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Linux-Based Autonomous Sub Leads Malaysia Airlines Flight Search

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It would appear that the Bluefin-21 now searching the Indian Ocean offers a similar, but perhaps more powerful computing system. Bluefin lists a 4GB flash drive, plus additional payload storage. The craft also incorporates GPS, RF, Iridium, and strobe communications, and can connect via Ethernet at short range for downloading data at shipside. Other features include a dead-reckoning drift that is typically less than 0.1 percent of distance traveled.

Linux has figured in a variety of autonomous aquatic craft, including the Liquid Robotics' solar-powered Wave Glider SV3, designed in part by Java creator James Gosling. On the low-end, you can go underwater (with a tether) with the BeagleBone Black based OpenROV UUV.

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SystemRescueCd 4.2.0 Recovery Distro Now Available for Download

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SystemRescueCd is a very famous Linux distribution that has been developed with a single purpose in mind, to be a system rescue disk that is able to run from bootable CD-ROM or USB stick. As the name implies, this OS is only useful after your computer has already crashed and you really need the data.

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UDOO: a Linux/Arduino compatible board on Steroids

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Hardware

In the past months we presented the Arduino Yun and Arduino Galileo boards. Today we present you a new board, quite more powerful, but still Arduino compatible and powered with GNU/Linux. It’s an all Italian board called UDOO.
Indeed, now almost every month we see the birth of a new platform that integrates processors capable of hosting GNU/Linux with the Arduino architecture, in emulated form, or with a dedicated microcontroller. Now is the time to UDOO but we already see looming on the horizon the availability of Arduino Three, and who knows what other boards in the meantime.
UDOO project comes from the idea of the founders to provide a tool for digital learning: high computing power combined with the world of microcontrollers with maximum ease of use, will form a new generation of designers, makers and developers with the knowledge necessary to develop projects in the fields of digital / physical computing.

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Preparing the ground for the Fedora Workstation

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Red Hat

Things are moving forward for the Fedora Workstation project. For those of you who don’t know about it, it is part of a broader plan to refocus Fedora around 3 core products with clear and distinctive usecase for each. The goal here is to be able to have a clear definition of what Fedora is and have something that for instance ISVs can clearly identify and target with their products. At the same time it is trying to move away from the traditional distribution model, a model where you primarily take whatever comes your way from upstream, apply a little duct tape to try to keep things together and ship it. That model was good in the early years of Linux existence, but it does not seem a great fit for what people want from an operating system today.

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Linux is about to take over the desktop but not like you think it will

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For years I've heard that year X is the year of the Linux desktop and I've always scoffed at it. I scoffed because it's ridiculous to think that Linux or Mac OS X or anything could supplant Windows on the desktop. That is until now. And don't get me wrong, it won't happen for at least another year in businesses but for personal computing and BYOD, it's already happening. The Linux that's taking over the desktop is called the Chrome OS and it will happen on the Chromebook device.

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GNU/Linux in India

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For many years, GNU/Linux on the desktop has been progressing well in government and education. Now that Dell and Canonical have teamed up to sell GNU/Linux widely to consumers, we can really see progress in the web stats.
In the last two years, according to StatCounter, GNU/Linux has progressed from ~1.1% to nearly 1.65%.

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Cinnamon 2.2 out not, ready for Linux Mint 17

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When we spoke to clem last year about the future of Linux Mint, he revealed to us that Cinnamon 2.0 would be released with Linux Mint 16 and not use a GNOME backend. The plan was to get the initial release out the door so the team could work on any bugs over the next six months before Ubuntu’s big LTS release and Linux Mint 17.

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Cinnamon 2.2 Released With System Settings Improvements, HiDPI support And More

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Linux

Cinnamon 2.2 was released today, bringing various improvements to the System Settings, HiDPI/Retina Display support, client side decorations support along with other interesting refinements.

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Windows XP alternative a free solution for many

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Microsoft

A wealth of other programs, many free, is available to augment the Ubuntu experience. If a user would like to edit some of the photos organized within Shotwell, for example, Krita and GIMP are two free image-manipulation programs that rival the functionality of Adobe Photoshop. In fact, Ubuntu presents users with a one-click option to download Krita when opening a Photoshop file for the first time.

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Makulu Linux 6 MATE hands-on: A good path to Linux for XP users

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Debian

The MATE Live desktop is shown below, it is exactly what I expect from Makulu — beautiful wallpaper, bright colourful icons, and lots of interesting-looking additions scattered around the screen. The Installer icon and an Installation Guide are on the upper left corner of the screen.

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With Death of Windows XP, Now Is Perfect Time to Switch to Linux

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Microsoft

With the official retirement of Windows XP, the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and surprisingly healthy software and gaming ecosystems (yay, Steam!), there has never been a better time to switch to Linux. Linux will also run very well on any old, Windows XP-era hardware that you might still be using, too — and if you’re anxious that you’ll be filled with switchers remorse after nuking your Windows installation, don’t worry: dual-booting is a cinch as well, extremetech reported.

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Cool and flexible: The Linux alternative

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Have you ever wondered what happened to Linux? Linux is the free software created through the open source development process that many technology enthusiasts had predicted would revolutionise the world of computing.

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Open source gives new life to old Windows XP machines

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Linux has become the dominant operating system for internet sites, powering Google, Facebook, YouTube and many others. It is also the dominant operating system powering Android phones and tablets, televisions, home routers and many other devices.

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Chris Roberts Confirms Linux Support for Star Citizen?

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Gaming

One of the users of Reddit named ‘Moyels’ has posted a quote, which suggests that Star Citizen might get the support for Linux after all.
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Best Alternative App Stores for Linux

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The concept of app stores, though popularized by Apple, followed by Android, has been around for a long time. In fact, Linuxians know that it was in the penguinian world of software that the concept of app store basically originated. A software housing a collection of apps stored in a convenient location was something Linux users have loved and still love.

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Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1 Is Based on MATE 1.8

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Salix MATE 14.1 Beta 1, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on the MATE desktop environment, is ready for testing and download.

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SparkyLinux 3.3.2-test1 Base Edition Is for Command-Line Aficionados

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Debian

The SparkyLinux 3.3 “Annagerman” system is built on Debian GNU/Linux “Jessie,” just like the previous versions. The developer usually releases versions with various desktop environments, but this is just the Base, which means that it's only for command-line fans.

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Bringing Major Features, GCC 4.9 RC1 Has Been Released

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GCC 4.9 is running slightly behind schedule compared to its 4.8 release last year, but it's landing heavy. As of this morning, the GCC 4.9.0 code was down to zero P1 regressions (the most severe regressions) while there's less than 100 less severe regressions. With the code reaching that state today, Jakub Jelinek of Red Hat has noted in his status report that GCC 4.9 was branched and the GCC 4.9.0-rc1 version built and announced. The GCC 4.9 code branch is frozen and only blocking regressions and documentation fixes will be allowed. The plan is to do the final GCC 4.9.0 release after Easter monday (21 April) while an RC2 is coming next week.

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With the death of Windows XP, now is the perfect time to switch to Linux

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Microsoft

As you’ve no doubt heard over the years from writers and enthusiasts far beardier than I, there are all sorts of reasons for switching to Linux, from financial to ideological to functional, and everything in between. For some tasks, Linux is far superior to Windows. More importantly, though, there are many tasks where Windows isn’t significantly better than Linux — such as surfing the web (Chrome for Ubuntu is the same as Chrome for Windows or OS X). Even for gaming, Linux is definitely catching up with Windows, thanks to Steam and the Source engine.

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FSF award given to Garrett for the wrong reasons

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The Free Software Foundation has given an annual award this year for work that enslaves people to the demands of Microsoft - something that flies in the face of all that the organisation has stood for since its founding.

The award in question was given to developer Matthew Garrett, for work done while he was an employee of Red Hat, to enable Linux to boot on computer systems that have secure boot enabled. Garrett no longer works for Red Hat.

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