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Story Routers and Linux Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 9:34pm
Story Debian-Based Distribution Updated With KDE 3.5 Forked Desktop Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 9:13pm
Story Atom Shell is now Electron Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 9:06pm
Story A Fedora 22 beta walk-through Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 8:16pm
Story Unix and Personal Computers: Reinterpreting the Origins of Linux Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 7:55pm
Story Kubuntu 15.04 With Plasma 5.3 - A Totally Different Kubuntu Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 7:50pm
Story 64-bit STB SoC supports 4K video and Android TV Rianne Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 7:49pm
Story Android is finally beating Apple in this one key metric Rianne Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 7:38pm
Story EU study recommends OpenBSD Roy Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 7:30pm
Story Linux Freedom vs. Convenience Rianne Schestowitz 27/04/2015 - 7:25pm

Routers and Linux

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Linux
Web

Debian-Based Distribution Updated With KDE 3.5 Forked Desktop

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KDE
Debian

Q4OS 1.2 "Orion" is the new release that is re-based on Debian Jessie, focused on shipping its own desktop utilities and customizations, and designed to run on both old and new hardware.

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Atom Shell is now Electron

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Development
OSS

Atom Shell is now called Electron. You can learn more about Electron and what people are building with it at its new home electron.atom.io.

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Also: C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

A Fedora 22 beta walk-through

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Red Hat
Reviews

Unix and Personal Computers: Reinterpreting the Origins of Linux

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OS
GNU
Linux

So, to sum up: What Linus Torvalds, along with plenty of other hackers in the 1980s and early 1990s, wanted was a Unix-like operating system that was free to use on the affordable personal computers they owned. Access to source code was not the issue, because that was already available—through platforms such as Minix or, if they really had cash to shell out, by obtaining a source license for AT&T Unix. Therefore, the notion that early Linux programmers were motivated primarily by the ideology that software source code should be open because that is a better way to write it, or because it is simply the right thing to do, is false.

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Also: Anti-Systemd People

Kubuntu 15.04 With Plasma 5.3 - A Totally Different Kubuntu

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KDE
Reviews

The latest version of Kubuntu, 15.04, aka Vivid Vervet was released last week and it's available for free download. With this release it has become the first major distro to ship Plasma 5 as the default desktop environment.

There are chances that some users may still have bad memories of Kubuntu. It's true. Back in 2011 when Ubuntu made a switch to Unity, I started looking for alternatives as their desktop environment was not suited for me. I started trying KDE-based distros and Kubuntu was among the top choices. However my experience with the distro was mixed. It was buggy, bloated and GTK apps would look ugly in it. That's when I found openSUSE and settled down with it.

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More on KDE:

  • KActivities powered recent media in Plasma Media Center

    As you may have already read the blog post from Eike Hein about Building on new pillars: Activities and KPeople in Plasma 5.3, activities can provide the useful information about the recent applications and resources used by them.

  • kreenshot-editor is incubating

    Now, kreenshot-editor is a new Qt-based project that was inspired by Greenshot’s image editor. It is hosted on KDE playground. It focuses on the image editing task, can be invoked from command line and should also provide a resuable editor component which could be integrated into other screencapture tools. The current code is already separated into an image editor widget and the main application.

  • Spring break for the KDE system monitor

64-bit STB SoC supports 4K video and Android TV

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Android

Marvell announced an “Ultra” version of its Android-focused Armada 1500 STB SoC that advances to a 64-bit, quad-core Cortex-A53 foundation for 4K delivery.

The Armada 1500 Ultra (88DE3218) is designed to “enable PayTV operators and set-top box (STB) manufacturers to cost-effectively deliver small form factor devices with feature-rich 4K entertainment and gaming services,” says Armada. As with earlier Armada 1500 system-on-chips, it’s primarily focused on Android, with specific support for Android TV

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Android is finally beating Apple in this one key metric

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Android

The iPhone is widely considered the "rich man's phone," but Android is finally beating Apple in one key metric — revenue.

According to new data from Digi-Capital, for the first time, Android is making more money from apps than iOS is.

Android has long beaten Apple in terms of absolute downloads, because it has a far larger install base. Last year, more than 1 billion Android handsets shipped, compared to a (relatively) paltry 192.7 million for the iPhone. But this is largely a vanity metric if it doesn't translate into actual money, and the largest audience in the world won't persuade developers to use your platform if there's no way to monetise it.

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EU study recommends OpenBSD

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BSD

Nice to see recognition from the trenches of bureaucracy.

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Linux Freedom vs. Convenience

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Linux

One of my favorite websites that illustrate this point is WhyLinuxIsBetter.net. As the page loads, you're immediately presented with clear, easy to understand reasons why Linux is better than proprietary operating systems. Now granted, the website is a bit dated. But the overall message is timeless and positive. What this site does well is show its readers exactly why Linux on the desktop is awesome. From its features to its built-in safety, everything is clearly illustrated and easy to understand.

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LibreOffice Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04

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LibO
Security
Ubuntu

Canonical revealed details about a number of LibreOffice vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which also upgrades the office suite.

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Micromax Canvas Play With Android 5.0 Lollipop Listed on Company Site

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Android

Soon after introducing the Canvas Spark (Q380) affordable Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone, Micromax now appears set to launch another Canvas-series handset - the Canvas Play (Q355) - which is now listed on the company's site. Unfortunately, there is no word on availability and pricing details of the Micromax Canvas Play.

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World's largest open source health information technology project tackles Ebola

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OSS

An accurate, up to the minute, accessible medical record system is fundamental to effective treatment and tracking of the Ebola virus. But how to create this type of system in the rudimentary, overwhelmed Ebola care centers of West Africa where paper records or computers—even if they were available—couldn't be carried in and out of treatment areas?
As Ebola surged in resource-constrained Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in the fall of 2014, the ingenious concept of a tablet computer usable by individuals in bulky protective gear and encased in polycarbonate enabling simple and repeated disinfection was developed and implemented by Google and Doctors Without Borders teams, solving the hardware part of the problem.
But what software to use on the specialized tablets and on the server where critical information is stored? Enter the OpenMRS community, who drives the world's largest open source project to develop health information technology for resource-constrained environments.

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Bazel, Google’s Open Source Build System

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OSS

One of the most important, yet unsung, applications in a software developer’s life is the Make utility, or its equivalent. Make first appeared in 1977 and has been with us ever since. There are a very large number of build utilities, some based on Make, others completely different. The principle remains the same. The build system has a set of rules that tell it how to build an application from source files, usually fetched from a version control system. The Make utility reads the rules, then runs the compilers and linkers to do the build. The really good ones will run tests, as well.

Google has been using their own system, called Blaze, and open-sourced part of it as the anagrammatically named Bazel — recently released at alpha status. In this article I’ll give a general overview of Bazel.

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A MAN WITH HIS FINGERS IN MILLIONS OF PIES

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Linux
Interviews

Over 5 million Raspberry Pis have been sold. That’s the same as the number of ZX Spectrums sold in the 80s. And like the Spectrum, the Pi is likely to have a far-reaching and transformative legacy, helping the next generation of games designer and computer scientists find their feet. There are countless numbers of people who have helped make this happen, but Eben Upton has been there from the beginning. He’s the founder and the CEO, and he’s still shaping every aspect of the Raspberry Pi, from its hardware to the software, albeit now with a little more help than when the foundation started. We met with Eben a couple of weeks before the launch of the monumental model 2 where he generously answered our questions despite a terrible cold.

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BackBox Linux 4.2 Is a Complete Penetration Testing Distro Based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

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Ubuntu

BackBox Linux, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS, developed perform penetration tests and security assessments has just received a new update and is now ready for download.

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Imagination to release open MIPS design to academia

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Linux

Imagination is releasing a free version of its Linux-ready MIPS MicroAptiv CPU to universities called “MIPSfpga,” which will offer fully transparent RTL.

Imagination Technologies has developed a Linux-ready academic version of its 32-bit MIPS architecture MicroAptiv processor design, and is giving it away free to universities for use in computer research and education. As the MIPSfpga name suggests, the production-quality RTL (register transfer level) design abstraction is intended to run on industry standard FPGAs.

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Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • newsFish news client for ownCloud

    While I was using my Nexus 7, I missed the convenience of my news client, so I polished up the code a bit and ported it to Qt5/QtQuick2. Due to the excellent cross platform support of Qt, testing was done on the desktop, and it seems like it wouldnt be completely unusable as a desktop application, so, when I post the code to Github later, feel free to build yourself a desktop version!

  • Cantor in KDE Applications 15.04

    I started the Cantor port to Qt5/KF5 during previous LaKademy and I continued the development along the year. Maybe I had pushed code from 5 different countries since the beginning of this work.

    The change for this new technology was successfully completed, and for the moment we don’t notice any feature missed or new critical bug. All the backends and plugins were ported, and some new bugs created during this work were fixed.

  • What are good command line HTTP clients?

    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a very famous quote from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist. This quote is particularly pertinent to Linux. In my view, one of Linux's biggest strengths is its synergy. The usefulness of Linux doesn't derive only from the huge raft of open source (command line) utilities. Instead, it's the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with larger applications.

It Doesn't Look Like KDBUS Will Make It For Linux 4.1

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Linux

While Linux 4.1 is bringing many new features and improvements, there's one addition that's noticeably absent.

To frequent Phoronix readers, the missing feature is, of course, KDBUS. KDBUS developers had been planning to land it in 2014 but that didn't pan out and now most likely they're looking at a H2'2015 arrival for this feature.

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Also: The Many Features Of The Linux 4.1 Kernel

With Linux 4.1 You Can Play With The Chrome OS Lightbar

Dell Keyboard Backlight Support In Linux 4.1

Intel Bay Trail & Cherry Trail CPUs To Run Faster With Linux 4.1

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