Linux used to be perceived as being difficult to install, difficult to use and bereft of decent applications. With the current crop of distributions such as Linux Mint, Zorin OS and Netrunner, those perceptions will forever be consigned to the history books. Netrunner 14 is easy to install, easy to use and comes packed with the best applications that Linux has to offer.
Plasma 5 is powered by the open-source Qt 5 cross-platform user interface framework. Hardware acceleration for graphics is now supported with the OpenGL graphics API. With Qt 5 and OpenGL, Plasma 5 is able to provide users with not only improved graphics performance, but also a more fluid user experience. Plus, the new Kickoff application launcher enables users to rapidly find and access applications and content on a system. KDE as a desktop environment is available on multiple Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, KaOS and openSUSE. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the key features of KDE Plasma 5.
Today in Linux news, Bruce Byfield says the best Linux desktop continues to be KDE’s Plasma. Steven Ovadia at My Linux Rig snagged a short interview with Jack Wallen. eWeek has nine reasons Linux rules on supercomputers. And venture capitalist Sonatype says most companies don’t audit Open Source software components they’re using for vulnerabilities and security flaws. KDE Plasma got another slap on the back today from long-time writer Bruce Byfield at Datamation.com. He says none of the others "can match its design philosophy, configurability, or its innovations on the classical desktop." He says it continues to top polls as well. He think he knows why: I believe that one of the main reasons for this appeal is the KDE design philosophy. GNOME and Unity may offer a more aesthetic-looking default, but only at the cost of simplifying both the desktop and the utilities in the name of reducing clutter. By contrast, KDE goes to the opposite extreme. KDE applications typically include every function you can imagine. Sometimes, they can take a version or two to organize the menus in a meaningful way, but applications like Amarok, K3B, or digiKam go far beyond the most common use cases.
For those wondering about the modern performance cost of using KVM on Ubuntu Linux for virtualizing a guest OS, here are some simple benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 14.10 in its current development stage with the Linux 3.16 versus running the same software stack while virtualized with KVM and using virt-manager.
Now a days handheld devices offer assistant for your mobile device, which help users to do stuff easily and quickly, as you may know iOS has Siri (by Apple) and Android OS uses Google Now assistant (by Google) to facilitate its users. They are pretty much intelligent personal assistants and knowledge navigator which works as an application for their Operating systems.Here comes another feature to Linux “Betty” as personal assistant, it uses natural language to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions. It is similar to Siri and Google Now but for now it is pretty much limited (it’s still extremely useful and easy to use). It is a virtual assistant with a command-line-controlled natural language interface that uses sequential inference and contextual awareness to help perform personal tasks. Things Betty can: You can do pretty much all sort of things, change configurations, find files, download files from Internet or
LMMS is a free sound studio/editor for Linux, it stands for Linux Multimedia Studio. It allows you to compose, edit, or mix audio with your computer. LMMS includes all the tools you need to create music from scratch (both melodies, synthesizing, mixing sounds, arranging samples and background beats), mix and arrange samples and prefabricated sounds and finally producing and exporting the results. You can have fun with your MIDI keyboard and much more – all in a user-friendly and modern interface. Furthermore LMMS comes with many ready-to-use instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples.It also has support for plugins, you can install additional plugins. The program features a sleek dark interface that you will likely find overwhelming the first time you run the program. Lot of ready-made material available with LMMS and everything is thoroughly documented.Features:Song-Editor for composing audioA Beat+Bassline-Editor for creating beats and basslinesAn easy-to-use Piano-Roll for editing patterns
With Jono Bacon having recently left Canonical where he served as the Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical has made some changes to its community team…
If you were an Ubuntu One user probably you have received a mail like this one:
Luckily there are a lot of options of “cloud storage” for Linux users, at the moment I’d suggest copy.com, that should be one of the provider that offer more free space, they offer 15 GB for free + 5GB for every referral that sign in with your code, or + 5Gb if you sign in using a referral code (please be aware that in the link there is my referral code).
Today in Linux news, Geary 0.7.0 was recently released despite the programmers’ troubles with the IRS. Debian released an update the 6.0 branch of their old stable Linux distribution. A new Duke Nukem enhanced compilation game has hit beta. "GCC 5.0 is expected next year" and Linus is getting grumpy! And finally today, two new Mint 17 reviews round out the Linux news on this Monday July 21. Despite being denied 501(c)(3) status, Yorba released version 0.7.0 of Geary email application primarily for the GNOME desktop. Softpedia briefly covered the release saying it got an interface redesign, lot of rewrites, and noticeable speed improvements. They also have a screenshot and a link to the Ubuntu PPA. Several sites are covering the release of Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Beta. Fans are briefed on the major improvements and this release that was the switch from SDL to SDL2. Developers also included gamepad support as well as some fixes for rendering issues. See GamingOnLinux.com’s coverage for more and a screenshot. The Debian project released Debian 6.0.10 last Saturday for those still running the old stable version. This is said to be the final update and users are encouraged to update through the package
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #375 for the weeks July 7 – 20, 2014, and the full version is available here.
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