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Story Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift Rianne Schestowitz 22/10/2014 - 12:28am
Story Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise Rianne Schestowitz 22/10/2014 - 12:21am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 10:06pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 10:05pm
Story Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 9:41pm
Story Why Contribute to an Enterprise Open Source Project? Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 9:07pm
Story Stick computer runs Android on quad-core Atom Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:56pm
Story Ubuntu Used by FIA Weatherman at Suzuka F1 Grand Prix Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:09pm
Story [GNU IceCat] 31.1.1 released Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:00pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 6:28pm

UNITY PRIVACY INDICATOR 0.4 RELEASED WITH NEW PRIVACY SETTINGS

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Security
Ubuntu

For those not familiar with Privacy Indicator, this is an Ubuntu AppIndicator especially created for Unity, which allows you to control various privacy aspects.

Until this release, the indicator could be used to enable / disable Dash online search results and Zeitgeist logging (and also clear the Zeitgeist log), clear recently used files (which show up in the Nautilus or Nemo "Recent" sidebar item for instance) and to show or hide your real name on the Unity panel.

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Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

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Red Hat
Microsoft

So where does Red Hat turn? Microsoft – that’s where.

Red Hat in September hired Harry Mower as senior director, developer programs and evangelism.

Mower has been an evangelist and outreach manager for Microsoft since 2006, on media, telecoms and entertainment. His job, to expand uptake and adoption of Microsoft technologies.

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today's leftovers

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Gaming
HowTos

Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11

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Development

It looks like LLVM's Clang compiler will be defaulting to using the GNU's C11 standard for its next release.

Earlier this month I wrote about GCC 5 looking to default to GNU11/C11 over GNU89 for its GCC 5 release. That change ended up landing in SVN so the GNU Compiler Collection is finally providing C11 support by default. Last week the LLVM/Clang developers began discussing a similar move.

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On a quest for a new logo and open design at Mozilla

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Interviews
Moz/FF

Sean Martell understands this. As Art Director for Mozilla, he’s one part of a team behind Mozilla’s visual design. Lately, he’s been involved in redesigning Mozilla’s iconic logos. Instead of working behind closed doors, Martell and his colleagues have opened up the design process to get the help of the wider Mozilla community.

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OVH taps open source Power8 architecture, OpenStack for cloud platform

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GNU
Linux
Server
OSS

Hosting provider OVH has launched a cloud service based on IBM’s Power8 processor architecture, an open source architecture tailored specifically for big data applications, and OpenStack.

OVH, which serves 700,000 customers from 17 datacentres globally, said it wanted to provide a robust public cloud service tuned for database workloads and has tapped a combination of IBM and OpenStack-based technologies in this pursuit.

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DigiKam 4.4.0 Review & Ubuntu Installation

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KDE
Reviews

It’s been a while since I had a look at DigiKam, and even though I’m not much into using a specialized application for organizing and keeping track of photos, I decided to have a look at the state of this popular and feature-complete photo manager for KDE.

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Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 3.18 RC1 a Week Early

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Linux

Linus Torvalds has surprised everyone and launched Linux kernel 3.18 RC1 ahead of time. A new development cycle has started and it will take a few weeks to see what some of the major features added are.

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Ubuntu Turns 10, Happy Birthday!

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Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu 4.10 "The Warty Warthog Release" on October 20, 2004. It's hard to believe that a decade has passed since then, but we are now getting ready for Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn."

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Calligra Gemini - now also for Linux :)

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KDE

Some people may remember earlier this year when Krita Gemini became (to my knowledge) the first open source software to become greenlit on Steam. For those who don't, yeah, that really happened Wink Krita Gemini was a project created in cooperation between the KDE community's Calligra team, the little software consultancy KO GmbH, and a large semiconductor manufacturer named Intel, who had some devices they needed to be able to show off. Krita Gemini is available on the Steam store, though not yet for Linux (as it turns out, Steam packaging for Linux is even more awkward than building stand-alone installers for Windows, an odd sort of situation for us used to sensible package managers)

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Firefox 34 Beta Allows Video and Audio Calls to Google Chrome and Opera Users

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Moz/FF

Mozilla is out with a new Firefox version, but this time it's the first Beta for the new 34 branch. If you think that this is yet another boring release, you better think again because it comes with some cool features.

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Tails 1.2 : Video Review and Screenshot Tours

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Linux
Reviews
Debian

Tails 1.2 is released and announced by Tails developers bring with new feature and improvement. As we know, Tails is a live linux distribution based on debian and focused to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.

One of the most important changes in this release is tails 1.2 not included Iceweasel Internet browser and it replaced with Tor Browser, which is based on the latest 4.0 release and Firefox 31.2 ESR. Also, all the applications of tails 1.2 now confined with Apparmor. The Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.16.5-1, and VirtualBox guest additions should now work by default, improving the performance of the OS in a virtual machine.

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oVirt 3.5 Rolls Out

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Red Hat
OSS

This past week was the KVM Forum, a three-day event in Düsseldorf that brought together the entire KVM community, which included oVirt users and developers. The October 16th oVirt Workshop, a free-of-charge event co-located with the KVM Forum, focused on the oVirt datacenter platform and its use in business and academic worlds.

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Linux 3.18-rc1

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Linux

So when I released 3.17, I said that I'd extend the merge window to
three weeks due to travel.

I clearly lied.

Because here we are, the usual two weeks later, and I've already
pushed out 3.18-rc1.

What happened is that not only did I merge actively despite travels -
I was out of communication just for a couple of days (almost, but not
entirely, due to flights - the hotel in DÃsseldorf lost all internet
for a day too). But perhaps more importantly, people seem to have
aggressively sent in their pull requests, because rc1 contains more
than linux-next did a couple of days after 3.17.. So holding it up
another week just seems pointless.

That said, I realize that people might have taken my statements at
face value, and planned with that in mind. I hate it when I get pull
requests really late in the merge window, but having closed it as per
the regular schedule, I also understand that somebody might have
planned on sending their pull request a bit later. It's ok. Grovel a
bit, and explain what's up, and you can almost certainly guilt me into
taking stuff.

Also, maybe I just missed something due to jetlag (hmm. yes, let's
call it "jetlag", that sounds so much better than "core incompetence
and bad planning"), so if you feel unfairly overlooked, send me a note
explaining how I've unfairly wronged you.

There is also at least one pull request that I am hoping to get asap
and planning on still pulling, ie I'm very much still hoping to get
overlayfs finally merged. But there were a few last-minute questions
from Al. Assuming that all works out, that's an expected late pull.
Not worth holding up the rc1 release for one known straggler, though.

So there you have it. The merge window is closed, but with room for
excuses and possible missed requests. As usual, the shortlog is much
too big to post (core stats: roughly 74% drivers, 10% architecture
updates, the rest networking, filesystems, core kernel, documentation,
include files, tool updates...), and the appended is my "mergelog"
which as usual credits the people I pulled from, which is not at all
necessarily the same as the people writing the code.

Go forth and test,

Linus

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Firefox Hello Not Working and Mozilla Claims the Bug is Invalid

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Moz/FF

Mozilla announced the Firefox 34 Beta release on October 17 and a key highlight is the new Firefox Hello feature. Firefox Hello is supposed to enable users to simply use the browser to be able to call each other.

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Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" Arrives in a Few Days

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Ubuntu

When Ubuntu hits the Final Freeze point the developers stop pushing updates and changes, and everyone focuses on the major bugs and problems that haven't been fixed yet. An exception can be made if something really terrible happens, but that wasn't the case until now and it's unlikely to occur.

Now, Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is scheduled to arrive on October 23, this Thursday. Users will be offered the chance to upgrade their systems, but this is an intermediary release and it's not likely that many users will take this step. The Ubuntu LTS release was just six months ago and not too many users are going to exchange the five years of support for 14.04 with just nine months for 14.10.

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Meizu MX4 Pro Spotter Running Ubuntu Touch

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Ubuntu

For now, we don’t know which device will be running Ubuntu Touch, but due to the fact that Meizu MX4 Pro has been postponed to November, it may be it. The MX4 Pro uses a 5.4 inch display with 1536 x 2560 resilution, a 20 MPX rear camera + a 13 MPX front camera, a Samsung octa-core Exynos 5430 CPU and 3 GB of RAM.

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KDE Telepathy 0.9.0 Released

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KDE

Today we released the 0.9 series of KDE Telepathy, a multiprotocol instant messaging client for Plasma.

Amongst the many bugfixes the following features are worth highlighting.

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Porteus 3.1 RC1 Is a Bleeding Edge Slackaware-Based Distro with Linux Kernel 3.17

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Slack

Porteus is a special operating system that is designed to be very fast and feature all kind of bleeding edge features. It's also optimized to run from all sorts of mediums, not just hard disks. It's built on Slackware and it's extremely small, a characteristic that is determined by the fact that it's always loaded completely in the memory.

Another interesting aspect of the distro is the fact that it uses modules instead of a package manager. These modules can precompiled for the operating system and users can just activate and deactivate them. Also, installing modules in Porteus works very intuitively and it can be done by double clicking on the modules.

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