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LXer: Starbounds open source game development, SteamOS at DebConf, and more

3 hours 8 min ago
In this week's edition of our open source games news roundup, we go Starbound for open source development tools and end up on Another World. All that, and more!

LXer: Small Console Menu Utilities

5 hours 2 min ago
One of the great strengths of Linux is the whole raft of weird and wonderful open source utilities. That strength does not simply derive from the functionality they offer, but from the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with applications.This article looks at four tiny utilities that offer menu facilities. They get virtually zero coverage in the Linux press, so you may not have heard of them before, but they are well crafted and might just fit the bill.

Reddit: Looking for a tool to diagnose hardware problems in iPhones.

6 hours 19 min ago

I'm working at a smartphone repair shop and the most tedious part of my job is doing pre and post checks on the devices. If there were a tool that would do all the work for me I would be so happy.

submitted by Prima_Giedi
[link] [2 comments]

LXer: SSH login without password using SSH keys

Sunday 21st of September 2014 06:35:12 AM
SSH or Secure SHELL is the most popular and trusted UNIX-based cryptographic network protocol. It can be used for secure data communication, remote server logins, remote command execution, and many other secure network services between two networked servers.

Phoronix: Mesa Gets Closer To Having OpenGL 4.0 Tessellation Support

Sunday 21st of September 2014 05:45:50 AM
A significant patch-set was published on Saturday night that implements the driver-independent bits of OpenGL 4's ARB_tessellation_shader extension inside Mesa...

LXer: SNOW, A Winter Sports Game Shows A Teaser On Linux, Powered By CryEngine

Sunday 21st of September 2014 04:40:50 AM
SNOW is an upcoming free to play, open world winter sports game that is going to use CryEngine and the developers sent a little teaser out.

Reddit: Is It Time to Cleave Linux in Two?

Sunday 21st of September 2014 04:24:55 AM

Phoronix: Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd

Sunday 21st of September 2014 04:08:34 AM
The boycotting of systemd has led to the creation of uselessd, a new init daemon based off systemd that tries to strip out the "unnecessary" features...

LXer: Google to turn on encryption by default in next Android version

Sunday 21st of September 2014 02:46:28 AM
Google is turning on data encryption by default in the next version of Android, a step that mirrors broad moves in the technology industry to ensure better data security. Android has been capable of encryption for more than three years, with the keys stored on the device, according to a Google spokesman. That means Google or another service provider wouldn't be able to provide access to the encrypted data. Law enforcement would have to approach the device's user. Android L, which is still in a developer preview mode, is due for release before the end of the year.

TuxMachines: KDE: Simple by Default, Powerful When Needed

Sunday 21st of September 2014 01:51:13 AM

KDE (back when it was still the name of the desktop environment) and our applications historically stood for powerful features and great flexibility and customizeability. This is what our users love about our software, this is why they choose Plasma and KDE software instead of one of the other Free desktop offerings. And it is also something they would fight tooth and nail for if we wanted to take it away (as many a KDE maintainer who dared to remove a feature he thought was unnecessary can tell).

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TuxMachines: BitTorrent Bleep alpha released for Android

Sunday 21st of September 2014 01:43:11 AM

As an alpha it still has some issues “As with any Alpha, there are some known issues and bugs to work out. Android users will need to set the app to “Wi-Fi Only” unless you have an unlimited data plan; this is only for the time being while we iron out and issue related to battery and data-plan. And while you can move a username from desktop to mobile, Bleep does not yet support moving an existing account from Android to the desktop. And while you can receive messages on multiple devices; messages sent will not be seen across all devices. As with our previous release, communications happen only when all parties are online – you cannot send offline photos or group chats asynchronously.”

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TuxMachines: During Akademy 2014

Sunday 21st of September 2014 01:31:20 AM

This year there were lot of fast track (10 minutes) talks on different areas around KDE. All of them were quite interesting, some of them are:
Bruno Coudoin talked about how and why GCompris moved to QtQuick with the support of KDE. What all challenges project faced while moving from GTK to Qt.
Daniel Vrátil talked about his one year journey with Akonadi
Martin Gräßlin gave an overview of current state of Kwin in adding Wayland support and future plans.
Kevin Ottens talked about KDE craftsmen where analysis was on the way we handle our software production, how can we make our software even better.
Kai Uwe Broulik talked about current status of Qt port on Android and iOS. Currently, 3 iOS apps in Apple store and 8 Android apps in Google play since December 2013.

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LXer: Android eyewear uses Qualcomm VR platform

Sunday 21st of September 2014 12:52:06 AM
ODG’s “R-7 Glasses” eyewear features augmented reality features based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 SoC and Android-based Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear. Osterhout Design Group (ODG), which calls itself a developer of “emerging and disruptive electro-optics and sensor-based technologies,” announced the R-7 Glasses eyewear computer in conjunction with Qualcomm’s announcement of the Vuforia SDK for Digital Eyewear (VOD), which was used to design it. Qualcomm’s VOD, part of its larger Vuforia Mobile Vision Platform, is an Android-based augmented and virtual reality system for Google Glasses type gear that will be released in a limited beta later this year (see farther below).

LXer: How to install Oracle JRE on Fedora 20 and use alternatives to switch between it and OpenJDK

Saturday 20th of September 2014 10:57:44 PM
Later I found that both versions of Java (JRE) can live happily on the same machine by the use of the alternatives system, which is what this post is all about: How to install and use Oracle JRE on a Fedora machine that has OpenJDK JRE already installed.

Reddit: Current progress on Mir?

Saturday 20th of September 2014 09:59:03 PM

What is the current status of Mir compared to Wayland? Are there any demo, test distribution? Do you know when Mir will be ready?

submitted by urvll
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LXer: Tropico 5 Officially Released For Linux

Saturday 20th of September 2014 09:03:22 PM
Tropico 5 has finally been officially release for Linux, so it's time to become a dictator and see how it runs on Linux.

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Saturday 20th of September 2014 08:56:09 PM

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KDE: Simple by Default, Powerful When Needed

KDE (back when it was still the name of the desktop environment) and our applications historically stood for powerful features and great flexibility and customizeability. This is what our users love about our software, this is why they choose Plasma and KDE software instead of one of the other Free desktop offerings. And it is also something they would fight tooth and nail for if we wanted to take it away (as many a KDE maintainer who dared to remove a feature he thought was unnecessary can tell). Read more

BitTorrent Bleep alpha released for Android

As an alpha it still has some issues “As with any Alpha, there are some known issues and bugs to work out. Android users will need to set the app to “Wi-Fi Only” unless you have an unlimited data plan; this is only for the time being while we iron out and issue related to battery and data-plan. And while you can move a username from desktop to mobile, Bleep does not yet support moving an existing account from Android to the desktop. And while you can receive messages on multiple devices; messages sent will not be seen across all devices. As with our previous release, communications happen only when all parties are online – you cannot send offline photos or group chats asynchronously.” Read more

During Akademy 2014

This year there were lot of fast track (10 minutes) talks on different areas around KDE. All of them were quite interesting, some of them are: Bruno Coudoin talked about how and why GCompris moved to QtQuick with the support of KDE. What all challenges project faced while moving from GTK to Qt. Daniel Vrátil talked about his one year journey with Akonadi Martin Gräßlin gave an overview of current state of Kwin in adding Wayland support and future plans. Kevin Ottens talked about KDE craftsmen where analysis was on the way we handle our software production, how can we make our software even better. Kai Uwe Broulik talked about current status of Qt port on Android and iOS. Currently, 3 iOS apps in Apple store and 8 Android apps in Google play since December 2013. Read more

Leftovers: Software