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Dealing With Microsoft, KDE's New Vision, XScreenSaver Battle

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The fallout from last week's Canonical-Microsoft announcement continues to rain. First reactions ranged from enthusiastic to shocked and this week distrust is a common theme. Elsewhere, the KDE project presented its new and improved philosophy and is working on the mission statement. Apparently XScreenSaver is causing a bit of a kerfuffle in Debianland and Bruce Byfield ranked desktops from most customizable to "little more than launchers."

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Debian 7 & 8 Updated, New SUSE CTO, Different Distros

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The Debian project announced updates to "jessie" and "wheezy" last weekend bringing security and bug fixes only. In other news, SUSE announced a new executive position and the gentlemen who filled it. Elsewhere, Christine Hall discussed five distributions that "break the mold" and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported on Linus Torvalds' talk at the 2016 Embedded Linux Conference.

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Fair Source, April Fools', Winbuntu review

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Today in Linux news, Matt Asay explained why Fair Source isn't Open Source and Blogger Locutus reviewed the new Winbuntu monster. Microsoft lured Oracle's Linux guy to Redmond and LinuxGizmos changed name and focus to Hackerboards.com. Of course, April 1 wouldn't be the same without some April Fools' jokes.

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Red Hat NSA, SUSE Phone, Fedora Looking Great

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Sam Varghese today again asked about Red Hat and its dealing with the NSA saying, "Red Hat is receiving a goodly sum to assist the NSA in activities that infringe on people's privacy." Red Hat today offered its enterprise operating system free of cost to developers and Phoronix.com said Fedora 24 is "looking great." Paul Thurrott posted screenshots of Ubuntu Bash on Windows 10 and Bryan Lunduke today asked, "Will openSUSE develop the SUSE Phone?"

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Bodhi 3.2.0, SCOmbie Lives, Winbuntu

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Jeff Hoogland today announced the release of Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 featuring a new version of his Moksha desktop. The news of Ubuntu's Bash on the next Windows 10 update has been filling the headlines for two days and today blogger Locutus called it "The Devil's Spawn." OpenOffice extensions are terribly outdated and SCO is back from the dead to file another appeal.

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Linux is 25, Fedora 24 Alpha, Classy Apricity

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It's been 25 years since Linus Torvalds began Linux and IEEE Spectrum ran two articles today on him and his kernel. Elsewhere, Fedora 24 Alpha was released as planned and Jack Germain reviewed Apricity OS saying it's class and clean. The Register's Scott Gilbertson reviewed the Ubuntu 16.04 beta and March 30 is Document Freedom Day.

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Mageia 6 dev1, Ubuntu Tablet Pre-Orders, OSS vs FOSS

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Today in Linux news Mageia 6 is on its way with the release of the first developmental milestone Sunday. A lot of buzz surrounded the pre-orders of the Ubuntu M10 Tablet today and Bruce Byfield discussed why it's important. Elsewhere, Debian Project Leader elections approacheth and Christine Hall said Open Source Software isn't always Free and Open Source Software.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Beta, Red Hat Bears, Slacklive's Bear

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The release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "final beta" in all its iterations and editions. Despite all the good news in Red Hat's latest financial report, its stock slipped 5% since Wednesday. Analysts have been all over the place in their ratings, but Jing Pan, B.Sc, MA said today the "bears are wrong." Speaking of bears, Eric "AlienBob" Hameleers announced a replacement server for his work, including Slackware Live.

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Fedora 24 Alpha a GO, DebConf16 Planning

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Fedora 24 is back on schedule with the decision to release Fedora 24 Alpha, postponed last week because of blocker bugs. Jan Kurik, Platform and Program Manager, said Wednesday the blockers were fixed and "Fedora 24 Alpha release is considered as GOLD." Elsewhere, the Debian project put out the call for event proposals for upcoming DebConf16 in South Africa this July.

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GNOME 3.20, the Right Desktop, LibO Designing

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The top story today was the release of GNOME 3.20, sure to be the next default desktop in several distributions. Elsewhere, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a new project for "activism and organizing" and Red Hat stock slips today. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols offered some tip for choosing the right desktop and Bruce Byfield released his new LibreOffice book.

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BeagleBone Black Wireless SBC taps Octavo SiP, has open design

BeagleBoard.org’s “BeagleBone Black Wireless” SBC uses Octavo’s OSD335x SiP module and replaces the standard BeagleBone Black’s Ethernet with 2.4GHz WiFi and BT 4.1 BLE. BeagleBone Black Wireless is the first SBC to incorporate the Octavo Systems OSD335x SiP (system-in-package) module, “which integrates BeagleBone functionality into one easy-to-use BGA package,” according to BeagleBoard.org. Announced on Sep. 26, the OSD3358 SiP integrates a TI Sitara AM3358 SoC along with a TI TPS65217C PMIC, TI TL5209 LDO (low-drop-out) regulator, up to 1GB of DDR3 RAM, and over 140 passives devices including resistors, capacitors, and inductors, within a single BGA package. The Linux-driven hacker SBC also adds TI WiLink 8 WL1835MOD wireless module with 2.2 MIMO. Read more Also: Epiq Solutions' Sidekiq M.2 NAS-targeted Skylake Mini-ITX loads up on SATA, GbE, PCIe

Android Leftovers

  • 6 open source fitness apps for Android
    A key part of developing a good fitness routine is creating a solid workout plan and tracking your progress. Mobile apps can help by providing readily accessible programs specifically designed to support the user's fitness goals. In a world of fitness wearable devices like FitBit, there are plenty of proprietary apps designed to work with those specific devices. These apps certainly provide a lot of detailed tracking information, but they are not open source, and as such, do not necessarily respect the user's privacy and freedom to use their own data as they wish. The alternative is to use open source fitness apps. Below, I take a look at six open source fitness apps for Android. Most of them do not provide super detailed collection of health data, but they do provide a focused user experience, giving the user the tools to support their workouts or develop a plan and track their progress. All these apps are available from the F-Droid repository and are all licensed under the GPLv3, providing an experience that respects the user's freedom.
  • Roku Express, Roku Premiere, and Roku Ultra announced, starting at $29.99
    Roku Inc, maker of the popular Roku line of home media players, has just refreshed their entire product lineup at once. The existing lineup of flagship Roku boxes (but not the Roku Streaming Stick) has been replaced by three new products (with upgraded models for each); the Roku Express, the Roku Premiere, and the Roku Ultra.
  • This is what the Chromecast Ultra will look like
    Google is ramping up for their major October 4th event. In addition to seeing the Pixel and the Pixel XL formally unveiled, we’re also expecting a new Chromebook and the Chromecast Ultra. Until today, we had no idea what to really expect from the new Chromecast device in terms of design, but now we’re finally getting a sneak peek.
  • Android + Chrome = Andromeda; merged OS reportedly coming to the Pixel 3
    It has been almost a year since The Wall Street Journal dropped a bomb of a scoop on the Android community, saying Chrome OS would be "folded into" Android. The resulting product would reportedly bring Android to laptops and desktops. According to the paper, the internal effort to merge these two OSes had been underway for "roughly two years" (now three years) with a release planned for 2017 and an "early version" to show things off in 2016. It seems like we're still on that schedule, and now Android Police claims to have details on the new operating system—and its first launch device—coming Q3 2017.

Fedora 26 Linux OS to Ship with OpenSSL 1.1.0 by Default for Better Security

Fedora Program Manager Jan Kurik informs the Fedora Linux community about a new system-wide change for the upcoming Fedora 26 operating system, namely the addition of the OpenSSL 1.1.0 libraries by default. It appears that current Fedora Linux releases ship with OpenSSL 1.0.2h, which has been patched with the latest security fixes, but the team decided it was time to upgrade the OpenSSL libraries (libssl and libcrypto) to a newer, more advanced branch. Therefore, Fedora 26 Linux will ship with OpenSSL 1.1.0 by default, which will have a massive impact on the overall stability and security of the OS. "Update the OpenSSL library to the 1.1.0 branch in Fedora to bring multiple big improvements, new cryptographic algorithms, and new API that allows for keeping ABI stability in future upgrades. We will also add compat openssl102 package so the applications and other dependencies which are not ported yet to the new API continue to work," reads the proposal. Read more Also: GLPI version 9.1