Linux and Open Source news headlines
Updated: 27 weeks 5 days ago
A little over six weeks ago I posted about the first Bodhi Linux 2.0.0 public image. We have had three other builds release since then and today I would like to announce the availability of build 5 for download.
With today's updates, Canonical made some changes to the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system, regarding the GNOME packages, especially Nautilus.
The Document Foundation has released an infographic showing the current state of growth of the LibreOffice office suite. The document shows a steady increase in downloads per week and new code committers, while a variable graph for code contributors and commits per month.
It was pointed out in our forums today while discussing Valve on Linux that Croteam has shared today that Serious Sam 3 is running on Linux...
Screenshot of my new Xfce 4.8 desktop in Debian Wheezy, plus a list of tweaks I've made in the last day
After a few weeks in GNOME 3, which I actually like, I decided to give Xfce 4.8 a try as the desktop environment on my recently upgraded Debian Wheezy laptop. After a full day in Xfce, I've finally stopped mousing into the "hot corner," GNOME Shell-style, and I'm getting used to moving among my virtual desktops and various applications the old-fashioned way.
Before I explain how does Dash look like and work, let's review what you saw last time with one little addition I forgot to mention. I hope you don't mind.
Portland, OR: There was a time that everyone in the Linux and open-source world knew about the Open Source Initiative (OSI). It was, and still is, the group which manages the Open Source Definition. This is the core open-source defining document for developers, governments, and businesses. All the other open-source licensees—Apache, BSD, GPL—all some of their legitimately to the OSI. In recent years, though, the OSI has laid fallow. Now, it wants to change that and once more become a vital part of the open-source community.
"The problem is Google Docs' integration with Google Drive is messy. The files that you create using Google Docs are saved in some .gdoc format which can't be opened using LibreOffice or MS Word. Which means you can't open, view or edit these files from your desktop. If you want to work on these files using LO, you will have to first convert/download these files as .odt in the folder. Which means now you have two files with same content."
Aside from how Valve can better embrace Linux and open-source, another thing to ponder with Valve officially writing about Steam/Source on Linux, is the future of Linux Game Publishing. Linux Game Publishing got a new CEO in January and aside from a brief company update in February, nothing new has come out since. The company hasn't released any new Linux game ports in years, their blog has been silent, and there hasn't been any rumblings of new projects to be announced soon.
The PS3 Media Server development team announced a few hours ago, July 18th, the immediate availability for download of the PS3 Media Server 1.60.0 application, bringing assorted bug fixes and general improvements.
Part of what makes TreeLine such an easy information organization tool is its tree structure. It lets you configure the note-entering process to fit a variety of informational types. So you do not have to shoehorn information into a make-do mess. TreeLine may take some effort to learn to use at 100 percent effectiveness, but once you do, it will be worth the effort.
Some hours ago Cosimo Cecchi pushed Nautilus 354 on Git. This is a nice release because we get the first major UI changes. Not all Gnome stack has jumped to 354 yet, so we are going to review each App separately. I used an Ubuntu 12.10 vbox for compiling, because is easier to solve dependencies there.
This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with VirtualBox 4.1 on a headless OpenSUSE 12.1 server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop environment. Fortunately, VirtualBox comes with a tool called VBoxHeadless that allows you to connect to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, so there's no need for the VirtualBox GUI.
Nautilus 3.5.4 has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal repositories today, bringing some very important changes like a new GNOME 3 style toolbar, new "gear" menu, symbolic monochrome icons for the sidebar and others.