LinuxFest Northwest 2016: Enterprises and hobbyists have a picnic

By Bryan Lunduke

Last weekend—April 23 and 24—was LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW) in Bellingham, Washington. And it was a truly excellent event.

The amazing thing about LFNW is how very community-centric it is—yet still manages to draw in 2,000 attendees over the course of the two-day event.

And, when I say “community-centric,” I really mean it. The exhibit hall, which is often one of the largest areas of many conferences, is small. Really small. Two short rows of booths with a scattering of booths around the edge of the room.

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Ubuntu 16.04: A desktop for Linux diehards

By Jonathan Freeman

Every two years a release of Ubuntu is designated Long-Term Support (LTS). Ubuntu 16.04, code-named Xenial Xerus, is the latest in that line. LTS releases are supported for five years instead of the usual nine months, but they also have less obvious implications. LTS releases are usually geared toward the enterprise, which means they generally include fewer new features and more testing. Both qualities are attractive to risk-averse companies running production software on Ubuntu servers, but provide comparatively little to the desktop user.

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Raspberry Pi beret: An ode to Prince

By Bob Brown

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Confirming that there really are no original ideas left, I had the thought that the Raspberry Pi Foundation might want to come out with Raspberry Pi berets to honor the musician Prince (and his song “Raspberry Beret”) in the wake of his recent death. But sure enough, a Google search reveals that someone already came up with this idea a year ago.

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Albeit, the idea was actually a 2015 April Fool’s joke on the website Hackaday. “Now, the partnership we’ve all been waiting for: the Raspberry Pi Foundation and [The Artist Formerly Known As… ] are teaming up to produce a line of Pi-based wearable electronics. The first product from this new, fashionable line of electronics is beyond anything you would expect. It’s called the Raspberry Beret, and it’s shaping up to be a Revolution in wearables.”

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Popular desktop Linux distro Ubuntu has potentially serious privacy flaw

By Jon Gold

A feature in the just-released 16.04 version of Ubuntu could pose a serious threat to the privacy of desktop Linux users, according to a well-known open-source software expert.

Version 16.04, the latest long-term-support release of Ubuntu, features a new package format used for installing software on an Ubuntu system, called snap. Snaps are designed to be easier for developers to construct, simpler to deploy, and able to work comfortably alongside the existing deb package format.

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One of GNU/Linux’s most important networking components just got an update

By Jon Gold

Screenshot of older version of NetworkManager

The software framework that powers the network connections on many GNU/Linux systems just got its second major update in less than a year and a half, with the version 1.2 release of NetworkManager.

Version 1.2 brings several improvements to NetworkManager, including better security and usability for Wi-Fi. The changes should make the list of available access points more responsive and manageable, save energy on mobile devices and laptops, and even improve privacy by MAC address randomization, according to an official announcement.

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An earlier version of NetworkManager

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