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March 2014

GNU Linux-libre 3.14-gnu: "Freedom Pi" is now available

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GNU
Linux

The deblobbing scripts didn't require significant changes, compared to those of the previous release; only small adjustments had to be made to account for drivers removed or modified upstream. That said, I have been working on the fix for our #1 bug, namely, that disabling the requests for non-Free firmware removes the ability to load and use the non-Free firmware without rebuilding the driver or the entire kernel. The plan is to implement (at last! Smile the proposal outlined in http://www.fsfla.org/anuncio/2010-03-Linux-2.6.33-libre

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Linux 3.15 Kernel Gains EFI Mixed Mode Support

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Linux

These EFI mixed mode patches initially debuted in early March by Intel's Matt Fleming. This is great news for those with devices -- particularly laptops / mobile devices -- that have only 32-bit EFI but have been wanting to run Linux. Most 32-bit Linux distributions don't ship with EFI support and up until now it hasn't been clean to get a 64-bit kernel running on the 32-bit firmware... One of the well known devices that have run into this problem is the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA that was one of the early Intel Bay Trail convertible laptops/tablets. Sadly that T100TA of mine is now dead and wouldn't even power up correctly at last attempt after doing some last-ditch attempts to make the device Linux friendly some months ago.

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Grml 2014.03 "Ponywagon" Is Based on Debian Jessie

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Debian

Grml is not a regular Linux distribution for regular users. It’s packed with a sysadmin's favorite tools and allows admins with packages for installation, deployment and system rescue. This latest version has been dubbed Ponywagon and it comes with a couple of interesting features.

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Intel UMS Support To Be Eliminated In Linux 3.16 Kernel

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Linux

With the Linux 3.14 kernel that was released over the night, Intel UMS support was deprecated. Intel hasn't maintained their user-space mode-setting support on Linux in about a half-decade with pushing everything these days through kernel-based mode-setting. The Radeon and Nouveau drivers have also become completely dependent upon kernel mode-setting too, with user-space mode-setting these days mostly being left to really old X.Org drivers without a DRM/KMS module. Modern Linux distributions are also beginning to drop support for these old GPUs.

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Prison Architect Gets Massive Update on Steam for Linux

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Gaming

Prison Architect, a game developed and published by Introversion Software, and available for the Linux platform, has just received a massive update.

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OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 3 Is Based on XBMC Gotham Beta 3

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GNU
Linux

“Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 3.95.3. This release includes some bugfixes and improvements since 3.95.2 (beta2). Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates as well the XBMC Gotham beta3 release we also added drivers and firmwares for some more Realtek WLAN USB devices and DVB devices. Also we added initial support for TTS (TextToSpeech) output which can be already used together with Ruuk's Addo,” reads the official announcement.

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[Development] Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate available

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Development
KDE

Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate packages are available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/ Sha1 for Qt 4.8.6 is now considered frozen so please test these packages accordingly. These packages are built against sha1 215a78618b185a71f660201c902da51360d8c30d "Pass events to QGestureManager from the main (GUI) thread only". Current version of changes file is available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/changes-4.8.6-rc1

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The MariaDB Foundation Announces General Availability of MariaDB 10

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Software
OSS

London, United Kingdom – 31 March 2014 – The MariaDB Foundation, an independent body which promotes the popular open source database MariaDB, today announced the much-anticipated general availability of MariaDB 10, providing today’s generation of application developers with enhanced performance and functionality.

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4MLinux Allinone Edition 8.1 Distro Has Everything You Could Possibly Need

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GNU
Linux

http://news.softpedia.com/news/4MLinux-Allinone-Edition-8-1-Distro-Has-Everything-You-Could-Possibly-Need-434998.shtml4MLinux Allinone Edition, a Linux distro focusing on the Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games) 4M editions, has just reached version 8.1, finally exiting the Beta stages.

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Open source workshop explores FOSS in universities

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OSS

The Association for Computing Machinery's annual meeting of their Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education is one of the largest academic computing meetings there is. This year's event featured a full-day workshop on teaching open source practices, tools, and techniques by engaging students as contributors to humanitarian projects such as Ushahidi, OpenMRS, Gnome Accessibility, and others. TitanPad was used for collaborative notetaking during the event, and this article is a result. You could call it a crowd-sourced article.

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Open source now part of Romania’s Digital Agenda

All of Romania’s public administrations are to use open source and open standards software. The government is making this a (minute) part of the 2014-2020 Digital Agenda, made public in November. The approach will increase interoperability of ICT systems. Read more

GNU Binutils 2.25 Released With Port To Andes NDS32

The Binutils 2.25 changes include support for the Andes NDS32 architecture and new --data, --include-all-whitespace, and --dump-section options. Among the changes for GNU ld in Binutils 2.25 is support for the Andes NDS32 architecture, support for the OpenRISC and OR32 has been replaced with the OR1K port. Gas for Binutils 2.25 has support for AVR Tiny micro-controllers, support for the NDS32, and enhanced ARM support. The NDS32 enablement within the GNU stack has been going on for a while with last year GCC seeing a port to this architecture, etc. The NDS32 from Andes Technology is a 32-bit CPU architecture designed for embedded environments using the AndeStar ISA and the SoC processors are marketed under the AndesCore brand. Read more

2014 Year-End NVIDIA Linux Benchmark Comparison

For this article today, the major driver releases of the year for their mainline driver were benchmarked while ignoring some of the later drivers in each series that just shipped bug-fixes or new kernel / xorg-server support after a new driver series was already in beta or stable. The tested NVIDIA drivers for this article include the 331.38, 334.16, 337.12, 337.19, 340.17, 343.13, 343.22, 346.16, and 346.22 Linux x86_64 drivers. The 331 series was the last driver series from late 2013 for reference. The graphics card used for today's testing was a GeForce GTX 780 Ti (Kepler) graphics card as being a high performance GPU that's compatible with all of the driver releases tested throughout the year. Read more

Quadcopter drone packs first all-Linux APM autopilot

Erle Robotics launched a ROS-enabled, open source “Erle-brain” autopilot that runs APM directly on Linux. The device also powers an “Erle-copter” drone. Over the last year, Spanish firm Erle Robotics S.L. has been working with 3DRobotics to develop an open source BeaglePilot autopilot for drones that can run Linux on 3DR’s popular, Arduino-based APM (ArduPilot Mega) platform. The APM Linux port was developed by both companies, as well as several academic institutions. The BeagleBone-based “Erle-brain” autopilot is built into the $490-and-up Erle-copter quadcopter. Read more