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Story Why Docker, Containers and systemd Drive a Wedge Through the Concept of Linux Distributions Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:44pm
Story Can Ubuntu Click Address Linus Torvalds’ Binary Problems? Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:32pm
Story Google building full Android IVI stack, says report Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:26pm
Story Most important open source news of the year Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:20pm
Story Uganda Adopts Free And Open Source Software For E-Governance Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:16pm
Story Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015 Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:12pm
Story Imitate Fake Hollywood Terminal Hacking Melodrama with This Amazing App for Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:10pm
Story Tizen IVI 3.0 Gains GENIVI 7.0 Compliance Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:02pm
Story SparkyLinux 3.6 Enlightenment19, JWM, Openbox & CLI Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 7:00pm
Story Elive 2.5.0 beta released Rianne Schestowitz 19/12/2014 - 6:55pm

MacBook to Chromebook: No regrets

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GNU
Linux
Mac

One of the most popular stories I’ve written explained why I ditched my MacBook Pro for a Chromebook in 2012. Back then I didn’t know how long it would last, but it's become one of my more long-lived technology changes, sustained for two-plus years with few regrets.

Not only am I still using my Chromebook, now my business and family do too. Swapping out of Apple’s walled garden for Google’s fenced yard was the right move. I still long for a fully open source solution – an open field in the commons – but I don't want to make a full-time hobby of keeping my laptop working.

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Efl and Elementary 1.12.2 releases

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OS

Here is another update for the 1.12.x series for EFL and Elementary, courtesy of the EFL team. The Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) is the prefered native development framework for Tizen and provides all the libraries you need to create powerful applications.

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Red Hat launches RHEL 7.1 Beta with IBM Power8 support

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Server

RED HAT HAS ANNOUNCED the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.1 Beta with enhancements to improve ease of use, manageability and performance, as well as support for IBM Power8 little endian architecture.

RHEL 7.1 Beta is the next point release following the enterprise Linux vendor's initial production release of RHEL 7.0 in June.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop: Update Dates for Nexus, Samsung, HTC as well as Sony Devices

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Android

Some consumers are still awaiting the release of Google's latest operating system, the Android 5.0 Lollipop, and with so many devices out in the market, anticipation is high for when the update becomes available for handheld devices.

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Tanglu 2 Offers Classic GNOME and KDE Desktop with the Help of Debian – Gallery

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KDE
GNOME
Debian

Tanglu, a Linux distribution based on Debian that provides a classic GNOME and KDE desktop experience, has finally reached version 2.0 and is now available for download.

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Turn Your Old Computer into a Gaming Console with LinuxConsole 2.3 OS

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Linux
Gaming

LinuxConsole is an operating system built for older computers with the aim of transforming those PCs in Linux gaming consoles. A new upgrade for this distro has been made available right now and it comes with a number of important updates.

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Pearl Linux MATE Wants to Offer the Ultimate Mac OS X Clone, Fails Miserably

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Linux

Pearl Linux MATE is a new Linux distro that aims to provide an experience similar to that of Mac OS X. It's based on Ubuntu MATE and it's not really good. In fact, it might be a good example of how not to make an OS.

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Ten Linux Desktops Showing How Windows and Mac OS X Designs Are Trapped in the Past

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Linux
Microsoft
Mac

When people think about Linux, they usually imagine old desktops and terminals running in full screen. The truth is that the platform has evolved tremendously in the past few years and it's safe to say that it's well above anything done by Microsoft and Apple.

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OSI 2014 Annual Report

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OSS

First, let me start off by thanking all of you in the open source software community for your tremendous support and help throughout my first year with the Open Source Initiative. It has been quite a transition for me, moving from the formality and conventionalism of institutions of higher education, to what in many ways feels like a start-up. I'm truly fortunate—the OSI and the open source software community are energetic, creative, smart and for me personally, motivational. I was honored to join the OSI in November 2013, thrilled to work with the Board and our members this year, and excited about the possibilities and opportunities in 2015.

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KDE AT ITS VERY BEST!

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KDE

Recently, there were some thoughts on where KDE is going, and related to that what’s the driving force behind it in terms of the pillars of KDE. Albeit it is true our development model changed significantly, I’m not convinced that it’s all about git.

No, I rather believe that it is the excitement about the KDE that makes it stand out – KDE as a community if you wish, but also KDE as a software project.

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SquashFS In Linux 3.19 Adds LZ4 Compression Support

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Linux

Within the in-development Linux 3.19 kernel is now support for LZ4 compression for SquashFS, the read-only file-system commonly used by various Linux distribution live CDs.

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Staging Driver Changes For Linux 3.19: Android Binder Code Leaves Staging

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Android
Linux

Around 70k lines of kernel code were removed, in large part due to stripping out the "horrid" BCM driver. The staging BCM driver isn't to be confused with any Broadcom hardware driver but rather was the Beceem WiMAX driver. Per Intel's Jeff Kirsher who removed the Beceem WiMax (BCM) driver, "The Beceem WiMAX driver was barely function in its current state and was non-functional on 64 bit systems. Based on repeated statements from Greg KH that he wanted the driver removed, I am removing the driver."

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AllSeen's Open Source Internet of Things: One Year On

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OSS

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about one of the Linux Foundation's Collaborative Projects, with the rather disconcerting name of AllSeen. I found that problematic, since the AllSeen Alliance hopes to create the de facto standards for the much-hyped Internet of Things. One of the my chief concerns with this idea is that it could make today's surveillance look positively restrained - imagine if spy agencies and general ne'er-do-wells had access to detailed knowledge about and perhaps even control over individual components of your "intelligent" home.

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Andromium Lets Users Turn the Phone into a Desktop, Just like Ubuntu for Android

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Android
Ubuntu

Andromium is a new hardware and software combination that aims to provide users with the power of scaling up the smartphone to a full-featured desktop. If you think that this sounds vaguely familiar then you are on right track. It's like describing Ubuntu for Android all over again.

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Neil Anderson Re-Joins Sopra As Principal Open Source Architect For Scotland

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OSS

Neil Anderson re-joined Sopra last week as a Principal Open Source Architect for Scotland. This appointment will help us meet the growing demand for Open Source solutions both in Scotland and across the UK. Sopra has been leveraging Open Source software to deliver business solutions for many years and, whilst working with Open Standards, is delivering the flexibility, collaboration, sharing and "best of breed" solutions that the public sector demands.

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Watson wannabes: 4 open source projects for machine intelligence

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OSS

Over the last year, as part of the new enterprise services that IBM has been pushing om its reinvention, Watson has become less of a "Jeopardy"-winning gimmick and more of a tool. It also remains IBM's proprietary creation.

What are the chances, then, of creating a natural-language machine learning system on the order of Watson, albeit with open source components? To some degree, this has already happened -- in part because Watson itself was built in top of existing open source work, and others have been developing similar systems in parallel to Watson. Here's a look at four such projects.

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VRAMFS: Using Your Video RAM As A Linux File-System

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Linux

The latest FUSE-based Linux file-system is VRAMFS to provide a general purpose file-system within your graphics card's dedicated video memory.

VRAMFS is similar in nature to RAMDISK but uses the dedicated video memory of graphics cards for temporary file storage. VRAMFS will work with users of modern Linux kernel releases who have FUSE file-system support and a discrete GPU that supports OpenCL 1.1.

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Wipro, SUSE Work Together on OpenStack Cloud Tools, Services

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SUSE

Wipro Ltd. has announced that it has jointly developed with SUSE an OpenStack cloud solution based on Wipro's own open source cloud tools and SUSE Cloud, SUSE’s enterprise OpenStack cloud platform which is integrated with a cloud management layer, stitching private and public cloud layers together. Here are more details.

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GPLv2 goes to court: More decisions from the Versata tarpit

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GNU
Legal

The General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2) continues to be the most widely used and most important license for free and open source software. Black Duck Software estimates that 16 billion lines of code are licensed under GPLv2. Despite its importance, the GPLv2 has been the subject of very few court decisions, and virtually all of the most important terms of the GPLv2 have not been interpreted by courts.

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Why Open-Source Software is Changing the Face of the Information Age

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OSS

Few advancements in modern technology have taken the world by storm as much as open-source software (OSS). Once the domain of geeks, idealists, computer scientists and activists, OSS has become a mainstream fact of life and given rise to a plethora of operating systems, technologies and applications that are often taken for granted.

However, becoming mainstream can sometimes mean a death sentence to a cause. All too often, “mainstream” becomes synonymous with “mundane.” And when something reaches that point, it often loses its appeal along with the very support that drove it to mainstream status.

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