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TuxMachines: LibreOffice Flatpak'd, Linux Misconceptions, Windows 10 or Else

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 11:14:03 AM

Today in Linux news Stephan Bergmann announced LibreOffice's availability in a Flatpak bundle, bringing convenience and security to distributors. In other news, Microsoft has begun practically forcing Windows 10 upgrades upon their loyal customers while Samsung has advised its customers against upgrading. Martin Gräßlin announced virtual framebuffer support for KWayland and Bertel King, Jr. dispelled some common Linux misconceptions.

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TuxMachines: ‘Open source values match municipal public services’

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 11:11:20 AM

The values ​​of free and open source software closely match those of municipal public service, says Nicolas Vivant the CIO of the French town of Fontaine, a suburb of Grenoble. Virtues include working with the community, in the public interest, openness and fair pricing, according to the IT director. “The economic benefits are a beneficial side effect,” he says.

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Phoronix: Intel Lands Its First Batch Of Graphics Driver Changes For Linux 4.8 Into DRM-Next

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 11:01:54 AM
Intel's first batch of i915 DRM kernel graphics driver changes for targeting the future Linux 4.8 kernel cycle has now been queued into DRM-Next...

TuxMachines: Is GIMP the best open source alternative to Photoshop?

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 10:12:10 AM

But is GIMP really a full replacement for Photoshop? It probably depends on both what you need it for, and how rigid you are in your workflow. In many educational programs, designers and artists are often taught a single proprietary option from day one of their training; they aren't taught design so much as how to use a specific application. Industry completes the cycle by advertising job requirements around a specific tool, and building a whole design workflow around it, making it harder to break in with an open source alternative.

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TuxMachines: Pi project: Underwater drone

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 10:05:22 AM

“The ROV is controlled with a joystick connected to a laptop. The laptop runs Python scripts, and with PyGame I can read the signals from the joystick. The signals are then translated into servo commands and sent to the Raspberry Pi via a simple socket connection. The Raspberry Pi is the brain of the ROV; it communicates with the surface laptop via Ethernet. Thanks to the OpenROV project, I learnt to implement a Tenda home plug, which reduces the communication lines from four to two wires, increases the reach from about 50 metres with a submerged CAT5 to 300 metres, and makes the signal much less susceptible to noise.”

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Reddit: Low-level repurposing of old Androids

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 10:04:52 AM

I have a drawer of old - some VERY old (eg G1, U8150, etc) - mobiles that are still very capable computers, packed with sensors, radio & essentially a UPS, etc.

What low-level reuses can apply to them, and are the existing stacks available?

I hate throwing perfectly usable resources away, but these don't serve any other function, and I'm only going to be adding to the collection.

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TuxMachines: European Parliament continues to promote open source

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 09:58:41 AM

The European Parliament continues to emphasise the importance of free and open source software. In resolutions adopted in March and April, on ‘a thriving data-driven economy’ and on ‘gender equality and empowering women in the digital age’ respectively, the EC stresses there is a role for free and open source software.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 09:38:31 AM
  • Steam's latest Hardware Survey is out, shows Linux at 0.84%

    The key thing to remember is Steam overall is always growing, so a lower overall percentage of Linux users doesn't necessarily mean there are less Linux users on Steam (it could actually be more, but dwarfed by also having even more Windows users on Steam).


    You can make it appear by simply having different hardware or a different operating system. It seems to detect when you change things, as if it knows it needs to check on you again. This is by design of course, as the entire point of it is to show what people are currently using, so if you've changed something it wants to know about it and send it along. This is one reason why people keep saying they see it when they boot into Windows after not using it for a while, of course you will, that's a change in your setup. This is another reason why I dislike it, as that can create an unintentional bias in the results. This bias isn't against Linux though, as it would work the same the opposite way around of course. This is why I feel the results were actually a lot higher for Linux initially, as it did a survey for a big bunch of Windows/Mac users trying it and submitting it on Linux before moving back to Windows/Mac.

    A good bit of reading was a recent editorial titled "A different approach to calculating the popularity of Linux gaming on Steam" which will help put your mind at ease.

  • Unreal Engine 4.12 Released with Hundreds of Updates, Many New Features

    Today, June 1, 2016, Epic Games has had the enormous pleasure of announcing the release of Unreal Engine 4.12, a massive update it the 4.x stable series of the cross-platform and highly acclaimed game engine.

    Unreal Engine 4.12 comes exactly two months after the release of Unreal Engine 4.11, bringing hundreds of updates, countless bug fixes across all platforms, a multitude of new features, and the initial implementation of some brand-new technologies, such as the Vulkan Mobile Renderer.

  • DOOM 2016 can now be Played on Linux systems: See how

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TuxMachines: Emacspeak, an audible interface for Linux

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 09:22:02 AM

Screen readers such as Orca work by describing the graphical environment to the user. They deconstruct an arbitrary visual environment that's built on top of an inherently text-based system. On some systems, this is necessary because there's no access—at least pragmatically—to the OS by any other means than the graphical interface. As most Linux users know, however, a graphical interface on a good Unix system is entirely optional in the first place, so there's no need to generate one, deconstruct it, and describe it; the computer can just spit out text.

I am aware of two efforts forging this path: Emacspeak and ADRIANE (on Knoppix). In this article, we'll take an in-depth look at the former.

Emacspeak is an audible interface that allows non-sighted users to interact independently and efficiently with a computer, entirely by way of text input and output. Emacspeak uses "audio formatting" and W3C's Aural CSS to produce a full audio representation of input and output.

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LXer: Introducing the Open Decision Framework

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 09:20:42 AM
For the past few years at Red Hat, we've been grappling with the challenges of growing an open organization and sustaining our culture along the way. One tool we've been developing and testing is the Open Decision Framework, a collection of best practices for applying open source principles to business projects and decisions.

TuxMachines: Kernel Space/Linux

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 09:07:25 AM
  • Computex 2016: Linux cannot yet use Intel's Turbo Boost Max 3.0 mode

    Beyond the sheer number of cores on offer in the new Intel Extreme Edition chips announced earlier this week at Computex, one of the other selling points for the processors is an improved Turbo Boost mode.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4.12 LTS Has ARM64, x86, and CIFS Improvements, Updated Drivers

    Immediately after informing the Linux community about the availability of Linux kernel 4.6.1 and Linux kernel 4.5.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman published details about the release of Linux kernel 4.4.12 LTS.

  • Linux Kernel 4.5.6 Arrives for Stable Distros with AArch64 and CIFS Improvements

    After announcing the release of the first update of the Linux 4.6 kernel series, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of the sixth maintenance build in the Linux 4.5 kernel branch.

    Linux kernel 4.5.6 is now available for select GNU/Linux operating systems that have already adopted a kernel from the Linux 4.5 series, which many popular distributions did, including, but not limited to Arch Linux, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Gentoo Linux, Birds Linux, Webconverger, Sabayon, Fedora, Slackware, and Debian.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Touch now supports Convergence over wireless display

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 09:02:29 AM

Canonical has just released the latest major update to the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS and it is really a major one, especially for owners of Ubuntu Touch smartphones. While those, particularly the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition, is more than capable of offering Convergence, it was blocked by the lack of a HDMI out port. With this latest OTA-11 update, that is no longer an issue as Ubuntu Touch now supports connecting to an external display wirelessly, which means smartphone users can even more conveniently use Convergence with no wires in sight.

As a quick recap, Convergence is a feature of Ubuntu Touch that truly lets your transform your smartphone or tablet into a portable desktop. Unlike Microsoft's Continuum, users aren't limited to only a specific subset of apps. As Ubuntu Touch can run both touch-friendly mobile apps as well as regular Linux desktop apps, that theoretically means everything.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Snaps

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 08:41:43 AM
  • Creating a Snap is Not Difficult, Here's How to Package Your Apps for Ubuntu

    Canonical's Jamie Bennett talks in his latest blog post about how hard is to package your applications for various GNU/Linux operating systems, as well as how easy it to distribute them on Ubuntu via a Snap package.

    Snap is a new secure, isolated technology designed by Canonical for its Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system, which relies on snapd, the snap-based runtime environment, and Snapcraft, the tool anyone can use to package their applications into a Snap for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and later.

  • QNAP to Use Ubuntu and Snaps for Distributing IoT Apps to Its NAS Solutions

    QNAP Systems, Inc., a Taiwanese corporation known for creating NAS solutions for storage management, file sharing, surveillance, and virtualization applications, announced recently that they are moving to offering IoT apps.

    It's a bold move, but even if we don't realize it yet IoT (Internet of Things) is the future, and like any other corporation out there that wants to survive today's economy and fast-changing technology landscape it keep up with the latest trends.

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LXer: Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Switches to a Universal Local DNS Resolver Service

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 08:00:38 AM
As you might know by now, Ubuntu 16.10 is currently in heavy development these days, and it is getting all sorts of new GNU/Linux technologies and improvements.

Reddit: What email provider(s) are my fellow Linux users using and why? Looking to change email provider, and hoping for some recommendations.

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 07:49:48 AM

I'm looking to change from the typical Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail type providers. And was just hoping for suggestions from fellow Linux users (who seem to always be better informed) ...



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Reddit: Canonical's Snap vs GNOME's FlatPak

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 07:46:48 AM

I just found out about FlatPak today when I read this article about LibreOffice 5.2 beta. I checked it out on what seems to be its official website. From what the site describe, it seems to be doing the same thing as Snap, except it's more universal (makes me wish Canonical would make Snap compatible to other distros). So aside from FlatPak's wider compatibility range, what are their differences?

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LXer: Quick start guide to Apache Bigtop v1.1 on IBM SoftLayer OpenPOWER with Ubuntu 14.04

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 06:40:35 AM
This article outlines the process of installing the Apache Hadoop and Spark Bigtop v1.1.0 bundle on an IBM® SoftLayer® POWER8® bare metal server running Ubuntu 14.04. Apache Zeppelin notebook is included in the bundled installation script to run an initial benchmark suite.

Reddit: LibreOffice 5.2 Beta Flatpak

Thursday 2nd of June 2016 06:13:55 AM

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