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Canonical Confirms Involvement in Ubuntu Linux Tablet

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When news broke a few days ago about development of an Ubuntu Linux-based x86 tablet called the UT One, it seemed like Canonical was not part of the endeavor. But that's wrong, according to information from the man behind the project, who contacted The VAR Guy this week with more details on the open source mobile device.

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Linux Australia puts curbs on mailing lists

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Linux Australia, the umbrella group for Linux user groups in the country, has imposed a censorship regime on its mailing list, with regulations that run to nearly 1000 words to govern them.

The stated aim of the new policy, which took effect on October 22, "is to foster open dialogue and discussion on relevant forums, while providing a safe space free from undesired behaviours such as personal attack and 'flaming'," according to a post by the LA secretary Kathy Reid.

In sharp contrast to the avowed open nature of the group, the policy was never put up for discussion on the LA general mailing list. The policy was developed by the office-bearers and announced as being in effect.

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eNcade Portable Raspberry Pi Gaming Console (video)

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Fancy building your very own portable Raspberry Pi gaming console? If you do then you might be interested in a new Kickstarter project called eNcade which has been created by Nicolas Wicker at Nzen Mods.

The eNcade takes the form of a portable Raspberry Pi gaming tablet that has been designed to focus on retro gaming online with anyone anywhere. Check out the video after the jump to learn more about this unique Raspberry Pi project and how you can be one of the first to own an eNcade system.

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OpenELEC 5.0 Prepares To Take On Kodi, Runs With LibreSSL

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The first beta of the OpenELEC 5.0 multimedia focused Linux distribution is now available for testing. OpenELEC 5.0 is to be aligned with the upcoming Kodi 14 that's the re-branded XBMC.

The XBMC developers are moving forward with their rename to Kodi. Kodi 14 is now in beta so the OpenELEC developers are preparing for their next Linux distribution update built around this upcoming release.

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Avis Budget Shifts to Linux to Cut Software Costs in Half

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Linux

CIO Gerard Insall predicts major cost savings by shifting away from an IBM operating system. The move is part of a larger IT modernization program geared toward cutting costs and increasing agility at the car rental and sharing company.

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Top tips for making your Embedded Linux device secure

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Security

The internet of things (IoT) offers endless possibilities for smart devices and their applications. So it’s no wonder that the IoT is as equally tempting to hackers, as it is to developers, keen to showcase their latest developments.

A lack of security issues doesn’t mean you’re OK – you’re probably just not being targeted yet.

This paper is designed to help anyone who is developing an internet-enabled Linux device for personal or business use. It highlights the main areas to consider and provides a practical checklist for developing applications for Embedded Linux.

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Intel Xeons Running Great On MSI's X99 Motherboard With Linux

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The latest exciting hardware we've been testing at Phoronix are two Xeon Haswell processors that are compatible with the MSI X99S SLI PLUS motherboard. Needless to say with being an Intel processor and especially a workstation-class product, the Xeon E5-1680 v3 and Xeon E5-2687W v3 are running great with Linux.

The Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 is a Haswell processor with ten physical cores plus Hyper Threading to yield a total of 20 logical threads. The Xeon E5-2687W v3 has a total of 25MB of L2 cache, 3.1GHz base frequency, and 3.5GHz turbo frequency. The TDP of the processor is 160 Watts. This high-end processor is priced at $2145 USD.

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elementary OS Freya Features a Beautiful Notification System

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The Linux distros have all kinds of system notification mechanisms. Some are better than others, but for the most part they function the way they should. On the other hand, some developers, like the ones from the elementary OS team, go a little bit further and they are able to provide a much better experience for the end users.

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Linux Distros & the ‘Except When We Don’t’ Syndrome

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Each distro is, in fact, a separate Linux based operating system. Usually, a distro is designed to meet specific needs of a particular set of users. RHEL, SUSE and CentOS are designed primarily for use by businesses on servers. Mint, Ubuntu, Mageia and the like are designed for those who need productivity on the desktop and who would rather the operating system just take care of itself — probably the biggest set of users of desktop Linux. The class of distro that includes Slackware and Gentoo are for those who need to customize their systems to exactly fit their needs.

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4MLinux Media Edition 10.1 Beta Features Flash Player Support Out of the Box

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4MLinux Media Edition, a special distribution with a wide set of multimedia tools and software, has advanced to version 10.1 and is now ready for download and testing.

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Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux Performance For Early 2018

Back in December was our most recent round of Windows Subsystem for Linux benchmarking with Windows 10 while since then both Linux and Windows have received new stable updates, most notably for mitigating the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. For your viewing pleasure today are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Windows 10 WSL performance against Linux using the latest updates as of this week while also running some comparison tests too against Docker on Windows and Oracle VM VirtualBox. Read more