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June 16, 2014
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:Umbrello adds find text in tree view, current diagram and all diagrams featureKDE Telepathy can share images over common image sharing networksSflphone-kde adds security evaluation framework with GUIPunctuation data is accessible to JovieInitial import of Application Menu aka (Homerun) KickerIn IMAP-Resource, refactoring of retrieveitemstask introduces multiple improvementsKexi is on the way to Qt5: Forms ported to Qt4's scroll area.Read the rest of the Digest here.Dot Categories: Developer
June 15, 2014
The GParted team is proud to announce the stable release of GParted Live 0.19.0-1. This live image includes fixes to improve booting on UEFI firmware computers and it has undergone extra testing to ensure it works with motherboard BIOS RAID. Items of note include: based on the Debian 'Sid' repository as of 2014-06-11; updated Linux kernel to 3.14.5; updated Syslinux to 6.03-pre13; increased minimum requirements to 160 MB of RAM; CD/DVD tray is no longer ejected on shutdown or reboot; contains GParted 0.19.0 application which includes a refactored OperationDetail code to address random crash behaviour.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:KDE-PIM sees huge performance improvement for POP3 users with large maildirsKAddressbook adds a category filterKrita implements support for more types of palettesAlso in Calligra, Docx export filter has partial support for commentsDigikam sees work on better support of multicore CPUs with important performance improvementsBluedevil has an initial port to KF5.Read the rest of the Digest here.Dot Categories: Developer
Codethink demonstrated its Baserock Linux stack running the new Linux 3.15 kernel and an open source graphics driver stack on Nvidia’s Jetson TK1 SBC. Codethink ported Baserock with the new Linux kernel to the Jetson in 24 hours to promote its Linux stack’s workflow tools while also showing off the capabilities of Nvidia’s open source Linux development board. “This shows what’s possible with the right people working on a fully open source software stack with Baserock,” stated Paul Sherwood, CEO of Manchester, UK-based Codethink. “Linux 3.15 was released late Sunday in California. We got our board on Monday. James started the work on Tuesday. By Wednesday we had a fully working system, with wayland and weston running EGL clients using totally open technologies.”
The new libswarm API makes it easier to deploy Docker open source application containers across computer clusters.
For today we have a special one for you! I had the chance to speak to Paul Allen of Zero Point Software about their Interstellar Marines now that it has gained a Linux launch!
Open source games roundupWeek of June 6 - 12, 2014In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we look at Alienware's Steam Machine sans SteamOS, DARPA's gamification of open source bugfixing, and more.read more
LXLE acronym change, originally 'Lubuntu eXtra Life Extension' which made sense before Lubuntu had an official LTS release, since 14.04 however, LXLE will now adopt the nomenclature 'LXDE eXtra Luxury Edition' and we think this release doubles down on that; to better support 32-bit hardware we updated 12.04.4 to be virtually identical to LXLE 14.04 64-bit release including features, updated software and system components; PCManFM additions such as open directories and text as root, create shortcuts, rename base icon names, copy to folder, right click desktop trash to empty; Launch (Fehlstart), Run (Gexec), and Terminal (RoxTerm) all have hotkeys enabled to open them using the keyboard for faster access, and more.
Tesora has open sourced its database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform, the Tesora Database Virtualization Engine, for OpenStack cloud storage.
Marvell has posted detailed datasheets on its previously opaque Armada 370 SoC, used in Linux-based NAS systems from Buffalo, Netgear, and Synology. Until now, datasheets and other details about the ARM-based Armada 370 system-on-chips have been available only under NDA to Marvell customers and partners. Last week, however, the chipmaker released two detailed datasheets on […]
June 14, 2014
Patent reform advocates have long argued that "patent trolls"—companies that do nothing but sue over patents—are harmful to innovation, not just a plague on big companies. A new study attempted to find out if there's any real data behind that accusation or if it's just a few sad anecdotes.
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” KDE RC. Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. New features at a glance:Update Manager, Driver Manager, Login Screen, Software Sources, Welcome Screen, KDE 4.13, System Improvements, Artwork Improvements, Main Components, LTS Strategy.
First I would like to say that this release would not have been possible without the excellent user community effort that arrived to help by lending their time and knowledge, after the very bumpy beta debut. Thanks to all of you. Team members also deserve recognition for tolerating difficulties with the beta and internal frustrations that needed to be addressed. Kudos. Now on with the release notes.
In my last few articles, I looked at several different Python modulesthat are useful for doing computations. But, what tools are available tohelp you analyze the results from those computations? Although you coulddo some statistical analysis, sometimes the best tool is a graphicalrepresentation of the results.
You already know how this story ends: Amazon gets U.S. Patent No. 8,676,045 on taking a photograph of an object in front of a white background. The headline “Amazon Patents White-Background Photography” is all over the Internet, with people exasperated that a decades-old technique could become the subject matter of a patent in 2014.
My how the times have changed. At one point, HP and Microsoft were sharing friendship bracelets and having slumber parties. In fact, over the last decade, HP was a major player with Microsoft. Those days are gone. The juggernaut that was once Microsoft is slowly toppling and companies like HP are seeing the writing on the wall. That writing includes the likes of Android, Linux, iOS -- platforms perfect for mobile and embedded systems.
Feeling dangerous? On Tuesday 17 June, gaming dev David Braben will be answering your questions on Elite, Raspberry Pi and how software development has changed over the last 30 years.