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How to choose the right Linux distro

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Unlike most other desktop and server operating systems, Linux comes in a wide variety of flavors, each based on a common core of the Linux kernel and various GNU user space utilities. If you're running Linux servers -- or Linux desktops, for that matter -- you should understand the important differences and be discerning about which flavor of Linux is best suited to any given situation.

How to choose the right Linux distro

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Unlike most other desktop and server operating systems, Linux comes in a wide variety of flavors, each based on a common core of the Linux kernel and various GNU user space utilities. If you're running Linux servers -- or Linux desktops, for that matter -- you should understand the important differences and be discerning about which flavor of Linux is best suited to any given situation. This article will help you do just that.

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Tizen Developer Summit Shanghai 2014 Schedule Released #TDS14SH

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The schedule for the upcoming Tizen Developer Summit Shanghai 2014 has been released. Reminder: If you want to attend than the early bird registration ends on 30th September, so get registering now (links at the bottom of the page).

We have keynotes from the Technical Steering Group (TSG), which is comprised of Hyogun Lee (Samsung) & Mark Skarpness (Intel). Hyogun Lee replaces J.D. Choi who has transferred to new pastures within Samsung.

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Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that used the MeeGo open source OS...

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Gadgets

Finland’s Jolla Takes Its Sailfish-Powered Smartphone To India, Via Snapdeal.

Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that used the MeeGo open source OS as a jumping off point for its own Android-app compatible Sailfish OS — and which last November released its first Sailfish-powered handset in its home market — has now expanded availability of the phone to India.

Jolla’s handset is priced at Rs. 16,499 in India (around $270), and is selling exclusively via local ecommerce giant Snapdeal.

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ACPI On ARM: Good Or Bad For Linux?

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Matthew was pessimistic about the prospects of ACPI for ARM. Matthew explained that now Linux (Android) is the dominant platform on ARM rather than Microsoft Windows, we could run into problems, "Software development is hard, and firmware development is software development with worse compilers. Firmware is inevitably going to rely on undefined behaviour. It's going to make assumptions about ordering. It's going to mishandle some cases. And it's the operating system's job to handle that. On x86 we know that systems are tested against Windows, and so we simply implement that behaviour. On ARM, we don't have that convenient reference. We are the reference. And that means that systems will end up accidentally depending on Linux-specific behaviour. Which means that if we ever change that behaviour, those systems will break. So far we've resisted calls for Linux to provide a contract to the firmware in the way that Windows does, simply because there's been no need to - we can just implement the same contract as Windows. How are we going to manage this on ARM? The worst case scenario is that a system is tested against, say, Linux 3.19 and works fine. We make a change in 3.21 that breaks this system, but nobody notices at the time. Another system is tested against 3.21 and works fine. A few months later somebody finally notices that 3.21 broke their system and the change gets reverted, but oh no! Reverting it breaks the other system. What do we do now? The systems aren't telling us which behaviour they expect, so we're left with the prospect of adding machine-specific quirks. This isn't scalable."

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Can Marten Mickos make 'Linux for the cloud' work for HP?

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Hewlett-Packard didn’t just buy cloudy startup Eucalyptus Systems to build its fledgling OpenStack cloud biz, it also bought Marten Mickos, the firm’s Finnish CEO.

HP isn’t the first to pay for Mickos' expertise - that was Sun Microsystems, when it acquired his venture previous venture, MySQL AB, for $1bn in 2008.

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Salix Fluxbox 14.1 Is a Lightweight Modular Distro Based on Slackware

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Along with the Openbox version of Salix, the Fluxbox edition is one of the lightest iterations available in the series. Unfortunately, it's not exactly on the list of priorities for the developer and it's been trailing a little behind, but now it's ready.

Salix is one the few very active distributions based on Slackware, which is a famous and very stable operating system that has been around for quite a while. It's rather different from what everyone else is doing because it is a modular system and it has a rolling release model.

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Oracle and Canonical collaborate on support for Oracle Linux on Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

As part of this collaboration, Canonical will support Ubuntu as a guest OS on Oracle Linux OpenStack, and Oracle will support Oracle Linux as a guest OS on Ubuntu OpenStack. Canonical will test Oracle Linux as a guest OS in its OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) program. This gives customers the assurance the configuration is tested and supported by both organisations.

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3 tools that make scanning on the Linux desktop quick and easy

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Whether you're moving to a paperless lifestyle, need to scan a document to back it up or email it, want to scan an old photo, or whatever reason you have for making the physical electronic, a scanner comes in handy. In fact, a scanner is essential.

But the catch is that most scanner makers don't have Linux versions of the software that they bundle with their devices. For the most part, that doesn't matter. Why? Because there are good scanning applications available for the Linux desktop. They work with a variety of scanners, and do a good job.

Let's take a look at a three simple but flexible Linux scanning tools. Keep in mind that the software discussed below is hardly an exhaustive list of the scanner software that's available for the Linux desktop. It's what I've used extensively and found useful.

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Exynos DRM Driver Gets Updated For Linux 3.18

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While there hasn't been much to report on lately as it pertains to the open-source Exynos DRM driver, it continues to be updated and maintained by Samsung's staff.

As a late pull request (given the new early cut-off for DRM code) was sent in and accepted for updating the Exynos DRM in the Linux 3.18 kernel.

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Open source history, present day, and licensing

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