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Linux Kernel Works To Make Better Random Reseeding

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While /dev/random was made faster and more random in Linux 3.13, in light of the NSA controversies and that Intel/VIA hardware encryption and random generators may not even be trustworthy, there's been a rework in how reseeding happens for the Linux kernel's random component.

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

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Munich famously decided to go open source back in 2003, citing a desire to be independent of big, bad, vendor-land and save a few Euros along the way. To that end the city decided to adopt Linux on the desktop and server, open-source productivity tools and free software everywhere.

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RJ45-sized Linux networking server goes IPv6

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Lantronix announced an IPv6 certified version of its tiny, RJ45-sized embedded Linux networking server called the XPort Pro Lx6 aimed at IoT applications.

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Linux 3.13-rc4 Kernel Released, But It's Too Big

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The Linux 3.13 kernel has been humming along quite nicely and it brings with it many new Linux kernel features, but in the past week there's been too many merges compared to release candidates in past weeks, according to Linus. This release is also longer than normal in that Linus has moved the RC releases back to his preferred Sunday cycle.

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Lenovo X201 Support Comes To Coreboot

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The Lenovo X201 from the Intel Celpella platform (Ibex Peak + Core i3/i5/i7 Clarksfield/Arrandale processors) is now supported by Coreboot as an open-source replacement to Lenovo's proprietary BIOS.

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Running The SteamOS Kernel On Ubuntu Linux

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It is possible to install Valve's SteamOS modified Linux kernel onto an Ubuntu Linux installation, but I would recommend against doing so, at least for now.

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The First NVIDIA GeForce Benchmarks On The SteamOS Beta

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A comprehensive performance comparison is underway at Phoronix that pits SteamOS against other desktop Linux distributions, but for those anxious to see some performance numbers, here are benchmarks done so far this weekend from seven NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards on the public SteamOS 1.0 Beta operating system. In this article are early benchmarks from seven NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards running Valve's Debian Linux based SteamOS on an Intel Haswell system.

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CentOS 6.5 Review – Red Hat for all

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Red Hat is a very big name in the open source community. Not only is it one of the most well-known companies that profit off of open source, but they’re also responsible for Fedora, one of the most popular home distros. Their dedication to open source and free software is admirable, and because of this, most of the packages that make up Red Hat Enterprise Linux are readily available. This is how CentOS is made, by taking these files and using them to create a distro that is near identical to RHEL.

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Dell also joins the Chrome OS bandwagon launches Chromebook 11

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Microsoft’s nightmare continues as more and more partners are joining the Google club. Dell has announced its first Chromebook which is powered by Google’s Linux-based “open source” operating system Chrome OS.

Dell is pushing the laptop to a market that Microsoft would cringe to continue to own, which is slipping out of its hands.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Privacy campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is more than a little miffed with Google – after the Chocolate Factory pulled an Android tool that lets users control the information apps can harvest.

The software, dubbed App Ops, was bundled into Android 4.3 as a hidden application. For each installed program, it presents a series of switches so that users can activate some permissions, such as granting access to the cellular or Wi-Fi network, but block others, such as sharing your physical whereabouts.

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  • Announcement: GnuCash 2.6.13 Release
  • Beamforming in PulseAudio
    In case you missed it — we got PulseAudio 9.0 out the door, with the echo cancellation improvements that I wrote about. Now is probably a good time for me to make good on my promise to expand upon the subject of beamforming.
  • Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.0.24 to Add Better Linux 4.6 Support, Fix Bugs
    Today, June 28, 2016, Oracle has announced the general availability of the VirtualBox 5.0.24 virtualization software for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.
  • Can't make it to GUADEC this year
    I loved attending the GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC). I want to go back, but it's hard to get away for such a long trip.
  • Moving to the project phase in Outreachy
    I've coded the research phase in blue, and the usability testing phase in red. As you can see, we moved pretty quickly through the research phase, learning about "What is usability," different ways to test usability, personas, scenarios, and scenario tasks. And Ciarrai, Diana, and Renata have done very well here. We've taken the last week to settle into a project focus, and figure out who wants to do what. And today, we are officially starting the usability testing phase!
  • Watchmaster App Released for Tizen on the Gear S2
    WatchMaster features a collection of 200+ high quality and unique watch face designs that up to now have been available for Android wear devices, but have now finally been released for the Tizen based Gear S2. The company has many capable designers, such as Liongate, Pluto, Excalibur and Monostone that create a wide variety of watchfaces that include: Analog to illustration, moonphase, ambient and animation design. If your looking some aesthetically pleasing watches to enhance your individuality then they are definitely worth a look.
  • A first look at Google's Science Journal app
    Google recently announced the release of its Science Journal app, a tool intended to "inspire future makers and scientists." All you need to get started is an Android phone—it will make use of the sensors on your phone and offers a digital science notebook to record your findings. The app is free and slated to be released open source later this summer. Google has already released microcontroller firmware for Arduino-based sensors on GitHub.