Lenovo unveils trio of budget Tab A-series Android tablets

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Android

As befits the pricing, specs are nothing to write home about, with all shipping with the same MediaTek MTK 8121 quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 JellyBean (though upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat). They all come with 16GB of solid-state storage, 2-megapixel front-facing and 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and 1,280x800 displays.

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Geeksphone Selling Phone in Europe That Runs Firefox OS and Android

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Android
Moz/FF

There have been a lot of interesting developments surrounding Mozilla's Firefox OS platform and smartphones built on it. Mozilla made clear at the recent Mobile World Congress conference that it wants to seed a market for $25 phones based on the platform, putting smartphones in the hands of many people who haven't owned mobile phones before. And, a while back, I covered Geeksphone's concept for a high-end Firefox OS phone called Revolution that would purportedly run both Mozilla's platform and Android. Now, the Geeksphone Revolution, an Android smartphone on which it is easy to install Firefox OS, has gone on sale in France, Germany and the U.K. Some reports say that it will also go on sale in Italy.

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Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux

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Linux

It’s been my experience that, despite any progress, Ubuntu and distros like it have made in gaining new users, those in the tech media continue to get it wrong. In this article, I’ll examine how the tech media continues to spread misinformation about Linux on the desktop, why it happens and what we as users can do about it.

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Enabling Participation

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GNOME

With 3.12 out the door, it’s time to think about what we want to be doing for 3.14. I have a long list of design projects that I want to work on for the next release, but I also want to spend some time on how the GNOME project is working and how we can improve it.

One of my reoccurring interests is how we, as a project, can ensure that each module is in a healthy state. We want modules to have active developer teams around them, and we want it to be easy for people to get involved – not just because it is good for our software, but also because openness is an important part of our mission.

This interest in helping people to contribute isn’t just reserved for new, inexperienced contributors. There are experienced coders out there who are interested in GNOME but haven’t found a way in. Even members of the GNOME project itself don’t always know how to contribute to different apps and modules.

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Steam and GOG.com Communities United over Age of Wonders III Linux Port

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Gaming

Age of Wonders III, a turn-based strategy developed by Triumph Studios and published only on the Linux platform, has managed to get the Linux community all riled up, no matter the platform.

Age of Wonders III has been released only for Windows, but the Linux community is putting pressure on the developer to bring the game on the Linux platform. A huge topic has appeared on the Steam forum for the game and hundreds of people have expressed their desire to see this game on Linux.

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Making FLOSS circumvention tools safer for journalists and activists

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OSS

Software tools that bypass censorship and surveillance, also known as circumvention technology, are used in variety of contexts. Chinese citizens get around the Great Firewall to access censored sites and popular international social media platforms. Activists in Iran bypass government surveillance to post photos and video of anti-government demonstrations. Journalists in Mexico circumvent cartel surveillance to report on local drug-related violence.

While circumvention tools have become more popular in recent years, many are shipped with little or no security review. This is precarious since any error could place end-users who are located in high-risk areas in danger. Take the example of a journalist covering a war in a country that, as part of their research, interviews dissidents and then encrypts the collected sensitive information. If individuals can by pass the encryption and access the sensitive information, this can potentially put the dissidents in danger. The problem lies in that even though development teams understand the need for more secure practices they lack the resources, means and/or knowledge to procure a thorough software review.

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Install Kubuntu on Windows XP systems

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GNU
KDE
Linux
Microsoft
Ubuntu

Windows XP has officially died today as Microsoft pulls the plugs that leaves millions of users as juicy targets for crackers and cyber criminals and there will be massive attacks on these systems so it’s extremely important for Windows XP users to move away from this dead OS. There are two options for such users – either they upgrade to heavily criticized Windows 8 (which may not even work on their current hardware) or they simply move to Linux.

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Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-04-08)

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Website Refresh for Fedora.next

Although she posted it on April 1st, Fedora designer Máirín Duffy’s proposal for Fedora’s website (considering Fedora.next) is no joke. I mentioned this effort last month, but there’s a lot more detail here, with sections on the brochure site, a user support site, and the “community hub”. Worth a read — and we’d love your input, especially on how we might make this idea succeed now when somewhat similar efforts have faltered in the past.

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Fedora 21 Might Include GNOME 3.14

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The developers of Fedora 21 are now discussing the features and the packages that are going to be included in the next version, and it seems that they will try to get the latest GNOME release possible.

Red Hat developers are trying to determine which packages will be implemented in the next Fedora edition and some pretty important decisions have been made already. For example, Fedora 21 will include Java 8, which will be the default Java runtime, and Ruby on Rails 4.1 will be included by default as well.

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The Internet's 25 years and future with open source

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OSS

Sharing has many meanings in an open source ecosystem. It can mean sharing skills, sharing knowledge, and modifying those processes and bits of information to innovate new ways of doing things. The Internet has helped remove barriers to production and cooperation that has made creating in the open possible on a global scale.

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Reiser4: Different Transaction Models

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Reiser

Reiser4 users now can choose a transaction model which is most suitable for their devices. This is very simple: just specify it by respective mount option. With the patch applied you will have 3 options.

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Torvalds Is Unconvined By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel

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Linux

LTO'ing the Linux kernel has the potential of reducing the size of the Linux kernel image along with generating a faster and more efficient binary. Link-time optimizations within GCC allow the whole program to be optimized at link-time stage across the entire binary. Previous results showed that an LTO'ed kernel could be over 10% smaller in size and a few percent faster by optimizing the kernel in this manner, but it currently results in much greater system memory usage and a much longer compilation process.

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Windows XP Alternatives: Six Linux Distros to Replace Microsoft's Ageing OS

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

On Tuesday, Microsoft finally end support for one of its most successful operating systems, the 13-year-old Windows XP. Owing to this, there will no longer be any official security updates and bug fixes from the company, meaning those who continue to use the OS will be left vulnerable to security threats.

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National Geospatial Intelligence Agency releases open source code on GitHub

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OSS

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency did a first for a U.S. intelligence agency by opening an account on open source site GitHub earlier this month.

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New KMyMoney website

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KDE

For a long time now we have had kmymoney.org, and used that in all our documentation. That has made it easy to change now. After migrating all useful content from the Sourceforge site, all we had to was change the IP address in the DNS and, voilá! the new site is online.

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Netrunner Rolling Release: First Snapshot 2014.04 released

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GNU
Linux

Starting with the 32-bit ISO labeled 2014.04i (“i” as in infinite) this is our first version of a Rolling Release and based on the excellent Manjaro/(Arch).

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Raspberry Pi morphs into $30 SODIMM-style COM

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Development
Linux

With the huge popularity of the Raspberry Pi, it was inevitable that an embedded version of the Pi would eventually emerge. Now, hackers, experimenters, and embedded development pro’s have an inexpensive and robust way to embed Raspberry Pi compatibility in a vast array of gizmos, gadgets, and IoT (Internet of Things) projects without resorting to a tangle of interconnection cables and expansion cards. Thanks to this new computer-on-module (COM) version of the Pi, projects can benefit from the Raspberry Pi’s open-source OS and application software, as well as from its expansion board (“shield”) hardware designs, many of which are similarly open-sourced.

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elementary OS "Isis" First Details Revealed, It Looks Unbelievably Good – Video

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

elementary OS "Isis" is the next iteration of the famous operating system that swooped everyone off their feet with some amazing looks and a new desktop concept. The first details about the new version have been revealed and it is going to be one of the most beautiful Linux distributions in the world.

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Fedora 21 Looks To Have A "Playground" Repository

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The Fedora Playground Repository would effectively be a staging area for new packages before they are up to the standards of being added to the main Fedora repository. Fedora Playground packages would be packages destined for inclusion into the main archive along with other packages that are never going to make it there. Stability wouldn't be guaranteed by this archive and it would continue to meet Fedora's strict requirements for packages needing to be free software and cannot contain proprietary or patented software.

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Hackable home automation controller runs Android

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Android

Habey has launched a Kickstarter project for a hackable, Android-based “HIO Wallpad” home automation controller that offers PoE for drop-in deployment.

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