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OpenELEC 5.0.6 Now Uses Linux Kernel 3.18.9 LTS For Raspberry Pi 2

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The sixth maintenance release of the OpenELEC 5.0 operating system for the Raspberry Pi computer board has been released today, March 14, brings a number of updated components, as well as various improvements over the previous release, OpenELEC 5.0.5.

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Manjaro XFCE 0.9.0-pre4 edition released

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After two weeks of development we are proud to present to you another preview of our next stable release, Manjaro 0.9.0. This time we ship XFCE 4.12 tweaked and patched to have the best XFCE experience possible!

Thunar file manager finally supports tabs and other cool features like inverting the selection, improves on location handling and the shortcuts side pane. On the panel we have now a popup calendar and support for timezones. The settings area has improved display settings with the ability to clone displays via the GUI and other basic monitor management options. Last but not least, the window manager has smart placement optimizations for determining the best area to place a new window where it’s least covered on the screen. It also now supports alinging windows next to each other rather than using random gaps.

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SteamOS A Linux Distribution For Gaming

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SteamOS is a Debian Linux kernel-based operating system in development by Valve Corporation designed to be the primary operating system for the Steam Machine game consoles. It was initially released on December 13, 2013, alongside the start of end-user beta testing of Steam Machines.
 

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Elementary OS 0.3 Freya Beta 2 : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

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Elementary OS 0.3 Freya Beta 2 has been released by Elementary OS Team, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and featuring with pantheon desktop environment, it comes with various User Interface improvements, UEFI/SecureBoot support, better and more discoverable multitasking, updated 3rd party apps (including Geary, Simple Scan, Document Viewer & more), Updated development libraries (including Gtk 3.14), Security and Stability improvements, tons of stylesheet and icon changes and fixes along with other interesting changes as well as almost 600 bug fixes.

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Proxmox VE (Virtual Environment) 3.4 OS Is Based on Debian Wheezy 7.8

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Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH proudly announced on February 19, 2015, the immediate availability of version 3.4 of its powerful, open-source, and reliable server virtualization management computer operating system, Proxmox Virtual Environment (VE). The release brings a number of new features and improvements, including NUMA support (non-uniform memory access), ZFS storage plug-in, hotplug support, as well as the latest and greatest ZFS file system.

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Frugalware 2.0 (Rigel) released

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The Frugalware Developer Team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Frugalware 2.0, our twentieth stable release.
No new features have been added since 2.0rc2. If you didn't follow the changes during the rc releases, here are the most important changes since 1.9 in no particular order:

Package updates:
Linux kernel 3.14.19
Xorg server 1.15.2
KDE 4.14.3
GNOME 3.12.2
Xfce 4.10.1
LXDE 0.99.0
LibreOffice 4.3.3.2
Mozilla Firefox 35.0.1
Chromium browser 39.0.2171.96
New features:
MATE 1.8.1

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ChaletOS Distro Comes with a February 2015 Release - Screenshot Tour

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Dejan Petrovic, the developer of the recently introduced ChaletOS computer operating system informed us today, February 12, that he just pushed a February 2015 release on his servers, urging users to update to it as soon as possible. The new ISO images are available for download right now (see link at the end of the article) for 32 and 64-bit PCs, bringing assorted bugfixes and improvements.

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Elive 2.5.4 Beta Debian-Based Distribution Now Supports PPA-style Repositories

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The Elive Team proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of a new Beta version of their Elive computer operating system, based on the highly acclaimed Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

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Firefox OS dongle redesign to add quad-core SoC, DRM

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The Firefox OS-based “Matchstick” media player has been delayed a half year to August, and will receive an overhaul to move to a quad-core SoC and add DRM.

The Matchstick was one of the biggest Kickstarter success stories of 2014, finishing its funding run in October with $470,310, almost five times Mathstick.tv’s $100,000 goal. The developer edition of the $25, open-spec HDMI stick — and the first Firefox OS media player — appears to have shipped, and the device was set to go out this month to the other backers, who paid as little as $18.

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After Android: Ubuntu, Xiaomi, Meizu or Tencent?

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It would be something of an understatement to say that the smartphone market is hot: it has clearly taken over from the desktop sector as the mainstream that defines the direction of computing. That's good news for open source, since it means Windows is increasingly irrelevant as far as the future is concerned. Android, of course, is dominating this sector, but nothing stays still: there will, one day, be an "after Android" - so who will be the key player(s) there?

Not, I fear, Tizen. Although to begin with I hoped this might develop into a strong alternative to Android, that is clearly not to be. I've not written much about it here, since it seems to spend most of its time merging with other projects and re-branding itself. This article has an excellent representation of how Tizen has evolved over the years; it also reviews the first Tizen phone, from Samsung, concluding.

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It Turns Out RISC-V Hardware So Far Isn't Entirely Open-Source

While they are trying to make it an open board, as it stands now Minnich just compares this RISC-V board as being no more open than an average ARM SoC and not as open as IBM POWER. Ron further commented that he is hoping for other RISC-V implementations from different vendors be more open. Read more

Perl 5.28.0 released

Version 5.28.0 of the Perl language has been released. "Perl 5.28.0 represents approximately 13 months of development since Perl 5.26.0 and contains approximately 730,000 lines of changes across 2,200 files from 77 authors". The full list of changes can be found over here; some highlights include Unicode 10.0 support, string- and number-specific bitwise operators, a change to more secure hash functions, and safer in-place editing. Read more

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Will Microsoft’s Embrace Smother GitHub?

Microsoft has had an adversarial relationship with the open-source community. The company viewed the free Open Office software and the Linux operating system—which compete with Microsoft Office and Windows, respectively—as grave threats. In 2001 Windows chief Jim Allchin said: “Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer.” That same year CEO Steve Ballmer said “Linux is a cancer.” Microsoft attempted to use copyright law to crush open source in the courts. When these tactics failed, Microsoft decided if you can’t beat them, join them. It incorporated Linux and other open-source code into its servers in 2014. By 2016 Microsoft had more programmers contributing code to GitHub than any other company. The GitHub merger might reflect Microsoft’s “embrace, extend and extinguish” strategy for dominating its competitors. After all, GitHub hosts not only open-source software and Microsoft software but also the open-source projects of other companies, including Oracle, IBM, and Amazon Web Services. With GitHub, Microsoft could restrict a crucial platform for its rivals, mine data about competitors’ activities, target ads toward users, or restrict free services. Its control could lead to a sort of surveillance of innovative activity, giving it a unique, macro-scaled insight into software development. Read more