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Linux Distro’s, FOSS and the advocates behind them – Some food for thought?

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This article has been inspired somewhat by a group of people who for many years (for reasons unknown) have targeted Linux newsgroups and forums with the sole purpose of disrupting the advocacy that occurs. These “people” will use any means necessary in order to do that and looking at the amount of posts they make all day every day, one has to conclude that either they have a financial interest in free software being hobbled in the eyes of the mainstream, or worse, they merely have nothing else to do but post all day. One chap in particular who I believe falls into the later category has recently (on top of thousands of words in posts daily) taken to making videos to highlight these “major issues” with Linux. Now just what an allegedly married man with kids and a computer business is thinking of spending so much time in this way is anyone’s guess but it did help to inspire this article.

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OpenStack's top operating system: Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

This isn't too surprising. Ubuntu has made a point of working closely with OpenStack. Although most people think of Ubuntu as just a desktop operating system with designs on becoming a smartphone power, it has also long been a major cloud player.

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Linux 3.15 To Support DRM Render-Nodes By Default

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David Herrmann sent in a patch on early Sunday (along with some other patches to be covered in another article) for enabling support for DRM render-nodes by default with the next Linux kernel cycle.

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Meizu to allow other devices to run its Flyme OS?

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Linux
Gadgets

Meizu is thinking to take the “Xiaomi route” and allow other phones to run its own version of Android. Called Flyme OS, Meizu’s platform builds on top of the Android core adding quite a few enhancements and tweaks along the way, all of which helped made Meizu phones popular in the first place.

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March of the penguins: how we migrate from UNIX to Linux

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Multiple CIOs have told me they planned to modernise all of their databases, but -- constrained by cost and time -- only managed to tackle the 20% that yielded 50% of the value. The remaining 80% remains a major drag to IT; we're kicking the can down the road.

UNIX platforms such as Solaris on SPARC and AIX on Power store data in a different format than Linux on x86 (big-endian versus little-endian).

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Bitcoin Scoops Linux Media Award at CeBIT 2014

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OSS

Bitcoin has won a Linux award at CeBIT 2014 – Europe’s premier tech trade show.

The award was handed out at the Linux New Media Awards 2014, where bitcoin was named the ‘most innovative open-source project’.

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Google’s Chromecast Arriving In UK On 19 March

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Google

People in UK have good news coming their way. So far, those who wanted to lay their hands on Chromecast had to import one from the United States. But it won’t be necessary anymore. It has been reported in Android Police website that starting Wednesday, interested buyers can source it from a retailer.

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Debian, Mint (LMDE), SolydX and Tanglu, compared and contrasted

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Reviews

When I wrote about the Linux Mint Debian Edition Release Candidate last week, I promised to look at it in more detail when the final release was made.

Someone then suggested that I compare LMDE to the new Tanglu distribution (thanks for that), and that sounded like a good idea to me. But I'm not one to do things in a small scale, and to be honest I have been really interested in and pleased by the SolydXK distributions since I wrote about them last December and again in January.

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Zorin OS Cubed, "Fresh" LibreOffice, and Year of Linux

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LibO
Linux

In today's search was two Zorin OS reviews and a recommendation. The Document Foundation released the second update to the 4.2 branch of their popular office suite. Jamie Watson got a new Acer laptop and test drove several popular distributions on it. Computer Weekly online has published an article on Unix to Linux migrations and Simon Phipps put out a new post titled 2014 is the year of the Linux desktop.

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Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development

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Marvell has reached its Indiegogo goal for “Kinoma Create,” a Linux- and JavaScript-based hardware/software platform for quick and easy development of IoT gizmos.

Kinoma Create is defined by Marvell’s Kinoma division as a “construction kit” for developing Internet of Things (IoT) consumer electronics and companion apps. The platform “helps software developers become makers, makers tackle projects with less hassle, and designers prototype products faster,” says Marvell.

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