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Mar
19
2015

GTK+ Wayland Now Supports HiDPI Cursors

Matthias Clasen has released the latest GTK+ 3.15 development release that’s near final and about ready to be named GTK+ 3.16.

Yesterday’s GTK+ 3.15.12 release brings improvements to the GtkCellRendererPixbuf, GtkEntry and GtkMenuButton alterations, and the GTK+ Wayland back-end now has support for HiDPI cursors. There’s also various bug-fixes in GTK+ 3.15.12 like crash fixes and Pixman warnings. The official changes can be seen outlined via this Git commit.

Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GTK-3.15.12-Released
Submitted by: Michael Larabel

Mar
18
2015

GNOME Shell 3.15.92 Improves GNOME’s Classic Theme

GNOME Shell 3.15.92 was released today (17 March 2015) and among other minor enhancements it improves the GNOME classic theme.

Florian Müllner announced the GNOME Shell 3.15.92 release today and among its enhancements are an improved classic theme, fixed ordering of calendar events, pointer barriers for the legacy tray, menu fixes, GDM changes, and various other items. The classic theme changes come down to items that looked “bad” or improper up to now.

Source: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=GNOME-Shell-3.15.92
Submitted by:  Michael Larabel

Feb
24
2015

Cut the Rope Is the First Major Game Ported for Ubuntu Phones

ZeptoLab, the studio that made the famous “Cut the Rope” game a couple of years back, has officially ported the title for the Ubuntu platform and is now available in the store.

Cut the Rope is a game that reached peak fame a couple of years ago and it was all the rage, but now it’s the first major title to be ported for the Ubuntu platform. To be fair, a few other games have been made available until now, including 2048 and Flappy Bird. Cut the Rope is the first big caliber game to land in the Store and even if it’s an old one, it’s still an important milestone.

Source: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Cut-the-Rope-Is-the-First-Major-Game-Ported-for-Ubuntu-Phones-473303.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Feb
23
2015

Facebook, Stripe pledge funds for GnuPG development

Two companies, Stripe and Facebook, have pledged an annual donation of $US100,000 to aid in the development of GNU Privacy Guard, the encryption software that has been created by a single German developer.

Stripe, which provides a way for individuals and businesses to accept payments over the internet, made the announcement on Twitter on behalf of itself and Facebook.

The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative made a one-time donation of $US60,000. Other donations by individuals have also come in.

 

Source: http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/66886-facebook-stripe-pledge-funds-for-gnupg-development

Submitted by: Sam Varghese

Feb
22
2015

Fed up with systemd and Linux? Why not try PC-BSD?

With the growing adoption of systemd, dissatisfaction with Linux has reached proportions not seen in recent years, to the extent that people have started talking of switching to FreeBSD.

Talk is all very well as a means of making a threat, but how difficult is it to actually make the move? Has Linux moved so far ahead that switching systems will mean one has to do without many applications that one has gotten used to?

iTWire spoke to Kris Moore, one of those deeply involved with the PC-BSD project. Moore also works with iXsystems, a company that sells hardware loaded with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

 

Source:

http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/66900-fed-up-with-systemd-and-linux?-why-not-try-pc-bsd?

Submitted by: Sam Varghese

Feb
21
2015

Unofficial Ubuntu Store for Phones Now Available on PCs

Ubuntu for phones doesn’t have an official online store for the applications accessible from the PC, but that doesn’t mean someone didn’t manage to put one together. It’s not official, but it works very well.

Now that there is an Ubuntu phone in the wild, users have started paying much more attention to the applications available in store. There are a lot of them, but you can’t see them unless you are booting an Ubuntu OS on a phone, like Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition or Nexus 4. Now that has been changed because an unofficial store is available.

 

Source: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Unofficial-Ubuntu-Store-for-Phones-Now-Available-on-PCs-473334.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Feb
20
2015

Vivaldi Web Browser Now Has 32-bit Builds for Linux

Vivaldi, a new web browser based on Chromium, built by an Opera founder and his team, has just received an upgrade and 32-bit versions for the application, among other things.

One of the most important requests of the community regarding Vivaldi was a 32-bit version of the application. It looks like there are a lot of users out there with 32-bit processors that would love to give Vivaldi a try, but they couldn’t do that in the absence of a special build. Now that build has been made available, along with a host of fixes and various improvements.

This is a stable app, which makes things very easy, but in fact it’s still pretty much a technical preview. That means that it’s not even an Alpha release. This is built for testing purposes only, but it has most of the functions you would expect to find.

 

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Vivaldi-Web-Browser-Now-Has-32-bit-Builds-for-Linux-473416.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Feb
19
2015

Microsoft Reportedly Uses Patent Blackmail Against Android to Force Samsung to Spread Microsoft Spyware (Incorporated Into Android) (Updated)

Microsoft is reportedly pressuring Samsung, by means of expensive patent lawsuits, to turn Android into “Microsoft Android” (Microsoft spyware installed by default)

The clown called Microsoft, which claims to “love Linux”, is still attacking Linux in a big way. Usually this is done more or less covertly, so enough“useful idiots” won’t see it and even defend Microsoft.

The other day we saw Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols addressing Microsoft’s attack on Android through Cyanogen. Microsoft wants the world to believe that it ‘owns’ part of Android as it even claims to be ‘licensing’ Android, despite having nothing to do with Android development.

Microsoft actively attacks Android from multiple directions and as Vaughan-Nichols put it:

“The only thing that makes me take Cyanogen’s plans seriously is that Amazon and Microsoft appear to be looking into investing in Cyanogen to help create an Android software eco-system that’s not under Google’s control. But, honestly, even if Amazon and Microsoft backed Cyanogen to the hilt, would that really matter?”

 

Source: http://techrights.org/2015/02/14/patent-blackmail-tactic/

Submitted by: Roy Schestowitz

Feb
18
2015

End of the m0n0wall project

Manuel Casper the creator of m0n0wall project officially announce on 15 February 2014 that the project has officially ended and no development will be done anymore, and there will be no further releases. Here is his announcement,

“Dear m0n0wall enthusiasts,

on this day 12 years ago, I have released the first version of m0n0wall to the public. In theory, one could still run that version – pb1 it was called – on a suitably old PC and use it to control the Internet access of a small LAN (not that it would be recommended security-wise). However, the world keeps turning, and while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development.”

 

Source:http://m0n0.ch/wall/end_announcement.php

Submitted by:Manuel Kasper

Feb
2
2015

Inkscape Version 0.91 is Released!

The Inkscape community proudly announces the release of Inkscape 0.91.

Inkscape is a drawing and painting tool similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X, but with features, new tools, and interface style of its own. It emphasizes the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format, but reads and writes a wealth of other formats including PDF, so it is an easy complement to your other graphics and desktop tools. Best of all, Inkscape is created *by* the community *for* the community: Inkscape is 100% Open Source and freely available to everyone in the world.

This release marks the culmination of a multi-year effort to switch to a new internal graphics rendering engine, Cairo. This brings performance enhancements and more accurate rendering of drawings. Thanks go especially to Google for sponsoring much of this work.

Sourcehttps://inkscape.org/en/news/2015/01/30/inkscape-version-091-is-released/

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