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Linux 4.20 rc7 Is Out, the Skrooge Team Announces the 2.17.0 Release of Its Personal Finance Manager, Confluent Has a New Confluent Community License, Pixel Wheels Racing Game has a New Release and Debian Installer Buster Alpha 4 Is Now Available

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News briefs for December 17, 2018.

Linux 4.20 rc7 was released yesterday. Linus Torvalds writes "This is a *tiny* rc7, just how I like it. Maybe it's because everybody is too busy prepping for the holidays, and maybe it's because we simply are doing well. Regardless, it's been a quiet week, and I hope the trend continues." And, he says he still plans to release 4.20 right before Christmas.

The Skrooge Team announced the 2.17.0 release of its personal finance manager, which is based on KDE Frameworks. This release fixes several bugs and includes a few new features, such as a progress bar in the taskbar, and it supports only Qt >= 5.7.0. You can get it from your distro's package management system, or download it from here.

Confluent, founded by the creators of the open-source Kafka project, has announced a new license called the Confluent Community License, "which would limit the ability of vendors to take its open source software and sell it, in the same way that Amazon did with the core Kafka". According to the Business Insider story, "AWS took Kafka and repackaged it as a paid cloud service—something completely legal, as open source software is free for anyone to use as they wish." Business Insider also notes that the new license applies only to specialized add-ons to Kafka that are developed in-house.

There's a new release of the Pixel Wheels racing game. It now "remembers the best lap and best total time for each track and shows you a congratulation message when you reach the top 3 in either categories", countdown now has sound and has several other new features. The game is available for Linux, Android, Windows and Mac, and you can get it from here.

Debian Installer Buster Alpha 4 was released over the weekend. This release has many improvements and hardware support changes, and it now supports 76 languages. Go here to install.

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Jill Franklin

Photography and Linux

5 hours 2 minutes ago
by Carlos Echenique

Is it possible for a professional photographer to use a FOSS-based workflow?

I'm a professional photographer based out of Miami, Florida. I learned photography on my own, starting at age 12, with a Yashica TL Electro 35mm film SLR. In college, I discovered I also had quite an affinity for computers and programming, so I got my degrees in that field. I landed an IT job in county government, and photography took a back seat in my life until two things happened: I became a father, and the digital revolution came to the world of photography.

I dove into digital photography as it made practicing my art economical in the extreme. Having a child meant plenty of opportunities to take photos. All of my photographer friends suddenly needed someone who could understand both computers and photography, and I was conveniently placed to help them.

I turned pro in 2008, when a local ballet troupe asked me to photograph their performance of The Nutcracker. Other performances followed, and my skills were further honed. I later was asked by the late Pedro Pablo Peña to photograph his International Ballet Festival, which I did for two years.

Fast-forward to 2014 when I started a photography club at my day job and offered free photography lessons, once a month, to any fellow employees willing to listen.

In 2017, at the behest of my club members, I was asked to assemble a low-cost photography laptop configuration, as many of my students wanted to expand their photographic skills in the post-processing side of digital photography. I completed my task, assembling a reasonable portable digital darkroom for less than $700 USD that included all necessary photo-editing software with no recurring monthly fees, an upgraded hard drive and a colorimeter.

The laptop turned out so well, I decided to take the plunge myself and converted my Windows 10 workstation (custom-built by me) to a dedicated FOSS photography workstation.

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Carlos Echenique

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Release

5 hours 34 minutes ago

UBports announce the release of OTA6, the latest version of Ubuntu Touch - the privacy and freedom respecting mobile operating system by UBports.