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Story Synonym of Fedora QA – Adam Williamson Rianne Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 6:55am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 10:37pm
Story US Military To Launch Open Source Academy Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 10:20pm
Story Video: TedX talk - Richard Stallman Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 10:07pm
Story Eclipse Luna for Fedora 20 Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 9:42pm
Story Patch By Patch, LLVM Clang Gets Better At Building The Linux Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 9:30pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 9:26pm
Story Wayland and Weston 1.6 alpha snapshot (1.5.91) Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 9:03pm
Story Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 8:54pm
Story Apache Tomcat 8.0.0 RC11 Now Available for Download and Testing Rianne Schestowitz 22/08/2014 - 8:50pm

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Ubuntu 14.10's Feature Freeze Is This Wednesday

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Ubuntu

For good or bad, it sure seems like time flew by the past few months of the Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle; the feature freeze for the Utopic Unicorn is this week.

On 21 August is the Ubuntu 14.10 feature freeze while next week marks the beta one release for the Ubuntu 14.10 flavors opting into doing a beta release -- Ubuntu itself still doesn't do betas but Canonical encourages testing at will of their daily live ISOs.

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Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Munich city council demonstrated to the world that an organisation employing thousands could ditch Windows and move to Linux and free software.

When the project finished late last year about 15,000 staff at the German authority had been migrated to using Limux, a custom-version of Ubuntu, and OpenOffice.

But is the council's move to open source about to be scrapped in favour or returning to Microsoft?

No says the council, in spite of numerous reports to the contrary. Suggestions the council has decided to back away from Linux are wrong, according to council spokesman Stefan Hauf.

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Reprogramming Government: A Conversation With Mikey Dickerson

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Interviews
OSS

We’re encouraging open-source software and access to government data everywhere it is possible to do it.

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Alienware: Steam Machine owners will "sacrifice content" for the sake of Linux

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

It’s been tough to parse Alienware’s position on the Linux-based SteamOS. At E3 they told us that the Steam Machine will increase Linux gamers by “20, 30 fold, overnight”. But with the first Steam Machines delayed into 2015, they’ve upstaged their own Linux box with a Windows-based living room PC: the Alienware Alpha.

So who would win in a fight, Alienware? A living room PC running Windows, or the same PC running SteamOS?

“It depends on what you’re looking for; there’s advantages to both,” said Alienware general manager Frank Azor. “[With] the Linux version I do think you’re going to sacrifice a little bit of content.”

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New VM Software Claims To Be 4.5x Faster Than QEMU

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Eltechs is preparing to introduce ExaGear Desktop next month as new proprietary software for running Linux x86 software on Linux ARM using their own virtual machine technology.

Eltechs claims that ExaGear is great for running a virtual Linux x86 container on ARMv7 hardware. From there you could also run the x86 version of Wine for running x86 Windows programs on ARM hardware. This can already be done right now (using QEMU and other open-source Linux technologies for running emulated software for another CPU architecture separate from the host platform), but Eltechs claims that their binary-only solution "It is like QEMU but 4.5 times faster!"

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The Justice League of Linux: If Distros Were Superheroes Ubuntu Would Be Superman

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

It’s an obvious comparison: both Ubuntu and Superman are leaders, they are dependable, and they are arguably the most well known of their kind. Both are security minded and concerned with privacy, while Canonical’s laser-like focus in pursuit of convergence is nearly as intense as the red-hot beam fired out of Superman’s eyes!

Powerful, upfront and well intentioned (sometimes to a fault) the famous Linux distribution has much in common with the most famous superhero of all time.

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Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs

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Google

This week at LinuxCon North America in Chicago is a presentation by Google's Marc Merlin that's entitled "Why you should consider using btrfs, real COW snapshots and file level incremental server OS upgrades like Google does." The presentation does a good job at looking at the state of Btrfs on Linux and comparing it to ZFS.

Marc Merlin, a Linux admin at Google for more than one decade, is presenting on Thursday at LinuxCon Chicago about Btrfs. His slides are already available for those that can't make it to the windy city or are looking for an overview of what he'll be discussing.

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We have C++14!

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Development

Following the Issaquah meeting in February, we launched the Draft International Standard (DIS) ballot for the next C++ standard. That ballot closed on Friday.

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Is the Firefox-based Chromecast Competitor to Be Called Matchstick?

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Google
Moz/FF

Google has made quite a splash with its Chromecast dongle, which performs many of the tasks that set-top boxes do, but Chromecast may be headed for some competition. Android Police has reported that Firefox for Android has gained support in nightly builds for Chromecast, and GigaOM reports that Mozilla is continuing to work on a Chromecast competitor possibly called Matchstick.

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Why the operating system matters in a containerized world

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OS

Applications running in Linux containers are isolated within a single copy of the operating system running on a physical server. This approach stands in contrast to hypervisor-based virtualization in which each application is bound to a complete copy of a guest operating system and communicates with the hardware through the intervening hypervisor. As a result, containers consume very few system resources such as memory and impose essentially no performance overhead on the application.

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Ubuntu and Xubuntu Power First Mercedes-Benz S 500 Autonomous Car

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Ubuntu

Mercedes-Benz is one of the first companies to experiment with autonomous driving and it succeeded. It also looks like the engineers are using Ubuntu and Xubuntu to do the job.

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Krita At Siggraph 2014

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KDE
Software

For the first time, Krita has been present at Siggraph! Siggraph is the largest conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques and it has a big trade show as well as presentations, posters, book shops and animations. While Krita has been presented before at the Mobile World Congress, Siggraph really is where Krita belongs!

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Mesa Now Supports Another OpenGL 4.5 Extension

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Graphics/Benchmarks

While Mesa is still racing towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance, another OpenGL 4.5 extension can now be crossed off the Mesa TODO list.

Some Mesa developers have already started tackling some of the easier OpenGL 4.5 extensions and today another can be crossed off the list. Thanks to Tobias Klausmann. GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted is now supported by Mesa. The core work for GL_ARB_conditional_render_inverted is complete and is implemented currently by the Gallium3D-based Nouveau NVC0 (Fermi+), Softpipe, and LLVMpipe drivers. Support will surely come in time for mainline Mesa with this extension for the RadeonSI Gallium3D and Intel drivers.

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LibreOffice 4.3 (PC) review: A powerful but dated Office clone

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Reviews

LibreOffice is an excellent Microsoft Office alternative that'll do just about everything you need it to, quickly and efficiently. And in a world without WPS Office, I wouldn't think twice about recommending it. But while LibreOffice has championed mimicking and even one-upping Microsoft's apps, the competition was busy marching ahead, developing tools to address the new ways we get to work. The most crucial of these is cross-device support.

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Open source forms the backbone of the most significant projects

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OSS

Companies increasingly understand that open source allows them to create faster, cheaper, and more secure products than they did by constantly reinventing the wheel in closed-source development environments. And the drivers of OSS adoption go beyond cost cutting and time savings. Participating in open source communities is a goal in itself—one that gives companies a competitive edge and helps them to attract top talent and influence project direction.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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