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TuxMachines: A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:14:33 PM

Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.

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TuxMachines: ​Linux and open source 2014: It was the best of years, it was the worst of years

Thursday 25th of December 2014 09:11:10 PM

There was great news and there was awful news in the world of Linux and open-source software during 2014.

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TuxMachines: Linux Lite 2.2

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:58:35 PM

It’s been quite a while since I last looked at Linux Lite, the last version I reviewed being 1.0.6. Much has changed in Linux Lite since that release and now it’s reached version 2.2. If you aren’t familiar with it, you should know that Linux Lite is a distribution geared toward helping current Windows users transition to the Linux desktop.

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TuxMachines: ROSA Fresh R5 is out

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:51:52 PM

The ROSA company is happy to finally present ROSA Desktop Fresh R5, the number 5 in the "R" lineup of the free ROSA distros with the KDE desktop as a main graphical environment.

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TuxMachines: Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:48:26 PM

SinoVoip is prepping an “Banana Pi M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.”

It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but not yet shipping, and LeMaker’s recently released “Banana Pro.”

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LXer: A real-time editing tool for Wikipedia

Thursday 25th of December 2014 08:20:11 PM
Wikipedia is one of the most frequently visited websites in the world. The vast online encyclopedia, editable by anyone, has become the go-to source for general information on any subject. However, the "crowdsourcing" used by Wikipedia opens their doors to spin and whitewashing–edits that may be less than factual in nature. To help journalists, citizens, and activists track these edits, TWG (The Working Group) partnered with Metro News and the Center for Investigative Reporting to build WikiWash.read more

Slashdot: Linux 3.19 Kernel To Start 2015 With Many New Features

Thursday 25th of December 2014 06:26:00 PM
An anonymous reader writes Linux 3.18 was recently released, thus making Linux 3.19 the version under development as the year comes to a close. Linux 3.19 as the first big kernel update of 2015 is bringing in the new year with many new features: among them are AMDKFD HSA kernel driver, Intel "Skylake" graphics support, Radeon and NVIDIA driver improvements, RAID5/6 improvements for Btrfs, LZ4 compression for SquashFS, better multi-touch support, new input drivers, x86 laptop improvements, etc.

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LXer: Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke

Thursday 25th of December 2014 06:25:49 PM
In January 2014, Github removed the rug in its office's waiting room in response to criticism of its slogan, "United Meritocracy of Github." Since then, the criticism of the idea of meritocracy has spread in free software circles. "Meritocracy is a joke," has become a slogan seen on T-shirts and constantly proclaimed, especially by feminists.

Reddit: Are mobile apps hurting high quality Linux software development?

Thursday 25th of December 2014 05:45:32 PM

Linux applications have not shown much progress in numbers or quality since the mobile app development era had begun. I wonder if the high demand for good programmers in the mobile market is a factor. I know Android is Linux too, but I am talking about desktops.

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Reddit: Which desktop environment do you prefer and why?

Thursday 25th of December 2014 04:47:10 PM

I don't really understand the difference between Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu, and Mint, other than the fact that they use different desktop environments. If each one is only slightly different I could be wrong, then why does it matter?

Also, how is Ubuntu and Debian different, other than the environments?

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LXer: Mars Express images and videos for everyone

Thursday 25th of December 2014 04:31:27 PM
As of December 19, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now sharing all of its images and videos from the Mars Express mission under CC BY-SA. ESA is using the intergovernmental organization (IGO) port of CC BY-SA 3.0. ESA is one of several intergovernmental organizations to use the IGO port since we introduced it last year.read more

Phoronix: GNU Binutils 2.25 Released With Port To Andes NDS32

Thursday 25th of December 2014 03:36:45 PM
Version 2.25 of Binutils is new this week. Binutils consists of the GNU linker and assembler along with other common binary tools to GNU/Linux environments...

LXer: Banana Pi project forks, as competing gen-2 SBCs emerge

Thursday 25th of December 2014 02:37:05 PM
SinoVoip is prepping an Banana Pi “M2″ update built with a quad-core Allwinner A31 SoC, while LeMaker has begun shipping a competing A20-based “Banana Pro.” It appears that the Banana Pi project has forked into two rival groups that are now pushing their own Banana Pi updates: SinoVoip’s “Banana Pi M2,” which is announced but […]

Reddit: Why no smooth scrolling on Linux?

Thursday 25th of December 2014 02:26:44 PM

I am using Linux for many years and i am the most happy guy one can imagine. But what me annoys for many years now, is the lack of smooth scrolling on Linux. Since mouse wheels are invented i hate the stuttering scrolling experience. Be it file browsers or web browsers, text editors/ide's or pdf viewer etc. For me – personally – its a nightmare to use these tools with a mousewheel. I almost ever loose the spot where i was reading/looking at if i choose to scroll further to read/see more of the document or file structure etc.

I can't recall when this happened may it a laptop touchpad or the usage of Mac OS that i realized there is another method of scrolling that did not screw up my reading experience. Since then i wished that there is a system wide "smooth scrolling" on Linux. Shortly after this, web browsers start to accomplish this through native implementations or through browser plugins (i can't describe how much i love "chromium wheel smooth scroller" ... i think i would quit the interwebz without it)

Every now and than i search the interwebz if anything has changed or if a change is going to happen anytime soon. But NO just NOTHING. The only thing is some stuff going on with pixel-perfect-scrolling with synaptic touchpad drivers etc. and some Logitech mice but nothing with a general purpose smooth scrolling with a simple mouse wheel. There are Bug/Feature - request since 2004 on KDE and so on but nothing has changed in a decade since then. I read throughout the post on that topic on Forums and Mailinglist stating: "It's not doable cuz mouse wheels emit button clicks [like btn 5/6 idk.] ..." BUT WHY ON EARTH IS THIS WORKING IN CHROME AND FIREFOX? I implemented this with JavaScript myself – for my website – the math behind this is not that hard – you don't need pixel-perfect-scrolling-data to accomplish a good scrolling experience.

On other Posts they describe in a more technical detailed fashion that this is a problem coming from the x-server and that DE "vendors" can't really do much about that and that implementing such feature systemwide with the x-server is a hard task due to the architecture of X.

Ok, but as we now approach more to a replacement of X with weston/wayland is there any hope this may change anytime soon?

Am I the only one on the entire Planet Earth that bothers this topic so much?

I really Love Linux and i have no great Problem with all the wonderful DE's out there. I really like Unity/KDE/Gnome/LXQt to name i few. They are all pretty awesome. They look cool and are just great to use (they really are, in my opinion) AS SOON AS I TOUCH THE MOUSEWHEEL .. it feels like throwing me back to the early 90's :'(

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Phoronix: 2014 Year-End NVIDIA Linux Benchmark Comparison

Thursday 25th of December 2014 02:00:00 PM
Yesterday I finished up my testing and publishing of results concerning the 2014 AMD Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks while today's Christmas Day results are of the similar tests on the NVIDIA side. Our 2014 Christmas benchmarking is running tests on all of the major NVIDIA Linux driver releases of the year.

LXer: Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

Thursday 25th of December 2014 12:42:43 PM
A new release of this venerable Linux distribution is always good news - and if you want to avoid systemd, this PCLinuxOS release could be your new best friend!

Phoronix: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2014

Thursday 25th of December 2014 12:34:17 PM
For those celebrating today, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Phoronix...

Phoronix: OpenMW 0.34 Released With Many Changes

Thursday 25th of December 2014 12:19:51 PM
Making it out in time for some holiday open-source gaming is OpenMW, the open-source engine re-implementation of Elderscrolls III: Morrowind...

Phoronix: Ruby 2.2 Released With A Better Garbage Collector

Thursday 25th of December 2014 12:06:50 PM
Making a Christmas day debut is Ruby 2.2...

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Erle Robotics launched a ROS-enabled, open source “Erle-brain” autopilot that runs APM directly on Linux. The device also powers an “Erle-copter” drone. Over the last year, Spanish firm Erle Robotics S.L. has been working with 3DRobotics to develop an open source BeaglePilot autopilot for drones that can run Linux on 3DR’s popular, Arduino-based APM (ArduPilot Mega) platform. The APM Linux port was developed by both companies, as well as several academic institutions. The BeagleBone-based “Erle-brain” autopilot is built into the $490-and-up Erle-copter quadcopter. Read more

Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New Android Smartphone

With applications able to run in the background and sync as they see fit, Android can rapidly eat through your cellular data allowance if you are not careful. While it’s fine to let the data run free on wi-fi, you’ll want to restrict your data usage when out and about. Short of switching off mobile data (which defeats the purpose of a smartphone), look under the options in the Data Usage part of the settings. Here you’ll find my wallet’s favourite Android setting of ‘restrict background data’. Now when using cellular data, apps will only pull down data when they are in the foreground and you can see them doing so. If a smartphone is all about being in control, this is the option that gives you confidence. Read more

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Hands-on with PCLinuxOS: A terrific release

I had been thinking that a new PCLinuxOS release was due any time now, based on their quarterly release schedule. Sure enough, it has now arrived, just in time for Christmas - PCLinuxOS 2014.12. Read more Also: Santa Claus has Linux in his sack -- PCLinuxOS 2014.12 is here PCLinuxOS 2014.12 released