ODF in the Wild, Netrunner Goes Maui, p0wnball Wizard

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 18, 2016

Today in Linux news, the Linux Migrant noted two instances of ODF in use out in the real World. The Netrunner operating system has had a rocky existence with its changing bases and format, but apparently not enough. The project has changed again, this time renaming its desktop edition to Maui and currently deciding if the rolling system should continue. Elsewhere, Neil Rickert installed Tumbleweed without an Internet connection and shared all the details. The Register reported that Jersey Jack's The Hobbit pinball game runs on Ubuntu 15.10 and the Free Software Foundation Europe joined The Document Foundation Advisory Board.

I suppose it is uncommon to see folks using OpenDocument Format by choice with most still preferring proprietary formats. But blogger Megatotoro posted that he ran into it twice this week and is very happy about it. First his fall student list was offered in .pdf or .ods then an email from his editor had an .ods file attached. He said, "Yes! I literally heard a choir of angels singing. I am still hearing them!"

Distrowatch.com announced the release of Maui Linux 1 the other day, but I missed the part where it is actually Netrunner desktop rebranded. Well, that's not the only change. Previously Netrunner was available as a Kubuntu-based Plasma desktop version or an Arch/Manjaro derived rolling edition. Maui 1 is now based on KDE neon and features the bleeding-edge neon Plasma desktop. It also shipped with Linux 4.4.0, Firefox 48, LibreOffice 5.14, Virtualbox 5, and systemd 229. The announcement, on their shiny new Website, stated that Maui 1 is a Long Term Supported release, so updates should keep coming until 2018. Updated ISOs can be expected every few months. The Netrunner Website stated that Netrunner would continue in a "more specialized form and shape" and they will decide next month if Netrunner rolling will be continued. So stay tuned for that announcement. Downloads of Maui 1 are at mauilinux.org. As an aside, most loyal users aren't thrilled with the new name.

Neil Rickert installed this week's Tumbleweed snapshot without an Internet connection to see if and how it might be done for a user. After sharing his methodology, Rickert detailed the install. It sounded like it went pretty much par for the course and the connection was easily configurable afterwards. After reboots and in different desktops, the WiFi connection worked well and independently from KDE. He said this is the way he's going to install from now on.

In other news:

* FSFE is joining the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation

* He's a p0wnball Wizard, and he's twisted one Ubuntu-powered game

* Live Keynotes From Linus Torvalds at LinuxCon Next Week

* EFF: Windows 10/Microsoft Blatantly Disregard User Choice and Privacy

* Practicing “Open” at Mozilla