Dec 182018

I finally finished the 2018 edition of Fedora Handbook (aka Fedora Workstation Beginner’s Guide). Just a recap what the handbook is about: it’s a printed handbook that should give enough information to get a user from “knowing nothing about Fedora” to first steps in the system. It’s used as a giveaway at conferences and other events.

The original handbook was written in Czech in 2015 and the English version released last year introduced only cosmetic changes, so even though the handbook has pretty generic info and is not specific to any Fedora release there were quite a lot of changes needed.

I’d especially like to thank Petr Bokoč who suggested a lot of improvements, implemented some of them, and did the proofreading.

The 2017 edition was only translated into Czech and Spanish. I’d like to see more translations this time. If you’d like to translate it into your language, just go ahead, fork the repo, create a directory named after your language code in the “2018” branch, copy the English origin content into it, and start translating. Once you’re done, do a PR. Please stay in the stable 2018 branch and don’t translate the master. Master is a subject of change and shouldn’t be translated.

We provide a script to automatically generate Docbook, HTML, and PDF files. But ideally the outcome should be a quality PDF that is then printed. But that’s not an automatic process. I’m taking care of the English and Czech versions, but other languages would need volunteers to do the typesetting.

We also have a new cover created by Tereza Hlaváčková under supervision of Mairin Duffy.

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Jiri Eischmann: Fedora Handbook 2018 Released
Source: Planet Gnome

Dec 182018

News briefs for December 18, 2018.

Purism is
introducing “It’s a Secure Life” bundles
from now until January 6.
The bundles are 15%–18& off, and they can be made up of different combinations of the
Librem 5 smartphone (preorder), the Librem 15 laptop and the Librem Key.

Computing announced yesterday it plans to open-source its MIPS instruction set
to “accelerate the ability for semiconductor companies,
developers and universities to adopt and innovate using MIPS for
next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) designs”. According to the announcement,
“Under the MIPS Open program, participants will have full access to the most
recent versions of the 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS ISA free of charge—with no
licensing or royalty fees. Additionally, participants in the MIPS Open
program will be licensed under MIPS’ hundreds of existing worldwide

Red Hat this morning announced long-term commercial support for OpenJDK on
Microsoft Windows
. In addition to supporting OpenJDK builds on RHEL, this
support will further enable “organizations to standardize the development
and deployment of Java applications throughout the enterprise with a flexible,
powerful and open alternative to proprietary Java platforms”.

The ArchLabs
2018.12 release is now available
. It’s been six months since
the last release, and this version has done away with the live
environment, so when you start the USB install, you are thrown straight into
the installer. According to the announcement, “Instructions on how to start
the installer are right there. No need for passwords with this live USB
either.” Other changes include Aurman has been replaced with a new homegrown
AUR helper called Baph, the package repo has been updated and installing
ArchLabs should be easier than ever. You can download it from here.

5.5 has been released.
This new version of the open-source RAW photo
editor has several new features, including a new Shadows/Highlights tool,
improved support for Canon mRaw format variants, unbounded processing, new
color toning methods and more. You can get the new version via your package
manager or visit the download

Purism Introduces "It's a Secure Life" Bundle Sale, Wave Computing Open-Sourcing MIPS, Red Hat Announces Long-Term Commercial Support for OpenJDK on Microsoft Windows, ArchLabs 2018.12 Now Available and RawTherapee 5.5 Released
Source: Linux Journal