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Training college students to contribute to the Linux kernel

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Following my recent post on the initiatives now in place to rebalance the demographics of the Linux Kernel community, I would like to share a set of specific training activities to get beginners, specifically college students, involved in the kernel.

These were created by an enthusiastic group at Red Hat, including Matthew Whitehead and Priti Kumar, and unfolded on campus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS), and State University of New York at Albany.

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Linux Foundation: Open Source Tizen Is Alive And Well

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Tizen has been described as everything from “a troubled child” to “dead in the water”, but analysts still believe it has the best chance of the four major open source mobile operating systems to make an impact on the global smartphone market.

It is an opinion that Brian Warner, who oversees the Tizen project for the Linux Foundation, would agree with as he believes the operating system is capable “of scratching an itch” that is unaddressed by other leading non-Android open source platforms – Firefox OS, Sailfish and Ubuntu Mobile.

Speaking to TechWeekEurope, he says the main advantages of Tizen is that it is truly open source and manufacturers can make alterations to the interface without affecting compliance and compatibility standards – unlike Android.

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Android ROMs, the easy way: Testing the new CyanogenMod Installer

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CyanogenMod Inc.'s new installer makes trying out Android ROMs easier than ever.

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Android: the dog caught the car. Now what?

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Android is approaching Windows-like domination of the smartphone industry...

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Random Is Faster, More Randomness In Linux 3.13

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The /dev/random changes went in for the Linux 3.13 kernel and this pull request was even interesting for the very promising next kernel release. While not in Linux 3.13, it's mentioned the Linux kernel might also end up taking a security feature from the FreeBSD playbook.

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Jolla Sailfish OS phone released in Finland on November 27

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Mobile newcomer Jolla has confirmed it will start selling its first smartphone at the end of this month, and it’ll be launched in Finland on a local network called DNA. The news comes from Jolla’s official Twitter account, but it wasn’t welcomed by everyone, as there’s no confirmation of when those who pre-ordered the phone will be getting their devices.

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Developers Question Mint Security

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Mint found to be blocking upstream security updates.

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Make the solid state drive (SSD) plunge with Linux

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Many TechRepublic readers have followed my difficulties with audio in Linux. For the longest time, PulseAudio was a tragedy to work with (on certain hardware -- my production recording studio machine being one of them). Things were starting to steer me toward making the leap to OS X, if only for just audio production, but then things took a turn for the slightly improved. What happened? I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10.

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Linux to lead in automotive infotainment OS market

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Global sales of Linux OS in automotive will rise to 53.7 million units in 2020

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