|Story||Debian turns 21!||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 8:58pm|
|Story||Great Apps to Take Notes||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 8:42pm|
|Story||Linux 3.17-rc1||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 8:34pm|
|Story||Linux 3.17 Will Detect If Your Toshiba Laptop Is Falling Down||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 5:50pm|
|Story||Google I/O Attendees, Check Your Inboxes - Moto 360 Distribution Emails Are Out||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 5:45pm|
|Story||Retailer accidently leaks Samsung Note 4 specs||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 5:40pm|
|Story||Intel Starts Sending In Graphics Patches For Linux 3.18||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 5:34pm|
|Story||AMD Compiler Optimization Benchmarks With GCC 4.10 (GCC 5.0)||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 4:59pm|
|Story||today's leftovers||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 4:52pm|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Rianne Schestowitz||16/08/2014 - 4:52pm|
The open-source MPV Player software that's derived from MPlayer2, which in turn is a fork of MPlayer, is out with a new version.
MPV 0.5 is out today and it now enables compiler optimizations by default, supports new command-line arguments, allows precise seeking, changes to key bindings, Wayland improvements, and a variety of bug-fixes.
MPV users wishing to try out this newest release can find the MPV 0.5 details via the project's GitHub.
Aleš Kozumplík announced the release of DNF 0.6 today with the version bump coming as a result of some user sought after functionality.
The main feature of DNF 0.6.0 is support for advisory listings via the updateinfo sub-command to DNF. This drop-in replacement to Yum also now supports the include configuration directive and there's improvements to group operations. A handful of bugs were also fixed by this latest release.
More details on DNF 0.6 can be found via this blog post and the release notes.
DMA Navi Watch uses Google Navigation notifications from your device and displays them to your wrist. To setup the app you need to enable the notification listener on your Android Smartphone and your good to go, video instructions on how to do this are below. When your not navigating anywhere, the clock face works like a standard Gear 2 clock face. The App is available now to download from Samsung Galaxy Apps (depending on country and network availability).
Your new app is brilliant; the code you’ve spent six months writing is beautiful. But when you upload it from your laptop to the web server, it just doesn’t work. You know why: your laptop’s is configured slightly differently than the server, and now you’re now going to have to spend hours — maybe days — figuring out what you need to change to make it run properly.
In April, Red Hat released Project Atomic, a prototype system for running Docker containers. This is Red Hat’s response to the interest in CoreOS a system for hosting Docker containers based on ChromeOS.
Project Atomic is not intended to be another operating system; Red Hat already has RHEL, Fedora and now CentOS, so a fourth OS would not make much sense. Instead it is currently a prototype using Fedora, with a CentOS version slated to come soon, not yet a production product.
The GTK+ tool-kit is out with a new release this week that offers a lot of bug fixes but also several new improvements.
First up, the new GTK+ 3.13.6 release has been updated to support newer versions of the Wayland protocol. Beyond that as the only Wayland change for this GTK+ 3.14 development release, there's Adwaita theme improvements, a faster blur implementation for shadows, and a variety of other GTK improvements. There's a total of 37 known bug-fixes in the GTK+ 3.13.6 release.
We only use free or open source, Linux-based software for our media production. I distinguish between the two because the best video editor we found on Linux is Lightworks, which is free but not open source (yet). Our theme song was written using LMMS, our 3D animations are rendered in Blender, our graphics are all done in Inkscape and GIMP, and our stopmotion is created using Entangle and then compiled with avconv.
Software Freedom Conservancy and the Open Source Initiative are pleased to announce that they are the founding members of a working group focused on tax exemption issues for organizations in the United States.
Recent activity by the Internal Revenue Service in response to applications for tax exempt status have sparked a lot of interest and discussion amongst free and open source software communities.
What does a file system engineer living in Minnesota have in common with a woman from Uganda working on maintaining Linux systems and a research and computing scientist working at a medical university? They were among the five Linux Training Scholarship winners in 2013.
Now in its fourth year, the Linux training scholarships from The Linux Foundation have become highly-sought honors by many of the most talented up-and-coming Linux pro's in the world. With nearly 700 submissions received last year we're very excited to review this year's applicants in September (the submission deadline is Sept 2).
It wasn’t always that way. Whizz back to 1998 when Linux was still clawing its way out of the primordial binary ooze and just a single supercomputer ran it. Jump forward six years and that figure had exploded to 291 of the top-500 supercomputers and Linux never looked back. Now, I’m no expert (we could probably stop the sentence there) in supercomputers, but the benefits of a GNU/Linux OS apply as much to your home user as they do to supercomputer manufacturers. There’s no per-core licence to worry about – which becomes a big worry if you have 3.1 million processors to power.
Even when procurement policies don't rule out open source solutions explicitly in this way, they often still have an unintentional bias towards proprietary software, according to Mark Johnson, development manager at OSS Watch, a body that provides advice on open source software.
"It may be that the way solutions are investigated by organizations actually favors companies that get license fees and are therefore able to offer presales support. Because the business models work differently, you may have to pay a company to come in and do a demonstration of an open source solution," Johnson says.
"What that means is that companies may need to be aware that they have to be more hands on (with open source software)," he adds. "They can't just expect to sit down and watch a PowerPoint presentation."
If you are attending UbuConLA I would strongly encourage you to check out the talks on Firefox OS and Webmaker. In addition to the talks, there will also be a Firefox OS workshop where attendees can go more hands on.
When the organizers of UbuConLA reached out to me several months ago, I knew we really had to have a Mozilla presence at this event so that Ubuntu Users who are already using Firefox as their browser of choice could learn about other initiatives like Firefox OS and Webmaker.
Should you deploy Linux on the mainframe?
There are plenty of positives and negatives that make it clear that a Linux mainframe isn't right for all IT shops. Two experts go head to head on how to decide what's right for your data center: Linux workloads on a mainframe or running them in a distributed server environment.
A decade ago, OpenStreetMap launched as a free, open-source alternative to the other mapping tools you may encounter on the internet. Turns out that the collaborative experiment worked exceptionally well, and thanks to a new site, you can see for yourself how the Wikipedia of mapping has covered the whole planet.