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Story First Jessie based Debian Edu alpha released Rianne Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 7:15pm
Story Boot to open source desktops with Linux on USB sticks Roy Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 7:06pm
Story Synaptic Vs. Update Manager in Linux Mint Rianne Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 7:05pm
Story The Companies That Support Linux: Altera Roy Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 7:03pm
Story Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition: A distribution you could use for serious work Rianne Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 6:58pm
Story Intel VA-API Driver Gets Improved De-Interlacing Rianne Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 6:51pm
Story Dell, Asustek and Lenovo eye Chromebook market Rianne Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 6:21pm
Story How 'open' changes products Rianne Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 1:57pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 10:44am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 28/10/2014 - 10:43am

ownCloud Asks Canonical to Remove Their Software from Ubuntu Repos, Sparks Fly

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Ubuntu

A member of the ownCloud security team has sent a request to Canonical asking them to remove all the packages from their repositories regarding this software stack. The problem is that things are not that simple.

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Mozilla's Webmaker App Could Spur Firefox OS App Developers

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Moz/FF

Mozilla continues to push ahead with its Firefox OS mobile operating system, which is arriving on phones in many markets around the world. In fact, the company has aligned its whole strategy around the mobile platform. The OS is gaining enough traction that many observers see it as eventually being competitive with iOS and Android phones, but I've made the point that If Firefox OS is to be a resounding success, it's going to need a very healthy ecosystem of apps to attract users. Apps count for a lot in the mobile game.

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Tiny Android SBC taps quad-core A31s SoC

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Android

Boardcon launched a 92 x 65mm “Compact A31S” SBC that runs Android 4.2.2 on a quad-core Allwinner A31s SoC backed up with 2GB of soldered RAM and 4GB flash.

Boardcon Embedded Design offers a wide variety of Android-based single board computers and COMs that incorporate Samsung system-on-chips, and now the Shenzhen-based OEM manufacturer is spreading out to the quad-core Allwinner A31s. The Compact 31S SBC is touted for its tiny dimensions, and indeed it’s pretty small considering all you’re getting here. It’s only 92 x 65mm, compared to 148 x 108mm for Boardcon’s Samsung Exynos4412 based EM4412 SBC.

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6-Way Ubuntu 14.10 Linux Desktop Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

In celebration of Ubuntu 14.10's Utopic Unicorn release today, here's some fresh benchmarks of one of the most requested topics: 2D/3D benchmarks of different desktop environments. In this article is a look at six of the popular desktop offerings found in Ubuntu 14.10.

The desktops tested in their near-final state on Ubuntu 14.10 x86_64 included Unity 7.3.1, KDE 4.14.1, Xfce 4.10, LXDE 0.6.2, Openbox 3.5.2, and GNOME Shell 3.12.2. Tests are also being done of Kubuntu's PPA for Plasma 5 packages, but those results will be saved for its own article. Testing the MATE packages in Ubuntu 14.10 was also attempted but when logging into the MATE session it was endlessly spawning a bunch of new windows and just wasn't working right at least in the configuration attempted.

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Enlightenment's EFL 1.12 Alpha Has Evas GL-DRM Engine, OpenGL ES 1.1 Support

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Software

The first alpha release for the 1.12 version of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) was released this week.

EFL 1.12 Alpha 1 has some notable changes including the addition of the gl-drm engine for allowing OpenGL directly over Enlightenment's DRM back-end, support from reading the screen geometry with the ecore-drm backend, support for client-side rotation in Evas GL, and support for OpenGL ES 1.1 within Evas GL.

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Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major update

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Android
Gadgets

Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. Announced today in a blog post, the update unlocks some key fitness functionality. It now supports watches with built-in GPS sensors, providing new tools to track your distance and speed independent of your phone. Additionally, with the new software, you'll be able to pair Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback will also be enabled. And, of course, we're sure the Android Wear team has squashed some bugs along the way.

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Currys/PC World (UK) Voids Warranty on Hardware If Buyer Installs GNU/Linux

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GNU
Linux

As it turns out — and this was confirmed to us by multiple people (in multiple PC World stores) after arguing for more than half an hour — once you install GNU/Linux (even if it’s dual boot with Windows) no damage to hardware would be covered by the warranty (keyboard, screen, and so on). One of the sellers, who follows the Linux Action Show, regretted this but also defended this policy because it’s imposed from above. No matter how ridiculous a policy it is, changes to zeroes and ones on the hard-drive (to remove spyware), according to Currys, would void the warranty on what clearly is not connected to software.

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GTK+ Lands Experimental Backend For Mir Display Server

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GNOME

GTK+ apps now run not only on X11 and Wayland under Linux with native support but the mainline GTK+ Git code now also supports running Ubuntu's Mir Display Server. That's right, there's now mainline Mir support in GTK for the GNOME/GTK 3.16 release.

Beyond many GTK+ 3.16 improvements that already landed, Canonical's Robert Ancell has been leading work on mainlining the GTK+ Mir support capabilities. As of yesterday in Git, that work is now in Git for GTK+ 3.16 and all of the GTK+ 3.15.x development releases ahead.

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FreeBSD 10.1-RC3 Now Available

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BSD

The third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

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Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Ships with KDE 4.14.1

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KDE
Ubuntu

The Kubuntu devs have released the ISO images for the 14.10 version of their distribution, but they are running a little late with the release notes. That's not really a problem, but it would have been nice to have them. We'll post the link anyway in the hope that by the time you're reading this they will be online.

Just like its Ubuntu base, Kubuntu will only have nine months of support, but it has some attractive features that should make it very appealing, even for the users of the LTS release. It has numerous updated package, but most importantly it comes with a new KDE version.

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Best Chromebooks 2014

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GNU
Linux
Google

Whether it’s because of their very affordable prices or an aversion to Windows 8′s complexity, more and more shoppers are buying Chromebooks. There are some valid reasons to choose a Chromebook over a Windows machine, including a very intuitive interface (it’s largely browser based), a lack of upgrade headaches, and less worrying about malware. And while Chromebooks have limited offline capability, there’s a growing number of apps that work without a Wi-Fi connection.

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UBUNTU 14.10 AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.10 is now available for download. This release doesn't ship with any new Unity features and it includes mostly bug fixes. Still, there are some under the hood changes and of course, updated applications.

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Feeling Scammed After Anonabox? Android-Based Project Sierra Claims To Be The Real Deal

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Android
Linux
Security

In the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's big reveal on government spying, there's been a concerted effort by companies big and small to try and make our lives truly private. One seemingly promising solution was Anonabox, a little plug-and-play device that routes traffic through Tor to keep our online activities anonymous. Unfortunately, we were all misled on a number of levels, prompting Kickstarter to remove the project forever. Hot on its heels is Project Sierra, a network encryption device that's supposedly the real deal.

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These 12 agencies embraced open source. Why?

Why do government agencies turn to open source software? FutureGov has interviewed 12 senior officials to find out.

Australia’s Chief Technology Officer, John Sheridan, has moved his country’s citizen-facing portal onto open source software, and is offering to help agencies migrate too. “Open source licence arrangements enable the development of some sort of public good, where people contribute or benefit from it,” he says.

Other agencies clearly agree. Hong Kong’s Office of the GCIO is notably enthusiastic, with Victor Lam telling FutureGov that “We recognise the fact that it is the kind of technology [where] we need to be ahead of the curve”.

What was their experience of migrating to open source, and how does it match with others?

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ARM vs. Intel: Why chipmakers want your Chromebook’s brains

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GNU
Linux
Google

Case in point: Samsung's new Chromebook 2, announced Friday, which has Intel's Bay Trail M Celeron N2840—not one of Samsung’s own Exynos dual-core ARM chips. Earlier Chromebook 2 versions shipped with ARM processors and will continue to do so, but in a briefing with PCWorld, Samsung product manager David Ng said Chromebooks are quickly trending toward Intel components. "More than 50% of Chromebooks sold these days have Intel processors," Ng said.

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Also: Chromebook Sales Jump 67 Percent In Last Three Months

European Greens RFC: ‘Transparency implies use of open source’

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OSS

The Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament want to find out for once and for all if the use of free and open source software is essential for the democratic institution. The political group is asking for comments on a study linking the use of free software to the European Parliament’s principles of openness and right to information.

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Top 3 open source alternatives to Google Analytics

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OSS
Web

Let’s start off by taking a look at the open source application that rivals Google Analytics for functions: Piwik. Piwik does most of what Google Analytics does, and chances are it packs the features that you need.

Those features include metrics on the number of visitors hitting your site, data on where they come from (both on the web and geographically), from what pages they leave your site, and the ability to track search engine referrals. Piwik also has a number of reports and you can customize the dashboard to view the metrics that you want to see.

To make your life easier, Piwik integrates with over 65 content management, ecommerce, and online forum systems like WordPress, Magneto, Joomla!, and vBulletin using plugins. With anything else, you just need to add a tracking code to a page on your site.

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AN EARLY VIEW OF GTK+ 3.16

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Development
GNOME

We’ve had long-standing feature requests to turn scrollbars into overlayed indicators, for touch systems. An implementation of this idea has been merged now. We show traditional scrollbars when a mouse is detected, otherwise we fade in narrow, translucent indicators. The indicators are rendered on top of the content and don’t take up extra space. When you move the pointer over the indicator, it turns into a full-width scrollbar that can be used as such.

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Linux Container Security

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Linux
Security

Hypervisors present a smaller attack surface than containers. This is somewhat mitigated in containers by using seccomp, selinux and restricting capabilities in order to reduce the number of kernel entry points that untrusted code can touch, but even so there is simply a greater quantity of privileged code available to untrusted apps in a container environment when compared to a hypervisor environment[1].

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openSUSE, ROSA, and Red Hat

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-s

Today in Linux news, Jamie Watson is back with a look at the "coming attractions" of Makulu, openSUSE, and Fedora. Lifehacker has the winner of their "best desktop" survey and there are public builds of upcoming Unreal Tournament available. IT-Director.com published an article on "The rise of Red Hat" and Red Hat's Jackie Yeaney talks marketing with Advertising Age. Blogged reviews include Scientific Linux and ROSA R4 and Make Tech Easier discovers "the power of Konqueror."

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