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SUSE Parent Merger, Microsoft Copying Linux, and Predictions

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Today in Linux news SUSE owner, The Attachmate Group, announced a merger with Micro Focus leaving openSUSE users nervous. The Register says the new Microsoft Windows 9 is incorporating features long in use in Linux. Bryan Lunduke looked back at 23 years of Linux predictions to "make fun of them." Aaron Seigo, KDE developer, said recently that community managers are a "fraud and farce." And finally today, there is a release candidate for Fedora 21 Alpha!

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Fedora and Red Hat: Fedora Women’s Day Report, LoRaWAN, Red Hat's Mission Statement and Kubernetes With OpenShift

  • Fedora Women’s Day Report (Bhubaneswar)

    For the very first time, Fedora Women’s Day was celebrated in Bhubaneswar, India. The event happened on 26th November 2019 at the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar. My aim as an organiser was to have a session on “Getting started with OpenSource” which includes understanding the opportunities Fedora Project provides as an Open-source community as well as getting to know what open source is. Since I had a diverse audience of students from different years, I had to plan the event in favour of both. So, the session was divided into 2 parts, with the first part being What is Open Source and how to get started with it and the second part which introduced Fedora Project as an open-source community. A huge crowd of students showed up, which consists of both genders. I was accompanied by @amitosh (Amitosh Swain Mohapatra), another community member of Fedora. The session was for 2 hours.  I started introducing what is open source, what are the perks of doing open source. I spoke about Git and Github and how they are so important in the life of an aspired developer. Followed which I moved on to explain to them about different internship programs like Outreachy, GSoC, GSSoc, RGSoC etc. A closed overview of the following internship included talking about their community, stipend and perks. Then I shared my experience as an Outreachy intern with Fedora and my experience at Flock 2019.

  • LoRaWAN setup at the EclipseCon IoT playground

    At the recent EclipseCon Europe in Ludwigsburg, Germany, we had a big dashboard in the IoT playground area showing graphs of the number of WiFi devices, the temperature, and air quality, all transmitted via LoRaWAN. We worked on this project during the community day and kept the setup throughout the conference, where we showed it and played with it even further. This article describes the architecture of the setup and gives pointers to replicate it.

  • Italian job: Translating our mission statement in the open

    A few months ago, I noticed a post on our company's internal collaboration platform that seemed to be calling my name. Colleagues from around the world were leaving comments on translated versions of one particular (and very important) corporate message: the company's mission statement. And they had questions about the Italian translation. So I joined the conversation with no hesitation, assuming I'd engage in a quick exchange of opinions and reach a conclusion about the best way to translate Red Hat's mission statement: To be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way. That's a single sentence consisting of less than 20 words. Translating it into another language should be a no-brainer, right? If anything, the work should take no longer than a few minutes: Read it out loud, spot room for improvement, swap a word for a more effective synonym, maybe rephrase a bit, and you're done! As a matter of fact, that's not always the case. Translations of the mission statement in a few languages were already available, but comments from colleagues reflected a need for some review. And as more Red Hatters from different parts of the globe joined the discussion and shared their perspectives, I began to see many possibilities for solving this translation problem—and the challenges that come with this abundance of ideas.

  • Explore Kubernetes with OpenShift in a workshop near you

    The Kubernetes with OpenShift World Tour is a series of in-person workshops around the globe that help you build the skills you need to quickly modernize your applications. This World Tour provides a hands-on experience and teaches the basics of working with the hybrid-cloud, enterprise container platform Red Hat® OpenShift® on IBM Cloud™. You learn coding skills in the world of containerized, cloud-native development with expert developer advocates, who have deep technical experience building cloud microservices and applications with Red Hat OpenShift.

Games: Humble Store,, Dying Light, Atari and NES Emulators

  • The Indie Hits Sale over on Humble Store went live with some great Linux deals

    Humble are now celebrating Indie games, with a big sale going on some really great Indie games and a lot of good deals for Linux gamers on the lookout for something new. We're certainly not short on indie games, something Linux has thankfully done reasonably well with getting ports and official support from developers. Some of my all time favourite games are indie too, the variation you can find even in a single genre is often amazing.

  • Chooseco are getting indie games using 'choose your own adventure' taken down on

    The creator of indie store has issued a warning to game developers, as Chooseco appear to be trying to take down anything using the 'choose your own adventure' phrase. Not surprising it's happening though, Chooseco went after Netflix for using the same phrase with Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

  • Dying Light is doing a Chivalry crossover event with new weapons and an outfit

    Things are getting a bit medieval in Dying Light, with a new Chivalry crossover event that's arrived with some new free goodies to grab. Running until December 16, this event has some new random encounters available as you travel through either the Slums or Old Town. One of the event quests needs you to take two airdrops from Rais' men, this will reward you with a Agatha Medieval Shield. The other new event quest will require you to save some helpless people from monsters and bandits, help some survivors in their fight against the undead (both parts need doing twice) and that will reward you with a Zweihänder Sword.

  • Atari VCS going through 'Engineering Validation Testing' on the road to release

    Another update on the Linux-powered little console the Atari VCS, which is now going through Engineering Validation Testing (EVT) as it's on the road to release next year. In the last update we posted last month, the Atari VCS was going through pre-production. Something that stuck out, was the actual units looking seriously cheap and shiny.

  • The 15 Best NES Emulator Apps for Android Device in 2020

    Did you ever hear about NES Emulator? Well, NES Emulator is a system that helps you to play old days games in your Android device. The word NES stands for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is a kind of iconic gaming console. The main task of this console is to make you eligible to play those classic games. However, if you are nostalgic, want to have the experience of playing those exotic games, you can install an NES app from PlayStore. Here, I have added some useful NES Emulator apps for Android that you can find for free to use and enjoy those classic games.

Managing the Linux kernel at AWS: 'A large team of security experts' dealing with fallout from Spectre, Meltdown flaws

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China to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine?

In a major blow to Microsoft, the Chinese government will be replacing all PCs that run Windows by 2022, and could instead use a Chinese-created Linux distro, such as Kylin Linux. The order comes from the Chinese Communist Party Central Office, and is part of a drive to replace any computer that runs non-Chinese software, partly in response to the US government’s blacklisting of Chinese hardware. Microsoft gave a recent Windows 10 update to the wrong users These are the best Windows 10 laptops out there And the best Windows 10 antivirus apps of 2019 Chinese government services have been ordered to replace 30% of Windows PCs by the end of 2020, a further 50% in 2021 and the final 20% by the end of 2022. Read more