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

Thursday 21st of August 2014 06:51:08 AM

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.

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Reddit: Why does Adobe ditch Linux users?

Thursday 21st of August 2014 06:32:05 AM

I have been hoping Adobe Pro can be running on Linux one day.

But I just learned they have discontinued Adobe Reader for Linux

http://blogs.adobe.com/adobereader/2012/06/one-year-from-now-adobe-reader-and-acrobat-9-eol.html

Why does Adobe not consider Linux users?

Do Linux users already have comparable or alternatives?

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LXer: Bitter tablets

Thursday 21st of August 2014 06:18:35 AM
I have children. My children go to school. The schools that my children go to teach ICT. To do so, they need computers. At two of those schools, there’s currently a drive to fund a bunch of iPads. Currently, said schools use a mix of desktop and laptop computers, and each has access to a bunch of interesting software tools that we parents can also get to play around with remotely in some cases. Granted, when one of my children comes home and asks if we can get a copy of said program for home it gets a bit awkward, not least when I check the prices, but there’s something useful, I think, about continuing to develop and teach keyboard and mouse skills.

LXer: Certification Program for sysadmin training announced by The Linux Foundation

Thursday 21st of August 2014 05:21:24 AM
Groundbreaking program provides virtual examination and accreditation for Linux Foundation Certified System Administrators and Engineers

Reddit: Improved Kernel-Based Port-Knocking in Linux

Thursday 21st of August 2014 05:07:53 AM

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

Thursday 21st of August 2014 04:41:58 AM

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”.

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LXer: Using Clocker and Apache Brooklyn to build a Docker cloud

Thursday 21st of August 2014 04:24:13 AM
With the growing potential of Docker, it's becoming clear that the future of at least some of the data center is going to be containerized. But there are still challenges in getting containerized applications deployed and managed across real and virtual hardware.read more

Reddit: LWN.net Weekly Edition for August 14, 2014

Thursday 21st of August 2014 04:17:59 AM

Phoronix: Userptr Support Set For AMD Radeon GPUs In Linux 3.18

Thursday 21st of August 2014 04:00:01 AM
While it was originally set for Linux 3.17, with the Linux 3.18 kernel that's still months away will be userptr support for the AMD Radeon graphics driver...

TuxMachines: What the Linux Foundation Does for Linux

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:54:12 AM

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.

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

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:45:11 AM

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.

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TuxMachines: diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:38:56 AM

One problem with Linux has been its implementation of system calls. As Andy Lutomirski pointed out recently, it's very messy. Even identifying which system calls were implemented for which architectures, he said, was very difficult, as was identifying the mapping between a call's name and its number, and mapping between call argument registers and system call arguments.

Some user programs like strace and glibc needed to know this sort of information, but their way of gathering it together—although well accomplished—was very messy too.

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LXer: Release 4.14 - KDE Applications get better and better

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:27:02 AM
The KDE Community has announced the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering primarily improvements and bugfixes. Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform are frozen and receiving only long term support; those teams are focused on the transition to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5.

TuxMachines: GNU hackers discover HACIENDA government surveillance and give us a way to fight back

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:26:46 AM



GNU community members and collaborators have discovered threatening details about a five-country government surveillance program codenamed HACIENDA. The good news? Those same hackers have already worked out a free software countermeasure to thwart the program.

According to Heise newspaper, the intelligence agencies of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, have used HACIENDA to map every server in twenty-seven countries, employing a technique known as port scanning. The agencies have shared this map and use it to plan intrusions into the servers. Disturbingly, the HACIENDA system actually hijacks civilian computers to do some of its dirty work, allowing it to leach computing resources and cover its tracks.

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TuxMachines: Play Hexen, Quake I, and Quake II with 4MLinux Game Edition 9.1 Beta

Thursday 21st of August 2014 03:21:45 AM

4MLinux Game Edition, a special Linux distribution based on Busybox, Dropbear, OpenSSH, and PuTTY, which also happens to feature a large number of games, is now at version 9.1 Beta.

The 4MLinux distributions are among the smallest ones in the world, but that doesn't mean the developers can't add a ton of interesting games into the mix.

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TuxMachines: Firefox gets preliminary support for casting to Chromecast

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:45:09 AM

Mozilla is in the process of adding the ability to “cast” videos from Firefox to Chromecast devices, and you can try it now if you have the right hardware.

As announced in a post on Google+ post by Mozilla developer Lucas Rocha, “Chromecast support is now enabled in Firefox for Android’s Nightly build.”

To check this out, I downloaded the latest Firefox Nightly, installed it on my Nexus 10, and tested it with my Chromecast. It worked… although, it has some rough edges right now.

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TuxMachines: SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:37:02 AM

This SparkyLinux game edition builds in access to a large collection of popular games compiled for the Linux platform. It brings the latest game fare via the Steam and Desura platforms. It provides handy access from a quick launch bar to a dozen plus emulators to let you run top-line games from leading gaming boxes and platforms.

GameOver does not wimp out on providing all of the needed everyday computing tools found in other Linux distros, either. It provides nearly all of the standard Linux applications out-of-the-box, so you do not have to install them on your own.

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LXer: U.S. Digital Services and Playbook:

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:29:51 AM
About this time last year, I laid out some trends I saw for the coming year in government take up of open source software. Looking back now, it appears those trends are not only here to stay, they are accelerating and are more important than ever.

LinuxInsider: SparkyLinux GameOver Is a Winning Work-Play Combo

Thursday 21st of August 2014 02:12:25 AM
The SparkyLinux GameOver 3.4 Edition may be one of the best Linux distros catering to game players you will find. It is a full-service specialty Linux OS with a focus on gaming. Linux distro developers usually do one of two things about games. One, they provide none or only a few low-impact card and puzzle titles. Two, they build in links to the PlayOnLinux and Steam websites. Historically, few Linux distros have catered to serious game playing. The few that did are mostly now discontinued or inactive.

LXer: Why do so many Linux users hate Oracle?

Thursday 21st of August 2014 01:32:40 AM
In today's open source roundup: Many Linux users dislike and distrust Oracle. Plus: Munich may not be dumping Linux after all, and how to encrypt your email in Linux

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