04.08.14

Ubuntu Derivatives News: Trisquel, elementary OS, Ubuntu Studio, Linux Mint, Peppermint, Bodhi, and Lubuntu

Posted in News Roundup at 3:36 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Trisquel

elementary OS

Ubuntu Studio

Mint

  • Linux Mint programs for Windows XP users

    The biggest challenge for Windows XP users switching to Linux Mint is having to change the programs you’ve known and used for years. Fortunately, some programs are available on both Linux and Windows. In addition, there are Linux programs that duplicate the functionality of your favorite Windows programs.

  • Which Linux Mint apps can replace Windows XP software?

    Some Windows XP users might be considering Linux MInt as a replacement operating system. But just replacing the operating system isn’t enough, you’ll also need Linux applications that will replace the ones you used in Windows. ZDNet has a roundup of Linux Mint applications that might fill the void when making your move from Windows XP to Linux Mint.

  • Review: Linux Mint MATE 201403

    It’s been a while since I’ve done a review. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve posted in any form, because this semester has turned out to be a lot busier than I anticipated. It likely will remain so until it ends; the only reason why I can post a review right now is because of spring break, and even that has been busy for me. Anyway, I initially wanted to do a review of Frugalware because it looked intriguing, but I couldn’t get the live USB to work. I’m reviewing this (which I had planned for later) instead. If you’ve passed by this blog, you’ve probably already seen my thoughts on Linux Mint, so I’ll skip the introduction. I tried this updated ISO file as a live USB made with MultiSystem. Follow the jump to see what it’s like. There isn’t too much that has changed since last year, so I will simply link the review from then, point out any changes, and put out any other thoughts that occur to me about this.

  • Linux Mint Might Use The Same LTS Base For Linux Mint 17, 18, 19 and 20
  • Next Three Linux Mint Releases After “Qiana” to Be Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Linux Mint is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu, but that wasn’t always the case. Now, the creator of Linux Mint has just announced Linux Mint 17 “Qiana,” which will be released almost a couple of months after Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is made available.

  • MintBox 2 mini-PC now available in Europe
  • Linux MintBox 2 sells out in European debut

    The MintBox 2 is a small form factor, fanless PC designed to run quietly at low power.

    The machine features a die-cast, solid metal case which acts as a passive heatsink and cools down components without needing any fans. While the case design adds to the weight it reduces noise, with the only sound coming from the internal 500GB SATA hard drive.

  • Linux Mint 17 to Be Called “Qiana,” Release Date Announced

    Clement Lefebvre, the creator of the Linux Mint distribution, has just announced that the next version of the Mint operating system will be called “Qiana” and it should be available by the end of May 2014.

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions out there and it’s only superseded by Ubuntu. Actually, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and makes use of its repositories, but that may not happen for very long anymore.

  • Minty Review, Some Howtos, and a Poll

Peppermint

  • Inside Peppermint Linux – An interview with Shane Remington and Kendall Weaver

    This time however I have been lucky enough to get not just one member of the team but two. I recently sent an email to the Peppermint Linux team with a series of questions and what follows are the answers provided by Shane Remington (COO of Peppermint) and Kendall Weaver (CTO of Peppermint).

  • Peppermint 4 – An OS for everyone? & The Probem of Linux Advocacy

    When I’m introducing someone to Linux, I don’t believe the “all or nothing” approach works, so if you are new to Linux and would like to see the benefits it can offer you, download and burn onto disk the latest version of Peppermint and follow these steps.

  • Peppermint 4 – Turns a netbook into a Chromebook

    As you may or may not know, I have recently acquired a HP Chromebook and my first article about the Chromebook looked at whether it was possible to run another operating system alongside ChromeOS.

    Today I am taking a look at Peppermint 4. Peppermint 4 is designed as a hybrid operating system aimed at cloud computing and also average ordinary everyday home use.

    I last reviewed Peppermint Linux in August 2012 (Peppermint 3) and my overall impression then was positive. In this review I will review Peppermint Linux from scratch and I will also look at what has changed since version 3 to show how Peppermint has moved on.

  • Peppermint introduces cloud-based open source desktop to Africa

    Open source makes a lot of sense in rural areas and in third world countries. Lightweight and open source systems that are easy to use, and which allow normal users to become power users and contribute back to the open source community, can be ideal for countries like Cameroon, located in middle Africa.

  • Open source opening educational doors in Appalachia [also from OpenSource.com]

    As the program has grown over the past years, the cost of licensing for the video editing software has grown as well, beyond the operating budget of the organization. Faced with this challenge, PAGE turned to open source technology. Elizabeth McIntosh, a member of the Steering Committee for PAGE, led the charge. “I’d heard about the open source movement through my friendship with Brendan Szulik at Duke, and thought it might be able to help us.” PAGE participants historically used Final Cut Pro to document and edit their digital stories, but this year will use open source alternatives Kdenlive and Blender. Both offer a good user experience, without the heavy scale-up costs associated with non open-source solutions. The ability to rapidly learn the technology and to use it as the program continues to grow are the largest benefits.

Bodhi

  • Introducing eppDater – GUI for Apt-Get Package Updates

    One of the things I am working on for our Bodhi 3.0.0 release this summer is a simple GUI system update tool written in Elementary and the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries. Today I would like to share an early version of this tool I am calling eepDater (pronounced epp-date-er), which is written in python utilizing the EFLs.

  • Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Alpha Release

    As promised I’ve put together our first Bodhi Linux disc that is built on top of the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 release. Keep in mind this is a very early image not intended for production machines. There will be issues.

Lubuntu

Ubuntu News: Community Management, Convergence, Criticism, and Imminent LTS Release

Posted in News Roundup at 3:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Community

Mobile

  • Microsoft Copies Canonical’s Convergence Idea, Cripples It

    Canonical has been working on its vision of complete OS convergence for quite a while now and the first results have already appeared, but it seems that Microsoft is also trying to do the same and it has called it Universal Apps.

  • ​10 reasons why the Ubuntu Phone should be your next mobile device

    The Ubuntu Phone is set to launch this year. With more and more major players getting on board as hardware suppliers, you can bet the darling of Linux mobility will slowly find its way into every market imaginable. The big question mark is the US market. With Android and IOS having a stranglehold on US customers, can this new mobile platform make it? I firmly believe that the Ubuntu Phone not only can be your next mobile device, it should be. I’ll give you 10 reasons why.

  • New Ubuntu Touch App Switcher Looks Awesome

Server

  • Drag-and-Drop Cloud Orchestration with Ubuntu Juju

    No, they’re not kidding. As Sally Radwan, Canonical’s cloud product marketing manager, recently explained, “A few years ago, the cloud team at Canonical decided that the future of cloud computing lies not only in what clouds are built on, but what runs on it, and how quickly, securely, and efficiently those services can be managed. This is when Juju was born; our service orchestration tool built for the cloud and inspired by the way IT architects visualize their infrastructure: boxes representing services, connected by lines representing interfaces or relationships. Juju’s GUI simplifies searching, dragging and dropping a ‘Charm’ into a canvas to deploy services instantly.”

Integration

  • Ubuntu Complete Convergence Demonstrated with the Weather App

    “An example of Ubuntu convergence in action. Here you see the Weather Channel powered Ubuntu weather app first the size of a phone, then a tablet, then desktop, and the content all re-aligns to make the very best use of the space. We then shrink the app back down and everything continues to adjust. All from a single code base,” wrote Jono Bacon on Google+.

  • Ubuntu in your browser

    I remember, when the good folks at Canonical introduced the Ubuntu tour feature on their website, I wished for there to be a way to access my Ubuntu desktop via a browser for real. Although it is possible to use VNC clients to remotely access your Ubuntu desktop from anywhere including your Android phone, it would be sure good to be able to access your desktop from any computing device without having to install a client side application.

Ubuntu One

Criticism

  • Criticism Towards Canonical Is Mostly About FUD and Hidden Interests

    Canonical got a lot of flak over the years for the decisions regarding its Ubuntu operating system, some of them justified, but most were just unfair. The truth is not in the middle as you might think because there are much bigger interests at play.

  • Is Canonical as arrogant as Apple?

    Canonical has had a rocky relationship at times with the rest of the open source community. The company has sometimes gone in its own direction and rather blithely disregarded criticism from others in free software. Datamation takes a look at the root of Canonical’s problem and thinks that it’s more about relationships than it is about specific software issues.

Ubuntu 14.04

KDE and Qt News: KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma Next, Qt Creator 3.1, KDE Commits

Posted in News Roundup at 3:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

KDE Frameworks 5

Plasma

  • Plasma Next News: Proposed Plasma Experience Dialog

    A new dialog for choosing the Plasma Next look and feel has been proposed in a blog post by Thomas Pfeiffer, member of the KDE community and creator of the KDE Human Interface Guidelines.

  • Plasma Next Alpha

    This week, as well as being a centrefold model in a tabloid rag, another of my life ambitions came true when I had the glory of being the release dude. Plasma 2014.6 is the first version of Plasma using KDE Frameworks 5 and the developers are hard at work coding on it. The release schedule required an Alpha so I was tasked with working out how to release some tars.

  • KDE: Monday Report #10

    In which we mention the recent Alpha, gush about Community Design its problems and gains. Talk about whats coming for Plasma Next AND hand out freebee’s…

  • KDE Releases Alpha Version of Next-gen Plasma Workspace

    KDE today releases the first Alpha version of the next-generation Plasma workspace. This kicks off the public testing phase for the next iteration of the popular Free software workspace, code-named “Plasma Next” (referring to the ‘next’ Plasma release-see below “A note on versioning and naming”). Plasma Next is built using QML and runs on top of a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack using Qt 5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma Next provides a core desktop experience that will be easy and familiar for current users of KDE workspaces or alternative Free Software or proprietary offerings. Plasma Next is planned to be released as 2014.6 on the 17th of June.

Qt

  • Qt on Android Episode 4

    After we’ve learned how to set up the development environment and how to use Qt on Android, it’s time to move forward and in this article we are going to learn about different deployment systems and how to sign the package in order to publish it in any Android markets.

  • Qt Creator 3.1 RC1 Released, Qt 5.3 Advances

    Digia is working hard and fast to get the next version of the Qt5 tool-kit out the door along with their Qt Creator integrated development environment.

  • Qt Creator 3.1 RC1 Now Ready for Testing

    Qt Creator, a cross-platform IDE (integrated development environment) tailored to the needs of Qt developers and part of the Qt Project, has just reached version 3.1 RC1 and is now available for download and testing.

Development

Misc.

  • Interview with Aaron Seigo About Bodega Appstore

    The most important thing is of course the ‘digital asset’ term. That can be anything. For example, applications. Applications can be self contained – think how android does its APK files. Of course, things on Linux are often more complicated. Apache isn’t exactly a self-contained thing. And look further – perl, php, ruby, they all have their own addons like gems that need managing. Generalizing further, there are manuals. And books in general. Music, movies, pictures, you can go on.

  • Calligra 2.8 Is Too Sweet for Words Alone

    Calligra Suite is a massive collection of office writing and editing applications with a database creator and a few other tools added to the mix. Several of the nine modules go well beyond the tool sets found in other office packages. The big advantage to Calligra is that development has continued. Similar office suites for Linux have stalled or forked without much to distinguish one from another.

  • Krita on Steam – Early Access Now Available

    A few days ago I overviewed Calligra, the KDE office suite, which also includes Krita, the powerful image editing tool. Although I’ve mentioned it as being free, it looks like Krita Gemini, which is the name by which Krita goes on Steam, actually costs $22.99, covering the work needed to build, release and maintain it on Steam.

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