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Story Linux Distros: What’s in a Name? Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 7:43pm
Story 6-Way Winter 2014 Linux Distribution Comparison Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 7:39pm
Story Mozilla and Telenor Announce WebRTC Competency Center to Advance WebRTC and Help Standardization Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 7:38pm
Story Qt 5.4 released Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 7:32pm
Story Intel extends its Internet-of-Things ecosystem Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 7:24pm
Story [Video] Tizen OS For Smart Life, Carsten Heitzler, Samsung #Slush2014 Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 6:55pm
Story Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" Mate Review: Simply awesome performance! Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 6:48pm
Story The Linux Setup - Jack Germain, Journalist Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 6:45pm
Story Best KDE distro of 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 6:43pm
Story Breaking down the Red Hat QA process Rianne Schestowitz 10/12/2014 - 6:43pm

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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE

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Reviews

I was very impressed with Linux Mint 17.1. The common feature upgrades and bug fixes add real value to this distribution. The changes in Update Manager, the Login Screen, Language Settings, Kernel Menu, and artwork should please almost all Linux Mint users. And the huge range of background wallpapers, along with the slideshow feature make it a great choice for those who want frequent changes to the look of their Linux Mint systems.

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Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Performance Benchmarks

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Ubuntu

With the official Fedora 21 release due out soon and the release candidate being available this weekend, I ran some basic performance benchmarks comparing the speed of Fedora 21 64-bit to that of Ubuntu 14.10 on an Intel Xeon workstation.

Fedora 21 Workstation was compared to Ubuntu 14.10 using the x86_64 version of each and maintaining the default settings. Fedora 21 is shipping with the Linux 3.17 kernel, GNOME Shell 3.14.2, X.Org Server 1.16.2, Mesa 10.3.3, and GCC 4.9.2. The package versions this time around aren't too far off from the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn release from back in November with the main change being the use of the Linux 3.16 kernel.

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Linux 3.18-rc7

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Linux

Things are calming down nicely, and everything looks pretty normal.
In fact, if it wasn't for the pending issues with odd watchdog (and
possibly rcu) lockups I'd be pretty happy. As it is, that isn't a
regression from 3.17, but is still very disturbing.

At the same time, with the holidays coming up, and the problem _not_
being a regression, I suspect that what will happen is that I'll
release 3.18 on time in a week, because delaying it will either mess
up the merge window and the holiday season, or I'd have to delay it a
*lot*.

We'll see. Maybe DaveJ will be able to bisect it a bit now that the
false lead of "3.17 was ok" has been shown to be wrong (right now it
looks like the problem seems to have crept in between 3.16 and 3.17).

Annoying, because as mentioned, other than that we seem to be doing
well. The rc7 patch looks very normal, with two thirds being drivers
(spread all over: usb, networking, staging, thermal, gpu, sound..) and
half of the remaining being arch updates (mostly mips, arm, powerpc).
The remaining is mainly networking and some filesystem fixes (nfsd and
btrfs).

Linus

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Systemd 217 Updated In Debian & Soon Making Its Way To Ubuntu 15.04

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Users of Debian and its derivatives can soon expect to find systemd 217.

Systemd 217 brings many features and is currently the latest systemd stable release. Systemd 217 brought its experimental user console daemon, support for job timeouts, logind enhancements, udev updates, KDBUS handling improvements, and a plethora of other work.

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Arch-Based Manjaro Users Express Concern Over Update Strategy

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OS

While I've ran benchmarks of the Arch-based Manjaro Linux distribution in the past and found it a convenient way to play with Arch and overall a nice distribution, it seems for users running it day in and day out aren't entirely satisfied with the update strategy of Manjaro.

Manjaro's stable repository isn't frequently updated but the developers strive to update it about bi-weekly and by default there's no continual flow of fresh packages from Manjaro. Right now though Manjaro's stable repository hasn't been updated in over one month -- since 25 October -- and that includes no security fixes.

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Ubuntu Touch to Receive Offiline GPS Navigation App Soon

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Ubuntu

One of the things that Ubuntu Touch will definitely need once it's launched on mobile devices is a solid navigation app and modRana seems to be the first that will make it.

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Changing Limerick’s government services boosts open source

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OSS

The overhaul of government service delivery in Limerick, Ireland's third-largest city, proceeds in concert with the introduction of free and and open source software, says Bilauca Mihai, part of the change management team for Limerick, both the city and the county.

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Gaming

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today's howtos

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Raspberry Pi and Coder by Google for beginners and kids

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Linux

Coder is an experiment for Raspberry Pi, built by a small team of Googlers in New York. It converts a Raspberry Pi into a friendly environment for learning web programming. It is ideal for beginners and requires absolutely no experience with coding.

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CuBox-i4Pro: A whole lotta Linux or Android for not a whole lotta cash

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Android
Linux
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I recently reviewed the Hummingboard, an excellent, low-priced single board computer that competes in the same market as the the Raspberry Pi. Recently the manufacturer of the Hummingboard, SolidRun, sent me one of their new products to check out: The CuBox-i4Pro.

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Open Cloud Alliance Rallies Open Source Community

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To assist with maintaining the interoperability of open source software, IBM and Univention have formed the Open Cloud Alliance (OCA), a consortium that is dedicated to reducing the cost of open source interoperability of open source software deployed in cloud computing environments.

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Ubuntu 14.10 MATE edition - Almost fabulous

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn with the MATE desktop environment is a very cool distro. It suffers from two big problems, one of which has been inherited from its Unity parent, and that would be the inability to format old partitions, created by previous versions of Ubuntu. This is somewhat worrying. Samba printing is another disappointment. There was no screenshot problem like with some other distros, though.

Besides these issues, everything else was perfect. Familiar, friendly, extremely productive. Super fast and super stable, too. There was nothing out of ordinary, no problems. Suspend and resume worked without any issues, the system blazed at the speed of light, and with maybe ten minutes of work, you can transform it into anything you want. Docks, menus, new fonts, new themes, all there, just waiting for you. Total freedom and fun.

There can't be a perfect score, because the associated problems do not allow it. But assuming you had this distro given to you, and someone bothered to install the needed Samba package that normal people require, it would be an excellent alternative to many other mainstream releases. Highly polished, slick, and almost overwhelmingly simple and easy to use. The grade is something like 9.0/10, but it can do better. I demand it. For you, this is an excellent test bed. Go for it.

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Just a few more days before 17.1

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Linux

The ISO images for the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” just passed QA testing and were approved for a stable release. This release should go public in the coming days.

If you are running Linux Mint 17.1 RC, you do not need to wait for the stable release, and you do not need to reinstall. You can simply use the Update Manager to install any level 1 update you haven’t installed already.

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Hands-on with the Raspberry Pi Model B+

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Development
Linux
Reviews

There have been a several interesting new hardware announcements from the Raspberry Pi Foundation this year. Sometimes I wonder how they do it all - with so much involvement in education, development of new hardware and software, and the many Pi user groups and events. It really is quite impressive.

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Jurassic World shows off the Tizen Galaxy Gear

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Linux
Gadgets

The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the Korean companies first Smart watch contender, which originally debuted with the Android Operating System. Now fast forward a mere 12 months and you can see how it has transformed itself, now no longer running on the old cut down Android OS and been updated to Tizen.

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