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Story digiKam Software Collection 4.5.0 released... Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 4:27pm
Story Release Notes for Grml 2014.11 Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 4:23pm
Story A GUI for Your CLI? Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 10:27am
Story An Unofficial Lubuntu 14.10 Image Using LXQt Has Been Released Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 10:21am
Story How to Build Awesome Android Apps Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 10:17am
Story PC-BSD 10.1-RELEASE Now Available Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 10:14am
Story Licence fine forces town to drop move to alternative office tools Roy Schestowitz 18/11/2014 - 10:00am
Story 4 ways Docker is remaking Linux Roy Schestowitz 17/11/2014 - 11:39am
Story Linux Mint 17.1 RC "Rebecca" Cinnamon Officially Released – Screenshot Tour Roy Schestowitz 17/11/2014 - 11:07am
Story Ubuntu 32-Bit ISO Images Are Not Going Away Anytime Soon Rianne Schestowitz 17/11/2014 - 10:57am

Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

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Android
Reviews

Android updates don't matter anymore—or at least that's what many people think. Back-to-back-to-back Jelly Bean releases and a KitKat release seemed to only polish what already existed. When Google took the wraps off of "Android L" at Google I/O, though, it was clear that this release was different.

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THE HISTORY OF ANDROID
Follow the endless iterations from Android 0.5 to Android 4.4.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is at least the biggest update since Android 4.0, and it's probably the biggest Android release ever. The update brings a complete visual overhaul of every app, with a beautiful new design language called "Material Design." Animations are everywhere, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a single pixel from 4.4 that was carried over into 5.0—Google even revamped the fonts.
5.0 also brings a ton of new features. Notifications are finally on the lock screen, the functionality of Recent Apps has been revamped to make multitasking a lot easier, and the voice recognition works everywhere—even when the screen is off. The under-the-hood renovations are just as extensive, including a completely new camera API with support for RAW images, a system-wide focus on battery life, and a new runtime—ART—that replaces the aging Dalvik virtual machine.

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Debian 8 Progress, Nine Best Distros, and Mageia 5 Beta 1

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-s

Many headlines today featured news that Microsoft will open source .NET and Swapnil Bhartiya discusses what this means for Linux. Bruce Byfield helps folks decide which of the nine best Linux distributions is for them and Debian 8 seems to be rolling right along. And finally today is a couple of reviews.

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Introducing Limba – a software installer experiment

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Software

As some of you already know, since the larger restructuring in PackageKit for the 1.0 release, I am rethinking Listaller, the 3rd-party application installer for Linux systems, as well.

During the past weeks, I was playing around with a lot of different ideas and code, to make installations of 3rd-party software easily possible on Linux, but also working together with the distribution package manager. I now have come up with an experimental project, which might achieve this.

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Groupon Tried To Take GNOME's Name & Failed

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GNOME

There is a lesson learned here, now that Groupon has (only after public admonishing from GNOME Foundation) decided to do what GNOME Foundation asked them for from the start. Specifically, I'd like to point out how it's all too common for for-profit companies to treat non-profit charities quite badly, even when the non-profit charity is involved in an endeavor that the for-profit company nominally “supports”.

The GNOME Foundation (GF) Board minutes are public; you can go and read them. If you do, you'll find that for many months, GF has been spending substantial time and resources to deal with this issue. They've begged Groupon to be reasonable, and Groupon refused. Then, GF (having at least a few politically savvy folks on their Board of Directors) decided they had to make the (correct) political next move and go public.

As a professional “Free Software politician”, I can tell you from personal experience that going public with a private dispute is always a gamble. It can backfire, and thus is almost always a “last hope” before the only other option: litigation. But, Groupon's aggressive stance and deceitful behavior seems to have left GF with little choice; I'd have done the same in GF's situation. Fortunately, the gamble paid off, and Groupon caved when they realized that GF would win — both in the court of public opinion and in a real court later.

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Debian: Thanks, joeyh

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Debian

Last friday saw a somewhat distressing email to the debian-devel mailinglist, wherein Joey Hess, one of Debian's most valuable contributors, announced his decision to quit the project.

For all of Joey's contributions over the years, this is an unwelcome message; I'd much rather have seen him remain active in Debian, both on a personal and a technical level. As it is, I have a feeling of not just losing a colleague in Debian, but also a friend.

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Open-source Gizmo 2 PC packs an AMD CPU, Radeon graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
OSS

Open-source computers have so far lacked good graphics, but Gizmosphere’s new Gizmo 2 is an exception.

The Gizmo 2 is an uncased single-board computer that will sell for $199. The computer can be used to build robots, electronics with large screens, or interactive computer systems that can recognize gestures or images.

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Talend 5.6 Brings Spark, Storm, IoT Features to Open Source Big Data

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OSS

Talend 5.6, the latest version of the open source big data platform, introduces new support for Apache Spark and Storm, as well as better Internet of Things integration.

Talend 5.6, the latest iteration of the flagship product from the open source big data vendor with the same name, is now available, bringing with it features that the company says will speed Hadoop adoption in the enterprise, as well as promote Internet of Things (IoT) integration.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Might Finally Migrate To BlueZ 5 Bluetooth

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Ubuntu

Discussed today during the first day of the Ubuntu 15.04 Online Developers' Summit was about finally migrating over to BlueZ 5 for its Bluetooth stack. BlueZ 5 was originally released at the end of 2012 but still hasn't shipped by default in Ubuntu Linux.

BlueZ features support for new protocols, API improvements, new Bluetooth Low-Energy profiles, D-Bus interaction improvements, a new btmon Bluetooth monitoring tool, a bluetoothctl command line tool for interacting with BlueZ, and tons of other changes. BlueZ 5 was a huge release and it's still been improved since with support for new profiles, Android improvements, and much more.

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Debian: A chilly week

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Debian

It’s finally become properly autumnal, in the real world and in Debian. One week ago, I announced (on behalf of the whole release team) that Debian 8 “Jessie” had successfully frozen on time.

At 18:00 that evening we had 310 release critical bugs – that is, the number that we must reduce to 0 before the release is ready. How does that number look now?

Well, there are now 315 bugs affecting Jessie, at various stages of progression. That sounds like it’s going in the wrong direction, but considering that over a hundred new bugs were filed just 8 hours after the freeze announcement, things are actually looking pretty good.

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What Does Microsoft's Love Mean for Linux?

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Linux
Microsoft

It’s quite obvious that it’s more about Microsoft needs Linux vs. Microsoft loves Linux. If they do love Linux, we will see them doing more ground work than just sending flowers.

Coggin says, “We are hopeful that Microsoft’s recent embrace of Linux represents more than symbolic contributions, instead representing an expanded commitment to bringing more choice to the marketplace.”

The Linux community would assume that the new lover would end all legal threats of patent infringement. We would not be seeing Brad Smith bragging about yet another patent deal with some Linux player, instead we would see him blogging about Linux Defenders.

The power of love would make Microsoft join organizations like OIN and ensure their love interest that there is nothing to fear because ‘I love you’. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them working towards dismantling the patent troll Rock Star Consortium which was created from the ashes of Nortel to mainly combat Linux and Open Source.

We would also see a ‘Microsoft in love’ joining the Linux Foundation to ‘foster’ the growth of their love object.

If we see any of this happening before we meet aliens, we will know that Microsoft does love Linux, otherwise that heart is just a sugar coating around the word ‘need’.

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Radeon For Linux 3.19 Picks Up DPM Fixes, Better TTM Performance

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Development

While AMD's new GPU kernel driver isn't coming for Linux 3.19, another pull request has been sent in for the current Radeon DRM driver and it offers up a few last minute enhancements.

The drm-next merge window is closing in the days ahead but Alex Deucher of AMD sent in another round of updates prior to David Airlie cutting off the 3.19 drm-next merge window ahead of the official Linux 3.19 merge window that will open next month.

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OpenBSD Finally Has USB 3.0 Support

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BSD

OpenBSD's latest feature is support for USB 3.0.

For those using OpenBSD, as of last week USB 3.0 support was committed to the operating system. When enabling XHCI for OpenBSD, most USB 3.0 features are working but isochronous transfers go unsupported for now.

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DCLG to address open source obstacles

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LibO
OSS
OOo

From this week, it has promised to publish PDFs and Word documents in PDF/A and ODS formats respectively.

However, on Excel, which are most commonly published as “live” data tables, it said: “Content producers should convert to ODS format before submitting to digital content teams.

“However the statisticians have identified problems with certain spreadsheets – where drop-down filters fail to work when converted – more work needs to be done on finding a solution to this problem and DCLG will to commit to the spreadsheets where possible will be published from 1 November 2014 being in an ODS format.”

DCLG said that it is committed to opening up government and providing a level playing field for open source systems, providing the citizen with free access to government information.

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The Moto G is the first Android device to receive a Lollipop update

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Android

Unless you’ve already got your hands on Google’s latest flagship Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 devices, you probably haven’t yet got a taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you’ve got an unlocked second-gen Moto G though, you can be among the first to try the newest version of Android with an over-the-air update.

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[Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host] Beta Now Available

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Red Hat

Specifically Designed to Run Containers
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta provides a streamlined host platform that is optimized to run application containers. The software components included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host Beta, as well as the default system tunings, have been designed to enhance the performance, scalability and security of containers, giving you the optimal platform on which to deploy and run application containers.

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The New and Improved KDE Plasma 5.1.1 Desktop Is Out

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KDE

The KDE Community has announced that Plasma 5.1.1 has been released and it should be considered a maintenance update. The latest version in this series was made available only a month ago and the developers are moving very fast.

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Tiny MIPS COM aims Linux and Android at wearables

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Android
Linux

Ingenic’s tiny “Newton2″ wearables module is smaller and more power efficient than the original, and runs Linux or Android on a MIPS-based Ingenic M200 SoC.

The Ingenic Newton2 provides a “complete development platform for wearable and Internet of Things,” according to Imagination Technologies, which announced the product to highlight the MIPS foundation of the computer-on-module’s new Ingenic M200 processor. Compared to the original Newton announced earlier this year, however, the Newton2 is focused even more directly on wearables than larger IoT gizmos.

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4MLinux Server Edition 10.1 Beta Is a Small Server with a Desktop Environment

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Linux
Server

The 4MLinux developer is managing the size of his distributions down to the last bit and he's doing the same with the server edition. In fact, 4MLinux distros are well known for the fact that they are very small, regardless of their purpose. The Server edition follows the same cardinal rule and weighs just 192 MB, which is almost ridiculous.

Also, it's worth pointing out that 4MLinux Server Edition comes with a desktop environment, which is rather unusual. Most of the Linux server distros don't have any kind of desktop and it's not really required. On the other hand, it's nice to see that a developer is going the extra mile to provide a friendly and easy to use interface for his users.

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.NET is NOT “Open Source”, But Microsoft’s Minions Shamelessly Openwash It Right Now

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Microsoft

Microsoft is just so desperate to lock in developers, who are rapidly moving away to FOSS and saying goodbye to Windows because Android/Linux is on the rise. The Linux Foundation’s CEO, Jim Zemlin, has already commented on Microsoft’s openwashing attempt, correctly pointing out that Microsoft is just trying to lure in developers because Windows is no longer dominant.

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Telecom and Open Source: hopefully meeting in the middle

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Red Hat
OSS

If you wanted yet another way to describe what's happening to telecoms with the development of NFV/SDN, you could do worse than think of it as two technical worlds colliding, hopefully with a happy and energetic outcome.

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