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TuxMachines: OpenPi review – a Pi of Things

Sunday 15th of February 2015 09:13:27 PM

The OpenPi on first look is a curious device – a nondescript black box with merely an HDMI and a microUSB slot. There’s no real indication of what it might be, however cracking it open reveals a custom board connected to a Raspberry Pi compute module. Inside as standard is a wireless dongle and a bluetooth receiver for a mini-wireless keyboard/mouse combo. It seems quite simple, and to be fair in this state it is – it’s basically just a (fully-functioning) Raspberry Pi.

That’s actually the point of it though. With the compute module and the OpenPi board, you have full access to the usual Raspberry Pi power and settings and such. The selling point of the OpenPi though is that you can then take this board – which is completely open hardware – and modify the plans yourself to make a custom board that fits your needs. Wireless Things thinks of it as an easier way to create an internet of things, and they’ve succeeded in creating the platform to do this really.

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LXer: Firefox 36 Won't Bring Native YouTube HTML5 Playback, But Will Sync Pinned Tiles

Sunday 15th of February 2015 08:54:09 PM
Only ten days from today, on February 24, Mozilla will upgrade its ever-popular Firefox web browser to version 36.0, a release that won't bring the highly anticipated native HTML5 playback on YouTube, but will finally allow users to sync their new tab page’s pinned tiles across all of their devices where Mozilla Firefox is installed.

Reddit: Prisoners Learning to code (with Ubuntu)

Sunday 15th of February 2015 08:01:57 PM

Reddit: Release of KDE Frameworks 5.7.0

Sunday 15th of February 2015 07:58:51 PM

Reddit: 64-bit Linux Return-Oriented Programming

Sunday 15th of February 2015 07:52:13 PM

Reddit: Anybody know a keyboard shortcut to show help on a command you have already typed into the terminal.

Sunday 15th of February 2015 07:38:28 PM

Sorry for being a newb, but I googled like 4 variants of this and decided I'd just bite the bullet and ask. Thanks.

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TuxMachines: End of the m0n0wall project

Sunday 15th of February 2015 07:03:54 PM

on this day 12 years ago, I have released the first version of m0n0wall to the public. In theory, one could still run that version - pb1 it was called - on a suitably old PC and use it to control the Internet access of a small LAN (not that it would be recommended security-wise). However, the world keeps turning, and while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development.

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TuxMachines: Release of KDE Frameworks 5.7.0

Sunday 15th of February 2015 07:01:48 PM

February 14, 2015. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.7.0.

KDE Frameworks are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms.

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LXer: Localized applications in 8th

Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:59:47 PM
Writing localized applications involves a number of issues. 8th helps make it easier.

TuxMachines: The Staging Pull For Linux 3.20 Has A Lot Of Changes All Over The Place

Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:59:33 PM

The latest pull requests sent in for the Linux 3.20 kernel are the various subsystems maintained by Greg Kroah-Hartman. The changes for the USB drivers, char/misc, driver core, staging, and TTY/serial aren't too jaw-dropping, but for staging at least is the usual heavy churn between kernel cycles.

Also: Changes Already For Linux 3.20 (Linux 4.0?) Are Very Exciting

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TuxMachines: 5 Reasons To Use Linux Mint And Not Ubuntu

Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:52:15 PM

On the surface there isn't much difference between Linux Mint and Ubuntu as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu (except for Linux Mint Debian Edition) and apart from the desktop environment and default applications there isn't really a difference.

In this article I am going to list 5 reasons why you would choose Linux Mint over Ubuntu. Now I am well aware that Ubuntu users are going to come back and say that there are loads of reasons to use Ubuntu over Linux Mint and so the counterargument to this list will be made available later in the week.

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TuxMachines: MakuluLinux KDE 7.0 is Live !

Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:49:26 PM

Finaly the wait is over, the new MakuluLinux KDE 7 has been released, grab your copy from the KDE section in menu or simply click here.

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Phoronix: Three Things That Annoy Me With Using GNOME 3

Sunday 15th of February 2015 06:09:11 PM
At the beginning of this month I wrote how I switched back to Fedora Linux on my main system to replace Ubuntu and also wrote about changes I made when installing Fedora 21 on my main system, a new ThinkPad ultrabook with Broadwell processor. There's three small things that annoy me the most though about using GNOME 3.x...

Reddit: Should we start moving away from static themes in desktop environments?

Sunday 15th of February 2015 05:57:08 PM

By static themes I mean the way themes are as of current in desktops like GNOME, XFCE, and Cinnamon. Each theme requires to be in a folder with config files/settings and images. I think we have to start moving more to how Windows 7 does theming, in the sense that we can have sliders to change the color or add a background to panels, window borders, highlighting, etc. We already have some of these things such as lxappearance but its rather limited. I don't know I just think this is something that could further help push desktop linux. What do you think?

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TuxMachines: elementary OS: is financial support the only way to help a project grow?

Sunday 15th of February 2015 05:05:58 PM

elementary OS is in news again, and for wrong reasons. In the latest blog post, the team accused those users of ‘cheating’ who chose not to ‘pay’ for the software.

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LXer: CrunchBang Linux is back from the dead

Sunday 15th of February 2015 05:05:25 PM
It was just a little while ago that the Linux world was shocked to find that CrunchBang Linux had died. The CrunchBang developer felt like it was time to move on, and so CrunchBang users were going to have to let it go and find a new minimalist distro for their computers…until now.

Phoronix: Linux 3.19, 3.20/4.0 Doesn't Do Much For Intel HD 5500 Performance

Sunday 15th of February 2015 04:37:39 PM
Yesterday I ran some benchmarks from the new Core i3 Broadwell NUC to see how the latest Mesa Git affects the OpenGL performance for the Core i3 5010U chip with HD Graphics 5500. Today I'm complementing that testing to see if the latest Linux kernel Git makes any difference for this low-end, low-power Broadwell chip...

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Ubuntu 15.04 Flavors Beta 1 Available to Download

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Mozilla's *Really* Important News: Thunderbird Lives

So why does that matter? After all, there are lots of ways of accessing email, so why should we care whether Thunderbird has been semi-abandoned or not? As I wrote at the end of 2013, the world has changed dramatically in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks about massive surveillance of our online activities. That makes using encryption crucial, and that, in its turn, gives Thunderbird a renewed importance, because it is currently one of the most popular ways for using GNU Privacy Guard, the free software version of the core PGP technology, via Enigmail. Indeed, it's fascinating to see from the Thunderbird blog post on "Active Daily Installations" that privacy-loving Germany headed the list with 1.7 million out of a total of 9.3 million (UK could only manage a rather feeble 254,000.) Read more