Fedora 22 Review | LAS 367

Fedora 22 Review | LAS 367

Fedora 22 builds on top of the great Fedora 21 release. With big changes like the new DNF package manager, Gnome 3.16, and more there is a lot to talk about and a few bumps. We’ll share our experience with Fedora’s latest and greatest!

Plus why Mandriva shutdown, SourceForge messes with GIMP, the Kubuntu drama we don’t want to talk about, great feedback, some helpful app picks & more!

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Fedora’s FedUp Upgrade Utility to be Redesigned for Fedora 23

Steam Repo for Fedora 22

This repository contains the latest steam package for connecting to the Steam network from Valve. This package cannot be included in the main Fedora repository as it’s not free and is not shipped in source form. Since the Steam license allows package redistribution with a specific note for repacking in Linux distributions; the package is now available in RPMFusion.


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Runs Linux

Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects.

Desktop App Pick

fallocate allows the caller to directly manipulate the allocated disk space for the file referred to by fd for the byte range starting at offset and continuing for len bytes.

Weekly Spotlight

One key. Two form factors. The Standard and Nano deliver a one-time passcode (OTP) with a simple touch of a button. No SMS-like passcodes to retype from one device to another. Our most basic YubiKey identifies itself as an external keyboard, which eliminates the need for client software or drivers. The nearly indestructible key holds tight onto its secrets, and its design ensures it will never be a vector for viruses or malware, just like the rest of our YubiKeys.

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Our Past Picks

These are the weekly picks provided by the Jupiter Broadcasting podcast, the Linux Action Show.

This site includes a separate picks lists for the “Runs Linux”, Desktop Apps, Spotlight Picks, Android Picks, and Distro Picks.


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CEO: Employee lawsuits killed Mandriva

The company had generated a mere €553,000 in revenue in 2013 (at today’s exchange rate, that’s about $607,000), with revenue falling for years, according to a notice posted by the company. Croset confirmed that to Business Insider. That wasn’t enough revenue, so he had to dismiss some people, particularly sales staff.

In 2014 revenues were climbing again, up by 40%, he told us. Costs were down by 60%. The company wasn’t yet profitable, but it had just broken even. Croset — who is Swiss, not French — blames the legal system in France for Mandriva’s demise.

That’s because the laid-off workers sued the company and won just, he says, as Mandriva was breaking even. (The details of the suits, including names of employees involved, are confidential, he told us, and he declined to offer details.)

The company was ordered to pay these employees hundreds of thousands of euros and ordered to pay “provisory execution,” meaning immediately, even though the appeals process was not complete, Croset tells us.

SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows’ account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware

The GIMP project is not officially distributed through SourceForge—approved releases are only posted on the GIMP project’s own Web page. But Jernej Simončič, the developer who has been responsible for building Windows versions of GIMP for some time, has maintained an account on SourceForge to act as a distribution mirror. That is, he had until today, when he discovered he was locked out of the Gimp-Win account, and the project’s ownership “byline” had been changed to “sf-editor1″—a SourceForge staff account. Additionally, the site now provided Gimp in an executable installer that has in-installer advertising enabled.


In a blog post issued shortly after this story posted, an unidentified member of SourceForge’s community team wrote that, in fact, “this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current.” That runs counter to claims by members of the GIMP development community.

Kubuntu Project Lead Asked To Step Down by Ubuntu Community Council

In a spat that reads more like a plot from Game of Thrones, Jonathan Riddell has been told that his leadership of the Kubuntu community is ‘no longer recognised’ by the council — a decision that has left the Kubuntu community up in arms.

Mark Shuttleworth does back the decision, saying that the “UCC is entitled to choose who they will recognise as their counterparts and representatives in sub-communities like Kubuntu”.

A stalemate between two stable mates. Where this goes next remains to be seen.

Announcing GitTorrent: A Decentralized GitHub

At his blog, Chris Ball announces “GitTorrent,” his new project designed to let developers host Git repositories on BitTorrent. The system takes advantage of Git’s ability to run over arbitrary network protocols. “We ask for the commit we want and connect to a node with BitTorrent, but once connected we conduct this Smart Protocol negotiation in an overlay connection on top of the BitTorrent wire protocol, in what’s called a BitTorrent Extension. Then the remote node makes us a packfile and tells us the hash of that packfile, and then we start downloading that packfile from it and any other nodes who are seeding it using Standard BitTorrent. We can authenticate the packfile we receive, because after we uncompress it we know which Git commit our graph is supposed to end up at; if we don’t end up there, the other node lied to us, and we should try talking to someone else instead.” The project is, obviously, a new one that still has important ground to cover—such as dealing with comments or pull requests—but there are interesting ideas to consider already.


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