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TuxMachines: Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet?

Friday 19th of December 2014 11:32:15 AM

Some dreams die hard. After the KDE-based Vivaldi tablet failed to appear after three years of anticipation, Jolla is planning a free software tablet of its own. The product is off to a roaring start, having just raised $1,824,055 in its crowdfunding campaign-- almost five times the original target. So, this time, we might actually see some hardware.

Mind you, whether the tablet will satisfy everyone remains open to doubt. Although Jolla is talking loudly about being "people powered" and listening to want users want, some requests, especially for hardware, may be impossible to fulfill. The manufacturing capacity of advanced features is limited world-wide, and monopolized by large companies like Apple and Samsung.

More importantly, exactly how free the tablet will be has yet to be announced.

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LXer: Myriad Loses Appeals Court Bid to Block Breast Cancer Tests

Friday 19th of December 2014 11:31:10 AM
Myriad Genetics Inc. (MYGN) can’t block competitors’ DNA tests to determine risk for breast and ovarian cancer after a U.S. appeals court said three patents on the tests never should have been issued.The patents cover products of nature and ideas that aren’t eligible for legal protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted today on the court’s docket. The court upheld a trial judge’s decision to allow the competing tests, including those made by Ambry Genetics Corp., to remain on the market.

TuxMachines: First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February

Friday 19th of December 2014 11:25:43 AM

The first Ubuntu Phone will go on sale in Europe in the second week of February.

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TuxMachines: Sandia looks to open-source robot tech

Friday 19th of December 2014 11:20:17 AM

Researchers at federal defense and energy laboratories are open sourcing some of the electronics and software for two advanced ambulatory robots in hopes of boosting their ability to handle perilous situations.

In a Dec. 16 announcement, the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories said it is developing more energy-efficient motors to dramatically improve the endurance of legged robots performing the types of motions that are crucial in disaster response situations. The project is supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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TuxMachines: Google releases open-source Java SDK for Cloud Dataflow service to form data pipelines

Friday 19th of December 2014 11:15:17 AM

It’s been a long, long time since Google came up with the foundational technologies for storing and processing big data. This year, the company developed a new tool for working with data as it comes in, and now Google is keen to see people use it.

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TuxMachines: Docker CTO Solomon Hykes to Devs: Have It Your Way

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:53:26 AM

"We made a very conscious effort with Docker to insert the technology into an existing toolbox. We did not want to turn the developer's world upside down on the first day. ... We showed them incremental improvements so that over time the developers discovered more things they could do with Docker. So the developers could transition into the new architecture using the new tools at their own pace."

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TuxMachines: ​Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:51:14 AM

Linux laptops are available from major computer OEMs such as Dell and Lenovo and specialized Linux vendors such as System76 and ZaReason, but the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which would prefer it if I referred to Linux as GNU/Linux, doesn't approve of any of them thanks to their use of proprietary firmware. That may not continue to be the case.

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TuxMachines: Nebula Builds on Cosmos for Enterprise OpenStack Deployments

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:49:06 AM

Nebula, which bills itself as an enterprise private cloud company and is focused on OpenStack, is not exactly just another player in the OpenStack ecosystem. The company is funded by noted backers Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Comcast Ventures, but even more notably, the company was founded by Chris Kemp, who helped launch OpenStack back when he was NASA's CTO.

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TuxMachines: Red Hat CEO Whitehurst Talks OpenStack, Containers

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:38:38 AM

Following a fiscal Q3 report this afternoon by open-source distributor Red Hat (RHT) that was better than expected, and a forecast for this quarter slightly less than consensus, CEO Jim Whitehurst was kind enough to spend a few minutes talking with me by phone.

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LXer: Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:33:59 AM
Not to be outdone by the FSF and looking to appeal to more cosmopolitan tastes, Linux Mint will change over the course of the year to something a little more contemporary and stylish. It becomes Linux Merlot, with a bouquet that resonates from the north side of the vineyard. The distro will have a more celebratory nature and it will go a lot better with most cheeses.

TuxMachines: Red Hat, Red Hat, and More Red Hat

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:06:31 AM

No doubt Red Hat dominated the headlines today with their 3Q financial report and subsequent quotes. They're also having to say goodbye to CFO Charlie Peters as their stocks jumped 10 percent in after hours trading following the report. In other Red Hat news, a security bulletin from the Open Source software company said that latest security scare "Grinch" isn't a bug, it's a feature.

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TuxMachines: PostgreSQL 9.4 Increases Flexibility, Scalability and Performance

Friday 19th of December 2014 10:02:20 AM

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces the release of PostgreSQL 9.4, the latest version of the world's leading open source database system. This release adds many new features which enhance PostgreSQL's flexibility, scalability and performance for many different types of database users, including improvements to JSON support, replication and index performance.

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Reddit: problem connecting to internet with damn small inux.

Friday 19th of December 2014 09:53:12 AM

hello, i am so angry of windows because it's full with crashes and everybody knows how to hack it, so i returned to most simple modest linux distro that is called dsl.... anyway, they said in t heir website t hat it should be connected to internet automatically but when i did install it it never connected me even while i looked on internet what i can do with it..... so please guys, if anybody knows how to use that dsl and establish a connection using a router with wireless access help me :) thank you.

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TuxMachines: Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015

Friday 19th of December 2014 09:50:27 AM

You can tell it’s the holiday season — a lot of people are focusing more on the guy with the red suit who looks quite a bit like Jon ‘maddog’ Hall than they are on digital matters. This also is the time of year, naturally, where pundits make their predictions for the following year.

However, I should admit something here. Truth in advertising: I don’t have a good record in predicting the future. I have a hard enough time predicting what to wear the following day — oh, right: clothes. But Linux and FOSS being, well, Linux and FOSS, these projections are as good as any prediction now being foisted on the FOSS public by the army of digital pundits out there.

So what’s going to happen in 2015?

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TuxMachines: digiKam Software Collection 4.6.0 released...

Friday 19th of December 2014 09:45:41 AM

The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.6.0. This release includes many bugs fixes in Image Editor and Batch Queue Mananger. Thanks to Maik Qualmann and Jan Wolter to propose patches in KDE bugzilla.

See the new list of the issues closed in digiKam 4.6.0 available through the KDE Bugs-tracking System.

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Reddit: Creating your First App on Linux with Python and Flask

Friday 19th of December 2014 08:55:19 AM
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TuxMachines: GTK 3.14, Nautilus 3.14 Land In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet [Quick Update]

Friday 19th of December 2014 08:45:16 AM

Quick update for Ubuntu users planning to use Ubuntu 15.04: GTK 3.14 has landed in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet. And of course, the default Ubuntu themes, Ambiance and Radiance, have been updated with GTK 3.14 support.

Furthermore, Nautilus, an application that wasn't updated in quite a while and was still at version 3.10, has been updated to version 3.14:

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LXer: Master ExifTool Basics with Practical ExifTool

Friday 19th of December 2014 08:39:37 AM
digiKam, darktable, RawTherapee, and other open source photo management applications allow you to read and tweak metadata, but it’s fair to say that none of them can compete with ExifTool in terms of sheer power, flexibility, and speed.

Reddit: TIL: echo '{"json":"response"}' | python -m json.tool -- pretty prints json to the command line

Friday 19th of December 2014 07:38:53 AM

works in both python2 and python3

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LXer: The Difference Between Wi-Fi Security Protocols: WPA2-AES vs WPA2-TKIP

Friday 19th of December 2014 06:25:53 AM
Setting up encryption on your wireless router is one of the most important things you can do for your network security, but your router probably offers various different options—WPA2-PSK (TKIP), WPA2-PSK (AES), and WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) among the alphabet soup. How-To Geek explains which one to choose for a faster, more secure home network.

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Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

The first two companies that have been confirmed to release phones with Ubuntu Touch are Meizu and Bq. Until now, only Meizu showed any kind of involvement with Ubuntu Touch and they were the first to announce a launch window. On the other hand, Bq has been silent, but it seems to have been very busy and to be the first one out the door. Read more

Linux 3.19 Merge Window Closes Ahead Of Schedule

Linus announced on Friday night that he's closing the merge window early for 3.19. Torvalds said that he's pulling the last of the pull requests on Saturday -- related to KBuild and the READ_ONCE split-up -- but is planning to then close the merge window. Read more

X.Org Server 1.16.3 Released To Fix Security Issues

Julien Cristau of Debian announced the X.Org Server 1.16.3 release on Saturday morning. The primary focus of this release is on correcting the security issues within the GLX, DIX, XV, DRI3, RENDER, and other areas of the xorg-server code-base affected by outstanding security problems. Read more