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Story Open Source Initiative celebrates anniversary, history of open source Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:34am
Story Mozilla officially kills Firefox OS for smartphones in favour of 'Connected Devices' Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:29am
Story Linux Lite 2.8 Review At A Glance Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:25am
Story CoreOS Launches Docker Rival Rkt 1.0 Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:20am
Story A love for technology leads to Linux and open source Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:18am
Story LuninuX OS 15.10 Launches as the Walking Walrus, Based on Ubuntu 15.10 Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:11am
Story SlackEX Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.1 and KDE 4.14.3, Based on Slackware 14.2 Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:09am
Story IceCat 38.6.0 release Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 10:05am
Story iPhone vs Android: Almost Half Of iPhone Users Think Android Phones Are More Advanced Rianne Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 9:59am
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 05/02/2016 - 1:20am

Qimo, the Popular Ubuntu-Based Linux Operating System for Kids, Closes Shop

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Ubuntu

It is with so much regret that we announce today the end of the development for yet another GNU/Linux operating system, as the developers of Qimo, the popular distribution for kids, closed shop at the end of January 2016.

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Five Android home screen launchers worth checking out

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Android

If you're an Android user seeking the absolute best experience for your device, you might be inclined to toy around with your home screen. Why? Because there could be aspects of the default you find inefficient or that don't offer you enough power and control. If you want more from your Android device, you're in luck... even on the home screen front. The Google Play Store offers a number of solid home screen replacements, each offering a different approach and in some cases, a wildly different feature set.

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Open source at largest of German pension fund

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OSS

‘Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund’ (German Federal Pension Insurance) the largest of the country’s 16 pension insurers, is increasing its use of open source solutions. The fund uses Linux servers and Apache solutions on its x86 and mainframe computers. The pension insurer last week published a call for tender, seeking assistance for its Linux and Apache-based services and for other open source solutions it has in use.

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Android Marshmallow: The smart person's guide

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Android

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) makes massive strides in polishing the dull sheen left behind by Android 5.0 (Lollipop). In fact, Marshmallow is the best incarnation of Android yet.

Here's a look at what Marshmallow has to offer. We'll update this guide as new information about Marshmallow becomes available.

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Linux-on-Skylake special: two SBCs and a COM Express

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Linux

Avalue unveiled 5.25- and 3.5-inch SBCs, plus a COM Express Type 6 Basic module, based on Intel’s 6th Generation “Skylake” Core processors.

Avalue’s 5.25-inch EBM-SKLU SBC, 3.5-inch ECM-SKLH SBC, and ESM-SKLH COM Express Type 6 Basic module continue the gradual shift among embedded vendors to Intel’s latest 14nm Skylake platform. So far we’ve mostly seen COM Express modules, which is typical for new Intel chip releases, but there have also been a smattering of Mini-ITX SBCs, and even an Advantech 3.5-inch SBC called the MIO-5272. The EBM-SKLU, however, is the first 6th Generation Core SBC we’ve seen with the legacy 5.25-inch format.

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Lubuntu-Based LXLE 14.04.4 Linux Distro Is Now Available for Beta Testing

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Ubuntu

The development team of the Lubuntu-based LXLE Linux distribution have announced the release and immediate availability for download and testing of the upcoming LXLE 14.04.4 release.

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Here is why Linux is much better than Windows 10

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Linux
Microsoft

The Windows vs Linux fight has been going on ever since Linus Torvalds build the first version in collaboration with the University of Helsinki in October 1991. And every time, Microsoft launches a Windows version this question gets shriller. The same has happened now when Microsoft released the latest Windows 10 operating system.

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4MRecover 16.0 Distrolette Enters Beta, Includes TestDisk and PhotoRec 7.0

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Development
Linux

4MLinux developer Zbigniew Konojacki informs us about the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta build of the upcoming 4MRecover 16.0 Live CD.

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Ubuntu Phone OTA-9.5 Delay Imminent, Devs Promise a Lot of Good Convergence Fixes

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Ubuntu

Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak has just sent his daily report to inform us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the OTA-9.5 hotfix update for Ubuntu Phone devices.

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14 Linux-based gifts ideas for your geeky valentine

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Linux

For Linux lovers, there is nothing better than getting a Linux running device. And if you're the Linux fan, what better opportunity to plant the seed of Linux in your valentine's heart? Here are 14 cool Linux-based devices that I would want to receive -- and I bet you will too.

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Android Leftovers

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Android
  • Opinion: Three months later, is the Nexus 6P still the best Android phone?

    One of Google’s latest slogans created to showcase the essence of Android in a nutshell spells: “Be together, not the same.” It is both a testament to the company’s general embracement of diversity and arguably one of the most precise ways to describe the OS as a whole. Fans, however, have long had trouble trying to identify the ‘ultimate’ Android device, despite the sea of devices whose supposed heterogeneity should guarantee a perfect match for everyone.

    In an endless fight among the various OEMs to come out at the top of the critics’ — as well as the fans’ — rankings, one trend has notoriously stood out. People love Android devices because of the software (specifically its flexibility), and in spite of the countless efforts made by manufacturers to tweak and enhance the OS in order to make it better, the pure, unadulterated experience offered by Google has long been preferred by virtually every enthusiast.

  • I want this Android-powered mirror that a Google engineer invented in his spare time

    This year at CES we got to see wacky ideas about the Internet of Things, like Samsung's new refrigerator with a gigantic touchscreen, so there's a lot to be desired in the wild new era of smart-objects. That's why this elegant mirror from Google software engineer Max Braun is so exciting — it looks like something you'd actually want in your home right now.

    Braun posted the results of his project on Medium, and the photos look almost unreal. It shares the same information you can glance at on an Android phone — the weather, the time, and a glance at the top headlines — but somehow it makes even more sense on a bathroom mirror. It's the kind of sleek near-future sci-fi of Ex Machina and Gorilla Glass concept videos, where every translucent surface in your world seamlessly springs to life with information from the cloud.

  • Samsung Hints at Feature Changes in Android N: Better Stylus Support?

    We don’t yet know much about Android N (after all, we’re still a few months away from the next I/O) but we do know that Google works quite closely with several major OEMs to ensure that the OEMs can get the update incorporated into their own devices as fast as they possibly can.

  • How to watch the Super Bowl on your Android device
  • Android security: Google kills remote hacker bug, patches seven critical flaws
  • Google fixes critical Wi-Fi and media-processing flaws in Android
  • Android Marshmallow finally passes 1% adoption after 4 months

Fotoxx 16.02 Open Source Image Editor Released with Cartoon Effect, More

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GNU
Linux
OSS

Michael Cornelison informs us about the general availability of the February maintenance release of his open source image editor software Fotoxx for all GNU/Linux operating systems.

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Canonical Releases Major Linux Kernel Updates for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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Ubuntu

Canonical, the company behind the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, has published multiple Ubuntu Security Notices to inform users about major kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu OSes.

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How To Set Up The Raspberry PI Zero

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HowTos

This guide will show you how to set up the Raspberry PI Zero. The Raspberry PI Zero is an amazing little single card computer which retails for about the same price as a couple of pints of beer.

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AndEX Live CD Now Lets Users Run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Their PCs

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Android

Softpedia has been informed today, February 2, 2016, by Linux developer Arne Exton about the availability of the January 2016 build of his commercial AndEX Live CD Android-x86-based operating system.

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LibreOffice 5.1.0 Just Around the Corner, Final RC Is Out

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LibO

The first major LibreOffice update for the 5.x branch is around the corner, and it should land very soon, especially now that the third RC for LibreOffice 5.1 is available for download and testing.

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Tails 2.0 Linux Distro Improves Installation, Gets New Look

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Linux

Tails—an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System—first rose to notoriety in 2013 as the Linux distribution used by U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. Since the debut of Tails 1.0 on April 29, 2014, there haven't been any major new releases of the Linux distribution—until Jan. 26, when Tails 2.0 debuted. Tails is a desktop Linux distribution whose goal is to help users stay private on the Internet, by way of multiple tools, including the use of Tor, The Onion Router network. With Tails 2.0, the big change comes by way of rebasing the distribution on the Debian 8.0 (code-named Jessie) Linux operating system, which provides new software packages. Users also will immediately notice that Tails 2.0 now makes use of the GNOME Shell desktop user interface, providing both a top-down menu and an activities window for desktop navigation. While Tails 2.0 boasts a new look, it is also now losing one of its past capabilities, which is the ability to look like a Windows desktop in what is known as Windows Camouflage mode. In this slide show, eWEEK examines key features of the Tails 2.0 release.

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Dell to ship XPS 13 Developer Edition Linux laptop with Skylake

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Linux

Linux enthusiasts rejoice: Super-thin "Project Sputnik" XPS 13 laptops from Dell with Ubuntu and Intel Skylake chips should be just around the corner.

Dell's Project Sputnik laptops have attained something of a cult status with a segment of Linux users since their introduction in 2012. The XPS 13 Developer Edition will be the only dedicated, thin-and-light Linux laptop with Skylake from the top-five PC makers.

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Luca Toma KDE Interview

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KDE
Interviews

Google Code In is our annual project to give tasks to school pupils to contribute to KDE projects. One task this year is to write a Dot article and top Code In student Stanford L has interviewed WikiToLearn contributor and Sysadmin Luca Toma.

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European Parliament repeats call for open source

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OSS

For the second time in just three months, the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to to increase the share of free and open source software. On 19 January, in a so-called own-initiative report, the EP also urged the EC to use this type of software to promote reuse in and between public administrations as a solution to increase interoperability.

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