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Linux Practicality vs Activism

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Linux

One of the greatest things about running Linux is the freedom it provides. Where the division among the Linux community appears is in how we value this freedom.

For some, the freedom enjoyed by using Linux is the freedom from vendor lock-in or high software costs. Most would call this a practical consideration. Others users would tell you the freedom they enjoy is software freedom. This means embracing Linux distributions that support the Free Software Movement, avoiding proprietary software completely and all things related.

In this article, I'll walk you through some of the differences between these two freedoms and how they affect Linux usage.

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Dual-core MCU Arduino compatible SBC has WiFi and audio

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T-Firefly’s open-spec, Arduino Uno compatible Fireduino SBC offers Rockchip’s dual-core, Cortex-M3 RKNanoD MCU, plus WiFi, RTC, and MP3 audio.

Chinese embedded firm T-Firefly is apparently the new name for T-Chip Technology, which sponsors the Firefly open source hardware project. Its Arduino I/O- and IDE-compatible, dual-core Fireduino board is supported by the Firefly project along with Linux/Android hacker boards like the Rockchip RK3128 based Firefly-RK3288 Reload and Firefly FirePrime. Schematics and the like have already been posted.

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RaspEX Linux Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Supports the Raspberry Pi Touch Display

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Ubuntu

After informing us the other day about the availability of a new release of his RaspAnd distro that brings the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system to Raspberry Pi 3 devices, Arne Exton is happy to announce that his RaspEX OS works with the official Raspberry Pi Touch Display.

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Canonical Patches Seven Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 16.04, Update Now

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Security
Ubuntu

Today, June 27, 2016, Canonical published a new security notice to inform users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system about the availability of an important kernel update.

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Docker 1.12 Linux Container Engine Promises Built-in Orchestration Capabilities

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The Docker developers are working hard these days to bring us one of the biggest releases of the widely-used open-source and cross-platform container engine, Docker 1.12.

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Linux Devices

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  • Open-source project for smartwatches seeks developer contributions

    AsteroidOS is an open-source smartwatch operating system still in its early stages of development. Developers can currently port AsteroidOS to new smartwatches, or develop, translate and test apps on their own watches. They can also create an Asteroid app by using an SDK that is generated by OpenEmbedded, a build framework for embedded Linux. Developers can use a prebuilt SDK or build it themselves.

  • Raspberry Pi powers RaspTouch open source music player

    RaspTouch mainCheck out the RaspTouch project on KickStarter, from France. It has two main elements: the touchscreen interface and the main body of the player, featuring a ES9023 or ES9018K2M DAC output.

    The makers describe it as the “ultimate open source music player”.

  • Small footprint open source hypervisor

Google “Project Bloks” education kit starts with RPi Zero

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Google

Google’s “Project Bloks” education platform is built around a Raspberry Pi Zero that controls baseboards that talk to “Puck” inputs via a capacitive sensor.

Google announced a Project Bloks hacker platform for kids, developed with IDEO and Paulo Blikstein of Stanford University. A prototype has been built based on the Linux-driven Raspberry Pi Zero SBC, and now Google is seeking researchers, developers, and designers who are interested in using the technology “to build physical coding experiences.” Later this year, Google will conduct a remote research study with the help of these partners.

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Six free open source alternatives to Windows 10

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Linux
Microsoft

Windows 10 has generally be viewed as a welcome successor to Windows 8, both by businesses and individuals. However it has also come under scrutiny from users that are concerned about data privacy. So why not opt for a free Windows 10 alternative?

We've listed open source Windows 10 alternatives based on features and user reviews. Here's some of the best.

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Why GNOME 3.X Has Been Good for Linux and FOSS

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OSS
GNOME

I recently took my first look at GNOME 3. I’d played around with GNOME 2 a couple of times back in 2002 and 2003, not caring for it very much. This was in small part due to the fact that on Mandrake 9.X, GNOME was unstable and prone to crashing, but mainly because I found it wasn’t configurable enough for my taste. I stuck with KDE, which even back in the dark ages of the early 21st century was uber configurable.

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Is Android coming to Raspberry Pi? Eben Upton says claims are 'promising'

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Linux

There are thousands of uses for the Raspberry Pi: you can use the credit card-sized computer to build an arcade machine, an internet radio, or even a mobile phone.

These have been bolstered further with the Pi 3's built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The wireless communication methods have meant more devices can interact with the personal computer than ever before.

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