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The release candidate version is now out for Linux Mint 16 "Petra" with MATE and Cinnamon 2.0 desktop flavors.
Add the Synaptic package manager to Ubuntu 13.10. Synaptic is a package manager that gives you the same control that you get using apt-get in a terminal window in Ubuntu 13.10. Here's how you can install it.
For those still having to rely upon Wine to run your favorite Windows games or other applications, the 1.6.1 stable release is now available if you're not running Wine 1.7 for all the latest goodies.
I remember the first time a friend of mine introduced me toLinux and showed me how I didn't need to type commandsand path names fully—I could just start typing and use the Tab key tocomplete the rest. That was so cool. I think everybody lovesTab completion because it's something you use pretty muchevery minute you spend in the shell.
After hearing that Android 4.4 KitKat would be rolling out to the Nexus 10 and WiFi variants of the Nexus 7 (2012/2013), many of us jumped to check to see if we’d receive the update. Unfortunately, Google tends to take its time updating devices and we could be in for a rather lengthy wait.
The Federal Communications Commission has released a mobile speed test app for Android to help the agency crowdsource data about wireless performance across the country. The app, simply named the FCC Speed Test, doesn't have the best looking design out there, but it doesn't necessarily need to: once installed, it'll automatically check a phone's connection speed in the background when the device is not in use. While that'll allow individual users to clearly see how well their own data provider is performing, it'll more importantly allow the FCC to gather a wide amount of data on cellular carriers nationwide — that is, if its app gets enough users.
We’re back from our brief visit to SUSECon 2013, where SUSE and its partners showed that open source is the way forward for business and computing
Littlebits is disrupting the open hardware space. It's "an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun." The company is the invention of Ayah Bdeir, an MIT graduate and TED senior fellow, and was founded in September 2011.This is the normal for our kids: piecing together parts to make something they want to use, and being creators not just consumers! For one, many parents in the western world are having children later in life. Women often delay having a baby until they start a career, finish graduate school, or have more disposable income. A large majority of these mothers are highly educated and tend to be savvy consumers. Bear in mind, women are the leading or sole breadwinner in 40% of American households with children under 18.Here are the 5 big reasons why littleBits is exciting and different:
There are several well-known commercial flowchart and diagram software available, e.g., Visio on Windows, OmniGraffle on MacOS X. Then what about Linux? In fact, there are a couple of reasonably good Linux alternatives to Visio or OmniGraffle, for example, yEd, Dia, LibreOffice Draw, Pencil Project, etc. This tutorial describes how to create flowchart or diagram with yEd graph editor on Linux.
Linux-mad ex-Nokia bods prep mobes for Helsinki launchFinnish startup Jolla has revealed when the first batch of its Sailfish OS–based smartphones will be available to customers, along with new information about what software will be on offer when the devices ship.…
A long-running copyright lawsuit between the Authors' Guild and Google over its book-scanning project is over, and Google has won on the grounds that its scanning is "fair use."In other words, the snippets of books that Google shows for free don't break copyright, and Google doesn't need the authors' permission to engage in the scanning and display of short bits of books.
I’m a little late in my reporting, but this year, in May, the International Space Station (ISS) dumped the last of its laptop installations of the Windows XP operating system to go all Linux.
Today in Open Source: Protect your privacy with Linux. Plus: A review of PCLinux OS, and the EFF versus Canonical over Ubuntu trademark issues
The article contains a list of open-source and free for use forum software.
A startup called BiggiFi is approaching its Indiegogo funding goal for a $79 HDMI dongle that essentially turns HDTVs into supersized Android tablets. The BiggiFi device is claimed to let users run unmodified Android apps on their TVs using their phone or tablet as the TV’s touchscreen.
Thunderbolt is a dual protocol I/O innovation that dramatically increases transfer performance with bi-directional 10 Gbps speed, and offers daisy chaining to multiple devices, providing flexibility and simplicity for innovative, thin system designs like laptops and Ultrabooks.
The Kernel-based Virtual Machine updates for the Linux 3.13 kernel were filed today and includes a fair amount of improvements for virtualization on PowerPC hardware, but there's also some x86 improvements too.
It's no secret BYOD and consumerization have changed the balance of of power in organizations. To combat that, many companies are producing their own internal apps as alternatives to consumer offerings, but research has found that a vast majority of users don't like the company offerings. That means you had better come up with better alternatives and work harder to understand your users' requirements.
Centrych OS 12.04.2 is available. Centrych OS is a desktop Linux distribution based on Ubuntu's latest LTS release (version 12.04 released in April 2014), but it provides more recent versions of many applications. It uses a customised Xfce desktop. These images are geared for users who prefer the most recent versions of applications and want to receive both Ubuntu and Centrych updates as they become available.
This was a lot faster than expected, but the Arch Linux developers have just pushed a few minutes ago, the final and stable packages of the recently released Linux kernel 3.12.