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Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 01/12/2016 - 1:00am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 01/12/2016 - 12:58am
Story Red Hat News Roy Schestowitz 01/12/2016 - 12:56am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 01/12/2016 - 12:55am
Story Good News for Jolla (Linux) Roy Schestowitz 30/11/2016 - 11:46pm
Story Canonical offers direct Docker support to Ubuntu users Rianne Schestowitz 30/11/2016 - 7:51pm
Story Zorin OS 12 Improves Linux Desktop Access for Windows Users Rianne Schestowitz 30/11/2016 - 7:07pm
Story SUSE buys HPE’s OpenStack and Cloud Foundry assets Rianne Schestowitz 30/11/2016 - 7:00pm
Story Fedora 25 makes Linux easy enough for anyone to try Rianne Schestowitz 30/11/2016 - 6:58pm
Story NVIDIA GTX 680 To GTX 1080 Blender OpenCL Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 30/11/2016 - 6:53pm

Leftovers: Software

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  • NeoFetch — See System Information from the Command Line on Linux

    While not to everyone’s tastes, such tools are often a lot quicker and surfacing what you need when you need it, rather than you having to point and click you way through apps like i-Nex or CPU-g.

    That garble is why I was stoked to find a link to Neofetch in my tips inbox recently (our recent call for content has done wonders). Neofetch is now my favourite CLI system information tool.

  • LibreOffice 5.3 Beta Coming Soon, New Bug Hunting Event Takes Place November 25

    We're getting closer and closer to the final release of the LibreOffice 5.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite, and now The Document Foundation, through Italo Vignoli, informs us about the next bug hunting session, for the LibreOffice 5.3 Beta.

  • Changelog for VirtualBox 5.1
  • VirtualBox 5.1.10 Brings Initial Linux Kernel 4.9 Support, Many GUI Improvements

    Oracle announced the release of yet another stable maintenance update to the VirtualBox 5.1 series of the popular, cross-platform, and open-source virtualization software.

    VirtualBox 5.1.10 is here exactly two months after the previous point release, namely VirtualBox 5.1.8, and we have some good news for Linux users, as Oracle added initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.9 kernel, which will be released in the second week of December 2016. It also fixes the Linux kernel module override rule in Linux Additions.

Open Hardware

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SitePoint on FOSS

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  • The Power of Open Source in the Foundation Framework

    CSS frameworks are among the most actively used tools in web design and development. If you’ve been involved in the industry, at some point you would have heard, seen or used a CSS framework or library before. What many developers do not realise is that these frameworks flourish thanks to the open source movement.

    Frameworks like Bootstrap and ZURB’s Foundation offer a platform for rapid prototyping, getting your site up and running by providing all of the common building blocks. Bootstrap and Foundation are just two popular examples, there are hundreds if not thousands of great frameworks out there that aim to make your job easier and speed up your development work.

  • How Your Company Can Benefit from Contributing to Open Source

    Open source is the antithesis of proprietary software. It’s the free lovin’ hippie amid a sea of corporate profiteers. Defined as software for which the source code is freely available to view, modify, and redistribute, open source software has benefited hardened coders and layman consumers alike. But just because it’s free doesn’t mean profit-driven companies can’t use open source to their advantage.

  • Free as in Puppy — Open Sourcing Your JavaScript Code

    Open Source is much more than making something available to the public. It is not only about your code, it is also about licenses, understanding participation and herding cats a.k.a. dealing with community issues. In this article we will briefly look at the benefits of open sourcing your code and the pitfalls to avoid.

System76 Oryx Pro review: Linux in a laptop has never been better

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Laptops preloaded with Linux aren't as rare as they used to be. In fact, big name hardware companies like Dell have whole lines of laptops that ship with Ubuntu installed, and if you want to stretch things a bit you could argue that a Chromebook is a kind of Linux machine (though it takes a bit of tinkering to get actual Linux installed). Still, there's no question the Linux user of today has a wealth of options compared with the dark ages of just a few years ago when "I use Linux" was code for "I spend all my time looking for hardware drivers."

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Fedora 24 Upgrade to Fedora 25

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  • Upgrading Fedora 24 to Fedora 25

    Fedora 25 was just officially released. You’ll likely want to upgrade your system to the latest version of Fedora. Fedora offers a command-line method for upgrading Fedora 24 to Fedora 25. The Fedora 24 Workstation also has a graphical method.

  • Here's How to Upgrade a Fedora 24 Linux to Fedora 25 via GNOME Software or DNF

    Fedora 25 arrived on November 22, 2016, as reported right here on Softpedia, and it ships with lots of modern GNU/Linux technologies and the latest open source software releases.

    We bet that many of you would like to upgrade their Fedora 24 installations to Fedora 25, so Fedora Ambassador Justin W. Flory published a nice tutorial on how to achieve that, no matter the method used, via GNOME Software or command-line using the powerful DNF package manager.

Clonezilla Live 2.5.0-5 Disk Cloning System Is Powered by Linux Kernel 4.8.7

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Today, November 22, 2016, Clonezilla Live and GParted Live developer Steven Shiau has had the great pleasure of announcing the release of a new stable build of his popular disk cloning and imaging live system.

Clonezilla Live 2.5.0-5 is now the most advanced version of the open-source and free disk cloning solution based on the Clonezilla partition or disk clone tool. It's the first release to use a kernel from the Linux 4.8 series, namely 4.8.7, and includes all the latest package versions from the Debian Sid repository as of November 22, 2016.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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  • GNOME Music 3.24 App to Use Cairo for Album Cover Scaling, Smooth Progress Bar

    We reported earlier on the release of the GNOME 3.23.2 desktop environment, which is an early development snapshot of the upcoming major GNOME 3.24 release, and we told you that we'd be covering the most important parts of this milestone.

    Now, we've told you what's new in the Epiphany 3.23.2 web browser, and, in this article, we'd like to tell you about some of the changes implemented in the GNOME Music application, which is the default music playback utility distributed as part of the GNOME Stack.

  • GNOME Software to Add Content Rating Interface for Linux Games, Flatpak Changes

    We reported the other day that the GNOME 3.23.2 desktop is out, which is the second development snapshot towards the GNOME 3.24 release, bringing many updated components and applications.

  • Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop Officially Released, Here's How to Install It on Ubuntu

    Earlier this month, we were among the first to report on the availability of the Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment, which we'll be able to fully enjoy on the upcoming Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" operating system, due for release in December 2016.

    Later, we were also the first to report on the first point release of the Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment, but now everything is official. "On behalf of the team and all the developers who contributed to this build, I am proud to announce the release of Cinnamon 3.2," said Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project, in the official release announcement.

SUSE Leftovers

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  • The Unheard Of Company Behind The Failed Ubuntu Tablet Now Aims For OpenSUSE Tablet

    Back in 2014~2015 was talk of an Ubuntu Tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone campaign and the company would just send along prototype pictures and specifications along with some pricing goals. That tablet never materialized but now that same group of folks is trying a crowdfunding campaign for an openSUSE tablet.

    Coming as a surprise to us today is that MJ Technology, the basically unheard of company trying for the earlier Ubuntu Tablet, is now pushing out an openSUSE Tablet. “MJ Technology, a leader in affordable cutting edge tech, is pleased to introduce the MJ Technology Warrior series tablets powered by openSUSE,” MJ Tech's CEO told Affordable cutting edge tech? Their only other apparent product has been a "MJ7HDTV" Android HDTV Tuner Tablet.

  • MJ Technology Tablet has openSUSE, Dual Boot

    It’s official; the Warrior Tablet made by MJ Technology and powered by openSUSE is ready for the world; now it just needs funding through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

    Avid Linux users can reap the benefits of four 10.1” Linux tablets offered by MJ Techology. The specifications of the four tablets vary in power and cost, but all come with the power of Linux and openSUSE at the core.

    “MJ Technology, a leader in affordable cutting edge tech, is pleased to introduce the MJ Technology Warrior series tablets powered by openSUSE,” said Mark Jun, CEO for MJ Technology.

  • openSUSE Mentors Blog about Google Summer of Code Experience

    Mentors for this year’s Google Summer of Code blog about their experience being a mentor, the Mentor Summit at Google and the collaborative effort start an openSUSE mentoring page, View the blow here or read it below.

Linux Graphics

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  • Hisilicon Hibmc DRM Driver Being Added For Linux 4.10

    David Airlie has pulled the newest DRM/KMS driver into DRM-Next for merging in the Linux 4.10 kernel.

    This new driver is the Hisilicon Hibmc driver. As explained earlier this year when the patches first appeared, This new Hisilicon DRM driver is for supporting the Hibmc baseboard management controller and these initial patches just provide basic display subsystem support for their display engine and VDAC (Video Digital-to-Analog Converter).

  • Intel's Recent Noteworthy Vulkan Patches Hit Mainline Mesa

    It's been a busy week for Intel's open-source developers working on their Vulkan "ANV" Linux driver with a number of the recent patch series having been merged a short time ago into mainline Mesa Git.

    As a quick update to More Intel ANV Vulkan Code Hits Mesa Git, Other Patches Pending and Intel Vulkan Linux Driver Now Has Patches For Fast Clears, that work is now in mainline Mesa.

  • Intel Vulkan Linux Driver Lands Cull & Clip Distance Support

    After a number of commits landed in mainline Mesa Git in the early hours of this morning, cull and clip distance support has been enabled for the open-source Intel Vulkan "ANV" Linux driver.

    After work on NIR and ANV, clip and cull distance support was enabled. Following that ANV driver work was also an i965 driver change to use the NIR-based clip/cull lowering for their OpenGL driver too to benefit from using the same code-path for both drivers.

Russia kicks out IBM, Microsoft and Oracle

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The State Duma, the lower house of Russia's Federal Assembly, is working on a law to reduce government dependence on IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. According to Bloomberg, Russian government agencies will be restricted in buying proprietary software, and will have to prefer open source software instead.

This step further pushes proprietary vendors out of Russia. Russian companies are increasingly buying software from domestic providers like Diasoft and New Cloud technologies, or deploying open source packages like PostgreSQL and Linux, instead of purchasing licensed packages from companies like Oracle, Autodesk and Siemens.

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Also: Russia Makes The Right Moves For The Wrong Reasons

Total War: WARHAMMER Released for GNU/Linux and New Benchmarks

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  • Total War: WARHAMMER Out Now for Linux and SteamOS, Ported by Feral Interactive

    A few moments ago, Feral Interactive officially announced the release of the Total War: WARHAMMER addictive turn-based strategy video game for Linux and SteamOS operating systems.

    Developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega, Total War: WARHAMMER launched on Valve's Steam digital gaming distribution platform earlier this summer, on the 24th of May 2016, but only those with a Microsoft Windows PC were able to install and play it.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER released for Linux, port report and video

    Total War: WARHAMMER [Steam, Feral Store] is the latest big Linux port from Feral Interactive. As someone who has only recently become a fan of Warhammer, it was fun to see this game arrive on Linux.

    Note: My copy was provided by Feral Interactive.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER Released For Linux

    Right on schedule, Feral Interactive has released Total War: WARHAMMER for Linux.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER - AMD RadeonSI Linux Performance

    Shortly after Total War: WARHAMMER was released for Linux by Feral Interactive we had out NVIDIA Linux WARHAMMER benchmarks. Now having more time since that OpenGL Linux game port release on Tuesday, here are benchmarks when using the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver stack with various AMD GCN graphics cards.

  • Total War: WARHAMMER NVIDIA Linux Benchmarks

    With Feral Interactive releasing Total War: WARHAMMER for Linux this morning, you are probably curious how well this Linux OpenGL game port will perform with your graphics card prior to spending $60 USD for the game. Up now are my NVIDIA GeForce benchmarks for Total War: WARHAMMER on Ubuntu Linux with nine different graphics cards. In the hours ahead will be the relevant AMD tests with this newest AAA Linux game as soon as I finish up that testing.

Epiphany Web Browser Updated for GNOME 3.24 with New Hidden Homepage Settings

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As part of today's GNOME 3.23.2 development snapshot towards the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, several core components and apps from the GNOME Stack received many improvements and new features.

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Second GNOME 3.24 Development Snapshot Lands, GTK+ 4 Still Not Included

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GNOME Project's Michael Catanzaro sent us an email earlier today to inform us about the general availability of the second development snapshot of the upcoming GNOME 3.24 desktop environment for Linux-based operating systems.

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Also: GNOME 3.23.2 Released With More Work Towards GNOME 3.24

First 64-bit distro for Raspberry Pi 3 is…SUSE?

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SUSE released the first 64-bit distribution for the Raspberry Pi 3 with its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. Fedora and Ubuntu should be there soon.

When we reported on the potential for 64-bit Linux distributions supporting the Raspberry Pi 3 earlier this year, the server focused SUSE Linux was not even on the radar. This week, however SUSE and the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) would be the first 64-bit distro for the quad-core, Cortex-A53 based RPi 3, supporting its ARM A64 instruction set and ARMv8-A architecture.

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Mastodon is an open source, decentralized version of Twitter

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So, you want to share your thoughts on social media, but you're tired of the way apps like Facebook and Twitter monopolize your posts and feed. It might be time to try an entirely new alternative: Mastodon.

Mastodon bills itself as a free, open-source social media server. Like Twitter, it's a microblogging platform. Unlike Twitter, it's non-commercial and not centrally owned, so you don't have to worry about what will happen to your account or your posts if it gets acquired by another company.

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Raspberry Pi IoT HAT starts at $21

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The “RabbitMax Flex” is a RPi HAT board for IoT with an IR transceiver, relays, 5x cable slots for I2C sensors, and optional dev kits with LCDs and sensors.

A growing number of Internet of Things add-ons are available for the Raspberry Pi SBC, including HAT add-on boards and other development kits, but most are aimed at more experienced developers. An Indiegogo project from Bulgaria called RabbitMax Flex is targeting the more casual DIY prototyper with a completely open source HAT board that doesn’t require soldering. As the name suggests, the board relies on flexi cables.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Hardcore Tactical Stealth Game Out on Linux
    More and more AAA games are coming to our beloved Linux platform, and nothing makes us happier than to see Daedalic Entertainment's Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun title launching today on Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows. If you're not familiar with Daedalic Entertainment's work, they are the creators of the superb and fun Deponia series, but Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is something different, a tactical stealth-strategy game in the style of the Commandos stealth-oriented real-time tactics video game series.
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the top-down stealth game is now out
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [GOG, Steam, Official Site] is the rather good top-down stealth game from Mimimi Productions. It's now out way a day-1 Linux release and it has a demo. I played the demo and I was massively impressed, so impressed that I would very much like to cover the game properly. So I will be reaching out to the developer for a key.
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    The Keeper side-scrolling survival action game full of boss battles, a combo system for combat and a day and night cycle will come to Linux.
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    It has come to my attention recently that some people have been taking a really hard stance against developers who want to gauge interest for a Linux port. I want to talk about it for a bit. [...] Be the Linux community I know and love, be helpful to developers, get in on beta testing when you can (I’ve seen plenty of developers give out free keys for this too!) and appreciate the good games we get. We are a smaller market in most people’s eyes, so let’s not turn away anything that could help us grow even a little. The fact is, I’ve seen multiple games only come to Linux because Linux fans showed actual interest in it. One such example is Nightside, which I discovered on Steam. After a quick chat with the developer, I was able to convince them to do a Linux build and after a short test they then decided to do support a Linux build. There’s many such examples like this, but due to the amount of games I cover that’s one I could quickly pull up (without having to sift through hundreds of articles).
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  • BOOR, a new puzzle platformer will arrive with Linux support next year
    BOOR [Official Site] is a new puzzle platformer from developer Dazlog Studio and publisher BadLand Games that will have Linux support. We have many puzzle platformers now, so I do hope BOOR has something to set itself apart from the rest of them. I haven't seen anything in the trailer or the feature list that really jumps out at me. I am hoping when they reveal more gameplay it will look more enticing.
  • The developers of 'EVERSPACE' are still working on the Linux version, seeking help from Epic Games
    EVERSPACE [Steam, Official Site] is the fantastic looking UE4 space shooter that's being ported to Linux, but the developers have encountered a problem with lighting bugs. I follow the topic on Steam, but a user also emailed this in to ask me to highlight it. I would have anyway since I'm interested in it.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of The Wood Elves DLC will come to Linux soon
    Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of The Wood Elves [Steam] is the next DLC that introduces an exciting race into this strategy game. Feral have confirmed it will be on Linux soon with the quick tweet they sent out.
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    After ZeniMax sent the lawyers knocking, the developer of what was called DoomRL (Doom Roguelike) has changed it's name to 'DRL' [Github, Official Site] and it's now open source. ZeniMax are well within their rights to "protect" the Doom brand, but I still think their lawyers are idiotic for doing this. It's not like small-time roguelike was actually competing with the real Doom.

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