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  • Three months with a Chromebook computer

    Chromebooks have become incredibly popular among some users, as you can see from Amazon's list of bestselling Chromebooks. One user decided to use a Chromebook as his primary computing device for three months, and found that it worked extremely well for him.

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    Debian Linux is known as a distribution that supports lots of different hardware, but now the Debian developers have announced the removal of support for the SPARC hardware architecture.

  • New Target for Mobile App Devs: Plasma Mobile on Linux
  • New Plasma Mobile, New Security Issues

    Jonathan Riddell said the hacking was frustrating at first, but Martin Gräßlin was able to get the system going with Wayland and KWin. Gräßlin said Plasma Mobile is the first product to use Wayland by default and the only reason Wayland is mature enough to be included as a technical preview in upcoming Plasma 5.4. They're confident Android apps will run on it at some point as well.

  • KDE Creates Plasma Mobile, A KDE Based Operating System For Mobile Phones

    As you may know, the KDE developers have created Plasma Phone UI, a Linux based operating based on Ubuntu Touch and Kubuntu Linux.

    The OS is open-source, has an user-friendly interface and provides a customizable platform for mobile devices. For now, KDE’s mobile OS is just a prototype and can be tested on the LG Nexus 5.

  • GSoC ’15 Post #5: Port Complete – Time for the Real Deal

    With loads of help from people on #kde-devel, we finally managed to complete the KDE Network Filesharing port to KF5. Wasn’t easy, given that this was my first time porting frameworks, but it was real fun. Apart from apol’s blogpost shared in my last post, here’s another post that was immensely helpful to me while porting: Porting a KControl Module to KF5.

  • Gnome Pie 0.6.3 (Circular Application Launcher) Brings New Features And Bug-Fixes

    As you may know, Gnome Pie is a circular application launcher, enabling the users to easily access their favorite apps, which they have added to the pie. For usage information, see this link.

  • Gnome 3.18 Will Include A News Reader App
  • ExLight Distro Brings Enlightenment 0.19.7 and Linux Kernel 4.0 to Ubuntu 15.04

    On July 26, Arne Exton, the creator of numerous distributions of GNU/Linux as well as various Android-x86 Live DVDs, was more than proud to announce the immediate availability for download of a new build for his ExLight Linux distribution.

  • OpenSUSE Leap 42 Will Be An OpenSUSE Flavor For The Users That Need A Stable System
  • Very slow ssh logins on Fedora 22

    I’ve recently set up a Fedora 22 firewall/router at home (more on that later) and I noticed that remote ssh logins were extremely slow. In addition, sudo commands seemed to stall out for the same amount of time (about 25-30 seconds).

  • Debian Dropping SPARC Support

    While Debian supports many CPU architectures, it's working to remove support for the Sun/Oracle SPARC architecture. As of this weekend, Debian has dropped SPARC from their unstable, experimental, and jessie-updates archives.

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update Brings Double Battery Life On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
  • Ubuntu Phone Gets Blasted In Reviews This Week
  • 3.5-inch SBC runs Yocto on Braswell and 6 Watts

    Aaeon’s Yocto Linux ready, 3.5-inch “GENE-BSW5″ SBC offers Intel Braswell CPUs, dual GbE ports, six serial ports, and mini-PCIe, SATA, and mSATA expansion.

  • Not Learning Unix is a Mistake

    It has occurred to me that not learning Unix is a grave mistake. My relatively early exposure to Unix was important. I may not have appreciated Linux as much or even at all if I hadn't had that ability to experiment at home with Xenix. Learning about Unix develops new mental muscles like playing a musical instrument or learning a new language. But learning these new processes becomes more difficult with age. To me the exact technical details are less important. It does not really matter if you are a Linux user or if you use one of the BSDs or even something more exotic like Plan 9. The important thing is you can learn new concepts from what I will broadly refer to as the Unix/Internet Community.

  • Mmm, what's that smell, Google+? Yes it's death: Google unhooks 'social network' from YouTube

    Google is no longer forcing Google+ on the world: people will be able to log into YouTube, and other Googley services, without having to create mandatory Google+ profiles.

    From now on, only those who deliberately sign up for Google+ will create profiles on the ghost town of a social network. Previously, Google harassed users of YouTube, Gmail and so on, to convert their accounts into Google+ accounts, a move obviously designed to boost G+'s sad numbers. It didn't go down very well at all – a lot of folks hated it.

  • Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

    Google has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.

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  • Intel's Mesa DRI Driver Now Supports Shader Subroutines
  • Where AMD's Catalyst Driver Does The Best On Linux

    Earlier this week I finished up a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA graphics card comparison on Linux with the very latest proprietary Linux drivers. That earlier article focused on the OpenGL performance and simply put the Catalyst performance on the tested Radeon hardware was abysmal compared to NVIDIA's Linux driver performance. However, there is one area where the Catalyst Linux driver really excels at performance and routinely beats out the green competition.

  • Dolphin Emulator 4.0.2 (Old Gaming Console Emulator) Has Been Released

    As you may know, Dolphin Emulator is an open-source, multi-platform Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Triforce emulator. Like all the emulated software, the games have minor bugs and issues. Being an open-source project, it may be improved by third party developers.

  • Mosh 1.2.5 (Open-Source SSH-Like Software) Brings New Features
  • An inlaid GNOME logo, part 4

    In the last part, I glued the paper templates for the shield and foot onto the wood. Now comes the part that is hardest for me: excavating the foot pieces in the dark wood so the light-colored ones can fit in them. I'm not a woodcarver, just a lousy joiner, and I have a lot to learn!

  • TDD, Unit Tests & Liblarch. Lesson -- learnt!
  • openSUSE Leap 42.1 Milestone 1 Available

    DeMaio quoted Richard Brown, chairman of the openSUSE board, saying, "The opportunity for topping this SLE core with the things you want in a long-term release really makes this attractive and I see people wanting to get involved with this next chapter of openSUSE. Leap will fill the gap between the longevity of a SLE core and the innovation related to Tumbleweed."

  • The First Milestone Reached For openSUSE 42.1 "Leap"

    OpenSUSE 42.1 Leap is derived from SUSE Linux Enterprise's source-code and is going to be the openSUSE project's next non-rolling release and entered development last month. Currently Leap is due for release in November. OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, the rolling-release arm of the distribution, will meanwhile keep on rolling.

  • Chromium 44 available (Netflix still works)

    That updated version 44.0.2403.107 may have to wait, because I will be unable to do a lot of Slackware related stuff until august; real life is catching up with me. If there are real useability issues with 44.0.2403.89, let me know and I will see if I can shift priorities or make the older 43.x packages available again. My initial (not exhaustive) testing showed no weirdness at least.

  • Schedules for Flock and F23, Atomic & Workstation, DNF — and a Fedora job opening!

    Speaking of schedules, Fedora 23 development is well underway. Last week, Fedora 23 branched from Rawhide, so that we can focus on stabilization and bugfixes for the planned October release while ongoing work on future features — Fedora 24 and beyond! — can continue in the development branch. The Alpha Freeze (where F23 features and changes are supposed to be substantially complete and testable) is scheduled for a week from today, with the actual Alpha release August 11th — the day before Flock starts. The QA team is already working on early test candidates, and Docs has put out a call for help with release notes.

  • PHP on the road to the 7.0.0 release
  • Linux Mint 17.2 OEM and No-Codecs ISO Images Now Available for Download

    We reported the other day that Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project has published news about some of the upcoming work that will be done for the acclaimed GNU/Linux operating system based on Ubuntu.

  • A New MIPS Creator CI20 Is Running Much Better

    The MIPS Creator CI20 is a fun little $65 board for those wanting to experiment with alternative architectures on Linux.

  • Embedded Linux Pioneer MontaVista Spins IoT Linux Distribution

    MontaVista Software has launched an Internet of Things version of its commercial MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) development platform. The new Yocto Linux-based MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade eXpress (CGX) distribution will be available in the fourth quarter in a scaled down CGX Foundation optimized for IoT products. Customers can then add profiles including Carrier Grade and Virtualization in modular fashion.

  • [Video] The Weather Network app running on Samsung Tizen Smart TV

    Smart TVs are becoming the central point of our communications in the modern Smart home. They can entertain and increasingly provide us with important information, and living in the UK it doesn’t get more Important than the weather for me.

  • Friday's security updates
  • Researchers Enlist Machine Learning In Malware Detection

    In 100 milliseconds or less, researchers are now able to determine whether a piece of code is malware or not -- and without the need to isolate it in a sandbox for analysis.

  • The OpenSSH Bug That Wasn't

    Get your facts straight before reporting, is the main takeaway from Peter Hansteen's latest piece, The OpenSSH Bug That Wasn't. OpenSSH servers that are set up to use PAM for authentication and with a very specific (non-default on OpenBSD and most other places) setup are in fact vulnerable, and fixing the configuration is trivial.

  • VUPEN Founder Launches New Zero-Day Acquisition Firm Zerodium

    In the weeks since the Hacking Team breach, the spotlight has shone squarely on the small and often shadowy companies that are in the business of buying and selling exploits and vulnerabilities. One such company, Netragard, this week decided to get out of that business after its dealings with Hacking Team were exposed. But now there’s a new entrant in the field, Zerodium, and there are some familiar names behind it.

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  • Calibre Gets Support for the Crazy Expensive and Fun SONY DPT-S1

    The Calibre eBook reader, editor, and library management software, has been updated to version 2.33. It's one of the smallest updates, and it's just here to bring support for an important new device and deliver a few small changes.

  • Jack Wallen Gets It

    In 2015, we see the huge sluggishness of Wintel markets. This will motivate retailers to seek other solutions. Better GNU/Linux on those retail shelves than a product that’s not selling… Last Christmas was a wake-up call for retailers. GNU/Linux sold well, and “8.1” did not. Q1 of 2015 showed huge increases in usage of GNU/Linux according to web-stats. When school resumes in the north, I expect more increases. Then, what worked last Christmas will work again. 2015 will be the last year we see reluctance on the part of retailers to sell GNU/Linux. They’ve seen what Android/Linux has done. They will be ready to give GNU/Linux a try on the desktops. The OEMs are OK with whatever ships because the lock-in to M$ is gone. US DOJ v M$ and EU v M$ fixed that.

  • GUADEC presentation preview: compiling GNOME apps with the Meson build system

    If you talk with software developers, sooner or later the topic drifts to tools. The most obvious one is the editor. People really love their editors and are happy to talk about the wonderful features they have and how they increase productivity. The second tool is the compiler, which also receive a lot of praise. The compilers we have today are massively better, faster and more powerful than ones from just 10 years ago. And then there’s the build systems, which are, well…

  • openSUSE releases first milestone for Leap

    Leap1The newest openSUSE release Leap 42.1, which is based on core SUSE Linux Enterprise source code, has just released its first development milestone.

  • openSUSE Leap 42.1 Is Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise, Milestone 1 Ready for Testing

    We reported the other day that the openSUSE Project had plans on publishing the first development milestone of their anticipated openSUSE Leap 42.1 operating system, which promises to change the openSUSE Linux distribution as we know it.

  • libuser vulnerabilities

    It was discovered that the libuser library contains two vulnerabilities which, in combination, allow unprivileged local users to gain root privileges. libuser is a library that provides read and write access to files like /etc/passwd, which constitute the system user and group database. On Red Hat Enterprise Linux it is a central system component.

  • Thursday's security updates

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  • Watch: Linus Torvalds Has His Name Written on a T-33 Fighter Jet Aircraft

    We reported a few days ago on a very interesting and awesome fact about the creator of the Linux kernel, Mr. Linus Torvalds, who apparently loves to go Zero-G in a T-33 fighter jet aircraft to relax in between kernel pulls, besides scuba diving.

  • Linus Torvalds Announces Linux Kernel 4.2 Release Candidate 3 with Updated Drivers

    Another Sunday, another Linux kernel release is available for testing, as announced by Linus Torvalds a few minutes ago. The third Release Candidate version of the forthcoming Linux 4.2 kernel series is now ready for download.

  • Linux Foundation 'census' to assess planet's project population & health

    The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has launched The Census Project.

  • Make Music with these Sublime Open Source Tools

    Linux is an attractive platform for professional audio production. It is an extremely stable operating system that has good support for audio hardware. Using a Linux machine as the focus of your recording setup opens a world of possibilities for an affordable price.

    Software that creates music can often be expensive. The heavyweight Cubase, Apple LogicPro, FL Studio, Adobe Audition, and Sony ACID Pro are all impressive software music production environments. Unfortunately, they cost hundreds of dollars and are released under a proprietary software license. Fortunately, there is a good range of open source software that lets you produce professional quality recordings.

  • Fiber: Yet Another Web Browser For Qt/KDE

    Ken was even experimenting with ways for Fiber to potentially remove the address bar from his browser, but those experiments haven't panned out and instead will be complemented by many browser extensions. The design of Fiber are many extensions: everything down to basic navigational elements and bookmark handling will be through extensions.

  • Pisi Linux 1.2 is available!

    This confirms Megatotoro's finding: Pisi Linux is alive!

  • Another stable release, GlusterFS 3.5.5 is ready

    Packages for Fedora 21 are available in updates-testing, RPMs and .debs can be found on the main Gluster download site.

    This is a bugfix release. The Release Notes for 3.5.0, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 3.5.4 contain a listing of all the new features that were added and bugs fixed in the GlusterFS 3.5 stable release.

  • Red Hat Given “Outperform” Rating at Cowen and Company (RHT)
  • Company Shares of Red Hat, Inc. Rally 0.66%
  • Fedora Hubs and possible communication improvement suggestion

    Mostly Fedora has a plenty amazing services, but right now we suffering from a lack of integration to the desktop back and forth (between users – devs, and our infra and services between them) , and this doesn’t serving us well as I see. But Fedora .Next doesn’t stopped, it’s rolling like a thunder, and Mizmo Hub design can be our critical piece of the puzzle…

  • Announcing UbuContest 2015

    Canonical Ltd., the Ubucon Germany 2015 team, and the UbuContest 2015 team, are happy to announce the first UbuContest today! We are excited to bring you an engaging, enlightening, community-organised competition, where the Ubuntu community brings forward innovative, creative and incredible apps, scopes and ideas for the converging Ubuntu world of the future. Contestants from all over the world will have until September 18, 2015 to build and publish their apps and scopes using the Ubuntu SDK and Ubuntu platform, starting today.

  • Canonical Announces the First UbuContest Event with Ubuntu Phones as Prizes

    Canonical, the company behind the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu, the UbuContest 2015 team, as well as the Ubucon Germany 2015 team are proud to announce the first UbuContest event.

  • Reach Technology Launches 7″ Linux Touchscreen Display Modules

    Reach Technology, Inc. a leader in Linux Touchscreen Display Modules, today launched a new 7″ Standard Resistive Display Module (Model: G2H2-7R) to help engineers add user interfaces that look like an iPad® or iPhone® (scrolling, sliding, transparencies, 3D graphics, and animations) to their medical or industrial products

  • doas - dedicated openbsd application subexecutor

    Talking with deraadt and millert, however, I wasn’t quite alone. There were some concerns that sudo was too big, running too much code in a privileged process. And there was also pressure to enable even more options, because the feature set shipped in base wasn’t big enough. Hurray, tension. It wasn’t the problem I was trying to solve, but it was an opening from which to launch my diabolical plan.

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