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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Gets Linux Kernel Regression Fix

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Security
Ubuntu

A Linux kernel regression for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) has been identified by Canonical and the developers have issued a patch that should be available through regular channels.

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nOS Infinity Is a Unique-Looking OS Powered by KDE – Gallery

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OS
KDE

nOS Infinity is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment. It's built for old and new computers and it's quite different from what you might expect.

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The best Android phones, tablet, and watch of 2014

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Android

The best thing about Android is that there are lots of choices. The worst thing about Android is that there are lots of choices. There are just too many damn phones to choose from!

You've got metal phones, plastic phones, cheap phones, phones with a higher resolution than your TV, and phones as big as your head. You don't need to know what every Android thing on the market does, you just need to know what the best ones are.

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This is the world’s most stunning new Android phone – and it’ll only cost you $5,000

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While there’s no question that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are beautiful smartphones, some might argue that Apple’s 2012 iPhone 5 and last year’s iPhone 5s feature an overall look that is more sleek and sophisticated. Now, imagine that sophisticated design was given harder lines, darker tones and a 5-inch full HD display, and it was built out of titanium and 18k gold instead of aluminum.

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Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Alpha 1 Prepares for GNOME 3.14, Go Forth and Test

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GNOME
Ubuntu

The Ubuntu GNOME developers have released the first version of the 15.04 branch for their Linux distribution and it looks like this operating system is also going through some interesting changes, just like Ubuntu, although not on the same scale.

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FSF's High Priority Project List Now Has A Committee

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GNU

The Free Software Foundation has now built up a committee to review their "High Priority Projects" list and they're looking for more feedback from the community.

Nearly ten years ago is when the Free Software Foundation began listing what they viewed as the High Priority Free Software Projects in a list. This list has over time contained some definite high-priority projects related to freeing Java and Adobe PDF support and open graphics drivers to some more obscure projects of high priority like a free version of Oracle Forms, a replacement to OpenDWG libraries for CAD files, automatic transcription software, etc. I've personally called out many of the FSF HPP for what they're worth with my thoughts over the years.

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Latest Calibre eBook Reader and Converter Now Support Latest Kobo Firmware

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Software

The Calibre eBook reader, editor, and library management software has just reached version 2.13 and the developer has added an important driver and made quite a few fixes and improvements.

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Lubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is Out and Still Uses LXDE – Gallery

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Ubuntu

Lubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet) has been officially released and it follows its Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME brethren. Users can now download and test this latest installment.

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Red Hat’s success aside, it’s hard to profit from free

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Red Hat

Red Hat, which just reported a profit of $47.9 million (or 26 cents a share) on revenue of $456 million for its third quarter, has managed to pull off a tricky feat: It’s been able to make money off of free, well, open-source, software. (It’s profit for the year-ago quarter was $52 million.)

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Linux 3.19: ThinkPad Muting Redone, New Dell Backlight Support, Acer Is Banging

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The x86 platform driver changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel have been submitted and they include some noteworthy improvements for many Linux laptop owners.

First up, the ThinkPad ACPI driver has been hugely reworked to simplify sound muting. The ThinkPad ACPI driver is now doing software muting rather than the hardware-based muting of sound. ThinkPad laptops commonly have hardware volume controls going back years for muting and volume up/down. The muting is done at the hardware volume control but is a problem as the Linux user-space will also handle the hotkey events and change the state of the other mixer. In the end you can end up in states where the hardware mixer is muted, the software mixer is unmuted, and when hitting the hardware mute key you will just switch states for both mixers.

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Manjaro 0.8.11 Brings Support for Linux Kernel 3.18

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Linux

Manjaro 0.8.11 is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which is also 100% compatible with the repositories of the base system. It's been out for a short time, but developers have already pushed a second major update for it.

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UNITY TO GET AN OPTION TO ALWAYS SHOW THE MENUS [UBUNTU 15.04 VIVID VERVET]

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Ubuntu

Marco's work involves adding an option to always show the Unity menus (in Unity, the menus are currently displayed on mouse over). Furthermore, this option will work with both the regular Appmenu / global menu, displayed on the top Unity panel, as well as LIM (locally integrated menus), displayed in the application titlebar:

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GNOME Shell 3.15.3

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GNOME

GNOME Shell provides core user interface functions for the GNOME 3
desktop, like switching to windows and launching applications. GNOME
Shell takes advantage of the capabilities of modern graphics hardware
and introduces innovative user interface concepts to provide a
visually attractive and easy to use experience.

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Why Docker, Containers and systemd Drive a Wedge Through the Concept of Linux Distributions

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Server
Web

The announcement of Rocket by CoreOS was perceived by many to be a direct challenge to Docker, particularly as it came on the eve of DockerCon Europe and threatened to overshadow news coming out at the event. Docker, Inc. CEO Ben Golub was quick to fire back with his ‘initial thoughts on the Rocket announcement’. This piece isn’t about the politics of ecosystems and VC funded startups, which I’ll leave to Colin Humphreys (and note an excellent response from Docker Founder and CTO Solomon Hykes). It also isn’t about managing open source community, which I’ll leave to Matt Asay. Here I want to look at systemd, which lies at the heart of the technical arguments.

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Can Ubuntu Click Address Linus Torvalds’ Binary Problems?

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Linux

Linux is a dominant player in almost every industry segment, minus one: desktop. We heard Linus Torvalds’ pain when he uttered these words at LinuxCon North America this year, "I still want the desktop".

What’s holding desktop Linux back? There are many factors including marketing, pre-loaded Windows, support for hardware, and availability of applications. Linus, the creator of the Linux kernel, doesn't offer executables aka binaries of his own software Sub Surface for Linux desktop even though he does offer binaries for Mac OSX and Windows.

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Google building full Android IVI stack, says report

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Android
Google

If Android M is for real, the technology would go far beyond its Android Auto initiative announced earlier this year. Android Auto offers Apple CarPlay-like extensions to existing Android apps for customized interactions with a wide variety of IVI navigation and multimedia systems. IVI systems that support Android Auto should begin to appear in cars sometime in 2015.

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Most important open source news of the year

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OSS

In 2014, we have seen continued growth for both use and adoption of open source software in the enterprise software market. Cloud takes a big part of that obviously, with project likes Docker and OpenStack who have been in the news frequently. But growth wasn't limited to increased use and adoption. We also noticed a lot of big names open sourcing their own solutions. Facebook announced a new branch of MySQL built for scalability, NASA released source code for many software projects, GitHub released the Atom text editor under a MIT license, and Google open sourced an email encryption tool and it's Chrome PDF engine. The biggest news this year when it comes to open sourcing software has been Microsoft with .Net. This list of new open source releases goes on, with companies like LinkedIn, organizations such as DARPA, and more. If this trend continues, we can expect a lot more to be released under an open source license in 2015.

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Uganda Adopts Free And Open Source Software For E-Governance

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OSS

The population in Uganda has been growing rapidly. The country now has 35 million people. In order to provide quality services to its citizens and to improve the national competitiveness through administration innovation, the government has adopted free and open source software as the preferred mode of operation for electronic government (e-government) services and platforms.

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Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015

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Ubuntu

Earlier this year, I reported on the forthcoming release of Ubuntu phones. Ubuntu for phones had just hit “release to manufacturer” status and phones were supposed to launch before the end of 2014.

Bad news: The phones clearly won’t be here this year. But good news! Canonical told me they’ll be out in early 2015, after a slight delay to clean up some lingering interface and manufacturing snags.

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Imitate Fake Hollywood Terminal Hacking Melodrama with This Amazing App for Ubuntu

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GNU
Linux
Movies
SciFi
Humor

We all know that Hollywood movies are the worst place to see some accurate depiction of anything from real life and that includes computer terminals. Well, there is a solution for that now and we can only hope that some misguided producer will see the new "hollywood" package made for this exact purpose.

Hollywood movie producers invest a lot of time and money in custom interfaces and GUIs that don't really do anything, but they think they’re nice and interesting on film. Most of the time, someone is hacking away by typing frenetically while windows with crazy stuff open and close. This is why this kind of image is now seared into the public's consciousness and hacking looks more exciting than in real life. It isn't.

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