Fedora 21 Will Have Java 8, Other Additions

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Red Hat

Besides approving Mesa 10.1 for Fedora 20, the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee approved today several features/changes to be found in Fedora 21.

Fedora 21 won't be released until at least October of this year and its landing heavy with features. Each Wednesday after the FESCo meetings we find another batch of newly-approved features and today is no different.

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Synaptic Package Manager 0.81.1 Is Out

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Debian
Ubuntu

Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command-line utility with a GUI front-end based on GTK+. Most importantly, users can install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages.

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Systemd Is Working Towards Its Own Super Fast DHCP Server, Client

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Linux
Red Hat

Systemd has been working on network support for this leading open-source init system. As part of this, systemd developers have now achieved support for obtaining a network connection in less than one millisecond... With that said, systemd developers are working towards having DHCP client and server capabilities built into the init system for having a super-fast booting OS and quicker network connections when resuming the system.

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Red Hat's Jason Hibbets: How Open Source Software is Changing City Government

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OSS

Linux and open source software have demonstrated that collaborative development is a successful model for rapid innovation in the tech sector. Now that model is being applied in other industries from health care, to city government, to education.

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Raspberry Pi as an Audio/Media Center: the best Linux distros

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GNU
Linux

Probably, the best use you could do with a Raspberry Pi would be turning it in a full-fledged media center. With some tuning, a Raspberry Pi can become indeed a device that audiophiles will love, or a tiny board that can empower you television to become a 2014-like smart TV. All you need is some Unix tools (or Win32DiskImager for Windows OSes) to flash your SD Card, and the need to connect your nerdiness to multimedia-related things. This is why in the last week I kept going around the web, spotting the best projects for a Raspberry Pi, to turn it in my personal media center of choice.

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April Fools' Linux-Related News That Was Crazy, but True

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Linux

The first day of April, also known under the name of April Fools, is a time when fake and crazy news stories are published as being true, only to be revealed as false by the end of the day; but there is one problem. It's possible that some items are crazy, but true, and people might have a hard time believing them.

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Opinion: Desktop spin laws that need to go away

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GNU
Linux
Software

Various distro spin makers have made two unwritten laws that I very much disagree with:

A ) A distro spin of desktop blah should have only programs built with the same widget library that desktop blah uses

B ) A distro spin should only ship / pre-install one program for each application category

Ubuntu to shut down Dropbox competitor Ubuntu One as storage wars heat up

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Ubuntu

Aside from being a distraction, Canonical says the service is being shut down because “free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB – 50GB free storage.” Interestingly, this departure also marks Canonical’s departure from music streaming services; One offered a music streaming feature for songs stored on the service.

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How to Move On After Windows XP Without Giving Up Your PC

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

If you're fed up with Windows entirely, or you don't feel like spending money on a new Windows license, now might be a great time to consider switching to Linux. There are a number of distributions that are new-user friendly, and if you're worried that living in the Linux world means you're doomed to memorizing terminal commands and dealing with unhelpful communities when troubleshooting, don't be. Finding Linux help is easy these days, and many of the communities around some of the more newbie-friendly distributions are rather welcoming. Best of all, Linux is free, and you can't beat that.

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VLC Media Player 2.2 will have an add-on manager

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Software

VLC is definitely one of the best media player applications available for any platform. I make it a point to keep it on all of my computers. OMG! Ubuntu! reports that VLC is about to get even better with the addition of an add-ons manager in version 2.2.

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Should Linux users buy from GOG.com? [updated]

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

GOG (Formerly Good Old Games) have become extremely popular amongst gamers for a number of reasons: Lack of DRM, good selection and a variety of both new indie titles and, as the name suggests, “good old games”, classic titles like System Shock and Baldur’s Gate, many from the golden era of PC gaming.

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Here's Hoping The Supreme Court Does Not Blow Another Opportunity To Fix The Software Patent Problem

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Legal

Four years ago, the Supreme Court had a chance to establish once and for all whether or not software was patentable. The Bilski case got all sorts of attention as various parties lined up to explain why software patents were either evil, innovation-killing monsters or the sole cause of innovation since the cotton gin and everything in between (only slight exaggeration). Rather than actually answer the question everyone was asking, the Supreme Court decided to rule especially narrowly, rejecting the specific patents at stake in the case and saying that the current test used to determine patentability (the so-called "machine-or-transformation" test) need not be the only test for patentability. However, it declined to say what tests should be used, leaving it up to the lower courts to start ruling blindly, making up new tests as they went along. And muddle along blindly they did -- right up to the height of pure absurdism in the CAFC (appeals court that handles patents) ruling in the Alice v. CLS Bank case, in which every single judge disagreed with each other. The ruling was 135 pages of confused mess where all justices only agreed on a single paragraph, which (like Bilski) said this particular patent was invalid, but no one could agree why.

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Valve's Voglperf Sees Its First Release

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Gaming

Voglperf is a quick Valve tool for benchmarking Linux OpenGL games that comes down to just spewing frame information (FPS, frame time and min/max values) every second. That data can then be plotted, etc. Voglperf doesn't integrate any test automation but just dumps the frame data for whatever OpenGL game/application is loaded by it. Voglperf is supported on SteamOS and works with Steam on Linux.

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ABI Research states Chromebook shipments reach 2.1 million for 2013

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Google

In AB Research's latest study of ultrabooks and netbooks, which is where the company places Chromebooks, it found that "An estimated 2.1 million Chromebooks shipped in 2013 with nearly 89 percent of total shipments reaching North America. As Chromebook shipments expand globally, ABI Research forecasts an increase of annual growth rate to 28 percent and reach 11 million shipments in 2019."

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Productivity boosting with open source applications

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Productivity is very important. With a boost in productivity we save time and we get more work done in short period. That is why today in factories the production lines are automated. Productivity boosting is also important in everyday computer usage. No matter if you are just an regular desktop user, power user, developer or podcaster, with a boost in productivity you can save time, get more done and even also save some disk space, CPU and RAM usage. Many people do not know that there are some excelent opensource applications for increment the productivity. Some of them come as standard GNU tools with every Linux based operating system and other are standard parts from every major Linux distribution.

Idea behind this article is to cover some softwares that will be helpful for regular desktop users and also for small companies and offices.

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Would You Like Your Open Source All the Way?

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Open source is no stranger to the enterprise, but most businesses compartmentalize -- open source for this, proprietary software for that. Is some of each the best of both worlds, or could businesses benefit by taking the 100 percent open source plunge? IDC's Michael Fauscette and Red Hat's Tim Yeaton kick around some of the issues surrounding full open source adoption in the enterprise.

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Who cares about Windows versus Linux?

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Linux
Microsoft

Platform wars are as old as computing itself, but they never seem to really die off and go away, they just morph into new ones as technology itself changes. Linux.com takes a look at the classic Windows versus Linux battle, and why the Windows advocates make themselves look silly by bashing Linux.

While I agree with the overall tone of the article, I think the same could be said for all platform advocates who engage in heated battles on the Internet over which operating system, phone, laptop, etc. is better than another. It’s all just a big waste of everybody’s time and energy.

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AMD Partners With Mentor To Push Embedded Open-Source Linux

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Linux

With a just-announced agreement between AMD and Mentor Graphics, embedded linux developers will have free access to Mentor Embedded Linux Lite with AMD's upcoming Steppe Eagle and Bald Eagle platforms. Embedded developers will also have access to Mentor Embedded Linux and Sourcery CodeBench Lite as a GNU-based C/C++ development/debugging tool-chain.

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XBMC 13.0 Beta 3 “Gotham” Has Wii Controller Support on Linux

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Linux

XBMC, an open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for multiple platforms, has just reached version 13.0 Beta 3 and is now available for testing.

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