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Story Sony Xperia devices are sendng your data to China Rianne Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 8:18am
Story Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Were A Joke Roy Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 8:11am
Story Fedora 21 Beta status is Go, release on November 4, 2014 Roy Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 8:00am
Blog entry Wonderful Tips to make your Car so beautiful and long-lasting rimfinancing 31/10/2014 - 7:58am
Story GTK+ 3.16's New GtkGLArea Widget Gets Improved Roy Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 7:57am
Story CherryTree Review: The Rich Tree Notes Application Rianne Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 7:52am
Story The Wide World of Canonical Rianne Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 7:47am
Story Boycott Linux, Fedora Beta a Go, and Drupal Yikes Rianne Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 7:36am
Story Open source software firm Red Hat looks to grow its shared-services base and add more jobs Roy Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 6:52am
Story Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed Roy Schestowitz 31/10/2014 - 6:45am

Sony Xperia devices are sendng your data to China

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Android
Security

If you are using a Sony Xperia device running either Android 4.4.2 or 4.4.4 it’s advised (by me) that you install a custom ROM on your device. Several reports have appeared online that the stock firmware on these devices contains Baidu spyware that is discreetly sending data back to servers in China, you do not need to have installed any software on your phone as it’s bundled into the firmware.

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Nexus 6 Pre-Orders Were A Joke

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Android

Today, the Nexus 6 went up for pre-order on the Google Play Store for a grand total of five minutes by my count. No warning, no announcements, no broadcasts from the Nexus Twitter account, no excitement from Sundar Pichai or any other Android leaders, nothing. I, like many of you, had no idea that pre-orders had even started. And by the time I tried to go order, it was too late. Sold out, gone. Nexus 4 all over again.

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Fedora 21 Beta status is Go, release on November 4, 2014

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Red Hat

At the Fedora 21 Beta Go/No-Go Meeting #3 that just occurred, it was agreed to Go with the Fedora 21 Beta by Fedora QA, Release Engineering and Development.

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GTK+ 3.16's New GtkGLArea Widget Gets Improved

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Development
GNOME

Earlier this month GTK+ 3.16 development code gained native OpenGL support. This GTK+ OpenGL support involved adding support for wrapping an OpenGL context for native windows with GLX on X11 and EGL on Wayland to use OpenGL to paint everything. A GtkGLArea widget was also added for providing OpenGL drawing access within GTK+ applications. The GtkGLArea has already seen some more improvements to better GTK's OpenGL support.

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CherryTree Review: The Rich Tree Notes Application

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Reviews

CherryTree is a notes-taking application which organizes your notes into a hierarchical tree, has support for text formatting, and is written in GTK2/Python. Lately this application has got a lot of attention due to rich features and frequent updates. It also comes by default in distributions such as MakuluLinux MATE Edition.

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The Wide World of Canonical

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Ubuntu

I thought perhaps it was a one-off mistake made by a marketing department flunky who perhaps had too much Red Bull while writing a press release. Being the responsible company that Canonical/Ubuntu is, and being the good FOSS community member that it portrays itself to be, I assumed they’d fix the error right away and make sure that ludicrous hyperbole was not the order of the day.
Would that be asking too much?

Perhaps. Sadly, a company that claims to be a FOSS leader can’t be bothered with getting simple facts correct. An ad on LinkedIn posted a week ago today makes the same claim for a job in London. You can click on the photo to the right and read, “It is used by over 20 million people in 240 countries in 80 languages.”

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Boycott Linux, Fedora Beta a Go, and Drupal Yikes

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-s

The top story tonight is a highly critical flaw in Drupal 7 that may have allowed a lot of compromised websites. At tonight's Go/No-Go meeting, Fedora 21 Beta was approved for next week. The folks at ROSA have released an LXDE version and LibreOffices 4.3.3 and 4.2.7 were released. Red Hat Software Collections 1.2 was released and Jack Wallen looks at the "science behind Ubuntu Unity's popularity."

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Open source software firm Red Hat looks to grow its shared-services base and add more jobs

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Red Hat

Open source software company Red Hat expects big business in India as the government kick-starts its investment in IT and number of startups in the country grows and also expects to grow its shared-services base in India.

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Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed

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GNU
Linux

Desktop Linux users beware: IT has noticed you and decided it;s time you were properly managed.

So says VMware, which yesterday at its vForum event in China let it be know that it will deliver a desktop virtualisation (VDI) solution for Linux desktops.

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The science behind the ebb and flow of Ubuntu Unity's popularity

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Ubuntu

Numbers, on the other hand, do not lie. According to the poll, 63% of the voters agreed that Unity is the best desktop (with an understanding that the poll was run on a Ubuntu-centric site).

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

4MLinux Rescue Edition 10.1 Beta Helps Users with Data Recovery

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GNU
Linux

4MLinux Rescue Edition, a special distribution that includes a wide set of system maintenance and recovery applications, has advanced to version 10.1 Beta and is now ready for testing.

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Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal

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Android

The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. Their design for a modular device has users slotting components — a camera, extra storage space, a Wi-Fi connector — into their phones, as and when they need them. It's an ambitious scheme, but engineers working at NK Labs in Boston have already produced a working prototype, which they showed off to modular smartphone evangelist Dave Hakkens during a recent visit.

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Interview with Jessica Tallon of PyPump

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GNU
Interviews

There are several interesting projects out there which use PyPump. With my day job as a GNU MediaGoblin developer, we're going to be using it as a way of communicating between servers as a part of our federation effort. A great use I've seen is PumpMigrate, which will migrate one pump.io account to another. Another little utility that I wrote over the course of a weekend is p, which was made to be an easy way of making a quick post, bulk uploading photos, or anything you can script with the shell.

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Black Lab Education Desktop 6.0.1 to Be Supported Until 2022

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Linux

There are numerous Linux distributions that are oriented towards education, but you can never have too many in a domain such as this one. It's based on the Black Lab Professional Desktop, which is a very good and powerful solution. Interestingly enough, Black Lab Linux is actually based on Ubuntu, and the latest one uses the 14.04.1 base (Trusty Tahr).

Just like the base that is used for this distribution, the desktop environment used is GNOME 3, but with a few extensions to make it somewhat different from the stock version and to provide users with better functionality. One of the most interesting aspects of this operating system is the fact that it has a very long support period, which, in theory, it should end in 2022.

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Conspirationist Website Wants People to Boycott Linux and Use Minix

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Linux

This is not the first initiative of its kind. In fact, a similar website was released just a couple of weeks ago, asking users to support forking Debian because it adopted systemd. Now, the Linux kernel is the target and the website claims to be the work of multiple users (developers?).

As you might imagine, this will not have any visible or real impact on the Linux kernel. The project is too big and too important to stoop to such challenges and to answer, but it's interesting to see a radicalization of the online environment, even when it comes to open source. Communities are built with all sorts of people and some of them are bound to disagree viciously with what the others are saying or doing.

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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

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Linux

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details; it's leaving that task to the carriers. Just don't expect the Gear S, with its built-in cellular radio and curved OLED screen, to come cheap.

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Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Microsoft

For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.

As I've been mentioning on Twitter, fresh Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 benchmarks are coming in the days ahead with Intel HD Graphics, AMD Radeon, and NVIDIA GeForce hardware. With the AMD/NVIDIA tests it includes the closed-source, binary drivers for Linux too. The Intel Haswell graphics results are up first since that's the most straight forward with Intel's Linux graphics support only coming through via their open-source driver.

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GNOME 3.15.1

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GNOME

GNOME development continues apace; here is the first snapshot of the GNOME 3.15 development cycle, the 3.15.1 release.

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