OpenStack Survey Shows Admins Are Moving to Actual Deployments

In preparation for the recently held OpenStack Summit in Paris, the OpenStack Foundation conducted one of its regular surveys of operators and application developers, who were asked to provide feedback on their experiences. These surveys have traditionally yielded a lot of good information, not just about OpenStack usage but what kinds of tools are being used in conjunction with the cloud computing platform. The results from the latest survey are interesting, and were also overseen by an external, independent research firm, Moor Insights & Strategy, to help analyze and report the data. Here are the details. The latest version of the survey included any surveys that were created or updated between 20 February 2014 through to 9 October 2014. One clear finding was that the number of OpenStack clouds in active use is greater than what was seen in recent surveys, as users and administrators move from evaluation stage to actual deployment. About 66 percent of OpenStack deployments were being used by organizations in IT, with telecommunications and academic deployments comprising approximately a tenth of the remainder, and all others representing around 15 percent. The big four business drivers for using OpenStack are “Ability to Innovate, Open Technology, Cost

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A Guide To Dual Booting Windows 7 And Ubuntu

This guide shows how to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. It includes steps for backing up, shrinking Windows, downloading Ubuntu, creating a USB and DVD, partitioning and installation.

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12 Awesome Themes for Mint 17.1 Cinnamon

With Mint 17.1 Rebecca being days away from release, and Cinnamon 2.4 looking so good, here is an overview of some of the best looking themes which allow you to beautify your desktop.

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How To Use Compiz In Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Or 14.10

If you’re using Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS or 14.10, here’s a quick guide for how to install and configure Compiz. If something goes wrong or you’re not satisfied with Compiz, the article includes instructions for reverting the changes.Install and configure Compiz in Ubuntu MATE 14.04 or 14.10 (/w MATE 1.8)1. Install Compiz (along with some extra plugins) and CompizConfig Settings Manager in Ubuntu MATE 14.04 or 14.10:sudo apt-get install compiz compiz-plugins compizconfig-settings-manager2. Enable the Window Decoration Compiz pluginTo get Compiz to work in Ubuntu MATE 14.10 or 14.04 (with MATE 1.8), you need to enable the Window Decoration plugin. To do this, launch CompizConfig Settings Manager (from the menu: System > Preferences) and enable the “Window Decoration” plugin, which should be available under “Effects”:This is the only plugin that you need to enable manually to get Compiz to work in Ubuntu MATE 14.04 or 14.10 – all the other required plugins should be enabled by default. Of course, you can enable any extra plugins you want.3. Run Compiz without setting it as default (this is useful if you want to test Compiz before setting it as default)To try out Compiz without setting it as default, either press ALT + F2

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Linux-Based Beautiful Jolla Tablet Registers Fantastic Success on Indigogo

Jolla is a new tablet developed by a team of people who used to work for Nokia and it’s powered by a Linux-driver operating system called Sailfish OS. The recently launched crowdfunding campaign has surpassed any expectations.

The tablet market has been saturated by hundreds of different models. Most for them are actually really bad and they should not even be considered for purchase, but Apple, Google, Samsung, and a few others managed to take over the market share with their products.

Desp… (read more)

SolydX 201411 Is a Rolling Release Alternative to Linux Mint Debian Xfce

SolydX, a Debian-based distribution that features the Xfce desktop environment and uses a rolling release model, is now at version 201411 and is ready for download.

Unlike most of the Linux distributions out there, usually aimed at regular users, SolydX was built as an open source alternative for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and home users.

This is just one of the two distros made by this developer. SolydX comes with Xfce by default and SolydK features KDE as the default deskt… (read more)

Security Alert on the PayPal Europe module: Action required by December 3, 2014

PayPalHello PrestaShop Community,

An industry-wide security issue with SSL V3 has impacted PayPal. As a reminder, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a cryptographic protocol designed to provide communication security over the internet. This specific SSL V3 issue is known in the industry as POODLE.

As a result, the PayPal Europe module for PrestaShop will need to be updated before December 3, 2014. We believe this update will only take you a few minutes and we encourage you to make the update as soon as possible.

If you have not edited your module files

Go to the modules section of the back office of your store and update the module with the automatic tool. See the tutorial here.

If you have edited your module files

Please follow our documentation to make the update. This will only take a couple of minutes.

PayPal is providing regular updates to their community on their blog. If you have additional questions, please contact Customer Support at PayPal.

Thank you,
The PrestaShop Product Team

NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel

As a continuation of the Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming? article from earlier this week, here’s the results of the latest NVIDIA Linux proprietary graphics driver compared to the Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel graphics driver stack when running two of Valve’s most popular Steam on Linux gamers.

ClamAV 0.98.5 Is a Powerful Antivirus Solution on Linux

ClamAV, an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware, and all kinds of threats, has been updated to version 0.98.5 and is now available for download.

An antivirus solution for the Linux platform might seem odd at first. Technically, there are just a few active viruses right now that could affect the Linux platform, and it’s not that easy to create problems to open source distros.

Even if people don’t use or possess ClamAV, developers usually patch the operating sys… (read more)

BSD Releases: NetBSD 5.2.3, 5.1.5

Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.2.3 and 5.1.5, the project’s legacy versions in the 5.2 and 5.1 release branches: “The NetBSD project is pleased to announce NetBSD 5.1.5, the fifth security and bug-fix update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch, and NetBSD 5.2.3, the third….

Mageia 3 Is Now Officially Dead

The Mageia 3 Linux distribution has reached end of life and the developers have announced that the updates and security patches for the operating system have stopped completely.

Mageia 3 was released back in May 2013 and it has been maintained until now. At launch, it came with a number of interesting features, although it did ship with some outdated packages.

For example, the devs integrated Linux kernel 3.8.x, but that particular branch became EOL soon after. On the other hand, Mageia was … (read more)

Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Benchmarks

Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0, which of these Red Hat Enterprise Linux derived distributions are faster? Here’s some benchmark results from a ten-core Xeon system…

Qualcomm Looks To Get Into The ARM Server Business

While Qualcomm is still dominating in the mobile phone chip world as the largest supplier of SoCs for smartphones, the company has ambitions of getting into the server market…

KDE Connect Indicator: Use KDE Connect On Desktop Environments That Use AppIndicators (Unity, Pantheon, Etc.)

KDE Connect is a tool which allows you integrate the KDE Plasma Workspace with your smartphone (Android only for now), via WiFi. With the help of KDE Connect Indicator, you can now use KDE Connect in desktops which support Ubuntu AppIndicators, such as Unity, Pantheon (elementary OS), Xfce (Xubuntu) and so on.For those who aren’t familiar with KDE Connect, here’s a quick list of features for the latest version (0.7.3 at the time I’m writing this article):display notifications from your Android device on your desktop (requires Android 4.3+);send files from your Android device to your desktop and the other way around “without wires”;touchpad emulation: use your phone screen as your computer’s touchpad (keyboard emulation is also available);shared clipboard between your phone and computer;display your phone’s battery status on the desktop;multimedia remote control: use your Android device to control various Linux media players;RSA Encryption.Most of the KDE Connect features are available as plugins and they can be enabled/disabled from the Android app (by clicking on the device name and then choose “Select plugins” from the app menu).Here are a couple of KDE Connect Android app screenshots:The indicator itself comes with the following features:displays the device name, status and battery level;menu item to

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Calligra Gemini Added to Calligra Suite

About a year ago, the Calligra community added a new application to the suite by the name of Krita Gemini, which combined the functionality of the Krita digital painting application with the touch optimised user interface of the tablet focused Krita Sketch, into a shell with the ability to switch between the two at runtime. The goal was to create a responsive user interface for Krita, and this is now a part of Calligra. In May of this year, Intel approached the team which produced Krita Gemini with the idea of doing the same for other parts of Calligra, by creating an application which would encapsulate the Words and Stage components in the same way as Krita Gemini did for the Krita component.

Now, about half a year later, we have an application which, while rough around the edges, works for day to day use. In fact, the author of this article has been using Calligra Gemini to produce both a novel and a short story, as well as various other bits of work, and a presentation which was shown off at the Qt Developer Days 2014 in Berlin. Also worth mentioning here is that the pdf, epub and mobi versions of the short story available on the page there were also all created using Calligra Gemini, functionality which is available out of the box with Calligra.

Create-Edit-View

The workflow concept which guided the development of the application was conceived as Create-Edit-View, and it is built around the notion of what each of the modes of these devices do best in each mode.

With a classic setup which includes a mouse and a keyboard, you use a classically designed application to create your content. This is the application layout you are used to from Words and Stage already – indeed they are exactly the same components used in those applications already, making use of the powerful component structure available in Calligra, made powerful by the KDE libraries.

When you then switch to only having a touch screen, you get a touch optimised experience, which allows you to edit the content of an existing document – create annotations, change layouts, move shapes around and so on. This, and indeed the view mode, is where the majority of the new work was done, and the whole thing is built around a set of Qt Quick components.

Finally, when you want to simply view the content, each component presents you with the ability to switch to a full-screened, distraction free environment designed to let you focus entirely on the content itself. In the Words component this means the application turns itself into an ebook style reader application, showing a full page at a time and with toolbars and other distractions hidden, when you turn the device into portrait mode, rather than landscape. For Stage, this is accessed by tapping on the play icon, which launches the presentation from the start, and shows a screen which allows you to give your presentation with only the information and functionality needed for that.

And Now, a Demonstration

The following two videos are demos of the concept described above, going through creation, editing and viewing in both the Words and Stage components. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did creating them!

Create, Edit and View Documents with Calligra Gemini from Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen on Vimeo.

Create, Edit and View Presentations with Calligra Gemini from Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen on Vimeo.

One thing to note: Apart from the obvious that we don’t speed up and slow down in real life the way we do in those videos, nothing is faked. The videos are shot in a single take, and only edited for speed. The screen images you see are entirely real. The image on the wall in the second video is an Intel WiDi adaptor connected to a projector and the 2-in-1 ultrabook, meaning that yes, while there are no wires, that’s the external display and showing the actual presentation. The document is loaded from a real Git repository, and the presentation from a real DropBox account. No simulated screen images here, we like our community too much to do that to them.

Qt Quick


So, you might have noticed above the mention of Qt Quick. The components mentioned there are a continuation of the Qt Quick components built originally for Calligra Active and used as the basis for the Jolla Documents application. We have extended them with editing functionality and greatly improving both rendering speed and quality.

As you might notice especially in the Words demo video, there is some flickering when moving shapes around on the canvas. Unfortunately this is a side effect of the rendering method employed by Qt Quick 1. However, despair not – while this could have been ironed out now, we decided against doing that, as this is something which will all change during the Qt Quick 2 port which will happen as a part of the Calligra 3.0 process, which is planned to begin in January, which is when porting to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5 will happen.

Completed, But Never Finished

Today marks the day when this project has been merged into the master branch of Calligra, which means that it will be a part of the Calligra 2.9 release. We are proud to be able to announce that we reached this milestone, and invite you to take it for a spin. Of course, as with all software projects, especially free software, there is no such thing as a finished project. This is but the beginning of Calligra Gemini, and we look forward to a bright future. So if you like our work and want us to keep going, please support us!

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Debian and systemd Adoption Recreated with the Help of a Sexist Barbie Book

The discussions surrounding the adoption of systemd by Debian have been published, commented, and criticized for many months, and someone has made a Barbie parody using the book “Barbie I Can Be A Computer Engineer.” Yes, that exists and it just happened.

Mattel, the company that makes the Barbie dolls, also publishes various books with Barbie as the main character, aimed at small kids.

One of those books is called “Barbie I Can Be A Computer Engineer” and it’s caused quite a stir after some… (read more)

Calibre eBook Editor and Converter Now Has a Better Search and Replace Tool

Calibre is a complete application to edit, view, and convert eBook files, and the developer has released a new version with an important feature and a lot of fixes and various improvements.

Calibre is a very complex piece of software that comes with hundreds of features and various functionalities. It might seem like a complete app, but this kind of complexity ensures that there is always something to fix or improve.

Most of the time, the developer makes changes demanded by the community, wh… (read more)

Free as in Beer, SUSE News, and 7 Years Uptime

Today in Linux news Jack Germain reviewed Makulu Cinnamon Debian and said it can give Linux Mint Cinnamon some competition. Bruce Byfield said free as in beer has slowed the adoption of Open Source software. The SUSE parent company Attachmate and Micro Focus merger is now complete and Sam Varghese has several interviews from SUSECon today. Neil McGovern will probably get take-down notices for his adaption of Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer and Alexys Jacob ruined a seven year uptime. Bret Fitzgerald today posted of the completion of the Micro Focus and Attachmate merger announced last September. Spokesman from both entities have reassured customers and users that the operating systems will not be abandoned. In related news, Sam Varghese today filled several posts speaking with SUSECon attendees. Dominique Leuenberger is a newer contributor who maintains the numerous GNOME packages for openSUSE, "something that consumes all of his working hours." Varghese also spoke with Vojtěch Pavlík, SUSE "kernel guru." He leads a team of 50 developers who work on "the kernel, toolchain, compiler and now Samba." He throws in this story of an "attendee’s tale" too. Bruce Byfield today said, ‘From the beginning, free pricing has affected how outsiders

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World Wine News Issue 380

WWN Issue 380 was released today.

Cinnamon Desktop Spices Up Makulu Linux


The Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition 1.1 marks a new path for Makulu. This latest release has numerous new features that could make it a top competitor against the Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition, or MCDE, has fewer standard apps than the previous Makulu Xfce and KDE versions offered. Dropping the kitchen sink philosophy has made it a lot less unwieldy. MCDE has much going for it. However, one critical concern keeps me from making it my permanent Linux Mint Cinnamon replacement: Makulu is a one-person distro.