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Xfce4-power-manager 1.3.0

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Linux
Red Hat

I recently updated xfce4-power-manager to release 1.3.0 on my COPR repo. Here are screenshots from the latest releas, which has had a significant makeover. Smile

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Extremadura health care has switched to open source

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Linux
OSS

The desktop computer systems of government healthcare organisations in the Spanish region of Extremadura all rely on free and open source software solutions. Over the past year, close to 10,000 computer workstations in public health care organisations have migrated to a customised version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

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Woolworths smashes Windows and switches to Chrome OS

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Linux
Google
Microsoft

Retail giant Woolworths has announced a massive IT transformation program, confirming it will phase out its huge collection of Microsoft Windows desktops in favour of 8000 Google Chrome OS machines.

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Mesosphere Raises $10.5 Million to Create Massive Linux Clusters

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Linux
Server

Thanks to the advent of multicore processors, the average data center these days has access to a massive amount of compute capacity. Tapping into it efficiently, though, is another thing altogether.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Rackspace

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Linux
Server
Interviews

Rackspace has lately been in the news for its stock market gains and a potential acquisition. But over the past 16 years the company has become well known, first as a web hosting provider built on Linux and open source, and later as a pioneer of the open source cloud and founder of the OpenStack cloud platform.

In May, Rackspace became a Xen Project member and was one of three companies to join the Linux Foundation as a corporate member, along with CoreOS and Cumulus Networks.

“Many of the applications and infrastructure that we need to run for internal use or for customers run best on Linux,” said Paul Voccio, Senior Director of Software Development at Rackspace, via email. “This includes all the popular language frameworks and open virtualization platforms such as Xen, LXC, KVM, Docker, etc.”

In this Q&A, Voccio discusses the role of Rackspace in the cloud, how the company uses Linux, why they joined the Linux Foundation, as well as current trends and future technologies in the data center.

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Docker libcontainer unities Linux container powers

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Linux

What makes this important, even vital, news to the larger world of system administrators, datacenter managers, and cloud architects, is that Google, Red Hat, and Parallels are now helping build the program. Indeed, they will work with Docker as core maintainers of the code. Canonical's Ubuntu container engineers will also be working on it.

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Trevilla Theme Is One of the Best Flat Themes for Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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Linux
Ubuntu

The Trevilla theme pack is made for people who like to have a flat desktop and it comes with clean headers and buttons that are very good for a minimalistic experience.

The Trevilla designers are not the only ones using this flat look for themes. In fact, more and more distros come with flat desktops and it looks like these types of decorations are not going anywhere...

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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Release Candidate 1

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Linux

At Bodhi we work firmly on a "its ready when its ready schedule" as opposed to sticking to our set release goals and churning out something we are not happy with. Better late than never as the saying goes! Just ten days after the targeted release date I am happy to share our first Release Candidate for Bodhi Linux's third major release...

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Review: Pinguy OS 14.04 LTS "Papercut"

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Linux

This was originally supposed to be a comparison test against Antergos, which is another distribution that ships GNOME 3/Shell and aims for new users to Linux. Unfortunately, Antergos refused to boot. Therefore, what is left is a typical review of Pinguy OS, albeit with some more critical remarks than usual about how well it really caters to newbies (left over from when this article was a comparison test). Follow the jump to see what it is like...

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GParted Live 0.19.0 Beta 1-3 Reverts a Couple of Packages to Older Versions

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Linux

The GParted Life project undergoes dormant periods and hardly are any updates released, but now it looks like two versions have arrived inside a week.

“The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository (as of 2014/Jun/09),” reads the official announcement.

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Voice of the Masses: Free Software vs open source – what do you use?

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OSS

RMS argues that “open source” misses the point, but a counter argument is that the name “Free Software” can sound like “free as in beer” – like malware-ridden Windows freeware. So we want to hear from you: which term do you use? Is it really important to you? Do you think RMS should have chosen a better word than “Free” originally, such as “Libre”?

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Announcement Likely Tomorrow

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Linux
Red Hat
Server

Red Hat was just sending out press invites this afternoon for a virtual event tomorrow regarding "an exciting product" that will be announced.

Registration for the online event happening tomorrow (10 June) at 11AM EST can be found at RedHat.com. The site says it's about, "redefining the enterprise OS."

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GNU Linux-libre 3.15-gnu is now available

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Linux

As anticipated, 3.15 was
released upstream earlier today, and the scripts I updated yesterday
have now done their job: 3.15-gnu sources are now available at
http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/ and shortly on mirrors too.

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OpenELEC 4.0.4 Now Out, Is Based on XBMC 13.1 “Gotham”

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Linux

The OpenELEC makers are following the XBMC development cycle very closely and they have released a new version of their distribution, 4.0.4. It comes packed with all the goodies from XBMC 13.1 “Gotham” and the devs have made some changes of their own.

“This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.0.3. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC with the last fixes to XBMC 13.1 (final) which contains a lot of fixes for issues found after the XBMC-13.0 release (some of them we already shipped with OpenELEC-4.0.0).

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Tango Studio 2.2 Is a Distro for Musicians and Professional Studios

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Linux

The Linux platform is home to quite a few operating systems dedicated to sound, video, and graphics editing. Some are better than others, but they all try to do the same thing and get some free tools in the hand of the people who need them the most.

The advantage of Tango Studio is that you don't need to configure almost anything in the operating system and most of the tools just work, without any extra input from the user. It's a very helpful OS, especially for the people who just want to work and not tinker with a Linux distribution...

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Manjaro 0.8.9 Receives Fresh Update Pack with New AMD Driver and More

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Linux

“We prepared mhwd to support newer proprietary drivers. MHWD 0.3.901 reflect these changes. Blueman got updatedto support the latest bluez 5.19. We kept Wayland 1.4.0, as any higher version breaks bluetooth support. We have to deal with that later. Beside some libreoffice language acks,python updates, a newer Cinnamon we pushed also regular upstream updates to this update-pack,” said the developers in the official announcement.

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Theming and Style in GNUstep

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GNU

Not only the pixmaps and colours can be changed, also the style of the interface. This include the menu style (vertical, in-window or Mac OS style), the scrollbar position (right or left), the behaviour of contextual menus, popup list and pulldown list (so these can have similar behaviour of the gtk components). The Silver theme include an style that let users run GNUstep’s apps on, for example, Gnome without problems.

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Also: GNUstep's position on Swift

Robolinux 7.5.3 OS Wants to Keep You Safe from NSA

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Linux
Debian

Robolinux 7.5.3 is a fast and easy to use Linux distribution based on Debian, and its developer thinks that it can be the solution for people who look to protect their privacy.

If you remember from previous releases of Robolinux, the developer of this particular distribution came up with a working idea on how to move people from the Windows platform to Linux without them having to give up their favorite applications.

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Also: GParted Live 0.19.0 Beta 1 Gets New Debian Base Update

SparkyLinux 3.4 LXDE, e17, and Razor-Qt Distros Are Based on Debian Jessie

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Linux
Debian

The SparkyLinux 3.34 "Annagerman" system is built on Debian GNU/Linux "Jessie" and is not all that different from the previous versions in the series, at least not in this particular aspect.

The developers of SparkyLinux also provide a number of other flavors for this particular distribution, but the current update covers LXDE, Razor-Qt, and Enlightenment 18. These are desktop environments mostly known for the fact that they are very lightweight.

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