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More Intel DRM Changes Queued For Linux 3.18, Including Old i830M Fixes

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With the drm-next merge window for Linux 3.18 closing, Intel's open-source developers have submitted another round of changes for ultimately landing with the Linux 3.18 kernel.

Intel has already sent in multiple pull requests of new DRM graphics driver code to push into drm-next for the Linux 3.18 merge window. Among the changes include various Cherryview improvements for the forthcoming low-power Atom SoC, and code clean-ups and continued Broadwell tweaks. Another Git pull request landed in drm-next over the night.

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Samsung's first open-source conference kicks off, with Tizen on its mind

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The inaugural Samsung Open-Source Conference opens Tuesday morning in Seoul, with keynotes from well-known figures in the open source world and a hackathon focused on Tizen, the company’s in-house mobile operating system.

The event kicks off with a speech from Jono Bacon, the former community manager for Ubuntu, who recently moved to the XPrize Foundation, and also includes talks from Linux kernel developer Tejun Heo and Carsten Heitzler, the principal creator of the Enlightenment desktop environment for Linux.

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Also: Samsung Electronics to host first open-source conference

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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New videos of a "Windows 9" variant have emerged, and to this hack's eyes they look to have brought Windows up to speed with tricks that desktop Linux has been turning for at least half a decade.

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Ed: Microsoft uses fake 'leaks' and vapourware again.

"In the face of strong competition, Evangelism's focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X."

--Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Another Italian city announces it's ditching Microsoft Windows for open source

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The City of Udine is moving from Windows for OpenOffice – and may soon ditch Microsoft at an operating system level too.

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Samsung Open Source Group’s Linux Kernel Updates and More from LinuxCon

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This year's LinuxCon & Kernel Summit North America were notable for several reasons, not the least of which included being able to see the scenic views of downtown Chicago through the hotel lobby windows!

Below, the Samsung Open Source Group will share our top highlights of the conferences, as well as look forward to what we can expect from LinuxCon Europe next month in Germany.

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Petition Started for 64-bit and Linux Support on Intel Atom Bay Trail Tablets

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The Intel Atom Bay Trail tablets have been out for a few months already, but none of the hardware vendors is providing 64-bit firmware builds for them, which means that you can't install any Linux distros.

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Intel's Edison Brings Yocto Linux to Wearables

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Linux-based platforms for wearables include Android Wear, Samsung's Tizen SDK for Wearables, and now Intel's Yocto Linux and Intel Atom-based Edison computing module. The Edison was released last week in conjunction with the Intel Developer Forum. Prior to the formal launch, some 70 Intel Edison beta units have been seeded, forming the basis for about 40 Edison-based projects, says Intel.

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Linux Tech Support & Time Warner

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I’ve spent my time in the tech support trenches…and someone else’s time as well. Please mark my dues paid in full. I’ve worked from the script-reader doing basic trouble-shooting, up to floor supervisor and level three support. My point? Not everybody who works support at a call center is an idiot, but some certainly are…

Since 2005, I have helped financially-disadvantaged kids get computers in their homes. While it’s become a cliché in the past few years, the “digital divide” most certainly exists. Since our early days of Komputers4Kids, The HeliOS Project and now Reglue, the gap between the tech haves and have-nots remains a problem.

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Enlightenment E19 Officially Released With Its Own Wayland Compositor

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While E19 didn't come out last week as talked about, it was released this morning! The Enlightenment E19 update is a huge upgrade over E18 or E17, especially if you're an early Wayland adopter.

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MEGA has a Linux client now, offers up to 50 GB of free space and client-side encryption!

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For Linux users, there are plenty of Dropbox alternatives, MEGAsync being the latest entrant. The service was the brain child of Kim Dotcom, founder of now defunct Megaupload, and it was launched on 19 January 2013 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the seizure of his previous enterprise. MEGAsync now has a dedicated Linux client as well (unlike Google Drive).

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