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Install Google Earth in Ubuntu 14.04

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 1:09am
Add the latest version of Google Earth to your Ubuntu 14.04 system. Google earth lets you fly all around the planet. You can see buildings, satellite imagery, terrain and even street views.

TIs Sitara SDK moves to mainline Linux

Tue, 01/04/2014 - 12:12am
TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM355x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x. The Sitara Linux Software Development Kit 7.0 incorporates the Texas Instruments Arago Linux distribution and a stable mainline Linux kernel. The SDK also includes the U-Boot bootloader, a Yocto Project OpenEmbedded Core file system, and Linaro toolchain.

Double Commander: Yet Another Twin-Panel File Manager

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 11:15pm
When it comes to file managers, there’s such a rich range to choose from on Linux, one could get confused and just go with the default one provided by their distribution or desktop environment (like most do, actually). However, Dolphin or Nautilus are not the only kids on the block here.

Escape Goat 2 Sees Decent Linux Sales After The First Week

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 10:17pm
Some good news for you all, Escape Goat 2 easily one of my favourite puzzle-platformers around has seen decent sales on Linux since release!

Is Linux Mint the best distro to replace Windows XP?

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 9:20pm
In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint might work well as a replacement for Windows XP. Plus: What is open source? And the Budgie desktop resembles Chrome OS.

Making a Difference the Linux Way

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 8:23pm
The fact is, we’ll never see “the year of desktop Linux.” Not the way we imagine it anyway. Many of us long for the time when Linux will become a well known alternative to Microsoft Windows. That just isn’t gonna happen.

Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 7:26pm
Intel announced its open source MinnowBoard in April 2013 and shipped it for $199 in July. Built by CircuitCo and backed by Intel’s Minnowboard.org community, the Linux-ready single board computer is now available for $189. The new MinnowBoard Max, due early in the third quarter, blows past the original on price, performance, and energy consumption, while shrinking size from 4.2 x 4.2 inches to 3.9 x 2.9 inches.

Unity 8: Canonical wisely makes Amazon links opt-in

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 6:29pm
Canonical has wisely decided to make Amazon product results opt-in in Unity 8. But were they all that big of a deal in the first place?

Open source workshop explores FOSS in universities

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 5:32pm
The Association for Computing Machinery's annual meeting of their Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education is one of the largest academic computing meetings there is. This year's event featured a full-day workshop on teaching open source practices, tools, and techniques by engaging students as contributors to humanitarian projects such as Ushahidi, OpenMRS, Gnome Accessibility, and others. TitanPad was used for collaborative notetaking during the event, and this article is a result. You could call it a crowd-sourced article.

How to check DNS propagation on Linux

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:34pm
While DNS introduces human-readable naming schemes for Internet hosts, it also brings with it extra overhead associated with resolving names to IP addresses. For end users, this overhead means additional DNS lookup latency for accessing any Internet host. For service providers, this implies the performance-critical DNS infrastructure that needs to be maintained. Minimizing these overheads has led to the extensive use of "caching" throughout DNS hierarchy. For example, there are web browser/OS's built-in DNS cache; DNS caching server of the local network; and the cache of local DNS servers operated by service providers, etc.

Google Glass moves with speed thanks to open source

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 3:37pm
I recently got a Google Glass device through the Explorer Program. The Explorer Program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass. We're expanding little by little, and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program.

2014 Peoples Choice Award: Cast your vote

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 2:40pm
We're happy to announce the nominees for this year's People Choice Award. Each year Opensource.com enjoys recognizing our top contributors as a way to celebrate our community. Those people who submit their open source stories to us and become authors on the site are a big part of what makes our community vibrant and inspirational.

Better Than a Quad-Head Display: My Adventures with "4K" 2160p and Linux

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 1:43pm
[img]http://lxer.com/pub/files/penguinist/penguinist.png[/img] [b]LXer Feature: 2014-Mar-31[/b]Imagine having the equivalent of four 1920x1080 monitors in a 2x2 grid, on your desk, with absolutely no seam between them. This article describes my journey towards that goal...

Windows XP and Linux Mint: Brothers at the interface (Gallery)

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 12:46pm
If you want to stick with a Windows XP style interface, you should seriously consider using Linux Mint with its Cinnamon desktop.

openSUSE to offer rolling release KDE Software experience

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 11:48am
That’s going to change. Raymond Wooninck has announced that soon openSUSE users will be able to get ‘rolling release KDE SC experience‘. The teams are working on creating four KDE SC repositories for openSUSE which will enable users to get the the kind of experience they want. The changes will come with the 4.12.4 release, which is expected on Tuesday.

Why Linux Mint is a worthwhile Windows XP replacement

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 10:51am
XP's support life is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately for Windows XP users, there's a Linux desktop--Linux Mint--that has the same look and feel but with far better security and speed.

Balrum Open World Fantasy RPG With Building Beta Launched, Works On Linux

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 9:54am
Balrum is the brilliant looking 2D RPG that just scraped through Kickstarter in August of last year, they have now released the beta build and it works on Linux.

New Intel Bay Trail-T SoCs target Android tablets

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 8:00am
Intel is prepping a new Atom Z37x5 lineup — a family of at least nine Android-ready, quad-core Bay Trail-T tablet SoCs offering better graphics.

A Look at Sunflower File Manager Ubuntu Installation

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 6:05am
Sunflower is twin-panel file manager with a somewhat different approach compared to standard GNOME/KDE/Xfce file browsers, written in GTK with several notable features and support for plugins.

The Death of Windows XP Won’t Kill the ATM Industry, or Help Bitcoin

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:11am
This is not as farfetched as it sounds: Linux has a much smaller footprint than Windows 7 and, as a result, some ATM operators are considering a switch to Linux rather than the Microsoft product. This would not be the first time ATMs have transitioned to a different OS. Before the industry moved to XP, most ATM’s were running IBM’s OS/2 operating system.