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LXer: Tallowmere, A 2D Procedural Death Labyrinth Platformer Needing Some Love

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 1:39am
Tallowmere is a 2D indie action roguelike procedural death labyrinth platformer for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, featuring randomly-generated levels, enemies, weapons, and gore.

TuxMachines: Sony Gives Android Wear the Cold Shoulder

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 1:29am

Android may rule the smartphone world, but it might not be top dog when it comes to smartwatches. Sony, for one, has decided not to team up with Google and its Android Wear project. Samsung won't use it exclusively -- it's already tinkering with Tizen. "You don't need to use the Android platform as long as you can still interact with it," noted Tirias Research analyst Jim McGregor.

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Reddit: Compiz locking me out of other windows

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 1:20am

I hope it is OK to ask this here. I got no response on, and had no luck on linuxquestions. I still can't fix the problem, and I'm getting a little desperate. The problem follows below. Thank you in advance for any help.

When I am looking at one window, say a Firefox window, I can't click out of it, even when I can see another window on the screen. That is, Compiz does not only not focus on the other window, I cannot close/minimize/maximize/drag the other window, and I cannot click any buttons on that window.

If I kill Firefox, (I can still access and type in my Guake terminal for some reason, so I used killall firefox), then I can interact with the next window (say, a nautilus window or something), but the others are still locked.

I don't know what caused this; I have not messed with the settings since long before this happened. I have not installed anything recently. Restarting hasn't fixed the problem. If I can just trash the right config file and reset to the defaults or something, I would be happy. So far, I tried:

metacity --replace &

The problem seems to persist in metacity. I also tried

compiz --replace & compiz --reset &

with no luck. Next, I tried:

rm -rf ~/.compiz-1 ~/.config/compiz-1 ~/.config/dconf/ ~/.gconf/

and then a restart with no luck. I'm really stuck here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am using vanilla Ubuntu 12.04

EDIT: I just tried

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools dconf reset -f /org/compiz/ setsid unity

Still no luck. Maybe this is not a compiz problem? I don't know what to try next.

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LXer: Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-03-25)

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 12:42am
It’s been a relatively quiet week. Snapshot support in virt-manager, automatic latest-code repos with dgroc, Fedora Plasma KDE-based product proposal, and Fedora Atomic Initiative. Fedora is big project, and it’s […]

LXer: Windows 8 Update Might Delete GRUB2 and Set UEFI to Secure Boot

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 11:45pm
A user who was dual-booting Xubuntu and Windows 8 has reported that one of the latest updates for Windows 8 has actually deleted the GRUB and switched UEFI to secure boot.

Reddit: Video graphics shared networking possible

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 11:00pm

So i know there are ways of building clusters of computers to work together to process information. Could i build a cluster of old computers to say play the sims 3 at full graphics somehow?

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Phoronix: Trying Out The Latest Wayland Linux Desktops With RBOS

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 11:00pm
With last weekend marking an update to the most commonly used Wayland Live CD, I decided to try it out and the different desktop environments that it ships using all the latest code, including the latest development code of Wayland/Weston and the various tool-kits.

Reddit: How to Tell What's Knocking my Network Interface Offline

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 10:59pm

I've got a backup interface (eth3) that is getting knocked offline. It's easy enough to ifup it, but I'm trying to figure out what's causing it to be knocked offline in the first place. There is no mention of eth3 in /var/log/syslog or any other relevant files in that directory (this is a RHEL host). There is an entry in dmesg but it's just showing that the interface is found. Can anybody think of a way to set up more verbose logging or maybe some secret log files that record what's going on?

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LXer: First All Open Source Solution for Vybrid from Toradex and Antmicro with Linux and eCos

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 10:47pm
To tackle systems with UI and realtime determinisitc requirements Toradex and Antmicro have put together a solution based on a Colibri Vybrid VFxx Computer-on-Module (CoM) using Linux and eCos on a multicore ARM processor.

LXer: Star Conflict Free 2 Play Space-MMO Developers Confirm Linux Version For Next Update

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 9:50pm
Star Conflict is a beautiful looking space-based free 2 play MMO that has finally be confirmed for Linux. We have known it was going to happen after the previous hints, but it is good to get solid confirmation.

TuxMachines: Google’s shiny new toys for nerds only: DNS, Linux/Windows support, & virtual machines

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 9:13pm

At a cloud event today, Google announced it was cutting its cloud-services prices by huge margins — up to 85 percent in some cases. But that’s not all the good news.

Google also announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Linux SUSE on the Google Cloud Platform

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TuxMachines: Maxthon Releases Its First Browser For Linux

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 9:11pm

Maxthon has launched its first cloud browser for Linux. The release is partly in response to requests from Maxthon’s users, but also because the open-source operating system has become speedier, says Karl Mattson, the company’s vice president.

“If people haven’t taken a look at Linux for a while, they should take a second look because it’s a great product. The chorus of people emailing us asking for Linux has gotten a lot louder,” says Mattson.

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LinuxInsider: Sony Gives Android Wear the Cold Shoulder

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 8:56pm
It's been just barely a week since Google's Android Wear project made its initial debut, but already one major maker of wearable devices has snubbed the new platform. Sony this week said it will stick with its own Android-based SmartWatch platform for wearables instead. Consumer electronics manufacturers including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung have signed on as Android Wear partners, according to Google, as have chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm. The Fossil fashion brand is also on board.

LXer: Is the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet just too darned big?

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 8:53pm
In today's open source roundup: The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is a whopping 12-inch tablet! Plus: A review of Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403, and CoderDojo teaches young people technology skills.

Reddit: Can you give me a realistic expectation of what it's like to go from Windows XP to Ubuntu?

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 8:22pm

My still very functional Windows XP desktop computer that I have at home is obviously nearing the end of its life, or at least the OS is.

It's mostly used for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu+ and web browsing, so I don't have any real reason to rush out and buy a new computer since none of this is super processor intensive and the computer works just fine for what it is.

I'm reasonably tech savvy, so I'm willing to give Linux with a GUI interface, such as Ubuntu a try, but I've never tried installing it before, and frankly I can't find a straight answer on the internet of what my expectations should be like.

Some folks on the 'net have claimed that literally nothing will work (graphics card, sound card et al) after I install Ubuntu, while others have made claims that it's as easy as loading the OS and continuing on web browsing and watching movies off of the internet as if nothing happened and that I had never heard of Microsoft or Windows before.

Should my expectations be somewhere in the middle? Should I simply dismiss the idea of using Linux on a 5 year old computer that works well enough as is and slap Windows 7 on it instead? It's got an AMD dual core processor, 4 gigs of RAM and a decent video card, if that matters.

Any other ideas or suggestions are certainly welcome!

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Reddit: Why can't more linux programs be distributed like DeaDBeeF? Portable, static, not reliant on any package manager

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 8:21pm

Well the reasons given on the website pretty much are what I feel as well:

These are cross-distro builds for x86 and x86_64 systems. You should use them in the following cases:

You want the latest version without waiting for packages You want to get plugin updates separately from the player releases (and vice versa) You want to use the player even if some library is broken or missing in your distro You want to have more flexibility over how the plugins are managed You want to be in charge of when and how the player is updated, ignoring base system update cycle You want the official build, created and tested by developer, linked to carefully selected (working!) library versions, built with proper settings, not messed up by some ignorant package maintainer

I think I would place special emphasis on the last point. Package managers are fine for creating a basic build system for which to develop on, but not for distributing miscellaneous 3rd party packages, most of which are barely given any attention at all.

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