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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Software

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  • VirtualBox 5.0.6 Released with Support for Linux Kernel 4.3, systemd, and El Capitan

    Today, October 2, Oracle announced the release of the sixth maintenance version of their popular and cross-platform VirtualBox 5.0 virtualization software for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • SMPlayer 15.09 Arrives with MPV and 3D Support

    SMPlayer, a complete media player for Linux that is based on Mplayer and that uses its own set of codecs, has been upgraded to version 15.9.0 and is now available for download.

  • Calibre eBook Converter Now Has Support for the New KFX Format from Amazon

    The Calibre eBook editor and reader has been upgraded once more and the developer has just added the much-needed support for the new KFX format that is used by Amazon.

  • Handbrake 0.10.2 (but only for slackware-current)

    Nearly a year after my rant about Handbrake’s switch from GTK+2 to a bleeding edge version of GTK+3, I am about to give up on my attempts to build the required GTK+3 static libraries into the handbrake package. Unlike the situation with applications that use Qt or WxWidgets for their GUI, creating a private run-time for GTK is like wading through the pools of hell. GTK wants caches, configuration files and stuff all over the place. My handbrake with private GTK+3 crashes because it might still be trying to use the older GTK+3 libraries on my Slackware 14.1 computer.

    So I said to myself: “fuck it” and build Handbrake 0.10.2 for Slackware-current exclusively. The development version of Slackware does have a GTK+3 which is contemporary enough and with some tweaks, I was able to compile a (hopefully) working handbrake GUI.

  • Kid3 3.3 Open Source Audio Tag Editor Released for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X

    The developers of the Kid3 open-source audio tag editor software were proud to announce the release of Kid3 3.3.0 for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

  • Kid3 Gets Some New Cool Features in the Latest Release

    Kid3 is an audio tag editor for KDE with support for editing tags in files such as MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4/AAC, MP2, Speex, TrueAudio, WavPack, WMA, AIFF and WAV. The latest version, 3.3.0, brings some new features, including support for, chapter and table of contents audiobook frames, and a new ‘defaults’ button in the Settings window.

  • Opera 33 Web Browser Enters Beta with Native Linux Notifications, Vibrancy in OS X

    On October 1, Opera Software, through Kornelia Mielczarczyk, announced the promotion of the Opera 33 web browser for computers to the Beta channel, available now for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  • The Wine Development Release 1.7.52 Is Now Available
  • Wine 1.7.52 Gets Direct3D 11 Improvements

    Wine developers have just announced that a new version of the application has been made available, bringing a number of improvements and various fixes for apps and games.

Leftovers: Gaming

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Android and Google Leftovers

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  • Facebook gives Android a kick in the byte code

    To improve the mobile performance of its social network, Facebook is enhancing Java bytecode on the Android platform with its Redex project, providing a pipeline for optimizing Android DEX (Dalvik Executable) files.

  • 13 of the best Android apps from September

    Coming off the back of the summer holidays always make September a busy month and this year it was no different.

    From useful spam fighting options arriving for Gmail to movie tracking and the launch of a huge repository of online tutorials across a range of subjects.

    We’ve sorted the wheat from the chaff and what follows is the best new and updated apps from September.

    All you need to do is clear a few minutes in your schedule and click your way through the list.

  • Google reveals new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio devices

    Google's Chromecast streaming media player has proven to be a popular item on Amazon, getting four star ratings and lots of positive comments from Amazon customers. Now Google has announced a brand new Chromecast, and also the new Chromecast Audio device.

  • Hands on: Google Pixel C convertible tablet

    It’s difficult to tell if the new Google Pixel C is a great idea, or an awful one. It feels like a greatest hits list of Windows 8 convertible failures. It’s a clamshell, and the tablet is connected to the keyboard via magnets. But to open it or close it, you have to pull it apart and reconnect it. You can also flip the tablet upright and stick the keyboard to the back of it, though it makes the tablet thicker and heavier than you may like. The entire converting process is messy. Google tries to cover it all up with a beautiful aluminum design and smooth hinges that adjust angle easily. But will it be fun to use every day? I’m not so sure.

  • Google announces the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P; pre-orders start today

    Google has officially taken the wraps off its new flagship smartphone lineup. In keeping with the current smartphone release trends, Google is announcing two devices today: the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The 5X is made by LG, and the 6P is made by Huawei. The Nexus 5X starts at $379, and the 6P starts at $499, and both phones will ship later this month. Pricing for other territories is starting to dribble in—the Nexus 5X and 6P will begin at £339 and £449 respectively in the UK—but we'll update the article with more complete information as it's made available.

  • Google announces the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio

    The new Chromecast has a disk-like design, a departure from the original's dongle construction. Its improved internals should also make streaming easier and faster. Now featuring three antennas, it supports 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi for faster connectivity and heavier formats like 1080p. While the new Chromecast handles video and game streaming, the Chromecast Audio device will handle streaming music or podcasts. The new Chromecast plugs into a device with HDMI; Audio uses both optical and headphone jacks to plug into speakers.

  • Fairphone launches v2 of it conflict-free, upgradeable smartphone

    There's a company offering a repairable and upgradable smartphone out there and Jack Wallen believe it is just what the world needs. Read on to see if you agree.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing Culture

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  • Firefox Is Much Better than Any Other Browser and Here's Why

    We often read about comparative tests between browsers and we see that Google Chrome or Opera are extremely fast, or that some other browser gets really good scores in rendering, and so on. The truth is that none of that really matters when you are using browsers in the real world, and in the real world Firefox shines and it's head and shoulders above everything else.

  • The return of TryStack, life as a PTL, and more OpenStack news

    Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud?

  • A Brief Comparison of Mesos and Kubernetes

    The recent announcement of Mesos on Windows means developers and organizations that work between Linux and Windows platforms may use their own tools without requiring heavy resource management. Those working with the Google Cloud Engine may prefer working with Kubernetes, while people accustomed to Microsoft Azure may enjoy the Mesosphere workflow pipeline. Each has their own strengths and shortcomings, though the gap between stack management services lessens as more technology is brought to other platforms.

  • MapR Technologies Unveils In-Hadoop Document Database

    MapR integrates Web-scale enterprise storage and real-time database management and adds native JSON support to MapR-DB, its NoSQL database.

  • Pivotal Aims at Oracle Database Business with Open Source Tech

    Software company Pivotal is taking on Oracle’s traditional database business with its latest effort to advance open source. The company is contributing both HAWQ advanced SQL on Hortonworks’ Hadoop analytics and MADlib machine learning technologies to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

  • Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 Coming Soon with Better Microsoft Office Interoperability

    Apache Software Foundation has announced recently that the second point release of their Apache OpenOffice 4.1 open-source office suite for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating system is coming soon.

  • Pentaho 6 Blends Virtual and Physical Data for Business Intelligence

    Pentaho is set to debut its new Pentaho 6 Enterprise 6 and community editions, providing users with new business intelligence capabilities. Pentaho formally announced the Penthao 6 release on September 30, though general availability is not scheduled until October 14.

  • Open source FreeNAS makes inroads in enterprise data storage

    The FreeNAS Project by server vendor iXsystems is attracting attention from customers as far away as outer space who are considering open source NAS storage with commodity hardware.

  • What do you have to say? Share it at LibrePlanet 2016

    LibrePlanet 2016 is coming! Next year's conference will be held **March 19-20, 2016 in the Boston area**. The call for proposals is open now, until November 16th. General registration and exhibitor registration will open later in October.

  • Chicago GNU/Linux talk on Guix retrospective

    Friends... friends! I gave a talk on Guix last night in Chicago, and it went amazingly well. That feels like an undersell actually; it went remarkably well. There were 25 people, and apparently there was quite the waitlist, but I was really happy with the set of people who were in the room. I haven't talked about Guix in front of an audience before and I was afraid it would be a dud, but it's hard to explain the reaction I got. It felt like there was a general consensus in the room: Guix is taking the right approach to things.

  • Open Budget 2015: Norway leads the way in Europe

    Norway is the European country with the highest ranking in the 5th Open Budget Survey, a worldwide survey which examines the current state of budget transparency. Sweden is in second place in Europe and France is 3rd.

  • OGP is ready to open up to local governments

    The Open Government Partnership is thinking about opening its membership to large cities, provinces and local governments “where many public services are delivered to citizens, allowing for somewhat tighter forms of accountability and feedback loops”, the global organisation stated on its blog.

  • Here's What Open-Source Government Looks Like

    Seamus Kraft was running on minimal sleep through the days of furious Congressional debate surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), when he had his “aha!” moment. The digital director of communications for House Oversight and Government Reform chairman, Darrell Issa, was looking for a better way to get citizen input on a bill that had become a flashpoint across the internet community.

  • Stock Update (NASDAQ:ILMN): Illumina, Inc. Expands World’s Largest Genomics Analysis Platform and Adds to Open Source Initiative
  • Illumina Expands World’s Largest Genomics Analysis Platform and Adds to Open Source Initiative

    BaseSpace is the only genomics platform that integrates sample set-up, instrument and sequencing run monitoring along with storage, analysis and sharing of large volumes of genomic data. The analysis platform is currently processing data from more than 4,000 sequencing systems worldwide, including Illumina’s population-scale sequencing system, HiSeq X™ Ten, and providing push-button analytics with over 60 apps to more than 30,000 registered users.

  • Paywalls and Robin Hoods: the tale of Elsevier and

    This Kat sometimes wonders whether every big copyright dispute these days seems to have a major political or philosophical subtext to it -- an example of which can be found below. From guest contributor Emma Perot comes this appraisal of a dispute (reported on TorrentFreak here) between a giant publisher of valuable and useful scholarly material on the one hand, and those who seek access to that same information on the other.

  • Mural Arts' Open Source offers a month of events on art and social change
  • Philadelphia public spaces are canvas for Open Source art exhibit
  • Most Popular Programming Languages In The IT industry

    Programmers are always in high demand these days for jobs, especially if they have fluency in coding language. Learning programming in various languages for engineers is a no-brainer, but some basic understanding of the languages can be invaluable to anyone, even if you’re not looking forward to becoming a master coder.

  • PHPUnit 5.0
  • PHP version 5.5.30 and 5.6.14

    RPM of PHP version 5.6.14 are available in remi repository for Fedora ≥ 21 and remi-php56 repository for Fedora ≤ 20 and Enterprise Linux (RHEL, CentOS).

Kali Linux: Why Aren’t We Arguing More about Mr Robot?

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In episode 0 of Mr Robot, we’re introduced to our hiro protagonist [Elliot], played by [Rami Malek], a tech at the security firm AllSafe. We are also introduced to the show’s Macbeth, [Tyrell Wellick], played by Martin Wallström]. When these characters are introduced to each other, [Tyrell] notices [Elliot] is using the Gnome desktop on his work computer while [Tyrell] says he’s, “actually on KDE myself. I know [Gnome] is supposed to be better, but you know what they say, old habits, they die hard.”

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The Linux Kernel to Celebrate Its 24th Birthday

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The Linux kernel project is about to celebrate its 24th birthday and it looks like it's stronger than ever. Almost a quarter of a century after version 0.01 was made available, Linux is almost running the world and its expansion is not stopping.

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Watch: Canonical Showing Off the Latest Unity 8 Interface for Ubuntu Phone

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Earlier today, October 2, Canonical's Michael Hall posted a very nice video on his YouTube page to demonstrate the latest Unity 8 user interface for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

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Elasticsearch Search

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Seize the opportunity to explain open source

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Kids have an insatiable appetite for knowledge. I would estimate that all of us with children have had them go through a phase of asking "Why?" constantly. In truth, it often comes at the most inconvenient moment for a parent; like when the world is literally going to explode unless your child puts down the green marker pen, and instead of doing it, they just look up at you and ask "Why?" I was no different. I went through the "Why?" phase. My daughter has been through it and my nephew is going through it right now.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Receives New Unity 8, Feature Freeze Is Now in Effect

    On September 29, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report about the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA-7 software update, due for release on October 19, 2015.

  • Ubuntu's Mir Display Server Reaches Version 0.16 with Mir-on-X Refinements, More

    The Ubuntu developers behind the next-generation Mir display server used in the current version of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system and Ubuntu Desktop Next computer OS have announced the release of Mir 0.16.0.

  • New Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities Fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Users Urged to Update Now

    After announcing the release of a new kernel update for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Canonical announced on September 29 that it patched two kernel vulnerabilities in the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) operating system.

  • Simple Streams Vulnerability Closed in Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    A new vulnerability that affected the Simple Streams packages has been found and corrected in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 15.04 by developers.

    The issue that affected the simplestreams library has been corrected. From the looks of it, the applications that were using Simple Streams could have been made to crash or run programs if they received specially crafted network traffic. It's not a huge problem, but as usual, it's a good idea to upgrade.

  • What’s LXD?

    The infographic below introduces the basic facts about LXD, provides figures on LXD performance, explains how LXD and Docker work together and offers applications of LXD in your business.

Recalbox Raspberry Pi Retro Gaming

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I’ll be first to admit that I’ve been putting off setting up a Raspberry Pi for my wife to use for retro gaming. I knew there were a few games she missed but Mario Kart 64 was the big one. I’ll also be first to point out that setting up a RetroPi isn’t difficult with the correct setup guide.

Patents and Peace: Are the Microsoft-Linux Wars Over?

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That's the question Roy Schestowitz, a longtime advocate of open source software, asks in a recent blog post. His answer is a resounding "no."

Despite the declaration by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year that "Microsoft loves Linux," Schestowitz points out, the company still seems to be funding patent cases involving open source software.

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Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

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Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud.

The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option.

The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data.

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IBM and EMC team up: There’s no “I” in open source

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Sometimes when you are distracting the signal from the noise, you get an exclusive. Today theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, got the full story on the EMC and IBM partnership to work in an open-source environment to make Hadoop more accessible to the enterprise.

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Google Chromebooks: The most popular classroom computing device

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In Apple's place, Google with its Chromebooks have stepped in. Chromebooks are cheaper, easier to manage, and easy to share between students. The low upfront price is a big factor, but there's far more.

For example, Google offers programs just for schools, Google Apps for Education Suite; class-specific ChromeOS and Android apps, and Google Play for Education. Chromebooks that come with Google Play for Education range at prices from $199 to $227.

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Debian dropping the Linux Standard Base

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The Linux Standard Base (LSB) is a specification that purports to define the services and application-level ABIs that a Linux distribution will provide for use by third-party programs. But some in the Debian project are questioning the value of maintaining LSB compliance—it has become, they say, a considerable amount of work for little measurable benefit.

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Anniversary of First Linux Kernel Release: A Look at Collaborative Value

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The Linux community often recognizes two anniversaries for Linux: August 25th is the day Linus Torvalds first posted that he was working on Linux and said “Hello, everybody out there…” and October 5th is the day he released the first kernel.

To mark the anniversary of the first kernel release in 1991, we look at some facts and consider the progress that has been made since that early version.

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