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Software
Gaming
  • QEMU 2.3 RC1 Released With Many Last Minute Changes

    Following last week's QEMU 2.3-rc0 release, out today is 2.3-RC1 with over 100 changes in the past few days.

  • Shotwell 0.22.0 Photo Manager Released [Install in Ubuntu]

    Shotwell is a powerful photo manager for GNOME, and a good alternative to applications such as DigiKam (for KDE) or Fotoxx. Shotwell comes with features such as organizing tools, editing photos by applying various adjustments, tags and has support for formats like JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, RAW photo images and video files.

  • Pixar Puts Out Free, Non-Commercial Spin Of RenderMan

    This proprietary software is available for 64-bit Linux with GCC 4.4.5+ and Glibc 2.12+. There's also builds for OS X and Windows.

  • MuseScore 2.0 Released!

    Today we are thrilled to announce the availability of the official MuseScore 2.0 release! This release represents the culmination of over four years of development, including technical contributions from over 400 people and feedback from hundreds more users to make this the best free and open source notation program in the world.

  • cursedmate: Right ingredients, but not yet perfect

    cursedmate is python-driven, and isn’t a bad game on the whole. The animation and movement effects are smooth, and pop-up menus and displays don’t get in the way of the action.

  • Three ways to run Windows software in Linux

    Some users switch to Linux to completely get away from Windows. But others still find some Windows software helpful or important. If you're one of those users, you'll be happy to know that there are a number of ways you can run Windows software in Linux.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Govt formulates policy on adoption of open source software

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OSS

The Government on Wednesday formulated a 'Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India' that would encourage the formal adoption and use of Open Source Software (OSS) in Government organisations.

Currently most eGovernance solutions are developed using Closed Source Software (CSS), which is licensed under the exclusive legal right of the copyright holder. In that the users' right to make modifications, sharing, studying, redistribution or reverse engineering is limited.

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Also: How open source can improve your software's security

What the New York Times CIO asks when evaluating open source software

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OSS

In this interview, New York Times CIO Marc Frons explains how his teams evaluate whether to use open source or proprietary software and the simple question that helps guide the conversation.

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Red Hat clears up its software-defined storage options

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Red Hat

If you were a little confused about Red Hat's open-source, software-defined storage options in the past, no one could blame you. On one side there was Inktank Ceph Enterprise, a distributed object store and file system. On the other was Red Hat Storage Server which deployed the Gluster, a multi-protocol, scale-out file-system that can deal with petabytes of data. So, how do you decide which one is for you? Red Hat's trying to make its storage portfolio a little clearer.

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Also: Red Hat, Apollo Education, PVH earnings in focus

Red Hat Is Rolling Out A VirtIO DRM/KMS GPU Driver

Gnome 3.16 sneak peek: A preview from the eyes of a KDE Plasma user

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GNOME

I used to be a Gnome user before Ubuntu decided to switch to Unity. That's when I switched to KDE's Plasma desktop and have been using it as my main desktop environment so far. This hands-on review gives me an opportunity to compare the two DEs and see what we can learn from each.

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GParted Live Switches to Systemd, Includes GParted 0.22.0

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GNU
Linux

The GParted team, through Curtis Gedak, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the popular GParted Live CD distribution used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to partition and manage disk drives.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Treasure Data

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Linux

The explosive growth of data from Internet-connected devices has led to massive demand for storage and analysis tools in computing. Treasure Data aims to serve both of these needs in one place with its big data cloud service based on Linux.

“Treasure Data monitors and supports its cloud service for customers who collect, store and analyze tens of billions of records a day,” said Eduardo Silva, an open source developer at Treasure Data, who is focused on Fluentd and related open source projects. “Linux is one of our keys to success.”

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Install UFW Firewall In Linux And Secure Computer From Harmful Incoming/Outgoing Connections

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Linux
Security
HowTos


Install UFW firewall in Linux incoming/outgoing connections

UFW stands for Uncomplicated Firewall is a firewall to secure Linux desktop from harmful incoming and outgoing connections. UFW is the easiest firewall in Linux, it has a graphical user interface GUFW with all the features of setting up rules. In this tutorial we will install UFW & GUFW in our Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Debian operating system.

Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival

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OSS

I can’t recall the exact time I learned about open source software, but I can certainly narrow down the place. I quickly realized how transformative it could be. In 1996, I was sitting in the tech support department of a large ISP that provided hosting and connectivity to the Fortune 1000. Most of our servers ran Solaris, floppy disks arrived via snail mail, and we applied security updates manually adhering to a regime of updates and invoices prescribed by Sun Microsystems. It was a huge change from my university career of dumb terminals and mainframes.

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18-GPU NVIDIA/AMD Linux Comparison Of BioShock: Infinite

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

The results in this article contain more NVIDIA GeForce Linux results than what was shared last week when showing how BioShock Infinite runs much faster with the NVIDIA Linux driver than AMD Catalyst. The NVIDIA test line-up today spans from the GeForce GTX 550 Ti Fermi to the newest GeForce GTX 960/970/980 Maxwell graphics cards.

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11 Activities for KDE Plasma

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KDE

Why should you use KDE Activities? The best way to answer that question is to give some concrete examples of what you can do with them.

Activities are virtual desktops. They share a common panel and menu, but each has its own layout and selection of items on the desktop. In addition, each has its own virtual workspaces and wallpaper.

To build an Activity, select from the Desktop Toolkit Activities > Create Activities. Give the Activity an icon and a name, and select a layout from the Desktop Settings. In the KDE 4 series, these layouts include Search and Launch, a netbook desktop; Newspaper, a grid for arranging wizards, and several others whose purpose is obscure to many readers. The new Plasma 5.2 appears to eliminate all except Desktop and Folder, but that may be because it is just starting to be used, and layouts for the new release have yet to be written.

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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

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OSS

Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu and Zulu Embedded, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK, Oracle's open source reference implementation of the Java Developer Kit.

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One-armed manipulation robot runs Linux and ROS

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Linux

Rethink Robotics’s one-armed, Linux- and ROS-based “Sawyer” manipulation robot is smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise than the earlier Baxter.

When MIT spinoff Rethink Robotics announced the $25,000+ Baxter manipulation robot in 2012, it inspired a whole new category of small, relatively low-cost robots for light manufacturing and product assembly. The fixed, two-armed, “collaborative” robot broke new ground in the flexibility of its arms and grippers, as well as the Linux-based Intera software. Intera integrates algorithms that enable the robot to quickly learn new tasks and safely work alongside humans.

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Introducing The Library Operating System For Linux

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GNU
Linux

Announced today on the Linux kernel mailing list was the Library Operating System (LibOS) for Linux.

LibOS for Linux is initially about breaking the Linux kernel's networking stack out into user-space as a shared library.

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Docker's No Flash in the Pan

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Server
OSS

There are similarities between Docker and recent open source communities. Not only in the surge of supporting developers, IT operations pros, vendors, investors and end users, but also in the way the technology is making its way to the market through developers and lines of business before central IT departments. Expect to see a support-and-services-driven market for Docker and containers.

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GNOME Shell and Mutter Updated for GNOME 3.14, Nvidia Corruption Fixed

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GNOME

The GNOME development team, through Florian Müllner, had the pleasure of announcing the other day that new maintenance releases are available for the GNOME Shell and Mutter components of the GNOME 3.14 desktop environment, despite the fact that GNOME 3.16 will be officially announced tomorrow, March 25, 2015.

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Five key skills for Linux job seekers

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Linux

A recent report from the Linux Foundation and Dice revealed that there is a high demand for Linux professionals, but organizations are finding it difficult to find qualified candidates. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report discovered that 92% of IT managers are planning to hire Linux professionals in the next six months, but 88% stated it is difficult to find the right candidates.

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