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Libreoffice, Firefox and Chromium to recompile today. The first got a version bump, the other two got a rebuild due to an icu library update..... it will be a long day....

God dammit icu!
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I kind of understand Fedora developers having problems including chromium..... it is such a pain in the ass to compile in gentoo. And takes forever!

On the positive side the Firefox compile time seems to have shrunk! Probably it takes less than 20 minutes, while chromium takes no less than 1 full hour on a quad core (gentoo vm, qemu-kvm based, running on a single Intel Xeon CPU E3-1225 V2)
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that's way less painfull from the dependencies PoV as far as I know.

Ok my second statement is kind of misleading. The problem with Chromium is not the time it takes to compile, that's totally fine (if you have a build host / build farm). However Chromium doesn't match the packaging standards for fedora, libreoffice does.
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Dear +Debian developers, would you mind including the oxygen-gtk styles and the kcm module to configure the gtk styles in KDE by default?

Just tried Debian 8 in a VM and I still have to install it manually to have iceweasel (which you install by default) and all other gtk based applications not looking like in the '90s.

Thank you, this will be much appreciated.
Best regards.
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As promised: this is the custom button mapping needed to make the Microsoft Sculpt comfort mouse to have the back and forward action in major (if not all) web browsers mapped to the scroll wheel being pushed left and right:

# cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-microsoft-sculpt-mouse.conf
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier      "Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse"
        MatchProduct    "Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse"
        Driver          "evdev"
        Option          "ButtonMapping"   "1 2 3 4 5 8 9"
EndSection

To be clear: this is not really an optimal solution. This makes your mouse work, but still the out of the box experience is not. Would be nice if such a rule database starts being shipped by distribution.... that said this doesn't scale very well either... but it's more realistic than trying to get all vendors to behave consistently between each other.
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There was actually another error, it must be InputClass. This is correct I promise, I'm using it :)
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I owuld love to see a +Reign of Kings Linux version. The game has a great potential, it only misses to run on my favourite Operating System. For now I'll wait patiently and watch with much interest some Let's Play on youtube
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I have a request for +Fedora Project. I'm a little bit late for
Christian Schaller's post (linked below) but still. Please package bumblebee, and possibly provide the non-free nvidia driver package for it in rpmfusion. This is my only concern for switching my gaming system to Fedora from Ubuntu. I can do the work myself without many problems..... but I'm so lazy :P.

Also if I do the work myself nobody else is going to get the benefits.

Regardless thank you very much for working on Fedora, very nice Linux distro and I'm looking forward to use it more.
So I composed an email today to the Fedora-desktop mailing list to summarize the feedback we got here on the blog post on my request for reasons people where not switching to Fedora. Thought I should share it here too for easier access for the wider community and for the commentators to see that ...
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Wow #Linux gaming improved a lot since +Steam for Linux got released. I remember when I fired up, by accident, Half Life 2 with the Intel driver, it worked but was not quite cutting it. Recently I update my Kubuntu 14.04 with the lts-utopic graphic stack (you should get this by default if you install from 14.04.2 ISO, but not if you update from a previous version.... :/ WTH?). This means mesa 10.3 and kernel 3.16. Not really something fresh TBO, but on an Ivy Bridge based system this provides basically the best performance you can get out of the hardware. Mesa 10.5 might have some little improvement, but overall this is already near the best.

Half Life 2 now works like a charm with the +Intel driver, I don't even need to use the NVIDIA graphic card to get the best out of the game. Sure if you want to play The Witcher II that's another story for now, but I'm sure Intel will get there as well.

Thank you for all the work on Linux +Valve Linux and +Intel, much appreciated.
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Trying to assist a colleague with the hot topic "which distro should I try now?". He got Ubuntu 14.04 and quickly moved to KDE after I showed it to him. After a couple of months he want a change.

My first choice would certainly be #Fedora but unfortunately it still has some stopper, especially for new people. Namely Fedora misses bumblebee to enable nvidia optimus and it misses bbswitch to turn the discrete nvidia card off (he has a dell inspiron laptop with optimus technology). Yes there is a third part repo for it... sorry I don't recommend such stuff to new people to Linux, it just looks bad. It is ok for dropbox and flash, I can blame Adobe for doing crappy software, but not for the basic hardware support. Also I suspect some of the problems he got on Ubuntu were due to third party repos for weird stuff like oracle java 8 and similar.

So I'm tempted to say #Debian . We got a VM on his laptop to let him try it. We gone for Debian testing, being less out of date
(despite 8 just got a release... that's a rare event). Could have ended better. Got quite a few bugs, the worst of them was the "Additional software sources" program not working. Checking the contrib and non-free repos (which are a must imho, and new people expects them) was simply not working they got unchecked a fraction of seconds later.

ç_ç what an unfortunate event. I really wish Debian testing to be more and more usable for daily usage (and possibly with a little more sprint on security updates as well), it would be such a good distro for starters.

And of course I wish Fedora would get the very few things that is currently missing to be a super good choice for starters in Linux. It has up to date packages getting also new versions as part of normal updates (something I love TBO) a very solid base, a quasi-official repo (rpmfusion) with the extra stuff like VLC, h.264 support and the like.... but still misses some very common hardware support like nvidia optimus. I actually don't care about fglrx TBO.... it is an AMD fault not supporting up to date Linux kernel graphic stack. Changing Fedora to accommodate AMD's limitations would harm its very basic foundations.

Another missing thing is chromium, but that's less critical, google has an rpm repo for chrome. And will possibly be solved soon.

Should I suggest him opensuse? I was disappointed last times I used it and gave up immediately so I'm even sure about its status these days, for the starters.
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I love Sabayon, I used it for quite a few years, unfortunately I feel the quality gone down in the last few years. Last two times I tried it in a VM I was not able to install or boot it :(. I know how to get around the problem but for a starter... Also the fact the kernel was not updated automatically is no good for people entering the Linux world for the first time.

I have never tried Mageia, maybe I should give it a quick try to have an idea myself.

TBO sometimes I would like to suggest Antergos, but that's a little bit on the edge being arch Linux and likely not ideal for starter because of this.
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Btw if you happen to have a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort bluetooth mouse (or similar) and you frequently loose the pairing and the only fix is to push the rebind button on the mouse the solution is very simple:

Insert the PIN manually when pairing with value 0000

The problem seems to be the mouse requires an encrypted connection, when pairing the 0000 PIN is tried by the Linux bluethooth stack, but then it forgets about it, or something along those lines. If you insert it manually, it wont forget and the rebind will work.

And if you are wondering: other than the mentioned issue the mouse works like a charm in Linux. The special button and the two swipe gestures are also working out of the box. They are simply keyboard combo (like ctrl + alt + tab / backspace or something like that).

There is also a custom mapping for having the back and forward function working in web browser. Looks like the button 6 and 7 needs to be mapped to 8 and 9. Will post the precise mapping tomorrow if I can remember
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not two hours, but yeah I googled.... :(. Must have missed it
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And speaking about updating to the lts-utopic graphic stack on +Ubuntu: I would really love to know why, oh why, +Ubuntu Development decided to name the packages with a different name. Quick example:

what you get with *buntu 14.04(.0)
 - libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 10.1.3-0ubuntu0.4

what you get with 14.04.2 (if you do a fresh install):
 - libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-utopic:amd64 10.3.2-0ubuntu1~trusty2

Now do you realize you broke +Steam for Linux by doing this? Oh yes you did, since steam will try to install (32 bit version of) libgl1-mesa-glx and not libgl1-mesa-glx-lts-utopic.

For next time what about doing an additional repo called lts-utopic something and people can simply choose to enable/disable/ppa-purge this, but keeping the same name for the package? This would be way less confusing and wont break existing applications.

Also: why enabled it by default on new installation (when using 14.04.2 iso), but not with usual updates for existing installations? If you install it by default on new system you are confident enough this is going to work well I suppose. But not enough for updating old systems, after 6 month of testing on the new version of Ubuntu? Ok this is a delicate matter I agree, still I think making it more consistent would be a better idea. For example a new entry (and a new notification) in the "Additional drivers" would be very nice.

That said the update is very well worth it, especially for gaming. Link for the (cumbersome) procedure below.
LTS Enablement Stacks. The Ubuntu LTS enablement stacks provide newer kernel and X support for existing LTS releases. These can be installed manually, or are automatically shipped if installing from 12.04.2/14.04.2 and newer release media. These newer enablement stacks are meant for desktop and ...
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Nice!
Hey all,. with CRYENGINE 3.7 out and in user's hands since last week, we wanted to give you a heads-up on a change to our EULA (End-User License Agreement) and give you a small glimpse at our next big update. First however, we want to thank all of you for your feedback to 3.7- both the many ...
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