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  • Looking for a Chromebook? You Can Now Run Top Applications on Them

    If you haven't looked into Chromebooks, or if you previously wrote them off due to the immaturity of Chrome OS, look again. Many holiday gift receivers would be happy to get a Chromebook, and they are much more flexible now than before. And, Google is even offering incentives with Chromebooks, including, in many cases, free storage in the cloud and other perks.

  • Amazon adds Docker registry to fill in "core" gap in its cloud

    Amazon Web Services' (AWS) has launched a simpler way for developers to manage Docker containers on its cloud platform.

    The EC2 Container Registry (ECR) gives developers an AWS-hosted registry to manage, store and deploy Docker images.

  • Beautiful KDE Plasma 5.5.2 Desktop Arrives with a Few Fixes

    The KDE Community has revealed that the KDE Plasma desktop has been upgraded to version 5.5.2 , marking the release of another maintenance update.

  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Price Target Raised to $86.00 at Cowen and Company

    Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) had its price target increased by Cowen and Company from $82.00 to $86.00 in a research note released on Friday, AnalystRatings.NET reports. The brokerage currently has a market perform rating on the open-source software company’s stock.

  • Linux ready mini-PCs step up to faster AMD and Intel chips

    Compulab launched its fastest Fitlet mini-PC yet with a quad-core, 2.4GHz AMD G-Series “Fitlet-T,” plus two Intense PC mini-PCs using Intel’s 5th Gen Cores.

  • Did Apple Just Give Up?

    For instance what about RIM; there was a time when no self-respecting businessman would be seen without at least one Blackberry handset on them. Now with falling profits and struggling sales, the company seems close to collapse. So what happened there? Well I would argue that RIM fell behind, with the introduction of the iPhone and Android handsets, RIM left their Blackberry line swimming in the dark. The devices stuck to the same form factor, hardly improved from a hardware perspective and just completely ignored the shift in the industry. Now I’m not sure why this happened but it seemed like the company lacked the drive it once had.

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  • The Most Popular Email Clients On Fedora Linux
  • India 2015

    Theme of our trip is Debian Pure Blends. More specifically, we will meet with distribution developers and designers to try understand why they fork from (other forks of) Debian, and how Debian might improve to better serve them - ideally be able to fully contain such projects within Debian itself.

  • SparkyLinux 4.2 Is Based on Debian 9 "Stretch", Adds Enlightenment 0.20 and LXQt 0.10

    Earlier today, December 21, the developers of the Debian-based SparkyLinux computer operating system had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of SparkyLinux 4.2.

  • Top Open Source Android Apps: Chatting, Pics, Audio, and More

    Most people don't realize that they're not limited to the Android apps found in the Google Play store. There are also great open source apps available from F-Droid. The apps found in F-Droid are both open source and specifically designed for your Android device. In this article, I'll share some of my favorite open source Android apps and share my experiences with each application.

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  • Need for Compromise in Free Software – With Richard Stallman

    I had the opportunity to host a (virtual) round-table discussion on the need (or lack of need) for compromise in Free Software with an absolutely stellar group of panelists.

    Including: Richard Stallman (founder of the GNU Project and President of the Free Software Foundation), Aaron Seigo (of Kolab and KDE fame), Stuart Langridge (co-host of Bad Voltage and LUG Radio) and Swapnil Bhartiya (journalist for ITworld, Linux.com and more).

  • Opera 35 Web Browser Enters Beta, Brings a Cleaner, Unified Settings Page, More

    Earlier today, December 15, Opera Software, through Zhenis Beisekov, has had the great pleasure of announcing the promotion of the Opera 35 web browser to the Beta channel for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Symbolic Algebra Everywhere

    Previously in this space, I have covered software packages like Maxima that can be used to solve symbolic mathematics problems. Several packages are available that can do those types of calculations. In this article, I discuss Xcas/Giac. Xcas is the GUI interface to the system. Giac is the command-line program that provides access to the core engine. Xcas has the functionality to handle symbolic algebra, two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphing, spreadsheets and statistics. It even has its own programming language that you can use to add extra functionality of your own. Although you can use the default interface that comes with Xcas, you also can link the CAS (Computer Algebra System) engine as a shared library to your own C++ code.

  • How to Block SSH and FTP Access to Specific IP and Network Range in Linux
  • Enlightenment 0.20 Desktop Environment Gets Its First Point Release to Fix 30 Bugs

    The first maintenance release of the Enlightenment 0.20 open-source desktop environment has been published earlier for all GNU/Linux operating systems, fixing over 30 issues reported by users since the previous version.

  • GTK+ For GNOME 3.20 Gets "Gadgets"

    Gadgets as explained by GNOME developer Ben Otte is, "A gadget is halfway between a widget and a CSS node. It's supposed to provide the minimum convenicence around CSS nodes until we've figured out how to integrate them with widgets."

  • CentOS 7-1511 Screenshot Tour
  • Tails 1.8 Screenshot Tour

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  • Chromebookify Your Laptop Now!

    A few years ago there was a project designed to boot generic laptops so they functioned as Chromebooks. It was a cool project, but unfortunately, the compatibility wasn't great, and it wasn't reliable to use on a daily basis. Although Chromebooks are old news these days, it still would be quite useful to transform aging laptop computers into Chromebooks. Because they have such low system requirements, older laptops running the ChromeOS can become quite useful again.

  • AppStream 0.9 Brings Many Changes, Breaks API/ABI

    Version 0.9 of AppStream is now available. As a refresher, AppStream is a FreeDesktop.org specification backed by multiple major Linux distributions as a cross-distribution effort of standardizing Linux component metadata.

  • Mesa 11.1 Will Likely Support The Raspberry Pi 3D Support In Linux 4.5

    In Linux 4.4 there wasn't 3D support, but that's changing with Linux 4.5. However, besides needing the Linux 4.5+ kernel, you also need a supported VC4 Gallium3D driver. While there's been the VC4 Gallium3D driver developed in mainline Mesa over the past many months, the branched code currently present for the imminent Mesa 11.1 release doesn't support the DRM driver as set to be shipped in Linux 4.5.

  • Intel Broxton OpenCL Support Added To Beignet
  • Snapshot 1.0.344.34 - move tabs between windows
  • Latest Vivaldi Web Browser Snapshot Lets Users Move Tabs Between Windows

    Earlier today, December 14, 2015, the developers behind the cross-platform and free Vivaldi web browser announced the release of a new snapshot build towards the second Beta version of the software.

  • Install NetXMS with Ubuntu 15.10
  • How to install Composer on Debian / Ubuntu Linux
  • How To Make Python Run As Fast As Julia
  • The Funding Crowd 54, the latest in Linux crowdfunding news

    Read the latest in crowdfunding news for Linux in the last issue of The Funding Crowd this year. We have an even mix of hidden gems and biggies this time, as well as a few bonus picks that might be worth checking out.

  • Best distro of 2015 poll

    Let's do it again. Last year, in a first-of-its-kind Dedoimedo best distro vote poll, I asked you about your favorite operating system, and you responded in kind. With exactly 1,900 votes, you opined on the state of the Linux. It's that time of the year once more.

    I am going to post an article reflecting my own view on how this year of distro testing went, but I would also very much like to hear from you. Like in 2014, I used the THP on Distrowatch and selected the top ten entries for the poll. But there's also a free field for you to add any other distro you like, as well as comments. It ought to be interesting, and hopefully not too quiet. After me.

  • Mageia: Some news of what’s boiling in the Cauldron

    For those of you who are most familiar with Mageia and its development, you are starting to know the drill: Cauldron is the place where we break stuff by upgrading everything that we tried to keep stable during the previous release cycle, and then we work on making it stable again. We are now in this stabilization phase and we were aiming internally for a first development snapshot of Mageia 6 as a set of ISO images, but there are still a number of factors that make it difficult right now.

  • Dropping Plasma 4

    Since the KDE 4 desktop has been unmaintained for several months and it's becoming increasingly difficult to support two versions of Plasma, we are removing it from our repositories. Plasma 5.5 has just been released and should be stable enough to replace it.

  • Enlightenment 0.20.1 Released With Fixes
  • And the date winners are: Kdenlive Café #1 and #2
  • Video Series

    I’m nearly a month down on a branch for Builder 3.20. It’s goal is to radically simplify the process of creating plugins, and prepare for external plugins. We really wanted to create a solid plugin story before doing that and things are progressing nicely.

  • CentOS 7 1511 Updates To GNOME 3.14, KDE 4.14
  • Linux Top 3: Rockstor, Koozali SME and Chapeau

    In the world of Linux distributions, there are many that are based on Debian and Ubuntu, but those are the only two distro that have fueled a following of derivative distros, Fedora and CentOS have too.

  • Monthly News – November 2015

    Our apologies for posting these news so late. Since the website and forums went down, we’ve been hit by two new server issues. Two of our repository servers lost their hard drives. That’s a total of 3 servers going down in just a few weeks. This time around we had full backups though and we were able to minimize downtime (no downtime at all on the Mint and LMDE2 repositories, a few hours yesterday on the LMDE 1 repositories). We’re eager to resume work on Linux Mint but at the moment most of our focus is still on server administration, on recovery, on configuration but also on making sure we’re stronger and issues like these have less of an impact on us going forward.

  • Linux Mint 17.3 OEM images available

    Reminder: OEM images are for computer vendors and manufacturers. They allow Linux Mint to be “pre-installed” on a machine which is then used by another person than the one who performed the installation. After an OEM installation, the computer is set in such a way that the next reboot features a small setup screen where the new user/customer has the ability to choose his/her username, password, keyboard layout and locale.

  • Cybersecurity Researchers Are Hunted from All Sides

    ybersecurity researcher Peter Kruse, founder of CSIS Security Group in Denmark, thought his mother was calling. Her number appeared on his phone, but when he answered, it wasn’t her. Instead, a male voice told him to stop what he was doing as a computer expert.

    “They checked my family members,” he said, referring to his anonymous tormenters. “They did their homework.”

    Security researcher Costin Raiu at Kaspersky Lab in Romania has a similar story. While he was analyzing Stuxnet, a worm written by the US and Israel and considered to be the first cyber weapon, someone broke into his house.

  • Torrent websites infect 12 million users a month with malware [Ed: propaganda for blanket silencing/censoring sharing sites]

    Institutions such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are fighting a losing battle in relation to preventing this type of piracy, simply because of the sheer number of people across the world tapping into the technology to download their favourite television show or album.

  • Raspberry Pi Zero: What you need to know

    Everything you need to know about the tiny $5 computer that is the newest member of the Raspberry Pi family.

  • Want Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi? It's virtually possible

    Work to turn the $35 Raspberry Pi board into a thin client for Windows and Linux virtual desktops appears to be paying off.

  • The Gear S2 Is the Gear Live 2: Samsung Sidelines Android Wear

    Have you been anticipating a Gear Live 2 from Samsung running Android Wear? Well, we’re way past Google’s 2015 I/O Conference, so I think it’s safe to say that the Android Wear-powered Gear Live 2 is a no-show. With that said, however, I don’t think the Gear Live 2 was ever meant to be. I don’t think the Gear Live 2 was ever in the cards for Samsung, ever on the Korean giant’s “to make” list. To find out why, though, the key lies in Samsung’s latest smartwatch, the Tizen-powered Gear S2.

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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook lashes out at Google’s Chromebooks

    Chromebooks have been for quite some time now, and that success has also happened in the classroom. Many schools have opted for Chromebooks over more expensive laptops or iPads from Apple, and that doesn’t sit well with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

    [...]

    While I can understand why the success of Chromebooks has irritated Apple’s CEO, I’m glad that they are available for the students and schools that want to use them. Chromebooks aren’t perfect but they definitely offer a low-cost and very viable alternative to more expensive devices, and they work amazingly well for the folks that use them.

    And what is wrong with that? It’s good that schools and students have options these days. I remember the dark days when everything was Microsoft-oriented, and I’m very happy that those days are well and truly behind us. Those were the dark ages of computing, and I never liked the idea of one company owning a particular market. Competition breeds innovation, and it offers real choices for consumers.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook labelled 'out of touch' after naming Chromebooks test machines

    TIM COOK has been labelled "out of touch with reality" after his comments that Google Chromebooks are merely "test machines" and are only successful because they are cheap.

    Cook made the remarks during an interview with Buzzfeed during a surprise visit to Apple's new Upper East Side retail store in New York ahead of its Hour of Code program, which kicked off in all of its retail stores on Thursday.

    A small education technology firm called Neverware has since been so outraged by his remarks that it has decided to write to the Apple CEO and give him a good telling off.

  • Dell Will Begin Making Their UEFI Firmware Easy To Update From Linux
  • Dell Frees UEFI, iXsystems Wins Double Silver & More…

    Dell Fixing UEFI for Linux? Linux users may be able to update their UEFI firmware on devices, if Dell has their way. The computer manufacturing giant is looking at making things easier for Linux users, and Richard Hughes writes on his GNOME blog that this capability might be available as early as Fedora 24. “With Dell on board, I’m hoping it will give some of the other vendors enough confidence in the LVFS to talk about distributing their own firmware in public,” Hughes writes, and we have our fingers crossed here.

  • HPC Myths Need Not Hamper the Technology’s Growth

    Many HPC systems use standard operating systems, most notably Linux, which increases the familiarity for most network administrators. HPC manufacturers have also taken steps in recent years to improve the usability of their systems. In fact, more business users now directly access HPC servers and clusters to run high-end data analysis applications.

  • Containers Gain Fans: From Finance to Entertainment Worlds

    In the last several years, the hype surrounding containers has grown, but so has their usage. At the Tectonic Summit earlier this month, the focus wasn't on hype, but rather on real-world use-cases, as container technology enters mainstream IT. Tectonic is a commercial product built by CoreOS, and includes CoreOS Linux as the operating system, the rocket (Rkt) container platform and the Kubernetes container management system. CoreOS competes and collaborates with Docker Inc., the lead commercial sponsor of Docker containers. Users and real-world deployment stories dominated the event. Financial services firms were well-represented among the users. Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch discussed how and why they are using containers. The International Securities Exchange (ISE) explained how it is using a CoreOS container-based infrastructure to enable its trading platform and 150 million messages a minute. Also at the summit, entertainment giant Viacom detailed how it's using containers and why it's moving the popular MTV.com Website to a container infrastructure. We look at some of the highlights of the Tectonic Summit as well as the use cases presented.

  • Xiaopan OS - Pentesting Distribution for Wireless Security Enthusiasts
  • ROSA Desktop Fresh R6 Linux OS Switches to the LXQt 0.10.0 Desktop Environment

    The developers behind the ROSA GNU/Linux operating system have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the first ROSA Desktop Fresh R6 LXQt edition of the project.

  • C++ ABI change
  • Arch Linux Switches To The New C++ ABI

    The noted posted this morning to ArchLinux.org confirms the switch to the new ABI. Arch Linux developers recommend rebuilding all non-repo packages against the new application binary interface.

  • Manjaro Linux Project Releases KDE Plasma 5.5 Live Media, Download Now

    The Manjaro development team, through Philip Müller, has had the pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the first development release of Manjaro Linux 15.12 "Capella" KDE Plasma 5.5 Live OS.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the week 2015/50

    The last week was no perfect one for openSUSE Tumbleweed: not a single snapshot could be published. Sadly, there were some issues with OBS ‘refusing to build’ new medias, which means snapshots could not be passed on to openQA or even be considered for release.

  • Bits from the Debian Continuous Integration project

    It’s been almost 2 years since the Debian Continuous Integration project has been launched, and it has proven to be a useful resource for the development of Debian.

  • Why You Should Go To UbuCon in Los Angeles in January

    The 21st – 22nd January 2016 are some important dates you need to pencil into your calendar. The reason? That is when the UbuCon Summit is happening in Pasadena, California, USA.

  • Meet Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa Cinnamon Edition – Video Overview and Screenshots

    Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon has been released and announced by Linux Mint Team, this release featuring the latest version cinnamon 2.8 desktop environment, based-on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, linux kernel 3.19, Xorg 1.17, Mesa 10.5.9 and will get updates and security patch until 2019.

  • Mint 17.3 (Rosa) on the Dell XPS 13 (9343)

    I’m a big fan of the Dell XPS 13. It is the first laptop I’ve felt an emotional attachment to since my first Powerbook. The only issue is that I have not been able to run my distro of choice, Linux Mint, due to severe issues with the trackpad.

  • Rikomagic MK36S is a Windows or Ubuntu mini PC with a Cherry Trail CPU

    Rikomagic’s latest mini-desktop computer features an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 802.11ac WiFi.

  • 3 open hardware projects for beginners

    I'm part of the Lunchbox Electronics team where we create innovative, new products with great imagination and passion for open source hardware. Our goal is to combine the art and engineering of an R&D Lab with playful products and projects. We believe that learning should be intuitive and fun.

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  • 5 Cool Unikernels Projects
    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels. First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.
  • Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode
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  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking
  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0
    Another Armadillo 7.* release -- now at 7.400. We skipped the 7.300.* serie release as it came too soon after our most recent CRAN release. Releasing RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0 now keeps us at the (roughly monthly) cadence which works as a good compromise between getting updates out at Conrad's sometimes frantic pace, while keeping CRAN (and Debian) uploads to about once per month. So we may continue the pattern of helping Conrad with thorough regression tests by building against all (by now 253 (!!)) CRAN dependencies, but keeping release at the GitHub repo and only uploading to CRAN at most once a month.
  • Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And Its Coming To Linux
    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.