04.05.16

EPO’s Board 28 Scheduled to Have What Looks Like an Emergency Meeting, EPO Management Pretends Staff Strikes and Crisis (Board 28′s Word) Don’t Mean a Thing

Posted in Europe, Patents at 7:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Prove them otherwise, join the strike

EPO on strike
It wasn’t even mentioned by EPO at Twitter, just second-hand (retweet)

Summary: The EPO (Organisation) faces an unprecedented crisis and a large-scale strike, so it tries to keep silent about it until it’s too late and there’s high probability that EPO offices will be empty this week

THE EPO isn’t doing too well. The management is to blame. There is now an emergency at the EPO and the Board 28 (B28) of the Administrative Council calls it a "crisis". As this new comment points out: “The Board B28 of the Admin Council has just indicated an extra meeting on 13.04 (see EPO.org) [we looked around the site, but couldn’t find an announcement about it until someone showed us the relevant page. Calendar here (warning: epo.org link) has it and it says “13.4.2016, Board of the Administrative Council, B28/72]. Couldn’t wait to next planned meeting on 24.05 it seems. Strike on 07.04. Will make for an interesting ‘(lack of) progress’ report? Certainly no news internally of any discussions/meetings/proposals on social matters. No doubt staff committees and unions will be portrayed as refusing to cooperate.”

For background about this week’s strike (tomorrow is the last day of normal operation) and again in chronological order, as before:

This morning, after the media had already written about it and after we published the last item above, the EPO finally said something about the strike (warning: epo.org link) and it’s rather laughable. They belittle it. To quote: “The European Patent Office regrets the disturbance which may be caused by these actions, but wishes to reassure the public that all measures to ensure the normal functioning of the Office are in place and that services to users remain unaffected.”

Well, prove them wrong. The EPO’s management was hoping it can magically squash the strike (it tried very hard before, as the links above show) or, failing that, keep staff uninformed about it (so that they still come to work on a day of strike). This strategy basically backfired. They now understand that this problem isn’t going away. Details below.

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Links 5/4/2016: Linux Civil Infrastructure Project, SUSE’s New CTO

Posted in News Roundup at 7:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • Maybe it’s time to trust Microsoft. Maybe not.

    Is this truly a changed Microsoft? Personally, I don’t believe it is. The day they stop this silly 235 patent BS, then we might talk about it. But you know as well as I do, if they pull the covers back on their lie-of-the-century, then they may stand to lose billions in paying back those companies they extorted in the past.

    “Oh those patents. Yeah, that was silly wasn’t it. Well, we’re sorry your company lost share holder value due to having to pay us all that money. But let’s just let bygones be bygones…whaddaya say?

    Stick it all up in your bygones Microsoft. You’re a liar and a thief and the only reason most of your higher execs aren’t in prison is that U.S. law and your good ol’ boy network protected you. You aren’t fooling anyone. You don’t love Linux any more than I love liver and onions. You have merely realized that the only way you are going to survive into the next decade is to integrate Linux into your strategies…and integrate it deeply.

    Let’s face it. You need us. More than we need you.

  • Server

    • Five key legal considerations when negotiating cloud contracts

      Watch out for some cloud providers’ complex, multi-document contract structures that may be poorly updated and oddly worded. In particular, don’t assume that you know what’s in a provision based on its heading. For example, in some terms, ‘force majeure’ seems to be elastic-sided enough to capture “changes in the taxation basis of services delivered via the Internet” as a force majeure event!

  • Kernel Space

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments/WMs

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

      • Plasma Wayland Image Update

        It’s your fortnightly update to the Plasma Wayland image. Rather pleasingly window decorations are the right colour and I can resize windows.

      • QtCon Call for Papers

        QtCon 2016 Call for Papers is open. The event will assemble KDE Akademy, VideoLAN Developer Days, Qt Contributors’ Summit, FSFE Summit and KDAB Qt training day. We invite contributors to these projects to present their work and insight at QtCon 2016. The conference will take place from 1st to 8th September in Berlin, Germany. The talks will be from 2nd to 4th with KDE continuing with BoFs till the 8th

  • Distributions

    • Five Linux Distros that Break the Mold

      One of the complaints we hear sometimes about the plethora of GNU/Linux distributions is that they’re all “cookie cutters.” One is just like the other, we’re told, so why have so many versions of the same thing? For starters, except for a couple of rare instances, no two Linux distros are exactly alike, not even when they start with the same base. The most obvious example here would be Ubuntu, which although based on Debian, offers the user an experience completely different from the parent distro. Likewise, Linux Mint is built with Ubuntu under the hood, but as many Mint users will attest, the distro is hardly just a rebranded *buntu.

    • Reviews

      • Matriux Linux Operating System For Hackers — An Alternative To Kali Linux

        Matriux is an open source Linux-based operating system that’s designed in accordance with the needs of security researchers and professionals. The OS comes with more than 300 hacking tools that include the likes of Wireshark, Aircrack-ng, Nmap, Vidalia, TrueCrypt and more. Matriux hacking OS features a traditional desktop environment that’s powered by GNOME Classic

    • New Releases

    • Arch Family

      • Manjaro Linux LXQt 16.04 Lands with Linux Kernel 4.4.4 LTS, Software Updates

        Hot on the heels of Manjaro Linux JWM 16.04 Community Edition, the Manjaro Linux LXQt 16.04 Community Edition operating system has been released earlier, April 4, 2016, and it is now available to download.

        According to the release notes, Manjaro Linux LXQt 16.04 Community Edition is now powered by Linux kernel 4.4.4 LTS, includes a 64-bit version of the Chromium web browser, and the 32-bit flavor of Mozilla Firefox, a new screen capture tool that can be activated with the Print Screen button.

        As expected, the stable branch of the Manjaro Linux operating system has been used to generate the Manjaro Linux LXQt 16.04 release, which comes with the multilib repositories enabled by default for 64-bit systems, as well as the latest version of the advanced Calamares graphical installer.

    • OpenSUSE/SUSE

      • SUSE Linux Gets a New CTO

        SUSE named a new CTO today, with Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo taking on the the role of Chief Technology Officer, reporting to CEO Nils Brauckmann.

        The last time I personally ever spoke to a SUSE CTO was way back in 2009, when Markus SUSERex (now CEO of OwnCloud) held the job, and SUSE was still part of Novell.

        Giacomo joins SUSE from Swisscom Hospitality Services, where he was CTO and vice president of innovation. Giacomo has as a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Geneva, where he was a senior researcher

      • SUSE Expands Executive Leadership, Naming New Chief Technology Officer
      • Suse expands distributor network in Mideast
      • Turris Omnia and openSUSE

        About two weeks ago I was on the annual openSUSE Board face to face meeting. It was great and you can read reports of what was going on in there on openSUSE project mailing list. In this post I would like to focus on my other agenda I had while coming to Nuremberg. Nuremberg is among other things SUSE HQ and therefore there is a high concentration of skilled engineers and I wanted to take an advantage of that…

    • Red Hat Family

    • Debian Family

      • Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” Live DVD ISOs Are Now Available to Download

        We reported the other day on the immediate availability for download of the installation-only ISO images of the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 “Jessie” operating system.

        It took one more day for the Debian Project team to generate all the Debian GNU/Linux 8.4 Live flavors, and as promised, we’re informing you today about their availability for download, just in case you want to showcase them to your friends or deploy them on new computers.

      • There’s more than one way to exploit the commons

        Debian ships an operating system that prides itself on stability. The Debian definition of stability is a very specific one – rather than referring to how often the software crashes or misbehaves, it refers to how often the software changes behaviour. Debian is very reluctant to upgrade software that is part of a stable release, to the extent that developers will attempt to backport individual security fixes to the version they shipped rather than upgrading to a release that contains all those security fixes but also adds a new feature. The argument here is that the new release may also introduce new bugs, and Debian’s users desire stability (in the “things don’t change” sense) more than new features. Backporting security fixes keeps them safe without compromising the reason they’re running Debian in the first place.

      • Derivatives

        • Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5

          Parsix GNU/Linux 8.5 is desktop-friendly distribution based on Debian. Built on Debian’s Stable branch, Parsix comes with a useful selection of applications and some nice customizations, but so do many of the other Debian-based and Ubuntu-based distributions. So what exactly is Parsix’s niche? What does it do better than its competition? I downloaded the 1.3GB 64-bit ISO and gave Parsix 8.5 a trial run in order to try to find out.

          Booting from the Parsix ISO provides six options: “Boot or Install Parsix” with text mode, failsafe video, and failsafe alternative boot/install options; “Test CD for Defects”; and “Boot from First Hard Disk.” After using the “Test CD for Defects” option to check the ISO for errors, I selected the standard “Boot or Install Parsix” option, which resulted in a fairly quick load time. The GNOME desktop was ready to use and the installer was readily available on the desktop.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Another Ubuntu Linux Tablet? Yes, But This Time, It’s not ARM-Based

            Want an x86 tablet that can run GNU/Linux? If a new crowd-funding campaign succeeds, it could be yours.

            MJ Technology has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to develop what it says will be the “world’s [sic] first true made for Linux/Ubuntu x86/x64 tablet.” In non-geek terms, that means a tablet that comes with a 64-bit x86 processor — the same type used in most desktop and laptop computers — rather than an ARM chip, the architecture common in tablets and other mobile devices.

          • Ubuntu 15.10: Changing the Linux game

            I’m not new to Linux operating systems. I have tried and reviewed earlier versions of Ubuntu as well as experimented with other Linux distributions but I have to admit that none of my earlier reviews have been positive. There were always inherent problems, graphical or systematic, that I have had to spend time trying to fix, something that I did not have time for. I expected Ubuntu to work right out of the box, much like how I deal with a fresh install of Windows where I set it up and install the applications that I want. But this was never the case with Ubuntu; the operating system always pushed me to give it more time and manually fix operating system problems.

            Linux is often used by power-users who love the operating system for its stability and ease of use, but here I will be talking about how user-friendly the system is for normal users who don’t code or use terminal commands.

          • Ubuntu Budgie Could Be the New Flavor of Ubuntu Linux, as Part of Ubuntu 16.10

            Last month we told you about a new GNU/Linux distribution called Budgie-Remix, whose ultimate goal is to become an official Ubuntu Linux flavor, possibly under the name of Ubuntu Budgie.

            Today, Budgie-Remix developer David Mohammed informs Softpedia about the progress made with the project, which Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that it would definitely support if there were a community around the packaging, as well as the availability of the second Beta build for the upcoming 16.04 release.

          • Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Update Brings VPN Support, New Out-of-the-Box Experience

            We told you yesterday that the Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices has officially received a release date of April 6, 2016, from Canonical.

            And we promised to inform you about the new features that landed in the anticipated OTA-10 software for Ubuntu-powered devices. Therefore, it looks like Ubuntu Phone/Tablet owners will finally get VPN support, but without the ability to connect to PPTP VPN servers, Japanese keyboard support, and per-application download queues.

          • Ubuntu Touch’s Web Browser Lets Users Copy/Paste Selected Web Content in OTA-10

            We reported earlier that Canonical finally decided on a release date for the next major software update of its Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, OTA-10, due for release on April 6, 2016.

            Today, April 4, 2016, Ubuntu developer Olivier Tilloy reports on the major new features that have been implemented in the Web Browser app of the Ubuntu mobile OS, which will be pushed to Ubuntu Phone users on April 6 as part of the OTA-10 software update.

          • Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 Launches April 6 for All Ubuntu Phones and the Ubuntu Tablet

            Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical has just informed the community about the release date of the forthcoming OTA-10 software update for the Ubuntu mobile operating system.

            Ubuntu Touch OTA-10 has been in development for quite some time now, and we covered its development cycle during the past month, during which we told you about some of the new features and improvements that the update would bring to all supported Ubuntu Phone devices, as well as the brand new Ubuntu Tablet.

          • Five hundred days using Ubuntu Phone

            Today is my five hundredth day of using the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition exclusively as my mobile phone. This is a nice piece of hardware (good power, good camera and simple but elegant design).

            Here’s what I’ve learnt.

            I have written a bunch of phone apps you can install and blogged it. Writing for the Ubuntu phone is by far the easiest platform I’ve developed for. Click packaging works really well and the speed at which you can release to the Ubuntu store and get the update on your phone is incredible. QML allows you to build beautiful apps quickly however can be a challenge when apps get more complicated. Qt / C++ is functional, but feels lacking compared to more modern languages. If I could get Swift and an improved QML working together I’d be very happy. I initially used the Ubuntu SDK for building and deplying the apps but have now switched to doing everything on the command line (I’ve never found an IDE that doesn’t feel over-engineered).

          • Ubuntu on Windows?

            Then there are tools like Cygwin that create a Linux-like environment for the Windows command line. But although the environment is familiar, it falls short of supporting the full array of commands and features that would work on a normal Linux environment.

          • Flavours and Variants

            • REVIEW: Linux Mint 17.3 delivers better interface plus long-term support

              The latest version of Linux Mint, dubbed “Rosa,” offers long-term support and in our tests we found that it delivers an improved user experience no matter which interface is selected.

              Linux Mint is a desktop operating system for non-tablet, Intel/AMD-powered systems, in 32- or 64-bit processor families, based on Ubuntu core components, but without Ubuntu’s Unity UI.

  • Devices/Embedded

Free Software/Open Source

Leftovers

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