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Story Looking Ahead: Rebuilding PaaS in a Containerized World Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 12:13am
Story Open-Source Godot 1.0 Engine Released & Declared Stable Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 12:03am
Story Why is the Number of Linux Distros Declining? Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 11:42pm
Story Pay For Faster Linux Kernel Performance? There's Patches For That Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 11:34pm
Story BLD Kernel Scheduler Updated For Linux 3.19 Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 11:31pm
Story Linux Malware vs Phishing Schemes Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 11:28pm
Story 2014.12.16: Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.0 Released! Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 10:04pm
Story Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule Rianne Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 9:57pm
Story Low-power COMs run Linux and Android on Cortex-A5 SoC Rianne Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 9:50pm
Story Netflix now supports Android Wear, but it's not the remote control you're hoping for Roy Schestowitz 16/12/2014 - 7:56pm

HP’s ‘The Machine’ & the Future of Linux

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Linux

If all goes according to plan, in June of 2015 HP plans to release a new operating system they’re calling Linux++. Before we start jumping up and down and putting on our party hats, we should know that this is not a new Linux distro being designed by HP to be featured on a new line of laptops. Although based on Linux and Android, this won’t even be an operating system at all in the sense that mortals such as I generally use the term. Most of us won’t be downloading and installing it. If we do, we won’t be using it as a drop-in replacement for Mint, Fedora or any of our other favorite desktop distros.

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Leftovers: Software

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today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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STI DRM Improvements Coming For Linux 3.19

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Linux

Beyond the DRM graphics improvements for Linux 3.19 affecting the most common kernel graphics drivers, the STI driver will too see improvements for this next kernel version.

The STI DRM driver provides support for some STMicroelectronics chipsets and was originally merged for Linux 3.17. With Linux 3.19, there's some new functionality being added.

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Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" with KDE and Xfce Could Arrive Early 2015

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KDE
Linux

Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" release was a great success and many users have already upgraded to the new release, but there are other flavors that are also being worked on and they are very close to the final version.

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Linux 3.19 Features

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  • Blk-mq Gets Further Improved With Linux 3.19, NVME Gets Ported

    On Saturday, Jens Axboe then sent in the block driver updates for Linux 3.19. After having gone through many code revisions, the NVMe block driver was converted to being a blk-mq driver. The blk-mq-based NVMe driver implementation is simpler and will hopefully offer greater performance too. The NVMe Linux kernel driver is responsible for supporting storage devices using the NVM Express specification with solid-state drives attached via the PCI Express bus.

  • Btrfs For Linux 3.19 Has Improved RAID 5/6 Support

    Btrfs maintainer and Facebook employee Chris Mason sent in his Btrfs file-system updates for the Linux 3.19 merge window.

  • STI DRM Improvements Coming For Linux 3.19

    Beyond the DRM graphics improvements for Linux 3.19 affecting the most common kernel graphics drivers, the STI driver will too see improvements for this next kernel version.

Nautilus port to GAction, GMenu, and Popovers – Penultimate last step

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GNOME

For me the most important part was deleting 6000 lines of code. Nautilus was using lot of legacy code, codified in an intricate way. Cleaning up those lines makes the maintenance of the application a lot more pleasure, and a little more smarter.

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XLennart: A Game For Systemd Haters With Nothing Better To Do

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It seems that a good number of Linux users who despise systemd as an init manager have a lot of time on their hands... From making websites bashing systemd, forking distributions over their position of using systemd, personal attacks against systemd developers, to writing page after page of forum comments about negative points of systemd. There's now even an anti-systemd game.

XLennart is the anti-systemd game that's a modification of the XBill game. The game is self-described as "a hacker named, 'Lennart' who has created the ultimate computer virus that is cleverly disguised as a popular init system. XLennart is commentary on a certain Linux/Unix topic, but I'll let you figure out which one."

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5tFTW: Five Fedora 21 FAQs

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After Tuesday’s awesomely successful launch of Fedora 21, this Five Things in Fedora This Week covers a few questions that I’ve been asked a lot, by the press and by users who haven’t been following Fedora development closely. I hope this will clear up some of the concerns, and as always I’m happy to discuss further in comments, email, IRC, social media, or in person.

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A Third Party Developer Has Created An Awesome Radial Bottom Edge Menu For Ubuntu Touch

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Ubuntu

Nekhelesh Ramananthan, a third party developer has created a very beautiful Radial Bottom Edge Menu for Ubuntu Touch, which impressed even the Canonical developers.

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Calligra 2.9 Beta Released

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Software

We’re pleased to present you the first beta release in 2.9 series of Calligra Suite for testing! We will focus on fixing issues including those that you’d report. All thus to make the final release of 2.9 expected in January 2015 as stable as possible!

When you update many improvements and a few new features will be installed, mostly in Kexi and Krita as well as general ones. Finally in 2.9 a new app, Calligra Gemini, appears. Read below to see why it may be of interest to you.

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Open or Fauxpen? Use the OSS Watch Openness Rating tool to find out

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This is the question that OSS Watch, in partnership with Pia Waugh, developed the Openness Rating to help you find out.

Using a series of questions covering legal issues, governance, standards, knowledge sharing and market access, the tool helps you to identify potential problem areas for users, contributors and partners.

Unlike earlier models designed to evaluate open source projects, this model can also be applied to both open and closed source software products.

We’ve used the Openness Rating internally at OSS Watch for several years as a key part of our consultancy work, but this is the first time we’ve made the app itself open for anyone to use. It requires a fair bit of knowledge to get the most out of it, but even at a basic level its useful for highlighting questions that a project needs to be able to answer.

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How to install Fedora: Hands-on with Anaconda installer

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HowTos

Fedora 21 was released this week and it looks like a great release so far, but one area where Fedora can be challenging for a new user is installation. Fedora developers decided to move away from the time-tested wizard-like installer where the user takes various steps in linear order ensuring none of the important steps is missed, instead adopting the hub & spoke model.

While I appreciate the good intentions of UX designers and developers there are a couple of flaws in the installer that make the whole process a bit, I would say, complicated.

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Highest Performance ARM Desktop Ever

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Linux

That’s the claim CompuLab (the folks who gave us TrimSlice) makes about their Utilite2 device. I think they are very close to being truthful. Performance is not just about the network, the CPU, the graphics, and RAM. It’s about how it all works together. TrimSlice has a winner every way except in RAM. These days, 2gB is limiting, even for browsing the web. Modern browsers like FireFox and Chrome cache so much stuff and Chrome preloads pages that a user might click, that the browser takes all available RAM and performance drops off in 2gB. On my system, with 4gB RAM and hundreds of processes, Chrome is taking gigabytes of virtual memory and sometimes causes swapping if I have a dozen pages open.

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MIPS Has An "Unusually Large Pull" For Linux 3.19 Kernel

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The MIPS architecture improvements and new features for the Linux 3.19 kernel are aplenty due to many MIPS patches not being merged for Linux 3.18 and then aside from that a lot of developers sending in lots of new work.

Among the MIPS changes for Linux 3.19 are:

- Debug improvements like better backtraces on SMP systems and improving the backtrace code used by oprofile.

- Octeon platform code clean-ups.

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The Backed Pack: An open source platform, sensor & tablet

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Mono is an open source, programmable platform designed to test ideas out on. The tiny device comes equipped with a 2.2″ TFT touch display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, and a temperature sensor. Mono is a gadget as much as it is a development platform. As such, it can act as an interface for other custom ideas, or act on its own. By downloading tailored apps from the MonoKiosk app store, Mono can act as a one-touch light for Phillips Hue connected bulbs, or can display weather forecasts, for example.

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How And Why The World Is Trending Towards Open Source

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So, what is the big deal with open source software? Besides the fact that it’s free, and it gives you all of the freedoms without all of the licensing restrictions. The business agility open source offers is quickly eroding the main stream. In a 2013 survey with over 800 participants from both vendor and non-vendor communities it was reported that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among competitors to hiring practices.

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New Features Proposed For Fedora 22

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Beyond the potential feature of Fedora's X.Org input stack using libinput, there's been several other features proposed for the next Fedora Linux release.

Among the proposed Fedora 22 changes that have to still be approved by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) include:

- Upgrading to Ruby on Rails 4.2 but that might even change to be a request for Ruby on Rails 5.

- The ability to provide UEFI Secure Boot Blacklist Updates.

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Using encryption on Android – A rant

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Security

Not every email client for Android out there supports encryption; and when it does, it does not work like Enigmail: you must first install the email client, set it up; then install an app that enables the use of GPG (APG or GnuPG for Android); then you have supposedly and through a reasonably secure process sent your full GPG keys to your phone (SD card or the internal memory).

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