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Reddit: What's your experience with linux on a chromebook?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:29:55 AM

I was thinking about getting a chromebook and installing arch linux on it, I'll use it to bring to college and do some programming on, I just want something light and fast to boot and chromebook fits this, so I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with it and what model I should get.

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TuxMachines: Linux at 23, Desktop Feedback, and GIMP 2.8.14 Released

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:25:49 AM

The top story tonight is the releases of GIMP 2.8.12 and 2.8.14. Linux celebrated 23 years yesterday and the community had a bit to say about "the desktop." And finally tonight we have a couple of gaming announcements and Bruce Byfield on the KDE Visual Design Group.

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TuxMachines: Tux Paint: Doing FOSS Right

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:22:02 AM

Apparently, I’m not alone in thinking highly of the software, if this page of testimonials is any indication. In fact, the publication “This Old Schoolhouse” recently echoed many other reviews in their article in the June 2012 edition. In the article, Andy Harris, the Tech Homeschooler, wrote, “Tux Paint is just about the most kid-friendly program I’ve ever seen. It’s designed so the adult can set it up, and even very young children can enjoy it thoroughly. It also has sophisticated enough features for siblings and parents to enjoy.”

Tux Paint is a project that does FOSS right: A wide-ranging team labors for the good of the program and consistently puts out quality software without fanfare or self-congratulation. The proof, as they say, is in the software itself: high-quality software which enjoys a high degree of acceptance with teachers and parents, to say nothing of holding the interest – and unlocking the creativity – of children.

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TuxMachines: Google Chrome 37 Stable Arrives with Better Unity Integration in Ubuntu

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:14:10 AM

Google Chrome 37 is now the current stable version of the Internet browser from Google. It's a release that's more focused on security than anything else, but there are a few new features. It won't feel different from the 36.x branch that users have just upgraded from, but that shouldn't be a reason not to update the software.

One of the most important issues solved in Google Chrome 37 only applies for the Windows platform, which received DirectWrite support for improved font rendering. This wasn't an issue on Linux or Mac OS X, so it looks like only Windows was left behind on this issue. The developers also said that a few new apps and extension APIs have been added, and numerous changes have been made in terms of stability.

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TuxMachines: NASA's Kennedy Space Center Uses Ubuntu to Plan for the Exploration of Alien Planets

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:07:37 AM

It's not a secret that most of the scientific community likes and uses open source software. The reasons for this choice are numerous, but the bottom line is that wherever you see any kind of scientific endeavor, either at CERN, the Fermi Laboratories, or even NASA, it's always powered by open source software.

A few engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are working on some robots that will one day be used to roam the surface of other planets and moons. They are autonomous and they are designed to look for and gather various resources, among other tasks.

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LXer: Getting Good Vibrations with Linux

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 08:01:11 AM
Vibrations and wave motions describe many different physical systems. In fact, most systems that dissipate energy do so through waves of one form or another. In this article, I take a look at gvb (Good ViBrations, a Linux application you can use to visualize and model wave motion and vibrations.

LXer: Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn - report

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 07:04:00 AM
A home-grown "China operating system" (COS) to challenge rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple could be available as soon as October 2014, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency has said.

LXer: What makes your developers stick around?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 06:06:49 AM
Community is a big part of the open source way. An open source project is nothing without a vibrant community of users and contributors. And participant satisfaction is a major factor in having a vibrant community. So, what are the factors that contribute to participant satisfaction with open source projects?

Reddit: Riddle me this, /r/Linux.

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 05:50:34 AM

So, I've been using Xubuntu 14.04 for the past few months. I have an Intel Centrino wireless card using the latest driver. Since I've been using Xubuntu, I've needed to toggle between WPA and WPA2. I could use WPA for a couple weeks, then nothing. It would just stop connecting. I switch over to WPA2, and it works again... for a couple weeks until I have to toggle it back. Nothing else has changed to my knowledge. Any ideas?

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LXer: Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 05:09:38 AM
Linus Torvalds released issued Linux 3.17 rc-2 on Monday. Linux-loving readers will note that releasing on a Monday is not Torvalds' style. He usually releases on Sundays.

Reddit: I have $300 worth of budget to burn to start a LUG at my uni. What should I spend it on?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 04:54:47 AM

So I sat down and realised, romnempire, linux is software. How the hell are you gonna waste this money?

We already have raspberry pis.

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LXer: How To Install Contao CMS On Ubuntu 14.04

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 04:12:27 AM
This document describes how to how you can install and run a Contao in Ubuntu 14.04. Contao is a highly flexible and scalable open source Content Management System (CMS) that works for websites of varying capacities. It is a top notch system that ensures implementation of ace accessibility and security, and high SEO standards. Contao remains a modular model and enables usage of loads of additional extensions for enhanced website functionality. Built using contemporary PHP object-oriented programming and the MooTools JavaScript framework, Contao promises a highly intuitive user interface thanks to the use of Ajax.

LXer: VMware Debuts OpenStack Open Source Cloud Computing Distribution

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 03:15:16 AM
VMware has introduced Integrated OpenStack, an OpenStack distribution for open source cloud computing, while also continuing to collaborate with OpenStack solutions from partners.

LinuxInsider: Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 03:09:11 AM
Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation, as a recent survey conducted by Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners found. Developers and corporate leaders now view open source software as a strategic advantage.

LXer: Is distrohopping in Linux becoming a thing of the past?

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 02:18:05 AM
In today's open source roundup: Distrohopping may be losing popularity among Linux users. Plus: A Linux user switches to Mac then comes back, and journalist laments the headaches of recompiling the Linux kernel.

LinuxToday: IBM Set to Debut New Power 8 Servers in October [VIDEO]

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 02:00:00 AM

ServerWatch: In an exclusive video interview with ServerWatch, Balog reveals that IBM has new Power 8 servers set to be announced in October.

Reddit: So, I really don't get the virtual pissing contest here...

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 01:34:43 AM

I consider myself a relative Linux newbie and I keep running into the same Linux/Windows flame wars crap. Those opposed of Linux in the windows world point to the fact that you can't run Adobe products on Linux and therefore cannot get any "real" work done.

But, I do not find that is the case. Just the opposite really. I use windows at my day job and Linux/OpenSource at home for my Freelance gigs and what I have found that I can get the same amount of work done in the same amount of time. More over, I usually have less downtime on my linux machine because I do not have to troubleshoot it as much as my windows machine.

Note: I am not a programmer so this may be the difference, I am not sure.

So my question is...what's the deal? What am I missing? Why all the flame wars when obviously the same amount of effeciency can be acheived with Linux often with fewer issues?

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LXer: US spy agency built its own secret 'Google-like' search engine

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 01:20:54 AM
A top US intelligence agency has built its own secret "Google-like" search engine for about two dozen government agencies to search information through more than 850 billion communications records, including phone calls, emails and internet chats, a media report has said.

LXer: LinuxCon Showcases Advances in Linux, Open Source (slide show)

Wednesday 27th of August 2014 12:23:43 AM
In this slide show, eWEEK looks back on some of the highlights of the LinuxCon North America 2014 event.

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LibreOffice Ported To 64-bit ARM (AArch64)

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SUSE's Flavio Castelli on Docker's Rise Among Linux Distros

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