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Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 24/08/2014 - 12:22am
Story Video: Which Super Hero Would the Linux Community Be? Roy Schestowitz 24/08/2014 - 12:09am
Story Cheapo Firefox OS mobes to debut in India – definitely not one for selfie-conscious users Roy Schestowitz 24/08/2014 - 12:03am
Story Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle Roy Schestowitz 24/08/2014 - 12:01am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 9:57am
Story Edubuntu Vs UberStudent: Return To College With The Best Linux Distro Roy Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 7:34am
Story Zotac Nvidia Jetson TK1 review Rianne Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 7:15am
Story New Human Interface Guidelines for GNOME and GTK+ Rianne Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 7:11am
Story Desktop Shmesktop, New Open Source Academy, and Your Own Steam Machine Rianne Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 7:04am
Story Linux is Evolving Rianne Schestowitz 23/08/2014 - 7:01am

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Kids Are Learning to Code With a Slice of Raspberry Pi

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Linux

Raspberry Pi is a credit card-size computer that can function like a basic PC when plugged into a monitor and keyboard. It can record videos and power drones, but developer Eben Upton says his goal was to teach basic programming skills to students as young as 8.

The small computer, sold by the nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation, is a small green board covered in metal ports. It’s light, delicate, and fits in the palm of your hand. Once it’s plugged into a keyboard and monitor, a user can write and tweak code as with any PC. The latest model, B+, has 10 operating systems to choose from, with varying learning curves.

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Need a Cheap Chromebook? Here’s How to Pick One

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GNU
Linux
Google

Instead of running Windows, these lightweight, inexpensive notebooks are based entirely on Google’s Chrome web browser. So while you can’t install traditional programs such as Office and Photoshop, you can use web-based substitutes like the free Office Online and Pixlr. In exchange, you’ll get a computer that boots up quickly, is safe from viruses, doesn’t have any obnoxious bloatware and is optimized for browsing the web.

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Raspberry Pi was created to solve talent crisis at Cambridge: Eben Upton [Interview]

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Hardware
Interviews

Raspberry Pi needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular credit card sized single board computers which has become a revolution in its own right. The $25 (and $35 for B model) hardware is being used in so many fields that it’s hard to keep a tab on it.

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We interview Michael Hall, Ubuntu app development liason

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Ubuntu

Michael: I had been an Ubuntu user for nearly a year before I learned about the community and LoCo teams. It was through my LoCo team that I got involved in community activity, met Canonical employees, and ultimately got involved in the LoCo Team Portal (http://launchpad.net/loco-team-portal) development, and from there the Summit project. In fact, when I interviewed for a web developer position at Canonical, being able to show my work on those projects was probably a big contributing factor to my getting hired.

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Choose your Look and Feel experience

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KDE

Plasma 5.1 will make way easier to fine-tune their workspace to their needs.While already very powerful, it was not always trivial, so now on one hand it will be possible choose between plasmoids that offer the same feature with a very simple UI.
On the other hand, ever wanted to set themes, look and feel of your desktop, but was discouraged by how many places you had to change themes to make the experience as you wanted? being icon theme, widget style, plasma theme, cursors etc…
Plasma 5.1 will support the concept of Look and Feel packages (or “mega themes” if you like) Basically an one stop place to set the look and feel of the whole desktop.

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As DBMS wars continue, PostgreSQL shows most momentum

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OSS

It's hard to tell which database management systems (DBMB)s are the most popular. DB-Engines gives it a try every month. And, by its count, Oracle is still the top DBMS, followed closed by Oracle's open-source DBMS MySQL, which is just noses ahead of Microsoft SQL Server.

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Also: MongoDB tosses support lifeline to open source downloaders

Sharp to launch thinnest and lowest-bezel smartphone ever

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Android

Sharp (yes folks you heard right) have announced they are launching two new handsets in Japan and there is rumors circulating one of them will eventually hit stateside. Of the two handsets the Aquos Crystal is the handset that very well make it to the US market.

Yes, yes, another handset being released…so what are the specs?

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18F publishes guidelines for open source contribution

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OSS

As the General Services Administration’s 18F continues to promote open source federal IT development, the organization last week published a contributor’s guide to help those reusing and sharing its code.

Tracing the basics along with other key topics like how users can enhance code, 18F’s Dr. Robert Read explains in his post on 18F’s tumblr the best ways anyone — federal worker or not — can take part in the team’s development process and why they should. Read uses the FBOpen.com project as a real-time example of how contributors can leverage 18F code and even offer improvements, which he argues “improves the rapidity of our coding and the quality and security of the code.”

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XBMC 13.2 "Gotham" Is Out, One of the Last with This Name – Gallery

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Gaming

The final version of XBMC 13.2 "Gotham," an open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for multiple platforms, has been released.

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Younger generation driving Linux take-up, says Canadian vendor

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Linux

A Canadian technology company has started shipping notebooks and laptops loaded with Linux due to demand from the younger generation, the owner of the company says.

Braden Taylor of Eurocom, a company based in Ontario, said he shipped systems all over the world, including to Australia.

"We are finding that more and more of the younger generation are moving to Linux for a variety of reasons," he said, in response to queries.

"We are getting more and more inquiries about Ubuntu and Mint from the younger generation all over the world. They like that it is a low-cost alternative."

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HandyLinux 1.6 - A sample of what you can achieve using the power of Debian

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Linux
Reviews
Debian

HandyLinux was created using the Debian Live Build tools. This distribution shows you a small sample of what can be achieved with Debian.

HandyLinux was reasonably easy to install and there is a decent if not spectacular set of applications installed by default.

The HandyMenu will probably be useful for people who want a basic computing experience but for everyone else there is the inclusion of Whisker and Slingscold.

Using Debian Wheezy as a base makes the system a little bit limited in terms of available software. I would recommend using the testing branch as a base.

There were a couple of issues as highlighted but nothing too hard to fix. It would probably be a bit disconcerting for a really new user to hit the menu icon and for nothing to happen.

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Linux kernel devs made to finger their dongles before contributing code

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Linux
Security

Beginning on Monday, the security of the Linux kernel source code has become a little bit tighter with the addition of two-factor authentication for the kernel's Git code repositories.

Contributing code changes to the Linux kernel sources at Kernel.org already required more than just a password, even before the change. Developers must use their own unique SSH public keys to login to the Git repositories. But not even this added security layer was truly failsafe – as the software's maintainers found out in 2011 when their servers were rooted.

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Loving Linux: Ain't Nothin' Like the 1st Time

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Linux

"My first real exposure to Linux was at a friend's house," said Linux Rants blogger Mike Stone. "He was trying to make a Macintosh he owned into a useful computer, so he'd dual-booted it with a version of Linux called MkLinux. I was absolutely fascinated by it and the FOSS philosophy, and after using his computer for a week or so, I looked into getting Linux [on] my own."

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Top Linux Productivity Apps

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Linux
Software

Productivity is essential to anyone's day, no matter who you are or where you work. In this article, I'll be sharing some of my favorite Linux applications that I rely on to keep my productivity levels in check. I'll also share some of my rationale behind me recommending each application and why you might wish to consider it as well.

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Debian Turns 21, KDE Plasma 5 Review, & Munich Reversal

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It looks like the big story today, picked up by many news carriers, is Munich's decision/pondering a return to Windows. Also tonight, Debian celebrates 21 years and a Linux Migrant looks at new Pisi Linux 1. SymphonyOS is back from the grave and appropriately calling itself "Phoenix". OMG!Ubuntu! says Ubuntu is the "Superman" of Linux distros and a review of Plasma 5 tops the KDE news. All this and so much more are in tonight's Linux news recap.

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We still believe in Linus’ law after Heartbleed bug, says Elie Auvray of Jahia

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Interviews
OSS
Security

Jahia was incepted in 2002 in Switzerland – the name comes from the contraction of Java (our core language) and Bahia (which means “bay” in Brazil). To support the international growth of the project, Jahia Solutions Group was later formed (in 2005) with offices throughout Europe and Jahia Inc. (the US subsidiary) was created in 2008. Jahia has now offices in Geneva, Paris, Toronto, Chicago, Washington, DC, Dusseldorf and Klagenfurt – and outsourced support centers in Australia and Nicaragua.

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A new report from IBM stacks up Linux container against KVM virtual machine performance.

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Linux

In the traditional hypervisor Virtual Machine (VM) approach that is used by VMware's ESX and open-source options like Xen and KVM, a host operating system runs the hypervisors, which then in turn requires an operating system of its own for VMs. The Docker model is a bit different in that only the host operating system is required and containerized apps then run on top of that OS.

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European Space Agency are using SUSE Linux

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SUSE
Sci/Tech

Actually SUSE Linux began deployment at ESA in 2012 and has been continuing until now, the distro is used by 450 teams in the European Space Operations Centre at ESA, this includes being used by Mission Control Systems who are responsible for simulation and control of aircraft and satellites outside the atmosphere and further still.

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