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Western Greece switches to using open source GIS

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The Decentralized Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian is recommending the use of open source software solutions for its Geographic Information Systems. A memo from the IT department wants all public administrations to start using Qgis.

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Ubuntu's Mir 0.14 Display Server Officially Released, Here's What's Coming in Mir 0.15

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Ubuntu

On July 28, Canonical, through Cemil Azizoglu, published the changelog of the recently released Mir 0.14 next-generation display server for Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu Desktop Next operating system.

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Watch: Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Linux Running on the MK808B Plus Quad-Core Mini TV Box

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Ubuntu

It was recently brought to our attention that someone made use of the generic Ubuntu MATE 15.04 root file system for aarch32 (ARMv7) based devices introduced a while ago, to run the famous Linux distribution on a MK808B Plus Quad-Core mini TV box device.

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Raspberry Pi gains $35 HAT-based touchscreen

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Linux

4D Systems and Newark Element14 launched a 2.4-inch, QVGA “4DPi-24-HAT” resistive touchscreen for the Pi for $35, said to be the first to use a HAT design.

Last October, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Eben Upton briefly demonstrated an upcoming official Raspberry Pi touchscreen. It’s unclear whether that 7-inch, VGA capacitive touchscreen is still on course, but in the meantime, there are a variety of RPi touchscreen options to choose from. The latest is a 4DPi-24-HAT screen from 4D Systems and distributor Newark Element14. It’s claimed to be the first to offer full compatibility with the Pi’s HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) add-on card standard.

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Canonical Patches Four Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04

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Ubuntu

Today, July 28, Canonical published details about new Linux kernel updates for its Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating systems, urging users to update the installations as soon as possible.

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Ubuntu Software Center Is Really Hated by the Community, but Why?

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Ubuntu MATE recently decided to drop the Ubuntu Software Center and it will not longer be available with the upcoming 15.10 Alpha 2 release. This is interesting in itself, but this editorial is about another aspect. From the looks of it, a very large part of the Ubuntu and Linux community really hates the Ubuntu Software Center.

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Wine Announcement

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Software

The Wine development release 1.7.48 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Fleshed out OpenMP implementation.
- I/O stream support in the MSVCIRT C++ runtime.
- Support for pixel snapping in DirectWrite.
- More support for OpenGL core contexts.
- Various bug fixes.

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Canonical Closes QEMU Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Security
Ubuntu

Three QEMU vulnerabilities have been found and corrected in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS operating systems by Canonical.

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Move over Skype, Facetime, Hangouts. Here comes Spreedbox, a fully open source, secure videoconferencing solution

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OSS

Following the trend of privacy-respecting products and projects coming out of Europe (e.g., ownCloud, Kolab, and Plasma Mobile), German firm struktur AG has started a Kickstarter project called Spreedbox, which aims to offer a secure audio video conferencing service. According to the project page, “The Spreedbox is a unique device for secure audio/video conferencing, text and video messaging and file sharing. The Spreedbox is your own conferencing, meeting and file exchange service on the Internet and puts the control and security of your data into your own hands.”

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Student researchers collaborate virtually with help of open-source software

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A typical summer research program—the institute's Nanobio Research Experience for Undergraduates, for example—brings students together to one host university, where they work in different laboratories on various projects. In the new pilot training program on Computational Biomolecular, students use an open-source software called Rosetta to work together on problems in computational biology and are mentored by faculty who are part of a global collaborative team known as the Rossetta Commons. The software gives users the ability to analyze massive amounts of data to predict the structure of real and imagined proteins, enzymes, and other molecular structures.

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Open Source Is Going Even More Open—Because It Has To

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Open source foundations are nothing new. Linux Foundation has been around since 2007, and other major projects like the Eclipse code editing tool and the Apache web server have been governed this way for even longer. Many of the most important open source projects in recent years, such as the Hadoop big data crunching platform and the database system Cassandra, are managed by the Apache Foundation. But it’s unusual to see so many new foundations created so quickly.

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Apache HTTP Server Vulnerabilities Fixes in Ubuntu OSes

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Security
Ubuntu

Details about a couple of Apache HTTP Server vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS have now been published by Canonical in a security notification.

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Nvidia 352.30 Stable Driver for Linux Has Lots of Fixes and GeForce 910M Support

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Nvidia has released a new Linux driver in the stable branch and has fixed a few outstanding issues. The company also provides support for the latest GeForce 910M chipset.

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Amazon's MySQL database challenger Aurora exits preview

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OSS

Following three years of development and nine months of testing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Tuesday announced that its Aurora database engine is now generally available to customers.

AWS first debuted Aurora during its re:Invent conference in November 2014, positioning the database as a lower cost, higher performance alternative to the widely used open source MySQL database and other similar commercial offerings.

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Fedora 23 will feature a Cinnamon Spin

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Red Hat

The Cinnamon desktop is the only popular desktop environment that Fedora does not have a Spin for.

But that should change, unless something really bad happens, starting from Fedora 23, which is scheduled for release later this October.

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Entroware Now Sells the Ubuntu-Powered Proteus with a New Card

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Ubuntu

Proteus is a powerful laptop from Entroware that ships only with Ubuntu and Ubuntu MATE. Its makers have just announced that they are now equipping the Proteus model with a video card at no extra cost for new users.

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Vector Light Linux 7.1 Is Based on Slackware and IceWM

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Slack

Vector Light Linux, a distribution based on Slackware that uses the IceWM window manager by default, has been released and is now available for download.

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New FCC Rules May Prevent Installing OpenWRT on WiFi Routers

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Linux
Legal

Many cheap WiFi routers are sold with the vendor firmware, but the most popular ones likely also support OpenWRT, which some users may prefer as it is much more customizable. However, this may soon become more difficult according to a talk at the upcoming “Wireless Battle of the Mesh” which will take place on August 3-8 in Maribor, Slovenia.

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DHI Group plans to sell off Slashdot and Sourceforge

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More recently, SourceForge has been accused of a whole lot of bad behavior with injecting malware into some of the open source projects it hosts. Although SourceForge representatives explained that they only intended to modify "abandoned" projects and publicly denied any wrongdoing, it was difficult to square that statement with its apparent tampering with the download packages of well-known and clearly-not-abandoned projects like image editor GIMP and network scanning tool nmap.

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