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November 2013

Linux Mint 16 'Petra' Cinnamon, MATE editions released

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The team took 6 months to work on the Linux Mint 16 Petra and is basically an incremental development over the latest and greatest Linux open source technologies. Some of the improvements in Linux Mint 16 are related to Login Screen, USB Stick support, software manager, performance, artwork and system improvements, and improvement to the main components.

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Linux 3.13, NVIDIA GPUs Won Over November

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...this year on Phoronix I alone have written 236 full-length articles and 2,637 news articles on top of my full-time development work on Phoronix Test Suite and its commercial arm and my other business ventures.

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GNOME Music 3.11.2 Adds Pep8 Compatibility

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The GNOME development team is hard at work these days, preparing the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment. GNOME Music is a new app introduced along with the GNOME 3.10 release, and this new development version introduces several new features and fixes bugs.

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KDE's Painting/Image Program Now Uses OpenGL 3.0

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Krita is KDE's painting and image editing program that soon will see its v2.8 release. With this next Krita release there is new usage of OpenGL 3.x within the open-source program. Under the high quality filtering mode, OpenGL 3.0 is now used for delivering a superior painting/imaging experience.

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Valve and Linux may defeat Microsoft and Sony in console gaming

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Expectations have certainly become high for Valve's Steam Machines. Softpedia thinks that Valve could indeed defeat Microsoft and Sony in console gaming.

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$499 Gaming Console Based on GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Several years ago it seemed like the dream of GNU/Linux as a gaming platform was elusive, especially after Sony had stabbed GNU/Linux users (on PS3) in their backs. Seeing a sort of comeback — where major games are ported to GNU/Linux faster than we can keep track of and consoles are launched which are based on GNU/Linux — is a truly refreshing change that will definitely accompany the ascent of the Free desktop. No more will “gaming” be an excuse for avoiding GNU/Linux as a desktop platform.

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Free Software Foundation encourages shoppers to 'Give Freely' with new Giving Guide

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Gadgets

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced its 2013 Giving Guide, a resource for conscientious shoppers looking for geeky gifts that respect users' freedom. Many holiday shoppers will be turning to gadgets and online services as gifts for friends and family, but these gifts are often rife with proprietary software, anti-features, or Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), all of which restrict how the gift can be used.

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KDE Developer Missing, Linux Reviews, and Lightweight Distros

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Some interesting headlines have jumped out of the RSS reader in the last couple of days. Phoronix.com reported that a KDE developer is missing jeopardizing the whole Kdenlive project. The new OpenMandriva and openSUSE releases received reviews. And MakeTechEasier.com has a rundown of "Distros for Old Computers."

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Leftovers: Gaming

Debian Leftovers

  • Plex Home Theater 1.4.1 for Debian Jessie and Sid
    Recently Plex Plex Home Theater was updated to 1.4.1 with fixes for some errors, in particular concerning the new music handling introduced in 1.4.0. As with 1.4.0, I have compiled PHT for both jessie and sid, both for amd64 and i386.
  • Debian/TeX Live 2015 preparations
    I have uploaded a preliminary version of the texlive-bin based on the 2015 sources (plus the first fixes) to the Debian archive, targeting experimental. As there are four new packages built from the sources (libtexlua52, -dev, libtexluajit2, -dev) the packages have to go through the NEW queue, which at the moment is an impressive 500+ entries long (nearly top in total history). But ftp-masters are currently very active and I hope they continue for some time.
  • Reproducible builds: week 4 in Stretch cycle
    Lunar rebased our custom dpkg on the new release, removing a now undeed patch identified by Guillem Jover. An extra sort in the buildinfo generator prevented a stable order and was quickly fixed once identified.

Android Leftovers

  • Google Makes Chrome For Android Open Source
    Google has announced that Chrome for Android is now open source, the news was announced by Android software engineer Aurimas Liuyikas on Reddit.
  • Screenshots of Google’s new Photos app for Android leak
    We’ve heard rumors since at least August 2014 that Google+’s image functions may be spun out into a standalone photo service. In March, Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for products at Google, said the company is going to put a renewed focus on photos. “Photos are a big use case,” Pichai said. “So we are going to say this is the stream now.”
  • Android's stand-alone Photos app will give you more creative control
    Android Police has peeked at a leaked copy of a reworked Photos app, and it's clear that Google is using the service split as an incentive to shake things up. The highlight may be Assistant (below), an effective substitute for Auto Awesome that gives you more creative power -- you can produce more content yourself (such as Stories) instead of waiting for it to show up.
  • Android Factory Resets Are Flawed, Allow User Data to Be Recovered: Study
  • Factory data reset for Android leaves encrypted data and login keys intact
    Researchers at Cambridge University discovered they were able to recover data on a vast array of Android powered devices that had undergone the factory data reset process.
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop Update Coming To The NVIDIA Shield Tablet
    The update would improve performance and stability, and bring a Shield controller update that makes pairing easier. Among many other features, the LTE model includes improvement in camera, audio, and performance of the modem.
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop For Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190: How To Install It Using CM12.1 Nightly Custom ROM
    Users of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with the model number GT-I9190 can have the latest Lollipop experience on their smartphones with the help of a new custom ROM. The new CyanogenMod 12.1 (CM12.1) Nightly custom ROM is based on stock Android user interface with additional features and options.
  • Android Payments Could Be Key Item News From Google I/O: Merrill Lynch
    In the research report published on Friday, Merrill Lynch analysts gave their input on 2015 Google I/O developer conference that will take place on May 28- 29 in San Francisco, California. Since competition in the payments industry is on the horizon, the research firm expects Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) to launch an upgraded payment platform for the Android users.
  • Android M: This is Google’s new Photos app
    Google is expected to announce a bunch of new software initiatives later this week, one of them being Android M. Some leaks have already provided early information on what the upcoming operating system will have to offer, and a new report sheds light on what could be one of the most important new apps for Android M (and other Android versions) that Google is expected to announce at I/O 2015.
  • Best new Android widgets (May 2015) #2
    If you're a dedicated Android fan and not making full use of widgets, then you're totally not using the full potential of Google's platform. See, if we take away widgets out of the feature bag, we are easily stripping it from one of its defining features.
  • Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks
    Nanjing University boffins Jingyu Hua, Zhenyu Shen, and Sheng Zhong have tracked commuter train trips with 92 percent accuracy using stolen phone accelerometer data.
  • ZTE unveils Q519T smartphone in China: 4000mAh battery, Android 5.0 Lollipop
    Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has unveiled the successor to the Q509T, dubbed Q519T, a new affordable smartphone which is priced at 599 Yuan (approximately Rs 6,100) in China. There is no information provided as to when the device will be available in India.
  • Android M and Nexus updates: The good, the bad and the ugly
    Android M is expected to be unveiled later this week at Google I/O, and it will bring several new features to Google’s mobile platform according to various reports, including a brand new device update guarantee for Nexus devices.
  • 10 Best Android Apps & Games This Week
    A week has passed, which means we’re back with our usual roundup with some of the best new Android apps and games that have made their way into the Play Store. This time we’ve got a good collection of games, so if you were looking to add some new ones on your Android smartphone or tablet, now is the right time to do it. Also, do check out our previous roundup, as well as this week’s sister list with the newest and greatest iOS apps, as well.
  • Asus ZenFone 5 Android 5.0 Lollipop Update to Release in 'Next 3-4 Months'
    The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Asus ZenFone 5 has been delayed by 3-4 months, reveals the Taiwanese company.