Apache Software Foundation Migrates to GitHub, Linux Kernel 5.1-rc7 Is Out, deepin 15.10 Released, Debian 9.9 Update and KaOS 2019.04 Now Available

News briefs for April 29, 2019.

The Apache Software Foundation today announced it has migrated its Git service to GitHub. From the announcement: "As the world's largest Open Source foundation, the ASF's 200M+ lines of code are overseen by an all-volunteer community of 730 individual ASF Members and 7,000 Apache code committers. Over its 20 year history, 1,058,321,099 lines of code have been committed across 3,022,836 code commits." Of the migration, the ASF writes, "GitHub makes it easier for developers to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world's most important technologies. The platform enables teams to host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside 31M+ developers, 2M+ businesses and organizations, and across 100M+ repositories."

Linux kernel 5.1-rc7 is out. Linus Torvalds writes, "If rc6 was bigger than I wished, it really does seem to have been just due to timing of pull requests. Because rc7 is tiny. Just under half of the patch is various kinds of networking changes: a mix of core networking, network drivers and some netfilter selftests....But it's all pretty tiny. Plus about 30% of the patches are marked for stable, so on the whole it really does feel like 5.1 is on target for a regular release next weekend."

deepin 15.10 was released yesterday. This new version of the distro "devoted to providing beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users" includes new features such as "files on desktop auto merge, wallpaper slideshow, separate switches for system sound effects, and supports dragging the tray icon out in fashion mode. In addition, many bugs are fixed and the existing functions are optimized." The announcement also notes that "deepin 15.10 is newly built and released using Debian stable repository, in this way, system stability and security is greatly improved, bringing users more stable and efficient experiences." Go here to download.

Debian 9.9 was released over the weekend. This update mainly adds security fixes; it's not a new version of Debian 9, so it just updates some included packages. To update: "Upgrading an existing installation to this revision can be achieved by pointing the package management system at one of Debian's many HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at https://www.debian.org/mirror/list. As a special case for this point release, those using the apt-get tool to perform the upgrade will need to ensure that the dist-upgrade command is used, in order to update to the latest kernel packages. Users of other tools such as apt and aptitude should use the upgrade command."

KaOS 2019.04 was released yesterday. This version marks the distro's sixth anniversary and includes a "fully updated Midna theme, a new toolchain and Qt 5.12.3". As a rolling distro, it also has the "latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, this includes Frameworks 5.57.0, Plasma 5.14.4 and KDE Applications 19.04.0. All built on Qt 5.12.3." There are many other new features, so see the announcement for details, and go here to download.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads. You can contact Jill via e-mail, [email protected]

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