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KDE Frameworks 5 official packages available for Arch Linux

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Linux

Developer Andrea Scarpino announced the availability of KDE Frameworks 5 packages for Arch Linux. Currently the packages are available in the extra repository of Arch.

Users can install the under-development version of KDE Frameworks 5 side by side with KDE 4 from the Beta 2 stage. To make this possible the packages are installed under /usr instead of /opt/kf5 as it used to be on the Arch User Repository (AUR) previously. Till date the only exception was the kactivities component because both KDE Frameworks and KDE 4 ship a kactivitymanagerd binary. To make them co-install now both the packages from KDE4 and KDE Frameworks install a kactivities virtual package on the same system under the /usr directory. The packages are grouped into two parts: kf5 and kf5-aids (PortingAids).

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Rackspace, Cumulus Networks and CoreOS Join Linux Foundation

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Server

Rackspace, Cumulus Networks and CoreOS Join Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation has added three significant names to the list of channel partners that support the non-profit consortium for advancing open source software: Rackspace (RAX), CoreOS and Cumulus Networks are now members of the Foundation, adding to its strengths in networking and cloud computing.

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The Slowmo Linux Desktop

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GNU
Linux
Reviews

Flickr user José put together this good-looking Linux Mint desktop. It features media controls and a simple launcher at the bottom. Here’s how he set it all up.

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Linux Mint 16 - The most complete and easy to use operating system

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Linux
Reviews

This review is aimed at people who have heard of Linux Mint but who haven't yet given it a go.

If you are a Windows user and you are indecisive about whether Linux is really for you then this review might help you in your decision making process.

I am not advocating that you replace Windows right now with Linux Mint 16 as you would be better off waiting for Linux Mint 17 whereby you would have a supported operating system for years to come...

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SlateKit Base OS Released For The Nexus 7 Tablet

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Android
Linux

SlateKit Base has been released for the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. SlateKit Base is a basic Linux OS with just having Qt5 running off a frame-buffer. SlateKit Base is very simply designed and within the Qt5 environment is designed primarily for use with QtWebKit-based Slate web-browser.

The SlateKit developers have written in this morning to share that SlateKit is working now as a drop-in replacement for the Android UI stack and can be used for making a custom tablet UI using just Qt/QML, JavaScript, and the Chromium-based code. SlateKit Base has now been ported to run on last year's Google Nexus 7 tablet as long as it's rooted with ADB shell access and is running Android 4.4.2.

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AMD Radeon R9 290 On Ubuntu 14.04 With Catalyst Can Beat Windows 8.1

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Linux
Microsoft

The latest Linux graphics testing under the microscope at Phoronix is comparing the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Windows 8.1 performance with all available updates. Results from Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD hardware is coming up next week while today is a bit of a preview of the AMD numbers when using a Radeon R9 290 "Hawaii" graphics card. While the open-source AMD Hawaii support remains broken, with the Catalyst 14.4 driver on each operating system, the Linux Catalyst driver with the R9 290 graphics card can outperform Windows 8.1 Pro with some OpenGL games and benchmarks.

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Linux Live CDs, the One Feature Microsoft and Apple Haven't Copied Yet

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Microsoft
Mac

There is a silent battle going on behind the curtains between the major operating systems. When it comes to gaming, for example, Windows is still the leader. If we're talking about Linux, then everyone knows that it owns the server market. Mac OS X looks pretty and has a few applications that are still making the system a tool for media production. When it comes to Live systems, neither Windows nor Mac OS X can hold a candle to Linux.

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Intel Graphics Installer for Linux 1.0.5 Brings Support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

The installer is a very handy tool that is unique to the Intel platform. All the other developers from NVIDIA and AMD don’t even dream of providing a proper installer, but somehow the Intel dev managed to make this a reality.

“The Intel Graphics allows you to stay current with the latest enhancements, optimizations, and fixes to the Intel Graphics Stack to ensure the best user experience with your Intel graphics hardware. The Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is available for the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora,” reads the official announcement.

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ACPI CPUfreq vs. Intel P-State Scaling With Linux 3.15

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Linux

For this weekend's Linux benchmarks we are looking at the performance of the Intel P-State and ACPI cpufreq drivers and comparing their scaling governor options when testing from an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition system running with the Linux 3.15 development kernel.

Given that there's been renewed concerns recently about Intel's P-State driver causing odd performance problems and other performance issues related to the scaling governor, from the Linux 3.15 kernel this week I did some fresh tests of using both the intel_pstate and acpi_cpufreq drivers while also trying out their various scaling governor choices: performance, powersave, ondemand, conservative.

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OpenELEC 4.0.1 Embedded System Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.14.4

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The OpenELEC developers are not waiting around for XBMC to get a new stable release and they have adopted the first 13.1 Beta 1 that was made available a couple of days ago. It's likely that they analyzed what the new XBMC was fixing and decided it was safe to implement in their stable version.

“This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.0.0 . Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC with the last fixes to XBMC 13.1 beta1 which contains a lot of fixes for issues found after the XBMC-13.0 release (some of them we already shipped with OpenELEC-4.0.0).”

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Imagine your company just acquired its competitor for $100 million. Now imagine the company’s most important asset – its proprietary software – is subject to third-party license conditions that require the proprietary software to be distributed free of charge or in source code form. Or, imagine these license conditions are discovered late in the diligence process, and the cost to replace the offending third-party software will costs tens of thousands of dollars and take months to remediate. Both scenarios exemplify the acute, distinct and often overlooked risks inherent to the commercial use of open source software. An effective tech M&A attorney must appreciate these risks and be prepared to take the steps necessary to mitigate or eliminate them. Over the past decade, open source software has become a mainstay in the technology community. Since its beginnings, open source software has always been viewed as a way to save money and jumpstart development projects, but it is increasingly being looked to for its quality solutions and operational advantages. Today, only a fraction of technology companies do not use open source software in any way. For most of the rest, it is mission critical. Read more

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