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Story Intel Broadwell On Linux Has Working OpenCL 1.2, VP8 Video Acceleration Roy Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 12:04pm
Story CuBox-i4Pro Review Roy Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:53am
Story Working on 3.19 – the kernel column Roy Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:45am
Story The top 10 rookie open source projects Rianne Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:44am
Story First thoughts on KaOS 2014.12 Roy Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:37am
Story 6 big changes coming to Fedora 22 Roy Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:34am
Story Sorry, Windows 10 Fans, but This Is What Icons Should Look Like Rianne Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:29am
Story Canonical Reveals the Hardware Specs of the Ubuntu Aquarius E4.5 Phone Rianne Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:25am
Story Scalable open virtual networking with MidoNet Rianne Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:21am
Story An Outsider’s Perspective on Windows 10 Preview Roy Schestowitz 27/01/2015 - 11:20am

Chrome 41 Beta: New ES6 Features and Improved DevTools for Service Workers and Web Animations

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Google
Web

Today’s Chrome Beta channel release includes new Javascript ES6 features and improved workflows for debugging Service Workers and Web Animations. Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to Chrome for Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.

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The most obvious user for Linux isn't who you think

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Linux

I want to make a rather bold statement here (though that isn't unusual). This morning, I was reading some of my usual tech news sites, which included reports of malware, Windows woes, and the usual litany of issues plaguing various platforms.

And then it dawned on me ... just who the ideal candidate for Linux should be. It's not the developer (though they probably get more benefit out of the platform than any user type), it's not the gamer, it's not the geek, and it's not the administrator. The ideal candidate is the average user.

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A Look at Pentoo Linux and Its Security Analysis Tools

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Linux
Security

There is no shortage of security-focused Linux distributions on the market, and among them is Pentoo Linux. While some security-focused Linux distributions concentrate on privacy, like Tails, others like Kali Linux and Pentoo focus on security research, providing tools that enable research and penetration testing. Pentoo Linux differentiates itself from other security Linux distributions in a number of ways. The primary difference is the fact that Pentoo is based on Gentoo Linux, which is a source-based Linux distribution that uses the Portage package-management system. Gentoo has capabilities known as "Hardened Gentoo," which Pentoo also inherits, providing users with additional security configuration and control for the Linux distribution itself. Pentoo 2015 RC 3.7 was released Jan. 5, providing updated tools and features. Among the new features is the integrated ability to verify that the distribution files have not been corrupted. Pentoo provides many applications for security analysis, including wireless, database, exploit, cracking and forensic tools. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at key features and tools in the Pentoo 2015 RC3.7 release.

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GNOME 3.15.4

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GNOME

Hi all,

GNOME 3.15.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it
with caution.

Among the new things in this snapshot, you can find
clutter using the GDK backend, libinput used in multiple modules
(we require libinput 0.8), gnome-shell using vp9 for screencasts,
mutter using GTK+ themes, input configuration under Wayland,
scrolling changes in GTK+, improved search in gnome-software,
a new game (gnome-taquin), and many more.

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Intel spins Ubuntu based education access point

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Ubuntu

Intel announced a portable access point and content server for schools that runs Ubuntu on an Atom E3815, and serves up to 50 students using WiFi or GbE.

For years, Intel has offered low-cost computers for schools in emerging nations, primarily via its Linux-ready Classmate netbooks, and more recently, its Android-powered Intel Education Tablets. Now it’s getting into the content server side of the equation with its Ubuntu Linux-based Education Content Access Point. The batery-powered device can serve content to up to 50 students using any web browser device via WiFi, Ethernet, or optional cellular connections.

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Open Source Haptics Kit Aims to Democratize Force Feedback

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Hardware
OSS

quick terminology dive: a spacial haptic device is a physical manipulator that enables exploration of a virtual space through force feedback. A user grips the “manipulandum” (the handle) and moves it within the work area defined by the physical design of the device. Spacial Haptic Devices have been around for years and serve as excellent tools for telling their users (surgeons) what something (tumor) “feels like.”

In our case, this haptic device is a two-link, two-joint system grounded on a base station and providing force feedback with servo motors and tensioned wire ropes. The manipulator itself supports 3-degree-of-freedom movement of the end-effector (translations, but no rotations) which is tracked with encoders placed on all joints. To enable feedback, joints are engaged with cable-drive transmissions.

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Librem 15, the first free software GNU/Linux laptop, makes funding goal

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GNU
Linux

Purism, the company behind the Librem 15, promises that it will ship an Intel CPU fused to run unsigned BIOS code. The hope is that this will allow a future where free software can replace the proprietary, digitally signed, BIOS binaries.

The company claims that Librem will be better than its competitors because the "the hardware used in the Librem 15 laptop was specifically selected so that no binary blobs are needed in the Linux kernel that ships with the laptop. All other Linux pre-installed devices include binary blobs in the Linux kernel."

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Android Leftovers

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Android

Radeon DRM Changes For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Alex Deucher has sent in his DRM-Next changes for the open-source Radeon graphics driver updates that will target the Linux 3.20 kernel.

The new AMDGPU kernel driver for supporting the R9 285 / GCN 1.2 GPUs and newer has yet to publicly appear. However, for the Radeon DRM driver there's still an exciting number of improvements for this next kernel version. The Radeon DRM changes for Linux 3.20 include.

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Tizen OS 2.3 Samsung Z1 Review

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Linux
Reviews

This is an Interesting little video that I found on the net. Created by YouTube user TheGarchaHD, it walks you through the User Interface of the Tizen based Samsung Z1 and shows you some of the features of the Tizen 2.3 Operating System.

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Plasma 5.2 – The Quintissential Breakdown

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KDE

KDE is one of the oldest open-source desktop projects which can be found today, and over the years it has established a rich history of highs and lows. During some points it has been the undisputed ruler of the desktop world, while other times it had fallen behind or faced hard trials.

A memory everything but forgotten, just over 6 years ago KDE tore itself apart in spectacular fashion to assemble itself anew. Brave users who wandered through the rubble and wreckage saw developers rebuild the KDE before their eyes, witnessing the birth of ‘Plasma Desktop’ and it’s sister project ‘KDE Development Platform’. It was universally understood that this twisted gnarled creature of a computing experience was both hideous yet full of potential, and over 5 years of refining Plasma it had struggled, crawled, hobbled, walked, run, and eventually mature into a fine desktop.

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Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released

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Ubuntu

The second alpha of the Vivid Vervet (to become 15.04) has now been released!

Pre-releases of the Vivid Vervet are *not* encouraged for anyone
needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into
occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for
Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing,
reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release
ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect
some bugs.

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Newsrooms see the light of open source

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OSS

Have you heard the one about the big media house whose new, proprietary content management system (CMS) handles its every need, worked straight out of the box and with which all the journalists are in love? No?

That's because few people ever string together fibs of that magnitude. Substitute the term “in-house developed” for proprietary and the effect is the same.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960: A Great $200 GPU For Linux Gamers

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Graphics/Benchmarks

This morning NVIDIA is formally announcing the GeForce GTX 960 as the latest Maxwell GPU. The GeForce GTX 960 is a mid-range GPU priced starting out at $200 and comes with a compelling set of features. The past few days I've been testing out the eVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB graphics card and in this article are some initial performance figures under Linux.

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Black Lab Linux Xfce 6.0 SR 1.1 Features a Heavily Modified Desktop

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Linux

Black Lab Linux, a distribution that is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and is using the Xfce desktop environment, has been upgraded to version 6.0 SR 1.1 and is now available for download.

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Three Ways for Beginners to Contribute to the Linux Kernel

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Linux

The learning curve to becoming a Linux kernel developer is pretty steep and choosing the right direction might be somewhat difficult (but not as hard as you think - see my previous article.) However, I have some ideas on how to start this beautiful journey. I hope that these guidelines will be useful for someone.

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You Can Now Run Ubuntu from a Mouse

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Ubuntu

The modern PCs have become ridiculously small and more powerful with each passing year. Up until now no one thought that it could be possible to fit everything into a mouse, but that's now becoming a reality and it's powerful enough that it can run even an OS like Ubuntu.

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More Changes Are In The Works For Fedora 22

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GNU
Linux
Red Hat

Ahead of evaluation by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo), more of the planned changes for Fedora 22 are being discussed on the Fedora developers' list. Here's some more of the likely Fedora 22 changes that haven't been covered by our earlier articles on F22 feature work.

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Danish open source early warning system for schools

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OSS

A system for smartphones, tablet computers and PCs that can warn students, teachers and school personnel of emergencies is to be developed for the Norwegian Akerhus county. The solution will be built by the Danish ICT service specialist Magenta, using open source components.

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