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Icebound: A Dark Fantasy Visual Novel Released For Linux

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:32am
It has only been a week since we let you know about Icebound, but it's now been released! Icebound is a dark fantasy visual novel that takes place in a steampunk world locked in the depths of an ice age, where alchemists possess supernatural powers.

The business of guiding other businesses to open source

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:35am
CEO Jeff Walpole[he]nbsp[/he]of Phase2 helps persuade[he]nbsp[/he]businesses to consider open source as a viable solution.[he]nbsp[/he]Particularly, Drupal. Jeff says, "Phase2[he]nbsp[/he]invests an estimated $500,000[he]nbsp[/he]every year[he]nbsp[/he]in time, code, and sponsorship[he]nbsp[/he]to grow this remarkable open source project."And, in return? Jeff and his team show others how to use Drupal. What sounds simple in this trade-off, in fact is not. Many don[he]#039[/he]t understand open source, or they don[he]#039[/he]t trust it. So, Phase2 makes a business out of being their guide through the murky waters of misperception and into the land of plenty (of open source).

Seagate, Scality Partner On Software-Based Storage for the Cloud

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:38am
Seagate (STX) has added a new partner to its software-defined storage ecosystem for Big Data and the cloud. This week, Scality announced integration between its "software-only" storage solution, called RING, and Seagate's Kinetic Open Storage platform.

SOMA From Frictional Games Has A New Trailer, Looks Awesome

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:41am
SOMA is a sci-fi horror game from Frictional Games, creators of the groundbreaking Amnesia and Penumbra series. The setting in SOMA is not what we originally thought.

Lowering barriers to open source contributions with OpenShift Origin

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:44am
This past week, the OpenShift Origin repository on Github saw some major code merges from external contributors that added MSFT .Net functionality to the OpenShift Origin platform. Thousands of new lines of code were tested and merged successfully into the OpenShift Origin codebase, which was then instantly made available for anyone to download and[he]nbsp[/he]deploy.

Ubuntu One's shocking shutdown bodes well for Canonical

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:46am
In today's open source roundup: Canonical announces Ubuntu One file services will shut down. Plus: Amazon launches an Apple TV killer, and a review of Wine 1.7.15.

Android Candy: Control-Z for Your Phone!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:49am
I never have a Twitter app crash in the middle of a Tweet. That wouldn'tbe too terrible to deal with. No, for me, it seems my e-mail applicationdecides to crash after I've spent 20 minutes thumbing out a reply whilesitting in a crowded airport. If you've ever lost a love letter, termpaper, shopping list or world-class Facebook post, Type Machine is theperfect app for you.

Latest NGNIX Web server release supports SPDY protocol

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 11:52pm
The new release of the commercial version of the popular NGINX Web server looks like it will bring great performance improvements.

XBMC 13 Beta 3 Ships with New Features Ubuntu PPA for XBMC 13 & 14

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 10:55pm
XMBC is a home theater application which runs in fullscreen, has a beautiful, modern interface, support for pictures, music and video collections and playlists, television and radio.

Storing data in the cloud with GlusterFS and OpenStack Swift

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 9:58pm
Udo Seidel is no stranger to dealing with enormous file stores. Udo is Section Manager for Linux Strategy and Server Automation at Amadeus Data Processing GmbH and will be giving a talk with Vijay Bellur at DevNation in San Francisco, California later this month on developing applications with GlusterFS and OpenStack Swift.

Tales of Adversego

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 9:57pm
By the end of December 2005, I had been blogging on ODF developments in Massachusetts for about four months, providing interviews, legal analysis and news as it happened. In those early days, not many bloggers were covering the ODF story, and email began to come my way from people that I had never met before, from as far away as Australia, and as near as the State House in Boston. Some began with, “This seems really important – what can I do to help?” Others contained important information that someone wanted to share, and that I was happy to receive.

Microsoft Copies Canonical's Convergence Idea, Cripples It

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 9:48pm
Canonical has been working on its vision of complete OS convergence for quite a while now and the first results have already appeared, but it seems that Microsoft is also trying to do the same and it has called it Universal Apps.

Document Liberation… And justice for all

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 9:00pm
Ever been in a situation when no maintained software reads your old files?

Newegg Gets Patent Troll Macrosolve To 'Fold Like A Cheap Suit'

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 8:03pm
Among the worst of the worst patent trolls out there, Macrosolve had quite a reputation -- described as "worse than Lodsys" it took a sue tons of companies first, demand settlements later approach, based on an obviously ridiculous patent (7,822,816) for a "system and method for data management" that the company insisted, hilariously, covered any mobile app that used online forms where users could submit data. Yes, forms. For a patent filed in 2003 and granted in 2010. In a bit of a "cute" move, the company tried to pretend it wasn't a troll by doing a deal with... Donald Trump, which apparently suckered some in the press to claim that it wasn't a troll.

Report: RSA endowed crypto product with second NSA-influenced code

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 7:06pm
Security provider RSA endowed its BSAFE cryptography toolkit with a second NSA-influenced random number generator (RNG) that's so weak it makes it easier for eavesdroppers to decrypt protected communications, Reuters reported Monday.

KDE Releases Alpha Version of Next-gen Plasma Workspace

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 6:09pm
KDE today releases the first Alpha version of the next-generation Plasma workspace. This kicks off the public testing phase for the next iteration of the popular Free software workspace, code-named "Plasma Next" (referring to the 'next' Plasma release-see below "A note on versioning and naming"). Plasma Next is built using QML and runs on top of a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack using Qt 5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma Next provides a core desktop experience that will be easy and familiar for current users of KDE workspaces or alternative Free Software or proprietary offerings. Plasma Next is planned to be released as 2014.6 on the 17th of June.

Inside SparkyLinux - An interview with Pawel "Pavroo" Pijanowski

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 5:11pm
This week's interview is with Pavroo, the founder of SparkyLinux. Find out how SparkyLinux got started, who it's for, how Pavroo stays motivated and what you should do if you are thinking of starting a distro.

Amazon unveils Android-based Fire TV STB

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 4:14pm
The wifi-enabled Fire TV brings voice search to media servers. The tiny device brings together quad-core processor, dedicated GPU and 2GB memory to drive 1080p content to HDTVs.

Project Cars New Trailer & A Poll On Platforms

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 3:17pm
While we already confirmed to you that Project Cars would come to Linux thanks to SteamOS, they are now running a poll to see what platforms people are going to play on.

Canonical closes down Ubuntu One cloud file services

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 2:20pm
Recognizing that it can't keep up with the Dropboxes of the cloud storage world, Canonical elects to shut down its Ubuntu One file service.