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Qbo Is an AI-Driven Ubuntu-Powered Cute Little Robot - Video

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Linux
Ubuntu

We've seen some interesting devices coming out of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the small Ubuntu-powered Qbo robot is just one them.

Linux fans already kind of knew what to expected to see in Barcelona. Many Ubuntu fans were looking to check out the first Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition phone and their curiosity was satisfied, but now we have something that it's equally interesting, and that is a small robot.

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Ubuntu MATE Is One of the Last Major Distros to Officially Support PowerPC

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu MATE has been providing PowerPC support for some time now, but the developers have made some serious improvements to this particular feature in the latest 15.04 Beta 1 update.

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​No reboot patching comes to Linux 4.0

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Linux

One reason to love Linux on your servers or in your data-center is that you so seldom needed to reboot it. True, critical patches require a reboot, but you could go months without rebooting. Now, with the latest changes to the Linux kernel you may be able to go years between reboots.

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Linux 4.0-rc2

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Linux

So rc2 missed the usual Sunday afternoon timing, because I spent most
of the weekend debugging an issue that happened on an old Mac Mini I
have around, and I hate making even early -rc releases with problems
on machines that I have direct access to. Even if it only affected old
machines that actual developers are unlikely to have or at least use.

Today I got the patch from Daniel Vetter to fix it, so instead of
doing a Sunday evening rc2, it's a Tuesday morning one. Go get it. It
works better for the delay.

Other than that little one-liner i915 fix? Not much, actually. It's
been a very quiet week, for being this early in the release process.
Sure, 3.19-rc2 was even smaller, so it continues a trend, but that was
the xmas week. I hope this low volume is just because the 4.0 merge
window itself was somewhat calmer than most recent releases. But I
suspect the real reason is that the driver and networking trees from
GregKH and davem are pending, and didn't make rc2.

We'll see.

Anyway, the shortlog is appended, and testing is appreciated,

Linus

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6 Linux-y announcements from Mobile World Congress

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Linux

I earlier wrote about how Linux invaded CES 2015. The domination continues at Mobile World Congress, which kicked off this week in Barcelona. Here are some of the major announcements from MWC that show that Linux has become an unstoppable force.

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Jolla shows off Sailfish tablet, promises ultra-secure phone

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Linux

Jolla released Sailfish OS 2.0, showed off the first tablet to run the OS, and announced plans with SSH to develop a security-hardened version of Sailfish.

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New Ubuntu Phone Separates the App from the Data

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Ubuntu

As CIO Journal has noted, Mr. Shuttleworth envisions the rise of an Ubuntu-powered phone that runs desktop grade applications and plugs into peripherals such as large displays and keyboards. In other words, he is working to achieve true mobile-desktop-laptop convergence — the only computer you need, in your pocket, all the time. He tried to raise $32 million to fund development of such a phone, known as the Edge, in a widely publicized crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign ended in 2013, short of its goal.

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Korora 21

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Reviews

My install went quite well, I had no problems and the install itself was relatively speedy. Bear in mind, however, that I have used the Anaconda installer often in the past. So I’m quite familiar with how it is laid out and what it has to offer. Use the Fedora install guide for Anaconda I linked to above if you’re new to it as it might save you some time when installing Korora 21.

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How to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook

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Google
HowTos

Chromebooks are pretty darn handy. Even some hardcore Windows users now acknowledge that a Chromebook might be just what you need for work. But, as great as Chromebooks are, and as much progress as Google has made in getting "Web-only" apps such as Google Docs to work offline, there are still times that you want an application that's only available off-line such as the LibreOffice office suite or the GIMP photo editor. For those times, it's darn handy to be able to run a Linux desktop on a Chromebook.

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Developing Linux Is Essential To Intel's Success

The dominant position of Intel in the server processor market is likely helped by the company's consistent strong support for Linux. Based on the W3Techs chart below, Linux is almost as popular as Windows-based servers are.

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Firefox OS heading for Africa — and the U.S. too

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Linux
Moz/FF

Orange announced a $40 “Klif” Firefox OS phone for Africa, and Mozilla says it’s working with Verizon Wireless and others on Firefox OS feature phones.

There’s still no evidence that Mozilla’s HTML-focused Firefox OS has made much of a dent in the world smartphone market, where it has been focused on low-end devices sold primarily to emerging markets. Yet, Firefox OS still leads the way among upstart, Linux-based mobile operating systems, and will soon be available in more than 40 markets, this year, on a total of 17 smartphones, according to its latest stats. Meanwhile, the very first Tizen (Samsung Z1) and Ubuntu (BQ Aquaris E4.5) phones have only just shipped, and Jolla’s Sailfish OS based Jolla phones are still mostly limited to Europe.

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Why large companies use open source ERP

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OSS

The main reason larger companies use open source Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is because they are cheaper and easier to customize.

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‘Governments should have a free software policy’

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OSS

Governments must have policies that increase their use of free and open source software solutions, says Professor Dr Wolfgang Finke from the Ernst-Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena (Germany). In many countries, the use of proprietary software might be unsustainable in the long-term, he says, “either from a technical or from a financial point of view.”

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Linux Remote Desktop Roundup

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GNU
Linux

Over the years I've found that a significant hurdle to getting family and friends to switch to Linux comes from its lack of familiarity. This is especially true when it comes to troubleshooting any issues. Obviously, when a malfunction occurs it's not always possible to be there in person.

However thanks to the wonders of broadband Internet and advanced software, we're now able to do the next best thing. In this article, I'll share some recommended remote desktop software for Linux. I’ll explore both open source and closed source solutions.

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Android ski goggles offer augmented reality display

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Android

It runs Android on a 1.2GHz ARM CPU, and offers hands-free control.

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Photoshop competitor Krita is a true creative tool -- and it's free and open source

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KDE
Reviews

Open source has some of the greatest tools, which continues to prove that you don't have to lock-down the code behind guarded walls to make a better product. Some popular open source products that don't have any match in the closed source world include Firefox, Chromium, VLC, Blender, Android, one gem that is, surprisingly, less known but extremely powerful when it comes to creating a work of art.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 15.04 is here – almost. The first beta of Vivid Vervet has been delivered, and with it have come images of the penguin flock that nestles on this OS.

I looked at Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu MATE but there’s also Lubuntu and the China-centric Ubuntu Kylin, which I didn’t test.

These are beta releases and should be considered for testing purposes only, but the advantage of these early versions is that features have been frozen and you can get an early glimpse of what's coming for each of the popular flavours in the 15.04 foundation. From this point on, the only changes will be bug fixes.

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Review: Simplicity Linux 15.4 alpha

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Overall I give it 2 Thumbs Up on speed and layout of OS. If you have a computer with low resources, then this is an OS for you to try.

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Eurostat continues to share and use open source

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OSS

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities, continues to release as open source its ICT solutions. To date, Eurostat has shared 102 solutions on the European Commission’s Joinup platform.

The statistical office has been using and sharing open source for more than a decade. Already in 2004 Eurostat’s ICT policy stipulated to consider open source software for all new projects.

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Excellent: Android Ecosystem is Low-Margin, Fragmenting

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Android

What the figures really show is that Apple is price-gouging its customers, extracting unreasonable levels of profit by virtue of its monopoly. In the world of Android, by contrast, the fierce competition that exists between fungible manufacturers has driven down profit margins to razor-thin levels. Open source, and the level playing field that it creates, is a great way for maximising the benefits to customers, rather than companies.

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