Numascale Builds A 5184 AMD Core Shared Memory System

Our friends at Numascale have assembled the world’s largest shared memory system to date: 5184 CPU cores with 20.7 terabytes of shared memory…

Try Ubuntu Touch Without Using a Phone

The new Ubuntu Touch operating system is almost ready and it will be soon integrated in a number of devices. The good news is that users can see what the OS works and looks like without having a phone to test it.

One of the most important tools put forth by the developers is the Ubuntu SDK, which allows users to make and pack apps for the new operating system. It’s based on the Qt Creator and it can in fact do a lot more than this.

It comes with a wealth of features and it would take us half… (read more)

digiKam 4.5 Released, Not Yet KF5/Qt5 Ready

Version 4.5 of KDE’s digital camera management software, digiKam, has been released…

Nokia Releases The N1, A Nice Looking Android 5.0 Tablet

What’s left of Nokia after selling off their phone/device divison to Microsoft, the Finnish company has unveiled their first new piece of hardware: the N1 Android tablet…

The F-14b is back

Ready to launch?

Thanks to Alexis Bory and Enrique Laslo, the F-14b has been for a long time one of Flightgear’s most impressive 3d models, with a highly detailed cockpit and a large number of modeled systems.

But it just got even better – are you ready for a ride?

New flight dynamics

Richard Harrison has added a detailed JSBSim model for the flight dynamics based on a number of aerodynamical data sources which makes especially the behaviour at low airspeed very close to the real airplane. This also includes an accurate modeling of stall and departure into spin or flat spin and high alpha control reversal. Wing sweep can be controlled manually and affects the behaviour of the plane,

All of the plane’s control systems are implemented in JSBSim rather than in Nasal (which means they are computed at a much higher rate than the framerate), making the response of the plane more fluid, especially at framerates below 30 fps. All in all, the detailed JSBSim FDM adds quite a lot to the flight experience,

Improved systems modeling

The 3d cockpit has received a number of additions, among them a master warning panel with working indicators, an engine control panel and a master generator control panel. Other switches, such as the fuel cutoffs on the glareshield panel, are now functional, such that an engine startup/shutdown procedure from the cockpit is now possible.

Here is an example of the cockpit view in low-level flight:

And the RIO view:

The full range of operations

Just like the previous YaSim version, the new JSBSim F-14b supports a full range of military operations. The plane is fully aircraft-carrier capable (due to the improved modeling of low airspeed behaviour, carrier landings are somewhat more difficult than with the YaSim version though).

The plane also has a detailed radar with several different modes, capable of tracking targets, and the operation of the AIM-9M sidewinder missile is modeled as well as the M61A6 Vulcan gun.

Full air-to-air refueling capability from e.g. the KA-6 is also modeled:

Enjoy the new F-14b along with many exciting new features on current GIT (3.3) or with the forthcoming stable release 3.4!

(All features presented in the screenshots (bluish atmosphere haze, details on the Vinson flightdeck, improved appearance of water,…) are available in the current development version and will be part of the 3.4 release. The screenshots have been taken off the coast of Corsica and over Nevada, both in the default 2.0 World Scenery.)

Beautiful Budgie Desktop Environment Gets Major Update – Gallery

The developer of Evolve OS, Ikey Doherty, announced that a new version of the Budgie desktop has been released and users can now test it freely, either in this one distro or in Ubuntu.

Both Evolve OS and Budgie desktop environment are still under development and it’s difficult to pinpoint when they will become officially available, but from the looks of it, that date can’t be too far into the future.

For now, users can take a closer look at the Budgie desktop, which has been updated yet agai… (read more)

Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0 Receives Update Pack with Linux Kernel 3.17.2

Black Lab Linux, a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS “Trusty Tahr” that features a modified GNOME desktop environment, has received a sizable update pack that brings a lot of new stuff.

The Black Lab Linux distribution has been growing steadily over the last couple of years and it’s now a really powerful and easy-to-use operating system.

The developers have been going back and forth between Xfce and GNOME during the cycle, but they have finally settled on GNOME. They also made a… (read more)

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Release Date Revealed

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is the next operating system from Canonical and it follows the same six-month development cycle. This means that the upcoming release is set to release in April, more precisely on April 23.

The Ubuntu developers are right now occupied mostly with the development of the Ubuntu Touch operating system and most of their efforts are going in that direction. Still, there are some devs who also work on the desktop version and they are preparing the 15.04 release, which ha… (read more)

DD Quits systemd, Fedora Ponders Firefox, and Rolling Releases

Today was such a busy day in Linuxland I hardly know where to start. Another Debian developer tendered his resignation from the systemd maintenance team and Fedora is thinking of dropping Firefox over its new advertisements. Matt Hartley presents a case against the rolling release and Katherine Noyes talks to bloggers about Microsoft’s .NET today. There are several *buntu reviews and reaction to Jono Bacon’s post on rebooting the Ubuntu governance today around the community as well as a review of openSUSE 13.2 in today’s Distrowatch Weekly. systemd is still haunting Debian and this weekend Tollef Fog Heen, long time Debian developer, resigned his position on the systemd maintainer team because of the "amount of crap thrown" his way over systemd. He said it felt like a "a constant drum about this all being some sort of conspiracy and there are sometimes flares where people wish people involved in systemd would be run over by a bus or just accusations of incompetence." He will still be maintaining his other packages, but Fog Heen has abandoned his work on systemd saying it feels like a "forced exit." A discussion has arisen on the Fedora developer mailing list pondering the Firefox advertisement

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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 392

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #392 for the week November 10 – 16, 2014, and the full version is available here.
In this issue we cover:

Ubuntu Online Summit – November 2014
Ubuntu Stats
We are not a LoCo: Ubuntu Vancouver Loco’s Last Day
Bare-metal magic at the Open Compute Summit
Kubuntu Wire: Kubuntu Polo Shirts are Shipping
Ubuntu GNOME: Defend GNOME Campaign
Michael Hall: My Scopes Showdown Wishlist
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: New developer guide: Online Accounts
David Planella: The Ubuntu Scope Showdown – progress showcase
Nekhelesh Ramananthan: Ubuntu Component Store – Let’s Collaborate!
Scarlett Clark: Kubuntu: KDE Plasma 5.1.1 Utopic backport ready and other news.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Adding departments to your scope
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?
Ronnie Tucker: Canonical Drops Ubuntu 14.10 Dedicated Images for Apple Hardware
Canonical News
In The Blogosphere
Other Articles of Interest
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10
And much more!

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

Paul White
Elizabeth K. Joseph
Jose Antonio Rey
And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!
Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a

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Mesa 10.4 RC1 Is Here, Lands Direct3D 9 State Tracker

Emil Velikov has announced the first release candidate for the upcoming Mesa 10.4 release…

Distribution Release: Grml 2014.11

Michael Prokop has announced the release of Grml 2014.11, a Debian-based live CD featuring ZSH as the default shell and a large collection of specialist scripts for system administrators: “We just released Grml 2014.11 ‘Gschistigschasti’. This Grml release provides fresh software packages from Debian ‘testing’. As usual it….

AMD & PathScale Join OpenACC Group

Up to now the OpenACC parallel programming standard has mostly been perceived as a NVIDIA affair along with backing from the likes of Cray and PGI. Now, however, AMD and PathScale are joining the OpenACC Standards Group so hopefully we’ll see greater, multi-vendor adoption of it going forward…

Ubuntu MATE vs Lubuntu On An Old Netbook

I was preparing to write about the latest Lubuntu 14.10 release but instead decided to give the new Ubuntu MATE edition a go after seeing it in action as a live distribution on my far more powerful Toshiba Satellite Pro. How did it compare with Lubuntu on an old netbook?


When Microsoft Went A-Courting

FOSS fans perhaps may be excused if they’ve felt a bit confused over the past few days. Dizziness, headaches and vertigo also have been common. What strange new ailment is this, you might ask? Well, it’s no ailment — but that doesn’t mean it’s any simpler to remedy. The cause, it turns out, is none other than the news that Microsoft is open sourcing .Net and also expanding it to run on Linux and Mac OS. Yes, you heard that right: Steve Ballmer once may have called Linux a “cancer,” but today Redmond has a newfound “love” for Linux.

Fedora Will Begin Upgrading The X.Org Server As A Distribution Update

While Fedora is working to migrate over to Wayland by default, the X.Org Server won’t disappear anytime soon for legacy X11 application support and other purposes. With Fedora 21 and going forward, Fedora is likely to be getting in-place X.Org Server updates upon new releases…

BSD Release: PC-BSD 10.1

Dru Lavigne has announced the release of PC-BSD 10.1, a new stable release of the FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop: “The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 10.1. Highlights: KDE 4.14.2, GNOME 3.12.2, Cinnamon 2.2.16, Chromium 38.0.2125.104, Firefox 33.1, NVIDIA Driver 340.24, Lumina….

PC-BSD 10.1-RELEASE Now Available, TrueOS 10.1 Too

Following in the foot steps of the FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE, PC-BSD 10.1-RELEASE is now available along with the server-oriented TrueOS spin…

Ubuntu Server 14.10 Utopic Unicorn : Released with OpenStack 2014.1

Ubuntu Server 14.10 Utopic Unicorn is the latest version of ubuntu server edition. Released and announced by canonical brings with new features and bug fixes.


Soul Axiom Is a FPS Adventure Game for Linux

Soul Axiom, a FPS adventure game developed and published by Wales Interactive, has arrived on Steam for Linux, along with all the other supported platforms.

There are very few adventure games that can be played from a FPS perspective and Soul Axiom is one of them. It’s still in the Early Access Game program, which means that it’s under development. The game should be out officially out of Beta in about six months.

“Explore Soul Axiom’s rich environments and immersive story to unravel the mys… (read more)