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Android Leftovers

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Android

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Coreboot Adds Intel Braswell SoC Support
  • OSI Welcomes Summer Interns

    Recognizing successful open source projects need a variety of "developers" to create everything from code to community, the OSI Internship Program seeks participants from across academic disciplines--Business, Communications, Sociology, Informatics, and of course Computer Science to name a few--the program seeks to provide real life experiences common across open source projects and the communities that support them, giving students first hand experiences as well as opportunities to work with some of the most influential projects and people in open source software and the technology sector.

  • Jewel - Ceph Developer Summit

    The next (virtual) Ceph Developer Summit is coming.

  • Google IS listening: Binary blob banished from Chromium build

    New Chromium builds will no longer download/install the Hotword Shared Module and will automatically remove the module on startup if it was previously installed.

  • BlueData Massages Data for Hadoop and Spark to Leverage

    BlueData Software Inc., an infrastructure startup focused on Big Data, is working on solutions to the problem. The company recently announced that it is adding support for Docker containers on its BlueData EPIC platform. BlueData was founded by VMware veterans, and is focused on making Hadoop and Spark easy to deploy in a lightweight container environment.

  • out with the old, in with the less

    Notes and thoughts on various OpenBSD replacements and reductions. Existing functionality and programs are frequently rewritten and replaced for the sake of simplicity or security or whatever it is that OpenBSD is all about. This process has been going on for some time, of course, but some recent activity is worth highlighting.

  • Oz 0.14.0 Release

    Oz is a program for doing automated installation of guest operating systems with limited input from the user.

  • Introducing Felfil: An Italian Open Source 3D Printing Filament Extruder

    It’s an open source project designed for home use, and Felfil is an extruder for plastic 3D printing filament, designed by a team of young makers from the Politecnico of Turin.

    They say the device was built in answer to a desire by users of 3D printers to produce their own plastic filament. It’s all about reducing the cost of printing, saving on materials, and being able to experience the potential of 3D printing.

  • Google creates cloud code cache

    With an uncharacteristic lack of fanfare, Google has decided to hang around the kitchen at the code repository party.

  • 6 time-consuming tasks you can automate with code

    Literacy used to be the domain of scribes and priests. Then the world became more complicated and demanded that everyone read and write. Computing is also a form of literacy, but having it only understood by a priesthood of programmers is not going to be enough for our complex, online world. "Learn to code" has become a mantra for education at all ages. But after clearing away the hype, why do people need to learn to code? What does it get us exactly?

    Not everyone needs to become a software engineer, but almost every office worker uses a laptop as a daily tool. Computers are such a huge productivity booster because they support a large market of programs and apps designed for these workers. But commercial and open source software have a "last mile" problem: that they don't automate every conceivable task. There are still computing chores that require a lot of repetitive (and fairly mindless) typing and clicking. Even if you have an intern to push these tasks on, they're tasks that require a human because there's no software to automate it. These tasks are too small-scale or specific to your organization's workflow for it to be economical for a software company to create a custom solution.

  • libnice is now mirrored on GitHub

    libnice, everyone’s favourite ICE networking library, is now mirrored on GitHub (and GitLab), to make contributing to it easier — just submit a pull request. The canonical git repository is still on freedesktop.org.

96boards goes enterprise

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Linux
Hardware

Linux 4.1

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Linux
  • Attempting To Try Out BCache On The Linux 4.1 Kernel

    A few days ago I set out to try out BCache on the Linux 4.1 kernel now that this caching feature has matured in the mainline Linux kernel for a while. BCache serves as a cache to the Linux kernel's block layer whereby a solid-state drive (or other faster drive) can serve as a cache to a larger-capacity, traditional rotating hard drive.

  • Linux Kernel 4.1 Released

    Version 4.1 of the Linux kernel was released this week, and it includes a number of new features in the following areas.

Ubuntu Touch to Receive a LibreOffice Viewer Core App, Calendar Sync Improvements

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Ubuntu

On June 26, Canonical's David Planella sent in his regular report to inform Ubuntu developers and users alike about the work done by Ubuntu Community Team in the week that passed.

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SparkyLinux 4.0

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Linux

I am happy to announce SparkyLinux 4.0 code name “Tyche”.
Sparky 4 is based on and fully compatible with Debian 9 testing “Stretch”.

The new iso images feature a set of applications for daily usage, wireless drivers, multimedia codecs and plugins, and they are available in a few flavors, such as :
– LXDE
– LXQt
– KDE
– MATE
– Xfce

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Jide Remix Mini Kickstarter campaign coming for $30 Android PC

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Android

The company is now readying a Kickstarter campaign for the Remix Mini, a small box much like a Chromebox that runs the Remix OS. It is aimed at those wanting a cheap system in a tiny form that becomes a desktop system with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

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Fedora 23 Astronomy Spin Proposed for Amateur and Professional Astronomers

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Red Hat

After proposing Frappe Web framework, two-week Fedora Atomic Host releases, system firmware updates for UEFI, default local DNS resolver, and SELinux policy store migration, Jan Kurik comes today, June 26, with the proposal of a Fedora Astronomy Spin.

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Ultimate Edition 4.7 Distro Will be Based on Ubuntu 15.04, Moves to KDE Plasma 5

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

TheeMahn, the creator of the Ultimate Edition (formerly Ubuntu Ultimate) GNU/Linux operating system, announced a few days ago that testers are need to test the Beta release of the upcoming Ultimate Edition 4.7 release.

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NRO jumps on open source bandwagon

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OSS

Given the growing need for advanced databases with multiple levels of security to store geospatial intelligence, NRO contractor Lockheed Martin along with partners like Red Hat and Crunchy Data Solutions rolled out an open source relational database at a geospatial intelligence symposium in Washington this week that is billed as supporting multilevel security.

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Why the government needs to renew its public commitment to open source software

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OSS

The government has played an important role as champion of open source in the public sector and this has been essential to the great progress that has been made to date. As the new government lays out its strategy, it should publicly reaffirm its commitment to open source software. This will add impetus to those in the public sector considering open source if the government acknowledges its value in relation to its agile vision.

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openSUSE Next Release Is So Phenomenal They Call It "42"

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SUSE

openSUSE developers are preparing a new major release, but they are going to call it 42 and not 13.3 or something else. The changes are so profound that a completely new release was needed.

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Linux Distribution Upgrade or Fresh Installation?

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Linux

When the time comes around for your distribution of choice to release a new iteration of its platform, you are faced with a seemingly simple choice—to upgrade or do a fresh installation. On one hand, you wind up having to do less work. On the other, the end result is a clean, fresh start.

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Open Source History: Why Didn't BSD Beat Out GNU and Linux?

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Linux
BSD

If you use a free and open source operating system, it's almost certainly based on the Linux kernel and GNU software. But these were not the first freely redistributable platforms, nor were they the most professional or widely commercialized. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, beat GNU/Linux on all of these counts. So why has BSD been consigned to the margins of the open source ecosystem, while GNU/Linux distributions rose to fantastic prominence? Read on for some historical perspective.

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The Reason Why It's Hard to Buy a Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

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Ubuntu

Canonical and Meizu have set up a rather complicated way of getting the new Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, but it's all done on purpose. Unfortunately, not everyone sees this and this has led to some strange conclusions and comments from the community.

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Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be Last Release as Official Ubuntu Flavor

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Ubuntu

The first Alpha for Kubuntu 15.10 was made available yesterday, but the announcement itself was overshadowed by a worrying statement from the developers. It looks like the future of Kubuntu, in the greater Ubuntu family, is uncertain.

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Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd

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Linux
Reviews

The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice.

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$25 JavaScript-savvy HDMI stick runs Linux

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Linux

Marvell unveiled two new Kinoma IoT prototyping mini-PCs, including a “Kinoma HD” stick running Linux and the open source JavaScript 6 KinomaJS framework.

Marvell successfully launched its Linux-based $99 Kinoma Create JavaScript prototyping device on Indiegogo in March 2014, and sold it retail at $150. In March of this year, the company open sourced the KinomaJS JavaScript framework that runs on the Create, and now it has announced two new IoT-focused Kinoma devices — the FreeRTOS-based Kinoma Element and Linux-based Kinoma HD — with tempting pre-order price tags of $20 and $25, respectively. The devices ship in the fourth quarter.

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Wine Announcement

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Software

The Wine development release 1.7.46 is now available.

What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Improvements in the BITS file transfer service.
- Still more progress on DirectWrite implementation.
- Support for shared user data on 64-bit.
- Various C++ runtime improvements.
- Some more support for the 64-bit ARM platform.
- Various bug fixes.

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Also: Wine 1.7.46 Arrives with Fixes for Windows Steam Client

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