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July 2018

Plasma 5.13.3, Applications 18.04.3 and Frameworks 5.48.0 by KDE now available to all Chakra users

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Hi everyone!

On your next system upgrade you will receive all the latest versions of KDE’s Plasma, Applications and Frameworks, in addition to the usual package updates. For more details and the full changelogs on KDE’s software releases, you can read the official announcements:

Plasma 5.13.3
Applications 18.04.3
Frameworks 5.48.0

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GNU/Linux Leftovers

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GNU
Linux
  • reStructuredText – what-you-see-is-what-you-get plaintext markup language

    reStructuredText (often abbreviated as reST) is an easy-to-read, what-you-see-is-what-you-get plaintext markup syntax and parser system. It’s designed to be a simple, unobtrusive markup language.

    This lightweight markup language is useful for in-line program documentation (such as Python docstrings), technical documentation, for quickly creating simple web pages, as well as standalone documents.

    reStructuredText is part of the Docutils project. The purpose of the project is to create a set of tools for processing reStructuredText documentation into useful formats, such as HTML, LaTeX, ODT or Unix manpages. Docutils can extract comments and information from Python programs, and format them into various forms of useful program documentation.

  • System Updates, Functionality and Popularity

    As I have some free time, I decided to update all of the OSs on my laptop.

    I started with PCLinuxOS.  The update was painless and everything is working perfectly.  Well, I noticed that my KDE History is never refreshed and that the Favorite tab displays nothing.  Aside from that, all is well.

    Then I went for Fedora.  Nothing special to report there; all seems normal.

    After that, I updated Mageia.  Again, no problem, either.

    OpenMandriva was next.  This distro sometimes gives me problems if I try to update packages using Discover or the Control Center, so I ran urpmi --auto-update.  OpenMandriva did not show any weird behavior and the process completed flawlessly.

3-D Printing and U-M Freedom Hacking

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OSS
  • The Cyberdeck: a homebrew, 3D printed cyberspace deck

    A small but vital genre of homebrew portable computers is the "cyberspace deck," in which hackers create DIY, special-purpose computers inspired by the ICE-breaking console-cowboy decks of William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive).

    Last year, I wrote about the Commute Deck, a portable wireless Unix terminal created by Kerry Scharfglass.

    Now, there's Tinfoil_Haberdashery's "Cyberdeck," revealed in all its glory on /r/Cyberpunk, inspired by classic laptops like the COMPAQ Grid Compass 1011.

  • U-M receives more than $16.7M for advanced computing research

    In a $6.5 million project that could revolutionize and democratize designing hardware devices, researchers will work to create an open-source hardware compiler.

    [...]

    To fuel innovation among small teams and startups, and allow them to design and produce complex chips with ease, U-M researchers will participate in a national program that aims to build free, open-source electronic design automation tools.

GNOME: Nautilus 3.30 and Another GUADEC Report

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  • GNOME's Nautilus 3.30 File Manager Delivering Some Pleasant Improvements

    Feature development on GNOME 3.30 is nearing the end ahead of the stable desktop environment update premiering in September. Nautilus developer Carlos Soriano has provided a look at some of the improvements coming to GNOME's file manager for the 3.30 milestone.

  • GUADEC report

    I prefer to be honest, not everybody has a good experience when going to the GUADEC conference, for me it was a really bad experience. I’ve stopped all my GNOME contributions since then (and I don’t think I will come back anytime soon).

    Let’s start at the beginning, to arrive to Almería, my plane departed at 6am, so I needed to wake up at 2:40am, and I slept maybe one hour. (I was a bit stressed, it was the first time that I took the plane alone, so I needed to figure out how it works etc, and I don’t really like to travel in general. I must also note that it’s not really good for me to not sleep enough, I have a fragile mental health). But I arrived to Almería and the Civitas dormitory smoothly (I had the chance to have a direct flight), the day before the conference started.

    First thing that didn’t go well, during the first afternoon, but I was not 100% sure. I had the impression that Christian Hergert, in a group discussion where I was present, was mocking me, thinking that I was not able to understand him (I had a discussion with him just before, where indeed I didn’t understand what he was saying, he needed to re-explain several times until I understood). English is not my native language, and I’ve always had difficulties to understand a native English speaker. I don’t have difficulties to read/write (at least for something related to computer science), but I have far less practice for oral skills (especially listening, I’m trying to improve myself by watching movies in English subtitled in English since some time). Of course it gets worse when I’m tired, like it was the case the first afternoon (I tried to do a nap, without success).

Microsoft: Windows Ransom, EEE, War on GNU/Linux and Putting PowerShell (with .NET) on GNU/Linux

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Microsoft
  • Shipping company’s networks in the Americas crippled by ransomware attack

     

    In a statement published Thursday, COSCO officials said the failures affected networks in the US, Canada, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Uruguay. The statement said people who wanted to reach COSCO employees in those countries should use special email addresses, many of which were hosted by Yahoo and Gmail. Attempts to reach COSCO’s US-based website were unsuccessful. COSCO officials said main business operation systems were performing stably and that ports in California and the UK remained open.

  • Microsoft Moves Ahead With Renaming "GVFS" Project To "VFS For Git" [Ed: Embrace and extend, making git in some forms a Microsoft 'thing'. What Exchange did to E-mail Microsoft does to Git. See the comments there too.]
  • 2018 not yet the year of Desktop Linux as Lower Saxony plans to migrate 13000 OpenSUSE PCs to Windows 10
  • 25 Years of Slackware, PowerShell Snap, REAPER on Linux, Linux Geek Bundle | This Week in Linux 33

    On this episode of This Week in Linux, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Slackware, Humble Bundle is running a “Linux Geek Bundle”, Microsoft makes PowerShell Available as a Snap, and we get a sneak peak at System76 Manufacturing Facility. We got a lot of App News this week with a new release of Latte Dock 0.8, preview builds for the music production tool – REAPER and then we’ll check out some cool projects starting with Almond, an Open Virtual Assistantm, and hledger, a command line accounting software. Librem 5 Development Boards have been delayed, and Liberapay Is In Trouble. Then in Gaming News, we’ll check out a Guitar Hero clone and the upgrades to the Atari VCS. Finally rounding out the show, we talk about why Proprietary Software is awful for security. Reports have found that a Voting Machine Vendor installed remote access software, Airport data breach and Cisco’s troubles with backdoors. All that and much more!

Google: The Data Transfer Project, Fuchsia, Cirq, Chrome 69

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Google
  • The Data Transfer Project and the Hammer

    Got that? There are actually two conversions each time data passes back or forth: first from the proprietary API of Company A into the Data Model for that type of information, and then from the Data Model to the proprietary API of Company B. With the standards approach, Company A simply sends its data to Company B directly without the need for conversion even once, because both companies create and store data using the same format.

     

    Stated another way, using adapters is a band aid approach that allows proprietary vendors to continue to use proprietary technology to silo your data, while providing just enough mobility to users to permit them to tolerate the continuation of life as we know it and compliance with evolving regulations, such as the GDPR.

     

    In short, using an open source hammer treats the user as a nail. Using open standards would turn the user into a hammer, empowering her to use whatever vendor she wishes, and putting the maximum incentive on all vendors to compete on services, features and performance to earn the user’s continued business.

     

    I think we can all agree that users would rather be the hammer. We’ve all been the nail for far too long, and all it’s given us is headaches.

     

  • What is Fuchsia, and why should you care?

    But an operating system needs more than a name. And without Google telling us anything about its new project, we're left to piece together all the breadcrumbs the internet can find. Here is what we know so far.

  • Google Cirq: a Python Open Source Library for Quantum Computing

    Cirq aims to make it easier to write, manipulate, and optimize quantum algorithms for noisy intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) computers. Cirq also enables the execution of those programs on a local simulator and is designed to support future quantum hardware and quantum cloud processors.

    Noisy intermediate scale quantum computers will be the first quantum computers that will become available in the near future and that have been announced by several companies, including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Intel, and others. Comprised of 50–100 qubits, NISQ computers aim to allows researchers to demonstrate quantum supremacy, although their usefulness will be limited by quantum gates noise and thus by the efficiency of error correction algorithms that will be designed.

  • Linux Apps on Chromebooks Could Hit Stable In Chrome 69

    It’s been a bit since we’ve talked about Linux apps on Chromebooks, but that doesn’t mean development has stopped. Actually, progress has been constantly moving forward with small tweaks and changes happening almost daily. The big changes, however, haven’t been as rapid-fire since I/O back in May, so news surrounding the Crostini project has been a bit quieter overall.

Red Hat Leftovers

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Red Hat

Stable kernels 4.17.11, 4.14.59, 4.9.116, 4.4.145 and 3.18.117

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Linux

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KDE Frameworks 5.61, Applications 19.08 in FreeBSD

Recent releases were KDE Frameworks 5.61 and KDE Applications 19.08. These have both landed in the official FreeBSD ports tree, after Tobias did most of the work and I pushed the big red button. Your FreeBSD machine will need to be following current ports – not the quarterly release branches, since we don’t backport to those. All the modern bits have arrived, maintaining the KDE-FreeBSD team’s commitment to up-to-date software for the FreeBSD desktop. The one thing we’re currently lagging on is Qt 5.13. There’s a FreeBSD problem report tracking that update. Read more

Dev branch moving towards Qt 6

As you know, Qt 5.14 will be branched pretty soon. After that I would expect that most new development work would start to be aimed towards Qt 6. As it looks right now, 5.15 will be a smaller release where we polish what we have in 5.14, and prepare some things for Qt 6. To reflect that and help us all understand that the development focus is now towards Qt 6, I would like to propose that dev becomes the Qt 6 branch after we branched away 5.14 (and we merge wip/qt6 back into dev). We can then either create a 5.15 branch at the same time, or slightly later, once 5.14 has stabilised a bit more (e.g. after the beta or RC). Read more Also: Qt's Development Branch To Begin Forming Qt 6

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