In today's open source roundup: Each stage of the evolution of a Linux system adminstrator. Plus: The different types of Linux users based on their preferred distribution, and Borderlands 2 coming to Linux
If Shadow of Mordor on Linux is too demanding for your graphics card, you may be interested in the upcoming ET: Legacy update that provides new functionality while retaining compatibility with the legendary Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (v2.60b) game.
As you may know, KDE has created Shashlik, an emulator that permits the installation of Android apps on Linux systems.
While Android is still Linux because they share the Linux kernel, Google’s OS has its own libraries and services while Linux uses the libraries and services brought by GNU.
I didn’t do that much work on Kate, I mostly did small bugfixes for the applications bundled with the KDE Applications releases regarding their HiDPI support, finally no Konsole that can’t redraw correctly on scrolling on a HiDPI screen with scaling activated!
During the BoF days from Monday to Thursday, a great many tiny videos were shot of many of the attendees by Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen. These have been edited and cut up and turned into a video explaining, very shortly, what KDE really is. Being a community of people contributing to the development of software, the conclusion is straight forward. See the unsurprising conclusion in the video entitled What is KDE? (webm, mp4, vimeo), created as a tribute to the KDE community and all the amazing people in it.
If you’ve poked around the running processes on a modern Linux system, you’ve seen something called dbus. You can read more about this on the dbus website, but the basic summary is that it’s a system for passing messages between programs. Mostly, it runs in the background and users don’t ever think about it — but it’s an important part of the “plumbing”, enabling integrated desktop environment notifications for both GNOME and KDE, role selection for Fedora Server, and more.
Matthew Miller wrote today that Fedora 23 construction is well underway and the first public developmental release is due real soon. Version 23 went into alpha freeze Tuesday so all new features are set. Fedora 23 will offer universal package hardening by default, a default local DNS resolver, separate Atomic project out from main distribution, and lots more.
Zidoo's 'X1' is a $59 Android media box that touts its 4K prowess
Bottom line, the Zidoo X1 checks all the boxes when it comes to streaming and playing local media. The X1 is affordable with an MSRP of $59 USD and comes with a one year warranty. Despite its paltry specifications, the X1 was able to handle pretty much all movie files and streaming duties. The only concern would be how well Zidoo would continue to support the device via software updates. While this doesn't quite beat pricing from the likes of the Chromecast or the MK808B it does provide more features. While this is my first time with an true Android media box, I found that the experience as pretty seamless when it was all set up. While the X1 was able to stand up the challenge of 4K, the real question is: when will see more 4K UHD content that is easily accessible.
Systems administrators: They keep our high-tech world up and running. From capacity planning, to 3 a.m. phone calls, to retiring that 10-year-old server that uses more power than your whole house, sys admins do it all. Open source communities would not be able to thrive without the networks, services, and tools that allow for communication and collaboration, and sys admins are the ones who work thanklessly year-round to keep them going.
July 31 is System Administrator Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to express our undying gratitude for sys admins. Sure, you could buy your favorite sys admin cake and ice cream, or perhaps a nice gift card. You could even go as far as not breaking the server for just one day. You also can follow these 30 sys admins.
Solus OS is a Linux distro that was built from scratch and uses a new desktop environment called Budgie. You can consider it as the next version of the Solus OS as it was built by the same developer team, so they didn’t bother changing the name for a new operating system.
Ubuntu MATE, the latest member of the Ubuntu family, has been spotted running on the MK808B Plus Quad-Core mini TV box device. The device runs with Android 4.4 by default, but a third party developer has tweaked it to run Ubuntu.
We spoke to Bhavana Srinivas and Geremy Cohen from PubNub about their LEGO Smart Home model, a proof of concept project that shows how you can use the Raspberry Pi with communication platform PubNub in order to automate your household electronics and other Internet of Things devices. You can read the full piece in the latest issue.
Apple announced earlier today that the fourth maintenance release of its popular open-source Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) 2.0 software and the first RC (Release Candidate) version of CUPS 2.1 are now available for download.
MKVToolNix is a set of tools that can be used on MKV files, which is a video format that grows ever more present in our daily lives. The application falls into a very crowded niche, and there is not much competition for it. Nonetheless, it's a useful app, and it would be nice to take a closer look at it.
The XBMC Foundation’s Team Kodi last week released version 15 of its popular, open source Kodi media player and home theater framework.
The “Isengard” release of Kodi (formerly XBMC) offers enhancements ranging from new chapter support to an improved add-on manager, but the biggest news is the completion of the Android version.