30 Jun 2016

See What’s New In KDE Plasma 5.6

KDE Plasma 5.6 plasma has been released and anounced by KDE Development Team. This release a feature-packed new version of its desktop user interface, Plasma 5.6.

KDE Plasma 5.6 include support for color schemes to the Breeze theme, an improved task manager with support for displaying the progress of tasks, media controls in both the Plasma panel and the tooltips, the implementation of the Folderview in the Panel, and multiple KRunner improvements for a smoother look.

KDE Plasma 5.6 release announcements : https://dot.kde.org/2016/03/22/kde-pl…

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29 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: KDE Neon

KDE neon is a Kubuntu-based Linux distribution and live DVD featuring the latest KDE Plasma desktop and other KDE community software.

Besides the installable DVD image, the project provides a rapidly-evolving software repository with all the latest KDE software.

Two editions of the product are available – a “User” edition, designed for those interested in checking out the latest KDE software as it gets released, and a “Developer’s” edition, created as a platform for testing cutting-edge KDE applications.

More than ever people expect a stable desktop with cutting-edge features, all in a package which is easy to use and ready to make their own.

KDE neon is the intersection of these needs using a stable Ubuntu long-term release as its core, packaging the hottest software fresh from the KDE Community ovens. Compute knowing you have a solid foundation and enjoy the features you experience in the world’s most customisable desktop.

You should use KDE neon if you want the latest and greatest from the KDE community but the safety and stability of a Long Term Support release. When you don’t want to worry about strange core mechanics and just get things done with the latest features. When you want your computer as your tool, something that belongs to you, that you can trust and that delivers day after day, week after week, year after year. Here it is: now get stuff done.

http://neon.kde.org/

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28 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: SolydXK

SolydXK is an open source operating system for small businesses, non-profit organizations and home users. SolydXK focuses on stability, security and ease of use and will help new users make the transition from Windows to Linux easier.

SolydX

A Debian based distribution with the Xfce desktop. It intends to be as light-weight as possible without giving up any of the expected functionality.

SolydK

A Debian based distribution with the KDE desktop. This is the big brother of the two and has all the bells and whistles.

There was a recent release for SolydXK, the announcement read:

These are some of the changes:

  • Firefox ESR is now used from Debian repository instead of custom built and installed from the SolydXK repository.
  • You can now use custom mount points in the Live Installer. Double click on a partition to select a pre-defined mount point or write your custom mount point.
  • Improved command handling of SolydXK applications for the Enthusiast’s Editions.
  • The SolydXK scripts were moved from /usr/local/bin to /usr/bin.
  • Grizzler improved the /usr/bin/apt script. Run apt in terminal to see a list of commands with explanation.
  • SolydX RPI has been built from scratch and is based on Raspbian.
  • And many more smaller changes that I forgot to mention here 😉

The community editions and localized editions will follow later. I will post the release of those editions as soon as they are ready. Until then the previous versions will be available for download from our site.

You can download the Isos at:

SolydX: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydx/
SolydK: https://solydxk.com/downloads/solydk/

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27 Jun 2016

Open Source Software To Know: Inkscape

Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source.

It is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics.

Inkscape uses the W3C open standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as its native format, and is free and open-source software.

People use Inkscape as a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. You can certainly bet that Inkscape fills the the needs easily.

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Key features include object creation, object manipulation, fill and stroke, operations on paths, text support.

It also includes a pencil and pen tool, calligraphy tool, a shape tool for creating rectangles, ellipses, polygons, stars and spirals, rendering, a text tool, as well as embedded bitmaps and clone creator.

Additionally, the application allows the user to move, scale, rotate, skew, raise, lower, group and align objects, as well as to manipulate layers.

Other useful tools include path markers, dashed strokes, pattern fills, color selector, color selector, gradient editor, node editor, path converter and simplification, bitmap tracing, and boolean operations.

Inkscape works great on any operating system, it has all of the features of your favorite design software with none of the cost.

You can download Inkscape on your preferred device here: https://inkscape.org/en/download/

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26 Jun 2016

What’s New In Ubuntu Mate 16.04

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS has been released and announced by Ubuntu MATE Developer.

This release include mate desktop 1.12, powered by long-term support Linux Kernel series 4.4, synapse full integreted with MATE Desktop, introduce Software boutique, support for docklets, MATE tweak bringing support for enabling Synapse.

For more details you can refer to Ubuntu MATE 16.04 release announcements : https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-m…

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS : https://ubuntu-mate.org/xenial/

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25 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Bodhi Linux

Bodhi Linux is an elegant and lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution featuring Moksha, an Enlightenment-17-based desktop environment.

The project takes a decidedly minimalist approach by offering modularity, high levels of customisation, and choice of themes.

In addition to basic 32- and 64-bit systems, Bodhi maintains designated ISO images for Chromebooks and legacy machines.

By default Bodhi has only five pre-installed applications: Midori, Terminology, PCManFM, ePhoto, and ePad.

Additional software is available via AppCenter, a web-based software installation tool.

When the update for Bodhi Linux 3.2.1 came out, the announcement read that it was the last update for the 3 branch.

This is our last scheduled update release of the Bodhi 3 branch. Existing Bodhi 3 users do not need to re-install to obtain this latest release – they simply need to perform all of their current system updates. In addition to shipping with the latest software in the repositories this release also includes a number of small improvements. Most notably: Moksha 0.2.0 is here by default. Linux Kernel 4.2 for improved hardware support. Multi-Language support for the installer again. Improved UEFI support. A number of small improvements/bug fixes to the default Radiance Theme LibreOffice 5.1 (in the AppPack releases).

 

You can download Bodhi here: http://www.bodhilinux.com/download/

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24 Jun 2016
23 Jun 2016

Mark Shuttleworth Not Sure Other Linux OSes Will Download Snaps From Ubuntu Store

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu, said in an announcement that snap packages aren’t tied to a specific Ubuntu store.

He informed developers that they can develop their own stores for snap packages and more.

The announcement read:

Hi folks

Since this question has come up a few times and the common answer keeps
missing the point, let me have a go.

The snap *format* is not intrinsically tied to a store. You can stand up
a snap on a system regardless of how it arrived at that system. So the
current store implementation is not particularly relevant, and would not
be a good starting point.

The simplest approach would be to focus on delivering a snap to a system
over HTTPS. Since there are no complex dependency maps, you don't need
the same sort of sophisticated infrastructure that APT or Debs or RPM
do, you just need a webserver and wget.

I think we should do this in the snap code itself so it is more obvious
to people, because folks are hung up about the delivery of snaps from
Ubuntu. I would not expect other distros to want to fetch snaps from
Ubuntu unless there were useful snaps for them there, snaps could easily
be served from Debian.org.

In a sense, snaps are being punished for being ahead - of course there
is a sophisticated store in Ubuntu, we've been doing mobile and IoT and
commercial stores for several years. But that's no reason to denigrate
snaps themselves, quite the opposite.

Mark

 

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22 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Cub Linux

Cub Linux (formerly Chromixium) is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that attempts to recreate the look & feel and functionality of Google’s Chrome OS on a conventional desktop.

It combines the Openbox window manager with the Compton desktop compositor, Plank dock and LXDE’s LXPanel to provide the desktop and menus.

The Chromium web browser, equipped with the PepperFlash plugin, is the main online application, although the complete array of Ubuntu software can be easily added for offline/desktop use.

Ubuntu updates are installed automatically, providing long-term security support.

The latest version of Cub Linux is 1.5, which released in July 2015.

The developer of Cub Linux announced the Cub Linux Foundation, in an attempt to get more developers on his team due to the growing popularity of Cub Linux:

Cub Linux needs you! This distro is growing too big for one man to manage. I am pleased to announce the creation of the Cub Linux Foundation and so far there are empty seats at the table to be filled! This is a call to arms for those of you with a vested interest in Cub Linux, where it is now and where it will be in the future. To secure its future, I am looking for developers, artists, writers and enthusiasts from all walks of life to join the Foundation so that Cub Linux can become a true community Linux distribution.

If we cannot get a Foundation together, then frankly, I face burnout and the project faces stagnation. Google and Ubuntu are both working towards desktop and mobile convergence in their own ways, and these provide challenges but opportunities for Cub Linux.

Download Cub Linux: https://cublinux.com/download/

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21 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Point Linux, Updated to 3.2

Point Linux is a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to combine the power of Debian GNU/Linux with the productivity of MATE, the GNOME 2 desktop environment fork. Point Linux provides an easy-to-set-up-and-use distribution for users looking for a fast, stable and predictable desktop.

 

  • OS Type: Linux
  • Based on: Debian (Stable)
  • Origin: Russia
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Desktop: MATE, Xfce

The announcement for Point Linux Update to 3.2 read:

We announce the availability of Point Linux 3.2. Despite this is a minor release it has some notable changes and bugfixes.

Specification

The purpose: Desktop PC distro
Target audience: Experienced users and business/IT sector
Based on: Debian 8 (jessie)
Kernel: 3.16
DE: MATE 1.8.1
DM: LightDM 1.10.3
Distro format: LiveDVD/USB
Supported architectures: i386 (i686-pae), amd64
Distro language: English in Live Session, Localized during installation
Installer: GUI Point Linux Installer 0.20.4

Changes in distribution

Inability to install from custom made flash drives fixed

Firefox package replaced with Debian’s firefox-esr

Thunderbird is not installed by default

Brasero is not installed by default

Flash plugin removed due to security reasons

Plymouth theme changed to spinner

Up to date Debian Packages

Do not show ‘virtualbox kernel service is not running’ banner

Boot from local drive ability fixed in LiveCD boot menu

You can download Point Linux here: http://pointlinux.org/download.html?version=3.2&flavour=mate&suite=full&arch=32&direct=true

 

 

 

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