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|Story||Five talented women in open source you should know||Roy Schestowitz||09/10/2014 - 8:33am|
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|Story||Got an open source project? SimplyBuilt has a website for you||Roy Schestowitz||22/01/2015 - 10:36am|
|Story||Government Evangelist at GitHub on US open technologies||Roy Schestowitz||15/10/2014 - 11:42am|
|Story||GPL version 3 evaluation committees admit Stallman is ultimate 'decider'||srlinuxx||30/06/2006 - 9:24pm|
|Story||GPLv2 goes to court: More decisions from the Versata tarpit||Roy Schestowitz||15/12/2014 - 8:15pm|
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|Story||Has the time come to rebrand open source?||Roy Schestowitz||30/10/2014 - 1:25pm|
|Story||Healthcare one of the most impacted industries by open source||Roy Schestowitz||26/12/2014 - 9:56pm|
At long last the source code to the new AMDGPU driver has been released! This is the new driver needed to support the Radeon R9 285 graphics card along with future GPUs/APUs like Carrizo. Compared to the existing Radeon DRM driver, the new AMDGPU code is needed for AMD's new unified Linux driver strategy whereby the new Catalyst driver will be isolated to being a user-space binary blob with both the full open-source driver and the Catalyst driver using this common AMDGPU kernel driver.
Despite going four years without using GNOME 3 to any real degree, it felt familiar from the get-go, almost as if it was just mere months since I last used it. As I’ve had to do with Ubuntu’s Unity, I needed to find a tweaking tool for GNOME, stat, as many of its defaults don’t suit me very well. After figuring out via Web search that it was gnome-tweak-tool I was looking for, I was rather surprised to see that Gentoo had included it in that monolithic ‘gnome’ install. It’s really easy to see why.
We have a new Sparky spin with KDE desktop.
SparkyLinux 4.0 RC KDE is based on Debian “testing” and features a graphics environment based on Qt stack and set of applications for every purpose, such as:
– Internet: Iceweasel, KMail, Kopete, Konversation, Akregator, Korganizer, Kget, Ktorrent, Gufw, Choqok, Kdeconnect
– Multimedia: SMPlayer2, VLC, Amarok, k3B, KMix, Smtube
– Graphics: Gwenview, Gimp, Skanlite, Print-manager
– Office: LibreOffice, Okular, Kate
– Others: Kcalc, Knotes, Kscreensaver, Ksnapshot, Klipper
Hewlett-Packard's Linux imaging and printing software, HPLIP, reached version 3.15.4, an important release that introduces support for new hardware architectures, new Linux kernel-based operating systems, new printers, as well as fixes for several issues reported by users since the previous version.
After announcing the fifth maintenance release of Linux kernel 3.19, Greg Kroah-Hartman also published details about the seventy-five point release of the Linux 3.10 kernel, urging users of the 3.10 kernel series to upgrade as soon as the packages become available in the official software repositories of their Linux distributions.
Open source projects like OpenStack, Docker, OPNFV and OpenDaylight are more supported and better funded than ever before. They mark a broader trend of large, active and well-resourced open source projects that are among the leaders in Big Data, cloud computing, operating systems and development practices. Open source has come a long way in 30 years – and its success marks a new era for the overall OSS community.
But success does not come without potential pitfalls. One of the greatest obstacles to project success isn’t the proprietary competition – it’s the lack of communication between large open source projects like OpenStack and Docker.
On the contrary, open-source cloud computing products are designed from the outset with security in mind. For example, there are features such as identity management to monitor who has access to content, and data encryption to safeguard information while it’s at rest or in transit.
Furthermore, open-source cloud software is peer-reviewed by community participants, leading to continuous improvements in the quality of security features and mechanisms. This community also monitors and rapidly discloses vulnerabilities and issues, and provides security updates to address them.
You're no longer "just an adult." You're now trusted and looked to for opinions on how the community should grow. You're a community elder. You embody the history. You keep the history. You work together with other adults and elders to guide and make the community stronger. And to a certain extent, the community once again looks after you, just as it did in the first phase.
When we saw the announcement for the CEM841 COM Express Type 2, we noticed that Axiomtek had already listed two other very similar new COM Express modules — the CEM842 and CEM843 — as “coming soon.” The CEM841 and CEM842 each offers a choice of dual- or quad-core Intel Celeron system-on-chip from the same 22nm Bay Trail generation as the Atom E3845 used by the CEM843. The CEM841 uses the 125 x 95mm COM Express Type 2 Basic format, while the other two modules adopt the 95 x 95mm COM Express Type 6 form factor. The modules specifically support Linux Ubuntu and CentOS, but other mainstream Linux variants should work fine.
Anyway, I thought this could be a good opportunity to actually ask the wider community a question, especially if you are using GNOME on another distribution than Fedora, what are we still missing at this point for you to consider making a switch to Fedora Workstation? I know that for some of you the answer might be as simple as ‘worn in shoes fits the best’, but anything you might have beyond that would be great to hear.
I can’t promise that we will be able to implement every suggestion you add to this blog post, but I do promise that we will review and consider every suggestion you provide and try to see how it can fit into development plans going forward.
For users of the open-source Midori web-browser, a new release is available.
Fotoxx, a free, open source Linux photo editing application that can be used by beginners and advanced users alike has been upgraded to version 15.04.1 and is now ready for download.
Kdenlive is one of the few free multi-track video editors for Linux that supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. The developers have reminded the community once more that a new major version has been released, 15.04.0, and that the project is now part of the KDE Applications suite.
Tomahawk is a music player capable of using both local and cloud libraries. A new update has been released for this application and it comes with a few interesting changes.
There are not many podcast tools I can mention, in the years spent spinning through console-based software. In fact, I can think of only about four. But here’s one you can add to your list, if you’re keeping one: PodcastXDL.
Gnome Pie 0.6 (and 0.6.1 quickly after, to fix a nasty bug) was released recently, bringing new features such as half and quarter pies, a new simple theme along with other interesting changes and bug fixes.
This is mainly a bugfix release with two minor new features. The first one is a new page in a pairing wizard. Instead of closing the wizard when it finishes, a success page is now shown to the user to indicate device setup was completed.
I've released man-pages-3.83. The release tarball is available on kernel.org. The browsable online pages can be found on man7.org. The Git repository for man-pages is available on kernel.org.
Instant messaging in Fedora Workstation is suboptimal. The current default IM client – Empathy – doesn’t work very well. It’s an app that was designed for GNOME 2 and is not a good citizen in GNOME 3. Mainly because of its multi-window nature. Having a separate roster window makes sense if the app uses a status icon, and when you close the roster window, it stays online, and you can always bring it back from the status icon. Empathy used to work that way, but in GNOME 3 status icons were declared deprecated. Empathy now doesn’t have the status icon and if you close the roster window, it goes offline, so if you want to stay online, you need to have a roster window floating around all the time.
David King announced on April 19 the immediate availability for download and testing of EasyTAG 2.3.6, one of the best open-source audio tag editor applications for MP3, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis files, supported under GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows computer operating systems.
After announcing the second maintenance release of LibreOffice 4.4 at the beginning of April, the Document Foundation seeded this past weekend to testers worldwide the first Release Candidate of upcoming LibreOffice 4.4.3, the third point release of the acclaimed open-source office suite.
Following in the foot steps of Wine 1.7.41, Wine-Staging 1.7.41 has been released as the re-based version of this version of Wine with various testing/experimental patches.
At the beginning of the year was the announcement of the C4 Engine dropping Linux support with its lead developer referring to Linux as "Frankenstein OS" and citing numerous difficulties with Linux. However, quietly this game engine seems to be back to supporting Linux.
Chroma Squad is a game I've been following for a while, and the release is nearly upon us. Will you be grabbing a copy?
The Battle for Wesnoth, a free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hot seat multiplayer combat, has been upgraded to version 1.13.0.
KaOS is a Linux distribution built from scratch that makes use of a customized KDE desktop environment and that is developed according to a rolling release model. A new version has been made available, and it's ready for download.
Details on pricing and availability are now official for Sony's 2015 televisions, and the company is focusing on 4K and charging a mint for many models. New for many sets is Android TV, while HDR arrives on the flagships.
Android Lollipop OS update active for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge users on US Cellular
If you are a user of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge having subscribed to US Cellular's wireless network services, then do check your devices for the Google Android Lollipop OS update, which is now on an active roll-out in the US.
When Google first previewed Android Auto, its Android-based in-car system last year during Google I/O, many wondered if Waze would eventually make its way to the platform.
The Google Play Store today introduced a new section to highlight haptic games, titled “Games You Can Feel” according to an article on ThaiVisa. The Google Play section currently features 15 games from various developers including Angry Birds Friends and several Grand Theft Auto offerings. Every game in the featured section was designed using haptic technology Touchsense Engage, from California company Immersion. Touchsense Engage launched officially on March 31 and was announced in a press release from Immersion.
Fossdroid changes that, and presents all these open source applications in a much clearer and nicer fashion. It also adds popularity and what's new lists, making it just a little easier to find the open source application you're looking for. There's still some things to be addressed, it's a well-done website.
Google’s wearable-friendly Android Wear OS is bound to get a new important update in the upcoming weeks. It’s high time Google revamped its platform, since the previous major update rolled out back in October.