Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” Beta Released, New Artwork for Mageia 7, Zorin OS Beta 15 Now Available, vChain Launches CodeNotary, and OpenSource Summit and Embedded Linux Conference Deadline for Proposals Is April 2

News briefs for March 29, 2019.

The Ubuntu team announced the beta pre-release of the Ubuntu 19.04
“Disco Dingo”
Desktop, Server and Cloud products. The beta release also
includes images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu
MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu. Note that “The beta images are known to be
reasonably free of showstopper CD
build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of
19.04 that should be representative of the features intended to ship
with the final release expected on April 18th, 2019.” To upgrade to the beta
from Ubuntu 18.10, follow the instructions here And to
download the images, go here.

New artwork is coming for Mageia 7. The Mageia
blog
announced that the voting has concluded they are beginning to
integrate the new artwork into Mageia 7 in preparation for its release. You
can see the winning photographs here.

Zorin recently announced the release of the next major version of the OS:
Zorin OS 15 beta. From the Zorin
Blog
: “Every aspect of the user experience
has been re-considered and refined in this new release, from how apps are
installed, to how you get work done, to how it interacts with the devices
around you. The result is a desktop experience that combines the most
powerful desktop technology with the most user-friendly design.” Note that
this is a pre-release and not recommended for use on production machines. You
can download the beta here.

vChain recently released CodeNotary, a “global, de-centralized, blockchain
secured” alternative to code-signing
certificates. CTO and co-founder of vChain writes,
“We at vChain, created CodeNotary to protect your hard work, increase
user confidence and trust without spending a fortune. If you provide
non-commercial software we provide a life-long free license of
CodeNotary.” See these two articles “vcn
command line for vChain CodeNotary to sign code and more”
and “With CodeNotary, you never have to pay for code signing certificates
again”
for more details. Non-commercial project owners and developers can get an
“all-time” free
license here

The deadline to submit a proposal for a talk at OpenSource Summit and
Embedded Linux Conference is April 2, 2019. The two events will be held in San
Diego, California, August 21–23, 2019. For OpenSource Summit proposals,
go here,
and for the Embedded Linux Conference, go here.

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