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While The Future Looks Towards Systemd, Upstart 1.13 Released

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Ubuntu

While Ubuntu Linux looks towards switching to systemd in the next year or two, a new version of Upstart has been released with Ubuntu still being dependent upon init daemon software.

The new release by Ubuntu's James Hunt is Upstart 1.13. The new release brings various fixes, disables chroot sessions by default, new tests and documentation, and other changes.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-27 Is Powered by Linux Kernel 3.14.10

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Linux
Debian

According to the changelog, Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-27 is an unstable release that uses packages from the Debian Sid software repositories as of July 8, 2014. It is powered by Linux kernel 3.14.10 and updates the Syslinux bootloader to version 6.03 Pre18.

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Samsung's Tizen phone delayed yet again

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In a statement sent to The Verge, the Korean company says that it "plans to postpone" the Russian release of the phone, but will continue to "actively work with Tizen Association members to further develop TIzen OS and the Tizen ecosystem."

This follows the scuppering of plans to release a Tizen handset in Japan last year, which Samsung rationalized as the result of "poor market conditions." The strategy was altered again earlier this year to focus in on a few developing markets — among which Russia was to be the leader — where Samsung anticipates it can do well. But the deadline has been continuously slipping: from the end of June to the third quarter of 2014 to the current indefinite postponement. It's a peculiar situation since Samsung already has Tizen running on multiple smartwatches and was previously able to release smartphones running the Bada OS that was eventually integrated into the development of Tizen...

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Linux kernel 3.16 development

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Development
Linux

Linus Torvalds announced the final Release Candidate (RC) for what will become Linux 3.15, noting that he felt pretty comfortable with the state of things at this point. The 3.15- rc8 kernel contains just a smattering of core kernel fixes (some in the scheduler, some in the filesystem code), and a few more architecture- specific patches, but relatively little overall in the way of churn. In other words, 3.15 is largely baked and ready to go, with the weekly RCs serving their purpose of gradually tapering off toward the final RC7 or RC8 release. Oftentimes, final Linux kernels are released following the RC7 timeframe, with no need for an RC8 to be issued, but on this particular occasion there was enough in the way of small last-minute fixes for Linus to feel justified in holding off another week with an RC8 instead.

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Arch Linux 2014.07.03 Is Now Available for Download

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GNU
Linux

Even if it was officially announced last week, we think that it is very important to mention here that a brand new Arch Linux ISO image is now available for download from the usual places, even though it was expected on the first day of July.

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4MLinux 9.1 Reaches Beta Stage of Development with the Core Edition

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GNU
Linux

Now that all 4MLinux 9.0 editions, including Allinone, Media, Game, Multiboot, Server, Rescue, and Core have been officially declared stable, it is time to move on with the development cycle and introduce you to the 4MLinux 9.1 release.

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Imaginative Raspberry Pi Concepts Are Still Proliferating

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Linux
Hardware

As we've noted here many times, when it comes to the top open source stories of the past couple of years, it's clear that one of the biggest is the proliferation of tiny, inexpensive Linux-based computers at some of the smallest form factors ever seen. Surely, the diminutive, credit card-sized Raspberry Pi, priced at $25 and $35, is one of the most widely followed of these miniature systems. It's been implemented for use in home security systems, synthesizers and even in a supercomputer mashup using Lego pieces to bind the parts together, as seen in the photo here.

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11 ways LXLE Linux will make you forget all about XP

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Linux
Microsoft

Windows XP’s long run may have finally come to an end, but that doesn’t mean your XP-era hardware has to go too. No indeed: There are numerous options available in the Linux world, and one shining example is LXLE.

A brand-new LXLE 14.04 made its debut a few weeks ago, and it’s packed with new features while remaining lightweight and speedy. With an XP mode among several other desktop options, this zippy OS needs less than a minute to boot and get online. Don’t try that on your Windows machine.

Ready for a look? Read on, then, and see what your older PC hardware could be doing.

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Linux Kernel Testing Philosophy

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Almost all Linux kernel developers, if not all, are very active Linux users themselves. There is no requirement that testers should be developers, however, users and developers that are not familiar with the new code could be more effective at testing a new piece of code than the original author of that code. In other words, developer testing serves as an important step in verifying the functionality, however, developer testing alone is not sufficient to find interactions with other code, features, and unintended regressions on configurations and/or hardware, developer didn't anticipate and didn't have the opportunity and resources to test. Hence, users play a very important role in the Linux Kernel development process.

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Automotive Grade Linux Released: An Interview With Dan Cauchy

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Interviews

On June 30, the Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project released the first version of its open source AGL stack for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). Based on Tizen IVI, AGL adds a stylish user interface and various applications written in HTML5 and JavaScript. The AGL stack, which is partially compatible with the somewhat similar, open source Linux GENIVI Foundation spec, supports multiple hardware architectures.

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OSS: Puppet Acquires Distelli, Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection, Fake List of Open Source Companies, and Open Source Summit

  • Puppet Acquires Distelli, Boosting Its Cloud Automation Offerings
    Puppet, the open source company that markets cloud-native software management tools, has acquired startup Distelli. Based in Seattle, Distelli offers a software as a service platform used by developers to build, test, and deploy code written in any language to any server, including cloud platforms. This is an obvious good match, as both platforms enable developers to manage infrastructure and applications across the entire software delivery process to make app development quicker. "Today, a company's success is predicated on how quickly and successfully it can deliver new experiences to customers through software," Puppet's CEO, Sanjay Mirchandani, said in a statement. "Automation makes world-class application delivery straightforward for every enterprise, not just for companies born in the cloud. Together with Distelli, we are bringing a comprehensive solution for orchestrating and automating the entire software delivery lifecycle, from infrastructure, all the way up through containers."
  • Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection to Firefox for iOS, Focus Gets Multitasking
    Mozilla released on Thursday new updates for its Firefox for iOS and Firefox Focus for Android apps adding new features like tracking protection and multi-tasking, along with various other improvements. Firefox for iOS has been updated today to version 9.0, a release that's available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 10.3 or later. It comes with support for Apple's recently launched iOS 11 operating system, as well as tracking protection, which is enabled by default in the private browsing mode to automatically block third-party trackers in an attempt to increase browsing speed.
  • 35 Top Open Source Companies [Ed: Easy to see that this list will be a 'scam' when the company listed in number one is Adobe. It has even listed Black Duck as "Open Source Company". It’s PROPRIETARY and ANTI-FOSS.]
  • Open Source Summit in Los Angeles: Day 1 in 5 Minutes
    Open Source Summit North America in Los Angeles was packed with keynotes, technical sessions, and special presentations, including a conversation with Linux creator Linus Torvalds. In case you couldn't make it, CodePop.com's Gregg Pollack has put together some short videos recapping highlights of the event.

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Software: Temps, LabPlot, GNU Parallel, gnURL, Document Liberation Project

  • Temps – A Smart Beautiful Weather App for GNU/Linux
    I’ve written on a couple of weather applications before, including Cumulus and Simple Weather Indicator and today I bring you yet another free and beautiful Linux app with thanks to the open source community. It’s reminiscent of Cumulus weather application and it goes by the name of Temps. Temps is a beautiful cross-platform weather application that lives in the menu bar of any desktop. Being true to the open source spirit, it uses code from several open source projects like Menubar, OpenWeatherMap, Electron, and Chart.js, to mention a few.
  • [LabPlot] Short update on recent UX improvements
    One of the usual data visualization workflows supported by LabPlot involves the import of some external data into the application and the creation of plots.
  • GNU Parallel 20170922 ('Mexico City') released
    GNU Parallel - For people who live life in the parallel lane.
  • gnURL 7.55.1-4 released
    Today gnURL has been released in version 7.55.1-4 as a patch release.
  • Document Liberation Project: New releases
    LibreOffice’s native file format is the fully standardised OpenDocument Format. This is ideal for long-term storage of data, but many of us have to work with other file formats as well, including those generated by proprietary software.

Mesa 17.1.10 Release Candidate

  • Mesa 17.1.10 release candidate
    The candidate for the Mesa 17.1.10 is now available. Currently we have: - 41 queued - 0 nominated (outstanding) - and 5 rejected patches This is the last release for the 17.1 series.
  • Mesa 17.1.10 Is Being Prepped As The Final 17.1 Update
    J.A. Suarez Romero of Igalia is preparing Mesa 17.1.10 as the final point release for the Mesa 17.1 release stream. The release candidate is out today while Romero is planning to issue this final update to Mesa 17.1 by next week Monday, 25 September. Following that, users are encouraged to upgrade to the stable Mesa 17.2 series.