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Nautilus Ported To New GTK Widgets For GNOME 3.16

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GNOME

GNOME's file manager, Nautilus, is seeing some much needed love for the GNOME 3.15 development cycle ahead of GNOME 3.16 next March.

The latest major work to the Nautilus file manager is that it's been ported to make use of GTK's GAction, GMenus, and Popovers widgets to improve the UI and workflow.

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Android Wear “Lollipop” First Look and Tour!

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Android

The new Android Wear “Lollipop” update is slowly (can’t stress “slowly” enough) rolling out to Android Wear users across the world. Thankfully, we already have the update on a Moto 360, so we can show you what to expect when it finally arrives on your device.

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

European Commission Finally Engaging with Open Source?

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OSS

Earlier this year, I wrote about the European Commission's stunning incompetence in procuring desktop software: it actually admitted that it was in a state of "effective captivity with Microsoft", and that it wasn't really going to try to do anything about it. Fortunately, a recent article on the Commission's "Joinup" site, by Gijs Hillenius, paints a rather brighter picture as far as the server side is concerned:

The European Commission wants to make it easier for its software developers to submit patches and add new functionalities to open source projects. Contributing to open source communities will be made central to the EC’s new open source policy, expects Pierre Damas, Head of Sector at the Directorate General for IT (DIGIT). “We use a lot of open source components that we adapt and integrate, and it is time that we contribute back.”

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12-Way AMD Catalyst 14.12 vs. NVIDIA 346 Series Linux GPU Comparison

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

This article is comparing twelve recent NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards when using these latest binary drivers on Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit. All tests were done on an Intel Core i7 5960X system.

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Calligra 2.8.7 is Out

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KDE

Packages for the release of KDE's document suite Calligra 2.8.7 are available for Kubuntu 14.10. You can get it from the Kubuntu Updates PPA. They are also in our development version Vivid.

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Linux 3.19 To Have Full Multi-Touch For More Logitech Devices

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Linux

Jiri Kosina has lined up his HID subsystem changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel that include more multi-touch device work and other input improvements.

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Also: XFS Has Improvements To Look Forward To With Linux 3.19

Linux Continues to Grow in the Cloud Computing and Implementation of Enterprise Applications

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GNU
Linux

The operating system of most famous open source is gaining ground in business particularly in cloud computing, according to a report from the Linux Foundation and Yeoman Technology Group.

The Linux Foundation has published a study called “2014 Enterprise End User Trends Report” that shows the steady growth of Linux in the market for large companies, especially in recent years driven by factors such as the growth of cloud computing, in addition to its known qualities in terms of safety, capacity deployment, costs or virtualization.

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Release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0

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KDE

This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

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diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

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Linux

Containers are very tricky to implement. Trying to isolate sets of resources from each other completely, so that they resemble a discrete system, and doing it in a secure way, has to be addressed on a feature-by-feature basis, with many caveats and uncertainties. Over time, this makes the core kernel code more secure and robust, but each individual feature may have surprising issues.

The whole namespace idea—corralling subsets of system resources like user IDs and group IDs, and performing on-the-fly translations between the resource names within the container and the corresponding names in the outer system—is tough to manage.

Recently, Marian Marinov noticed that process counters in the outer system counted processes as being owned by the same user if his or her UIDs (user IDs) were the same inside two separate containers. The same was true for GIDs (group IDs). He didn't like this, because the two containers represented two logically isolated systems, and in that context, the same UIDs could refer to different users entirely. They shouldn't be counted together.

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Must-have Linux desktop apps (Six Clicks)

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GNU
Linux
Software

There's nothing I can't do on my Linux PCs that requires Windows. It's really that simple.

On my Linux Mint 17.1 desktop, I can run Windows games, thanks to Crossover, and run thousands of native games including many Steam-powered games. In addition, I don't need to worry about anti-virus software since, despite all the FUD, there still hasn't been a successful desktop Linux virus.

Let's get down to business: Here are the six applications I use every day to get my work done and keep in touch with my friends. Unless you have some particular program that's Windows only, I think you'll find these six programs may answer for all your daily needs as well.

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Has The Russian Government Moved To GNU/Linux As Planned?

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Linux

There is another plan which almost certainly will involve replacing Wintel PCs with GNU/Linux PCs gradually, by a million units per annum, the move to Baikal processors, a derivative of ARM. Recently, in response to sanctions over Ukraine, Russia will officially prefer home-grown “solutions” for IT. There are signs of a digital “cold” war emerging and the world’s IT is dependent on several components originating in Russia. Such pressures will surely accelerate migration to GNU/Linux in Russia. It’s a short cut to independence.

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IT should listen to users not just managers, says SugarCRM CEO

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Interviews
OSS

Deliver the software users want and need (not just what management thinks is required), look for deployment flexibility, and beware of API charges. They are the messages from SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin.

The proliferation of BYOA - bring your own applications - is putting pressure on IT departments to provide better tools, and to regard users as "constituents" rather than simply listening to management.

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European Commission updates its open source policy

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The European Commission (EC) wants to make it easier for its software developers to submit patches and add new functionalities to open source projects. Contributing to open source communities will be made central to the EC’s new open source policy, expects Pierre Damas, Head of Sector at the Directorate General for IT (DIGIT). “We use a lot of open source components that we adapt and integrate, and it is time that we contribute back.”

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HP's Big Slap-In-The-Face To Microsoft Will Show Up Next Year

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GNU
Linux

The operating system is called Linux++, and is part of HP's ambitious project to reinvent the computer, reports MIT Technology Review's Tom Simonite.

Ultimately, HP hopes to replace Linux++ with something even more radical and homegrown, an operating system called Carbon, though it hasn’t talked about a timeline for that yet.

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The Best Terminal Emulators for Linux

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GNU
Linux
Software

If you’re a fan of Linux, you know the exact reason why it’s awesome – the command line. Though many outsiders view it as only a “hacker tool,” it’s actually one of the best tools available for any operating system. The Linux shell has the ability to install software, manage your operating system and basically everything else.

To interact with the command line, you’ll need a terminal emulator. There are many terminal emulators available – perhaps too many. There are a lot of good ones and a lot of bad ones out there. It is because of this reason we’ve decided to create a list of five great terminal emulators available on Linux.

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Red Hat 7.1 Beta, Malware History, and Bug Reports

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-s

In the Linux feeds this evening was the announcement of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta. In other news, Jon Gold takes us down Linux malware memory lane and Derrik Diener looks at some terminal emulators - one that was new to me. Elsewhere Bruce Byfield discusses why he don't file bug reports and Jack Germain says 4MLinux is so lightweight it's anemic.

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4MLinux Is So Lightweight It's Anemic

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Reviews

I worked with the all-in-one version of 4MLinux for several days, and I had a very frustrating experience trying to deal with the little distro that could not. The separate mini distros had a few usability issues too. I was disappointed by the minimalistic software inventory. Unless you install them to the hard drive, very few of the included apps actually run.

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Google releases Cardboard VR viewer specs and SDKs

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Android
Google

The Android SDK enables applications with features including lens distortion correction, head tracking, 3D calibration, and side-by-side rendering. Other features include stereo geometry configuration and user input event handling.

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