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TuxMachines: UBOS -- a new Linux distro for personal servers and IoT devices

Thursday 18th of December 2014 01:40:01 AM

UBOS is a new Linux distro that aims to make it 10x easier to run server-side apps for yourself, or for your family, on hardware you own.

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Phoronix: CMake 3.1 Brings Windows Additions, Target Compile Feature

Thursday 18th of December 2014 01:13:17 AM
Version 3.1 of the CMake build system is now available with various improvements...

LXer: Get Out the Vote for

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:53:12 AM
One great thing about this poll — probably the best thing about this poll — is that each of the categories has an extremely wide range of candidates, and there are programs in many of the categories that I’ve never heard of. Hearing about them for the first time, I get to try them out. So not only is it fun — yeah, I think voting is fun (so shoot me) — it’s also educational.

Reddit: What installation and modification would you do in a low I/O speed environment ?

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:53:10 AM

like an 2.0 usb, really old hard drive

2.0 max speed is around 30 MB/sec is quite typical maximum transfer speed.

USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 connections are half-duplex, meaning data flows in only one direction at a time. Shared connection between both directions is probably biggest reason for slowdown than expected transfer speed.

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TuxMachines: Slovak statisticians rely on open source for voting machines

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:35:48 AM

The Slovak Republic’s Bureau of Statistics has used PCs running Ubuntu Linux for recording votes in the country’s municipal election on 29 November. Using open source saves money, says Štefan Tóth, Director Geneŕal of Informatics Section at the agency. For the bureau’s IT system administrators, Ubuntu proves easier to maintain and configure, and the software also withstands malware attacks better than the proprietary alternative, director Tóth confirms

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TuxMachines: Users Can Backup Linux Systems with Clonezilla Live 2.3.1-18

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:18:55 AM

Clonezilla Live, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that lets users perform bare metal backup and recovery with very little effort has been upgraded to version 2.3.1-18 and is now ready for download.

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TuxMachines: KDE Applications 14.12 - New Features, Frameworks Ports

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:11:55 AM

Today KDE released KDE Applications 14.12, delivering new features and bug fixes to more than a hundred applications. Most of these applications are based on KDE Development Platform 4 but the first applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks is a set of modularized libraries providing additional functionality for Qt5, the latest version of the popular Qt cross-platform application framework.

KDE app dragons
This release marks the beginning of a new style of releases replacing the threesome of KDE Workspaces, Platform and Applications in the 4 series which ended with the latest KDE Applications update last month.

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TuxMachines: What To Expect In 2015: Robots Join The Open-Source Revolution

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:05:39 AM

The number of downloads doubled in 2014, to 3.5 million, and Gerkey expects adoption to spike again with the release of ROS 2.0 this summer. The upgrade will coordinate swarms, improve walking, and support smart sensors—basically, assimilate the world’s robots.

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TuxMachines: New Input Drivers Coming For Linux 3.19 Kernel

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:57:34 PM

One of the latest pull requests for the Linux 3.19 kernel is the input driver subsystem pull, which includes numerous updates along with a few new drivers. The new drivers will benefit some Google Chromebooks in running the latest upstream kernel.

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LXer: Civilization: Beyond Earth for Linux Launches Tomorrow, December 18

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:56:01 PM
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest title in the Civilization franchise, is finally coming to the Linux platform and the released date is tomorrow, December 18.

TuxMachines: Docker and the Linux container ecosystem

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:32:52 PM

Linux container technology is experiencing tremendous momentum in 2014. The ability to create multiple lightweight, self-contained execution environments on the same Linux host simplifies application deployment and management. By improving collaboration between developers and system administrators, container technology encourages a DevOps culture of continuous deployment and hyperscale, which is essential to meet current user demands for mobility, application availability, and performance.

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TuxMachines: Green Hills challenges “rudimentary” Linux debug

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:26:34 PM

Green Hills Software has announced a software development environment for embedded Linux developers.

According to Green Hills, the Linux development software in its MULTI tool suite will address the “rudimentary” state of many debuggers for Linux, which it said were “difficult to learn, setup, and use and lack the powerful control and visibility that modern electronic systems demand”.

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TuxMachines: My life in open source, and the mentors who led the way

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:58:00 PM

I have been working on the Apache http server for almost 20 years now. I've written 9 books about httpd, and spoken at more than fifty conferences. I'm a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where I serve as a board member and as Executive Vice President. I am responsible for putting on ApacheCon, both in North America and Europe, which is the official conference of the ASF.

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TuxMachines: Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance Joins Open Source Initiative

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:55:35 PM

The Open Source Electronic Heath Records Alliance, or OSEHRA, a non-profit community dedicated to supporting open source users, developers, service providers, and researchers engaged in advancing health information technology, has joined the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Affiliate Membership program. OSI Affiliates are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who's-who of the world of open source software.

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TuxMachines: How strong is peer review in open source?

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:53:07 PM

An example of a standard open source peer review process begins with a software author submitting their code and documentation to their project's mailing list. It is then examined by other contributors and project managers; potential problems and improvements are discussed amongst the community and author before the changes are either accepted or rejected. GitHub uses the version control software Git to offer a streamlined system in which project managers can oversee their source code while still allowing for code review. Due to its ease of use, GitHub has become a popular host for version control and code review, with over 2,000,000 repositories uploaded to the site as of 2011.

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Reddit: Why there is still not a true linux mobile os?

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:50:42 PM

TuxMachines: These are the new faces of Android Wear

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:45:57 PM

Google has opened a section to the Play Store dedicated to serving new watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches. Until this new debut, which accompanies a significant software update for the Android Wear watches themselves, the only choices available were the standard ones preloaded by Google, a few extras provided by manufacturers like LG, and a few from grassroots fans who made their own. Now Google has an official development kit for new faces and a whole bunch of options already populating the store. You'll find some of the standouts below, in both their active and passive modes, and you can peruse the full collection of novelties in our comprehensive hands-on gallery.

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TuxMachines: The Growing Linux on Power Ecosystem

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:39:53 PM

Earlier this month, a report by the Linux Foundation identified that Linux deployments are up 14 percent over the last three years, while Windows is down 9 percent. In addition, Linux solutions have grown 23 percent since 2013. What this further confirmed is that our strategy for IBM Power Systems growth is aligned with market realities: that Linux continues to grow in both the cloud and in enterprise application deployments – and more and more enterprises are turning to the value of Linux. (Source: ZDNet)

Also: Rackspace Embraces OpenPOWER

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TuxMachines: 2014 Was the Year of Android Everywhere

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:36:06 PM

Android has never enjoyed quite the same fanboy enthusiasm among its users as Apple's iOS or desktop Linux. Yet, thanks in part to the fairly open licensing of the Linux-based mobile OS, Android quickly evolved and improved. Like Google Search, it quietly crept into our lives, and decided to stay. Android smartphones and tablets now represent about 80 percent and 70 percent global market share, respectively (see the companion article, Android Dominates Global Smartphone Market in 2014.)

Also: Android Dominates Global Smartphone Market in 2014

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LXer: Court Ruling: EA's Anti-Piracy Software Is Patent Infringing

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 10:21:21 PM
But, results aside, EA would tell you that it needed to use DRM to protect the company from piracy. Even if SecuROM failed, the company had to at least try, or else the freeloaders that live the highlife getting around intellectual property laws would win. Violating IP laws is wrong, damn it, and EA was going to do everything in its power to right that wrong.Including violating a notorious patent troll's intellectual property to do so, apparently -- at least, according to an East Texas court, which awarded Uniloc nearly $5 million after determining that EA violated the patent troll's patent with the SecuROM platform.

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Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet?

Some dreams die hard. After the KDE-based Vivaldi tablet failed to appear after three years of anticipation, Jolla is planning a free software tablet of its own. The product is off to a roaring start, having just raised $1,824,055 in its crowdfunding campaign-- almost five times the original target. So, this time, we might actually see some hardware. Mind you, whether the tablet will satisfy everyone remains open to doubt. Although Jolla is talking loudly about being "people powered" and listening to want users want, some requests, especially for hardware, may be impossible to fulfill. The manufacturing capacity of advanced features is limited world-wide, and monopolized by large companies like Apple and Samsung. More importantly, exactly how free the tablet will be has yet to be announced. Read more

First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February

The first Ubuntu Phone will go on sale in Europe in the second week of February. Read more

Sandia looks to open-source robot tech

Researchers at federal defense and energy laboratories are open sourcing some of the electronics and software for two advanced ambulatory robots in hopes of boosting their ability to handle perilous situations. In a Dec. 16 announcement, the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories said it is developing more energy-efficient motors to dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots performing the types of motions that are crucial in disaster response situations. The project is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more

Google releases open-source Java SDK for Cloud Dataflow service to form data pipelines

It’s been a long, long time since Google came up with the foundational technologies for storing and processing big data. This year, the company developed a new tool for working with data as it comes in, and now Google is keen to see people use it. Read more