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LXer: Old FOSS Friend & Foe Represents Sony in Hack

Friday 26th of December 2014 12:08:55 AM
Folks who follow news about FOSS, OSS and Linux who also watch the “talking heads” shows the TV networks serve up on Sunday mornings might be excused for not noting that David Boies, the lawyer speaking for Sony on this week’s “Meet the Press,” has on several occasions been involved in news stories affecting Linux. Over the years, he’s played the role of both friend and foe, but it’s been a while since his and the FOSS world’s paths have crossed.

TuxMachines: Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

Thursday 25th of December 2014 10:19:50 PM

I had been thinking that a new PCLinuxOS release was due any time now, based on their quarterly release schedule. Sure enough, it has now arrived, just in time for Christmas - PCLinuxOS 2014.12.

Also: Santa Claus has Linux in his sack -- PCLinuxOS 2014.12 is here

PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released

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LXer: Boycott the Marriott and other hotels that block Wi-Fi

Thursday 25th of December 2014 10:14:33 PM
The media has been abuzz with stories recently about how the Marriott hotel has blocked Wi-Fi access in a desperate attempt to get its customers to pay the hotel for Internet access. Yes, the Marriott – a billion dollar corporation – has been attempting to gouge its customers by blocking private Wi-Fi connections, and now the company wants the FCC to give them its blessing.

TuxMachines: OPNFV Plans Next Steps for Open Source NFV, SDN

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:52:36 PM

OPNFV, the open source software-defined networking and network-functions virtualization project, said development of both code and community will be its focus for 2015.

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TuxMachines: 2014: A Banner Year for Open Source

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:45:09 PM

Open source was initially adopted for low cost and lack of vendor lock-in, but customers have found that it also results in better innovation and more flexibility. Now it is pervasive, and it is challenging proprietary incumbents across technology categories. It is not only mainstream, open source is truly leading innovation in areas like cloud, mobile, big data, the Internet of Things, and beyond.

As we embark on a new year, I cannot help but reflect on the speed with which technology is changing. Rapidly delivering technology is about much more than just the technology – it is about people and culture. More than ever, this is why executives are looking at key technology companies – including Red Hat – as their partner instead of as a vendor.

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TuxMachines: IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:32:40 PM

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TuxMachines: Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:27:35 PM

In January 2014, Github removed the rug in its office's waiting room in response to criticism of its slogan, "United Meritocracy of Github." Since then, the criticism of the idea of meritocracy has spread in free software circles. "Meritocracy is a joke," has become a slogan seen on T-shirts and constantly proclaimed, especially by feminists.

Such commentary is true — so far as it goes, but it ignores the potential benefits of meritocracy as an ethos.

Anyone who bothers to look can see that meritocracy is more of an ideal than a standard practice in free software. The idea that people should be valued for their contributions may seem to be a way to promote fairness, but the practice is frequently more complicated.

Also: Unmanagement and unleadership

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel Developers Consider Live Kernel Patching Solution

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:21:50 PM

kPatch and kGraph may soon enable live kernel updates on all Linux distributions, making it possible to apply security and other patches on the open source operating system without rebooting.

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Reddit: Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:16:28 PM

TuxMachines: A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:14:33 PM

Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.

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TuxMachines: ​Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:11:10 PM

There was great news and there was awful news in the world of Linux and open-source software during 2014.

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TuxMachines: Linux Lite 2.2

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:58:35 PM

It’s been quite a while since I last looked at Linux Lite, the last version I reviewed being 1.0.6. Much has changed in Linux Lite since that release and now it’s reached version 2.2. If you aren’t familiar with it, you should know that Linux Lite is a distribution geared toward helping current Windows users transition to the Linux desktop.

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TuxMachines: ROSA Fresh R5 is out

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:51:52 PM

The ROSA company is happy to finally present ROSA Desktop Fresh R5, the number 5 in the "R" lineup of the free ROSA distros with the KDE desktop as a main graphical environment.

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TuxMachines: Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:48:26 PM

SinoVoip is prepping an “Banana Pi M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.”

It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but not yet shipping, and LeMaker’s recently released “Banana Pro.”

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LXer: A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:20:11 PM
Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.read more

Slashdot: Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

Thursday 25th of December 2014 06:26:00 PM
An anonymous reader writes Linux 3.18 was recently released, thus making Linux 3.19 the version under development as the year comes to a close. Linux 3.19 as the first big kernel update of 2015 is bringing in the new year with many new features: among them are AMDKFD HSA kernel driver, Intel "Skylake" graphics support, Radeon and NVIDIA driver improvements, RAID5/6 improvements for Btrfs, LZ4 compression for SquashFS, better multi-touch support, new input drivers, x86 laptop improvements, etc.

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LXer: Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke

Thursday 25th of December 2014 06:25:49 PM
In January 2014, Github removed the rug in its office's waiting room in response to criticism of its slogan, "United Meritocracy of Github." Since then, the criticism of the idea of meritocracy has spread in free software circles. "Meritocracy is a joke," has become a slogan seen on T-shirts and constantly proclaimed, especially by feminists.

Reddit: Are mobile apps hurting high quality Linux software development?

Thursday 25th of December 2014 05:45:32 PM

Linux applications have not shown much progress in numbers or quality since the mobile app development era had begun. I wonder if the high demand for good programmers in the mobile market is a factor. I know Android is Linux too, but I am talking about desktops.

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Reddit: Which desktop environment do you prefer and why?

Thursday 25th of December 2014 04:47:10 PM

I don't really understand the difference between Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu, and Mint, other than the fact that they use different desktop environments. If each one is only slightly different I could be wrong, then why does it matter?

Also, how is Ubuntu and Debian different, other than the environments?

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LXer: Mars Express images and videos for everyone

Thursday 25th of December 2014 04:31:27 PM
As of December 19, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA. ESA is using the intergovernmental organization (IGO) port of CC BY-SA 3.0. ESA is one of several intergovernmental organizations to use the IGO port since we introduced it last year.read more

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11 years developing Krita

Back in 2003 Krita had never been released and the application was only able to do some very crude painting. I think the main reason that I started contributing to Krita back then was that I was much more comfortable with the single window UI and the fact that it used Qt/KDE and C++. In the early days I would never have imagined that I would be still with the project after 10+ years and how big the project is now. Even that the project exists today is a miracle and result of many developers putting in effort without ever knowing how it would develop. For the first few years we had almost no users and the users that we had were die-hard KDE users. At the time that wasn’t a bad thing as it allowed us to do some radical changes and experiments. Many features that were developed during this time still provide the base for the current Krita. Read more