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Story IBM adds Java to Bluemix for open source agility Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 4:58pm
Story How Linux was born, as told by Linus Torvalds himself Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 4:49pm
Story LinuxCon 2015 in Seattle: It's all about the servers Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 4:31pm
Story Why is Linux So Great? Because It’s Open Source! Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:18pm
Story Zorin OS 10 Core - A good OS if you're coming from a heavy Windows background Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:08pm
Story OpenSUSE 13.2 on Lenovo G50 - Bald and beautiful Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:07pm
Story Collabora contributions to Linux Kernel 4.2 Rianne Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:06pm
Story KDE Ships Plasma 5.4.0, Feature Release for August Rianne Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 3:02pm
Story The Open Source Greatness of Linux Roy Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 2:58pm
Story Thunderbird 38.2.0 Finally Arrives in Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 25/08/2015 - 2:57pm

A User’s Eye View of Bodhi 3.1.0 & Moksha

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Linux

The Bodhi development folks have been busy bees since lead developer Jeff Hoogland returned to retake his place beneath the Bodhi tree. First, there was the release of version 3.0.0 back in February. Then, a couple of weeks ago came the release of 3.1.0. Although this might be supposed to be a “minor” point grade release, it’s a “big deal” according to the distro’s website. Why? Because it introduces a new desktop called Moksha.

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The Future of Developing Firefox Add-ons

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Moz/FF

Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons. Our add-on ecosystem has evolved through incremental, organic growth over the years, but there are some modernizations to Firefox that require some foundational changes to support:

Taking advantage of new technologies like Electrolysis and Servo
Protecting users from spyware and adware
Shortening the time it takes to review add-ons

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Samsung rumored to be working on 18.4-inch Android tablet

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Android
Gadgets

How big is too big for a tablet? While most of the industry has converged around two sizes (one about 7 inches from corner to corner, the other roughly 10 inches across), Samsung apparently wants to push the boundaries. According to a report from SamMobile, the company is currently working on an Android tablet with an 18.4-inch display. The device is reportedly codenamed "Tahoe," and although there are no details about when it might be unveiled, SamMobile claims it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features a TFT LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.6 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and rear and front cameras — 8 megapixels and 2.1 megapixels, respectively.

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Leftovers: GNOME Software

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GNOME

KDE and Akademy

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KDE
  • Upon returning home from Akademy: thoughts
  • Wrapping things up
  • GSoC 2015 wrap up

    I already made Marble to recognize the current dpi resolution of the screen and to respond to it's change(e. g. when printing). Next step will be to supply Marble with icons and bitmaps for different dpi resolutions (ldpi, mdpi, hdpi at least). I look forward to work on this in the next months, and if we achive a bigger progress, I'll let you know in a next blogpost.

  • Thoughts on Vulkan in KWin

    Lately I have been asked a lot about using Vulkan in KWin: in fact almost every blog post in the last few months has questions about it and that seems to me there is something to write about it.

  • Another KDE success story - the Incubator - Part 2

    Proceeding with the next story about the KDE Incubator with the story of GCompris.

    GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. It started in 2000 using the GTK+ toolkit and was part of the Gnome project. In order to address users willing to run GCompris on their tablets, a full rewrite has been initiated in 2014 using Qt Quick.

    GCompris had the chance to be accepted by KDE and followed the incubation stage for about a year. It has now been accepted as an official KDE project in its extragear section.

  • Layered compositing

    On X11 the (OpenGL) compositor renders into a single buffer through the overlay window. This is needed to get features like translucency, shadows, wobbled windows or a desktop cube as Xorg itself doesn’t have any support for such features. The disadvantage of this approach is that we basically always have to perform a “copy” of what needs to be rendered. Consider VLC is playing a fullscreen video the compositor needs to take VLC’s video pixmap and render it onto the overlay window. The compositor needs to run, evaluate the scene and then render the one window.

  • 50% discount – 21-25 Sept – on Programming with Qt/Widgets in Berlin!!
  • Kdenlive 15.08 Adding Long-Awaited Features

The dummy’s guide to a first-time Linux install (it’s easier than you think)

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GNU
Linux

If you’ve never installed Linux before and are just about dipping into the realm of free and open source software, go ahead and first read this primer to get acquainted. This done, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and jump right in: we’ll show you here how to install Linux on either a hard disk or straight to a USB drive where you needn’t disturb your current configuration--Linux is flexible that way.

For the purpose of this hands on, I’ve selected Linux Mint as our distribution of choice. Linux Mint is based on two other popular Linux distributions--Debian and Ubuntu--both of which are mature operating systems in their own right, and well-known for an extensive feature set and solid stability.

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Now your Raspberry Pi can water your lawn

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Linux
Hardware

Lawn watering systems are notorious for sending money down the drain. When Robert Booth was looking to get started on a robotics project, it's no surprise that a sprinkler system was at the top of his list. Booth will be presenting his "Strawberry Pi" system at Texas Linux Fest this year. We talked to him about it.

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Also: RaspBSD (FreeBSD-Based Raspberry Pi OS) Has Been Released

LibreOffice 5.0: The strongest release to date

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LibO

Jack Wallen believes the latest release from LibreOffice might be the best yet... even with an aging UI. Do you think this flagship office suite is ready for the masses?

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Moksha, LibreOffice, and Antergos Woes

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-s

Headlines pretty much returned to normal today as LinuxCon concluded last night, but a few stories still trickled in. Elsewhere, Christine Hall pondered the future of new Bodhi desktop Moksha and Jack Wallen discussed the LibreOffice 5.0 interface. And finally, adventures in Antergos dominated my day.

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Ubuntu Gets Firefox Update to Correct Default Search Engine Switching to Yahoo

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Ubuntu

Canonical has just upgraded the Firefox packages in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems after a regression has been identified. From the looks of it, the default search engine was set to Yahoo.

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SUSE Manager 2.1 Server Is Now Available for IBM z Systems

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SUSE

SUSE, through Meike Chabowski, had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of SUSE Manager, a piece of software that eases things for Linux users, making complex tasks simple, for IBM z Systems.

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Linux 4.3 Kernel To Add The MOST Driver Subsystem

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Linux

While the Linux 4.2 kernel hasn't been officially released yet, Greg Kroah-Hartman sent in early his pull requests for the various subsystems he maintains for the Linux 4.3 merge window.

The pull requests sent in by Greg KH on Thursday include the Linux 4.3 merge window updates for the driver core, TTY/serial, USB driver, char/misc, and the staging area. These pull requests don't offer any really shocking changes but mostly routine work on improvements / additions / bug-fixes. The staging area once again is heavy with various fixes and clean-ups but there's also a new driver subsystem.

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BaruwaOS 6.7 Removes Spamassassin Service, Now Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7

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Red Hat

The developers of the Baruwa Enterprise Edition commercial operating system, which is also known as BaruwaOS, were proud to announce the release and immediate availability for download of BaruwaOS 6.7.

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Nothing Could Be Finer Than Point Linux

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Linux

Point Linux is an ideal choice for users who do not want to spend a lot of time fussing with configurations and playing around with eye candy and desktop doodads. I have used it to introduce newcomers to computing in general, and to introduce avid Windows users to the Linux OS. Point Linux produced smiles and frustration-free experiences for them -- and me.

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GNOME's Tracker Semantic Data Storage Tool Gets More Optimizations and Tweaks

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GNOME

As part of the forthcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment release, the GNOME developers pushed the second milestone towards the 1.6 branch of the Tracker open-source semantic data storage tool for desktop and mobile devices.

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GNOME 3.17.90 (first beta release)

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GNOME

Hi all,

GUADEC is now over, we had a great time in Gothenburg (special thanks
to the local organizers!) and got home in time to polish patches and
merge branches, to publish the first beta of this cycle, GNOME 3.17.90.

First beta means we have now entered The Freeze:

- API/ABI Freeze (No API or ABI changes should be made in the
platform libraries),

- Feature Freeze (No new features can be added anymore, let's focus
on stability and give the documentation team time to document the
new things),

- UI Freeze (same idea).

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Also: Cheese Webcam Viewer App for GNOME 3.18 Uses the New GstDeviceMonitor API

Phoronix on Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Benchmarks:

Leftovers: Chromebooks

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GNU
Linux
Google

Government Adoption of Open Source Software Continues In The U.S.

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OSS

Recently, the Sunlight Foundation, the Congressional Data Coalition and the OpenGovFoundation announced that constituents of the U.S. House of Representatives can now choose open source software over proprietary software to better suit their technology requirements and projects.

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