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Story Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha, Tanglu 2 Review, and More Red Hat Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 9:12pm
Story Intel Skylake Audio Support For Linux 3.19 Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 9:08pm
Story MIPS R6 Architecture Now Supported By GCC Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 8:52pm
Story Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 8:46pm
Story Linux 3.19 Merge Window Closes Ahead Of Schedule Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 8:40pm
Story X.Org Server 1.16.3 Released To Fix Security Issues Rianne Schestowitz 20/12/2014 - 8:27pm
Story Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Gets Linux Kernel Regression Fix Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 11:26pm
Story nOS Infinity Is a Unique-Looking OS Powered by KDE – Gallery Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 9:34pm
Story The best Android phones, tablet, and watch of 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 9:19pm
Story This is the world’s most stunning new Android phone – and it’ll only cost you $5,000 Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 9:11pm

Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha, Tanglu 2 Review, and More Red Hat

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ust when you thought you couldn't get anymore Red Hat news, it once again was the talk of the techtown. An interest blog post from Hanno Böck today says quit using NTP if you care about security. Jack M. Germain discusses the work of Open Invention Network and Jamie Watson reviews Debian-derivative Tanglu 2. Dedoimedio.com shares their best distro of 2014 and Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 was released.

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Intel Skylake Audio Support For Linux 3.19

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Linux

Intel's next-generation Skylake processors are starting to take shape with the Linux 3.19 kernel.

Linux 3.19 lands initial Skylake graphics support within the Intel DRM drivers (there's already initial support on the user-space side too within Mesa) and there's Skylake MPX support among other Skylake related work that's been merged for 3.19.

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MIPS R6 Architecture Now Supported By GCC

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GNU

The latest feature that's landed for the GCC 5 compiler due out next year is MIPS R6 support for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

As of yesterday, there's MIPS32R6 and MIPS64R6 support in GCC. The new MIPS R6 CPU architecture support was contributed by Imagination Technologies themselves. MIPS Release 6 features new instructions aimed for enhancing performance for JIT, JavaScript, browsers, PIC for Android, and large workload applications. The MIPS R6 architecture was announced a few months ago and the first products based on the updated MIPS ISA are their new Warrior processors.

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Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

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Ubuntu

The first two companies that have been confirmed to release phones with Ubuntu Touch are Meizu and Bq. Until now, only Meizu showed any kind of involvement with Ubuntu Touch and they were the first to announce a launch window. On the other hand, Bq has been silent, but it seems to have been very busy and to be the first one out the door.

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Linux 3.19 Merge Window Closes Ahead Of Schedule

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Linux

Linus announced on Friday night that he's closing the merge window early for 3.19. Torvalds said that he's pulling the last of the pull requests on Saturday -- related to KBuild and the READ_ONCE split-up -- but is planning to then close the merge window.

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X.Org Server 1.16.3 Released To Fix Security Issues

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Julien Cristau of Debian announced the X.Org Server 1.16.3 release on Saturday morning. The primary focus of this release is on correcting the security issues within the GLX, DIX, XV, DRI3, RENDER, and other areas of the xorg-server code-base affected by outstanding security problems.

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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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Android

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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Linux

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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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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