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Readers' Choice Awards 2014

Thursday 4th of December 2014 03:32:10 AM
It's time for another Readers' Choice issue of Linux Journal! The format last year was well received, so we've followed suit making your voices heard loud again. I couldn't help but add some commentary in a few places,but for the most part, we just reported results. Please enjoy this year's Readers' Choice Awards!

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.01

Thursday 4th of December 2014 02:34:59 AM
Google is pushing out version 5.01 of Lollipop, the first update to the latest version of Android.…

Weaveworks Raises $5 Million for Docker Container Networking

Thursday 4th of December 2014 01:37:48 AM
Over the course of the past year, Docker has become a much-hyped technology for application virtualization using containers, winning the support of major IT vendors including VMware, Microsoft, Amazon and Red Hat, among others. While the open-source Docker engine provides a core set of capabilities, a market ecosystem of complementary and enabling technologies has emerged.

CoreOS's Docker-rival Rocket: We drill into new container contender

Thursday 4th of December 2014 12:40:37 AM
CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi certainly got the attention of the Docker community on Monday when he announced Rocket, his company's alternative to the Docker container file format and runtime. But just what is Rocket and what does it offer that Docker doesn't?…

Intense Gameplay? Try these 13 Roguelike games

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 11:43:26 PM
This article compiles a good selection of roguelike games available for Linux. If you enjoy intense, addictive gameplay, try these 13 games. Don't be put off by the primitive graphics, you'll soon forget the visuals once you get immersed. All of them are available to download without charge, and almost all are released under an open source license.

Will Android's Material Design be a big hit with Linux users in Quantum OS?

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 10:46:15 PM
In today's open source roundup: Quantum OS promises to blend Android's Material Design into the Linux desktop. Plus: Opera 26 has been released for Linux, and download the beta of the Scrivener writing tool for Linux.

Linux Foundation finds enterprise Linux growing at Windows' expense

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 09:49:04 PM
According to a new report from The Linux Foundation, Linux is leading Windows on both the cloud and in enterprise application deployments.

Data-sharing projects awarded by Netherlands research group

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 08:51:53 PM
Do you know about the Dutch Data Prize?From the Research Data Netherlands (RDNL) website:The Dutch Data Prize expresses appreciation for researchers or research groups that make an additional contribution to science by making their research data available for new or further research. There is a prize for the humanities and social sciences as well as a prize for the exact and technical sciences. The Dutch Data Prize is initiated by Research Data Netherlands (RDNL).read more

With Btrfs the default on openSUSE, when will other distros follow suit

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 07:54:42 PM
One change that was implemented in openSUSE 13.2 makes Btrfs the default file system for the root (main) partition. That makes openSUSE the first desktop distribution to use Btrfs as a default file system for any partition.

Pydio 6.0 Delivers First Real Open Source Alternative to Dropbox and Consumer-Focused Cloud Storage Services

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 06:57:31 PM
Pydio has released version 6.0 of its open source file sharing platform. Pydio 6.0 delivers the most workable solution to date for corporate IT departments and developers seeking a controlled, open source alternative to consumer cloud services such as Dropbox.

Linux Foundation reveals 2015 lineup, adds new events

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 06:00:20 PM
The LF released its 2015 schedule, with new storage and containers events, plus a “Drones, Things, and Automobiles” theme for the Embedded Linux Conference. The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced its 2015 conference dates, including the Android Builders Summit + Embedded Linux Conference North America, scheduled for March 23-25. The nonprofit group chartered with hosting […]

About Linux Weekly News - Revenge Of The Distro Reviewers

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 04:59:03 PM
This week's news includes reviews of Linux Mint 17.1, Ubuntu MATE 14.10, Q4OS and Manjaro. There are also a number of how-to guides including how to run Ubuntu GNOME as a rolling distro

Openwashing: adopter beware

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 04:01:52 PM
It's great to see where open source software and the communities that support it are today. Many of those who have worked over the years to develop feature-rich applications and enterprise ready systems, that not only compare to, but exceed proprietary options, must feel like pinching more

Meet Mutate, a Spotlight Alternative for Ubuntu Systems That's Blazing Fast

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 03:04:41 PM
The Spotlight feature on Mac OS X has drawn the Linux community’s attention and it looks that at least one developer has tried to replicate its functionality and feel. It works very well in Ubuntu, but the source is provided so it should work just as well in other distros.

A Devuan and A-two…

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 02:07:30 PM
As for Devuan, I’m sorry that I don’t have a lot of faith in their endeavor being successful. Successful projects usually aren’t the ones that are driven by anger or attempts to unreasonably hold onto the past. At the risk of sounding Californian, there are not a lot of good vibes or warm fuzzies that would normally draw people to such a project, so it will be interesting to see how many developers get behind this effort.

CoreOS breaks with Docker

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 01:10:19 PM
CoreOS, a new enterprise Linux company and a Docker partner, is now proposing its own alternative to Docker's container technology.

Apache Drills into Hadoop

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 10:37:47 AM
It's a big week for Big Data and the open source Hadoop ecosystem. The Apache Hadoop 2.6.0 project was released on Nov. 30, and today the Apache Drill project announced it had become a top level project in the Apache Software Foundation.

Why change is hard for any open source community

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 09:40:36 AM
A lightning talk recap about how the Apache Foundation has always done things a certain way at ApacheCon Budapest by Rich Bowen.As you know, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has a number of open mottos that we like to use. Like, "Community Over Code," and "No Jerks Allowed." Another popular motto recently has been "We’ve Always Done It That Way."read more

Manjaro Xfce 0.8.11 OpenRC Edition Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 08:43:25 AM
With Philm's help, Thus (graphical installer) removed its systemd dependency. As a result, OpenRC ISOs can be installed with the graphical installer now. Just like all the previous Manjaro releases, the current iteration is more than interesting. In fact, the devs have been making some very important changes and the system is now much better and it should work without any major issues.

Fedora 21 release on track; new leadership and thanks to the old; counting users

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 07:46:14 AM
Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything that goes on. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive […]

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Linux Mint Debian Might Not Adopt Systemd

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Latest SteamOS Update Brings New NVIDIA and AMD Drivers

SteamOS, a Linux distribution based on Debian and developed by Valve that aims to provide the best gaming experience, has been updated by its makers and a new Beta version has been released. Read more

Your Old Computer Can Live Again with Emmabuntüs 2

Emmabuntüs 2 1.09, a distribution created for reconditioning old computers and relying on the robustness of Xubuntu 12.04.5 LTS, has been released and is now ready for download. The Emmabuntüs developers only use LTS editions of Xubuntu, and that means they actually have two distros out right now that are maintained and improved. We had Emmabuntüs 3 1.0 released a few weeks ago, but that one was using Xubuntu 14.04 LTS as the base. Now, the old branch based on Xubuntu 12.04, Emmabuntüs 2, has been improved as well and the devs have made quite a few changes. Read more

11 years developing Krita

Back in 2003 Krita had never been released and the application was only able to do some very crude painting. I think the main reason that I started contributing to Krita back then was that I was much more comfortable with the single window UI and the fact that it used Qt/KDE and C++. In the early days I would never have imagined that I would be still with the project after 10+ years and how big the project is now. Even that the project exists today is a miracle and result of many developers putting in effort without ever knowing how it would develop. For the first few years we had almost no users and the users that we had were die-hard KDE users. At the time that wasn’t a bad thing as it allowed us to do some radical changes and experiments. Many features that were developed during this time still provide the base for the current Krita. Read more