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SimpleDRM Driver Gets A Major Rewrite

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SimpleDRM is aiming to be a rather generic and simple DRM driver for the mainline Linux kernel. SimpleDRM doesn't do hardware acceleration but can replace multiple existing frame-buffer drivers like efifb, vesafb, simplefb, and other code. This basic DRM driver can then work with the xf86-video-modesetting X.Org driver but there isn't yet any support for using this DRM driver on Wayland-based systems.

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Sword Of The Stars: The Pit & Ground Pounders Soon To Arrive On Linux

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Gaming

We are currently approaching completion of porting The Pit to Linux (as well as Mac and mobile pads.) Ground Pounders is also nearing completion. It's was designed with multiplatform multiplay in mind, so it will go out the door with Linux hot on its heels, whereas The Pit started with enough manpower for one SKU and we opted for PC. Then over the last few months, we worked on expanding it as well as working towards the ports as things progressed. It's gone a bit longer than we'd hoped, but we'll be done pretty soon. The Pit is coming to Linux!

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3 Reasons Why Ubuntu Smartphone Will Succeed

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Ubuntu

This year we should see the first Ubuntu smartphone launched with demo devices most likely being on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As far as we know, China’s Meizu may be just one of the launch partners with more OEMs likely to join the party in no time at all. Here we want to explain why we think Ubuntu smartphone(s) will change the game for good.

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Raspberry Pi: Extending the life of the SD card

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Hardware

SD cards are said to have a finite life. If you are planning on running a Raspberry Pi 24x7x365, there are some steps that you can take with GNU/Linux to extend the life of the card: here are some ideas.

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Kali Linux 1.0.6, hands-on

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Exploring this Debian GNU/Linux derivative that is tightly focused on security analysis and penetration testing - and it comes with a mind-boggling array of utilities for that purpose.

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Rifles powered by Linux purchased by US Army

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TweakTown is reporting that the US Army has purchased Linux-powered rifles from TrackingPoint.

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[GIT PULL 0/6] ARM: SoC changes for Linux 3.14

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Here are the main branches for arm-soc for the 3.14 merge window. We'll have a
few more patches towards the end, but this is the bulk of it.

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Crypto Update for Linux 3.14

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* Improved crypto_memneq helper.
* Use cyprto_memneq in arch-specific crypto code.
* Replaced orphaned DCP driver with Freescale MXS DCP driver.
* Added AVX/AVX2 version of AESNI-GCM encode and decode.
* Added AMD Cryptographic Coprocessor (CCP) driver.
* Misc fixes.

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New Linux Job Board LinuxCareers.com is now OUT

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As scheduled, on the 14th of January 2014, we have launched LinuxCareers.com: a new niche job board, which allows recruiters of Linux talent to post their job offers to the targeted audience of Linux professionals. LinuxCareers.com specializes in Linux based careers and covers the US job market.

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Ubuntu Touch and Tizen phones a no-show for 2014

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Will anyone ever be able to break Android and iOS’s stranglehold on the mobile landscape? Last year we saw signs that ‘someone’ might just be able to threaten them, with the first demonstrations of phones running Firefox OS, Tizen and Ubuntu Touch. But just when we were hoping that 2014 might be the breakthrough year, those hopes have quickly been dashed.

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UKSM Is Still Around For Data Deduplication Of The Linux Kernel

Several years back we wrote about Ultra Kernel Samepage Merging (UKSM) for data de-duplication within the Linux kernel for transparently scanning all application memory and de-duping it where possible. While the original developer is no longer active, a new developer has been maintaining the work and continues to support it on the latest Linux kernel releases. Read more

Why Dell’s gamble on Linux laptops has paid off

The whole juggernaut that is now Linux on Dell started as the brainchild of two core individuals, Barton George (Senior Principal Engineer) and Jared Dominguez (OS Architect and Linux Engineer). It was their vision that began it all back in 2012. It was long hours, uncertain futures and sheer belief that people really did want Linux laptops that sustained them. Here is the untold story of how Dell gained the top spot in preinstalled Linux on laptops. Where do you start when no one has ever really even touched such a concept? The duo did have some experience of the area before. George explained that the XPS and M3800 Linux developer’s laptops weren’t Dell’s first foray into Linux laptops. Those with long memories may remember Dell testing the waters for a brief while by having a Linux offering alongside Windows laptops. By their own admission it didn’t work out. “We misread the market,” commented George. Read more Also: New Entroware Aether Laptop for Linux Powered with Ubuntu

A Short MATE Desktop 1.17 Review in February 2017

MATE 1.17 is a testing release, it has no official announcement like 1.16 stable release (odd = unstable, even = stable). But what made me interested is because Ubuntu MATE 17.04 includes it by default so I write this short review. The most fundamental news is about MATE Desktop is now completely ported to GTK+3 leaving behind GTK+2. You may be interested seeing few changes and I have tried Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2 to review MATE 1.17 below. Enjoy MATE 1.17! Read more Also: What's up with the hate towards Freedesktop?

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