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Blog entry From Karmic to Lucid: Distribution Update Screenshots eco2geek 05/05/2010 - 5:49am
Blog entry Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Finally Released! akramshaikh 29/04/2010 - 7:18pm
Blog entry Freshly Squeezed Debian: Installing from Live DVD eco2geek 19/04/2010 - 7:26pm
Blog entry Open Source model for Drug Discovery (OSDD) sackana 12/04/2010 - 9:58am
Blog entry downtime today srlinuxx 2 24/01/2010 - 11:58am
Blog entry Tiny USB Stick Brings Android to PCs, TVs fieldyweb 18/11/2011 - 10:29pm
Blog entry Kubuntu 11.10: It seems that there is a problem. blackbelt_jones 4 17/12/2011 - 9:06pm
Blog entry Linux is far from dead on the desktop, but it is time to start again.. fieldyweb 30/10/2011 - 7:49pm
Blog entry Hard Drive Purchase and Thailand Flooding gfranken 30/10/2011 - 6:39pm
Blog entry 2011 - Has Internet TV really moved forward, can you really cut the cable? fieldyweb 30/10/2011 - 6:10pm

CAINE Provides Sturdy Support for Forensic Specialists

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Linux

Eye candy and fancy screen effects have little place in the strictly business routine of forensic techs and IT pros. The CAINE and MATE combination contribute to the smooth interface and straightforward desktop. The default setting for full panel bar transparency blends it right into the desktop's background. This further extends the uncluttered appearance of the desktop.

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AMD's "AMDKFD" HSA Driver Is Ready For Pulling In Linux 3.19

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Oded Gabbay of AMD sent out the pull request to David Airlie for trying to land the AMDKFD driver in Linux 3.19. The difference between this driver and AMDGPU is that it's already been public for a while where we're still waiting for the AMDGPU graphics driver to be published that's the new DRM driver to be shared with the Catalyst Linux user-space for supporting the AMD Radeon R9 285 and newer GPUs.

While the AMDKFD driver hasn't yet been pulled by Airlie at the time of writing, this driver has already undergone review from upstream developers and in fact revised six times through the public process. Given that the drm-next merge window is still open for a few more days, this driver stands good chances of being merged then as a new Linux 3.19 driver. Friday's sixth version contains just minor changes to the driver compared to last week.

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Pigs Flying, Popular Licenses, and LibreOffice 4.3.4

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-s

Jon maddog Hall today said that it'd be "when pigs fly" when Microsoft really embraces Open Source. In other news, Rob Zwetsloot is back with Part 2 of his top 10 Linux desktops and Jim Lynch reviewed Trisquel 7.0. LibreOffice 4.3.4 was released and Stephen O'Grady looks at the most popular Open Source licenses. Phoronix is reporting that Ubuntu will probably adopt systemd next release and Carla Schroder has some tips for KDE 4 productivity.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

New Wine

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Microsoft
Software

Leftovers: Software

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Software
HowTos

As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently

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OSS

Earlier this week, I saw what the future of building government services may look like when I stumbled upon a simple dashboard of projects-in-progress. The dashboard is hosted by 18F, the new development unit within the US General Services Administration.

18F, which explicitly seeks to tap into the success of the UK's Government Digital Services unit, is pursuing a similar strategy, trying to lure developers from Silicon Valley and the ranks of civic developers all over the country with a daunting mission: change how federal technology gets done, at a time when bad government websites now damage public faith in government. Behind the dashboard is 18F's GitHub account, which exemplifies a quietly revolutionary idea that the UK has been pursuing with great success: build beautiful digital services for the public, in public.

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Ten operating systems for the Raspberry Pi

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Linux

The Raspberry Pi single board computer has become incredibly popular with hobbyists, academics, educators and OEMs. It’s tiny, it’s cheap, it has great performance and it’s extremely versatile. Even better, you have a surprisingly wide choice of operating systems to help you tackle whatever project you take on. What? You thought there was only Raspbian? If so, read on. We’ll look at Raspbian first, but wait to you see what else you can run …

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DragonFlyBSD 4.0 RC3 Is Out, Faster DRM Drivers Coming

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BSD

The third release candidate is out for the upcoming DragonFlyBSD 4.0 operating system release.

DragonFlyBSD 4.0 has been in an RC state since last month and uploaded last night was now the third release candidate that brings more updates to the popular BSD derivative.

DragonFlyBSD 4.0 RC2 was released just earlier this week to add procctl() support. The RC3 release has just a few changes around the procctl() system call, a segmentation fault fix, and updating time zone data.

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KDE4 Productivity Tips and Tricks

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KDE

Time is money, so I set up my main PC for maximum productivity. Everything I use the most is no more than a click away, and I have a batch of fave useful CLI and keyboard shortcuts and commands. Life is too short to wade through inefficient GUIs. I like all Linux graphical environments, and the one I keep coming back to the most is KDE. I loved it when it was pixely and not very pretty and had tons of customizability, and now it is sleek and gorgeous and has tons of customizability.

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Ubuntu Developers Devise New Terminal & Calculator Apps

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Ubuntu

Among the "Ubuntu Apps" being discussed for development today during the final day of this first Ubuntu 15.04 Online Summit is the planned improvements to the calculator and terminal applications.

While an Ubuntu Tablet could come next month and Ubuntu Phones are coming soon too, Ubuntu developers still have a long way to go to mature their default applications that ship for Ubuntu Touch as part of the Unity 8 user experience. On Wednesday I wrote about the many improvements needed to the Ubuntu File Manager and being discussed today were improvements still needed to their new terminal and calculator apps. Like the file manager, the calculator and terminal are being custom written for Unity 8 in Qt/QML and to fit in with Canonical's converged vision with these apps ultimately hitting the desktop -- likely in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?

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Ubuntu

The vast majority of these boards are populated by predominantly non-Canonical folks. I think this is a true testament to the openness and accessibility of governance in Ubuntu. There is no “Canonical needs to have people on half the board” shenanigans…if you are a good leader in the Ubuntu community, you could be on these boards if you work hard.

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Intel Sends In More Graphics Code For Linux 3.19

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Intel has sent in another round of graphics driver changes to be queued up in DRM-Next for the Linux 3.19 kernel.

The Intel DRM driver for Linux 3.19 already has initial Intel Skylake graphics support and numerous other changes. Daniel Vetter today sent in yet another drm-next pull request and he says the Intel team will have one more pull request in the coming days once it clears their QA/validation process.

Today's "drm-intel-next-2014-11-07" pull request has Skylake watermark code, reworked audio codec/ELD handling code, Skylake force-wake support, Cherryview support improvements, golden context support for Skylake, and tons of other fixes and improvements.

Find out the full list of these exciting Intel open-source Linux kernel graphics driver improvements via the mailing list pull request. The Linux 3.19 kernel cycle will get underway officially next month once Linux 3.18 has been christened.

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LibreOffice 4.3.4 Released With 60 Bug Fixes, v4.4 Shaping Up Nicely

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LibO

LibreOffice 4.3.4, the fourth such minor release in the ‘fresh’ series, is composed solely of bug fixes, which is par for the course in these point releases.

Adding to the sense of deja vu is the number of bugs the foundation say have been caught in the developers’ butterfly net: around 60 or so.

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Fedora Looks To Make /usr World-Readable

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Red Hat

Fedora developers are looking at requiring all files that be placed in /usr world-readable.

Developers are seeking a mandate that all Fedora packages must not install any non-world-readable files within /usr. Right now some Fedora packages do not honor this and restrict permissions to certain files/directories. Stakeholders are after making the user directory world-readable since containerized copies of Fedora can have the directory bind-mounted into the container, support for virtualization use-cases, and for better systemd handling.

The discussion around this packaging mandate can be found via this FPC ticket.

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Ubuntu For Cars? It's A Possibility

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Ubuntu

Another interesting session today during the final day of this week's Ubuntu 15.04 Online Summit was about the prospects of bringing Ubuntu to cars.

In particular, being discussed was Ubuntu as the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system similar to the focus of Tizen and other Linux platforms for running within automobiles. GENIVI's community manager talked about how car companies and suppliers are moving to open-source software to power the IVI systems. The talk was mainly geared at gauging interest as Ubuntu for an IVI system. There is NOT any actual plans or commitments (at least not publicly) for getting Ubuntu used in IVI systems but this is just what's being talked about. It also doesn't appear this is an avenue that Canonical is passionately exploring right now compared to Ubuntu Touch/Phone or the seemingly forgotten Ubuntu TV.

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Top 10 Linux desktops part 2

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Linux

The Linux desktop is one of the most important things about your Linux experience, aiding or supporting your workflow and tasks in many ways. We look at the top ten available for various distros right now to try and help you decide.

The first part can be found on our website.

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How the new lock screen works on Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Android

Google's latest mobile operating is now making its way to a variety of smartphones and tablets. Android 5.0 Lollipop completely revamps the look and feel of the operating system, and includes a number of new features and enhancements. One of the first things you will notice is an updated lock screen.

Notifications are now displayed front and center on the screen. They can be swiped either to the left or to the right to be dismissed, or you can double tap them to jump right into an app. A simple swipe up from the bottom will unlock your stock Android device, while sliding your finger from left to right will open the phone app and a swipe from right to left will open the camera.

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CyanogenMod 11 M12

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Android

Taking a breather from all the work on L, we snuck in another M release yesterday against the CM 11.0 (KitKat) branch. This release is less heavy on features, instead focussing on stability for various device trees and security fixes.

Notably on the security topic, this release incorporates the upstream Google patches against last months POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3. You can read more about the POODLE vulnerability on Google’s Security Blog. Users are strongly encouraged to update to the latest available build to keep in line with the latest security patches.

Multi-sim users should also see added improvements throughout the OS experience, and there has been similar polishes of improvements and features throughout the system as we look towards sunsetting CM11; CM12 looms over the horizon.

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Jolla Begins Teasing Possible New Device, Announcement Next Week

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Linux
Gadgets

It looks like next week there will be a new Sailfish device announcement from Jolla.

Jolla, the Finnish phone company behind the MeeGo-derived, Wayland-using, Linux-based Sailfish OS mobile Linux platform, tweeted today, "The countdown to something big begins now. Sign up at http://jolla.com #jolla #unlike."

Embedded below is the teaser picture accompanying this tweet.

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