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Story Still running 32 bit Ubuntu? Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 4:00pm
Story NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Offers Great Linux Performance Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 3:56pm
Story GTK+ Gains Experimental Overlay Scrollbars Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 3:31pm
Story 3 Alternatives to the Adobe PDF Reader on Linux Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 3:02pm
Story How OpenStack powers the research at CERN Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 12:05pm
Story WE’RE HOSTING AN OPENDAYLIGHT HACKFEST IN JAPAN! Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 9:05am
Story Debian Project mourns the loss of Peter Miller Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:52am
Story A Seat at the Big Kids’ Table at Ohio LinuxFest Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:36am
Story OpenStack Juno is out, Debian (and Ubuntu Trusty ports) packages ready Rianne Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:24am
Story Video: Systemd the Core OS (no coughing) Roy Schestowitz 21/10/2014 - 8:20am

GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support

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GParted 0.20.0 is out today with a release that primarily improves Btrfs support. The improved Btrfs support comes via now handling support for resizing Btrfs file-systems that span multiple devices. GParted 0.20 also has GRUB2 restoration steps added to the help manual plus various translation updates.

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Ubuntu Touch RTM Update Is Out, Has Better Performance and Beautiful New Indicators

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Ubuntu developers had some minor problems in the week before with all sorts of bugs that were popping out. They postponed the release of a new update for the Ubuntu Touch RTM and, at one point, they even got everyone to focus on fixing the problems and nothing else. Now they have a new version out and progress really shows.

Users who already have Ubuntu Touch on their phones might have noticed that the number of features added to the system have diminished drastically, but that's the way it should be. The system is getting closer to its final stages and there is little reason to add new options now. The current form of the OS is not very far from the official release, so only fixes remain to be made.

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Ubuntu turns 10: A look back at desktop Linux standard bearer

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Ubuntu

Tech pundits differ, to say the least, on a lot of topics in the world of free and open-source software, but it’s inarguable that Ubuntu has been the most influential Linux desktop distribution of the past decade. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, here’s a brief look back.

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Forking Debian, Celebrating Ubuntu, and Best Desktops

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-s

Debian and Ubuntu dominated the headlines today with various topics. The community is is celebrating Ubuntu's 10 years and Mark Shuttleworth announced the next codename. Debian lost a contributor and released 7.7 over the weekend while the threat of a fork is pushing a freedom choice. In other news we have Gentoo and 4MLinux reviews as well as the chance to vote for the best Linux desktop environment.

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5 open access journals for open source enthusiasts

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OSS

The ever rising cost of academic journals is a major burden for researchers. Academic libraries cannot always keep up with increases in subscription fees causing libraries to drop journals from their collection. This makes it harder for students and professors to quickly and easily access the information they need. Inter-library loan requests are an option but they do take time. Even if it only takes a few days to fill an inter-library loan request, that is still time wasted for a researcher that has a deadline. While there is no single, quick fix to the problem with the academic journal prices, there is a movement applying the open source way to academic research in an attempt to solve the problem—the open access movement.

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Leftovers: Software

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Emacs 24.4 released

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GNU

Version 24.4 of the Emacs text editor is now available.

For more information on Emacs, see:
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/

You can retrieve the source from your nearest GNU mirror by using one
of the following links:
http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/emacs/emacs-24.4.tar.xz
http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/emacs/emacs-24.4.tar.gz

Or choose a mirror explicitly from the list at:
http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Mirrors may take some time to update; the main GNU ftp server is at:
http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/emacs/

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Discourse

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Discourse is an open-source project, hosted at GitHub (see Resources), licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2. It is backed by Atwood's company, which has the fantastic name of Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc., and it aims to profit through installing and supporting Discourse.

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EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes

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With Linux 3.18-rc1 having came one week early, the EXT4 file-system pull request didn't end up landing until today. However, the EXT4 changes aren't overly exciting for the 3.18 merge window.

The EXT4 changes for the Linux 3.18 kernel merge window come down to mostly just code clean-ups and bug fixes along with some minor journal optimizations.

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Free and Open Source Electronic Signature in Costa Rica

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LibO
OSS
Security

The LibreOffice component designed by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) is similar to similar software enhancements currently used for electronic signatures in other countries.

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Rejuvenate your Fedora desktop with Moka

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Red Hat

Moka started as a single Linux desktop icon theme, but over time it has gradually evolved into an entire project & brand identity that provides quality designs to people. Moka is about personalization and its goal is to provide an assortment of style options to allow you to customize your experience.

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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst on the impact of cloud and mobile

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So I asked Whitehurst if the cloud had already won the war for IT infrastructure, but he gave me a more nuanced response than I expected: “I think there’s a new architecture combining computing and storage in an easily managed centralized data center,” he said. “Scaling out that architecture… That’s clearly winning.”

“What’s less clear,” he continued, “is whether the traditional enterprise-owned-and-managed data center on premise will serve that, or will it be the public cloud or something in between? That’s still far from resolved.”

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LIBINPUT INTEGRATION IN KWIN/WAYLAND

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KDE

Today I pushed my outstanding branch to get libinput support into kwin_wayland. Libinput is a very important part for the work to get a full Wayland session in Plasma which means we reached a very important milestone. As the name suggests it allows us to process input events directly. KWin needs to forward the input events to the currently active application(s) and also interpret them before any other application gets them. E.g. if there is a global shortcut KWin should intercept it and not send it to an application.

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V is for Vivid

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Ubuntu

Release week! Already! I wouldn’t call Trusty ‘vintage’ just yet, but Utopic is poised to leap into the torrent stream. We’ve all managed to land our final touches to *buntu and are excited to bring the next wave of newness to users around the world. Glad to see the unicorn theme went down well, judging from the various desktops I see on G+.

And so it’s time to open the vatic floodgates and invite your thoughts and contributions to our soon-to-be-opened iteration next. Our ventrous quest to put GNU as you love it on phones is bearing fruit, with final touches to the first image in a new era of convergence in computing. From tiny devices to personal computers of all shapes and sizes to the ventose vistas of cloud computing, our goal is to make a platform that is useful, versal and widely used.

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Elive Is an Interesting Debian-Based Distro with a Beautiful Enlightenment Desktop

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Debian

Elive, a Linux distribution based on Debian which uses the Enlightenment desktop environment to provide a unique user experience, has just reached version 2.3.9 Beta and it's ready for testing.

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NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged

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GNU
Linux

The NVPTX back-end code for GCC that's going to allow OpenACC 2.0 offloading support for NVIDIA GPUs with GCC is close to materializing within the mainline code-base.

For the past year Mentor Graphics / Code Sourcery has been working on OpenACC 2.0 with GPU offloading as a big addition to the GNU Compiler Collection through their work with NVIDIA Corp. The offloading infrastructure has been worked on for a while and the code that soon looks like it will land is the NVPTX support.

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The Future of the Internet - 20 Years Ago

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Web

Netscape Navigator was released 20 years ago today. Thank you to everyone who supported us at Netscape & built the Web with us then and now!

That was posted by a certain Marc Andreessen. You probably know him as a successful venture capitalist, but before that, he was one of the people who helped popularise the Web. He did that by creating the Mosaic browser back in 1993 - first for Unix, and later for the Apple Macintosh and Windows (version 3.1). Mosaic was written at the University of Illinois, and was freely available for non-commercial use. But once the appeal of a graphical Web browser became evident, it was natural for people to start to think about turning it into a business.

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Kodi 14.0 Beta Is Getting Closer to Release

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Software

Kodi 14.0 is the successor of the current XBMC project and it will be out in a few months, but until then, the developers have detailed some of the changes and improvements that will be made available with this new release.

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TOR GUI `SELEKTOR` SEES NEW MAJOR RELEASE

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Security

SelekTOR, an open source Java-based GUI front-end for Tor, was updated to version 3.12 (now 3.12e) recently and it includes new advanced options as well as a new Tor Monitor panel that shows the Tor client startup info and its current status.

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