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Chrome 43 Beta Brings Web MIDI & Permissions API

Thursday 16th of April 2015 05:28:31 PM
Chrome 42 was just released as stable so out now by Google is the Chrome 43 Beta...

ZFS & Libdvdcss Should Soon Be In Debian

Thursday 16th of April 2015 04:06:18 PM
For Debian GNU/Linux users wishing to have ZFS file-system support and libdvdcss (for DVD playback) without having to use third-party package archives, that should soon be a reality...

GNOME 3.16.1 Released

Thursday 16th of April 2015 02:45:31 PM
The first point release to GNOME 3.16 was just officially released...

The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux

Thursday 16th of April 2015 02:40:00 PM
A couple weeks ago I bought the Lenovo T450s, this is my first laptop-upgrade in about three years and I have to say... I am so glad that I did upgrade. Over the last two weeks I've been using the T450s as my daily-driver and its been working almost perfectly under Fedora Linux.

LibreOffice 4.5 Bumped To Become LibreOffice 5.0

Thursday 16th of April 2015 02:00:16 PM
While we've been looking forward to the new features of LibreOffice 4.5 as the leading open-source office suite, version 4.5 is no more. The next version of LO is now going to be LibreOffice 5.0...

ACPI/PM For Linux 4.1: Airmont, HiSilicon ACPU, Broadwell Server Additions

Thursday 16th of April 2015 12:43:42 PM
Rafael Wysocki of Intel sent in the ACPI and power management updates for the Linux 4.1 kernel. As usual, there's a lot of new code part of this big pull request...

Qt 5.5 Beta Is Closer With Today's Snapshot

Thursday 16th of April 2015 11:56:37 AM
Qt 5.5 is a very exciting release for new features and functionality being added to this open-source toolkit, but it's continuing in the Qt5 tradition of running behind schedule...

Linux Audio Is Being Further Modernized With The 4.1 Kernel

Thursday 16th of April 2015 11:43:59 AM
Takashi Iwai sent in his sound driver updates for Linux 4.1, which includes major modernization with the standard bus for ALSA in the sequencer core and HD-audio code...

KDE Applications 15.04 Adds Kdenlive & KDE Telepathy

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 11:55:29 PM
Just a day after the KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta release is the availability of KDE Applications 15.04.0...

GNU Hurd 0.6 Released Brings Clean-Ups & Fixes

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 11:50:35 PM
Version 0.6 of GNU Hurd was released today. Before getting too excited about GNU Hurd, it's still bound to x86 32-bit and doesn't offer any compelling new features...

The Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup Is Chugging Along

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 06:38:52 PM
It's going on one month now that our massive new server/benchmarking Linux and open-source benchmarking farm has been operational. So far things are going great and continuing to churn out a lot of performance data for the very latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, LLVM/Clang, and other projects on a daily basis...

The NVIDIA GTX 750 Will Finally Run Easy With Acceleration On Linux 4.1

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 06:14:30 PM
While the GeForce GTX 900 series are in garbage shape with the open-source driver, Nouveau on Linux 4.1 does bring some improvements for the original Maxwell GeForce GTX 750 series along with the GK20A Tegra K1 graphics processors...

KDBUS Is Taking A Lot Of Heat, Might Be Delayed From Mainline Linux Kernel

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 04:49:00 PM
Earlier this week I wrote about how it looked like KDBUS would be included in the Linux 4.1 kernel given the pull request sent to Linus Torvalds by Greg Kroah-Hartman. However, since that pull request, KDBUS is taking a lot of heat and there's calls for it to be postponed from mainlining...

Veyron Danger & Brain Motherboards Now In Coreboot

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 04:32:26 PM
As a quick update to the initial Veyron motherboards being added to Coreboot, Google has now added more Veyron boards to mainline Coreboot...

There's Not Yet A Catalyst 15.4 Beta For Linux

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 03:11:07 PM
Windows users this week saw the release of an AMD Catalyst 15.4 Beta driver, but if you're looking out for the equivalent Linux build, sadly it has yet to surface...

Xubuntu To Replace Abiword With Parts Of LibreOffice

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 02:49:36 PM
Lightweight Ubuntu derivative Xubuntu is planning to replace the Abiword open-source word processor with LibreOffice in Xubuntu 15.10. The Xfce-powered desktop distribution also plans to do away with the GIMP image editor in this next release following Xubuntu 15.04...

Linux 4.1: Full DynTicks For KVM Guests To Become Possible

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 02:43:38 PM
While full DynTicks support has been part of the mainline Linux kernel for quite a while, it's now become possible to use it with KVM guest virtual machines...

Nouveau: NVIDIA's New Hardware Is "VERY Open-Source Unfriendly"

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 01:42:30 PM
While NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 900 series is dominating for Linux gamers with excellent performance with their $1000+ GPU as well as great Linux OpenGL/OpenCL performance out of their lower-cost GPUs with excellent power efficiency, that's only when using the proprietary driver... NVIDIA's newer GTX 900 / Maxwell hardware is less open-source friendly than their previous generations of hardware...

eBPF Programs Can Attach To KProbes In Linux 4.1

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 01:16:52 PM
The (e)BPF in-kernel virtual machine that's been extended to do more than just packet filtering is becoming more useful with the Linux 4.1 development kernel...

Live-Patching Doesn't Change Much In Linux 4.1

Wednesday 15th of April 2015 01:10:23 PM
The live kernel patching support was one of the big additions to what became Linux 4.0, but with Linux 4.1 there aren't many improvements to show for the past cycle...

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Android Leftovers

  • Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 Release Rumored
    This week the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update has finally arrived for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, and even a few lucky Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners are getting the absolute latest version of Android with loads of bug fixes from Google. However, the Nexus 9 hasn’t seen an update since November, and is the only device still on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.
  • Android Wear vs. Apple Watch: Which one will “wow” your wrist?
    Wearable tech is fast becoming the next big thing. We’ve seen fitness trackers gain popularity, smart jewellery take off, and even luxury brands start to sit up and take notice. However, it’s smartwatches which are one of the most popular choices amongst early adopters of wearable tech. The affordable Pebble works regardless of what phone you use, while big names such as Samsung, Motorola, Sony, and LG all have Android-based products on sale. Now, Apple is taking them all on with the Apple Watch.
  • Videostream for Android Streams Movies from Your PC to Your Chromecast
    Videostream for Chrome already makes it easy to play any video on your computer or network through your Chromecast, but the new Videostream app for Android gives you a remote control to stream movies on your PC, monitor downloads, and control playback without installing a special media server.
  • Meerkat’s Android app is live on Google Play
    Good news for Android users who want to get involved in the livestreaming craze that’s sweeping Twitter: Meerkat has officially made it to the Google Play Store with a beta app. Its main rival, the Twitter-owned Periscope, remains iOS-only for the time being.
  • HTC One (M8) Android 5.1 Lollipop Update: How to Install CyanogenMod [Official] CM12.1 Custom ROM
    Earlier in the week, HTC announced that their 2014 flagship smartphone One (M8) would get the new Android 5.1 Lollipop firmware in August, which means device owners would have to wait for more than two months to savour the new update.
  • Android 5.1 rollout to Moto X devices starting next week
    Motorola has announced that the Moto X 2014 will receive the long awaited Android 5.1 update next week, as reported in this article at Load the Game. The software update will first be made available to users in Brazil, and a United States rollout is expected in the week thereafter. An exact release date for European users has yet to be announced but is expected to be released around the middle of May.
  • 7 best Android apps for screen recording and other ways too!
    One of our more frequent requests from readers is to tell them how to record your screen on Android. The functionality has been around for quite some time but usually requires some tinkering and adjustment to get it. In Android Lollipop, they have a screen recording method building into the OS and that’s how most people do it these days. Let’s take a look at a few Android apps and some other methods to get you screen recording.
  • Fanboy Fight: How One Apple/Android Argument Ended In A Stabbing
    Every one of us has already had this fight at some point: Apple or Android? The two dominant players in the mobile space carry with them very loyal fanbases who, for some reason, like to spar off with one another over whose tech-daddy could beat up the other. The companies compete with the same level of petty at times, which doesn't help. Apple screws around with text messages from Android users, Android pokes back at Apple over the controlling hand it has in its app store, and the two companies spend a great deal of time in legal battles because of course they do. C'mon, guys, can't we all just spend our time pointing and laughing at Windows Mobile? [..] Yeah, no kidding. I have my brand loyalty, too, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't feel so offended at a roommate's opinion of my phone that I felt I had to avenge the inanimate object by getting all stabby. Both men ended up getting arrested and were sent to the hospital to have their wounds treated. In a perfect world, they would be laid up next to each other, Instagram-selfying from their beds with comments about how awesome the pictures from their respective phones looked.

World’s first Ubuntu powered Drone launched

It seems world is slowly and steadily moving towards Linux powered devices. After Linux was used to power destroyers for US Navy, now Erle Robotics has used Ubuntu to power a drone. Read more

Linux vs Windows: What do people want from their next computer?

The Gnome desktop version can also be made to look stunning too, so users shouldn’t think that choosing Linux will make things ugly or clunky, as this is not the case. In conclusion, Windows adding a Start button, which the company axed two years ago, and multiple desktops (a long established Linux feature) will not make the transition and subsequent day-to-day usage much less frustrating than the Windows 8 experience. However, one of the main downsides about the Linux operating system is that by being free, this means that there is no huge marketing budget to get the message out. Read more

The loudest lesson from Ubuntu Vivid Vervet: If it’s not broken …

Those who are partial to Ubuntu know that every six months the good people at Canonical, the people behind Ubuntu, release a new version to its popular Operating System. Well if you somehow missed the big event, the latest iteration of Ubuntu and all its cousins like Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Gnome, were released on the 24th of April. As usual, you get to decide which flavor you prefer depending on your hardware some of the flavors like Lubuntu are to be recommended over the default Unity based installation especially if your hardware is dated. Read more