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TuxMachines: Exton|OS Light Distro Brings Linux Kernel 4.0 and Openbox to Ubuntu 15.04

Monday 27th of July 2015 09:21:00 PM

On July 27, Arne Exton, the creator of several Linux kernel-based operating systems, had the pleasure of informing us about the immediate availability for download of a new build of his Exton|OS Light distribution.

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TuxMachines: FreeBSD Making Progress With Their Linux Binary Emulation & More

Monday 27th of July 2015 09:14:40 PM

The FreeBSD project made much progress during this past quarter (Q2'2015) on many fronts from working on FreeBSD 10.2 to landing new work in FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT for improving their Linux binary emulation layer.

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Phoronix: FreeBSD Making Progress With Their Linux Binary Emulation & More

Monday 27th of July 2015 09:02:41 PM
The FreeBSD project made much progress during this past quarter (Q2'2015) on many fronts from working on FreeBSD 10.2 to landing new work in FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT for improving their Linux binary emulation layer...

LXer: Akademy Day 3 the start of BoFs, meetings and workshops

Monday 27th of July 2015 09:00:04 PM
Akademy Awards. Each year the KDE Community presents Akademy Awards to people who have made special contributions. The jury this year was made up of recipients from last year.

Reddit: need help

Monday 27th of July 2015 03:35:05 AM

ok so im really new to linux, but what im trying to accomplish is install ubuntu and arch with a gui on my macbook pro, with a few awesome themes, can anyone help me out, ive tried numerous DIY videos and what not but they dont seem to help, so any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys.

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LXer: New patent group threatens to derail 4K HEVC video streaming

Monday 27th of July 2015 03:33:25 AM
A new industry group called HEVC Advance is threatening to demand royalties for the new HEVC video codec that could halve the bandwidth required for streaming online video or offer higher resolutions with the same bandwidth usage. The organization is promising to demand a royalty of 0.5 percent of revenue from any broadcaster that uses the codec for streaming. This move could re-ignite the arguments surrounding video codecs on the Web and may well jeopardize services such as Netflix's year-old 4K streaming service.

LXer: Linux Kernel 4.2 RC4 Announced by Linus Torvalds, Fixes Major Issues

Sunday 26th of July 2015 11:44:41 PM
It's Sunday, so it is time for you to test yet another Release Candidate version of the upcoming Linux kernel 4.2 release, as Linus Torvalds has just posted news on the work done for the RC4 build.

TuxMachines: How to Update Linux Kernel for Improved System Performance

Sunday 26th of July 2015 11:29:38 PM

The rate of development for the Linux kernel is unprecedented, with a new major release approximately every two to three months. Each release offers several new features and improvements that a lot of people could take advantage of to make their computing experience faster, more efficient, or better in other ways.

Also: Linux Kernel 4.2 RC4 Announced by Linus Torvalds, Fixes Major Issues

Linux 4.2-rc4 Released, But 4.2 Isn't Quite Calming Down

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TuxMachines: GNOME Initial Setup Gets a Revamp with New Functionality and Bugfixes

Sunday 26th of July 2015 11:16:31 PM

During the release cycle of the GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, the GNOME developers updated the GNOME Initial Setup components, which is displayed only once when you first install the GNOME desktop on your GNU/Linux distribution.

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Phoronix: Linux 4.2-rc4 Released, But 4.2 Isn't Quite Calming Down

Sunday 26th of July 2015 11:10:11 PM
Linus Torvalds announced the release today of the Linux 4.2-rc4 kernel, the fourth weekly snapshot of the in-development Linux 4.2...

Reddit: Linux Commands with Examples

Sunday 26th of July 2015 03:50:40 AM

Reddit: Finally a way to use Sonos under Linux!

Sunday 26th of July 2015 03:12:45 AM

Sonos makes a great product, but they have never been supported under Linux. Windows, Mac, or Android only. I finally bought a cheap tablet, and have been using that as a "remote control" for the Sonos system. Frustrating!

Recently, I tried running their app with WINE on a new Mint 17.2 64-bit Cinnamon install. No joy. I tried "playonlinux", no joy.

Tonight, a friend sent me this in an email: "Would be interested if this would work. Kodi ( is a shiny cross platform media browser/player; back in the day it used to be XBMC. It also supports a bunch of plugins, including one for Sonos ( Might be a way to get Sonos under Linux, and Kodi itself might be a good interface for interacting with media on your NAS in general. "

Here is the link to the Linux wiki notes. I installed it, added the Sonos add-on, and in a few minutes, was finally listening to my music without having to use a tablet as a remote control (or rebooting into Windows).

The interface is fairly primitive, but I'm thinking I can live with it. Way better than the alternatives, anyway!

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Phoronix: RadeonSI Gets OpenGL 4.5 Derivative Control Support

Sunday 26th of July 2015 01:26:25 AM
The latest OpenGL 4+ activity in Mesa this week is a Saturday commit landing another OpenGL 4.5 extension for AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for GCN graphics processors...

Reddit: Twitch Is Ditching Flash For HTML5

Sunday 26th of July 2015 01:07:01 AM

TuxMachines: The New AMD GPU Open-Source Driver On Linux 4.2 Works, But Still A Lot Of Work Ahead

Saturday 25th of July 2015 08:27:43 PM

With the Linux 4.2 kernel settling down nicely and AMD developers having already sent in a few round of fixes for their new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver, I've started testing out this new kernel driver -- plus the new xf86-video-amdgpu DDX and the associated new Mesa/LibDRM code -- that is providing the open-source accelerated graphics support for Tonga and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji.

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Canonical Publishes Impressive Roadmap for All of Their Ubuntu Products

Canonical is working on multiple projects at the same time, and it's often difficult to understand their plans, but Director of Product Strategy Engineering Olli Ries has shed some light on how their inner workings are structured and how things are evolving, from the inside out. Read more

Making the Case for Koha: Why Libraries Should Consider an Open Source ILS

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Review of Ubuntu Phone – A Work Still Under Progress

However, what one must remember is that the Ubuntu Phone is still a work in progress. The company is issuing updates every month and is relying on its current user base regarding the feedback and ideas. Right now, only three Ubuntu phones are present in the market ranging from $186 to $328 roughly. Ubuntu has been in hibernation mode for the development of this OS for a long time and it looked like they might be consumer ready now, however, after seeing the Ubuntu Phone it looks like they might be far from that scenario right now. Read more

Android M news: Release date delayed, to come out in September or October?

Google reveals that the newest Android operating system initially codenamed as "Android M" will be delaying the release of Android M Developer Preview 3 for selected Nexus devices. The information was shared by the company's employee and moderator Wojtek Kaliciński on the Developer community page in Google+. Read more