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Story UBOS -- a new Linux distro for personal servers and IoT devices j12t 18/12/2014 - 1:40am
Story Slovak statisticians rely on open source for voting machines Rianne Schestowitz 18/12/2014 - 12:35am
Story Users Can Backup Linux Systems with Clonezilla Live 2.3.1-18 Rianne Schestowitz 18/12/2014 - 12:18am
Story KDE Applications 14.12 - New Features, Frameworks Ports Rianne Schestowitz 18/12/2014 - 12:11am
Story What To Expect In 2015: Robots Join The Open-Source Revolution Roy Schestowitz 18/12/2014 - 12:05am
Story New Input Drivers Coming For Linux 3.19 Kernel Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 11:57pm
Story Docker and the Linux container ecosystem Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 11:32pm
Story Green Hills challenges “rudimentary” Linux debug Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 11:26pm
Story Is distrohopping on the decline in Linux? Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 11:16pm
Story In the Market for a Holiday Chromebook? Here's What to Know Roy Schestowitz 17/12/2014 - 11:02pm

UBOS -- a new Linux distro for personal servers and IoT devices

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Linux

UBOS is a new Linux distro that aims to make it 10x easier to run server-side apps for yourself, or for your family, on hardware you own.

Slovak statisticians rely on open source for voting machines

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OSS

The Slovak Republic’s Bureau of Statistics has used PCs running Ubuntu Linux for recording votes in the country’s municipal election on 29 November. Using open source saves money, says Štefan Tóth, Director Geneŕal of Informatics Section at the agency. For the bureau’s IT system administrators, Ubuntu proves easier to maintain and configure, and the software also withstands malware attacks better than the proprietary alternative, director Tóth confirms

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Users Can Backup Linux Systems with Clonezilla Live 2.3.1-18

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Clonezilla Live, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that lets users perform bare metal backup and recovery with very little effort has been upgraded to version 2.3.1-18 and is now ready for download.

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KDE Applications 14.12 - New Features, Frameworks Ports

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Today KDE released KDE Applications 14.12, delivering new features and bug fixes to more than a hundred applications. Most of these applications are based on KDE Development Platform 4 but the first applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks is a set of modularized libraries providing additional functionality for Qt5, the latest version of the popular Qt cross-platform application framework.

KDE app dragons
This release marks the beginning of a new style of releases replacing the threesome of KDE Workspaces, Platform and Applications in the 4 series which ended with the latest KDE Applications update last month.

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What To Expect In 2015: Robots Join The Open-Source Revolution

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The number of downloads doubled in 2014, to 3.5 million, and Gerkey expects adoption to spike again with the release of ROS 2.0 this summer. The upgrade will coordinate swarms, improve walking, and support smart sensors—basically, assimilate the world’s robots.

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New Input Drivers Coming For Linux 3.19 Kernel

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One of the latest pull requests for the Linux 3.19 kernel is the input driver subsystem pull, which includes numerous updates along with a few new drivers. The new drivers will benefit some Google Chromebooks in running the latest upstream kernel.

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Docker and the Linux container ecosystem

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Linux
Server

Linux container technology is experiencing tremendous momentum in 2014. The ability to create multiple lightweight, self-contained execution environments on the same Linux host simplifies application deployment and management. By improving collaboration between developers and system administrators, container technology encourages a DevOps culture of continuous deployment and hyperscale, which is essential to meet current user demands for mobility, application availability, and performance.

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Green Hills challenges “rudimentary” Linux debug

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Development
Linux

Green Hills Software has announced a software development environment for embedded Linux developers.

According to Green Hills, the Linux development software in its MULTI tool suite will address the “rudimentary” state of many debuggers for Linux, which it said were “difficult to learn, setup, and use and lack the powerful control and visibility that modern electronic systems demand”.

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Is distrohopping on the decline in Linux?

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Linux

So what to make of this decline? My initial reaction was to be somewhat horrified when I first started reading the Datamation article. But then I realized that the actual number of distros lost amounts to 38. While I’m not happy to see that, I also think it’s quite understandable given how Linux has changed over the last five years or so. And has Linux itself has become more mature, so have many Linux users.

Along with the decline in the number of Linux distributions, we may also be seeing less and less distrohopping among Linux users.

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In the Market for a Holiday Chromebook? Here's What to Know

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Linux
Google

Consumer Reports is out with a new evalutation of the best low-cost laptops and gives the nod to some Chromebooks. Meanwhile, some applications you may have thought you'd never use on Chrome OS are going to be available. Here are details.

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My life in open source, and the mentors who led the way

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I have been working on the Apache http server for almost 20 years now. I've written 9 books about httpd, and spoken at more than fifty conferences. I'm a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where I serve as a board member and as Executive Vice President. I am responsible for putting on ApacheCon, both in North America and Europe, which is the official conference of the ASF.

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Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance Joins Open Source Initiative

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The Open Source Electronic Heath Records Alliance, or OSEHRA, a non-profit community dedicated to supporting open source users, developers, service providers, and researchers engaged in advancing health information technology, has joined the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) Affiliate Membership program. OSI Affiliates are organizations committed to public support for open source software and the role the OSI plays therein. The current Affiliate membership is a who's-who of the world of open source software.

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How strong is peer review in open source?

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An example of a standard open source peer review process begins with a software author submitting their code and documentation to their project's mailing list. It is then examined by other contributors and project managers; potential problems and improvements are discussed amongst the community and author before the changes are either accepted or rejected. GitHub uses the version control software Git to offer a streamlined system in which project managers can oversee their source code while still allowing for code review. Due to its ease of use, GitHub has become a popular host for version control and code review, with over 2,000,000 repositories uploaded to the site as of 2011.

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These are the new faces of Android Wear

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Google has opened a section to the Play Store dedicated to serving new watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches. Until this new debut, which accompanies a significant software update for the Android Wear watches themselves, the only choices available were the standard ones preloaded by Google, a few extras provided by manufacturers like LG, and a few from grassroots fans who made their own. Now Google has an official development kit for new faces and a whole bunch of options already populating the store. You'll find some of the standouts below, in both their active and passive modes, and you can peruse the full collection of novelties in our comprehensive hands-on gallery.

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The Growing Linux on Power Ecosystem

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Linux
Server

Earlier this month, a report by the Linux Foundation identified that Linux deployments are up 14 percent over the last three years, while Windows is down 9 percent. In addition, Linux solutions have grown 23 percent since 2013. What this further confirmed is that our strategy for IBM Power Systems growth is aligned with market realities: that Linux continues to grow in both the cloud and in enterprise application deployments – and more and more enterprises are turning to the value of Linux. (Source: ZDNet)

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Also: Rackspace Embraces OpenPOWER

2014 Was the Year of Android Everywhere

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Android

Android has never enjoyed quite the same fanboy enthusiasm among its users as Apple's iOS or desktop Linux. Yet, thanks in part to the fairly open licensing of the Linux-based mobile OS, Android quickly evolved and improved. Like Google Search, it quietly crept into our lives, and decided to stay. Android smartphones and tablets now represent about 80 percent and 70 percent global market share, respectively (see the companion article, Android Dominates Global Smartphone Market in 2014.)

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Also: Android Dominates Global Smartphone Market in 2014

Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” KDE RC released!

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Linux

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” KDE RC.

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Get Out the Vote for LinuxQuestions.org

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Linux

One great thing about this poll — probably the best thing about this poll — is that each of the categories has an extremely wide range of candidates, and there are programs in many of the categories that I’ve never heard of. Hearing about them for the first time, I get to try them out. So not only is it fun — yeah, I think voting is fun (so shoot me) — it’s also educational.

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SuperX 3.0 Beta Released

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KDE
Linux

SuperX, a relatively new distribution, just released beta for its upcoming 3.0 release. SuperX is a KDE centric distribution, and focuses on giving a polished KDE experience (a marketing statement, SuperX guys use).

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Google and ODF

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Google
OOo
  • Fuzz about Google supporting odf

    First of all because the support comes way too late. Secondly because its not even close to be good.

    Back several years ago Google was politically supporting the process of getting odf approved as an open standard but they never really bothered. The business was clearly to keep both odf and ooxml/docx out of their products and keep their own proprietary document format.

    Implementing good and solid interoperability is actually not difficult but it is a huge task. Google could have done this three or four years ago if they wanted to. But they didn't. Both proprietary software vendors has been busy making interoperability difficult while the providers of true open standards has been improving interoperability month by month.

  • Google Promises Better Compatibility with Open Source Documents

    Google (GOOG) may soon be taking open OpenDocumentFormat (ODF), the native file format in virtually all modern open source word processors, like LibreOffice and OpenOffice, more seriously. That's according to a statement from Google's open source chief speaking about the future of the company's cloud-based app suite.

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