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Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 12:55pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 10:47am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 10:45am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 10:45am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 10:41am
Story Emulator now runs x86 apps on all Raspberry Pi models Rianne Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 10:30am
Story Maintaining an open source project at the Guardian Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 9:42am
Story Trade agreement could prohibit open source code supply Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 9:36am
Story Run the Kali Linux Penetration Testing Distro on Any Platform via Docker Images Roy Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 9:33am
Story Beautiful Mangaka Linux Is Based on Ubuntu 14.04, Designed for Anime and Manga Fans Rianne Schestowitz 29/05/2015 - 8:08am

today's leftovers

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  • openSUSE Linux-Powered Educational Pilot Program to Become Nationwide in Indonesia

    The openSUSE Project, through Douglas DeMaio, had the great pleasure of informing us that approximately 45,000 students from an Indonesian province are currently testing a pilot program powered by openSUSE Linux.

  • Atomic Mode-Setting Still Baking For Samsung's Exynos DRM Driver

    Developers working on the open-source Exynos DRM driver for supporting the display block found on Samsung's Exynos ARM SoCs are up to their 9th version of patches for providing atomic mode-setting support.

  • Calibre eBook Editor and Converter Refines DOCX Export

    A new version of the famous Calibre eBook editor, viewer, and converter has been released, and the developer has further improved the DOCX functionality that was made available a short while ago.

  • FocusWriter Review - The Ultimate Tool for Procrastinating Writers

    Surprisingly, a lot of people who want to write expect to start perfectly, so they think that if they have the proper tools right from the beginning, then it will actually be easier to take up writing. This is the reason there are quite a few applications out there that focus on stuff like writing goals, for example, and that try to provide the minimum number of features that a writer might need.

  • Google Summer Of Code progress with okular

    Layers feature is almost done. A list of layers is being generated in the left sidebar and toggling visibility of layers is also working.

  • After 17 Years Mandriva Being Liquidated

    It's with a heavy heart that I report that Mandriva Linux is no more. Mandrake Linux, as it was known in the beginning, was the Linux distribution that freed my computer from the lock-in and insecurity of proprietary alternatives. While saddened, no one is really surprised at this last whimper. Mandriva suffered financial issues for nearly the entirety of its existence, even filing bankruptcy at least once. Fortunately, with projects like Mageia and OpenMandriva, Mandrake Linux will live on in more than just our memories.

  • Tribute to Mandrake

    Good news everyone, a new version of OpenMandriva is ready to see the world in a few days, 2014.2 will soon bemaking its way to you. Listen out for details, features – and torrents!

  • Mandrake, Mandriva, Mageia, OpenMandriva… FOSS is FOSS!

    Yesterday we learned that Mandriva, the company, was shutting down. I read a lot of sad comments on Twitter about it and realized that few of those guys seemed to be aware that actually Mandriva, the company, wasn’t doing a Linux distribution anymore for several years. The Mandriva Linux distribution, which earlier forked as PCLinuxOS, Mageia and others, is now OpenMandriva.

  • New calibre packages – finally

    During the previous couple of weeks I enjoyed several long weekends due to national holidays, and so it happened that I could spend some time re-visiting the calibre.SlackBuild and updating it so that it was able to compile a package for Calibre 2.x.

  • F22 release & upgrades, Flock & FUDCon
  • Appstream data for RPMFusion - now available!

    I've been working on generating appstream data for RPMFusion packages recently. At the moment, since only Fedora packages provide appstream data, only they can be installed using Gnome software - for RPMFusion packages, a user must use another package manager - DNF and so on. Considering that a lot of the packages in RPMFusion are media player front-ends and things, it'd make it a lot easier for users if these were also listed in Gnome software. I spent a number of hours today writing appstream data files for the RPMFusion packages - both in the free and non free repositories. I believe I've written appstream data files for all packages that could be listed in Gnome software now. (They're hosted here in the Github repository I set up for this purpose). I had already generated initial RPM packages for the free and non free repositories and submitted review tickets to RPMFusion. They're still unassigned, so if you are a package maintainer with a few free cycles, please consider reviewing them. They are really simple reviews.

  • Ubuntu Phone Update This Month Brings Many Improvements

    This month's Ubuntu Phone Update sent over-the-air is bringing a number of new features and improvements for Ubuntu smartphone users over the next few days.

  • Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE 1) Will Reach EOL in January 2016. How To Upgrade To LMDE 2.0

    As you may already know, the Linux Mint Team is maintaining both the Linux Mint systems, based on Ubuntu, and the Linux Mint Debian Edition systems, based on Debian.

  • Get Started With Tizen Development On Linux Mint 17

    The Samsung Open Source Group (OSG) have created a Getting started guide that has been tested on Linux Mint 17, and most of it should also work for Ubuntu. It shows you the prerequisites that you need as well as showing you step by step Instructions on how to install the Tizen SDK. You get to setup a test device and get familiar to the new environment that you will be soon calling your new home.

  • Speed Truck for the Samsung Z1 Smart Phone

    The Speed Truck was the third most downloaded game from the Tizen store during April 2015. The file size is only 0.65MB which takes not take up too much space, version 1.2.0. You can drive your BigFoot truck across the desert and compete against other truck racers whilst keeping an eye on your trucks health and the time limit. There will be power ups along the way to help you to enhance your speed against other players.

  • Open Source Platform Emojidex Offers “Emojis-As-A-Service”

    Like them or not, emojis are turning into the mobile era’s lingua franca. Now a project called emojidex is offering “emojis-as-a-service,” with a platform that lets developers share new emojis with each other and add them to their websites and apps.

  • First Look Media Publishes Warrant “Canary,” Releases Software for Managing Canaries
  • Twitter open-sources Kit and Digits developer tools for Android

    In advance of Google I/O later this week, Twitter is making both Twitter Kit and its telephone sign-on tool Digits open source on GitHub for Android developers.

  • Twitter Open Sources Twitter Kit and Digits for Android
  • Hands on Embedded Linux Development Training

    This 3-day seminar focuses on how Linux has been adapted for use in embedded environments, with specific emphasis on the ARM architecture. Through extensive hands-on lab work, you learn how to install a cross-development environment, build a compact version of Linux for an embedded device, install the build on the target system, and test its operation. You’ll create and test programs that exercise I/O as well as networking applications .

  • Performance and Scalability Microconference Accepted into 2015 Linux Plumbers Conference

    Core counts keep rising, and that means that the Linux kernel continues to encounter interesting performance and scalability issues. Which is not a bad thing, since it has been well over ten years since the “free lunch” of exponential CPU-clock frequency increases came to an abrupt end. This microconference will therefore look at futex scaling, address-space scaling, improvements to queued spinlocks, additional lockless algorithms, userspace per-CPU critical sections, and much else besides.

  • Google Promotes Chrome 44 to the Beta Channel with Smoother Video Playback

    On May 27, Penny MacNeil from the Google Chrome development team was happy to announce the promotion of the Google Chrome 44 web browser from the Dev channel to the Beta one for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

  • Mozilla Firefox 39.0 to Offer Built-in Malware Protection for Downloads on Linux and Mac

    Today we are happy to inform you that Mozilla has published some details about the next major version of its popular, cross-platform, and free web browser, Mozilla Firefox 39.0.

  • LibreOffice Viewer for Android released
  • RMS, free software and where I fail the goal

    Maybe my memory is blurred due to the fact, that the seperation of firmware from the Linux kernel, and proper firmware loading got implemented only years later. I remember the discussion about the pwc driver and its removal from Linux. Maybe the situation wasn't better at that time but the firmware was just hidden inside the Linux driver code?

  • Openness and Innovation for Smart Cities

    Apps implementation and open government data use and re-use, are examples of it, and Open & Smart Government are nowadays trends where technology has an important role. In this paper we explore this perspective, with special focus in the open innovation within the city.

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • Over 30% of Official Images in Docker Hub Contain High Priority Security Vulnerabilities

    Docker Hub is a central repository for Docker developers to pull and push container images. We performed a detailed study on Docker Hub images to understand how vulnerable they are to security threats. Surprisingly, we found that more than 30% of official repositories contain images that are highly susceptible to a variety of security attacks (e.g., Shellshock, Heartbleed, Poodle, etc.). For general images – images pushed by docker users, but not explicitly verified by any authority – this number jumps up to ~40% with a sampling error bound of 3%.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Emulator now runs x86 apps on all Raspberry Pi models

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Linux

Eltech’s faster ExaGear Desktop software version now supports ARMv6, in addition to ARMv7, letting users run x86 apps on all models of the Raspberry Pi.

Russia-based Eltechs announced its ExaGear Desktop virtual machine last August, enabling Linux/ARMv7 SBCs and mini-PCs to run x86 software. That meant that users of the quad-core, Cortex-A7-based Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, could use it as well, although the software was not yet optimized for it.

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Maintaining an open source project at the Guardian

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OSS

Over the 2015 Easter holiday the Scribe project received more than 3000 stars (a combination of bookmarking, liking and favouriting) on Github, making it easily one of the most popular open-source projects we have created at the Guardian.

In addition to that milestone we also celebrated the release to our internal production systems of a number of community-contributed changes to Scribe. Guardian journalists now benefit every day from participation in the open-source community!

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Trade agreement could prohibit open source code supply

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OSS
Legal

An international trade agreement under negotiation with Australia, the United States, the European Union and others may have wide-ranging implications for the technology users, according to civil liberties groups.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has analysed leaked drafts of texts for the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) written in February this year, and claims it would prohibit countries involved from forcing vendors to disclose source code used for applications in their equipment.

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Run the Kali Linux Penetration Testing Distro on Any Platform via Docker Images

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GNU
Linux
Security

At the request of many users, the Kali Linux developers are proud to announce the immediate availability of Docker images for the Kali Linux operating system, helping users run Kali on various OSes.

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Beautiful Mangaka Linux Is Based on Ubuntu 14.04, Designed for Anime and Manga Fans

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Linux
Ubuntu

Animesoft International, the developers of the Mangaka Project, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution designed primarily for fans of Japanese anime and manga, have announced a new Alpha release of the next major version of the distro.

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GNOME Boxes 3.18 to Offer Express Installation for Fedora 22 and 21

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Red Hat
GNOME

The GNOME developers are still preparing for the release of the second milestone towards the GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.

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A History of Android, From Cupcake to M

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Android

Android was born in early November 2007. Since then, it’s grown up to be one of the most dominant operating systems in the world. But that didn’t just happen overnight. Like all of us, Android went through some awkward years and learned some hard lessons before becoming the OS it is today.

On the day of the latest Android reveal, M (maybe Milkshake?) here’s a retrospective showing how we got to where we are.

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For AMD Users, Linux 4.2 Will Bring The New AMDGPU Driver & VCE1 For Radeon

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Alex Deucher of AMD has filed his main pull request today for the Radeon DRM driver updates to be integrated in the upcoming Linux 4.2 kernel.

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IPFire 2.17 Update 90 Gets GeoIP-Based Blocking, Legacy Microsoft Hyper-V Support

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Linux
Security

The IPFire team had the pleasure of announcing earlier today, May 28, the immediate availability for download of IPFire 2.17 Core Update 90, a major version that brings a number of new features, updated packages, a new kernel, and various security enhancements.

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Relicensing Dolphin: The long road to GPLv2+

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GNU
Legal

Since its resurfacing as an open source project in 2008, Dolphin has been licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2). This license, created in 1991, is still a fairly common license used in the open source world. But as with anything that deals with technology, times are changing at a rapid rate. More recent projects are using GNU Public License version 3 and Apache 2.0, for their additional freedoms, protections from outside liability, and improved inter-license compatibility. Unfortunately these newer licenses are not compatible with GPLv2, and any project using these licenses cannot link to Dolphin and thus, Dolphin cannot link to them.

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U.S. Moodle Conference To Focus on Open Source in Education

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The Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota will be hosting a Moodle conference sponsored by the main organization behind the Moodle project. "MoodleMoot US" will run Aug. 4-6 in Minneapolis and feature Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas as well as speakers from higher ed and K-12 sharing how they use open source tools, including the Moodle open source course management system, in education.

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Also: Open source + big data = Apache: Big Data

Red Hat: Top 3 cloud barriers for NZ businesses

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Red Hat

The Red Hat Cloud Adoption survey also revealed that many companies fear their applications won’t be suitable for deployment into IaaS or PaaS.

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Also: Tech bubble will end badly: Red Hat CEO

The real road to democracy: how open source is sparking a revolution in enterprise

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Forget the dotcom bubble burst of the noughties; never before has the promise of a digital economy ranked so highly in the global marketplace. Having faced significant downturns over the last decade or so, many economies – the UK, Portugal and Iceland, to name a few – have spawned a new wave of digital entrepreneurs.

Those who perhaps found themselves out of a job, or facing unprecedented levels of competition for limited employment opportunities after education, have created their own jobs and companies, bringing new found energy and increased competitiveness into the enterprise sector.

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ALT Linux 7.0.5 Arrives with Active Directory Support and Linux Kernel 3.14.41 LTS

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Linux

Andrei Cherepanov had the great pleasure of informing us about the immediate availability for download of the fifth maintenance release of the Russian ALT Linux 7.0 operating system.

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OpenMandriva's Next Release Will be a Tribute to Mandrake Linux

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MDV

Softpedia was among the first to report a few days ago the sad news that the French Mandriva S.A. company that developed, maintained, and distributed the popular Mandriva Linux operating system is in the process of being liquidated.

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