Trisquel Founder Interview | LAS 349

Trisquel Founder Interview | LAS 349

The main developer and founder of Trisquel GNU/Linux Ruben Rodriguez joins us to discuss the projects mission, the major headwinds it faces, what the future holds, and their new focus on privacy.

Plus: Mark Shuttleworth sees a future where Ubuntu powers Robots and Drones, a mini-review of KDE Plasma 5.2 desktop, what’s coming up in Gnome…


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Trisquel Developer Rubén Rodríguez a.k.a. quidam Interview


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The Mouse Box, Runs Linux

Mouse Box Features

At the beginning moving computers was a real challenge. The problem was not just their quite big weight, but also their size which made it difficult to put them in a right place even though it was possible to lift them. Computer portability has been improving along with developing a PC. However, it still isn’t ideal as it is necessary to transport a lot of its parts – a monitor, a keyboard, a CPU and a mouse. The approach to computer design and appearance has been the same until today. We are introducing Mouse-Box, a computer different than ever before. An incredible combination of the two most important elements in a computer set – a computer and a mouse.

Desktop App Pick

swatd · GitHub

SWATd is a daemon for running scripts when your house gets raided by the police
(or broken into by criminals). For example, if you use any kind of encryption,
you can use SWATd to destroy the keys, instead of hoping the police (or
criminals) are stupid enough to unplug your computer. SWATd can also be used
for more mundane things like sending an email notification when a server goes

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Dex UI Screenshot

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— NEWS —

Shuttleworth: Smart things powered by snappy Ubuntu Core on ARM and x86 []

Mark Shuttleworth takes a look at
Ubuntu and the Internet of Things. “Ubuntu is right at the heart of
the “internet thing” revolution, and so we are in a good position to raise
the bar for security and consistency across the whole ecosystem. Ubuntu is
already pervasive on devices — you’ve probably seen lots of “Ubuntu in the
wild” stories, from self-driving cars to space programs and robots and the
occasional airport display. I’m excited that we can help underpin the next
wave of innovation while also thoughtful about the responsibility that
entails. So today we’re launching snappy Ubuntu Core on a wide range of
boards, chips and chipsets, because the snappy system and Ubuntu Core are perfect for distributed, connected devices that need security updates for the OS and applications but also need to be completely reliable and self-healing. Snappy is much better than package dependencies for robust, distributed devices.”

pfSense 2.2-RELEASE Now Available!

I’m happy to announce the release of pfSense(r) software version 2.2! This release brings improvements in performance and hardware support from the FreeBSD 10.1 base, as well as enhancements we’ve added such as AES-GCM with AES-NI acceleration, among a number of other new features and bug fixes. Jim Thompson

Plasma 5.2 Beta out for Testing

Plasma 5.2 Screenshot

Today KDE releases a beta for Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components and improves the existing desktop. We welcome all testers to find and help fix the bugs before our stable release in two weeks’ time.

The second batch of testing images for Kubuntu 15.04 is out and it looks like the developers are definitely on the right track. This is the first Kubuntu edition that integrates the new Plasma 5 desktop and the rest of the components from the former KDE SC. This latest edition of Kubuntu is quite exciting and none of the flavors for the Vivid launch has such a big change in the desktop paradigm.

GNOME Shell Adds VP9 Screencasting, Mutter Improves Wayland

Gnome Desktop

Mutter 3.15.4 was checked in this morning by Florian Müllner and it has Wayland improvements and other exciting changes with GTK+ now drawing all window decorations, a change to replicate the monitor EDID parsing for Mutter on Wayland so it acts the same way as under X11, Mutter now handles input device configuration, and there’s support for pointer barriers with Mutter on Wayland. The pointer barriers on Wayland will ensure that the pointer never enters “dead areas” of the screen due to different monitor sizes, etc.

​Librem 15, the first free software GNU/Linux laptop, makes funding goal

Librem 15

Crowd Supply, a curated crowd-funding and e-commerce company has been working on funding the first pure free-software laptop, the Purism Librem 15. The Kickstarter-like project had been seeking $250,000 to create the “first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications.” On January 21st, the company achieved its goal. As of January 22nd, the project has raised just over $260,000.

Purism, the company behind the Librem 15, promises that it will ship an Intel CPU fused to run unsigned BIOS code. The hope is that this will allow a future where free software can replace the proprietary, digitally signed, BIOS binaries.



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