Apr 252018

FreeDOS is an old operating system, but it is new to many people. New users often ask, “I installed FreeDOS, but how do I use it?” If you haven’t used DOS before, the blinking C:> DOS prompt can seem a little unfriendly. And maybe scary.

So I wrote a gentle introduction to FreeDOS for OpenSource.com. It offers just the basics: how to get around and how to look at files. But it’s surprising how much you can do in FreeDOS just with CD (change director) and DIR (directory listing). Learn those two commands, and you can easily become a DOS master.
Jim Hall: A gentle introduction to FreeDOS
Source: Planet Gnome

Apr 252018

After raising more than $2 million last year to build a Linux-powered smartphone with a focus on privacy and open source software, Purism hopes to deliver the first Librem 5 smartphones early next year.
One of the biggest challenges is software: the phone won’t ship with Android or iOS. Instead, it will run free and open source Linux-based software, which doesn’t have a great track record with being phone friendly. But now Purism has announced that the Librem 5 will support at least three different operating systems and user interfaces at launch: PureOS, a version of PureOS with the KDE Plasma Mobile environment, and Ubuntu Touch.
PureOS is the company’s own Linux distribution, which the team is adapting to work on touchscreen devices with phone-sized screens. KDE Plasma Mobile is a mobile project from the team behind the KDE desktop environment for GNU/Linux. And Ubuntu Touch… is the version of Ubuntu Linux that Canonical developed for phones and tablets, and then scrapped when the company decided to shift direction.
But Ubuntu Touch is an open source project, so when Canonical stopped developing it, another team of developers calling themselves UBports decided to pick up the torch, continuing to working on the operating system, making it available for users to download and install on a handful of devices, including the Google Nexus 5, Fairphone 2, OnePlus One, and MQ Aquaris M10 tablet.
Now you can add the Librem 5 to that list… or at least you’ll be able to when the phone ships.
UBports and Purism are working together to ensure that Ubuntu Touch is fully supported on the phone and that future software updates remain compatible.

Source: https://liliputing.com/2018/04/librem-5-linux-smartphone-will-support-ubuntu-touch-pureos-or-pureos-with-kde-plasma-mobile.html
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Librem 5 Linux smartphone will support Ubuntu Touch, PureOS, or PureOS with KDE Plasma Mobile
Source: Full Circle Magazine

Apr 252018

The GNOME Foundation would like to invite bids for hosting GUADEC 2019. GUADEC is the biggest gathering of GNOME users and developers, which takes place in Europe every year, and you could make it happen next year!

If you are interested in submitting a bid to host GUADEC 2019 in your city, please send an intention to bid by end of the day on Sunday, May 6th. Bids will be due on June 3rd, and you can talk to the Foundation Board and previous GUADEC organizers to find out more about what is involved.

Your bid should demonstrate that:

  • The location is easily accessible by plane or train
  • You have a motivated local team with a few core members, preferably with experience in event organization
  • A good venue is available to host the event
  • There are affordable accommodations and places to eat
  • There is local industry and government support


  • Intention to bid: end of the day Sunday, May 6th
  • Bid submission: end of the day Sunday, June 3rd

Intentions to bid and bid submissions should be made by e-mail to foundation-announce@gnome.org and board-list@gnome.org. Both intentions and bids should also be added to: https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/2019/Bids.

Bids from previous years are available for reference. While organizing a conference such as GUADEC is a huge undertaking, people from the GNOME community have been there before you and will be there to help.

You can find more information at: https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/HowTo, including an overview of the sorts of things you should include in the proposal.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Foundation board at board-list@gnome.org.

Call for GUADEC 2019 Bid Proposals
Source: GNOME