The Internet's 25 years and future with open source

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OSS

Sharing has many meanings in an open source ecosystem. It can mean sharing skills, sharing knowledge, and modifying those processes and bits of information to innovate new ways of doing things. The Internet has helped remove barriers to production and cooperation that has made creating in the open possible on a global scale.

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Reiser4: Different Transaction Models

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Reiser

Reiser4 users now can choose a transaction model which is most suitable for their devices. This is very simple: just specify it by respective mount option. With the patch applied you will have 3 options.

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Torvalds Is Unconvined By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel

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Linux

LTO'ing the Linux kernel has the potential of reducing the size of the Linux kernel image along with generating a faster and more efficient binary. Link-time optimizations within GCC allow the whole program to be optimized at link-time stage across the entire binary. Previous results showed that an LTO'ed kernel could be over 10% smaller in size and a few percent faster by optimizing the kernel in this manner, but it currently results in much greater system memory usage and a much longer compilation process.

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Windows XP Alternatives: Six Linux Distros to Replace Microsoft's Ageing OS

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

On Tuesday, Microsoft finally end support for one of its most successful operating systems, the 13-year-old Windows XP. Owing to this, there will no longer be any official security updates and bug fixes from the company, meaning those who continue to use the OS will be left vulnerable to security threats.

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National Geospatial Intelligence Agency releases open source code on GitHub

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OSS

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month.

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New KMyMoney website

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KDE

For a long time now we have had kmymoney.org, and used that in all our documentation. That has made it easy to change now. After migrating all useful content from the Sourceforge site, all we had to was change the IP address in the DNS and, voilá! the new site is online.

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Netrunner Rolling Release: First Snapshot 2014.04 released

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GNU
Linux

Starting with the 32-bit ISO labeled 2014.04i (“i” as in infinite) this is our first version of a Rolling Release and based on the excellent Manjaro/(Arch).

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Raspberry Pi morphs into $30 SODIMM-style COM

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Development
Linux

With the huge popularity of the Raspberry Pi, it was inevitable that an embedded version of the Pi would eventually emerge. Now, hackers, experimenters, and embedded development pro’s have an inexpensive and robust way to embed Raspberry Pi compatibility in a vast array of gizmos, gadgets, and IoT (Internet of Things) projects without resorting to a tangle of interconnection cables and expansion cards. Thanks to this new computer-on-module (COM) version of the Pi, projects can benefit from the Raspberry Pi’s open-source OS and application software, as well as from its expansion board (“shield”) hardware designs, many of which are similarly open-sourced.

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elementary OS "Isis" First Details Revealed, It Looks Unbelievably Good – Video

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

elementary OS "Isis" is the next iteration of the famous operating system that swooped everyone off their feet with some amazing looks and a new desktop concept. The first details about the new version have been revealed and it is going to be one of the most beautiful Linux distributions in the world.

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Fedora 21 Looks To Have A "Playground" Repository

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Red Hat

The Fedora Playground Repository would effectively be a staging area for new packages before they are up to the standards of being added to the main Fedora repository. Fedora Playground packages would be packages destined for inclusion into the main archive along with other packages that are never going to make it there. Stability wouldn't be guaranteed by this archive and it would continue to meet Fedora's strict requirements for packages needing to be free software and cannot contain proprietary or patented software.

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Hackable home automation controller runs Android

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Android

Habey has launched a Kickstarter project for a hackable, Android-based “HIO Wallpad” home automation controller that offers PoE for drop-in deployment.

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Huawei Ascend Y530, First Take: Entry-level smartphone with 'simple' Android UI option

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Android
Gadgets

It isn't easy being an Android smartphone maker these days. Your flagship handsets are scrutinised for cutting-edge features, yet they're criticised if these features seem to be unnecessary, or are unnecessarily complicated.

Ever faster multicore processors are sometimes deemed by reviewers to be faster than needed, with the trade-off between power consumption and responsiveness often cited. Higher-resolution screens can be dismissed, as there comes a point where pixel count goes beyond being a factor in smooth text and graphics rendition. What's a manufacturer to do in the face of such criticism?

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AAEON EMB-BT1: A Linux-Friendly, Mini-ITX, Atom "Bay Trail" Board

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Graphics/Benchmarks

For those after a low-cost mini-ITX board for use within an HTPC, SOHO file server, or other low-power situations, AAEON has out an interesting board called the EMB-BT1, or more formally the AAEON EMB-BT1-A10-3825. This mini-ITX motherboard has onboard an Intel Atom E3825 "Bay Trail" SoC for delivering decent performance out of the six Watt SoC and having open-source-friendly graphics under Linux.

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CRYENGINE to Arrive on Steam for Linux Soon

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Gaming

When Crytek announced that it was going to provide support for the Linux platform in its CRYENGINE technology, the community immediately understood that this was a game changer for developers and the future of Linux as an entertainment platform.

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MongoDB 2.6: Our Biggest Release Ever

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OSS

You’ll see the benefits in better performance and new innovations. We re-wrote the entire query execution engine to improve scalability, and took our first step in building a sophisticated query planner by introducing index intersection. We’ve made the codebase easier to maintain, and made it easier to implement new features. Finally, MongoDB 2.6 lays the foundation for massive improvements to concurrency in MongoDB 2.8, including document-level locking.

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Hamachi Graphical Frontend Haguichi 1.0.24 Now Has Systemd and Upstart Support

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Linux
GNOME

This is not the big update that everyone has been waiting for, but at least there are a few things that will definitely catch your eye. For example, support has been added for systemd and upstart to control the Hamachi service, the network list is now immediately updated after going online or offline in a network, and the update interval count is now reset after each manual update.

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NVIDIA Releases 337 Linux Driver With Overclocking, Better EGL

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

This past weekend I wrote about NVIDIA planning to release a huge Linux driver update that would finally bring overclocking support under Linux to GeForce 400/500/600/700 series hardware. That milestone has now been realized with the 337.12 Beta driver release and besides overclocking it has a bunch of other features.

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Ubuntu Touch Gets More Fixes with the Latest Images

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu for phones and tablets has confronted with a number of blockers in the development, but that hasn't stopped its makers from implementing new features and fixing some bugs.

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HP quietly introduces $349 Slate 8 Pro Business tablet

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Android
Gadgets

If you want to be totally up-to-date, HP has the answer for you -- though it will cost you a little bit. The company has stealthily launched the Slate 8 Pro Business edition, which is similar to the non-Business version save for one key difference: It runs the latest version of Android -- 4.4, or KitKat.

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Replace the Retiring Windows XP with Linux

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Linux
Microsoft

Any option other than keeping your existing Windows XP system is going to cost money, hassles, or both. So why not give Linux a try? It is a mature, rock-solid professional computing platform you can rely on. You can download it for free, copy it to a USB stick or DVD, and try it without installing it to your hard drive. If there is enough room on your hard drive, you can install Linux alongside XP and choose the one you want to run at boot. If your XP computer is powerful enough and you have your original installation media, you can run XP inside a virtual machine on Linux. Yes, you can have it all.

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