Jonathan Riddell & the Plasma Desktop team join us for a chat. From Neon user stats to Plasma on IoT, we get the scoop on the latest KDE & Plasma desktop developments live from their development Sprint.

Plus Elementary OS founder Daniel Fore joins to discuss their Pay for what you want App store fundraiser & more!

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Interview with the Plasma Desktop Team

KDE neon

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

Beautiful New Design on |

While in KDE we pride ourselves on making beautiful software our website has lagged behind modern requirements and trends. Visual Design Group member Ken Vermette has quietly worked away with key stakeholders to create a design and update the content. The new site uses correct HTML5 and is responsive to working on mobiles and tablets. It includes an introduction to our products, community and how you can get involved.

Jonathan Riddell’s Diary

Coming live from the Plasma Sprint sponsored by Affenfels here in Stuttgart, the KDE neon Docker images now support Wayland. This runs on both X and Wayland host systems. Instructions on the wiki page.

WikiToLearn – collaborative textbooks

WikiToLearn provides free, collaborative and accessible text books. Academics worldwide contribute in sharing knowledge by creating high quality content.


Runs Linux

M&Ms and Skittles sorting machine –

Desktop App Pick

GNOME-Do is still one of our favorite Linux launchers, but it hasn’t updated in over a year. If you’re looking for something a bit fresher (and without the ugly Mono dependencies), Synapse is a great replacement. It’s similar to GNOME-Do and other application launchers in the sense that, with a quick keyboard shortcut, you can launch an application or take action on a certain file, depending on the plug-ins you have installed.

Distro of the Week

GeckoLinux – Linux for Detail Oriented Geckos

GeckoLinux is a Linux spin based on the openSUSE distribution, with a focus on polish and out-of-the-box usability on the desktop. It is available in Static (based on openSUSE Leap) and Rolling (based on openSUSE Tumbleweed) editions.

— NEWS —

Arch Linux pulls the plug on 32-bit | PCWorld

“The decision means the February ISO will be the last that allows [installation of] 32-bit Arch Linux,” Piotrowski continued. The announcement goes on to say that i686 installs will continue to receive upgraded packages for a nine-month “deprecation period.” But starting November 2017, i686 will be effectively unsupported.

Noah’s Arch Quick Reference Guide

AppCenter: The Pay-What-You-Want App Store | Indiegogo


Mail Bag

  • Name: Corey L
  • Subject: Video Tearing after Standby

  • Message:

Hello LAS!

I was wondering if you can help me with a problem I have been having with my current laptop running Ubuntu Gnome 14.04. The laptop is a Sager NP8152-S running in dedicated graphics mode on a Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. When put to sleep via closing he lid, the laptop sleeps and recovers properly, but after being used for roughly five minutes, screen artifacts begin to appear in screen tearing, and black areas to the point where the cursor will no longer display and I have to reboot the machine to recover. I have tried all proprietary Nvidia binary diver versions available, and am currently operating on 378.09. Thanks for any help!

Best Regards,

Hey guys, greetings form Downunder!

I’m a long time Unix/Linux user and was working in the field since the mid 90’s. However about 5 years ago I left as my wife and I wanted to start a family and I have been the stay-at-home dad since. My youngest has just started school and it’s time for me to re-enter the system administration world. What advise can you give me to help me get a leg up ?

I have already signed up to Linux Academy and and working through different courses to brush up my skills, and I am considering updating my Solaris credentials to Solaris 11 Associate. Can you advise anything more with regards to my Resume or Interviews that would help ?

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