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Phoronix: Mozilla Firefox On Wayland Is Progressing

Friday 8th of August 2014 03:21:08 PM
Collabora remains interested in seeing Mozilla's Firefox web-browser with Gecko layout engine on Wayland...

Reddit: Anyone know how to enable animated buddy icons in Pidgin?

Friday 8th of August 2014 02:52:02 PM

I am using the xmpp protocol on Xubuntu. From my understanding, gtk+ does not include a gif writer and therefore passes the buddy icon as a png.

The protocol supports it as we have other people on the network using gif buddy icons successfully using modified pidgin files. Unfortunately, they are modified Windows files and not linux.

I'd like to dig in and get this working in linux without asking them...anyone have any ideas?

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LXer: Ubuntu Used on the International Space Station to Control Rover Back on Earth

Friday 8th of August 2014 02:46:14 PM
Ubuntu has been spotted aboard the International Space Station and it seems that it was used to control a rover back on Earth.

Slashdot: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

Friday 8th of August 2014 02:45:00 PM
ashshy (40594) writes Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst likes to post "state of the union" addresses at the end of every year. Last December, he said that open source innovation is going mainstream in 2014. In an interview with The Motley Fool, Whitehurst matches up his expectations against mid-year progress. Spoiler alert: It's mostly good news.

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LXer: KNOPPIX 7.4.0 Screenshot Tour

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:49:03 PM
Version 7.4.0 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks from Debian 'Stable' and newer desktop packages from Debian 'Testing' and 'Unstable'. It uses Linux kernel 3.15.6 and X.Org 7.7 (X.Org Server 1.16.0) for supporting current computer hardware. In addition to the 32-bit standard kernel, the 64-bit edition of the same kernel is installed on the DVD edition, supporting systems with more than 4 GB of RAM and chroot to 64-bit installations for system rescue tasks. In the DVD edition, the bootloader will start the 64-bit kernel automatically if a 64-bit capable CPU is detected (unless manually specified otherwise). New, experimental version of 3D window manager Compiz Partial integration of systemd.

Phoronix: Knoppix 7.4 Plays With Systemd & Compiz

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:46:19 PM
Knoppix, one of the longest standing Live CD/DVD/USB Linux distributions based off Debian, is out with a new update...

Phoronix: The Wacom Input Driver Gets Enhanced With Linux 3.17

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:23:53 PM
The input subsystem pull request has been submitted for the Linux 3.17 merge window...

Reddit: Does Linus accept linux source code contribution through GitHub?

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:04:49 PM

I've been told he does not. Is it true?

I have some minor patches I want to submit , how do I go about it? Most of the information I have searched looks pretty dated (before project was not on github) such as send patches / send diff (which IMHO does not work as good as pull request on github)

What should I do?

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Reddit: I need help choosing a graphic card

Friday 8th of August 2014 12:58:52 PM

Hello, people. I know there are a lot of threads about this but I am so confused. I'm a total noob when it comes to hardware. I need to buy a graphic card for my PC and I don't know which one to choose. I don't care about playing games, I'm a programmer, I use KDE. I want to avoid the hell of installing drivers. I want the card to be supported at least on Debian based systems. I've heard before that Nvidia is the best choice but now I read that Intel cards have much better support. So, can you recommend me some low budget graphic cards which work without a problem and with easy installation of drivers?

So, basically, all I want is to connect two displays (2xDVI or 1xDVI & 1xVGA) and to have ok performance with KDE on any Debian based distro (not just Ubuntu based)


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LXer: Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Released with Linux Kernel from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Friday 8th of August 2014 12:51:52 PM
Canonical has just announced that Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has been officially released for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core flavors.

LXer: Over a Month On - Conclusion to the GNOME Shell Challenge

Friday 8th of August 2014 11:54:41 AM
Over a month ago I embarked on my own personal challenge to use GNOME Shell (otherwise just known as GNOME 3) for an entire week. That week happened and went, I wrote some thoughts I had after that initial week, but did not officially end my usage of the Shell. Fast forward to now... I'm still using GNOME Shell and here's why.

Reddit: What technologies in Linux are only viable or possible because of the GPL?

Friday 8th of August 2014 11:38:03 AM

For example, could the extensive repository sytems in Linux be possible with only proprietry licenses? Yes there are app stores, but not with the the same functionality and integration you see in .deb or .rpm package management.

Would the massively parallel linux supercomputers be viable outside of the GPL?

What technologies do you think are only possible or viable as a direct result of GPL?

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Used on the International Space Station to Control Rover Back on Earth

Friday 8th of August 2014 11:30:29 AM

Ubuntu has been spotted aboard the International Space Station and it seems that it was used to control a rover back on Earth.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst has published a photo that he took on board the ISS (International Space Station), bragging with the fact that he controlled a rover back on Earth and with his brand new “Rover driving licence.”

Alexander Gerst is an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and he is currently onboard the ISS. He's also a geophysicist and volcanologist, and now he seems to be a certified Rover driver. The image that he published on Twitter and Google+ got a lot of people interested, including Linux users...

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TuxMachines: Does having open source experience on your resume really matter?

Friday 8th of August 2014 11:27:50 AM

"Code is the next resume." These words by Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation tell profoundly about how our technology industry, and the many businesses that depend on it, are transforming. The unprecedented success of open source development methodology in the recent past raises some fundamental questions about the way the businesses are designed, the structure of the teams, and the nature of work in itself.

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Reddit: What tracking software is used for FishPlaysPokemon

Friday 8th of August 2014 10:53:33 AM

As you may have noticed Fish Plays Pokemon runs on a Linux machine. I'm wondering which software is used to track the fish movements and translate them to keyboard inputs?

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Reddit: A simple wallpaper I made for Ubuntu.

Friday 8th of August 2014 09:59:38 AM

LXer: Tektronix Uses DMCA Notice To Try To Stop Oscilloscope Hacking

Friday 8th of August 2014 09:50:36 AM
Another day, another abuse of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provisions to stop things that have nothing whatsoever to do with copyright. As pointed out by Slashdot, the Hackaday site recently had a post about how to clone some Tektronix application modules for its MSO2000 line of oscilloscopes. The post explained a simple hack to enable the application module to do a lot more. And... in response, Tektronix sent a DMCA takedown notice demanding the entire post be taken down.

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Adapting to the Mobile World

Now more than ever companies are gaining a mobile presence due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets. It is important to any company’s success to become part of the mobile world if they want to build business. Consumers used to look up companies in the phonebook, but now the first action consumers take when they need to find a company is to look them up online. If consumers cannot find a company online, they are likely to find a different company instead of continuing the search through other means. Because the Internet is so easily accessed from mobile devices now, consumers use their devices to find their favorite companies so a strong mobile presence is a must if companies do not want to lose business. Hasbro goes mobile According to Mobile Marketer, Hasbro has decided to create a mobile presence in order to keep up with video games. So far Hasbro’s Monopoly application has been a great success because it promotes family and friend engagement and users can personalize the app by uploading pictures of themselves to use as game pieces. Consumers like personalization, and so if companies want to see success from their mobile marketing strategies they should consider personalizing them to consumers in some way. Companies hesitate to go mobile because they are set in their ways, and they might already be seeing success, however as technology advances all companies should consider building a mobile presence if they want to continue to be successful. Successful mobile marketing techniques Thanks to mobile devices there are a number of ways companies can reach out to consumers who use them. SMS advertisements are a great way to personalize advertising for consumers making them feel important and ultimately driving in business. Marketing applications are another way companies can engage with consumers on a more personal basis. Consumers like to be in control, and applications are a great way they can control the type of marketing they receive. If apps are intriguing enough, consumers are likely to promote them to friends and family, which will ultimately promote business. Convenience of being mobile Consumers like the convenience of being able to locate and engage with their favorite companies from their mobile devices, so it is important that companies maintain that presence. Consumers are looking for ways to make their lives easier, and being able to purchase products with the click of a button or pay bills on the fly will only increase business for companies because consumers are always looking for convenience. Being mobile can benefit companies in several ways, but one way that is especially appealing to companies is the ease of keeping track of business thanks to their mobile presence. Mobile devices and websites help companies to keep track of important data such as which marketing strategies are working the best and where most of the sales are coming from. Being mobile can enhance business in several ways and should be a priority for all companies. Mobile Technology News brought to you by Source:

Why we use open source - Australia’s Immigration agency explains

Why choose open source? “In some ways, [the open source software used by the agency] is effectively more capable” than commercial products, he said. “In terms of cost-effectiveness, [it] wins hands down: no license/maintenance fees, extensible architecture [and] global open source R&D.” The team uses an open source software package called ‘R’. Read more

Emacs & the obsessive email mongerer

I had already mentioned in passing here that I am using Emacs for a variety of tasks: outline, project management and planning with Org-Mode, IRC (go figure, my default email client on all my machines is Emacs’ ERC), notes editing or quick scribbling with the Scartch buffer (happens to me all day long), and regularly, albeit less frequently than in 2013, various editing of html pages, javascript and sometimes even Python when I dare to edit one or two things in Python scripts. A consequence of all these use cases is that I have Emacs open almost everyday on almost any of my machines. Read more

MIPS tempts hackers with Raspbery Pi-like dev board

Hard to choose between Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and MinnowBoard Max? Now there’s another choice: the open source MIPS-based “Creator CI20″ dev board. In a bid to harness some of the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today’s open, hackable single board computers Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the ISA’s counter to ARM’s popular Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black SBCs. These days, every processor vendor simply must have a community supported dev board in order to engage with the developer communities. (Incidentally, Intel’s is the MinnowBoard Max and AMD’s is the Gizmo.) Read more