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Here comes the first Ubuntu Linux tablet

2 hours 20 min ago
At the same time, Canonical is finally delivering on its promise to deliver one codebase for all devices. The upshot is you'll be able to use the first Ubuntu tablet, the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, as a PC as well as a tablet.

Tizen 3.0 Is Being Ported for Raspberry Pi 2

3 hours 17 min ago
The Linux-based Tizen 3.0 operating system is being adopted for Raspberry Pi 2, in an effort to make the operating system much more popular.

Have you ever used a virtual machine?

4 hours 14 min ago
Most people who use computers understand at least the basics of how they work. There's the hardware, that actually does the computing; an operating system, that sits on top and serves as an interface between the computer hardware and the programs run by users, and then the actual applications we use which sit on top of that.Sometimes, though, it's a little more complex than that simple abstraction.read more

Mentor Embedded Linux adds SMACK security and IoT support

5 hours 11 min ago
Mentor Graphics has updated Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) with Yocto Project 2.0 code, SMACK security, and support for CANopen, BACNet, and 6LoWPAN. Mentor Graphics has spun a more secure and industrial IoT-ready version of its commercial Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) distribution and development platform that moves up to a modern Linux codebase built around Yocto […]

First timer's guide to FOSS conferences

6 hours 9 min ago
I’ve been going to FOSS (free and open source) conferences since 2006. My first open source conference was FreedomHEC in Seattle, a little 30-person conference for Linux users to protest Microsoft’s WinHEC. My next open source conference was OSCON, which had over a thousand attendees. They were both very different conferences, and as a college student, I really didn’t know what to expect. Going to your first open source conference can be intimidating, so I’ve complied ten tips for people who are new to the conference circuit.read more

Warner To Pay $14 Million In 'Happy Birthday' Settlement; Plaintiffs Ask For Declaration That Song Is In Public Domain

7 hours 6 min ago
This is indeed a large payoff, one that indicates Warner/Chappell is not willing to test the merits of its case in front of a jury. The merits of the case, of course, are pretty much some random assertions with little documentation to back them up, but assertions that have, nonetheless, allowed Warner to obtain an estimated $50 million in licensing fees over the years. The $14 million Warner will pay is roughly in line with what it expected to make during the remaining years of the copyright term.

Linux-ready dev board beats BeagleBoard-X15 to the AM5728

8 hours 3 min ago
Elesar’s “Titanium” is a feature-rich board based on TI’s AM5728 SoC, featuring dual Cortex-A15, dual DSP, and dual Cortex-M4 cores, plus a dual-core GPU. It’s not too often that a workalike board ships before the original, but that appears to be the case for UK-based Elesar’s Titanium development board. The Titanium is not really a […]

Opera to Be Bought with $1.2 Billion in Cash by a Chinese Investment Fund

9 hours 40 sec ago
An offer of $1.2 billion was made today for the acquisition of Opera Software ASA by a Chinese equity investment fund.

SCO v. IBM: Judge Rules for IBM in Interferance Claims

9 hours 57 min ago
The case ruled upon on Tuesday goes back to the time when SCO famously tried to force enterprise Linux users to pay SCO a license fee, since according to SCO, Linux was nothing more than a stolen version of SCO Unix being dressed up under another name. IBM, already a little ticked off at SCO because they’d sued them for the billion dollars, told SCO “hell no,” or words to that effect, when they heard of the licensing scheme, terminated whatever dealings they had left with the company, and just before slamming the door in a huff on their way out, told SCO that they would encourage their partners to do likewise.

House bill would kill state, local bills that aim to weaken smartphone crypto

10 hours 55 min ago
On Wednesday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) introduced a new bill in Congress that attempts to halt state-level efforts that would weaken encryption.The federal bill comes just weeks after two nearly identical state bills in New York state and California proposed to ban the sale of modern smartphones equipped with strong crypto that cannot be unlocked by the manufacturer. If the state bills are signed into law, current iPhone and Android phones would need to be substantially redesigned for those two states.

“Happy Birthday” is public domain, former owner Warner/Chapell to pay $14M

11 hours 52 min ago
The public will soon be free to sing the world's most famous song.Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.

LibreOffice 5.1 Officially Released with Redesigned User Interface, New Features

12 hours 49 min ago
The Document Foundation non-profit organization has proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite for all supported platforms.

How to Install Kolab Groupware Server on CentOS 7

Thursday 11th of February 2016 07:36:25 AM
In this tutorial, we will install Kolab groupware on a CentOS 7 server. Kolab is a free open source groupware server. It is a scalable and reliable collaborative software that provides shared email, calendar, address books, tasks and a file cloud. Kolab supports several client environments: on Windows you can use Outlook, on Linux, you can use KDE Kontact, on all OS that have a web browser you can use the web interface.

HPE Introduces Linux Server for Data Analytics and Real-Time Computing

Thursday 11th of February 2016 06:39:14 AM
HPE's new Integrity MC990 X Server is the latest hardware platform in the company's portfolio for high-performance data analytics for Linux environments.

The best desktop office suite, LibreOffice, gets better

Thursday 11th of February 2016 05:42:03 AM
The new LibreOffice release has improved its looks and added even more interoperable features.

Linux goes to Washington: How the White House/Linux Foundation collaboration will work

Thursday 11th of February 2016 04:44:52 AM
As part of its Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the White House is collaborating with The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII). CIO.com's Swapnil Bhartiya interviewed Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin to learn more about how the collaboration will work.

Microsoft Continues to Use Software Patents to Extort/Blackmail Even More Companies That Use Linux, Forcing/Coercing Them Into Preinstalling Microsoft

Thursday 11th of February 2016 03:47:41 AM
Acer is the latest large OEM to have become a victim of Microsoft’s witch-hunt against Android/Linux preloaders, whom Microsoft is coercing into becoming Microsoft’s carriers (or face litigation over software patents, with high legal fees if not injunctions or high damages upon secret settlements)

Happy GPL Birthday VLC!

Thursday 11th of February 2016 02:50:30 AM
The ever-popular VLC turned 15 a few days ago--that's 15 years since the project was GPLed and released to the world. If we were pedants, we might point out that the project actually came into existence in 1996, but that was a different lifetime.

Everything You Need To Know About The sudo Command

Thursday 11th of February 2016 01:53:19 AM
This guide provides more detail about the sudo command than most people ever bother worrying about. We all know that you can use sudo to boost your privileges but it can do so much more

LibreOffice 5.1 released with redesigned user interface

Thursday 11th of February 2016 12:56:08 AM
Also in today's open source roundup: The fight for open source software in the Air Force, and a Verge editor's mom falls in love with a Chromebook Pixel.

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Radeon Gallium3D OpenGL Performance From Fedora 18 To Fedora 23

For those curious how the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver has evolved over the past three years, I benchmarked every release from Fedora 18 through Fedora 23 on the same system while looking at the OpenGL Linux performance with an AMD Cypress GPU. Here is a look at the open-source Radeon driver performance evolution on Fedora Linux. Read more

KDE Applications 16.04 Suite for KDE Plasma 5.6 to Arrive on April 20, 2016

Thanks to Michael Larabel from Phoronix, who spotted this earlier, it would appear that KDE published a preliminary release schedule for its upcoming KDE Applications 16.04 software suite for the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment. Read more

IBM and Linux

  • SCO v. IBM: Judge Rules for IBM in Interferance Claims
    Two SCO stories in a week? As Yogi Berra would say, it’s 2003 all over again. But this time with a big difference. It’s almost over. I told you on Monday that Judge David Nuffer with the US District Court in Utah had shot down SCO’s attempts to bring an action for Unfair Competition against IBM because the issue is already covered by another breach of contract claim by SCO. On Tuesday, Judge Nuffer issued a ruling on a pair of interference claims which effectively takes whatever winds were left out of SCO’s sails. Bankrupt SCO, of course, lost their big $1 billion case against IBM long ago when Novell, in a separate case, proved that it, and not SCO, owned the copyrights that SCO was suing over. But SCO’s been struggling to stay alive, hoping to at least win a few bucks from IBM as compensation for all it went through.
  • Linux, IBM Share Bold Vision for Hyperledger Project, a Blockchain Fabric for Business
    No longer a group of thinkers and entrepreneurs on the fringe, the proponents of blockchain technology are growing in number, boosted by new attention from the media, financial institutions, professional services firms and, most recently, major tech giants. The development comes amid reports that the blockchain market could expand to account for more business in the coming years, with Aite Group projecting it could be worth as much as $400m in annual business by 2019. However, how this market takes shape, and which technology providers start to generate actual revenue, is less clear given the variety of new projects arising – from consortiums composed of financial institutions to open-source collaborations. What's more, each of these groups boasts a who’s-who list of well-known backers.

Three nginx Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu OSes

Canonical published details in a security notice regarding a few nginx vulnerabilities that have been identified in Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems. Read more