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Story Mozilla Firefox 46.0.1 Lands in the Ubuntu Repos, But No Sign of Thunderbird 45 Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 10:41am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:40am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:39am
Story Systemd 230 Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:25am
Story Debian Installer Stretch Alpha 6 release Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 9:14am
Story Google/ChromeOS Roy Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 8:56am
Story Antivirus Live CD 18.0-0.99.2 Uses ClamAV 0.99.2 to Clean Your PCs of Viruses Rianne Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 1:06am
Story Manjaro Linux LXQt "Ice" 16.05 Edition Promises a True LXQt Desktop Experience Rianne Schestowitz 22/05/2016 - 1:03am
Story Linux Amazon Music Woes matthartley 21/05/2016 - 10:09pm
Story GNOME News Roy Schestowitz 21/05/2016 - 9:19pm

Two key open source IoT frameworks get cozy

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Two major open source IoT frameworks — the OCF’s “IoTivity” and the AllSeen Alliance’s “AllJoyn” — are moving toward interoperability, and possibly, a merger.

In his keynote address at the Embedded Linux Conference’s OpenIoT Summit, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond discussed the potential for interoperability — and a possible merger — between the two major open source IoT frameworks: the OCF’s IoTivity and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec. “We’ve committed to interoperability between the two,” said Richmond, who went on to explain how much the two Linux Foundation hosted specs had in common.

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Android: The Glass Teat of the 21st Century

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I’ve finally defined what it is I don’t like about Android — or about any mobile device for that matter. I’ve grappled with this issue for several years, boiling my dislike of Google’s operating system down to “it’s always trying to sell something.” But that wasn’t quite it, and I knew it. The selling thing is a symptom, not the disease, so to speak.

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Linux Mint 18

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As the release date for Linux Mint 18 approaches, project announcers have reported that they are no longer shipping live CD images with embedded codecs. Furthermore, they also are dropping support for OEM images with codecs. These changes bring Mint in line with most other distros, which also feature codec-free images. This also means they can release new versions of Mint faster.

At first glance, this may seem to be a case of the developers putting their needs ahead of their users', but in actual fact, the impact on end users will be minimal. The new flavor of Mint will come with several simple ways to include codecs during or after installation. (It will require an Internet connection to download the codec packages.)

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Getting Qt 5.6, Linux Kernel 4.6, and KDE Plasma 5.6.4 Soon

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Today, May 18, openSUSE developer Douglas DeMaio has informed the community about the new features that are about to land in the software repositories of openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling GNU/Linux operating system.

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Ubuntu Core Now Ready for Screenly, a Digital Signage Solution for Raspberry Pi

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Today, May 18, 2016, Canonical has announced a partnership with Screenly to bring the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system to the world's most popular digital signage solution for the Raspberry Pi.

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Solus OS Review

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When it comes to Linux distributions, conventional wisdom says that an operating system is only as good as the packages that are available. Why? Well, software matters! Who wants to use an operating system when it’s not possible to install Google Chrome, Steam, Skype and 100 other applications? Solus OS developers, that’s who.

Solus OS is a new Linux operating system that isn’t based on anything. It’s a fresh take on Linux with a message: less is more. No hassling with settings or choices. Everything is taken care of for you ahead of time.

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Devuan Rough, KWayland Advances, UT on Linux

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A review of Devuan Linux 1.0 Beta was the most interesting bit of news today. Jack Germain said the Debian fork needed more polish to succeed. Martin Gräßlin blogged today that KWayland is now in KDE Frameworks and Liam Dawe reported Unreal Tournament on Linux is shaping up fairly well. Derrik Diener reviewed Solus OS and the changes keep coming in Slackware 14.2 development.

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New ARM SoCs Supported By Linux 4.7, Including The First Mainline LG ARM Platform

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Seven ARM pull requests were submitted on Tuesday for the Linux 4.7 merge window.

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Also: Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.6

Leftovers: Debian

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  • Imagination accelerates Debian development for 64-bit MIPS CPUs

    Imagination Technologies recently donated several high-performance SDNA-7130 appliances to the Debian Project for the development and maintenance of the MIPS ports.

    The SDNA-7130 (Software Defined Network Appliance) platforms are developed by Rhino Labs, a leading provider of high-performance data security, networking, and data infrastructure solutions.

  • Newmaint — Call for help

    The process leading to acceptation of new Debian Maintainers is mainly administrative today and is handled by the Newmaint team. In order to simplify this process further, the team wants to integrate their workflow into's interface so that prospective maintainers can send their application online and the Newmaint team review it from within the website.

  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, April 2016

    A Debian LTS logoLike each month, here comes a report about the work of paid contributors to Debian LTS.

  • Reproducible builds: week 55 in Stretch cycle

    What happened in the Reproducible Builds effort between May 8th and May 14th 2016:

Imagination to Boost the Development of Debian GNU/Linux on 64-Bit MIPS CPUs

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Debian is one of the most acclaimed and respected open-source projects, with over 1,400 contributors from all over the world, and the Debian GNU/Linux operating system is being used almost everywhere around us.

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Tiny Core Linux 7.1 Receives BusyBox 1.24.2 in the Second Release Candidate

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The development of the Tiny Core Linux 7.1 operating system, the first major update to the 7.x series of one of the smallest GNU/Linux distros out there, continues with a second RC (Release Candidate) build.

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Indus' Android-based OS races to become second most popular in India

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Most articles trumpeting Indus' epic feat of becoming the second most popular OS in India after Android either don't understand operating systems or deliberately obfuscate the fact that it is nothing but an optimized Android OS.

That said, this homegrown company, originally known as Firstouch, has achieved something remarkable by tweaking Android in such a manner as to grab a 5.6 percent market share in just under a year, outstripping Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi's MIUI OS (thrid at 4.1 percent), Cyanogen (fourth at 2.8 percent), Apple's iOS (fifth at 2.5 percent) and easily beating offerings from behemoths Microsoft and Samsung (Tizen), both seventh at 0.3 percent.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • ZFS to be offered by Debian

    The Debian GNU/Linux distribution will include the ZFS filesystem as a choice from now on, according to an announcement by Petter Reinholdtsen, the developer responsible.

    ZFS is a filesystem developed by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle. The licence under which it is released, the Common Development and Distribution Licence, is not compatible with the GNU General Public Licence under which the Linux kernel is released.

    According to Ana Guerrero López, a member of the Debian publicity team, the inclusion of ZFS was announced slightly more than a year ago, in April 2015 by the project leader at the time, Lucas Nussbaum.

    In an email, Nussbaum wrote "We received legal advice from Software Freedom Law Centre about the inclusion of libdvdcss and ZFS in Debian, which should unblock the situation in both cases and enable us to ship them in Debian soon."

  • 10 Alternative Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux

    While Firefox is currently the default web browser for Ubuntu 16.04, there are many alternative and special-purpose browsers available to install on Linux. If you're looking for a break from Firefox or need a browser to accomplish a special task, there's probably an alternative browser out there for you.

  • It's Easy Trying Out Intel's OpenGL 4.2 Mesa Driver On Ubuntu 16.04

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Best Open Source CRM Software Firms Selected for May 2016 by 10 Best CRM
  • LinkedIn open-sources Ambry, an object store for media files [Ed: but it’s still a proprietary surveillance site]

    LinkedIn today announced that it has open-sourced Ambry, a piece of software it built to store and serve up media files like photos, videos, and PDFs. The system is available on GitHub under an open source Apache license.

    LinkedIn previously relied on a complex architecture involving closed source technology that was not cheap to scale, even as user numbers and data have both kept increasing. It wasn’t easy to expand, either.

  • OCBC launches open-source API [Ed: openwashing using API (fake)]
  • OCBC first bank in South-east Asia to launch API platform
  • OCBC is first bank in Singapore to offer banking data in open format to spur app development
  • OCBC opens developer portal for API access
  • OCBC Bank scores an open API first
  • OCBC introduces open API platform to stake claim on growing FinTech ecosystem
  • Why VCs Have Invested More Than $200M in Container Tech

    Last week alone, investors—aiming to profit from the new approach to building, deploying and managing apps—poured $63M into container vendors.
    The evolving market for application containers isn't just about developer adoption anymore; it's now very much about investors, too.

    The week of May 9, in particular, highlights the intense interest that venture capitalists (VCs) have in containers and the potential to profit from the new approach to building, deploying and managing applications at scale.

  • Mozilla Expands Its National Gigabit Project to Austin, TX

    When you couple lightning-fast Internet with innovative projects in the realms of education and workforce development, amazing things can happen.

    That’s the philosophy behind the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, our joint initiative with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite. The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund brings funding and staffing to U.S. cities equipped with gigabit connectivity, the next-generation Internet that’s 250-times faster than most other connections. Our goal: Spark the creation of groundbreaking, gigabit-enabled educational technologies so that more people of all ages and backgrounds can read, write, and participate on this next-generation Web.

  • Google faces record three billion euro EU antitrust fine: Telegraph [Ed: Microsoft started this case]

    The Commission can fine firms up to 10 percent of their annual sales, which in Google's case would be a maximum possible sanction of more than 6 billion euros. The biggest antitrust fine to date was a 1.1 billion-euro fine imposed on chip-maker Intel (INTC.O) in 2009.

  • Smartphone-based Robotic Rover Project goes Open Source

    The chassis is made to cradle a smartphone. Fire up your favorite videoconferencing software and you have a way to see where you’re going as well as hear (and speak to) your surroundings. Bluetooth communications between the phone and the chassis provides wireless control. That being said, this unit is clearly designed to be able to deal with far more challenging terrain than the average office environment, and has been designed to not only be attractive, but to be as accessible and open to repurposing and modification as possible.

  • "Participatory budgeting: a silent democratic revolution"

    Citizens with a say — or even a vote — in their municipal budgets are part of a silent democratic revolution. Participatory budgeting started 25 years ago in Brazil and, since then, has been spreading slowly but steadily from South America to cities all over the world. At the moment, more than 1,500 municipalities involve their citizens in the budget-making process, according to an article on participatory budgeting recently published in the Dutch online newspaper 'De Correspondent'.

  • Fifty shades of open

    Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. Until quite recently, the word “open” had a fairly constant meaning. The over-use of the word “open” has led to its meaning becoming increasingly ambiguous. This presents a critical problem for this important word, as ambiguity leads to misinterpretation.

  • "Panama Papers pushing open government"

    The publication of the so-called Panama Papers will only help to further the discussion on open government. "Things like hidden company ownership and strict secrecy have fuelled questions on links between world leaders and offshore jurisdictions," write Koen Roovers, and Henri Makkonen, EU Advocacy Lead and EU Advocacy Intern, respectively, at the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC).

  • "Governments need to enable the data-driven economy"

    Big Data is a game changer for businesses, Alla Morrison, International Development Specialist, Digital Economy and Solutions at the World Bank, recently wrote in a blog posting. She quoted Harvard professor Michael Porter, a globally recognised authority on competitiveness, who said: "Data now stands on par with people, technology, and capital as a core asset of the corporation and in many businesses is perhaps becoming the decisive asset."

  • Open Government Research Exchange (OGRX) launched

    Earlier this month, the Open Government Research Exchange (OGRX) was launched. The portal brings together research on on government innovation, and already indexes hundreds of publications (though many of them are only available for purchase).

  • Central Greece creates dashboard to increase citizen awareness

    Basically, Smart Sterea can be seen as a set of technological tools. Central Greece deployed a data visualisation portal, which mixes data for budgets, political projects and public consultations. This “Open Dashboard of Central Greece” makes use of Open Data to allow citizens to monitor public revenue and expenditure, political programs and their progress, and allocations – among other types of information. Data are updated in real-time.

  • A call for open source textbooks

    Ninety dollars, sometimes over a hundred, even. Walking away from the bookstore with a full set of math textbooks for a calculus course can easily set a student back by over two hundred. Add in online components, and that number only grows. The College Board estimates that the average full-time student would have to spend $1,200 alone in books and materials. The textbook industry costs already financially overburdened students massive amounts of money, and the solution is clear: Open source textbooks must become commonplace in De Anza classrooms.

  • Moja Global: Creating Open Source Tools to Help the Environment

    To understand and address issues such as land degradation, deforestation, food security, and greenhouse gas emissions, countries need access to high-quality and timely information. As these challenges have become more urgent over the past decade, the need for more information has also increased. At the recent 2016 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, we introduced a new open source project called moja global, supported by the Clinton Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada and Kenya, that aims to provide the tools necessary to help address these issues.

  • Open-Source Fabbing Gives Plastic Waste New Life

ExTiX 16.2, Build 160508, with KDE 4.15 together with KDE Frameworks 5.15.0

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I have made a new version of ExTiX – The Ultimate Linux System. I call it ExTiX 16.2 KDE Live DVD. (The previous version was 15.4).

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DevOps Hype

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OpenStack Roundup

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  • OSOps Gives Operators a Powerful Tool to Poke OpenStack Developers

    For JJ Asghar, senior partner engineer of OpenStack at Chef, there is one issue that continues to hamper OpenStack’s success: Operations. It’s no secret in the Ops community that there is a large barrier to entry involved in becoming a part of the OpenStack community. When it comes to submitting bugs, reporting issues, and ensuring one’s OpenStack cloud runs smoothly, operations teams find themselves facing an uphill battle.

  • Cisco's Embrace of OpenStack Pays Network Dividends [VIDEO]

    When Lew Tucker, vice-president and CTO of cloud computing at Cisco first got Cisco involved with OpenStack, networking wasn't even a separate project, it was just part of the Nova compute project. OpenStack has since evolved with the Neutron networking project and more recently, a large focus on Network Function Virtualization (NFV) with some of the world's largest carriers supporting the effort.

  • OpenStack Player Platform9 Rolls Out Channel Partner Program

    As the OpenStack arena consolidates, there are still many business models evolving around it, and OpenStack-as-a-Service is emerging as an interesting choice. Platform9, which focuses on OpenStack-based private clouds, has announced a new release of its Platform9 Managed OpenStack, which is a SaaS-based solution with integration for single sign-on (SSO) solutions. The company also updated its private-cloud-as-a service offering from OpenStack Juno to OpenStack Liberty.

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