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  • A Linux switcher doesn't miss Apple or Microsoft

    Linux has much to offer any user, including journalists. One writer at Medium switched to Linux and said goodbye to Apple and Microsoft. He's never been happier with his computer and shared his thoughts in a long and detailed post.

  • 2015’s top five cloud developments and what they mean for 2016

    More telling than OpenStack’s continued rise is how everyone is adopting open-source operating systems and technologies into the cloud. Nothing demonstrates that more than Microsoft — Microsoft of all companies! — adopting Linux.

    Microsoft launched its first Linux-based program, Azure Cloud Switch in 2015. After that, the boys from Redmond started offering Hadoop-on-Azure with Ubuntu Linux as its base. Then, the company added Red Hat Enterprise Linux to its Azure cloud offerings. That was followed up with Debian GNU/Linux being added to a list of supported Linux distributions available on Azure. Finally, and almost unbelievably, Microsoft is now offering a Linux on Azure certification.

  • Nvidia 361.16 Beta Out Now for Linux, BSD and Solaris with OpenGL Vendor-Neutral Driver

    Earlier today, January 5, 2016, Nvidia announced the release of a new Beta version of its graphics drivers for GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris operating systems, version 361.16.

  • “Multiple merge candidates, aborting” workaround

    I’ve found a workaround that fixes the cause that makes Akonadi (and in turn Kmail) throw this error and stop syncing the emails.

  • Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 DP3 Supports Android Studio, XBox One Controller

    We have just been informed today, January 5, 2016, by Black Lab Software about the immediate availability for download and testing of the Black Lab Enterprise Linux 8.0 Developer Preview 3 operating system.

  • Video: Alpine Linux-based LiveCD with OpenVZ kernel / tools

    I recently encountered an Alpine Linux developer in the #openvz Freenode IRC channel who was working on an Alpine Linux-based LiveCD that uses the OpenVZ Legacy stable kernel and tools. If you aren't familiar with Alpine Linux (and I wasn't prior), it is a very minimal Linux distro that uses BusyBox. The LiveCD sharfire (his IRC nick) created is ~ 100MB in size. Since I know OpenVZ very well, shafire asked me to lend a hand with testing.

  • Debian Posts Longer Tribute In Honor Of Its Founder

    The Debian project has today published a longer tribute in honor of Ian Murdock after briefly announcing his passing last week.

    Debian's tribute today talks about how Ian began programming at nine years old, how he started Debian in 1993, some excerpts from the Debian Manifesto and some early Debian release announcements, etc

  • Samsung Announces new Smart TV User Experience and Tizen Smart Remote Control

    Samsung has announced a new Smart TV user experience and Smart Hub for its Tizen 2016 TV range and also a new Samsung Smart Control remote. The new Smart Hub interface promises to more tightly Integrate with your existing content and services, allowing you to easily switch between them. There is also an updated search system that allows users to search multiple sources simultaneously.

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  • How a Linux stronghold turned back to Windows: Key dates in Munich's LiMux project [Ed: This explains the progression of Microsoft's war on GNU/Linux, typically using proxies]
    The project is temporarily put on hold while a study investigates whether it could be derailed by software patents.
  • End of an open source era: Linux pioneer Munich confirms switch to Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft paid (bribed) all the right people, got a Microsoft fan -- by his own admission -- in power, gifted him for this]
    Mayor Dieter Reiter said there's never been a unified Linux landscape in the city. "We always had mixed systems and what we have here is the possibility of going over to a single system. Having two operating systems is completely uneconomic.
  • Ubuntu Podcast: S10E38 – Soft Knowledgeable Burn
    This week we refactor a home network, discuss how gaming on Linux has evolved and grown in recent years, bring you a blend of love and go over your feedback.
  • Live ISOs for Slackware-current 20171122
    I have released an update of the ‘liveslak‘ scripts. I needed the tag for a batch of new ISO images for the Slackware Live Edition. These are based on the latest Slackware-current dated “Wed Nov 22 05:27:06 UTC 2017“) i.e. yesterday and that means, the ISOs are going to boot into the new 4.14.1 kernel.
  • Am I willing to pay the price to support ethical hardware?
    The planned obsolescence is even worse with tablets and smartphones, whose components are all soldered down. The last tablet with a removable battery was the Dell Venue 11 Pro (Haswell version) announced in October 2013, but it was an expensive Windows device that cost as much as a mid-range laptop. The last Android tablet with a removable battery was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (GT-N8000 series), released in August 2012. It is still possible to find mid-range smartphones with removable batteries. Last year the only high end phones with removable batteries were the LG G5 and V20, but even LG has given up on the idea of making phones that will last longer than 2 years once the battery starts to degrade after roughly 500 full charge and discharge cycles. Every flagship phone introduced in 2017 now has its battery sealed in the case. According to the gmsarena.com database, the number of new smartphone models with non-replaceable batteries grew from 1.9% in 2011 to 26.7% in 2014, and now to 90.3% in 2017. It is highly likely that not a single model of smartphone introduced next year will have a replaceable battery.

More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released
    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.

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