Bodhi AppPack, Unstable KDE Rebuttal, Arch Stability

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 20, 2015

A busy day in Linux today begins with Jeff Hoogland who released a software bundle for Bodhi Linux with all your favorite applications. Pavlo Rudyi compiled a retrospective of KDE's nineteen years as Martin Gräßlin addressed last week's stability complaints. MakeTechEasier has five ways to make Arch Linux more stable and Canonical is in the hot seat for allowing malware to infiltrate its repositories. Elsewhere, as openSUSE Leap is being prepared for release wiki contributers can get a Leap cap and Neil Rickert has a recent new report.

First up today, Jeff Hoogland has announced the Bodhi Linux 3.1.0 AppPack. It's an add-on to his normally minimal distribution containing lots of popular applications and extra Moksha desktop themes. Some of these apps include Chromium, LibreOffice 5, VLC, Pinta, Filezilla, and the Synaptic Package Manager. Hoogland said, "We are hoping that the addition of this AppPack release will allow us to bring Bodhi Linux and the Moksha Desktop to a wider audience of users." In related news, Hoogland also posted of a new configuration panel in the works for Moksha.

Douglas DeMaio today said that since openSUSE Leap 42.1 is due in just over two weeks, the team would like to get the wiki updated. They need folks to update the new features and screenshots wiki pages as well as someone to edit the out-of-date information. The top four contributers will receive a nice white cap proudly embossed with the Leap logo.

Speaking of Leap, Neil Rickert test drove the recently released release candidate and said, "It is mostly looking pretty good." He tested the release on several machines and one was a bit cranky about it, but he was able to wrestle it into submission. Rickert continued by saying the first (and main) bug encountered was a crash in Plasma 5 involving "kdeinit5 and Kmix" on a couple installs. He did add the bug is marked as fixed now so it won't be in the final. For those using the RC, there is a workaround to deal it for now. Rickert concluded, "It looks as if 42.1 is almost ready to go."

Speaking of KDE bugs, Martin Gräßlin shared some thoughts on the quality of Plasma 5. He said a lot of trouble is with Qt and graphic drivers they bundle and ship to distributions to use as part of their systems in that they can only make recommendations how they should compile and bundle them. Intel graphic drivers are causing issues by crashing themselves or distributions are using newer versions in their systems than the KDE guys used to build the desktop source. Multi-monitor setups are also a source of heartburn for the team and, again, due to an issue with Qt. He touched on other complaints that weren't necessarily real bugs such as removed features or fixes not yet filtered downstream. He also tried to explain some of their decisions that appear to be regressions to users such as "improved workflow" design and features that can't be ported to Plasma 5. In related news, The Linux Homefront Project today posted 19 Years of KDE History.

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