Serendipity this week as a beautiful theme reveals itself throughout the episode.

Plus we get updates from some of our favorite projects, discuss the historic shift happening in Linux desktop & wrap it all up with some macOS shade.

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A sequel to the award-winning, genre breaking, asymmetric strategy cult classic. Win against the odds in AI War 2.

Follow Up / Catch Up

Announcing the Release of Fedora 25 Beta – Fedora Magazine

The Workstation edition of Fedora 25 Beta is going to show off its stuff, too:

  • GNOME 3.22: Fedora 25 includes GNOME 3.22 in its pre-release and in the Final version, coming soon. Helpful new features include multiple file renaming, a redesigned keyboard settings tool, and many other UI improvements across the environment. For full details, refer to the GNOME 3.22 release notes.

  • New Fedora media writer: The new Fedora Media Writer is a tool that downloads the latest stable Fedora for you. It then helps you write it to media such as a USB stick, so you can take Fedora for a spin on your system. If you like what you see, you can install to your system from the live environment. The Fedora Media Writer is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

  • Wayland by default

    • Wayland is the replacement for the legacy X11 display system. Wayland has been under development for several years. While like most software it still has some bugs, we believe it’s ready to serve as a default that works for many users.
    • Users can still select the old X11 system if necessary to avoid a problem that affects them.
  • Improved Flatpak support in the Software tool: The Software tool has the ability to install, update, and remove Flatpak software where a Fedora system is configured to point to a repo that offers it.

  • GNOME Shell extensions are no longer checked for compatibility with the current version of the Shell. This was originally required because the GNOME interfaces were changing rapidly during the early days of GNOME 3. Now these interfaces have stabilized, and extensions can generally be expected to work with new releases. Any problems with an extension should be reported to the author through the homepage, as listed on the Extensions site.

KDE neon as a daily driver

The latest and greatest of KDE community software
packaged on a rock-solid base.

MeetBSD California 2016 –

This year, MeetBSD will be held at UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Campus on November 11th and 12th.


History Of Xenix — Microsoft’s Forgotten Unix-based Operating System

Turning back the pages to the late 1970’s, Microsoft entered into an agreement with AT&T Corporation to license Unix from AT&T. While the company didn’t sell the OS to public, it licensed it to other OEM vendors like Intel, SCO, and Tandy.

As Microsoft had to face legal trouble due to “Unix” name, the company renamed it and came up with its own Unix distribution. So, AT&T licensed Unix to Redmond that was passed on to other OEMs as Xenix.

Poll on macOS 10.12 is broken

Top Comment

I can’t say I’m surprised. I used to be responsible for the port and upkeep of a relatively low level product to OS X. It was far and away the most troublesome platform. We would frequently run into bugs that had been reported on openradar for years without having been addressed.

Off hand I remember spending the better part of two days trying to understand a bug that was traced to a coroutine issue — OS X was just not saving a required register, known and reported for 5 major versions.

I remember discovering that unnamed semaphores don’t work on OS X. Not that the functions aren’t implemented, just that they always return an error.

So I’m not surprised that poll() would be broken, nor am I surprised that it’s broken again.

The only thing that surprised me anymore is how many people continue to insist to me that OS X (or macOS now, I guess) is a great UNIX. It may be a great desktop OS.

Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn’t look like beating Intel


Wes Got C.H.I.P. – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer


MATE’s Next Level

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 is, more or less, a from scratch re-working of Ubuntu MATE. Not just to accomadate GTK3+ but to also make nearly all packages shipped with Ubuntu MATE by default “Recommeneded”. This means most default applications can now be uninstalled without issue.

The work to port MATE Desktop to GTK3+ has been ongoing for a couple of years and Ubuntu MATE is the first major distribution to ship a full GTK3+ implementation of the MATE Desktop. And the absolute latest release too, MATE Desktop 1.16!

Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Daily Build

Linux Academy

The new way to make money from OSS is like the old way

We turned to OpenDaylight one month after its inception in April 2013, we had been involved in Software Defined Networking (SDN) to simplify IT and like many we started creating value-add. However we saw that the majority of the members were building products out of OpenDaylight and the project itself was lacking in usability. We are committed to improving SDN and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) innovation around OpenDaylight and help vendors, service providers and enterprises leverage OpenDaylight as part of their products or solutions.

Charged with driving product strategy, marketing and alliances for Inocybe, Andy brings over 20 years experience with successful high-tech companies in product management, sales, and engineering. Prior to Inocybe, Andy was Vice President of Product and Marketing for Nimboxx, a leader in Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI). Mr. Salo has spoken at many industry events including the OpenStack Summit, NAB, and SCTE/Cable-Tec.

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