Πέμπτη, 30 Αυγούστου 2012

GNU Emacs 24.2 has been released

GNU Emacs 24.2 has been released.  It is available on the GNU ftp site
at ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/.  See http://www.gnu.org/order/ftp.html for a
list of mirrors.

The SHA1 check-sums for the tarballs are:

190c52c0b2  emacs-24.2.tar.gz
38e8fbc9573b70a123358b155cf55c274b5a56cf  emacs-24.2.tar.bz2
330cb768136fb2e0d8dfd1b1f1d6848e10d35e41  emacs-24.2.tar.xz

Emacs 24.2 is a bugfix release.  It fixes a security flaw which allowed
automatic code execution via file-local variables when the user option
`enable-local-variables' is changed from its default value to `:safe'
(CVE-2012-3479), plus many other bugs.

Please send bug reports to bug-gnu-emacs@gnu.org.  You can use the
command M-x report-emacs-bug to do this.

Τετάρτη, 29 Αυγούστου 2012

Τρίτη, 28 Αυγούστου 2012

Announcement: Diaspora* Will Now Be A Community Project

Dear Community,

We have been overwhelmed with your support the past week after our annoucnment of Makr.io and the opening up of signups on joindiaspora.com.  This week, we are excited to share with you some important Diaspora announcements.

When we started Diaspora two years ago, the project kicked off with amazing reception and support from people that believed in our ultimate goal: giving users ownership over their data. It's a powerful idea, one that captured the imaginations of millions of people across the world. This vision has expanded and evolved over the past two years that we have been working on it as the project has grown.

Diaspora* began when we were still at NYU—just four guys trying to scratch our own itch. We had an idea about how social networks could work in a new and exciting way. We intended to be done over the course of a summer, and with an expected budget of $10,000 from our Kickstarter campaign. The reception of this idea was so good that we managed to reach 20 times the expected amount in donations, and the project expanded to cover far more than just a summer. It's been over two years now, and we are proud of what Diaspora has become.

Today, the network has grown into thousands of people using our software in hundreds of installations across the web. There are hundreds of pods that have been created by community members, and it has become one of the biggest Github projects to date. It has been translated to almost fifty languages, with hundreds of developers worldwide contributing back to the project.

Diaspora has grown into something more than just a project four guys started in their office at school. It is bigger than any one of us, the money we raised, or the code we have written. It has developed into something that people all over the world care about and are inspired by.  We think the time is right to reflect this reality, and put our code where our hearts lie.

Today, we are giving control of Diaspora to the community.

As a Free Software social project, we have an obligation to take this project further, for the good of the community that revolves around it. Putting the decisions for the project’s future in the hands of the community is one of the highest benefits of any FOSS project, and we’d like to bring this benefit to our users and developers. We still will remain as an important part this community as the founders, but we want to make sure we are including all of the people who care about Diaspora and want to see it succeed well into the future.

If you look around, you’ll see that we’ve made an effort to open up to the community more to help better serve it. We’ve opened up our Pivotal Tracker for community developers help join in (You can sign up here), we’ve launched a tool that deploys one-click installations to the Heroku app hosting service, and we’ve updated joindiaspora.com to be more community-centric, showcasing other pods a user can join.

This will not be an immediate shift over. Many details still need to be stepped through. It is going to be a gradual process to open up more and more to community governance over time. The goal is to make this an entirely community-driven and community-run project. Sean Tilley, our Open Source Community Manager will spearhead community efforts to see that this happens.  Stay tuned to our blog for a message from Sean concerning next steps, as well as ways to get involved in helping with the transition process.

This is a new opportunity for Diaspora to grow further than ever before.  We can’t wait to see what we can do together.

Daniel and Maxwell

PS. We also want to give special thanks to a few people who recently, and over the past few years, have shown us what a special community we have. It is by no means complete:
Mr ZYX, sean tilley, David Morley, Jan-Christoph Borchardt, Joe Braun, David Morley, Hans Fase, Florian Staudacher, Movilla, Stephan Schulz, Sarah Mei, Tom Scott, kinky joe, denschub, justin thomas, Steven Hancock, Diasp, Jason Robinson

Παρασκευή, 24 Αυγούστου 2012

Announcing Edubuntu 12.04.1 LTS

Hello everyone,

The Edubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Edubuntu
12.04.1 LTS (Long-Term Support). This is the first point release of
Edubuntu 12.04 LTS since it went out back in April.

This release includes all the stable release updates and security fixes
that have been published over the past 4 months.

More information can be found on our website, including links to the
recent reviews of Edubuntu 12.04:

Installation instructions can be found here:

And the DVD images can be found at:

As usual, you may test Edubuntu without needing to download the DVD
image by using our WebLive service:

With the release of our new website a couple of months ago, we
introduced our deployment page, used to keep track of where Edubuntu is
being used around the world. After installing or upgrading your Edubuntu
system, please take a minute to tell us how you're using it and where
you are: http://www.edubuntu.org/deployments

The Edubuntu team would also like to remind its users that Edubuntu
10.04 wasn't a long-term-support release even though Ubuntu itself was.
On Edubuntu 10.04 systems, you will nevertheless get a prompt to upgrade
to Edubuntu 12.04.1 LTS. This upgrade path isn't officially supported,
although basic testing didn't show any major bug.

Enjoy Edubuntu 12.04.1 LTS!

Stéphane Graber
On behalf of the Edubuntu release team

Πέμπτη, 23 Αυγούστου 2012

Τι σημαίνει Ubuntu;

Ένας ανθρωπολόγος πρότεινε το ακόλουθο παιχνίδι στα παιδιά μιας Αφρικάνικης φυλής: Τοποθέτησε ένα καλάθι γεμάτο ζουμερά φρούτα, δίπλα σ’ ένα δέντρο και είπε στα παιδιά, ότι όποιο από αυτά φτάσει πρώτο στο καλάθι, θα πάρει όλα τα φρούτα. Όταν τους έδωσε το σινιάλο για να τρέξουν, πιάστηκαν χέρι- χέρι και ξεκίνησαν να τρέχουν όλα μαζί. Ύστερα κάθισαν σ’ έναν κύκλο, για να φάνε τα φρούτα. Όταν ρώτησε τα παιδιά γιατί το έκαναν αυτό, αφού κάποιο από αυτά θα μπορούσε να είχε καρπωθεί όλα τα φρούτα, τα παιδιά απάντησαν“UBUNTU”, που σημαίνει «δεν μπορούμε να είμαστε χαρούμενοι, αν έστω ένας από εμάς είναι στενοχωρημένος!»
Η λέξη “UBUNTU” στη γλώσσα τους σημαίνει: «Υπάρχω γιατί υπάρχουμε»!! Αυτό ας είναι και το δικό μας μήνυμα…
[Eφημερίδα Αυγή 19/8/2012 σελ. 16]

Δεν είναι βέβαια τυχαίο ότι η πιο διαδεδομενη διανομή GNU/Linux
λέγεται Ubuntu!
Ένα λειτουργικό σύστημα ελεύθερου λογισμικού που αναπτύσσεται από μια παγκόσμια
κοινότητα εθελοντών προγραμματιστών και χρηστών.