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Type Title Author Replies Last Postsort icon
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/12/2014 - 9:15am
Story Will New Google Android Live TV Outfox Apple? Roy Schestowitz 28/12/2014 - 8:55am
Story Q4OS Is a Windows-Lookalike OS That Now Comes with LXDE and Xfce as Well Rianne Schestowitz 28/12/2014 - 12:57am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 28/12/2014 - 12:46am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 28/12/2014 - 12:44am
Story Linux Mint Debian Might Not Adopt Systemd Rianne Schestowitz 28/12/2014 - 12:43am
Story Latest SteamOS Update Brings New NVIDIA and AMD Drivers Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 9:22pm
Story Your Old Computer Can Live Again with Emmabuntüs 2 Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 7:50pm
Story 11 years developing Krita Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 7:41pm
Story That Peculiar Linux 3.18 Kernel Bug Might Be Closed Soon Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2014 - 7:37pm

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GNU
Linux

Notifications Without User Interaction on Ubuntu Are Annoying

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Ubuntu

The Unity desktop environment has a simple and rather ineffective system notification mechanism and it looks like that's not going to change, not even with the arrival of Unity 8.

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Librem Linux Laptop Drops NVIDIA Graphics But Still Coming Up Short Of Goal

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

One of the oddest things I found about the crowd-funded Librem 15 laptop when writing about it last month was that it wanted to be open-source down to the component firmware/microcode yet they opted to ship with a NVIDIA GPU. In an updated earlier this month, at least they came to their senses and dropped the discrete NVIDIA GPU. While I have no problems recommending NVIDIA graphics for Linux gamers and those wanting the best performance, that's only when using the proprietary drivers, and certainly wouldn't recommend it for a fully open-source system -- NVIDIA on the desktop side doesn't do much for the open-source drivers, let alone down to the firmware/microcode level. Instead the Librem folks have opted to upgrade the design to using an Intel Core i7 4770HQ processor that features more powerful Intel Iris Pro 5200 Graphics, which isn't as powerful as a discrete NVIDIA GPU but at least is more open-source friendly.

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Ruby 2.2.0 Released

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Development

We are pleased to announce the release of Ruby 2.2.0.

Ruby 2.2 includes many new features and improvements for the increasingly diverse and expanding demands for Ruby.

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2014 Catalyst Linux Graphics Benchmarks Year-In-Review

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

With the year quickly coming to an end, it's time to do our year-end driver recap benchmarks from the year for the proprietary AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers as well as the open-source drivers. To get things started, here's benchmarks done of the official AMD Catalyst Linux releases of 2014 and testing these drivers on three different graphics cards.

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From Red Hat's CEO: Reflecting on a 'great year,' looking to '15

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Red Hat

It is confirmed: 2014 has been a great year for Red Hat. [On Dec. 18], we announced third quarter results of our fiscal year 2015 and, with that, celebrated our 51st consecutive quarter of revenue growth - more than 12 years of consecutive revenue growth. Thank you to the team of Red Hat customers, partners, open source contributors, and associates around the world, for helping us propel Red Hat to new heights. While 2014 has been a fantastic year for Red Hat, it has also been a banner year for open source.

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Also: Red Hat Tech Exchange highlights: Architect, Implement, Enable

Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings, and a quiet dog

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OSS

Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on warehouse inventory nearby? So 2013!

And yet in 2014 we had a few events in open source that managed to surprise us, and suggest an even brighter future.

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How About 2014?

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GNU
Linux

As for */Linux taking over the world, I think it’s inevitable. Android/Linux seems to be working on it’s third billion users perhaps by the end of 2015. At some point there will be saturation but the diversity is amazing. I saw a young lady with a Christmas gift of a CyanogenMod Android/Linux smartphone. CyanogenMod is a customization of Android/Linux which gives users more features and some independence from Google. She’s leaving a feature-phone behind as soon as she can switch “sim” cards. Within hours she’s learned to use a bunch of features including speech-to-text (It was nearly perfect)… Strangely, at about the same time her regular notebook PC (GNU/Linux) melted down (hard drive suspected). It will be interesting to see whether she even needs to replace it. This smartphone is just so powerful. Maybe I will get one and leave Beast to serving/storing stuff.

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Macbuntu strikes again, and we likes it!

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Mac
Ubuntu

Remember Macbuntu? It's a MAC OS X transformation pack for Ubuntu, which lets you tweak your Ubuntu desktop into looking like an Apple's offering. I have tried it about four years ago, on Lucid, but haven't played with the software since Unity replaced Gnome 2 as the desktop environment. I decided it was time for another attempt.

If you read online, you will find multiple references to Macbuntu, so it can be a little confusing. There's the SourceForge hosted project, and there's the initiative by Noobslab, who have packaged together a handful of PPA and scripts to help you refashion your Unity desktop in a modular and easily reversible way. We checked.

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ROSA Fresh R5, Year in Ubuntu, and Fedora to the Rescue

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-s

Still a bit slow on the news front but yesterday, like a Christmas present, ROSA Fresh R5 was released. Simon Phipps offers his Open Source confessions and Phoronix.com reviews the year in Ubuntu. Also, William Moreno Reyes offers a few thoughts on his recent Fedora 21 Workstation install.

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Believe It or Not, Boeing's Super-Secure Android Smartphone Comes With the Best of BlackBerry

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Android
Security

As it turns out, Boeing might actually be BlackBerry's best friend right now. You see, the ultra-secure Boeing Black handset will come with support for BlackBerry's BES 12 device management service. It's not much of a stretch to assume the Boeing Black might also feature BlackBerry's hallmark secure messaging system.

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Google developing car-specific Android operating system

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Android
Linux

The automotive world is rapidly leaping into the next generation of infotainment systems. We already know that the CarPlay from Apple and Sync 3 from Ford are on the way. Even Microsoft has something up its sleeve. Google showed off its future concept for Android Auto earlier this year and promised that it would be available by the end of 2014. That didn't happen, but the technology giant has put a tentative plan in place for its challenger in this crowded field.

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Kodak-branded Android smartphone to launch at CES 2015; tablet and camera coming later

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Android

Millions use their smartphone as their primary camera because it is always with them and sharing those photos is easy from your phone. Kodak announced they will be launching an Android-powered smartphone at CES in a couple weeks with a tablet and connected camera coming later in 2015.

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Also: Kodak Is Making Android Phones Now Because Sure, Why Not I Guess?

Best Android Phones of 2014

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Android

Here we are at the end of 2014, a year that was full of smartphone launches. There’s a hard-fought battle on the high-end Android smartphone market and it’s getting harder and harder to choose a smartphone that fits your needs.

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Cenatic to focus on open source reuse and certification

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OSS

In 2015, Cenatic, the open source software resource centre of the Spanish government, will campaign to get enterprises to implement, share and re-use open source solutions. The centre wants to help companies select the right free software solutions. It will also promote sharing and re-use, and reinforce the network of free software service providers.

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Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule

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Linux

The merge window is closed and 3.19-rc1 was released on Saturday, marking the end of new mainline Linux kernel features for 2014. Here's a rundown of the exciting new features of the Linux 3.19 kernel for what will become the first major kernel release of 2015.

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Mac OS X Yosemite, From The Perspective Of A Linux User

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GNU
Linux
Mac

It’s been a while since Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” has been released into the wild, so we have a pretty good idea of how it performs. Mac OS X is also sometimes used as the poster child for a clean and elegant interface (most of the time, anyways). As a Linux writer, it’s my duty to make comparisons not only amongst Linux distros, but also against the competition.

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Kodi 14.0 Helix Unwinds

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OSS

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! We are proud to announce the release of Kodi 14.0, which comes with a new name, a new logo, and a wide variety of new features, but underneath the new coat of paint remains the same software we all love.

A detailed changelog for Kodi 14 can be found under milestones on our code repository, should you be interested. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the features that come with Kodi 14.0.

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KaOS ISO 2014.12

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GNU
Linux

KaOS is very proud to announce the availability of the December release of a new stable ISO. This ISO marks two major milestones for this distribution. Since it’s inception almost two years ago, a need to be ready for UEFI installs has always been a priority. That was tied though to getting a modern Qt based installer that could handle such UEFI installs. With this ISO, both are implemented.

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