Samsung indefinitely puts the brakes on Tizen launch

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Android

It's the Android-rival mobile operating system that never was. At least for now, anyway.

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Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.

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GCC As A Just-In Time Compiler Is An Interesting Project

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Development
GNU

Aside from the experimental "Coconut" as a Python JIT compiler using GCC's new Just-In Time capabilities, the libgccjit.so shared library isn't yet depended upon in the real-world but the JIT compilation abilities are being built upon for hopeful incorporation into the GNU Compiler Collection.

Going back to October of 2013 has been work on this GCC-based embeddable JIT compiler that initially generated a lot of interest but has yet to be incorporated into a stable GNU Compiler Collection release.

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Easy Steps to Make GNOME 3 More Efficient

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GNOME
HowTos

Few Linux desktops have brought about such controversy as GNOME 3. It’s been ridiculed, scorned, and hated since it was first released. Thing is, it’s actually a very good desktop. It’s solid, reliable, stable, elegant, simple... and with a few minor tweaks and additions, it can be made into one of the most efficient and user-friendly desktops on the market.

Of course, what makes for an efficient and/or user-friendly desktop? That is subject to opinion -- something everyone has. Ultimately, my goal is to help you gain faster access to the apps and the files you use. Simple. Believe it or not, stepping GNOME 3 up into the world of higher efficiency and user-friendliness is quite an easy task -- you just have to know where to look and what to do. I am here to point you in the right directions.

I decided to go about this process by first installing a clean Ubuntu GNOME distribution that included GNOME 3.12. With the GNOME-centric desktop ready to go, it’s time to start tweaking.

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Mozilla confirms interim CEO as new top hire

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Moz/FF

On Monday, the Mozilla Corporation announced that its last-minute April hire for interim CEO, Chris Beard, has been permanently appointed to the position. Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker confirmed the news in a blog post, stating that "the board has reviewed many internal and external candidates—and no one we met was a better fit."

Beard's Mozilla tenure began in 2004 and saw him eventually rise to chief innovation and chief marketing officer. He left the company in 2013 to become an "executive in residence" at Greylock Partners, an investment firm with a heavy focus on tech companies. His return to Mozilla in April came on the heels of Brendan Eich's controversial hire to the CEO position, which ended with Eich's resignation that month.

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'There is growing maturity and adoption of Open Source tools for testing'

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Interviews
OSS

SaaS model becoming a criterion for companies to choose testing tool for to gain the benefits of Cloud

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Plasma5 : Now more awesome as a Kubuntu ISO

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KDE

Unlike it’s Neon 5 counterpart , this ISO contains packages made from the stock Plasma 5.0 release . The ISO is meant to be a technical preview of what is to come when Kubuntu switches to Plasma 5 by default in a future release of Kubuntu...

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Linux Foundation, edX Offering 'Intro to Linux' MOOC

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Linux
HowTos

In just a few days, anyone will be able to take the Linux Foundation's "Introduction to Linux" course—which previously cost $2,400—for free over the Internet. The MOOC version of the class on the open source operating system, hosted on edX, opens Aug. 1.

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Open Source Developers Promise New API for Dovecot Email Data

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OSS

As a technology that predates even the Web by nearly two decades, email may not seem like something with a lot of room left for improvement. But the recently announced Dovecot Rest API (DAPI), which presents new ways for apps to interact with email data on the Dovecot open source IMAP email platform, could have a significant impact on enterprise computing and the way we use email.

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Salix Openbox 14.1

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GNU
Linux

Salix Openbox 14.1 brings the Openbox window manager, teamed with fbpanel and SpaceFM to create a fast and flexible desktop environment. This is the most lightweight edition we have so far among our 14.1 releases and everything has been tweaked to provide a desktop experience comparable to other Salix editions. The development of this edition involved a long and rigorous period of testing and the final release has evolved a lot since the first beta.

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Open source love at first commit

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OSS

The power to learn, the freedom to change, and the push for innovation. What is there not to love about open source software? The world of open source consists of a passionate community of individuals hacking away in their dens, all with the same vision for the future of programming: openness and collaboration.

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WebODF easily used, part 1: ViewerJS

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KDE
LibO
OOo

You possibly have heard of WebODF already, the Open Source JavaScript library for displaying and editing files in the OpenDocument format (ODF) inside HTML pages. For ideas what is possible with WebODF and currently going on, see e.g. Aditya’s great blog posts about the usage of WebODF in OwnCloud Documents and Highlights in the WebODF 0.5 release.

The WebODF library webodf.js comes with a rich API and lots of abstraction layers to allow adaption to different backends and enviroments. There is an increasing number of software using WebODF, some of that listed here.

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Mozilla at O’Reilly Open Source Convention

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Linux
Moz/FF

Like each previous year, OSCON 2014 didn’t disappoint and it was great to have Mozilla back at the convention after not having a presence for some years. This year our presence was focused on promoting Firefox OS, Firefox Developer Tools and Firefox for Android.

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Per-activity favourites in Kickoff

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KDE

I’ve become overly lazy when writing blog posts is concerned. Maybe it is because I’m again working on the user-visible features, and it is much easier to just post a screen-shot or a screen-cast, than to actually write anything meaningful.

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Rumors circulate Motorola is building the next Nexus device

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Android

We now can reveal VERY early reports are suggesting the Nexus line is not dead and in fact Motorola are already working on the new Nexus device. This at the moment is still only at the rumor stage with Android Police this morning reporting they have received unconfirmed reports the device is being manufactured by Motorola and is set for release sometime in the fall. Possibly November. The device at the moment is codenamed Shamu although again this has not been in any way confirmed. In fact at present the only evidence provided to support the rumor is a screenshot taken from Google’s issue tracker referencing ‘Shamu’.

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Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise

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OSS

Meson is a new, open-source build system under development showing good results over the likes of SCons.

Meson is self-described by its developers as a "project to create the best possible next-generation build system." Meson is written in Python 3 and is designed to be high-performance while still being easy-to-use.

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DARPA-derived secure microkernel goes open source tomorrow

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OSS

A nippy microkernel mathematically proven to be bug free*, and used to protect drones from hacking, will be released as open source tomorrow.

The formal-methods-based secure embedded L4 (seL4) microkernel was developed by Australian boffins at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and was part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems program hatched in 2012 to stop hackers knocking unmanned birds out of the sky.

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GUADEC 2014, Day Two: Pitivi, Automotive, Boxes, Fleet Commander

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GNOME

The second day of GUADEC was also full of interesting talks. Jeff Fortin spoke about the video editor Pitivi. Nathan Willis devoted his keynote to software for automotive and the opportunities for open source software in this area.

There have also been a lot of changes in the Web browser and Zeeshan Ali talked on improvements in GNOME Boxes. The biggest news of the day is an announcement of Fleet Commander which should provide tools and infrastructure for large desktop deployments. Something the Linux desktop has been severely lacking.

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Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16

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GNU
Linux
Debian

Recently the Debian developers and other stakeholders have been trying to decide between basing Debian 8.0 Jessie's Linux kernel on the 3.14 release, which is Greg KH's latest long-term stable kernel, or to use Linux 3.16. The benefit of Linux 3.16 is that it's intended to be used by Ubuntu 14.10 and thus will receive support from the Canonical/Ubuntu kernel team for the better part of two years after its October debut. Linux 3.16, of course, has many improvements, new drivers, and other hardware support improvements over Linux 3.14.

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First Okular Sprint ever at Barcelona

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KDE

Last May a group of three Okular developers met for four days at the Blue Systems Barcelona office to hack on the KDE universal document viewer.

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