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Ubuntu Make 0.4 Released With Go Support, New Game Category

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Make, formerly known as Ubuntu Developer Tools Center, has been updated to version 0.4, bringing Go support as well as a new game category.

For those not familiar with Ubuntu Make, this is a command line tool created by Canonical, which allows developers to install various development tools / IDEs. Initially, the tool targeted Android developers, making it easy to install Android Studio in Ubuntu. Later, Ubuntu Make also got support for Pycharm, Eclipse and intellij IDEA.

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GCC Soars Past 14.5 Million Lines Of Code & I'm Real Excited For GCC 5

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GNU

If you thought LLVM/Clang with just under four million lines was a huge code-base for a compiler as the entire Linux kernel is over 19 million lines, just wait until you see the current size of GCC.

In 2014, GCC soared past 14.5 million lines of code.

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Linux Kernel Development Hits An All-Time High

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Linux

The advancement of the Linux kernel in 2014 was nothing short of fantastic! The kernel added so many new features and is now more than 19.1 million lines of code.

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Next-Generation PHP 7.0 Is Running Well But Will It Catch Up To HHVM?

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Graphics/Benchmarks

It's been a while since I've last tried out the Git code for the next-generation PHP (phpng) that's going to be known as PHP 7.0 when released likely later this year.

The next major release of PHP is to be called PHP7 in order to avoid confusion with the now-defunct PHP6 unicode initiative. PHP 7.0 is likely to be released by the end of 2015 per the PHP7 timeline. If the release candidates begin on time starting in June, we could be looking at the official PHP 7.0 release around October of this year. However, it's largely dependent upon the state of affairs at that point with the quality of the code.

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New tool to track use of open source Web code

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OSS

Prior to Libscore, developers contributed to front-end open source projects, hoping their work would be used at-large, but without having any concrete visibility.

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Ruby 2.2.0 Released

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We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 2.2.0.

Ruby 2.2 includes many new features and improvements for the increasingly diverse and expanding demands for Ruby.

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Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

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Linux
Hardware

SinoVoip is prepping an “Banana Pi M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.”

It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but not yet shipping, and LeMaker’s recently released “Banana Pro.”

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Google releases open-source Java SDK for Cloud Dataflow service to form data pipelines

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Google
OSS

It’s been a long, long time since Google came up with the foundational technologies for storing and processing big data. This year, the company developed a new tool for working with data as it comes in, and now Google is keen to see people use it.

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Git 2.2.1 Released To Fix Critical Security Issue

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Security

Today's Git vulnerability affects those using the Git client on case-insensitive file-systems. On case-insensitive platforms like Windows and OS X, committing to .Git/config could overwrite the user's .git/config and could lead to arbitrary code execution. Fortunately with most Phoronix readers out there running Linux, this isn't an issue thanks to case-sensitive file-systems.

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Green Hills challenges “rudimentary” Linux debug

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Linux

Green Hills Software has announced a software development environment for embedded Linux developers.

According to Green Hills, the Linux development software in its MULTI tool suite will address the “rudimentary” state of many debuggers for Linux, which it said were “difficult to learn, setup, and use and lack the powerful control and visibility that modern electronic systems demand”.

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