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Story Openwashing (Fake FOSS) Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:16am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:14am
Story Slackware Live Edition – Beta 2 Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:13am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:11am
Story Leftovers: KDE Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:09am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:08am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 1:07am
Story GNU/FSF/SFLC News Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 12:28am
Story Thecus N4310: A 4-Disk Linux NAS Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 12:26am
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 29/11/2015 - 12:23am

OTA-9 Update for Ubuntu Touch Has a Lot of Features Planned

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The work on the upcoming OTA-9 update continues, and it looks like things are on track. Ubuntu Touch will receive a new major upgrade in a couple of months.

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Btrfs RAID Benchmarks With The Linux 4.4 Kernel On Samsung 850 SSDs

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As it's been a while since last running any Btrfs RAID SSD benchmarks on Phoronix, with the Linux 4.4-rc2 kernel I tested the latest RAID0 and RAID1 performance on two Samsung 850 EVO SSDs. The RAID0 and RAID1 performance with the two SSDs was also compared to the standalone Btrfs file-system performance on a single SSD. Additionally, when in the RAID1 mode I also did a few extra runs when testing various Btrfs mount options.

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Give back and support open source

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I still fix things; I fix old computers by installing GNU/Linux and other open source software on them and making them useful again. I sometimes also must repair the hardware when old hardware breaks. So I sit here writing, surrounded by relatively new computers with covers removed, old computers with new parts undergoing tests, various drawers full of replacement parts that might one day soon be needed, and a few boxes partially filled with defective parts of various types—fans, hard drives, motherboards, video cards, memory sticks, and power supplies—that I will soon take to the recycling center near me in North Raleigh.

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Huawei unwraps 6-inch Mate 8 flagship phablet - running Android Marshmallow

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China's Huawei has announced its flagship Mate 8 phablet, which will be the first new handset other than Google's latest Nexus duo to ship with Android Marshmallow.

The company took the wraps off the Mate 8 today in Shanghai, China, where the 6-inch display smartphone will be available ahead of a global rollout scheduled for the first quarter of 2016. Huawei intends to unveil the flagship for these markets at CES 2016.

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The woes of Android updates, and how to fix the process

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More than a month ago, Google announced the coming update for the 6th major iteration of its platform... Marshmallow. Of the anticipated updates, the Nexus line of devices would be the first to receive the gooey goodness that promised to bring the most significant updates to some critical Android components (think Now On Tap and app permissions).

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French public sector still a large user of Free Software (PAC)

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The French administration is still a large enabler of Free Software in France. According to a survey published by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC , CXP group), a French consulting company, the public sector is seen as an opportunity for Free Software for 71% of the more than 100 companies surveyed in this study, mostly members of the Conseil National du Logiciel Libre and Syntec Numérique, an association of IT companies.

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How to customise your Linux desktop: Cinnamon

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Wow, that is a lot of configuration and customization - and as with the previous desktops, I really haven't dug very deeply into it. I hope that this post provides enough information to get started with, and enough motivation to make you really want to dig into it.

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Kafka and syslog-ng

    First of all, let me introduce Kafka, a high-throughput distributed messaging system. It was originally developed by LinkedIn as a backbone of a website activity tracking infrastructure. Once open source, it was developed further under the umbrella of the Apache Foundation. In 2014 Confluent was founded to provide enterprise level support to Kafka users. Kafka is now used by major companies, including Netflix, Twitter and PayPal. There are now many more uses for Kafka: message queuing, log aggregation, stream processing or as a commit log.

  • Nmap 7.00 Has Been Released

    As you may know, Nmap is a command-line network exploration tool that supports ping scanning to determine the online hosts, port scanning techniques and TCP/IP fingerprinting for remote device identification.

  • Atom 1.2.4 Has Been Released
  • Vuze 5.7 (Open-Source BitTorrent Client) Has Been Released
  • Aptik 1.6.6 (Backup Software) Has Been Released

    As you may know, Aptik is an open-source application that enables the users to easily perform and restore backups of PPAs, aplications and packages in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivates.

  • Linphone 3.9.1 Brings Only Bug-Fixes

    As you may know, Linphone is an open-source VoIP service that allows the users to perform voice calls, video calls and text conversations with friends and other Linphone users.

  • Install QGifer 0.2.3 RC2 on Ubuntu

    Up to date packages are available via some third party PPA, so installing the software on Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.x, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya and other Ubuntu derivative systems is easy.

  • Wireshark 2.0 Has Been Released

    As you already know, Wireshark is an open-source protocol analyzer software, very used for monitoring the network traffic.

  • Kodi 16.0 Beta 2 “Jarvis” Brings Changes

Leftovers: Gaming

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Krita 2.9

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Give back and support open source

    Here I am, almost 20 years into my own crazy open source story, and it shows no sign of abating.

  • IBM open-sources machine learning SystemML

    IBM is aiming to popularise its proprietary machine learning programme SystemML through open-source communities.

  • Embedded Linux Conference
  • Pale Moon 25.8.0 (Firefox Based Browser) Has Been Released

    As you may know, Pale Moon is an open-source, cross-platform browser based on Mozilla Firefox, being up to 25% faster then the original.

    Palemoon is based on Firefox, has support for the official Firefox extensions, but does not contain all of the Firefox features, including: social API, accessibility features, WebRTC and has some specific customizations and configuration options which are not available on Firefox.

  • Improving the Toolbars in LibreOffice

    With the Design team, we are working on improving toolbars in LibreOffice. This is part of our long-term goal, making LibreOffice “simple for beginners and powerful for experts“.

    Toolbars in LibreOffice are currently quite limited: A toolbar can have icons, or custom widgets, in a row. You can switch between icon-only, icon+text or text-only display.

  • Using APIs to create secure, open-source solutions

    The new API-based service will aim to "provide a way for beneficiaries to connect their data to the applications, services and research programs they trust," Mark Scrimshire, a member of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, writes at the HHS Idea Lab blog.

  • Apple’s open sourced Swift could change everything

    Apple has told us it intends making Swift 2.0 open source “later this year”, a move some developers are calling “monumental”, a “huge milestone in the evolution of the programming industry.”

  • Server-Side Swift Unveiled: It's Perfect
  • Free Router Software Not In The Crosshairs, FCC Clarifies

    FCC will not seek to ban free software from wireless routers, according to a clarification it made earlier this month on a rulemaking related to radio devices. An earlier draft of the official proposal included a specific reference to device manufacturers restricting installation of the open-source project DD-WRT.

  • Road testing the community-powered grocery store

    Building a business in an open and collaborative way can be a wonderfully rewarding experience, engaging both the members of the organization as well as the customers in a unique relationship based on common, transparent goals, while growing a sense of community around the venture.

    Last year, Shaun McCance wrote an article for, 4 tips from growing a community grocery store, where he shared his experiences from the initial steps of building a co-operative (co-op) grocery store in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, applying similar practices that many open source software projects use in software development.

  • Denmark’s Aarhus insists on open IT standards

    Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, is requiring the use of open IT standards for all of its future IT projects. This way, the city aims to rid itself of IT vendor lock-in. Aarhus is currently ”fenced in by contracts, proprietary software and proprietary standards”, says Camilla Tække, leading the change management project for the city. “This is a change in culture, not just as a technical one.”

Leftovers: FSF/GNU

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  • Software Freedom Conservancy Launches 2015 Fundraiser

    Today Software Freedom Conservancy announces a major fundraising effort. Pointing to the difficulty of relying on corporate funding while pursuing important but controversial issues, like GPL compliance, Conservancy has structured its fundraiser to increase individual support. The organization needs at least 750 annual Supporters to continue its basic community services and 2500 to avoid hibernating its enforcement efforts. If Conservancy does not meet its goals, it will be forced to radically restructure and wind down a substantial portion of its operations.

  • GIMP 2.8.16 Has Been Released
  • 20 Years of GIMP Evolution: Step by Step

    GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – superb open source and free graphics editor. Development began in 1995 as students project of the University of California, Berkeley by Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimball. In 1997 the project was renamed in “GIMP” and became an official part of GNU Project. During these years the GIMP is one of the best graphics editor and platinum holy wars “GIMP vs Photoshop” – one of the most popular.

  • Infinity status

    I’m winding down for a month away from Infinity. The current status is that the language and note format changes for 0.0.2 are all done. Y

Security Leftovers

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Arch and Tumbleweed, Running Sans Systemd

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Swapnil Bhartiya today posted an interesting article describing his experiences using Tumbleweed the last weeks from an Arch user's point of view. I feel inspired. Elsewhere, James Darvell asks if the latest Microsoft Linux ceasefire is true love or just toxic and the Linux Migrant noticed MX-15 is in beta. A Slashdot reader today asked if folks will be able to run a modern desktop system into 2016 without systemd. So far, no one has really given him a straight answer.

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Pi Zero in the News (so far this morning)

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First Unity 8 Custom Theme Is Being Built

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An Ubuntu user is building the first Unity 8 theme and it looks like that’s not as difficult as people may believe, but the fact that it can be made is more important than the quality of the theme.

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Qt Creator 3.6 RC1 released

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We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 3.6 RC1.

Since the beta, we have fixed many bugs, including an ugly, evasive crash that could happen on code completion, depending on how you used the mouse while typing function arguments (QTCREATORBUG-15275).

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