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Linux-enabled sit/stand smart desk nudges you into action

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A Linux-based desk with WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch touchscreen automatically adjusts between sitting and standing, and tells you when it’s time to move.

Talk about good timing: Stir announced its second-generation “Stir Kinetic Desk M1″ smart desk the same week the Annals of Internal Medicine published a report on the health dangers of sitting. The study, which distilled the results from 47 different research projects, found significantly higher chances of contracting various diseases from prolonged sitting. Exercising helps, but lifespans are still reduced considerably if you otherwise spend much of your day sitting on your butt, says the study.

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Linux Benchmarks Of NVIDIA's Early 2015 GeForce Line-Up

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Following yesterday's NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 launch, here's an 11-way comparison looking at all of NVIDIA's Maxwell GPUs as well as many Kepler and Fermi GeForce graphics cards under Linux. Beyond the raw OpenGL performance, the thermal and power efficiency data is also available for the tested range of GeForce 900/700/600/500/400 series graphics cards.

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Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook

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Google

Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn’t all the hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier. For example, you’ll be able to easily boot a full Linux system from a USB drive and use it without any additional hassle!

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Tizen Starts 2015 With a Bang

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As many of you know, I've been involved with Tizen for quite some time. I manage Tizen at the Linux Foundation, which means I get a unique perspective on the project. And as anybody who has talked with me about what I do, I am a huge supporter of the Tizen platform and its goals, and am a general optimist (including but not limited to Tizen, of course).

2014 was a big year, with Tizen wearables and cameras hitting the market, Tizen IVI 3.0 achieving GENIVI 7.0 compliance, and a lot of interesting platform work on Tizen:Common. 2015 has really gotten off to a great start as well, with the announcements at CES that all new Samsung Smart TVs released in 2015 will run Tizen, starting in February.

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Sub-$100 Cortex-A5 dev board accepts Arduino shields

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Atmel and Newark Element 14 have launched a Linux based, Arduino shield-expandable “Xplained” development board for Atmel’s Cortex-A5 based SAMA5D4 SoC.

The SAMA5D4 Xplained Ultra (SAMA5D4-XULT) follows the SAMA5D3-based SAMA5D3 Xplained, which was developed by Newark Element 14 and Atmel to support the SAMA5D3 system-on-chip. In this case, the Xplained board amplifies the capabilities of the SAMA5D4 SoC announced by Atmel last October. Newark Element14 is the U.S. distributor of U.K.-based Premier Farnell.

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The Companies That Support Linux: Planisys

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Linux
Server
Interviews

Carlos Horowicz: Planisys is a Cloud Services Provider headquartered in Argentina with its hardware and connectivity infrastructure mainly in U.S. data centers.

Planisys provides businesses with CDN, DNS, and transactional e-mail services focusing on clients with high-traffic requirements like latin american online newspapers.

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Linus Torvalds to Patch the Kernel for a Witcher 2 Problem

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Gaming

Linus Torvalds is not known to interfere with other projects than the Linux kernel and it must be something really special to get him involved. Well, it looks like the Linux port of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings proved to be interesting enough.

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Weekend Viewing: Catch up on LCA 2015

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Movies

With many of the videos from linux.conf.au now available, and a three-day weekend about to hit Australia, there's no excuse not to watch the best talks from last week.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2 Has Default Compiz Support, All Things Must Wobble – Gallery

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu MATE developers have just released the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Alpha 2 Linux distribution, which is now available for download and testing. It's the first one in the new development cycle and it comes with quite a few improvements.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Standalone Linux Tests

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In continuation of this morning's launch-day article for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960, the graphics card that's priced at $200 USD and is built on the very power efficient Maxwell architecture, here's some more Linux benchmark results.

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