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Solus Is Getting a Cool Driver Management Tool Called DoFlicky

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The Solus operating system is still under construction, and it looks like a lot of cool packages are getting implemented, including a new one called DoFlicky that will help users to install drivers much easier.

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Also: Solus' Budgie Desktop 8.3 Update Has Many Fixes for Manjaro Linux

Exton|OS Is Among the Few Linux Distros Based on Ubuntu 15.10 and Debian 8.1

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Ubuntu

Arne Exton informs us in an email that he managed to release a new update of his Exton|OS computer operating system based on the latest Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) and Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (Jessie) OSes.

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Canonical Prepares Ubuntu 15.10 Linux Open Source OS for Final Release

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Ubuntu 15.10, aptly code-named Wily Werewolf, will officially debut this week from Canonical, bringing with it a surprising number of new features. Here's what to expect in the newest version of the popular Linux-based open source operating system.

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SteamOS 2.0 Is Getting Better Auto-Repair and Updates on Reboot Notifications

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Valve is getting really close to the November 10 launch of the Steam Machines, and it's polishing the SteamOS distro. Only small fixes are landing, but they are important ones.

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Solus Is Getting User Repositories

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The Solus developers are making progress with the operating systems, and they've updated a number of important packages and they've also announced that a user repository mechanism will be supported.

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The 8 Best Windows Linux And Other Operating System Clones

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Microsoft

There are many Linux distributions out there which are designed to look like Windows and this guide lists the best ones. Why stop there though? Why not list Linux distributions that look like OSX, ChromeOS and Android as well.

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Hands-On: KaOS Linux 2015.10

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KaOS Linux calls itself a "lean KDE Distribution", and it is certainly that, at least in terms of what is actually offered for download. Go to the KaOS Download page and you will find exactly one file (a 1.6GB hybrid Live ISO image) with one desktop (KDE Plasma 5.4) and one architecture (64 bit). No huge 'all-in' 4+ GB installer or tiny 'netinst' core-only installer, no other desktops (not even community editions), and no 32-bit version. Lean and focused.

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[OpenIndiana] Hipster 2015.10 is here

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Solus Operating System Is Being Delayed Due to Bad Karma

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The Solus operating system was supposed to launch on October 1, but it looks like it's running a little bit late. Its developers have had a number of small setbacks, but things seem to be back on track now.

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Pipe dream – Debian GNU/Hurd 8 Review

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GNU Hurd – microkernel and part of GNU Project. Hurd means “Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons”, Hird – “Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth. Total recursion! Development started in 1990 (before Linux kernel) as part of plans to create fully free and open source operation system. Unlike the Linux kernel Hurd have a lot of system daemons (you can see it on video) run by GNU Mach microkernel and some specific system protocols. Popularity of Linux lowered Hurd’s priority, but project progress all this 25+ years.

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  • Free live-booting distro DVD with LU&D #162
    A brand new issue of Linux User & Developer hits the high street and the app stores today – we’ve done something a little different for you this time.
  • Russian government to switch to desktop Linux?
    The Russian government is reported to be contemplating dropping Microsoft Windows and adopting Linux as the operating system for agency PCs according to its internet czar, German Klimenko.
  • The Linux Foundation's big plan to speed up storage, networking
    The Linux Foundation continues to think big. It became a hub for containers by spearheading the Open Container Project and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and it has pushed to make APIs self-standardizing. Now, it's kicked off yet another industry-wide open source initiative: the Fast Data Project (Fd.io). The idea of "an I/O services framework for the next wave of network and storage software" (per the Foundation) may not sound as vital as protecting core Internet infrastructure or making it simpler for Web server admins to support HTTPS. But on closer inspection, FD.io is in line with the Foundation's ambitions to nurture the future Web.
  • ownCloud Desktop Client Updated with HiDPI Improvements, Better Syncing
    Today, February 10, 2016, ownCloud Inc. was proud to announce the release and general availability of new versions for its ownCloud Desktop and ownCloud Android clients.
  • LibreOffice 5.1 Released with Boatload of Changes
  • Ubuntu Core Now Supports Intel NUC Mini PC
    Canonical has this week announced that the Ubuntu Core now supports the Intel NUC DE3815TY mini PC after working together with Intel the company has now created a standard platform for developers to test and create x86-based IOT solutions using snappy Ubuntu Core.
  • 6 reasons to blog in Markdown with Jekyll
    GitHub pages is a free offering that can host your Jekyll blog for free. It also takes care of generating static HTML files from your Markdown text files, so there's no need to install anything on your computer. You can also use Jekyll with your own domain name (if you have one).

Education and Open Access

  • UNICEF Seeks World-Changing Open Source Technologies
    United Nations to fund startups to develop open source tech to improve the lives of vulnerable children and civilians
  • UCLA just open-sourced a powerful new image-detection algorithm
    Image recognition has become increasingly critical in applications ranging from smartphones to driverless cars, and on Wednesday UCLA opened up to the public a new algorithm that promises big gains. The Phase Stretch Transform algorithm is a physics-inspired computational approach to processing images and information that can help computers "see" features of objects that aren't visible using standard imaging techniques. It could be used to detect an LED lamp's internal structure, for example -- something that would be obscured to conventional techniques by the brightness of its light. It can also distinguish distant stars that would normally be invisible in astronomical images, UCLA said.
  • Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability [Ed: same as below]
  • Open-Source Textbooks Gain in Push for College Affordability
    The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero. An early adopter of open source textbooks, Neth said he turned to the new technology out of frustration with spiraling prices of commercial textbooks. "It's seeing the costs go up every semester and almost feeling powerless," Neth said.
  • Zika articles made open-source to accelerate research
    Nature, the Lancet and many other medical publishers and researchers have announced that all Zika-related scientific articles will be published freely in the wake of the recent outbreak.

Development News

  • New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair
    SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming soon. DevShare was an opt-in revenue-sharing program for developers that was started in 2013. The program attempted to give open source software developers a monetizing stream by bundling selected software titles with the free downloads. It garnered negative reactions because projects hosted on SourceForge could bundle adware with project installers.
  • SourceForge Attempts to Rebuild its Integrity
    There was a time when SourceForge was the defacto default standard open-source code repository. That time is not now - as Github and mis-steps at SourceForge have eroded both the mind and market share that SourceForge once had.
  • IBM Bequeaths the Express Framework to the Node.js Foundation
    The Node.js Foundation has taken the Express Node.js framework under its wing. Express will be a new incubation project for the Foundation. IBM, which purchased Express maintainer StrongLoop last September, is contributing the code.
  • Data analysis of GitHub contributions reveals unexpected gender bias
    With more than 12 million users, GitHub is one of the largest online communities for collaborating on development projects. Now a team of researchers has done an exhaustive analysis of millions of GitHub pull requests for open source projects, trying to discover whether the contributions of women were accepted less often than the contributions of men. What they discovered was that women's contributions were actually accepted more often than men's—but only if the women had gender-neutral profiles. Women whose GitHub profiles revealed their genders had a much harder time.

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