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NixOS 14.04 Is a Unique Operating System That Uses KDE 4.2

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NixOS is not your average cup of tea, as it employs a rather different approach to the building of an operating system. It uses its own package manager, called Nix, which ensures that users can make an upgrade to one package that cannot break others, that they can always roll back to previous version, and so on.

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No, ARM Didn't Open-Source Their Full Mali Linux Driver

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A few links have been sent in to our news tip box with this page, which reads, "Open Source Mali-200/300/400/450 GPU Kernel Device Drivers." While the page mentions open-source drivers, it's only about the kernel portion of the driver and it's always been that way with ARM -- and most other ARM-based graphics vendors. The kernel portion is open, the user-space components are closed. Without an open user-space, having an open kernel driver is only of limited use, and will not be accepted into the upstream Linux kernel.

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Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade unmanned helicopter control system with Linux software and more intuitive controls

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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control experts at the Raytheon Co. Technical Services segment in Dulles, Va., will switch a major unmanned helicopter control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities under terms of a $15.8 million contract.

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The Reality of Chromebooks/OS – Not as limited as you think!

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Google

So when you consider your next PC purchase, give ChromeOS a consideration and when you look at the sales on Amazon, it appears many people are starting to do just that. I would suggest though if you are looking for a Chromebook replacement to a bulky desktop PC with features you don’t need, you go for as large a screen as possible. 14″ seems to be the best size and accommodates web pages, apps et al, comfortably.

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4MLinux Media Edition 8.2 Beta OS Can Play, Rip, and Encode Any Media File

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4MLinux Media Edition, a special distribution with a wide set of multimedia tools and software, is now at version 8.2 Beta and comes with the latest tools and applications.

There are a lot flavors for 4MLinux, and the Media Edition is one of the most exciting and interesting, mostly because it packs a lot of very good applications dedicated to running all kinds of media files.

The 4MLinux distributions are known for their small size and it takes a lot of work to get all the pieces together in such a small package. A number of other apps can also be installed from the repositories

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Building an Arduino Pest Repeller on Linux (Part 2)

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In part two of this series we load and test our critter-scaring Arduino sketch, and play scary motion-activated noises. First let's go back to part 1 and dissect our simple EZ1 sensor-testing sketch.

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New Acer Chromebook has Core i3 processor

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Google

Power is not generally associated with Chromebooks, since they utilize either ARM processors, like tablets, or Intel’s Celeron processors. Google‘s Pixel was the only Chromebook that could be described as powerful because it uses one of Intel’s Core i5 processors. However, on Monday we saw an Acer Chromebook that is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. This is a large jump from the usual low power processors found in most Chromebooks, and will offer that power at a much lower price than the Chromebook Pixel.

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Nvidia $192 Tegra TK1 board could be used as a Linux gaming PC

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Nvidia is bringing supercomputer-class performance to its $192 Jetson TK1 computer, which is targeted at embedded devices but could be used as a Linux-based gaming PC.

The TK1 is an uncased board with all the major components on it, much like the popular Raspberry Pi. But the computer offers 300 gigaflops of performance, and Nvidia said it could be used as a PC for games supporting ARM processors and the Linux OS.

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Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-4 Is a Linux Distro for Complete Backup

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The Clonezilla developers released a new development version for their Linux distro and they've decided to also cool down with the version numbering. The last version before the current one was labeled 2.2.3-39, but that evolved to 2.2.3-4, which is much more user friendly.

"The underlying GNU/Linux operating system was upgraded. This release is based on the Debian Sid repository, as of April 28, 2014," reads the official changelog.

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Linux-based K-9 doppelganger treads ELC

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At the Embedded Linux Conference, Intel’s new Open Hardware Technical Evangelist showed off a Linux- and MinnowBoard based robot that mimics Doctor Who’s K-9.

The high correlation between science fiction fans and techies reaches its zenith with the BBC show Doctor Who. But who knew that showing off one’s inner Time Lord could actually be a winning career move? Last fall at the Embedded Linux Conference Europe in Edinburgh, Scotland, Red Hat engineer John “Warthog9″ Hawley demonstrated a robot based on Doctor Who’s robotic dog K-9. His treadwheel bot runs Angstrom Linux on Intel’s open spec, Atom-based MinnowBoard single-board computer, the forerunner of the new MinnowBoard Max.

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