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TuxMachines: The fall of Open Source

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:29:05 PM

Once upon a time FOSS was about Freedom. It was about exposing equality within source code. It allowed everyone equal rights and equal access to the technology they were using. An idea that if you were capable, you could fix code or pay someone to fix code. An ideology that there was something greater than yourself and that there was an inherent right built into what it is to be human with software.

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TuxMachines: Linux in the Mainstream. What Will it Take?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:02:54 PM

If you Google “Why Linux is Better Than Windows,” you’ll be able to go 20 pages deep and still find articles from tech blogs and news sites alike proclaiming reasons for Linux’s superiority. While most of these articles are just rehashing the same points, they are valid points nevertheless. And with all this ruckus over Linux, it begs the question: if Linux is so much better, why is it not competing for users at the same level that Windows is?

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Phoronix: Hardened Usercopy Appears Ready To Be Merged For Linux 4.8

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:28:36 PM
Yet another Linux kernel security feature coming to the mainline kernel that appears readied for the Linux 4.8 merge window is hardened usercopy...

TuxMachines: Linux Mint 18 Xfce Enters Beta, Gets X-Apps, Mint-Y, Many Ubuntu 16.04 Goodies

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:19:21 PM

It all took approximately one month, but the Xfce community edition of the Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" operating system is now available for download, as a public Beta release for 64-bit and 32-bit computers.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Thunderbird 45 Finally Lands in the Main Ubuntu Linux Repositories

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:17:26 PM

After a long wait, Canonical has finally decided that it was time to upgrade the Mozilla Thunderbird software on all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, where it is used as the default email and news client.

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Reddit: asus k501ux or similar for Linux?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 02:16:47 PM

I am looking for a 15 inch laptop for development purposes. The asus k501ux specs seem to be good except for the graphics card. I would prefer only integrated. Does anyone have experience with this model or would suggest something similar in the price range and specs?

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TuxMachines: KDE Leftovers

Sunday 24th of July 2016 01:51:59 PM
  • Double Post – Lakademy and Randa 2016

    I Have a few favorites kde conventions that I really love to participate.

    Randa and Lakademy are always awesome, both are focused on hacking, and I surely do love to hack.

    On LaKademy I spend my days working on subsurface, reworking on the interface, trying to make it more pleasant to the eye,

    In Randa I worked on KDevelop and Marble, but oh my…

  • Plasma’s Publictransport applet’s porting status

    You might remember that I spoke about Plasma’s Publictransport applet getting some reworking during the summer. It’s been over a month since I made that announcement on my blog and while ideally, I’d have liked to have blogged every week about my work, I haven’t really been able to. This is largely down to the fact that I was occupied with work on a project back at my university and I shifted back to home from my hostel as well, after finishing four years of undergraduate studies.

  • KDE Community Working Group 2016
  • KDE Brasil Telegram group and IRC United

    That’s why the KDE Irc channel now has a bot that will forward all messages to our Telegram Channel and vice-versa, this way all the new cool kids can talk to all the old geeks around and continue to make the KDE awesome in their platform of choice.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 7)

    Tears followed by joy and happiness, discussions followed by great moments all together, problems followed by their solution and enthusiasm. Am I talking about my family? More or less, because actually I am talking about a family: the WikiToLearn community!

  • Kubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Update Out

    The first point release update to our LTS release 16.04 is out now. This contains all the bugfixes added to 16.04 since its first release in April. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bugfixes.

  • Kubuntu Podcast #14 – UbPorts interview with Marius Gripsgard
  • KDStateMachineEditor 1.1.0 released

    KDStateMachineEditor is a Qt-based framework for creating Qt State Machine metacode using a graphical user interface. It works on all major platforms and is now available as part of the Qt Auto suite.

  • KDAB contributions to Qt 5.7

    The star of Qt 5.7 is the first stable release of Qt 3D 2.0. The new version of Qt 3D is a total redesign of its architecture into a modern and streamlined 3D engine, exploiting modern design patterns such as entity-component systems, and capable to scale due to the heavily threaded design. This important milestone was the result of a massive effort done by KDAB in coordination with The Qt Company.

  • Krita 3.0.1 Development Builds

    Because of unforeseen circumstances, we had to rejig our release schedule, there was no release last week. Still, we wanted to bring you a foretaste of some of the goodies that are going to be in the 3.0.1 release, which is now planned for September 5th. There’s lots to play with, here, from bug fixes (the double dot in file names is gone, the crash with cheap tablets is gone, a big issue with memory leaks in the graphics card is solved), to features (soft-proofing, among others). There may also be new bugs, and not all new features may be working correctly. Export to animated gif or video clips is still in development, and probably will not work well outside the developers’ computer.

  • KDE blowing out candles on FISL 17!

    My talk was the next. Its title was “20 anos de KDE: de Desktop a Guarda-Chuva de Projetos” (20 years of KDE: From Desktop to Project Umbrella). I presented the evolution process of our community, which led it from a desktop project to a incubator community. For those who did not attend the event the talk was recorded and it is available here. Below I also make available the slides of my presentation:

  • LabPlot 2.3.0 released

    Less then four months after the last release and after a lot of activity in our repository during this time, we’re happy to announce the next release of LabPlot with a lot of new features. So, be prepared for a long post.

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LXer: LFCE Prep Course -- LANs, WANs, VLANs and Bridges (Part 3)

Sunday 24th of July 2016 01:32:39 PM
In parts 1 and 2 we reviewed the OSI network layers. Now we're moving on to basic network topologies: local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual local area networks (VLANs), and bridged networks.

TuxMachines: Ubuntu tablet and smartphone: a personal "mini" review

Sunday 24th of July 2016 01:15:33 PM

So when Ubuntu and Canonical revealed they were partnering with actual, big manufacturers for Ubuntu mobile devices, a spark of hope was rekindled in my heart. Let it be clear, I am by no means an Ubuntu user, not even a fan. I left the fold nearly a decade ago, after having spent quite some time using and contributing to Kubuntu (to the point of becoming a certified “member” even, though I never ascended to the Council). In terms of loyalties and usage, I am a KDE user (and “helper”) foremost. I use Fedora because it just works for me, for now. So, yes, an Ubuntu Touch device would be another compromise for me, but it would be the smallest one. Or so I hoped.

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Phoronix: SIGGRAPH 2016 Kicks Off Today: What Exciting News Awaits?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:58:03 PM
SIGGRAPH 2016 kicks off today in Anaheim, California! It will hopefully be an interesting week with news excepted from the likes of The Khronos Group and others...

Phoronix: The Btrfs Windows Driver Updated With RAID Support & Other Features

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:45:07 PM
Should you need to access your Btrfs file-systems from Microsoft Windows, an unofficial kernel driver that's been making much progress over the past few months is out with a new version...

TuxMachines: Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Released for Desktop, Server, and Cloud with All Flavors

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:44:12 PM

Canonical has announced the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, finally allowing users of Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) to upgrade their installations.

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Phoronix: PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 Released This Week

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:38:32 PM
PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 3 was released on Thursday as this major database update gets closer to its general availability release later this year...

Phoronix: The Biggest Features Of The Linux 4.7 Kernel

Sunday 24th of July 2016 12:22:08 PM
If all goes according to plan, the Linux 4.7 kernel will be released before the day is through. Here's a recap of some of the biggest features added for the Linux 4.7 kernel...

LXer: How to install Korora Linux with screenshots

Sunday 24th of July 2016 11:38:17 AM
Korora is based on Fedora,A forked distribution of Fedora.People who prefer Fedora will surely love Korora.Here is the Tutorial on How to install Korora.For ease,screenshots are also provided with full step by step processes.

Reddit: DIY Linux-based scientific calculator, is it good idea or not?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 11:37:35 AM

I'm currently planning to build Linux based scientific calculator using ARM based board such as PocketCHIP. I'm currently wondering it is good idea or not.

If I install GNU Octave, Gnuplot, Julia and good text editor on it, can it serve as usable calculator? If not, what is your opinion?

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