|Story||Appliance maker Electrolux joins IoT-focused AllSeen Alliance||Rianne Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 4:47pm|
|Story||Linux Doesn't Need to Own the Desktop||Rianne Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 4:37pm|
|Story||Leftovers: Software||Roy Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 4:25pm|
|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 4:25pm|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Roy Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 4:25pm|
|Story||New Google Nexus Leak Confirms 192-Core, 64-bit Apple Rival||Rianne Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 3:37pm|
|Story||20-Way Radeon Comparison With Open-Source Graphics For Steam On Linux Gaming||Rianne Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 2:37pm|
|Story||Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 (Utopic Unicorn) to Arrive in a Couple of Days||Rianne Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 2:32pm|
|Story||Optimize your Linux rig for top-notch writing||Roy Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 12:53pm|
|Story||IBM meets demand for Linux with training resources||Roy Schestowitz||27/08/2014 - 12:47pm|
ownCloud is one of the most important free software projects around because we all are moving to the cloud for easy access to our data anywhere, anytime. The ‘so-called’ cloud has it’s own advantages, but it also compromises one’s ownership and control of the data. The moment you put your data on someone else’s cloud you lose the control and ownership over your own data.
This may sound like analyzing yesterday's news, but I think it's important, and more than that I need to put this here as a resource to point certain people to.
If it hasn't been made clear enough in recent months that China would love nothing more than to cut down on its reliance to American technology companies, its just-announced decision to create its own operating system should remedy that. At first, this OS will target the desktop, but eventually, it'll make its way to smartphones and other mobile devices.
At this point, we know very little about what China's OS will look like, or be like for that matter, but we do know that it's being designed to be a proper replacement for Microsoft's and Google's OSes. It seems very likely that China's OS would use Linux as a base, since there's little point in reinventing the wheel, and because of its open-source nature, the country would have complete control over the code. Further, Linux natively supports both x86 and ARM architectures, so that'd help take care of both the desktop and mobile aspect of the OS, and of course, Linux already supports a lot of software
Our benevolent dictator for life recently claimed that he was still aiming at Linux being as prevalent on the desktop as it is in the datacenter or in the cloud. The statement was meant with roaring applause from the crowd, and a few healthy, and a few not so healthy, doses of skepticism from the press. Recently, IT World asked “Does it still make sense for Linus to want the desktop for Linux?”, and Matt Asay from Tech Repubic asked “Can we please stop talking about the Linux desktop?”. Both publishers are critical of the claim that there is still room for Linux on Personal Computers, and point to Android as a Linux success story. What both articles miss though is that the flexibility of Linux, and the permissiveness of it’s open source license may be the thing that saves Linux on the desktop, just not in the way we were expecting.
Zachary DuPon is a 6th grader who will turn 13 years old soon. He used to be an Arch Linux user and is looking forward to installing Gentoo Linux soon.
The story of Zach goes like this – his school organized a project where students were asked to write a letter to their heroes, while most kids wrote to celebrities, Zach wrote to the ‘real’ hero of the modern technology world – Linus Torvalds.
Free Software community is winning a war that is becoming increasingly pointless: yes, users have 100% Free Software thin client at their fingertips [or are really a few steps from there]. But all their relevant computations happen elsewhere, on remote systems they do not control, in the Cloud.
That give-up on control of computing is a huge and important problem, and probably the largest challenge for everybody caring about freedom, free speech, or privacy today. Stefano rightfully points out that we must do something about it. The big question is: how can we, as a community, address it?
The developers have started the work for the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Ubuntu Touch, which will get only bug-fixes.
Ubuntu Touch is developed on three branches: Utopic, which is the “stable” branch, the development branch utopic-devel and the RTM branch, which, unlike the two others, is not available for public yet.
So, if you want an Ubuntu Touch version that receives all the new features in time, got for the “stable” branch. And for an Ubuntu Touch with less bugs and crashes, try the Ubuntu RTM.
The Bay Trail HD Graphics tests for this article came down to:
- Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS with all available stable release updates.
- The updated Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS state with then enabling the Oibaf PPA for Mesa 10.3-devel.
- The Oibaf'ed Ubuntu LTS configuration with then installing the Linux 3.16 stable kernel.
- The above configuration but then upgrading to the experimental Linux 3.17 kernel in Git form.
This article serves as a comparison of the stable Linux 3.16 kernel against the latest Linux 3.17 Git kernel when testing a range of graphics cards from the Radeon HD 5770 through the Radeon R9 270X. The system setup was maintained the same through testing and Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS was used as a host but with upgrading to the Mesa 10.3-devel and xf86-video-ati 7.4.99 Git using the Oibaf PPA. With Linux 3.16.0 and Linux 3.17 Git, the following AMD graphics cards were tested on the Intel Core i7 4790K rig:
- Radeon HD 5770
- Radeon HD 6870
- Radeon HD 6950
- Radeon HD 7850
- Radeon HD 7950
- Radeon R9 270X
Android L Operating System update for the Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 is rumored to arrive in late October.
The latest version of the Android operating system is rumored to launch alongside the upcoming Google Nexus 6. Based on previous releases, Google usually releases two versions of Android OS: one in the summer at the Google I/O event and another in the fall, usually in October alongside a new device from Google.
Android L is reportedly the biggest Android version in history packed with more than 5,000 new Application Programming Interfaces (API). However, this is not finalized and more could be revealed in the final build. Earlier predictions state that the Android L will be released with the Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 8. Last year, Google released the Android 4.4 KitKat in late November. This year, the new OS is expected to roll out Over-The-Air in the October to November time frame.
Long post about releases ahead, brace yourselves!
Last week we released KDE Applications and KDE Platform 4.14.
KDE Applications, KDE Platform and KDE Workspaces were sometimes collectively referred as the "KDE Software Compilation" or "KDE SC" in short form, which is arguably a bad name, but it is what it is.
The "Software Compilation" started dying a while ago and 4.14 marks its end.
KDE Platform was 'virtually frozen' a long time ago, but we kept increasing the version number for some reasons that are now not important, so KDE Platform 4.14.x will be the last version, of course we will go to very high 'x' if there is bugfixes to be done.
Coming up next week is a comparison of the Radeon R9 290 graphics card against various other graphics cards on the latest open-source driver. Additionally, there will be a RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst driver comparison for the Radeon R9 290 graphics card. Unfortunately there will be no Radeon R9 290X graphics tests for lacking that GPU and having bought the R9 290 myself. For those that are anxious to see how the R9 290 performs on the open-source driver, I uploaded some initial standalone results this weekend for you to facilitate your own comparisons.
In any Linux distribution I use, I'd love to have full functionality with the open Radeon graphics driver. I'd also love a packaged Catalyst driver that works with GNOME 3. I can't get the former with anything just yet, and I can't get the latter in Fedora due to Wayland code in GNOME 3 that doesn't yet play with Catalyst. Since I tend to run Xfce instead of GNOME, this isn't a deal-breaker.
The good thing about all of these problems is that they tend to get solved in Fedora faster than almost anywhere else -- Arch Linux excepted, of course.
And as I've said before, I love the Fedora community.
And did I mention that I hate distro-hopping?
I'll definitely take a cranky old bastard who's continuing to push the envelope over a game-changing developer (no matter how talented). To me, Stallman exemplifies the never-ending quest to liberate society writ large -- it's not enough to rest on our laurels or declare things "good enough" -- until everyone is fully liberated from Digital Feudalism, visionaries like Richard Stallman provide leadership and guidance on where we should focus our next efforts.
Is open source positioned to become the next mode of standardization in the virtualization world?
It appears that might very well be the case following the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Industry Specifications Group’s decision to move forward with an open source project designed to meet that end. The group hopes that open source solutions can be leveraged to provide businesses with the interoperability in their data centers that previously resulted from standardization.
A Reddit thread posted earlier this week posed the question, “What if Linux distros were super heroes?” Would Ubuntu be Superman? We'll leave it to the Redditors to debate that one. But we can weigh in on the question “Which super hero would Linux community be?”
The developers, system administrators, architects, business managers, and community leaders who attended LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America this week are all Linux super heroes. But this year some attendees also decided to dress the part – mingling in the hallway track and attending sessions as their favorite hero as part of the event's first ever Comic Book Hero Day and costume contest.
The Mozilla Foundation's aim to create a Firefox OS for mobile devices was not to take a quixotic tilt at the top end of the smartphone market. Instead, it hoped to provide an alternative that would enable the delivery of low-cost, but still smart, devices to places where smartphones are still a significant purchase.
That plan looks to be working in India, where local outfit Spicephone has just announced it will offer the nation's first Firefox-OS-powered phone for Rs 2,299 (US$38, £23).
It's practically a given that the ARM processor architecture – so beloved by makers of small devices everywhere – will graduate to servers soon. But before ARM servers can ship in any significant volume, a standardized hardware platform that specifically targets the data center is a must.
So sayeth Jon Masters, chief ARM architect for enterprise Linux giant Red Hat, who addressed the topic during a session at the LinuxCon 2014 conference in Chicago on Thursday.