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Spotify is Powered by Linux and Open Source

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Server

Spotify can aptly be called the "Netflix for music." The company started off in 2008 and by 2014 it boasts more than 40 million users with 10 million paid subscribers. The Swedish company is yet another example of how Linux and open source enable businesses to serve millions of customers using state-of-the-art, shared technologies.

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Acer Chromebook 13 (FHD): Initial impressions

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Google

The performance of the device is about acceptable (unfortunately, I do not have any comparison in this device class). Even when typing this blog post in the visual wordpress editor, I notice some sluggishness. Opening the app launcher or loading the new tab page while music is playing makes the music stop for or skip a few ms (20-50ms if I had to guess). Running a benchmark in parallel or browsing does not usually cause this stuttering, though.

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GNU ddrescue 1.19 released

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I am pleased to announce the release of GNU ddrescue 1.19.

GNU ddrescue is a data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying to rescue the good parts first in case of read errors.

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China's Inspur Forms Linux Partnership With Red Hat

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Red Hat

Chinese technology company Inspur and American open source manufacturer Red Hat have reached a strategic deal to combine Red Hat's latest-generation enterprise operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 with Inspur's X86 platform products.

According to the agreement, Inspur and Red Hat will become OEM partners. The OEM partner designation is the highest partner rank for Red Hat and Inspur will enjoy the best prices and the highest priority technical support. Other financial terms of the deal were not released.

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5 powerful things you didn't know Chromebooks could do

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Google

This last feature isn’t for the novice users that just buy Chromebooks for their simplicity. But this is World Beyond Windows, where I tout the benefits of Linux, so I can’t leave it out.

Flip the developer mode switch (it’s in software now, but it used to be a hardware switch) and you can get full access to your Chromebook’s internals. You can install a full desktop Linux system (like Ubuntu) alongside your Chrome OS system. Flip over to the Linux system when you want to do some work with traditional desktop apps and powerful terminal commands.

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GNU Make 4.1 released!

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The next stable version of GNU make, version 4.1, has been released and is available for download from http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/make/

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Powerful OpenELEC 4.2.1 Media Center OS Is Out, Doesn't Need "Shellshock" Fix

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Linux

OpenELEC is an embedded operating system built specifically to run the XBMC media player solution and to work on virtually any kind of device out there. This is just an update, but it's still quite an interesting read.

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GCC Has A Call For Help To Improve Diagnostics

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Manuel explained, "GCC diagnostics have steadily improved in recent releases. In addition to the myriad of bugs fixed per release, every release had at least one major improvement in diagnostics. Unfortunately, the number of people contributing to this effort is very limited and we are more and more busy with other obligations. We need new blood and we need help. It has never been easier to contribute to GCC than nowadays. There are many ways you can help and there are tasks for every level of skill and time commitment."

Among the items to be covered are more than 600 open bugs relating to diagnostics, replacing libiberty with gnulib, adding a "spell-checker", investigating open bugs with the macro unwinder, and various other work items. Those wishing to step up to help improve GCC diagnostics can read this mailing list post.

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With This Many Linux Games On Steam, You Could Almost Drop Windows

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Linux
Gaming
Ubuntu

It didn’t happen overnight, but Steam’s catalogue of Linux games has grown significantly over the last few years, no doubt helped by the release Value’s Debian-powered SteamOS. Abandoning Windows for the open source platform was once the quickest way to gaming frustration, be it a lack of native ports or wrestling with the likes of Wine or other virtualisation option, but with almost 700 working titles available, the variety is certainly there.

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OpenELEC 4.2.1 released

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Linux

This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.2.0. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we fixed the following reported issues:

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