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Story 2015 X.Org Elections Get Underway For Board Members, SPI Merger Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 5:45pm
Story OEMs Adapt To The Decline In The Market For PCs Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 5:32pm
Story How open source can be a gateway to your next job Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 5:26pm
Story Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: Android Wear's First Generation Champion Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 11:15am
Story Ubuntu's Mir Gains Server-Side Platform Probing Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 10:24am
Story MakuluLinux Xfce 7.1 Released. Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 10:11am
Story Linux Kernel 3.19-Rc6 Released Mohd Sohail 26/01/2015 - 8:10am
Blog entry Ubuntu Flavors 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released Mohd Sohail 26/01/2015 - 3:35am
Story MBARI testing the waters with open source camera Rianne Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 2:41am
Story Fixing unperceived errors in my X Windows configuration Fitzcarraldo 25/01/2015 - 11:38pm

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Shadow Mapping in Qt3D 2.0

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KDE

One of the biggest driving factors behind the design of Qt3D 2.0 is the ability to configure the renderer in order to accommodate custom rendering techniques. In this blog post I will explain how to render a scene in Qt3D with shadows.

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Many Linux Desktop 2D Benchmarks Of NVIDIA vs. AMD Drivers

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Like the reasoning for the mass OpenCL Linux comparison, the 2D benchmarks were done since having all of these graphics cards out and testing them on the latest proprietary drivers for the Unreal Engine 4 / Metro Redux game comparison. With not having done any big 2D performance comparison in a while, I ran these few extra tests to look at the 2D performance with the NVIDIA 346.22 driver compared to Catalyst 14.12 for the many different graphics cards.

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" KDE Review: The Best KDE spin I have used!

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If you are looking for a trouble free KDE distro for long term use, look no further than Linux Mint. The Linux Mint 17.1 KDE is perhaps the best KDE distro I've used in quite sometime. Though it presents the stock KDE DE but it irons out a lot of bugs and presents a really stable, smooth to use and super efficient distro. The RAM and CPU consumption is one of the lowest I have noted among KDE spins, the boot time is decent and the battery life is simply the best among Linux operating systems. It symbolizes the amazing work done by the developers before releasing a distro. I wish all other distros were like Linux Mint.

So, by now you have understood that Mint 17.1 KDE is definitely recommended from my side for all users looking for a good KDE distro devoid of bloat and is very efficient. I go with the highest score I ever gave to a KDE distro for Linux Mint 17.1 KDE.

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A Proposal To Go 64-bit Only With Fedora 23

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An ambitious proposal is seeking to make Fedora 23 -- the Linux distribution release due out around October -- 64-bit-only for both x86 and ARM architectures.

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Manjaro 0.8.11 - The lonely goatherd

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How shall I put it? Let there be no doubt. Manjaro 0.8.11 is a better version than 0.8.5 that I tested a while back. But calling it the best and most awesomest KDE around, as I've seen here and there in various forums and social media sites is literally pushing it. Now, it does deserve a lot of praise, A LOT, regarding its visual appearance. However, that is not enough to distract from or reduce the impact of the underlying system bugs.

Desktop effects, printing, broken Steam packages, weird menu entries, misbehaving media player, an identity-confused collection of software, installation issues, missing swap use and very high memory consumption, all of these are big problems that the Manjaro dev team needs to address. But overall, the important thing here is progress.

But if you're asking me, the distro needs to simplify its mission statement, and focus on the core message of practicality. Hopefully, we will see that happen soon. Let's call it the emergence of Manjaro into its own rightful place. At the moment, it's trying to do so much, at the same time, it's like a juggler with one ball too many. Grade wise? Hmmm, well, something like 7.5-8/10, and I am being generous. However, if all else fails, it so damn beautiful. Definitely one of the top three. Imagine Plasma 5 there. Looking forward to the next version.

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Makulu Cinnamon 2.0 is Live !

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MakuluLinux Cinnamon Edition 2.0 [MCDE] is now live, Read the release notes and grab your copy by clicking here, or via the Cinnamon section in menu above. Please take a minute to read the release notes, they give vital information about the release.

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Fedora 23 Likely To Pursue Wayland By Default

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While Wayland by default replacing the X.Org Server as the default display environment has been talked about for a while within the next-generation Fedora world, it looks like Fedora 23 could finally be the time that the switch happens.

Fedora 23 already has ambitious possibilities like only supporting 64-bit software while one of the more likely proposals is enabling Wayland by default. With Fedora 21, Wayland is shipped with Fedora Workstation as a log-in-time switch for GNOME, but the X.Org Server is still depended upon. With Fedora 22, the Wayland experience will be even better and then for Fedora 23 is when there might be the switch.

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Bodhi Founder Returning as Ubuntu Heads to Mars

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Bodhi Linux founder, who recently resigned from the project, has announced that he's decided to return. Accompanying that news was also the announcement for Bodhi Linux 3.0 RC2. Elsewhere, Gary Newell briefly recaps the top 10 distributions of 2014 and Phoronix.com is reporting that Fedora 23 is likely to default to Wayland. Adam Williamson introduces Updatrex™ in response to PackageKit bug and Softpedia.com said today that Ubuntu will probably be the first operating system on Mars.

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Samsung set to sell 30 Million Tizen TVs in 2015

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Movies

Samsung Electronics Co. have revealed that they plan to sell 30 million Tizen TVs in 2015, according to an Industry source. Samsung aim to ship an estimated 60 million TVs in 2015 with Tizen TVs expected to be over 50% of that figure. These will be using the new quantum-dot display technology which has the capability of showing 1 billion colours, which is 64 times more than what current TV models can perform.

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BeagleBone SBC beefs up Lego Mindstorms EV3

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Hardware

An “EVB” Kickstarter project replaces the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot’s ARM9 brick with a BeagleBone Black, adding performance, expandability, and sensors.

When Lego added a Linux-based “Brick” computer to its modular, open source Lego Mindstorms robot platform, we were psyched, but were also somewhat disappointed it was only a modest ARM9-based device. Now, a startup called Fatcatlab has found Kickstarter success with an EVB computer you can use in place of the Brick that is designed to plug in a BeagleBone Black for a much faster 1GHz Cortex-A8 experience.

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Adobe Opens Lightroom's Door to Android

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Android is a likely choice for Adobe to expand the user base on mobile platforms, noted Tuong Huy Nguyen, principal research analyst for Gartner.

"iOS and Android are THE big platforms to support on mobile. If you look at tablet-type devices, between iOS and Android, it is over 82 percent of the market. Android is nearly 58 percent. For smartphones, it is 95 percent, and Android is 81 percent," he told LinuxInsider.

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Unzip Vulnerability Closed in Ubuntu OSes

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Canonical has announced that an unzip exploit has been found and fixed for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

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Manjaro Xfce 0.9.0 Pre1 Shows How Open Source Collaboration Works

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Manjaro Xfce 0.9.0 Pre1, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, is now ready for testing and download.

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`ALBERT`: A FAST, LIGHTWEIGHT QUICK LAUNCHER FOR LINUX

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`Albert` is a relatively new quick launcher for Linux, which might remind you of Alfred (Mac) or Synapse (Linux). Using it, you can quickly launch applications, open files or perform web searches.

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Ubuntu Could Be the First OS on Planet Mars

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Mars One is a project that aims to put people on planet Mars by 2025, before NASA and everyone else. The kicker is that it's designed as a one-way trip for the colonists. The good news, if you can call it that, is that they seem to be favoring Linux.

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