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Story Patent trolls and open document formats with open source thought leaders Rianne Schestowitz 26/08/2014 - 10:44pm
Story People Behind KDE: Debian Qt/KDE Packagers srlinuxx 18/12/2005 - 8:57pm
Story People Behind KDE: Summer of Code 2007 (1/4) srlinuxx 04/08/2007 - 5:51am
Story Peppermint LINUX 3 - The mint with no holes srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 12:25am
Story Raspberry Pi powered juggling performance Roy Schestowitz 21/08/2014 - 9:29am
Story Red Hat feeds the patent trolls and fools the FOSS community srlinuxx 15/03/2011 - 1:22am
Story Red Hat, JBoss execs call for Java openness srlinuxx 09/06/2006 - 5:55am
Story Review: Kongoni 2011 "Firefly" srlinuxx 27/07/2011 - 3:17am
Story Review: Zorin OS 6 Core srlinuxx 20/06/2012 - 3:23am
Story Sabayon 6 Roundup - Fluxbox and XBMC srlinuxx 31/08/2011 - 10:52pm

Government Evangelist at GitHub on US open technologies

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Interviews
OSS

He's a Government Evangelist at GitHub, where he leads the efforts to encourage adoption of open source philosophies, making all levels of government better, one repository at a time.

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New Paper Available Today: State of KVM

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Linux
Server

Over the last decade, virtualization has drastically transformed the way software and services are provisioned and delivered. Coupled with open source hypervisors like Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), these technologies have given way to amazing innovations in cloud computing, storage and more. The introduction of container technologies like Docker are also surfacing new opportunities as well as introducing new complexities, like any new technology.

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Linux clusters in German finance ministry data centre

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GNU
Linux
Server
SUSE

The shared IT service centre for Germany's federal government (ZIVIT) has awarded a 10 million euro support contract for open source software, it announced on 8 October. The four-year contract was won by CGI, a large ICT service provider. The contract is for maintenance and management of a high availability Linux cluster running databases, file and network services and backups systems, used by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

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Brackets : Free and Open Source Editor for Web Designers by Adobe

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OSS

Brackets is an free and open source editor for web designers developed and maintained by Adobe. it support for web design and development built on top of web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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OpenDaylight Helium gets out of the gate

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OSS

OpenDaylight is an open source SDN controller. In its short lifetime, OpenDaylight has gained support from a diverse set of companies and individuals who are eager to see an open source controller serve the networking needs of traditional IT, cloud infrastructure platforms, traditional virtualization management, and fleets of containers. Cisco released the initial code in 2013 and the project now includes 41 paying members.

This week the OpenDaylight project had its second major code release, code-named Helium, which is a big advancement for the project. The release includes more than 4,700 contributions from 183 engineers, representing 20 companies. More than 300 commits came from the affiliation "independent", which also shows the breadth of the project's appeal.

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Ubuntu Touch Fully Forks Its Email Client

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Ubuntu

As one of the important apps to Ubuntu Touch is, of course, an e-mail client. Up to now the Ubuntu Touch email client has been based off the lightweight, Qt-based Trojita application but now it's being forked off entirely for Ubuntu.

Trojita is a Qt IMAP email client talked about for its speed and design. The Ubuntu Touch email app has been based off this code, but now the Ubuntu developers involved are distancing themselves from upstream.

Ubuntu Touch developers have stopped upstreaming their changes to Trojita but instead are now maintaining their own long-term fork of Trojita that's called Dekko. Dekko is the new Ubuntu Touch email client and the old Ubuntu Touch related code has been stripped out of Trojita.

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Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in Ubuntu Desktop

The Ubuntu desktop flavor hasn't been the developers' focus for some time now, but that is going to change very soon. The new Desktop Team Manager at Canonical, Will Cooke, has talked about the future of the Unity desktop and laid out the plans for the next few Ubuntu versions.

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GNOME's Mutter Gets Native Monitor Hot-Plugging

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GNOME

Besides native OpenGL support for GTK+, another early change to look forward to with next year's GNOME 3.16 release is native monitor hot-plugging.

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South Korea Faces The Bill For Lock-in To Wintel

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Microsoft
Security

I expect Korea will have to redo everything and get it right this time. Let’s hope they demand GNU/Linux be used for on-line/financial transactions and to protect data but failing that let’s hope they make GNU/Linux optional and the people can decide. There’s something refreshing about a whole country aroused about insecurity with that other OS on the check-list of things to fix.

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Divisive Community, the Ubuntu Desktop, and is Idealism Dead?

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-s

Today in Linux news, Desktop Team manager at Canonical says the desktop isn't being neglected at Ubuntu. Matt Hartley looks at how friction helps and hurts the Linux community. Steven Ovadia talks to Eric Hameleers about his "Linux setup" and Dietrich T. Schmitz shares his thoughts on Fedora 21 so far. And finally today, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 was released.

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Send videos from Firefox for Android straight to your TV

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Android
Linux
Movies
Moz/FF

We make Firefox for Android to give you greater flexibility and control of your online life. We want you to be able to view your favorite Web content quickly and easily, no matter where you are. That’s why we’re giving you the option to send supported videos straight from the Web pages you visit in Firefox for Android to streaming-enabled TVs via connected devices like Roku and Chromecast.

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For Ada Lovelace Day, highlighting FSF sysadmin Lisa Maginnis

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GNU

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, when we share stories of women in technology and their achievements.

The holiday is named after a 19th-century English mathematician who is considered by many to be the first programmer. Though generations passed before her contribution was fully acknowledged, she was a pioneer both as a scientist and as a challenger of rigid gender roles. For this Ada Lovelace Day, we're profiling Lisa Maginnis, who is the FSF's senior systems administrator.

As the leader of the technical team, Lisa is responsible for choosing, configuring, and maintaining the FSF's office computers and servers. She uses extensive knowledge of hardware, networking, and electrical engineering to maintain a complex array of all-free software. An alert system sends text messages to her OpenMoko if servers have problems, and she's no stranger to urgent after-hours trips to the office to get something back online.

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Firefox 33 gets released with Openh264

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Moz/FF

Today Firefox 33 has been released, among it’s main features is OpenH264, an open source, Cisco provided solution for viewing H.264 content over webRTC. OpenH264 is a free H.264 codec plugin that Firefox downloads directly from Cisco. Cisco published the code to Github making it open source. Mozilla and Cisco have set up a process where the binary is verified to be built from the source on Github so that users trust the integrity of the binary that is shipped with the browser.

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Also: Firefox 33 Has Been Officially Released. How To Install Firefox 33 On The Most Popular Linux Systems

GOG Linux Update: We've reached the 100-title mark

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

Not even two months ago we've rolled out a feature that you, dear GOGgers, have requested almost since day one of our service: support for Linux games. It took us some time to do it the GOG-way, but we managed to unite our ideals of how DRM-free gaming should be, with the idea of the truly free OS, so passionately loved by many. We've kick-started our Linux games catalog with a selection of 50 titles, old and new, many of them available officially for that OS for the very first time! Doing that, we've mentioned our plans to expand this offer to over 100 titles in the coming months. Well, the day has come. With today's 15 additions we've passed the 100-title. And, boy, what great additions these are! Just look at those titles:

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The Linux Setup - Eric Hameleers, Slackware Linux

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GNU
Linux
Interviews
Slack

When you’re interviewing a Slackware developer, you have certain expectations about what they’ll say in terms of controlling your own system and Eric delivers. In fact, he makes the case that Slackware, known as a more challenging system to setup and maintain, is valuable because it requires so much thought. Which is true—I’ve always seen Slackware as one part distro and one part teaching tool. The rest of Eric’s interview is great as he’s a very smart guy who’s spent a lot of time thinking about what makes a distro work, not just in terms of specific software, but also in terms of what’s ultimately best for the user in the long-term.

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Unity 8 Desktop Still Planned In Time For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

While much of Canonical's recent focus has been about reading Unity 8 for mobile devices, their plan is still to ship Unity 8 by default on the Ubuntu Linux desktop ahead of its next LTS release.

Their plan for a while has been to use Mir by Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on the desktop spin along with using Unity 8 to replace Unity 7 + Compiz + X.Org Server. Will Cooke, the team manager of the new Desktop Team at Canonical, did a guest post on Michael Hall's blog to reiterate these plans.

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The Divisive Linux Community

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GNU
Linux

For the most part, this friction has led to new ideas that have provided ease of use and in some instances, improved functionality. Distros such as Ubuntu best showcase this example, despite the grief it gets from parts of the Linux community. Digging deeper beyond the surface, however, some of this friction has proven to be more divisive than productive.

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Allwinner reveals new octa-core and 64-bit quad-core SoCs

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Android
Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Allwinner unveiled octa-core, Cortex-A7 based “A83T” and “H8″ SoCs for tablets and media-streaming boxes, respectively, plus a quad-core, 64-bit “H64″ SoC.

Allwinner system-on-chips based on the ARM Cortex-A7, such as the dual-core A20 and quad-core A31, have become the darlings of Android- and Linux-based open source single board computer projects and media players. Now, the fast growing Chinese chipmaker is increasingly going octa-core.

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AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Hardware

Announced over the summer when AMD was celebrating their 30 years of graphics celebration was the Radeon R9 285, a $250 graphics card built on the company's latest GCN graphics processor technology to replace the Radeon R9 280. We finally have our hands on a Radeon R9 285 "Tonga" for delivering the first look at its Linux performance.

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