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Story Introducing Chromixium, an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Distro that Looks Like Chrome OS Rianne Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 3:41am
Story Evolution of Solus and Fedora 22 Delayed Rianne Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 3:37am
Story Cinnamon 2.4.8 Desktop Environment Is Now Available for Download Rianne Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 12:25am
Story GNOME 3.16.1 newstable tarballs due Rianne Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 12:21am
Story Three New Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Were Patched in Ubuntu 14.10 Rianne Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 12:15am
Story Git Success Stories and Tips from Tor Chief Architect Nick Mathewson Rianne Schestowitz 10/04/2015 - 12:06am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 09/04/2015 - 11:57pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 09/04/2015 - 11:56pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 09/04/2015 - 11:56pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 09/04/2015 - 11:55pm

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • Django 1.8 release notes

    These release notes cover the new features, as well as some backwards incompatible changes you’ll want to be aware of when upgrading from Django 1.7 or older versions. We’ve also begun the deprecation process for some features, and some features have reached the end of their deprecation process and have been removed.

  • VirtualBox 5.0 Will Bring Disk Image Encryption, Paravirtualization Support for Linux and Windows Guests

    Oracle, through Frank Mehnert, had the pleasure of informing users that they’ve opened the development cycle for the next major release of their powerful VirtualBox virtualization software for Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • The VirtualBox 5.0 beta is finally here

    Oracle's desktop virtualization software gets its first major point revision in almost five years, but the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary

  • Kodi (XBMC Media Center) 15.0 Alpha 2 Released with Chapter Selector Window, Audio and Subtitle Lists

    The Kodi development team has announced today, April 2, that the second Alpha release of the forthcoming Kodi 15.0 “Isengard” media center (formerly XBMC Media Center) is now available for download and testing. This a great milestone in the development cycle of Kodi 15, as it introduces even more new features and improvements when compared with the first Alpha release of the software.

  • Kodi 15.0 Isengard – Alpha 2

    In many ways, we could call Isengard the release that finally answers many of the oldest requests we have. With Alpha1 we introduced Skip Steps, which allow the user to more naturally and organically find the exact moment they are attempting to skip to in the show or movie, a request that’s existed since at least 2009. We also implemented external subtitle support over UPnP, another very old feature request. This month, we’ve added a few more.

  • Kodi 15 Alpha 2 Released

    With Kodi 14.2 now having been released, Kodi 15 Alpha 2 is now available for those wishing to live on the bleeding-edge Kodi/XBMC multimedia experience.

  • Krita 2.9.2 Released

    It’s April! We’ve got another bug-fix and polish release of Krita!

  • Git 2.3.5 Out Now, Includes a Great Number of Improvements

    The Git 2.3 software, one of the most popular distributed revision control systems in the world, got a new maintenance release, version 2.3.5. This point release introduces a great number of improvements and fixes major bugs that have been discovered since Git 2.3.4, which was announced on March 24, 2015.

  • LibreOffice 4.4.2 "Fresh" Stable Officially Released, Upgrade Now

    The Document Foundation has just revealed that LibreOffice 4.4.2 has finally reached a stable status and is now available for download. This is a maintenance update that brings a host of fixes and other improvements.

  • GSoC 2015 applications for phpMyAdmin

    As usual, I look at the application stats for phpMyAdmin just after student application period of Google Summer of Code is over.

  • phpMyAdmin 4.4 Released

    Version 4.4 of the popular phpMyAdmin MySQL database administration software is now available.

  • Linux Users Rejoice! StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX Hits The Market

    SPX features, which were built based on feedback from StorageCraft partners, allow for quick and efficient sector-level backup of an entire Linux system, including the operating system, applications, settings, services and data. And if disaster occurs, IT administrators can recover their systems within minutes, allowing a business or organization to quickly regain access to their systems and data.

  • StorageCraft brings backup and recovery to Linux servers, revamps cloud services

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming
  • BioWare's 'Orbit 'Java framework now open source

    BioWare has announced that it is making its Orbit Java framework open source. Orbit is described by BioWare as a Java framework to "build and maintain distributed, secure, and scalable online services." This is the same toolset it used to develop technology used in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Dragon Age Keep, according to BioWare.

  • Bioware Releases an Open Source Version of Orbit

    Bioware has released an open source version of Orbit. The platform is described as the “next-generation” of online technology which is Java Framework, helping in development of secure, stable and scalable online services.

  • Use BioWare's networking tech in your game -- for free

    This week BioWare released an open source version of Orbit, the Java framework that underlies some of the persistent cross-platform online systems at work in Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Dragon Age Keep utility, in an effort to further develop it with help from the developer community.

  • BioWare open sources networking tech Orbit
  • KDots 0.5.3 released

    I gladly want to inform about the next release 0.5.3 of the game KDots, KDE-based prototype of the game of dots.

    This release includes several bug fixes in the game play in general and the new AI plugin based on the Minimax strategy with heuristics for local decisions that showed significant smarter decision making during trial tests.

  • Linux Usage Rose By A Tiny Amount On Steam Last Month

    Valve's monthly hardware/software survey is out for the data collected in March and provides an interesting look at the current Linux gaming market-share.

  • Bonus: A low score of games after a score of games

Linux Lite 2.4

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GNU
Linux

Android Leftovers

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Android

Higher ed finds increasing value in open source CMS options

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OSS
Drupal

"The university has since launched somewhere between 350 and 400 websites, all built on Drupal 7," writes Schaffhauser "While the CMS is centrally managed to keep the system updated, it grants individual colleges, programs and departments the flexibility to put up their own images, update text as they want, add and move site objects (themes, content types and Drupal "modules") and "essentially have a custom look with a managed system," [director of university Web services, Mark] Albert explained to Campus Technology.

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Virtual GEM Is Coming For Linux 4.1

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Linux

There's already been a fair amount of code building up for the DRM graphics subsystem for the Linux 4.1 kernel and a new feature was just committed to Git last night.

Virtual GEM (vGEM) is coming! VGEM can increase Mesa's software rasterizer performance and this fake GEM memory management support was devised by a Google engineer, Zach Reizner.

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Also: Lumenera Announces the Release of Their ‘Lumenera Linux SDK 2.0’

See What's New in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

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Ubuntu

The stable edition of Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is just around the corner, so this is a good time to take a look at the features that are going to be implemented in the new release and see what important packages have been updated.

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Another release, another release video

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GNOME

Huge credits goes to the GNOME Design Team for awesome assets, Anitek for the awesome music, engagement team for the awesome feedback and translation team for the awesome subtitles. Also thanks to everyone who helped me by fixing visual bugs early so I could record the new improvements. GNOME 3.18 will be amazing.

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ODROID C1 review

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Android
Reviews

The ODROID C1 is a true alternative to the Raspberry Pi 2. It costs the same but brings Gigabit Ethernet, the option of using a high-speed eMMC storage module, and support for Android!

The Single Board Computer (SBC) movement is still going strong and with the recent release of the Raspberry Pi 2, it doesn’t seem as if it will lose any of its current momentum. The key selling point of the Raspberry Pi has always been its price. While there are lots of other companies that make these nimble little boards, there aren’t that many who seem to be able to match the Pi’s price point. Of course, some of the boards are only slightly more expensive than the Pi and do offer more functionality. For example, the MIPS Creator CI20 costs just $65 and includes built-in Wi-Fi and 8GB of on-board storage, two things missing from the Pi.

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Evolve OS Forced to Change Name Because of Stupid Trademark Held by UK Government

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OS

The developers of Evolve OS have just announced that they need to change the name of the distribution because it apparently infringes on a trademark held by the Secretary of State in UK.

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Emmabuntus 3 Linux Distribution Is Now Based on Xubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

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Linux
Ubuntu

Patrick Emmabuntus had the pleasure of informing Softpedia about a new maintenance release of his Emmabuntüs 3 Linux distribution, which is now based on the upstream Xubuntu LTS operating system.

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‘EC should replace PDF by HTML5 for its online forms‘

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OSS

The European Commission should stop using PDF for online application forms, say five European groups campaigning for open standards and free and open source software. The EC should instead switch to modern web tools such as HMTL5 and XForms. The EC’s PDF forms often include elements that are only implemented in proprietary software from a particular vendor, the groups say.

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Antivirus Live CD 12.0 Has Been Released, Promises to Protect Computers Against Viruses

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OSS
Security

Zbigniew Konojacki, the creator of the 4MLinux series of distributions, has announced recently the immediate availability for download of Antivirus Live CD 12.0, an open source distribution that provides users with a live Linux computing environment built around the popular ClamAV (Clam AntiVirus) virus scanner.

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Ubuntu Phone Jailbreak Now Available, Third-Party App Store Created

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Ubuntu

Believe it or not, Ubuntu Phones can be jailbroken too, sort of. In a recent blog post, Ubuntu Touch OS developer Michael Zanetti explains how he managed to create a third-part App Store for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system that will allow some open doors for power users and developers who want to explore the platform beyond what’s offered to the normal user.

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Swiss mull law change to allow sharing open source

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OSS

Switzerland’s statutory law might be changed to allow federal public administrations to publish their software as open source, reports the Swiss Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability. The Federal Council (Upper House) is to consider if changes to the law are needed, upon request by the National Council (Lower House).

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Simplicity Linux 15.4 Beta Is Now Based on LXPup, Includes the Latest Tor Browser

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Linux

The Simplicity Linux development team, through David Purse, had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta version of the upcoming Simplicity Linux 15.4 computer operating system. Simplicity Linux aims to be a small, fast, and versatile Linux distro based on Puppy Linux.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 31.6.0 Is Now Available for Download, Thunderbird 38.0 Pushed to Beta Channel

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Moz/FF

Immediately after releasing the final version of the Mozilla Firefox 37.0 web browser, which brings native HTML5 playback on YouTube, Mozilla has also released a new maintenance version of its acclaimed Mozilla Thunderbird email, news, and chat software.

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Studying polar data with the help of Apache Tika

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Interviews
OSS

For the past 10 years, I have straddled the divide between Earth science and informatics. My PhD focused on remote sensing and snow hydrology, but I entered the world of data science and software development when faced by challenges in processing and distributing the immense amounts of data produced by my research. Fortunately, I was lucky. I had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of computer scientists at NASA/JPL who helped guide me into the world of open source software and the Apache way.

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Surviving systemd: Lucas Nussbaum satisfied with init system outcome

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Linux
Debian

It would not be an exaggeration to say that no leader of the Debian GNU/Linux Project has had to cope with more troubling times than Lucas Nussbaum.

The extent of debate and acrimony that broke out within the project last year over the decision to adopt systemd as the default init system for the next release, Jessie, would have taxed the patience of even the most suave diplomat.

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