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TuxMachines: Review: Dell's Ubuntu-powered M3800 Mobile Workstation is a desktop destroyer

Monday 16th of March 2015 03:41:45 PM

Dell has offered a Linux (Ubuntu) option on some laptops (and servers) for a few years now. Considering my general love for all things Linux, combined with my (often) overpowering desire to play with new hardware, it's rather odd that I've never gotten my hands on a Linux-powered Dell laptop.

That rather egregious offense has now been remedied.

Right in front of me sits the Dell M3800 Mobile Workstation – a 15.6-inch laptop that doubles as a Linux-powered desktop replacement.

No. "Desktop Replacement" doesn't really do this rig justice. This beast of a machine is a desktop destroyer.

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LXer: Oracle adds secure-ish boot support to its Linux distro

Monday 16th of March 2015 03:26:48 PM
But how secure is it?Oracle has released a new secure-boot version of its Linux, but the new issuance is attracting criticism that it's not actually secure.…

TuxMachines: Open Source Software Fuels a Revolution in Data Science

Monday 16th of March 2015 03:07:18 PM

It’s hard to downplay the influence of open source software on the spectacular rise of data science. From my perspective as a technology consultant, open source isn’t just an interesting aspect of the data science revolution; it’s absolutely critical.

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TuxMachines: Chakra 2015.03 Screenshot Tour

Monday 16th of March 2015 03:02:49 PM

The Chakra team is happy to announce the third release of the Chakra Euler series. This is a maintenance release to fix some installation issues and provide all the updated packages that landed in the stable repositories since the previous release. The main new feature is that our ISO now supports booting and installing on UEFI systems! We are aware that everybody is looking ahead into Plasma 5 and we are working on the transition, but we believe it is too early for this to be shipped by default and decided to wait for a little bit longer until Plasma 5 has matured and more KDE Applications have switched to Frameworks 5. This ISO ships with the following notable packages and updates: KDE Applications 14.12.2, except for the applications that have been ported to frameworks 5, which will remain on their 4.14.3 versions; kde-workspace 4.11.16 and kdelibs 4.14.5; Frameworks 5.7; Calligra 2.9.0.

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TuxMachines: Thoughts on using Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition 17.1

Monday 16th of March 2015 07:58:03 AM

I had long been attracted to the idea of using Linux. When Microsoft ceased to provide security patches for XP I got an excellent independent computer shop to install Lubuntu on my netbook for me. This allowed me to get used to the ways of Linux, and experiment with different programs. Any fears I may have had regarding ease of use were soon forgotten, and despite my experimentation, installing and uninstalling lots of programs, the system remained far more responsive than XP.

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TuxMachines: Calligra 2.9.1 Released

Monday 16th of March 2015 07:54:57 AM

The Calligra team has released version 2.9.1, the first of the bugfix releases of the Calligra Suite in the 2.9 series. This release contains a few important bug fixes to 2.9.0 and we recommend everybody to update.

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Reddit: I think i broke it.

Monday 16th of March 2015 07:32:09 AM

Ok, So i am new to the Ubuntu community. I have been a windows user, currently using windows 8.1. After Having issues with a game I play with the 64 bit version of windows, I decided I wanted t give Ubuntu a try, I partitioned my hdd and used a dual boot set up. I downloaded Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop. I used ubuntu for about a day, Needed to switch over to windows, I restarted my computer. When Grub loaded up,I tried selecting windows, but grub would not allow me to move the highlighted os(Ubuntu). I looked around some forums and found a command that a lot of people found worked. It was essentially an update to grub. After the update completed, I restarted my computer, and grub no longer had the purplish background it was a black, and still would not let me move to highlight windows. Now it would not let me hit enter to select Unbutu, I had to wait until it automatically loaded the highlighted OS after a set amount of time, I tried multiple keyboards, still nothing. Now here is the kicker, after updating grub, the gui after logging in no longer shows up, I hit CTL+ALT+F1 it asks for my log in information. I put my information in, and throws an error saying my login info is incorrect. So now my HDD is not usable, is there any way to load the gui with going into a terminal? Ive tried going to my BIOS boot menu but grub overrides it. Is there anything i can do, or am i going to have to wipe my hdd and do a fresh install?

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LXer: Raspberry Pi 2: Raspbian (ARMv6) v Linaro (ARMv7)

Sunday 15th of March 2015 09:20:19 PM
The Raspberry Pi Foundation make it pretty clear that Raspbian is the recommended operating system for the Raspberry Pi series of computers. Most of the Foundation's documentation and support directs users to Raspbian. The downloads section of their website does list other operating system images. But there are many more images available, and one really piqued my curiosity; a Ubuntu 14.10 / Linaro 15.01 "developer" image. Unlike Raspbian, this image is compiled for ARMv7/armhf.

TuxMachines: Purdue expands use of open-source software, cuts costs

Sunday 15th of March 2015 11:48:58 AM

Purdue, in its perpetual quest to cut corners and save money, is working to expand its use of open-source software, potentially saving students upward of $1 million.

The software, developed by Michigan State University in 1992, is called the Learning Online Network with Computer-Assisted Personalized Approach, or more commonly known, LON-CAPA.

Also: Rutgers-Camden students pushing for free, open source textbooks

UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

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LXer: Cyanogen said to be hoovering up cash, but NOT from Microsoft

Sunday 15th of March 2015 11:48:29 AM
Redmond reportedly sitting out firmware firm's $110m funding round. Sources say Android alt-firmware outfit Cyanogen is close to closing a new round of funding, but Microsoft reportedly won't be among the investors.

Reddit: 0 AD Alpha 18 Trailer

Sunday 15th of March 2015 11:18:31 AM
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Reddit: DesktopCube in Manjaro Linux 0.9.0

Sunday 15th of March 2015 11:01:27 AM

TuxMachines: Docker Expansion

Sunday 15th of March 2015 09:56:55 AM

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LXer: KDE Frameworks 5.8.0 Officially Released with Support for Qt 5.5

Sunday 15th of March 2015 09:54:07 AM
KDE has announced today, March 13, the immediate availability for download and update of KDE Frameworks 5.8.0, a collection of over 60 add-on libraries for the powerful Qt GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit. This release brings a great number of improvements over the previous version, KDE Frameworks 5.7.0, which was released on February 14, 2015.

TuxMachines: Watch Your Freedom (Because Apple's Not)

Saturday 14th of March 2015 09:59:22 AM

At Apple's "Spring Forward" press event on Monday, March 9, the electronics company expounded upon its plans to release a smartwatch and revealed updates to its MacBook computer line, among other announcements. Underneath their focus on "innovation" and "design," however, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other participating speakers neglected to address growing concerns about the proprietary software and Digital Restrictions Management technologies distributed with its products and services, which only serve to extend the company's oppression of computer users and their freedoms.

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LXer: Install VTEDDY on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

Saturday 14th of March 2015 09:32:35 AM
VTEDDY is a free and open source application for a customer-centered workflows and business webmail management. It includes a desktop-like user interface that runs on a standard LAMP server. You can easily manage your inboxes.

Reddit: Plasma is my new favorite desktop

Saturday 14th of March 2015 09:20:08 AM

TuxMachines: Personal Linux Stories and Best Distros for Newbies

Saturday 14th of March 2015 05:59:48 AM

The newsfeeds weren't overflowing this evening, but there were a few bright spots. First up, is running a new series called My Linux Story featuring folks sharing their journeys to Linux. Elsewhere, Justin Pot asked can we really trust Linux and Computer Business Review today listed their choices of distributions for new users.

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TuxMachines: Linux Kernel 3.18.9 Is Now an LTS (Long-Term Support) Release

Saturday 14th of March 2015 05:56:07 AM

Today we have some good news for all users of the Linux 3.18 kernel, as its status has been changed to LTS (Long-Term Support) on March 11, which means that it will be supported with patches for at least two more years from today.

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Linux-Based Firewall and Router Smoothwall Express 3.1 Service Pack 1 Released

The first Service Pack (SP) release of Smoothwall Express 3.1, an open source best-of-breed Internet firewall and router operating system designed to run on commodity hardware, has been released today with a great number of improvements over the previous stable version. Read more

Sabayon 15.04 Linux Distro Brings Xfce 4.12, Native Nvidia and AMD Video Drivers Support

The Sabayon development team had the pleasure of informing its users about the immediate availability for download of the latest monthly release of their Sabayon Linux operating system derived from the well-known Gentoo distribution. Read more

Fedora 22 Alpha Now Available For AArch64 & PowerPC64

The alpha release of Fedora 22 was released a few weeks ago for the primary CPU architectures while finally coming out today is the F22 Alpha for 64-bit ARM and PowerPC architectures. Peter Robinson announced this afternoon the Fedora 22 Alpha release for AArch64 and Power64 architectures. These alternative architecture spins of the very promising Fedora 22 are primarily focused on the Server Edition of Fedora Linux. AArch64 and Power64 users of Fedora can learn more about this first Fedora 22 development release via the mailing list announcement. Fedora 22 is expected to be officially released in May. Read more

SME Server 9.1 Beta 1 Is Now Available for Download, Based on CentOS 6.6

The Koozali SME Server development team, through Terry Fage, was pleased to announce today, March 30, the immediate availability for download and testing of the SME Server 9.1 Beta 1 computer operating system, which is now based on the upstream CentOS distribution, which in turn is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Read more