create a file called 50-my-custom-config.conf under /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/ To open/create this file using Gedit (as root), use the following command:gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-my-custom-config.conf3.a. To hide the LightDM login screen user list (which means you’ll have to manually enter your username), paste the following in this file (50-my-custom-config.conf):[SeatDefaults]greeter-hide-users=truegreeter-show-manual-login=trueThen save the file.Here’s how LightDM (with Unity Greeter) will look after this change:3.b. To disable the LightDM Guest Session, paste the following lines in the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-my-custom-config.conf file:[SeatDefaults]allow-guest=falseThen save the file. Here’s a screenshot with the Guest Session disabled in LightDM (with Unity Greeter):3.c. Of course, you can combine the two. So if you want to hide the LightDM login screen user list and also disable the

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WordPress 4.0 Release Candidate

The first release candidate for WordPress 4.0 is now available!

In RC 1, we’ve made refinements to what we’ve been working on for this release. Check out the Beta 1 announcement post for more details on those features. We hope to ship WordPress 4.0 next week, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.0 yet, there’s no time like the present. (Please, not on a production site, unless you’re adventurous.)

Think you’ve found a bug? Please post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. If any known issues come up, you’ll be able to find them here.

To test WordPress 4.0 RC1, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the release candidate here (zip). If you’d like to learn more about what’s new in WordPress 4.0, visit the awesome About screen in your dashboard ( → About in the toolbar).

Developers, please test your plugins and themes against WordPress 4.0 and update your plugin’s Tested up to version in the readme to 4.0 before next week. If you find compatibility problems, please be sure to post any issues to the support forums so we can figure those out before the final release. You also may want to give your plugin an icon, which we launched last week and will appear in the dashboard along with banners.

It is almost time
For the 4.0 release
And its awesomeness

Ubuntu MATE Developer Provides Official MATE PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Users

Ubuntu MATE Remix is still under development and its makers are looking to integrate it under the great umbrella of Ubuntu. It will take a while to make that happen, but until then, Ubuntu users will have access to MATE PPA.

The Ubuntu MATE Linux distro is built by a team and one of the developers is also working on the MATE desktop. He set up a PPA for the latest MATE desktop environment and Ubuntu users can now install the software much more easily.

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Google Chrome 37 Brings Many Security Fixes

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Canonical Now Focusing on Ubuntu Touch RTM

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How to whitelist an IP in Fail2ban on Debian Wheezy

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NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Uses Ubuntu to Plan for the Exploration of Alien Planets

NASA is constantly working on projects that will eventually be useful in the outer space and on alien planets, and it looks like they are going there with the help of Linux and Ubuntu.

It’s not a secret that most of the scientific community likes and uses open source software. The reasons for this choice are numerous, but the bottom line is that wherever you see any kind of scientific endeavor, either at CERN, the Fermi Laboratories, or even NASA, it’s always powered by open source software. … (read more)

Google Chrome 37 Stable Arrives with Better Unity Integration in Ubuntu

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Linux at 23, Desktop Feedback, and GIMP 2.8.14 Released

The top story tonight is the releases of GIMP 2.8.12 and 2.8.14. Linux celebrated 23 years yesterday and the community had a bit to say about "the desktop." And finally tonight we have a couple of gaming announcements and Bruce Byfield on the KDE Visual Design Group. GIMP 2.8.12 was released yesterday with "broken library versioning" and had to be quickly updated today to 2.8.14. Be sure to use 2.8.14. Several fixes were listed in the changelog such as " Fix brush sizes when used from plug-ins, Make XCF loading more robust against broken files," and "Remove the option to disable the warning when closing a modified image." Torrent downloads are preferred or just wait for your Linux distribution to package it up. Linux turned 23 yesterday, August 25, and several folks remembered. The Register said Linus was celebrating by releasing Linux 3.17 rc-2. However, Linus was making headlines today for his comments on "the desktop." Matt Asay, if you’ll recall, said folks should just give up on the Linux desktop despite Linus saying he’d like to see it improve. Well, folks around the community let their feeling be known too. Christine Hall at FossForce.com is quite optimistic saying, "Linux

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Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas


Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation, as a recent survey conducted by Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners found. Developers and corporate leaders now view open source software as a strategic advantage.