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  • How to run Linux in your browser

    If one of your resolutions for 2016 is “learn/brush-up on Linux”, but you’re (already) feeling too lazy to set up Virtualbox or a HD partition, rejoice, for you can boot up and run Linux (CLI) in a browser tab.

  • How Does the Use of Docker Effect Latency?

    From a latency point of view, Docker's (and any other Linux container's) CPU and memory latency characteristics are pretty much indistinguishable from Linux itself. But the same things that apply to latency behavior in Linux apply to Docker.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS to Be Released on January 10, 2016, Says Linus Torvalds

    Just a few minutes ago, on January 3, 2015 (EST time), Linus Torvalds proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the eighth and last RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming Linux 4.4 LTS kernel.

  • Linux 4.4-rc8 Kernel Released

    While the Linux 4.4 kernel is largely ready to go, as alluded last weekend with the 4.4-rc7 announcement, the official Linux 4.4 release is being pushed out by another week due to the holidays. Over the past week, activity on fixes for Linux 4.4 has been light due to Christmas and New Year's.

  • A Modest Proposal on the DCO

    In this post, I discussed why corporations are having trouble regarding the DCO as sufficient for contributions to projects using licences which require patent grants. The fear being that rogue corporations could legitimately claim that under the DCO they were authorizing their developers as agents for copyrights but not for patents. Rather than argue about the legality of this trick, I think it will be much more productive to move the environment forwards to a place where it simply won’t work. The key to doing this is to change the expectations of the corporate players which moves them to the point where they expect that a corporate signoff under the DCO gives agency for both patents and copyrights because once this happens for most of them (the good actors), the usual estoppal rules would make it apply to all.

  • What is good stock portfolio management software on Linux

    If you are investing in the stock market, you probably understand the importance of a sound portfolio management plan. The goal of portfolio management is to come up with the best investment plan tailored for you, considering your risk tolerance, time horizon and financial goals. Given its importance, no wonder there are no shortage of commercial portfolio management apps and stock market monitoring software, each touting various sophisticated portfolio performance tracking and reporting capabilities.

  • PlayOnLinux 4.2.10 Released

    For those relying upon PlayOnLinux for playing various Windows games on Linux rather than using CodeWeavers' CrossOver or interacting with Wine directly, the newest version of this open-source program is now available.

  • Interview with SchwarzerAlptraum

    I used the basic brushes that came with Krita. I didn’t need too many brushes as I paint the textures manually unless they’re too small for that. A hard brush and a soft brush for blending are generally all I need for stuff like this. I used alpha inheritance to split the foreground objects from the background objects. It allows me to paint and add lots of coloring and adjustment layers on top of the foreground objects without worrying that it will spill over into the background.

  • It’s Time for ‘What’s Your Distro’ Round One

    Do you think your distro has what it takes to grab the brass ring and come out a champion? Then it’s time to get busy. Get to your distro’s forums, post on your favorite email lists, go social — like a good political boss working out of a smoke filled room in Chicago, it’s up to you to get the vote out for your distro, because if you don’t do it…who will? You don’t have much time. We pulled a surprise attack and put our poll up on Friday, so it’s already been collecting votes for three days already…maybe for distros other than your favorite.

  • This Week in Solus – Install #16
  • Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux 15.12 Distro Brings AMDGPU Driver Support, QupZilla

    Alexander Tratsevskiy, the developer of the Gentoo-based Calculate Linux operating system, announced this past weekend the availability of the last Calculate Linux release for 2015.

  • Hiking a mountain with Ian Murdock

    “Would you like to hike a mountain?” That question caught me by surprise. It was early in 2000, and I had flown to Tucson for a job interview. Ian Murdock was starting a new company, Progeny, and I was being interviewed for their first hire.

  • RC bugs 2015/53
  • If Your New Year’s Resolution Is ‘Mobile’ (or perhaps, ‘more mobile’) - Mobile mobile, uber alles

    Mobile is one of rare Trillion-dollar sized industries (1,000 Billion dollars in annual revenues).

  • Microsoft CEO Admits Windows Phone Market Share Is Unsustainable: Report

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has admitted what many of us already knew - Windows Phone's market share is in trouble. Noting its diminutive size, Nadella however points to services - not the device - being the key in the rapidly evolving market.

    In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Satya Nadella admitted that Windows Phone's market share is rather small - 'unsustainable' in fact, the publication reports Nadella admitting. "There's no question that in the case of the smartphone, today, we are not that high in share," Nadella was quoted to say.

  • Five Android Tablet Tricks For Your Lounge Room

    Tablets are designed to be portable so you can take them around anywhere, but they’re exceptionally useful in the house as well. There are a range of things you can do with an Android tablet from the comfort of your lounge room. Here are five ways you can use your Android tablet to make life easier without having to lift your butt off the couch.

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  • Linux and Unix SysAdmins New Year’s Resolutions (2016)

    Without going into specific details about business or its owner, I've decided that I will not work with a cheap IT manager who values money over people and work ethics.

  • CES 2016 Won't Be Too Exciting For Linux Desktop Enthusiasts

    While there will be many Android-powered devices, various appliances powered by Linux from drones to kitchen appliances, and other products internally relying upon Linux and open-source software, don't expect to find much with regard to the Linux desktop and even Steam Machines will seem to be rather low-key.

  • What Hardware Platforms Do You Use? All of Them.

    The results of our hardware platform poll have been tallied and just as we suspected, FOSS Force readers in large part use every platform available. The poll, which asked what different hardware platforms you use, offered a slate of answers too long to list here. Let’s just say it covered the gamut, from smartphones to desktops, and included separate places to tic for different operating systems.

  • Microkernels are slow and Elvis didn’t do no drugs

    In any event, this article will be a concise tour of microkernel myths and misconceptions throughout the ages.

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  • Linux On Web Clients In 2015
  • Notepadqq is a best alternative to Notepad++ for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Do you miss Notepadd++ which is only available for Microsoft Windows? Here is an alternative for you called "Notepadqq" released under GPL (GNU General Public License) Version 3. Notepadqq is a Notepad++-like editor for the Linux desktop. It helps developers by providing all you can expect from a general purpose text editor, such as syntax highlighting for more than 100 different languages, code folding, color schemes, file monitoring, multiple selection and much more. You can search text using the power of regular expressions. You can organize documents side by side. You can use real-time highlighting to find near identifiers in no time. It has support for multiple programming languages, multiple encodings and plugin support.

  • My experience with WikiToLearn

    When I first started with Google Code In, I thought that it would be about work that is done fast and easy. With that attitude I had to abandon my first task at a random company (I don't remember). Seeing that this contest is pretty advanced, I looked for a task that fit to my programming skills which brought me to WikiToLearn: My first task was to run W2L locally so I can edit a part of the website.

  • The Sysadmin Squad

    Spectacle is out as part of the Applications suite as of KDE Applications 15.12, and not only do the users like it, other devs love it too. Maintaining Spectacle isn't as hectic as it used to be in the early days. I get a steady stream of mostly benign bug reports, which is nothing I can't handle in a few hours over the weekend. Wayland support still hasn't materialised though, and it looks like it'll be a while. Proper High-DPI (retina displays) support did materialise though, courtesy of Kai Uwe Broulik, and will land in 15.12.1.

  • Calculate Linux 15.12 Released With Various Changes, Now Supports AMDGPU

    The developers working on Calculate Linux decided to release a new version of their Gentoo-based Linux operating system before heading to New Year parties.

  • Manjaro 15.12 Capella Received Its First Update

    The first Manjaro 15.12 Capella update has been released by the developers, bringing interesting changes, including updated Plasma5 to version 5.5.2, dbus 1.10.6, thunderbird 38.5, Kernel 4.4 RC7, Mesa 11.1.0, fixes for the Maia GTK theme, updated python and haskell packages, an updated version of wine, new deepin settings and the brand new Budgie 10.1 desktop environment.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed – Review of the weeks 2015/52 & 53
  • Adobe, Microsoft, Red Hat Aim For Cloud Makeovers
  • Red Hat: Taking The Market By Storm

    Red Hat Inc. enjoyed a solid 3Q15, reporting $523.6 million in revenue and $0.48 in EPS, versus the expected $521.5 million and $0.47 respectively.

  • My Free Software Activities in December 2015
  • Free software activities in December 2015
  • Gorgeous deepin 15 Linux Distribution Officially Released, Based on Debian

    Today, December 31, 2015, the development team behind the gorgeous deepin Linux operating system had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the deepin 15 OS.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Will Bring A New Download Manager

    The Ubuntu developers are currently working at a download manager to add by default on Ubuntu Touch, starting with the OTA-9 Update. The software would permit the users to download files directly from the browser, without having to send them to other apps, or download a file once and send it to multiple apps without needing to redownload each time.

  • fail0verflow Gets Linux Running on PlayStation 4

    Can it run Linux? Yes, we're just as tired of the Web joke as anyone else, but it is a fair question for some devices—especially gaming consoles, which are basically just computers in a different form factor than what you're used to seeing under (or on top of) your office desk.

    The PlayStation 4 has been fairly resilient to various forms of modding, as it was only really "jailbroken" earlier this month. This process allows those with modified consoles to run, well, just about whatever they want on them, from pirated games to custom software.

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  • The Most Popular GNOME & KDE Happenings Of 2015

    Continuing on with our other year-end looks, here are lists of the most popular GNOME and KDE desktop happenings of the year.

    First up, here's a look at the ten most popular GNOME stories on Phoronix for 2015. GNOME made much progress this year on Wayland support, app sandboxing, UEFI firmware updating, and other features.

  • From a lawyer who hates litigation

    Before I started working in free and open source software, before I found out I had a heart condition and became passionate about software freedom, I was a corporate lawyer at a law firm. I worked on various financial transactions. There were ups and downs to this kind of work but throughout I was always extremely vocal about how happy I was that I didn’t do any litigation.

  • UberStudent 4.3 Is Based on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS and Xfce 4.12, Supported Until 2019

    Earlier today, December 30, 2015, Stephen Ewen was very happy and proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of the UberStudent 4.3 computer operating system.

  • Major Linux Desktop Problems In 2016

    A widely-cited blog post about the major Linux desktop problems has been updated for 2016.

    Over on the is the "major problems of the Linux desktop" and it's been updated with all of the latest issues, etc, for 2016. The article was updated yesterday by Artem Tashkinov.

  • What's New in Budgie Desktop 10
  • Come help mageia with us

    it is with pleasure that I see that Mageia is increasingly used.

  • Fedora Security Lab – hack yourself!

    Fedora Security Lab is probably one of the most unknown Fedora Labs for the public. It is typically used for a very specific task. But what exactly is that task? This article aims to answer that question!

  • Should Linux Mint be the default distro for Dell and System76 computers?

    Linux Mint has long been one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions around. But companies like Dell and System76 don't use it as the default distribution on their computers. Instead they opt for Ubuntu, and that had one redditor wondering why they don't use Linux Mint.

  • Nouveau Hooks Up ARB_shader_draw_parameters Support
  • For Those Dealing With Binary Blobs, NVIDIA Continues Owning The Linux Desktop

    The NVIDIA Linux driver this year continued to keep pace with the latest Linux kernel and X.Org Server releases, continued working towards restructuring on KMS support, improved its EGL support, and is nearly ready to support Wayland/Mir. NVIDIA internally has also been working to prepare their launch-day Vulkan driver for once the specification is out in 2016.

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  • Allwinner A64 Support Being Worked On For Mainline Kernel

    Andre Przywara of ARM Holdings published basic Allwinner (A64) support under a "request for comments" flag on the kernel mailing list.

  • Why the Blockchain Initiative Coud Be Transformational for the Economy

    Recently, I covered the news that a group of top technology and finance companies including IBM, Wells Fargo and the London Stock Exchange Group, are partnering and working with The Linux Foundation to advance blockchain technology, which is central to how many businesses process transactions. The Linux Foundation announced that the project will develop an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and developers wil be invited to focus on building industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support business transactions.

  • 13 Open Source LightWeight Desktop Environments I Discovered in 2015

    The word ‘Open Source‘ can be attributed to Linux community which brought it into existence along with introduction of Linux (successor of then existing Unix Operating System). Although ‘Linux‘ in itself came into existence only a base Kernel, but its open source nature attracted huge society of developers worldwide to contribute to its development.

  • Qt 5.6 Will Be Long-Term Supported, Promises HiDPI and Full Windows 10 Support

    The Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, had the great pleasure of announcing this past weekend the immediate availability for download and testing of the first Beta build of the upcoming Qt 5.6.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 now offers new hardware and Docker support

    SUSE announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 1, giving customers new capabilities for maintaining application uptime, improving the efficiency of data center development and operations, and bringing solutions to market faster.

  • Privacy-focused Tails 2.0 beta 1 Linux distro is here -- Debian 8, GNOME shell classic, and more

    With clueless politicians, the media, and scared citizens calling for a ban on encryption, it can feel like the Internet is under attack. Such basic rights to privacy are the foundation of the net -- once we lose them, it can be impossible to get back.

    Unfortunately, even mundane aspects of computing, like operating systems -- which should fade into the background -- are threatening our privacy. Windows 10, for instance, sends much data to Microsoft, while Android is partly a means for Google to collect data. Traditional Linux distributions are not inherently privacy-focused, but generally speaking, many are. For the gold standard in privacy and security, Tails -- a distro recommended by Edward Snowden -- can be used. Today, the first beta of the 2.0 version operating system becomes available.

  • COM Express “server on module” taps Skylake Xeons

    Congatec announced a “Conga-TS170” COM Express Basic module series based on Intel’s 6th Gen (“Skylake”) Core and Xeon processors, and aimed at high performance “server class” apps.

  • DevOps On The Desktop: Containers Are Software As A Service

    It seems that everyone has a metaphor to explain what containers “are”. If you want to emphasize the self-contained nature of containers and the way in which they can package a whole operating system’s worth of dependencies, you might say that they are like virtual machines. If you want to emphasize the portability of containers and their role as a distribution mechanism, you might say that they are like a platform. If you want to emphasize the dangerous state of container security nowadays, you might say that they are equivalent to root access. Each of these metaphors emphasizes one aspect of what containers “are”, and each of these metaphors is correct.

  • Amazon's AWS IoT Cloud Service Enters General Availability
  • Alive And Well In Largo

    In the past, we had a server running GNOME and when a user clicked on Firefox, it handed that process off to another server and Firefox then remote displayed back to the workstation. This met our needs for many years. When using NX as the transport however, having Firefox running on its own server meant that there was an Xwindow hop in the middle. Because of the network hungry nature of Firefox, this application was moved and now runs directly on the same server as GNOME/NX. This gives Firefox direct access to the NX/Xserver with no hop in the middle. Firefox therefore is very much faster, scrolling and typing is far superior. This also meant that our scaling and loads have changed and required tuning and in the coming weeks some load balancing. The server version of Firefox is used for all aspects of user requirements, except for video playback which is now handled by launching the Firefox version found on the local workstation.

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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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