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LXer: Look inside building an open source map app

Monday 18th of August 2014 04:12:40 PM
Imagine yourself walking down the middle of a crowded street in a complex city like Cairo. Suddenly a protest builds ahead. A mass of people, cutting off the road. You try to evade, but then violence breaks out in mere seconds. You need help. Someone else, a car to get you out. A phone call might suffice, but wouldn't it be easier to notify all your friends that this place is dangerous and that you need their assistance? This is where a map-based social network could come into play.read more

LinuxToday: The fall of Gary Gygax, keeping tabs on Linux ports, and more

Monday 18th of August 2014 04:00:00 PM

opensource.com: After several years of astounding success, the company was forced to restructure after the tabletop gaming market bottomed out.

Reddit: Just want to give a shoutout to a massively under appreciated feature.

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:57:44 PM

Yesterday my Wifi router broke, so I would have been out of luck till about midday tomorrow when my ISP could drop off a new router (they have a shitty custom firmware that you 'need' in order to connect).

Annoyed, I started poking through the network settings on my laptop. It's a work one, so it's running Kali Linux which is a custom version of Debian. I discovered that you could create a new DSL connection, and I could just enter my ISP username and password and connect directly to the network without needing a router.

I don't think I've ever seen an OS with that feature before, and if I have then it was probably hidden somewhere deep in the settings. This is an awesome feature, and if anyone has a router break like mine this is a great way to fix it temporarily.

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Reddit: aseigo: what is "the desktop": KDE and laptops

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:57:07 PM

Reddit: Systemd Drama

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:53:50 PM

Phoronix: Coreboot Now Works On The Older MacBook 1,1 Too

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:50:00 PM
As an update to yesterday's story about Coreboot now working for the MacBook 2,1 model, with today's Git activity the open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement will also work with the even older 1,1 model...

Reddit: Strange removal of link from /r/linux, mods does not answer question

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:45:43 PM

http://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/2dtw4k/til_that_microsoft_tried_to_add_0xb16b00b5_as_a/

Browsing /r/linux yesterday I came across that link. It had ~30 points, with 81% positive votes share. After refreshing the "hot" page I found out that it disappeared.

I wrote a message to the user who posted it -- he answered that he didn't remove it. Then I wrote to the mods, however they haven't answered me.

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LXer: Ubuntu MATE to Become an Official Ubuntu Flavor Soon

Monday 18th of August 2014 03:15:29 PM
The Ubuntu MATE project is progressing nicely and the developers have provided a short update about the work that's been done already and about the things that still need to be improved.

Phoronix: LinuxCon Is This Week In Chicago

Monday 18th of August 2014 02:30:00 PM
The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon North America event is happening this week in Chicago...

LXer: Improve your online relationships with a dose of empathy

Monday 18th of August 2014 02:18:18 PM
Humans have always formed communities. They are necessary for support both physically and, according to psychologists, emotionally as well. Until recently, though, the development of communities was constrained by geography. If you wanted to raise a barn or have a quilting circle, for example, only the folks nearby could participate. The Internet, though, has allowed communities to grow in ways that are not bounded by geography.read more

Phoronix: Wayland 1.6 Is Under Planning For Release

Monday 18th of August 2014 01:25:46 PM
We haven't heard much talk lately about Wayland 1.6 but Pekka Paalanen is stepping up and is trying to begin organizing work towards the Wayland/Weston 1.6 release that's quickly due...

LXer: Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Monday 18th of August 2014 01:21:07 PM
What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser?Internet Explorer could be getting a new name as Microsoft tries to escape the browser’s troubled past.…

LinuxToday: Build Gentoo tutorial

Monday 18th of August 2014 01:00:00 PM

LinuxUser: Create a custom build of the Gentoo distro from the ground up, to suit your preferences and even speed up your system

Phoronix: Direct3D 9 Support Stands A Chance Of Being Added To Mesa

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:52:46 PM
For several months now there's been a Direct3D 9 state tracker under development for Mesa that's making some headway and working out for bettering the Wine performance with D3D9 titles rather than using Wine's translation layer to OpenGL. While no official request for pulling the code has been issued, it looks like it might stand a chance of hitting mainline Mesa...

Phoronix: Viber 4.2 Finally Released For Linux

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:34:03 PM
Several Phoronix readers have written in this weekend to share that the Viber Linux client is finally up to par with the Windows version...

LXer: DemocracyOS promotes civic engagement on both sides

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:23:56 PM
In part one of my interview with Pia Mancini, a political activist, I investigated the technologies and background of DemocracyOS, a project aiming to become the operating system of choice for government workers. In part two of my interview with Mancini, she discusses the challenges DemocracyOS faces and how her organization, Democracia en Red, is working to overcome them.read more

Phoronix: Red Hat Is Hiring To Work On Open-Source GPU Drivers

Monday 18th of August 2014 12:16:09 PM
Those wishing to work for one of the best open-source companies while focusing on improving open-source Linux graphics drivers, Red Hat has an opening...

Reddit: What do you as a user love about systemd?

Monday 18th of August 2014 11:59:10 AM

There's been a lot of critical commentary on systemd from /r/Linux recently, with feedback along the lines that it solves problems for developers and distro maintainers and that's why it is getting adopted. But what about users? Don't we have reasons to want systemd?

So, what do you as a user love about systemd?

(Inspired by the post things that systemd gets right from a year ago.)

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TuxMachines: today's howtos

Monday 18th of August 2014 11:23:27 AM

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Munich Reversal Turnaround, Linus on the Desktop, and Red Hat Time Protocol

Monday we reported that Munich was throwing in the Linux towel, but today we find that may not be exactly the case. In other news, Linus Torvalds today said he still wants the desktop. There are lots of other LinuxCon links and a few gaming posts to highlight. And finally today, Red Hat's Eric Dube explains RHEL 7's new time protocol. Read more

NHS open-source Spine 2 platform to go live next week

Last year, the NHS said open source would be a key feature of the new approach to healthcare IT. It hopes embracing open source will both cut the upfront costs of implementing new IT systems and take advantage of using the best brains from different areas of healthcare to develop collaborative solutions. Meyer said the Spine switchover team has “picked up the gauntlet around open-source software”. The HSCIC and BJSS have collaborated to build the core services of Spine 2, such as electronic prescriptions and care records, “in a series of iterative developments”. Read more

What the Linux Foundation Does for Linux

Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, talks about Linux a lot. During his keynote at the LinuxCon USA event here, Zemlin noted that it's often difficult for him to come up with new material for talking about the state of Linux at this point. Every year at LinuxCon, Zemlin delivers his State of Linux address, but this time he took a different approach. Zemlin detailed what he actually does and how the Linux Foundation works to advance the state of Linux. Fundamentally it's all about enabling the open source collaboration model for software development. "We are seeing a shift now where the majority of code in any product or service is going to be open source," Zemlin said. Zemlin added that open source is the new Pareto Principle for software development, where 80 percent of software code is open source. The nature of collaborative development itself has changed in recent years. For years the software collaboration was achieved mostly through standards organizations. Read more

Arch-based Linux distro KaOS 2014.08 is here with KDE 4.14.0

The Linux desktop community has reached a sad state. Ubuntu 14.04 was a disappointing release and Fedora is taking way too long between releases. Hell, OpenSUSE is an overall disaster. It is hard to recommend any Linux-based operating system beyond Mint. Even the popular KDE plasma environment and its associated programs are in a transition phase, moving from 4.x to 5.x. As exciting as KDE 5 may be, it is still not ready for prime-time; it is recommended to stay with 4 for now. Read more