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What makes Linux so good?

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GNU
Linux

With Linux, everybody has access to the source code and everyone has the ability to join in and get involved and this means that through collaboration the software evolves at a faster pace and the end product is usually of a very high standard.

Linux isn't just for programmers though. Linux is for everyone. Most people couldn't care less what is under the hood in the same way that many people drive their cars without being able to tell a spark plug from a dipstick.

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Handy Disk Image Tools

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Linux
Hardware
Software

Disk images are computer files of a disk volume or an entire data storage device, such as a hard drive, optical disk (e.g. DVD, CD, Blu-ray), tape drive, USB flash drive, or floppy disk. A disk image represents the content exactly as it is on the original storage device, including both data and structure information.

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Color Pickers

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KDE

In this regard, I offered to propose a new way or method that we can use for the KDE Color picker. We have a few ways that this was done in the past and maybe it can be improved. KDE currently uses this from the KColor Chooser

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KDE makes Qt

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Development
KDE

So, KDE people makes up for 40-60% of the weekly commits to QtBase. This is again shows that KDE is important to Qt, just as the reverse is. So, let’s keep KDE healthy.

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CyanogenMOD maintains open source roots as business success looms

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Android

It’s safe to say that CyanogenMOD has changed Android for the better, breathing new life into aging smartphones abandoned by their manufacturers. What started as a side project based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) now has over a million active users clambering to install the latest builds on their devices — even ones that have not been forgotten by their makers.

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Presenting DWD, a Candidate for KDE Window Decorations

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KDE

When the first CSD “what if” was made in the KDE community forums it became the catalyst that got me in touch with some of the fine developers who really do make KDE happen, from them and members of the VDG I was educated on a new method of decorating windows with clean yet powerful widgets, and I have the privilege of presenting the idea we have worked and iterated on for some weeks now today...

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The Unbundling Of That Other OS At Lenovo

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GNU
Linux

For years, I’ve been annoyed that Lenovo supports GNU/Linux on all its PCs and will ship GNU/Linux for those who demand it but did not advertise GNU/Linux units side by side with units burdened with that other OS.

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OverlayFS Finally Offered For Pulling Into Linux 3.18

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Linux

When Linux 3.18-rc1 was released last week, one week sooner than anticipated, Linus Torvalds mentioned he was willing to still allow OverlayFS to be merged this cycle. One week later, that code is hopefully now ready for merging.

While Linux 3.18-rc2 is expected for release later today, last night Al Viro sent in a new VFS pull request that finally has OverlayFS ready for landing. OverlayFS has been aiming for Linux 3.18 and it's finally moving ahead while already having a lot of users even though it's not been part of the mainline kernel tree. OverlayFS is a simple union file-system already used by some live DVD/USB Linux distributions like Mageia and OpenWRT. OverlayFS has been trying for years to get mainlined in the Linux kernel but not all kernel developers have been happy with it -- some objecting it's incomplete, not happy with the design, etc.

With this pull request hopefully it will be honored by Torvalds today and let OverlayFS make it into Linux 3.18 this late. Anyhow, there's already a lot of other great features to Linux 3.18.

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Pi2D2 interview

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Linux
Interviews
Sci/Tech

It was a pretty long project. I didn’t work on it full time, obviously, but I probably worked on it over a period of six months, and most of the time was writing the software. A lot of the software was written in Python – like the controls for the webcam, the soundboard and everything – so most of the time was getting the software running and getting the kinks worked out. Like where if it loses a Wi-Fi connection it tries to rejoin and things like that. So, yeah, I definitely want to revisit it, and obviously the second time round you can do it a lot better than you did the first, so I’d like to go back.

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Btrfs RAID: Linux 3.10 To Linux 3.18 Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks

As a follow-up to this week's Btrfs RAID HDD testing on Ubuntu 14.10, I ran some benchmarks of Btrfs in RAID0 while benchmarking every major kernel release from Linux 3.10 to Linux 3.18-rc1.

With the same configuration as used in the previous article for modern Btrfs RAID HDD benchmarking, I put the two Samsung 250GB HD253GJ hard drives in a RAID 0 array with Btrfs on Ubuntu 14.10. I then used the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA to install Linux 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, 3.15, 3.16, 3.17, and 3.18-rc1 with their stock kernel configuration.

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[Video] Hands-on with the Samsung Gear S at the Tizen Developer Summit in shanghai 2014

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Linux

Navigating around the display is a breeze with swiping down from the clock face bringing down quick controls for volume, screen brightness and also the do not disturb setting. Swiping left brings you the user selectable and also installable widgets. This means that you can have the app widgets that matter to you most within striking distance. Swiping right from the clock face brings you to you notifications, where you are easily able to select notifications from different applications such as SMS, Whatsapp, email etc.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Offers AMD Radeon Driver Performance Improvements

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Graphics/Benchmarks

In comparing the open-source graphics driver performance of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and Ubuntu 14.10, the newer Ubuntu Linux release does offer up some performance improvements to the R600 and RadeonSI graphics drivers, but already in the latest kernel and Mesa Git code is faster performance. Here are benchmarks of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 for several OpenGL benchmarks with different AMD Radeon graphics cards while also adding in the results of the Oibaf PPA and vanilla Linux 3.17 kernel.

Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS ships with the Linux 3.13 kernel, xf86-video-ati 7.3.0, and Mesa 10.1.3 as the important Radeon GPU driver packages provided out-of-the-box. With Ubuntu 14.10 is the Linux 3.16 kernel, xf86-video-ati 7.4.0, and Mesa 10.3.0. The kernel and Mesa upgrades over the past six months have been significant, especially for the newer AMD graphics processors, which is why we're running these comparison tests. With Ubuntu 14.10 not being a rolling-release distribution, the Oibaf PPA was then enabled for fetching the latest user-space driver code: xf86-video-ati 7.5.99 Git and Mesa 10.4.0-devel along with fetching the stable Linux 3.17 kernel, to look for open-source AMD GPU driver improvements already made beyond what's found in Ubuntu 14.10.

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GParted Live 0.20.0-2 Stable Release

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GNU
Linux
Debian

This live image contains GParted 0.20.0 which improves resizing for multi-device btrfs file systems. Also included is a patched version of parted 3.2 that fixes a crash that would occur when resizing fat16 file systems.

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Open-Source Radeon 2D Performance Is Better With Ubuntu 14.10

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Graphics/Benchmarks

While we're most often looking at the OpenGL 3D performance of the Linux graphics drivers, in the tests currently being done of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Ubuntu 14.10 are also a number of 2D graphics benchmarks. In the article today are our 2D benchmarks between Ubuntu 14.04.1 and Ubuntu 14.10 for various AMD Radeon graphics cards and it shows off significant performance improvements.

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KDE With Theoretical Client-Side Decorations, Windows 10 Influence

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KDE
Microsoft

KDE contributor and graphics designer Ken Vermette has penned an interesting series of KDE "What if..." articles where he talks about (and has some visual mock-ups) about what KDE might look like with client-side decorations along and separately if KDE were to use Windows 10 design components.

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Also: What if… Plasma Used Launchers from Other Systems & Enviornments? (Part 1)

What if… KDE Used Windows 10 Design Components?

Pondering FOSS foundations

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LibO
OSS

In the case of the Document Foundation, the LibreOffice project needed an independent, solid and meritocratic entity dedicated to support it. In other terms, the OpenOffice.org community wanted to be its own boss and stop relying on corporate – or even third party – good will. If you attend the Community Track on the 31st you will be able to learn more about the Document Foundation and the other entities, but my message here is that while there is no silver bullet in these matters, forcing a community be hosted or to bend to a software vendor never works. It bends if it wants to; it goes whereever it wishes to go. In the case of the Document Foundation, independence and community rule prevailed over convenience; today the results do not need to be proven anymore. But it does not mean we hold the truth more than anybody else: we just ensured the community was in charge.

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10+ Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

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Ubuntu

There is some discussion of whether or not you should upgraded to 14.10 here, but the short version is, for most people an upgrade from 14.04 is not necessary but not a bad idea, and an upgrade from any earlier version is a very good idea. Mostly, though, you should just upgrade.

One could ask the question, should you be installing Ubuntu with Unity. You have to like Unity. I personally like to have a wider range of desktop options than Ubuntu with Unity allows, but for a notebook or laptop where you are going to be using one application at a time, usually use GUI apps, and like to have your computer integrated fairly seamlessly to social networking services, etc., it is a good option.

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