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Git 2.8 Officially Released

Git 2.8 has just been released today, March 28, 2016, and we have to admit that it comes as a huge surprise to us all here at Softpedia, especially because of the fact that the project's website has not yet been updated to reflect this.

We've spotted the Git 2.8 release with the help of our friends from unixstickers, and we've decided to write an article and tell you all about the new features that have been implemented. But if you don't have the time to read, you can download the Git 2.8 sources right now...

OpenShot 2.0 Beta 4 Released

While OpenShot 2.0 is long overdue, things are finally looking up for this open-source non-linear video editor with going into beta this past January and today marking the release of the fourth beta.

The announcement says: "As you will see, lots of great progress has been made since the previous beta. Improved stability, especially for OS X and Windows, better performance, new features, and critical improvements to the OpenShot infrastructure..."

Read more at Phoronix
Stali Distribution Smashes Assumptions about Linux

Stali, which is built with statically linked binaries for speed and compactness, upends traditional ideas about how a Linux distribution should work. 

The first public version of Stali, a Linux distribution built to be as fast and small as possible, has been released after several years of work. This first release of the entire Stali OS fits into a 34MB ISO. Stali stands for static Linux, with "static" referring to how all binaries in the distribution are built statically against their libraries. Any routines in the library required by the binary are copied directly into the binary itself, instead of being linked to a shared copy of the library used by multiple programs. 

Read more at InfoWorld

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 Is One of the First Distros with the GNOME 3.20 Desktop

parsix-gnu-linux-8-10We were the first to report a few of days ago that the Debian-based Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 operating system is launching later this year with the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment and Linux kernel 4.4 LTS. And now the time has come for us to take the first test release of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux distro for a test drive, as its developers have just announced earlier today, the availability for download of Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 TEST-0.

Dubbed Erik and powered by the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" repos, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 ships with the recently announced, stable GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, as well as an updated kernel based on the upstream long-term supported Linux 4.1 branch, patched with TuxOnIce 3.3 and BFS.

Mageia 6 Finally Sees Its First Development Release

It's been a while since last having anything to report on the Mandrake/Mandriva-derived Mageia Linux distribution while this weekend they finally managed to put together their first development release of Mageia 6.

Mageia 6 Development Snapshot 1, which was originally supposed to released back in 2015, has finally made it out onto the mirrors. The entire Mageia 6 release schedule has been in a hiatus due to this belated Dev1 ISO. 

Read more at Phoronix
Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 Lands with a Multitude of Refinements, It's Now Stateless

budgie-desktop-10-2-5-lands copyOn March 27, 2016, Josh Strobl from the Solus Project had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of Budgie Desktop 10.2.5.

Budgie Desktop 10.2.5 is the fifth maintenance release in the 10.2 series of the open-source and free graphical desktop environment used by default on the gorgeous, independent Solus Linux operating system, but also available for numerous other GNU/Linux distributions. There are numerous refinements in this version, mostly improvements to the overall user experience, but probably the most important change of all is the fact that Budgie Desktop now supports stateless configuration and it can be tweaked to your heart's content.

This Week in Linux News: R Consortium Prepping New Projects to Advance R, Google Issues Android Vulnerability Patch, & More.

r consortium-100594113-primary.idgeThis week in Linux news: The Linux Foundation's R Consortium is prepping several new projects to advance the R language, Google issues an emergency Android vulnerability patch, and more! Catch up on this week's Linux headlines with our weekly digest below:

1) With $200,000 in grant money, the Linux Foundation launches several projects to develop math-and-stats R language.

Money Talks: Linux Foundation Pours Funds Into R Language- InfoWorld

2) Google issues emergency patch for an Android vulnerability while a "Stagefright" exploit is also causing concern.

Google Updates Android for Linux Kernel Flaw- eWeek

3) At Open Networking Summit, AT&T Labs VP explains how telecom vendors and operators are rethinking strategy as focus and adoption of open source software increases.

Open Source Software Altering Telecom Operator, Vendor Space- RCRWireless News

4) Google has found that users on Windows, Mac, and Linux prefer to launch their apps from within Chrome, plans to scrap Chrome app launcher.

Google will kill its Chrome app launcher for Windows, Mac, and Linux in July- VentureBeat

5) 26.2% of developers use Apple's Mac operating system, while Linux distros having a combined 21.7% usage share.

OS X and Linux Threaten Windows' Dominance in Developer Market- betanews

How to Hurdle Community Management Obstacles

This is Part 3 in a series of articles on community management best practices...

Although supporting a community offers many benefits to an organization, to imply that there are no risks to the organization or community manager would be disingenuous. When handled poorly, engaging with a community can lead to major growing pains, raging headaches, and total meltdowns. In this article, I'll discuss how to prevent the headaches before they happen.

If your organization decides to invest in and grow a community, not knowing whyyou are supporting a community and what results you expect is a huge problem. Humans?some more than others?are social creatures, so the appeal of being part of a community can be strong. However, that does not excuse your organization from responsible business practices. Undertaking any sort of large initiative without understanding the business reasons for doing so, or criteria and metrics for success, is irresponsible and not sustainable.

Google to Take on Nuance with Speech Recognition API

google-speechAMGoogle's "Cloud Speech API" enters limited preview in 80 languages. If you want to build a product with speech recognition capabilities, Nuance has been the default choice for some time. The company's technology powers Apple's Siri and Samsung's S-Voice as well as car computing interfaces from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, and many other automakers.

Google has had its own voice recognition service for some time, but previously it was only used in Google-branded products like the Google app, Google keyboard, or Now that voice recognition technology is being opened up to developers. At its NEXT cloud platform conference, Google announced the Cloud Speech API.  


Read more at Ars Technica

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS Beta 2 Adds UI Refinements, Synapse Integration for MATE

Softpedia has just been informed by Martin Wimpress, the leader of the Ubuntu MATE project, about the immediate availability of the second Beta build of the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

Release highlights of Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS Beta 2 include full integration of Synapse, the GNOME Do application launcher replacement, with the MATE desktop environment, though it's not enabled by default. MATE Tweak has been updated to version 3.5.8, bringing support for enabling Synapse, and multiple bug fixes.

Plank, the dock-like app, has been updated to version 0.11, a release that adds support for docklets, and a new theme for Ubuntu MATE. Other in-house built apps have been updated as well,...

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