09 Jul 2016
08 Jul 2016

KDE Plasma 5.8 Desktop To Be A LTS Release

KDE Plasma 5.7 was just released a few days ago and you know what that means, time to look for announcements and await updates for the next update, KDE Plasma 5.8.

Kubuntu Founder Johnathan Riddell said a few things about the next anticipated release in a short blog post:

Plasma 5.8 has its Kickoff meeting yesterday and we Kickered the plans into shape.  The big news is it’ll be an LTS release with bugfix releases coming out for 18 months after the .0.  This matches Qt 5.6 which is also on an LTS schedule and we’ll still to 5.6 as the minimum Qt version for Plasma 5.8 LTS.

As an LTS cycle we will focus on stability and performance for the 5.8 release.

The exception is for work on Wayland which won’t get LTS support but we do hope to be feature complete in time for the 5.8 release in October.

We went over the Plasma To Do board and tidied it up and added some new items.

And you can look forward to talks at Akademy by David and other Plasma developers, plus BoF sessions through the week.

To help out with Plasma developing say hi in #plasma on Freenode.

The release of KDE Plasma 5.8 is slated to be released on October 18.

The official release schedule is as following:

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS will have nine point releases, kicking it off with KDE Plasma 5.8.1, arriving on October 25. After that, KDE Plasma 5.8.2 is set to land on November 1, KDE Plasma 5.8.3 on November 15, and KDE Plasma 5.8.4 on December 23.

The KDE Plasma 5.8 development cycle will continue in 2017 with the fifth point release, KDE Plasma 5.8.5 on January 3, KDE Plasma 5.8.6 on March 7, KDE Plasma 5.8.7 on June 6, KDE Plasma 5.8.8 on October 31, and the last one, KDE Plasma 5.8.9, on April 24, 2018. So yes, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS will be supported for two long years.


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07 Jul 2016

Linux Distro To Try: ROSA


ROSA is a Russian company developing a variety of Linux-based solutions. Its flagship product, ROSA Desktop, is a Linux distribution featuring a highly customised KDE desktop and a number of modifications designed to enhance the user-friendliness of the working environment. The company also develops an “Enterprise Server” edition of ROSA which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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06 Jul 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Slackware Linux


The Official Release of Slackware Linux by Patrick Volkerding is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities.

Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use alongside flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table.

Originally developed by Linus Torvalds in 1991, the UNIX-like Linux operating system now benefits from the contributions of millions of users and developers around the world.

Slackware Linux provides new and experienced users alike with a fully-featured system, equipped to serve in any capacity from desktop workstation to machine-room server.

Web, ftp, and email servers are ready to go out of the box, as are a wide selection of popular desktop environments.

A full range of development tools, editors, and current libraries is included for users who wish to develop or compile additional software.

Download Slackware: http://www.slackware.com/getslack/

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05 Jul 2016

Ubuntu Developer Calling For Users To Let Go Of 32-bit Builds

In recent Linux news, many major Linux Distributions are calling for the end of 32-bit build Linux distros and software.

Most recent is a Developer from Ubuntu, Dimitri John Ledkov.

In a webmail post, Ledkov stated:

Let me resurrect this thread. In the context of what we should be
doing in 18.04 and what to do between now and then.

In 2018:
- it will be over 2 years since 3rd party ISVs stopped supporting
software on i386, or even never had it officially
- e.g. Google Chrome, ZFS, Docker, etc
- with both desktop and server software developed, tested and deployed
on amd64 only

And in 2018, the question will come if we can effectively provide
security support on i386.

Between now and 2018, it would be logical to limit amount of new
installations of i386, because cross-grading between i386->amd64 is
not something we can reliably ship.
We must continue provide the i386 port, to support multiarch and 3rd
party legacy application that are only available as i386 binaries.

Building i386 images is not "for free", it comes at the cost of
utilizing our build farm, QA and validation time. Whilst we have
scalable build-farms, i386 still requires all packages, autopackage
tests, and ISOs to be revalidated across our infrastructure. As well
as take up mirror space & bandwidth.

Thus the question is what can we and what should we do to limit i386
installations before they become unsupportable?

It really does cost distributions time to keep 32-bit hardware around as well as to build it.

Having 32-bit users doubles the burden developers face when testing their distro updates.

Dimitri closed it out by saying.

The key point here is lack of upstream software support and upstream
security support on i386, rather than actual hardware being out of
stock and/or old.

In essence this would mean April 2021 as the sunset for i386 as the
host/base OS architecture. And April 2023 to run legacy i386
applications with security support.



Interesting to see where this goes.



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04 Jul 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Vector Linux


VectorLinux is a small, fast, Intel based Linux operating system for PC style computers. The creators of VectorLinux had a single credo: keep it simple, keep it small and let the end user decide what their operating system is going to be. What has evolved from this concept is perhaps the best little Linux operating system available anywhere.

For the casual computer user there is a lightening-fast desktop with graphical programs to handle daily activities from web surfing, sending and receiving email, chatting on IRC to running an FTP server.

The power user will be pleased because all the tools are there to compile programs, use the system as a server or perhaps the gateway for home or office computer network.

Administrators will be equally pleased because of the small size and memory requirements, so the operating system can be deployed on older machines that have long been forgotten.

The release announcement for the 7.2 Beta release is here:

Vectorlinux is proud to announce the first beta release of the 7.2 version of its standard and light versions. The release features light a minimal desktop version using icewm and seamonkey as its base of operation. The standard version is xfce based with the lastest firefox version as the browser. Both versions can be installed with our semi automatic gui installer or thru a text based installer depending on your needs. We feature all the latest linux based software from kodi to libreoffice all easily installed with our gui or text based package manager. We are using the latest 4.4.14 lts kernel for the best hardware support and system speed. Please give this a try and submit any bugs you might find so that we can make our final releases as perfect as possible. Last note for the diehards we are systemd free. Many thanks to all the developers that made this possible you know who are and long live Vectorlinux!

bug tracking  and download links follow:

bug tracker

32 bit version
64 bit version



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03 Jul 2016
02 Jul 2016

WATCH: Deepin 15 (Linux)


Deepin 15 is the latest stable release of Linux Deepin, released and announced by Deepin Developer on December 24. this release based on Debian SID, uses linux kernel 4.2 and features the latest version of Deepin Desktop Environment 3.0.

Another features of deepin 15, the Control Center and Dock components are now fully pluggable, the Upstart init system has been removed and systemd has been added in its place, the GTK+ 3.18.6, Qt 5.5.1 and GCC 5.3.1 packages have been added, and the default shell is now Bash instead of Zsh

Deepin 15 release announcement : http://bit.ly/1RXkNQ2
Download Deepin 15 : http://www.deepin.org/download.html

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01 Jul 2016

UPDATE: Developmental Release of Ubuntu MATE 16.10

As of July 1st the first developmental releases of Ubuntu Mate 16.10 codenamed Yakkety Yak has been released.

The official release announcement read:

Beaut, beauty! We’re stoked to announce Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1, the first distro to ship a fair dinkum MATE Desktop implementation built entirely against GTK3+. Some thought we’d let the kangaroos loose in the top paddock by being the first distro to switch to GTK3+ and it would all come a gutser. But we put in big mobs of effort to ensure it’s not complete ball dust. Give it a burl!

What works?

People tell us that Ubuntu MATE is stable. You may, or may not, agree.

Ubuntu MATE Alpha Releases are NOT recommended for:

  • Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
  • Anyone who needs a stable system
  • Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
  • Anyone in a production environment with data or workflows that need to be reliable

Ubuntu MATE Alpha Releases are recommended for:

  • Regular users who want to help us test by finding, reporting, and/or fixing bugs
  • Ubuntu MATE, MATE, and GTK+ developers

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 16.04 release?

First of all, Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 owes a debt of gratitude to:

  • Luke Horwell for developing Ubuntu MATE Welcome and Software Boutique.
  • Robin Thompson for migrating MATE Dock Applet to GTK3+
  • Alexei Sorokin for migrating MATE Menu to GTK3+
  • Wolfgang Ulbrich for adding GTK 3.18 theme support to Ambiant MATE and Radiant MATE.
  • Mike Gabriel for reviewing and sponsoring uploads of MATE 1.14 to Debian.
  • Vlad Orlov for migrating MATE components to GTK3+ and fixing Indicator support in MATE Desktop 1.14.

What changed since Ubuntu MATE 16.04 was released?

Before we list what’s been added and updated, lets go over what has been dropped (for good) and what is temporarily missing.

  • GNOME Main Menu (as used in the openSUSE layout) has been dropped.    * No one in the MATE team believes this applet is good enough to port to GTK3+. As it is GTK2+ only and has nobody to port or maintain it, this applet will be dropped for good.
  • The openSUSE layout is currently missing, but will be re-instated in MATE Desktop 1.16.    * This will feature a different menu applet.
  • The Mutiny layout is currently missing but will be re-instated when the topmenu-gtk MATE applet has been rebuilt for GTK3+
  • Pidgin will no longer be installed by default
    • Pidgin is now available in the Software Boutique.
  • Cheese is not currently installed by default but will be re-instated as a default application when merge proposal 298171 is merged and released.
    • Cheese is available in the Software Boutique.
  • Indicator Session is not currently available in Ubiquity while installing Ubuntu MATE but will be re-instated when merge proposal 297183 is merged and released.

This is what have been updated or added.

  • All the Ubuntu MATE seeds and meta-packages have been completely overhauled**.
    • Basically we’ve started over, and completely rebuilt Ubuntu MATE 16.10 from the ground up.
    • It is now possible to safely uninstall all the default applications without the ubuntu-mate-desktop package also being removed.
    • Memory consumption of Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 is lower than that of Ubuntu MATE 16.04.
  • New community contributed wallpapers from:
  • Upgraded to MATE Desktop 1.14, which is now built entirely against GTK 3.18.
    • Indicator support for MATE Desktop, when built against GTK3+, has been significantly improved.
    • Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE themes have been completely reworked to support GTK 3.18.
    • We have initial HiDPI support (almost) working. Don’t get too excited, this is an all or nothing implementation. When enabled all GTK3+ applications (not just MATE) will be rendered using high quality pixel doubling. If you have a 2160p display, it looks ace :-D
    • You can find out what changed in MATE Desktop 1.14 from the upstream release announcement.
  • Upgraded Ubuntu MATE Welcome to 16.10.4
    • Ported to WebKit2 4.0. The transitions and animations are now hardware accelerated (where supported) and it looks very smooth indeed.
    • Sports a new look and many visual and usability enhancements.
    • Getting Started section offers much more assistance for a post install setup and configuration. (Some elements back ported to 16.04)
    • Adds driver installer for Logitech’s Unifying Receiver peripherals.
    • New builds are automatically tested.
    • Testers can check out this daily PPA, including packages for Xenial users wanting to test new versions of Welcome.
    • Detailed system specifications can now be copied to the clipboard.
    • Assorted performance optimisations.
  • Upgraded Software Boutique.
    • Adds News to inform you of additions/removals to the Software Boutique. (Back ported to 16.04)
    • Adds Search facility so you can quickly find software by name, keyword and description. (Back ported to 16.04)
    • Adds Bulk queue installs so you can queue up multiple applications to install at once.
    • Adds a responsive design** so you can see more software listings when resizing or maximising the Software Boutique window.
    • Software Boutique now stocks ~160 applications. (Back ported to 16.04)
    • Introduces a new feature to display a complete list of all applications and the repositories they are sourced from.
    • Support added for installing software for arm64 and ppc64el architectures.
    • Software install and removal notifications now use the associated application icon.
  • Upgraded MATE Tweak
    • Splits up the UI and introduces a new Panel section.
    • Can now change icon sizes and menu item icon sizes in the panel, exposing a new MATE Desktop 1.14 capability. This has two benefits, bigger icons for high resolution displays and, if you are so inclined, large panels suitable for touch input but without changing the desktop metaphor.
    • Supports enabling new style GTK3+ indicators.
    • Supports xcompmgr compositor, the preferred compositor to use along side the Raspberry Pi hardware accelerated VC4 drivers.
    • Tilda is no longer enabled by default. Tilda is still installed by default, but can now be optionally enabled via MATE Tweak.
  • Upgraded MATE Dock Applet which now supports GTK3+
  • Upgraded MATE Menu which now support GTK3+

You can download the development release of Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Alpha 1 here: https://ubuntu-mate.org/download/

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