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Flatpaks for PureOS Store for Librem 5 Phone and Laptops

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GNU/Linux Salaries Go up While Microsoft Goes Down (Downtimes)

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Dumping Vista 10 and Encountering UEFI Barriers

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  • Windows 10 alternatives: Best free, open source operating systems

    So why not opt for a free, open source Windows 10 alternative?

    Switching to an open source OS could involve a learning curve, but the community, customisation and lack of cost should be enough to make up for it.

    Read on for our favourite free, open source browsers.

  • Challenge Accepted: An Adventure in Linux — Part 1

    So, I went over to Distro Chooser and answered a few questions, picked a distro I had not used before, and created a bootable USB. The problem was when I tried to get my laptop to boot from the live USB, it wouldn’t. Enter issue number one: UEFI. For those who may not know, UEFI stands for “unified extensible firmware interface” and has replaced the basic BIOS firmware I was familiar with. Due to the new laptop having UEFI, there were some compatibility issues with the distro I had chosen. My options were to configure the laptop for a legacy boot or attempt to find a new distro I could use with UEFI.

MythTV 30.0

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  • v30.0 Released

    The MythTV Team is pleased to announce the release of MythTV version v30.0

    This release is the first release of the new stable branch fixes/30.

  • MythTV 30.0 Released With Front-End Support For Select Android TV Devices

    It's been a while since last having anything major to report on MythTV, the once very common HTPC software for open-source DVR/PVR needs albeit less so these days given all the Internet streaming and on-demand video platforms. This month the project released MythTV 30.0 as their newest feature release.

  • MythTV 30.0 released

    The MythTV Team has announced the release of MythTV 30.0. The release notes contain more information.

Free software made it on laptops but IoT future is bleak

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The biggest problem facing people interested in free and open source software is the lack of alternative firmware for IoT devices, president of the Software Freedom Conservancy Bradley Kuhn told in Christchurch on Friday.

"So many devices now are digital, and so many devices now run Linux, so many devices now threaten our privacy, security, our very existence," Kuhn said.

"And we need the source code for them to be able to solve all those problems -- we don't just need the source code, we need the ability to effectively use the source code, to recompile it, and install it."

According to Kuhn, having the ability to tinker and replace the OS of devices is what made free software great in the first place, and the way to get people involved in a movement that could come to be dominated by large business-focused contributors.

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Also: Licensing and Compliance Lab: The most frequently asked Frequently Asked Questions

GNU/Linux Desktop/Laptop: Dell and Chromebooks

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  • New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Goes on Sale Powered by Ubuntu

    A new version of the popular Dell XPS 13 developer edition laptop has gone on sale — and it’s powered by Ubuntu, naturally.

    The updated Dell XPS 13 developer edition is available to buy in the US, Europe, and Canada, with prices starting at $740.

    The newly refreshed notebook is the direct successor to the Dell XPS 13 developer edition (9370) launched back in January 2018 (to much praise and plenty of envy).

    “Last January the Dell XPS 13 developer edition (9370) made its debut Today we’re excited to announce that one year later its successor, the XPS 13 developer edition (9380), is now available in the US, Canada, and Europe,” Barton George, head of Project Sputnik at Dell, says in his announcement.

  • Dell launches new Ubuntu-based XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition range

    Dell has officially launched the Ubuntu-based XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition range, with four base configurations for fans of Project Sputnik to choose from. Along with the Ubuntu Linux 18.04 operating system, potential buyers can choose from an i3-8145U model with 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD and non-touch FHD screen all the way up to a variant that sports an i7-8565U CPU, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and a touch 4K Ultra HD panel.

  • Audio support for Linux on Chromebooks appears to be pushed back to Chrome OS 74

    There was some good progress on adding basic audio playback in the Linux container of a Chromebook this month and I had high hopes we’d see the feature soon. Unfortunately, it looks like this functionality has been pushed from version 73 of Chrome OS to version 74.

Woof – Easily Exchange Files Over a Local Network in Linux

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Woof (short for Web Offer One File) is a simple application for sharing files between hosts on a small local network. It consists of a tiny HTTP server that can serve a specified file for a given number of times (default is once) and then terminates.

To use woof, simply invoke it on a single file, and the recipient can access your shared file via a web browser or using a command-line web-client such as cURL, HTTPie, wget or kurly (a curl alternative) from the terminal.

One advantage of woof over other file sharing tools is that it shares files between a different operating system, or different devices (computers, smartphones, tablets etc.), provided the recipient has a web browser installed.

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Wine 4.0 as a Boon for GNU/Linux Gamers

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  • Steam Play for Linux update supports more games (including non-Steam games)

    Valve is making it a little easier to be a gamer with a Linux computer. A few years ago the company started encouraging game developers to port their titles to run on Linux… but the vast majority of PC games are still Windows-only.

    So last year Valve introduce Proton, a new tool for Steam Play, a tool that lets Linux users use a custom fork of WINE to run Windows software on a non-Windows device. In this case, Proton is optimized to let users run Windows games on a machine running a GNU/Linux operating system, even if the developers don’t officially support that OS.

  • Steam For Linux Now Lets You Play Windows Games From Other Stores

    That's worth reading again. If you happened to purchase a game like The Witcher 3 for Windows on GOG, you can now add the game's executable to Steam for Linux and run it. The same presumably goes for any .exe game launcher. Then Proton will work its compatibility magic to make that native Windows title run on Linux (with admittedly varying degrees of success). This short video demonstrates how it works.

    Before now this was possible for very advanced users, but introducing this functionality into Steam Play blasts Proton's potential wide open.

    A second Proton-related feature allows games that ship with their own native clients to be launched using Proton from inside Steam for Linux. This has positive implications beyond just convenience. As Boiling Steam points out...

  • Linux gamers rejoice: Wine 4.0 is here

    Gaming on Linux picked up some pace in recent years in large parts thanks to Valve Software's investment in growing gaming on Linux.

    Mike listed some AAA games on Linux that Steam users could run back in mid-2018; Steam improved Windows games support significantly in the same year on Linux, by introducing a modified version of Wine that Valve Software called Proton.

    The team behind Wine released a new major version of the software that adds support for many Windows games and applications on non-Windows systems such as those running Linux or Mac OS.

Visualisation and GNU/Linux

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  • Executive Viewpoint 2019 Prediction: IGEL – Linux Will Power Virtualization Growth

    The rapid adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), continued transition of workloads to the cloud, and the enterprises’ ever-increasing pressure to protect data in a connected world are three key happenings that will drive the growth use of Linux in 2019 and beyond.

    There are an estimated six billion IoT devices in use today, and the vast majority of these devices are running a Linux kernel. If analyst estimates are correct, the number of IoT devices will increase exponentially over the next few years, and all of these devices will be communicating with virtualized data collectors. According to Gartner, there will be 20.4 billion connected devices by 2020. Most of these will be running a Linux kernel.

  • What is QEMU in Linux?

    QEMU is free and open source (FOSS) hardware virtualization toll developed by Fabrice Bellard distributed under GPL license. It supports a wide range of operating systems including Windows and MacOS. Bochs, PearPC, etc. are similar, but do not have many of its features, such as high-speed and cross-platform features. It is like VirtualBox and VMware virtualization software but natively it is command based tool unlike the two mentioned. To get the near-native speed of hardware in a virtualization environment one can use it with the KVM with the help of hardware extensions such as Intel VT-x.

    qemu of 0.9.1 and earlier can use the kqemu accelerator. In the version after qemu1.0, kqemu cannot be used , mainly using the qemu- kvm acceleration module, and the acceleration effect and stability are significantly better than kqemu.

  • Best Free Virtualbox Alternative for Linux

    Hundreds of different Linux distros are around over the internet and we cannot install all of them our PC for testing or learning purposes. However, one thing we can do is to run them on Linux as virtual machines to experience before actually switch to a new Linux Distro.

    For Windows, there are lots of Virtualization software available those let you install almost any kind of operating system virtually but what about Linux the users? When we talk about Virtualization on Linux, Windows or MacOS, the first Virtual Machine creating software comes in our mind is Oracle’s VirtualBox. This virtualization solution is also open source and free to use but wait, does any other solution or software is available, especially for the Linux operating system. As I said, Windows and MacOS have a couple of good Virtualization options available but all these solutions are not available for Linux distros because of their sundry nature.

FSF: "Stalin’s Dream", GNU Compiler and Free Software Foundation's Libreplanet Conference

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  • Why free software evangelist Richard Stallman is haunted by Stalin’s dream

    More than 30 years ago, Richard Stallman quit a doctorate program at the MIT to start the GNU Project, a free software operating system. Not only has he been an uncompromising purveyor of free software, but he also founded the free software movement, which now has thousands of volunteers and many more supporters across the world.

    So when Stallman turned up to deliver a talk in Mandya, a small town about 100 kilometres from Bengaluru, hundreds of students and a few teachers turned up.

    “I’ve been following his work for the last 17 years,” Vishwa Kiran, assistant professor at BMSIT, tells me on the sidelines of the talk organised by the Free Software Movement-Karnataka. Kiran had just bid Rs 6,500 (about three times the selling price) to buy a stuffed baby Gnu at an auction conducted by Stallman himself. He’s travelled nearly 100 kilometres to listen to the talk on a Sunday evening. Such is Stallman’s appeal.

    Despite his eccentricities, and views that some might consider extreme, Stallman the idealist, the ultimate free software evangelist, is a crowd-puller even in small-town India.

  • GCC Unlikely To Adopt A "-Weverything" For Exposing All Possible Code Warnings

    While the LLVM Clang compiler has a -Weverything switch to enable every possible warning, it's unlikely the GNU Compiler Collection will offer a similar option.

    Since yesterday has been a mailing list discussion about adding the "-Weverything" option to enable every possible compiler warning, but the overwhelming consensus is that it's a bad idea. Contrary to the naming of the common "-Wall" that doesn't technically enable all warnings, the -Weverything option with Clang does; this includes superfluous warnings and warnings that are too niche or generate too much noise than assistance to developers.

  • To do in Boston Mar 23/24: The Free Software Foundation's Libreplanet conference

    The Free Software Foundation has announced the keynotes for its 2019 Libreplanet conference: Debian pioneer Bdale Garbee; Micky Metts from the MayFirst People Link Leadership Committee, Solidarity Economy Network and Agaric; Shuttleworth fellow Tarek Loubani who develops open source hardware, 3D printed medical equipment used in Gazan hospitals; and FSF founder Richard Stallman.

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