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Blog entry Maintenance Release - pclinuxos gnome 2010.11 Texstar 13/11/2010 - 2:32am
Blog entry PCLinuxOS Enlightenment (E-17) Desktop updated. Texstar 13/11/2010 - 2:29am
Blog entry Maintenance Release - pclinuxos kde 2010.10 Texstar 06/11/2010 - 3:46am
Blog entry Maintenance Release - pclinuxos lxde 2010.10 Texstar 05/11/2010 - 11:35pm
Blog entry Maintenance Release - pclinuxos phoenix xfce 2010.10 Texstar 05/11/2010 - 11:32pm
Blog entry Maintenance Release - pclinuxos zen mini 2010.10 Texstar 05/11/2010 - 11:29pm
Blog entry Make your own linux operating system with archlinux linkin47 02/07/2010 - 2:02pm
Blog entry Stop the US government trying to Own the internet.. fieldyweb 07/12/2011 - 9:57pm
Blog entry How I customized my Android.. fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:46pm
Blog entry Google's Android Market is better than the Apple App Store fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:44pm

Ubuntu: Accelerated Video Playback, Netplan By Default, Linux 4.13

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Is Finally Looking At Shipping Accelerated Video Playback Support

    It's 2017 and Ubuntu is finally looking at shipping GPU-accelerated video playback support out-of-the-box on the Ubuntu desktop.

    Various forms of video acceleration have been available if installing them from the archive on Ubuntu, but nothing has been available by default... But it's looking like that may change, though their direction is a bit peculiar.

  • Netplan by default in 17.10

    Friday, I uploaded an updated nplan package (version 0.24) to change its Priority: field to important, as well as an update of ubuntu-meta (following a seeds update), to replace ifupdown with nplan in the minimal seed.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 To Fully Use Netplan By Default For Network Configuration

    One year after Ubuntu developers announced their Netplan project for consolidated networking configuration across platforms, they are now planning to use Netplan by default in Ubuntu 17.10 across all editions.

    Netplan has picked up many features in the year it's been under development as a replacement to ifupdown. Netplan aims to handle all network configuration use-cases and can in turn generate configuration files for use by NetworkManager and systemd-networkd.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Continues Aiming For The Linux 4.13 Kernel

    Mentioned in the weekly Ubuntu Kernel Newsletter are the developers reiterating their plans to ship Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" with the Linux 4.13 kernel.

    They've previously expressed plans for shipping Ubuntu 17.10 Artful with Linux 4.13 and this week's newsletter repeats those claims.

Shotwell 0.27.0

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Software
GNOME
  • Shotwell 0.27.0
  • GNOME's Shotwell 0.27 Debuts New Features

    GNOME's Shotwell photo manager is out today with a new testing release as it ushers in the v0.27 development series.

    Shotwell 0.27 drops support for the F-Spot importing tool. F-Spot for the forgetful was a GNOME image manager/organizer written in C# but was succeeded by Shotwell since around 2010.

  • Shotwell, GNOME's Open-Source Image Viewer and Organizer, Gets Important Update

    The Shotwell open-source image viewer and organizer that is installed by default in various GNU/Linux distributions has been recently updated to version 0.27, a major release that adds numerous improvements and fixes annoying bugs.

    Shotwell 0.27 is now the latest stable release of the application, and some of the best new features included are faster color transformations, a configurable image background, --fullscreen/-f command-line option for the viewer, as well as histogram and thumbnailer improvements.

Games: Cossacks 3, Serious Sam, Sombrero: Spaghetti Western Mayhem, HITMAN, and Rocket League

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Release of OpenMandriva Lx 3.02

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  • A proud scion of name: OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 release

    After several months of hard work we are very proud and excited to announce OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 release today.
    We hope you will enjoy this release of OpenMandriva Lx, its range of cutting edge features, quick to boot, fast in use and which brings you all the latest software.

  • OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 Released

    OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 is now available as the latest version of this Mandriva/Mandrake-derived Linux distribution.

    OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 comes packing the Linux 4.11 kernel, systemd 233, KDE Frameworks 5.33 + Plasma 5.9.5 + Qt 5.8, X.Org Server 1.19.3 / Wayland 1.12, and Mesa 17.1.1 as offering a range of updated packages compared to its prior release.

Is IoT the Future of Linux?

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Linux

With Canonical refocusing on becoming profitable and new technologies, some among us have found ourselves pondering where Linux is headed in the future and whether or not IoT (Internet of Things) is the future of Linux? This article aims to address both issues head on. (Read the rest)

This is the latest phone from the company Android fans can't get enough of

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Android
Reviews

OnePlus announced the OnePlus 5 on Tuesday, and we've been trying it out for the last couple of weeks.

You might not have heard of OnePlus before. It's a company that hardcore Android enthusiasts love, because it sells high-end Android smartphones that cost hundreds of dollars less than phones like the Galaxy S8.

We think this phone has enough appeal to continue that momentum. Is it going to take considerable market share from Apple or Samsung? No, but this is a special phone for people who only want OnePlus products.

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Sony Xperia Touch Android projector Review

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Android
Reviews

The sunk cost fallacy dictates that the more someone has invested in a given thing, the less likely they are to give up on it, even when all rational thought would suggest otherwise. And while one would think a big corporation such as Sony wouldn’t fall victim to this phenomenon, what I have in front of me is a whizzing and buzzing proof this isn’t entirely the case.

The Sony Xperia Touch is, by all accounts, a device that shouldn’t have seen the light of day: it feels like a poorly thought-out, unfinished prototype, and its purpose seems to be unclear even to Sony itself. So the most likely answer to the question of why this device exists is that someone at the company thought: “We’ve poured that much money in this thing, might as well release it.”

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Latest quad-core Banana Pi offers SATA support for $32

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Linux
Debian
Ubuntu

SinoVoiP’s open-spec, Linux- and Android-ready “Banana Pi BPI-M2 Berry” SBC has a Raspberry Pi-like layout, WiFi, BT, GbE, HDMI, 4x USB, CSI, and SATA.

SinoVoip’s Banana Pi project has introduced a variation on its $40 Banana Pi M2 Ultra hacker SBC with a smaller, Raspberry Pi like, 85 x 56mm footprint instead of the Ultra’s 92 x 60mm. The quad-core Banana Pi BPI-M2 Berry offers fairly similar features as the Ultra, which is also somewhat like to that of the older, 92 x 60mm Banana Pi M2. The main difference compared to the M2 is that the Berry and the Ultra models add SATA support, and not just the under-powered USB variety.

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Hacker Board Survey Results: More Raspberry Pi, Please

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Linux

The results are in for the 2017 Hacker Board survey. A total of 1,705 Linux.com and LinuxGizmos readers voted for their favorite Linux-driven, community-backed SBCs under $200 out of a catalog of 98. As with last year’s jointly sponsored survey, as well as the 2015 and 2014 polls, a Raspberry Pi single board computer came out on top.

What was remarkable this time around was the huge 4-to-1 gap between the Raspberry Pi 3 and the nearest competitor, which for the first time was also a Raspberry Pi: the Raspberry Pi Zero W. Third place went to the revamped, Cortex-A53 based Raspberry Pi 2.

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Escuelas Linux 5.4 Educational Distribution Officially Released, Based on Bodhi

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Linux

If you can't get enough educational-oriented GNU/Linux distributions, here's another one for you, Escuelas Linux 5.4, an open-source computer operating system based on Bodhi Linux and designed for deployment in schools.

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Tips on Scaling Open Source in the Cloud

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Interviews
OSS

I can summarize that in three points for application developers: a shorter learning curve, better security with less hassle, and more resources with increased agility.

First is the shortened learning curve. Developers just want to develop applications when they use open source. They want to focus on their particular application logic and they want to decide what features to develop. They do not want to spend time and effort on managing the physical infrastructure, an aggravation cloud computing eliminates.

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OnePlus 5 review—The best sub-$500 phone you can buy

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Smartphone companies don't seem to care about cultivating a true "lineup" of phones. If you aren't spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-rate devices that seem like they've had no thought put into them. With the death of the Nexus line and with Lenovo's continued bungling of Motorola, the "good but not $650" market is slimmer than ever. Enter the OnePlus 5, which continues the company's tradition of offering an all-business, high-end smartphone for a great price.

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My Ubuntu for mobile devices post mortem analysis

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Ubuntu

Now that Ubuntu phones and tablets are gone, I would like to offer my thoughts on why I personally think the project failed and what one may learn from it.

To recapitulate my involvement in the project: I had been using Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 on an on-and-off-basis between its announcement in 2013 and December 2014, started working on Click apps in December 2014, started writing the 15-part “Hacking Ubuntu Touch” blog post series about system internals in January 2015, became an Ubuntu Phone Insider, got a Meizu MX4 from Canonical, organized and sponsored the UbuContest app development contest, worked on bug reports and apps until about April 2016, and then sold off/converted all my remaining devices in mid-2016. So I think I can offer some thoughts about the project, its challenges and where we could have done better.

Please note that this post does not apply to the UBPorts project, which continues to work on the phone operating system, Unity 8 and other components.

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today's leftovers

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Misc

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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OSS
  • Univa Contributes Universal Resource Broker to Open Source Community

    The Universal Resource Broker is a software solution that allows distributed application frameworks written for Apache Mesos to run seamlessly on Univa Grid Engine. Making URB available as an open-source project opens the door to continued innovation, enabling community contributors to build adapters to additional workload managers and application frameworks. In addition to open-sourcing the project, Univa is extending URB to support Kubernetes clusters as well.

  • Chinese tech giant Alibaba joins key open-source cloud computing foundation

    Kicking off a week in which it plans to encourage American businesses to invest in China, Alibaba Group announced plans to give something back to the cloud computing community: Alibaba Cloud is now a member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

  • dgplug summer training 2017 is on
  • Call for Speakers Now Open for Percona Live Open Source Database Conference Europe 2017

    The conference theme this year is "Championing Open Source Databases," with sessions on MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB and other open source database technologies, including time series databases, PostgreSQL and RocksDB. The 2017 conference will feature a range of in-depth discussions and hands-on tutorials for three formal tracks -- Developer, Business/Case Studies and Operations.

  • [Old] The Difference between Google Chrome and Chromium on Linux

    Chromium on Linux has two general flavors: You can either get Google Chrome or chromium-browser (see Linux Chromium Packages. This page tries to describe the differences between the two.

    In short, Google Chrome is the Chromium open source project built, packaged, and distributed by Google. This table lists what Google adds to the Google Chrome builds on Linux.

  • Firefox Focus New to Android, blocks annoying ads and protects your privacy

    Last year, we introduced Firefox Focus, a new browser for the iPhone and iPad, designed to be fast, simple and always private. A lot has happened since November; and more than ever before, we’re seeing consumers play an active role in trying to protect their personal data and save valuable megabytes on their data plans.

    While we knew that Focus provided a useful service for those times when you want to keep your web browsing to yourself, we were floored by your response – it’s the highest rated browser from a trusted brand for the iPhone and iPad, earning a 4.6 average rating on the App Store.

    Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re launching our Firefox Focus mobile app for Android.

    Like the iPhone and iPad version, the Android app is free of tabs and other visual clutter, and erasing your sessions is as easy as a simple tap. Firefox Focus allows you to browse the web without being followed by tracking ads which are notoriously known for slowing down your mobile experience. Why do we block these ad trackers? Because they not only track your behavior without your knowledge, they also slow down the web on your mobile device.

  • SQL Server 2017 on Linux boosts efficiency for analytics firm [Ed: There is no such thing as "SQL Server 2017 on Linux". It's a lie. It runs on DrawBridge. Proprietary trap.]
  • Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network [Ed: Microsoft proxy Accenture and Microsoft continue to pollute the Blockchain world]

    Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents.

  • Metsä Wood Launches 'Open Source Wood'

    Metsä Wood's Open Source Wood initiative is a call to action to architects, designers and engineers to join forces, share innovation and contribute knowledge about large-scale, modular wood construction. By creating an open innovation platform around modular wood construction, Metsä Wood's aim is to connect the local wood construction industry with global knowledge to facilitate collaboration and growth.

  • Open Access Policy In International Organisations

    Open access is “part of the DNA” of international intergovernmental organisations, Charlotte Beauchamp, head of editorial and design at the World Intellectual Property Organization, said during a workshop last week. Representatives of different international organisations described during the workshop the increasing use of an open access policy by their organisations.

    A workshop on International Organizations and Open Access was organised on 12 June during the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 (WSIS Forum 2017), which took place from 12-16 June.

  • PHP 7.2 Slated For Fedora 27

    A new feature proposal would ensure Fedora 27 ships with the latest PHP release at the time.

  • General Catalyst, Founder Collective fund the creators of open source programming language

    The creators of the programming language Julia, several of whom have connections to MIT and Harvard, have raised $4.6 million from General Catalyst and Founder Collective for a startup that aims to commercialize the open source code, a type of business that is becoming more common in the Boston area.

    Julia Computing builds professional software tools to make it easier for organizations, especially i

  • Qualys Security Advisory : The Stack Clash

Android-x86 Fork Lets Users Install and Run Android 7.1.2 Nougat on Their PCs

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Android

After informing us last week about the release of a new build of his RaspAnd operating system for Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, developer Arne Exton today announced a new version of his Android-x86 fork.

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