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Story Linux Kernel 4.0 Codenamed ‘Hurr Durr I’m A Sheep’ Released, Install/Upgrade In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Mohd Sohail 15/04/2015 - 2:20pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 9:25am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 9:25am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 9:24am
Story Docker and Containers Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 9:20am
Story The Linux Setup - Kevin Fenzi, Fedora Infrastructure Leader Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 8:48am
Story Semplice 7.0.1 bugfix release Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 8:39am
Story Hanthana Linux 21 (Sinharaja) released Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 8:20am
Story Open-Source Darling Docker Cracks The Billion-Dollar Club With $95 Million Raise Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 8:13am
Story Tizen Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 15/04/2015 - 7:24am

LMDE 2 “Betsy” Cinnamon released!

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LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu.

LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users.

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The State of NVIDIA Optimus on Linux

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Simply put, there is no actual official NVIDIA support for Optimus technology for Linux. Or at least, not completely. Until recently, there was none at all. As of 2013, NVIDIA did start to provide initial support for Optimus, but it is extremely barebones and arguably doesn't actually properly implement the Optimus features as it's meant to be.

But let's look at the current options for running an NVIDIA Optimus-enabled computer with Linux...

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ODF in the age of Big Data

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One may notice that the points listed above loosely match the main points usually mentioned when discussing the benefits of ODF in the more standard settings of the desktop. This is not surprising, but it was not necessarily intended; if anything this is a testimony to the value of a standard like ODF and its importance. The key point here is that when it comes to the cloud and big data, ODF is both a factor of transparency and innovation. This is something worth promoting and is a potential path to renewed success of ODF in the future.

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DNF 0.6.5 and DNF-PLUGINS-CORE 0.1.6 Released

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Good news, everyone. New version of DNF and DNF-PLUGINS-CORE was built for F22 and F23. The documentation of yum and DNF differences was extended by yum plugin alternatives part and erase command was deprecated in favor of remove command name. DNF is getting more and more stable with 20 bug fixes while DNF-PLUGINS-CORE 0.1.6 newly adds Config manager.

With regard to packaging changes, DNF is running on Python 3 from F23 and dnf-yum compatible subpackage does not conflict with yum anymore. Read more on release notes of DNF and plugins.

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Git Success Stories and Tips from Puppet Labs' Michael Stahnke

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Puppet's dozens of Git repositories see new code commits every day from more than 200 people, says Michael Stahnke, director of engineering services at Puppet Labs. And he personally uses the open source revision control system several times a day.

“I can’t think of another tool that changed the way I work, in a positive way, more than git,” Stahnke said.

In this Q&A celebrating Git's 10-year anniversary this week, Stahnke shared why Puppet Labs uses Git, their Git success stories, and his top pro tip for using the tool. For more in our “Git Week” series, see our interviews, below, with Git creator Linus Torvalds, and project maintainers from KVM, Qt, Drupal, and Tor.

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A community distribution of OpenStack

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In this interview with Red Hat's Alvaro Lopez Ortega, we learn a little bit about RDO, a community distribution of OpenStack which is designed to make it easy to install on operating systems like Fedora and CentOS. Alvaro is presenting at OpenStack Live next week, where he'll share both some technical details on RDO as well as a little bit about the community that makes it happen.

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Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca KDE review

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If we ignore the touchpad fiasco, Linux Mint 17.1 KDE is a very robust, very elegant release. It comes with all the necessities for a happy, carefree desktop usage. Everything works out of the box, the system is fast and stable, and apart from some small niggles, hardware detection and compatibility is quite good.

Perhaps this isn't the most exciting KDE around, but most of them come with a fairly reserved and somewhat bland default presentation, and it takes time digging under the hood to bring all the excitement to the surface. Overall, if you like the Mint family, then this is a very decent offering, and it also works well on modern laptops plagued with evil concepts. So that's an added bonus, for sure. All in all, 8.81/10. Definitely worth a try.

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9 Hidden Features in KDE

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Anyone who has used a desktop environment can be up and running in KDE in a matter of minutes. However, KDE has a way of hiding more advanced features, and some of them can take months or even years to discover.

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GNOME 3.16.1 Arrives on April 15, Arch Linux Users Can Now Update to GNOME 3.16

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The GNOME development team announced today, April 10, that the first point release of the GNOME 3.16 desktop environment will be published on April 15, 2015. GNOME 3.16.1 is the first maintenance release of the acclaimed desktop interface, bringing several improvements and updated translations.

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Introducing Chromixium, an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Distro that Looks Like Chrome OS

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Chromixium is a new distribution of Linux based on the upstream Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system, built around the Chromium web browser, and designed from the ground up to look and act like the Chrome OS operating system created by Google.

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Evolution of Solus and Fedora 22 Delayed

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Last week the former Evolve OS project announced they needed a new name. Suggestions came in and a decision was made. Now under a new name, the project tries to carry on with its original mission. In other news, Fedora 22 Beta was delayed causing a ripple effect throughout the remaining cycle and Red Hat announced their partners of the year.

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Cinnamon 2.4.8 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Download

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Clemenent Lefebvre published today, April 9, a new maintenance release of the stable 2.4 branch of the acclaimed Cinnamon desktop environment used in numerous distributions of GNU/Linux, including Linux Mint.

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GNOME 3.16.1 newstable tarballs due

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Tarballs are due on 2015-04-13 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.16.1
newstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.16.1. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!

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Three New Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Were Patched in Ubuntu 14.10

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Immediately after announcing new kernel updates for the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating systems, Canonical has also published details about a kernel update for its Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicon) distribution, urging users to update as soon as possible.

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Git Success Stories and Tips from Tor Chief Architect Nick Mathewson

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Tor, the free and open source software for anonymous web communications, has been using the Git revision control system for more than six years. The tool is so ingrained in the project's development that Director and Chief Architect Nick Mathewson's daily work flow is built around Git, he says.

“Git's the eighth version control system I've had to use, and the first one I've seriously trusted,” Mathewson said. “Many thanks to the Git developers for all their hard work.”

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Leftovers: Software

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  • KDE4/KF5 Coinstalability and the KWallet

    Plasma 5 is about to become part of the mainstream Linux distributions, and we are getting more and more feedback about this new platform. This blog post is a reaction to this increasing feedback from our users.

    Plasma5 introduces the KDE Frameworks 5 platform (or KF5) which uses Qt5 as it’s foundation. This new platform aims to replace the legacy KDE4 platform, which was mainly the old monolithic kdelibs. More and more applications got ported to this new platform. Just stay tuned with the next release announcement, which is imminent. However, some applications, and among them some important ones, are not yet ported to the KF5 platform. And this brings on, or more appropriately reminds, the coinstalability matter.

  • Choqok IM Client Is Getting a KDE Frameworks 5 Port, But Won't Support Diaspora

    Andrea Scarpino announced today, April 8, that the Choqok instant messenger application used by default in the KDE desktop environment is about to be ported to the KDE Frameworks 5 infrastructures.

  • python-bugzilla 1.2.0 released

    Of course, for popular bugzilla fields we should make sure the command line tool has an explicit and document option, but this takes the pressure off of us to add an option for every custom Red Hat extension.

  • lancat: Zero-configuration network transfer option

Leftovers: Gaming

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  • In this SteamOS era where do the Linux gaming stand?

    Aside from demonstrating that Linux CAN be used for gaming, SteamOS will have another great advantage for the Linux gaming community: it will bring a lot of casual gamers that will be looking for a different experience into the world of Linux. This move should increase the percentage of Linux gamers enough to make PC gamers curious, and game developers willing to take a leap of faith and create games for Linux as well.

  • Transport Tycoon's OpenTTD Remake Gets Major Update

    OpenTTD, an open source simulation game based on the popular Microprose title Transport Tycoon written by Chris Sawyer, has been upgraded once more and the developers have added a number of features and important.

  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Major Patch Released, Fixes Linux Crashes

    I have been waiting rather impatiently for this, as the initial Linux release of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare contained many crash to desktop bugs.

Android Leftovers

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  • Google, Intel vow to speed up delivery of Android updates

    It usually takes months for mobile devices to get Android updates, but Intel and Google want to slash the wait time.

    Tablets and smartphones made as part of a new Intel mobile-device development program will be able to receive new Android versions and features in two weeks via over-the-air upgrades.

  • AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S5 gets Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Exclusive: Google is close to making Android Wear work on the iPhone
  • Which smartwatch sucks least? Apple Watch, Android Wear, Pebble, Samsung Gear?

    Reviews of Tim's Apple Watch are pouring in, mixing like oil and water. Most reviewers agree that Apple's new shiny timepiece isn't fully perfected. That being said, the chief contention among reviews relate to degree and magnitude of imperfection. In other words, many reviewers can't agree on (if or by) how much the Apple Watch sucks.

  • Google Boasts Android Wear Watch Bands Available From Clockwork Synergy, E3 Supply Co., And Worn & Wound

    Apple has spared no opportunity to advertise how customizable its debut smartwatch is, thanks to the promised number of bands wearers will be able to swap in and out. Unsurprisingly Google wants to take some of the wind out of those sails. The company has taken this moment to highlight a set of straps available for various Android Wear devices from the likes of Clockwork Synergy, E3 Supply Co., and Worn & Wound.

  • Watch Wars: Apple Watch vs. Android Wear

    The Apple Watch hits stores in just two weeks, and based on the reviews, it’s both an impressive bit of modern technology and a beautiful piece of jewelry. But the Apple Watch isn’t the only smartwatch on the market.

    Apple’s nemesis, Google, already has its own watch operating system, Android Wear, and companies like Samsung, LG, and Motorola make smartwatches that run it. What’s more, these Google watches are less expensive than the Apple Watch and come in a host of different styles.

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop Update For Nexus 5 Rolls Out To More Users; Nexus 4, 7, 9 Confirmed Next By Google

    The Android 5.1 Lollipop update for the Nexus 5 is finally starting to roll out to additional owners of the smartphone almost a month after being initially announced by Google.

  • Sony Begins Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Android Lollipop Global Rollout

    As previously announced, Sony has started pushing Android Lollipop out to Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet devices all over the world. These updates are going out in phases and vary according to your region and carrier, so you still may have to exercise patience a bit longer.

  • Google is bringing back month view to its Calendar app for Android

    As it turns out, Google has been listening to your feedback and has decided to reintroduce month view to its Calendar app. Since Google updated the Calendar app alongside the jump to Android 5.0 Lollipop, many users have been begging the company to bring back the month overview so they can see more events at one time.

  • New Nexus 7 Android 5.1 Release Imminent

    A new Nexus 7 Android 5.1 update has been confirmed thanks to Google’s Android Open Source Project and it’s probably not the one that many Nexus 7 users were expecting.

  • Logitech Keys-To-Go now available for Android, Windows
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe now receiving OTA update for Android 5.1

    While Sony is gearing up to release its fourth Xperia Z phone, some phablet fans are still sitting pretty with the original’s larger-than-life cousin, the Xperia Z Ultra. For those who opted to keep things pure, the GPe variant was the way to go. Fortunately, Google hasn’t forgotten about the largest phone to have been offered with stock Android, as the just a few days after Android 5.1 hit LG’s G Pad 8.3 GPe, it’s now time for the Z Ultra GPe to receive the latest Lollipop build.

  • This brilliant free Android app will change the way you use your phone

    Multitasking is great, but smartphones will never offer a multitasking experience on par with desktop devices because they just don’t have enough screen real estate. That doesn’t mean switching back and forth from app to app is the only way to go on mobile phones, however, and a great Android app called Flynx has come up with a simple and elegant solution that you really have to check out.

  • Firefox for Android passes 100 million downloads four years after launch

    Mozilla announced Firefox for Android hit a big milestone today: 100 million downloads. The figure is confirmed on Google Play, where the app now shows the installs category is in the “100,000,000 – 500,000,000″ range.

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video finally comes to Android tablets

    For the longest time, Amazon enticed users to choose the Fire tablet with exclusive access to Prime Instant Video; despite the fact that Fire devices run a version of Android, purely Android tablets were denied the benefits of their modified brethren. Yesterday, though, that finally changed — Amazon unceremoniously made the Prime Instant Video app available to all Android tablets.

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