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Parsix 8.0 Test 2 Is Based on Debian Testing and GNOME 3.16

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Debian

Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on the testing packages from the Debian project that's using GNOME as the desktop, is now at version 8.0 Test 2 and is ready for download and testing.

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IBM Promises Apache Spark for Linux on Z Systems

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Server

Expanding the z Systems ecosystem means data scientists can use Apache Spark’s common programming framework and get the full use of the mainframe’s advanced analytics capabilities - without having to get sidelined by any specific format for data.

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Debian GNU/Linux No Longer Supports the SPARC Hardware Architecture

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Debian

On July 27, the Debian Project, through Joerg Jaspert, announced the effective removal of support for the SPARC hardware architecture from the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.

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Enlightenment 0.19.7 Desktop Environment Improves X11 Compatibility with Older EFLs

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Immediately after having announced the major Enlightenment 0.19.6 release, the developers of the modern and lightweight desktop environment used in numerous GNU/Linux distributions offered Enlightenment 0.19.7 for download.

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Enlightenment 0.19.6 Desktop Environment Arrives with Over 45 Bugfixes

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The developers behind the modern and beautiful Enlightenment desktop environment used in countless distributions of GNU/Linux have announced recently the immediate availability of the sixth maintenance release of Enlightenment 0.19.

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Bodhi Releases Roadmap, Mint 17.2 KDE Upgrade Ready

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Linux

Jeff Hoogland today posted some updated information for fans of his Bodhi Linux distributions as well as requesting help testing new desktop Moksha. Elsewhere, Clement Lefebvre today said the upgrade path from 17.0 and 17.1 to 17.2 is now open to all. Also, The Linux Foundation today announced its keynote speakers for upcoming conferences in Dublin and QEMU is the Software Freedom Conservancy's newest member.

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How I finally got permission to use my own computer

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As I learned more about Linux, it became easier to use with time. I was impressed by the contributions of open source developers to it as well. Use cases that were really hard for me at first became easier as more advancements were made in the Linux community. At one point, finding and installing codecs to play multimedia files was annoying, but later it became a cinch. Proprietary drivers (when absolutely necessary) required me to recompile my kernel, but it is now often just a checkbox. Free drivers have also made leaps and bounds.

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Founder of GNU bestows blessing upon open source crowdfunding site

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OSS

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the GNU Project known by many in the open source worlds as rms, is not the sort of person you'd expect to endorse a product. But Stallman and the FSF have formed a partnership of sorts with Crowd Supply, a crowdfunding company that has been largely focused on open source hardware and software projects.

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Shashlik - a Tasty New Android Simulator

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Linux

Although the Linux kernel forms the beating heart of the Android operating system, it's still a very different platform from most distros. In fact, beyond the kernel, most of the libraries, services and applications are completely different. While there are hundreds of different Linux distros out there, they all share components from the GNU project. Android, on the other hand, has taken a completely different route, tailored to the requirements of mobile devices.

As a result, it's not been possible to run Android apps natively on GNU Linux systems without using a virtual machine. Obviously running a VM and the complete Android stack adds a lot of overhead, and as a result, Android apps tend to run much slower. This is bad news for developers, who must run their apps thousands of times over during development and testing, and although it is possible to run tests through a device via a USB connection, it's still clumsy.

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Phoronix offers some criticism of KDE software, and this is how KDE deals with it

About a month ago, Eric Griffith posted an article on Phoronix where he compared Fedora’s KDE spin to the main Fedora Workstation which uses GNOME. In that article, Eric described a number of issues that he became fully aware of when comparing his favorite desktop environment, Plasma (and the KDE applications he regularly uses) with GNOME’s counterparts. I read that article, shared it with other KDE designers and developers, and we came to the conclusion that yes, at least some of the issues he describes there are perfectly valid and clearly documented. And since KDE does listen to user feedback if it makes sense, we decided we should do something about it. Read more

Trinity Desktop Environment Now Supports Ubuntu 15.04, ARM64, and PPC64le

The developers behind the TDE (Trinity Desktop Environment) project, an open-source desktop environment that keep the spirit of KDE3.5 alive, have announced the immediate availability for download of Trinity Desktop Environment R14.0.1. Read more