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ARM vs. Intel: Why chipmakers want your Chromebook’s brains

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Google

Case in point: Samsung's new Chromebook 2, announced Friday, which has Intel's Bay Trail M Celeron N2840—not one of Samsung’s own Exynos dual-core ARM chips. Earlier Chromebook 2 versions shipped with ARM processors and will continue to do so, but in a briefing with PCWorld, Samsung product manager David Ng said Chromebooks are quickly trending toward Intel components. "More than 50% of Chromebooks sold these days have Intel processors," Ng said.

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Also: Chromebook Sales Jump 67 Percent In Last Three Months

Most Popular Linux Desktop Environment: GNOME Shell

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GNOME

Even after settling on a Linux distribution to use, you still have to decide on a desktop environment. There are tons to choose from, and last week we asked you for your favorites. Then we looked at the five best Linux desktop environments. Now we're back to highlight your favorite, 11,000 votes later.

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Elementary OS’s Pantheon Desktop May Become Available On Fedora Systems, Starting With Fedora 22

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Red Hat

The Fedora developers are thinking at porting Elementary OS’s Pantheon Desktop to Fedora. If this happens, Pantheon will be available via the default repositories of Fedora, starting with Fedora 22, which will be released next year.

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If You Are Sick of Surveillance, Safeguard Your Systems

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Linux

Linux is a great alternative to Windows for those seeking a more secure and liberty-friendly "Operating System." Because it is open-source, there are many different “flavors” (called distributions) available. Two of the most popular distributions are Ubuntu and Fedora. They can be downloaded for free from www.ubuntu.com and www.fedoraproject.org. A fairly complete list of Linux distributions can be found at www.distrowatch.com.

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[GNU IceCat] 31.1.1 released

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Moz/FF

GNU Icecat is now available on Fedora repositories.

We’ve packaged latest release 31.1.1 based on Firefox 31 ESR. The 08th October, it has been announced by IceCat’s new maintainer, Rubén Rodríguez:

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3 Alternatives to the Adobe PDF Reader on Linux

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Linux
Software

Adobe has pulled the plug on supporting its PDF reader app for Linux. This should come as no surprise, as the last time Adobe Reader for Linux was updated came in May 2013. But until recently, you could at least download and install Reader on your Linux desktop machine. Now? You can’t. If you go to the Adobe Reader site, you’ll find the Linux installer is no longer available.

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Emacs 24.4 released

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Version 24.4 of the Emacs text editor is now available.

For more information on Emacs, see:
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/

You can retrieve the source from your nearest GNU mirror by using one
of the following links:
http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/emacs/emacs-24.4.tar.xz
http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/emacs/emacs-24.4.tar.gz

Or choose a mirror explicitly from the list at:
http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Mirrors may take some time to update; the main GNU ftp server is at:
http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/

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NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged

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Linux

The NVPTX back-end code for GCC that's going to allow OpenACC 2.0 offloading support for NVIDIA GPUs with GCC is close to materializing within the mainline code-base.

For the past year Mentor Graphics / Code Sourcery has been working on OpenACC 2.0 with GPU offloading as a big addition to the GNU Compiler Collection through their work with NVIDIA Corp. The offloading infrastructure has been worked on for a while and the code that soon looks like it will land is the NVPTX support.

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Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility

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Linux

For now it looks like the Linux kernel is going to explicitly declare itself as using the GNU89 dialect of the C89 standard but over time the code is being made to compile under C11.

With GCC 5 switching to use GNU11 by default over the GNU89 C standard (and Clang also moving to GNU11 by default), a patch was proposed on the Linux kernel mailing list this weekend for explicitly using GNU89 as up to now the -std=gnu89 compiler switch wasn't set by default so if using GCC 5 it will try to compile the kernel against GNU11.

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OVH taps open source Power8 architecture, OpenStack for cloud platform

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Linux
Server
OSS

Hosting provider OVH has launched a cloud service based on IBM’s Power8 processor architecture, an open source architecture tailored specifically for big data applications, and OpenStack.

OVH, which serves 700,000 customers from 17 datacentres globally, said it wanted to provide a robust public cloud service tuned for database workloads and has tapped a combination of IBM and OpenStack-based technologies in this pursuit.

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Linux 3.16.y.z extended stable support

The Ubuntu kernel team is pleased to announce that we will be providing extended stable support for the Linux 3.16 kernel until April 2016 as a third party effort maintained on our infrastructure. The team will pick up stable maintenance where Greg KH left off with v3.16.7 [1]. Thank you, Greg. In addition to the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" release, the Debian 8 "Jessie" release will also be based on this kernel [2]. Since the regular support for "Jessie" will go beyond April 2016, after this date Ben Hutchings (or myself) will continue the Linux 3.16 kernel maintenance. Read more

Linux accessory adds web access to dumb cameras

Lumera Labs is aiming to Kickstarter an open source Linux camera attachment for one-click transfers to the cloud via WiFi, plus GPS tagging, HDR, and 3D. We’ve seen a number of pricey, Internet-ready smart cameras, such as the $1,200, Android-based Samsung Galaxy NX, but what if you’re rather fond of your high-quality dumb camera, but wish it was instantly connected to the web? Montreal startup Lumera Labs aims to fill this need with an open source camera attachment called the Lumera that can “support and hold any kind of camera with any type of lens,” thereby providing one-click uploads to web services. Read more

Meet systemd, the controversial project taking over a Linux distro near you

If Linus Torvalds doesn’t have any big issues with the design of systemd, perhaps it’s not all bad. If you’d like a calm look at why a Linux distribution might want to go with systemd, Debian’s systemd discussion document is good reading. Read more

GNOME 3.15.1

GNOME development continues apace; here is the first snapshot of the GNOME 3.15 development cycle, the 3.15.1 release. To compile GNOME 3.15.1, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2] (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release). [1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/ [2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.15.1/ The release notes that describe the changes between 3.14.1 and 3.15.1 are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release: core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.1/NEWS apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.1/NEWS The GNOME 3.15.1 release is available here: core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.1 apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.1 Read more