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TuxMachines: First Firefox OS Phone Arrives in India, Priced at $33

Monday 25th of August 2014 07:23:29 PM

Mozilla has announced that the first smartphone running its Firefox OS mobile operating system is now on sale in India, following earlier reports that a low-cost phone would arrive there in July.
The phone is called Cloud FX and is built by Intex Technologies, an Indian phone maker. It went on sale on the Snapdeal.com website on Monday for 1,999 rupees (Rs.), or approximately $33.

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TuxMachines: The New Features Of Mesa 10.3

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:53:57 PM

Mesa 10.3 represents about three months of development work and is nearing completion with its OpenGL 4.0 support, but that wasn't completed in time to mark bumping the version number to Mesa 11.0. Of the Mesa 10.3 highlights include:

- Radeon H.264 video encoding support using the VCE engine on the latest AMD GPUs and implemented by the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and the encode interface is exposed using the new OpenMAX Gallium3D state tracker.

- Good support for AMD Hawaii GPUs for those not wanting to use the high-performance Catalyst driver.

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TuxMachines: Linux Turns 23 Years Old Today

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:48:45 PM

It was on this day in 1991 that Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system that would go on to become Linux.

On 25 August 1991 is when Linus Torvalds in Helsinki announced his "free operating system" as a hobby that he had been developing since April. The initial release had GCC 1.40 and Bash 1.08 ported. The work wasn't originally known as Linux but originally was called Freax before being renamed to Linux. While most Phoronix readers have likely already seen that classic email many times, for those that haven't you can see the original posting to comp.os.minix. Happy birthday Linux!

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Linux.com: RAW Sharpening and Noise Reduction With Raw Therapee on Linux

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:42:53 PM

In this introduction to Raw Therapee you will learn how to use its advanced tools for noise reduction and sharpening your digital photos.

TuxMachines: Don’t Fret Linus, Desktop Linux Will Slowly Gain Traction

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:41:19 PM

What? What challenge?
Of course there’s not a kernel problem. From where I sit, there’s not a GNU problem either. I’ve been using Mint with Xfce for a while now and I find it better than any version of Windows I’ve ever used, many times over. Other than needing a little polishing with some distros, there’s no problem whatsoever with the penguin. Desktop Linux is only the best there is.

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Reddit: How to Pronounce Ubuntu

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:35:02 PM

TuxMachines: Spice Fire One now in India: A look at alternate mobile OSes beyond Android, iOS, WP8

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:22:09 PM

Finally, Firefox smartphone now arrives in India. Though Mozilla’s Firefox OS as a smartphone operating system has had a negligible impact on the market, but all that could change very soon as the first Firefox smartphone has been announced for India. The Spice Fire One has predictable low-end specifications and a greatly attractive price tag of Rs 2,299.

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Linux.com: LinuxCon and CloudOpen 2014 Keynote Videos Available

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:02:06 PM

Video recordings of the LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America keynotes are now available on the Linux Foundation YouTube channel, and embedded here. 

LinuxToday: VMware Announces Its Own OpenStack Distribution #VMworld

Monday 25th of August 2014 06:00:00 PM

eWEEK: VMware extends its embrace of the open-source OpenStack cloud platform.

TuxMachines: Start Talking About the GNU/Linux Desktop

Monday 25th of August 2014 05:57:49 PM

Shortly, I will be going to a meeting where one participant has asked me for help with GNU/Linux on a notebook. She doesn’t like what M$ does for her there. I’ve made up a bootable USB-drive with the Debian installer and a repository of stuff the typical desktop user will need, including Synaptic and gksu so she can customize her notebook when she gets home. I will start her off with a basic installation of Debian GNU/Linux and add the XFCE4 desktop environment with a selection of a few typical applications: FireFox browser, VLC media player, GIMP image editor, and Ristretto image viewer. XFCE4 is similar to what she liked from M$: XP. If M$ won’t give her what she wants, I and the FLOSS community will. When random people you meet are interested in desktop GNU/Linux, this is no time to abandon this thriving technology. It works for ordinary people.

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Phoronix: The New Features Of Mesa 10.3

Monday 25th of August 2014 04:13:40 PM
Mesa 10.3 is gearing up for its official release in the weeks ahead and with the code having already been branched here's a rundown of the many new features...

TuxMachines: Choose your side on the Linux divide

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:45:03 PM

The battle over systemd exposes a fundamental gap between the old Unix guard and a new guard of Linux developers and admins

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TuxMachines: Linux Skills Gap: Where to Look for Linux Systems Management?

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:42:02 PM

The 2014 Linux Jobs report showed that the demand for Linux professionals is on the rise throughout Europe, with developers and system administrators most in demand. Such is the demand that 93% of hiring managers reported difficulty finding professionals with the Linux Systems Management skills they require. Of those unable to fill open positions, 25% have delayed projects as a result.

The “skills gap” reflects the rapid growth of Linux right across the business world. LinuxIT CIO Mike Curtis sees two groups of Linux professionals: the very highly skilled system administrators from corporate computing backgrounds; and then the less skilled employees of smaller organisations or public services who have trained on other operating systems. The second group have learned Linux in their own time and perhaps implemented some systems to handle specific functions for their employer. There is a huge skills gap between the two groups, and it’s not just technical.

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Phoronix: Enlightenment's EFL Gains A Wayland IVI Shell Support

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:39:02 PM
Following last week's EFL 1.11 release, the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries are back under heavy development...

LXer: Identify USB Driver on Linux.

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:09:57 PM
This guide shows how you can identify USB Driver Chipset(most commonly Wireless) Information on Linux. Often users troll different forums and blogs to find out they can identify which driver their PCI or USB device is using. This guide applies to all possible scenarios and any Linux OS namely Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, CentOS, Fedora etc.

Phoronix: KDE's KWin On Wayland Is Progressing For 5.1 Release

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:00:09 PM
Martin Gräßlin shared that work on KDE's KWin window manager for supporting Wayland is back to happening at full-speed...

LinuxToday: Linus Torvalds is my hero, says 13 year old Zachary DuPont

Monday 25th of August 2014 03:00:00 PM

the mukt: The story of Zach goes like this – his school organized a project where students were asked to write a letter to their heroes, while most kids wrote to celebrities, Zach wrote to the ‘real’ hero of the modern technology world – Linus Torvalds.

Reddit: Oracle at linuxcon

Monday 25th of August 2014 02:31:43 PM

Phoronix: AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go

Monday 25th of August 2014 02:29:10 PM
With the Linux 3.17 kernel, Mesa 10.3, and the newest Radeon microcode files, there's finally working Hawaii GPU support by AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver. The Radeon R9 290 series launched nearly one year ago and finally now the open-source driver is working right, so we've conducted some preliminary tests using the R9 290 compared to AMD's other Radeon GPUs on the open-source Linux driver.

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Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd

The boycotting of systemd has led to the creation of uselessd, a new init daemon based off systemd that tries to strip out the "unnecessary" features. Uselessd in its early stages of development is systemd reduced to being a basic init daemon process with "the superfluous stuff cut out". Among the items removed are removing of journald, libudev, udevd, and superfluous unit types. Read more

Open source is not dead

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Only FOSSers ‘Get’ FOSS

Back on the first of September I wrote an article about Android, in which I pointed out that Google’s mobile operating system seems to be primarily designed to help sell things. This eventually led to a discussion thread on a subreddit devoted to Android. Needless to say, the fanbois and fangrrls over on Reddit didn’t cotton to my criticism and they devoted a lot of space complaining about how the article was poorly written. Read more