[$] Some 4.16 and -stable development statistics

By corbet The 4.16 development cycle is shaping up to be a
relatively straightforward affair with little in the way of known problems
and a probable release after nine weeks of work. In comparison to the wild
ride that was 4.15, 4.16 looks positively calm. Even so, there is a lot
that has happened this time around; read on for a look at who contributed
to this release, with a brief digression into stable kernel updates.

From: LWN

Public Lab and Karen Sandler are 2017 Free Software Awards winners

By ris The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced
the winners of the 2017 Free Software Awards during LibrePlanet.
Public Lab is a community and non-profit organization with the goal
of democratizing science to address environmental issues. Their
community-created tools and techniques utilize free software and low-cost
devices to enable people at any level of technical skill to investigate
environmental concerns.
” The organization received the Award for
Projects of Social Benefit. Karen Sandler, the Executive Director of the
Software Freedom Conservancy, received the Award for the Advancement of
Free Software.

From: LWN

Debian-Based Slax 9.4 Linux OS Adds Easier App Install Method, More Improvements

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Slax creator Tomas Matejicek announced today the release and immediate availability of Slax 9.4.0, an incremental update to his Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution that introduces new features and improvements.

The most prominent change in the Slax 9.4 release is a new method for installing apps, which makes it a breeze for newcomers to install popular Linux apps, but only if the developer will add a placeholder for them in the distribution’s app drawer (see the attached screenshot for details).

According to the developer, Slax will now show launchers for not-installed apps, which, when clicked, they will fetch and install the respective application from the official software repositories. The first such app installer are available for the VLC Media Player and VoteCoin anonymous cryptocurrency wallet.

“Most noticable change is addition of launchers for not-installed applications – the app will download and install on the first run,” said the developer. “Feel free … (read more)

From: Softpedia

System76 Adds Nvidia Titan V GPU Support to Its Ubuntu-Based Pop!_OS Linux OS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Value-added computer reseller System76 announced today that it brings support for the powerful Nvidia Titan V graphics card to the next major release of its Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux distribution.

The company is currently working hard on Pop!_OS Linux 18.04, a release that’s based on Canonical’s upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system and built around the GNOME desktop environment. One essential feature of the next Pop!_OS Linux release appears to be support for Nvidia’s Titan V GPUs.

“We now have support for the NVIDIA Titan V, one of the most powerful GPUs on the market today! One of the value adds we do as a company is the ability to quickly incorporate support for new hardware. It’s available in our latest ISO if you want to check it out,” said System76 in their latest read more)

From: Softpedia