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  • Schedule for Wednesday's FESCo Meeting (2020-07-08)

    F33 System-Wide Change: Make nano the default editor https://pagure.io/fesco/issue/2426 APPROVED (+8, 0, -0)

  • Fedora Approves Of Making Nano The Default Terminal Text Editor, Other Features Accepted

    At this week's Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting, more features were approved for the Fedora 33 release due out this fall.

    Most notable is the change of the default terminal text editor with Fedora 33 but other changes were also accepted. Highlights of this week's FESCo decisions include:

    - The change to make nano the default text editor was approved. Nano will be the new default over Vi.

  • Ingenic X2000 IoT Application Processor Combines 32-bit MIPS Xburst 2 Cores with Xburst 0 Real-time Core

    The company can provide a complete software and hardware development kit with a Linux 4.4 BSP and Halley5 development board with an X2000 SoM with a wireless module fitted to a largish carrier board with Ethernet, USB, microphone, MicroSD card slot, I/O header, buttons and so on. The other side of the board is equipped with a dual-camera board and a Full HD AMOLED display.

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  • Linux 5.9 Will Finally Offer Proper Support For The ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook Keyboard

    While Lenovo recently committed to certifying more systems for Linux use and upstreaming drivers / hardware support for Linux moving forward, there remains a backlog of existing Lenovo devices that still have less than desire Linux support. But thanks to Red Hat and others, the hardware support does continue advancing. 

    The Lenovo ThinkPad 10 Ultrabook initially debuted in 2014 and now with Linux 5.9 debuting in late 2020 there is proper keyboard support, thanks to Red Hat's Hans de Goede who has frequently provided similar driver improvements for a range of hardware over the years. 

  • Full Circle Magazine: Full Circle Weekly News #177

    Ubuntu 20.04 Released
    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2020/04/download-ubuntu-20-04
    Ubuntu Survey Results
    https://ubuntu.com/blog/ubuntu-20-04-survey-results
    Fedora 32 Released
    https://fedoramagazine.org/announcing-fedora-32/
    Lenovo Now Shipping Fedora on Thinkpads
    https://fedoramagazine.org/coming-soon-fedora-on-lenovo-laptops/
    Manjaro 20 Released
    https://forum.manjaro.org/t/manjaro-20-0-lysia-released/138633
    Bug In Git May Leak Credentials
    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Git-Newline-Leak-Vulnerability
    Linux Kernel 5.7 rc4 Out
    https://lkml.org/lkml/2020/5/3/306
    Linux Kernel 5.5 Is Now End of Life
    http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/2004.2/07196.html

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2 Out
    https://www.redhat.com/archives/rhelv6-list/2020-April/msg00000.html

    Parrot 4.9 Out
    https://parrotsec.org/blog/parrot-4.9-release-notes/

    IPFire 2.25 Core Update 143 Out
    https://blog.ipfire.org/post/ipfire-2-25-core-update-143-released

    Oracle Virtualbox 6.1.6 Out
    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog-6.1

    LibreOffice 6.4.3 Out
    https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/04/16/libreoffice-6-4-3/

    Proton 5.0-6 Out
    https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/steam-play-proton-50-6-is-out-to-help-doom-eternal-rockstar-launcher-and-more-on-linux.16442

    VLC 3.0.10 Out
    https://www.videolan.org/vlc/releases/3.0.10.html

    Darktable 3.0.2 Out
    https://www.darktable.org/2020/04/darktable-302-released/

    OpenSUSE Tumbleweed for AWS Marketplace Out
    https://9to5linux.com/opensuse-tumbleweed-is-now-available-on-aws-marketplace

    KDE 20.04 Applications Out
    https://9to5linux.com/kde-applications-20-04-officially-released-this-is-whats-new

    Credits:
    Ubuntu “Complete” sound: Canonical
    Theme Music: From The Dust – Stardust

With Fedora 33, Nano Will Be The Default Terminal Text Editor

  • With Fedora 33, Nano Will Be The Default Terminal Text Editor

    Which is your favorite Linux terminal text editor? I guess it must be one from the never-ending list of candidates, including Vim and Nano. Even if you’re free to install and use any editor, sometimes you chose the one installed by default. That’s why the default text editor matters.

    Speaking of the Fedora system, Vi is the current default terminal text editor in most cases, such as git commit and command-line text editing. Now if you want Nano in Fedora, you have to run a single command dnf install nano. But with the upcoming Fedora 33, you no longer need to run any command to get Nano.

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LibreOffice 6.4.5 finally for Slackware 14.2

The Document Foundation recently released version 7.0.0 of their Libre Office suite of applications. The packages for Slackware-current can be found in my repository. But the situation for Slackware 14.2 used to be different – I got stuck after LibreOffice 6.2 because the newer source releases (6.3 and onwards) require versions of system software that our stable Slackware 14.2 platform does not offer. From time to time during the last year, when there was time and the build box was not compiling packages, I messed around with the libreoffice.SlackBuild script in futile attempts to compile recent versions of LibreOffice on Slackware 14.2. I failed all the time. Until last week. After I had uploaded the new KDE Plasma5 packages to ‘ktown‘, I had an epiphany and decided to use a new approach. What I did was: question all the historic stuff in the SlackBuild script that got added whenever I needed to work around compilation failures; and accept that the compilation needs newer versions of software than Slackware 14.2 offers. The first statement meant that I disabled patches and variable declarations that messed with compiler and linker; and for the second statement I stuck to a single guideline: the end product, if I were able to compile a package successfully, has to run out of the box on Slackware 14.2 without the need to update any of the core Slackware packages. Read more

Web Browsers: New Tor RC, Firefox/Mozilla Trouble, and Web Browsers Need to Stop

  • New release candidate: 0.4.4.4-rc

    There's a new alpha release available for download. If you build Tor from source, you can download the source code for 0.4.4.4-rc from the download page. Packages should be available over the coming weeks, with a new alpha Tor Browser release likely in the coming weeks.

    Remember, this is a release candidate, not a a stable release: you should only run this if you'd like to find and report more bugs than usual.

  • Mozilla is dead

    If Mozilla wants to survive, the management will be fired with unearned compensation, the most important departments will be strengthened, products that nobody ordered will be discontinued and the organization will be limited to its core competence. Browser, email, security, adaptability and the fight for a free Internet. And they work with all their might to ensure that the products will become an integral part of everyday life and all operating systems.

    Three months. That’s all the time they have for a clear signal. After that, users have to make a decision. Unfortunately, it will probably only be something with chromium.

    Poor Internet.

  • Web browsers need to stop

    I call for an immediate and indefinite suspension of the addition of new developer-facing APIs to web browsers. Browser vendors need to start thinking about reducing scope and cutting features. WebUSB, WebBluetooth, WebXR, WebDRM WebMPAA WebBootlicking replacing User-Agent with Vendor-Agent cause let’s be honest with ourselves at this point “Encrypted Media Extensions” — this crap all needs to go. At some point you need to stop adding scope and start focusing on performance, efficiency, reliability, and security5 at the scope you already have.