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January 2015

If You Like the Terminal, You Will Love the Terminal-Only Alpine Linux OS

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Linux

Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution Alpine Linux is based on based on musl libc and Busybox, which make up the terminal, has been upgraded once more and is now available for download.

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Android Wear just got very, very smart

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Gadgets

Google's Android Wear software just got smart - very smart - simply because it integrates Google Now top to bottom. With an update to Google Now comes an update to Android Wear, and what we're seeing today is an explosive update that'll make the suggestions for directions and sports scores you've been getting so far seem like drops in a barrel of friendly, and I daresay helpful, updates from apps of all kinds. Everything from eBay auction updates to the ability to "Download Venice" - all on your wrist, very soon.

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Leftovers: Software

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Pro tip: Find tons of open-source Android software with F-Droid

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If you're looking for truly open-source software for the Android platform, you don't have to do a ton of searching or check through licenses from within the Google Play Store. All you have to do is download a simple tool called F-Droid. With this tool, you can download and install apps (from quite a large listing) as easily as you can from the Google Play Store.

You won't, however, find F-Droid in the Google Play Store. Instead, you have to download the .apk file and install it manually. Once it's installed, the rest is just a matter of searching for an app and tapping to install.

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Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD

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Linux

The manufacturing goal was $250k USD and thanks to the extension they're now set to close the campaign at the end of today at around $400k. With the extra funds, they're planning to add hardware kill switches for the microphone/camera and for all RF/WiFI/Bluetooth adapters. Those behind the project are also looking at replacing the HDMI port with two mini Thunderbolt ports.

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US Army and FOSS

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Mark Morton: Why we chose an open source website

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OSS
Drupal

Platforms like Wordpress and Drupal, which are maintained by a community of users, can be a cost-effective and flexible option for charities, writes the digital media manager at Epilepsy Action

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Also: Sydney developer brings open source e-commerce to WordPress

Pondering the Fate of Open Source & Software Licenses

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OOo
Legal

Having used OpenOffice for several years on the Panasonic Toughbooks I use in the field, I've avoided buying into traditional or subscription-based services. While enterprises may have a different view on licensing, cost most always figures into the decision-making process. So if they go the subscription route, they'll have to then ask what strategies they can use to lower those costs. Will they be able to haggle on price?

If the subscription model does become the norm, will OpenOffice and other open-source software thrive, dive, or stay the same in market share? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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Games: Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Horror Story: Hallowseed, and More

      
  • Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Fates Divided announced, Linux support "shortly after Windows" | GamingOnLinux

    Total War: THREE KINGDOMS - Fates Divided was just announced by Creative Assembly and SEGA for release on March 11, and porting studio Feral Interactive confirmed it for Linux "shortly after Windows". Taking place starting at 200 CE, this Chapter Pack for Three Kingdoms sees two childhood friends, Yuan Shao and Cao Cao, go head to head as they battle against each other's growing ambition. With a childhood bond about to break, it can only mean one thing - Total War.

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  • Horror Story: Hallowseed is a psychological horror game coming to Linux this Summer | GamingOnLinux

    Available currently in Early Access for Windows, developer Jeff Winner and publisher 1C Entertainment make it clear that Horror Story: Hallowseed is going to be supported on Linux and macOS too. It's been on Steam in Early Access since July 2020, with 1C Entertainment taking it on as publisher as of this month now that it's approaching the full release. Horror Story: Hallowseed is a single-player story-driven psychological horror game that takes place in a fictional location, forgotten by time, all wrapped in a mysterious demonic terror. Three friends were camping in the woods, when an obscure event takes them away, causing two of them to disappear. Left alone in an unknown place, Michael seeks answers about what happened, while trying to find his friends.

  • Get some great games for the weekend in these new bundles

    As usual, we will highlight those in bold text that have Linux builds.

Top 10 Linux Distros for Gaming

Exploring the top 10 most acceptable Linux distributions for fellow gamers is our main goal in this article. These have been hand-picked because of the overall experience you will get when you are gaming with them. The progress on Linux gaming development has been impressive over time, and it is no longer a dream. The Linux gaming distributions we will examine herein are greatly optimized for gaming. Critical in consideration are the drivers and applications that come with them. For instance, we are looking at the kind of emulators, the drivers, and the gaming software. With these distributions, you can play your game out of the box with minimal or no configuration needed. These gaming distros are very friendly. Read more

GNU Poke Reaches 1.0

  • Release notes for poke 1.0
    I am happy to announce the first release of GNU poke, version 1.0.
    
    The tarball poke-1.0.tar.gz is now available at
    https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/poke/poke-1.0.tar.gz.
    
      GNU poke (http://www.jemarch.net/poke) is an interactive,
      extensible editor for binary data.  Not limited to editing basic
      entities such as bits and bytes, it provides a full-fledged
      procedural, interactive programming language designed to describe
      data structures and to operate on them.
    
    This release is the product of 3 years of work resulting in 4126
    commits, made by 19 contributors.
    
    The program is far from being perfect and there are known bugs and
    limitations in place.  We also have lots of awesome ideas still to be
    implemented, extensions we want to add, pickles for many data formats
    to write, documentation to improve, and lots of work in
    progress... the GUI, the machine-interface... working in poke is so
    fun that it is difficult to stop :'D
    
    But it is time to start the releasing cycles so everyone can benefit
    from poke, which is already immensely useful for many activities like
    systems programming, testing of software, design and documentation of
    file formats and protocols, reverse engineering, and much more.
    Releasing often will hopefully also bring in more developers to our
    little but enthusiastic community... there is so much to do!
    
    In any case, we wish you have fun with poke and that you find it
    useful.
    
    Please send us comments, suggestions, bug reports, *patches*,
    questions, complaints, bitcoins, or whatever, to poke-devel@gnu.org.
    
    Many of the poke developers and users populate the #poke IRC channel
    at irc.freenode.net, and you are more than welcome to join us there
    and say hello.
    
    Now it is time to mention the names of all the people who have
    contributed with code and/or documentation to this release.  In
    certain but no significant order they are:
    
       John Darrington
       Tim Rühsen
       Luca Saiu
       Bruno Haible
       Mohammad-Reza Nabipoor
       Eric Blake
       Egeyar Bagcioglu
       Kostas Chasialis
       Darshit Shah
       Dan Čermák
       David Faust
       Carlo Caione
       Henner Zeller
       Aurelien Aptel
       Indu Bhagat
       Darkstar
       Michael Drüing
       Pierre-Evariste Dagand
    
    My gratitude to you all!  It is a real pleasure to hack with you.
    
    Finally, as a personal note, I would like to dedicate this release to
    my father Eduardo.  For this is also your work in a sense, and I love
    you very much.
    
    And this is all for now.
    Happy poking!
    
  • GNU poke 1.0 released

    Version 1.0 of GNU poke is out. "GNU poke (http://www.jemarch.net/poke) is an interactive, extensible editor for binary data. Not limited to editing basic entities such as bits and bytes, it provides a full-fledged procedural, interactive programming language designed to describe data structures and to operate on them."

  • GNU poke 1.0 released
  • GNU Poke 1.0 Released For Poking At Binary Data

    The newest GNU project seeing its first release is GNU Poke, which is being inaugurated at v1.0 after being in development for the past three years. GNU Poke 1.0 is an interactive editor for binary data that beyond basic editing capabilities has an integrated, interactive programming language for describing data structures and operating on them. There is a GUI in the works for Poke along with many other features planned but after the initial three years of development they feel it's now in good enough shape for declaring a 1.0 release.

5.12 Kernel: Data Loss Risk, Adreno, and Firmware Performance Data

  • Watch Out For Possible Data Loss On Early Linux 5.12 Kernels - Phoronix

    As a quick PSA for those that may be eager to test out early Git builds of the Linux 5.12 kernel, I've been hitting a very nasty issue on multiple systems leading to corruption / data loss.

  • More Open-Source Adreno 500 Series Support, A6xx Speedbin Sent In For Linux 5.12 - Phoronix

    Last week the main set of DRM subsystem updates were sent in for the Linux 5.12 merge window. That pull included exciting additions like Radeon RX 6000 series OverDrive and Intel Xe VRR. Mistakenly left out of that pull request last week were the open-source Qualcomm Adreno driver improvements for the "MSM" kernel driver while now that code has landed. As previously noted, there are some noteworthy Adreno improvements this cycle. The driver now has support for the Adreno 508 / 509 / 512 GPUs with the Adreno 508 being found in the Snapdragon 630, the 509 in the Snapdragon 636, and the 512 is in the Snapdragon 660.

  • Linux 5.12 To Expose Firmware Performance Data - Phoronix

    Last week saw the main set of ACPI and power management updates for Linux 5.12 while for the second week of the merge window has been the follow-up work with Intel Simple Firmware Interface removal and also an additional ACPI update. Noteworthy with yesterday's ACPI pull is support for parsing of the ACPI Firmware Performance Data Table (FPDT) and now exposing that under sysfs. The ACPI FPDT tables provide platform initialization platform records with data pertaining to the boot process. Via the Firmware Performance Data Table it's possible to track the performance of each UEFI phase - helpful in measuring hardware/software changes, etc.