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The right way to fail

Monday 27th of July 2015 05:41:38 PM
At OSCON this year, Amye Scavarda and Leslie Hawthorn gave a talk entitled "Fear of Failing Fast: How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Success." I just had to attend. Here's a summary of the talk.read more

Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

Monday 27th of July 2015 04:44:27 PM
Yule bee … you'll bee … you'll be butter off … better off without it, says ad giantGoogle has decided the autocomplete API it informally offers will no longer be available for “unauthorised” users as of August 10th.…

How to get designers involved in your software project

Monday 27th of July 2015 03:47:16 PM
I attended Una Kravets' OSCON talk, "Open Source Design: A Love Story," after interviewing her recently.read more

Enlightenment 0.19.7 Desktop Environment

Monday 27th of July 2015 02:50:05 PM
The developers of the lightweight desktop environment Enlightenment (used in various Linux distributions) anounced their 0.19.7 release.According to the Enlightenment team Enlightenment is in the transition from X11 to Wayland.

The Dronecode Foundation aims to keep UAVs open

Monday 27th of July 2015 01:52:54 PM
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) applications and capabilities are advancing at a phenomenal rate, and the cost of these systems is decreasing at an equally impressive rate largely because of the open source. In many cases, open source projects are outpacing the development of their equivalent closed source systems. To further accelerate these developments, in late 2014 several companies came together to form the Dronecode Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings together existing open source drone projects and assets under one umbrella organization governed by The Linux Foundation.read more

Ubuntu defibrillates 14.10 for one LAST patch

Monday 27th of July 2015 12:55:43 PM
Utopic Unicorn gets another gallop to leap security rainbowUbuntu has changed its mind on an end-of-life announcement, giving Version 14.10 one last kernel patch to cover off some big vulns.…

Three months with a Chromebook computer

Monday 27th of July 2015 11:58:32 AM
In today's open source roundup: How well does the Chromebook stack up after three months of use? Plus: Debian dumps SPARC hardware architecture. And Ubuntu MATE drops the Ubuntu Software Center.

Eating our own dog food in open source

Monday 27th of July 2015 11:01:21 AM
Last month, after nearly two decades of using free and open source software, I attended my first conference: SELF. I even gave a little talk there, a kind of high-level overview of open source tools available to those of us who produce creative work (you can watch it on SELF's YouTube channel if you have an hour to kill).read more

Updated: Windows 10 Update KB3074681 causing crashes for users

Monday 27th of July 2015 09:16:31 AM
Update: I was contacted by Gabe Aul, our Ring Master, directly and he has informed me that a fix is in the works for this and will be pushed out soon.

Akademy Talks Day 2

Monday 27th of July 2015 07:22:09 AM
The day today started out with showers of water drops as the late comers to Akademy waded their way amidst raincoated cyclists and residents of A Coruna sheltering themselves underneath coloured umbrellas...

Ubuntu MATE Is Dropping Ubuntu Software Center

Monday 27th of July 2015 05:27:47 AM
The Ubuntu MATE distro will no longer ship with the Ubuntu Software Center, starting with the next 15.10 Alpha 2 released, announced one of the project developers.

New patent group threatens to derail 4K HEVC video streaming

Monday 27th of July 2015 03:33:25 AM
A new industry group called HEVC Advance is threatening to demand royalties for the new HEVC video codec that could halve the bandwidth required for streaming online video or offer higher resolutions with the same bandwidth usage. The organization is promising to demand a royalty of 0.5 percent of revenue from any broadcaster that uses the codec for streaming. This move could re-ignite the arguments surrounding video codecs on the Web and may well jeopardize services such as Netflix's year-old 4K streaming service.

Microsoft develops Arrow Launcher for Android

Monday 27th of July 2015 01:39:03 AM
Microsoft embraces Android, as recent projects show. Now they are developing a launcher for Android, called Arrow Launcher.

Linux Kernel 4.2 RC4 Announced by Linus Torvalds, Fixes Major Issues

Sunday 26th of July 2015 11:44:41 PM
It's Sunday, so it is time for you to test yet another Release Candidate version of the upcoming Linux kernel 4.2 release, as Linus Torvalds has just posted news on the work done for the RC4 build.

KDE's Plasma Mobile Not Giving Credit to Ubuntu Touch, Says Developer

Sunday 26th of July 2015 09:50:19 PM
KDE developers have announced that they are working on a new project called c. From what the developers are saying, it's running on Wayland, and it's capable on running Ubuntu apps. One of the problems is that at least one of the Ubuntu developers has noticed that even if the project is based on Ubuntu for phones, credit is not given.

Audio Programming with Open Source Languages

Sunday 26th of July 2015 07:55:57 PM
This article offers a roundup of my favorite free audio programming languages. They are all released under an open source license, and run on multiple platforms.

Linux Mint 17.2 OEM images available

Sunday 26th of July 2015 06:01:35 PM
The following OEM installation images are now available: * Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon OEM 64-bit * Linux Mint 17.2 MATE OEM 64-bit

GNOME News Promises to Be an Unbelievable Feed Reader for GNOME 3.18 - Video

Sunday 26th of July 2015 04:07:13 PM
On July 24, Igor Gnatenko was more than proud to publish some details about his upcoming news reader app for the highly acclaimed GNOME desktop environment, called GNOME News.

Unreal Engine release, Laby, jMonkeyEngine, and more open gaming news

Sunday 26th of July 2015 02:12:51 PM
Hello, open gaming fans! In this week[he]#039[/he]s edition, we take a look at Unreal Engine release, Laby, jMonkeyEngine, new Linux games, and the Pick of the Week!

KDE Community announces fully open source Plasma Mobile

Sunday 26th of July 2015 12:18:29 PM
Watch out Canonical, here comes another fully open source mobile OS.

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • 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. [...] 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.

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • See How Your Linux System Stacks Up To 15 GPUs For 1080p Gaming
    This week I posted the results of a 15-way graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while running the very latest proprietary drivers. Those tests were focused on 4K resolution testing in order to stress the latest-generation AMD/NVIDIA GPUs. However, if you want to see 1080p numbers, here are some benchmark-friendly results.
  • Victor Vran Action RPG Is Now Available on Steam for Linux
    Victor Vran, an isometric action RPG developed by Haemimont Games and published by EuroVideo Medien on Steam, has been released on Linux as well. The genre of isometric action RPGs is a very well defined one and it incorporates titles like Diablo. Victor Vran has been very well received by the community and the Linux platform has been supported right from the start.