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Phoronix: Making It Easier To Deploy CUDA On Fedora

Tuesday 28th of April 2015 11:49:15 AM
While Fedora 21 ships with decent OpenCL support, if you're running the binary NVIDIA graphics driver on Fedora Linux and wishing to use CUDA-accelerated programs, it's a little bit easier today thanks to a new third-party package repository...

TuxMachines: Unix and Personal Computers: Reinterpreting the Origins of Linux

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:55:43 PM

So, to sum up: What Linus Torvalds, along with plenty of other hackers in the 1980s and early 1990s, wanted was a Unix-like operating system that was free to use on the affordable personal computers they owned. Access to source code was not the issue, because that was already available—through platforms such as Minix or, if they really had cash to shell out, by obtaining a source license for AT&T Unix. Therefore, the notion that early Linux programmers were motivated primarily by the ideology that software source code should be open because that is a better way to write it, or because it is simply the right thing to do, is false.

Also: Anti-Systemd People

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TuxMachines: Kubuntu 15.04 With Plasma 5.3 - A Totally Different Kubuntu

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:50:56 PM

The latest version of Kubuntu, 15.04, aka Vivid Vervet was released last week and it's available for free download. With this release it has become the first major distro to ship Plasma 5 as the default desktop environment.

There are chances that some users may still have bad memories of Kubuntu. It's true. Back in 2011 when Ubuntu made a switch to Unity, I started looking for alternatives as their desktop environment was not suited for me. I started trying KDE-based distros and Kubuntu was among the top choices. However my experience with the distro was mixed. It was buggy, bloated and GTK apps would look ugly in it. That's when I found openSUSE and settled down with it.

More on KDE:

  • KActivities powered recent media in Plasma Media Center

    As you may have already read the blog post from Eike Hein about Building on new pillars: Activities and KPeople in Plasma 5.3, activities can provide the useful information about the recent applications and resources used by them.

  • kreenshot-editor is incubating

    Now, kreenshot-editor is a new Qt-based project that was inspired by Greenshot’s image editor. It is hosted on KDE playground. It focuses on the image editing task, can be invoked from command line and should also provide a resuable editor component which could be integrated into other screencapture tools. The current code is already separated into an image editor widget and the main application.

  • Spring break for the KDE system monitor

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TuxMachines: 64-bit STB SoC supports 4K video and Android TV

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:49:27 PM

Marvell announced an “Ultra” version of its Android-focused Armada 1500 STB SoC that advances to a 64-bit, quad-core Cortex-A53 foundation for 4K delivery.

The Armada 1500 Ultra (88DE3218) is designed to “enable PayTV operators and set-top box (STB) manufacturers to cost-effectively deliver small form factor devices with feature-rich 4K entertainment and gaming services,” says Armada. As with earlier Armada 1500 system-on-chips, it’s primarily focused on Android, with specific support for Android TV

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TuxMachines: Android is finally beating Apple in this one key metric

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:38:30 PM

The iPhone is widely considered the "rich man's phone," but Android is finally beating Apple in one key metric — revenue.

According to new data from Digi-Capital, for the first time, Android is making more money from apps than iOS is.

Android has long beaten Apple in terms of absolute downloads, because it has a far larger install base. Last year, more than 1 billion Android handsets shipped, compared to a (relatively) paltry 192.7 million for the iPhone. But this is largely a vanity metric if it doesn't translate into actual money, and the largest audience in the world won't persuade developers to use your platform if there's no way to monetise it.

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LXer: Free Windows 10 is not an upgrade … it's marketing

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:32:22 PM
Windows 10 is not a free upgrade, Microsoft said last week. It's a "marketing and promotional activity."

TuxMachines: EU study recommends OpenBSD

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:30:09 PM

Nice to see recognition from the trenches of bureaucracy.

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TuxMachines: Linux Freedom vs. Convenience

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:25:20 PM

One of my favorite websites that illustrate this point is WhyLinuxIsBetter.net. As the page loads, you're immediately presented with clear, easy to understand reasons why Linux is better than proprietary operating systems. Now granted, the website is a bit dated. But the overall message is timeless and positive. What this site does well is show its readers exactly why Linux on the desktop is awesome. From its features to its built-in safety, everything is clearly illustrated and easy to understand.

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TuxMachines: LibreOffice Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:20:42 PM

Canonical revealed details about a number of LibreOffice vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, which also upgrades the office suite.

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TuxMachines: Micromax Canvas Play With Android 5.0 Lollipop Listed on Company Site

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:15:17 PM

Soon after introducing the Canvas Spark (Q380) affordable Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone, Micromax now appears set to launch another Canvas-series handset - the Canvas Play (Q355) - which is now listed on the company's site. Unfortunately, there is no word on availability and pricing details of the Micromax Canvas Play.

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TuxMachines: World's largest open source health information technology project tackles Ebola

Monday 27th of April 2015 07:13:04 PM

An accurate, up to the minute, accessible medical record system is fundamental to effective treatment and tracking of the Ebola virus. But how to create this type of system in the rudimentary, overwhelmed Ebola care centers of West Africa where paper records or computers—even if they were available—couldn't be carried in and out of treatment areas?
As Ebola surged in resource-constrained Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in the fall of 2014, the ingenious concept of a tablet computer usable by individuals in bulky protective gear and encased in polycarbonate enabling simple and repeated disinfection was developed and implemented by Google and Doctors Without Borders teams, solving the hardware part of the problem.
But what software to use on the specialized tablets and on the server where critical information is stored? Enter the OpenMRS community, who drives the world's largest open source project to develop health information technology for resource-constrained environments.

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More in Tux Machines

elementary OS "Freya" Finally Gets Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

elementary OS "Freya" has been out for some time now, but developers are still adding features to it despite the fact that it has been dubbed stable. Now, users have the option to define custom keyboard shortcuts, which was a very sought after feature. Read more

A Linux proud history – 15 years ago and the Brazilian ATM

The history i want to share with you is how that “marble Tux” happens. Yes, it was a production machine that you see in the picture and was running in every place in Brazil for at least 10 years. So, a 25 years old boy, in this case me, the guy typing now, who was working in a ILOG graphical toolkit partner suddenly decide to look for Linux jobs, it was out of university for 1 year, but was already infected for the open source and Linux for more than 3 years, and thought it can be done. Read more

OPNFV Project Gets Backing from EMC & VMware

The open source platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OPNFV Project, has received major backing from EMC and VMware. EMC joins as a Platinum member, along with others such as AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia, Vodafone and ZTE. VMware joins as a Silver member. Read more

Leftovers: GNOME Software

  • Let’s contribute Peru with GNOME
    After that Cesar Fabian started the code contribution part, because all of them were interested in GNOME developer technologies. We started with glib, based on the GLIB Website. He explained us that Glib is a GNOME library written in C. We did a couple of examples: Hello Word and Lists of Fruits, using glist. Glists are linked lists that use the type void *. It was also explained values and basic types like gboleean where ONE represents TRUE and the rest of values are FALSE .
  • GNOME 3.18 to Drop Support for Yahoo!, Foursquare Will be Enabled by Default
    Debarshi Ray, a renown GNOME developer, announced the immediate availability for download and testing of a new development release of the GNOME Online Accounts component of the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment.
  • GNOME Disk Utility 3.17.2 Fixes Benchmarking of Disks on 32-Bit Architectures
    The GNOME Project is hard at work these days preparing for the release of the second milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release later this year on September 23.