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Story Ubuntu 14.10 Fans, Prepare for "It's a Boring Release" Comments Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 9:08pm
Story Tor executive director hints at Firefox integration Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 9:01pm
Story On the hunt for the right open source project? Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 8:55pm
Story NVIDIA To Issue An Update On Their Support Of Mir & Wayland Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 8:13pm
Story Penn Manor goes 'all in' with open source Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 8:01pm
Story OpenDaylight Helium Bootstraps SDN Security Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 7:56pm
Story OverlayFS Proposed For The Linux 3.18 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 7:39pm
Story Open-spec control oriented SBC builds on RPi COM Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 7:30pm
Story DDOS Attack Brings Tux Machines Down Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 7:26pm
Story NVIDIA Suggests Explicit Synchronization For Nouveau Rianne Schestowitz 29/09/2014 - 7:20pm

What The End-days Of Wintel Looks Like

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Android
GNU
Linux
Hardware
Microsoft

Now that OEMs have acknowledged that smaller and cheaper is better (the customer is always right) we should see a lot more GNU/Linux on retail shelves along with all those Android/Linux devices. The market is converging on a system with options not restrictions. Expect to see Android/Linux + GNU/Linux systems being offered in bulk really soon, perhaps by Christmas.

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Ubuntu GNOME Devs Encouraged by Ubuntu Team to Add Latest GNOME in Future Versions

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GNOME
Ubuntu

The Ubuntu GNOME makers have been encouraged by an important Ubuntu developer to implement the latest build of the GNOME desktop environment in the future versions of their distro.

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Spanish anti tax fraud unit renews Linux contract

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GNU
Linux

Spain's Tax Administration Agency has renewed its support contract for development and maintenance of its anti fraud information analysis systems. The proprietary database solution runs on Suse Linux server. The massive database system is built and operated using standard free software components.

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Building a Linux lab and its great potential in education

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GNU
Linux

Learning Linux empowered me to explore and create in a way I never dreamed possible. Open source was initially very challenging as some parts needed configuration that I was unfamiliar with. However, I learned much of what I needed by using search engines and reading forums at Red Hat, Fedora, and other Linux user groups on the internet.

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LibreSSL: More Than 30 Days Later

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Security
BSD

Instead, libressl is here because of a tragic comedy of other errors. Let's start with the obvious. Why were heartbeats, a feature only useful for the DTLS protocol over UDP, built into the TLS protocol that runs over TCP? And why was this entirely useless feature enabled by default? Then there's some nonsense with the buffer allocator and freelists and exploit mitigation countermeasures, and we keep on digging and we keep on not liking what we're seeing. Bob's talk has all the gory details.
But why fork? Why not start from scratch? Why not start with some other contender? We did look around a bit, but sadly the state of affairs is that the other contenders aren't so great themselves. Not long before Heartbleed, you may recall Apple dealing with goto fail, aka the worst bug ever, but actually about par for the course.

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Black Lab Linux 6.0 Beta 2 Is a Bizarrely Attractive Xfce Desktop

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Reviews

Black Lab Linux 6.0 Beta 2, a distribution that is now based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is using the Xfce desktop environment, has been released for download and testing.

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Bossies 2014: The Best of Open Source Software Awards

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OSS

Clearly, open source is changing the way software is procured. In the era of monster contracts and a few monster software vendors, upper IT management called all the shots and passed down applications and tools the rest of the organization had to live with. Open source is helping to crack that monolith, so businesses and individuals can make their own software decisions.

Make no mistake: Although open source incurs less capital expense, it's not free -- nor even necessarily cheap compared to proprietary software. Generally speaking, at scale, open source solutions require a higher level of effort and expertise to implement and maintain. Open source's rapid pace of innovation often results in more frequent updates, which means a closer eye on dependencies. In addition, professional services and commercial open source contracts result in significant cost.

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OpenMandriva 2014.1 review

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MDV
Reviews

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is the latest edition of OpenMandriva, a desktop distribution derived from the old Mandriva Linux.

Though OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 is a minor update to OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0, which was released back in June (2014), it comes with some significant changes, including, according to the Release Notes, support for booting on computers with UEFI firmware. To quote from the Release Notes: “This is the first release of OpenMandriva Lx that incorporates support for UEFI booting.” Interestingly, the same thing was said of OpenMandriva 2014.0.

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AMD Is Working On A New VA-API State Tracker For Gallium3D

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Years ago there was a VA-API state tracker within Gallium3D for offering drivers support for the Video Acceleration API. That implementation, however, was dropped back in 2012 as it was largely unmaintained and the VDPAU state tracker proved to be more popular. Now, however, it seems AMD is working to introduce a new VA-API implementation for Gallium3D.

Published on Friday by AMD's Leo Liu was a set of video-related patches for Gallium3D that included a new VA-API state tracker written by Christian König. This new state tracker isn't just a re-send of the earlier patch series: there is new code included but the copyrights also indicate some of the code is from its earlier 2010 state by the community.

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Linux 3.17-rc7 - yes, another rc

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Linux

So I was really hoping that I could have left rc6 as the last rc and
just releasing 3.17 today, but that was not to be. It's not that
anything particularly scary happened, but quite frankly, things just
didn't calm down as I hoped for.

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Secure Linux Systems Require Savvy Users

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Linux
Security

Patches are available to fix the bash vulnerability known as Shellshock, along with three additional security issues recently found in the bash shell. The patches are available for all major Linux distros as well as for Solaris, with the patches being distributed through the various distros.

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today's leftovers

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Gaming
HowTos

Preview Numbers For The GeForce GTX 980 On Ubuntu Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

For those anxious to see NVIDIA's newest high-end Maxwell graphics card, the recently launched GeForce GTX 980, on Linux, here's some preview results.

My GeForce GTX 980 sample just arrived on Friday so I've been busy testing it over the weekend and plan to have the review out in the next few days. So far, the GeForce GTX 980 is running great on Linux.

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Radeon 2D Performance On Fedora 21: EXA vs. GLAMOR

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Graphics/Benchmarks

These quick weekend benchmarks were comparing EXA and GLAMOR on the Radeon HD 6870 graphics card. The Radeon HD 7000 series hardware and newer (with RadeonSI Gallium3D) only supports GLAMOR -- 2D over OpenGL -- for 2D acceleration. The Radeon HD 6000 series hardware and older meanwhile has the dedicated 2D code-paths to support EXA by default while GLAMOR can be enabled via the xorg.conf if you wish. Fedora 21 has the X.Org Server 1.16 release and with its post-alpha updates was the Linux 3.17 nodebug Rawhide kernel.

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FreeBSD 10.1-BETA3 Now Available

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BSD

The third BETA build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

This is expected to be the final BETA release of the 10.1-RELEASE cycle.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

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openSUSE 11.4 Is Now Truly, Finally Dead

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SUSE

The official support for openSUSE 11.4 officially ended back in November 2012, but the openSUSE ecosystem has things that sets it apart. One of those things is called Evergreen support. Basically, after a version of OpenSUSE reaches End of Life, the community can extend the life of the system by integrating patches and fixes long after the developers have finished with it.

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today's howtos

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HowTos

Leftovers: Gaming

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Gaming

Packages for Builder — a GNOME IDE — now available for Fedora 21

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Development
GNOME

Builder is an in-development IDE that we reported on a few months ago as part of our GUADEC coverage. Builder aims to be an IDE that will focus purely on GNOME applications, with a goal of making it “Dead Simple”. The lead Builder developer Christian Hergert recently reported on his blog that there are now Fedora 21 COPR builds of the Builder master available for use and testing.

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