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And another #Limba release is out!
What makes this one particularly great is that it now relies on Linux 4.0 and the latest OverlayFS, which made the code much simpler.
Another awesome thing is that this release contains all the necessary groundwork for GNOME-Software (and Muon...) integration, and makes LimbaHub as a repository for Limba bundles possible (I will blog about that idea soon!).

Great for users is that the cli tools will now give feedback on their actions, e.g. instead of a blank terminal, you will now see a nice progress bar when Limba is downloading or installing software.
As always, this is very early work, but please test it!
Also, the repository and package format should be pretty stable by now, and their formats won't suddenly change anymore.

The fresh stuff is here:
https://github.com/ximion/limba
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Thanks! If you heard about something similar to Limba, and if it was not ZeroInstall, it was likely a project of mine or of Alexander Larsson :-P Snappy is something I still need to take a closer look at, but in general it follows a different approach than Limba and has a slightly wider scope.
I'll write a blogpost about that soon (and also give talks about it at Akademy and Debconf)
+Tanglu​ is created by many - all of them are awesome ;-) :-P 
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Another awesome release :-)
 
We are proud to announce you the release of the #Tanglu 3 Beta!

You can read more at http://tanglu.org/blog/2015/05/tanglu-3-chromodoris-willani-beta-released/
Tanglu 3 (Chromodoris willani) Beta released! Posted by: Matthias 5 hours, 19 minutes ago. We are pleased to announce the beta release of Tanglu 3, which includes Tanglu-KDE, Tanglu-GNOME and Tanglu Core! This beta release contains many exciting changes, including a new wallpaper.
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Dear lazyweb, are there any network experts here?
I am struggeling with an issue with the Gitlab.com services, where I am unable to connect to their services without fiddling with the MACs of the SSH connection, and after that is done, I can only transmit very small (below 1kB) chunks of data.
Pushing to any other service, which includes Gitorious, Github, Debian's Alioth and any other custom Git host, does not result in any problems. Same applies for regular SSH connections.
Also important to mention is that the same only-upload-few-ytes issue happens with the regular HTTPS connection to Gitlab as well.

Pushing from the same computer, but from another network works fine.
So, whyt could be the cause for this issue? The Gitlab people don't have any idea on how to debug this further, and I am pretty much clueless as well, since I can't reproduce this problem (and it doesn't look like a client issue).
Any info on the cause of this weirdness or on how to debug the issue further would be awesome!
(Relevant (but pretty confusing, since I wasn't actually sure about the issue) bug report: https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab-ce/issues/1206 )
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Experimenting with "semi-atomic" distribution upgrades using Apt and OverlayFS. The Apt dist-upgrade is running in a chroot which has the system mounted via OverlayFS, with all writes landing in a separate location.
On reboot, the changes are applied and merged with the main system. This provides an additional safety-net in case there are broken packages, and speeds up offline-updates of the whole distribution a lot.
Still highly experimental though, not sure if there are potential issues which I haven't thought of.
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+Tim JP To me, the "deduplication" is less about disk-space, and more about software sharing a common implementation of a library, so (security) updates of it can be rolled out without intervention of the original upstream who created the package.
Regarding Snappy, it seems to resemble OSTree and XdgApp, where I'd ask why they need to re-invent the wheel on that side, while if they use OverlayFS for resource-sharing, they reinvented Limba. But I might be wrong with that, from what I see Snappy appears to be not only for apps but also for managing the whole OS, so its scope might be different from Limba and XdgApp. As said, need to read more about it to comment on it properly ;-)
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Yay!
 
We have an Alpha release of #Tanglu 3!
And it ships with Plasma 5 in the KDE flavor!
More information can be found at: http://tanglu.org/blog/2015/04/tanglu-3-chromodoris-willani-apha-released/
Tanglu 3 (Chromodoris willani) Apha released! Posted by: Matthias 2 minutes ago. We are pleased to announce the release of the first development release of Tanglu 3, which includes Tanglu-KDE, Tanglu-GNOME and Tanglu Core! This alpha release contains many exciting changes, most notably the ...
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If you want to try Limba without compiling it yourself, +Tanglu now contains prebuilt .deb packages for Limba: http://packages.tanglu.org/chromodoris/limba
These packages will likely work well on Debian and even Ubuntu.
(but keep in mind that compiling it from Git by yourself is still the best way to try Limba)
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I see exciting things in future!
If I only had more time... ;-)
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Automated GUI testing... Looks like my computer having a seizure, but it works surprisingly well :)
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That!
 
I see more and more projects doing the "curl | sudo bash" method of installing something.  Not good on huge number of levels.  This is a good rant of people doing this for containers.

Yes, I know docker doesn't support signed images yet, hopefully that will happen someday...
None of these "fancy" tools still builds by a traditional make command. Every tool has to come up with their own, incomptaible, and non-portable "method of the day" of building. And since nobody is still able to compile things from scratch, everybody just downloads precompiled binaries from ...
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I just found out why I didn't get PackageKit release announcements for a while - it's not that Richard doesn't send them, it's simply Google sorting them out as spam... For some reason, the false-positive rate of the GMail spamfilter increased a lot in the past months.
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Sadly +Google's spam filter is as much user-generated as it is algorithm generated. All it would take is one or two other users getting #PackageKit  through Gmail hitting the Spam button for you to get the filter as well. 
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