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Reddit: Best free-software compatible graphics card manufacturer?

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 3:33pm

AMD, Intel, or Nvidia?

Saw this on the Arch Linux forums.

"Just for clarification: According to the Free Software Foundation, there are no free software drivers for either Radeon or Nvidia video cards that provide accelerated graphics, since they all use "binary blobs". There are only open source drivers.

Since this thread is half technical and half ideological, I thought this would be an appropriate place to point this out. smile

Bonus lesson: The opposite of "open source software" is "closed source software". The opposite of "free software" is "non-free software"."

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LXer: Speed up apache with mod_pagespeed and memcached on Debian 7 (Wheezy)

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 3:27pm
Speed up Apache webserver with mod_pagespeed and memcached on Debian 7 (Wheezy)The page load time gets more and more important for websites to provide a better user experience and it is important for the search engine ranking as well. Google has developed the apache module "mod_pagespeed" to optimize and streamline the content delivery of the apache webserver which reduces the load times of pages, especially when they use many assets like css files, javascript includes and images.

Phoronix: Fedora Workstation Is Making Me Quite Excited

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 3:05pm
With the ongoing rework happening within the Fedora camp, there's emerging Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server "product" working groups. The work happening within Fedora Workstation is quite exciting and rejuvenating the project...

Slashdot: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 2:28pm
Eben Moglen's FreedomBox concept (personal servers for everyone to enable private communication) is getting closer to being an easy-to-install reality: all packages needed for FreedomBox are now in Debian's unstable branch, and should be migrating to testing in a week or two. Quoting Petter Reinholdtsen: "Today, the last of the packages currently used by the project to created the system images were accepted into Debian Unstable. It was the freedombox-setup package, which is used to configure the images during build and on the first boot. Now all one need to get going is the build code from the freedom-maker git repository and packages from Debian. And once the freedombox-setup package enter testing, we can build everything directly from Debian. :) Some key packages used by Freedombox are freedombox-setup, plinth, pagekite, tor, privoxy, owncloud, and dnsmasq. There are plans to integrate more packages into the setup. User documentation is maintained on the Debian wiki." You can create your own image with only three commands, at least if you have a DreamPlug or Raspberry Pi (you could also help port it to other platforms).

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TuxMachines: Open Source Code Has Fewer Defects Than Proprietary Software

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 2:01pm

The latest Coverity Scan Open Source Report suggests that the quality of programming in free C and C++ projects is improving

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LinuxToday: How to set up a secondary DNS server in CentOS

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 2:00pm

Xmodulo: In this tutorial, we will create a secondary DNS server (ns2) for the same domain by using bind package on CentOS.

TuxMachines: Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:52pm

Collabora has been doing a lot of contract work for the Raspberry Pi Foundation over the past year, including porting Wayland to work well on this low-end, low-cost ARM single-board computer. Developers and users have been after a lightweight desktop to use on the Wayland-powered Raspberry Pi but there hasn't been any yet with GNOME Shell and other Wayland-compatible desktops being too heavy (I guess they don't yet count Enlightenment's Wayland compositor or wasn't ready for their time-frame).

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TuxMachines: Deepin 2014 Alpha Linux Distro Will Blow You Away – Gallery

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:47pm

“Deepin is a Linux Distribution which devoted to provide elegant user interface and secure environment for global users. The Deepin Team has made a series of custom made software like the Deepin Desktop Environment, the Deepin Music Player, the Deepin Media Player, the Deepin Software Center based on the HTML5 standard & technology.”

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TuxMachines: KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:42pm

Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about.

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LXer: Rugged Android fleet computer offers 3G, GPS, CANbus

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:31pm
Micronet announced a rugged touchscreen fleet computer that runs Android 4.x on a TI Sitara AM3715 SoC, and features optional GSM 3.5G, GPS, and CANbus. Micronet’s A-317 fleet computer updates the A-307 device that shipped last August. Both of these software-compatible devices are low-end complements to the long-haul oriented CE500 series fleet computers, says Micronet, […]

Phoronix: Maynard: A Lightweight Wayland Desktop

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:20pm
Collabora has publicly announced this morning Maynard, a new Wayland-based shell that's lightweight and should work great for the Raspberry Pi...

TuxMachines: Google’s Project ARA Modular Phone Looks Really Amazing

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:10pm

Google intends to get a modular phone ready for just $50, in early 2015. The default phone will only have support for wifi and will be available in three sizes: small, medium and large. If you want to have the features of a normal phone, you will be needing to buy different modules for conectivity, camera, touchscreen and others. The modules will be attached via magnets, to be easy to replace modules, without having to restart the phone.

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Phoronix: Chromium Browser Going Through Growing Pains In Ubuntu 14.04

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 1:00pm
Google's open-source Chromium browser is in a bit of a bad shape for this week's release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS...

TuxMachines: Why I Switched to GNOME

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:42pm

I think the best thing I did when I decided to make the switch a permanent one, is to stop comparing it to other desktop environments. This allowed me to fully experience the GNOME 3 desktop without comparing it with KDE, XFCE and so on. With this new mindset, I found that the integration and work-flow were actually quite refreshing.

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Phoronix: KDE 4.13 Is Being Released Today With New Features

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:35pm
Coming out today is one of the last major KDE4 releases before the next-generation KDE stack makes its formal debut. KDE 4.13 does bring some new features worth writing home about...

Reddit: Can someone make something akin to Wayland, but for sound?

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:53am

Wayland seems awesome. Take everything wrong with xorg and pretend that you can rewrite xorg from scratch, with all the knowledge we have in 2014. Fantastic.

Why can't we have something similar for sound? I'm sick of trying to install software (a lot of DAWs lately) that has dependencies that will break sound for me in other ways. Example: Why should I install libjack2, killing alsa-equal, so that I can use a DAW but now suddenly my media players don't work (namely ncmpcpp)?

It's simple. I want a program that is supposed to make sound come out of speakers (or the headphone jack) do exactly that. I don't want to install different libraries to make some things work and break others. I hate that on my linux box, I can have a browser window open with some stupid flash applet running that hogs my sound card, and then not be able to have sound produced from any other application.

This problem does not exist on OSX. It does not exist on dreaded m$ OSes. In fact, in 1994 I built an Amiga with multiple sound cards for both recording music and music playback. It "just works" flawlessly to this day.

Why is linux sound so archaic? Can we not find developers ready to tackle one of gnu/linux's biggest current failures insofar as being able to make inroads into desktop computing? Wayland, but for sound. Screw all that old alsa/jack/pulse garbage and rewrite it from scratch to work the way it does everywhere else, but on linux.

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LXer: Using Samba to Share Your Linux Folders with Another PC or Virtual Machine

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:37am
Creating a network share on Linux is quite a bit different than on Windows, but that doesn’t mean that it requires a degree from Tux U. In this article, we take a look at installing and configuring Samba, creating some shares, and then accessing those shares across a variety of platforms.

TuxMachines: Qt on Android: The top 5 markets

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:19am

The power of Qt running on the ubiquity of Android is a potent combination that can be used to great effect in a number of different applications. But are there certain apps that really shine when they’re built using this dynamic duo?

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