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NexDock Touch Turns Your Android Phone or Raspberry Pi into a Touchscreen Laptop

Thursday 4th of June 2020 05:02:00 PM

Dream of turning your Android phone or Raspberry Pi into a fully-fledged laptop? Well, with the all-new NexDock Touch you can! Like the original NexDock the new model is a 14.1-inch laptop shell, complete with […]

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Geary’s Getting a Linux Phone Friendly UI

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020 02:13:00 AM

I’m a big fan of desktop e-mail client Geary — it’s in our list of the best Ubuntu apps after all — so I’m particularly thrilled to hear that a “mobile version” is in the […]

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Lenovo Will Sell Ubuntu on More ThinkPads, ThinkStations This Summer

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 07:09:16 PM

Lenovo has announced that all of its ThinkStation desktop PCs and ThinkPad P series laptop will be available to buy preloaded with Ubuntu this summer.

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Firefox 77 Released with Minor Changes

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 05:41:30 PM

Firefox 77 has arrived with a whole load of …nothing major. Still, iterative improvement is as welcome as shiny new features so read on to discover more.

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Linux Marketshare Increased Again Last Month (So Did Ubuntu’s)

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020 03:23:58 PM

Usage of Linux-based desktop operating systems grew again in May 2020, according to stats shared by web analytics firm NetMarketShare.

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Foliate Makes Finding Free eBooks Easier, Adds Support for Comics

Monday 1st of June 2020 02:30:54 PM

Finding free ebooks to read in Foliate, a GTK ebook reader for Linux desktops, just got a whole lot easier. The new Foliate 2.2.0 release comes with several enhancements, one of which is better eBook […]

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Linux 5.7 Released, This is What’s New

Monday 1st of June 2020 11:51:04 AM

Linux 5.7 has arrived, serving as the latest mainline release of the Linux Kernel — but what’s changed? Well, in this post we recap the new features and core changes bundled up inside this kernel […]

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The Raspberry Pi 4 is Now Available With 8GB RAM

Thursday 28th of May 2020 02:31:11 PM

A Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB RAM is now available to buy. This model is the most powerful version of the device released so far, and the most expensive at $75.

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Android Mirroring App ‘Scrcpy’ Just Added a Bunch of New Features

Thursday 28th of May 2020 01:11:33 AM

If you read this blog regularly enough you’ll be familiar with scrcpy, an ace root-free way to mirror your Android smartphone on your Ubuntu desktop and interact with it. Scrcpy is free, it’s open source, […]

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GNOME Devs Make Major Improvements to the Apps Grid

Wednesday 27th of May 2020 03:11:02 PM

Some interesting things are happening upstream in GNOME Shell that affect the "Applications" screen, app folders, and the associated code.

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First Ubuntu 20.04 Point Release Arrives August 6 (Updated)

Monday 25th of May 2020 01:31:42 PM

The Ubuntu 20.04.1 point release is due for release on July 23, 2020. The update doesn't have a new hardware enablement stack but is notable for LTS users.

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Transmission 3.0 Released, Here’s How to Install it on Ubuntu

Sunday 24th of May 2020 04:45:43 PM

A new version of open-source torrent client Transmission is available to download. In this post I share details on what’s changed and show you how to install the update on your system using the official Transmission […]

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Ubuntu 20.10 Release Date & Planned Features

Friday 22nd of May 2020 01:31:00 PM

With Ubuntu 20.04 LTS done and dusted developer attention now turns towards Ubuntu 20.10 which is due for release on October 22, 2020. Learn when Ubuntu 20.10 will be released and what new features it […]

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Notorious is new keyboard-driven note taking app for Linux

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 09:10:58 PM

Last week I spotlighted Noted, a (rather splendid) keyboard-driven note taking app for macOS and Linux — but some of you weren’t convinced. It wasn’t the app per se; you liked its clean UI, and […]

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Microsoft’s Open Source Terminal App Hits Version 1.0

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 06:19:43 PM

Microsoft's Windows Terminal app has hit version 1.0. The open source app is available to install on Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store and on GitHub.

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Windows 10 is Getting Support for GUI Linux Apps

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 04:56:49 PM

Dream of being able to run your favourite Linux apps on the Windows 10 desktop? Me neither, but Microsoft is going ahead and doing it anyway in WSL 2.

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How to Give Audacity Audio Editor a Flat, Dark & Modern Look on Ubuntu

Tuesday 19th of May 2020 02:32:29 PM

Audacity is a powerful audio editing tool but its appearance is utilitarian looking. In this post we show you how to theme Audacity with a dark, flat look.

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KDE Plasma 5.19 is Out, This is What’s New

Monday 18th of May 2020 05:38:18 PM

KDE Plasma 5.19 features a modest crop of changes, with various visual improvements and usability enhancements designed to make the release more enjoyable.

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Audacity 2.4 Released with New Audio Effects, New Time Toolbar (Updated)

Monday 18th of May 2020 12:41:28 AM

Audacity, the open source audio editor, has a new version available to download with a new noise reduction effect, improved time toolbar, and other changes.

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Enlightenment 0.24 Released with Assorted Changes

Sunday 17th of May 2020 11:51:51 PM

Enlightenment 0.24 is available to download. The latest release of the Linux and BSD desktop includes an improved screenshot tool and lower memory usage.

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More in Tux Machines

Linspire 9.0 Released

Today our development team is excited to announce the release of Linspire 9.0; packed with a TON of improvements and security updates, this is a major update that we’ve been working hard to get out to our faithful users. The global pandemic has delayed its release, but the development team has worked diligently and meticulously behind-the-scenes over the past few months, fine-tuning every detail of what is widely considered to be the premier Linux desktop on the market today. The Linspire 9.0 series will be the last one featuring the 18.04 LTS codebase; upcoming Linspire X will be based on the 20.04 LTS code and kernel. Read more Also: Linspire 9.0 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Linux 5.4 LTS

today's leftovers

  • Fast Bare Metal provisioning and infrastructure automation with MAAS
  • [Updated] Michael Stapelberg: Optional dependencies don’t work

    In the i3 projects, we have always tried hard to avoid optional dependencies. There are a number of reasons behind it, and as I have recently encountered some of the downsides of optional dependencies firsthand, I summarized my thoughts in this article.

  • Benchmarking NetBSD, second evaluation report

    This report was written by Apurva Nandan as part of Google Summer of Code 2020. This blog post is in continuation of GSoC Reports: Benchmarking NetBSD, first evaluation report blog and describes my progress in the second phase of GSoC 2020 under The NetBSD Foundation. In this phase, I worked on the automation of the regression suite made using Phoronix Test Suite (PTS) and its integration with Anita. The automation framework consists of two components Phoromatic server, provided by Phoronix Test Suite in pkgsrc, and Anita, a Python tool for automating NetBSD installation.

  • Interest in Kodi Declines After a Turmultuous Few Years of Piracy Headlines

    After many years of being mentioned in the same breath as movie and TV show piracy, interest in the Kodi media player appears to have peaked and is now on the decline. That's according to Google Trends data which suggests that after reaching a high in early 2017, interest via search is now on a continuous downward trend.

Programming Leftovers

  • RcppSimdJson 0.1.1: More Features

    A first update following for the exciting RcppSimdJson 0.1.0 release last month is now on CRAN. Version 0.1.1 brings further enhancements such direct parsing of raw chars, working with compressed files as well as much expanded querying ability all thanks to Brendan, some improvements to our demos thanks to Daniel as well as a small fix via a one-liner borrowed from upstream for a reported UBSAN issue. RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle use per byte parsed; see the video of the talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon (also voted best talk).

  • Jonathan Dowland: Generic Haskell

    When I did the work described earlier in template haskell, I also explored generic programming in Haskell to solve a particular problem. StrIoT is a program generator: it outputs source code, which may depend upon other modules, which need to be imported via declarations at the top of the source code files. The data structure that StrIoT manipulates contains information about what modules are loaded to resolve the names that have been used in the input code, so we can walk that structure to automatically derive an import list. The generic programming tools I used for this are from Structure Your Boilerplate (SYB), a module written to complement a paper of the same name.

  • 9 reasons I upgraded from AngularJS to Angular

    In 2010, Google released AngularJS, an open source, JavaScript-based frontend structure for developing single-page applications (SPAs) for the internet. With its move to version 2.0 in 2016, the framework's name was shortened to Angular. AngularJS is still being developed and used, but Angular's advantages mean it's a smart idea to migrate to the newer version.

  • [Old/Odd] 5 news feautures of PHP-7.2

    Before PHP 7.2 the object keyword was used to convert one data type to another (boxing and unboxing), for example, an array to an object of the sdtClass class and/or vice versa, as of PHP 7.2 the object data type can be used as parameter type or as function return type.

  • This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 351

Proprietary Software and Linux Foundation

  • [PCLinuxOS] Opera Browser updated to 70.0.3728.106

    Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. It differentiates itself because of a distinct user interface and other features.

  • Vivaldi Explains Why They Make "Proprietary Garbage"

    It is unfair to say that Vivaldi is not open source at all as someone like Distrotube has done, the way the company behind Vivaldi has decided to handle this application is by using a dual licensing system where the open source portion of the application is licensed under an open source BSD license but that's not the point of today, the point is to explain why they have decided to license their software in such a way.

  • Scientists Forced To Change Names Of Human Genes Because Of Microsoft's Failure To Patch Excel

    Six years ago, Techdirt wrote about a curious issue with Microsoft's Excel. A default date conversion feature was altering the names of genes, because they looked like dates. For example, the tumor suppressor gene DEC1 (Deleted in Esophageal Cancer 1) was being converted to "1-DEC". Hardly a widespread problem, you might think. Not so: research in 2016 found that nearly 20% of 3500 papers taken from leading genomic journals contained gene lists that had been corrupted by Excel's re-interpretation of names as dates. Although there don't seem to be any instances where this led to serious errors, there is a natural concern that it could distort research results. The good news is this problem has now been fixed. The rather surprising news is that it wasn't Microsoft that fixed it, even though Excel was at fault. As an article in The Verge reports:

  • The Linux Foundation Wants Open-Source Tech to Address Future Pandemics

    The Linux Foundation, which supports open-source innovation in blockchain tech, launched the Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative (LFPHI) at the end of July. The LFPHI’s goal is to promote the use of open source by public health authorities, which can be scrutinized by anyone, to fight not just COVID-19 but future pandemics as well.

  • LF Edge’s Akraino Project Release 3 Now Available, Unifying Open Source Blueprints Across MEC, AI, Cloud and Telecom Edge

    LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced the availability of Akraino Release 3 (“Akraino R3”). Akraino’s third and most mature release to date delivers fully functional edge solutions– implemented across global organizations– to enable a diversity of edge deployments across the globe. New blueprints include a focus on MEC, AI/ML, and Cloud edge. In addition, the community authored the first iteration of a new white paper to bring common open edge API standards to align the industry.

  • Linux Foundation Launches Jenkins X Training Course

    Linux Foundation has launched a new training course, LFS268 – CI/CD with Jenkins X. Developed in conjunction with the Continuous Delivery Foundation, the course will introduce the fundamentals of Jenkins X.