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  • On August and Broken Electronics

    He fixed the Strata fast and, as I tested the KDE effects on PCLinuxOS, he was impressed by the beauty of Linux. He also praised the solid construction of the Strata. He said that other clients have cracked the screen of their laptops with less than what I did to mine.

  • Best Linux Browsers

    Choosing the best Linux browser for your needs requires just a bit of homework: Web browsers for the Linux desktop have evolved over the years, just as they have for other popular desktop platforms. With this evolution, both good and bad revelations have been discovered. Revelations from new functionality, to broken extensions, and so forth. In this article, I'll serve as your guide through these murky waters to help you discover the best in Linux browsers.

  • Manjaro 0.8.13.1 LXDE Screenshot Tour
  • Robolinux 8.1 MATE Screenshot Tour
  • Gentoo Package Repository now using Git

    Good things come to those who wait: The main Gentoo package repository (also known as the Portage tree or by its historic name gentoo-x86) is now based on Git.

  • The problem of SD mux

    I keep being asked about automated bootloader testing and the phrase which crops up is “SD mux” – hardware to multiplex SD card access (typically microSD). Each time, the questioner comes up with a simple solution which can be built over a weekend, so I’ve decided to write out the actual objective, requirements and constraints to hopefully illustrate that this is not a simple problem and the solution needs to be designed to a fully scalable, reliable and maintainable standard.

  • Mycroft Is an AI for Your Home Powered by Raspberry Pi 2 and Ubuntu Snappy

    Mycroft is what you would describe as a house computer, a device connected to your house, which acts like a virtual artificial intelligence. In this case, it's a clever mini PC named Mycroft, which is based on Raspberry Pi 2 and runs Ubuntu Snappy Core.

  • VIA Rolls Out Fanless, Ruggedized PC Powered By Quad-Core x86 Eden CPU
  • Rugged box-PC runs Linux on new quad-core Via Eden CPU
  • My ZTE Open Phone Finally Came Back!

    Sometime ago, I managed to upgrade my Firefox OS on the ZTE Open to version 1.2. However, this upgrade broke many things, like the GPS and other features.

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  • Lenovo's ThinkPad P50 and P70 laptops have Windows 10 and Linux configurations

    More exciting, however, is that Linux-based operating systems are optional as well. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu can be configured to meet your needs.

  • Six outdated myths about Linux

    Linux has gotten a lot of attention over the last ten years, but certain outdated myths still persist about it. TechRepublic has a list of these myths and explains why they simply aren't true.

  • Confusing Treasure for Junk in Linuxland

    There was no mistaking the ire in his voice. I pushed him to tell me what he didn’t consider junk. Instead he began walking down the west wall of the shop, pointing repeatedly at desktop after desktop. “Some of these machines are six years old. How are you ‘helping’ anyone by giving them these pieces of garbage?”

    The good host was completely gone from me now. All that remained was a dangerous anger I knew I had to control. I asked him just what kind of computers or laptops did he not consider to be junk. I asked him just where I was supposed to get computers that met his approval. I reminded him that we lived and died by the computers businesses and individuals donated, and that we upgraded every computer to its maximum potential before it left our facility.

  • More on WebM rate control

    In my last post, I mentioned that libvpx had rate control issues; or more accurately, that libvpx as used by VLC (through FFmpeg) had. Seemingly that was actually fixed a while ago by Ilkka Ollakka; VLC now (well, since late 2013) automatically sets half a second VBV by default. I normally use one, but half a second is totally fine, too, and it will keep the bitrate use from spiraling out of control when you switch from e.g. a static slide to a fade.

  • HEVC/H.265 Video Decode Is Present In VDPAU For AMDGPU

    There is indeed the support in place with the latest Git of the open-source AMD Linux driver code.

  • Last Chance to Get the Excellent Invisible, Inc. on Steam at a 40% Discount

    Invisible, Inc., a turn-based strategy game developed and published on Steam for Linux by Klei Entertainment, is now available at a 40% discount. The promotion will end in less than 12 hours.

  • Akademy 2015 – where awesome things happen
  • Slackel 4.14.3 KDE Live Screenshot Tour
  • Reproducible builds: week 15 in Stretch cycle

    As you might have noticed, Debian sid is currently largely uninstallable, due to the GCC 5 transition, which also can be see in our reproducibility test setup. Please help!

  • Debian/TeX Live 2015.20150810-1

    For those who are starving for some updates while the big gcc5 transitions brings the rest of Debian/sid to a halt, here is some fresh meat, a new TeX Live checkout. Nothing spectacular new here, just the usual big bunch of updates of and several new packages. Maybe worthwhile mentioning is that luasseq has been reincorporated into the TeX Live packages. Thanks to the maintainer for his work till now!

  • Kodi 15.1 Release Candidate Is Now Available
  • the future is here

    That's right, boys and girls, a compiler with a bigger resident size than Firefox. Three times bigger.

  • Security advisories for Monday

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  • Homeworld Remastered Collection Is Not Coming to Linux Just Yet

    Homeworld Remastered Collection was released by Gearbox Software after the company bought the rights to the franchise from the former owner THQ. It was recently released for the Mac OS X, but it looks like Linux won't be joining anytime soon.

  • GNOME Announces Search for Executive Director

    The GNOME Foundation is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. The Executive Director is critical for the Foundation, the public face of GNOME, the liaison to the GNOME Advisory Board, and the primary fundraiser for the Foundation. It is expected that the Executive Director will execute the daily business of the Foundation, and work with the Directors of the GNOME Foundation on a regular basis.

  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 May Be Unveiled On The 20th Of September, When The System Reaches Feature Freeze

    As we have previously written, the SUSE team is working at a new Linux systems called OpenSUSE Leap, a system focused on stability, including LTS/ESR and stable apps only.

  • How to Install Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS on 64-Bit Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Debian OSes

    Arne Exton, an independent GNU/Linux developer, known for many Linux kernel-based operating systems, posted an interesting tutorial a couple of days ago about how to install the latest Linux 4.1 LTS kernel on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Debian distros.

  • CoreOS’ Tectonic now runs on Mirantis OpenStack

    CoreOS and Mirantis have just announced that CoreOS’ Tectonic has been integrated into the Mirantis OpenStack distribution. The move will help teams create software more quickly and with improved quality.

  • Rebuilt multilib gcc compiler suite for slackware-current
  • LibreOffice 5.0.0 and 4.4.5 for your Slackware box

    For our stable Slackware (which is 14.1 of course) I have packaged LibreOffice 4.4.5 which was announced at the end of July. Actually, these packages were already available in my repository for the past couple of days but I wanted to wait with writing about it here until I could bake packages for LibreOffice 5.0.0 as well. Note that “LibreOffice 4.4.5 is replacing LibreOffice 4.3.7 as the ‘still’ version for more conservative users and enterprise deployments” according to the official announcement. Therefore I decided to be conservative and stick with 4.4.5 instead of packaging 5.0.0 for Slackware 14.1.

  • AltArch SIG Announced For CentOS: Fun For ARM & More

    On Monday a message was sent out to the centos-announce mailing list bringing attention to the newly created AltArch Special Interest Group. The focus of the group is for the community to come together and support CentOS 7 on architectures other than x86_64-- architectures such as ARMv7, AArch64 (64-bit ARM), 32-bit x86.

  • Fedora 23 Alpha 1 Will Be Released On The 11th Of August
  • Fedora 23 Alpha Cleared For Release Next Week
  • Debian Wants To Tackle UEFI, But They Need Your Help

    Over the weekend the Debian project put out a call, over Twitter, for UEFI horror stories as their developers begin to take a more serious look at Debian and UEFI, with the creation of a UEFI team.

  • Japanese-English dictionary for Kobo

    Since ever the Kobo firmwares also allowed downloading of a bunch of dictionaries, most of which I don’t need. As I am fluent in most languages I read and write, the only real dictionary I would like to see is a Japanese-English (I don’t dare asking for a Japanese-German). Unfortunately, Kobo never shipped one. OTOH, starting with firmware 3.16.10 they ships two different English-Japanese dictionaries, one excellent Japanese-Japanese dictionary, but not one Japanese-English. So I took the liberty to write a script that allows everyone to enrich the shipped Japanese-Japanese dictionary with English definitions.

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