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"Many" Android OEMs look set to release Ubuntu devices this year

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Android
Ubuntu

A few years ago the open source community got pretty excited after Jolla, Mozilla, Samsung, and Canonical all announced their intentions to get involved in mobile. In the time since, Jolla - the owner of Sailfish OS - has hit rough waters regarding funding, Mozilla has canceled Firefox OS for smartphones, Samsung's Tizen OS is still restricted to select countries such as India, and Ubuntu is struggling to break into the market in places like Europe, where devices have launched. Finally, one of these might be about to make a significant breakthrough later this year.

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Maru is becoming an open source project (use your Android phone as a Linux desktop)

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Android
GNU
Linux

Maru is a platform that lets you run Android on a smartphone, but connect the phone to a keyboard, mouse and display to run a desktop Linux-based operating system (Debian 8 Jessie, to be precise).

Developer Preetam D’Souza announced the project a week ago and opened up a beta program for Nexus 5 smartphone users. The goal was to get few beta testers… apparently thousands of people signed up… and a number of people have offered to help develop the software.

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Ubuntu Phones Will Soon Get a Fix for the Infamous Incoming-Call Hang Issue

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Ubuntu

Just a few minutes ago, Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical sent in his daily report to inform us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA releases.

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Also: KEYMILE and Canonical Demo Industry's First Cloud-based App-enabled Open Source MSAN During MWC16

Linux Foundation Hirings and Initiatives

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Linux

Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

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OSS

Fresh from squashing Facebook's effort to grab the enormous India market, the sub-continent's regulator has another goal in mind: open source software.

Speaking at the India Digital Summit this week, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Ram Sewak Sharma, told attendees: "No service can be hostage to a particular technology."

He then went on to explicitly support the broader adoption of open source software, arguing that it would help the booming digital economy in India from being locked into buying from a specific company and enable a broader and more equitable internet for all.

"Any technology that is deployed for connectivity must be interoperable and the open standards framework and the principles it entails are extremely important," he argued.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Let Users Change the Visibility of App Menus in Unity Panel

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Ubuntu

We've already told you that we're running the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, right? Well, guess what? Earlier today, Canonical pushed a bunch of important updates to the upcoming distribution.

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GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

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GNOME

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due
* API/ABI, UI and Feature Addition Freeze; String Change Announcement Period
* New APIs must be fully documented
* Writing of release notes begins

Tarballs are due on 2016-02-15 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.90
beta release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were
proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so
everyone can test them. Please make sure that your tarballs will be
uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.19.90. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!

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US Air Force's Secure LPS (Lightweight Portable Security) Linux OS Gets Updated

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Linux

Lightweight Portable Security (LPS), a thin Linux kernel-based operating system that creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any PC, has been updated recently to version 1.6.4.

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10 tips for getting the most life out of your Android battery

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Android

As Android evolves, so too does the battery life. With every iteration of the platform we enjoy longer time between charges. But that doesn't mean there aren't things you can do to get even more out of that battery. With just a bit of work, you can extend it well beyond what you've been experiencing. Best of all, these tips don't require a degree in Android-ology to put them to work.

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Systemd 229 Released With Many Changes, DNS Resolver Now Fully Supported

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Red Hat

The last major systemd update was all the way back in November, which is rather strange considering their normal frequent releases, but that changed today with the release of systemd 229.

Systemd 229 has been released and given the span since systemd 228, this is a very hearty release. First up, the systemd-resolved DNS resolver is no longer experimental but is now fully-supported and offers a ton of new features, including DNSSEC support.

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today's leftovers

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Misc
  • Free live-booting distro DVD with LU&D #162

    A brand new issue of Linux User & Developer hits the high street and the app stores today – we’ve done something a little different for you this time.

  • Russian government to switch to desktop Linux?

    The Russian government is reported to be contemplating dropping Microsoft Windows and adopting Linux as the operating system for agency PCs according to its internet czar, German Klimenko.

  • The Linux Foundation's big plan to speed up storage, networking

    The Linux Foundation continues to think big. It became a hub for containers by spearheading the Open Container Project and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, and it has pushed to make APIs self-standardizing. Now, it's kicked off yet another industry-wide open source initiative: the Fast Data Project (Fd.io).

    The idea of "an I/O services framework for the next wave of network and storage software" (per the Foundation) may not sound as vital as protecting core Internet infrastructure or making it simpler for Web server admins to support HTTPS. But on closer inspection, FD.io is in line with the Foundation's ambitions to nurture the future Web.

  • ownCloud Desktop Client Updated with HiDPI Improvements, Better Syncing

    Today, February 10, 2016, ownCloud Inc. was proud to announce the release and general availability of new versions for its ownCloud Desktop and ownCloud Android clients.

  • LibreOffice 5.1 Released with Boatload of Changes
  • Ubuntu Core Now Supports Intel NUC Mini PC

    Canonical has this week announced that the Ubuntu Core now supports the Intel NUC DE3815TY mini PC after working together with Intel the company has now created a standard platform for developers to test and create x86-based IOT solutions using snappy Ubuntu Core.

  • 6 reasons to blog in Markdown with Jekyll

    GitHub pages is a free offering that can host your Jekyll blog for free. It also takes care of generating static HTML files from your Markdown text files, so there's no need to install anything on your computer. You can also use Jekyll with your own domain name (if you have one).

Education and Open Access

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OSS
  • UNICEF Seeks World-Changing Open Source Technologies

    United Nations to fund startups to develop open source tech to improve the lives of vulnerable children and civilians

  • UCLA just open-sourced a powerful new image-detection algorithm

    Image recognition has become increasingly critical in applications ranging from smartphones to driverless cars, and on Wednesday UCLA opened up to the public a new algorithm that promises big gains.

    The Phase Stretch Transform algorithm is a physics-inspired computational approach to processing images and information that can help computers "see" features of objects that aren't visible using standard imaging techniques. It could be used to detect an LED lamp's internal structure, for example -- something that would be obscured to conventional techniques by the brightness of its light. It can also distinguish distant stars that would normally be invisible in astronomical images, UCLA said.

  • Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability [Ed: same as below]
  • Open-Source Textbooks Gain in Push for College Affordability

    The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero.

    An early adopter of open source textbooks, Neth said he turned to the new technology out of frustration with spiraling prices of commercial textbooks.

    "It's seeing the costs go up every semester and almost feeling powerless," Neth said.

  • Zika articles made open-source to accelerate research

    Nature, the Lancet and many other medical publishers and researchers have announced that all Zika-related scientific articles will be published freely in the wake of the recent outbreak.

Development News

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Development
  • New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair

    SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming soon.

    DevShare was an opt-in revenue-sharing program for developers that was started in 2013. The program attempted to give open source software developers a monetizing stream by bundling selected software titles with the free downloads. It garnered negative reactions because projects hosted on SourceForge could bundle adware with project installers.

  • SourceForge Attempts to Rebuild its Integrity

    There was a time when SourceForge was the defacto default standard open-source code repository. That time is not now - as Github and mis-steps at SourceForge have eroded both the mind and market share that SourceForge once had.

  • IBM Bequeaths the Express Framework to the Node.js Foundation

    The Node.js Foundation has taken the Express Node.js framework under its wing.

    Express will be a new incubation project for the Foundation. IBM, which purchased Express maintainer StrongLoop last September, is contributing the code.

  • Data analysis of GitHub contributions reveals unexpected gender bias

    With more than 12 million users, GitHub is one of the largest online communities for collaborating on development projects. Now a team of researchers has done an exhaustive analysis of millions of GitHub pull requests for open source projects, trying to discover whether the contributions of women were accepted less often than the contributions of men. What they discovered was that women's contributions were actually accepted more often than men's—but only if the women had gender-neutral profiles. Women whose GitHub profiles revealed their genders had a much harder time.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Red Hat News

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Red Hat
  • Rackspace to Manage Red Hat OpenStack Clouds On-Premise

    In the latest stage of its transformation into a managed services provider that just happens to own some cloud infrastructure, Rackspace announced today that it has been certified by Red Hat to manage Red Hat OpenStack deployments in data centers.

  • Rackspace launches Red Hat driven Private Cloud

    Hosting company Rackspace has launched Private Cloud which (as the name suggests) is a private cloud ‘as a service’ built on the foundation of OpenStack technology.

    The new offering is an addition to its portfolio of Rackspace OpenStack-as-a-Service offerings, as part of the hosting company’s strategy to simplify and popularise OpenStack private and hybrid clouds.

  • Rackspace Continues its Quest to Support Everyone Else’s Cloud

    Rackspace’s contention is that there are many customers that start down the OpenStack path before realizing that it’s a lot harder to set up and run than anticipated. Then Rackspace can swoop in to configure and run that cloud for them either in their own server rooms, in a third-party data center, or on Rackspace equipment.

  • Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) Sentiment Increased in Q3 2015
  • Bullish Options Activity on Red Hat Inc Surges After Better Fundamentals

    In today’s session Red Hat Inc (RHT) registered an unusually high (178) contracts volume of call trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the March, 2016 call, expecting serious RHT increase. With 178 contracts traded and 5074 open interest for the Mar, 16 contract, it seems this is a quite bullish bet. The option with symbol: RHT160318C00067500 closed last at: $1.75 or 40% up. The stock increased 3.10% or $1.91 on February 10, hitting $63.51. Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) has declined 16.38% since July 8, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 6.86% the S&P500.

GNOME News

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GNOME
  • Endless joined GNOME Advisory Board

    Right after I wrote about my unexpected dream hacking routine at Endless, an intriguingly positive news arose: Endless joined GNOME Advisory Board, and I particularly think I should talk about that. That’s old news, but important nevertheless.

  • Moderate reviews in GNOME Software

    I can’t imagine the tool would be used by many people, but it does make reviewing comments easy.

  • Testing unstable gnome using xdg-app

    Lot of interesting work on xdg-app lately!

    I’ve created a new runtime based on the latest unstable gnome, and during the Gnome developer experience hackfest we made bundles for a bunch of core Gnome applications.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.2 Snappy Creator Tool for Ubuntu Snappy Core

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Ubuntu

Canonical's Sergio Schvezov was happy to announce earlier today, February 11, 2016, the general availability of the second point release of the Snapcraft 2 Snappy creator tool for the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system.

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Some Fresh Radeon EXA/GLAMOR 2D Acceleration Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks

It's been a while since last publishing any 2D-focused benchmarks since overall the state of Linux 2D acceleration architectures like GLAMOR and Intel's SNA have become good enough that it's no longer a frequent concern by desktop users. However, as some recently have been inquiring about updated numbers, I ran some fresh Linux 2D benchmarks on different Radeon GPUs using the open-source driver stack.

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