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Story Manjaro 15.09 (Bellatrix) Update With Calamares Installer, Tweaks And Latest Applications Mohd Sohail 04/10/2015 - 1:27pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:27pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:27pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:26pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:23pm
Story Blackphone Android-based (SilentOS) Reviews Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:22pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:21pm
Story Nvidia Shield Android TV review Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 9:16am
Story Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 review: One of the best Android tablets available out there Roy Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 8:41am
Story Netrunner Rolling 2015.09 – 64bit released Rianne Schestowitz 04/10/2015 - 1:33am

Calculate Linux 15 released

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We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 15.

Calculate Linux Desktop, featuring either the KDE (CLD), the MATE (CLDM) or the Xfce (CLDX) environment, Calculate Directory Server (CDS), Calculate Media Center (CMC), Calculate Linux Scratch (CLS), Calculate Scratch Server (CSS) are all available for download.

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Google’s Marshmallow Treats Now on Tap

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Not so many years ago, the introduction of a major new Android release was more like looking six months or more into the future when your phone just might become eligible for upgrade. In the case of the Android 6.0 (“Marshmallow”) update announced yesterday, however, owners of recent Nexus devices can start downloading next week, and those who buy the newly announced Nexus devices -- the LG-made, 5.2-inch, Nexus 5X, and Huawei’s 5.7-inch Nexus 6P -- will feast on Marshmallow when the devices ship in October. The same goes for Google’s newly tipped Pixel-C tablet, due in December (see below). Based on Android 5.0 “Lollipop”, most other major Android devices that run Lollipop should be onboard before the end of the year or early 2016.

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Android now has 1.4bn active users, 300m on Lollipop

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The new official figure for active Android users is up 400 million from the one billion active users it announced in June 2014 and the 900 million it counted in mid-2013.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the new milestone on Tuesday as the search giant unveiled the new Nexus 5X from LG and the Nexus 6P from Huawei, which both ship with Android Marshmallow 6.0, the latest version of the mobile operating system due for release this week.

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Linux Foundation Study: Open Source Collaborative Code is Worth $5B

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Placing a price tag on Linux and other open source platforms is tough for several reasons. Most obviously, a lot of open source software is available at no charge, which means there's no clear answer to how much people would be willing to pay for it if it cost money. In addition, open code is often shared freely between projects, and some developers are paid for their work by companies while others volunteer their time.

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Is Google's future in television in Chromecast, or is it in Android TVs?

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Chromecast is officially a thing. What started out as a simple streaming stick two years ago has now become a product that Google can boast about, with 20 million devices sold since launch. And today, we saw not one but two new versions of Chromecast, a video-streaming stick that supports modern Wi-Fi standards and another that now turns home speakers into Wi-Fi-connected, cast-enabled audio devices. Google has kept it at an accessible price — $35 per dongle — and the intent is clear: we're going to be in your living room, one way or another.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Might Get Linux Kernel 4.2.2

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The Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) development cycle is coming to an end and it looks like developers are finally settling down. The last big piece of software in the distro, the Linux kernel, will also enter freeze in just a few days.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV OTA Update Improves HTPC Credentials

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Other enhancements include native 4K rendering for select Android games (Beach Buggy Racing, Bombsquad, Hardwood Solitaire IV, Riptide GP 2, Kosmik Revenge, Video Poker Duel, Leo's Fortune, Machinarium, Meltdown, Never Alone, Samurai II, and Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders), ability to transfer data between USB storage and a microSD card, ability to manually turn off the SHIELD controller and lowering the audio latency by as much as 40ms compared to standard Android. The last aspect is especially important for gaming, and it will be one of the prime reasons to pick up the update before checking out the GeForce NOW cloud game streaming service that is getting launched today.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Best Open Source Tools Perfect for Linux Administrators

    Though there are a number of other open source tools which are great for Linux administrators, the above five Linux open source tools are indomitable.

  • FFmpeg's Player to Get Features Inspired from the MPV Media Player

    FFmpeg's Ganesh Ajjanagadde has announced that the next release of the open-source and cross-platform FFmpeg multimedia framework will include an improved FFplay media player component.

  • SMPlayer 15.9 (Stable) Released With mpv Support, More

    SMPlayer, a Qt front-end for mplayer, has reached version 15.9.0 recently, this being the first stable version to support mpv. There are various other new features as well, like support for 3D stereo filter, MPRIS v2 support, a new default theme and more.

  • Pragha Music Player Review - A Good Reason to Change Your Default Player

    The Pragha is a less known application for playing music, but it's the kind of app that makes you wonder why it's not a lot more frequently used and famous. It's simple, good, and does exactly what it says on the cover. Who doesn't want that?

  • Calamares: A distribution-independent system installer

    Calamares is a new system installation framework designed to be easily customized and used as the installation program for any Linux distribution.

  • tunir 0.8 is out

    Last week I have released tunir 0.8. In this release I have fixed few bugs related to better logging. But most of the work was wnet on vagrant support. We now support both Virtualbox, and libvirt based vagrant images. There is a new key in the job.json file called provider, if you give the value virtualbox, then tunir will use vagrant along with Virtualbox, otherwise it will try to use vagrant-libvirt provider (which is default for our usage). There is separate page in the docs which explains the configurations.

  • Foxit PDF Reader Sees New Linux Release

    Foxit Reader is a popular free to use (but proprietary) PDF viewer available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Compared to the Windows version, Foxit PDF Reader for Linux lacks some features - most importantly, the ability to create PDF files, but the app still has quite a few useful features.

today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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LilacSat, Mageia, and Sabayon

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VeltOS, Arch, and Manjaro

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Red Hat and Fedora

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Red Hat

Leftovers: Debian

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Choosing a download manager in Ubuntu

    After I wrote the guide on how to schedule downloads in Windows and Ubuntu, somebody wrote to me a very long email after they read the piece.

    According to the tirade, Wget is the best download manager ever and how dare I tell people to use aria2c without mentioning this core truth. The diatribe ended by telling me how I should do the world a favour and show myself the way to the after world.

  • Laptop Mode Tools 1.68.1 Is Available For Ubuntu 15.04 And Ubuntu 14.04 Via PPA
  • The First Ubuntu Convergent Phone Will Be Released In 2016

    As you may already know, Canonical has been working a lot lately at Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Touch, Mir, Unity and convergence.

    Recently, Canonical’s Pat McGowan has announced that the first Ubuntu-convergent mobile phone will be released in 2016, the vendor being still unknown from now.

    The convergent Ubuntu system will be using the same code base for both Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu Desktop but the UI will behave different on the two platforms. While the windows will be full screen on the mobile devices, on Ubuntu Desktop, the windows will still be minimizable and will have X and – buttons on the top corner.

  • Pre-order Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu 15.10 - all flavours

    Yes, you guessed it right!

    With a release of a new version of Ubuntu 15.10 less than a month away, many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that's the next version, codenamed Wily Werewolf.

    But many of you are not so lucky, and will need to wait longer, because you can not or do not want to create their own DVDs with operating system images.
    We can help!

Leftovers: Devices

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Noteworthy Open Source Projects: Bitcoin to Storage

    The volume of new open source projects is staggering. In years past, it was sometimes difficult to find enough quality projects to fill a lenghthy list, but this year there were more than enough—so many, in fact, that it's likely we overlooked some deserving projects.

  • HashiCorp Unveils Otto Open-Source App Delivery Tool

    In addition to Otto, HashiCorp launched Nomad, an open-source scheduler for deployment and resource maximization.

  • How open source can help businesses reclaim control of IT

    In an age where data availability and visibility is crucial, many organisations have found that their existing infrastructure has severely limited their options. Sometimes this is down to poor system design that prevents interoperability, but in others the intention is deliberate – a practice known as ‘vendor lock-in’.

  • Dropbox open sources Zulip chat app

    File hosting service Dropbox, Inc has released its Zulip chat application under an open source Apache Foundation licence.

  • Containers versus clouds, new certification programs, and more OpenStack news
  • Huawei Launches FusionSphere 6.0 Open Cloud OS

    FusionSphere 6.0 is an open source platform and Huawei claims that it complies with native OpenStack standards, and supports OpenStack application programming interfaces (APIs). Third-party applications for OpenStack can purportedly run seamlessly on Huawei FusionSphere 6.0.

  • OpenOffice Ain't Dead Yet and TDF Conference

    The last release of OpenOffice, 4.1.1, was released almost one year ago and most folks have written the project off as dead or on life support. But Bruce Byfield today said it's not dead yet and, in fact, may have made it over the hump. Meanwhile, The Document Foundation has been planning upcoming conferences and analyzing their success. In other news, some new goodies are in the pipeline for Mint Xfce and MATE users and Bryan Lunduke said the System 76 Serval Linux laptop is "ideal."

  • so I heard GNU turns 30 !
  • Interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger

    We conducted an email-based interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that detects and blocks third party tracking. If Privacy Badger notices a third party site that it thinks is attempting to track your browsing around the web it blocks it and prevents it from writing or reading cookies and other identifying information about your browser. Additionally Privacy Badger works with EFF's newly drafted Do Not Track policy which aims to make user opt-out of online tracking a reality.

  • EC survey on ICT standards Digital Single Market

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on Standards for the Digital Single Market. The EC is asking for priorities for standards in important technology areas critical to achieving the single market.

  • Madrid participation portal opens for discussion, voting to follow

    The portal is built on the Consul participation application, which is published by the City as open source software.

  • Future Software Supply Chain Thoughts

    If you have thoughts on how to help make this automatable tracking of security, licensing, and copyright information available to the supply chain, ideas are most welcome. We’ll be having a Supply Chain Mini-Summit [8] in Dublin on Oct. 8th, and those interested in exploring this further are welcome to attend.

  • London boroughs back common standards-led data approach

    Kingston and Sutton ICT lead favours more regional, decentralised approach to data sharing, but sees value of certain national initiatives for purposes like ID assurance

    Ensuring the wider availability of open standards and common platforms will be vital to ensure local authorities are better able to engage in collaborative and shared service technology and data initiatives when opportunities arise, a London-based council ICT lead has said.

    Rob Miller, head of shared ICT services for Kingston and Sutton, said common ways of working and bringing key data resources together was a significant challenge needing to be addressed by local authorities to allow them to move forward with transformation work.

  • Deloitte and Cloudera Announce Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review Solution
  • Alation Partners With Cloudera to Provide Data Catalog Designed for Data Analysts

Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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Google has updated its Nexus smartphone range with two new handsets powered by the latest build of Android, codenamed Marshmallow.

"Nexus is for Android because we've designed it," Google's newish CEO Sundar Pichai told the press at Tuesday's launch in San Francisco, meaning that the new phones have been designed to squeeze the most out of Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow. Hopefully for Google that will have customers asking it for s'more (sorry).

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Also: Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

Tizen Leftovers

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