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Samsung’s 4K SUHD Smart Tizen TV

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The Samsung Smart TV revolution is upon us, and Samsung promises to redefine your viewing experience with television. We now have curved screens that feel more natural to watch as we see the world in a non-linear way, so why should we watch TV on a flat screen?

Samsung Tizen TV offers some great image quality and promises to be able to become the Smart hub of your Smart home, allowing you to control peripheral devices from the comfort of your armchair.

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Tiny Core 6.2 RC2 Is Now Ready for Download and Testing

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Linux

Robert Shingledecker has announced the immediate availability of Tiny Core 6.2 RC2 Linux operating system, one of the smallest full operating systems available right now.

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Deepin 2014.3 Is a Top Contender for the Most Beautiful OS in the World

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deepin, a Linux distribution the offers users with a unique, stable, fast, safe, and user-friendly desktop experience based on the latest HTML5 technologies, has been upgraded to version 2014.3 and numerous improvements have been made.

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A Brief Update On Fwupd For Linux Firmware Updating Of Devices

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GNOME

One of the latest focuses of prolific free software developer Richard Hughes has been on fwupd, an open-source and easy way to update device firmware.

Fwupd is part of the initiative to make updating of UEFI/BIOS easily from the Linux desktop and fwupd can be used for updating the firmware of peripheral devices like Richard Hughes' ColorHug device.

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2016 might just be the year of Linux on the (virtual) desktop

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Come November, some “pundit” will declare that next year is the year of Linux on the desktop. This November, expect a twist on that prediction, as 2016 could just perhaps conceivably be the year of virtual Linux desktops now that Citrix has taken kit capable of delivering it into Beta.

That kit is called the “Linux Virtual Desktop Tech Preview” and can be had here if you're a XenApp or XenDesktop customer with an active Subscription Advantage account. Citrix Partners can get it too.

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Routers and Linux

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Web

Unix and Personal Computers: Reinterpreting the Origins of Linux

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GNU
Linux

So, to sum up: What Linus Torvalds, along with plenty of other hackers in the 1980s and early 1990s, wanted was a Unix-like operating system that was free to use on the affordable personal computers they owned. Access to source code was not the issue, because that was already available—through platforms such as Minix or, if they really had cash to shell out, by obtaining a source license for AT&T Unix. Therefore, the notion that early Linux programmers were motivated primarily by the ideology that software source code should be open because that is a better way to write it, or because it is simply the right thing to do, is false.

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Linux Freedom vs. Convenience

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One of my favorite websites that illustrate this point is WhyLinuxIsBetter.net. As the page loads, you're immediately presented with clear, easy to understand reasons why Linux is better than proprietary operating systems. Now granted, the website is a bit dated. But the overall message is timeless and positive. What this site does well is show its readers exactly why Linux on the desktop is awesome. From its features to its built-in safety, everything is clearly illustrated and easy to understand.

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A MAN WITH HIS FINGERS IN MILLIONS OF PIES

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Interviews

Over 5 million Raspberry Pis have been sold. That’s the same as the number of ZX Spectrums sold in the 80s. And like the Spectrum, the Pi is likely to have a far-reaching and transformative legacy, helping the next generation of games designer and computer scientists find their feet. There are countless numbers of people who have helped make this happen, but Eben Upton has been there from the beginning. He’s the founder and the CEO, and he’s still shaping every aspect of the Raspberry Pi, from its hardware to the software, albeit now with a little more help than when the foundation started. We met with Eben a couple of weeks before the launch of the monumental model 2 where he generously answered our questions despite a terrible cold.

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Imagination to release open MIPS design to academia

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Imagination is releasing a free version of its Linux-ready MIPS MicroAptiv CPU to universities called “MIPSfpga,” which will offer fully transparent RTL.

Imagination Technologies has developed a Linux-ready academic version of its 32-bit MIPS architecture MicroAptiv processor design, and is giving it away free to universities for use in computer research and education. As the MIPSfpga name suggests, the production-quality RTL (register transfer level) design abstraction is intended to run on industry standard FPGAs.

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Will There Ever Be Another Red Hat?

Will there ever be another Red Hat? It depends on what you are asking. If the question is will there be other companies that go public based on a model of using open source to power an enterprise software offering, the answer is clearly yes. Hortonworks just did so and the IPO pipeline is likely to include companies like Cloudera, MapR, Talend, and a few others in the near future. But that’s not the most interesting way to understand this question. The better angle is this: Will there be another company that becomes a successful business based on the same or similar model as Red Hat? For the fiscal year ending in February 2015, Red Hat has annual revenues of $1.79 billion and is a profitable company. Will any company ever get to $1 billion or even $500 million in revenue from open source subscriptions and have a chance of being profitable? Read more

Open source threat model aims to make enterprise safer with less work

An open source threat model is aiming to be a repository for risk assessment with the aim of allowing enterprise to focus on creating the right security controls for each business. Read more

Deepin 2014.3 Is a Top Contender for the Most Beautiful OS in the World

deepin, a Linux distribution the offers users with a unique, stable, fast, safe, and user-friendly desktop experience based on the latest HTML5 technologies, has been upgraded to version 2014.3 and numerous improvements have been made. Read more

CUDA in Fedora

  • CUDA enabled programs
    There is a new repository available with CUDA enabled programs in package format. This contains programs that have been linked to CUDA libraries or have CUDA support enabled. At the moment this is available only on Fedora 21, if there is sufficient feedback I will enable it also for other distributions.
  • Making It Easier To Deploy CUDA On Fedora
    While Fedora 21 ships with decent OpenCL support, if you're running the binary NVIDIA graphics driver on Fedora Linux and wishing to use CUDA-accelerated programs, it's a little bit easier today thanks to a new third-party package repository.