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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|
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.
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.
GNOME 3.15.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it
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.
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.
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.
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."
- Microsoft is Dying Due to Free Software, Tries to Infect GNU/Linux With .NET and to Infect Moodle in Schools With Microsoft Office and OOXML Lock-in
- Microsoft, the Back Doors Company, is Gradually Dying and Trying to Embrace the Competition
- Microsoft Symptoms of a Dying Company: More Boosters Depart, Back Doors Revealed, Microsoft's Outlook Cracked
- New LCA Talk: Open Invention Network's Deb Nicholson on Software Patents and Patent Trolls
- The Collapse of European Patent Office Management Culminates With Resignations
- Vesna Stilin Renews Her Fight for Justice in Željko Topić Case (EPO VP)
- Failure of the EPO Can Derail the Trojan Horse of Software Patents and Patent Trolls
- Translations of Member of the European Parliament Complaining About European Patent Office (EPO)
- Battistelli's Latest Propaganda War Tries to Convince EPO Staff That Željko Topić's Many Criminal Charges Don't Exist
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.