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TuxMachines: Linux 4.1-rc1

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:31:48 AM

It's been a normal merge window, and I'm releasing according to the
normal schedule. The few days of travel didn't seem to matter, as I
had internet access at all times.

The merge window is pretty normal in terms of what got merged too.
Just eyeballing the size, it looks like this is going to fit right in
- while 4.0 was a bit smaller than usual, 4.1 seems to be smack dab in
the middle of the normal range for the last couple of years. And all
the patch statistics look normal as well: the bulk of the changes are
to drivers (just under 60% of the patch), with arch updates being
about 20% of it all, and the rest is spread all over.

No earth-shattering new features come to mind, even if initial support
for ACPI on arm64 looks funny. Depending on what you care about, your
notion of "big new feature" may differ from mine, of course. There's a
lot of work all over, and some of it might just make a big difference
to your use cases.

So go out and test. Even -rc1, as raw as it may sometimes be, has
tended to be pretty good. It's not that scary. Promise.

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TuxMachines: Quad-core ARM TV-PC dual boots Android and Ubuntu

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:24:00 AM

Ugoos launched a $179 “UT3S” TV-PC that dual boots Android 4.4 and Ubuntu 14.10 on a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288, and supports 4Kx2K video.

Finding a media player or mini-PC that runs Android is easy, but finding one that ships with other species of Linux pre-installed is a bit trickier. Now Ugoos has released a TV-focused Ugoos UT3S mini-PC that can run either Android 4.4 or Ubuntu 14.10 in dual-boot mode.

Whereas Ugoos’s earlier Android-based UM2 stick-PC and UT2 mini-PC used the quad-core, Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3188 SoC clocked to 1.6GHz, the UT3S moves up to the quad-core, Cortex-A17 RK3288 at 1.8GHz. The RK3288, which ships with ARM’s Mali-T764 GPU, is also found in new Android media players including the Tronsmart Orion R28.

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TuxMachines: Q4OS 1.2 final

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:22:39 AM

We are proud to announce the immediate availability of the new Q4OS 1.2 release, codenamed 'Orion', supported until 1st May 2020 at least.

Also: Q4OS 1.2 Arrives with the Trinity Desktop Environment, Based on Debian 8.0 Jessie

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TuxMachines: Debian 8 Jessie Is an LTS Release, Supported for the Next 5 Years

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:20:21 AM

The Debian Project had the pleasure of announcing the general availability of the Debian GNU/Linux 8.0.0 (codename Jessie) computer operating system on April 25, 2015, which will be an LTS (Long Term Support) version supported with security patches and software updates until year 2020.

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TuxMachines: Mageia 5 RC is Out: A Quick Test Drive

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:15:29 AM

The general experience was that of working with the same system I have (Mageia 4). No crashes, no weird slow-downs, no problems with multiple wallpapers, as Megatotoro reports here Plasma 5 is showing... aside from the missing IME, I felt like at home.

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LXer: Ubuntu 15.04 Users Can Switch Off Systemd and Use Upstart

Sunday 26th of April 2015 07:49:15 PM
According to the official release notes of the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system released by Canonical on April 23, 2015, this is the first ever version of Ubuntu to ship with the controversial systemd init system by default.

TuxMachines: Stellarium Is the Best Free Astronomic Observatory on Linux

Sunday 26th of April 2015 07:17:15 PM

Stellarium, a free, open source planetarium software that displays a realistic and accurate sky in 3D, has been upgraded once more and is now available for download.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu 15.04 Users Can Switch Off Systemd and Use Upstart

Sunday 26th of April 2015 07:13:58 PM

According to the official release notes of the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system released by Canonical on April 23, 2015, this is the first ever version of Ubuntu to ship with the controversial systemd init system by default.

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TuxMachines: First Jessie based Debian Edu beta release

Sunday 26th of April 2015 07:08:09 PM


the Debian Edu / Skolelinux project is pleased to announce the first *beta*
release of Debian Edu "Jessie" 8.0+edu0~b1, which for the first time is
composed entirely of packages from the current Debian stable release, Debian 8

(As most reading this will know, Debian "Jessie" hasn't actually been released
by now. The release is still in progress but should finish later today

We expect to make a final release of Debian Edu "Jessie" in the coming weeks,
timed with the first point release of Debian Jessie. Upgrades from this beta
release of Debian Edu Jessie to the final release will be possible and

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Slashdot: 10 Years of Git: An Interview With Linus Torvalds

Sunday 26th of April 2015 04:00:10 AM

LXer: Open-source IoT kit runs OpenWRT, mimics Arduino Yun

Saturday 25th of April 2015 03:49:55 PM
A “Domino.IO” Kickstarter project offers an Atheros AR9331 module running OpenWRT Linux, plus two tiny baseboards, one of which is Arduino Yun compatible. To stand out from the growing number of OpenWRT Linux-based computer-on-modules and tiny, com-LIKE single board computers running Qualcomm’s WiFi-ready Atheros AR9331 system-on-chip, startups are now offering entire modular kit families based […]

LXer: Ubuntu 15.04 Screenshot Tour

Friday 24th of April 2015 09:43:26 PM
As with every new release, packages--applications and software of all kinds--are being updated at a rapid pace. Many of these packages came from an automatic sync from Debian's unstable branch; others have been explicitly pulled in for Ubuntu 15.04.

TuxMachines: Debian 7 Wheezy and Debian 8 Jessie Might Become LTS Releases

Friday 24th of April 2015 09:26:26 PM

Following on the success of the Squeeze LTS project, the Debian LTS team had the pleasure of announcing that they are preparing to support the Debian 7 (Wheezy) operating system with security patches for a longer period.

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Reddit: The android desktop

Friday 24th of April 2015 09:04:32 PM

Here is an example of someone using android as a desktop pc in 2012. I don't see why this isn't convergence.

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LXer: Ubuntu 15.04: Minor improvements, major controversy

Friday 24th of April 2015 05:54:42 PM
It's the fourth month of an odd-numbered year. You know what that means, right? You got it, the .04 release of a non-Long Term Support (LTS) Ubuntu. This time around, it's 15.04--Vivid Vervet. Unlike the last release, 14.10, this particular iteration of Canonical's platform is mired in a bit of controversy. In particular, I'm talking about the switch to systemd.

Reddit: New to Linux, little help needed

Friday 24th of April 2015 05:30:59 PM

So im pretty new to linux, ive read a little about it and have always been interested in it. I just bought a simple used laptop with a clean install of Linux Mint 16 i believe. I installed Ktorrent so i could download some music and movies but how do i open these files? I have an audio player for the music but i just have no idea how to open these files. Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks

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