Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 review

In today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0. Plus: The importance of mentors in open source, and WordPress 4.1 has been released

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Rich Bowen at opensource.com reports on why mentors matter in open source:

Direct, intentional mentoring is 100% of the reason that I am where I am today, professionally and personally. I very literally owe everything to the people who have mentored me over the last 20 years. And over the last 5 years, I've very intentionally mentored some other people, to pass the karma on. Whether they're all aware that I've been doing it or not isn't really important. I have specific reasons why I think that this is worth doing.

Don't wait until you're at the top of your organization, or in a position of power. There's always someone that will benefit from your mentorship, even if they are older or more experienced than yourself. You know something you can pass on. It's never too soon (or too late) to start amplifying your impact on the world by investing in a few other people.

More at Opensource.com

WordPress 4.1 released

WordPress 4.1 has just been released and offers a brand new theme called Twenty Fifteen. This version also has an updated distraction free writing mode, as well as the ability to easily log out everywhere on shared computers. Embedding Vine videos has also been added and there's a new plugin recommendations tab in the plugin installer.

Matt Mullenweg at WordPress.org announces WordPress 4.1:

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Our newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity. Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

More at WordPress.org

I had some thoughts of my own to share about WordPress 4.1's distraction free writing mode:

WordPress 4.1 is out and one of its best new features is a revised “distraction free writing mode.” I seem to remember that it had something like this before, but it was not as well implemented as it is in WordPress 4.1. Now, when you push the distraction free writing mode button, everything else fades away except what you need to write your post.

In the last version there was also a tremendous amount of white space all over the screen when using distraction free writing mode, and I really hate that when I’m writing. The grey is much easier on the eyes.

More at Jim Lynch

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