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  • TinyCore piCore 7.0 Available To Download With Most Interesting Changes Ever
  • PulseAudio comes to Slackware-current Beta

    Yup folks, thanks to the new bluetooth stack in slackware-current (brought to you by BlueZ 5.x) we have introduced a dependency on PulseAudio. Bluetooth audio no longer accepts ALSA as the output driver.

  • Zulu embedded inside the Internet of Things

    Java runtime solutions company Azul Systems has announced that Zulu Embedded is now available to download on the Wind River Marketplace.

  • The Airtop Is One Of The Coolest Linux-Friendly PCs Ever For Enthusiasts

    Our friends at CompuLab have come out out with their most interesting design yet: the Airtop. CompuLab told be about the Airtop a few days ago and I've been very excited and can't wait to try one out soon. They describe it as, "Airtop is a small and silent desktop with very high performance. The key word is silent. Not 'with a specially designed fan that is very quiet'. Airtop has no fans at all, yet it can dissipate 200W – enough to cool a Xeon CPU and a professional (or gaming) graphics card. Airtop cools itself by generating airflow using no moving parts, just the waste heat from the CPU and the GPU." Yes, a Xeon-powered system with a discrete graphics card and can be all cooled without any fans?!?

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  • Into The Unknown – Sunday, 2016-01-10

    You’d think “Unknown” would actually be known by someone somewhere with such popularity but I can’t find it. How is it more popular than Android/Linux in some places and StatCounter doesn’t know about it?

  • 22 Years of Linux Journal on One DVD - Now Available

    In easy-to-use HTML format, this fully searchable archive offers immediate access to the essential resource for the Linux enthusiast: Linux Journal. The archive contains all 260 issues of the magazine, from the premiere March 1994 issue through the most recent issue, December 2015. That's 260 issues of Linux Journal, with well over 4,100 articles!

  • Google Chrome Users Will Push Content to Chromecast Without Dedicated Extension
  • Should you install Linux on a gaming laptop?

    Linux is everywhere these days, and Linux gamers have never had more games to play than they do right now. But is Linux really well suited for a gaming laptop? One redditor asked about it on the Linux subreddit and got some interesting answers from his fellow Linux users.

  • SteamOS Brewmaster 2.60 Stable Update Ships with a New Linux Kernel, Security Fixes

    Earlier today, January 13, 2016, Valve had the pleasure of announcing the release of a new stable update for the SteamOS Brewmaster 2.0 series, which brings many improvements and patches security issues.

    According to the release notes, the most important thing that was implemented in the new stable update for the SteamOS 2.0 Brewmaster branch is a new Linux kernel package, which promises to fix the issues reported by users about the udeb packaging.

  • Hypercharge looks like an amazing UE4 shooter that will support Linux

    Fancy becoming a child's action figure? Hypercharge will let you do this, and destroy your friends in this multiplayer shooter.

    After seeing a quick video and some screenshots from it, I am very interested in this one and will be keeping an eye on it.

  • Partial Fermi Re-Clocking Being Talked About For Nouveau

    Karol Herbst, the independent open-source developer who has been focusing upon Nouveau re-clocking support in recent months, has made a new proposal and patch series concerning NVIDIA GeForce GTX 400/500 "Fermi" re-clocking on this open-source driver.

  • 8-Way ARM Board Linux Benchmark Comparison From The Pi Zero & ODROID To Tegra

    The kind folks at LoverPi.com sent over many of the ARM boards seen in this comparison today. They provided the ODROID C1 Plus, Raspberry Pi 2, Orange Pi Plus, Orange Pi PC, and Banana Pi M2. They will also be allowing some other ARM board Linux tests on Phoronix in the future. Beyond those various ARM SBCs, for this performance comparison I also included a Raspberry Pi Zero, NVIDIA Jetson TK1, and NVIDIA Jetson TX1.

  • FLOSS Weekly 370: MuseScore

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  • On Being More Convenient

    As you may or may not know, Plasma’s mantra basically is “help you get stuff done”. This means it helps you to achieve your goals as easily for you as possible. Plasma 5.6 will be one of those releases where we’ve focussed a lot on getting in your way less and removing obstacles in the way between you and your tasks.

  • KDE Plasma 5.6 Bringing More User-Facing Improvements
  • My Tumbleweed install for January 2016
  • UEFI and opensuse Leap 42.1

    Leap 42.1 started out with some UEFI problems. The last of those were fixed in an update yesterday. However, the fix only solves the problem for already installed systems. The install media still have these problems. Since opensuse usually does not re-release install isos, it is unlikely that install problems will completely go away.

  • 10 years TeX Live in Debian

    I recently dug through my history of involvement with TeX (Live), and found out that in January there are a lot of “anniversaries” I should celebrate: 14 years ago I started building binaries for TeX Live, 11 years ago I proposed the packaging TeX Live for Debian, 10 years ago the TeX Live packages entered Debian. There are other things to celebrate next year (2017), namely the 10 year anniversary of the (not so new anymore) infrastructure – in short tlmgr – of TeX Live packaging, but this will come later. In this blog post I want to concentrate on my involvement in TeX Live and Debian.

  • Linux Mint 17.3 KDE and Xfce released

    Linux Mint has long proven to be one of the most popular desktop distributions around. And now the Linux Mint developers have released version 17.3 for KDE and Xfce.

    You can download Linux Mint 17.3 KDE and Xfce right now from the Linux Mint site. You can also read the release notes and what's new for Linux Mint 17.3 KDE, as well as the release notes and what's new for Linux Mint 17.3 Xfce.

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  • KDE and Open Source

    Among the many new experiences I have discovered so far, contributing to a project that is devoted to helping other people brings about an unstoppable drive of happiness. The thought of knowing that something that I did was going to benefit someone else in this world is the best feeling and this made me feel more rewarded and fulfilled about my life.

  • KDE's Akonadi Continues To Be Developed In The KF5 World

    While the KDE Akonadi PIM storage service has been criticized as being slow, among other complaints, it's continuing to be developed and improved upon in the Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5 world.

  • Improving my Gtk and Music knowledge

    During the past few weeks I have studied about how to work with Gtk. It was necessary since I didn’t have so many experience with it. Also, I have taken a time to understand how Gnome Music works.

  • Arch Wins First of Two Round Poll

    The voting is over in the first round of our annual GNU/Linux distro poll, which sought an answer to the simple question, “What Linux distro do you currently use most?” The result was a complete surprise, at least to us. By a decisive margin, you voted for Arch Linux. The poll was certainly one for the record books. By the time it was closed to voting, a total of 5,784 of you had cast votes, more than double from any previous FOSS Force poll. The poll was online for approximately one week.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2016/1

    This is the first review of the year – and will cover the four snapshots 20151231, 20160101, 20160105 and 20160107.

  • Fosscomm 2015 at Athens

    My second and I believe most important presentation, this year, was about the excellent QA tool actually used to build our distro, “openQA”. As said by it’s motto, “Life is too short for manual testing!”, thus openQA is used to automate testing of the whole distribution (either as a collection or in individual package basis). You can see some test case examples on it’s homepage, you can also fetch the presentation from my github repo (FOSSCOMM_2015 directory) linked in the blog sidebar.

  • Slackware 14.1 Live Edition FullHD Review (KDE, MATE, Xfce) - 20 Years After The First Linux LiveCD
  • Other Letdowns For Linux / Open-Source Users From 2015
  • OpenStack: a .deb guy on (the) board

    [GP] I discovered Linux in 1994, but only in 1996 things were serious. By the time I just finished high school and I applied for a job in a local Internet Service Provider. At 15 years I was well known in the local community as I was installing and maintaining several BBSes, so it wasn’t hard to get the job. I can say it was love at first sight. I started with Slackware (was the first distro), but I moved into redhat first and then debian. When I was working for the IBM Linux Technology Center, I was in charge of helping porting Linux to PowerPC and backporting LVM to make it similar to AIX. Sun was also a good playground as they acquired Cobalt, a hardware appliance based on debian. Then I shifted more towards Enterprise Linux adoption with 6 years in RedHat and then I went to Canonical. I was happy to go back to Debian and Ubuntu community, because I still believe that Ubuntu Developer Summits (UDS) were the real spirit of a Linux community.

  • Debian Fun in December 2015

    December was the eighth month I contributed to Debian LTS under the Freexian umbrella. It was a bit of a funny month since most of the time most open CVEs were already taken care of by other team members (which is nice) but it resulted in me not releasing a single DLA which feels weird.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Has Received Telephony Improvements And An Updated Thumbnailer

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  • Podcast Season 4 Episode 01

    In this episode: Ian Murdoch, creator of Debian, has died. AMD is overhauling its open source driver approach. Linux has been made to run on a PS4. IPv6 is now at 10% adoption, after only 20 years. And there’s an outbreak of common sense at the Dutch Government. All this plus our regular Finds, Brains and Voices sections. Plus, One. More. Thing.

  • Developer: Tizen Community Dinner at FOSDEM 2016

    Last year the event attracted 5000+ attendees and its looks like a similar number for this year. There will be a number of Tizen talks and you will have the opportunity to meet and listen to Tizen developers from all over Europe (and further away). There will be a EFL / Tizen booth where developers can learn about the Tizen ecosystem, available devices and also about coding using EFL.

  • Design Hackfest in Rio de Janeiro

    In a week and a half, a bunch of us that are involved in GNOME design will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, in order to spend some time with the good people at Endless. (If you don’t know them yet, Endless are selling computers for the developing world, all of which run a GNOME-based operating system. Their latest device, the Endless Mini has been getting some good press recently.)

  • Alpine Linux 3.3.1 Officially Released with ownCloud 8.1.5 and Linux Kernel 4.1.15 LTS

    The guys over Alpine Linux have just announced a few minutes ago, January 7, the immediate availability for download of the Alpine Linux 3.3.1 server-oriented operating system.

  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Receives New Coverage from Analysts at BMO Capital Markets

    BMO Capital Markets started coverage on shares of Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) in a research note issued to investors on Thursday morning, The Fly reports. The brokerage issued an outperform rating on the open-source software company’s stock.

  • Key Stocks of the Day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Goodbye, Debian 8.1

    Goodbye, Debian 8.1 (Jesse). I tried the distro for several months because RHEL clones (Springdale Linux and CentOS, both 7.0 and 7.1) didn't like my legacy nVidia GeForce 6150 SE in this old desktop and it was a pain to fix that. The system still is good enough to do all the work I need to do and performs reasonably well. Debian seemed like a reasonable alternative. I chose to install it with LXDE as the desktop environment which is lightweight and ideal for old systems.

  • Q4OS 2.0.2 Scorpion (Windows-XP Like System) Is Now Available As Beta

    As you may know, Q4OS is a Debian-based Linux system that uses Trinity Desktop as default and mimics Windows XP, while using a Linux Kernel.

  • Canonical needs a firm direction for Ubuntu

    Ubuntu by itself is a great operating system for both desktop and server, but canonical has a grand plan that seems to neglect its best product.

  • Latest Intel Compute Sticks use Skylake and Cherry Trail CPUs

    With its relatively high, $89 (Linux) to $149 (Windows) price, middling Bay Trail processor, and one lonely USB port, the Intel Compute Stick was clearly in need of some improvements. At CES, Intel launched several second-gen versions that add more USB ports, faster 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi, and much faster processors.

  • App: Video Editor Now Available for the Samsung Z3

    Video Editor is an Application that lets you edit video files directly on your Samsung Z3 Tizen handset. You can trim the start and end points of the video as well as being able to reverse the playback if you so wish. After your editing you get to preview and then save if you are happy with your creation.

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  • A Quake 2 Game Might Get Ported To Linux

    Berserker@Quake2 has been around since about 2005, but only supported on Windows. Now though the Russian developer behind this game mod has finally published his code in hopes of someone porting it to Linux.

  • KDE Plasma 5.5.3 Comes With 20 Changes
  • KDE's conf.kde.in 2016 Conference to Take Place in Rajasthan, India, on March 5-6

    On January 6, 2016, KDE announced that the upcoming conf.kde.in 2016 conference for KDE developers would take place this spring, between March 5 and 6, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

  • The importance of Keywords for the software center

    So, what do I want you to do? If you have no existing keywords, I would like you to add some keywords in the desktop file or the AppData file. If you want the keywords to be used by GNOME Shell as well (which you probably do), the best place to put any search terms is in the keywords section of the desktop file. This can also be marked as translatable so non-English users can search in their own language. This would look something like Keywords=3D;printer; (remember the trailing semicolon!)

  • The Linux Setup - Ikey Doherty, Solus

    Ikey is living the dream—he made his own desktop environment. Perhaps even more impressive, he made it for his own distribution! Perhaps most impressive of all, Solus, Ikey’s distribution, is built from scratch, meaning it’s not based upon another distribution. It’s a lot of work, but Ikey doesn’t seem to mind it. Ikey also flags git as his essential tool-of-choice. I’m using git to submit chapters for my book and it’s a pretty amazing piece of software. It’s impacting all kinds of work.

  • Hackers rejoice, Kali Linux NetHunter 3.0 Android Mobile Penetration Testing Platform released
  • Debian Project mourns the loss of Ian Murdock

    The Debian Project sadly announces that it has lost the founder of its community and project, Ian Murdock.

    Debian is only a part of Ian's legacy but perhaps the one that he is most known for.

    Ian was introduced to computers early in his life, and his curiosity turned to familiarity which led him to start actively programming at nine years of age. Later as a young adult at the Krannert School of Management a mandatory programming class rekindled his fascination with computer programming along with an idea and an opportunity to make something better.

    Ian started the Debian Project in August of 1993, releasing the first versions of Debian later that same year. At that time, the whole concept of a "distribution" of Linux was new. Inspired as he said by Linus Torvalds' own sharing of Linux, he released Debian with the intention that this distribution should be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU.

  • IBM’s Watson Now Powers AI For Under Armour, Softbank’s Pepper Robot And More

    From its debut to the world as a Jeopardy champion in 2011, IBM’s Watson has made a name for itself as a powerful artificial intelligence platform for large enterprise applications, from medical research through to finance. Now IBM is aiming to take Watson to the consumer.

  • Microservices are not the same thing as components

    Mention cloud, mention DevOps and it won’t be long before microservices enters the discussion.

    But what is, or are, microservices? The name implies something small – but what? Is it a part of a bigger thing or a piece of discrete functionality? And how are microservices different to application components? And why should we care?

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  • Vivaldi Web Browser Gets Its First Snapshot for 2016, Final Release Coming Later This Year

    On January 5, Vivaldi's Ruarí Ødegaard proudly announced the immediate availability for download of the first snapshot build of the Vivaldi cross-platform web browser for 2016.

  • conf.kde.in 2016

    Building on the success of conf.kde.in 2014 at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Community Technology (DA-IICT) in the land of Gujarat and 2015 at Amritapuri in Kerala, India, the horizon of the KDE Community is broadening and shifting to north India. conf.kde.in 2016 takes place on the 5th and 6th of March at Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. As in previous years of the conference, conf.kde.in 2016 will promote the spirit of free and open source software (FOSS) and offer ideas to build awareness about FOSS culture at the college level, when most technology students have their first experience with Open Source. The emphasis will be on KDE technology and Qt, the popular cross-platform application framework.

  • Add your local joint to the map
  • More NX & Chrome Books

    The most recent end point offering is using a ChromeBook. This is not yet in production, and being tested mostly by me at this point. We purchased a HP 14 inch ChromeBook with 4GB memory for around $250. It boots immediately. After opening the Chrome browser, you just put in the right URL and credentials and after a few seconds the GNOME desktop appears. The experience is then the same as the other platforms and this platform will resume sessions started on other types of devices. This ChromeBook is full 1920x1080 and provides an excellent canvas space for running software.

  • SparkyLinux 4.2 Budgie Edition Out Now, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.0 "Stretch"

    On January 5, 2016, the developers of the SparkyLinux computer operating system were extremely proud to inform us about the immediate availability for download of the first development milestone of the upcoming SparkyLinux 4.2 Budgie Edition OS.

  • PHP 7 and Linux Kernel 4.4 RC8 are Now Available in Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella)

    On January 5, the Manjaro development team, through Philip Müller, announced the general availability of the second stable update for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) computer operating system.

    The "Manjaro Update 2016-01-05" update is here to upgrade all the PHP packages to the latest stable and most advanced version of the world's most popular server-side programming language, PHP 7. With this occasion, the Manjaro devs made a few adjustments for better integration of PHP 7 in Manjaro Linux, such as to remove the php-pear, php-mssql, php-ldap, php-mongo, php-xcache, and graphviz packages.

  • Bryan Lunduke for openSUSE Board

    I, Bryan Lunduke, am officially running for a seat on the openSUSE Board.

    Consider this post to be my campaign platform.

  • TeX Live security improvements

    Today I committed a set of changes to the TeX Live subversion repository that should pave the way for better security handling in the future. Work is underway to use strong cryptographic signatures to verify that packages downloaded and installed into a TeX Live installation have not been tinkered with.

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  • A Linux switcher doesn't miss Apple or Microsoft

    Linux has much to offer any user, including journalists. One writer at Medium switched to Linux and said goodbye to Apple and Microsoft. He's never been happier with his computer and shared his thoughts in a long and detailed post.

  • 2015’s top five cloud developments and what they mean for 2016

    More telling than OpenStack’s continued rise is how everyone is adopting open-source operating systems and technologies into the cloud. Nothing demonstrates that more than Microsoft — Microsoft of all companies! — adopting Linux.

    Microsoft launched its first Linux-based program, Azure Cloud Switch in 2015. After that, the boys from Redmond started offering Hadoop-on-Azure with Ubuntu Linux as its base. Then, the company added Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its Azure cloud offerings. That was followed up with Debian GNU/Linux being added to a list of supported Linux distributions available on Azure. Finally, and almost unbelievably, Microsoft is now offering a Linux on Azure certification.

  • Nvidia 361.16 Beta Out Now for Linux, BSD and Solaris with OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Driver

    Earlier today, January 5, 2016, Nvidia announced the release of a new Beta version of its graphics drivers for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris operating systems, version 361.16.

  • “Multiple merge candidates, aborting” workaround

    I’ve found a workaround that fixes the cause that makes Akonadi (and in turn Kmail) throw this error and stop syncing the emails.

  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 DP3 Supports Android Studio, XBox One Controller

    We have just been informed today, January 5, 2016, by Black Lab Software about the immediate availability for download and testing of the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 Developer Preview 3 operating system.

  • Video: Alpine Linux-based LiveCD with OpenVZ kernel / tools

    I recently encountered an Alpine Linux developer in the #openvz Freenode IRC channel who was working on an Alpine Linux-based LiveCD that uses the OpenVZ Legacy stable kernel and tools. If you aren't familiar with Alpine Linux (and I wasn't prior), it is a very minimal Linux distro that uses BusyBox. The LiveCD sharfire (his IRC nick) created is ~ 100MB in size. Since I know OpenVZ very well, shafire asked me to lend a hand with testing.

  • Debian Posts Longer Tribute In Honor Of Its Founder

    The Debian project has today published a longer tribute in honor of Ian Murdock after briefly announcing his passing last week.

    Debian's tribute today talks about how Ian began programming at nine years old, how he started Debian in 1993, some excerpts from the Debian Manifesto and some early Debian release announcements, etc

  • Samsung Announces new Smart TV User Experience and Tizen Smart Remote Control

    Samsung has announced a new Smart TV user experience and Smart Hub for its Tizen 2016 TV range and also a new Samsung Smart Control remote. The new Smart Hub interface promises to more tightly Integrate with your existing content and services, allowing you to easily switch between them. There is also an updated search system that allows users to search multiple sources simultaneously.

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  • Automotive Grade Linux group releases unified IVI spec

    The Linux Foundation released an Automotive Grade Linux Unified Code Base distribution featuring GENIVI components, and announced new members including Ford.

    The Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) working group has released an AGL Unified Code Base (UCB) distribution for open source Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. The Yocto Project based distribution combines elements from the AGL Requirements Specification released last June, as well as the GENIVI Alliance specification and the Tizen IVI stack, which has served as the first AGL reference design.

  • Download Linux Voice issue 13
  • No more just FIFA and WWE: PS4 can run Linux. Sony-FailOverflow 0-1
  • openSUSE Build Service virtualized
  • The evolution of the open organization

    Reading Jim Whitehurst's The Open Organization, you can hear the voice of a leader on a mission. Achieving a well-described personal transformation to become the Red Hat CEO, Whitehurst chronicles his leadership journey of the last few years, increasingly believing that the "open organization model" he encountered (and then further developed with other Red Hatters) has the potential to become a "new management paradigm." The book further argues that reframing leadership as "engaging and catalyzing participative communities both inside and outside" has helped Red Hat better achieve all-important performance imperatives of speed, agility, and innovation, and that the open model could be applicable to other organizations too—enabling them similarly to achieve higher performance. The essays in this volume, plus the growing contributions to the "movement building" website Opensource.com, reflect a high level of enthusiasm and interest among many other practitioners for exploring further the practice of "open organization."

  • Key Stocks of the Day: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)

    As it reflects the theoretical cost of buying the company’s shares, the market cap of Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) is currently rolling at 15137.67, making it one of the key stocks in today’s market. Hence, the existing market cap indicates a preferable measure in comprehending the size of the company rather than its worth.

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