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|Story||Google's New 'Password Alert' Extension Another Step To Protect Against Phishing Attempts||Mohd Sohail||04/05/2015 - 5:04pm|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:36pm|
|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:35pm|
|Story||Android Leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:35pm|
|Story||World’s first Ubuntu powered Drone launched||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:34pm|
|Story||Linux vs Windows: What do people want from their next computer?||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:31pm|
|Story||The loudest lesson from Ubuntu Vivid Vervet: If it’s not broken …||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:30pm|
|Story||Ubuntu 15.10's "W" Codename Being Revealed Soon||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:07pm|
|Story||Accessibility in Linux is good (but could be much better)||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 4:03pm|
|Story||Manjaro Linux 0.8.13 Pre2 Ships with KDE Apps 15.04, KDE Frameworks 5.9, and Xfce 4.12||Roy Schestowitz||04/05/2015 - 3:56pm|
A new Steam Hardware Survey has been released for the month of April, and it doesn't bring good news for Linux users. This is probably one of the worst months for the Linux platform in a long time.
Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown, formerly known as Shadowrun Online, came out of Early Access last week. The tactical turn-based game is the latest set in the cyberpunk Shadowrun universe and the second that takes a crack at multiplayer. As a fan of the setting, I decided to take a close look at the game and see if it was any good.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a game developed by Monolith and ported by Feral Interactive for the Linux platform, is now showing in the Steam library, and it might be launched soon.
The mundane way to submit a patch is by using git to make a patch file (using format-patch) and attaching it to the bug. But this is way to tiresome ! Here we use the git bz utility (gnome’s recommended way of doing this) to automatically send the patch to bugzilla which is a lot easier. Later, this same patch can be updated
This week the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update has finally arrived for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, and even a few lucky Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners are getting the absolute latest version of Android with loads of bug fixes from Google. However, the Nexus 9 hasn’t seen an update since November, and is the only device still on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop.
Wearable tech is fast becoming the next big thing. We’ve seen fitness trackers gain popularity, smart jewellery take off, and even luxury brands start to sit up and take notice. However, it’s smartwatches which are one of the most popular choices amongst early adopters of wearable tech. The affordable Pebble works regardless of what phone you use, while big names such as Samsung, Motorola, Sony, and LG all have Android-based products on sale. Now, Apple is taking them all on with the Apple Watch.
Videostream for Chrome already makes it easy to play any video on your computer or network through your Chromecast, but the new Videostream app for Android gives you a remote control to stream movies on your PC, monitor downloads, and control playback without installing a special media server.
Good news for Android users who want to get involved in the livestreaming craze that’s sweeping Twitter: Meerkat has officially made it to the Google Play Store with a beta app. Its main rival, the Twitter-owned Periscope, remains iOS-only for the time being.
Earlier in the week, HTC announced that their 2014 flagship smartphone One (M8) would get the new Android 5.1 Lollipop firmware in August, which means device owners would have to wait for more than two months to savour the new update.
Motorola has announced that the Moto X 2014 will receive the long awaited Android 5.1 update next week, as reported in this article at Load the Game. The software update will first be made available to users in Brazil, and a United States rollout is expected in the week thereafter. An exact release date for European users has yet to be announced but is expected to be released around the middle of May.
One of our more frequent requests from readers is to tell them how to record your screen on Android. The functionality has been around for quite some time but usually requires some tinkering and adjustment to get it. In Android Lollipop, they have a screen recording method building into the OS and that’s how most people do it these days. Let’s take a look at a few Android apps and some other methods to get you screen recording.
Every one of us has already had this fight at some point: Apple or Android? The two dominant players in the mobile space carry with them very loyal fanbases who, for some reason, like to spar off with one another over whose tech-daddy could beat up the other. The companies compete with the same level of petty at times, which doesn't help. Apple screws around with text messages from Android users, Android pokes back at Apple over the controlling hand it has in its app store, and the two companies spend a great deal of time in legal battles because of course they do. C'mon, guys, can't we all just spend our time pointing and laughing at Windows Mobile?
Yeah, no kidding. I have my brand loyalty, too, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't feel so offended at a roommate's opinion of my phone that I felt I had to avenge the inanimate object by getting all stabby. Both men ended up getting arrested and were sent to the hospital to have their wounds treated. In a perfect world, they would be laid up next to each other, Instagram-selfying from their beds with comments about how awesome the pictures from their respective phones looked.
The Gnome desktop version can also be made to look stunning too, so users shouldn’t think that choosing Linux will make things ugly or clunky, as this is not the case.
In conclusion, Windows adding a Start button, which the company axed two years ago, and multiple desktops (a long established Linux feature) will not make the transition and subsequent day-to-day usage much less frustrating than the Windows 8 experience.
However, one of the main downsides about the Linux operating system is that by being free, this means that there is no huge marketing budget to get the message out.
Those who are partial to Ubuntu know that every six months the good people at Canonical, the people behind Ubuntu, release a new version to its popular Operating System. Well if you somehow missed the big event, the latest iteration of Ubuntu and all its cousins like Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Gnome, were released on the 24th of April.
As usual, you get to decide which flavor you prefer depending on your hardware some of the flavors like Lubuntu are to be recommended over the default Unity based installation especially if your hardware is dated.
Consider James Anderson. He's an 84 year-old volunteer at Free Geek, a Portland, Oregon non-profit organization, which rebuilds old computers for users who need them. As shown in a Linux Foundation video, he works there every Friday to rebuild laptops using Linux that can be sent to Africa.
Anderson has been playing with electrical equipment since he blew out his grandmother's fuses and has been using computers since the "luggables" of the 80s. He's never worked in IT, though, until he came to Free Geek. He had spend 13-weeks in Zimbabwe and saw how students there needed computers.
The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B launched earlier this year, offering a more powerful machine capable of running a wider variety of software.
The new $35 Linux board has double the memory of first generation Pis, a quad-core 900MHz processor and the ARMv7 architecture used by many mid-range smartphones.
In the months since the Pi 2 launched developers have ported an increasing number of operating systems to the board.
That is the first time that I use a distro-shipped Kate that is based on KF5 (and no other Kate 4.x is installed any more as escape route).
It has only been a few days since Plasma 5.3 was released, now work has begun on the 5.4 release. Plasma 5.4 is scheduled for launch in August, in time for the next Kubuntu release.
Last year’s kickstarter was a big success and all the support resulted in the biggest, best Krita release ever, Krita 2.9, with a huge number of exciting features. In fact, this week we’ll be releasing Krita 2.9.4, the first version of Krita with the Photoshop-type layer styles feature included! (As well as speed-ups and dozens of bug fixes…)
This summer Krita is going all in for animation. Not only do we have a Google Summer of Code project focusing on it, but it will also be a major point in this year's Kickstarter campaign, alongside with major performance improvements.
On the first day of the Kolab Summit we announced that Kolab is getting full extended MAPI support. That was in itself a pretty fantastic announcement, but it was accompanied by announcements of instant messaging, WebRTC and collaborative editing.
After a 25 year gestation, Hurd has finally been born. It was a difficult birth and it’s now being kept in an incubator under the care of Debian.
For many years GNU’s always almost ready to be born operating system microkernel, Hurd, has been the butt of many jokes and Facebook memes, so it came as something of a surprise to read in Larry Cafiero’s Friday column that it’s now ready enough for Debian, which is offering a somewhat experimental and unstable release of Debian/GNU Hurd. An earlier attempt at a Hurd based distro, by Arch, seems to have died on the vine back in 2011, although a 2013 posting promises that development is still underway, with no news since.
So the -rc2's have lately been pretty small - looking more like late
-rc's than early ones. It *used* to be that I couldn't even post the
shortlog, because it was just too big. That's not been the case for
the last few releases.
I think people tend to take a breather after the merge window, because
the -rc3's tend to then be a bit bigger again. But it may just also be
that I've just gotten much better at saying "the merge window is over,
I'm not taking random stragglers", or that people are just getting
better at keeping to the merge window. Whatever the reason, the time
of huge -rc2's seems to be happily behind us.
The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.17.1, is now available.
To compile GNOME 3.17.1, you can use the jhbuild  modulesets 
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).
The release notes that describe the changes between 3.16.1 and 3.17.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:
core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
The GNOME 3.17.1 release is available here:
core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1
- PATENT Act a 'Reform' for Big Corporations, Hence Does Not Address the Core Issues, Including Patent Scope and Massive Patent Aggressors
- Openwashing of Binary Blobs That Microsoft Uses to Attack Free Software and GNU/Linux From the Inside
- Microsoft Kills Netscape Again, This Time Removing It From the History Books
- Microsoft India's Unofficial 'Branch' Infosys is Torturing the Meaning of Open Source Software
- Microsoft Windows is Dying, British Government Should Spend No More Money on It
- Links 3/5/2015: Black Lab 6.5 RC2
- Links 2/5/2015: Robolinux 7.9.1, LibreOffice Numbering
- Links 1/5/2015: HP Ubuntu Laptops, Arch Linux 2015.05.01
- Links 30/4/2015: Plasma 4.4 in the Making
- IRC Proceedings: April 5th - May 2nd, 2015