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TuxMachines: Meizu M1 Note with 5.5 Inch Display to Launch with Ubuntu – Rumor

Sunday 4th of January 2015 01:07:32 AM

We have yet to see any actual Ubuntu phones in the wild, but more rumors are popping up all over the place. This time it's about the impending launch of the upcoming Meizu M1 Note with an Ubuntu system.

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TuxMachines: Leftovers: Gaming

Sunday 4th of January 2015 01:07:07 AM

LXer: How Copyright Makes Culture Disappear

Sunday 4th of January 2015 12:04:45 AM
A few years ago, we wrote about some research by Paul Heald that did an astounding job visually demonstrating how much copyright law today harms the dissemination of content. The key graphic was the following one:What it shows is that while new books are available for sale, they quickly go out of print and are basically not available -- until you get down to 1923, at which point the works are in the public domain.

LXer: ZevenOS 6.0 Screenshot Tour

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 10:10:23 PM
I am proud to announce the release of ZevenOS 6.0 - the 'Good-bye' edition. Good-bye because its released at the end of this year and will be the last ZevenOS version for a long long time. This release is based upon Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and will be supported for 5 years. As ZevenOS 5.0 was released more than a year ago this new version brings in many changes like Linux kernel 3.13, X.Org 7.7 and PulseAudio 4.0. All the tools you love from ZevenOS are back again in updated versions. OpenShot was updated to 1.4.3 with the new melt backend, Inkscape to 0.48.4, AbiWord to 3.0. Brasero was replaced by Xfburn and we now also include the sysctl speed patches and zram enabled by default to gain more overall speed. ZevenOS still is the best linux distribution with a BeOS touch.

Reddit: Free Code Camp is Now Open Source

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 09:16:46 PM

Phoronix: Next-Generation PHP 7.0 Is Running Well But Will It Catch Up To HHVM?

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 08:49:54 PM
It's been a while since I've last tried out the Git code for the next-generation PHP (phpng) that's going to be known as PHP 7.0 when released likely later this year...

Reddit: Is copyright/DRM always bad from a freedom point of view?

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 08:36:29 PM

Let's say we have 2 worlds (or parallel universes). One where there's no copyright/DRM, and another where copyright/DRM exists. Which world has more freedom?

I used to think the one without copyright/DRM, but I'm no longer so sure.

Let's say you work as a middle manager in a large corporation. How much freedom do you really have? What if you want to grow a long beard? What if you have some odd sexual preferences? Or perhaps some unpopular political opinions? Or maybe you're a member of some weird religious sect. What if you don't like wearing a suit and tie? What if you prefer other drugs than alcohol? What if your favorite food is stir-fried dog meat? Etc.

In many careers, it seems that being different/unusual can really harm you. In other words, you don't have much freedom. Of course, there are other jobs where it doesn't matter so much (e.g. construction worker, burger flipper, factory assembly line worker etc.), but most of those jobs may not be ideal for brainy people.

If on the other hand, you're a musician, writer or painter, being different/unusual won't necessarily harm you - it can actually give you extra fame. In many other creative professions, being different doesn't seem like a big problem either.

Without copyright/DRM, many creative job opportunities disappear. The people who otherwise would have had these jobs, will be forced into other jobs where they have to conform more. So in this sense, getting rid of copyright/DRM will reduce freedom.

Of course, a world where all software is proprietary and locked down with DRM is not very free. There you do not control your own computer. You are totally at the mercy of a few corporations/governments.

But if you have, for example, one computer with 100% free software, such as GNU/Linux, and another computer where everything is locked down by DRM, such as a Playstation, you have the best of both worlds, no? Then no corporation or government can prevent you from expressing yourself. But artists will be able to make money.

One complaint I've heard against copyright, is that only a few artists make boatloads of money while most don't make much. But doesn't this have a lot to do with limited space in brick-and-mortar shops? With digital distribution, it's just as easy to purchase something obscure as the latest album to Madonna.

I'm wondering, if maximum freedom is the goal, should tools (and everything they require to run) that are used to express yourself be free software, while content (computer games, movies, music, books etc.) can be copyright/DRM protected? Or is it really that simple?

Maybe not? Maybe most people are too dumb to ever understand the importance of free software, and will continue to be tricked into buying locked-down computers for everything. So in the future, only smart people will be free?

I guess some of the above also applies to other forms of intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks.

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Reddit: How programmers meet New Year

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 08:34:09 PM

LXer: Samsung turns to Tizen for new Smart TVs

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 08:16:01 PM
Samsung says it will use Tizen Linux in all of its 2015 Smart TVs, which will feature WiDi and BLE for sharing and mirroring content with mobile devices. The Linux-based Tizen OS project has long had a smart TV profile under development, and it seemed only a matter of time before Samsung would put Tizen […]

Reddit: help with dmesg command please.

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 08:05:47 PM

how do I find the path of connected usb drive, I tried using dmesg | grep -i usb but I get a lot of stuff and I don't understand please help me.

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Phoronix: The VIA OpenChrome DRM Still Might Be Kicking In 2015

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 06:57:44 PM
There hasn't been much to report on in months for the OpenChrome DRM driver as there simply hasn't been any new public patches to comment on. While it sort of looked like this VIA DRM Linux driver was dead, it seems work is possibly getting resurrected on this open-source driver...

Reddit: Trouble extracting a .7z file.

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 06:56:50 PM

Things I've done:

sudo apt-get install p7zip

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full

sudo apt-get update

7za e myfile.7z

Got back:

7-Zip [64] 9.20 Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov 2010-11-18 p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,4 CPUs)

Processing archive: myfile.7z

Error: Can not open file as archive

What am I doing wrong/are there any other ways to extract this file?

If you need to know, the file is the ISO for Super Mario Sunshine that I intend to run through Dolphin. Downloaded here:,Fr,De,Es,It)/66834-download

I've googled the hell out of it, and still no luck.

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Reddit: First thoughts on my odroid C1

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 06:39:32 PM

I finally received all of the needed components last night and decided to fire it up this morning.

I went through all of the options in the ODROID Utility. First off, do not bother with HDMI configuration until every other item is configured first. Also, make sure you have an internet connection. Once everything is updated, HDMI configuration works as expected.

I tried surfing a bit with chromium on youtube. Going full screen with any HD content would immediately crash chromium, which is sad. I downloaded the videos from here and the mp4 seems to play fine in the default media player (gnome). It's still a little more choppy than I would like. Considering the video player is an X app, and dragging windows around is a bit choppy, I assume any performance issues are due to X server drivers, or lack there of.

Hopefully the X server situation will be remedied in the future, but so far this isn't the media pc I was hoping it would be. I haven't tried opengl performance but it is supposedly very good. I've only had about an hour with it so there might be a ton of stuff left to configure.


After going through the ODROID Utility Kernel Update options (kernel, firmware, etc), chromium no longer crashes playing HD content. Performance seems better, but still not what I was hoping. It definitely blows the raspberry pi away in terms of performance. Hopefully there is still more to configure.

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LXer: LG tips new 4K TVs running WebOS 2.0

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 06:21:39 PM
Following up on its well-received first batch of WebOS based smart TVs, LG has announced a new line of 4K ULTRA HD TVs that run an updated 2.0 version of the Linux-based OS. Following up on its well-received first batch of WebOS based smart TVs, LG just announced a new line of 4K ULTRA HD […]

Phoronix: GNOME's GTK+ Had A Booming 2014: OpenGL, Mir, Wayland, GtkInspector, Etc

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 05:16:34 PM
GNOME's GTK+ tool-kit saw numerous improvements over the course of 2014 that led it to having a higher development activity rate than the preceding few years...

Reddit: Starting a linux pc company in Europe

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 05:05:06 PM

I'm thinking about starting a company selling computers with linux in Europe and aiming for selling cheap low-end linux computers for the non-gaming home use like internet browsing and e-mail. I will sell the computers with windows (more expensive) and Linux Mint.

What are your thoughts about specifications for a low end Linux PC and do you think there is a market for this?

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Reddit: x11vnc and xvfb

Saturday 3rd of January 2015 05:02:37 PM

I just learned about the x11vnc -create command and I love to use it on my headless ubuntu box, but when it creates a screen the resolution is to high for my computer to see without scrolling. I was wondering if someone knew a way to change the default resolution it starts up with?

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