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LXer: Looking Ahead to New Linux/FOSS Promotional Events

Thursday 10th of September 2015 03:16:09 AM
Expanding Linux Venues In the South (or ELVIS): A FOSS event fit for The King, this one would be held in Memphis, as close to Graceland as possible. Everyone would be required to wear blue suede shoes. We could have Elvis impersonators demonstrating various Linux distros and FOSS programs. Heck, we could have Linus impersonators doing the same thing. And Stallman impersonators doing the same thing. And Jon ‘maddog’ Hall impersonators…you get the idea. This is definitely something worth planning, and I’m so far from Memphis. Is someone closer that could take the reins? Uh, thankyouverymuch.

LXer: BitTorrentSync: Dropbox for Nerds

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 09:33:03 PM
It's not really fair to compare Dropbox directly withBitTorrentSync. First of all, my title implies Dropbox is somehowinferior. To be honest, I haven't found anything that works assmoothly as Dropbox when it comes to sync reliability and ease ofinstallation. That said, although it has incredible strengths, it also hasa few shortcomings.

Reddit: What is the actual benefit of Linux for a standard consumer?

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 09:09:18 PM

I've been a Linux user for a few years now, but I'm comfortable with Mac and Windows too.

Philosophically, I like the idea of FOSS. Whether or not you believe in the preachings of RMS, open source allows for the exchange of free ideas via source code. This is better for education and better for groups that want a defined task with none of the extra bloat.

But for an average consumer, what's the draw? It's cool to be able to customize things..but does it really matter? Is there any ethical importance regarding software?

If a company did something malicious, wouldn't people just buy from a competitor, boycott, talk to government, etc? Surely, these malicious things RMS talks about aren't actually that horrible.

Also every clean feeling Linux distro seems to just be approaching the "Apple model" anyway. Think Google with chrome OS or Android, or Ubuntu. Sure, they may be kind of open source, but really they are just approaching integrated hardware and software like apple with pretty closed software. So what's the point?

The big companies are the only ones that can fabricate the hardware, and they seem to play ball mostly with the big software companies. I like the community model, but I'm not so sure anymore that it applies to computers well.

Idk, thoughts?

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Reddit: Linux Desktops That Don't Scale - Feel Like This!

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 09:01:38 PM

Reddit: Nice little piece on how my favourite DE has matured

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 07:52:09 PM
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Phoronix: Intel Releases Production-Ready OpenGL 4.4 Driver, But Only For Windows

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 07:49:16 PM
While there's been an Intel OpenGL 4.4 Windows driver available for the latest HD/Iris Graphics hardware since earlier this year, it seems out now is their first production driver release for Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 that supports OpenGL 4.4 for all their capable hardware that includes Skylake...

LXer: Linux gaming: Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers released

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 07:26:22 PM
In today's open source roundup: The Ubuntu-based Ultimate Edition 4.6 Gamers is packed with Linux games. Plus: Amazon gets rid of the last of its Fire phones. And Steam for Linux usage rises again.

TuxMachines: Toradex preps first Freescale i.MX7-based COMs

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 07:24:29 PM

Toradex is prepping two Linux-ready Colibri branded COMs, based on Freescale’s single- and dual-core Cortex-A7 i.MX7 SoCs, for release early next year.

Last week we were intrigued by a vague pre-announcement from Toradex about its plan to develop one of the first computer-on-modules built around the i.MX7 system-on-chip, which Freescale announced in June. The Swiss embedded board maker said it would be among the few hardware partners showcasing the Cortex-A7-based i.MX7 when the SoC launches in early 2016.

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Reddit: Ubqiuti Networks still violating the GPL

Wednesday 9th of September 2015 07:05:38 PM

Update in case anyone is interested on

I was applying for a job at this company when I learned about this. They claimed the issue was fixed but request for source to specific binaries went unmet despite efforts made to create an appearance of compliance. Hopefully this is useful to someone searching for updates.

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Slashdot: Ubuntu Core Gets Support For Raspberry Pi 2 GPIO and I2C

Tuesday 8th of September 2015 04:00:04 PM

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A kid in an open source candy store

In 2009, I decided to leave HP and become an independent consultant. I presented at the inaugural LinuxCon on "Transforming Your Company with Open Source." Over time, my engagement with open source became more introspective. I wanted to integrate its lessons more fully into the personal development lessons that I was learning through my ongoing studies of psychology and spirituality. I thought back to the kid in the candy store. What open source was doing was connecting (and confronting!) me with the energy of abundance. This is the kind of energy that encourages positive action while loosening attachment to the fruits of that action, increasing self-awareness in the process. I wrote about this in a 2011 article on, and expanded on it further in chapter 3 of my book Enlightening Technical Leadership in 2013. Read more