While the Intel X99 series motherboards are popular right now with the Intel Core i7 Haswell Extreme Edition CPUs, some of these motherboards are also compatible with the Haswell-based Xeon processors. The MSI X99S SLI PLUS does officially support a number of the Haswell-EP Xeon processors, including the E5-2687W v3 that's a ten core processor plus Hyper Threading. In making for some interesting Linux results, MSI kindly sent over the Xeon E5-1680 v3 and E5-2687W v3 to test them with their X99S SLI PLUS motherboard under a variety of conditions with Linux.
Lenovo and Asustek are expected to release Chromebooks using Google-certified solutions from China-based Rockchip in the first half of 2015 at the latest, and their devices are expected to be priced at US$149, a new low for notebook products, according to Digitimes Research's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain.
Here comes our second update to GNOME 3.14, it has many fixes, various
improvements, documentation and translation updates, we hope you'll
Individual modules may get new stable 3.14 releases but our focus is
now on the development branches, we released a first snapshot as 3.15.1
two weeks ago and will get another one by the end of the month.
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the tremendous potential for Mozilla to change the world by putting smartphone capabilities in the hands of hundreds of millions of people with its Firefox OS. That's an example of the project moving its focus away from the traditional desktop to a sector that is likely to become the dominant one in the next few years.
In a sense, Mozilla has already won on the desktop, turning a market totally dominated by one company - Microsoft - into one where there are now four alternative browsers, all implementing open standards. That's a huge achievement, but it's also true that Firefox's share of that market has been declining for some time, and is likely to continue to do so absent any major surprises in the sector. That raises the question: Where does Mozilla go now?
This week Intel updated its Linux Graphics Installer for Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04, but as usual, it's really nothing too special and doesn't earn my high recommendation as there's better ways for users to be running the latest open-source graphics code.
The Intel Linux Graphics Installer 1.0.7 release makes it easy to deploy their "2014Q3 Linux Graphics Stack" on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The 2014Q3 stack is defined as the Linux 3.16.2 kernel, Mesa 10.3, xf86-video-intel 2.99.911, libdrm 2.4.56, libva 1.4.0, and X.Org Server 1.16.0. These software components have been talked about for a long while already on Phoronix.
The OpenELEC operating system used to be based on XBMC, but that is changing right now. The old XBMC is being renamed to Kodi and a new major version is in the works. For now, Kodi is still under development, but it's making great progress and it should arrive pretty soon in its final form.
This also means that OpenELEC is looking to integrate the latest Kodi version, just as it did with XBMC, and is following closely all the improvements that are made to the media hub. On the other hand, the developers of this distro have to worry about various other packages as well, not just about XBMC. There is the Linux kernel to be considered, the drivers, and all the other critical components.
For those currently bound to the RHEL6 series rather than the newer RHEL7 series and use Scientific Linux to avoid the associated Red Hat costs, Scientific Linux 6.6 is now available.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 was released last month with performance improvements and enhancements to system administration and virtualization in particular. Nearly one month later, Scientific Linux 6.6 is out as its take on RHEL6.6
The Scientific Linux 6.6 release bumps OpenAFS to version 1.6.10 and it also features a new xorg-x11-server ABI due to a security error. The Scientific Linux 6.6 release is available for i386 and x86_64 architectures in a DVD ISO as well as a network boot image.
More details on Scientific Linux 6.6 via the release announcement and release notes.
Tanglu, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian that aims to be friendly and to cater a large user base, has been upgraded to version 2.0 Beta 2 and is now available for download and testing.
Open source software developer Sourcefabric has signed Australian Associated Press to help develop an end-to-end news creation, production, curation, distribution and publishing platform.
The two parties are inviting other news publishers to participate in the project, called Superdesk.
AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said, "Over the past 10 years, our existing editorial platform has proven increasingly inflexible."
"The time is right for some true innovation in this area and we believe that Sourcefabric will set us on the right path."
Sava Tatić, Sourcefabric managing director, said he was thrilled to be partnering with Australia’s national news agency.
The open source community in Indonesia is still small and this has discouraged the Indonesian tax agency from moving some big systems to open source, its Transformation and ICT Director told FutureGov.
Open source is usually used by universities in Indonesia, he said, and the source code is not published so “it’s in a small group”, said Harry Gumelar.
“Our difficulty right now is that we don’t know who to contact if we have a problem,” he added. The tax agency has asked for help in the past, but not received any response from the community.