Albania’s Capital, Tirana, Moves to Open Source Software by Adopting LibreOffice

The Document Foundation was pleased to announce today that the Municipality of Tirana, the capital of Albania, has moved to Open Source software and the open standards by migrating to LibreOffice.

Being the capital city, Tirana is the most populous city in Albania, known for its colorful, post-Communist buildings and Soviet-era architecture. In an attempt to adopt the Open Source way to save more money, Tirana has recently attempted to implement various free and open source solutions for their public IT infrastructure, by migrating to projects like Nextcloud and LibreOffice.

“Ermir Puka, the head of the ICT Department, believes that despite the resistance to change and the other big challenges facing the migration, using free and open source software and platforms like LibreOffice – supporting open standards – will guide the IT infrastructure of the municipality in the best in… (read more)

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ReactOS, the Open Source Windows Clone, Can Now Boot from Btrfs Drives

Colin Finck of ReactOS project announced the release of ReactOS 0.4.10, a version that packs several enhancements to the open-source Windows clone.

Like every other new ReactOS release, version 0.4.10 introduces something new for users to try out on their personal computers and keep them busy until the next release lands. Without any further ado, the biggest new feature in ReactOS 0.4.10 is the ability of the operating system to boot from Btrfs formatted drives.

This major change allowing users to install and boot ReactOS from a disk drive formatted with the Btrfs file system was possible thanks to an implementation of the WinBtrfs Windows driver for the next-generation file system for Linux-based operating systems based on the copy-on-write (COW) principle.

“It is all well and good for ReactOS to have a working driver, but the user ultimately needs to have a way to put it into use. The combined effort proved fruitful indeed, and users are invited to try out BTRFS… (read more)

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Linux Apps Will Soon Get Access to Android Folders on Chrome OS

As part of its commitment to make Chrome OS the right operating system for everyone and for everything, Google is now planning another major update that would provide Linux apps with access to Android folders.

As things are right now, Chrome OS devices can run Chrome apps, Android apps from the Google Play Store, and Linux apps thanks to support for Debian.

However, each platform runs in its very own closed sandbox for obvious security reasons. The only location you can access from all three platforms is the downloads folder, which obviously makes sense given users need to always be able to reach the files they get from the web.

A future update is expected to push things even further by unlocking access to content in the “Play files” folder for Linux apps. Basically, as 9to5google notes, this would make it possible for Linux apps to access the Android app folder just like they… (read more)

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Red Hat Exec Says IBM Must Keep the Open-Source Culture Untouched

IBM buying Red Hat for $34 billion took many by surprise, including none other than the company’s senior vice president of Customer Experience and Engagement, Marco Bill-Peter.

Speaking at the Red Hat Forum 2018 in Sydney, Bill-Peter explained that the acquisition “shocked” the company’s employees, suggesting that this takeover should take place smoothly in order to leave the open-source culture untouched.

Otherwise, Red Hat’s mission would be altered and this could eventually lead to en-masse departures from the company.

“At Red Hat we have like 13,000 people. If the open source culture gets impacted, trust me, many of those 13,000 people will leave,” he was quoted as saying.

“For me being in engineering, d… (read more)

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Total War: WARHAMMER II Is Out Now on Linux and Mac, Ported by Feral Interactive

The UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today the availability of the Total War: WARHAMMER II turn-based strategy and real-time tactics on Linux and Mac platforms.

Developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA, Total War: WARHAMMER II was announced on September 28, 2017, only for Microsoft Windows platforms, as the sequel of the Total War: WARHAMMER video game released in 2016. The game is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe of colossal proportions.

“Choose from four iconic Races from the world of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, and mount a campaign of conquest to save or destroy the New World,” said Feral Interactive. “Enjoy hundreds of hours of sophisticated gameplay with a combination of turn-based strategy on the campaign map and immense real-time clashes on the battlefield.”

You can now play Total War: WARHAMMER II on Linux and Mac

Thanks to Feral Interactive, you can now finally play the Total War: WA… (read more)

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux and Mac in 2019

UK-based video games publisher Feral Interactive announced today that they plan to port the Shadow of the Tomb Raider video game to Linux and macOS platforms for a 2019 release.

As expected, this comes as a huge surprise for all Linux and Mac gamers, as the Tomb Raider franchise featuring the gorgeous and always brave Lara Croft will be coming to their beloved platforms sometime next year, thanks to the hard work from Feral Interactive, who just ported the Total War: WARHAMMER II game to Linux and Mac.

“Next year, uncover the final piece of the puzzle and experience the conclusion to Lara Croft’s thrilling origin story in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, coming to macOS and Linux in 2019. Play as the fearless explorer as she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse,” Feral Interactive wrote in today’s read more)

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Mark Shuttleworth Says Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Be Supported for 10 Years

Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth announced last week at OpenStack Summit Berlin 2018 that his Linux company will support the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system for no less than ten years.

During a keynote at the OpenStack Summit 2018 conference, which took place last week in Berlin, Germany, at CityCube, from November 13th to 15th, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth revealed the fact that the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series will be supported with software and security updates for 10 years, until April 2028.

“I’m also delighted to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for a full 10 years. In part because of the very long time horizons in some of those industries, financial services and telecommunications, but also in the IoT where manufacturing lines are being deployed that will be in production for at least a decade,” said Shuttleworth.

First… (read more)

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Raspberry Pi OS Raspbian Now Features VLC Media Player, Minimal Install Image

The Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new version of its Debian-based Raspbian Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi devices, a release that adds new features, updates, and many other interesting things.

Raspbian 2018-11-13 is now the latest version of the Linux and Debian-based operating system for the tiny single-board computers called Raspberry Pi, introducing a new default media player, namely VLC Media Player, with fully hardware-accelerated support through VideoCore’s video engine for H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 formats.

“After a lot of work (by people far cleverer than me), we are now able to announce that Raspbian includes a fully hardware-accelerated version of VLC. It plays most audio file formats; it uses software codecs for many video formats,” Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Senior Principal Software Engineer Simon Long wrote in a recent blog post.

Here’s what’s new in Rasp… (read more)

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Enters Beta with Hardened Code and Security Fixes

Red Hat Inc. announced the availability of the beta version for its upcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series, which will be available for sale sometime next year.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is the next major step in the evolution of Red Hat’s Linux-based, enterprise-ready operating system, promising lots of new features and numerous improvements, along with much-needed hardened code and security fixes to make RHEL more stable, reliable, and supported across all infrastructures.

“In the four years since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 redefined the operating system, the IT world has changed dramatically and Red Hat Enterprise Linux has evolved with it. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Beta once again sets a bar for how the operating system can enable IT innovation,” writes Stefanie Chiras for Red Hat.

Here’s what’s co… (read more)

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LibreOffice 6.2 Enters Beta with New User Interface Design Called “Notebookbar”

The Document Foundation has kicked off today the second bug hunting session for the upcoming LibreOffice 6.2 open-source office suite update, which is coming early next year with numerous improvements and some new features.

Expected to arrive next year on February, LibreOffice 6.2 will be the second semi-major update to the LibreOffice 6 office suite series, bringing a bunch of enhancements and new features to make your daily office tasks easier and more enjoyable. One of these new features is an optional UI design called the Notebookbar.

The Notebookbar UI is included in the beta version of LibreOffice 6.2 if you want to take it for a test drive (details below), along with the KDE Plasma 5 integration and numerous other improvements we talked about in a previous article. Of course, LibreOffice 6.2 will also inc… (read more)

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