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ACPI, kernels and contracts with firmware

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Linux

This ends up being a pain in the neck in the x86 world, but it could be much worse. Way back in 2008 I wrote something about why the Linux kernel reports itself to firmware as "Windows" but refuses to identify itself as Linux. The short version is that "Linux" doesn't actually identify the behaviour of the kernel in a meaningful way. "Linux" doesn't tell you whether the kernel can deal with buffers being passed when the spec says it should be a package. "Linux" doesn't tell you whether the OS knows how to deal with an HPET. "Linux" doesn't tell you whether the OS can reinitialise graphics hardware.

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Canonical Partners with AMD for Ubuntu OpenStack Cloud Server

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Server
Hardware
Ubuntu

Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Ubuntu Linux distribution is ramping up its OpenStack efforts thanks to a new server solution from AMD.

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Docker Raises $40M in Series C Financing to Drive Open Source Adoption

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Server
OSS

Docker said it has secured $40 million from investors for its open-source platform designed for developers and system administrators to build, ship and run distributed applications. Bill Coughran from Sequoia Capital will represent the venture capital firm on Docker's board of directors. Here are the details.

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Open Source Fix For US Voting System ?

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OSS

Open source programmers and maverick election officials want to improve the way we vote, register to vote, and count the votes. Wish them luck.

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Expanding Reach in Asia: Telenor Group Brings Firefox OS Smartphones to Bangladesh

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Moz/FF

“This launch was made possible through the cooperation between Grameenphone, Telenor, Mozilla and Symphony,” says Rolv-Erik Spilling, SVP and Head of Telenor Digital. “For us, it’s important to provide the Bangladeshi market with an easy, affordable and locally relevant mobile internet experience, which the Firefox phone enables.”

Telenor was one of the first operator partners to support the development of Firefox OS. After launches in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro in 2013, Telenor now expands its Firefox OS offering to Asia.

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Android One phones launch in India

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Android

Google launched the first Android One phones in India starting at $103 from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, and backed by direct Android updates from Google.

Google announced its Android One initiative for selling budget Android phones in developing countries at June’s Google I/O conference. Like its Nexus program, Android One defines a mobile reference platform with a stock, up-to-date Android stack free of bloatware and UI skins. With Android One, however, multiple phones and manufacturers are supported at once, and the program also encompasses Google-directed data plans and update services that are typically offered by carriers or manufacturers.

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Valve Begins Publicly Tracking AMD Catalyst Linux Issues

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Gaming

Valve's Pierre-Loup A. Griffais has begun publicly listing known issues with AMD's Catalyst Linux graphics support.

Via this Steam Community discussion page, known issues with the AMD Linux graphics support as it pertains to SteamOS are listed. The page is to be updated as Valve discovers more issues.

The issues listed right now include black/flickering screen when full-screen mode is enabled for certain games, lower performance compared to desktop distributions, and crackling sound over HDMI. Of course, already in the comments are many Linux gamers chiming in with their AMD Linux graphics troubles.

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Flowhub Kickstarter delivery

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Software

It is now a year since our NoFlo Development Environment Kickstarter got funded. Since then our team together with several open source contributors has been busy building the best possible user interface for Flow-Based Programming.

When we set out on this crazy adventure, we still mostly had only NoFlo and JavaScript in mind. But there is nothing inherently language-specific in FBP or our UI, and so when people started making other runtimes compatible with the protocol we embraced the idea of full-stack flow-based programming.

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Windows vs Linux: Which OS is best for your business?

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Choosing an operating system may seem simple but can result in restrictions on what applications you can run, and if not executed properly, can result in slow running services and websites which will not load.

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Digia spins off Qt as subsidiary

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Development
KDE

Digia has spun off a subsidiary called “The Qt Company” to unify Qt’s commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers.

The Linux-oriented Qt cross-platform development framework has had a tumultuous career, having been passed around Scandinavia over the yearsfrom Trolltech to Nokia and then from Nokia to Digia. Yet, Qt keeps rolling along in both commercial and open source community versions, continually adding support for new platforms and technologies, and gaining extensive support from mobile developers.

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Qubes: The Open Source OS Built for Security

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Linux
Interviews
Security

No matter how good the code review process is, or how high the standards for acceptance, applications will always have bugs, says Joanna Rutkowska, founder and CEO of Invisible Things Lab. So will drivers. And filesystems.

“Nobody, not even Google Security Team, can find and patch all those bugs in all the desktop apps we all use,” Rutkowska says in the Q&A interview, below.

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KDE Developer Says Community Managers Are a Fraud and a Farce

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KDE

KDE developer Aaron Seigo is a very outspoken person and he is known for his strong opinions. He recently proposed for public debate a very heated and interesting subject about the role of the community managers for the open source project.

He thinks that the community managers' role, as they are working today on various projects, is actually a fraud and a farce. It's unclear what determined him to make this statement, but he knew right from the start that it was going to rile up the community and various community managers.

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RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst At 4K UHD On Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

The open-source driver stack tested was with the Linux 3.17 Git kernel while using the Oibaf PPA to upgrade to Mesa 10.4-devel for the latest RadeonSI and LLVM AMD GPU code. The closed-source driver was the fglrx 14.20.7 / OpenGL 4.4.12968 Catalyst release. When running the Catalyst binary blob we had to downgrade from Linux 3.17 to Linux 3.16 for kernel compatibility. All tests were done from the Intel Core i7 5960X system running Ubuntu 14.10.

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MINIX 3.3.0 is Available Now

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OS

In 2008, the European Research Council awarded Prof. Andrew S. Tanenbaum, the designer of MINIX, an Advanced Grant of €2.5 million (about $3.2 million) to produce a reliable operating system. He and his team have been working on it hard since then and they are now proud to release the result as a free and open-source operating system for the PC and ARM. It comes with a BSD license, meaning that individuals and companies can use it in products without paying royalties and without being required to disclose any changes they make to competitors.

MINIX 1 was originally a system aimed at teaching operating systems but after the ERC grant, the focus changed to include producing a solid, commercially viable product as well. The new version, MINIX 3.3.0, has a number of key features.

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Red Hat steps up its entrepreneurship support with Silicon Valley 'foxhole'

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Red Hat

A newly announced partnership with Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) gives American Underground startups a “foxhole” in Silicon Valley.

The Raleigh-based open source giant is allowing startups in American Underground's three-campus network to share space it already has at its home office in Mountain View.

The space, dubbed the American Underground Foxhole, began with a brief meeting in Red Hat Tower.

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A WAYLAND STATUS UPDATE

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GNOME

The list of applications that work ‘natively’ (ie with the GTK+ Wayland backend) is looking pretty good, too. The main straggler here is totem, where we are debugging some issues with the use of subsurfaces in clutter-gtk.

We are homing in on ‘day-to-day usable’. I would love to say the Wayland session is “rock-solid”, but I just spent an hour trying to track track down an ugly memory leak that ended my session rather quickly. So, we are not quite there yet, and more work is needed.

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Six Clicks: An early look at Ubuntu 14.10

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Ubuntu

For now, if Ubuntu 14.10's Unity default page look familiar, well it should. On the surface, Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, has done little with the Unity interface. While experienced Linux users tend not to like it, I still find it to be a great desktop for new users.

Under the hood, Unity is still using the X.Org display server instead of Mir, Ubuntu's next generation display server. While Mir and Unity 8 are still being worked on, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth doesn't see Mir becoming the desktop default until Ubuntu 16.04 LTS appears two years from now.

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