Weekly News Feed - 27th August 2017

Welcome to the second issue of relaunched Weekly News Feed. Last week witnessed fall of TrentaOS even before it's first release. In terms of distribution releases, last week was dull. However, there were some software releases and the GNOME shell to unity experience transformation also found it's space in news.


Following are stories we covered in last week, starting from 20th August 2017.

GIMP 2.9.6 released with experimental support for multithreading
Sunday 27 August 2017 09:51 AM

Concluding more than a year of development effort, Mr Alexandre Prokoudine of GIMP has announced release of GIMP 2.9.6. This release comes with various exciting features, bug fixes and translation improvements. One of the important highlight in GIMP 2.9.6 release is experimental multit-hreading in GEGL (Generic Graphics Library). Since the support is at it's early stage of development, it may

Nimbusoft brings laptops with Ubuntu Budgie #lovemyUB
Saturday 26 August 2017 11:06 AM

The Ubuntu Budgie team in collaboration with Nimbusoft has announced launch of GNU/Linux laptops with preloaded Ubuntu Budgie. These laptops will help to demonstrate true potential and strength of Ubuntu Budgie. Because when the hardware configuration is known in advance, it is possible to make operating system completely compatible with it. As the beginning of collaboration, Nimsoft has

Trenta OS is shutting down, the team will continue working on RainierUI
Friday 25 August 2017 08:17 AM

There are many cool ideas which never gets implemented completely. TrentaOS is one among them. The idea behind Trenta OS was to develop a beautiful, premium quality and reliable GNU/Linux operating system for the masses. As a proof of this, they had released one alpha version which was downloaded around 100,000 times. Music player in Trent OS Sunrise Alpha 3 Despite of community interest,

Brisk Menu for MATE Desktop is getting better with favorites section and context menu
Thursday 24 August 2017 10:49 PM

After a small delay, Mr Ikey Doherty, founder of Solus project has started working on Brisk Menu - a powerful and productive application menu for MATE desktop environment. During past 3 days, there has been several commits on brisk menu repositories. These commits are related to new favorites section where users can pin/unpin their favorite applications and support for context menu. This

Ubuntu 17.10 brings application indicator support for default session
Thursday 24 August 2017 10:11 PM

Continuing the transformation of GNOME shell to provide Unity like experience, Ubuntu team has introduced application indicator support in default session. The purpose of application indicator is to combine various systray icons into a menu like component, such that it won't take much space on panel. Application Indicator was a part of Unity shell. While GNOME is using a different approach for

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 released with Google Chrome 60 and LibreOffice 5.4
Tuesday 22 August 2017 11:09 PM

The PC/OpenSystem LLC. has launched Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3, a maintenance cum update release in distribution's 11.x series. This release brings various package updates and enhancements to make it suitable to serve it's purpose better. Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 mainly targets small to medium scale business environments, research institutes and other similar areas like

Canonical collaborates with SnapRoute to create new switch stack for network operators
Tuesday 22 August 2017 10:50 PM

In an official statement, Canonical has declared collaboration with SnapRoute, an organization well known for creating and maintaining large data center network, for developing a new switch stack for network operators. The newly proposed integrated network stack will enable a reliable mechanism for white-box and brite box switch deployment in large environments. In this stack, FlexSwitch - a

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful now uses Wayland as default
Monday 21 August 2017 10:45 PM

After several boring releases, Ubuntu 7.10 Artful Aardvark is going to be an interesting release owing to many facts. The biggest change in Ubuntu 17.10 will be migration to GNOME shell instead of Unity shell developed by Canonical. Open source enthusiasts are impatiently observing the evolution of Ubuntu 17.10 to see how much unity experience will be retained in GNOME shell. The changes in

Solus plans to develop a new distro-agnostic tool to scan licenses in various packages
Monday 21 August 2017 09:33 PM

After the release and well reception of Solus 3, Solus team is back again. In the weekly news letter of project This Week in Solus, the team has shared list of tasks on which they'll be working in coming days. This list includes Preston, a distribution independent tool for scanning source code for various package and determine whether all required licenses are included in correct way. In

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