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TuxMachines: Lock-in a danger to open source, says SUSE official

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:48:23 AM

If there is one aspect in the open source world that can prove detrimental, it is companies that indulge in lock-in to the extent possible, according to Gerald Pfeifer, senior director of product management at SUSE.

Speaking to iTWire on the sidelines of SUSECon 2014, the third annual conference of the Germany-based SUSE Linux, which is being held in Orlando, Florida this week, Pfeifer (lictured above) did not mention any companies by name, though he did make a passing reference to Oracle.

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TuxMachines: Cue The SmackTalk--Red Hat And Mirantis Face Off

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:47:01 AM

Red Hat, that long time central hub of all things good and true and open source is appearing more and more to live up to its reputation of being, as one industry commentator put it, the Oracle ORCL -0.82% of open source. And that didn’t refer to buying islands and sponsoring yacht races either. The company has had something of a recent history of, if not playing dirty, at least being a little aggressive in its commercial activities. A recently regular target of its attacks has been Mirantis, itself no stranger to controversy and storms.

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TuxMachines: 16 Things You Can Do In Android Lollipop That You Couldn't Do In KitKat

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:42:47 AM

After what feels like a long time since we saw the L Preview first appear, Google is now rolling out the final version of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its existing Nexus devices, and it also appears on the brand new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 gadgets. Get to know the best version of Android yet by working through this selection of tips and tricks, covering all of the new features, major and minor, that are built into the operating system.

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TuxMachines: Despite losing Google as its cash cow, Mozilla isn't dead yet

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:37:20 AM

Its Google advertising contract was coming to an end. With 90 percent of Mozilla's income coming from Google, it was far from good news. With the contract ending in November, and no reason for Google to renew the deal with its Chrome Web browser success, things were looking dark as an overcast, moonless night for Mozilla.

Nevertheless, Mozilla executive Denelle Dixon-Thayer told ZDNet in an e-mail when asked if Google had talked with the company: "We value all of our search relationships and held conversations with all of our partners."

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TuxMachines: Scientific Linux 7 - Poorly executed

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:36:34 AM

Apart from CentOS, another distro I have really been waiting to explore is Scientific Linux. With its solid RedHat base plus extra software, it could be an excellent contender for the ultimate desktop distro. And so our quest continues.

What will amaze you even more is my decision to try the Gnome edition. Yup, after some three years of ignoring Gnome due to its stupidity, I decided to give it another try, just for fun, to see what gives. Maybe it can redeem itself, or be redeemed by Scientific Linux. Either way, it's an interesting test.

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TuxMachines: Distro Astro 3.0 Is an OS Designed for People Fascinated by Astronomy – Screenshot Tour

Thursday 20th of November 2014 10:30:57 AM

Distro Astro 3.0 is a Linux operating system based on Ubuntu that is designed specifically for astronomers. It packs pretty much all of the most interesting applications regarding this field of study and it's probably the only one of its kind.

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TuxMachines: 15 Android Apps That Will Make Your iPhone Friends Jealous

Thursday 20th of November 2014 09:57:07 AM

One of the best things about Android is that apps have a lot more freedom compared to those found on iPhones.

Today, most apps launch on both Android and iOS, but the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn't allow.

From an app that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix to an app that lets you hack your smartphone's LED lights for custom notifications, you're guaranteed to find something new.

Just remember you can't recommend them to your friends with iPhones.

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TuxMachines: Another Debite Quits, Scientific Linux Flop, Mageia 3 EOL

Thursday 20th of November 2014 09:43:01 AM

Another day brings another Debian resignation. In other news, Mageia 3 is reaching its end-of-life and The Var Guy has some highlights from SUSECon. says Scientific Linux 7 is "poorly executed" and Mozilla says losing Google partnership promotes choice and innovation. And said today that Ubuntu's Unity is starting to look like a desktop.

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LXer: Step By Step Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) LAMP Server Setup

Thursday 20th of November 2014 09:27:16 AM
Step By Step Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) LAMP Server Setup

TuxMachines: Kubuntu 14.10 review

Thursday 20th of November 2014 09:08:24 AM

KDE has improved in may respects since my last review of Kubuntu, so it’s fair to say that Kubuntu itself has improved. Muon Discover has improved too, so kudos to the developer. However, Kubuntu is not the best KDE-using distribution around. ROSA Desktop, for example, offers many more features than most KDE-using desktops. That said, Kubuntu 14.10 should be good enough for most users. If you would like to take it for a spin on your computer, installation images are available for download from here.

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LXer: Purism seeks funding for 15-inch free software Linux laptop

Thursday 20th of November 2014 08:30:05 AM
In today's open source roundup: Purism wants to sell a Linux laptop that runs only free software. Plus: The Jolla Linux tablet easily surpasses its $380,000 funding goal, and how well does Nvidia's open source driver perform while running Linux games?

LXer: dpkg Developer Resigns from Debian Technical Committee over Systemd

Thursday 20th of November 2014 07:32:54 AM
Ian Jackson, a Debian developer and member of the Debian Technical Committee, has handed his resignation following the vote to preserve the freedom of choice for init systems.

LXer: Debian: 3074-2: php5: Summary

Thursday 20th of November 2014 06:35:43 AM
PHP Security Report Summary

Reddit: What is there you cannot do using GUI what you can do using textual user interface?

Thursday 20th of November 2014 06:19:30 AM

I am new to linux and still trying to learn the basics. I see that most of the power users of Linux spend most of their time in terminal, despite the fact GUI sounds to be easier to a normal human being. My question is what is the special you can do in TUI what you can't achieve using GUI?

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LXer: Hacker Lexicon: What Is the Dark Web?

Thursday 20th of November 2014 05:38:32 AM
With the rise and fall of the Silk Road-and then its rise again and fall again-the last couple of years have cast new light on the Dark Web. But when a news organization as reputable as 60 Minutes describes the Dark Web as "a vast, secret, cyber underworld" that accounts for "90% of the Internet," it's time for a refresher.

Reddit: Live kernel patching in SUSE Linux 12

Thursday 20th of November 2014 05:27:00 AM

LXer: Linux Based Robot Finds its Charger Automatically

Thursday 20th of November 2014 04:41:21 AM
This article contains a video of a homebrew Linux based robot automatically charging using location logging and ultrasonic sensors

LXer: Can the Linux-based Jolla Tablet take on Android and iOS?

Thursday 20th of November 2014 04:08:07 AM
The tablet market has long been dominated by Android and iOS. Oh sure, Microsoft has offered its Windows-based tablets, but nobody has seemed to care. Linux (Android aside) has not had much of a presence in the tablet market, but that may be about to change with the Jolla Tablet.

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