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Story ROSA Fresh R5, Year in Ubuntu, and Fedora to the Rescue Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 10:08am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 9:57am
Story Believe It or Not, Boeing's Super-Secure Android Smartphone Comes With the Best of BlackBerry Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 9:54am
Story Google developing car-specific Android operating system Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 9:47am
Story Kodak-branded Android smartphone to launch at CES 2015; tablet and camera coming later Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 9:42am
Story Best Android Phones of 2014 Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 9:12am
Story Cenatic to focus on open source reuse and certification Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 12:07am
Story Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule Roy Schestowitz 26/12/2014 - 11:58pm
Story Mac OS X Yosemite, From The Perspective Of A Linux User Roy Schestowitz 26/12/2014 - 11:52pm
Story Kodi 14.0 Helix Unwinds Roy Schestowitz 26/12/2014 - 11:46pm

Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New Android Smartphone

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Android

With applications able to run in the background and sync as they see fit, Android can rapidly eat through your cellular data allowance if you are not careful. While it’s fine to let the data run free on wi-fi, you’ll want to restrict your data usage when out and about.

Short of switching off mobile data (which defeats the purpose of a smartphone), look under the options in the Data Usage part of the settings. Here you’ll find my wallet’s favourite Android setting of ‘restrict background data’. Now when using cellular data, apps will only pull down data when they are in the foreground and you can see them doing so. If a smartphone is all about being in control, this is the option that gives you confidence.

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today's leftovers

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HowTos

Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

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PCLOS
Reviews

I had been thinking that a new PCLinuxOS release was due any time now, based on their quarterly release schedule. Sure enough, it has now arrived, just in time for Christmas - PCLinuxOS 2014.12.

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Also: Santa Claus has Linux in his sack -- PCLinuxOS 2014.12 is here

PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released

OPNFV Plans Next Steps for Open Source NFV, SDN

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OSS

OPNFV, the open source software-defined networking and network-functions virtualization project, said development of both code and community will be its focus for 2015.

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2014: A Banner Year for Open Source

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Open source was initially adopted for low cost and lack of vendor lock-in, but customers have found that it also results in better innovation and more flexibility. Now it is pervasive, and it is challenging proprietary incumbents across technology categories. It is not only mainstream, open source is truly leading innovation in areas like cloud, mobile, big data, the Internet of Things, and beyond.

As we embark on a new year, I cannot help but reflect on the speed with which technology is changing. Rapidly delivering technology is about much more than just the technology – it is about people and culture. More than ever, this is why executives are looking at key technology companies – including Red Hat – as their partner instead of as a vendor.

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IsoHunt releases roll-your-own Pirate Bay

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Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke

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OSS

In January 2014, Github removed the rug in its office's waiting room in response to criticism of its slogan, "United Meritocracy of Github." Since then, the criticism of the idea of meritocracy has spread in free software circles. "Meritocracy is a joke," has become a slogan seen on T-shirts and constantly proclaimed, especially by feminists.

Such commentary is true — so far as it goes, but it ignores the potential benefits of meritocracy as an ethos.

Anyone who bothers to look can see that meritocracy is more of an ideal than a standard practice in free software. The idea that people should be valued for their contributions may seem to be a way to promote fairness, but the practice is frequently more complicated.

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Also: Unmanagement and unleadership

Linux Kernel Developers Consider Live Kernel Patching Solution

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Linux

kPatch and kGraph may soon enable live kernel updates on all Linux distributions, making it possible to apply security and other patches on the open source operating system without rebooting.

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A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

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OSS

Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.

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​Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years

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GNU
Linux

There was great news and there was awful news in the world of Linux and open-source software during 2014.

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" Cinnamon Review: As always, Impressive!

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Reviews

I am very happy with Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon. It looks great with very polished interface, hundreds of attractive wallpapers, easy customization options and awesome collection of themes. The distro offers really good performance and excellent battery life. If you are looking for a functional distro which offers attractive looks and impressive performance, I definitely feel you should try out Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon.

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Trying on Fedora 21

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Red Hat
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I think it is arguable the Fedora project has done just that, created a small "core" base that products (such as Workstation, Server and Cloud) can be built on. And I applaud Mr Miller for working successfully toward his vision. Still, I am disappointed the result appears to be a smaller, less interesting Fedora. It is a more, to borrow Mr Miller's term, "boring" foundation distribution, rather than a powerful desktop or server distribution. It is not a solution that brings more functionality to the table, something that would approach Mint's level of "just works", Ubuntu's task oriented work flow or openSUSE's level of integration. As a core platform we can use as a base to install Docker containers and run services, Fedora 21 can be considered a success. As a workstation operating system I would use to develop code or a desktop distribution I would install for friends & family, I do not think Fedora is a good match for those roles.

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Linux Lite 2.2

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It’s been quite a while since I last looked at Linux Lite, the last version I reviewed being 1.0.6. Much has changed in Linux Lite since that release and now it’s reached version 2.2. If you aren’t familiar with it, you should know that Linux Lite is a distribution geared toward helping current Windows users transition to the Linux desktop.

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ROSA Fresh R5 is out

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MDV

The ROSA company is happy to finally present ROSA Desktop Fresh R5, the number 5 in the "R" lineup of the free ROSA distros with the KDE desktop as a main graphical environment.

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Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

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Development
Linux
Hardware

SinoVoip is prepping an “Banana Pi M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.”

It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but not yet shipping, and LeMaker’s recently released “Banana Pro.”

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Nexus 5 Android 5.0.1 Review: Is It Worth Installing?

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Last month, after a lengthy stint as a developer preview, the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system started rolling out to owners of Google’s Nexus smartphones and tablets. The update, as expected, delivered numerous changes to Android including the company’s all new Material Design, improved notifications, a changed lock screen, and more.

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Leaked videos, screenshots reveal an HTC One running Android Lollipop

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Android

No, you won’t get this gift in time for Christmas, but perhaps seeing an HTC One running Lollipop may make the wait slightly less painful.

A batch of videos and screenshots show HTC’s flagship with the newest build of Android, though of course it’s merged with the Sense 6.0 user interface (the HTC One currently runs Sense 5.0). We got a small hint of how Lollipop looks on the One in November, but this leak lays out what the entire operating system makeover looks in clearer detail.

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The winning Linux kernel live patch: All of the above

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Linux

Life's choices often amount to one of two options: Linux or Windows? Android or iOS? Kgraft or Kpatch?

That last pair consists of the two major contenders for the technology Linux could use for live kernel patches. Now a winner is in, and it amounts to all of the above.

According to a post on the official Linux kernel developer's mailing list, a kernel patching system that works with both Kgraft and Kpatch and uses "core functionality abstracted out of [those] already existing implementations" has been proposed as an addition to the Linux 3.20 kernel.

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UNIX Industry Banks on Linux Strategies

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GNU
Linux

Struggling UNIX server makers are strengthening their Linux strategy in line with the open-source application environment. The move is aimed at maintaining remaining customers, since users are increasingly abandoning UNIX servers. However, it is receiving a lukewarm response from the market.

According to industry sources on Dec. 22, server vendors such as IBM and HP are concentrating on the development of products so that the Linux operating system and related applications can be used as UNIX servers.

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Mageia Beta Delayed, Christmas Quiz, and 7 Best Alternatives

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-s

Today in Linux news the Mageia project announced another delay in version 5 Beta 2. The Linux Voice is running a Linux quiz for Christmas and Gary Newell offers up his list of the seven best alternative Linux distributions of the year. The Register says 2015 will be the year of Linux - on mobile. Three reviews need to be highlighted and, finally today, Matt Hartley says everyone should switch to Ubuntu MATE.

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Also: Linux Bloat, Linux Lite, and Devuan Update

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