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TuxMachines: LibreOffice is coming to Android

Saturday 9th of August 2014 04:18:28 PM

I've been hoping to see this headline for some time now. At the first LibreOffice Conference, the Document Foundation announced its plans to migrate LibreOffice to mobile devices. The plan didn't include a total rewrite of the code, but repurposing at least 90% of the current code base. That meant the majority of the work was already done. That last remaining 10%? The user interface. The 90% already compiles on Android -- so there is a working model. Of course, what good is a working model without an interface to go along with it?

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LXer: LibreOffice is coming to Android

Saturday 9th of August 2014 03:56:24 PM
I've been hoping to see this headline for some time now. At the first LibreOffice Conference, the Document Foundation announced its plans to migrate LibreOffice to mobile devices. The plan didn't include a total rewrite of the code, but repurposing at least 90% of the current code base. That meant the majority of the work was already done. That last remaining 10%? The user interface. The 90% already compiles on Android -- so there is a working model. Of course, what good is a working model without an interface to go along with it?

Phoronix: AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux

Saturday 9th of August 2014 02:30:00 PM
At the end of July AMD launched new Kaveri APU models: the A10-7800, A8-7600, and A6-7400K. AMD graciously sent over review samples on their A10-7800 and A6-7400K Kaveri APUs, which we've been benchmarking and have some of the initial Linux performance results to share today.

LXer: How to fix your Internet connection in Ubuntu Linux

Saturday 9th of August 2014 02:02:02 PM
Ubuntu’s included NetworkManager software aims to make your network connections “just work.” Nevertheless, sometimes thing go awry. There are times you have to adjust or change your connection settings, especially when using a laptop—just like in Windows.

Phoronix: Metro Redux Is Looking Fantastic

Saturday 9th of August 2014 01:56:15 PM
Metro: Last Light on Linux has been amazing penguin gamers with the visual clarity and AAA game-play. Since May we've been excited over 4A Games working on a "Redux" game with Linux support. Metro Redux incorporates Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light and should be another amazing hit for Linux gamers later this year...

Reddit: Looking for resources on compiling kernel and linux/android images for flashing to embedded arm systems.

Saturday 9th of August 2014 01:54:56 PM

Hi everyone, I've been checking this subreddit for a few years now, and recently got the opportunity to put my hands on an arm developer board with a preloaded image. I was hoping to be able to add drivers/modules and possibly even compile a kernel from sources and an image (android/linux) to work on this device (allwinner -a20 based in this case). Can you please help me get started with easy tutorials and information on such daunting tasks for a beginner? For example the installed device image (android kitkat) did not have a device driver included for the nand to allow a complete dd image to be created, so I can't even make a backup of my image, although there are supposedly drivers for this device to allow for that to work (there are 10 partitions mounted separately, and this driver created a nand device with the whole image mounted which makes imaging possible).

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Reddit: Is there such a thing as a "blank slate"?

Saturday 9th of August 2014 01:48:33 PM

I have always used LTS versions of Ubuntu for my various tasks. Sometimes, I just need a graphical environment in which I can launch Chromium or Firefox. Is there a distro that offers the "it just works" of Ubuntu without all the bloat? I went with a XFCE minimal install, but it was a buggy pain in the ass.

EDIT: To clarify my needs, I'd like to have the core necessities such as a network manager and the other niceties I enjoyed in Mint. I just don't need the whole software suite. From a pragmatic standpoint, I'd rather spend money on better hardware than waste billable time on trivialities.

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Phoronix: It's Now Possible To Play Netflix Natively On Linux Without Wine Plug-Ins

Saturday 9th of August 2014 12:43:55 PM
Going back for a few years it's been possible to play Netflix movies on Linux using some hacks like with running Microsoft Silverlight on a modified version of Wine. More recently, Pipelight has been working out well as a easy-to-use solution for getting Netflix movies to play on Linux web-browsers, albeit it's still not a native experience. Fortunately, times are quickly changing...

Phoronix: VC4 Gallium3D Driver Merged To Mainline Mesa

Saturday 9th of August 2014 12:20:56 PM
Raspberry Pi fans can rejoice that the VC4 Gallium3D driver has been merged to mainline Mesa in its early form...

LXer: Why is Skype forcing a software upgrade on all of us?

Saturday 9th of August 2014 12:07:40 PM
In a Skype public chat in which I participate a number of other users said they'd been logged out - and looking in the Windows Skype community and Mac Skype community web forums I see MANY messages from people who are experiencing problems over the past week. The frustration is even visible in the Linux Skype community (a community Skype has often ignored)...

TuxMachines: Flock 2014 Day 3: Building an application installer from the ground up

Saturday 9th of August 2014 11:59:53 AM

Some people think of GNOME Software as a front end to PackageKit, but that’s not really true, although PackageKit is important. The software installer uses the PackageKit plugin architecture, which although private can be used by anyone who needs it. Problems do occur, Hughes conceded, when you have multiple instances of an application in different repositories, but this can be resolved through application policies (such as “prefer the distribution version”).

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TuxMachines: Oracle Embargoes FLOSS (Java)…

Saturday 9th of August 2014 11:49:16 AM

So, Oracle is pushing the limits but apparently is legally doing so. Whether FLOSS can legally be embargoed by government is beyond me. After all, the source is out there and can’t be put back in the bottle. Further, if every country in the world had a random set of embargoes against every other country in he world, FLOSS could not be international at all. That would be a crime against humanity. If Java, why not Linux, itself? If such embargoes apply, Russia, Iran, Cuba etc. could just fork everything and go it alone. They certainly have the population to support a thriving FLOSS community behind their own walls.

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TuxMachines: Linux Security Threats on the Rise

Saturday 9th of August 2014 11:40:59 AM

Every year, heck...every month, Linux is adopted by more companies and organizations as an important if not primary component of their enterprise platform. And the more serious the hardware platform, the more likely it is to be running Linux. 60% of servers, 70% of Web servers and 95% of all supercomputers are Linux-based!

Even if they're not "Linux shops", companies realize certain benefits from bringing Linux in for specific purposes. Its reliability, flexibility, scalability and cost of ownership offer huge advantages over other OSes...but I don't have to tell you that, do I? You probably earn your keep because of these statistics!

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TuxMachines: Peppermint OS Reviewed, GNU Radio in Space, and KNOPPIX 7.4.0

Saturday 9th of August 2014 11:38:44 AM

Our top story today in Linux news is Jack M. Germain's review of Peppermint OS. The Free Software Foundation is reporting that GNU Radio controls the ISEE-3 Spacecraft. is wondering what is programmers' favorite hacking food and Canonical is looking for community wallpaper submissions. KNOPPIX 7.4.0 was released, Linus in back in the news, and Source 2 is coming to Linux. All this and more is in tonight's Linux report.

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Reddit: How to get started with OpenStack

Saturday 9th of August 2014 11:32:05 AM

We're looking at investigating the implementation of OpenStack at our workplace environment.

I could spend all day reading about component interaction in the documentation.

I could spend even more time struggling to setup my own environment that just barely gets up and running off the ground but doesn't quite fit out implementation needs.

What the above two methods do not give me are learning best practices, and an understanding of the practical utilization of OpenStack in a large cloud infrastructure. It doesn't give me hardware recommendations and practical examples as to how people are actually using OpenStack. I'm not looking for "this is how you do it" or "this is what works best". I just want someone to go through a practical example of what works best in their environment and the reasons why.

Does anyone know of any resources that really explain practical examples, caveats, and best practices of implementing openstack?

What I really want to see/learn is how some other people are using these technologies in a practical fashion so that I can pull that insight and utilize parts of their implementation.

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TuxMachines: Which Linux Desktop Environment Should You Use?

Saturday 9th of August 2014 10:53:25 AM

There are other Window Managers out there and you can try 76 of them out by downloading and trying out LinuxBBQ (although it takes patience).

If you just use your computer for browsing the web, watching videos and listening to music and you have a modern computer then why not try out Unity or Gnome.

If you are keen to stay traditional and have a modern computer try KDE or Cinnamon.

If you have a mid range computer then there is MATE and XFCE and these are worth trying out even on modern hardware because they will keep things nice and slick.

On older hardware try out LXDE first but if that fails try out one of the ultra light distributions that use ICEWM or Fluxbox.

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Reddit: Support Xbox One controllers in xpad driver

Saturday 9th of August 2014 10:33:07 AM

Reddit: Can we gather some links to linux talks, Q&A etc.?

Saturday 9th of August 2014 10:16:54 AM

I kinda have scraped YouTube for talks about linux, kernel development, Q&A and so on, but it seems so that a lot of it is hidden in the dark valley of YouYube. So does anybody have any links to interesting talks and conferences?

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