New Google Chrome 35 Lands with Small Fixes for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

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Google
Software

The Google Chrome 35 development branch, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been upgraded yet again, but this time it's only a very small update.

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today's howtos

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HowTos

A council of hope – the free software column

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GNU
Linux

For most organisations the primary reason for moving from Windows to Linux is perceived cost savings. The secondary reasons are factors such as interoperability and greater compliance with standards, which themselves bring longer- term cost benefits. Unlocking interfaces and data from vendor lock-ins may be rather time consuming and costly in the short term, but doing so brings considerable cost and efficiency pay-offs in the long term.

One of the payoffs for the City Council, other German councils, the Linux community and other interested parties, has been the development of LiMux, the German language Linux distribution which has since been approved as an official distribution by the German government. The work of Munich will make it easier for others to follow.

In an ideal world, LiMux would provide a model that would inspire more government-sponsored IT projects in the UK, which are all too often outsourced to proprietary interests. Whether it does or not, is yet to be seen.

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iPhone becomes victim of Android’s success, makes Apple worry

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Android
Mac

Apple, the world’s most valuable technology company, is worried these days and not without reason. Well, Android phones with either larger screens or lower prices than the iPhone are making the tech giant’s blood boil.

Internal Apple documents show that the company’s sales department is anxious about growing competition from Android-powered devices amidst declining iPhone sales, Re/code said in a report.

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Nouveau Becomes Friendly Towards Non-Root X Server

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Graphics/Benchmarks

The xf86-video-nouveau driver as of today supports server-managed file descriptors. As explained in the earlier Phoronix article, Last month we wrote about Red Hat working on a suid root wrapper for the X.org Server and other improvements being led by Red Hat's Hans de Goede to run Xorg in more configurations without needing root support. As part of this, sever managed file descriptors (FDs) has been one of the changes needed by the X.Org graphics drivers for supporting this change of running the xorg-server without root rights. Besides needing changes to the DDX drivers and the X.Org Server (those changes are landing with X.Org Server 1.16 this summer), systemd-logind is also needed.

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Midori 0.5.8 Browser Pulls In New WebKit2 Code

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Software

Midori 0.5.8 features updates to its WebKit2 rendering engine and AdBlock support (for those web users that unfortunately deprive web publishers of their income... including here; if you appreciate this site, please disable AdBlock or become a Phoronix Premium subscriber to support this site that takes 80+ hours of my week for the past ten years in providing always the latest Linux/open-source news and Linux hardware reviews, etc).

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Building for Linux, the smart way

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Linux

The Linux land has a reputation, especially among developers used to Windows, of being – let's say – somewhat savage, uncivilized. We've all heard the ghost stories: things being downright broken, lack of documentation and general despair; people coming, exclaiming: "what the fuck?!" and going right back.

Well, I've been exposed to the Unix philosophy, coding practices and general way of things for just under 10 years. This experience makes me comfortable with the platform, but I've still had a lot to learn in the past year in making the transition from Linux development as a hobby to making a living out of it. I'd like to share some of the less obvious tricks I've put up my sleeve – this time regarding the build system.

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Steam Hardware Survey for March Shows Small Decline for Linux

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Linux
Hardware

Every month Valve publishes a comprehensive hardware and software survey that reflects what is being used to run the Steam client. It’s been pretty accurate until now, but a couple of months ago Valve made a few small modification and eliminated most of the inconsequential entries for various other distros.

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NVIDIA Fermi/Kepler GPUs Are The Best Bet For Ubuntu 14.04 Nouveau

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Ubuntu

In my testing of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the Linux 3.13 kernel and Mesa 10.1 for the open-source graphics driver stack provided by Nouveau for NVIDIA GeForce graphics hardware, only the Fermi and Kepler GPUs are running reliably. While these newer NVIDIA GPUs are running stable with Ubuntu 14.04, the performance is still a wreck due to lack of reclocking.

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Tiny Core 5.3 RC2 Is Probably the Smallest Linux Distro Around

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GNU
Linux

As the name implies, this distribution is known for its small size and versatility. The developer integrates a large number of packages and an attractive desktop. This latest iteration is not one of the most important, but it does features some interesting changes.

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Five Models For Open Source Revenue

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OSS

How do you earn money from something that’s given away free? We look at five methods which have been successfully used by companies.

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Acquia’s Dries Buytaert: It’s open-source software that’ll eat the world

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OSS
Drupal

Expect a larger portion of software innovation to come from the world of open source in the future, says Dries Buytaert, original creator of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia. While open source once drew its appeal from being free, now it’s the quality of the software projects — which draw on the skills of huge numbers of contributors — that attracts businesses and developers to use it, he said.

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What can you do after Windows XP loses support?

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Before installing a Linux system even in a dual boot install, make sure you back up all your files in case something goes wrong! There are many different versions of Linux. I have one computer with a recent version of Ubuntu, which is one of the more popular versions of Linux.

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Tux Machines Turns 10 in a Couple of Months

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Site News

Ten

THERE HAS always been something different in Tux Machines. Rather than strictly follow what corporate media said was the "big" story, Tux Machines paid attention to blogs large and small, trying to extract the signal out of the noise and the hype (stories that 'sell' better, such as vulgar language from Mr. Torvalds). Tux Machines was the first site to visit (back when I was merely a visitor) to look for news in. If there is a blog, site, mailing list etc. that you think we should follow (syndicate), please let us know because we are always looking for more diverse sources, especially ones that offer original stories, not repetition.

There will soon be an important anniversary for this site, which is still growing not only in terms of size but also in terms of readership. We stay committed to the scope as explained yesterday in the update to this page and we are hoping to keep serving for another 10 (or tens of) years to come. Today we added a "view as PDF" functionality. Any ideas for improving the site (in terms of functionality, layout, stories selection) would be much appreciated.

'Akash tablets' to hit market soon

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Android
GNU
Linux

Under the ministry of human resource development, government of India's one laptop per child (OLPC) project 'Akash tablet' will be available in market in 3-4 months at a cost of around Rs 2,500. The tablet which will be the first of its kind to have a dual book and dual board as it will use both Android as well as Linux operating systems will perform the job of both, a tablet and a computer. It will be the cheapest tablet in the world.

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Red Hat Wins Software Vendor of the Year at Channel Middle East Awards 2014

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Red Hat

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has won the prestigious Channel Middle East award for 'Software Vendor of the Year' 2014. The award recognizes Red Hat's effective channel strategy and focus to empower its partners and introduce effective programs to drive growth within the channel. The Channel Middle East Awards serve as a platform for honouring companies that are top of their class when it comes to channel development and market expansion in the region.

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CyanogenMod reveals new branding that represents openness, security and customization

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Android
Security

Well, folks, it looks like CyanogenMod, Inc. is starting to shape up to look like a real legit company. The company has already made big deals with phone manufacturers and successfully raised a good deal of money to help in their endeavors, and now they are making some changes to the way they present themselves.

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WebOS team’s Mochi design language goes open source

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Development
OSS

It’s been almost three years since HP decided to scrap all of its webOS hardware and in that time some of the software has been released as an open source project, and much of the the webOS team has moved to LG to work on televisions.

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Equiso Play Is An Open Source Console For Android Gaming

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Android
Gaming

There are already quite a couple of Android gaming consoles out in the market today such as the OUYA and the Mad Catz M.O.J.O. to name a few. These devices offer an alternative gaming platform that is considered cheaper than the Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Equiso Play is another upcoming Android gaming console that aims to make it into the market this year.

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