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Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:32am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:31am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:30am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 10:29am
Story Availability of Qt Free Edition Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:37am
Story Valve's Mods Blunder Prompts Reddit Community to Create Open Source Steam Replacement Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:21am
Story Biicode goes open source early after outpouring of community support Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 9:02am
Story Meet BOXER-6403, a Tiny Embedded PC That Runs Fedora Linux on Bay Trail Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 8:46am
Story Important Linux Kernel Vulnerability Patched in All Supported Ubuntu OSes Rianne Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 8:42am
Story An introduction to Linux from Opensource.com Roy Schestowitz 06/05/2015 - 8:42am

Leftovers: Software

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Software
  • GTK3 Download Manager `uGet` 2.0 Released

    uGet 2.0 was released recently, bringing support for multi-thread downloading and mirrors for the curl plugin, individual download speed limiting, new settings dialog and more.

  • Drop-Down Terminal `Guake` 0.7.0 Released, Available In PPA

    Guake is a drop-down terminal inspired by computer games consoles such as the one used in Quake, which slides down from the top of the screen when a key is pressed (F12 by default in Guake).

  • 4MPlayer 12.0 Beta Is a Linux Distro Used Just to Play Video Files

    4MPlayer is new interesting Linux distribution that has been built with a single use in mind, to play any kind of video files, including CDs and DVDs, without having to boot an entire distro and its desktop environment.

  • RcppAnnoy 0.0.6

    A few days ago, Erik released a new version of his Annoy library -- a small, fast, and lightweight C++ template header library for approximate nearest neighbours -- which now no longer requires Boost. While I don't mind Boost (actually, quite the opposite), it appears to have been a blocker in getting the Python part of Annoy over to the world of python3.

  • virt-manager 1.2.0 released!

    Today I released virt-manager-1.2.0. You can read the release announcement here...

  • Calligra 2.9.4 Office Suite Released with Multiple Krita Improvements

    After a bogus Calligra 2.9.3 release, the developers of the number one open source office suite for the KDE desktop environment released Calligra 2.9.4, which brings multiple improvements to the popular Krita digital painting software.

  • KDE Applications 15.04 Is Now Available for Kubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

    On May 4, the Kubuntu developers had the pleasure of informing their users about the immediate availability of the recently announced KDE Applications 15.04 software suite for the Kubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system.

  • Plex Media Server Now Supports PlayStation 4 Audio Transcoding

    The modern and powerful Plex Media Server, a free and cross-platform media server software for GNU/Linux, BSD, OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms, has been updated recently to version 0.9.12.0.

today's howtos

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Android Leftovers

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Android

Availability of Qt Free Edition

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KDE

In my last blog posts, I explained the KDE Free Qt Foundation, which guarantees the free availability of the Qt Toolkit. Today, The Qt Company introduced a new Qt online installer that requires users to accept additional license terms. Many people have contacted me with concerns about this change. I share this concern. Even before this, I have already been concerned about the structure of the qt.io download page, since it blurs the lines between the Qt Toolkit itself and additional, proprietary products.

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Valve's Mods Blunder Prompts Reddit Community to Create Open Source Steam Replacement

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OSS
Gaming

Valve has recently gone through a major PR debacle after the company announced that it's implementing paid mods for games and Skyrim in particular. Their decision was short-lived, and it was retracted, but they have managed to incur the rage of the community. Independent developers are now working on a new game launcher that will make Steam obsolete.

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Biicode goes open source early after outpouring of community support

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OSS

After the announcement, our community growth skyrocketed. Our investors were so impressed by the welcoming of our open source announcement that they let us go ahead with open sourcing biicode early. We worked hard to release most of it in biicode 3.0.

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Meet BOXER-6403, a Tiny Embedded PC That Runs Fedora Linux on Bay Trail

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Red Hat

AAEON Technology Inc., a Taiwanese computer manufacturer, has recently introduces a new ultra-slim compact embedded computer that runs the Fedora Linux operating system on Bay Trail Intel Atom or Celeron processors.

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Important Linux Kernel Vulnerability Patched in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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Ubuntu

In a recent security notice, dated May 5, Canonical announced the immediate availability of a new kernel update for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

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An introduction to Linux from Opensource.com

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GNU
Linux

What is Linux? For many this seems like a question with an obvious answer, but the truth is there are a large number of people who would shrug their shoulders. Many have never heard of Linux (gasp!) or aren't confident in their answer.

Here at Opensource.com, we want to help answer that question in a manner that allows others pass it around and share it with the world. So, we created a new resource page which gently introduces Linux, the world's most popular open source operating system.

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Also: Benefits of Linux Dedicated Servers

Latest NetworkManager Update Brings Support for 5GHz WiFi Networks

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GNOME

On May 5, Lubomir Rintel announced the immediate availability for download and upgrade of NetworkManager 1.0.2, the default utility for managing network connection under GNOME and GNOME-based desktop environments.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta Now Available

We are pleased to announce the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7, the latest version of our Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform. Nearly five years into its lifecycle, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 continues to provide a stable, proven, and predictable foundation for organizations seeking to build and deploy large, complex IT projects with confidence.

The beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 includes a number of new and updated features to help organizations preserve investments in existing infrastructure, bolster security, stability, and systems management/monitoring capabilities, and embrace the latest Linux innovations.

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

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OSS

Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong has decided to reveal the source code of the Sudoku-solving app he personally coded.

The PM revealed he likes to program in his spare time last month and mentioned the Sudoku-solver. He's since taken to Facebook to announce the source code dump.

“The program is pretty basic,' the PM writes, “it runs at the command prompt, in a DOS window. Type in the data line by line (e.g. 1-3-8---6), then the solver will print out the solution (or all the solutions if there are several), the number of steps the program took searching for the solution, plus some search statistics.”

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OpenStack Daddy Chris C Kemp says it's like Linux in 1996

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Server
OSS

Chris C Kemp, the former NASA CIO credited with originating OpenStack, has predicted stacks-in-a-box that make the cloud platform more accessible and easier to use aren't far off.

Speaking at CeBIT Australia, Kemp responded to a Register question about OpenStack usability by saying “in 1996 Linux was no fun either, but it provided a lot of value.” That value, and the fact the platform was open, led to innovation and the more polished Linuxes available and widely-used today.

Kemp reckons that cycle will repeat for OpenStack.

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Snappy Ubuntu Core takes off in a quadcopter

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Ubuntu

Erle Robotics has launched an Ubuntu Core “Snappy” version of its open source Linux and ROS-based Erle-Copter quadcopter, with Erle-Copter app store access.

The “Erle-Copter Ubuntu Core Special Edition” is functionally almost identical to the Erle-Copter quadrotor drone announced by Erle Robotics in December, but instead of the usual Debian Linux distribution, it offers one of the first implementations of the lightweight new Snappy version of Ubuntu Core.

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There's No Plans for Ubuntu Phones Based on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Says Canonical

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Ubuntu

Now that Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is open for development, and the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.10 takes place these days between May 5-7 on the UbuntuOnAir channel, the Ubuntu Phone team announced plans for the next Ubuntu Touch development cycle.

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Linux-ready COM mates an i.MX6 SoC with an FPGA

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Linux

Armadeus has launched a Linux-equipped module that integrates a Freescale i.MX6 SoC with a Cyclone V GX FPGA, and offers SATA, CSI, DSI, and optional WiFi.

French technology firm Armadeus Systems has been selling Freescale i.MX based modules for years, including the circa-2009, i.MX27 based APF27. For the new “APF6_SP” computer-on-module, Amadeus has turned to Freescale’s Cortex-A9 i.MX6 SoC, which it had previous adopted for its APF6 COM. The feature set on the APF6_SP is very similar, with one major exception: the addition of an Altera Cyclone V GX FPGA.

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Samsung Officially Launches their Tizen Curved SUHD 4K TVs in the Philippines

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Linux

The new line of Tizen 4K Samsung SUHD TVs has now officially been launched in the Philippines at an event held a few days ago. The new line-up of TVs includes the JS9500, JS9000 and JS8500 models, supporting screen sizes ranging from 55 to 88 inches. Samsung boasts that their TV technology, which uses nano-crystal semiconductors, leads in color and brightness compared to its competitors.

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Cloudsto X86 Nano PC is a tiny desktop with Ubuntu Linux (or Windows)

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Linux
Ubuntu

The folks at UK retailer Cloudsto have been offering tiny desktop computers loaded with Ubuntu Linux for a little while. But most have basically been Ubuntu versions of existing Android boxes with ARM-based processors.

Now Cloudsto is introducing a line of mini PCs with x86 processors, starting with the Cloudsto X86 Nano Mini PC. It’s available with either Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04.

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EMC to open-source ViPR - and lots of other stuff apparently

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OSS

ViPR is software storage controller tech that separates the control and data planes of operation, enabling different data services to be layered onto a set of storage hardware products - such as EMC's own arrays, Vblocks, selected third-party arrays, JBODs and cloud storage. The data services are typically ways of accessing data, such as file services,

The open source software will be called Project CoprHD* and be made available on GitHub for community development. It will include all the storage automation and control functionality and be supplied under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL 2.0). Public supporting partners for CoprHD are Intel, Verizon and SAP.

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