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Story XWayland Linux Gaming Performance With GNOME Wayland On Fedora 21 Rianne Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 5:42pm
Story AMD Releases OpenCL 2.0 Catalyst Linux Driver Rianne Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 5:32pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 4:35pm
Story 7 local governments announced to build with Code for America Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 4:11pm
Story Linux Foundation Certified Engineer Will Sheldon on What It's Like to Pass the Exam Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 4:04pm
Story openSUSE 13.2 Beta 1 vs. Fedora Linux Benchmarks Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 3:56pm
Story The story of Aaron Swartz and his fight for open Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 3:54pm
Story There's Wayland Changes Needed Before GNOME Will Be 100% Ported Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 3:51pm
Story elementary OS Freya beta review Rianne Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 2:53pm
Story The hair loss cure for new Linux users Roy Schestowitz 25/09/2014 - 9:36am

Happy Software Freedom Day!

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GNU
OSS

This Saturday, September 20th, people everywhere are getting together to celebrate free software.

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With Open-Source Software, You Don't Have to Start From Scratch

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OSS

As an entrepreneur, you always have questions to answer: “How do I efficiently manage my people?” “How can I keep track of my projects?” “Where do I start with my website?”

It can all feel pretty overwhelming, but luckily, there’s a fantastic resource you can use to solve an abundance of entrepreneurial problems: open-source technology.

It all began in the '90s when there was a big push to create operating systems to make using new computer technology more efficient. Companies saw the value in these operating systems and acquired creators such as Linux to write the code.

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FreeBSD 10.1 Has The New VT Driver, Hardware Improvements

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BSD

Released this past week was the first beta of FreeBSD 10.1. If you haven't yet had time to explore this development release, there's a lot of improvements over FreeBSD 10.0.

Here's some of the features that interest us the most about this forthcoming FreeBSD 10 update:

- The driver for FreeBSD's new VT console has been added. The new VT hasn't been enabled by default but for now still requires setting a special parameter.

- The ported-from-Linux Radeon DRM/KMS driver now has support for 32-bit ioctls so 32-bit OpenGL applications are able to run on a 64-bit FreeBSD system.

- Various hardware-related improvements from Turbo Boost enabled Intel CPUs to PowerPC 970 CPUs to Atom Silvermont to Apple books saw different changes.

- Bhyve virtualization improvements.

Find out more about the recent FreeBSD 10 changes via the stable release notes. FreeBSD 10.1 is expected for an official unveiling on 29 October.

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Android tablet records and recreates 3D scenes

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Android

Mantis Vision and Flextronics unveiled an Android-based “Aquila” tablet based on Mantis’ MV4D 3D engine that uses a 3D sensing system to recreate 3D scenes.

So-called 3D tablets, which display 3D video and other content with or without special glasses, never hit it big among consumers. Now Israeli 3D vision technology firm Mantis Vision and manufacturer Flextronics have built a different kind of tablet called the Aquila. It not only displays 3D content, but records, recreates it, and lets you manipulate the image in 3D or integrate it into applications.

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REVIEW: How to turn a Raspberry Pi in to an NSA-proof computer

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Linux

One of the Pi's key attributes is its price of around £30. It is the nearest thing we have to a disposable computer and several can be used cost-effectively in a single project.

A recently publicised use is the creation of a string of Raspberry Pi honeypots for detecting hacker activity on a corporate network.

Given CW's enduring preoccupation with the surveillance programs of our Establishment masters, would it be, could it be possible to create a disposable, network-invisible computer?

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Android L

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Android

AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D Driver Sees Some Improvements

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Marek Olšák has published another big set of fixes/improvements to the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.

On Friday, Marek posted a set of 15 patches against the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, which for those out of the loop is the driver that handles AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer. These 15 patches vary in nature but come down to "random improvements" ranging from improvements/clean-ups to DB registers and MSAA, code clean-ups, and OpenGL Geometry Shader fixes.

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Native Netflix, Ts'o on Systemd, and Fedora 21 Alpha a Go

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-s

In today's Linux news OMG!Ubuntu! is reporting that Netflix is coming to Linux, this time natively. Jack Germain reviews Opera 12.16. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols talks to Theodore Ts'o about systemd. A preview of new Kmail show radical redesign. And finally today, Fedora 21 Alpha was approved for release!

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Ubuntu gets closer to debut in Meizu MX4 phone

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu project announced a stable build for Ubuntu Touch phones, a week after Meizu tipped an Ubuntu version of the Meizu MX4 phone due in December.

The Ubuntu for Phones team at the Canonical’s Ubuntu Project announced the arrival of the first image from the Ubuntu-rtm (release to manufacturing) distribution for phones. The announcement followed last week’s tease from Meizu, saying a version of the Android-based Meizu MX4 was on schedule for shipping with Ubuntu in December.

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Android L Will Keep Your Secrets Safer

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Android

Hard on the heels of increased security measures in Apple's newly released iOS 8, Google this week confirmed that encryption will be turned on by default in the next release of Android.

Android has offered encryption for more than three years, and keys are not stored off the device, so they can't be shared with law enforcement, Google said. In the next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default.

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WHAT THE GNOME RELEASE TEAM IS DOING

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GNOME

At the release team BoF at this years Guadec, I said I would write a blog post about the whats and hows and ifs of release team work. I’m a little late with this, but here it is: a glimpse into the life of a GNOME release team member.

We are in the end phase of the development cycle, when the release team work is really kicking into high gear.

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Global Web Literacy Gets a Boost From Maker Party 2014

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Moz/FF

This week we celebrated the record-breaking 2,513 events in 86 countries that made up Maker Party 2014. The campaign, which officially began on July 15th and ended this week, brought nearly 130,000 adults and children together to learn valuable digital literacy skills in classrooms, libraries, cafes, and living rooms around the world.

Whether creating their first mobile apps with Appmaker, discussing the nuances of net neutrality during our global teach-in, or turning libraries into full-fledged maker spaces, this year’s crop of Maker Party events unleashed the creativity of a global community of web makers.

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India yet to catch up with FOSS, says Rushabh Mehta of ERPNext

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OSS

We got a chance to interact with Rushabh Mehta, the founder of Web Notes Technologies, a company based in Mumbai, India. ERPNext is the major product of the company. It is a free and Open Source web based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution for small and medium sized businesses with its presence in more than 60 countries. In addition to the regular discussions on their Open Source product, strategy, customers etc. we also got a chance to understand how hard it is to thrive in an environment where the “Open Source” philosophy is not a familiar term yet. A software developer by passion and an Industrial Engineer by training, Rushabh also informed us about their imminent product conference in Mumbai he is quite excited about.

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Mesa 10.3 released

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Mesa 10.3 has been released! Mesa 10.3 is a feature release that
includes many updates and enhancements. The full list is available in
the release notes file in docs/relnotes/10.3.html.

The tag in the GIT repository for Mesa 10.3 is 'mesa-10.3'. I have
verified that the tag is in the correct place in the tree.

Mesa 10.3 is available for download at
ftp://freedesktop.org/pub/mesa/10.3/

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Tizen Development Units now available!

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Development
Linux

The Linux Foundation have today announced the next round of the Tizen development unit program is now available, with the Intel NUC and Samsung RD-PQ hardware devices being available. The Idea behind this program is to put the required hardware in developers hands so they can develop and test their applications on real hardware. It has to be noted that the Samsung RD-PQ device does not have GSM connectivity, and therefore can not be used as a real world device, which is a pity as developers do need real devices so late in the game.

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Smittix’s Top 5 GNOME Shell Extensions

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GNOME

GNOME Shell’s ability to have extensions is pretty brilliant in my eyes. Some developers have come up with some great extensions to make life easier within GNOME-Shell.

To install these extensions easily just open the links up within firefox, you will get a message bar asking if you would like to allow extensions.gnome.org to install them. You need to allow this for them to work.

When you load one of the extension links you will be presented with a page like below, it has a nice easy “On/Off” toggle switch.

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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

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OSS

Newton argues open source is well suited to systems that need to be transparently stable and secure, where a lot of people have an interest in collaborating. He adds it is favoured by intelligence services for exactly these reasons, and if it’s good enough for spooks, it should serve for hospitals.

Alfresco hit its initial end-of-year download target of 10,000 in the first week, with eventual downloads numbering in the millions for the initial release of its software in 2005. “You want to join the cool party,” Mr Newton said. “That’s what open source is all about.”

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Wine Announcement

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Microsoft
Software

The Wine development release 1.7.27 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Some more work on Direct2D support.
- Various improvements to RichEdit interfaces.
- Initial support for ICMP version 6.
- Various bug fixes.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software
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