The beta version of KDE Plasma 5.6 was released on March 2, 2016 and contain many bug fixes, new features and reworked applications. The renew components – the activities, KRunner, task manager, Breeze theme and many others. Wayland support is also better with decoration and input fixes.
After 10 years of development was released the new major release of ReactOS, this event was highlighted in the most biggest tech resources. But I’m not interested in just talk about release notes from “crazy Russian developers”, more interested is technical opportunities and possibilities.
Which architecture use React OS now, which hardware are supported, why users and developers might find it interesting, the degree of compatibility with Microsoft Windows? Is there a Windows-based copy with Unix-style? For these and other questions you can find the answers in this article (or ask new questions in comments).
In Part 1 (recommend to read) of this review, we talk about Wayland and most popular Desktop Environment. This part is dedicated to work with the popular Linux applications. Software that was used in this review: Fedora Rawhide with GNOME 3.20 Beta, Wayland 1.10; Rebecca Black OS with the latest Weston Shell and KDE Plasma.
Some applications work natively with Wayland, some can be run only with XWayland. The XWayland applications must be slower ’cause Wayland compositor can’t work directly with X client and need the X server as a broker: Weston Compositor <-> X server <-> X client. The ‘slower’ sentence doesn’t mean “not ready for work”, in most cases the XWayland applications have enough performance for comfortable work. Some applications also have other problems not related to performance.
Cheap smartphones and digital cameras – the principal factor of digital revolution. Every man can create a personal collection with gigabytes or even terabytes of multimedia content, and online services like the Google Photos or Flickr can help to save them. Clouds are good, but sometimes the local work with multimedia is more speedy and effective. Photo manager can organize your chaos and highlight the best or the worst material with tags and rating; some software also have some photo editing features: red eyes, contrast and defects correction, colors and shadows level. If you are working with RAW formats, the photo manager can make your life easier with image processing and converting to popular formats; some photo managers have also video support. In this review I want to tell about the best software that can be run on Linux and other operating system.
We live in time of Linux graphic revolution and it’s not a scenario of popular blockbuster. X Window System from the 1980’s with old architecture isn’t good as 10 or 20 years ago. Wayland provides the modern speedy protocol without tons of legacy code and make the Linux desktop better and faster. Time to testing the most popular Linux desktop environment on Wayland. If you have interested working experience with Wayland – I’m will happy to read it in the comments.
Many of peoples think that Wayland has a similar client-server architecture with X Window system. Wayland specifies the communications between a display server (compositor) and clients. Wayland it’s only a protocol and most operation on desktop environment like a move and resize window, virtual workspaces and many others performing by compositor – Weston, KWin (KDE), Mutter (GNOME) etc.
Welcome to the new part of Free Messenger Saga (Signal, Tox, Matrix, Tor Messenger). It’s very good that in the modern world of Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype some peoples create new software for communication.
Ring – open source platform for text chat, voice and video communications and released under one of the best free license – GPLv3. All source code is available on Github. Linux client uses the GTK+ toolkit. Probably most of the Ring code was written by Savoir-faire Linux – free and open source software company based on Canada and France.
Note: NayuOS have the same design as Chrome OS and many differences under the hood.
NayuOS – free and open source operating system and fork of Chrome OS without proprietary software like Adobe Flash, multimedia codecs and Google services. “Nayu” is a Chinese word that means “open the Universe”. If you are interested in Chrome OS – please check this review.
So, why this OS can be interested?
Continue reading NayuOS Review – Free & Open Source Alternative To Chrome OS With Node.js And Without Google Services
SCaLE 14x (Southern California Linux Expo) – the 14th Linux, Open Source and Free Software conference based in Los Angeles, California. This volunteer-based event has existed since 2002 and begin their history from local Linux Users Groups. In this conference you can see the Linux and Open Source projects like Debian, Gentoo, Fedora, KDE, GNOME, OpenStreetMap, NetBSD and FreeBSD, MySQL, PostgreSQL; organization – Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Document Foundation, Freedom Law Center; commercial companies – IBM, HP, Google, Red Hat, Facebook and many others – this is not a complete list. In this article I want to gather the best interview, performances and presentations. Traditional note for this resource – if I missed something or you see a mistake – feel free to write in comments.
Continue reading The Best Of SCaLE 14x – People Who Make Linux And Open Source: Mark Shuttleworth, Matthew Garret, Sarah Sharp And Many Others
Every time if people going to a web site and download installation image or update their operation system most of Linux users don’t thing about information security. Linux is more secure than OS X and Windows by design, but absolute security is a myth. Yes, some people can store their data high in the Himalayas, but not all can do it. Few of the most popular providers have the big security teams and many users live in countries with censorship like China, Syria, North Korea, Russia, Cuba.
So, can I be sure that web site of my lovely Linux Distribution is real and hackers doesn’t replace it with infected software? Can I get a backdoor in my operating system from installed updates? No, but only with these conditions:
OpenShift is a PaaS (platform as a service) and written by Red Hat. The Source code is licensed under Apache License 2.0 and available on Github. OpenShift also uses many open source tools for automation and orchestration: docker containers, Ansible for configuration, Jenkins, Git for version control and many others. In this article you can read how to deploy the applications and see in action basic work with OpenShift. And maybe some peoples ask now “Can I run OpenShift in my own server?”. Answer – yes, of course – several OpenShift packages are ready to use in Fedora and RHEL/Centos.