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LXer: Ten of the best desktop Linux distributions for your computer

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 11:43:06 PM
In today's open source roundup: Check out ten of the best desktop Linux distributions. Plus: Amazing Linux supercomputers, and what Linux software are you running?

Reddit: What's so good about Wayland?

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 11:37:50 PM

Hey,

I'm kinda new to the Linux game - and occasionally see people talk about Wayland and how good it'll be when it finally replaces X11 - but why is it better?

Surely X11, being that its been around so long, has proven itself to be reliable and well performing - and if thats the case, why replace it instead of expanding upon it?

Won't the switch to Wayland break sold that use X11 specific implementation.

I guess what I'm saying is "What will it bring to Linux that X11 didn't already do".

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LXer: Improving JPEG Image Encoding

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 10:45:55 PM
Editor’s Note: Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO, posted on his blog about Mozilla and the recent release of mozjpeg 2.0 and Facebook’s support for the JPEG encoder. This is reposted below: Images are a big proportion of the data that browsers … Continue reading

Reddit: [NSFW] Tech girl with Linux/Tux body paint.

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 10:02:03 PM

TuxMachines: Firefox OS Phones Reported Due in India in July, in $50 Range

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 09:58:38 PM

It looks like India may be the next global market where Mozilla tests demand for ultra-low cost smartphones based on its Firefox OS mobile platform. The phones will be available for prices of up to $50, DigiTimes has reported, quoting company COO and Mozilla Taiwan CEO Gong Li, but Mozilla has also been making noise about delivering $25 phones. Because India remains a hugely fast-growing market for mobile phones and apps, the region could be a proving ground for Mozilla.

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LXer: $35 OpenWRT SBC targets educational apps

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 09:48:44 PM
On Indiegogo, DPTechnics is prepping an OpenWRT Linux- and Atheros AR9331-based COM and baseboard combo to create a $35 open source SBC aimed at schools. Belgian father-and-son startup DPTechnics is promoting its new open-spec DPT Board as an educational tool for budding embedded developers. Just as the similarly priced Raspberry Pi has been seeded in U.K. schools, DPTechnics is working with schools in Belgium to integrate the board in their curricula.

TuxMachines: Linux Foundation SysAdmin Michael Halstead's IT Career Started at Age 15

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 09:28:11 PM

Michael Halstead maintains all of the public facing infrastructure for the Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation collaborative project that provides the tools and methods for building custom embedded Linux distributions. In this Q&A he describes his typical day at work, the best part of his job, how he spends his free time, and more.

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Reddit: What can i do with a hp t5000 dc643a

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 09:15:43 PM

im hoping to set up a ftp server with usb hdd's, is that possible? been googling a bit and looks like puppy linux is the way to go...

if i can set anything up then it will be working as a headless so vnc would be great, maybe ssh?

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TuxMachines: Google Offers Up A Free Crash Course In Android Development

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 09:06:28 PM

Google has teamed up with Udacity to make available a free course in Android development available to all – complete with videos, quizzes, course materials and forums. The course is called ‘Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals,” and it provides everything you need to learn how to make an Android app step-by-step; provided, that is, you already have a basic understanding of programming in general.

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LinuxToday: How DreamHost is reinventing itself with OpenStack

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 09:00:00 PM

 opensource.com: Jonathan LaCour, VP of cloud at Dreamhost, explains how current trends in cloud infrastructure technology are returning the Internet to its open roots.

Reddit: KDE Plasma 5 Linux desktop arrives

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:52:54 PM

LXer: Ubuntu 14.04: Is Canonical taking on too much?

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:51:33 PM
Some hits and some misses as Canonical tries to cover everything from the smartphone to the desktop to the cloud

Linux.com: Linux Foundation SysAdmin Michael Halstead's IT Career Started at Age 15

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:34:29 PM

Michael Halstead maintains all of the public facing infrastructure for the Yocto Project, a Linux Foundation collaborative project that creates the tools for building custom embedded Linux distributions. In this Q&A he describes his typical day at work, the best part of his job, how he spends his free time, and more.

TuxMachines: Imad Sousou: The Future of Linux and Intel in the New Connected World

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:34:09 PM

From new cloud platforms, to changes in virtualization and container technologies, to how data is stored and transmitted, every innovation in the data center has a Linux-based or open source component, says Imad Sousou vice president of the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center at Intel.

“To a great degree... the speed with which solutions can be brought online is the result of Linux and open source in the data center,” said Sousou, who is also on the OpenStack Foundation board of directors. “The amount of collaboration around the future of the data center is very encouraging.”

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TuxMachines: $35 OpenWRT SBC targets educational apps

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:23:33 PM

Belgian father-and-son startup DPTechnics is promoting its new open-spec DPT Board as an educational tool for budding embedded developers. Just as the similarly priced Raspberry Pi has been seeded in U.K. schools, DPTechnics is working with schools in Belgium to integrate the board in their curricula.

The fully open source “DPT Board” consists of the combination of a baseboard plus an “OpenWRT Embedded Module” COM (computer-on-module), creating a defacto single board computer (SBC). During its Indiegogo funding session, the COM is available separately for $20 or integrated with the baseboard as the DPT Board for $35 ($45 with cables). If the company fails to make its $6,000 funding goal after 27 days, it will continue with the project anyway, although ship dates would slip from the current delivery date, which is scheduled for the end of the funding period.

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TuxMachines: Mozilla Advances JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:12:15 PM

We’re pleased to announce the release of mozjpeg 2.0. Early this year, we explained that we started this project to provide a production-quality JPEG encoder that improves compression while maintaining compatibility with the vast majority of deployed decoders. The end goal is to reduce page load times and ultimately create an enhanced user experience for sites hosting images.

With today’s release, mozjpeg 2.0 can reduce file sizes for both baseline and progressive JPEGs by 5% on average compared to those produced by libjpeg-turbo, the standard JPEG library upon which mozjpeg is based [1]. Many images will see further reductions.

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TuxMachines: Manjaro 0.8.10 Receives Its Third Update Pack and Linux Kernel 3.15 Support

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 08:08:41 PM

Manjaro 0.8.10, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has received the third upgrade pack.

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TuxMachines: FFmpeg 2.2.5 Officially Released

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 07:56:06 PM

FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter, and play pretty much any media that humans and machines have created.

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LXer: CloudBees programmer to give talk on how to develop a massively scalable HTTP server

Tuesday 15th of July 2014 07:54:22 PM
Garrett Smith from CloudBees has been in software engineering for over twenty years. He got introduced to the Erlang programming language while evaluating CouchDB. Along with Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Erlang, Garrett also learned about Python.read more